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My Father's Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love, and Die by Kevin Toolis (Da Capo Press)

Collector's Guide to Silicates: Di- and Ring Silicates by Robert J. Lauf (Schiffer Publishing Ltd)

HERstory Quilts: A Celebration of Strong Women by Susanne Miller Jones (Schiffer Publishing Ltd)

Daring to Rest: Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation by Karen Brody (Sounds True)

In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement, deckle edge by John Heminway (Alfred A. Knopf)

The Executor's Guide: Settling a Loved One's Estate or Trust, 8th edition by Mary Randolph, J.D. (Nolo)

The Contraband Shore by David Donachie (The Contraband Shore Series: Allison & Busby)

Flash Points: A Kirk McGarvey Novel by David Hagberg (Forge Books)

The Poems of Octavio Paz, 1st edition by Octavio Paz, edited & translated from the Spanish by Eliot Weinberger, with Elizabeth Bishop, Paul Blackburn, Denise Levertov, Muriel Rukeyser & Charles Tomlinson (New Directions Publishing)


Reporting the Middle East: Challenges and Chances edited by Dan Caspi & Daniel Rubinstein (World Scientific Publishing Co)

Cancer Management with Chinese Medicine: Prevention and Complementary Treatments, revised edition by Rencun Yu & Hong Hai (World Scientific Publishing Co)

The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South, 1st edition edited by Kerry Carrington, Russell Hogg, John Scott,& Máximo Sozzo (Palgrave Macmillan)

The Undercover Edge: Find Your Hidden Strengths, Learn to Adapt, and Build the Confidence to Win Life's Game by Derrick Levasseur (Sourcebooks)

The Book of Daniel by André Lacocque, translated by David Pellauer (Wipf & Stock)

The Flag: The Story of Revd David Railton MC and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior by Andrew Richards (Casemate)

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 CDs, Unabridged, running time: 18.5 hrs by Mike Mullane, read by Joel Richards (Tantor Media)

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change by Marc Morano (The Politically Incorrect Guides Series: Regnery Publishing)

One Step Toward Jerusalem: Oral Histories of Orthodox Jews in Stalinist Hungary by Sándor Bacskai, translated from the Hungarian by Eva Maria Thury (Modern Jewish History Series: Syracuse University Press)

Nineveh, the Great City: Symbol of Beauty and Power edited by Lucas P. Petit & Daniele Morandi Bonacossi (Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities, Vol. 13: Sidestone Press)


Biographies & Memoirs / Irish / Culture

My Father's Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love, and Die by Kevin Toolis (Da Capo Press)

Death is a whisper for most of us. Instinctively we feel we should dim the lights, pull the curtains, and speak softly. But on a remote island off the coast of Ireland's County Mayo, death has a louder voice.
Each day, along with reports of incoming Atlantic storms, the local radio runs a daily roll call of the recently departed. The islanders go in great numbers, young and old alike, to be with their dead. They keep vigil with the corpse and the bereaved company through the long hours of the night. They dig the grave with their own hands and carry the coffin on their own shoulders. The islanders cherish the dead – and amid the sorrow, they celebrate life too.
In My Father's Wake, acclaimed author and award-winning filmmaker Kevin Toolis describes his own father's wake and explores the wider history and significance of this ancient and eternal Irish ritual. Toolis is a writer and BAFTA-winning filmmaker whose family has lived in the same village on an island off the coast of County Mayo for the last two hundred years.

In My Father's Wake, Toolis explains that, in Ireland, death is a social obligation and funerals are public events – a communal act of kinship. He chronicles coming to terms with his unsuccessful attempt to save his older brother, Bernard, from leukemia by donating bone marrow, and explains how, after the death of his father, Sonny, he reconnected with Dookinella, a village in the poorest island off the coast of Ireland's County Mayo, where tradition is as bountiful as sheep. Armed with his Irish heritage, he provides an unexpectedly uplifting look at death based on the rituals of the Irish wake and, in the process, teaches readers not only how to die better, but how to live and love better.

The windswept Irish island of My Father's Wake is one of the final remote outposts of true death engagement in the Western world. Toolis's book is both memoir and anthropology, and serves as a refreshing counterpoint to the industrialized, for-profit death industry we've come to wrongly believe is our only option. – Caitlin Doughty, author of the New York Times bestsellers Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity
As a boy, he learned to kiss the corpse at a traditional island wake. As a filmmaker and witness to death in many conflict zones around the world, Kevin Toolis has written a profound book on the culture of grief and death, placing the personal alongside the political in a vivid exploration of our ancient ways of coming together around the dead. This is a moving family story, a memoir of loss and exile, a deep understanding of what makes us alive, casting a cold eye on what is precious and so often denied. –
Hugo Hamilton
The 'Western Death Machine' has hidden the dead and dying, but in a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, an almost Homeric society clings to the old ways. The dying are treasured and tenderly watched over, the dead are honored with the ancient rites and rituals. Contemporary western ideas about death are dominated by individualism;
My Father's Wake is a lyrical description of how community and tradition help us deal with our mortality. – Seamus O'Mahony, author of The Way We Die Now
A heartwarming and very personal account of a life well-lived. – Irish Times
A long meditation on death, dying, and our attitudes to mortality – our own and others'.... Toolis posits an acceptance of the inevitable which, while it does not banish the pain of grief, invests it with a resignation and a grace that is, in essence, healing and somehow life-affirming. – The Guardian
A gut-wrenching exploration of death from an Irish perspective... A fascinating view of what most of us try not to consider: the end of life... This book is not for the faint of heart, as the experiences
[Toolis] shares will leave readers emotionally raw. It is unquestionably rewarding, however, a thought-provoking argument against a sterile and industrial view of death... Intimate, eye-opening. – Kirkus, starred review
[A] poetically written and heartfelt memoir. – Irish Voice

Unforgettable. My Father's Wake is a look into how we have ‘lost our way with death’ by hiding it and denying its inevitability. It is an erudite blueprint for how to live that most precious of things: an ordinary life. Perhaps we, too, can all find a better way to deal with our mortality – by living and loving as the Irish do.

Crafts & Hobbies / Rock Collecting

Collector's Guide to Silicates: Di- and Ring Silicates by Robert J. Lauf (Schiffer Publishing Ltd)

Collector's Guide to Silicates explains the structural relationships among di- and ring-silicate minerals, known for their hardness and brilliant colors, and the geological conditions that create the beautiful crystals prized by collectors. The minerals are arranged systematically to emphasize how they fit into structural groups, and illustrated with nearly 600 structure diagrams, color photos, and drawings. An extensive bibliography includes a broad range of accessible references ranging from the foundational literature and original species descriptions to reports on current scientific research.

Author Robert Lauf has conducted wide-ranging scientific research in fields from nuclear fuel to microwave processing and biomineralization. He has been granted over forty US patents and has written fourteen books on mineralogy for the collector.

According to the foreword to Collector's Guide to Silicates, for mineral collectors, mineralogists, crystallographers, and petrologists, the di- and ring-silicate minerals have long been an interesting curiosity, but not fully appreciated for their chromatic richness and morphological complexity as well as the information that can be gleaned from them. For example, in their article in the 2011 Elements issue on tourmalines, Frank Hawthorne and Dona Dirlam describe earlier attitudes toward tourmaline by stating that it was "essentially a Saturday afternoon mineral, something that was fun to look at but wasn't to be taken too seriously." This general attitude could be extended to all of the di- and ring-silicate minerals. However, interest in these minerals has accelerated over the last twenty years, and particularly over the last ten years. The number of species has notably increased and the depth of knowledge of the minerals has greatly matured. Much of the progress is due, in no small measure, to collaborations among mineral collectors, crystallographers, and petrologists.

According to Darrell Henry in the foreword, Lauf has the unique perspective of someone who bridges the worlds of the mineral collectors and the academic crystallographers and petrologists. In Collector's Guide to Silicates he identifies and focuses on mineral groups and mineral species that are of greatest interest to mineral collectors as well as gemologists. Within mineral groups, the species information is comprehensive and up-to-date. He notes the common structural features of the silica (and other) tetrahedra and how they link as dimers as well as in rings involving variable numbers of tetrahedra. He also considers the manner in which this group of minerals has similar and different morphological as well as physical and chemical characteristics. The images of the mineral samples in this volume exhibit an extensive range of morphology, color, and mineralogical/geological associations that can help guide mineral collectors and place the minerals in context. The ubiquitous information on the origin of the mineral species names, as well as on the discovery and type locality, places the minerals in a geographic and historical framework that enhances its significance. Throughout Collector's Guide to Silicates, Laut also considers the characteristics of the minerals that make them amenable to being cut as gemstones.

Crafts & Hobbies / Quilting / History / Women’s Studies

HERstory Quilts: A Celebration of Strong Women by Susanne Miller Jones (Schiffer Publishing Ltd)

A long-overdue tribute to a selection of women who have shaped history through ‘herstory’, HERstory Quilts is a rich collection of 108 mixed-media fiber art pieces celebrating extraordinary women who cracked glass ceilings, made important discoveries, or shook the world by breaking into fields dominated by men.

The subjects of these exquisite quilts, by 85 artists from 7 countries, include politicians and scientists, environmentalists and entertainers, activists and artists, athletes and authors and even a fictional heroine. The quilting medium mirrors the advances these women have made, as the art quilt movement has inspired women to express their creativity in a whole new way.

Author Susanne Miller Jones is a retired teacher turned fiber artist and curator, and is the author of Fly Me to the Moon: An Art Quilt Journey.

