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Our #FridayReads recommendation is FREE SPEECH, a global history from Socrates to social media. 📣Available now: https://...
02/18/2022

Our #FridayReads recommendation is FREE SPEECH, a global history from Socrates to social media. 📣

Available now: https://bit.ly/3JLTgkq

In THE LANGUAGE GAME, cognitive scientists Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater show us where generations of scientist...
02/18/2022

In THE LANGUAGE GAME, cognitive scientists Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater show us where generations of scientists seeking the rules of language got it wrong.

Learn more, on sale next Tuesday 22 February: https://bit.ly/3B0eWFr

To understand the rise and fall of empires, we must follow the paths traveled by grain—along rivers, between ports, and ...
02/18/2022

To understand the rise and fall of empires, we must follow the paths traveled by grain—along rivers, between ports, and across seas.

OCEANS OF GRAIN is on sale next Tuesday, 22 February: https://bit.ly/3usNhMk

"A great antidote to the dog-eat-dog view of nature that we grew up with."Learn more about THE SOCIAL LIVES OF ANIMALS, ...
02/17/2022

"A great antidote to the dog-eat-dog view of nature that we grew up with."

Learn more about THE SOCIAL LIVES OF ANIMALS, on sale 1 March: https://bit.ly/3BvQxIg

OCEANS OF GRAIN is a revelatory global history that shows how cheap American grain toppled the world’s largest empires.R...
02/16/2022

OCEANS OF GRAIN is a revelatory global history that shows how cheap American grain toppled the world’s largest empires.

Read more, on sale 22 February: https://bit.ly/3usNhMk

"An insightful, nicely woven history...With accessible and engaging writing, Mchangama's book is a highly recommended in...
02/16/2022

"An insightful, nicely woven history...With accessible and engaging writing, Mchangama's book is a highly recommended intellectual history."—Library Journal

Learn more, FREE SPEECH is on sale now: https://bit.ly/3JLTgkq

THE LANGUAGE GAME is our "playfully persuasive" (—Richard Dawkins) forthcoming book about how improvisation created lang...
02/16/2022

THE LANGUAGE GAME is our "playfully persuasive" (—Richard Dawkins) forthcoming book about how improvisation created language and changed the world.

Learn more, on sale 22 February: https://bit.ly/3B0eWFr

FIREPOWER by @paul_lockhart77 is “an accessible account of how weapons became part of systems rather than warriors’ tool...
02/15/2022
February 2022 Book Reviews

FIREPOWER by @paul_lockhart77 is “an accessible account of how weapons became part of systems rather than warriors’ tools.”—Association of the United States Army - AUSA National

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Valorous Acts Deserve Highest Recognition

How Technology Made the U.S. Military Its Own Worst Enemy
02/15/2022
How Technology Made the U.S. Military Its Own Worst Enemy

How Technology Made the U.S. Military Its Own Worst Enemy

Washington’s penchant for technological solutions to military problems helps explain why the U.S. has such a lousy track record in fighting wars since Vietnam.

“Written clearly and persuasively, with compassion and expertise, Dan Canon's work is an essential read, especially for ...
02/15/2022
Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class

“Written clearly and persuasively, with compassion and expertise, Dan Canon's work is an essential read, especially for those who interact with or are interested in policing, incarceration, and the justice system.”

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Coming soon: THE SOCIAL LIVES OF ANIMALS 🐘 Biologist Ashley Ward takes us on a wild tour across the globe as he searches...
02/15/2022

Coming soon: THE SOCIAL LIVES OF ANIMALS 🐘 Biologist Ashley Ward takes us on a wild tour across the globe as he searches for a more accurate picture of how animals build societies.

Learn more, on sale 1 March: https://bit.ly/3BvQxIg

WAR IN 140 CHARACTERS (David Patrikarakos) and LOST KINGDOM are featured on The Wall Street Journal's "7 Books That Expl...
02/14/2022
7 Books That Explain Why Russia Wants Ukraine

WAR IN 140 CHARACTERS (David Patrikarakos) and LOST KINGDOM are featured on The Wall Street Journal's "7 Books That Explain Why Russia Wants Ukraine." If you've been looking to learn more about the current conflict, read the full list below:

Going behind the headlines with books on the conflict and the region, as reviewed in The Wall Street Journal.

02/14/2022
THE LANGUAGE GAME is "a joyful romp across species and cultures through the ways language is invented and reinvented."Le...
02/14/2022

THE LANGUAGE GAME is "a joyful romp across species and cultures through the ways language is invented and reinvented."

