Encounter Books

Encounter Books Independent publisher of serious non-fiction. Encounter magazine in another life. Promoting intelligent debate. Encounter Books draws its name from Encounter magazine, an Anglo-American literary journal founded in 1953 by poet Stephen Spender and journalist Irving Kristol.

Encounter was a liberal, anti-Soviet monthly dedicated to two things: “a love of liberty and a respect for that part of human endeavour that goes by the name of culture.”

The magazine seemed to have come “out of nowhere”—with an immediate impact. Kingsley Amis, W. H. Auden, Isaiah Berlin, Albert Camus, Robert Conquest, Philip Larkin, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Lionel Trilling, Richard Wilbur, and E

Encounter was a liberal, anti-Soviet monthly dedicated to two things: “a love of liberty and a respect for that part of human endeavour that goes by the name of culture.”

The magazine seemed to have come “out of nowhere”—with an immediate impact. Kingsley Amis, W. H. Auden, Isaiah Berlin, Albert Camus, Robert Conquest, Philip Larkin, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Lionel Trilling, Richard Wilbur, and E

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Read an excerpt from 'I, Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance.' "The Founders recognized freedom...
01/17/2022
A Return to the United States

Read an excerpt from 'I, Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance.'

"The Founders recognized freedom and virtue as counterbalancing forces in a healthy community. Freedom without virtue leads to license and ruin. It will manifest itself in what we see today, unfortunately, in parts of our country where norms and values have broken down, yielding consequences like neglected children, decaying buildings, and no trust among neighbors. Virtue without freedom likewise leads to the same sorry state. Absent freedoms like private property and free enterprise, communities remain desperately poor. They become subservient, and the state must step in to make their denizens behave. Good behavior that’s forced rather than chosen ceases to be virtue.

"Understanding these twin pillars of self-governance reveals the ultimate threat our unchecked federal behemoth poses. It undermines productive, cooperative endeavors in our communities."

Continue reading at our website: https://www.encounterbooks.com/features/necessity-citizen-action/

An excerpt from 'I, Citizen'

The real threat to our union isn’t Red vs Blue America—it’s the quiet collusion within our nation’s political class to t...
12/07/2021
I, Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance

The real threat to our union isn’t Red vs Blue America—it’s the quiet collusion within our nation’s political class to take away that most American of freedoms: our right to self-governance.

Released today, 'I, Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance' outlines steps citizens can take to reclaim that right from political elites.

Learn more and get your copy:
https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/i-citizen/

This is a story of hope, but also of peril. It began when our nation’s polarized political class started conscripting everyday citizens into their culture war. From their commanding heights in political parties, media, academia, and government, these partisans have attacked one another for years, ...

Can the media regain our trust? Author Batya Ungar-Sargon tackles this question in her recent interview with Tucker Carl...
11/15/2021
Can the Media Regain Our Trust? - Encounter Books

Can the media regain our trust?

Author Batya Ungar-Sargon tackles this question in her recent interview with Tucker Carlson. They talk about her new book, 'Bad News: How Woke Media is Undermining Democracy.'

Click the link below to watch the full interview on our website.

https://www.encounterbooks.com/features/can-media-regain-trust/

Tucker Carlson welcomed Batya Ungar-Sargon on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss the failures of today’s mainstream media and the possibility of its redemption. This is the topic of Ungar-Sargon’s new book, Bad News: How Woke Media is Undermining Democracy.

“I write here from the perspective of a farmer whose social world has changed so radically, so quickly that it no longer...
10/20/2021

“I write here from the perspective of a farmer whose social world has changed so radically, so quickly that it no longer exists.”

Victor Davis Hanson gives his frank and personal account of California's immigration tragedy in this paperback edition of 'Mexifornia: State of Becoming', updated for 2021 with a new preface.

You can get your copy for 30% off by using code HANSON at checkout: https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/mexifornia/.

“I write here from the perspective of a farmer whose social world has changed so radically, so quickly that it no longer exists.”

Victor Davis Hanson gives his frank and personal account of California's immigration tragedy in this paperback edition of 'Mexifornia: State of Becoming', updated for 2021 with a new preface.

You can get your copy for 30% off by using code HANSON at checkout: https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/mexifornia/.

