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Resistance in an Amazonian Community by Lawrence
Ziegler-Otero (Berghahn Books)
Like many other indigenous groups, the Huaorani of eastern Ecuador are facing many challenges as they attempt to confront the globalization of capitalism in the 21st century. In 1991, they formed a political organization, Organización de las Nacionalidades Indígenas de la Amazonia Ecuatoriana (ONHAE) as a direct response to the growing threat to Huaorani territory posed by oil exploitation, colonization, and other pressures. Lawrence Ziegler-Otero explores the structures and practices of the organization, as well as the contradictions created by the imposition of an alien and hierarchical organizational form on a traditionally egalitarian society.
Resistance in an Amazonian Community Ziegler-Otero, who teaches
in the Department of Anthropology at SUNY Plattsburgh in
Philadelphia, after having had a first career as a trade union
organizer in the United States, tells of his study conducted among
the group. Ziegler-Otero approached ONHAW officers explaining to
them exactly what he wished to study, offering bring the office a
computer, on which he would train them. This gave him access to the
day-to-day workings of the organization. He rented and furnished an
apartment directly below the office of OPIP/Amazanga in Puyo, and
made that apartment a place where Huaorani leaders or those visiting
town could drop in or stay. He worked with the leadership of ONHAE
in their office in Shell-Mera and accompanied them on frequent
visits to Huaorani communities in the forest, as well as to Quito.
This permitted him to work alongside the organization's activists on
a daily basis. He spent regular business days working in the office,
socialized with the leaders in the evening, and frequently hosted
the leaders and their relatives in his home in Puyo. He
participated directly in the planning of events, and observed the
interactions of the leaders with rank-and-file Huaorani, oil company
representatives, environmentalists, tourists, and others. He was the
only outside observer at the annual assembly of the organization,
and he helped to organize a conference, at the leaders' behest, to
discuss the international environmental movement. At the end of his
fieldwork he conducted life history interviews with current and
former leaders of the organization, as well as leaders of other
indigenous organizations who have worked closely (or attempted to
work closely) with ONHAE. These interviews are quoted extensively
throughout this work.
Resistance in an Amazonian Community begins Chapter 1 by providing some background information about the region in which the Huaorani live, including a synthesis of the available geographical, environmental, and historical information based on secondary ethnographic and other works, as well as some of his own observations. The effects of contact with "outsiders" are discussed. The Huaorani have experienced several distinct periods of contact, marked by very different consequences. The rubber boom, of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the beginnings of oil exploration from the 1930s and, most significantly, the penetration of North American evangelical missionaries from the 1960s are discussed. The book focuses on the ongoing penetration of Huaorani territory, examining the political, theological, and personal motivations of the missionaries.
Chapter 2 provides an account of the fieldwork with ONHAE,
examining it in detail. The organization's history, its founding,
and the struggles of its first years are described, including the
flawed but ultimately successful fight for legal recognition of
Huaorani territorial rights, and the history of agreements between
the organization and the oil companies. The individuals who have led
the organization are introduced, and the characteristics of the
principals are described, along with the practices of the
organization and the nature of its activities. Finally the
organization is placed within the framework of the progressive
movements and the other interested actors.
"Power" can come from a myriad of sources. An organization like
ONHAE, which does not wield institutionalized power, or power
supported by the threat of coercion, depends on the continued
acknowledgment of its role and legitimacy both by the Huaorani
people and by the non-Huaorani actors it confronts. Chapter 3 looks
at the structures and practices that reproduce not just the
organization qua institution, but its legitimacy and authority. By
examining two events in detail – one involving the organization's
internal relationship with the Huaorani people and the other rooted
in the relations of ONHAE with the broader Ecuadorian society – it
is possible to glimpse how the structures developed by the
organization have permitted it to maintain its apparent legitimacy
in representing the Huaorani people. There is an account of the
Biye, or annual assembly, of ONHAE in 1996. The Biye, a gathering of
Huaorani from all of the scattered communities, is the prime source
of ONHAE's legitimacy within Huaorani society and the group's
highest governing body. The chapter also examines the Huaorani
participation in the annual 12 May parade in Puyo, where Huaorani
representations of themselves are juxtaposed with the very
different participation and behavior of the ONHAE leadership.
Chapter 4 looks at the goals, successes and failures of ONHAE and
attempts to provide the beginnings of an evaluation of the
organization’s work. The chapter reviews the stated goals of the
organization over time, and examines the compromises that have been
made. The relationships of power and persuasion that exist between
ONHAE and the oil companies, missionaries, environmental movement,
and the state are explored. These elements have generated new
challenges to Huaorani culture and society, fostering changes in
gender relations and roles, community identity, and pan-Huaorani
consciousness, all of which have been reflected in the
Finally, Ziegler-Otero presents his conclusions about ONHAE and
begins looking for ways in which the experience of ONHAE can provide
practical lessons for future generations of Huaorani leaders, as
well as other indigenous organizations. The central theses of
Resistance in an Amazonian Community are revisited, and the
relationship and importance of the study to anthropology and
anthropological theory are discussed.
... a good book ... clearly written ... that raises a number of
important general issues relevant to the contemporary political,
cultural and economic struggles of indigenous peoples of the Amazon
and elsewhere. – Terence Turner, Cornell University
This study has broad implications for those who work toward
"cultural survival" or try to "save the rainforest." The author
states that anthropology has a historic relationship with indigenous
peoples and a responsibility to them, but the unanswered question
implicit in this work remains: What is the most effective way for
indigenous people to organize in the face of capitalist penetration?
More broadly, how is it possible for the dispossessed of the
periphery (indigenous or non) to claim rights and develop a voice
Resistance in an Amazonian Community offers a case study,
not a solution to the question.
19th-Century Art, Revised and Updated Edition by Robert
Rosenblum & H. W. Janson (Pearson Prentice Hall)
Since it was first published in 1984,
19th-Century Art has been influential in cementing the
reputations of many painters and sculptors, and this new edition
adds more artists to the pantheon. This revised and updated edition
remains true to the original, with its magisterial survey of
painting and sculpture presented in four historical parts, beginning
in 1776 and ending with the dawn of the new century at the Paris
Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) of 1900. The text, with the
“Painting” section written by Robert Rosenblum and the
“Sculpture” section by H. W. Janson, draws on the historical
documentation of the period, tracing the dynamics of the making and
viewing of art, and examining the reciprocal influences of art and
technology, art and politics, art and literature, art and music.
19th-Century Art also explores for the first time the work of
photographers, who themselves provoked new ways of looking at
nineteenthcentury painting. Historical perspective is enhanced in
this edition with a selection of sparkling critical and artistic
responses to many of the key works of art since their creation, such
as Gericault on the public response to his famous Raft of the
Medusa, John Ruskin on Turner, and poet Baudelaire on the sculpture
of the day.
Two decades have passed since the first publication of
19th-Century Art, and in that time, our knowledge of
nineteenth-century art has made countless quantum leaps. For one,
there is the often overwhelming quantity of new information that
monographs and exhibition catalogues have brought us, a bounty that
is reflected in this new edition's updated bibliography. But there
is also the constant changing of viewpoints from which the
nineteenth century can be seen. Many issues began to loom large.
Feminists made us aware of the hundreds of nineteenth-century women
artists who seemed to be buried forever but who deserved
resurrection. And feminists also made us look differently at how
women fitted into the various social structures implied by the roles
they play in nineteenth-century paintings. For a century that
witnessed one dehumanizing crisis after another – slavery, factory
life, slums, famine, desperate migrations of workers – it also
became necessary to come to grips with the ways in which artists
confronted or concealed these painful truths. There were,
comparably, new questions about the issues of nationalism and
imperialism, which required a new reading of the way in which
Western artists generated patriotic fervor or confronted the problem
of depicting people and cultures remote from their own. And a waning
of modernism's inherited hostility to academic art opened yet
another huge vista, demanding reconsideration of hundreds of
painters who had been thrown into the dustbin of history. Moreover,
the welling interest in photography similarly fostered new ways of
looking at those nineteenth-century painters whose hyper-realism had
once disqualified them from the category of respectable art.
Revising and republishing a historical survey now twenty years old entailed, among other things, a reconsideration of how old- or new-fashioned the text would be today. The answer, of course, should be left to the readers, young or old; but author Rosenblum, at least, has his own strong opinions. As for the section on sculpture, written by the late H. W. Janson, this was, in fact, the first survey that approached the subject in a democratic way, rejecting the earlier twentieth-century's exclusive focus on an under-populated pantheon of great sculptors, from Canova to Rodin, and exploring a multitude of lesser figures from both sides of the Atlantic and from all parts of Europe. Inherited standards of what was boring, silly, or ugly in nineteenth-century sculpture were swept away in favor of fresh readings of this vast, unstudied body of work. Pointing forward, not backwards, the survey of sculpture in 19th-Century Art laid many of the foundations of books and exhibitions to come. It now stands as a pioneering work for charting new maps in the ongoing explorations of nineteenth-century sculpture, and this revision benefits from the inclusion of additional illustrations to accompany Janson's original text.
As for the section on painting, in retrospect, this also seems
futureoriented, not only in its interpretations but in its
selection of works. There are, for instance, far more works by women
than had ever before appeared in a comparable survey; and the social
roles of women in the nineteenth century, whether as ideal mothers,
adulteresses, prostitutes, or mythical temptresses, were emphasized.
Grinding poverty, class structures, social reforms were also viewed
as essential to understanding the period, much as the rapidly
changing image of the ruler, whether king, empress, or president,
was seen in its role as mirroring political history. Academic art,
vilified by almost all earlier surveys, was for the first time given
its due, looked at with an eye to integrating it with the
acknowledged masters of modern painting instead of using it as a
foil for the avant-garde. And for the first time in an international
survey, American painting was treated together with its European
counterparts, and an African-American painter made his textbook
debut. This reach for less familiar material also extended far
beyond the conventional Franco-centric confines. Not only were
European artists from countries as far afield as Portugal, Russia,
Denmark, and Hungary part of this new United Nations of painters,
but even artists from Canada, Mexico, and Australia appeared for the
first time in a general history of nineteenth-century art. In short,
in 1984 this survey was a path-breaker, pointing to many new
directions that have become ever more relevant to the early
According to Rosenblum, publishing this revised edition has provided the possibility of correcting not only the kind of error that gives authors sleepless nights, but of offering new information about many of the works discussed. Moreover, this updated edition has allowed him not only to add several paintings by artists whose reputations have soared since 1984 but also many illustrated references to the history of photography, from Nadar to Strindberg, which clarify both the range and variety of this new medium as well as the ways in which it may now be seen as an essential part of the history of nineteenth-century painting.
A book that broke new ground when it was first published,
19th-Century Art today reads with the same authority and
scholarly verve as it has for the past twenty years. This new
19th-Century Art continues to offer an open-minded guide to the
endless possibilities of seeing and interpreting nineteenth-century
Biographies & Memoirs / Travel / Adventure
Lost in Tibet: The Untold Story of Five American Airmen, a Doomed Plane, and the Will to Survive by Richard Starks & Miriam Murcutt (The Lyons Press) is the story of a doomed mission, which sets five young Americans in a forbidden and hostile land.
November 1943. Caught in a violent storm and blown far off
their intended course, five American airmen – flying the dangerous
Himalayan supply route known as “The Hump” – were forced to bail out
just seconds before their plane ran out of fuel. To their
astonishment, they found they had landed in the heart of Tibet.
Miraculously, all five survived the jump. But their ordeal was just beginning.
Authors Miriam Murcutt and Richard Starks, extensive travelers, tell the story of their harrowing trek in Lost in Tibet. After crossing some of Tibet’s most treacherous mountains, the five airmen rode on borrowed mules into the fabled city of Lhasa. Their arrival was not a matter of choice; instead they were escorted to Lhasa by a suspicious Tibetan government, trapped in a tightening vise between China and the West.
The five were among the first Americans ever to enter the Forbidden City (two years before Heinrich Harrer, author of Seven Years in Tibet), and among the last to see it before the Chinese launched their invasion.
While in Tibet, the five Americans had to confront what, to them, seemed a bizarre – even alien – people. At the same time, they had to extricate themselves from the political turmoil that even then was raging around Tibet’s right to be independent from China.
To avert an international incident – and to assure their own safety – the five men were forced to leave Lhasa in a hurry. They set out, in the middle of winter, on a perilous journey across the Tibetan plateau – only to find themselves caught in a desperate race against time.
A well-rendered story, with pleny of twists. For fans of Into
Thin Air and other tales in the man-vs.-the-elements vein. – Kirkus
This book will be fascinating to anyone even casually interested
in the politics of my country. – Losang Gyatso, Tibetan artist and
actor in Martin Scorsese film, Kundun
A gripping, detailed account of a time and place that most Americans have never glimpsed. – Joint Forces Journal
This book tells about an incident that has been hidden for too many years. It's a fascinating adventure that stands out from all the other war-time experiences I have heard about. – Charles Martin, former ''Hump" pilot and Lt. Col., Air Force Reserves (retired)
This is a 'must read' for all mountaineers and history butts
alike – a true adventure in high and unexplored lands... – Amanda
Daflos, director, special projects, International Mountain Explorers
Lost in Tibet is an extraordinary story of high adventure,
cultural conflict, and political intrigue. It also sheds light on
the remarkable Tibetan people, just at that moment when they were
coming to terms with a hostile outside world. Murcutt and Starks
relate the story of these five young men’s unwitting embroilment in
an international incident and their journey home, of interest to
historians and adventurers alike.
Business & Investing / Social Sciences
The Mind At Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American
Worker by Mike Rose (Viking)
In the tradition of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed and Studs Terkel’s Working, The Mind At Work is a reassessment of American labor – the conclusion: American blue-collar workers are undervalued.
Testimonials to physical work have always celebrated the
dignity, the economic and moral value, even the nobility of
blue-collar labor, but rarely the thought required to get the job
done right. The lightning-fast organization and mental calculations
of the waitress; the complex spatial mathematics of the carpenter;
the aesthetic and intellectual dexterity of the hair stylist – our
failure to acknowledge or respect these qualities has undermined a
large portion of America’s working population. In
The Mind At Work award-winning writer Mike Rose, faculty
member of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information
Studies, sets the record straight by taking a long hard look at the
intellectual demands of common work. His powerful and
affecting descriptions and analyses of the skills required to
perform many blue collar and service jobs will challenge popular
beliefs about the nature of the common worker and change – for the
better – the reader's everyday interactions with those who work in
the service industries, the construction trades and on the factory
The Mind At Work, Rose touches upon hot-button issues – such as
the narrowness of our traditional IQ tests – and urges the reader to
define intelligence in broader terms. He argues that if we continue
to think that whole categories of people – identified simply by
class and occupation – are not that bright, then we reinforce social
separations and render true democracy impossible. We will also shut
down possibilities not only for growth on the job, but for the
effective education of vocational students.
This is an eloquent – as well as scholarly – tribute to our
working men and women ... It knocked me out. – Studs Terkel
Mike Rose shows how a reductive idea of intelligence
contracts the meaning of democracy. This book is brilliant, exciting
– and essential. – Michael Katz, author of The Undeserving
Mike Rose startles us by suggesting that most of us have a
narrow, cramped view of intelligence – one that doesn't permit us to
see the ordinary kinds of work. His book is a refreshing
re-examination of what traditionally is meant by intelligence.
Conventional assumptions are overturned. and we begin to see that he
is saying something profound about democracy. – Howard Zinn, author
of A People's History of the United States
The Mind At Work raises basic questions about the way we define intelligence, determine what counts as valid knowledge, and classify each other by the work we do – all of which have important implications for economic and educational policy and for the kind of society we create for ourselves. Integrating personal stories of his own working-class family with interviews, vivid snapshots of people on the job, and current research in social science and cognitive psychology, Rose draws a brilliantly original portrait of America at work.
Business & Investing / Management &
Leadership / Training
Learning Paths: Increase Profits by Reducing the Time It Takes
Employees to Get Up-to-Speed by Steve Rosenbaum & Jim Williams
(Pfeiffer, copublished with ASTD)
Using this indispensable resource, readers can map out and
implement the revolutionary Learning Path training approach for
their organization – a method claimed to reduce the start-up time
for new employees by 30% and to guarantee measurable bottom-line
Written by Steve Rosenbaum and Jimmy Williams, consultants and
training and development leaders,
Learning Paths is a down-to-earth practical resource that is
filled with illustrative examples, methods, techniques, strategies,
processes, and tools for making company-wide, real-time training
possible. Created to be feasible, the Learning Path approach is
customizable to fit all organizations no matter what type or size.
Learning Paths is divided into three sections:
Learning Paths answers frequently asked questions and contains a
CD-ROM that includes a PowerPoint presentation of the Learning Paths
process and the forms and templates needed to help readers build and
implement Learning Paths and implement a 30/30 Plan, the plan to
reduce Time to Proficiency by 30 percent in thirty days.
Co-published by the American Society for Training and
Learning Paths is for human resources professionals as well as
business leaders. The book is comprehensive and practical. The
measurement piece is critical; the applications are unlimited; and
there is a good blending of strategy and tactics.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership
Tools for Team Leadership: Delivering the X-Factor in Team eXcellence by Gregory Huszczo (Davies-Black Publishing) urges readers to be the X-factor in their organization's effort to build excellent teams.
Collective action – not individual heroism – is what makes teams effective and creates sustainable change in organizations. In this much anticipated follow-on to his best-seller Tools For Team Excellence, Gregory Huszczo unlocks the secret of what separates great teams built on collaboration and partnership from the also-rans. Tools for Team Leadership introduces the critical "X-factor" in team success – leadership – and delivers an advanced set of tools and strategies to help anyone master the role of team leader.
Huszczo, award-winning teacher and researcher, industrial/organizational psychologist, consultant and trainer, professor of organizational behavior and development at Eastern Michigan University, covers team building for both new and existing teams, with special help for team building at the top, and includes a self-study assessment at the end of each chapter to help turn key learning concepts into a plan of action. Huszczo asserts that if readers are willing to give up their desire for perfectionism and control while steadfastly adhering to a desire to make a difference, they will benefit. Grounded in the author's practical frontline experience with hundreds of teams and backed by solid research and instruments, including the powerful Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, Tools for Team Leadership explores the essence of leadership in a team environment. It identifies the chief responsibilities of every team leader and delivers a toolbox for use in analyzing a team's strengths and weaknesses, creatively brainstorming strategies and tactics, generating options and facilitating consensus, and implementing action plans that help teams help themselves. Readers learn how to help a team establish a clear sense of direction, improve communications, ensure systematic problem solving and decision making, resolve dysfunctional conflicts, motivate and coach team players, build diplomatic ties in the organization, and help teams get unstuck.
The main theme of chapter 1 – that team leaders must help others help themselves – is carried throughout all subsequent chapters.
This self-study training guide puts the power of participative
leadership into the hands of every manager, trainer, consultant, and
team member struggling to help teams succeed. Packed with more than
eighty new and field-tested tools,
Tools for Team Leadership solves the mystery of why some teams –
regardless of talent – succeed while others fail and delivers
everything you need to master the "X-factor" skills of team
A great fit with Toyota Way principles of developing internal
leaders, teaching employees to become problem solvers, and
continuous inmprovement. This book will join Huszczo's Tools for
Team Excellence in my practical tool kit. – Scott Fenton, Senior
Specialist, HR & OD, Toyota
The tools Huszczo describes can lead to better job design and
content, new learning, and new skill development. His book is a
vision of more democratic workplace that is both enabling and
innovative. – Michael Schippani, International Representative,
United Auto Workers
Uses actual experiences that can be directly related to the needs
of industry going to lean and team environments. A great resource. –
Patrick McDonnell, Production Manager, La-Z-Boy Canada Ltd.
Tools for Team Leadership was written for both the person attempting to provide leadership to a single team within an organization and the leader overseeing the development of multiple teams within a larger organization. While the text is generally addressed to the former, the lessons are equally applicable to the latter. Filled with more than 80 tools – all-new and field-tested diagnostic questionnaires, needs assessments, organizational surveys, sample training modules, and exercises – this guide puts the power of participative team leadership into the hands of every manager, trainer, consultant, and member struggling to help teams succeed.
Business & Investing
Tourism and Transition: Political, Economic and Social Issues edited by Derek Hall (CABI Publishing) presents current research on the roles and importance of tourism. The book discusses tourism’s interrelationships with governance and development in societies that are moving or have moved from authoritarian to liberal democratic economic and political models, and those adjusting to the accession requirements of an enlarged European Union. Although the geographical coverage ranges across Central and Eastern Europe, the Central and Eastern Mediterranean, Central Asia, China and South Africa, the identification of common themes and frameworks is a distinguishing characteristic of Tourism and Transition.
In this volume, edited by Derek Hall, Scottish Agricultural
College, Auchincruive, UK, the discussion of tourism and transition
focuses on Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Estonia, Romania and Central and
Eastern Europe more generally, Malta, Cyprus and the eastern
Mediterranean, Kyrgyzstan, China and South Africa. It is therefore
far from being a geographically comprehensive review of tourism
within transforming countries, however defined. Rather, it attempts
to articulate key themes and frameworks which may help readers
understand the contemporary and simultaneous local and global
variables, both influencing and influenced by the processes and
structures of tourism development in transforming societies, during
the first decade of the 21st century.
Chapter one comprises the introduction, and Chapter 2 outlines
key themes and frameworks. The range of chapters (3-8), based on
contemporary post-communist experience in Central and Eastern
Europe and the former Soviet Union, can be seen to reflect, in turn,
optimism, pessimism and paradox, in terms of trends, relationships
and impacts. Drawing on research and consultancy experience from
Central and Eastern Europe, in Chapter 3, Lesley Roberts introduces
themes subsequently echoed in a number of chapters, by highlighting
the importance of social capital for rural areas where the highly
localized nature of tourism is most evident. Emphasizing that the
locality – including local people – provides the services produced
and delivered and the experiences created, an endogenous base for
development is viewed as being most likely to provide a sustainable
means of regional rural development. But as indicated subsequently
from Estonia (Chapter 6) and Kyrgyzstan (Chapter 8), there can be
substantial problems and paradoxes attached to this.
Chapter 4 sees Waclaw Kotlinski drawing out themes of
under-investment and declining tourist numbers in Poland. Crucially,
he identifies a growing gap between income derived from tourism to
support state budgets and actual national expenditure for tourism
infrastructure and development, and offers recommendations for state
action to stimulate tourism and enhance the recognition of its
economic role within the country. This would seem to be particularly
important given the boost to tourism Poland's EU entry is likely to
stimulate. In Chapter 5, Zsuzsanna Behringer and Kornelia Kiss
detail and evaluate the apparently rising level and nature of
foreign direct investment in Hungary's tourism industry in a
national context where international tourist arrival numbers have
been declining since 1995, and where per capita spending is still
relatively low. Such a paradox would appear, superficially,
difficult to reconcile. To what extent will this be ameliorated or
exacerbated by Hungary's accession to the European Union? In the
face of the disastrous collapse of Serbia's tourism industry after
1989, Jovan Popesku and Derek Hall argue in Chapter 7 that
coordinated sustainable development based on natural resources with
planned, limited growth, represents the only reasonable forward
strategy for the reconstruction of an international tourism industry
in landlocked Serbia, where any likely EU membership is still some
The chapter (6) by Barry Worthington raises interesting paradoxes
concerning the endogamous-exogenous dimension when addressing
relationships between national heritage and tourism in the context
of post-Soviet Estonia. Within the Soviet Union, the Estonians'
‘minority’ culture was commodified for passive consumption, yet
Estonians themselves regarded their heritage as dynamic and
participatory, and employed it subversively to recreate a civil
society as an alternative to Soviet institutions. However, according
to Worthington's analysis, regaining independence in 1991 removed
this imperative, and the harnessing of heritage for tourism remained
perceived in pejorative terms especially as (Western) tour
companies continued to echo Soviet practice in the depiction of
Estonian heritage. How will Estonia's EU accession change this? In
the case of a second former Soviet territory with contrasting
cultural, economic and environmental characteristics, Peter
Schofield argues in Chapter 8 that Kyrgyzstan's tourism product has
been poorly positioned and the development and projection of an
appropriate image is critically required to address this. Although
cultural icons are available to assist in raising awareness of
identity and distinctiveness, Schofield points to a lack of capital
resources and political instability as continuing constraints on an
adequate response to this need.
