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Twelve Books Twelve strives to publish the singular book by authors who have a unique perspective and compelling authority.

TWELVE was established in August 2005 with the objective of publishing no more than twelve books each year. We strive to publish the singular book, by authors who have a unique perspective and compelling authority. Works that explain our culture; that illuminate, inspire, provoke, and entertain. We seek to establish communities of conversation surrounding our books. Talented authors deserve attention not only from publishers, but from readers as well. To sell the book is only the beginning of our mission. To build avid audiences of readers who are enriched by these works–that is our ultimate purpose

Mission: 12 Things To Remember about TWELVE: 1. Each book will enliven the national conversation. 2. Each book will be singular in voice, authority, or subject matter. 3. Each book will be carefully edited, designed, and produced. 4. Each book will have a month-long launch in which it is the imprint’s sole focus. 5. Each book will be nationally advertised. 6. Each book will have a national publicity campaign. 7. Each book will have a digital strategy. 8. Each book will be worthy of the attention of discerning book reviewers. 9. Each book will have the potential to sell at least 50,000 copies in its lifetime. 10. Each book will be marketed and distributed by the Hachette Book Group, the company with the best hit ratio in the American publishing business. 11. Each book will be promoted well into its paperback life. 12. Each book will matter.

“You can’t be what you can’t see,” Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, once said. The same is true of...
07/26/2019
The Outdated Language of Space Travel

“You can’t be what you can’t see,” Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, once said. The same is true of what you can’t hear or read.

“Manned” spaceflight doesn’t make sense anymore.

How Scientists Built a "Living Drug" to Beat Cancer by Charles Graeber, an excerpt from THE BREAKTHROUGH. via WIRED
07/25/2019
How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer

How Scientists Built a "Living Drug" to Beat Cancer by Charles Graeber, an excerpt from THE BREAKTHROUGH. via WIRED

Researchers didn’t know if it would work, but they had little to lose when they tried a new drug—a living cell reprogrammed to recognize and kill leukemia—on a dying 6-year-old.

Only two more weeks until you can read Marty Smith's new book, NEVER SETTLE. While you wait, you ahead and listen to Mar...
07/23/2019

Only two more weeks until you can read Marty Smith's new book, NEVER SETTLE. While you wait, you ahead and listen to Marty's reading playlist for the book on Spotify —> http://ow.ly/UiWf50v297B

"For 10 days now, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the United States territory of Puerto Ric...
07/22/2019
Photos: Days of Protest in Puerto Rico

"For 10 days now, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the United States territory of Puerto Rico to demand the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló."

Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets to demand the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló.

As the anniversary of the moon landing approaches, those who remember it are reminiscing on the historic event with The ...
07/18/2019
A Time Capsule of the Moon Landing

As the anniversary of the moon landing approaches, those who remember it are reminiscing on the historic event with The Atlantic, below.

NASA employees and civilians remember the 1969 lunar landing.

"Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple officials are testifying Tuesday at three separate congressional hearings on an arra...
07/16/2019
Tech Firms To Face Lawmakers Over Antitrust, Digital Currency

"Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple officials are testifying Tuesday at three separate congressional hearings on an array of issues, including whether they're so big they stifle competition."

Lawmakers in the Senate and House will question lobbyists and officials from Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple on an array of issues, including whether they're so big they stifle competition.

"NASA monitored the Apollo 11 crew’s heart rates, along with other physiological signals, from start to finish."
07/15/2019
The Moment That Made Neil Armstrong’s Heart Rate Spike

"NASA monitored the Apollo 11 crew’s heart rates, along with other physiological signals, from start to finish."

Real-time data from the Apollo 11 astronauts, carefully monitored by Mission Control, capture the frenzied maneuvers that put men on the moon.

Win an early copy of the incredible life story of Haben Girma —the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School—an...
07/12/2019
Book giveaway for Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma Jul 12-Jul 31, 2019

Win an early copy of the incredible life story of Haben Girma —the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School—and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage. Enter now on Goodreads —> http://bit.ly/Goodreads_Haben.

#Haben (Available 8.06.19) | HabenBook.com

25 free copies available. Giveaway dates from Jul 12-Jul 31, 2019. Enter now for a chance to win an early copy of HABEN! ***NO P.O. BOXES PLEASE***---...

