oriented titles. In October, Brookings published
Marvin Kalb’s The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956—
Khrushchev, Stalin’s Ghost, and a Young American in
Russia. The press will also publish Moshe Arens’s
memoir In Defense of Israel (Jan. 2018) and The New
Localism by Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak (Jan.
2018). While policy titles are typically printed in
runs of 1,000, the trade titles are distributed more
widely in first printings of 3,000– 5,000 copies.
The new books will roll out under a new director.
In September editorial director Bill Finan was promoted and
will oversee the staff of 10. The press’s full-time employees also
receive support from the entire Brookings staff. “Books are a
unique thing,” Quinn says, noting that because of its books,
“the things our scholars talk about are still in play.” She adds:
“There is a commitment to a book culture at Brookings. We
have books that have changed the conversation.”
“Books are central to what we do,” says David Boaz, executive
v-p at Cato Institute, the 43 year-old libertarian think tank that
has shaped a generation of conservative thought. As old as the
long after this administration is gone,” it’s undeni-
able. The powerhouse centrist Washington think
tank produces more than 40 books each year, including
10 trade titles, while also distributing books for 21
other associations and think tanks across the capital.
“With us it’s about impact,” Quinn says. “There’s
a self-awareness that some policy folks have who want
to get ideas in the hands of the right people.” At
Brookings, they do it through books. Among many
examples, Quinn cites Fiona Hill and Clifford G.
Gaddy’s Mr. Putin. Originally “intended to be policy, now it’s a
seminal text [because Hill is] one of the few women who has
been in meetings with Putin,” Quinn says.
While policy is always at the fore, the press is just as eager to
shape different issues through public conversation as it is in the
halls of Congress. Richard Reeves garnered substantial attention
for his book Dream Hoarders earlier this year, after writing a New
York Times opinion column entitled “Stop Pretending You’re
Not Rich.” The book has sold almost 10,000 copies since its
release, according to NPD BookScan, and Reeves is traveling
the country to meet with groups and discuss his message. In the
coming year, the press will experiment with even more trade-
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