Thomas Laqueur awarded 2016 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

LaqueurWarmest congratulations to Thomas W. Laqueur, acclaimed cultural historian and author of The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains, for winning the 2016 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill University.

Laqueur, whose book offers a compelling and richly detailed account of how and why the living have cared for the dead since antiquity, received the high honor at a gala ceremony in Toronto last night. The Cundill Prize, now in its ninth year, is one of the most lucrative prizes in the field of historical literature. Shortlisted authors win $10,000 and the winner receives $75,000. The shortlist of three finalists was chosen on October 6th and include:

David Wootton- The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution (HarperCollins) 

Andrea Wulf- The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World (Alfred A. Knopf, John Murray Publishers)

This year’s short list was chosen by the Cundill jury, which included Timothy Brook, Republic of China Chair, University of British Columbia; John Darwin, Professor of Global and Imperial History and Director, Oxford Centre for Global History, University of Oxford; and Anna Porter, Co-founder, Key Porter Books and author (Buying a Better World: George Soros and Billionaire Philanthropy, The Ghosts of Europe).

Congratulations to Thomas Laqueur and all the finalists for this high honor.

Thomas Laqueur receives The Cundill Prize

Thomas Laqueur receives the 2016 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill University

 

Daniel Hack: The Sellout and a tradition of black anglophilia

Daniel Hack is the author of Reaping Something New: African American Transformations of Victorian Literature, an examination of the intricate ways in which Victorian literature was put to use in African American literature and print culture throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This year’s recipient of the Man Booker Prize, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, honors that tradition in subtle but undeniable ways. 

For the first 34 years of its existence, only novelists from Great Britain and certain Commonwealth counties were eligible for the Man Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the English-speaking world. In 2014, eligibility was extended to all novelists writing in English, a controversial change that dismayed many worried about the reach of American culture, or simply loathe to dilute this highly successful means of celebrating and publicizing anglophone fiction produced in places other than the U.S. Sure enough, this week the prize went to an American, with Paul Beatty winning for The Sellout, a gleefully satirical novel in which an African American narrator recounts his attempt to reinstitute segregation and even slavery in a “ghetto” on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Yet instead of simply confirming American cultural hegemony or, alternatively, the meaninglessness of national boundaries in this age of global literature, the choice of The Sellout calls attention to the distinctive and important historical relationship between African American literature and British literature, and between African American writers and Great Britain. The Sellout references and revives this history, in ways both pointed and hilarious.

Great Britain abolished slavery in its colonies in 1833, and British abolitionists were active supporters of antislavery efforts in the U.S. Frederick Douglass is the most famous but not the only escaped slave who traveled to Britain to avoid recapture, and British philanthropists even paid Douglass’s former owner for his manumission. Like Douglass, then, many nineteenth-century African Americans associated Britain with freedom and embraced its cultural as well as political heritage against that of the U.S.; scholar Elisa Tamarkin has dubbed this nineteenth- and early-twentieth century phenomenon “black Anglophilia.” As a result, African American writers often had a less antagonistic relationship to British literature than did their white American counterparts, who were often intent on breaking from the then-dominant British tradition.

Two of the earliest novels by African Americans, William Wells Brown’s Clotel; or The President’s Daughter (1853) and Frank Webb’s The Garies and Their Friends (1858), were in fact written and first published in Britain: Brown, like Douglass, was an escaped slave who made his way across the Atlantic to live as a free man, while Webb, a free black from Philadelphia, was accompanying his wife Mary, who toured Britain performing dramatic readings. Brown’s novel, the title character of which is a fictional daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, uses as its bitterly ironic epigraph the “We hold these truths to be self evident” passage from the Declaration of Independence; however, that document is referred to as the “Declaration of American Independence.” Jarring to American ears, this specification strikingly reflects the British publication and expected readership of what is believed to be the very first published novel by an African American.

British literature, including contemporary Victorian literature by leading British writers such as Charles Dickens and Alfred Tennyson, also featured prominently in nineteenth-century African American periodicals. Perhaps inspired by the hugely successful serial publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin in a white-owned abolitionist newspaper, Douglass chose to publish Dickens’s massive Bleak House in its entirety in the newspaper he owned and edited. That novel had almost nothing to say about slavery, and even memorably lampooned a female philanthropist for caring more about Africans than her own family. Yet for Douglass, Dickens’s fame as a reformer and champion of the downtrodden, as well as the criticism he had made of slavery in his earlier book about his travels in the U.S., American Notes, justified his publication alongside poetry and prose by an early generation of African American writers. Douglass’s re-contextualization of Bleak House was confirmed and extended in spectacular fashion in The Bondwoman’s Narrative, by the pseudonymous Hannah Crafts: probably written in the 1850s but only discovered and published in the twenty-first century, this fictionalized slave narrative rewrote and even borrowed verbatim large chunks of Dickens’s novel, for example transforming his searing description of London slums into one of slave quarters in North Carolina.

