Mohrbooks LBF24 Non-Fiction Highlights

Das ist eine Auswahl von Mohrbooks aus den Rechtelisten unserer Klienten für die Buchmesse London 2024 in der Kategorie Non-Fiction.

Politics & government


Vince Beiser

An exploration of rare metals' crucial role in technology and energy and the story of the global race to secure them for the future. This is a compelling and important glimpse into a new, disturbing, and exciting world.

An Australian multimillionaire's plan to mine the ocean floor. Garbage pickers in Ghana salvage e-waste at "the most polluted place on Earth." Tesla's former CTO building a battery-recycling plant in the Nevada desert.

These people are at the center of the global competition to locate and mine the metals and minerals essential for two critical technologies: the internet and renewable energy. This race will create new industries, generate enormous wealth, and destabilize the global balance of power. It could either propel us to a more sustainable future or plunge us into an environmental nightmare.

Vince Beiser explores the Achilles' heel of the digital age: that the cell phones, electric cars, solar panels, and wind turbines being used around the world every day are made of an array of increasingly rare materials - lithium, cobalt, niobium, and others- whose demand is only increasing.

Many of the places they are extracted from will soon run dry, people in all corners of the globe are scrambling for new places and proposing new approaches to finding them.

Beiser crisscrossed the world to track down the people who are at the vanguard of this new age to understand how they propose to solve this crisis. He shows us their ambitions and potential dangers.

This book is both a gripping read and a sobering account of the constant battle between what civilization needs and what it can withstand.

Vince Beiser is an award-winning journalist and author. His first book, The World in a Grain, was a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and a California Book Award. His work has appeared in Wired, Harper's, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, and the New York Times, among other publications.

Translation rights: Riverhead/PRH

Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Bahar Avcilar / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

Politics & government


Reah Bravo

A thoroughly researched and deeply personal examination of how we unintentionally condone sexual misconduct and other workplace abuses.

When Reah Bravo was hired to work on the Charlie Rose show, the open secret of Rose's behavior toward women didn't deter her from pursuing a position she felt could launch her career in broadcast journalism. She believed that she would be more than capable of handling any unprofessional behavior that might come her way. But she soon learned that the discrepancy between the strong, independently minded woman she believed herself to be and the reality of her culturally conditioned, deferential behavior was vast. No person can accurately predict how one will respond in an abusive situation until one is in it.

In a post-#MeToo world, where many corporations mandate trainings to prevent misconduct, how do abusers continue to victimize their colleagues?

When we live in a society where many feminist ideals are mainstream and women make up a significant percentage of the workforce, why is gender harassment more prevalent than ever?

In Complicit, Bravo weaves her professional and personal experiences with insights from experts and other victims to reveal the psychological and cultural forces that make us all enablers of a sexist status quo. The result is a nuanced and comprehensive view of the ways we contribute to environments that harm the most vulnerable among us. With searing research and enlightening commentary, Bravo shines a light on what exactly makes professional misconduct and toxic work environments so pervasive and charts a path towards affecting real change.

Reah Bravo was a corporate speechwriter based in both Milan and New York, a career she began in 2008, when joining the nearly half of all sexually harassed women in America who wind up leaving their jobs. Prior that, she worked for the PBS program Charlie Rose, where she produced political and other news segments. She has her Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, and served as a Fulbright Fellow in Bahrain. Bravo currently lives in Belgium, where she was a stay-at-home mom to two sons while writing Complicit. She credits the country's family-friendly social policies for making possible what would have been far more difficult in the United States: the publication of her first book.

Translation rights: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster USA

Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Marie Arendt / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

Cookery / food & drink etc


Marti Buckley

For the first time ever, the recipes for pintxosthe small dishes found in bars in Basque Countryare gathered to present the definitive bible on this significant food of Basque culture, along with the history and people who created them, written by award-winning author Marti Buckley.


Nestled in the Old Town of San Sebastián, Spain, is a culinary tradition unlike any other in the world: the pintxo. Ranging from a simple anchovy-and-pepper toothpick skewer to a decadent dish of tender beef cheek over creamy potatoes, pintxos are impressive, well thought-out dishes, distilling ingredient know-how and creative cooking techniques into just a few bites. Bar owners take pride in their pintxo recipes, which are often closely protected and passed down through generations. In the first authoritative book on this subject, author and Basque transplant Marti Buckley defines what makes a pintxo, traces its history back several decades, and shares the recipes so home cooks can authentically recreate these tiny morsels in their own kitchens. Through 70 recipes, bar profiles, histories, and vivid photographs, The Book of Pintxos unlocks a window into this dynamic Basque food culture for curious eaters everywhere.

Marti Buckley is an American writer and chef from Alabama who has lived in Basque Country since 2010. She is the author of the acclaimed cookbook, Basque Country (Artisan, 2018), translated to Spanish as La Cocina Vasca (Planeta, 2021). She co-authored the Wallpaper* City Guide Bilbao/San Sebastián. Her second cookbook, on pintxos, is coming out in Spring 2024.

