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War Fever

by Randy Roberts & Johnny Smith Basic Books (March 23, 2020)

A "marvelous" (Sports Illustrated) portrait of the three men whose lives were forever changed by WWI-era Boston and the Spanish flu: baseball star Babe Ruth, symphony conductor Karl Muck, and Harvard law student...


War Fever

by Randy Roberts & John Smith Basic Books (March 24, 2020)

A vivid portrait of Boston in the throes of World War I, and three men whose lives were forever changed by it

In the fall of 1918, a fever gripped Boston. The streets emptied as paranoia about the deadly Spanish...


Stop Telling Women to Smile

by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh Basic Books (December 03, 2019)

The debut book from a celebrated artist on the urgent topic of street harassment

Every day, all over the world, women are catcalled and denigrated simply for walking down the street. Boys will be boys, women...


Do Dice Play God?

by Ian Stewart Basic Books (September 03, 2019)

A celebrated mathematician explores how math helps us make sense of an unpredictable world

We would like to believe we can know things for certain. We want to be able to figure out who will win an election, if...


The MVP Machine

by Ben Lindbergh & Travis Sawchik Basic Books (June 03, 2019)

Move over, Moneyball -- this New York Times bestseller examines major league baseball's next cutting-edge revolution: the high-tech quest to build better players.

As bestselling authors Ben Lindbergh and Travis...


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...


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...


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,...


Power Trip

by Michael E. Webber Basic Books (February 05, 2019)

A global tour of energy--the catalyst of human civilization and one of the biggest challenges facing mankind today

For centuries, humans have relied on energy to power our civilization and improve our lives,...


Unruly Waters

by Sunil Amrith Basic Books (December 10, 2018)

From a MacArthur "Genius," a bold new perspective on the history of Asia, highlighting the long quest to tame its waters

Asia's history has been shaped by her waters. In Unruly Waters, historian Sunil Amrith...


In Search of the Canary Tree

by Lauren E. Oakes Basic Books (November 26, 2018)

The award-winning and surprisingly hopeful story of one woman's search for resiliency in a warming world

Several years ago, ecologist Lauren E. Oakes set out from California for Alaska's old-growth forests to...


Never Home Alone

by Rob Dunn Basic Books (November 05, 2018)

A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basements

Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is...


Never Home Alone

by Rob Dunn Basic Books (November 06, 2018)

A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basements

Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is...


The Art of Looking

by Lance Esplund Basic Books (November 26, 2018)

A veteran art critic helps us make sense of modern and contemporary art

The landscape of contemporary art has changed dramatically during the last hundred years: from Malevich's 1915 painting of a single black...


The League

by John Eisenberg Basic Books (October 08, 2018)

The epic tale of the five owners who shepherded the NFL through its tumultuous early decades and built the most popular sport in America

The National Football League is a towering, distinctly American colossus...


The League

by John Eisenberg Basic Books (October 09, 2018)

The epic tale of the five owners who shepherded the NFL through its tumultuous early decades and built the most popular sport in America

The National Football League is a towering, distinctly American colossus...


Buzz

by Thor Hanson Basic Books (July 09, 2018)

As seen on PBS's American Spring LIVE, the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers presents a natural and cultural history of bees: the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.

Bees...


The Fair Chase

by Philip Dray Basic Books (April 30, 2018)

An award-winning historian tells the story of hunting in America, showing how this sport has shaped our national identity.

From Daniel Boone to Teddy Roosevelt, hunting is one of America's most sacred-but also...


The Fair Chase

by Philip Dray Basic Books (May 01, 2018)

An award-winning historian tells the story of hunting in America, showing how this sport has shaped our national identity

In the nineteenth century, hunting was popularized as a cure for the "softness" of urban...


The Truth About Animals

by Lucy Cooke Basic Books (April 16, 2018)

Mary Roach meets Bill Bryson in this "surefire summer winner" (Janet Maslin, New York Times), an uproarious tour of the basest instincts and biggest mysteries of the animal world

Humans have gone to the Moon...


The Truth About Animals

by Lucy Cooke Basic Books (April 17, 2018)

An award-winning National Geographic zoologist exposes the wild side of wildlife

Humans have gone to the Moon and discovered the Higgs boson, but when it comes to understanding animals, we've still got a long...


Celestial Bodies

by Laura Jacobs Basic Books (May 07, 2018)

A distinguished dance critic offers an enchanting introduction to the art of ballet

As much as we may enjoy Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, for many of us ballet is a foreign language. It communicates through movement,...


