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Island Stories

by David Reynolds Basic Books (March 24, 2020)


The Sword and the Shield

by Peniel E. Joseph Basic Books (April 07, 2020)

A dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King that transforms our understanding of the twentieth century's most iconic African American leaders

To most Americans, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. represent...


Fighting Words

by Nancy Cott Basic Books (March 17, 2020)

From an esteemed historian, a riveting group portrait of international journalists in the interwar period

In the fragile peace following the Great War, a surprising number of restless young Americans abandoned...


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 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...


We Know It When We See It

by Richard Masland Basic Books (March 10, 2020)

A pioneering researcher offers a sweeping account of vision and the clues it holds to some of neuroscience's biggest mysteries

Spotting a face in a crowd is so easy, you take it for granted. But how you do it...


Hitler's First Hundred Days

by Peter Fritzsche Basic Books (March 17, 2020)

The breathtaking rise of Hitler in 1933-and the making of the Nazis

Amid the ravages of economic depression, Germans in the early 1930s were pulled to political extremes both left and right. Then, in the spring...


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...


The Fortress

by Alexander Watson Basic Books (February 25, 2020)

A prizewinning historian tells the dramatic story of the siege that changed the course of the First World War

In September 1914, just a month into World War I, the Russian army laid siege to the fortress city...


A Time to Build

by Yuval Levin Basic Books (February 04, 2020)

A leading conservative intellectual argues that to renew America we must recommit to our institutions

Americans are living through a social crisis. Left and right alike have turned "institution" into a dirty...


The Little Ice Age

by Brian Fagan Basic Books (November 26, 2019)

Only in the last decade have climatologists developed an accurate picture of yearly climate conditions in historical times. This development confirmed a long-standing suspicion: that the world endured a 500-year...


When Nietzsche Wept

by Irvin D. Yalom Basic Books (August 06, 2019)

In nineteenth-century Vienna, a drama of love, fate, and will is played out amid the intellectual ferment that defined the era. Josef Breuer, one of the founding fathers of psychoanalysis, is at the height of...


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...


Mad in America

by Robert Whitaker Basic Books (September 10, 2019)

An updated edition of the classic history of schizophrenia in America, which gives voice to generations of patients who suffered through "cures" that only deepened their suffering and impaired their hope of...


A New World Begins

by Jeremy Popkin Basic Books (December 10, 2019)

From an award-winning historian, a magisterial account of the revolution that created the modern world

The principles of the French Revolution remain the only possible basis for a just society -- even if, after...


Land of Tears

by Robert Harms Basic Books (December 03, 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...


American Queenmaker

by Julie Des Jardins Basic Books (December 03, 2019)

The first biography of Missy Meloney, the most important woman you've never heard of

Marie "Missy" Mattingly Meloney was born in 1878, in an America where women couldn't vote. Yet she recognized the power that...


The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll  Ever Need

by Ellen Karsh & Arlen Sue Fox Basic Books (December 03, 2019)

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

Written by two expert authors who have won millions of dollars in government and foundation grants, this is the essential book on securing...


The Great Democracy

by Ganesh Sitaraman Basic Books (December 10, 2019)

A leading progressive intellectual offers an agenda for how real democracy can triumph in America and beyond

Since World War II, there have been two eras in political history: the liberal era, stretching from...


America for Americans

by Erika Lee Basic Books (November 26, 2019)

An award-winning historian reframes our continuing debate over immigration with a compelling history of xenophobia in the United States and its devastating impact

The United States is a nation of immigrants....


The Other Side of Sadness

by George A. Bonanno Basic Books (November 05, 2019)

In this thoroughly revised and updated classic, a renowned psychologist shows that mourning is far from predictable, and all of us share a surprising ability to be resilient

The conventional view of grieving--encapsulated...


The Dance of Life

by Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz & Roger Highfield Basic Books (November 12, 2019)

A renowned biologist's cutting-edge and unconventional examination of human reproduction and embryo research

Scientists have long struggled to make pregnancy easier, safer, and more successful. In The Dance...


Walter Ralegh

by Alan Gallay Basic Books (November 19, 2019)

From a Bancroft Prize-winning historian, a biography of the famed poet, courtier, and colonizer, showing how he laid the foundations of the English Empire

Sir Walter Ralegh was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth....


Why We're Wrong About Nearly Everything

by Bobby Duffy Basic Books (November 26, 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...


