Books for Knowing the World Better

Our mission at Georgetown University Press is to publish books that enable readers to reach across barriers, both locally and globally, in order to engage with one another. To that end, we’ve compiled this list of recent titles that are sure to inspire, inform, and enlighten. See something you like? Take 30% off and enjoy free shipping on all books purchased here on our website, now through June 30.


The Capital of Basketball by John McNamara is the first comprehensive history of DC-area high school hoops. Full of illustrations and rich detail, it is a celebration of basketball.

DC Jazz, edited by Maurice Jackson & Blair Ruble, uncovers the pivotal role the nation’s capital has played for jazz for a century.

In Spy Sites of New York City and Spy Sites of Washington DC, H. Keith Melton & Robert Wallace reveal the secret the secret espionage history of these major American cities through over 400 entries on the places where spies have lived and worked throughout American history.

First published in 1991, Black Georgetown Remembered chronicles and celebrates the rich but little-known history of the Georgetown black community from the colonial period to the present.


In To Catch a Spy, former chief of CIA counterintelligence James Olson takes the reader into the arcane world of counterintelligence and provides a guide for how our country can do a better job of protecting its national security and trade secrets.

In The Russian Understanding of War, Oscar Jonsson analyzes the evolution of Russian military thought and how Russia’s current thinking about war is reflected in recent crises.

In Humanity in Crisis, David Hollenbach, SJ, examines the refugee crisis and asks what our more obligations are to help those in need.

Russia, BRICS, and the Disruption of Global Order by Rachel Salzman tells the story of why Russia broke with the West, how BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) came together, why the group is emblematic of Russia’s challenge to the existing global order, and how BRICS has changed since its debut.

Everyday Ethics, edited by Michael Lamb and Brian A. Williams, examines ethics through the practices of everyday life. 

Georgetown University Press publishes approximately forty new books per year, as well as three journals, with an active list of almost 1,000 titles. These publications primarily service a global audience of higher education teachers and students and the scholarly community, and many also reach the general reading public. Our content and our pedagogy help to unite people across different cultures speaking different languages and illuminates, clarifies, and responds to some of the world's most difficult questions and challenges. These works, written by an international group of authors representing a broad range of intellectual perspectives, focus on international affairs, languages & linguistics, religion & ethics, and topics related to the Washington, DC, region.