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Women for Victory: American Servicewomen in World War II: History and Uniforms, Volume 1 by Katy Endruschat Goebel (American Servicewomen in World War II History and Uniforms Series, Volume 1: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)
Atlas of Nuclear Cardiology: Imaging Companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease: Expert Consult – Online and Print (Imaging Techniques to Braunwald's Heart Disease) edited by Ami E. Iskandrian MD MACC FAHA FASNC and Ernest V. Garcia MD, series editor Robert O. Bonow (Elsevier Saunders)
Arts & Photography
Marylyn Dintenfass: Parallel Park by Aliza Edelman, Barbara Anderson Hill, Jennifer McGregor and John Driscoll (Hudson Hills Press)
Addressing the formative ideas on mobility and space, Marylyn Dintenfass introduces a broad examination of Marylyn Dintenfass’ commissioned sculpture and paintings, and presents how these art works translate into her monumental site-specific sculpture Parallel Park, located in Fort Myers, Florida. Parallel Park also participates in a contemporary dialogue with the challenges and politics of public art.
Marylyn Dintenfass reveals Dintenfass' rigorous intellectual and emotional aesthetic vision through more than 178 color and black and white illustrations and a dynamic and distinguished critical text written by Aliza Edelman. Contributions by Ron Bishop, Michele Cohen, and Barbara Hill further contribute to readers’ understanding of this important aspect of Dintenfass' work.
Marylyn Dintenfass is organized in three sections: an introductory essay by Aliza Edelman, PhD, providing an innovative and gendered look at the artist’s primary and biographical sources in postwar automobile culture and rock and roll music; an account by Barbara Anderson Hill, Art Consultant to the City of Fort Myers Public Art Program, summarizing the challenges of negotiating the Parallel Park commission through necessary political and governmental channels in Fort Myers. The book also features a formal interview with Jennifer McGregor, an authority on public art, by John Driscoll, that discusses the urban transformation of Parallel Park through the impact of the artist's vision and scale of the installation. Additional sections of interest in Marylyn Dintenfass provide color plates of the gallery exhibition and extraordinary documentation of the installation and printing procedures for Parallel Park.
Dintenfass has worked in important public, private and corporate collections throughout the world from Tajimi, Japan, to Faenza, Italy and Beier Sheva, Israel; and including in the United States: The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work has been the subject of significant critical attention, several museum solo shows and an earlier monograph by Lilly Wei entitled Marylyn Dintenfass Paintings. Dintenfass has twice been a McDowell Fellow, has created more than two dozen public sculpture installations, is a former member of the faculty at Parsons School of Design and maintains a studio in New York City.
Aliza Edelman, Ph.D., who writes extensively on gender and social identity in modern and contemporary art, has worked in the curatorial department of The Jewish Museum, New York, and has lectured on Contemporary Art at Rutgers University, NJ.
Dintenfass’ notable work develops from her saturated color inventions, her powerful gestural mark making and her fastidious intellectual and emotional rigor. Her painting, printmaking and sculpture have always been innovative in her pragmatic choice of, and often counter-intuitive adaptive use of materials to create and convey the content of her apparently abstract imagery. Parallel Park is Dintenfass' largest installation so far: a 30,000 square foot articulated Kevlar and aluminum frieze in which conventional and unconventional materials and techniques are superceded only by the visceral flow of the artist's inspired and dynamic gestural color codas on the automobile.
Parallel Park, one of the most ambitious and transformative art installations of the past decade, variously explores, embraces and exalts Dintenfass' lifelong love affair with automobiles. That passionate relationship is thoroughly signaled through her vigorous drawings, assertive mono-types, dramatic paintings, and in the monumental Parallel Park installation as it wraps the four facades of a five-story parking garage in Fort Myers, Florida.
Dintenfass' Parallel Park, like alchemy, transmutes the ordinary into the extraordinary, providing both a physical and imaginary civic gateway. A generic parking garage is now frequently mistaken for an art museum. Without other competing signifiers, the structure's neutrality allows Parallel Park to reference art – liberating the project from symbolic expectations often associated with public art commissioned for courthouses, schools, or hospitals. Here, the artist's brilliantly hued abstract evocations of tires, movement, and American car culture take center stage.
The essays in Marylyn Dintenfass provide multiple perspectives on Parallel Park. Aliza Edelman contextualizes the imagery within the artist's oeuvre and the broader framework of America's love affair with the car. Hill, art consultant to the City of Fort Myers, describes the commission's history and the collaboration that formed to support it. This government commission successfully unites architecture with artistic vision and technological innovation, an operatic achievement that pushes boundaries for the artist and art in the public realm. Parallel Park turns limitation into opportunity.
The installation is a culmination of much of Dintenfass' work over several decades, drawing on her architectural ceramics comprised of modules and frames, color investigations, exploration of scale, and experimentation with digital media. The triangular aluminum tubing of Parallel Park is a three-dimensional frame for the art, a massive segmented canvas rhythmically punctuating all four sides of the building. The imagery and colors, enlarged to this heroic size, derive from a recent series of monoprints and paintings. Computers make the mechanical reproduction of the artist's hand on giant mesh sheets possible, a beguiling conflation of human and machine. In the resultant Kevlar panels saturated with pigment, the artist's stylistic markers of 'progression, movement, and gesture' activate every facade of the building, which recedes behind the art.
Arts & Photography / Biographies & Memoirs
Beyond Words: 200 Years of Illustrated Diaries by Susan Snyder (Heyday Books)
With Beyond Words readers delve into a secret history.
In the age before cameras, the skill of illustration like that of piano playing, good penmanship, and journaling was frequently the mark of an educated person. Whereas the written word alone can adequately record the details of one's life, enhancing that with illustration adds yet another texture to the story, resulting in works that intrigue the mind and delight the eye. Now, the Bancroft Library of The University of California at Berkeley has released from its archives two hundred years' worth of adventure and contemplation. Sampling from fifty illustrated diaries by luminaries like Mark Twain and John Muir as well as Beat poets, anonymous whalers, and twelve-year-old girls, author Susan Snyder, head of public service at The Bancroft Library has selected the treasures for this collection.
Beyond Words is a collection of excerpts from fifty illustrated diaries spanning two hundred years of adventure and contemplation. From the records of eighteenth-century Spanish explorer Pedro Font to those of a young David Brower first encountering the wilderness, these unfolding stories reveal as much about the times in which they were written as they do the diarists particular inner worlds. Whether filled with chicken-scratch sketches or gilded illuminations, these diaries have become objets d’art that expand readers’ understanding of the uniquely compelling experiences of their creators.
In Beyond Words an anonymous whaler on the ship America renders a flying fish on damp parchment as he narrowly avoids a foggy collision in the San Francisco Bay; Joseph LeConte sketches a bird's-eye view of himself and a compatriot escaping Union capture during the Civil War; artist Ayako Miyawaki uses fabric collages to illustrate everyday objects on each page of her diary of postwar Japan; and thirteen-year-old Kim Bancroft's fanciful and complex ‘thought book’ includes Phoenician code and maps of her neighborhood.
Brilliantly selected and arranged, visually as well as intellectually striking, this gathering of diaries of mostly little-known Americans brings us into abrupt, startling, and poignant intimacy with the wonderfully diverse diarists. – Joyce Carol Oates, author of A Widow's Story
What visions of other worlds this book contains! Rarely has a single volume transported me so vividly through time and place. In these botanical sketches, these seascapes, these wave-rocked scrawls, one can almost smell the dusty campfires or fish-rank decks where the diaries were written. One feels indebted to the men and women who have shared their lives, and to Susan Snyder for gathering them into these pages. – Daniel Mason, author of The Piano Tuner
Susan Snyder synthesizes historic fact and illustrated diaries,
creating armatures that support timeless moments. We enter,
experience, and leave with the palpable sense of being in someone
else's imagination. – Site-specific installation artist Ruth
It is a special treat to be given access to those intimate human experiences contained in personal journals, diaries, and sketchbooks (the latter a favorite of mine) – especially when the sketches, drawings, and paintings are there to freshen up the text. – Painter Wayne Thiebaud
These brave diarists – their poignant, witty, scrupulous
drawings, paintings, photos – open their lived days before us, in
details to fill all our senses. How close they feel – that pencil
work, that cast of light, those faces, gestures – how intimate their
voices! You hold in your hands a magnificent historical document and
personal treasure; it will take you on an extraordinary odyssey. –
Joan Frank, author of In Envy Country
What a complex yet delightful treat – not just for the sketches, or the snippets of life observed through prose, but for the ease with which we're shown that no matter how our daily lives have changed, each new generation enters the scene with fresh and open eyes. – San Francisco Chronicle Urban Design Critic John King
Susan Snyder's brief introductions are akin to reading a monk's marginalia in these one-of-a-kind illustrated manuscripts. To be able to view such an artful, deep, and broad cross section of California history and humanity in these most personal pages is a gift offered by no other work of literature that I know of. – Robert Pavlik, historian and author of Norman Clyde
Susan Snyder's Beyond Words is a magnificent document – stunning, charming, and haunting, as visually gorgeous as it is historically rich. To read these diaries is to be given an extraordinary gift: to witness key moments in American history as if for the first time. – Sara Houghteling, author of Pictures at an Exhibition
Beyond Words is an intimate collection that will inspire readers to pull out pen and paper (or open the laptop) to capture the fleeting images and experiences of their own lives.
Arts & Photography / Digital Photography
Sketching Light: An Illustrated Tour of the Possibilities of Flash (Voices That Matter) by Joe McNally (New Riders)
Following up on the great success of The Moment
It Clicks and The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes,
magazine photographer Joe McNally takes readers on another memorable
Sketching Light, another trip into the land of light – but this
time running the gamut from small flash to big flash, and everywhere
McNally includes coverage of Nikon Speedlights; he also covers big flash, as well as ‘in-between’ lights and he covers the exploration of new technology, as well as the explanation of older technology. No matter what equipment he uses and discusses, the most important element of McNally's instruction is that it is straightforward, complete, and honest. No secrets are held back, and the principles he talks about apply generally to the shaping and quality of light, not just to an individual model or brand of flash.
McNally tells readers what works and what doesn't via his let's-see-what-happens approach, he shows how he sets up his shots with plentiful sketches and behind-the-scenes production shots, and he does it all with the intelligence, clarity, and wisdom that can only come from shooting in the field for 30 years for the likes of National Geographic, Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated. McNally is an internationally acclaimed American photographer and longtime photojournalist. For 35 years, he has been telling stories with pictures. His images – by turns dramatic, subtle, energetic, joyous, poignant, mysterious – are as varied as his approaches to lighting them.
Sketching Light begins with demonstrations of basic lighting techniques, lighting modifiers, and one-light solutions, then moves on to discussions of individual images, flash technology (such as high-speed sync and the latest TTL radio triggers), and a host of lighting styles and approaches. McNally shows the images he makes as he works toward the final shot, as well as behind-the-scenes pictures and sketches that detail light placement, power settings, f-stops, and shutter speeds.
The numbers never really tell the story, so McNally routinely goes beyond the metadata to get to the heart of the image. In each story, he discusses both craft and technique, revealing how he approaches a subject and what motivates his decisions – both technical and creative – behind the camera.
While there are tons of basics and tech info and gear discussed in these pages, the conversation – story to story, picture to picture – emphasizes the use of light, not necessarily where it comes from. But the much more important aspects of the book are how all that stuff gets used to speak, describe, and inform, how all that machinery boils down to a simple, elegant, appropriate light at that moment, for that subject.
The book is an illustrated tour of the possibilities of flash. Written in a characteristically lighthearted and humorous tone, Sketching Light is packed with insight, information, and the hard-won knowledge and wisdom that only come from an attentive, passionate, and ever-thoughtful life in the field. What truly sets the book apart, though, is that McNally also takes readers beyond the numbers to consider how the light he creates works for the pictures he makes.
Arts & Photography / Painting
Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond by Carl Little (Down East Books)
Whether throwing hot glass from the fourth floor window or sweeping his brush across blank canvas to capture the curve of the earth, Eric Hopkins is an American action artist. The world spins; he paints and performs; we look in wonder.
From his earliest work with glass to the stunning aerial panoramas of Maine islands that have gained him far-reaching fame, Hopkins has consistently explored boundaries of medium, of space, of vision. Nurtured on North Haven Island, he attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the Montserrat College of Art and taught at the Haystack School of Crafts; an important mentor along the way was glass master Dale Chihuly. Taking to the air in the early 1980s, he developed those signature views coveted by collectors: energized renderings of coastal motifs, in which horizons bend and an archipelago of spruce-topped isles spreads across the canvas.
