Subjects Freshman Year Reading African American Studies African Studies American Studies Anthropology Art, Film, Music and Architecture Asian Studies Business and Economics Criminology Education Environmental Studies Foreign Language Instructional Materials Gender Studies History Irish Studies Jewish Studies Latin American & Caribbean Studies Law and Legal Studies Literature and Drama Literature in Spanish Media Issues, Journalism and Communication Middle East Studies Native American Studies Philosophy Political Science Psychology Reference Religion Russian and Eastern European Studies Science and Mathematics Sociology Study Aids


E-Newsletters: Click here to be notified of new titles in your field
Click here to request Desk/Exam copies
Freshman Year Reading
View Our Award Winners
Click here to view our Catalogs

662 Featured Titles

Sort: Author  Date  Format  Price  Title


Exam Copy
Why Nations Fail
The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
Written by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71921-8 (0-307-71921-9)

Shortlisted for The Phi Beta Kappa Society's Ralph Waldo Emerson Award

Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

Is it culture, the weather... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
The Mercury 13
The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight
Written by Martha Ackmann
Foreword by Lynn Sherr


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75893-5 (0-375-75893-3)

In 1961, just as NASA launched its first man into space, a group of women underwent secret testing in the hopes of becoming America’s first female astronauts. They passed the same battery of tests at the legendary Lovelace Foundation as did the Mercury 7 astronauts, but they were summarily dismissed by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
The Revolt of the Cockroach People

Written by Oscar Zeta Acosta


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 28, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72212-0 (0-679-72212-2)

Introduction by Hunter S. Thompson
Afterword by Marco Acosta.

In this exhilarating sequel to The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, Oscar Zeta Acosta (the real life model for Hunter S. Thompson's "Dr. Gonzo") takes readers behind the front lines of the militant Chicano movement of the late sixties and seventies. Before... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
The Mystery of Flight 427
Inside a Crash Investigation
Written by Bill Adair


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-089-4 (1-58834-089-9)

The immediate human toll of the 1994 Flight 427 disaster was staggering: all 132 people aboard died on a Pennsylvania hillside. The subsequent investigation was a maze of politics, bizarre theories, and shrouded answers. Bill Adair, an award-winning journalist, was granted special access to the five-year inquiry by the National Transportation... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Anti-Capitalism

Written by Ezequiel Adamovsky
Illustrated by United Illustrators
Translated by Marie Trigona


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-087-1 (1-60980-087-7)

In Anti-Capitalism, activist and scholar Ezequiel Adamovsky tells the story of the long-standing effort to build a better world, one without an abusive system at its heart. Backed up by arresting, lucid images from the radical artist group United Illustrators, Adamovsky details the struggle against rising corporate power, as that struggle... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
The Education of Henry Adams
An Autobiography
Written by Henry Adams
Introduction by Edmund Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 11, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64010-3 (0-679-64010-X)

"I cannot remember when I was not fascinated by Henry Adams,"said Gore Vidal. "He was remarkably prescient about the coming horrors."

His political ideals shaped by two presidential ancestors—great-grandfather John Adams and grandfather John Quincy Adams—Henry Adams was one of the most powerful and original minds to confront the American scene from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Remembering Tomorrow
From SDS to Life After Capitalism: A Memoir
Written by Michael Albert


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 2, 2007
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-742-8 (1-58322-742-3)

In this lucid political memoir, veteran anti-capitalist activist Michael Albert offers an ardent defense of the project to transform global inequality. Albert, a uniquely visionary figure, recounts a life of uncompromising commitment to creating change one step at a time. Whether chronicling the battles against the Vietnam War, those waged on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Uncovering Race
A Black Journalist's Story of Reporting and Reinvention
Written by Amy Alexander


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6100-8 (0-8070-6100-X)

From an award-winning black journalist, a tough-minded look at the treatment of ethnic minorities both in newsrooms and in the reporting that comes out of them, within the changing media landscape.

Amy Alexander fell in love with journalism as a child in San Francisco during the tumultuous late 1960s. After landing her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Circle in the Sand
The Bush Dynasty in Iraq
Written by Christian Alfonsi


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9606-0 (1-4000-9606-5)

An important, massively researched and revelation-filled work of history that uncovers how decisions made by the first Bush White House preordained the current administration’s decision to invade Iraq.

“Is this a one-time thing, or should we foreshadow more to come?”

This was the prophetic question posed by National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
America's Constitution
A Biography
Written by Akhil Reed Amar


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7272-6 (0-8129-7272-4)

In America’s Constitution, one of this era’s most accomplished constitutional law scholars, Akhil Reed Amar, gives the first comprehensive account of one of the world’s great political texts. Incisive, entertaining, and occasionally controversial, this “biography” of America’s framing document explains not only what the Constitution says but also why the Constitution... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
The Age Of Globalization
Anarchists and the Anti-Colonial Imagination
Written by Benedict Anderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-144-2 (1-78168-144-9)

The exchange of ideas makes history as surely as the exchange of gunfire. The Age of Globalization (previously published as Under Three Flags) is an account of the unlikely connections that made up late nineteenth-century politics and culture. In particular, Benedict Anderson examines the links between militant anarchists in Europe and the Americas and the anti-imperialist... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Radical Innocent: Upton Sinclair

