Book cover of Streets of Gold: America's Untold Story of Immigrant Success by Ran Ambramitzky and Leah Boustan
Business & Money

Streets of Gold: America’s Untold Story of Immigrant Success

Immigration is one of the most fraught, and possibly most misunderstood, topics in American social discourse—yet, in most cases, the things we believe about immigration are based largely on myth, not facts. Using the tools of modern data analysis and ten years of pioneering research, new evidence is provided about the past and present of the American Dream, debunking myths fostered by political opportunism and sentimentalized in family histories, and draw counterintuitive conclusions […Learn More]

Book cover of The Naked Don't Fear the Water: An Underground Journey with Afghan Refugees by Matthieu Aikins
History

The Naked Don’t Fear the Water: An Underground Journey with Afghan Refugees 

In this extraordinary book, an acclaimed young war reporter chronicles a dangerous journey on the smuggler’s road to Europe, accompanying his friend, an Afghan refugee, in search of a better future.

In 2016, a young Afghan driver and translator named Omar makes the heart-wrenching choice to flee his war-torn country, saying goodbye to Laila, the love of his life, without knowing when they might be reunited again. He is one of millions of refugees who leave their homes that year. […Learn More]

Book cover of A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century by Jason DeParle
Politics & Government

A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century

The definitive chronicle of our new age of global migration, told through the multi-generational saga of a Filipino family, by a veteran New York Times reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.

When Jason DeParle moved into the Manila slums with Tita Comodas and her family three decades ago, he never imagined his reporting on them would span three generations and turn into the defining chronicle of a new age–the age of global migration. In a monumental book that gives new meaning to “immersion journalism,” DeParle paints an intimate portrait of an unforgettable family as they endure years of sacrifice and separation, willing themselves out of shantytown poverty into a new global middle class. […Learn More]

Book cover of One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle over American Immigration, 1924 - 1965 by Jia Lynn Yang
History

One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924 – 1965

A sweeping history of the twentieth-century battle to reform American immigration laws that set the stage for today’s roiling debates.

The idea of the United States as a nation of immigrants is at the core of the American narrative. But in 1924, Congress instituted a system of ethnic quotas so stringent that it choked off large-scale immigration for decades, sharply curtailing arrivals from southern and eastern Europe and outright banning those from nearly all of Asia.  […Learn More]

Politics & Government

One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger

What would actually make America great: more people.
 
If the most challenging crisis in living memory has shown us anything, it’s that America has lost the will and the means to lead. We can’t compete with the huge population clusters of the global marketplace by keeping our population static or letting it diminish, or with our crumbling transit and unaffordable housing. […Learn More]