We are pleased to introduce the latest edition of the Encounter Top Ten, reflecting customer favorites in the past month...
09/20/2021

We are pleased to introduce the latest edition of the Encounter Top Ten, reflecting customer favorites in the past month. We are always delighted to learn which books you’ve been reading in our library, and we are pleased to offer 20% off these titles.

Click the link below to see the full list—including titles by Charles Murray, Ryan T. Anderson, and Thomas Sowell—and use code TOP10 at checkout to apply the discount.

https://www.encounterbooks.com/top-ten/

We are pleased to introduce the latest edition of the Encounter Top Ten, reflecting customer favorites in the past month. We are always delighted to learn which books you’ve been reading in our library, and we are pleased to offer 20% off these titles.

Click the link below to see the full list—including titles by Charles Murray, Ryan T. Anderson, and Thomas Sowell—and use code TOP10 at checkout to apply the discount.

https://www.encounterbooks.com/top-ten/

At this late date, getting back on the right road—away from group preferences and from the cultural changes they have wr...
06/30/2021
A Dubious Expediency - Encounter Books

At this late date, getting back on the right road—away from group preferences and from the cultural changes they have wreaked on campus—won’t be easy. Yet, as the essays in this volume demonstrate, it needs to be done—sooner better than later.

Is higher education on the right road? The authors of these eight essays are hardly the first to think not. In 1976, in the now-famous Bakke case, the California Supreme Court had to decide whether what some view as the “good kind” of race discrimination—preferential treatment for minorities i...

“It’s a fascinating and essential book for understanding so many of our current political predicaments.” ―Mollie Hemingw...
06/29/2021
America Transformed - Encounter Books

“It’s a fascinating and essential book for understanding so many of our current political predicaments.” ―Mollie Hemingway, co-author of the national bestseller Justice on Trial and Senior Editor at The Federalist

The America of the modern administrative state is not the America of the original Constitution. This transformation comes not only from the ordinary course of historical change and development, but also from a radical, new philosophy of government that was imported into the American political tradit...

Two truths drive the problems in policing, education, and the workplace that are now ascribed to systemic racism. Facing...
06/28/2021
Facing Reality - Encounter Books

Two truths drive the problems in policing, education, and the workplace that are now ascribed to systemic racism. Facing Reality lays out the evidence clinically and in detail, without apologies or animus.

The charges of systemic racism and White privilege that are tearing the country apart float free of reality. Two known truths, long since documented beyond reasonable doubt, need to be acknowledged and incorporated into the ways we approach public policy: American Whites, Blacks, Latinos, and Asians...

Progressive privilege isn’t just unfair to conservatives; it has warped our entire political environment and made our co...
06/27/2021
Checking Progressive Privilege - Encounter Books

Progressive privilege isn’t just unfair to conservatives; it has warped our entire political environment and made our country more divided. https://buff.ly/3cJ8dVx

Progressives have taught us that it doesn’t take overt discrimination to make society unfair. Privilege afforded to different groups—such as whites, males, and heterosexuals—can infect our cultural institutions, creating unfair burdens for other groups. But one form of privilege has been overl...

The Cunning of Freedom explains how we have been witnessing the advent of a new form of despotism, much of it being the ...
06/26/2021
The Cunning of Freedom - Encounter Books

The Cunning of Freedom explains how we have been witnessing the advent of a new form of despotism, much of it being the effect of liberalism’s dominant position.

This book has two currents. The first is an analysis of the three concepts of freedom that are called, respectively, negative, positive, and inner. Negative freedom is defined as an absence of coercion, positive freedom as an ability to rule oneself and others, inner freedom as being oneself; that i...

We have been witnessing the advent of a new form of despotism, much of it being the effect of liberalism’s dominant posi...
06/25/2021
The Cunning of Freedom - Encounter Books

We have been witnessing the advent of a new form of despotism, much of it being the effect of liberalism’s dominant position. https://buff.ly/3iECSal

This book has two currents. The first is an analysis of the three concepts of freedom that are called, respectively, negative, positive, and inner. Negative freedom is defined as an absence of coercion, positive freedom as an ability to rule oneself and others, inner freedom as being oneself; that i...

“After 400 years as America’s ‘first liberty,’ freedom of religion and conscience is under unprecedented assault, and Ke...
06/24/2021
Religious Liberty in Crisis - Encounter Books

“After 400 years as America’s ‘first liberty,’ freedom of religion and conscience is under unprecedented assault, and Ken Starr’s overview is essential for all who would make their stand with a depth of understanding as well as courage.” —Os Guinness https://buff.ly/3gscleO

What was unfathomable in the first two decades of the twenty-first century has become a reality. Religious liberty, both in the United States and across the world, is in crisis. Though this crisis was not created by a global pandemic, it has been exposed by it. Simply put, the government is far more...

Deceiving the Sky details China’s economic, cyber, and space warfare, and vast influence operations. More importantly, t...
06/23/2021
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Deceiving the Sky details China’s economic, cyber, and space warfare, and vast influence operations. More importantly, this book describes how America and its allies have failed to counter the efforts, and what we must do to answer these threats. https://buff.ly/3q3B50g

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Lady Editor re-creates the life of a major nineteenth-century woman, whose career as a writer, editor, and early feminis...
06/22/2021
Lady Editor - Encounter Books

Lady Editor re-creates the life of a major nineteenth-century woman, whose career as a writer, editor, and early feminist encompassed ideas central to American history. https://buff.ly/3pTIKhs

For half a century Sarah Josepha Hale was the most influential woman in America. As editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, Hale was the leading cultural arbiter for the growing nation. Women (and many men) turned to her for advice on what to read, what to cook, how to behave, and—most important—what...

“As nine eminent writers explain in A Dubious Expediency, these violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 have not only...
06/21/2021
A Dubious Expediency - Encounter Books

“As nine eminent writers explain in A Dubious Expediency, these violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 have not only harmed colleges and universities but have hurt most of all the intended beneficiaries.” ―Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

Is higher education on the right road? The authors of these eight essays are hardly the first to think not. In 1976, in the now-famous Bakke case, the California Supreme Court had to decide whether what some view as the “good kind” of race discrimination—preferential treatment for minorities i...

Is money the root of all evil? Or the source of much good? America has been wrestling with this question since its found...
06/20/2021
God and Mammon - Encounter Books

Is money the root of all evil? Or the source of much good? America has been wrestling with this question since its founding. https://buff.ly/2TuuQpM

This book is about the partnership of God and Mammon in the New World—about how Americans have made money and lost money, and about how they have thought about that obsessive and peculiarly American subject. Money is the basic American thing, the life’s blood of the country. God and Mammon shows...

American Awakening chronicles the most difficult problems we face as a nation today: identity politics, bipolarity, and ...
06/19/2021
American Awakening - Encounter Books

American Awakening chronicles the most difficult problems we face as a nation today: identity politics, bipolarity, and addiction—yet gives us hope for the future. https://buff.ly/3cHXzhT

America has always been committed to the idea that citizens can work together to build a common world. Today, three afflictions keep us from pursuing that noble ideal. The first and most obvious affliction is identity politics, which seeks to transform America by turning politics into a religious ve...

Racial and group preferences have damaged higher education, but is this damage permanent? A Dubious Expediency shows rea...
06/18/2021
A Dubious Expediency - Encounter Books

Racial and group preferences have damaged higher education, but is this damage permanent? A Dubious Expediency shows readers the extent of the cultural damage these preferences have caused and a path towards fixing it. https://buff.ly/3zpnqEO

Is higher education on the right road? The authors of these eight essays are hardly the first to think not. In 1976, in the now-famous Bakke case, the California Supreme Court had to decide whether what some view as the “good kind” of race discrimination—preferential treatment for minorities i...

Progressive privilege isn’t just unfair to conservatives; it has warped our entire political environment and made our co...
06/17/2021
Checking Progressive Privilege - Encounter Books

Progressive privilege isn’t just unfair to conservatives; it has warped our entire political environment and made our country more divided.

Progressives have taught us that it doesn’t take overt discrimination to make society unfair. Privilege afforded to different groups—such as whites, males, and heterosexuals—can infect our cultural institutions, creating unfair burdens for other groups. But one form of privilege has been overl...

Black Rednecks and White Liberals is a provocative collection of essays that debunks the progressive understanding of cu...
06/16/2021
Black Rednecks & White Liberals - Encounter Books

Black Rednecks and White Liberals is a provocative collection of essays that debunks the progressive understanding of culture and race in America from one of America's foremost intellectuals. https://buff.ly/3wou4te

This explosive new book challenges many of the long-prevailing assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on not only the...

