Princeton University Press’s best-selling titles for the last week

These are the best-selling books for the past week.


GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History by Diane Coyle
Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson
On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century by Angela E. Stent
Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit by Charles W. Calomiris & Stephen H. Haber
1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline
Rare Birds of North America by Steve Howell, Ian Lewington, and Will Russell
Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution from The Rights of Man to Robespierre by Jonathan Israel
The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance by Eswar S. Prasad
The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson

Bob Geddes to Give Talk, Tour, and Book Signing at the Institute for Advanced Study

Calling all Princeton-area architecture fans: Bob Geddes will be giving a lecture, tour, and book signing of Fit: An Architect’s Manifesto, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, on Saturday, April 5th, from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT), sponsored by DOCOMOMO Philadelphia and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State.

Tickets and full event details are available via Eventbrite ($20 for DOCOMOMO members / $25 for non-members / FREE for IAS faculty, scholars, and staff).

Photo: Amy Ramsey, Courtesy of Institute for Advanced StudyMake it New, Make it Fit

The architecture of Geddes, Brecher, Qualls, and Cunningham (GBQC) has been largely overlooked in recent years—despite a remarkable and influential body of work beginning with their runner-up submission for the Sydney Opera House (1956). As significant contributors (along with Louis Kahn) to the “Philadelphia School,” GBQC’s efforts challenged modernist conceptions of space, functional relationships, technology, and—with an urbanist’s eye—the reality of change over time.

To explore the thinking behind the work, founding partner Robert Geddes, FAIA, will speak about his recent publication, Fit: An Architect’s Manifesto. In addition, Geddes will guide a tour through the venue for his talk, the Institute of Advanced Study’s Simmons Hall—a GBQC masterwork of 1971. Geddes will also participate in an informal discussion with participants during lunch at the IAS Cafeteria.

10:00-10:30am      Dilworth Room. Event check in. Coffee served.
10:30-11:15am        Make it New, Make it Fit Lecture by Bob Geddes
11:15-11:50am        Building Tour
11:50-12:10pm       Lunch at cafeteria where discussion continues
12:10-1:00pm         Lunch and discussion
1:00-1:30pm           Wrap up and book signing.

LOT ‘B’ enter through West Building. When you arrive at the site, please bring a copy of your tickets, either printed or displayed on your mobile phone.

About the speaker
Robert Geddes is dean emeritus of the Princeton School of Architecture and founding partner of GBQC—recipient of the AIA’s Firm of the Year Award in 1979. Educated under Walter Gropius at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Geddes returned to his native Philadelphia in 1950 where he began his work as an educator at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Princeton in Europe Lecture 2014

Diarmaid MacCulloch (c) Chris Gibbons SMALLER RESWe are delighted to announce that The Princeton in Europe Lecture 2014 will be given by Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch. Professor MacCulloch is at the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford, and has a special interest in the history of Christianity. The author of numerous books on the history of religion, Diarmaid MacCulloch has also presented BBC documentaries, such as A History of Christianity and, most recently, How God Made the English. This year’s Princeton in Europe Lecture, which will be held at the British Academy, is entitled:

“What if Arianism had won?: A reformation historian looks at medieval Europe”

This event is open to the general public and is free to attend, but please register in advance by emailing Hannah Paul:

Wolfson Auditorium at the British Academy  *  Tuesday 8th April 2014  * Drinks will be served from 5.30pm, and the lecture will begin at 6.30pm * We look forward to seeing you there.

* Photograph (c) Chris Gibbons


Two PUP books share the 2013 Sonia Rudikoff Prize from the Northeast Victorian Studies Association

Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel by David Kurnick and The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetry and English National Culture, 1860–1930 by Meredith Martin are co-Winners of the 2013 Sonia Rudikoff Prize, Northeast Victorian Studies Association. Congratulations!The Rudikoff Prize was awarded for the best first book in Victorian Studies published in 2012. Here’s a bit more about the award from their web site:“The Sonya Rudikoff Award was established by the Robert Gutman family in honor of Mr. Gutman’s late wife. Ms. Rudikoff was an active member of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association and a recognized scholar. Her book, Ancestral Houses: Virginia Woolf and the Aristocracy, was published posthumously. A text nominated for this award should be the author’s first book, and the subject should address Victorian literature and/or culture. Our focus is on Victorian Great Britain and the Empire, though we will consider texts that are transatlantic in focus. We will not, however, consider texts that are strictly American Victorian.”

Link to the list of current and past winners:

Congratulations to David Kurnick and Meredith Martin!


Mirror, Mirror Book Giveaway!


