Demos Books

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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The Squandering of America: How Our Politics Undermines Our Prosperity

November 6, 2007
Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner demonstrates how the American economy is shaped by financial elites and their speculative excesses. He debunks alarmist claims about federal expenditures on programs like Social Security and Medicare and exposes the genuine dangers: unchecked deregulation, hedge funds and private equity abuses of the market, and America's dependence on foreign central banks.

Falling Behind: How Rising Inequality Harms the Middle Class

August 7, 2007
Although middle-income families don't earn much more than they did several decades ago, they are buying bigger cars, houses, and appliances. To pay for them, they spend more than they earn and carry record levels of debt. In a book that explores the very meaning of happiness and prosperity in America today, Demos Senior Fellow Robert Frank explains how increased concentrations of income and wealth at the top of the economic pyramid have set off "expenditure cascades" that raise the cost of achieving many basic goals for the middle class.

SICK: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis--And the People Who Pay the Price

April 10, 2007
In a compelling work of original reportage, Senior Fellow Jonathan Cohn travels across the United States to investigate the reasons behind the country's health care crisis and its impact on individual Americans. The only country in the developed world that does not guarantee access to medical care as a right of citizenship, the United States is home to millions of people who are struggling to find affordable care.


March 19, 2007
Distinguished Senior Fellow Benjamin R. Barber offers a provocative and compelling look at the ways in which capitalism is consuming U.S. society. Bringing together extensive empirical research and original theory, Barber seeks to understand how the global economy overproduces goods and targets citizens from the point of childhood, creating a new culture of consumerism.

American Furies

February 13, 2007
Extensively researched and told with illuminating detail, American Furies is a dramatic examination of US penitentiaries and their surrounding communities. Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky explains how prisons are no longer motivated by goals of rehabilitation, but rather are driven by political concerns and marked by a movement towards vengeance.


September 29, 2006
How can we move from serving soup until our elbows ache to solving chronic social ills like hunger or homelessness? How can we break the disastrous cycle of low expectations that leads to chronic social failures? The answers to these questions lie within Momentum, a fresh, zestful way of thinking about and organizing social change work.

The Moral Center

September 12, 2006
In The Moral Center, Callahan articulates a vision for progressives, offering an escape from the dead-end culture war. With insights garnered from in-depth research and interviews, he examines some of our most polarized conflicts and presents unexpected solutions that lay out a new road map to the American center.


September 14, 2006
This book will make you aware of what you’re not getting from your government, why you’re not getting it, what you’re entitled to, and how to get it. It will also show you that you’re not alone. If we do this right, politicians in Washington will become more concerned about the people they represent. That’s what real America should be. Real people, real wallets, real soul, real ideas—and that’s what you’ll find in the following chapters.

Stealing Democracy

June 7, 2006
While politicians spew shallow sound bites that describe a "free" American people who govern themselves by selecting their representatives, in reality politicians from both parties maintain control by selecting particular voters. Incumbent politicians maintain thousands of election practices and bureaucratic hurdles that determine who votes and how votes are counted —such as the location of election district boundaries, long lines at urban polling places, and English-only ballots.


April 27, 2006
Award-winning journalist Sasha Abramsky takes us on a journey through disfranchised America, detailing the revival of antidemocratic laws that came of age in the post-Civil War segregationist South, and profiling Americans who are fighting to regain the right to vote.


January 14, 2006
Former Economic Opportunity Program Director Tamara Draut offers a groundbreaking look at the new obstacle course facing young adults as they try to build careers, buy homes, and start families. As Draut explains, various economic and social trends over the last thirty years, as well as adverse government policies, have conspired to alter dramatically the process of becoming an adult.

Inequality Matters

A host of policy experts, academics and journalists sound a cry of alarm against the growing concentration of wealth, income, and economic and political power. Co-edited by Senior Fellows James Lardner and David A. Smith. Foreword by Bill Moyers. Contributors include Barbara Ehrenreich, Meizhu Lui, Robert Franklin, William Greider, Robert Kuttner, David Cay Johnston, Betsy Leondar-Wright and Jim Wallis.

Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment, Second Edition

March 28, 2005

In this powerful book, a renowned environmental leader warns that despite all the international negotiations of the past two decades, efforts to protect Earth’s environment are not succeeding. He explains why this is so and presents eight specific steps that governments and citizens can take to achieve a sustainable future. For this new paperback edition the author has added an Afterword that brings the narrative up to date.

Freedom Reclaimed

October 27, 2004
Has the nation's infatuation with the free market warped the true meaning of American freedom by its emphasis on the self-serving individual in a "looking out for Number One" world? Freedom is America's most treasured value. In Freedom Reclaimed, Distinguished Senior Fellow John E. Schwarz examines the profound implications of the difference between the vision of American freedom that the Founders enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the free-market idea of freedom that is ascendant today.

Other People's Money

October 4, 2004
In this acclaimed exposé, named one of the best books of 2004 by The Economist, Barron's, Library Journal, and The Progressive, Prins provides fascinating firsthand details of day-to-day life in the financial leviathans, with all its rich absurdities.