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The Cornell University Press Marketing team compiled an informational summary of the most popular awards, publicity, journals, podcasts, author blog posts, and bestsellers of January 2021. Take a look!


Brian Drohan’s Brutality in an Age of Human Rights: Activism and Counterinsurgency at the End of the British Empire, is winner of the  Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr. Award given by the Army Strategist Association

Theresa Keeley’s Reagan’s Gun-Toting Nuns: The Catholic Conflict over Cold War Human Rights Policy in Central America, is winner of the Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America of the Duke Human Rights Center

Paul Robinson’s Russian Conservatism, has been included in The Federalist’s Notable Books for 2020


The Washington Post referenced How to Prevent Coups d’État and quoted Erica De Bruin. The New York Times referenced the book and quoted the author. Bustle included How to Prevent Coups d’État in a list of books and podcasts relevant to coups. Elite Daily quoted Erica De Bruin and referenced the book in an article about the Capital event. Vox quoted the author and referenced the book in an article about fascism

The Washington Post’s “Made by History” published a piece by Julie Miller, Cry of Murder on BroadwayConversations at the Washington Library interviewed Julie Miller. The Panorama published a post by the author

The American Conservative reviewed The Vanishing Tradition saying the book “presents sensible ways both to conserve and move.” American Greatness reviewed the book saying it “provides key insights.” Aero discusses the book in an essay on Cancel Culture

USA Today quoted the author and mentioned The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet in an article on Biden handling section 230. Marketplace interviewed the author on Section 230

The Financial Times published an op-ed by Kristen Looney, Mobilizing for Development

Bangor Daily News published a feature article on Shredding Paper and interviewed Michael Hillard. Maine ALF-CIO published an article discussing the book and the paper industry in Maine

Michigan War Studies Review reviewed the Comrades Betrayed

War on the Rocks, Horns of a Dilemmainterviewed Simon Miles, Engaging the Evil Empire, about his new book. Providence Magazine interviewed the author on his new book

Foreign Affairs reviewed When Blame Backfires a capsule review. Jadaliyya interviewed Anne Marie Baylouny on her book

The Chicago Reader listed Campus Counterspaces as one of the ten best Chicago books of the year

The Federalist listed Russian Conservatism among the Federalist’s Notable Books for 2020

Law & Liberty published an essay by D.G. Hart, American Catholic

H-Soz-Kult reviewed The Stuff of Soldiers

Real Change reviewed Thomas Mann’s War

Your Rights At Work Podcast interviewed Richard Schweid, The Caring Class, on the Covid Vaccine and his new book

New Books Network interviewed James Pickett, Polymaths of Islam. Islamicate Book Reviews reviewed the book in video conversation 

New Books Network interviewed Benno Weiner on The Chinese Revolution on the Tibetan Frontier

New Books Network interviewed Ronen Steinberg, The Afterlives of the Terror

New Books Network interviewed Benedict Kerkvliet, Speaking Out in Vietnam

New Books Network interviewed Gracia Liu-Farrer, Immigrant Japan

Business Journal Daily announced the publication of The Tsar’s Happy Occasion. The Holcad announced the publication of Martin’s new book

The Banner recommended The Man in the Dog Park to their readers. Rorotoko interviewed Cathy Small

News Security Beat published an op-ed by Michelle Jurkovich, Feeding the Hungry

Public Books mentioned Lethal Provocation in a piece about religious intolerance in France

The Walrus mentioned Earth Emotions in a longform article about homesickness and solastalgia

The Evening Tribune reported the donation of copies of Women Will Vote from the Angelica Community Radio to Southern Tier Library System

Chapati Mystery interviewed Nurfadzilah Yahaya, Fluid Jurisdictions

Liikuntatieteellinen Seura [Sport Science Society]Helsinki FIN reviewed Skis in the Art of War 

Kalamazoo College News announced the publication of More Than Medals in an online feature

Top Best in Singapore listed How China Escaped the Poverty Trap as one of the best books on China

AramcoWorld reviewed Tasting Difference in the most recent issue of the magazine

Stuk Rood Vlees Podcast interviewed Abbey Steele, Democracy and Displacement in Colombia’s Civil War, on coups

The Maritime ExecutiveThe Lowy Interpreter, published a piece by Oriana Skylar Mastro, The Costs of Conversation


American Historical Review reviewed The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet

American Journal of Archaeology reviewed New Directions in Cypriot Archaeology

ASOR reviewed New Directions in Cypriot Archaeology

BASEES reviewed Russian Conservatism

China Review International reviewed Crossed Paths

Choice reviewed Information Technology and Military Power

Democratization reviewed The Credibility Challenge

Democratization reviewed Webs of Corruption

Diplomacy & Statecraft reviewed Atomic Assurance 

Early Modern Literary Studies reviewed Phantasmatic Shakespeare

Harvard Law Review reviewed Authors and Apparatus

Holocaust and Genocide Studies reviewed Intimate Violence

Jahrbuch für Kommunikationsgeschichte reviewed Authors and Apparatus

Japanese Studies reviewed Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan

Journal of American-East Asian Relations reviewed To Build as Well as Destroy

Journal of British Studies reviewed Heaven’s Wrath

Journal of British Studies reviewed The Medieval Economy of Salvation

 Journal of Ecclesiastical History reviewed Russia’s Uncommon Prophet

 Journal of Ecclesiastical History reviewed The Dangerous God

Journal of the American Planning Association reviewed From Mobility to Accessibility

L’Homme reviewed Street Sovereigns

Latin American Research Review reviewed Civil Wars and Their Aftermath

Metropoles reviewed Cities for Profit

New York History Journal reviewed Who Should Rule at Home?

Passport reviewed To Bring the Good News to All Nations

Perspective on Politics reviewed Crippling Leviathan 

Perspective on Politics reviewed Small Arms

Perspective on Politics reviewed Strong Governments, Precarious Workers

Perspectives on Politics featured Constitutional Dysfunction on Trial

Perspectives on Politics featured Politics of the Headscarf

PoLAR reviewed Accidental Activists

Security Studies Quarterly reviewed Crippling Leviathan

The Classical Review reviewed Platonism and Naturalism

The Russian Review reviewed Revolution Goes East

The Russian Review reviewed The Public Image of Eastern Orthodoxy


1869, Episode 100 with Cornell University Press Director Jane Bunker

“One of the things that drew me to Cornell was the fact that there are humanities lists–social sciences–it’s such a broad spectrum across the humanities and social sciences. But also really exciting to me is the com-stock list: nature writing, environmental studies, and biological sciences. That is a really exciting opportunity to be a part of a press who publishes in the sciences and also the ILR imprint with all of the great work done in labor studies books.”

-Jane Bunker

Top-10 Author Blog Posts


January Bestsellers

  1. Sammataro/The Beekeeper’s Handbook
  2. Mills/The Racial Contract
  3. West/Four Texts on Socrates
  4. Linkhoeva/Revolution Goes East (OA ebook)
  5. Brantlinger/Bread and Circuses (OA ebook)
  6. Comstock/Handbook of Nature Study 
  7. Herrmann/No Useless Mouth (OA ebook)
  8. Jenkins/Mosses of the Northern Forest
  9. Kosseff/The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet
  10. Hillard/Shredding Paper

Featured photo: Young person walking. Credit: Jason Koski.

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