Books published by New Press


No equal justice

New Press, The | February 1, 2000 | 218 pages
In a hard-hitting study hailed by "Publishers Weekly" as "well-argued" and "passionate, " a leading constitutional scholar reveals that, despite a veneer of neutrality, race- and class-based double standards operate in virtually every criminal justice setting, from police behavior to jury selection... More Info

The Indispensable Zinn

New Press, The | May 1, 2012 | 432 pages
When Howard Zinn died in 2010, millions of readers mourned the loss of the influential historian whose famed approach of telling history from the perspective of the people who lived it, rather than oppressive powerbrokers, inspired activists, historians and academics. This concise and accessible... More Info

Fortress Europe

New Press Society for Tech in Ed. | December 1, 2015 | 320 pages
Singled out by Foreign Affairs for its reporting on "the brutal frontiers of new Europe,” Fortress Europe is the story of how the world’s most affluent region--and history’s greatest experiment with globalization--has become an immigration war zone, where tens of thousands have died in a... More Info

Remembering Jim Crow

New Press, The | September 16, 2014 | 448 pages
Praised as 'viscerally powerful' (Publishers Weekly), Remembering Jim Crow is a remarkable book that captures the searing experience of the Jim Crow years - racial segregation laws enacted between 1876 and 1965 in the United States at the state and local level. The document of hardship is also... More Info

Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

New Press, The | October 1, 2014 | 432 pages
One of Studs Terkel’s most important oral histories, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? turns to the ultimate human experience--that of death. Called "extraordinary…a work of insight, wisdom, and freshness" by the Seattle Times when it was first published fifteen years ago, the book explores--with... More Info

Hearts and Minds

New Press | October 1, 2013 | 336 pages
Since 2006, counterinsurgency has been the guiding doctrine of the U.S. military establishment. The first book of its kind, Hearts and Minds meets counterinsurgency proponents on their own playing field, retelling the history of counterinsurgency from the perspective of the populations whose hearts... More Info

The Arabs: A Concise History

New Press | September 3, 2013 | 304 pages
From Algeria and Libya to Egypt and Syria, the Arab world commands Western headlines, even as its complex politics and cultures elude the grasp of most Western readers and commentators. Perhaps no other region is so closely linked to contemporary U.S. foreign policy, and nowhere else does the... More Info

Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left

New Press | October 1, 2013 | 400 pages
Howard Zinn was perhaps the best-known and most widely celebrated popular interpreter of American history in the twentieth century, renowned as a bestselling author, a political activist, a lecturer, and one of America's most recognizable and admired progressive voices.  More Info

Behind the Shock Machine: The Untold Story of the Notorious Milgram Psychology Experiments

New Press | September 3, 2013 | 352 pages
When social psychologist Stanley Milgram invited volunteers to take part in an experiment at Yale in the summer of 1961, none of the participants could have foreseen the worldwide sensation the results would cause. Milgram reported that the volunteers had repeatedly shocked a man they believed to... More Info

Killing Machine: The American Presidency in the Age of Drone Warfare

New Press | November 12, 2013 | 256 pages
With Obama's election to the presidency in 2008, many believed the United States had entered a new era: Obama came into office with high expectations that he would end the war in Iraq and initiate a new foreign policy that would reestablish American values and the United States' leadership role in... More Info

On Anarchism

New Press | November 5, 2013 | 128 pages
Radical linguist, philosopher, and activist Noam Chomsky is widely recognized as one of the foremost intellectuals in contemporary America. Known for his denunciation of U.S. foreign policy, state capitalism, and the mainstream media, he is a fearless critic of established authority, a stance that... More Info

A People's Art History of the United States

New Press | November 5, 2013 | 400 pages
"Most people outside of the art world view art as something that is foreign to their experiences and everyday lives. A People's Art History of the United States places art history squarely in the rough-and-tumble of politics, social struggles, and the fight for justice from the colonial era through... More Info

Republic of Outsiders

New Press | August 1, 2013 | 256 pages
A tribute to grassroots Americans who are expanding the capacities of their respective fields explores how groups of professional and amateur businesspeople, civil rights activists and alternative thinkers are organizing to spread their ideas and promote change. By the author of Hothouse Kids.... More Info

Extremely Loud

New Press | June 1, 2013 | 208 pages
Exploring the long history of efforts by military and police forces to deploy sound against enemies, criminals and law-abiding citizens, this disturbing and wide-ranging account reveals how loud sound has emerged in the last decade as an unlikely mechanism for intimidation and control. 12,500 first... More Info