Women are famed for their ability to multi-task and take on many different roles. Over the last century, these ‘traditional’ roles have been expanded thanks to the modern-day pioneer women who have shattered glass ceilings in fields that were previously dominated by men. The use of quilting as the medium by which to honor these women mirrors the advances they have made in their own fields. Traditionally, quilting was a skill learned from necessity. Born from the need to keep loved ones warm and protected using whatever materials were available, from finest fabrics to cheap feed sacks, quilting has progressed into an art form all its own. The art quilt movement has allowed women to express their creativity in a new way and it has allowed the artists in HERstory Quilts to demonstrate their respect and even affection for those remarkable women by visually presenting their roles in HERstory.

HERstory Quilts celebrates the amazing things that women everywhere have accomplished since 1920 when women were given the right to vote in the United States. Stories of courageous, intelligent, and ground-breaking women are told in this volume in fabric, thread, paint, and embellishments. This exhibit includes tributes to women well known to us, as well as those who worked behind the scenes.

The first section of HERstory Quilts is about the suffragists who fought to give women the most important voice that women have, the vote.

The second section consists of women who did something that was a first for humankind or for a woman. Some are household names, and some are unknown to most of us. Each of them inspired the artist who created the tribute, hoping to inspire readers to want to know more.

The third section is dedicated to groups of women. Sometimes when we work together, we are capable of doing things that are impossible for us as individuals. Las Sinsombrero was a group in Spain working to win rights for women. In the case of the ENIAC Computers and the Bletchley Girls, they were called upon when men were not available due to war. The first female Rangers were out to prove that they were just as capable as any male.

The last section is about personal heroes. These women are relatives of the artists or people that are greatly admired by the artists. The final three women are treasures in the quilt world.

HERstory Quilts is by no means an exhaustive list.

As a male in a female dominated field, I had to work hard to gain respect. As I follow my artistic passions in quilting, I'm thankful to have that respect. However, I did not have to work nearly as hard as the women featured in the quilts of HERstory. These women climbed far higher mountains than I could have ever imagined. An inspiring celebration of women whose lives made a difference! – Ricky Tims, The Quilt Show

Sure to evoke emotions for those who have pushed against the glass ceiling as young women. So many of my heroes are here, and it is an honor to participate in a group effort with so much talent, and so many powerful images. – Luana Rubin, CEO, eQuilter

HERstory Quilts and the exhibit that inspired it are a welcome and long-overdue tribute to a selection of women who have shaped history through HERstory. The love, care, and talent each artist has shown in the creation of these quilts is a testimony not just to the influence the subjects themselves have had on HERstory, but a testimony to the influence the art quilt movement has had on the world of quilting.

Health & Wellness / Self-Help

Daring to Rest: Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation by Karen Brody (Sounds True)

35 million American women experience sleep or wakefulness disorders, over double compared to men.

Modern women are taught that they can do it all, have it all, and be it all. While this`freedom is beautiful, it’s also exhausting. Being a ‘worn-out woman’ is now so common that one thinks feeling tired all the time is normal. According to Karen Brody, feeling this exhausted is not normal – and it’s holding people back. In Daring to Rest, Brody comes to the rescue with a 40-day program to help them reclaim rest and access their most powerful, authentic self through yoga nidra, a meditative practice that guides them into one of the deepest states of relaxation imaginable.
Brody is a women’s well-being and leadership expert who helps women journey from worn out to well rested and then dream big in their work and lives. A certified yoga nidra instructor, she is the founder of Daring to Rest, a yoga nidra-based self-empowerment program for women. 

With Daring to Rest, Brody presents a comprehensive yoga nidra program that unfolds in three phases: rest for physical exhaustion, release for mental and emotional exhaustion, and rise for tuning in to the ‘life purpose exhaustion’ that can come when we’re not in our full power. Each phase includes a downloadable yoga nidra guided meditation and supportive practices.

Throughout this comprehensive, 40-day transformational sleep program, readers:

  • Discover their deepest intention.
  • Cultivate a relationship with relaxation and start getting the best sleep of their lives.
  • Bring vitality back to their body through conscious breathing.
  • Learn to make friends with the darkness they hold in order to move forward into the light.
  • Start dreaming big in their lives, from a well-rested place.

As someone who has found yoga nidra to be utterly life changing, I am over-the-moon delighted that Karen wrote a guide for every woman to get the rest she needs using this ancient tool. You’ll love the science and the excellent case she makes for why you need rest. But the way she gives you to actually get that rest – it’s going to create such magic in your life. Please read this and do the practices. Then prepare to become a raving fan! – Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer

This book makes the case for the importance of deep rest. As a mindfulness teacher, I know how meditation creates such rest through synchronizing mind and body. Yoga nidra provides the same pathway to this calm, well-rested place where power and purpose are rediscovered. Karen's new book brings together rest, meditation, and women’s empowerment to create lasting benefits when it comes to sleep, mood, and overall happiness. – Susan Piver, author of Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation

Karen Brody’s Daring to Rest offers us essential teachings about the true nature and profound benefits of genuine rest. She reminds us that rest is not just a break from but the very root of passionate and joyous productivity. Based on an integration of science and spirituality, Karen gently guides us through an effective and practical, life-changing program. In summary, Daring to Rest is a beautiful book of contagious inspiration – Rubin Naiman, PhD, clinical assistant professor of medicine, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Daring to Rest is simply brilliant. I thought I knew a thing or two about health, rest, and yoga. But in this wonderful book, Karen Brody breathes new life into the need for rest – and it’s not just ‘get more sleep.’ After reading Daring to Rest, I cannot wait to lie down, listen to a yoga nidra meditation, and start listening to my soul. Women everywhere need to take rest seriously if they are to enjoy vibrant health. This book is the most practical place to start. – Christiane Northrup, MD, OB/GYN physician and author of the New York Times bestseller Goddesses Never Age

Karen Brody has put together a program that makes yoga nidra relevant and accessible to 21st century women, who may need the practice more than any previous generation. If you feel overwhelmed by living, the techniques in Daring to Rest are a good place to start your journey back to well-being. – Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love

In Daring to Rest Brody describes how she has seen yoga nidra change her life and the lives of women she introduces it to, and now it's readers’ turn.

History / Biographies & Memoirs

In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement, deckle edge by John Heminway (Alfred A. Knopf)

In Full Flight is the remarkable story of one woman's search for a new life in Africa in the wake of World War II – a life that sparked a heroic career, but also hid a secret past.
Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of fifty years. A member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, the French-born Spoerry learned how to fly a plane at the age of forty-five and earned herself the cherished nickname, ‘Mama Daktari’ – ‘Mother Doctor’ – from the people of Kenya. Yet few knew what drove her from post-World War II Europe to Africa. Now, in the first comprehensive account of her life, Spoerry's revered selflessness gives way to a past marked by rebellion, submission, and personal decisions that earned her another nickname – this one sinister – working as a ‘doctor’ in a Nazi concentration camp.
In Full Flight explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one's troubled past simply by doing good in the present. Informed by Spoerry's own journals, a trove of previously untapped files, and numerous interviews with those who knew her in Europe or Africa, John Heminway takes readers on a remarkable journey across a haunting African landscape and into a dramatic life punctuated by both courage and weakness and driven by a powerful need to atone.

Heminway is an author and award-winning filmmaker who has produced and written more than 200 documentaries on subjects as varied as travel, brain science, evolution, and natural history.

Vivid, often riveting…. Heminway captures his subject’s staggeringly complex past as well as the vitality of the continent that became her home in this unflinching and evocative work. – Publishers Weekly
Incredible… An exceptionally compelling contemplation on life’s meaning, the nature of humanity, and whether atonement is achievable… This biography features dramatic elements: a reckoning with Africa, an individual who spent 50 years defying social conventions to save lives, and a secret past. Even so, the primary pleasure of this book is Heminway’s interrogations of his own motives as well as Spoerry’s
. – Emily Dziuban, Booklist, starred review
There are no easy answers to glean from this tale of tragedy and atonement... Drawing on journals, long-buried files, and interviews with Spoerry and her friends, Heminway uncovers not only the doctor's heroism and humanitarian efforts in Kenya but also the darker past that led to her emigration from Europe…. [In Full Flight] is an important work that is sure to provoke discussion about wartime choices, moral courage, and whether it is possible to make amends. – Barrie Olmstead, Library Journal
No one I know has a more spiritual understanding of Africa than John Heminway, and in 
In Full Flight you are taken into the soul of the continent in a way that will astonish, inspire, and linger. It is a literary safari of the highest order. – Tom Brokaw
A book that movingly celebrates the indomitable human spirit... John Heminway has turned his remarkable investigative skills to unraveling the incredible history of Africa’s famed Dr. Anne Spoerry. Reading more like a novel than a biography, In Full Flight paints a portrait of a courageous woman, haunted by a dark past, who looks to Africa to heal. – Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, and Founder of The Jane Goodall Institute
An amazing illustration of how complicated a human life can be. Anne Spoerry, the subject of this almost unbelievable tale, was a woman of incredible self-discipline. Most of her friends, myself included, never really knew much about her to the end. An extraordinary, well-written story. – Dr. Richard Leakey
John Heminway’s In Full Flight left me quite literally stunned, not only by the story itself, of a woman whose journey took her from the heart of Nazi darkness to broad, sunlit uplands of Africa, but also by the author’s extraordinary journalistic gifts. A book to chill and warm the human heart. – Christopher Buckley
In Full Flight proves once again that true stories are the best. No novelist could invent a more intriguing, haunted heroine than Dr. Anne Spoerry – or a life that would take her from disgrace in a Nazi concentration camp to redemption on the wild plains of Africa. John Heminway is an exceptional journalist who also happens to be a thoughtful and compelling writer. – Carl Hiaasen
A splendid, provocative, page-turning tale of a Swiss woman who lived two lives: a WWII war criminal during her internment at Ravensbrück, and a full fledged`doctor-savior who, flying her own plane, tended to thousands of villagers and pastoralists across east Africa driven by her broken Hippocratic oath, deep compassion, and a ferocious lust for atonement. – Gretel Ehrlich
Damn, what a subtle, engrossing, harrowing, elegantly written, and probing book. Anne Spoerry is an unforgettable character, a figure of deep moral ambiguity, and John Heminway understands as Conrad knew – that the real heart of darkness lies within the human breast. – David Quammen

Remarkable, vivid, heart-warming, In Full Flight is sure to provoke discussion about whether it is possible to make amends.

