1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed wins 2014 Award for the Best Popular Book, American Schools of Oriental Research

clineEric H. Cline, author of 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, is the first ever recipient of the American Schools of Oriental Research’s (ASOR) new award, the Best Popular Book Award (which will be officially named next year). “This award is presented to the author/editor of a book published in the last two years that offers a new synthesis of archaeological data intended to reach an audience of scholars as well as students and the broader public.”

Excerpts from the certificate presented to Cline at the annual ASOR meeting in San Diego praised his ability to inform and interest various types of readers:

“Eric Cline…masterfully brings together a wealth of information while maintaining a popular appeal throughout his study.”

“Cline’s extensive bibliography of source material makes this book extremely valuable for scholars, yet he explains the complexities of his subject in language easily understandable by the general public. This book possesses the rare quality of engaging both the academic and general readership.

Congratulations to Cline on winning the prestigious award and for setting the bar high for future nominations of the Best Popular Book. Below is a picture of Cline’s award alongside copies of 1177 B.C.

Cline_ASORprize-cert

 

Invisible in the Storm wins the 2015 Louis J. Battan Author’s Award, American Meteorological Society

Congratulations to Ian Roulstone & John Norbury, co-authors of Invisible in the Storm: The Role of Mathematics in Understanding Weather, on winning the 2015 Louis J. Battan Author’s Award given by the American Meteorological Society.

The prize is “presented to the author(s) of an outstanding, newly published book on the atmospheric and related sciences of a technical or non-technical nature, with consideration to those books that foster public understanding of meteorology in adult audiences.” In the announcement of the prize, the committee said Invisible in the Storm “illuminates the mathematical foundation of weather prediction with lucid prose that provides a bridge between meteorologists and the public.”

For more information about the 2015 AMS awards: http://www.ametsoc.org/awards/2015awardrecipients.pdf


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Invisible in the Storm
The Role of Mathematics in Understanding Weather
Ian Roulstone & John Norbury

Anna Suns’ Confucianism as a World Religion wins award at 2014 American Academy of Religion Book Awards

Every year the American Academy of Religion (AAR) recognizes “new scholarly publications that make significant contributions to the study of religion,” and awards “books that affect decisively how religion is examined, understood, and interpreted.”

We are proud to announce that Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities by Anna Sun has won the 2014 AAR Best First Book in the History of Religions award.  Sun will receive this award at the AAR Annual Meeting on November 23rd.

Again, congratulations to Anna Sun on a remarkable achievement!


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Confucianism as a World Religion:
Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities
Anna Sun
Winner of the 2014 Best Book Award, Sociology of Religion Section of the American Sociological Association
Winner of the 2014 Best First Book in the History of Religions Award, American Academy of Religion
One of Choice‘s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013

 

In the Interest of Others named co-winner of 2014 Best Book Award, The Labor Project of the American Political Science Association

j10147[1]We are delighted to extend our congratulations to John S. Ahlquist & Margaret Levi. They are co-authors of In the Interest of Others: Organizations and Social Activism which has just been named a co-winner of the 2014 Best Book Award from The Labor Project of the American Political Science Association.

According to their web site, “The Labor Project is a related group of the American Political Science Association. Related groups promote teaching and research in political science, assist in the professional development of political scientists, and sponsor panels and roundtables at the APSA’s Annual Meeting. The Labor Project stands committed to advancing those goals. We support continued research on relevant issues such as the role and influence of organized labor in U.S. elections, Iraq reconstruction, federal whistle-blowing laws, local and state U.S. political representation of workers, neoliberalism, guestworker programs, advocacy efforts, new union strategies, court decisions affecting work, federal policies regarding employment, changes in union politics, political organizations, and labor, work, and employment issues.”

Cheers!

James & Carol Gould Longlisted for a 2013 Society of Biology Book Award

James L. Gould & Carol Grant Gould – Nature’s Compass: The Mystery of Animal Navigation
Longlisted for the 2013 Society of Biology Book Awards in General Biology

The Society of Biology runs three awards for biology, biosciences and life sciences books. The awards celebrate outstanding textbooks aimed at undergraduates and postgraduates and general biology books.