You can now read an excerpt of AMERICA IS BETTER THAN THIS by Jeff Merkley on The Daily Beast. Available 8/20.
07/11/2019
Trump's Detention of Children Is a National Disgrace

You can now read an excerpt of AMERICA IS BETTER THAN THIS by Jeff Merkley on The Daily Beast. Available 8/20.

When Sen. Jeff Merkley visited one of the federal government’s child detention camps—a camp run by a for-profit company—he was appalled by what he found.

Do you want to win a free copy of NEVER SETTLE by Marty Smith? Enter our Goodreads giveaway for your chance to get a fre...
07/05/2019
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Do you want to win a free copy of NEVER SETTLE by Marty Smith? Enter our Goodreads giveaway for your chance to get a free copy at http://ow.ly/6Hlj50uSLeC

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Happy Independence Day! It's the perfect day to pick up a book that tackles the question of what defines our country. Th...
07/04/2019
How we tell the story of America

Happy Independence Day! It's the perfect day to pick up a book that tackles the question of what defines our country. The Washington Post rounded up a full list and THE MATRIARCH by Susan Page is on it!

From pioneering women and the moonshot to racism and inequality, these authors show America in all its glory and disgrace.

The Curiosity rover detected its largest ever amount of methane gas on the red planet recently. Read more on The Atlanti...
07/03/2019
A Startling Spike on Mars

The Curiosity rover detected its largest ever amount of methane gas on the red planet recently. Read more on The Atlantic.

Methane gas is a potential indicator of life on the red planet, but it’s proving difficult to track.

In an excerpt from HELPING THE GOOD DO BETTER, Tom Sheridan recalls how a dying Ryan White united Washington on the AIDS...
07/02/2019
How a Dying Ryan White United Washington on the AIDS Crisis

In an excerpt from HELPING THE GOOD DO BETTER, Tom Sheridan recalls how a dying Ryan White united Washington on the AIDS crisis, and how he helped advocate for meaningful legislation. Read here on The Daily Beast: https://bit.ly/2J5gPY1

In the late ’80s, getting Congress or the White House to fund anything having to do with AIDS was a non-starter. Advocates needed a miracle. And they got one.

Author Tom Sheridan will be on 80-Proof Politics to discuss the art of advocacy and enacting meaningful progressive poli...
06/28/2019

Author Tom Sheridan will be on 80-Proof Politics to discuss the art of advocacy and enacting meaningful progressive policy! Don't miss the episode when it drops, and learn more about Helping the Good Do Better here -> https://bit.ly/2ZXHuvp

Jake Harriman
06/25/2019

Jake Harriman

Check out the latest work from my good friend, Tom Sheridan, HELPING THE GOOD DO BETTER - a book full of hard-won lessons for effecting positive social change. I recommend for anyone considering a career in activism, advocacy, politics, or social entrepreneurship: https://bit.ly/2ESurU5

HELPING THE GOOD DO BETTER is available now! White hat lobbyist Tom Sheridan shares hard-won lessons from the trenches o...
06/25/2019

HELPING THE GOOD DO BETTER is available now! White hat lobbyist Tom Sheridan shares hard-won lessons from the trenches on how some of this generation's most defining social issues engendered landmark federal policies, including the Ryan White Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"Ms. Satow has written a superb history of how a once-magnificent property became its own Potemkin village, a grand luxu...
06/24/2019
‘The Plaza’ Review: Potemkin Village on the Park

"Ms. Satow has written a superb history of how a once-magnificent property became its own Potemkin village, a grand luxury hotel on the outside, a hollow shell within."

Get THE PLAZA by Julie Satow at theplazabook.com

Walk past the Plaza at night these days and you’ll see most of the windows are dark, its apartments belonging to absentee owners.

Are you looking for the best true crime book about a serial killer? THE GOOD NURSE by Charles Graeber tops this Novel Su...
06/21/2019
The Best True Crime Books About Serial Killers

Are you looking for the best true crime book about a serial killer? THE GOOD NURSE by Charles Graeber tops this Novel Suspects list.

Here are ten true stories of serial killers to read with the lights on.