She lives in San Sebastián with her two daughters, where she writes extensively on Basque and Spanish culture and cuisine for American and international media outlets from Food & Wine to Afar. She is the co-founder of the International Society for the Preservation and Enjoyment of Vermut, a recognized authority on the modern world of vermouth, widely known in Spain for its vermutekes. Her blog at is where she writes about the latest on the Spanish food scene.

Translation rights: Artisan/Hachette Book Group (USA)

Current material: Final Pages
Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Maren Wiederhold / Mohrbooks Literary Agency


Thomas Crowther

An exploration of the interconnectivity of ecosystems and how we can use nature to help Earth heal itself. From a leader of the restoration movement.

Dr. Crowther's study "The Trillion Trees" promises that environmental restoration could capture enough atmospheric carbon to significantly mitigate climate change. It instantly changed the environmental movement, inspired UN initiatives, and made Crowther the face of the global restoration movement.

The study also inspired a backlash from scientists who worried about counterproductive mass-plantings of monocultures.

In RESTORE, Thomas Crowther's commercial debut, he will show how everything within and around the tree connects.

At the heart of this research is the understanding that every species in an ecosystem, from the millions of fungi in the soil to the macrofauna that dominate the landscape, relies on one another through an intricate series of feedback loops. If we understand how these loops work, we will understand why ecosystems are collapsing, and we'll have the tools to revive the rich, diverse, and sustainable environments we love and need.

Dr. Crowther's TED Talk on "The Trillion Trees" to fight climate change has received millions of views. A documentary about The Crowther Lab jointly funded by 8 major national broadcasting services is in production, for a 2025 release.

Dr. Thomas Crowther runs the Crowther Lab at ETH Zurich, where he is a professor in the Department of Environmental Systems Science. His research is regularly published in top journals such as Nature, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and he has been featured in popular media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. He speaks regularly at conferences like Davos and the UN Convention on Climate Change and consults with major companies including Google and Salesforce.

Translation rights: Park & Fine

Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Marie Arendt / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

Society & Social Sciences


Sadie Dingfelder

After being diagnosed with faceblindness, an award-winning reporter sets out to investigate the relationship between vision, memory, and imagination in this blend of popular science and memoir. For readers of Susanna Cahalan, Oliver Sacks, and Mary Roach.

Science writer Sadie Dingfelder has always known that she's a little quirky. But while she's made some strange mistakes over the years, it's not until she accosts a stranger in a grocery store (who she thinks is her husband) that she realizes something is amiss.

With a mixture of curiosity and dread, Dingfelder starts contacting neuroscientists and lands herself in scores of studies.

In the course of her nerdy midlife crisis, she discovers that she is emphatically not neurotypical. She has prosopagnosia (faceblindness), stereoblindness, aphantasia (an inability to create mental imagery), and a condition called Severely Deficient Autobiographical Memory.

What Dingfelder learns about the brain captivates her. What she learns about the places where her brain falls short forces her to reinterpret major events from her past and grieve for losses she didn't even know she'd had.

As Dingfelder learns to see herself more clearly, she also discovers a vast well of hidden neurodiversity in the world at large. There are so many different flavors of human consciousness, and most of us just assume that ours is the norm.

Can you visualize? Do you have an inner monologue? Are you always 100% sure whether you know someone or not? Do you know your left from your right? If you can perform any of these mental feats, you may be surprised to learn that many people - including Dingfelder - can't.

A lively blend of personal narrative and popular science, Do I Know You? is the story of one unusual mind's attempt to understand itself - and a fascinating exploration of the remarkable breadth of human experience.

Sadie Dingfelder is an award-winning journalist, most recently at the Washington Post. Her journalism has also appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Connecticut Magazine, the Washington City Paper and Washingtonian magazine. Her humor writing has been featured by UPI, the Huffington Post, Slackjaw, The Belladonna Comedy, the Journal of Irreproducible Results, and several anthologies.

Translation ritghts: Little, Brown and Company / Hachette Book Group (USA)

Current material: MS: Complete Edited
Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Sebastian Ritscher / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

News & Comments

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quote Little Brown

Politics & government


Patricia Evangelista

A fearless, powerfully written on-the-ground account of a nation careening into a violent autocracy - told through harrowing stories of the Philippines' state-sanctioned killings of its citizens - from a leading journalist of international renown.

Patricia Evangelista is a thirty-eight-year-old writer and journalist in Manila. She was born in 1985, five months before the dictator Ferdinand Marcos fell.

During the recent reign of terror of President Rodrigo Duterte, Evangelista has worked a distinctive and lonely beat that was perhaps at once the worst and most vital job in all of journalism: To chronicle the tens of thousands of extrajudicial killings ordered by Duterte in the name of fighting a drug war to capture the atmosphere of fear that comes when an elected president claims powers well beyond those granted to him and to record the real-time collapse of the democracy in her country.

In SOME PEOPLE NEED KILLING, Evangelista's towering and monumental book on the life and death of Philippine democracy, the Rappler's "trauma reporter" (as she describes herself) writes a book for the ages.

In the tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski, Joan Didion, and Philip Gourevitch, Evangelista recounts a life and career of braving all consequences to bear witness in her country and - in this era of global autocratic resurgence - reveal essential truths about power, and of how people can willingly surrender their sovereignty to a strongman who runs for office on a platform of taking away their rights.

