The Battlefields of the First World War (Revised): The Unseen Panoramas of the Western Front by Peter Barton, with Jeremy Banning, with a foreword by Richard Holmes, and contributions by Peter Doyle (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing in association with The Imperial War Museum)
The Jews of Iran in the Nineteenth Century: Aspects of History, Community, and Culture by David Yeroushalmi, general editor David S. Katz (Brill's Series in Jewish Studies Series: Brill Academic Publishers)
Arts & Photography / Travel /
An Eye for Iran photographed by Kazem Hakimi, with an introduction by James Attlee (Garnet Publishing)
Memories are made of images in the mind. I use the camera as an extension of my vision, capturing everyday life without disturbing the natural flow of events. And if it draws a smile, all the better. – Hakimi
Through his use of conventional black-and-white film and a belief that a good photograph is the result of constantly watching to predict the perfect moment, Kazem Hakimi's work harks back to the photojournalism of Cartier-Bresson and those early Magnum photographers who were able to capture moments that superficially contained nothing, but which when printed onto photographic paper became iconic images.
Hakimi was born in
As told by Atlee in the introduction to
An Eye for Iran, as we look through the images in
this book we realize that they too, in a sense, are tourist
photographs; many of them are taken at tourist sites, in parks, by
the river, at important religious or historic monuments. The
photographer has not sought out sensational scenes that would
confirm Western preconceptions about
Hakimi's passion for photography was born early. For a period
after he came to live in Britain Hakimi put the camera aside, but
his interest in photography was reawakened towards the end of his
teenage years. At Oxford Polytechnic his subject was Civil
Engineering, but he remembers spending as much of his time in the
photography department as on his official studies. Still later, he
studied for a 13-Tech in photography at
That Hakimi has perfected a technique of cheerful invisibility is obvious from the intimacy of some of the photographs collected in An Eye for Iran. The image he calls A fistful of rials was taken without a zoom at literally an arm's length from his subject. Two elderly men are concluding a transaction that has taken place on the street; one counts the money while the other watches seriously, perhaps a touch deferentially (his hands together in a submissive gesture), until the deal is sealed. Once more, these figures seem imbued with an archetypal quality; they are not rich, their clothes speak of extended use and their faces are lined not just with age but with years of struggle, yet they are survivors.
The women in Hakimi's photographs appear in many guises, from ancient beggars to a swift-footed young goatherd. Some are rendered anonymous by their black covering; one image shows women who are distributing leaflets to promote the wearing of a type of chador that does not even leave the eyes uncovered.
A message emerges from An Eye for Iran, one that although it is delivered quietly is as important as any declaimed from a podium or broadcast across the world's media. It is simply this: can the people in these photographs – the dancing boy, the family picnicking in the park, the old men counting rials, the young woman having her fortune read by the side of the road, as well as the many other characters readers will meet as they look through the pages of this book – really be our enemies? The question is left hanging in the air; the lone pedestrian continues on his way down the boulevard, unaccompanied except by his shadow, his hands clasped behind his back, looking this way and that, simply observing, as he steps casually yet purposefully forward into the eternal present.
Throughout An Eye for Iran, Hakimi shows how well he understands the techniques of traditional photojournalism: he remains both present but still invisible to the people in the scenes his lens has captured. The result is a captivating book that will appeal to all those wishing to gain an insight into life in this unique and fascinating country.
Audio / Politics / Conservatism
Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on
Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on
Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on
Liberals always have to be the victims, particularly when they are oppressing others. Modern victims aren't victims because of what they have suffered; they are victims of convenience for the Left.... Liberals are the masters of finger-wagging indignation. They will wail about some perceived slight to a sacred feeling of theirs, frightening people who have never before witnessed the liberal's capacity to invoke synthetic outrage. Distracted by the crocodile tears of the liberals, Americans don't notice that these fake victims are attacking, advancing, and creating genuine victims. – from the book
In this most controversial and fiercely argued book, Ann Coulter calls out liberals for always playing the victim – when, as she sees it, they are the victimizers. In Guilty, Coulter, legal correspondent for Human Events and columnist for Universal Press Syndicate, explores this idea, claiming that when it comes to bullying, no one outdoes the Left. Guilty is a catalog of offenses, which Coulter presents from A to Z. Revealing their hypocrisies, Coulter cries “Guilty!” on the following topics:
The audio version is read by the author, and who doesn’t know Coulter’s voice!? As with each of her past books, all of which were New York Times bestsellers, Coulter is fearless in her penchant for uttering politically incorrect pronouncements about politics and culture today. Packed with barbed humor and insight, Guilty is a reality check on a Left ‘gone wild’, to use her expression.
Biology / Zoology / Geriatrics
The Social Behavior of Older Animals by
Anne Innis Dagg (The
How do young and old animals view each other?
Are aged animals perceived by others as weaker? Or wiser?
What is the relationship between age and power among animals?
Taking a cue from Frans de Waal's seminal work examining the
lives of chimpanzees, Anne Innis Dagg, teacher in the Independent
Studies program of the
The Social Behavior of Older Animals is about animals well past their prime who live either in the wild or in captivity where they have large areas in which to move and interact with others. The question of who is old is fairly easily answered for people. Oldsters who take advantage of seniors' discounts are rarely asked to produce identification to prove their age; they often have gray or white hair, and their bodies provide other physical clues.
What about other animals, where signs of aging such as wrinkles and spots are covered with fur or feathers? By definition, older animals are nearing the end of their lives, but that does not mean we can distinguish them from their companions. Indeed, most behavioral research on wild animals does not mention older individuals at all. One problem was that, until recently, people believed that wild animals did not live to be old, dying instead from accidents or disease, or being killed and eaten by predators. Therefore, there is little information available about aged individuals in older books and articles.
Some basic facts about aging in animals as told by Dagg in The Social Behavior of Older Animals:
Information used in The Social Behavior of Older Animals came from a large number of books and articles on animals, the most profitable being those written by zookeepers, wildlife zoologists, and individuals or groups of people who study or simply love animals and from journal articles. The book first considers general knowledge about elderly animals, and then the bias inherent in collecting information on their social behavior. Throughout, Dagg often refers to wild animals as ‘older’ rather than ‘old,’ to reflect the difficulty of knowing exactly how old an older animal is.
Chapters of The Social Behavior of Older Animals include: (1) Evolutionary Matters, (2) Sociality, Media, and Variability, (3) The Wisdom of Elders, (4) Leaders, (5) Teaching and Learning, (6) Reproduction, (7) Successful Subordinates, (8) The Fall of Titans, (9) Aging of Captive Alphas, (10) Happy Families, (11) Mothering – Good and Not So Good, (12) Grandmothers, (13) Sexy Seniors, (14) Their Own Person, (15) Adapting and Not Adapting, (16) All Passion Spent, and (17) The Inevitable End.
Dagg describes many problems in obtaining sufficient data. For
example, there is not enough data to answer many questions about
older male elephants; largely because of culling and poaching for
ivory, many African countries no longer have any older males and,
therefore, no natural populations of elephants. In
Scientists studying the behavior of animals now largely agree that they have feelings and emotions, just as people do. As Marc Bekoff stated: "There are pleasure-seeking iguanas, amorous whales, elephants who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, pissed off baboons who beat the stuffing out of others, sentient fish and a sighted dog who serves as a Seeing Eye dog for his canine buddy." This is why, of course, we cannot assume that the behavior of one animal is representative of its entire species. Ethically, it also means we should think of animals as the sentient beings that they are.
At once instructive and compelling, The Social Behavior of Older Animals is a pioneering and theme-spanning book revealing the complex nature of maturity in scores of social species and shows that animal behavior often displays the same diversity we find in ourselves.
Business & Investing / Accounting / Taxes
Tax Deductions for Professionals, 4th Edition by Stephen Fishman (NOLO)
What do architects, lawyers, dentists, chiropractors, doctors and other licensed professionals have in common? Answer: Special tax considerations including a 50% bonus depreciation for 2008. If readers are professionals, no one needs to tell them that taxes are one of their largest expenses, and the best way to minimize taxes and maximize take-home income is to take advantage of every tax deduction available.
Many professionals miss out on all kinds of deductions every year simply because they are not aware of them – or because they neglect to keep the records necessary to back them up. Tax Deductions for Professionals, tailored for the unique needs of professionals, it shows readers how they can deduct all or most of their business expenses from their federal taxes – everything from advertising to vehicle depreciation. The book is organized into categories featuring common deductions, including start-up and operating expenses, health deductions, vehicles and travel, entertainment and meals, home office.
Unlike other books on the market, Tax Deductions for Professionals, written by attorney Stephen Fishman, helps readers choose the best legal structure for their practice, the most important business (and tax) decision they will make. The book also covers putting money into retirement accounts, the tax implications of owning the building they work in, and deducting the cost of continuing education, professional fees and other expenses. The table of contents includes:
The 4th edition of Tax Deductions for Professionals is updated with the latest tax laws and numbers, providing information on the 2008 tax breaks for small businesses.
Aimed at anyone who runs a professional practice, including
doctors, dentists, lawyers, engineers, architects and even
chiropractors - to say nothing of accountants. – Accounting Today
Step-by-step strategies for making your tax bill as low as possible. –
Thorough, straightforward and specific, Tax Deductions for Professionals contains all the information you need to take advantage of every money-saving opportunity. – Architectural West
Offers...guidelines for converting a vacation into a business trip. – Marketwatch.com
Tax Deductions for Professionals is every professional's ‘know how’ guide to reducing taxes. Comprehensive, easy to read and filled with interesting examples, the book is well organized. Not a tax preparation guide, the book provides the information readers need to maximize their deductible expenses – and avoid common deduction mistakes. The book helps readers provide their tax professionals with better records, ask better questions, obtain better advice and evaluate the advice they get from tax professionals, websites, and other sources. Tax Deductions for Professionals can be a legal companion, providing practical advice and information so that they can rest assured that they are not paying more to the IRS than necessary.
Business & Investing / Economics
"Are Economists Basically Immoral?" and Other Essays on Economics, Ethics, and Religion by Paul Heyne edited and with an introduction by Geoffrey Brennan and A.M.C. Waterman (Liberty Fund, Inc.)
I started out wondering why economists arrived at so many immoral conclusions and gradually discovered both that social systems were far more complex than I had supposed and that my notions of morality were much too simple. – Paul Heyne
Eight years before his death, Paul Heyne listed among his strong convictions: “Theology has absolutely nothing to contribute to the discussion of public policy issues.”
A well-trained theologian, a gifted and dedicated teacher of economics for over forty years, and the author of a highly regarded and widely used textbook, The Economic Way of Thinking, which has gone through eleven editions, Heyne influenced generations of students of economics and is still doing so today. Many of the essays in "Are Economists Basically Immoral?" and Other Essays are published in this book for the first time. The editors, Geoffrey Brennan and A.M.C. Waterman, have divided Heyne's essays thematically to cover three general areas: the ethical foundations of free markets, the connection between those ethical foundations and Christian thought, and the teaching of economics – both method and substance. Heyne's writings are unique in that he takes the critics of the free market order seriously and addresses their arguments directly, showing how they are defective in their understanding of economics and in their ethical and theological underpinnings.
Heyne (1931-2000) was one of the most influential educators of
economic principles in the
Heyne believed passionately in ‘the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals’ and agreed strongly with Goodrich "that education in a free society requires a dialogue centered in the great ideas of civilization." Like Goodrich, he "saw learning as an ongoing process of discovery."
"Are Economists Basically Immoral?" and Other Essays on Economics, Ethics, and Religion is a collection of Heyne's essays focused on the issue that preoccupied him throughout his life. An introduction by the editors situates the essays within the unusual life of Heyne, describing how an anti-capitalist divinity student gradually became convinced, through his study of economics, of the close association between the logic of free markets and a proper Christian understanding of the social order.
For a man who so often disparaged publication as an activity,
Heyne wrote a great deal in the thirty-six years between his
The provenance of Heyne's thirty extant unpublished papers is not
always easy to identify. Of those where it is clear, eight are the
texts of public lectures delivered at various universities in
Brennan and Waterman ask in the introduction to
"Are Economists Basically Immoral?" and Other Essays:
Why bother to republish any of this material? The justification for
the current collection gradually came to Brennan and Waterman as
possible editors when they read and re-read the
In making their selection, Brennan and Waterman began by
eliminating book reviews, printed works of one or two pages in
little-known publications, and short, unpublished typescripts of
unknown provenance. Next they eliminated all essays based on
arguments more fully worked out or better expressed elsewhere.
Because of the occasional character of much of Heyne's writing,
there is considerable overlap of theme and subject matter. They
brought the collection down to the twenty-six printed in
"Are Economists Basically Immoral?" and Other Essays,
roughly one-third of the
The first eleven of the papers, grouped in the first three parts of the book, have to do directly with Heyne's lifelong concern with ethics and theology, and the relations between these and economics. Part 4 contains two scholarly essays of a historical character, the second commissioned for a Liberty Fund symposium directed by the Fraser Institute in 1982 at which Brennan and Waterman and Heyne met together as a trio for the first time. Parts 5 and 6 contain six essays on teaching, the first being Heyne's introductory lecture at Southern Methodist University in September 1968 on ‘The Nature of Man’ which, with the possible exception of an undated essay in part 3, affords their earliest glimpse of the author in action. Because defining ‘economics’ is crucial to any genuine discussion of economics and ethics, methodology was always important to him, and they print three mainly methodological essays in part 7. The last part illustrates Heyne’s approach to the relation of economics and ethics by printing four of his many essays on specific policy issues.
Heyne was a remarkable man, and the essays in "Are Economists Basically Immoral?" and Other Essays show something of that remarkableness. Even in discussions of topics well beyond the fundamental level, Heyne succeeds in providing students with an appreciation of basic economic principles. Written with the non-expert in mind, and in a highly engaging style, these essays will be of particular interest to students of economics, professional economists with an interest in ethical and theological topics, and Christians who seek to explore economic issues. The engaging style of Heyne's essays makes them accessible to students as well as to scholars.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership / Sports / Reference
Applied Sport Management Skills by Robert N. Lussier & David C. Kimball (Human Kinetics)
Sport management is a growing field, and this growth has created the need for a book that teaches people how to be sport managers. Most people using such a book would not be professional athletes; they would be students learning to be managers in sport industries.
Applied Sport Management Skills uses the four management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to teach readers how to become strong leaders and managers in the world of sport. Written by Robert N. Lussier, professor of management at Springfield College in Springfield, and David C. Kimball, associate professor of management and director of the sport management program at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, this book, along with its companion Web site and online student resource, provide a comprehensive overview of management topics with a unique focus on developing the necessary skills for managing sport organizations.