From progressive white hat lobbyist Tom Sheridan, HELPING THE GOOD DO BETTER pulls back the curtain on the corridors of ...
06/20/2019

From progressive white hat lobbyist Tom Sheridan, HELPING THE GOOD DO BETTER pulls back the curtain on the corridors of power in Washington to reveal how social change really happens. Learn more —> https://bit.ly/2KPdvS3

#ThePlaza by Julie Satow includes dark, hidden secrets: from the cold-blooded murder perpetrated by the construction wor...
06/19/2019

#ThePlaza by Julie Satow includes dark, hidden secrets: from the cold-blooded murder perpetrated by the construction workers in charge of building the hotel, to how Donald J. Trump came to be the only owner to ever bankrupt The Plaza Hotel, to the tale of the disgraced Indian tycoon who ran the hotel from a maximum-security prison cell, 7,000 miles away in Delhi.
Order now: theplazabook.com

06/18/2019
Hachette Book Group

Listeners of Pod Save America will love YES WE (STILL) CAN by Dan Pfeiffer and it's available today in paperback!! Get yours at yeswestillcanbook.com

Looking for a great new read? Our new release highlights include #SUMMEROF69 by Elin Hilderbrand, THE DON'T WORRY BOOK by Todd Parr, YES WE (STILL) CAN by Pod Save America's Dan Pfeiffer, and CONVICTION by Denise Mina. What's on your reading list this week?

From white hat lobbyist Tom Sheridan comes HELPING THE GOOD DO BETTER, an essential guide for effecting positive social ...
06/17/2019

From white hat lobbyist Tom Sheridan comes HELPING THE GOOD DO BETTER, an essential guide for effecting positive social change. Learn more —> https://bit.ly/2KPdvS3

"If you’re looking for a scenic lakeside destination for your summer vacation, you have two options: Earth, and a moon...
06/14/2019
Saturn’s Largest Moon Would Make an Unbelievable Vacation Spot

"If you’re looking for a scenic lakeside destination for your summer vacation, you have two options: Earth, and a moon of Saturn called Titan."

You’d need an oxygen mask and enough layers to contend with beyond freezing temperatures, but could leave the sunscreen at home.

#ThePlaza: A thrilling, unforgettable history of how one illustrious hotel has defined our understanding of money and gl...
06/12/2019

#ThePlaza: A thrilling, unforgettable history of how one illustrious hotel has defined our understanding of money and glamour, from the Gilded Age to the Go-Go Eighties to today's Billionaire Row. (The Plaza Hotel)
Order now: theplazabook.com

"It was a symbol of elegance even Donald Trump couldn’t quite kill." Read an excerpt from Julie Satows new book #ThePl...
06/11/2019
The price of luxury, the history of NYC’s Plaza hotel

"It was a symbol of elegance even Donald Trump couldn’t quite kill."
Read an excerpt from Julie Satows new book #ThePlaza on New York Daily News.

It was a symbol of elegance even Donald Trump couldn’t quite kill.When he bought Manhattan’s Plaza hotel in 1988 for a little over $400 million, he announced big plans. Trump would convert the top floor into multi-million-dollar condos. His wife Ivanka would completely redecorate. Workers starte...

The Plaza Hotel's 10 Juiciest Secrets Revealed! Julie Satow's new book #ThePlaza does a deep dive into the iconic New Yo...
06/10/2019
The 10 Biggest Scandals of The Plaza

The Plaza Hotel's 10 Juiciest Secrets Revealed! Julie Satow's new book #ThePlaza does a deep dive into the iconic New York hotel's history. Read more on Town & Country.

A new book does a deep dive into the iconic New York hotel's history.

Nearly 100 years into its life as an icon of wealth and status in New York City, The Plaza Hotel was purchased in 2004 b...
06/07/2019
A $4 Million Apartment With No Doorknobs: Inside the Plaza’s Lawsuit-Plagued Luxury Renovation

Nearly 100 years into its life as an icon of wealth and status in New York City, The Plaza Hotel was purchased in 2004 by El Ad, a condominium developer with grand ambitions to convert the historic hotel into apartments.

Read an exclusive excerpt from Julie Satow's new book #ThePlaza on Vanity Fair: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2019/06/the-plaza-book-excerpt.

Condo developer El Ad had grand plans to convert the nearly 100-year-old hotel into some of Manhattan’s most expensive apartments. But when one new resident saw what $53.5 million got her, she burst into tears.