Eric Hopkins is the first book to present a wide range of the breathtaking work of an eminent American artist. Written by Carl Little, a published poet and the author of more than a dozen art books, Eric Hopkins is filled with direct quotes from the artist about his life and process, and illustrated with Hopkins' stunning signature panoramic paintings of the Maine coast, along with his sculptures, and glasswork.
According to Little, in the lower level of the Portland Museum of Art, black-and-white photographic portraits of some of Maine's great artists circle the wall in the broad well of the staircase – these and other artists speak to the stunning legacy of this single state's art. Among the most dramatic portraits is David Etnier's photograph of Hopkins, the Maine-born, world-eyed painter and glass artist. Hopkins is shown crouched, barefoot, on the top of a large canvas that is spread on the floor of an open-air studio space. He is in mid-stroke, creating that arcing landscape he grew up with on North Haven Island and which he has further explored by boat and plane. He looks part beachcomber, part beatnik, but the confidence and energy of his person belies the raggedness of his appearance. He is in the act of creating a parallel world to the one he loves, and he is all business. The photograph is reminiscent of the famous Hans Namuth shots of the abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, cigarette in mouth, doing his drip-and-splatter paintings in his studio in Springs, New York. In fact, Hopkins can trace his artistic lineage to that movement: several of his professors at the Montserrat College of Art studied with Hans Hofmann, one of the gods of Abstract Expressionism.
Hopkins' lineage also includes the American modernists. His studies of shells recall those simplified still lifer of Marsden Hartley while his lively watercolors are akin to John Marin's. Arthur Dove, another aesthetic ancestor, spoke of extraction, of representing the essence of a view or scene or atmosphere. So, too, Hopkins distills the landscape to energized lines and forms.
Little in Eric Hopkins says that when the text of the interviews he conducted with the artist was fed into word-cloud software, ‘glass’ emerged as the preeminent word. Hopkins has been connected to this medium for most of his life, and his glasswork, from lyric shell forms to lucent orbs, is remarkable.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership / Environmental Engineering
Greener Products: The Making and Marketing of Sustainable Brands by Al Iannuzzi (CRC Press)
As the global demand for natural and organic products continues to grow, making and marketing greener products is becoming an imperative. The old stereotype of green products’ sub-par performance has been shattered as large multinational corporations prove that readers can develop and win in the marketplace with a naturals-based product platform. And the pull for sustainably minded products is not limited to consumer marketing – business-to-business marketing of greener products has also increased due to customer demand from all business sectors.
Making a compelling business case for why companies must provide greener, more sustainable products, Greener Products shares best practices for the design and marketing of greener products. The book examines ecosystem and regulatory pressures as well as market pressures from customers – consumers, business customers, and government purchasers – who have created a demand on manufacturers to bring more sustainable brands to market.
Through case studies of green design from companies such as GE (Ecomagination), Timberland (Green Index), Philips, Apple Inc., Seventh Generation, Procter & Gamble, BASF, and others, author Al Iannuzzi, senior director of product stewardship for Johnson & Johnson, explores initiatives in areas ranging from product design, sustainable sourcing, and packaging to energy efficiency, recycling, and end-of-life management. A contribution from guest author James A. Fava, one of the leading thinkers and practitioners in developing greener products, presents a toolbox of environmental management systems, programs, and tools for the development of greener products.
Providing the backbone for Iannuzzi’s analysis of green marketing, a contribution from guest authors Lee Ann Head, Karen Barnes, and Suzanne Shelton of the Shelton Group analyzed market trend data and helps marketers understand their customers and what moves them. Iannuzzi then looks more closely at drivers for green marketing, outlining three keys for successful green marketing campaigns and using them to evaluate the approaches of several leading companies.
Throughout Greener Products, he shares best practices and lessons learned from leaders in the field across various industry sectors.
Greener Products has three main sections:
Section I The Case for Greener Products
Section II Making Greener Products
Section III Green Marketing
Iannuzzi says he has been known to go on a rant when speaking about ‘green’ products and it goes something like this: There is no such thing as a green product. Every product has an impact – raw materials are extracted from the Earth, transportation is required to bring materials to manufacturing plants and to the customer, energy is necessary to run production equipment and to use the product, and then there is the disposal or hopefully the recycling of the packaging and product at its end of life. So that's why he says ‘greener’ product. It's about continually improving a product, building in more eco-innovation so it has a smaller and smaller footprint.
Why is it an imperative to bring greener products to market? This question is answered in Chapters 1, 2, and 3. Readers gain a deeper understanding of the ecosystem pressures on the Earth and explore the market pressures from customers. How are greener products made? To find the best way to go about bringing an eco-innovative product to market, the book evaluates companies that have been most successful at it. Best practices from many sectors of products are investigated in Chapter 4: apparel, chemicals, electronics, consumer packaged goods, food, energy, medical products, white goods, etc.
Greener Products begins its evaluation of sustainable brand marketing by receiving first-hand information in Chapter 6 from the Shelton Group, a leader in studying and advising businesses on sustainability trends. Chapter 7 evaluates some of the drivers for green marketing and tackles the question asked in boardrooms: Why should readers consider green marketing? The case for considering green marketing is made by discussing a host of data that indicate that consumers want greener products and want to purchase from ethical corporations.
Based on Iannuzzi’s analysis of the most successful green marketing campaigns, there are three keys to winning:
Greener Products uses these three keys to evaluate the approach of several leading companies in B2C (business-to-consumer) and B2B marketing. Some companies have changed the way people think about green marketing through their innovative approach and amazing accomplishments. The book evaluates what makes Ecomagination so impactful, how Green Works changed the game for mainstream green marketing, as well as innovative approaches by Honest Tea and IBM and many others.
Knowing the finer aspects of green marketing is important to optimize success and avoid the pitfalls into which others have fallen. Chapter 8 starts out with a big watch out: Greenwashing. What is greenwashing? How do readers avoid it? And what can they learn from TerraChoice's impactful Seven Sins of Greenwashing? Understanding the regulations that govern green claims such as the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and the United Kingdom's DFRA guidelines is vital prior to embarking on a green marketing program.
The book pulls things together in Chapter 9 with an evaluation of the best practices that leading companies have for making and marketing greener products. Through an evaluation of all the company initiatives discussed in the Making Greener Products section of Greener Products (Section II), readers see that there are some commonalities among the companies that are best at developing eco-improved products. Use of all or a combination of these activities will enable any company to put more sustainable products on the market.
Reviewing the common approaches of successful green marketing campaigns makes it clear to marketers what elements they should be thinking about how best to inform customers. After all, what good is it to make ecoimprovements to a product if readers don't effectively communicate with their customers?
With Greener Products, Al Iannuzzi has taken a crucial next step in sustainability, spotlighting best practices, offering a clear-headed look at the business case, and identifying the forces that will matter for the next decade. – Daniel Goleman, author of Ecological Intelligence
Green is the new black. To say this differently, sustainable products increasingly stand out in the marketplace, translating into faster sales, greater profitability, and deeper brand loyalty. Iannuzzi and his co-authors show the way to this future. – Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor, Yale University, and co-author of Green to Gold
As the head of product stewardship at J&J Al Iannuzzi is in a unique position to provide insights into what it takes for multinational companies to develop and market the greener products that today’s mainstream consumers seek. Especially effective are the in-depth case examples of greener products. – Jacquelyn Ottman, green marketing expert and author of The New Rules of Green Marketing: Strategies, Tools and Inspiration for Sustainable Branding
As sustainability becomes more deeply embedded in business planning and operations, there is a growing need for improved methods, best practices and tools to deliver higher levels of performance and value. The realization is setting in that global companies must take greater ownership of their value chains.… the authors have provided a highly valuable and timely synthesis for how to effectively manage the transition towards the making and marketing of sustainable brands. – Terry F. Yosie, President and CEO, World Environment Center, Washington, D.C.
Much of the focus of the sustainability debate to date has been on production systems. Better factories, better farms, better logistics, better raw material sourcing. All in their own right vitally important building blocks of a sustainable economy. What the authors do though so persuasively is to remind us that sustainability is as much a challenge of consumption as it is of production. They lay out clearly the business strategies for making sustainability a product and consumer led mission, looking at businesses in the way they look at themselves. – Mike Barry, Head of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer
Greener Products provides a very readable overview of the diverse issues associated with greener product development and marketing. Of note is the excellent compendium of examples of how companies are approaching product sustainability and sustainable innovation. Al's insight into tackling the 'how to do' issues associated with organisational implementation backed by a range of cases from industry is particularly useful. Greener Products would be an excellent addition to any business sustainability practitioner’s or student’s bookshelf. – Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, UCA, UK
This timely book offers real-world experience, valuable insights, and practical suggestions. Iannuzzi puts it all together: making and marketing greener products.
Greener Products will not only benefit businesses, but will also enable students to better understand what it takes to make and market a greener product and will also be useful for governments, academics, and NGOs. Further, evaluating the multitude of leading practice examples in this book will give any product developer or marketer some ideas that they then can translate into their company culture.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership
Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders by John Coleman, Daniel Gulati, W. Oliver Segovia and Bill George (Harvard Business Review Press)
From questions about globalization and sustainability to issues surrounding diversity, learning, and the convergence of the public and private sectors, tomorrow's leaders have a lot to think about. But these issues aren't the only ones facing young leaders starting out in business today. What else are they focused on? And how do they prioritize the challenges and opportunities before them – while also making the world a better place?
In Passion and Purpose, by four award-winning, Harvard Business School MBAs share personal stories about assuming the mantle of leadership in ways unlike any previous generation. In candid, often moving accounts of their successes and setbacks – from launching start-ups or taking on the family business to helping kids in the Arabian Gulf or harnessing new technology to develop clean energy – they reveal how their generation's ideas, aspirations, and practices are radically reshaping business and transforming leadership.
Drawing on insights from a survey of five hundred students from top U.S. business schools, Passion and Purpose provides an overview of today's big hot-button issues, followed by firsthand accounts from the young leaders who are tackling these issues head-on. Their personal stories are rounded out with broader perspectives from established luminaries in business, academia, and the public sector, including Dominic Barton (Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company), Deb Henretta (Group President of Procter & Gamble Asia), Nitin Nohria (Dean of Harvard Business School), David Gergen (Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, senior political analyst for CNN, and former presidential adviser), Carter Roberts (President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund), Joe Kennedy (CEO and President of Pandora), and Rich Lyons (Dean of Haas Business School, University of California-Berkeley).
We’re introduced to a group of highly impressive MBAs who want to change the world for the better… The result is a surprisingly compelling array of vivid storytelling that reveals this generation’s ideas and aspirations…. In the end, Coleman and his … buddies have pulled together a book that is less about mainstream MBA thinking than it is a clarion call to a less-traveled, yet potentially more impactful MBA path. – John Byrne, PoetsandQuants.com
Many baby boomers like to characterize the Facebook generation as entitled slackers. In reading the amazing stories of the leaders in Passion and Purpose, you quickly realize that nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that this new generation of leaders is committed to making a difference and is ready to lead – not tomorrow but now. – Bill George, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School; author, True North
It doesn't matter where you begin your career. What matters most is developing the ability to connect the dots ... the rarest and most valuable commodity in our work is those individuals who can bridge government, business, civil society, and academia in solving the biggest problems facing our society. – Carter Roberts, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund
With America – and the world – at a major inflection point, strong and principled leadership is as crucial as it's ever been. As this book shows, the younger generation is stepping up more and more each day to provide that leadership – in ways all of us should be paying attention to. – David Gergen, Director, Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School; senior political analyst, CNN; and former presidential adviser
The younger generation has an integrated identity that is consistent between workplace, home, and society ... they not only want to make a difference themselves, they want to know that the company they work for is also making a positive contribution. – Deb Henretta, Group President, Procter & Gamble Asia
The great challenge and the great opportunity we face today is the ability to work almost any time and any way. The new generation of leaders seems to embrace the opportunity side of this, approaching work more flexibly in terms of when and where it takes pace – Joe Kennedy, CEO and President, Pandora
Leadership is not being the CEO; leadership is influencing outcomes. Leadership is often without formal authority. I think that for a lot of these younger folks, they demonstrate the skills of leadership, but they also embody a new mind-set. – Rich Lyons, Dean of Haas Business School, University of California-Berkeley
The next generation of leaders will have the opportunity to shape the world. They will deal with exciting and quite different challenges than their predecessors – all in the context of a globally connected and rapidly changing world. – Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company
Passion and Purpose offers profound insight into the values and vision of today's emerging leaders, with inspiration and ideas for anyone who aspires to catalyze enduring change in the world.
