The Stanford Briefs imprint presents an innovative collection of new books. Published across our various disciplines, these books address the essence of a topic. Briefs are essay-length works freed from the technical requirements of the scholarly journal article and the elaborate documentation of the full-length research monograph. All Briefs are peer-reviewed, and the criteria we use to select and approve each manuscript match the rigor and high standards of our traditional monographs. Without sacrificing the quality of carefully edited and produced content, these books are published on faster schedules to allow for time-sensitive dialogue. Short and incisive, Stanford Briefs promote intelligent debate, bringing novel perspectives to a wide range of readers.