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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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"Would a serious country so completely lose perspective on its own past that it would entertain the idea that the nation...
06/08/2022

"Would a serious country so completely lose perspective on its own past that it would entertain the idea that the nation was founded on slavery, rather than on the ideals that have made it a beacon to the rest of the world?

"We need to become a serious country again. And to do that, we need to believe in ourselves again, believe in the reason we have been placed here, as a land of hope for a world that needs hope more than ever."

—Wilfred McClay, author of Land of Hope, quoted in The Wall Street Journal from his remarks at the 2022 Bradley Prizes

https://www.wsj.com/articles/notable-quotable-a-serious-country-past-history-america-nation-perspective-11654205018?st=c46foah8vd6xrji&reflink=article_copyURL_share

How should "America first" foreign policy work for us today?Leaning on John Quincy Adams's insights, Angelo M. Codevilla...
06/07/2022

How should "America first" foreign policy work for us today?

Leaning on John Quincy Adams's insights, Angelo M. Codevilla charts a clear course out of our past eleven decades of foreign policy disasters in his final work, America's Rise and Fall among Nations: Lessons in Statecraft from John Quincy Adams.

Available at our website:

https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/americas-rise-fall-among-nations/

06/03/2022

“If journalism is the first draft of history, then history, Thomas Carlyle wrote, is 'a kind of distilled newspapers.' The British writer David Pryce-Jones has distilled five decades of journalism into an elegant, personal and fearless tableau of the late 20th century.”

For The Wall Street Journal, Dominic Green reviews the latest release from our imprint Criterion Books — Openings & Outings: An Anthology by David Pryce-Jones.

Read the review here:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/openings-outings-review-one-mans-modern-europe-11653516234

Now available: the latest from Daniel J. Mahoney — The Statesman as Thinker: Portraits of Greatness, Courage, and Modera...
06/02/2022

Now available: the latest from Daniel J. Mahoney — The Statesman as Thinker: Portraits of Greatness, Courage, and Moderation.

Through vignettes of Churchill, Lincoln, Havel, DeGaulle, Burke, and Tocqueville, learn how the recovery of statesmanship today can revive our politically-impoverished society.

Get your copy:
https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/the-statesman-as-thinker/

In a nation that is tearing itself apart over race, trying to speak honestly about the state of black America is a peril...
05/26/2022

In a nation that is tearing itself apart over race, trying to speak honestly about the state of black America is a perilous task.

Candor and thoughtfulness are often drowned by hysteria, expediency, and sentimentalism.

The State of Black America seeks to restore these sorely needed virtues to the present discourse, assembling a company of scholars who confront our nation’s troubled racial history even as they bear witness to the promise the American heritage contains for blacks.

Get The State of Black America: Progress, Pitfalls, and the Promise of the Republic at our website — available now:
https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/state-black-america/

The United States in Crisis by Edward J. Erler is the first release in a new Encounter imprint with the Claremont Instit...
04/29/2022
The United States in Crisis: Citizenship, Immigration, and the Nation State

The United States in Crisis by Edward J. Erler is the first release in a new Encounter imprint with the Claremont Institute.

The United States in Crisis: Citizenship, Immigration, and the Nation State examines how citizenship based on shared principles—not birthplace—safeguards a free society.

Get your copy below — and keep an eye out for the next book in our Claremont series coming out this fall:

https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/united-states-crisis/

The United States in Crisis: Citizenship, Immigration, and the Nation State argues that to preserve our freedom Americans must mount a defense of the nation state against the progressive forces who advocate for global government.

OUT TODAY: Inflation: What It Is, Why It's Bad, and How to Fix It by Steve Forbes, Nathan Lewis, and Elizabeth AmesGet a...
04/19/2022
Steve Forbes: The Fed ‘does not know how to fight inflation’

OUT TODAY: Inflation: What It Is, Why It's Bad, and How to Fix It by Steve Forbes, Nathan Lewis, and Elizabeth Ames

Get a preview of this new title—already hitting the Best Seller charts on Amazon—in this morning's interview on America's Newsroom with Steve Forbes.

To stop inflation, the Fed needs to let the markets regulate interest rates. Learn more:
https://video.foxnews.com/v/6304398903001#sp=show-clips

Forbes Media Chairman Steve Forbes breaks down inflation, the role of the Federal Reserve and steps to reduce the threat of recession on ‘America’s Newsroom.’

Happy PUB DAY to Visible Hand: A Wealth of Notions on the Miracle of the Market by Matthew Hennessey Economics is far fr...
04/12/2022

Happy PUB DAY to Visible Hand: A Wealth of Notions on the Miracle of the Market by Matthew Hennessey

Economics is far from the dismal science. It’s the sparkling art of decision-making. No homework necessary.

https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/visible-hand/

Steven F. Hayward's new biography is ON SALE now.M. Stanton Evans was the unsung hero behind the modern conservative mov...
03/23/2022

Steven F. Hayward's new biography is ON SALE now.

M. Stanton Evans was the unsung hero behind the modern conservative movement.

Learn how he (and his humor) shaped our political landscape over the last half century:
https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/m-stanton-evans/

Should children be taught that America is a four-hundred-year-old system of racist oppression? Or should they learn that...
03/17/2022

Should children be taught that America is a four-hundred-year-old system of racist oppression?

Or should they learn that what has always made America exceptional is our pursuit of liberty and justice for all?

