Published in 2007, The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner-Take-All America, argues that increasing income gap puts pressure on educated young Americans to choose between following their interests and dreams or working for a large salary. According to one review, "although once-idealistic college graduates have taken private sector gigs for decades, Brook shows in his new book...that it has now become a financial necessity."
A History of Future Cities
Published in 2013, the book A History of Future Cities sets out to show that an understanding of the historic development of "instant cities" like St. Petersburg, Mumbai and Shanghai, equips us to understand ongoing developments in modern cities like Dubai. For example, "(a)ll of the questions St. Petersburg raises are still with us: Which way should a city face: outward to the globe, or inward to the nation? What is global and what is local? Is cosmopolitanism a threat to native ways and self-sufficiency or a necessary condition of progress? What does modernity look like, separate from its Western conception?"
According to the author, "We need to understand (these cities) because they’re the places that matter today. I describe them as 'dress rehearsals for the 21st century.' People used to be fascinated with them because they were so unusual. Now, we need to be fascinated with them because the project for which they stand — urbanization/modernization of less developed regions — is the project of our time."
The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction
- Brook, Daniel (2007). The trap : selling out to stay afloat in winner-take-all America. New York: Times Books.
- — (2013). A history of future cities. New York: W. W. Norton.
- — (2019). The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction. New York: W. W. Norton.
Essays and reporting
- Brook, Daniel (November 2012). "New Hampshire Goddam : the past and future of the Voting Rights Act". Annotation. Harper's Magazine. 325 (1950): 68–69.
- W.W. Norton & Company: Authors
- Adam Doster, "The Freedom to I-Bank," The American Prospect, July 22, 2007
- Casey Walker, "The Costs of Cosmopolitanism" LA Review of Books, February 24, 2013
- Brady Dale, "'The Project of Our Time': A Conversation with Author Daniel Brook," Next City, March 4, 2013
- Publishers Weekly