Celestial Bodies

by Laura Jacobs Basic Books (April 10, 2018)

A distinguished dance critic offers an enchanting introduction to the art of ballet

As much as we may enjoy Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, for many of us ballet is almost literally a foreign language. It communicates...


A Season in the Sun

by Randy Roberts & Johnny Smith Basic Books (March 26, 2018)

The story of Mickey Mantle's magnificent 1956 season

Mickey Mantle was the ideal batter for the atomic age, capable of hitting a baseball harder and farther than any other player in history. He was also the...


A Season in The Sun

by Randy Roberts & Johnny Smith Basic Books (March 27, 2018)

The story of Mickey Mantle's magnificent 1956 season

Mickey Mantle was the ideal hitter for the atomic age, capable of hitting baseballs harder and farther than any other player in history. He was also the perfect...


The Language of the Game

by Laurent Dubois Basic Books (March 26, 2018)

Essential reading for soccer fans amid the Women's World Cup in 2019, a lively and lyrical guide to appreciating the drama of soccer

Soccer is not only the world's most popular sport; it's also one of the most...


The Language of the Game

by Laurent Dubois Basic Books (March 27, 2018)

Just in time for the 2018 World Cup, a lively and lyrical guide to appreciating the drama of soccer

Soccer is not only the world's most popular sport; it's also one of the most widely shared forms of global...


What It's Like to Be a Dog

by Gregory Berns Basic Books (September 04, 2017)

"Dog lovers and neuroscientists should both read this important book." -- Dr. Temple Grandin

What is it like to be a dog? A bat? Or a dolphin? To find out, neuroscientist and bestselling author Gregory Berns...


What It's Like to Be a Dog

by Gregory Berns Basic Books (September 05, 2017)

What is it like to be a dog? A bat? Or a dolphin? To find out, neuroscientist Gregory Berns and his team began with a radical step: they taught dogs to go into an MRI scanner-completely awake. They discovered...


Twilight Warriors

by James Kitfield Basic Books (October 24, 2016)

A dramatic portrait of the innovative Special Forces commanders and FBI agents who wage war against America's hidden enemies

With the planned withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the longest conflicts...


Twilight Warriors

by James Kitfield Basic Books (October 25, 2016)

A dramatic portrait of the innovative Special Forces commanders and FBI agents who wage war against America's hidden enemies

With the planned withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the longest conflicts...


The Trainable Cat

by John Bradshaw & Sarah Ellis Basic Books (September 12, 2016)

"I have to hand it to Bradshaw and Ellis: Once you suss out their basic cat-training philosophy, their methods totally work." -- Slate

We often assume that cats can't be trained, and don't need to be. But in...


The Trainable Cat

by John Bradshaw & Sarah Ellis Basic Books (September 13, 2016)

The idea of training rarely crosses cat owners' minds, and we often assume that cats can't and don't need to be trained. But in The Trainable Cat, bestselling anthrozoologist John Bradshaw and cat expert Sarah...


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...


Oppose Any Foe

by Mark Moyar Basic Books (April 24, 2017)

The epic story of America's most elite warriors: the Special Operations Forces.

Born as small appendages to the conventional armies of World War II, the Special Operations Forces have grown into a behemoth of...


Oppose Any Foe

by Mark Moyar Basic Books (April 25, 2017)

Oppose Any Foe is the epic story of America's most elite warriors: the Special Operations Forces. Born as small appendages to the conventional armies of World War II, the Special Operations Forces have grown...


Knowing the Score

by David Papineau Basic Books (May 01, 2017)

In Knowing the Score, philosopher David Papineau uses sports to illuminate some of modern philosophy's most perplexing questions. As Papineau demonstrates, the study of sports clarifies, challenges, and sometimes...


Knowing the Score

by David Papineau Basic Books (May 02, 2017)

In Knowing the Score, philosopher David Papineau uses sports to illuminate some of modern philosophy's most perplexing questions. As Papineau demonstrates, the study of sports clarifies, challenges, and sometimes...


Bit by Bit

by Andrew Ervin Basic Books (May 01, 2017)

An acclaimed critic argues that video games are the most vital art form of our time

Video games have seemingly taken over our lives. Whereas gamers once constituted a small and largely male subculture, today...


The Triumph of Seeds

by Thor Hanson Basic Books (March 23, 2015)

As seen on PBS's American Spring LIVE, the award-winning author of Buzz and Feathers presents a natural and human history of seeds, the marvels of the plant kingdom.

"The genius of Hanson's fascinating, inspiring,...


The Triumph of Seeds

by Thor Hanson Basic Books (March 24, 2015)

Winner of the 2016 PNBA Book Award

A finalist for the 2016 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult Science Book category

We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton...