Books published by Free Press


Free Press | June 3, 2008 | 496 pages
From acclaimed journalist David Talbot comes a groundbreaking narrative account of one of the most tumultuous periods in our history: the Kennedy Administration and its dramatic aftermath. Though countless books have been written about the Kennedy men and their brief, tumultuous time in the White... More Info

Democracy and the problem of free speech

Free Press | February 1, 1995 | 326 pages
The right to free speech is invoked to protect an astonishing range of activities, a range that seems to expand every day. Newspapers publish the names of rape victims, flags are burned, pornography flourishes, and all of these controversial actions are protected under the constitutional right of... More Info

The Wisest One in the Room

Free Press | December 20, 2016 | 320 pages
Renowned psychologists describe the five most useful insights from social psychology that will help make you “wise”: wise about why we behave the way we do, and wise about how to use that knowledge to understand others and change ourselves for the better. When faced with a challenge, we often... More Info

Suspicious Minds

Free Press | July 21, 2015 | 352 pages
A “clear, witty, and engaging” (The Boston Globe) journey through the brain that connects neuroscience, biology, and culture. An “intellectual landmark” (Edward Shorter, Literary Review of Canada). The current view of delusions—the strange beliefs held by people with schizophrenia and... More Info

The Gin Closet

Free Press | May 3, 2011 | 304 pages
AS A YOUNG WOMAN, Tilly flees home for the hollow underworld of Nevada, looking for pure souls and finding nothing but bad habits. One day, after Tilly has spent nearly thirty years without a family, drinking herself to the brink of death, her niece Stella—who has been leading her own life of... More Info


Free Press | September 23, 2014 | 400 pages
The New York Times bestselling “manifesto for the future that is grounded in practical solutions addressing the world’s most pressing concerns: overpopulation, food, water, energy, education, health care and freedom” (The Wall Street Journal). Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have... More Info

Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days

Free Press | July 2, 2011 | 128 pages
Whatever became of Alexander after that famously bad day? And did you know that Judith Viorst is his mother? And what happens to her passion for household neatness and orderliness, her deep devotion to schedules, her compulsive yearning to offer helpful advice when Alexander -- now grown up,... More Info

The Big Fat Surprise

Free Press | May 13, 2014 | 464 pages
A thoroughly researched guide by a veteran food writer challenges popular misconceptions about fats and nutrition science, revealing the distorted claims of nutrition studies while arguing that more dietary fat can lead to better health, wellness and fitness.  More Info

Walk in Their Shoes

Free Press | September 17, 2013 | 256 pages
The powerful, personal story of Jim Ziolkowski, the man behind the organization buildOn—which turns inner city teens into community leaders at home and abroad—and his inspiring mission to change the world one community at a time. Jim Ziolkowski gave up his career in corporate finance to create... More Info

Soil and Sacrament

Free Press | August 6, 2013 | 288 pages
Part spiritual quest, part agricultural travelogue, this moving and profound exploration of the joy and solace found in returning to the garden is inspiring and beautiful. After he graduated from Duke Divinity School, Fred Bahnson underwent an agrarian conversion. Trading the pulpit for the plough,... More Info

The Nature of the Future

Free Press | April 9, 2013 | 256 pages
A renowned futurist offers a vision of a reinvented world. Large corporations, big governments, and other centralized organizations have long determined and dominated the way we work, access healthcare, get an education, feed ourselves, and generally go about our lives. The economist Ronald Coase,... More Info

Moving the Mountain

Free Press | March 5, 2013 | 240 pages
Now in paperback, an open and honest clarion call inviting readers to a deeper understanding of the role of moderate Muslims in America and in the world. Many know Imam Feisal as the man behind the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” an interfaith community center he is trying to build near the... More Info

To Show and to Tell

Free Press | February 12, 2013 | 240 pages
Distinguished author Phillip Lopate, editor of the celebrated anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, is universally acclaimed as “one of our best personal essayists” (Dallas Morning News). Here, combining more than forty years of lessons from his storied career as a writer and professor, he... More Info

I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did

Free Press | January 1, 2013 | 272 pages
Social networks, the defining cultural movement of our time, offer many freedoms. But as we work and shop and date over the Web, we are opening ourselves up to intrusive privacy violations by employers, the police, and aggressive data collection companies that sell our information to any and all... More Info

