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by Roland Barthes & Jody Gladding Columbia University Press (February 13, 2018)

Album provides an unparalleled look into Roland Barthes's life of letters. It presents a selection of correspondence, from his adolescence in the 1930s through the height of his career and up to the last years...

Orhan Pamuk and the Good of World Literature

by Gloria Fisk Columbia University Press (February 13, 2018)

When Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006, he was honored for using his craft as a novelist to bridge a troubling gap between the Judeo-Christian West and the Islamic East. Gloria Fisk contests...

Radiation Nation

by Natasha Zaretsky Columbia University Press (February 13, 2018)

On March 28, 1979, the worst nuclear reactor accident in U.S. history occurred at the Three Mile Island power plant in Central Pennsylvania. Radiation Nation tells the story of what happened that day and in...

Transpacific Attachments

by Lily Wong Columbia University Press (February 06, 2018)

The figure of the Chinese sex worker—who provokes both disdain and desire—has become a trope for both Asian American sexuality and Asian modernity. Lingering in the cultural imagination, sex workers link...

American Capitalism

by Sven Beckert & Christine Desan Columbia University Press (February 06, 2018)

The United States has long epitomized capitalism. From its enterprising shopkeepers, wildcat banks, violent slave plantations, and raucous commodities trade to its world-spanning multinationals, its massive...

Gender and the Politics of History

by Joan Wallach Scott Columbia University Press (January 23, 2018)

This landmark work from a renowned feminist historian is a foundational demonstration of the uses of gender as a conceptual tool for cultural and historical analysis. Joan Wallach Scott offers a trenchant critique...

Speculative Taxidermy

by Giovanni Aloi Columbia University Press (January 23, 2018)

Taxidermy, once the province of natural history and dedicated to the pursuit of lifelike realism, has recently resurfaced in the world of contemporary art,culture, and interior design. In Speculative Taxidermy,...

Rescuing Retirement

by Tony James, Teresa Ghilarducci & Timothy Geithner Columbia University Press (January 23, 2018)

Everyone deserves to be able to retire with dignity, but this core feature of the social contract is in jeopardy. Companies have swerved away from pensions, and most of the workforce has woefully inadequate...

Facing the Abyss

by George Hutchinson Columbia University Press (January 23, 2018)

Mythologized as the era of the “good war” and the “Greatest Generation,” the 1940s are frequently understood as a more heroic, uncomplicated time in American history. Yet just below the surface, a sense...

The Future of Mainline Protestantism in America

by James Hudnut-Beumler & Mark Silk Columbia University Press (January 09, 2018)

As recently as the 1960s, more than half of all American adults belonged to just a handful of mainline Protestant denominations—Presbyterian, UCC, Disciples of Christ, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and American...

Traditional Chinese Medicine

by Paul U. Unschuld & Bridie Andrews Columbia University Press (January 09, 2018)

A leading authority explains the origins and history of Chinese medicine from its beginnings in antiquity to today. Paul U. Unschuld describes medicine's close connection with culture and politics throughout...


by James Rubin & Barie Carmichael Columbia University Press (January 09, 2018)

As consumers, our access to—and appetite for—information about what and how we buy continues to grow. Powered by social media, increasingly we look at the companies behind the products and are disappointed...

South Korea at the Crossroads

by Scott A. Snyder Columbia University Press (January 02, 2018)

Against the backdrop of China's mounting influence and North Korea's growing nuclear capability and expanding missile arsenal, South Korea faces a set of strategic choices that will shape its economic prospects...

The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks

by Donald R. Prothero Columbia University Press (January 02, 2018)

Every rock is a tangible trace of the earth’s past. In The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks, Donald R. Prothero tells the fascinating stories behind the discoveries that shook the foundations of geology. In...

A Time to Stir

by Paul Cronin Columbia University Press (January 02, 2018)

For seven days in April 1968, students occupied five buildings on the campus of Columbia University to protest a planned gymnasium in a nearby Harlem park, links between the university and the Vietnam War, and...

The Essay Film After Fact and Fiction

by Nora M. Alter Columbia University Press (January 02, 2018)

Nora M. Alter argues that the essay film is a hybrid genre that fuses three major categories of film: feature, art, and documentary. Much like the written essay, its literary predecessor, the essay film draws...

Critics, Coteries, and Pre-Raphaelite Celebrity

by Wendy Graham Columbia University Press (December 26, 2017)

Founded by a band of young iconoclasts, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood stunned Victorian England with its revaluation of culture and lifestyle. With Pre-Raphaelitism ascendant in the 1850s and canonical by the...