Concerned with the lives of contemporary African Americans and the state of race relations in the present day United States, and praised by the Man Booker judges as “a novel for our times,” The Sellout may seem to have little in common with this nineteenth-century literary history. However, Beatty invites us to consider this history with the name he assigns the Compton-like neighborhood of Los Angeles in which he sets the novel: “Dickens.” A further hint that Beatty is riffing on this tradition comes when the narrator reports that he has named one of the strains of marijuana he grows “Anglophobia.”

In the most striking demonstration that The Sellout itself is neither anglophobic nor anglophilic, but rather treats the tradition of African American engagement with or even participation in English literature as worthy of extending and satirizing–extending by satirizing—Beatty’s narrator describes witnessing the birth of gangster rap as a child. The first such rap, he reports, is called “The Charge of the Light-Skinned Spade”: a pastiche of Alfred Tennyson’s famous poem about a disastrous British offensive in the Crimean War, “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” Tennyson’s “Half a league, half a league,/ Half a league onward,/ All in the valley of Death” becomes “Half a liter, half a liter,/ Half a liter onward/ All in the alley of Death,” before the lyrics descend into obscenities unprintable here, but which continue to closely track Tennyson’s poem.

What makes Beatty’s choice of “The Charge of the Light Brigade” especially appropriate is that this poem too was reprinted in Frederick Douglass’ Paper, and even attacked there as plagiarizing an African war chant. Tennyson’s poem also became the basis for poems celebrating the sacrifices of African American troops in the Civil War. It is unlikely that the Man Booker committee is aware of this history, and Beatty himself has not spoken of it. Yet this history makes The Sellout the perfect choice as the novel to mark the expansion of the Man Booker Prize to include American fiction. In seeming to go far afield, this year’s prize in fact celebrates the revival and revision of an important tradition of transatlantic, interracial literary dialogue and creativity.

HackDaniel Hack is associate professor of English at the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Material Interests of the Victorian Novel and Reaping Something New: African American Transformations of Victorian Literature.

Carolin Emcke awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade Association

EmckePrinceton University Press congratulates German journalist and author Carolin Emcke on being chosen by the Board of Trustees of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade to be this year’s recipient. The prestigious prize was established in 1950 and reflects the German book trade’s commitment to peace and understanding. This year, the prize is awarded in recognition of Carolin Emcke’s significant contribution to social dialogue and peace through her books, articles, and speeches. The Board of Trustees noted,

The work of Carolin Emcke pays particular attention to those moments, situations and issues in which discussions threaten to break down and communication seems no longer possible. In her highly personal and vulnerable manner, she regularly places herself in perilous living situations in order to illustrate – especially in her essays and reports from war zones – how violence, hatred and speechlessness can change people. She then uses analytical empathy to call on everyone involved to find their way back to understanding and exchange. Carolin Emcke’s work has thus become a role model for social conduct and action in an era in which political, religious and cultural conflicts often leave no room for dialogue. She proves that communication is indeed possible, and her work reminds us that we must all strive to achieve this goal as well.

We are proud to have published her 2007 book, Echoes of Violence: Letters from a War Reporter, an award-winning collection of personal letters to friends from a foreign correspondent who is trying to understand what she witnessed during the iconic human disasters of our time—in Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and New York City on September 11th, among many other places.

Previous recipients of the £25,000 prize include Amos Oz, Susan Sontag, and Albert Schweitzer.

Judith Herrin awarded 2016 Heineken Prize for History

Judith Herrin portraitPrinceton University Press congratulates Professor Judith Herrin (emerita, Kings College London) on receiving the 2016 Dr A. H. Heineken Prize for History. The prize is awarded in recognition of Prof. Herrin’s lifetime contribution to the field, in particular her work on the medieval cultures of the Mediterranean, and the Byzantine Empire. The statement from the prize jury notes that “[Herrin’s] work paved the way for a non-theological view of the influence of Christendom on Medieval society. Thanks to Herrin, the place of the Byzantine Empire in history is now assessed at its true value and thanks to her tenacity, the many varied contributions made by women to Byzantine society are now appreciated.”

