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The Rules of Contagion

by Adam Kucharski Basic Books (July 06, 2020)

From ideas and infections to financial crises and fake news, an "utterly timely" look at why the science of outbreaks is the science of modern life

These days, whenever anything spreads, whether it's a YouTube...


The Broken Heart of America

by Walter Johnson Basic Books (April 13, 2020)

A searing portrait of the racial dynamics that lie inescapably at the heart of our nation, told through the turbulent history of the city of St. Louis.

From Lewis and Clark's 1804 expedition to the 2014 uprising...


Dressed

by Shahidha Bari Basic Books (March 16, 2020)

Perfect for readers of Women in Clothes, this beautifully designed philosophical guide to fashion explores art, literature, and film to uncover the hidden meaning of a well-chosen wardrobe.

We all get dressed....


Dressed

by Shahidha Bari Basic Books (March 17, 2020)

For readers of Women in Clothes, a philosophical guide to fashion

We all get dressed. But how often do we pause to think about the place of clothes in our world? What unconscious thoughts do we express when...


The Sum of the People

by Andrew Whitby Basic Books (March 30, 2020)

This fascinating three-thousand-year history of the census traces the making of the modern survey and explores its political power in the age of big data and surveillance.

In April 2020, the United States will...


The Sum of the People

by Andrew Whitby Basic Books (March 31, 2020)

In April 2020, the United States will embark on what has been called "the largest peacetime mobilization in American history": the decennial population census. It is part of a long, if uneven, tradition of counting...


Uncommon Grounds

by Mark Pendergrast Basic Books (July 08, 2019)

The definitive history of the world's most popular drug

Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic...


Uncommon Grounds

by Mark Pendergrast Basic Books (July 09, 2019)

The definitive history of the world's most popular drug

Uncommon Grounds tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. Mark Pendergrast reviews the dramatic...


Land of Tears

by Robert Harms Basic Books (December 02, 2019)

A prizewinning historian's epic account of the scramble to control equatorial Africa

In just three decades at the end of the nineteenth century, the heart of Africa was utterly transformed. Virtually closed...


The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll  Ever Need

by Ellen Karsh & Arlen Sue Fox Basic Books (November 04, 2019)

From top experts in the field, the definitive guide to grant-writing

Written by two expert authors who have won secured millions of dollars in government and foundation grants, The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll...


Why We're Wrong About Nearly Everything

by Bobby Duffy Basic Books (November 25, 2019)

A leading social researcher explains why humans so consistently misunderstand the outside world

How often are women harassed? What percentage of the population are immigrants? How bad is unemployment? These...


Conceptual Blockbusting

by James L Adams Basic Books (September 02, 2019)

A thoroughly revised edition of the classic on creativity, essential for individuals and teams who want to think outside the box.

Some people are naturally creative and others aren't, right? Wrong. In this classic...


Conceptual Blockbusting

by James L. Adams Basic Books (September 03, 2019)

A thoroughly revised edition of the classic on creativity, essential for individuals and teams who want to think outside the box.

Some people are naturally creative and others aren't, right? Wrong. In this classic...


The Rise of the Creative Class

by Richard Florida Basic Books (September 02, 2019)

World-renowned urbanist Richard Florida's bestselling classic on the transformation of our cities in the twenty-first century -- now updated with a new preface

In his modern classic The Rise of the Creative Class...


Barrio America

by A. K. Sandoval-Strausz Basic Books (September 24, 2019)

The compelling history of how Latino immigrants revitalized the nation's cities after decades of disinvestment and white flight

Thirty years ago, most people were ready to give up on American cities. We are...


Discrimination and Disparities

by Thomas Sowell Basic Books (March 04, 2019)

An enlarged edition of Thomas Sowell's brilliant examination of the origins of economic disparities

Economic and other outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups, and nations. Many explanations have been...


The MVP Machine

by Travis Sawchik & Ben Lindbergh Basic Books (June 04, 2019)

Two New York Times-bestselling authors chronicle the next revolution in baseball: the data-driven quest to build better players

Fifteen years after Michael Lewis brought the Oakland A's' groundbreaking team-building...


