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March 2012, Issue #155

Contents this Issue:

Spectacular Alaska edited by Dana Levy and Letitia Burns O'Connor, with essays by Charles Wohlforth (Universe)

The Obamas, [audiobook, unabridged, 10 audio CDs, running time approximately 12 hours] by Jodi Kantor and Robin Mile (Hachette Audio)

The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time by William K. Tabb (Columbia University Press)

Source: The Inner Path of Knowledge Creation by Joseph Jaworski, edited by Betty Sue Flowers (BK Business Series: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.)

Twice as Good: The story of William Powell and Clearview, the only golf course designed, built, and owned by an African-American by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (Sleeping Bear Press)

Hair's Looking at You by Lisa Mullarkey, illustrated by Phyllis Harris (Katharine the Almost Great Series: Magic Wagon/ABDO)

The Artsy-Fartsy Auction by Lisa Mullarkey, illustrated by Phyllis Harris (Katharine the Almost Great Series: Magic Wagon/ABDO)

Stealing Magic: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure by Marianne Malone, illustrated by Greg Call (Random House Books for Young Readers)

Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media edited by Anne P. Mintz (CyberAge Books)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meals in 30 Minutes or Less by Tod Dimmick (Alpha Books)

The Wisdom to Know the Difference: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Substance Abuse by Kelly Wilson PhD and Troy DuFrene (New Harbinger Publications, Inc.)

Advances in Motivation in Sport and Exercise, 3rd Edition by Glyn C. Roberts and Darren C. Treasure (Human Kinetics)

Decided on the Battlefield: Grant, Sherman, Lincoln and the Election of 1864 by David Alan Johnson (Prometheus Books)

Power Struggle over Afghanistan: An Inside Look at What Went Wrong – and What We Can Do to Repair the Damage by Kai Eide (Spiegel & Grau)

The Venetian Glass Bead: 24 Colorful Jewelry Projects by Kathy Fox (Kalmbach Books)

Restless in the Grave: A Kate Shugak Novel by Dana Stabenow (Kate Shugak Novels: Minotaur Books)

Taken by Robert Crais (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Sheehy's Manual of Emergency Care, 7th edition (Newberry) edited by Belinda B. Hammond MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN and Polly Gerber Zimmermann RN MS MBA CEN, FAEN (Emergency Nurses Association, Elsevier Mosby)

Prevention and Management of Common Fracture Complications by Michael T. Archdeacon MD, Jeff O. Anglen MD, Robert F. Ostrum MD and Dolfi Herscovici Jr. DO (Slack Incorporated)

The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics, 2nd edition by R. Lundy Bancroft, Jay G. Silverman and Daniel Ritchie (SAGE Series on Violence against Women: Sage Publications)

The Beautiful Wife: Focused on Christ, Fulfilled in Marriage by Sandy Ralya (Kregel Publications)

Synchronicity: The Art of Coincidence, Choice, and Unlocking Your Mind by Kirby Surprise, with a foreword by Allan Combs (New Page Books)

For Love of Lakes by Darby Nelson (Michigan State University Press)

The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher: Birdfeeders and Bird Gardens by Robert Burton and Stephen Kress (Thunder Bay Press)

Telling Stories in the Face of Danger: Language Renewal in Native American Communities by Paul V. Kroskrity (University of Oklahoma Press)

Readings in Political Philosophy: Theory and Applications edited by Diane Jeske and Richard Fumerton (Broadview Press) 

Arts & Photography / Travel

Spectacular Alaska edited by Dana Levy and Letitia Burns O'Connor, with essays by Charles Wohlforth (Universe)

There is one asset, imponderable and difficult to appraise, yet one of the chief assets of Alaska, if not the greatest – the scenery. Pilgrims not only from the United States but from beyond the seas throng in endless procession to see it. Its grandeur is more valuable than the gold, or the fish, or the timber, for it will never be exhausted.

With its vast diversity of land, people, and wildlife, Alaska is the last true American frontier with a large portion of the state remaining unsettled. Part history, part celebration, Spectacular Alaska contains both historical facts and quotes about the state. From the great national parks of Alaska, such as the Glacier Bay National Preserve, to Mt. McKinley, the highest point in North America, Alaska's many landmarks and regions are explored in two hundred photographs as well as stunning panoramic gatefolds. Photographs are by Tom Bean, Roy Corral, Ken Graham, Liz Hymans, Ron Klein, Davic Muench, Marc Muench, Pat O’Hara, Allen Prier, Loren Taft and Harry Walker. Text is by Charles Wohlforth, a freelance writer living in Anchorage.

Alaska supports such diversity – in terrain, people, and wildlife – that if readers wanted to see it all, it would take 1,000 years, exploring 1,000 acres every day, 365 days each year. In Spectacular Alaska, the color photographs, including six foldouts, capture its majestic splendor: Mount McKinley, the highest point in North America at 20,320 feet; the lush rain forests of Glacier Bay that receive more rainfall per year than the Amazon region; and innumerable bays, inlets, and sounds along its 34,000 miles of shoreline. Plus bald eagles, walruses, moose, puffins, whales, caribou, Dail sheep, and the Alaskan brown bear: a menagerie befitting a landscape so vast and varied.

Within the Alaskan wilderness lie the giants of America's national parks: four mountain ranges converge in Wrangell-St. Elias, with so many peaks above 15,000 feet that it is called the Himalayas of North America; Denali National Park, known as the Serengeti of the North because of its glorious wildlife, derives its name from a word meaning ‘the high one,’ that native people used to describe Mount McKinley; Kenai Fjords has such aptly named features as Paradise Cove, Beautiful Island, Surprise Bay, and Delight Lake, as well as an icefield that covers 700 square miles in ice a mile thick; Glacier Bay is remembered for the booming ‘white thunder’ as glaciers calve icebergs into the sea; the stark beauty at the top of the world is revealed, as well as an area of the Arctic that receives less rainfall annually than San Diego and is known for its undulating sand dunes.

The land has yielded some of its resources – oil, timber, agriculture, fishing, and mining – to those with determination and ingenuity, and those with the vision to see this landscape as a resource have created a tourism industry that welcomes millions of visitors each year and pumps billions of dollars into the local economy. From ancient villages to the urban skyline of Anchorage, people have left their mark upon the land and become part of Alaska's legacy.

Spectacular Alaska is a celebration of all that is Alaska, and some of the world's best landscape photographers reveal its rich and diverse life in these oversize pages. For the armchair traveler, those planning and dreaming of a future vacation, or those savoring a past trip, this spectacular volume brings together the majestic splendor of America's largest state.

Audio / Politics / Social Science / Memoirs / Relationships

The Obamas, [audiobook, unabridged, 10 audio CDs, running time approximately 12 hours] by Jodi Kantor and Robin Mile (Hachette Audio)

When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife Michelle. Contrary to her fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. Together they exuded promise and possibility, and they planned a White House life that would be as normal and sane as possible.
Then they moved in.
In The Obamas, Jodi Kantor takes readers deep inside the White House as they try to grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be the first black President and First Lady. Kantor, former Arts & Leisure editor at the New York Times, is a Washington correspondent for the newspaper who has been covering the Obamas since 2007.

As told in The Obamas, entering the White House was an unhappy shock for Michelle Obama, and even as she charmed the public, she struggled to gain internal influence and to reconcile her natural bluntness and strong opinions with her confining new role. Barack Obama discovered that the presidency, stranger and more daunting than he had anticipated, transformed every aspect of his existence, from how people spoke to him to his basketball game. Together they worked to establish a new life in a grand but isolated and disorienting place, navigating everything from partisan attacks to the politics of who does the president's laundry.

Filled with insight into their partnership, emotions, and personalities, The Obamas reveals what they gained and what they were stunned to lose, who they used to be in public and who they still are in private, who they wanted to be and who they really are.

The audio version is read by Robin Miles, an award-winning, chameleon-like storyteller; veteran of Broadway, classical plays, play premiers, TV and film, who renders spot-on accents and characterizations.

In lesser hands The Obamas would be an act of astonishing overreach, but Ms. Kantor, who covered the Obamas for The New York Times during the 2008 presidential campaign, and is currently a Washington correspondent for the paper, has earned the voice of authority. A meticulous reporter, Ms. Kantor is attuned to the nuance of small gestures, the import of unspoken truths. She knows that every strong marriage, including the one now in the White House, has its complexities and its disappointments. Ms. Kantor also – and this is a key – has a high regard for women, which is why hers is the first book about the Obama presidency to give Michelle Obama her due. In the process we learn a great deal about the talented and introverted loner who married her, and how his wife has influenced him as a president. – New York Times, Connie Schultz
Energetically reported ... Kantor nails her story.... We political gluttons will lick the spoon clean. – New Yorker, David Remnick
Jodi Kantor offers a glimpse into the tensions of a culture that expects our women to achieve as highly as our men but our first ladies to take a back seat to their presidents. The result is a sympathetic portrait of both Obamas that could help to humanize an administration criticized as being aloof and inaccessible. – The Nation, Ilyse Hogue
The stories are titillating, and you'll gulp them down like salted peanuts. – Entertainment Weekly
[Kantor's] writing is insightful and evocative, rich with detail... Her reporting rings true – and considering the administration's insistence on presenting a unified front, it is a considerable achievement. – Chicago Tribune, Kerry Luft
[Kantor's] thoughtful new book is fluidly written, with a canny sense for the way political marriages can be useful prisms to see into ambition, power, gender and the contradictions of public life... The Obamas is built primarily out of interviews.... [and] the legwork pays off in some sophisticated perception into a 'friction-filled marriage that has proved strong nonetheless.’ – The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Karen R. Long

Filled with riveting detail and insight and written with a keen eye for the ironies of public life, The Obamas is an intimate portrait that will surprise even readers who thought they knew the President and the First Lady.

Business & Investing / Economics

The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time by William K. Tabb (Columbia University Press)

Actions taken by the United States and other countries during the Great Recession focused on restoring the viability of major financial institutions while guaranteeing debt and stimulating growth. Once the markets stabilized, the United States enacted regulatory reforms that ultimately left basic economic structures unchanged. At the same time, the political class pursued austerity measures to curb the growing national debt. Drawing on the economic theories of Keynes and Minsky and applying them to the modern evolution of American banking and finance, William K. Tabb in The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time offers predictions about future crises and the structural factors inhibiting true reform.

Tabb, formerly visiting professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and scholar in residence at Kansai University, Osaka, Japan, is professor emeritus of economics at Queens College and professor emeritus of economics, political science, and sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Tabb follows the rise of banking practices and financial motives in America over the past thirty years and the simultaneous growth of a shadow industry of hedge funds, private equity firms, and financial innovations such as derivatives. He marks the shift from an American economy based primarily on the production of goods and nonfinancial services to one characterized by financialization, then shows how these developments, perspectives, and approaches not only contributed to the recent financial crisis but also prevented the enactment of effective regulatory reform. He analyzes the damage that increasing unsustainable debt and excessive risk-taking has done to the financial system and expands his critique to a discussion of world systems and globalization. Revealing the willful blind spots of mainstream finance theory, Tabb in The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time moves beyond an economic model reliant on debt expansion and dangerous levels of leverage, proposing instead a social structure of accumulation that places economic justice over profit and, more practically, institutes an inclusive, sustainable model for growth.

Of all the many books on the economic crisis, this is the best. William K. Tabb has absolute command of his subject and provides the clearest account yet of the financial folly that has brought the United States to its knees. Eminently readable and reasonable, [The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time] cuts through the clouds of obfuscation by politicians and economists alike to draw a clear lesson: financialization is a cancer running through the American economy, one that continues to suck the life out of industry, corrupt capitalists, and Congress, generating more froth than real growth or jobs. A wonderful book and a real pleasure to read. – Richard Walker, University of California, Berkeley, and author of The Capitalist Imperative: Territory, Technology, and Industrial Growth )

An incisive analysis of the Great Financial Crisis of 2008, this book ranges over topics that transcend the narrow confines of traditional specialists, producing an overall analysis of the origins, development, and implications of financialization that will be discussed intently by scholars today and in years to come. – Martin Wolfson, University of Notre Dame

Incisive and chilling, The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time is a must read for students of the financial crisis and of economic theory.

Business & Investing / Management & Leadership

Source: The Inner Path of Knowledge Creation by Joseph Jaworski, edited by Betty Sue Flowers (BK Business Series: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.)

