Archives for November 2011

Elizabeth Popp Berman and Daniel Carpenter win awards from the Social Science History Association

Elizabeth Popp Berman, author of Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine, has won the 2011 President’s Book Award from the Social Science History Association. This award recognizes “an especially meritorious first work by a beginning scholar.”

Daniel Carpenter, who wrote Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA, has won the SSHA’s 2011 Allan Sharlin Memorial Award for “an outstanding book in social science history published in the previous year.”

Congratulations to both authors on their fantastic achievements!


Edwidge Danticat honored with the 2011 Langston Hughes Medal

Congratulations to Edwidge Danticat, author of Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, who has been honored with the 2011 Langston Hughes Medal from City College of New York. The award recognizes the body of Danticat’s work.

“The Langston Hughes Medal is awarded to highly distinguished writers from throughout the African American diaspora for their distinguished contributions to the arts and letters. Among past recipients of this award are James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Cade Bambara, Paule Marshall, Toni Morrison, Ralph W. Ellison, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, August Wilson, Chinua Achebe, Derek Walcott, and Octavia Butler, to name a few.”

Here is a video of a Q&A with the author at the 2011 Langston Hughes Festival:

Robert Frank at LSE

Check out this video of Robert Frank’s 11/10 LSE Lecture on his new book: The Darwin Economy: liberty, competition, and the common good. The book’s Facebook page is updated regularly with news, clippings, and author videos!

Reinhart, Rogoff, Sassen and Scheffer included in “Foreign Policy” Top 100 Global Thinkers

Foreign Policy has just released a list of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” for 2011, and four PUP authors have made the cut!

#25 Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, authors of This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly.

“They told us so. For years before the crash, economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff presciently sketched out just how bad the global credit crunch could become based on their groundbreaking study of eight centuries of financial crises — the work that culminated in the publication of their bestselling 2009 book, This Time Is Different. In their study, the two found that in all the crises, “excessive debt accumulation … often poses greater systemic risks than it seems during a boom.”

#43 Saskia Sassen, author of The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo.

“This year’s political upheavals have been as much about cities as countries. From Cairo’s Tahrir Square to London’s Tottenham, we’ve seen vivid illustrations of how urban spaces can shape social movements. Saskia Sassen, an academic guru who famously coined the term “global city,” has been very much part of the conversation, arguing that the same melting-pot factors that make cities drivers of capitalism can also make them highly unstable. “The poor in Britain, living next to enclaves of wealth and privilege, chose street riots to deliver their message,” she wrote.”

#44 David Scheffer, author of All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals. Foreign Policy applauds Scheffer for demanding that war criminals be held accountable.

Congratulations to these four authors, alongside the other great thinkers and writers on this list!

@Google Presents Michael Nielsen: Reinventing Discovery

If you can’t join us today at the Princeton Public Library for Michael Nielsen’s TEDx talk, I hope you enjoy this great talk for Authors@Google.

If you would like details on the PPL event tonight, click here:

You can also read a free excerpt from Michael’s new book Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science here:

A three year old birder shows us how it’s done — with The Crossley ID Guide

The Crossley ID Guide has terrific visuals — exactly the kind of thing that appeals to kids (of all ages, I’d argue, but in this case, of the younger ages). Check out Fisher’s spot-on IDs of the owls in the Crossley ID Guide in this video.


WHEN it comes to changing the toxic partisan gridlock in Washington, the Beatles got it just about right: “You tell me it’s the institution/Well, you know/You’d better free your mind instead.”

This op-ed in the New York Times from Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson is must-read material for anyone concerned with the apparent inability of Congress to overcome bipartisan splits and forge compromises on important issues about the U.S. Economy.

The authors write about the failure of the budget supercommittee and caution that this “is only the latest breakdown in an attempt at compromise in Washington. Politicians keep trying to fashion failsafe solutions to the capital’s uncompromising mind-set, without understanding that there is no external escape from an environment that rewards those who stand tenaciously on their principles and demonize their opponents.”

With the public growing increasingly frustrated by the failures of Congress to effectively negotiate and compromise in recent months, Gutmann and Thompson sound a warning bell, writing, “Members of Congress need to change their minds about compromise, or voters will need to change the members of Congress.”

Read the complete article today:

We will publish their book on political compromise in the United States from the revolutionary period to today in May of 2012. Click through to learn more about The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It. The book is now available for pre-orders through many internet retailers.

Mammals Monday (on a Tuesday)

As we gear up for the holiday season, this  week’s mammal from the popular Mammals of North America App is the Caribou — also known as a reindeer! Caribou are found in Northern sub-polar regions including Canada and parts of Alaska, though they are endangered in certain areas.

Fun facts: The earliest fossil evidence of caribou comes from Germany and has been dated to about 440,000 years ago! Caribou are also the only species of deer where both sexes have antlers.

Check out some of the previous “Mammals Monday” posts:

the chipmunk

the blue whale

Two New Catalogs – Religion and Anthropology

We invite you to browse and download two new catalogs featuring great books by great authors.

In the religion catalog you can check out the Lives of Great Religious Books series with books by Garry Wills, Donald S. Lopez, Jr., and Martin E. Marty. You will also find new books from Robert Wuthnow, Paula Fredriksen, Mark Chaves, Leora Batnitzky, Peter Schäfer and Timothy Matovina – just to name a few.

Follow the link to the religion catalog:

In the anthropology catalog look for new books by Chloe Silverman, Peter Benson, Junko Kitanaka, Stephen J. Collier, Duana Fullwiley, and Marcia C. Inhorn. Forthcoming this May are books by Partha Chatterjee, Thomas Blom Hansen, and a book by Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi. Be the first to check them out in the catalog.

Follow the link to the anthropology catalog:

Both catalogs have many more new titles and your favorites now in paperback.  Enjoy browsing.

This Week’s Book Giveaway

It may be unseasonably warm in Princeton today (71 degrees!) but this week’s book giveaway is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays
by Joel Waldfogel.

Christmas is a time of seasonal cheer, family get-togethers, holiday parties, and-gift giving. Lots and lots—and lots—of gift giving. It’s hard to imagine any Christmas without this time-honored custom. But let’s stop to consider the gifts we receive—the rooster sweater from Grandma or the singing fish from Uncle Mike. How many of us get gifts we like? How many of us give gifts not knowing what recipients want? Did your cousin really look excited about that jumping alarm clock? Lively and informed, Scroogenomics illustrates how our consumer spending generates vast amounts of economic waste—to the shocking tune of eighty-five billion dollars each winter. Economist Joel Waldfogel provides solid explanations to show us why it’s time to stop the madness and think twice before buying gifts for the holidays.

When we buy for ourselves, every dollar we spend produces at least a dollar in satisfaction, because we shop carefully and purchase items that are worth more than they cost. Gift giving is different. We make less-informed choices, max out on credit to buy gifts worth less than the money spent, and leave recipients less than satisfied, creating what Waldfogel calls “deadweight loss.” Waldfogel indicates that this waste isn’t confined to Americans—most major economies share in this orgy of wealth destruction. While recognizing the difficulties of altering current trends, Waldfogel offers viable gift-giving alternatives.

By reprioritizing our gift-giving habits, Scroogenomics proves that we can still maintain the economy without gouging our wallets, and reclaim the true spirit of the holiday season.

“Waldfogel delivers a badly needed poke in the eye at holiday-time consumer madness, positing that not only is compulsory gift giving stressful and expensive, but it’s economically unsound. . . . This lively, spot-on book may be the one gift that still makes sense to buy come Black Friday.”—Publishers Weekly

“Joel Waldfogel is one of the smartest and funniest economists on the planet. I think of him every time I start to unwrap a present. Buy Scroogenomics for your friends and family. It makes the perfect Christmas gift.”—Ian Ayres, author of Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-by-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart

The random draw for this book with be Friday 12/2 at 3 pm EST. Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook if you haven’t already to be entered to win!