Law / Self-Help / Reference / Guides

The Executor's Guide: Settling a Loved One's Estate or Trust, 8th edition by Mary Randolph, J.D. (Nolo)

Most people, some time or another, must wind up the affairs of a spouse, close relative, or friend who has died. They become responsible for collecting and distributing the deceased person's worldly goods, following the instructions in the will and state law.

If readers find themselves in this position (or if they are helping someone who is), their new legal obligations and the unfamiliar world of probate courts and lawyers may seem overwhelming. And unless they are professional, handling an estate or a trust is much more than just a legal and financial job. They must deal with powerful and sometimes contradictory feelings about the loss.

Providing a roadmap to follow, The Executor's Guide leads readers through an unfamiliar land of legal procedures and terminology.

Author Mary Randolph, who earned her law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, is also an editor at Nolo.

Readers find help on:

  • Preparing for the job of executor or trustee.
  • Claiming life insurance, Social Security, and other benefits.
  • Making sense of a will (and what to do if there is no will).
  • Determining whether probate is necessary.
  • Filing taxes.
  • Probate court proceedings.
  • Dealing with family members.
  • Handling simple trusts.
  • Working with lawyers, appraisers, accountants, and other experts.

This 8th edition of The Executor's Guide contains updated tables outlining key points of each state’s laws.

The Executor's Guide leads readers through the process of what they must do if they are named as executor. In a nutshell, they must gather the deceased person's assets, pay debts and taxes, and distribute what's left. This book helps them know what to expect, what decisions they will need to make, when to get help, and what questions to ask.

One very important part of the job is dealing with family members. They'll want to know what's happening, which means they may have to field a lot of anxious questions. Why is it taking so long to distribute the assets? Shouldn't you sell Dad's stock (or car or house) before its value drops? Why can't I take the rocking chair Mother always told me she wanted me to have? What are you going to do about Mom's sister, who's taking things from the house?

The Executor's Guide helps readers head off spats, and even lawsuits, with regular communication. Beneficiaries will appreciate knowing, for example, that they must wait another month for a court-imposed deadline before they can distribute property to them. Readers will also learn how to protect themselves by sticking to the legal rules and keeping careful records of their actions.

An excellent guide to the responsibilities of executors and trustees… – Chicago Tribune

Mary Randolph, an editor at Nolo, a publisher of do-it-yourself legal guides and author of The Executor's Guide, says it is a good idea to get a lawyer to help unwind a trust, especially if it will hold a significant amount of money. Trust owners can take some steps on their own – for example, going to a bank to change ownership of a trust-owned bank account back into their names as individuals. But if the trust holds a business or another asset, that could be more complicated. "If you've got some money to spend on attorney fees – and most people who have created AB trusts do – it can save you a lot of trouble later," Ms. Randolph says. – Wall Street Journal
Covers the gamut of estate chores and helps you get through them. – Kiplinger's Retirement Report
Explains how to find state-specific information, and an appendix sorts legalities by state. – Miami Herald
Provides a guide for executors and trustees, describing legal procedures and terminology, what to expect, decisions that will need to be made, and questions to ask. – Reference & Research Book News
The Executor's Guide [is] a super-detailed, step-by-step book that's a must-read. – Beth Fenner, CNN "More Money" blog

Millions of baby boomers are currently (or soon will be) serving as executors, and The Executor's Guide shows exactly what to do NOW to make the job manageable.

Literature & Fiction / Historical

The Contraband Shore by David Donachie (The Contraband Shore Series: Allison & Busby)

The Contraband Shore is the first in a new series called The Contraband Shore. The author is David Donachie who also writes as Jack Ludlow.

Born in Edinburgh in 1944, Donachie has had a variety of jobs, including selling everything from business machines to soap. He has always had an abiding interest in the naval history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Donachie, the author of a number of bestselling books, now lives in Deal, Kent with his wife, the novelist Sarah Grazebrook and their two children.

The Contraband Shore takes place in 1787. Captain Edward Brazier is on a mission: recently paid off from his frigate and comfortably off with prize money, he is headed to Deal to propose marriage to young and lovely widow, Betsey Langridge. He must navigate the bustle of the town’s narrow streets that are busy with legal, illicit and depraved business flowing from and around the ships at dock.

But all does not go well; between Betsy’s brother and guardian Henry Tulkington prohibiting the match, and Brazier marked out for trouble by a local smuggling gang, his plans are in disarray. And when it slowly emerges that there may have been a decades old injustice closer to home, Brazier in The Contraband Shore is caught up in more than he’d bargained for.

It is a pleasure to read a novel so convincing in its detail, and the description of a complete smuggling operation (although aborted) shows expert planning and sharp-witted improvisation. – Historical Novels Review

Compulsively readable – Cambridge Evening News

A rollicking, highly charged read full of eighteenth-century atmosphere – Good Book Guide

Riveting – Midwest Book Review

Literature & Fiction / Mysteries & Thrillers

Flash Points: A Kirk McGarvey Novel by David Hagberg (Forge Books)

David Hagberg's New York Times bestselling Kirk McGarvey series continues in Flash Points, an action-packed thriller centering on a plot to lead a president towards impeachment.

Hagberg, a prolific writer, is a former Air Force cryptographer who has traveled extensively in Europe, the Arctic, and the Caribbean, and has spoken at CIA functions.

In Flash Points, retired CIA assassin Kirk McGarvey is taking a much needed break. Then a bomb in his car explodes just as he's leaving the vehicle. He barely escapes with his life. The men who went after McGarvey are also after the President of the United States. A controversial candidate, he has just won a heated, heavily contested presidential election. Now his enemies are determined to push him out of office. These men hire a contractor to set up three terrorist assaults in the US as well as other attacks around the globe in hopes of driving him from office. These strikes are at flash points so critical they could incite all-out nuclear war.

But in Flash Points the president’s enemies have not reckoned on Kirk McGarvey. He has survived their attempt on his life, and he is determined to hunt them down and stop them at all costs.

They have made a mistake in going after the CIA’s #1 assassin.

Here’s what people have said about Hagberg’s mysteries and thrillers:

David Hagberg is the pros’ pro, the plot master we all wish we were. – Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author

Hagberg's books should be required reading in Washington. – Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author

The grand master of the contemporary thriller. – Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author

David Hagberg consistently delivers thrillers that truly thrill, with an uncanny ability to anticipate future headlines. – Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author

Hagberg edges out Tom Clancy for commander of our uniquely American military-based thrillers and espionage novels: high-concept plot, nonstop action, insider knowledge of how things work out there to our complicated, high combat world. – James Grady, New York Times bestselling author of Last Days of the Condor

Hagberg runs in the same fast, high-tech track as Clancy. – New York Daily News

Hagberg consistently delivers thrillers that truly thrill, with an uncanny ability to anticipate future headlines. Skill, experience, knowledge, and a dedication to quality – Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of Judgment at Appomattox

Hagberg is a master. – Larry Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Fatal Thunder

If you want yesterday’s headlines, read The New York Times. If you want tomorrow's, read David Hagberg. – Ward Larsen, USA Today bestselling author of Assassin's Code

Literature & Fiction / Poetry

The Poems of Octavio Paz, 1st edition by Octavio Paz, edited & translated from the Spanish by Eliot Weinberger, with Elizabeth Bishop, Paul Blackburn, Denise Levertov, Muriel Rukeyser & Charles Tomlinson (New Directions Publishing)

Now in paperback, The Poems of Octavio Paz is the definitive, life-spanning, bilingual edition of the poems by the Nobel Prize laureate Octavio Paz.

Paz (1914-1998) was born in Mexico City. He wrote many volumes of poetry, as well as a prolific body of remarkable works of nonfiction on subjects as varied as poetics, literary and art criticism, politics, culture, and Mexican history. He was awarded the Jerusalem Prize in 1977, the Cervantes Prize in 1981, and the Neustadt Prize in 1982. He received the German Peace Prize for his political work, and finally, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990.

The Poems of Octavio Paz is the first retrospective collection of Paz’s poetry to span his entire writing career from his first published poem, at age seventeen, to his magnificent last poem – remarkably, one of his finest – in 1996, at age eighty-two. This landmark bilingual edition contains many poems that have never been translated into English before, plus new translations based on Paz’s final revisions. Assiduously edited by Eliot Weinberger – who has been translating Paz for over forty years – The Poems of Octavio Paz also includes translations by the poet-luminaries Elizabeth Bishop, Paul Blackburn, Denise Levertov, Muriel Rukeyser, and Charles Tomlinson. Readers will also find Weinberger’s capsule biography of Paz, as well as notes on many poems in Paz’s own words, taken from various interviews he gave throughout his long and singular life. 

Paz devoted much of his last years to organizing and revising his complete works, in collaboration with the Spanish editor Nicanor Velez. The result was fifteen oversize volumes of 400–700 pages each, many of them with lengthy new prefaces by Paz himself. The two volumes of Obra poetica fill some 1500 pages.

The Poems of Octavio Paz is limited to original poems and prose poems written by Paz alone. Also omitted in this volume are the late poems of Figures & Figurations, which accompany collages by Marie Jose Paz: the poems are inextricable from the artworks and a beautiful edition has been published.