We are proud to have an enduring working relationship with Prof. Herrin that began with the 1987 publication of The Formation of Christendom, a classic in the history of Dark Ages Europe. The three decades since have seen major works on the Byzantine Empire: Women in Purple (2002) and Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire (2008). Most recently, we published two volumes of collected essays, Margins and Metropolis, and Unrivalled Influence. We look forward to many more years of working together.

Previous recipients of the $200,000 prize include Jonathan Israel, Joel Mokyr, Jacques Le Goff and Peter Brown.

Congratulations to Sean B. Carroll on an outstanding achievement

Carroll

Sean B. Carroll has earned The Rockefeller University’s Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. He joins the ranks of such esteemed authors as Atul Gawande, E.O. Wilson, and many others. The much-deserved award honors him for an impressive body of work, including Brave Genius: A Scientist, A Philosopher and their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize and Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo. We are proud to be publishing his next book, The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters. Read on for a snippet from the book.

If you travel through the Serengeti, you’ll notice something odd. As you zip along in a dusty old Land Rover, your guide helpfully pointing out key elements of the surrounding flora and fauna, you’ll see vast herds of wildebeests existing in peaceful abundance. There’s nothing so very strange about that, but what is peculiar is that spotting a buffalo is a much rarer occurrence. Indeed, there are about 1,000,000 wildebeest populating the Serengeti, and only 60,000 buffalo. Why should that be?, you might wonder. At 450 kg, the buffalo is much less vulnerable to predation than the 170 kg wildebeest, after all. The answer can be found in The Serengeti Rules.

Wildebeest

Serengeti Rule 6
Migration increases animal numbers

Migration increases animal numbers by increasing access to food (reducing bottom-up regulation) and decreasing susceptibility to predation (reducing top-down regulation).

Why are there about 50 wildebeest for every 3 buffalo in the Serengeti? Because wildebeests are constantly on the move and the buffalo stays put.

The two major ways to regulate population are predation and food limitation. The wildebeest is on a constant 600-mile path moving during the wet season toward the green, nutritious, short-grass plains and then, as the plains dry out, toward the tall-grass savanna and woodlands, which receive more rainfall than the open plains. This is how they feed themselves. How the effects of predation are mitigated is a bit more complicated. There are actually two types of wildebeest in the Serengeti. These include the vast migratory herds and the smaller pockets of “resident” populations. The hyenas and lions that prey on wildebeests cannot follow the herds because they are restricted to their territories as they raise their young. They find their food mostly in the smaller sedentary populations of wildebeests while the active ones roam free. The buffalo, meanwhile, are restricted by their sedentary lifestyle in procuring enough food to flourish quite as spectacularly as the smaller wildebeest.

Migration, then, is … [an] ecological rule, or more aptly a rule-breaker, a way of exceeding the limits imposed by density-dependent regulation.

For the first five Serengeti Rules and much more information on their ramifications both large and small, pick up a copy of The Serengeti Rules by Sean B. Carroll, coming in March 2016.

PUP Best of 2015 Part Two

We’re excited to see some of our favorite titles made it onto these Best of 2015 roundups!

The Independent Irish Writers’ Top Reads 2015
The Physicist and the Philosopher by Jimena Canales

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The Federalist Notable Books of 2015
1177 B.C. by Eric Cline

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The New York Post Favorite Books of 2015
Madness in Civilization by Andrew Scull

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Paste Magazine 30 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015
Madness in Civilization by Andrew Scull

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Times Higher Education Books of 2015
The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
The Future of the Brain by Gary Marcus & Jeremy Freeman, eds.

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BusinessInsider.com Best Business Books of 2015
Phishing for Phools by George Akerlof & Robert Shiller

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Legal Theory Blog Legal Theory Bookworm Books of the Year 2015
Phishing for Phools by George Akerlof & Robert Shiller

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The Globalist Top Books of 2015
Climate Shock by Gernot Wagner & Martin L Weitzman

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Foreign Affairs Best Books of 2015
The Amazons by Adrienne Mayor

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The Washington Post Abu Aardvark’s 2015 Middle East Book Awards
Young Islam by Avi Spiegel

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The New York Times Best Poetry Books of 2015
Syllabus of Errors by Troy Jollimore

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Symmetry Magazine Physics Books of 2015
An Einstein Encyclopedia by Alice Calaprice, Daniel Kennefick, and Robert Schulmann
Relativity: The Special and General Theory, 100th Anniversary Edition by Albert Einstein