Institutions of all sorts are facing profound change today, with complexity increasing at a speed and intensity we’ve never experienced before.

As he did in his classic Synchronicity, Joseph Jaworski in Source once again takes readers on a mind-expanding journey, this time to the heart of creativity and deep knowing. Jaworski, founder and chairman of both Genron International and the Global Leadership Initiative and founder of the American Leadership Forum, came to realize that traditional analytical leadership approaches are inadequate for dealing creatively with today’s complexity. To effectively face these challenges, leaders need to access the Source from which truly profound innovation flows.
As told in Source, many people, including Jaworski himself, have experienced a connection with this Source, often when called upon to respond in times of crisis – moments of extreme spontaneity and intuitive insight. Actions flow through them, seemingly without any sort of conscious intervention. But these experiences are chance occurrences – ordinarily, people don’t know how to access the Source, and they have a blind spot as to its very existence.

Jaworski relates his experiences with quantum physicists, cognitive scientists, indigenous leaders, and spiritual thinkers, all focused on getting to the heart of the Source. He develops four guiding principles that encompass the nature of the Source and what great leaders need to do to stay in dynamic dialogue with it. Knowledge gained through access to the Source is, in the words of one cognitive scientist Jaworski met, ‘shockingly effective.’ It has a transformative impact on every aspect of leadership with the capacity to bring forth new realities, which is what the best leadership does.

Source describes an advanced version of the U-Process, Generative Discovery, which enables leaders to get in touch with the Source. The essence of the discovery lies in being open to alternative worldviews, operating from a stance of human possibility, and tapping into the generative orders of the universe.

The four principles are:

  1. There is an open and emergent quality to the universe. A group of simple components can suddenly reemerge at a higher level of self-organization as a new entity with new properties. We can't find a cause or reason for this emergent quality, but as we experience it again and again, we see that the universe offers infinite possibility.

  2. The universe is a domain of undivided wholeness; both the material world and consciousness are parts of the same undivided whole. The totality of existence is enfolded within each fragment of space and time – whether it is a single object, thought, or event. Thus, everything in the universe, including human intentions and ways of being, affects everything else, because everything is part of the same unbroken whole.

  3. There is a creative Source of infinite potential enfolded in the universe. Connection to this Source leads to the emergence of new realities – discovery, creation, renewal, and transformation. We are partners in the unfolding of the universe.

  4. Humans can learn to draw from the infinite potential of the Source by choosing to follow a disciplined path toward self-realization and love, the most powerful energy in the universe. The path may include teachings from ancient traditions developed over thousands of years, contemplative practices, and direct exposure to the generative process of nature.

The Seven Core Practices of Generative Discovery are:

  1. Preparation. Undertaking a disciplined path of inner self-management.

  2. Igniting Passion. Making a firm commitment to pursue the inquiry, being guided by the intensely personal foreknowledge that the solution being sought exists as a hidden possibility.

  3. Observing and Immersing. Seeing reality with fresh eyes, suspending judgment and immersion in the existing data.

  4. Letting go. Releasing currently held mental models, mindsets, and worldviews; beginning a period of incubation.

  5. Indwelling and Illumination. Living in the undertaking, surrendering oneself to the work, absorbed in the experience; retreating, using the generative processes of nature as a portal to learning and new knowledge; and receiving illumination – the perception of a new reality, discovering the hidden solution.

  6. Crystallizing and Prototyping: moving through a period of crystallization and prototyping, making manifest what was discovered.

  7. Testing and Verifying. Transforming the new knowledge into useable products, decisions, or strategies.

Source is an impressive account of Jaworski’s lifelong quest into the underlying realities of life. It provides in a convincing way and at the right time the kind of insights we need to shape our future. This book is a must-read for everyone who aspires to a leading role in creating the next stage of human civilization. – Herman Wijffels, former CEO, Rabobank; former Chairman, Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands; and former board member, The World Bank

Leadership requires you to adapt thoughts to the facts and to inspire others with those thoughts. But which ‘facts’ do you see and how do thoughts become new ‘ahas’? Source helps you to understand this process, bringing what you ‘feel somewhere or vaguely’ to a new level. So it’s sustainable energy for your brain! – Jeroen van der Veer, Vice Chairman of the Board, Unilever PLC, and former CEO, Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies

Robert Greenleaf called foresight the ‘central ethic of leadership,’ adding that ‘to see the unforeseeable’ and ‘to know the unknowable’ is the mark of a leader. If you want to know how to develop the capacity for better foresight, read Jaworski’s book Source. It should be required reading for policymakers and those leading enterprises of every size. – Jack Lowe, Chairman, TD Industries, and former Chairman of the Board, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership
In this breakthrough combination of modern physics and ancient wisdom, Jaworski explains the revolutionary process of knowledge creation and the actualization of hidden potentials that lie dormant in all of us. Source is what we have waited for, the guide to a future based on belonging, on compassionate intelligence, and on partnership in the evolution of the universe. – Don Wukasch, MD, cardiovascular surgeon (retired), Texas Heart Institute

Source is an enthralling and enduring gift that profoundly strengthens our belief in ourselves and in each other. Joseph has given us a touchstone of a book to help us realize our significance, influence, and value as individuals and as a united one. Our purpose lies within us, and Joseph's stories help us grasp our nature, our raison d'etre – maybe for the first time. – Barbara Annis, Chair, Women's Leadership Board, Harvard University's Kennedy School, and CEO and founder, Barbara Annis and Associates, Inc.

Joseph Jaworski has once again demonstrated his most unusual talent at bringing forth a valuable and rare contribution to improving the lives of all of us. While it is obvious that reading the book will certainly improve the performance of all who are charged with decision-making responsibility in any organization, it will also benefit all who follow its suggestions as they face each day. – Gibson Gayle, Chairman of the Board, MD Anderson Foundation, and former President, State Bar of Texas

In an extraordinarily wide-ranging intellectual odyssey, Jaworski in Source has written a book that illuminates the essential nature not only of visionary leadership but also of relationships, consciousness, and ultimately reality itself.

Children’s / Biographies / African American

Twice as Good: The story of William Powell and Clearview, the only golf course designed, built, and owned by an African-American by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (Sleeping Bear Press)

This is America's course. The only color that matters here is the color of the greens. –William Powell, 1948

In Twice as Good, to nine-year-old Willie Powell, there was no prettier sight than the smooth grass lawns of Edgewater Golf Course. He had been so eager to see them that he had run seven miles to where the course was situated outside of town.
But his elation didn't last. When he asked two golfers if they'd teach him the game, one man responded by saying, “Son, didn't anyone ever tell you that your kind is not welcome here?”
In the 1920s there was no place for Willie, or any black person, on a golf course. It was a game for white people only, at least in America. But his enthusiasm for golf and his belief in what he knew to be right drove Willie Powell to change that.

Growing up in the pre-World War II era, William Powell faced many challenges. Twice as Good shares his life story. As a child he had been told, "If you are going to get ahead in this world, you can't be as good as the white children; you have to be twice as good." Willie took that advice to heart.

Stationed in England during World War II, William found, that on the links, race was not an issue. However when he returned home, he again faced racial bias. Rising to the challenge, he repeated his mantra – twice as good – and he designed, built, and owned his own golf course.

Powell's daughter Renee Powell followed in her father's footsteps. She became the first and only African American female Class A member of the PGA and today works to preserve and improve Clearview Golf Club and keep her dad's dream alive.

Award-winning author Richard Michelson and award-winning illustrator Eric Velasquez together share Willie Powell's positive and powerful story.

Overcoming adversity, Bill [Powell] has written his own chapter in our Nation's history ... and set an important example for succeeding generations. – President Barack Obama

Twice as Good is a story of the American spirit and American's of all ages and races will identify with the never-give-in, never-give-up attitude.

Children’s / Ages 9-12 / Literature & Fiction / Social Situations

Hair's Looking at You by Lisa Mullarkey, illustrated by Phyllis Harris (Katharine the Almost Great Series: Magic Wagon/ABDO)

In Hair's Looking at You third grader Katharine Carmichael has a decision to make – a hairy scary decision! When Penelope Parks cuts her hair for charity, Katharine's classmates donate their hair, too. But Katharine isn't so sure she wants barely-there hair. Does that mean she's not a caring kid? Penelope says it's the only way to show you shine and sparkle on the inside … but is it?

The Artsy-Fartsy Auction by Lisa Mullarkey, illustrated by Phyllis Harris (Katharine the Almost Great Series: Magic Wagon/ABDO)

In The Artsy-Fartsy Auction, Katharine thought the school's art auction would be mucho mega fun. But it's no fun when no one bids on her bowl! To make matters worse, Katharine thinks Miss Priss-A-Poo is the secret bidder outbidding her on everything she wants. But when she spies something she needs, Katharine makes a plan to get it. Will her plan cause more explode-a-rama bidding drama?

In the Katharine the Almost Great Series, third grader Katharine Carmichael, aka Katharine the Almost Great, is a work-in-progress. Young readers will relate to her flip-flop belly dropping problems and episodes of sassitude in these entertaining, illustrated chapter books.

The series has school-related stories for character education teaching opportunities. In these volumes, black & white illustrations highlight the text. The large type is perfect for transitional readers.

Books in the series include

7: The Write Stuff

8. The Artsy-Fartsy Auction

9. The Ding Dong Ditch-a-Roo

10. The Purr-fect-o Present

11. Swimming with the Sharks

12. Hair's Looking at You

Children’s / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Ages 8 & up

Stealing Magic: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure by Marianne Malone, illustrated by Greg Call (Random House Books for Young Readers)

"Is it my imagination, or is that guard over there watching us?" Jack whispered.

"Let's go over here for a few minutes to be safe," Ruthie said, walking away from the alcove. They were directly in front of room A1, the room from Massachusetts at the time of the Salem witch trials. As she looked at the room Ruthie felt a jolt. "Thomas' Mayflower! It's gone!"

A large family moved through the gallery. Finally Ruthie motioned to Jack to walk back to the door. One more quick check around them and then Jack swiftly put the metal square in her palm. Ruthie felt the heat against her skin. The breeze came up, and the shrinking started. But then it stopped! Jack and Ruthie looked at each other; they were no longer shrinking but still stood about a foot tall, not five inches – far too big to get under the door, and way too visible! In those couple of seconds only half thoughts could form in Ruthie's brain, but one thing was clear to her: We aren't small enough! – from the book

In Stealing Magic, Ruthie and Jack thought that their adventures in the Thorne Rooms were over … until miniatures from the rooms start to disappear. Is it the work of the art thief who's on the loose in Chicago? Or has someone else discovered the secret of the Thorne Rooms' magic?

Ruthie and Jack's quest to stop the thief takes them from modern day Chicago to 1937 Paris to the time of slavery in Charleston, South Carolina. But as more items disappear, including the key that allows them to shrink and access the past worlds, what was once just an adventure becomes a life and death race against the clock. Can Ruthie and Jack catch the thief and help the friends they meet on the way before the magic – and the rooms – are destroyed forever?

Author Marianne Malone is the mother of three grown children, a former art teacher, and the cofounder of the Campus School Middle School for Girls in Urbana, Illinois. Illustrator Greg Call, formerly in advertising, is now a full-time illustrator in music, entertainment and publishing.

Fans of magic, mystery, and adventure will love Stealing Magic, a rollicking sequel to Malone's The Sixty-Eight Rooms.

Computers & the Internet / Business / Networking

Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media edited by Anne P. Mintz (CyberAge Books)

For all its amazing benefits, the worldwide social media phenomenon – epitomized by such sites as Facebook, Myspace, eBay, Twitter, and craigslist – has provided manipulative people and organizations with the tools and human targets that allow hoaxes and con games to be perpetrated on a vast scale.

In this follow-up to her popular 2002 book, Web of Deception, Anne P. Mintz in Web of Deceit brings together a team of expert researchers, journalists, and subject experts to explain how misinformation is intentionally spread and to illuminate the dangers in a range of critical areas.

Mintz formerly worked for several decades as director of information centers in the fields of media and investment banking. She is the author of Web of Deception. Contributors include Amber Benham, Eli Edwards, Ben Fractenberg, Laura Gordon-Murnane, Cynthia Hetherington, Deborah A. Liptak, Meg Smith and Craig Thompson.

