Basic Books, 1968

Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima

Winner of the National Book Award

“One of those rare works destined to bear witness and change the lives of those who read it.”


Basic Books, 1986

The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

“A monumental achievement: an awesome account of the ultimate transgression of the Hippocratic Oath: a formidable contribution to Holocaust studies.”

—Francine Du Plessix Gray
Simon & Schuster, 1973

Home from the War: Learning from Vietnam Veterans

Nominated for a National Book Award

“Home from the War” is a work of major importance, integrating approaches derived from behavioral and social sciences, medicine, history and, above all, based upon a profound respect for humanity.”

G.F. Solomon, M.D., New England Journal of Medicine 
W. W. Norton & Company, 1961

Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of ‘Brainwashing’ in China

“While exploring the dynamics of Chinese Communist ‘thought reform,’ Lifton has performed the extraordinary feat of successfully linking . . . distinctly Chinese experiences with universal knowledge about human behavior.”

Journal of Asian Studies
Basic Books, 1993

The Protean Self: Human Resilience In An Age Of Fragmentation

“A powerful vision of the future of the self and the self of the future. The Protean Self is Lifton’s most hopeful book—and for that reason it may be his most important one.”

Irvin D. Yalom
Simon & Schuster, 1979

The Broken Connection: On Death and the Continuity of Life

“A passionate book, at grips with the largest issues of our times.”

—New York Times Book Review
Metropolitan Books, 1999

Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyō, Apocalyptic Violence, and the New Global Terrorism

“Powerful . . . compelling . . . truly hair raising.”

Richard Bernstein, The New York Times
Free Press, 2011

Witness to an Extreme Century: A Memoir

“Written with the verve of great storytelling and the precision of history, this memoir is a moral meditation that illuminates the age. An exquisite example of how intelligence, erudition, and depth of feeling combine to make redeeming wisdom. A stunning book.”

James Carroll

Full List of Books

Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of ‘Brainwashing’ in China. W. W. Norton & Company, 1961

Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima. Basic Books, 1968.

Revolutionary Immortality: Mao Tse-Tung and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. W. W. Norton & Company, 1968 

History and Human Survival: Essays on the Young and the Old, Survivors and the Dead, Peace and War, and on Contemporary Psychohistory. Random House, 1970.

Boundaries: Psychological Man in Revolution, Random House, 1970.

Home from the War: Vietnam Veterans—Neither Victims nor Executioners. Simon & Schuster, 1973.

Living and Dying. (With Eric Olson) Praeger, 1974.

The Life of the Self: Toward a New Psychology. Simon & Schuster, 1976.

Six Lives/Six Deaths: Portraits from Modern Japan. (With Shuichi Kato and Michael Reich) Yale University Press, 1979.

The Broken Connection: On Death and the Continuity of Life. Simon & Schuster, 1979.

Indefensible Weapons: The Political and Psychological Case against Nuclearism. (With Richard A. Falk) Basic Books, 1982.

The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide. Basic Books, 1986.

The Future of Immortality: and Other Essays for a Nuclear Age. Basic Books, 1987.

The Genocidal Mentality: Nazi Holocaust and Nuclear Threat. (With Eric Markusen) Basic Books, 1990.

The Protean Self: Human Resilience in an Age of Fragmentation. Basic Books, 1993.

Hiroshima in America: Fifty Years of Denial. (With Greg Mitchell) Putnam’s, 1995.

Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyō, Apocalyptic Violence, and the New Global Terrorism. Metropolitan Books, 1999.

Who Owns Death? Capital Punishment, the American Conscience, and the End of Executions. (With Greg Mitchell) Morrow, 2000.

Superpower Syndrome: America’s Apocalyptic Confrontation With the World. Nation Books, 2003.

Edited Volumes

The Woman in America. Houghton, 1965.

America and the Asian Revolutions. Transaction Publishers, 1970.

Crimes of War: A Legal, Political-Documentary, and Psychological Inquiry into the Responsibilities of Leaders, Citizens, and Soldiers for Criminal Acts of War. (With Richard A. Falk and Gabriel Kolko) Random House, 1971.

Explorations in Psychohistory: The Wellfleet Papers. (With Eric Olson) Simon & Schuster, 1975.

Last Aid: The Medical Dimensions of Nuclear War. (With Eric Chivian, Susanna Chivian, and John E. Mack) W. H. Freeman, 1982.

In a Dark Time: Images for Survival. (With Nicholas Humphrey) Harvard University Press, 1984.

Beyond Invisible Walls: The Psychological Legacy of Soviet Trauma, East European Therapists and Their Patients. (With Jacob D. Lindy) Routledge, 2001.

Crimes of War: Iraq. (With Richard A. Falk and Irene L. Gendzier) Nation Books, 2006

Humorous Bird Cartoons

Birds. Random House, 1969.

Psychobirds. Countryman Press, 1978.