Book cover of Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen
Philosophy

Why Liberalism Failed

Of the three dominant ideologies of the twentieth century—fascism, communism, and liberalism—only the last remains. This has created a peculiar situation in which liberalism’s proponents tend to forget that it is an ideology and not the natural end-state of human political evolution. As Patrick Deneen argues in this provocative book, liberalism is built on a foundation of contradictions: it trumpets equal rights while fostering incomparable material inequality; its legitimacy rests on consent, yet it discourages civic commitments in favor of privatism; and in its pursuit of individual autonomy, it has given rise to the most far-reaching, comprehensive state system in human history. […Learn More]

Book cover of Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self by Andrea Wulf
Biography & Autobiography

Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self

From the best-selling author of The Invention of Nature comes an exhilarating story about a remarkable group of young rebels—poets, novelists, philosophers—who, through their epic quarrels, passionate love stories, heartbreaking grief, and radical ideas launched Romanticism onto the world stage, inspiring some of the greatest thinkers of the time. […Learn More]

Book cover of Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition by Patricia Churchland
Biological Sciences

Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition

Conscience, a finalist for the PEN / E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, explores why all social groups have moral systems and how these systems are formed. Distinguished professor Patricia S. Churchland brings together an understanding of the influences of neuroscience, genetics, and physical environment to elucidate how our brains are configured to form bonds and care for children, while also investigating why amoral psychopaths can arise. […Learn More]

Book cover of How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion by David McRaney
Biological Sciences

How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion

A brain-bending investigation of why some people never change their minds—and others do in an instant—by the bestselling author of You Are Not So Smart

What made a prominent conspiracy-theorist YouTuber finally see that 9/11 was not a hoax? How do voter opinions shift from neutral to resolute? Can widespread social change only take place when a generation dies out? From one of our greatest thinkers on reasoning, HOW MINDS CHANGE is a book about the science, and the experience, of transformation. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Man Who Understood Democracy: The Life of Alexis de Tocqueville by Olivier Zunz
Biography & Autobiography

The Man Who Understood Democracy: The Life of Alexis de Tocqueville 

A definitive biography of the French aristocrat who became one of democracy’s greatest champions

In 1831, at the age of twenty-five, Alexis de Tocqueville made his fateful journey to America, where he observed the thrilling reality of a functioning democracy. From that moment onward, the French aristocrat would dedicate his life as a writer and politician to ending despotism in his country and bringing it into a new age. […Learn More]