Paz more or less divided his work into two periods, the first culminating with the publication of his long poem "Sunstone" in 1957. For The Poems of Octavio Paz, Weinberger organizes the early poems in a rough chronological order to show Paz's development. (In the absence of textual scholarship and bibliographic information about periodical appearances, it is currently impossible to date the poems precisely.) A few of the omitted poems are included, but all follow what one might call Paz's ‘final final’ revisions for the Complete Works edition. After "Sunstone" – even that, perhaps his best-known poem, now has some new lines in it – the selections follow Paz's book publications until the final set of his last poems, which were never published separately as a book.

Paz was extremely fortunate to have some of the best Anglo-American poets as his English translators. Beginning with Muriel Rukeyser, who was the first, energetic promoter of his work, these included Paul Blackburn, Denise Levertov, Elizabeth Bishop, and Charles Tomlinson. These translators were, of course, working from the then-current Spanish version. In some cases, the original has been revised too much for the earlier translation to be included in The Poems of Octavio Paz. In a few cases, in order to retain the original translation, Weinberger says he has added a few lines or changed a few words to conform to Paz's revisions.

As Weinberger, long a translator of Mexican Nobel laureate Paz, acknowledges in a prefatory note to this comprehensive, dual-language retrospective, any act of translation remains forever incomplete. This is nowhere clearer, perhaps, than in this generous volume that uniquely covers Paz’s full evolution as an artist, from early, timid attempts to the prose-like passages of his postwar years to his accomplished, playful later pieces. Weinberger, along with a few poet-translators, such as Elizabeth Bishop, Denise Levertov, and Muriel Rukeyser, wrestles with the reflexive forms of alliterative Spanish, the informal second-person pronoun, which has no real analog in English, and the tricky accentual stresses and shades of emphasis found in Spanish. Weinberger includes poems never before translated into English, a fresh and concise biography of Paz, and a wealth of poems written all over the world, from Delhi to Paris to Tokyo and beyond, a representative selection which attests to Paz’s genuine cosmopolitanism. An incomparable entrée into a versatile and globally influential poet’s work. – Diego Báez, Booklist

Readers will marvel at Paz’s variety: haiku-like miniatures; the tempestuous book-length poem ‘Sunstone’; fast-moving prose poems; abstract odes; extended descriptions of places in Mexico, India, Afghanistan, and Japan. – Publishers Weekly
The question of who or what writes a poem, which agency creates which pieces, even if none of the players is exactly automatic, takes us a long way into Paz’s work, handsomely represented in this new collection. – Michael Wood, The London Review of Books
The living conscience of his age. – Mario Vargas Llosa

A torrent of beauty, reflection, and analysis that saturated the century from end to end, and whose great wave will survive us for a long time to come. – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A heroic career in literature.... He was always important. He was always relevant. – Susan Sontag

Paz's poetry is a seismograph of our century's turbulence, a crossroads where East meets West. – Publishers Weekly

A tour de force. Incomparable. Many thanks to Weinberger for bringing this retrospective collection of Paz’s work to English-speaking audiences

Media / Reporting / Middle East

Reporting the Middle East: Challenges and Chances edited by Dan Caspi & Daniel Rubinstein (World Scientific Publishing Co)

Numerous studies address the flow of information between nations and states – especially in the era of globalization – and its contribution to the development of relations across physical borders. By contrast, little attention has been paid to the circumstances under which parties in conflict initiate and build barriers to the free flow of information. The conflict in the Middle East may serve as a test bed of controlled disruption of information flow, as covered in Reporting the Middle East: Challenges and Chances.

Reporting the Middle East is edited by the late Professor Dan Caspi and Daniel Rubinstein. Caspi was the former chair of the Department of Communications Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2004–2009) and the Founding Chair of the Israel Communication Association (ISCA). He was a faculty member at the Open University from the mid-1980s until the 2000s, and helped lay the foundations for undergraduate communications studies in Israel. Rubinstein, an Israeli journalist and author, teaches at the Department of Middle East history at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba. The book has 12 contributors including the editors.

Reporting the Middle East focuses on changes in the various conflicts taking place in the Middle East and how they have intensified the significance of media coverage. As these confrontations become increasingly tribal, the media's role becomes more and more essential. Each contending side depends on media exposure and favorable coverage to present a positive image to the global audience.

The more violent and total the conflict, the easier it is to determine the victor and the vanquished. No explanations and interpretations are required to answer the question of who won the two World Wars, the 1948 Israel-Arab War in which Israel achieved her independence, or the June 1967 war when Israeli troops conquered all of Palestine, the Sinai Peninsula and the Syrian Golan Heights. In the 1973 Yom Kippur War, both sides claimed victory – a result of the conflicting expectations and interpretations of the respective sides.

In limited conflicts, by contrast, it is not always clear which side won. Who was the victor in the two Israeli wars in Lebanon against Fatahland and against Hezbollah? Who won the First Intifada? The Second? Who was victorious in the Israeli operations against Hamas in Gaza? In all these conflicts, both sides claimed victory and recruited the media to prove it. At times, the fighting seemed to shift from battles between divisions, tanks and aircraft to confrontations between armies of propagandists seeking to conquer public awareness and manipulate public opinion: battles for television footage, newspaper and radio reports, and of course social networks. The fight for the photo-op, the victory shot, could largely determine the outcome of the war. A decisive image is more important than anything else. The media constituted the arena in which each side invested massive resources to market its preferred victory shot.

Each of the eight articles in Reporting the Middle East relates to media coverage of the Middle East conflicts. The opening article considers a general phenomenon prevailing in the Israel-Arab confrontation, probably a by-product of conflict mediatization, that may well prove universal: the longer an armed conflict continues in its various manifestations, the more prominent the presence of the ‘information wall,’ that separates the waning communities and blocks the flow of relevant information, particularly to and from Palestinian society. Paradoxically, the smaller the geographic distance between the two parties, the taller this wall of ignorance between them. Partial and biased information nourishes stereotypical images, misunderstandings, and even continuation of the conflict itself.

In Reporting the Middle East Hai, Caspi and Rubenstein propose differentiating between two components of this wall's structure. The physical layer consists of blocking information sources and chantlels, limiting or forbidding interpersonal contacts or providing only partial and controlled information in the Arabic language. In contrast, the cognitive layer is supported by negative labeling of the enemy and its credibility. The four succeeding articles examine how the new media cover conflicts in the Middle East and indirectly contribute to the presence of the information wall.

In the second article, Pablo Sapag Munoz de la Pena and Nikos Panagiotou examine reporting on international crises in both traditional and new media, focusing on the coverage of Syria by newspapers and news portals in Greece and Spain, and seeking to identify Middle East coverage exposure patterns. They attempt to understand the role of traditional and new media in conflict construction and deconstruction, and in representation of the ‘other,’ challenging the view that mass media hardly plays a significant role in foreign policy affairs.

Ruth Avidar, Yaron Ariel and Vered Malka evaluate the role that WhatsApp played in the lives of its users during Operation Protective Edge, primarily with regard to the emergence of its most unexpected function as a source of news consumption and dissemination. A survey among a representative sample of 500 Israelis revealed that WhatsApp served as a key information source for all age groups. Geographical proximity to the combat zone was also found to be related to WhatsApp usage patterns, wherein the increase in usage volume is directly proportional to the growing degree of exposure to actual threat during the war.

The blogosphere appears to have become a popular alternative to mainstream media. Hama Abu-Kishk focuses on its use by the Arab minority in Israel during Operation Cast Lead, comparing the results with those of op-ed articles published in the private and popular Arabic press in Israel during the same period. The difference between the blogs and the popular press was also evident in terms of their activism and calls to action. Press calls to action were moderate and non-violent; they were addressed towards the leadership and fell within the parameters of the establishment. The blogs, by contrast, were freer and sought to initiate both online and offline activity.

The last three chapters in Reporting the Middle East address the old media. Hagar Lahav's study is based on qualitative content analysis of more than 35,000 news items, articles, commentary and op-ed pieces published in major newspapers and broadcast on the news programs of key television channels in Israel over a seven-year period (2005-2012). Such coverage was found to reflect five core themes: activity by the Israel Defense Forces, the status of the Israeli-Jewish home front, ceasefire negotiations, attempts at political negotiations, and the Palestinian leadership. An integrative view of the themes and their components yields the deeper assumptions inherent in dominant media coverage, according to which Israeli society is the victim of the opposite side, that possesses neither the will nor the ability to end the conflict. This pessimistic outlook portrays the conflict as a self-evident entity that Israel confronts and cannot prevent.

Mustafa Kabha and Dan Caspi offer an overview of the Palestinian press in Israel. The enduring conflict between Israel and the Arab countries created a serious dilemma for the Arab population that is well reflected in the Israeli-Arab media. The Arabs' hybrid identity is sharply divided between civil loyalty to the State of Israel and multi-dimensional (emotional, linguistic, and cultural) affiliation with the Arab nation in general and the Palestinian nation in particular. This identity is epitomized by an attempt to maintain an emotional bond with other parts of the Palestinian people and with the Arab-Islamic region, a bond that was partly manifested through exposure to the (printed and electronic) media. The history of the post-1948 Arabic press in Israel thus reflects a major change in Israeli Arab citizens' identity. The authors identify four main development stages: recovery from the shock of the Nakba (1948-1966), reunion with other parts of the Palestinian Diaspora (1967-1983), inception of a new identity and establishment of a commercially independent press, culminating in cultivation of a new national identity.

The concluding article illustrates how traditional media may be part of an icon creation process that could shape history. Franco-Israeli journalist Charles Enderlin, who specializes in the Middle East and Israel, provided a report for France 2 TV in September 2000 concerning the alleged killing of 12-year-old Muhammad al-Dura by Israeli soldiers a pivotal event at the outset of the Second Intifada.

Reporting the Middle East shows that the media arena is a key element in understanding the Middle East conflict. Students and academics studying political communications, media and communications; students and academics specializing in Middle Eastern politics will appreciate the book.