As the greatest journalists have always done, Evangelista immerses herself in this dark world of killers, and their victims: A vigilante named Simon who she met in a hotel room, reflected what seems to be the psychological accommodation that most of the country had made and gave her the title for this book - "I'm really not a bad guy," he said. "I'm not all bad. Some people need killing."

But Evangelista does something else, too. With a magisterial scope, and in a deeply personal voice, she tells the full benighted story of how it all came to this. The social history of a failed democracy that is only as old as she is, and of her own family's complicity in the Marcos dictatorship, only now seems a clear harbinger of the tragic present.

Evangelista has written a book that is both definitive of this moment and a demonstration to all democracies on earth, that deadlocked and corrupt politics, riven by untended ethnic, racial, and class strife, will give way to something even worse.

Writing like this has seldom been so beautiful and a book that is so needed to read now with the current world events, this is literary journalism and personal history with investigative reportage, at its best.

Patricia Evangelista is a trauma journalist and former investigative reporter for Philippine news company Rappler. Her reporting on armed conflict and the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan was awarded the Kate Webb Prize for exceptional journalism in dangerous conditions. She was a Headlands Artist in Residence, a recipient of the Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, and a fellow of the John Logan Nonfiction Program, the Marshall McLuhan Fellowship, the De La Salle University Democracy Discourse Series, the New America Fellows Program, and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Her work investigating President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war has earned several local and international accolades. She lives in Manila.

Translation rights: Random House Inc./PRH

Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Sebastian Ritscher / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

News & Comments

Tragic, elegant, vital. She risked her life to tell this story.
quote Tara Westover, New York Times bestselling author of Educated
Analytical, ambitious, and told with empathy, this will stand as a definitive historical account of the Philippines' drug war.
review Booklist, starred review
It is a cliché to compare such writers to George Orwell or, more lately, with justice, Martha Gellhorn. But, if the shoe fits... Recently, a Filipina reporter named Patricia Evangelista came by the office, for an interview... Our topic was her new book, "Some People Need Killing," about the reign of Rodrigo Duterte. It is hardly written with Orwellian cool, but it stands next to "Homage to Catalonia." Evangelista's title comes from a vigilante, whose offhand comment to her exemplified the bloodiness of the Duterte Presidency and its extralegal drug wars. Evangelista covered the killings, which left thousands dead, for the independent news platform Rappler. Now, in "Some People Need Killing," she has written a journalistic masterpiece. She is a very rare talent...
quote The New Yorker
In this shattering debut, Filipina journalist Evangelista interviews detainees, families, and key government officials to illuminate the Philippines' brutal war on drugs. With rigorous reporting, Evangelista painstakingly lays out how Duterte gathered political power and convinced his constituents to support the slaughter. Most chillingly, she speaks to several ardent Duterte followers and allies who've come to regret their support for the ex-president, who left office in 2022. The result is an astonishing and frightening exposé that won't soon be forgotten.
quote Publishers Weekly, starred review
In December 2021, as her publisher Maria Ressa accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to The Rappler, the online newspaper they both worked for, Evangelista was in Oslo as well, and was asked to speak by the Nobel organization. Here is that speech and we recommend that you watch -- it says so much about who Patricia Evangelista is
quote Facebook
Heartbreaking personal stories underscore the consequences of a government-incited extrajudicial rampage.
review Kirkus
UK: Atlantic UK
quote Random House
"It is a cliché to compare such writers to George Orwell or, more lately, with justice, Martha Gellhorn. But, if the shoe fits . . . Recently, a Filipina reporter named Patricia Evangelista came by the office, for an interview.. Our topic was her new book, "Some People Need Killing," about the reign of Rodrigo Duterte. It is hardly written with Orwellian cool, but it stands next to "Homage to Catalonia." Evangelista's title comes from a vigilante, whose offhand comment to her exemplified the bloodiness of the Duterte Presidency and its extralegal drug wars. Evangelista covered the killings, which left thousands dead, for the independent news platform Rappler. Now, in "Some People Need Killing," she has written a journalistic masterpiece. She is a very rare talent.."
review The New Yorker
The story of what has happened in the Philippines is the story of what is happening in the wider world, as people turn to autocracy lured by the false promise of security and belonging. Some People Need Killing is a beautiful, gripping and essential book that paints a picture of how autocracy takes root. Through dogged reporting, extraordinary courage and exquisite storytelling, Patricia Evangelista has written one of those books that is both definitive on its subject while transcending it. Read this book to understand the times we are living in, and to be inspired by Evangelista's relentless insistence on uncovering the truth and revealing our common humanity.
quote Ben Rhodes, author AFTER THE FALL
In this haunting work of memoir and reportage, Patricia Evangelista both describes the origins of autocratic rule in the Philippines, and explains its universal significance. The cynicism of voters; the opportunism of Filipino politicians; the appeal of brutality and violence to both groups; all of this will be familiar to readers, wherever they are from.
quote Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism
Patricia Evangelista exposes the evil in her country with perfect clarity fueled by profound rage, her voice at one utterly beautiful and terrifyingly vulnerable.... Few of history's grimmest chapters have had the fortune to be narrated by such a withering, ironic, witty, devastatingly brilliant observer. You may think you are inured to shock, but this book is an exploding bomb that will damage you anew, making you wiser as it does so.
quote Andrew Solomon



Anthony S. Fauci M.D.

