Books published by Yale University Press

Dictators Without Borders

Yale University Press | February 7, 2017 | 312 pages
A penetrating look into the unrecognized and unregulated links between autocratic regimes in Central Asia and centers of power and wealth throughout the West Weak, corrupt, and politically unstable, the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are dismissed as... More Info

Seeing Like a State

Yale University Press | April 28, 1998 | 445 pages
An analysis of diverse failures in high-modernist, authoritarian state planning. It covers projects such as collectivization in Russia and the building of Brasilia, arguing that any centrally-managed social plan must recognize the importance of local customs and practical knowledge.  More Info

The Innovation Illusion

Yale University Press | October 11, 2016 | 288 pages
Timely, compelling, and certain to be controversial--a deeply researched study that reveals how companies and policy makers are hindering innovation-led growth Conventional wisdom holds that Western economies are on the threshold of fast-and-furious technological development. Fredrik Erixon and... More Info

The Battle for Syria

Yale University Press | September 15, 2016 | 320 pages
An unprecedented analysis of the crucial but underexplored roles the United States and other nations have played in shaping Syria's ongoing civil war Most accounts of Syria's brutal, long-lasting civil war focus on a domestic contest that began in 2011 and only later drew foreign nations into the... More Info

The Edge of Reason

Yale University Press | September 22, 2016 | 272 pages
An urgent defense of reason, the essential method for resolving--or even discussing--divisive issues Reason, long held as the highest human achievement, is under siege. According to Aristotle, the capacity for reason sets us apart from other animals, yet today it has ceased to be a universally... More Info

The Consolations of Mortality

Yale University Press | August 23, 2016 | 288 pages
A penetrating and provocative exploration of human mortality, from Epicurus to Joan Didion  More Info

The Culture of the New Capitalism

Yale University Press | January 1, 2007 | 214 pages
A provocative and disturbing look at the ways new economic facts are shaping our personal and social values.  More Info

Intelligence in the Flesh

Yale University Press | August 15, 2015 | 344 pages
An enthralling exploration that upends the prevailing view of consciousness and demonstrates how intelligence is literally embedded in the palms of our hands.  More Info

Constructing Private Governance

Yale University Press | October 28, 2014 | 352 pages
Recent decades have witnessed the rise of social and environmental certification programs that are intended to promote responsible business practices. Consumers now encounter organic or fair-trade labels on a variety of products, implying such desirable benefits as improved environmental conditions... More Info

The Carbon Crunch

Yale University Press | June 1, 2015 | 304 pages
In a new edition of his hard-hitting book on climate change, economist Dieter Helm looks at how and why we have failed to tackle the issue of global warming and argues for a new, pragmatic rethinking of energy policy. “An optimistically levelheaded book about actually dealing with global... More Info

Protest at Selma

Yale University Press | April 28, 1978 | 346 pages
Federal voting rights legislation and the civil rights protests in Selma and Birmingham, Alabama, in 1965. Emphasis on Martin Luther King, Jr., as leader of SCLC.  More Info

Ukraine Crisis

Yale University Press | April 28, 2017 | 248 pages
The aftereffects of the February 2014 Uprising in Ukraine are still reverberating around the world. The consequences of the popular rebellion and Russian President Putin's attempt to strangle it remain uncertain. In this book, Andrew Wilson combines a spellbinding, on-the-scene account of the Kiev... More Info

The South China Sea

Yale University Press | October 28, 2014 | 320 pages
A discerning account of simmering conflict in the South China Sea and why the world can’t afford to be indifferent  More Info

Suspended Sentences

Yale University Press | February 24, 2015 | 232 pages
A trio of intertwined novellas from one of the most evocative French authors writing today  More Info

The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs

Yale University Press | September 2, 2014 | 320 pages
Selects ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008 that embody rock and roll as a thing in itself--in the story each song tells, inhabits, and creates in its legacy.  More Info


Yale University Press | November 12, 2013 | 264 pages
A leading public critic reminds us of the compelling reasons people throughout time have found to stay alive  More Info


Yale University Press | May 27, 2014 | 352 pages
Examines the South American country that the author believes is destined to be one of the world's premier economic powers.  More Info

Other People's Houses

Yale University Press | April 28, 2017 | 416 pages
The author offers his view as to how the financial crisis of 2008 developed and why it could happen again.  More Info

Culture and the Death of God

Yale University Press | March 25, 2014 | 248 pages
DIVNew observations on the persistence of God in modern times and why “authentic” atheism is so very hard to come by/div  More Info


Yale University Press | March 25, 2014 | 232 pages
The author examines the history of austerity efforts in order to access the possibility of success today.  More Info

Imagining Black America

Yale University Press | February 25, 2014 | 336 pages
DIVA fascinating and challenging inquiry into black identity and its shifting meaning throughout U.S. history/div  More Info


Yale University Press | February 25, 2014 | 112 pages
A new translation of the Guatemalan author whom Roberto Bolaño called “the most rigorous writer of my generation, the most transparent…the most luminous of all.”  More Info

The Struggle for Iraq's Future

Yale University Press | February 18, 2014 | 304 pages
An unbarred account of life in post-occupation Iraq and an assessment of the nation's prospects for the future  More Info

It's Complicated

Yale University Press | February 25, 2014 | 296 pages
DIVAn essential read, written by a leading expert, for anyone who wants to understand young people's use of social media /div  More Info

The Wealth of Networks

Yale University Press | April 28, 2017 | 515 pages
With the radical changes in information production that the Internet has introduced, we stand at an important moment of transition, says Yochai Benkler in this thought-provoking book. The phenomenon he describes as social production is reshaping markets, while at the same time offering new... More Info

Through a Screen Darkly

Yale University Press | January 21, 2014 | 336 pages
Why it is a mistake to let commercial entertainment serve as America's de facto ambassador to the world  More Info

The Global War for Internet Governance

Yale University Press | January 14, 2014 | 296 pages
A groundbreaking study of one of the most crucial yet least understood issues of the twenty-first century: the governance of the Internet and its content  More Info

Unpacking My Library

Yale University Press | November 29, 2011 | 208 pages
As words and stories are increasingly disseminated through digital means, the significance of the book as object—whether pristine collectible or battered relic—is growing as well. Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books spotlights the personal libraries of thirteen favorite novelists who... More Info

The Power of Knowledge

Yale University Press | April 28, 2017 | 448 pages
A thought-provoking analysis of how the acquisition and utilization of information has determined the course of history over the past five centuries and shaped the world as we know it today  More Info

The Nostalgia Factory

Yale University Press | October 8, 2013 | 176 pages
With a storyteller's gift and a scientist's insights, Draaisma celebrates the unique pleasures of the aging memory  More Info

If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

Yale University Press | November 26, 2013 | 352 pages
Can cities solve the biggest problems of the twenty-first century better than nations? Is the city democracy's best hope?  More Info

Susan Sontag: The Complete Rolling Stone Interview

Yale University Press | October 22, 2013 | 176 pages
Published in its entirety for the first time, a candid conversation with Susan Sontag at the height of her brilliant career  More Info

Sun Chief: The Autobiography of a Hopi Indian, Second Edition

Yale University Press | August 1, 2013 | 512 pages
First published in 1942, Sun Chief is the autobiography of Hopi Chief Don C. Talayesva and offers a unique insider view on Hopi society. In a new Foreword, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert situates the book within contemporary Hopi studies, exploring how scholars have used the book since its publication... More Info

Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life

Yale University Press | September 10, 2013 | 240 pages
A clear-eyed exploration of the career of Leon Trotsky, the tragic hero who "dreamed of justice and then wreaked havoc," by a leading expert on human rights and the former Soviet Union  More Info

Childism: Confronting Prejudice Against Children

Yale University Press | September 10, 2013 | 368 pages
A seminal volume on prejudice against children for parents, teachers, psychologists, social workers, policy-makers--anyone concerned with the crucial subject of child welfare.  More Info

Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery

Yale University Press | September 24, 2013 | 272 pages
A mother's deeply moving account of raising a son with Down syndrome in a world crowded with contradictory attitudes toward disabilities  More Info

Emma Goldman

Yale University Press | September 10, 2013 | 160 pages
A vibrant, deeply human portrait of a woman dedicated to fierce protest against the tyranny of institutions over individuals, by the celebrated author  More Info