Children’s / History / Biographies / Ages 12 & up
Superman versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate by Rick Bowers (National Geographic Children’s Books)
Two Jewish teenagers draw comic strips in an attic in Cleveland. The son of a Jewish dentist on Long Island dreams of making it as a writer in the Big Apple. A white, southern boy in Jacksonville, Florida, is incensed by racism in his community. They don't know it yet, but these young people are on the road to a showdown with the most dreaded hate group in America. Their foe: The Ku Klux Klan. Their champion: Superman!
Superman versus the Ku Klux Klan tells a group of intertwining stories that culminate in the historic 1947 collision of the Superman Radio Show and the Ku Klux Klan. It is the story of the two Cleveland teenagers who invented Superman as a defender of the little guy and the New York wheeler-dealers who made him a major media force. It is the story Ku Klux Klan's development from a club to a huge money-making machine powered by the powers of fear and hate and of the folklorist who – along with many other activists – took on the Klan by wielding the power of words. Above all, it tells the story of Superman himself – a modern mythical hero and an embodiment of the cultural reality of his times – from the Great Depression to the present.
Over the past decade Rick Bowers, Director of Creative Initiatives at AARP, has envisioned and directed innovative multimedia projects. Working with AARP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the Library of Congress, he directed Voices of Civil Rights, a multimedia project that gathered thousands of first-hand accounts of the Civil Rights Movement to form the world's largest archive of testimonials from the era. The initiative included a History Channel documentary that won both Emmy and Peabody Awards.
Superman was an alien come to Earth, the Man of Steel, the caped crusader, the last son of Krypton. He used superhuman strength, the power of flight, and x-ray vision to protect the innocent, champion the oppressed, and bring the guilty to justice. Behind him stood a couple of Jewish teenagers and a team of businessmen striving to make money and do some good in the world while they were at it.
The Ku Klux Klan was a secret hooded order – the high priests of hate. They held mysterious rituals in the light of a burning cross and attacked Negroes, Jews, Catholics, and accused moral back-sliders of all races, faiths, and backgrounds. Behind the Klan were a lot of mostly poor, white men who were worried and angry that outsiders were taking over their country – as well as a few opportunists who saw a chance to make big bucks.
The collision occurred in 1946 as millions of kids tuned their radios to The Adventures of Superman. They were in for a surprise. After a decade of fighting for the values of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and against the Nazis and Japanese in World War II, the producers, writers, actors, and sound-effects wizards were turning the world's number one superhero on a new breed of villain – those who wore hoods and robes and spewed hatred of anyone who didn't look like or agree with them. With help from various experts and activists who were infiltrating the real-life KKK, the show was so hard-hitting that it found its mark and struck a blow against bigotry, setting in motion a legend that endures to this day. Superman versus the Ku Klux Klan tells that story.
Computers & Internet / Computer Graphics
The Non-Designer's Illustrator Book by Robin Williams and John Tollett (Peachpit Press)
Many designers and photographers own the entire suite of Adobe
creative products, but they manage to learn only one or two of the
applications really well. This new addition to the popular
Non-Designer’s series from Williams and Tollett includes many
individual exercises designed specifically to teach the tools and
features in Illustrator that designers (as opposed to illustrators)
need to use. Williams and Tollett walk readers through the key
features and tools in Adobe Illustrator that they can use to enhance
their design and illustration projects. Whether they use a Mac or a
PC, they will learn Illustrator techniques that they never had the
time or patience to learn on their own. Along the way,
The Non-Designer's Illustrator Book offers many design tips for
non-designers. Individual exercises ensure that readers can jump in
at any point and learn a specific tool or technique.
In this non-designer’s guide to Illustrator techniques, readers learn how to:
Illustrator is not just for professional artists, but for anyone who wants to create incredible graphics and design, at any level of expertise. Even a basic knowledge of Illustrator is enough to elevate their design and illustration skills to the next level.
If readers have spent most of their time learning other software programs, such as Adobe InDesign, The Non-Designer's Illustrator Book offers a great way to start using vector tools to improve their work and expand their skills as a designer. By the time readers finish this book, they will realize how remarkably easy it is to create professional-level art and design with Adobe Illustrator. By the time they finish all of the tasks in The Non-Designer's Illustrator Book, they won't know everything about Adobe Illustrator, but they will know enough to surprise themselves with the work they produce.
Computers & Internet / Digital Photography & Video
Mastering Adobe Photoshop Filters: Learn by Video (DVD-ROM) by video2brain and Olaf Giermann (Peachpit Press)
An understanding of filters is essential for every artist working in Photoshop. The focused workshop in Mastering Adobe Photoshop Filters provides almost 3 hours of high-quality video training in the best use of filters in Adobe Photoshop. It teaches viewers how to intelligently apply and combine filters to stylize photos, add graphic elements, and enliven their images with illustration and lighting effects. Viewers also learn how these filters work so that they can choose the right filters to get the result they want. The instructor, Olaf Giermann, also gives viewers a number of examples they can use in their daily creative work.
The DVD-ROM is bundled with a printed booklet that provides supplemental material to enhance the video training. The package includes lesson files, assessment quizzes, and review materials in Mastering Adobe Photoshop Filters. The video is wrapped in an interface that allows viewers to jump to any topic and also bookmark individual sections for later review. The Watch-and-Work mode shrinks the video into a small window to allow students to work alongside the video. Project files used in the lessons are included on the disc so viewers can practice what they've learned, and interactive review questions help reinforce freshly gained knowledge.
The team at Video2Brain created and produced this video training. Video2Brain, located in Graz, Austria, is a company focused on producing high-quality video training content for software, photography and programming topics. Crucial to the flexible training are optimized teaching methods, practical tips from well-known industry experts, and the focus on learning by doing with project files. Video2Brain is an Adobe Certified Training Provider.
In this course viewers learn just about everything about Photoshop's filters, from what they are and how they work to how to choose the right filter for the result they have in mind. Viewers learn how to use filters both with and without layers – including how to decide which is appropriate in a given situation – as well as how, why, and when to use Smart Filters. Viewers also see how to use filters to stylize text while maintaining its editability and how to create graphic effects that make a photograph look like an oil painting, comic book, or pencil sketch.
Mastering Adobe Photoshop Filters includes a number of creative projects for viewers to follow along with. Through these exercises they will get practice working with borders and patterns, creating water surfaces, and even turning a rectangular image into a little globe that looks like a piece of jewelry.
Award-winning digital artist and leading European trainer Giermann brings years of passion to his work, which ranges from elaborate fantasy images and dark visions of the future, to witty visual ideas. The Video2Brain interface is easy to use. Viewers can upgrade their skills in half a day. They can also test themselves on what they have learned with multiple-choice quizzes. The companion guide to the video training helps readers understand how to use Photoshop filters to optimize their photos and create stunning image effects.
Cooking, Food & Wine
Classic Salads: Fresh and vibrant salads for all occasions: 180 sensational recipes shown in 245 fabulous photographs by Anne Hildyard, consultant editor (Lorenz Books/Anness)
Salads must be one of the most versatile dishes – they can be eaten as an appetizer or a main course, enjoyed cold or warm, almost any food can be included, and one can choose from a huge variety of salad vegetables, fruits and seasonings. Fresh ingredients such as fish, meat, chicken or tofu, and a tempting dressing, are all that is needed to make a delicious salad.
Classic Salads is a collection of vegetable, fish, poultry, meat, side and fruity recipes. Consultant Editor Anne Hildyard, an experienced cookbook editor and food lover, for Classic Salads has gathered together a collection of traditional and new festive recipes sourced from leading cookbook writers.
This book is filled with recipes drawn from all corners of the world to take advantage of unusual tastes and textures. Capers, tamarind, preserved lemons, pickled garlic and sumac are just a few of the exotic additions that transform leafy vegetables into exotic dishes. Each dish is photographed in full color. Step-by-step instructions help ensure a good result, and there is a nutritional analysis for every recipe so that readers can plan their meals. A useful section covers salad essentials, including vegetables, leaves, herbs, oils and vinegars, and there are basic recipes for salad dressings, mayonnaise and dips.
The book includes a range of popular salads such as
Beautifully illustrated with more than 245 pictures, Classic Salads is the perfect guide to producing stunning and delectable salads at any time, for any occasion. From Chinese Chive and Onion Salad and Asparagus and Langoustine Salad to Lebanese Country Salad and Panzanella, readers will never be short of inspiration.
Earth Sciences / Environmental Studies / Conservation
Waste Forms Technology and Performance: Final Report by Committee on Waste Forms Technology and Performance and National Research Council (The National Academies Press)
The Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) is responsible for cleaning up radioactive waste and environmental contamination resulting from five decades of nuclear weapons production and testing. A major focus of this program involves the retrieval, processing, and immobilization of waste into stable, solid waste forms for disposal. Waste Forms Technology and Performance, a report requested by DOE-EM, examines requirements for waste form technology and performance in the cleanup program. The report provides information to DOE-EM to support improvements in methods for processing waste and selecting and fabricating waste forms. Waste Forms Technology and Performance places particular emphasis on processing technologies for high-level radioactive waste, DOE's most expensive and arguably most difficult cleanup challenge. The report's key messages are presented in ten findings and one recommendation.
Nuclear waste forms are at the center of a successful strategy for the cleanup and isolation of radioactive waste from the environment. Initially, the radioactivity is entirely contained in the waste form, which is the first barrier to the release of radionuclides, making an important contribution to the performance of the disposal system. Realizing that much of its work lies ahead, the Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) recognized the potential importance of new waste forms that could offer enhanced performance and more efficient production and requested this study by the National Research Council.
The history of nuclear waste form development and evaluation stretches back more than 30 years. During that time there have been new ideas about the types of materials that could be used; innovations in the technologies for the production of these materials; new strategies for evaluating their performance in a geologic repository; and substantial advances in the relevant fields of materials science, geochemistry, processing technologies, and computational simulations. Waste Forms Technology and Performance summarizes the advances in waste form science with the parallel advances in related fields.
Waste Forms Technology and Performance provides information to DOE-EM to support improvements in methods for processing waste and selecting and fabricating waste forms. This report focuses on waste forms and processing technologies for high-level radioactive waste, DOE's most expensive and arguably most difficult cleanup challenge.
Key messages emerged from Waste Forms Technology and Performance include:
Waste Forms Technology and Performance will stimulate renewed effort in this field and the recommendations of the committee will help DOE-EM progress efficiently in its remediation efforts.
Entertainment / Movies
Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2012 by Roger Ebert (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
The only film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize, Roger Ebert collects his reviews from the last 30 months in Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2012. Forbes Magazine described Ebert as the "most powerful pundit in America." In January 2011, he and his wife, Chaz, launched Ebert Presents at the Movies, a weekly public television program in the tradition that he and Gene Siskel began 35 years earlier.
Since 1986, each edition of Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook has presented full-length movie reviews, with interviews, essays, tributes, journal entries, and "Questions for the Movie Answer Man," and new entries in his popular Movie Glossary. Inside Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2012, readers can expect to find every movie review Ebert has written from January 2009 to July 2011, including The Social Network, Waiting for Superman, Inception, The King's Speech, My Dog Tulip, and The Human Centipede – every single new review. Also included in the Yearbook are:
According to Ebert in the introduction to Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2012, the dominant trend in the past twelve months was the ascendancy of 3-D. Ebert’s views on the process are well known and briefly summarized: It is an unnecessary distraction, inflicts a dim picture upon viewers, and is a marketing gimmick. Only a process such as true IMAX seems capable of projecting a strong enough beam to handle it. Since the illusion of three dimensions exists already in 2-D, calling attention to the visual plane is a mistake.
In the year since the last Yearbook, almost every weekend has featured a 3-D movie, all of them action pictures, many aimed at children or superhero fans. Thus far no serious drama except Avatar and very few live-action comedies have used the process, possibly because directors feel it would be a distraction in that genre. In the first half of 2011, a backlash began to take form, with a majority of customers for many movies choosing the cheaper alternative of 2-D. This is good news.
