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Books for course use

Books on global topics, written by experts but designed for student engagement in social studies, science, literature, and language classes. Some titles are used for professional development. Available in print and as ebooks.

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    Third Places (VVSI)
    Third Places (VVSI)

    Third Places: A Very VERY Short Introduction – to be published in 2024 – sets out the defining features of a third place and provides a wide variety of examples. Ray Oldenburg, coauthor of this book, is famous for giving a name to a phenomenon seen throughout history: the third place. Pre-order now and pay when the book is published. Any discount available will also be applied. While you are waiting, click here to buy the Berkshire Edition of the original The Great Good Place in print or ebook. And visit GreatGoodPlace.org for recent press and extracts.

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    Women: A World History
    Women: A World History

    Women: A World History was written for students in world history, women’s history, introductory sociology and anthropology courses, and women’s studies courses. It is also a helpful and engaging guide for the general reader who wants to understand why “women’s history” exists and how it expands traditional thinking about the past. Historian Pamela McVay explores the evolving roles of women in all parts of the world and focuses on issues particularly important in women’s lives such as lineage, family structure, and rules regarding marriage and sexuality. The book supplements core textbooks and monographs and course packs, and includes study questions and suggestions for further reading.

    Available as ePDF here, as a Kindle ebook, and from major academic ebook vendors.

    $9.99$29.99
    This Fleeting World in Farsi Persian cover
    This Fleeting World (Farsi Edition)

    This Fleeting World offers a global, scientific perspective on our shared human story, translated for the Farsi-speaking people of Iran and Afghanistan.

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    What Is Sustainability?
    What Is Sustainability?

    Blending history and science, What Is Sustainability? Our Impact on Planet Earth & the Natural Forces Shaping Our Future takes readers on a quick tour of the human relationship with the environment from ancient times to the modern era. Edited by a renowned educator based in New Zealand, the book draws on research from around the world to offer a global perspective on today’s issues and debates, including climate change, plastic waste, and social justice. 

    $4.99$29.99
    The African American Community in Rural New England
    The African American Community in Rural New England

    The African American Community in Rural New England: W. E. B. Du Bois and His Boyhood Church (formerly published in hardcover as Sewing Circles, Dime Suppers, and W. E. B. Du Bois: A History of the Clinton A. M. E. Zion Church) offers fresh insight into a small New England church’s role in the national civil rights movement.

    $9.95$39.95
    This Is Islam
    This Is Islam

    his Is Islam: From Muhammad and the Community of Believers to Islam in the Global Community presents a lively introduction to a religion that has a dramatic history and plays a crucial role in the world today. Written by Professor Jamal Elias of the University of Pennsylvania, the book also includes a Teacher’s Preface by Katherine L. Saffle, Heritage Hall Upper School.

    $9.95$29.99
    This Is China: The First 5,000 Years (1st edition, Yuan)
    This Is China: The First 5,000 Years (1st edition, Yuan)

    This Is China: The First 5,000 Years contains, in brief, everything we need to know about 5,000 years of history, 30 years of “opening,” and a future that promises to shape the 21st century for all of us.

    $9.95$29.95
    Story of Utopias: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Story of Utopias: 100th Anniversary Edition

    The Story of Utopias was first published in 1922, in the aftermath of a world war and global pandemic, by a young writer. Berkshire’s 100th anniversary edition is designed for the reader of today. In a preface to the 50th anniversary edition, Lewis Mumford explained that The Story of Utopias began with an awareness “that the impetus of the great nineteenth century, with its fund of buoyant idealism and robust social enterprise, had come to an end. If we were to cope with the new age before us, whose grim outlines had long been visible to sensitive, probing minds, we would have to overcome the massive aberrations that had in fact led to the debacle of the First World War. . . . When I started to explore the historic utopias, I was seeking to discover what was missing, and to define what was still possible.” This book is in some ways the essential Lewis Mumford, an introduction to a man who had worldwide influence, and whose thinking is directly relevant to the challenges we face today.

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    This Is America: A Short History of the United States
    This Is America: A Short History of the United States

    This Is America: A Short History of the United States offers a unique guide to the United States of America, a nation that in recent history has been the most affluent, influential, and powerful on Earth, known for innovation as well as for its belief in its own “exceptionalism.” This book will give US citizens and people elsewhere a more nuanced view of the “beautiful country.”

