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The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume 10, 1832, 3rd edition by Editor-in-chief Daniel Feller, with associate editors Thomas Coens & Laura-Eve Moss (The Papers of Andrew Jackson Series: The University of Tennessee Press)
Biographies & Memoirs / Literary / Civil Rights
James Baldwin: Escape from America, Exile in Provence by Jules B. Farber, with a foreword by Jack Lang (Pelican Publishing Company)
The high ramparts of Saint-Paul seem protective in enclosing this Baldwin country, his fiefdom, his literary legend and his humanity, while the winding cobblestone streets still echo his legend. – from the author’s note
While visiting Saint-Paul de Vence, American journalist and author Jules B. Farber happened to see a picture of writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin in the halls of La Colombe d’Or, an iconic hotel and restaurant there. When Farber asked the waiter about the photo, the waiter nonchalantly replied, “Jimmy was in the family here.” This exchange spurred Farber’s fascination with Baldwin and time he spent in Saint-Paul de Vence.
Composed of more than 70 interviews with some of the many people who encountered Baldwin in the last 17 years of his life, James Baldwin is a revealing retrospective providing an intimate look into one of America’s greatest literary figures. Baldwin escaped from the racism and hatred in America to find solace and self-exile in Saint-Paul de Vence. As a gay black activist, he sought to escape FBI shadowing and harassment ordered by director J. Edgar Hoover, as well as violent attacks and betrayal by fellow black literary figures who unloaded their venom on him. This period of Baldwin’s life served as his own personal liberation from the cultural and social oppression he felt as a black writer in the US.
From 1970 till his death in 1987, Baldwin became a beloved neighbor and friend to the locals of the village and hosted many guests from around the world in his grand bastide. James Baldwin explores ‘life with Jimmy’ through personal reminiscences of well-known artists, writers, and celebrities, such as Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Angela Davis, Sol Stein, Herb Gold, George Wein, Maya Angelou, Bill Wyman, Caryl Phillips, Colm Toibin, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Nicholas Delbanco, and Toni Morrison, among others.
In addition to these remarkable figures, Farber interviewed locals in Saint-Paul de Vence – friends, neighbors, lovers, doctors, and business owners – all of whom ‘adopted’ Baldwin into their lives. These intimate recollections revel in the many aspects of Baldwin: his charismatic personality, his literary inspiration and subsequent recognition, his celebrity status, his many lovers, and even his shortcomings.
James Baldwin pays homage to the value and significance of Baldwin in terms of America’s literary consciousness and his influence on young, black American writers. More importantly, this profile of Baldwin’s time in Saint-Paul de Vence reveals the man behind the myth.
[Farber] illustrates a truer sense of his home in Saint Paul de Vence than anything else I've read, something that I yearned for. – Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins, writer, curator, and art historian, University of San Francisco
Jules Farber’s book is one such achievement, bringing back to life his talented, colourful, controversial fellow countryman James Baldwin. – Lynne Anderson, Anglo-American Group of Provence
... it revealed a very complicated negotiation on Baldwin’s part with the European version of white supremacy. – Todd Steven Burroughs, DrumsInTheGlobalVillage.com
To anyone who has known James Baldwin, personally or through his writings, James Baldwin is a must-read. Learning what so many friends thought and felt about Jimmy is a revelation. You will get a meaningful glimpse of what it was like for Jimmy Baldwin to spend the last years of his career in the French village of Saint-Paul de Vence. – George Wein, jazz promoter and producer
Jules Farber here performs a genuine service – bringing back to vivid life the voice of an artist long dead. The feel of the house in Saint-Paul de Vence is almost unbearably tactile, and the ghosts whisper and rustle and raise their filled glasses again. – Nicholas Delbanco, author of The Years
An objective retrospective, James Baldwin gives a glimpse into the life and charm of Baldwin in Saint-Paul de Vence.
Biographies & Memoirs / Medicine
Attending Others: A Doctor's Education in Bodies and Words by Brian Volck (Cascade Books)
Your medical education and practice have taught you the art of learning stories. By schooling better known to you than me, you have acquired the art of telling the stories you have learned. As a story-teller you are an excellent artist. I know this because you are able to reveal, in no more words than necessary, not only how you do your work, but more importantly, why. – Wendell Berry, from a letter to the author
Becoming a doctor requires years of formal education, but one learns the practice of medicine only through direct encounters with the fragile others called ‘patients.’ In Attending Others pediatrician Brian Volck recounts his own education in the mysteries of suffering bodies, powerful words, and natural beauty.
Brian Volck is a pediatrician and writer with an MD from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University. He has provided pediatric care at an Indian Health Service hospital on the Navajo Reservation, at an inner-city community health center in Kentucky, rural clinics in Honduras, a storefront pediatric office, a university-affiliated combined internal medicine-pediatrics teaching practice, and a major teaching hospital. He currently divides his time working in Cincinnati as a pediatric hospitalist, the Navajo Reservation as a pediatrician and writer, and Baltimore, Maryland.
Attending Others describes a curriculum where the best teachers are children and their mothers, the classrooms are Central American villages and desert landscapes, and the essential texts are stories, poems, and paintings. Through practices of focused attention, Volck grows from detached observer of his patients' lives into an uneasy witness and grateful companion. From the inner city to the Navajo Nation and from the Grand Canyon to the mountains of Honduras, Volck learns to listen to children unable to talk, to assist in healing when cure is impossible, and to love those whose life and experiences are radically different from his own.
Brian Volck's stories are not just about medical life, though medicine is his profession, his vocation, and a frame and focus of the stories that make up this rich memoir. Attending Others refers to much more than medical care in these stories about learning to live among and love a Navajo community in New Mexico, rural folk in Honduras, and urbanites in Baltimore and Cincinnati. The attention Volck pays is deeply relational, informed by complex, resilient family life and a mindful, openhearted spirituality that draws him to the desert in whose silence he weaves words into life-giving stories about those who have been his teachers as he attended them. He invites his readers into a vision of healing and wholeness that begins and ends in resilient humor and deep humility. – Marilyn McEntyre, Adjunct Professor of Medical Humanities, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program; Author of Patient Poets: Illness from Inside Out and Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies
We have lately seen a number of excellent writers who are doctors. Perhaps because a doctor must find words to give us when we are most broken and in need of encouragement, the best have learned the healing art of words. Dr. Brian Volck joins their company with this glorious memoir. – Richard Rodriguez, Author of Brown: The Last Discovery of America and Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography
Attending Others is a tour de force, a page-turner that poses complex and fascinating questions. It reads like an astonishing account from a strange country: the inner life of an attending physician as he chooses medicine, faces the first cadaver, and goes on to train and practice. With humility and humor, Volck commands both the idioms of medicine and the lyricism of poets. He confesses to flashes of fear but also to moving moments when the icy distance that lies between doctors and patients has melted.… – Jeanne Murray Walker, Author of The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer's
Part memoir, part meditation, and all heartbreakingly and beautifully evocative, Attending Others is a very rare book indeed. This is a story about doctors and patients, and the mysterious and extraordinarily intimate realm they inhabit together; an elegant rumination upon one doctor's coming of age, as it were, bringing to mind the work of both Richard Selzer and William Carlos Williams, and Wendell Berry too. – Bret Lott, Author of Jewel
I have been reading Brian Volck’s work for ten years. He is a rare talent, combining an extraordinary intellect, a deeply compassionate soul, and a well-honed sense of artistry. And, by the way, he is also a physician of the highest order. He brings all this to bear in Attending Others. If you attend to this profound memoir, I promise that you'll will come away richer, wiser, and more attuned to the secret passages of living and dying all around us. – Leslie Leyland Fields, Author of Surviving the Island of Grace: Life on the Wild Edge of America
I read this book compulsively over a day and a half with much pleasure and admiration. Volck introduces the reader to characters and stories with an assurance in style and storytelling that is the mark of a master. As a book it succeeds wonderfully. Perhaps the material was made to be a book, so much does it become greater than the sum of its parts. More than any achievements of craft or even its considerable art, though, I was moved, compelled, and instructed by the book's wisdom and sheer heart. – Robert Clark, Author of Mr. White's Confession and River of the West: A Chronicle of the Columbia
An intimate journey into the `infinite queue of lives' that a doctor is entwined into over the course of a career. Brave, honest, and engaging. – Danielle Ofri, Author of What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine; Editor-in-Chief, Bellevue Literary Review; Associate Professor of Medicine, New York University
This is not a how-to book or a brief for reforming medical education. Attending Others is a highly personal account of what Volcek learned about medicine after he completed his formal education. The short answer, it turns out, is pretty much everything.
Computers & Internet / Knowledge Management
Deep Text: Using Text Analytics to Conquer Information Overload, Get Real Value from Social Media, and Add Bigger Text to Big Data by Tom Reamy (Information Today, Inc.)
I am very excited that Tom Reamy has at last brought order and clarity to this field using the tools and insights of knowledge organization. Deep Text is written with the practitioner in mind and is full of practical examples and wisdom born of deep experience. In the process, Reamy takes the field of text analytics from a fragmentary clutch of diverse techniques, with very little methodological consistency, toward what he calls a ‘deep-text’ approach – a framework that integrates well-established knowledge organization methodologies with a portfolio or toolkit approach to the use of methods and techniques, and that is focused on getting repeatable value from a text analytics infrastructure, as distinct from the ad hoc project-driven approaches that are so typical today. – Patrick Lambe April 2016
Deep text is an approach to text analytics that adds depth and intelligence to our ability to utilize a growing mass of unstructured text the world is drowning in. In Deep Text, author Tom Reamy explains what deep text is and surveys its many uses and benefits. Reamy is the chief knowledge architect and founder of the KAPS group.
Reamy describes applications and development best practices, discusses business issues including ROI, provides how-to advice and instruction, and offers guidance on selecting software and building a text analytics capability within an organization.