Filled with exercises and real-world examples, Applied Sport Management Skills contains valuable tools to help students understand leadership and management in the sport industry. Chapter-opening scenarios, revisited throughout each chapter, provide a cohesive thread to keep students focused on how sport managers use the text concepts on the job. Case studies in each chapter help students apply their newly gained knowledge to real-life situations. Time-outs encourage students to relate chapter concepts to their own experiences through brief assignments and questions. Self-assessment exercises enable students to better understand themselves and to determine their strengths and areas of improvement. Skill-building exercises provide students with the opportunity to develop skills they can use in their personal and professional lives. Application and skill-development sidebars, learning outcomes, key terms, and chapter summaries reinforce key points covered in the chapter.
Applied Sport Management Skills includes an extensive instructor guide, test bank, and PowerPoint presentation package to assist instructors with class preparation and presentation and engage students in the material. With the text, students also receive a key code that provides access to the online student resource (OSR). This Web site allows students to use the learning activities from the text in a dynamic and interactive setting. Many activities in the OSR can be filled out, printed, and handed in to the instructor, whereas others provide immediate ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’ feedback to students. Additional features found only in the OSR include related Internet resources and questions that test students' ability to gather information from sport-related Web sites.
Applied Sport Management Skills provides readers with an understanding of the management principles and concepts used in sport organizations and the challenges that managers face. This understanding is enhanced by the application of that knowledge and by the focus on developing management skills, allowing students to build a solid foundation toward a fulfilling career in sport management.
The OSR also provides additional learning material, including related Internet resources and questions that test students' ability to gather information from sport-related Web sites.
The book is organized based on the traditional four management functions – planning, organizing, leading, and controlling – but it is well grounded in sport contexts. Lussier and Kimball also rely on the principles of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). The text covers all of the topics of interest to NASSM members, which are listed in its mission statement (sport marketing, chapter 13; future directions in management, chapters 1-14; employment perspectives, chapter 1 and appendix A; management competencies, chapters 1-14; leadership chapters, 8-12; sport and the law, chapter 7; personnel management, chapter 7; facility management, chapter 14; organizational structures, chapters 5-7; finance, chapter 13; and conflict resolution, chapter 8).
Applied Sport Management Skills presents the principles of management, sport applications of the principles, and skill development. Each chapter includes six types of applications that provide students an opportunity to apply the management principle to actual sports and sport organizations to develop critical thinking skills through the following features.
Applied Sport Management Skills is an applied text for students in sport management and administration, sport business, sport leadership, and other sport management courses. It is a fully integrated textbook with a companion Web site that constructively applies the principles of business management to the sport industry. Lussier and Kimball provide a meticulous and comprehensive overview of management topics with an in-depth focus on how to manage sport organizations. They provide thorough coverage of the principles of management combined with robust sport applications and exercises to develop sport management skills that students can use in their personal and professional lives. Filled with valuable tools, the book gives students a thorough understanding of the management principles of sports organizations. The book can also serve as reference for sport managers and libraries.
Business & Economics / Management & Leadership / Free Enterprise
Free Market Madness: Why Human Nature is at Odds
with Economics – and Why it Matters by Peter A. Ubel (Harvard
Humans aren't entirely rational creatures.
Is there any place where freedom is more apparent than a supermarket? Walking the aisles of the local grocery store, everyone can freely choose from among dozens of shampoos, scores of cereals, and hundreds of frozen delicacies. Readers might think that they are impervious to television ads or supermarket sales schemes. But marketers and sales experts know how to influence people without their awareness. And the free-market economy is based on the assumption that people act in their own self-interests.
Author Peter Ubel, physician and behavioral scientist, director
of the Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine,
With examples gathered from many disciplines, Ubel in Free Market Madness shows that by understanding and controlling the factors that go into decisions, people can begin to stop the damage they do to their bodies, their finances, and the economy as a whole.
Ubel says liberty is a precious commodity, good in its own right – a gift so special that many of us would die for it. Freedom is also valuable as a means to other ends; it allows people to pursue their goals, goals that vary from one person to another. But freedom to choose is accompanied by the freedom to make bad choices. And in the current marketplace, filled with companies that make a practice of studying human behavior, freedom too often leads to harm and misery. Psychology and sociology PhDs leave academia to work for industry or Madison Avenue where they can employ their knowledge of human behavior in the service of selling consumer goods.
Ubel has studied the errors people make when facing difficult choices. In Free Market Madness he shows how economists came to hold a belief in human rationality, and how that faith has come under question by developments in neuroscience and behavioral economics. More importantly, he raises questions about what the limits of human rationality imply for the proper limits of free markets. Ubel doesn't debate either morality or externalities. Instead, he mounts a third front against unfettered markets.
In doing so, he shows, in broad outline, what markets can look like when they are designed to take account of human nature.
According to Ubel, physician and behavioral scientist at the
Americans believe that the free market produces the best of all
possible worlds. So why are our children's lives likely to be
shorter than our own? In his riveting new book, Ubel shows us how
and why the invisible hand can become an invisible fist – and then
tells us what we can do about it. This is behavioral science at its
best – a must-read for anyone who thinks that public policy should
be based on, of all things, facts. – Daniel Gilbert, professor of
In this witty and engaging book, Peter Ubel reveals how problems
from the obesity epidemic to out-of-control health-care costs arise
when human psychology collides with the free market. Ubel teaches
and provokes as he provides a new twist on the history of economics.
– George Loewenstein, Herbert A. Simon Professor of Economics and
Free Market Madness is an important analysis of one of the most crucial problems facing business and society today: the failure of market incentives and even educational interventions to ensure rational societal outcomes regarding health and well-being. This deeply insightful yet very readable book will give you a better understanding of what drives your behavior and will empower you to make better and more realistic decisions. – Mary Frances Luce, Thomas A. Finch Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Free Market Madness is not just another book about
behavioral economies. Ubel's unique perspective as a physician
allows him to really show how our rationality and irrationality
interact – and how they harm both our physical and our economic
well-being. – Sheena S. Iyengar, professor of management,
Free Market Madness is a provocative book injecting facts into the economic debate about the proper role of regulation. Ubel's stories bring his message home for anyone interested in improving the way society works. With vivid, broad-ranging examples gathered from many disciplines, he shows that by understanding and controlling the factors that go into decisions, people can begin to stop the damage.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership
Just Treat Me Like I Matter: The Heart of Sales by
Diane Marie Pinkard (Bonnie
Diane Marie Pinkard believes that society is experiencing another
paradigm shift – that people are again appreciating the value of
caring and trusting interpersonal relations in both the corporate
world and the marketplace. She says that people still buy people –
they buy from people who treat them like they matter. She teaches
that successful selling is not only about closing the sale, it is
about building quality relationships, rich connections, and loyal
trust – first with oneself, and then with customers. Pinkard, who
earned her state teaching credential and master's degree from
As told by Pinkard in Just Treat Me Like I Matter, business used to be conducted face-to-face, and deals were sealed with a solid handshake. Salespeople were in the business of selling because they genuinely liked people, and they took pride in knowing their customers on a first-name basis, often committing spouses' and children's names to memory.
Fast forward to today's marketplace where text messaging and email blasts rule, and where customer service is in short supply: Just Treat Me Like I Matter is an antidote to that impersonal mentality. In the book Pinkard takes readers back to the basics of sales, offering tools and techniques for developing strong, interpersonal relationships with clients. In the book readers learn:
By sharing her street smarts through stories, Pinkard coaches her audience on the importance of selling oneself as well as the product.
Throughout my business career, I've recognized that sales is the live blood of success. Diane sets forth a straight-forward approach to that success. Her book is hard to set down; I only did so because my face got tired from smiling. Her personality shines through the words, as does her wisdom; a must read for any serious student of sales and of life. – Daniel Perry, President, Emblem Financial, Inc.
I teach the art and science of selling but what lies beneath is the heart and psychology of what selling situations are all about. Diane has written a sincere and helpful tome for those who are ready to take their selling relationships to a much deeper level. – Tom Hopkins, author of How to Master the Art of Selling
This book is a must-read for all salespeople, whether just starting out or with thirty-five-plus years of experience like myself. All my salespeople loved it. Diane is masterful at weaving life experiences and down-to-earth sales training techniques into a book that sucks you in and ends up preparing you for your biggest sale: ‘Life.’– Thomas De Meo, Owner, Tile and Marble Outlet
Even with almost thirty years of sales experience with a large computer firm, I learned new sales techniques from Diane's book. She is very knowledgeable about her subject. The book contains an abundance of insights and wisdom gleaned by the author from a rich lifetime in sales. Easy to read, enjoyable book. – John O'Malley, Retired Corporate Senior Marketing Representative
Ms. Pinkard has captured the essence of a great recipe for sales and life in general. This book should be a class in school. She has made a self-help book fun, witty, and charming. I learned so much from this book on how to actually apply the lessons to all areas of my life, not just to my work. Thank you for the lessons and even some validations that I was already on the right track. I will be recommending this book to everyone I love. – Candy Warmuth, Personal Services Administrator
Just Treat Me Like I Matter is a valuable roadmap for anyone – from novices to seasoned sales professionals – in any type of business venture. It is also a must-read for those who want to improve the quality of everyday life. No matter what type of selling they do, readers will find the book brimming with tools and techniques. Pinkard inspires readers and challenges them, and her approach is straight-up, genuine, and full of heart.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership
The Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio: How to Build and Grow a Panic-Proof Investment Portfolio by David Gardner & Tom Gardner (Collins Business)
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Humorous and savvy. – The Wall Street Journal
What sets the Gardners apart . . . is their remarkably explicit,
how-to approach to investing and their involvement in the online
world that is slowly but surely revolutionizing the capital
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Stands out as an ethical oasis in an area that is fast becoming a home to charlatans. – The Economist
The best place online for talking with investors... amusing as
well as educational. – Barron's
Their panache is a cover for a belief in the old-fashioned virtues of patience, simplicity, and prudence. – U.S. News & World Report
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With the Motley Fool's signature plain-spoken analysis, The Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio is an innovative and timely investing book. Sharing the methods Fool analysts have used to uncover market-beating stock ideas, the book offers an invaluable approach for all investors, from first-timers to seasoned pros. This groundbreaking guide contains page after page of sound, sensible investment advice giving its readers a first class education in building their portfolios.
Business & Investing /
Tax This!, 2008 Edition: An Insider's Guide to
Standing Up to the IRS by Scott M. Estill (Legal Series:
Every year the IRS issues more than 34 million penalty notices to individuals and small businesses. What readers may not know is that many of these notices are wrong. And they don't have to hire an expensive tax professional in order to challenge these penalties and stand up to the IRS.
Written by a former IRS attorney,
Tax This! is designed to give readers an inside
track in their negotiations with the IRS. The book covers the IRS
audit process, from the time a return is chosen for audit to the
appeals procedure. It also includes information on some little-known
tools available to taxpayers to help them tackle the IRS and win.
Author Scott Estill, a tax attorney and former IRS Senior Trial
Attorney who now operates his own law practice in
Tax This! includes current advice on finding out what the IRS knows about the individual and what it doesn't know, abating tax penalties, making tax payments by installment, saving on taxes in small businesses, and getting a Federal Tax Lien released.
Estill addresses business meetings, conferences, and seminars on the subject of dealing with the IRS. This updated edition includes pointers on how to deal with the IRS's aggressive new audit strategies, as well as information on the IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams and how readers can protect themselves from them.
Other topics include:
Anyone who deals with tax issues on a day-to-day basis
understands that the vast majority of tax laws are hopelessly
complex. For instance, the Economic Growth and Tax Relief
Reconciliation Act of 2001, which President Bush signed into law on
June 7, 2001, contained 85 major changes (and 441 total changes) to
the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), all of which will be phased in (and
possibly out) until 2011 – the law itself was 291 pages long. In
addition, many tax law changes were proposed after the
The purpose of Tax This! is to update the rules and highlight the vast changes made since the fourth edition was published in 2007, and to put readers on a level playing field with the IRS. Once everyone understands the rules of the game, it becomes easier for the taxpayer to win.
After discussing the history and organization of the IRS in the first few chapters of Tax This!, Estill takes readers step-by-step through the filing process, the audit, appeals, and court proceedings. He also includes chapters on IRS penalties, collection and bankruptcy issues, and criminal investigations. He uses real-life examples to explain many of the tax concepts and to demonstrate how to use various defenses and other weapons against the IRS. At the end of each chapter is a section called Tax Points. These sections provide a summary of the main points of the chapter and are an easy way to review and remember the information presented.
Concise, practical, and eminently readable, Tax This! remains the resource for evening the playing field. – Jonathan P. Decatorsmith, Adjunct Professor of Law and former IRS Senior Trial Attorney
Taxpayers who owe the IRS money will find here all the instructions they need on the important questions ... Mr. Estill's advice – forceful and direct – is to research the law, be organized, stand when speaking, and, not least, don't ever interrupt the judge. – Randy Blaustein, The Wall Street Journal
Tax This! is a practical book written by a former IRS attorney, that will help readers keep more of their hard-earned money. Educating themselves or spending a lot of money to hire the best tax professionals is the only real chance tax payers have to win the IRS game. Tax This! gives readers the education they need to eliminate the fear such that they will be able to fight and beat the IRS at both the administrative level and in the court system.
Children / Grades 4-6 / History /
The McCarthy Era by Kathleen Tracy (Monumental
Milestones: Great Events of Modern Times Series:
Even more than his outrageous accusations, it was McCarthy’s overly aggressive style that made him appear even more out of control to the general public. He didn’t question witnesses so much as he bullied them. His reckless insinuations, seldom backed by proof or fact, ruined many a career. McCarthy’s name became synonymous with unsubstantiated, paranoiac character attacks. – from the book
The McCarthy Era tells the story of Joseph McCarthy and the issue that made him a household word – the search to bring to light communists in our midst. The book, written by journalist Kathleen Tracy, is part of the Monumental Milestones: Great Events of Modern Times series, a reference volume aimed at grades 4-6.
The McCarthy Era was the product of Joseph McCarthy, one of the
most notorious politicians in
By the 1950s, average Americans viewed communism as a direct
threat to their democratic way of life. McCarthy played on those
fears to persecute anyone suspected of having communist
affiliations. His crusade brought him power and fame and ultimately
led to his stunning public downfall.
The McCarthy Era relates the story of McCarthy in an even-handed manner, giving children a sense of the times without being sensationalist. The author, having written numerous books for this publisher, is experienced writing at this reading level for this audience, using numerous photographs, some of them in color, to help children visualize the topic, break up the text, and make the book more interesting.
