Books published by Picador

Birth of Biopolitics

Picador USA | March 2, 2010 | 368 pages
Professor:  Prof. Craig McFarlane
Course Codes:  LAWS 3005
Semester:  Fall-2017
A sixth compilation of lectures delivered at the Collège de France between 1970 and 1984 continues the speaker's coverage of 18th-century political economy, evaluating its role in the origins of a liberal governmental rationality that is at the heart of current debates about the role and status of... More Info

Savage Continent

Picador | July 2, 2013 | 496 pages
Winner of the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize "A superb and immensely important book."—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post The Second World War might have officially ended in May 1945, but in reality it rumbled on for another ten years... The end of World War II in Europe is remembered as a time when... More Info

Being a Beast

Picador | July 4, 2017 | 256 pages
How can we ever be sure that we really know the other? To test the limits of our ability to inhabit lives that are not our own, Charles Foster set out to know the ultimate other: the non-humans, the beasts. And to do that, he tried to be like them, choosing a badger, an otter, a fox, a deer, and a... More Info

Unbroken Brain

Picador | May 9, 2017 | 352 pages
More people than ever before see themselves as addicted to, or recovering from, addiction, whether it be alcohol or drugs, prescription meds, sex, gambling, porn, or the internet. But despite the unprecedented attention, our understanding of addiction is trapped in unfounded twentieth century... More Info
$25.00

In the Darkroom

Picador | May 2, 2017 | 480 pages
Susan Faludi's extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga has been called "a masterpiece" by Ann Patchett. When the feminist writer learned that her seventy-six-year-old father-long estranged and living in Hungary-had undergone sex... More Info
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Who Rules the World?

Picador | May 2, 2017 | 320 pages
In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons.  More Info
$37.00

No One Can Pronounce My Name

Picador USA | May 2, 2017 | 400 pages
"In a suburb outside Cleveland, a community of Indian Americans has settled into lives that straddle the divide between Eastern and Western cultures. For some, America is a bewildering and alienating place where coworkers can't pronounce your name but will eagerly repeat the Sanskrit phrases from... More Info
$24.00

The South Side

Picador | April 4, 2017 | 272 pages
Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted and promoted Chicago as a "world class city." The skyscrapers kissing the clouds, the billion-dollar Millennium Park, Michelin-rated restaurants, pristine lake views, fabulous shopping, vibrant theater scene, downtown flower beds and stellar... More Info
$24.00

Listen, Liberal

Picador | March 14, 2017 | 336 pages
Liberals like to believe that if only Democrats can continue to dominate national elections, if only those awful Republicans are beaten into submission, then the country will be on the right course. Unfortunately this view fundamentally misunderstands the modern Democratic Party. Drawing on years... More Info

The Trip to Echo Spring

Picador | October 28, 2014 | 384 pages
A New York Times Notable Book of 2014 A Time Magazine Notable Book of 2014 Olivia Laing's widely acclaimed account of how writers in the grip of alcoholism created some of the greatest works of American literature In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing takes a journey across America, examining... More Info

Beyond Words

Picador | July 12, 2016 | 496 pages
I wanted to know what they were experiencing, and why to us they feel so compelling, and so-close. This time I allowed myself to ask them the question that for a scientist was forbidden fruit: Who are you? Weaving decades of field observations with exciting new discoveries about the brain, Carl... More Info

Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed

Picador | April 5, 2016 | 288 pages
SIXTEEN LITERARY LUMINARIES ON THE CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT OF BEING CHILDLESS BY CHOICE, COLLECTED IN ONE FASCINATING ANTHOLOGY One of the main topics of cultural conversation during the last decade was the supposed "fertility crisis," and whether modern women could figure out a way to have it all-a... More Info
$18.50

The Sellout

Picador | March 1, 2016 | 304 pages
A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the... More Info

Kill Chain

Picador | March 8, 2016 | 336 pages
An essential and page-turning narrative on the history of drone warfare by the acclaimed author of Rumsfeld, exploring how this practice emerged, who made it happen, and the real consequences of targeted killing Assassination by drone is a subject of deep and enduring fascination. Yet few... More Info

On the Government of the Living

Picador | March 8, 2016 | 384 pages
In these lectures delivered in 1980, Michel Foucault gives an important new inflection to his history of 'regimes of truth.' Following on from the themes of knowledge-power and governmentality, he turns his attention here to the ethical domain of practices of techniques of the self. Why and how, he... More Info

