TED Books library

TED Books are small books about big ideas. In September 2014, the imprint relaunched, offering titles in hardcover for the first time. Below: highlights from recent and earlier titles (the latter in e-book only).

Newest releases

The Boiling River: Adventures and Discovery in the Amazon

by Andrés Ruzo
In this exciting adventure mixed with amazing scientific discovery, a young, exuberant explorer and geoscientist, journeys deep into the Amazon—where rivers boil and legends come to life. Learn More

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The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes From an Uncertain Science

by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Essential, required reading for doctors and patients alike: A Pulitzer Prize-winning author and one of the world’s premiere cancer researchers reveals an urgent philosophy on the little-known principles that govern medicine—and how understanding these principles can empower us all. Learn more

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Why We Work

by Barry Schwartz
In this groundbreaking work, acclaimed writer and thinker Barry Schwartz dispels a deeply ingrained myth: The reason we work is primarily to get a paycheck. How did we come to believe this? Through fascinating studies and compelling anecdotes, Schwartz takes the reader on an eye-opening tour, illuminating the destructive way work operates in our culture, and ultimately empowering the reader to find their own path to good work. Learn more

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How We'll Live on Mars

by Stephen Petranek

It sounds like science fiction, but award-winning journalist Stephen Petranek considers it fact: Within 20 years, humans will live in Mars. We’ll need to. In this sweeping, provocative book that mixes business, science and human reporting, Petranek makes the case that living on Mars is an essential back-up plan for humanity, and explains in fascinating detail just how it will happen. Learn more

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Judge This

by Chip Kidd
First impressions are everything. They dictate whether something stands out, how we engage with it, whether we buy it, and how strongly we feel. This is especially true when it comes to design. And design is all around us, secretly shaping our world in ways we rarely recognize. Except if you yourself are a designer, like Chip Kidd. Learn more

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Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes

by Margaret Heffernan
A powerful manifesto for for CEOs and managers alike, Beyond Measure reveals how organizations can make huge changes with surprisingly small steps. In this book, Heffernan looks back over decades spent overseeing different organizations and comes to a counterintuitive conclusion: it's the small shifts that have the greatest impact. Learn more

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Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes

by Rob Knight, with Brendan Buhler
Allergies, obesity, acne: these are just a few of the conditions that may be caused—and someday cured—by the microscopic life inside us. How does this groundbreaking science influence your health, mood and more? Pioneering scientist Rob Knight pairs with award-winning science journalist Brendan Buhler to explain why these new findings matter to everyone. Learn more

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The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings

by Marc Kushner
Through his unique position at the crossroads of architecture and social media, architect and Architizer.com founder Marc Kushner highlights 100 buildings, and the questions they seem to ask of us: How can we live smaller? Can a building breathe? With stunning photography and stories of architectural wonder from across the globe, this new TED Book illustrates the rapidly evolving world of architecture in the digital age. Learn more

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The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs and the Search for the Ultimate Equation

by Hannah Fry
In this must-have for anyone who wants to better understand their love life, mathematician Hannah Fry pulls back the curtain and reveals the hidden patterns—from dating sites to divorce, sex to marriage—behind the rituals of love. Learn more

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The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

by Pico Iyer
An unexpected truth from a celebrated travel writer: Stillness just might be the ultimate adventure. Pico Iyer reveals how stillness can act as a creative catalyst, and advocates for a way of living that counters the frenetic design of our modern lives. Learn more

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The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice

by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles
The astonishing first-person account of an American boy raised on dogma and hate — a boy presumed to follow in his father’s footsteps — and the man who chose a different path. The idea that reverberates through the prose: Everyone has a choice. Even if you're raised to hate, you can choose tolerance. You can choose empathy. Learn more

Winner of the 2015 American Library Association Award

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Earlier titles

A-F
TED Book: Citizen Advocate
Citizen Advocate
by Omar Ahmad

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TED Book: Living Architecture
Living Architecture
by Rachel Armstrong

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TED Book: Our Virtual Shadow
Our Virtual Shadow
by Damon Brown

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TED Book: When I'm 164
When I'm 164
by David Ewing Duncan

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TED Book: Homo Evolutis
Homo Evolutis
by Juan Enriquez and Steve Gullans

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TED Book: Controlling Cancer
Controlling Cancer
by Paul Ewald and Holly Swain Ewald

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TED Book: The Whole Fish
The Whole Fish
by Maria Finn

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TED Book: Would You Stay?
Would you Stay?
by Michael Forster Rothbart

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G-L
TED Book: Make Love Not Porn
Make Love Not Porn
by Cindy Gallop

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TED Book: Deep Water
Deep Water
by Daniel Grossman

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TED Book: Smile
Smile
by Ron Gutman

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TED Book: Weekday Vegetarian
Weekday Vegetarian
by Graham Hill

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TED Book: Hybrid Reality
Hybrid Reality
by Ayesha and Parag Khanna

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TED Book: In Mistrust We Trust
In Mistrust We Trust
by Ivan Krastev

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TED Book: Lesterland
Le$terland
By Lawrence Lessig

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M-P
Q-S
TED Book: Save Our Science
Save Our Science
by Ainissa Ramirez

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TED Book: Rewiring our Morality
Rewiring our Morality
by Daniel Reisel

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TED Book: Mind Amplifier
Mind Amplifier
by Howard Rheingold

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TED Book: Why School?
Why School?
by Will Richardson

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T-Z
TED Book: Super Cells
Super Cells
by Nina Tandon and Mitchell Joachim

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TED Book: Radical Openness
Radical Openness
by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

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TED Book: City2.0
City 2.0
Edited by TED Books

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TED Book: Beware Dangerism!
Beware Dangerism!
by Gever Tulley

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TED Books: Minescape
Minescape
Photos by Brett Van Ort with text by Joel Whitney

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TED Book: The Demise of Guys
The Demise of Guys
by Philip G. Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan

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