Enemies of Promise
Publishing, Perishing, and the Eclipse of Scholarship
Distributed for Prickly Paradigm Press
As one of the most important and innovative editors in the humanities and social sciences, Waters has long witnessed the self-destruction occurring in the academic world because of the pressure to publish. Drawing upon his years of experience, he reveals how this principle is destroying the quality of educational institutions and the ideals of higher learning. It is time for scholars to rise up, Waters argues, and reclaim the governance of their institutions.
"A thought-provoking study of a different kind."
"Lindsay Waters, executive editor for the Humanities at Harvard University Press, has issued a challenge to academics and publishers: to publish less, with more relevance. . . . Waters criticizes the 'publish-or-perish' mentality that has produced an avalanche of books of little or no importance."