A good Thesaurus and dictionary.
almost 40 years I have loved ROGET'S INTERNATIONAL THESAURUS, THIRD EDITION, published by Thomas Y. Crowell Co., New York.
I like WEBSTER'S
NEW UNIVERSAL UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY, but the choice is subjective.
THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE by William Strunk,
Jr., and E.B. White.
THE ART OF READABLE WRITING by Rudolph Flesch. (In print for some 45 years.)
THE PROFESSIONAL JOURNALIST by John Hohenberg.
WWW.SREE.NET-- Sreenath Sreenivasan's fabulously loaded site full of tech and blog
tips for journalists and others
Others, fondly recalled,
in no particular order:
A TREASURY OF GREAT
REPORTING, edited by Louis L. Snyder and Richard B. Morris.
A DICTIONARY OF MODERN ENGLISH USAGE by H.W. Fowler.
REPORTING/WRITING FROM FRONT ROW SEATS by staffers of The Associated Press, compiled and edited by Charles
WRITING NEWS FOR BROADCAST by Edward Bliss Jr. and John M.Patterson.
A Good Idea to Have and Know:
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STYLEBOOK 2009 (Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing
on Media Law) By Associated Press.
COPYRIGHT HANDBOOK HOW TO PROTECT AND USE WRITTEN WORKS by Stephen Fishman.