Update 1: "Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and the F.S.A./O.W.I. Photographers" on PBS last night. I thought the hour-long show was good, if necessarily superficial, serving as a primer on the FSA Photography Unit rather than an in-depth exploration of it. It's a decent introduction, though. It had some nice interviews, especially with Gordon Parks (who was hard to understand in places), Louise Rosskam, and F. Jack Hurley, whose book Portrait of a Decade is one of the best ones written about the FSA. The music was a bit heavy, like too much cologne; and, as is all too common with photography documentaries, the pictures were shortchanged: they showed a decent number (again in the context of a short overview of a show), but the camera work inexplicably cropped in on most if not all of the pictures, even when it obviously weakened them to do so, and the tonal properties sucked—even granted that video is never the best way to see photographs, still, it looked like a lot of the pictures were shot straight from middling-quality book illustrations.
The biggest strength of the show—its focus on the political and bureaucratic aspects of the unit—was also its biggest weakness, as it cast those issues too much in terms of today's politics. The implicit "socialism vs. capitalism" theme of the documentary is really incidental to the photographic story. The filmmakers could just as easily have cast Stryker's battles as bureaucratic rather than ideological ones, and concentrated more on his relationships with his photographers.
(As a side-note, Portrait of a Decade could usefully be re-issued by some upstanding publisher—its reproductions were of barely adequate quality even in 1972, and the meat of the scholarly text remains excellent.)
Update 2: I promised a few days ago I'd look for my Duane Michals book, and I found it covered with dust (gak!) on a bottom shelf. It is The Essential Duane Michals, by Marco Livingston, Bulfinch 1997. After perusing it a couple of times I think it lives up to its title. It covers Michals' entire career, even including a decent indication of his magazine work. The bookmaking and reproductions are first-rate. It includes some of Michals' writing, and the commentary seems good. The design is especially good, flexible and dynamic yet never shortchanging the pictures. There are a few double-trucks but none really ruinous.
Moreover, all the big hits (well, that come to my mind, anyway) are here: Chance Meeting, Things Are Queer, I Build a Pyramid, The Illuminated Man, The Spirit Leaves the Body, a decent selection of portraits including the one of Joseph Cornell, and of course This Photograph is My Proof. Even Michals' cover for the Police album Synchronicity. The incidental homoeroticism that has seemed to increasingly preoccupy Michals the artist in his later years (I can't escape the sense that he just likes having his models around, although that sounds snarky) is present in about the right proportion, meaning, not overpoweringly.
Very naturally, I like to have more books by the photographers who are most important to me. I have many titles by people like Kertész, Cartier-Bresson, Koudelka, Friedlander, and Levitt. But I like to have good overviews of major figures too, and sometimes these can be harder to find, since a single book needs to stand in for a whole career. The Essential Duane Michals does a good job of doing this, better than most, and is an easy recommendation as a first or only title by this photographer.
Mine's been dusted good as new, and more carefully shelved.