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The Words Behind the War

Ken Burns' ten-part documentary, The Vietnam War, premiering on PBS September 17, will expose to 21st-century viewers many voices from that distant time. Among those voices will be the two presidents who held office during that turbulent era, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. Oval Office conversations, caught on tape, take the listener behind the scenes of this most controversial war. We are now making these conversations open to the public through our The Presidential Recordings Digital Edition web site, published by UVA Press's electronic imprint, ROTUNDA.

The 21st Century University

Scott Beardsley, Dean of UVA's world-renowned Darden Business School and a former executive with McKinsey and Company, discusses his new book, Higher Calling: The Rise of Nontraditonal Leaders in Academia, in a vitally relevant video interview.

An Incomplete History

In the wake of the recent tragic events here in Charlottesville, we have asked some of our authors to share their thoughts on the numerous issues suddenly thrust to the fore. We begin with Paul D. Escott, who explains that a complete understanding of history, not an idealized or incomplete conception of our past, is necessary for us to understand the events happening now before us.


The University of Virginia Press calls Charlottesville home, and like all of our city's residents we have been swept up in the events of the past week—some tragic, others inspiring, all of it historically significant. The UVA Press has a long tradition of publishing vital scholarship in the fields of Southern history and African-American studies. Following are some titles that we hope will illuminate the discussion coming out of the events here in Charlottesville.

LISTEN: 'Key to the Door' Editor Interviewed on NPR

Despite the University of Virginia's many distinguished African American faculty and alumni, the first black students' acceptance into the university was hard won and, not surprisingly, makes for a compelling and inspiring story. A Key to the Door presents this remarkable history through essays both by historians and by actual participants. Coeditor Maurice Apprey joined NPR's Kojo Nnamdi to discuss the book and shared stories of these pioneers.

The U.S. and China: Is Conflict Inevitable?

In the current issue of the New Yorker, Ian Buruma surveys four new books that address the threat of conflict with China. Highly critical of some of the concepts being offered, Buruma reserves much of his praise for Amitai Ezioni's Avoiding War with China: Two Nations One World, which he feels provides "a more concrete idea of how China should be accommodated."

J.B. Jackson Prize for Three UVA Press Authors

The Foundation for Landscape Studies has announced the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize recipients for 2017, and on the list are three books published by the UVA Press: National Park Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape by Timothy Davis; Cartooning the Landscape by Chip Sullivan; and Easy On, Easy Off: The Urban Pathology of America's Small Towns by Jack Williams.

UVA Press Authors at Virginia Festival of the Book 2017

Book lovers are gearing up to make their annual descent on Charlottesville for the Virginia Festival of the Book.As usual, many UVA Press authors will be taking part. Click the link for a complete schedule of their events.

Etzioni in the Daily Beast

When, only a few months ago, we announced Amitai Eztioni's Avoiding War with China as part of our spring list, the world was a different place. Since then, a new adminstration has moved into the White House. The Daily Beast has run a fascinating—and suddenly even more timely—excerpt from Eztioni's book. Read it here.

On, Wisconsin!

Many years in the making, Buildings of Wisconsin is the latest volume in the celebrated Buildings of the United States series. The book draws on the expertise of more than twenty contributors, and nowhere is its collaborative spirit more apparent than in the volume introduction—fourteen essays written by a who's who of the state's eminent historians. The brief excerpts that follow, from four of these introductory essays, offer a sampling of the book's content, from the vernacular to the spectacular.