CCLP Senior Fellows, Faculty Fellows, and Staff consistently produce impactful scholarship in the forms of reports, articles, and books. This page catalogues the most recent publications by those associated with the Center.

The Fishermen and the Dragon

Kirk Wallace Johnson

This explosive investigation of a forgotten story, years in the making, ultimately leads Johnson to the doorstep of the one woman who could see clearly enough to recognize the true threat to the bays—and who now represents the fishermen’s last hope.

Degenerations of Democracy

Craig Calhoun

Three leading thinkers analyze the erosion of democracy’s social foundations and call for a movement to reduce inequality, strengthen inclusive solidarity, empower citizens, and reclaim pursuit of the public good.

Race and Reckoning

Ellis Cose

At countless points in history ranging from chattel slavery, through the New Deal to the Covid pandemic, Cose investigates the ways in which America’s leaders have upheld a narrative of American greatness rooted in racism as he offers a hopeful yet clear-eyed vision of American possibility.

Whole Earth: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand

John Markoff

Told by one of our greatest chroniclers of technology and society, the definitive biography of iconic serial visionary Stewart Brand. 2022

The Three Mothers

Anna Malaika Tubbs

In her groundbreaking and essential debut The Three Mothers, scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America’s most pivotal heroes. 2021

The Daughters of Kobani

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

 Drawing from hundreds of hours of interviews, bestselling author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon introduces us to the women fighting on the front lines, determined to not only extinguish the terror of ISIS but also prove that women could lead in war and must enjoy equal rights come the peace.  2021

My Old Home: a Novel of Exile

Orville Schell

A uniquely experienced observer of China, Orville Schell, gives us a sweeping historical novel that takes us on a journey from the rise of Mao Zedong in 1949 to the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989 as a father and his son are swept away by a relentless series of devastating events. 2021

Laughing at Myself

Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman tells his story of a classical family background, religious heritage, and “Midwestern-nice” roots, and how it led to a long and successful career in public service. 2021

The Deeper Roots

Michael Tubbs

At countless points in history ranging from chattel slavery, through the New Deal to the Covid pandemic, Cose investigates the ways in which America’s leaders have upheld a narrative of American greatness rooted in racism as he offers a hopeful yet clear-eyed vision of American possibility. 2021

The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America

Ellis Cose

Cose sets out to explore one of the most essential rights in America—free speech—and reveals how it is crumbling under the combined weight of polarization, technology, money and systematized lying in this concise yet powerful and timely book. 2020

Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU’s 100-Year Fight for Rights in America

Ellis Cose

As its centennial approached, the ACLU invited Ellis Cose to become its first writer-in-residence. The result? The most authoritative account ever of America’s premier defender of civil liberties.

Authoritarian Nightmare: Trump and His Followers

John Dean

Updated to reflect election results, this is a look at the entirety of the Trump phenomenon, using psychological and social science studies, as well as polling analyses, to understand Donald Trump’s followers, and what they will do in the future. 2020

Savage News: A Novel

Jessica Yellin

Timely, funny and smart, this juicy debut is the perfect tonic for readers contending with today’s politics and the #MeToo movement. Jessica Yellin ensures that Natalie Savage will join the ranks of our favorite fictional heroines as she figures out that having it all doesn’t mean giving up everything she stands for. 2019

Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More Like America

Dorothy Gilliam

Most civil rights victories are achieved behind the scenes, and this memoir weaves Dorothy Gilliam’s personal and professional experiences into an engrossing tapestry. 2019

Public Diplomacy: Foundations for Global Engagement in the Digital Age

Nick Cull

Blending history with insights from international relations, communication studies, psychology, and contemporary practice, Nick Cull explores the five core areas of public diplomacy: listening, advocacy, cultural diplomacy, exchanges, and international broadcasting. 2019

The Feather Thief

Kirk Wallace Johnson

Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist-deep in a river in New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide first told him about the heist. But what would possess a person to steal dead birds? And had Rist paid for his crime? In search of answers, Johnson embarked upon a worldwide investigation, leading him into the fiercely secretive underground community obsessed with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. 2018

Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution

Todd S. Purdum

Todd S. Purdum’s portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, and young lovers wherever they are. He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful. 2018

Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America

Deborah & James Fallows

At times of dysfunction on a national level, reform possibilities have often arisen from the local level. The Fallows describe America in the middle of one of these creative waves. Their view of the country is as complex and contradictory as America itself, but it also reflects the energy, the generosity and compassion, the dreams, and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better. 2019

The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983

Marc Ambinder

Marc Ambinder explains the anxious period between the United States and the Soviet Union from 1982 to 1984 with astonishing and clarifying new details. 2018