According to Patrick Lambe in the foreword to Deep Text, ‘text analytics’ is commonly used to refer to a clutch of quite diverse computer-aided techniques for extracting insight out of large volumes of unstructured text. The techniques, and their practitioners, come from diverse disciplines – information science and information retrieval, data science, statistics, knowledge organization, and taxonomy and indexing. The applications are equally diverse, from large scale, machine-assisted categorization of knowledge bases, to business intelligence insights from market data, to patent mining for R&D analysts, to sentiment analysis for marketeers, to e-Discovery techniques for litigators.
It is a vibrant, complex, and highly technical field, often appearing mysterious to nonpractitioners. And where there is mystery, there is room for magical thinking, sleight of hand, and unrealistic expectations about what the technology can do, accompanied by an under-appreciation of the human analyst's role in guiding the algorithms toward robust and valid insights.
While there are several books available on automated text mining and text analytics techniques and applications, Deep Text is the first from a text analytics expert with deep experience in knowledge management and knowledge organization. The various machine techniques for analyzing the contents of text in unstructured documents understand parts of speech and semantic rules, and can be told about document structure within any given genre. They can compare documents for similarity and difference, and, using statistical techniques, they can identify keyword strings that may be used to characterize documents or clusters of documents. But there are two very important things they don't know how to do, namely, tracking problems of polysemy (the same terms being used to mean different things) and synonymy (different terms being used to mean the same thing).
Deep Text is divided up into five parts with three chapters each.
The first part, Text Analytics Basics, lays the foundation for the rest of Deep Text. In Chapter 1 (What is Text Analytics?), presents a broad definition of text analytics that includes text mining, auto-categorization, and sentiment analysis among other features and capabilities. This chapter also discusses the importance of content models (taxonomies and ontologies, etc.) and metadata as a basic component of adding structure to unstructured text. Chapter 2 takes a deeper look at the actual functionality on which text analytics rests. Chapter 3 switches gears to talk about the business value of text analytics, which is often analyzed in terms of the return on investment, or ROI of text analytics. It looks at the basic benefits of text analytics in three main areas: enterprise search, social media applications, and a range of text analytics-based applications. It then explores the question, "If text analytics is so powerful and produces so much value, why isn't everybody doing it?"
Part 2 covers how to get started in text analytics with research into both the current text analytics software market and research into your organization's information environment and needs. Chapter 4, Current State of Text Analytics Software, covers the early history and current state of the text analytics market. It looks at current trends in the market, and also at what the obstacles are that are holding back an even more dramatic growth in the market. Chapter 5, Text Analytics Smart Start, discusses the issues that organizations should pay attention to when getting started in text analytics. It then discusses the methodology that Reamy’s company has developed to help people do both the necessary research and an initial evaluation of which software will work best in their organization. This chapter discusses the design of the text analytics team that will do the initial selection and form the basis for future development. Chapter 6, Text Analytics Software Evaluation, discusses the unique requirements for text analytics software, which is unlike most traditional software in that it deals with that messy language stuff. The chapter ends by looking at two example evaluation projects.
Part 3 of Deep Text considers how to build on the aforementioned foundation; in other words, it asks "What is the actual development process that goes into text analytics applications?" Chapter 7, Enterprise Development, focuses on developing categorization capabilities, as that is what poses the most complex development challenges. This development starts with analyzing enterprise content and any existing content structure or taxonomies that exist within the enterprise. Chapter 8, Social Media Development, analyzes what is required to do advanced sentiment analysis and other social media development processes. Reamy ends this chapter with discussing what the current major issues are in social media development. Chapter 9, Development: Best Practices and Case Studies, adds a level of concreteness to the discussion by looking at a number of specific projects that Reamy’s company has worked on and tries to capture the best practices lessons that came out of those projects.
Part 4 covers the full range of text analytics applications. Reamy covers three main areas of applications: enterprise search, which will focus on faceted navigation, a broad range of text analytics applications, or InfoApps as they're also referred to, and lastly, social media applications. Chapter 10, Text Analytics Applications – Search, starts with a description of the futility of trying to make search work – without dealing with the whole dimension of meaning. The chapter concludes by looking at how text analytics can enable us to look beyond individual documents and incorporate the characteristics of an overall corpus of documents, as well as dividing up documents into smaller and more meaningful sections. Chapter 11, Text Analytics Applications – InfoApps, discusses some of the most interesting and most valuable applications that can be built with text analytics. Chapter 12, Text Analytics Applications – Social Media, discusses the huge and growing number of applications that are being built to discover sentiment and other insights into customers and competitors.
The final part of Deep Text, Enterprise Text Analytics as a Platform, discusses the best overall approach to text analytics. The question is whether to approach text analytics as a series of independent applications, or to develop an enterprise text analytics platform that can support all those applications. Chapter 13, Text Analytics as a Platform, starts with a discussion of different approaches to text analytics and comes to the conclusion that – while the application-infrastructure dichotomy is really more of the spectrum – for most organizations, looking at text analytics as a semantic infrastructure is really the best approach. Chapter 14, Enterprise Text Analytics – Elements, describes what an infrastructure platform approach to text analytics would look like in most organizations. Reamy describes what the main features of enterprise text analytics (ETA) are and introduce the concept of a semantic infrastructure. Chapter 15, Developing ETA – Semantic Infrastructure, dives more deeply into what a semantic infrastructure is and how it can deliver value to the organization. Mapping the content in the organization is one key step, but the second key component is to map all the various communities, both formal and informal, within the organization.
In the conclusion, Reamy reviews and discusses a number of the major themes of Deep Text, including the relationship of text mining and text analytics, the importance of integration for doing text analytics – in choosing the methodology as well as the kinds of content – and some of the important themes for development and application of text analytics.
Remarkably useful – a must-read for anyone trying to understand text analytics and how to apply it in the real world. – Jeff Fried, CTO, BA Insight
A much-needed publication around the largely misunderstood field of text analytics ... I highly recommend Deep Text as required reading for those whose work involves any form of unstructured content. – Jim Wessely, President, Advanced Document Sciences
Sheds light on all facets of text analytics. Comprehensive, entertaining, and enlightening. Reamy brings together the philosophy, value, and virtue of harnessing text data, making this volume a welcome addition to any professional's library. – Fiona R. McNeill, Global Product Marketing Manager, Cloud & Platform Technology, SAS
One of the most thorough walkthroughs of text analytics ever provided. – Jeff Catlin, CEO Lexalytics
Reamy takes the text analytics bull by the horns and gives it the time and exposure it deserves. A detailed explanation of the complex challenges, the various industry approaches, and the variety of options available to move forward. – Bryan Bell, Executive VP, Market Development, Expert System
Written in a breezy style, Deep Text is filled with advice on the role of text analytics within the enterprise, from information architecture to interface. Practitioners differ on questions of learning systems vs. rule-based systems, types of categorizers, or the need for relationship extraction, but the precepts in Tom Reamy's book are worth exploring regardless of your philosophical bent. – Sue Feldman, CEO, Synthexis
A must read for anybody in the text analytics business. A lifetime's worth of knowledge and experience bottled up for us to drink at our own pace. Enjoy! – Jeremy Bentley, CEO, Smartlogic
Deep Text is an important book for anyone who needs to be on the text analytics cutting edge from developers and information professionals who create, manage, and curate text-based and Big Data projects to entrepreneurs and business managers looking to cut costs and create new revenue streams. Whether readers want to harness a flood of social media content or turn a mountain of business information into an organized and useful asset, Deep Text will supply the insights and examples they need to do it effectively.
Education / Canada / Military / Gender Studies
Gendered Militarism in Canada: Learning Conformity and Resistance edited by Nancy Taber (The University of Alberta Press)
Little has been done to examine, critique, and challenge how ingrained societal ideas of militarism and gender influence lifelong learning patterns and practices of Canadians. Editor Nancy Taber and nine other contributors in Gendered Militarism in Canada explore various reasons why Canadian educators should be concerned with how learning, militarism, and gender intersect. Readers may be surprised to discover how this reaches beyond the classroom into the everyday lessons, attitudes, and habits that all Canadians are taught, often without question.
Taber is associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University. Her teaching and research extend from her experiences serving in the Canadian military as a Sea King helicopter air navigator. Contributors include: Mark Anthony Castrodale, Gillian L. Tournier, Andrew Haddow, Condy Hanson, Laura Lane, Jamie Magnusson, Robert C. Mizzi, Shahrzad Mojab, Snežana Ratković, Roger Saul and Nancy Taber.
According to Taber, Gendered Militarism in Canada arises from her desire to have a cohesive volume of work that centers on Canada with respect to gender (and intersecting oppressions) as a societal construct; militarism as an overarching concept that includes belief systems and that positions violence or conflict as connected to but not equated with war and militaries; and learning, from a lifelong perspective that includes compulsory education and the variety of contexts addressed in adult education. Taber says she wanted a volume that would directly address the common misconceptions that these issues only affect people in other countries, that Canada is an unproblematically peaceful and equitable country nationally, and that Canada's international involvement is always beneficial.
The intended audience for Gendered Militarism in Canada is feminist, adult, and teacher educators in universities, and their students. Additionally, it will be of interest to community educators and activists, as well as to those who explore gender, militarism, and learning in other contexts and capacities.
Gendered Militarism in Canada stems from the idea that learning is lifelong; it views education from a broad perspective and aims for societal critique. The authors explore various reasons Canadian educators should be concerned with examining the intersection of learning, militarism, and gender. As a whole, the authors delineate the ways in which gender and militarism are embedded in the daily learning of Canadians. Although those who critique military actions have often been labeled unpatriotic and enemies of democracy, Gendered Militarism in Canada demonstrates that it is the social and educative responsibility of citizens and educators to challenge militaristic thinking. The authors aim to raise awareness of gendered militarism in order to critique it, pushing the boundaries of education theory, research, and practice.