The memoir by the doctor who became a beacon of hope for millions through the COVID pandemic, and whose six-decade career in high-level public service put him in the room with seven presidents.

Anthony Fauci is arguably the most famous and most revered doctor in the world today.

His role guiding America sanely and calmly through Covid (and through the torrents of Trump) earned him the trust of millions during one of the most terrifying periods in modern American history, but this was only the most recent of the global epidemics in which Dr. Fauci played a major role.

His crucial role in researching HIV and bringing AIDS into sympathetic public view and his leadership in navigating the Ebola, SARS, West Nile, and anthrax crises, make him truly an American hero.

His memoir reaches back to his boyhood in Brooklyn, New York, and carries through decades of caring for critically ill patients, navigating the whirlpools of Washington politics, and behind-the-scenes advising and negotiating with seven presidents on key issues from global AIDS relief to infectious disease preparedness at home. ON CALL will be an inspiration for readers who admire and are grateful to him and for those who want to emulate him in public service.

He is the embodiment of "speaking truth to power," with dignity and results.

Dr. Anthony Fauci served as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health from 1984 to 2022. He also served as the Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden. He is currently a Distinguished University Professor at Georgetown University with a joint appointment in the School of Medicine and the McCourt School of Public Policy. He has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Science, and the Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service and has been awarded 62 honorary doctoral degrees, and is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than 1,400 scientific publications.

Translation rights: Viking (PRH)

Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Annelie Geissler / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

Parenting: advice & issues


Jo-Ann Finkelstein

From Harvard-trained psychologist Jo-Ann Finkelstein, this powerful guide to understanding and dismantling sexism helps parents figure out how to raise girls in a culture that often demeans them.

We live in a world of mixed messages for women: You can be anything you want to be, but don't expect to be paid equally for it; It's what is inside that counts, but be sure to wax, bleach, and slim down what's outside first; You deserve respect and equality, but our laws won't always protect your rights. Most parents find it easier to tell girls how strong, equal, and powerful they are than to talk about how the world can be particularly difficult or scary for them. But when we don't address the challenging or disturbing experiences most girls endure, we contribute to the problem.

Jo-Ann Finkelstein has worked with girls for two decades to shake off the toxic messages about beauty, sex, and femininity. She unpacks the universal experiences that girls live with and helps parents safeguard and fine-tune their daughters' natural "sexism detectors." SEXISM AND SENSIBILITY is full of concrete solutions for helping girls understand and confront sexism in all its guises.

Jo-Ann Finkelstein, Ph.D., trained as a clinical psychologist at Harvard University and Northwestern University and now maintains a private clinical practice rooted in an understanding of how gender bias, social justice, and mental health intersect. An expert blogger for Psychology Today, her work has been highlighted in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Women's Health and on HuffPost and CNN. Her writing has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Your Teen Magazine, and Medium, among other publications.

Translation rights: Harmony /PRH USA

Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Sebastian Ritscher / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

Cookery / food & drink etc


Vladyslav Nahornyi, Ievgen Klopotenko

Celebrate Ukraine's independent spirit in this cookbook sharing the nation's unique traditions and culture in 100 recipes crafted by Ukraine's most prominent chef.

Now, more than ever, Ukrainian cuisine and culture deserve to be known around the world. In The Authentic Ukrainian Kitchen, Ievgen Klopotenko shares the true food of Ukraine - the way it is really cooked today - with modern recipes for familiar and forgotten dishes. Klopotenko is Ukraine's most internationally celebrated chef, appearing on the cover of TIME magazine and on CBS Sunday Morning. A top restaurateur in Kyiv, winner of Ukraine's MasterChef, and an activist promoting Ukrainian food around the world, he has also worked with First Lady Olena Zelenska to revamp the country's school lunch program and campaigned for the United Nations to recognize the heritage of borshch.

The recipes he collects in this book are the result of years of research into regional Ukrainian cooking. After training as a chef in France and cooking professionally in the US and elsewhere, he returned to Ukraine with a desire to catalog and promote his own national cuisine - free of influence from Soviet-era propaganda. These dishes form a Ukrainian cuisine all its own, shaped by tradition, geography, and agriculture. Known as the "breadbasket of Europe," Ukraine's beloved national dishes include Borshch, the national treasure; Pampushky, easy garlic bread rolls; Holubtsi, stuffed cabbage rolls; Varenyky, dumplings stuffed with sweet or savory fillings; Lviv-Style Cheesecake, and more.

Readers will find fresh ideas about how to use common vegetables, new approaches to fermentation and pickling, the delight of dumplings and simple baked goods, hearty braises, and the pleasure of desserts such as Kyiv Candied Fruit. But this cookbook is about more than the food: It stands for the preservation of a culture under threat and the independence of people under attack.

