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No Man's Land

by Elizabeth D. Samet Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 04, 2014)

As the post-9/11 wars wind down, a literature professor at West Point explores what it means for soldiers, and our country, to be caught between war and peace

Elizabeth D. Samet, a professor of English at West...


Political Order and Political Decay

by Francis Fukuyama Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 30, 2014)

The second volume of the bestselling landmark work on the history of the modern state

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, David Gress called Francis Fukuyama's Origins of Political Order "magisterial in its learning...


After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests

by Ted Rall Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 02, 2014)

An unflinching account—in words and pictures—of America's longest war by our most outspoken graphic journalist

Ted Rall traveled deep into Afghanistan—without embedding himself with U.S. soldiers, without...


Hack Attack

by Nick Davies Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 12, 2014)

The definitive book on how the News of the World phone-hacking scandal reached the highest echelons of power in the government, security, and media in the UK, from the journalist who broke the story.

At first,...


On Democracy's Doorstep

by J. Douglas Smith Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 10, 2014)

Winner of the Henry Adams Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government

A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction

A Slate Best Book of 2014

The inside story of the Supreme Court decisions that...


Nathaniel's Nutmeg

by Giles Milton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 10, 2014)

A true tale of high adventure in the South Seas.

The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the Indonesian archipelago. Just two miles long and half a mile wide, it is remote, tranquil, and, these days,...


Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2014

by Evan Osnos Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 13, 2014)

Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalist

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction.

An Economist Best Book of 2014.

A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of...


The French Intifada

by Andrew Hussey Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 22, 2014)

A provocative rethinking of France's long relationship with the Arab world

To fully understand both the social and political pressures wracking contemporary France—and, indeed, all of Europe—as well as major...


War! What Is It Good For?

by Ian Morris Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2014)

A powerful and provocative exploration of how war has changed our society—for the better

"War! . . . . / What is it good for? / Absolutely nothing," says the famous song—but archaeology, history, and biology...


Why the Cocks Fight

by Michele Wucker Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 08, 2014)

Like two roosters in a fighting arena, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are encircled by barriers of geography and poverty. They co-inhabit the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, but their histories are as deeply...


Now I Know Who My Comrades Are

by Emily Parker Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 18, 2014)

In China, university students use the Internet to save the life of an attempted murder victim. In Cuba, authorities unsuccessfully try to silence an online critic by sowing seeds of distrust in her marriage....


Genesis

by John B. Judis Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 04, 2014)

A probing look at one of the most incendiary subjects of our time—the relationship between the United States and Israel

There has been more than half a century of raging conflict between Jews and Arabs—a...


Down to the Crossroads

by Aram Goudsouzian Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 04, 2014)

In 1962, James Meredith became a civil rights hero when he enrolled as the first African American student at the University of Mississippi. Four years later, he would make the news again when he reentered Mississippi,...


Flappers

by Judith Mackrell Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 14, 2014)

By the 1920s, women were on the verge of something huge. Jazz, racy fashions, eyebrowraising new attitudes about art and sex—all of this pointed to a sleek, modern world, one that could shake off the grimness...


An Imperfect God

by Henry Wiencek Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 12, 2013)

An Imperfect God is a major new biography of Washington, and the first to explore his engagement with American slavery

When George Washington wrote his will, he made the startling decision to set his slaves free;...


Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design

by Charles Montgomery Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 12, 2013)

A globe-trotting, eye-opening exploration of how cities can—and do—make us happier people

Charles Montgomery's Happy City will revolutionize the way we think about urban life.

After decades of unchecked sprawl,...


Front Porch Politics

by Michael Stewart Foley Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 17, 2013)

"Reading this book revives the spirit of civic action today for those who are unjustifiably forlorn about overcoming injustice."—Ralph Nader

An on-the-ground history of ordinary Americans who took to the streets...


Wonder Women

by Debora L. Spar Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 17, 2013)

Fifty years after the Equal Pay Act, why are women still living in a man's world?

