The Johns Hopkins University Press

2009 Press News Archive

Lavish praise for landmark Lincoln biography | Nine Hopkins books selected as 2008 Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice Magazine | Press Author gets top billing in cover story | Model T named 2009 Notable Book | JHUP takes top reference award in annual PROSE Awards competition | Melville Biography garners acclaim | Hopkins book wins material culture award | JHUP receives coveted History of Technology prize | Global finance lessons from Financial Times columnist Martin Wolf | Malaria Foundation names The Making of a Tropical Illness 2008 Book of the Year | Hopkins author receives top honor from Renaissance Society of America | Gerontologist Robert Binstock honored | Journal story receives national attention | Contested Paternity receives women's history prize | Wayne State University honors Hopkins author | X.J. Kennedy receives lifetime honor | Hopkins author at center of "Ida" fossil revelation | Press authors win 2009 GAYAs | Early Christians believed disease came through natural processes | Hopkins book honored at 2009 NY Book Show | Hopkins author focus of USA Today Feature | Director elected president of AAUP | Hopkins book takes top business history award | Baltimore Elite Giants Legend Dead at 85 | Big, fat attention for Hopkins book | Hopkins author receives third Fulbright grant | Hopkins author wins USA Book News Award | Contested Paternity takes third book award | Prescribing by Numbers wins Carson Prize | Chimpanzee Politics on stage | Froth! named best beer book | Spirituality and Aging honored | Latin America and Global Capitalism wins award

Lavish praise for landmark Lincoln biography

Most authors would be more than a tad self-congratulatory if they were getting the reviews Michael Burlingame has received for his monumental life's work, Abraham Lincoln: A Life. In the New York Times Book Review (Feb. 8, 2009), William Safire called the book "a magisterial enterprise." What's more remarkable is that even before its publication (Dec. 19, 2008), the book was a hit. Publishers Weekly ranked the two-volume, 2,000-page biography one of its "Best Books of the Year." It received a coveted starred review, in which James Swanson heralded the arrival of a great biography: "This book supplants [Carl] Sandburg and supersedes all other biographies. Future Lincoln books cannot be written without it, and from no other book can a general reader learn so much about Abraham Lincoln." Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln declared, "Lincoln scholars have waited anxiously for this book for decades. Its triumphant publication proves it was well worth the wait. Few scholars have written with greater insight about the psychology of Lincoln. No one in recent history has uncovered more fresh sources than Michael Burlingame. This profound and masterful portrait will be read and studied for years to come."

Burlingame spent more than a decade researching and writing this book, even retiring from Connecticut College, in 2001, to devote himself entirely to his multi-volume, cradle-to-grave biography, the first such study by a professionally trained historian. "The work involved much drudgery, and I came to think of myself as 'Lincoln's slave,' says Burlingame. "But it was a labor of love." Lincoln has been Burlingame's passion since he entered Princeton and found the perfect mentor. "I fell under the spell of a mesmerizing teacher, the Civil War scholar and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, David Herbert Donald," says Burlingame, who followed his mentor to Johns Hopkins University. Burlingame can recall vividly the profound joy of finding his calling: "My fascination with original source materials began one summer when I worked as a manuscript processor at the Library of Congress. Handling documents by important historical figures associated with Lincoln—documents that had not been seen by others—was exciting. That excitement has not diminished. My idea of fun is to spend a full day rummaging through manuscript collections and poring over newspapers, extracting fresh information about Lincoln."

Lincoln biographers respect Burlingame's superb scholarship, and are awed by his generosity. William Lee Miller says in his 2008 work, President Lincoln: The Duty of a Statesman, "My strongest personal debts for this book" are to 5 people, among them "Michael Burlingame, the scholar who has all of Lincoln at his fingertips and is endlessly generous in giving help to the rest of us." James McPherson says in Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief, (2008): "The large community of Lincoln and Civil War scholars has also enriched my understanding. . . . I am particularly indebted to one of them, Michael Burlingame, whose editions of the writings of Lincoln's secretaries John G. Nicolay and John Hay have been invaluable, and whose encyclopedic knowledge of Lincoln and willingness to share that knowledge have been of great help."

