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Books From Our 2018 Speakers

The Aspen Ideas Festival team is proud to showcase the diverse writing of our speakers. Their books will be highlighted in talks at the Festival and available at the campus bookstore.

  • May 24th 2018

Learn why one speaker thinks America’s natural gas boom has the power to reshape national security and international relations. Another author examines how the country can prepare itself for the retirement of the baby boomers. Explore the linguistic complexity of female friendships, the inner workings of the white supremacy movement, and the future of building healthy cities. Ever wonder just how intelligent your dogs are?

See the list below for recent releases by Festival presenters. The books are arranged by Festival track.

Spotlight Health

The Cutting Edge of Medicine and Science

National Geographic Kids Chapters: Danger on the Mountain: True Stories of Extreme Adventures!
Gregg Treinish

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity,
Carl Zimmer

Disrupting Health Systems

The Waxman Report: How Congress Really Works,
Henry Waxman

Healthy Communities

The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons From the World's Happiest People,
Dan Buettner

Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone,
John Cary

Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum,
Kennedy Odede

Being Mortal,
Atul Gawande

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity,
Andrew Solomon

Our Planet, Our Health

A Year in Rock Creek Park,
Melanie Choukas Bradley

The Joy of Forest Bathing: The Mysterious Japanese Art of Shinrin-Yoku,
Melanie Choukas Bradley

Wade Davis Photographs,
Wade Davis

Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability,
Howard Frumkin

Children & Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know,
Philip Landrigan

Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact,
Ndidi Nwuneli

The Emotional Foundations of Personality: A Neurobiological and Evolutionary Approach,
Kenneth L. Davis

Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States,
Tom Frieden

Spotlight Viewpoints

The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics,
John Hickenlooper

Count Us In: Growing Up With Down Syndrome,
Jason Kingsley and Mitchell Levitz, Emily Kinglsey

The Heart of Power, With a New Preface: Health and Politics in the Oval Office,
David Blumenthal

The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America,
Ai-Jen Poo

Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath,
Ted Koppel

Everything Happens for a Reason (and other lies I've loved),
Kate Bowler

When Breath Becomes Air,
Paul Kalanithi, Lucy Kalanithi

The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream,
Courtney E. Martin

The Future of Men: Men on Trial,
Jack Meyers

Tell Me the Truth, Doctor, Easy-to-Understand Answers to Your Most Confusing and Critical Questions,
Richard Besser

Here’s the Deal,
David Leonhardt

Aspen Ideas Festival

Seismic Shifts

The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It,
Yascha Mounk

Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power,
Meghan O’Sullivan

A World In Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, 
Richard Haass

The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State, 
Graeme Wood

Powerplay: The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia, 
Victor Cha

True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy
Kati Marton

Dreamers: How Young Indians Are Changing Their World, 
Snigdha Poonam

Not for the Faint-hearted: A Personal Reflection on Life, Politics and Purpose,
Kevin Rudd

Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time,
David Miliband

The Hijaz: The First Islamic State,
Dahlan Malik

The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State,
Elizabeth Economy

Our Imperfect Union

Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense,
Mona Charen

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, 
Amy Chua

White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement-and How I Got Out, 
Christian Picciolini

You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen,
Eric Liu

Democracy: A Case Study,
David Moss

William Howard Taft,
Jeff Rosen

Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging, 
Alex Wagner

Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times,
Adam Hamilton

How the Right Lost Its Mind,
Charles Sykes

Globalization Revisited

Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth - and How to Fix It, 
Dambisa Moyo

Makers and Takers: How Wall Street Destroyed Main Street, 
Rana Foroohar

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, 
J. D. Vance

The Art of Justice

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen,
Jose Antonio Vargas

Leadership in a Time of Change

Women and Leadership,
Deborah Rhode

Design for the New Normal

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming,
Paul Hawken and Katherine Wilkinson

The Patagonia Business Library/em>Yvon Chouinard,
Rose Marcario

Toward an Urban Ecology, 
Kate Orff

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World,
Jeff Goodell

The Sexes

Healing From Hate: How Young Men Get Into — and Out of — Violent Extremism, 
Michael Kimmel

Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World,
Reshma Saujani

Hidden Figures,
Margot Lee Shetterly

Excellence through Equity,
Pedro Noguera

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower,
Brittney Cooper

Freedom of Speech and the Marketplace of Ideas

Words on the Move: Why English Won't—and Can't—Sit Still (Like, Literally),
John McWhorter

You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships, 
Deborah Tannen

At the Stranger's Gate: Arrivals in New York, 
Adam Gopnik

HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship,
Nadine Strossen

The Genius of Animals

The Genius of Birds,
Jennifer Ackerman 

The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals, 
Joel Sartore

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think,
Brian Hare

Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell, 
Alexandra Horowitz

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, 
Carl Safina

Staying Human in a High-Tech World

Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age, 
Michael Chertoff

Who Can You Trust? How Technology Brought Us Together – and Why It Could Drive Us Apart, 
Rachel Botsman

The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, 
Sal Khan

Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor,
Virginia Eubanks

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech,
Franklin Foer

The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life,
Anya Kamenetz

Moved by Music

Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations,
Greil Marcus

Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music,
Ann Powers

Aspen Lecture

Cuz: The Life and Time of Michael A, 
Danielle Allen

Summoning Pearl Harbor, 
Alexander Nemerov


Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference,
Kathleen Kelly Janus

New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World and How to Make it Work for You,
Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans

President Carter: The White House Years, 
Stuart Eizenstat

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now,
Meg Jay

Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, 
Jim Fallows & Deborah Fallows

Philanthropy in Democratic Societies: History, Institutions, Values,
Rob Reich

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