Why Cities Lose

by Johnathan A. Rodden Basic Books (June 03, 2019)

A prizewinning political scientist traces the origins of urban-rural political conflict and shows how geography shapes elections in America and beyond

Why is it so much easier for the Democratic Party to win...


Why Cities Lose

by Jonathan A. Rodden Basic Books (June 04, 2019)

How geography undermines the Left

Why is it so much easier for the Democratic Party to win the national popular vote than to take control of Congress? Many blame partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression....


Life Finds a Way

by Andreas Wagner Basic Books (June 11, 2019)

How the principles of biological innovation can help us overcome creative challenges in art, business, and science

In Life Finds a Way, biologist Andreas Wagner reveals the deep symmetry between innovation in...


Managing By The Numbers

by Chuck Kremer, Ron Rizzuto & John Case Basic Books (December 31, 2018)

The essential guide to understanding financial reports, for entrepreneurs, managers, and business owners

Do you get complete financial reports for your business at least once a month?

Do you understand what...


Managing By The Numbers

by Chuck Kremer, Ron Rizzuto & John Case Basic Books (January 01, 2019)

Everyone interested in building a stronger business needs to understand and use the information captured in financial statements. In Managing by the Numbers, business education and accounting experts Chuck Kremer...


Anointed with Oil

by Darren Dochuk Basic Books (June 03, 2019)

A groundbreaking new history of the United States, showing how Christian faith and the pursuit of petroleum fueled America's rise to global power and shaped today's political clashes

Anointed with Oil places...


Anointed with Oil

by Darren Dochuk Basic Books (May 14, 2019)

A prize-winning historian offers a major new history of the United States, placing faith and oil at the center of America's rise to global power

Anointed with Oil is a groundbreaking new history of the United...


Power Trip

by Michael E. Webber Basic Books (May 06, 2019)

A global tour of energy--the builder of human civilization and also its greatest threat.

Energy is humanity's single most important resource. In fact, as energy expert Michael E. Webber argues in Power Trip,...


The Model Thinker

by Scott E. Page Basic Books (November 26, 2018)

How anyone can become a data ninja

From the stock market to genomics laboratories, census figures to marketing email blasts, we are awash with data. But as anyone who has ever opened up a spreadsheet packed...


The Model Thinker

by Scott E. Page Basic Books (November 27, 2018)

How anyone can become a data ninja

From the stock market to genomics laboratories, census figures to marketing email blasts, we are awash with data. But as anyone who has ever opened up a spreadsheet packed...


Unsavory Truth

by Marion Nestle Basic Books (October 29, 2018)

A James Beard Award-winner and the author of What to Eat and Soda Politics, leading nutritionist Marion Nestle exposes how the food industry corrupts scientific research for profit.

Is chocolate heart-healthy?...


Unsavory Truth

by Marion Nestle Basic Books (October 30, 2018)

America's leading nutritionist exposes how the food industry corrupts scientific research for profit

Is chocolate heart-healthy? Does yogurt prevent type 2 diabetes? Do pomegranates help cheat death? News accounts...


Edge of Chaos

by Dambisa Moyo Basic Books (April 23, 2018)

From an internationally acclaimed economist, a provocative call to jump-start economic growth by aggressively overhauling liberal democracy

Around the world, people who are angry at stagnant wages and growing...


Chernobyl

by Serhii Plokhy Basic Books (May 14, 2018)

A Chernobyl survivor and award-winning historian "mercilessly chronicles the absurdities of the Soviet system" in this "vividly empathetic" account of the worst nuclear accident in history (The Wall Street Journal...


The Book of Why

by Judea Pearl & Dana Mackenzie Basic Books (May 14, 2018)

A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence

"Correlation is not causation." This mantra,...


The Rise of the Creative Class--Revisited: Revised and Expanded

by Richard Florida Basic Books (January 07, 2014)

A provocative new way to think about why we live as we do today-and where we might be headed.

Initially published in 2002, The Rise of the Creative Class quickly achieved classic status for its identification...


