American Art Deco: An Illustrated Survey edited by R. L.
Leonard & C. A. Glassgold (Dover Publications, Inc.) The
decorative arts in the 1920s and 30s where dominated by the Art Deco
style, one of the most popular forms of twentieth-century design.
Championed by progressive architects and inspired by such diverse
influences as the industrial age and Native American Art, it became
a form of artistic self-expression for nearly three decades.
American Art Deco includes over 200 black-and-white photographs
and important articles that describe the aesthetics of this
American Art Deco is the unabridged
A fascinating glimpse at an exciting and innovative period in the history of American design, American Art Deco will appeal to a wide audience – from interior decorators and graphic artists to students of art and lovers of the Art Deco style.
Arts & Photography
Nashville's Lower Broad: The Street That Music Made by
Bill Rouda, foreword by Lucinda Williams, introduction by David
Eason (Smithsonian Books) is a gritty photoessay of a
legendary wellspring of country music.
This sensitive and intimate portrait of a
vanishing way of life in America's ‘Music City’,
Nashville's Lower Broad, captures a moment in the life of a
legendary town. Like Beale Street in Memphis and Bourbon Street in
New Orleans, Lower Broadway had been the heart of the music scene in
Nashville during the heyday of the Grand Ole Opry, the place where
locals could rub elbows with stars, where impromptu jam sessions
could last late into the night. But after the Opry moved out of the
Ryman Auditorium in the 1970s, Lower Broad began to deteriorate into
a down-and-out skid row.
When people, especially tourists, began coming
back to Lower Broad in the 1990s, lured by the Ryman's reopening and
by urban gentrification, the locals bemoaned the slick, corporate
nature of the revitalization and fought to retain some of the
authenticity of the old days. For a brief time, the area was reborn
with the true spirit of country music. In honky-tonks like Tootsie's
Orchid Lounge and Robert's Western World, bands like the hip, retro
BR549 played for tips while fans danced the night away, ignoring the
shadows of the convention center and the glare of the Planet
Hollywood down the street. And Bill Rouda was there with his camera,
taking it all in. Rouda, a widely exhibited documentary art
photographer, took a lot of pictures and made friends with street
regulars and bar staff. Black and white and soft focused, Rouda’s
pictures show, for example, Miss Pat’s etiquette instructions over
the urinal which conclude, "Do not tear this sign off wall or I will
With Rouda's photographs, a heartfelt foreword
from singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, and a moving essay by David
Nashville's Lower Broad captures the heart and soul of country
music, vibrantly alive on one city block, documenting an important
moment in the evolution of Nashville's Lower Broadway.
Like the music produced there, Bill Rouda's
pictures from Nashville's Lower Broad are intimate, gritty, and
heartfelt.This beer-soaked family album offers us one last glimpse
of a time and place on the cusp of change. – Birney Imes, author of
juke joint: Photographs
These great pictures of Lower Broadway show the
real heart of Nashville! – Willie Nelson
Maybe the most exciting time of my life was in the
sixties and seventies when I was cutting my teeth as a Nashville
songwriter. Much of that time every week was spent at the Opry,
Tootsie's, and Linebaugh's.This book is a nice jog to the memory. –
If you come to Nashville to visit Lower Broad,
don't look for any famous writers or singers – they only go there
now to make videos or have their pictures taken. If you want to
visit Nashville's Lower Broad, better you buy this book. – Tom T.
Biographies & Memoirs / Entertainment
Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life by Ray Harryhausen &
Tony Dalton, with a foreword by Ray Bradbury (Billboard
Books) Who among film fans and movie buffs cannot remember
with fondness the marvelously realistic dinosaurs, fantastic aliens,
and imaginative mythological creatures in 20 Millions Miles to
Earth, Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years B.C., and Clash of
Who cannot recall the battling skeletons in
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad or the chaos and destruction wrought from
the skies over the capitol in Earth vs. The Flying Saucers? These
and other classic movie moments represent the work of Ray
Harryhausen, arguably the greatest stop-motion animator in the
history of motion pictures.
Inspired by Willis O'Brien's King Kong and schooled by animation genius George Pal (The War of the Worlds, Time Machine, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm), Harryhausen blazed new trails in special effects from the 1950s to the 1980s. Now, in the animator's own words, accompanied by hundreds of previously unpublished photos, sketches, and storyboards from his personal archive, comes Ray Harryhausen.
Co-written with film historian Tony Dalton, the book takes readers through Harryhausen's entire career – film by film, triumph by triumph. In words and images, it explains the basics of special effects and stop-motion animation, along the way telling tales of working with the film stars of the day – Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, and Lionel Jeffries, to name a few – and revealing how Raquel Welch was picked up by a flying dinosaur in One Million Years B.C., why the octopus in Mysterious Island was really only a sixtopus, and what Madusa's blood was made from in Clash of the Titans.
The book explores in detail how the animation
models were made. It also offers a film-by-film breakdown of the
animation techniques used. And it includes never before seen concept
sketches and movie production drawings from films such as The 7th
Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans with
frame-by-frame deconstructions of how ground-breaking effects were
Ray Harryhausen is a must for special effects fans, if for
no other reason than Harryhausen, with his obsessive eye for detail,
saved and now delivers previously unpublished photographs,
sketches, and storyboards from his personal achive as well as
entertaining tales, in intimate detail, from his illustrious
The king of stop-motion animation lays out
his varied career.... A must for special-effects aficionados and
geeky fantasy addicts everywhere. – Kirkus Reviews
Biographies & Memoirs
Biographies & Memoirs
Godfather: The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola by Gene D.
Phillips, with a foreword by Walter Murch (
Recipient of the Director’s Guild of
America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Coppola began his career at
UCLA’s film school but was soon drawn to an apprenticeship under
director Roger Corman, known as "king of the B movie." With Corman
he gained practical experience in all aspects of the filmmaking
process, particularly in how to manage a budget, a skill Coppola
credits with being chosen to direct The Godfather even
though Hollywood still considered him to be a young director.
Working as a screenwriter (crafting scripts
for The Great Gatsby and Patton, for which
he won an Academy Award), Coppola rejected the standard studio
practice of hiring multiple writers to work on a single project.
Accordingly, he formed his own production company, American
Zoetrope, where he exercised complete control over the entire
creative process. After founding the company, he began his
directorial work in earnest, describing each film as a continuation
of the previous one, despite the differences in subject matter.
Author Gene D. Phillips blends biography,
studio history, and film criticism to provide the most comprehensive
work available on Coppola. Phillips, a film historian and
Professor of English at Loyola, gained access to the reticent
director and his colleagues and examined Coppola’s private
production journals and screenplays. He reviewed rare copies of
Coppola’s student films, his early excursions into soft-core
pornography, and his less celebrated productions such as One
from the Heart and Tucker: The Man and His Dream.
Not afraid to take risks in filmmaking, the
thick-bearded Sicilian Coppola also created important pictures that
did not receive critical attention. He notes, "The trouble with
American filmmaking is that producers don't allow the risk of
failure. If a good film can't risk being a failure, it won't be
really good." Phillips illuminates the details of the production
history of the harrowing shoot of Apocalypse Now. He was falsely
accused of doing heavy drugs during the 238-day shooting and
ridiculed for the film being a "financial boondoggle," although most
of the finances came from Coppola's own pocket (he mortgaged his
house to finish the picture). He also explains how The Godfather was
almost cast without the now iconic Marlon Brando – during a casting
Coppola's early use of electronic methods of
shooting film is unique in the scope of American cinema. Twenty
years before others began using digital means of filming, Coppola
was shooting his movies and able to watch them on the screen as soon
as the cameras stopped rolling. In this intimate assessment of the
director, Phillips discusses Coppola's "godfather" role in this
aspect of film as well as his role as a godfather to a whole
generation of filmmakers, including film school graduates such as
Martin Scorcese and George Lucas. At that time film school was not
considered a serious discipline and was viewed negatively by the
anti-intellectual filmmakers of the day. But Coppola broke through,
degree in hand, receiving studio time to make his masters thesis,
You're a Big Boy Now, even though he had no experience in the
studio. He became the "great white knight," rescuing and fathering
film as an academic field to be studied and mastered.
Because Coppola was so open with the press during
his career, revealing behind-the-camera squabbles and his own
bankruptcy, he was labeled a reckless spendthrift by the media,
earning a reputation that would remain with him for years. Phillips
explains his aim behind the book: "I am interested in telling the
truth. It's payback time for Francis." Phillips asserts he has
proven Coppola is a "genuine cinematic artist who is also a popular
Coppola just recently applauded as his daughter
Sofia became the third generation (following her grandfather and her
father) in her family to collect an Oscar. The definitive assessment
of one of
Biographies & Memoirs
West with the Night [UNABRIDGED] by Beryl
West With the Night [LARGE PRINT] by Beryl
West with the Night [Paperback] by Beryl
West with the Night is the story of Beryl Markham – aviator, racehorse trainer, beauty – and her life in the
With the skill of someone who has filled
long nights with stories, Markham recounts her adventures –
discoveries, rescues, and narrow escapes, the glint of an airplane
abandoned in the desert, the look of a lion about to pounce....
There are all kinds of silences and each of them means a
different thing. There is the silence that comes with morning in a
forest, and this is different from the silence of a sleeping city.
There is silence after a rainstorm, and before a rainstorm, and
these are not the same. There is the silence of emptiness, the
silence of fear, the silence of doubt. There is a certain silence
that can emanate from a lifeless object as from a chair lately used,
or from a piano with old dust upon its keys, or from anything that
has answered to the need of a man, for pleasure or for work. This
kind of silence can speak. Its voice may be melancholy, but it is
not always so; for the chair may have been left by a laughing child
or the last notes of the piano may have been raucous and gay.
Whatever the mood or the circumstance, the essence of its quality
may linger in the silence that follows. It is a soundless echo. –
excerpt from the book
...she has written so well, and marvellously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer...she can write rings around all of us...I wish you would get it and read it because it is really a bloody wonderful book. – Ernest Hemingway
West with the Night is an exceptional autobiography filled
with a strong spirit, fascinating events, and beautiful words. Beryl
Much more than a pilot's memoir,
West with the Night is a wise, funny, and inspiring
exploration of a life well lived. The book reveals a
poet's feeling for the land, an adventurer's engagement with life,
and a philosopher's insights into the human condition.
Especially to be recommended is the audio
version of the book, read by Julie Harris, one of
Biographies & Memoirs
Homesick: A Memoir of Family, Food, and Finding Hope by
Jenny Lauren (Atria Books) With bravery, intimacy, and
excruciating detail, author Jenny Lauren pours her years of struggle
and recovery into the urgent prose of
Homesick. Hoping to reach those suffering and seeking release
from eating disorders and depression, as well as those living with
undetected medical conditions, Lauren shares her thirteen-year
battle with Anorexia Bulimia Nervosa, the resulting physical trauma
and psychic triumphs.
With captivating blue eyes and dark hair, Jenny
Lauren looked as though she'd stepped out of one of the glossy ads
for which her uncle, Ralph Lauren, is famous. It was not long,
however, before she found herself in a world where it was easy to
see herself as less than perfect. As a young dancer, she felt
insecure that her muscular frame did not seem to measure up to the
slim figures of the other girls – she was ten years old when she
first starved herself. Although there were brief periods of
recovery, Lauren spent much of her teen and early twenties bingeing,
purging, and compulsively exercising. In 1997, at 24, her body
broke down after years of relentless ravaging; her small intestine
herniated. She could barely walk. Although physician after physician
told Lauren her ailments were in her head, eventually her condition
was connected to her eating disorder and the resulting strain on her
digestive system. But it was too late – irreparable damage had been
Homesick centers around Lauren’s struggle with an eating
disorder, as well as the dramatic surgery she was forced to undergo
as consequence, but there is a larger story that focuses on
universal issues: the intricacies of family ties, the pressures of
society, and the search for selfhood. From the New York fashion
shows to the art galleries of Santa Fe, from the Mayo Pain
Management Clinic in Minnesota to the healing sanctuaries in Brazil,
Lauren takes the reader on a cinematic odyssey to self-discovery.
Lauren is intelligent, plainspoken, and
unflinching. With flashes of wit (for example, she
attends a Ralph Lauren fashion show and realizes, "The clothing is
incredible as always, but who needs it?"), she evokes empathy.
Writing for anyone fighting themselves, their family, or
their doctors for the right to a healthy body and mind,
Homesick is both a cautionary tale about illness and
deterioration and a hopeful story of strength and restoration.
This book also raises the question of whether contemporary fashion
standards pressure young women into the destructive behaviors of
anorexia and bulimia. And it speaks powerfully to a
widespread failure by the medical community to understand eating
Peter Jackson: From Prince of Splatter to Lord of the Rings
by Ian Pryor (Thomas Dunne Books,
The first biography of Jackson,
Peter Jackson by New Zealand journalist Ian Pryor examines
Jackson's personal and professional struggles and successes. He also
details how the famous director convinced Hollywood to let a
relative unknown helm The Lord of the Rings, one of the most
ambitious film projects ever produced.
Peter Jackson exploded onto the popular scene with
the release of The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, and his legend
has grown with each successive release in the trilogy. Now the owner
of one of the world's largest special effects companies, Jackson
built WETA to rival George Lucas's ILM, in the process, hoping that
the facility would attract international filmmakers to New Zealand.
He has also become one of the highest paid directors in Hollywood,
receiving a salary of $20 million for the upcoming King Kong remake.
However, not much is known about the Kiwi filmmaker's previous
Capturing his career to date in
Peter Jackson, Pryor traces the journey of a young movie fanatic
inspired by Monty Python and Ray Harryhausen. From Sunday afternoons
spent fooling around with a camera, through low-budget cult movies,
Pryor delves into Jackson's earliest efforts. He tells of the
inspiration that led to the making of the three world-famous Lord of
the Rings films and the six other films that preceded them. Pryor
looks at the story behind the Rings, explaining how Jackson got the
rights and funding to make three films rather than collapsing the
story into just one or two films. He also includes interviews and
other behind-the-scenes material from the making of those landmark
Pryor categorizes Jackson's first six films into
the ‘bloodfest trilogy’ of Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, and Dead
Alive, which were followed by the ‘experimental trilogy’ of Heavenly
Creatures, Forgotten Silver, and The Frighteners. Pryor also argues
that the uniting theme of Jackson's pictures has been special
effects, and that the early horror films aided in developing the
Peter Jackson is a comprehensive first look at the director's
career to date, and a must-have for every fan who craves more
insight about how the Prince of Splatter became the man behind The
Lord of the Rings. This in-depth, unauthorized biography includes
material never before seen in America, and Pryor's knowledge of
Jackson from the start of his professional career brings a
perspective that enables readers to understand how Jackson's
cinematic talents were honed.
Biographies & Memoirs
Black Eye: Escaping a Marriage, Writing a Life by Judith
Strasser (Terrace Books,
Black Eye includes excerpts from a journal Strasser kept from
1985 to 1986 – the year she made the decision to leave her marriage
– and present-day commentary on the journal passages and her family
history with parents, children therapist, friends. She’s retelling
and rethinking it, to help herself and readers like her, heal.
Strasser, a former senior producer and interviewer for a national
distributed public radio program (To the Best of Our Knowledge),
works like a detective investigating her own life, drawing clarity
and power from journal passages, dreams, and memories that
originally emerged from confusion and despair.
Not coincidentally, the same year that Strasser
found the courage to leave her husband, she reclaimed her creative
voice. Newly empowered and energized by this enormous life change,
Strasser began writing again after twenty-five silent years
dominated by her mother's illness and death, her own cancer, and her
painful, fearful marriage.
Black Eye is one of the fruits of this creative reawakening.
Take this passage, for example:
Stu and I stand in the laundry room in the
basement of our first house in
One feels one is peering into a life, in all
its pure daily awfulness. – Heather Sellers, author of Georgia under
An unflinching, unsparing, un-put-down-able diary
of a woman's slow tumble to health, freedom, and even joy, against
Black Eye is the kind of book we wish no one had to write, but
which we are compelled to read. – Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The
Deep End of the Ocean
Insightful and poetic, Strasser reveals the
psychological and social circumstances that led a "strong" woman, an
intelligent and politically active feminist, to become an
emotionally dependent, abused wife. As Strasser tells it, “I still
don’t really get it”, but she’s trying to get it. Mostly
Black Eye is personal, triumphant, and inspiring to all who deal
with the adversity that is part of human life.
Business & Investing
All Crises Are Global: Managing to Escape Chaos by Marion
K. Pinsdorf (
All Crises Are Global provides the basics of an effective
organizational crisis-management plan. Marion Pinsdorf gives
managers the tools and sensitivity to deal with the catastrophic
effects of a crisis whether it touches on the organization itself,
the media, competitors, partners, government, or victims. Filled
with real-world examples of successes and failures from the Arthur
Andersen meltdown to the attacks of September 11, Pinsdorf shows
how to plan for, manage, monitor, and mitigate the effects of crises
large and small.
Spread instantaneously to a litigious world by
global media, crises can no longer be contained or controlled, only
anticipated and managed. According to author Pinsdorf, former Vice
President of Textron and INA (CIGNA) Corporations, and Hill and
Knowlton, Inc., and Associate Professor and Senior Fellow in
Communications at Fordham's Graduate School of Business
Administration, executives can manage the impact of even large-scale
events by quickly taking responsibility for the human and financial
costs of the organization’s mistakes.
Marion Pinsdorf ... is able to counsel today's
harried business leaders from perspectives no one else can offer. By
combining what we can learn from the past with modern techniques and
creative problem solving strategies, Dr. Pinsdorf shows how we can
find new positive ways to take some of the 'hiss' out of the word
crisis. – John W. Felton, President and CEO, Institute for Public
Pinsdorf brings keen insight and intelligence to
an assessment of crisis management in our global community, along
with a dash of common sense and with ... this book is a winner! –
Barie Carmichael, Partner, The Brunswick Group
Pinsdorf drills to discover the essence of what
turns an issue or incident into a crisis and offers guidance to the
even the most battle-hardened crisis communications expert. –
Michael Morley, Edelman
All Crises Are Global Pinsdorf provides techniques for building
smart organizations that react quickly before problems escalate
into crises. Practical, tested, and wise, this book helps managers
look for trouble spots and deal with them effectively.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership
Creativity in Virtual Teams: Key Components for Success by
Jill E. Nemiro (Pfeiffer, Wiley) is a well-researched and
practical resource that offers a new model for attaining high levels
of creativity in virtual working arrangements.
Written by Jill E. Nemiro, an expert in organization and virtual team building, Creativity in Virtual Teams provides a tool that takes readers beyond theory to foster creativity in virtual teams. Nemiro, assistant professor in the psychology and sociology department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and adjunct professor in the human resources design masters’ program at Claremont Graduate University, leads readers through a series of diagnostic tools, questions for reflection, checklists, and exercises that will help them assess and develop the five key components – design, climate, resources, norms and protocols, and continual assessment and learning. In addition, Creativity in Virtual Teams is filled with illustrative lessons learned from nine highly successful and innovative virtual teams.
Nemiro has done an impressive piece of research on this so far neglected area – creativity in virtual teams. If you manage or belong to a team that aspires to higher levels of creativity – and what team doesn’t – you’ll find this book invaluable, thought provoking, and highly readable. – Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps, authors of Virtual Teams
Having dealt with small to large virtual teams for over a decade, Dr. Nemiro’s book is the first book to provide a comprehensive, concise understanding of the dynamics and structure of virtual teams. A combination of theory and practical tools for all those either interested in establishing or bettering existing teams. – Patricia G. Flores, region account manager, Global Diversity Sourcing, Hewlett-Packard
This is the first serious study of creativity in
virtual teams. It offers a comprehensive framework and valuable
assessment tools for putting the book’s lessons into practice in any
organization. – Vijay Sathe, The Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of
Creativity in Virtual Teams provides methods for continual
assessment and learning in developing high levels of creativity in
virtual teams and is an important resource for those working in
virtual teams or transitioning into this new way of working.
Biographies / Outdoors & Nature / Sports
A View from a Tall Hill: Robert Ruark in Africa by Terry
Wieland (Countrysport Press) is a reissue of the classic biography
of Robert Ruark, telling of the renowned 20th-century safari
writer's experiences of
Ruark was a nationally renowned columnist
and author during his lifetime, and since his death in 1965 his
writings have continued to inspire hunters who travel to
Given his stature in the field, it is a
shock to realize that Ruark’s career as a writer on
Ruark’s death in 1965, at the age of 49, was
premature but not unexpected. Estranged from his childhood home in
In A View from a Tall Hill, Terry Wieland, shooting editor of Gray's Sporting Journal, has not written a biography in the strict sense, but has written about Ruark and his work, the times in which he lived, and the strange allure that Africa had for him – an irresistible fascination Ruark repaid by immortalizing Kenya as if it were a first, tender love.
Excerpt from the book:
From 1951 until the day [Ruark] died,
Although many may disapprove of Ruark's views
about big game hunting and the role of white settlers in Africa, no
one can deny the truth of what Ruark reported in his columns and
wrote about in his best-selling novels, detailing the upheavals and
tragedy that took place in Africa starting in the early 60s and
View from a Tall Hill] Sad, fascinating, and the finest
tribute that Robert Chester Ruark will ever have. – David Petzal,
Field & Stream
Business & Investing / Human Resources
Competency-Based Human Resource Management by David D.
Dubois & William J. Rothwell, with Deborah Jo King Stern and Linda
K. Kemp (Davies-Black Publishing)
The traditional human resource (HR) emphasis on job
descriptions shortchanges both the employee and the organization,
according to authors David D. Dubois and William J. Rothwell. The
more effective method is to fit employee talents to the work that
must be accomplished.
Moving beyond industrial-age notions of work,
Competency-Based Human Resource Management describes how to
reinvent the HR department so that job competencies – rather than
job descriptions – become the foundation for all HR efforts. By
isolating and focusing on the key competencies that distinguish top
performers, HR departments can unleash the power of exemplary
performers across all job categories and see significant gains in
Dubois, internationally respected consultant, author, speaker, life-career counselor, coach, and workshop leader; and Rothwell, president of Rothwell & Associates, Inc., and professor of human resource development at The Pennsylvania State University, show HR professionals how to identify the key competencies that distinguish best-in-class performers – or "exemplars" – from average performers. Readers can then use the key competencies as the basis for all HR functions, including planning, recruiting and selecting, training, and performance development. According to Dubois and Rothwell, this new model of performance management unleashes the power of exemplary performers across all job categories, resulting in enhanced employee satisfaction and significant gains in productivity.
Competency-Based Human Resource Management provides a wide variety of planning tools, checklists, worksheets, and other practical aids to lead HR professionals through the process of making the transition from a work-based environment to a competency-based organization.
Children’s (12 and up)
Story Time by Edward Bloor (Harcourt, Inc) At a
time when public debate over standardized testing is growing ever
more heated, Edward Bloor's
Story Time enters the fray with a biting satire on high-stakes
George Melvil and Kate Peters are promised the
finest education when they transfer to the Whittaker Magnet School,
an experimental college-prep charter school. It boasts the highest
test scores in the nation ... but at what price? Their new school's
"Leave No High-Scoring Child Behind" curriculum is focused on
beating standardized tests. Classes are held in dreary, windowless
rooms, and students are force-fed noxious protein shakes to improve
their test performance. Worst of all, there seems to be a demon
loose in the building, one whose murderous work has only just begun.
According to Bloor, author of two acclaimed
novels, a former middle and high school teacher, ”For my
Story Time, I was eager to do something different, or at least
to approach reality from a different direction. The result is a
novel that is part ghost story, with lots of supernatural action,
and part satire about public schools.
Story Time is set in the
I was fortunate to teach in the public school
system (nearly twenty years ago) in what now seems to be a golden
age, unencumbered by state standards and high-stakes tests. Seventh
graders could read aloud and talk about The Odyssey, Flowers for
Algernon, and Lord of the Flies. They could put on a drama festival
in which they wrote and acted in their own plays. They could write
and illustrate poems to adorn the classroom walls.
I doubt that so many fanciful activities could
occur with such frequency in seventh-grade classrooms in America
today. The relentless pressure from above to succeed on standardized
tests, pressure originating from the president of the United States
himself, trickles down through descending levels of politicians
until it pours onto the heads of local principals... "Test-Based
Curriculum," the absurd pedagogy upon which
Story Time's Whittaker Magnet School is founded, is already a
reality in many American public schools. As a result, many children
who learn to love reading today do so in spite of, not because of,
what they experience in the classroom. In this topsy-turvy system,
the politicians win, and the educators and students lose. I believe
that, in the Latin words displayed in the Whittaker Magnet School,
"We will pay for it" with a less literate society.”
Story Time is bitterly funny satire about the state of
modern education aimed at everyone twelve and over.
A no-holds-barred, deeply subversive tale about modern education. – Publishers Weekly
Cooking, Food & Wine / Health, Mind & Body
Rawsome: Maximizing Health, Energy, and Culinary Delight With
the Raw Foods Diet by Brigitte Mars (Basic Health
A raw foods diet advocates exactly that: eating raw foods. No cooking, no grilling, no steaming, no application of high temperatures. Why?
Studies show raw foods are digested quickly and
easily – in 24-36 hours instead of the 48-100 hours needed for
Tackling head-on the skepticism likely to
greet proponents of what the world sees as a "fad" diet, renowned
nutritional consultant and raw foods adherent Brigitte Mars in
Rawsome presents historical data and scientific evidence
confirming the efficacy of raw foods diets in:
Raw foods slow the aging process and help people
reach their optimum weight. Raw food diets have been used to improve
the health of those with arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure,
cancer, diabetes, digestive disturbances, menstrual problems,
allergies, obesity, skin conditions, and heart disease. The
result, over time, is a feeling of buoyant, radiant health.
In addition, Mars points out the
environmental benefits of the raw foods diet, making a case for
eating raw foods as a means of reducing waste, making the most of
agricultural practice, and reducing the human footprint on the
earth. Whether readers want to jump right into an all-raw diet or
just want to introduce more raw foods into the diet, Mars, who
teaches herbal medicine through Esalen, the Boulder College of
Massage Therapy, and the Naropa Institute, offers encouragement and
practical instruction. Readers will find advice on planning a
balanced diet to meet their nutritional needs, combining foods for
best effect, preserving raw foods, equipping the raw kitchen,
sprouting, juicing, and every other technique that makes the raw
foods diet simple, delicious, and healthful.
Mars explains digestion and enzyme activity, and
why raw foods can be particularly helpful when it comes to losing
weight and increasing energy. She provides a "raw foods
encyclopedia," identifying the nutritional content of fruits,
vegetables, grains, nuts, and wild edibles (like seaweeds and edible
flowers), and explaining how the body converts each of them into
Perhaps most important, Mars provides more
than 200 kitchen-tested, real-people-approved raw foods recipes.
There are dozens of raw food recipes for:
Mars also outlines the kitchen tools for making
these – no more stoves, toasters, and pots. Instead, the raw food
kitchen is stocked with a blender, citrus juicer, food dehydrator,
and ice cream maker, and food preparation involves instructions for
sprouting, juicing, dehydrating, and fermenting.
For people who want to give raw foods a try
but don't want to give up the taste of good cooking,
Rawsome provides a solid foundation.
Cooking, Food & Wine
Southern Living Ultimate Quick & Easy Cookbook edited by
Jane E. Gentry (Oxmoor House) urges readers to imagine
finding all of their childhood favorites in one source revised into
simpler, more streamlined recipes.
Readers voted "Quick & Easy" their favorite
feature in Southern Living. Now they can enjoy over 450 fast recipes
in one cookbook.
Compiled by Jane E. Gentry, an editor at
Southern Living Ultimate Quick & Easy Cookbook has these
features: colorful banners beside titles identify features
like 5 Ingredients or Less, Make Ahead, Ideas for Two, Freeze It,
and No-Cook Creation. Hundreds of shortcuts and tips streamline cook
time. Readers will find ideas for Two Meals in One, Gadget Magic,
and Fix it Faster, which offers options for making a quick recipe
even quicker. More than 100 photographs show just what the recipes
look like. The staff at Southern Living share their best secrets for
organizing the kitchen for speed, stocking up on quick-cooking
staples, and breezing through the grocery store in record time.
Starbursts indicate dishes that cook in 10, 20, and 30 minutes or
Here’s a sampling of some of Southern Living’s
A cross-referenced recipe index makes finding
favorite recipes faster than ever.
With Southern Living Ultimate Quick & Easy Cookbook, readers will find a collection of editors’ best recipes with fewer steps and quicker times without sacrificing flavor. Whether it's the home cooking or the cozy feelings, it's good to have these simple versions of the foods we Southerns grew up with.
Culture / Computers / Privacy
How to Be Invisible, Revised Edition: The Essential Guide to
Protecting Your Personal Privacy, Your Assets, and Your Life
by J.J. Luna (Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press)
Fascinating...a regular field manual ...
meticulously researched and very entertaining. – G. Gordon Liddy
There is a prevailing sense in our society
that true privacy is a thing of the past. Sweeping changes
since 9/11 have encroached upon personal privacy as never before.
J.J. (Jack) Luna’s classic manual covers everything from driver's
licenses and pizza deliveries to anonymous ownership of vehicles and
real estate. Filled with vivid real life stories drawn from
the headlines and from Luna's own consulting experience,
How to Be Invisible is the perfect antidote. Luna reveals
the shocking secrets private detectives and other seekers of
personal information use to uncover information and then shows how
to make a serious commitment to safeguarding oneself. Then
Luna offers tested techniques to protect oneself from information
predators as technology leaves ordinary citizens vulnerable to
identity theft and lack of privacy. This revised edition includes
Luna sold his outdoor advertising business
Read this meticulously researched and highly
entertaining book, learn its techniques...then vanish in plain
sight! – Lt. Patrick Picciarellie, NYPD (ret.), bestselling author
of Jimmy the Wags: Street Stories of a Private Eye
How to Be Invisible gives the smartest, sanest, and most
practical advice on just how to stay out of sight in the real world.
Buy this book if you value your privacy. – Nod Beaumont, author of
Beat the Border and The Policeman Is Your Friend and Other Lies
How to Be Invisible is a revolutionary approach to personal
security. Luna shows readers how to protect themselves from
information predators. Whether readers just want to shield
themselves from casual scrutiny or take their life savings with them
and disappear without a trace, the book provides the
The History of the International Learning Styles Network and Its
Impact on Instructional Innovation by Laura Shea Doolan
(Mellen Studies in Education Series, V. 90: The Edwin Mellen Press)
We are witnessing an age when networks of various kinds spring into
existence regularly on the Internet. Most of these networks
experience a brief period of viability, and then disappear like the
"dot-com" companies. However, the International Learning Styles
Network (ILSN) has prevailed for almost 25 years and expanded from a
predominantly educational Network, comprised of Centers located in
colleges and universities within the United States, to a world-wide
Network, encompassing businesses and consultation Centers on four
continents. The major emphasis of
The History of the International Learning Styles Network and Its
Impact on Instructional Innovation is to document the historical
development of the ILSN.
Written by Laura Shea Doolan, learning-style
specialist and assistant professor at St. Joseph’s College in
Brooklyn, the book describes a historical analysis of the
International Learning Styles Network (ILSN) and its impact on
instructional innovation. The book describes:
How the Network evolved.
The impact of the ILSN on instructional
The ILSN model and guidelines to assist in the
formation of future networks.
Multiple forms of data were examined from primary
sources, including the directors of the ILSN Centers in Asia,
Australia, Europe, and North America, and from secondary sources,
including former representatives of the National Association of
Secondary School Principals (NASSP), an ILSN Board member; and
school administrators, professors, teachers, and students directly
involved with the Network Centers.
A qualitative design using historiography was the
cornerstone of the study. Data revealed how the ILSN expanded into a
Network after St. John's University's initial sponsorship and the
subsequent cosponsorship of the NASSP. The main factor for the
directors' involvement with learning styles and the ILSN was that
they believed this perspective was crucial in the fostering of
learners' academic and work performances. Findings supported that
the basic factor contributing to the expansion of the ILSN was the
positive impact that learning styles had on the attainment of
students' achievement and teachers' instructional goals.
Guidelines for the development of future networks
From the data revealed, Doolan also developed the
Distracter Theory addressing the leadership essential to sustaining
and expanding networks.
The construct of individual learning styles
emerged in the 1960s with the work of Frank Reisman, who suggested
that styles were determined at birth and the role of educators was
to help students discover their own learning styles. Researchers
recognized the importance of investigating the relationship between
instructional strategies and each student's learning-style
characteristics. Today, the basic tenet of learning-style theory is:
Accommodation of students' individual learning styles in the
instructional/educational process significantly improves academic
achievement and behavior and promotes more positive attitudes toward
Doolan says in the introduction “... since the
time of this study, there is continued interest by additional
national and international groups seeking to become members of this
Network. When speaking with students, teachers, and so forth, I also
observed that, once individuals recognized the reason for why people
learn differently, they became more tolerant of others' diversities.
I believe this is a crucial factor in expanding a ‘peaceful
acceptance’ of the individual.” Doolan hopes that, after reading
about the work conducted by these networking pioneers and their
subsequent colleagues, other education stakeholders will do their
best to better assist all individuals.
The History of the International Learning Styles Network and Its Impact on Instructional Innovation represents a unique contribution to research and scholarship; it provides a scholarly, historical analysis of the development of the International Learning Styles Network, which was a vehicle for the broad dissemination of learning-style theory, practice, and research. As instructors and teachers read The History of the International Learning Styles Network and Its Impact on Instructional Innovation, they may be empowered to identify the learning-style preferences that are best for themselves and others, and they may use these preferences in the teaching and learning process. And the model, guidelines, and theory coming out of this work may be beneficial to those people who are developing networks and are seeking reform.
Successful School Change: Creating Settings to Improve Teaching
and Learning by Claude Goldenberg, with a foreword by Michael
Fullan (Teachers College Press)
This highly readable book [Successful
School Change] brings to light a reformer's agenda: raising
expectations and student achievement, being accountable, creating a
community. Goldenberg shows how these abstractions can take on
meaning and achieve long term results. The work described in this
fine book helps solve the mystery of improving schools. – Ann
Lieberman, Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching
Drawing on 15 years of research and teaching in
low-income schools, Claude Goldenberg provides a model of school
change for those seeking to make reform happen in their school or
classroom. Goldenberg, Professor in the Department of Teacher
Education and Associate Dean of the College of Education at
California State University, Long Beach, demonstrates the kinds of
long-term planning and coordinated effort required to create lasting
change. Offering a unique glimpse into the reform process,
Successful School Change:
An accessible and moving story that carries the
reader along with ever increasing interest and clarity,
Successful School Change pushes the boundaries of what we know,
and provides a powerful model for going to the next stage of reform.
Claude Goldenberg has done an extraordinary job of
painting a complex and detailed picture of school improvement. For
those of us concerned about making things better for children who
are most at risk, this book is realistic, inspiring, and greatly
needed by the educational community. – Guadalupe Valdes, Stanford
Education / Women’s Studies
Roads Taken: Women in Student Affairs at Mid-Career edited
by Kristen A. Renn & Carole Hughes, with a foreword by Margaret J.
Barr (Stylus Publishing, LLC.) While much has been written
about new graduate students, new professionals and senior
administrators in student affairs, scant attention has been paid to
the issues of mid-career, particularly as they impact women.
Roads Taken are the stories of over twenty women, from widely
different backgrounds, reflecting on their lives at mid-career.
Women in student affairs contributed to this volume, describing the
choices they have made and sharing the lessons they have learned,
particularly the ever-present concerns about reconciling the demands
of work and responsibilities to family and partners.
