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Boston Review Books

Boston Review Books are accessible, short books that take ideas seriously. They are animated by hope, committed to equality, and convinced that the imagination eludes political categories. The editors aim to establish a public space in which people can loosen the hold of conventional preconceptions and start to reason together across the lines others are so busily drawing.

A top economist weighs in on one of the most urgent questions of our times: What is the source of inequality and what is the remedy?

An encouraging account of the potential of foreign aid to reduce poverty and a challenge to all aid organizations to think harder about how they spend their money.

Can religion cure poverty? The first book to explore the ideas about God and government behind the faith-based initiative.

A program for building a global clean energy economy while expanding job opportunities and economic well-being.

Amid confusing and alarmist media claims about our changing culture, Claude Fischer sets the record straight on social trends in America.

A prominent lawyer and legal scholar describes her vision of an evolving Constitution, examining current legal issues that range from health care to gun control.

A leading scientist argues that we must consider deploying climate engineering technology to slow the pace of global warming.

Can we stop the bleeding in Syria without its becoming another Iraq?

How the Occupy movement has challenged the gap between American principles and American practice--and how we can realize our most cherished ideals.

A renowned climatologist--and political conservative--assesses current scientific understanding of climate change and sounds a call to action.

Where public policy fails, can consumer choices lead the way to more ethical and sustainable production practices?

Why we should put full employment back on the national agenda and how we can summon the political will to achieve it.

Why fears about Muslim integration into Western society--propagated opportunistically by some on the right--misread history and misunderstand multiculturalism.

The consequences of political fear-mongering and tough talk on immigration in the American Southwest.

In his first book, the former New York governor and current CNN cohost offers a manifesto on the economy and the public interest.

Why we should prepare for climate change now by taking anticipatory action in vulnerable regions.

A proposal that immigrants in the United States should be offered a path to legalized status.

A leading economist’s exploration of what our economic arrangements might look like if we applied basic principles without ideological blinders.

A passionate call for citizen action to uphold the rule of law when government does not.

Understanding cooperation as a distinctly human combination of innate and learned behavior.

A longtime community organizer outlines a way to reverse the fifty-year decline in social mobility and economic progress.

A historian’s call to make the celebration of America’s past more honest.

Signs of hope in sub-Saharan Africa: modest but steady economic growth and the spread of democracy.

Gornick on V. S. Naipaul, James Baldwin, George Gissing, Randall Jarrell, H. G. Wells, Loren Eiseley, Allen Ginsberg, Hayden Carruth, Saul Bellow, and Philip Roth and the intimate relationship between emotional damage and great literature.

Why stigmatizing and confining a large segment of our population should be unacceptable to all Americans.

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