PublicAffairs was founded by Peter Osnos with a mission to embody “standards, values, and flair.” More directly, Peter issued to us a challenge: to publish "Good Books About Things that Matter"—a guiding principle we happily retain.
From the start, PublicAffairs authors have been at the heart of the national and global conversation, and their books have served to inform, advocate, educate, debunk, and speak truth to power. Over more than 25 years we have been fortunate to welcome onto our lists four Nobel Prize winners, and three Presidential Medal of Freedom winners, as well as winners of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award, and Pulitzer Prize-winners. We publish many national bestsellers, pioneering investigative reporters, business innovators, cutting-edge economists, skeptics, enthusiasts, and brilliantly compelling writers across many disciplines and sometimes entirely outside them.
We take our inspiration from this noisy, sometimes raucous, always inspiring group, and renew our commitment to support and sustain them with every book we publish.