Turning to the Mediterranean basin, Maria Attard and Derek Hall
evaluate some of the
Division is certainly a salient theme for Habib Alipour and Hasan
Kilic's appraisal of the context in which tourism in northern Cyprus
has been developed since that island's political partition in 1974
(Chapter 10). The focus of the chapter is inadequate tourism
governance, the reasons for which vary – governments often lack the
will to implement policies, tourism plans may be narrowly defined
and implemented without reference to wider development strategy or
the state may be incapable of implementing policy due to
inefficiency and/or corruption – although the expansion of tourism
activity may trigger government action. In the case of the Turkish
Republic of North Cyprus, Alipour and Kilic offer a number of
reasons why institutions overseeing tourism development have failed
to address, define and formulate clear policy, which has resulted in
an absence of integrated development. They point to the need to
restructure institutions and to establish an appropriate legislative
framework supported by confidence-building measures to attract
investment and increase the perpetually low numbers of tourists.
Such measures will reflect the significance of both internal and
external factors. The path of EU accession for Cyprus and Turkey may
prove to be a significant political and economic catalyst in this
Global tourism experienced exceptional years in 2000 and 2001. In
2000 international tourism grew by 45 million arrivals, while in the
following year international arrivals declined by 0.6%, the first
year of negative growth since 1982. Of course, the events of
In a relatively short time China has become the unrivalled leader
of Asian tourism. Themes of economic liberalization within a still
relatively rigid state political-bureaucratic framework permeate the
two chapters looking at Chinese experience. Rong Huang in Chapter 12
identifies and evaluates the roles played by the Hunan provincial
government in developing its international and domestic tourism
development policies. Placed within the wider context of China's
tourism development phases, Huang foresees new roles for the
provincial government to play and makes a number of recommendations
for responding to the challenges facing the development of Hunan
tourism as it draws further away from strategy based on a centrally
Issues relating to the tensions between the local and the global,
and endogenous and exogenous development factors, are emphasized in
the chapter (13) by Takayoshi Yamamura, who looks at the World
Heritage Site of the old town of Lijiang, in an ethnic minority area
of Yunnan Province. Until the later 1970s, when tourism was severely
restricted, handicrafts and traditions of ethnic minorities were
largely suppressed. An open-door policy from 1978 increasingly
involved foreign capital, and allowed a revival of ethnic minority
religions and traditions which were portrayed to tourists as
examples of the diversity of Chinese culture. Previous research has
emphasized how ethnic groups may be differentially placed to take
advantage of their newly-discovered tourism roles in response to the
Chinese government's commoditizing such ethnicity. Following an
earthquake in 1996 and since designation by UNESCO as a WHS in 1997,
there has been a dramatic increase in tourism businesses in Lijiang,
largely driven by an influx of Chinese Han majority peoples from
outside of the region selling goods largely devoid of local
character. This situation is exacerbated by the fact that the local
Naxi people tend to lack business and management know-how and cannot
draw upon government support policies. Yamamura argues that there
would appear to be a need for policies to promote local
entrepreneurial endeavor through support for indigenous
organizations and networks to help stimulate high added value goods
and services which can draw upon and illuminate local culture and
Finally, in relation to a country in transformation following its
own particular restructuring processes of the 1990s, in Chapter 14
Jenny Briedenhann and Steve Butts argue that a tourism boom,
projected by government as a panacea for the country's economic
ills, has not materialized in South Africa. The country is by far
the most important international tourism destination in the whole of
Africa, receiving a fifth of the continent's arrivals and one
quarter of its international tourism receipts. Yet, the absence of a
national funding strategy for tourism development has resulted in
unilateral action by provinces, with negative consequences for
national development coherence, public-private partnerships and
industry integration. Crucially, the authors contend that a coherent
national organizational structure, with a clear delineation of
functions and responsibilities, continuously monitored, is urgently
The issues, problems, paradoxes and opportunities presented in these chapters are diverse and pursued from different perspectives, yet they share common themes of tourism within processes of transformation. They also emphasize the important influences of, and the need for tourism analysts to better appreciate underlying political cultures, their inheritances and influences – both formal and informal – on social, economic and environmental transformation. Such transformation is a key influence on, and component of, contemporary local and global tourism trajectories.
Tourism and Transition will be of significant interest to those
working in the areas of tourism, development studies, geography,
sociology and economics, identifying common themes across Europe,
Asia and Africa.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership / Self-help
The Leader Within: Learning Enough About Yourself to Lead Others by Drea Zigarmi, Ken Blanchard, Michael O'Connor, & Carl Edeburn (Financial Times, Prentice Hall) helps readers understand themselves better... so they can change, grow, and become more effective.
The action of thought is excited by the irritation of doubt, and
ceases when belief is attained. – Charles Saunders Pierce, How to
Make Our Ideas Clear (1878)
Authored by four renowned leadership experts, including the
legendary Ken Blanchard (co-author of The One Minute Manager), and
Drea Zigarmi, (co-author of Leadership and The One Minute Manager),
The Leader Within draws on seven years of research centered
around how successful executives exert influence. The book tells
readers they can become the leaders they have always wanted to be.
They can develop an understanding of how they behave at their key
"moments of influence," reinvent their approach for better results
and happier people, and build more effective teams and
organizations, without compromising their values.
The Leader Within gives readers new models for understanding
leadership itself – what it means, how it works, and what it's for.
It helps them find a leadership approach that works for them, that
fits their personality and values, and generates commitment and
success. The book helps readers:
I found this book not only an excellent, comprehensive guide on
leadership, but it was also very thought provoking. Our world needs
a breakthrough in the improvement of our leadership – the kind of
leadership this book teaches and inspires. In the meantime, you can
learn from this book and make your world better for yourself and
those around you. – Tom Cleveland, President, H.O. Penn Machinery
If you truly want to succeed at the highest level, you owe it to yourself and those around you to read this incredible insight on leadership. – Nicolas de Segonzac, CEO, Debtco, Inc.
If there’s any one message in
The Leader Within that is most crucial, it is that self-change
is the most urgent leadership challenge; that values, beliefs, and
personality drive success or failure whether leaders realize it or
not. The authors have written a must-read book for present and
future leaders who are focused on serving their organizations and
Computers & Internet / Web Development
The Complete Idiot's Guide To Creating A Web Page And Blog, 6th
edition by Paul McFedries (Complete Idiot's Guide to
Series: Alpha Books)
The Internet is home to millions of sites, representing both commerce and the people who share their thoughts and experiences with anyone who visits. And although professional designers earn big bucks creating and maintaining websites, anyone can stake a claim of their own on the net.
More people are overcoming their digital fears and producing Internet content rather than just absorbing it. Whether their product is a collection of essays, stories, reviews, jokes, or shopping lists, they want to share it with everyone – from family and friends to strangers across the globe. How do they do it?
The Complete Idiot's Guide To Creating A Web Page And Blog by Paul McFredries helps readers build and maintain an Internet website or blog. In this sixth revision, McFedries, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Microsoft Windows XP, and the proprietor of Word Spy, a blog devoted to recently coined words and phrases, covers:
A "Webmaster’s Toolkit" on a companion CD-ROM, provides the files
used in the book. Other features include search features, chat
rooms, or bulletin boards, forms for visitor feedback, posting
pictures as hypertext links, animation, video, and audio.
The Complete Idiot's Guide To Creating A Web Page And Blog, is one of the few books around to help readers by translating HTML into a language they can understand and showing them how to start their own blog.
Cooking, Food & Wine
Planet Wine: A Grape by Grape Visual Guide to the Contemporary Wine World by Stuart Pigott (Mitchell Beazley)
Internationally renowned wine writer Stuart Pigott presents an
original approach to understanding the new global diversity of wine
Planet Wine readers learn about the world's top grape varieties
by following a series of stories that are told through a selection
of iconic images.
For hundreds of years, winemakers around the world have experimented with different grape varieties to create a vast range of styles, tastes, and textures in their wines. In recent years there has been nothing less than a global revolution in wine, and the world has experienced an explosion in the range of wines available. Today, this diversity has become even richer and more complex.
One of the major reasons for this growth lies in the humble
grape. From Syrah to Sauvignon Blanc to Cabernet Sauvignon, Pigott
offers a grape-by-grape tour. He explores the origins and natural
flavor of the principal varieties and examines the role of the
winemaker, the effect of winemaking techniques, and the impact of
environmental factors on the taste and development of wines around
the world. What emerges is an accessible explanation of why, for
example, a single grape variety can make a soft, fruity wine in one
wine-producing region and a robust, age-worthy wine in another. Each
grape is described giving details of its origin and natural flavor.
There is also information about external influences including where
it is grown, the intervention of the winemaker, winemaking
techniques, and environmental issues.
Piggott has traveled extensively in the world's wine regions.
Born in London, he wandered into wine writing while studying
painting at St. Martins School of Art and Cultural History. After
tiring of the convention-ridden London wine scene, he left for
Germany and settled in Berlin where he developed a new style of wine
writing. Now a household name there, he writes a weekly column in
the Sunday issue of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. He
also contributes to Der Feinschmecker/WeinGourmet, Decanter (UK),
and WINE (Australia).
In Planet Wine Pigott introduces his unique concept for understanding the incredible, new global diversity of wines. Using over 140 photographs, Planet Wine takes a visually evocative approach to describe how the major grape varieties taste – from Chardonnay to Merlot to Sangiovese. The book combines a provocative text with evocative images to describe the taste of the major grape varieties and to explain how and why each variety produces very distinct styles of wine depending on where in the world it grows. This radical, easy-to-read guide is the first chance for English readers to experience Pigott's outrageously original take on the pleasure of wine.
Teaching and Learning through Inquiry: A Guidebook for Institutions and Instructors edited by Virginia S. Lee (Stylus Publishing, LLC)
Inquiry-guided learning (IGL) refers to an array of classroom
practices that promote student learning through guided and
increasingly independent investigation of complex questions and
problems. Rather than teaching the results of others'
investigations, which students learn passively, instructors assist
students in mastering and learning through the process of active
investigation itself. IGL develops critical thinking, independent
inquiry students' responsibility for their own learning and
intellectual growth and maturity.
North Carolina State University is at the forefront of the
development of IGL both at the course level and as part of a
faculty-led process of reform of undergraduate education.
Teaching and Learning through Inquiry, edited by Virginia S.
Lee, the then Associate Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching
and Learning, North Carolina State University, documents and
explores NCSU's IGL initiative from a variety of perspectives: how
faculty arrived at their current understanding of inquiry-guided
learning and how they have interpreted it at various levels – the
individual course, the major, the college, the university-wide
program, and the undergraduate curriculum as a whole. The
contributors show how IGL has been dovetailed with efforts and
programs, and how they have assessed its impact.
Teaching and Learning through Inquiry provides examples from
disciplines as varied as ecology, engineering, foreign language
learning, history, music, microbiology, physics and psychology. It
also outlines the potential for even broader dissemination of
inquiry-guided learning in the undergraduate curriculum as a whole,
describing two IGL programs for first year students and the ways in
which NCSI 's university-wide writing and speaking program, and
growing service learning program, support inquiry-guided learning.
The book documents how the institution has supported instructors as
well as the methods used to assess the impact of inquiry-guided
learning on students, faculty, and the institution as a whole.
Virginia Lee hits the mark with her book on inquiry based
learning. Most books addressing pedagogical practices are either too
theoretical or so practically oriented that they lack a theoretical
grounding. Lee combines both in a way that is attractive to any
reader. She moves us from the theoretical to the practical in
thirteen different classroom situations across just as many
disciplines. The reader can easily find his/her discipline among the
chapters in this section. The final portion of the book brings the
reader full circle when Lee addresses inquiry based learning in
relation to critical thinking, writing, service learning, faculty
development and assessment. – Devorah A. Lieberman, Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs, Wagner College
Teaching and Learning through Inquiry was written with three
audiences in mind: instructors who want to use inquiry-guided
learning in their classrooms, faculty developers considering
supporting comparable efforts on their campuses, and administrators
interested in managing similar undergraduate reform efforts. It will
also appeal to instructors of courses in the administration of
higher education who are looking for relevant case studies of
Cooking, Food & Wine
Trattoria: Italian Country Recipes for Home Cooks by
Maxine Clark, with photography by Martin Brigdale (Ryland
Peters & Small)
Traditional trattoria cooking is the essence of Italian food –
honest, fresh, and satisfying dishes prepared by chefs who have
great cooking in their blood. It's not expensive, it's not
complicated, and it never goes out of fashion. In
Trattoria, chef-teacher Maxine Clark has collected delicious
trattoria recipes from all over Italy and adapted them for home
Clark, a leading food writer and a gifted cooking teacher for
well-known schools such as Leith's in London and Alastair Little's
"Tasting Places" in Sicily and Tuscany, with the help of Martin
Brigdale, food photographer for twenty years, describes more than
great food – this is a beautiful and practical book that will help
readers create classic Italian small family restaurant fair in their
Cooking, Food & Wine
Michael Jackson's Bar And Cocktail Companion: The Connoisseur’s
Handbook by Michael Jackson (Running Press)
The perfect drink is never far away with Michael Jackson's Bar And Cocktail Companion written by the world-renowned authority on spirits, Michael Jackson. Jackson's award-winning drink books have sold more than 3 million copies and have established him as the world's foremost expert on beer and whisky. Jackson is a five-time winner of the Glenfiddich Award. His Discovery Channel series has been shown on television in more than two dozen countries, and his articles have appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, The Washington Post, Wine Spectator, and other leading publications throughout the world.
Jackson provides recipes for more than 250 cocktails, from the Aberdeen Angus to the Zombie, from the perfect Manhattan to the classic Pina Colada. Jackson describes the content, origin, and character of each drink and its ingredients, as well as the best way to serve it.
In the chapter, The A - Z of Drinks, Jackson covers major types
of spirits as well as many lesser-known drinks. From Acquavite to
Drambuie to Lillet, Jackson describes the origins and character of
each drink, laced intermittently with his own humor, along with its
ingredients and the best way to serve it. The chapter, Cocktails and
Other Mixed Drinks, offers recipes for such delicious refreshments
as the Acapulco, Bullshot, Daiquiri, El Presidente, Flying Scotsman,
Ginger Highball, Mai-Tai, Moscow Mule, Pisco Punch, Road Runner, and
Other chapters include: Travel and Drink, that features different regions of the world and their most popular native drinks; and Serving Drinks which includes a list of useful glasses. Another essential chapter titled, The Hangover: How to Cure It, offers 11 tips to avoiding and dealing with the miserable hangover – such as drinking a glass of milk beforehand to a good supply of Vitamin C to help the liver detoxify the blood. Jackson also offers a long list of suggested further reading on drinks.
Jackson provides in Michael Jackson's Bar And Cocktail Companion the quintessential, handy guidebook with an extensive list of the world's greatest drinks, accompanied by color photos throughout. With complete descriptions of bartending equipment and its uses, it's the bar-side companion every cocktail aficionado needs.
Economics / Policy Studies /
Catching Up: The Limits Of Rapid Economic Development by
Vladislav L. Inozemtsev (Transaction Publishers)
Disparities between the economic development of nations have widened throughout the twentieth century, and they show no sign of closing. In the nineteenth century, the economic potential of developed countries was three times that of the rest of the world. Today the gap is twenty times greater. And the trend is increasing.
Vladislav L. Inozemtsev, professor of economics at Moscow State
University and director of the Moscow-based Centre for
Post-Industrial Research, reviews the experience of the Soviet
Union, as well as that of Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. He finds
that those countries that have moved forward most rapidly have
successfully adapted new technology to old processes. But even then,
they face daunting odds, as they grapple with the need to change
their population's ideas and behavior. And in the 1990s, their rates
of development have noticeably declined.
Catching Up assesses prospects for successful application of
theories of accelerated development in the global economy.
Inozemtsev's pessimistic conclusion is that rapid industrial
progress is not achievable in the information society of the
twenty-first century. He reaches this conclusion after reviewing
theories of accelerated development thinking from the diverse
viewpoints of the 1940s and 1950s, to the more intensive ideological
polarization of the 1960s. Inozemtsev believes it will be impossible
for non-Western nations to "catch up" with the West because of their
inability to generate or control information and knowledge.
Catching Up also says that the successes of the "catching up"
development model are confined to the limits of the system of
Inozemtsev sets the stage within the context of the new world
economic order taking shape in the world today. By opting for the
evolutionary way of development, the United States and the European
Union countries have guaranteed their people a high standard of
living, which prepared them for accepting post-materialistic values.
Although they have largely lost their mobilizing capacity, these
nations have proved equal to producing, on an ever larger scale, new
knowledge and new technologies – the basic production asset of the
twenty-first century. Other countries' attempts at accelerated
modernization have, indeed, led to a rise in their industrial
potential but failed to produce a sustainable socio-economic system.
These countries continue to depend on the Western world as a source
of knowledge and as a market for their products, and decades of
importing new technologies have not led to scientific breakthroughs
of their own. The above cannot but suggest the conclusion that it is
impossible to "catch up with" post-industrial nations by industrial
methods, while mobilization-based construction of material
requisites sufficient for launching post-industrial transformation
causes mutations of the public mind which take more time to rectify
than promoting economic progress does. In the context of the
present-day reality, the nations not belonging to post-industrial
civilization at the moment may expect elements of the
post-industrial system to crystallize out in their social order only
given the immediate involvement of the leader nations in the
process, the eastern lands of reunified Germany being the case in
This conclusion will hardly go down well with those who would
like to see Russia the leader of world progress in the coming
Catching Up, therefore, Inozemtsev provides a rational
explanation of why the "catching up" development doctrine – which,
in various forms, has become one of the outgoing century's most
popular social theories – no longer makes scientific and practical
sense as we are approaching a new landmark in human history and
ought, therefore, to be abandoned by Russia and the world at large.
Inozemtsev provides an intriguing look at the prospects for development in the industrializing countries.... Some of Inozemtsev's ideas will be controversial, to say the least, but he succeeds in raising interesting questions concerning why development is uneven and, in some cases. apparently unsustainable. Recommended. – Choice
Catching Up, a provocative and thoughtful reexamination of
theories of accelerated development, or "catching up," Inozemtsev
traces the evolution of thinking about how countries lagging behind
can most swiftly move forward, and assesses their prospects for
success in this effort. While pessimistic and certainly not popular,
this well reasoned discussion, by a noted Russian professor of
economics, is important reading.
Mental Retardation: Historical Perspectives: Current Practices, and Future Directions by Ronald L Taylor, Michael Brady & Stephen B Richards (Pearson Allyn & Bacon) provides thorough coverage of the causes and characteristics of mental retardation as well as detailed discussion of the validated instructional approaches in the field today.
Mental Retardation is an up-to-date introductory textbook. As
they imply in the name of the book, authors Ronald L Taylor,
Michael Brady, and Stephen B Richards have attempted to
provide a comprehensive treatment of information related to
individuals with mental retardation. Taylor and Richards, both
from Florida Atlantic University, and Brady, University of Dayton,
strongly believe that in order to understand all the issues
related to the field of mental retardation, there must be
appreciation of its rich history, knowledge of research-based
information related to current practices, and informed predictions
of future trends.
Mental Retardation is divided into five parts, each covering an
important aspect of the field of mental retardation. Part 1,
"Introduction to Mental Retardation," consists of three chapters.
Chapter 1, "Historical Concepts and Perspectives," chronicles the
history of mental retardation, from ancient times to the present. It
focuses on changing philosophies, attitudes, and approaches to the
treatment of individuals with mental retardation. Chapter 2,
"Definition and Classification of Mental Retardation," looks at the
evolution of the terminology, definitions, and classification
systems used for individuals with mental retardation. Emphasis is
placed on the various definitions and classification systems
proposed by the American Association on Mental Retardation. Chapter
3, "Assessment for Identification," investigates the procedures used
in the identification and diagnosis of mental retardation,
including information on both intelligence testing and adaptive
Part II, "Causes of Mental Retardation," includes two chapters.
Chapter 4, "Genetic and Chromosomal Factors," focuses on the medical
aspects that cause mental retardation. Although these causes
represent a relatively small percentage of those individuals who
have the condition, they are important to study because many are
preventable or treatable. Chapter 5, "Environmental and Psychosocial
Causes," identifies prenatal, peri-natal, and postnatal factors that
cause mental retardation. Also included is a discussion of
environmental correlates to mental retardation – factors that do not
necessarily cause mental retardation but are highly associated with
There are three chapters in Part III, "Characteristics of Mental
Retardation." Chapter 6, "Cognitive and Learning Characteristics,"
includes areas such as attention, language, meta-cognition, and
memory. Chapter 7, "Educational, Psychological, and Behavioral
Characteristics," focuses on skill deficits related to an
individual's school performance as well as characteristics such as
learned helplessness and poor interpersonal relationships that can
affect overall functioning. Chapter 8, the last chapter in Part III,
is called "Societal, Family, and Multicultural Characteristics." Too
often the influence of an individual's environment is overlooked.
This chapter provides an ecological approach to understanding the
characteristics of individuals with mental retardation within an
Part IV, "Instructional Considerations," consists of four
chapters. Chapter 9, "Instructional Assessment," discusses primarily
informal techniques that teachers can use to help develop
instructional programs, make instructional decisions, and monitor
progress. In addition, instruments used to measure important skills
such as independent living, community living, and vocations are
discussed. Chapter 10, "Instructional Content," includes information
on content that all students need to know and information related to
what individuals with mental retardation need to be taught.
Principles for deciding appropriate instructional content are also
discussed. Chapter 11, "Instructional Procedures," focuses on the
various instructional techniques that have proved to be successful
in teaching individuals with mental retardation. It highlights the
guidance, organization, and delivery of instructional programs.
Chapter 12, "Instructional Settings," looks at the very important
issue of educational placement and the most appropriate educational
environment to maximize learning. Also included is information on
accommodating instruction that makes the instructional setting
The last part, "The Future of Mental Retardation," includes a
chapter called "Future Perspectives." This comprehensive chapter
includes information related to philosophical issues, legal issues,
medical issues, and educational issues. Included in this chapter are
interviews with experts in the field who share their perspectives on
these important issues.
The book is filled with pedagogical features too numerous to list here. The E-Source list offers an annotated description of Web sites appropriate for the chapter's content. To further assist students and instructors, Mental Retardation has an accompanying companion Website for student use. This Web site serves as a study guide for students and includes overviews, activities, sample test items, and Web links. Also available is an Instructor's Manual that includes detailed chapter outlines, chapter objectives, activities, additional readings, and a test bank of almost 400 test items.
This will prove helpful to students who are training to be
teachers as it will give them something concrete and meaningful to
which to attach their own learning ... very useful is the bridge
that is drawn between educational theory and the field of mental
retardation. – Professor E. Amanda Boutot, University of Nevada, Las
It is clear, accurate, and presents the major issues in the field
of mental retardation. They present current and historical events
that make this book interesting and fresh. – Professor Harold C.
Griffin, East Carolina University
Several features in
Mental Retardation will be especially valuable to both students
and instructors – one is the "Research That Made a Difference"
feature throughout the text, which provide students with valuable
insight into research-based practices that have had an impact on the
field. Another is the unique Chapter 13, "Future Perspectives,"
which presents interviews with leading experts and with a young
woman with mental retardation, exploring the legal, medical,
educational, and personal issues people with mental retardation
face. And Chapters 9 through 12 present the strongest coverage
available in any introductory text on instructional issues and
applications for teaching students with mental retardation.
Teaching Language Arts: A Student- and Response-Centered
Classroom (with Student Activities Planner) (5th Edition) by
Carole Cox (Pearson Allyn & Bacon) is a popular text, honed and
enhanced again, noteworthy for its focus on assessment, with heavy
emphasis on second language learners.
Teaching Language Arts, Fifth Edition, is designed for use as a
main text in undergraduate and graduate language arts methods
courses. Like previous editions, this new one takes a consistent
student- and response-centered approach to literature-based teaching
in today's culturally and linguistically diverse classroom. Written
by Carole Cox, field-based language arts methods courses teacher at
California State University, Long Beach, where she won the
Outstanding Professor Award in 2001, the book is firmly grounded in
current social constructivist learning theory.
What continues to make this book a bestseller?
This fifth edition of
Teaching Language Arts has been substantially reorganized and
updated to reflect current issues and developments in teaching
language arts. It is divided into five parts.
Part I, Constructing a Classroom Foundation, contains Chapters 1
and 2. Chapter 1, Learning and Teaching Language Arts, begins by
defining the language arts and identifying their role in integrating
subjects across the curriculum. The Standards for the English
Language Arts, written jointly by the International Reading
Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English
(NCTE), are introduced here, and then referenced throughout the
text. Chapter 1 also introduces the three theoretical perspectives
that underlie the book’s approach – that learning language arts is
an active, constructive process; a social interactive process; and a
transactional process. The foundational elements of teaching
language arts are also presented, including the nature of a student-
and response-centered classroom, the sources available for planning
curriculum content, the structure of the classroom environment, and
approaches to scheduling and grouping.