The Mutual Admiration Society

by Mo Moulton Basic Books (November 05, 2019)

A group biography of renowned crime novelist Dorothy L. Sayers and the Oxford women who stood at the vanguard of equal rights

Dorothy L. Sayers is now famous for her Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane detective...


Are Men Animals?

by Matthew Gutmann Basic Books (November 05, 2019)

"Boys will be boys," the saying goes -- but what does that actually mean? A leading anthropologist investigates

Why do men behave the way they do? Is it their male brains? Surging testosterone? From vulgar locker-room...


Give Me Liberty

by Richard Brookhiser Basic Books (November 05, 2019)

An award-winning historian recounts the history of American liberty through the stories of twelve essential documents

Nationalism is inevitable: It supplies feelings of belonging, identity, and recognition. It...


Music

by Ted Gioia Basic Books (October 15, 2019)

A preeminent music historian and critic presents a global history of music from the bottom up

Histories of music overwhelmingly suppress stories of the outsiders and rebels who created musical revolutions and...


The Accursed Tower

by Roger Crowley Basic Books (October 15, 2019)

From a New York Times-bestselling author, a stirring account of the siege of Acre in 1291, when the last Christian stronghold fell to the Muslim army

The 1291 siege of Acre was the Alamo of the Christian Crusades...


Heirs of an Honored Name

by Douglas R Egerton Basic Books (October 29, 2019)

An enthralling chronicle of the American nineteenth century told through the unraveling of the nation's first political dynasty

John and Abigail Adams founded a famous political family, but they would not witness...


Dreams of El Dorado

by H. W. Brands Basic Books (October 22, 2019)

From a New York Times-bestselling author, a sweeping history of the American West

In Dreams of El Dorado, H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West. He takes us from...


Dominion

by Tom Holland Basic Books (October 29, 2019)

A historian of antiquity shows how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imagination

Crucifixion, the Romans believed, was the worst fate imaginable. It was this that rendered it so suitable a punishment...


Passionate Spirit

by Cate Haste Basic Books (September 10, 2019)

A new biography of Alma Mahler (1879-1964), revealing a woman determined to wield power in a world that denied her agency

History has long vilified Alma Mahler. Critics accused her of distracting Gustav Mahler...


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...


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 03, 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...


Transcendence

by Gaia Vince Basic Books (September 24, 2019)

How four tools enabled our species to seize control of its destiny

What is the most significant force in human evolution? What enabled us to replace our ancestors' simple stone tools with tools and technologies...


What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

by Leah Price Basic Books (August 20, 2019)

Reports of the death of reading are greatly exaggerated

Do books have a future? Does reading? And what's the difference?

Digital-age Jeremiahs lament that readers have lost patience for anything longer than a...


To Pray as a Jew

by Hayim H. Donin Basic Books (August 13, 2019)

A distinguished guide to Jewish prayer

Why do Jews pray? What is the role of prayer in their lives as moral and ethical beings? From the simplest details of how to comport oneself on entering a synagogue to the...


To Be a Jew

by Hayim H. Donin Basic Books (August 13, 2019)

The classic guide to the ageless heritage of Judaism

Embraced over many decades by hundreds of thousands of readers, To Be a Jew offers a clear and comprehensive introduction to traditional Jewish laws and customs...


Discrimination and Disparities

by Thomas Sowell Basic Books (March 05, 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 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....


The Royal Society

by Adrian Tinniswood Basic Books (June 04, 2019)

An engaging new history of the Royal Society of London, the club that created modern scientific thought

Founded in 1660 to advance knowledge through experimentally verified facts, The Royal Society of London...


Bleeding Out

by Thomas Abt Basic Books (June 25, 2019)

From a Harvard scholar and former Obama official, a powerful proposal for curtailing violent crime in America

Urban violence is one of the most divisive and allegedly intractable issues of our time, but in...


Origins

by Lewis Dartnell Basic Books (May 14, 2019)

A New York Times-bestselling author explains how the physical world shaped the history of our species

When we talk about human history, we often focus on great leaders, population forces, and decisive wars. But...


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...


Cannae

by Adrian Goldsworthy Basic Books (May 07, 2019)

From an award-winning historian of ancient Rome, the definitive history of Rome's most devastating defeat

August 2, 216 BC was one of history's bloodiest single days of fighting. On a narrow plain near the Southern...


A Thousand Small Sanities

by Adam Gopnik Basic Books (May 14, 2019)

The New York Times-bestselling author offers a stirring defense of liberalism against the dogmatisms of our time

Not since the early twentieth century has liberalism, and liberals, been under such relentless...