Gift Books for Geeks: 2011 Edition

It’s Black Friday.  Make use of this frenzied shopping day and pick up a gift that keeps on giving!

We are proud to offer the following general interest titles that are sure to appeal to birders, historians and literature buffs in this year’s Princeton University Press Holiday Gift Book Roundup.





Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling

Michael Dirda

For The Lit Crit Geek: you armchair-dwelling, brandy-swilling, tweed-wearing, Masterpiece Mystery!– watching bibliophile, you.  Get ready to journey beyond Holmes with Dirda as your guide.

Cloth | $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-691-15135-9

224 pp. | 4 1/2 x 7


Eastern Birds

Richard Crossley

For The Birder Geek: you know who you are.  This guide provides naturalistic artwork in real settings- urban, suburban, and rural- for the birder of every feather.

Cloth Flexibound  | $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-691-14778-9

544 pp. | 7-1/2 x 10 | 10,000 color images


Edited by Jeffrey S. Cramer

For The Transcendentalist  Geek: deep thinker and quoter of deep thoughts such as, “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”  Henry David Thoreau: a crunchy granola visionary.

Cloth | $19.95

ISBN: 978-0-691-13997-5

552 pp. | 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 | 20 halftones.


Global Events at a Glance

John Haywood

For The Map Geek: here it is, all in one place; an at-a-glance comparison across centuries and continents, tracing trade routes, religion, and culture (in full color.)  Geek out!

Cloth | $49.50

ISBN: 978-0-691-15269-1

256 pp. | 12 1/2 x 11 | 350 color illus. 10 line illus. 55 maps


The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World

Bob Gibbons with a foreword by Richard Mabey

For The Stop-and-Smell-the-Flowers Geek: Wish you could take a mental snapshot of every lovely bloom you’ve ever seen?  Buy this book and you can own some truly stunning professional photographs.

Cloth | $27.95

ISBN13: 978-0-691-15229-5

192 pp. | 8 1/2 x 10 | 200 color photos


Collected and Edited by John P. Kaminski

For The Founding Father Groupie Geek: you love American History and probably majored in political science or foreign relations.  You also know that democracy “will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”  Hear, hear, Mr. Jefferson.

Cloth | $19.95

ISBN13: 978-0-691- 12267-0

576 pp. | 4 x 7 | 11 halftones


Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays
Joel Waldfogel

For The Anti-Consumerist Geek: You think reindeer sweaters and singing fish are bad gifts.  So does Joel Waldfogel.  This is the wry antidote to mindless cheer and you can’t wait to buy this book for all your friends.

Cloth | $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-691-14264-7
186 pp. | 4 x 6


How Birds Design, Engineer & Build

Peter Goodfellow

For The Naturalist Geek: you’re not quite a birder, not quite an ornithologist but you appreciate nature and a detailed, visual guide to the architecture of a bird’s habitat.

Cloth | $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-691-14849-6

160 pp. | 8 x 10 | 300 color illus.


Collected and Edited by Alice Calaprice

For The Einstein Fan Club Geek: don’t be shy.  This is your chance to own the granddaddy of quotables with all of his greatest hits.  We know you’ve memorized them (in alphabetical order by topic, no less.)

Cloth | $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-691-13817-6

576 pp. | 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 | 27 halftones.


Gregory S. Paul

For The Jurassic Park Geek: you know all the species and all the lines.  You’ll recognize the illustrations from Paul, who was a lead dino-designer on set, and you’ll be fighting your eight-year-old kid for posession of the book.

Cloth | $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-691-13720-9

320 pp. | 8 1/2 x 11 | 156 color illus. 448 line illus.

Mammals Monday!

This week’s featured mammal from the Mammals of North America app is the Eastern Chipmunk. As the weather gets colder, you might see chipmunks collecting food to store for the winter in their extensive underground burrows — these burrows can be up to 3.5 metres long, and often have multiple entrances.

Fun fact: a chipmunk is a kind of squirrel!

Previous Mammals Monday posts:

The blue whale