The authors variously focus on gender, race, class, colonialism, and imperialism (as relates to capitalist financialization), heteronormativity, and ability. The chapters include conceptual arguments and empirical research, as well as an ethnodrama. The volume is organized according to the educational context of the chapters, examining informal and everyday contexts as well as institutionalized ones. Chapters 1 through 3 explore various forms of popular culture such as gaming, social networking, films, and television programs. Chapters 4 and 5 focus on embodied discourses relating to ideal citizens and ideal bodies, respectively. Chapters 6 and 7 examine links between Canada and international contexts. Chapter 8, which examines Yugoslav-Canadian mothers' experiences of teaching, also connects to Chapters 9 and 10, which focus on aspects of compulsory schooling. Gendered Militarism in Canada is bookended by chapters about war games: the first concerns online alternative reality games; the last, sports and schooling, serving to demonstrate the interrelationships between various learning contexts.
The Conclusion, "Final Thoughts and Connecting Threads," connects the themes presented throughout the other chapters. In particular, Taber explores how, despite Canada's claim to be a gender-equitable nation, militarism continues to function in ways that protect inequality. The privileging of certain forms of masculinity and femininity is tied to militaristic values that portray the masculine as tough protectors, and the feminine as those protected. Those who are different are marginalized and othered.
Canada in the First World War with a population of 8 million lost 61,000 dead. The tiny Kingdom of Serbia, half our size, lost 1.1 million. By any measure of modesty or good sense Canadians have some nerve in boasting of our wartime exploits as a defining moment in history. Yet the sheen of reflected military glory even today is irresistible to certain politicians who promote a 'national identity that is masculinist and militarized', writes Prof. Nancy Taber of Brock University. Gendered Militarism in Canada examines the contradiction. It is a thoughtful book. Editor Taber brings street cred to the topic; she is a former Sea King navigator. – Holly Doan
Gendered Militarism in Canada is an important societal critique of how gender and militarism intersect in Canadians' daily learning. Gendered Militarism in Canada demonstrates that, in order to make change, one must take a wide view of gender and militarism. Canadians can and do resist gendered militarism, but more must be done, and the contributors point the way. Pushing the boundaries of education theory, research, and practice, the book will be of particular interest to feminist, adult, and teacher educators and to scholars and students of education, the military, and women's and gender studies.
Fashion / Education & Instruction
In Fashion: Bundle Book + Studio Access Card, 2nd edition by Elaine Stone (Fairchild Books)
Fashion offers a career that is exciting and exhilarating, challenging and changing, and, of course, encourages fun, fame, and fortune. Because fashion is all of this, Elaine Stone has developed In Fashion, which prepares students to be on the cutting edge of what is happening in the business known as Fashion. This 2nd edition of Stone's best-selling text, In Fashion, offers a clear introduction to the fashion industry that is as dynamic as the business itself. Stone is Professor Emerita, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
Through concise language and full-color photographs, Stone provides students with an overview of fashion, from its history, cyclical nature, and development to the materials, producers, and retailers who impact the business on a global level. In Fashion brings new perspectives of the fashion business to students' attention. It covers the broad scope of fashion and adds the up-to-date facts and figures used by professionals to keep the industry a vital and challenging career path.
New to this edition of In Fashion:
This bundle includes In Fashion, 2nd edition and the In Fashion STUDIO Access Card.
In Fashion STUDIO card is an online tool for more effective study. With it students can:
· Review concepts with flashcards of terms and definitions and image identification.
· Branch out with links to curated online multi-media resources that bring chapter concepts to life.
· Expand their knowledge by further exploring special features: In the Fashion Spotlight, Everything Old is New Again, Timeless Treasures, and Tools of the Trade.
In Fashion reflects the survey nature of an introductory course and is structured so that the concepts and practices developed are equally applicable to all career paths. To keep students current in the most recent happenings, each chapter concludes with a discussion of the latest developments and upcoming trends.
This edition of In Fashion uses the same classroom-tested organization that has been so successful in Stone’s previous textbooks.
Part One The Changing World of Fashion. The first part examines how and why fashion evolves and changes. It explains the principles around which fashion revolves and the role that economic, sociological, and psychological elements play in the cyclical nature of fashion. It also covers the business scope of the industry including recent growth and expansion.
Part Two The Primary Level – The Materials of Fashion. The growers and producers of the raw materials of fashion, fibers, fabrics, leather, and fur are covered in this unit, along with the sustainability of products made from recycled materials.
Part Three The Secondary Level – The Producers of Fashion. The third part begins with a chapter on Product Development explaining how each fashion product is developed and the systems that are used. Then, industry trends in apparel (women's, men's, children's, and teen's) and accessories are highlighted. Each market sector is compared and contrasted with the factors that are common to all. This unit explains how each industry functions and covers current and future practices and trends.
Part Four The Retail Level – The Markets for Fashion. This part focuses on the elements of fashion marketing and reveals how markets operate to help manufacturers sell their products and how retailers satisfy the needs of their target customer. It details both domestic and foreign markets and global sources. Different types of retailers and current trends are detailed. Also discussed are the many fashion services that work with all levels of the fashion industry including magazines, newspapers, broadcast, television, the Internet and social media, fashion reporting services, as well as trade associations.
In Fashion includes a wide range of examples and illustrations, and has many exciting features that make the people, principles, practices, and techniques of the fashion business come alive in the minds of students. These features will help students to learn about the fashion business in an enjoyable and lasting manner. All these features are appropriate for class discussion, library research projects, and group projects.
Each of the twelve chapters in the text concludes with four kinds of student-oriented activities designed to enrich and reinforce the instructional material. They are Summary, Trade Talk, For Review, and For Discussion.
With its clear introduction to the fashion industry, In Fashion help students to learn and understand the facts and figures that are essential for a successful career in the global world of today's fashion business. Whether their plans include design, product development, merchandising, buying, manufacturing, or entrepreneurship, they will gain a thorough understanding of how the industry works and what lies ahead for them professionally.
History / Documents
The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume 10, 1832, 3rd edition by Editor-in-chief Daniel Feller, with associate editors Thomas Coens & Laura-Eve Moss (The Papers of Andrew Jackson Series: The University of Tennessee Press)
As a frontiersman, war hero, democratic symbol, and seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson stamped his name and personality on an entire era of American history. The Papers of Andrew Jackson presents his entire surviving literary record in a comprehensive edition projected for sixteen volumes, with a full volume devoted to each year of his tumultuous presidency.
Daniel Feller is editor and director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson and professor of history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Associate editors Thomas Coens and Laura-Eve Moss are research faculty in history, also at the University of Tennessee.
The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume 10 presents more than four hundred documents from Andrew Jackson’s fourth presidential year. It includes private memoranda, intimate family letters, drafts of official messages, and correspondence with government and military officers, diplomats, Indians, political friends and foes, and ordinary citizens throughout the country.
The year 1832 began with Jackson still pursuing
his feud with Vice President John C. Calhoun, whom Jackson accused
of secretly siding against him in the 1818 controversy over
Jackson’s Seminole campaign in Florida. The episode ended
embarrassingly for Jackson when a key witness, called on to prove
his charges, instead directly contradicted them.
A number of documents in The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume 10 relate to Indian removal, which remained a preoccupation for Jackson. The Choctaws began emigrating westward, the Creeks and Chickasaws signed but then immediately protested removal treaties, and the Cherokees won what proved to be an empty victory against removal in the Supreme Court. Illinois Indians mounted armed resistance in the Black Hawk War. In midsummer, a cholera epidemic swept the country, and Jackson was urged to proclaim a day of fasting and prayer. He refused, saying it would intermingle church and state.
A bill to recharter the Bank of the United States passed Congress in July, and Jackson vetoed it with a ringing message that became the signature document of his presidency. In November, Jackson, with new running mate Martin Van Buren, won triumphant reelection over Henry Clay. But only days later, South Carolina nullified the federal tariff law and began preparing for armed resistance. Jackson answered with an official proclamation that ‘disunion by armed force is treason.’ The year closed with Jackson immersed in plans to suppress nullification and destroy the Bank of the United States. Embracing all these stories and more, The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume 10 offers an incomparable window into Andrew Jackson, his presidency, and America itself in 1832.
This tenth volume of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume 10, is the fourth of Jackson's presidency and also the fourth produced by the team of Editor Feller and Associate Editors Coens and Moss. The aim of the volumes in the series is to systematically present Andrew Jackson's full extant literary remains. ‘Papers’ broadly means everything written to, by, or for Jackson, or annotated by him – every piece of paper, so to speak, on which Jackson left his DNA. This includes letters sent and received, official documents, drafts, memoranda, and financial and legal records.
The project embarked on its plan to publish a carefully chosen selection of Jackson's papers in sixteen chronological volumes: six pre-presidential, one for each of the eight presidential years, and two post-presidential. The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume 10 is part of that series. Presenting the most significant documents in full annotated text, and summarizing the rest in calendar form, the volume stands on its own as a compilation of Jackson's most important papers in 1832 and offers those who wish to delve further an easy window into the full corpus of papers available on microfilm.
The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume 10 contains three parts. The main body presents full texts of Jackson's most significant papers from 1832 with explanatory notes. Following afterward is a calendar – a chronological listing of all the papers, with a brief content synopsis for each document that is not printed in the main text and an italicized page reference for each one that is. The calendar thus also functions as a table of contents for the main text. Together, text and calendar account for every 1832 Jackson document falling within the definition of his papers. The index at the back provides full coverage of document authors, recipients, and contents for both text and calendar.
The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume 10 and, indeed, the entire series, offers an outstanding view of Jackson, his presidency and his time, a view that can be garnered nowhere else.
History / Gender Studies
Westerns: A Women's History by Victoria Lamont (Postwestern Horizons Series: University of Nebraska Press)
According to Victoria Lamont, at every turn in the development of what we now know as the western, women writers have been instrumental in its formation. Yet the myth that the western is male-authored persists. Westerns: A Women's History debunks this myth by recovering the women writers of popular westerns who were active during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when the western genre as we now know it emerged. Lamont is an associate professor of English at the University of Waterloo.