Medicine & Health / Chinese

Cancer Management with Chinese Medicine: Prevention and Complementary Treatments, revised edition by Rencun Yu & Hong Hai (World Scientific Publishing Co)

Significant advances made by Western medicine in the treatment of cancer are well-documented, but there has been much less written in English on complementary holistic treatment with Chinese medical methods that manage its symptoms and ameliorate the side effects of surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Cancer Management with Chinese Medicine explains the complementary approach using cases from the medical files of Professor Rencun Yu, who was trained in Western medical oncology but also practices Chinese medicine. In addition, introductory chapters explain the basic principles of Chinese medicine, while other chapters cover the prevention of cancers through appropriate nutrition and living habits.

Professor Yu has written over 20 books on cancer and related subjects. Cancer Management with Chinese Medicine, the first of his works to be written in English, captures the essence of the methods that he has used and documents a number of typical cases in which herbal medicine is used to manage cancer patients to improve their quality of life and, in some instances, to prolong their lives. Hong Hai, his coauthor, is Adjunct Professor at the Nanyang Technological University and Director of the Renhai Clinic in Singapore.

Cancer Management with Chinese Medicine has been well received by the general public and healthcare professionals, and in this revised edition Yu and Hong have added coverage of more forms of cancer, and information on herbs used in cancer therapy has also been expanded. New sections have been added to this latest edition on prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, lymphoma and leukemia, completing the list of the most common cancers encountered today that are treatable with Chinese medicine.

According to the introduction to Cancer Management with Chinese Medicine, cancer is a complex family of diseases. In recent decades, rapid advances in the introduction of new drugs, surgical interven­tions and other therapeutic methods have been made by modern medicine in the treatment of cancers. Many early-stage cancers can now be cured and life can be prolonged for late-stage cancers with these new methods.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) does not in general offer treatment of cancers with a view to the complete elimination of disease. Rather, it directs itself to helping the body to strengthen and balance itself to give the patient the best chance of overcoming or living with the disease. After patients have undergone chemotherapy, radiotherapy and/or surgery, TCM can often help fortify the patient against the side effects of these therapies, or repair the immune system that has been affected by the toxicity of certain drugs used in chemotherapy. In some instances, with the consent of the Western oncologist treating the patient, TCM herbs can be used concurrently with chemotherapy and radiotherapy to help the patient cope with the side effects of those treatments.

Chapter 2 gives an outline of the concepts and principles in TCM. This is essential reading for those who are not trained in TCM or familiar with its main body of theory. The next chapter introduces readers to Chinese herbs and how they are combined for therapeutic and health promotion purposes.

Chapter 4 describes how TCM looks at cancer as a disease and the principles employed in therapy.

Chapter 5 deals with five major categories of cancer to illustrate the principles and methods employed and the results achieved. These cases are drawn from Professor Yu's medical files from the 1970s to 2006.

The final chapter of Cancer Management with Chinese Medicine deals with the prevention of cancer and the management of diets and daily living habits for cancer patients. Chapters 2, 3 and 6 in combination can therefore be read in isolation from the rest of the book as a general introduc­tion to TCM, health cultivation and the prevention of cancer.

The book gives a breath of fresh air to an ocean of defensive summaries about TCM and its oncological practice. Geared towards medical professionals and their patients and relatives, the book does an excellent job of presenting concepts in an easy-to-understand manner ... Overall, this book is a great presentation for those interested in having an introduction to Chinese medicine as well as reading up on some common cases and treatments used for various types of cancers. The book is definitely a useful reference for TCM practitioners and researchers but also appeals to a wide readership, particularly Western medical practitioners interested in the benefits of TCM and its methods. – American Journal of Chinese Medicine

This popular text should command the attention of medical professionals as well as the layperson interested in preventing and understanding the illness. There are few books in English that so skillfully provide an introduction to Chinese medical principles for general readers. Cancer Management with Chinese Medicine is rich in both principles and details of clinical studies of the important complementary role played by Chinese medicine in Western treatments for cancer.

Readership includes both Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners, particularly those practicing in Australia, Europe and America, lay readers who either wants general knowledge on how to prevent cancer or wish to understand how TCM can help a friend, relative or loved one who suffers from the disease.

Professional & Technical / Criminology / Handbooks

The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South, 1st edition edited by Kerry Carrington, Russell Hogg, John Scott,& Máximo Sozzo (Palgrave Macmillan)

The first comprehensive collection of its kind, The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South addresses the problem of knowledge production in criminology, redressing the global imbalance with an original focus on the Global South.

Editors are Kerry Carrington, Professor and Head of School of Justice; Russell Hogg, Adjunct Professor; and John Scott, Professor. The fourth editor is Máximo Sozzo, Professor in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, National University of Litorel, Santa Fe, Argentina, and Adjunct Professor School of Justice. All are at the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. The volume has numerous contributors.

Issues of vital criminological research and policy significance abound in the Global South, with important implications for South/North relations as well as global security and justice. In a world of high speed communication technologies and fluid national borders, empire building has shifted from colonizing territories to colonizing knowledge. The authors of The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South question whose voices, experiences, and theories are reflected in the discipline, and argue that diversity of discourse is more important now than ever before.

Approaching the subject from a range of historical, theoretical, and social perspectives, The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South is a collection promoting the Global South not only as a space for the production of knowledge, but crucially, as a source of innovative research and theory on crime and justice.

The 50 chapters in The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South are divided into five parts:

Part I Theoretical Debates and Key Concepts Using Southern Criminology

Part II Crime, Criminalisation and Policing in the Global Peripheries

Part III Southern Penalities

Part IV Gender, Culture and Crime on the Global Periphery

Part V Transitional Justice and Justice Innovations: Lessons from the Global South

This Handbook embodies for criminology a revolutionary change that is influencing and challenging all the social sciences. This is work that prioritizes the experience of colonized and postcolonial societies, and values the intellectual work done in the periphery. It does not abandon ideas and methods developed in the global North, but sets them in a different logic of knowledge-making. It calls their universality into question and combines them with very different agendas and perspectives. Once this process is set in motion, a vast terrain opens up.

While organized around the historical relations of colonization and post-colonial power, a Southern criminology does not produce simple categories. Both ‘North’ and ‘South’ name multiple and changing social formations. These complexities are well represented in The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South, ranging across affluent settler-colonial countries, poor developing countries, emerging economic powers, and the offshore transnational corporations that have increasingly replaced states as the centers of global capitalism.

Any Southern criminology must call into question familiar concepts and understandings. An important theme in The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South is the role of the state, conventionally seen as the source of law and embodiment of justice. Many of the contributions in this volume recognize the pervasiveness of state violence and injustice in the making of global empire.

This Handbook has significance beyond its contribution to criminology and our understanding of the specifics of crime, policing and violence. It contributes to a major transformation of our knowledge of social processes in general. There are rich resources here, multiple points of view, a wealth of information and rethinking. I hope their work travels widely into the world. – Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney

As we move further and further into the 21st Century, unanticipated and harmful consequences of northern ways of being and doing, that have long been celebrated as pinnacles of human achievements, are, quite unexpectedly and quite suddenly, being revealed. Climate change provides but one emblematic example. Through what the editors term a 'project of redemption’, the authors of this insightful, and much needed, volume employ criminology and the global South as lenses to ‘open our eyes to new ways of seeing and our minds to new ways of thinking’. – Clifford Shearing, Universities of Cape Town, South Africa; Griffith, Australia and Montreal, Canada

The Global North is located cartographically above the Global South only by a convention. Yet without the South, there is no North, but when the latter analyzes their violent conflicts, they often forget the South, where in some occasions we copy those analysis, reproducing paradoxically this silence. This attitude can‘t be justified and reproduced any longer. As illustrated by the many contributions of this Handbook, colonialism and neocolonialism has to be put at the center stage of the field of criminology in order to redraw our concepts and arguments. – Emeritus Professor Raul Zaffaroni, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Handbook offers a comprehensive, detailed and ground-breaking analysis of southern criminology across multiple countries and topics. It takes a multi-pronged approach to understanding the ways criminology can both reproduce and confront economic, social and knowledge inequalities and shows how southern criminology unsettles taken for granted understandings. This collection does southern criminology, it does not just describe it, and confronts the crimes of the powerful and experiences of the powerless to provide a new and refreshing approach to crime and justice. – Sharyn Roach Anleu, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor, Flinders University, Australia

Wide-ranging in scope and authoritative in theory, The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South will appeal to scholars, activists, policymakers, and students from a wide range of social science disciplines from both the Global North and South, including criminal justice, human rights, and penology.

Psychology & Counseling / Self-Help

The Undercover Edge: Find Your Hidden Strengths, Learn to Adapt, and Build the Confidence to Win Life's Game by Derrick Levasseur (Sourcebooks)

In a televised social experiment before millions of viewers, police sergeant Derrick Levasseur demonstrated that techniques used by undercover detectives could help people achieve their goals in everyday social situations. The result: he walked away with more than half a million dollars.

In The Undercover Edge, Levasseur shares his personal mind-set surrounding human behavior and motivation. Even more than that, he provides groundbreaking tools acquired while overcoming personal adversity and working more than a decade in law enforcement, showing readers:

  • The power of observation and creating a profile.
  • The effect of using silence to extract and evaluate information.
  • The benefits of interpreting body language and developing their sixth sense.
  • The importance of self-awareness and adapting to their environment.
  • The value of developing a personal ops plan with a defined mission.

Levasseur is a decorated police sergeant from Central Falls, Rhode Island. Before becoming a supervisor, he was assigned to the Investigative Division, where he spent three years as an undercover detective. In addition to his advanced training with interviews and interrogations, Levasseur has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in business management.
Through his life experiences, both personal and professional, Levasseur has developed an innovative approach to building stronger relationships and achieving personal goals. He used that same approach on the CBS hit series, Big Brother, and is now regarded as one of the greatest to have ever played.

