Books published by Beacon Pr

The Sacred Hoop

Beacon Press | June 20, 1986 | 311 pages
This pioneering work, first published in 1986, documents the continuing vitality of the American Indian tradition and of women's leadership within that tradition. In her new preface to this edition, Allen reflects on the remarkable resurgence of American Indian pride and culture in recent times.  More Info

Defying the Nazis

Beacon Press | August 29, 2017 | 272 pages
The little-known story of the Sharps whose rescue and relief missions across Europe during World War II saved the lives of countless Jews, refugees, and political dissidents. Official companion to the Ken Burns PBS film. For readers captivated by the story of Antonina Zabinski as told in The... More Info

Invisible No More

Beacon Press | June 20, 2018 | 288 pages
A timely examination of the ways Black women, Indigenous women, and other women of color are uniquely affected by racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. Invisible No More is a timely examination of how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial... More Info

Junk Raft

Beacon Press | June 20, 2018 | 216 pages
An exciting account of an activist scientist's unorthodox fight in the growing movement against plastic marine pollution and of his expedition across the Pacific on a home-made "junk raft" Over the past several years, the news media has brought the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"--the famous swirling... More Info

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Beacon Press (MA) | August 11, 2015 | 312 pages
The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited... More Info

Eros and Civilization

Beacon Press | June 20, 1974 | 277 pages
Contends that Freud's theory of civilization is substantially sociological, and examines the philosophical and sociological implications of key Freudian concepts, applying them in an interpretation of fundamental aspects and processes of civilization. Bibliogs  More Info


Beacon Press | June 20, 2018 | 344 pages
A social history of alcoholism in the United States, from the seventeenth century to the present day Today, millions of Americans are struggling with alcoholism, but millions are also in long-term recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous and a growing number of recovery organizations are providing support... More Info

How to Be a Muslim

Beacon Press | June 20, 2018 | 256 pages
A young Muslim leader's memoir of his struggles to forge an American Muslim identity Haroon Moghul was thrust into the spotlight after 9/11, becoming an undergraduate leader at New York University's Islamic Center forced into appearances everywhere: on TV, before interfaith audiences, in print.... More Info

The Rediscovered Woman

Beacon Press | June 20, 2018 | 224 pages
What science has gotten so shamefully wrong about women, and the fight, by both female and male scientists, to rewrite what we thought we knew For hundreds of years it was common sense: women were the inferior sex. Their bodies were weaker, their minds feebler, their role subservient. No less a... More Info

A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun

Beacon Press | June 20, 2018 | 208 pages
A look back at the cultural and political force of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, in celebration of her hundredth birthday Artist-Rebel-Pioneer Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the great American literary icons of the twentieth century, a prot�g� of Langston... More Info

At the Broken Places

Beacon Press | April 25, 2017 | 192 pages
In this collaborative memoir a mother and trans son reflect on the emotionally complex journey they shared as Donald transitioned from female to male. In At the Broken Places, a parent and transgender son recount wrestling with their differences as Donald Collins undertook medical-treatment options... More Info

Man's Search for Meaning

Beacon Press | April 4, 2017 | 200 pages
A young adult edition of the best-selling classic about the Holocaust and finding meaning in suffering, with a photo insert, a glossary of terms, a chronology of Frankl's life, and supplementary letters and speeches Viktor E. Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning is a classic work of Holocaust... More Info

Rescuing Jesus

Beacon Press | October 25, 2016 | 296 pages
An inside look at the young, diverse, progressive Christians who are transforming the evangelical movement Deborah Jian Lee left the evangelical world because she was frustrated by its conservative politics. But over the years she stayed close to those in the movement, and she has come to realize... More Info

Why I Wake Early

Beacon Press | June 20, 2018 | 71 pages
"Mary Oliver continues to tutor us in attention, gratitude, and reverence in this new collection of 47 poems."--Frederick and Mary Ann Brussat, authors of "Spirituality Legacy."  More Info

Holding Fast to Dreams

Beacon Press | March 1, 2016 | 208 pages
An education leader relates how his experiences with the civil rights movement led him to develop programs promoting educational success in science and technology for African Americans and others. When Freeman Hrabowski was twelve years old, a civil rights leader visited his Birmingham, Alabama,... More Info

The Upstairs Wife

Beacon Press (MA) | February 3, 2015 | 264 pages
A memoir of Karachi through the eyes of its women Rafia Zakaria's Muslim-Indian family immigrated to Pakistan from Bombay in 1962, feeling the situation for Muslims in India was precarious and that Pakistan represented enormous promise. And for some time it did. Her family prospered, and the city... More Info

The Radical King

Beacon Press (MA) | January 13, 2015 | 320 pages
Features more than 20 works, organized by theme, by the celebrated orator and civil rights champion that highlight his revolutionary vision as a democratic socialist, his opposition to the Vietnam War, his solidarity with the poor and his fight against global imperialism.  More Info

Black Prophetic Fire

Beacon Press (MA) | July 11, 2014 | 248 pages
Celebrated intellectual and activist Cornel West offers an unflinching look at nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. In an accessible, conversational format, Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective... More Info

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Beacon Press (MA) | September 16, 2014 | 296 pages
The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited... More Info

Public Enemy

Beacon Press (MA) | September 9, 2014 | 240 pages
In this sequel to Fugitive Days, Ayers charts his life after the Weather Underground, when he becomes the GOP's flaunted “domestic terrorist,” a “public enemy.” Labeled a "domestic terrorist" by the McCain campaign in 2008 and used by the radical right in an attempt to castigate Obama for... More Info

Back to Normal

Beacon Press (MA) | September 2, 2014 | 256 pages
A veteran clinical psychologist exposes why doctors, teachers, and parents incorrectly diagnose healthy American children with serious psychiatric conditions. In recent years there has been an alarming rise in the number of American children and youth assigned a mental health diagnosis. Current... More Info

Man's Search for Meaning

Beacon Press | June 20, 2018 | 165 pages
Frankl's timeless memoir and meditation on finding meaning in the midst of suffering With a new Foreword by Harold S. Kushner and a new Biographical Afterword by William J. WinsladePsychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death... More Info

Gaga Feminism

Beacon Press (MA) | September 3, 2013 | 184 pages
A roadmap to sex and gender for the twenty-first century, using Lady Gaga as a symbol for a new kind of feminism Why are so many women single, so many men resisting marriage, and so many gays and lesbians having babies? In Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal, J. Jack Halberstam... More Info


Beacon Press (MA) | April 26, 2011 | 204 pages
Dines illustrates how today's porn has become absorbed into pop culture and, because of that, how the porn industry has turned even more hard-core, creating profitable niche marketsulike oteen sexo and otorture pornouin their quest to entice a generationof desensitized users.  More Info

The Wimp Factor

Beacon Press | June 20, 2018 | 294 pages
In this eye-opening book on how male anxiety has come to shape political thinking and behavior, Dr. Stephen Ducat argues that there is a direct association between the magnitude of a man’s femiphobia and his tendency to embrace right-wing political opinions. Ducat shows how anxious masculinity... More Info

Another Kind of Public Education

Beacon Press | April 1, 2010 | 256 pages
In this fiercely intelligent yet accessible book, one of the nation's leading sociologists and experts on race calls for "another kind of public education"--one that opens up more possibilities for democracy, and more powerful modes of participation for young people of color.  More Info

A Queer and Pleasant Danger

Beacon Press (MA) | May 7, 2013 | 280 pages
The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today From the Hardcover edition.  More Info

The Trumpet of Conscience

Beacon Pr | October 26, 2010 | 96 pages
MLK’s final statements on racism, poverty, war, and the civil rights movement In November and December 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered five lectures for the renowned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Massey Lecture Series. The collection was immediately released by the CBC under the... More Info

New and Selected Poems, Volume One

Beacon Press | April 15, 2004 | 272 pages
A collection of poems covering such topics as nature, writing, and art  More Info

The Geography of Childhood

Beacon Pr | April 30, 1995 | 216 pages
Why Children Need Wild Places In this unique collaboration, two naturalists ask what may happen now that so many more children are denied exposure to wildness than at any other time in human history. "This thoughtful presentation, testifying to children's need for direct contact with nature, has... More Info

They're Bankrupting Us!

Beacon Press (MA) | August 28, 2012 | 204 pages
Presents twenty-one myths about labor unions, including that they are destroying the economy, that they are racist, that they are powerless in the global economy, and that they always side with Democrats.  More Info

The Straight Mind

Beacon Press | February 3, 1992 | 128 pages
Presents a collection of nine political and philosophical essays by the controversial feminist theorist and founder of the modern French women's movement  More Info

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Beacon Press (MA) | January 29, 2013 | 360 pages
This definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement. "In the first sweeping history of Parks's life, Theoharis shows us that Parks not only sat down on the bus, but stood on the... More Info

The Poetics of Space

Beacon Press | April 1, 1994 | 288 pages
A magical book. . . . A prism through which all worlds from literary creation to housework to aesthetics to carpentry take on enhanced-and enchanted-significances. Every reader of it will never see ordinary spaces in ordinary ways. Instead the reader will see with the soul of the eye, the glint of... More Info