Written by Anthony Arthur


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6151-8 (1-4000-6151-2)

Few American writers have revealed their private as well as their public selves so fully as Upton Sinclair, and virtually none over such a long lifetime (1878—1968). Sinclair’s writing, even at its most poignant or electrifying, blurred the line between politics and art–and, indeed, his life followed a similar arc. In... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Empowering Public Wisdom
A Practical Vision of Citizen-Led Politics
Written by Tom Atlee


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-500-1 (1-58394-500-8)

Beyond elections, public participation, and citizen input, democracy must produce wise public policy–or else the nation will find itself in real trouble. In Empowering Public Wisdom, lifelong activist Tom Atlee proposes innovative and practical ideas for collecting and distilling the wisdom of ordinary people in order to infuse the political process... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Powerful Medicines
The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drugs
Written by Jerry Avorn, M.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3078-1 (1-4000-3078-1)

If you believe that the latest blockbuster medication is worth a premium price over your generic brand, or that doctors have access to all the information they need about a drug’s safety and effectiveness each time they write a prescription, Dr. Jerry Avorn has some sobering news. Drawing on more than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

Exam Copy
Powerful Medicines
The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drugs
Written by Jerry Avorn, M.D.


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 17, 2004
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-41483-1 (0-375-41483-5)

If you believe that the latest blockbuster medication is worth a premium price over your generic brand, or that doctors have access to all the information they need about a drug’s safety and effectiveness each time they write a prescription, Dr. Jerry Avorn has some sobering news. Drawing on more than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
Fugitive Days
Memoirs of an Antiwar Activist
Written by Bill Ayers


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3277-0 (0-8070-3277-8)

Bill Ayers was born into privilege and is today a highly respected educator. In the late 1960s he was a young pacifist who helped to found one of the most radical political organizations in U.S. history, the Weather Underground. In a new era of antiwar activism and suppression of protest, his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
Public Enemy
Confessions of an American Dissident
Written by Bill Ayers


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6110-7 (0-8070-6110-7)

Labeled a “domestic terrorist” by the McCain campaign in 2008 and used by the radical right in an attempt to castigate Obama for “pallin’ around with terrorists,” Bill Ayers is in fact a dedicated teacher, father, and social justice advocate with a sharp memory and even sharper wit.  Public Enemy tells... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

Exam Copy
Public Enemy
Confessions of an American Dissident
Written by Bill Ayers


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3276-3 (0-8070-3276-X)

Labeled a “domestic terrorist” by the McCain campaign in 2008 and used by the radical right in an attempt to castigate Obama for “pallin’ around with terrorists,” Bill Ayers is in fact a dedicated teacher, father, and social justice advocate with a sharp memory and even sharper wit.  Public Enemy tells... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
Illegal People
How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants
Written by David Bacon


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4230-4 (0-8070-4230-7)

For two decades David Bacon has documented the connections between labor, migration, and the global economy. In Illegal People he explains why our national policy produces even more displacement, migration, immigration raids, and an increasingly divided and polarized society. Arguing for a sea change in how we think, debate, and legislate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
The Right to Stay Home
How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration
Written by David Bacon


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6121-3 (0-8070-6121-2)

People across Mexico are being forced into migration, and while 11 percent of that country’s population lives north of the US border, the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. Free trade agreements and economic policies that exacerbate and reinforce extreme wealth disparities make it impossible for Mexicans to make a living... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

Exam Copy
The Right to Stay Home
How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration
Written by David Bacon


Format: Hardcover, 328 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0161-5 (0-8070-0161-9)

People across Mexico are being forced into migration, and while 11 percent of that country’s population lives north of the US border, the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. Free trade agreements and economic policies that exacerbate and reinforce extreme wealth disparities make it impossible for Mexicans to make a living... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Exam Copy
See No Evil
The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism
Written by Robert Baer


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4684-3 (1-4000-4684-X)

In his explosive New York Times bestseller, top CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides startling evidence of how Washington politics sabotaged the CIA’s efforts to root out the world’s deadliest terrorists, allowing for the rise of Osama bin Laden and... Read more >

Exam Copy
Sleeping with the Devil
How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude
Written by Robert Baer


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 25, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5268-4 (1-4000-5268-8)

“Saudi Arabia is more and more an irrational state—a place that spawns global terrorism even as it succumbs to an ancient and deeply seated isolationism, a kingdom led by a royal family that can’t get out of the way of its own greed. Is this the fulcrum we want the global... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

Exam Copy
The New Media Monopoly
A Completely Revised and Updated Edition With Seven New Chapters
Written by Ben H. Bagdikian


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2004
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6187-9 (0-8070-6187-5)

When the first edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 1983, critics called Ben Bagdikian’s warnings about the chilling effects of corporate ownership and mass advertising on the nation’s news “alarmist.” Since then, the number of corporations controlling most of America’s daily newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, book publishers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Exam Copy
All the Truth Is Out
The Week Politics Went Tabloid
Written by Matt Bai


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 30, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27338-3 (0-307-27338-5)

The former chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine brilliantly revisits the Gary Hart affair and looks at how it changed forever the intersection of American media and politics.

In 1987, Gary Hart-articulate, dashing, refreshingly progressive-seemed a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination for president and led George H. W. Bush comfortably in... Read more >
View pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
Page 1 of 27