[Roger Ebert’s] criticism shows a nearly unequaled grasp of film history and technique, and formidable intellectual range. – New York Times
Ebert is the film critic from the Chicago Sun-Times, and the only film critic with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was voted an honorary member of the Directors Guild of America and was given the lifetime achievement award of the American Society of Cinematographers. His annual film festival, Ebertfest, is in its 14th year at the University of Illinois.
Health & Fitness / Toxicology
Our Toxic Legacy: How Lead, Mercury, Arsenic, and Cadmium Harm Our Health by Beatrice Trum Hunter (Basic Health Publications)
Lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium are major toxic metals. All are environmental pollutants that can inflict harm on humans and other living creatures as well as adversely affect the air, water, soil, and food supply. Two of them – lead and mercury – are neurotoxins. They can poison not only readers but also their progeny developing in the womb. The other two – arsenic and cadmium – have some carcinogenic forms. All four metals can break down the body's basic functions.
If readers regularly eat certain fish or foods and beverages
sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, have amalgam dental
fillings, drink contaminated tap water, take over-the-counter drugs,
or use lipstick or hair dye, chances are that their bodies have
already accumulated significant amounts of toxic metals. These
poisonous substances are present in hundreds of other everyday
consumer products. And if they work in certain industries or in
agriculture, chronic exposure is inevitable.
Our Toxic Legacy describes the unique characteristics of each of these four major toxic metals and identifies the likely sources of their exposures. It offers information on subtle as well as serious health problems each metal induces, methods to test for its presence, and therapies to rid it from the body. Equally important, the book demonstrates the failures of the federal government to enforce even weak safety standards – themselves formulated to accommodate economic interests rather than for protection of public health – and offers information on what they can do to help limit these toxic metals in our environment. Our Toxic Legacy shows that, while much remains to be done, readers can take measures now to protect themselves and to ensure the health of future generations and the planet.
Toxins can get into the body through different means such as working, exercising, eating, breathing and other daily actions. As they burn calories while undertaking their daily regimen, it results to the creation of free radicals, poisons and toxins that collect in the body. Amassed toxins in the body destroy essential cells in the body as well as the internal organs and muscles. Some side effects of accrued toxins are:
Hunter skillfully addresses the impact of four major toxic metals and offers new and important information to help us minimize our exposures. – Alyce Bezman Tarcher, MD, editor of Principles and Practices of Environmental Medicine
A remarkable book that should be read by scientists, physicians, leaders of industry, government regulators and the general public. – Lawrence A Plumlee, MD, former medical science advisor at the Environmental Protection Agency
Our Toxic Legacy offers in-depth, evidence-based information on subtle as well as serious health problems each metal induces, methods to test for its presence, and therapies to rid it from the body.
History / Military / World War II
Women for Victory: American Servicewomen in World War II: History and Uniforms, Volume 1 by Katy Endruschat Goebel (American Servicewomen in World War II History and Uniforms Series, Volume 1: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)
The Women for Victory series provides a thorough and authoritative reference for American servicewomen's history and uniforms of World War II. Carefully researched historical background information about the female wartime services is combined with comprehensive documentation of their distinctive uniforms. Color photos of original clothing and accessories, modeled in full-length studies and supported by close-up views, show various uniforms and insignia in detail. The text and color photographic portions are supplemented by original wartime photos, many previously unpublished, as well as documents, tables, and drawings. American Servicewomen in World War II: History and Uniforms, Volume 1 examines the two oldest female military components of the U.S. armed forces: the Army Nurse Corps and Navy Nurse Corps. The book also covers two lesser known groups of militarized medical female service personnel: the Army Hospital Dietitians and Army Physical Therapists.
For many decades, the contribution of American servicewomen during World War II was disregarded or only given token recognition. Recently, this subject been brought to broader public attention by the appearance of general and individual accounts, along with some books devoted expressly to uniforms. However, a complete reference guide combining a comprehensive history of American servicewomen with a detailed documentation of their distinctive uniforms in color photographs has been missing. This book series fills this vacancy by providing a detailed set of reference volumes which features authentic uniform attire in unparalleled coverage, and placing them within the proper historical context of female military organizational formation, employment and record of achievement.
American Servicewomen in World War II: History and Uniforms, Volume 1, which features over a thousand personal and archival illustrations to supplement its wealth of facts and statistics, thus serves as a fitting first volume in describing the female military organizations of World War II. The author is Katy Endruschat Goebel, historian, teacher an educational lecturer in the state of North Rhineland-Westphalia, Germany, is the successful organizer of several websites devoted to World War II and postwar history.
For the first time in American history, the military services of the United States called for large numbers of women to fill essential positions new to the employment of womanhood, in order to free male soldiers for active combat service, as well as traditional roles such as those in nursing and secretarial duties. This introduction of several hundred thousand servicewomen into a vast diversity of armed forces specialties, spanning the globe from home-front to battlefront, helped alleviate the nation's critical manpower shortage and accelerated the drive to victory. Female participation added an important and largely novel source of strength to the country's military capability.
A majority of feminine military duties in the United States armed forces conformed to socially acceptable work assignments for women, typified by posting to clerical or medical occupational specialties, but some female jobs represented spectacular breakthroughs for women in areas of previously traditional male utilization. There was considerable social pressure against women fully participating in the war effort wherever their assignments clashed with civilian values and moral conservatism of the time. Servicewomen often faced prejudices regarding their abilities to function in
non-traditional lines of work. Female ability to fully function within a male-dominated military surrounding was widely doubted, and negative effects on soldiering morale were feared in the presence of women.
In spite of these socially emplaced handicaps, American feminine volunteers were able to overcome hardship to fulfill most optimistic command expectations as a vital source of added strength, which greatly assisted allied advances in all active theaters of operations and homeland defense. The positive impact of Allied women's military participation paved the way for significant female emancipation both during and after the war on a worldwide basis. Among the accomplishments gained by these victorious pioneers of successful military female service were achievements of nearly equal status and pay within the United States military and the permanent integration of women into its postwar armed forces. Furthermore, the progressive employment of women in many jobs formerly restricted to men led to the fundamental rearrangement of modem society in line with proven gains made by wartime servicewomen.
Like her male counterpart, each female recruit or volunteer was ordered into uniform upon entering the military and adhered to a strict set of regulations governing its exact manner of wear. These uniforms distinguished the different services and components, and were worn proudly by serving women during the war. The authorized apparel became one of the most important considerations of a woman's life as an integral part of on-duty and off-duty appearance. These uniforms were sometimes highly esteemed for their stylishness, durability or comfort, but in other cases they were found to be ill-fitting, unflattering or even non-existent, such as work garments that forced women to borrow male clothing. Additionally, the variety of uniforms developed for different feminine tasks mirrored the progress of women in assuming evermore wartime responsibilities during deployment to remote locations in extreme climates and combat zones. Job assignments in formerly male-only fields required more practical, flexible, and protective attire than the skirts and dresses mandated by traditional social custom.
The organization of each book in the series gives comprehensive treatment of the uniforms, insignia and equipment pertaining to the different female military services or uniformed civilian organizations involving female members on active wartime service to the United States in World War II. An introductory part to each service or component presents the historical background information necessary to understand the overall developmental record leading to the exhibited uniforms. This historical development part covers the foundation of the service; wartime strengths; requirements for joining, payment; rank structure; training; types of duties; overseas deployment (if applicable); immediate postwar developments, and concludes with the awards received by the women for their World War II service. Some of this material consists of facts not previously published.
The uniforms themselves are detailed in text and pictures to describe (whenever possible) the times when they were introduced; the problems that were experienced during the development process; the various revisions necessitated until suitable garments could be finally procured (although these did not always reach servicewomen before the end of the war). To offer a most complete survey, non-regulation outfits consisting of either private-purchase or male-issue military attire are covered as well. These types of substitute field and work clothing were widely used, especially in overseas areas of deployment, and shaped the image of servicewomen in actual fact to a great extent during the war.
The uniform overview sections of each book offer complete representation of military apparel. These detail service and dress uniforms followed by work attire and special clothing, and next by examination of miscellaneous clothing items such as shirts, underwear, stockings and footwear. Then the various accessories are covered, inclusive of insignia, and individual equipment and other items. Concluding remarks address information regarding significant uniform regulations and policies.
Color photographs of rare original items illustrate the uniform part. They enable readers to visualize the various uniforms otherwise only mostly documented by contemporary monotone photographs. Full-length studies modeled in reenactment mode with appropriate accessories give an authentic impression of the uniforms as they were actually worn during World War II. In addition, many close-up views allow the detection of interesting design and construction details, as well as labels where applicable. All displayed items are from the author's private collection unless elsewhere specified. Finally, original wartime photographs, many never before published, as well as documents, tables and drawings supplement the text and color photographic portions to demonstrate the described uniforms in actual use.
The Women for Victory series provides a thorough and authoritative reference for American servicewomen's history and uniforms of World War II. This complete and unparalleled source is designed for scholars of women's or military history, veterans, collectors, re-enactors and others interested in the history and dress of these servicewomen and women on active military service for the United States in that conflict.
Carefully researched historical background information about the female wartime services is combined with comprehensive documentation of their distinctive uniforms.
American Servicewomen in World War II: History and Uniforms, Volume 1 is designed for scholars of women's or military history, veterans, collectors, re-enactors and others interested in the history and dress of servicewomen on active military service
Humanities / Literature & Fiction / World Literature / Middle Eastern
Exploring Arab Folk Literature by Pierre Cachia (Edinburgh University Press)
European Orientalists set out to map the character and achievements of Arab-Islamic civilization by acquainting themselves with classical Arabic and the writings of pre-fifteenth century Arab thinkers and scholars. Regrettably, they did not take folk literature into account, for until the twentieth century, Arab elites never considered works composed from everyday speech as literary. Pierre Cachia rectifies this oversight through an analysis of Arab folk literature. He builds his study from the historical, textual, social, and cultural implications of this tradition, and follows a standardized transcription system based on pronunciation rather than spelling.
Cachia is professor emeritus of Arabic language and literature at Columbia University and joint editor of Islam: Past Influence and Present Challenge.
The character and range of Arab folk literature are investigated by Cachia in Exploring Arab Folk Literature, a collection of his essays in the field he has pioneered. The essays are arranged into three sections. The first traces the changing relationship between Arab folk and elite literatures, the gradual elaboration of certain genres, and the career of a folk poet. Cachia then devotes a substantial section to the consideration of single or related texts. Finally he comments on social and cultural implications and on the differences in attitudes of folk and elite towards sensitive issues.
Exploring Arab Folk Literature gathers together some of Professor Cachia's most important journal-length contributions to Arabic folk literature and allied subjects, published over the last forty years. While Cachia's interest in folk literature is longstanding, he has made significant contributions to Classical Arabic Literature and Arabic linguistics over his long career. In fact, according to Clive Holes in the foreword, it is his vast hinterland of Arabic linguistic and literary knowledge that is one of the main reasons why his contributions in the field of popular culture are so authoritative: the breadth and depth of his scholarship enables him to bring a sense of context and proportion, and a cultural understanding of both high culture and the grass roots which nowadays is rare in Arabic studies.
According to Cachia in the introduction to Exploring Arab Folk Literature, he was born and grew up in Egypt as a British (colonial) subject. This made him part of the privileged European community which – especially in its largest concentrations in Alexandria and Cairo – could function largely in isolation from Egyptian society. Not so his own family: his father's occupation as a bank official entailed residence in provincial towns where European families were counted by the tens rather than by the thousands, and by disposition both he and even more his mother were open to friendly relations with Egyptians; and as far as he has been able to ascertain they were the very first foreigners to decide that their sons should attend Egyptian schools where Arabic was the medium of instruction.
Cachia says he was in his fifties and feeling remiss at having left folk literature out of the reckoning as an integral part of Arab literary creativity, a part which, in fact displayed – despite a fractured record – a wider range of genres than one encounters in the writings of the elite. More directly informative was extensive field work he undertook in Egypt. Before long, he acquired a special interest in narrative ballads, largely because there was nothing comparable in the literature of the elite; but he also collected a great deal of incidental information, because more often than not he let his informant choose what he wanted to say as Cachia wanted him to reveal his priorities. Some of the disparate items of information he also garnered went into a number of articles. Once he had cumulated enough information on narrative ballads to give a well rounded and self-consistent account of the genre, he wrote a book titled Popular Narrative Ballads of Modern Egypt, only two years before his retirement.