Contents of Web of Deceit include:

INTRODUCTION: If It's on the Internet, It Must Be True – Anne P. Mintz

  1. Social Media and Intentional Misinformation – Meg Smith        
  2. They Know Where You Live: Guarding Your Privacy and Identity – Cynthia Hetherington        
  3. Demonizing the "Other" – Eli Edwards  
  4. Ebuyer Beware – Ben Fractenberg      
  5. Information Warfare and Cybersecurity – Deborah A. Liptak   
  6. The Intentional Misleading of the American Public: Political Misinformation – Laura Gordon-Murnane   
  7. Charity Scams – Craig Thompson        

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS – Anne P. Mintz

The intent of Web of Deceit is to enhance readers’ awareness of the subtleties and unintended consequences of living life online. While the issues surrounding internet misinformation and manipulation are intensely complex, they are also remarkably simple. Mintz advises readers to check the author, the publisher, the content, the look of the site, and she provides sample sites for readers to practice evaluating.

Anne Mintz has once again assembled some savvy writers who have a lot to teach us about being safe on the web. The dangers of social media command our attention now more than ever, and this book is a must-read for anyone who socializes, shops, or interacts online. In other words, all of us! – Ari L. Goldman, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Anne Mintz and her contributors approach intentional misinformation thoughtfully, knowledgeably, and with a refreshing lack of hysteria. The book sparkles with insight, expertise, wit, and dramatic – if appalling – examples of deception on the Net. – Reva Basch, executive editor, Super Searchers book series

[N]ot merely essential for our cyber age, but quintessential. – Christopher Buckley, author, Thank You for Smoking

The subject of misinformation is of growing importance and Anne Mintz's new book uses timely examples to make information abuse come alive. Anyone interested in understanding the challenges 'big data' present to researchers will find Ms. Mintz’s guidance valuable. – Stephen E. Arnold, ArnoldIT.com

A fascinating and disturbing series of essays about the abuses of social media – a topic that could not be more timely. – Peter Beinart, associate professor of journalism and political science, CUNY

Eye-opening, Web of Deceit is a must-read for any internet user who wants to avoid being victimized by liars, thieves, and propagandists in the age of ubiquitous social media. The target audience is researchers, journalists, social media professionals and participants, library and information professionals, information providers, publishers, educators, attorneys, law enforcement, government and military intelligence personnel, business and competitive intelligence professionals, market researchers, marketing and public relations professionals, financial consultants and analysts, investment brokers and individual investors, consumers and consumer advocates, privacy rights advocates, watchdog groups, charitable organizations and donors, culture watchers, conspiracy theorists, and all individuals interested in the how, what, and why of intentional misinformation, social media, and the web.

Cooking, Food & Wine

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meals in 30 Minutes or Less by Tod Dimmick (Alpha Books)

If stopping at a fast-food drive-thru has become the default dinner, it's time for a change. In nearly the same time it takes to drive to a fast-food joint, order nutritionally barren food, and drive home, readers can prepare fresh, delicious, nutritious meals the whole family will love.

The next best thing to a personal on-call chef, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meals in 30 Minutes or Less is packed with over 500 recipes, from breakfast to dessert, that all take 30 minutes or less to prepare. In it, readers get:

  • Tips for mastering quick-cooking techniques, plus planning and organizing hints to speed things up.
  • Good-start breakfasts and brunches.
  • Lunchbox-worthy soups, salads, and sandwiches.
  • Hit-the-spot snacks and appetizers.
  • Mouthwatering main dishes and sides.
  • Kid-friendly recipes.
  • Delectable desserts.

Written by cookbook author Tod Dimmick, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meals in 30 Minutes or Less is divided into seven parts:

Part 1, Quick Meals, Delicious Meals, helps get readers started on the right foot by telling them what they need to get in and out of the kitchen quickly, from pantry staples, to spices and herbs, to the right pots and pans and utensils.

Part 2, Starting Your Day Off Right, gives readers breakfasts that get them going and keep them going until lunchtime. Dimmick includes recipes for leisurely weekend morning breakfasts as well as make-and-go recipes for rushed workday mornings.

Part 3, Let's Do Lunch, is all about lunch. From salads, to soups, to sandwiches, readers find many recipes to fill their lunchboxes.

Turn to Part 4, Satisfying Snacks and Appetizers, when they need a quick snack or want to wow party guests with amazing appetizers.

Part 5, Delightful Dinners, helps readers get dinner on the table without taking all evening. Seafood, beef, poultry, vegetarian, pasta, pizza, and even kid-approved meals are included.

What would dinner be without sensational side dishes? Part 6, Stars on the Side, gives readers many ideas for rounding out the dinner menu.

Part 7, And for Dessert – the best part of the meal.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meals in 30 Minutes or Less, with over 500 delicious recipes for busy people, offers a budget-friendly resource compared to competing titles in the same category.

Health & Fitness / Self-Help / Alcoholism / Workbook

The Wisdom to Know the Difference: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Substance Abuse by Kelly Wilson PhD and Troy DuFrene (New Harbinger Publications, Inc.)

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

This healing prayer has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs and, with the advent of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), has found its way into modern behavioral science. The Wisdom to Know the Difference offers readers a unique path to treating alcoholism and drug addiction through ACT, which has been proven clinically effective for the treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse.

The Wisdom to Know the Difference unifies the most widely practiced method of substance abuse treatment, the twelve-step program, with an empirically supported psychotherapeutic model, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Each component of this ACT treatment plan has an explanation rooted in basic behavioral science, and readers will learn how these components fit into the twelve steps in Alcoholics Anonymous and similar programs. Written by Kelly Wilson, cofounder of the ACT treatment model, and Troy DuFrene, this workbook is accessible for all reading levels and can be used by those suffering from all forms of substance abuse.

In The Wisdom to Know the Difference Wilson and DuFrene show readers how to use acceptance, mindfulness, and values-oriented strategies, either alone or in combination with a twelve-step program, to overcome substance abuse and permanently change their lives for the better. Wilson, among the most sought-after ACT trainers, is associate professor of psychology at the University of Mississippi and DuFrene is a writer specializing in psychology.

The Wisdom to Know the Difference is an addiction recovery workbook based in acceptance and commitment therapy. Research shows that ACT is a powerful treatment for alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, and other issues, and it can be used alone or in combination with any 12-step program. On this path, readers learn to accept what they can't change about themselves and their past and commit to changing the things they can. Readers overcome their addiction by focusing on what they value most, like their talents, friends, career, relationships, and family.

The Wisdom to Know the Difference gives readers another reason not to wait any longer. The book helps them find the serenity, courage, and wisdom it takes to leave substance abuse behind for good. No matter how far they have come, how far they still have left to go, or which path they have chosen, this book can help them end their struggle with addiction.

Health & Fitness / Sports Psychology

Advances in Motivation in Sport and Exercise, 3rd Edition by Glyn C. Roberts and Darren C. Treasure (Human Kinetics)

If there is one way that we can illustrate the advancement that has occurred in the 20 years between the 1992 book and the current treatise or in the 10 years between the 2001 book and today, it is in the insights that we now have about applying our knowledge in exercise, sport, and physical activity contexts. As befits a field that is applied in character, we have progressed a great deal in our understanding of how to enhance motivation in physical activities. The contributors all address this aspect in their chapters. And it is true that our findings are now being implemented where they can make a difference: in the gym, on the sport field, and in the exercise group. – from the book

Motivation research in sport and physical activity has come of age.

Advances in Motivation in Sport and Exercise, Third Edition, presents the current information in sport and exercise motivation, including research surrounding self-determination theory and goal achievement theory, traditional topics of goal setting and self-efficacy, and newer areas of attention such as passion and perfectionism. In this edition, editors Glyn Roberts and Darren Treasure, along with a highly respected team of contributors, offer sport and exercise psychology researchers and students an up-to-date review of the state of research in motivation. Roberts is a former professor of psychology at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences since 1998 and professor of sport psychology in the department of kinesiology at the University of Illinois, and Darren C. Treasure is a former tenured associate professor at Arizona State University with an appointment in the department of kinesiology and an adjunct position in the department of psychology.

As in previous editions, the text chronicles the growth of motivation research and its role in physical activity, exercise, and sport. The team of contributors offers discussion of key issues and findings for readers to consider and insight into both the conceptual understanding of motivation and its application.

Advances in Motivation in Sport and Exercise, Third Edition, begins by introducing readers to new trends and interpretations in motivational theory. Each chapter discusses a unique motivational theory and its contemporary contribution to the field of knowledge.

This edition helps readers learn how the theories of motivation can be applied in exercise, sport, and physical activity contexts.

Roberts and Treasure argue that the social-cognitive approach to motivation has given motivation research an impetus and, over the past 40 years, some valuable insights into the motivational equation. The cognitive revolution in psychology in the 1970s and 1980s had given a new life to the study of motivation. The notion that thoughts were the critical variables transformed the study of motivation and has led to a lively interest in how these thoughts determine motivation and achievement behavior. The research effort in education, the workplace, sport, and the exercise setting has increased remarkably as research teams investigate the dynamics of the motivation equation. From a modest beginning, the research effort into motivation processes in sport and physical activity has grown to become a huge literature focusing on the cognitive schema and organismic dynamics that determine achievement striving.

The quality and conceptual underpinning of the research endeavor has increased remarkably. As Advances in Motivation in Sport and Exercise illustrates, the practical implications of this work are now made more explicit for the people in the trenches – the teachers, coaches, exercise leaders, parents, and so on. One of the most important benefits is that they now have evidence on which to base their practice.

The themes of Advances in Motivation in Sport and Exercise center on the understanding and enhancement of achievement behavior in sport or physical activity. Each contributor sheds light on the dynamics of the process of motivation and on the variables and constructs that help understanding of why individuals are or are not motivated. Each contributor also examines how motivation may be enhanced within the framework that she or he professes. Each contributor has a perspective that differs from those of the other contributors. These differences include the determinants of the motivated state (personal goals, personal agency beliefs, basic needs, or values), the way in which the context contributes to the motivated state, and the way in which they can change the motivated state and contribute to the practical side of the work: the enhancement of motivation. But all agree that thoughts and perceptions, or a constellation of cognitions, are major determinants of the energization, direction, and regula­tion of achievement striving.

Advances in Motivation in Sport and Exercise reviews and integrates important contemporary contributions to the study of motivation. Each chapter represents an important avenue of research endeavor in the sport or physical activity area. Thoughtfully compiled by a respected editor-contributor team, this comprehensive text serves as a review of current research and a resource for further study and applications for researchers, students, and practitioners. Readers not only gain knowledge in one of the leading areas of sport psychology research but also learn how research can inform their current practice. Whether research or practically inclined, readers will be enlightened through presentation of differing perspectives and approaches.

History / Military / U.S. / Civil War / Politics

Decided on the Battlefield: Grant, Sherman, Lincoln and the Election of 1864 by David Alan Johnson (Prometheus Books)

I'm going to be beaten ... and unless some great change takes place, badly beaten. – President Abraham Lincoln, August 1864

The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and the Battle of Atlanta – on these battlefields, legendary union generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman faced off against their equally legendary confederate counterparts Robert E. Lee, Joseph E. Johnston, and John Bell Hood.

Himself engaged in a momentous political struggle, President Abraham Lincoln paced the war department's telegraph office in Washington, DC, anxiously awaiting word of the military triumph he knew he would need in order to prevail in the 1864 presidential election and thereby preserve the union.

Readers join historian David Alan Johnson, freelance writer and the author of many popular histories, as he goes into the minds of the men who orchestrated the final movements of America's defining struggle in Decided on the Battlefield.

The American Civil War had dragged on for over three years with no end in sight. Recently, things had not gone well for the Union, and the public blamed the president for the current stalemate against the Confederacy and for the appalling numbers of killed and wounded. Without a change in the fortunes of the war, Lincoln was convinced that he had no chance of being elected for a second term, and that he would be defeated by the former Union general whom he had dismissed, now Democratic candidate George B. McClellan. It is no exaggeration to say that if McClellan had won the election, everything would have been different: the Democrats planned to end the war immediately, grant the South its independence, and let the Confederacy keep its slaves.

What were the crucial factors that in the end swung public sentiment in favor of Lincoln? Johnson in Decided on the Battlefield focuses on the battlefield campaigns of Generals U.S. Grant and William T. Sherman. While Grant was waging a war of attrition against the rebel forces under General Robert E. Lee, Sherman was fighting a protracted battle in Georgia against Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston. But then the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, made a tactical error. He replaced Johnston with John Bell Hood, a general who was aggressive to a fault. At the end of the day, Sherman inflicted heavy losses on Hood's forces and finally conquered Atlanta.

When Atlanta fell, the northern populace grew more confident about Lincoln's war strategy and by November, he was reelected by a majority of 400,000 votes. The war would go on for another five months, but now it was clear that the Union would be preserved and the shattered South would eventually be reunited with the North.

In Decided on the Battlefield, David Alan Johnson provides a revealing look at the influences, from the battlefield to the halls of government, that shaped a wartime presidency, sweeping the reader along with crisp narrative and a rapid pace. For students of both political and military history, this work is not to be missed. – Michael E. Haskew, author of De Gaulle: Lessons in Leadership from the Defiant General

Few things are as dramatic as the distinct parts of this book: Grant, then Sherman, then Grant again, gnawing away at the enemy, while Lincoln's high-wire policy somehow holds his party together. Readers of David Alan Johnson's deft treatment won't want to cut to the chase of the re-election – each chapter follows this daring team of survivors. And Johnson's epilogue on twentieth century repercussions of the war is an apt lesson for writers and readers alike. – James M. Cornelius, PhD, curator, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Johnson writes of battles, party conventions, and newspapers’ reflections of voters’ sentiment in a popular manner that flows well and is not overly scholarly. Dispensing motes of opinion and counterfactual observations … Johnson will appeal to the what-if aspect of Civil War discussion that animates debaters. – Booklist

In Decided on the Battlefield, a vivid, engrossing account of a critical year in American history, historian David Alan Johnson examines the events of 1864, when the course of American history might have taken a radically different direction. Johnson's lively narrative, full of intriguing historical facts, brings to life an important series of episodes in our nation's history. History and Civil War buffs will not want to put down this historical page-turner.

History / Military / Middle East / Memoir

Power Struggle over Afghanistan: An Inside Look at What Went Wrong – and What We Can Do to Repair the Damage by Kai Eide (Spiegel & Grau)

Power Struggle over Afghanistan is an inside look at what went wrong and what to do to repair the damage.

Ten years after the war in Afghanistan began, why is the country little closer to peace and prosperity? Kai Eide, United Nations Special Representative to Afghanistan and an instrumental aide to President Karzai, has some very disturbing answers.

Based on the author’s own conversations with President Karzai and other Afghan politicians, as well as prominent international representatives, Power Struggle over Afghanistan is a Norwegian diplomat’s account of his two years at the United Nations. Eide was President Karzai’s closest international interlocutor from March 2008-2010 and he interacted with him regularly, often several times a day, during the most hectic periods. It was a time marred by widespread fraud, including the controversial presidential elections, and gross international interference, much of which is still unknown to the general public.
Working closely with Karzai, Eide was inevitably caught up in the rivalries between the Afghani authorities and the international community, as well as in the tensions generated by the security situation. Eide speaks freely about the political gambles, the military reality, and the people he met.

A Norwegian politician and diplomat, Eide was the United Nations special representative to Afghanistan from March 2008 to March 2010. He has held several international posts: he previously served as the special envoy of the United Nations secretary-general in Kosovo in 2005 and as special representative of the secretary-general in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1997 to 1998. A member of the Norwegian Foreign Service since 1975, he was the Norwegian ambassador to NATO from 2002 to 2006.

Based on his own conversations with President Karzai and other Afghan politicians, as well as prominent international representatives, many of them from the Obama administration, Power Struggle over Afghanistan is Eide's account of his two years as President Karzai's closest international interlocutor. Eide was a first-hand observer of Karzai's election and the president's most intense struggles to establish power among a raging war and international pressures. He reveals the inside story of the administration's most controversial actions, including the secret peace talks with the Taliban. But amid the chaos, Eide sees hope for the country's recovery.

Working closely with Karzai, Eide was inevitably caught up in rivalries between Afghan authorities and the international community, and the tensions generated by a dire security situation. Eide's story is the first insider's account to treat this critical moment in the Afghan conflict, and his critique of the UN, the US, and military and civilian operations in Afghanistan will without doubt prove controversial. As he reflects on one of the most challenging political situations of our time, Eide also offers his insights into the future of Afghanistan and what can be done to improve relations and work toward stability.

A stinging, loud, detailed, and quite brilliant critique of why it is becoming so hard to make peace in Afghanistan as US forces prepare to leave.... Of all the volumes of insider accounts of the war in Afghanistan, if you have to read one, read this one. – Ahmed Rashid, author of Descent into Chaos and the #1 New York Times bestseller Taliban

Kai Eide has given us a searching and brutally honest account of the Afghan War. His eloquent testimony that we relied too much on a military solution to Afghanistan's complex ethnic and political divisions and too little on diplomacy and economic assistance offers an important lesson as we reflect on what went wrong over the last decade…. This is an important book as we seek an end to that bitter war in the months and years ahead. – R. Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School, and former under secretary of state

A fast-moving and uniquely well-positioned chronicle of the last three years of the Afghan conflict. Citing repeated instances of heavy-handed and insensitive American diplomacy, which in his view unnecessarily antagonized Afghans and allies alike, Eide's memoir is sure to both inform and provoke debate over the Obama administration's handling of this crucial endeavor. – James Dobbins, the United States' first post-9/11 envoy for Afghanistan and author of After the Taliban: Nation-Building in Afghanistan

This is a crucial and candid account of the deteriorating relationship between Afghan leaders and the international community. Kai Eide's two years as UN envoy were marked by controversy and crisis, and his book is essential reading for those who are asking what's gone wrong in Afghanistan. – Lyse Doucet, senior BBC presenter

A former UN envoy to Afghanistan takes stock of his uneven, bracing two-year tour... The author considers at length the international monitoring of the 2009 presidential elections (he depicts a remarkably close, frank relationship with Karzai), the rise of insurgency, often as the result of local resentment over the international presence, and a rapprochement with a (changed) Taliban. Eide writes persuasively from the Afghan point of view and urges the need for Afghan ownership.
[A] clear-eyed, pertinent account from a leader who derives his experience from the trenches. – Kirkus Reviews

A timely memoir. – Publishers Weekly

Power Struggle over Afghanistan is an insightful political analysis from the former UN special representative to Afghanistan. In this political memoir, Eide provides a riveting inside look at the widespread fraud, internal conflicts, and gross international interference that have contributed to the country's persistent instability.

Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies

The Venetian Glass Bead: 24 Colorful Jewelry Projects by Kathy Fox (Kalmbach Books)

Surrender to the allure of authentic Venetian glass.

Millefiori, Foil, Klimt, Miro – these are just a few of the colorful Venetian glass bead styles taking center stage in Kathy Fox’s book, The Venetian Glass Bead.

The Venetian Glass Bead contains twenty-four jewelry projects. Stringing, wire wrapping, bead crochet, knotting and simple stitching highlight the nuances between the many different styles of genuine Venetian glass beads.

As the owner of Bella Venetian Beads, Fox has made many trips to bead makers in Venice and Murano. Respected for her expertise, Fox has been a featured speaker at the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers.

Readers join Fox on a whirlwind trip to Venice and Murano, and immerse themselves in culture as they learn about the cities' centuries-old bead-making traditions. From tiny conterie (seed beads) to bold and bright exposed gold lentils, The Venetian Glass Bead is full of Venetian glass beads.

Striking designs motivate readers to experiment with size, color and shape in their handcrafted jewelry. Fox also shares the rich history and tradition behind this old-world art form, and provides useful tips for identifying authentic Venetian and Murano beads, guiding readers to informed buying decisions.

Readers are able to:

  • Choose from 24 beautifully designed projects that feature easy beading techniques including stringing, wire wrapping, bead crochet, and knotting – created to showcase luscious Venetian glass beads.
  • Learn about Italian glass makers and the attributes of genuine Venetian glass beads.
  • Pour over Fox's vacation photos of historic landmarks – then try their hands at the projects inspired by these remarkable places.

Fully detailed and beautifully photographed, the step-by-step instructions for 24 up-to-date jewelry projects in The Venetian Glass Bead entice readers into becoming Venetian glass bead artists. Readers get the best of both worlds – beautifully designed projects and useful information about these vibrant works of art – perfect for all beginners who love color and pattern.

Mysteries, Thrillers & Suspense

Restless in the Grave: A Kate Shugak Novel by Dana Stabenow (Kate Shugak Novels: Minotaur Books)

New York Times bestseller Dana Stabenow returns with Restless in the Grave, teaming up two of her most beloved characters, Aleut private investigator Kate Shugak and Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell, brought together for the first time.
In Restless in the Grave Alaska aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant died in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub. Someone sabotaged his engine, and virtually everyone in southwestern Alaska has a motive, including his betrayed wife, his bullied children, and Liam’s wife, bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. With few places to turn, Liam asks his former mentor Niniltna post commander Sergeant Jim Chopin, for help, and Jim quickly brings Kate onto the case.
Working undercover as – of all things – a waitress at Bill’s Bar and Grill, Kate learns over beer and burgers that Grant’s business had expanded meteorically over the last two years. After buying the closed Air Force base south of town from the federal government at a bargain-basement price, he became a fixed-base operator running his fishing, hunting, and flight-seeing business, servicing planes flying through the area, and most interestingly and lucratively, getting into the air freight business. But what kind of freight was he moving, and where?
The answers involve Kate in her most challenging case to date, one that starts with murder and quickly sprawls into a much larger conspiracy ranging from the darkest family secrets to treason and beyond.

Author Stabenow, New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner, is the author of eighteen previous Kate Shugak novels, four Liam Campbell mysteries, three science-fiction novels, and two thrillers.

Entertaining 19th novel featuring the brash, fearless PI [Kate Shugak]… The book sparkles with energy and wit, and packs an unexpected punch. – Publishers Weekly

Restless in the Grave is a treat for fans and another outstanding addition to Stabenow’s acclaimed and award-winning series. In a series that keeps getting better, she keeps the tension high and the dangers real.

Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense

Taken by Robert Crais (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

They ran hard toward the mountains, driving without lights. They had to move fast or Cole would be lost. – from the book

In Taken, when Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn't afraid, even though she's gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it's a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only ‘that boy,’ and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong. The girl and her boyfriend have been taken by bajadores – bandits who prey on other bandits, border professionals who prey not only on innocent victims, but on one another. They steal drugs, guns, and people – buying and selling victims like commodities, and killing the ones they can't get a price for.

With the help of his longtime friend and partner in private investigation, former LAPD officer and mercenary Joe Pike, Cole discovers the identity of the bajadore who controls Krista and Jack's fate, a mysterious figure known only as the Syrian. In order to get close to him Cole must assume a false identity and enter into a risky arrangement with some of the most repulsive and unpredictable killers he has ever encountered. "I was now in business with a Korean gang known for extortion, brutality, and violence, and about to put my trust into a drug cartel known for torture and mass murder," Cole muses. "I told myself it was worth it. I told myself I had no choice. I lied to myself, and knew I was lying, but chose to believe the lies."

Cole and Pike find the spot where the couple was abducted. There are tire tracks, bullet casings, and bloodstains. They know things look as bad as possible, but it is about to get worse. Going undercover to find the couple and buy them back, Cole himself is taken, and disappears. Now it is up to Joe Pike to retrace Cole's steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers to find his friend,.

Pike prepares for no-holds-barred action and calls for backup from fellow mercenary and secret U.S. government agent Jon Stone. Together, using the latest technology as well as skills honed in some of the world's most dangerous trouble spots, they follow the baffling trail left by Cole's captors. Their hope is to reach him before federal agents botch the job, Cole's cover is blown, and Krista and Jack are forced to reveal explosive secrets that will immediately condemn them to death.

Author of Taken Robert Crais, former script writer for major television series including Hill Street Blues, is not only one of the most popular of contemporary crime fiction writers, with seven previous New York Times bestsellers, but one of the most critically acclaimed. The Los Angeles Times has called Crais's Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels, "One of today's best crime series."

Thrilling, emotional, passionate, with some of the best characters and well-crafted writing in all of crime fiction, Taken is further proof that "Crais just keeps getting better". – Publishers Weekly

Like the best L.A. noir writers, Robert Cram nudges the genre into higher gear, tackling grand themes in exceedingly personal ways through flawed heroes and hard-to-spot villains. Where Crais excels is in building believable characters to enact his morality plays. He draws them one brushstroke at a time, shading them in with each thought, description, and terse phrase. This continues to be one of today's best crime series. – Los Angeles Times

Robert Crais is one of those rare, treasured mystery writers who combine genuine humanity with tales of crime and detection – not to the mention the steadily building tension that always manages to pile up until his books can't be put down. Crais delivers with street cred and real emotional punch. – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Crais has never written a book with the power and intensity of Taken. The dynamic pair of Pike and Cole is the perfect recipe for the crime fan. Here Crais at the top of his game, certain to burnish his already glittering critical reputation and thrill his ever-expanding audience.

