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Audio / Literature & Fiction / Fantasy & Science Fiction / Series
Babylon's Ashes – Audio CD – Audiobook, unabridged, 18 CDs, running time: 20 hrs by James S. A. Corey (The Expanse Series, Book 6: Hachette Audio, Blackstone Publishing)
Babylon's Ashes – Hardcover by James S. A. Corey (The Expanse Series: Orbit)
A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.
Babylon's Ashes is the sixth novel in James S.A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series – now a major television series from Syfy. Corey is the pen name of fantasy authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.
The Free Navy – a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships – has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them.
James Holden and his crew in Babylon's Ashes know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network.
But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun. As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny, and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante's problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity in Babylon's Ashes.
This is a high-octane continuation of a
series that has quickly become the biggest thing in science fiction.
– The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog on Babylon's Ashes
Combining an exploration of real human frailties with big SF ideas and exciting thriller action, Corey cements the series as must-read space opera. – Library Journal, starred Review on Cibola Burn
Corey's splendid fourth Expanse novel blends adventure with uncommon decency. – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review on Cibola Burn
An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton. – Charles Stross on Leviathan Wakes
Highly recommended. – Library Journal on Abaddon's Gate
Riveting interplanetary thriller. – Publishers Weekly on Leviathan Wakes
Babylon's Ashes picks up where Nemesis Games ends, providing much needed follow up to the unresolved issues from the previous book. Whether readers read the books for the adventure, the politics, the mysteries or the characters (or all of the above), they will not be disappointed in this sequel. The writing from both authors continues to be strong with engaging dialog and plenty of action.
Building Design / Crafts & Hobbies / Remodeling / Sustainable Building / DIY
Essential Building Science: Understanding Energy and Moisture in High Performance House Design by Jacob Deva Racusin (Sustainable Building Essentials Series: New Society Publishers)
Essential Building Science provides a highly visual, accessible introduction to the fundamentals of building science for residential construction. It arms designers, builders, and homeowners with the information and strategies necessary to think through decisions regarding materials, assemblies, and mechanical systems. Crucially, it provides a framework for asking better questions, which in time lead to better answers, and ultimately to better buildings.
The author is Jacob Deva Racusin, a sustainable and natural building designer, builder, and educator, the program director of the Building Science and Net Zero Design Certificate Program at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School.
Part one of Essential Building Science covers the rationale behind high-performance design and the fundamentals of building physics, including thermal dynamics, moisture transfer, and hygro-thermal dynamics such as vapor drive and condensation.
Part two teaches the vital critical thinking skills needed to consider buildings as whole systems and to develop thermal and moisture control strategies regardless of the specifics of the design. Case studies and examples from across North American climatic zones illuminate real-life problems and offer builders, designers, and DIYers the insights and tools required for creating better new buildings and dramatically improving old ones.
Containing over 100 illustrations and photographs, Essential Building Science presents the vital knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to design durable, comfortable, high-performance houses anywhere.
Essential Building Science is the resource Racusin says he wishes he had when he started building his own house, and it is written with the motivated or curious homeowner, aspirational or active owner-builder, and developing or practicing builder or architect in mind. This book serves as a foundational approach to applied building science – the essential rationale, physics principles, and strategies for building a high-performance home. The focus is restricted to energy and moisture, although related topics such as structure, acoustics, and lighting are referenced throughout the book.
In this essential book, Jacob Racusin distills the basic tools builders and homeowners need to make efficient homes that start out light on the planet and last a good long time. – Tristan Roberts, Executive Editor, BuildingGreen.com
Essential for builders and architects, as well as for future homeowners to know what to look for and what to ask for in good design. – Andrew M. Shapiro, Energy Balance, Inc.
Where the heck was Jacob Deva Racusin 40 years ago when I started my career? You could have saved me, and thousands of others, a whole lot of expense and trouble if you had troubled yourself to be born a few decades earlier, and gotten this wonderful gem out to us all a bit sooner. That grouse aside, you have done a masterful – and delightful – job of presenting the complexities of building physics in a way that anyone can understand and use to their benefit. If you want to build well, folks, read this! – Bruce King, Structural Engineer and author of New Carbon Architecture
This is the book that builders, designer and homeowners have been waiting for... even if they don't know it! In the coming years, understanding building science principles will be considered as important as drafting skills and driving nails. Jacob Racusin explains everything you need to know in a concise, direct and meaningful way. Anybody who reads this book will immediately start to make better buildings. – Chris Magwood, Co-founder and co-director, The Endeavour Centre, and author, Making Better Buildings
Jacob Deva Racusin has provided as clear and concise a summary of building science for residential building as I can imagine. This volume is an invaluable introduction, teaching tool and resource for homeowners, educators and builders. I hope there will be a dog-eared hard copy or an oft-accessed e-version of Essential Building Science on every residential building (or renovation) site in North America. – Tim Krahn, P. Eng.
Essential Building Science provides the easy-to-understand ‘rocket science’ readers need to design and build durable, healthy, comfortable, high-performance houses.
Essential Building Science won't tell readers everything they need to know about how to build a high-performance house. It will, however, lay out a systems-based approach to developing critical thinking that they can apply to their homes. This book arms readers with the information and strategies necessary to think their way through decisions regarding materials, assemblies, and mechanical systems, and it helps identify the areas of further study or greater expertise that may be required to make good decisions. Essential Building Science creates a framework for asking better questions, which in time and with practice lead to better answers, and ultimately to better buildings.
Education & Training / Language / Guides / Reference
English for Everyone Series by DK (DK Publishing)
In the United States, there are nearly one million adults learning English as a second language. To help meet the need of this enormous market, DK has created English for Everyone, a series of innovative, self-study guides infused with visual learning methods to help beginners make the transition to fluent English speakers.
English for Everyone series teaches all levels of English, from beginner to advanced, to speakers of English as a second language. Innovative visual learning methods introduce key language skills, grammar, and vocabulary, which are reinforced with a variety of speaking, reading, and writing exercises to make the English language easier to understand and learn.
English for Everyone is designed for people who want to teach themselves the English language. Unlike other courses, English for Everyone uses graphics in all its learning and practice to help learners learn as easily as possible.
English for Everyone features extensive supporting audio materials. Learners are encouraged to use them as much as they can to improve their understanding of spoken English and to make their own accent and pronunciation more natural. Each file can be played, paused, and repeated as often as they like, until they are confident they understand what has been said.
Praise for the Series:
The clear graphics are extremely helpful in supporting learning, particularly in the context of self-study where meaning has to be explicit. – Tim Bowen, ELT consultant, author and teacher trainer
Impressive... Students will be attracted to its interactivity, graphics, and display, which should be motivating for learning. – Susan Barduhn, former President of IATEFL
Titles in the Series include:
NOTE: The two most recent additions to the series are reviewed below:
Education & Training / Language / Guides / Reference
English for Everyone: English Grammar Guide by DK (English for Everyone Series: DK Publishing)
English for Everyone: English Grammar Guide is a self-study English grammar guide using innovative visual learning methods to make even the trickiest points easy to understand.
Suitable for English-language learners of all levels, from beginner to advanced, and even experienced English speakers looking for a reminder of key language points, English for Everyone: English Grammar Guide is an intuitive way to study English grammar. Clear illustrations put learning points in context and make them easy to remember, and simple graphics and annotated sample sentences break down grammar constructions, making difficult points easy to follow.
English for Everyone: English Grammar Guide covers the language skills, vocabulary, and grammar needed for the major global English-language exams, including TOEFL. This guide covers the key grammar specified in levels Al-C1 of the CEFR, the international standard for language learning. All learning is practiced across speaking, listening, reading, and writing exercises, offering rounded preparation for work, travel, study, and exams. Learners can download the free app and practice online with free listening.
Suitable for English-language learners of all levels, English for Everyone: English Grammar Guide "is ideal for learning to communicate in English in everyday situations in the easiest way" (Ser Padres Magazine).
The Consultant on this Guide for British English, Diane Hall, an Associate Lecturer in English grammar and functional linguistics at the Open University, has been working in English language teaching for over 30 years, as a teacher, trainer, editor, publisher, and writer.
The Consultant for American English, Susan Barduhn, currently a Professor at the School of International Training in Vermont, has directed English-language courses in at least four different continents, has been President of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, and an adviser to the British Council and the US State Department.
English for Everyone: English Grammar Guide is an easy-to-use reference guide that will become a must-have for students of English, both those self-studying and those enrolled in class, as well as for teachers of English who are looking for the best way of explaining the rules and nuances of English grammar. It is comprehensive visual guide to English grammar with clear, simple explanations that are ideal for learners of all levels.
Education & Training / Language / Guides / Reference
English for Everyone: Business English, Course Book by DK & Victoria Boobyer (English for Everyone Series: DK Publishing)
English for Everyone: Business English, Course Book covers the skills and topics needed in the business world, and it matches the language standards used by the major global English-language exams, offering ideal preparation for starting, changing, and advancing their careers.
Everything learners need is included in English for Everyone: Business English, Course Book – it is a grammar book and vocabulary builder all in one. English grammar and business terms are tied into common work scenarios that are simply explained using innovative graphics, making them easy to understand. All learning is practiced across speaking, listening, reading, and writing exercises, offering rounded preparation for real-life business situations including job applications, formal e-mails, and negotiation. Learners can download the free app and practice online with free listening exercises.
Innovative visual learning methods introduce key language skills, grammar, and vocabulary, which are reinforced with a variety of speaking, reading, and writing exercises to make the English language easier to understand and learn.
English for Everyone: Business English, Course Book is an in-depth, self-study course in Business English using visual learning, practice exercises, and free audio to make English business language and vocabulary easy to learn.
English for Everyone: Business English, Course Book is divided into two levels. The levels are broadly aligned to the CEFR, the international standard for language learning.
The author, Victoria Boobyer, is a freelance writer, presenter, and teacher trainer with a background in English-language teaching and teacher management. The course consultant, Tim Bowen, has taught English and trained teachers in more than 30 countries worldwide. The language consultant, Susan Barduhn, a Professor at the School of International Training in Vermont, has been President of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, and an adviser to the British Council and the US State Department.