The contributors cover issues as varied as
education and self-development, the dilemmas faced by dual career
couples, the care of children and of aging parents, mid-career
decisions and alternatives to traditional, linear career progression
in student affairs administration. This volume focuses on issues
that have particular and significant meaning for women: planning for
the future, deciding about education and professional development,
exploring the decision to have or not have children and the
implications of that decision, and a series of other issues such as
dealing with aging parents, loss of a job, and the future. The
co-editors, Carole Hughes and Kristen Renn, synthesize the diverse
points of view presented by the various authors and identify
directions and issues for the future. Renn is Assistant Professor of
Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education and Coordinator, Student Affairs
Administration Program, Michigan State-University; and Hughes is
Associate Dean for Student Development at Boston College.
An excerpt from the foreword by Margaret J. Barr,
past president of ACPA and NASPA: This is a book that you should
read, think about, and share with your colleagues. It is thought
provoking, touches on a number of important issues, and makes us
think just a little differently about the relationship between our
shared profession in student affairs and the rest of our lives.
The choices each of us makes as we travel through life shape our present circumstances, our future life, and our past. Most of us attempt to make the choice involved, regarding which road through life to follow, on the basis of our own knowledge, experience, and skills. We are also influenced in that choice of the road by the knowledge and experience that others have shared with us. That is why this book is so important. It is filled with stories about the choices made by women at mid-career in the profession of student affairs. Each of the authors shares her experience and the reasons for the decisions she has made. We can all learn from their stories and the lessons they have learned and choose to share with us. This makes this volume a particular gift to women currently in mid-career positions in student affairs, women embarking on their personal and professional journey in student affairs, the partners of such women, their colleagues, and the individuals who supervise them.
Roads Taken is a book for women in student affairs. both those just starting out and those in mid-career who can gain insight as they read about what has worked and not worked for other women and feel supported that they are not alone.
Entertainment / Movies
Shrek: Warts by John Hopkins (Harry N. Abrams,
Inc., Publishers) is a light-hearted behind-the-scenes look at the
making of the Academy Award-winning movie and its sequel.
The offbeat animated feature Shrek turned the
traditional fairy tale on its ear and helped to usher in a new era
in computer animation. From casts of zombies, traumatized puppets,
and murderous teenagers to deal-making in Hollywood,
Shrek is about following one's visions wherever they might lead.
Shrek the movie, of course, features a big green ogre, his chatty
sidekick Donkey, and the feisty Pricess Fiona.
Shrek the book features behind-the-scenes information and
trivia, and is filled with illustrations – concept art and character
sketches, storyboards, character models, set and prop designs, and
stills. Author John Hopkins joins the producers, directors,
animators, writers, and production designers as they work through
the painstaking process of inventing and animating an imaginary CG
world from scratch. Hopkins, a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, even
manages to eavesdrop on the movies' main characters – Shrek, Donkey,
and Princess Fiona, as well as newcomers such as Puss In Boots and
Fairy Godmother – as they recount, in their own words, the trials
and tribulations of a major production, cast and crew gossip, and
the scenes that were left on the cutting room floor.
Shrek is a feel-good, entertaining book that chronicles the
adventures in making the two movies. The book weaves all of the
off-kilter humor and clever pop-culture references of the films into
an enjoyable read for all ages. Crammed with information and
terrific illustrations, it has enough Shrek lore to satisfy even the
Health, Mind & Body / Religion
Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence: Christian Churches and the Global AIDS Crisis by Donald E. Messer (Fortress Press) is aimed to awaken Christian compassion in the coming years to the tragedy of the AIDS crisis.
More than twenty years into the global AIDS
pandemic, the efforts of Christian congregations and denominations
have been less than minimal. The worst health crisis in the
world in 700 years, global HIV/AIDS epidemic is overwhelming in
scale: 40 million people are infected worldwide (75% of them in
''At this unprecedented kairos moment in human
history,'' says author Donald E. Messer, ''God is
calling the church to a new mission and ministry.'' Drawing on his
own involvement in global AIDS education in
Chapter 1 introduces the nature of the global
emergency the church faces. Chapter 2 invites Christians to break
out of thinking in "we-they" categories and to imagine oneself as
HIV-positive. Chapter 3 notes that certain human realities,
particularly related to sex, are difficult for Christians to
acknowledge, much less accept or tolerate; yet, understanding is
required to address the AIDS pandemic. Chapter 4 struggles with
stigmatization and discrimination as sins contrary to the will of
God. Chapters 5, 6, 7, and 8 cite specific challenges facing
Christians who seek to promote awareness, education, prevention,
care, and treatment of persons living with HIV/AIDS. The final
chapter outlines a vision of how Christians can respond to this
global emergency and become partners in the ministry of hope and
healing in the twenty-first century. An appendix and bibliography of
helpful documents conclude the volume.
A passionate and well-articulated call to mission,
Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence demands answers to questions
such as, why has the church failed to respond to the worst health
crisis in 700 years? Similarly, why are Christians 'curiously silent
and tragically apathetic' in the face of more than 7,000 deaths per
Messer's hard-hitting, plainspoken account will be the subject of study as men and women confront the truth that this is neither a 'liberal' nor a 'conservative' cause – rather it is a Christian cause. Their response in prayer, mission, service, and advocacy cannot come soon enough. – Rev. Robert Edgar, General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Christ
Health, Mind & Body
No More Knee Pain: A Woman's Guide to Natural Prevention and Relief by George J. Kessler, with Colleen Kapklein (Berkley Books) describes how women's hormones can affect their knees and provides a natural, pain-free 12-week plan for relief.
Knee pain affects millions of Americans – and women make up the bulk of sufferers. But while it is a woman's anatomy, physiology, hormones, and habits that will likely determine when and how her knee will fail, many doctors still treat a woman's knee like a smaller version of a man's knee.
No More Knee Pain presents the first knee program designed especially for women. Written by George J. Kessler, who has helped hundreds of women heal their pain and reverse degenerative problems, this is the definitive book on female knee pain. Focusing on the structural and hormonal issues that bring about knee problems in women, No More Knee Pain is a groundbreaking new approach that shows women how they can find relief without drugs or surgery.
Offering treatments for prevention and healing, Kessler, clinical instructor in medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and clinical assistant professor at the New York College of Osteopathic medicine; assisted by Colleen Kapklein, a writer specializing in health. Include in the book are information on:
The anatomy of the knee
How unbalanced hormones can take a toll
on the joints and what to do about it
What mainstream medicine offers women
with knee pain and what it doesn't
The importance of good posture
What to eat to ease joint pain
Exercise dos and dont’s
Body mechanics, posture corrections, and
knee exercises that really work – in just a few minutes a day
Filled with case studies, simple exercises and
No More Knee Pain provides readers the information they need to
walk comfortably again.The book promises to have readers feeling
stronger, healthier and in less pain within six weeks and pain-free
in 12 weeks – if readers follow the regimen outlined.
Health, Mind & Body
Health, Mind & Body
From Boys to Men: A Woman's Guide to the Health of Husbands, Partners, Sons, Fathers, and Brothers by Emily Senay & Rob Waters (Scribner) The first book on the health of boys and men designed for women – the unsung heroes who make most families' health-care decisions – From Boys to Men dispels the notion that women are the weaker sex.
There is a shocking gap in health and longevity
between males and females. From age fifty on, men are more likely to
die from every leading cause of death than women; on average, men
die 5.5 years earlier than women.
In one survey, researches found that one man in
three had no regular doctor. One-fourth of men said they would wait
as long as possible before seeing a doctor if they felt sick, were
in pain, or were worried about their health.
Women make three-quarters of the health care decisions for their families, according to the US Department of Labor. Women also do nearly 80 percent of the shopping in chain drugstores.
Women on the average can expect to make it to 79, while men can expect to live to 74. This picture is even graver for African American men who have a life expectancy of 68.
Perhaps the answer lies in social forces that
teach men not to care for themselves, says author, physician, and
CBS medical correspondent Emily Senay. Men's poor health is due in
part to the fact that they are socialized to "tough it out" and "be
a man," ignoring their own health and putting themselves at risk for
accident and disease. Even in this modem age, when many women have
demanding jobs outside of the home, they are still the appointed
caregivers of their families. They take charge when family members
get sick, push their husbands to go to the doctor, and urge them to
kick unhealthy habits. Women do this not only because they love the
men in their lives and are born with nurturing instincts, but also
because no one else will do it and they don't want their husbands to
die earlier than they should.
But they’ve never had a resource to help them understand and cope with the health issues of men and boys. Until now.
Through her own experiences and from viewer feedback, Senay realized that women are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of health information they must process when dealing with men's health issues and the challenges they face in overcoming male socialization. In From Boys to Men, she empowers women with the resources they need to make the best health care decisions and the tools to help men transition from being passive to active participants in the battle to better their own health.
Senay offers pragmatic information and anecdotes that follow males from conception through the arc of life. Mothers of sons will learn about the unique issues boys face as they grow, including:
Regarding the issues grown men face, Dr. Senay covers such topics as:
Mother, wife, daughter, and doctor Senay shares her readers' concern for the men in their lives – and provides the answers women have been waiting for. From Boys to Men is a call to action and a much-needed resource for concerned mothers, wives, and daughters. The book is written in a highly accessible style. Most areas are well covered, with the exception of guidance in helping the homosexual or bisexual son, brother, or husband.
Health, Mind & Body / Families
Home Doctor by Michael Peters, with a foreword by Adriane Fugh-Berman (A Dorling Kindsersley Book) is a practical guide to treating common complaints at home.
A holistic approach to health is increasingly
popular among doctors and patients, and
Home Doctor helps readers by providing all the information
available to treat many common conditions at home. Practical and
easy-to-use, it includes over 150 common symptoms, illnesses, and
injuries, with advice on when readers can threat them safely and
effectively and when to call a doctor. Written by Michael Peters,
Consulting Medical Editor to the British Medical Association and a
physician in private general practice, the book is divided into
Home Doctor contains hundreds of practical tips and techniques
for treating – and preventing – common symptoms and illnesses. Each
condition is introduced with a short description, and circumstances
under which one should consult a doctor immediately are conveniently
placed first. For illnesses that can be safely treated at home,
effective nonprescription treatments are recommended, as well as
non-drug treatments such as peppermint oil for irritable bowel
syndrome, feverfew to prevent migraines, and relaxation exercises
for stress.The illustrations are a complement to the text and are
helpful for demonstrating, for example, the technique for steam
inhalation, how to stop a nosebleed, or how to get out of bed when
one has back pain. The techniques for calming a baby with sleep
problems or colic will be valuable to new parents. First aid is also
covered, and a glossary of nonprescription treatments mentioned in
the book is included.
Home Doctor is a useful home medical reference that contains a wealth of practical, easy-to-follow advice to turn to when any family member is sick or needs medical advice.
Health, Mind & Body / Self-Help
Winning Every Time: How to Use the Skills of a Lawyer in the
Trials of Your Life by Lis Wiehl (Ballantine Books) Too
often we argue our conclusions without the benefit of a premise,
react from anger instead of presenting hard facts, feel defensive
when sensing resistance, or fail to make calm, irrefutable
counterarguments. Explaining exactly what trial lawyers do and how
they do it, Lis Wiehl explains how to use the skills of a lawyer in
everyday situations – whether readers are trying to get a partner to
take out the trash, the kids to do their homework, or the boss to
come up with that raise.
"Access to the law means access to the law's
techniques – the strategies of making your case," says Wiehl. "In
Winning Every Time, I demystify the jargon of the law and
explain the truth behind its complexities so that people can relate
to the law and use it. The strategies that lawyers employ are
ultimately empowering. They help us organize our logic, assess our
audience, compose our passions, measure our arguments, and keep our
focus on our genuine goals."
Drawing on years of trial experience,
Wiehl, a prominent trial lawyer and a visible and highly regarded
legal commentator and a tenured professor of law at the
Winning Every Time emphasizes the stories of real people who
have transformed their lives by following these eight steps. Says
Wiehl, "The law, after all, is based on cases about real people and
their stories. I am passionate about making the law approachable,
understandable, and usable for ordinary people. My book gives
readers the tools they need to handle life's challenges, debates,
and controversies rationally, and to win at work, at home, as
consumers, as partners, even as parents. Everyone who learns these
simple steps will be well equipped to win the trials of their
This practical and very entertaining book isn't
really about law at all, but about how to even the playing field –
about how everyone else can use legal thinking to have that edge in
life. – Dan Abrams, chief legal correspondent for NBC
Finally – there is something Conservatives and
Liberals can agree on! Lis Wiehl's book will make you a winner! –
Sean Hannity, Fox News Channel anchor, Hannity & Colmes
Don't give this book to your friends, colleagues,
[or] loved ones. If you do, then they'll know the special techniques
necessary to continually win arguments and convince you they're
right. – Alan Colmes, Fox News Channel anchor, Hannity & Colmes
From my heart and head I love this book. It's fun,
practical, and very real. With intelligence and humor, Lis Wiehl
shows us how everyone can tackle life's challenges. – Rikki Klieman,
legal analyst for Today, NBC-TV
Winning Every Time can guide readers with truly practical advice about how to make that case effectively – and win it hands down. Accessible, user-friendly, with result-oriented strategies, the book can help readers stay in command whenever life makes them feel as though they are on trial.
Health, Mind & Body / Aging
The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship After Fifty by Sue
Ellen Cooper (Warner Books)
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit
– from the poem Warning, by Jenny Joseph
Inspired by the poem, Sue Ellen Cooper, graphic
designer and artist, bought herself a red hat. Soon it became her
signature gift for friends turning 50. In 2000, Cooper and her posse
formed the Red Hat Society, whose only rule is no rules – it was a
play group encouraging woman over 50 to have fun, support each
other, and find kindred spirits.
Why? Cooper believes middle-aged women have
gotten used to going unnoticed. Her book
The Red Hat Society describes how she is changing that.
Believing that a woman's fiftieth birthday should be a time
for celebration, not a milestone to be feared, when Cooper and her
friends started going out to tea in full regalia (wearing a red hat
and some purple is a must), the first chapter of the Red Hat Society
was born. In just three years, the concept has spread like wildfire:
there are now over three hundred thousand Red Hatters across the
U.S.A., Canada, and around the world, adding an average of 40-50 new
chapters EACH DAY.
Cooper explains: "We believe silliness is the
comedy relief of life, and since we are all in it together, we might
as well join red-gloved hands and go for the gusto together.
Underneath the frivolity, we share a bond of affection, forged by
common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life
takes us next."
The Red Hat Society details the genesis of the Society and
includes stories from members across the country. The book also
discusses topics near and dear to Society members: marriage and
children, grand-parenting, careers and retirement, aging,
friendship, mothers and daughters, sisterhood in hard times,
clothes, rituals, and how readers can start their own local
chapters. And it talks about Pink Hatters – those who haven't quite
hit that 50-year mark yet, but who want to become Red Hatters. They
are allowed to join, but must don pink hats, and wear muted lavender
shades until they "reduate" upon their 50th birthday and switch to
full-fledged red hat regalia.
Red Hat Society members turn heads everywhere they
go... The Society and their events have been profiled by The New
York Times, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, and other
publications, and Cooper has been a guest on the Today Show.
If these middle-age revelers are over the hill,
they're in denial. The Red Hatters get together monthly to be
frivolous, have fun, and paint the town, well, red. – The New York
All across America, the high-spirited members of the Red Hat Society are banding together – and refusing to fade away ... the society celebrates the wisdom and freedom that comes with age. – Good Housekeeping
The Red Hat Society will be an essential item on every Red Hatter's wish list, and anyone who enjoys reading terrific stories, lessons learned, and wonderful friends will also snap up a copy. This is also the story of a cultural phenomenon and how one creative woman can come up with an elegantly simple, great idea.
History / Military /
A Gift of Barbed Wire:
From the early years in French colonial
Most of the people interviewed for the book
eventually reached the
Despite the horrors portrayed, these are tales of
courage and successful survival in the broader human tragedy of war
and its aftermath. McKelvey's skills as an interviewer and his
knowledge of the Vietnamese community, especially the survivors, and
their willingness to trust him with stories, which they usually hold
A Gift of Barbed Wire both persuasive and cogent. They are also
reasons why not many people in the world could undertake such a
project. – Charles Holzer,
A Gift of Barbed Wire is the only study of Vietnamese
re-education camp experiences that includes in some detail the
family members of those who were incarcerated and the effects –
economic, social, and psychological – that imprisonment had on the
whole family. – James Freeman, author of Hearts of Sorrow:
Vietnamese American Lives
While crediting the courage and resilience of these families, McKelvey, professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, holds a critical mirror up to our culture, exploring the nature of our responsibility to our allies as well as the attitudes that obscured the reality of war as "a grinding, brutal interplay of complex forces that often develops a sustaining energy and momentum of its own, driving us in directions that we neither anticipated nor desired.” A Gift of Barbed Wire may be seen as a searing indictment of our culture.
History / Middle East / Israel
Raid on the Sun: Inside Israel's Secret Campaign that Denied
Saddam the Bomb by Rodger Claire (Broadway Books) is the
first authorized inside account of one of the most daring – and
successful – military operations in recent history.
You must be successful – or we as a people are
doomed. This is a pivotal point in the history of Israel... –
General Eitan, Chief of Staff, Israel Defense Forces, addressing the
In 1981 a small group of Israeli pilots pulled off
a daring military operations ever set in motion: the destruction of
Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor. Though the mission defied all odds,
the air raid was a stunning success that crippled Saddam Hussein's
ability to obliterate neighboring Israel.
The surprise attack shocked the world and changed
history. Not only was the reactor decimated but, miraculously, all
eight pilots returned home safely. For more than two decades details
of the attack along with the identities of the pilots remained
classified until journalist and it all in
Raid on the Sun, the true story of one of the most remarkable
military operations of all time.
Written with the full cooperation of the Israeli Air Force high command, General Ivry (ret.), and all eight mission pilots (including Ilan Ramon, who become Israel’s first astronaut and perished in the shuttle Columbia disaster), Raid on the Sun tells the extraordinary story of how Israel, defying its U.S. and European allies, eliminated Iraq’s nuclear threat. In the tradition of Black Hawk Down, Claire re-creates the tale of personal sacrifice and survival, of young pilots who trained in the United States on the then-new F-16 fighter bombers, then faced a nearly insurmountable challenge: how to fly the 1,000-plus-kilometer mission to Baghdad and back on one tank of fuel. He recounts Israeli intelligence’s black ops to sabotage construction on the French reactor and eliminate Iraqi nuclear scientists, and he gives the reader a pilot’s-eye view of the action on
Raid on the Sun is an extraordinary look into the most secret,
and perhaps the finest, air force on the planet. It is also a
blistering indictment of the international arms industry that sell
modern weapons to anyone with money.
Raid on the Sun is required reading for everyone in the age of
terror. – Stephen Coonts, author of Flight of the Intruder
A stunning eye-opener, shocking you with the realization of the enormous service the Israeli Air Force rendered the free world with its 1981 attack on Saddam Hussein’s nuclear facility. Claire went right to the source – the Israeli pilots who flew the mission – to tell in colorful detail the full story of this historic strike. – Walter Boyne, author of Operation Iraqi Freedom: What Went Right, What Went Wrong and Why
Like a suspense novel, Raid on the Sun chronicles the gripping details, from the tense political climate of the period and Saddam Hussein's rise to power to the disorienting G-force effects the pilots endured as they rocketed up and away from Osirak's exploding dome. Filled with behind-the-scenes arms deals, international political games, near disastrous pilot error, and heroic sacrifice, Claire's account is an action-packed story of courage in the face of risk.
History / Canada
Victory in the St. Lawrence: The Unknown U-Boat War by
James W. Essex (The
Although much of the Second World War is well
documented, missing chapters still surface even now, a half century
later – stories of chilling events that might have changed the
course of history. This is one of those stories, shocking in that it
has not come to be widely known until now.
Victory in the St. Lawrence tells the riveting true story of how
shortsighted government priorities and advanced German submarine
technology allowed the Nazis to stalk shipping in Allied home
waters. The book was written by James W. Essex who served with
the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War.
The book is filled with photographs from the
war. It outlines the 28 ships torpedoed in the gulf,
Victory in the St. Lawrence reveals how courageous,
independent-minded Canadian heroes defended
History / United States
Yellowcake Towns: Uranium Mining Communities in the American
West by Michael A. Amundson (Mining the American West
Yellowcake Towns Michael Amundson brings boom towns to life with
stories of local boosters who hit on uranium as their key to
economic growth. Although many boasted of new refineries that
provided hundreds of jobs or "Atomic Motels" and "Uranium Cafes"
that epitomized their success, few towns realized the inherent
problems of coping with major population swings, infrastructure
worries, creeping federal dependency, or the health hazards of mill
tailings and underground mines.
Amundson, assistant professor of history at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, follows the ups and downs of these uranium towns over a forty-year period from uranium's origins as atomic bomb material in the early days of the Manhattan Project and the 1950s boom to its use in nuclear power plants, the Three Mile Island accident, and the 1980s bust. He examines the interplay between ever-changing federal uranium mining policies and the uranium industry, and its effects on each community.
Towns] provides us with not only an in-depth picture of the
fluctuations of the demands for uranium over the previous half
century but also a personal look at the health and economic
implications on people and communities who supported such ventures
at the behest of their government. – Utah Historical Quarterly
Two enduring themes of the American West are the
boom-and-bust cycles of precious-metal mining and the federal
government's controlling role in determining land use. These themes
come together in Michael Amundson's absorbing study of' how four
mining towns developed and were eventually doomed (with enormous
environmental consequences) by changing government priorities and
the hazards of mining radioactive material." – Enterprise & Society
Yellowcake Towns provides a look at the supply side of the
atomic age, and as such will appeal to historians of mining,
community, and the West, as well as anyone interested in the story
of atomic energy in the
Home & Garden
The Bride’s Year Ahead: The Ultimate Month-by-Month Wedding
Planner by Margurite Smolen, with photography by Carol Ross
(Ronnie Sellers Productions)
With approximately 2.5 million weddings occurring each year at an average cost of $19,000 each, the need for a practical, efficient and easy-to-use planning guide has never been greater.
The Bride’s Year Ahead outlines the entire wedding
process, starting one year before the wedding. Unlike other wedding
planners that are arranged by subject, this book is organized in a
progressive, month-by-month fashion that starts one year before the
wedding. Written by Marguerite Smolen, former editorial director of
New Jersey Bride magazine and now of Philadelphia Bride, this
month-by-month countdown to the big event uses twelve tabbed
sections to organizing everything from catering, guest lists and
budgets to planning the honeymoon and sending thank-you notes. Each
monthly chapter includes full-color photographs by wedding
photographer Carol Ross, advice and timesaving tips, comprehensive
guidance on what needs to be done, and assistance in planning, price
comparisons and budgeting. Features of the book include:
The month-by-month format sets the book apart from the majority of wedding planners which are organized by subject. The Bride’s Year Ahead provides a road map for planning the wedding in an easy-to-read manner. With its multi-ring design and photos from noted wedding photographer Carol Ross, the book becomes a keepsake for the bride.
Home & Garden
The House to Ourselves: Reinventing Home Once the Kids are Grown
by Todd Lawson & Tom Conner (The Taunton Press) The
trend is significant – approximately 70 million people in the United
States have hit the half-century mark. Today's empty nesters are
design-savvy and independent-minded, and with the money to do it,
they are rewriting the book on architecture for the
post-childrearing years. While earlier generations may have opted
for traditional retirement homes, today's newly independent couples
possess brave new ideas about where and how they want to live. They
are creating homes that reflect the sense of individualism and quest
for adventure that defined their youth.
Architects are responding with innovative
solutions to the demand for homes designed for two but with room for
The House to Ourselves, featuring hundreds of color photos
and illustrations, covering renovations and remodels, brand-new
homes, and even new types of communities throughout the
The twenty-one homes featured in
The House to Ourselves offer design solutions for a variety of
styles and geographic locations. From a sunny urban villa in Mexico
to an island family lodge in Washington State, these homes abound
with variety, invention, and creativity. In a renovated Rhode Island
cottage, a walkway from the main house leads to a new two-story
guesthouse for kids and grandkids. A Seattle beach house was
designed to resemble a triple-decked ship. A Seaside, Florida home
was built with a flexible floor plan that allows individual rooms or
entire sections to serve as guest units to help cover costs.
The case studies presented here by Todd Lawson,
architect and designer, and Tom Conner, home design writer and
editor, are grouped into four main sections according to the
homeowner's options, intentions, and pursuits:
The homeowners and architects discuss the
challenges they faced and the fresh solutions they found to help
them create their ideal home.
Featuring 300 full-color photographs, The House to Ourselves offers inspirational ideas for the empty-nester home. Each house featured exemplifies the best design for the grown-up dreams we hold near and dear.
Home & Garden
The Flowers of Japan and the Art of Floral Arrangement by
Josiah Conder, with a foreword by Paula Pryke, with an introduction
by Joseph Lapenta (Kodansha International) Josiah Conder, a
graduate of the Royal Institute of Architects, came to Japan at the
age of twenty-four as a British architect to play a role in the
modernization of the emerging Japanese state at the time of the Meji
Restoration. He served concurrently as a professor of architecture
and a consultant to the Japanese government. Between 1878 and 1907
he designed over 50 buildings in the Tokyo area, which served as
models to the rapidly industrializing nation. The many pupils he
taught over the years at the Imperial College of Engineering formed
the first generation of Japanese architects who built in the Western
style. Ultimately, Conder was the central figure in the
establishment of modern Western architectural and construction
practice in Japan, and he remained in Japan for almost 70 years
until his death.
Conder's writings on Japanese architecture and its
allied arts had a tremendous influence abroad, appearing at a time
when informed first-hand accounts of Japanese buildings and their
environments by Westerners were still quite rare. His study of
Japanese painting and flower arrangement led to the publication of
The Flowers of Japan and the Art of Floral Arrangement, the
100-year-old Ikebana classic first published in 1891. The
publication of this book was the first glimpse that Western readers
had into the Japanese art of Ikebana or flower arrangement. With its
descriptions of flowers suitable to each season and their possible
arrangements, its categories such as "felicitous" and "ominous"
flowers, as well as its many insights into ceremony and custom,
The Flowers of Japan and the Art of Floral Arrangement has a
great deal to tell not only about Ikebana but also about Japanese
culture. Paula Pryke, a Tokyo-based Ikebana scholar, provides
opening commentaries to the book.
Richly illustrated throughout, and with sixteen pages of color pictures, this new edition of Conder’s pioneering work retains the period feel of the original. For modern enthusiasts of Ikebana or of more Western-style flower arranging, The Flowers of Japan and the Art of Floral Arrangement offers a fascinating insight into the sensibilities that helped form the art. In addition, a wealth of written and pictorial information on the various containers used – bamboo tubes, bronze vases, lacquer ware, and baskets – will appeal to those who have an interest in Oriental antiques.
Home & Garden
The Flooring Handbook: The Complete Guide to Choosing and Installing Floors by Dennis Jeffries (A Firefly Book) is the complete guide to choosing and installing floors.
Wall-to-wall carpet is no longer the only option for those who want to keep their flooring cost low.
According to Harvard's Joint Center for Housing
Studies, homeowners spent $130.4 billion on home improvement
projects in 2003. A large portion of this figure went for flooring,
as indicated by Home Depot's purchases of four flooring companies
since 2002. For the millions of do-it-yourselfers, for homeowners
who hire professional help, for flooring contractors, installers,
The Flooring Handbook is packed with practical information.
This book is a user friendly, step-by-step guide
to selecting and installing the best flooring for a specific room
according to individual taste, budget, and level of expertise. To
get started, Dennis Jeffries, internationally known and
respected figure in the flooring industry, explains:
The Flooring Handbook covers all the major flooring materials.
Each entry includes information on the level of installation
difficulty, tools needed, floor design, what to watch out for,
maintenance, advantages and disadvantages, specific preparations
needed for each type of flooring, and clear instructions on
installation. The following are examples of some of the different
floor types, with tips and advice:
Other important features of
The Flooring Handbook include full color photographs of finished
rooms that demonstrate how various materials can work to the best
effect in a home. Charts aid preliminary decisions, for example, one
compares flooring choices for specific rooms, from entrance halls to
living rooms to kitchens to stairs to bedrooms and others. Another
chart shows relative levels of cost, expertise needed, and
maintenance for each type of flooring.
The Flooring Handbook reveals the extensive variety of flooring options available today that can add function, beauty and comfort to any area of a home. This book is both a clear, detailed instructional guide and an idea book that helps insure that esthetic flooring choices are also practical. As such, it is a comprehensive reference for designers, decorators and homeowners.
Home & Graden / Crafts & Hobbies
Realistic Model Railroad Design: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Creating a Unique Operating Layout by Tony Koester (Kalmbach Books) is a step-by-step guide to creating a unique operating layout.
Designing a successful model railroad calls for
much more than drafting a trackplan and arranging benchwork.
Creating realistic towns, industries, and “work” for trains to
perform can improve any layout, regardless of its size, scale, or
Withing the pages of
Realistic Model Railroad Design, notable Model Railroader
Magazine columnist Tony Koester offers insight into making plausible
choices for the concept and construction of detailed model
railroads. Photographs of his own layouts, and those of other
respected modelers, illustrate his concepts throughout. Among the
topics addressed in
Realistic Model Railroad Design, readers learn about:
Today's model railroaders expect a high level of
prototypical detail in their models, as well as in their layout
design and presentation, and they will get it in this book.
Upon opening the pages of Realistic Model Railroad Design readers find many helpful and insightful concepts to get them on the road to designing their own realistic model railroads. Using over 150 photos and 50 illustrations, Koester covers key topics in a straightforward style.
Home & Garden / Animal Care & Pets
Aquarium Fish Handbook: The Complete Reference from Anemonefish to Zamora Woodcats by Dick Mills (Barron’s)
How do readers choose the perfect complement
of fish for an aquarium?
How can readers understand the nature and
behavior of these slippery creatures?
Aquarium hobbyists looking to add variety to
their tanks will find in
Aquarium Fish Handbook color photos and concise textual
profiles of more than 400 species of freshwater and marine fish.
This book's easy-reference format points out key characteristics of
each breed and gives information on its origins, physiology, and
maintenance requirements. Each entry includes an at-a-glance guide
that notes feeding habits and compatibility with other fish. The
color photos are detailed to show markings and other distinguishing
features. Major freshwater groups include
Among the marine varieties are
Whether readers are longtime keepers, looking to start an aquarium, or are simply fascinated by fish, Aquarium Fish Handbook is the ultimate fish breed handbook. This concise, full-color, visual reference volume merits a place on every aquarium hobbyist's bookshelf.
Home & Garden / Home Improvements
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Home Repair and Maintenance
by David J. Tenenbaum (Complete Idiot's Guide To... Series:
Alpha, Penguin Group (
When it comes to fixing things around the house,
whether it means repairing a leaky faucet or unclogging a drain,
most of us are all thumbs. But home repair is not rocket science,
Some paint has peeled. Why?
A window refuses to slide. What's jamming it?
The toilet is running. Is a valve stuck?
A bit of guidance goes a long way, and
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Home Repair and Maintenance urges
readers not to waste money on a subcontractor. Many repairs are
simple enough for ordinary readers to do themselves. David
J.Tenenbaum shows readers how handy they are.
In this Complete Idiot's Guide readers get
step-by-step instructions for completing common repairs without a
contractor, comprehensive coverage of both interior and exterior
repairs and maintenance, and a list of tools to have on hand – and
instructions on how to use them. There are hundreds of photos and
illustrations to guide readers through common repairs, and important
safety tips to keep in mind while working. Tennenbaum also gives
expert advice on where – and how – to set up a workable workshop and
how to test, repair, and maintain ...
Close enough may be good enough in horseshoes and
hand grenades. In heart surgery and home repair, it helps to know
what you are doing. Tenenbaum knows what he's doing. And that is why
he has written an ideal treatment on the difficult topic of home
repair. – Douglas Swayne, general contractor and carpenter
Tenenbaum has been writing about home repair and maintenance and practicing it for over 20 years. During this time, he has learned which tools readers absolutely need and which they can do without. He knows that selecting the right materials can make or break a project. And he knows when to call in the pros and when it’s not necessary; a can-do attitude can compensate for almost anything except expert guidance. Expert advice awaits in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Home Repair and Maintenance.
Home & Garden / Antiques & Collectibles
Standard Guide to 1:18 Scale Die-Cast Cars by Merry
Dudley, foreword by Joe Kelly, Jr. (Krause Publications) Some
words of advice: don't tell collectors of large-scale, die-cast
automobile replicas that they collect toys.
They would argue they do not pay $100 for a
limited edition automobile replica just to throw it in a toy box or
give it to a child. These collectors demand attention to detail and
authenticity and do not settle for toy models.
Driven by an explosion of popularity in
large-scale, die-cast replicas among automotive enthusiasts and
collectors, Merry Dudley, editor of Toy Cars & Models,
offers the first reference of its kind in the hobby industry to aid
collectors in identification and pricing.
Standard Guide to 1:18 Scale Die-Cast Cars, devoted exclusively
to large-scale models, catalogs 10 years of automobile replicas from
more than 20 high-profile manufacturers. More than 1,000 full color
photos depict a wide range of popular and collectible vehicles from
the muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s to Formula One to
This reference allows collectors to catalog,
maintain and value their 1:18 scale die-cast collection.
Manufacturers such as Eagle, Ertl, Mattel, GMP, Funline, Lane
Collectables, Supercar Collectibles and Yat Ming are covered. Each
chapter focuses a specific manufacturer and gives contact
information and a brief history. Listings are alphabetically
categorized according to marque and subsequently by year and offers
photos, vehicle names, descriptions, stock numbers and values. Some
accessories are also covered. Popular vehicles include Chevrolet,
Dodge, Ford, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Jaguar, Porsche,
Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Nissan and Lotus.
No toys here ... scale automobile replicas.
Standard Guide to 1:18 Scale Die-Cast Cars provides
comprehensive coverage of the model car hobby without bias toward
subject, manufacturer, material, or age. For discriminating
collectors, the volume is the definitive resource for collectors who
want to evaluate and update their collections. They can to get
organized in no time .. . and fill out their wish lists for the
holidays or for the next visit to the local hobby shop or car show!
Private Property in the 21st Century: The Future of an American
Ideal (In Association With the
Private property’s form is crucial to contemporary
debates in land use and environmental policy and management. For
some, restrictions on private property are so severe as to threaten
the very freedoms property is designed to protect. For others, the
realities of life in the 21st century require property’s reshaping.
A number of questions frame the book:
These questions are central to land-use and
environmental planning, law and economics and their answers are
interdisciplinary, intersecting the intellectual and academic fields
of economics, geography, history, law, political science, public
policy, and urban and regional planning.
The answers matter because of the political power
of the property rights movement in the past, its continued push to
further and deepen its agenda under the Presidency of George W.
Bush, the real consequences for the management of landscapes,
ecosystems and ecological resources, and the fact that they are key
to understanding the nature of American society and governance. In
addition, to the extent advocates of land-use and environmental
planning want or need to refute the arguments of the private
property rights movement, and/or others whom the environmental
community groups together as 'anti-environmentalists,' it is the
issue of private property which is most difficult and troubling.
These questions are addressed in different ways by
the contributors to
Private Property in the 21st Century. Contributors agreed to a
set of preconditions: preparation of a paper outlining their
thoughts on the key questions and a willingness to engage one
another openly in dialogue. Under direction from the Lincoln
Institute, the participants, as much as possible, represent a
political spread, simplistically speaking, from liberal, moderate
and conservative camps. Chapters and their authors include:
In the final chapter, the editor, Harvey M.
The re-emergence of private property as a critical
issue of social conflict within
The Origins of the American Income Tax: The Revenue Act of 1894 and Its Aftermath by Richard J. Joseph (Syracuse University Press) offers a new and provocative interpretation of tax history and its surprising significance in current corporate debates.
Why do congressional critics want to "pull up
the income tax by its roots?"
Why do we have an income tax in the first
place – especially if its roots are no longer viable and the tax
no longer serves its intended purpose?
What are the roots of the tax system anyway,
and are they, in fact, still viable?
The Origins of the American Income Tax seeks answers to those
questions in the long-forgotten archives of tax history. Drawing on
extensive Congressional records from the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries, the book reveals how the fundamental ideas underlying our
present system of income taxation evolved during 1893-1895, leading
to enactment of a broad-based income tax in 1894. That initial law
was intended to create a fair tax system based on the principle of
"ability-to-pay." With an eye for detail, Richard J. Joseph, senior
lecturer in federal income taxation at the University of Texas at
Austin, explores ways in which this system would serve as a model
for future income tax schemes. He explains how global and domestic
changes rendered tariff taxation passé. And he demonstrates how
significant aspects of that early law, despite its swift demise in
the case of Pollock v. The Farmers' Loan & Trust Company, inspire
our current federal taxation system.
This book marks the culmination of several years'
inquiry into the social origins of the American income tax.
The Origins of the American Income Tax was written in response
to the cries on the part of some congressional critics to “pull up
the income tax by its roots”, and attempts to shed light on the
original intent, rationale, and effect of the early income tax and
thus to stimulate discussion and debate on the philosophical
underpinnings of our present tax system.
Excerpt from the book:
In conducting this inquiry, I initially
consulted the Congressional Record for 1913. It was in that year
that the Sixty-third Congress enacted a permanent tax on individual
incomes. This tax, merged with a corporate tax instituted in 1909,
laid the foundation for our modern system of income taxation. I soon
discovered that relatively little is revealed in the way of why
Congress wanted to institute a broad-based tax on net income.
Indeed, I learned, the central issue in the debates of 1913 was not
the impending shift to a new tax base, but rather the degree to
which rates should be progressive.
Joseph writes engagingly and The Origins of the American Income Tax makes the origins of tax law accessible to both lay persons and tax scholars. Its descriptions of corporate taxation, rarely if ever divulged before, are highly relevant today.
Literature & Fiction
Understanding Thomas Mann by Hannelore Mundt
(Understanding Modern European and Latin American Literature Series:
University Press of South Carolina) offers a comprehensive
guide to the novels, short stories, novellas, and nonfiction of one
of the most renowned and prolific German writers.
In addition to analyzing Mann’s most famous
works, including Buddenbrooks, Death in Venice, The Magic Mountain,
and Doctor Faustus, Hannelore Mundt introduces readers to
lesser-known works, among them Joseph and His Brothers, Lotte in
Weimar, and The Black Swan. In close readings, Mundt illustrates in
Understanding Thomas Mann how Mann’s masterly prose
captures both his time and the complexities of human existence with
a unique blend of humor, compassion, irony, and ambiguity.
Mundt, professor of German and adjunct
professor in women’s studies at the University of Wyoming,
takes readers chronologically from Mann’s literary beginnings in
1894 to his last novel, Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man.
She considers the influence of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich
Nietzsche on the emergence of Mann’s literary voice, his conflicted
feelings about his bourgeois background, and his life as
In Understanding Thomas Mann Mann emerges from Mundt’s analysis as a writer who plays with opposing perspectives in his fictional renderings of both the alienated individual and Germany’s cultural and political history. Mundt suggests that the openness of his works, paired with his deep insights into human existence, explains his stature as a literary figure whose importance extends across the globe.
Literature & Fiction
Images of Idiocy: The Idiot Figure in Modern Fiction and Film by Martin Halliwell (Ashgate Publishing House Limited) traces the concept of idiocy as it has developed in fiction and film in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Focusing particularly on visual images,
Images of Idiocy argues that writers as diverse as Gustave
Flaubert, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Joseph Conrad, John Steinbeck, Flannery
O'Connor and Rohinton Mistry, and filmmakers such as Jean Renoir,
Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, Werner Herzog and John Huston have
all been attracted to idiot figures as a way of thinking through
issues of language acquisition, intelligence, creativity,
disability, religion and social identity. Part I covers idiocy in
the nineteenth century (Romantic and Victorial Idiots, Madame
Bovary, The Idiot), Part II talks about Idiocy and Modernism (The
Secret Agent, Kaspar Hauser, Of Mice and Men), and Part III covers
Idiocy after World War II (Wise Blood, Waterland, Such a Long
Martin Halliwell, Senior Lecturer in English and
American Studies at the University of Leicester, provides a lively
discussion of the most significant literary and cinematic uses of
idiocy, arguing that scientific conceptions of the term as a
classifiable medical condition are too narrow.
... an important work theoretically and in terms
of cultural self-reflection. Halliwell's impressive and interesting
treatment of idiocy in fiction and film draws connections among
different authors and directors to evaluate the often paradoxical
representations of the idiot in various cultures, artistic genres,
and time periods. – Sheila Kunkle, Professor of Social Sciences,
Vermont College of the Union Institute and University
Martin Halliwell's engaging study of the idiot in
literature and film moves with great assurance from the
enlightenment "wild child" and the innocent romantic idiot to the
ambiguous postmodern "spazzing" of Lars von Trier; from Conrad and
Hitchcock to Dostoevsky and Kurosawa. Attentive to the varying
historical and discursive contexts inhabited by the figure of the
idiot, the book offers in particular, a suggestive account of the
role of the linguistic outsider in twentieth-century cinema and
culture. – Timothy Armstrong, Reader in Modern English and American
Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London
With the explosion of interest in idiocy among American and European filmmakers in the 1990s and the growing interest in its often overlooked history, Images of Idiocy offers a timely reassessment of idiocy and its special place at the intersection of science and culture.
Literature & Fiction
The Forayers, or the Raid of the Dog Days: Selected Fiction of
William Gilmore Simms by William Gilmore Simms, edited by
David W. Newton, with an introduction by John Caldwell Guilds (The
Simms Series: University of Arkansas Press)
The best novelist which this country has, on the
whole, produced. – Edgar Allen Poe
Historical novelist William Gilmore Simms
The Forayers, or the Raid of the Dog Days in 1855 at the
peak of his reputation and ability. It was the sixth book in his
series of eight Revolutionary War novels set in the South. Featuring
characters like Hell-Fire Dick, a hardhearted, foul-mouthed looter
under Tory protection, the novel describes events around
…Full of striking adventures racily
narrated. For conveying vivid pictures of the war in the south,
during the Revolutionary struggles, the series of volumes to which
this work belongs, may be said to be unmatched in our literature. –
Graham’s, January 1856
It is cause for rejoicing that another
volume… is now added to the
Edited by David W. Newton, a noted Simms scholar and professor of English at the State University of West Georgia, the book gives general readers of literature a chance to discover Simms. For politically-oriented readers, The Forayers, or the Raid of the Dog Days is an opportunity to take oneself back to the Revolutionary war era reading the politically subversive literature of that time.
Literature & Fiction / Poetry
Subject Matter: Poems by Baron Wormser (Sarabande
Books) Alice Fulton’s praise of Baron Wormser as an "unabashedly
American poet" still rings true in this sixth collection, as does
Sydney Lea’s view that Wormser has the gift to "speak, not
sloganistically but literally, for us all." What will surprise
readers is that each poem accomplishes all of this in only fourteen
lines—each loose sonnet simultaneously deft, analytical, and wry.
In the tradition of works such as Robert Lowell's
Notebook, Wormser uses this form to concisely pursue a wide range of
Subject Matter the sixty-one poems range in tone from fierce to
wry, from tender to brisk, from quizzical to evocative, just as the
topics range from tattoos to Buddhism, from truck driving to Israel,
from global warming to orgasms. What all the poems share is a
willingness to pursue uneasy truths, a willingness to encounter how
deeply the public realm touches the private realm. Wormser, Poet
Laureate of Maine, 2000, teacher at The Frost Place in Franconia,
New Hampshire, is known as a narrative/dramatic poet. In
Subject Matter he uses that impulse to generate "sonnets" of
great energy, as they enact the argumentative compression for which
the sonnet is justly famous.
Louis Simpson observed that Wormser has written
poetry that "is an answer to those who say that contemporary poetry
doesn't speak of important matters or that it is obscure."
Wormser sets his tone – vigorous,
irreverent, smartass.... At their best, Wormser's poems have the
mordant humor, urgency, and dread of Hemingway's short stories.
They're the real thing. – The
Subject Matter offers poems that are utterly accessible and deeply intelligent. They can be read again and again as they celebrate the means of poetry, what Wormser calls in his poem "Anecdotes", "the beneficence of a minor spell."
Literature & Fiction / Western Adventure
Cherokee [ABRIDGED] by Donald Clayton Porter, read by
Lloyd James, 4 cassettes, Approximately 6 hours(The White
Indian Series #10: Americana Publishing, Inc.) In this tenth title
in the White Indian Series,
Cherokee, western adventure writer Donald Clayton Porter
continues the saga of Renno, the Seneca. His grandson, Ghonkaba, has
sacrificed his heritage to support the American patriots, and now
Ghonkaba must lead his renegad Seneca band to a new homeland. The
future lies in the lush Tennesse valleys of the Cherokee.
But fighting still rages on this wild frontier, as
a British agent inflames the Choctaw and Creek. Only Ghonkaba, in a
daring contest of strength and skill, can convince the proud
Cherokee to welcome his people as brothers, while war drums signal
the start of a new and deadly battle for this beautiful land.
Strangers in a hostile land, the Seneca must prove their worthiness
or perish. Treachery threatens to destroy their dreams, and only the
dauntless courage of Ghonkaba, the defiant passion of an Indian
maid, and the noble love of a young warrior can create a new
brotherhood bound by honor and by blood to fight for freedom.
Read by Lloyd James, the stirring adventure Cherokee is also available in CD and as a paperback reissue from Domain.
Literature & Fiction
Some Great Thing by Colin McAdam (Harcourt, Inc.)
This is the story of a city, Ottowa in the 1970s: a cold, colorless
city, and of the men who made it.
Jerry McGuinty, introverted, a
plasterer-turned-builder: "Thirteen neighborhoods, five thousand
roofs, thirty thousand outside walls, and a rock-hard pair of
hands," he tells us. "That is what I have built." McGinty is a
self-made man whose wife likes a drink far more than she likes him.
Eventually, he becomes one of the most powerful developers of
Simon Struthers, a man of inherited wealth, a
bureaucrat, charming, vapid, "awful Simon, handsome, disgraceful,
fascinating, ruthless," who carries self-absorption to new heights.
Struthers has all the trappings of success, but fills his deep
longings with women. He is a man who is beginning to feel age
eroding his promise until he becomes desperate to accomplish some
great public works project.
With their different careers and successes,
these two strangers seek to carve out their own happiness – Jerry
with his wife, Simon with his endless affairs and intrigues.
But their interests collide when Jerry decides that his ultimate
achievement is to build a golf course in a zone protected from
development, and Simon wants to construct the largest wind tunnel in
the world, a place for testing "any building material subject to
Love can be suffocated by the drive to
succeed, and individuals crushed by greed and progress.
Fusing his housing narrative with a
thoughtful exploration of the dynamics of home, Colin McAdam,
first-time novelist, delves into relationships – fathers and sons,
mothers and daughters, husbands and wives. Only when both men
realize what they have to lose does the narrative bring them and the
story crashing together.
With skill, energy, resourcefulness, humor, and compassion for these broken characters, McAdam juxtaposes these lives to create a thoroughly contemporary world of ambition and desire, power and corruption. And the utterly blinding effects of love. Some Great Thing is one of the most thrillingly original novels in years.
Outdoors & Nature / Birds
North American Owls: Journey Through a Shadowed World by
Jim Burns (Willow Creek Press) takes readers on a journey of
discovering owls during his travels across the United States. Burns’
two rules of owling – that owls never appear when and where they are
expected, and that owls always appear when and where they are least
expected – set the tone for this excursion into the world of owls.
The essays are combined with full-color images of these elusive
birds, and details on each bird's habitat, range, behavior,
breeding, nesting habits, calls, and migration are included. And as
these birds are so often heard and not seen, an audio CD is part of
the package, showcasing the calls of these mysterious birds.
Widely known and appreciated in the birding world,
Burns has been photographing birds for over 20 years, and he has
been published in Birding and Birders World, and for the past five
years has been writing photo quizzes and an Arizona's Special
Species feature for the Cactus Wrendition, the publication of the
Maricopa Audubon Society in Phoenix. To create
North American Owls, Burns has sought out and found each species
of owl, and he shares his encounters, his epiphanies, his
frustrations, and most importantly, his learning about the amazing
world of owls.
Other books will give you facts about owls. This
one gives you facts, and superb visual images, and even more: the
mystery, the poetry, the symbolism, the sheer magic of these
extraordinary birds, from a man with deep knowledge of his subject.
Thanks to Jim Burns for a vivid, visceral, wonderful book. – Kenn
Kaufman, author of Birds of North America, A Field Guide to Advanced
The stunning photography and engaging and dramatic text in North American Owls, focused on the 19 species of North American owls, will excite readers and stir their impulses to grab the binoculars and head out into the night in search of these incredible and elusive birds.
Outdoors & Nature
When the Wild Calls: Wilderness Reflections from a Sportsman's
Notebook by Jack Kulpa (
The new collection in
When the Wild Calls, drawn from work that appeared in such
magazines as Field & Stream, Sports Afield, and Sporting Classics,
contains thirty-two essays organized into four parts: “Lakes and
Streams,” “Forests and Fields,” “Tail Feathers and Backlash,” and
“Home from the Hill” – these essays have a little something for
every kind of huntsman, fisherman, or nature lover. While the essays
address a variety of topics, each is inspired by what Kulpa refers
to as “the silent places where we have heard the wild calling.” To
quote Kulpa again: I may not know many things an outdoorsman should
know, but of this much I am certain: Wherever there are trees and
rocks, fields and water, silence, solitude, joy and wonder, there,
too, I'll hear the wild calling. It's as much a Mars response to the
natural world as it is the quality of a place. It's what I feel in
casting a line or taking a shot, and suddenly remembering what
spirit really means.
Kulpa's collection vividly conveys the hundreds of moments that serve as a signpost in an outdoorsman’s life. Set amid the wilderness lakes and coniferous forests of northern Wisconsin, where silence is vast and solitude is teeming, When the Wild Calls guides readers to a different and more intimate understanding of the wilderness and man's place in it. Any great outdoorsman will appreciate this collection of essays on fishing and hunting, no matter what region of the country they roam. The author's descriptions of nature, as well as his pursuit of the ultimate catch or kill will bring up fond memories; readers will feel as if they are alongside the soggy creek bed or hiding in the blind waiting for the next great adventure.
Contemporary Continental Thought by Stephen H. Daniel
(Pearson Prentice Hall) [The] selections [in
Contemporary Continental Thought] approach current continental
philosophy starting from critical social theory, and continue to
highlight the social-political contributions. This is a unique
conceptualization among textbooks. – David Michael Levin,
Contemporary Continental Thought is an anthology whose
focus on recent continental philosophy is unique because it brings
together in one volume:
An overview of critical theory,
structuralism, French feminism, deconstruction,
poststructuralism, postcolonialism, and postmodernism.
Brief introductions to (and
representative and accessible selections by) twenty important
figures along with their photographs.
Commentary on the more than thirty
Stephen H. Daniel, philosophy professor at Texas
A&M University, focuses on twenty authors who epitomize seminal work
in the seven categories of contemporay continental thought: critical
theory, psychoanalytic structuralism, feminism, deconstruction,
poststructuralism, postcolonialism, and postmodernism. Each chapter
discusses the philosophies of individual thinkers. Using accessible,
representative readings from their works, each chapter provides
guidance for understanding specific points of the selections and
relates the movements in recent continental thought.
Daniel saw a need for this course: university
philosophy programs have for some time offered courses in
existentialism that treat Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Kafka, Camus, and
Sartre as representatives of a popular and, for the most part,
accessible mentality. However, it became apparent that the doctrines
of Heidegger and even Sartre could not be understood without some
familiarity with phenomenology; and retrieving the intricacies of
Hegel, Husserl, or Merleau-Ponty shortened the amount of time
instructors could devote to the very writings that had drawn
students to the course in existentialism.
The development of continental philosophy
especially since the 1960s soon made it apparent that a different
kind of course was needed. In creating the course, Daniel chose
breadth over depth for two reasons. First, because a great deal of
exchange and commentary characterizes the work of current
continental thinkers, it is fruitless to consider them in isolation.
Second, the pedagogic elevation of major figures or works – and
the marginalization or exclusion of others - undermines the
effort in current continental philosophy to include literary
authors, artists, and social theorists. Admittedly, the constraints
of ordinary course planning require that some selection be made; but
by leaving out Lacan, Kristeva, Adorno, Althusser, Gadamer, or
Deleuze, he would have legitimated the narrowing of focus which they
and their more well-known counterparts had rejected. As Daniel has
observed in modern philosophy courses, students who are unimpressed
with Descartes or Kant as exemplars of philosophical orthodoxy are
often the ones who get excited by Condillac or Vico, precisely
because these latter thinkers do not fit easily into the
rationalist, empiricist, or idealist categories.