New to this edition, Chapter 2, Assessing Language Arts, presents
assessment in the context of the social constructivist theory of
learning and recommends the authentic assessment of language and
literacy on a day-to-day basis. Many types of assessment are
discussed, and numerous examples of forms and checklists are
provided as Assessment Toolboxes; a number of these tools are
intended for use with English language learners. Chapter 2 also
examines the current national debate about the use of standardized
tests in so-called highstakes testing, as mandated by the No Child
Left Behind Act.
Part II, Spoken Language and Emergent Literacy, includes Chapters
3 through 5. Chapters 3 and 4 have been extensively revised to
consider the increasingly diverse nature of today's classroom.
Chapter 3, First- and Second-Language Development, explains how
learning a second language is both similar to and different from
learning a first language. Strategies are offered for creating a
suitable context for the instruction of students who are English
language learners (ELL). Chapter 4, Emergent Literacy and
Biliteracy, considers how views of children's developing literacy
have changed over the years and how teachers can support the
emergent literacy of both English-speaking and ELL students. Readers
experience the teacher's role directly when they visit both a
kindergarten and a first-grade classroom in which every child comes
to school speaking only English and a bilingual kindergarten
classroom in which students are learning to speak and write in both
English and Spanish.
Chapter 5, Listening and Talking, looks at what can be considered
the neglected and the suppressed language arts, respectively.
Strategies are provided for teaching oral language, and special
guidelines are provided for adapting these strategies for ELL
students. Drama is now introduced in this chapter, as well.
Dramatic activities provide countless ways to teach listening and
talking and to develop literacy. The chapter ends with a discussion
of the special concerns in assessing students' oral language skills.
Chapters 6 through 8 make up Part III, Literature and Reading.
Chapter 6, Reading, identifies theoretical models that have been
proposed to describe how meaning is constructed during reading and
then focuses on what is called a balanced approach to teaching: one
that includes phonemic awareness, phonics, direct instruction in
reading, methods for using literature and writing, and specific
suggestions for struggling readers and writers. Shared reading,
guided reading, reading workshop, and writing to read are among the
methods recommended in this approach. The ongoing controversy about
phonics instruction is examined in a section on word study.
The use of children's literature is considered in detail in
Chapter 7, Teaching with Literature. Basic theory is presented about
how readers make meaning from their experiences with text and the
range of responses, or stances, they may have. Guidelines for
choosing children's books are provided along with strategies for
teaching with literature. These concepts are extended in Chapter 8,
Multicultural Education and Children's Books, which has been
extensively revised for this edition. The chapter begins with a
detailed discussion of current models of culturally sensitive
teaching and how multicultural content can be integrated across the
curriculum. The use of multicultural children's books is recommended
for these purposes – in particular, the use of literature circles
and literature focus units. Chapter 8 is rich with support
materials, such as lists of quality multicultural children's
literature and ideas for author, genre, and core book units.
Part IV, Written Language, includes Chapters 9 through 11.
Chapter 9, The Writing Process, presents writing not as a product
but as a recursive process, one that involves multiple starts.
Writing workshop is discussed as both a collaborative and an
individual approach to writing, in which students consult one
another and the teacher to rethink, revise, and edit their work.
Students write for real purposes and for real audiences, and writing
conventions and skills are taught and assessed against this
backdrop. The needs of students with cultural and language
differences are considered in detail.
The conventions involved in written language are discussed in
Chapters 10 and 11. Chapter 10, Spelling, opens with an explanation
of the stages of spelling development and then uses these stages as
a basis for assessing and teaching children of different
developmental levels. The teaching strategies that are recommended
all present spelling in the context of using language for meaningful
purposes, not as an isolated skill. A similar approach is
recommended in Chapter 11, Grammar, Punctuation, and Handwriting –
that grammar and other language conventions should be taught and
assessed as part of the writing process, especially the editing and
revising stages. Writing workshop is revisited and other approaches
are introduced, such as mini-lessons, teacher conferences, peer
editing, and self-editing. Children's literature is presented as an
excellent resource for teaching about the style, structure, and
conventions of written language.
Chapters 12 through 14 comprise Part V, Integrated Teaching. Also
new to this edition, Chapter 12, Viewing and Visually Representing,
focuses on the two newest language arts in the IRA/NCTE standards.
Viewing and visually representing have always been essential to
teaching language arts across the curriculum, and media literacy has
never been more important than in today's world of mass-mediated
communication. This chapter provides strategies and examples across
a range of experiences in viewing and visually representing, from
film, video, and television to the visual and dramatic arts.
Chapter 13, Technology in the Classroom, begins with a discussion
of the role of technology in the classroom and specifically in the
language arts classroom. Technology is presented not as an end in
itself but as another means by which teachers can help children
learn. The writing process and writing workshop are both
reconsidered in this chapter in a discussion of word processing.
Other projects and activities include electronic messaging, Internet
research, and hypermedia and multimedia projects.
Chapter 14, Language across the Curriculum, draws on the
information provided in previous chapters to demonstrate how the
language arts can be used to integrate teaching in the content
areas. Thematic teaching, sometimes defined using terms such as
units and cycles, has long been used for the purpose of integrating
the various content areas. In fact, numerous examples of thematic
teaching can be found throughout this text. Literary and
informational texts are recommended not only for reading but also as
models of writing. This chapter provides a wealth of support
materials, including lists of literary and informational texts and
numerous examples of student-created materials.
There are a number of special features. New to this edition,
video clips and related materials on the Companion Website for the
text are integrated throughout.
Chapter-opening questions raise basic issues about the chapter
topic. Following these questions, readers are asked to write a
Reflective Response, drawing on their own experiences and ideas in
this area. Chapter-ending answers go back to the same questions,
providing summaries of chapter content.
Looking Further, another end-of-chapter feature, suggests
opportunities for exploring chapter content more deeply: discussion
questions, group activities focused on understanding how language is
used, suggestions for observing and interacting with children, and
ideas for participation and teaching applications to try out in the
The section of Children's Books, Films, and Software found at the
end of each chapter identifies publication information for the
children's literature and other resources discussed in text. These
resources are all included in a special Index of Children's Books,
Films, and Software, found at the end of the book. All professional
source materials have been compiled at the end of the book in the
References section. Both the children's and professional resources
have been substantially updated for this edition.
Visuals richly illustrate the book, showing samples of children's
drawing and writing and photos of teachers and children actually
discussed in the text. Many are new to this fifth edition.
Supplements include a companion resource to this textbook,
Schoolyear Activities Planner provided free with every student text
and a Companion Website for the text.
This text is also accompanied by an Instructor's Manual with additional resources for professors using the fifth edition of Teaching Language Arts.
The style with which this book is written distinguishes it from
others in the field. In addition, the resources it offers make it
more practical and less theoretical than other texts in the field. –
Alicia Mendoza, Florida International University
As I read through Cox's text, I found it to be readable and quite
comprehensive. It is clear that the author really knows what she is
talking about. Excellent examples are given throughout the book,
with actual excerpts of student work given as well. I believe that
these are of the utmost value as they help pre-service teachers to
visualize student work before going into the classroom. – Cecile
Arquette, San Diego State University
Teaching Language Arts continues to emphasize a student- and
response-centered approach to literature-based teaching in today's
culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. With lesson plans,
teaching ideas, and online video case studies that accompany each
chapter, this practical text reinforces what instructors teach in
Cox brings this vision of a classroom to life not only through
clear explanations of these guiding principles but also through
examples of real teachers in real classrooms with real children,
applying the ideas that have shaped the development of this fifth
Teaching Language Arts, Fifth Edition, Cox has created a
readable, student-friendly, engaging, and practical text built on a
strong theoretical and research base. Written with an eloquent
writing style and packed with practical information,
Teaching Language Arts brings content to life for students.
Entertainment / Music / Biographies &
Can You Feel The Silence?: Van Morrison: A New Biography
by Clinton Heylin (Chicago Review Press)
Van Morrison is full of contradictions. He is a white, Irish singer, who cut his musical teeth on African American jazz and blues. A superstar who shuns fame and snarks at the media, he thrives on the adoration of the audiences and critics he scorns. Best known for his hit "Brown-eyed Girl," he refuses to perform it and has been know to curse at audience members requesting it.
Clinton Heylin flies in the face of Morrison's objections with Can You Feel The Silence? to create this portrait of the man, his life and his music. From his birth in working class Belfast in 1945 to his current musical endeavors, Heylin offers the complete and unabridged story of George Ivan Morrison. The book is based on more than 100 interviews, including an extensive, exclusive and unpublished interview with Morrison's ex-wife, Janet Planet, and with musicians Morrison has worked with throughout his career. Heylin, author of celebrity biographies of Bob Dylan and Sandy Denny, lets those who were there – the friends, musicians and industry execs – tell the story in their own words, extensively quoting his sources.
Can You Feel The Silence? explores Morrison's roots, including
the influence of his mother's love of Irish folk music and his dad's
impressive record collection of American jazz and blues. It
recreates Morrisons's early struggles in Ulster, London, New York
and Boston and his rapid succession of self-destructing bands.
Heylin details Morrison's disastrous business arrangements, the
breakdown of his marriage, his troubles with stage fright and his
ongoing struggle with alcoholism. In addition, this biography
attempts to explain Morrison's paranoia and misanthropy.
The book reports the details that Morrison would perhaps rather
forget, but never forgets the music, offering insights into the
creation of each of Morrison's albums, including little-known
details about the recording sessions and gigs. Fans will find each
of their favorites covered – the circumstances behind its creation,
recording and subsequent performances. To help navigate the maze of
Morrison's life, a detailed cast of characters as well as a Morrison
sessionography spanning 1964-2001 is included in the appendixes.
A terrific, detailed look at Van Morrison’s life ... should prove indispensable for Morrisonites – and a must for anyone who enjoys tales of tortured stars behaving badly. – Entertainment Weekly
Heylin analyzes his every lyric . . . nobody can doubt his
attention to the music. – Blender
It’s unlikely that we’ll see as detailed a biography of ‘Van the Man’ again in the near future. – Library Journal
A portrait of an artist who shuns intimacy . . . frozen in the emotional adolescence. – Shepherd Express
Provides page after page of examples of Morrison’s bad behavior. – Boston Herald
Fascinating, exhaustively researched. – Chicago Sun-Times
Can You Feel The Silence? is a groundbreaking biography of
a brilliant but disturbed performer exploring the paradox of the man
and the artist. This telling of the story is as painstakingly
thorough as it is intelligent.
Europe / Young Adult
The Caucasian Republics: Nations in Transition by Margaret Kaeter, introduction by Justin Burke (Nations in Transition Series: Facts on File) examines the three republics of the Transcaucasus – Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia – which are situated in the area between Europe and Asia extending from the Greater Caucasus to the Turkish and Iranian borders, between the Black and Caspian Seas.
Although small and isolated by mountain chains, the region's
location at a crossroads between major world cultures has
historically enhanced its importance. Today, the region's oil and
gas resources and its geopolitical importance have attracted the
attention of both Western and Russian business interests.
The Caucasian Republics was written by Margaret Kaeter, a
freelance writer whose work has appeared in magazines such as New
Woman, Entrepreneur, and Training, and it contains an introduction
by Justin Burke, managing editor of EurasiaNet. The book is an
introduction to the current political and economic situation in the
Caucasus region. Following is a section that explores the common
history of the area up to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The
second part of the book discusses the geography, history,
government, economy, culture, religion, daily life, and cities of
each country, ending with a general assessment of the present
problems of the three Caucasian republics and future solutions.
The Caucasian Republics is part of the Nations in Transition
series, which explores the independent governments formed after the
fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Central Asia.
The series gives readers and researchers clear and thought-provoking
portraits of each of these nations. Each volume surveys the history,
culture, and political and social changes of the past few years and
includes 25-35 photographs, a chronology of key events,
easy-to-understand maps, and a further reading section.
The Caucasian Republics is a richly informative volume, an ideal starting point for students and general readers interested in the countries and peoples of this region.
Health, Mind & Body
The Sex Addiction Workbook: Proven Strategies to Help You Regain Control of Your Life by Tamara Penix Sbraga & William T. O'Donohue, with a foreword by John Bancroft (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbooks: New Harbinger Publications) presents the only scientifically supported treatment method for sex addicts.
It's a hunger never satisfied: the allure of singles' bars and strip clubs, party lines and X-rated Internet sites. An uncontrollable need for sexual gratification, just like an addiction to alcohol or drugs, can cause serious problems for anyone. Some people use sex to medicate their feelings and/or cope with stress much in the same way as others would use alcohol or drugs. Lack of sexual self-control can lead to multiple infidelities, risky sexual behavior, bankruptcy, or the loss of a job due to out of control behaviors. Rooted in shame and low self-esteem, there is little satisfaction gained from the sexual activities and rarely an interest in intimacy or emotional connection. The Sex Addiction Workbook addresses readers with a lack of sexual self-control where their behavior is interfering with their relationship, job, and reputation. Tamara Penix Sbraga and William T. O'Donohue, leading clinical psychologists specializing in the treatment of sexual self-control problems, offer the first workbook to use proven cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, strategies to help sexual addicts. Individuals who risk their finances, reputations, marriages and even their lives for a quick sexual fix learn easy, step-by-step strategies to help them overcome their addiction to sex and restore their relationships.
The Sex Addiction Workbook helps readers:
Sbraga, assistant professor of clinical psychology at Central Michigan University and O'Donohue, licensed psychologist and adjunct professor of philosophy and psychiatry at the University of Nevada, Reno, guide readers as they assess their level of sexual-self control problems, teaching relapse prevention methods and helping readers increase motivation and commitment to change. Readers then set goals and assess their choices. The second section of the book delves into the cognitive restructuring necessary to produce change, helping readers examine their behaviors, decision-making process, cognitive distortions (need for immediate gratification, deviant sexual fantasizing). In the third section, readers deal with the impact of their emotions on their behaviors and lead them toward self-acceptance. Finally, readers learn to increase intimacy and live a more balanced life.
This is an excellent book. It speaks directly to individuals with
sexual addiction problems in a down-to-earth and respectful manner.
The quality of the psychological knowledge contained in the book is
first rate and the book is beautifully written. It is obvious that
Sbraga and O'Donohue have total mastery of their subject matter and
are compassionate yet challenging therapists. This book would be an
ideal adjunct to therapy or a valuable treatment resource for
individuals wanting to work on sexual addiction problems on their
own. I am sure it will become a classic. – Tony Ward, Ph.D.,
clinical director of the School of Psychology, Victoria University
of Wellington, New Zealand, and coauthor of Sexual Deviance: Issues
and Controversies and Remaking Relapse Prevention with Sex Offenders
The Sex Addiction Workbook is for readers who believe they are
struggling with a serious sexual disorder or wish they could more
easily manage sexual behaviors that interfere with their lives.
Without taking a strong moral position on sexual behaviors, the
scientifically based techniques in the book guide readers to making
better sexual choices that are in line with their own values. By
following the program they learn how to lead a sexually fulfilling
life that promises security, stability, and peace of mind.
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling
Caring for Children With Neuro-developmental Disabilities and Their Families: An Innovative Approach to Interdisciplinary Practice edited by Claudia Maria Vargas & Patricia Ann Prelock (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers)
Children with neuro-developmental disabilities such as mental retardation or autism present multiple challenges to their families, health care providers, and teachers. Professionals consulted by desperate parents often see the problems from their own angle only and diagnosis and intervention efforts wind up fragmented and ineffective. Caring for Children With Neuro-developmental Disabilities and Their Families presents a model multidisciplinary approach to care, family-centered and collaborative, that has proven effective in practice. A pillar of the approach is recognition of the importance of performing a competent assessment and adjusting service delivery so that it is responsive to cultural differences. Detailed case stories illuminate the ways in which the approach can help children with different backgrounds and different disabilities. Most chapters include, besides references, study questions, lists of resources, and glossaries to facilitate easy comprehension by professionals with different backgrounds – in special education, communication sciences and disorders, clinical and counseling psychology, neuro-psychology and psychiatry, social work, pediatrics – and program administrators as well as students, trainees and educated parents.
The annals of medicine, anthropology, and history are filled with
horrific stories of the inhumane treatment of persons with
disabilities. Even the most advanced societies have skeletons in the
closet: maltreatment, abuse, even experimentation, as during the
Holocaust. Although institutionalization was advanced to provide a
safe place for persons with disabilities who, until then, were
imprisoned in jails, this too, was recognized as cruel for children
who were condemned to a life isolated from family and community.
Yet, de-institutionalization is a recent phenomenon even in the
state of Vermont, where editors Claudia Maria Vargas &
Patricia Ann Prelock (University of Vermont) write, and
institutionalization continues to be practiced in other states and
in other countries. Nationally, parents of children with
disabilities, inspired by the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and
60s, came to realize that their children were also victims of
The field of disabilities has evolved in leap and bounds in the
last 30 years in the United States, and although much has been
accomplished, more remains to be done in this country as well as
Caring for Children With Neuro-developmental Disabilities and Their Families demonstrates the importance of interdisciplinary practice in addressing the needs of children with neuro-developmental disabilities and their families by sharing the experiences and lessons learned from the Vermont Interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Health Professionals (VT-ILEHP) Program, one of the 35 Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental Disabilities (LEND) programs throughout the country funded by the United States government through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
The book was structured by real stories of the children and
families with whom the editors and contributors have worked.
Caring for Children With Neuro-developmental Disabilities and Their
Families introduces each component of the clinical process
through the story of a child with complex health needs. Thus, the
contributors focus attention on the challenges, hopes, and dreams of
these families and children. They interweave the perspective of
child, family, and that of service providers as they struggle
through the health care system maze to obtain specialized services
for their child with disabilities.
The experience captured in the book has been profoundly touching
for the editors and collaborators. It presents not only the clinical
experience of each but also the personal histories of children with
disabilities – sons, daughters, cousins, sisters, brothers,
relatives, or friends. The book invites the readers to embark on a
journey they have traveled together with the families who graciously
allowed the contributors into their lives.
The model is anchored by five competencies: family-centered care,
cultural competence, interdisciplinary practice, leadership,
neuro-developmental disabilities, and policy and leadership. The
program provides advanced graduate training for health professionals
in 12 disciplines: pediatrics, speech and language pathology (SLP),
nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, social
work, nutrition, audiology, policy and public law, family support,
and education. The interdisciplinary model is applied to
practitioners serving infants to young adults. Each chapter
illustrates how the program put into practice the five core
competencies while working with individual families and systems of
care. The chapters are designed to invite readers, as members of the
interdisciplinary team, to put into practice each of the components
of the program.
Caring for Children With Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Their
Families begins with an introduction to the entire program,
specifically, a definition of the five competencies, a description
of each curricular and clinical component, and the frameworks that
guide clinical and leadership practice. Although the program focuses
on training, its goal is to change the systems in place by modeling
directly not only to the trainees and fellows but also to the
community and school teams that may already be in place.
Caring for Children With Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Their
Families constitutes a useful addition to current theory and
research, and it provides a model clinicians, policymakers, and
parents can apply to their own efforts. It is intended, above all,
to help parents and professionals develop the potential of children
with disabilities to live as normal lives as possible. The chapters
are easily accessible yet clinically sound. The style is clear
without compromising the substantive knowledge and evidence-based
practice. A glossary of terms and diagnoses is provided to
facilitate understanding. To help parents and professionals, a list
of pertinent resources is provided at the end of each chapter. The
book was written for undergraduate and graduate students, health
care professionals, educators, administrators, policymakers, and
leaders in the field of disabilities as well as for families with
children with disabilities.
Health, Mind & Body
Shining Through: Switch on Your Life and Ground Yourself in
Happiness by Hugh Prather (Conari Press)
Shining Through by Hugh Prather is an easy-does-it, 30-day
course in finding peace and happiness. Prather encourages readers to
take a few minutes every day to read his "Essays of Encouragement"
and reflect on and practice the accompanying 30 "Affirmations and
Guides." Prather shares his own pain, observations, and ways
of coping with modern life to helps readers discover their own ways
to be happy in a complicated, often frightening world.
To quote the man himself, in this book I attempt to present a few ways that our mind can begin to hear the song of our heart and experience a growing faith in a truth that exists beyond our tragedies and fears.... It is vital to find an approach that permits us to experience a reality greater and more reliable than the confusing and surprisingly short journey of our body. I will suggest ways this can be done.
Prather, author of 16 books, whom The New York Times dubbed "an American Kahlil Gibran," suggests, for reflection and practice, for example:
The gifts of wisdom and the treasured insights of Hugh Prather
flow to us once again from the generosity of his Spirit in this
wonderful book. Here will be found blessings for the soul, comfort
for the heart, and peace for the mind. One could scarcely ask for
more. –Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God
Urgently needed! Hugh Prather's wisdom will lift your spirits,
rejuvenate your soul and plant your feet on solid ground. – Judy
Ford, author of Wonderful Ways to Love a Child and Single: The Art
of Being Satisfied, Fulfilled and Independent
Wise words, important reminders, guided meditations from Hugh
Prather that can set you free, open up your heart, and let love come
Shining Through. – David Marell, author of Be Generous
Prather's books have provided readers with a new way of
seeing, with comfort in hard times, the words to articulate sorrow
and celebration, to find the heart of the matter in the self.
Shining Through once again is an example of Prather's
gentle teaching style. This is a book readers may return to
again and again for inspiration as they continue their search for a
deeper meaning and understanding in today's chaotic and complicated
Health, Mind & Body / Religion & Spirituality
Self-Awakening Yoga: The Expansion of Consciousness through the Body's Own Wisdom by Don Stapleton (Healing Arts Press)
When artist and professor Don Stapleton discovered yoga, it marked the beginning of a journey into the awakening powers of prana – the energy of yogic purification – and the natural spiritual and healing properties of his own body. After 30 years of extensive yoga training, an accident left him with a severe injury to the spine. Faced with the challenge of physical recovery, Stapleton, a teacher and the director of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health for 19 years, drew upon his knowledge of yoga to create a series of exercises that allowed him to recover freedom of movement, release emotional blockages and unleash his spiritual and physical potential. Self-Awakening Yoga is the synthesis of Stapleton's practice. More than 100 exercises – from focusing on the breath to accessing primal sound – show how to unlock the wisdom and power of prana to engage the body's healing powers. Readers learn how to listen to what the body is saying before engaging in each specific yoga posture. The exercises and meditations focus on natural movements that encourage body awareness. The book shows
Also included is a 60-minute audio CD of four guided meditation exercises.
What an awesome and inspiring book. It beautifully illustrates
how an external teacher can lead a person to the lotus feet of his
or her own inner authority. – Erich Schiffmann, author of Yoga: The
Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness
Don is an adept, an amazing contemporary yogi who has gone beyond
ordinary convention. His mastery of the spiritual inquiry and his
brilliance radiates through every chapter of this book. – Todd
Norian, certified Anusara Yoga teacher, former director of Kripalu
Yoga Teacher Training
Self-Awakening Yoga takes yoga back to its roots as a
creative learning process and an expansion of consciousness, not
just a technique for health and fitness.
History / Military / Biographies & Memoirs
Rattler One-Seven: A Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's War Story
by Chuck Gross (North Texas Military Biography and Memoir
Series, No. 1: University of North Texas Press)
Here is a chance to see the war in Vietnam through the eyes of an inexperienced pilot as he transforms himself into a seasoned combat veteran.
Chuck Gross joined the army in November 1968 at age 18 to
fly helicopters – he thought the Vietnam War would be over by the
time he completed his flight training – it wasn’t. When Gross
left for Vietnam in 1970, he was fresh out of flight school. He
spent his entire Vietnam tour with the 71st Assault Helicopter
Company flying UH-1 Huey helicopters, logging more than twelve
hundred hours of combat flying and achieving Senior Aircraft
Soon after the war he wrote down his adventures, while his memory was still fresh with the events. Rattler One-Seven (his call sign) is written as Gross experienced it, using these notes along with letters written home to accurately preserve the mindset he had while in Vietnam.
During his tour Gross flew Special Operations for the MACV-SOG, inserting secret teams into Laos. He notes that Americans were left behind alive in Laos, when official policy at home stated that U.S. forces were never there. He also participated in Lam Son 719, a misbegotten attempt by the ARVN to assault and cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail with U.S. Army helicopter support. It was the largest airmobile campaign of the war and marked the first time that the helicopter was used in mid-intensity combat, with disastrous results. Pilots in their early twenties, with young gunners and a Huey full of ARVN soldiers, took on experienced North Vietnamese antiaircraft artillery gunners, with no meaningful intelligence briefings or a rational plan on how to cut the Trail. More than one hundred helicopters were lost and more than four hundred aircraft sustained combat damage. Gross himself was shot down and left in the field during one assault.
