Books by James Traub:

The Freedom Agenda:
Why America Must Promote Democracy (Just Not the Way George Bush Did)

The Best Intentions:
Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of America World Power

The Devil’s Playground:
A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square

City on a Hill:
Testing the American Dream at City College

Too Good To Be True:
The Outlandish Story of Wedtech

Forthcoming:
Militant Spirit

The Devil’s Playground: A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square

 

 

Praise for The Devil's Playground:

“The forces that created [Times Square], and the mixed emotions that most of us have in its presence, are the subject of James Traub’s “The Devil’s Playground,” which is both an engaged civics lesson and a work of social history. . . .Traub hates city myth but loves city history: on every page you can learn something about how the city really happened, and how it really happens now.”

-Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

“In this fine book, the writer James Traub convinces us that the truest symbol of modern New York is the vulgar, loud, often raunchy precinct called Times Square. . . .Traub draws on history, memory and reporting to tell a thrilling story of rise and fall and rise again.”

-Pete Hamill, The New York Post