Lamont offers detailed studies of some of the many women who helped shape the western. Their novels bear the classic hallmarks of the western – cowboys, schoolmarms, gun violence, lynchings, cattle branding – while also placing female characters at the center of their western adventures and improvising with western conventions in surprising and ingenious ways.
In Emma Ghent Curtis’s The Administratrix, a widow disguises herself as a cowboy and infiltrates the cowboy gang responsible for lynching her husband. Muriel Newhall’s pulp serial character, Sheriff Minnie, comes to the rescue of a steady stream of defenseless female victims. B. M. Bower, Katharine Newlin Burt, and Frances McElrath use cattle branding as a metaphor for their feminist critiques of patriarchy. In addition to recovering the work of these and other women authors of popular westerns, Lamont uses original archival analysis of the western-fiction publishing scene to overturn the longstanding myth of the western as a male-dominated genre.
Westerns argues that the popular western was founded as much by women writers as by men and played a significant role in American women's literary history at the turn of the twentieth century. The popular western acquired the substance of its current shape in the form of ‘quality’ novels that, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, reclaimed the popular West from the dime novels and other cheap publications in which stories of the West and the frontier had flourished. These new ‘quality’ westerns were within the purview of both male and female authors. Indeed, the first known cowboy novel outside of the dime novel tradition was written by a woman, the Colorado suffragist Emma Ghent Curtis, and published in 1889, thirteen years before the popular western was supposed to have been reinvented by Owen Wister, who published his novel The Virginian in 1902. The Virginian was itself based on the Johnson County Rustler Wars of 1892, as was a competing novelization of those events written by a woman, Frances McElrath's The Rustler, also published in 1902. One of the most prolific authors of serial westerns to profit from ‘imitating’ The Virginian, B. M. Bower, was also a woman.
Despite decades of feminist literary recovery in English literary studies, the recovery of popular western women writers engages problems identical to those faced by feminist scholars of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s as they recovered many women writers who are now commonly taught in literature classrooms. "How can feminism speak of the relentless silencing of women," writes Mary Eagleton, "while at the same time maintaining that there is a formidable tradition to uncover?". Yet Westerns makes just such a claim. Lamont addresses this problem partly by tracing precisely the material relations that have sidelined most women writers of popular westerns while privileging the voices of male authors such as Owen Wister, Zane Grey, and Louis L'Amour and partly by tracing common patterns of representation that run through diverse women's texts despite the fact that they wrote from within male-dominated cultural networks. Women authors of popular westerns remain virtually invisible largely because they specialized in what came to be known as a denigrated, popular form and because gendered categories of popular fiction invented by marketers in the 1920s became so deeply entrenched that the ‘women's western’ eventually became a contradiction in terms. When feminist literary scholars began their recovery of a ‘women's West’ in the 1970s, the popular western had been naturalized as a masculine genre, popular fiction was widely regarded as unworthy of serious study in any case, and most western writing by women was out of print. The first books about women writers of the American West, appearing in the early 1980s, reflect these conditions through their focus on domestic writing, memoir, and other ‘private’ genres or on the few women – like the Pulitzer Prize-winning Willa Cather – with established literary reputations upon which scholars could build a woman-centered canon. What began as a systemic omission eventually morphed into explicit denial of the possibility that women could write westerns in the popular tradition. Lamont notes that when we cordon off women writers in a feminized subcategory, we tacitly endorse their continued exclusion from discussions of the genre when we should be rethinking our understanding of the genre in order to account for them.
Westerns is not a comprehensive survey of women writers of popular westerns, nor does it claim to offer a master narrative of the woman's popular western. The book has implications for the broader study of American women writers because it recovers their contributions to American frontier mythology during a crucial period in its history. While this era of frontier anxiety has been well documented by David Wrobel, the significant contributions of women writers to this body of writing have yet to be examined.
Lamont has made the subject of the western
important all over again.... As a piece of feminist recovery work,
Lamont has reordered the scholarly record about a canonical national
tradition. By definition this is a major work. – Krista Comer,
author of Surfer Girls in the New World Order
This book promises nothing less than to ‘tell an alternative origin story of the popular western,’ and it succeeds in spades. Through a series of brilliant readings, canny archival research, sheer wit, and even laugh-out-loud moments, Lamont decisively changes the face of women’s westerns. In the process she makes her reader rethink not just the genealogy of popular westerns, but the gender, class, and race dynamics of the literary marketplace, early feminisms, and scholarly blind spots.... This book leads the way in that rethinking, with wit, flair, and deep persuasiveness. – Christine Bold, author of The Frontier Club: Popular Westerns and Cultural Power, 1880–1924
Westerns is a revisionist account of the origins of the popular western that takes into account the many women who helped constitute the genre. Westerns both recovers some of the many women's texts that have helped shaped the western and helps expose and dismantle the processes and structures that have hitherto excluded them from view.
History / US / Civil War / Biographies & Memoirs
Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee – The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged, reprint edition by William C. Davis (Da Capo Press)
They met in person only four times, yet it was upon these two men that the outcome of the Civil War and the future of the nation hung. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee have each been the subject of innumerable biographies, but never before have they been paired as they are in this dual biography.
In Crucible of Command, one of America’s preeminent historians, William C. Davis, looks at these two men simultaneously, presenting them not as the myths time has turned them into (Grant the drunken failure and Lee the magnanimous), but as complex men with very different and, yet, strikingly similar – personal and professional lives. By doing this, Davis illustrates how as leaders, decision makers, and soldiers they are almost indistinguishable. Davis, the only four-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award, is the author or editor of more than fifty books in the fields of Civil War and Southern history, as well as numerous documentary screenplays.
According to Davis in Crucible of Command, under the correct circumstances, each was the man the nation needed him to be. The Confederacy needed to see Lee as spiritually unbeatable, and Grant as the soulless head of a Yankee leviathan so their defeat could be described as being overwhelmed by raw power and resources, rather than skill. The Union needed both men to fill a certain role as well. The image of Lee as a knightly foe gave their victory dignity, and by positioning Grant as the peacemaker they were able to rely on him after Lincoln's assassination and never lose heart. Davis looks beyond these public images and paints a picture of both men as they really were, their legacies inextricably intertwined.
Davis in Crucible of Command follows a pattern of inspecting events in one man's life before describing the parallel in the other's. In this way he is able to follow Grant and Lee through their four meetings, the first during the Mexican American war when they fought on the same side. Grant was surprised to find that Lee remembered him years later when they met at the end of the Civil War. Finally, Davis explores their deaths, each losing his ability to speak in his final days, and each dying at the age of sixty-three.
Until recently, time has been kinder to Lee than to Grant. Their meaning to a modern generation has shifted, driven largely by our own political and social divides. Some in the New South, even in Lexington, Virginia, where he is buried and enshrined, are faintly uncomfortable, embarrassed even, that the section's iconic hero rose to almost god-like stature in a contest ultimately rooted in slavery. They find it more difficult than their forebears to separate honoring a man for his intrinsic qualities of character, courage, and sacrifice, from distaste for the cause that propelled him into the American pantheon. Grant, on the other hand, after generations of being dismissed as a lucky general in spite of his failings, and a president so mired in corruption that his administration is best forgotten, has enjoyed a modest phoenix flight among historians, though the beating of its wings has disturbed little air in perceptions of the man among Americans in general.
According to Davis in Crucible of Command, their legacies are inextricably intertwined. Only facing Grant brought out Lee's finest demonstrations of fortitude and resolution. Only defeating Lee made Grant second to Lincoln as the man of the century. They needed each other, and a nation divided in two and then reunited needed both of them in all their guises, often distorting the men themselves to suit a hunger for heroes and villains.
Brilliant and balanced... Smoothly written and accessible, the book is also a history buff's dream, brimming with arrow-filled battle maps and dotted with familiar characters and controversies... Scrupulously evenhanded... Mr. Davis's narrative is well-paced, and the smash-cut transitions from one theater of war to another are smoothly handled... Despite his careful analysis, Mr. Davis avoids professorial dryness, and colorful personal details of both men emerge. – Wall Street Journal
[Davis] draws a multi-dimensional portrait of each man, succinctly capturing their particular skills, and uncovers some little-known facts... This meticulously researched, well-written book greatly enriches our understanding of each of these extraordinary figures and of the terrible war in which they fought. – Publishers Weekly, starred review
One of Davis' chief contributions in this accessible, well-written study is to show how thoroughly politicized the war was... A fresh look at the sources and a careful eye to leadership and character places this book high atop the list of recent Civil War histories. – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Davis debunks many of the myths surrounding the two generals and treats both fairly... The comparisons between the two are helpful for understanding the general sensibilities of North and South... Accessible to all readers, this history will appeal to anyone who enjoys comparative biography. – Library Journal
A solid pick for the Civil War collection. – Booklist
For serious historians of the Civil War, William C. Davis is the ultimate go-to source for reliable information on a conflict that spawned a staggering amount of mythology... At hand is a thick – and very readable – volume that culminates a life of serious research into all aspects of the war, including personalities, strategies and politics. Mr. Davis, fortunately for all of us, is a stickler for original and contemporaneous sources, rather than long-after-the-fact memoirs... The most avid of Civil War buffs will relish the revealing details in a book rich in authenticity and readability. – Washington Times
A real page-turner. – Harold Holzer, The Daily Beast
Davis' tone is both authoritative and humble throughout. The book is a pleasure to read. – Civil War Monitor ("The Best Civil War Books of 2015," honorable mention)
Based virtually entirely on contemporary primary sources, an unusual authorial choice that probably contributes to the immense readability of its lively, uncluttered prose... An ambitious and well-executed book by a distinguished Civil War historian, which although it covers extremely well-trodden historiographical ground, does so in a somewhat fresh and distinctive way. – Civil War Book Review
[Davis] approaches Grant and Lee in a new way... Worth reading. – Military Heritage
A well-researched book but it is presented in a way that the casual reader is not overwhelmed with an endless assault of facts and statistics about the Civil War... Davis does an excellent job of comparing each general's personality traits... Crucible of Command further establishes Davis's place as one of the nation's leading Civil War historians. – On Point (The Journal of Army History)
The best, and certainly the most readable, account of how [Grant and Lee's] careers developed in tandem. Impressively researched in primary documents...A superb example of how a critically informed historical narrative can come alive for a general audience... Davis succeeds in drawing out commonalities in Lee's and Grant's development that are often missed because of the contrasts in their personalities... [Davis has] such a sure touch and command of the material that the judgements are fresh and engaging. – Journal of Southern History
Grant and Lee have never before been paired as they are here. Readable and informative, Crucible of Command presents a thoroughly fresh portrait of these great commanders, revealing their personalities, their character, their ethical and moral compasses, and their political and military worlds as they took each other's measure across the battlefield. The result is history at its finest and one of the great books on the Civil War.