Statesmanship, constitutional government, and the virtues of republican citizenship are keys to unlocking the most impor...
06/15/2021
The Soul of Politics - Encounter Books

Statesmanship, constitutional government, and the virtues of republican citizenship are keys to unlocking the most important truths of political philosophy. Perhaps no one better embodied these principles than Harry V. Jaffa.

Harry V. Jaffa (1918–2015), professor at Claremont McKenna College and distinguished fellow of the Claremont Institute, was one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. His hundreds of students have reached positions of power and prestige throughout the intellectual and political...

“Identity politics did not become our cultural and increasingly corporate and legal operating system by chance.” https:/...
06/14/2021
The Plot to Change America - Encounter Books

“Identity politics did not become our cultural and increasingly corporate and legal operating system by chance.” https://buff.ly/2RRI5jZ

The Plot to Change America exposes the myths that help identity politics perpetuate itself. This book reveals what has really happened, explains why it is urgent to change course, and offers a strategy to do so. Though we should not fool ourselves into thinking that it will be easy to eliminate iden...

Getting back on the right road—away from group preferences and from the cultural changes they have wreaked on campus—won...
06/13/2021
A Dubious Expediency - Encounter Books

Getting back on the right road—away from group preferences and from the cultural changes they have wreaked on campus—won’t be easy. Yet, as the essays in this volume demonstrate, it needs to be done—sooner better than later.

Is higher education on the right road? The authors of these eight essays are hardly the first to think not. In 1976, in the now-famous Bakke case, the California Supreme Court had to decide whether what some view as the “good kind” of race discrimination—preferential treatment for minorities i...

“This marvelous book is essential reading for anyone interested in today’s political scene.” ―Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. ...
06/12/2021
America Transformed - Encounter Books

“This marvelous book is essential reading for anyone interested in today’s political scene.” ―Hon. Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals

The America of the modern administrative state is not the America of the original Constitution. This transformation comes not only from the ordinary course of historical change and development, but also from a radical, new philosophy of government that was imported into the American political tradit...

Curiosity provides twelve timeless rules to help readers lead a more fulfilling life.
06/11/2021
Curiosity - Encounter Books

Curiosity provides twelve timeless rules to help readers lead a more fulfilling life.

Curiosity is the instinct that prompts us to act, and a book about curiosity should tell us how to live. This is the first to do so, with its twelve rules for life. Although a fatal sin in Eden, curiosity is a necessary virtue in our world. It asks us to search for new experiences, …

Progressive privilege isn’t just unfair to conservatives; it has warped our entire political environment and made our co...
06/10/2021
Checking Progressive Privilege - Encounter Books

Progressive privilege isn’t just unfair to conservatives; it has warped our entire political environment and made our country more divided. https://buff.ly/3gmVNnr

Progressives have taught us that it doesn’t take overt discrimination to make society unfair. Privilege afforded to different groups—such as whites, males, and heterosexuals—can infect our cultural institutions, creating unfair burdens for other groups. But one form of privilege has been overl...

“After 400 years as America’s ‘first liberty,’ freedom of religion and conscience is under unprecedented assault, and Ke...
06/09/2021
Religious Liberty in Crisis - Encounter Books

“After 400 years as America’s ‘first liberty,’ freedom of religion and conscience is under unprecedented assault, and Ken Starr’s overview is essential for all who would make their stand with a depth of understanding as well as courage.” —Os Guinness https://buff.ly/3fZtmNk

What was unfathomable in the first two decades of the twenty-first century has become a reality. Religious liberty, both in the United States and across the world, is in crisis. Though this crisis was not created by a global pandemic, it has been exposed by it. Simply put, the government is far more...

"American Awakening is a tour de force: it is the deepest and yet the most accessible analysis of the political and inte...
06/08/2021
American Awakening - Encounter Books

"American Awakening is a tour de force: it is the deepest and yet the most accessible analysis of the political and intellectual movement which may yet undermine our civilization, identity politics." —Arthur Milikh https://buff.ly/2T3nyt2

America has always been committed to the idea that citizens can work together to build a common world. Today, three afflictions keep us from pursuing that noble ideal. The first and most obvious affliction is identity politics, which seeks to transform America by turning politics into a religious ve...