Exciting reading! Chuck Gross vividly tells the dramatic account
of being a combat helicopter pilot in such a way that you feel you
are there. Gross sets the story of combat aviation with a graphic
backdrop of chaos and carnage.
Rattler One-Seven is a compelling memoir of what it was like to
fly combat helicopters in Vietnam. A must read for all military and
aviation enthusiasts. – Chuck Carlock, author of Firebirds
Chuck Gross's book tells exactly what it was like to fly a Huey
slick in combat in the Vietnam War. The only things missing are the
smells of gunpowder and the incredible noise as he takes the reader
on combat assaults into hot landing zones. – James Joyce, author of
Pucker Factor 10
As a helicopter pilot with combat experience in Vietnam, I could
readily relate to Gross's experiences – several of them had the hair
on the back of my neck standing up!
Rattler One-Seven will make an important contribution to the
Vietnam War literature. There's nothing else like it out there. –
John F. Guilmartin, Jr., Lt. Col. USAF (Ret), and professor of
history, Ohio State University
Rattler One-Seven is a vividly detailed account of Gross’s
day-to-day activities and it will appeal to those interested in the
Vietnam War and to all armed forces, especially aviators, who have
served their country.
History / United States
Jefferson's Second Revolution: The Election Crisis of 1800 and
the Triumph of Republicanism by Susan Dunn (Houghton
As we prepare for the upcoming election and a possible transfer
of power in the White House, award-winning historian and author
Susan Dunn, professor of humanities at Williams College, looks back
at the tumultuous election of 1800, a seminal moment in American
Jefferson's Second Revolution. Standing as the first real test
of democracy for a young nation, the election of 1800 established
the principle of the legitimacy of opposition and the beginnings of
the first American party system.
The hotly contested election of 1800 was a revolution in the
modern sense of a radical new beginning; but it was also a
revolution in the sense of a return to the point of origin – the
principles of 1776. Federalist incumbent John Adams, an elitist who
believed in strong central government, faced off against Republican
Thomas Jefferson, who championed individual rights. Jefferson
defeated Adams but, through a quirk in Electoral College balloting,
tied with his own running mate, Aaron Burr. A constitutional crisis
ensued. Congress was supposed to resolve the tie, but would the
Federalists hand power over peacefully to their political enemies,
Jefferson and his Republicans? For weeks on end, nothing was less
certain. The Federalists delayed and plotted, while Republicans
threatened to take up arms.
The year 1800 marked the end of Federalist elitism, pointed the
way to peaceful power shifts, cleared a place for states' rights in
the political landscape, and set the stage for the Civil War.
As Dunn writes, "For generations of Americans after Jefferson,
the most enduring gift of the revolution of 1800 was not unity but
conflict, not family but parties – the healthy, invaluable strife of
competitive parties, the essential feature – the sine qua non – of
democracy." Today, more than two hundred years later, "many
Americans are still nostalgic for a politics of harmony and
consensus, still drawn to politicians who talk earnestly about
bipartisanship while misunderstanding the very essence of politics –
which is conflict."
A ripping tale of political intrigue, slander, mayhem, mudslinging, and powdered wigs. – Kirkus Reviews
A dramatic account of the nation's struggle to establish
political legitimacy ... Dunn does a superb job of recounting the
campaign, its cast of characters, and the election's bizarre
conclusion in Congress. – Publishers Weekly (starred)
In a way no previous historian has done, Dunn, in Jefferson's Second Revolution, illuminates the many facets of this watershed moment in American history: She captures its drama, gives us fresh, finely drawn portraits of the founding fathers, and examines the enduring significance of the crisis.
History / Military
World War II by H. P. Willmott, Robin Cross, & Charles
Messenger (DK Publishing, Inc.)
Do you want total war? Do you want a war, if necessary, more
total and radical than anything that we can even imagine today? –
Josef Goebbels, 18 February, 1943
From the invasion of Poland to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the
bombing of Hiroshima, World War II was the most destructive war the
world has ever seen. Forty million people died, Hitler sent 6
million European Jews to their deaths in the holocaust, and the
atomic bomb was unleashed upon the world.
The Second World War was fought on an unprecedented scale and claimed the lives of many, from soldiers to civilians. Providing an analysis of its causes and momentous consequences, as well as a narrative and explanation of the course of the war, World War II examines the objectives and concerns of all the combatants in one of the most deadly conflicts of the 20th Century. The book has a striking set of authors: H.P. Willmott, widely published military historian, former senior lecturer in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, England; Robin Cross, World War II author and journalist; and Charles Messenger, former officer in the Royal Tank Regiment, military historian and defense analyst. Forty full-color digital maps reveal the strategic and tactical situations faced by the commanders on both sides, while the descriptions of the fighting itself – propel the reader into the terrible realities of battle – Stalingrad, Normandy, Guadalcanal, Pearl Harbor, El Alamein, Kursk war on land, sea, and air in all its brutal intensity. Approximately 500 images give a complete picture of the conflict across its many theaters – the Eastern and Western fronts, Scandinavia and Italy, the Balkans and the Mediterranean, and China and Southeast Asia, as well as the Western Pacific.
Divided into nine chapters, World War II covers every aspect of the war from its political, economic and social roots through the first campaigns and the allied offensive to the final victory and the legacy of the war. Unique in its global scope, the objectives and concerns of all the combatants are examined. The home fronts in Germany, Britain, the USA and Japan are discussed in detail, but the book also reveals a rarely seen picture of the conflict in China and Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific, the Mediterranean, the Balkans, Scandinavia and Italy.
World War II evokes the sheer epic scale of combat, ranging from
the battlefronts in Europe, Africa, Russia, and the Pacific to its
impact on civilian populations across the globe. The book is a
dramatically illustrated account, bringing this conflict to life as
never before. First-hand accounts from combatants and civilians
blend with compelling images and unique graphics and timelines to
create a complete picture of the war. Combining archive and
commissioned photography with narrative text and evocative
World War II is both an authoritative historical guide and a
stunning photographic record that will appeal to military history
enthusiasts, students, and general readers alike.
History / Science
Who Really Invented the Steamboat?: Fulton's Clermont Coup
by Jack L. Shagena (Humanity Books)
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to
conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in
the introduction of a new order of things. – Niccolo Machiavelli
Contrary to accounts found in school textbooks, and the claims of Robert Fulton himself, Fulton did not invent the steamboat. Who Really Invented the Steamboat? is the first work to chronicle the entire story of the steamboat and to place Fulton's contribution in perspective. Jack L. Shagena, retired professional engineer and aerospace electronics executive, clarifies the nature of invention and examines various individuals who contributed to the steamboat's development.
How could authoritative sources like school textbooks be wrong
for almost two hundred years? Shagena skillfully lays out the
evidence, unraveling the complex factors that have led to past
confusion. He makes the point that historians have erred in
describing the development of steam navigation as one person's work.
By contrast, Shagena, from a scientific and engineering
perspective, examines the entire spectrum of the achievements by
many individuals in the science, technology, invention, product
development, and marketing of steamboat travel. Within this
framework, he considers the work of William Henry, James Rumsey,
John Fitch, Oliver Evans, Samuel Morey, Robert Fulton, John Stevens
and others, arriving at the most creditable candidate for the title
of "inventor of the steamboat."
He tells the story that in reading conflicting steamboat
accounts, it became apparent that almost none was written from a
historical technologist's vantage point. Most writers, lacking a
technical background, have approached the subject as historians or
biographers without the requisite understanding of science,
technology, and invention necessary to arrive at a conclusion that
is grounded in a technical conscientiousness.
To bring a different perspective and hopefully avoid this pitfall, the underlying systems engineering development process that was intrinsically involved in the steamboat development, though not understood at the time, is used as an overlay to objectively gauge and evaluate the efforts of these various players. With this vantage point the contributions of each individual and his relative importance to steam navigation is brought into better focus, allowing a few conclusions to be drawn.
Reader may apply their own knowledge to modify or rework the
filter overlay and draw their own conclusions. In any case, a better
understanding will likely result, and perhaps sometime in the future
most researchers who delve into this subject will converge on a
small number of deserving candidates, or even perhaps a single
candidate worthy of recognition as the inventor.
Who Really Invented the Steamboat? is richly illustrated for two
reasons: first, a picture can quickly convey more information to
readers than text, second, a few of the illustrations have been
included to relate to readers the whimsical nature of how steamboats
have been presented to the public over the years. In nearly all
cases the illustrations are described, so readers can peruse the
caption and obtain a greater insight into the information shown.
Jack Shagena has finally given us the multiple contexts for
deciding among seventeen candidates that have claimed this invention
in history. In this thoroughly researched book, Shagena places the
invention of the steamboat into such contexts as the idea of the
steamboat as a system, the early American patent process, the
competition for priority, product development from concept to
marketing, and rich, individual biographies of the candidates. See
if you agree with the candidate he settles on! – R. John Brockmann,
Professor of Business and Technical Writing, University of Delaware
Jack Shagena's book attacks the well-established and perpetuated
axiom that 'Fulton invented the steamboat'. To build his case,
Shagena examines each of the candidates' entrepreneurial motives,
their mechanical inventiveness, and their engineering foresight,
along with the unique emotional bent that drove them to undertake
what was then a monumental task. This approach is made both
interesting and understandable by combining historical and general
technical information with the details of the ego drives for fame
and fortune. The conclusion may be surprising, but each candidate's
contribution to the ultimate success of the steamboat makes
rewarding reading. – Phillip J. Woodall, Consulting Systems Engineer
Who Really Invented the Steamboat? is a well-researched,
entertaining, and enlightening contribution to the history of
science, important reading for students of history, science,
technology, engineering, invention and development.
Home & Garden / Collectibles
Christie's Rock and Pop Memorabilia by Peter Doggett &
Sarah Hodgson (Billboard Books)
What makes yesterday’s pop memorabilia into tomorrow’s auction room rarity?
How can readers distinguish what’s valuable from what’s not?
Christie's Rock and Pop Memorabilia is an authoritative
guide to one of the fastest growing collectors’ markets of the
Over the last 20 years, rock and pop memorabilia has moved out of the junk shops and into the auction houses. The market in rock and pop memorabilia is eclectic and diverse. It includes everything from original manuscripts and artwork by global superstars to mass-produced artifacts which were aimed at teenage pop fans in the 1950s and 1960s. The most exclusive items associated with legends like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, and Jimi Hendrix have begun to attract the same prices as the paintings of the old masters. Christie's Rock and Pop Memorabilia offers the first comprehensive survey of this worldwide market. Included is everything from autographs, letters, manuscripts, posters, artwork, and guitars to mass produced artifacts that today are scarce and valuable collector's items. Represented in over 120 fabulous photographs are such collectibles as Eric Clapton's prized Fender Stratocaster, Elvis Presley's love letters, Elton John's outrageous outfits, and Madonna's famous black bustier.
The book surveys the most important areas of the contemporary, auction market, including autographs and manuscripts; rare recordings and records; guitars and other instruments; costumes and personal effects; printed material, from concert programs to sought-after pop magazines; merchandizing and commercial memorabilia; gold discs and other awards; and original artwork, paintings and cartoons.
Lavishly illustrated and full of fascinating anecdotes and key collecting information, Christie's Rock and Pop Memorabilia explains how and why the supposedly ephemeral world of popular music has spawned a thriving market and regular auctions, attracting remarkably high prices. Written by two acknowledged experts in the field, Peter Doggett and Sarah Hodgson, who together have twenty-five years of experience in valuing and selling rock and pop items for Christie's London office, Christie's Rock and Pop Memorabilia is the fascinating introduction to this expanding and potentially lucrative field.
Home & Garden
Gardening the Mediterranean Way: How to Create a Waterwise,
Drought-Tolerant Garden by Heidi Gildemeister (Harry N.
Abrams, Inc., Publishers)
Gardening the Mediterranean Way Heidi Gildemeister provides a
look at gardening in harmony with a distinctive and challenging
When Gildemeister moved to a small Mediterranean island off the
coast of Spain, with mild winters and long, hot, and dry summers,
she began to learn about an entirely different way of gardening. In
her first summer there, with five inches of water left in the tank
and many weeks of burning sun ahead, she realized that if she wished
to look out on anything other than a parched lawn and wilting
vegetation, it was imperative to grow drought-tolerant plants.
Over the last 25 years, Gildemeister has converted a dry landscape
on the western Mediterranean coast into a gorgeous, thriving
ten-acre garden. Her own experience and research have taught her the
secrets of utilizing water-wise gardening practices to allow the
soil and plants to absorb enough winter rain so they can survive the
Now this expert gardener, founding member and former president of the Mediterranean Garden Society, shares her wealth of knowledge. Her presentation of 20 dream gardens – among them an olive grove in bloom, a haven by the sea, and a scented shade garden, each with extensive plant lists and practical advice – is at the heart of her book, illustrated with more than 200 of her own, exquisite full-color photographs. Chapters such as "Becoming a Mediterranean Gardener," "A Garden in Harmony with its Surroundings," and "Mediterranean Dream Gardens: Choosing Your Personal Eden," tell the story of the endeavor to create an environmentally sound Mediterranean garden. Chapters such as "Renewing an Urban Garden" (which includes a list of pollution-tolerant plants), "Hedges, Screens and Boundaries: Protecting Your Privacy" (which includes a list of plants that tolerate drought and wind), "Gardening among Rocks," "The Lazy Person's Dream Garden: Labor-Saving Methods," "The Container Garden: A Moveable Feast," "A Garden in the Hills: The Art of Terracing," "The Swimming Pool Garden: An Escape from the Heat," and "The MiniGarden: A Showcase for Collectors' Items" provide food for thought.
In addition to the areas around the Mediterranean Sea, areas as diverse as California and parts of Chile, South Africa, and Australia all have Mediterranean climates, making this book a useful resource for gardeners around the world. For those not in Mediterranean regions, Gardening the Mediterranean Way is also useful as a look at the process of gardening with respect to our surroundings.
Let us learn to garden according to the season, to plant with
respect for the limited water resources, and to embrace the annual
sumnier dormancy perhaps by relaxing in the cool shade of a
vine-covered pergola and reading a good book, such as Heidi
Gildemeister's brilliant, informative, and enabling
Gardening the Mediterranean Way. – Richard G. Turner Jr, editor
of Pacific Horticulture, in foreword
Gardening the Mediterranean Way is a well-researched, informative and practical book, each chapter concluding with a thorough listing of appropriate plants.
Home & Garden / Interior Design
Country Escapes: Inspirational Homes in the Heart of the Country
by Ryland Peters & Small with contributing editors Bo Niles &
Katherine Sorrell (Ryland Peters & Small)
Inside most of us is a profound, almost primeval, yearning for
the spiritual and material joys of living in the countryside. Many
have discovered their piece of rural paradise, while others still
dream of it, but it is hard to overestimate the strength of our
desire to get close to nature. Even devoted city-dwellers often
introduce rural elements into their urban surroundings.
Country Escapes showcases 32 beautiful rural houses that embody
the spirit of their location, each lavishly illustrated and vividly
described by acclaimed interiors writers from Ryland Peters and
The first part of the book, Traditional, looks at heritage
locations ranging from a farmhouse in Texas to an 18th-century
island chateau. Rustic focuses on homes where wood and other natural
materials are the dominant features, for example, an eccentric
crooked house in Wales or a restored French watermill. Romantic
covers a range of homes that are particularly pretty or feminine in
character, including a converted barn in the English Cotswolds and a
hilltop village house in Provence. Simply Tranquil takes a look at
pared-down rural architecture, where whites and neutrals dominate
the color palette; it includes a modern brick and clapboard house in
Belgium and a classic Scandinavian interior recreated in
From North Carolina to the Swiss Alps, the homes featured in
Country Escapes are exciting to explore and of lasting interest.
Whether traditionally elegant or unusual and experimental, they all
belong to the rural landscape and capture the allure of country
Written by Bo Niles, former senior editor of Country Living
magazine, and Katherine Sorrell, former associate editor of Homes &
Gardens magazine, with the other editors at Ryland Peters and Small,
showcasing beautiful country houses, in places as various and far
apart as the prairies of Indiana and the coast of Denmark,
Country Escapes is a tribute to the rural idyll. Filled with
lavish photographs, it celebrates an array of homes that reflect the
many aspects of rural interior design.
Home & Garden / Antiques & Collectibles
American Studio Glass, 1960-1990 by Martha Drexler Lynn (Hudson Hills Press) is an interpretive study.
Consider the dilemma facing post-World War II American studio glass: Can art be fashioned out of glass, or do the utilitarian associations embedded within the medium preclude it from being considered an acceptable art form?
American Studio Glass, 1960-1990 is among the first to explore
answers to this question, revealing both the early history of the
movement and the clash of ambitions and power that marked the
relationship between the worlds of so-called crafts and high art.
Martha Drexler Lynn, former associate curator in the Decorative
Arts Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, explains
how the social and political winds began to change in the late
1950s. Likewise the attitudes toward studio glass began to change,
and such seminal events as the Asilomar Conference of 1957, the
founding of The Corning Museum of Glass, and the Glass 1959
exhibition took place.
The establishment of real change would not have been possible
without the acceptance of glass into university curricula. The 1960s
witnessed the impact of the Object USA exhibition of 1969,
burgeoning collector activity, the tentative movement of glass into
museums, and the challenge of creating content-driven art with
glass, all of which led to increased recognition of studio glass in
universities throughout the United States.
In the fifteen years between 1975 and 1990, the patronage for American Studio Glass expanded exponentially, and that interest continues today. American Studio Glass, 1960-1990 catalogues this evolution with vivid photographs and a comprehensive interpretation of a uniquely beautiful art form. Lynn's precise analysis of the philosophical and circumstantial factors that shaped studio glass, the state of glassmaking practice before the proto-studio glassmakers, and the emergence of pioneering artisans, Maurice Heaton and Edris Eckhardt among them, creates a living picture of the movement's struggle for respect and acceptance in America.
Humor / Mysteries & Thrillers / Gay & Lesbian
Biceps Of Death by David Stukas (Kensington Books)
Oops – he did it again! David Stukas, author of Someone Killed
His Boyfriend and Wearing Black to the White Party, unleashes his
popular – and outrageously funny – trio of sleuths on the
unsuspecting world in
Biceps Of Death. This time, Robert, Michael, and Monette are up
to their pectorals in sex, blackmail, washboard abs, and murder...
It ain't easy being pretty. And it ain't pretty NOT being pretty in Chelsea. That's what has Robert doing an excruciating set of leg presses under his roommate Michael's preening tutelage – when Michael isn't admiring his new leather workout shorts or going on about how the super-buff trainer, Flex, keeps checking him out. Of course, Michael has the equation down pat: pretty plus rich equals nonstop scoring. So it takes Robert by complete surprise in the locker room when Flex grabs Robert, hands him a CD-ROM, kisses him, and takes off running with a promise to retrieve the disk – and Robert – later.
But Robert doesn't have long to ponder a roll in the hay with Mr.
Uber Body.The next morning, Flex is found murdered, pushed from his
high-rise Madison Avenue apartment – the latest victim of what the
newspapers are calling "the body-builder serial killer." Suddenly,
Michael and Robert are feeling like the wrong guys in every
Hitchcock film ever made. Whoever was after that CD-ROM doesn't mind
killing to get it back, and had no trouble tackling a 250-pound
trainer to do it. He certainly doesn't mind ransacking Robert's
apartment to find it, or making it clear that he won't stop until he
finds what he's looking for ... and the guys who took it. But when
the going gets tough ... the tough run and hide at their lesbian
friend Monette's apartment for protection. The first question:
what's a trainer doing in a chi-chi Madison Avenue apartment? Where
does that kind of money really come from?
The only thing to do is check out the CD-ROM. From the first
picture, it's clear that somebody's been doing some training that
goes way beyond personal and right into kinky. Not only is the CD
stocked with incredibly raw and racy images, but they all seem to
star prominent men who would do anything to avoid this kind of, er,
exposure. Before Robert, Michael and Monette can say, "How limber do
you have to be to do that?" the suspects are lining up faster than
the ticket buyers for a midnight showing of Mommie Dearest. There's
charismatic Republican mayoral candidate,Tom Sheffield; New York's
squeaky-clean fashion designer Frank Adams; Chet Ponyweather, a
waspy, married, straight man whose old money background won't take
kindly to scandal; Texas televangelist Allen Firstborn, and John
Bekkman, a mysterious playboy with a sizable trust fund. Now, as
they muscle their way into a hidden world of escorts, fetishists,
drug dealers, and pampered men leading double lives, the trio dive
deeper into a mystery that has more layers than Michael has Frette
towels. And when the killer strikes dangerously close to home, New
York's most wanted sleuths will have to give it everything they've
More comedy than mystery, sexy, catty, and hilarious,
Biceps Of Death skewers everything in sight, gay or straight, as
well as the cult of the body while delivering a mystery that
actually hangs together. This editor couldn’t help but think about
another incredibly gifted gay humor writer, David Sedaris.
Literature & Fiction / Classics /
Children (5th-8th grades) & All Ages
Anne of Green Gables (Radio Theatre) [UNABRIDGED] by L. M.
Montgomery (3-CD Set, approximate running time 240 minutes, Tyndale
House Publishers) is the dramatized adaptation of the beloved
novel of 1908.
Anne of Green Gables tells the story of Anne Shirley, an
endearingly talkative and precocious 11-year-old who comes to live
on a farm on Canada’s Prince Edward Island. Anne, an orphan, has
been sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and
sister on the farm, and she proceeds to make an indelible impression
on everyone around her.
As soon as Anne arrives at the snug, white farmhouse called Green Gables, she know she wants to stay forever... but will the Cuthberts send her back to the orphanage?
Anne knows she's not what they expected – a skinny girl
with decidedly red hair and a temper to match. If only she could
convince them to let her stay, she'd try very hard not to keep
rushing headlong into scrapes or blurt out the very first thing she
had to say. Anne was not like anybody else, everyone at Green Gables
agreed; she was special – a girl with an enormous imagination. This
orphan girl dreamed of the day when she could call herself
Anne of Green Gables.
Author Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) was born in Clifton on Prince Edward Island, Canada. As a young girl she learned to love reading and writing, and after attending college she was briefly employed by a newspaper in Halifax. She soon returned to her beloved home to live with her grandmother and to become a teacher. There she began to write a series of tales about the adventures of Anne, who rapidly became everyone's favorite redhead. Her stories are all set in the area of her childhood home and have become popular throughout the world.
The nostalgic charm of Avonlea comes alive in Lucy Maud
Montgomery's heart-warming tale set on the quaint island of Prince
William about an aging brother and sister, Mathew and Marilla
Cuthbert, and their decision to adopt a young boy to help with
chores around their farm. However, as the result of a
misunderstanding the boy turns out to be a feisty, independent, and
wildly imaginative redheaded girl named Anne. Marilla's first
reaction to this news is, "What use is she to us?" Wherein Mathew
replies, "We might be of some use to her." Throughout this moving
story these two statements mix and meld together so richly and
completely that they become one truth…Each new day brings a new set
of adventures, often hilarious and always uplifting. Anne's vivid
and overactive imagination is the cause of many mishaps, but her
saving grace is her heart of gold. Her best friend and "kindred
spirit," Diana, and her handsome admirer, Gilbert Blythe, often find
themselves unintentional victims of Anne's escapades. – School
The delightful story,
Anne of Green Gables, of the arrival of talkative Anne at
the reserved Green Gables is a perennial favorite of children and
adults. The joyful growing up of Anne is marked by adventures of all
kinds as the impulsive girl proves she is much smarter than she
appears. The dramatized audio version is well done, a joy to
listen to with children, and it will give grandma’s vocal cords a
Literature & Fiction / Women’s Studies
Beyond Spectacle: Eliza Haywood's Female Spectators by Juliette Merritt (University of Toronto Press)
Theories of sight and spectatorship captivated many writers and
philosophers of the eighteenth century and, in turn, helped to
define both sexual politics and gender identity. Eliza Haywood was
thoroughly engaged in the social, philosophical, and political
issues of her time, and she wrote prolifically about them, producing
over seventy-five works of literature – plays, novels, and pamphlets
– during her lifetime. Examining a number of works from this
prodigious canon, Juliette Merritt in
Beyond Spectacle focuses on Haywood's consideration of the
myriad issues surrounding sight and seeing and argues that Haywood
explored strategies to undermine the conventional male
spectator/female spectacle structure of looking.