Children / Ages 4-8 / Arts & Photography
Oooh! Picasso by Mil Niepold & Jeanyves Verdu (The Oooh! Artist Series: Tricycle Press)
Oooh! What is this?
This is a book about seeing.
Take a close look at the sculptures that Pablo Picasso made from found objects:
Is that a dolphin leaping? A spider creeping? Water falling?
Take a step back. What do you see now?
Explore the imagination of a master artist and discover that what you see depends on how you look.
The innovative sculptures of popular twentieth century modernist
Picasso are introduced to young readers in
Oooh! Picasso, the second picture book by the
creative team of Mil Niepold and Jeanyves Verdu. The book features
five sculptures by Picasso.
Niepold is an artist at heart who, since becoming a mother, sees everything in bold colors and daring shapes. When not making art with her girls, she works in the field of human rights. Verdu has been a freelance art director for over twenty years, while also writing screenplays and designing scarves and ties.
Oooh! Picasso allows young readers to see Pablo Picasso's works like they have never seen them before. Bright and playful close-ups of his sculptures, rarely seen in children's books, include: Guitar (made from sheet metal and wire), Girl Skipping (made from wood, ceramic, iron, and plaster), and Baboon and Young (made from bronze from found objects).
And this? What is this?
I am a lollipop dreaming
I am a snail hiding a rose
Oooh! I am a little girl jumping rope.
Crisp close-ups of the everyday objects that Picasso transformed into sculpture offer a fresh look at the artist's work. With each page turn, readers’ imaginations unfold as the moon becomes a guitar and a dolphin becomes a bull. The boldly-colored spreads and spare text introduce readers to the creations of a master artist.
The sculptures made from found objects shown in
Oooh! Picasso may inspire kids to create their own
masterpieces from everyday items. Emphasis on works made from found
objects also lend themselves toward use in teaching units on
recycling and the environment.
Children / Ages 4-8 / People & Places / Animals
Trudy written and illustrated by Henry Cole (Greenwillow Books, an imprint of Harper Collins)
Trudy is a sweet, intimate story, written and illustrated by Henry Cole, ending with a big surprise. The story begins at the country auction:
As told in Trudy, when Esme meets Trudy at the county auction, she knows there's something really special about her.
"She's quite a goat!"
But she doesn't know how special, until she takes her home: Trudy can predict the weather. Esme's goat becomes a local superstar!
"Heard you've got quite a goat!"
But one day, Trudy disappears inside her barn and doesn't come back out.
What's wrong with Trudy?
Esme is very worried. But she soon discovers that Trudy has something even more special in store. . . .
Trudy, Cole grew up on a farm in
Children / Literature & Fiction / Teen / Adventure & Thrillers
The Black Stallion and the Shape-shifter by Steven Farley (The Black Stallion Series: Random House Children’s Books)
The Black Stallion is about the most famous fictional horse of
the century. – The New York Times
Timeless quality – Instructor
Hot on the tail of the re-release of The Black Stallion, Random House Books for Young Readers announces the newest adventure of this long-loved character in The Black Stallion and the Shape-shifter. In this, the first Black Stallion novel in 10 years, Walter Farley's son, Steven Farley, continues the epic tale of a horse with uncommon talents and his faithful jockey, Alec Ramsey.
When readers rejoin Black, the horse has become celebrated for
his racing abilities and has built himself and Alec a comfortable
existence as greats of the racing world. But their life of easy
recognition is brought to a halt when Black is suddenly injured in
The duo head to the Irish coast to recuperate. While there, they are charmed by the pleasant people and intrigued by tales of the kelpie, a shape-shifting creature of myth who carries unsuspecting riders off to a watery grave.
One day while walking on the beach, Alec meets a lonely local girl, Mora, who has found a stray pony. Alec, recognizing her love of horses, teaches her to ride. But when Mora disappears, local tongues start wagging and Alec realizes that she might have been carried off by the kelpie. Alec tries to laugh it off, but he is assured that the creature is real and that, after the girl, the only thing the kelpie wants is a magnificent black stallion.
Has this shape-shifting brute of Irish folklore stolen Mora away to a watery grave? What will Black and Alec make of the misty figure they saw vanish into the ocean fog? Can they solve this ghoulish mystery without disappearing themselves?
Now in The Black Stallion and the Shape-shifter, Alec and the Black must race the shape-shifter, not realizing that if they lose, not only will Mora be lost forever, but so will the Black. This latest adventure is full of intrigue and excitement, a perfect pick for reluctant readers.
Children’s / World Literature / Literature & Criticism / Folklore & Mythology
Folk and Fairy Tales, 3rd Edition edited by Barbara Karasek & Martin Hallett (Broadview Press)
The distinguished American critic Leslie Fiedler once observed that children's books introduce all the plots used in adult works and that adult responses are frequently based on forgotten or dimly remembered works from childhood. This is particularly true of fairy tales, which, in providing much of our earliest literary and imaginative experience, have surely exerted an enormous influence over us.
In addition, fairy tales can have great pedagogical value for teachers and students of literature. The increasing multi-culturalism of our society has brought with it many riches; at the same time, however, it presents a problem for teachers who must endeavor to find some common ground for students from diverse cultural, social, and intellectual backgrounds. In this context, the fairy tale offers a unique opportunity to introduce students to a literary form that is familiar and simple, yet multi-dimensional. No student can claim to be wholly ignorant of fairy tales, but it is highly unlikely that he or she has ever gone beyond their surface simplicity to discover the surprisingly subtle complexities that lie beneath.
The goal of Folk and Fairy Tales, therefore, is to draw attention not only to the fascination inherent in the tales themselves, but also to convey the insights of some critics who have demonstrated, from a variety of perspectives – literary, psychological, and historical – that fairy tales have a complexity belied by their humble origins.
Folk and Fairy Tales is an anthology designed to
provide a foundation for university and college courses. The
editors, Barbara Karasek and Martin Hallet, who teach at
This book is, first and foremost, an introduction. From the very beginning, Hallett and Karasek, co-organizers of the Montreal Children's Literature Conference, respectively, have seen typical readers of Folk and Fairy Tales as students returning – somewhat skeptically – to the fairy tale for the first time since elementary school or kindergarten – or perhaps even professing to remember nothing about fairy tales not derived from a Disney movie. Thus, to revise their selection of tales or criticism purely for the sake of modernity would have been inappropriate; in striving for that elusive happy balance, they have tried to avoid making changes for change's sake.
At the same time, the valuable feedback that they have received from those who have used earlier editions of Folk and Fairy Tales in the classroom has helped them in adjusting their selection of tales, both to introduce some lesser-known versions of famous tales and to encourage comparison between versions of one tale or categories of several.
Another change is to be found in the addition of a small selection of poetry. It is not representative of a huge body of work, but it demonstrates the continuing vitality of the fairy tale as a source of inspiration, not so much in terms of children's literature as in powerfully evocative imagery that works at an adult level.
Because the pedagogical technique of challenging expectations has been a major principle influencing their choice and juxtaposition of tales, most of those selected will quickly be recognized as ‘classics.’ It must be pointed out, however, that despite their popularity, these well-known tales are not representative of the international body of fairy tales. Karasek and Hallett did not set out to make their selection comprehensive, since it was their feeling that the greatest advantage could be achieved by guiding students through familiar territory while introducing some new perspectives.
The folk tales are arranged in groups that reflect similar motifs and themes, thus permitting students to evaluate the effects of omissions, additions, and changes in versions of one tale and to examine the similarities among various tales. This analytical process may also be applied to the literary tales in Folk and Fairy Tales.
Each group of tales is preceded by a short critical introduction that begins the process of placing the tale in context. Karasek and Hallett point out some of the issues that may well have inspired these stories in the first place and outline some of the reactions which they have in turn provoked. One of their objectives has been to show how the creative imagination has worked on and developed the fairy tale, as evidenced in the small sampling of contemporary stories. At the same time, such creative reworkings, whatever their medium (and the possibilities are endless), can only emerge from a profound understanding of the fairy tale's style, themes, and structure, as is further demonstrated in the section on illustration that is appended to the tales. To encourage further research, they have also included excerpts from influential critical works representative of different approaches to fairy tales, together with a selective bibliography.
According to Karasek and Hallett in Folk and Fairy Tales, pinning down the fairy tale has been made all the more difficult by other developments: the texts of many modern editions have been less heavily censored, and the accompanying illustrations often display a sophistication that inevitably raises questions about the nature of the intended reader. As a consequence of technical improvements that have made color illustration a viable part of any fairy-tale book, the artist has become as important as the writer, and so to the interpretive involvement of folk-tale recorders such as the Grimms, Perrault, and even Andersen, we must now add the contribution of the illustrators – and of course after the illustrators come the animators, bringing the extraordinary and all but overwhelming influence that the Walt Disney studios have had upon our understanding of the fairy tale.
. . . an excellent resource for beginning fairy tale scholarship.
– Lucy Rollin,
. . . an invaluable collection – Michael Humphries, Southern
The themes are provocative; the variants are well-chosen . . . and the critical essays promote meaningful discourse. – Marilyn Jurich,
Folk and Fairy Tales provides a solid foundation for university and college courses. The changes and additions the editors have made have resulted in an anthology that is an even more effective and enjoyable introduction to the study of fairy tales.
Computers & Internet / Design
Do Good Design: How Designers Can Change the World by David B. Berman (New Riders Press)
There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.
– Marshall McLuhan
How did design help choose a president?
Why are people buying houses they cannot afford?
Why do we really have an environmental crisis?
Design matters. Like never before.
Designers create so much of what we see, what we use, and what we experience. In this time of unprecedented environmental, social, and economic crises, designers can choose what their young profession will be about: inventing deceptions that encourage more consumption – or helping repair the world.
Do Good Design alerts designers to the role they play in persuading global audiences to fulfill invented needs. The book outlines a more sustainable approach to both the practice and the consumption of design. Do Good Design is an AIGA Design Press book, published under Peachpit's New Riders imprint in partnership with AIGA.
According to author David B. Berman, today, everyone is a designer, and the future of civilization is our common design project. Berman, a strategic consultant with over 25 years experience in graphic, interface, and accessibility design, has traveled to 20 countries as an expert speaker, serves as the Ethics Chair for graphic design in
In the section “what can any professional do?” the book sets out these three guidelines:
David Berman, in this lively visual narrative, reveals for us the
power of design to drive consumption and some of our unbecoming
behavior of recent decades. Yet, more importantly, he speaks of the
extraordinary potential to design to change the world, leading human
behavior toward our aspirational destinies. – Richard Grefe,
executive director, AIGA | the professional association for design
I believe that the real value of this book does not reside in the plethora of data and information that it contains but rather in the compelling biographical account of the author’s passionate journey to discover and advocate how design and designers can contribute to doing good in a fragile world. – Jacques Lange, Icograda President (2005-2007)
... just the right measure of passion and reticence...excellent. – Ken Garland, author, First Things First Manifesto
Do Good Design is a call to action by a leader in the field who has ‘walked the walk.’ In this provocative and dramatically illustrated book, Berman offers a powerful and hopeful message for designers. Professionals may be inspired by the message of how one industry can feel better about itself by holding onto its principles.
Education / Social Sciences / Research
Building Evaluation Capacity: 72 Activities for Teaching and Training by Hallie Preskill & Darlene Russ-Eft (Sage Publications)
Building Evaluation Capacity provides 72 activities for learning how to design and conduct evaluation studies. These activities address the entire evaluation process, including:
Each activity includes an overview, instructional objectives, time estimates, materials needed, handouts, and procedures for effectively using the activity, whether there are a few participants or an unlimited number in small groups. To help readers locate specific kinds of activities, Building Evaluation Capacity includes a chart that names the activity, the time needed to implement the activity, and whether background information or knowledge is required prior to implementing the activity. The book also includes several strategies for forming groups and a glossary of instructional strategies.
The book was written by Hallie Preskill, Professor of
Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies at the
According to Preskill and Russ-Eft, it could be said that Building Evaluation Capacity has been in the making for more than 20 years. During the last two decades, they have provided workshops on evaluation in a variety of corporate, education, nonprofit, health care, government, and professional organizations for new and experienced evaluators. In addition, they have taught introductory and advanced courses on evaluation at several universities. Their background in adult learning, training design and delivery, and consulting makes them aware of the need to design instruction using sound adult-learning principles. Thus, when they develop and teach their workshops and courses, they seek ways to make them accessible, relevant, and interactive so that participants increase their capacity and capability for doing evaluation work. This often means finding ways to enliven a lecture or, more often, creating activities that actively engage participants with the knowledge and skills being taught.
The 72 activities in Building Evaluation Capacity cover most aspects of common evaluation practice. That is, they address various definitions and types of evaluation; the politics and ethics of evaluation; multicultural aspects of evaluation; evaluation models, approaches, and designs; data collection and analysis methods; validity and sampling issues; communication about and reporting on an evaluation's progress and findings; evaluation management; and evaluation building and support. As such, the activities can be used in undergraduate or graduate evaluation courses at colleges and universities, by trainers who provide professional development workshops, by students and participants in evaluation courses and workshops, by organization consultants who want to coach their clients about evaluation, and by managers who wish to help their employees more fully understand evaluation practice.
The 72 activities are organized into 12 sections that follow the conceptualization, design, and implementation of an evaluation. Each section includes a brief background of the content covered in the activities. Each section overview also includes a list of resources for those who wish to learn more about the topics covered.
Contents of Building Evaluation Capacity include:
Building Evaluation Capacity, while explaining there are three main types of evaluation (developmental, formative and summative), lists the following models and approaches frequently mentioned in the evaluation literature.
Evaluative thinking is an acquired competence, not at all
natural. This book offers the best and most comprehensive materials
and exercises available for evaluation teaching and training.
Students need practice to develop evaluation skills. These exercises
provide opportunities to practice. Stakeholders need to learn to
think evaluatively to participate meaningfully in evaluations. Every
evaluation is therefore also a teaching opportunity and these
materials facilitate the essential understandings needed to engage
stakeholders. At the essence of all 72 activities presented by
Preskill and Russ-Eft, from understanding different types of
evaluation to making methods choices and analyzing data, is the
challenge of thinking evaluatively. This book is a tremendous
contribution to the profession. – Michael Quinn Patton, author of
Utilization-Focused Evaluation and Qualitative Research & Evaluation
This book is an excellent resource for classroom and field instruction as well as professional development. – Katherine Ryan,
Finally, here is a book that goes beyond the theory of evaluation, or the question of what evaluation entails. Instead, it provides hundreds of practical approaches to actually do it. Beyond being all you wanted to know but were afraid to ask, this answers questions most of us have never thought about. It is a remarkable gift to our profession. – John H. Zenger, Managing Partner of Extraordinary Performance Group and CEO of Provant, Inc.
