E-Books

Click one of the e-books below to view the investigations. The e-books are compatible with most tablet e-reader software.

After the Meltdown

In the fall of 2008, the U.S. economy nearly collapsed thanks to an unprecedented wave of mortgage foreclosures. In this series the Center revisits the subprime lenders, Wall Street banks and government regulators that were most responsible for the crash — and finds few if any have been held accountable.




Toxic Clout

More than 80,000 chemicals are on the market in the United States, with hundreds added each year. The Environmental Protection Agency and other regulators are supposed to protect the public from contaminants in air, water and consumer products that can cause cancer and other illnesses. But the chemical industry’s sway over science and policy is powerful. Toxic Clout explores how the industry’s actions create uncertainty and delay, threatening public health.

Breathless and Burdened

This yearlong investigation examines how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, have helped defeat the benefits claims of miners sick and dying of black lung, even as disease rates are on the rise and an increasing number of miners are turning to a system that was supposed to help alleviate their suffering.


Mystery in the Fields

A rare form of kidney disease is killing laborers and crippling communities in three different regions, from Central America to Sri Lanka to India. As death tolls mount, researchers remain puzzled, unable to definitively uncover the disease’s causes.




Secrecy for Sale

Dozens of journalists sifted through millions of leaked records and thousands of names to produce ICIJ’s investigation into offshore secrecy.







Hard Labor

Each year, some 4,500 American workers die on the job and 50,000 perish from occupational diseases. Millions more are hurt and sickened at workplaces, and many others are cheated of wages and abused. The stories in this digital newsbook explore the threats to workers — and the corporate and regulatory factors that endanger them.


Cracking the Codes

Medicare has emerged as a potent campaign issue, with both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney vowing to tame its spending growth while protecting seniors. But there’s been little talk about some of the arcane factors that drive up costs, such as billing and coding practices, and what to do about them. Our 21-month investigation documents for the first time how some medical professionals have billed at sharply higher rates than their peers and collected billions of dollars of questionable fees as a result.

Consider the Source

The 2012 election was the most expensive and least transparent presidential campaign of the modern era. This project seeks to “out” shadowy political organizations that have flourished in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. As the nation prepares for major state-level elections in 2013 and critical midterms in 2014, we provide the narrative behind the flow of money and how professional politicking is influencing a flood of new spending.

Skin & Bone

ICIJ found the business of recycling dead humans has grown so large over the past decade that you can buy stock in publicly traded companies that rely on corpses for their raw materials.






The Island of the Widows

Thousands of men working in the Pacific Coast sugarcane fields of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and neighboring countries have been dying of chronic kidney disease, an ailment that in most parts of the developed world is a manageable condition. The condition has been exacerbated by difficult working conditions and poor access to timely health care, while Central American governments and the sugar industry have done little in response.

Looting of the Seas

This award-winning investigation examines the forces that are rapidly depleting the oceans of fish.








Exposing the Health Care Paradox

Highlights from the 2011 column by Wendell Potter.










Debt Deception

This iWatch News investigative series revealed the legacy of corruption that plagued Bank of America.









The next part of the iWatch News investigative series, which revealed the legacy of corruption that plagued Bank of America.







The Truth Left Behind

The case is a window into several se-rious issues that have rel-evance today to U.S. foreign policy and America’s war in Afghanistan: the emergence of a “Punjabi Tali-ban,” made up of militants from the Pakistani province of Punjab; the role of Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, as a safe haven for militants; and the nexus between the Paki-stani militancy and Al Qaeda. The case also offers important lessons related to problems with rule of law in Pakistan.

Dangers in the Dust

A global network of lobby groups has spent nearly $100 million since the mid-1980s to preserve the market for asbestos, a carcinogen now banned or restricted in 52 countries. Scientists say asbestos may cause up to 10 million deaths by 2030, with a mounting toll in the developing world.



Sexual Assault on Campus

A culture of secrecy surrounds higher education’s handling of sexual assault cases.








Who’s Behind the Financial Meltdown?

The top 25 subprime lenders and their Wall Street backers.









Tobacco Undergound

Tobacco Underground is a project of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Working with reporters in more than a dozen countries, ICIJ is charting the frontlines of the illicit traffic in cigarettes.