Books published by Princeton University Press


Identity Crisis

Princeton University Press | October 23, 2018 | 352 pages
A gripping, in-depth account of the 2016 presidential election that explains Donald Trump’s historic victory Donald Trump’s election victory stunned the world. How did he pull it off? Was it his appeal to alienated voters in the battleground states? Was it Hillary Clinton and the scandals... More Info

Below the Surface

Princeton University Press | February 5, 2019 | 240 pages
A guide to the latest research on how young people can develop positive ethnic-racial identities and strong interracial relations Today’s young people are growing up in an increasingly ethnically and racially diverse society. How do we help them navigate this world productively, given some of the... More Info

When All Else Fails

Princeton University Press | December 11, 2018 | 288 pages
Why you have the right to resist unjust government The economist Albert O. Hirschman famously argued that citizens of democracies have only three possible responses to injustice or wrongdoing by their governments: we may leave, complain, or comply. But in When All Else Fails, Jason Brennan argues... More Info


Princeton University Press | April 10, 2018 | 328 pages
"As the Internet grows more sophisticated, it is creating new threats to democracy. Social media companies such as Facebook can sort us ever more efficiently into groups of the like-minded, creating echo chambers that amplify our views. It's no accident that on some occasions, people of different... More Info

Journeys to the Other Shore: Muslim and Western Travelers in Search of Knowledge

Princeton University Press | July 21, 2008 | 328 pages
The contemporary world is increasingly defined by dizzying flows of people and ideas. But while Western travel is associated with a pioneering spirit of discovery, the dominant image of Muslim mobility is the jihadi who travels not to learn but to destroy. Journeys to the Other Shore challenges... More Info

Citizen and Subject

Princeton University Press | April 20, 1996 | 353 pages
In analyzing the obstacles to democratization in post- independence Africa, Mahmood Mamdani offers a bold, insightful account of colonialism's legacy--a bifurcated power that mediated racial domination through tribally organized local authorities, reproducing racial identity in citizens and ethnic... More Info

"The Tibetan Book of the Dead": A Biography

Princeton University Press | February 27, 2011 | 192 pages
The Tibetan Book of the Dead is the most famous Buddhist text in the West, having sold more than a million copies since it was first published in English in 1927. Carl Jung wrote a commentary on it, Timothy Leary redesigned it as a guidebook for an acid trip, and the Beatles quoted Leary's version... More Info

Shell Shock Cinema

Princeton University Press | October 2, 2011 | 328 pages
Shell Shock Cinema explores how the classical German cinema of the Weimar Republic was haunted by the horrors of World War I and the the devastating effects of the nation's defeat. In this exciting new book, Anton Kaes argues that masterworks such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, The... More Info

Just Silences

Princeton University Press | October 28, 2007 | 224 pages
Is the Miranda warning, which lets an accused know of the right to remain silent, more about procedural fairness or about the conventions of speech acts and silences? Do U.S. laws about Native Americans violate the preferred or traditional "silence" of the peoples whose religions and languages they... More Info

Bipolar Expeditions

Princeton University Press | February 8, 2009 | 370 pages
Manic behavior holds an undeniable fascination in American culture today. It fuels the plots of best-selling novels and the imagery of MTV videos, is acknowledged as the driving force for successful entrepreneurs like Ted Turner, and is celebrated as the source of the creativity of artists like... More Info

Depression in Japan

Princeton University Press | October 16, 2011 | 243 pages
Exploring how depression has become a national disease in Japan, this work shows how psychiatry has responded to the nation's ailing social order & how, in a remarkable transformation, the discipline has begun to overcome longstanding resistance to its intrusion in Japanese life.  More Info

Justice and the Politics of Difference

Princeton University Press | September 21, 2011 | 286 pages
In this classic work of feminist political thought, Iris Marion Young challenges the prevailing reduction of social justice to distributive justice. It critically analyzes basic concepts underlying most theories of justice, including impartiality, formal equality, and the unitary moral... More Info

Coding Freedom

Princeton University Press | April 20, 2019 | 254 pages
Who are computer hackers? What is free software? And what does the emergence of a community dedicated to the production of free and open source software--and to hacking as a technical, aesthetic, and moral project--reveal about the values of contemporary liberalism?  More Info

Democracy Incorporated

Princeton University Press | February 1, 2010 | 384 pages
In a critical analysis of modern-day America, the author of Politics and Vision portrays a country where citizens are politically uninterested and submissive and where elites are eager to keep them that way, in a worrying diagnosis of America's political ills.  More Info