Literature & Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy
Doctor Who: City of Death, reprint edition by Douglas Adams & James Goss, from a story by David Fisher (Ace)
If you liked the episode, you’ll love the book. – Geeks of Doom
Based on the beloved Doctor Who episode
of the same name by Douglas Adams, the hilarious and brilliant
author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, comes
City of Death…
The Doctor takes Romana for a holiday in Paris – a city which, like a fine wine, has a bouquet all of its own. Especially if one visits during one of the vintage years. But the TARDIS takes them to 1979, a year whose vintage is soured by cracks in the very fabric of time itself.
Soon they are embroiled in an alien scheme which encompasses homemade time machines, the theft of the Mona Lisa, the resurrection of the much-feared Jagaroth race, and the beginning (and quite possibly the end) of all life on Earth.
In City of Death it is up to the Doctor and Romana to thwart the machinations of the suave, mysterious Count Scarlioni – all twelve of him – if the human race has any chance of survival.
Adams (1952-2001) was born in Cambridge in 1952 and educated at St. John’s College, Cambridge. He wrote all the different and conflicting versions of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and many other works. He wrote three scripts for Doctor Who. James Goss is the author of two Doctor Who novels: The Blood Cell and Dead of Winter, as well as Summer Fall and many other works. His Doctor Who audiobook Dead Air won Best Audiobook 2010 and two of his books were nominated for the 2012 British Fantasy Society Awards.
Goss has faithfully reproduced the feel and mood of the television story and has embellished it with extra detail which makes it all the more enjoyable. – The Press and Journal (UK)
... With humour drier than a bone, stuffed with page after page of one-liners, and written with a unique style and verve, James Goss's City of Death is more than worth picking up... For a book all about the Mona Lisa, don't be surprised that City of Death is the true masterpiece here. – Doctor Who TV
Woven together with prose so sparkling it's as effervescent as the kind of champagne so good only Count Scarlioni could afford it... A beautiful collaboration, a work of love, and a celebration of the very best of Doctor Who that's luminous with joy. – CultBox
Goss takes the time to enjoy the writing, the setting, and captures the essence of the city and evokes Adams without slavishly imitating. A first-class job. – Starburst
The knockabout energy of the original TV story transfers to the page well... A rollicking adventure which adds just about enough to its source material to be a worthwhile endeavour. – SFcrowsnest
City of Death mixes humor, science fiction and time travel. A lot of fun and a nice way to get another taste of early Adams, the book captures his humor. Recommended to both fans of Adams and the Fourth Doctor.
Philosophy / Music / Popular Culture
David Bowie and Philosophy: Rebel, Rebel edited by Theodore G. Ammon (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series: Open Court)
The philosophically rich David Bowie (1947-2016) was an artist of wide and continuing influence. The theatrical antics of Bowie ushered in a new rock aesthetic, but there is much more to Bowie than mere spectacle. The visual belies the increasing depths of his concerns, even at his lowest personal moments.
Who else has combined techno and hard rock, switched to R&B love songs (with accompanying gospel) to funk to jazz-rock fusion and back again? Like Sophocles or Shakespeare, Bowie speaks to us through the mouths of the diverse living characters he created. To decipher his real message is therefore always controversial.
In David Bowie and Philosophy, sixteen philosophers, each one of them a dedicated Bowie fan, give readers their acute and intimate explanations of Bowie's many-sided creative accomplishments. Editor Theodore G. Ammon is an associate professor of philosophy at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. David Bowie and Philosophy is Volume 103 in the series, Popular Culture and Philosophy, with Series Editor George A. Reisch.
Among the topics explored in David Bowie and Philosophy are the nature of Bowie as an institution and a cult; Bowie’s work in many platforms, including movies and TV; Bowie’s spanning of low and high art; his relation to Andy Warhol; the influence of Buddhism and Kabuki theater; the recurring theme of Bowie as a space alien; the dystopian element in Bowie’s thinking; the role of fashion in Bowie’s creativity; the aesthetics of theatrical rock and glam rock; and Bowie’s public identification with bisexuality and his influence within the LGBTQ community.
No matter how familiar you may have thought you were with David Bowie, the chapters in this fascinating book will greatly enrich your understanding of his significance…. – Robert S. Mcelvaine, author of Eve's Seed and The Great Depression
… In this exciting examination of the life and works of David Bowie, Ted Ammon and his merry band of philosophers speak out, with results at once entertaining and enlightening. – Sanford Zale, Associate Professor, Champlain College
Despite moments of sad irony, this is truly a fun book for David Bowie's more thoughtful fans. The very different viewpoints of these very varied chapters give us a rich appreciation of this late, great creative artist. – Ray Scott Percival, author of The Myth of the Closed Mind
The scholars whose work appears in David Bowie and Philosophy ask fundamental questions about the nature of self, musical personas, and performance. Bowie's long practice of building and inhabiting musical characters, his changing musical identities, his evolving philosophies of performance provoke inquiry into the concept of a 'lyrical self’ – that may be Bowie's most lasting contribution. – Hollis Robbins, Chair, Department of Humanities, Peabody Conservatory
David Bowie and Philosophy is a fitting tribute to the late, great David Bowie.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Education & Training
The Human Brain Student's Self-Test Coloring Book, 1st edition with consulting editors Joshua Gowin, Ph.D. & Wade Kothmann, Ph.D. (Barron’s Educational Series)
There are multitudes of unsolved questions about how the brain functions, what its cells do, and how all of the nervous system works together to make humans each unique as individuals and yet also very similar collectively as human beings. Despite the many mysteries remaining, people have learned a great deal about the brain and the nervous system over the past century. The Human Brain distills this knowledge into usable, engaging, entertaining, and informative text and illustrations.
Anyone who requires detailed knowledge of the structures and functions of the human brain needs The Human Brain, a self-test coloring book. It includes more than 350 illustrations that give a realistic view of the human brain and nervous system, examining its constituent parts and how they work. The physical task of coloring in the illustrations makes an impression on readers’ minds, allowing them to remember the shape, location, and purpose of each part of the brain. Pages lie flat for easy coloring, labels are left blank so they can test their knowledge as they color, and answers are located at the bottom of the page.
The Human Brain contains:
Hundreds of line drawings give realistic views of the human brain and nervous system, examining its structures and how they function. Text explains the physiology of each area, creating a succinct, interactive reference to the fascinating field of neuroscience.
Aside from being fascinating, learning about the brain is also practical for medical and nursing students, scientists, healthcare workers, educators, and many other professionals who require a working knowledge of neuroanatomy and physiology. For people who already have an understanding, it helps to brush up from time to time, and the visual aid provided in The Human Brain can also be an excellent resource for teaching others. The advantage of this book relative to other learning materials is that it provides an active learning experience. On each page, readers can quiz themselves by filling in the names of the structures, and then they can color-code them to help store the knowledge. And while studying the brain may cause stress for some, coloring has been shown to reduce anxiety. This should not only make using this book more enjoyable, but also better for retaining the information presented.
Featuring more than 200 computer-rendered line drawings in a clean design, The Human Brain is divided into 20 comprehensive chapters. It covers the major divisions of the nervous system – from the peripheral to the central and from the microscopic to the large – and also includes an overview of how all the various parts work together. It covers both the development and aging of the brain, and provides an overview of some of the functions of the brain, such as how humans store memories and navigate the world. This is an important facet in the study of anatomy – not only learning the names and locations of the parts of the body, but also discovering how these parts relate to each other and function together.
As readers work their way through The Human Brain, they will gain both a clear understanding of anatomy and a deeper appreciation for the human brain – an amazingly complicated yet highly coordinated machine. Medical and healthcare students – as well as practitioners – will want to get their hands on this concise, interactive reference to the human brain. The Human Brain is a must-have book teaching detailed knowledge of the structures and functions of the human brain and nervous system. After learners are finished, visualizing the areas of the brain becomes easier, leading to greater memorization and recall.
Public Policy / Art & Architecture / Woodworking / History
Moving Sam Maloof: Saving an American Woodworking Legend's Home and Workshops, 1st edition by Ann Kovara (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)
Old things have stories to tell.
Their stories remain
A mute voice
But still we listen.
World-class woodworker Sam Maloof (1916-2009), the first craftsperson to receive a MacArthur Foundation grant, inhabited his family compound in Alta Loma, California, for 45 years until the State of California decided that a new highway was needed, and that the Maloof homestead was in the way. The result was the move, between 1998 and 2001, of the historic residence, two woodworking studios, guesthouse, and twenty trees to a new site three miles away. As it explores the human side of historic preservation, Moving Sam Maloof explains how Maloof, a beleaguered but plucky elderly California Living Treasure and master woodworker, survives his historic property’s relocation by the government. Construction manager and architect Ann Kovara relates this true story of how progress and tradition, public needs and private lives, managed to reach an accord.
Kovara, AIA, LEED AP, was the Maloof Relocation Project’s on-site construction manager. A multi-talented architect, she serves as the California High Speed Rail Program project architect.
