Books by Barry Schwartz

WHY WE WORK by Barry Schwartz
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A call, in a few pointed words, for an expanded, genuine work ethic."
Schwartz (Psychology/Swarthmore Coll.; The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, 2003, etc.) begs to differ with Adam Smith—it's not simply wages that keep people working.Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"An earnest, didactic manual on doing the right thing, a topic that remains tricky to teach."
Swarthmore professors Schwartz (Social Theory; The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less, 2004, etc.) and Sharpe (Political Science; co-author: Drug War Politics, 1996, etc.) take note of the paucity of applied sagacity and offer advice on how to retrieve it for a better social order. Read full book review >
ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE FORGE OF NATIONAL MEMORY by Barry Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Anyone who wishes to learn more of Lincoln, the nation he helped govern, and the way memory serves social and cultural functions will gain from this highly illuminating work. (b&w illustrations not seen)"
An engaging scholarly study of the dynamic links between Lincoln's image and the rapidly changing American culture during the six decades after his assassination. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 1994

"But his effort is worthy, and his conclusions contain much sense."
This broad-brush essay starts from the premise that ``there can be too much freedom in life, and that too much freedom has a serious moral, social, and emotional price.'' Schwartz (Psychology/Swarthmore) is concerned with the darker side of the seemingly limitless choices of middle-class American life. Read full book review >