Burlingame is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth by talking about the president he reveres at scores of events throughout the country. He began his two-hour appearance on C-SPAN's Book TV, on Dec. 14, 2008. The live, call-in show played to Burlingame's twin passions: Lincoln and teaching. He is always eager to share original anecdotes about the man many consider the greatest president of them all. "The more information I found, the more I came to like and admire him not only as a champion of freedom, democracy, and national unity but also as a source of personal inspiration." says Burlingame. "I cannot achieve his world historical importance, but I try to profit from his personal example, encouraged by the knowledge that despite a childhood of emotional malnutrition and grinding poverty, despite a lack of formal education, despite a series of career failures, despite a miserable marriage, despite a tendency to depression, despite a painful midlife crisis, despite the early death of his mother and his siblings as well as of his sweetheart and two of his four children, he became a model of psychological maturity, moral clarity, and unimpeachable integrity. His presence and his leadership inspired his contemporaries; his life does the same for me today."

Nine Hopkins books selected as 2008 Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice Magazine

Choice Magazine selected nine JHUP books as Outstanding Academic Titles for 2008:

This year's Choice OAT list included 679 books and electronic resources selected from over 7100 titles reviewed by the magazine during the past year. We will feature all nine books as part of our exhibit at the American Library Association's midwinter meeting, January 23-26 in Denver, Colorado.

Press Author gets top billing in cover story

The Colts' Baltimore—Michael Olesker's nostalgic reminiscence of the legendary 1958 showdown between the Colts and the New York Giants—received top billing in Publishers Weekly's October 6 cover story. In a survey of titles commemorating the 50th anniversary of the grueling gridiron battle, PW spotlighted Olesker's book in an exclusive sidebar, overshadowing competing titles from HarperCollins, Random House, Atlantic Monthly, Lyons Press, and Potomac Books.

You can read the Publishers Weekly story here.

Model T named 2009 Notable Book

The Library of Michigan named Robert Casey's The Model T: A Centennial History a 2009 Notable Book. Casey's richly illustrated history of the first mass-produced, affordable vehicle captures the remarkable story of that car's history and development and of its long-lasting impact on America.

JHUP takes top reference award in annual PROSE Awards competition

The Johns Hopkins University Press won several prizes in the 2008 PROSE Awards competition, including a coveted Award for Excellence in Reference Works and three ‘best of’ prizes, the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers announced last week.

The Award for Excellence in Reference Works went to Norman Shapiro’s French Women Poets of Nine Centuries: The Distaff and the Pen, a tour de force collection of over 600 poems from 56 different French-speaking women going back to the twelfth century. The book also took top honors in the humanities and social sciences single volume reference category.

Michael Burlingame’s much-lauded omnibus two-volume Lincoln biography, Abraham Lincoln: A Life, won the best of U.S. history and biography/autobiography books, and Women's Writing in Italy, 1400-1650, by Virginia Cox, was named the best book in the literature, language, and linguistics category. Rounding out the honors going to Hopkins’s publications was an honorable mention in psychology for Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment, and the Creative Process, edited by Richard M. Berlin, M.D.

The 2008 PROSE Awards were the most competitive in history, according to the organization. For the first time ever, the prizes, previously named the PSP Awards, were open to members of the American Association of University Presses (AAUP) as well as PSP members. Sixty publishers submitted a total of 439 entries. Visit The PROSE Awards for more information.

Melville Biography garners acclaim

Hershel Parker's Herman Melville: A Biography was showcased last fall in an event designed to celebrate exemplary first pages in biographies. Before reading from Parker's critically acclaimed work, Pulitzer Prize winner John Matteson said "the opening paragraph should reflect the character of the subject, the way the music of a great aria fits the mood of the words being sung." The event, An Eloquent Beginning, was presented by the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center. The Center was established last year to examine the practice and methodologies of biography, and foster discussion about the nature of biography and its legitimacy as a scholarly pursuit.

To learn more visit The Leon Levy Center for Biography.

Hopkins book wins material culture award

Buying into the World of Goods, by Ann Smart Martin, won the 2008 Fred Kniffen Book Award from the Pioneer America Society/Association for the Preservation of Landscapes and Artifacts. This annual prize goes to the best book on material culture published in the preceding two years. It was presented at the society's annual meeting in October.

