After 9/11, Noah’s dual training in constitutional law and Islamic thought – and his appointment as a senior constitutional advisor in Iraq – cast him into the middle of the debate about the future of democracy in the Islamic world. At 32, he published his first book on the topic, After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Over the years, interspersed with constitutional advising in Iraq and in Tunisia after the Arab Spring, Noah published three more books on the long trajectory of Islam and democracy: What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building; The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State; and The Arab Winter: A Tragedy, all published by Princeton University Press.
In a separate series of books, Noah has been telling the history of the U.S. Constitution through the stories of the people who created, shaped, and interpreted it. The series starts with The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President (Random House). The story continues chronologically with The Broken Constitution: Lincoln, Slavery, and the Refounding of America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). It picks up again with Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices (Twelve Books). Still to come is a book on the era between Lincoln and FDR, focused on Fourteenth Amendment; and one on the 1960s to the present, focused on the rise and fall of individual rights.
In addition to these books, Noah also published an early book (2013) on U.S.-China competition titled Cool War: The Future of Global Competition (Random House); and he is the co-author, with Kathleen Sullivan, of the leading Constitutional Law casebook (Foundation Press).
His next book, Bad Jew: A Perplexed Guide to God, Israel, and the Jewish People (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), will be published in March 2024.
He is represented by Andrew Wylie.