Berkshire Bookworld

BookworldCurious about the professors and other experts who come up with ideas, test their hypotheses, and create the books and other publications that make the rest of us ready for life on this beautiful planet in the 21st century? Berkshire Publishing Group is a small company that tackles great big topics, thanks to the help of a network of many thousands of brilliant people working in universities, thinktanks, and corporations around the world. Get to know them at our Bookworld podcast with host Karen Christensen, Berkshire’s CEO and founder. Comments and requests to Berkshire Publishing Group 宝库山 is a specialist press, known for its work on China, world history, “big” history, and environmental sustainability.

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Revolutionary Leadership and China’s Transformations: 13 June 2016

James MacGregor Burns looks at leadership in China in the time of Mao and more recently, and discusses the leader-follower relationship, a key aspect of transformational leadership, a concept closely associated with him.

Geoengineering, Human Hubris, and a Sustainable Future: 30 May 2016

Jim Fleming discusses speculative technological solutions to climate change, a subject he wrote about in the 10th and final volume of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability.

How Many Chinese Cuisines?: 23 May 2016

Carolyn Phillips explains why she divides Chinese food into 35 different styles, instead of the supposedly classic four or eight. Her divisions correspond to dialects – “people eat as they speak” – and provide the organizing principle for her new book, All Under Heaven. 

Biography as the way into Chinese history: 16 May 2016

Kerry Brown talks about the massive and overwhelmingly ambitious Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography – the first work of its kind in over a century.