The 10 Best Books by Academic Publishers of 2015

A mushroom that grows in the ruins of capitalism, hidden algorithms that predetermine the public good, a universal language that destroys literary expression, Islam at the heart of Western liberalism, a cosmopolitanism that requires the sanctuary of states: 2015’s best books from academic publishers startlingly, often boldly track down the material and political contradictions of 21st-century life. In many ways more forward-looking than their big-publisher counterparts, these works are nonetheless notable for the way the lock on to the core concerns of the present — and for the way they somehow still take the historical long view.