Richard Burton Diaries

Yale University Press | July 9, 2013 | 704 pages
The irresistible, candid diaries of Richard Burton, published in their entirety for the first time  More Info

The Event of Literature

Yale University Press | May 29, 2012 | 264 pages
In this characteristically concise, witty, and lucid book, Terry Eagleton turns his attention to the questions we should ask about literature, but rarely do. What is literature? Can we even speak of "literature" at all? What do different literary theories tell us about what texts mean and do? In... More Info

How to Read Literature

Yale University Press | May 21, 2013 | 232 pages
DIV What makes a work of literature good or bad? How freely can the reader interpret it? Could a nursery rhyme like Baa Baa Black Sheep be full of concealed loathing, resentment, and aggression? In this accessible, delightfully entertaining book, Terry Eagleton addresses these intriguing questions... More Info

Return from the Natives

Yale University Press | May 7, 2013 | 384 pages
DIV Celebrated anthropologist Margaret Mead, who studied sex in Samoa and child-rearing in New Guinea in the 1920s and '30s, was determined to show that anthropology could tackle the psychology of the most complex, modern societies in ways useful for waging the Second World War.  More Info

Hitler's Philosophers

Yale University Press | May 21, 2013 | 328 pages
Hitler had a dream to rule the world, not only with the gun but also with his mind. He saw himself as a "philosopher-leader" and astonishingly gained the support of many intellectuals of his time. In this compelling book, Yvonne Sherratt explores Hitler's relationship with philosophers and uncovers... More Info


Yale University Press | April 22, 2013 | 264 pages
DIVThis book goes to the heart of the unfolding reality of the twenty-first century: international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have all failed, and before the end of the century Earth is projected to be warmer than it has been for 15 million years.  More Info

The Golden Ass

Yale University Press | January 24, 2012 | 288 pages
With accuracy, wit, and intelligence, this remarkable new translation of The Golden Ass breathes new life into Apuleius's classic work. Sarah Ruden, a lyric poet as well as a highly respected translator, skillfully duplicates the verbal high jinks of Apuleius's ever-popular novel. It tells the... More Info

The Forgotten Palestinians

Yale University Press | June 28, 2011 | 336 pages
For more than 60 years, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have lived as Israeli citizens within the borders of the nation formed at the end of the 1948 conflict. Occupying a precarious middle ground between the Jewish citizens of Israel and the dispossessed Palestinians of the West Bank and the... More Info

How to Change the World

Yale University Press | October 4, 2012 | 480 pages
Recommended by Paul, City Lights Books "We need to take account of Marx today," argues Eric Hobsbawm in this persuasive and highly readable book. The ideas of capitalism's most vigorous and eloquent enemy have been enlightening in every era, the author contends, and our current historical situation... More Info

The Carbon Crunch

Yale University Press | November 27, 2012 | 304 pages
Despite commitments to renewable energy and two decades of international negotiations, global emissions continue to rise. Coal, the most damaging of all fossil fuels, has actually risen from 25% to almost 30% of world energy use. And while European countries have congratulated themselves on... More Info

Good Italy, Bad Italy

Yale University Press | August 14, 2012 | 304 pages
Not long ago Italy was Europe's highly touted emerging economy, a society that blended dynamism and super-fast growth with a lifestyle that was the envy of all. Now it is viewed as a major threat to the future of the Euro, indeed to the European Union as a whole. Italy's political system is shorn... More Info

The Moral Foundations of Politics

Yale University Press | October 30, 2012 | 304 pages
When do governments merit our allegiance, and when should they be denied it? Ian Shapiro explores this most enduring of political dilemmas in this innovative and engaging book. Building on his highly popular Yale courses, Professor Shapiro evaluates the main contending accounts of the sources of... More Info

The Voting Wars

Yale University Press | August 14, 2012 | 256 pages
In 2000, just a few hundred votes out of millions cast in the state of Florida separated Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush from his Democratic opponent, Al Gore. The outcome of the election rested on Florida's 25 electoral votes, and legal wrangling continued for 36 days. Then,... More Info