Debora L. Spar never thought of herself as a feminist. Raised after the tumult of the 1960s, she presumed the gender war was...


Regarding the Pain of Others

by Susan Sontag Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 01, 2013)

A brilliant, clear-eyed new consideration of the visual representation of violence in our culture--its ubiquity, meanings, and effects

Watching the evening news offers constant evidence of atrocity--a daily commonplace...


O My America!

by Sara Wheeler Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 24, 2013)

In O My America!, the travel writer and biographer Sara Wheeler embarks on a journey across the United States, guided by the adventures of six women who reinvented themselves as they chased the frontier west....


Jackie Under My Skin

by Wayne Koestenbaum Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 17, 2013)

Jackie Under My Skin is a nuanced description of how Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis transformed our definitions of personal identity and style. As Wayne Koestenbaum follows her into America's dreamwork, far from...


Down in the Chapel

by Joshua Dubler Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 13, 2013)

A bold and provocative interpretation of one of the most religiously vibrant places in America—a state penitentiary

Baraka, Al, Teddy, and Sayyid—four black men from South Philadelphia, two Christian and...


The Sexual Revolution

by Wilhelm Reich & Theodore P. Wolfe Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

In this book, Wilhelm Reich summarizes the criticism of the prevailing sexual conditions and conflicts as it resulted from his sex-economic medical experiences over a period of years. He demonstrates, by way...


People In Trouble

by Wilhelm Reich & Philip Schmitz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

First published by Reich in 1953, People in Trouble is an autobiographical work in which Reich describes the development of his sociological thinking from 1927 to 1937. In simple narrative form he recounts his...


The Mass Psychology of Fascism

by Wilhelm Reich & Vincent R. Carfagno Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

In this classic study, Reich provides insight into the phenomenon of fascism, which continues to ravage the international community in ways great and small.

Drawing on his medical experiences with men and women...


The Invasion of Compulsory Sex-Morality

by Wilhelm Reich Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

This study of the invasion of compulsory sexual morality into human society was written in 1931 and now appears for the first time in the English language. It preceded "The Mass Psyhchology of Fascism" and "The...


The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island

by Mac Griswold Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 02, 2013)

Mac Griswold's The Manor is the biography of a uniquely American place that has endured through wars great and small, through fortunes won and lost, through histories bright and sinister—and of the family...


To Eat

by Joe Eck, Wayne Winterrowd, Bobbi Angell & Beatrice Tosti di Valminuta Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 11, 2013)

A memorable book about the path food travels from garden to table

A celebration of life together, a tribute to an utterly unique garden, a wonderfully idiosyncratic guide for cooks and gardeners interested in...


The Silence of Animals

by John Gray Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 04, 2013)

A searching, captivating look at the persistence of myth in our modern world

"By nature volatile and discordant, the human animal looks to silence for relief from being itself while other creatures enjoy silence...


The Unwinding

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2013

by George Packer Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 21, 2013)

The 2013 National Book Award Winner

A New York Times Bestseller

Selected by New York Times' critic Dwight Garner as a Favorite Book of 2013

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013

A Washington Post Best Political...


On Wheels

by Michael Holroyd Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 14, 2013)

From the bestselling author of A Book of Secrets, a brisk, charming, illustrated account of a motoring life

As a child, Michael Holroyd spent his best hours in his family's cramped garage, which contained a wealth...


The Upcycle

by Michael Braungart, William McDonough & Bill Clinton Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 16, 2013)

From the authors of Cradle to Cradle, we learn what's next: The Upcycle

The Upcycle is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle, one of the most consequential ecological manifestoes of our time. Now,...


Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City

by Robin Nagle Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 19, 2013)

America's largest city generates garbage in torrents—11,000 tons from households each day on average. But New Yorkers don't give it much attention. They leave their trash on the curb or drop it in a litter...


The Rule of the Clan

by Mark S. Weiner Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 12, 2013)

A revealing look at the role kin-based societies have played throughout history and around the world

A lively, wide-ranging meditation on human development that offers surprising lessons for the future of modern...