Clear, simple visuals help to explain the meaning of new language forms, and show learners business situations in which learners might expect to use them. Visual guides break down English grammar into its simplest parts, showing learners how to recreate even complex formations. Visual cues are given to help them understand the exercises.
In summary, a visual guide to learning English, English for Everyone: Business English, Course Book is a complete self-study course that makes workplace language easy to learn in many ways, including helping learners monitor their progress, with regular summary and review modules. And answers are provided for every exercise, so learners can see how well they have understood each teaching point.
History / Politics / U.S. / Presidential
The First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding of American Democracy, reprint edition by Jeffrey L. Pasley (American Presidential Elections Series: University of Kansas Press)
The First Presidential Contest is the first study in half a century to focus on the election of 1796. At first glance, the first presidential contest looks unfamiliar – parties were frowned upon, there was no national vote, and the candidates did not even participate (the political mores of the day forbade it). Yet for all that, Jeffrey L. Pasley contends, the election of 1796 was ‘absolutely seminal,’ setting the stage for all of American politics to follow. Pasley is associate professor of history at the University of Missouri.
Challenging much of the conventional
understanding of this election, Pasley argues that Federalist and
Democratic-Republican were deeply meaningful categories for
politicians and citizens of the 1790s, even if the names could be
inconsistent and the institutional presence lacking. He treats the
1796 election as a rough draft of the democratic presidential
campaigns that came later rather than as the personal squabble
depicted by other historians. It set the geographic pattern of New
England competing with the South at the two extremes of American
politics, and it established the basic ideological dynamic of a
liberal, rights-spreading American left arrayed against a
conservative, society-protecting right, each with its own competing
model of leadership.
Rather than the inner thoughts and personal lives of the Founders, covered in so many other volumes, Pasley in The First Presidential Contest focuses on images of Adams and Jefferson created by supporters – and detractors – through the press, capturing the way that ordinary citizens in 1796 would have actually experienced candidates they never heard speak. Newspaper editors, minor officials, now forgotten congressmen, and individual elector candidates all take a leading role in the story.
The 1790s was America's true ‘crucial decade.’ As the first decade of nationhood commenced under a new constitution, every action set a precedent.
Almost immediately, and probably inevitably, a serious dispute arose. Is the new constitution permissive – if it does not specifically prohibit an action, then is that action allowed? Or is it restrictive – if it does not specifically authorize an action, then is that action proscribed? At what point does permissible dissent become impermissible disloyalty? How extensive ought a president's powers to be? What is the role of the cabinet? Should government play an active role in the development of the economy? Or does any such role risk unnatural outcomes and attendant corruption?
Because of Washington's stature, these vexing questions could be contained, often by a mere presidential utterance. But as his second term came to an end, and contenders vied for succession, the country found itself in an unfamiliar and threatening place. The election of 1796, the first truly contested election in American history, would test the ability of the new republic, and those charged with its preservation and protection, to allow legitimate political debate to occur and political power to transfer peaceably.
In The First Presidential Contest Pasley tells the story of this election, which he correctly identifies as an ‘absolutely seminal’ event in American political history, with clarity, perspicacity, and wit.
The First Presidential Contest is a careful, gripping story of an often overlooked political moment. Few of the vexing issues would be resolved. But the Constitution and the republican experiment it sought to codify, have proved remarkably resilient, a testimony to the wisdom of the Founders.
The Presidential election of 1796,
memorialized in history tomes for the bitter divisions the campaign
mirrored among citizens in the fledgling Republic, receives
innovative and refreshing analytical consideration in this eminently
readable and clever account of the Adams-Jefferson contest. –
Political Science Quarterly
Carefully researched and engagingly written, Pasley’s volume is the definitive work on this underappreciated election. – Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Presents a compelling and forward-moving narrative. – Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
A superb, important book. Likely to become the definitive study of the 1796 election. – Journal of American History
Few historians tell a good political story better than Jeffrey Pasley.… Pasley shows how much political innovation was already occurring across the country, and how quickly politics became an active concern of citizens and their outspoken press…. – Jack Rakove, author of Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America
Jeffrey Pasley, one of America’s premier students of popular politics, has written a superb study of a crucial but oft-neglected election. Filled with imaginative research and brilliant vignettes involving the great and not-so-great, The First Presidential Contest, is a major study of one of the landmarks in the early history of democracy in the United States. – Sean Wilentz, author of The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln
Rich in lively characters, fiery rhetoric, dark intrigue, and cunning spin, the presidential election of 1796 helped to create American partisan politics on a national scale. With wry humor and a keen sense of political reality, both past and present, Pasley offers the closest and best examination of our Founders as politicians who slyly practiced what they piously preached against. – Alan Taylor, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of William Cooper’s Town
Vivid and precise, compelling and even funny, this is political history as it needs to be written, as its best practitioners are writing it today.… Neither students nor fans of the presidency, of democracy, or of the founding should miss it. – David Waldstreicher, author of Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification and Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution
For a tale filled with colorful personalities and uninhibited rhetoric, readers of The First Presidential Contest will relish this lively new work. Pasley's cogent study rescues the election of 1796 from the shadow of 1800 and invites readers to rethink how they view that campaign and the origins of American politics.
History / U.S. / Military / World War II / Clothing & Artifacts / Women’s Studies / Reference
Women for Victory, Volume 2: The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) by Katy Endruschat Goebel (American Servicewomen in World War II: History & Uniform Series: Schiffer Publishing Ltd)
Women for Victory, Volume 2: The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the second volume of the Women for Victory series, records the history and uniforms of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), the first American servicewomen's organization in World War II to enlist female noncombatant volunteers for service with the United States Army, and to employ them in other than medical capacities.
Author Katy Endruschat Goebel is a historian, author and specialized collector of clothing and historical artifacts from the 1930s-40s era.
This in-depth study reveals many little-known facts about this vanguard female wartime organization. Authentic uniform attire, also worn by the successor organization, the Women's Army Corps, is presented in color photographs, never before documented with this depth or completeness and detail.
The Women for Victory book series, including Women for Victory, Volume 2 & Volume 1 as well (with a third volume proposed), is designed as a complete reference guide combining a comprehensive history of American servicewomen in World War II with a detailed documentation of their distinctive uniforms in color photographs. It features authentic uniform attire in unparalleled coverage, and places them within the proper historical context of female military organizational formation, employment, and record of achievement.
While the employment of nurses and other female medical specialists (i.e., hospital dietitians, physical therapists) in the army reflected a longstanding tradition at the outbreak of World War II (their historical contribution to the United States is covered in volume one), the acceptance of thousands of women within the army establishment in other than medical capacities was a novelty in 1942. Thus, the WAAC constituted the second step in achieving active female participation within the army, and therefore becomes the second volume of the series on US female military organizations of World War II.
The establishment of the WAAC represented a groundbreaking pioneer organization in American military history, and served as a model for other women's voluntary wartime organizations later created within the armed forces. The introduction of several hundred thousand servicewomen into a vast diversity of armed forces specialties, spanning the globe from home front to battlefront, helped alleviate the nation's critical manpower shortage and accelerated the Allies' drive to victory. Female participation added an important and largely novel source of strength to the country's military capability.
According to Goebel in Women for Victory, Volume 2, the positive impact of Allied women's military participation paved the way for significant female emancipation both during and after the war on a worldwide basis. The progressive employment of women in many jobs formerly restricted to men led to the fundamental rearrangement of modern society in line with proven gains made by wartime servicewomen.
Like her male counterpart, each female recruit or volunteer was ordered into uniform upon entering the military and adhered to a strict set of regulations governing its exact manner of wear. These uniforms distinguished the different services and components, and were worn proudly by serving women during the war. The authorized apparel became one of the most important considerations of a woman's life as an integral part of on-duty and off-duty appearance. These uniforms were sometimes highly esteemed for their stylishness, durability or comfort, but in other cases they were found to be ill fitting, unflattering, or even non-existent, such as work garments that forced women to borrow male clothing. Additionally, the variety of uniforms developed for different feminine tasks mirrored the progress of women in assuming ever more wartime responsibilities during deployment to remote locations in extreme climates and combat zones. Job assignments in formerly male-only fields required more practical, flexible, and protective attire than the skirts and dresses mandated by traditional social custom.
The organization of Volumes 1 & 2 give comprehensive treatment of the uniforms, insignia, and equipment pertaining to the different female military services or uniformed civilian organizations involving female members on active wartime service to the United States in World War II. Some material presented in Women for Victory, Volume 2 consists of facts not previously published because of original research into the topic. An introductory part to each service or component presents the historical background information necessary to understand the overall developmental record leading to the exhibited uniforms. This historical development part covers the foundation of the service; wartime strengths; requirements for joining, payment; rank structure; training; types of duties; overseas deployment (if applicable); immediate postwar developments, and concludes with the awards received by the women for their World War II service. Historically the WAAC was transformed into the WAC during 1943, topics to be covered in the successive 3rd volume about WAC service.
The uniforms themselves are detailed in text and pictures to describe the times when they were introduced; the problems that were experienced during the development process; the various revisions necessitated until suitable garments could be finally procured (although these did not always reach servicewomen before the end of the war). Non-regulation outfits consisting of either private-purchase or male-issue military attire are covered as well.
The uniform overview sections of each volume offer complete representation of military apparel. These detail service and dress uniforms followed by work attire and special clothing, and next by examination of miscellaneous clothing items such as shirts, underwear, stockings, and footwear. Then the various accessories are covered, inclusive of insignia, and individual equipment and other items. Concluding remarks address information regarding significant uniform regulations and policies.
Color photographs of rare original items illustrate the uniform part. They enable readers to actually visualize the various uniforms otherwise only mostly documented by contemporary monotone photographs. Full-length studies modeled in reenactment mode with appropriate accessories give an authentic impression of the uniforms as they were actually worn during World War II. In addition, many close-up views allow the detection of interesting design and construction details, as well as labels where applicable. All displayed items are from Goebel's private collection unless elsewhere specified. Finally, original wartime photographs, many never before published, as well as documents, tables and drawings supplement the text and color photographic portions to demonstrate the described uniforms in actual use.
With over 1,150 personal and archival illustrations, Women for Victory, Volume 2 is an unparalleled and indispensable source for scholars of feminine and military history, veterans, collectors, costume designers, re-enactors and others interested in the history and dress of American women in wartime service.
The Women for Victory series is a thorough and authoritative reference for American servicewomen's history and uniforms in World War II. This tribute to American womanhood in World War II may serve as a lasting acknowledgment to those valiant service members who liberated Germany and advanced the cause of female freedom and human liberty throughout the world.
History / U.S. / Military / Reference
Confederate Casualties at Gettysburg (a Four Volume Set): A Comprehensive Record by John W. Busey & Travis W. Busey (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers)
Following three days of brutal combat at Gettysburg, thousands of men in bloody gray and butternut uniforms dotted the landscape in the Wheatfield, the Peach Orchard and the Railroad Cut and on Culp's Hill, Little Round Top, East Cemetery Hill, the Codori farm and a host of other localities on the gory battlefield. While 3,445 lay stiff in death beneath the hot July sun, many others languished in agony in Southern and Federal field hospitals awaiting treatment of bloody, festering wounds. Many among these faced the unspeakable horrors of having limbs, shattered by enemy fire, amputated. Others sullenly made their way to inhospitable Union prison camps where many would suffer and die of disease or starvation weeks or months later. Who were these men and boys? Where did they come from? What, if anything, do we know about them? – from the book
Confederate Casualties at Gettysburg attempts to answer at least some of these questions. It is the result of years of effort to identify and provide personal information concerning the more than 24,000 Confederate casualties incurred at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Confederate Casualties at Gettysburg is a 4-volume reference book providing information on 24,000 Confederate soldiers killed, wounded, captured or missing at the Battle of Gettysburg. Casualties are listed by state and unit, in many cases with specifics regarding wounds, circumstances of casualty, military service, genealogy and physical descriptions. Detailed casualty statistics are given in tables for each company, battalion and regiment, along with brief organizational information for many units. Appendices cover Confederate and Union hospitals that treated Southern wounded and Federal prisons where captured Confederates were interned after the battle. Original burial locations are provided for many Confederate dead, along with a record of disinterments in 1871 and burial locations in three of the larger cemeteries where remains were reinterred. A complete name index is included.
Authors are Travis W. Busey, who operates an art business specializing in vintage photos and pencil portraits and John W. Busey, who authored or co-authored four books about Gettysburg. They both live in Centreville, Virginia.
Confederate Casualties at Gettysburg is the concluding work in the authors' efforts to document and memorialize 47,690 casualties suffered by the Union and Confederate armies at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, fought 1 through 3 July 1863. Their previous work on this subject, Union Casualties at Gettysburg: A Comprehensive Record, was published in 2011 and contains the names and other information concerning 23,594 Federal soldiers who were casualties of the fighting there. Their research concerning Southern losses at this battle was conducted through the use of surviving service records, casualty lists and unit rosters, among other sources. The Buseys say that to their knowledge, while other studies have attempted to document the Confederate dead at the battle, such a Southern Gettysburg casualty list has never been compiled, a fact which significantly influenced their desire to be the first to undertake such an effort.
Scanning the individual soldier entries provides readers with an appreciation of what young, idealistic men endured to obtain the independence of the states which had peacefully chosen to withdraw from a union they felt was no longer conducive to their well-being, welfare and way of life. Description of wounds will often shock modern sensibilities and serve to emphasize the agony many of these men and boys endured on the battlefield, and in hospitals and prison camps for their beliefs.
The 24,096 soldiers listed as casualties in this compilation were recorded for the period 1 through 4 July at Gettysburg and are intended to reflect only the losses at the battle in the vicinity of the town during this period. Hunterstown casualties are included but not those at Monterey Pass on 4 July. Where identifiable, the listing does include losses such as captures of those serving as nurses in the vicinity of Gettysburg up to 4 July but not those or other captures before or after this date. It also does not include captures at localities other than Gettysburg unless these casualties had been previously wounded at the battle.
Confederate Casualties at Gettysburg represents a long overdue and more complete and detailed view of Confederate combat losses than has previously been available to the public. With this new information battle historians will, at the very least, have a more detailed starting point to render a final determination concerning the issue of Confederate casualties at Gettysburg as well as a source which can be used to more precisely interpret the fighting there.
The information presented in Confederate Casualties at Gettysburg will benefit and assist Gettysburg historians, aficionados, genealogists and casual readers as well and provide an enduring tribute to the Southerners who struggled for their independence in what many of them termed the ‘Second American Revolution.’
Literature & Fiction / Novels / Historical / Mysteries / Series
The Enemy Within by Edward Marston (The Home Front Detective Series: Allison & Busby)
The Enemy Within is the latest title in Edward Marston's Home Front Detective series, set in World War I era London. Previous titles in this series have received rave reviews. The Historical Novels Review called Deeds of Darkness "an excellently-plotted, enthralling read with superbly-drawn characters, right down to the most minor of players."
Marston was born and brought up in South Wales. A full-time writer for over thirty years, he has worked in radio, film, television and the theatre, and is a former chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association.
The Enemy Within is set in Pentonville Prison. Wally Hibbert is serving a long sentence for arson. But after befriending and tricking one of the officers, Hibbert makes an audacious escape. Inspector Marmion, the detective who arrested Hibbert, is warned to watch his back, but it seems that Hibbert has another target in his murderous sights.
The investigation in The Enemy Within is mired in confusion, an inmate at an internment camp who might be a spy sending intelligence to the Germans complicates matters, and the multiplying manhunts, as well as Marmion's concern for his injured and withdrawn son Paul, leave the detective desperate.
Soon it becomes clear that Hubbard has eyes for only one man: Ben Croft, the man he holds responsible for the death of his daughter. Then the search for Hubbard becomes tangled with a murder investigation, mired in confusion, as the identities of killer and victim become increasingly ambiguous.
With mounting pressure from his superintendent to recapture Hubbard and unravel the mystery surrounding the murder and the involvement of Special Branch only complicating matters further, Marmion tries desperately to untangle all the threads ...
A master storyteller – Daily Mail
Once again Marston has created a credible atmosphere within an intriguing story – Sunday Telegraph
Marston is probably the best of our British writers of historical crime stories – Birmingham Post
Beautifully written and conjuring up a terrific feel for the period ... Absolutely first-class entertainment – Books Monthly on Instrument of Slaughter
From one of the masters of historical novels comes The Enemy Within, the beautifully written, latest installment in the Home Front Detective series.
Music / History / Western / Folklore
The Hell-Bound Train: A Cowboy Songbook, 2nd edition by Glenn Ohrlin, edited by Charlie Seemann (Voice in the American West Series: Texas Tech University Press)
Glenn Ohrlin (1926-2015) was a cowboy singer, working cowboy, rodeo rider, storyteller, and illustrator. In The Hell-Bound Train he gathered dozens of his favorite songs, which chronicle the range and rodeo life he lived. Ohrlin was known for singing in an unornamented Western style, accompanying himself on the guitar and harmonica. Most of his repertoire comes from the period of 1875 to 1925. The Hell-Bound Train includes music and lyrics for songs such as "My Home's in Montana," "The Texas Rangers," and "Bull Riders in the Sky," along with Ohrlin's commentary on each work's provenance and meaning.
In 1985 Glenn Ohrlin was named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts. Editor Charlie Seemann is executive director of the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada.
In the foreword from the first edition, Archie Green says his first meeting with Ohrlin Ohrlin occurred during the fall of 1963 at Eureka Springs, Arkansas at an Ozark folk festival. In the summer of 1964 the Campus Folksong Club released Glenn Ohrlin's first LP, The Hell-Bound Train, which held eighteen songs, a tale, and a guitar instrumental, complemented by an illustrated brochure. This record served to introduce Ohrlin to folksong enthusiasts throughout the United States. Following his appearance at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, Sing Out in May, 1965, presented an article excerpted from several of his letters. Editor Paul Nelson suggested that in Ohrlin's life, two worlds (work and ‘revival’) had interacted yet remained separate. It is Green’s feeling that Ohrlin was able to function in these two realms partly because of his personal strength and integrity, but also because he had already learned to move back and forth between the prosaic life of a ranch-hand cowboy and the dramatic life of rodeo rider.
While Ohrlin in no way uses the word proletarian, he is careful to point out that cowboys continue to labor on ranches and at rodeos. His major criticism of folklorists is in response to their view of cowboys as riders in the past, when it should be obvious that work continues today; therefore cowboy music is functionally alive. Green formulates his animating belief in this way: work, a centripetal force, bonds individuals into folk-like societies and work songs, broadly defined, encode the behavior of members of such societies. In his remarks on the one hundred songs and poems gathered in The Hell-Bound Train, Ohrlin tells much of his life story in terms of work.
Writing to Green late in 1963, Ohrlin reported: "When July 4th,  rolled around all the cowboys went to Caliente, Nevada, for the annual rodeo. So I got started rodeoing then. I started riding bareback broncs for $2.50 a head mount money. The other events were contests, and I thought I'd like the bareback best. During '43 and `44, I cowboyed on ranches in Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, and California. Also entered an occasional rodeo when possible. `45 and `46 was in the Army, and from '47 through '50 I rodeoed full time as a contestant in the bareback riding, and starting in `49 in the saddle bronc. I have always made a few rodeos every year since, mainly in the saddle bronc riding. I joined the Cowboys Turtle Association at the Tucson, Arizona, rodeo in 1944... The last rodeo I made [before University of Illinois] was at Andalusia, Alabama, October 4-6, . I placed in the bronc riding there."
Ohrlin’s facility in construction was paralleled by his artistic skill; some of his drawings are found in The Hell-Bound Train. Over the years he has supplemented ranch and rodeo income by making saddles and chaps or painting signs. When the Stone County Saddle Club, for example, commissioned him to advertise their annual festival rodeo, he "wandered with a box of paints from store window to store window painting pictures of cowboys, Brahma bulls, and bucking horses". Of his esthetic for The Hell-Bound Train, Ohrlin stated: "On the drawings I tried to get the exact styles of clothes and gear to fit the era and areas involved. For instance, in the drawings of Pete Knight and Fritz Truan it shows their actual chaps and other gear plus their riding styles on broncs. Same with the other stuff. Styles change for cowboys just like anybody else."
Because of preoccupation in establishing his ranch, the relative isolation of Stone County, and his personal independence, Ohrlin escaped immersion in the early ‘folk boom’ of the 1950s. Even after "The Battle of New Orleans" drew national attention to composer Jimmie Driftwood and Stone County folksong wealth, Ohrlin remained apart. He was not a native Ozarkian; he had yet to establish himself as belonging to that particular corner of the land.
When Ohrlin picked the Arkansas site of his Rafter O ranch, he was unaware that he had moved into a rich pocket of American song lore. In 1960, while browsing in the Batesville Public Library for art books, he discovered Vance Randolph's superb four-volume collection, Ozark Folksongs. These books made Ohrlin conscious that his personal song bag had special merit and that pieces which his neighbors took for granted were much like Randolph's material. Now he began ‘collecting’ from his friends Sam Hess and Raymond Sanders. The combination of Randolph's classic volumes and Ohrlin's chance to learn from neighbors steeped in mountain tradition, as well as his exposure to folklorists during ‘revival’ years, gave him a sophisticated knowledge of folksong and a desire to make his own folkloric contribution.
Hopefully, Ohrlin's book will introduce many new readers to cowboy songlore. Because it was put together after he met a number of academic scholars, it benefits from the skill of his friends Harlan Daniel and Judith McCulloh. That such a collaboration by cowboy, discographer, and musicologist is possible in the 1970s is itself one of the best consequences of the present-day fluidity in American life. To those familiar with previous compilations, The Hell-Bound Train will also be understood as drawing upon diverse models. Like Jack Thorp before him, Ohrlin was a workingman who perceived a tradition from within.
Fascinating ... This kind of personal repertory coming from a working cowman and rodeo rider is extremely important, simply to document how the cowboy tradition was transmuted as the image of the cowboy was sentimentalized. We have known for some time that the cowboy tradition has been carried on by rodeo performers but we've never had it documented so fully and interestingly. – Roger D. Abrahams, author of Everyday Life
Because there are relatively few folksong collections by members of folk societies, The Hell-Bound Train should be of special value to students of culture. This collection is a must-have for any fan of cowboy and folk music. That a book put together in the era of space exploration can contain some recent cowboy songs is testimony to the continuous ability of Glenn Ohrlin and his fellows to give fresh expression to their time-tested craft.
Professional & Technical / Architecture / Urban Studies
Intelligent Infrastructure: Zip Cars, Invisible Networks, and Urban Transformation edited by T. F. Tierney (University of Virginia Press)
While many of its traditional elements, such as roads and utilities, do not change, urban infrastructure is undergoing a fascinating and necessary transformation in the wake of new information and communication technologies. Intelligent Infrastructure brings together many of the important new voices in the fields impacting modern urban infrastructure to explore this revolutionary change in the city.
The editor T. F. Tierney is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Director of the URL: Urban Research Lab. The diverse cast of contributors includes Mitchell Schwarzer, Frederic Stout, Anthony Townsend, Carlo Ratti of the MIT SENSEable City Lab, Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE, and other innovators who are changing the urban landscape.
Increasingly, it is connective systems rather than built forms that bind a city together. Intelligent infrastructure confers upon a city previously unimagined levels of adaptability, with mobile telephony serving to organize people and events on the move and in real time. Beginning with a consideration of invisible networks – the sociohistorical systems that contribute to and constitute urbanity – the essays collected in Intelligent Infrastructure examine a variety of actual tools, from handheld devices to autonomous vehicles, within a fully networked built environment: the smart city. The book argues that knowledge of both the visible and invisible components – information, energy, sustainability, transportation, housing, and social practices – are critical to understanding the urban environment.
Although climate change is the most immediate of the threats that demand new policies, a host of lesser but nevertheless potentially destabilizing problems accompany and intersect with it. Internal and external factors, such as migration and population growth, materially influence contemporary urban form. In rapidly growing cities such as Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Manila, seven hundred or more new residents arrive every day. While increased density may be seen as a temporary solution to urban growth, some critics cite planning policies themselves as problematic. One solution proposed by social geographer Edward Soja suggests that, rather than focusing on built forms, architects and engineers study the connections and infrastructural systems that bind cities together, thus creating an advanced framework for improved growth and change.
With the late architect William Mitchell's book as the launching point, Intelligent Infrastructure represents the combined thoughts of designers, engineers, and scholars, some of whom studied with Mitchell and are now continuing his legacy. The objective is to focus on one key concept, connection, as it relates to the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on urban infrastructure, particularly mobility systems. Other topics, such as urban sociology, human-computer interaction, fuel-efficient automobiles, resilience and renewable energy, while worthy of further study, are discussed only as subsets of the primary intelligent cities framework.
Intelligent infrastructure and mobility systems are positioned within a larger conversation related to ‘smart cities’ by examining existing literature on the technologically augmented city, such as environmental issues, resource sharing, and network culture.
By enfolding social practices into transportation infrastructure, Intelligent Infrastructure stakes out a holistic position in the debate by investigating how cities are being reordered through new kinds of urban logic, technical systems, and discursive relations. Intelligent Infrastructure offers one of the first empirically based and theoretically informed narratives on the Internet of Things – what the authors are calling intelligent infrastructure. Contributors focus on the ways in which the human dimensions of networked infrastructure can be instrumental in shaping everyday mobility in urban space: how wireless technologies are being employed to connect transportation, commerce, and architecture, effectively reshaping the contemporary urban condition. The authors investigate the iterative effect of communication technologies: how social practices are enabled by technology and how technology in turn shapes new social practices. Sharing a belief that infrastructural networks are the ideal integrators of urban spaces, they propose ways in which they can bind cities and regions together into political wholes.
What would an intelligent infrastructure look like, and how would one evaluate it? Those questions guide Intelligent Infrastructure, with each essay opportunistically exploring the multiple knowledges interwoven in contemporary urban design. The invention and application of intelligent infrastructure are more than technical exercises: they have real-world implications. The essays offer a set of explorations describing how new protocols and adaptive systems are poised to instigate new metropolitan practices.
Intelligent Infrastructure is divided into three modalities of connective systems: Soft, Mashed (semisoft), and Hard. Soft Systems speak to the invisible networks, the sociohistorical systems that constitute – or at least contribute to – urbanity. Mashed Systems are the hybrid technical assemblages: the software, devices, and vehicles considered in combination. Hard Systems represent the urban context, generally termed the ‘built environment.’ For clarity, each modal system is presented as a separate stream, although in actuality all are interrelated. At the conclusion, the three streams are brought together in a reflection on urban futures.
The theme that runs through the essays in Intelligent Infrastructure is connection. Mobility systems connect people, practices, and places within everyday urban experience; the scholars, researchers, practitioners, and case studies featured in the book merge disciplines and methodologies. Essays on leading-edge research are interspersed with ones on experimental design prototypes, but all describe how intelligent infrastructural systems can contribute to a more equitable, accessible, and livable city.
For the purposes of the first section, Soft Systems are defined as invisible formative processes that include the social layer supported by ICTs. The objective of this section is to examine closely the circumstances in which the phenomena of networked urbanism arose. An examination of the background forces and political ideologies at work offers possible implications for urban form. This section reviews a growing body of literature pointing to the dynamics common to the development of many infrastructures over many times and places. Effective infrastructures are accomplishments of scale, growing as locally constructed, centrally controlled systems are linked or assembled into networks and ‘internetworks’ governed by distributed control and coordination processes.
In the second section of Intelligent Infrastructure, Mashed (semi-soft) Systems are defined as hybrid processes that effectively create new versions of personal and public relations. Mashed Systems bring together actants and devices; within the Internet of Things, smartphones coordinate the transit activities of the city and facilitate the sharing economy – in this case, Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, among others. Mashed Systems are important for transportation because they coordinate options dynamically, in real time and on the fly – for example, with micro-leasable cars, as part of a mobility-on-demand system with one-way car sharing of light electric vehicles. Examples include car2go, Autolib' Paris, and GM's Electric Networked Vehicle or EN-V. In keeping with larger demographic and economic trends, the automobile industry's objective becomes not to sell cars in the traditional manner but to reserve, locate, and lease cars by the minute via mobile networked technologies. Mashed Systems not only describe how the parts of the mobility ecosystem work together to form a whole but they also enumerate the new possibilities those parts offer.
The third and final section of Intelligent Infrastructure discusses Hard Systems. This section synthesizes the findings from the previous two and considers the implications of new mobility strategies on urban form. Given that a city is a collection of different entities, what binds it together? The answer is, in a word, infrastructure. Technology – expressed as devices, hardware, and vehicles – effectively calibrates the form of a city. In such a way, intelligent infrastructure is generative or catalytic of other urban operations, some of which are unpredictable at the outset. For example, the High Line formed a new, secondary space in Manhattan. The essays in Hard Systems explore similar catalytic effects of ICTs on urban form, extending the discussion to a global-metropolitan scale.
Intelligent Infrastructure is an excellent contribution to the field of urban studies and related areas of debate. The collected essays carry forward a set of ideas both inspired and articulated by William Mitchell on how a post-carbon landscape could reshape urban transportation practices. Thus, the aims are unabashedly utopian, but in ways that demand our attention and nourish contemporary discussions. This collection is robust, timely, and pertinent. – Nik Luka, McGill University
Intelligent Infrastructure is a keen and timely guide to the sociotechnical currents that inform contemporary urban mobility, from the grittily informal to the giddily utopian – and a first primer to the rhythms of the networked city. – Adam Greenfield, author of Against the Smart City and Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life
Although much more research is called for, the proposals in Intelligent Infrastructure offer design opportunities and prompt discussion of how cities can begin to think differently about sustainable mobility strategies.
Intelligent Infrastructure helps designers and engineers reflect on the social, political, and environmental implications of their design decisions. Further, it places responsibility for the quality of city life on everyone – design professionals, engineers, policy makers, and average citizens alike. It contends that the future of urbanism depends on conceptualizing infrastructure not as a means of optimization, data collection, or control, but as a connective tissue of social relations binding a city together. Thus it becomes a collective venture, synthesizing public and private – one that must be inclusive and sustainable for the benefit of all urban dwellers.
Professional & Technical / Criminology
Criminal Procedure, 3rd edition by John Worrall (Justice Series: Pearson Education)
Although brief, affordable, and visually engaging, the groundbreaking Justice Series is no cheap way to appeal to the lowest common denominator. It is a series of texts and support tools that are instructionally sound and student approved.
Part of the Justice Series, Criminal Procedure, 3rd edition provides an affordable look at the criminal justice system that gets readers straight to the important concepts. By focusing on core concepts, students gain understanding of the material without becoming overwhelmed with unnecessary information. The book's conversation-starting pedagogy encourages active participation, moving students beyond memorization by engaging them in the latest research findings and current events shaping the field.
The author is John L. Worrall, professor of criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas.
The Justice Series expands the format and philosophy of improving student performance to more core criminal justice and criminology courses, providing engaging instructor and student resources across the curriculum. Criminal Procedure doesn't rely on distracting, overly used photos to add visual appeal. Every piece of art serves a purpose – to help students learn. The authors and instructional designers have built engaging info-graphics, flow charts, pull-out statistics, and other visuals that flow with the body of the text, providing context and engagement, and promote recall and understanding.
Worrall organizes Criminal Procedure around key learning objectives for each chapter and ties everything together in a new objective-driven end-of-chapter layout. Not only is the content engaging to students, it is easy to follow and focuses students on the key learning objectives.
Highlights of Criminal Procedure include:
In addition to being updated with the latest U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Criminal Procedure, 3rd edition, includes chapter-by-chapter changes:
Chapter 1: The chapter-opening story was revised to reflect the most recent changes in drone legislation and includes examples of current drone use in law enforcement. A new end-of-chapter case features the Supreme Court's 2015 decision in Grady v. North Carolina (GPS monitoring of convicted sex offenders), a follow-up to the Court's 2012 United States v. Jones decision regarding police-led GPS tracking of suspects' vehicles.
Chapter 2: A new chapter-opening story features the Supreme Court's decision in Plumhoff v. Rickard, a high-speed pursuit case in which the families of two slain motorists sued police on the theory they used excessive force. The chapter was also updated with the latest decisions involving remedies for constitutional rights violations.
Chapter 3: The chapter-opening story features the Supreme Court's decision in Florida v. Jardines, a drug dog case. New key terms were added throughout the chapter, and the end-of-chapter story continues with another drug dog case, Florida v. Harris.
Chapter 4: Chapter learning outcomes were streamlined. A new end-of-chapter story features the Ninth Circuit's decision in United States v. Payton, a case dealing with search warrants and computers.
Chapter 5: Sections on consent searches and arrests without Warrants were reorganized for improved flow. The chapter-ending case features the Supreme Court's 2014 decision in Heien v. North Carolina, a case that dealt with a vehicle stop for a malfunctioning brake light that led to cocaine seizure.
Chapter 6: The chapter-opening story features the latest developments in the Floyd v. City of New York stop-and-frisk case. The chapter has been updated with the latest Supreme Court decisions dealing with reasonable suspicion and stop-and-frisk, including the 2015 decision in Rodriguez v. United States, a case involving dog sniffs during traffic stops.
Chapter 7: A new opening story features the Supreme Court's 2015 decision in Los Angeles v. Patel, a case involving inspections of closely regulated business. At issue in the case was whether police officers could have access to hotel records, including information about their guests.
Chapter 8: A new opening story features recent research on the effects of TASER exposure on Miranda waivers. Is it possible that suspects who are ‘tased,’ arrested, and advised of their Miranda rights could confess more readily than those who are not ‘tased’? In other words, does TASER exposure lead to cognitive impairment?
The Miranda discussion in chapter 8 was also streamlined for this edition of Criminal Procedure.
Chapter 9. Contest has been updated and learning outcomes have been realigned.
Chapter 10: A new chapter-opening story features the Supreme Court's 2013 decision in Maryland v. King, a case dealing with the constitutionality of police DNA swabs during the booking process.
Chapter 11: This chapter has been updated with the latest Supreme Court decisions involving prosecutors, grand juries, and defense attorneys. Concerning the latter, the end-of-chapter case features the Supreme Court's 2015 per curiam decision in Maryland v. Kulbicki, which dealt with the validity of a scientific technique for comparing bullet fragments.
Chapter 13: The chapter-opening story features the Supreme Court's 2015 decision in Ohio v. Clark, a case involving the confrontation clause as it applies to child abuse victims. In that case, a child abuse victim reported his injuries to his preschool teacher. His statements were used against the perpetrator at trial. The question was whether the out-of-court statements violated the Sixth Amendment's confrontation clause.
Criminal Procedure is supplemented by an Instructor's Manual with Test Bank; TestGen, a computerized test generation system; PowerPoint Presentations; and multiple eBook formats.
Criminal Procedure provides an affordable, thought-provoking look at the criminal justice system. The book gets readers straight to the important concepts, with clear writing and eye-catching visuals. The book moves students beyond memorization by engaging them in the latest research findings and current events shaping the field.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Biographies & Memoirs
Here I Walk: A Thousand Miles on Foot to Rome with Martin Luther by Andrew L. Wilson, with an afterword by Sarah Hinlicky Wilson (Brazos Press)
It must have been while teaching Church History 101 and reading for the umpteenth time that Luther made a pilgrimage to Rome that I said absentmindedly to Sarah, "You know, we should do this someday – walk to Rome in Luther's steps." I suppose it was 2005, and we were both siloed away at Princeton Theological Seminary working on our PhDs, she in theology, I in Reformation history.
"We should really do it in 2010," I added, since that year would be his trek's five hundredth anniversary. – from the book
Here I Walk tells the story of a
thousand-mile pilgrimage with Martin Luther.
In 2010, Andrew Wilson and his wife, Sarah, walked in the footsteps of Martin Luther, recreating his famous pre-Reformation pilgrimage from Erfurt to Rome. Their trek was well publicized, with coverage in the Christian Century, First Things, The Wall Street Journal, and Books & Culture. They were also interviewed by travel expert Rick Steves on his popular radio program. Andrew L. Wilson is a traveler, author, and scholar who has spoken and written on a wide variety of subjects, from Bartolomé de las Cases to hiking shoes.
As they walked their journey of a thousand
miles over seventy days, thousands of readers followed along on the
Here I Walk brings readers along as Andrew and Sarah
traverse Europe, visiting sites such as Coburg Castle, Ulm's
Münster, the Alps, Milan, Florence, and Rome. Their journey provides
a unique window into the history of the Protestant Reformation and a
creative entryway into the life of Luther. The book also reflects on
the contemporary ecumenical significance of the events of the
Reformation, exploring what the changes of the past 500 years mean
for the Christian present and future.
Here I Walk offers a combination of firsthand travel narrative, explorations in history, and theological and spiritual reflection. Pictures, maps, and an afterword by Sarah Hinlicky Wilson are included.
Andrew Wilson describes how he realized he wanted to make the pilgrimage:
In 1510 the monk Martin Luther made a pilgrimage to Rome. As I read the story this time, it finally struck me that I could make this pilgrimage too, and read instead of a book, the buildings; instead of an abstracted history, the landscape upon which it was written. Surely this would turn up something more than could an arid text; surely walking would divulge data hidden from the bookish, isolated scholar. Luther was a man, after all, with flesh and feelings, who occupied space, who felt and saw many things he never mentioned in writing.
Luther's pilgrimage to Rome, despite how little was known about its practicalities or purpose, attracted powerful and misleading metaphors. All the evidence we now have was filtered through the trials yet to come. As the supposed capital of the antichrist, Rome came to symbolize for Protestants all that was both highly immoral and materially seductive in papist religion. The fact that Luther went himself, that he both witnessed and partook of Rome's iniquity, lent credence to his strident whistle-blowing. For generations of faithful Catholics, on the other hand, Luther's unhinged slander of the martyrs' city, of Peter's See, of the holy orders and their mountains of charity, was ample reason to dismiss the so-called reformer – the arch-heretic – from any further consideration whatsoever, to banish the merest hint of Lutheran taint. Luther's pilgrimage provides the consummate set piece for centuries of confessional polemic.
For secular historians, too, Luther's pilgrimage provided a convenient cusp upon which to turn the soon-coming schism, a step in the march toward modernity.
… At the end of 1510, for order business, brother Martin Luther went to Rome. A great hope carried him. He went a pious pilgrim to the city of true pilgrims, the Rome of martyrs, living center of Christendom, common homeland of the faithful, august seat of the vicar of Christ. And what did he find? The Rome of the Borgias become, only just, the Rome of Pope Julius II.
… But is it really true? Was his experience of Rome the last straw? Was Luther so upset, so ‘desiccated’ by his church's empty doctrines, that he struck out in righteous rage against the broken promises of youth?
Sarah Wilson talks about the pilgrimage in the afterword to Here I Walk:
… It's pretty simple. You just put one foot in front of the other.
This may sound absurd, but that's really all there is to it. Pilgrimage does not require physical feats of Olympic prowess, which explains why children, cloistered nuns, and fat burghers have all managed to do it over the centuries. All you have to do is take another step. If you can walk at all, you can walk to Rome.
… What I do remember and have remembered is the beauty. The elation. The startling insights. The serendipitous meetings. The gift of time outside of time. And none of these would have happened or been possible without the sore feet and the pressing on just a little farther to the day's goal. You can't get it hopping from city to city on a plane or roaring through the countryside in a car. You have to take each step and see what it will bring you.
This is the ancient wisdom in ascetic practice. It is not done as an end in itself or to accrue merit or to become a superior religious person – as Luther so devastatingly critiqued – but to strip away the clutter and distractions and to simplify life to something as plain as walking and sleeping. And praying.
… Walking is an act of deliberate vulnerability and exposure: to strangers and the elements, to traffic and discomfort, to divine interruptions and neighbors unawares.