The Best American Magazine Writing 2017

by Sid Holt & The American Society of Magazine Editors Columbia University Press (December 19, 2017)

With the work of journalists under fire around the world, this year’s anthology of National Magazine Awards finalists and winners is a timely reminder of the power of journalism. These pieces from writers...

Eating Ethically

by Jonathan K. Crane Columbia University Press (December 19, 2017)

We are eating ourselves to death in many ways, both bodily and societally. Few activities are as essential to human flourishing as eating, and fewer still are as ethically intricate. Eating well is particularly...

Sisters of the Cross

by Alexei Remizov, Roger Keys & Brian Murphy Columbia University Press (December 19, 2017)

Thirty-year-old Piotr Alekseevich Marakulin lives a contented, if humdrum life as a financial clerk in a Petersburg trading company. He is jolted out of his daily routine when, quite unexpectedly, he is accused...

Preventive Engagement

by Paul B. Stares Columbia University Press (December 19, 2017)

America finds itself in an acute predicament: The international order it has helped construct over many decades is under increasing stress from various quarters. As the world’s predominant military power and...

Conquering Lyme Disease

by Brian A. Fallon & Jennifer Sotsky Columbia University Press (December 12, 2017)

With more than 300,000 cases diagnosed each year, Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States. However, doctors are deeply divided on how to diagnose and treat it, leading to the...

Silencing the Bomb

by Lynn R. Sykes Columbia University Press (December 12, 2017)

In December 2016, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved their iconic "Doomsday Clock" thirty seconds forward to two and a half minutes to midnight, the latest it has been set since 1952, the year of the first...

Confronting the Climate Challenge

by Lawrence Goulder & Marc Hafstead Columbia University Press (December 12, 2017)

Without significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, climate change will cause substantial damage to the environment and the economy. The scope of the threat demands a close look at the policies capable...

Sibling Action

by Stefani Engelstein Columbia University Press (December 05, 2017)

Beginning in the late eighteenth century, Europeans embarked on a new way of classifying the world, devising genealogies that determined degrees of relatedness by tracing heritage through common ancestry. This...

Writings from the Golden Age of Russian Poetry

by Konstantin Batyushkov & Peter France Columbia University Press (November 28, 2017)

Konstantin Batyushkov was one of the great poets of the Golden Age of Russian literature in the early nineteenth century. His verses, famous for their musicality, earned him the admiration of Aleksandr Pushkin...

Found Life

by Linor Goralik, Maria Vassileva, Ainsley Morse & Maya Vinokour Columbia University Press (November 28, 2017)

One of the first Russian writers to make a name for herself on the Internet, Linor Goralik writes conversational short works that conjure the absurd in all its forms, reflecting post-Soviet life and daily universals....

Garden Variety

by John Hoenig Columbia University Press (November 21, 2017)

Chopped in salads, scooped up in salsa, slathered on pizza and pasta, squeezed onto burgers and fries, and filling aisles with roma, cherry, beefsteak, on-the-vine, and heirloom: where would American food, fast...

The Sustainable City

by Steven Cohen Columbia University Press (November 21, 2017)

Living sustainably is not just about preserving the wilderness or keeping nature pristine. The transition to a green economy depends on cities. For the first time in human history, the majority of the people...

Life and Money

by Ute Astrid Tellmann Columbia University Press (November 21, 2017)

Life and Money uncovers the contentious history of the boundary between economy and politics in liberalism. Avoiding the established categories of state and market, Ute Tellmann focuses instead on the shifting...

The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200–1336

by Caroline Walker Bynum Columbia University Press (November 21, 2017)

A classic of medieval studies, The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200–1336 traces ideas of death and resurrection in early and medieval Christianity. Caroline Walker Bynum explores problems...

Mary and the Art of Prayer

by Rachel Fulton Brown Columbia University Press (November 21, 2017)

Would you like to learn to pray like a medieval Christian? In Mary and the Art of Prayer, Rachel Fulton Brown traces the history of the medieval practice of praising Mary through the complex of prayers known...

Thick and Dazzling Darkness

by Peter O'Leary Columbia University Press (November 21, 2017)

In Thick and Dazzling Darkness, Peter O’Leary offers a new reading of modern and contemporary poets’ treatment of religion and the nature of the divine in a secular age. The book seeks to come to terms with...

Philosophies of Happiness

by Diana Lobel Columbia University Press (November 14, 2017)

What does it mean to be truly happy? In Philosophies of Happiness, Diana Lobel provides a rich spectrum of arguments for a theory of happiness as flourishing or well-being, offering a global, cross-cultural,...

