Free Press was an independent book publisher that later became an imprint of Simon & Schuster. It was one of the best-known publishers specializing in serious nonfiction, including path-breaking sociology books of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. After a period under new ownership in the 1980s of publishing neoconservative books, it was purchased by Simon & Schuster in 1994. By 2012, the imprint ceased to exist as a distinct entity; however, some books were still being published using the Free Press imprint. 
Free Press was founded by
Jeremiah Kaplan (1926-1993) and Charles Liebman in 1947 and concentrated on religion and social science. They chose the name Free Press because they wanted to print books devoted to civil liberties. It was launched with three classic titles:  by Division of Labor Emile Durkheim, by The Theory of Economic and Social Organization Max Weber and The Scientific Outlook by Bertrand Russell. It was headquartered in  Glencoe, Illinois, where it was known as The Free Press of Glencoe.
In 1960, Kaplan was recruited by Macmillan to provide new editorial leadership and he agreed to move to New York if
Macmillan Publishing Company would buy Free Press, and thus Free Press was sold in 1960 for $1.3 million ($500,000 going to Kaplan and $800,000 going to Liebman).
In 1994, Simon & Schuster acquired Macmillan and Free Press.
In 2012, it was announced that Free Press would cease to exist as a distinct entity and would be merged into  Simon & Schuster, the company's flagship imprint.  "We plan to continue publishing thought leaders and other important cultural voices under the Free Press imprimatur, while also introducing many other Free Press authors, such as novelists and historians and business writers, to the flagship Simon & Schuster imprint." 
During the 1960s and 1970s Free Press was under the direction of a variety of publishers including George McCune (who later co-founded
Sage Publishing with his wife Sara), Valery Webb, Ed Barry and Robert Wallace. Under Barry's leadership in 1974,  Ernest Becker's won the Pulitzer Prize. The Denial of Death In 1983,  Erwin Glikes, a well-known political neoconservative, took over leadership. This began an era of controversial  conservative books including  by The Tempting of America Robert Bork, and by The Closing of the American Mind Alan Bloom. Glikes was succeeded by  Adam Bellow, who also published neoconservative books including by Illiberal Education Dinesh D'Souza, by The Real Anita Hill David Brock, and by The Bell Curve Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein.  In 1994, Simon & Schuster acquired Macmillan and Free Press was led by publishers Michael Jacobs, Paula Barker Duffy, and William Shinker for short stints. 
Free Press was led by publisher Martha Levin from 2001 until 2012, when it ceased to exist as a distinct entity and merged into Simon & Schuster's flagship imprint.
 In 2003, two of the five finalists for the 2003  National Book Award in the non-fiction category were Free Press titles, including the winner, by Waiting for Snow in Havana Carlos Eire. In 2008, Free Press published  , Indian author The White Tiger Aravind Adiga's debut novel, which won the Man Booker Prize.
Carl Menger (1950). Principles of Economics. Glencoe, IL: Free Press
Talcott Parsons (1951). The Social System. Glencoe, IL: Free Press
Elihu Katz and Paul Lazarsfeld (1955). Personal Influence. Glencoe, IL: Free Press
Robert K. Merton (1957). Glencoe, IL: Free Press Social Theory and Social Structure.
Robert E. Lane (1959). Political Life: Why People Get Involved in Politics. Glencoe, IL: Free Press
James S. Coleman (1961). The Adolescent Society. Glencoe, IL: Free Press
Herbert Gans (1962). The Urban Villagers. Glencoe, IL: Free Press
Everett Rogers (1962). Glencoe, IL: Free Press Diffusion of Innovations.
Erving Goffman (1963). Behavior in Public Places. Glencoe, IL: Free Press
Stanley Lieberson (1963). Ethnic Patterns in American Cities. Glencoe, IL: Free Press
Howard S. Becker (1963). Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance. New York: Free Press.
Ernest Becker (1973). The Denial of Death. New York: Free Press.
Claude Fischer, et al., (1977). Networks and Places. New York: Free Press.
Peter Blau and Otis Dudley Duncan. (1978). The American Occupational Structure. New York: Free Press.
Everett Rogers and D. Lawrence Kincaid. (1981). Communication Networks. New York: Free Press.
Covey, Stephen R. (1989). . New York: Free Press. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People ISBN . 0-7432-6951-9 OCLC 56413718.
Everdell, William R. (1983). . New York: Free Press. The End of Kings: A History of Republics and Republicans ISBN . 0-226-22482-1
Fukuyama, Francis (1992). . New York: Free Press. The End of History and the Last Man ISBN . 0-02-910975-2 OCLC 231335005.
Herrnstein, Richard J. & Murray, Charles A. (1994). . New York: Free Press. The Bell Curve: intelligence and class structure in American life ISBN . 0-02-914673-9 OCLC 30913157. CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list ( link)
Behe, Michael J. (1996). . New York: The Free Press. Darwin's Black Box: the biochemical challenge to evolution ISBN . 0-684-82754-9 OCLC 34150540.
Lind, Michael (1996). . New York: Free Press Paperbacks. The Next American Nation: The New Nationalism and the Fourth American Revolution ISBN . 0-684-82503-1 OCLC 34078354.
Harris, Judith Rich (1998). . New York: Free Press. The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do ISBN . 0-684-84409-5 OCLC 39368588.
Mezrich, Ben (2003). . New York: Free Press. Bringing Down the House ISBN . 0-7432-4999-2 OCLC 53220540.
Ali, Ayaan Hirsi (2007). . New York: Free Press. Infidel ISBN . 0-7432-8968-4 OCLC 72701599.
Draper, Robert (2007). . New York: Free Press. Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush ISBN . 0-7432-7728-7 OCLC 145379548.
Adiga, Aravind (2008). . New York: Free Press. The White Tiger
Eire, Carlos (2008). . New York: Free Press. Waiting for Snow in Havana
Harris, Sam (2010). . Free Press. The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values ISBN . 978-1-4391-7121-9 OCLC 535493357. Delaney, Carol (2012). . New York: Free Press. Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem: How Religion Drove the Voyages that Led to America ISBN . 978-1439102374
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