Beacon Pr | November 9, 2010 | 288 pages
The first full account of the scientific and political dynamics of global PCB contamination, and its threat to human health and the environment Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were first manufactured in 1920 for the electronics industry. This highly toxic group of substances was then put to... More Info

Where Do We Go from Here

Beacon Pr | January 1, 2010 | 223 pages
The celebrated civil rights leader outlines the trends in the African American struggle during the sixties, and pleads for peaceful coexistence between the African American and white communities.  More Info

Nobody Turn Me Around

Beacon Pr | August 1, 2010 | 256 pages
In a book that draws on oral histories of more than 100 participants, the author offers a behind-the-scenes look at the historic 1963 March on Washington that culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, revealing Malcolm X's secret vow to help the march, despite mocking it... More Info

All Labor Has Dignity

Beacon Pr | January 11, 2011 | 240 pages
Presents a collection of speeches by the civil rights leader on the need for economic equality and justice, detailing his support of unions, labor reform, and call for an end to discrimination against African American workers.  More Info

American Plastic

Beacon Pr | December 28, 2010 | 240 pages
"... Shows how the plastic surgery industry merged with the plastic money industry to finance our quest for bodily perfection"--Jacket.  More Info

Once in a promised land

Beacon Pr | January 30, 2007 | 338 pages
Jassim Haddad, a Jordanian, has come to Arizona to pursue his career as an hydrologist, but after the events of September 11th, he and his wife are investigated by the FBI as their marriage unravels.  More Info

In Defense of Childhood

Beacon Press | August 1, 2007 | 224 pages
As codirector of the Albany Free School, Chris Mercogliano has had remarkable success in helping a diverse population of youngsters find their way in the world. He regrets, however, that most kids’ lives are subject to some form of control from dawn until dusk. Lamenting risk-averse parents,... More Info

Gaga Feminism

Beacon Press (MA) | September 18, 2012 | 157 pages
Analyzes the transformative political and societal shifts of recent decades that have paved the way for revolutionary conceptualizations of gender and marriage, using Lady Gaga as a symbol of a new era that embraces sexual fluidity.  More Info

White Coat, Black Hat

Beacon Pr | September 14, 2010 | 213 pages
“Beneath the white coats and sterile labs of the great American heath care system, Carl Elliott finds a drug-addled, gang-run, con game—sometimes bizarre, often hilarious. The noble arc that runs from Hippocrates to Sherwin Nuland washes out in a 'business model' apparently inspired by Timothy... More Info

The great transformation

Beacon Pr | June 20, 2018 | 317 pages
One of the twentieth century's most thorough and discerning historians, Karl Polanyi sheds "new illumination on . . . the social implications of a particular economic system, the market economy that grew into full stature in the nineteenth century."-R. M. MacIver  More Info

The Pure Lover

Beacon Pr | October 26, 2010 | 128 pages
A powerful and tragic memoir about the lifelong love between two men, from a well-loved and critically acclaimed author The Pure Lover is David Plante’s moving response to his life partner’s death from brain cancer. Consumed by grief, Plante found memory after memory of his partner of forty... More Info

Why We Can't Wait

Beacon Pr | January 11, 2011 | 256 pages
An impassioned work by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shares a heartfelt argument for equality and an end to racial discrimination that explains why the civil rights struggle is vital to the United States. Reissue.  More Info

Victory for us is to see you suffer

Beacon Pr | October 4, 2007 | 224 pages
Discusses the human dimensions of the Arab-Israeli conflict, detailing the violence of both sides and the emotional and economic impact of armed conflict.  More Info

Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin' Mamas

Beacon Pr | October 12, 2010 | 208 pages
How communities across America are saying no to the industrial food system and yes to self-reliance and food democracy The struggle between human freedom and authority is eternal and universal. With the advent of industrialism and its widespread application to our food supply (through factory... More Info


Beacon Pr | July 1, 2010 | 204 pages
An unflinching and intimate look at porn-its hardcore and racist content, its unchecked profits, and how it distorts our identity.Expert Gail Dines has been writing and researching the porn industry for over two decades. She attends porn industry conferences, interviews porn producers and... More Info

The daddy shift

Beacon Pr | June 1, 2009 | 232 pages
An analysis of a growing trend in stay-at-home fathers explores the qualities of families with income-earning moms and fathers who take less-traditional and more involved roles in raising their children, in a series of case profiles that considers social, historical, and economic factors.  More Info