To see what other books made the list, click here.

Nature's CompassWe know that animals cross miles of water, land, and sky with pinpoint precision on a daily basis. But it is only in recent years that scientists have learned how these astounding feats of navigation are actually accomplished. With colorful and thorough detail, Nature’s Compass explores the remarkable methods by which animals find their way both near home and around the globe. Noted biologist James Gould and popular science writer Carol Gould delve into the elegant strategies and fail-safe backup systems, the invisible sensitivities and mysterious forces, and incredible mental abilities used by familiar and rare species, as they investigate a multitude of navigation strategies, from the simple to the astonishing.

Providing a comprehensive picture of animal navigation and migration, Nature’s Compass decodes the mysteries of this extraordinary aspect of natural behavior.

James L. Gould is professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University.
Carol Grant Gould is a science writer who has published widely.
Together, the Goulds have written nine earlier books, including The Animal Mind and Animal Architects.

Benn Steil Wins the 2013 Spear’s Book Award

Steil_Bretton Woods_author photoBenn Steil – The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order
Winner of the 2013 Spear’s Book Award in Financial History

The Spear’s Book Awards, which cover everything from finance to fiction, were presented on Tuesday at a luncheon in London. Caroline Priday accepted the prize for Benn Steil—a leather-bound edition of his book with gold-embossed inscription naming the award.
To read more about the award luncheon and the other winners, click here.

The Battle of Bretton WoodsWhen turmoil strikes world monetary and financial markets, leaders invariably call for ‘a new Bretton Woods’ to prevent catastrophic economic disorder and defuse political conflict. The name of the remote New Hampshire town where representatives of forty-four nations gathered in July 1944, in the midst of the century’s second great war, has become shorthand for enlightened globalization. The actual story surrounding the historic Bretton Woods accords, however, is full of startling drama, intrigue, and rivalry, which are vividly brought to life in Benn Steil’s epic account.

A remarkably deft work of storytelling that reveals how the blueprint for the postwar economic order was actually drawn, The Battle of Bretton Woods is destined to become a classic of economic and political history.

Benn Steil is senior fellow and director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. His previous book, Money, Markets, and Sovereignty, was awarded the 2010 Hayek Book Prize.

Peter Brown’s Through the Eye of a Needle wins the R.R. Hawkins Award from the PROSE Awards

j9807[1]PROSE honors the best in professional and scholarly publishing, as judged by peer publishers, librarians and academics. This year’s competition attracted 518 entries of books, reference works, journals and electronic products in more than 40 categories — the fifth consecutive year of a record-breaking entries count. “If you are one of the … winners, you have achieved something that’s a very big deal,” said John A. Jenkins, Chairman of the PROSE Awards and President and Publisher Emeritus of CQ Press, at the awards presentation, which was streamed live in a webcast. For the first time, the awards also included live tweeting, with the hashtag #PROSEAwards.

The RR Hawkins Award, the highest PROSE honor, was presented to Princeton University Press for j9685[1]Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD by Peter Brown, the world’s foremost scholar of late antiquityTaking its title from the proverb attributed to Jesus Christ that it is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to get into heaven, the  book examines the transformation of the early Christian Church through the lens of wealth and poverty in the waning days of the Roman Empire. The book also won the PROSE Award for Excellence in Humanities and the Classics & Ancient History category.

Princeton also won the Award for Excellence in Social Sciences for The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy.

Source: http://elsevierconnect.com/elsevier-wins-6-prose-awards-for-e-products-and-books/

 

Princeton University Press won a total of 15 Awards this year, beginning with the top honor, the 2012 R.R. Hawkins Award. PUP also took two out of five Awards of Excellence, five top category awards, and seven honorable mentions.