1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project by Peter Wood

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"In 'The Soul of Politics,' the reader is shown how one should think. This isn’t to say that one should be a Straussian,...
03/15/2022
Book Review: 'The Soul of Politics: Harry V. Jaffa and the Fight for America'

"In 'The Soul of Politics,' the reader is shown how one should think. This isn’t to say that one should be a Straussian, a Jaffaite, or even a conservative. However, it’s to say that study, reflection, debate, and the humility to adjust beliefs and ideas when necessary are required to be a good thinker."

Dustin Bass, in his review of The Soul of Politics, presents Harry Jaffa, a model of critical-mindedness to a culture starved of thought:

https://bit.ly/3tWa7tH

This is a book worth reading. There is a fight for America going on, and those interested in fighting for her, must first fight the battle for their own mind.

Happy PUB WEEK to The Credentialed Court: Inside the Cloistered, Elite World of American Justice.Author Benjamin Barton,...
03/09/2022

Happy PUB WEEK to The Credentialed Court: Inside the Cloistered, Elite World of American Justice.

Author Benjamin Barton, Law Professor at University of Tennessee, shows how the makeup of the Court has changed dramatically since its beginning—while becoming more diverse on the surface, it has become far less diverse in thought. He features vignettes on the personal backgrounds of each Justice, from John Jay to Amy Coney Barrett.

Enjoy a preview of the book in this excerpt featured at our website, where you can also get your copy of The Credentialed Court.

https://www.encounterbooks.com/features/keystone-supreme-court/

"You will see in this excerpt, originally drafted in 2019, Angelo’s characteristic incisiveness and perspicacity on the ...
03/04/2022
What is Russia to Us?

"You will see in this excerpt, originally drafted in 2019, Angelo’s characteristic incisiveness and perspicacity on the most serious matters of foreign relations. He, as ever, skewers implicitly and explicitly the bipartisan delusions and unseriousness of our ruling class."

The late Angelo Codevilla made a final contribution to our understanding of America's place in the world: America's Rise and Fall among Nations, available 5/17.

This early excerpt gives us his prescient guidance on American foreign policy towards Russia.

https://americanmind.org/salvo/what-is-russia-to-us/

Understanding our longstanding confusion

"Lady Editor is not just a valuable biography of Sarah Hale; it is also a history of a growing new nation where men and ...
03/03/2022
Meet the 19th-Century Heroine Who Transformed the Role of the American Woman

"Lady Editor is not just a valuable biography of Sarah Hale; it is also a history of a growing new nation where men and women both had to carve out their places in society. It will be educational for many of us, who are not historians or women’s studies professors, to see how one woman navigated the reluctance and reality of the world around her."

Learn about Sarah Josepha Hale and the making of the modern American woman:

https://booktrib.com/2022/03/02/meet-the-19th-century-heroine-who-transformed-the-role-of-the-american-woman/

Back when men ran everything and women couldn’t vote, Sarah Josepha Hale was a formidable influence in U.S. history, responsible for a remarkable list of contributions that ranged from persuading President Lincoln to proclaim Thanksgiving a national holiday (in the middle of the Civil War, no less...

How does Putin prevail? Douglas Schoen has written several titles in Encounter's backlsit detailing the dictator's threa...
03/01/2022
How Does Putin Prevail?

How does Putin prevail?

Douglas Schoen has written several titles in Encounter's backlsit detailing the dictator's threat to the West and to liberal democracy.

In this excerpt from his 2017 'Putin on the March,' Schoen describes some of the warning signs that led to the current crisis in Ukraine.

https://www.encounterbooks.com/features/how-does-putin-prevail/

An Excerpt from 'Putin on the March'

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/.

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/

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CURE's newest publication, "The State of Black America" releases tomorrow, May 24th from Encounter Books. Secure your copy by preordering today: https://curepolicy.org/the-state-of-black-america/?swcfpc=1
CURE's newest publication, "The State of Black America" releases tomorrow, May 24th from Encounter Books. Secure your copy by preordering today: https://curepolicy.org/the-state-of-black-america/?swcfpc=1
“The State of Black America” report, a historical look at race in America, is scheduled for publication by Encounter Books on May 24, 2022. Preorder your copy here:
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“The State of Black America” report, a historical look at race in America, is scheduled for publication by Encounter Books on May 24, 2022. Preorder your copy today:
“The State of Black America” report, a historical look at race in America, is scheduled for publication by Encounter Books on May 24, 2022. Please consider making a gift to ensure this report makes it to distressed communities, clergy, and policymakers: https://t.co/dPnAQGqhst
“The State of Black America” report, a historical look at race in America, is scheduled for publication by Encounter Books on May 24, 2022. Please consider making a gift to ensure this report makes it to distressed communities, clergy, and policymakers: https://t.co/dPnAQGqhst
CURE's new book sets the record straight on the current state of black America. Help us match $200,000 to promote “The State of Black America,” coming to Encounter Books on May 24, 2022: http://curepolicy.org/amplify
CURE's new book sets the record straight on the current state of black America. Help us match $200,000 to promote “The State of Black America,” coming to Encounter Books on May 24, 2022: http://curepolicy.org/amplify
Ken Masugi offers an enlightening message on black patriotism in his review of CURE’s book “The State of Black America,” coming soon to Encounter Books: https://amgreatness.com/2022/03/24/patriotic-black-americans-free-at-last/
Ken Masugi offers an enlightening message on black patriotism in his review of CURE’s book “The State of Black America,” coming soon to Encounter Books: https://amgreatness.com/2022/03/24/patriotic-black-americans-free-at-last/
“The State of Black America” report, a historical look at race in America, is scheduled for publication by Encounter Books on May 24, 2022. Please consider making a gift to ensure this report makes it to distressed communities, clergy, and policymakers: https://t.co/dPnAQGqhst