 Professional & Technical / Medicine / Allied Health / Nursing / Clinical / Emergency / Reference

Sheehy's Manual of Emergency Care, 7th edition (Newberry) edited by Belinda B. Hammond MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN and Polly Gerber Zimmermann RN MS MBA CEN, FAEN (Emergency Nurses Association, Elsevier Mosby)

Revised and featuring a more efficient and streamlined design, the 7th edition of Sheehy's trusted emergency care resource offers complete, up-to-date coverage of the essentials emergency nurses need to know. In Sheehy's Manual of Emergency Care each condition commonly seen in the emergency setting is addressed. Comprehensive content is presented thorough discussion of signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, age/developmental considerations, and patient/family education for each condition.

The volume is edited by Belinda B. Hammond, MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Educator, Critical Care, Cone Health System, Greensboro, NC and Polly Gerber Zimmermann, MS, MBA, RN, CEN, FAEN, Associate Professor, Harry S. Truman College, Chicago, Illinois.

Sheehy's Manual of Emergency Care has:

  • A two-column format featuring real-world Tricks of the Trade boxes to give clinicians a professional's perspective on common issues in emergency nursing.
  • Authorship by the Emergency Nurses Association ensuring the volume contains the best practices in emergency nursing.
  • Fully revised content a broad panel of expert contributors including up-to-date, practical information on new topics such as ethical dilemmas, patient safety, the morbidly obese patient, pediatric considerations, geriatric considerations, legal issues, forensic nursing, and workplace violence.
  • A quick-reference format using a consistent layout to help clinicians find information quickly and easily.

According to Hammond in the Preface, no other area of health care feels the immediate impact of societal changes more than the emergency department. Today emergency nurses care for greater numbers of more acutely ill patients than ever before. The ‘baby-boomers’ are aging and present with multiple co-morbidities. Unemployment and under-employment result in many patients with inadequate health insurance coverage and patients who can no longer afford their co-payments or medications presenting to emergency departments. Governmental budget cuts have decreased the availability of health care for some patients, particularly those with mental health issues. Recent years have seen an apparent rise in natural and man-made disasters, and as a result, patients seeking treatment following these incidents. Advances in technology and the development of newer, improved therapies continue at a rapid pace.

As a result of these factors, emergency nurses must be life-long learners.

This seventh edition of Sheehy's Manual of Emergency Care assists emergency nurses in updating their knowledge and improving the care of their patients. Much of the content is summarized in tables and charts and the bulleted format makes information easily accessible. Chapters contain boxes to emphasize important practice points.

As with the previous editions, the content is divided into five parts. Part 1, Basic Emergency Issues, now includes chapters related to disruptive behavior and violence in the workplace as well as ethical dilemmas frequently encountered in the emergency department. Part 2, Basic Clinical Issues, addresses topics critical to the care of all emergency patients, such as pain management. Part 3, Common Non-Traumatic Emergencies, includes separate chapters on stroke and sepsis in light of the frequency with which emergency nurses care for patients with these life-threatening problems. Part 4, Trauma, assumes readers have basic trauma knowledge from the Emergency Nurses Association's (ENA) Trauma Nursing Core Course. Although Sheehy's Manual of Emergency Care does not include the in-depth information needed by nurses working in a pediatric-only emergency department, Part 5, Special Populations, addresses common pediatric emergencies. This section also includes chapters on considerations for and emergencies specific to geriatric and bariatric patients, two groups seen with increasing frequency in most emergency departments.

Parts of Sheehy's Manual of Emergency Care and their chapters include:

I. BASIC EMERGENCY ISSUES

  1. Legal Issues for Emergency Nurses
  2. Workplace Violence and Disruptive Behavior – Polly Gerber Zimmermann
  3. Mass Casualty Incidents – Sharon Saunderson Cohen
  4. Patient Safety in the Emergency Department – Susan McDaniel Hohenhaus
  5. Ethical Dilemmas in Emergency Nursing – Bernard Heilicser
  6. Forensics – Jeanne Eckes-Roper

II. BASIC CLINICAL ISSUES

  1. Triage – Nicki Gilboy
  2. Airway Management – Julie V. O'Neal
  3. Cardiopulmonary Arrest – Belinda B. Hammond
  4. Intravenous Therapy – Lynn Hadaway
  5. Care of the Patient with Pain – Diana Meyer
  6. Substance Abuse – Leona Stout-Demps and Darleen A. Williams
  7. Alcohol Abuse – Dawn M. Williamson
  8. Wound Management – Robert D. Herr
  9. Procedural Sedation – Lauren Wheatley McCauley
  10. Laboratory Specimens – Linda K. Cook and Polly Gerber Zimmermann
  11. End-of-Life Issues for Emergency Nurses –Tina D. Cronin

III. COMMON NON-TRAUMATIC EMERGENCIES

  1. Respiratory Emergencies – Robin Walsh
  2. Cardiovascular Emergencies – Belinda B. Hammond
  3. Shock – Shelley A. Calder
  4. Sepsis – Bethany Chimento Jennings and Fiona Winterbottom
  5. Infectious Diseases – William R. Short, Mary Kemper and Jeane Jackson
  6. Hematologic and Immunologic Emergencies – C. J. Carringer and Belinda B. Hammond
  7. Stroke – Rita D. Mintmier and Sharon L. Biby
  8. Neurologic Emergencies – Robin Walsh
  9. Facial, ENT, and Dental Emergencies – Darcy Egging
  10. Ocular Emergencies – Darcy Egging
  11. Abdominal Pain and Emergencies – Lisa Wolf and Polly Gerber Zimmermann
  12. Metabolic Emergencies – Benjamin E. Marett
  13. Toxicologic Emergencies – Randal Bryan Badillo, Kimberly Hovseth, and Scott Schaffer
  14. Environmental Emergencies – S. Kay Sedlak
  15. Bite and Sting Emergencies – S. Kay Sedlak
  16. Genitourinary Emergencies – Susanne Quallich
  17. Sexually Transmitted Infections – Darcy Egging

IV. TRAUMA

  1. Assessment and Stabilization of the Trauma Patient – Jeff Solheim
  2. Head Trauma – Jill C. McLaughlin
  3. Spinal Cord and Neck Trauma – Faye P. Everson
  4. Chest Trauma – Faye P. Everson
  5. Abdominal Trauma – Catherine Harris
  6. Musculoskeletal Trauma – Judith S. Halpern
  7. Facial, Ocular, ENT, and Dental Trauma – Jeff Solheim
  8. Burns – Kathleen A. Ribbens and Megan DeVries
  9. Obstetric Trauma – Laura M. Criddle
  10. Pediatric Trauma – Diana Ropele
  11. Geriatric Trauma – Laura M. Criddle

V. SPECIAL POPULATIONS

  1. Obstetric Emergencies – Judith H. Poole and Joanne E. Thompson
  2. Gynecologic Emergencies – Linda Kelly
  3. Mental Health Emergencies –Anne P. Manton
  4. Abuse and Neglect – Shelley Cohen
  5. Intimate Partner Violence – Shelley Cohen
  6. Sexual Assault – Barbara Weintraub
  7. Pediatric Considerations in Emergency Nursing – Colleen Andreoni
  8. Geriatric Considerations in Emergency Nursing – Karen L. Rice and Maria Albright
  9. Considerations for the Patient with Morbid Obesity – Maria E. Albright and Valerie Aarne Grossman

Sheehy's Manual of Emergency Care serves as a quick reference for practicing emergency nurses. Updated material and easy-to-reference contents make this 7th edition an essential tool for current emergency nursing practice.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Surgery / Orthopedics / Reference

Prevention and Management of Common Fracture Complications by Michael T. Archdeacon MD, Jeff O. Anglen MD, Robert F. Ostrum MD and Dolfi Herscovici Jr. DO (Slack Incorporated)

Every orthopedic surgeon faces complications in the management of fractures. Drs. Michael T. Archdeacon, Jeffrey O. Anglen, Robert F. Ostrum, and Dolfi Herscovici, Jr. have created Prevention and Management of Common Fracture Complications, a comprehensive reference dedicated entirely to the prevention and management of fracture complications, with the text focused on the etiology of the complications, the factors the surgeon controls in the operating room, and the treatment of these complications once they occur. The volume includes more than 300 images and 45 tables.
Prevention and Management of Common Fracture Complications is arranged on an anatomic basis with contributions from more than 45 orthopedic surgeons, each an expert on the topic covered in their respective sections. Chapters include the etiological factors for each complication, strategies for preventing the complication, surgical techniques, reduction and implant selection, and strategies required to successfully manage the complication.

Editors and their credentials include: Michael T. Archdeacon, MD, MSE, Professor and Vice-Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Division Director for Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, University of Cincinnati Hospital, Cincinnati; Jeffrey O. Angflen, MD, FACS, Professor Orthopaedics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis; Robert F. Ostrum, MD, Director of Orthopaedic Trauma, Cooper University Hospital, Professor of Surgery, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden, New Jersey; and Dolfi Herscovici Jr, DO, Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedics, University of South Florida, Tampa.

Sections of Prevention and Management of Common Fracture Complications and their chapters include:

Section I General         

  1. Preventing Complications in Orthopedic Communication – Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, FACS and Eric Stiefel, MD
  2. Infection – Jeffrey O. Anglen, MD, FACS
  3. Deep Venous Thrombosis – Catherine A. Humphrey, MD
  4. Fracture Complications in the Growing Skeleton – Christine B. Caltoum, MD
  5. Nonunion – Jeffrey O. Anglen, MD, FACS
  6. Malunion – Brady Barker, MD and Kurtis Staples, MD
  7. Arthrofibrosis/Contracture – Michael P. Rusnak, MD

Section II Upper Extremity      

  1. Complications of Clavicle Fractures – Janos P. Ertl, MD
  2. Complications of Proximal and Diaphyseal Humerus Fractures – Eric S. Moghadamian, MD and Raymond D. Wright, MD
  3. Elbow Fractures – Gregory J. Della Rocca, MD, PhD, FACS
  4. Radial and Ulnar Shaft, Monteggia, and Galeazzi Fractures – Susan McDowell, MD and Brian H. Mullis, MD
  5. Distal Radius Fractures – Brett D. Crist, MD, FACS and Yvonne M. Murtha, MD

Section III Pelvis and Acetabulum        

  1. Open Pelvic Fracture: Infection – Marcus F. Sciadini, MD
  2. Sacral Fractures: Loss of Reduction/Failure of Fixation – H. Claude Sagi, MD
  3. Iliosacral Screw Malposition – A. Michael Harris, MD and Paul B. Gladden, MD
  4. Pelvic Ring Disruption: Malalignment – Kyle F. Dickson, MD, MBA
  5. Acetabulum Fractures: Malunion – Michael Beltran, MD and Cory Collinge, MD
  6. Acetabulum Fractures: Nerve Palsy – George V. Russell, MD and Scott A. Wingerter, MD, PhD
  7. Acetabulum Fractures: Heterotopic Ossification – Madhav A. Karunakar, MD

Section IV Hip            

  1. Femoral Head Fracture: Osteonecrosis and Hip Instability – Samuel A. McArthur, MD and Walter W. Virkus, MD
  2. Femoral Neck Fracture: Nonunion – Michael T. Archdeacon, MD, MSE
  3. Intertrochanteric Fractures: Lag Screw Cut Out and Failure of Fixation – Brian D. Solberg, MD
  4. Intertrochanteric Fractures: Lateral Wall Fractures – Bradley Merk, MD and Erik Eller, MD
  5. Subtrochanteric Fracture: Varus Malalignment/Nonunion – Robert R. L. Gray, MD and Anthony T. Sorkin, MD

Section V Femur and Tibia

  1. Femoral Shaft Fractures: Malunion and Nonunion – Robert F. Ostrum, MD
  2. Supracondylar Femur Fractures – Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, FACS and Pratik Desai, MD, MS
  3. Patella Fracture: Complications – Matthew J. White, MD and Gerald J. Lang, MD
  4. Tibial Plateau Fracture: Infection, Failure of Fixation, and Instability – Eric D. Farrell, MD and Paul M. Lafferty, MD
  5. Tibial Shaft Fracture: Infection, Nonunion, and Malunion – John A. Scolaro, MD and Samir Mehta, MD

Section VI Foot and Ankle

  1. Pilon Fractures – Sean E. Nork, MD
  2. Ankle Fractures and Syndesmotic Injuries – Dolfi Herscovici Jr, DO and Julia M. Scaduto, ARNP
  3. Talus – Stefan Rammelt, MD, PhD and Hans Zwipp, MD, PhD
  4. Calcaneal Fractures – James B. Carr, MD
  5. Midfoot Fractures: Lisfranc, Cuboid, Navicular – Clifford B. Jones, MD, FACS and Marlon O. Coulibaly, MD
  6. Metatarsal Fractures – Robert Vander Griend, MD

Prevention and Management of Common Fracture Complications offers practicing orthopedic surgeons a quick reference for the prevention and treatment of common fracture complications. The volume provides a single and complete resource to readily answer all fracture complication questions and is ideal for orthopedic surgeons, orthopedic residents, and medical students interested in orthopedic surgery.

Professional & Technical / Psychology & Counseling / Families & Parenting / Domestic Violence

The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics, 2nd edition by R. Lundy Bancroft, Jay G. Silverman and Daniel Ritchie (SAGE Series on Violence against Women: Sage Publications)

As someone with 30 years of experience working with the police and courts in a more collaborative response to domestic violence, I found that The Batterer as Parent left me with a fresh perspective and new ideas for clinical practice and research in this area. I am confident that other readers will be stimulated in a similar fashion. I hope that this book comes to be seen as required reading for all judges, lawyers, custody evaluators, child protection workers, therapists, and advocates involved in domestic violence cases. – Peter Jaffe from the foreword

Moving beyond the narrow clinical perspective sometimes applied to viewing the emotional and developmental risks to battered children, The Batterer as Parent, Second Edition, offers a view that takes into account the complex ways in which a batterer's abusive and controlling behaviors are woven into the fabric of daily life.

Authors are Daniel Ritchie, M.S.W., who has worked with military veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and substance abuse and with children and adolescents with a wide range of psychosocial issues including domestic violence; Jay Silverman who is a developmental psychologist and Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health at the University of California at San Diego; and Lundy Bancroft who has many years of counseling and clinical supervising experience in over 2,000 cases working with batterers.

New to this second edition of The Batterer as Parent:

  • Increased focus on diversity with updates on race and culture infused throughout, including from the child's perspective.
  • Expanded discussion of parental alienation theories.
  • Increased use of tables and figures for illustrative purposes to aid the reader's comprehension.
  • Addition of more case examples to help practitioners see concepts in action.

According to Peter Jaffe in the foreword, Lundy Bancroft and Jay Silverman have now further deepened our understanding of the trauma done to children of battered women with this practical volume that turns the spotlight onto the attitudes and behaviors of batterers as parents, examining in concrete and illuminating detail the home conditions that domestic violence creates. The authors simultaneously clarify many misconceptions that still exist about the short- and long-term impact batterers can have on children.

Bancroft and Silverman move beyond the narrow clinical perspective that is sometimes applied to viewing the emotional and developmental risks to these children. They document the evidence that batterers are at a greatly increased risk to physically or sexually abuse children, often use the children as weapons against the mother, can sow important divisions between children and their mothers and among siblings, and may be psychologically abusive to children. They outline the complex and insidious processes through which batterers hamper children's social and emotional development.

Bancroft and Silverman also shed light on the common misconception that the trauma to children of domestic violence ends when the parents separate. They successfully challenge existing theories about high-conflict divorce and parental alienation that minimize and misinterpret the batterer's pattern of manipulative and coercive behaviors and that tend to shift blame for the children's emotional difficulties – including their fear of their fathers – onto battered mothers.

Bancroft and Silverman offer systematic and useful guidelines for assessing the risk to children from batterers. Jaffee feels this assessment tool should become a standard part of the practice of custody evaluators and courts in making decisions that promote the safety and security of children. In addition, the authors offer complementary guidelines on evaluating genuine change in batterers as parents.

The Batterer as Parent is rooted in the experience of doing counseling work in batterer intervention programs. Bancroft and Silverman say they observed countless times how psychologically destructive their clients were, leading them to a growing set of questions about how a batterer's presence in the home would affect children emotionally day to day, not just during his periodic incidents of outright physical or sexual violence.

In The Batterer as Parent Bancroft and Silverman prepare readers to identify and to respond to the range of individual and family dynamics that can be created by battering behavior. They help community members understand that these dynamics rarely disappear when a battered mother leaves her abusive partner; they live on in the patterns of interaction that have been established and, often more directly, in the batterer's use of ongoing intimidation and violence and in his use of litigation for custody or visitation. Therefore, professionals and others wishing to assist mothers and children need to understand a host of sources of emotional injury to a mother and her children, as well as appropriate strategies for fostering recovery. They propose some substantial shifts in the thinking that currently prevails regarding the nature of children's trauma and their needs for recovery in cases where they have been exposed to domestic violence perpetrators.

As Bancroft and Silverman prepared this second edition of The Batterer as Parent with the assistance of Daniel Ritchie, they say they observed important changes from a decade ago. There have been leaps forward in the development of advocacy and therapeutic strategies for supporting the safety of children and helping them heal. Far more professionals are aware now that batterers cause harm to mother-child and sibling relationships and understand the importance of directing services toward healing those relationships, not just individuals. They have also seen more attention being paid than before to the parenting of men who batter – and the need to influence their treatment of children as part of holding them accountable overall.

There have been other important developments over this period that they observe with less enthusiasm. As they explain in The Batterer as Parent, they have grave concerns about the implications of this research trend for children. This period has also seen an exponential growth in the use of ‘parental alienation’ theories and charges against battered mothers; modern society has come to a stance where it accuses battered mothers of parental unfitness for exposing their children to batterers and then, post-separation, does an abrupt about-face to accuse them of unfitness for their efforts to limit their children's exposure. In this context, they have felt it urgent to expand considerably their discussion of parental alienation theories. In a somewhat related development, there has been a growth in the belief that there are many men who use violence against their female partners without any intent to control or intimidate in what has been termed common couple violence. However, their reading of the research suggests that this phenomenon is actually not at all common, and they raise concerns about the acceptance of these questionable formulations.

Although they refer extensively to published research, The Batterer as Parent is grounded largely in their extensive experience working directly with men who batter and their families. They emphasize the need for further research to test and deepen the analyses and recommendations that they have put forth in the book and to expand their applicability to diverse racial, cultural, and socioeconomic groups. They also look forward to refinement by other professionals of the tools they propose for distinguishing the level of risk that a particular batterer presents to children's well-being.

This highly readable, excellent text will serve professionals and students in varied fields who come into contact with families exposed to battering. The background and experiences of the authors are a major strength informing the book. The text is chock full of essential information gleaned from extensive clinical practice. A second major strength is their focus on family climate and dynamics influenced by the batterer, rather than approaching the child-parent relationship in terms of discrete incidents that may have been witnessed by the child. This approach resonates with my clinical experience, while much current research still uses an incident-based approach. I have one leg in the clinical practice world and the other in research/teaching, and from my vantage point it is exciting to read clinical wisdom and experiences summarized thematically that can inspire highly relevant empirical research. I would certainly purchase a copy of the Second Edition for my own professional use, and I wish that it were required reading for professionals intervening with children exposed to batterers, particularly chills welfare professionals. – Amy Chanmugam, University of Texas at Austin

The Batterer as Parent is a thoughtful and practical guide for therapists, child protective workers, family and juvenile court personnel, and other human service providers in addressing the complex impact that batterers have on family functioning. It is intended for domestic violence professionals, therapists, child protective and court personnel, battered mothers, and anyone else who is in a personal or professional position to touch the lives of children of battered women. School personnel, parent trainers, custody evaluators, and providers of supervised visitation can all draw from it.

Religion & Spirituality / Christian / Love & Marriage

The Beautiful Wife: Focused on Christ, Fulfilled in Marriage by Sandy Ralya (Kregel Publications)

Marriage is hard work.
When Sandy Ralya's marriage was in trouble, she was desperate for help but didn't know how to ask for it. Everyone else's marriage seemed perfect. How could she admit hers was not?

Ralya eventually sought guidance from godly mentors and Christian counselors. What she learned transformed her life … and then her marriage. Now, she wants to provide other wives with the same nurturing and mentoring that saved her relationship.

The Beautiful Wife uses inspiring stories along with biblical principles to guide and encourage wives looking for God's best in their marriages. The Beautiful Wife answers serious questions women have about their roles as wives. Discussing everything from romance and money to beauty, communication, and sex, Ralya challenges women to open up and share their journeys so that together they can see God's plan for them.

"It is my passion to help women discover God's heart for their marriage, just as the other women helped me," writes Ralya. "When women share with each other the details of their journeys with God as wives, it's a beautiful thing indeed."

Ralya is the founder and director of Beautiful Womanhood and speaks to hundreds of women each year at MOPS groups, women's retreats, and church leadership conferences across the country and in Canada. She and her husband, Tom, have been married since 1980 and have three grown children and a growing number of grandchildren.

Whether readers’ marital struggles are few or many, The Beautiful Wife offers biblical principles, practical tips, and inspiring stories to guide and encourage them. Readers use this book along with The Beautiful Wife Prayer Journal or they can use The Beautiful Wife Mentor's Guide to lead other women through a study of the book. Additional tools on the website strengthen their marriage as they build loving, godly, and supportive relationships with other wives.

What started as a popular mentoring program is now an incredible handbook that every woman needs. I believe this book will be life-changing for many, many women and their marriages. – Shaunti Feldhahn, best-selling author of For Women Only

Sandy Ralya candidly shares her experiences, others' personal stories, and God's wisdom to mentor women for great marriages. – Florence Littauer, speaker and best-selling author of Personality Plus

Simply and honestly, Sandy speaks to the real issues that wives deal with and gives practical guidance on how to become `beautiful' in Christ. – Dan Seaborn, author and founder of Winning at Home

The Beautiful Wife and the other materials comprise a well-designed package, with numerous tools and guidance to facilitate group support.

Religion & Spirituality / New Age

Synchronicity: The Art of Coincidence, Choice, and Unlocking Your Mind by Kirby Surprise, with a foreword by Allan Combs (New Page Books)

Synchronicity promises readers they can learn to make reality dance to the rhythms of their thoughts.

The experience of meaningful coincidences is universal. They are reported by people of every culture, every belief system, and every time period. Synchronicity examines the evidence for the human influence on the meaningfulness of events, and the way the modern computational model of the mind predicts how we create meaning.
It describes how some events, based on the activity of the mind, are caused by the person who perceives them.
In this fascinating work, readers:

  • Learn to use their amazing ability to create synchronistic events.
  • Discover how their mind creates the reality they experience.
  • Unlock their brain's vast resources of connectivity and creativity.
  • Change from living as separate beings to living as a part of the unified whole.

Synchronicity shows readers how they already create events around them, and turns them into conscious co-creators of their reality. Kirby Surprise, a counseling psychologist who works in an advanced outpatient program for the State of California, describes the miracles of the brain's processes, merging the worlds of modern physics and ancient mysticism to reveal abilities readers have always possessed, but which were not fully understood – until now.

