Political & Social Issues

We represent journalists and thought leaders who speak to a range of important political and social issues. As our world changes and evolves, we seek insight into the culture and influence of both macro and micro issues at hand. Whether through personal experience of careful research, our favorite authors are those who examine the implications of today's social, economical, and political climates.

A Wide Range

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A Wide Range

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Naomi Schaefer Riley

The New Trail of Tears

Encounter Books

Naomi Schaefer Riley brings new attention to a blistering conversation on American Indians and the policies of today that have turned reservations into small third-world countries in the middle of the richest and freest nation on earth. With a successful history of writing on education, religion, and culture, she carefully examines the impact of American politics on Native Americans and builds a conversation on instituting real reform to finally end this ongoing national shame.

Richard Louv

Last Child in the Woods


Journalist and advocate Richard Louv was awarded the 2008 Audubon Award for this groundbreaking national bestseller.  Last Child in the Woods diagnoses “nature deficit disorder”—the growing chasm between children and nature as a generation learns to play indoors, increasingly “plugged in” to electronic games.  Hailed as "an absolute must-read" by the Boston Globe and "too tantalizing to ignore" by Audubon magazine, Last Child in the Woods is the inspiring work that proves children need nature as much as nature needs children. 

Eric Manheimer, M.D.

Twelve Patients

Grand Central/Hachette

In the spirit of Oliver Sacks's Awakenings, this is a memoir from the Medical Director of Bellevue Hospital that uses the plights of twelve very different patients-from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners from Riker's Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons-to illustrate larger societal issues. But Manheimer is not only the medical director-- he is also a patient. As the book unfolds, he himself is diagnosed with cancer, and must wrestle with his own life as he struggles to save others.

Anya Kamenetz

The Test


Your child is more than a score. But in the last twenty years, schools have dramatically increased standardized testing, sacrificing hours of classroom time. What is the cost to students, teachers, and families? How do we preserve space for self-directed learning and development—especially when we still want all children to hit the mark? The Test explores all sides of this problem—where these tests came from, their limitations and flaws, and ultimately what parents, teachers, and concerned citizens can do.

David Smick

The Great Equalizer: How Main Street Capitalism Can Create an Economy for Everyone

Public Affairs

The experts say that America's best days are behind us and that politically, socially, and racially, the United States will continue to tear itself apart. But David Smick—hedge fund strategist and author of the 2008 bestseller The World Is Curved—argues that the experts are wrong. In his new book, lauded by prominent Republicans and Democrats, Smick introduces a bipartisan plan to reinvigorate the economy and rejuvenate America.

Dean Karlan & Jacob Appel

Failing in the Field

Princeton University Press

All across the social sciences, from development economics to political science departments, researchers are going into the field to collect data and learn about the world. In Failing in the Field, Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel delve into the common causes of failure in field research, so that researchers might avoid similar pitfalls in future work. Karlan is professor of economics at Yale University and president of Innovations for Poverty Action, and Appel previously worked with Innovations for Poverty Action.