And it's just putting one foot in front of the other.
A richly descriptive and beguiling journey.
On Luther's walking trail to Rome, past and present collide and
shower the reader with sparks of local color and empathetic
reflections on religion, pilgrimage, nature, daily life, and the
people who lived it – how they have changed after five centuries and
what has endured. Highly recommended. – Scott Hendrix, author of
Martin Luther: Visionary Reformer
Here I Walk (my nominee for wittiest book title of the year) is charming, passionate, and blessedly resistant to cliché. In a season crowded with books about Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the legacy of Protestantism, make room on your shelf for this winsome travelogue. – John Wilson, editor, Books & Culture
I hope many readers will share the treat of Andrew and Sarah's pilgrimage along Luther's 1511 route to Rome. The chronicle charms by telling of nature's surviving outposts and by recounting fascinating persons, those perfect strangers who generously solve the trek's inevitable problems. The pilgrims felt Catholic devotional piety from close up and deftly relate Protestant dedication to quotidian but godly work. In evenhanded telling prompted by myriad signs and marks strewn across Europe, Reformation history and theology repeatedly break into the narrative. It's a long walk to join with delight, a book to savor. – Jared Wicks, SJ, Gregorian University, Rome
'Protestant pilgrimage' is not an oxymoron but lies at the heart of the reforming gospel, simply because it is central to the gospel itself. This remarkable book weaves together past and present, theology and history, human encounter and affection. Wilson shows how Luther's world, so different from our own in some ways, is exactly the same in its grace-filled ordering by God. Written with gentle wisdom, Here I Walk will renew and deepen the faith of every reader. – Ephraim Radner, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
Beautifully written and enjoyable to read, Here I Walk offers a unique combination of firsthand travel narrative, fascinating explorations in history, and theological and spiritual reflection.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / New Testament
John by Edward W. Klink III, with general editor Clinton E. Arnold (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Series: Zondervan)
Examining the narrative both exegetically and theologically in John, Edward W. Klink III helps readers of the Fourth Gospel to be attentive to the theological intentions and categories it applies to the person and work of Jesus Christ – the unique Son whom God sent now dwells among us in the fallen world that God loves. Using the larger categories of biblical and systematic theology and sensitive to the historical doctrines and practices of the church, the commentary concludes with an overview of the theology of John, including the Gospel's key themes of God, the world, sin and death, the good news of Jesus Christ, eschatology, the church, and John's direct engagement with the readers of the Gospel.
Klink III is Associate Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. The general editor of the series is Clinton E. Arnold, Dean and Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology in LaMirada, California.
Designed for the pastor and Bible teacher, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament brings together commentary features rarely gathered together in one volume. Written by notable evangelical scholars, each volume treats the literary context and structure of the passage in the original Greek, and each author provides an original translation based on the literary structure. The series consistently provides the main point, an exegetical outline, verse-by-verse commentary, and theology in application in each section of every commentary. Critical scholarship informs each step but does not dominate the commentary, allowing readers to concentrate on the biblical author's message as it unfolds. While primarily designed for those with a basic knowledge of biblical Greek, all who strive to understand and teach the New Testament will find these books beneficial. The Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series covers the entire New Testament in twenty volumes; Clinton E. Arnold serves as general editor.
The aim of John is not to review and offer a critique of every possible interpretation that has ever been given to a passage, but to exegete each passage of Scripture succinctly in its grammatical and historical context. Each passage is interpreted in the light of its biblical setting, with a view to grammatical detail, literary context, flow of biblical argument, and historical setting. While the focus is on application, Klink in John offers suggestions as to the direction in which application can flow.
The key question to ask is: What are readers looking for in a commentary? This commentary series might be for readers if they:
These are just some of the features that characterize the new Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series and John in particular. The idea for this series was refined over time by an editorial board who listened to pastors and teachers express what they wanted to see in a commentary series based on the Greek text.
Another unique feature of this series is the presentation of each commentator's translation of the Greek text in a graphical layout. The purpose of this diagram is to help readers visualize, and thus better understand, the flow of thought within the text. The translation itself reflects the interpretive decisions made by each commentator in the "Explanation" section of the commentary.
Each author not only describes what the text means in its various details, but also reflects on the theological contribution that it makes. In this section, the theological message of the passage is summarized. The authors discuss the theology of the text in terms of its place within the book and in a broader biblical-theological context. Finally, each commentator provides some suggestions on what the message of the passage is for the church today. At the conclusion of each volume in this series is a summary of the whole range of theological themes touched on by this book of the Bible.
Readers will find John and the series helpful not only to their own understanding of the text of the New Testament, but also as they are actively engaged in teaching and preaching God's Word to people who are hungry to be fed on its truth.
For those whose Greek is rusty, all of the Greek words are cited in parentheses following an English translation. Klink has made John as readable and useful as possible even for nonspecialists.
Religion & Spirituality / Philosophy
Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man: Finding C. S. Lewis in Sci-Fi Film and Television edited by Mark J. Boone & Kevin C. Neece, with a foreword by Brian Godawa (Pickwick Publications)
The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis's masterpiece in ethics and the philosophy of science, warns of the danger of combining modern moral skepticism with the technological pursuit of human desires. The end result is the final destruction of human nature. From Brave New World to Star Trek, from Steampunk to starships, science fiction film has considered from nearly every conceivable angle the same nexus of morality, technology, and humanity of which C. S. Lewis wrote. As a result, science fiction film has unintentionally given readers stunning depictions of Lewis's terrifying vision of the future. In Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man: Finding C. S. Lewis in Sci-Fi Film and Television, scholars of religion, philosophy, literature, and film explore the connections between sci-fi film and the three parts of Lewis's book: how sci-fi portrays "Men Without Chests" incapable of responding properly to moral good, how it teaches the Tao or "The Way," and how it portrays "The Abolition of Man."
The essays in Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man are written by Mark J. Boone, Mark Eckel, Lewis Pearson, Deanna Smid, Artur Skweres, James Driscoll, Wm. Travis Coblentz, Mark D. Sadler, Scott Shiffer, Thomas Britt, Jaclyn Young Parrish, Linda Wight, Kevin C. Neece, Thomas Veale, Louis Markos, Jannelle L. Aijian, Mike Alvarez, Christina Schneider, Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns, Canela Ailen Rodriguez Fontao, Juan Ignacio Juvé, Nathan Gilmour, and Geoffrey Reiter. Editors are Mark J. Boone, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Forman Christian College and Kevin C. Neece, a speaker on media, the arts, and pop culture from a Christian worldview perspective.
Boone in the introduction says the authors wrote the book to unite the organization Lewis gives to these ideas with the artistic expression in the best contemporary sci-fi film.
They also wrote Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man because they think these ideas are important and because Lewis's case for them is rather compelling. They are also important because the portrayal of them in science fiction is rather compelling. These two facts suggest a third reason these ideas are important: they just might be true.
The thesis of the book, stated briefly, is that the dangers about which Lewis warned us – the dangers of science without belief in objective moral truth – are nicely illustrated in science fiction film and television.
The book is organized to mirror the structure of Lewis's Abolition. The chapters of Lewis's book (or the subjects of the three lectures from which his book is derived) are these: "Men without Chests," "The Way," and "The Abolition of Man." Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man, likewise, has three parts with the same names, with the topics and analyses of the articles in each part paralleling the topics of the parts of Lewis's book.
Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man's Part I, "Men without Chests;" explores the ways science fiction film portrays men without chests. One relatively simple situation portrayed in science fiction film is that in which people with atrophied moral sensibilities confront technology, misusing it as a result. Another more complex but no less important situation is the atrophy of the moral sensibilities as a direct result of science and technology.
Mark Eckel sets the stage nicely for this investigation with "Monster in the Mirror: The Problem with Technology is the Problem with Us." Looking at the motives behind our use of technology as illustrated in various films such as The Terminator, Gattaca, Prometheus, The Island, and The Island of Dr. Moreau, Eckel suggests that the fundamental problem with technology is our less-than-pure motives in using it.
Lewis Pearson renders a great service to readers of Lewis by exploring one of the most important sources of the Abolition: Plato's Republic. "Vulcans without Chests: Spiritual Disorders Portrayed in Star Trek" explains how Lewis's remark on the rightly ordered human being – "The head rules the belly through the chest" – is rooted in Plato's analysis of the soul.
Deanna Smid's "To Seek Out New Virtue: Lewis, the Tao, and the Prime Directive" examines the modern tendency to substitute technological for moral progress. Smid argues that the Star Trek films Insurrection and First Contact show that Starfleet's Prime Directive evaluates a society by its level of technological prowess, thus distracting from the importance of moral and spiritual progress.
Artur Skweres's contribution is "Between the Good and the Evil Samaritan: Person of Interest in Light of C. S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man:' He claims that the characters in the film live with no moral chest, no emotional connection to the good. As such, they operate independently of the Tao. The results, Skweres explains, aren't pretty: loss of privacy, freedom, and humanity.
In "`You Have Nowhere to Go': Alienated Communication and Social Control in THX 1138" by James Driscoll, readers get a look at the intersection of technology and capitalism run amok. A paradigmatic illustration of the creation of men without chests is a world in which human beings are reduced to their role in the vast machinery of production – reduced not only by, but also to, a sort of technology.
Travis Coblentz's essay "A Vision of Transcendence: Monstrous Intelligence and Loving Understanding" looks back to Plato even as it looks forward to the technological futures suggested by various science fiction films. Coblentz argues that a mature moral understanding – Lewis's chest – is necessary to make the acquisition of facts a genuine good, attributing this thesis to Socrates, to Lewis, and to the film Transcendence.
Mark Sadler explores "The Failure of Men without Chests in Blade Runner," a film whose artificial and biological humans both lack a proper moral sensibility but are lucky enough to know it. Sadler explains how the film shows, as did Lewis and Plato before it, the necessity of moral sensibility to make us into humans, rather than mere minds with knowledge or animals with appetites.