Learn more, on sale 22 February: https://bit.ly/3B0eWFr

A powerful new interpretation, OCEANS OF GRAIN shows that amid the great powers’ rivalries, there was no greater power t...
02/14/2022

A powerful new interpretation, OCEANS OF GRAIN shows that amid the great powers’ rivalries, there was no greater power than control of grain. 🌾

Learn more, on sale 22 February: https://bit.ly/3usNhMk

Through captivating stories of free speech’s defenders, Mchangama reveals how the free exchange of ideas underlies all i...
02/14/2022

Through captivating stories of free speech’s defenders, Mchangama reveals how the free exchange of ideas underlies all intellectual achievement.

Learn more about FREE SPEECH, available now! 📣
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"A century and a half after George Finlay produced his multi-volume History of Greece, Beaton succeeds in offering a con...
02/11/2022
Plato to NATO | History Today

"A century and a half after George Finlay produced his multi-volume History of Greece, Beaton succeeds in offering a concise, entertaining and reliable companion that is a more than worthy successor."—History Today

Read the full review of THE GREEKS, "Plato to NATO," below:

Review Plato to NATO The spread of Hellenic ideas from Greece to the world. Ioannis D. Stefanidis | Published in History Today Volume 72 Issue 2 February 2022 In 1959 Xenophon Zolotas, governor of the Bank of Greece, began his address to the World Bank thus: Kyrie, it is Zeus’ anathema on our epoc...

Already the most awarded recipient in the prize’s history, our author Roderick Beaton has been longlisted for the 2022 R...
02/11/2022
The Anglo-Hellenic League - News

Already the most awarded recipient in the prize’s history, our author Roderick Beaton has been longlisted for the 2022 Runciman Award for THE GREEKS!! 🎉

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"A book of astounding reach and depth, wholly original, gripping to read, and destined to become an instant classic."Lea...
02/10/2022

"A book of astounding reach and depth, wholly original, gripping to read, and destined to become an instant classic."

Learn more about OCEANS OF GRAIN, on sale 22 February: https://bit.ly/3usNhMk

"What does free speech really mean? What is its history?"—Steven Pinker Find out in FREE SPEECH, available now! 📣  Learn...
02/10/2022

"What does free speech really mean? What is its history?"—Steven Pinker

Find out in FREE SPEECH, available now! 📣 Learn more and grab your copy today: https://bit.ly/3JLTgkq

"This book turned everything I thought I knew about language upside down."—Tim Harford Learn more about THE LANGUAGE GAM...
02/10/2022

"This book turned everything I thought I knew about language upside down."—Tim Harford

Learn more about THE LANGUAGE GAME, on sale 22 February: https://bit.ly/3B0eWFr

“CITIZEN CASH succeeds winningly. Foley is a well-regarded historian and does an excellent job of placing Cash’s life an...
02/09/2022
Review | The case for Johnny Cash as a political artist

“CITIZEN CASH succeeds winningly. Foley is a well-regarded historian and does an excellent job of placing Cash’s life and career within the contexts of his time.”

Read the full Washington Post review below!

The singer practiced a quietly radical “politics of empathy,” writes Michael Stewart Foley.

COMING SOON: The Language Game: How Improvisation Created Language and Changed the World. Forget the language instinct—t...
02/08/2022

COMING SOON: The Language Game: How Improvisation Created Language and Changed the World. Forget the language instinct—this is the story of how we make up language as we go.

Learn more, on sale 22 February: https://bit.ly/3B0eWFr

Today's the day! 🎉 Happy Pub Day to FREE SPEECH, a global history of free speech from the ancient world to today.Learn m...
02/08/2022

Today's the day! 🎉 Happy Pub Day to FREE SPEECH, a global history of free speech from the ancient world to today.

Learn more and grab your copy, available now: https://bit.ly/3JLTgkq

COMING SOON: Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World. 🌾  A revelatory global history shows how cheap Americ...
02/08/2022

COMING SOON: Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World. 🌾 A revelatory global history shows how cheap American grain toppled the world’s largest empires.

Learn more, on sale 22 February: https://bit.ly/3usNhMk

Tomorrow! FREE SPEECH: A History from Socrates to Social Media will be available everywhere! 📣Learn more about "the defi...
02/07/2022

Tomorrow! FREE SPEECH: A History from Socrates to Social Media will be available everywhere! 📣

Learn more about "the definitive account we have been waiting for": https://bit.ly/3JLTgkq

"Readers on both the right and the left seeking insights into modern day debates over free speech will welcome this even...
02/05/2022

"Readers on both the right and the left seeking insights into modern day debates over free speech will welcome this evenhanded and wide ranging history." —Publishers Weekly

FREE SPEECH is out on Tuesday, February 8: https://bit.ly/3JLTgkq

Thanks Foundation for Individual Rights in Education for this glowing review of FREE SPEECH!“A work with no real counter...
02/04/2022
World history of free speech recounted in new book by Jacob Mchangama — FAN 327 - FIRE

Thanks Foundation for Individual Rights in Education for this glowing review of FREE SPEECH!