Ievgen Klopotenko is a Ukrainian chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and social activist. He is known for his popular cooking website, promoting authentic Ukrainian cuisine across the country and the world. He is renowned for changing school catering so that children could become educated about Ukrainian culinary traditions and heritage. In 2015 he won season 5 of MasterChef Ukraine. In 2016 he graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris. In 2019, he opened a restaurant named "100 Years Back to the Future," combining Ukrainian culinary heritage with modern techniques. In 2020, he was named one of 50 Next ranking of people shaping the future of gastronomy. Now he is devoting efforts to humanitarian aid in Ukraine. Born in Kyiv, he studied international relations at the Kyiv University of Economics and Law and has worked in the US, UK, and Europe.

Translation rights: Little, Brown and Company / Hachette Book Group

Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Sebastian Ritscher / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

News & Comments

UK: Robinson
quote Little Brown



Harry Reis, Sonja Lyubomirsky

The world's preeminent experts on happiness and connection, approach the science of relationships from an entirely new perspective.

Truly feeling loved differs widely from the actions that we usually associate with loving, being loved, and falling in love. Feeling loved isn't about making ourselves appealing, available, and lovable, but rather understanding the tools necessary to showcase our raw, true and vulnerable selves to others.

The authors outline the five critical mindsets that allow us to feel loved in all the important relationships in our lives from romantic to familial to friendship. Their book presents a radical shift in how we think about love and orient our conversations with loved ones, showing readers how to deeply know those we love and become deeply known by them. Ultimately, this book will prove that feeling loved in the most meaningful ways is entirely within our grasp.

SONJA LYUBOMIRSKY (A.B., Harvard, summa cum laude; Ph.D., Stanford) is Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Riverside and author of the best-selling The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness, translated in 39 countries total. Sonja has been the recipient of many honors. The World Scientist Rankings place Sonja in the top 0.85 percent of social psychologists. Sonja and her work have been featured in a wide range of media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, The Atlantic and The Today Show, among many others. She lives in Santa Monica, California (USA), with her family.

HARRY T. REIS (B.S., City College of New York, cum laude; Ph.D., New York University) is Dean's Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rochester. Harry has contributed more than 200 papers to the scholarly literature and has received many honors. His work is frequently featured in media, including NPR's Hidden Brain, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and The New York Times. He lives in Rochester, New York (USA), with his family.

Translation rights: Inkwell Management

Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Sebastian Ritscher / Mohrbooks Literary Agency


Michael Morris

A renowned Columbia Business School professor and cultural psychologist explains the deep roots of tribalism--and how great leaders harness our tribal psychology to move people and change cultures for the better.

A ** revelatory, paradigm-shifting work from a renowned Columbia professor and "one of the great social and cultural psychologists" (Amy Cuddy) that demystifies our tribal instincts and shows us how to use them to create positive change.

Tribalism is our most misunderstood buzzword. We've all heard pundits bemoan its rise, and it's been blamed for everything from political polarization to workplace discrimination. But as acclaimed cultural psychologist and Columbia professor Michael Morris argues, our tribal instincts are humanity's secret weapon.

Ours is the only species that lives in tribes: groups glued together by their distinctive cultures that can grow to a scale far beyond clans and bands. Morris argues that our psychology is wired by evolution in three distinctive ways. First, the peer instinct to conform to what most people do. Second, the hero instinct to give to the group and emulate the most respected. And third, the ancestor instinct to follow the ways of prior generations. These tribal instincts enable us to share knowledge and goals and work as a team to transmit the accumulated pool of cultural knowledge onward to the next generation.

Countries, churches, political parties, and companies are tribes, and tribal instincts explain our loyalties to them and the hidden ways that they affect our thoughts, actions, and identities. Rather than deriding tribal impulses for their irrationality, we can recognize them as powerful levers that elevate performance, heal rifts, and set off shockwaves of cultural change.

Weaving together deep research, current and historical events, and stories from business and politics, Morris cuts across conventional wisdom to completely reframe how we think about our tribes. Bracing and hopeful, Tribal unlocks the deepest secrets of our psychology and gives us the tools to manage our misunderstood superpower.

Michael Morris is the Chavkin-Chang Professor of Leadership at Columbia Business School as well as a Professor in its Psychology Department. Outside of academia, Professor Morris has consulted with and conducted executive training workshops for hundreds of clients across the globe, including Fortune 100 firms, governments, and the Obama and Clinton campaigns. He lives in New York City.

Translation rights: Inkwell Management

Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Sebastian Ritscher / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

Self-help, personal development & practical advice


Tony Hawk, Sean Mortimer

Lifelong skateboarder and writer Sean Mortimer delivers an anti-self-help book for nonconformists, profiling people from various subcultures. He shows how the sooner you embrace your misfit self, the sooner you'll be able to live an authentic, fulfilling life and achieve your own definition of "success."

Sean Mortimer was a professional skateboarder and is the former editor of SkateBoarder Magazine. He is the is the coauthor of HAWK: Occupation: Skateboarder with Tony Hawk. He lives in Oceanside, California. With an introduction by professional skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Hawk .

Translation rights: Ballantine Books

Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Sebastian Ritscher / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

Self-help, personal development & practical advice


Tracy Otsuka

An unprecedented guide for any woman with ADHD looking to celebrate her unique brilliance and embark on a journey of self-discovery.