In chapter 2 of Lewis's book, "The Way;" Lewis defends the doctrine of objective value that informed practically every society preceding the modern one. Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man's Part II, "The Way;" looks at the positive side of the technological age. It considers how science fiction film suggests the importance of objective moral truth. The authors are especially interested in the way science fiction suggests that we are, in Peter Lawler's words, ‘stuck with virtue’ as the best way of attaining happiness.
Scott Shiffer starts off with "Technology and the Emotional Spectrum in Green Lantern: The Animated Series." While this series displays men without chests, Shiffer explains how it also portrays the development of the moral chest: the cultivation of courage and of the moral sensibility to stand against evil, focusing on Green Lantern.
Thomas Britt gives readers another look at Transcendence as well as Interstellar in "The Tree before the Branches: Virtue and Rebellion in Contemporary Science Fiction;" making helpful connections to Lewis's understanding of the human need for genuine, spiritual transcendence as articulated in his Mere Christianity. Britt argues that these films suggest the impossibility of satisfaction in this world.
In "Beauty in Rust: Steampunk Distinctives in Shane Acker's 9, Jaclyn Parrish focuses on Shane Acker's film 9. Parrish explores steampunk's themes of ‘hopeful dystopia,’ ‘redemptive recycling,’ and the ‘positive partnership between man and machine.’ Parrish's thesis is that, through these themes, steampunk fiction shows a positive way forward, a way to live well in a technological age.
Can the victims of the abolition of humanity hope to reclaim what they have lost and live by the Tao once again? In "Reclaiming Virtue and (Post)Humanity in Moon," Linda Wight argues that that particular film suggests as much.
Returning to the world of Star Trek, Kevin C. Neece examines the infamous Genesis Device, from the films Star Trek II, III, and IV. Neece considers the godlike role of the terraformer and explores the nuances of the Genesis Device narrative and questions assumptions about the ethical lessons of the story. He asserts that Star Trek does not see technology as humankind's savior, but rather as a tool humans use.
In chapter 3 of Lewis's book, The Abolition of Man; Lewis explains the long-term consequences of a particularly modern problem, the convergence of scientific progress with modern moral skepticism. Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man's Part III, "The Abolition of Man," explores how science fiction portrays this terrifying culmination of the modern world's dependence on technology if we neglect virtue and the Tao.
Tom Veale's essay "A Prison of Our Own Making" goes some way towards rectifying this situation by focusing on some of the films based on classic science fiction literature – in this case Huxley's Brave New World, Orwell's 1984, and Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
In "The Dangers of the Materialist Magician" Louis Markos explores a concept which is familiar to veteran readers of Lewis, but may seem esoteric to other ordinary mortals: the ‘materialist magician.’ Described by the demon Screwtape in Lewis's The Screwtape Letters as Hell's master plan for modern humanity.
In the Abolition Lewis advances the striking claim that humanity's technological power over nature is in reality nothing more than the power of some people over others. In her essay, "The Abolition of Risk: C. S. Lewis in the Philosophies of The Island and Gattaca," Janelle Aijian looks back to Francis Bacon, connecting his quest for technological control to this phenomenon and showing that this control turns sinister when it is turned on human nature.
Another piece attentive to the many edifying worlds of science fiction literature is "Technocratic Death Denial as Disavowal of Life: Lessons from Brave New World and The Abolition of Man" by Mike Alvarez. In this essay on the film productions of Brave New World, Alvarez explains how the fear of death can lead to a loss of the life we are meant to live. Lewis observes that science tends to reduce human beings to raw material.
Christina Schneider's piece "Never Let Me Go and The Abolition of Man" scrutinizes the desire for health and eternal youth. She argues that this desire, empowered through advanced technology, ends up reducing humans to the value of their genes and leads to the exploitation of some by others, clones to be more specific.
Also focusing on clones is The Clonus Horror, examined alongside Logan's Run in "The Oppression of a Healthy Body: Greed for Youth in Logan's Run and The Clonus Horror." Berns, Fonao, and Juve explore familiar themes: technological oppression of some by others, the danger of a technologically enabled pursuit of perfect health. They also explain how the use of this sort of technology reduces us to physical commodities and cuts us off from the pursuit of transcendence which is an essential part of human nature.
In the penultimate essay – "Does Forgiveness Just Happen?: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Lewis's `Last Step"' – Nathan Gilmour explores the loss of one of the essential human traits through technology. That trait is memory, which is eliminated by characters in that particular film in the hope of making life easier.
The final essay in Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man takes a look at a paradigmatic case of the abolition of humanity in science fiction, from one of the paradigmatic science fiction worlds of our time. That essay is "`Flawed, Weak, Organic': Star Trek's Borg and the Abolition of Man" by Geoffrey Reiter. The Borg are the result of the merging of humanoid and machine in an attempt to achieve perfection. Eminently lacking in proper moral sentiment, the Borg have long since surrendered their own humanoid nature.
Though The Abolition of Man is one of Lewis's shortest books, it is also one of the most important and influential. This interesting collection of essays shows how the perceptive critiques and prescient warnings found in Abolition resound tellingly in many science-fiction films and TV shows. A valuable and thought-provoking volume. – Michael Ward, Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis
Students of C. S. Lewis and fans of science fiction alike will find their understanding of today's and tomorrow's world enriched, and likely chastened, by this thought-provoking collection of essays. – Charles T. Rubin, author of Eclipse of Man: Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress
Here we have an engaging, accessible, and highly relevant collection of essays on how science fiction at its best portrays our possible subhuman future. – Peter Lawler, Dana Professor of Political Science, Berry College, and author of Stuck With Virtue: The American Individual and Our Biotechnological Future
Science Fiction is often a kind of sociological exploration. Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man demonstrates this clearly. The diverse interpretations demonstrate why sociological explorations of sci-fi are always journeys worth taking. – John Tenuto, Star Trek guru and Professor of Sociology, College of Lake County
… These delightful essays, by clarifying that warning through the lens of classic moral psychology, send us back to those great films with new eyes and, more importantly, refreshed hearts for goodness. – Robert Kruschwitz, Retired Professor of Philosophy and Senior Scholar in the Institute for Faith and Learning Baylor University
Science Fiction and The Abolition of Man will help readers to view science fiction film and television with discernment – to see how in it evil and good, dark and light, death and life are placed before us, that we may choose the right way and walk in it.
Science / Biology / Outdoors & Nature / Guides
Mammals of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 3rd edition by Donald W. Linzey (University of Tennessee Press)
Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are likely to see a variety of wildlife, from the small and difficult to observe to the large and spectacular. A wide assortment of animals – salamanders, turtles, lizards, snakes, birds, deer, and bears – inhabit the park. Mammals of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 3rd edition, focuses on the park's fur-bearing animals that nurse their young.
The first edition of Mammals of Great Smoky Mountains National Park was published in 1971; the second edition in 1995; and now the third edition in 2016.
Significant changes have transpired in the past forty-five years: new species have been discovered in the park, reintroductions – some successful and one unsuccessful – have occurred, and a number of taxonomic revisions have taken place. This updated edition contains accounts of seventy-two of the park's mammals, including opossums, shrews, moles, bats, rabbits, rodents, wolves, raccoons, pumas, and other carnivores and deer and elk.
Three species new to the park (evening bat, Seminole bat, and least weasel) have been recorded, while 2 species (northern river otter and elk) have been successfully reintroduced. The All-Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI), which began in 1999 and is now in its sixteenth year, has served as an impetus for a wide variety of research activities in the park. The list of "Mammals of Surrounding Areas" included 9 species in 1971, 7 species in 1995, and now only 4 species in 2016.
Author Donald W. Linzey, who began working in the park in 1963, in Mammals of Great Smoky Mountains National Park draws on his extensive research background and combines it with the notes of Arthur Stupka, former chief naturalist and park biologist, and many others who have contributed to knowledge of the mammals in the park. Linzey, a professor of biology at Wytheville Community College in Wytheville, Virginia for twenty-four years, is currently a faculty member in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Several new features have been added to the third edition of Mammals of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including the origins of genus and species names, photographs of new species, and skull drawings of some species, which illustrate distinct features. To honor the park's Cherokee heritage, the Cherokee names for many mammals are now given along with their English names.
Written for laymen and biologists alike, Linzey discusses the distribution, habitat, food habits, predation, and reproductive habits of mammals ranging from the pigmy shrew to the conspicuous black bear.
Visitors to great smoky mountains national park are likely to see a variety of wildlife species during their visit. Mammals that occur in the park range in size from the pygmy shrew that weighs approximately 1/12 oz (2.5 g) and reaches a total length of 3 to 31/2 in (75 to 85 mm) to the reintroduced elk, which can weigh over 700 pounds. Woodchucks feeding along the side of the road, white-tailed deer grazing in Cades Cove, and chipmunks seen in the campgrounds and picnic areas are just a few of the 72 different species of mammals that have been recorded from the area now included in the park. Most are current inhabitants, although some such as the bison, gray wolf, and red wolf disappeared long before the establishment of the national park.
Twenty-seven of the 68 species of mammals (40 percent) currently inhabiting the park are gnawing animals and are classified as rodents. This group includes the wood-chuck, chipmunk, squirrels, beaver, mice, and rats. Twelve species (18 percent) of the park's mammals are bats. In addition, there are 8 species of shrews, 3 moles, 2 rabbits, 2 foxes, the coyote, the raccoon, the black bear, the opossum, 2 weasels, the mink, the otter, 2 skunks, 2 cats, the elk and white-tailed deer, and the wild hog.
Some mammals such as the black bear and white-tailed deer are large and readily visible. Many others, however, such as the shrews, moles, and mice are small, secretive, and rarely seen by visitors. In addition, some mammals are seen only during the warmer months because they either become inactive and hibernate during the winter or, in the case of some bats, migrate to warmer regions. The hibernating species include the woodchuck, chipmunk, some native mice, and some bats. These forms pass the colder, unfavorable season by becoming dormant; some, such as the jumping mice, may remain dormant for as long as 5 to 6 months.
