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At Home With the Bella Coola Indians: T. F. McIlwraith's Field
Letters, 1922-1924 edited by John Barker & Douglas Cole (University
of British Columbia Press)
Between 1922 and 1924, the young anthropologist T. F. McIlwraith spent eleven months in the isolated community of Bella Coola, British Columbia, living among the people now known as the Nuxalk First Nation. During his time there, McIlwraith gained intimate knowledge of the Nuxalk culture and of their struggle to survive in the face of massive depopulation, loss of traditional lands, and the efforts of the Canadian government to ban the potlatch.
At Home With the Bella Coola Indians was conceived around 1980 after the two editors, John Barker and Douglas Cole, independently read parts of a rich trove of letters written by McIlwraith from Bella Coola in 1922 and 1923-4. Barker, then a senior at the University of Western Ontario (now associate professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia), came across McIlwraith's letters to Edward Sapir in the files of the Canadian Ethnology Service. He contacted McIlwraith's widow, who invited him to explore the contents of several cartons containing her husband's papers. Around the same time, Douglas Cole, professor of history at Simon Fraser University, now deceased, had come across some of McIlwraith's letters to A.C. Haddon while carrying out research on the history of Canadian anthropology at Cambridge University. Following Beulah McIlwraith's death in 1978, the family invited Cole to examine McIlwraith's private papers and prepare them for donation to the University of Toronto Archives.
McIlwraith's fieldwork experiences were remarkable. He had
arrived in Bella Coola in the twilight years of the old culture,
when a handful of elders still lived in the richly adorned
longhouses of their ancestors. He gained their trust, becoming a
sort of repository into which they poured ancestral mythologies,
histories, songs, and details about ceremonials, religion, and
social organization. Capping it all, he had the extraordinary good
fortune not only to witness but also to participate in the winter
ceremonies of a Northwest Coast secret society.
Over the course of two stints of fieldwork in Bella Coola,
totaling almost eleven months between 1922 and 1924, McIlwraith
wrote about the progress of his work and his experience in weekly
letters to his family, less regularly to his professors at Cambridge
University and his employer in Ottawa. Written with a keen eye for
telling detail, a clear prose style, and an engaging wit, the
letters provide a vivid record of his experiences and open a
precious window onto the character of anthropological fieldwork on
the Northwest Coast during this period. The letters enhance the
value of The Bella Coola Indians by allowing readers to better
understand the underlying research upon which it was based. But the
importance of the letters goes well beyond their connection to
anthropology. They are invaluable historical records for Bella Coola
in general and for the Nuxalk Nation in particular. McIlwraith's
correspondence gives readers a unique glimpse into life in a
frontier community, then divided equally between First Nations
peoples and White settlers. Even more important, they contain
priceless information about the grandparents and great-grandparents
of today's Nuxalk, a generation that took crucial steps towards
saving the memory of their past culture when all appeared to be
Although written eight decades ago, the letters remain fresh and engaging. They require no introduction to be enjoyed and appreciated. Barker’s aim in compiling At Home With the Bella Coola Indians was to provide readers interested in exploring the greater significance of McIlwraith's correspondence with some background information and discussion about the letters' implications for our understandings of the evolution of anthropological fieldwork and our perspectives on the fate of indigenous peoples. Barker and Cole begin with a brief biography and description of the setting within which McIlwraith carried out his fieldwork. They then turn to a more extended discussion of what the letters reveal about Aboriginal-White relations in Bella Coola in the early 1920s, about the working assumptions underlying McIlwraith's field methods, and about the critical role certain Nuxalk elders played in shaping the anthropologist's understanding of their cultural traditions. As a work of "salvage anthropology" that aimed to describe Nuxalk traditions as they may have existed before the arrival of Whites, The Bella Coola Indians neglects the contemporary conditions under which the people actually lived and denies them a role as active agents who shaped their own destinies within the confines of colonialism. The letters open a door to a historical critique of The Bella Coola Indians – not to denounce the work as flawed but to reclaim it as an essential part of a living and continuously evolving Nuxalk culture.
At Home With the Bella Coola Indians, in itself a splendidly comprehensive and thematically coherent study, is a rich complement to McIlwraith’s classic ethnography The Bella Coola Indians, incorporating his letters from the field as well as previously unpublished essays on the Nuxalk. Vivid and lively, the letters show the human side of the anthropologist and provide a fascinating insight into the famous Northwest winter ceremonials and potlatch – events in which McIlwraith was one of the few white men privileged to participate.
Secrets to Affordable Antiques: How to Buy More for Less
by Frank Farmer Loomis IV (Krause Publications)
Viewers of Antiques Roadshow and similar television shows love to
see astronomical appraisals, especially when the piece was purchased
for much less. Unfortunately these sky-high amounts make the
unknowing collector fear they cannot afford antiques.
Secrets to Affordable Antiques by Frank Farmer Loomis IV
challenges this conclusion by proving antiques can be affordable.
The book discusses how to buy more antiques for less, just like a
pro, starting at 55 cents.
Loomis, a popular radio personality, professional antiques appraiser, and teacher of antiques classes, reveals savvy ways to find antiques and collectibles priced within any budget and presents price ceilings that are safety nets to guarantee success. Loomis' book explains the best time to shop, how to negotiate price, the joy antiques bring and what to avoid. He introduces “Loomisms”, his unique mantras about antiques.
Secrets to Affordable Antiques also covers many types of
antiques, including furniture, china, glass, pewter, textiles and
paintings. And Loomis emphasizes a rarely heralded aspect of
antiques – their sentimental value. He writes, "My goal is to give
you the expertise to shop with confidence without breaking the piggy
bank while having a grand time."
Lomis delivers entertaining yet practical advice in
Secrets to Affordable Antiques, providing proven and valuable
tips and techniques to help antiquers find deals.
Accessories of Dress: An Illustrated Encyclopedia (Dover Books
on Fashion) by Katherine Morris Lester & Bess Viola Oerke, with
drawings by Helen Westermann (Dover Publications) is a
treat for anyone who delights in decorative accessories of the past,
accessories of dress and a reference for costume designers.
From hats, veils, wigs, and cosmetics to cravats, shawls, shoes,
Accessories of Dress provides an account of the forms of
personal adornment men and women have used throughout the ages to
enhance their wearing apparel – and the way they look.
Drawing upon a vast number of historical sources, the authors of
this reference, Katherine Morris Lester & Bess Viola Oerke,
have created an engaging account of historical wearing apparel. To
help tell the story of accessories – from hats, veils, and pins to
gloves, garters, and walking sticks – the writers have incorporated
drawings of illustrations taken from rare books and magazines,
photographs of original paintings and sculptures, and authentic
observations by commentators on fashions of their times.
Accessories of Dress is an unabridged republication of Accessories of Dress: An Illustrated History of the Frills and Furbelows of Fashion, published by The Manual Arts Press in Peoria in 1940.
The student of the history of dress or design will ... find the
book particularly rich in suggestions. – Journal of Home Economics
The book will inevitably find its way onto the working bookshelf
of every costume and scene designer, as well as into the library of
everyone who finds delight and inspiration in its picture of the
follies and foibles of La Comedie Humaine. – Theatre Arts
Describing wigs, cosmetics, cravats, shawls, shoes, handbags, fans, parasols, ribbons, buttons, and scores of other fashion accessories, the entertaining and enlightening commentary in Accessories of Dress displays the humor and personal charm of the many-sided story of accessorized apparel.
Renaissance Painting: The Golden Age of European Art edited by
Stefano Zuffi, with Francesca Castria Marchetti & Tatjana Pauli &
Stefano (Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.)
There are times then the heart of history beats harder and faster. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries perceptions of the world changed repeatedly until they were transformed by the great geographic discoveries that began with Columbus's voyage.
Newest among Barron's large, lavishly illustrated books of
full-color art reproductions,
Renaissance Painting evokes the art of the European Renaissance
as it came into flower during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Radiating from the cities of Florence and Rome, then spreading
across Italy and most of the rest of Europe, this era is best known
today through the works of such masters as Leonardo da Vinci,
Michelangelo Buonarroti, and Raphael Sanzio. Paintings by these and
many more artists are faithfully reproduced – approximately 500
full-color reproductions of works by Italian, German, Spanish,
French, and Flemish artists fill the book. Among the 90 painters
represented are the Italians Fra Angelico, Piero della Francesca,
Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian ... the French
artists Jean Clouet and masters of the school of Fontainebleau ...
the Spaniards El Greco and Luis de Morales ... the Germans Albrecht
Dürer and Lucas Cranach . . . northern European masters including
Pieter Bruegel, Jan van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch, and many others.
Renaissance Painting’s faithful reproductions represent
paintings in churches, palaces, and museums throughout Europe and
The 500 paintings reproduced in these pages are arranged chronologically and by country, thus offering a historical overview of one of the supreme eras in world art. A total of more than 90 artists are represented in works now displayed in Florence's Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, the Louvre in Paris, Theatrican Museum and Borghese Gallery in Rome, the Prado in Madrid, the National Gallery in London, New York's Metropolitan Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna, and many others.
Europe experienced a period of practically continuous, bitter
wars (between France and England, between Spain and the Moors,
between Catholics and Protestants of various countries, between
Jmice and the Itirks, and between Spain, England, and the
Netherlands, to mention only a few), through which a difficult
balance was achieved among the major powers. Paradoxically, what
emerged from these political and territorial conflicts was an
awareness of a common soul, shared cultural and spiritual origins,
expressed through art, which gave rise to the Renaissance, the true
foundation of the "modern" Western world.
Naturally, if we observe past centuries with detachment, without
considering the wonders of art, the Renaissance may seem like a
great dream that was not wholly realized. Man in the early fifteenth
century saw new horizons opening up before him. For Florentine
bankers, Flemish merchants, (and the professors and students at the
universities in Europe, the rebirth of ancient civilization seemed
imminent, giving them a key to understanding every expression of
society in the light of classical humanitas, namely more peaceful
relations between people and between states, with tolerance and
well-being guaranteed by the spread of culture. The revolutionary
invention of printing had an enormous impact on communication,
helping to spread the great utopian idea of man being the measure of
all things, and of a world where physical and intellectual abilities
were given full expression. Perspective, a pictorial device to
create the illusion of three-dimensionality, was combined with the
move toward portraying scenes of everyday life. There was a new
interest in depicting light, the air, the seasons, and thus, the
image of nature became clearer and more identifiable, after the
pioneering stage at the beginning of the sixteenth century came the
period of the great masters. Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo,
Titian, Dürer, Holbein, Bosch, and Lucas van Leiden, belong each in
his own way to the same era, an era in which ideas seemed to become
reality. But the age of certainty was soon replaced by the age of
doubt. Partialy responsible for this new climate was the opening up
of the Atlantic routes for purposes of colonization and trade, the
division of Europe, and the schism in the Church caused by the
Reformation, making dialogue difficult and moderation impossible.
As the new powers were emerging, the High Renaissance began to
acquire the stylistic features of Mannerism. This was the conclusion
of an exciting age of ideas expressed in a period of unparalleled
excellence in art.
Renaissance Painting is a beautiful volume whose large and
faithful full-color reproductions present a dramatic and absorbing
overview of what many historians call the single most important
epoch in the history of the visual arts. Supplemented with
enlightening text by Stefano Zuffi, Italian art historian and
author, here is a glorious tour that surveys many of the finest
works produced during the European Renaissance.
Uta Hagen’s Acting Class, produced and directed by Pennie du
Pont and Karen Ludwig (Applause Theater & Cinema Books) 2 DVDs each
90 minutes (1557836205)
Uta Hagen, who died in January of 2004, is considered one of the
finest acting talents of the modern stage. She won Tony Awards for
her electrifying performance as Martha in the original Broadway
production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and for
her creation of Georgie Elgin in Clifford Odets' The Country Girl;
an Obie for Mrs. Klein; a special Tony for Lifetime Achievement; and
the National Endowment for the Arts National Medal of Arts.
Distinguished as well as a teacher of acting (she co-founded with
her husband Herbert Berghof the prestigious HB Studio in Manhattan),
she has been an inspiration and influence for many of today's stage
and screen stars.
In this unique, two-part set of her world-renowned master
classes, Hagen shares her observations and insights on the art of
acting. Culled from nearly 200 hours of classes over a two-year
Uta Hagen’s Acting Class takes the viewer inside the classroom
itself to witness Hagen's interaction with students as she provides
them with practical tools for improving their technique and for
achieving the transformation from student to actor.
Interspersed among her constructive critiques of the students'
performances – which incorporate her classic Object Exercises – are
asides from former students, including Jack Lemmon, Whoopi Goldberg,
and Christine Lahti, who recall their classes with her and her
enduring influence on their work.
Because I love the theater, and believe it to be not only the
actor's training but testing ground, it is with great pleasure that
I recommend this video set. How fortunate for actors, directors, and
teachers – all over the world – to have the opportunity to study and
learn from this devoted and remarkable teacher. – Meryl Streep
Here is Ms. Hagen at her extraordinary best – witty,
compassionate, inspired, and inspiring. Will watching this video
make you a better actor, director, or teacher? Yes, yes, and yes! –
David Hyde Pierce
Uta Hagen’s Acting Class brilliantly captures the master in
action. You will literally feel that you are in the room with her as
she shares her wealth of knowledge. – Howard Fine, The Howard Fine
Acting Studio, Los Angeles
How fortunate that Hagen's teaching has been captured on film so other generations of students will be able to gain greater understanding of their craft... This is an important work... – Library Journal
A Must See for every acting student ... and teacher! – Barbara
Corday, Chair Dept. of Cinema/TV, Univ. of Southern California
Uta Hagen has trained a generation of actors with grace, with
skill and with a stunning effectiveness .... This unique set
provides a singular opportunity for those with an interest in
theater or acting to fully understand her remarkable techniques. But
for those who have a passion for the field or have decided to make
acting their lives, this is not merely a great opportunity. .. it is
absolutely required viewing. – Richard Brown, New York University
You will be able to eavesdrop on some late innings of one of America's great artistic treasures... – Dramatics Magazine
[A] serious, insightful guide... – American Library Association
As the student actors rethink, reshape and rework their scenes
based on her comments,
Uta Hagen’s Acting Class becomes a study of the very essence of
acting itself. It speaks to the aspiring actor, the seasoned
performer, and to everyone who appreciates what goes into the making
of a believable and effective performance.
Mel Ramos Pop Art Fantasies: The Complete Paintings by Donald
Kuspit with Louis K. Meisel (Watson-Guptill Publications)
Ramos’s female nudes...are beautiful things, indeed, a kind of popularized artificial paradise of the pleasure and transcendence that mingle in beauty. – Donald Kuspit
In 1961, Mel Ramos emerged on the international art scene along with Warhol, Liechtenstein, Oldenburg, Wesselmann, and Rosenquist as part of the second post-war movement to gain historical importance: pop art. Among the great painters of the American Pop Art movement, Mel Ramos is one of the most intriguing and provocative. A painter of powerful and memorable images, Ramo’s association with Pop Art began with his painting of comic book heroes and heroines in the 1960s, including Batman, and went on to explore the idealization of the female figure within the mass media and consumer advertising. These were followed by witty and ironic images reworking and updating great nude masterpieces in Western art, ultimately leading to an insightful visual exploration of the role of artist and model.
Mel Ramos Pop Art Fantasies opens with a discerning essay
on the artist’s career and work written by acclaimed art critic
Donald Kuspit. With a detailed examination of his artwork, Kuspit
highlights Ramos’s inspirations, influences, and characteristic
themes. Each chapter in the book discusses a distinctive movement
within the artist’s career accompanied by insightful running
commentary by leading art critic, dealer and scholar (State
University of New York at Stoneybrook) Louis K. Meisel.
Mel Ramos Pop Art Fantasies includes 480 beautiful full-color
reproductions of all existent Ramos paintings and watercolors, as
well as a detailed biography section and complete painting index
chronicling the artist’s entire career. The book is a
stunning and comprehensive volume, the most definitive volume on
Ramos’s work ever published. With Kuspit’s enlightening and
provocative commentary, it is a dazzling celebration of the art and
innovative wit that is Mel Ramos.
Spirit into Matter: The Photographs of Edmund Teske by Julian
Cox & Edmund Teske (Getty Publications)
Edmund Teske (1911-1996) was one of the alchemists of twentieth-century American photography. Over a sixty-year period, he created a diverse body of work that explored the expressive and emotional potentials of the medium. His drive to experiment with sophisticated techniques, such as solarization and composite printing, liberated a younger generation of American photographers; at the same time, his subject matter – sometimes abstract, often homoerotic, and always lyrical and poetic – opened up new areas for photographers to explore. Spirit into Matter is published to coincide with the first major retrospective of Teske's work at the Getty Museum from June 15 to September 19, 2004. Julian Cox provides an introduction and extensive biocritical essay on Teske that traces his long and varied career, from Chicago in the 1930s to Los Angeles, where the photographer took up residence in 1943. Cox investigates Teske's early associations with such influential figures as Frank Lloyd Wright and Paul Strand and his later associations with iconic figures including filmmaker Kenneth Anger and musicians Ramblin' Jack Elliott and the Doors.
Cox, associate curator of photographs at the Getty Museum,
includes a transcript of a conversation with George Herms, who knew
Teske for more than thirty years. The book also includes a
chronology of Teske's life, a checklist of his exhibitions, and a
Teske’s contribution to the art of photography was his power to
give presence to the past and his ability to vivify memory. He
caused an emotional spirit world captured in photographs to become a
living part of every present moment. Moreover, he had an intimate
relationship to the medium of photography that resulted from his
living dialogue with its materials – optics, film, chemistry and
mechanics. Teske believed fervently in the redemptive power of art
and photography and spent every day of his adult live putting this
belief into practice while at the same time inviting others to share
the same commitment. – Weston Naef, Curator of Photographs, J. Paul
The first major study of this fascinating and influential artist, Spirit into Matter will be a dynamic source of information for students of photography, collectors, and all those with an interest in the life and culture of Southern California, where Teske worked for more than fifty years.
Marilyn's Last Words: Her Secret Tapes and Mysterious Death by
Matthew Smith (Carroll & Graf Publishers)
Marilyn Monroe's death in August 1962, apparently a suicide, shocked the world. The coroner's report stated that her death was due to a massive overdose of Nembutal capsules. But what about the discrepancies between the official report and the eyewitness accounts and memories of the people who were there at the scene of her death – friends, her housekeeping staff, police officers, and doctors? And what about the forensic evidence that disappeared between the time of her death and the coroner's report being issued? Looking back at thousands of documents, many never before published, and interviewing dozens of sources, Matthews Smith argues strongly in Marilyn's Last Words for a new version of events, as he paints a portrait of her day-to-day world toward the end of her life. The case he makes is based not only on the documents and on complete forensic evidence, but also on the confidential tapes Monroe made for her psychiatrist in the days leading up to her death – tapes that reveal a woman in charge of her life and her fate, a woman looking forward to a busy, bright future. Here, in her own words from the transcripts of the tapes, are the private thoughts of Marilyn Monroe.