We are doing a book giveaway to celebrate the upcoming book birthday of Simon Blackburn’s Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love on March 26th .

Three lucky readers will each win one cloth copy of Mirror, Mirror.

How to enter? There are numerous ways to enter, including liking the Princeton University Press Facebook page, emailing us at, tweeting about the giveaway or following at @PrincetonUPress, or pinning the author’s book selfie (above) on Pinterest. Just follow the steps in the Rafflecopter box below. The winners will be selected on Friday, March 21st.

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Pi Day Recipe: Brandy Alexander Pie from Cooking for Crowds

This recipe is presented as part of our Pi Day celebration. For more Pi Day features from Princeton University Press, please click here.

Brandy Alexander Pie

This pie is as sweet and delicious as the drink for which it is named, and a great deal less alcoholic. It is light and fluffy, but very filling.

6 12 20 50
unflavored gelatin envelopes 1 2 4 8
cold water ½ c 1 c 2 c 4 c
granulated sugar ⅔ c 1⅓ c 2⅔ c 2 lbs
salt ⅛ tsp ¼ tsp ½ tsp 1 tsp
eggs, separated 3 6 12 24
Cognac ¼ c ½ c 1 c 2 c
Grand Marnieror ¼ c ½ c 1 c 2 c
creme de cacao ¼ c ½ c 1 c 2 c
heavy cream 2 c 4 c 4 pts 8 pts
graham cracker crust 1 2 4 8
4-ounce bars semisweet chocolate 1 2 3
heavy cream 1 c 2 c 3½ c 6 c

Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water in a saucepan. Add ⅓ cup [⅔ cup, 1⅓ cups, 2⅔ cups] of the sugar, the salt, and egg yolks. Stir to blend, then heat over low heat, stirring, until the gelatin dissolves and the mixture thickens. Do not boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the Cognac and Grand Marnier (or creme de cacao). Chill in the refrigerator until the mixture mounds slightly and is thick.

Beat the egg whites until stiff (use a portable electric mixer in a large kettle). Gradually beat in the remaining sugar and fold into the thickened mixture. Whip half of the cream until it holds peaks. Fold in the whipped cream, and turn into the crusts. Chill several hours, or overnight. To serve, garnish with the remaining cream, whipped. Using a vegetable peeler, make chocolate curls from the chocolate bars and let drop onto the cream.

cookingFor additional recipes for feeding the masses, please check out Cooking for Crowds by Merry “Corky” White.

Princeton authors speaking at Oxford Literary Festival 2014

We are delighted that the following Princeton authors will be speaking at the Oxford Literary Festival in Oxford, UK, in the last week of March. Details of all events can be found at the links below:images5L8V7T97

Jacqueline and Simon Mitton, husband and wife popular astronomy writers and authors of From Dust to Life: The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System and Heart of Darkness: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Invisible Universe respectively, will be speaking  on Monday 24 March at 4:00pm

David Edmonds, author of Would You Kill the Fat Man? The Trolley Problem and What Your Answer Tells Us  about Right and Wrong will be speaking on Monday 24 March at 6:00pm

Robert Bartlett, author of Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things? Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation will be speaking on Tuesday 25 March at 2:00pm

Michael Scott, author of Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World will be speaking on Wednesday 26 March at 10:00am

Simon Blackburn, author of Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love will be speaking on Wednesday 26 March at 4:00pm

Roger Scruton author of the forthcoming The Soul of the World will be speaking Thursday 27 March 12:00pm

Alexander McCall Smith, author of What W. H. Auden Can Do for You will be speaking about how this poet has enriched his life and can enrich yours too on Friday 28 March at 12:00pm

Averil Cameron, author of Byzantine Matters will be speaking on Friday 28 March at 2:00pm

Edmund Fawcett, author of Liberalism: The Life of an Idea will be speaking on Saturday 29 March at 10:00am

In addition, Ian Goldin will be giving the inaugural “Princeton Lecture” at The Oxford Literary Festival, on the themes within his forthcoming book, The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What to Do about It on Thursday 27 March at 6:00pm


Princeton Cooks… Pumpernickel Bread

You can only work on a cookbook for so long before you want to try every single recipe in the book! To spare our blog editor the effort and calories, we invited our  Princeton colleagues to try their hand at cooking and baking the delicious treats found in Cooking for Crowds: 40th Anniversary Edition by Merry “Corky” White. This guest post is from Terri O’Prey, Associate Managing Editor at Princeton University Press, who was brave enough to try Corky’s surprising pumpernickel bread recipe. This pumpernickel actually features in the story of the smoked borscht/Julia Child rescue we posted about earlier, so I thought this was a a particularly opportune time to post this cooking demo.

