New York, Aug. 5, 2020 -- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media (HMH Books & Media) announced today it has acquired a book by Fiona Hill, former deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, whose testimony during the impeachment hearings riveted the nation. Titled There Is Nothing for You Here: Opportunity in an Age of Decline, the book will draw on Dr. Hill’s deep expertise in the United States and Europe, as well as her personal experience on both continents, to explain how our current, polarized moment is the result of long historical trends -- from imperial overreach to postindustrial decline—that have long afflicted Russia and the United Kingdom, and which now are beginning to affect the United States.
Dr. Hill will describe the origins and growth of deep, geographically concentrated opportunity gaps, and show how they have fueled the rise of populism at home and abroad. And she will share insights from her work in Russia, Europe and the United States to show how realizing America’s inherent promise—and stabilizing its democracy—depends on restoring hope and opportunity to all its citizens, not merely a privileged few. Sr. Editor Alex Littlefield acquired North American rights to the book from Andrew Nurnberg Associates. HMH plans to publish in fall 2021.
“Growing up in coalmining country in the northeast of England,” says Dr. Hill, “I was told by my Dad that I should get out—that I should go to London, or Europe, or America. ‘There is nothing for you here, pet,’ he told me. Since then, my personal and professional lives have led me from the United Kingdom to Russia and finally to the United States, where I have found great opportunity but also many of the same challenges. I am writing this book to share my story, but also to share the lessons I’ve learned about how we can revitalize our country’s forgotten places.”
“Dr. Hill’s life and work have given her a unique perspective on the problems facing the United States,” says Littlefield, “allowing her to see parallels, and propose solutions, that most of us are unable to contemplate. She writes with incredible empathy about the individual suffering caused by impersonal forces, using to great effect the story of her own rise from an underprivileged background to her current, distinguished station. We are honored to be her publisher.”
SVP, Executive Director of Publicity
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt