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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Andrea Gabor

After the Education Wars: How Smart Schools Upend the Business of Reform

The New Press

Here, bestselling business journalist Andrea Gabor critiques the top-down approach of popular education reforms and profiles the unexpected success of schools embracing a nimbler, more democratic entrepreneurialism. Gabor, who has written for the New York Time, Fortune, and Harvard Business Review explains how the incentives informing today’s reforms are out of sync with nurturing culture and makes clear what’s needed are practical and informed ways to grow the best ideas already transforming schools.

James Sebenius, Nicholas Burns & Robert Mnookin

Kissinger the Negotiator: Lessons from Dealmaking at the Highest Level


In this definitive guide to negotiation, three Harvard professors offer a comprehensive examination of one of history's most successful dealmakers. Politicians, world leaders, and business executives have all sought the counsel of Henry Kissinger, a diplomat and historian whose unprecedented achievements as a negotiator are universally acknowledged. Now, for the first time, Kissinger the Negotiator provides an analysis of Kissinger’s approach to making deals and resolving conflicts.

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.

Chris Hughes

Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn

St. Martin's Press

In this fascinating book, Facebook co-founder, Chris Hughes argues that the best way to fight income inequality is with a radically simple idea: a guaranteed income for working people, paid for by the one percent. The way Hughes sees it, a guaranteed income is the most powerful tool we have to combat poverty and stabilize America's middle class. Money - with no strings attached - gives people freedom, dignity, and the ability to climb the economic ladder.

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.