Pumpernickel Bread

Terri O’Prey


This recipe intrigued me from the start of production. I love to bake, and I really wanted to see how the surprising (to me) ingredients—chocolate and mashed potatoes!—would play out in pumpernickel bread. I began by gathering ingredients, most of which I normally stock in my pantry (caraway seeds and rye flour were the only outliers). I usually pile everything I’ll need for a recipe haphazardly on the counter, but for this baking experiment I decided to organize myself cooking show style and premeasured everything. I enjoyed moving efficiently through the steps with each ingredient ready to go, so in the end I didn’t mind the extra dirty dishes.


First I melted the chocolate in a homemade double boiler. It became smooth and glossy, just the way melted chocolate should.



Next I combined most of the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. The result was not beautiful, but knowing that baking transforms mixtures helped me remain optimistic.


When I first decided to try this recipe, I wondered what to use for the very large bowl required for the next step. I don’t have a 5-gallon kettle, but my gigantic stainless steel mixing bowl stood in perfectly. (Until now, I’d never had a good reason to use it. Many thanks to my good friend Alex “All Things Kitchen” for knowing I’d need this bowl someday!) With the warm water and yeast activated, I was ready for the dough stage.


First I stirred in the cornmeal mixture and rye flour and then added 3 cups of all-purpose flour until I had a soft dough.

06_WetDough 07_AddFlour 08_AddMoreFlour


Next came my favorite step, kneading the dough. I didn’t end up using all of the remaining flour because my dough reached the smooth, elastic stage after about 4 cups. One thing I’d change about my approach next time: use more finely mashed potatoes. Mine were on the chunky side, and while kneading I discovered some unsightly lumps (which I discarded).

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I greased my clean and dry bowl with butter and readied the dough for rising.


I let the dough rise in the covered bowl on my sunny kitchen table. I resisted peeking because I like surprises.


After an hour the dough had indeed changed.


So I punched it down and let it rise again.


After a half hour, I got to work dividing the dough into 3 loaves. I doubted my oven could accommodate loaves on 3 sheet pans, so I decided to make 1 large loaf and 2 smaller ones on a shared pan. The dough smelled great and was the perfect consistency for dividing. I had no trouble forming it into rustic rounds.

16_ReadyToSPlit 17_3Loaves

I let the loaves rise on covered baking sheets before brushing them with the egg wash. (Note my dog Hazel in the background. She tried assisting me but really just got in the way.)


Next I placed the pans in the preheated oven. Knowing my oven is not precise, I set the temperature at 375°, which worked well. (I probably should invest in an in-oven gauge.) I tried not to think about the heat I was letting escape while I snapped a photo.


I checked the loaves at 50 minutes (in case my oven tinkering had gone wrong) and they weren’t quite ready. After 10 more minutes tapping produced that hollow sound, and I moved the loaves to the cooling rack.


I wasn’t too concerned about slicing neatly so tasted the smallest loaf when it had cooled a bit. The pumpernickel flavor was very nice, and the caraway seeds seemed to have dissolved into the dough. Wanting to stay true to the recipe recommendations, I wrapped and refrigerated the completely cooled loaves. The next day I proudly shared my cooking with the PUP crowd by setting out hearty pumpernickel slices with butter in the office kitchen.




Pumpernickel Bread

Pumpernickel is a bread with a secret. Some say it is prunes that distinguish it; this recipe claims it is chocolate. It will make three round loaves, which, thinly sliced, should provide appetizer portions (with chopped chicken livers, for instance) for 50.

unsweetened chocolate squares (1 oz each) 2
yellow cornmeal ¾ c
cold mashed potatoes 2 c
warm water, 115° 3½ c
molasses ¼ c
salt 2 tbs
butter or margarine 1 tbs
caraway seeds 2 tsp
active-dry-yeast packages 2
rye flour 3 c
all-purpose flour 8 c
egg yolk 1
water 3 tbs

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water. Then, in a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, potatoes, 3 cups of the warm water, chocolate, molasses, salt, butter or margarine, and caraway seeds.

In a very large bowl (I use a 5-gallon kettle) place the remaining . cup of warm water and sprinkle on the yeast, then stir to dissolve.

Stir in the cornmeal mixture and rye flour and beat hard until well mixed. Stir in 3 cups of the all-purpose flour to make a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured board or tabletop and knead in additional flour, to 5 or more cups, to make a smooth, elastic dough. This will take about 10 minutes.

