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Gordian Knot Books

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Mission: The mission of Gordian Knot Books is to publish quality nonfiction anthologies and monographs that give readers the information and insight they need to understand and formulate solutions to social, legal, medical, and technical-scientific problems (see our list of titles below).

Gordian Knot Books is especially interested in publishing works about intricate problems that have the potential to disrupt society without apparent solutions on their own terms, i.e., they represent conundrums, such as same-sex marriage, abortion, and assisted suicide, among many other potentially explosive “Gordian knots” of modern life.

Authors: Gordian Knot Books authors include professors in diverse disciplines, research professionals, and practitioners in medicine, law, psychology, and social work, many of whom are highly esteemed both within and outside their own field of study. Writers from all backgrounds and levels of accomplishment, however, are eligible to be GKB authors, so long as they demonstrate the high level of scholarship demanded of our authors and have the ability to communicate clearly with their target audiences.

Distribution, Marketing and Sales: Gordian Knot Books titles are sold in trade bookstores, e.g., Borders, Barnes & Noble, and college campus bookstores; to public and university libraries; on and other Internet bookselling sites; at trade and scholarly book expos and professional association meetings; and by direct mail.

Publications: Gordian Knot Books publishes monographs and anthologies in both hardcover and quality paperback formats. The GKB imprint was launched in spring 1998 with The Living Legacy of Marx, Durkheim & Weber, a definitive anthology that shows how modern social scientists analyze and apply the theories and methods of the three great masters of social science – with contributions from Robert K. Merton, Arthur Vidich, Stanford M. Lyman and Herbert Gans, among other preeminent scholars. With its subsequent lists, GKB has branched out considerably, evolving into a noted publisher of books in a wide variety of areas.

Gordian Knot Books Anthologies are of three types, based on whether the publisher, editor, or author determines the content:

  • The GKB Publisher-Defined Anthology is a collection of articles by various authors whom the GKB editorial board invites to participate.

  • The GKB Editor-Defined Anthology (or “Personalized Anthology”) is a collection of articles by various authors selected solely by the editor of the anthology (see below, Essential Readings on Stress and Coping Among Parents of Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Children).

  • The Author-Defined Anthology (or “Collected Works Anthology”) is a collection of articles by one author who selects from among his or her previously published or unpublished articles to compose the anthology (see below, Law and Society).

Gordian Knot Book Monographs focus on a single topic or subject area, and include both original books as well as reprints of classic works important for understanding intricate contemporary problems.



To learn about the contents of Gordian Knot Books, click on the titles below.

Being a Woman Surgeon: Sixty Women Share Their Stories | Order the Book

Studies in Structural Sociology | Order the Book

Seminal Sociological Writings, Volume 2: From Harriet Martineau to W.E.B. Dubois | Order the Book

Dancing on the Tails of the Bell Curve: Readings on the Joy and Power of Statistics | Order the Book

Where Are We Going? | Order the Book

Putting Universal Human Rights to Work: Policy Actions in the Struggle for Social Justice | Order the Book

Doctor, Why Does My Face Still Ache? | Order the Book

Reflections on Medicine: Essays by Robert U. Massey, M.D | Order the Book

Contemplative Aging: A Way of Being in Later Life | Order the Book

Seminal Sociological Writings: From Auguste Comte to Max Weber | Order the Book

Identifying and Recovering from Psychological Trauma:
A Psychiatrist’s Guide for Victims of Childhood Abuse, Spousal Battery, and Political Terrorism |
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Malthus, Darwin, Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Ibn Khaldûn:
On Human Species Survival
| Order the Book |

Watching Walter Cronkite: Reflections on Growing Up in the 1950s and 1960s | Order the Book |

It's Good to Know a Miracle: Dani's Story:
One Family's Struggle with Leukemia |
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| Women, Marriage, and Wealth: The Impact of Marital Status on the Economic Well-Being of Mothers Through the Life Course
| Order the Book |

| Hope Springs Maternal: Homeless Mothers Talk About Making Sense of Adversity / Revised and Updated Edition | Order the Book |

| Modern Terrorism and Psychological Trauma | Order the Book |

| On the Cutting Edge: Tales of a Cold War Engineer at the Dawn of the Nuclear, Guided Missile, Computer and Space Ages | Order the Book |

| Law and Society:
Jurisprudence and Subculture in Conflict and Accomodation
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| Essential Readings Jewish Identities, Lifestyles & Beliefs
| Order the Book |

| Essential Readings On Political Terrorism | Order the Book |

| The Gay & Lesbian Marriage & Family Reader | Order the Book |

| The Living Legacy of Marx, Durkheim & Weber, Vol. 2 | Order the Book |

| The Living Legacy of Marx, Durkheim & Weber, Vol. 1 | Order the Book |

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