With glamour on the surface and strife behind the scenes, #ThePlaza by Julie Satow is the story of how one hotel became ...
06/07/2019

With glamour on the surface and strife behind the scenes, #ThePlaza by Julie Satow is the story of how one hotel became a mirror reflecting New York's place at the center of the country's cultural narrative for over a century. (The Plaza Hotel)
Now Available: theplazabook.com

"The largest habitat for life on Earth is the deep ocean. It's home to everything from jellyfish to giant bluefin tuna. ...
06/06/2019
Microplastics Have Invaded The Deep Ocean — And The Food Chain

"The largest habitat for life on Earth is the deep ocean. It's home to everything from jellyfish to giant bluefin tuna. But the deep ocean is being invaded by tiny pieces of plastic — plastic that people thought was mostly floating at the surface, and in amounts they never imagined."

Giant gyres of plastic in the ocean grab headlines, but it's the tiny bits of plastic that scare scientists. And they've made their way everywhere, a new study finds — including in our seafood.

Now Available! #ThePlaza by Julie Satow is the account of one vaunted New York City address that has become synonymous w...
06/04/2019

Now Available! #ThePlaza by Julie Satow is the account of one vaunted New York City address that has become synonymous with wealth and scandal, opportunity and tragedy (The Plaza Hotel)
Order now: theplazabook.com

Jenna Bush Hager stops by The Plaza Hotel for a peek behind the scenes of the glitzy New York City landmark, with Julie ...
06/04/2019
Rare look behind the scenes of The Plaza Hotel

Jenna Bush Hager stops by The Plaza Hotel for a peek behind the scenes of the glitzy New York City landmark, with Julie Satow, author of the new book #ThePlaza, leading the tour.

Watch now on Today Show: https://on.today.com/2HThY4u

Jenna Bush Hager stops by The Plaza Hotel for peek behind the scenes of the glitzy New York City landmark. Julie Satow, author of the new book “The Plaza,” which documents the hotel’s thrilling history, leads the tour.

New from The New York Times! Tina Brown reviews #ThePlazaBook by Julie Satow (06/04) -- dishing on the socialites, tycoo...
06/03/2019
Theater of Dreams: A Tale of Boom and Bust at the Plaza Hotel

New from The New York Times! Tina Brown reviews #ThePlazaBook by Julie Satow (06/04) -- dishing on the socialites, tycoons and charlatans who made & lost fortunes (and reputations!) at the famous hotel.

Check it out: https://nyti.ms/2EOpbRq

Reviewing Julie Satow’s “The Plaza,” Tina Brown dishes on the socialites, tycoons and charlatans who made and lost fortunes and reputations at the storied hotel.

From images of F. Scott Fitzgerald frolicking in the Pulitzer Fountain or Eloise, the impish young guest who pours water...
05/31/2019

From images of F. Scott Fitzgerald frolicking in the Pulitzer Fountain or Eloise, the impish young guest who pours water down the mail chute, the true stories captured in #ThePlaza by Julie Satow also include dark, hidden secrets of The Plaza Hotel.
Order now: theplazabook.com

Full of never-before-told stories from The Plaza Hotel's glitzy heyday to juicy gossip and fresh anecdotes from more rec...
05/29/2019

Full of never-before-told stories from The Plaza Hotel's glitzy heyday to juicy gossip and fresh anecdotes from more recent years, #ThePlaza by Julie Satow covers over a century of incredible people and events.
Order now: theplazabook.com

"For Webster, new nationhood provided unique opportunities for language reform."
05/28/2019
The Philosophy Behind the First American Dictionary

"For Webster, new nationhood provided unique opportunities for language reform."

In 1789, Noah Webster called on the newly independent United States to claim its own national version of the English language.

"I feel as certain today as I did three years ago that in a democracy, if you give people a choice, you have a duty to i...
05/24/2019
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May To Step Down June 7

"I feel as certain today as I did three years ago that in a democracy, if you give people a choice, you have a duty to implement what they decide," she said. "I have done my best to do that."

May had been under intense pressure from lawmakers to step down after her plans for Brexit were repeatedly rejected. Conservative lawmakers will now begin to consider her replacement.

From the moment in 1907 when New York millionaire Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt strode through The Plaza Hotel's revolving do...
05/23/2019

From the moment in 1907 when New York millionaire Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt strode through The Plaza Hotel's revolving doors to become its first guest, to the afternoon in 2007 when a mysterious Russian oligarch paid a record price for the hotel's largest penthouse, the eighteen-story white marble edifice at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street has radiated wealth and luxury. #ThePlaza

Coming 6.04.19 | theplazabook.com | Julie Satow

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