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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Morgan Simon

Real Impact


The support of social and environmental projects, impact investing, is now a hot topic. It is now poised to eclipse traditional charitable aid by ten times. But Morgan Simon, who works at the nexus of social finance and social justice, presents a new and more intelligent way to leverage the world’s resources, a way of investing that will bring about, as the title suggests, real impact. By “real,” Simon means imbuing the recipient with the power to continue building on what has been given, forming a joint partnership for real, ongoing growth. This book is essential reading for any seeking real change in the world.

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. 

Sasha Abramsky

Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream

Nation Books

In Jumping at Shadows, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone writer, Sasha Abramsky' provides searing account of America's most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. Taking readers on a dramatic journey through a divided nation, where everything from immigration to gun control has become fodder for fearmongers and conspiracists, he delivers an eye-popping analysis of our misconceptions about risk and threats. Abramsky is the author or The American Way of Poverty, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and The House of Twenty Thousand Books.

Richard Florida

The New Urban Crisis

Basic Books

In recent years, the young, educated, and affluent have surged back into cities, reversing decades of suburban flight and urban decline. And yet all is not well, Richard Florida argues in The New Urban Crisis as gentrification, unaffordability, segregation, and inequality rise. Here Florida, a Professor at the University of Toronto and Senior Editor at The Atlantic offers a compelling diagnosis of our economic ills and a bold prescription for more inclusive cities capable of ensuring growth and prosperity for all.

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.

Scott Adams

Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter

Portfolio/Penguin Random House

From the creator of the Dilbert comic strip comes an unflinching look at the strategies Donald Trump used to persuade voters. He convinced Americans to elect the most unconventional candidate in the history of the presidency, and now anyone can learn his methods for succeeding against long odds. Scott Adams was one of the earliest public figures to predict Trump’s win, doing so a week after Nate Silver put Trump’s odds at 2 percent. Win Bigly goes beyond politics to look at persuasion tools that can work in any setting.