Smith has also examined thousand of documents, many never before published, and interviewed dozens of sources. Smith has written extensively on the Kennedy administration and assassination for more than thirty years. He was a consultant to the television program The Man Who Killed Kennedy and the author of the acclaimed JFK: The Second Plot and The Men Who Murdered Marilyn.
The tapes are certainly explosive and Smith makes a good case. – Manchester Evening News
The tape transcript sounds exactly like Marilyn speaking. – BBC
Radio Five Live Book Critics
Charming and intriguing ... Written with great sympathy. – Sunday
Marilyn's Last Words provides interesting material, and
adds new facts. For example, forensic evidence pointed toward
drugging by enema, which could not have been suicide. And the
audiotapes show a person managing her life, not one ready to commit
suicide. Monroe’s house was bugged by both the CIA and the FBI.
While implying that Robert and John Kennedy, both of whom she had
affairs with, or the CIA, who didn’t want information about the
attempts to assassinate Castro to come out, had to be responsible,
the author struggles too hard to exonerate the Kennedys.
The Turkish Lover by Esmeralda Santiago (A Merloyd
Lawrence Book, DaCapo Press) is Esmeralda Santiago's long-awaited
new memoir – the emotionally and psychologically charged story of an
exotic and dangerous love affair.
“The night before I left my mother, I wrote a letter. "Querida,
Mami," it began. Querida, beloved, Mami, I wrote, on the same page
as el hombre que yo amo, the man I love. I struggled with those
words, because I wasn't certain they were true. Mami understood
love, so I used the word and hoped I meant it. El hombre que yo amo.
Amo, which in Spanish also means master. I didn't notice the irony.”
And so begins Esmeralda Santiago's long-awaited third memoir,
The Turkish Lover. Along with Sandra Cisneros and Julia
Alvarez, Santiago is one of today's preeminent Latina authors. Born
in Puerto Rico, she moved to Brooklyn with her ten siblings and
unmarried mother, who supported them all. Her amazing life is
chronicled in her memoirs, one volume of which – Almost a Woman –
was made into a Peabody Award-winning film for PBS's Masterpiece
Theater. This fall, she'll be the subject of yet another film –
Writing a Life.
The Turkish Lover, Esmeralda finally breaks out of a
monumental struggle with her powerful mother – only to come under
the thrall of Ulvi, an older, more worldly Turkish man. Esmeralda
then discovers that romantic passion, too, can become a prison.
Her journey of self-liberation and self-discovery is daring,
candidly recounted, and leads to her triumphant graduation from
Harvard. (Her view of that venerable institution is an eye opener,
told as only a witty and fiercely candid writer totally outside the
mold can tell it.) Throughout, she details her affair with Ulvi,
using the lens of their troubled relationship to explore racism,
sexism, feminism, and the value of education – and ultimately
unveiling a person who, against all odds, emerges victorious.
The expansive humanity, earthy humor, and psychological courage
that made Esmeralda's first two books successful are on full display
The Turkish Lover, which will both reward the author's
faithful readership and extend it. Hers is a fresh, exciting, and
Simply Better: Winning and Keeping Customers by Delivering What
by Patrick Barwise & Sean Meehan (Harvard Business School Press)
What do customers really want?
Most executives believe that winning and keeping customers requires offering something unique. But as physical products become increasingly harder to differentiate, companies resort to branding, gimmicks, and "thinking outside the box." Meanwhile, customers are less satisfied than they were a decade ago. Yet most companies consistently fail to meet these basic customer needs.
According to marketing experts Patrick Barwise and Seán Meehan, in focusing on differentiation, companies have neglected the very basic activities that matter most to customers. Simply Better argues that it is not the addition of unique gizmos or features that wins and keeps customers, but the steadfast delivery of the fundamentals – products that actually work and reliable services that take place on time. By following traditional marketing strategies, companies have failed to keep their eye on the ball, failed to listen to their customers, and failed to deliver on basic needs.
The authors, Barwise, Professor of Management and Marketing at London Business School, and Meehan, Professor of Marketing and Change Management at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland, show that being truly "customer-driven" means consistently fulfilling obvious needs for customers Simply Better than competitors.
Barwise and Meehan argue that successful differentiation lies not
in unique selling propositions, but in generic category benefits,
such as good service, on-time delivery, and quality products, that
any company can provide. The key is to deliver these consistently
better than competitors. Illustrating this customer-focused
differentiation through vivid examples of companies, including
Toyota, Proctor & Gamble, Hilti, Tesco, Medtronic, Shell, and
Simply Better outlines a framework managers can use to:
While things like on-time delivery, quality, and good customer
service might seem blindingly obvious, the authors' research shows
that most companies have been ignoring these basics for too long and
that customers care much less about "unique" and "different" than
they do about fundamental needs.
Barwise and Meehan provide six simple rules to help keep
companies focused on what customers really want:
Simply Better is an essential book filled with refreshing
advice discovering and delivering what customers really need.
Written in fluid, engaging prose replete with examples, it deserves
the attention of all senior managers. – Bill George, former Chairman
and CEO of Medtronic, Inc. and author of Authentic Leadership
Too often, companies forget the core needs of their customers.
This book is a good reminder to get the basics right. Managers may
disagree with the message, but they cannot ignore its importance. –
Matti Alahuhta, Executive Vice President, Nokia
Too many firms focus on creating minor brand differentiators but
they fail to deliver on the basics of a product category.
Controversially but persuasively, Barwise and Meehan reveal the
competitive advantage of simply giving customers what they really
want. – Philip Kotler, S. C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor
of International Marketing, Kellogg School of Management,
Simply Better reminds us that customers' logic should always trump suppliers' logic. It is a back-to-basics business manifesto for all levels of management across industries. – Nobuyuki Idei, Chairman and Group CEO, Sony Corporation
A new manifesto for marketing executives,
Simply Better, by marketing professors, based on their research,
presents a framework for customer-focused innovation,
employee motivation, and the development of a customer-responsive
culture throughout the organization. Candid and refreshing,
the book refocuses marketers and managers on what really
matters to customers – and outlines exactly what companies must do
to deliver it. This straightforward, no-nonsense approach will help
marketers determine which basics matter most to their customers and
offer the tools, rules, and strategies for delivering on them.
Business & Economics / History
DEC Is Dead, Long Live DEC: The Lasting Legacy of Digital
Equipment Corporation by Edgar H. Schein, with Peter S. DeLisi, Paul
J. Kampas, Michael M. Sonduck (Berrett-Koehler Publishers,
Inc.) tells the 40-year story of DEC's creation, demise, and
There is a culture that is unique to technology firms – casual
but hardworking, anti-establishment but fiercely driven. Where did
this culture come from? Not from IBM or Apple. Not from Microsoft.
The blueprint for computer technology firms came from Digital
Equipment Corporation (DEC), the pioneering company led by
entrepreneur Ken Olsen.
In the annals of American business, DEC’s case history ranks among the most interesting. Over its 40-year lifetime, it reached the Fortune 50, had sales of over $14 billion, and for a time was the number-two computer maker, behind only IBM. It also was a computing pioneer, creating a great many of the innovations we take for granted today. Yet it failed as a business and was ultimately sold to Compaq. In DEC Is Dead, Long Live DEC, DEC insiders analyze the culture of innovation that drove DEC to the top – how it was created, how it evolved, and why it ultimately collapsed.
Those insiders include Edgar H. Schein, Peter S. DeLisi, Paul J.
Kampas, and Michael M. Sonduck. Schein is Professor of Management
Emeritus at the Sloan School, Founding Editor of Reflections, the
Journal of the Society for Organizational Learning, author of 14
books, and one of the original founders of the Organization
Development field. DeLisi is Founder and President of Organizational
Synergies, a strategy-consulting firm and Academic Dean of the
Information Technology Leadership Program at Santa Clara University.
Kampas is founder and principal of Kampas Research, a strategic
analysis and technology-planning firm. Sonduck is the president of
Leadership For Change, Inc., a management-consulting firm, and he
worked at DEC as an organization development consultant from 1976 to
DEC Is Dead, Long Live DEC is a drama of epic proportions. It explains how an organizational culture can become so embedded that the organization is unable to adapt to changing circumstances even though the need is clear to all. For DEC, the evolution of technology, organization, and culture intertwined into a complex system that left the organization unable to cope. The book shows how a powerful entrepreneur, Ken Olsen, created a culture, and how his value system was itself shaped by both his occupation as an engineer and his personal background. DEC developed a set of engineers and managers that went on to populate the computer industry of today. Most of these people consider their time at DEC to have been a great experience from which they learned a tremendous amount. Many went on to reproduce the DEC culture in their new companies.
DEC Is Dead, Long Live DEC shows clearly the price of success and growth and the problems that organizational maturity creates. It is the most comprehensive case study ever written detailing the life of a major company from beginning to end, told from an inside perspective. This is a real-life classical tragedy, and it is a must for executives wishing to make their companies more effective.
Look Back to Get Ahead: Life Lessons from History's Heroes by
Michael Anthony Jackson (Arcade Publishing)
K2 nearly killed me, but it was the best business decision I ever made. – Jackson
"The further backward you look, the further forward you can see,"
said Sir Winston Churchill, referring to the lessons to be found in
history. Using that watchword as his springboard, Michael Anthony
Jackson, a successful young entrepreneur and businessman, probes the
lives of five of history's great conquerors to show how their
qualities can help change a life.
A self-made millionaire, Jackson has always sought new
experiences and embraced risk, whether in skydiving, mountain
climbing, or in other extreme sports. When he turned thirty, he set
out to climb K2, one of the world's most dangerous mountains. During
the final ascent, his sherpa suffered a collapsed lung, and to save
his life Jackson carried him – at great risk – for four days down
the mountain to safety. That terrifying, transformative experience
led him to examine his own life more closely and provided the
Look Back to Get Ahead. Who were the people in history
who overcame great odds and yet stood head and shoulders above their
contemporaries? What in their characters and lives – good and bad –
was so special that they changed the world? What can we learn from
them to change ourselves?
With these questions in mind, Jackson traces the lives and
motivational strategies of
Jackson presents lively, gung-ho bios of the five combative,
brutal yet indomitable historical figures he has chosen. –
In this surprising study, Jackson traces the lives and strategies
of five world conquerors, including Genghis Kahn. Personalizing the
lessons drawn from their stories through his own business
Look Back to Get Ahead offers advice to help readers
create a map for positive change. The book recommends using
such techniques as working on one's self-image, selecting good
mentors, confronting one's fears, developing imagery to tap
into their power and apply it to their own lives.
Frogs (All About Wild Animals Series: Gareth Stevens Publishing)
The jungle was a faraway place until the All about Wild Animals
series came along. Each book in this entertaining, easy-to-read
series captures a different wild animal and tells all about it –
from physical features and family members to feeding habits and
natural habitats. The slick, hardback books have colorful covers
with large pictures. The books are small, but they pack a lot in
without looking cluttered.
We reviewed Frogs. Readers can learn all about frogs, including where they live what they eat, and why they live near water.
The book starts with a bullet list of facts, in the case of
Frogs, “Frog Facts” – bullets include group, color, size, eats, and
lives. Then comes the table of contents. The numerous photos and
drawings are colorful and dynamic. There are maps showing where
frogs live – little frog heads appear all over the globe. Part of
the text is written in first person, as if the frog were talking to
the child, and there is a timetable outlining what a frog does
during a day. The book closes with a glossary and index.
Young readers will enjoy the many fun facts and full-color photos
as they start with
Frogs or Spiders, for example, and collect volume after
volume of this captivating wildlife library. Other titles in the All
about Wild Animals series include: Camels, Chimpanzees, Crocodiles,
Dolphins, Elephants,, Giraffes, Hippos, Kangaroos, Lions, Pandas,
Parrots, Penguins, Polar Bears, Sharks, Spiders, Tigers, Turtles,
Wolves, and Zebras.
Through the Looking Glass: Further Adventures & Misadventures in
the Realm of Children’s Literature by Selma G. Lanes
(David R. Godine, Publisher) includes essays on the masters the
author most admires: Sendak, Steig, Gorey, L. Frank Baum, Tomi
Ungerer, Jack Keats, Margot Zemach, and that editor of genius,
Lanes is a writer and critic with a broad grasp of her subject, an acute eye for talent, and a sure prose style, the grande dame of children's literature. She wrote the definitive book on Maurice Sendak, The Art of Maurice Sendak. She is also the former editor-in-chief of Parent's Magazine Press and a reviewer of children's literature for various publications. She has contributed published articles on the primary protagonists and players in the field, many collected in her previous book, Down the Rabbit Hole.
What concerns Lanes most is the integration of text and image,
and the ability of authors and artists of picture books to somehow
change readers’ perceptions. In a larger sense, she asks, "What
makes some children's books work and others fail? How does art for
the young reflect, distort or create a social perspective?"
Lanes is concerned about mergers of book houses and what it will
do to children’s books. Earlier she observed, "With the possible
exception of advertising and film, no popular medium in our time has
been as experimental, inventive, and simply alive as children's
books." In the present atmosphere of mergers and corporate
conglomerates that now define ‘mainstream publishing;’ she wonders
if this remains true. Is the field still dominated, as formerly, by
a devoted cadre of geniuses able to spot and encourage talent,
willing to take risks, and ferocious in their desire to bring
children the best that authors and illustrators have to offer? As
she says in the introduction:
Through the Looking Glass appears at a time when few
independent publishers are left in the United States. The merger
fever of the last two decades has claimed the great majority: Random
House has been melded into the international publishing colossus,
Bertelsmann; Simon & Schuster is part of the Viacom conglomerate; G.
P. Putnam's Sons, Penguin, Dial, Viking, Frederick Warne and others
have been acquired by the British media behemoth, Pearson….
Through the Looking Glass is, in part, a nostalgic trip back to
the last half of the last century, a salute to many of the writers
and illustrators whose words and pictures are important enough to be
The pictures provided of the writers, and there are some great
Through the Looking Glass, take us back to the good old days,
the good old days of Selma Lanes.
Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth by Alison McGhee, pictures by
Harry Bliss (Harcourt, Inc.)
That’s because although her new teacher may look harmless, she is actually… A purple-tongued, three-hundred-year-old alien who steals the teeth of earthling children.
How does this little girl know? A second grader told her. And not a moment too soon, for she has a big secret: a loose tooth! How will she get through an entire year without opening her mouth?
Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth was written by Alison McGhee,
the author of three novels for adults, a teen novel, and a book for
children; and illustrated by Harry Bliss.
With the same sweet wit as that in their first book, Countdown to Kindergarten, in this book McGhee and Bliss take a hilarious bite out of first-day jitters…and the fears about losing one’s first tooth.
The National Review Treasury of Classic Children's Literature,
Volume One selected by William F. Buckley Jr. (ISI Books)
The National Review Treasury of Classic Children's Literature,
Volume Two selected by William F. Buckley Jr. (ISI Books)
The National Review Treasury of Classic Children's Literature brings back over forty literary gems – many long forgotten. The volume takes the family who owns it on a voyage, back to the Golden Era of children's literature – a more innocent time when the famous St. Nicholas Magazine offered the youth of America a monthly cornucopia of stories, tales, fables, and adventures, written by the literary giants of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
These two volumes are lavishly illustrated books that feature around forty children's stories in each volume. William F. Buckley Jr., founder of The National Review and host of public television’s longest running program Firing Line, personally selected the stories, and The National Review has polished these literary jewels, in many cases forgotten over the decades, so that they will sparkle for a new generation of American children. In Volume One readers will find
Readers will find in
The National Review Treasury of Classic Children's Literature,
[A] beautiful book of wonderful children's stories that will
delight, entertain and nourish your youngsters and teenagers. –
The National Review Treasury of Classic Children's Literature brims with wonderful stories, tales, poems, and fables and numerous beautiful and charming illustrations by renowned artists – by great writers – or in the opinion of many, the greatest writers.
These beautifully crafted and lavishly illustrated books include some of the most entertaining, touching, and wholesome children's stories that have ever graced paper. They can be counted on to provide youngsters and teens with prose and poetry that entertain and, more importantly, promote and instill those values and lessons increasingly needed in our current culture.
On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best
Friend by Timothy P. Weber (Baker Academic)
Seldom does a day go by without news coverage of violence-plagued
Israel. The United States has been one of the biggest supporters of
Israel since its formation more than fifty years ago, and American
evangelicals have played a major role in that support. In
On the Road to Armageddon, Timothy Weber explores the
historic relationship between evangelicals and Israel, the
relationship's theological roots, and implications for the future.
Weber, president of Memphis Theological Seminary, begins with an examination of the dispensational movement of the nineteenth century. Dispensationalism is a complex and apocalyptic prophetic system in which there are seven dispensations culminating in everyone who is every lived rising from the dead. These risen souls are assigned to their proper places in either heaven or hell and God creates a new heaven and earth as an eternal dwelling place for the redeemed. On the Road to Armageddon outlines an analysis of the coming apocalypse and the role that a formalized nation of Israel would play. Weber describes the Zionist movement and events that led to the formation of Israel in 1948, including the Balfour Declaration and the increased support for a nation of Israel following the Holocaust.
Not only does Weber describe history and politics, he also
explores the strong religious ideas that fuel them. His concluding
chapter, "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy," speculates whether ongoing
dispensational support for Israel may be helping prophecy to happen.
Weber questions whether dispensationalists who are convinced that
there will be no peace until Jesus comes can properly support
efforts to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and he
explores why some Christians seem to care more about "unbelieving"
Israelis than Christian Palestinians.