Living Illegal

New Press | April 9, 2013 | 342 pages
In June 2012, President Obama's executive order enforcing parts of the Dream Act and the Supreme Court's decision to block components of Arizona's draconian immigration law propelled the immigration debate back into the headlines once again. Based on oral histories, individual testimonies, and... More Info


New Press, The | October 20, 2005 | 218 pages
Collects fifteen essays discussing the ethics of state-sponsored torture, discussing the practice's history and recent usage, as well as personal experiences from survivors and the families of victims.  More Info

Speaking of empire and resistance

New Press, The | August 18, 2019 | 234 pages
A leading activist and political writer who was exiled from Pakistan in the 1960s for his speaking out against imperialism and religious fundamentalism discusses such topics as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the fate of modern-day Pakistan, and the reasons he believes that the war on terror and... More Info

Inventing the axis of evil

New Press, The | August 18, 2019 | 213 pages
Experts on Iran, Syria, and North Korea set the record straight on these three "evil" countries with hard facts, exploring each country's history and internal politics alongside U.S. interventions. 10,000 first printing.  More Info

Which side are you on?

New Press, The | June 29, 2004 | 355 pages
The comic, poignant, one-of-a-kind book that "reads like an enthralling novel" (Studs Terkel). When it first appeared in hardcover, Which Side Are You On? received widespread critical accolades, and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. In this new paperback... More Info

The infernal machine

New Press, The | August 18, 2019 | 410 pages
A narrative account of the assassination of Tsar Alexander II by Russian revolutionaries in 1881 St. Petersburg evaluates the event's links to modern-day terrorist practices throughout several diverse countries, in a historical survey that argues that the true impact of terrorism has been felt... More Info

Welcome to the Aquarium

New Press, The | December 1, 2008 | 249 pages
A tribute to the unique contributions of veteran teachers as demonstrated by a year in the educational lives of a class of prototypical kindergarteners guides readers through myriad details of classroom life while offering insight into school culture, curriculum, and teaching models. 15,000 first... More Info

Classroom Conversations

New Press, The | August 18, 2019 | 311 pages
In Classroom Conversations, nineteen essays by educators from Dewey to Delpit offer parents and new teachers an education degree in a nutshell. The Milettas-a mother and daughter pair of educators-frame these touchstone texts with commentary before and after, dual-generation dialogue explaining why... More Info

Touch and go

New Press, The | August 18, 2019 | 269 pages
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian author of The Good War recounts his hard-working early childhood in Chicago, his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II, his struggles after being blacklisted in spite of his television successes, and more. 75,000 first printing.  More Info

Fatal Invention

New Press, The | July 5, 2011 | 388 pages
Explores the ways science, politics, and large corporations affect race in the twenty-first century, discussing the efforts and results of the Human Genome Project, and describing how technology-driven science researchers are developing a genetic definition of race.  More Info


New Press, The | October 4, 2011 | 224 pages
Examines how the vast network of unregulated financial centers around the globe act as bases of operation for criminal enterprises and corrupt corporations.  More Info

Possessing the Secret of Joy

New Press, The | April 1, 2008 | 286 pages
Severely traumatized after suffering genital mutilation in her native Africa, Tashi Johnson spends much of her adult life in North America seeking help through psychoanalysis and desperate to regain the ability to feel.  More Info

For reasons of state

New Press, The | August 18, 2019 | 440 pages
Analyzes the events surrounding the Vietnam War with articles and essays that include depictions of the domestic and international affairs, an illumination of the Pentagon Papers, and an introduction to anarchism.  More Info

Harlem on my mind

New Press, The | August 18, 2019 | 258 pages
A reissue of the first and most controversial book to document Harlem life.  More Info

The Lexicon of Labor

New Press, The | June 15, 2010 | 208 pages
A decade after its original publication, here is a new edition of The Lexicon of Labor-filled with dozens of fresh and updated terms for a new generation of readers. With descriptions of more than five hundred key places, people, and events in American labor history, this one-of-a-kind reference... More Info

The Road to Tahrir Square

New Press, The | August 30, 2011 | 240 pages
"The story of the United States' intimate and pivotal relationship with the Arab world's largest nation over the course of six decades"--Provided by publisher.  More Info

Vision and Communism

New Pressess Review Press | September 27, 2011 | 176 pages
In the last 30 years of the Soviet Communism project, Viktor Koretsky's art struggled to solve an enduring riddle: how to ensure or restore Communism's moral health through the production of a distinctively Communist vision. This exquisite new volume offers the first glimpse into the full body of... More Info