“A work with no real counterpart, at once vividly told, masterfully researched, and exceptionally executed page after page as the history of free speech breaches the barriers of time to come alive with verve and profundity." Read the full review:

Turn the clock back before 41 podcast episodes of Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech, created and narrated by Jacob Mchangama. I recall meeting this fellow with an accent (He’s a Danish lawyer.) who had an all too ambitious idea about doing a podcast series followed by a book (Get ...

Author of FREE SPEECH Jacob Mchangama's essay for The Wall Street Journal on the contemporary and historical regulation ...
02/04/2022
Will Banning Hate Speech Make Europe Safer?

Author of FREE SPEECH Jacob Mchangama's essay for The Wall Street Journal on the contemporary and historical regulation of hate speech in Europe is live! Read "Will Banning Hate Speech Make Europe Safer?" 👇

A new EU plan targeting extremists ignores history’s lessons about the danger of restricting unpopular views.

“[Mchangama’s] conclusions, presented in a crisp and confident march through Western history, are sobering.”Read The Eco...
02/04/2022
A history of free expression charts its seesawing progress

“[Mchangama’s] conclusions, presented in a crisp and confident march through Western history, are sobering.”

Read The Economist's review of FREE SPEECH, on sale next Tuesday, February 8!

Repression leads to liberalisation and vice versa, says Jacob Mchangama

02/03/2022

Celebrate Black History Month with this important and powerful collection of books: https://bit.ly/3seHpU1