ADHD is one of the most common neurological disorders in the United Statesyet a staggering 75 percent of girls and women remain undiagnosed. Due to the gender gap in medical research, which does not account for symptoms manifesting differently in women - leading to increased problems with anxiety, depression, working memory, sleep, energy, and concentrationmany ADHD women are left to navigate a society that fails to understand their struggles and gifts. But what if every woman had the resources and support to uncover the hidden wonders of her neurodivergent brain?

Armed with her experience coaching thousands of women, cutting-edge medical research, and personal insights from her own diagnosis, Tracy Otsuka presents a revelatory guide tailored specifically for girls and women with ADHD. In it, Otsuka offers an entirely new set of tools, systems, and strategies to access a world of boundless productivity, focus, and confidence.

With her signature wit and levity, in entertaining chapters designed for ADHD readers, Otsuka explores the unique challenges that ADHD women face and illuminates the extraordinary qualities that set them apart: overflowing creativity, laser-focused attention, deep empathy, and fearless entrepreneurial spirit. Even without an official diagnosis, readers will be equipped with the tools to conquer any to-do list and to tap into their true purpose, personally or professionally.

By dismantling the long-standing stereotypes and misinformation surrounding women with ADHD, Otsuka offers a beacon of hope for any woman looking to transform her symptoms into strengths. Comprehensive, lively, and long overdue, ADHD for Smart Ass Women is the key to unlocking unparalleled potential and to understanding your truly magnificent and brilliant brain.

Tracy Otsuka is a certified ADHD coach and attorney and is the podcast host of ADHD for Smart Ass Women. She is a seasoned media contributor and podcast guest with influential forums such as ADDitude magazine, Inc. magazine, and The Goal Digger Podcast. Before her ADHD epiphany, Otsuka was a practicing attorney investigating cases for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; a designer of high-end women's wear sold in Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom; and a real estate broker selling countless foreclosed properties. She lives with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and seven chickens in Sonoma County, outside San Francisco.

Translation rights: Dystel & Goderich

Current material: 2nd Pass Pages
Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Annelie Geissler / Mohrbooks Literary Agency



Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley needs little introduction. She is the author of the bestselling memoir ELVIS AND ME (1985), written with Sandra Harmon.

In her yet-to-be-titled new memoir, Priscilla Presley will tell new stories of her time with Elvis, as well as all what has happened in the several decades since ELVIS AND ME was published.

Translation rights: Hachette Books

Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Annelie Geissler / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

Politics & government


David Sanger

A fast-paced account of America's plunge into simultaneous Cold Wars against two very different adversaries - Xi Jinping's China and Vladimir Putin's Russia - based on deep reporting from inside the White House, U.S. intelligence agencies, technology firms, and foreign governments.

More than thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the United States finds itself in a volatile rivalry against the world's other two great nuclear powers. Yet this era bears very little resemblance to the old Cold War. As Putin and Xi increasingly threaten to team up, this moment grows far more complex - and undeniably more dangerous - than the world of a half century ago.

New Cold Wars - the latest from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of The Perfect Weapon, David E. Sanger - tells the riveting story of America at a crossroads. At the turn of the millennium, the United States was confident that a democratic Russia and a newly wealthy China could gradually be pulled into the Western-led order. That proved a fantasy. By the time Washington emerged from the age of terrorism, the three nuclear powers were engaged in a new, high-stakes struggle for military, economic, and technological supremacy - with nations around the world forced to take sides.

Based on a remarkable array of interviews with top officials in the United States, foreign leaders, andtech companies thrust onto the front lines, Sanger unfolds a riveting narrative spun around the era's critical questions: Will the mistakes Putin made in his ill-considered invasion of Ukraine prove his undoing, and will he reach for his nuclear arsenal? Will China strike back at the U.S. chip embargo, or seize Taiwan, the world's semiconductor capital?

Taking readers from the battlefields of Ukraine - where trench warfare and cyberwarfare are fought side by side - to the back rooms and boardrooms where diplomats, spies, and tech executives jockey for geopolitical advantage, New Cold Wars is a remarkable first draft history chronicling America's return to superpower conflict, the choices that lie ahead, and what is at stake for the United States and the world.

David E. Sanger is national security correspondent for the New York Times and bestselling author of The Inheritance and Confront and Conceal. He has been a member of three teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, including in 2017 for international reporting. A regular contributor to CNN, he also teaches national security policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Translation rights: Crown (PRH)

Contact: Sebastian Ritscher / Mohrbooks Literary Agency



Theodore H. Schwartz

A popular biography of brain surgery, by one of its preeminent practitioners.

We've all heard the phrase "it's not brain surgery." But what exactly is brain surgery? It's a profession that is barely a hundred years old and profoundly connects two human beings, but few know how it works, or its history. How did early neurosurgeons come to understand the human brain - an extraordinarily complex organ that controls everything we do, and yet at only three pounds is so fragile? And how did this incredibly challenging and lifesaving specialty emerge?

