Books published by Princeton University Press


Making the Arab World

Princeton University Press | August 27, 2019 | 528 pages
How the conflict between political Islamists and secular-leaning nationalists has shaped the modern Middle East In Making the Arab World, Fawaz Gerges, one of the world's leading authorities on the Middle East, describes how the clash between pan-Arab nationalism and pan-Islamism has shaped the... More Info

Straight Talk on Trade

Princeton University Press | August 27, 2019 | 336 pages
An honest discussion of free trade and how nations can sensibly chart a path forward in today’s global economy Not so long ago the nation-state seemed to be on its deathbed, condemned to irrelevance by the forces of globalization and technology. Now it is back with a vengeance, propelled by a... More Info

Think Again

Princeton University Press | August 27, 2019 | 448 pages
Provocative essays from one of America's most important cultural critics Think Again gathers one hundred of the best of Stanley Fish's provocative New York Times essays, pieces that have generated passionate discussion and debate. Addressing controversies about such hot-button topics as atheism,... More Info

One Nation Undecided

Princeton University Press | August 6, 2019 | 440 pages
"At a time of deep social and political division, along comes a much-needed book to steer us toward solutions to five very difficult national problems. There could be no better guide for this endeavor than Peter Schuck, one of the clearest and most thoughtful legal and policy scholars of this or... More Info

The Reasons of Love

Princeton University Press | July 16, 2019 | 112 pages
A clear, accessible exploration of how and why we love by prominent philosopher and bestselling author Harry Frankfurt In The Reasons of Love, leading moral philosopher and bestselling author Harry Frankfurt argues that the key to a fulfilled life is to pursue wholeheartedly what one cares about,... More Info

The Way of Nature

Princeton University Press | July 2, 2019 | 256 pages
A delightfully illustrated selection of the great Daoist writings of Zhuangzi by bestselling cartoonist C. C. Tsai C. C. Tsai is one of Asia’s most popular cartoonists, and his editions of the Chinese classics have sold more than 40 million copies in over twenty languages. This volume presents... More Info

Digital Cash

Princeton University Press | June 25, 2019 | 272 pages
The fascinating untold story of digital cash and its creators—from experiments in the 1970s to the mania over Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies Bitcoin may appear to be a revolutionary form of digital cash without precedent or prehistory. In fact, it is only the best-known recent experiment in a... More Info

The Last Butterflies

Princeton University Press | June 25, 2019 | 264 pages
A remarkable look at the rarest butterflies, how global changes threaten their existence, and how we can bring them back from near-extinction Most of us have heard of such popular butterflies as the Monarch or Painted Lady. But what about the Fender’s Blue? Or the St. Francis’ Satyr? Because of... More Info

Measuring Poverty around the World

Princeton University Press | June 18, 2019 | 464 pages
The final book from a towering pioneer in the study of poverty and inequality—a critically important examination of poverty around the world In this, his final book, economist Anthony Atkinson, one of the world’s great social scientists and a pioneer in the study of poverty and inequality,... More Info

The Technology Trap

Princeton University Press | June 18, 2019 | 480 pages
How the history of technological revolutions can help us better understand economic and political polarization in the age of automation From the Industrial Revolution to the age of artificial intelligence, The Technology Trap takes a sweeping look at the history of technological progress and how it... More Info


Princeton University Press | June 11, 2019 | 272 pages
A concise and accessible history of decolonization in the twentieth century The end of colonial rule in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean was one of the most important and dramatic developments of the twentieth century. In the decades after World War II, dozens of new states emerged as actors in... More Info

The Crime of Aggression

Princeton University Press | June 11, 2019 | 272 pages
A gripping behind-the-scenes account of the dramatic legal fight to hold leaders personally responsible for aggressive war On July 17, 2018, starting an unjust war became a prosecutable international crime alongside genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Instead of collective state... More Info


Princeton University Press | June 4, 2019 | 144 pages
A collection of essential quotations and other writings from artist and icon Jean-Michel Basquiat One of the most important artists of the late twentieth century, Jean-Michel Basquiat explored the interplay of words and images throughout his career as a celebrated painter with an instantly... More Info

