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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...


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...


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...


Thank You for Being Late

by Thomas L. Friedman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 22, 2016)

#1 New York Times Bestseller Los Angeles Times Bestseller

One of The Wall Street Journal's 10 Books to Read NowOne of Kirkus Reviews's Best Nonfiction Books of the YearOne of Publishers Weekly's...


Future Sex

by Emily Witt Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 11, 2016)

A funny, fresh, and moving antidote to conventional attitudes about sex and the single woman

Emily Witt is single and in her thirties. Up until a few years ago, she still envisioned her sexual experience “eventually...


Seeing a Color-Blind Future

by Patricia J. Williams Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 02, 2016)

In these five eloquent and passionate pieces (which she gave as the prestigious Reith Lectures for the BBC) Patricia J. Williams asks how we might achieve a world where "color doesn't matter"--where whiteness...


Hogs Wild

by Ian Frazier Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 07, 2016)

"A master of both distilled insight and utter nonsense" (The Believer), Ian Frazier is one of the most gifted chroniclers of contemporary America. Hogs Wild assembles a decade's worth of his finest essays and...


Unforbidden Pleasures

by Adam Phillips Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 17, 2016)

Much has been written of the forbidden pleasures. But what of the "unforbidden" pleasures?

Unforbidden Pleasures is the singular new book from Adam Phillips, the author of Missing Out, Going Sane, and On Balance...


Labor of Love

by Moira Weigel Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 17, 2016)

“Does anyone date anymore?” Today, the authorities tell us that courtship is in crisis. But when Moira Weigel dives into the history of sex and romance in modern America, she discovers that authorities have...


Missing Man

by Barry Meier Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 03, 2016)

In late 2013, Americans were shocked to learn that a former FBI agent turned private investigator who disappeared in Iran in 2007 was there on a mission for the CIA. The missing man, Robert Levinson, appeared...


A Rage for Order

Lionel Gelber Prize 2017

by Robert F. Worth Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 26, 2016)

The definitive work of literary journalism on the Arab Spring and its troubled aftermath

In 2011, a wave of revolution spread through the Middle East as protesters demanded an end to tyranny, corruption, and...


Ghetto

by Mitchell Duneier Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 19, 2016)

A New York Times Notable Book of 2016

Winner of the Zócalo Public Square Book Prize

On March 29, 1516, the city council of Venice issued a decree forcing Jews to live in il geto—a closed quarter named for...


Woodholme

by DeWayne Wickham Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 29, 2016)

"PG-rated autobiography of a young man's coming-of-age in a black Baltimore ghetto. Journalist Wickham (USA Today, Gannett News Service) was orphaned in 1954 at the age of eight when his father shot his wife...


Straw Dogs

by John Gray Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 29, 2016)

The British bestseller Straw Dogs is an exciting, radical work of philosophy, which sets out to challenge our most cherished assumptions about what it means to be human. From Plato to Christianity, from the...


Putin Country

by Anne Garrels Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 15, 2016)

Short-listed for the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize

More than twenty years ago, the NPR correspondent Anne Garrels first visited Chelyabinsk, a gritty military-industrial center a thousand miles east of Moscow....


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,...


Buffalo Bill's Wild West

by Joy S. Kasson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 22, 2015)

A fascinating analysis of the first famous American to erase the boundary between real history and entertainment

Canada, and Europe. Crowds cheered as cowboys and Indians--and Annie Oakley!--galloped past on...


What the Eye Hears

by Brian Seibert Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 17, 2015)

Magisterial, revelatory, and-most suitably-entertaining, What the Eye Hears offers an authoritative account of the great American art of tap dancing. Brian Seibert, a dance critic for The New York Times, begins...


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...


Near and Distant Neighbors

by Jonathan Haslam Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 22, 2015)

A revelatory and pathbreaking account of the highly secretive world of the Soviet intelligence services

A uniquely comprehensive and rich account of the Soviet intelligence services, Jonathan Haslam's Near and...


Once Upon a Country

by Sari Nusseibeh Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 22, 2015)

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

A teacher, a scholar, a philosopher, and an eyewitness to history, Sari Nusseibeh is one of our most urgent and articulate authorities on the conflict in the Middle...


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...


Give Us the Ballot

by Ari Berman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 04, 2015)

A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Nonfiction

A New York Times Notable Book of 2015

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2015

A Boston Globe Best Book of 2015

A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction...


How to Hack a Party Line

by Sara Miles Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 21, 2015)

The gripping story of the emergence of a powerful new force in American politics

Sara Miles's How to Hack the Party Line is the first book to explain the political significance of the high-technology industry,...


The Iron Road

by James Mawdsley Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 07, 2015)

A startling account of an evil regime and one young man's efforts to defy it.

Twenty-eight-year-old James Mawdsley spent much of the past four years in grim Burmese prisons. The Iron Road is his story, and the...


Second Founding

by David Quigley Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 23, 2015)

At the close of the Civil War, Americans found themselves drawn into a new conflict, one in which the basic shape of the nation's government had to be rethought and new rules for the democratic game had to be...


The Zuni and the American Imagination

by Eliza McFeely Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 23, 2015)

A bold new study of the Zuni, of the first anthropologists who studied them, and of the effect of Zuni on America's sense of itself

The Zuni society existed for centuries before there was a United States, and...


Mother Jones

by Elliott J. Gorn Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 02, 2015)

Her rallying cry was famous: "Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living." A century ago, Mother Jones was a celebrated organizer and agitator, the very soul of the modern American labor movement....


Power to the People

by Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 12, 2015)

A guided tour of a revolution in the making that promises to change our lives

Global warming, rolling black outs, massive tanker spills, oil dependence: our profligate ways have doomed us to suffer such tragedies,...


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...


Keep It Fake

by Eric G. Wilson Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 05, 2015)

Shoot straight from the hip. Tell it like it is. Keep it real.

We love these commands, especially in America, because they appeal to what we want to believe: that there's an authentic self to which we can be...