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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,...


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 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...


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...


The Great Democracy

by Ganesh Sitaraman Basic Books (December 09, 2019)

A leading progressive intellectual offers an "illuminating" agenda for how real democracy can triumph in America and beyond (Ari Berman, New York Times).

Since the New Deal in the 1930s, there have been two eras...


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...


Barrio America

by A. K. Sandoval-Strausz Basic Books (November 11, 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...


Give Me Liberty

by Richard Brookhiser Basic Books (November 04, 2019)

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

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


Heirs of an Honored Name

by Douglas R Egerton Basic Books (October 28, 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...


What Was Liberalism?

by James Traub Basic Books (September 23, 2019)

A sweeping history of liberalism, from its earliest origins to its imperiled present and uncertain future

Donald Trump is the first American president to regard liberal values with open contempt. He has company:...


Double Crossed

by Matthew Avery Sutton Basic Books (September 23, 2019)

The untold story of the Christian missionaries who played a crucial role in the allied victory in World War II

What makes a good missionary makes a good spy. Or so thought "Wild" Bill Donovan when he secretly...


Charter Schools and Their Enemies

by Thomas Sowell Basic Books (June 30, 2020)

A leading conservative intellectual defends charter schools against the teachers' unions, politicians, and liberal educators who threaten to dismantle their success.

The black-white educational achievement gap--so...


The Rise of the Creative Class

by Richard Florida Basic Books (September 02, 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...


Discrimination and Disparities

by Thomas Sowell Basic Books (March 04, 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...


Why Cities Lose

by Jonathan A. Rodden Basic Books (June 03, 2019)

A prizewinning political scientist traces the origins of urban-rural political conflict and shows how geography shapes elections in America and beyond

Why is it so much easier for the Democratic Party to win...


Bleeding Out

by Thomas Abt Basic Books (June 24, 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 as Harvard...


A Thousand Small Sanities

by Adam Gopnik Basic Books (May 13, 2019)

A stirring defense of liberalism against the dogmatisms of our time from an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author.

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


The Case for Trump

by Victor Davis Hanson Basic Books (March 04, 2019)

This New York Times bestselling Trump biography from a major American intellectual explains how a renegade businessman became one of the most successful -- and necessary -- presidents of all time.

In The Case...


The Socialist Manifesto

by Bhaskar Sunkara Basic Books (April 29, 2019)

A "razor-sharp" introduction to this political and economic ideology makes a galvanizing argument for modern socialism (Naomi Klein) -- and explains how its core tenets could effect positive change in America...


Children of the Dream

by Rucker C. Johnson Basic Books (April 15, 2019)

An acclaimed economist reveals that school integration efforts in the 1970s and 1980s were overwhelmingly successful -- and argues that we must renew our commitment to integration for the sake of all Americans...


The Chief

by Joan Biskupic Basic Books (March 25, 2019)

An incisive biography of the Supreme Court's enigmatic Chief Justice, taking us inside the momentous legal decisions of his tenure so far.

John Roberts was named to the Supreme Court in 2005 claiming he would...


Dying of Whiteness

by Jonathan M. Metzl Basic Books (March 04, 2019)

A physician reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences -- even for the white voters they promise to help

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Esquire and the Boston Globe

In...


Punishment Without Crime

by Alexandra Natapoff Basic Books (December 30, 2018)

A revelatory account of the misdemeanor machine that unjustly brands millions of Americans as criminals

Punishment Without Crime offers an urgent new interpretation of inequality and injustice in America by examining...


Unruly Waters

by Sunil Amrith Basic Books (December 10, 2018)

From a MacArthur "Genius," a bold new perspective on the history of Asia, highlighting the long quest to tame its waters

Asia's history has been shaped by her waters. In Unruly Waters, historian Sunil Amrith...


A Nation Forged by Crisis

by Jay Sexton Basic Books (October 15, 2018)

A concise new history of the United States revealing that crises--not unlike those of the present day--have determined our nation's course from the start

In A Nation Forged by Crisis, historian Jay Sexton contends...


Mortal Republic

by Edward J. Watts Basic Books (November 05, 2018)

Learn why the Roman Republic collapsed -- and how it could have continued to thrive -- with this insightful history from an award-winning author.

In Mortal Republic, prize-winning historian Edward J. Watts offers...


1619

by James Horn Basic Books (October 15, 2018)

The essential history of the extraordinary year in which American democracy and American slavery emerged hand in hand in colonial Virginia.

Along the banks of the James River, Virginia, during an oppressively...


John Marshall

by Richard Brookhiser Basic Books (November 12, 2018)

The life of John Marshall, Founding Father and America's premier chief justice.

In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth chief justice of the United States....


Fierce Enigmas

by Srinath Raghavan Basic Books (October 15, 2018)

The two-hundred-year history of the United States' involvement in South Asia--the key to understanding contemporary American policy in the region

South Asia looms large in American foreign policy. Over the past...


The Rise of Andrew Jackson

by David S. Heidler & Jeanne T. Heidler Basic Books (October 22, 2018)

The story of Andrew Jackson's improbable ascent to the White House, centered on the handlers and propagandists who made it possible

Andrew Jackson was volatile and prone to violence, and well into his forties...


