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Breaking News

by Alan Rusbridger Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 27, 2018)

An urgent account of the revolution that has upended the news business, written by one of the most accomplished journalists of our time

Technology has radically altered the news landscape. Once-powerful newspapers...


Bringing Down the Colonel

by Patricia Miller Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 13, 2018)

“I’ll take my share of the blame. I only ask that he take his.”

In Bringing Down the Colonel, the journalist Patricia Miller tells the story of Madeline Pollard, an unlikely nineteenth-century women’s...


The Hell of Good Intentions

by Stephen M. Walt Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 16, 2018)

From the New York Times–bestselling author Stephen M. Walt, The Hell of Good Intentions dissects the faults and foibles of recent American foreign policy—explaining why it has been plagued by disasters like...


Grand Improvisation

by Derek Leebaert Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 16, 2018)

A new understanding of the post World War II era, showing what occurred when the British Empire wouldn’t step aside for the rising American superpower—with global insights for today.

An enduring myth of the...


Can Democracy Work?

by James Miller Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 18, 2018)

A new history of the world’s most embattled idea

Today, democracy is the world’s only broadly accepted political system, and yet it has become synonymous with disappointment and crisis. How did it come to...


Identity

by Francis Fukuyama Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 11, 2018)

The New York Times bestselling author of The Origins of Political Order offers a provocative examination of modern identity politics: its origins, its effects, and what it means for domestic and international...


The Field of Blood

by Joanne B. Freeman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 11, 2018)

The previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the Civil War

In The Field of Blood, Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress....


Blood Papa

by Jean Hatzfeld & Joshua David Jordan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 21, 2018)

The continuation of a groundbreaking study of the Rwandan genocide, and the story of the survivor generation

In Rwanda from April to June 1994, 800,000 Tutsis were slaughtered by their Hutu neighbors in the largest...


Amity and Prosperity

by Eliza Griswold Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 12, 2018)

In Amity and Prosperity, the prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold tells the story of the energy boom’s impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and one woman’s transformation from a struggling...


Talking to My Daughter About the Economy

by Yanis Varoufakis & Jacob Moe Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 08, 2018)

In Talking to My Daughter About the Economy, activist Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s former finance minister and the author of the international bestseller Adults in the Room, pens a series of letters to his young...


Building and Dwelling

by Richard Sennett Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 10, 2018)

A preeminent thinker redefines the meaning of city life and charts a way forward

Building and Dwelling is the definitive statement on cities by the renowned public intellectual Richard Sennett. In this sweeping...


Two Sisters

by Asne Seierstad & Seán Kinsella Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 03, 2018)

The riveting true story of two sisters’ journey to the Islamic State and the father who tries to bring them home

Two Sisters, by the international bestselling author Åsne Seierstad, tells the unforgettable...


Dressed Up for a Riot

by Michael Idov Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 20, 2018)

A memoir of revolution, reaction, and Russian men’s fashion

In this crackling memoir, the journalist and novelist Michael Idov recounts the tempestuous years he spent living alongside—and closely observing—the...


Slaves in the Family

by Edward Ball Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 24, 2017)

Fifteen years after its hardcover debut, the FSG Classics reissue of the celebrated work of narrative nonfiction that won the National Book Award and changed the American conversation about race, with a new...


Ghosts of the Tsunami

Folio Prize 2018

by Richard Lloyd Parry Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 24, 2017)

Named one of the best books of 2017 by The Guardian, NPR, GQ, The Economist, Bookforum, Amazon, and Lit Hub

The definitive account of what happened, why, and above all how it felt, when catastrophe hit Japan—by...


The Secret Life

by Andrew O'Hagan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 10, 2017)

A Top 10 Book of Essays & Literary Criticism for Fall 2017, Publishers Weekly | Books We Can’t Wait to Read in the Rest of 2017, Chicago Reader

The slippery online ecosystem is the perfect breeding ground for...