This did not put an end to his curiosity. What he had discovered left him feeling as if he was on the shore of a wide sea in which a few islands stood out invitingly and much else remained uncharted. What motivated and shaped his activity was not a preconceived thesis that he wanted to test or to establish, but an awareness that there is still a multitude of elementary facts to ascertain before the character and range of Arab folk literature can be defined.
Cachia admits that there is no new revelation in Exploring Arab Folk Literature. If there is one prescriptive feature sustained through the book, it is a demonstration and defense of a system of transcription of Arabic both as written and as spoken which is essential to advanced work in the field. As for the substance, chance and browsing brought it to him, and circumstances shaped the treatment he gave it.
Exploring Arab Folk Literature is twenty probes – all but two of which have already appeared in academic journals and collections – that he brings together. Unplanned as they may have been, they fall into a self-consistent framework, with innumerable cross references to bind them. They fall into three groups.
The first consists of efforts to ascertain historical developments in the relationship between the literature of common folk in Arab lands and that of the elite, of tracing the gradual elaboration of certain genres, and of compiling information about the producers of folk literature.
By far the longest section deals with single or related texts, mostly dwelling on their artistic features, but also providing evidence germane to the questions raised in the other sections.
The last grouping searches for evidence of social and cultural implications, and for differences in the attitudes of folk and elite towards sensitive issues.
Cachia hopes that another score of like-minded researchers will each add a further score, so that together they may give substance and definition to their understanding of Arab folk literature, perhaps reassessing the role it has long been assigned vis-à-vis the `high' literature of the Arab elite, and reaching a new valuation of an integrated Arab literary creativity.
The publication of this collection of essays by Edinburgh University Press deserves a very warm welcome, and is a fitting recognition of the enormous contribution that Pierre Cachia has made to the study of a neglected yet important field of study. Let us hope that it inspires a new generation of scholars to emulate his example, which is that of open-minded, unprejudiced, scholarly engagement with the rich artistic sensibilities of ordinary folk – which, when all is said and done, is what all of us, excepting a few nawābigh like Shawqī, are. And yet even Shawqī, the very paragon of classicism, also composed poetry in the vernacular, however hard his editors try to conceal the fact! – Professor Clive Holes, FBA, Khalid bin Abdullah Al Sa'ud Chair for the Study of the Contemporary World, Magdalen College, Oxford, from the foreword
Exploring Arab Folk Literature represents an insightful contribution to the understanding of Arab folk literature and will be of interest to everyone with an interest in Arab literary creativity. It captures the full texture and style of Arab folk literature, and its compelling analysis opens the door to further work. Although only two of the twenty articles have not been previously published, collecting them together in a single volume is a great service to other researchers, many of whom may not have access to all of the journals in which they originally came out.
Literature & Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Thrillers
The Demi-Monde: Winter: A Novel by Rod Rees (The Demi-Monde Saga: William Morrow)
Welcome to the Demi-Monde, the ultimate in virtual reality – a military training ground and vivid, simulated world of cruelty and chaos run by psychopaths, mad men and fanatics. If you die here, you die in the Real World ...
In the Demi-Monde, author Rod Rees has conjured up a terrifying virtual reality, a world dominated by history’s most ruthless and bloodthirsty psychopaths – from Holocaust architect Reinhard Heydrich to Torquemada, the Spanish Inquisition’s pitiless torturer, to Josef Stalin’s bloodthirsty right-hand man/monster, the infamous Beria.
Rees has spent his life traveling throughout Africa, the Middle East, Bangladesh and Russia, and consequently found himself living in Qatar, Tehran and Moscow. He has built pharmaceutical factories in Dhaka, set up a satellite communication network in Moscow, and conceived and designed a jazz-themed hotel in the UK. The Demi-Monde: Winter is his first novel, and he plans to follow it with three further books in the series: Spring, Summer and Autumn.
In the year 2018, the Demi-Monde, the brainchild of the U.S. military, is the most sophisticated, complex and unpredictable computer simulation ever created, devised specifically to train soldiers for the nightmarish reality of urban warfare. A virtual world of eternal civil conflict, its thirty million inhabitants – `Dupes' – are ruled by cyber-duplicates of some of history's crudest tyrants. The walls of virtual reality start crumbling when the Demi-Monde, a sell-teaching program, begins to empower the cyber-villains that inhabit the districts.
It is clear something has gone horribly wrong in this cyber-landscape when the President's daughter, Norma, is trapped in the Demi-Monde by Dupes of two of history's most infamous villains. Sent in to rescue her is young jazz singer Ella Thomas. But when Ella infiltrates the Demi-Monde and begins her hunt for Norma, she soon discovers the walls containing the evils of this simulated environment are dissolving – and the Real World is in far more danger than anyone knows. With the help of resistors determined to understand their world, Ella must race to save Norma and stop an apocalypse ... but the clock is ticking.
Explosively creative barely defines Rod Rees’s The Demi-Monde: Winter. It blew me away as the novel skated on the razor's edge between where we are today and where we're headed tomorrow. As much a cautionary tale as a gripping thriller cut from a digital cloth. – James Rollins, author of The New York Times Bestseller The Devil Colony
This is a feisty and nightmarishly enjoyable debut that bodes well for his Demi-Monde series. – Sunday Times (London)
You can’t help getting caught up in the smartly-paced story … which is served up with lashings of steampunk relish. – SFX (UK)
The Demi-Monde: Winter kicks off a brilliant, high concept series that blends science fiction and thriller, steampunk and dystopian vision. If Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson, James Rollins, and Clive Cussler participated in Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games, the result might be something akin to the dark and ingenious madness of Rees's The Demi-Monde: Winter. – Bookreporter
The Demi-Monde: Winter is the first in a gripping, brilliantly imagined series. Blending fact and fantasy, history and religion, military and existential themes, epic adventure and dark wit, dystopia and steampunk in a wholly original and driving narrative stream, this is inventive fiction at its finest.
Mysteries & Thrillers / Thrillers
Halfway to Midnight by Larry Len Peterson (Midnight Trilogy, Book 1: Tumbleweed Reflections/Mountain Press Publishing)
Halfway to Midnight is the first novel by Larry Len Peterson. Peterson is the recipient of the Sommers Research Award (Oregon Health and Sciences University), Stelwagon Award (The College of Physicians of Philadelphia/American Academy of Dermatology), Nelson Paul Anderson Award (Pacific Dermatologic Association, Inc.), two Western Heritage Awards, and the Scriver Bronze. He is an acknowledged expert on art and art history of the American West.
Halfway to Midnight it is 2020 and there is no Gary Cooper
around to fight the bad guys, but fortunately for America, Dr. Don
Lewis, another Montanan, is ready to meet the challenge. The
prodigal son returns to his hometown on the rolling prairie of
northeastern Montana to find his soul and practice family medicine.
Instead, he discovers a community under the dark spell of the
Trinity Project, whose headquarters casts a shadow over Cottonwood's
main streets. The Project’s goal is to control every aspect of
American life, from health care to religion, transforming a
democracy into a totalitarian society. If the Project isn’t stopped
at ground zero in Cottonwood, then America is doomed.
Lewis is a man driven by his conscience, a doctor who believes in serving his patients, a small-town son who is surprised to be facing powerful and evil adversaries in his hometown, some of whom he has known his entire life. They captured the heart of the townspeople and will stop at nothing to win, but he cannot let them. Fortunately, he is not entirely alone. With his beautiful wife, pastor Anne; his old flame, Abigail Anderson; and a handful of friends with true grit by his side, Don faces the battle of his life as he untangles the mystery of the Trinity Project as it is managed by the smooth-talking lawyer Bruce Deeds, the cocky and unhinged Dr. Dennis Anderson, Abigail’s husband; the charismatic evangelical pastor Luke Wright, and the stunning and intelligent Susan Chen. And in Halfway to Midnight all the action takes place over just one week in a fiery autumn haze in Big Sky country.
Halfway to Midnight is a book with a message: the heartland is what made America great and its enduring values will make America great again. Along the way socialism, health care, religion, China, Indian reservation life, evolution, dinosaurs, tuberculosis, politics, western art, history and Rembrandt, and rock and roll are hashed over.
Professional / Medicine / Allied Health Professions / Emergency Medical Services
Mosby's Paramedic Textbook, 4th edition by contributing editor Mick J. Sanders MSA, EMT-P (Elsevier Mosby)
Reflecting the 2010 Emergency Cardiovascular Care guidelines, Mosby's Paramedic Textbook, 4th Edition provides a comprehensive learning tool for both first-time and refresher paramedic students. Coverage includes an overview of key subjects such as pharmacology, airway management, medical disorders, patient assessment, and trauma. Advanced Life Support (ALS) patient care skills are presented step by step, both in the book and in online video clips. New to this edition are nine new chapters, many new topics, and 150 new photos. Written by paramedic expert Mick Sanders, Mosby's Paramedic Textbook follows the National EMS Education Standards and offers complete coverage of the National Standard Curriculum (NSC) for the EMT-Paramedic.
Author Mick J. Sanders, EMT-P, MSA is now Education Coordinator, Office of Paramedic Education, Staff Nurse, Emergency Department, St. John's Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis, formerly Training Specialist with the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Missouri Department of Health. Contributing editor is Kim D. McKenna, MED, RN, CEN, EMT-P, Director of Education, St. Charles County Ambulance District, Adjunct Professor, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri. Physician advisers are Lawrence M. Lewis, MD, FACEP, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, and Gary Quick, MD, FACEP, Attending Emergency Physician, Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Prior Associate Professor and Chief of Emergency Medicine, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City.
The fourth edition of Mosby's Paramedic Textbook includes the following features:
Mosby's Paramedic Textbook helps students prepare for class, clinical or Lab with video clips, English/Spanish audio glossary, audio summaries, competency checklists, fluids and electrolytes tutorial, crossword puzzles and content updates. It helps students prepare for exams with review questions with answers and rationales, critical thinking questions with answers and rationales.
The fourth edition of Mosby's Paramedic Textbook has been extensively reviewed by physicians, nurses, paramedics, educators, and national and international experts in the field of emergency care people who know and value the important role of the paramedic in health care delivery. The text was developed from the 2008 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National EMS Education Standards Instructional Guidelines for Paramedics. Every effort was made to meet all educational components as defined in that document. The fourth edition has also been enhanced to address recent advances and important issues in emergency medical services (EMS), including new equipment and procedures; critical care transport (CCT); and special considerations for dealing with bioterrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Part One explains the paramedic's role and the unique aspects of the profession, such as an overview of EMS systems and the importance of personal well-being. It also introduces paramedic students to medical/legal issues, ethics, documentation, and EMS communications. New chapters included in this section include Injury Prevention and Public Health (Chapter 3) and Research Principles and Evidence-Based Practice (Chapter 8). Personal safety is emphasized in Part One and throughout the text.
Part Two provides a review of human systems and is an easily located reference for anatomical structures and their functions. This section begins with a new chapter to explain Medical Terminology (Chapter 9). The general principles of pathophysiology lay the foundation for the textbook and are presented here as well. Chapters that map lifespan development and special considerations for specific age groups are included in this section.
Part Three introduces the paramedic student to pharmacology, methods of venous access, and medication administration. The pharmacology chapter has been enhanced to include new emergency drugs. It also has an expanded appendix on herbal products, their common uses, indications, and possible interactions with medications.
Part Four is devoted to airway management and ventilation. The physiology of the respiratory system is presented in depth, and basic and advanced methods of managing a patient's airway with new equipment and techniques are illustrated in this chapter.
Part Five focuses on patient assessment and the importance of caring for both the physical and emotional needs of the patient. New chapters devoted to Scene Size-Up (Chapter 16), Primary Assessment (Chapter 19), and Secondary Assessment (Chapter 20) are included in this edition. Separate chapters address therapeutic communications, history taking, and clinical decision making.
Part Six covers cardiology in detail. Electrophysiology of the heart and electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation is presented first and is followed by cardiovascular emergencies such as cardiac rhythm disturbances, myocardial infarction, and stroke. Techniques in managing cardiac emergencies, including basic and advanced cardiac life support, follow the 2010 guidelines established by the American Red Cross (ARC) and the American Heart Association (AHA).
Part Seven addresses the many types of medical conditions that can lead to an emergency response. New chapters to this edition are Diseases of the Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat (Chapter 23), Immunology (Chapter 27), and Nontraumatic Musculoskeletal Disorders (Chapter 33). Separate chapters are included for disorders of specific body systems. Discussed in depth here are respiratory, neurology, endocrinology, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecology, and hematology disorders. In addition, infectious and communicable diseases, toxicology, and behavioral and psychiatric disorders are covered in detail.