According to Kovara in Moving Sam Maloof, major public works projects usually begin with the purchase of land, the relocation of citizens, and ultimately, the demolishing of existing buildings, infrastructure, and landscaping. Common also is the moving of specimen trees as well as historic structures and those associated with a notable person or event.
Lost along with the physical characteristics of a neighborhood are its social fabric and the personal associations developed by the residents over a period of years. A site becomes the focus of memories and associations; events transpired leave a memory, while the spirit of the original place remains. For instance, a tree in a garden may be special to the owners because it represents a moment shared with their children while planting it. The profound sadness and great joy associated with a property become elements of that site's memory.
According to Kovara in Moving Sam Maloof, in all grand public schemes some individuals are caught up in the surrounding events like dried leaves in the wind. Such was the case for two octogenarians, master craftsman Sam Maloof and artist Alfreda Louise Ward Maloof, his wife of fifty years. An exuberant orchard of trees, shrubs, and flowers gently framed the Maloof property.
Sam had built out the Maloof family compound in Alta Loma, California, over a span of forty-five years. His woodworking shop was just as he wanted it. The Arts and Crafts-inspired house he shared with Alfreda was both a peaceful sanctuary and showcase for the woodwork that made Sam famous. Sam and Alfreda celebrated all things ‘hecho a mano’ or made by hand.
Much was at stake on both sides. On the government's side was the traveling public's need for the completion of a freeway system, job creation, and the expected infusion of federal transportation funds into local coffers. From this point of view, the demolition of the property of some old guy who makes chairs would be for the greater good.
The Maloofs considered the preservation of their mature orchard, creative woodworking shop, and art-filled home to be as valid as the construction of a highway. Sam and Alfreda grew a variety of trees, including California natives and citrus. They placed the highest value on personal expression; to them beauty, inspiration, and craft mattered. All might be lost because of a twenty-mile-long, eight-lane expressway. The Maloofs wondered, "Why? And for whom?"
According to Kovara in Moving Sam Maloof, the Maloof family and their attorneys endured a grueling environmental review process that lasted more than ten years as decisions were made regarding the final path of the Route 30/210 freeway between La Verne and San Bernardino, California. One might think that Sam and Alfreda had many years to accept change and adjust to the situation. In reality, the Maloofs were pushed to the limits of their endurance by the pressure of unresolved urban planning decisions.
Finally, Sam and Alfreda's property was deemed historic by the State of California. It was this ruling that saved the Maloof home, main woodworking shop, guesthouse, and some specimen trees from demolition. These elements would be relocated and the remainder of the site demolished under the Maloof Relocation Project, which was an element of the larger freeway extension project.
In the Maloof Foundation newsletter, The Wooden Latch, Dr. Hans Kreutzberg explains the saving of the Maloof property this way:
Because the property was deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and federal [transit] funds were involved, it was necessary to enter into a mitigation process under Section 106 of the NHPA [National Historic Preservation Act] of 1966. The mitigation, which saved the Maloof home from demolition, is a model for preserving unique historic structures.
Because the Maloofs lost their family compound, from their vantage point it was not a win but a disaster. Sam and Alfreda did appreciate that part of their world would be saved. According to the State of California's ruling, the contributing factors to the property's historic designation were its "association with a significant person of the past" and "distinctive characteristics of the building by its architecture and construction including having great artistic value or being the work of a master."
An excellent resource. – Mr. Jason T. Busch, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs & Museum Programs, Saint Louis Art Museum
In this first person account, Ann Kovara brings to life the deeply emotional story of Sam Maloof's struggle to save his world during the move of his family compound by the government. In a way, it was Ann who saved Sam; I believe that without her, Sam would have died. – Mrs. Beverly Maloof
Moving Sam Maloof is the true story of how progress and tradition, public needs and private lives, managed to reach an accord. It is a moving story.
Religion & Spirituality / Chinese / Taoism
Chinese Alchemy: Taoism, the Power of Gold, and the Quest for Immortality by Jean Cooper (Mind, Body, Knowledge Series: Weiser Books)
Chinese alchemy, largely associated with Taoism, has a recorded history of more than 2,000 years, but traditionally it goes back even further to nearly 3000 BC and the time of the Yellow Emperor. While Western alchemy was concerned with the search for spiritual and material gold, classic Taoist alchemy was a mystical quest for immortality with its aim being union with the Absolute.
Chinese Alchemy – in one slender volume readers have a basic introduction to Chinese alchemy, a tradition that dates back 5,000 years.
Among the topics covered in Chinese Alchemy are:
The author, Jean Cooper (1905-1999), was born in China and traveled extensively. She read philosophy at St. Andrews University and had a lifelong interest in comparative religion, Taoism in particular.
Cooper in Chinese Alchemy describes the history and development of Taoist alchemy, compares it to similar traditions in India and Turkistan, and gives it context by contrasting it with the rationale of the Western hermetic tradition. As she writes in her concluding chapter: The whole work of alchemy is summed up in the phrase "To make of the body a spirit and of the spirit a body".... The goal of the Taoist alchemist-mystic was transformation, or perhaps more correctly, transfiguration, of the whole body until it ceases to ‘be’ and is absorbed into and becomes the Tao.
According to Cooper, there is little in Chinese alchemy that cannot be associated with Taoism and although the exact origins of that alchemy may still be in dispute in the light of present incomplete evidence, there is no question that it grew and was nourished in the soil of popular and religious Taoism. It is also recognized that there are two distinct branches of Taoism: the classical Tao Chia, the mystical, metaphysical aspect, stemming from Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu, and the popular, religious, magical, alchemical side, the Tao Chiao, which arose traditionally with the Yellow Emperor and his Three Immortal Ladies, or Maids, who taught him magic, mysticism and love. Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu probably represented a movement against these earlier animistic-magico practices and founded the Tao Chia as a protest, or rather a correction, at a time when such practices had lost their original meaning and become loaded with superstition.
Yet another viewpoint is that classical Taoism was original but was too austere and rarefied for the general populace and later, meeting the shamanism which flourished in the tribes of the regions north and west of China proper, absorbed shamanistic-animistic lore and degenerated into the religious, ritualistic, magical and alchemical branch, the Tao Chiao, which fulfilled the day-to-day needs of the people and which still exists in modern times as a popular religion.
Chinese Alchemy is an essential guide for anyone interested in Chinese legend and lore, Chinese magic and medicine, and Taoism.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
Wesley and the Anglicans: Political Division in Early Evangelicalism by Ryan Nicholas Danker (IVP Academic)
Many would argue that the division between them was based narrowly on theological matters, especially predestination and perfection. Ryan Danker in Wesley and the Anglicans suggests, however, that politics was a major factor throughout, driving the Wesleyan Methodists and Anglican evangelicals apart.
Danker, formerly a United Methodist pastor, is assistant professor of the history of Christianity and Methodist studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D. C. He previously served as visiting assistant professor of church history and theology at Greensboro College in Greensboro, NC.
Methodism was perceived to be linked with the radical and seditious politics of the Cromwellian period. This was a charged claim in a post-Restoration England. Likewise Danker explores the political force of resurgent Tory influence under George III, which exerted more pressure on evangelicals to prove their loyalty to the Establishment. These political realities made it hard for evangelicals in the Church of England to cooperate with Wesley and meant that all their theological debates were politically inflected.
According to Danker, John Wesley's relationship with evangelical clergymen of the eighteenth-century Church of England is a historical topic that has been too little studied in its fuller context. Wesley and the Anglicans attempts to understand that relationship and the gradual divide that took place between Wesley and fellow evangelicals within the Church of England. The standard line has been that Wesley's Arminianism clashed with the dominant Calvinism of eighteenth-century evangelical Anglicans and caused a rift in the Evangelical Revival in England. In Wesley and the Anglicans Danker provides a counterargument, formulating a more coherent description of the larger picture and of the events and issues that led some evangelical clergy to disassociate with Wesley and Wesleyan Methodism. His approach in this book is that social, political and ecclesiastical issues have not been given proper weight in the discussion. When considered in isolation, the theological questions raised by the participants in this slow divide simply do not provide the necessary rationale for a division of English evangelicalism.
Wesley and the Anglicans is divided into nine chapters, arranged thematically. The issues that divided the Evangelicals and Wesley, taken together, paint a picture in which the division of the two is almost inevitable.
The first chapter, "Identity and Challenge," delves into the characteristics of early English Evangelicalism and its place in the larger Evangelical Revival. The chapter serves to define the parameters of the book while highlighting the theology, social status, geography and principal characters of the movement.
Chapter two examines John Wesley himself to show how he fit within the larger picture of English Evangelicalism. One primary goal of the chapter is to outline the tension inherent in Wesley's own evolving ecclesiological understanding as an Anglican and as an Evangelical. The chapter places his conversion experience at Aldersgate, where his heart was ‘strangely warmed,’ within the larger international revival, a sweeping movement that the revival's participants would never fully understand.
The third chapter of Wesley and the Anglicans, "Propaganda and Power," looks at public tracts, whether produced by the Wesley brothers or by their opponents. This propaganda served to complicate the relationship between John Wesley and the regular Evangelical clergy.
"Politics and Polity," the fourth chapter, examines the political ramifications of Methodist irregularity in post-Restoration England with its long historical memory. Methodism often raised suspicion of rebellion much akin to the Cromwellian revolution that overthrew Church and Crown in the previous century.
Chapter five explores Evangelical enclaves and Methodist incursions. Many of the complaints lodged against Wesley by the Evangelical clergy center on Wesley's use of lay preachers and their work within parishes with an already established Evangelical Anglican presence.
Chapter six, "Eucharist and Ethos," explores the collision of the continued suspicion of schism and the attempt on the part of many of Wesley's lay preachers to administer communion, or the Lord's Supper. Many within the Evangelical ‘party’ saw lay administration of communion as the end of their association with Methodism.