Levasseur in The Undercover Edge asks, so where do we begin? Readers have to learn the basics before they can get into the high-level stuff, and that involves readers figuring out who they are. They learn how to interact with people by taking advantage of their strengths and minimizing their weaknesses. He shows them how to improve their natural attributes through practice and repetition, how to incorporate mental rehearsal into their daily preparation, and how to be effective communicators both at work and during personal encounters.

Along the way, they learn a lot about themselves and the people in their lives.

Do readers want to be successful at work? Become more capable leaders? Develop stronger relationships with family and friends? Grow their abilities as communicators? The information in The Undercover Edge will help in those areas and many others.

Derrick Levasseur first entered the world of crimefighting and now channels years on the street into his new 'how-to' book on communicating more effectively, leading with confidence, and battling life's obstacles head-on! Incredible! – Nancy Grace, TV personality and founder of
Derrick Levasseur walks the reader through his law enforcement career and highlights tips and techniques that can be used by everyday people to gain new insights into social and business encounters. His conversational writing style makes the book easy to read and understand. –
Jack Schafer, PhD, author of The Like Switch
Levasseur gives readers an incredibly insightful way to identify and achieve their goals in
The Undercover Edge. Not only is his writing style engaging and illuminating, it is fundamentally practical and easy to understand. So easy, everyone can apply his ideas in their everyday lives or business ventures. When I read it, I was amazed at how Levasseur instinctively developed skills it took me decades to learn and hone as an FBI Profiler. The Undercover Edge is pure GENIUS! – Jim Clemente, FBI Supervisory Special Agent/Profiler
For anyone who, like me, watched Derrick deftly maneuver his way to the grand prize on
Big Brother and asked in amazement, 'How did he do that?!' – this book is the answer. From visualization to knowing your target to developing your intuition, Derrick breaks down a clear, practical, effective strategy for achieving your own goals in life. As entertaining and clever as his Big Brother run, The Undercover Edge will inspire you, motivate you, and put you directly on the path to becoming the person you want to be. – Mandy Hale, New York Times bestselling author of The Single Woman and Beautiful Uncertainty
Derrick has demystified and unraveled life secrets of practiced professionals with pragmatic and effective strategies that underlie successful investigations, interviews, work success, and personal relationships.
The Undercover Edge is a must-read for anyone who wants to fully live their life and maximize their unlocked potential. – Kris Mohandie, PhD; clinical, police, and forensic psychologist
Derrick's adaptation of undercover techniques for business applications is innovative but practical. Whether you're an entry-level employee looking to build stronger relationships with clients and colleagues or a CEO seeking new ways to understand and communicate with your team, The Undercover Edge offers an approach that will assist you in leading more effectively and achieving your professional goals. – Mark Moses, author of Make Big Happen and founding partner and CEO of Coaching International
Levasseur's fresh and candid perspective makes for an empowering self-help guide. – Publishers Weekly

Levasseur's approach in The Undercover Edge allows readers to create a solid foundation in their lives, build confidence personally and professionally, and push themselves to become stronger, more capable leaders.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity

The Book of Daniel by André Lacocque, translated by David Pellauer (Wipf & Stock)

The Book of Daniel occupies a unique position in the scriptural canon because of its complex form and the symbolism of its subject matter. The contemporary resurgence of interest in apocalyptic literature creates the need for a new commentary which takes into account the most recent developments in the study of Daniel. Professor André Lacocque's book, The Book of Daniel, which combines knowledge of current critical writing about Daniel with original exegesis of the text, is essential reading for students of the Book and of apocalyptic literature in general.

Lacocque is Professor Emeritus of Hebrew Bible at Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago and the founding Director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Studies at CTS. The book is translated by David Pellauer.

The actual commentary on the Hebrew and Aramaic text in The Book of Daniel is introduced by a discussion of the major problems confronting readers: the name of Daniel, the apocalyptic genre, the chronology of the Book and its literary composition, the milieu in which apocalyptic was formed, the place of Daniel in the scriptural canon, the use of both Hebrew and Aramaic, the complex plan of the Book, and a chronological table of the events against which the drama of Daniel was supposedly played out.

In The Book of Daniel, the commentary on the Book of Daniel is printed with Lacocque's English translation of the biblical text and a verse-by-verse exegesis of the Hebrew and Aramaic originals. Daniel's innovative understanding of the Son of Man and the resurrection of the righteous is vitally important both for the Synagogue and the Church. The final section reflects on the significance of the Book of Daniel for the modern age.

According to Lacocque in the introduction to The Book of Daniel, in the wide variety of literature which makes up Scripture, the Book of Daniel occupies a unique place. Its twelve chapters – in its present form – are divided into two major parts: the first six are `midrashim' and the last five are `apocalypses', while chapter seven serves as a transition between these two genres and participates in both of them.

The problems the Book of Daniel poses to the critic are incredibly numerous and complex. Not only is apocalyptic language intentionally obscure and its historical allusions deliberately cryptic, but, what is more, the work is pseudepigraphic, antedated, bilingual, and affected by literary and spiritual influences of diverse foreign origins, as well as being represented by Greek versions of greater amplitude and often of a divergent character in relation to the Semitic text. As for the message, it is presented in a form full of traps and snares for readers. The Author uses already existing material which he reworks to make it fit his own purpose. He wants to be both obscure – for that is how he conceives the prophetic form – and comprehensible at the same time, in view of the urgency for Israel to grasp the lesson of a history that is about to arrive at its end. He is a man of his time who sees himself, as a religious thinker, compelled to opt for the proclamation of a `prophetic' message, but also as constrained to speak a language appropriate to the culture of his contemporaries. In one sense, the passage from Hebrew to Aramaic and then back to Hebrew again is already an indication of the difficulties the Author experienced on a technical level. Should he speak the holy language at the risk of appearing artificial, or the vernacular at the risk of imitating foreign writings?

`Daniel' faced still more decisive alternatives. Does history have a meaning, as the prophets believed? Why then did contemporary events seem to deny this assurance? Is the signification of history jealously guarded by God, with the result that human freedom is negated and we are playthings in his hands? Or – dizzying thought – is God himself capable of being defied by self-divinized human tyrants? Is Israel, in the second century BCE, the powerless victim of a cosmic battle between two contrary and opposed powers? Were the prophets mistaken in protesting against Babylonian dualism? And if they were correct, what role then does evil play in the dialogue between God and his People? How long will God use it? How will he lead us out of this tunnel? Is the end of our tribulations in sight? In what form? Eschatological? Messianic? A new life after death?

External criticism is confirmed by internal criticism. The vision of chapters 10-11 leads readers step by step up to the events of 165 BCE, but before those of 164 BCE. The Author knows of the profanation of the Temple at Jerusalem by Antiochus IV. He alludes to the revolt of the Maccabees and the first victories of Judas. But he is unaware of the death of Antiochus and the purification of the Temple by Judas on 14 December 164 BCE. Scholars can at least situate the second part of the Book of Daniel (chapters 7-12), therefore, with a very comfortable certainty, in 164 BCE. As for chapters 1-6, they are of another type of composition and belong to the literary genre Midrash. However, their final redaction cannot, for any good reason, be situated much before that of the other chapters. Readers find in them allusions to the problems of Judaism during the second century BCE, such as respect for the Levitic dietary prescriptions, resistance to idolatry imposed by coercion, divinization of a human king and martyrdom. They are not surprised therefore to find throughout the book the theme of feverish expectation of the tyrant's death.

The virtues of this fine commentary are major, as will be immediately obvious. Displays good control of the literature. Students of the Bible will derive great benefit from a careful reading of The Book of Daniel. Lacocque deserves the praise and thanks of all who are sure to profit from the enormous energy and scholarship expended on this volumen – Catholic Biblical Quarterly

The Book of Daniel is essential reading for students and scholars of the Book of Daniel, connecting them to recent developments in the study of the Book.

Religion & Spirituality / War / Biographies & Memoirs

The Flag: The Story of Revd David Railton MC and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior by Andrew Richards (Casemate)

No words can tell you all how I feel, nor can words tell you of the horrors of the clearing of a battlefield. Several men went off with shell shock, and two were wounded. I am certain the shell shock was caused not just by the explosion of a shell nearby, but by the sights and smell and horror of the battlefield in general. I felt dreadful but had to do my best to keep the men up to the task.… – Revd David Railton writing to his wife Ruby, 1916

According to The Flag, Reverend David Railton MC served as a chaplain on the Western Front during World War I. Attached to three divisions between 1916 and 1918, Railton supported the soldiers in their worst moments; he buried the fallen, comforted the wounded, wrote to the families of the missing and killed, and helped the survivors to remember and mark the loss of their comrades so that they were able to carry on. He received the Military Cross for rescuing an officer and two men under heavy fire on the Somme.
Author Andrew Richards served 22 years with the Household Cavalry. During his last years of service, he graduated from the Open University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Humanities with History and Classical Studies.

According to Richards in The Flag, it was Railton’s idea to bring home the body of an unidentified fallen comrade from the battlefields to be buried in Westminster Abbey, and on Armistice Day 1920, he was there in the Abbey as the Unknown Warrior was laid to rest with full honors.
Although suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, he returned to work as a parish priest in Margate, where he took particular interest in supporting ex-servicemen who had returned home to the aftermath of a terrible war and crippling unemployment.
While the story of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior has been told before, The Flag is the first book to explore Railton’s life and war, and ‘the padre’s flag’ he used as an altar cloth and shroud throughout the war. The flag was consecrated a year after the burial of the Unknown Warrior and hangs in Westminster Abbey to this day.

