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Our mission is to bring you the world.

We think of Berkshire Publishing as a lot like a travel website, because we want to help you learn about other countries and other cultures. You could even think of this as a time-travel website, because we invite you to explore past centuries and past millennia with us. As our friend and mentor William H. McNeill put it, “Genuinely inclusive world history is such a helpful, even necessary, guide for survival in the crowded world in we live.”

What we’re really about is community – communities of teachers and scholars, learners and leaders. Listen to our podcasts, join our discussion groups, and subscribe to our newsletter, which has stories from different corners of the world, favorite tips and tools, book reviews, recipes, and restaurant recommendations (yes, we love food).

Start Here collageIf you’re wondering who we are, check out the About Us page and find out why a global media company has its headquarters in a tiny New England town. Then we hope you’ll write to us and introduce yourself. We love hearing from our readers and from teachers and professors using our books.

Flipping through the latest Berkshire Catalog is a good way to start. 

There’s a lot here, so we’ve written this page, with links to some of our favorite writing and resources, to give you a flying start. Here are our most popular posts:

Storms, Zombies, and a Sustainable Future

A 97th Birthday Party

And here’s our April Fool’s Day story about T. S. Eliot and cheese, and the April Fool’s joke that backfired.

Because we’re inveterate researchers, we have a lot of recommendations to share and you can explore our lists, reviews, and product notes at Things We Love. You’ll find that we love travel. We love design. We love libraries. We love and hate technology. And of course we love food.

Become part of our community by clicking here to subscribe to our monthly newsletter. You’ll get the news from Main Street as well as notes from Berkshire staff and authors around the world. You’ll hear podcast interviews on topics that range from geoengineering to pairing wine with Chinese food, and be able to join our occasional free webinars about publishing (maybe you’ll end up being a Berkshire author or adviser – and you’ll definitely learn about how to get your work published, and how to protect your intellectual property if you’re already an author). We like to highlight programs and events offered in different cities, and often provide free backgrounder articles related to major events in the news. Sign up here and we’ll also send a free sample ebook, the Good Library Manual. We’ll never share your email address, and it’s just a click to unsubscribe or reduce the mailings you get.