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PublicAffairs (or PublicAffairs Books) is an American book publisher located in New York City. From their web site:

"PublicAffairs proudly publishes books by today’s top journalists, historians, and policymakers, in the fields of current affairs, politics, history, and biography."

PublicAffairs was launched in 1997 by Peter Osnos,[1] and has published over 200 books since then.[2] The company publishes mostly non-mainstream non-fiction books about politics and current affairs, both American and international. On their 10th anniversary PublicAffairs arranged a panel discussion with several authors of books published by them, including James Wolfensohn, former president of the World Bank, and George Soros.[3]

In late 2007 PublicAffairs was involved in a controversy about a statement purportedly made by Scott McClellan, former White House Press Secretary (2003-2006) for President George W. Bush, and author of a book about to be published by PublicAffairs.[4]

In early 2008 PublicAffairs will be publishing a book version of Charles Ferguson's documentary film No End in Sight, nominated for a 2007 Academy Award.[5]

PublicAffairs is a member of the Perseus Books Group, which won Publishers Weekly's "Publisher of the Year" award for 2007.[6]

Perseus Books Group is owned by Perseus Funds Group (holding company Perseus LLC), a capital management firm that grew from about $20 million in 1995 to over $2 billion now. Large infusions of cash helped it grow exponentially, and it reportedly closed investment funds to new investors almost as fast as it opened them. The board has many prominent former Clinton and Carter Administration officials.


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