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Excellent Sheep

by William Deresiewicz Free Press (August 19, 2014)

A groundbreaking manifesto about what our nation’s top schools should be—but aren’t—providing: “The ex-Yale professor effectively skewers elite colleges, their brainy but soulless students (those ‘sheep’),...


by Rickie Solinger Free Press (May 30, 1995)

Prior to Roe v. Wade, hundreds of thousands of illegal abortions occurred in the United States every year. Rickie Solinger uses the story of Ruth Barnett, an abortionist in Portland, Oregon, between 1918 and...

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

by Gregory Boyle Free Press (March 09, 2010)

“Destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” (Los Angeles Times)—Tattoos on the Heart is a series of parables about kinship and redemption from pastor, activist,...

Worse Than Slavery

by David M. Oshinsky Free Press (June 23, 2008)

In this sensitively told tale of suffering, brutality, and inhumanity, Worse Than Slavery is an epic history of race and punishment in the deepest South from emancipation to the civil rights era—and beyond....

Subversive Family

by Ferdinand Mount Free Press (June 15, 2010)

British politician and writer, Ferdinand Mount, challenges contemporary beliefs about society and family—including the history of divorce, childcare, and the concept of the nuclear family.

In Subversive Family...

Long Way Home

by Laura Caldwell Free Press (September 14, 2010)

Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago’s very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months...


by John A. Spaulding, George Simpson & Emile Durkheim Free Press (May 11, 2010)

A classic book about the phenomenon of suicide and its social causes written by one of the world’s most influential sociologists.

Emile Durkheim’s Suicide addresses the phenomenon of suicide and its social...

Problem of Order

by Dennis Wrong Free Press (January 31, 1994)

At the end of the twentieth century, many fear that the bonds holding civil society together have come undone. Yet, as the noted scholar Dennis Wrong shows us, our generation is not alone in fearing a breakdown...

Adult Psychopathology, Second Edition

by Francis J. Turner Free Press (September 02, 1999)

The most comprehensive textbook for students in advanced social work and mental health courses is now completely revised and updated for a new generation

When Adult Psychopathology: A Social Work Perspective...

Behavior in Public Places

by Erving Goffman Free Press (June 30, 2008)

Erving Goffman effectively extends his argument in favor of a diagnosis of deviant behavior which takes account of the whole social situation.

The Real Pepsi Challenge

by Stephanie Capparell Free Press (January 09, 2007)

In America's long march toward racial equality, small acts of courage by men and women whose names we don't recall have contributed mightily to our nation's struggle to achieve its own ideals. This moving book...

Superman Is Jewish?: How Comic Book Superheroes Came to Serve Truth, Justice, and the Jewish-American Way

by Harry Brod Free Press (February 25, 2009)

From a brilliant and witty comic book aficionado, this “scholarly but lively narrative” (Kirkus Reviews) reveals the links between Jews and the iconic superheroes of Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Stan Lee,...

Made from Scratch: Reclaiming the Pleasures of the American Hearth

by Jean Zimmerman Free Press (November 13, 2012)

A stunning celebration and reappraisal of the importance of “women’s work,” Made from Scratch addresses the tug that many Americans feel between our professional and private lives.

In this stunning celebration...

Can't Buy My Love

by Jean Kilbourne & Mary Pipher Free Press (June 26, 2012)

"When was the last time you felt this comfortable in a relationship?"

-- An ad for sneakers

"You can love it without getting your heart broken."

-- An ad for a car

"Until I find a real man, I'll settle for a real...

Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics

by Ross Douthat Free Press (March 26, 2012)

As the youngest-ever op-ed columnist for the New York Times, Ross Douthat has emerged as one of the most provocative and influential voices of his generation. In Bad Religion he offers a masterful and hard-hitting...

Thinking In Time

by Richard E. Neustadt Free Press (August 23, 2011)

“A convincing case that careful analysis of the history, issues, individuals, and institutions can lead to better decisions—in business as well as in government” (BusinessWeek).