Merritt, lecturer in the Department of English at McMaster University and in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, combines close readings of Haywood's work with twentieth-century debates among feminist and psychoanalytic theorists concerning the visual dynamics of identity and gender formation. She explores insights into how the gaze operates socially, epistemologically, and ontologically in Haywood's writing, ultimately concluding that Haywood's own strategy as an author involved appropriating the spectator position as a means of exercising female power.
The benign exchange of glances between lovers facilitates
courtship, but the longing gaze of the lover can also become
sinister, as voyeuristic practices proliferate in Haywood's texts.
Women are repeatedly spied upon covertly by men – an act presented
as ultimately threatening. Haywood also lingers over the pleasure
women derive from being looked upon. The self-regarding ‘coquette,’
perpetually chastised in eighteenth-century literature, is the
central character in Idalia as well as in Bets Thoughtless. Haywood
does not, however, simply condemn female vanity; rather, she
explores vanity's important role in the formation of female
subjectivity itself. Women construct themselves to be seen, and the
desire to be desirable is central to their identity and their
sexuality. Not only does Haywood reveal the effects of male looking
on women's psychic life, she also shows how, on a broader social
level, a self-censoring, internalized patriarchal gaze is essential
to the regulation of female conduct. Her examination of women's lack
of social power depends largely on the complexity of her
understanding and representation of the specular elements of female
experience. – from the Introduction
Beyond Spectacle will cement Haywood's deservedly prominent
place in the canon of eighteenth-century fiction and position her as
a writer whose work speaks not only to female agency, but to
eighteenth-century writers, gender relations, and power politics as
Literature & Fiction / Biographies & Memoirs
After the Fire by J. A. Jance (The University of Arizona
That fire can cleanse as well as destroy is no mystery to
J. A. Jance. Jance's eighteen-year involvement with an alcoholic
helped shape the experience and personality of Detective J. P.
Beaumont, a character in sixteen of her novels; her most recent
novel is Exit Wounds.
For years she composed poetry in secret and kept it locked away. Finally it was published as After the Fire in 1984, the year before her debut novel. After the Fire chronicled the death of a relationship as Jance's marriage to her first husband gradually collapsed under the weight of his addiction – aided and abetted by her own unwitting denial and co-dependence – while she struggled to find herself. "I will not be the price of your redemption," she wrote then. "I will not pay my life to ransom yours." Now this deeply personal work is available in a new annotated edition. In it, Jance offers insights into where she was and what was happening when each of these poems was written – remaking After the Fire as more than a collection of poetry. Now it is a portrait of addiction and the insidious ways in which it destroys relationships.
As Jance now observes while reflecting on these poems, "I could remember that spring morning sitting at the Formica table in my Phoenix kitchen and writing 'The Collector' while bags of unpacked groceries waited on the table beside me. I recalled everything about that long, long New Year's Eve vigil at my dying former husband's bedside. I felt once again the velvet smoothness of 'Fog' as I walked through a Seattle September morning on my way to a new life. . . . My life is far richer because of this book. My hope is that others will find answers here as well – answers and their own share of strength and courage."
In this new annotated edition, Jance’s insights into these searing poems is unblinking – remaking After the Fire as a portrait of addiction and the insidious ways in which it destroys relationships. A work of crushing defeat and ultimate triumph, After the Fire relates an emotional journey that will be recognizable to anyone who has seen love destroyed and then found the strength to go on. It will inspire others who are struggling with similar issues as it allows fans of Jance's mysteries to better know the mind – and heart – of a favorite author.
Medicine / Diseases
Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease
Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service by Maryn
McKenna (Free Press)
They always keep a bag packed. They seldom have more than
twenty-four hours' notice before they are dispatched. The phone
calls that tell them to head to the airport, sometimes in the middle
of the night, may give them no more information than the country
they are traveling to and the epidemic they will tackle when they
These are the doctors who run toward epidemics instead of away from them. They are the disease detective corps of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal agency that tracks and tries to prevent disease outbreaks and bioterrorist attacks around the world – the EIS.
If the CDC is the Pentagon of public health in America – the
place where threats are identified and control strategies are
launched – then the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) is its
Special Forces. In the 53 years since the corps was founded, its
members have been the first on the scene of outbreaks of AIDS,
Ebola, hantavirus, and, most recently, monkey-pox and SARS. And they
will be at the next outbreak, whenever and wherever it occurs.
Beating Back the Devil, award-winning science and medical writer
Maryn McKenna – the first journalist ever given full access to the
EIS – gives readers an inside look at the little-known corps that
has fought to protect the world from every emerging disease and
bio-terror threat of the last half-century.
The EIS is a rapid-reaction force, founded out of Korean War
fears of biological weapons. Fighting a war against diseases, the
EIS’s "disease detectives" had, until 2001, performed their jobs in
anonymity. But that fall they became the backbone of the federal
response to the World Trade Center attacks and the anthrax crisis.
Their work was suddenly visible, not just to a few citizens dealing
with an isolated outbreak, but to the entire country.
In riveting chapters, McKenna, a senior medical writer at
the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, juxtaposes the history of
the EIS and some of the health threats EIS officers have encountered
– including polio, smallpox, and AIDS – with details of the group's
recent forays against the 2001 anthrax attacks and last year's SARS
epidemic. Drawing on first-hand interviews with many of the EIS
officers who were at the forefront of these investigations, diaries,
medical journal articles, and CDC records, McKenna brings readers
face to face with the dangers epidemiologists encountered as they
worked to isolate and contain outbreaks. Describing what happened in
each case, as well as how and why, she also profiles the heroes
responsible for much of our knowledge about infectious diseases
today, including Wayne X. Shandera, a young EIS officer stationed in
Los Angeles who reported the first cases of AIDS; Don Sharp, who
traveled to Zaire in 1994 to help control the spread of cholera
among Rwandan refugees, where he witnessed horrific violence and was
told there were too many doctors there already; and Martha Iwamoto,
who was among the EIS investigators to locate and isolate the blood
from a donor that had been infected with West Nile virus, the first
time on record that the virus had been passed from person to person.
Taking readers further inside the EIS, McKenna also details a year in the life of the EIS class of 2002, the first to enter the force after the September 11 terrorist attacks and the first trained under the assumption that there will be another terrorist attack of some kind that the EIS will need to respond to. She shadows them through routine work and emergency investigations at CDC headquarters in Atlanta and in several states, Africa, and Southeast Asia. She is with them as they don protective suits for the first time in a poison-gas attack simulation, and then again months later when they reassembled in their dress uniforms for their basic officer training course. In their two years in the force, the members of the EIS endure low pay and extremely long hours. They are challenged to the limits of their training and their physical stamina.
The men and women of the Epidemic Intelligence Service epitomize
public service at its finest. McKenna paints a compelling portrait
of their fearless sacrifice and unfailing commitment to protecting
our nation against the terror of bioweapons and other public health
threats. This book will surely inspire the scientists and biologists
of tomorrow to answer their nation's call to serve. – Max Stier,
Partnership for Public Service
Even people who think they know about the CDC and its elite corps
of physicians, the Epidemic Intelligence Service, will be surprised
Beating Back the Devil, a rare inside account of how EIS works
in an age of terrorist threat. McKenna hopscotches the globe, from a
malaria outbreak in Malawi to SARS in Vietnam, to bring to life some
of the most compelling mysteries confronted by these fearless
disease detectives. – Robin Marantz Henig, author of A Dancing
Beating Back the Devil is both an accessible and detailed
account of how these microbe hunters survey, contain, and combat
deadly germs in the 21st century. It's also a great read. – Howard
Markel, M.D., Ph.D., author of When Germs Travel: Six Major
In this unprecedented and inspiring narrative, McKenna follows
the first class of disease detectives to come to the CDC after
September 11, the first to confront not just naturally occurring
outbreaks but the man-made threat of bioterrorism. McKenna’s
personal portraits of these dedicated health professionals
illuminate the bravery as well as the anxiety that accompany this
Music / Biographies
Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime: The Stories Behind Every
Song by Ian Gittins (Hal Leonard)
Forget Blondie, the Ramones and Patti Smith – Talking Heads were arguably the most singular band to emerge from the late seventies New York punk scene based around the club CBGB. Even when this angular, askew rock group were playing the music world's most famous seedy dive in 1975, it was clear they were anything but rudimentary thrash merchants.
Formed in the mid 1970s by Rhode Island art school chums David
Byrne, Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth, Talking Heads exploded out of
New York's punk breeding ground to become one of the most
artistically adventurous and influential bands ever.
Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime by Ian Gittins tells an
intriguing story about these four geeks who inherited the Earth.
Critics were intrigued by Talking Heads' fledgling cerebral rock,
and particularly by skittery, herky-jerky frontman Byrne, but it was
when producer Brian Eno came on board for 1978s More Songs About
Buildings And Food, 1979s Fear Of Music and the following year's
virtuoso Remain In Light that the band's appeal spread from a
knowing cult to the mainstream. Under Eno's tutelage, Talking Heads
incorporated electronica, funk, Afrobeat and an audacious degree of
experimentation into their music.
At the heart of the band stood Byrne, a wide-eyed, faux-naive
presence whose lyrics about suburbia, consumer culture and human
absurdity were frequently touched by genius. Byrne's bizarre persona
beguiled fans and critics alike and drove a string of Talking Heads
hits, including "Psycho Killer", "Once In A Lifetime" and "Road To
Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime explores an in-depth
examination of stories, events, places and characters that inspired
the birth of the group's 79 songs. The book reveals how burning
buildings had been a spasmodically recurring lyrical theme of the
Talking Heads that launched "Love Building On Fire" and "Burning
Down The House." In addition, it exposes the ironic story behind the
song "Psycho Killer" that favors 1977s serial killer, David
Berkowitz and the accidental recycling of a different popular tune
created the hit song "Road to Nowhere."
From the onset, Talking Heads made complex profound music that
created its own context. They wrote songs as if they were
out-of-body experiences and performed
With a song-by-song history of this most peculiar entity in post-punk and modern rock music, filled with inside stories, Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime is superbly illustrated, containing more than 80 black-and-white and color photos.
Mysteries & Thrillers
A Ghost in the Machine by Caroline Graham (Chief
Inspector Barnaby Series: St. Martin’s Minotaur) is the seventh in
the Chief Inspector Barnaby Series, the first of which was
selected as one of the Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time by the Crime
In this cross between a murder mystery/horror story and an English-village melodrama, caustic police inspector Barnaby is again on the case, and with an entire village full of delightfully eccentric characters whose stories are nearly as enthralling as the murder itself.
A Ghost in the Machine Dennis Brinkley is a warm-hearted, if
slightly odd, fellow: he's a solicitor helping out with the business
affairs and estates of some of Forbes Abbot's wealthiest villagers.
But he's also a collector of vintage torture devices and brutal,
ancient war weapons, the likes of which most of the tiny hamlet's
residents would rather not know exist, gathering dust in Brinkley's
museum-like home near the outskirts of town. Still, he's well liked,
so when his bloody, pulverized body is found, quite dead, laying
beneath the rustic timbers of an authentic torture device so vicious
and complicated as to be blood-curdling, there is sufficient unrest
in town to call in Chief Inspector Barnaby and his faithful,
plodding partner Troy. Barnaby and Troy are experts at uncovering
the sordid details of the lives of the English countryside's most
secretive residents, and they soon go to work at Forbes Abbot. Was
Dennis Brinkley done in by crooked business partners, a teenage
seductress, or a couple of would-be publishers who've just inherited
– and then lost – millions? Or perhaps it was tired, timid little
Benny Fraye, who wouldn't hurt a fly – would she? Barnaby and Troy
will soon find out just who set in motion the gruesome machine that
crushed the unfortunate victim.
Graham writes in an old-fashioned way with leisurely grace,
ironic wit, real-seeming characters, ongoing; suspense, and a corker
of a plot. The result: top-flight entertainment. – Kirkus Reviews
Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie. – The Sunday Times of London
Intricate and shocking ... the conclusion of this excellent novel is truly surprising – plausible and satisfying.... Lovers of British mysteries who haven't yet sampled Graham's work will find this an excellent place to start. – Booklist
Fawcett Green: an ideal setting for a comfortable English cozy, you'd think. For only about a page or so, until Caroline Graham’s incisive, almost savage take on village quaintness opens your eyes. And then come the surprises. – Philadelphia Inquirer
Graham's delightful village cozy mysteries have been
fan-favorites through six installments.
A Ghost in the Machine is sure to cement her reputation as one
of the best mystery writers of her generation.
Outdoors & Nature / Environment
Natural Museums: U.S. National Parks, 1872-1916 by Kathy S. Mason (Michigan State University Press)
In 1872 the world's first national park was founded at
Yellowstone. Although ideas of nature conservation were not
generally embraced by the American public, five more parks were
created before the turn of the century. By 1916, the year that the
National Park Service was born, the country could boast fourteen
national parks, including such celebrated areas as Yosemite and
Sequoia. Kathy Mason, assistant professor of history at University
of Findlay, Ohio, demonstrates that Congress, park superintendents,
and the American public were forming general, often tacit, notions
of the parks' purposes before the new bureau was established.
Although the Park Service has recently placed some emphasis on
protecting samples of North America's ecosystems, the earliest
national parks were viewed as natural museums – monuments to
national grandeur that would edify visitors. Not only were these
early parks to preserve monumental and unique natural attractions,
but they also had to be of no use to mining, lumbering, agriculture,
and other "productive" industries. In 1916 in an attempt to
alleviate departmental rivalry between the Department of the
Interior and the Department of Agriculture and to eliminate some
management inconsistencies, Congress created the National Park
Service, which would be controlled by the Department of the
Although the difficulties of balancing the recreational interests
of visitors with notions of nature conservation would continue to
plague park managers throughout the twentieth century, the park
service, under the leadership of Steven T. Mather (from 1917 to
1928), began to set standards for the national park system that are
maintained as ideals today. Mason says that the significance
of Mather's tenure as head of the National Park Service should not
Natural Museums explores the origins of national park strategies
for recreation, wildlife protection, and the preservation of natural
monuments, and the difficulties that park managers, federal
departments, and eventually the National Park Service had in
In 1872, with the creation of Yellowstone National Park, Congress
set a precedent for the preservation of the monumental, the
extraordinary, and even the bizarre in nature. Early visitors to the
parks expected to see grand natural phenomena that would rival Old
World architectural attractions. Although Congress was concerned
with protecting particular, distinctive natural attractions, many of
its members also wanted to be assured that these parks would not
restrict natural resources valuable to American industry. For most
Americans, the interests of mining, agriculture, and lumbering were
far more important than the protection of scenery. As a consequence,
the parks tended to be located on agriculturally marginal lands,
particularly in the arid West.
Because the early national parks were designed to protect
nature's monuments, wildlife protection was a secondary concern. The
late nineteenth-century urban middle class, however, became
increasingly interested in the "wilderness" experience that national
parks supposedly offered. By 1916, Americans viewed national parks
as wilderness and wildlife reserves, as well as tourist attractions.
Ironically, roads, concessions, and other facilities that catered to
tourists often undermined wildlife protection.
Wilderness preservation has been one of the most problematic national park ideals to implement, because of Americans' ambivalent feelings toward nature, and because "wilderness" has often been difficult to define. By the early nineteenth century, a minority of Americans had developed a romantic, aesthetic appreciation of nature. Transcendentalists, such as Henry David Thoreau, celebrated the sublime in nature and argued that contact with wilderness could rejuvenate the soul of the city dweller. John Muir, perhaps America's most celebrated environmental activist of the nineteenth century, embodied the romantic view of nature.
By examining individual parks,
Natural Museums traces the development of park ideas and
management standards before 1916. It demonstrates how these general
notions were used to evaluate particular parks, shows the unique
management problems that some parks presented, and addresses the
differences between civilian and army park supervision. Lesser-known
parks and units that are no longer included in the national park
system are also featured prominently in
Natural Museums. An examination of these supposedly inferior
areas, which are usually ignored by historians, highlights what
Congress and the public deemed worthy of preservation and what steps
managers were willing to take to ensure a park's status.
The first chapter examines the precursor of the national parks –
Hot Springs Reservation in Arkansas. This reserve set a precedent
for the protection of natural recreation areas. Chapter two turns to
the world's first national park – Yellowstone. The importance of
monumentalism and industrial "worthlessness" in the creation of this
park is emphasized, as well as the management and funding
difficulties that resulted in an army administration for the park.
The army's role as park protector at Mackinac, Sequoia, General
Grant, and Yosemite National Parks is also examined in chapters
three and four. Mackinac National Park, which has been neglected by
most park literature, is an especially interesting case. Unlike the
earliest western parks, it drew large numbers of tourists and served
as both a historical and a natural attraction. Nonetheless,
Mackinac's superintendent had to face the typical challenge of
balancing the protection of natural scenery with the recreational
interests of visitors, often with little federal funding.
Chapter five examines three less famous parks – Wind Cave in
South Dakota, Sullys Hill in North Dakota, and Platt in Oklahoma.
Soon after they received national park status, these parks were
labeled "inferior" by the secretary of the interior and by many park
writers. Nonetheless, the Interior Department (which controlled
these parks) and individual superintendents attempted to improve the
parks' wildlife and recreational attractions, thereby making the
reserves "worthy" of their status. For Wind Cave and Sullys Hill,
this meant the addition of wildlife preserves, which would be
maintained by the Department of Agriculture.
The final chapter examines the creation of the National Park Service. The army's rejection of its role as park protector and the conflicting land management philosophies of the Agriculture and the Interior Departments are discussed.
By examining the parks in the order that they were founded, Mason demonstrates the evolution of park concepts, including those of monumentalism, wildlife protection, and public recreation. She highlights the unique challenges that each park presented – especially before a single agency controlled all of the parks.
This book makes an important contribution to the history of America's greatest idea, the national parks. By chronicling the early parks, it brings into bold relief debates about the purpose and management of the parks that continue today. It offers engaging history and revealing analysis. – Dave Dempsey, author of On the Brink: The Great Lakes in the 21st Century
Natural Museums examines the notions of park monumentalism,
"worthlessness," and national significance, as well as the parks'
roles as wilderness preserves and recreational centers. As the
nation contemplates the future of its national parks at the
beginning of the twenty-first century, it will have to confront the
difficulties of establishing, funding, and developing national parks
– problems that park supporters faced at the dawn of the twentieth
century. The wilderness ideal and the "Worthless Lands Thesis" are
still factors in park service planning, as demonstrated by the high
concentration of parks in the West and Alaska. These issues will
become even more critical as opportunities to experience nature in a
non-urban setting diminish. While the U.S. National Parks do stand
as monuments to the wonder of nature and the country's frontier
past, so, too, do they illustrate the limitations of the nation's
conservation and preservation policies.
Natural Museums will help readers look at these issues with more
information and more understanding.
Outdoors & Nature / Hunting &
Vanishing Paradise: Duck Hunting In The Louisiana Marsh by
John R. Kemp, with photography by Julia Sims (Pelican Publishing
Company) profiles duck-hunting clubs as well as outdoor life in the
One of the most important ecosystems in the world, The Louisiana
Gulf Coast produces one-third of the nation's seafood and a
significant percentage of its oil and natural gas. Unfortunately,
erosion threatens the existence of this Edenic marshland.
Among the most fervent champions of the shrinking Louisiana
wetlands are the members of the twenty-six private and commercial
duck-hunting clubs profiled in
Vanishing Paradise. Author John Kemp and renowned wildlife
photographer Julia Sims visited these exclusive enclaves to capture
– in words, pictures, and recipes – their vanishing traditions.
Kemp, deputy director of the Louisiana Endowment for the
Humanities, former staff writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune
and regent with the Louisiana Board of Regents for Higher Education,
tells readers how some organizations, including Lulu's Hunting Club,
founded in 1928, have hosted celebrities like John Wayne and Henry
Ford. Others, like the Lake Arthur Club, have rosters limited to
family members. Many hunting clubs are simple, rustic buildings, but
some feature elaborate decor, such as the plush upholstery and
mirrors that belie the 4 Square Duck Club's sporting-house past.
Though each club has its own personality and customs, every member
and guest shares a love of the sport and of the land.
Packed with stunning outdoor photography,
Vanishing Paradise offers a glimpse of this elusive environment.
From the hunters' breakfast, well before dawn, to a hearty supper of
the day's catch, Kemp and Sims chronicle an unforgettable day in
Philosophy / Religion
Orestes A. Brownson: A Bibliography, 1826-1876 compiled and annotated by Patrick W. Carey (Marquette Studies in Theology, #10, Marquette University Press)
Early Works of Orestes A. Brownson: Volume IV: The Transcendentalist Years, 1838-39 edited by Patrick W. Carey (Marquette Studies in Theology, #34, Marquette University Press)
Early Works of Orestes A. Brownson: Volume V: The Transcendentalist Years, 1840-41 edited by Patrick W. Carey (Marquette Studies in Theology, #38, Marquette University Press)
In this series Marquette University Press gives us back Orestes
A. Brownson, a guide to the intellectual journey of the 1800s most
of us didn’t know existed.
Brownson was one of the more prolific, hard-hitting,
uncompromising, volatile, polemical, creative, mutable, and
many-sided American intellectuals. As an author of seven books and
twenty-five pamphlets, as a writer of over 1500 essays in more than
thirty journals, and as an editor of six popular as well as elite
journals of opinion, he commented on various central issues in
American religious, philosophical, political, and literary life. His
writings, as Arthur Schlesinger Jr. noted some years ago, belong to
all Americans, and are especially significant for the history of
American intellectual life.
Brownson was a prominent figure in nineteenth-century America and
has been so recognized at least since Schlesinger's 1939 biography
and Perry Miller's works on transcendentalism. Fifteen percent of
the entries in Miller's anthology on The Transcendentalists (1950)
came from Brownson's works – that is, more selections (16) from
Brownson than any other person included in the text. Even in
Miller's American Transcendentalists: Their Prose and Poetry (1957)
two of the thirty-six entries are from Brownson. Miller claimed that
Brownson was "in many respects the most powerful of the
Transcendentalists at any rate, the hardest hitting." From 1834 to
1844, Brownson was a "major spokesman" for the new school of
Coleridge and Carlyle, German literature, and especially of Victor
Cousin's eclecticism; however, his frequent intellectual and
religious transformations, and particularly his conversion to
Catholicism in 1844, made him, according to Miller, a persona non
grata among subsequent nineteenth-century intellectuals who
"shamefully neglected" his "immense contribution" to American
thought. – From the Editor's Foreword
Orestes A. Brownson: A Bibliography we have the complete
bibliography of Orestes A. Brownson's (1803-76) works, long overdue.
Brownson's writings are important and creative contributions to the
history of American intellectual life, and are reflective of some
major currents in American and European thought during the early and
mid-nineteenth century. Yet, there has been no comprehensive
bibliography of his contributions. This bibliography provides the
first useful guide to his numerous writings and to the many central
intellectual issues that he addressed.
The fourth volume,
Early Works of Orestes A. Brownson: Volume IV: The
Transcendentalist Years, covering the period from August of 1838 to
October of 1839, contains a collection of essays that reflects
Brownson's transcendentalism. In these essays on theology,
philosophy, literature, politics, and education Brownson defines
what he calls his own eclectic transcendentalism. He defines his own
position within the American transcendentalist movement by reacting
on the one hand to what he calls the subjectivism and logical
pantheism of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Amos Bronson Alcott, and on the
other to the rational empiricism and supernaturalism of Andrews
Norton. Like Emerson he calls for a new American literature,
although he emphasizes its social dimensions and benefits and
provides his own romantic-idealist interpretation of poetry. He
supports the work of George Ripley, especially his attempts to
promote German and French philosophy and romantic literature. Essays
during this period also focus on the religious socialism of the
French Catholic Felicite-Robert de Lamennais and Brownson's attempts
to underline the reciprocal relationship between democracy and
Christianity. Brownson also continues his battles with William Lloyd
Garrison and the immediate abolitionists, evaluates and criticizes
the new science of phrenology, supports the Democratic
administration's Indian removal policies, and censures Francis
Lieber's theory of politics. The essays review and comment on most
of the major intellectual and social movements within American
The fifth volume,
Early Works of Orestes A. Brownson: Volume V: The
Transcendentalist Years, covering the years 1840 and 1841, contains
essays revealing Brownson's increasing hostility to the lingering
effects of the Great Depression of 1837 and his defense of a
Transcendentalism that was coming under mounting criticism. The most
important essay of these years, the essay on "The Laboring Classes"
(July 1840), fell like a bombshell on the politicians' playground in
the midst of the presidential campaign of that year. In that essay
he called for the abolition of the priesthood and institutional
Christianity, the resuscitation of the Christianity of Christ, and
the destruction of all laws protecting the inheritance of property –
all provisions in his plan to elevate the working class. The Whigs
were delighted. The essay allowed them to paint the Democrats as
agrarians. Many Democrats were appalled. Brownson had been
imprudently audacious and as impolitic as ever. That essay on the
elevation of the working class fit into Brownson's lifelong concerns
and demonstrated the direction of his own form of Transcendentalism
during these years. The multiple attacks on that essay forced
Brownson to write a number of defenses of his proposal for justice
for the working class and to work out in those defenses his own form
of social Transcendentalism. As in the immediate past, he supported
the writings of the French Catholic Felicite de Lamennais who had
identified Christianity with social democracy – a view that
coincided with his own.
Other essays in this fifth volume defend Transcendentalism, at
least his own version of Transcendentalism, and demonstrate how his
intuitive-empirical understanding of knowledge influenced his
understanding of politics and literature as well as religion and
Christianity. He defines his own form of Transcendentalism in this
volume, as in the previous one, vis-a-vis the empiricism and
anti-Transcendentalism of Andrews Norton and the Princetonian
professors Charles Hodge, James Waddel Alexander, and Albert Baldwin
Dod. In his defense of Transcendentalism he sides with Emerson and
especially with Theodore Parker, even though he did not entirely
share their philosophical or religious views.
These books restore Brownson as a key thinker of American
intellectual though in the mid-nineteenth century. The bibliography
is particularly helpful for researchers of this prolific writer.
Covenant and Contract: Politics, Ethics, and Religion by
Adela Cortina (Morality and the Meaning of Life Series,
Volume 14, Peeters)
In today's world two narrations are vital for understanding
human bonds: the account of reciprocal recognition, the Covenant, as
told in the book of Genesis, extended in the works of G.H. Mead,
dialogical personalism and discourse ethics; and the Contract, as
this is expounded in Hobbes' Leviathan, which continues to be seen
in all kinds of hues in the liberal tradition. The Aristotelian
account of the republic, of the political community "prior" to any
other form of community would seem to be connected with these.
Covenant and Contract originated as a series of conferences on
"Ethics, Politics and Religion: From Individualism to the Moral
Community" given in 1999 sponsored by the Joan Maragall Foundation.
The first version of the lectures was published in Catalan by
Cruilla Publishers. This book is a translation of the revised and
extended Spanish version, published in 2001 in Madrid.
Covenant, Republic and Contract have become the three formulae for understanding human bonds. Modern republicanism nevertheless turns liberal and opts for the contract between independent beings as fiat of the political world. But the contract is not self-sufficient, since anyone who looks back to their roots will come to the narration of reciprocal recognition. The Covenant falls similarly short, as those who forget the parable of independence may well have a disregard for justice.
Politics, ethics and religion, whether in this same order, or
arranged some other way, are three un-renounceable dimensions of the
human being. According to Adela Cortina, Professor for Ethics and
Political Philosophy at the University of Valencia (Spain) and
Director of the Foundation ĖTNOR (for Business Ethics and Ethics of
the Organizations), in the history of the West, and not only here,
politics, ethics and religion have essentially been understood from
the standpoint of two accounts. That is, two parables, two stories
about human bonds, the one told in the book of Genesis, the account
of "reciprocal recognition" ("and Adam said: this is now bone of my
bones and flesh of my flesh"), and that of Hobbes' Leviathan, where
the fiat, the "let us make man", the creative word uttered by human
lips, is the contract by means of which parts are joined in an
artificial political community.
It is the second story that has gradually been absorbing all
forms of understanding human bonds. This dislodgement of the
Covenant account has not taken place without a serious loss for the
three human dimensions. Democratic politics is deprived of its
deepest roots and is turned into weak liberal democracy, ethics
becomes a fragile morality by agreement, and religion so often
becomes a weapon for use against others or canon law.
In view of the weakening of political virtue a group of thinkers
invokes what seems to be a third way of understanding bonds in the
city: republicanism, the renaissance of the Aristotelian account,
according to which the political community is the home of any other
form of relationship, the res publica is "prior to" any other form
of community. Covenant, Republic and Contract would from this
standpoint be the three master formulae for understanding human
bonds. Israel (for Covenant), Athens (or the Italian Renaissance
Republics, for the Republic) and London (for the Contract) are their
Nevertheless, Modernity has not prospered in vain. Republicanism,
if it wishes to be modern, turns into liberal republicanism and
forgets the community which, according to Aristotle, was such by
nature and not by contrivance, opting for commitment to the contract
between independent beings as fiat of the political world.
But the Contract is not self-sufficient. Anyone who dares to
follow the path back to its roots will come to the account of
reciprocal recognition. The Covenant is not enough either. Whoever
forgets the parable of autonomy will easily disdain justice.
In a dialog with the most relevant philosophical currents of the age, Covenant and Contract proposes an articulation of politics, ethics and religion appropriate for our time, starting from the contract between independent beings and from the reciprocal recognition of those who know themselves to be human. The text reveals the mysterious links between the two stories in our political, ethical and religious worlds, proposing that these should continue to be told and above all made material.
Philosophy / Politics / War
Arguing About War by Michael Walzer (Yale
University Press) is a timely discussion of recent wars and the
issues that surround them, written by a preeminent political
Michael Walzer, UPS Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, is one of the world's most eminent philosophers on the subject of war and ethics. Now, for the first time since his classic Just and Unjust Wars was published almost three decades ago, Arguing About War brings together his provocative arguments about contemporary military conflicts and the ethical issues they raise.
The essays in the book are divided into three sections. The
first deals with issues such as nuclear deterrence, humanitarian
intervention, and terrorism. The second consists of Walzer's
responses to particular wars, including the first Gulf War, Kosovo,
Afghanistan, and Iraq. And the third presents an essay in which
Walzer imagines a future in which war might play a less significant
part in our lives. He provides, not a utopian account of
international society, but a description of a less-bad arrangement
than our current one. "The point of seeking justice even under the
cloud of war is to avoid disasters," he writes. "When we aim at more
than that, as we should, we will need the guidance of different
Theories invite disagreement, of course, which Walzer says are
welcomed: disagreements don't invalidate a theory; the theory, if it
is a good one, makes the disagreements more coherent and sometimes
require revisions of a theory. In his introduction,
Walzer reveals that his own thinking has changed over time: "faced
with the sheer number of recent horrors – with massacre and ethnic
cleansing in Bosnia and Kosovo; in Rwanda, the Sudan, Sierra Leon,
the Congo, and Liberia; in East Timor (and earlier on, in Cambodia
and Bangladesh) – I have slowly become more willing to call for
Walzer's discussion about war and ethics are always provocative, well argued, and insightful. He is able to transform complex issues into readable, understandable, and persuasive prose. – Jean Bethke Elshtain, author of Just War Against Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World
Written during a period of intense debate over the proper use of armed force, Arguing About War gets to the heart of difficult problems and argues persuasively for a moral perspective on war. At his most provocative, writing before the Iraq War, he proposes an argument, which is counterintuitive, that European countries such as France, Germany and Russia, bear responsibility for the United States' decision to preemptively attack the country.
A Public Betrayed: An Inside Look at Japanese Media Atrocities
and Their Warnings to the West by Adam Gamble & Takesato
Watanabe, with a foreword by Ellis S. Krauss (Regnery)
In Japan, a combination of weak libel laws, little formal
journalistic training, and government protected media guilds has
produced a media culture where investigative reporting is nearly
forbidden; scandals are routinely overlooked; and readers are fed a
steady diet of half-truths and lies.
A Public Betrayed shows how the average Japanese gets his news from two sources: large newspapers that function as lapdogs for the government, and the weekly newsmagazines that feature pornography along with hysterical, nationalistic, and sensational “news.” Authors Adam Gamble and Takesato Watanabe, marshal evidence showing how the Japanese news industry routinely distorts the news, deceives its customers and misleads the world. Gamble, investigative reporter based in Cape Cod, MA and Watanabe, Professor of Media Ethics at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan and former visiting scholar at Harvard University, expose the lack of ethics in the media industry. Having interviewed over 150 people in three years of research, A Public Betrayed exposes deceptions, lies, and abuses of power in Japan that have led to such profound misunderstanding, confusion, and suffering that they have inspired the phrase "media atrocities."
Anyone embarrassed by how little they know about the country with
the second-largest economy in the world should read this fascinating
book. It examines a phenomenon without parallel in the West:
mass-circulation newsmagazines that combine porn with high culture,
the worst excesses of tabloid journalism with serious political
investigations. While these remarkable magazines can be viewed as a
healthy alternative to the "press clubs" and consensual politics of
Japan, the authors of this important study reveal a dark side:
their virulent anti-Semitism, historical amnesia, ardent
nationalism, and bullying intrusions into private lives. This
well-written book offers revelatory insight into the popular culture
of a great nation. – James Curran, professor of Communications at
Goldsmiths College, University of London and the author of Media and
A Public Betrayed paints a sordid picture of the least free and most irresponsible press of any democratic society in the world. Thoughtful and provocative, this book reveals the mechanisms and motivations behind the abuses. And as the examples show, the factors that have contributed to such injustices in Japan have been increasingly in the news-media sectors of the West – factors such as extreme industry consolidation, the growth of nationalism, intense commercialism, and the erosion of media ethics.
Politics / Reference
CQ Guide to Current American Government: Fall 2004 (CQ Press, A Division of Congressional Quarterly Inc.)
Published every six months,
CQ Guide to Current American Government is a collection of
the best recent Congressional Quarterly reporting, explanation, and
analysis on issues and events affecting the United States as
published in the highly acclaimed CQ Weekly magazine. The selections
in this volume present balanced, nonpartisan reporting and analyses
of many of the most important current political issues.
Arranged in four sections – foundations of American government,
political participation, government institutions and politics and
public policy – the Guide complements introductory American
government textbooks and is designed for research or general
The fall issue includes presidential analysis by former CQ senior political writer Rhodes Cook and in-depth analysis of elections and political parties drawn from CQ's award-winning Guide to Congress.
To facilitate additional research, the original date of publication along with the page number references related and background articles in the CQ Weekly and CQ Almanac.
An appendix offers accessible explanations of the legislative and
budget processes, a reader-friendly description of how a bill
becomes a law, a glossary of legislative terms and a selection of
congressional information sources on the Internet. The book also
includes a detailed index.
Ideal for either specific research or general reporting, CQ Guide to Current American Government provides up-to-date examination and analysis of these current issues and controversies and allows readers to put today's headlines into historical perspective. This issue provides readers with a complete understanding of the fall elections.
In general, CQ Guide to Current American Government volumes are excellent reference tools for students, scholars, researchers, and everyone who wants a more complete perspective on the major issues of our day.
Professional & Technical / Psychiatry
Pathological Gambling: A Clinical Guide To Treatment edited
by Jon E. Grant & Marc N. Potenza (American Psychiatric
In the last five years, the volume of research on pathological gambling has grown significantly. Thus, as a textbook devoted exclusively to pathological gambling, Pathological Gambling reflects an exciting moment in the history of pathological gambling research.
According to editors Jon E. Grant and Marc N. Potenza,
the study of pathological gambling is important from both clinical
and research perspectives. Pathological gambling is a prevalent
disorder (with prevalence estimates surpassing those for bipolar
disorder and schizophrenia) that is associated with significant
morbidity (decreased self-esteem, co-morbid substance use disorders,
financial and legal difficulties, stress on relationships and
families, and suicidality). In recent years, the understanding of
the phenomenology, epidemiology, neurobiology, psychology, and
treatment of this disorder has rapidly increased. Unfortunately,
although many clinicians encounter pathological gamblers (elevated
rates of pathological gambling are observed in patients with mental
health disorders), clinicians often do not diagnose pathological
gambling and are frequently unaware of the treatment options for the
Many clinicians are also unaware of the personal and social
consequences of pathological gambling. This lack of awareness in
turn often leads physicians to ignore pathological gambling
evaluations in both psychiatric and primary care settings. In
Pathological Gambling, 32 contributors and editors Grant, J.D.,
M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior,
Brown Medical School and Director, Impulse Control Disorders Clinic,
Butler Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island and Potenza, M.D., Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of
Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut seek to change that situation.
In the first chapter, Shaffer and Kidman discuss the significant
public health implications of pathological gambling ("Gambling and
the Public Health"). They provide an initial review of definitions
for recreational, problem, and pathological gambling; examine the
relationship between the different levels of gambling severity; and
explore the effects of gambling on societal, familial, and
individual health and well-being. An understanding of the prevalence
of pathological gambling (Chapter 2, "Epidemiology") will help
clinicians see how likely they are to encounter the problem.
Assessment instruments that are useful in diagnosing pathological
gambling and monitoring symptom change are discussed (Chapter 14,
"Screening and Assessment Instruments") and provided for the
clinician in the Appendixes.
The primary purpose of
Pathological Gambling is to document the clinical phenomenology,
etiology, and treatment of pathological gambling. Current clinical
approaches that are most likely to lead to early identification,
symptom remission, and maintenance of improvement are highlighted.
Argo and Black (Chapter 3, "Clinical Characteristics") provide a
comprehensive description of the symptoms and sequellae of
pathological gambling. The book also provides contributions on how
pathological gambling differs in the adolescent population (Chapter
5, "Adolescents and Young Adults"), among older adults (Chapter 6,
"Older Adults"), and between men and women (Chapter 7, "Gender
Much of the treatment literature on pathological gambling has
been based on different theories regarding the categorization of the
disorder. Treatment has varied depending on whether pathological
gambling has been characterized as an obsessive-compulsive spectrum
disorder, an affective spectrum disorder, an addiction, or an
impulse control disorder. As discussed by Moreyra and colleagues, a
range of evidence indicates that pathological gambling often shares
important features with all of these disorders (Chapter 4,
To further enhance treatment options, both clinicians and
researchers look to possible psychological and behavioral
etiologies, as well as to a deeper understanding of possible
neurobiological underpinnings. Therefore, these two important realms
of explanations for the behavior of pathological gambling are
examined. Abrams and Kushner (Chapter 8, "Behavioral Understanding")
discuss behavioral, cognitive, and dispositional theories of the
etiology of pathological gambling and provide an association between
psychological models and neurobiological systems that have been
linked to pathological gambling. To augment the psychological basis
for pathological gambling, Shah and colleagues (Chapter 9,
"Biological Basis for Pathological Gambling") examine the evidence
that supports the involvement of the noradrenergic, serotonergic,
dopaminergic, and opioidergic systems, as well as familial and
inherited factors in pathological gambling. The psychological and
biological understanding of pathological gambling may be useful in
understanding a range of addictive and impulsive disorders.
Although effective treatments for pathological gambling currently
Pathological Gambling, editors Grant and Potenza seek to enhance
clinicians' abilities to identify and provide early intervention for
individuals with pathological gambling. Toward that end, Potenza and
Griffiths (Chapter 10, "Prevention Efforts and the Role of the
Clinician") provide information regarding the important role for the
clinician in prevention efforts. These authors argue for close
communication between mental health professionals and generalist
physicians in early identification and treatment. Adolescents and
young adults have been consistently found to exhibit high rates of
problem and pathological gambling (two to four times higher than in
general adult populations). To address this issue, Derevensky and
colleagues provide a prevention strategy tailored specifically for
this age group (Chapter 11, "Prevention and Treatment of Adolescent
Problem and Pathological Gambling").
Tremendous advances in the treatment of pathological gambling
have been made within the past few years. As a result, clinicians
caring for patients with pathological gambling have many treatment
options at their disposal. Hodgins and Petry (Chapter 12, "Cognitive
and Behavioral Treatments") discuss the current understanding of the
behavioral treatment approaches and their effectiveness in helping
individuals with pathological gambling. They evaluate the rationale
behind, empirical support for, and practical aspects of a variety of
behavioral interventions, including participation in 12-step
programs, financial counseling, motivational interviewing,
motivational enhancement, brief interventions, and
cognitive-behavioral treatment. Furthermore, these authors discuss
self-help-based and professional-based interventions targeting
family members. In a related chapter, Hollander and colleagues
(Chapter 13, "Pharmacological Treatments") discuss the rationale of
the various pharmacological approaches to pathological gambling and
review the current status of drug treatments. They examine the
evidence for the use of serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin
receptor antagonists, mood stabilizers, opioid antagonists, and
dopaminergic agents in treating pathological gambling.
Pathological gambling is highly prevalent, increasingly so;
usually co-morbid with other psychopathology, especially substance
abuse; and predictive of significant morbidity. Yet few
psychiatrists and psychologists have taken the time to date to
familiarize themselves with its diagnostic features, clinical
characteristics, and effective treatments. This comprehensive
textbook, the first devoted exclusively to this syndrome, has been
edited and largely written by the researchers and clinicians most
responsible for the growing literature on pathological gambling. At
its publication, it will become the indispensable guide to this
important clinical condition for everyone who treats or studies
pathological gamblers. – Peter E. Nathan, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Foundation, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Public Health,
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
This book provides a comprehensive overview of some of the latest
Pathological gambling is an important clinical condition that
often results in significant personal difficulties for patients. As
the chapters of
Pathological Gambling eloquently attest, extraordinary progress
has been made regarding the epidemiology, phenomenology,
co-morbidity, and possible etiology of this disorder. Prevention and
treatment interventions including cognitive, behavioral, and
pharmacological treatments – have made it possible for patients with
pathological gambling to often find relief from this disabling
disorder. Clinicians now have available an array of treatment
options that can appreciably improve the lives of patients with
pathological gambling, and the information provided by books like
this one will narrow the gap between what is know and the treatment
Professional & Technical / Architecture
The Architectural Pattern Book: A Tool for Building Great
Neighborhoods by Urban Design Associates Ray
Gindroz & Rob Robinson, Donald K. Carter, Barry J. Long, Jr., Paul
Ostergaard, David R. Csont Donald Kaliszewski, James H. Morgan,
Donald G. Zeilman (W.W. Norton)
From the firm that produced The Urban Design Handbook, Urban Design Associates (UDR), a Pittsburgh-based national practice, comes a practical guide to developing and using pattern books – a tradition stretching back to Vitruvius and Palladio, and the source of many beautiful houses – to design neighborhoods today. The Architectural Pattern Book describes techniques and working methods for contemporary development and construction processes.
According to principal authors Ray Gindroz and Rob Robinson,
UDR’s goal is to create beautiful and congenial streets, parks, and
squares in which the character of individual buildings is in harmony
with other buildings, with the treatment of the ground plane, and
with the scale of the space. Beginning in the mid-1970s, the design
firm began to search for ways of working with the homebuilding
industry to find effective ways of implementing urban designs.
It was not necessary to go very far to find keys to a solution.
According to Gindroz and Robinson, all around us, in every American
town and city, we have traditional neighborhoods in which
collections of interesting and diverse houses and sequences of small
shops join together to create beautiful streets and public spaces.
Mostly, they were built between 1880 and 1930, often rapidly, as
part of a building boom that resulted from the great urban
expansions that followed the industrial revolution.
The authors became convinced that the tradition of pattern books could be revived to provide an effective means of communication between architects and builders. To be effective, however, the traditional form of pattern books needed to be modified to suit today's needs. These needs include:
For this reason, UDA Pattern Books have three sections:
To put the contemporary usage of pattern books into its proper
context, Part 1 of
The Architectural Pattern Book first surveys the development and
use of pattern books from their beginnings with Vitruvius in Rome in
the first century A.D. to their application today. Then Gindroz and
Robinson provide a discussion of the method UDA has developed for
creating a pattern book responsive to twenty-first century needs.
Part 2 offers a representative collection of pages from UDA's
Pattern Books, demonstrating the broad-reaching applicability of
this approach, regardless of project scope or geographic location,
in helping to inform and shape the desired form and character of
urban communities, their streetscapes, and their houses. The
collection of pattern book pages is organized into three chapters
that parallel the three sections of a typical UDA Pattern Book:
Overview, Community Patterns, and Architectural Patterns. Within
each chapter, readers will find reproductions of selected pages from
several UDA Pattern Books, illustrating how UDA’s approach
translates into finished pattern books for clients.
The Architectural Pattern Book documents the revival of
the traditional architectural pattern book as a means of
implementing urban design by describing techniques and working
methods of preparing guides for current design and construction
processes, and it shows exemplars that will serve as models for
contemporary designers. The book will help advance the
process of bringing architects, developers, planners, and builders
closer together in working collaborations in order to re-establish
the consensus that once existed among all those involved in building
and rebuilding our towns and cities. The book is beautifully and
fully illustrated with the firm’s architectural drawings and
sketches as well as photographs of finished houses and
Professional & Technical / Gardening &
Biocontrol in Protected Culture edited by Kevin M. Heinz,
Roy G. Van Driesche, & Michael P. Parrella (Ball Publishing)
There are over 140 species of insects and mites known to be pests
in greenhouses, glasshouses, and various other protected
agricultural production schemes. Myriad reasons exist for employing
biological controls: ever-changing government regulations, costs of
chemicals and application, pests developing resistance to chemical
classes, and public relations benefits of growing “environmentally
An authoritative reference on the subject of using
non-chemical controls on greenhouse-grown crops,
Biocontrol in Protected Culture explains the latest in
crop-management techniques from around the globe. It outlines
the principles and applications of biological control for management
of arthropod pests infesting protected-cultures greenhouses,
glasshouses, and shaded structures.
The book is edited by Kevin Heinz, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station; Roy G. Van Driesche, Department of Entomology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Michael P. Parrella, Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis. The 46 contributing authors come from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Italy, and Asia; each of the contributors is a researcher who works closely with commercial greenhouse growers.
Biological control factors and the various types of controls – predators, parasites, nematodes, and pathogens – are described. Information is also provided on greenhouse structures, sampling, quality control, specific pests on both ornamental and vegetable crops – whiteflies, spider mites, leafminers, thrips, aphids, other minor pests – and soilborne pests. Specific crops are also discussed, including chrysanthemums, poinsettias, cut flowers, foliage plants, woody ornamentals, bedding plants, cucumbers, sweet peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms. With introduction, augmentation, and preservation of natural enemies as a basic principle, other compatible techniques may be integrated to develop economic, effective, and sustainable management strategies for these arthropod pests.
After presenting the fundamental principles of biological
control-based pest management within protected culture, several
chapters address the prerequisites for a successful
Biological control within protected cultivation is practiced to
varying degrees throughout the world under quite different social,
economic, and technical conditions. Contributions to the book
reflect such a diversity of situations: from the total reliance on
biological control in the high-technology glasshouses of northern
Europe and Canada to difficulties of its use in the open-air
structures common to the Mediterranean region, temperate eastern
Asia, and South America. Furthermore, the ensemble of authors
represents a global view of the subject in terms of geographic
location, expertise, and perspective (including research, extension,
allied industries, and regulator). Yet the structure of
Biocontrol in Protected Culture permits easy comparison of
viewpoints associated with the different pests and crop production
systems. Probably no book published to date has offered such a
complete treatment of biological control in protected culture.
The book provides well-researched information about biological
control theories and tools available to growers using greenhouse and
shade-house environments across the globe. It is the most
comprehensive overview to date of challenges encountered in
developing practical biological control solutions to arthropod pest
problems, and it provides an elaborate menu of biological control
options for a diverse array of pest problems occurring on various
crops grown in equally diverse environments.
The core audience for
Biocontrol in Protected Culture is agricultural professionals,
yet the material is sufficiently thought-provoking that it is
expected to find its way onto the bookshelves of biological control
researchers and into college-level classrooms specializing in
biological control or pest management.
Professional & Technical / Architecture
Architecture Today by Casey C.M. Mathewson
Today's architecture is more diverse than ever before. Surprisingly so, as our tightly woven, information-age world facilitates the rise of standardized building methods. Architecture Today, by Casey C.M. Mathewson, demonstrates that, even in the face of globalization, architects have learned to respect the specific qualities of their building site's respective culture and place.
Accompanied with images by some of the world's premier
architectural photographers, this book takes readers on an
eye-opening tour of trend-setting public buildings, exciting new
cultural facilities, skyscrapers and high-rises, stadiums,
international museums, and churches, in addition to many other kinds
of buildings. Mathewson, founder of Mathewson Architecture Berlin,
an institute devoted to building and research in architecture,
focuses on buildings designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects
such as Sir Norman Foster, Frank 0. Gehry, Rafael Moneo, and this
year's laureate, Zaha Hadid. Readers view fifty-six projects that
demonstrate how architecture is rising to the challenge of solving
the pressing problems facing cities and countries the world over.
The themes of Mathewson’s other publications include human focus in architectural design, urban design in Germany and the history of residential architecture and this volume is no exception.
Readers are presented with a diverse and fascinating
variation of contemporary architecture through an inviting and
engaging layout, which makes the material appealingly tangible.
Architecture Today, with its impressive photographs,
provides enrichment for everyone interested in contemporary
architecture and urban design. Another strong feature is its four
languages – English, German, French and Spanish.
Psychology & Counseling / Women’s Studies / Family Relationships
Treasures: The Stories Women Tell About the Things They Keep
by Kathleen V. Cairns & Eliane Leslau Silverman
(University of Calgary Press) is a book about memory and meaning.
The texts in Treasures bring to light the patterns of story and emotion that women have woven around the objects they have kept and treasured, objects which in the past may have seemed unimportant. These treasures contain and reveal each woman's life experience and act as vehicles for values and for the development of character. They are often passed along to other women or handed down to family members, thereby connecting generations and cultivating a collective women's history.
The women who were interviewed by authors Kathleen Cairns, professor and clinical psychologist with the Division of Applied Psychology, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary and Eliane Silverman, professor and head of Women’s Studies, also University of Calgary, were selected using the "snowball" technique. The first few were known to the authors as friends, family members, or students. They suggested other women they knew whom the authors had never met. Later Cairns and Silverman focused on adding women who belonged to a minority group that they particularly wanted to include and who were referred to them by women we had interviewed previously. They sought out the diversity that characterizes Canada, including particular attention to First Nations, immigrant, and refugee women. As a result, they conducted interviews in Ottawa, Calgary, rural Alberta, and the interior of British Columbia.
Not one woman turned down the request for an interview. The
interview often took place in the woman's own home, in the interest
of her comfort and familiarity, but sometimes several women met at a
neighbor's house, taking turns being interviewed and, in between,
sitting in a group and chatting informally with one another. For
Treasures, some women decided to use self-chosen pseudonyms
while others used their own names. Most interviews lasted about two
hours, though many went on much longer and a few were shorter. Early
in the process the authors interviewed each other; the results of
these interviews appear in the second chapter of
Treasures. Most of the interviews were characterized by
intensity of feeling. Most women expressed pleasure at the end of
the interview, no matter how difficult some parts of it might have
been – in fact, several of them commented on the experience being a
treat or "a marvelous piece of self-indulgence" that they had
enjoyed. Plans were often made to sit down with a friend or a
relative to share the stories again, in some cases to make sure that
they were not lost with a woman's death.
The tapes were all transcribed with the participants' language
unedited, except to delete conversational words such as "uhs", which
interrupt the flow of written narrative. Cairns and Silverman met
together to analyze the narratives, placing anecdotes, narratives,
and participants' comments into an arrangement of themes. The
authors believe that the themes they heard, which organize
Treasures, emerged from the women's own words. Nevertheless,
they recognize the intensity and subjectivity of their own
involvement with the material, and works such as this are inherently
and inescapably bounded by the authors' contexts. The keeping of
these objects, and their use, is first and foremost a developmental
process for women. Accordingly, women's collections are not static –
they change and grow as the objects they contain acquire new
meanings, as grief is overcome, and as new experience requires that
new items be added.
Their listening, the authors say, also grew from their immersion
in the scholarly literature about women's lives – feminist
psychology, narrative and biography, and women's history. As an
historian and a psychologist, therapist and researcher, as
feminists, Caines and Siverman see opportunities for the use of
these objects to support mutually caring discussions among women and
to deepen connections between mothers and daughters and grandmothers
and granddaughters in particular. Cairns and Silverman use many
words and phrases in their writing to describe women's public and
private roles as archivists and the uses they make of their
treasured objects. Such objects are simultaneously gates to memory,
historical artifacts, comforters, anchors, objects of attachment,
transitional objects, continuity markers, symbols of the self, and
objects of contemplation. They speak to women about personal
development, relationship, achievement, loss, and the essential
aspects of the self. They make it possible to connect generations of
women, to manage moods, to find shelter in times of hardship and
deprivation, and to work toward completing the unfinished business
of formative relationships and events. They allow women to speak in
a private code that simultaneously shares and conceals important
meanings. No wonder women so often call them "treasures."
Selected from interviews with over one hundred different women,
the selections in
Treasures are rich, compelling and sometimes haunting stories,
told in the women's own voices. This is a fine contribution to the
feminist literature and rich resource material for students and all
interested in women’s studies.
Religion & Spirituality
The Gilded Tarot [BOX SET] by Ciro Marchetti, with a
companion book by Barbara Moore (Llewellyn) is a classic
Tarot deck and kit.
Myths, fairy tales, and legends have played out their timeless
themes for millennia in that magical twilight realm of the
imagination, somewhere between fantasy and reality. Heralding
archetypal elements of traditional Tarot,
The Gilded Tarot teems with imagery.
The Gilded Tarot invites readers to explore an enchanted world
where ageless symbols and archetypal themes come to life as fair
maidens and sage mystics wielding magincal tools. High priestesses
in flowing robes, wise emperors, and knights on majestic steeds, and
other intriguing characters from medieval times abound in the Major
and Minor Arcana. This richly colored, easy-to-use deck also
features standard symbols for the card suits: swords, cups, wands,
The book features stunning artwork by award-winning artist Ciro
Marchetti. Using the popular symbolism and structure of the
Rider-Waite Tarot as his muse, he has created this twenty-first
century re-imagining of one of the most well-known and widely
studied tarot decks. The kit also includes The Gilded Tarot
Companion, a guidebook to the deck's structure and each card's
significance, providing detailed instructions for learning and
The Gilded Tarot is visually stunning thanks to Marchetti’s skill with cutting-edge digital art techniques.
Religion & Spirituality / Biographies & Memoirs / Sports
Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings by Kenji Tokitsu
Undefeated swordsman, master of battlefield strategy, martial
arts icon – Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the 1600s, is
the most famous samurai of all time. His masterwork, the Book of
Five Rings (Gorin no sho), is one of the most insightful texts on
the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian
Over the centuries, Musashi's reputation has grown to mythic
proportions, but, in fact, much about Musashi and his life remains a
Miyamoto Musashi, Kenji Tokitsu, a modern martial arts master
and scholar, turns a critical eye on Musashi's life and writings,
separating fact from fiction.
Tokitsu translates the Book of Five Rings and four shorter works, providing extensive commentary, and puts Musashi’s work into historical and philosophical context.
He also covers:
Musashi was also a respected artist, and this book contains color reproductions of his own calligraphies and paintings, with commentary by the well-known art historian Stephen Addiss.
Miyamoto Musashi is a close look at the legendary swordsman and
his treatises on swordsmanship and strategy by a Japanese martial
artist. Deeply informed, and with direct and extensive knowledge of
martial arts, the book, to my knowledge, has no parallel in Japan –
or elsewhere. – Hiroaki Sato, author of Legends of the Samurai
This is a unique and comprehensive view of the life and
work of the legendary seventeenth century Japanese samurai.
Tokitsu provides a vivid and meticulously researched biography and a
fresh translation of the Book of Five Rings, along with four other
texts on strategy, all with extensive commentary. He is a thoughtful
and informed guide, putting the text into context, and providing a
view of the man and his ideas that is accessible and relevant to
today's readers and martial arts students.
Religion & Spirituality
Forever Ours: Real Stories of Immortality and Living from a Forensic Pathologist by Janis Amatuzio (New World Library)
Written by a scientist in approachable, nonjudgmental language for anyone who has lost someone they love, Forever Ours offers stories that can't be explained in purely physical terms.
Forensic pathologist Janis Amatuzio, County Coroner in Minnesota and Wisconsin, first began recording the stories told to her by patients, police officers, and other doctors because she felt that no one spoke for the dead. She believed the real experience of death – namely, the spiritual and otherworldly experiences of those near death and their loved ones – was ignored by the medical professionals, who thought of death as simply the cessation of breath. From the first experience of a patient in her care dying to the miraculous "appearances" of loved ones after death, she began recording these experiences.
Over the years, several of those "left behind" shared a certain
intimacy with Amatuzio through the death of their loved ones and
they have revealed to her extremely personal accounts of visions and
synchronicities surrounding those deaths.
For example, one woman reflects on the night when she was fast
asleep, and was suddenly awakened by a very real visit from her
husband, who died just moments before in a tragic car accident. He
tells her that he loves her and where his body is located relative
to the car he was thrown from on a desolate highway. Her 911 call to
the police leads them to his body within 40 minutes.
As the author, Janis Amatuzio explains: "As a physician, forensic
pathologist and coroner for several Minnesota counties, I have had
the extraordinary privilege of caring for families and their loved
ones when death comes suddenly, unexpectedly, or traumatically. My
job is to speak for the dead, to solve the mystery of "what
happened?" I have occasionally, however, been faced with mysteries I
cannot solve or explain. These experiences always baffle me, partly
because as a scientist, I seek to reach a reasonable degree of
medical certainty, a rational explanation. But I have come to
realize that for some experiences there is no explanation, just a
deep knowing that I have encountered the Divine."
Here is a doctor with a heart. Her book brings tears to my eyes
and joy to my heart and that is what life is about. Though pathology
is her specialty life is her teacher. Read and learn about life and
the gifts of our mortality. – Bernie Siegel, MD author Love,
Medicine & Miracles
Dr. Amatuzio, often called 'the compassionate coroner,' is an
exemplar for the compassionate practice of forensic medicine.
Forever Ours has much to teach us about healing, loving, and the
deep connections with our loved ones. – Kathleen McMonigal, M.D.
As a forensic pathologist, Dr. Janis Amatuzio looks death in the
eye every day, and she has come away from this confrontation with a
message of promise and hope. Her vision is a stark contrast to the
dismal pronouncements of modern science that death is the end of
Forever Ours is the only book I know that finds buoyant,
optimistic meaning in the morgue. It could be written only by a
physician of uncommon vision, who, although she attends to dead
bodies, is a healer. – Larry Dossey, M.D., author, Healing Beyond
In years of broadcast interviews few authors have written
material with such universal meaning and healing content as you
have. – Brad Walton, WCCO Radio
In one of the most amazing books we've seen, Amatuzio explores the mysterious realms of visions, experiences and communications by families at the threshold of the death of their loved ones. These unforgettable stories, never documented in autopsy reports, are recounted in Forever Ours, offering readers' profound lessons on living. A passionate storyteller, Amatuzio weaves her own life experience among the many diverse true-life stories she has collected, creating a stunning tapestry woven with common threads of love and hope. The book leaves readers comforted and hopeful about the continuum of life and death.
Religion & Spirituality / Biographies &
In Search of P.D. Ouspensky: The Genius in the Shadow of
Gurdjieff by Gary Lachman (Quest Books)
P.D. Ouspensky's brilliant In Search of the Miraculous was the
first work to describe the psychology of G. I. Gurdjieff, the early
twentieth-century esoteric master who still commands a worldwide
following today. Yet Gurdjieff once described Ouspensky as "nice to
drink vodka with, but a weak man," and some say their meeting was
the catastrophe of Ouspensky's life.
Surprisingly little has been known about Ouspensky, other than
that he was a follower of Gurdjieff, and that he first disseminated
Gurdjieff's unsettling psychology in his masterwork. But as Gary
Lachman reveals, Ouspensky was not Gurdjieff's parrot. To the
contrary, he was himself a brilliant philosopher who influenced the
avant-garde of his day and was already an advanced student of
mysticism before his entanglement with his charismatic guru. Yet
while Gurdjieff still attracts thousands of new readers each year,
Ouspensky remains in his shadow.
For the first time,
In Search of P.D. Ouspensky focuses on Ouspensky's own mystical
view, in stark contrast to Gurdjieff's opinion of "man as machine."
What attracted Ouspensky to Gurdjieff in the first place, and why
did he then reject him? Did Ouspensky steal the "system," or had
Gurdjieff turned black magician? And why did Ouspensky continue to
teach the ideas of the man he had repudiated?
Lachman, a former student of Gurdjieff's psychology, author of Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius and New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation with Blondie, Iggy Pop and Others 1974-1981, a musician and performer with rock music groups, lecturer on the 60s occult underground and the 70s New York music scene, moves Ouspensky to center stage. Against a backdrop of the Russian Revolution, the First World War, and a cosmopolitan Europe entre deux guerres, here is the story of his dramatic spiritual struggle with the man who changed his life and from whom he was never able, finally, to separate. Like that of Castaneda and Don Juan – or Faust and Mephistopheles – it is a tale fraught with insight, humility, courage, and mystery.
Search of P.D. Ouspensky] Masterfully tells the fascinating tale
of the entangled lives of two great esoteric thinkers. – Leonard
Shlain, author of The Alphabet Versus the Goddess and Art & Physics
This unparalleled spiritual biography presents Ouspensky as a
mystery to be solved. The answers unfold in a mystical adventure
story that reveals the complex and sometimes dangerous relationship
between guru and follower. One of the most interesting books to come
out in a long time for those who were there in the occult scene in
the 60s, it should fascinate every reader with a true interest in
the farthest reaches of human nature.
Religion & Spirituality / Travel
Fumbling: A Pilgrimage Tale of Love, Grief, and Spiritual
Renewal on the Camino de Santiago by Kerry Egan
From the Pyrenees in Southern France through the valleys of Navarra, and westward through Spain to the Cathedral of the Santiago de Compostela, said to contain the remains of Saint James, Kerry Egan takes us along as she completes the time-honored experience of pilgrimage. “Pilgrimage” rests on the belief that in some places the Divine is especially available to human beings and that the journey itself – the time spent as a pilgrim – is transformative, cleansing, and purifying.
In Fumbling, with humor and honesty, Egan records her struggles to deal with muddy roads, blistering heat, and grouchy moods. Though well-educated in church doctrine and teaching, Egan’s father's death shattered the traditional image of God that she grew up with. Egan was well versed in theories about grieving, but it was through walking eight or ten hours a day that she first began to understand what grief really was and to recognize God's presence in everyday people and places. While traveling along the Camino de Santiago, as she encountered fellow pilgrims and spent nights in humble refugios, all the while bolstered by her boyfriend Alex's unfailing support, she came to find God exists in the most unlikely places.
Each incident, encounter, and hard-won mile shaped her internal journey. The repetitiveness of walking freed her to meditate for long periods, the rhythm of her breathing awakened an awareness of the connections of breath, life, and God so central to the teachings of Hebrew and Christian scriptures, and the most unlikely events – from discovering chickens in church to the pleasure of having a pizza at a train station – remind her that prayer is as at once as simple and as profound as seeing and acknowledging the joys and beauty of life.
The book is more than mere travelogue. Egan uses various events
on the Camino as catalysts to explore such disparate topics as the
history of the cult of relics, how she accidentally discovered
breathing meditation and her own feelings of anger, sadness and
guilt over her father's death. Indeed, when Egan embraces the essay
form, particularly when she shares her moments of confusion and
weakness on the journey, her writing is confident, sharp and
engaging. – Publishers Weekly
Fumbling tugs the reader into the rich mystery of pilgrimage in
her able hands, not only a physical trek to a spiritual hot spot but
also a moving exploration of love, grief and wonder. This lovely
book called me back every time I strayed away from it, and it will
probably haunt me for years. – Kris Wilson, author of' Stalking the
Fumbling is the poignant tale of how, on the pilgrimage, the
traditions of her faith enabled Egan to overcome grief and anger,
and rediscover herself. With refreshing sincerity, Egan shares
stories that are both entertaining and spiritual. Ultimately finding
joy and redemption,
Fumbling illuminates the power of grief to enhance our
relationship with God.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics by Samuel
Wells (Brazos Press) is an essay in theological ethics. That
is to say, it doubts that there is such a thing as an ethic to which
anyone can subscribe, regardless of tradition.
Improvisation in the theater is a practice through which actors
seek to develop trust in themselves and one another in order that
they may conduct unscripted dramas without fear.
Improvisation is a study of how the church may become a
community of trust so that it may faithfully encounter the unknown
future without fear. It is a treatment of how the story and
practices of the church shape and empower Christians with the
uninhibited freedom sometimes experienced by theatrical improvisers.
It is an account of the development of trust in self, church, and
God. In the process it is a renarration of Christian ethics, not as
the art of performing the Scriptures but as faithfully improvising
on the Christian tradition.
Improvisation, written by Samuel Wells, Church of England
priest, Cambridge, has three parts. In the first part Wells proposes
that improvisation is an appropriate mode in which to understand the
nature and purpose of Christian ethics. In the second part he
outlines six practices that characterize improvisation in the
theater and that might characterize Christian ethics also. In the
third part he offers four examples of how these practices enable
Christians and the church to engage with particularly significant
contexts and issues.
In proposing that improvisation is a helpful way in which to
understand the practice of Christian ethics, Wells takes the
argument in four stages. The first stage, chapter 1, questions the
notion of "ethics" as a discrete discipline by showing through a
sweeping historical narrative that what constitutes ethics has
always been subject to the church's understanding of God and to its
location in society more generally. Thus the rest of
Improvisation, being concerned with ethics, always has an eye to
the imitation of God’s action and the recognition of the social
location of the church. The second stage, chapter 2, takes another
broad sweep, this time across the contemporary field of Christian
ethics. Wells distinguishes between three strands, universal,
subversive, and ecclesial, locating the present in the third strand.
He then maintains that an ecclesial ethic is properly characterized
by a narrative understanding of doctrine. This leaves the third
stage, chapter 3, to show that, given that it portrays the action of
God and the nature of human response, doctrine, particularly in an
ethical vein, is inherently dramatic, rather than simply narrative,
in character. Finally he breaks new ground in proposing that even
drama is too static an understanding of theological ethics. Ethics
cannot be simply about rehearsing and repeating the same script and
story over and over again, albeit on a fresh stage with new players.
This does not do sufficient justice to the unfolding newness of each
moment of creation. The Bible is not so much a script that the
church learns and performs as it is a training school that shapes
the habits and practices of a community. This community learns to
take the right things for granted, and on the basis of this
faithfulness, it trusts itself to improvise within its tradition.
Improvisation means a community formed in the right habits trusting
itself to embody its tradition in new and often challenging
circumstances; and this is exactly what the church is called to do.
In outlining the practices of theatrical improvisers and showing
how they inform and describe the discernment and practice of a
Christian community, he develops six modes of activity. Chapter 5
begins with the vital role in ethics of the formation of habits.
Ethics is not about being clever in a crisis but about forming a
character that does not realize it has been in a crisis until the
"crisis" is over. It is just the same for improvisers in the
theater. Improvisation is not about being spontaneous and witty in
the moment, but about trusting oneself to do and say the obvious.
The key to both ethics and improvisation is what the players regard
as obvious, and thus the real issues in both lie in the imagination.
In chapter 6 Wells reflects on status, a key notion in
improvisation, and a neglected notion in Christian ethics. He
suggests the benefits that consideration of status might make to
writing on Christian ethics and offer humorous examples to
demonstrate the significance and the universality of status
transactions. In chapter 7 he describes perhaps the foundational
notions in theatrical improvisation, those of accepting and blocking
offers. He suggests how these notions help to display the
frustrations of much ethics in the contemporary context. Chapter 8
is a more theoretical chapter, less explicitly linked to specific
practices in improvisation, but necessary to the argument because it
explores the difference between gifts and givens, which is central
to the subsequent chapter. In a sense, chapters 7 and 8 are
introductory chapters to chapter 9, perhaps the key chapter in the
book. In chapter 9 Wells outlines the practice of over-accepting, in
which a community fits a new action or concept into a larger
narrative, into the greater drama of what God is doing in the
world. Finally, in chapter 10, Wells introduces the second key
practice, re-incorporation. This is an eschatological practice in
which discarded elements in the drama are woven back into the story,
and it is particularly appropriate in relation to those whom Jesus
came to restore.
By this stage the community of readers is perhaps yearning for worked examples of how these practices may shape their imagination and habits. In part 3 Wells shows that the practices he commends, though they have not been given these names before, are not "original." Wells says he is not trying to commend "a new way of doing ethics," but to offer a coherent and suggestive series of practices that describe what the church's faithful social response has always been. And so he has taken two contexts in which particular authors have tried to show what faithful discipleship means under extreme pressure, and he has demonstrated how these authors' understanding of faithfulness is almost exactly the same as what he has portrayed, albeit without the explicit categories he is proposing.
In the last two chapters he engages with two further issues. Unlike the previous, they do not threaten to destroy faith and/or the church: on the contrary they offer to take away frustrating limitations to human life and promise a flourishing future. One is the question of human cloning, which promises to overcome the limitations of the human body and bring a kind of salvation short of heaven. The other is the case of genetically modified foods, which promise to solve the world's food shortages at a stroke. The response to these issues in Christian circles has not been coherent, and the arguments used have in many cases not been theological ones. Well’s treatments in these two chapters are an attempt both to use the practices proposed in this book to portray a theological response to these issues and meanwhile to test Improvisation proposals in two contexts of pressing public concern.
This is one of the most relevant, stimulating, and lucid books on
Christian ethics to appear for some time. It provides an excellent
introduction to current debates in Christian ethics while making its
own vivid and sometimes controversial contribution. It is in many
places profound and original, and it deserves to be widely read and
discussed. – Duncan B. Forrester, University of Edinburgh
A book on improvisation cannot be a book about improvisation, but
it must `be' that which it is about. No easy task, but both the
content and execution of
Improvisation do what the book says. With concepts such as
`blocking' and `overaccepting,' Wells provides us with skills for
the imagination that we might live more faithful (and humorous)
lives as Christians. Like all great improvisers, Wells has a gift
for telling the right but unexpected story at the right time. This
extraordinarily sophisticated book can be read for profit by those
well schooled in the literature of theology and ethics, but more
important, this book will satisfy those who hunger and thirst for an
account of what it means to live as a Christian in our day. –
Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School
Improvisation indeed. Bold, creative, and yet showing a deep
mastery of his craft, Samuel Wells charts a fresh course for
Christian theological ethics that is at once artful, contemporary,
and faithful both to the Bible and to the best of Christian ethical
reflection. While Wells rightly refuses to concede that Christian
ethics is primarily about problem solving, he nevertheless offers
back to the church its own imaginative resources for confronting the
more intractable dilemmas of our age. This is a very important book.
– Michael Hanby, Baylor University
Samuel Wells is against originality, since he wants the church to
do what comes naturally to it. Yet in this remarkable discussion of
improvisation in Christian ethics he has given us a work of striking
originality that will surely help the church to be more imaginative
in its faithfulness and more faithful in its imagination. – Robert
Song, University of Durham
Improvisation is an interesting and subtle take on Christian ethics, needing to be read by just about every thoughtful person in the church.
Religion & Spirituality / Buddhism
Speech of Delight: Mipham's Commentary on Śāntarakşita's
Ornament of the Middle Way by Ju Mipham, foreword by Chökyi
Nyima Rinpoche, translated by Thomas H. Doctor (Snow Lion
In his Ornament of the Middle Way, the great Indian master Śāntarakşita's reveals how the path of reasoning can lead the mind to increasingly profound insight and experience, and how the process of refining our view of reality through intelligent and open-minded inquiry can bring about complete liberation within the discovery of the natural state. Śāntarakşita's Madhyamakālamkāra is a condensed presentation of later Indian "Middle Way" philosophy and is structured around one recurring theme, namely, the impossibility of entities being consistently analyzable as either single individuals (i.e., wholes) or plural composites (i.e., parts). In contrast to Śāntarakşita's encyclopedic and multifaceted treatment of Indian philosophy in his well-known Tattvasamgraha, the tour de force of his Madhyamakālamkāra is to see all the seemingly diverse Buddhist and non-Buddhist ontologies as hinging on failed attempts to solve part-whole problems.
The philosophy of this Indian master, and that of his disciple, Kamalaśīla, has inspired thinkers from all the major indigenous schools in Tibet, one of the most important issues for Tibetans being how and where this so-called "Yogācāra-Svātantrika" philosophy is to be situated in the hierarchy of Indian Buddhist schools. Some of the best philosophy in Tibet has been done on precisely this question.
Speech of Delight was written by Ju Mipham (1846-1912), a universal genius writing on all aspects of Buddhist theory and practice, and on the traditional sciences, and translated by Thomas Doctor (born 1966), translator for the Ven. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and the Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Nepal since 1993.
Profound and vast in meaning, the
Speech of Delight conveys the heart practice of all accomplished
knowledge-holders and reveals the single path traversed to
omniscience. Containing key points and oral instructions for all
philosophies, it is like a single bridge that spans a hundred
rivers. – Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
Thomas Doctor has presented us with a readable and reliable
translation of a major commentary on the Madhyamakālamkāra
by the nineteenth century rNying ma pa writer, Mi pham rgya mtsho.
Although the Madhyamakālamkāra is short and condensed,
Mipham's commentary is enormous in size and extremely detailed.