The Magic of Reality

Free Press | September 11, 2012 | 272 pages
Richard Dawkins, bestselling author and the world’s most celebrated evolutionary biologist, has spent his career elucidating the many wonders of science. Here, he takes a broader approach and uses his unrivaled explanatory powers to illuminate the ways in which the world really works. Filled with... More Info

All Standing

Free Press | January 8, 2013 | 256 pages
All Standing The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship recounts the journeys of this famous ship, her heroic crew, and the immigrants who were ferried between Ireland and North America. Spurred by a complex web of motivations—shame, familial obligation, and... More Info

A Thousand Lives

Free Press | November 13, 2012 | 336 pages
In 1954, a past or named Jim Jones opened a church in Indianapolis called Peoples Temple Full Gospel Church. He was a charismatic preacher with idealistic beliefs, and he quickly filled his pews with an audience eager to hear his sermons on social justice. As Jones’s behavior became erratic and... More Info

Lincoln's Code

Free Press | September 4, 2012 | 512 pages
In the fateful closing days of 1862, three weeks before Emancipation, the administration of Abraham Lincoln commissioned a code setting forth the laws of war for the armies of the United States. The code announced standards of civilized conduct in wartime concerning issues such as torture,... More Info

Day of Honey: A Mem

Free Press | February 14, 2012 | 416 pages
American Book Award Winner Winner of Books for a Better Life Award (First Book) James Beard Foundation Award Nominee BNN Discover Awards, second place nonfiction IN THE FALL OF 2003, AS IRAQ DESCENDED INTO CIVIL WAR, Annia Ciezadlo spent her honeymoon in Baghdad. For the next six years, she lived... More Info

Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?

By Touré
Free Press | July 10, 2012 | 288 pages
In this provocative book, writer and cultural critic TourÉ explores the concept of Post-Blackness: the ability for someone to be rooted in but not restricted by their race. Drawing on his own experiences and those of 105 luminaries, he argues that racial identity should be understood as fluid,... More Info


Free Press | February 8, 2011 | 320 pages
The activist and best-selling author of Infidel describes her experiences after moving to America to pursue a safer life, from her renewed contact with her family after her father's death to her struggles to embrace new principles in the face of Islamic attempts to prohibit her work. Reprint.... More Info

Fool's Gold

Free Press | April 13, 2010 | 301 pages
The fascinating, unknown story at the heart of the current financial crisis by the award-winning journalist who warned of the crash well in advance.  More Info

Crazy Enough

Free Press | November 13, 2012 | 288 pages
Yes, Storm Large is her real name, though she’s been called many things. As a performer, the majority of descriptions have led with “Amazon,” “powerhouse,” “a six-foot Vargas pinup come to life.” Playboy called her a “punk goddess.” You’d never know she used to be called... More Info

A Random Book about the Power of ANYone

Free Press | October 2, 2012 | 272 pages
You can be greater than you know how to be. In a world where you are pushed to know more, this book will prove that your greatest asset is often not knowing. In a world where you are told it’s all in the planning, this book will encourage you to keep your cart ahead of your horse and allow your... More Info

The Fiddler on Pantico Run

Free Press | October 2, 2012 | 320 pages
“My dad’s family was a mystery,” writes prize-winning journalist Joe Mozingo. Growing up, he knew that his mother’s ancestors were from France and Sweden, but he heard only suspiciously vague stories about where his father’s family was from—Italy, Portugal, the Basque country. Then one... More Info

Managing a Nonprofit Organization

Free Press | July 24, 2012 | 400 pages
MANAGING A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION has been an essential resource for nonprofit administrators, managers, and business professors since 1984. It is a classic in its field. But much has changed since it was last updated in 1999, as the United States reels from political, economic, and demographic... More Info

The Book of Mormon Girl

Free Press | August 7, 2012 | 240 pages
From her days of feeling like “a root beer among the Cokes”—Coca-Cola being a forbidden fruit for Mormon girls like her—Joanna Brooks always understood that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints set her apart from others. But, in her eyes, that made her special;... More Info

The Story of Stuff

Free Press | February 1, 2011 | 319 pages
Annie Leonard tracks the life of the "stuff" we use every day, transforming how we think about our patterns of consumption.  More Info