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.
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.
Government Against Itself: Public Employee Unions and American Democracy
By Daniel DiSalvo (Oxford University Press, July 2014)
With the skyrocketing cost of public employees’ salaries and benefits crowding out myriad public services, DiSalvo probes the rationale for unionizing against their
employer – their own elected government – and questions whether average voters have become powerless against their agenda.