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Brainpickings The Best Science Books of 2015
The Physicist and the Philosopher by Jimena Canales

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Audubon 12 Best Bird Books of 2015
Better Birding by George L. Armistead and Brian L. Sullivan
Birds of South America: Passerines by Ber van Perlo

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Irish Times The Year in Books
Empire and Revolution by Richard Bourke
On Elizabeth Bishop by Colm Tóibín

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The Guardian Best Books of 2015
Empire and Revolution by Richard Bourke

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The Spectator Books of the Year
Empire and Revolution by Richard Bourke

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The Indian Express The stand-out books of the year 2015
Empire and Revolution by Richard Bourke

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PUP Best of 2015 Part One

We’re thrilled to see many of our titles on Best of the Year roundups in publications all over the world. Check them out below!

The Guardian Best Books of the Year Part One and Part Two

On Elizabeth Bishop by Colm Tóibín
The Planet Remade by Oliver Morton
Dictionary of Untranslatables by Barbara Cassin, ed.
The Work of the Dead by Thomas Laqueur

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Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Books of 2015

Madness in Civilization by Andrew Scull
The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

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Flavorwire 10 Best Books by Academic Publishers in 2015

The Work of the Dead by Thomas Laqueur
Forms by Caroline Levine
The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

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NewStatesman Books of the Year

The Age of the Crisis of Man by Mark Greif
The Complete Works of W.H. Auden Volume 5

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The Independent Christmas 2015: Best Books in Science, Nature, and Economics

How to Clone a Mammoth by Beth Shapiro
The Planet Remade by Oliver Morton
Between Debt and the Devil by Adair Turner
Phishing for Phools by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller

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The London Free Press Great Flock of Birding Books 2015

Better Birding by George Armistead and Brian Sullivan

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Financial Times Best Books of 2015

Europe’s Orphan by Martin Sandbu
Climate Shock by Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman
The Globalization of Inequality by Francois Bourguignon
Between Debt and the Devil by Adair Turner
“They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else” by Ronald Grigor Suny
The China Model by Daniel A. Bell

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Library Journal Best Books of 2015: Poetry

The Ruined Elegance by Fiona Sze-Lorrain

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Art World Top Ten Art Books to Read During Thanksgiving

The Notebooks by Jean-Michel Basquiat

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NewScientist.com A year in books: See CultureLab’s best reads from 2015

How to Clone a Mammoth by Beth Shapiro

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LinkedIn Best Business Books of 2015

Phishing for Phools by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller
The Planet Remade by Oliver Morton

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Bloomberg.com Best Books of 2015

Between Debt and the Devil by Adair Turner
Why Did Europe Conquer the World? by Philip T. Hoffman
The Shape of the New by Scott Montgomery and Daniel Chirot
The Limits of Partnership by Angela Stent
The Great Escape by Angus Deaton

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The New Yorker Twelve Books in Poetry

On Elizabeth Bishop by Colm Tóibín

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Cosmos Magazine Holiday Science Reading

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: 150th Anniversary Edition

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The New Yorker Books We Loved in 2015

Picture Titles by Ruth Yeazell

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Curbed.com Architecture in 2015: A Year in Review

Affordable Housing in New York by Nicholas Dagen Bloom and Matthew Gordon Lasner, eds.

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The Paris Review Staff Picks: Favorites from 2015

The Age of the Crisis of Man by Mark Greif

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The Australian Books of the Year 2015

Teaching Plato in Palestine by Carlos Fraenkel

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Claremont Review of Books CRB Christmas Reading List 2015

Empire and Revolution by Richard Bourke
Why Government Fails So Often by Peter Schuck
Philology by James C. Turner

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National Review Online “The Corner”: Some Great 2015 Books

Empire and Revolution by Richard Bourke

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Congrats to Our Designers!

The Casual Optimist, a blog about books, book design, book culture, and publishing, has recognized PUP designers Amanda Weiss and Chris Ferrante in Notable Book Covers for 2015.

Maria Lindenfeldar, PUP Art director noted, “It’s thrilling to see PUP designers listed along with some of the best-known names in book design—John Gall, David Pearson and Coralie Bickford-Smith, among others. Congratulations to Amanda, Chris, the design team, and all of the people at the Press who make it possible to produce such great books.”

We couldn’t agree more.

First The First Book
Jesse Zuba
Jacket design by Amanda Weiss
English One Day in the Life of the English Language
Frank L. Cioffi
Cover design by Chris Ferrante

What do these Nobel prize winning economists have in common?