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Join us for#BookBreaks today at 2 pm ET! Historian Melanie Kirkpatrick will discuss her book "Lady Editor: Sarah Josepha Hale and the Making of the Modern American Woman." RSVP: http://ow.ly/k0bE50H8Tt4 Encounter Books
Get Peter W. Wood's book from the publisher, Encounter Books. We just discussed the compelling new book, WRATH: America Enraged, with author Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars on the #ProAmericaReport
Read "The Progressive Way to Wreck a Civilization"—Bruce Oliver Newsome's review of Roger Kimball's book: "Who Rules? Sovereignty, #Nationalism, and the Fate of #Freedom in the Twenty-First Century" below! Link: https://bit.ly/3B0vLyI | Tank Professor | Encounter Books
“Until recently, America was a balance of pluralism and unity. Now it is heading ‘toward pluralism without consensus, a nation-state without a national idea.’” | Encounter Books Check our latest #ModAgeMonday article by Bruce Oliver Newsome: https://isi.org/modern-age/the-progressive-way-to-wreck-a-civilization/
What will America's future in space look like? Can we address global energy problems in space? How should we encourage more space activity while minimizing international conflict? Find out in our new Next Round podcast with University of Tennessee law professor, Instapundit founder, and Encounter Books author Glenn Reynolds:
On the latest episode of Pacific Research Institute's Next Round podcast, Gail Heriot, a law professor at the University of San Diego, joins us to discuss educational policies that discriminate in favor of some students -- and inevitably against others. Heriot is also editor of the new Encounter Books book, "A Dubious Expediency." Listen in to the episode here:
Read an excerpt from Ronald J. Pestritto's new book, "America Transformed, the Rise and Legacy of American Progressivism," out now from Encounter Books. Hillsdale College
"No Way Home," a new book by our very own Kerry Jackson and Wayne Winegarden, examines the causes of homelessness with a focus on unaffordable housing, poverty, mental illness, substance addiction, and legal reform. Find out more here: https://buff.ly/31Qniih Encounter Books
Ken Starr - How to Exercise Your Faith in an Age of Uncertainty What was unfathomable in the first two decades of the twenty-first century has become a reality. Religious liberty, both in the United States and across the world, is in crisis. As we navigate the coming decades, We the People must know our rights more than ever, particularly as it relates to the freedom to exercise our religion. Armed with a proper understanding of this country’s rich tradition of religious liberty, we can protect faith through any crisis that comes our way. Without that understanding, though, we’ll watch as the creeping secular age erodes our freedom. In Religious Liberty in Crisis, Ken Starr explores the crises that threaten religious liberty in America. He also examines the ways well-meaning government action sometimes undermines the religious liberty of the people, and how the Supreme Court in the past has ultimately provided us protection from such forms of government overreach. He also explores the possibilities of future overreach by government officials. The reader will learn how each of us can resist the quarantining of our faith within the confines of the law, and why that resistance is important. Through gaining a deep understanding of the Constitutional importance of religious expression, Starr invites the reader to be a part of protecting those rights of religious freedom and taking a more active role in advancing the cause of liberty. Resources mentioned in this episode: ►Religious Liberty in Crisis: Exercising Your Faith in an Age of Uncertainty: https://amzn.to/3sC5FNS ►Go here to show your support & order from an independent bookstore: https://www.heartsandmindsbooks.com | Listen to The Shaun Tabatt Show | ►Apple Podcasts | https://apple.co/2yydFWK ►Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2OC8hel ►Website | http://ShaunTabatt.com #DIPodcastNetwork Encounter Books
LISTEN: Author Steven Soukup's "The Dictatorship of Woke Capital" is among this year's most timely reads. He joined our JWI Podcast for its newest installment to discuss his new book from Encounter Books. http://commentary.jameswilsoninstitute.org/2021/04/podcast-stephen-soukup-on-the-dictatorship-of-woke-capital/
When it comes to homelessness, "the problem isn't the resources or the money," Wayne Winegarden explains on Book Talk with Corbin. "The problem is how we're spending it, what we're doing with the programs." Check out Wayne's interview for more on his new book, "No Way Home: The Crisis of Homelessness and How to Fix It with Intelligence and Humanity." https://buff.ly/3thBqNu Encounter Books