Basic Books

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Basic Books
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Parent company Hachette Book Group
FounderArthur Rosenthal [1]
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Official website

Basic Books is a book publisher founded in 1950 and located in New York City, now an imprint of Hachette Book Group. It publishes books in the fields of psychology, philosophy, economics, science, politics, sociology, current affairs, and history.



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's 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. [2]

In 1997, HarperCollins announced that it would merge Basic Books into its trade publishing program, effectively closing the imprint and ending its publishing of serious academic books. That same year, Basic was purchased by the newly created Perseus Books Group. [3] Perseus's publishing business was acquired by Hachette Book Group in 2016. [4] In 2018, Seal Press became an imprint of Basic. [5]


Basic's list of authors includes:

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  39. Tatum, Beverly Daniel (June 27, 2017). Why Are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?. Basic Books. ISBN   9780465060689 . Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  40. Traub, James (September 24, 2019). What Was Liberalism? The Past, Present, And Promise of A Noble Idea. Basic Books. ISBN   9781541616851 . Retrieved July 29, 2023.
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