Books for knowing the world better

July 7, 2020 / 5 mins read

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 through 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.