Thomas Doctor's translation of this monumental work will be of
substantial value to those who wish to better understand nineteenth
and twentieth century rNying ma pa thought in its relationship with
Indian sources. The book should thus be of benefit to historians,
philosophers and practicing Buddhists alike. – Tom J.F. Tillemans,
University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Speech of Delight, Ju Mipham's illustrious commentary,
highlights and explains the pithy reasoning of this classic
treatise, and unfolds the expansive view of the Great Vehicle in a
clear, engaging and compassionate way. Treasured as "The Eyes of Ju
Mipham Rinpoche," this commentary is a key element in the curriculum
of many of the monastic colleges in Tibet and South Asia.
Simultaneously direct and profound, it displays the hallmarks of
Mipham's accomplished authorship.
Science / Technology
Masterworks of Technology: The Story of Creative Engineering,
Architecture, and Design by E. E. Lewis (Prometheus
Bigger, faster, stronger – and smarter!
Human beings have always tried to find ways to make life easier. In ancient times, all but a privileged few could count on hard, physical labor to account for the bulk of their waking hours. Yet one of the gifts of the human race is the ability to innovate, to envision and to create the technology that allows work to be done easier, faster, more thoroughly, and more consistently. Through the centuries, engineers – our technological innovators – have not only striven to perfect older technologies but also established new technologies built upon their experience and the growing power of science.
Masterworks of Technology, E. E. Lewis traces these steps along
the path to our modern technological sophistication. Lewis's years
in the engineering field have given him an authoritative perspective
on the highlights of technological progress through the ages.
Melding his own personal experience – from visiting the cathedral in
Chartres, France, to flying aboard a Boeing 777 – with historical
vignettes, Lewis, professor of mechanical engineering at
Northwestern University, demonstrates the importance of the craft
tradition, scientific method, production organization, and
economics, to the creation of modern technology. Topics that Lewis
illuminates include pyramid construction in ancient Egypt; the
evolution of the wheelwright's craft; the background and training of
the architect-engineers who built Europe's medieval cathedrals; the
importance of patrons and venture capitalists in realizing big
ideas; the increasing use of visualization as seen in Leonardo da
Vinci's notebooks; Galileo's pioneering effort to bring science and
engineering together; the increasing importance of basic science as
the seedbed of engineering and design innovators; and the challenge
of attempting unprecedented feats while minimizing risk, as
exemplified by space flight.
From inventing the wheel to mastering rocket science, E. E. Lewis
highlights the joys and challenges of successful engineering... .an
interesting read... – Tom Kelley, General Manager, IDEO and author
of The Art of Innovation
A fascinating exploration of engineering throughout history, from
the pyramids of Egypt to the skyscrapers of today's cities... a
lively and entertaining narrative describing many of the people,
events, and technologies shaping our history and our lives through
engineering. – James J. Duderstadt, President Emeritus, University
Whether discussing the distribution of weight among flying buttresses, the challenges faced by Samuel Morse in engineering the telegraph, or the Apollo program's monumental team effort, Lewis's gift for engaging, lively prose make for a fascinating exploration of science and engineering through the ages. His singular knowledge, evident in this culmination of a lifetime of work in the field, has resulted in Masterworks of Technology – a book that anyone who appreciates the beauty and complexity of brilliant tools, clever machines, and amazing structures will savor.
Why Do Criminals Offend?: A General Theory of Crime and
Delinquency by Robert Agnew (Roxbury Publishing
Why Do Criminals Offend? focuses on what is probably the most frequently asked question about crime: Why do criminals offend?
Criminologist Robert Agnew draws on a broad range of crime
theories and the latest research to present a general theory of
crime and delinquency, rich with student-accessible examples. The
general theory integrates the essential arguments from social
learning, social control, self-control, strain, labeling, social
support, bio-psychological, and other theories. And it draws on the
latest research examining the relationship between crime, individual
traits, and the social environment – including family, school, peer,
and work environments.
Why Do Criminals Offend? seeks to explain why some individuals
are more likely than others to offend; the general theory is also
used to explain group differences in crime rates and patterns of
offending over the life course. Further, the theory is used to
evaluate current efforts to control crime and suggest new crime
Agnew, widely published author and professor at Emory University,
says that his efforts to construct a general theory faced a major
challenge. The challenge was to balance the need to construct a
theory that is reasonably complete against the need for a theory
that is not so complex as to overwhelm readers. The general theory
Why Do Criminals Offend? takes a middle path. It does not
attempt to list every cause of crime, describe all the
relationships between these causes, and discuss all the ways in
which these causes work together to affect crime. Nor does it limit
its focus to a single, broadly defined causal variable. Rather, the
general theory focuses on the major, direct causes of crime and
groups these causes into a few well-defined clusters, organized by
life domain. The theory then advances several general propositions
that describe how these clusters are related to one another and how
they work together to affect crime. This approach allows for the
development of a reasonably complete theory of crime that is capable
of guiding future research and crime-control efforts, but is not so
complex that it impedes testing efforts.
Most of the propositions at the core of the general theory are
derived from the work of others, including the integrated theories
of Thornberry and Colvin. While the general theory does present some
new arguments regarding the causes of crime, it is most
distinguished by how it organizes existing theories and research
into an integrated whole. The key propositions of the theory are
described on a chapter-by-chapter basis:
The general theory in
Why Do Criminals Offend? is designed to explain why some
individuals are more likely than others to engage in behaviors that
are generally condemned and that carry a significant risk of
sanction by the state if detected. The theory argues that some
individuals engage in such behaviors because (1) they are in
environments where the risk of condemnation and sanction is low; (2)
they possess personality traits that reduce their concern with
condemnation and sanction; and (3) they face strong pressures and
incentives to engage in such behaviors. The theory, however, also
applies to some other types of crime, including white-collar crime
(discussed in Chapter 10). Although the theory focuses on the
explanation of individual differences in the extent of crime,
Chapter 9 describes how the theory can be extended to explain group
differences in crime rates. Chapter 11 covers recommendations for
controlling crime and Chapter 12 describes the general theory as an
integrated theory of crime.
This is a brilliant integrative book.... an outstanding
contribution to criminological theory and knowledge. – David
Farrington, University of Cambridge
This book is a major contribution to the discipline.... Extremely
well written and engaging. – Alex R. Piquero, University of Florida
… outstanding… It is logical in its organization, clearly
articulated, empirically informed, and brilliant in its depth of
scholarship.... This book should be required reading for anyone
interested in the study of crime and criminals. – John Wright,
University of Cincinnati
Agnew's general theory as explained in
Why Do Criminals Offend? is concise and written at a level
readily accessible to undergraduates. The text provides a good sense
of the major causes of crime and how they mutually influence and
interact with one another to affect crime. Key points are
illustrated with examples from qualitative and quantitative
research, and each chapter ends with a set of thought-provoking
Social Sciences / Anthropology / Minority
Isabel Flick: The Many Lives of an Extraordinary Aboriginal
Woman by Isabel Flick & Heather Goodall (Allen & Unwin)
Isabel Flick was always making trouble.
Isabel Flick is the story of a remarkable woman, told in her own
words and those of her family and friends. It begins on the
riverbank camps of the country town of Collarenebri, Australia,
where, because she was Aboriginal, Flick was barred from school and
threatened by the Protection Board with ‘removal.’
The story, as told to Heather Goodall, history lecturer at the University of Technology in Sydney, one of Australia's leading experts on Aboriginal history, paints a picture of the experience of Aboriginal people in Australia during the 20th century and of race relations in its rural towns.
Flick escaped from the harsh controls of Toomelah Mission to the
cotton fields of Wee Waa, cooked for the upper classes in Sydney's
Rose Bay, marched in the street protests of Redfern and lobbied in
the halls of Parliament House. Throughout her life, she challenged
the racism of rural Australia, demanding desegregation and justice
in education, work, health and before the law. But Flick's fight was
not only directed at the non-Aboriginal community; she was not
afraid to speak openly about injustice among her own people.
Flick's life, from her childhood to her work fighting for reform in education and healthcare, is explored in detail. Her accomplishments, including laying the groundwork for the unrest preceding Australia's Freedom Ride in 1965 and her work with the union movement, are detailed, culminating in her 1991 nomination as town spokesperson for a small town in New South Wales with a long history of racism.
Flick's is a story of determination and success in the face
of cultural barriers. All who knew Isabel were moved by her –
she was the hub of a wide network within the Aboriginal community,
linking the many people with whom she had worked and campaigned. She
was extraordinary, too, in developing a strong network among
Eventually, returning to the riverbank where she grew up,
Isabel's enormous political experience and courage were acknowledged
by the non-Aboriginal people of her town. It was Isabel who was
chosen by Collarenebri whites and blacks as their spokesperson
during a crisis which threatened them all.
If I had to name five people who are true leaders, Isabel would
be one of them. – Linda Burney, MP
Reflecting on the meaning of community, country and tradition,
Isabel Flick is beautifully crafted story – an inspiration – of
love, humor and courage, conveying a profound sense of justice and
Social Sciences /
Not Just Any Dress: Narratives of Memory, Body, and Identity
edited by Sandra Weber & Claudia Mitchell
(Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education, Vol.
220, Peter Lang)
We love them, we hate them, we gawk at them, we covet them, we long for them, we disdain them, we buy them, we make them, we wash them, we iron them, we wear them, we refuse to wear them, we work in them, we dance in them, we stain them, we tear them, we mend them, we remodel them, we ridicule them, we take them for granted, we grow out of them, we curse at them, we give them away, we forget them, we remember them with shame or longing, we store them away lovingly, we toss them crumpled on the floor, we hang on to them for ages even when they no longer fit, we hand them down, and sometimes, we even burn them.
If dresses could talk, what stories might they tell?
According to editors Sandra Weber, professor of education and
fellow at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University,
Montreal, and Claudia Mitchell, professor and chair in the School of
Education at the University of Natal, South Africa, if you ask women
to talk or write about dresses, without much prompting, they will
regale you with detailed snippets from their lives. They will tell
anecdotes that start out ostensibly
about clothes, but end up being about so much more – events, family, community, relationships, body-image, feelings, aspirations, attitudes, beliefs and thoughts about all sorts of things. In the telling or writing of these autobiographical stories, an item of clothing becomes a springboard, an axis of rotation, or a structural grounding for a detailed account of life events.
Not Just Any Dress is a collection of short stories,
essays, and poems in which dress is the structure and focus to
generate autobiographical accounts from women's lives. Often
personal in nature, these "dress stories" point unfailingly to
matters of social and cultural import. Some of the dresses described
inhabit the popular imagination: the little girl dress, the
communion dress, the school uniform, the prom dress, the wedding
dress, the little black dress, and the burial dress. Beyond the
semiotic, tactile, and visual aspects of the dresses themselves, the
narratives delve into what dresses reveal about fundamental aspects
of human experience: identity, embodiment, relationship, and
mortality. Bought or made, then worn, forgotten, remembered,
re-constructed, and re-interpreted, each dress offers a new glimpse
into how we construct meaning in our daily lives, and how dresses
serve to reinforce or resist social structures and cultural
Convinced of the potential dress offers as a method of inquiry into identity processes and embodiment, Weber and Mitchell began writing stories about particular items of clothing, and invited a small number of writers, including scholars and poets who are connected with their interdisciplinary research group, The Image and Identity Research Collective (IIRC), which the editors co-founded. The result of this work is Not Just Any Dress, an edited volume of carefully crafted autobiographical and literary pieces. Academics and poets, it turns out, have a lot to say about their clothes.
This book thus draws together a number of dress stories – narrative essays, short stories, and poems in which dress becomes the organizing feature for looking at body and identity in women's lives within a birth-to-death framework in North American and Western society. In some cases, respondents chose to write about items that reflect a particular rite of passage of social and institutional significance; others have chosen garments that take on some sort of individual symbolism (as in "the dress I was wearing when ...").
Moving back and forth from private spaces to public ones, each
chapter tells a compelling tale that revolves around at least one
garment and features an unexpected twist of plot or language that
interrogates the common assumptions usually associated with the
buying or making or wearing of the dress. Thus for example, a
communion dress becomes an affront to the clergy, a wedding dress, a
declaration of defiance, a corset, a symbol of a mother's sternness,
and a bathrobe, a teacher's garment. Whether bought or made, worn or
forgotten, each dress offers new glimpses into how we construct
meaning in our daily lives.
The narrative research methodology underlying this collection capitalizes on the ways that any woman's autobiography is in some respects every woman's biography, and on how no two experiences or images are exactly alike yet can have much to say to each other, even when they seem to be portraying contradictory world views or realities.
In Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, and Education, experiential
accounts of wearing clothes are scarce indeed. As Tseelon points
out, there is a plethora of semiotic and sociological analyses and
historical accounts of dress and an abundance of philosophizing of
the body, but approaches to the clothed body that are grounded in
people's own accounts of their experience are too few in number.
Through the use of various forms of "dress stories" – critical
memoir, photography, poetry, autobiographical narratives
Not Just Any Dress helps to address this imbalance.
For those readers interested in pursuing dress-body studies
beyond this volume, in addition to detailed endnotes, the editors
provide all the chapters' references into one convenient reference
list at the end of the book.
The contributors to Not Just Any Dress are skillful in using dress to write thoughtfully and artfully about things that matter. The book is a compelling collection featuring dress as the structural grounding for autobiographical accounts from women's lives in Western society.
Social Sciences / Communication
Escaping The Global Village: Media, Language, And Protest
by Niamh Hourigan (Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield)
We are witnessing a more general and progressive shift of the
production of identity and of values from the places traditionally
assigned to these (family, education etc.) towards other social
arenas. The media intervene in the formation of public opinion and
contribute to definitions of individual and collective identities.
Therefore, an analysis of the emergence, operation and achievements
of these campaign groups can provide insights into the links between
language, media and power in European societies.
In the face of expanding global media, Europe's linguistic minorities have begun to resist the homogenizing forces of television. Escaping The Global Village documents and analyzes various campaigns by indigenous minority language advocates throughout Europe for alternative language television services. In this survey, Niamh Hourigan uses social movement theory as the framework for her comparison of indigenous minority language protest groups such as the Welsh, Basque, Scots Gaelic, Catalan, and Irish.
In characterizing national broadcasting executives and national politicians as members of an elite, Hourigan, lecturer in the Department of Sociology at University College Cork, Ireland, is not suggesting that members of these groups are innately superior to others; she is saying that they occupy positions which allow them greater access to power and greater control over representation and discourse than other groups within these societies. In accounting for the emergence of these campaigns, it is clear that minority language activists resented the discourse of national identity which was being delivered to them by these privileged groups through their control of broadcasting. Activists sought to challenge these definitions and dismantle the institutions and cultural elites who sought to impose a national identity on their communities.
The first chapter of Escaping The Global Village outlines the three major frameworks of social movement theory which have emerged in Europe and the United States during the last fifty years. For the purposes of this study, a social movement is defined as "a collective attempt to further a common interest or secure a common goal, through collective action outside the sphere of established institutions".
As a result of the emergence of the civil rights, women's and
anti-war movements in the United States during the 1960s, classical
formulations, which characterized social protest as irrational,
began to appear increasingly inadequate, giving rise to the term
"resource mobilization" (RM). Then new social movement (NSM) theory
began to develop in Europe in the late '70s as resource mobilization
was coming to the fore in the United States. Ideology and identity
are the themes which preoccupy NSM theorists. In response to the
activities of new social movements, advocates of resource
mobilization have recently redirected attention to the role of
ideology in social protest. These frameworks are used to compare the
emergence, framing and operation of each social movement in
Escaping The Global Village. The operation of each movement is
examined in terms of movement structure, management of resources,
leadership, tactics, inter-organizational networks, and movement
dynamic and organizational effectiveness.
In chapter 2, a variety of potential frameworks are examined in order to construct a model which facilitates the comparison of the indigenous minority language services. The television stations examined are Sianel Pedwar Cymru (S4C) in Wales, Televisio de Catalunya (TV3) in Catalonia, Euskal Telebista (ETB 1) in the Basque Country, Televisio de Galicia (TVG) in Galicia, the Comataidh Telebhisein Gaidhlig (CTG) in Scotland and Irish Language Television Service (TG4) in the Republic of Ireland. The construction of a suitable model involves an exploration of the links between identity, language and media.
Chapter 3 provides an analysis of five of the six campaigns reviewed in Escaping The Global Village. In the first section, the emergence, framing and operation of campaigns in Wales and Scotland are compared. First, this analysis examines the web of underground nationalist movements which operated in these regions during the rule of General Franco. Then it examines how minority language television services were successfully established after the dictator's death. This analysis includes a review of the transition to democracy in Spain and the creation of the autonomous regions of Catalonia, Galicia and the Basque Country.
The campaign for Irish language television is examined in greater
depth in chapter 4. This campaign was conducted by a host of
different movements over a twenty-year period. Therefore, the
campaign provides a useful template for a detailed application of
the major strands of social movement theory. It is surprising that
the establishment of an Irish language television service required
twenty years of protest. A deep analysis of the campaign indicates
that the conflict between the state and Irish language groups was
closely linked to conflicts about membership of elites.
In chapter 5, the services which were created as a result of these campaigns are compared using the framework of television as discursive space. The first section examines the operating structures of S4C, TVG, ETB 1, TV3, CTG and TG4.
The concluding chapter of
Escaping The Global Village first reviews the comparison of the
three major strands of social movement theory. A modification of the
resource mobilization model is suggested and NSM debates about the
distinction between new grievances and old nationalisms are
revisited in light of the experience of media campaigners. Then the
chapter places these campaigns in terms of broader patterns of
social change in European societies. The chapter concludes with an
analysis of minority language media campaigns in light of theories
of global change. It is argued that these campaigns emerged in
response to the activities of national elites and national
broadcasting networks rather than the intrusive impact of global
media systems into these communities. Minority language media
campaigners are not reacting in a defensive manner to global change;
rather, these groups are taking advantage of the opportunities
created by global processes to dismantle or challenge oppressive
For all the recent hype on the role of media, social movements,
language.0and national and minority identities in contemporary
society, works explicitly integrating all these different dimensions
are still in short supply.
Escaping The Global Village nicely contributes to filling this
gap. It will be widely read – and well received – by social
scientists across a range of disciplinary fields. - Mario Diani,
University of Trento; European Editor of Mobilization
Hourigan offers penetrating accounts of the campaigns'
strategies, obstacles, and successes, and insight into the
television services achieved.
Escaping The Global Village not only reveals an emerging modern
form of social protest but also situates it within broader patterns
of social change, particularly globalization.
Monk's Travels: People, Places, and Events by Edward A
Malloy (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
As Father Edward Malloy traveled around the world, he recorded
the stories of the people he met, the places he visited, and the
events he experienced, never planning to share them. Affectionately
known as "Monk," the president of the University of Notre Dame
recounts his visits to destinations such as New York just after
September 11, 2001, Europe, the Mediterranean, Latin America, Africa
and the Far East in
Monk's Travels. What began as a personal record of his many
trips soon attracted the attention of numerous friends and fellow
travelers, and now the book allows readers throughout the world to
follow his journey.
With a talent for describing what he sees, Malloy paints a
picture of everything he experiences. From his encounters with the
local residents of the places he visits to his interactions with
some of the most notable personalities of our time, including
Presidents George H. W. and George W. Bush, Martin Luther King Jr.,
and Pope John Paul II,
Monk's Travels goes beyond the stories by sharing a reflection
of Monk's personality, hopes, spirituality, and emotions. In
retelling his journeys to places all over the globe, Monk shares
those details that are necessary to imagine and appreciate where he
visited and whom he met.
"Anne Tyler wrote a novel called The Accidental Tourist about a
man who is forced to travel but does not want to have any new
experiences.... My goal on my trips has been just the opposite: not
to do anything too foolish, but to be open to an endless round of
new experiences and possibilities," writes Malloy.
Monk's Travels shares his many varied experiences,
acquaintances, and encounters through eventful trips around the
Monk's Travels shares Malloy's personality, hopes, spirituality,
and emotions. Wherever he goes, Malloy not only looks for but sees
who and what is going on around him. His eye for detail is sharp,
reflecting his long experience of speaking to wide and varied
audiences. This is a book that will interest many – from those who
are interested in higher education or Catholicism to those who
are interested in travel and world events.
Social Sciences / Gender Studies
Eco-Man: New Perspectives on Masculinity and Nature edited
by Mark Allister (Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations in
Ecocriticism Series: University of Virginia Press)
The paradoxical role nature plays in American myth and history grows in part from the male's reverent fascination with the wilderness and his equally strong impulse to dominate it. Many canonical literary works – think of Thoreau, Melville, Hemingway, Faulkner – look to the wild as the site for establishing a man's selfhood. But nature is just as often subjected to his most violent displays of mastery.
According to Mark Allister, Professor of English at St. Olaf College, Virginia, this tension lies at the heart of Eco-Man, which brings together two rapidly growing fields: men's studies and ecocriticism. The two disciplines have rarely if ever touched each other; brought together, men's studies is freed from the typical limitation of an exclusively urban-centered perspective, while ecocriticism engages an "ecomasculine" lens through which to view the field.
The book's contents are diverse, but the contributors challenge our idea of masculinity as merely the social code of patriarchy. By complicating our cultural notions of nature and masculinity, the volume's twenty essays question whether we can construct a notion of manhood around ecological principles and practices – and if so, what this would look like, and how it would enrich men's studies. The essays contained in Eco-Man explore this paradoxical relationship between man and nature, from man's reverent fascination with the wilderness to his equally strong impulse to dominate it. From essays entitled "Deerslayer with a Degree," to "Consuming Cities: Hip-Hop's Urban Wilderness and the Cult of Masculinity," the volume complicates our notions of man's relationship to nature.
Though our culture often attributes characteristics such as reason and intellect to the idea of man," Mark Allister argues that ironically, when asked to name men we associate with the term "masculinity," we do not name men famous for their minds, but rather cite men who exhibit physical prowess in nature, outdoors, or in sports arenas.
Contributors include: John Tallmadge, Gretchen Legler, Mark
Allister, Scott Russell Sanders, Thomas R. Smith, Scott Slovic,
Alvin Handelman, David Copland Morris, Rick Fairbanks, Cheryll
Glottelty, Barton Sutler, James Barilla, Timothy Young, O. Alan
Weltzien, Julia Martin, Patrick D. Murphy, Jim Heynen, Lilace Mellin
Guignard, Stephen J. Mexal, Ken Lamberton, and James J. Farrell.
Eco-Man is a refreshing, thoughtful and diverse expansion of the
study of masculinity and its connection to nature. By requiring no
unifying theme from its contributors, Allister allowed each to
freely write from his or her nature and experience – free from the
handcuffs of predetermined theses. – Warren Farrell, Ph.D; author of Why Men are the Way they Are and The Myth of Male Power
The varied assembly of contributors to Eco-Man – including historians, philosophers, poets, both male and female – have written with the general reader in mind. The result is a book as approachable as it is groundbreaking.
Anthropology, Nineteenth Century Art, Lost in Tibet, The American Worker, Management, Tourism and Transition, Leadership Within, Web Development, Wine, Education, Italian Country Recipes, The Perfect Cocktail, Economic Development, Mental Retardation, Teaching Language Arts, Van Morrison: A New Biography, Transcaucasus Republics, Sex Addiction, Children with Neuro-developmental Disabilities, Self-Help Happiness, Yoga for Awareness, Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's War, Election Crisis of 1800, World War II, Who Invented the Steamboat? Christie's Rock and Pop Memorabilia, How to Create a Waterwise, Drought-Tolerant Garden, Homes in the Country, Antique Glass, Gay Mystery: Biceps Of Death, Radio Theatre Audio Production of Anne of Green Gables, Eliza Haywood's Female Spectators, Death of a Relationship, Disease Detectives, Talking Heads Story Songs, Chief Inspector Barnaby, U.S. National Parks, Duck-Hunting Clubs in Louisiana, Religious Odyssey of Orestes A. Brownson, Politics, Ethics, and Religion, Arguing About War, Japanese Media High Jinks, Congressional Quarterly Guide to Current American Government, Pathological Gambling, Architectural Pattern Book for Neighborhoods, Horticulture, Architecture Today, Story and Emotion Woven Around Saved Objects, Classic Tarot Deck and Kit, Spirituality of the Sword, Stories of Immortality, Ouspensky's Shadow, A Pilgrimage Tale, Christian Ethics, Buddhism Speech of Delight, Masterworks of Technology, Crime and Delinquency, Life of an Extraordinary Aboriginal Woman, Narratives of Memory, Body, Media, Language, and Protest, Father Edward Malloy Travel Tales, New Perspectives on Masculinity