This field guide profiles 70 of the mammals most common to the mountains of eastern Tennessee. Linzey pinpoints areas of the park where each species is likely to be found along with color photos and data about the animals' size, weight, and behavior. – Science News, March 29, 1997 (regarding an earlier edition)
Written for laymen and biologists alike, thoroughly illustrated and fully updated, Mammals of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 3rd edition, familiarizes readers with the mammals of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Science / Statistics / Human Services / Research / Education & Training
Statistics for Human Service Evaluation, 1st edition by Reginald O. York (Sage Publications, Inc.)
The field of human services encompasses a variety of professions, including social work, psychology, nursing, counseling, and allied health professions such as recreational therapy. Students preparing for these professions sometimes are called upon to use statistics to evaluate human services, and many academic programs in the human services include research methods and statistics in their curricula. Furthermore, some professionals employed in the human services are expected to evaluate their practice or to help others to do so. These students and these professionals need a user-friendly guide to the statistical analysis of data. Unfortunately, many current texts on statistics are written by and for academic scholars rather than students or professionals in the field. This book attempts to address this need.
Statistics for Human Service Evaluation by Reginald O. York is a practical book that shows how both Excel and SPSS can be used for analyzing data for human service evaluation. York is a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The intended audience is undergraduate and graduate students of the human service professions as well as those currently employed in these fields.
Assuming no prior instruction for statistics, the text utilizes a ‘learn by doing’ approach: Readers see the use of statistics demonstrated and are encouraged to apply their own data to statistical analysis with step-by-step guidance. Decision trees, practice exercises, and quizzes ensure readers will be well prepared to practice data analysis in a wide variety of human services situations.
As human service professionals, readers might, for example, need to compare pretest and posttest scores on anxiety for a group of clients of a mental health agency or compare the grades of middle school students who have had a special program with those who have not. Whatever their research question and study design, determining whether the data achieve statistical significance is the key task of statistical analysis of data. If statistical significance is not achieved, their data can be explained too easily by chance. Thus, readers cannot conclude there is evidence for the success of an intervention. Upon completion of Statistics for Human Service Evaluation, human service professionals will know how to select an appropriate statistic for a given research study, enter the data into a special computer file that accompanies the book, and determine whether statistical significance has been demonstrated. This book teaches these skills in a user-friendly way unequaled by any other text.
The human service professional also needs to know how to use the research of others to inform current practice, so it is essential to be able to examine evidence regarding human service interventions. Armed with the ability to engage in the statistical analysis of data, human service professionals who complete Statistics for Human Service Evaluation will be in a superior position to critically evaluate such work.
Statistics for Human Service Evaluation is organized to help users achieve competence in the use of statistics, not just to be able to talk about statistical concepts in the abstract. It starts with an examination of basic concepts and then turns to the task of finding a statistical measure for a particular situation. After these topics, readers learn how to use specific statistics to answer key research questions. The chapters concerning this last objective start with an examination of how to use statistics to describe a sample of people and then turn to the task of testing the evaluative hypothesis with reference to the research design employed. The first of these chapters examines the one-group pretest-posttest design, and subsequent chapters explain how to use specific statistics for other research designs.
The statistical tests reviewed in Statistics for Human Service Evaluation are those needed to evaluate the extent to which the objectives of human service interventions have been achieved and how readers might explain client gain by examining its relationship to other variables such as age, gender, motivation, and so forth.
Statistics for Human Service Evaluation follows the principle of learning by doing. Readers see the use of statistics demonstrated and then apply statistical analysis to their own data. They get to the application of each statistic by a process that starts with a statement of the research question, moves to a clarification of the structure of the data that have been compiled, engages in a review of a chart that leads readers to the appropriate statistical test, and finishes by showing how to enter data into the computer for analysis.
Another key distinction is the user-friendly format of Statistics for Human Service Evaluation, especially for the typical evaluation research study conducted in the human services, where professionals often conduct their own studies with their own clients. Such studies may compare the pre-test and posttest scores of clients, compare the gain scores of clients with the gain scores of a comparison group, or compare a single client's treatment scores with his or her baseline scores. Readers have the opportunity to enter a set of data from an evaluative study, find the appropriate statistic, and use a special Excel file configured for that specific statistic. All they need to do is enter their data as instructed and see the results. They do not need to learn how to use Excel's statistical functions. This book includes nine Excel files, each for a different evaluative research situation, and these files cover almost all the evaluative studies that students and professionals tend to undertake using data they have generated.
The statistical software IBM SPSS Statistics is also illustrated in Statistics for Human Service Evaluation. This software is better suited than Excel for large databases when a number of variables are being examined. In keeping with the user-friendly nature of this text, readers see step-by-step instructions for using SPSS for the majority of the evaluative research situations presented.
This is definitely the right book for
students and human service workers who have anxiety around
statistics. It is easy to follow and one does not need any
pre-knowledge of statistics to be able to use this book. –
York’s text provides an easy-to-follow ‘how-to’ text for practitioners who want to evaluate client progress. It guides practitioners in the selection of appropriate statistical tests to compare groups, assess change from pre- to post-tests, and assess outcomes in single system design. York’s text is one that practitioners will want to keep on their bookcase and refer back to over the years. – Carolyn L. Turturro
This is the most comprehensive book on statistical analysis of data for human service evaluation. Social work educators, psychologists, clinicians, and sociologists would be well served in making use of this all-inclusive text. – Jitendra Kapoor
This textbook empowers students to understand not only how to run statistics, but why they will run their chosen statistics. It closes the gap between ‘scary statistics’ and practical alienation of statistics in the profession. – Marjorie C. Shavers
The author sees data analysis and statistics through a student’s perspective. Use of a task-based approach to statistics makes it more relevant to students and easier to grasp. – Roseanna McCleary
Those who do or plan to do human services evaluation, including social work educators, psychologists, clinicians, and sociologists, would be well served in making use of this all-inclusive text. After reviewing the content and doing the exercises in Statistics for Human Service Evaluation, they will be competent to analyze data for the evaluation of human services at the practitioner level. They will be able to complete the data analysis part of an evaluation of their own practice. And they will be able to make sense of evaluative research studies published in the literature.
Social Science / Popular Culture
Conserving America?: Essays on Present Discontents by Patrick J. Deneen (Dissident American Thought Today Series: St. Augustine’s Press)
Opinions about America have
taken a decisive turn in the early part of the 21st century. Some
70% of Americans believe that the country is moving in the wrong
direction, and half the country thinks that its best days are behind
it. Most believe that their children will be less prosperous and
have fewer opportunities than previous generations. The political
system is broken and social fabric is fraying, particularly as a
growing gap between wealthy haves and left-behind have-nots
increases, a hostile divide widens between faithful and secular, and
deep disagreement persists over America’s role in the world. The
signs of the times suggest that much is wrong with America.
Conserving America? is a collection of thematic essays by political theorist and public intellectual Patrick Deneen addressing many questions. Is there something worth conserving in America, and if so, is America capable of conservation? Can a nation founded in a revolutionary moment that led to the founding of the first liberal nation be thought capable of sustaining and passing on virtues and practices that ennoble? Or is America inherently a nation that idolizes the new over the old, license over ordered liberty, and hedonism over self-rule? Can America conserve what is worth keeping for it to remain – or even become – a Republic?
Deneen is David A. Potenziani Memorial Associate Professor of Political Science and Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Noting the discontent with the left/right
categories that dominate public discussion and define the American
political imaginary, Deneen examines a variety of political, social,
and cultural themes as means of renewal. While American
conservatives tend to view a return to glory requiring a return to
Constitutional principles, Deneen regards ‘present discontents’ as
arising in significant part due to the realization of, rather than
deviation from, the basic liberal principles embedded in the
American Constitutional order. According to Deneen, America’s
strengths have arisen not from its theory, but from its historical
practice, which served as leaven and a fundamental corrective to its
mistaken theories of liberal individualism and economistic
materialism. And while American progressives regard the solution to
this philosophy lying in a statist and collectivist vision of
national community, Deneen argues that this conclusion only grows
out of, and ultimately reinforces, the individualism of our official
The essays in Conserving America? together propose an integrated vision of ‘another America,’ one that seeks above all a renewal of practices of community, local identity, civic attentiveness, cultural variety, and religious flourishing as the underpinnings of a flourishing republic. Guided by the thought of Alexis de Tocqueville, Deneen calls for a deepening of the ‘arts of association’ and a renewal of the connection between ‘the spirit of liberty’ and ‘the spirit of religion.’
Either to change or to keep things requires us to know what these important things are that we deal with. Conserving America? is more than a book about America. It is about the very foundations of human living. Deneen places the American Founding and its development in the light of a deeper consideration of human reality. The book challenges most of the accepted ‘cures’ for our political and social ills by requiring us to rethink the very foundations of our social and political experience. – James V. Schall, S.J., Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University
… Deneen understands better than most the political meaning of this extraordinary moment in American life, in which the future of our democratic Republic is increasingly called into question. If you want to understand the troubled America coming into being before our weary eyes, read Patrick Deneen. – Rod Dreher, senior editor, The American Conservative and author of The Benedict Option
As these learned and accessible essays demonstrate, Patrick J. Deneen is not only a penetrating student of political theory and American political thought, but also a serious political thinker in his own right.… These essays, indebted in equal parts to Aristotle, Tocqueville, and Christianity, remind us that there is no regime of liberty without a respect for limits and the civilized patrimony of the West. Deneen's is a conservatism that provokes and instructs. – Daniel J. Mahoney, Augustine Chair of Distinguished Scholarship, Assumption College and author of The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order
… Beyond the soundbytes of the rampant consumerist and angry conservatism so prevalent in our decaying and corrupt culture, Conserving America? asks the critical questions that must be addressed for this republic and this civilization to survive. With his penetrating mind and easy writing style, Deneen beautifully glides from the American Founding to the Progressive Era to the present, giving each its due while never stopping to dwell over the trivial and never settling for expected. – Bradley J. Birzer, Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies, Hillsdale College, and co-founder of The Imaginative Conservative
Based upon lectures originally delivered to audiences of college students, Conserving America? is nevertheless accessible and free of academic jargon, seeking to connect with citizens who want to know what’s wrong with America. In it Deneen offers a fuller diagnosis of our moment, and intimates a way forward. Correctives, he says, lie both in an adequate understanding of the past and a willingness to live adventurously and creatively into the future.