JHUP receives coveted History of Technology prize

The Society for the History of Technology bestowed on Hopkins author Joel A. Tarr its highest honor, the Leonardo da Vinci Medal. This coveted prize is awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the history of technology, through research, teaching, publications, and other activities. Tarr, who with Clay McShane coauthored The Horse in the City, received the medal at the society's annual meeting last month.

Global finance lessons from Financial Times columnist Martin Wolf

Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator for Financial Times and a professor of economics, begins a US book tour to promote Fixing Global Finance. Wolf has been described as "the world's preeminent financial journalist." He'll be sharing his insight during a series of appearances including a talk and reception at SAIS on October 13, a satellite radio tour October 23, and participation in a media roundtable on KUSP FM, San Francisco., October 24. For more information, contact Kathy Alexander. Listen to the podcast of Wolf's SAIS lecture.

Malaria Foundation names The Making of a Tropical Illness 2008 Book of the Year

The Malaria Foundation International named The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria, by Randall M. Packard, winner of the End Malaria Awards' 2008 Book of the Year competition. Packard's book provides a well-documented and eminently readable history of the natural and social forces that enable malaria to spread so widely and make it deadly to millions each year.

The Malaria Foundation International is a seventeen-year-old nonprofit that works with governments and NGOs around the world to combat malaria. More information on the End Malaria Awards is availabe from

Hopkins author receives top honor from Renaissance Society of America

Richard A. Goldthwaite received the Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award from the Renaissance Society of America at the organization's annual meeting. Given in recognition of a "lifetime of uncompromising devotion to the highest standard of scholarship accompanied by exceptional achievement in Renaissance studies," the Paul Oskar Kristeller Award is the Society's highest honor.

Long a leading scholar of economics in Renaissance Italy, Goldthwaite is professor emeritus at the Johns Hopkins University and the author of The Building of Renaissance Florence, Wealth and the Demand for Art in Italy, 1300-1600, and, most recently, The Economy of Renaissance Florence.

For more information, see the Renaissance Society of America site.

Gerontologist Robert Binstock honored for leadership on aging issues

Long time Hopkins author and editor Robert H. Binstock is the latest recipient of the National Council on Aging's Ollie Randall Award. The prize, awarded annually at the Aging in America Conference, is given to honor an individual's "singular and outstanding contributions toward advancing the cause of aging."

Professor Binstock is the coauthor or coeditor of five JHUP books, most recently Aging Nation, with James H. Schulz. He is a professor of Aging, Health, and Society at Case Western Reserve University and a former director of the White House Task Force on Older Americans.

For more information about the Randall Awards and the NCOA, see the National Council on Aging site.

The Hopkins Review story receives national attention

A literary discovery by the editor of one JHU Press title for the pages of another has gained national attention. The Spring 2009 issue of The Hopkins Review features a previously unpublished story by noted Southern author Walker Percy. A Detective Story was found by Rice University faculty member Logan D. Browning, editor of the JHU Press journal , SEL Studies in English Literature. Stories on the discovery have come from National Public Radio, The Times-Picayune in New Orleans and, the Associated Press.

Contested Paternity receives prestigious women's history prize

Hopkins author Rachel G. Fuchs's latest book, Contested Paternity: Constructing Families in Modern France, is the winner of the 2009 Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize, given by the Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH). The honor is awarded annually to the best scholarly book authored by a WAWH member.

Contested Paternity draws on archival judicial records of paternity suits, paternity denials, deprivation of paternity, and adoption, from the end of the eighteenth century through the twentieth to examine complex notions of paternity and fatherhood in modern France.

The Keller-Sierra Prize is the second the book has won, having taken the Southern Historical Association's Charles E. Smith Award in 2008. Professor Fuchs credits fellow JHUP author X.J. Kennedy with having a bit of a hand in her gaining positive recognition for her published works. Kennedy was Fuchs's freshman composition instructor at the University Michigan and, she says, "more than anyone else, he has helped me the most with my writing."

Wayne State University honors Hopkins author

The Board of Governors at Wayne State University named Hopkins Press author Charles J. Stivale one of five recipients of a 2009 Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award. Stivale, a Distinguished Professor of French at Wayne State, received the honor for his most recent book, Gilles Deleuze's ABCs: The Folds of Friendship.