Princeton Makes. Stockholm Takes.

Princeton University Press is proud to be the publisher of these Nobel Prize-winning economists


2015
Angus DeatonThe Great Escape jacket

The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

Demonstrating how changes in health and living standards have transformed our lives, The Great Escape is a powerful guide to addressing the well-being of all nations.

 

The Theory of Corporate Finance jacket2014 Jean Tirole

The Theory of Corporate Finance

Tirole conveys the organizing principles that structure the analysis of today’s key management and public policy issues, such as the reform of corporate governance and auditing; the role of private equity, financial markets, and takeovers; the efficient determination of leverage, dividends, liquidity, and risk management; and the design of managerial incentive packages.

2013 Lars Peter HansenRobustness jacket

Robustness

What should a decision maker do if the model cannot be trusted? This book adapts robust control techniques and applies them to economics. By using this theory to let decision makers acknowledge misspecification in economic modeling, the authors develop applications to a variety of problems in dynamic macroeconomics.

Irrational Exuberance jacket2013 Robert J. Shiller

Irrational Exuberance

In addition to diagnosing the causes of asset bubbles, Irrational Exuberance recommends urgent policy changes to lessen their likelihood and severity—and suggests ways that individuals can decrease their risk before the next bubble bursts. No one whose future depends on a retirement account, a house, or other investments can afford not to read it.

Handbook of Experimental Economics jacket2012 Alvin E. Roth

The Handbook of Experimental Economics (Edited with John H. Kagel)

This book presents a comprehensive critical survey of the results and methods of laboratory experiments in economics:public goods, coordination problems, bargaining, industrial organization, asset markets, auctions, and individual decision making.

2012 Lloyd S. Shapley

Advances in Game Theory (AM-52) (Edited with Melvin Dresher & Albert William Tucker)

Shapley considers Cooperative Game Theory when discerning various match methods that result in stable matches. In this book, Shapley defines stable matches as no two entities that would prefer one another over their counterparts and recognizes processes to achieve these matches.

2011 Thomas J. SargentConquest of American Inflation jacket

The Conquest of American Inflation

Sargent examines two broad explanations for the behavior of inflation and unemployment in this period: the natural-rate hypothesis joined to the Lucas critique and a more traditional econometric policy evaluation modified to include adaptive expectations and learning. His purpose is not only to determine which is the better account, but also to codify for the benefit of the next generation the economic forces that cause inflation.

2010 Peter DiamondBehavioral Economics and Its Applications

Behavioral Economics and Its Applications (Edited with Hannu Vartiainen)

In this volume, some of the world’s leading thinkers in behavioral economics and general economic theory make the case for a much greater use of behavioral ideas in six fields where these ideas have already proved useful but have not yet been fully incorporated–public economics, development, law and economics, health, wage determination, and organizational economics. The result is an attempt to set the agenda of an important development in economics.

Understanding Institutional Diversity jacket

2009 Elinor Ostrom

Understanding Institutional Diversity

Concentrating primarily on the rules aspect of the IAD framework, this book provides empirical evidence about the diversity of rules, the calculation process used by participants in changing rules, and the design principles that characterize robust, self-organized resource governance institutions.

Mass Flourishing jacket2006 Edmund S. Phelps

Mass Flourishing

Phelps argues that the modern values underlying the modern economy are under threat by a resurgence of traditional, corporatist values that put the community and state over the individual. The ultimate fate of modern values is now the most pressing question for the West: will Western nations recommit themselves to modernity, grassroots dynamism, indigenous innovation, and widespread personal fulfillment, or will we go on with a narrowed innovation that limits flourishing to a few?

2005 Robert J. Aumann

Values of Non-Atomic Games

This book extends the value concept to certain classes of non-atomic games, which are infinite-person games in which no individual player has significance. It is primarily a book of mathematics—a study of non-additive set functions and associated linear operators.

Anticipating Correlations jacket2003 Robert F. Engle III

Anticipating Correlations:A New Paradigm for Risk Management

Engle demonstrates the role of correlations in financial decision making, and addresses the economic underpinnings and theoretical properties of correlations and their relation to other measures of dependence.


2003
Clive W.J. Granger

Spectral Analysis of Economic Time Series (PSME-1) (with Michio Hatanaka)

Spectral Analysis of Economic Time Series expands and implements on innovative statistical methods based on Granger’s differentiating process, “cointegration”. Granger analyzes and compares short-term alterations with long-term patterns.