This is a well-researched book... The style of writing brings home something of what it was to be an army chaplain amid the battles in France and Flanders. – Methodist Recorder
... a worthwhile biography and one well worth reading. – Long Long Trail
The book is an attractive addition to the mass of literature about the First World War and about the tasks and frequent heroism of the chaplains. – Church Times

This account of the life and ministry of the Reverend David Railton, army chaplain and parish priest, whose idea it was to bury an Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey,… an idea that continues to resonate so strongly, published as we commemorate the centenary of the First World War, serves not only to enhance our understanding of his motivation and his commitment but also, I hope, to inspire and encourage us to spend our lives in the service of almighty God and of our fellow men and women. – The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster

Science / Biographies & Memoirs

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 CDs, Unabridged, running time: 18.5 hrs by Mike Mullane, read by Joel Richards (Tantor Media)

In 1978, the first group of space shuttle astronauts was introduced to the world – twenty-nine men and six women who would carry NASA through the most tumultuous years of the space shuttle program. Among them was USAF Colonel Mike Mullane, who, in his memoir Riding Rockets, strips the heroic veneer from the astronaut corps and paints them as they are – human.

Upon his graduation from West Point in 1967, Mike Mullane was commissioned in the USAF. He flew 134 combat missions in Vietnam. Selected in the first group of space shuttle astronauts, he completed three space missions. Narrator of the audio version of Riding Rockets, Joel Richards, has narrated over 150 audiobooks.

Mullane in Riding Rockets vividly portrays every aspect of the astronaut experience, from telling a female technician which urine-collection condom size is a fit to hearing ‘Taps’ played over a friend's grave. He is also brutally honest in his criticism of a NASA leadership whose bungling would precipitate the Challenger disaster – killing four members of his group.

With a testosterone-fueled swagger and a keen eye for particulars, Mullane takes readers into the high-intensity, high-stress world of the shuttle astronaut in this rough-hewn yet charming yarn of low-rent antics, bureaucratic insanity and transcendent beauty.… Chosen as a trainee in 1978, Mullane, a Vietnam vet, quickly finds himself at odds with the buttoned-up post-Apollo NASA world of scientists, technocrats and civilian astronauts.… He holds female astronauts in special disregard, though he later grudgingly acknowledges the achievement and heroism of both the civilians and women. The book hits its stride with Mullane's space adventures: a difficult takeoff, the shift into zero gravity, his first view of the Earth from space: "To say the view was overwhelmingly beautiful would be an insult to God." – Publishers Weekly

One of the first astronaut memoirs from the space-shuttle era tells a thoroughly absorbing story. Mullane, an air force brat, flew 134 missions in Vietnam. In the late 1970s, he volunteered for the shuttle program, was accepted, and flew three orbital missions before retiring. His accounts of those missions are gripping. They leave one in no doubt that the shuttle was a somewhat imperfect instrument that somehow still performed marvels. Mullane also pays tribute to his fellow astronauts, a small community that suffered with every death or other loss to the ‘family’ it constituted… A strong addition to science and space collections of any size. – Roland Green, Booklist

A hilarious, heartfelt story of life in all its fateful uncertainty, Riding Rockets will resonate long after the call of ‘Wheel stop.’ Mullane's tales of arrested development among military flyboys working with feminist pioneers and post-doc scientists are sometimes bawdy, often comical, and always entertaining.

Science / Politics / Current Events / Environment / Climate Science

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change by Marc Morano (The Politically Incorrect Guides Series: Regnery Publishing)

I am a climate skeptic, a doubter, a dissenter – and have been smeared as a ‘denier.’ – Marc Morano

Less freedom. More regulation. Higher costs. Those are the consequences of the modern global warming campaign waged by political and cultural elites, who have long ago abandoned fact-based science for dramatic fear mongering in order to push increased central planning. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change gives a voice – backed by statistics, real-life stories, and evidence – to the millions of ‘deplorable’ Americans skeptical about the multibillion dollar ‘climate change’ complex.

Author Marc Morano currently serves as communications director for the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow and executive editor and chief correspondent for the award-winning, a global warming and eco-news center founded in 2009.

With the federal bureaucracy, Al Gore, Bill Nye the Science Guy, the Democratic Party, the United Nations, and liberal scientists and professors all voraciously claiming that our use of fossil fuels is destroying the climate, people on the other side of the debate find themselves shouted down and discredited as ignorant ‘deniers.’ But Morano says he won't be scared into submission. In a fast-paced, politically incorrect tour of climate change, Morano's new book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change reveals the web of lies that the Left has woven around climate change.

Morano reveals:

  • The world is spending nearly $1 billion a day to prevent global warming.
  • A UN scientist has said the ‘97 percent consensus’ on global warming was ‘pulled from thin air.’
  • Scientific organizations claim climate change ‘consensus’ – without polling their members.
  • Climate policies are crushing the world's poor.
  • The Paris climate accord theoretically postpones global warming by 4 years – and costs $100 trillion.
  • Climate change has been blamed for prostitution, barroom brawls, and airplane turbulence.
  • One climate activist says we should ‘protect our kids by not having them.’
  • Recent ‘hottest year’ claims are based on statistically meaningless year to year differences.
  • Antarctica is actually gaining ice.
  • Carbon dioxide levels today are ten times lower than in some past Ice Ages.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change is a welcome scientific and rational antidote to the liberal news media, the UN, and Al Gore's incessant chattering about climate doom. This book exposes the hypocrisy of Learjet limousine liberals who fly in their own private jets and own multiple homes while preaching to the world about downsizing and energy rationing. Every parent in America should be armed with this book to fight the brainwashing of their kids from kindergarten through college. Marc's book is the ultimate A-Z reference guide that debunks manmade climate change claims using scientific studies and prominent scientists. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change is the book the UN and Al Gore do not want you to read. The climate scare ends with this book. – Sean Hannity, host of Hannity on Fox News and of the nationally syndicated radio program The Sean Hannity Show

I have never met Marc Morano, the author of this very interesting book, but I know him well from his excellent blog Climate Depot, which I read regularly. In the book he exposes the climate myths that even scientific organizations like the Physical Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science push.… You and I breathe out at least thirty tons of CO2 in a normal life span, but nevertheless the Environmental Protection Agency decided to classify rising carbon-dioxide emissions as a hazard to human health. Marc Morano discusses the reasons and history of all these strange theories in his excellent book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change. Please read it, you will be amazed! – Ivar Giaver, Nobel Laureate in physics

This book reveals that `global warming' is not and has never been about the `science.' The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change reveals the agenda behind the lavishly funded and government-sponsored climate change establishment. Morano unmasks the United Nations' goal of `global governance,' redistribution of wealth, and global carbon taxes. This book arms every citizen with a comprehensive dossier on just how science, economics, and politics have been distorted and corrupted in the name of saving the planet. Contrary to Al Gore's claims, UN treaties and EPA regulations cannot control the weather or the oceans. A must read. – Mark Levin, author of Men in Black, Liberty and Tyranny, and Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change will make readers think twice. This book is designed to provide readers with the facts they need to understand a political agenda that has little basis in science, that threatens our very sovereignty and prosperity, and that promises to trap millions in poverty.

Sociology / Anthropology / Ethnography

One Step Toward Jerusalem: Oral Histories of Orthodox Jews in Stalinist Hungary by Sándor Bacskai, translated from the Hungarian by Eva Maria Thury (Modern Jewish History Series: Syracuse University Press)

Originally published in 1997, Sándor Bacskai's powerful ethnography, One Step Toward Jerusalem, portrays the political, religious, and individual forces that came to bear on the Orthodox Jewish tradition as it struggled for survival in the aftermath of the Holocaust in Hungary. Jews who returned to their homes eagerly reestablished their close-knit community lives. However, they were greeted with hostility and faced daily prejudice. Following the fall of Hungarian democracy, the number of Orthodox Jewish congregations dramatically decreased. Those who remained struggled to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. It is these individuals, the bearers of the Orthodox Jewish tradition, whom Bacskai gives voice to in One Step Toward Jerusalem. Through detailed interviews and intimate profiles, Bacskai narrates the individual stories of survival and the collective story of Jews struggling to maintain a community despite significant resistance.

Sándor Bacskai is a Hungarian writer, editor, and photographer. Besides his journalistic efforts, Bacskai is known for his literary work, primarily creative renderings of oral histories he has collected. Translator Eva Maria Thury is associate professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel University.

According to the introduction to One Step Toward Jerusalem by Thury, Bacskai's Egy Lepes Jeruzsalem Fele (One Step toward Jerusalem) contains stories told by ethnic Hungarian Orthodox Jews living in Hungary and neighboring countries as well as in Israel that were collected from 1990-1994. The book was published in 1997 in Budapest. In the present volume, Thury has translated these stories into English and supplemented them by her translation of ‘Unification,’ a somewhat tongue-in-cheek historical piece also by Bacskai which has been added to provide background on the material in the ethnographic works. As a writer, Bacskai blends two genres which are not necessarily connected in scholarly work in ethnography: he functions both as an anthropologist and as the narrator of moving tales whose own personality also emerges in a charming way in the stories he tells. Bacskai has woven his devotion to Judaism into the fabric of his work, but he is not a Jew and does not represent himself as anything he is not. If Bacskai saw himself only as an anthropologist, his work would have been done, as he has achieved acceptance by the community he is studying. However, he views himself as a writer and that involves a certain style of literary storytelling, as the rest of the narrative shows.

Bacskai formulates his task as a literary one: conveying the experiences of human beings living the tradition of Orthodox Hungarian Judaism after the Holocaust, in the Stalinist years. Thus, while the portraits of the subjects in One Step Toward Jerusalem are accurate renditions in the ethnographic genre, they also represent literary works of merit that can be read as narratives in the best sense of the word. His Orthodox Jews are not just heroes, they are human beings who have lost much but find the strength to go on because of their tradition, their religion, their community.

