Books published by Yale University Press


Year of Blue Water

By Yanyi
Yale University Press | March 26, 2019 | 96 pages
Winner of the 2018 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize How can a search for self‑knowledge reveal art as a site of community? Yanyi’s arresting and straightforward poems weave experiences of immigration as a Chinese American, of racism, of mental wellness, and of gender from a queer and trans... More Info

When the Money Runs Out

Yale University Press | April 4, 2018 | 304 pages
An eminent economist warns that Western nations' economic expectations for the future are way out of sync with the realities of economic stagnation and stringent steps will be required to avoid massive political and economic upheaval. "It is alarmingly difficult to disagree with Stephen King. All... More Info

Urban Rage

Yale University Press | July 19, 2019 | 264 pages
A timely and incisive examination of contemporary urban unrest that explains why riots will continue until citizens are equally treated and politically included In the past few decades, urban riots have erupted in democracies across the world. While high profile politicians often react by... More Info

Forgotten Continent

Yale University Press | October 3, 2017 | 416 pages
A newly updated edition of the best-selling primer on the social, political, and economic challenges facing Central and South America Ten years after its first publication, Michael Reid's best-selling survey of the state of contemporary Latin America has been wholly updated to reflect the new... More Info

Unfinished Business

Yale University Press | September 1, 2017 | 286 pages
A penetrating critique tracing how under-regulated trading between European and U.S. banks led to the 2008 financial crisis--with a prescription for preventing another meltdown There have been numerous books examining the 2008 financial crisis from either a U.S. or European perspective. Tamim... More Info

Interaction of Color

Yale University Press | June 28, 2013 | 193 pages
An experimental approach to the study and teaching of color is comprised of exercises in seeing color action and feeling color relatedness before arriving at color theory.  More Info

The Aliens Among Us

Yale University Press | October 24, 2017 | 400 pages
A thoughtful, accessible look at the rapidly growing issue of invasive plants, animals, and microbes around the globe with a focus on the scientific issues and ecological, health, and other challenges From an award-winning adventure and science journalist comes an eye-opening exploration of a... More Info

Rival Power

Yale University Press | July 19, 2019 | 320 pages
A nuanced and comprehensive study of the political dynamics between Russia and key countries in Southeast Europe Is Russia threatening to disrupt more than two decades' of E.U. and U.S. efforts to promote stability in post-communist Southeast Europe? Politicians and commentators in the West say,... More Info


Yale University Press | September 26, 2017 | 352 pages
Humanity's last major source of food from the wild, and how it enabled and shaped the growth of civilization In this history of fishing--not as sport but as sustenance--archaeologist and best-selling author Brian Fagan argues that fishing was an indispensable and often overlooked element in the... More Info

Such Fine Boys

Yale University Press | August 29, 2017 | 208 pages
Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano's spellbinding tale of adolescent schoolmates and the vicissitudes of fate As a boarding school student in the early 1960s, Patrick Modiano lived among the troubled teenage sons of wealthy but self-involved parents. In this mesmerizing novel, Modiano weaves together a... More Info

Sundays in August

Yale University Press | August 29, 2017 | 168 pages
From beloved storyteller and Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano, a masterful and gripping crime novel set in picturesque Nice on the French Riviera Stolen jewels, black markets, hired guns, crossed lovers, unregistered addresses, people gone missing, shadowy figures disappearing in crowds,... More Info

Against the Grain

Yale University Press | August 22, 2017 | 336 pages
An account of all the new and surprising evidence now available for the beginnings of the earliest civilizations that contradict the standard narrative Why did humans abandon hunting and gathering for sedentary communities dependent on livestock and cereal grains, and governed by precursors of... More Info

The Aeneid

Yale University Press | May 1, 2009 | 308 pages
A retelling of Virgil's Aeneid.  More Info

The Gift of the Gab

Yale University Press | June 20, 2016 | 256 pages
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The Poetry of Pop

Yale University Press | March 28, 2017 | 424 pages
From Tin Pan Alley to the Beatles to Beyonc�, "Mr. Bradley skillfully breaks down a century of standards and pop songs into their elements to reveal the interaction of craft and art in composition and performance." (The Wall Street Journal) Encompassing a century of recorded music, this... More Info

Cool Cities

Yale University Press | April 18, 2017 | 224 pages
A pointed argument that cities--not nation-states--can and must take the lead in fighting climate change Climate change is the most urgent challenge we face in an interdependent world where independent nations have grown increasingly unable to cooperate effectively on sustainability. In this book,... More Info

The Craving Mind

Yale University Press | March 7, 2017 | 256 pages
A leading neuroscientist and pioneer in the study of mindfulness explains why addictions are so tenacious and how we can learn to conquer them We are all vulnerable to addiction. Whether it's a compulsion to constantly check social media, binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, or any other... More Info

Shrinking Violets

Yale University Press | July 19, 2019 | 280 pages
A deeply perceptive and beautifully written cultural history of shyness, from one of our most astute observers of the everyday Shyness is a pervasive human trait: even most extroverts know what it is like to stand tongue-tied at the fringe of an unfamiliar group or flush with embarrassment at being... More Info

High and Dry

Yale University Press | July 19, 2019 | 256 pages
An engaging call to understand and protect groundwater, the primary source of drinking water for almost half of the world's population Groundwater is essential for drinking water and food security. It provides enormous environmental benefits by keeping streams and rivers flowing. But a growing... More Info

Hell No

Yale University Press | January 31, 2017 | 168 pages
Why those who protested the Vietnam War must be honored, remembered, and appreciated "Hell no" was the battle cry of the largest peace movement in American history--the effort to end the Vietnam War, which included thousands of veterans. The movement was divided among radicals, revolutionaries,... More Info


Yale University Press | February 3, 2017 | 320 pages
A master historian illuminates the tumultuous relationship of Il Duce and his young lover Claretta, whose extraordinarily intimate diaries only recently have become available Few deaths are as gruesome and infamous as those of Benito Mussolini, Italy's fascist dictator, and Claretta (or Clara)... More Info

A Little History of Economics

Yale University Press | July 19, 2019 | 249 pages
A lively, inviting account of the history of economics, told through events from ancient to modern times and the ideas of great thinkers in the field What causes poverty? Are economic crises inevitable under capitalism? Is government intervention in an economy a helpful approach or a disastrous... More Info


Yale University Press | July 19, 2019 | 288 pages
A renowned philosopher challenges long-held views on just wars, ethical conduct during war, why wars occur, how they alter people and societies, and more For residents of the twenty-first century, a vision of a future without warfare is almost inconceivable. Though wars are terrible and... More Info

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 | July 19, 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 | July 19, 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 | July 19, 2019 | 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 | July 19, 2019 | 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 | July 19, 2019 | 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