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The Evolution Of Desire

by David M. Buss Basic Books (December 26, 2016)

The groundbreaking, provocative book that uses evolutionary psychology to explain human mating and the mysteries of love.

If we all want love, why is there so much conflict in our most cherished relationships?...


A Field Guide to a Happy Life

by Massimo Pigliucci Basic Books (September 14, 2020)

A brilliant philosopher reimagines Stoicism for our modern age in this thought-provoking guide to a better life.

For more than two thousand years, Stoicism has offered a message of resilience in the face of hardship....


Morality

by Jonathan Sacks Basic Books (August 31, 2020)

A distinguished religious leader's stirring case for reconstructing a shared framework of virtues and values.

With liberal democracy embattled, public discourse grown toxic, family life breaking down, and drug...


Worked Over

by Jamie K McCallum Basic Books (September 07, 2020)

An award-winning sociologist reveals the unexpected link between overwork and inequality.

Most Americans work too long and too hard, while others lack consistency in their hours and schedules. Work hours declined...


Venus and Aphrodite

by Bettany Hughes Basic Books (September 21, 2020)

A cultural history of the goddess of love, from a New York Times bestselling and award-winning historian.

Aphrodite was said to have been born from the sea, rising out of a froth of white foam. But long before...


Unique

by David Linden Basic Books (September 28, 2020)

Inspired by the abundance of unique personalities available on dating websites, a renowned neuroscientist examines the science of what makes you, you.

David J. Linden has devoted his career to understanding the...


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...


A Traitor to His Species

by Ernest Freeberg Basic Books (September 21, 2020)

From an award-winning historian, the outlandish story of the man who gave rights to animals.

In Gilded Age America, people and animals lived cheek-by-jowl in environments that were dirty and dangerous to man...


Every Life Is on Fire

by Jeremy England Basic Books (September 14, 2020)

A preeminent physicist unveils a field-defining theory of the origins and purpose of life.

Why are we alive? Most things in the universe aren't. And everything that is alive traces back to things that, puzzlingly,...


Vanguard

by Martha S. Jones Basic Books (September 07, 2020)

The epic history of African American women's pursuit of political power -- and how it transformed America.

In the standard story, the suffrage crusade began in Seneca Falls in 1848 and ended with the ratification...


Republic of Wrath

by James A. Morone Basic Books (September 07, 2020)

A prize-winning political scientist untangles the deep roots of tribalism in America.

American politics seems to be in an unprecedented uproar. But in this revelatory work of political history, James A. Morone...


Island Stories

by David Reynolds Basic Books (March 23, 2020)

This history of Britain set in a global context for our times offers a new perspective on how the rise and fall of an empire shaped modern European politics.

When the British voted to leave the European Union...


Island Stories

by David Reynolds Basic Books (March 24, 2020)


No Man's Land

by Wendy Moore Basic Books (April 27, 2020)

The "absorbing and powerful" (Wall Street Journal) story of two pioneering suffragette doctors who shattered social expectations and transformed modern medicine during World War I

A month after war broke out...


Pretty Bitches

by Lizzie Skurnick & Rebecca Traister Basic Books (March 03, 2020)

Leading women writers examine the power of the words that are used to diminish women

Words matter. They wound, they inflate, they define, they demean. They have nuance and power. "Effortless," "Sassy," "Ambitious,"...


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...


The Betrayal of the Duchess

by Maurice Samuels Basic Books (April 13, 2020)

Fighting to reclaim the French crown for the Bourbons, the duchesse de Berry faces betrayal at the hands of one of her closest advisors in this dramatic history of power and revolution.

The year was 1832, a...


The Sword and the Shield

by Peniel E. Joseph Basic Books (March 30, 2020)

This dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King upends longstanding preconceptions to transform our understanding of the twentieth century's most iconic African American leaders.

To most Americans, Malcolm...


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 F. Cott Basic Books (March 16, 2020)

From a Harvard historian, this riveting portrait of four trailblazing American journalists highlights the power of the press in the interwar period.

In the fragile peace following the Great War, a surprising...


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 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...


We Know It When We See It

by Richard Masland Basic Books (March 09, 2020)

A Harvard researcher investigates the human eye in this insightful account of what vision reveals about intelligence, learning, and the greatest mysteries of neuroscience.

Spotting a face in a crowd is so easy,...


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...


The Abandonment of the West

by Michael Kimmage Basic Books (April 20, 2020)

This definitive portrait of American diplomacy reveals how the concept of the West drove twentieth-century foreign policy, how it fell from favor, and why it is worth saving.

Throughout the twentieth century,...


Uncrowned Queen

by Nicola Tallis Basic Books (June 01, 2020)

An "impeccably researched and beautifully written" biography of Lady Margaret Beaufort, matriarch of the Tudor dynasty (Tracy Borman, author of The Private Lives of the Tudors and Elizabeth's Women).

In 1485,...


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 & 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...


Cinderella and the Glass Ceiling

by Laura Lane & Ellen Haun Basic Books (March 10, 2020)

A wickedly wise (and wisecracking) parody of classic fairy tales that reclaims them for the modern feminist era

You know what? It's super creepy to kiss a woman who is unconscious. And you know what else? The...


The Fortress

by Alexander Watson Basic Books (February 24, 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...


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 (January 20, 2020)

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

Americans are living through a social crisis. Our politics is polarized and bitterly divided. Culture wars...


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...


Roman Warfare

by Adrian Goldsworthy Basic Books (May 06, 2019)

From an award-winning historian of ancient Rome, a concise and comprehensive history of the fighting forces that created the Roman Empire

Roman warfare was relentless in its pursuit of victory. A ruthless approach...


The Pleasure Gap

by Katherine Rowland Basic Books (January 07, 2020)

Women in America experience far less sexual pleasure than men. What is to be done?

For every three orgasms an American man has, studies show, a woman has one. Up to 40 percent of American women experience...


Average is the New Awesome

by Samantha Matt Basic Books (January 07, 2020)

A celebration of ordinary awesomeness, for all of us who were told "You can do anything!" and then found out we actually can't

Crappy apartments, lame relationships, getting passed over for a great job (again)--not...


The Little Ice Age

by Brian Fagan Basic Books (November 25, 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...


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 05, 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...


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 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...


Mad in America

by Robert Whitaker Basic Books (September 09, 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...


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...


Ways of Heaven

by Roel Sterckx Basic Books (September 16, 2019)

A brilliant history of ancient China's masters of philosophy -- and how they help us understand China today In Ways of Heaven, leading China scholar Roel Sterckx offers an engrossing introduction to classical...


A New World Begins

by Jeremy Popkin Basic Books (December 09, 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...