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Thought leadership and the power of ideas often gain the most currency, and help shape the debate, through the form a book. Recognizing this, we have established the Demos book project, which helps fellows, staff and partner organizations develop their ideas into compelling proposals, manuscripts and finally into published works. In partnership with leading publishing houses, Demos helps authors build a broadcast, print, social media and event platform that elevates their arguments into the public and policy realms.

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A Presidency in Peril

March 10, 2010
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"In A Presidency in Peril, Robert Kuttner explores how and why Candidate Obama's audacity of hope morphed into President Obama's timidity of governing—from his deferential treatment of Wall Street to his misguided attachment to the fantasy of bipartisanship.

Creative Community Organizing

February 8, 2010
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Creative Community Organizing is a self-teaching guide for activists and organizers based on Si Kahn’s experiences in the Southern Civil Rights Movement, the Brookside Strike by the UMWA, and the Grassroots Leadership’s campaigns to stop the privatization of the Shelby County jail in Memphis and to abolish immigrant family detention.  The book also includes reflections on the roles of history and culture in progressive social change efforts. 

God's Economy

December 15, 2009
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President Obama has signaled a sharp break from many Bush Administration policies, but he remains committed to federal support for religious social service providers. Like George W. Bush's faith-based initiative, though, Obama's version of the policy has generated loud criticism-from both sides of the aisle--even as the communities that stand to benefit suffer through an ailing economy.

Inside Obama's Brain

December 1, 2009
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From the moment he burst onto the national political scene, Barack Obama has fascinated people more than any politician in decades. Many biographers have already retold his story, but no previous book truly explains how his mind works, what passions drive him, or what makes him such an effective leader. This concise profile explores the ideas, inspirations, and experiences that have shaped the president. It quotes a wide network of sources, including many who broke long-standing vows of silence to offer their candid and surprising observations.

It Takes a Pillage

September 1, 2009
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If you're still enraged and frustrated with how the bank bailout went bust for the American people, or how Wall Street continues to operate as if the rest of the world doesn't matter, or how the banks are once again rolling in outsized profits and obscene bonuses while average Americans continue to struggle through a bleak landscape of foreclosures and job loss, It Takes a Pillage gives voice to your outrage, and provides a deeper insight into what we really have to be angry about and how we can fight for some real change.

Searching for Whitopia

August 4, 2009
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A prediction making headlines across the United States is fast becoming reality:  By 2042, whites will no longer be the American majority.  Rich Benjamin, a scholar-adventurer, packed his bags and embarked on an unprecedented 27,000-mile journey throughout the heart of white America -- some of the whitest and fast-growing communities in our nation.  This is his story.

Women Lead the Way

August 1, 2009
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A few “first women” are making key decisions in high places but a few is not enough to have a significant impact. Changing what gets decided takes changing who makes the decisions. But with just 17% of Congressional seats and 14% of Fortune 500 board seats held by women, the leaders defining priorities and solutions continue to look and act much the same as generations ago.   



Breadline USA

March 24, 2009
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Trapped in a triangle of the housing market collapse, rising energy costs, and an increasingly dysfunctional healthcare system, America's working poor are now battling an even more formidable enemy: hunger.

Keeping Down the Black Vote

February 10, 2009
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Today, over forty years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 demolished bars to voting for African Americans, the effort to prevent black people—as well as Latinos and the poor in general—from voting is experiencing a resurgence. A myriad of new tactics, some of which adopt the mantle of “election reform,” has evolved to suppress the vote. In this sharply argued new book, three of America’s leading experts on party politics and elections demonstrate that our political system is as focused on stopping people from voting as on getting Americans to go to the polls.

Small Change

January 11, 2009
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A new movement is afoot that promises to save the world by applying the magic of the market to the challenges of social change. Its supporters argue that using business principles to solve global problems is far more effective than more traditional approaches. What could be wrong with that?

Unjust Deserts

November 19, 2008
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At the center of their rich and persuasive argument is the economic impact of socially-created knowledge. As people have solved numerous problems that bewildered and plagued those before us, we have accumulated an immense stock of knowledge which now plays a central role in economic growth and is largely responsible for the real income gains that separated the twentieth century from all that came before. This stock of knowledge is a social inheritance, nurtured by governments, institutions, and culture, and created by many generations of people.

Obama's Challenge

September 15, 2008
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In this urgent and important book, Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner, co-founder of The American Prospect, explains what a President Obama must do to solve America's economic crisis — the gravest since the Great Depression — and, in the process, become a truly transformative leader.

The Samaritan's Dilemma

September 23, 2008
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The Samaritan's Dilemma documents Americans' everyday altruism in all its rich variety and emotional force, and shows why taking altruism seriously is the first step to reviving American democracy. In doing so, writes Stone, we can restore our faith in the quest for social justice, freedom and equality through government and remind ourselves of America's promise.

Just Another Emperor?

April 18, 2008
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A new movement is afoot that promises to save the world by revolutionizing philanthropy, making non-profit organizations operate like business, and creating new markets for goods and services that benefit society. Nick-named "philanthrocapitalism" for short, its supporters believe that business principles can be successfully combined with the search for social transformation.

The Bridge at the Edge of the World

March 28, 2008
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With mounting evidence that global warming, natural resource depletion and other effects have ramped up in with Americans' need to constantly consume, even active environmentalists like Gus Speth can't seem to do enough to stop the earth's rapid destruction. In his latest book, A Bridge at the Edge of the World, Speth posits that, in order to sustain a livable environment for generations to come, our culture of rabid consumerism must change.