Two noted professors offer...

American Chinatown

by Bonnie Tsui Free Press (August 11, 2009)

CHINATOWN, U.S.A.: a state of mind, a world within a world, a neighborhood that exists in more cities than you might imagine. Every day, Americans find "something different" in Chinatown's narrow lanes and overflowing...

The American Way of War

by Eugene Jarecki Free Press (October 14, 2008)

In the sobering aftermath of America's invasion of Iraq, Eugene Jarecki, the creator of the award-winning documentary Why We Fight, launches a penetrating and revelatory inquiry into how forces within the American...

Rocket Dreams

by Marina Benjamin Free Press (May 25, 2003)

In 1958, mankind's centuries-long flirtation with space flight became a torrid love affair. For a decade, tens of millions of people were enraptured -- first, by the U.S.-Soviet race to the moon, and finally,...

The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Takes On Alzheimer's

by Maria Shriver Free Press (October 19, 2010)

The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s will be the first comprehensive multi-disciplinary look at these questions at this transformational moment. The Report will digest the current trends...

The Moral Landscape

by Sam Harris Free Press (October 05, 2010)

Sam Harris’s first book, The End of Faith, ignited a worldwide debate about the validity of religion. In the aftermath, Harris discovered that most people—from religious fundamentalists to nonbelieving scientists—agree...

A Bound Man

by Shelby Steele Free Press (December 04, 2007)

In Shelby Steele's beautifully wrought and thoughtprovoking new book, A Bound Man, the award-winning and bestselling author of The Content of Our Character attests that Senator Barack Obama's groundbreaking...

Free Will

by Sam Harris Free Press (March 06, 2012)

A BELIEF IN FREE WILL touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse...

The Real Toy Story

by Eric Clark Free Press (January 09, 2007)

The American toy business is massive, world dominating, cutthroat, exciting, and increasingly willing to sacrifice our kids in its frantic rush for profit. And yet, for all its rapaciousness, the industry is...

Life After Life

by Evans D. Hopkins Free Press (June 15, 2010)

Life After Life is the haunting and gloriously redemptive tale of Evans D. Hopkins's many lives, a sweeping journey from promising middle-class youth to civil rights militant, from criminal and convict to celebrated...

Kickboxing Geishas

by Veronica Chambers Free Press (January 09, 2007)

Forget the stereotypes. Today's Japanese women are shattering them -- breaking the bonds of tradition and dramatically transforming their culture. Shopping-crazed schoolgirls in Hello Kitty costumes and the...

Travels with Barley

by Ken Wells Free Press (November 01, 2007)

Do beer yeast rustlers really exist? Who patented the Beer Goddess? How can you tell a Beer Geek from a Beer Nazi? Where exactly is Beervana? Does Big Beer hate Little Beer?

Ken Wells, a novelist, Pulitzer...

The Essence of Style

by Joan DeJean Free Press (November 01, 2007)

What makes fashionistas willing to pay a small fortune for a particular designer accessory -- a luxe handbag, for example? Why is it that people all over the world share the conviction that a special occasion...

The Immigrant Advantage

by Claudia Kolker Free Press (October 18, 2011)

Do you have a relative or friend who would gladly wait on you, hand and foot, for a full month after you had a baby? How about someone to deliver a delicious, piping hot home-cooked meal, just like your mother’s,...

Down to Earth Sociology: 14th Edition

by James M. Henslin Free Press (February 01, 1981)

For thirty-five years and through thirteen editions, Jim Henslin's Down to Earth Sociology has opened new windows onto the social realities that shape our world. Now in its fourteenth edition, the most popular...

Sharing the Journey

by Robert Wuthnow Free Press (July 01, 1996)

A look at how support groups have affected American society argues that, although support groups provide a warmth and security that holds society together, they can lead to an unhealthy self-absorption and a...