Daniel thinks that it is a mistake to expect that
students will understand or appreciate the continental philosophers
if they are thrown solely into original sources, but without
plunging into original sources they can hardly appreciate how
current continental philosophers draw attention to the linguistic
and material character of thought. In
Contemporary Continental Thought he therefore has included
general background discussions or overviews of significant
strategies, movements, and thinkers of current continental
philosophy. Before each of the readings he has added notes that
highlight some of the main points developed by the author. The
readings themselves have been selected either because they capture
the spirit or main ideas of the writer and are relatively
straightforward or are now considered central in understanding the
writer's overall thought. In some cases they are short essays, in
others they are selections from longer works. Together they provide
readers a sense of the character and concerns of continental
philosophy in the past forty years.
In contrast to the approach in other currently
Contemporary Continental Thought makes two points. First, in
arranging thinkers and movements in groupings, Daniel emphasizes
that there are scholarly reasons to associate these thinkers.
Second, despite the widespread assumption that strategies such as
deconstruction, poststructuralism, and postmodernism all refer to
roughly the same thing, it is important to differentiate these
movements from one another. Any effort to provide a taxonomy or
schema for these views may contradict the spirit of exchange that
informs all of them, but for someone who initially confronts current
continental philosophy, it is better to get a good sense of a
position, even if it is later needs qualification.
Contemporary Continental Thought is intended for anyone who
wants to understand the major ideas and thinkers of current
continental philosophy, and that means getting clear on the real
differences of critical theory, structuralism, psychoanalytic
feminism, deconstruction, poststructuralism, postcolonialism, and
postmodernism. It is a collection of readings, which provides
a sense of the variety and depth of these thinker's positions. It is
accessible and timely, with excellent selections that address a
variety of issues, and it is the only text of its kind on the
This is a well conceived volume. The editor
(Stephen Daniel) is judicious and well advised in his selections of
texts. – Dennis J. Schmidt, Pennsylvania State University
I feel that Stephen Daniel's text is essentially a
"first", a long-needed effort to gather together these sources in
Contemporary Philosophy... this text is ambitious and well needed.
It fills a gap in the textbook field, and the author demonstrates a
true command of the material within the anthology. – David Stegall,
Philosophy / Politics / Social Sciences
Philosophy / Politics / Social Sciences
The Culture of Make Believe by Derrick Jensen (Chelsea
Green Publishing Company)
Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to
be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the
functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.
– Primo Levi
As readers of the acclaimed A Language Older than
Words can attest, Derrick Jensen is a public intellectual of rare
The Culture of Make Believe, Jensen sets the bar as high
as possible, examining the atrocities that characterize so much of
our culture – from modern slavery and corporate misdeeds to
manufacturing disasters and the destruction of the natural world.
Jensen takes no prisoners.
Interweaving political, historical, philosophical and deeply
personal perspectives, Jensen argues that only by understanding past
horrors can we hope to prevent future ones. Exploring the
lines of thought and experience that connect the atrocities of our
culture throughout history, Jensen leads us on an extraordinary
journey from early twentieth-century lynchings in the
The Culture of Make Believe deftly weaves together
history, philosophy, environmentalism, economics, literature and
psychology. Jensen focuses in on the dangers of abstraction and the
economics that result from our viewing people and things as sources
of profit and elements in systems. Therefore he chooses to look at
the particular, telling many stories in great detail. He has the
ability to forge these events into an emotionally compelling and
devastating critique of the intellectual, psychological, emotional
and social structures of Western culture.
What he comes up with is
He finds that the sources of the values that permeate our society are in imperialism, slavery, the rise of global capitalism, and the ideologies of possessiveness and consumerism.
Jensen's solution is a return to the simple
life, perhaps much like that of the hunter-gatherers, yet he knows
that such a turn must be "the end of civilization." At the end of
the preface, Jensen writes: “This book is a weapon. It is a gun to
be put into the hands of all of us who wish to oppose these
atrocities, and a manual on how to use it. It is a knife to cut the
ropes that bind us to our ways of perceiving and being in the world.
It is a match to light the fuse.”
The Culture of Make Believe is as impeccably researched as it is intense, with conclusions as far-reaching as they are shocking. What begins as an attempt to reconsider the nature of hatred soon explodes into a reckoning with the very heart of Western civilization.
The Culture of Make Believe is a masterpiece. - Frances Moore Lappe
Read this book. Get it for everyone you care about. - Inga Muscio
Politics / History / Military Intelligence
Strategic Intelligence: Windows into a Secret World: An
Anthology edited by Loch K. Johnson & James J. Wirtz
(Roxbury Publishing Company) provides the first comprehensive set
of readings in the field of intelligence studies. Loch K. Johnson
and James J. Wirtz's anthology spans a wide range of topics, from
how the United States gathers and interprets information collected
around the world to comparisons of the American intelligence system
with the secret agencies of other nations.
The text addresses a wide range of material
including: (1) the meaning of strategic intelligence; (2) methods
of intelligence collection; (3) intelligence analysis; (4) the
danger of intelligence politicization; (5) relationships between
intelligence officers and the policymakers they serve; (6) covert
action; (7) counterintelligence; (8) accountability and civil
liberties; and (9) intelligence as practiced in other nations.
The text also contains valuable pedagogical
features including: (1) the thirty-six classic articles on
intelligence by leading experts; (2) nine thorough, chapter-length
introductory essays by editors Johnson, Regents Professor of
Political Science at the University of Georgia, editor of the
journal Intelligence and National Security and Wirtz, professor and
chair of the Department of National Security Affairs, Naval
Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, which serve as a helpful
"road map" for the reader; (4) charts and figures on intelligence
organization and leadership; and (5) a select bibliography.
1. The Evolution of the U.S. Intelligence
Community – An Historical Overview by
Aspin-Brown Commission staff member Phyllis
Provost McNeil. This history of the U.S. intelligence community
traces how today's intelligence institutions, while shaped by the
Cold War, are based on an American tradition of supporting foreign
and defense policy with clandestinely acquired information.
2. The Quaintness of the U.S. Intelligence
Community: Its Origin, Theory, and Problems by Thomas F. Troy, a CIA
veteran. This overview of the evolution of the U.S. intelligence
"community," offers some insights into why it is so difficult to get
various intelligence agencies to set aside their own agendas and
work toward improving the overall intelligence picture available to
3. The Use and Limits of U.S. Intelligence by Frank J. Cilluffo, who has chaired two committees on homeland defense, Ronald A. Marks, a former officer at the CIA and former intelligence counsel, and George C. Salmoiraghi, attorney and research associate with the Global Organized Crime Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. This discussion of the "new terrorism" explains why the intelligence community was not well prepared to meet the new threat, exemplified by the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Part II. Intelligence Collection
4. CIA and Its Discontents by Patrick R. Riley,
the nom de plume of a former case officer in the CIAs Directorate of
Operations. Riley explores whether the CIA can cope with all the
intelligence requirements placed on it since the end of the Cold War
and calls for a more discriminating list of targets for intelligence
5. Re-examining Problems and Prospects in U.S.
Imagery Intelligence by John M. Diamond, who covers national
security, foreign policy, and intelligence issues for the
Washington Bureau of the Chicago Tribune. A perennial problem of
intelligence collection is how to acquire useful knowledge from the
glut of information gathered by spy machines and human agents. This
article focuses on how to cope with the flood of photographs (or
images) that pour back to the United States from surveillance
6. The Satellite Gap by Jeffrey T. Richelson, a
senior fellow with the National Security Archive in Washington. A
researcher in the National Security Archives in Washington, D.C.,
Richelson warns of an impending gap in U.S. surveillance satellite
coverage, as one generation of "birds" begins to wear out and fall
to earth without another generation ready to replace them in space.
7. The Time of Troubles: The U.S. National
Security Agency in the Twenty-First Century by Matthew M. Aid,
managing director in the Washington, D.C., office of Citigate Global
Intelligence and Security. America's largest intelligence
organization, the National Security Agency, is beset with a variety
of bureaucratic problems according to this expert on signals
intelligence, who recommends improvements in management and
outreach, as well as technological remedies.
8. Analysis, War, and Decision: Why Intelligence
Failures Are Inevitable by Richard K. Betts, Leo A. Shifrin
Professor of War and Peace Studies in the Department of Political
Science at Columbia University. This history of diplomatic and
military affairs is riddled with instances when intelligence
analysts failed to provide timely warning of what was about to
unfold. Betts presents a strong explanation of why intelligence
failures are envitable, as well as insights into the myriad
challenges that analysts must overcome to offer useful estimates of
9. The Importance of Open Source Intelligence to
the Military by Robert D. Steele, president of Open Sources, Inc.,
of Oakton, Virginia. Steele describes various types of information
available on the World Wide Web and explains how these sources can
he exploited by intelligence organizations to supplement the
classified information they traditionally rely upon as a basis for
10. A Policymaker's Perspective on Intelligence
Analysis by Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill, who served as Special
Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and
Soviet Affairs on the National Security Council staff from 1989-90,
and Jack Davis, a former CIA analyst, currently with the CIA's
Sherman Kent Center. Policymakers must focus on the pressing issues
of the day, leaving little time to peruse finished intelligence
products. Blackwill offers the reader a glimpse into the lives of
policymakers and analysts as they interact.
11. Intelligence Estimates and the Decision-Maker
by Shlomo Gazit, a major general in the Israeli army. Gazit
highlights the importance of establishing what he describes as a
"reciprocal relationship" between analysts and policymakers and
ways to bridge the gap that exists between them.
12. CIA's Strategic Intelligence in Iraq by
Richard L. Russell, professor at the Near EastSouth Asia Center for
Strategic Studies, the National Defense University. This report on
the CIAs performance prior to the first Gulf War gives analysts high
marks for accurate estimates of Iraqi intentions and capabilities
and the performance of U.S. forces in battle.
13. Early Warning Versus Concept: The Case of the
Yom Kippur War 1973 by Ephraim Kahana, a senior research associate
in the National Security Center at the University of Haifa and a
faculty member in the Political Science Department in the Western
Galilee College. This study of Israeli intelligence performance
prior to the 1973 Yom Kippur war describes how the analytic
framework that dominated Israeli perceptions of events in the fall
of 1973 led both analysts and officials to misinterpret information
about the threats
14. The Politicization of Intelligence
by Harry Howe Ransom, professor emeritus in political science
at Vanderbilt University. This overview of how politicization occurs
within the intelligence community suggests that it is inherent in
the production of intelligence, because information is crucial to
"aiding and preserving political power.”
15. Intelligence to Please? The Order of Battle
Controversy During the Vietnam War by James J. Wirtz. In this
account of a dispute that occurred within the U.S. intelligence
community on the eve of the 1968 Tet offensive, Wirtz explores
charges made by Samuel Adams, a CIA analyst, that a conspiracy
existed to prevent accurate information about enemy troop strength
from reaching senior members of the Johnson administration.
16. Inside Ivory Bunkers: CIA Analysts Resist
Managers’ ‘Pandering’ by H. Bradford Westerfield, recently retired
as Damon Wells Professor of International Studies and professor of
political science at Yale University. Westerfield describes the
controversy surrounding the 1991 nomination of Robert Gates as
Director of Central Intelligence, who was disliked by many analysts
because they believed that he pressured them to produce finished
intelligence that supported White House policy preferences.
17. Intelligence and National Action by Michael
Herman, a leading British intelligence scholar. In this
introduction to the role played by intelligence in shaping diplomacy
and military action, Herman suggests that many things can influence
the making of policy in peacetime and war, not just information.
18. Tribal Tongues: Intelligence Consumers,
Intelligence Producers by Mark M. Lowenthal, assistant director of
Central Intelligence for analysis and production. Lowenthal
suggests that the different bureaucratic cultures of the
policymaking and intelligence communities often form a significant
barrier to a close relationship between the consumers and producers
19. Building Leverage in the Long War: Ensuring
Intelligence Community Creativity in the Fight Against Terrorism by
James W. Harris, senior analyst for Central Technology
In this call for intelligence reform in the wake
of the September 11 tragedy, Harris highlights the role elected
officials can play in shaping the intelligence community to meet the
20. Interfering With Civil Society: CIA and KGB
Covert Political Action During the Cold War by Kevin A. O'Brien, a
former research associate with the Canadian Institute of Strategic
Studies and currently a senior analyst for RAND Europe. The Cold War
was in large part a subterranean battle between the intelligence
services of the two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet
Union, as carried out by their premier intelligence services: the
CIA and the KGB. O'Brien examines the political dimension of covert
actions undertaken by these two intelligence behemoths.
21. Covert Action: Swampland of American Foreign
Policy by Senator Frank Church, who led the 1975-76 Senate inquiry
into allegations of CIA abuses and served as chairman of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee. Church finds in the excesses of the CIA
abroad the symptoms of an illusion of American omnipotence that
entrapped and enthralled the nation's presidents throughout the
22. Covert Action Can Be Just by James A. Barry,
who served as deputy director of the CIA's Center for the Study of
Intelligence. Exploring the use of covert action from the point of
view of just-war theory, Barry establishes benchmarks for judging
the morality of this controversial form of secret foreign policy. He
eschews highly invasive operations but advances an ethical
justification for certain forms of covert action.
23. Cold War Spies: Why They Spied and How They
Got Caught by Stan A. Taylor, professor of political science at
Brigham Young University, and Daniel Snow, a published economic
espionage author. Why do some people commit treason against their
own country? Taylor and Snow examine this question and find that the
answer is simple enough: for money.
24. Bane of Counterintelligence: Our Penchant for
Self-Deception by Tennent H. Bagley, who served as deputy chief of
the CIA operations. Bagley claims to have found the
counterintelligence enemy and the enemy is us: or at least the
penchant of intelligence bureaucracies to avoid the reality that
they may have been penetrated by a hostile intelligence service.
25. OSS and the Venona Decrypts by Hayden B.
Peake, adjunct professor at the Defense Intelligence College in
Washington. Examining the Soviet "Venona" cables intercepted by U.S.
Army intelligence during the Cold War, former CIA officer Peake
finds evidence of KGB and GRU infiltration of the Office of
Strategic Services, the forerunner of the CIA.
26. Counterintelligence: The Broken Triad by
Frederick L. Wettering, retired CIA operations officer who managed
clandestine operations in Europe and Africa for more than three
decades. An expert on counterintelligence formerly with the CIA,
Wettering sees U.S. counterintelligence as a discipline in disarray
and in need of radical reform.
27. Intelligence: Welcome to the American
Government by Gregory F. Treverton, who served as vice chairman of
the National Intelligence Council, and is currently with RAND.
Treverton explores the merits of viewing intelligence organizations
as a regular part of America's government, as subject to
constitutional safeguards as any other department or agency.
28. Covert Action and Accountability:
Decision-Making for America's Secret Foreign Policy by Loch K.
Johnson. Johnson examines the specifics of congressional oversight
and its implications for covert action.
29. Unleashing the Rogue Elephant: September 11
and Letting the CIA Be the CIA by Frederick P.
Hitz, inspector general of the CIA from 1990 to 1998, a lecturer in
public and international affairs at Princeton University. In hopes
of maintaining accountability without stifling the effectiveness of
intelligence officers, intelligence reformers and anti-reformers
have debated the proper level of supervision of the CIA. Hitz argues
that the leash on the CIA is too tight and suggests how to improve
effectiveness without eroding civil liberties.
30. Ethics and Intelligence by E. Drexel Godfrey,
Jr., who served in the Intelligence Directorate of the CIA from 1957
to 1970, as well as the CIA's director of current intelligence.
Godfrey maintains that even in the dark domain of intelligence one
must have certain limits of restraint – at least in nations like the
United States that have long displayed a concern for morality in the
making of foreign policy.
31. Another System of Oversight: Intelligence and
the Rise of Judicial Intervention by Frederic F. Manget, with the
Office of Legal Affairs at the CIA. The judicial branch of
government is a latecomer to the world of intelligence, but, as
Manget notes, it is now very much a part of that world as the courts
provide yet another check on intelligence abuse.
32. Congressional Supervision of America's Secret
Agencies: The Experience and Legacy of the Church Committee by Loch
K. Johnson, former assistant to Senator Frank Church. Johnson
reviews the experiences of that investigation and gauges the
contribution made by the Church Committee.
33. The Heritage and Future of the Russian
Intelligence Community by Robert W. Pringle, adjunct professor with
the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky. In
this postmortem of the KGB, Pringle describes how it kept Soviet
citizens in line and protected the regime from both internal and
external political threats. He also describes the difficult task
facing the Russian government as it creates new intelligence
organizations from the remnants of the KGB.
34. The Fall and Rise of France's Spymasters by
Percy Kemp, author of novels and articles about Islam, geopolitics,
and espionage. Following the upheaval that accompanied the collapse
of the Soviet Union and the first Gulf War, Hemp explains how the
French government realized that it needed a competent intelligence
community to cope with emerging challenges.
35. Controlling Intelligence in New Democracies by
Thomas C. Bruneau, who teaches in the Department of National
Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey,
California, and is director of the school's Center for
Civil-Military Relations. Bruneau describes an issue that is often
overlooked in the literature on transitions to democracy: the reform
of intelligence organizations and their role in fledgling
36. Intelligence and Policy by Sir Percy Cradock,
who served as British Ambassador to China (1978-84) and Chairman of
the British Joint Intelligence Committee from 1985 to 1992. Cradock
assesses the performance of British intelligence since World War
Loch Johnson and James Wirtz have produced a
vitally important volume on the future of strategic intelligence.
At a time when U.S. and other intelligence services are adapting
quickly to the new threat environment, in part by returning to the
basics of collection, analysis, counterintelligence, and covert
action, this volume offers historical parallels and contemporary
discussions about the challenges of doing so. Drawing upon
traditional and sometimes controversial experts, this book covers
the rich intelligence landscape and incorporates updated discussions
on ethics and accountability, politicization of intelligence, and
even a section on intelligence in other lands. One of the richest
volumes on intelligence in the past decade. – Kevin O’Connell,
Director, Intelligency Policy Center, RAND
The editors have done a masterful job of selecting
truly edifying pieces for this anthology. The approach is logical
and clear, and the editors' introductions to each section are
indispensable for making sense of the essays that follow. – Edward
Schatz, Southern Illinois University
Directed at students, the collection of articles in Strategic Intelligence covers the range of topics in intelligence. The readings are written by renowned experts, and each article is prefaced by a brief, framing introduction written by the editors.Taken together, they provide a deeper understanding of the field of intelligence than has yet been available – they are much needed and will be well received.
