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Manhattan Institute fellows and the books they write are unique in the world of policy research. Sought after by America's most respected opinion makers, media, and publishing houses, our authors move public sentiment and reshape both policy and culture.


The Manhattan Institute's book program has built an unparalleled public policy legacy over three decades long: Charles Murray's Losing Ground (Basic Books, 1984) reframed the dialogue about welfare and led to historic reform-legislation. Peter Huber's Liability (Basic Books, 1988) and Galileo's Revenge (Basic Books, 1991), and Walter Olson's The Litigation Explosion (Dutton, 1991), sparked national debates on civil justice, junk science, and tort reform. Myron Magnet's The Dream and the Nightmare (William Morrow, 1993) was a paradigm-shifting exposé of the 1960s' counterculture and its devastating impact on the underclass. In Fixing Broken Windows: Restoring Order and Reducing Crime in Our Communities (Free Press, 1996), George Kelling and Catherine Coles articulated the policing strategies that reduced crime at record rates.

The legacy continues to the present day. George Gilder wrote that the “most important policy book of the decade” is Peter Huber’s The Cure in the Code: How 20th Century Law Is Undermining 21st Century Medicine (Basic/City Journal Books, 2013). Huber’s book was excerpted in Wired, very favorably reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, and covered widely by Washington, DC media.

Bloomberg Markets magazine listed as “Best Books of 2013,” two of our titles copublished by City Journal and Basic Books. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nominated A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity. Former treasury secretary secretary John Snow nominated The Growth Experiment Revisited: Why Lower, Simpler, Taxes Really Are America’s Best Hope for Recovery, by Lawrence B. Lindsey.  

City Journal’s The Beholden State: California’s Lost Promise – and How to Recapture It (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013) showcased a foreword by Bill Simon and an introduction by Brian Anderson. The Sacramento Business Journal acknowledged it as a “notable counterpoint.”

Jim Manzi's Uncontrolled: The Surprising Pay-Off of Trial and Error for Business, Policy, and Society (Basic/City Journal, 2012) won recognition from Andrew Sullivan, David Brooks, Yuval Levin, Tyler Cowen, and many more thought leaders, for proving the ineffectiveness of most costly social programs with randomized control trials.



A New York Times bestseller, Ed Glaeser's Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier (Penguin Press, 2011) was excerpted in The Atlantic and featured on The Daily Show. Counterintuitive and provocative, it showcased the superior alternative to a liberal-driven city agenda, and proved there is a large audience receptive to the innovative urban policies developed by the Manhattan Institute.

The first author to be published by City Journal's new joint venture with Basic Books, Kay Hymowitz captured the gender zeitgeist in Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys, which was prominently excerpted by the Wall Street Journal on the front page of its review section. Her analysis sparked an international debate in 2011, covered intensely both in the blogosphere and in traditional media such as The Today Show, The Guardian (UK), and The Globe and Mail (Toronto).

On its 2011 list of the top ten "Books That Drive the Debate," the National Chamber Foundation—the think-tank affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—included two Manhattan Institute books: Steve Malanga's Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer (Ivan R. Dee, 2010) and Robert Bryce's Power Hungry: The Myths of "Green" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future (PublicAffairs, 2010).




Our fellows receive valuable institutional support before, during and after publication: original policy research, in-house veteran editorial guidance, and a carefully crafted marketing campaign expanding the breadth and extending the duration of a traditional publishing house's efforts. In cooperation with an author's publisher, we approach influential opinion leaders, e-mail thousands of our supporters, host speaking engagements often covered by C-SPAN, and maintain a book Web site for our authors, as well as facilitate podcasts, op-ed placements, radio and TV bookings, and print and on-line interviews.

At the Manhattan Institute, our fellows receive the attention merited by their originality of thought and professional performance, and the result is evident in the intellectual distinction and enduring success of their books.




Bernadette Serton
Book Director




Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class
By Fred Siegel (Encounter Books, January 2014)

Barack Obama’s brand of liberalism is rooted in post-World War One elitist disdain for middle class, profit-driven American culture, Fred Siegel reveals in this short but invaluable intellectual history.


The Smart Society: Strengthening America’s Greatest Resource, Its People
By Peter Salins (Encounter Books, February 2014)

A detailed blueprint for restoring Americans’ global competitiveness without increasing the size of government, The Smart Society retools education, immigration, and industrial policies to enhance our nation’s human capital.


Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving Catastrophists Wrong
By Robert Bryce (PublicAffairs, May 2014)

De-industrialize, re-localize, reduce consumption and foreswear development, the doomsayers warn, or humans will certainly destroy the planet. But technological advances that save energy and dollars are constantly proving them wrong.


For more on these 2013 Books and our entire book list, please visit our Book Catalogue.

   


Turning Intellect Into Influence:
The Manhattan Institute at 25


Nine leading writers and commentators give in-depth assessments of the institute's intellectual achievement over the last quarter century.
Reed Press)

"[By the mid-eighties] the formerly extreme tenets of low top tax rates, low rates overall, and simplicity had now become mainstream. And the Manhattan Institute worked to keep them there."
Robert L. Bartley and Amity Shlaes, "The Supply-Side Revolution"
"If you had to pick one phrase to summarize the cast of mind that informs City Journal, it would be, 'We can still do it.' "
David Brooks, "A Walker in City Journal
"Taken together, the Manhattan Institute's books on race and ethnicity raise a question for which, so far, we have no generally accepted answer: Can people live together decently without regard to skin color or ethnic background?"
James Q. Wilson, "Race in America"
"Manhattan Institute writers have been dynamiting the conventional wisdom of 'the intellectuals' with regularity."
Tom Wolfe, "The Manhattan Institute at 25"

 
 
 
 

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