The seventh chapter, "Hegemony and Casualties," describes the repercussions of changing political tides in the 1760s under George III and the influence of a changing political environment on evangelicalism. In 1768 six students were expelled from Oxford for ‘methodistical practices’ as a part of a larger attempt within the university to curtail the activities of evangelicals. The reaction in the university was a call for stricter adherence in the face of these challenges. Evangelicals became targets and soon found themselves further marginalized.
"Vision and Divergence," the eighth chapter, attempts to create an entirely new historiographical paradigm in which to place Wesley and the Evangelical clergy. Looking for the principles with which each defined their ministry, the chapter describes Wesley the high churchman, influenced by the nonjurors and the Caroline divines and their emphasis on the early church fathers, in stark contrast to his Evangelical colleagues, influenced by the revival of the ‘Old Divinity’ of the Puritans and the English Reformers. This theological map provides a key to the theological debates that flared up between these groups throughout the revival.
Finally, in "Constrained to Deviate," Wesley and the Anglicans discusses Wesley's last efforts at union with the Evangelicals. In the 1760s Wesley attempted for the last time to form an Evangelical union based on shared theological principles. This concluding section describes these attempts on Wesley's part and identifies the reasons why such an attempt had little or no chance of bearing fruit given the overall trajectory outlined in the preceding chapters. By 1770 there was a discernible, although amiable, divide between the two groups that remains throughout the rest of Wesley's lifetime.
The relationship between John Wesley and the
growing number of evangelical clergy within the Church of England is
a subject much in need of fresh treatment. Despite the fact that it
seems obvious that ecclesiastical and theological differences in
eighteenth-century England need to be located in rich social and
political contexts, few scholars on either side of the Atlantic seem
able or equipped to write in this inclusive way. Ryan Danker is an
exception. He combines theological literacy with historical
sophistication and serious research with accessible prose. –
David Hempton, dean of the faculty of divinity, McDonald Family
Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies, John Lord O'Brian
Professor of Divinity, Harvard University
Challenging the 'standard line',… Danker has carefully weaved social, political and ecclesiastical threads to offer a far more sophisticated and ultimately convincing picture. This is a splendid book on so many levels: creatively conceived, deftly contextualized and wonderfully executed. I highly recommend it. – Kenneth J. Collins, professor of historical theology and Wesley studies, director of the Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar, Asbury Theological Seminary
This is a most welcome study, greatly advancing our understanding of the warm, yet often heated relationships between John Wesley and other evangelical clergy in the Church of England.… it sheds new light on continuing debates about the very nature of evangelicalism, and where (or whether) Wesleyanism may fit within that stream of the Christian community. Highly recommended! – Randy L. Maddox, William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies, Duke Divinity School
Wesley and the Anglicans is an important and timely discussion of the context and content of ecclesial shifts attributed to John Wesley and the rise of Methodism. Avoiding easy discourses with familiar anecdotes pitting Wesley against Calvin, Danker does the historical work to reintroduce the pressing issues of church, society and politics in the eighteenth century. Anyone interested in discovering or rediscovering how Wesley initiated and sustained an evangelical witness, both within the church and outside it, should read this book. Maybe these echoes of Wesley's disdain for settled ministry can revitalize evangelical Christianity again. – Joy J. Moore, assistant professor of preaching, Fuller Theological Seminary
... Ryan Nicholas Danker's Wesley and the Anglicans finally places John Wesley squarely and critically within the context of the vibrant and thriving eighteenth-century Church of England that newer scholarship has described. Danker's highly nuanced historical narrative offers a fresh perspective on the Wesleyan movement – actually, on the 'John-Wesleyan' movement, since Danker is also conscious of Charles Wesley's sharply delineated variance from John Wesley's ecclesial vision. This is a must-read for serious students of the Wesleys and Methodist origins. – Ted A. Campbell, professor of church history, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
Rich in detail, Wesley and the Anglicans is a book for all who seek deeper insight into a critical juncture in the development of evangelicalism and early Methodism.
Religion & Spirituality / Judaism / Mysticism / Kabala
The Awakening Ground: A Guide to Contemplative Mysticism by David Chaim Smith (Inner Traditions)
Author David Chaim Smith in The Awakening Ground offers a guide to the practice of mystical contemplation from the perspective of a highly unusual form of non-dual Kabala, unfettered by both religious mythology and psychological reductionism.
Born in 1964 in Queens, Smith had an early career was as a visual artist. In 1990 he began an immersion into the root sources of Alchemy and the Hermetic and Hebrew traditions of the Kabala. In 1996 he abandoned visual art for a total dedication to spiritual practice.
The Awakening Ground articulates the ultimate quest for meaning, which seeks to pass through the clutter of the mind's conceptual associations to directly recognize the innate essentiality of all things known as the light of En (no) Sof (end), or the Infinite. Most mainstream conventional schools of Kabala hold such a radical aspiration to be inapproachable at best, and heretical at worst.
The Awakening Ground introduces six stages that articulate how the mind breaks through its own restrictive habitual reflexes to awaken to the ground of En Sof, the mind's essential nature. Each stage is illustrated by Smith's own original works of art and line diagrams. The book draws upon obscure sources such as the 13th-century Kabalistic text Fountain of Wisdom, various alchemical and Gnostic texts, and the writings of Isaac the Blind.
Smith reveals how meaning never remains static
– its nature is to move, transmit, and display – yet its potential
becomes buried under layers of mental constructs. He explains how
the mind's habits and reflexes impose structures of containment that
try to make sense out of phenomena, but these very structures
actually obscure their essence completely. Smith's experiential path
to Gnostic awakening reveals how, in the wake of the lesser concerns
of the conceptual mind, primordial purity shines in resonances of
vast poetic beauty, if a sensibility of wonder, awe, and delight is
According to Smith, contemplation begins with intellectual understanding. As contemplation deepens, the mind shifts from the accumulation of data to the unfolding of direct Gnostic apprehension. This dissolves the idea that outer and inner or personal and cosmic distinctions exist, allowing phenomena to return to its basis as a single, uninterrupted continuum. As the mind becomes dwarfed by the sheer immensity of this vast wholeness, the character of meaning begins to change. Meaning's fullness shapes the mind rather than the mind's reflexes and habits shaping meaning. The fullness opens beyond the experiences the mind relies upon to define both itself and the world, but paradoxically only arises within those experiences as their basis. Once this basis is recognized as the root of the paradox, the awakening ground becomes clear.
Offering a step-by-step analysis to the ecstatic aspects of contemplative revelation, Smith in The Awakening Ground explores how to ride the razor's edge of the paradox to coax the mind from the sleep of habituation towards the culmination of gnosis. Although the process is described within the traditional symbol system of kabala, its import is a truly radical exponent of extreme mysticism.
Science / Mathematics / Teaching & Instruction / Reference
Mathematical Modeling: Applications with GeoGebra, 1st edition by Jonas Hall & Thomas Lingefjärd (John Wiley & Sons)
With computer tools such as GeoGebra and WolframAlpha, teachers can now expand the relatively modest modeling normally done in class to include more real-life situations and solve more interesting and difficult problems. While the computer does the necessary calculations and graphing, with GeoGebra students learn the process of translating problem situations to the mathematical language that the computer needs to be able to work efficiently. They also learn to interpret the results that the computer gives them and draw sensible conclusions from them. These competencies – translating problem situations to mathematical language suitable for computer processing and analyzing, reasoning about and presenting results – are more important in a modern world than performing specific algorithmic calculations.
Aimed at teachers and teachers in training, Mathematical Modeling: Applications with GeoGebra is a well-organized guide to mathematical modeling techniques for evaluating and solving problems in the diverse field of mathematics. The book presents a unique approach to software applications in GeoGebra and WolframAlpha. Authors are Jonas Hall, Head of Mathematics at Rodengymnasiet in Norrtälje, Sweden, where he teaches mathematics and physics and Thomas Lingefjärd, PhD, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Education at the University of Gothenburg.
The software is well suited for modeling problems in numerous areas of mathematics including algebra, symbolic algebra, dynamic geometry, three-dimensional geometry, and statistics. Featuring detailed information on how GeoGebra can be used as a guide to mathematical modeling, Mathematical Modeling provides comprehensive modeling examples that correspond to different levels of mathematical experience, from simple linear relations to differential equations. Each chapter builds on the previous chapter with practical examples in order to illustrate the mathematical modeling skills necessary for problem solving. Addressing methods for evaluating models including relative error, correlation, square sum of errors, regression, and confidence interval, Mathematical Modeling also includes:
GeoGebra is a mathematical environment that allows teachers to work with graphing, dynamic 2D and 3D geometry, dynamic and symbolic algebra, spreadsheets, probability, complex numbers, differential equations, dynamic text, fitting functions of any kind to data, and so forth. All representations of mathematical objects are linked and allow them to view, experiment with, and analyze problems and situations in a laboratory-like setting. They can build a geometrical model in one window, animate it, and collect data to a spreadsheet or directly to a graph. GeoGebra works on computers, tablets, and iPhones, under multiple operating systems and is free to use for noncommercial purposes. It can be used in over 65 different languages delivered from a menu option.
Mathematical Modeling came about because the authors strongly believe that modeling lies at the heart of mathematics. And in order to model interesting problems, one needs powerful tools. The strong user community and fast development of GeoGebra made it the tool of choice. With it, the authors were able to explore a multitude of modeling situations, some quite simple and some involving systems of differential equations, something not normally taught in high school but rendered possible with the use of computers.
In this English translation of Mathematical Modeling, the material is restructured so that it now comes in order of mathematical content. Thus the authors explore linear models, non-linear models, models requiring calculus and differential equations, and discrete and geometrical models. It is then up to teachers to decide what problems in this book might be suitable for what courses and what students they teach.
Several digital resources are available with this book. On the book's website readers will find a collection of all the GeoGebra files used in the book's problems, a list of clickable links, and some screencasts showing basic techniques.
