The Mission

Columbia Global Reports is a publishing imprint that’s producing four to six ambitious works of journalism and analysis a year, each on a different underreported story in the world. Subscriptions are available here.

We commission authors to do original on-site reporting around the globe, and aim to combine the immediacy and narrative power of journalism with the intellectual ambition and acuity of scholarship. The books are on a wide range of political, financial, scientific, and cultural topics—stories and ideas that matter.

Each book is novella-length, published in affordable paperback and e-book editions. Our books offer new ways to look at and understand the world that can be read in a few hours. Most readers are curious and busy. Our books are for them.

"It is striking to us how much respect books command. Books have the power to launch sustained conversations in a way that other forms of publications do not. Generating that type of debate only works if the author continues to participate enthusiastically through the entire publication process....Publishers publish. Writers write. And publishers need writers to be their partners in publishing, too." Nicholas Lemann for Publishers Weekly
"A series from Columbia University that aims to give fresh views of global issues in just a few hours’ reading." Financial Times
"Offering books on the greatest issues of the day in an accessible, even exciting, form." 800-CEO-Read
Could a university be the savior longform journalism has been looking for? Columbia Journalism Review
“An incredible, interesting and illuminating list of authors and books. I am always amazed at the great variety of timely topics and the expert authors each year all in a format that is entertaining, accessible and informative for a wide audience.” – Ronan O’ Malley, Director of Programs, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston
"After five years and 20 titles, Columbia Global Reports has found a successful formula: it allows top authors to take on big, timely subjects in short, accessible books." Publishers Weekly