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On our Front Table this week, find fresh vantage points and frames of reference, from retrospectives of women's movements to new attempts at reckoning with the power of the archive. Find the following titles and more at https://bit.ly/3ACcR2l . . . Oxford Academic (Oxford University Press) Basic Books Columbia University Press Princeton University Press Farrar, Straus and Giroux MIT Press . . [image: A stack of front table pics at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. The books as follows: "Learning to Look" by Alva Noë, "The Library: A Fragile History," Andrew Pettegree & Arthur der Weduwen, "My Brilliant Friends: Our Lives in Feminism," Nancy K. Miller, "The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki," Robert P. Goldman & Sally J.Sutherland Goldman, "Silence and Silences," by Wallis Wilde-Menozzi, "Discriminating Data," by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, and "Vanguard," Martha S. Jones.]
2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Call for Entries Over $10,000 in Monetary prizes, over 80 categories If you would like to receive greater recognition, cash prizes, awards, possible representation by a leading agent, and exposure for your books, here is an opportunity NOT to miss. Enter the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards at www.IndieBookAwards.com. INVITING all indie book authors and publishers - including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors who have a book written in English released in 2020, 2021 or 2022 or with a 2020, 2021 or 2022 copyright date to enter the most rewarding book awards program. Offering over 80 Categories - More than 80 Awards – with over 80 monetary prizes totaling more than $10,000 in cash, including $1,500 cash prizes plus trophies for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, $750 cash prizes plus trophies for second best fiction book and non-fiction book and $500 cash prizes plus trophies for third best fiction book and non-fiction book! Final entry date for e-book entries only into the 2022 awards program - Feb 11, 2022. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest international awards program for indie authors and independent publishers and the only book awards program of its kind offering more monetary prizes, more awards, more recognition and more exposure including exposure to a leading Literary Agent for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights. Presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (IBPPG) in conjunction with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the top independently published books of the year. IBPPG was formed to provide support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession and we encourage all independent authors and publishers to enter their books in the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards so that they too can earn recognition and receive other benefits from having an award-winning book. Awards given to the Finalists and Winners of the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards are: - $1,500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the best Fiction Book - $1,500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the best Non-Fiction Book - $750 cash prize and trophy awarded to the second-best Fiction Book - $750 cash prize and trophy awarded to the second-best Non-Fiction Book - $500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the third best Fiction Book - $500 cash prize and trophy awarded to the third best Non-Fiction Book - $100 Cash Prize and a Gold Medal awarded to the winner of each of the more than 80 categories - Finalist Medals will be awarded to up to five finalists in each of the more than 80 categories Winners and Finalists will also receive: - An invitation to the gala awards reception. - Exposure for a full year at www.IndieBookAwards.com as a Winner or Finalist. - All Winners will be listed in the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog, which will be distributed to thousands of book buyers, media, and others! - The opportunity to display Finalist or Winner gold award stickers on your book. - Other benefits of an award-winning book (such as potential increased revenue). PLUS, the top 80 books will be sent to be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency or one of Ms. Allen's co-agents for possible representation in areas that could generate even more revenue for your book (unless an entrant prefers not to have their book forwarded to the agent). Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has had the pleasure of working with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more. All Finalists and Winners will be notified by late May, 2022. ENTRY FORM, GUIDELINES, AND CATEGORIES: https://indiebookawards.com/guidelines.php We wish you much success with your book. Next Generation Indie Book Awards Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group www.IndieBookAwards.com
If you've never listened to the Fully Booked podcast, host Megan Labrise has selected 10 episodes from this year that would make a great introduction. https://bit.ly/3JdGISJ Random House Alfred A. Knopf Bloomsbury Publishing USA Charlesbridge Publishing Picador USA Crown Publishing Basic Books Graywolf Press Flatiron Books W. W. Norton & Company
📘 THE READING ROOM: ‘Citizen Cash’ Book Zooms In on the Man in Black’s Politics Learn more about this book! Johnny Cash, Basic Books
TONITE Martha S. Jones #ThrowbackThursday Social Justice Power Hour! In honor of the paperback release of her pivotal book "Vanguard~ How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, & Insisted on Equality for All" Basic Books, we proudly present a very special rebroadcast of this extraordinary show! “Martha Jones is the political historian of African American women & "Vanguard” is the commanding history of the remarkable struggle of African American women for political power"~ Ibram X. Kendi Join Martha & our own BRCSJ Chief Activist Robt Seda-Schreiber in virtual community-buildin' conversation that was equally empowerin' & entertainin' 7pm ET/4pm PT Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice virtual HQ facebook.com/rustincenter The BRCSJ Social Justice Power Hour is broadcast every weeknite from our FB page with fabulous & meaningful guest-stars each & every nite! Whereas we hope you join us live, if you miss any broadcasts, all over 450 Power Hours are always available for your viewin' pleasure aqui~ https://www.facebook.com/RustinCenter/videos
The Fabric of Civilization is out in paperback today in North America and Thursday in the U.K. Available wherever you buy books. Basic Books If you're interested in a Zoom or in-person book talk, please DM me or email [email protected]. #history #textiles #econhistory #historybooks #textilehistory #worldhistory #globalhistory #womenshistory #historyoftechnology #historyofscience #historynerd
Need new books to get you through the long nights? You'll find your new favorite books to curl up with all winter long on this list of our favorite December reads! HarperCollins Tin House Berkley Publishing Group Farrar, Straus and Giroux Basic Books Simon & Schuster Candlewick Press Wednesday Books Bloomsbury Publishing USA Scholastic Amazon Books http://ow.ly/k91u50H0Qoi
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Thrilled to be on History Today's Books of the Year list, which is filled with intriguing titles. "The best history books refocus our gaze on previously invisible threads of causality and consequence. Virginia Postrel’s fascinating The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World (Basic Books) recasts fibres and looms as the driving forces of human progress, exposing the impact of weaving – women’s work – across multiple cultures. Even scratches on Linear A tablets from Knossos turn out to refer to looms, not towers," writes University of Chicago classicist Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer. The Fabric of Civilization is now out in paperback, wherever you buy books. Also available as audiobook on all platforms. #historybook #historybookstoread #bestbook #bestbooksof2021 #classics #historytodaymagazine #textiles #textilehistory #weaving #cloth #fabricofcivilization #nonfiction #nonfictionnovember #nonfictionbooks #historyreads #womenshistory #economichistory #historyofscience #historyoftechnology Basic Books
OS NOVOS CONFLITOS GERACIONAIS Chegou hoje às livrarias norte-americanas a edição da Basic Books de GENERATIONS: HOW AND WHY WE CHANGE, do analista político britânico Bobby Duffy. Publicado na Grã Bretanha há dois meses pela Atlantic Books, o livro, que está para sair Espanha e na Coreia do Sul, oferece uma análise perspicaz das mudanças e supostos conflitos geracionais que moldam a sociedade contemporânea e tem sido aclamado pela crítica britânica, imensos elogios em The Guardian e no Independent, e por personalidades como Steven Pinker. http://vbmlitag.com.br/index.php/2021/11/09/os-novos-conflitos-geracionais/
Today on the AI in Business Podcast: "AI Trends That Will Impact Business Leaders - with Best-selling Author Martin Ford" Listen on our podcast page: https://emerj.com/artificial-intelligence-podcast/ Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ai-in-business/id670771965 Thanks to Basic Books and Martin!
We’re feeling the pull of the past here today and couldn’t help taking a quick peek at these fascinating new releases. From the Ottoman Empire, to the rule of the Caesars, to life in Tudor times, walking in the footsteps of our ancestors has never been more enjoyable! What time and place would you like to visit through the pages of a book? #livinglikeatudor Simon & Schuster Canada Pegasus Books #thetwelvecaesars @princetonupress North49Books @wmarybeard #theottomans Hachette Book Group Basic Books #history #delveintothepast #historylovers #indiebookstore #independentbookstore