We have just seen early copies of Weiwei-isms. It is a terrific little book and would make a great stocking stuffer for fans of Ai Weiwei or those who appreciate bons mots on art, human rights, the digital revolution, and countless other subjects.
Ai Weiwei releases “How to Scientifically Remove a Shiny Screw with Chinese Characteristics from a Moving Vehicle in Eighteen Turns”
The Gulag—the Soviet Union’s vast system of forced-labor camps, internal exile, and prisons—has long been referenced as a gruesome symbol of tyranny in the Stalin era. But why did Soviet authorities act as they did? Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society by Steven A. Barnes, director of the Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Mason University, takes a fascinating look at the role of the Gulag, contrasting it with Nazi concentration camps and exploring how it operated primarily as a brutal penal institution and instrument of ‘reeducation’, and not one of genocide. This week the book is the subject of an ongoing blog conversation at the Russian History Blog. A number of Gulag specialists will be discussing the book over the next seven to ten days. Catch the first installments here.
UCLA political scienctist Michael L. Ross appeared recently in Los Angeles at the terrific public program venue Zócalo Public Square to talk about his important and timely new book THE OIL CURSE: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations. You can watch 3:00 minutes of his talk here and the rest of it at the Zócalo website. Enjoy!
David Scheffer author of ‘All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals’ was in London this week and spoke at Chatham House. An audio recording of his talk is now available on their website. His trip coincided with the conviction on Wednesday 14th March of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo in what was the first verdict delivered by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. In an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme (please scroll down to 0824 for the clip) he was interviewed about this and the relationship of the United States to the court.
David Scheffer, author of the recently published ‘All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals’ will be touring Europe from 12 – 24 March, speaking in London, The Hague, Berlin, Cologne, Vienna, Budapest, Sarajevo and Brussels. While in London he will be talking at the Society for Oriental and African Studies on 12th March and at Chatham House on 13 March. Both these events are free and open to the public so please follow the links if you would like to sign up. For more detailed information on any of the other events in Europe please contact Caroline Priday firstname.lastname@example.org or @crpriday
If you happen to be in the Washington, DC, area tomorrow afternoon and have no plans for lunch, please come out to The World Bank and hear UCLA political scientist discuss his sobering new book THE OIL CURSE: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations. Michael will be in discussion with The World Bank’s Robert Lesnick. The event kicks off at 12:30 PM at the following address:
World Bank J Building
18th Street and Pennsylvania Ave, NW
David Scheffer, the first US ambassador for war crimes, has recently published All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals with Princeton University Press. In the book, he discusses bringing some of the most notorious war criminals to justice. David was interviewed on BBC Radio 3 NightWaves on 25th January and the interview is now available to listen again here.
We invite you to check out our new 2012 history catalog at: http://press.princeton.edu/catalogs/history12.pdf
You will find books by Emma Rothschild, Sheldon Garon, Tonio Andrade, Andrei Codrescu, Jill Lepore, Jim Kloppenberg, David Scheffer and many more. New paperbacks and ebooks are also available.
The 126th annual meeting of the American Historical Association is going on now in Chicago. We’re there at booth no. 313. Stop by to say hello and browse new books.
Congratulations to authors Ian Goldin, Geoffrey Cameron and
Meera Balarajan whose book ‘Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World
and will Define our Future’ was listed in the Economist’s Best Books of 2011.
Princeton University Press author David Scheffer (his book All the Missing Souls is forthcoming early next year) will be interviewed in a documentary described as “a searing and personal investigation of one of the 20th century’s most infamous instances of planned mass murder — the Khmer Rouge ‘killing fields’ of Cambodia.”
Scheffer will contribute to the program from his unique perspective as the United States first Ambassador for War Crimes and a figure instrumental in the creation of the war crimes tribunals for Cambodia and elsewhere in the late 90s. PBS has posted a Q&A with Scheffer on their web site to promote the documentary.
Last week European Advisory Board member David Goodhart, the founding editor of Prospect Magazine, acted as a judge for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize, the most prestigious award in the UK for non-fiction. The award ceremony was filmed as a special edition of the Culture Show on the BBC and can be seen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b012fvh3/The_Culture_Show_BBC_Samuel_Johnson_Prize_for_NonFiction_2011_A_Culture_Show_Special/
An ever increasing number of our rights deals are for translations into Chinese, and this week saw the sale of the Chinese (complex) rights for Daniel Bell and Avner de Shalit’s THE SPIRIT OF CITIES.
It was a terrific week for coverage of PUP books in the European media, with a two-page review of Emma Rothschild’s THE INNER LIFE OF EMPIRES appearing in the Times Higher Education, and John Ikenberry’s LIBERAL LEVIATHAN and Diane Coyle’s THE ECONOMICS OF ENOUGH listed as summer “must reads” in the Financial Times. Timothy Garton Ash praised Yan Xuetong’s ANCIENT CHINESE THOUGHT, MODERN CHINESE POWER in the Guardian , while Ian Goldin’s EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE was noticed in Le Monde and the Polish daily Gazeta Prawna.