Advice and Dissent

by Alan S. Blinder Basic Books (March 26, 2018)

A bestselling economist tells us what both politicians and economists must learn to fix America's failing economic policies

American economic policy ranks as something between bad and disgraceful. As leading...


Advice and Dissent

by Alan S. Blinder Basic Books (March 27, 2018)

A bestselling economist tells us what both politicians and economists must learn to fix America's failing economic policies

American economic policy ranks as something between bad and disgraceful. As leading...


In Defense of Troublemakers

by Charlan Jeanne Nemeth Basic Books (March 19, 2018)

An eminent psychologist explains why dissent should be cherished, not feared

We've decided by consensus that consensus is good. In In Defense of Troublemakers, psychologist Charlan Nemeth argues that this principle...


In Defense of Troublemakers

by Charlan Jeanne Nemeth Basic Books (March 20, 2018)

An eminent psychologist explains why dissent should be cherished, not feared

We've decided by consensus that consensus is good. In In Defense of Troublemakers, psychologist Charlan Jeanne Nemeth argues that this...


Designing Reality

by Neil Gershenfeld Basic Books (November 13, 2017)

That's the promise, and peril, of the third digital revolution, where anyone will be able to make (almost) anything

Two digital revolutions -- computing and communication -- have radically transformed our economy...


Designing Reality

by Neil Gershenfeld Basic Books (November 14, 2017)

What if anyone could make (almost) anything? That's the promise, and peril, of the third digital revolution.

Two digital revolutions-in computing and communication-have radically transformed our economy and lives....


The End of Power

by Moises Naim Basic Books (March 10, 2014)

The provocative bestseller explaining the decline of power in the twenty-first century -- in government, business, and beyond.

br Power is shifting -- from large, stable armies to loose bands of insurgents, from...


Winning at New Products

by Robert G. Cooper Basic Books (September 18, 2017)

For more than two decades, Winning at New Products has served as the bible for product developers everywhere. Robert G. Cooper demonstrates why consistent product development is vital to corporate growth and...


Wealth, Poverty and Politics

by Thomas Sowell Basic Books (September 05, 2016)

In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in this country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income...


Wealth, Poverty and Politics

by Thomas Sowell Basic Books (September 06, 2016)

In Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Thomas Sowell, one of the foremost conservative public intellectuals in this country, argues that political and ideological struggles have led to dangerous confusion about income...


The New Urban Crisis

by Richard Florida Basic Books (April 10, 2017)

In recent years, the young, educated, and affluent have surged back into cities, reversing decades of suburban flight and urban decline. And yet all is not well, Richard Florida argues in The New Urban Crisis...


The Half Has Never Been Told

by Edward E Baptist Basic Books (October 24, 2016)

A groundbreaking history demonstrating that America's economic supremacy was built on the backs of slaves

Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution -- the nation's original sin, perhaps, but...


The Design of Everyday Things

by Don Norman Basic Books (November 04, 2013)

Design doesn't have to complicated, which is why this guide to human-centered design shows that usability is just as important as aesthetics.

Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out...


The Cure for Catastrophe

by Robert Muir-Wood Basic Books (September 05, 2016)

We can't stop natural disasters but we can stop them being disastrous. One of the world's foremost risk experts tells us how.

Year after year, floods wreck people's homes and livelihoods, earthquakes tear communities...


Rise of the Robots

by Martin Ford Basic Books (May 04, 2015)

The New York Times-bestselling guide to how automation is changing the economy, undermining work, and reshaping our lives

Winner of Best Business Book of the Year awards from the Financial Times and from Forbes...


Basic Economics

by Thomas Sowell Basic Books (December 02, 2014)

In this fifth edition of Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell revises and updates his popular book on common sense economics, bringing the world into clearer focus through a basic understanding of the fundamental...


An Extraordinary Time

by Marc Levinson Basic Books (November 07, 2016)

The decades after World War II were a golden age across much of the world. It was a time of economic miracles, an era when steady jobs were easy to find and families could see their living standards improving...