The list of PUP 2012 PROSE Awards:

Peter Brown, Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD
Winner of the 2012 R.R. Hawkins Award, PROSE Awards, Association of American Publishers

2 Awards of Excellence
Peter Brown, Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD
Winner of the 2012 PROSE Award for Excellence in Humanities, Association of American Publishers

Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba and Henry E. Brady, The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy
Winner of the 2012 PROSE Award for Excellence in Social Sciences, Association of American Publishers

5 Category Award Winners
Alexander J. Hahn, Mathematical Excursions to the World’s Great Buildings
Winner of the 2012 PROSE Award, Architecture & Urban Planning, Association of American Publishers

Robert J. Shiller, Finance and the Good Society
Winner of the 2012 PROSE Award, Business, Finance & Management, Association of American Publishers

Peter Brown, Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD
Winner of the 2012 PROSE Award, Classics & Ancient History, Association of American Publishers

Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba and Henry E. Brady, The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy
Winner of the 2012 PROSE Award, Government & Politics, Association of American Publishers

Harvey Molotch, Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger
Winner of the 2012 PROSE Award, Sociology & Social Work, Association of American Publishers

 

7 Honorable Mention Winners
Peter S. Wells, How Ancient Europeans Saw the World: Vision, Patterns, and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times
Honorable Mention, 2012 PROSE Awards, Archeology & Anthropology, Association of American Publishers

John MacCormick, Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today’s Computers
Honorable Mention, 2012 PROSE Awards, Computing & Information Sciences, Association of American Publishers

Charles H. Langmuir and Wally Broecker, How to Build a Habitable Planet: The Story of Earth from the Big Bang to Humankind
Honorable Mention, 2012 PROSE Awards, Earth Sciences, Association of American Publishers

Andrew Delbanco, College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be
Honorable Mention, 2012 PROSE Awards, Education, Association of American Publishers

John M. Cooper, Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus
Honorable Mention, 2012 PROSE Awards, Philosophy, Association of American Publishers

Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham, The Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas that Animate Great Magic Tricks
Honorable Mention, 2012 PROSE Awards, Popular Science & Popular Mathematics, Association of American Publishers

Frank Costigliola, Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances: How Personal Politics Helped Start the Cold War
Honorable Mention, 2012 PROSE Awards, U.S. History, Association of American Publishers

What an incredible honor this is. Press Director Peter Dougherty was on-hand to accept the award and here in Princeton we gathered in the boardroom to watch the live-televised ceremony. Congratulations to Peter Brown, Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, Henry E. Brady, and the rest of our award-winning authors, as well as the staff at Princeton University Press who worked on their books.

To learn more about the PROSE Awards and to see a complete list of the winners, please visit their site.

[2/8/13 - updated with a complete list of winners including all winners and all honorable mentions]

Three PUP authors to receive National Humanities Medal today

Princeton University Press is pleased to congratulate Kwame Anthony Appiah (The Ethics of Identity), Andrew Delbanco (College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be), and Teofilo Ruiz (The Terror of History: On the Uncertainties of Life in Western Civilization), all of whom will receive a National Humanities Medal today.  A total of eight writers will be honored, including poet John Ashbery, historian Robert Darnton, musical scholar Charles Rosen, literary scholar Ramón Saldívar, and Amartya Sen,  Nobel laureate in economics.

From the White House press release:

Kwame Anthony Appiah for seeking eternal truths in the contemporary world. His books and essays within and beyond his academic discipline have shed moral and intellectual light on the individual in an era of globalization and evolving group identities.

Andrew Delbanco for his insight into the American character, past and present. He has been called “America’s best social critic” for his essays on current issues and higher education. As a professor in American studies, he reveals how classics by Melville and Emerson have shaped our history and contemporary life.

Teofilo Ruiz, medieval historian, for his inspired teaching and writing. His erudite studies have deepened our understanding of medieval Spain and Europe, while his late examination of how society has coped with terror has taught important lessons about the dark side of western progress.

The ceremony will begin streaming live at 1:45 PM Eastern time and you can watch it here.