If the War Goes On . . .

by Hermann Hesse Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 22, 2013)

One of the most astonishing aspects of Hesse's career is the clear-sightedness and consistency of his political views, his passionate espousal of pacifism and internationalism from the start of World War I to...


Missing Out

by Adam Phillips Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 22, 2013)

A transformative book about the lives we wish we had and what they can teach us about who we are

All of us lead two parallel lives: the one we are actively living, and the one we feel we should have had or might...


Sidewalk

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 1999

by Mitchell Duneier, Hakim Hasan & Ovie Carter Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 20, 2000)

An exceptional ethnography marked by clarity and candor, Sidewalk takes us into the socio-cultural environment of those who, though often seen as threatening or unseemly, work day after day on "the blocks" of...


The Dialectic of Sex

by Shulamith Firestone Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 05, 2003)

"No one can understand how feminism has evolved without reading this radical, inflammatory second-wave landmark." —Naomi Wolf

Originally published in 1970, when Shulamith Firestone was just twenty-five years...


Walkable City

by Jeff Speck Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 13, 2012)

Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability.

The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks,...


Against the Grain

by Richard Manning Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 01, 2005)

In this provocative, wide-ranging book, Against the Grain, Richard Manning offers a dramatically revisionist view of recent human evolution, beginning with the vast increase in brain size that set us apart from...


Food's Frontier

by Richard Manning Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 30, 2000)

An eye-opening look at how the world will feed itself in the coming decades

By now it is clear that the techniques of the first "Green Revolution" that averted mass starvation a generation ago --pesticides, chemical...


The Women

by Hilton Als Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 31, 1998)

A New York Times Notable Book

Daring and fiercely original, The Women is at once a memoir, a psychological study, a sociopolitical manifesto, and an incisive adventure in literary criticism. It is conceived as...


Critical Mass

by Philip Ball Farrar, Straus and Giroux (May 16, 2006)

Are there any "laws of nature" that influence the ways in which humans behave and organize themselves? In the seventeenth century, tired of the civil war ravaging England, Thomas Hobbes decided that he would...


My American Revolution

by Robert Sullivan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 04, 2012)

Americans tend to think of the Revolution as a Massachusetts-based event orchestrated by Virginians, but in fact the war took place mostly in the Middle Colonies—in New York and New Jersey and the parts of...


Blood and Belonging

Lionel Gelber Prize 1994

by Michael Ignatieff Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 30, 1995)

Until the end of the Cold War, the politics of national identity was confined to isolated incidents of ethnics strife and civil war in distant countries. Now, with the collapse of Communist regimes across Europe...


Manifesta [10th Anniversary Edition]

by Jennifer Baumgardner & Amy Richards Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 02, 2010)

In the year 2000, girl culture was clearly ascendant. From Lilith Fair to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the WNBA, it seemed that female pride was the order of the day. Yet feminism was also at a crossroads; "girl...


No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies

by Linda K. Kerber Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 01, 1999)

This pioneering study redefines women's history in the United States by focusing on civic obligations rather than rights. Looking closely at thirty telling cases from the pages of American legal history, Kerber's...


The Future of the Past

by Alexander Stille Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2003)

An engrossing look at the cultural consequences of technological change and globalization

Space radar, infrared photography, carbon dating, DNA analysis, microfilm, digital data bases-we have better technology...


All in the Family

by Robert O. Self Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 18, 2012)

In the 1960s, Lyndon Johnson's Great Society and War on Poverty promised an array of federal programs to assist working-class families. In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan declared the GOP the party of "family values"...


We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families

Guardian First Book Award 1999, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 1998, National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 1998

by Philip Gourevitch Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 04, 1999)

An unforgettable firsthand account of a people's response to genocide and what it tells us about humanity.

This remarkable debut book chronicles what has happened in Rwanda and neighboring states since 1994,...