Democratic Capitalism at the Crossroads

Princeton University Press | May 28, 2019 | 272 pages
An incisive history of the changing relationship between democracy and capitalism The twentieth century witnessed the triumph of democratic capitalism in the industrialized West, with widespread popular support for both free markets and representative elections. Today, that political consensus... More Info

The Code of Capital

Princeton University Press | May 28, 2019 | 320 pages
A compelling explanation of how the law shapes the distribution of wealth Capital is the defining feature of modern economies, yet most people have no idea where it actually comes from. What is it, exactly, that transforms mere wealth into an asset that automatically creates more wealth? The Code... More Info

The Lives of Bees

Princeton University Press | May 28, 2019 | 376 pages
How the lives of wild honey bees offer vital lessons for saving the world’s managed bee colonies Humans have kept honey bees in hives for millennia, yet only in recent decades have biologists begun to investigate how these industrious insects live in the wild. The Lives of Bees is Thomas... More Info

Democracy and Prosperity

Princeton University Press | February 5, 2019 | 360 pages
A groundbreaking new historical analysis of how global capitalism and advanced democracies mutually support each other It is a widespread view that democracy and the advanced nation-state are in crisis, weakened by globalization and undermined by global capitalism, in turn explaining rising... More Info

Active Defense

Princeton University Press | April 23, 2019 | 396 pages
What changes in China’s modern military policy reveal about military organizations and strategy Since the 1949 Communist Revolution, China has devised nine different military strategies, which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) calls “strategic guidelines.” What accounts for these numerous... More Info

Economics for the Common Good

Princeton University Press | May 14, 2019 | 584 pages
From the Nobel Prize–winning economist, a bold new agenda for the role of economics in society When Jean Tirole won the Nobel Prize in Economics, he suddenly found himself being stopped in the street by strangers and asked to comment on current events far from his own research. His transformation... More Info

Red Meat Republic

Princeton University Press | May 7, 2019 | 368 pages
How beef conquered America and gave rise to the modern industrial food complex By the late nineteenth century, Americans rich and poor had come to expect high-quality fresh beef with almost every meal. Beef production in the United States had gone from small-scale, localized operations to a highly... More Info

The Tyranny of Metrics

Princeton University Press | April 30, 2019 | 248 pages
How the obsession with quantifying human performance threatens business, medicine, education, government—and the quality of our lives Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the... More Info

How to Keep Your Cool

By Seneca
Princeton University Press | February 5, 2019 | 240 pages
Timeless wisdom on controlling anger in personal life and politics from the Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman Seneca In his essay “On Anger” (De Ira), the Roman Stoic thinker Seneca (c. 4 BC–65 AD) argues that anger is the most destructive passion: “No plague has cost the human race... More Info

Uneasy Street

Princeton University Press | May 14, 2019 | 228 pages
A surprising and revealing look at how today’s elite view their wealth and place in society From TV’s “real housewives” to The Wolf of Wall Street, our popular culture portrays the wealthy as materialistic and entitled. But what do we really know about those who live on “easy street”?... More Info

The Power of Cute

Princeton University Press | March 19, 2019 | 256 pages
An exploration of cuteness and its immense hold on us, from emojis and fluffy puppies to its more uncanny, subversive expressions Cuteness has taken the planet by storm. Global sensations Hello Kitty and Pokémon, the works of artists Takashi Murakami and Jeff Koons, Heidi the cross-eyed opossum... More Info

The Left Behind

Princeton University Press | April 30, 2019 | 200 pages
How a fraying social fabric is fueling the outrage of rural Americans What is fueling rural America’s outrage toward the federal government? Why did rural Americans vote overwhelmingly for Donald Trump? And is there a more nuanced explanation for the growing rural-urban divide? Drawing on more... More Info