Part Eight is a complete discussion of the Pathophysiology and Management of Shock, a complicated disease process that can affect both medical and trauma patients.
Part Nine is devoted to a thorough presentation of trauma. It begins with a discussion of trauma systems and mechanism of injury. This is followed by separate chapters on bleeding and soft tissue trauma; bums; head, face, and neck trauma; and injury to the spine, chest, abdomen, and musculoskeletal system. A separate chapter on Environmental Conditions (Chapter 45) describes illness and injury that can result from exposure to elements in the environment.
Part Ten describes special considerations for select patient groups such as pregnant women, neonates, pediatrics, and geriatrics. It also addresses the needs of patients who have been victims of abuse and neglect, those with special challenges, and home care patients who may require acute interventions.
Part Eleven deals with the various aspects of advanced EMS systems, such as ambulance operations, medical incident command, rescue operations, crime scene awareness, and hazardous materials incidents. A separate chapter that provides an overview of bioterrorism and weapons of mass destruction is included, reflecting the hazards and responsibilities important to today's paramedic. The last chapter in this section (Chapter 59) ‘puts it all together’ for students. It serves as a review of the important concepts in providing emergency care that have been presented throughout the text. Finally, a new appendix has been included to provide an overview of advanced practice procedures for the critical care paramedic.
Each chapter of Mosby's Paramedic Textbook begins with an introduction and a list of objectives that provide an overview of the material to be presented. This allows students to review the content and progression of each chapter in an easy-to-follow format. Key terms are included to highlight terminology and concepts critical to providing emergency care, and boldfaced items identify terms that are included in the glossary. Each chapter concludes with current references that can be used as a resource for supplemental reading and a bulleted summary that reviews the most important material presented in the chapter. The textbook also is accompanied by a student workbook to help measure understanding of the core material. Included in the workbook are questions, activities, and case studies designed to enhance understanding, promote reflection on learning, and integrate key concepts and knowledge.
Mosby's Paramedic Textbook has everything students want in a paramedic textbook. Whether readers are paramedic students, practicing paramedics, nurses, physicians, administrators, or educators, they will find Mosby's Paramedic Textbook to be a valuable EMS resource. This accurate text has been thoroughly updated to align the text with the new National EMS Education Standards and reflect the 2010 ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care) guidelines. A summary and a list of references in each chapter make review easier.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Clinical / Radiology & Nuclear Medicine / Cardiology
Atlas of Nuclear Cardiology: Imaging Companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease: Expert Consult – Online and Print (Imaging Techniques to Braunwald's Heart Disease) edited by Ami E. Iskandrian MD MACC FAHA FASNC and Ernest V. Garcia MD, series editor Robert O. Bonow (Elsevier Saunders)
There has been explosive growth of medical technology over the second 50 years of the last century. In that same period of time, coronary heart disease deaths have been cut in half. It is unclear what role imaging has played in these improved outcomes. But it is clear that over the past 40 years, nuclear cardiology has matured, joined the mainstream of cardiology practice, and contributed to many of the advances in care that have resulted in improved outcomes for large numbers of patients worldwide.
Atlas of Nuclear Cardiology: Imaging Companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease, offers the guidance both cardiologists and radiologists need to make optimal use of nuclear imaging techniques in the evaluation of cardiovascular function. Ami E. Iskandrian and Ernest V. Garcia discuss hot topics including PET and PET-CT, SPECT and gated SPECT, myocardial perfusion imaging, equilibrium radionuclide angiocardiography, and equilibrium radionuclide angiography in a consistent, clearly illustrated format. The fully searchable text is also online – supplemented with an image and video library.
With Atlas of Nuclear Cardiology clinicians are able to:
Editors’ credentials are: Ami E. Iskandrian, MD, MACC, FASNC, FAHA, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Radiology Section Chief, Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging and Nuclear Cardiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Ernest V. Garcia, PhD, FASNC, FAHA, Endowed Professor in Cardiac Imaging, Director, Nuclear Cardiology R&D Laboratory, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta.
Atlas of Nuclear Cardiology is the third in a series of four imaging companions, each dedicated to one of the key cardiac imaging modalities. This companion atlas on cardiovascular nuclear medicine, edited by Iskandrian and Garcia, covers all of the critical technical and clinical aspects of this important field and provides a unique case-based perspective into the tremendous potential of nuclear cardiology to enhance patient diagnosis and management.
Iskandrian and Garcia and their colleagues, chosen for their expertise in nuclear cardiology, in Atlas of Nuclear Cardiology provide chapters that cover image interpretation and reporting and the recognition of artifacts. They address the breadth of applications of myocardial perfusion imaging for detection and risk stratification of coronary artery disease and the integration of perfusion imaging in the management of patients who present with the acute and chronic manifestations of this disease, including imaging in patients after myocardial revascularization. The chapters on heart failure (including examples of novel imaging agents), cardiomyopathies, and structural heart disease are skillfully crafted. In light of current concerns regarding radiation exposure, the chapter on improving efficiency and reducing radiation dosage is particularly pertinent. Hybrid technologies that address both anatomic and functional imaging, discussed in the chapters on SPECT/CT and PET/CT, are also a topic of great current interest.
Chapters in Atlas of Nuclear Cardiology include:
Diagnostic imaging in the United States has increased more rapidly than any other component of medical care in recent years, and the appropriate use of nuclear cardiology in particular is under intense scrutiny. Our challenges going forward are to attend to the issues of patient selection, clinical training, resource utilization, and cost effectiveness. The Atlas of Nuclear Cardiology places all of these concerns in sharp focus
We believe that this companion will be a highly valuable resource for clinicians, imaging subspecialists, and cardiovascular trainees, and that it will contribute in a significant manner to the care of the patients they serve. – Robert O. Bonow, MD, Douglas L. Mann, MD, Douglas P. Zipes, MD, Peter Libby, MD, Eugene Braunwald, MD
The book offers the practical, case-based guidance both cardiologists and radiologists need – an ideal resource for mastering nuclear cardiology. Atlas of Nuclear Cardiology validates the concept that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Although each chapter can be considered an excellent reference source for a specific topic, readers are advised to read it cover to cover.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Clinical / Radiology / Reference
Diagnostic Ultrasound, 2-Volume Set, 4th edition edited by Carol M. Rumack MD FACR, Stephanie R. Wilson MD, J. William Charboneau MD and Deborah Levine (Elsevier Mosby)
Diagnostic Ultrasound presents a wealth of authoritative, up-to-the-minute guidance on the ever-expanding applications of this versatile modality. Preeminent experts help clinicians reap the benefit from the latest techniques for ultrasound imaging of the whole body, image-guided procedures, and fetal, obstetric, and pediatric imaging. This completely updated 4th Edition encompasses all of the latest advances, including 3-D and 4-D imaging, fetal imaging, and contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) of the liver and digestive tract – all captured through brand-new images. Video clips for virtually every chapter allow clinicians to see the sonographic presentation of various conditions in real time.
With Diagnostic Ultrasound clinicians are able to:
Editors and their credentials include: Carol M. Rumack, MD, FACR, Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Denver; Stephanie R. Wilson, MD, FRCPC, Clinical Professor of Radiology, University of Calgary, Staff Radiologist, Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary; J. William Charboneau, MD, FACR, Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Consultant in Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota; and Deborah Levine, MD, FACR, Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Associate Radiologist-in-Chief of Academic Affairs, Director of Ob/Gyn Ultrasound, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.
The fourth edition of Diagnostic Ultrasound is a major revision. Previous editions have been well accepted as reference textbooks and have been the most commonly used reference in ultrasound education and practices worldwide. The volumes provide a new update of images and text with new areas of strength. For the first time video clips are included in the majority of chapters. The display of real-time ultrasound has helped to capture those abnormalities that require a sweep through the pathology to truly appreciate the lesion. It is similar to scrolling through images on a PACS and has added great value to clinical imaging. Video clips show important areas between still images that help to make certain a diagnosis of relationships between lesions, making the need to reevaluate a lesion with another scan a rarity, and making patient imaging more efficient.
Approximately 90 outstanding new and continuing authors have contributed to Diagnostic Ultrasound, and all are recognized experts in the field of ultrasound. At least 50% of the images have been replaced without increasing the size of the two volumes, so new value has been added to all of the chapters, particularly for obstetrics and gynecology. The fourth edition now includes over 5000 images, many in full color. The layout has been exhaustively revamped, and there are valuable multipart figures or key figure collages. These images all reflect the spectrum of sonographic changes that may occur in a given disease instead of the most common manifestation only.
Diagnostic Ultrasound's format has been redesigned to facilitate reading and review. There are again color-enhanced boxes to highlight the important or critical features of sonographic diagnoses. Key terms and concepts are emphasized in boldface type. To direct readers to other research and literature of interest, comprehensive reference lists are organized by topic.
Diagnostic Ultrasound is again divided into two volumes. Volume I consists of Parts I to III. Part I contains chapters on physics and biologic effects of ultra-sound, as well as more of the latest developments in ultrasound contrast agents. Part II covers abdominal, pelvic, and thoracic sonography, including interventional procedures and organ transplantation. Part III presents small parts imaging including thyroid, breast, scrotum, carotid, peripheral vessels, and particularly MSK imaging. Newly added is a chapter on musculoskeletal intervention.
Volume II begins with Part IV, where the greatest expansion of text and images has been on obstetric and fetal sonography, including video clips for the first time. Part V comprehensively covers pediatric sonography.
Contents of Volume 1 include:
Part I PHYSICS
Part II ABDOMINAL, PELVIC, AND THORACIC SONOGRAPHY
Part III SMALL PARTS, CAROTID ARTERY, AND PERIPHERAL VESSEL SONOGRAPHY
Contents of Volume 2 include:
Part IV OBSTETRIC SONOGRAPHY
Part V PEDIATRIC SONOGRAPHY
This book is the gold standard; it exhaustively and encyclopedically covers diagnostic ultrasound... All departments of radiology must obtain a copy for their libraries. Radiology residents must have access to this book during their training... Practicing radiologists with an interest in ultrasound should buy this book for reference and read it for continuing education. – AIR, review of the third edition
Diagnostic Ultrasound continues to be the most comprehensive reference book available in the sonographic literature with a highly readable style and superb images. The set is for practicing physicians, residents, medical students, sonographers, and others interested in understanding the vast applications of diagnostic sonography in patient care.
The layout of the up-to-date and authoritative Diagnostic Ultrasound is beautiful. Colored boxes highlight important lists and tables throughout the text. The illustrations are large and well annotated and show exactly what they are intended to show. Radiology residents will want to purchase this book as their definitive reference work on sonography. General Radiologists who do some sonography should own it for reference during daily practice. Departmental libraries will also need to have this standard reference book.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Clinical / Radiology & Nuclear Medicine / Perinatology & Neonatology / Cardiology / Reference
Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging: A Disease Based Approach: Expert Consult Premium Edition: Enhanced Online Features and Print edited by Jack Rychik MD FACC and Zhiyun Tian MD RDCS (Elsevier Saunders)
Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging, edited by Jack Rychik MD FACC and Zhiyun Tian, MD, RDCS, is the most complete video atlas available in this field – providing the detailed visual guidance clinicians need to identify a full range of fetal heart disorders. Complied by the team at the Cardiac Center at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, this Expert Consult site and accompanying atlas-style text guide the acquisition and interpretation of fetal images for accurate diagnosis and effective management. Vivid color images, drawings, pathologic specimens and diagnostic algorithms facilitate tracking the progress of development of over 100 fetal heart problems.
With Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging clinicians are able to:
Editors’ credentials include: Jack Rychi, MD, Director, Fetal
Heart Program, Robert S. and Delores Harrington Endowed Chair in
Pediatric Cardiology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of
Philadelphia, and Zhiyun Tian, MD, Chief, Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging, Fetal Heart Program, Cardiac Center, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Clinical Associate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia.
Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging is a combination textbook with still images and an accompanying library of videos. Whereas a number of texts exist on the ‘how-to’ and technical aspects of fetal echocardiography, Rychik and Tian say their goals were to adequately cover these areas, but to focus on the variety of disorders and conditions that affect the fetal cardiovascular system, with emphasis on the imaging specifics particular to the condition of interest.