Hungarian Orthodox Jews placed a high priority on being separate from other kinds of Judaism in Hungary and thus became organizationally unique in the world. They fought to obtain their own independent organization at the 1868-69 National Jewish Congress and viewed this separation as essential to their way of life.

The battle the Orthodox fought at the 1868-69 Congress is the background that explains the importance of the events in the historical piece called ‘Unification,’ in which Bacskai describes the National Israelite Assembly of 1950. At this more recent gathering, the Orthodox were required to give up the independent status they had held for more than eighty years; this organizational change was part of a more comprehensive governmental movement to erase the unique position of Orthodoxy in Hungary and to alter the lives of Bacskai's subjects.

Bacskai's interviews poignantly reflect the tensions involved with assimilation for the Orthodox who were often charged with being ‘foreign’ or ‘not Hungarian enough.’

Bacskai likes to point out that most historic accounts of twentieth-century Judaism in Europe end with 1944, but this is where his work begins, with the forgotten stories of those who survived the Holocaust. Some of these Orthodox Jews did return to Hungary and Hungarian-speaking towns in neighboring countries. After the war, the Jews who returned to their homes reestablished the strength of community life: At the end of 1947, 137 Orthodox congregations existed in Hungary; however, the size of the community was soon greatly diminished. In 1950, after the fall of Hungarian democracy, 87 of those congregations ceased to exist. After the Hungarian revolution of 1956, the Jewish Orthodox community shrank further in population. Some Jews emigrated while others, through choice or necessity, remained in Europe. The bearers of the faith who remained had to combat anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, and the anticlericalism of the Soviet-related socialist system which deployed these forces against the traditions practiced by those who returned. Despite these impediments, as the narratives collected by Bacskai testify, Orthodox Jews maintained their way of life in ways great and small, owing to the strength of their tradition and the force of their will as individuals. In the literary ethnographies of One Step Toward Jerusalem, Bacskai has portrayed the political, religious, and individual forces which have come to bear on the Orthodox Jewish tradition as it has struggled for survival in the aftermath of fascism and communism during the period from 1945 to 1989.

In addition, Bacskai's work represents an important contribution to the study of Hungarian and Central European cultural history. The work done by Bacskai suggests that the transformation of Hungarian culture during socialist occupation was more complex than may be realized. This oral history showing the social and individual factors involved in the creation of today's culture can contribute to a better understanding of the political, social, and cultural forces operating in Hungary at and after the end of World War II.

Jewish survivors and émigrés will be enamored with this rare and unique book. Orthodox Jews too will value the work and appreciate the tenacity with which orthodoxy survived and adapted to these difficult post-war circumstances. Readers interested in Hungarian or Eastern European Jewry, Jewish memoirs and autobiographies will also agree on the quality and importance of this work. – Howard Lupovitch associate professor of history and Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, Wayne State University, author of Jews and Judaism in World History and Jews at the Crossroads: Tradition and Accommodation During the Golden Age of the Hungarian Nobility
Everyone has a story to tell, so they say – but members of minorities often have the most compelling ones. And if one is a citizen of a small state repeatedly convulsed by history, such as Hungary – and of a minority often discriminated against within it – and of a minority group within your minority religion – the stories can be unrelentingly compelling. Eva Maria Thury’s seamless translations make the stories recorded by Sándor Bacskai come to vivid life in the reader’s imagination. –
Peter V. Czipott translator of Antal Szerb’s Journey by Moonlight and, with John Ridland, of Miklós Radnóti, Sándor Márai
Sándor Bacskai’s powerful collection of oral histories of Hungarians in the Shoah and then life under the Stalinists presents us with memories that must always be refreshed, for Jews and also, and perhaps more importantly, for gentiles. –
David R. Slavitt translator of Sixty-one Psalms and The Book of Lamentations
It is of utmost importance to tell the story of this era and commemorate the courage of a handful Jews devoted to the traditional ways of Jewish life. Bacskai’s book, in Thury’s sensitive translation, helps fill the lacuna by providing source material for researchers: interviews with the members of the religious communities.
– Judit Frigyesi, Bar Ilan University

One Step Toward Jerusalem is a poignant oral history of Orthodox Jewry in Hungary during the Stalinist years. The stories collected in the book testify to the power of their beliefs and represent a narrative that is important for anyone who wants to understand the historical forces that make Hungary what it is today.

Archaeology / History / Ancient / Culture

Nineveh, the Great City: Symbol of Beauty and Power edited by Lucas P. Petit & Daniele Morandi Bonacossi (Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities, Vol. 13: Sidestone Press)

Well, as for Nineveh, skipper, it was wiped out long ago. There’s not a trace of it left, and one can’t even guess where it was. – Lucian, 2nd century AD

Nineveh, the once-flourishing capital of the Assyrian Empire, has fascinated writers, travelers and historians since its complete annihilation in 612 BC. It was said to have been a great and populous city with 90-km walls, stunning palaces and colossal statues of pure gold. Since 1842 archaeologists have been investigating the ruins of Nineveh, which are located on the eastern banks of the river Tigris, near the modern Iraqi city of Mosul. The hundreds of thousands of objects that have been collected tell an intriguing story of life and death in a remarkable Mesopotamian city.

Nineveh, the Great City contains more than 65 articles by international specialists, providing readers with a detailed and thorough study of the site of Nineveh. It describes the history of the city, the excavations and the dispersed material culture that can today be appreciated in more than 100 museums and institutes around the world. Special attention is paid to the endangered heritage of Nineveh, which recently faced destruction for the second time in its history.
Nineveh, the Great City is edited by Lucas Petit, curator of the Near Eastern department of the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities who is currently co-directing the renewed excavations at Tell Damiyah in Jordan. Co-editor is Daniele Morandi Bonacossi.

The remains of Nineveh, surrounded and partly encroached upon by the modern Iraqi city of Mosul, have lain for more than 9,000 years on the eastern bank of the River Tigris. Although the site encompasses a wide area of more than 700 ha, it contains but a few ruins that attest to its former beauty and power. Mentioned in classical and religious texts, the city remained known after its total destruction in 612 BC, and it was one of the first archaeological sites in the Middle East to attract travelers and scholars. Passing by wall panels and other antiquities, however, few realize that Nineveh is not simply a city from the past, but that it is still producing history today, as sadly shown by the recent destructive events. Nineveh, the Great City discusses the occupation history of Nineveh, the diversity of its material culture, how the city has inspired artists and archaeologists, and the way in which the site is maintained and perceived today.

Work at Nineveh continued in the twentieth century, when increasing urbanization around the city of Mosul slowly enclosed and partly incorporated the ancient ruins. The impressive restoration work on the city wall and some of the gates by Iraqi archaeologists protected a large part of the site from further urban development. The people of Mosul were involved in maintenance and protection, and several initiatives transformed the site back into a symbol of its glorious past.

Nineveh, the Great City contains 67 articles in 6 parts:

Part I: Nineveh, Famous but Lost
Part II: Investigating Nineveh: A Great Adventure
Part III: From Prehistory to the Arrival of the Neo-Assyrian Kings
Part IV: Neo-Assyrian Nineveh: The Largest City in the World
Part V: Nineveh after the Destruction in 612 BC
Part VI: The Material Culture of Nineveh

Nineveh, the Great City, written by scholars from all over the world, highlights the tremendous and impressive heritage of Nineveh with a detailed and thorough study of the site. It is a lavishly illustrated volume and will appeal to readers interested in culture and heritage, as well as to students and professional academics.


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My Father's Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love, and Die by Kevin Toolis (Da Capo Press)

Collector's Guide to Silicates: Di- and Ring Silicates by Robert J. Lauf (Schiffer Publishing Ltd)

HERstory Quilts: A Celebration of Strong Women by Susanne Miller Jones (Schiffer Publishing Ltd)

Daring to Rest: Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation by Karen Brody (Sounds True)

In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement, deckle edge by John Heminway (Alfred A. Knopf)

The Executor's Guide: Settling a Loved One's Estate or Trust, 8th edition by Mary Randolph, J.D. (Nolo)

The Contraband Shore by David Donachie (The Contraband Shore Series: Allison & Busby)

Flash Points: A Kirk McGarvey Novel by David Hagberg (Forge Books)

The Poems of Octavio Paz, 1st edition by Octavio Paz, edited & translated from the Spanish by Eliot Weinberger, with Elizabeth Bishop, Paul Blackburn, Denise Levertov, Muriel Rukeyser & Charles Tomlinson (New Directions Publishing)


Reporting the Middle East: Challenges and Chances edited by Dan Caspi & Daniel Rubinstein (World Scientific Publishing Co)

Cancer Management with Chinese Medicine: Prevention and Complementary Treatments, revised edition by Rencun Yu & Hong Hai (World Scientific Publishing Co)

The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South, 1st edition edited by Kerry Carrington, Russell Hogg, John Scott,& Máximo Sozzo (Palgrave Macmillan)

The Undercover Edge: Find Your Hidden Strengths, Learn to Adapt, and Build the Confidence to Win Life's Game by Derrick Levasseur (Sourcebooks)

The Book of Daniel by André Lacocque, translated by David Pellauer (Wipf & Stock)

The Flag: The Story of Revd David Railton MC and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior by Andrew Richards (Casemate)

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 CDs, Unabridged, running time: 18.5 hrs by Mike Mullane, read by Joel Richards (Tantor Media)

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change by Marc Morano (The Politically Incorrect Guides Series: Regnery Publishing)

One Step Toward Jerusalem: Oral Histories of Orthodox Jews in Stalinist Hungary by Sándor Bacskai, translated from the Hungarian by Eva Maria Thury (Modern Jewish History Series: Syracuse University Press)

Nineveh, the Great City: Symbol of Beauty and Power edited by Lucas P. Petit & Daniele Morandi Bonacossi (Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities, Vol. 13: Sidestone Press)