The Almost Nearly Perfect People

Picador | February 2, 2016 | 400 pages
A witty, informative, and popular travelogue about the Scandinavian countries and how they may not be as happy or as perfect as we assume, “The Almost Nearly Perfect People offers up the ideal mixture of intriguing and revealing facts” (Laura Miller, Salon). Journalist Michael Booth has lived... More Info

Haiti: The Aftershocks of History

Picador | January 8, 2013 | 448 pages
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Even before the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption, blamed by many for its own wretchedness. But as acclaimed historian Laurent Dubois demonstrates, Haiti’s troubled present can only be understood... More Info

The Sixth Extinction

Picador | January 6, 2015 | 336 pages
OVER THE LAST HALF-BILLION YEARS, there have been Five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid... More Info

The Checklist Manifesto

Picador | January 4, 2011 | 240 pages
A New York Times Bestseller In latest bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it. The modern world has given us stupendous know-how. Yet avoidable failures continue to plague us in health care,... More Info

Telling Tales

Picador | December 1, 2004 | 320 pages
Rarely have world writers of such variety and distinction appeared together in the same anthology. Their stories capture the range of emotions and situations of our human universe: tragedy, comedy, fantasy, satire, dramas of sexual love and of war in different continents and cultures. They are not... More Info

The Crimean War

Picador USA | February 28, 2012 | 575 pages
An examination of the Crimean War and its legacy reveals the vast numbers of military and civilian deaths; the religious and territorial disputes between the combatant empires; and the global industrial struggles it triggered.  More Info

From Beirut to Jerusalem

Picador USA | December 11, 2012 | 656 pages
The New York Times Middle East correspondent profiles this troubled region, describing the everyday horrors of Beirut, the intricacies of Arab politics, Arab-Israeli relations, and American perceptions of the region.  More Info

The Arabs and the Holocaust

Picador | April 26, 2011 | 400 pages
There is no more inflammatory topic than the Arabs and the Holocaust—the phrase alone can occasion outrage. Political scientist Gilbert Achcar analyzes the various Arab responses to Nazism, from the earliest intimations of the genocide, through the creation of Israel and the destruction of... More Info

The Graves Are Walking

Picador | July 23, 2013 | 416 pages
A magisterial account of the worst disasters to strike humankind—the Great Irish Potato Famine—conveyed as lyrical narrative history from the acclaimed author of The Great Mortality In this masterful, comprehensive account of the Irish Potato Famine, delivered with novelistic flair, Kelly gives... More Info

Our Harsh Logic

Picador USA | September 3, 2013 | 400 pages
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Eva Moves the Furniture

Picador USA | October 4, 2002 | 240 pages
Raised by her aunt and her grieving father, motherless Eva McEwen grows up accompanied by two otherworldly companions--a woman and a girl--whom only she can see and finds herself torn between real life, including her career as a nurse and her love for a young plastic surgeon, and the meddling of... More Info

Can't Stop Won't Stop

Picador | December 27, 2005 | 560 pages
Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop has been a generation-defining global movement. In a post-civil rights era rapidly transformed by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop gave voiceless youths a chance to address these seismic changes, and became a job-making... More Info

Upside Down

Picador | October 5, 2001 | 368 pages
In a series of mock lesson plans and a "program of study" Galeano provides an eloquent, passionate, funny and shocking exposé of First World privileges and assumptions. From a master class in "The Impunity of Power" to a seminar on "The Sacred Car"—with tips along the way on "How to Resist... More Info

Why the West Rules--for Now

Picador USA | October 25, 2011 | 768 pages
A New York TimesBestseller An EconomistBest Book of the Year A story fifty thousand years in the making, Why the West Rulesfor Nowclaims a place among the modern classics of world history. Author Ian Morrispolymath, internationally renowned scholar, and "the world's most talented ancient historian"... More Info

The Vertical Farm

Picador USA | October 25, 2011 | 336 pages
When Columbia professor Despommier set out to solve America's food, water, and energy crisis, he didn't just think big, he thought "up" and developed the vertical farm--a fully functioning farm grown inside a skyscraper. Four 8-page full-color inserts.  More Info

Better

Picador USA | January 22, 2008 | 288 pages
The surgeon-author of Complications explores the efforts of physicians to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, discussing such topics as the ethical considerations of lethal injections, the influence of money on modern... More Info

Abnormal

Picador USA | September 1, 2004 | 374 pages
A second collection of lectures by the influential philosopher addresses the role of psychiatry in the modern criminal justice system, the theme of societal defense against criminals, how to define "abnormality" and "normality," and how to identify and categorize criminal behavior and perpetrators.... More Info

"Society Must Be Defended"