Place the dough in a greased bowl—or wash out the kettle and dry and grease it—then turn the dough to grease the top, cover, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk. Punch down, then let rise again for 30 minutes.

Punch the dough down and turn onto a lightly floured board or table. Divide into three equal parts, shape into round loaves, and place on greased baking sheets. Cover with tea towels and let rise until double—about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°.

Mix the water and egg yolk for glaze and brush the loaves with the egg-yolk

liquid. Bake loaves for 1 hour, or until tapping on the bottom of the loaves produces a hollow sound. Cool thoroughly on racks, then wrap well and refrigerate. This recipe makes 3 round loaves.

NOTE: This bread slices best when one day old. It can also be successfully frozen.

This recipe is taken from:


Cooking for Crowds
40th Anniversary Edition
Merry White
With a new foreword by Darra Goldstein and a new introduction by the author

“[Merry White's] book, made up of recipes she collected as the caterer for the Harvard Center for European Studies, suggested a new way of entertaining, with self-serve spanakopita, petite shrimp quiche and that savior of the anxious cook, the casserole that can be made a day ahead. Edward Koren’s woolly illustrations set the tone: vegetables are our friends, and food tastes best in groups. Even though pesto and vindaloo are no longer exotic, during the holidays her attitude (and her meatballs) may be what every stressed-out host needs.”–Alexandra Lange, New York Times

Julia Child saves the day. Corky White describes a culinary near-miss on BBC Radio 4



Cooking for Crowds
40th Anniversary Edition
Merry White
With a new foreword by Darra Goldstein and a new introduction by the author

“[Merry White's] book, made up of recipes she collected as the caterer for the Harvard Center for European Studies, suggested a new way of entertaining, with self-serve spanakopita, petite shrimp quiche and that savior of the anxious cook, the casserole that can be made a day ahead. Edward Koren’s woolly illustrations set the tone: vegetables are our friends, and food tastes best in groups. Even though pesto and vindaloo are no longer exotic, during the holidays her attitude (and her meatballs) may be what every stressed-out host needs.”–Alexandra Lange, New York Times

The Collected Works of C. G. Jung available in a complete digital edition for the first time

The Collected Works of C. G. Jung forms one of the basic texts of twentieth-century thought: at once foundational for depth psychology and pivotal for intellectual, cultural, and religious history. The writings presented here, spanning five decades, embody Jung’s attempt to establish an interdisciplinary science of analytical psychology, and apply its insights to the fields of psychiatry, criminology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, personality psychology, anthropology, physics, biology, education, the arts and literature, the history of the mind and its symbols, comparative religion, alchemy, and contemporary culture and politics, among others: each in turn has been decisively marked by his thought. Of timely and ongoing relevance to the understanding of these fields, Jung’s writings are at the same time essential reading for any understanding of the making of the modern mind.

For the first time, The Collected Works of C. G. Jung is now available in a complete digital edition that is full-text searchable. The Complete Digital Edition includes Vols. 1-18 and Vol. 19, the General Bibliography of C. G. Jung’s Writings. (Vol. 20, the General Index to the Collected Works, is not included.) Vols. 1-18 of The Collected Works are available for individual purchase and are also full-text searchable.

For details on how to purchase these digital editions, please visit the following stores:



The Oracle will see you now…

Scott_DelphiMost of us are unlikely to visit Delphi in our lifetime and the likelihood of receiving a true Delphic reading is even more slim without the invention of a time machine. Thankfully University College London has saved us the effort of manipulating time and space by creating this handy web widget where you can Consult the Oracle:

I can practically smell the ethylene, benzene, methane, or whatever else you believe leaked out of the rocks at the Oracle of Delphi. What wisdoms will the oracle relate? What conundrums will she solve? What mysteries will she impart on the masses? Oh, just go have a look already!

And if you’re interested in learning more about Delphi, please check out Michael Scott’s new history. It tells the story of Delphi in a manner you’ve never seen before. The oracle is described in great detail, of course, but he also explains why Delphi was important as a banking, sporting, political, and cultural center. The book concludes with a short travel guide for those of us lucky enough to visit in person (or perhaps just daydreaming about the trip).

Emily Apter, Jacques Lezra, and Michael Wood discuss the Dictionary of Untranslatables [VIDEO]

Earlier this week, close to one hundred humanities lovers gathered for a discussion around the Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon with editors Emily Apter, Jacques Lezra, and Michael Wood, due out this month from Princeton University Press.

Please enjoy this video of the entire event, the first in this season’s Great New Books in the Humanities series co-sponsored by the Humanities Initiative and by the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University: