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. Last year, Yuval Levin recommended Peter Salins’
The Smart Society as “essential reading
for 21st century policymakers” and Cultural Literacy author E.D. Hirsh urged, “We need to follow his advice!”
Roger L. Simon praised Fred Siegel’s Revolt Against the Masses
as “history at its best and most relevant,” and Michael Barone concurred, “This is a stunningly original—and convincing—book.” The Wall
Street Journal favorably reviewed Robert Bryce’s “engrossing” book,
Smaller, Faster, Lighter, Denser, Cheaper and Whole Foods founder John Mackey professed it “has only fortified my belief that the
best way to address poverty is through entrepreneurial capitalism that produces more innovation and progress."
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.
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.
Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and
By Daniel DiSalvo (Oxford University Press,
CUNY professor and third generation union member Daniel DiSalvo contrasts the specious justifications for public sector unions with those
of private sector ones.
Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s
By Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Jared Meyer
(Encounter Books, May 2015)
From the Affordable Care Act’s deleterious consequences to counterproductive minimum wage laws and onerous regulations on start-ups,
millennials get the short end of the stick.
Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s
Postwar Political Order
By James Piereson (Encounter Books, July 2015)
Shattered Consensus: In this brilliant collection of essays George Will praises as “lapidary,” James Piereson makes the convincing case
that Americans are on the verge of their fourth revolution as a nation – one in which our fiscal house collapses from unbridled entitlement
spending … but we reemerge stronger for it.