The activities provided in Building Evaluation Capacity not only help facilitate learning about evaluation but also inspire a commitment to making evaluation an effective, meaningful, and useful enterprise. The book is ideal as a text for evaluation courses throughout the social sciences. Students, instructors, trainers, consultants, and managers will find countless ideas and strategies that facilitate learning.
Entertainment / Games / Poker
Omaha High-Low Strategies for Low-Limit Players by Bill Boston (Cardoza Publishing)
There are 5,278 possible hands in
Omaha High-Low Strategies for Low-Limit Players
players learn how to beat all low limit
If readers already have experience playing low-limit
Readers learn how one unrelated card devalues their hand, why they lose when they chase, and how to recognize and avoid trap hands that will lose piles of chips. Readers also learn how to adjust their play when a board card alters the value of their hand (for better or for worse), and how to maximize every dollar from the profitable hands they are dealt.
In Omaha High-Low Strategies for Low-Limit Players, readers will find the hands that are profitable to play, as well as trap hands to avoid. Readers learn important strategies that will show them how to win consistently. The concepts in Omaha High-Low Strategies for Low-Limit Players, backed up by statistics and logic, give readers the skills they need to become winning players book is for people who regularly play in loose, high-action, fast-paced low-limit Omaha high-low in poker rooms and online sites across the country. If readers want more than just another how-to book – if they want why-to and why-not-to, what-for, and when-to – here it is.
Health, Mind & Body / Alternative Medicine
Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness, expanded edition by Jon Barron (Basic Health Publications)
While modern medicine has made many remarkable advances in terms of treating and preventing most chronic illnesses of the modern era – heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease – modern medicine stands as an abject failure. Each year we spend more and more on health care with little good health to show for it.
But holistic healers, herbalists, and renegade medical doctors throughout the world are performing miracles on a daily basis. Thousands of people have come to these miracle doctors, certain that they were terminally ill and have left perfectly healthy. The secrets of these miracle doctors are revealed in Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: a step-by-step program that aims to help readers to take back control of their own health and well-being.
Readers will find a program that integrates all of the body’s biological systems into one whole. The Baseline of Health Program is designed to empower the own body to throw off illness and keep it from returning. The book is compiled by Jon Barron, editor and publisher of the Baseline of Health Newsletter and the Barron Report, founder and Director of the Baseline of Health Foundation and a formulator of nutritional products.
Lessons from The Miracle Doctors outlines the components of the Baseline of Health Program, which synthesizes what is taught by today's miracle doctors. Getting rid of disease is not the big problem, Barron points out – doctors do it all the time. The problem is making sure the disease doesn't return.
The program is designed to empower the own body to throw off illness and keep the illness from returning. And for those who are already healthy, it is designed to maximize the body's defense and repair mechanisms so that they never get sick in the first place. According to Barron, variations of this program have proven so effective that thousands of people have experienced remarkable healings by using it.
Barron's expanded edition of Lessons from The Miracle Doctors additionally addresses ‘hot’ or current major health concerns, ranging from new viruses to antibiotic-resistant bacteria and extreme drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDRTB). It expands on specific health issues that have become a growing concern in the past ten years, such as diabetes and cholesterol. And it takes a look at ‘new’ areas of exploration in medicine that echo the principles and techniques of the Baseline of Health, like using the immune system to combat cancer.
Barron begins with disturbing facts and figures that explain how our health has been ‘stolen’ from us, pointing to aspects of the medical establishment, the pharmaceutical industry, and other health care systems, explaining how their self-preservation, self-interest, and/or limited vision have resulted in barriers to obtaining good health.
The Baseline of Health Program presents proven, step-by-step methods for breaking down those barriers and seizing health, energy, and mental and spiritual well-being. Barron describes the program in detail, addressing all of the different body systems and the protocols for maximizing the health of each of those systems. These include:
Barron also addresses specific conditions and describes how the program can, and has, made a ‘miracle’ difference with cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other common major disorders and diseases.
Lessons from The Miracle Doctors is a no-nonsense
guide that anyone can follow to optimize their diet, nutrition,
exercise, and life habits for improved well-being, especially when
confronted with the specter of severe health threats. Extensively
researched and easy to follow,
Lessons from The Miracle Doctors is
enthusiastically recommended for its sound advice. –
Lessons from The Miracle Doctors is quite simply the best book ever written on alternative health. It clearly, concisely, and eloquently lays out a simple step-by-step program that anyone can use to prevent and, yes, even reverse most of the major diseases we face today. I know this is true because I have personally seen many of the people who have experienced these very same results. – Aris Awitan, M.D.
We would all like to make a difference in the world. This book
and the simple, proven plan it offers make it possible for all of us
to do just that. Follow its advice and use your influence to get the
people you care about to follow, too. In the end, it will heal
This book is among the best and most succinct overviews of health I have encountered, and I read in this field voraciously. The author covers a huge amount of ground in a very understandable manner. setting up a superb overview and filling in various areas with practical information. This is an eminently usable book. – Walter J. Chao, O.D.
This is the only body anyone will every get, and it must last a lifetime – the only question is how long and healthy that lifetime will be. Lessons from The Miracle Doctors encourages readers to take control of their own health. Its health program gives a step-by-step guide to strengthening body systems, optimizing health, and eliminating disease from the body. To live well into the seventies, eighties, and beyond, in great health and vitality, readers need to make the right decisions now. Lessons from The Miracle Doctors can show them how to do it.
Health, Mind & Body / Alternative Medicine
Reiki for the Heart and Soul: The
as Spiritual Pathwork by Amy Z. Rowland (Healing Arts Press)
Reiki practitioners and teachers recognize Reiki as a gentle and powerful healing method. The path to becoming a Reiki practitioner, however, is more than just a commitment to energy healing. In Reiki for the Heart and Soul, Amy Rowland details how reflection on the five core Reiki principles presented in both the Western and Japanese traditions – do not anger; do not worry; be grateful; do an honest day’s work; be kind – can be used by practitioners of all levels and lineages as powerful tools for personal and spiritual growth.
As explained by Rowland, living the five core principles reinforces Reiki’s subtle energy healing: it heals wounded self-esteem and builds healthy self-respect; it demonstrates the creative power of a positive attitude; and it presents a way to peace. Rowland discusses various translations of the Reiki principles, demonstrating how to integrate their teachings into daily life. Drawing upon her training in hypnotherapy and her experience as a counselor, she offers specific techniques and exercises for healing anger and fear as well as living with gratitude, integrity, and compassion. Rowland, a certified Usui Reiki Master with more than 20 years of experience, has taught the Western tradition of Reiki (Usui Shiki Ryoho) since 1994 and also teaches workshops on the Reiki principles and on Reiki and intuition. She is a certified hypnotherapist and has worked as a clinical therapist.
Reiki for the Heart and Soul shows readers how the principles of Reiki can be used not just for healing but also for spiritual growth. It explores how to practice the Reiki values of peace, serenity, gratitude, integrity, and kindness in everyday life, despite the challenges of constant change and frequent crises. The book also provides tools for spiritual growth for practitioners of all levels and lineages. And finally, it includes exercises and meditations to deepen the practice of Reiki.
Amy Rowland has once again written an invaluable and insightful
Reiki for the Heart and Soul not only provides an
excellent overview of the Reiki system but also explores, for the
first time, the Reiki principles from a place of depth and
authenticity. This book exemplifies the very essence of Reiki and
provides us with a map of how we can genuinely use these teachings
for the betterment of ourselves and humanity. – Lawrence Ellyard,
author of Reiki: 200 Questions and Answers for Beginners and Reiki
Meditations for Beginners
Amy Rowland elegantly and eloquently shares how we may each ‘walk our talk’ by offering riveting, real-life examples of how present-day Reiki Masters and esteemed Reiki Masters of the past have utilized, and continue to utilize, the Reiki principles in a dynamic and living way, every day. This is a must read for humanity! – Sensei John King, R.M., D.D., author of Breathology: How to Breathe Yourself to Better Health
Reiki for the Heart and Soul is a gift to us from a remarkable woman who lives and breathes her work. The book literally loves us into each and every precious principle, weaving its magic as we read, bringing us into a deeper understanding. I feel it should be required reading for all dedicated practitioners and teachers. – Mari Hall, founder and director of International Association for Reiki and author of Reiki for the Soul: The Eleventh Door
This excellent book shows how the five Reiki principles can be used for personal development and spiritual growth. Suited to practitioners of every level, it is packed with insights and techniques invaluable to anyone wishing to deepen their understanding and practice of Reiki. – Chris Parkes and Penny Parkes, authors of 15-Minute Reiki: Health and Healing at Your Fingertips
A joyful read! Amy Rowland provides a heartfelt guide for living Reiki in our daily lives. This book will help you open to Reiki as a spiritual path. – Carolyn Musial, teacher/practitioner with the
Reiki for the Heart and Soul provides an in-depth book on the principles of Reiki and mindfulness of their values. These techniques help maturing practitioners discover a healthy, happy way of being in the world and to see the way forward on their spiritual path with a sense of guidance and grace. It will also help set newcomers on the path to growth and awareness.
Health, Mind & Body / Emergencies & Disasters
Emergency Preparedness for Health Professionals by Linda Young Landesman (Paradigm Publishing)
Disasters such as the
Health professionals have very important roles in emergency response. Through Emergency Preparedness for Health Professionals, students learn how to prepare for emergencies and how to apply their skills in this new and often challenging context. They will be prepared to meet their professional responsibilities to their employers, patients, and community. The book prepares allied health students to:
Author Linda Young Landesman, DrPH, MSW, assistant vice president at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, is a national expert on the role of public health in disaster preparedness and response and the Principal Investigator for the first curriculum on the public health management of disasters, the curriculum that is currently being used nationwide. The information for this textbook was gathered from a wide variety of sources, including experts in the field, journal articles, newspaper and magazine sources, books, government documents, and websites. Key references and list of resources are provided at the end of the textbook in the References and Resources section. The online instructor's guide includes course planning and assessment tools.
Contents of Emergency Preparedness for Health Professionals include:
Chapter 1, Disasters and Healthcare, explains the impact of natural and man-made disasters on public health and the healthcare system.
Chapter 2 discusses Emergency Management on the local and regional levels, the national level, and in hospitals and healthcare facilities. This chapter describes who organizes the response and how the response is organized.
Chapter 3 recommends steps toward Personal Preparedness, including developing skills, creating family emergency plans, and exploring volunteer opportunities.
Chapter 4 introduces Emergency Response Procedures in hospitals and other facilities or provisional sites. Some of the procedures that are covered include decontaminating patients, evacuating a health facility, investigating suspicious specimens in the lab, and more.
Chapter 5 discusses how health professionals can support Continuity of Care for patients with chronic health problems before and after a disaster.
Chapter 6 discusses the roles of the various health professionals on a response team.
Emergency Preparedness for Health Professionals contains features to help students learn about emergency preparedness. These include:
The textbook looks at response from the point of view of the technician or assistant, not the physician or health administrator. Examples of such fields are medical assisting, pharmacy technician, laboratory technician, medical imaging and radiation therapy, surgical technology, physical therapist assistant, health information technician, and EMT. Emergency Preparedness for Health Professionals can also be adopted for other programs including nursing, licensed practical nursing, and public health. In addition, many accrediting bodies in allied health are considering the addition of a new standard or set of competency requirements for emergency preparedness; this textbook can be used to meet such requirements.
Emergency Preparedness for Health Professionals is the first textbook that prepares health professionals for their important roles in disaster response. It can be used as the primary text for a separate course on emergency preparedness for health professionals. Because the material incorporates an all-professions approach, it will work for a variety of courses in various allied health programs. Emergency preparedness is an ideal choice for creating an inter-professional course, which is a goal of many schools. The book presents what all allied health professionals need to know about emergency preparedness. It is relatively brief so it should work well as a practical supplement for a variety of allied health courses. It introduces all of these students to the same body of knowledge on emergency preparedness. This all-professions approach works because students in all fields need the same foundation, and all need to work together in emergency response.
Health, Mind & Body / Medicine / Surgery / Economics
When Altruism Isn't Enough: The Case for Compensating Kidney Donors by Sally Satel (American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research)
What can be done to solve the kidney crisis? When Altruism Isn't Enough argues for a government-regulated system in which prospective donors are offered economic incentives to donate a kidney. The book shows why compensating donors is ethically permissible, economically justifiable, and pragmatically achievable.
The book is written by Sally Satel, MD, a recipient of a donated kidney herself, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. She calls on Congress to reform the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA), which makes it a felony to provide material reward for an organ. Satel suggests that:
According to Satel, there are innovative and ethically responsible ways to save lives while simultaneously suppressing the international organ trade. When Altruism Isn't Enough envisions a promising middle ground between the status quo – a procurement system based on the idealism of altruism – and the netherworld of black-market organ trafficking.
Appendices to When Altruism Isn't Enough provide an exhaustive legislative history, key milestones in institutional support of donation incentives, a review of polling data, and an analysis of the perspectives of major religious groups on donor compensation. The book, lucidly written, explores the key concerns of a government-regulated donor compensation system. It is the first book to describe how such a system could be designed to be ethically permissible, economically justifiable, and pragmatically achievable.
Clash of Extremes: The Economic Origins of the Civil War by Marc Egnal (Hill and Wang)
Clash of Extremes takes on the reigning orthodoxy
that the American Civil War was waged over high moral principles.
Marc Egnal contends that economics, more than any other factor,
moved the country to war in 1861. Drawing on a wealth of primary and
secondary sources, Egnal shows that between 1820 and 1850, patterns
of trade and production drew the North and South together and
allowed sectional leaders to broker a series of compromises. After
mid-century, however, that changed as the rise of the
In the introduction to
Clash of Extremes, Egnal, professor of history at
According to Egnal, Clash of Extremes was written because of the importance of the topic and the new vistas opened by the literature of the past decades. It is also written because of the problems that beset recent interpretations. Many historians now affirm the traditional wisdom that slavery caused the Civil War. The North, led by the Republican Party, attacked the institution, the South defended it, and war was the result.
