2013-2015 UAA/APU Books of the Year


The Influencing Machine
by Brooke Gladstone

Escape from Camp 14:
One Man's Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

by Blaine Harden

Together these books question the power of ideas and ideology to shape our realities,

and emphasize the importance of critically assessing the validity of information.

Influencing Machine Reader's Guide

 The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone. Addressing topics like bias, objectivity, propaganda, and censorship, this graphic nonfiction book is a guide to maneuvering through an information-saturated society to find truths in the media. Covering two millennia of media history, the book demonstrates that "The Media" is not an external force beyond our control, and equips us to be consumers and shapers of the news.

Escape Camp 14 Reader's Guide

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden.
Shin Dong-hyuk was born in a completely isolated North Korean prison camp, lived in extreme information deprivation for over 20 years, and is one of the very few inmates who have escaped. Shin knew nothing of contemporary existence--all information about history and the outside world was a systematic barrage of untruths. Through the lens of Shin's life, journalist Blane Harden shows the impact of information on our lives, both for good and for ill.

Of Interest

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Conversation Salon Series
"How Does Media Shape Our Perception of Native Peoples?"

Mark Trahant, UAA Atwood Chair of Journalism
6:00-7:30 pm
Loussac Library, Ann Stevens Room
Light Refreshments - See more at: http://edit.uaa.alaska.edu/books-of-the-year/2013-15-events.cfm#sthash.I4FKArZH.dpuf

Graphic Novels in Academia
"In Defense of Graphic Novels"

Kathryn Strong Hanson describes why she teaches graphic novels and directly confronts criticism teachers may face from colleagues, administrators, parents, and students as they first teach examples of this fast-growing genre.

TED Talk
"Hyeonseo Lee: My Escape from North Korea"

Hyeonseo Lee shares her family's escape from North Korea, and her hopes for the future.