Politics / Philosophy
The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt with an introduction by Samantha Power (Schocken Books) was hailed as a classic by the Times Literary Supplement when it was originally published in 1951.
Arendt considered herself a public intellectual,
and her works continue to be relevant today, as they illustrate and
explore fundamental questions about good and evil, the role of the
individual in society, and the nature of politics. Arendt's
investigation of totalitarian movements – from the rise of
anti-semitism in Europe in the 1800s to Nazi Germany and Stalinist
Russia – represents one of the most important studies of its subject
Nothing in the nineteenth century – indeed,
nothing in human history – could have prepared the world for the
idea of political domination achieved by organizing the infinite
plurality and differentiation of human beings as if all humanity
were just one individual. Arendt believed that such a development
marked a grotesque departure from all that had come before.
The Origins of Totalitarianism, Arendt sought to provide a
historical account of the forces that crystallized into
totalitarianism: The ebb and flow of nineteenth-century
anti-Semitism (she deemed the Dreyfus Affair a dress rehearsal for
the Final Solution) and the rise of European imperialism,
accompanied by the invention of racism as the only possible
rationalization for it. For Arendt, totalitarianism was a form of
governance that eliminated the very possibility of political action.
Totalitarian leaders attract both mobs and elites, take advantage of
the unthinkability of their atrocities, target "objective enemies"
(classes of people who are liquidated simply because of their group
membership), use terror to create total loyalty, rely on
concentration camps, and are obsessive in their pursuit of global
primacy. But even more presciently, Arendt understood that
totalitarian solutions could well survive the demise of totalitarian
Combining history, political theory and
philosophy, Arendt examines how totalitarian regimes use propaganda
and terror to create and maintain the state, how individuals
transform into masses, and how isolation helps dictators create the
foundation for total domination.
I'm more convinced than ever that this book,
conclusively developed out of your clarity of vision, represents a
major breakthrough for our political world, the first of its kind
amid all the current talk of totalitarianism. Every politician ought
to read it and understand it. If another author should follow you
and put what you have grasped into a logical structure that is
simple and easy to teach, one will still always have to go back to
the source to participate in that power that enables others to see.
– Karl Jaspers, in a letter to Hannah Arendt, on the German
The Origins of Totalitarianism in 1915.
In a time when questions of regime power are foremost in the world community, Arendt's work remains vital and critical reading. With a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power, The Origins of Totalitarianism remains an essential book for understanding the barbarity of the twentieth century.
Politics / Social Sciences / Law
Identity and Global Politics: Theoretical and Empirical Elaborations edited by Patricia Goff & Kevin Dunn (Palgrave Macmillan) Scholars of international relations have recently renewed their attention to the concept of identity. We see assertions that identities are relational, fluid, constructed, and multiple. The renewed interest has been both exciting and challenging, especially as scholars attempt to design empirical research projects that give prominence to identity but that are also sensitive to its complexity.
Identity and Global Politics, editors Patricia Goff,
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Utah, and
Kevin Dunn, Hobart and William Smith College, draw together
essays written by scholars in the field of international relations
(IR) from a variety of regional, methodological, and theoretical
perspectives to confront the challenges of identity-centered
analysis. The contributors seek to elucidate the general meaning and
methodological implications of the commonly stated, yet largely
unexamined, assertion that identities are relational, fluid,
constructed, and multiple.
Of particular interest to IR scholars
working on identity is an effort to avoid assuming that identity is
primarily and inextricably tied to the nation-state. But there are
concerns that the use of the word “identity” may come at a cost;
these are perhaps best articulated in Rogers Brubaker and Frederick
Cooper’s article “Beyond Identity” in which they suggest moving
beyond the term identity entirely.
However, Goff and Dunn propose unpacking the
term “identity” in order to grapple directly with the conceptual
ambiguity in order to increase intellectual clarity and improve
methodological understanding. These are the goals of this volume,
conceived at the 2000 International Studies Association conference.
Identity and Global Politics advances the international
relations literature on identity by providing a sustained analytical
reflection on the four features of identity that we now embrace as
given: alterity; the fluidity and dynamism of identities; their
multiplicity; and their constructedness. Moreover, the chapters
combine empirical studies with self-conscious reflections on the
methodological choices that the authors make to complete an
An unpacking of the term identity packed with
illustrations from tango to transnationalization. A welcome addition
to IR's identity debates in the classroom and beyond. – Professor
Cynthia Weber, Lancaster University
This timely book is a major event in scholarship
in identity theory and global politics. Goff and Dunn have assembled
an outstanding ensemble of established leading scholars of identity
theory as well as a number of highly promising junior scholars.
Their collected essays offer the reader essential theoretical
insights in addition to wide-ranging original empirical research
that will illuminate scholars interested in international relations
theory, comparative politics and area studies as well as anyone
interested in the salience of shifting social identities in a
globalizing world. – Dr. Rodney Bruce Hall, Academic Director,
Oxford University, Foreign Service Programme & University Lecturer
in International Political Economy
Political Science / Philosophy / Anthropology / Religion / Islam
An Islamic Reformation? edited by Michaelle Browers & Charles Kurzman (Lexington Books) Over the last two decades we have seen a vast number of books published in the West that treat Islamic fundamentalism as a rising threat to the values of secularism and democracy. In the last decade scholars began proclaiming an existent or emerging “clash” between East and West, Islam and Christianity, or in the case of Benjamin R. Barber, “Jihad and McWorld.” More recently, some scholars have offered another interpretation. Focusing on the work of contemporary Muslim intellectuals, these scholars have begun to argue that what we are witnessing, in Islam contexts, is tantamount to a reformation.
An Islamic Reformation? attempts to evaluate the claim that a reformation is going on in Islam through the work of emerging and top scholars in the fields of political science, philosophy, anthropology, religion, history, and Middle Eastern studies.
Questions of interest include:
This book, edited by Michaelle
Bowers, Assistant Professor of Political Science at
An outstanding, timely, original, and highly
focused analysis of the theories and prospects of an Islamic
reformation – a refreshing, intimate, well-informed, and insightful
account of the most significant current debates among Muslims
everywhere. – Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, Charles Howard Candler
Professor of Law,
Unique in its focus and scope, An Islamic Reformation? represents an emerging vanguard in the discussion of Islamic religious heritage and practice and its effect on world politics.
Good Muslim, Bad Muslim:
Mamdani dispels the idea of ‘good’ (secular, westernized) and ‘bad’ (premodern, fanatical) Muslims, pointing out that these judgments refer to political rather than cultural or religious identities. The presumption that there are ‘good’ Muslims readily available to be split off from ‘bad’ Muslims masks a failure to make a crucial political analysis of our times.
Good Muslim, Bad Muslim argues that political Islam
emerged as the result of its modern encounter with Western power.
Focusing on the reasons Islam has become politicized, Mamdani
illustrates how the American government's indirect, post-Vietnam-era
sponsorship of terrorist leaders in Indochina and Africa began as a
way of dealing with the perceived threat of spreading Soviet
influence in these regions. He discusses how America's rigidly
supportive policies toward Israel have fueled the problems in the
Middle East. And he explains that the West, with a distorted
political analysis of Islam and its activities, continues to
dangerously skew its response to them.
The terrorist movement at the center of
Islamist politics is an even more recent phenomenon, one that
This provocative and thoughtful inquiry
raises hard and serious questions. It is a valuable contribution to
the understanding of some of the most important developments of the
contemporary era. – Noam Chomsky
Mamdani strips open the lies, stereotypes, and
easy generalizations on which U.S. policy toward the Muslim world is
founded. Dismaying but essential reading. – J.M.Coetzee
Mamdani's conclusions appear as incontrovertible as they are provocative. Good Muslim, Bad Muslim takes a critical look at both Islam’s and America's position in the world today and raises tough questions about what has happened and may very well continue to happen around the world in relation to U.S. foreign policy, terrorism, and the rise of contemporary political Islam. Best case scenario: the book will profoundly change our understanding both of Islamist politics and the way America is perceived in the world today.
The Revolution Betrayed by Leon Trotsky, translated by Max
Eastman (Dover Publications, Inc.) A republication of one of
Marxism's most important texts,
The Revolution Betrayed explores the fate of the Russian
Revolution after Lenin's death. Written in 1936 and published the
following year, this brilliant and profound evaluation of Stalinism
from the Marxist standpoint prophesied the collapse of the Soviet
Union and subsequent related events.
The effects of the October Revolution led to the
establishment of a nationalized, planned economy, demonstrating the
practicality of socialism for the first time. By the early 1930s,
however, the Soviet workers' democracy had crumbled into a state of
bureaucratic decay that ultimately gave rise to an infamous
totalitarian regime. Leon Trotsky employs facts, figures, and
statistics to show how Stalinist policies rejected the enormous
productive potential of the nationalized planned economy in favor
of a wasteful and corrupt bureaucratic system.
This Dover unabridged republication of
The Revolution Betrayed: What Is the Soviet Union and Where Is
It Going..., first published by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. in
1937, was translated by Max Eastman. Six decades after the
publication of this classic, the shattering of Stalinist regimes in
Russia and Eastern Europe has confused and demoralized countless
The Revolution Betrayed offers readers of every political
persuasion an insider's view of what went wrong.
With hindsight, it is remarkable how thoroughly
Trotsky understood the course the
Reference / Education
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The Love Relationship Formula: Predicting Romantic Success With
Astrology by Christine Rakela (Llewellyn Publications)
If a secret formula for a good relationship exists, full-time
professional astrologer Christine Rakela has discovered it.
Based on eighteen years of research and thousands
of astrological chart comparisons,
The Love Relationship Formula relates a way to identify the
strengths and challenges of any romantic relationship. The fifteen
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Charts of celebrity couples and examples from the author's
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The Love Relationship Formula works in real life.
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of astrology and its relationship with mathematics,
The Love Relationship Formula details the numerous
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The Inner Journey Home: The Soul's Realization of the Unity of
Reality by A. H. Almaas (Shambhala) The world's great
spiritual traditions recognize that direct knowledge of the soul can
lead to an understanding of the nature of the cosmos and even the
For over two decades, A. H. Almaas, pen name of
Hameed Ali, has been exploring these questions by developing the
Diamond Approach, a spiritual path that draws on the insights of
Sufism, Buddhism, Gurdjieff, and other wisdom traditions, and
combines them with the empirical lessons of modern psychological
According to Almass, as explained in
The Inner Journey Home, in the contemporary West we find
ourselves in a world in which the soul or self, the world or cosmos,
and Being or God, are understood to be separate aspects of reality
in two senses: first, in the scientific, religious, and
philosophical discourses of the day, and second, in the actual
experience of the modern person. Regarding the latter, the actual
experience, some part of the alienation of the self from Being, and
the sense of being a separate entity in a world of entities, is a
result of ordinary egoic development. The alienation from the sense
of Being or the divine is particularly prevalent and thoroughgoing
in the modern Western world; this is due to a worldview that not
only separates the areas of self/soul, world/cosmos, and Being/God,
but almost universally does not question or investigate such
separation in the spirit of truth that has been such an important
part of our cultural history.
The Inner Journey Home moves toward an understanding of the
fundamental unity of reality. Almaas’ approach is not a theoretical
one based on an externally defined discovery of unity, as for
instance the whole-systems approach that is so significant and
valuable in some current scientific discussion. Although these
discussions are important and resonant with hs understanding, his
discoveries come from a systematic investigation of the nature of
reality starting with the direct knowing of the nature of self or
soul. This revelation leads, as in the great spiritual and
philosophical traditions, to an understanding of the nature of the
cosmos and the nature of Being or the divine.
The Inner Journey Home has two elements: first, mainly in the
first half of the book, is a detailed discussion of the nature of
the self or soul. Second is an overview of the path of the soul's
journey to the realization and embodiment of Being, as developed in
the Diamond Approach. Almaas discusses this journey in terms of five
dimensions of Being, clarifying understanding of both normal and
enlightened awareness, and how they relate to each other. The book
refers to the inner journey discussed to this point as the journey
of ascent, in which the soul ascends the various subtle dimensions
To complete the story of the soul's path the book
also discusses the journey of descent, in which the soul integrates
the ground of true nature, with its five dimensions, into everyday
life, which brings the soul to a realization of nonduality. This
book presents the larger view of the Diamond Approach, its
metaphysical underpinnings, its overall structure, and its
The Inner Journey Home can be used as the central organizing
presentation of the Diamond Approach.
Since this book is a presentation of the structure
of the path of the Diamond Approach, the main body of the book does
not refer to other teachings, and does not quote other authors. But
since some readers prefer scholarly references, and connections with
other teachings and sources, they may prefer to read the endnotes
and appendices in the order given in the text.
The book contains several appendices. Some develop
ideas in the book and endnotes in more detail and with greater
technical precision. Some address questions and themes that are
tangential to the main body of the book but nevertheless amplify and
develop its meaning. Some apply the Diamond Approach to other fields
or areas, and some attempt to relate his understanding to other
fields or cast them in the language of other fields or teachings.
This book is not a rigorous philosophic treatise or an attempt to
prove any theory or idea scientifically or logically. Even though
the book utilizes philosophic discussions, logical reasoning, and
scientific findings and procedures, it presents a teaching that
developed experientially, as the expression of an inner
transformation of consciousness that the author has undergone, as
have some of his associates and many students who have participated
in the teaching.
This profound book offers a visionary understanding for anyone who wishes to know and traverse the territory of the psyche and the soul, the spiritual and the psychological. Almaas is among our wisest and most illuminated teachers, and this is one of his masterworks. – Jack Kornfield, author of After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
We can think of no more significant voice in the
transpersonal field than A. H. Almaas. – Don Richard Riso and Russ
Hudson, authors of Personality Types
The Inner Journey Home constitutes Almaas's most comprehensive and nuanced presentation of the Diamond Approach to date. Weaving systematic inquiry into personal experience, Almaas plumbs the soul's various structures and levels while also providing an overview of the soul's journey to its goal: the realization of a vision of reality in which self, world, and God are unified.
Religion & Spirituality / Occult
The Earth Chronicles Expeditions: Journeys to the Mythical Past
by Zecharia Sitchin (Bear & Company, Inner Traditions
International) is Zecharia Sitchin's autobiographical
recounting of a half century of investigative expeditions to unravel
the enigmas of ancient civilizations and their gods.
Was there an Atlantis, or was the tale an allegorical myth?
An eminent Orientalist and Biblical scholar,
Sitchin is distinguished by his ability to read ancient Sumerian
clay tablets and other ancient texts. For the first time,
Sitchin, author of the bestselling The Earth Chronicles series,
reveal his foundational research and adventurous expeditions
including vivid accounts of explorations in
Sitchin's expeditions take readers from the
The Earth Chronicles Expeditions shows the behind-the-scenes findings in museums and archaeological sites, and contains 60 color and 159 black-and-white images from the author's personal archive, including previously unpublished photographic evidence of UFOs in biblical times. The book is a historical and archaeological adventure into the origins of mankind and a guidebook for those who wish to visit the numerous sites and museums covered in the book.
Religion & Spirituality / Philosophy
God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism by Jonathan Kirsch (Viking Compass)
What would the world be like today if
classical paganism had been tolerated rather than persecuted?
Would we face the current threats of terrorism
God Against the Gods, critically acclaimed author Jonathan
Kirsch, book columnist for the Los Angeles Times, broadcaster and
adjunct professor at New York University, shatters the commonly held
belief that polytheism was an unmitigated evil. Kirsch shows
how the world of classical paganism was in fact based on religious
liberty and diversity and how the advent of monotheism brought—in
the name of true belief—holy war, crusades, martyrdom, and
For readers of James Carroll, Karen Armstrong, and
God Against the Gods is a fascinating look at the roots of
today's most violent and disturbing conflicts. It examines the rise
of monotheism and the fanaticism it has engendered. In contrast to
polytheism, which entertains the idea of many gods and many ways to
worship them, monotheism is based on the conviction that a single
god exists and one's own rituals and practices as the only proper
way to worship the one true god. The "true believer" in monotheism
has no tolerance for those who hold other beliefs.
God Against the Gods tells the dramatic story of two men in the
fourth century who – each acting out of his own personal passions –
changed the history of the world. With a storyteller's gift for
bringing history to life, Kirsch chronicles the battle between the
Roman emperor Constantine, a shrewd politician who led a revolution
in the name of monotheism and his nephew, Julian the Apostate, who,
converting to paganism after his entire family was killed by
Christian emperors, sought to work a counter-revolution in the name
This is an accessible and engaging study that will
challenge some facile religious assumptions, but does so creatively
and constructively. By showing the dynamic underlying the
development of monotheism, Kirsch shows what is involved religiously
in the belief in a single focus of divinity, and his book tells us a
great deal about the religious imagination and its ongoing struggle
for meaning and value. – Karen Armstrong, author of The History of
Exposing another way in which the Western world hides its head in the sand, God Against the Gods is an eye-opening epic of the struggle between monotheism and polytheism in the ancient world, revealing monotheism’s dark side and polytheism’s bright one, and illuminating the ancient roots of today’s most bloody conflicts as well as the cherished idea of religious liberty. While the book breaks no new ground in the scholastic world; and more than half of it examines the point at which monotheism prevailed over polytheism in the West, the end of the Roman Empire, the book will still stand as brilliant and controversial, mainly because the story is told in a clear-headed manner and comes as a surprise to many readers.
