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"How The Other Half Lives" was the book that invented Investigative journalism, and pushed Photo Journalism into the main stream as well. The republishing of the original book is admirable, but readers should not expect the quality found in books published fresh in this era because the publishing and photographic technology of the 1890s was a long way from what they are today. What the book says and displays is a lot more important than the technology involved in the story telling skills of the 1890s.
Some of the most importance of this book and of Jacob Riis's word were the photographs he took. Those photos are illegible in this scan.