Unknown to or barely understood by most Americans, dispensationalist premillennialism is a bedrock conviction of millions of evangelical and fundamentalist Christians. In On the Road to Armageddon, Weber has given us a balanced, well-written, and definitive history of this doctrine, its major proponents, and its adherents, many of whom form the core of the Christian Right. It also clearly delineates dispensationalism's real and potential impact on world affairs, particularly with respect to Israel and Palestine. This book will serve as a valuable resource for anyone seeking to make sense of this important aspect of contemporary American religion and popular culture. It should be required reading for those charged with shaping American foreign policy. – William Martin, Harry and Hazel Chavanne Professor of Religion and Public Policy, Rice University
Following his exceptionally valuable volume Living in the Shadow of the Second Coming, Weber provides us with a thoroughly researched historical and theological analysis of the evangelical Christian attachment to Israel and its roots in premillennial dispensationalist theology. With the ascendancy of the Christian Right in the United States and its significant role in shaping U.S. foreign policy, Weber's book is a must read not only for evangelicals but also for all who are curious about the role of the United States in the Middle East and the popularity of end-times speculation in American culture. – Donald Wagner, director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, North Park University
This is a real blockbuster. If you want to understand the current
Left Behind obsession, evangelicals' fixation with supporting the
state of Israel, and the dangers of basing national policy on
eschatological speculation, this is the book to read. It exposes the
inconsistencies in dispensational thought about the future and warns
us not to link the eternal teachings of Scripture with the
transitory events of our day. – Richard V. Pierard, author of The
American Church Experience and scholar in residence, Gordon College
This fascinating chronicle of a group of Anglo-American
Christians widely derided but little understood will go a long way
toward answering questions many are just beginning to ask: Why is
the Left Behind series such an unexpected publishing sensation? Why
do so many conservative American Christians support the state of
Israel? Why do some of these people support the construction of a
new Jewish temple in Jerusalem? – Gerald R. McDermott, professor of
religion and philosophy, Roanoke College
A major work on a timely theme,
On the Road to Armageddon provides an excellent overview
of the growth of a movement. The book is shocking in its description
of adherents of this movement; by supporting Israel they are trying
to hasten the world toward the apocalypse. This valuable history is
well researched and provides insightful reading for anyone
interested in American-Israeli relations, history, theology, and
Beauty Beyond The Ashes: Choosing Hope After Crisis by Cheryl
Mcguinness with Lois Mowday Rabey (Howard Publishing Co.)
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Cheryl McGuinness kissed
her husband goodbye ... and never saw him again. Tom McGuinness was
the co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to
crash into the World Trade Center. It was on this day that Cheryl
began the long journey of healing herself and her family.
"I was a normal woman living a very happy life, and I never
pictured that our dream would suddenly become a nightmare," says
McGuinness. "I never imagined that our peaceful life would be
completely shattered – and then came 9/11."
McGuinness understands all too well the pit of pain people
experience in catastrophic events, and she is an inspiration to many
through her faith and courage. In
Beauty Beyond The Ashes, she tells the story of losing
her husband and offers hope to those recovering from tragedy. As a
national speaker for her ministry, Beauty Beyond the Ashes, out of
which this book evolved, she provides the tools necessary for rising
above difficult circumstances of any kind. In addition to revealing
her touching personal story, Cheryl also shares twelve powerful
principles – one with each chapter – that guided her through her
loss and that will guide readers on life's journey.
"Forgiveness does not come naturally, but it is essential to
healing," says McGuinness. "If you harbor anger it will destroy you.
Anger soon turns to bitterness, and bitterness renders the heart
hard and unloving. You become like those who have hurt you."
Along with Cheryl, we have all been impacted by 9/11. Security,
peace, safety – things we've taken for granted as part of who we are
as Americans – became casualties of that infamous day. Every life
endures sadness and loss. But the message of
Beauty Beyond The Ashes is that no matter what readers
have experienced or what pain they have suffered, God can bring them
through the ashes of destruction to the beauty of life. The coping
mechanisms McGuinness used to overcome the death of her husband and
the tragedy the terrorists caused our country are the same ones
people can use to deal with any kind of loss. The message in
Beauty Beyond The Ashes is in high demand – and not just
for families left behind after 9/11. People affected by difficulties
such as a long illness of a loved one or a divorce, for example, can
benefit as well from the messages in this book.
Cabernet Sauvignon: Discovering, Exploring, Enjoying by
Chris Losh (Ryland Peters & Small) invites readers to take a
closer look at this classic red wine, to find out where it comes
from, why it tastes the way it does, and how to make the most of
every fragrant glass.
We may not know that “Cab” is the most-planted quality red grape
variety in the world, but we do all know that Cabernet Sauvignon
tastes as good as it sounds: exotic, fragrant, intense, and
mysterious – wine drinkers the world over have fallen in love with
For all its growing popularity, Cabernet Sauvignon remains
something of an enigma to most of us. We don't know much about it or
when to serve it.
Wine writer Chris Losh, past editor of two of the industry's
best-known titles, Wine & Spirit International and Wine Magazine,
takes readers on a visual, no-nonsense tour of the world of
Cabernet, from the imposing chateaus in Bordeaux to the
wallet-busting cult wines of California, from the taste of black
currants to the tang of eucalyptus. With photographs by Alan
Cabernet Sauvignon readers find out about Cabernet Sauvignon's
dubious past, why red Bordeaux lovers owe a debt to an ancient
glacier and why Coonawarra and Margaret River are doing battle for
top dog status Down Under.
The book has three sections: Discovering, Exploring & Enjoying.
The Exploring section takes readers from France to South Africa
exploring the growing regions of the Cab grape; the Enjoying section
covers tasting, storing and matching to foods. Along the way readers
discover how to get the most out of the bottles already bought. And
in the "How to Taste" chapter, they can pick up a few key tips on
how to store Cabernet Sauvignon, when to drink it, and what food
really brings the wine alive.
Bordeaux has it silky charm, deep color, and ability to age for
Cabernet Sauvignon is a fun, fascinating guide for anyone who's
ever thought they'd like to know more about what's happening in
their wine glass but were afraid to ask. Readers may want to pull a
cork and sit down with this book.
Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook by Joan Nathan
Jewish holidays are celebrated in food. Yet Jewish cooking is always changing, encompassing the flavors of the world, embracing local culinary traditions of every place in which Jews have lived and adapting them to Jewish observance. Many religions have special days devoted to feasting or fasting; Judaism, however, has a complete written code of religious dietary laws governing every single act of eating.
On the eve of the 350th anniversary of the arrival of Jews in
America comes a book from Joan Nathan to introduce her to a new
generation of Jewish cooks:
Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook, which combines
fully revised and udated recipes from her classic cookbooks, The
Jewish Holiday Kitchen and The Jewish Holiday Baker, plus new
recipes culled from her nationally syndicated television show,
Jewish Cooking in America. This collection, the culmination of
Nathan's decades of gathering Jewish recipes from around the world,
is a tour through the Jewish holidays as told in food. For each
holiday, Nathan presents menus from different cuisines – Moroccan,
Russian, German, and contemporary American are just a few – that
show how the traditions of Jewish food have taken on new forms
around the world. Nathan tempts us with dishes from every cuisine of
the Jewish tradition, including Central and Eastern European, Middle
Eastern, and American, from Chocolate Babka for the Sabbath, to
Apricot Honey Cake for Rosh Hashanah, to Romanian Zucchini Potato
Latkes for Hanukkah. Readers are encouraged to try something exotic
– Algerian Chicken Tagine with Quinces or Seven-Fruit Haroset from
Surinam – Yemenite High Holiday Soup Stew or the Persian
Pomegranate-Walnut Chicken – or rediscover an American
favorite like Pineapple Noodle Kugel or Charlestonian Broth with
"Soup Bunch" and Matzah Balls. This book is not only filled with
recipes for delicious meals, but a wealth of information for Jewish
and non-Jewish readers alike.
Joan Nathan is the authority on Jewish cooking, from the
folkloric-cultural-historical perspective, and the food angle as
well. – Mollie Katzen, author of The Moosewood Cookbook
This is how holiday cooking should be – warm, welcoming, and straight from the heart. – Anne Willan, author of Cook It Right
This beautiful book – a celebration in itself – celebrates the calendar of Jewish life in all its majesty. It is the quintessential Jewish holiday cookbook – deliciously personal and meaningful. – Rozanne Gold, author of Cooking 1-2-3 and Healthy 1-2-3
It is clear from the first pages of this book that Joan Nathan
was cooking with love as she gathered oral histories to get a grasp
on this intimidating subject ... This is history, well-documented,
coherent, and valuable. – William Rice, Chicago Tribune
As delightful a piece of culinary scholarship as you'll find . . . Nathan has brought us one big slice of America in which all can take pride and pleasure. – Peter D. Franklin, Universal Press Syndicate
Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook commemorates the full richness of Jewish cuisine and culture. Only the best cookbooks stand the test of time, and this rich assemblage of holiday recipes has brought the festivity of holiday cooking to Jewish households for more than two decades. Nathan's love of cooking and insatiable quest for knowledge is evident in her lively and informative asides about social and culinary history, along with personal anecdotes from her own kitchen and from other notable chefs with whom she’s worked.
Interrogations, Confessions, and Entrapment edited by G. Daniel
Lassiter (Perspectives in Law and Psychology, Volume
20: Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers)
Subtle but nonetheless coercive influences exist in our system of
criminal justice. The purpose of
Interrogations, Confessions, and Entrapment is to help
expose these largely unrecognized forms of psychological
manipulation that undermine the integrity of American jurisprudence.
Edited by G. Daniel Lassiter, Ohio University, the chapters are
authored by psychologists, criminologists, and legal scholars who
have contributed significantly to our understanding of the pressures
that operate when the goal of law enforcement is to elicit
self-incriminating behavior from suspected criminals. Contrary to
what the police and the general public generally believe, it is now
clear that standard techniques of interrogation can cause innocent
people to falsely confess. Many of the wrongful convictions that
have recently been brought to light, primarily as a result of DNA
testing, establish conclusively that unreliable confession evidence
is a serious problem that must be solved if further miscarriages of
justice are to be prevented.
What are the various forms of psychological coercion? When and to whom is it applied? What effect does it have on the truly innocent suspect? To what extent is this nonassaultive form of coercion detected by trial fact finders? What are some ways in which such coercion can be minimized during interrogations or in other contexts in which law enforcement is seeking to obtain self-incriminating evidence from suspected criminals? These are some of the important questions posed by the contributors, and at least in some instances, partial or preliminary answers are provided.
According to Interrogations, Confessions, and Entrapment editor Daniel Lassiter and his co-author Jennifer Ratcliff in their introductory chapter, coercive influence ties together the three "topics" that title this volume: interrogations, confessions, and entrapment.
The wrongful convictions of those exonerated through DNA testing have been studied, and we now know a fair amount about their causes. Although faulty eyewitness memory appears to play a role in the large majority of cases, we also now know that coerced or false confessions can play a significant role in leading to them as well. Faulty eyewitnesses, faulty confessions – the two are related in some ways. In the case of a faulty eyewitness, it is often true that suggestive post-event information has led someone to claim to have seen something that wasn't seen (e.g., the defendant at the crime scene, or Mr. Jones pulling the knife first rather than Mr. Smith). In the case of faulty confessions, it is occasionally true that suggestive interrogation has led someone to claim to have done something that he didn't do. The form of psychological coercion required to elicit a false confession might be greater than the forms required to distort eyewitness memory, but many of the ingredients are the same. Eyewitnesses are sometimes exposed to the opinions of others, or questioned in leading and suggestive ways. These tactics can get them to "remember" seeing things that didn't happen, or happened differently. Crime suspects often are subjected to more – as revealed in many of the chapters in Interrogations, Confessions, and Entrapment. These include "minimization" tactics, by which interrogators make the behavior seem normal and provide moral justification for it and "leniency" tactics, in which suspects are led to infer that leniency will follow from a confession. They also include the presentation of false evidence.
These techniques may not be the worst that our citizens have
endured. As George Klare so eloquently reveals (Chapter 2), things
were a lot worse for the prisoners of war captured during World War
II. Nonetheless, the modern techniques are psychologically powerful
and have been perfected in the United States over many decades, as
Richard Leo shows us (Chapter 3).
Experimentally, studying eyewitness testimony and how it can go
awry has been quite a bit easier for psychological scientists than
studying false confessions. This is undoubtedly why there have been
thousands of published studies in the eyewitness arena, but only a
handful in the false confession area. The widely cited study by
Kassin and Kiechel involved a clever attempt to induce people to
falsely confess to damaging a computer by pressing the wrong key.
High rates of false confessions were obtained when subjects had been
engaged in a fast-paced task, and when a confederate claimed to have
seen the subject commit the "criminal" act. The procedure was
criticized because the "destroyed computer" act was not associated
with any genuine negative consequences, so a research group from the
Netherlands replicated the study with a few procedural changes. The
major one was adding a financial incentive; if subjects confessed
they would lose money. Even though it was costly, the large majority
of participants were willing to sign a false confession.
There are many important issues that the scholars contributing to
this volume explore, and the volume is badly needed. The scholars
who have contributed to this volume greatly expand our understanding
of the extant literature in this area, and explore how such
knowledge can guide changes in the legal system.
Interrogations, Confessions, and Entrapment should take
readers a long way toward a goal shared by our society, namely that
our system would develop and use techniques that draw confessions
from those who are guilty, but not from those who are innocent. And
it is hoped that the book will serve as a clarion call
for further investigation directed at both exposing the variety of
ways in which coercive influences can adversely affect criminal
justice and generating research-based solutions for minimizing such
Introduction to Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Recognizing
and Managing Problems in the Classroom by Mary M. Jensen
(Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall) aims to help general and
special education teachers in the pre- and elementary school levels
to learn to use proactive and positive methods to reduce problem
behavior, increase academic achievement, and improve social
Introduction to Emotional and Behavioral Disorders is as a
practical manual to help education teachers recognize the behavior
problems common to some children and youth in their classrooms, to
become familiar with these problems and manage them at early stages.
These problems, if unaddressed, may lead to the development of
academic underachievement and emotional and/or behavioral disorders
(E/BD), which may result in placement in special education classes.
The book examines common disorders such as autism and
ADD/ADHD, along with such conditions as Tourette syndrome, gangs,
eating disorders, depression, and others that may lead to learning
and behavioral problems. The author, Mary M. Jensen,
professor in the Department of Special Education at Western Illinois
University, presents the characteristics of each disorder,
offers observable behaviors and assessment methods, and suggests
positive, proactive classroom management strategies designed to
teach appropriate replacement skills for undesirable behaviors.
Introduction to Emotional and Behavioral Disorders presents the
characteristics and observable symptoms of a variety of E/BD that
may be observed in school-age children and youth. Many teachers view
emotional and behavioral disorders as willful disruptive behavior.
With that frame of reference, many simply punish these students, but
punishment is not productive. Students who are only punished never
learn appropriate replacement behaviors or alternatives to their
The categories of problem behavior are not limited to legal
special education divisions. Topics of current interest, such as
gangs, school violence, eating disorders, substance abuse,
depression, and Tourette syndrome, are included among more
traditional categories such as conduct disorder, autism, prenatal
substance abuse, and Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder. Suggested classroom management methods are
all proactive and positive and designed to help children and youth
learn appropriate replacement skills for problem behavior to help
them learn to be more successful in school and life. At the end of
each chapter, excluding the final chapter, is a section titled
"Implications for Working with Youth and Adolescents" that provides
suggested proactive and positive methods for effectively managing
each behavior problem category.
Introduction to Emotional and Behavioral Disorders has six parts. Part 1, "Foundational issues," covers the background and a brief historical overview of school-age students with emotional and behavioral disorders, IDEA 1997, common characteristics and overlapping problems, and causes of E/BD are presented in Chapter 1.
Chapter 2 introduces the process of assessment. This overview of
assessment methods is presented in a general format because an
entire assessment class is a required component of every university
special education teacher training program. Readers are directed to
specific texts and university courses for in-depth assessment
information. The second part of Chapter 2 describes models of
intervention, with emphasis on the behavioral model. Chapter 3
covers an array of educational options for students with E/BD. The
least restrictive environment mandate of IDEA 1997 is discussed,
along with various alternatives to public school placements.
Part 2, "Social, Cultural, and Environmental Issues," covers a
variety of topics related to school-age students. Chapter 4 presents
information on prenatal drug and alcohol exposure. Fetal alcohol
syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol effects (FAE), as well as other
prenatal drug exposure, are described.
Chapter 5 presents information about substance abuse and related problems in youth and adolescents. Chapter 6 and Chapter 7 discuss topics that are relatively new on the education scene – school violence and gangs – that often produce tragic results if educators, students, and parents are not adequately educated and prepared to deal with the problems that can accompany these two areas.
Part 3, "Categories of Internalized Disorders," covers a variety
of problem areas. Chapter 8 begins this section with information on
an array of anxiety disorders along with management methods for
teachers and parents.
Chapter 9 describes symptoms and characteristics of youth and
adolescents with depression. Signals of potential suicidal behaviors
are also presented. Bipolar and seasonal affective disorder, along
with numerous treatment options, are discussed.
Chapter 10 discusses eating disorders, since they are often the
cause of behavioral and emotional problems in youth and adolescents.
Definitions, characteristic behaviors, and treatment options for
anorexia and bulimia are presented.
Part 4 is titled "Categories of Externalized Disorders." Chapter
11, "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD)," discusses the
typical characteristics associated with students who have attention
Chapter 12 provides information on Tourette syndrome (TS).
Although it is considered a neurological disorder of unknown cause,
the tics associated with TS often have such a negative social stigma
that individuals with TS often develop social and emotional
problems. The background and a brief historical overview of TS are
presented, along with characteristics, a detailed checklist for
teachers and parents, treatment options, and intervention
Chapter 13 provides information on conduct disorders and bully
behavior. Conduct disorders may be the most common pattern of
behavior in youth and adolescents with EB/D. Bully behavior has
become all too common, with tragic results in schools across the
country. Characteristics and intervention methods are also provided
in this chapter.
Part 5, "Categories of Pervasive Developmental Disorders,"
includes Chapter 14, "Autism Spectrum Disorders and Schizophrenia."
Because of the nature of the typical problems, youth and adolescents
with autism spectrum disorders are often educated in E/BD
classrooms. This chapter also provides information about Asperger
syndrome, a condition that is closely related to autism.
Characteristics, treatment options, and intervention strategies are
Part 6, "The Future of Special Education," has one main objective. Chapter 15 emphasizes the importance of using a proactive and positive approach when working with youth and adolescents with E/BD. Social skills are presented as life skills. These are skills that, along with satisfactory academic skills, will help students graduate from high school and go on to become well-adjusted adults.
Focusing on today's realities in the schools and in
Introduction to Emotional and Behavioral Disorders is a
practical book, a book to assist general and special education
teachers of preschool through Grade 12 to recognize conduct that may
lead to academic underachievement and emotional/behavioral problems
and provide positive corrective action.
Standing In the Shadows: Understanding and Overcoming Depression
in Black Men by John Head, foreword by Kay Redfield Jamison
The first book to reveal the depths of black men’s buried mental
and emotional pain,
Standing In the Shadows weaves the author’s story of his
twenty-five-year struggle with depression with a cultural analysis
of how the illness is perceived in the black community and why
nobody wants to talk about it.
In mainstream society depression and mental illness is still somewhat of a taboo subject; in the black community it is a topic that is almost completely shrouded in secrecy. As a result, millions of black men suffer in silence, or get treatment only in extreme circumstances – in hospital emergency rooms, homeless shelters, and prisons.
In this groundbreaking book, veteran journalist and award-winning
author John Head argues that the problem can be traced back to
slavery, when it was believed that blacks were unable to feel inner
pain because they had no psyche. This myth has created a society
that blames black men for being violent and aggressive without
considering that depression might be a root cause.
Standing In the Shadows weaves the author's story of his struggle against depression with a cultural look at why depression in black men remains one of the last taboos in black culture. Head, former mental health reporter and features writer for the Atlanta JournalConstitution, former reporter for USA Today and the Detroit Free Press, argues that the most likely path to psychotherapy and medication for African-American men with depression is through the back door of the mental health care system but by then, it is often too late. The book showcases how Head himself has struggled with depression for the last twenty-five years. In a darker phase of his life, he moved out of his family home and into an apartment so that his sons wouldn't see his depression. Now he has moved through various stages of dealing with the disease, and has come out victorious in how he manages it.
Head believes that the neglect of emotional disorders in black
men is nothing less than racial suicide. In order for the silence of
black depression to evaporate, Head argues, the dominant culture
would have to take responsibility for the inflicted pain. Instead,
we would rather blame black men themselves.
Standing In the Shadows also examines the ways in which the
black community colludes with white culture in keeping black men's
emotional disorders underground. Head discusses the role of the
church, the family, and the changing nature of black women in
American culture as a way to understand how the black community may
have unwittingly helped push the emotional disorders of African
American men further underground. Finally,
Standing In the Shadows is a call to action for the black
community and the psychiatric community to end the silent suffering
of black men.
Standing In the Shadows is a brave, unblinking look at what it
is like to be an African American man with depression. John Head's
insightful analysis of the connection between racism and this
illness should be required reading for everyone who cares that
African American men are often absent from their families, are in
jails and prisons in disproportionate numbers, and die at an
alarming rates from suicide. – Cynthia Wainscott, Chair, National
Mental Health Association
This book does not haggle with statistics and scientific
discoveries ... it literally keeps the topic of depression and Black
men honest by taking us through a progressive journey that helps us
understand the real hurdles. Before you want to delve into any
medical journal ... read this book first so that you will have a
deeper understanding of the topic and develop a good foundation. –
Donna Holland Barnes, Ph.D., President and Co-founder of the
National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide and
Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Howard
It is about time an accomplished, well-respected brother talked
about their personal struggles with depression – a mental illness
that strikes one in five Americans. My hope is this book will bring
African-American men out of the 'depression closet,' and get the
help that will heal them. – Carl C. Bell, M.D., President & C.E.O.,
Community Mental Health Council
Veteran journalist and award-winning author John Head
courageously examines the effects that the unwillingness to look at
and talk about mental illness has had on generations of black men
and their families.
Standing In the Shadows addresses what can be done to help those
who need it most and challenges both the African American community
and the psychiatric community to end the silent suffering of black
men by taking responsibility for a problem that has been ignored too
long. In this first-of-its-kind exploration of black men and
depression, we find a book as daring and explosive as Nathan
McCall's disclosure of black men's violence and aggression.
Leisure in Later Life, Third Edition by Michael J. Leitner & Sara F. Leitner (The Haworth Press, Inc.) is an introductory, comprehensive text for university-level students and lecturers, as well as service providers dealing with specific elements of leisure and aging in relation to psychology, social work, health, and recreation.
Previous editions of this book have been widely adopted for
college coursework. This extensively revised and enhanced edition
includes a new chapter discussing global perspectives on leisure in
The diversity of the older population is recognized in
Leisure in Later Life. The chapters on leadership, program
planning, evaluation, techniques, exercise, adapted dance,
intergenerational activities, and leisure counseling are designed
for students preparing to work with elders in any setting. The
chapters on the particular recreational program settings, which note
specific needs for each, help students apply the material in the
previous chapters as they begin to work with elders and apply their
knowledge in various settings.
Authors Michael J. Leitner, Professor in the Department of
Recreation and Parks Management at California State University in
Chico, and Sara F. Leitner, instructor in Special Education and
Adapted Physical Education at Butte College in Oroville provide
myriad activities, described in detail for future leisure program
directors and workers.
Covers a multitude of practical ideas for activities. – Bevan C.
Grant, PhD, Professor of Sport and Leisure Studies, University of
Waikato, New Zealand
An excellent resource for recreation professionals and
students.... An asset to students in leisure and aging classes,
program planning classes, and therapeutic recreation specialization
courses. – Jerome F. Singleton, CTRS, Professor of Leisure Studies,
School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University, Nova
A comprehensive text for teaching a university-level course in
designing leisure and recreational services for older adults. –
Newsletter of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
refreshing.... A must for any activity director's library of
reference material.... Should be in every long-term care setting. –
Journal of Long-Term Care Administration
Presents the state of the art on this subject. – Tourism
With vastly revised chapters and totally new organization,
Leisure in Later Life, Third Edition is a comprehensive
text for those teaching a university-level course in designing
leisure and recreation services for elders. It is designed for
students preparing to work with elders in recreational settings,
nursing homes, and senior centers; the materials outline activities
and program planning emphasizing intergenerational activity,
exercise, dance, and special topics in sexuality and hospice care.
Adolescent Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Theory,
Research, and Intervention by Lynn Rew (Sage Publications)
Healthy growth and development of adolescents is an interest shared by many disciplines. It has long been an area of concern for people working with young people or studying adolescent behavior. However, despite the common interest, each discipline has its own perspective of adolescent health and uses different terminology to communicate its concerns.
Adolescent Health is a survey textbook that includes an overview of existing theories and current research on interventions that address the social morbidities and mortalities of adolescents. Author Lynn Rew, professor in nursing at The University of Texas, Austin, examines theories from a variety of professional disciplines that provide frameworks for understanding adolescent health behavior and health outcomes. Each theory is presented in terms of its essential elements, including its origin, a brief background of the theorist’s philosophical paradigm, the purpose and usefulness of the theory, the meaning and scope of the theory, and the empirical referents.
A generation of insights has led to some inescapable truths: no
one discipline has a monopoly on the theories, methods, and skills
needed to describe and understand the health, behaviors, and social
contexts of youth. Breadth of perspective is a necessary ingredient
for scholars and practitioners who are engaged in the science and
skills of adolescent health. And our learners, more diverse than
ever before, are in need of accessible yet sophisticated material
that grounds them in a field characterized by rapidly expanding
boundaries and a dazzling array of theory and methods to guide and
propel their research.
In this last generation, we have nurtured a group of adolescent
health investigators who often lack formal schooling in relevant
theory and the skills and logic of theory testing. For many, that
lack of formal preparation is offset to a large extent by a
substantial dose of practical wisdom arising from clinical and
programmatic interactions with young people. However, the transition
to scholarly sensitivities requires deliberate instruction that is
often lacking among those who have not grown up through the
mechanisms of classic academic research training.
Adolescent Health does an extraordinary job of helps
these learners understand theory as a guide to and framer of their
understanding. Rew also grounds the reader in contemporary threats
to the health of young people; the principles of adolescent
development, and the organized response to those health threats as
reflected in national objectives to improve the health of young
Size limitations meant that Rew had to make critical choices in
determining which theories to include and which to leave out. One
goal was to give enough details about each theory/model to
motivate students and their mentors to think more broadly and deeply
about the science of adolescent health.
A book like this is definitely needed.... I have been searching
for years to find a core textbook I could use in my graduate course
in adolescent health. This book, in combination with selected
empirical readings that focus on specific health problems, would be
very useful.... I could also see this book being a useful general
resource for both academics and practitioners. – Carolyn Tucker
Halpern, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Through a well-orchestrated and thoughtful progression,
Adolescent Health provides us with the theories to frame
our questions and the language to give those questions real
substance and application. This work helps us to reach across the
divides of discipline-specific thinking and methods and leaves us
enriched, ultimately, and better able to collaborate with each
other. Our field, and the needs of young people, deserve no less. –
Michael D. Resnick, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Research,
Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Director,
Healthy Youth Development, Prevention Research Center, University of
How refreshing to find a single volume that not only tells us
where we've been, but illuminates the critical pathways we must
travel for the foreseeable future of interdisciplinary adolescent
Adolescent Health, designed as a comprehensive, core
textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, fills a
gap in the literature about adolescent health for many disciplines
including psychology, sociology, nursing, medicine, public health
and health education. Rew, with the insights of a clinician and the
imagination of an adolescent health researcher unfettered by
disciplinary parochialism, has provided us with a thoughtful and
comprehensive work that will, at once, accomplish two things: it
will guide and inspire learners at multiple levels, and it will
provide well-organized and richly articulated material for the
teachers of the interdisciplinary audience. In addition, it will be
useful for certification courses in many interdisciplinary
adolescent health training programs. The book will also be of
interest to academics, researchers, and practitioners who are
designing theoretically based interventions.
The Battle of Mogadishu: First Hand Accounts From the Men of
Task Force Ranger edited by Matthew Eversmann & Dan Schilling
(Ballantine Books, Presidio Press)
In October 1993, a planned ninety-minute mission to capture a
Somali warlord turned into a seventeen-hour fire-fight that left
eighteen Americans dead, eighty-four wounded, and perhaps as many as
one thousand Somalis killed.
The Battle of Mogadishu, edited by Matt Eversmann and Dan
Schilling, Army Rangers and Air Force spec ops personnel in the task
force involved in the battle in Mogadishu, presents the
stories of six surviving veterans who fought in this fierce battle
in their own words.
The battle was notable for many reasons – from the individual
acts of bravery, to U.S. soldiers doing the job they were trained to
do and not buckling under severe pressure, to its impact on U.S.
foreign policy. But the Battle of Mogadishu will be remembered in
the annals of modern warfare for one distinct reason. As Matt
Eversmann writes, "That mission – that horrifying event, that brutal
experience, that episode of complete savagery – will be, without
exception, one of the finest examples of American tenacity, selfless
service, courage, and commitment ever witnessed in modern times."
These soldiers had a job to do and carried out their duties with
the fortitude and resolve that define our military. As Dan Schilling
writes, "There are many great tales of combat controller bravery and
operational feats of daring from Afghanistan and Iraq....Our mission
in Somalia also had deadly consequences [and] at the time it was
just another deployment. Yet, like so many things, something much
grander – U.S. foreign policy – became eclipsed by something
smaller, in this case the Battle of Mogadishu. In the ten years
following the operation in Somalia, U.S. foreign policy has almost
been completely driven by that single event."
The Battle of Mogadishu, six individual first-person accounts
provide us with a picture of this famous battle:
The remarkable success and resonance of this story are owed
primarily to these men, to their deeds, their memories, their
experience.... This is the real deal. These men were there. – From
the Introduction by Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down
As the stories unfold in
The Battle of Mogadishu, one gets a visceral sense of what it is
like to be in the midst of a war zone. Their brutal experiences and
brave contributions in a battle that changed American foreign policy
for more than a decade should not be forgotten. With America's
withdrawal from Somalia an oft-cited incitement to Osama bin Laden,
it is imperative to revisit this seminal military mission and learn
its lessons from the men who were there.
The Final Victims: Foreign Slave Trade to North America,
1783-1810 (by James A. McMillin (The Carolina
Lowcountry and the Atlantic World Series: University of South
Carolina Press) with CD-ROM
The Final Victims James McMillin examines the volume and
business of importing slaves from 1783 to 1810, the African origins
of those captives, and their treatment by shippers and North
American merchants. Tracing a shift in North American slaving
commerce from New England to the lower South, McMillin tracks the
vessels that imported slaves to America, particularly into
Charleston, Savannah, and New Orleans. McMillin, associate director
of Bridwell Library and associate professor of American religious
history at Southern Methodist University, suggests that previous
scholars have underestimated the number of slave voyages and
consequently the magnitude of American overseas slave trading during
this era. He maintains the founding fathers did little to discourage
the importation of slaves and asserts that – with the lengthening
duration and distance of the notorious "middle passage" – conditions
for African captives most likely worsened after the Revolution.
Combing through previously untapped public and private sources, McMillin uncovers data that challenges entrenched beliefs about the slave trade and, as a result, has far-reaching implications for our understanding of American life in the early republic. Drawing upon archival materials such as southern North American newspapers, other port and customhouse records, and merchant’s and planter’s papers, the appendix provides a comprehensive compilation of post-Revolutionary War North American foreign slave trade arrivals and voyages, the foreign slave trade between the West Indies and the North American mainland, clearances from the Carolinas and Georgia for Africa, foreign slave sales, slave vessels owners and slaving venture investors.
To his revisionist narrative McMillin appends, on a searchable
The Final Victims, the massive data that led him to his
conclusions. The information includes places of origin for the
captives; names of vessels, captains, and owners; size of slave
cargoes; ports of arrival; and other data pertinent to his
This important book establishes the large volume of and the major
role of Southern merchants in the Atlantic slave trade after the
American Revolution. Based upon a variety of American sources, it
substantially revises conclusions from studies focusing mainly on
European slave trade voyage documents. – Gwendolyn Midlo Hall,
author of Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of
Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century
With this detailed study of the importation of slaves to North America, McMillin tests long-standing assumptions about an enterprise thought to have waned in the wake of the United States’ successful revolution against Great Britain. The exhaustive resources made available on the CD-ROM provide undeniable proof of the South’s role post-revolution. Slave Trade scholars and non-academics will find this approach and the information in it useful and accessible.
The American Story (Second Edition) by Robert A. Divine,
T.H. Breen, George M. Fredrickson, R. Hal Williams, Ariela J. Gross,
H. W. Brands (Pearson Longman – Penguin Academics)
blending the essentials of political, social, economic, diplomatic,
and cultural history into a seamless narrative, presents a compact
yet compelling story of the United States and its people – the
powerful elite as well as the ordinary men and women who have
effected and been affected by the events that have shaped the
Two new authors – Ariela J. Gross, professor of law and history at the University of California, and H. W. Brands, University Distinguished Professor and Melbern G. Glasscock Chair in American History at Texas A&M University – have joined Robert A. Divine, George W. Littlefield Professor Emeritus in History at the University of Texas at Austin; T. H. Breen, William Smith Mason Professor of American Northwestern University; George M. Fredrickson, Edgar E. Robinson Professor Emeritus of United States History at Stanford University; and R. Hal Williams, Professor of History at Southern Methodist University, to create The American Story (second edition).
For many decades the traditional narratives that framed the story
of the United States assumed a unified society in which men and
women of various races and backgrounds shared a common culture. In
recent years, however, historians have come to believe that
traditional narratives stressing the rise of democracy or the
advance of free enterprise undervalue the complexity and diversity
of the American story. An awareness that the past is as much about
controversy as agreement, as much concerned with diversity as with
unity, does not preclude the possibility of a coherent narrative. To
create such a narrative while still paying attention to the
differences of race and class, ethnicity, and gender is the goal of
The American Story.
The authors start with the conviction that to tell this story it
is essential to listen closely to what people in the past have had
to say about their own aspirations, frustrations, and passions.
After all, they were the ones who had to figure out how to live with
other Americans, many of them totally unsympathetic, even hostile to
the demands of others who happened to march to different drummers.
The American Story will encounter many of these individuals and
discover how, in their own terms, they tried to make sense of
everyday events connected to family and work, church and community.
The authors attempt to avoid the tendency to lump individuals
arbitrarily together in groups. It is true, for example, that many
early colonists in America were called Puritans, and presumably in
their private lives they reflected a bundle of religious values and
beliefs known as Puritanism. But readers must not conclude that an
abstraction – in this case Puritanism – made history. To do so
misses the complexity and diversity masked by the abstraction, for
at the end of the day, what for the sake of convenience we term
Puritanism was in fact a rich, spirited, often truculent
conversation among men and women who disagreed to the point of
violence on many details of the theology they allegedly shared. The
same observation could be made about other movements in American
history – unions or civil rights, political parties or antebellum
reform, for example. A narrative that sacrifices the rough edges of
dissent in the interest of getting on with the story may propel the
reader smoothly through the centuries, but a subtler, more complex
tale is more honest about how people in the past actually made
Even as the authors stress the significance of human agency,
readers must resist transforming the long history of the peoples of
the United States into a form of highbrow antiquarianism. The men
and women who appear in
The American Story lived for the most part in small communities.
Even in the large cities that drew so many migrants after the
Industrial Revolution, individuals defined their daily routines
around family, friends, and neighborhoods. But it would be
misleading to conclude that these people were effectively cut off
from a larger world. However strong and vibrant their local cultures
may have been, their social identities were also the product of the
experience of accommodation and resistance to external forces, many
of them beyond their own control. Industrialization changed the
nature of life in the small communities. So too did nationalism,
imperialism, global capitalism, and world war. In the accounts of
such diverse events as the American Revolution, the Civil War, the
New Deal, and the Cold War, the authors seek the drama of history in
the efforts of ordinary people to make sense of the demands imposed
upon them by economic and social change.
It was during these confrontations – moments of unexpected
opportunity and frightening vulnerability – that ordinary Americans
came to understand better those processes of justice and oppression,
national security, and distribution of natural resources that we
call politics. The outcome of international wars, the policies
legislated by Congress, and the decisions handed down by the Supreme
Court must be included in a proper narrative history of the peoples
of the United States since these occurrences sparked fresh
controversies. They were the stuff of expectations as well as
disappointments. What one group interpreted as progress, another
almost always viewed as a curtailment of rights. For some, the
conquest of the West, a process that went on for several centuries,
opened the door to prosperity; for others, it brought degradation
and removal. The point is not to turn the history of the United
States into a chronicle of broken dreams. Rather, the book seeks to
reconstruct the tensions behind events, demonstrating as best it can
why good history can never be written entirely from the perspective
of the winners.
From the start of the project, the authors recognized the risk of
treating minorities and women as a kind of afterthought, as if their
contributions to the defining events of American history were
postscripts, to be taken up only after the reader had learned of
important battles and transforming elections.
The American Story’s treatment of the American Revolution is one
example of the book’s balanced and integrated approach to telling
the story of the past. Women were not spectators during the war for
independence. They understood the language of rights and equality,
and while they could not vote for representatives in the colonial
assemblies, they made known in other ways their protests against
British taxation. They formed the backbone of consumer boycotts that
helped mobilize popular opinion during the prelude to armed
confrontation. And they made it clear that they expected liberation
from the legal and economic constraints that consigned them to
second-class citizenship in the new republic. Their aspirations were
woven into every aspect of the American Revolution, and although
they were surely disappointed with the male response to their
appeals, they deserve attention not as marginal participants in
shaping events but as central figures in an ongoing conversation
about gender and power in a liberal society.
The story of how African Americans organized after World War II to demand that the nation live up to the promise of the Declaration of Independence offers yet another example of this book's integrated approach. The authors’ account of the civil rights struggle ranges from the eloquent leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., to the key roles played by unheralded blacks in the ranks at Selma and Birmingham. These brave men, women, and children suffered the blows of local sheriffs and the indignity of being swept off the streets by fire hoses, yet their travails ultimately persuaded white America to enact the landmark civil rights laws of the 1960s. The United States has yet to accord African Americans full equality, but the strides taken after World War II constitute a major step toward racial justice.
New to This Edition
The authors reviewed and revised
The American Story to take account of recent scholarly work and
to streamline the presentation for a more straightforward and
manageable overview of American history. To provide students with a
convenient and informative review of events, they have added to the
Appendix a comparative chronology that lists significant political,
diplomatic, social, economic, and cultural events. They have also
included new and expanded material in several chapters. Chapter 6
includes a new opening vignette on the search for balance between
public morality and private freedom as the newly independent nation
sought to establish a new political order. Chapter 11 has been
revised and reorganized to enhance and emphasize lives and
lifestyles of slaves and their experience of slavery. Chapter 16 has
been restructured and rewritten to devote greater attention to lives
of former slaves during Reconstruction and includes new sections on
the enactment of Black Codes during Reconstruction and the rise of
Jim Crow laws near the end of the period. Chapter 17 begins with a
new opening vignette highlighting a Native American's experience of
conquest and exploitation of the American West in the second half of
the nineteenth century. Chapter 26 includes a new opening vignette
examining personal experiences of hardship during the Great
Depression. Chapter 33 has been revised and restructured to
concentrate on the shifting economy of the 1990s to the present and
the role of government policy in shaping the American economy; it
has been updated with new discussion of foreign policy and homeland
defense post-September 11, including new sections on the war on
terrorism and war in Iraq.
The authors have crafted in The American Story a volume that is enjoyable to read, avoided the jargon that can be irksome to readers who believe that good history involves well-told stories. They do this through structure and features that stimulate student interest and reinforce learning, for example, the vignettes that introduce the specific chapter themes that drive the narrative and preview the topics to be discussed.
All in all, the book uncovers the drama of American history and the rich variety and diversity of the American people in a clear and crisp narrative that examines how human choices and actions have shaped the nation and its society. Skillfully integrating social, political, cultural, economic, and diplomatic history into a seamless chronological narrative, the book presents the story of Americans – the powerful and elite as well as ordinary men and women.
Bucket of Blood, The Ragman's War by R. S. Sukle (iUniverse)
Today America remembers the 1920s as the carefree decade that
birthed the Ford, the radio and the movie, transforming popular
culture before the nation's eyes. However, author R.S. Sukle argues
that despite all Americans think they know about the 1920s, they are
missing a large chunk of history. Sukle's new book,
Bucket of Blood, tells the true story of the 1927
coal-workers strike in the Western Pennsylvania coalfields – a time
of brutal beatings, rape and murder.
Without union representation the workers were constantly exploited. Because the company used many weapons to keep them enslaved, the miners' families were forced to live in abject poverty. The miner had only one weapon, the strike. Bucket of Blood chronicles the depravation and indignities suffered by the families in the Russellton camps during the strike.
Bucket of Blood was the name given to a coal town when deaths occurred to establish a worker's union. During the 1927-1928 strike, Russellton became known as such a place. In an effort to break the strike, special Coal and Iron police were brought into the area to evict the mine families from their company houses. These men imposed unconstitutional restrictions to harass the people and keep out relief workers and organizers. Sukle explores the glimmers of hope appearing through relief efforts when the sons of a local farmer who become union activists, including Ragman, a mine mechanic, walks out with the other men. Against his intentions, Ragman is drawn into the struggle by his brothers Albert and Irvin, and abuse is heaped on their family.
The killing of a state Coal and Iron policeman in Russellton is a local legend, the killer was never identified; and this story was passed down in certain families, each with their own version; each claims the killer as a relative. Bucket of Blood is one of those stories.
Sukle, daughter of a coal miner, who at the age of nine moved to the isolated family farm near Russellton, used local news articles as the background for the story. "I had heard stories about the 1927 strike from my father and uncles," says Sukle, whose father was an organizer for the United Mine Workers. "But I did not always believe that the conditions could be so bad. 1 decided to see if there were any news articles to verify what I had been told about those times in Russellton. What I found in the articles touched my heart, and the story begged to be told."
Bucket of Blood explores the depravities and indignities
suffered by Russellton families during the strike. Adhering
scrupulously to historical accuracy, Sukle reveals the collusion of
government and industrialists to exploit the workers.
Semi True: Seasons on the Road with A Prairie Home Companion's
Resident Writer and Truck Driver by Russ Ringsak (The Globe
Our state has thousands of great humorists, . . . and this
book was written by one of them, an old grumbler and nay-sayer of
the first water. – Garrison Keillor
Russ Ringsak was a registered architect in Minnesota when
he bought an over-the-road semi tractor in 1977, a career move that
ultimately led him to driving the trucks for public radio’s Prairie
Home Companion. He has now been with the show for thirty years – and
about a million miles.
When he first started out, Ringsak lacked the requisite trucker attitude, making him a kind of hybrid – a semi driver in more than one sense of the word.
While hauling stage equipment from town to town for the radio
show, Ringsak has seen some pretty amazing things – and some
not-so-amazing things that, as he says, just need a little
embellishment. He started writing about what he saw; his
commentaries from the road have appeared more or less regularly on
the show's Web site for the past three years. Collected here are the
best of those stories, plus many others never published before now.
He tells of encounters with all kinds of characters – a man met at a bar in Billings who spent his childhood as a professional stunt baby, a soulful Atlanta trolley tour guide with encyclopedic knowledge, the owner of a one-footed, bean-planting Muscovy duck named Matilda.
Russ in the driver’s seat use his enviable vantage point to see us all and see us whole. Semi True is the work of a terrific writer, an engaging travel companion, and an expert guide to that long chain of off-ramps called America. – Andy Duncan, former senior editor of Overdrive magazine
Russ’s wry observations about the art of truck driving as practiced by a former suit-wearing office worker offer a unique perspective on Interstate America. Told in a homegrown philosopher's style reminiscent of Mark Twain, his stories are all true, although some are probably semi true – what one might expect of a semi driver.
Paradise Lost, 1668-1968: Three Centuries of Commentary edited by Earl Miner, William Moeck, & Steven Jablonski (Bucknell University Press) uniquely presents biblical, classical, and vernacular citations in which every cited passage is quoted, and every quotation is in English. It is itself a research library for Paradise Lost, and only a text of the poem is required.
This Commentary, the first book-length work of this kind on
Paradise Lost since the Richardsons' in 1734, combines resources in
lieu of a true variorum edition no longer possible.
Paradise Lost, 1668-1968 includes the best commentary from
"Annotations" like Patrick Hume's (1695), the first full-length
commentary on any English author, as well as annotations to the
variorum editions of Newton (1749) and Todd (1801-42) and the modern
professional editions culminating in Alastair Fowler's (1968). Other
elements combined in this Commentary include an essay on the
pre-annotative criticism from 1668, including those by Marvell,
Dryden, and Dennis; copious use of the OED; numerous
cross-references to Milton's other works and passages in Paradise
Lost; fourteen excurses and other contributions by the present
The editor, Earl Miner, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton University, devoted fifteen years to Paradise Lost, 1668-1968 and was preparing a study of inter-cultural poetics at his death in April 2004. The co-editor, William Moeck, teaches at Nassau Community College, and the corresponding editor, Steven Jablonski, is a librarian at the Skokie Public Library.
The editors provide in an essay the early pre-commentary, pre-editorial responses to Paradise Lost, those written within weeks of its publication, before embarking on the commentary to lines and passages. And there are the critical insights from Samuel Barrow, Andrew Marvell, John Dryden and John Dennis.
This early critical comment belies certain widely held
assumptions and bears some surprises. For example, it is usually
held that the conception of the poem's sublimity is owed to the
later eighteenth-century critics, and that the idea of Satan as the
poem's hero is owed to the Romantics. Actually, Marvell originates
the concept of a sublime Paradise Lost. He is followed in that by
Dryden, who also held that the Devil is the hero of the poem, an
idea quite sensibly developed in the commentary of James Paterson,
whom no reader has ever thought Romantic. There are other things
that arrest attention. Early commentators highly admire the War in
Heaven, for example. In short, the early criticism is an essential
portion of the account of the editors, a necessary resource.
Miner, Moeck and Jablonski add to the main commentary a dozen or
so excurses. These involve Milton's use of metaphor, allusion, and
topoi or chronologies, and since, like other epic poets, Milton
furnishes no dates, the editors have supplied a version of the then
most popular system of dating biblical events. Other excurses deal
with subjects like music or politics. And, with the book, come the
plates for the first two illustrated editions of the poem. Their
uses are described in a brief essay. And they also offer comments of
The most important features of Paradise Lost, 1668-1968 can be characterized as a composite of various elements supplied by numerous people. The book is also a unified whole in conception – it is unified in execution, putting before the reader, in English, a version of an entire commentary comprehensive in date from the publication of the poem to recent times.
This creative resource has considerable scope, compiling and checking the best of previous commentarial scholarship on Paradise Lost. Over 15 years in the making, Paradise Lost, 1668-1968 should become the preferred companion for a close reading of the poem, and it may be expected to stand the test of time, speaking to future generations for our age, for the unparalleled access to resources afforded by our times, and for Miner’s scholarship and devotion to his subject.
Before Midnight: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (Mystery Masters Series)
[UNABRIDGED] by Rex Stout, read by Michael Prichard
(The Audio Partners Publishing Group) 5 compact disks, 6 hours
In this ingenious whodunit, a perfume company, Pour
Amour, offers a million dollars to anyone who can solve the
riddles and correctly identify certain women in history who used
cosmetics. When the advertising genius behind the campaign, Louis
Dahlman, is murdered and the answers stolen, the
ad firm wants the clever campaign to continue and hires Nero Wolfe
to find the riddles and the murderer.
Before Midnight is a mystery from one of America's best-loved
writers featuring one of the greatest fictional detectives of all
time – Nero Wolfe. An orchid-growing, gourmandizing, demanding
genius, Wolfe, as usual, is ably assisted by his legman, Archie
Goodwin, who narrates with his usual wry humor. Archie tries
bravely to keep Wolfe away from the irritating women involved and
focused on the case. But with puzzling phone calls and conflicting
instructions from the ad company, it's anybody's guess when – or
even if – Wolfe will find the killer.
It is always a treat to [hear] a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore. – The New York Times Book Review
Author Rex Stout (1886-1975), inimitable master of detective
fiction, wrote 73 mysteries, three novels, chaired the War Writers'
Board, and mobilized public opinion against the use of nuclear
devices. The audio version of the book is read by Michael Prichard,
a Los Angeles-based actor who has recorded more than 350
audiobooks, and been named by Smart Money magazine one of the "Top
Ten Golden Voices."
Body Double [ABRIDGED] by Tess Gerritsen, narrated by Anne
Heche (Random House Audio) 5 compact discs, approximately 5 ½
Body Double by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine Books)
Dr. Maura Isles makes her living dealing with death. But never
before has her blood run cold, and never has the grim expression
"dead ringer" rung so terrifyingly true. Because never before has
the lifeless body on the medical examiner's table been her own.
Yet there can be no denying the mind-reeling evidence before her eyes and those of her colleagues, including Detective Jane Rizzoli: the woman found shot to death outside Maura's home is the mirror image of Maura, down to the most intimate physical nuance – and they share the same birth date and blood type. For the stunned Maura, an only child, there can be just one explanation. And when a DNA test confirms that Maura's mysterious doppelganger is in fact her twin sister, an already bizarre murder investigation becomes a disturbing and dangerous excursion into a past full of dark secrets. And the mystery deepens when Officer Rick Ballard shows up and tells Maura and Detective Jane Rizzoli that this sister, Anna, was on the run from an abusive boyfriend and under police protection.
But perhaps more frightening – an unknown murderer is at large on
a crosscountry killing spree. To stop the massacre and uncover the
twisted truth about her own roots, Maura must probe her first living
subject: the adoptive mother that she never knew – an icy and
cunning woman who was responsible for giving Maura life – and who
just may have a plan to take it away.
Body Double was written by acclaimed mystery writer Tess
Gerritsen who left a successful practice as an internist to raise
her children and concentrate on her writing. It is the fourth
novel in Gerritsen's edgy, suspenseful series of thrillers featuring
Boston Medical Examiner Maura Isles and Homicide Detective Jane
Rizzoli, two usually gritty crime fighters who are also
uncharacteristically vulnerable. The audio version is
narrated by Anne Heche, an actress with extensive film credits and
as well as a successful stage career.
Body Double provides an electric series of startling
twists, the revelation of ghoulishly practical motives and a
nail-biting finale making this Gerritsen's best to date. The taut
thriller is sure to appeal to fans who have followed Rizzoli and
Isle's previous adventures.
Good News, Bad News by David Wolstencroft (Dutton)
There are two ways out of the spy game. Heads you run. Tails you die.
It starts and ends with a coin flip. In between, Good News, Bad News turns the rules of the spy game upside down with a story of intrigue and suspense full of surprises right up until the final spin.
First, there’s the good news: George and Charlie are on their last posting for the Agency before retiring from the spy game. But in this business, the bad news is never far away. And in this case, the bad news could not be worse. In the blink of an eye, these two friends become lethal enemies – until it occurs to them that some orders are just not meant to be followed. The two are catapulted into a gauntlet of international espionage to uncover secrets that lie in the heart of the Agency – secrets that no one wants them to find.
From the writer and creator of the hugely popular award-winning
BBC spy drama Spooks, a show that goes by the name of MI-5 in the
Good News, Bad News, David Wolstencroft's debut novel about
espionage gone awry.
Meet Charlie Millar, a Capricorn who enjoys the music of Orbital and Groove Armada and whose favorite meal is baked beans on toast. He's also a spy. At age 27, young Charlie's already tired of the spy game. As a child growing up in Edinburgh, Charlie and his school friends amused themselves with a pastime called Good News, Bad News, where for any given situation a positive is accompanied by a negative: The good news is you're flying to the Caribbean for vacation, the bad news is your plane has engine trouble ... the good news is you have a parachute, the bad news is it has a hole... and the goal is to always expect the unexpected so that you're prepared to reverse the situation and end up on top – a fun game when the stake's aren't real.
Meet George Shaw, in his late 40s, also tired of the spy game and
about to retire. On his last assignment, Charlie's too, the pair
meet. Both are posted to the same cover story in what appears to be
a logistical mistake – if only such things existed. Once they've
unveiled each other as spies, the two become fast friends. With the
arrival of their final mission comes the good news – and the bad.
The good news is it's their last mission for the Agency. The bad
news is their mission is to kill one another.
Rather than follow orders the men flip a coin to decide their
fate, and it's not long before they find themselves immersed in a
web of secrets and lies as they attempt to uncover why their bosses
want them dead. Unsure of who they can trust on the inside, finding
answers won't be easy. Charlie and George's quest for the truth will
have them racing through London, Cambridge, Paris, and Calgary where
time and time again they will question each other's motives. What
they manage to uncover, from dead spouses and Agency betrayals to
fake deaths and alter egos, may force readers to stop for a moment
and question the facts of their own lives.
Wolstencroft reinvigorates the spy thriller in the suspenseful Good News, Bad News, where the myriad twists and turns will shock, amaze and surprise even the most seasoned thriller fan. In addition to surprises on every page and pitch-perfect dialogue, the book offers two unforgettable heroes and heralds the coming of the next great spy writer.
Egypt: Child of Atlantis: A Radical Interpretation of the
Origins of Civilization by John Gordon (Bear & Company,
Inner Traditions) asserts that the civilization of Egypt
existed far longer than is commonly believed and was structured
around forms of cosmic knowledge that involved astronomical and
geographical competence that modern science has yet to attain.
Building on evidence of the prehistoric existence of an ancient worldwide religious culture that extended all the way to Tibet and China, Egypt traces the origins of Egyptian culture to the legendary lost continent of Atlantis. Based on an understanding of the Precession of the Equinoxes and its inextricable connection to human evolution and divine purpose, author John Gordon, senior fellow of the Theosophical Society of England, concludes that the sacred science of the ancient Egyptians was the legacy left to them by "fallen star gods," conscious divine beings who founded Atlantis.
Egyptologists contend that ancient Egypt was a civilization obsessed with death, that its greatest monuments were tombs, and that its history dates back only some 5,000 years. In contrast Gordon suggests this civilization was 50,000 years older. Furthermore, he contends that Egypt was originally not a society obsessed with death, but one that saw in life and death an initiatory transition. This idea was followed by the entire population, which was attuned to the form and nature of cosmic evolution at all levels of being, from the highest to the most mundane.
Brilliant, erudite, and controversial, John Gordon has used
Madame Blavatsky's insights to throw a new light on ancient Egyptian
civilization. – Colin Wilson, coauthor of The Atlantis Blueprint and
author of The Atlas of Holy Places and Sacred Sites
That an advanced Lost Civilization is part of our human heritage
should now be self-evident. John Gordon's book takes the currently
neglected long view of the Lost Civilization hypothesis ...and
defends it with solid scholarship, reasoned argument, and a deep
understanding of esoteric philosophy. This is a really interesting
book. – John Anthony West, author of The Traveler's Key to Ancient
Egypt and Serpent in the Sky
Among the occult literature
Egypt is a book with more solid facts than most. Edgar Cayce
readers will find compatible theories to his in this
theosophy-inspired look at lost Atlantis.
Toward a Unified Platonic Human Psychology by John Mark Reynolds
(University Press of America, Inc.)
Using the psychology of Plato's Timaeus, author John Mark
Reynolds advances the discussion of Plato's psychology by proposing
a new reading of his view of the human soul. The implications of
Plato's psychology on his ethics, view of the animal world, and
theology are also examined.
Reynolds, an analytical philosopher, associate professor of philosophy at Biola University, California and director of Biola's Torrey Honors Institute.
Toward a Unified Platonic Human Psychology
approaches Plato’s Timaeus as possible timeless truth. He starts
with the premise: is it possible that Plato was correct? If so, then
the works of Plato are worth examining to see if they illuminate
problems in philosophy and human culture that have a timeless
quality. This sort of reading of a text has a long and honored
tradition. The question motivating this interaction is: "What if the
text has some timeless truth that Plato intended to convey through
his dialogues?" Behind this question is the foundational attitude of
seeking and submitting to truth.
Some will find such a project "old fashioned," an attitude C.S.
Lewis described as "chronological snobbery." Charity to a thinker
seems to demand that sometimes one pause and see if his thoughts can
be put together in this manner. After all, it could be that Plato
was forward thinking enough to have anticipated many things that
only later have become obvious.
Assuming that Plato may have had insight into deep and timeless truths, Toward a Unified Platonic Human Psychology begins with the text of Timeaus and works views out from it. Though acknowledging he owes a debt to more contemporary writers, Reynolds’s goal has not been to interact with their views of Plato as it might move him away from the text and understanding Plato to understanding the secondary author. His goal was to attempt to interact with the text as directly as possible.
Reynolds’s first concern is to see what can be understood from
the text in the tradition of analytic philosophy, hoping that all
the arguments he advances in this book are arguments that Plato
intended or would have intended to make given certain contemporary
problems in philosophy.
Critics have suggested that Plato has no consistent, fully developed human psychology. Reynolds argues that a full and consistent Platonic view of the human soul does exist within the Platonic canon and that the key to finding it is in the dialogue Timaeus. This human psychology is of interest to philosophy because it is not Cartesian dualism, but neither is it any of the modern forms of materialism.
First, he defends Timaeus from attempts by some commentators such
as A.E. Taylor to claim the dialogue does not contain Platonic
doctrines. Taylor argued that the Timaeus was a sort of Platonic
experiment: a conflation of Empedoclean and Pythagorean science to
which Plato would not have been committed. To the contrary, such a
view is implausible given ancient understandings of the texts,
especially that of Aristotle. Moreover, scholars such as Leo Strauss
and Victorino Tejera have suggested that any list of Platonic
doctrines is necessarily suspect. Though there is much to admire in
the ways of reading texts suggested by Strauss and Tejera that has
influenced this work, Reynolds dissents from the view that Platonic
doctrines cannot be discovered and known.
Second, the text of the Timaeus is examined in order to expose
and interpret the human psychology found within it. The human soul
is the potential for circular motion when it comes into contact with
appropriate matter, such as the fire found in stars. This motion is
confused by contact with inappropriate matter. The human soul does
not exist in a state separate from a body for any length of time.
Examining the human soul also allows a better understanding of the
cosmic soul Plato postulates in Timaeus.
Finally, Reynolds briefly compares the psychology found in Timaeus to the views of the human soul found in Phaedo and Republic. From this examination, he concludes that Plato develops the idea of soul as a bridge between the world of perfect being and the visible world of eternal becoming. The human soul is circular motion of the "same" which can be imparted to appropriate matter. This motion is rational, thus allowing the soul to be the seat of cognition. Plato's psychology must ultimately picture the human soul as having an accidental simplicity and thus a non-essential immortality. These tools, developed independent of concerns about other areas of Platonism, allow problems in the canon to be solved.
Plato also has developed a psychology that allows for the soul to
have the appearance of priority in order of creation without having
an actual first moment of creation. The implications of his
psychology on his ethics, his view of the animal world, and theology
are examined. The psychology developed from Timaeus resolves
difficulties that are alleged to occur in the accounts of the soul
found in both Phaedo and the Republic.
Toward a Unified Platonic Human Psychology is written by a philosopher working in the analytic philosophical tradition. Reynolds assumes that Platonic psychology may have more than historical interest to the reader. His goal is to give to Plato's writings the same charity in interpretation that would be granted to a contemporary philosopher. This book is not concerned with more "post-modern" ways of reading texts. On the other hand, he is sensitive to the criticisms of Leo Strauss and others that analytic philosophers have looked first to analytic philosophers and only later at the text of Plato.
Reynolds proceeds by first showing that the Timaeus, a dialogue around which some controversy swirls, contains descriptions of the soul that Plato intends the reader to take as his own views. He proves that Plato wants us to take the views given in Timaeus regarding the soul as his ultimate position on the topic. Second, a consistent exposition of the psychology of the Timaeus must be worked out. Third, this psychology is consistent with the view of the soul argued for in the other Platonic dialogues. Fourth, the Platonic psychology developed is helpful in addressing some criticisms advanced regarding Plato's view of the soul. Finally, Reynolds suggests that Plato's psychology may be valuable in contemporary psychology.
The Timaeus is the key to the Platonic psychology. The psychology of the Timaeus is consistent with that of Phaedo. The psychology of the Republic is illuminated by the psychology found in Timaeus. The Timaeus has been shown to contain Plato's best psychological views. So, what is that psychology put forward in Timaeus?
Plato has developed the early Greek notion of soul as motion. For Plato, soul is circular motion. This motion is rational and orderly. Plato has thereby made "soul" the seat of human intellectual activity and passion. By making the soul tripartite, he has allowed for psychological conflict in humans. This soul contains three elements found in the head, the chest, and the belly. The mortal soul, itself divided in two, acts as a bridge between the immortal soul and the human body. The human soul can only be ultimately individuated by its history and location.
Toward a Unified Platonic Human Psychology defends a coherent
view of "Platonic Psychology," or looking at human psychology as
circular motion in the brain. Some do not see the Platonic
psychology as consistent or helpful to Platonic philosophy; in
contrast to these criticisms, Reynolds argues that Plato's view of
the soul has great philosophic merit and internal consistency.
Furthermore, he claims that the dialogue Timaeus is the key to
resolving alleged difficulties in Plato's view of the soul, arguing
that through this work certain seeming inconsistencies in Plato's
psychology admit solution. Arguments for immortality are
strengthened by being clarified by this new view of Plato's
Reynolds has written a work that can act as a contribution to the
school of commentators exemplified by A.E. Taylor and Francis
Cornford. Although these conclusions come at the end of only a
decade of reflection, mostly on the text of Plato, Reynolds offers
his work in the hope that it will stimulate others who care for
Plato to go further.
Aesthetics: A Reader in Philosophy of the Arts (2nd Edition) by David Goldblatt & Lee B. Brown (Pearson Prentice Hall – Humanities/Social Science) introduces students to philosophy of the arts using classic and contemporary works of leading philosophers.
Unique in perspective,
Aesthetics by David Goldblatt and Lee Brown is a
collection of nearly 90 readings designed to introduce students – at
any level of sophistication – to the philosophical problems of
aesthetics as they pertain to specific arts – e.g., Painting,
Photography, Architecture, Dance, Literature, Performance, Popular
Art, Music, Film and Video Art, etc. It reflects the tendency to
resist thinking of art as an abstract whole and to acknowledge the
diverse character of philosophical thinking about individual arts.
The readings represent recent continental thinking about the arts – e.g., Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard, Lyotard, Heidegger, Benjamin, and Adorno. They also represent the analytic imagination in philosophers such as Danto, Goodman, Levinson, Urmson, and Scruton.
Features of the New Edition:
The philosophy of the arts, like art itself, is a far-reaching and fascinating area of inquiry and investigation. It is often as microscopic as it is macroscopic, as devious as it is sometimes straightforward.
Goldblatt, Dennison University and Brown, Ohio State University,
believe this reader reflects a tendency to resist thinking of art
as one seamless whole. They believe that one way to acknowledge the
diverse character of philosophical thinking about the arts is by
organizing the readings in terms of areas of art. Another is to
offer a great many readings that display the panoramic and complex
field that aesthetics actually is.
Is there one philosophy that applies to all art? Peter Kivy said,
“There is no art, there are only arts”; we can no longer hover above
our subject matter like Gods from machines, bestowing theory upon
practice in sublime and even boastful ignorance of what takes place
in the dirt and mess of the workshop.
Traditional categories of art, even when they are not explicitly
addressed, often function as paradigms that initiate general claims
about art, frequently extending their domains to areas where former
insights are sometimes vitiated. So it may be, for example, that
what an audience is for music might be very different from what it
is for film or painting. By constructing the text in a way that
encourages learning aesthetics in context, the authors hope to
represent philosophical writing in its most beneficial form. We also
feel that students will come to understand art and the philosophical
study of it simultaneously – something like learning a foreign
language in a foreign restaurant instead of in a domestic classroom.
By its organization,
Aesthetics introduces readers at any level of
sophistication to philosophical problems as they pertain to specific
arts. The book is divided into sections for Painting, Architecture,
Literature, and so forth. The sheer complexity of the topic should
not take anything away from the fact that the philosophy of the arts
constitutes an intriguing and inviting network of human activities.
Rather, it should add to it.
Of course, many philosophers have argued that all the arts, no
matter how diverse in form and function, really do have something
fundamental in common, so the foregoing remarks should not
discourage those who want to engage in gradual generalization about
the arts from doing so. The anthology includes essays – particularly
in the final two sections of the collection – that address the
feasibility of a single philosophy of all the arts or of aesthetic
experience. Many classic texts, as well as key contemporary sources,
can be found there.
Two further points about
Aesthetics should be stressed. First, the authors try to
recognize the growing merge, especially at artistic intersections,
of the analytical and continental schools of philosophy. Second,
Goldblatt and Brown try to direct more attention than has been
customary to the popular arts and to the issues that occupy the
borders between the so-called high and low arts. In short, they
believe that it is time for a more open and inclusive approach to
the philosophy of the arts.
What is special about this book is the amount of coverage of
recent debate about the individual arts. That's why I chose to use
this particular text. – William M. Hutchins, Appalachia State
The explanatory material is done well, and it's of a good length.
The result is a book that can be used both by beginners and by those
already acquainted with the field. – Ted Cohen, University of
Goldblatt and Brown have put together a collection of readings that represent the scope and detail that is the philosophy of the arts and one that is as exciting and instigating as art itself. Aesthetics is a large volume. While not pretending to be a definitive source book, it provides instructors and students with a wide range of choices from which they can compose their own list of readings. The book serves not merely as the textual basis for a philosophical regimen, but as the kind of book anyone interested in the arts might take along were they to be stranded on the proverbial desert island. And it may whet that exile's desire to get back to the artworks left behind.
M. N. Roy: Radical Humanist: Selected Writings by M. N. Roy,
compiled by Innaiah Narisetti (Prometheus Books)
When humanism was first receiving widespread public attention in
the West, through such publications as The Humanist Manifesto in
1933, unbeknownst to most Westerners, humanism was proceeding on a
parallel track in India, largely due to the efforts of philosopher
and political activist M.N. Roy (1887-1954). It wasn't until the
early fifties, at the end of Roy's life that European humanists
began to notice his work.
Modern humanism, with its roots in ancient Greek rationalism, affirms a person's innate worth and relies on science and technology – not a supernatural element – to improve the quality of life. Roy conceived of humanism as a scientific, integral, and radically new worldview. Roy's humanist philosophy stresses that the study of history is imperative for a proper understanding of society, deriving his principles from modern science, which is progressive and self-correcting and wears a human face. During World War II, Roy was the only Indian philosopher who saw nationalism as an antiquated cult, and he condemned communism and fascism as twin forms of irrationalism. Roy advocated a cooperative commonwealth with human values as a better alternative to the prevalent thought of the time, particularly in India.
Roy's most famous work, Reason, Romanticism, and Revolution, published in 1952, named the basic urges of humans – the search for truth and the quest for freedom. Through the former, Roy argued, humans could achieve the latter. In M. N. Roy, a new compilation of his most significant work, Innaiah Narisetti, a national executive member of the Indian Radical Humanist Association, the chairman of the Committee to Study Child Abuse of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, reproduces two important chapters, "The Way Out" and "New Humanism." Erich Fromm, author of Sane Society, admired Roy's volume so much that he paid tribute to it in his own book – albeit a year after Roy's death.
Also included in this compilation are two chapters from New Humanism, "The Failure of Philosophy" and "A New Political Philosophy," which answer the question of whether politics has a rational foundation. Many of Roy's humanist writings were published posthumously by his second wife, Ellen, and are contained in this text.
Roy's famous Principles of Radical Democracy – Twenty-Two Theses, which concludes this collection, describes a person's place in the universe and in society.
Even within Humanist circles, MN Roy is either unknown or the
importance of his work is grossly underrated. Roy was a rationalist,
combating superstition where and whenever possible, promoting
science and education. A committed democrat, Roy quickly saw the
dangers of fascism in the '30s in contrast to many of his fellow
countryman who threw in their lot with the Axis powers thereby
hoping to win freedom from colonialism. Dr. Innaiah has rendered all
humanists and lovers of India a great service in skillfully putting
together an anthology of Roy's writings, showing their range and
power. One hopes that eventually this anthology will rekindle
interest in Roy's philosophy and show its continuing relevance. –
Ibn Warraq, author of Why I am Not a Muslim
In M. N. Roy, philosopher Narisetti presents a compelling collection of Roy's most important writings, providing new insight into the humanist's profound influence. For humanists, philosophers, political scientists, and others, Roy's unique and still relevant view of humanism will have great appeal and broad application beyond its original Indian context. Narisetti furnishes a map to Roy's New Humanism, providing readers with an indispensable guide to a philosophy that has received little attention in the United States.
On Anxiety by Renata Salecl (Thinking in Action
We frequently hear that we live in an age of anxiety, from
"therapy culture," the Atkins diet and child anti-depressants to gun
culture and weapons of mass destruction. While Hollywood regularly
cashes in on teenage anxiety through its Scream franchise,
pharmaceutical companies churn out new drugs such as Paxil to combat
newly diagnosed anxieties.
On Anxiety takes a psychological plunge behind the scenes of our
panic-stricken culture and into anxious minds, asking who and what
is responsible. Putting anxiety on the couch, Renata Salecl asks: Is
anxiety about the absence of authority or too much of it? Does the
media report anxiety or create it? Are drugs a cure for anxiety or
its cause? Is anxiety about being yourself or someone else, and is
anxiety really the ultimate obstacle to happiness?
Drawing on vivid examples from films such as the X Files and Cyrano de Bergerac, drugs used on soldiers to combat anxiety, the anxieties of love and motherhood, and fake Holocaust memoirs, Salecl argues that what really produces anxiety is the attempt to get rid of it.
Renata Salecl is currently Visiting Professor in the Literature
Department at Duke University and Centennial Professor in the
Department of Law at the London School of Economics. Her full-time
position is Senior Researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of
Ljubljana in Slovenia. She is the author of Perversions of Love and
... a deft application of psychoanalytic insights to very everyday and quite familiar human situations ... a revealing and insightful way of looking at the contemporary world where human situations are imaginatively viewed through the lens of anxiety. – Juliet Flower MacCannell, University of California
In this facinating little book, Salacl asks some much-needed
questions and comes up with some surprising conclusions. Erudite and
On Anxiety is essential reading for anyone interested in
philosophy, psychology and the cultural phenomenon of anxiety today.
Thinking in Action is a new series that takes philosophy to its
public. Each book in the series is written by a major international
philosopher or thinker and engages with an important contemporary
topic. The series informs and sharpens debate on issues as wide
ranging as the Internet, religion, the problem of immigration and
refugees, and the way we think about science. Short and stimulating,
volumes in the Thinking in Action series are great starting points
for readers who want to think seriously about major issues
confronting us today.
Animal Philosophy: Essential Readings in Continental Thought edited by Peter Atterton & Matthew Calarco, foreword by Peter Singer (Continuum) is the first text to look at the place and treatment of animals in Continental thought.
The sight of man now fatigues. – What is present day Nihilism if not that? – We are tired of man. – Nietzsche
Edited by Peter Atterton, teacher in the Department of Philosophy
at the University of San Diego and Matthew Calarco, Assistant
Professor of Philosophy at Sweet Briar College,
Animal Philosophy is a collection of essential primary and
secondary readings on the animal question. In the ten chapters,
leading contemporary thinkers provide given commentary and analysis
on readings by the following key Continental thinkers: Nietzche,
Heidegger, Bataille, Levinas, Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari,
Derrida, Ferry, Cixous, and Irigaray.
Throughout Western civilization, nonhuman animals have been seen as creatures of no ethical significance, or at best, of very minor significance. Aristotle thought that animals exist for the sake of more rational humans, to provide them with food and clothing. Descartes denied that animals can suffer. Kant thought only rational beings can be ends in themselves, and animals are mere means, but there were exceptions. Montaigne challenged human arrogance, and Hume thought we owed "gentle usage," although not justice, to animals. The strongest dissent to the dominant view came from the British utilitarian writers, Bentham, Mill, and Sidgwick, each of whom insisted that the suffering of animals mattered in itself. Bentham went so far as to look forward to the day when animals will be recognized as having rights.
Over the past 30 years, however, philosophers from a variety of ethical traditions have mounted a strong challenge to the traditional view of the status of nonhuman animals, arguing that the interests of animals deserve equal consideration with the similar interests of humans, or that animals have rights. Attitudes have changed, not just in what is often referred to as the "Anglo-American tradition;" the debate is not limited to the English-speaking world, or even to Western cultures. Leading works on animals and ethics have been translated into, and discussed in, most of the world's major languages, including Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. For those who think that philosophy follows trends rather than instigating them, it is significant to note that in this instance it was the other way round. The philosophical arguments came first: the movement followed.
Animal Philosophy asks: how much of this philosophical impetus
that gave rise to a practical challenge to the way we think about
nonhuman animals came from writers in the philosophical traditions
of Continental Europe, from such thinkers as Heidegger, Foucault,
Levinas, and Deleuze? The answer is, as far as Atterton and Calarco
can judge, none. For the editors, the most significant question
Animal Philosophy is why such an extensive body of thought
should have failed to grapple with the issue of how we treat
animals. What does this failure say about the much-vaunted critical
stance that these thinkers are said to take to prevailing
assumptions and social institutions?
Animal Philosophy was in many ways inspired by the tremendous advances the AngloAmerican philosophical tradition has made regarding the animal question over the last thirty years or so, from Peter Singer's and Tom Regan's writings on animal ethics through to the debates surrounding animal cognition. It seemed to the editors that Continental philosophy has lagged behind its AngloAmerican neighbor on precisely these issues, despite its tendency to see itself in many ways as the more avant-garde, more radical, more politically engaged, and less philosophically naïve of the two. The selections Atterton and Calarco have chosen are not exhaustive, but they are exemplary, and they constitute in every case their most sustained treatments of the animal topic. They set out the terms of the debate in a way that is most likely to be useful for scholars and students working in the field of Continental philosophy and/or coming to the animal question for the first time. They open up new vistas for research even if they often turn out to be cul-de-sacs for the thinkers themselves. They chose them for their current stature in Continental philosophy and for the novelty of their approach to the question at hand. The quality of originality about each of the readings is what prompted the editors to provide a critical commentary by distinguished scholars in the field following each reading. Atterton and Calarco felt that it would be helpful to readers if they were also supplied an interpretative framework and critical perspective to guide him or her on the way. The exception here is Luce Irigaray's article "Animal Compassion," which was especially commissioned for Animal Philosophy, and thus intended to speak for itself.
Chapter One. The first chapter, by Alphonso Lingis, consists of a number of key passages from Friedrich Nietzsche, perhaps the thinker in the tradition most inclined to erase the sharp line that is usually drawn between humans and animals, though just as often we find him redrawing it – sometimes even at the same time. Thus we read in The Antichrist: "We no longer derive man from 'the spirit' or 'the deity'; we have placed him back among the animals. We consider him the strongest because he is the most cunning: his spirituality is a consequence of this."' Nietzsche goes on to make it clear, however, that such strength and cunning does nor make man the crown of creation; on the contrary, "man is the most bungled of the animals, the sickliest, and not one has strayed more dangerously from its instincts." Everything that Nietzsche evaluates positively in human beings – strength, nobility, independence – stems from the sound instincts and vital energy of solitary animals such as tigers and eagles; whereas everything he deprecates – weakness, servility, and dependence – consists in the adoption of feelings and behavioral traits of gregarious and domestic animals such as cattle and sheep.
Chapter Two. Throughout his writings, Martin Heidegger
consistently rejects the kind of reversal of values associated with
the human/animal distinction that we find in Nietzsche. Heidegger
argues that animals are "poor in world," by which he means that they
are unable to grasp other beings as such. In his discussion of
Heidegger's analysis, Matthew Calarco underscores Heidegger's
attempt to understand the animal's relation to world on the animal's
own terms rather than from the perspective of the human. Although
Heidegger ultimately fails to carry through on his ambitions,
Calarco notes that Heidegger's radically non-anthropocentric stance
is essential for understanding recent poststructuralist thought
about animal life a la Jacques Derrida, Giorgio Agamben, and
Jean-Luc Nancy. The chief limit in Heidegger's thought, as Calarco
presents it, consists in Heidegger's reliance on oppositional
distinctions between human beings and animals. Despite Heidegger's
insightful critique of metaphysical humanism, he is ultimately
unable to overcome the anthropocentrism of the metaphysical
tradition, which consistently defines animals in opposition to
Chapter Three. In "Animality," the first chapter of Theory of Religion, Georges Bataille treats the problem of immanence through an examination of animality. In contrast to transcendence, which designates the relation of knowledge between a subject and object, "immanence" means a state of continuity between beings whose isolation and separation from each other has disappeared. Bataille sees the paradigm of this relation in the situation of one animal devouring another. In her commentary, Jill Marsden suggests that Bataille's own poetical formulation "the animal is in the world like water in water" is just such an attempt to communicate the immanence of animality that lies at the limits of language and on the other side of knowledge. Linking Bataille's work on eroticism with his reflections on animality, Marsden underscores the fact that "The dissolution of boundaries in poetic and erotic activity is not a reduction of difference to sameness, which would be to understand difference conceptually," but a dissolution of identity thinking altogether.
Chapter Four. Emmanuel Levinas is widely regarded as the most original ethical philosopher in the twentieth-century Continental tradition. Although Levinas's ethical philosophy is grounded in a responsibility for the other who is unknowable and incomprehensible, it is clear that by the term "other" Levinas has in mind the human other, whose face is the face of destitution and distress. This explains why Levinas had so little to say about animal suffering and about the relation between animals and ethics in general. Indeed, the tenor of his writing suggests that animals, much like plants and material objects, are encountered phenomenologically as little more than mere things, and thus offer little resistance to the libido dominandi of the human subject in its natural state. There are, however, a few occasions when Levinas complicates this picture somewhat. The two excerpts reprinted here, "The Name of a Dog, or Natural Rights" (1974) and a portion of the interview "The Paradox of Morality" (1986), are the best examples of this. However, as Peter Atterton notes in his analysis, these kinds of extensional gestures are nearly always accompanied by exclusionary ones whereby Levinas reestablishes the traditional priority accorded to the human in ethical matters.
Chapter Five. Michel Foucault presents his reflections on
animality in Madness and Civilization, a work in which he plots the
course of the history of madness from the end of the Middle Ages to
the beginning of modernity. Foucault argues that at the beginning of
the Renaissance the mad were likened to animals whose fascinating
qualities made them potential sources of religious revelation and
esoteric learning. The mad were considered wild beasts, untamed, and
frenzied, who had abdicated their humanity and delivered themselves
over to "unreason" (déraison) (including sexual promiscuity, social
deviancy, atheism, heresy, and idleness). They had chosen to live
like animals, and thus they would he treated as such. This is a more
scientific alternative that Foucault for the most part ignores,
leading Palmer to conclude that "Foucault's discourse of animality
is thus largely symbolic and imaginative, and has little or no
contact with animals understood as living biological organisms."
Chapter Six. Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari are not particularly fond of pets, nor are they interested in animality per se. Rather they are interested in what they call "becoming-animal," a theme they have discussed at length in Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature and A Thousand Plateaus. For Deleuze and Guattari, animals serve to rapture notions of identity and sameness. Not only do they depict the metamorphosing of the human into an animal, such as a beetle, they also produce the chimerical becoming-animal of the author (Kafka) himself. Correcting any misconception that Deleuze and Guattari are advocating something like a "return to nature," James Urpeth shows how the notion of becoming-animal is to be understood both as a critique of some of the basic assumptions and values prevalent in the philosophical and humanistic tradition, as well as a continuation of the Nietzschean project of affirming the priority of becoming over being.
Chapter Seven. Among the philosophers under discussion in this volume, Jacques Derrida stands out as one who has perhaps gone the farthest in thinking through the place of animals within the Western philosophical tradition. Although Derrida hinted at the importance of the question of the animal for his work as early as the 1960s and 1970s, it was not until the mid-1980s that it came to occupy center stage in his writings. In the Geschlecht II: Heidegger's Hand (1985), Of Spirit (1987), Eating Well (1991), and Aporias (1992), Derrida presented highly sophisticated deconstructive analyses of the human/animal distinction as it operates in both Heidegger's work and the broader philosophical tradition. He went on in 1997 to publish "The Animal That Therefore I Am," his most extended set of reflections on the animal question to date. In this essay, Derrida moves beyond the project of deconstructing the human/animal binary and seeks to develop a positive thought of being-with animals that has its origins in the uncanny experience of being watched by the other animal – in this instance, a cat. In his wide-ranging response to Derrida's essay, David Wood affirms several aspects of Derrida's analysis and acknowledges its importance for a post-metaphysical thought of animals, while also contesting other aspects of Uerrida's thinking, especially his staunch rejection of continuist approaches to the human/animal distinction. If the merit of Derrida's essay lies in its calling attention to the conceptual, philosophical, and ideological forces that have stifled thinking through the question of the animal, the importance of Wood's response is to be found in its insistence on dealing with the material conditions (e.g., the human population problem) that create much of the suffering that animals encounter.
Chapter Eight. The neo-humanist Luc Ferry's essay "Neither Man or
Stone" is taken from his enormously popular The New Ecological
Order, which won the prix Medicis de l'Essai in France in 1992.
Ferry's main argument in his book is that contemporary forms of
radical environmentalism, including animal liberation, deep ecology,
and ecofeminism, are the ideological outgrowths of an antihumanist
strain of Continental philosophy that has failed to engage
sufficiently with those aspects of the humanist heritage promoting
progressive views about the natural world and its inhabitants. But –
and this is Ferry's chief point – the anti-humanist argument that we
ought to reject Cartesian humanism does not entail the rejection of
humanism tout court. On the contrary, Ferry argues that the humanism
of Rousseau and Kant that stresses the diversity of the various
orders of reality (in contrast to the Cartesian dualism) offers us
an alternative ethic of human/animal interaction, one that respects
the radical freedom of human beings and the enigmatic nature of
animals. Although Ferry's essay is rhetorically persuasive, Verena
Conley points out that a number of problems remain for this kind of'
neo-humanist approach to animal philosophy. What is needed, she
argues, is a new metaphysics that thoroughly rethinks the relations
between human beings, animals, and the natural world, one "that goes
through technologies" and leads to "other ways of being and of
sharing the world between humans and animals."
Chapter Nine. Hélène Cixous's reflections on the troika "birds,
women, and writing" contrast sharply with Ferry's emphasis on "man,"
humanism, and subjectivity. Whereas Ferry seeks to recover a
Promethian humanism whereby human beings attain their unique essence
in being separated from animals and the rest of nature, Cixous aims
to explore the space of abandonment into which those beings
traditionally denied full human status have been cast. Stephen David
Ross finds just such a recasting of the association of birds, women,
and writing in Remedios Varo's painting Creation of the Birds, which
depicts a bird-woman sitting at a desk in the process of
writing-painting, surrounded by birds and other forms of animal and
non-animal life. Ross threads his reading of Cixous's essay into a
series of reflections on Varo's painting in which the association of
birds, women, and writing is figured in terms of a mutually
transforming process of poiesis, becoming, mimesis, and touching.
Varo's painting thus opens the viewer-reader onto the un-worldly
existence and becoming of all those beings, which, according to Ross
"crack the edges of our world." He wants instead to underscore the
ways in which animals and other forms of life "speak another
language, or practice a language they do not speak, or know a reason
we can never know because it knows nothing of our language." Ross
finds in these languages and practices the joy that Cixous tells us
is to be found in the space of exile. He writes: "In the face, the
eyes, the paws, fangs, and claws, the fur and skin, in the touch of
animals is joy. The cacophony and mimesis of the world is strange
and impure joy."
Chapter Ten. Luce Irigaray begins her essay with the question of the difficulty of understanding animal life from within: "How can we talk about them? How can we talk to them? These familiars of our existence inhabit another world, a world that I do not know. Sometimes I can observe something in it, but I do not inhabit it from the inside – it remains foreign to me." The alterity of animal worlds is not a source of distress for Irigaray, however, but corresponds to a certain joy, not unlike the joy Cixous associates with the elsewhere of birds, women, and writing. During times of acute anxiety and illness, Irigaray was recurrently visited by animals of various sorts which brought her comfort, compassion, and connpanionship. She calls birds our “friends, guides, scouts” – even "angels," a term she uses elsewhere to refer to beings that circulate between God, man, and woman, and serve as "mediators of that which has not yet happened, of what is still going to happen, of what is on the horizon." For Irigaray, the accomplishment of our humanity lies in "learning to meet the other and to welcome them in their difference, to be reborn thus in a fidelity to ourselves and to this other."
On ethics and identity, this anthology,
Animal Philosophy, is an invaluable one-stop resource for anyone
researching, teaching or studying animal ethics and animal rights in
the fields of philosophy, cultural studies, literary theory,
sociology, environmental studies and gender and women’s studies. The
coverage of the subject is exceptionally broad, ranging across
perspectives that include existentialism, poststructuralism,
postmodernism, phenomenology and feminism. Readers will find
Animal Philosophy stimulating and provocative. The deficiencies
of the various thinkers in the Continental tradition in respect to
their treatment of animals are illuminatingly explored in the
commentaries that follow the selections. From pondering these
deficiencies, readers may learn more about the limitations of our
own thinking when we consider beings who are not members of our own
species. We may also be led to reflect on the importance, in
addressing ethical issues, of going beyond the culture in which we
live, of questioning widespread assumptions, and of refusing to
accept vague rhetorical formulations that appear profound but do
more to camouflage weaknesses in reasoning than to hold them up for
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The Complete Guide to Book Publicity by Jodee Blanco
(Allworth Press) coaches authors and book publicists for the
Presidential candidates or ex-presidents are not the only people
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authors get ready to go onto the campaign trail. Their methods are
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The Complete Guide to Book Publicity and a Chicago publicity
consultant. Just recovered from having her own book publicized (the
anti-bullying opus Please Stop Laughing At Me), the publicity maven
talks about successful book campaigns in the age of online blogging
and do-it-yourself publicity.
The book covers the nuts and bolts of book promotion for fiction, nonfiction, hardcover trade, mass market, and trade paperbacks. Readers are told how to tailor campaigns to reach differing consumer, trade, and special-interest audiences; how to pitch the media and arrange author tours with print, television, and radio interviews; and how to produce headline-grabbing promotional events. Also included are sample pitch letters, campaign strategy sheets, and media schedules.
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Unlike most of her peers, Blanco is a publicity expert who has
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campaigns that propelled sixteen books onto the New York Times
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The Complete Guide to Book Publicity is the most comprehensive
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Jerusalem in Ancient History and Tradition edited by Thomas L. Thompson (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, Volume 381: T&T Clark International) features an international team of leading historians, archaeologists and biblical scholars who explore fresh perspectives on the history of ancient Jerusalem and its relationship to biblical tradition.
Can a history of Palestine, and, within such a history, the
history of Jerusalem be written given that its roots lie apart from
the tradition? Such an impartial history is undertaken with a team
of international contributors in
Jerusalem in Ancient History and Tradition under the direction
of editor Thomas L. Thompson.
According to Thompson, Professor of Old Testament at the University of Copenhagen, in the writing of Western scholarship, the history of Palestine has ever been dominated by interest in the Bible and its origins within ancient Israel and Judah. Until the last 25 years, even the history of the Bronze Age (3000-1200 BCE) was largely written in terms of Hebrew beginnings and as a prelude to the history of Israel. Particularly since 1967, the clear development of a Palestinian nationalism in the wake of the conquest and occupation of the West Bank by Israel, has brought with it a much greater independence of archaeology and historical writings from both biblical studies and the question of Jewish roots. The debate about the nature of Jerusalem and Palestine's history for both the Bronze Age and especially for the Iron Age (1200-600 BCE) has grown in sharpness to the degree that it has touched upon questions of origin, especially on issues of religious continuity and ethnicity. The writing of a history of Israel based on the traditions of the Bible has been cast into doubt, and the question of whether such a history can be written at all has been seriously entertained by historians. The difficulties in historical methods related to this question about whether we can write a history of Israel in the Iron Age – given that the topic has its roots in biblical literature – is matched only by the more secular face of what is in fact the same question.
List of Contributors
The Janus-faced character of our historical problem becomes
apparent as soon as we begin asking about the history of this region
in the archaeological and historical sources. Problems of describing
the population groups within Palestine as early as 1200 BCE become
critically overloaded with anachronistic questions of ethnic origins
from later periods. The biblically competitive roles of Samaria and
Jerusalem of the late Persian and Hellenistic periods not only
distract us from the Iron Age history of the region as a whole, it
makes it most difficult to interpret the historical knowledge we
have of this early period even as it relates directly to these
cities. In an effort to clarify these problems, in the introductory
first chapter Thompson identifies some of the historical problems
surrounding the definition of Israelite ethnicity and how they have
been influenced by the intellectual developments of the Assyrian and
Persian empires and their influence on the development of biblical
tradition. In this way, he hopes to be able to re-open the question
of a history of Palestine, of which Jerusalem and Israel's histories
form a small part.
Shifting the historical focus of Jerusalem and Palestine's Iron
Age away from the Bible as origin story of Judaism and Christianity
takes us away from what has been essentially a theological task of
identity creation. Looking instead at Palestine's early past, as a
history of a particular geographic region, breaks the continuity of
our historical account with what we have long understood as its
future in the history of religions. The question of history's
ownership is thus exposed by quick imaginations offering alternative
trajectories. While contemporary interests might conjure possible
new contexts within histories of pre-diaspora, pre-Christian or
pre-Islamic Palestines, Thompson holds himself to the limitations of
the Iron Age and to a pre-biblical Jerusalem, if only to salvage
some vestige of antiquity's independence from its future. He does
not do this in order to give up history's role as origin story.
Thompson emphasizes that all the more, in order to more clearly
identify the role that Iron Age Jerusalem and its contemporary
Palestine did play in our world's history, rather than the biblical
roles of an anachronistic vintage, which is put to the service of
modern political purposes.
Can the agony of one people really be sufficient reason to
create, in an attempt to assuage it, a new agony for another,
In searching out historical truth, one can only pray to stay on
the side of balance and tolerance, to keep one's humanity alive. But
I have been disturbed to note what even intelligent minds can accept
without question the dominance of myth over the human mind, the
artful recreation of a history decked with contrived imagery and
deliberate misrepresentations of past and present. However, the
Palestinian-distorted present could, I felt, be corrected easily
enough where good will and honesty prevail; it was in the
It was therefore with considerable enthusiasm that I began
reading the notably courageous and dispassionate studies by a number
of Western biblical scholars and archeologists of the Holy Land. I
also began eagerly reading the history of Palestine, and especially
of Jerusalem, the city of my youth. The tragic narrative was, I
found, disturbing, even alarming, to the spirit. Here is the story
of two peoples brought together by a political design whose outcome
could never have been foreseen; constrained to breathe the same air,
love the same nature, walk on the same roads and therefore subjected
to the anger of the fallen and the unholy wrath of the aggressor,
both eventually losers and victims....
However, now, at last, the judicious conclusions of numerous
historians and archeologists, some from Israel itself, are bringing
the truth to light.
So much hinges in the end on scientific data derived from the
excavation of ruins and the reading of ancient texts. My fortuitous
contact with Professor Thomas Thompson, whose biblical studies are
well known, led to
Jerusalem in Ancient History and Tradition, which was produced,
thanks to his unmatched discipline and authority and to the
enthusiastic cooperation of the other eminent biblical and
archeological scholars who took part, in less than 14 months. –
Salma Khadra Jayyusi, Director, East-West Nexus/PROTA/Al-Manara,
Cambridge, London, Jordan
Can a history of Iron Age Jerusalem and Palestine be written?
Thompson does not think it can be done as long as our historical
perspective remain captive within a historicized Bible. He is very
much aware that those who have tried to stand critically apart from
the tradition – whether as historians, archaeologists or biblical
scholars – have been seduced by the traditions’s all-embracing
theological metaphors. A history of Israel, or Palestine in the Iron
age can be undertaken with some hope of success, if we continue to
develop the independence of our archaeological and historical
disciplines. We must learn to read the codes of the tradition in
order to understand what it has done in transforming the past and
where it has other interests than our historical ones.