There are, he says, difficulties with this ‘idealistic’
explanation. To begin with, an emphasis on strongly held views about
slavery sheds little light on the sequence of events that led to the
Civil War. A focus on slavery also explains little about the
divisions within the North and the South. It assumes unity in each
of these regions when in fact there was fragmentation. Southerners
who deemed the Republican victory so threatening that they called
for secession comprised a distinct minority within their section. Of
the fifteen slave states only seven, located in the
Similarly, the North was divided in the years before the war,
with only the Republicans rejecting compromise. In 1856 most
Northerners backed the Republicans' opponents, and even in 1860 45
percent of the North voted for a candidate other than
Finally, the idealistic interpretation distorts the policies and positions of the Republican Party. Unquestionably Republicans, like virtually all free-state residents, condemned slavery. But for most Republicans, opposition to bondage was limited to battling its extension into the West. Few Republicans advocated ending slavery – except in the distant future. Party members roundly rejected abolitionist demands for immediate action. Moreover, most Republicans (like most Northerners) were racists and had little interest in expanding the rights of free blacks. Indeed, many Republicans advocated free soil and a prohibition on the emigration to the West of all African Americans, free and slave. Blocking the spread of slavery was an important stance and one that frightened many in the South. But this position must not be equated with a humanitarian concern for the plight of African Americans. For most Republicans non-extension was more an economic policy designed to secure Northern domination of Western lands than the initial step in a broad plan to end slavery.
According to Clash of Extremes, the prevailing interpretation creates an odd dichotomy in explaining the first decades of the Republican Party. Before the war, according to this idealistic approach, the Republicans were humanitarians, driven by their concern for free farmers and African Americans. However, this portrayal of the Republican Party quietly yields to a very different picture in the years after the war. Most accounts depict the postwar Republicans as the corrupt servants of big business. The result is a striking discontinuity. The noble crusaders of the antebellum years become the spoils men of the Gilded Age. But the prevailing interpretation fails to explain the actions of a party that, as soon as it took power in 1861, introduced a bold, coherent program to build a national economy and strengthen the dominance of Northern producers.
Clash of Extremes responds to these concerns. It argues that more than any other reason, the evolution of the Northern and Southern economies explains the Civil War.
The story set forth in
Clash of Extremes begins with the era from 1820 to
1850 and the unifying influence of the national economy. Business
activity during these decades brought together the North and South
for five reasons. First, trade along the
By mid-century new patterns of commerce and new attitudes had
emerged, shattering the unities of the earlier era and providing the
basis for a decade of increasingly bitter sectional politics. In
the North the rise of the
A second development helped reorient the North, reinforcing the
changes that emerged from the new patterns of trade. Militant
anti-slavery grew from a handful of abolitionists in the early 1830s
to a powerful movement at mid-century perhaps 15 percent of the
Northern population came to affirm radical doctrines, including the
abolition of bondage in the
Reflecting their roots, Republicans enunciated both antislavery
and economic policies, but their clear priority was Northern growth
rather than helping African Americans. Even more fervently than
other Northerners, Republicans condemned slavery citing the
Declaration of Independence and its affirmation that ‘all men are
created equal.’ But the only significant initiative Republicans
advocated to assist blacks was free soil, a program that furthered
both economic and humanitarian goals. Declaring the new territories
off-limits to slaveholders, this policy assisted Northern farmers at
the same time that it struck a blow against slavery by limiting its
expansion. Mainstream Republicans pointedly refused to condemn the
Fugitive Slave Act, the interstate slave trade, or slavery in the
As told in
Clash of Extremes, by 1850 the South too had been
transformed by economic change, leading many individuals to become
more ardent defenders of states' rights. The most striking turn
toward sectionalism appeared in the southern reaches of the
The evolution of the national economy also shaped the response of
During the winter of 1860-61 the cotton states seceded. Leading
the campaign for separation were the planters and smaller farmers in
the southern districts of the commonwealths from
According to Clash of Extremes, the secession of the Lower South emerged from what seemed to be a glaring asymmetry. States' rights leaders in the cotton states feared for the survival of slavery and regarded the Republicans as abolitionists. Republicans swore they would not interfere with the ‘peculiar institution’ where it existed and affirmed that bondage might last another hundred years. Secessionists accused Republicans of seeking equality. Republicans replied they had no intention, for the foreseeable future, of disturbing race relations in either section. Both sides were right. The Republicans' short-term agenda, as party members repeatedly protested, was a cautious one; it focused on economics rather than on race. But over the long run, which might have meant decades or even a century, Republican policies would accelerate the end of slavery. Initiatives that boosted Northern industry and the spread of free labor inevitably undermined bondage.
A different calculus governed actions in the
The policies adopted by the Republicans after 1861 confirm and illuminate the nature of the prewar party. As in earlier years, party members pursued two priorities – assisting African Americans and developing the Northern economy – but not with equal determination. Republicans did not enter the war with any intention of transforming the South's institutions. But after a year of fighting and the prospect of a prolonged conflict, party members became more open to proposals for emancipation and the recruitment of black soldiers. Military necessity coupled with longstanding Republican beliefs in freedom and black rights argued for such daring initiatives. Still more fully in keeping with party ideology were the economic measures adopted between 1861 and 1865. Guided by their self-serving ideology of ‘nationalism,’ lawmakers passed legislation for internal improvements, higher tariffs, a national banking system, a uniform currency, a homestead act, and a transcontinental railroad.
That is a bare-bones outline of the argument of Clash of Extremes. This interpretation explains the sequence of events leading up to the war, the divisions within the North and South, and the goals and evolution of the Republican Party. It indicates why before 1861 the most defiant positions were taken in the northern part of the North and the southern part of the South, making the Civil War a clash of extremes.
A broad, revisionist assessment of the causes of the Civil War ... This one's sure to provoke discussion. – Kirkus Reviews
This is a serious work that may well reignite a historical debate. – Jay Freeman, Booklist
Egnal's perceptive, fine-grained analysis of fragmentation within the North and South . . . is especially revealing ... An illuminating contribution to our understanding of the Civil War's causes. – Publishers Weekly
Marc Egnal's vigorous and original argument will inject new energy into the perpetually fascinating conversation about the meaning of the American Civil War. – Edward L. Ayers, author of In the Presence of Mine Enemies, winner of the Bancroft Prize
In lively and accessible prose, Egnal has succeeded in bringing back economics as a core factor in the coming of the Civil War. Readers are in for a delightful surprise as they explore his engaging analysis of how diverging economies produced the conditions that led to secession. – William L. Barney, author of The Making of a Confederate
A most welcome addition to the literature on Civil War causation. Marc Egnal's provocative interpretation may not win universal assent from fellow historians, but it is sure to spark healthy debate about the war's origins. – Michael F. Holt, author of The Fate of Their Country: Politicians, Slavery Extension, and the Coming of the Civil War
Clash of Extremes promises to be the most
talked-about book in years on the origins of the Civil War. – Daniel
W. Crofts, The
Clash of Extremes argues that more than any other reason, the evolution of the Northern and Southern economies explains the Civil War, an interpretation which may strike some students of the Civil War as unfashionable, or, even worse, old-fashioned. Sweeping from the 1820s through Reconstruction and filled with colorful portraits of leading individuals, Clash of Extremes emphasizes economics while giving careful consideration to social conflicts, ideology, and the rise of the antislavery movement. The result is a bold reinterpretation that challenges the way we think about the Civil War.
Plains Apache Ethnobotany by Julia A. Jordan, with
a foreword by Paul E. Minnis & Wayne J. Elisens (
These things should be passed on, according to my notion. To the grave with us is no place for it. Our young peoples should know of our language and history, of our generation. It should be put in writing. – Ray Blackbear, 1961
An ethnobotany is a study of the interrelationships between people and plants.
Plains Apache Ethnobotany is a comprehensive ethnobotanical study of a southern plains tribe. In this book, we have one tribe's traditional knowledge of plants, presented for the first time.
According to editors Paul Minnis and Wayne Elisens in their
foreword, residents of the
The traditional Apache economy centered on hunting, gathering,
and trading with other tribes. Throughout their long history the
Apache lived in or traveled to many different parts of the plains,
gaining an intimate knowledge of a wide variety of plant resources.
Part of this traditional knowledge, especially that pertaining to
Author Jordan, a research anthropologist, conducted extensive
fieldwork among Indians of western
Perhaps the most common image of American Indians is the
horse-mounted bison hunter of the
Matching the biotic diversity of the
The study of plains ethnobotany stretches back over a century. Included are some classics of American Indian ethnobotany, including some pioneering studies of American Indian agriculture complemented by ethnobotanical information in early ethnographies of plains groups. Many of these classic studies are from the northern plains. Less well represented is the ethnobotany of the southern plains, although there are exceptions, including the immediate neighbors of the Plains Apache with whom they shared a reservation from 1867 to 1901, the Kiowa and the Comanche.
According to Minnis and Elisens in the foreword of
Plains Apache Ethnobotany documents more plant
species used by a people native to the southern plains and has
utilized a greater number of informants than previous
ethnobotanical studies in this region, and it is the first to
include information provided by both male and female elders.
Included is a wealth of cultural information and detailed
descriptions concerning the selection, preparation, and use of over
one hundred species of native plants by the Plains Apache. While the
core of the book is
Ethnobotanical information for the Plains Apache's closest
neighbors, the Kiowa and Comanche, is widely available, so
Plains Apache Ethnobotany fills a void for
When viewed though a wider lens,
Plains Apache Ethnobotany documents the world of
the largely hunting-gathering Plains Apache. Most ethnobotanical
information on the
Chapter 1 of
Plains Apache Ethnobotany presents information on
Plains Apache history and traditional culture in order to show that
these people were gatherers of wild plants and hunters of bison and
other game on the
Chapters 3 through 6 in part 2 list the wild plants identified through this fieldwork as being of cultural significance in Plains Apache culture and provide detailed descriptions of the cultural contexts in which the plants were used. Many other wild plants were most likely formerly used, but knowledge of their identity and use is probably beyond recovery. Tables 1 and 2 in the conclusion summarize information on the plants and fungi of use to the Plains Apache.
This fascinating ethnobotany provides valuable insights into how the Plains Apaches used plants for food, medicine, and other cultural purposes. – Kelly Kindscher, author of Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie: An Ethnobotanical Guide
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Face of Courage: A Biography of Morgan Tsvangirai by Sarah Hudleston (Double Storey)
As told by Sarah Hudleston in
Face of Courage, Morgan Tsvangirai had an advantage
over many other rural Rhodesian children born in the 1950s – his
parents believed he should receive the best possible education to
ensure his future. The first of nine children, Tsvangirai made the
most of his schooling and subsequent opportunities, which saw him
start his working life as a sweeper in a textile factory and move on
to the Trojan Nickel Mine as a plant operator. It was here that
Tsvangirai’s involvement with the mining trade union began, and in
1985 he took up the full-time position of vice-president of
Over the next ten years Tsvangirai played a key role in uniting
Against a backdrop of the wider social, political and economic
Author and journalist Hudleston was born in
Despite not being a Zimbabwean citizen, she has always kept a
close eye on events in the country because it is the only place
where she says she feels ‘at home’. She says she followed the run-up
to the elections in June 2000 with interest and excitement, hoping
that the MDC, seemingly sprung from nowhere, would triumph. In
truth, the party had grown from a united Zimbabwean trade union
movement set on ending the tyranny of a corrupt leader to a
government that had overstayed its welcome. Just before the country
went to the polls, Tsvangirai gave his now-famous freedom speech at
Rufaro Stadium in
In spite of her family's liberal stance, Hudleston in Face of Courage says that Tsvangirai and herself, born three years apart and of the same generation, grew up in different countries within the same nation. Discovering who he is and what he stands for has been enlightening. Through researching his life and the modern history of the country in which he and she grew up – and which he has dedicated his life to – she says she has rediscovered the country of her birth.
Tsvangirai is a man who has been presented with a seemingly
insurmountable task. He is, like so many around him who have
dedicated themselves to restoring
History / Military / World War I
The Battlefields of the First World War (Revised): The Unseen Panoramas of the Western Front by Peter Barton, with Jeremy Banning, with a foreword by Richard Holmes, and contributions by Peter Doyle (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing in association with The Imperial War Museum)
It has taken me the better part of a lifetime to get this under
my skin, to sense the rise and fall of the ground, to feel its
changes and mood-swings, to have my morale raised by a spring
morning on the
The Battlefields of the First World War is a visual
chronicle bringing together 200 previously unseen panoramic images
of World War I covering the Western Front from end to end and from
all years of the war. Taken at huge personal risk by the Royal
Engineers for secret intelligence purposes, they reveal what no
other photographs can. Each panorama offers a view of up to 160
degrees, so sharply focused that the individual figures of a waiting
sniper or a louse-tortured infantryman can be made out. Introduced
by historian Richard Holmes, and published in association with
This new edition includes a recently discovered trove of 60 German panoramas – not seen for almost 90 years. This revision of The Battlefields of the First World War includes 2 CDs with the full panoramas in interactive, zoomable form with overlay mapping and 6 gatefolds.
Here are the great battlefields of the First World War as readers have never seen them before, from the sites of the first cavalry skirmishes, though the horrors of the Somme and Passchendaele, to the final weeks of conflict. This unique collection of panoramic photographs covers each of the British sectors of the Western Front, end to end. The vast battle-scapes are interspersed with individual photographs and the recollections of the soldiers caught in the action.
Peter Barton, historian, archaeologist and film-maker is co-secretary of the All Party Parliamentary War Graves and Battlefields Heritage Group. He leads the ongoing project to recover, interpret and publish all surviving battlefield panoramas widely regarded as the ‘missing link’ for our full understanding of the First World War. Barton has also led several major excavations on the Western Front, and produced the critically acclaimed documentary films The Underground War, The Soldiers' Pilgrimage and Conviction.
Holmes says in the foreword of
The Battlefields of the First World War that during
his lifetime the debate over the conduct of the war on the Western
Front has ebbed and flowed. Many of the simplistic views of the
1960s have been replaced by a more balanced approach, with scholars
analyzing primary sources to illuminate this appalling conflict
which had such a profound and lasting effect on
But although we are now able to look at the Western Front in a broader way than before, there has been a major gap in the historiography of the war, a gap that The Battlefields of the First World War goes a long way toward filling.
According to Peter Barton in the Preface to the First Edition,
the interlocking jigsaw of historical material available to
researchers might appear to be as complete as one could possibly
need to build an accurate picture. However, wide, fundamental – and
bluntly obvious – gaps in the puzzle have existed for over eighty
years, and until recently there seemed to be no pieces left to fill
them. Apart from aerial photographs – an unearthly view – there were
no representations of the full landscape of the various
battlefields, ones to which we as latter-day observers might easily
relate. Without these final pieces, our perceptions would always
remain flawed and imperfect. The re-exposure of an extensive archive
of panoramic photographs at the
Panoramic photographs were used by all the combatant nations throughout the war, predominantly for reconnaissance and intelligence purposes.
Within each panorama lies a throng of detail that exists in no other photograph, indeed, in no other medium. They present a powerful tool that empowers the modern observer to view the battlefields as they actually were, rather than as the authorities wished the public to sec them. Indeed, in not pandering to nostalgia or propaganda they place all other archives of the First World War into temporal, topographical and geographical contexts, revealing more about the nature of the battlefields than any other kind of archival record. If the maxim ‘the camera does not lie’ can be applied to any First World War images without fear of contradiction or argument, these are they. There can be no doubt that absolute reality is depicted for that was the sole purpose of panoramic photography.
With digital technology we are now able to view these extraordinary photographs in an accessible form.
In this revised edition, the original panorama selection has been augmented by the addition of over 100 new images, half British and half German. Some arc reproduced in The Battlefields of the First World War, but all may be found on the accompanying DVD. None have been previously published in complete form. The inclusion of German examples is especially beneficial and indeed essential, for in images as well as text the telling of the war's history has for too long been a one-sided affair. The more research one carries out in German archives, the more one sees that we have for decades been presented with only half the story, and that the version of events as recorded on the opposite side of No Man's Land often tells a rather different tale.
The German panoramas are as captivating as their British counterparts, but as a result of being primarily employed for a different purpose – an artillery application as opposed to reconnaissance – were often taken from safe elevated vantage points in the rear of the fighting zone. Zeiss lenses, however, produced a picture quality that was rarely less than excellent, with crisp capture of features a score of miles distant.
An extraordinary set of panoramic photographs that reveal the battlefields of the Western Front as never before. – The Times
Hauntingly magnificent. – Navy News
Without doubt the best publication on the Great War in many years – it is a superb piece of work. – Western Front Association
The book is a magnificent effort and most impressive one could almost say unique. – Lyn Macdonald
The Battlefields of the First World War reveals a
new vision of the landscapes upon, above and beneath which millions
of men lived, toiled, fought and died on the Western Front. Unique,
unseen panoramas of the world's most symbolic battlefields, from
Medicine / Anatomy / Neurology / Reference
Atlas of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord, 2nd Edition (Spiral-bound) by James D. Fix (Jones and Bartlett Publishers)
The Second Edition of
Atlas of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord offers the
essentials of neuro-anatomy in a revised format. This atlas, written
by James D. Fix, Professor Department of Anatomy,
New to this edition of Atlas of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord:
Raymond Adams, Senior Neurologist at Massachusetts General
Hospital, in the foreword provides background or the origin of the
plates, saying that in this era when neuro-anatomists are occupied
with the ultrastructure of neurons and their delicate connections in
stereotaxically lesioned animals, almost forgotten are the lessons
in pathological anatomy that have been and continue to be learned
from serial whole brain sections. A generation of American
neurologists owe to Paul Yakovlev their familiarity with this method
of anatomic study. He eventually found his way to the
Hirnanatomisches Institut of von Monakow in
The gross anatomy series includes the brain stem, the cranial nerves, and the gross morphology of the hemispheres. The spinal cord series contains the sensory and motor long tracts, e.g., posterior columns and corticospinal tracts. The brain stem contains cranial nerve nuclei and long tracts; the brain stem sections are accompanied by a reduced parasagittal section, through which the caudorostral level is indicated by a thin black line. Coronal sections extend from the head of the caudate nucleus to the medial geniculate body and the pineal body. Horizontal sections extend dorsally from the corpus callosum to the optic chiasm ventrally. In labeling the atlas plates, Atlas of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord places the emphasis on major neuro-anatomic structures and landmarks that are considered important in clinical neurology. Parasagittal sections extend from the midline to the hippocampal formation. The circle of Willis shows the major cerebral arteries and their relationships to the cranial nerves.
Atlas of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord, Second Edition, provides a photographic survey of the macroscopic and microscopic structure of the central nervous system. It aids medical, dental, and health profession graduate students in their attempt to synthesize a three-dimensional concept of the major motor and sensory systems of the human brain and spinal cord. For more advanced students of neuropathology the atlas offers a technique for studying the anatomic basis for countless diseases and syndromes as yet unexplored. The method also yields valuable quantitative data for the study of diseases of which the pathology is unknown, and of developmental failures.
Medicine / Pathology / Forensics / Reference
Paediatric Forensic Medicine and Pathology by Anthony Busuttil & Jean W. Keeling (Hodder Arnold)
Child abuse and suspicious child deaths are very complicated
matters for clinicians, pathologists, law enforcement officials and
legal professionals to investigate. At the same time, the evidence
base for forensic pathology, especially in pediatrics, is steadily
Paediatric Forensic Medicine and Pathology examines
this growing body of evidence base in order to present an objective
reference for all those working in the field.
Editors include Anthony Busuttil, Emeritus Regius Professor of Forensic Medicine at the
Individual chapters explore the emerging role of imaging in the diagnosis of non-accidental injury and compare recent evidence contrasting sudden infant death and SIDS; the head and neck injury chapter carefully explores the ‘shaken baby syndrome’ and similar patterns of injury that have recently gained widespread media attention. Special emphasis is given to interview and assessment procedures, and clinical forms are included throughout Paediatric Forensic Medicine and Pathology.
The possibility that a child may have been injured, abused, neglected or otherwise ill treated rightly raises the indignation and anxiety of the caring professions and involves law enforcement agencies. However, in the interests of justice and fairness, a person accused of such injury or neglect is entitled to appropriate legal representation at any hearing and is deemed to be innocent until proven guilty. Quite frequently, dubiety and uncertainty linger about whether or not, in any specific situation, observations made, clinically or pathologically, can be interpreted solely as a manifestation of inflicted injury or neglect, or whether there is a possibility that the observed findings could have come about in other, non-criminal, circumstances. These matters necessitate advice from those with experience and expertise in this field.
The investigation and interpretation of findings of alleged ill treatment of infants and children requires a multidisciplinary approach, centered on the child, his or her well-being in both the short term and longer term, as well as that of any siblings within the same environment. All of the available information about any incident must be carefully collected, collated and evaluated. Laboratory data, both clinical and forensic, the results of radiological investigations and information from the examination of the scene where any incident took place should be carefully sought and evaluated against the clinical findings. A team approach is essential, with close collaboration of family physicians, pediatricians involved in both community and hospital practice, the clinical forensic medical examiner and specialist pathologists, together with police and social welfare services. No incident should be looked at in isolation but rather in the context of the child's development and interaction with his or her family, environment and peer group. The survivors of inflicted injury or neglect in childhood must be carefully followed up, protected and their family unit supported.
In Paediatric Forensic Medicine and Pathology, some of the topics covered are relevant specifically to maltreatment in early life, beginning with the examination of an infant or child for whom abuse is suspected, incorporating the family environment and set against criteria for normal development. The difficult problem of suspected sexual abuse of children is considered separately. The extensive clinical experience of the authors of the opening chapters is readily apparent, highlighting, as they do, the pitfalls of incomplete investigation and ill-considered interpretation. The appropriate level of investigation of specific findings, interpretation of investigations and consideration of differential diagnoses are addressed in chapters contributed by a pediatric radiologist, a hematologist and a clinical pathologist, respectively. Those areas requiring specialist clinical expertise and experience – the eyes, mouth and central nervous system – are considered by specialists in those fields with extensive pediatric experience. The examination of the scene of death or injury is discussed as a background to post-mortem examination of the very young. The interpretation of cerebral pathology in the newborn, the investigation of sudden or suspicious perinatal death and sudden death in both infants and older children are addressed by experienced practitioners. Separate consideration is given to sudden or suspicious deaths that occur in hospital.
In subsequent chapters, more general areas of forensic pathology, including asphyxia and thermal injury, drowning, injury to road users and other accidents are addressed from a pediatric viewpoint. A similar approach is evident in the chapters covering toxicological investigation, DNA profiling and dental identification. Paediatric Forensic Medicine and Pathology concludes with consideration of the role of the expert witness in criminal judicial cases and the provision of reports in the civil medicolegal context.
In the book, two internationally acclaimed editors have brought together a first class author team to provide an up-to-date, comprehensive, and thorough review of the contemporary problems encountered in practice today. The book is a definitive reference work containing the information readers need to investigate pediatric cases. It is evidence-based with the latest peer-reviewed studies. The text furnishes an authoritative, comprehensive text to assist practitioners of medicine and the law dealing with such cases in the appropriate interpretation of these matters and to enable clinical and pathological findings to be presented in an unbiased and dispassionate manner so that the courts are able to better evaluate the specialist evidence put before them.
Paediatric Forensic Medicine and Pathology is an invaluable resource for forensic pathologists, pediatric pathologists, and pediatricians, as well as practitioners in the judicial and legal, criminal investigation and social services systems that have to deal with such cases. Whether in a clinical, laboratory, or legal setting, readers dealing with forensic inquiries or preparing for court will find the comprehensive background and evidence base necessary to support their investigations.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Ministry & Evangelism
Questioning Evangelism/Corner Conversations Set by Randy Newman (Kregel Publications)
Randy Newman's bestselling books –
Questioning Evangelism and
Corner Conversations – are available in a two-book
set, including a complimentary CD of podcasts to bring the teachings
and conversations to life on the computer, CD player, or MP3 player.
Newman, who has worked with Campus Crusade for more than twenty-five
years, currently works in the
Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman (Kregel
Questioning Evangelism is a revolutionary look at sharing Christ with unbelievers by using Jesus' penetrating method of question asking to engage others in personal dialogue and life-changing interaction. According to Newman, there's no question about it – evangelism is essential to following Jesus. Unfortunately, sharing the Good News is often seen as a matter of using the right method. But methods don't go very far when a conversation about faith runs squarely up against a brick wall of defensiveness or veers off into an unfamiliar landscape of arguments and objections. What's a disciple of Christ to do then?
“Ask a question,” says Newman. It is, after all, what Jesus did. This questioning style of evangelism is without formulas, without answers to memorize, and readers don’t have to have a Ph.D. in theology to use it. If it sounds too simple, don’t worry. It worked for Jesus; it will work.
Questioning Evangelism steps outside the boundaries of evangelism as usual and tackles the tougher issues of our modern day. [It] is a must read for all! – Mitch Glaser, Chosen People Ministries
This book is must reading for those who want to learn how to
bring apologetics into evangelism in a biblical and relationally
sensitive sort of way. – J. P. Moreland, Talbot
Viewed from the evangelical perspective, this book borders on the
profound. Viewed from any perspective, Newman brings a new meaning
to the word evangelism. With huge amounts of compassion, Newman
brings apologetics into evangelism and provides practical examples
of how to evangelize by asking questions rather than giving answers.
An excellent book for folks who want to communicate with their
non-Christian friends without being a bigot. – William M. Easum,
So many evangelistic techniques are concerned with what to say. We rarely Questioning Evangelism is the most insightful, illuminating and heartening book I've read on the subject in the last ten years. If you find yourself getting discouraged by your evangelistic efforts, get a copy as soon as you can, and then read it on a public transportation system near you. – Barry Cooper, The Briefing
Corner Conversations: Engaging Dialogues about God
and Life by Randy Newman (Kregel Publications)
Turnerville – an imaginary place where people take time to think and discuss real issues without condemnation or sarcastic cracks. In an age of hurried communication via e-mail, text messages, instant messaging, and cell phones, a place like Turnerville sounds really appealing – doesn’t it? Written by Newman, Corner Conversations allows readers to learn new conversational skills by eavesdropping on important dialogues that grapple with hot-button issues such as:
Readers hear discussions on these kinds of topics, but rarely are they presented in a way that promotes respect without compromise, listening without patronizing, and convictions without arrogance.
Corner Conversations is written for those looking
for better evangelistic tools and for skeptics who are looking for
the truth. In this follow-up to his 2005 Gold Medallion nominated
Questioning Evangelism, Randy Newman allows his
readers to listen in on conversations in this imaginary town to
encourage open and honest conversations to continue in the real
world. In this age of new and instant forms of electronic
communication, the art of dialoguing with people who are wrestling
with real issues, suffering, the Bible, eternity, Jesus, sex,
skepticism, evil, and spiritual journeys, seems to be lost.
Corner Conversations is about reaching into peoples
hearts the way Jesus did, through conversation. – EventSetter.com
Randy Newman's first book Questioning Evangelism is one of the best books on evangelism around. If you haven't read it, buy it, read it and put it into practice. Corner Conversations is his follow-up, although you won't need to have read Questioning Evangelism to understand Corner Conversations . . . . Newman has been clever in many ways, but one that I enjoyed was that the style of the conversations is different, some are very friendly, some employ the cut and thrust of friendly but pointed argument. Yet each conversation is marked by openness and compassion. So there is something here for each of us, and something here for the different types of friendships, each conversation having several points that you feel that you could use yourself. And the chapters finish by pointing you to further resources. – Mark Loughridge
So there you have it; two books, packaged together, taking two different approaches to helping readers who want to evangelize figure out how to talk to non-believers in a non-off-putting way.
Science / Astronomy / Physics / Cosmology
The Cosmic Connection: How Astronomical Events Impact Life on Earth by Jeff Kanipe (Prometheus Books)
It is one thing to say that the ice age was there; quite another to say how it got there. If the origin of mountains is sublimely moot, so is the origin of the ice. – John McPhee, Annals of the Former World
In this sweeping tour of the cosmos and our place within it, acclaimed science writer Jeff Kanipe in The Cosmic Connection shows the many ways we are connected to the vast universe we inhabit. Long before the Sun emerged from its chrysalis of dust and irradiated its brood of planets, numberless astronomical events affected Earth and its emerging life-forms. Our chemical makeup from the iron in our blood to the calcium in our bones derives from stars that lived and died hundreds of millions of years ago.
Tracing the whole natural history of how events in the near and far universe have influenced life on Earth today, and how they might influence life in the future, In each chapter The Cosmic Connection explores a different type of astronomical event, focusing on such mesmerizing issues as:
Kanipe, formerly the managing editor of Astronomy magazine, the editor-in-chief of StarDate magazine, and a columnist and feature writer for space.com, covers the gamut of known and theorized events, not only in a historical context but in a future context as well. He also reflects upon the possible societal effects of alien contact, a type of cosmic intervention that some astronomers believe could happen within the next few decades.
