Basic Books

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Basic Books
Basic Books
Parent company Perseus Books Group
Founded 1952
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York, New York
Official website www.basicbooks.com

Basic Books is a book publisher founded in 1952 and located in New York. It publishes books in the fields of psychology, philosophy, economics, science, politics, sociology, current affairs, and history. Basic Books publishes new works in African and African-American studies under the Basic Civitas imprint.

Basic's list of authors includes:

  • Christopher Andrew
  • Anthony Appiah
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Robert Axelrod
  • Susan R. Barry
  • Daniel Bell
  • John Bradshaw
  • Allan Brandt
  • Richard Brookhiser
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski
  • William F. Buckley
  • Stephen Carter
  • Iris Chang
  • George Chauncey
  • Stephanie Coontz
  • Dinesh D’Souza
  • Devra Davis
  • Richard Dawkins
  • Edward de Bono
  • Hernando de Soto
  • Jared Diamond
  • Michael Eric Dyson
  • Thomas B. Edsall
  • Thomas Maier
  • Donald Norman
  • Robert Nozick
  • Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
  • James T. Patterson
  • Orlando Patterson
  • Jean Piaget
  • Steven Pinker
  • Karl Popper
  • Samantha Power
  • Diane Ravitch
  • Eugene Rogan
  • Juliet Schor
  • Brent Scowcroft
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter
  • Lee Smolin
  • Timothy Snyder
  • Thomas Sowell
  • Ian Stewart
  • Cass Sunstein
  • Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • Lester Thurow
  • Sherry Turkle
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Michael Walzer
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • George Weigel
  • Steven Weinberg
  • Cornel West
  • Frank Wilczek
  • A.N. Wilson
  • James Q. Wilson
  • Irvin Yalom
  • Shing-Tung Yau
  • Fareed Zakaria

History[edit]

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’ 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, by which time Basic was already renowned for producing intellectual books which appealed to both academic and trade markets.[1]

In 1997, HarperCollins announced that it would merge Basic Books into its trade publishing program, effectively closing the imprint. That same year, Basic was purchased by the newly created Perseus Books Group, of which it is still a member.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Basic Books: A History, 1950-2000 (New York: Basic Books, 2000).
  2. ^ Doreen Carvajal (August 22, 1997). "HarperCollins Selling Basic Books Unit to Venture Capital Firm". New York Times. 

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