Darkness by Design

Princeton University Press | April 2, 2019 | 264 pages
An exposé of fragmented trading platforms, poor governance, and exploitative practices in today’s capital markets Capital markets have undergone a dramatic transformation in the past two decades. Algorithmic high-speed supercomputing has replaced traditional floor trading and human market... More Info

Speak Freely

Princeton University Press | March 26, 2019 | 232 pages
Why colleges and universities live or die by free speech Free speech is under attack at colleges and universities today, as critics on and off campus challenge the value of freewheeling debate. In Speak Freely, Keith Whittington argues that universities must protect and encourage vigorous free... More Info

Megaphone Bureaucracy

Princeton University Press | May 14, 2019 | 232 pages
A revealing look at how today’s bureaucrats are finding their public voice in the era of 24-hour media Once relegated to the anonymous back rooms of democratic debate, our bureaucratic leaders are increasingly having to govern under the scrutiny of a 24-hour news cycle, hyperpartisan political... More Info

How to Think about War

Princeton University Press | February 5, 2019 | 336 pages
An accessible modern translation of essential speeches from Thucydides’s History that takes readers to the heart of his profound insights on diplomacy, foreign policy, and war Why do nations go to war? What are citizens willing to die for? What justifies foreign invasion? And does might always... More Info


Princeton University Press | April 2, 2019 | 344 pages
A fascinating history that reveals the ways in which the pursuit of rationality often leads to an explosion of irrationality It’s a story we can’t stop telling ourselves. Once, humans were benighted by superstition and irrationality, but then the Greeks invented reason. Later, the Enlightenment... More Info

Why Nationalism

Princeton University Press | February 19, 2019 | 224 pages
Why nationalism is a permanent political force—and how it can be harnessed once again for liberal ends Around the world today, nationalism is back—and it’s often deeply troubling. Populist politicians exploit nationalism for authoritarian, chauvinistic, racist, and xenophobic purposes,... More Info

Iran Rising

Princeton University Press | February 5, 2019 | 344 pages
On the fortieth anniversary of the 1978–79 Iranian revolution, a definitive political picture of the Islamic Republic When Iranians overthrew their monarchy, rejecting a pro-Western shah in favor of an Islamic regime, many observers predicted that revolutionary turmoil would paralyze the country... More Info

Leadership and the Rise of Great Powers

Princeton University Press | April 9, 2019 | 280 pages
A leading foreign policy thinker uses Chinese political theory to explain why some powers rise as others decline and what this means for the international order While work in international relations has closely examined the decline of great powers, not much attention has been paid to the question... More Info

Love, Money, and Parenting

Princeton University Press | February 5, 2019 | 384 pages
An international and historical look at how parenting choices change in the face of economic inequality Parents everywhere want their children to be happy and do well. Yet how parents seek to achieve this ambition varies enormously. For instance, American and Chinese parents are increasingly... More Info

Emergency Chronicles

Princeton University Press | March 26, 2019 | 456 pages
The gripping story of an explosive turning point in the history of modern India On the night of June 25, 1975, Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency in India, suspending constitutional rights and rounding up her political opponents in midnight raids across the country. In the twenty-one... More Info

Rights as Weapons

Princeton University Press | April 16, 2019 | 280 pages
An in-depth look at the historic and strategic deployment of rights in political conflicts throughout the world Rights are usually viewed as defensive concepts representing mankind’s highest aspirations to protect the vulnerable and uplift the downtrodden. But since the Enlightenment, political... More Info

Of Privacy and Power

Princeton University Press | April 2, 2019 | 248 pages
How disputes over privacy and security have shaped the relationship between the European Union and the United States and what this means for the future We live in an interconnected world, where security problems like terrorism are spilling across borders, and globalized data networks and e-commerce... More Info

Economics in Two Lessons

Princeton University Press | April 23, 2019 | 408 pages
A masterful introduction to the key ideas behind the successes—and failures—of free-market economics Since 1946, Henry Hazlitt’s bestselling Economics in One Lesson has popularized the belief that economics can be boiled down to one simple lesson: market prices represent the true cost of... More Info

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 | August 17, 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