Books by Gar Alperovitz

Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth

Of the several 2017 books that might best be described as “roadmaps” for a future that renews America’s promise and extends it to all, the finest is Gar Alperovitz’s Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth.
John Nichols, national affairs correspondent for The Nation


What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About The Next American RevolutionWhat Then Must We Do?  Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution

(Chelsea Green Publishing, Spring 2013)

Gar Alperovitz’s new book develops a brilliant strategy for the type of transformative change that can lead America from decline to rebirth.
James Gustave Speth, author of America the Possible


“Gar Alperovitz continues to challenge us to recognize and assume responsibility for creating an America beyond capitalism.”
Grace Lee Boggs, author of The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century


America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy

(Democracy Collaborative Press and Dollars & Sense, 2011)

A marvelous book […] I recommend it all the time.
Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Careful, well-researched, and practical alternative progressives have been seeking.
Juliet Schor, author of The Overspent American

One of the most important books of the decade.
Jeffrey Hollender, founder of Seventh Generation and co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council

Unjust Deserts: Wealth and Equality in the Knowledge Economy

With Lew Daly

(The New Press, 2008)

Rarely do the facts of the matter so illuminate a moral truth as they do in Unjust Deserts. Quite simply, this book changes the fundamental terms of reference for future debates about inequality. It convincingly demonstrates that knowledge is the primary source of our national wealth, with or without the elites at the top who claim the lion’s share. […] Alperovitz and Daly help us understand what this reality means, and the values at stake, in a nation growing more unequal with each passing day. This book opens an extraordinary new vista on the moral bankruptcy of our second Gilded Age.
—Bill Moyers

This deeply informed and carefully argued study of the social and historical factors that enter into creative achievement formulates issues of entitlement in ways that have far-reaching implications for a just social order.
—Noam Chomsky

Making a Place for CommunityMaking a Place for Community

With David Imbroscio and Thad Williamson

(Routledge, 2002)

An indispensable primer for the new century.
—From the forward by Benjamin Barber, author of Jihad v. McWorld

Comprehensive, balanced, and well documented, Making a Place for Community is a monumental collection of valuable research, experience, data and policy guidance on building strong local economies. Essential reading for every city, county and state official and engaged citizen and an invaluable reference source to which they will return for years to come.”
David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World

The restoration of American democracy will begin—if it begins at all—in the lives of communities, not Washington DC or state capitals. Making a Place for Community provides an illuminating and rigorous tour of the existing landscape of community life and the ongoing efforts to foster development. It is a terrific catalogue of promising ideas.
William Greider, author of One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism

More about Making Place for Community

The Decision to Use The Atomic BombThe Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

and the Architecture of an American Myth

(Alfred A. Knopf, 1995)

“A massively detailed yet fascinating and readable work of scholarship.”
San Francisco Chronicle

American Economic PolicyAmerican Economic Policy: Problems and Prospects

with Roger Skurski

(University of Notre Dame, 1984)

 Rebuilding AmericaRebuilding America: A Blueprint for the New Economy

with Jeff Faux

(Pantheon, 1984)

Strategy and ProgramStrategy and Program: Two Essays toward a New American Socialism

with Staughton Lynd

(Beacon, 1973)

Cold War EssaysCold War Essays

(Doubleday, 1970)

Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and PotsdamAtomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam

(Simon and Schuster, 1965)