This probing examination of twentieth-century French philosopher Gilles Deleuze's thought on friendship uses the zigzag methodology practiced by Deleuze himself to explore several concepts as they relate to friendship and to discern how friendship shifts, slips, and creates movement between Deleuze and specific friends, including Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Claire Parnet, and Félix Guattari.

The Board announced the awards at its April meeting. Each honor includes an engraved plaque and a $2500 research grant.

X.J. Kennedy receives lifetime honor from Poetry Society of America

X.J. Kennedy is the 2009 recipient of the Poetry Society of America's Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement, putting him in the company of poetic legends such as Carl Sandburg, Allen Ginsburg, Robert Creely, Adrienne Rich, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

A full-time writer for over 30 years, Kennedy has won a number of prestigious awards for his poetry, including the Lamont Award from the Academy of American Poets, the first Michael Braude Award, and the Poet's Prize. His most recent book, In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus, includes more than two dozen new poems and brings back into print more than fifty that have been unavailable for decades. It has been the subject of numerous glowing reviews in publications ranging from the Boston Globe to RALPH: Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and the Humanities to The Weekly Standard.

Kennedy received the award at the Poetry Society's annual awards reception on April 30, where he also delivered the Frost lecture. For more information, please visit The Poetry Society of America.

To order your copy of In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus at a special 25% discount, simply add the book to your cart, proceed to the checkout, and enter NAF in the promo code box.

Hopkins author at center of "Ida" fossil revelation

Jens Franzen, author of the forthcoming JHUP book The Rise of Horses, is a member of the research team that revealed the existence of the most complete early primate fossil discovered to date, Darwinius masillae.

Nicknamed "Ida," the 47-million-year-old female fossil has been described by those studying her as a "Rosetta Stone" allowing scientists to understand the early stages of primate evolution. Franzen called the fossil "the eighth wonder of the world."

A world-renown paleontologist and the foremost authority on the place where Ida was found, Germany's Messel fossil pit, Franzen is often referred to as "Dr. Messel." He is the lead author of the May 19, 2009, article published in the journal PloS ONE that revealed Ida's existence and explained its importance to primate evolution.

Ida's discovery will be featured on the History Channel's 2-hour special, The Link, which will air on May 25th at 9:00 p.m.

The Messel pit plays a central role in The Rise of Horses because of the exquisitely preserved early horse fossils that have been excavated from the site. The book provides the most thorough account of the evolution of the equids. It is scheduled to be published in January.

To order your copy of The Rise of Horses at a special 25% discount, simply add the book to your cart, proceed to the checkout, and enter NAF in the promo code box.

Two JHUP authors win 2009 Georgia Author of the Year Awards

The Georgia Writers Association named Paul Lombardo (Three Generations, No Imbeciles) and Kathryn McClymond (Beyond Sacred Violence) 2009 Georgia Authors of the Year at its annual ceremony and banquet.

Lombardo's book, which unravels the fraudulent roots of the scandalous 1927 Supreme Court ruling Buck v. Bell, took the GAYA history prize. McClymond received the creative nonfiction GAYA for her comparative study of religious sacrifice.

More information about the 45th Annual GAYA is from the Georgia Writers Association.

To order your copy of Three Generations, No Imbeciles or Beyond Sacred Violence at a special 25% discount, simply add the book to your cart, proceed to the checkout, and enter NAF in the promo code box.

Early Christians believed disease came through natural processes, not demons

Put away any notions that early Christians healed their sick through exorcisms and other out of this world potions and practices, says Gary B. Ferngren, who teaches ancient history at Oregon State University, and is the author of Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity. Ferngren focused on the first five centuries of Christianity by studying the status of doctors and "the kinds of healing they offered, what their patients sought in medical care, the environmental background of medicine. I read the New Testament, looking for biblical evidence for health and healing, and then I went to the church fathers, Christian intellectuals who began to defend Christianity in the second century." Read more about his surprising findings in an interview he gave recently to the Portland Oregonian.

To order your copy of Medicine and Health Care in Early Christianity at a special 25% discount, simply add the book to your cart, proceed to the checkout, and enter NAF in the promo code box.

