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The annual award is given to the book that brings the highest distinction to Columbia University and Columbia University Press through an outstanding contribution to academic and public discourse.
The third-annual Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award was awarded to Paige West for her book Dispossession and the Environment: Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea.
Honorable mentions were given to The Taliban’s Virtual Emirate by Neil Krishnan Aggarwal, and A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age by David Helfand.
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