How can the printed pages of a book adequately inform on a complex diagnostic process that involves the imaging of a moving, beating structure, that of the fetal heart? The answer is simply that a textbook alone is inadequate to achieve this task. In the year 2011, technologies for imparting knowledge allow for the combination of visual media in order to best convey the optimal informative and educational experience. Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging was therefore created as an equal partner and complement to an imaging library with an array of imaging videos. The chapters are organized as individual anomalies, with broad coverage of primary congenital heart defects and other conditions that secondarily affect the fetal cardiovascular system. Each chapter is further divided into sections on genetics, pre-natal diagnosis, prenatal pathophysiology, prenatal management, postnatal pathophysiology and management, and finally, prognosis and outcome. In this manner a comprehensive overview from diagnosis, to care, to outcome, can be gleaned for a variety of fetal cardiovascular conditions.
Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging and video library was initiated by the realization that over the past few years, Rychik and Tian had collected a wealth and breadth of fetal cardiovascular images covering a wide range of anomalies. Sharing this library of images beyond their walls was of utmost importance. Each chapter includes a number of case examples of real patients they have seen, with demonstration of various points of importance and interest. The ideal experience for this educational encounter is an initial reading of the text and then a visit to the images to witness the heart in motion. Alternatively, the image library can act as a reference with which to compare unknowns in the real clinical world, in order to help identify and correctly diagnose challenging patients. When faced with a set of unknown images in the clinic setting, a look at the image library may confirm a particular diagnosis or send the practitioner off to the next anomaly on the differential diagnosis list. If the images match up, then a look back to the text can inform on the physiology, management and counseling appropriate for the condition at hand.
Most fetal anomalies that are correctable and can be diagnosed in utero are best managed by appropriate medical and surgical therapy after maternal transport and planned delivery at term. Prenatal diagnosis may also influence the timing or mode of delivery and in some cases may lead to elective termination of the pregnancy. In some highly selected circumstances, various forms of in utero therapy are now available. The crucial concept in this burgeoning field is that accurate diagnosis is imperative for effective family counseling, pregnancy management, and therapy.
The contributors to Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging, under the editorial leadership of Doctors Rychik and Tian, are mostly current members of the Cardiac Center faculty at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Thus, the presentations reflect the philosophy of one center, gleaned from more than two decades of experience.
Contents of Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging include:
Section 1 Introduction
Section II Congenital Heart Anomalies: Septal Defects
Section III Congenital Heart Anomalies: Conotruncal Defects
Section IV Congenital Heart Anomalies: Left-Sided Heart Defects
Section V Congenital Heart Anomalies: Right-Sided Heart Defects
Section VI Congenital Heart Anomalies: Single Ventricle
Section VII Primary Anomalies and Disorders Affecting the Cardiovascular System in the Fetus
Section VIII Disorders and Anomalies Secondarily Affecting the Cardiovascular System in the Fetus
Section IX Abnormalities of the Conduction System
Section X New Frontiers in Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging
Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging beautifully describes all of the hallmarks of prenatally diagnosed cardiovascular disease. Although derived from the editors’ pediatric cardiology based practice, Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging and imaging library is designed with a multidisciplinary audience in mind. Practitioners of maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics, pediatric cardiology, medical sonography, perinatology, neonatology and radiology all have a growing interest in fetal medicine with focus on the fetal heart and vasculature. The book is directed toward all these audiences: fetal and pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiac surgeons, pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, perinatologists, echo-cardiographers, neonatologists, geneticists, pediatricians, and nurses who are vital components of a multidisciplinary team that manages the fetus with a cardiac defect.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
The Complete Madame Guyon edited and translated by Nancy C. James (Paraclete Giants Series: Paraclete Press)
Madame Guyon’s theology and spiritual writing opened new doors to people from all walks of life who yearned for spiritual joy and wisdom. Madame de La Mothe Guyon (1648-1717) always writes of the pure love of God, like a human kiss, that leads to the fulfilling union with the divine.
These new translations include her popular A Short and Easy Method of Prayer, as well as her biblical commentary on the Song of Songs, where poetic imagery comes to life with its refreshing sense of God’s desire to join with all humanity. The Complete Madame Guyon also presents examples of her passionate poetry, some of which has never before been translated into English, as well as biblical commentaries, poems, and memoirs. Guyon expresses the range of feelings involved with living in a relationship with God and her ideas about the real involvement of the divine within the human heart. Nancy C. James’s historical introduction explains the events of Guyon’s life first as an aristocratic wife and mother of five, and later as a widow traveling around Europe as an author, who ended up incarcerated in the Bastille by the direct order of Louis XIV. Guyon suffered ten years of incarceration, along with accusations of heresy. Cleared of all of charges at the end of her life, in all of her writing Madame Guyon testified to the goodness and holiness of God.
James, an ordained Episcopal priest, serves as a chaplain at the Washington National Cathedral and a Priest Associate at St. John's, Lafayette Square, as well as other churches in the Washington D.C. area.
Nancy C. James's illuminating translation captures the intensity and depth of Madame Jeanne Guyon's spiritual writings. While there are many translations of Guyon's writings, this one stands out for its elegance and readability. – Sharon D. Voros, Professor of French, United States Naval Academy
Professor Nancy James' translation and study of the prose and poetry of Madame Guyon, in the context of her life and times, paints a captivating chapter in the sixteenth and seventeenth history of French spirituality... – Rev. Dr. Paul Haffner, Pontifical Athenaeum «Regina Apostolorum»
By means of elegant translations of primary texts – especially of the poetry – Nancy James makes the writings of the great mystic freshly and attractively available to twenty-first-century readers. She introduces us to Guyon by means of a crisply written biography that captures well the dramatic adventure of Guyon's seventeenth-century odyssey that took her to Louis XIV, the court of Versailles, and spiritual friendship with the great Fenelon, and an incisive essay in which she construes Guyon's spirituality in terms of the transformative, sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. Scholarly notes, a large bibliography, and a recommended reading list make this edition of Guyon's work useful for anyone wishing to go deeper. – Peter Gorday, author of Francois Fenelon: A Biography
In this remarkable book, sound scholarship meets devotion. James has done an outstanding service to the Church and the academy in providing this excellent introduction to the great French mystic. Not only is Madame Guyon a deep and profound theologian, but she invites the Christian into an ever deeper relationship with God. She stands alongside the greats in the mystical tradition: Mother Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas a Kempis. Anyone interested in prayer, poetry, and a remarkable life should read this book. – Ian Markham, Dean, Virginia Theological Seminary
Thanks to Nancy James's scholarly labors... [on Guyon]... we can gain insights into not only mystical theology but also seventeenth-century French secular and ecclesiastical politics. – Dr. Peter C. Phan, Georgetown University
The Complete Madame Guyon offers a thorough introduction to Guyon's theology and spiritual writing as well as fresh translations of her popular A Short and Easy Method of Prayer. The volume provides the necessary space for a true presentation of Madame Guyon in all of her complexity.
The essential volumes in the Paraclete Giants Series share the pivotal teachings of leading Christian figures throughout history with today's theological students and all people seeking spiritual wisdom. Also in this series are The Complete Fenelon, edited with translations by Robert J. Edmonson, CJ and Hal M. Helms; The Complete Therese of Lisieux edited with translations by Robert J. Edmonson, CJ; and The Complete Julian of Norwich edited with translations by Father John Julian, OJN
Religion & Spirituality / Judaism / Reference
Recalling the Covenant: A Contemporary Commentary on the Five Books of the Torah by Rabbi Moshe Shamah (KTAV Publishing House, Inc.)
Recalling the Covenant is a result of an
extensive study of the traditional interpretations of the Bible,
together with analysis of the modern research relating to the
numerous subjects discussed. It is a close and careful reading of
the Five Books of Moses according to their plain sense. However,
plain sense in this case includes meaningful acknowledgement of
intertextual associations, explanations of what appear to be
intentional quirks in wording or syntax, straightforward metaphoric
accounts and symbolic allusions, as well as employment of other
literary techniques that have often been underestimated in
importance. Rabbi Moshe Shamah consistently insists on
interpretations being in harmony with the text.
Recalling the Covenant is presented in chapters that reflect the division of the Torah into weekly portions that have been traditional in the Jewish world for many centuries. Rabbi Moshe Shamah founded the Sephardic Institute in 1968, which he actively heads until this day; served as the long-time principal of Sephardic High School; and leads a congregation in Brooklyn.
According to Rabbi Shamah in the introduction, the clearer and more accurate an individual's comprehension of the biblical text's details and intentions the more valid and compelling his/her understanding and appreciation of religion based on the Bible would tend to be. This is particularly the case for Judaism, however it is interpreted or in whichever nuance or incarnation it is encountered (and the spectrum is wide indeed). The heritage of Israel – the traditional values, visions, aspirations and guiding principles of the Jewish people throughout the ages – cannot be separated from the Hebrew Scriptures. The significance of improved interpretation is most apparent as regards the Five Books of Moses (the Torah), traditionally viewed as the foundation of revelation and the compendium which contains authoritative statements on the most basic subjects relating to the world and the nation of Israel, including formative narratives and the underpinnings of virtually all of biblical law. Accordingly, every contribution – small or large – to an enhanced understanding of what the Torah truly calls for is of enormous importance.
The Torah is a sophisticated work that was designed to be understood at more than the surface level. Throughout the centuries, study of the Torah has been an avid pursuit in the religious world as well as in academic and popular circles. A vast number of commentaries and expositions of all shades and stripes have been written covering its every word and an immense amount of scholarly work on innumerable relevant topics has been published. However, it often is difficult today for educated general readers recognize much of the Bible's intended meaning. This is particularly true for traditionally oriented students who seek to approach the biblical text in accordance with its plain meaning while rejecting neither the basics of tradition nor the compelling features of modern scholarship. Precious little material of a satisfactory nature is available.
Modern Bible scholarship (including modern scholarship in general) has accomplished a great deal in many ways in advancing our understanding of the Bible. It has been invaluable in shedding light on life in the ancient Near East and on the background of the biblical text: its language, narratives, literary style and legislation. It has also been helpful to a great degree in recovering aspects of the Bible's original intent. However, as in all scholarly work, there is much conjecture and many conflicting opinions, a significant part of which is eventually discarded, sometimes after lengthy periods of time; modern Bible scholarship is full of views, judgments and hypotheses that are often based on sparse or questionable evidence. Too much stress is placed on the assumption that 'people did not think that way in the ancient Near East' and too little on the premise that there was a highly sophisticated audience in Israel in biblical times. It often turns out that upon further close reading of a text, or when a text is viewed in conjunction with other biblical texts, a traditional reading or interpretation emerges preferred and much contradictory speculation dispelled. This also often is the case when a text is looked at from a perspective that, for no especially sound reason, may not be in fashion in the modem era.
It very well may be that modern scholarship has established that there were early sources prior to any biblical writings that underlie the current text. There may have been what we can call ‘early drafts.’ Nevertheless, it is the Masoretic Text (what in effect is termed the Redactor by many scholars) to which the tradition refers as the result of divine inspiration. Regardless of the specific details of its formation – and that is a subject of utmost profundity, especially when we take prophetic inspiration into account – it is that text that is the Bible. Although not without some variations – relatively minor to be sure – the tradition has succeeded to a remarkable degree in maintaining the accuracy of the Masoretic Text through the millennia, particularly as regards the Pentateuch, Recalling the Covenant demonstrates this.
In recent centuries perusal of the Bible in the traditional Jewish world has generally not been attended to with the requisite seriousness and diligence that the subject requires. Meanwhile, the Talmud – seen as the repository of the oral law that accompanies the written law of the Bible and that serves to help place it in perspective – has increasingly been transformed into what may almost be termed a competitive ‘written’ sourcebook of traditional Jewish thought and law. This process has brought with it a great diminishing in peshat interpretation of the biblical text and a corresponding increase in homiletic (midrashic) interpretation of it in the great academies of traditional Jewish studies (the yeshibot), where many thousands of the brightest and best of the Jewish world dutifully devote their prime energies. This has fostered a situation in which a significant portion of traditional Jewish scholars – including great and brilliant Talmudists – and much of the spiritual leadership of contemporary traditional Jewry lack a deep and nuanced appreciation of the biblical basis upon which the system was originally, and of course ostensibly remains, based. It has also brought about a concomitant lessening of attention in those circles to important themes of the Bible and religion. This is a matter of special concern in regard to an approach to life that is prone to overemphasize one's devotion of time and effort to matters dealing with one's relationship with God and ritual exhortations while attenuating one's focus on responsibilities to humanity and universal values implicit in the biblical text. Numerous works have been published in recent decades that reflect this situation. Recalling the Covenant contributes to filling these gaps.