Chinese Script

by Thomas O. Höllmann & Maximiliane Donicht Columbia University Press (November 14, 2017)

In this brisk and accessible history, sinologist Thomas O. Höllmann explains the development of the Chinese writing system and its importance in literature, religion, art, and other aspects of culture. Spanning...

Cinematic Overtures

by Annette Insdorf Columbia University Press (November 07, 2017)

A great movie’s first few minutes are the key to the rest of the film. Like the opening paragraphs of a novel, they draw the viewer in and set up the thematic concerns and stylistic approach that will be developed...

Race on the Brain

by Jonathan Kahn Columbia University Press (November 07, 2017)

Of the many obstacles to racial justice in America, none has received more recent attention than the one that lurks in our subconscious. As social movements and policing scandals have shown how far from being...

Taking Back Philosophy

by Bryan W. Van Norden & Jay L. Garfield Columbia University Press (November 07, 2017)

Are American colleges and universities failing their students by refusing to teach the philosophical traditions of China, India, Africa, and other non-Western cultures? This biting and provocative critique of...

Becoming the News

by Ruth Palmer Columbia University Press (November 07, 2017)

What does it feel like to be featured, quoted, or just named in a news story? A refugee family, the survivor of a shooting, a primary voter in Iowa—the views and experiences of ordinary people are an important...

Inside Private Prisons

by Lauren-Brooke Eisen Columbia University Press (November 07, 2017)

When the tough-on-crime politics of the 1980s overcrowded state prisons, private companies saw potential profit in building and operating correctional facilities. Today more than a hundred thousand of the 1.5...

The Theory That Changed Everything

by Philip Lieberman Columbia University Press (November 07, 2017)

Few people have done as much to change how we view the world as Charles Darwin. Yet On the Origin of Species is more cited than read. Some of it is considered outdated; in some ways, it has been consigned to...

Democracy and the Welfare State

by Alice Kessler-Harris & Maurizio Vaudagna Columbia University Press (October 31, 2017)

After World War II, states on both sides of the Atlantic enacted comprehensive social benefits to protect working people and constrain capitalism. A widely shared consensus specifically linked social welfare...

Ethical Asset Valuation and the Good Society

by Christian Gollier Columbia University Press (October 31, 2017)

For all of their focus on asset prices, financial economists rarely ask if assets are priced ethically—that is, if their prices are compatible with the public good. Yet in a world facing major, possibly catastrophic...

Food of Sinful Demons

by Geoffrey Barstow Columbia University Press (October 24, 2017)

Tibetan Buddhism teaches compassion toward all beings, a category that explicitly includes animals. Slaughtering animals is morally problematic at best, and, at worst, completely incompatible with a religious...

Shari'a Scripts

by Brinkley Messick Columbia University Press (October 24, 2017)

A case study in the textual architecture of the venerable legal and ethical tradition at the center of the Islamic experience, Shar??a Scripts is a work of historical anthropology focused on Yemen in the early...

The Habermas Handbook

by Hauke Brunkhorst, Regina Kreide & Cristina Lafont Columbia University Press (October 24, 2017)

Jürgen Habermas is among the most influential philosophers of our time. His diagnosis of contemporary society and concepts such as the public sphere, communicative rationality, and cosmopolitanism have influenced...

Sovereign Wealth Funds in Resource Economies

by Khalid Alsweilem & Malan Rietveld Columbia University Press (October 17, 2017)

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have reached a transitional moment. Created as a way to direct excess wealth toward economic development and long-term financial returns, some countries are now seeing a decline...

Genuine Pretending

by Hans-Georg Moeller & Paul J. D'Ambrosio Columbia University Press (October 17, 2017)

Genuine Pretending is an innovative and comprehensive new reading of the Zhuangzi that highlights the critical and therapeutic functions of satire and humor. Hans-Georg Moeller and Paul J. D’Ambrosio show...

Law and the Wealth of Nations

by Tamara Lothian Columbia University Press (October 10, 2017)

Economic stagnation, financial crisis, and increasing inequality have provoked worldwide debate about the reshaping of the market economy. But few are willing to risk a reorientation of dominant ideas and a...

Neither Ghost nor Machine

by Jeremy Sherman & Terrence Deacon Columbia University Press (October 10, 2017)

If the universe is aimless, how do selves and aims emerge? Why do living beings have aims when inanimate things do not? Current science encourages us to reject the ghost-in-the-machine explanation—that something...