Hopkins book honored at 2009 NY Book Show

We take book design seriously here at Hopkins. And we think it shows. So, apparently, does the New York Bookbinders' Guild.

At the organization's 2009 Book Show The Colts' Baltimore, by Michael Olesker, took third place for design among general trade nonfiction books.

Olesker's book is a paean to a bygone era when the Johnny Unitas-led Baltimore Colts ruled the city, school integration was in its infancy, and rock-and-roll was working its way onto the radio. The book's design, from its classy blue-tinted cover to its understated chapter openers to its scattered black-and-white photographs and reprints of advertisements reflects that era and the book's personality faithfully and artfully.

"It's delightful when our behind-the-scenes colleagues in publishing are honored," said JHUP editor-in-chief Trevor Lipscombe on learning of the honor. "Our design and production team works under great pressures to make sure that Hopkins Press can bring out around 200 of the finest books that scholarly publishing has to offer each year. We're proud of our books' covers and the page designs. The wise and imaginative selection of type fonts and careful presentation of illustrations are vitally important to the reading experience."

The New York Book Show receives hundreds of entries from trade, academic, and specialty publishers each year. Last year, JHUP took a second place prize among scholarly/reference works for Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City. For more information on this year's show, see the New York Book Show.

To order your copy of The Colts' Baltimore or Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City at a special 25% discount, simply add the book to your cart, proceed to the checkout, and enter NAF in the promo code box.

Hopkins author focus of USA Today Feature

Paul A. Lombardo's three-decade-long quest to uncover the roots of the Buck v. Bell Supreme Court ruling that legitimized forcible sterilization in the United States is featured in the June 23rd edition of USA Today. The article explains how Professor Lombardo learned of the case, why he became so compelled with the issue, and why he ultimately wrote Three Generations, No Imbeciles, his masterful account of the horrifically fraudulent events that led to the infamous ruling in the case and prompted Justice Oliver Wendel Holmes Jr. to write in his opinion "Three generations of imbeciles are enough."

To order your copy of Three Generations, No Imbeciles at a special 25% discount, simply add the book to your cart, proceed to the checkout, and enter NAF in the promo code box.

Director elected president of AAUP

Kathleen Keane, director of the Johns Hopkins University Press, began a one-year term as president of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) on June 20 at the group's annual meeting in Philadelphia. She served for the past year as president-elect and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2007. "I am honored to accept this position," noted Keane, "and I am proud of the AAUP's on-going efforts to advance scholarly publishing and serve the very accomplished and collegial community of member presses."

Formally established in 1937, AAUP promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing opportunities, and helps its 134 member presses fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. The president of AAUP serves a one-year term and acts as a spokesperson for and an advocate of university presses, working with the executive director and board of directors to set the direction and immediate goals of the organization.

Keane joined the Johns Hopkins University Press in September 2002 as director of finance and operations. In 2004, she became director of America's oldest university press and its staff of 140. In her role as director, she oversees a large and diverse publishing operation: a book division that publishes 200 new titles annually; a journal division that manages publication of 70 scholarly periodicals; Project MUSE, an online collection of 450 scholarly journals; and a fulfillment and customer services operation that serves 16 client presses.

Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins, Keane served as executive vice president of operations and chief publishing officer at Harcourt Health Sciences in Philadelphia, a division of Harcourt Inc., where she was responsible for all its health sciences books, including major textbooks and reference books in medicine, nursing and allied health; journals; and database publishing. From 1980 to 1991, she was business manager and vice president for finance at J.B Lippincott Co., a medical book and journal publisher that was a subsidiary of Harper & Row Publishers. Keane earned her bachelor's degree in English from Connecticut College and a master's degree in English from Catholic University of America. She received her M.B.A. from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Read an article about the Press and Kathleen Keane in the Johns Hopkins Gazette (June 22, Vol. 38, No. 38) at For more information about the AAUP and its member presses, and for a transcript of Kathleen Keane's remarks at the AAUP annual meeting, visit

Hopkins book takes top business history award

Buying into the World of Goods, by Ann Smart Martin, won the 2009 Hagley Prize in Business History. The Hagley Prize is awarded annually to the book deemed to be the best in exploring and explaining any aspect of business history.