The Virtue of Nationalism

by Yoram Hazony Basic Books (September 03, 2018)

A leading conservative thinker argues that a nationalist order is the only realistic safeguard of liberty in the world today

Nationalism is the issue of our age. From Donald Trump's "America First" politics...


Lords of the Desert

by James Barr Basic Books (September 10, 2018)

A path-breaking history of how the United States superseded Great Britain as the preeminent power in the Middle East, with urgent lessons for the present day

We usually assume that Arab nationalism brought about...


How Democracy Ends

by David Runciman Basic Books (June 04, 2018)

How will democracy end? And what will replace it? A preeminent political scientist examines the past, present, and future of an endangered political philosophy

Since the end of World War II, democracy's sweep...


The Price of Greatness

by Jay Cost Basic Books (June 04, 2018)

An incisive account of the tumultuous relationship between Alexander Hamilton and James Madison and of the origins of our wealthy yet highly unequal nation

In the history of American politics there are few stories...


To End a Presidency

by Laurence Tribe & Joshua Matz Basic Books (May 14, 2018)

As Congress prepares articles of impeachment of President Trump, read the definitive book on presidential impeachment and how it should be used today.

Impeachment is our ultimate constitutional check against...


Edge of Chaos

by Dambisa Moyo Basic Books (April 23, 2018)

From an internationally acclaimed economist, a provocative call to jump-start economic growth by aggressively overhauling liberal democracy

Around the world, people who are angry at stagnant wages and growing...


Why Honor Matters

by Tamler Sommers Basic Books (May 07, 2018)

A controversial call to put honor at the center of morality

To the modern mind, the idea of honor is outdated, sexist, and barbaric. It evokes Hamilton and Burr and pistols at dawn, not visions of a well-organized...


Insane

by Alisa Roth Basic Books (April 02, 2018)

An urgent exposéf the mental health crisis in our courts, jails, and prisons

America has made mental illness a crime. Jails in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago each house more people with mental illnesses...


The Heavens Might Crack

by Jason Sokol Basic Books (March 19, 2018)

A vivid portrait of how Americans grappled with King's death and legacy in the days, weeks, and months after his assassination

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot as he stood on the balcony...


Separate and Unequal

by Steven M. Gillon Basic Books (March 05, 2018)

From a New York Times bestselling author, the definitive history of the Kerner Commission, whose report on urban unrest reshaped American debates about race and inequality

In Separate and Unequal, New York Times...


The Counterrevolution

by Bernard E. Harcourt Basic Books (February 26, 2018)

A distinguished political theorist sounds the alarm about the counterinsurgency strategies used to govern Americans

Militarized police officers with tanks and drones. Pervasive government surveillance and profiling....


The Republic of Plato

by Adam Kirsch & Allan Bloom Basic Books (November 21, 2016)

The definitive translation of Plato's Republic, the most influential text in the history of Western philosophy

Long regarded as the most accurate rendering of Plato's Republic that has yet been published, this...


The Pentagon's Wars

by Mark Perry Basic Books (October 23, 2017)

A gripping insider account of the clash between America's civilian and military leadership

The Pentagon's Wars is a dramatic account of the deep and divisive debates between America's civilian leaders and its...


The Constitution

by Michael Stokes Paulsen & Luke Paulsen Basic Books (January 02, 2017)

From war powers to health care, freedom of speech to gun ownership, religious liberty to abortion, practically every aspect of American life is shaped by the Constitution. This vital document, along with its...


The New Education

by Cathy N. Davidson Basic Books (September 04, 2017)

A leading educational thinker argues that the American university is stuck in the past -- and shows how we can revolutionize it for our era of constant change

Our current system of higher education dates to...


The Impossible Presidency

by Jeremi Suri Basic Books (September 11, 2017)

A bold new history of the American presidency, arguing that the successful presidents of the past created unrealistic expectations for every president since JFK, with enormously problematic implications for...


Wealth, Poverty and Politics

by Thomas Sowell Basic Books (September 05, 2016)

A revised and enlarged edition of Thomas Sowell's essential examination of differences of wealth and income between nations and within nations

Wealth, Poverty and Politics challenges the assumptions, the definitions,...


Twilight Warriors

by James Kitfield Basic Books (October 24, 2016)

A dramatic portrait of the innovative Special Forces commanders and FBI agents who wage war against America's hidden enemies

With the planned withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the longest conflicts...


The Making of Modern Zionism

by Shlomo Avineri Basic Books (April 03, 2017)

An expanded edition of a classic intellectual history of Zionism, now covering the rise of religious Zionism since the 1970s

For eighteen centuries pious Jews had prayed for the return to Jerusalem, but only...


The Grand Chessboard

by Zbigniew Brzezinski Basic Books (December 05, 2016)

Bestselling author and eminent foreign policy scholar Zbigniew Brzezinski's classic book on American's strategic mission in the modern world

In The Grand Chessboard, renowned geostrategist Zbigniew Brzezinski...