    $9.99$29.95
    Women and Leadership: History, Theories, and Case Studies
    Women and Leadership: History, Theories, and Case Studies

    Women and Leadership: History, Concepts, and Case Studies provides valuable research by experts on leadership and women’s history to help students and citizens who want a more nuanced explanation of what we know about women as leaders – and about how they have led in different fields, in different parts of the world, and in past centuries.

    $9.99$49.99
    Joy of Tippling: A Salute to Bars, Taverns, and Pubs (with Recipes)
    Joy of Tippling: A Salute to Bars, Taverns, and Pubs (with Recipes)

    The Joy of Tippling is a toast to importance of drinking together, crafted by the ultimate tippler. Like Ray Oldenburg’s bestselling The Great Good Place, his new book is packed with factual information, humor and wit, personal insights, and sound sociological observations. The Joy of Tippling is a celebration of third places, and a call to community.

    “Great news, tipplers! The killjoys, buzzcrushers, pinch-faced scolds, and puritans are WRONG. Knocking a couple back at the local bar is good for you. In The Joy of Tippling, sociologist and inveterate tippler Ray Oldenburg tells us why, backed up with solid research, indisputable facts and real news, all cheerfully served with dash and wit.” — John Tebeau, author of Bars, Taverns, and Dives New Yorkers Love

    $9.99$29.95
    This Is China: The First 5,000 Years (2nd edition, Brown)
    This Is China: The First 5,000 Years (2nd edition, Brown)

    In this revised and updated edition, China expert Kerry Brown provides insightful answers to today’s questions about the world’s newest superpower. Beyond that, This Is China provides an engaging historical and cultural overview, as a framework for understanding China’s meteoric rise and the complex challenges of the post-COVID-19 world. With all this in little more than 100 pages, This Is China is the shortest expert-written introduction to both historic and contemporary China. Listen to the podcast.

    $9.99$29.95
    The Waste Land: 100th Anniversary International Edition
    The Waste Land: 100th Anniversary International Edition

    The Waste Land and Other Poems in this centenary edition presents one of the twentieth century’s most influential poetic works, first published in 1922, in the aftermath of a world war and global pandemic. In addition to The Waste Land, the book includes “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “Portrait of a Lady,” “Preludes,” “Rhapsody on a Windy Night,” “The Boston Evening Transcript,” “La Figlia che Piange,” and “The Hollow Men.” The layout is open, elegant, and easy to read. The design is based on both the original Hogarth Press edition, produced by Leonard and Virginia Woolf, and the American Boni & Liveright design. These poems have wide emotional range and resonance, and the foreword by QIU Xiaolong explains how he, as a student in China, came to love Eliot’s poetry and what it has meant, and means today, to readers around the world. (As a young editor, Berkshire’s CEO Karen Christensen worked for Valerie Eliot, who recounted her work on the 1971 facsimile edition of the rediscovered manuscript.)

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    Sewing Circles, Dime Suppers, and W. E. B. Du Bois: A History of the Clinton A. M. E. Zion Church
    Sewing Circles, Dime Suppers, and W. E. B. Du Bois: A History of the Clinton A. M. E. Zion Church

    Sewing Circles, Dime Suppers, and W. E. B. Du Bois: A History of the Clinton A. M. E. Zion Church offers fresh insight into a small New England church’s role in the national civil rights movement. This is the original edition. An updated edition is also available, with the title The African American Community in Rural New England: W. E. B. Du Bois and His Boyhood Church.

    $9.99$39.99
    Becoming a Dragon: Forty Chinese Proverbs for Lifelong Learning and Classroom Study
    Becoming a Dragon: Forty Chinese Proverbs for Lifelong Learning and Classroom Study

    Becoming a Dragon: Forty Chinese Proverbs, is a bilingual (English-Chinese) collection of proverbs, popular phrases, and two-part allegorical sayings, designed for self-study and classroom teaching. Each proverb comes with the story behind the proverb and its source in both English and Chinese, a literal translation, the figurative meaning, an English equivalent, a vocabulary list, and examples of how the proverb is used in modern written and spoken Chinese.