Adults in the Room

by Yanis Varoufakis Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 03, 2017)

A Number One Sunday Times Bestseller

What happens when you take on the establishment? In Adults in the Room, the renowned economist and former finance minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis gives the full, blistering...


Life in Code

by Ellen Ullman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 08, 2017)

The never-more-necessary return of one of our most vital and eloquent voices on technology and culture, the author of the seminal Close to the Machine

The last twenty years have brought us the rise of the internet,...


Locking Up Our Own

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2018

by James Forman, Jr. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 18, 2017)

In recent years, America’s criminal justice system has become the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on...


Flâneuse

by Lauren Elkin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 28, 2017)

FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY

A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

The flâneur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals...


Age of Anger

by Pankaj Mishra Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 20, 2017)

A New York Times Notable Book of 2017 • Named a Best Book of the Year by Slate and NPR • Longlisted for the Orwell Prize

One of our most important public intellectuals reveals the hidden history of our current...


Unwarranted

by Barry Friedman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 21, 2017)

“At a time when policing in America is at a crossroads, Barry Friedman provides much-needed insight, analysis, and direction in his thoughtful new book. Unwarranted illuminates many of the often ignored issues...


My American Revolution

by Robert Sullivan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 04, 2012)

Americans tend to think of the Revolution as a Massachusetts-based event orchestrated by Virginians, but in fact the war took place mostly in the Middle Colonies—in New York and New Jersey and the parts of...


Race, Religion, and the Continuing American Dilemma

by C. Eric Lincoln Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

A classic work on religion and the racial problems of modern america -now brought up to date.

Since the early days of the Republic, Americans' exuberant, unchastened idealism, their commitment to the notion of...


American Studies

by Louis Menand Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 01, 2003)

At each step of this journey through American cultural history, Louis Menand has an original point to make: he explains the real significance of William James's nervous breakdown, and of the anti-Semitism in...


After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests

by Ted Rall Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 02, 2014)

An unflinching account—in words and pictures—of America's longest war by our most outspoken graphic journalist

Ted Rall traveled deep into Afghanistan—without embedding himself with U.S. soldiers, without...


Mirror to America

by John Hope Franklin Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2007)

John Hope Franklin lived through America's most defining twentieth-century transformation, the dismantling of legally protected racial segregation. A renowned scholar, he has explored that transformation in...


The Outlaw Sea

by William Langewiesche Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 20, 2010)

The open ocean--that vast expanse of international waters--spreads across three-fourths of the globe. It is a place of storms and danger, both natural and manmade. And at a time when every last patch of land...


Regarding the Pain of Others

by Susan Sontag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 01, 2013)

A brilliant, clear-eyed new consideration of the visual representation of violence in our culture--its ubiquity, meanings, and effects

Watching the evening news offers constant evidence of atrocity--a daily commonplace...


Low Life

by Luc Sante Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 08, 2016)

Luc Sante's Low Life is a portrait of America's greatest city, the riotous and anarchic breeding ground of modernity. This is not the familiar saga of mansions, avenues, and robber barons, but the messy, turbulent,...


American Ground

by William Langewiesche Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 20, 2010)

Selected as one of the best books of 2002 by The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Sun-Times

Within days after September 11, 2001, William Langewiesche had...


Dead Aid

by Dambisa Moyo & Niall Ferguson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 17, 2009)

In the past fifty years, more than $1 trillion in development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa. Has this assistance improved the lives of Africans? No. In fact, across the continent,...


Bright Young People

by D. J. Taylor Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 06, 2009)

Before the media circus of Britney, Paris, and our modern obsession with celebrity, there were the Bright Young People, a voraciously pleasure-seeking band of bohemian party-givers and blue-blooded socialites...


City by City

by Keith Gessen & Stephen Squibb Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 12, 2015)

A collection of essays—historical and personal—about the present and future of American cities

Edited by Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb, City by City is a collection of essays—historical, personal, and...