Identity Economics jacket2001 George A. Akerlof

Identity Economics: How Our Identities Shape Our Work, Wages, and Well-Being (with Rachel E. Kranton)

Identity Economics provides an important and compelling new way to understand human behavior, revealing how our identities–and not just economic incentives–influence our decisions.The authors explain how our conception of who we are and who we want to be may shape our economic lives more than any other factor, affecting how hard we work, and how we learn, spend, and save.

Lectures on Public Economics jacket2001 Joseph Stiglit

Lectures on Public Economics (with Anthony B. Atkinson)

The lectures presented here examine the behavioral responses of households and firms to tax changes. The book then delves into normative questions such as the design of tax systems, optimal taxation, public sector pricing, and public goods, including local public goods.

Congratulations to Paula Rabinowitz! American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street is Co-Winner of the 2015 SHARP DeLong Book History Book Prize

 American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street

by Paula Rabinowitz

Co-Winner of the 2015 SHARP DeLong Book History Book Prize, The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing

American Pulp jacket

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing was founded to create a global network for book historians working in a broad range of scholarly disciplines…SHARP annually awards a $1,000 prize to the author of the best book on any aspect of the creation, dissemination, or uses of script or print published in the previous year. Owing to the generosity of the DeLong family in endowing the prize, from 2004 it has been known as the George A. and Jean S. DeLong Book History Book Prize.”

The online announcement is here.

Chapter one is available here.

#WinnerWednesdays: Congratulations to our authors!

Over the past week several of our authors have received very impressive honors:

Honorable Mention for the 2015 Hubert Morken Award for Best Book, Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association

  • Carrie Rosefsky Wickham – The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement

“The Hurbert Morken Award is given for the best publication dealing with religion and politics published during the last two years. The award will be presented this September at the 2015 APSA Conference in San Francisco.”

Winner of the 2015 Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize, Science Technology, and Environmental Politics Section of the American Political Science Association

  • Jessica F. Green – Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environment Governance

“The Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize recognizes the best book on environmental politics and policy published in the past three years. The award will be presented at APSA’s annual meeting in San Francisco in September.”

For more information, click here.

Co-Winner of the 2015 Outstanding Published Book Award, Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity Section of the American Sociological Association

  • Gabriel Abend – The Moral Background: An Inquiry into the History of Business Ethics

“The Outstanding Published Book Award… is given annually to author(s) of a theoretical analysis, research monograph, or reader published in the last five years that increases knowledge and understanding of altruism, morality, and/or social solidarity.”

View the official announcement here.

#WinnerWednesdays: Congratulations to our authors!

In the past couple of weeks, our authors have received an impressive number of honors:

Winner of the 2015 Legacy Award, Presidents and Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association

  • William G. Howell – Power without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action

“The Legacy Award will be given to a living author for a book, essay, or article, published at least 10 years prior to the award year that has made a continuing contribution to the intellectual development of the fields of presidency and executive politics.”

Check the website for additional information about the award.

Winner of the 2015 Otto Gründler Book Prize, The Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University

  • Robert Bartlett – Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things? Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation

The 2015 Otto Gründler Book Prize was awarded this month at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It consists of an award of $1,000.00 to the author of a book or monograph in any area of medieval studies that is judged by the selection committee to be an outstanding contribution to its field.

According to James M. Murray, Director of the Medieval Institute, Bartlett’s book was “an easy choice from the more than 25 candidates.”

For information about the award, click here.

2015 Silver Medal Winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, World History category

  • Adrienne Mayor – The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World

2015 Bronze Medal Winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, World History category

  • Chris Walsh – Cowardice: A Brief History

The Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards) are sponsored by Jenkins Group Inc. & IndependentPublisher.com

“The ‘IPPY’ Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market.”

The 2015 IPPY Awards announcement is here  (see category 57)

The awards ceremony to honor the medalists took place on May 27th in New York City.

Colm Tóibín, author of On Elizabeth Bishop, is one of seven writers who will be inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame in 2015.

“The NYS Writers Hall of Fame was established in conjunction with the Empire State Center for the Book to highlight the rich literary heritage of New York State and to recognize the legacy of individual New York State writers.” The first Gala and Induction Ceremony into the NYS Writers Hall of Fame was held in 2010.

The seven New York State writers to be inducted at the Princeton Club in New York City on June 2nd are:  Isaac Asimov, Allen Ginsberg, Ezra Jack Keats, Dawn Powell, Francine Prose, David Remnick, and Colm Tóibín. Click here or here for more information.