The Right Mistake: The Further Philosophical Investigations of Socrates Fortlow by Walter Mosley
Literature and Fiction / Crime / Philosophy / Social Action
The Right Mistake: The Further Philosophical Investigations of Socrates Fortlow by Walter Mosley (Socrates Fortlow Series: Basic Civitas Books)
Mosley has constructed a perfect Socrates for millennium’s end –
a principled man who finds that the highest meaning of life can be
attained through self-knowledge, and who convinces others of the
power and value of looking within. –
After ten years, the street philosopher Socrates Fortlow – of Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, which received the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and Walkin' the Dog – returns in The Right Mistake by best-selling author Walter Mosley, creator of the widely acclaimed Easy Rawlins series of mysteries.
Living in South Central
"We are here because the world ... the whole damn world is messed up," Socrates in The Right Mistake says during his inaugural meeting, "An' all we do every day is shut our eyes hopin' that it'll get bettah while we ain't lookin." The street philosopher enjoins his friends to explore – even in the knowledge that there’s nothing that they personally can do to change the ways of the world – what might be done anyway, what it would take to change themselves and their own lives.
No topic is off limits, which causes hot-blooded discussion week after week and some strain. Tensions rise as gangsters and respectable deacons fight over issues of personal and social responsibility; yet violence never erupts. The unlikely group of thinkers often comes to a mutual understanding on these issues. Some even form lasting bonds of friendship and love. Together the group endures being infiltrated by undercover police, a near-deadly shooting of one of its members, and a murder trial. They also share in the joy of a wedding and a birth and find renewed faith in themselves and society. Simply by asking questions about racial authenticity, street justice, infidelity, poverty, and the possibility of mutual understanding, Socrates and his unlikely crew actually begin to make a difference.
… The hardened ex-con living in South
Ex-con Socrates Fortlow, the conscience of South Central Los Angeles (Walkin' the Dog, 1999, etc.), returns for another dozen interlinked adventures, most of them revolving around dialogues on tough or taboo subjects. … While Socrates and his friends celebrate the power of arguments in their safe space to produce deeper insights, events from outside keep intruding. A much younger member of the group confesses her love to Socrates. He finds an unexpected source of funding that helps him dramatically expand his outreach. His adoptive son Darryl is shot. The LAPD, suspicious of the Big Nickel, uses an informant to infiltrate the group. A baseless search of the premises leads Socrates to threaten Capt. Telford Winegarten, of the Anti-gang Tactical Division, with a lawsuit. Socrates and Billy Psalms, on a trip to
The Right Mistake …is a thought-provoking exploration of wickedness – and what's to be done about it. –
In turns outraged and affectionate,
The Right Mistake offers a profoundly literary and
redemptive exploration of the possibility of moral action in a
violent and fallen world. The book promotes communication, straight
talk, learning by talking and listening, community building and
taking responsibility for one’s actions. It is a book about a
discussion group, and where discussion can lead, essentially, about
a salon in one of the roughest neighborhoods in the
Arts & Photography / History / World / Holocaust
Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews in
World War II by Norman H. Gershman (
…My photographic pilgrimages have taken me to the former
As elsewhere during World War II, Jews in
Over a five-year period, fine art photographer Norman H. Gershman
sought out, photographed, and collected these stories of heroism in
Besa. Gershman’s encounters with the goodly nature
of these inhabitants had a profound impact on him. According to
Mordecai Paldiel, Director of Special Projects for the International
Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, he is a changed man, and
Besa is a testimony to the faith and commitment of
these rescuers to the values of humanity, as well as to his
determination to bring the message of these heretofore unknown
rescuers to the attention of the public at large. He has since
enlarged his initial investigation of wartime rescues within
Besa is more than a collection of pictures. To
create it, Gershman journeyed to
Gershman in Besa sheds light on the nature of Islam as both a compassionate and an Abrahamic religion. For these Albanian Muslims, saving Jews was a religious calling because of the close bond between Jews and Muslims in Islam. The bonds that bind Islam and Judaism, together with those binding both to Christianity, the third point in the Abrahamic triangle, need to be recognized and discussed.
….Norman takes us into a humane, accepting Muslim society. His interview with Baba Haxhi Reshat Bardhi, the world head of the Albanian Bektashi sect, reflects this compassion and humanism in Islam. "We Bektashi see God everywhere, in everyone," the leader explained. "God is in every pore and every cell. Therefore all are God's children. There cannot be infidels. There cannot be discrimination. If one sees a good face one is seeing the face of God. 'God is beauty. Beauty is God. There is no God but God.'
…We as a world civilization are at the crossroads. Building these
bridges across religions and cultures is no longer an intellectual
pastime; it is an imperative if we are to survive the twenty-first
century. The transcendent humanity Norman H. Gershman has recorded
in the faces and stories of this book provide a profoundly inspiring
message of hope and compassion in these days of conflict and
confrontation, and I hope that it will be widely read. The spirit of
Norman's book and the initiatives taken are the same: to go out, to
journey, to heal a fractured world, to create learning to listen, to
have dialogue, and ultimately to create understanding. – Akbar
Ahmed, Ibn Khaldum Chair of Islamic Studies,
Through the eyes of Norman H. Gershman, we can see that beyond
our individual identities and desires, there is a common core of
self, an essential humanity whose nature is peace, whose expression
is thought, and whose action is unconditional love. – Madam Jehan
Sadat, The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development,
Through Norman H. Gershman's exhibits and book, we are able to witness a true light of humanity shining individually and collectively in these humble, yet courageous Muslim Albanians, who, guided by the code of Besa, sought out and honored Jews as guests and never as strangers. – Asher Naim, Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations
Foreword, Mordecai Paldiel:
There is a great benefit in ethnography, of speaking with people in order to understand their histories and cultures, and this is what Gershman has magnificently accomplished in Besa. Gershman's book, with its moving stories and images, is a wonderful tool in the effort to promote dialogue and understanding within the Abrahamic religions.
Through Besa, Gershman steps outside the traditional role of photojournalist and become a historian. His skills as a humanistic photographer and documentarian are exemplified in the book as his lens captures the soulful intent of these Albanian families. We may be learning about these acts of heroism only now, but the work of Gershman and others will ensure that their story will be told for generations.
Arts & Photography / History & Criticism / Schools, Periods & Styles / Reference
European Art of the Seventeenth Century by Rosa Giorgi, translated from the Italian by Rosana M. Giammanco Frongia (Art through the Centuries Series: Getty Publications)
With the publication of European Art of the Seventeenth Century, Getty Publications' Art through the Centuries series of user-friendly art reference guides is now complete. Volumes cover the fourteenth through eighteenth centuries. This series, under the general editorship of Stefano Zuffi, introduces readers to the important visual vocabulary of Western art.
European Art of the Seventeenth Century explores key terms of the seventeenth century, including styles and techniques, the six main regions of artistic production and the important cities within each area, and sixty individual artists. Important facts are summarized in the margins of each entry, and key facets of the illustrations are identified and discussed. Written by Rosa Giorgi, author of Saints in Art and Angels and Demons in Art in the Guide to Imagery series, the book presents the most noteworthy concepts, artists, and cultural centers of the seventeenth century through a close examination of many of its greatest paintings, sculptures, and buildings.
This was the era of absolute monarchs, including
Other leading artists of the period covered in European Art of the Seventeenth Century include: Evaristo Baschenis, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Jacques Callot, Cerano, Philippe de Champaigne, Claudio Coello, Donienichino, Adam Elsheimer, Carel Fabritius, Domenico Fetti, Georg Hegel, Artemisia Gentileschi, Orazio Gentileschi, Luca Giordano, Guercino, Frans Hals, Pieter de Hooch, Jacob Jordaens, Georges de La Tour, Charles Le Brim, Louis Le Nain, Johann Liss, Claude Lorrain, Carlo Maratta, Nicolas and Pierre Alignard, Bartolome Esteban Afurillo, Pietro da Cortoua, Paulus Potter, Alattia Preti, Pierre Puget, Guido Reni, Jusepe de Ribera, Salvator Rosa, Pieter Jansz, Saenredam, Juan Sanchez Cotan, Giovanni Serodine, Frans Snyders, Jan Steen, Sebastian Stosskopf, Bernardo Strozzi, Tanzio da Varallo, David Terriers II, Gerard ter Borch II, Hendrick ter Brugghen, Juan de Valdes Leal, Valentin de Boulogne, Anthony van Dyck, Gerrit van Honthorst, Frans van Mieris, Jacob van Ruisdael, Gaspar van Wittel, Simon Vouet, and Francisco de Zurbaran.
European Art of the Seventeenth Century is a handy guide for museum visitors and anyone interested in the history of art. Beautifully illustrated, the works used as examples in the text come from the world's premiere museums.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership
Courage Goes to Work: How to
Build Backbones, Boost Performance, and Get Results by Bill
Treasurer (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc)
For most managers, the hard part about managing isn't keeping things organized, meeting deliverable dates, or staying on budget. The hard part about managing is all the people stuff.
The hard part is dealing with people who are too comfortable doing things the way they've always been done and too afraid to do things differently – workers who are, as author Bill Treasurer puts it, too ‘comfeartable.’ Such workers fail to exert themselves any more than they have to, equating ‘just enough’ with good enough. By avoiding even mild challenges, these workers thwart forward progress and make their businesses dangerously safe.
The goal of Courage Goes to Work is to build workforce courage by focusing on specific things managers can do to help their people be more courageous. The benefit to the manager is that courage will cause their people to more readily trust their decisions instead of silently resisting their every move. Their workers will be more likely to raise the red flag on projects that are going south, instead of hiding issues until they fester into full-blown catastrophes. Courageous workers are candid and engaged during status meetings, instead of politely nodding their head ‘yes’ every time their managers talk. Courageous workers try things outside their skill sets, deliberately seek out leadership opportunities, and offer ground-breaking (but tradition-defying) ideas.
Treasurer, founder and Chief Encourager at Giant Leap Consulting, in Courage Goes to Work, lays out a step-by-step process that treats courage as a skill that can be developed and strengthened. Treasurer shows how managers can build workplace courage by modeling courageous behavior themselves, creating an environment where people feel safe, taking chances and helping workers deal with fear.
To make the concept of courage more concrete, Treasurer identifies what he calls the Three Buckets of Courage: TRY Courage, having the guts to take initiative; TRUST Courage, being willing to follow the lead of others; and TELL Courage, being honest and assertive with coworkers and bosses. He illustrates each with a variety of examples, and offers proven practices for helping workers keep each bucket full.
Fear and doubt are the two greatest enemies of high performance in the workplace. This powerful book shows you how to instill more and more courage and confidence in every person, releasing personal potential you didn't know you had available. – Brian Tracy, author of Eat that Frog!
Bill Treasurer gives any aspiring leader a practical guide on how to develop the courage that is needed to make an organization a winner... Courage Goes to Work gives us the conviction that ordinary individuals can achieve extraordinary results. – Joe Forehand, retired Chairman and CEO, Accenture
Great companies have bold strategies. But bold strategies have to be implemented by courageous people. Courage Goes to Work offers valuable ideas for boosting workforce performance by building people's courage. This is top-shelf management reading with bottom-line implications. – Tom Bell, chief strategy officer, First Data
I loved Bill's first book, Right Risk, and I love Courage Goes to Work even more. Bill's unique life experiences, along with his gritty business knowledge, make a powerful combination. The result is a book that will transform the way you think about courage, and the way you manage your people, too. – Sharon Jordan-Evans, executive coach, keynote presenter, coauthor of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay
Finally, a book that helps stiffen people's spine at work! Courage Goes to Work is the solution for any manager who has ever been perplexed with how to motivate their workers, and move them past the debilitating effects of fear and comfort. – Bill Stroner, president and CEO, DEMCO
This book is truly awesome! Bill Treasurer has stolen courage
from the gods and brought it to the workplace where it is
desperately needed. Everyone in a leadership role should put this
book on their must read list. After reading it, you may find the
courage to buy a copy for your boss! – Chip
Courage is a vital but overlooked component of business success – Courage Goes to Work shows managers how to build a courageous workforce by inspiring and encouraging their staff to break out of their comfort zone and be courageous. This is the first book to take a systematic approach to developing this vital but overlooked component of business success. The real-world examples are vivid and the strategies, comprehensive.
Children’s / Ages 4-8
Mystery Ride! by Scott Magoon (Harcourt, Inc.)
Mystery Ride! warns kids:
If your parents ever say, "Time for a Mystery Ride!" do not be fooled.
A Mystery Ride may sound cool. But the three siblings in Mystery Ride! know it means their parents are taking them someplace they would never want to go. Like the Laundromat, the dry cleaners, or the department store.
Mystery Rides are not fun.
Or even mysterious, really.
Except for this one time...
Just when the boys in Mystery Ride! think they’re on the worst Mystery Ride ever, they discover it’s not the destinations that are important – it’s the adventure they have along the way.
(And it certainly helps when the journey ends with sprinkles on top . . . )
Author Scott Magoon is an art director who has written and
illustrated several acclaimed picture books. Magoon is a Mystery
Ride survivor himself. To Mystery Riders everywhere, he offers this
consolation: "I feel your pain. The backseat is never big enough,
the destinations are never close enough, and the lost playtime is
gone forever. Magoon is the illustrator of Ugly Fish and Rabbit &
Squirrel, and his own Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything. He
and his family live in
Computers & Internet / Business & Culture / Urban Planning / Reference
Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City edited by Marcus Foth, with a foreword by Anthony Townsend (Information Science Reference)
Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics, more
than any other on the topic, are the clear signs that scholars
working in this area are developing transdisciplinary approaches to
their research. In 2005, the Institute for the Future conducted a
50-year scan of future trends in science and technology for the
Alive with movement and excitement, cities transmit a rapid flow of exchange facilitated by a meshwork of infrastructure connections. In this environment, the Internet has advanced to become the prime communication medium, creating a vibrant and increasingly researched field of study in urban informatics.
Taking a long view of urban informatics, the simultaneous urbanization and global economic integration we are currently experiencing can best be seen as a refinement of the city as a system for information processing. It seems that after 50 years of incubating digital information technologies on the desktop, we are now at a point where they are to become inextricably woven into the everyday social and economic life of dwellers in every city on the planet.
The first big shift, the pervasive spread of sensing in urban environments is already reshaping both the day-to-day and long-term processes of urbanization. While humans still set the boundaries, more and more of the critical life support systems of the city are instrumented to both sense and make sense of the world around them. Like Frankenstein's monster, the physical fabric of cities is waking up and becoming aware of itself.
Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics, then, comes along at an opportune moment to reflect on this historic moment, and to chart both directions of change and specific principles and techniques for how to proceed into unknown territory. It conveys the sense that we are starting to actually ‘see’ informatics transforming cities before our eyes.
The editor of Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics is Marcus Foth, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia; chief investigator on the projects New Media in the Urban Village; and lead chief investigator of Opportunities of Media and Communication Technology to Support Social Networks of Urban Residents in Mexico, South Africa, UK and Australia, and Swarms in Urban Villages.
Topics covered in Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics include community engagement, digital cities, digital identity, environmental impact, locative media, mobile and wireless applications, participatory planning, privacy, surveillance, sustainability, urban informatics, and urban technology.
A macroscopic perspective of urban anatomy does not easily reveal those meticulous details which are necessary to help us understand and appreciate the ‘urban metabolism,’ that is, the nutrients, capacities, processes and pace which nurture the city to keep it alive. Trying to get to the bottom of a city's existence, urban anatomists have to become dissectors of urban infrastructure by trying to microscopically uncover the connections and interrelationships of city elements. Yet, this is anything but trivial for at least three reasons: (1) time, (2) the virtual mirror that digitally augments and enhances urban infrastructures by means of information and communication technology, including mobile and wireless networks, and (3) the city dwellers who have a life of their own and who introduce human fuzziness and socio-cultural variables to the study of the city.
Fulfilling these three challenges, according to Foth, urban informatics offer research methods and instruments that become the microscope of urban anatomy. Urban informatics provides real-time tools for examining the real-time city, to picture the invisible and to zoom into a fine-grained resolution of urban environments to reveal the depth and contextual nuances of urban metabolism processes at work.
Urban informatics research and development is concerned with the impact of technology, systems and infrastructure on people in urban environments. This is an emerging field populated by researchers and practitioners at the intersection of people, place and technology with a focus on cities, locative media and mobile technology. It is interdisciplinary in that it combines members of three broad academic communities: the social (media studies, communication studies, cultural studies, etc.), the urban (urban studies, urban planning, architecture, etc.), and the technical (computer science, software design, human-computer interaction, etc.), as well as the three linking cross sections of urban sociology, urban computing, and social computing. Furthermore, the field's increasing transdisciplinarity is dissolving the rigid boundaries between disciplinary silos. ‘Nomadic’ researchers, who enjoyed more than one higher education and traverse seamlessly between academic schools, enter the stage. The contributors to Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics are prime examples: architects with degrees in media studies, software engineers with expertise in urban sociology, human-computer interaction designers grounded in cultural studies, and urban planners with an appetite for digital media and social network research.
A nucleus within this broad ecology of urban informatics is
particularly worth tracing back, and that is the development of the
digital cities notion. Toru Ishida and Peter van den Besselaar,
arguably two of the most noteworthy scholars in the digital cities
field of research, initiated and supported the digital cities series
of workshops that began in
Ten chapters in Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics (IV, V, VIII, X, XII, XV, XVII, XXII, XXVII, XXVIII) are based on presentations given at the Digital Cities 5 workshop.
Foth hopes that
Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics will
stimulate readers’ mental metabolism with a rich and multi-faceted
degustation menu. Sampling the ‘dishes’ prepared for this urban
smorgasbord will take readers on a Grand Tour covering a great range
of timely and significant topics and issues such as sustainability,
digital identity, surveillance, privacy, access, environmental
impact, activism, participatory planning, and community engagement.
The book exposes research accounts which seek to convey an
appreciation for local differences, for the empowerment of people
and for the human-centered design of urban technology. Both
contributors and coverage are international. They are not limited to
cases based in
Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics brings together an international selection of 66 esteemed scholars presenting their research and development on urban technology, digital cities, locative media, and mobile and wireless applications. A truly global resource, this one-of-a-kind reference collection contains significant and timely research covering a diverse range of current issues in the urban informatics field, making it an essential addition to technology and social science collections in libraries that will benefit scholars and practitioners in an array of fields ranging from computer science to urban studies. With its authoritative coverage of an important, cutting-edge topic in computer science and information technology management, this book is essential to academic libraries in the U.S. and abroad and is also suitable for advanced undergraduate or graduate-students. Researchers, practitioners, sociologists, educators, managers, IT solutions developers, and students in a full range of computer science and urban studies-related fields will also benefit.
Criminology / Crime & Criminals
Driven to Kill: Vehicles As Weapons by J. Peter Rothe (The University of Alberta Press)
Homicide, road rage, carjacking, drive-by shootings, smash and grabs, hit and runs, police chases, auto theft, auto break-ins: the list goes on. Thousands of North American drivers have become victims of such pernicious daily acts. These are not the behaviors of just angry or impatient teens. Rather, they are easily the acts of mature men and women seeking revenge or enforcing their personal standards of roadway morality. They may be the acts of spurned lovers, sociopaths, or ideologues. Vehicular terror is ubiquitous. – from the book
In Driven to Kill, J. Peter Rothe examines the use of vehicles in cases of assault, abduction, rape, gang warfare, terrorism, suicide, and murder. How can a car be such an enabling force for the gamut of society's most heinous crimes? Rothe offers a trove of unprecedented research for sociologists, criminologists, policy makers, police, as well as public health, injury prevention, and traffic safety professionals, but his accessible style speaks to our fascination with car culture and true crime stories.
A widely published scholar, Rothe has a background in analyzing
the social behavior engaged in risk, safety, and injury. He has
directed major qualitative research studies in traffic safety,
education, trucking, criminology, health, injury control,
counseling, First Nations communities, and gerontology. Rothe is
Associate Professor with the University of Alberta School of Public
Health, Centre for Health Promotion Studies and a senior researcher
with the Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research at the
The book documents the variety of ways in which violence in society is perpetrated through automobiles. Rothe's recognized expertise in the sociology of traffic enables him to present the evidence in the context of social norms, laws, and widespread practices associated with automobiles, transportation, and drivers. The descriptions rely on empirical data and statistics from traffic safety sources, including newspaper reports.
Driven to Kill argues that in order to rescue ‘our
deeply troubled traffic safety system’ we need to understand how
motor vehicles have been integrated into both normal and criminal
behavior. People not only drive to work in their cars, but along the
way they also use cars to settle relationship battles when they are
angry or feel provoked and justified to retaliate with violence.
More than one hundred million motorists and passengers in
How does ‘automobility generate violent intentions and actions’? What kinds of people do these things? How is it justified and normalized in their group or community? These questions receive concrete answers in the way in which Rothe has collected and presented the evidence. He finds data that support his basic assumptions of the causes of roadway violence, and weaves them together to provide social and legal solutions. Car owners attach symbolic value to their vehicles as objects of glory, power, convenience, and image. This is extended even further in criminality to include ‘machismo, strength, control, and attitude.’ The evidence presented in Driven to Kill shows that car thieves ‘display professional competence, skill, and pride through illegal and violent means.’ It is common practice for some men who are affected by romantic problems or insecurity issues to jump into their cars and act out their emotionality through risk-taking ‘bravado’ in the form of vehicular-based violence.
The stories of violence committed with cars cover three ‘zones of relevance.’ The first is more distant in the sense that the automobile is used merely as convenient tool for getting to the scene of the crime. For instance, a drug dealer sells crack cocaine from his car. A robber gets to the victimized store by driving there. People use cars to get to overpasses, which become launching platforms for deadly projectiles that are either thrown or dropped onto other road users. The next relevant zone is the use of the vehicle to complete a criminal act. For instance, a woman is sexually assaulted in a half-ton truck parked on the side of the road. Or, a road rager pursues another car, and shoots the driver. The closest zone of relevance that violence and vehicles have is the use of the car itself as the weapon of attack. For instance, police stop the driver of a suspected stolen vehicle, and the driver backs up, striking the officer who is approaching the stopped car.
The violent use of a vehicle also occurs in legal situations like the demolition derby. Rothe sees this practice as helping people take out their ‘automotive frustrations,’ yet he also worries that such derbies can ‘potentially increase aggressive driving in general.’ Even riskier are the ‘death-defying thrills’ in motorcycle demolition derbies, where riders try to knock each other off their bikes – the winner being the last one standing. Illegal street racing in cities has become a ‘ubiquitous feature of our society’ that causes hundreds of deaths each year. One practice that is spreading is the ‘centipede,’ where young drivers form a convoy and play follow-the-leader, ‘darting in and around regular traffic at high speeds.’
Rothe reviews statistics and research on the general connection
between violence, alcohol, and illegal drugs. Half of all people
accused of a crime in
In the final portion of Driven to Kill, Rothe lays out his proposal for ‘social and psychological audits’ to investigate the circumstances surrounding collisions and vehicle violence, and in particular, the ‘antecedent circumstances’ that eventuate in the event. This kind of data gathering would involve personnel in investigation, criminology, justice, and traffic safety, and sociology and psychology. Rothe's proposal will require expanding the focus from the driver to ‘family, friends, colleagues, lovers, employers, and other individuals linked to potential aggressors.’
Rothe reminds readers that the descriptions in Driven to Kill are not intended to be alarmist; rather, they serve as a reminder that we are all potential players in the drama of roadway violence, whether we are instigators, victims, or witnesses. Anyone can be a potential victim regardless of status or personal history. Everyone's destiny can be determined by other roadway users at any time of the day.
The lenses of
Driven to Kill are set on
Rothe speaks with authority and knowledge in an effective journalistic writing style. Unlike some of his prior authoritative works, this book avoids the technical style that is common in scientific volumes, and instead provides students and researchers with extensive research and scholarship. Driven to Kill contains a rich trove of information collected and organized around the theme of vehicular violence. It is a fascinating read that will evoke discussion among professionals, educators, journalists, and the general public. Traffic safety experts and law enforcement officials will find it eye-opening to read the many horrifying details of how people use motor vehicles as deadly attack weapons or as aids in committing criminal behavior. Some readers may find the thorough coverage of vehicular violence in a wide range of social contexts disturbing. Driven to Kill is a wake-up call to society to engage the topic of vehicular violence and begin to work on solutions and mitigations.
Rothe stays close to the subject, but shows how each different
type of vehicular violence is related to social practices in a
community. Readers interested in social issues related to
automobiles and transportation will find here information that is
easily comprehended and assimilated. Other books on road rage and
aggressive driving are relevant, but do not cover the systematic
range of social areas found in this book. – Leon James, Professor of
In Driven to Kill Rothe offers a trove of unprecedented research for sociologists, criminologists, policy makers, police, as well as public health, injury prevention, and traffic safety professionals, in his accessible style. The many ways violence is perpetrated through automobiles is brought out systematically, clearly and forcefully, often in a shocking manner that may disturb as well as inform readers.
Education / Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling
Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What, and How edited by Catherine E. Snow & Susan B. Van Hemel (The National Academies Press)
The assessment of young children's development and learning has
recently taken on new importance. Private and government
organizations are developing programs to enhance the school
readiness of all young children, especially children from
economically disadvantaged homes and those with special needs.
Well-planned and effective assessment can inform teaching and
program improvement, and contribute to better outcomes for children.
Early Childhood Assessment affirms that assessments
can make crucial contributions to the improvement of children's
well-being, but only if they are well designed, implemented
effectively, developed in the context of systematic planning, and
are interpreted and used appropriately. Otherwise, assessment of
children and programs can have negative consequences for both. The
value of assessments therefore requires fundamental attention to
their purpose and the design of the larger systems in which they are
Early Childhood Assessment is edited by Catherine E. Snow and Susan B. Van Hemel of the National Research Council of the National Academies. The book identifies important outcomes for children from birth to age 5, and how best to assess them in pre-school, child care, and other early childhood programs, to guide all those with an interest in providing young children with the opportunities they need. Early Childhood Assessment explores a variety of techniques and instruments for developmental assessment and points to the risks and the dangers of appropriating evaluation techniques that are commonly used for older children.
In 2006, Congress requested that the National Research Council (NRC) conduct a study of developmental outcomes and appropriate assessment of young children. With funding from the Office of Head Start in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the specific charge to this committee was the identification of important outcomes for children from birth to age 5 and the quality and purposes of different techniques and instruments for developmental assessments. The committee's review highlights two key principles. First, the purpose of an assessment should guide assessment decisions. Second, assessment activity should be conducted within a coherent system of medical, educational, and family support services that promote optimal development for all children.
The focus of Early Childhood Assessment on the need for purposefulness and systematicity is particularly important at this time, because young children are currently being assessed for a wide array of purposes, across a wide array of domains, and in multiple service settings. The increase in the amount of assessment raises understandable worries about whether assessments are selected, implemented, and interpreted correctly. Assessments of children may be used for purposes as diverse as determining the level of functioning of individual children, guiding instruction, or measuring functioning at the program, community, or state level.
Part I: Early Childhood Assessment.
In this part of Early Childhood Assessment, Snow and Van Hemel present an introduction to the work. Chapter 1 explains the policy context for the study, the committee's charge, the committee's approach to the work, and the structure of the report.
In Chapter 2, they discuss purposeful assessment, emphasizing the importance of determining the purposes of any assessment before proceeding to design, develop, or implement it. They introduce some guidelines for such assessments developed by respected organizations concerned with the care and education of young children. They also introduce the special issues attendant to using assessment of young children for accountability purposes.
In Chapter 3, they provide some historical context for Early Childhood Assessment. They review the recent history of the development of early childhood learning standards and assessments, especially in the states and the federal government, with a discussion of the societal and governmental changes that have motivated some of these efforts.
Part II: Child-Level Outcomes and Measures.
The outcomes of interest vary to some extent as a function of a child's age; it is harder to distinguish domains of functioning in infants and toddlers than older pre-schoolers, and likewise younger preschoolers are exposed to more similar demands across settings than older preschoolers.
In categorizing the domains, for the sake of simplicity, Snow and Van Hemel adapt the distinctions adopted by the National Education Goals Panel, since these map onto both the developmental research literature and state and federal standards and policies. The boundaries between the domains discussed are artificial, as is the way constructs are categorized within them. They differentiate and discuss five domains: (1) physical well-being and motor development, (2) socioemotional development, (3) approaches to learning, (4) language (and emergent literacy), and (5) cognitive skills, including mathematics. This categorization provides an initial mapping of what might be considered important enough aspects of children's development to deserve systematic scrutiny from pediatricians, early childhood educators, parents, researchers, and policy makers. Snow and Van Hemel are interested not just in identifying the domains of importance, but also in summarizing information about the availability of measures that reflect variation and change in these domains (as well as the ideal qualities of measures that might be developed in the future).
Although Chapter 4 deals mostly with assessment typically done in the first year of life, they recognize that pediatric assessment continues throughout childhood. Furthermore, although many of the instruments discussed in Chapter 4 are used most widely with older preschoolers, they realize that many infants and toddlers (especially those enrolled in prevention or intervention programs) experience assessment that is more ‘educational’ in nature.
In Chapter 5, they turn to a justification of the five domains. While it may be obvious that those domains should include the developmentally and educationally relevant ones of physical well-being, language and literacy, mathematics, and socioemotional development, a closer examination of each of these domains reveals considerable internal complexity, as well as some controversy about the actual sub-skills of greatest importance in those domains.
In Chapter 6, they turn from child measures to review measures that reflect aspects of the context in which young children spend their time. These context measures are as important as the child-specific measures, because a child's score on any measured outcome cannot be interpreted without knowing something about the familial and educational contexts in which that child has developed and the opportunities to learn those contexts have provided.
Part III: How to Assess.
In this part of Early Childhood Assessment, Snow and Van Hemel turn to the question of how to select and administer assessments, once purposes have been established and domains selected. Some of the issues dealt with are the technical ones defined by psychometricians as key to test quality: the reliability and validity of inferences, discussed in Chapter 7. Others have to do with the usability and fairness of assessments, issues that arise when assessing any child but in particular children with disabilities and children from cultural and language minority homes; these are discussed in Chapter 8. In Chapter 9, and in particular with regard to direct assessments, they discuss the many ways in which the test as designed may differ from the test as implemented. Testing a young child requires juggling many competing demands: developing a trusting relationship with the child, presenting the test items in a relatively standardized way that is nonetheless natural, responding appropriately to both correct and incorrect answers and to other child behaviors (signs of fear, anxiety, sadness, shyness).
Part IV: Assessing Systematically.
In this part, they present their ideas about how to design, develop, and implement systems of assessment. Snow and Van Hemel say they strongly believe that assessment of young children should be an integral part of a larger system of early childhood development services, and should be designed to be coherent with the objectives and approaches the system embraces and should be complementary to the other components of the system. In Chapter 10 they present their vision of an ideal early childhood services system, its components and infrastructure, and describe the roles that assessments play in such a system. In Chapter 11, they present guidelines for developing and implementing assessments within such a system.
Early Childhood Assessment addresses key issues by identifying the important outcomes for children from birth to age 5 and the quality and purposes of different techniques and instruments for developmental assessments.
Early Childhood Assessment informs and guides federal agencies, state governments, school systems, teachers, child care providers, parents, and others with an interest in ensuring that young children have the resources and opportunities to prepare them for success. Providing the tools they need to help children learn and to help invest wisely in programs and services that offer significant value for young children, policy makers and educators will especially find the book beneficial.
Entertainment / Arts / Graphic Design / Movies / Television / Reference
The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons,
by Jeff Lenburg, with a foreword by Chris Bailey (Checkmark Books)
From the silent shorts of the 1920s and '30s to the classic Disney features of the '40s, and from the Saturday morning television shows of the '70s and '80s to the computer-generated blockbusters of today, animation remains widely popular with viewers of all ages. With the current surge of interest in anime, the continued success of the Cartoon Network, and the steady flow of animated movies, animation plays an important role in today's pop culture.
The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons, 3rd edition,
now thoroughly revised and updated, remains a definitive source.
This new edition of the ‘ultimate cartoon fan bible’ adds new
material, bringing the book up to date and broadening the scope of
its coverage. Separated into five major sections – Silent Cartoon
Series, Theatrical Sound Cartoon Series, Full-Length Animated
Features, Television Cartoon Series, and Animated Television
Specials – this encyclopedia includes an extensive historical
overview of animation, complete information about Academy and Emmy
award winners, and a chronology of animation milestones. Coverage of
increasingly popular anime has been added and expanded. Entries in
The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons include:
Cowboy Bebop, Dora the Explorer, Family Guy, Finding Nemo,
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, The Simpsons, South Park, SpongeBob
SquarePants, Toy Story, Cinderella, Jonny Quest, The Wild
Thornberrys, King of the Hill, and Pokemon, among others.
The book in all its editions was written by Jeff Lenburg, who has written 18 books and is a nationally acknowledged expert on animated cartoons.
In recent years animated movies such as Shrek and Finding Nemo have been smash hits at the box office, while animated television series such as Avatar: The Last Airbender and SpongeBob SquarePants have caught on with viewers of all ages. This encyclopedia documents the histories of every animated cartoon from 1897 to the present – more than 3,100 in all – including creators, animators, directors, production studios, voice credits, character descriptions, filmographies, dates of production, release dates, original broadcast and rebroadcast dates and much more, all arranged in an easy-to-read A-to-Z format. Filled with fascinating facts, tantalizing tidbits and never-before published information, The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons also includes an extensive historical overview of animation, complete lists of Academy and Emmy Award winners and nominees, a first-time-ever chronology of animation milestones and a special 32-page color insert of animation art past and present.
What was born twenty-seven years ago out of Lenburg’s dream to write the most complete book on animated cartoon series ever, The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoon Series, a major reference on animated cartoons, became the first to document hundreds of cartoon series – silent cartoons, theatrical cartoons and television cartoons. In 1991 on the 10th anniversary of the original edition and again in 1999, Facts On File published his updated and expanded versions of the former, retitled The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Unlike Lenburg’s first encyclopedia, each entry was more definitive in scope, chronicling the history of every silent cartoon series, theatrical cartoon series, animated feature, animated television special and animated television series. Designed as the ultimate cartoon fan's guide, The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons features detailed information on every animated cartoon production, series or program exhibited theatrically or broadcast on television on more than 60 major commercial networks and cable networks, now expanded to cover cartoon programs broadcast on every network from Animal Planet to superstation WON, in the United States (cartoon imports from Japan, Canada, and elsewhere are included) from 1897 to April 2007 – or 110 years' worth of 'toons.
If you ever wondered who did the voice for George of the Jungle . . . or how to spell the name of the studio that produced the original episodes of The Simpsons . . . then this is for you. – The Collector
No other work has gleaned and marshaled such a rich and comprehensive, truly encyclopedic, mass of valuable historical and filmographic items for the student of the American animated film. – Choice
... an important, benchmark publication for students, fans, and
historians of cartoon animation. –
The historical tidbits are wonderful. – BookPage
In its relentless pursuit to fully document the history of this subject, The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons, 3rd edition, with copious amounts of new material, again delivers the most comprehensive, authoritative volume on cartoons ever imagined. This is the ultimate cartoon fan reference – updated and expanded. The wonderfully detailed book provides complete information of each cartoon production listed, culled from studio production records, motion picture trade paper listings, television program guides, movie and television reviews, film vaults and movie warehouses and, in many cases, from credits listed on the films themselves and then cross-referenced with reliable sources to ensure its accuracy.
Entertainment / Music
Classic Country Singers by Douglas Green (Gibbs Smith, Publisher)
Country music may have existed before 1925 – in barn dances, roadside taverns, tent shows, minstrel shows, and vaudeville – but it didn't become Country Music until the advent of radio. In Classic Country Singers, author Douglas B. Green, Ranger Doug from the Grammy-winning western group Riders in the Sky and one of the leading experts on American roots music, celebrates the men and women who built the industry that gave us "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Blue Yodel," "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," and the Grand Ole Opry.
From the beginnings of bluegrass to honky-tonk to western swing
Classic Country Singers offers biographies and
photos covering the careers of nearly fifty major stars from country
music's first half-century, including beloved musicians such as
Uncle Dave Macon, the Carter Family, and Jimmie Rodgers, up to the
pop-country hit makers of the 1950s like Eddy Arnold and Marty
Robbins. The book’s profiles include Hank Williams, Gene Autry, Jim
Reeves, Hank Snow, Kitty Wells, Ray Price, Minnie Pearl, and Ernest
Tubb among others. Through war, depression, and the advent of rock
and roll, these men and women pioneered a sound that moved from
regional barn dances and radio stations to an international
What began as British ballads, Appalachian fiddle and banjo tunes, the blues, sentimental popular music, big band swing, and Tin Pan Alley tunes evolved into a half-dozen more divergent musical styles, from bluegrass to honky-tonk to western swing and more. When country music became a commercial entity in the 1920s, it was as much a reaction against the noisy, clanging jazz age as anything. Radio programmers and recording executives found there was a substantial market in both the cities and the countryside for music that described a simpler, humbler, slower-paced time, performed in a natural, non-concert manner.
Classic Country Singers, this was nothing new.
There has always been a demand for songs sung with naturalness and
feeling rather than musical perfection. And there has always existed
the need to dance, to relax, to frolic, and to laugh. What we have
come to call country music fulfilled those needs and demands, and
beginning about 1925, it slowly created an industry of its own
within the broader framework of popular music. Radio was brand new,
the first stations going on the air about 1922, and while recording
dated back before the turn of the century, only a miniscule amount
of what we'd now call country music had been recorded before the
mid-1920s. Recording machines were too expensive, the market was too
That all changed after 1925 when country music became big business. For the first time, it developed stars, and these are celebrated in Classic Country Singers: the first and second generation of professional entertainers who built a huge industry through boom days and depression, through peace and war.
In the book readers get brief looks at the pioneering men and women who were the stars of the industry they created. Musicians come to life in the personal profiles in Classic Country Singers. Fans of country music will find fascinating tidbits about the singers who made country music what it is today, as well as intimate biographies and photos to cherish.
Health, Mind & Body / Exercise & Fitness
Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers, with a foreword by Paul Grilley (Shambhala)
To borrow a phrase from George Martin, Sarah Powers is like the Beatles: she has been talented from the beginning, but we had no idea how good she would get. Sarah has been blessed with beautiful features and a skeleton suited for elegant postures. It is only natural that her image has graced the covers of yoga magazines and conference posters. It seems almost unfair that she is also scholarly by nature, a constant reader, a diligent practitioner, and a humble student of any teaching she encounters. And now we, her readers, discover that she is a lucid writer as well. – Paul Grilley, from the Foreword
Sarah Powers is widely known for her original ideas and
techniques for using yoga both for health and spiritual growth.
Combining traditional yoga techniques with the meridians of Chinese
medicine and Buddhist meditation, she has created a practice she
Insight Yoga, a series of sequences that teaches
both the dynamic flow poses (yang) and the more passive resting
poses (yin) forms its foundation. Demonstrated by the Powers in
beautiful photographs, the poses balance gentle stretches with
dynamic moves for ultimate benefit to organs, muscles, joints, and
tendons. Powers offers a basic explanation of Chinese medicine
theory, as well as of Buddhist mindfulness meditation.
An acclaimed yoga and meditation teacher Powers is known for this unique approach. In Insight Yoga she takes readers on a journey inward, and shows the path for cultivating a lasting relationship with yoga that strengthens physical well-being and mental and emotional clarity.
Powers’ is a practical manual of yoga based on both new and old yogic principles. What are chakras? How do they affect us? What is chi? Prana? How do yoga postures affect our health? Our emotions? Our thoughts? What are meridians? Are acupuncture and yoga related? How do asanas affect meditation? How does meditation affect asanas? Insight Yoga provides a response to all of these questions. This yoga book is not merely Taoist or Buddhist or Sanskrit. It embodies what the term yoga has historically stood for: a system of practices that cultivates all levels of a human being. Powers employs Taoist terms, Buddhist terms, and Sanskrit terms, depending on which most clearly describes the underlying ideas.
Sarah Powers seamlessly integrates her unique expressions of yin and yang yogas, with traditional Chinese medicine, Taoism, and Buddhism, to create one of the most complete and balanced systems of modern yoga. This is a teaching of great warmth and intelligence that will heal your body, invigorate your mind, and inspire your soul. –Richard Rosen, author of The Yoga of Breath
Sarah Powers brings us a truly brilliant integration of yin and yang yoga, mindfulness, Buddhist philosophy and psychology, and the genius of traditional Chinese medicine. This book belongs in the library of every serious practitioner of yoga and meditation. – Stephen Cope, author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
When I first met Sarah it didn't take me long to figure out that she was a yogini of relentless curiosity and great depth. In Insight Yoga she lets the reader into her thinking, her practice, and her life in a way that both inspires and instructs. Insight Yoga is destined to become a classic. – Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT, author of A Year of Living Your Yoga
Sarah Powers's synthesis of wisdom traditions is awesome. Indeed, each tradition is like a transparent map, which, when overlaid one upon another, gives a more complete rendering of the Living Event in which we are all participants. Insight Yoga will be of tremendous interest and benefit to many people. – Erich Schiffmann, author of Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness
In Insight Yoga Powers has written a yoga book that is personal, concise and clear and that is true to her experience while avoiding sectarian claims of privilege for any tradition. It is her readers who will benefit from and be inspired by this honest effort.
History / World / Social Sciences / Ethnic Groups
Al' America: Travels Through
In 1960, a
On a recent episode of Meet the Press General Colin Powell asked,
"Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?"
responding to false insinuations that Barack Obama is Muslim. "The
answer is no," he responded, "that's not
From surf music to the ice cream cone,
Al' America is a look at the little known influence
of Arab and Islamic culture on
This intersection includes:
Al' America also features interviews with leading
musicians, artists, historians, ethnomusicologists, and scholars of
Islam. And an exploration of the influence of Arab culture would not
be complete without a look at that fixture of
Al' America uncovers a collective history that has been either shunned or ignored by academics, pundits, and regular American citizens focused on the ideological divisions between East and West.
Jonathan Curiel’s fascinating book
Al' America will blow up any ideas people have that
Islamic culture is foreign to the
Al' America unveils an extraordinary account of the
influence of Islam and Arabic on American culture. From the origin
of blues to
In the fine tradition of The Irish in
Amid a heightened wave of xenophobia directed at Arabs and Muslims, San Francisco Chronicle writer Curiel reminds readers of a rich store of cultural borrowings and relationships that have gone deep into the very fabric of American society, including its most precious symbols and artifacts. While many will readily recall the Arabic strains in 1960s rock groups like the Doors, less obvious is the formative personal background at work in a classic like Miserlou (Turkish for The Egyptian) by Dick Dale. … While the relative interest and import of these and other examples varies, Curiel's cultural odyssey moves swiftly and engagingly across time and geography, as he excavates everything from the Moorish architecture of New Orleans and the Alamo to the stories of the Arab and Muslim victims among the 9/11 World Trade Center dead. His research and focused interviews with leading scholars and musicians yield many surprises and leave little doubt about a crucial historical connection too easily forgotten in facile appeals to American identity. – Publishers Weekly
In this funny, lively and eye-opening book, Curiel reminds us of
the inherent Muslim and Arab features in American architecture,
literature, language, music, and food. The illuminating examples in
Al' America confirm a continuous pattern of
give-and-take between the Arab-Muslim world and
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies
Simple Stained Glass Quilts by Daphne Greig & Susan Purney Mark (Krause Publications)
Simple Stained Glass Quilts shows readers how to get the look of intricate stained glass appliqué with fusible web, an iron, and a pair of sharp scissors. Well-known Canadian quilt artists, Daphne Greig and Susan Purney Mark, offer patterns and instructions for eight wall hangings and six smaller variations for quick projects.
The six Too-Easy steps show readers how to achieve results in a short period of time. In European Art of the Seventeenth Century readers discover a fresh approach to quiltmaking inspired by the style and grace of stained glass windows. ‘Framing’ the quilt with leading lines creates an interesting, often surprising new view of fabrics, drawing the eye in and giving greater attention to the focus fabric. The book demonstrates the easy-to-master, versatile technique, which lends itself to many different designs and styles. The patterns can be interchanged to provide multiple options for size and layout combinations. The projects range from small to large and provide great uses for a wide variety of fabrics: scenic prints, batiks, floral fabrics and even photographs printed on fabric.
If this is readers’ first introduction to the stained glass method, Greig and Mark recommend that they begin with a small project. From My Window is a small quilt, perfect for learning the technique. After they have mastered the technique, readers can flip through the projects where they will find an array of designs to get their creative juices flowing.
The authors say that stained glass windows have held a particular fascination for them, and they have been fortunate to develop a terrific technique that makes their construction just Too Easy! As readers work through Simple Stained Glass Quilts, they will see the authors have been inspired by a range of designs from unlikely places. They encourage readers to look around to find some possibilities for creating exciting quilts.
Quilters can always use actual stained glass windows as inspiration, but they may not have any nearby. There are many books full of designs to inspire readers to create their own projects using the Too-Easy method. Greig and Mark also find interesting designs in continuous-line quilting patterns and quilt-design software.
The book features 20 projects inspired by church windows, landscapes, flowers, wrought iron, decorative tiles and more. Projects range from smaller scale pieces, such as pillows, children's quilts and wall hangings, to full-size bed quilts. The book offers easy-to follow instructions for piecing the quilt tops, adding borders, quilting and finishing, as well as creative ideas for personalizing creations.
The projects in Simple Stained Glass Quilts feature a terrific technique that makes their construction almost too easy to be real. Fusible web is the secret ingredient that sets this approach apart from the other labor-intensive methods, allowing readers to complete wall hangings with stunning results in a short period of time.
Home & Garden / Pets / Young Adult
The Horse Book of Lists: 968 Fascinating Facts & Tantalizing Trivia by Cindy Hale (Bowtie Press)
If you're a horse lover, no doubt you're already a fount of equine knowledge. But here are even more fun facts, informative insights, and interesting tidbits that will make you the center of attention whenever you gather at the water trough with your barn buddies. – from the book
If readers have ever wondered what a Tarpan is, what magic the
Zuni horse fetishes hold, how many horses were employed by the Pony
Express, or how a game of ‘goat grabbing’ relates to polo,
The Horse Book of Lists has the answers.
Since the dawn of time, humans have had a special relationship with horses, as both working partners and affectionate companions. "As readers and viewers, we're captivated by the horse," says Cindy Hale. And horse lovers can never get enough information about their beloved animals. The Horse Book of Lists is a book that covers everything aficionados could want to know about all things horse, encapsulated in more than ninety lists of horsey trivia – both practical and whimsical – with side stories and full-color photographs.
In these pages, author Hale, a thirty-year hunter/jumper veteran and former schoolteacher, helps readers explore the role of the horse in history, discover a sampling of horses in art, decipher old sayings such as ‘straight from the horse's mouth,’ and ride along with their favorite equine stars across the silver screen. Readers learn about the different horse breeds and coat colors, find out tips for buying and caring for a horse, learn the ins and outs of horse shows, and plan their trips based on regional guides on race-tracks and horse-related places to visit. There is even a glossary of a ‘hodgepodge of horseology’ terms to satisfy the inner horseperson in everyone.
If you want to enjoy little bits of this and that about horses, you'll love this book. – Maureen Gallatin, inspiredbyhorses.com
The Horse Book of Lists contains everything readers ever wanted to know – and never dreamed of – about horses. Packed with quirky trivia, little-known facts, and good advice, The Horse Book of Lists will captivate and enthrall both the die-hard horse lover and the just-initiated equine fan. The over-sized print angles the book toward the teen, pre-teen and young-adult audience.
Literature & Fiction / Historical / Romance
The Treasure by Iris Johansen (Bantam Books)
An ex-harem slave...
A reformed assassin...
A race to find the most powerful religious artifact of all time...
New York Times bestselling author (17 times consecutively), Iris Johansen returns with her first historical romance in a decade, The Treasure, a novel of passion and exotic adventure that leads two unlikely treasure hunters on a perilous journey into the heart of a mystery. The book is a sequel to Johansen’s classic bestseller Lion's Bride.
Lady Selene Ware had been nothing more than a harem slave when
Kadar Ben Arnaud – a man once trained in the black arts of death and
seduction – helped her escape to the safety of her native
For Selene and the ex-assassin in The Treasure, it is a dangerous odyssey leading to an encounter with the mysterious and reclusive Tarik, who now possesses the treasure. But the truth is more explosive, and the stakes more deadly. The closer they come to discovering the secret, the closer they come to losing each other – and their lives. For even as Selene grasps the key to this age-old mystery, Kadar may have to step over the fine line separating the dark path from the light to save her.
Set largely in 12th-century
The Treasure is a novel of passion and exotic adventure that leads two unlikely treasure hunters on a perilous journey – and into the heart of a captivating mystery. The book will enchant romance lovers.
Outdoors & Nature / Hunting & Fishing / Travel
Angling the World: Ten Spectacular Adventures in
Fly Fishing by Roy Tanami (The
Wandering the globe to fish is every bit as good as it sounds, and the outrageous fishing is just a part of it. All of fly fishing’s considerably powerful seductions – the quest for adventure and discovery; meeting new challenges, people, and environments; and the pleasures of being in direct contact with the elemental, pristine, and most beautiful aspects of nature – are amplified in the extreme and exotic edges of the world.
Combining breathtaking color images and literary yet lively personal essays, celebrated angling photojournalist Roy Tanami chronicles his adventures in ten of the world's most remote – and most spectacular – fly-fishing destinations.
Angling the World takes readers along on amazing
excursions to ten of the world’s top fly-fishing destinations.
Tanami seeks out steelhead on
There is drama around every bend in the river, with thoughts on conservation woven effortlessly in, as Tanami, international outdoor photographer and a contributing editor to Wild On the Fly, examines the ways in which traveling anglers can help save not only wild fish but also the wild places they inhabit.
The articles in
Angling the World were originally published in Wild
On The Fly. As a group, they have no particular focus or
organization, except that most are about places Tanami wanted to go
and somehow managed to garner the assignments to cover. As such,
they are not intended to represent an All-time Top Ten Fly-Fishing
Destinations list. In fact, since he hasn't covered an Atlantic
salmon story, this present collection wouldn't even make his
personal top ten. These articles do, however, cover many of the
well-known dream destinations and species in the world, as well as
some of the truly exotic and exploratory fisheries that few people
have ever experienced, right through to an off-the-charts,
do-it-yourself trip in southern
The essays presented in Angling the World include Tanami’s contributions to the long-running tradition of navel-gazing about fly fishing generally, but also about the thorny questions that confront today's widely wandering global angler. Just as the attractions of the sport seem more compelling and intense at the extreme edges, so do the questions. After all, watching a helicopter disappear in the distance after being dropped off alone in the harsh and uninhabited vastness of the Canadian Arctic, or enduring a mind- and butt-numbing Argentina-to-Seychelles flight with two successive twelve-hour layovers, first in New York and then in Paris, or boarding an ancient Russian helicopter bound for the Middle of Nowhere Mountains of Mongolia, all in the name of fly fishing, does tend to force a rather close examination of oneself, one’s choices in life and sport, and just how one ever let it get this far. These musings provide a conceptual context for modern global fly fishing and a thematic backdrop for the collection of articles in Angling the World. Admittedly, though, Tanami says they could just as easily be seen as a series of rationalizations for what some might consider extreme and irresponsible behavior.
As the editor of Wild On The Fly, a literary fly-fishing travel
magazine, I have found that the rarest and most valuable skill set
in outdoor journalism is the ability of a single person to both
write well and take great photographs. …So when an individual as
talented as Roy Tanami enters your world, as he did mine shortly
after the turn of the millennium, you sit up and take notice. … His
photographs are excellent and at times even breathtaking, but his
true faculty lies in his unique literary hash of keen observation,
strong wit, and – I don't know how else to say it – Canadian irony.
He is a consummate storyteller, as you will soon discover, and while
it is always an overindulgence of eye-candy editing one of his
photographic shoots, it is the first read of a Tanami manuscript
that I look forward to the most.…All of this searching for wild fish
in wild waters has resulted in the remarkable collection of stories
Angling the World. Savor it as you would a premium
Russian vodka, an aged Cuban rum, or a rich Argentine Malbec. For it
is from an ever-expanding cultural stew of fishing, friends, food,
and frivolity that
Hemingway would have been impressed. In a stunning combination of superb color images and literary yet lively personal essays, Tanami chronicles his adventures to far-flung, fly-fishing destinations in some of the most remote wilderness areas on the planet.
Written with keen observation, wit, and verve, and interspersed with fascinating tidbits of historical and geographical lore, Angling the World is a passport to a world of extraordinary angling adventure. Conveying the full awe and wonderment, enthusiasm and reflection of a consummate storyteller who also knows just how to capture his catch on film, it will have all anglers hooked – even if, while dreaming of distant waters, they’re curled up on the couch.
Political Science / Philosophy
Political Psychology: Situations, Individuals, and Cases by David Patrick Houghton (Routledge)
What shapes political behavior more: the situations in which individuals find themselves, or the internal psychological makeup – beliefs, values, and so on – of those individuals? This is perhaps the leading division within the psychological study of politics today, and Political Psychology examines this question.
Using the situationism-dispositionism framework – which roughly parallels the concerns of social and cognitive psychology – Political Psychology focuses on such key explanatory mechanisms as behaviorism, obedience, personality, groupthink, cognition, affect, emotion, and neuroscience to explore topics ranging from voting behavior and racism to terrorism and international relations.
Author David Houghton, Associate Professor of Political Science
at the University of Central Florida says that Philip Zimbardo's
distinction between ‘the apple’ and ‘the barrel’ provides a useful
way of explaining what we mean by the terms dispositionism and
situationism, a distinction that is critical to this book. Were the
appalling events at Abu Ghraib caused by ‘bad apples,’ or was the
barrel itself turning the apples inside it rotten? In
Political Psychology, situationism is defined as an
approach in which the environment or situation that surrounds the
individual – in Zimbardo's terms, ‘the barrel’ – is considered most
important in shaping an actor's behavior; dispositionism, on the
other hand, is defined as an approach in which the individual actor
– his or her beliefs, values and personality, or ‘the apple’ – are
considered most significant in this respect.
We can think of behavior as driven by internal causes (dispositions) or external causes (situations), or of course by some combination of both. Within the situational camp there are various forms of external causes that are held to shape behavior, from the position our country occupies within the international system to the immediate social roles we play in our daily lives. Inside the dispositionist approach, a diversity of approaches as to what causes the behaviors of individuals – their knowledge structures, beliefs, personalities, and so on – are present as well. Political Psychology uses this distinction to explain and contrast a variety of psychological theories of relevance to an understanding of politics, and then shows how these can be used to explain genocide, voting behavior, racism, nationalism, conflict between states, and a variety of other political behaviors.
According to Houghton, the distinction between dispositional and situational factors as forces acting on behavior has long been central to social psychology, and it continues to be utilized by major scholars in that field today. Many social psychologists come down on the situationist side of the debate. Most people, on the other hand, are instinctive dispositionists. We like to think that who we are – what we believe about the world and the kind of personality we have – exerts a fundamental impact on behavior. Our political and legal systems largely just assume that this is so, holding us primarily responsible for our actions. We tend to recoil from the view presented by much research in social psychology, which suggests that (for most people, at least) the character of the situation we are facing – where we are – matters more than our own characters to a greater extent than we could ever imagine. And we like to think that our political behaviors how we vote, what form our political participation takes, how tolerant we are and so on – are shaped by who we are as well. But is this true? This is the central question Political Psychology poses and the issue around which the organization of the book revolves.
Political psychology has drawn overwhelmingly from the dispositionist side of the mother discipline of psychology. The findings of social psychologists like Stanley Milgram and Philip Zimbardo among others – though profoundly political in their implications – depart significantly from the idea that individual attributes are critical in shaping an individual's behavior. The reasons for this are unclear, but Houghton spends a good half of Political Psychology looking at prominent situationist arguments that attempt to explain some fundamental aspects of political behavior.
It can be hard to tell in practice whether a person's behavior is driven by the external situation or by his or her internal dispositions. Houghton provides a telling example: "If Beth is a mean, aggressive person to others because her sister beat her up as a kid," they ask, "is the cause of her current behavior internal or external? Houghton says his most astute and thoughtful students eventually come to a realization of this problem: there is a sense in which nearly everything is ultimately situational.
No attempt is made in the book to resolve fully the debate between situationism and dispositionism – at least until the concluding chapter. One of its central purposes is to encourage readers to think deeply about it as they read through chapters which make a case for one position or the other in explaining political behavior. After reading Political Psychology readers may determine they are situationists, or dispositionists; alternatively, they may adopt a more subtle approach which blends the two according to (say) the area of political behavior we are trying to explain.
Chapter 9 deals with the so-called ‘cognitive revolution’ of the 1980s and 1990s. This movement within psychology has sought to sweep away many of the older Freudian-tinged approaches while still maintaining a basically dispositionist stance, and it has placed a new emphasis on the way that behavior is shaped by knowledge structures present in human memory. Schemas, scripts, analogies, and other knowledge structures are seen as the ‘building blocks’ of the human mind, which then fundamentally influence the ways in which we process information.
Human beings are not just passive receptors and processors of information – what has been termed ‘cold’ cognition but are also influenced by ‘hot’ processes such as anger, love, sadness, and so on. What was perhaps an over-zealous focus on the cold aspects of cognition by political psychologists working in both the elite and mass behavior traditions during the 1980s and 1990s has in turn provoked a compensating emphasis on affect and emotion, and work in this vein is the topic of Chapter 10. Although there are considerable problems involved in the attempt to study emotion in a rigorous way, Chapter 11 examines one potential way forward with an overview of some new developments in the study of neuroscience. These promise the potential development both of new theoretical approaches of relevance to politics as well as novel ways of testing our hypotheses, old and new. We are beginning to see the development within political psychology of something that might best be termed ‘political neuroscience,’ involving the use of advanced techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
The third and final section (Chapters 12 to 17) of Political Psychology is more empirical. It attempts, in a preliminary way, to bring situationism and dispositionism together, and this conceptual device is used to categorize theories which have tried to explain various empirical areas of political behavior. Chapter 15, for instance, asks to what extent acts of terrorism are typically carried out by psychologically ‘abnormal’ individuals. Attempts to uncover a single ‘terrorist personality’ (or to ascribe abnormalities like narcissism to all terrorists) have essentially come to naught, so in many ways we are left with the conclusion, that most ordinary men and women are capable of committing acts of extreme violence. This chapter examines the research in this area which ascribes terrorism to situational forces and in particular the dynamics of group behavior. Political Psychology examines theories of nationalism and ethnic conflict, racism and political intolerance, voting behavior and international security, asking in each case whether dispositionist or situationist approaches best account for the area of behavior in question. Finally, Chapter 17 wraps up the discussion by suggesting ways in which situationism and dispositionism might be integrated with one another, and discussing possible conclusions that readers could draw.
I had come to believe that I would never find a political
psychology text that treated this rapidly developing field in a
reader-friendly yet sophisticated way. David Patrick Houghton's
Political Psychology has disabused me of this
belief. Houghton's book is not only a lucid and thorough overview of
the ‘situationist-dispositionist’ debate in the field. It also
employs these ostensibly opposing positions to integrate both an
impressive range of 'classic readings' in the field and an
extraordinary array of topics. Houghton's book will be from
henceforth the core text of my, and I suspect many others',
political psychology course. – Ronald P. Seyb,
This is an engaging discussion of how psychological theories and research provide insight into enduring problems of conflict and cooperation in political behavior and international relations. Houghton's text reviews classic studies of conformity and obedience, as well as theories of personality, cognition, and emotion, and integrates them into an effective conceptual scheme that balances personal and situational influences on behavior. Students will find this book to be a tidy and persuasive introduction to the value of psychology for understanding the political issues of the contemporary world. – Dennis Chong, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor Northwestern University
Political Psychology provides a concise, readable, and conceptually organized introduction to the topic of political psychology. Houghton's clear and engaging examples directly challenge students to place themselves in both real and hypothetical situations which involve intense moral and political dilemmas. This highly readable text gives students the conceptual foundation they need to make sense of the rapidly changing and increasingly important field of political psychology.
Homeland Insecurity: How
There is unease in
The nation's value system appears to be in a constant state of change.
There is an answer that goes to the very crux of the problem, as
Homeland Insecurity. The addiction to power is a
driving force that has caused some of those politicians afflicted
with it to do things that have endangered national security. And yet
it is rarely discussed by the mainstream media,
Many of the same people who inhabited the political jungles of
Homeland Insecurity is a study of how some
The book examines twelve elected politicians, who, driven by their addiction to power, have compromised national security for their own political advantage. Tracing the activities of these officials and a select number of appointees from Watergate of the 1960s to the present time, Turchie and Puckett, in case-like fashion with documented support, illuminate the role that the addiction to power has had on shaping the nation's security structure.
Turchie, former Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism
Division of the FBI, is currently the Director for
Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism for the
An absolutely fascinating story about the effects of power hungry
individuals who place their self interests above the security of
this great nation.
Homeland Insecurity should serve as a wake up call
...With the precision of a surgeon and the marksmanship of a
sniper the authors peel away the wrapping surrounding some of our
most famous leaders both past and present. What we find laying under
the public veneer are some pretty ugly facts. Don't be fooled into
thinking this is a partisan book whose timing is set to coincide
with November’s election. Turchie and Puckett have no political
affiliations, in their eyes both Republicans and Democrats are
equally guilty as charged... – Simon Barrett, Blogger News Network
Turchie, a former FBI Deputy Assistant Director, and Puckett, an author and former Special Agent (Hunting the American Terrorist), bring their expertise to bear in a spirited defense of the bureau and a stinging attack on those who would limit its scope. Damning ‘the exercise of unfettered political power’ in
Homeland Insecurity Turchie and Puckett focus on
those individuals who have apparently acted to serve an addiction to
power to the detriment of our nation's security structure. The book
Professional & Technical / Law / Science
The Scientist or Engineer as an Expert Witness by James G. Speight (Chemical Industries Series, No. 122: CRC Press)
The increased technical nature of litigation coupled with an increase in the number of cases have given rise to the need for a book specifically written for scientists and engineers called to testify as expert witnesses. There are only a few books that relate to the expert witness, but none is aimed specifically at the scientist and engineer.
Unique in its approach, The Scientist or Engineer as an Expert Witness assists these experts in conveying the often complicated information to a non-technical audience.
The book begins with a complete discussion of the functions of the expert witness before delving into the process of how attorneys find experts. A significant portion discusses the professional resume and other tools the expert can use to market him- or herself. James G. Speight supplies a primer on the rules of evidence and a discussion of the attorney-expert witness relationship. He includes ample treatment of the use of reports and visual aids, as well as issues that arise during depositions. The Scientist or Engineer as an Expert Witness closes with a comprehensive discussion of the trial itself, followed by post-trial responsibilities. A complete glossary of terms further clarifies the material.
Speight, with more than 40 years’ experience in areas associated with the properties and processing of conventional and synthetic fuels, is the editor of the journals Petroleum Science and Technology, Energy Sources Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects, and Energy Sources Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy.
As explained in The Scientist or Engineer as an Expert Witness, the scientist and engineer are responsible for presenting the salient technical facts to the court in areas varying from toxicity, other adverse effects of a chemical or physical agent, and immediate injury due to explosions and fire to chemicals splattered on the face with damage to skin or eyes. In addition, harm caused by exposure to a chemical substance may not manifest itself for a number of years, and individual plaintiffs may not display specific symptoms at the time of a trial. The claims for damage can be for a variety of effects, and all members of the plaintiffs' case may not claim the same injury. Also to be considered is the individual who is sensitive to a specific compound. This person may seek monetary damages against the manufacturer of that agent.
All of these effects may fall into the area of science and engineering in which the science or engineer must present the truth clearly and coherently to the court. The scientist or engineer has the task of explaining to a judge and jury exactly what caused the incident and the effects of the chemical under question. The mathematical equations propagated by many engineers may not suffice. In the courtroom, they are mainly teachers and explainers of complicated phenomena. The data must be presented in an understandable and unbiased manner to enable nonscientists (the judge and jury) to make a decision.
The scientist and engineer are also needed in regulatory rule making. Experts are often called before legislative committees at local, state, or national levels to present evidence that will lead to new regulations and laws. There are also cases where scientists and engineers are needed at trials for whistle-blowers as well as for cases of scientific misconduct. Some states mandate that an expert be used in certain cases, especially if another expert is being sued for professional negligence or scientific misconduct.
Not many scientists and engineers have the experience to testify effectively. Not all attorneys know how to deal with competent scientists and engineers. This is a learning experience for all involved.
The Scientist or Engineer as an Expert Witness is aimed at scientists and engineers who intend to be useful as experts for the plaintiff or for the defense. Someone – the attorney, the paralegal, the scientist, or the engineer – must take on the responsibility for presentation of the data to the court. Scientists and engineers must attempt to be the most effective witnesses possible. Speight, who has testified numerous times as an expert witness, provides guidance that gives witnesses all the information needed to testify confidently and effectively. In addition, both plaintiff and defense lawyers and their paralegal assistants can profit from The Scientist or Engineer as an Expert Witness, which is written from the viewpoint of an experienced scientist. Highly detailed and exceedingly thorough in scope, the book is clear and readable.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Education & Training
Blueprints Obstetrics and Gynecology, 5th edition by Tamara L. Callahan & Aaron B. Caughey (Blueprints Series: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)
One of the best selling volumes in the Blueprints series,
Blueprints Obstetrics and Gynecology, 5th
edition provides students with a concise review of what they need to
know in their ob/gyn rotations or the Boards. Each chapter is brief
and includes pedagogical features such as bolded key words, tables,
figures, and key points. A question-and-answer section at the end of
the book presents 100 board-format questions with rationales. This
fifth edition has been completely updated with the latest changes in
the field. Authors are Tamara L. Callahan, Assistant Professor,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
New to the fifth edition of Blueprints Obstetrics and Gynecology:
Blueprints Obstetrics and Gynecology provides students with a complete review of the key concepts, research, and therapies in modern practice. Callahan and Caughey have expanded the text to include the most up-to-date topics and evidence-based research and therapies. Information is provided on the latest changes in the management of cervical dysplasia, preeclampsia, cervical insufficiency, and preterm labor.
The succinct and telegraphic use of tables and figures was highly acclaimed by their readers, so they have redoubled their efforts to expand their usefulness by adding a significant amount of updated and improved artwork including a new section of color plates. In each case, they have tried to include only the most helpful and clear tables and figures to maximize readers’ ability to understand and remember the material. Readers also asked for an enhanced art program, so a tri-color system is being used in this edition to increase the usefulness of the figures and tables.
Callahan and Caughey have likewise changed their bibliography to include updated evidence-based articles as well as references to classic articles and textbooks in both obstetrics and gynecology. These references are now provided at the end of Blueprints Obstetrics and Gynecology and are further expanded in the on-line references. It was also suggested that the review questions should reflect the current format of the boards, so they have included new and revised board-format questions in this edition with full explanations of both correct and incorrect options provided in the answers.
What Callahan and Caughey have also learned from their readers is that Blueprints is more than just board review for USMLE Steps 2 and 3. Students use the books during their clerkship rotations, subinternships, and as a quick refresher while rotating on various services in early residency. Residents studying for USMLE Step 3 often use the books for reviewing areas that were not their specialty. Students in physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and osteopath programs use Blueprints either as a companion or in lieu of review materials written specifically for their areas.
In 1997, the first five books in the Blueprints series were published as board review for medical students, interns, and residents who wanted accurate clinical content for USMLE Steps 2 and 3. At that time Callahan and Caughey originally wrote this book as they were completing medical school and starting residency training, they now have 12 years of additional experience, which makes the book even better. With clinical high-yield content, Blueprints Obstetrics and Gynecology covers everything readers need to know for the USMLE and rotations – while maintaining its succinct, organized, and concise style.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Church History / Biographies & Memoirs
Ireland's Saint: The Essential Biography of St. Patrick by J. B. Bury, edited by Jon M. Sweeney (Paraclete Press)
Why does the study of St. Patrick matter today? If you have come to [Ireland's Saint] with questions and curiosity of your own, I hope you will find much to engage you here. One of the best summaries of Patrick's spirituality that I have encountered is this: "One of our most ancient manuscripts, the Book of Armagh, tells us that Patrick wished the Irish to have two phrases ever on their lips, Kyrie Eleison and Deo Gratias; Lord have mercy, and Thanks be to God. It was between these two prayers that Patrick lived out his own full and saintly life. It is where we, too, will find the fullness of life – trusting in the forgiveness of the One who loves us, and eternally grateful for everything." – from the Introduction
The story of St. Patrick's life is full of Druids and sorcery,
tribal leaders and ancient curses, and the flowering of
Many legends surround the life of St. Patrick. He traveled all
over the emerald isle bringing both Christianity and the
This new edition of Bury's classic biography, Ireland's Saint, has been re-edited and introduced by Jon M. Sweeney, and includes sidebar notes from other biographers, mystics, historians, and storytellers of Ireland. Sweeney is an editor and writer best known for his editing of Paul Sabatier's classic biography, The Road to Assisi: The Essential Biography of St. Francis.
Bury was an Irish historian and an expert on the Greek and Roman
Empires. He grew up in
First published in 1905, Bury's biography of St. Patrick was the most influential study of the saint ever written up until that point. Bury's scholarship and conclusions directed the understanding of Patrick for at least a half century. Almost immediately, for instance, he overturned long-standing tradition that held that Patrick's mission lasted sixty years and the saint died in 493. Bury said Patrick's mission was only thirty years, the additional thirty were added by early hagiographers, and Patrick passed away in 461.
The original title of Bury’s book was The Life of St. Patrick and His Place in History.
As Bury mentioned in the first sentence of his original preface,
he was attracted to the subject of St. Patrick "not as an important
crisis in the history of
Many scholars today argue with Bury's conclusions, saying that we cannot know as much as he claimed to have discovered in the sources. According to this line of thinking, only the writings of Patrick – the Confession, written when Patrick was an old man responding to charges made against him by British priests, and the Letter Against Coroticus, written somewhat earlier – are reliable witnesses to the facts of Patrick's life and work. Bury disagreed, creating a portrait that tells us far more than simple ‘facts,’ and yet, stopping far short of hagiography. His is the ideal modern biography. In fact, Bury was one of the leaders among historians at the turn of the twentieth century who desired to transform scholarship and modern understanding of the past using critical tools of analysis.
Sweeney in the introduction to Ireland's Saint describes his additions and changes to this edition. For example, this edition includes many sidebar notes that add the thoughts (and occasional corrections) of more recent historians on various issues. Also, in the spirit of Bury's account, several sidebars provide portions of Patrick's own writings that have a bearing on the points being made. Sweeney also plumbs the wealth of novels, poems, legends, art, theology, and other writings that serve to fill in the picture of Patrick drawn in Bury's account.
He made other changes to the original edition in creating Ireland's Saint; for example, Sweeney takes what was originally Bury's excellent summary chapter, "Patrick's Place in History," and makes it his first. The style of biographical writing a century ago was different than it is today; it used to be that the biographer would tell his tale from beginning to end, only to unleash his most detailed opinions in a concluding chapter, followed by a voluminous amount of additional material, including refutations of other scholars, discursive analyses of key points, and so on, in various appendices. Sweeney culls the best of this latter material from the original edition and disperses it throughout, speaking straightforwardly to readers. Many sentences and paragraphs that originally appeared in the notes and appendices sections of Bury's biography are incorporated into the main body of the biography.
Sweeney also updates the language of Bury's prose, altering the style and sentence structure only when necessary for contemporary readers. Throughout Ireland's Saint, he adds dates after the names of important figures and made other invisible additions aimed at a modern understanding. Because he has no doubt that today's readers wants to read more of Patrick's two writings – the Confession and the Letter Against Coroticus – Sweeney incorporates some of these into Ireland's Saint; and he includes a prose translation of the bulk of the "Hymn of St. Seachnaill," in chapter 10.
In his original preface, Bury wrote, "When I came to Patrick, I found it impossible to gain any clear conception of the man and his work. The subject was wrapped in obscurity, and this obscurity was encircled by an atmosphere of controversy and conjecture. Doubt of the very existence of St. Patrick had been entertained.... It was at once evident that the material had never been critically sifted, and that it would be necessary to begin at the beginning, almost as if nothing had been done, in a field where much had been written."
Bury described his attempt to be impartial by referring to himself as "one whose interest in the subject is purely intellectual." Such a comment says more about his era than about the man. It is impossible to read Ireland's Saint without feeling the passionate interest that the author had for his subject. And the fact that Bury was a Protestant is perhaps what led him to also write in his original preface, "I will not anticipate my conclusions here, but I may say that they tend to show that the Roman Catholic conception of St. Patrick's work is, generally, nearer to historical fact than the views of some anti-Catholic clergy."
As a modern historian writing at the beginning of modern religious history writing, Bury made very few comments about Patrick's direct influence on the spiritual life of the Irish, or anyone else. Bury was quite modern in this respect, trying to keep fact apart from feeling, and the spiritual away from the ecclesiastical, in his accounts. Sweeney’s concerns are somewhat different, and he adds some sidebars with reflections on the spiritual import of Patrick throughout the work.
A more recent biographer of Patrick has written, "Bury was
possibly the most learned historian produced by the
Bury was a clear and precise writer, but he was also one for metaphor and the delicate turn of phrase. A protestant, Bury in Ireland's Saint provided a balanced perspective of the Catholic saint. All in all, this is a portrait for the ages. Sweeney successfully reintroduces the book to modern readers, and we are grateful.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Judaism
In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on
Early Christianity by Oskar Skarsaune (IVP Academic)
Oskar Skarsaune, professor of church history at Norwegian Lutheran School of Theology in Oslo, Norway, makes a contribution to our understanding of the development of the early church in its practice (e.g., worship, baptism and Eucharist) and doctrine (e.g., Scripture, Christology, pneumatology). In the Shadow of the Temple offers the new perspective that Christians were in ongoing and deep conversation with Jews during the early centuries leading up to
Contents of In the Shadow of the Temple in addition to the introduction include:
Part One: The Mother Soul: Judaism from the Maccabees to the Rabbis
Part Two: Christian Beginnings: From Jewish Party to
Part Three: The Persistence of the Jewish Heritage: Faith & Order in the Early Church
Part Four: Epilogue
In the Shadow of the Temple offers surprising insights into how much interaction took place between early Christians and Jews. It supplements standard textbooks on early church history as it reconnects the ‘disconnect’ between New Testament history and early church history. It also contains ‘snapshots’ of thematic developments rather than continuous historical narrative and includes helpful annotated bibliographies by topic for further reading and research. In the Shadow of the Temple also includes indexes of modern authors, subjects and ancient writings.
Yet another book on the Jewish roots of Christianity? Yes, but with a difference: Most books on this topic are written by scholars for fellow scholars or as textbooks for students. In the Shadow of the Temple is neither; it is intended for general readers. Through the years, Skarsaune says he has felt an increasing fascination with the story of Christian origins and in this book he tries to convey some of that fascination. Skarsaune explains the book's main thesis: The question of Jewish influences cannot be left behind once we pass, say, A.D. 150. It is a question that to some extent accompanies the church for a long period of time – and that later, in different periods of medieval and later church history, comes back as a challenge from contemporary Judaism. Concerned with the Jewish roots of Christianity, In the Shadow of the Temple begins earlier and with more emphasis on Jewish matters than is usual in church histories. For the same reason the approach chosen does not break off around A.D. 150, but is followed through the pre-Constantinian period.
The story is told not as a connected, chronological narrative, but focuses on some selected themes, illustrated with representative episodes, snapshots, anecdotes.
Professor Skarsaune has long been known as a leading scholar of
early Jewish and Gentile Christian history. Here he brings his
outstanding specialist learning to bear in a wonderfully
accessible, comprehensive introduction to the Jewish basis of
Christian faith and history throughout the first three centuries. In
binding together the New Testament's Jewish roots with the life of
the early Jewish and Gentile church, this is an outstanding textbook
of Christian origins. – Markus Bockmuehl,
Although this book is written at a level that will be easily
accessible to students, it is based on sound and fresh scholarship
by a leading early church historian. His book has the merit of
surveying the history of the Christian movement from its beginnings
with Jesus through the pre-Constantinian period from the specific
perspective of demonstrating the close links between Christianity
and its Jewish roots that persisted throughout this period. The
author has not only harvested much specialized scholarship . . . but
also has his own personal contribution to make. This attractive
presentation is a must for all students of the early church. –
Oskar Skarsaune is surely right on the Jewishness of early
Christianity and the importance of the temple for its development.
He marshals an accurate display of historical information and
exercises sound judgment in weighing probabilities. The result not
only establishes the Jewish influences on early Christianity but
also presents a persuasive synthesis of key elements in the story of
Christian origins. –
In this highly informative and stimulating book, Professor Skarsaune demonstrates how illuminating it can be to read the New Testament from the perspective of the fully Jewish character of early Christianity. This novel approach to Christian origins will enrich readers, making them more sensitive to the Jewishness of the New Testament and early Christianity and more appreciative of the debt Christianity owes to the Jews. – Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary
In the Shadow of the Temple is outstanding and will
not only serve well the general reader, for whom the author writes,
it will also serve well the scholar and student alike. Skarsaune has
produced a gem that deftly lays out the major events, institutions,
beliefs and figures of Judaism of late antiquity and how they shaped
early Christianity. This reader-friendly book is a must. – Craig A.
Skarsaune in In the Shadow of the Temple provides a new look into the development of the early church through evidence of interaction between the early Christians and rabbinic Judaism. The book is a fresh, major contribution to an open-ended conversation going on in the enlightened community of readers. Skarsaune gives readers numerous fascinating episodic and topical glimpses into this untold story. The book is intended for professors, students and all those interested in church history.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Ministry / Management & Leadership
Go Grow Your Church!: Spiritual Leadership for African American Congregations by James F. Miller, with a foreword by Vashti Murphy McKenzie (The Pilgrim Press)
Dr. Miller shares the transitional story of taking DuPage AME from a church shocked at pastoral transition and looking for a new church home to a church with a building program that accommodated the needs of the people. There is a plethora of stories that show how God met them at every turn and led them through the search for a building, buying property, worshiping in a hotel, to finally building a new place. – Vashti Murphy McKenzie, from the foreword
Everyone wants a growing church; but not everyone counts the cost of handling growing pains. Go Grow Your Church! is a guide to help new pastors, seasoned pastors, and lay leaders of African American congregations in administration and spiritual leadership of their churches. It offers administrative advice, suggests methods, and maps out an implementation process. James F. Miller, D.Min., pastor of DuPage A.M.E. Church in Lisle, IL for eighteen years, drawing from his many years of experience as a pastor of a congregation he grew from 150 to 2,300 members, takes into consideration how congregations will respond to the methods and connects the elements of spiritual growth with the practical aspects of church ministry.
Go Grow Your Church! does not separate spiritual growth from an administrative managerial process. Miller shares that one of the keys to evangelism is how visitors are handled. He emphasizes the voluntary nature of the church; people invest their treasure but also their emotional and physical selves. Miller uses a total church teaching modality that immerses the congregation in the subject or issue from every point of view, including printed material, Bible study, and worship. He emphasizes that the fiscal key to effective stewardship is a strategic approach to how the financial resources are raised. Go Grow Your Church! provides insights not only on evangelism and stewardship but also on raising the church budget, planning capital projects, financing capital projects, worship, and personal and congregational spiritual growth.
He concludes with "Seven Paths to Your Best Ministry Now!" This chapter highlights priorities for all pastors and ministry leaders. They include the need to develop a spiritual perspective on life and ministry that must be maintained by practicing spiritual discipline. The temptation is to be busy, but Miller stresses that in order to grow a church there is a need to develop disciplined people with disciplined thoughts and actions. This requires the maintenance of a self-care discipline.
Love creates the adhesive that bonds the uniqueness of individuals into the body of Christ. Miller indicates that in order to ‘wage peace’ in the midst of conflict, love becomes the weapon to win souls. Courtesy and kindness must be expressed at every opportunity. Finally, he notes that the ministry leader must cultivate patience with understanding and an acceptance of God's will in every circumstance.
The ministry of Go Grow Your Church! is to suggest methods that will not only explain what to do, but also show an implementation process for accomplishing the stated purpose. What distinguishes this book from others on this subject is that it takes into account how the congregation will respond to these methods. In the Bible, the people of God are described as being ‘stiff-necked’ and ‘peculiar.’ In contemporary society they are busy, preoccupied, and always opinionated. Any advice on directing God's people must be sensitive to who they are. Having a good idea of what to do in the church is quite different from getting that longtime church member who is set in his or her ways to accept and support that idea. That young executive in the church who is trained in a certain way of working will not adjust his or her approach simply because the pastor has a vision. The acceptance and support of ministry initiatives by the congregation is crucial to success. Common wisdom says, "It's not what you do but how you do it." Both what to do and how to do it are addressed in Go Grow Your Church!.
Progressive church administration from the perspective of dealing with God's people is the book's theme.
Miller's work is not only empowering for those who have a vision
for growth, it is also very helpful for those who are seasoned and
experienced in ministry. I recommend it to everyone. – Rev. William
D. Watley, Ph.D., pastor, St. James AME Church,
This book consistently helps pastors empower laity while
maintaining appropriate pastoral leadership. It is also deeply
spiritual while providing a solid theological under girding and a
scriptural mandate for the practical work of administration and
leadership. – Dr. Edward L. Wheeler, president, Christian
A must-read for pastors and church ministry leaders looking for help in their administration of the church. Miller offers administrative advice and suggests methods that not only explain what to do, but show an implementation process for accomplishing statistical growth. – Dr. Roscoe D. Cooper, Jr., pastor, Metropolitan African American Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia; past general secretary, National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.
God's how-to plan for church growth. Miller has given the
instructive path to anyone who talks about church growth. Read it
and walk your talk. – Rev. Dr. Cecil L. ‘Chip’ Murray, pastor
Filling a need not previously addressed, Go Grow Your Church! is precisely the prophetic consciousness the Christian church needs today. Timely, appropriate, and uniquely spiritual, the book will take you to a new place in your personal walk with God and help you lead your congregation to a new level of Christian maturity and ministry. – Dr. James C. Wade, director of church growth and development, African Methodist Episcopal Church
In this writing Miller joins spiritual growth with the practical aspects of church ministry. A sigh of relief will come from both pulpit and pew when people read Go Grow Your Church!. The candid sharing of experiences and research will be appreciated by those beginning the journey of ministry leadership as well as the mature minister looking for fresh insights. The book is a valuable resource that can be used for instruction and training clergy and lay leadership. The book has theological and philosophical overtones, and these afford it a personal distinction and an ecumenical embrace. It will be useful for individual study as well as for groups of students preparing to be instruments in building and growing people, communities, and congregations.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Reference
How We Got the Bible: A Visual Journey by
How did the Bible come to be?
How has it been passed down to us through the ages?
Is it still trustworthy and relevant after all these years?
The Bible is the bestselling book of all time and the basis of faith for billions of people around the world. Encompassing the fields of archaeology, biblical studies, and history, the story of how the Bible has come to us today is a fascinating one. It is told in How We Got the Bible, accompanied by full-color photographs and illustrations.
This book takes readers on a tour through the origins of the
Bible. The story of how the Bible came to be is told visually – a
process that began with Moses and extends to our modern
How We Got the Bible, written by Clinton E. Arnold, professor of New Testament language and literature at Talbot School of Theology in
Readers will marvel at the care and reverence with which this
ancient book has been preserved. Just a few of the insights readers
will gain include scriptural origins on animal skins and clay
tablets and the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Large in format, rich in information and large, full-color images, How We Got the Bible takes readers on a fascinating tour. Each set of pages covers a separate topic. Virtually 2/3 of the information is visual, making this book appropriate for adults who have limited reading skills or minimal patience with pages of text and a keen interest in the origins of the Bible.
Religion & Spirituality / Judaism
Yirat Shamayim: The Awe, Reverence and Fear of God edited by Marc D. Stern, with Series Editor Robert S. Hirt (The Orthodox Forum Series: KTAV Publishing House, Inc.)
The Torah was given in fire, and, in its essence, resembles the nature of fire. This is the nature of fire. If one comes too close to the flame, he will be smitten by the heat. If one detaches himself completely from the fire, he will remain cold. Therefore, man must warm himself at an appropriate distance from the fire.
My relationship with God and his Torah must be such that while we are close and even intimate, it is not a relationship on an equal basis. We must always bear in mind that while God is ... a merciful God and our merciful Father who loves us and calls us His children.... we cannot and dare not approach God and Torah over a counter of expediency and attempt to negotiate with Him according to our values and priorities. For God always remains ... the jealous God, the demanding God, the exacting God.
It is entirely true that... the love of God, is the highest degree that man can attain in the worship of the Almighty. But sometimes I feel that we have too much [love] and too little [fear]. We may have too much love of God and too little fear of God. – [attributed to Rabbi Tzi Dov (Harold) Kanotopsky] – from the Introduction
Yirat Shamayim – literally the fear or awe of heaven (God) – is a fundamental concept for Orthodox Jews. Perhaps because it is so basic to their religious life – or perhaps because they would prefer not to think of the radical demands it makes – contemporary Orthodox Jews do not often systematically consider its implications. In Yirat Shamayim, the authors examine from a variety of perspectives what fear of heaven requires in definition, education, ideology, the synagogue and politics.
The editor of the volume is Marc D. Stern, co-director of the Commission on Law and Social Action of the American Jewish Congress. He was previously a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals. He writes widely on religion and public policy.
The Series Editor is Rabbi Robert S. Hirt, senior advisor to the
Contributors to Yirat Shamayim include:
Stern, editor of Yirat Shamayim, this seventeenth volume in the Orthodox Forum Series, and the authors of the articles explore to what extent yirat shamayim informs our lives within the private domain and the public square.
A glance at the impressive shelf of 16 volumes of the Orthodox Forum shows that, with no more than a handful of exceptions, the subjects explored all touch upon the intersection of Orthodoxy with some external phenomena: interactions with non-observant Jews, war, tikkun olam, business ethics, ‘scientific’ biblical and Talmudic scholarship, and egalitarianism.
These volumes and their focus toward the world accurately mirror the outward, non-self-reflexive, focus of centrist or modern Orthodoxy. One of the distinguishing characteristics of that branch of Orthodoxy is precisely its concern with the outside world, combined with a sense of obligation to, and not merely exploitation of, it.
That engagement with a world, only some of whose core values Orthodoxy shares, carries with it exposure to values, ideas, and methods (e.g., critical biblical studies, egalitarianism) which require examination before being assimilated – if at all – into Orthodox practice and thought. The neglect of inwardly directed, parochial obligations – such as the focus of Yirat Shamayim, the fear of God – might be dismissed as nothing more than the neglect of an uncontested principle taken for granted and routinely put into practice. Perhaps, too, it comes from a commendable reluctance to speak with confidence and familiarity about the Unknowable.
But to Stern it seems that the reason is in large part different and more worrying. It is as if we in the modern Orthodox community – he does not exclude himself – are discomfited by God talk. This reticence is not, God forbid, because we are guilty of substituting orthopraxy for orthodoxy – although there is some measure of that – but because we have not developed a modern vocabulary of fear of God. That fear is, or should be, an indispensable element of our religious commitment and environment. The failure to cultivate a sense of what yirat shamayim demands of us in all of our contemporary circumstances distorts and impoverishes our religious life and our communal discourse. Indeed, in this regard, it must be said that we have not nurtured our own garden.
Yirat Shamayim begins a discussion of yirat shamayim in modern language and in light of our current circumstances; to insist that the subject deserves, demands, our sustained attention; and to enable all of us to better integrate it into our lives, at the same time to avoid shallow and empty descriptions of piety or arrogant smugness. Neither should it compel a growing denial of modern biological and social science, and a systematic denigration of the importance of human endeavor.
The topic of yirat shimayim is explored in Yirat Shamayim from a variety of perspectives. For reasons beyond our control (and concerns of space and time), some aspects of yirat shimayim are not explored. There is, crucially, no comprehensive exploration of yirat shimayim as it impacts halakhic observance, the problem of humra and yarei shamayim yotzei et kulam (the God-fearing person will satisfy all views), so characteristic of the halakhic world of the Mishna Berura, but not the contemporaneous Arukh ha-Shulchan. Although we have Professor Alan Brill's important essay on yirat shamayim in modern Hasidic practice, we don't have an exploration of yirat shamayim across the full range of Hasidic views, as they exist now, and as they were in the past. And while the issue was explored at the Forum, we have not reprinted all the essays dealing with the problem of educating to yirat shamayim in all the yeshiva high schools.
Precisely because yirat shamayim is primarily an internal sense, generally impossible to accurately assess from the outside, there is an understandable tendency to seek easy and readily applied external criteria by which to measure it. Parents and educators seek litmus tests to measure success in inculcating it. Such criteria easily give rise to superficial assessments and can mask blatant abuse – think of some of our recent child abuse or kashrut scandals – but they are also social markers of the importance we attach as a community to yirat shamayim. Stern is personally skeptical of the value of such markers, but he is, in more reflective moments, ready to concede that he might be wrong. After all, these counter-cultural markers do declare a commitment to the service of God.
According to Stern, the best way to learn and teach yirat shimayim is to see it up close when it is palpably genuine. Stories of gedolei yisroel – if true and not just hagiography – and, better yet, up-close observation of those who are truly yarei shamayim may in the end be the best way to teach yirat shamayim, and not just to children. In this regard, Yirat Shamayim s or any other volume about yirat shamayim will fall short. Still, the tradition insists on full discussion of abstract religious concepts, and assumes, as with other aspects of Talmud Torah, that the discussion is both intrinsically valuable and conducive to good practice.
The volume contains dueling papers, including Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and Stern debating whether the government has a role to play in fostering yirat shamayim; Soloveichik thinks it does and Stern thinks it does not. Readers will detect both commonalities and dissonances in the various approaches to yirat shamayim laid out in the volume, chief among them, varied assessments of the viability of religious humanism. Another paper by Mark Gottlieb outlines a possible way of teaching yirat shamayim; he calls for a refocusing of the curriculum in boys’ yeshivot with the aim of providing a comprehensive world view rooted in yirat shamayim. Implicit in the article is a call for some modification of the almost exclusive focus on Talmud in the curriculum. This idea will undoubtedly provoke debate.
Yirat Shamayim provides useful insights into how consideration of yirat shamayim, the awe, reverence, and fear of God, can add value both to our daily spiritual and mundane activities. The book plainly does not exhaust the topic, but it opens the conversation.
Social Sciences / Ethnic Studies
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural
Upon its first publication in 1993, A Different Mirror was hailed
by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of
our nation's past. Publishers Weekly dubbed it "a brilliant
revisionist history of
Beginning with the colonization of the New World, A Different Mirror recounts the history of America in the voice of the non-Anglo peoples of the United States – Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others – groups who helped create this country's rich mosaic culture.
Retired professor Takaki has now revised his landmark work. This
A Different Mirror gives readers new insight into
the deep and rich multicultural makeup of
For hundreds of years, Americans have come not only from
Takaki, the grandson of Japanese immigrant plantation laborers in
A splendid achievement, a bold and refreshing new approach to our
national history. The research is meticulous, the writing powerful
and eloquent, with what can only be called an epic sweep across time
and cultures. – Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the
Takaki's book is nothing less than an attempt to view all of American history from a multicultural perspective. It is a laudable effort – humane, well-informed, accessible, and often incisive. It is clearly not intended to divide Americans but rather to teach them to value the nation's inescapable diversity. – New York Times Book Review
The forces of assimilation and of diversity coexist in unstable
tension, and exploring that tension is the central challenge
confronting the would-be historian of multiculturalism.
A Different Mirror tells part of the story with
verve and moral passion.... one closes the book with a deepened
sense of the centrality of ethnicity in the American past. –
Ronald Takaki's A Different Mirror is an excellent place to start in understanding how this uniquely diverse country came to be and where it is headed. – Christian Science Monitor
… Students may be surprised by some of the revelations, but will
recognize a constant thread of rampant racism. … Students will find
this overview to be an accessible, cogent jumping-off place for
American history and political science assignments, plus a guide to
the myriad other sources identified in the notes. – Barbara Hawkins,
Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA, School Library Journal
A valuable survey of the American experience of several racial and ethnic minorities…. To the author, the ruling class incorrectly conceptualized
Today, as always, history matters, for how Americans remember the
past will influence what choices they make in the present. This new
A Different Mirror is a remarkable achievement that
grapples, in a balanced way, with the raw truth of American history
and examines the ultimate question of what it means to be an
American. With meticulous research and engaging storytelling, the
book brilliantly illuminates our country's defining strengths as it
San Antonio: Past, Present, & Always by Mel Brown (Schiffer Publishing Ltd)
San Antonio juxtaposes archival postcard views with
either modern cards or personal photos to show what change have
occurred to the buildings and locations that make up
One special type of old postcard prominent in this collection is the "Real Photo Post Card" or the RPPC, as photo historians and collectors know it. This style of postcard was promoted by the Kodak Company in 1903 as a way to popularize its new No. 3A Folding Pocket Camera, which shot a 3-½" x 5-½" size image that could be printed with a postcard back upon request. Other cameras were also used to make personal photo type postcards, but beginning in 1907 Kodak offered a printing service that allowed any negative to be printed as a postcard.
Perfect examples are the RPPCs in
San Antonio that document
Another feature of
San Antonio is found in its theme of Past, Present,
& Always. Here Brown juxtaposes an archival postcard with either a
modern card or a personal photo taken recently to show what change
has occurred. In some cases there is almost no change to be seen. He
With his exciting collection of post cards and other old art and
with his artistic eye, Brown in
San Antonio provides readers with a fascinating