Basic Books
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Parent companyHachette Books
Founded1950
FounderArthur Rosenthal[1]
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York, New York
Official websitewww.basicbooks.com

Basic Books is a book publisher founded in 1950 and located in New York, now an imprint of Hachette Book Group. It publishes books in the fields of psychology, philosophy, economics, science, politics, sociology, current affairs, and history.

History

Basic Books originated as a small Greenwich Village-based book club marketed to psychoanalysts. Arthur Rosenthal took over the book club in 1950, and under his ownership it soon began producing original books, mostly in the behavioral sciences. Early successes included Ernest Jones's The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud, as well as works by Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jean Piaget and Erik Erikson. Irving Kristol joined Basic Books in 1960, and helped Basic to expand into the social sciences. Harper & Row purchased the company in 1969.[2]

In 1997, HarperCollins announced that it would merge Basic Books into its trade publishing program, effectively closing the imprint and ending its publishing of serious academic books. That same year, Basic was purchased by the newly created Perseus Books Group.[3] Perseus's publishing business was acquired by Hachette Book Group in 2016.[4] In 2018, Seal Press became an imprint of Basic.[5]

Authors

Basic's list of authors includes:

Jacob Soll

References

  1. ^ Vitello, Paul (2013-07-08). "Arthur Rosenthal, Academic Book Publisher, Dies at 93". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  2. ^ Basic Books: A History, 1950–2000 (New York: Basic Books, 2000).
  3. ^ Doreen Carvajal (August 22, 1997). "HarperCollins Selling Basic Books Unit to Venture Capital Firm". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Natasha Onwuemezi, "Perseus sale to Hachette Book Group completed", The Bookseller, 1 April 2016
  5. ^ "Hachette Book Group Reorganizes Lines, Announces About 25 Layoffs As DiPreta Departs". Publishers Lunch. 2018-11-13. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  6. ^ Alexander, Stephon (27 June 2017). The Jazz of Physics. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465093571. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  7. ^ Baptist, Edward (27 June 2017). The Half Has Never Been Told. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465049660. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  8. ^ Brands, H.W. (5 February 2019). Dreams of El Dorado. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9781541672536. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  9. ^ Brzezinski, Zbigniew (28 June 2017). "Books by Zbigniew Brzezinski". Basic Books. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  10. ^ Chang, Iris (27 June 2017). The Rape of Nanking. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465068364. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  11. ^ Coontz, Stephanie (28 June 2017). "Books by Stephanie Coontz". Basic Books. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  12. ^ Dawkins, Richard (27 June 2017). River Out of Eden. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465069903. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  13. ^ Andrea, Dworkin (27 June 2017). Intercourse. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465017522. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  14. ^ Dyson, Michael Eric (27 June 2017). April 4, 1968. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465012862. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  15. ^ Ferguson, Niall (27 June 2017). Empire. Basic Books. Basic Book. ISBN 9780465023295. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  16. ^ Feynman, Richard (September 2017). "The Featured Feynman". Basic Books. Basic Books. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  17. ^ Florida, Richard (28 June 2017). "Books by Richard Florida". Basic Books. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  18. ^ Ford, Richard (27 June 2017). Rise of the Robots. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465097531. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  19. ^ Gardner, Howard (27 June 2017). Frames of Mind. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465024339. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  20. ^ Haidt, Jonathan (27 June 2017). The Happiness Hypothesis. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465028023. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  21. ^ Hanson, Victor Davis (4 September 2018). The Second World Wars. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9781541674103. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  22. ^ Herman, Judith (27 June 2017). Trauma and Recovery. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465061716. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  23. ^ Hitchens, Christopher (27 June 2017). Letters to a Young Contrarian. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465030330. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  24. ^ Hofstadter, Douglas (27 June 2017). Godel, Escher, Bach. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465026562. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  25. ^ Kolakowski, Leszek (27 June 2017). Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465004997. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  26. ^ Kruse, Kevin (27 June 2017). One Nation Under God. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465097418. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  27. ^ Lessig, Lawrence (27 June 2017). Code. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465039142. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  28. ^ Nozick, Robert (27 June 2017). Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465051007. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  29. ^ Pinker, Steven (27 June 2017). Words and Rules. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465072705. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  30. ^ Power, Samantha (27 June 2017). "A Problem from Hell". Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465061518. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  31. ^ Rogan, Eugene (28 June 2017). "Books by Eugene Rogan". Basic Books. Basic Books. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  32. ^ Smolin, Lee (27 June 2017). Three Roads to Quantum Gravity. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465094547. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  33. ^ "Jason Sokol".
  34. ^ Snyder, Timothy. "Bloodlands". Basic Books. Basic Books. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  35. ^ Sommers, Tamler (5 September 2017). Why Honor Matters. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465098873. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  36. ^ Sowell, Thomas (28 June 2017). "Books by Thomas Sowell". Basic Books. Basic Books. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  37. ^ Stewart, Ian (28 June 2017). "Books by Ian Stewart". Basic Books. Basic Books. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  38. ^ Tatum, Beverly Daniel (27 June 2017). Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465060689. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  39. ^ Turkle, Sherry (27 June 2017). Alone Together. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465093656. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  40. ^ Topol, Eric (27 June 2017). "Books by Eric Topol". Basic Books. Basic Books. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  41. ^ Walzer, Michael (27 June 2017). Just and Unjust Wars. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465052714. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  42. ^ Warren, Elizabeth (27 June 2017). The Two Income Trap. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465097708. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  43. ^ Weigel, George (28 June 2017). "Books by George Weigel". Basic Books. Basic Books. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  44. ^ Weinberg, Steven (27 June 2017). The First Three Minutes. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465024377. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  45. ^ Wilczek, Frank (27 June 2017). The Lightness of Being. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465018956. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  46. ^ Wilson, Bee (28 June 2017). "Books by Bee Wilson". Basic Books. Basic Books. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  47. ^ Wrangham, Richard (27 June 2017). Catching Fire. Basic Books. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465020416. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  48. ^ Yalom, Irvin D. (27 June 2017). "Books by Irvin D. Yalom". Basic Books. Basic Book. Retrieved 6 November 2019.