Common Mosses of the Northeast and Appalachians

Princeton University Press | January 1, 2013 | 391 pages
This is the first book to help general readers recognize 200 common mosses of the Northeast and the Appalachian Mountains. With just this field guide, a hand lens, and a spray bottle--no microscopes necessary--readers will be able to identify and name many of the common species of mosses growing in... More Info

Little Rock: Race and Resistance at Central High School

Princeton University Press | November 4, 2013 | 344 pages
The desegregation crisis in Little Rock is a landmark of American history: on September 4, 1957, after the Supreme Court struck down racial segregation in public schools, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus called up the National Guard to surround Little Rock Central High School, preventing black... More Info

Four Colors Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved (Revised Color Edition)

Princeton University Press | November 4, 2013 | 240 pages
On October 23, 1852, Professor Augustus De Morgan wrote a letter to a colleague, unaware that he was launching one of the most famous mathematical conundrums in history--one that would confound thousands of puzzlers for more than a century. This is the amazing story of how the "map problem" was... More Info

The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011

Princeton University Press | November 4, 2011 | 383 pages
This anthology brings together the year's finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field, The Best Writing on Mathematics 2011 makes available to a wide audience many articles not easily found anywhere else--and you... More Info

Rome: Day One

Princeton University Press | April 20, 2019 | 172 pages
Andrea Carandini's archaeological discoveries and controversial theories about ancient Rome have made international headlines over the past few decades. In this book, he presents his most important findings and ideas, including the argument that there really was a Romulus--a first king of Rome--who... More Info

The Battle of Bretton Woods

Princeton University Press | February 24, 2013 | 456 pages
Reveals how the blueprint for the post-World War II economic order was actually drawn.  More Info


Princeton University Press | November 15, 2012 | 125 pages
This collection of quotes demonstrates the elegant simplicity of Ai Weiwei's thoughts on key aspects of his art, politics, and life. A master at communicating powerful ideas in astonishingly few words, Ai Weiwei is known for his innovative use of social media to disseminate his views. The short... More Info

The Bankers' New Clothes

Princeton University Press | February 24, 2013 | 398 pages
Argues against the claim that a safer banking system would require sacrificing lending and economic growth.  More Info

Egypt After Mubarak

Princeton University Press | February 24, 2013 | 336 pages
Which way will Egypt go now that Husni Mubarak's authoritarian regime has been swept from power? Will it become an Islamic theocracy similar to Iran? Will it embrace Western-style liberalism and democracy? Egypt after Mubarak reveals that Egypt's secularists and Islamists may yet navigate a middle... More Info

Mafias on the Move

Princeton University Press | February 24, 2013 | 288 pages
Organized crime is spreading like a global virus as mobs take advantage of open borders to establish local franchises at will. That at least is the fear, inspired by stories of Russian mobsters in New York, Chinese triads in London, and Italian mafias throughout the West. As Federico Varese... More Info

On the Muslim Question

Princeton University Press | February 24, 2013 | 272 pages
In the post-9/11 West, there is no shortage of strident voices telling us that Islam is a threat to the security, values, way of life, and even existence of the United States and Europe. For better or worse, "the Muslim question" has become the great question of our time. It is a question bound up... More Info

Demanding Democracy

Princeton University Press | January 24, 2010 | 256 pages
This is a major work of history and political theory that traces radical democratic thought in America across the twentieth century, seeking to recover ideas that could reenergize democratic activism today. The question of how citizens should behave as they struggle to create a more democratic... More Info

How to Build a Habitable Planet

Princeton University Press | August 13, 2012 | 720 pages
Since its first publication more than twenty-five years ago, How to Build a Habitable Planet has established a legendary reputation as an accessible yet scientifically impeccable introduction to the origin and evolution of Earth, from the Big Bang through the rise of human civilization. This... More Info

5 Elements of Effective Thinking

Princeton University Press | August 26, 2012 | 157 pages
The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking presents practical, lively, and inspiring ways for you to become more successful through better thinking. The idea is simple: You can learn how to think far better by adopting specific strategies. Brilliant people aren't a special breed--they just use their... More Info

Two Cheers for Anarchism

Princeton University Press | October 14, 2012 | 169 pages
James Scott taught us what's wrong with seeing like a state. Now, in his most accessible and personal book to date, the acclaimed social scientist makes the case for seeing like an anarchist. Inspired by the core anarchist faith in the possibilities of voluntary cooperation without hierarchy, Two... More Info

Why Tolerate Religion?

Princeton University Press | October 28, 2012 | 187 pages
This provocative book addresses one of the most enduring puzzles in political philosophy and constitutional theory--why is religion singled out for preferential treatment in both law and public discourse? Why, for example, can a religious soup kitchen get an exemption from zoning laws in order to... More Info