Much Ado About Loving

by Jack Murnighan & Maura Kelly Free Press (January 03, 2012)

“A treat for any book lover, happily mated or cheerfully single” (USA TODAY)—two popular journalists give hilarious relationship advice borrowed from the most famous characters in literature.

Finding love...

Luxury Fever

by Robert H. Frank Free Press (April 02, 2001)

A new luxury fever has America in its grip. Independent of stock prices, recessions, and inflation rates, the past two decades have witnessed a spectacular and uninterrupted rise in luxury consumption. Ordinary,...

Process and Reality

by Alfred North Whitehead Free Press (May 11, 2010)

One of the major philosophical texts of the 20th century, Process and Reality is based on Alfred North Whitehead’s influential lectures that he delivered at the University of Edinburgh in the 1920s on process...

The Journey Home

by Joyce Antler Free Press (May 11, 2010)

A unique, positive collection of essays profiles a number of forgotten female Jewish leaders who played key roles in various American social and political movements, from suffrage and birth control to civil...

The Theory Of Social And Economic Organization

by Max Weber Free Press (November 24, 2009)

This book is an introduction to Max Weber’s ambitious comparative study of the sociological and institutional foundations of the modern economic and social order.

In this work originally published in German...

Social Structure & Person

by Talcott Parsons Free Press (May 11, 2010)

A Collection of essays which studies the theoretical problem of relationships between social structure and personality, and how these different relationships merit distinct treatment for particular purposes. ...

The Itch

by Benilde Little Free Press (May 11, 2010)

From the author of the smashing debut bestseller Good Hair comes The Itch, the stirring story of a crisis-torn woman who discovers a depth of character and a sense of self she never knew she possessed.

Abra Lewis...

Essays in Sociological Theory

by Talcott Parsons Free Press (May 11, 2010)

Talcott Parsons needs little introduction to anyone acquainted with the literature of sociology. Few men have dominated their fields so much as Dr. Parsons does his.

In this collection of nineteen essays, Dr....

To Redeem One Person Is to Redeem the World

by Gail A. Hornstein Free Press (January 10, 2002)

In this marvelously researched and moving biography closely grounded in Frieda Fromm-Reichmann's work, Gail Hornstein brings back to life the maverick psychiatrist who accomplished what Freud and almost everyone...

Idea Of Civil Society

by Adam Seligman Free Press (September 28, 1992)

As the countries of East-Central Europe struggle to create liberal democracy and the United States and other Western nations attempt to rediscover their own tarnished civil institutions, Adam Seligman identifies...

Tell Them Who I Am

by Elliot Liebow Free Press (March 12, 1993)

He observes them, creating portraits that are intimate and objective, while breaking down stereotypes and dehumanizing labels often used to describe the homeless. Liebow writes about their daily habits, constant...

The Population of the United States

by Donald J. Bogue, Douglas L. Anderton & Richard E. Barrett Free Press (July 06, 2010)

This third edition, written with two new coauthors, combines 1990 census data with information from the Current Population Survey, the National Health Interview Survey, and numerous other sources, even including...

Sybil Exposed

by Debbie Nathan Free Press (October 18, 2011)

Sybil: a name that conjures up enduring fascination for legions of obsessed fans who followed the nonfiction blockbuster from 1973 and the TV movie based on it—starring Sally Field and Joanne Woodward—about...

Japanese Woman

by Sumiko Iwao Free Press (June 19, 2008)

Westerners and Japanese men have a vivid mental image of Japanese women as dependent, deferential, and devoted to their families--anything but ambitious. In fact, the author shows, Japanese women hold equal...

From Hardtack to Homefries

by Barbara Haber Free Press (May 11, 2010)

Barbara Haber, one of America's most respected authorities on the history of food, has spent years excavating fascinating stories of the ways in which meals cooked and served by women have shaped American history....

Tidal Wave

by Sara Evans Free Press (May 11, 2010)

Forty years ago few women worked, married women could not borrow money in their own names, schools imposed strict quotas on female applicants, and sexual harassment did not exist as a legal concept. Yet despite...