PublicAffairs (or PublicAffairs Books) is an American book publisher located in
New York City. From their web site:
:"PublicAffairs proudly publishes books by today’s top journalists, historians, and policymakers, in the fields of current affairs, politics, history, and biography."
PublicAffairs was launched in 1997 by Peter Osnos, cite web|url=http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Peter_L._W._Osnos |title=Peter L. W. Osnos |accessdate=2008-01-31 |work=Source Watch |publisher=
Center for Media and Democracy] and has published over 200 books since then. cite web|url=http://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/publicaffairsbooks-cgi-bin/browse?section=also |title=PublicAffairs Books: Also available |accessdate=2008-01-31 |publisher=PublicAffairs ] The company publishes mostly non-mainstream non-fiction books about politics and current affairs, both American and international. On their 10th anniversary PublicAffairs arranged a panel discussion with several authors of books published by them, including James Wolfensohn, former president of the World Bank, and George Soros. cite web|url=http://www.booktv.org/program.aspx?ProgramId=8337&SectionName=&PlayMedia=No |title=2007 BookExpo America: Social Entrepreneurs Panel |accessdate=2008-01-31 |work=Book TV |publisher=National Cable Satellite Corporation ]
In late 2007 PublicAffairs was involved in a controversy about a statement purportedly made by
Scott McClellan, former White House Press Secretary(2003-2006) for President George W. Bush, and author of a book about to be published by PublicAffairs.cite news | first=Clark | last=Hoyt | coauthors= | title=If It’s Fit to Blog, Is It Fit to Print? | date= 2007-12-09| publisher= New York Times| url =http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/opinion/09pubed.html?_r=1&oref=slogin | work = | pages = | accessdate = 2008-01-31 | language = ]
In early 2008 PublicAffairs will be publishing a book version of Charles Ferguson's documentary film "
No End in Sight", nominated for a 2007 Academy Award.cite news | first=Gregg | last=Kilday | coauthors= | title=Iraq documentary generates book and Oscar hopes | date= 2008-01-04| publisher= Reuters| url =http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSN0428011620080104?sp=true | work = | pages = | accessdate = 2008-01-31 | language = ]
PublicAffairs is a member of the Perseus Books Group, which won
Publishers Weekly's "Publisher of the Year" award for 2007. cite web|url=http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6506784.html |title=Publisher of the Year |accessdate=2008-01-31 |last=Millot |first=Jim |date= 2007-12-03|work=Publishers Weekly |publisher= Publishers Weekly]
Perseus Books Group is owned by Perseus Funds Group (holding company
Perseus LLC), a capital management firm that grew from about $20 million in 1995 to over $2 billion now. Large infusions of cash helped it grow exponentially, and it reportedly closed investment funds to new investors almost as fast as it opened them. The board has many prominent former Clinton and Carter Administration officials.
* [http://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/ Company web site]
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