In this warm, rigorous, and deeply insightful book, Dr. Theodore H. Schwartz explores what it's like to hold the scalpel, wield the drill, extract a tumor, fix a bullet hole, and remove a blood clot - when every second can mean life or death. Drawing from the author's own cases, plus media, sports, and government archives, this seminal work delves into all the brain-related topics that have long-consumed public curiosity, like what really happened to JFK, President Biden's brain surgery, and the NFL's management of CTE. Dr. Schwartz also surveys the field's latest incredible advances and discusses the philosophical questions of the unity of the self and the existence of free will.

A neurosurgeon as well as a professor of neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital, one of the busiest and most highly ranked neurosurgery centers in the world, Dr. Schwartz tells this story like no one else could. Told through anecdote and clear explanation, this is the ultimate cultural and scientific history of a literally mind-blowing human endeavor, one that cuts to the core of who we are.

THEODORE H. SCHWARTZ, MD, is the David and Ursel Barnes Endowed Professor of Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital, one of the busiest and most highly ranked neurosurgery centers in the world. He has published over five hundred scientific articles and chapters on neu-rosurgery, and has lectured around the world - from Bogotá to Vienna to Mumbai - on new, minimally invasive surgical techniques that he helped develop. He also runs a basic science laboratory devoted to epilepsy research. He studied philosophy and literature at Harvard.

Translation rights: Dutton Books (PRH)

Current material: MS: Complete Unedited
Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Annelie Geissler / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

News & Comments

An exciting and engaging romp around the history, innerworkings, and near limitless potential of the human brain. If you like Mary Roach's genre of immersive storytelling then you will love this view from the inside of the world of brain surgery. An outstanding read, and I highly recommend to brain surgeons and non-brain surgeons alike!
quote Jay Wellons, author of All That Moves Us: A Pediatric Neurosurgeon, His Young Patients, and Their Stories of Grace and Resilience
UK: Oneworld
quote Dutton
Blending personal experiences from the operating room with neuroscience's historical roots and contemporary examples, Dr. Theodore H. Schwartz gives readers a captivating glimpse into the high-stakes, emotionally charged world of brain surgery. A riveting read that unveils the humanity, history, and science behind the scalpel.
quote Dana Suskind, pediatric surgeon and author of the New York Times bestseller Parent Nation and Thirty Million Words
If you are at all curious about the brain or the surgeons who operate on it, Gray Matters is a must read and Dr. Theodore Schwartz is the perfect guide, a master brain surgeon and superbly talented writer. I have not read a better biography of our shared profession, and in Schwartz's talented hands, the most enigmatic 3 1/2 pounds of tissue in the known universe comes to light in remarkable and revelatory ways.
quote Dr. Sanjay Gupta, New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age
A fascinating and wide-ranging account of what neurosurgery is really about - the past, present and future.
quote Henry Marsh, neurosurgeon and New York Times bestselling author of Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery and And Finally: Matters of Life and Death
With equal doses compassion, humor, and narrative skill, Schwartz creates a spellbinding account of what goes through the brain of a top neurosurgeon staring into the deep mysteries of his patients' brains. A must read for anyone who has ever had a brain.
quote Daniel J. Levitin, Successful Aging and I Heard There Was A Secret Chord: A Neuroscientist Explores Music As Medicine

Politics & government


Michael Waters

The story of the early trans athletes and Olympic bureaucrats who lit the flame for today's culture wars.

In December 1935, Zdenk Koubek, one of the most famous sprinters in European women's sports, declared he was now living as a man.

Around the same time, the celebrated British field athlete Mark Weston, also assigned female at birth, announced that he, too, was a man.

Periodicals and radio programs across the world carried the news; both became global celebrities. A few decades later, they were all but forgotten. And in the wake of their transitions, what could have been a push toward equality became instead, through a confluence of bureaucracy, war, and sheer happenstance, the exact opposite: the now all-too-familiar panic around trans, intersex, and gender-nonconforming athletes.

In The Other Olympians, Michael Waters uncovers, for the first time, the gripping true stories of Koubek, Weston, and other pioneering trans and intersex athletes from their era.

With dogged research and cinematic flair, Waters also tracks how International Olympic Committee members ignored Nazi Germany's atrocities in order to pull off the Berlin Games, a partnership that ultimately influenced the IOC's nearly century-long obsession with surveilling and cataloging gender.

Immersive and revelatory, The Other Olympians is a groundbreaking, hidden-in-the-archives marvel, an inspiring call for equality, and an essential contribution toward understanding the contemporary culture wars over gender in sports.

Michael Waters has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, WIRED, Slate, Vox, and elsewhere. He was the 2021-22 New York Public Library Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar in LGBTQ studies and lives in Brooklyn.

