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Robert Coles

Robert Coles is a professor emeritus of psychiatry and medical humanities at the Harvard Medical School and a former research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services. His many books include the Pulitzer Prize–winning five-volume Children of Crisis, as well as the bestselling The Moral Intelligence of ChildrenThe Spiritual Intelligence of Children, and Bruce Springsteen’s America. He lives in Massachusetts.


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Bruce Springsteen's America
Written by Robert Coles
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | November 2004
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7300-6 (0-8129-7300-3)

In this compelling book, Robert Coles, the celebrated Harvard professor and Pulitzer Prize–winning author, turns his attention to popular music legend Bruce Springsteen, and to the powerful impact Springsteen’s work has had both on the lives of his audience and on this country’s literary tradition. Coles places Springsteen in the pantheon... Read more

Lives of Moral Leadership
Written by Robert Coles
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | October 2001
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75835-5 (0-375-75835-6)

In this rich and illuminating book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author Robert Coles creates a portrait of moral leadership--what it is, and how it is achieved--through stories of people who have led and inspired him: Robert Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Erik Erikson, a Boston bus driver, teachers in college, medical... Read more

The Moral Intelligence of Children
Written by Robert Coles
Plume | Trade Paperback | January 1998
$17.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-452-27937-7 (0-452-27937-2)


The question is more relevant now than ever before: what makes someone a moral person?

Child psychiatrist and Harvard professor Robert Coles has dedicated much of his life to exemplifying, teaching, and writing about the moral life. Here, Coles illuminates the ways in which children become moral or not... Read more

Political Leadership
Written by Robert Coles, George Eliot, George Orwell, Leo Tolstoy and Anthony Trollope
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2005
$14.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7170-5 (0-8129-7170-1)

From ancient times to the present day, here are indispensable insights on political power and leadership as expressed in the novels, plays, and poetry of the world’s greatest artists and intellectuals. Adapted from a course taught at Harvard by Pulitzer Prize—winning author Robert Coles, Political Leadership features scenes, stories, and speeches... Read more

Teaching Stories
Written by Leo Tolstoy, Edited by Robert Coles, Trevor B. Hall, Ernest Patterson and Michael Coles
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2004
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7169-9 (0-8129-7169-8)

In this remarkable anthology, some of the world’s greatest writers provide a master class on the transformative power of learning and literature. Culled from a course developed by Pulitzer Prize—winning author Robert Coles for the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Teaching Stories is an invaluable collection in which novelists, essayists, and... Read more

Death at an Early Age
Written by Jonathan Kozol, Preface by Robert Coles
Plume | Trade Paperback | October 1985
$16.00/17.50(Canada) | 978-0-452-26292-8 (0-452-26292-5)


In 1964, Jonathan Kozol entered the Boston Public School system to teach fourth grade at one of its most overcrowded inner-city schools. Here, he unflinchingly exposes the disturbing "destruction of hearts and minds in the Boston public school." Death at an Early Age is the unsparing, heart-wrenching account... Read more

Is There No Place on Earth for Me?
Written by Susan Sheehan, Foreword by Robert Coles
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2014
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-8041-6918-9 (0-8041-6918-7)

This renowned journalist's classic Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of schizophrenia—now reissued with a new postscript—follows a flamboyant and fiercely intelligent young woman as she struggles in the throes of mental illness.

“Sylvia Frumkin” was born in 1948 and began showing signs of schizophrenia in her teens. She spent the next seventeen years in...

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