Jerusalem in Ancient History and Tradition is a brave first attempt at such a history. The book is intended for a wide audience of serious biblical history scholars and archaeologists and is sure to generate much discussion.
Preaching the Gospels Without Blaming the Jews: A Lectionary
Commentary by Ronald J. Allen & Clark M. Williamson
(Westminster John Knox Press)
The four gospels are steeped in Judaism: one cannot understand any one of them without knowledge of Jewish people, practices, scriptures, and institutions in the first century. At the same time, the gospels reflect tension and even animosity between the communities of the gospel writers and other Jewish groups, and often caricature some Jewish people, practices, and institutions to justify a separation between traditional Jewish groups and the communities of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John.
In Preaching the Gospels Without Blaming the Jews, a commentary on the Gospel readings in the Revised Common Lectionary, authors Ronald J. Allen and Clark M. Williamson call attention to ways in which the lections are continuous with the theology, values, and practices of Judaism, and reflect critically on the caricatures in the readings. Allen, Professor of Preaching and New Testament, and Williamson, Professor of Christian Thought Emeritus, both at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, explain the polemics in their first-century setting but criticize them historically and theologically. They also suggest ways that preachers can help their congregations move beyond these contentious themes to a greater sense of kinship and shared mission with Judaism.
A preacher picking up Preaching the Gospels Without Blaming the Jews might ask, "Do I really need another commentary on the lectionary?" This volume, however, has a specific interest – prompted by the Jewish-Christian conversations that began in the wake of the Holocaust and have intensified in the last thirty years – that is not found in the same way in other lectionary helps, or even in the formal scholarly commentaries on the Bible. The title of the book deals with the issue, raised long ago by Jules Isaac in his book The Teaching of Contempt. Isaac shows that through much of its history, Christianity has taught Christians to hold Judaism and its adherents in contempt. It did this in many ways, the most important of which was in the way it interpreted the Scriptures from week to week in preaching and teaching the Christian faith. The arrogance that the church developed toward Judaism is one of the great tragedies of history. The book joins others influenced by the growing dialogue between synagogue and church to call the church to teach respect for Judaism.
Since the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, scholars have been
exploring the profound and diverse relationships between Jesus and
Paul and their Jewish contexts, and between the Gospels and the
canonical writings of Israel and the literature of Second Temple
Judaism. Teams of Jewish and Christian scholars have worked on the
task of translating the Scriptures, and Jewish as well as Christian
scholars have written extensively on Jesus and Paul. Theologians and
homileticians have written books on Christian preaching and
anti-Judaism, describing how eliminating anti-Judaism from biblical
exegesis and Christian thinking frees up the gospel to be preached
This commentary on the Gospel passages in the Revised Common
Lectionary seeks to move the concern for relations between Jews and
Christians directly into the sermon preparation process. Doing so
means that a number of things happen in this commentary that depart
from what readers would typically expect to find:
Teaching Christian congregations to respect Judaism is no mere matter of political correctness. It is a theological necessity. Allen and Williamson show that the God of Israel is also the God of the church and that God loves both church and synagogue with unconditional love. Preaching the Gospels Without Blaming the Jews may help transform Christian contempt into respect by helping preachers and congregations discover the thoroughly Jewish character of the beginnings of the movement.
House of the Hidden Places & the Book of the Master by W. Marsham Adams, with a foreword by R.A. Gilbert (Ibis Press) combines two classics on Ancient Egypt into one volume.
The grand and mysterious pyramids of Egypt have inspired many
theories about how and for what purpose they were created – some of
them quite fanciful. Built over 4,000 years ago, they remain one of
the world's most enduring testimonies of their creators' faith.
House of the Hidden Places & the Book of the Master combines two
volumes – The House of the Hidden Places, which focuses on the Great
Pyramid of Giza built by pharaoh Khufu, and The Book of the Master,
which explores the religion of early Egypt. The House of the Hidden
Places, first published in 1895, went beyond the contemporary
speculations on the astronomical purpose of the pyramid to reveal
its deeper meaning – its architectural correspondences with the
Ritual of the Dead detailed in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. In The
Book of the Master (which is what Adams preferred to call The Book
of the Dead), first published in 1898, W. Marsham Adams further
details the beliefs at the foundation of the ancient Egyptian
religion, pointing to the origins of Christian theology as well as
those of humanity itself. Long before Dr. Leakey discovered proof of
our African origins, Adams theorized, based on his Egyptian studies,
that civilization began in Africa, rather than Asia, the accepted
theory in his time.
R. A. Gilbert's Foreword to this edition details Adams's
publishing history and covers the controversy surrounding The House
of the Hidden Places' first publication.
Adams was born in England in 1837 and died some time prior to
1933 when E.J. Langford Garstin published his abridgement of Adam's
books in The Book of the Master of the Hidden Places. Adams was a
fellow at New College, Oxford, and a respected scholar of
Adams' penetrating study revealed startling insights for his day.
The two books in
House of the Hidden Places & the Book of the Master, taken
together, provide valuable background for students of the Western
Mystery tradition, especially those of Freemasonry and ceremonial
Astronomy: A Visual Guide by Mark A. Garlick (Visual Guides Series: A Firefly Book) is an introductory illustrated and comprehensive guide to observing and understanding the night sky.
For tens of thousands of years, the heavens have been a source of wonder, the inspiration for myths and legends, a subject for speculation and dreams. Despite the sophisticated tools that have made it possible to probe the universe, that fascination has not waned. The planets, the stars and all that surround them are the last frontier, the last chance to explore the unknown, the last opportunity to "boldly go where no one has gone before." The more the heavens reveal their mysteries, the more mysteries there are to be revealed. Not surprisingly, knowledge only reinforces the allure, as has been proven by the continuing popularity of astronomy books.
Written by Mark A. Garlick, science writer, astronomical illustrator and a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists, Astronomy covers these topics in five main sections. After a brief introduction, 'Searching the Heavens' documents the rise of astronomy from its humble beginnings to the current high-tech space telescopes and observatories that equip astronomers around the world. 'The Solar System' presents a blow-by-blow account of the planets, comets, asteroids and other objects with which the Earth shares its home in space. 'Stars, Galaxies and Celestial Light' introduces readers to the larger picture: how stars form, live, and die, and how they relate to nebulae and galaxies. A section on 'The Night Sky' advises the amateur on such topics as choosing astronomical equipment and putting it to good use, with a series of detailed star maps. 'The Universe' deals with a few big issues, such as the creation of the Universe, dark energy and wormholes. And finally, a 'Factfile and Glossary' serves as a reference.
Written at a general readership level, Astronomy provides a survey of science's growing understanding of space and includes details of the latest space probes. The most recent photographs from the world's finest observatories and space-based cameras capture the wonder and beauty of the universe. The book covers a wide variety of heavenly phenomenon: distant stars, planets of the solar system, comets and shooting stars, eclipses, and black holes using a combination of photography and illustration.
Included are cross-sections of the planets with a description and chart of their relative distance from the sun. The sky maps use symbols to identify open and globular star clusters, galaxies and planetary nebula. The constellations are labeled and diagramed. Spectacular images of space phenomenon are explained with digital graphics. Nebula, clusters, galaxies, etc. are profiled with color images and short descriptions. A pictograph tells whether binoculars or a telescope is required.
A well written and practical book,
Astronomy captures all the latest science, as photos, sky maps,
and illustrations illuminate a wealth of information about heavenly
bodies and phenomena. In more than 300 pages, the book
provides up-to-the minute information in a style that will entertain
and inform readers of all ages. With maximum visual impact and
editorial clarity, information is presented through a combination of
photography, illustrations and accessible text. Anyone
searching for a comprehensive, one-volume guide to the heavens will
Astronomy to their liking.
Geology and Plant Life: The Effects of Landforms and Rock Types
on Plants by Arthur R. Kruckeberg (University of
Before any other influences began to fashion life and its lavish diversity, geological events created the initial environments – both physical and chemical – for the evolutionary drama that followed.
Drawing on case histories from around the world, Arthur Kruckeberg demonstrates the role of landforms and rock types in producing the unique geographical distributions of plants and in stimulating evolutionary diversification. His examples range throughout the rich and heterogeneous tapestry of the earth's surface: the dramatic variations of mountainous topography, the undulating ground and crevices of level limestone karst, and the subtle realm of sand dunes. Kruckeberg, professor emeritus of botany at the University of Washington, describes the ongoing evolutionary consequences of the geology-plant interface and the underestimated role of geology in shaping climate.
Geology and Plant Life explores the fundamental connection between plants and geology, including the historical roots of geobotany, the reciprocal relations between geology and other environmental influences, geomorphology and its connection with plant life, lithology as a potent selective agent for plants, and the physical and biological influences of soils. Special emphasis is given to the responses of plants to exceptional rock types and their soils – serpentines, limestones, and other exceptional substrates. Edaphic ecology, especially of serpentines, has been his specialty for years.
[Kruckeberg] draws on many years of botanical experience to make
an eloquent plea for understanding the influences of landforms,
lithology, and geologic history on the living world. – Quarterly
Review of Biology
A fine book and a very approachable overview of the intersections between geology and the plant sciences. – Madrono
Geology and Plant Life has a unique place in scientific
literature. It brings together geology and botany in an
understandable, integrated synthesis. – Native Plant Society of
Kruckeberg's research fills a significant gap in the field of environmental science by connecting the conventionally separated disciplines of the physical and biological sciences. Geology and Plant Life is the result of more than forty years of research into the question of why certain plants grow on certain soils and certain terrain structures, and what happens when this relationship is disrupted by human agents. It will be useful to a wide spectrum of professionals in the natural sciences: plant ecologists, paleobiologists, climatologists, soil scientists, geologists, geographers, and conservation scientists, as well as serious amateurs in natural history.
The First Space Race: Launching the World's First Satellites
by Matt Bille & Erika Lishock (Centennial of Flight
Series: Texas A&M University Press) reveals the inside story of an
epic adventure with world-altering stakes.
In today's era of space shuttles, Mars rovers, and the
International Space Station, it is difficult to imagine how
challenging the first steps into space really were. From 1955-1958,
American and Soviet engineers battled to be the first to
successfully launch the world's first satellite. During the height
of the Cold War, these engineers realized that the first nation to
do this would gain advantages in the Cold War propaganda contest and
the military balance of power.
The First Space Race Matt Bile and Erika Lishock examine the
three teams that vied to be the first to launch a satellite. The
race featured two American teams led by rival services, the army and
the navy, and a Soviet effort that was so secretive, few knew it
existed. The authors are determined to set straight the history of
the first space race, providing information about the virtually
unknown aspects of this race, such as the navy's NOTSNIK satellite
project, and clarifying details that have been misremembered about
the Explorer I and Project Vanguard.
Authors Bille, a former air force officer who works on launch
system and space law, and Erika Lishock, a launch operations
engineer on major military satellite programs, both of whom are
global consultants on space policy and technology projects with Booz
Allen Hamilton, begin with the origins of space-flight theory and
continue through the military and political events that sparked the
efforts needed to make dreams a reality and forever change life on
This is a remarkable book indeed! Its authors, in contrast to the
authors of some other recent books on rocketry and space flight,
possess a solid understanding of and appreciation for technical and
scientific matters. They rely on carefully selected reference
documents, they avoid value judgments of their own, and they fully
succeed in creating a description of the complex story of the many
launchings of the first Earth satellites that will be gratefully
accepted and happily acknowledged as truthful by those who were
personally involved in this dramatic phase of mankind's history
during the twentieth century. – Ernst Stuhlinger, Rocket and Space
.. solid and engaging ... [the authors] skillfully utilize more recent historical studies of early Soviet space activities to craft a balanced comparison and sense of interaction between Soviet and U.S. initiatives. – Roger D. Launius, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
The First Space Race presents the story from both sides of the Iron Curtain, providing a balanced account of the people and events that made satellites and subsequent space exploration a reality.
Prince of Christler-Coke by Neal Barrett (Golden Gryphon Press)
It's a truly splendid day. With Asel's marriage to the lovely
Loreli the two great Houses of Christler-Coke and Pepsicoma-Dodge
will become as one – a union that will finally swallow all of
America East, and leave hapless lesser nobles in the cold.
But Ducky Du Pontiac Heinz has other ideas. With help from the
wily scion of Disney-Dow, black choppers descend on Iacola Keep in a
hostile takeover that brings both families to ruin.
Life quickly goes to pot for the deposed Prince of
Christler-Coke. Banished to The National Executive Rehabilitation
Facility (NERF) in Dry Rock, Oklahomer, Asel learns he has to dress
himself, eat bad food, and wear Poly Hester suits.
There are enough bizarre characters in
Prince of Christler-Coke to make Asel's
Set in a future where the power of big corporations has
reached unbelievable heights,
Prince of Christler-Coke is a sardonic and humorous story
tracing the adventures of Iacola, former head of the Christler-Coke
corporation. Undaunted, and with the help of fellow deposed
corporate noble Sylvan Lee-McCree, Asel escapes with hopes of
confronting his rival, Jackie-Cee of the Disney-Dow corporation.
During his escape he learns to rely on himself as he is almost hung
by the TechsMechs Rangers of Oklahomer, and sold by the hustlers of
Two-kum-curry to the Nones of Our Lady of Reluctant Desire. Making
his way across a nation ruled by big business, Asel is confronted by
the country's forgotten poor, and discovers the enormous gulf
between the haves and have-nots created by companies like
Author Neal Barrett, Jr. has written more than 50 novels.
Neal Barrett's voice is not only unmistakable; you realize after
a sentence or two that it's been there all along ... He has a genius
for coming at stories obliquely, for writing from the inside, as
though the story itself came out of the very society it depicts...
Neal Barrett is incapable of writing a bad - sentence, a bad line –
or anything other than an outstanding story. – James Sallis, The
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Barrett writes with an onrushing, superbly controlled, stomping
intensity. And he is utterly ruthless in his understanding that the
world we are now entering is downward from America... What is gained
is the joy of listening to this guy. – John Clute, Science Fiction
Prince of Christler-Coke we see a post-apocalyptic downsized
America, a high-tech land of fabulous wealth as well as dirt-poverty
and primitive survivalism – this is a wacky, sardonic look at
a possible future that is all too frighteningly real. And, as always
with Barrett, there's his masterful style and irreverent humor that
holds a mirror up to both the darkness and the light.
Unkempt: Stories by Courtney Eldridge (Harcourt)
In the seven stories and one novella collected in
Unkempt: Stories, Courtney Eldridge gives life to characters of
astounding originality. These ramblings are incisive dark humor and
meandering jaunts through the mess in characters' heads. One of the
most interesting is the novella The Former World Record Holder
Settles Down, in which a porn star who's had sex with 197 men tries
to reconcile her past with her current life as a happily married,
faithful wife. She says: "Everyone has a story; anyone's infinitely
capable of fucking up without any good reason other than the fact
that they're human."
Some of today's best contemporary writers have touted Eldridge as
a bright, new literary talent. Eldridge likes to say she is a
dropout of the University of Colorado, Boulder; the Rhode Island
School of Design; and the University of Texas, Austin. Her stories
have been published in McSweeney’s, The Mississippi Review, Nerve,
and Salt Hill Journal.
Courtney Eldridge is one of my favorite living short story
writers. She has courage and vision like few writers, an amazing
ear, and compassion like nobody else at all. When I read her, I feel
better about literature and better about the world. Want to know
what really makes human beings tick? Throw away everything on your
bedside table and read this instead. – Rick Moody, author of
Demonology and The Ice Storm
Eldridge is a cartographer of the compulsive mind and the nearly unbearable sorrow that smolders underneath. Her stories are prayers for redemption in a landscape where the banal is grotesque, the sacred profane. A wise and brave work by a remarkable new writer. – Julia Slavin, author of The Woman Who Cut Off Her Leg at the Maidstone Club and Other Stories
Courtney Eldridge is one of the smartest young writers in America, and she knows how to use knives. There are echoes of Dixon here, and Moody, and Wallace, and maybe even early Carver – great technical control masking great emotional upheaval. All of these stories, after their meanderings, their circlings and jokes and asides, deliver a measurable catharsis, and it's all the more powerful for how painful – though that pain is wrapped and rewrapped, hidden and denied – it was to get there. – Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and You Shall Know Our Velocity
Courtney Eldridge is a striking new voice on the literary horizon. Whenever I find one of her stories in print I know I'm in for trouble – in the best possible way. She's a talent to be reckoned with. – Frederick Barthelme, author of The Brothers, Painted Desert, The Law Of Averages
Probing the darker corners of the human psyche, in Unkempt: Stories Eldridge shows – with a sly and unexpected sense of humor – the neurotic mind at work, the skewed perspective of an alcoholic parent, the nature of sexual conquest, and the hazards of working in retail. Fresh, funny, and candid, Eldridge's writing delivers a new and marvelous vision of life.
Sports in America: Fascination and Blemishes by Glenn W.
Ferguson (Sunstone Press)
Most contemporary sports were devised in the nineteenth century. In the last fifty years, the meaning and role of sports have changed appreciably. Generally, those changes have been positive with the notorious exceptions of commercialism and nationalism. But gratification, for the athlete as well as the spectator, is increasingly limited. Moral fiber has become secondary to the marketplace.
Are American sports in jeopardy? Maybe so, the author of Sports in America, a book about sports in the United States concludes. In drawing this conclusion, Glenn Ferguson explores media impact, education, relevant history, rules, discrimination, and even team nicknames before proceeding in depth with the specific fascination and blemishes of the major sports – baseball, football, basketball and track – with emphasis on college and professional levels. For the minor sports, tennis, ice hockey, swimming, golf and soccer are examined. Coverage of modern summer and winter Olympics stresses lifestyle, monetary awards, television, and foreign perceptions of the United States. Not wanting to overlook anything, Ferguson devotes a final chapter to the avocations of hunting and lawn care.
Glenn Ferguson served as President of four universities (Long Island, Clark, Connecticut, and the American University of Paris), the first Director of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), American Ambassador to Kenya (Arthur Flemming Award), and Air Force Psychological Warfare Officer. In high school, Ferguson played football, basketball and baseball; in college, football, baseball and track; and in the military, baseball.
Ferguson reaches the conclusion that the changes to sports have
been good and reasonable generally, with two notorious exceptions.
Commercialism, and the inordinate payments for services rendered,
are destroying the joy of sports. Unless greed can be reduced,
contemporary sports will not survive until the twenty-second
century. Piling detail on detail, this widely-traveled, former
athlete, college president and diplomat, backs up his conclusions.
In this unique book,
Sports in America does what it can to try to save Ferguson’s one
true love, sports.
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