Translation rights: FSG

Current material: 3rd pass pages
Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Marie Arendt / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

News & Comments

Michael Waters's account of queer athletes caught up in the global drama of 'Hitler's Olympics,' and its overlapping fanaticisms of racial and gender purity, feels as remote as a folk tale and as familiar as today's Title IX battles. This is first-rate historyimpressively researched and captivatingly told.
quote Sam Tanenhaus, author of The Death of Conservatism
"The Other Olympians is a stunning addition to queer and sports history, an inspiring and cinematic account of perseverance, identity, activism, and, ultimately, joy. Michael Waters has achieved what all great historians aim to do: changing our understanding of the present by illuminating the hidden stories of the past.
quote Eric Cervini, author of The Deviant's War
Michael Waters performs an Olympian act of storytelling, using the stories of these extraordinary athletes to explore in brilliant detail the struggle for understanding and equality.
quote Jonathan Eig, author of King: A Life
Michael Waters's account of queer athletes caught up in the global drama of 'Hitler's Olympics,' and its overlapping fanaticisms of racial and gender purity, feels as remote as a folk tale and as familiar as today's Title IX battles. This is first-rate history impressively researched and captivatingly told.
quote Sam Tanenhaus, author of Whitaker Chambers: A Biography
Waters masterfully puts into focus the long-overlooked, yet remarkable stories of a cadre of Olympians who battled for their right to compete on the world's biggest stage as their true selves. A crucial read for anyone interested in the intersection of sports, identity, and social justice.
quote Neal Bascomb, author of The Perfect Mile

Parenting: advice & issues

10 TO 25

David Yeager

What if there was a way to make today's young people and the generations that follow smarter, happier and more successful as well as better and more effective parents, teachers, managers, coaches, counselors, and leaders? To get there, we need a complete transformation in the way adults communicate with young people and David Yeager's 10 TO 25 is a key to that transformation.

Imagine a world in which Gen Xers, millennials, and boomers interact with young people in ways that leave them feeling inspired, enthusiastic, and ready to contributerather than disengaged, outraged, or overwhelmed. That world may be closer than you think. In this book based on cutting edge research, psychologist David Yeager explains how to stop fearing young people's brains and hormones and start harnessing them.

Neuroscientists have discovered that around age ten, puberty spurs the brain to crave socially rewarding experiences, such as pride, admiration, and respect, and to become highly averse to social pain, such as humiliation or shame. As a result, young people are subtly reading between the lines of everything we say, trying to interpret the hidden implications of our words to find out if we are disrespecting or honoring them. Surprisingly, this sensitivity to status and respect continues into the mid-twenties. 10 to 25 helps adults develop an ear for the difference between the right and wrong way to respect young people and avoid frustrating patterns of miscommunication and conflict.

Yeager explains how to adopt what he terms the mentor mindset, which is a leadership style that's attuned to young people's need for status and respect. Anyone can adopt the mentor mindset by following a few highly effective and easy-to-learn practices such as validating young people's perspectives (rather than dismissing them), asking them questions (rather than telling them what to do), being transparent about your beliefs and goals (rather than assuming that they will accurately guess your thoughts), and holding them to high standards (rather than coddling them). Yeager's scientific experiments have shown these practices reduce a wide variety of behavior problems, including school dropout, unhealthy eating, stress, purposelessness, mental health problems, and more.

One of the biggest misconceptions about mentoring is that it takes up too much time. On the contrary, those who use the mentor mindset end up with more time. Through back-and-forth conversations, young people feel empowered, and managers can transfer responsibility to them. Young people in this age group are poised to learn, grow, and accomplish incredible thingsif only we can tap into the basic neurobiological systems that drive their motivation and behavior.

An essential read for anyone who interacts with young people, 10 to 25 is a groundbreaking book that offers long-term strategies to help nurture well-adjusted, independent, accomplished young people who contribute to society in positive ways - all while making our own lives easier.

David Yeager is an associate professor of psychology at University of Texas, Austin, a former middle school teacher, father of four and scientist who does groundbreaking research in the field of growth mindset. A frequent research collaborator of Carol Dweck and Angela Duckworth, he's the person Angela says is, "the best developmental psychologist there is." David and his research have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American and The Atlantic and, over the past ten years, he has been one of the top 0.1% most-cited psychologists in the world

Translation rights: Inkwell Management

Current material: Proposal/Outline
Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Sebastian Ritscher / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

News & Comments

There are many books about the challenges of relating to young people but none like this one. Grounded in David Yeager's pioneering scientific research, 10 to 25 offers actionable advice and real-life storytelling that's beautifully written, comprehensive, and filled with warmth. This book is required reading for anyone who aspires to be a wise influence on the young people they care about.
quote Angela Duckworth, #1 New York Time bestselling author of GRIT
Brazil: Intrinseca
quote Inkwell


Yossi Yovel

A popular science book in the space of books about animals and their remarkable capacities.

The bat, the only flying mammal, has a good deal of associated lore, and mystery and, for more than a few of us, even initial aversion.

In working with Yovel, and visiting his bat lab, readers go through a transformation about bats - the order Chiroptera. They are smart, and they have a sensory system - including highly-developed capacity for echolocation. Being in their world gives us a glimpse not only of their unique bat-ness but also of qualities and behaviors that are meaningful to us.

Some bat species even engage in what can best be described as altruism. Some have a spectacular mating practice known as lekking (think speed dating). And some male bats even lactate.

Yossi Yovel is an ecologist and neurobiologist, and the head of the School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University.

Translation rights: Deborah Harris

Current material: Proposal/Outline
Rights available: German (Print)
Contact: Sebastian Ritscher / Mohrbooks Literary Agency

News & Comments

Yovel is quite an appealing personality, so permit us to introduce him via this YouTube link about bats and AI, which was shown on BBC News (15.6 million subscribers).
quote BBC