Prometheus Books, Spring 2019

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    Sex, Power, and Partisanship How Evolutionary Science Makes Sense of Our Political Divide Hector A. Garcia
    9781633885141 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies Publication Date: February 05, 2019
    $19.00 CAD 6.11 x 9.03 x 0.71 in | 254 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Prometheus
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      An evolutionary psychologist traces the roots of political divisions back to our primate ancestors and male-dominated social hierarchies. Through the lens of evolutionary science, this book offers a novel perspective on why we hold our political ideas, and why they are so often in conflict. Drawing on examples from across the animal kingdom, clinical psychologist Hector A. Garcia reveals how even the most complex political processes can be influenced by our basic drives to survive and reproduce--including the policies we back, whether we are liberal or conservative, and whether we are inspired or repelled by the words of a president. The author demonstrates how our political orientations derive from an ancestral history of violent male competition, surprisingly influencing how we respond to issues as wide-ranging as affirmative action, women's rights, social welfare, abortion, foreign policy, and even global warming. Critically, the author shows us how our instinctive political tribalism can keep us from achieving stable, functioning societies, and offers solutions for rising above our ancestral past.
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      ""Hector A. Garcia draws upon the latest in evolutionary science to examine political partisanship and how our past shapes the way we fight for our future. This book will have a profound effect on how you view political discourse, immigration issues, women’s rights, and, yes, even Donald Trump.” —Juliet Blake, film and TV producer and head of TED TV “Why has our political system become so divided and divisive along many lines? Why, for example, do pro-life conservatives support life-ending things like war, guns, and capital punishment, and why do free-speech-supporting liberals want to silence speakers they disagree with? Proximate explanations are provided by political scientists, but deeper ultimate answers must come from psychology and evolutionary theory, which the estimable Hector A. Garcia provides in this illuminating work of science and politics, the timing of which could not be more vital as our country is coming apart over seemingly intractable controversies. A must-read if you care about our future.” —Michael Shermer, Presidential Fellow, Chapman University, and author of The Believing Brain and The Moral Arc “Places sexual competition right where it should be—at the center of political orientation and behavior. This engagingly written book lives in current events. It draws highly controversial conclusions based on solid research that challenge readers who are either on the left or right. For instance, Donald Trump’s exploitation of women makes him more attractive to his female voters. This page-turner is destined to receive a lot of attention.” —Nigel Barber, evolutionary psychologist, author, and blogger at Psychology Today “This book explains everything! It is easy to say that human behavior boils down to biology, but Hector A. Garcia actually proves it. With an impressive breadth of scholarship and clear thinking, he takes us on a delightful ride through the prehistoric savannah, and beyond, to shine an extraordinary light on the ancient evolutionary forces behind our current political clashes.” —Dan Barker, author of Mere Morality “Relying on exhaustive research in evolutionary biology, Garcia takes us back to the Stone Age when human struggles for sexual access and dominance originated. Much of what we find perplexing and dismaying about today’s ‘tribal’ conflicts—between men and women and across the political divide—is convincingly explained by his revealing ‘reverse engineering’ of our species.” —John V. H. Dippel, author of War and Sex “Sex, Power, and Partisanship will surprise and delight you. Garcia shows how much of our political alignment is consistent with evolutionary predictions based especially on male-female considerations. Whether you’re an evolutionary scientist, an involved citizen, or just someone hungry for terrific new ideas, you’ll love this accessible yet consequential book.” —David P. Barash, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of Washington, coauthor of Strength through Peace, and author of Through a Glass Brightly: Using Science to See Our Species as We Really Are “The best book to date using the science of evolutionary psychology to understand how our brains are still tuned to a Stone Age world of frequent conflict and unshakable tribal loyalties. Achieving peace and political stability demands recognizing where we come from, while rejoicing that understanding our origins permits us to do a lot better than our Stone Age ancestors. Hector A. Garcia provides the depth of scientific knowledge, combined with comprehensive referencing and objectivity, to follow our better angels. In the age of alpha male Trump, this is essential for our sanity—and perhaps for the survival of democracy.” —Malcolm Potts, MD, PhD, author of Sex and War
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    The Next Realignment Why America's Parties Are Crumbling and What Happens Next Frank J. DiStefano
    9781633885080 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process On Sale Date: May 07, 2019
    $27.50 CAD 6.45 x 9.25 x 1.52 in | 480 pages Carton Quantity: 14 Canadian Rights: Y Prometheus
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      An astute analysis of today's political chaos showing that the current period of disruptive change is part of a recurring pattern in American politics. What's happening to American politics? Old political norms seem to be slipping away. Politics has progressively become angrier, new movements keep butting into the public square, and more and more of the unwritten rules that governed American politics for decades have fallen away. Naturally, many are anxious. Former congressional aide and presidential campaign veteran Frank J. DiStefano argues that this political turmoil feels disquietingly new only because most of us know so little about the history of American politics. In this book, he puts the present era in historical context, showing that America is facing its next realignment, a period of destruction and rebirth in which old political coalitions decay and new parties rise to replace them. DiStefano explains how the history of past realignments connects to contemporary politics. He examines clashes between Hamilton's Federalists and Jefferson's Democratic-Republicans, the rise of Andrew Jackson, the traumatic collapse of the Whigs, the populist revolt of William Jennings Bryan, and the formation of our New Deal party system of today. He explores America's periodic explosions of moral crusading called great awakenings. He clarifies the real ideas and philosophical forces that make up our politics, from liberty and virtue to populism and progressivism, showing how their interaction is now remaking our parties into something new. Will this realignment be a quick renewal as we adapt our politics for a future with new problems, or do we face years of disruption, dangerous movements, and chaotic politics before we rebuild? This book shows that, with a knowledge of history, all of us can help shape the politics of the coming decades and restore our trust in the American Dream.
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      ""A bold and deeply informed interpretation of our present moment. Anyone interested in trying to understand the present state of American politics should read this book.” —Frank Lovett, associate professor of political science, Washington University in St. Louis “Frank DiStefano does the near impossible. He combines a fascinating, thoughtful, insightful history of today’s dysfunctional, shrinking two-party system with an exciting vision of the future.” —Donna Brazile, former interim chair, Democratic National Committee “Anyone who thinks Americans are stuck with the current two-party system has not studied American history. Frank DiStefano does a wonderful job of looking backward to help us look forward. We don’t know when the next major political realignment is coming . . . but it is coming.” —Charles Wheelan, professor of public policy at Dartmouth College, and author of The Centrist Manifesto “DiStefano carefully situates today’s ripeness for partisan realignment in the context of historical precedent. He makes a strong case that we stand at the precipice of partisan change during this unique moment in history. The New Deal–era principles that have driven our two major political parties have waned, leaving these parties in search of new messages to propel them into the future. DiStefano portrays the United States as currently poised to make the wrong decision, but he also offers an optimistic solution that I hope Americans will heed.” —Jay Wendland, author of Campaigns That Matter “The Next Realignment reads like a political thriller whose characters include the most fascinating actors to stride the stage of American history. After reading this essential book, you will never again look at American politics and political parties in the same way. With crisp prose, fast-paced stories, and often brilliant insights into the connections between policy and politics, the book’s most important contribution is to reframe any coming political alignments as opportunities for everyday Americans to force parties to deal with the future in new ways. DiStefano convincingly argues that the future is in our hands, and that we can—and we must—seize the opportunity to make our politics and our parties meet our needs as a nation and live up to our great democracy’s potential.” —Michael Signer, former mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, and author of Demagogue and Becoming Madison “DiStefano resuscitates realignment theory to offer a sober and engaging perspective on the current partisan bickering afflicting our politics. He makes a strong and convincing case that partisan alignments formed during the New Deal era are no longer able to provide solutions to pressing national problems. The only way this conflict will be resolved is through a wholesale realignment of our two major parties, and all signs point to this transformation occurring sooner rather than later. A must-read for scholars of political history—as well as for concerned citizens looking for a way out of our political nightmare.” —Antoine Yoshinaka, associate professor, Department of Political Science, University at Buffalo, author of Crossing the Aisle: Party Switching by US Legislators in the Postwar Era, coeditor of American Gridlock: The Sources, Character, and Impact of Political Polarization “How did we get here? Where are we going? Frank DiStefano, a sharp legal mind with presidential campaign experience, takes us on a crisp sweep through history to present this necessary guide for the transformations that lie ahead. This is a must-read for those seeking a preview of the next act of the great American story.” —Amanda Carpenter, CNN contributor and author of Gaslighting America “
      “A necessary addition to the bookshelves of history buffs and political science enthusiasts.” –Kirkus Reviews
      “The result is a 'must' for students of American history and political process, who will find plenty of debate material and food for thought in this important survey.” –The Midwest Book Review
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    The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski The Life and Ideas of a Popular Science Icon Timothy Sandefur
    9781633885264 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology On Sale Date: August 23, 2019
    $26.50 CAD 6.51 x 9.25 x 1.29 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 22 Canadian Rights: Y Prometheus
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      ""Before Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, and Carl Sagan, there was Jacob Bronowski, a world-class scientist, caring humanist, elegant poet, magisterial writer, and inimitable host of the first documentary science series, The Ascent of Man. That millennials and Generation Z are unfamiliar with his name makes this biography—the first of this Renaissance man—all the more vital, as science becomes ripped apart by political divisiveness and the need for a unifying message calls out for a voice. Listen to Dr. Bronowski and read this book.” —Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, and author of Heavens on Earth, The Moral Arc, and The Believing Brain “A poet, a mathematician, a historian, and, most of all, a moral philosopher, Jacob Bronowski was a spellbinding speaker on radio and television. Listening to him was like sitting at the feet of a twentieth-century Socrates. His profound thoughts on the human condition are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago, and Timothy Sandefur has done us a great service by writing this book.” —Basil Mahon, author of The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside and coauthor of Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field “Before Tyson, before Gould, before Sagan, there was Jacob Bronowski. He was a major force for opening the minds of citizens to the importance and wonder of science, as perhaps only a Renaissance man, a poet-turned-mathematician, could be.” —Stanley A. Rice, professor, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and author of Scientifically Thinking: How to Liberate Your Mind, Solve the World’s Problems, and Embrace the Beauty of Science “Throughout this lucid account, Bronowski comes across as a complex and fascinating figure whose own writings merit a renewed readership today.” —Publishers Weekly
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    Hateland A Long, Hard Look at America's Extremist Heart Daryl Johnson
    9781633885165 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies On Sale Date: June 18, 2019
    $25.50 CAD 6.36 x 9.29 x 1.01 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y Prometheus
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      A former Department of Homeland Security analyst takes a long view on the domestic terrorism threat from radicalized individuals and hate groups of various ideologies. America is a land in which extremism no longer belongs to the country's shadowy fringes, but comfortably exists in the national mainstream. That is the alarming conclusion by intelligence analyst Daryl Johnson, an expert on domestic extremism with more than twenty-five years of experience tracking radicalized groups for the US government. In this book, Johnson dissects the rapidly expanding forms of American hatred and radicalization, including white nationalists, antigovernment militias, antifascists (Antifa), militant black nationalists, and extremist Islamic groups. The author develops a concise model that explains how extremists on both the far right and the far left use the same techniques to recruit and to radicalize individuals, turning them into violent offenders. He also examines the political forces that fuel this threat and have kept the US government from properly identifying and developing countermeasures to deal with it, including a disproportional emphasis on Islamic terrorism. Johnson concludes by recounting individual stories of deradicalization, each of which was the result of personal reevaluations of formerly held extremist convictions. He recommends more resources at the state and federal levels for combatting radical movements and urges greater communication and coordination between law enforcement agencies. This in-depth analysis of a growing menace that has taken America hostage throws a stark light on the darkest segments of American society and provides practical means for dealing with their violent threats.
