2018 — Hasidism: A New History [co-authored with D. Biale et. al]
2010 – The Rebbe: The Life and the Afterlife of Menachem Mendel Schneerson [co-authored with Menachem Friedman ](Princeton University Press, May 2010) Winner of the 2010 National Jewish Book Award
2006 – Sliding to the Right: The Contest for the Future of American Jewish Orthodoxy (Berkeley: University of California Press, July 2006)
2005 – Death, Bereavement, & Mourning What We Have Learned after 9/11 (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers June 2005)
2001 – When a Jew Dies: The Ethnography of a Bereaved Son (Berkeley & London: University of California Press) order
Winner of the Koret Book Award 2001 and the National Jewish Book Award 2002
1996- Portrait of American Jews: The Last Half of the Twentieth Century
(Seattle:Univ. of Washington Press) 190 pp.
Gratz Centennial Book Award, 1996.
2000 (1992) – Defenders of the Faith: Inside Ultra-Orthodox Jewry
(New York: Schocken) 394 pp.
Paperback edition February 1993
new edition 1999 with a New Afterword (University of California Press)
finalist for National Jewish Book Award, 1992 order
1989 – Cosmopolitans and Parochials: Modern Orthodox Jews in America
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, December 1989), [co-authored with Steven M. Cohen] 248 pp.
1986 – A Walker In Jerusalem
(New York: Summit Books/Simon & Schuster, November 1986) 339 pp.
Winner of 1986 National Jewish Book Award]
(2nd edition J.P.S. 1995)
1985 – The Gate Behind the Wall
(New York: Summit Books/Simon & Schuster, January 1985) 201pp.
(paperback edition Penguin Books February, 1986)
(2nd edition Jewish Pub.Scty. 1995).
1983 – The People of the Book: Drama, Fellowship and Religion
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Paperback (with new preface) Fall, 1987), 337 pp. Reissued by Transaction Publishers and with a new preface 2001