Kanipe says he wrote The Cosmic Connection in part because he wanted to shift his focus from the workings of the vast, distant universe, described in Chasing Hubble's Shadows, to that of the nearby universe, specifically the fragile ‘habitable zone’ around the Sun. This is the only place in the cosmos where we know life has arisen. Darwinian evolution alone is not enough to explain the ascension of the human race on this planet. "In its most sweeping terms, life also results from conditions not of our world but of our universe. Some of these, like the motion of the Sun through the Galaxy, might be said to be mechanical in nature. Others, like the impact of a comet or asteroid, could be considered random, capricious events. In any case, evolution would have taken a two-dimensional path without them."
But Kanipe doesn't restrict his book to astronomical events of the past, he also writes about how our civilization might be affected in the future by such occurrences as an asteroid impact, prolonged fluctuations in solar output or a supernova explosion. Though such events are unlikely to happen tomorrow, says Kanipe, our awareness of these possibilities provides us with a unique perspective on the nature and direction of life on Earth and the possibility of life on other planets. "My book is as much about looking in as looking out."
We are connected to the cosmos in many ways, connections that may nurture, destroy, or redirect life. The Cosmic Connection is about those connections – both known and speculative – how they have touched us in the past and how they may touch us again in the future, assuming we have one that extends for at least several more millennia. Knowing how astronomical influences have shaped our world and enabled the human race to evolve and flourish, gives us a unique perspective on the nature and direction of life on Earth and the possibility of life on other planets. They are also sobering reminders of our technological limitations, for until we can harness the energy of the stars, physically relocate ourselves in the Galaxy, or manipulate the space-time continuum, we must humble ourselves on the altar of the universe. There would be no surviving the radiation of a nearby super-nova or the impact of a mountain-size asteroid. But knowing that such forces exist – forces that could level 10,000 years' worth of accumulated civilization – ought to humble us into being better stewards of our planet, which, in case nobody noticed, could exist just fine, and would probably be better off, without us.
In the last chapter, Kanipe says that this universe we know exists, and we also know we occupy a special place in it now but that's not always been the case, and it's certainly not going to stay that way forever. The ultimate cutoff point occurs in another 5 billion years when our Sun dies and our planet is reduced to a cinder. Assuming civilization has a good long run and doesn't self-extinguish, however, we won't have to wait nearly that long for certain cosmic connections to intervene. Long before the Sun burns out, orbital forcing and protracted solar fluctuations will alter our climate many times over; asteroids large and small will have had their way with our planet; and the Sun will have wheeled around the Galaxy perhaps 15 or 20 times, drifting through all manner of interstellar environments along the way. Perhaps a maverick black hole or an unknown star will pass through the Oort Cloud, sending thousands of comets toward the inner solar system, some of which may fall upon the Earth.
Kanipe says in The Cosmic Connection that, assuming our technology advances along with us and our wisdom as well, the time may come when we will no longer be vulnerable to whatever the cosmos throws at us. Rather than being passive by-products and bystanders in the universe, we may become its active participants, harnessing the energy of stars and planets, the minerals of asteroids, and the ices of comets to civilization's advantage.
Look anywhere beyond our little nook of the Galaxy and you will
see a universe that is not only dispassionate, but dangerous and
random; escaping that nook, author and science writer Kanipe
(Chasing Hubble's Shadows) examines in fascinating detail the
countless astronomical events that, from remote distances and times,
have steered the evolution of life on Earth. …Exploring also the
possibility of interstellar civilizations, the end of the universe
and other topics, this detailed, broad-ranging astronomical
meditation will leave science buffs wondering at our good fortune. –
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Kanipe takes on a long and fascinating journey, eloquently reminding that our planet is not isolated, but rather tethered to the solar system and the cosmos as a whole, by the complex network of laws of nature. – Mario Livio, astrophysicist and author of Is God A Mathematician?
There's probably nothing more serene than a starry night sky, but as Jeff Kanipe writes in The Cosmic Connection, 'It's a dangerous solar system out there.' …You don’t have to be Ann Hodges (struck by a meteorite while napping on her couch in 1954), much less a dinosaur (wiped out by an asteroid 65 million years ago), to get the point: what's going on 'up there' can have a big effect on what's going on 'down here.' The Cosmic Connection is a fascinating read; Kanipe has done a wonderful job of pulling together memorable facts and insights to bring cosmic events down to Earth. – Alan Cutler, author of The Seashell on the Mountaintop
[This]... fascinating book... provides a timely reminder that while we go about our daily affairs worrying about things like what's happening at work or the price of fuel, we are forever at the mercy of a capricious universe that may have something far worse in store for us. – New Scientist
In clear and powerful prose, Kanipe describes a fascinating range of cosmic phenomena which have profoundly affected the life on our planet in the past, and will do so again. – S. G. Djorgovski, Professor of Astronomy at Caltech
Kanipe is an eloquent storyteller who recounts with verve and accuracy the crucial geological and astronomical events that affect life on Earth. – Stephen P. Maran, author of Astronomy for Dummies
The Cosmic Connection is a fascinating and approachable look at our cosmos, taking readers on a wide-ranging journey and showing how we are intimately linked to the rest of the universe. Kanipe raises intriguing questions, and describes in jargon-free prose the truly ‘big-picture view’ of how life on Earth and perhaps life on other worlds, relates to the stars. The narrative style is eloquent and at times droll, but always well paced and fact filled. The book will fascinate and inform everyone who has an interest in astronomy, the evolution of our planet, and the future of humankind.
Science / Zoology / Mammals / Outdoors & Nature / Reference
Carnivores of British Columbia (
Carnivores hunt and eat other animals, mostly herbivorous mammals. Humans share a long history with carnivores. We fear them as predators, revile them as competitors, exploit them for their fur, and admire them for their grace and beauty.
Carnivores of British Columbia, the fifth of six volumes on the mammals of British Columbia, provides information on the 21 species of wild terrestrial carnivores in the province, including the coyote, grey wolf, red fox, American black bear, grizzly bear, northern raccoon, sea otter, wolverine, northern river otter, American martin, fisher, ermine, long-tailed weasel, least weasel, American mink, American badger, striped skunk, western spotted skunk, cougar, Canada lynx, and bobcat.
Carnivores of British Columbia, written by David F. Hatler, wildlife biologist based in Enderby, specializing in the study of carnivores; David W. Nagorsen, biological consultant based in Victoria, and Alison M. Beal, writer and researcher, describes each species, with illustrations. It discusses the general biology and behavior of the group, then provide keys for identifying animals and skulls. Each species account includes a detailed description of the animal, along with information on distribution and habitat, feeding ecology, social behavior, reproduction, issues around health and mortality, abundance, conservation and management, human uses, and interactions with humans. Each account also includes an illustration of the whole animal, a skull drawing and provincial distribution map.
Species covered in Carnivores of British Columbia include:
Carnivores of British Columbia is the fifth in a
series of six handbooks revising the Royal BC Museum's Handbook 11,
The Mammals of British Columbia by Ian McTaggart Cowan and Charles
J. Guiguet (1965), which is out of print. As with the first four
volumes (Bats of
Carnivores of British Columbia provides comprehensive, up-to-date information on the 21 species of wild terrestrial carnivores in the province. This book is an important reference for naturalists and wildlife biologists, as well as for students, schools, the general public and anyone interested wildlife in the province.
Social Sciences / Anthropology / Religious Studies / Judaism
The Jews of Iran in the Nineteenth Century: Aspects of History, Community, and Culture by David Yeroushalmi, general editor David S. Katz (Brill's Series in Jewish Studies Series: Brill Academic Publishers)
The history of Iranian Jews after the establishment of the
The book was compiled by David Yeroushalmi, Ph.D. in Iranian Studies,
Source materials included in The Jews of Iran in the Nineteenth Century by section include:
Source 1 Regarding the Legal Position of Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians (Ahl-i Kitab) within the Shiite State, according to Jam' i-i ‘Abbasi
Source 2 The Condition and Disabilities of the Jews in
Source 3 On the Legal and Actual Condition of the Jews of
Source 4 The Jews of
Source 5 The State of the Jews in
Source 6 The Jews of
Source 7 Regarding the Proper Manners of Association with
Unbelievers and Adversaries Source 8 Jews in the Eyes of the City
Mob, as Reflected in a Street Song that was Chanted in
Source 9 The Jews of
Section II. Demography and Geographical Diffusion
Source 10 The Jewish Population of Iran in the Year 1868,
according to a Report Submitted by the British Legation in
Source 11 The Demographic Size of the Jewish Communities and
Source 12 Estimates and Figures on the Jewish Population of Iran During the Years 1889-1903, according to European Sources
Section III. Economy and Material Existence
Source 13 Jewish Trades and Occupations in Nineteenth-Century
Source 14 Recollections of an Itinerant Jewish Physician of Gulpaygan, Regarding the Year 1811
Source 15 Jewish Minstrels and Dancers of
Source 16 Details of a Commercial Partnership and Dispute between
Two Jewish Merchants of Yazd, ca. 1880, Referred for Judicial
Decision to Rabbi Yosef Hayyim of
Section IV. Communal Organization and Inner Communal Relations
Source 17 The Old Synagogue in the City of
Source 18 Standard Formula Used for the Appointment of the Head
of the Jewish Community (Heb. Nasi) in the City of
Source 19 Communal Agreement Signed and Issued by the Religious
Leaders of the Jewish Community of Sanandaj on 22 of Tevet 5635 (
Section V. Culture and Education
Source 20 Jewish Culture and Education in
Source 21 The Educational System in the Jewish Community of Hamadan in the 1840s, according to Dr. Abraham de Sola's Account, Published in 1850
Source 22 A Passage from a Judeo-Persian Homiletic Commentary on Leviticus, Composed by Commentator and Poet Binyamin, Son of Eliyahu of Kashan,
Source 23 Song of Praise and Prayer for Sir Moses Montefiore
Section VI. Religion and Spiritual Lives
Source 24 From the Memoirs of a Learned Rabbi of Shiraz: Mulla Rahamim Melammed ha-Cohen (Sept. 16, 1864, Shiraz Jan. 12, 1932, Jerusalem)
Source 25 An Account of Pilgrims on Their Way to the Tomb of the
Prophet Ezekiel (Located about 15 Kilometers to the North of
Source 26 A Question in Matters of Family Law, in the Jewish
Section VII. Aspects of Life and History in the Larger Communities
Source 27 The Jewish Community of Yazd in the Nineteenth Century, according to Azaria Levy, Scholar of Jewish Communities of Iran
Source 28 The Jews of
Source 29 The Jewish Community of
Source 30 The Jewish Community of Kashan during the Great Famine of 1871–2: Testimony of Asher, Son of Yusef, a Native of Kashan (ca. 1872)
Source 31 On the Jewish Community of Tehran in the Year 1875, as Reported by the Chief Rabbi of that Community to Isaac Adolphe Cremieux, President of the Alliance Israelite Universelle, Paris
Source 32 The Jewish Community of
March 1893, pp. 44-45
Source 33 On the Condition of the Jewish Community of Hamadan in the Year 1864, according to a Letter by the Heads of that Community to Jewish Leaders and Organizations of Western Europe
Source 34 Letter from the Community of Urumia with Regard to the
Condition of the Jews of
Source 35 Letter by the Heads of the Jewish Community of
Section VIII. Major Events and Processes
Source 36 Earliest Reports in the Jewish Press of
Source 37 Report of the British Consul in
Source 38 The Great Famine of 1871-2 in
Source 39 Presentation of Addresses to the Shah on Behalf of the
Source 40 Situation of the Jews in
In the introduction to
The Jews of Iran in the Nineteenth Century,
Yeroushalmi provides background to the sources and issues in his
study of Iranian Jews in the 19th century. He explains that both on
a symbolic level as well as in practical terms, the launching of the
Despite the considerable importance of the 19th century as an interim period of continuity as well as a century of gradual and continuous change in the lives of Iranian Jews, however, most areas of the general history, culture and communal lives of Iranian Jews in the 19th century still await systematic research, data collection and balanced and unbiased examination. Yet, according to The Jews of Iran in the Nineteenth Century, the study of Iranian Jews in the 19th century in the broader context of Iranian history on the one hand and in the context of their emerging relations with the foreign powers and with the Jews outside Iran on the other hand confronts researchers with many objective limitations as well as subjective tests and challenges. While the choice of specific areas and topics that have to do with the lives of Iranian Jews during this period results ultimately from researchers’ own choices, there exist numerous difficulties that are independent of researchers’ approaches or methods. Broadly speaking, the objective difficulties and obstacles that stand on the way towards a well-informed and balanced study of Iranian Jews in the 19th century belong to three areas. The first, and by far the most serious and consequential among these, lies in the relative scantiness of primary sources in the various relevant languages.
Second, and hand in hand with the limited body of available primary and authentic sources, students of the 18th and 19th century Iranian Jewry are faced with a very limited body of scholarly and solid research and publications related to the various aspects of Jewish life and history in Iran during this period. Although the studies and publications that have been conducted over the last six or seven decades have added much to our knowledge and understanding with regard to various aspects of social, communal, material as well as cultural and religious lives in Iran's highly scattered Jewish communities, nevertheless many fundamental and in some cases the most elementary aspects and patterns of Jewish life in 19th century Iran have received no comprehensive treatment whatsoever. These areas and disciplines, which in the case of the Jewish communities of North Africa, Yemen, Egypt, Iraq and the Ottoman Empire have formed the subjects of far more extensive and systematic studies, include the areas of demography, economic and material lives, social institutions and communal organization, education, relations with Iran's Muslim and non-Muslim populations, processes and dimensions of forced and voluntary conversion to Shiite Islam, to the Baha'i faith and Christianity, communal and individual responses to Western influence, history of the emerging relations between the Jews of Iran and the Jewish Diaspora in Europe and in the Ottoman Empire, biographies of rabbis and heads of communities, accounts of prominent personalities and families, histories of individual communities, and many more areas and topics.
The third major obstacle that still restricts our ability to form
a clear and coherent picture of Iranian Jewry in the course of the
19th century lies in the highly scattered nature of the available
sources of information. The latter sources of information and data
are highly fragmented and found in small, incomplete and out of
context fashion in hundreds if not thousands of diverse and mostly
unrelated primary and secondary sources and documents. The rather
poor and limited character of the historical sources and documents
left to us by Iranian Jews is further aggravated by the lack of any
known chronicles or semi-historical writings relating to any given
community or geographical area. So far, the students, researchers
and bibliographers in the field have not come across any works
(including personal diaries or periodic recordings) which provide a
descriptive and chronological account of daily lives and events in
Finally, because of a variety of events, upheavals and hardships that affected or disrupted the lives of the various communities, among them attacks and pogroms perpetrated against some of the communities, partial or total destruction and disappearance of some other communities and settlements, periods of famine, epidemics and other natural disasters, and particularly because of the continuous occurrences and conditions of internal migration as well as emigration to other countries and territories throughout the 19th century and the first years of the 20th century, whatever written records and documents were in the possession of those communities and their members suffered from various degrees of damage, neglect or loss, or were kept as memorable sentimental items by community and family members or were in the possession of private collectors, brokers and antique dealers.