Martin's innovative reconstruction of the world of country merchant John Hook reveals how the acquisition of consumer goods created and validated a set of ideas about taste, fashion, and lifestyle on the edge of the upper Shenandoah Valley during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Melding narrative with a detailed analysis of Hook's account ledger, she shows clearly and convincingly that material wants and objects both reflect and create culture.

Martin's book is now a two-time prize winner, having taken the Pioneer America Society/Association for the Preservation of Landscapes and Artifacts' 2008 Fred Kniffen Book Award.

Not to toot our own horn too much, but this is the third time since 2001 that JHUP has won the prestigious Hagley Prize in Business History.

For more information, see the Business History Conference.

To order your copy of Buying into the World of Goods at a special 25% discount, simply add the book to your cart, proceed to the checkout, and enter NAF in the promo code box.

Baltimore Elite Giants Legend Dead at 85

Cancer took one of the last surviving members of the Baltimore Elite Giants, Bert Simmons. The Negro League legend was 85. The former right-handed pitcher continued to share his knowledge long after leaving the team, mentoring students and encouraging young baseball players in Baltimore.

"I was saddened to learn of Bert Simmons' passing. I thoroughly enjoyed my brief relationship with him while researching Negro League Baseball and send my deepest sympathies to his wife, Audrey, and family," said Bob Luke, author of The Baltimore Elite Giants: Sport and Society in the Age of Negro League Baseball. "He was a respected teacher in the Baltimore Public School System and a friend and mentor to all aspiring baseball players."

Simmons, wanting to keep the history of the Negro League alive, donated his memorabilia to The Negro League's Baseball Museum of Maryland. On May 16th, the museum held a fundraiser honoring Bert Simmons. Officially opening in September, the Museum is located in the Lochearn Presbyterian Church on Patterson Avenue in Baltimore County.

The last surviving players of the Baltimore Elite Giants are Andy Porter (living in Los Angeles), Red Moore (living in Atlanta), and Clinton "Butch" McCord (living in Nashville).

For two recent interviews of Bert Simmons visit Midday with Dan Rodericks, April 9, and The Marc Steiner Show, May 27.

Big, fat attention for Hopkins book from two top publications

In the same week, The New Yorker and The New York Times highlight The Evolution of Obesity by Michael L. Power and Jay Schulkin in essays on why so many humans fight so hard—and often lose—the battle of the bulge. Power and Schulkin's sweeping exploration of the relatively recent obesity epidemic probes evolutionary biology, physiology and medical science to uncover the causes of our growing girth. "For most of the past few million years, our evolutionary ancestors' survival depended on being able to consume as much as possible when food was available and to store the excess energy for periods when it was scarce," they write. "In the developed world today, high-calorie foods are readily obtainable, yet the propensity to store fat is part of our species' heritage, leaving an increasing number of the world's people vulnerable to obesity." Food for thought.

To order your copy of The Evolution of Obesity at a special 25% discount, simply add the book to your cart, proceed to the checkout, and enter NAF in the promo code box.

Hopkins author receives third Fulbright grant

Topping off a lifetime of extraordinary accomplishments, Tim M. Berra, author of Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man, has been awarded a remarkable third Fulbright. The uncommon honor, a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to Charles Darwin University in Australia, will fund Professor Berra's participation in the university's three-day symposium on Charles Darwin this September, where he will be giving the keynote address.

Berra received his first Fulbright in 1969, which allowed him to serve as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. This was followed a decade later by a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship at Monash University in Melbourne.

"I'm surprised and delighted," said Berra. "My career began with the Fulbright post-doc, was encouraged by the senior fellowship, and now will end as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. I love the symmetry of it, I've come full circle."

Berra's Darwin biography has been hailed by academic and lay reviewers around the world. Booklist said the book "will render an indelible image of Darwin for those beginning to study him," Library Journal equated the book to "a museum guide," and the San Diego Union-Tribune calls it "a vivid and detailed portrait."

Berra will be in the United States this week to deliver his Darwin: The Man lecture to the annual Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Portland, Oregon. For more information on the meeting, please visit

To order your copy of Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man at a special 25% discount, simply add the book to your cart, proceed to the checkout, and enter NAF in the promo code box.