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      ""Timely, direct, and insightful as it captures the political present and its various subcultures. . . . Direct, powerful prose results in a disturbing look at the US. Every page seems to open new insights into the lives of those who hold alarming ideologies.” —Foreword Reviews “Hateland is easily among the top few contemporary works on the dangerous rise and evolution of American extremism. What separates it from much of the punditry out there is Johnson’s keen ability to weave his years of expertise into a thoroughly readable and straightforward book. Anyone concerned about the trajectory of our nation and interested in the story of how we got here will find this work invaluable.” —Prof. Brian Levin, director, Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, California State University, San Bernardino “Johnson offers us hope in an important and timely book that provides an antidote to hate. He addresses one of the most pressing issues of our time—the rise of domestic terrorism and how to effectively counter it—and outlines a surprising and significant solution.” —Robert Bartholomew, coauthor of American Intolerance “Hateland examines and dissects various forms of extremism, explaining how the internet, social media, partisan politics, history, and cultural and religious differences are triggers behind violent and deadly hate crimes bombarding our society. There’s no doubt Johnson knows his stuff.” —Bill Morlin, investigative reporter for the Spokesman-Review, Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, and the news blog Hatewatch “No one understands the deep dynamics behind the radicalization of so many Americans better than Daryl Johnson. In Hateland, he lays these undercurrents bare with surgical precision so that we can see and understand them. A superb book.” —David Neiwert, author of Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump
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    Vote for US How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting Joshua A. Douglas
    9781633885103 Paperback POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process Publication Date: April 09, 2019
    $19.00 CAD 6.1 x 9.02 x 0.96 in | 350 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Prometheus
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      An expert on US election law presents an encouraging assessment of current efforts to make our voting system more accessible, reliable, and effective. In contrast to the anxiety surrounding our voting system, with stories about voter suppression and manipulation, there are actually quite a few positive initiatives toward voting rights reform. Professor Joshua A. Douglas, an expert on our electoral system, examines these encouraging developments in this inspiring book about how regular Americans are working to take back their democracy, one community at a time. Told through the narratives of those working on positive voting rights reforms, Douglas includes chapters on expanding voter eligibility, easing voter registration rules, making voting more convenient, enhancing accessibility at the polls, providing voters with more choices, finding ways to comply with voter ID rules, giving redistricting back to the voters, pushing back on big money through local and state efforts, using journalism to make the system more accountable, and improving civics education. At the end, the book includes an appendix that lists organizations all over the country working on these efforts. Unusually accessible for a lay audience and thoroughly researched, this book gives anyone fed up with our current political environment the ideas and tools necessary to affect change in their own communities.
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      ""This book is mandatory reading for anyone who wants to stop spinning their wheels and actually fix the dystopia that grips American politics.” —Josh Silver, cofounder and director, RepresentUs “Douglas is one of the most important voting-rights experts in the country today. In Vote for US he deftly chronicles how we can make it easier for every American to vote. An inspiring, innovative, and must-read book about how to take back our democracy.” —Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones and author of Give Us the Ballot “Cogent, well-written, and filled with inspiring stories, Vote for US should be required reading for those who feel that our democracy is broken. With this book, Douglas takes his place at the forefront of a growing intellectual effort to chronicle and strengthen the emerging nonpartisan Democracy Movement sweeping across the United States. Change is possible, and, as Douglas powerfully proves, it is already on its way.” —Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, authors of Daring Democracy “It is easy to find books that recount the numerous ways the United States election system fails, but it is far harder to find thoughtfully considered blueprints for success. In Vote for US, Joshua A. Douglas pairs expertly interpreted explanations of our voting system with compelling stories of those fighting to make it better. This book is sure to become an invaluable tool for anyone who cares about the progress of American democracy.” —Jessica Huseman, reporter, ProPublica “Douglas’s ability to tell the stories of real Americans working to improve our electoral process paints a hopeful picture of our democracy. This inspiring book will leave readers optimistic about the strength of our country and the values for which it stands.” —Chris Carson, president, League of Women Voters of the United States “This book is a true Profiles in Courage of real-life democracy champions: ordinary citizens who worked in extraordinary ways to improve elections in their communities. It is required reading for anyone seeking to do their part to ensure our country fulfills its constitutional promise of one person, one vote.” —Jocelyn Benson, secretary of state of Michigan “A breathtakingly comprehensive overview of some of the obstacles we face in our democracy today. . . . leaving readers with plenty of reason to be hopeful and optimistic about the future. For those seeking to understand the modern-day challenges and voter-suppression efforts we are wrestling, this book is a must-read.” —Kristen Clarke, president and executive director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law “Douglas tells the vitally important but largely overlooked story of how grassroots activists, state and local politicians, and everyday Americans have played an important role in the adoption of positive voting reforms in this country. A must-read for everyone seeking to make our democracy more inclusive and dynamic than ever before.” —Franita Tolson, voting-rights expert and professor of law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
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