    $12.99$24.95
    Souls-of-Black-Folk-book-cover
    Souls of Black Folk: Great Barrington Edition

    The Souls of Black Folk is a founding text of the US civil rights movement, an inspiring work of literature and advocacy by a young man who drew on his own experience as a child in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, a teacher in the hills of Tennessee, a father grieving after the death of his baby son. It is a book compiled in haste but nonetheless a command performance. The fourteen vivid essays are political, philosophical, historical, and personal. The first three explore the history of slavery, following by six chapters of sociological analysis in Du Bois’s resonant prose. The remainder of the book is replete with stories that show different facets of the Black experience and explain Du Bois’s statement that “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line.” His concept of African American duality is, writes Henry Louis Gates Jr., his “most important gift to the Black literary tradition.”

    $14.95$49.95
    The Great Good Place (Berkshire Edition) KINDLE
    The Great Good Place (Berkshire Edition) KINDLE

    Embark on a journey that will change your perspective on community and individual well-being. In The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg gave the term “third places,” where people gather for the pleasure of good company and conversation, and explained just how important they are.

    • Discover the benefits of informal public and civic life and how it contributes to community health and individual well-being.
    • Experience the power of third places and how they bring people together, fostering a sense of belonging and connection.
    • Allow this book to inspire you to create and revitalize your own third places, from coffee houses to community centers, and make a positive impact on your community.

    Download a sheet with discussion questions for book clubs or classes: Discussion Qs – The Great Good Place.

    Big History, Small World
    Big History, Small World

    Big History, Small World: From the Big Bang to You blends history and science in the unique approach called “big history” and is designed for high-school students. Cynthia Stokes Brown takes a humanistic approach to material that includes meteorology, astronomy, chemistry and physics, and cell biology. This provides an ideal introduction for any reader intrigued by this rich blend of history and science. In the first chapter, Brown discusses the scientific method. In the last chapter she discusses the different ways people interpret big history and find meaning in it. The other ten chapters are based on eight major turning points, or thresholds, in the cosmic story.

     

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    This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity (AP World History Edition)
    This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity (AP World History Edition)

    Prize-winning historian David Christian takes us on a fascinating journey, telling the story of the universe and history of humanity in only 102 pages. We start with the Big Bang, move on to the earliest era of human foragers, then learn about to the invention of agriculture and the spread of humans around the world. We finally arrive in the twenty-first century, the Anthropocene epoch. This popular book, now in its sixth printing, was designed for students and also includes an appendix about AP World History Teacher’s Guide by Bob Bain and Lauren McArthur Harris.. There are numerous “Thought Experiments” guaranteed to spark discussion about the past, present, and future. Welcome to This Fleeting World.

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    Invisible Poets: Afro-Americans of the Nineteenth Century
    Invisible Poets: Afro-Americans of the Nineteenth Century

    Sherman’s Invisible Poets pioneered in the rediscovery of nineteenth-century Afro-American literature. Black poets of that century not only were invisible: they were also forced to publish ‘mute’ texts, texts doomed not to be read because of the pervasive racism in American society. Sherman’s work of literary resurrection is a signal achievement, combining deft historical detective work with a subtle critical sensibility.

    — Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard

    The Berkshire Edition includes a foreword by Jaki Shelton Green, 9th Poet Laureate of North Carolina.

    Invisible Poets: Afro-Americans of the Nineteenth Century brings into view over 130 other Black men and women who published poetry in America during the century between Phillis Wheatley and Paul Laurence Dunbar. In spite of their impressive achievements, these poets’ works have been out of print, their few biographies incomplete and unreliable, and criticism of their poetry rare and often biased. The author, Joan R. Sherman, was ahead of her time in seeking “to strip myth and misinformation from their lives and to offer the most accurate biographies and bibliographies obtainable after a century of neglect.” In the only comprehensive and realistic appraisal of their contributions to American literature, Sherman intensively studies twenty-six representative poets of the nineteenth century, analyzing their poetry and providing the first significant profiles of their extraordinary life experiences. About three dozen other poets also receive attention. Their work, which ranges from “militant, race-proud jeremiads to sentimental nature and love lyrics,” faithfully conforms to nineteenth-century poetic standards. At the same time, it reflects the changing American political and cultural scene and provides an invaluable record of over a hundred years of Black experience as articulated by sensitive and talented American writers.

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    World History Teaching in Asia: A Comparative Survey
    World History Teaching in Asia: A Comparative Survey

    World History Teaching in Asia is the first broad survey of the content and approaches used to teach world history in secondary schools and colleges in Asia.

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    Touchdown: An American Obsession
    Touchdown: An American Obsession

    Touchdown: An American Obsession is the first comprehensive guide to the history and culture of the sport, covering US college football as well as professional football worldwide.

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