Synchronicity is teeming with delightful and often compelling surprises about the nature of meaningful coincidences in contemporary life. The author's prose is playful, provocative, and profound. Though you may not agree with all of Professor Surprise's conclusions, this book should be required reading for anyone wanting to understand the magnificence and mystery of synchronicity. – Gary E. Schwartz, PhD, professor of psychology and medicine, The University of Arizona
An interesting mix of mythology, neuroscience, and common sense, this book takes a serious, but light-hearted look at the way synchronicity works and the degree to which it can be controlled. Going well beyond the ideas of Jung, synchronicity's discoverer, psychotherapist Surprise draws on anthropology, String Theory, and Walt Disney to make the case that our internal states do effect external events.... – Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer
… The author lucidly explains how our brains are, in fact, predicated on this ability to detect patterns out of the morass of sen­sory stimuli we take in at any given moment. Not only can we detect these synchronistic events around us, but we should. Even more, we can directly participate in the manifestation of synchronistic phenomena through vigilance and focused attention. The author beckons us to change our reality by changing our relationship to synchronicity and offers practical guidelines – and even a set of seven games – to put syn­chronicity to work in your life. You'll find this an entertaining, edifying, and engaging read. Read on! – Dale Harrison, PhD, Elon University, member of the 2010 Yale University Synchronicity Summit

A true thriller from cover to cover – Kirby Surprise proves that there really is nothing more fascinating and mysterious than the human mind. – Linda Watanabe McFerrin, author of The Hand of Buddha and Dead Love

Dr. Surprise is at once psychologist, bard, modern shaman, and cartographer, offering anyone who reads this book an empowering new perspective on our own awesome power of creation. – Lori A Jespersen, PsyD, author of From This Day On

Once the butt of jokes and derision, the concept of synchronicity is now a topic that is being taken seriously. Quantum physics, chaos and complexity theory, and on-local phenomena have found this arcane perspective to be a surprising contemporary framework from which to understand many puzzles of the cosmos and of humanity's place in it. Kirby Surprise has provided his readers with an original revision of synchronicity that may well take his readers by surprise! – Stanley Krippner, PhD, professor of Psychology, Saybrook University, and coauthor of Personal Mythology

Synchronicity is a fascinating, light-hearted-yet-serious examination of the power of the mind to create, full of activities.

Science / Earth Science / Geology / Nature & Ecology

For Love of Lakes by Darby Nelson (Michigan State University Press)

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. – Henry David Thoreau, 1854

America has more than 130,000 lakes of significant size. Ninety percent of all Americans live within fifty miles of a lake, and our 1.8 billion trips to watery places make them our top vacation choice. Yet despite this striking popularity, more than 45 percent of surveyed lakes and 80 percent of urban lakes do not meet water quality standards.

In the tradition of Aldo Leopold’s seminal work, A Sand Country Almanac, For Love of Lakes focuses on the lakes, ponds, and waters outside readers’ very homes and the intricacies of these ecosystems. The volume is an affectionate account documenting our species’ long relationship with lakes – their glacial origins, Thoreau and his environmental message, and the major perceptual shifts and advances in our understanding of lake ecology.

For Love of Lakes, by Darby Nelson, aquatic ecologist, Professor Emeritus at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, former Minnesota state legislator and former board president of Conservation Minnesota, weaves a tapestry of history, science, emotion, and poetry for all who love lakes or enjoy nature writing.

Nelson weaves an interesting and thought-provoking story based on his love of lakes and the outdoor world. The text blends his power of observation, personal scientific knowledge and an appreciation of important contributions to the field of limnology. His ‘story-teller’ approach provokes readers to consider their particular ‘dream’ lakes and what they might do to protect them for future generations. – Steven Heiskary, Research Scientist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Past President 2005, North American Lake Management Society

Darby gracefully describes the beauty and ecology of lakes through rich personal and natural histories. This book engagingly challenges us to consider both our relationship with nature and how our choices affect its future. – Jonathan Higgins, Senior Aquatic Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy

Nelson’s interplay of emotion and logic stimulates the reader to think, and that is a good thing. For Love of Lakes is poetic to the end – a wonderful read for all who enjoy natural history. – John J. Magnuson, Professor Emeritus of Zoology and Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

For those of us who live in lake country, nothing is as fine as the mist rising in the early morning, or the pickerelweed in the midday sun, or the beaver slapping at dusk. Darby Nelson captures this glory; more, he tells us how we might preserve it against the myriad abuses now plaguing our freshwater oases. – Bill McKibben, author Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

The delightful For Love of Lakes is a necessary and thoughtful book that addresses the stewardship void while providing improved understanding of our most treasured natural feature.

Science / Nature & Ecology / Birdwatching

The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher: Birdfeeders and Bird Gardens by Robert Burton and Stephen Kress (Thunder Bay Press)

Birds are a visible and entertaining form of wildlife. These colorful visitors provide hours of entertainment as they bathe, feed, court, and nest. With more than 1,000 full-color photographs, The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher profiles the 100 most familiar garden birds and the reasons behind their intriguing antics. With expert guidance from the National Audubon Society, readers can learn how to create a bird-friendly environment in their own backyards. Whether situated in a city or in the countryside, readers get the practical information they need on using gardens, food, water, and nesting sites to entice birds to visit.

Now available in paperback, the book was written by Robert Burton, a well-established author in the field of ‘domestic’ natural history and Stephen Kress, biologist, manager of the Society’s Maine Coast Sanctuaries, director of its Seabird Restoration Program at the National Audubon Society, a research fellow at Cornell University and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine.

As told in The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher, with minimal effort, readers can attract birds to their yards by providing food, garden plants, water, and nestboxes. This volume:

  • Shows how to identify, attract, and feed birds.
  • Profiles the most familiar garden birds, with details of their nesting habits, songs, and feeding preferences.
  • Contains full details on how to create a bird-friendly environment for their yard.
  • Explains how to buy, build, and maintain birdfeeders and nestboxes.
  • Includes descriptions of over 300 trees, shrubs, and other plants that attract birds to their yard.

Feeding and watching birds have become favorite pastimes in the United States and Canada. The U S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently found that roughly one-third of the population of the United States feed wild birds. The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher provides this growing audience with a guide to the identification, feeding, and observation of backyard birds. It also shows readers how birds fly, communicate, nest, and migrate, and explains behavior that might be overlooked or misunderstood. The best place to start helping wildlife is one’s own property. From this start, we must move to protecting wild habitats, working with groups such as the National Audubon Society and others.

Packed with practical information on using gardens, food, water and nesting sites to entice birds to visit, The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher is an informative and comprehensive guide to the fascinating world of birds in readers’ yards – brought vividly to life in the spectacular full-color photographs. This perennial bestseller is the ultimate resource for anyone interested in creating a bird-friendly habitat in their backyard.

Social Sciences / Anthropology / Native American / Linguistics

Telling Stories in the Face of Danger: Language Renewal in Native American Communities by Paul V. Kroskrity (University of Oklahoma Press)

Stories are important in all human societies, and especially in those whose languages are threatened with extinction. “They aren’t just entertainment,” writes Laguna Pueblo novelist Leslie Marmon Silko in Ceremony. “They are all we have … to fight off illness and death. You don’t have anything if you don’t have the stories.” The contributors to Telling Stories in the Face of Danger, all linguists and linguistic anthropologists concerned with the revitalization of indigenous languages, draw on that understanding as they explore Native American storytelling both as a response to and a symptom of language endangerment. Edited by Paul V. Kroskrity, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and coeditor of Native American Language Ideologies: Beliefs, Practices, and Struggles in Indian Country, the essays show how traditional stories, and their nontraditional written descendants, such as poetry and graphic novels, help to maintain Native cultures and languages.

Highlighting language renewal programs, Telling Stories in the Face of Danger presents case studies from various North American communities that show tribal stories as vehicles of moral development, healing, and the construction of identity. For the Arizona Tewa, storytelling is tied to the growth and development of children, as well as to the cultivation of corn and other staples. In some Apachean and Pueblo groups, people are traditionally scolded with the rebuke: “Didn’t your grandmother ever teach you the stories?”

Several essays presented in Telling Stories in the Face of Danger describe successful efforts to maintain, revitalize, and renew narrative traditions or to adapt them to new institutions, such as schools. Others consider less successful efforts, noting conflicts among older and younger tribal members or differences between academic and traditional language expertise or between insiders and outsiders. The contributors, some of whom are members of the communities they describe, also examine the use of narrative as an act of resistance.

Telling Stories in the Face of Danger focuses on the work that stories, storytelling tropes and related verbal art do and have done to maintain Native cultures as vital processes of cultural and linguistic reproduction. The book is not about stories and their artful organization but rather about the uses – the larger projects – that many tribal members and communities have found for their stories. Storytelling processes underlie maintenance, intercultural adaptation, and linguistic and cultural revitalization. The chapters provide a sampled glimpse at what today is a large and growing movement to deploy traditional stories in the educational service of Native children and young people who are themselves struggling to learn their heritage languages and cultures. As with even a small sampling, one finds a range of tribes and a wide variety of storytelling adaptations. The chapters are divided into two somewhat uneven halves. In part I, most chapters suggest that tribes are successfully attempting to maintain or revitalize and renew their narrative traditions or adapt them to new institutions like schools. Part II looks at cases of partial success or even possible failure as well as cases displaying alternative adaptations. All the researchers are familiar with the communities they write about either because they are members or because of their extensive and original research in those communities. Though no attempt was made to do a systematic sample of Native North American linguistic and culture areas or to constrain the types of narrative examined, Kroskrity did attempt to locate studies that emphasize the ongoing use of stories as vehicles of cultural and linguistic reproduction in communities struggling to maintain their languages and cultural values while exploring narrative practices and their associated ideologies as acts of resistance and persistence.

In chapter 2 of Telling Stories in the Face of Danger, Gus Palmer, Jr., reflects on the importance of what he characterizes as ‘oral storytelling’ from his perspective as a heritage lan­guage speaker who is also charged with helping to revitalize these languages in his position at the University of Oklahoma. His emphasis on the oral dimension invokes one of the most telling differences between traditional Native American verbal art and the more literacy-based verbal art forms of the West. Palmer cannot help but be somewhat ambivalent in tone, since it is clear that the conditions for full traditional performance are now eroding as people's linguistic and storytelling knowledge have diminished since the time Kiowa was the dominant language of the community. Yet he finds hope in the fact that younger Kiowas are attempting to reconnect to Kiowa storytelling through language renewal efforts.

In chapter 3, Pamela Bunte describes several recent San Juan Southern Paiute storytelling sessions at which traditional winter narratives were told. The tellings were a community response to the emergency need to produce a wider pool of speakers who know both the stories and recitatives. She analyzes members' metadiscursive and metanarrative talk during these sessions as they re-create what it means to be Southern Paiute. This study is thus an extraordinary example of the thoughtful and deliberate strategies that Paiutes enact in order to foster and protect their linguistic and cultural heritage.

In chapter 4, Sean O'Neill explores the language ideologies and sociopolitical realities associated with the highly localized storytelling tra­ditions of northwestern California, where elements of a shared tale often undergo radical transformation when passing from one speech community to the next. Rather than strictly promoting convergence, contact between these groups provides a strong ideological motivation for asserting local differences at the village level, a trend that continues to be significant in maintaining the sometimes subtle linguistic and ethnic boundaries between these groups in the context of current revitalization movements.

In chapter 5 of Telling Stories in the Face of Danger, Amber A. Neely examines the ‘traditionalizing’ relationship between the stories and discourses of the Kiowa elder Alecia Gonzales and corresponding ideologies of traditional and modern values in terms of language revitalization efforts and teaching in the community today. Neely illustrates how one Kiowa language activist uses storytelling and related forms to transmit Kiowa cultural knowledge and values, which she accomplishes by stressing the importance of honoring familial responsibilities and the arts, both visual and oral. Whereas traditional tales in Gonzales's books emphasize proper cultural behavior and kinship ties, the discourses, a type of mini-stories, focus additionally on ‘modern’ values, including the importance of reading and studying. Rather than conform to such ideologies and their delegitimization of adaptive language change, Gonzales attempts to create and support a syncretic heritage language that betters serve the needs of the community and helps to erase some of the differences that currently divide community efforts to revitalize the highly endangered Kiowa language.

In chapter 6, Margaret C. Field continues the theme of stories in the classroom and previews the progress of a language revitalization program directed at the Kumiai of Baja California. Researchers on this project, like Field, have concluded that the oral traditions of preliterate communities often provide valuable resources that can be made into pedagogical texts for the purpose of introducing heritage language literacy. She suggests that this local language ideology needs to be respected by linguistic researchers seeking to assist the community in its language revitalization efforts, since only pedagogical texts that conform to the community's sense of its language will be accepted and utilized.

The second part of Telling Stories in the Face of Danger turns to the topic of "Storytelling Troubles and Transformations." In the first two chapters readers see problems that arise from both the disruption of the storytelling tradition and attempts to restart and revise those traditions. In chapter 7, M. Eleanor Nevins and Tom Nevins explore local theories of teaching and storytelling and their relation to language endangerment. Based on prior research in the White Mountain Apache community, they strongly caution academic linguists and other applied linguists against assuming an isomorphism between academic models of storytelling and endangerment and those of the local Native community. One of the sources of younger people's lack of traditional knowledge regarding storytelling and language, according to the Nevins, is their exposure to formal language maintenance programs and institutions of formal education that often produce alternative sources of authoritative language practice based more on academic than on traditional expertise. The Nevins conclude that the influence of such institutions is often resisted by members who, quite legitimately, view them as potentially dangerous because they both undermine the indigenous elders and promote an ‘erasure’ of local discursive practices that amounts to a further marginalization of the indigenous community and its distinctive culture via the influence of the dominant Euro-American society.