Mathematical Modeling is written primarily for teachers of mathematical modeling in upper secondary schools or in high schools. Students in a teacher training program at a university or studying mathematical modeling in an introductory course at the university may also want to explore the possibilities that GeoGebra can afford. The book was conceived from the standpoint of the Swedish curriculum.
The mathematical modeling examples in Mathematical Modeling are organized in the following order:
Chapter 1: Some Introductory Problems
Chapter 2: Linear Models
Chapter 3: Nonlinear Empirical Models I
Chapter 4: Nonlinear Empirical Models II
Chapter 5: Modeling with Calculus
Chapter 6: Using Differential Equations
Chapter 7: Geometrical Models
Chapter 8: Discrete Models
Then come four more chapters on the teaching and assessing of mathematical modeling, in accord with the methodology of the teaching profession:
Chapter 9: Modeling in the Classroom
Chapter 10: Assessing Modeling
Chapter 11: Assessing Models
Chapter 12: Interpreting Models
Mathematical Modeling is not a textbook in mathematics. It provides an introduction to the subject of mathematical modeling, and not a comprehensive text on mathematical modeling.
Mathematical Modeling is a logical problem-based introduction to the use of GeoGebra for mathematical modeling and problem solving within various areas of mathematics. For the many teachers who have not yet worked either with mathematical models or with GeoGebra before, Mathematical Modeling may prove to be appropriate as course literature in teacher training programs or for theme-based teacher in-service training. The book is ideal for upper-undergraduate and graduate-level courses in mathematical modeling, applied mathematics, modeling and simulation, operations research, and optimization. The book is also an excellent reference for undergraduate and high school instructors in mathematics.
Science / Public Policy / International / Ecology / Economics
How the World Breaks: Life in Catastrophe's Path, from the Caribbean to Siberia by Stan Cox & Paul Cox (The New Press)
We’ve always lived on a
dangerous planet, but its disasters aren’t what they used to be.
How the World Breaks gives readers a breathtaking new view
of crisis and recovery on the unstable landscapes of the Earth’s
hazard zones. Father and son authors Stan and Paul Cox take readers
to the explosive fire fronts of overheated Australia, the future
lost city of Miami, the fights over whether and how to fortify New
York City in the wake of Sandy, the Indonesian mud volcano triggered
by natural gas drilling, and other communities that are reimagining
their lives after quakes, superstorms, tornadoes, and landslides.
Stan Cox is research coordinator at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. Paul Cox is an anthropologist and a writer on development and disaster.
In the very decade when we should be rushing to heal the atmosphere and address the enormous inequalities of risk, a strange idea has taken hold of global disaster policy: resilience. Its proponents say that threatened communities must simply learn the art of resilience, adapt to risk, and thereby survive. This doctrine obscures the human hand in creating disasters and requires the planet’s most beleaguered people to absorb the rush of floodwaters and the crush of landslides, freeing the world economy to go on undisturbed. Readers of How the World Breaks learn that change is more than mere adaptation and life is more than mere survival. Ultimately, How the World Breaks reveals why – unless humans address the social, ecological, and economic roots of disaster – millions more people every year will find themselves spiraling into misery.
Highly recommended – Library Journal
A frightening, from-the-trenches overview of ‘natural’ and man-made disasters – and responses to them – across the globe. – Kirkus Reviews
This book, crafted with stunning, moving, and crisp storytelling, settles the score about the stark human fingerprint on our own civilization’s agonies and misfortunes. It is clearly a battle we cannot afford to lose, and How the World Breaks is the reality jolt we need. I will hold Stan and Paul Cox responsible for that day when we walk towards a new dawn declaring triumph over the madness. – Yeb Saño, former climate diplomat and leader of the People’s Pilgrimage
A devastating account of how regular working people show great bravery and generosity in the face of disaster, but also how the sheer number of disasters can overwhelm a society’s ability to recover. – Erik Loomis, author of Out of Sight
With powerful prose and meticulous scrutiny, How the World Breaks strips naked the dynamics of risk creation and the consequent disasters. Alternating chapters of keen analysis and veracious case studies elucidate the false notion that disasters bring about beneficial change, demonstrate who profits as opposed to who pays the price, and illuminate how failed disaster policies have led to horrific duress. A must-read for everyone in all the fields relating to disaster studies, and indeed all who are asking what is breaking apart the world today. – Dr. Susanna Hoffman, editor of The Angry Earth and Catastrophe and Culture
This is an important book. The Coxes with eyes wide deep see beneath the shimmering surface of progress and development. They name our demons, revealing how the assumptions we make for the sake of our behavior are burdening to death the most vulnerable people of the world and accelerating our demise. – Godfrey Reggio, director of the Qatsi trilogy
In this period of ecological, social, and economic collapse, How the World Breaks is a must-read for all. – Dr. Vandana Shiva
I found How the World Breaks intriguing and unexpected in how it uses major disasters to illuminate inequalities of both wealth and power – and cases where a society acted wisely. – Adam Hochschild, author of Spain in Our Hearts
Think climate change is a far off, distant threat? Then think again. In their must-read new book How the World Breaks, father and son team Stan and Paul Cox travel the world exploring how the devastating impacts of disasters are made notably worse by human-caused climate change. – Michael E. Mann, distinguished professor, Penn State University, and author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
The Coxes’ great contribution in How the World Breaks is to pull the disaster debate out of the realm of theory and into the muck and ash of the world’s broken places. It is essential reading for our time.
Social Work / Research Methodology / Children
Research Methods in Child Welfare by Amy J. L. Baker, with Benjamin J. Charvat (Columbia University Press)
Social service agencies are facing the same expectations in quality management and outcomes as private companies, compelling staff members and researchers to provide and interpret valid and useful research to stakeholders at all levels in the field. Child welfare agencies are particularly scrutinized.
In Research Methods in Child Welfare, two highly experienced researchers offer the best techniques for conducting sound research in the field. Covering not only the methodological challenges but also the real-life constraints of research in child welfare settings, Amy J. L. Baker and Benjamin J. Charvat present a volume that can be used both for general research methods and as a practical guide for conducting research in the field of child welfare. Baker is director of research at the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection at the New York. Charvat is a senior program manager at the New York City Department of Education and adjunct assistant professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.
Baker and Charvat devote an entire chapter to ethical issues involved in researching children and their families and the limits of confidentiality within this population. They weave a discussion of ethics throughout Research Methods in Child Welfare, and each chapter begins with a scenario that presents a question or problem to work through, enabling readers to grasp the methods in the context of a specific setting or area of concern. Special sections concentrate on the value of continuous quality-improvement activities, which enable the collection and analysis of data outside of the strictures of publishable research, and the implementation of program evaluations, which can be helpful in obtaining further research and programmatic funding.
According to Christine James-Brown, president and CEO, Child Welfare League of America, the past several decades have seen an increased emphasis on research and evaluation in both public and private child welfare settings. This research and evaluation on child welfare issues is occurring in academic as well as public and private child service agency settings. It is incumbent on those who seek to improve the lives of children and their families to seek empirical evidence to support their practice. With limited resources, they must identify promising and evidence-based practices to serve as a basis for effective assessment, interventions, and policies. Whether information collection involves simple client satisfaction surveys, analysis of data in administrative databases, or more complex randomized control studies, certain processes and procedures are important to follow to know that the information produced is valid and reliable.
Early chapters in Research Methods in Child Welfare provide an overview of the child welfare context within which research is conducted; later chapters provide step-by-step coverage of research issues on problem formulation, design, measurement analysis, and dissemination of research findings. The authors identify the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches and contexts within which research and evaluation in child welfare is conducted, providing useful guidance on the implementation of future research.
Research Methods in Child Welfare provides a thorough discussion of the theory and practice of conducting social science research in a child welfare setting or with a child welfare population. Much of what is known about how to conduct child welfare research is based on basic research principles that apply to any social science field of study. However, these principles are described in the context of child welfare research, consistent with the mission and purpose of the book. In addition, conducting research in a child welfare setting or with a child welfare population often carries with it additional considerations or nuances, and these are highlighted throughout the book as applicable.
There are four primary audiences for Research Methods in Child Welfare: (1) social work and psychology students who need a comprehensive overview of how to conduct social science research, (2) graduate students and child welfare professionals who need to acquire research method skills in order to better understand published research so that they can integrate the findings into their practice, (3) professional researchers working in a child welfare context who need to understand how to apply the basic tenets of research practice into this particular setting, and (4) professional clinicians and administrators in child welfare settings who want to conduct their own research and need a thorough and practical guide for doing so. It is also quite likely that child welfare administrators, both public and private, will consult this book in order to sharpen their understanding of the research being conducted in their agency or under their auspices.
The Child Welfare League of America supports the goal of this book – to inform child welfare practitioners, researchers, and policymakers about issues related to research in a child-welfare-specific context. This book will be of value to both the private and public child welfare sectors and will assist us all in better serving vulnerable children and families. – Christine James-Brown, president and CEO, Child Welfare League of America
This book is long overdue. The content addresses child welfare research in a very comprehensive way, including the planning and development of studies, design strategies, measurement strategies, data analysis and dissemination, and the application of research to agency practice. All of this material is presented in a clear and readable form and contains numerous practice scenarios and brief reviews of the literature on various topics. Readers will not only be better informed about child welfare research methods but will become wiser in planning, conducting, and using such research. This book is a much-needed addition to the literature of social work research methods and a most valuable resource for researchers, educators, students, and practitioners in the field. – Trudy Festinger, Silver School of Social Work, New York University
Research Methods in Child Welfare is a welcome addition to the field of child welfare. It is a well-written and comprehensive book that discusses the underlying philosophy of research, offers important considerations regarding research ethics, and provides easily understandable information related to different aspects of the conduct and dissemination of research and evaluation data.
The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume 10, 1832, 3rd edition by Editor-in-chief Daniel Feller, with associate editors Thomas Coens & Laura-Eve Moss (The Papers of Andrew Jackson Series: The University of Tennessee Press)