Parent companyPerseus Books Group
FounderPeter Osnos
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York, New York
Fiction genresNonfiction

PublicAffairs (or PublicAffairs Books) is a book publishing company located in New York City and has been a part of the Hachette Book Group since 2016.

PublicAffairs was launched in 1997 by Peter Osnos.[1] The current Publisher is Clive Priddle.[2] The company publishes mostly non-mainstream non-fiction books about politics and current affairs, both American and international.

It has published several books by Nobel Prize-winning authors, including Muhammad Yunus's Banker to the Poor and Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo's two books Poor Economics and Good Economics for Hard Times.

In 2019, it published Shoshana Zuboff's international bestseller The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.

Perseus Books won Publishers Weekly's "Publisher of the Year" award for 2007.[3]


  1. ^ "PublicAffairs Books: Also available". PublicAffairs. Archived from the original on January 12, 2008. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  2. ^ "About Us". PublicAffairs. September 15, 2017. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  3. ^ Millot, Jim (December 3, 2007). "Publisher of the Year". Publishers Weekly. Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on January 6, 2008. Retrieved January 31, 2008.