Picador USA | November 18, 2003 | 336 pages
Exploring the interrelationship between war and politics, a series of lectures by the late French philosopher traces the evolution of a new understanding of society and its relation to war, revealing war as the permanent basis of all institutions of power. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.  More Info

Notes from the Hyena's Belly

Picador USA | January 5, 2002 | 368 pages
The author recalls his childhood in Ethiopia, during the fall of Emperor Selassie, and his journey into manhood during the reign of the communist Junta, who slaughtered 100,000 Ethiopian youth, interspersed with information about the customs and everyday life in his hometown of Jijiga. Reprint.... More Info

Hood Rat

Picador | January 1, 2012 | 256 pages
BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK 'THE MOST IMPORTANT CRIME STORY OF THE DECADE' Scottish Mail Manchester. London. Glasgow. In the summer of 2011 violence erupted in our inner cities and many blamed gang culture. But is the truth so simple? Hood Rattells the human stories that the media miss: of young... More Info

PICADOR SHOTS - 'A Good Man'

Picador USA | June 20, 2008 | 73 pages
Far in the cold north of Russia, a man carries a vital charge over the mountains. But it is ten years since he came this way last. Will he survive the storm and will he be welcomed if he does?  More Info

Picador Shots - 'chemistry'

Picador USA | June 1, 2008 | 72 pages
Chemistry A boy and his grandfather try to cope with the arrival of a new man in the household and his effect on the woman who is their mother and daughter. The boy dreams of violence and the grandfather retreats to the only sanctuary he knows. Learning to Swim On a beach in Cornwall, the nuances... More Info

The Next Convergence

Picador | August 7, 2012 | 320 pages
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011 With the British Industrial Revolution, part of the world’s population started to experience extraordinary economic growth—leading to enormous gaps in wealth and living standards between the industrialized West and the rest of the world. This... More Info

The Courage of Truth

Picador USA | May 8, 2012 | 384 pages
The course given by Michel Foucault from February to March 1984, under the title The Courage of Truth, was his last at the College de France. The previous year, his lectures investigated the function of "truth telling" in politics in order to establish courage and conviction as ethical conditions... More Info

Pity the Billionaire

Picador | September 18, 2012 | 240 pages
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice From the bestselling author of What’s the Matter with Kansas?, this witty and highly provocative book asks a simple question: How is it possible that the disastrous collapse of the free market economy in 2008 could have heralded a popular... More Info

The Age of Deception

Picador USA | June 5, 2012 | 352 pages
For the first time, the Nobel Prize laureate and "man in the middle" of the planet's most explosive confrontations speaks out—on his dealings with America, negotiations with Iran, reform and democracy in the Middle East, and the prospects for a future free of nuclear weapons. For the past two... More Info

Listen to This

Picador USA | October 25, 2011 | 400 pages
A collection that covers everything from classical music to the top pop hits includes the the author's best New Yorker essays on music. By the author of The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.... More Info

The Hermeneutics of the Subject

Picador USA | January 1, 2006 | 608 pages
A third collection of lectures at the Collge de France sheds new light on the concepts of the "self" and the "care of the self" have been conceived in ancient philosophy, beginning with Socrates, arguing that the problems of the ethical formation of the self form the foundation for modern... More Info

One Country

Picador | August 21, 2007 | 240 pages
In a provocative new approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Jordanian-American son of Palestinian refugees proposes that there should be one state, shared by two peoples, discussing the political, economic, geographical, and social benefits of such a move. Reprint. 15,000 first... More Info

Close to the Machine

Picador USA | February 28, 2012 | 208 pages
"This book is a little masterpiece, an exquisitely melancholy cry from a body disappearing into the machine. It is a wrenching swan-song for human beings. I have never read anything like it because nothing like could have been written before." - Andrei Codrescu  More Info

Poser

Picador USA | January 3, 2012 | 368 pages
National Bestseller Ten years ago, Claire Dederer put her back out while breastfeeding her baby daughter. Told to try yoga by everyone from the woman behind the counter at the co-op to the homeless guy on the corner, she signed up for her first class. She fell madly in love. Over the next decade,... More Info

The value of nothing

Picador USA | January 5, 2010 | 250 pages
The author shows how free-market fundamentalism has distorted how people value the world and shows how people can exercise their democratic rights to reclaim the markets so that they can work for, rather than against, social change. Original.  More Info

Bodies

Picador USA | March 3, 2009 | 216 pages
Presents an examination of the way that cultural forces have conspired to challenge the traditional Freudian view that bodily disorders such as anorexia, obesity, and self-mutilation originate in the mind. Original.  More Info