Justice and the Interstates  Edited by Ryan Reft, Amanda K. Phillips de Lucas and Rebecca C. Retzlaff | An Island Press book
The Racist Truth about Urban Highways

When the U.S. interstate system was constructed, spurred by the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, many highways were purposefully routed through Black, Brown, and poor communities. These neighborhoods were destroyed, isolated from the rest of the...

254 pages
6 x 9
35 photos and illustrations

White Pine by John Pastor | An Island Press book
The Natural and Human History of a Foundational American Tree

America was built on white pine. From the 1600s through the Civil War and beyond, it was used to build the nation’s ships and houses, barns, and bridges. It became a symbol of independence, adorning the Americans’ flag at Bunker Hill...

276 pages
6 x 9
12 illustrations

Roadways for People by Lynn Peterson with Elizabeth Doerr | An Island Press book
Rethinking Transportation Planning and Engineering

 “Seventy years of a car-only approach—not car-centric, it’s car-only—is actually not just non-driver hostile, it’s driver hostile. No one benefits.” —Beth Osborne, Director, Transportation...

264 pages
6 x 9
27 photos and illustrations, plus 1 au photo

The Progress Illusion:  Reclaiming Our Future from the Fairytale of Economics by Jon D. Erickson | An Island Press book
Reclaiming Our Future from the Fairytale of Economics

We live under the illusion of progress: as long as GDP is going up and prices stay low, we accept poverty and pollution as unfortunate but inevitable byproducts of a successful economy. In fact, the infallibility of the free market and the...

272 pages
6 x 9

A Poison Like No Other by Matt Simon | An Island Press book
How Microplastics Corrupted Our Planet and Our Bodies

“Informed, utterly blindsiding account.” - Booklist, starred review It’s falling from the sky and in the air we breathe. It’s in our food, our clothes, and our homes. It’s microplastic and it’s...

252 pages
6 x 9

Understanding Disaster Insurance by Carolyn Kousky | An Island Press book
New Tools for a More Resilient Future

The frequency and intensity of natural disasters—such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods, and storms—is on the rise, threatening our way of life and our livelihoods. Managing this growing risk will be central to economic and social progress in the...

214 pages
6 x 9
6 photos and illustrations

Rural Renaissance by L. Michelle Moore | An Island Press book
Revitalizing America’s Hometowns through Clean Power

For decades, we’ve heard that local, renewable power is on the horizon, and cheaper technologies will one day revolutionize our energy system. Michelle Moore has spent her career proving this opportunity is already here—and any community, no...

252 pages
6 x 9
25 photos/illustrations

Place and Prosperity by William Fulton | An Island Press book
How Cities Help Us to Connect and Innovate

There are few more powerful questions than, “Where are you from” or “Where do you live?” People feel intensely connected to cities as places and to other people who feel that same connection. In order to understand ...

216 pages
6 x 9
15 photos and illustrations

Managing the Climate Crisis by Jonathan Barnett and Matthijs Bouw | An Island Press book
Designing and Building for Floods, Heat, Drought, and Wildfire

The climate, which had been relatively stable for centuries, is well into a new and dangerous phase. In 2020 there were 22 weather and climate disasters in the United States, which resulted in 262 deaths.  Each disaster cost more than a...

296 pages
6 x 9
77 figures