Science / Mathematics
General Topology by Stephen Willard (Dover Publications,
Inc.) Among the best available reference introductions to
General Topology is appropriate for advanced undergraduate and
beginning graduate students. Written by Stephen Willard, University
of Alberta, this is a Dover unabridged republication of the edition
first published by Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading,
The volume gives balanced treatment to two broad
areas of general topology, continuous topology and geometric
topology. The first, continuous topology, centers on the effects of
compactness and metrization, is represented here by sections on
convergence, compactness, metrization and complete metric spaces,
uniform spaces, and function spaces. The second, geometric topology,
focuses on the connectivity properties of topological spaces and
provides the core results from general topology that serve as
background for subsequent courses in geometry and algebraic
topology. This core is formed here by a series of nine sections on
connectivity properties, topological characterization theorems, and
The chapters are divided into sub-topics that
progress from introductory notes on essential set theory through
subspace, products, compactness, separation and countability axioms,
compactifications, and function spaces. Many of general topology's
standard spaces are introduced and examined in the generous number
of related problems that accompany each section – 340 in all.
General Topology’s value as a reference work is enhanced by a collection of historical notes for each section, an extensive bibliography, and an index. The book is intended as both a text and reference and is paced slowly at the beginning to be an aid to students new to topology.
Social Sciences / Women’s Studies
Future Girl: Young Women in the Twenty-First Century by
Anita Harris (Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group).
Who are the girls of the future? Confident, driven, and sexy,
they rule TV and the pop charts, are featured on the covers of top
magazines, and score the winning points in professional sports.
Young women in the twenty-first century appear to have the world at
their fingertips. These lip-gloss-wearing, credit-card-toting,
can-do girls – and their less socially privileged counterparts – are
intensely scrutinized. Under constant surveillance by the media,
teachers, and their parents, the future girl is a vessel for
modern-day desires, frustrations, and fears.
Future Girl, Anita Harris explores the idea of the “new girl,”
analyzing how and why young women have become the focus of this
unprecedented attention. She explodes the myth of girlpower and
describes how girls are actually participating in society from a
global perspective. Harris, Lecturer in Sociology at Monash
University in Victoria, Australia, formerly a Visiting Scholar at
the City University of New York, analyzes key areas central
to all girls’ lives such as school, work, agression, sexuality,
consumption, and power.
Harris builds her argument by making connections
between current representations of young women, the material
conditions within which they live, and the new ways they are able to
challenge both of these. The intense interest in young women as the
vanguard of the late modern social order has resulted in an
expansion of the places they are seen and heard. The problematic
effect of this move has been an increase in the regulation of their
lives through a proliferation of sites where their biographical
projects can be observed. Young women's roles in the class/race
system of globalized capitalism are secured through this new kind
of regulation. However, this public focus on young women has also
generated new strategies for social critique. Many young women
express resistance to their part in the production of the new
socioeconomic order through an activism that works by evading
surveillance. Many respond to their visibility with skepticism;
they seek new kinds of political engagement and communities to
confront the seductive lure of unlimited self-making and to develop
a critique of the future girl.
Chapter 1 demonstrates how and why young women
have emerged as the central subjects of discourse about how to
prevail in a late modern world. They have come in for particular
kinds of attention through two contrasting narratives, one about
girls’ power and the other about the difficulties they encounter.
These discourses position young women as either “can-do" or "at
risk" girls. They show how success, personal effort, and
self-invention have become linked together in the project of
surviving in a risk society. Through these discourses young women
are disciplined into creating their own successful life
trajectories and taking personal responsibility if they fail. Harris
explores the can-do and at-risk positions in relation to young women
as workers, consumers, and mothers. She demonstrates how a normative
image of the girl for our times both relies on and shores up class
and race stratifications that persist despite the discourse of
Chapter 2 looks more closely at the construction
of young women as successful in education and employment. It
examines the impact of the loss of the full-time youth labor market
and the new emphasis on flexibility and skill development for young
women. The chapter argues that young women are often perceived as
beneficiaries of the new world of work and training but that this
picture changes radically when a diverse range of young women's
experiences is taken into account. Harris demonstrates the enormous
expectations placed upon them to seize all the opportunities offered
by deindustrialized and globalized labor markets, and how only a
small minority of young women are structurally located in ways that
make this possible. The economic shifts that characterize late
modernity have had deeply divisive effects on young women,
particularly in the world of work. This stratification has enormous
benefits for the new economy, as it has enabled differently
advantaged young women to take up positions that must be filled at
opposite ends of the labor market. At the same time the accompanying
narratives about choice, self-invention and opportunity ensure that
stratification and disadvantage become reconfigured as merely
individual limitations of effort or vision, to be addressed through
personal strategies alone.
Chapter 3 explores the ways in which young women
are invested in as symbols of ideal citizenship at a time of
profound change. Harris argues that as a consequence of
globalization, new patterns of migration, the retreat of the state,
the shift toward privatization and marketization and a sense of
uncertainty, notions of citizenship are increasingly in flux. Young
women are constructed as the ideal new citizens to manage these
conditions when they are imagined as economically independent, as
"ambassadresses" for their nations, and as successful consumers.
The neoliberal discourse that has accompanied deregulation and
deindustrialization merges well with a version of girlpower that
emphasizes self-invention and individual economic empowerment.
Chapter 4 explores some of the most significant
spaces in the lives of young women. It suggests that even while they
appear to be everywhere, the spaces they are expected to occupy have
become more regulated. Schools, workplaces, and centers of leisure
are all central to young people's constitution of self in late
modernity. In these sites new kinds of surveillance and vigilant
attention are used to construct educational, professional, and
consumer success as normal and possible for all young women and to
manage and punish failure as individual inadequacy, through such
means as at-risk programs and new policy regimes. In addition,
Harris argues that another significant space for young women in late
modernity is the overhauled welfare and justice systems that use new
punitive measures to discipline them for "failure."
Chapter 5 examines the idea that young women are
not only perceived to be seen everywhere, but heard everywhere as
well. Harris discusses the proliferation of research, texts,
policies, and programs concerned with girls' voices. She explores
the possibility that this new emphasis on eliciting young women's
voices constitutes a kind of surveillance. She considers the ways in
which young women's private selves and their "authentic voices" are
made subject to display and regulation through a renewed interest in
enhancing youth participation and eliciting youth opinions. Young
people are encouraged to speak up and be heard, but this process
often fails to result in enduring political change. The chapter
explores what French social theorist Michel Foucault describes as
the "incitement to discourse" as it is played out in a confessional
culture that encourages young women to speak out. The conventional
approaches to young people's participation and the strategies
undertaken to encourage youth involvement are also analyzed from
this perspective. Harris suggests that both youth voice and youth
involvement have become strategies for the regulation of young
The overmanagement of the spaces of girls’ lives,
the incitement to display their life projects, and the
appropriation of their discourses have serious implications for
young women's capacity to enact alternative, more complex, and
critical subject positions beyond success and failure. These
increased regulatory practices surrounding young women have made it
difficult for them to express political resistance in conventional
Chapter 6 explores young women's new possibilities for making community, evading surveillance, and building activism. Harris explores how young women find new places and strategies for politics that undermine and challenge investments in and uses of girls. As we shall see, young women have complex and ambivalent relationships to the normative discourses and practices about their success and power. Shaping and legitimizing the future girl is a constant struggle, the site of which is young women’s subjectivities, and the outcome of which is far from guaranteed. What is thus partly at stake in this investment in and regulation of girls is the consent of young women who may be critical of the effects of economic rationalism and individualization on their lives, particularly in terms of the negative consequences for their labor market opportunities, family opportunities and community and civic engagement. Their ability to find other ways and other places to develop such a critique, in spite of the compelling nature of the discursive space of success (and its flipside), is therefore also an important part of the story that Future Girl has to tell.
An outstanding book, a wonderfully rich analysis of the changed landscape of growing up female in the Western world. It deserves to be read widely inside and outside of the academic community. – Angela McRobbies, Porfessor of Communications, Goldsmiths College, London
Lively reading and first-rate scholarship, Future Girl is an original and important analysis of contemporary girls. Anita Harris locates the politics of girlhood within the shifting contours of risk society and the emphasis on future achievement as dependent on individual choice and responsible selfmaking. Harris also situates current scholarship on citizenship, spaces of regulation, and voice alongside girls' multifaceted opportunities and constraints in risky times. – Nancy Lesko, Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Future Girl provides a fresh and original perspective on what it means to be young and female at the beginning of the new millenium.
Social Sciences / Criminology / Culture Studies
Cruel and Unusual: Punishment and US Culture by Brian
Jarvis (Pluto Press) From the excesses of Puritan
patriarchs to the barbarism of slavery and on into the
prison-industrial complex, punishment in the
In the post-Vietnam era, the prison population has
increased tenfold and the death penalty has enjoyed a renaissance.
Few subjects in contemporary
This wide-ranging and interdisciplinary survey
constructs a genealogy of cruelty through close reading of novels by
Hawthorne and Melville, fictional accounts of the
Grounding his analysis in Marxist theory,
psychoanalysis and Foucault’s influential work on discipline, Brian
Jarvis, lecturer in American Studies at
From the introduction:
In 1921 the LAPD arrested Upton Sinclair for reading aloud the Declaration of Independence in a public space. This might be read as a paradigmatic moment in the long history of punishment in North America. The mythology of the Land of the Free can be seen as an ideological smokescreen designed to obscure the systematic deprivation of liberty and infliction of punishments, both cruel and unusual.
Cruel and Unusual unmasks a fundamental conflict between legends of liberty and the secret, silenced histories of sadomasochistic desire, punishment for profit and social control. Shocking and controversial, this study brings to mind the locked-down, sadistic mental health facility in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It’s not surprising that it took someone ‘outside the box’ to see clearly this contradiction in American culture.
Social Sciences / Anthropology
Stories, Myths, Chants, and Songs of the Kuna Indians by
Joel Sherzer, illustrated by Olokwagdi de Akwanusadup (
One of the largest indigenous groups in the
South American tropics, the majority of the Kuna (about 70,000)
reside in Kuna Yala, a string of island and mainland villages
stretching along the Caribbean coast. It is here that Joel Sherzer,
Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the
This book is organized into three types of
texts: humorous and moralistic stories, myths and magical chants,
and women's songs. While quite different from one another, they
share features characteristic of Kuna literature as a whole,
including appreciation of their environment and a remarkable
knowledge of their plants and animals; a belief in spirits as an
important component of their world in curing, magic, and aesthetics;
and, especially, great humor and a sense of play.
Vividly illustrated by a Kuna artist, Olokwagdi de Akwanusadup, and accompanied by photographs that lend a sense of being present at the performances, the texts in Stories, Myths, Chants, and Songs of the Kuna Indians provide readers with a unique aesthetic perspective on this rich culture while preserving an endangered and valuable indigenous oral tradition.
Social Sciences / Sociology
Sociology (Short Introductions) by Nicholas Abercrombie
Of all the many books of this kind this is easily
one of the most compelling. It is beautifully written – clear,
alluring, and very readable for students. – Charles Lemert,
Professor of Sociology, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
People are naturally curious about their social
world. They ask themselves why they are still not married in their
thirties, why there is so much crime on the streets and whether
their work is really so much more rushed and intense than it used to
be. These questions are not just the staples of everyday thought and
conversation. They are also routinely the subjects of public
pronouncements by politicians, journalists and anybody else who has
the power to express their opinions to the public.
Sociology is the intellectual discipline that
seeks to provide answers to such questions by the deployment of
argument and evidence. In doing so it often queries basic
assumptions that we all make about our social world, and therefore
it has the capacity to upset settled or conventional opinions.
Sociology is an invitation to engage in this endeavor. Written
by Nicholas Abercrombie, Professor of Sociology at the University of
Lancaster, the book is intended for existing students of sociology,
for those who are considering taking a course in the subject and for
those who are simply wondering what sociology can tell them that
they do not already know.
The book is organized into chapters, each of which
is a discussion of a question that anybody might well ask
themselves. The pace of discussion varies across chapters, giving
detailed accounts of particular studies that seem to be successful
while going fairly quickly over other areas. Chapters and subtopics
The reality of everyday life
Who do we think we are?
Jazz and hash, the social construction of identity, identity and belonging, identity as difference, identity and social change
Who do we love?
Intimacy and romance, partnership, private love, friendship, the self
Who do we talk to?
The wider family, local communities and neighbors, associations, social networks and social health
Is work a curse?
What is work? The organization of work, changing work
Does inequality matter?
Inequality of condition, systems of inequality, social class, opportunity
Why don't things fall apart?
The problem of order, coercion, common values, altruism, exchange and trust
Has the magic gone?
Measurement and calculation, efficiency and control, moral decline and disenchantment
What can sociology do for you?
Abercrombie says that the book is an attempt to
answer the question he has been so often asked: what it is like to
teach and research in sociology?
Sociology tries to describe how sociologists think, and what is
distinctive about the sociological habit of mind.
Abercrombie invites readers to an intellectual
world that is exciting, but rather than taking an analytical or
theoretical approach to the qualities of mind that are distinctive
to sociology, he illustrates them by showing how sociologists tackle
problems that relate directly to people's lives. He shows what
sociologists can say about questions that are
important and how their analyses can illuminate and enrich the
conduct of everyday life to everybody's benefit.
Sociology fulfills its purpose to intrigue readers, to draw them in, treating a set of questions that are interesting.
The Western River Steamboat by Adam I. Kane, with a
foreword by Alan L. Bates (Studies in Nautical Archaeology
Series, No. 8: Texas A&M University Press) The first Western
steamboat was built in 1811 in
Although steamboats no longer regularly cruise the
rivers of the West, hundreds of steamboat wrecks lie deep in the
sediment of the Mississippi Basin from as early as the 1830s.
Well-preserved due to lack of light, oxygen, and water movement,
their cargo holds may together contain the most complete collection
of nineteenth-century material culture in the country. Upon
excavation, archaeologists found the Bertrand and Arabia, heading to
mining towns in Idaho and Montana, stuffed with imported wines,
fashionable clothing, and gourmet foods, dispelling the notion that
these societies were crude and uncultured. And yet with so much
remaining to learn, writes nautical archaeologist Adam I. Kane in
The Western River Steamboat, steamboat archaeology is still very
much in its infancy. In the book, Kane, who serves at the
Using photographs, drawings, charts, and
nineteenth-century sources to help readers visualize the early
steamboats and the study of their remains, Kane explains how rivers
dictated hull design, how wrecks happened, why stern wheelers
replaced side wheelers, how hogging chains kept hulls from buckling,
and why safety valves were of little use when untrained engineers
regularly overloaded the boilers anyway, risking disaster.
The Western River Steamboat provides the first archaeological
synthesis of a growing and demanding aspect of the field of nautical
archaeology. With a combination of thorough research and
archaeological analysis, Kane provides both archaeologists and
historians with an amazing new research tool – a reference manual
that no steamboat researcher will be able to do without. – Annalies
Corbin, East Carolina University
The Western River Steamboat closes many of the gaps between
1811, when the first steamboat ran on the Western waters, and 1853,
when the federal government began to inspect steamboats and their
officers and to keep records of their proceedings. Analysis of the
historic mine of steamboat history that lies in and along the banks
of our Western rivers will be vastly expedited thanks to Adam Kane.
– Captain Alan L. Bates in the book’s foreword.
Anyone intrigued by the vessel that changed America's West, in addition to those studying historical or nautical archaeology, maritime history, or cultural resource management, will find The Western River Steamboat of interest. Technical transportation historians will appreciate Kane’s concise explanations of the construction and evolution of Western river steamboats.
Women’s Studies / History / Culture Studies
Something in the Way She Moves: Dancing Women from Salome to
Madonna by Wendy Buonaventura (Da Capo Press) From the
earliest times, dance has been inextricably linked with women's
sensuality. And, not coincidentally, it has been eyed with mistrust
– generally by men – throughout history, from Salome to modern dance
heroines like Josephine Baker and Isadora Duncan.
It was only when I, a dancer myself, began delving
into the subject that I realized to what extent female dancing has
been regarded as confrontational and subversive. The more I
explored, the more fascinated I became by this aspect of an activity
which enables us to release pent-up energy and express ourselves in
a language beyond words. I discovered that in every culture
restrictions have been placed on women dancing, even in private. And
the social position of women who went out and danced for a living
was precarious. – from the Introduction
With heroines like the gypsies who created the
Something in the Way She Moves is far from a conventional
history. Wendy Buonaventura brings us – from Buenos Aires, where
immigrants created the tango – to Paris where laundresses "borrowed"
their clients' petticoats to dance the cancan. Alone the way, we
learn how dance can both reflect and shape female sexuality. From
the Spanish dancer Caroline Otero who wowed them in the Folies
Bergere (known as “the Andalusian Volcano,” she was said to have
“the whole of the Orient between her legs”) to the writer Colette
whose second career as a dancer took off when she kissed her female
lover on-stage, we come to see the myriad ways sensuality can be
expressed through movement – and how threatening it can be to those
standing still. As Buonaventura, dancer and choreographer, explains,
"Even the waltz was thought too scandalous and banned from ‘polite’
society in its early days." And still, today, the classical
ballerina wears a tutu – "a stiff halo around her
knickers, which keeps her partner well away from her pelvis."
On a Flamenco Dancer with Duende – or Soul: At a
festival in Spain I once met a flamenco dancer who was in her
seventies. Half her teeth were missing, she smoked like a chimney
and had the body of a woman who clearly enjoyed her food. But she
was a demon onstage! In the dressing-room after the show I told her
I thought it was amazing that she was still performing at her age.
Her eyes glinted dangerously as she looked at me. "Let me tell you a
secret, my dear,” she said, leaning across the table. "When you
dance, there is no such thing as old age."
Buonaventura describes, for the first time, in
lush prose, the world of dance through women's eyes. She moves
gracefully across cultures, from the delicious tango of Buenos
Aires... to Chicago and New York, where African Americans
cakewalked, Charlestoned, and shimmied into the public eye, creating
"jazz" dance. Here is a tale rich with anecdotes, such as the