The Jews of Iran in the Nineteenth Century, within
the broader context of Jewish history in
Forming an era of transition in the history of the
The Jews of Iran in the Nineteenth Century contains the source materials that have been found, and the material will be of great interest to researchers. It is a unique and stimulating area, ripe for investigation, containing rich source materials. The book shows Iranian Jews as moved from oppression and marginalization in the 17th-19th centuries to an increasingly enterprising part of society at the beginning of the 20th century. The material also sheds light on the patterns of life prior to modernization.
The book is part of Brill’s Series in Jewish Studies under the general editorship of David S. Katz.
Social Sciences / History /
Poverty and Social Welfare in Japan edited by Masami Iwata & Akihiko Nishizawa (Japanese Society Series, Advanced Social Research Series: Trans Pacific Press)
According to Iwata and Nishizawa, next to poverty, barely any other social problem has been so widely discussed. Poverty has been constantly defined as a problem since the beginning of modern society. Many critiques have constructed poverty as a form of decay, like a persistent chronic disease in developed countries where ‘affluent society’ first developed, even in countries where a welfare state had been implemented with the chief aim of its elimination. Of course, that poverty has constantly been discussed does not mean that a single manifestation of it persists. Every time it is looked at afresh, the concept of poverty itself and how it is measured are revised. Discursive difference has more to do with how poverty is perceived. It is measured in numerous ways, not only in terms of developing different yardsticks and improving research methods, but also by introducing qualitative research, listening to the opinions and outlook of the people who are trapped in poverty cycles. As we all know, many scholars and organizations have engaged on whether poverty is absolute or relative, whether it can be defined objectively or subjectively. They argue the relative merits of many various ways of seeing of the problem, including the cost of living approach, the income approach, the deprivation index approach, the capability approach and more.
By questioning these matters in Japanese society, our understanding of poverty and of social exclusion may elucidate the conditions of life of those who are able to fulfill the role of the subject and its responsibility. Iwata and Nishizawa identified the need to investigate the contested terrain of meaning between exclusion and integration in modern society as a whole. This could be achieved though exploring the grounds for exclusion in the life and times of those in poverty that are structurally placed outside society.
From the above understanding of poverty and social exclusion, Poverty and Social Welfare in Japan examines the reality of poverty and exclusion in present day Japanese society through the following perspectives.
First, since the rapid economic growth of the 1960s the
under-standing of poverty has been limited to reading about the
concepts developed in advanced Western societies, or it has been
discussed only in the context of developing nations. Only an
extremely limited number of empirical studies have been completed.
In this book, poverty and social exclusion in
In the first section, two theses are discussed examining
perspectives on poverty in
In the second section of
Poverty and Social Welfare in Japan, the reality of
poverty is portrayed in case studies done from various angles and by
various methods. This has rarely been done in
The third section of
Poverty and Social Welfare in Japan contains four
different perspectives on how poverty has been objectivized in
welfare policies, and how welfare programs have been formulated in
The final fourth section consists of two chapters. Chapter eleven is by Nishizawa and chapter twelve by Yosuke Hirayama. They both seek a way out from the current society that produces poverty and social exclusion, into a future welfare society. It is by no means easy to solve the problem of poverty and social exclusion, but the two chapters stress that the way out from the problem can be found in the mutual relationships among people in dire predicaments. Nishizawa discusses the social environment of homeless people, living in an invisible cage, and sees a potential for them to avoid being reduced to a basic level of existence. Hirayama reports as one of the project organizers on a revitalization project of a deteriorated residential area in a Dowa area (literally an anti discrimination area, designated for the improvement of the living standards of people of Buraku origin). Making over physical structures was only a part of the project, and the author describes a continual process of community-bond-building workshops. There, the meaning of improvement and revitalization was constantly questioned, and the residents had to look squarely at their own still unconvinced state. Through this process a pathway towards the reinvigoration of their lives is revealed.
The book brings to light and seeks to unravel the issues of poverty and social exclusion in Japanese society, revealing the contradictions in the understandings and effects of social welfare. Poverty and Social Welfare in Japan will contribute to the debate on a subject that should be the central theme of the `welfare society' series of publications.
Social Sciences / Political Science
Nordic Social Attitudes in a European Perspective
edited by Heikki Ervasti, Torben Fridberg, Mikael Hjerm & Kristen
Ringdal (Edward Elgar Publishing)
Nordic Social Attitudes in a European Perspective addresses the effect that institutional settings typical to the Nordic countries have upon people's attitudes and behavior. Placed within a European comparative perspective, the analyses presented by the contributing authors center around the welfare state, politics, family and work, as well as cultural concerns including economic morality and religiosity. Despite differences between the Nordic countries, the overall impression given is of a shared outlook and way of life. In the European context, the Nordic countries particularly stand out as a distinct group demonstrating their institutional similarities.
Nordic Social Attitudes in a European Perspective is edited by Heikki Ervasti, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Turku, Finland; Torben Fridberg, Senior Researcher at SFI – The Danish National Centre for Social Research, Denmark; Mikael Hjerm, Associate Professor of Sociology at Umea University, Sweden; and Kristen Ringdal, Professor of Sociology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.
The editors adopt a wide perspective. Their argument is that as a reflection of the institutional characteristics, surprisingly many features in people's values, attitudes and behavior distinguish the Nordic societies from the rest of the European countries. In the chapters, they present empirical analyses in which they compare the various dimensions of people's values in the Nordic societies to other European countries. The analyses cover four broad themes: living conditions and the welfare state, politics, family and work, and ethical issues and values.
Chapters 2 to 4 deal with living conditions and the welfare state in the Nordic countries. Chapter 2 concentrates on social exclusion and inclusion, which is a core area of social policies. In the recent debate, it has been claimed that social risks are becoming increasingly sporadic in their distribution so that traditional social policies can no longer efficiently guarantee social inclusion. The question posed by Fridberg and Kangas is whether or not the traditional structural factors, like class, labor market position and socio-economic background still serve to explain the phenomenon of social exclusion.
Another big issue is what this will mean for the traditional Nordic welfare state, which has mainly concentrated on traditional socio-economic cleavages between citizens.
The welfare state generates material well-being. However, it is
often suggested that material living conditions have only a weak
correlation to subjective measures of well-being. It may well be
possible that, despite their huge investments in the welfare state,
the Nordic countries are not the happiest nations in
Chapter 4 of Nordic Social Attitudes in a European Perspective concentrates on social capital. Recently, the importance and the widely ranging positive implications of social capital have been acknowledged by social scientists of all kinds. Social capital promotes economic efficiency and growth, democratic virtue and civic engagement as well as individual health and well-being. In Chapter 4, Fridberg and Kangas set out to find more detailed reasons for the fact that the Nordic countries score highest on most of the indicators that are usually used for social capital. They search especially for an association between various forms of social policies and social capital.
The next three chapters of Nordic Social Attitudes in a European Perspective relate to the political system in the Nordic countries. In Chapter 5, Berg and Hjerm analyze public perceptions and preferences concerning the level of decision making. Berg and Hjerm ask if institutional contexts can be discerned in people's views in relation to which political entity they think should be responsible for various political decisions. They conclude that people's preferred level of decision making differs across countries and that there are differences within the Nordic countries linked to the country's relation to Europe. Trying to explain why people in certain countries prefer European level decision making, Berg and Hjerm show that institutional differences and political articulation matter whereas self-interest does not.
From the level of decision making, we turn to political activism in Chapter 6. Berglund, Kleven and Ringdal distinguish between conventional political activism, mainly channeled through political parties, and unconventional issue-oriented and sometimes elite-challenging political actions. The authors start by discussing whether the declines in election turnout and in party membership are signs of a democratic crisis or whether political participation simply is expressed through other channels than the ballot.
In Chapter 7, Listhaug and Ringdal shift the focus to political trust. More specifically, they distinguish between three dimensions of political trust: trust in the electoral system, trust in the legal system and trust in the European Parliament. They describe detailed country variations with a special focus on the Nordic countries and use summary measures of the three dimensions of political trust in an analysis of cross-national variations in political trust.
Nordic Social Attitudes in a European Perspective,
the themes of Chapters 8 and 9 come closer to the everyday life of
people in the Nordic countries as compared with other parts of
The other component of everyday life, work, is analyzed in more
detail in Chapter 9. As noted above, the structures of work life
constitute one of the basic pillars of the Nordic model. In Chapter
9, Ervasti analyses the effects of the emergence of non-standard
work arrangements on job quality. In this chapter Ervasti examines
whether there is a clear association between non-standard work and
working conditions and if this association varies in accordance with
labor market regime in
The remaining three chapters of
Nordic Social Attitudes in a European Perspective
concentrate on moral and ethical issues. The aim of these chapters
is to find out whether the Nordic countries form a separate unit in
In Chapter 11, the focus shifts to economic morality. Ringdal examines if there is evidence for the traditional assumptions about especially high standards of economic morality in the Nordic countries. The chapter has a wide scope and covers cross-national differences in the following themes: economic trust, economic morality, consumer victimization, and unethical and illegal economic behavior. The final multilevel analysis focuses on consumer victimization, having been asked for a bribe, and the frequency of minor or serious economic offences.
The final empirical chapter of Nordic Social Attitudes in a European Perspective, Chapter 12, concerns religiosity. Recently, both secularization and the emergence of non-traditional forms of religiosity have been said to contest the traditional religious settings. In Chapter 12, Ervasti sets out to test these allegations empirically. Are people in the Nordic countries still more secular than other European nations? How much does religiosity influence the lives of individuals in the Nordic countries?
In the concluding chapter the editors summarize the findings and discuss whether the Nordic uniqueness has its roots in reality or whether it is a myth.
For outsiders, the popularity and social sustainability of the
extensive scope of Nordic welfare states, such as the strong role of
the state and high levels of taxation, remains something of a
mystery. Making use of recent international survey data, this
important book goes some way towards solving this mystery. It
underlines the remarkable success of Nordic welfare institutions
which help to maintain not only low rates of poverty and inequality,
but high levels of well-being, trust, social capital and political
participation. – Jochen Clasen,
Nordic welfare states have long enjoyed a leadership position in
the provision of social welfare. They are now caught up in the
current of thorough-going reform that is sweeping across
Providing highly rigorous and up-to-date data, with a wide coverage of topics, Nordic Social Attitudes in a European Perspective will be of great interest to academics and students in sociology, social policy and political science. It will also appeal to anyone interested in the Nordic countries in general.
Social Sciences / True Crime / Psychology
Fakers: Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Great Pretenders by Paul Maliszewski (The New Press)
Why would two poets invent a fake writer, complete with a fake oeuvre and compelling life story, and then submit their fabrication to a literary magazine? Why would a journalist concoct an eight-year-old junkie and then write an article about him, later winning a Pulitzer Prize for her invention? Why might a memoirist pretend to be a Holocaust survivor, a gang member, or a recovered addict with a prison record? And why do we believe such wild fictions that masquerade as the truth? Why are we forever getting fooled by frauds?
Fakers are believed because they each promise us, screen-gazing and experience-starved, something real and authentic, a view, however fleeting, of a great thing rarely glimpsed.
Fakers is an exploration of the varieties of faking, from its historical roots in satire and con artistry to its current boom. Award-winning writer Paul Maliszewski journeys into the heart of our fake world, telling tales of the New York Sun's 1835 moon hoax, the invented poet Ern Malley (the inspiration for Peter Carey's novel My Life as a Fake), and Maliszewski's own satiric letters to the editor of the Business Journal of Central New York (written, unbeknownst to the editor, while he worked there as a reporter). Through these stories, he explains why fakers almost always find believers and often flourish.
The essays in Fakers explore:
In Fakers Maliszewski examines these incidents not as aberrations but as part of a larger fake media culture, which we inhabit every day. In doing so he investigates our relationship to truth and authenticity and exposes the contradictions in our communication culture. "We voyeuristic many," Maliszewski writes, "we want the real, and indeed we hunger for it, but we also want our real stuff to be engaging and entertaining and come in readily consumable packages."
Interesting insights into the nature of deception. – Publisher's
Intriguing and engaging. – Library Journal
Entertaining thoughts on the inventive presentation of stuff that might have been so but wasn't. – Kirkus Reviews
In this detailed if uneven meditation, Maliszewski explores the
complicated world of deception and those who practice it. The book
begins with the author defending his own habit of publishing letters
to the editor under pseudonyms while working as a reporter in
This fascinating survey of fakers and fabulists begins with a confession from the author that he, too, has been a faker…. The book is not only about the fakers but also the faked and about our natural desire to believe the unbelievable – as long as the tale is told convincingly. – David Pitt, Booklist
Not only is Fakers beautifully written and fun to read, but it is tremendously useful. It explains clearly and with perfectly chosen examples just what the distinction is between pointed pranks and lazy fabrications, and between satire and malice. And unlike previous efforts on the subject, this one is entirely in favor of the imagination. – Luc Sante, author of Low Life and Kill All Your Darlings
Here it is, the one true guide to the world of forgery. Paul
Maliszewski shows us how to distinguish the masterpieces from the
frauds, the inspired fakes from the merely counterfeit, tossing off
along the way a few gemlike examples of the former. This is a
perfect book for our pompous, authenticity-grubbing times. – Thomas
Frank, author of The Wrecking Crew and What's the Matter with
For anyone who has ever lied – or been lied to – Fakers contains true-life tales about faking. The book tells us much about what we believe and want, why we trust, and why we still get duped. Interweaving psychoanalysis, investigative reporting and biting insights, Maliszewski draws from his expansive pool of knowledge to explore the varieties of faking. With elegance and humor he navigates through the guts of the reporting process and provides a keen perspective that aims neither to damn nor to absolve but instead to understand these phenomena.
The Battlefields of the First World War (Revised): The Unseen Panoramas of the Western Front by Peter Barton, with Jeremy Banning, with a foreword by Richard Holmes, and contributions by Peter Doyle (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing in association with The Imperial War Museum)
The Jews of Iran in the Nineteenth Century: Aspects of History, Community, and Culture by David Yeroushalmi, general editor David S. Katz (Brill's Series in Jewish Studies Series: Brill Academic Publishers)