The Will of the People

by Barry Friedman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 29, 2009)

In recent years, the justices of the Supreme Court have ruled definitively on such issues as abortion, school prayer, and military tribunals in the war on terror. They decided one of American history's most...


All in the Family

by Robert O. Self Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 18, 2012)

In the 1960s, Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and War on Poverty promised an array of federal programs to assist working-class families. In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan declared the GOP the party of "family values"...


I've Got a Home in Glory Land

Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction 2007

by Karolyn Smardz Frost Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 24, 2008)

It was the day before Independence Day, 1831. As his bride, Lucie, was about to be "sold down the river" to the slave markets of New Orleans, young Thornton Blackburn planned a daring—and successful—daylight...


Notes on the Death of Culture

by Mario Vargas Llosa & John King Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 11, 2015)

A provocative essay collection that finds the Nobel laureate taking on the decline of intellectual life

In the past, culture was a kind of vital consciousness that constantly rejuvenated and revivified everyday...


One of Us

by Asne Seierstad & Sarah Death Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 21, 2015)

A harrowing and thorough account of the massacre that upended Norway, and the trial that helped put the country back together

On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb outside government buildings...


The Antelope's Strategy

by Jean Hatzfeld & Linda Coverdale Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 02, 2010)

A powerful report on the aftereffects of the genocide in Rwanda—and on the near impossibility of reconciliation between survivors and killers

In two acclaimed previous works, the noted French journalist Jean...


Mother Country

by Marilynne Robinson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

At the time when Robinson wrote this book, the largest known source of radioactive contamination of the world's environment was a government-owned nuclear plant called Sellafield, not far from Wordsworth's cottage...


Down in the Chapel

by Joshua Dubler Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 13, 2013)

A bold and provocative interpretation of one of the most religiously vibrant places in America—a state penitentiary

Baraka, Al, Teddy, and Sayyid—four black men from South Philadelphia, two Christian and...


The Upcycle

by Michael Braungart, William McDonough & Bill Clinton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 16, 2013)

From the authors of Cradle to Cradle, we learn what's next: The Upcycle

The Upcycle is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle, one of the most consequential ecological manifestoes of our time. Now,...


Flappers

by Judith Mackrell Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 14, 2014)

By the 1920s, women were on the verge of something huge. Jazz, racy fashions, eyebrowraising new attitudes about art and sex—all of this pointed to a sleek, modern world, one that could shake off the grimness...


The Mass Psychology of Fascism

by Wilhelm Reich & Vincent R. Carfagno Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

In this classic study, Reich provides insight into the phenomenon of fascism, which continues to ravage the international community in ways great and small.

Drawing on his medical experiences with men and women...


Not Much Just Chillin'

by Linda Perlstein Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 04, 2003)

A report from the front lines of the most formative-and least understood-years of children's lives

Suddenly they go from striving for A's to barely passing, or obsessing for hours over "boyfriends" they've barely...


Flu

by Gina Kolata Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2011)

The fascinating, true story of the world's deadliest disease.

In 1918, the Great Flu Epidemic felled the young and healthy virtually overnight. An estimated forty million people died as the epidemic raged. Children...


No Man's Land

by Elizabeth D. Samet Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 04, 2014)

As the post-9/11 wars wind down, a literature professor at West Point explores what it means for soldiers, and our country, to be caught between war and peace

Elizabeth D. Samet, a professor of English at West...


The Brain Electric

by Malcolm Gay Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 20, 2015)

The gripping and revelatory story of the dramatic race to merge the human brain with machines

Leading neuroscience researchers are racing to unlock the secrets of the mind. On the cusp of decoding brain signals...


Sidewalk

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 1999

by Mitchell Duneier, Hakim Hasan & Ovie Carter Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 20, 2000)

An exceptional ethnography marked by clarity and candor, Sidewalk takes us into the socio-cultural environment of those who, though often seen as threatening or unseemly, work day after day on "the blocks" of...