Recalling the Covenant is a thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating Torah commentary designed for the serious and close reader of the biblical text. Rabbi Moshe Shamah's eclectic insights are drawn from the traditional wellsprings of rabbinic and classical Jewish thought, from the cultural and literary contexts of the ancient Near East, and from a variety of modern literary studies. Indeed, Rabbi Shamah has created a rich tapestry of precious insights and profound wisdom, which addresses the intellect while enriching the soul. – Barry L. Eichler, Professor of Bible and Cuneiform Studies Yeshiva University
Rabbi Moshe Shamah's Recalling the Covenant is a gift to us all. It does much more than explain the meaning of individual words or elucidate difficult passages in each weekly parashah. Rather, informed by deep knowledge of rabbinic and medieval interpretations of Scripture and by abiding reverence for Jewish teachings, its chapters offer insightful and integral readings of biblical episodes in the Torah, bringing out their narrative quality without slighting their spiritual value. – Jack M. Sasson, Werthan Professor of Judaic & Biblical Studies Vanderbilt University
This commentary shows great respect for the Torah's simple sense while at the same pursuing its religious profundities to their furthest depths. I admire Rabbi Shamah's sensitivity to the literary shape of the written Torah, its similarities and differences with the literature of the ancient Near East and his judicious use of classical Jewish texts to bring to the surface the deepest of religious truths. A rare and admirable accomplishment! – Gary A. Anderson, Professor of Hebrew Bible University of Notre Dame
The Ramban has demonstrated the importance of an accurate knowledge of life in biblical times in order to achieve a full and genuine understanding of the Torah's references to matters that were well-known in its time. The archaeological discoveries of the last 150 years, particularly the unearthing of ancient law codes, have illuminated many details that had previously been obscure. Rabbi Shamah's commentary integrates these discoveries with scholarly insights within a traditional framework providing us a greater appreciation for the Torah's style. – Yaakov Elman, Professor of Judaic Studies Yeshiva University
Recalling the Covenant points to the integrity of the biblical
text and opens a window on a deeper understanding of it. It makes a
compelling contribution to bringing out the biblical meaning in a
manner that more closely comports with its original intention than
has often been the case. It will be of value to all seeking a more
profound understanding of the biblical text, whether scholar or
Religion & Spirituality / Occult / Witchcraft
The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook by Denise Alvarado, with a foreword by Doktor Snake (Weiser Books)
Silence an enemy and remove a curse. Attract a lover and petition your ancestors for success and wealth. Learn to create and use talismans, charms, gris gris, powders, inks, spells, jinxes, tricks, oils, incense, and baths.… Here's the dope. Denise Alvarado is a true hoodoo mamba home girl who burned hi-octane conjure in New Orleans where she grew up, and on visits to relatives on the Mississippi bayous, where she was formally introduced to the Voodoo/hoodoo path. Called by the spirits and taught conjuration by family members, she was working the goofer from five years old. That's some serious heat.… Crucially, she's also an academic – a formally trained anthropologist and psychologist with fifteen years of clinical experience. What this means is that she personifies the Law of Balance. She combines left-brain, logical thinking with right-brain, creative thinking (unsurprisingly, she's also a great artist). In other words, Denise tempers her magic with good sense and critical thinking – not something you see often in the world of spirituality and the occult.… The book is not only written in a lively compelling style, but its reliability – in terms of exacting research – is simply not found elsewhere. Denise cites all her sources and covers just about everything you could ever want to know about Voodoo, Santeria, hoodoo, the saints and psalms, the cult of Black Hawk, and more. – Doktor Snake, from the foreword
Oral tradition is the cornerstone of indigenous knowledge. It is the means by which our ancestors pass on their wisdom and ways of life so that we may benefit and carry them to generations to come. Today, much oral tradition is finding its way into print. This work represents one effort to preserve the wisdom of our ancestors by writing it down so that it can be enjoyed by all who care to read about it.
‘Voodoo Hoodoo’ is the unique variety of Creole Voodoo found in New Orleans. The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is a compendium of authentic Voodoo and Hoodoo recipes, rituals, and spells for love, justice, gambling luck, prosperity, health, and success. The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook includes more than 100 spells for Banishing, Binding, Fertility, Luck, Protection, and Money. Cultural psychologist and root worker Denise Alvarado introduces readers to the Pantheon of Voodoo Spirits, the Seven African Powers, and other important Loas, Prayers, Novenas, and Psalms. It brings love, prosperity, luck, fertility, health, protection, and revenge from the traditions of New Orleans Voodoo and hoodoo culture directly to their doorstep.
Voodoo is a highly complex religion, and hoodoo is a highly complex magicospiritual practice. Alvarado says she written the book according to her personal experience and understanding of the New Orleans Voodoo religious, spiritual, and magickal tradition, and it may or may not reflect the opinions of other practitioners of New Orleans Voodoo or hoodoo.
Alvarado, who grew up in New Orleans, draws from a lifetime of recipes and spells learned from family, friends, and local practitioners. She traces the history of the African-based folk magic brought by slaves to New Orleans, and shows how it evolved over time to include influences from Native American spirituality, Catholicism, and Pentecostalism. She shares her research into folklore collections and 19th- and 20th-century formularies along with her own magical arts.
The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is the revised edition of the original Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook that Alvarado had previously self-published. Like most authors, she says that after a time, she wished she had written some things differently, added things she initially omitted, and organized things differently. With this edition, she says she has taken both the opportunity and the excuse to tweak the book to include those changes and make it even better than ever.
Chapters of The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook include:
Presented in a down-to-earth, easy to understand style – and jam-packed with a wealth of practical information – The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is, without a doubt, a practitioner's fondest dream come true. No magical workspace is complete without it! – Dorothy Morrison, author of Utterly Wicked and Everyday Magic
Denise Alvarado's The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is a work of considerable value to anyone interested in the workings of magic as performed in New Orleans. It is not a tourist-tempting hodgepodge of phony recipes but a serious compilation of authentic rituals, spells, and instructions gathered by a root worker who grew up in the area. As background to the meat of this work, Ms. Alvarado includes a history of this particular folk magic and its practitioners. Whatever the spell or charm you need, you are certain to find it here ... and it will be effective! Along with her words, enjoy Denise's beautiful artwork. – Raymond Buckland, Buckland's Book of Gypsy Magic
The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is overflowing with valuable information pertaining to the theory and practice of authentic Voodoo hoodoo. In addition to a brief historical overview of these practices in New Orleans, here you will find spells, rituals, formulas, and prayers for virtually any conceivable purpose along with correspondence charts arranged by use or purpose for easy reference that will assist you in crafting your own spells and formulas. In short, this book contains everything you need to know in order to practice successful magick in the Voodoo hoodoo tradition. This is a book that you will return to again and again. – Carolina Dean, author, associate editor and contributor to Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly Conjure
A triumph of painstaking and meticulous research. Esteemed author Denise Alvarado, herself raised in New Orleans, has studied mysticism and practiced Voodoo hoodoo and indigenous healing traditions for over three decades. She is an academic anthropologist, cultural psychologist, writer, artist, spiritual adviser and consultant. The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is the culmination of the author's decades of practical experience in authentic Voodoo rituals. Wonderfully readable, The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook will prove a necessary companion to both beginner and experienced practitioner alike. A brilliant and all-encompassing work and an invaluable source of recorded oral tradition. – Dr. Ann Nyland, author/translator of Complete Books of Enoch
… You could not ask for a better introduction to Voodoo, hoodoo, gris gris or conjure than Denise Alvarado's The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook. The author grew up in New Orleans and Mississippi, and learned the art directly from the source. She is also an anthropologist with a firm grasp of the history of the African Diaspora and its relationship to her home town. This book contains everything from history to folklore, Loas to Orishas, saints and psalms, oils, powders, inks, washes, gris gris, talismans, candles, and conjure spells for every imaginable need. Whether your interest in Voodoo and hoodoo are academic or you want to learn to lay a few tricks, The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook is the best place to start. – Aaron Leitch, author of Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires
Like the delicious Creole food that the Crescent City is so famous for, New Orleans Voodoo and hoodoo have a uniquely sumptuous flavor all their own. Denise Alvarado captures that flavor perfectly in The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook because she has long been immersed in its magic and culture. The spells she presents are steeped in the wisdom of the river, the bayous, and the roots and plants that folk practitioners have used for centuries…. – Christian Day, author of The Witches' Book of the Dead
Readers will find The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook informational, educational, and inspirational. Like the streets of New Orleans where Alvarado was raised, the book will enchant readers with its abundance of magical incantations, spells, and remedies.
Travel / US / Geology
Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country, 2nd edition by William J. Fritz and Robert C. Thomas (Roadside Geology Series: Mountain Press Publishing Company)
With more than 10,000 geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, and mud pots, as well as cubic mile upon cubic mile of once-incendiary rhyolite, the landscape of Yellowstone Country vividly displays its fiery past and present. The region contains one-fifth of the world's geysers, including the most famous of them all, and is the setting of some of Earth's most destructive volcanic eruptions. The 19 road guides in Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country explore this volcanic pedigree while also delivering readers to sites that have recorded the region's broad and deep geologic story, which includes exquisitely preserved, 50-million-year-old petrified trees buried in conglomerate; mountain-sized blocks of rock that slid more than 50 miles in a massive debris avalanche; the glacially carved craggy peaks and U-shaped valleys of the Beartooth Mountains and Absaroka Range; and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the excavation of which is still a mystery. The completely revised second edition of Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country by William J. Fritz and Robert C. Thomas reexamines the region using the latest scientific thinking and now includes stunning full-color photos, maps, and diagrams. Fritz is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the College of Staten Island, The City University of New York and professor of geology at the College of Staten Island, a member of the earth and environmental sciences doctoral faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center, and emeritus professor of geology at Georgia State University. Thomas is an award-winning professor of geology in the heart of Yellowstone Country at The University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana.
Fritz and Thomas say this book is not for their professional colleagues and it assumes no previous knowledge of geology or science. Because it is a general book that touches on many aspects of the local geology, Fritz and Thomas summarize the published work of many geoscientists. In the Outside Reading section, they list some of the more important references to the geology of Yellowstone Country. If readers are really interested in researching the geology of Yellowstone Country, much of the technical literature to date is cited in this book.
This second edition of Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country is greatly expanded over the 1985 first edition. For starters, the notion of a track of the Yellowstone hot spot was not well understood in the early 1980s. Most of the work showed the track of the Yellowstone hot spot over the past 16.5 million years, with nested calderas along the Snake River Plain and the profound impact that the hot spot had on the modern basins and ranges north and south of the track, are recent developments in geologic thinking. The main reason for this new edition is to bring the book into line with current geologic thought.
One criticism of the first edition was that it said very little about tectonics and orogenies (mountain building events), which are central parts of the Yellowstone story. Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country remedies these deficiencies by writing several new sections, adding new road guides, and revising all of the old text to weave in these topics. Readers of the old version will also notice new color photos along with maps and diagrams in full color.
Fritz and Thomas generalized the geology of the road guide maps from numerous publications, road logs, field guides, and technical maps so that readers can more easily interpret the general geologic history without getting bogged down in details. There are two important generalizations to keep in mind when using the road guide maps. First, rather than differentiating individual formations, they combined many similar units of rock. Examples include some of the volcanics of Quaternary age, which they combined into a much smaller number of units, and all the rock formations of Paleozoic and Mesozoic age, which they combined into two units. Second, they excluded most of the thin skim of recent stream, lake, glacial, and soil cover. Thus the map units refer to underlying bed-rock; overlying deposits are shown only when very thick, extensive, and obscuring all bedrock.
A glossary of technical terms is included at the end of the book, but Fritz and Thomas explain as many terms within the text as possible in order to save readers time in looking them up.
Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country introduces nongeologists to some of the interesting history written in the rock of Yellowstone Country. It will help residents and visitors better appreciate the countryside and provide a more meaningful trip to some out-of-the-ordinary areas.
Women for Victory: American Servicewomen in World War II: History and Uniforms, Volume 1 by Katy Endruschat Goebel (American Servicewomen in World War II History and Uniforms Series, Volume 1: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)
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