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2019 was another great year at Purdue University Press. As we reflect on a year that included 29 new titles and several new journals, we’d like to thank all who support the press in a myriad of ways.

Here are some highlights:


On May 6, Purdue’s 150th birthday, we joined Purdue University in celebrating 150 years of giant leaps, publishing two titles celebrating Purdue’s history, Ever True: 150 Year of Giant Leaps at Purdue University by John Norberg and Purdue at 150: A Visual History of Student Life by David M. Hovde, Adriana Harmeyer, Neal Harmeyer, and Sammie L. Morris.

These two sesquicentennial titles were a part of our Founders series, which publishes books on and about Purdue University, whether the physical campus, the University’s impact on the region and world, or the many visionaries who attended or worked at the University. The two other titles added to the series this year were Memories of Life on the Farm by Frederick Whitford and Neal Harmeyer and the second edition of Wings of Their Dreams by John Norberg.



Another title from 2019 with a strong connection to Purdue, Dear Neil Armstrong: Letters to the First Man from All Mankind by James R. Hansen, publishes a sampling of the some 75,000 letters to Neil Armstrong stored in the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, a collection he left to Purdue after his passing.

Some of our premier series had exciting years, with our New Directions in the Human-Animal Bond Series adding four new titles, and our Central European Studies series adding three new titles: Jan Hus: The Life and Death of a Preacher by Pavel Soukup, Making Peace in an Age of War: Emperor Ferdinand III by Mark Hengerer, and A History of Yugoslavia by Marie-Janine Calic.



Our blog was full of interesting author interviews, insightful and posts by our own staff, and the debut of our new blog series “The Impact of a Monograph”.

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If you haven’t heard yet, you can get 40% off a selection of books in our Winter Gift Catalog, all you need to do is enter discount code GIFT40 when checking out on our website. The sale will end on at the end of the day on December 31st.

Two 50% off sales will also run until the end of 2019, for books in our Central European Studies series and our Studies in Jewish Civilization series.