In chapter 8, editor Kroskrity analyzes an especially valorized genre of Arizona Tewa traditional stories, peeyu'u, by emphasizing ideologies of storytelling, narrative practices, and the indexical orders in which they are embedded. He examines conflicts that have arisen between groups who want to delegitimize stories that depart from the traditional canons of performance. Many younger people lack sufficient linguistic skills, so they require some modification of the current system in order to participate at all – thus revealing debates within the Arizona Tewa community that are contestations not of the importance of Tewa language maintenance for maintaining Arizona Tewa identity but of the norms of storytelling performances. He argues that these community-internal debates are highly consequential not only for the persistence of storytelling but also for the very heritage language that this remarkable community has proudly maintained in diaspora for more than three hundred years.

The final two chapters of Telling Stories in the Face of Danger look at the development of related but alternative forms of verbal art that are moving into the functional domain often dominated by traditional narratives. In the first of these, Bernard Perley explores the representation of storytelling in his own heritage language, Maliseet. He examines anthologies of verbal art that included Maliseet and other Algonquian languages of the Northeast produced in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries during the ‘salvage’ period of research on Native American languages and cultures. Perley notes that many of the collectors of Native American verbal art excused themselves from working directly with Native communities in part by prematurely declaring these storytelling traditions to be defunct. He concludes his chapter by innovating a new genre of revitalization texts: graphic novels written in Maliseet and designed to appeal to the young people.

In Telling Stories in the Face of Danger's final chapter, Anthony K. Webster analyzes the re­lationship between the oral tradition of storytelling among Navajos and contemporary written Navajo poetry that can be and is performed orally. When Navajos talk of contemporary poetry in Navajo, they often speak of poetry as have ‘narrative, story.’ In fact, many Navajo poets directly link their poetry with the oral tradition. Webster explores the language ideologies associated with proper speaking and with connecting to traditional Navajo poetic values that are expressed by contemporary Navajo poets. As Webster indicates, Navajo poetry is not unitary and Navajo poets do disagree about the uses of Navajo in their poetry and how their poetic practices relate to identity. Although considerable variation exists, contemporary Navajo poets generally promote a connection to the traditional Navajo verbal art that makes it into a resource for fashioning their own identities as Navajo poets today.

This stimulating, cutting-edge collection represents the best of current work from a wide range of authors, both Native and non-Native, and from language communities. An extremely important, innovative, and welcome contribution. – Brenda Farnell, author of Do You See What I Mean?: Plains Indian Sign Talk and the Embodiment of Action

Telling Stories in the Face of Danger bridges the gap between anthropology, linguistics, and Native American studies. It will engage readers in a crucial dialogue as it brings ethnographic research to bear on language endangerment.

Social Sciences / Politics / Philosophy

Readings in Political Philosophy: Theory and Applications edited by Diane Jeske and Richard Fumerton (Broadview Press)

Readings in Political Philosophy is an anthology, edited by Diane Jeske and Richard Fumerton, both Professors of Philosophy, University of Iowa, surveying important issues in Western political philosophy from Plato to the present day. Its aim is to show both the continuity and the development of the issues over time. Each unit begins with readings on the fundamental theoretical principles underlying political discourse. Theory is then connected to practice in readings on contemporary issues as well as court cases and other political documents.

Therefore, rather than arranging the anthology chronologically, Jeske and Fumerton have organized it topically. Most of the sections begin with highly theoretical discussions of fundamental principles that deal with the issues at hand. But they also demonstrate the importance of such theory by including articles that apply these principles to contemporary issues and also by including court cases and other political documents that illustrate the importance of getting clear about underlying presuppositions.

The readings contained in each unit are preceded with a comprehensive introduction designed to give students an overview of the issues addressed in that unit. In addition, these introductions engage in an evaluation of various theories and offer new alternatives not included in the readings. The section introductions offer explicit examples of philosophical reasoning to aid students in their philosophical development. Unlike other anthologies, this one has been designed to promote philosophical thinking and development, rather than simply to encourage an absorption of positions with names attached. Readings in Political Philosophy provides study questions at the end of each reading stressing the philosophical activities of identifying, constructing, and evaluat­ing arguments.

Political philosophy necessarily involves basic ethical concepts such as right and wrong, legitimate and illegitimate, duty, obligation, reason, justification, etc., so some grasp of basic ethics is needed for any careful study of political philosophy. The section introductions provide some of the necessary background, so that students can go into the readings with a broader knowledge base and can place the issues discussed into the larger philosophical and ethical landscape.

Jeske and Fumerton divide up the readings from figures such as Hobbes and Locke so that their views on, for example, political obligation can be found in the unit on that particular topic. Their approach has the virtue of allowing instructors to use just those portions of the texts of major figures that they need, given the topics they intend to cover in their classes, or, alternatively, to assign all of the readings from a given figure. The organization of the text reflects their understanding of the field of political philosophy as a branch of ethics rather than as a sub-field of intellectual history. Figures such as Locke and Hobbes are given their due, only when it is clearly shown that they were ethicists with coherent, wide-ranging theories that they extended to the political realm. They continue to lay claim to our interest because they provide intriguing and challenging answers to the central questions in the field.

The title of Readings in Political Philosophy emphasizes theory and application. Throughout the text Jeske and Fumerton include legal cases that are usually not found in political philosophy texts. These cases provide an ideal way for students to see the impact of ethical and political philosophy upon real lives. These cases provide opportunities for students to engage with theoretical issues in a real-life context with real-world consequences.

UNIT I: The State of Nature and the Nature of the State: Understanding Political Obligation. The first unit of Readings in Political Philosophy addresses fundamental questions about reasons in political philosophy: What reasons, if any, do we have to create and enter a state? And what reasons, if any, do we have to obey the laws of the state in which we find ourselves?

The first question – about our reasons to enter a state – is vividly addressed by the so-called social contract theories. Ethical assumptions – about the nature of self-interest, the nature of morality, and the relationship between self-interest and morality – are usually made starkly clear in their discussions of the state of nature. Most people are born into already existent states, not into a state of nature. Even if there were people once in a state of nature who voluntarily contracted to enter civil society, how could their contracting together bind later generations? The second section of this unit addresses this question: do people like us have reasons to obey the laws of the state, and, if so, what are the grounds of those reasons?

UNIT II: Rights, Liberty, and the Limits of Government. What is it for a person to have a right to something? Questions about rights – what are they, do we have any, and, if so, which do we have – are nat­urally connected to questions about liberty; after all, if someone is asked what rights they have, they will probably answer that they have at least `a right to liberty (or freedom): Does it make sense to suppose that we have a right to liberty? What would be involved in having such a right? What implications would such a right have for the government's ability to promote the morality of its citizens? Readings in Political Philosophy devotes an entire sub-unit to the issue of censorship, because it has been a site of contestation with respect to the limits of government, particularly the government's ability to attempt to make its citizens good people.

The issue of the role of women in the state and the state's function in regulating familial relationships such as marriage provides a good arena for testing and applying more theoretical claims. Is it permissible for the state to bar women from certain professions? Does the state have the right to deny homosexual couples the ability to enter into the marriage contract? Ought the state to take positive measures to attempt to bring about gender equity?

UNIT III: Property and the Distribution of Resources. Another topic that provides a good site for the testing and elaboration of political theories is prop­erty and its appropriate distribution. Any resources that an individual might need or want, especially those that she might have an interest in laying exclusive claim to, could, in principle, acquire the status of being property. How can resources such as land come to be exclusively held by an individual? Do people have rights to resources such as land, rights that the state should protect even at the cost of the general welfare? Or should resources be distributed in order to maximize benefits for all members of the state? Political philosophy in the Western tradition has been highly concerned, from antiquity to the present day, with questions about distributive justice; this unit is divided into two sections, the first devoted to classical theories and the second to contemporary developments of those theories.

UNIT IV: Responses to Injustice. Once one has in hand a theory of what a good state looks like and how its citizens ought to behave, one is ready to confront questions about how to deal with bad states and with citizens who fail to fulfill their obligations. When citizens break the law, what, if anything, justifies punishing them? Is the state ever justified in punishing citizens who have not broken the law? What forms of punishment are legitimate? If citizens or the government have acted wrongly in the past, what sorts of corrective measures, if any, are permissible and/or required now? Such issues have come to the fore in the discussion of various controversial policies regarding affirmative action and proposals for reparations for groups whose members claim to have been wronged. When are citizens justified in attempting to dismantle, or break away from, their current state? When are citizens justified in waging war against other states?

If I could be a student again, this is how I would want to learn political philosophy! As a teacher of political philosophy, I cannot now imagine using any other text than Professors Fumerton's and Jeske's Readings in Political Philosophy. This unusual and quite ingenious collection of essays drives home political philosophy's allegiance to moral theory, on one hand, and its responsibility to legal theory, on the other. This is a brilliant anthology that makes political philosophy simultaneously more philosophical and more practical than it has ever before been conceived. – Heidi M. Hurd, University of Illinois
This anthology offers new perspectives on timeless questions. Jeske and Fumerton present more than just an impressive list of readings in political philosophy. Historical texts meet contemporary theories and applications within a thematically organized format. With its dynamic structure and rich content, this anthology is bound to move instructors and inspire students. – Idil Boran, York University
A magnificent compendium of theory and application, guaranteed to engage readers with the centuries-long conversation about core ideals and values in political life and to illustrate the relevance of those ideals and values in contemporary law and policy. A terrific textbook for introducing students of any age to political philosophy. – Rob Reich, Stanford University

Readings in Political Philosophy provides a thorough overview of the central issues in political philosophy. The volume helps make students more informed, thoughtful, and reflective thinkers about political issues and their legal and social implications by teaching them how to reason about issues that arise in these fields. It not only introduces students to political philosophy itself, but also allows them to see the nature of the broader ethical debates that underlie the subject. Many of the questions discussed in the book lie at the cutting edge of contemporary political debate, and it would be interesting to combine the use of Readings in Political Philosophy with discussion of current events.

The anthology will be useful for undergraduate political philosophy courses at any level. A lower-level course might involve a broad survey, using only a couple of articles from each section, maybe one theoretical and one applied piece. An upper-level course might focus on two or three sections, delving into more depth on selected topics. 

 

Contents this Issue:

Spectacular Alaska edited by Dana Levy and Letitia Burns O'Connor, with essays by Charles Wohlforth (Universe)

The Obamas, [audiobook, unabridged, 10 audio CDs, running time approximately 12 hours] by Jodi Kantor and Robin Mile (Hachette Audio)

The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time by William K. Tabb (Columbia University Press)

Source: The Inner Path of Knowledge Creation by Joseph Jaworski, edited by Betty Sue Flowers (BK Business Series: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.)

Twice as Good: The story of William Powell and Clearview, the only golf course designed, built, and owned by an African-American by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (Sleeping Bear Press)

Hair's Looking at You by Lisa Mullarkey, illustrated by Phyllis Harris (Katharine the Almost Great Series: Magic Wagon/ABDO)

The Artsy-Fartsy Auction by Lisa Mullarkey, illustrated by Phyllis Harris (Katharine the Almost Great Series: Magic Wagon/ABDO)

Stealing Magic: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure by Marianne Malone, illustrated by Greg Call (Random House Books for Young Readers)

Web of Deceit: Misinformation and Manipulation in the Age of Social Media edited by Anne P. Mintz (CyberAge Books)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meals in 30 Minutes or Less by Tod Dimmick (Alpha Books)

The Wisdom to Know the Difference: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Substance Abuse by Kelly Wilson PhD and Troy DuFrene (New Harbinger Publications, Inc.)

Advances in Motivation in Sport and Exercise, 3rd Edition by Glyn C. Roberts and Darren C. Treasure (Human Kinetics)

Decided on the Battlefield: Grant, Sherman, Lincoln and the Election of 1864 by David Alan Johnson (Prometheus Books)

Power Struggle over Afghanistan: An Inside Look at What Went Wrong – and What We Can Do to Repair the Damage by Kai Eide (Spiegel & Grau)

The Venetian Glass Bead: 24 Colorful Jewelry Projects by Kathy Fox (Kalmbach Books)

Restless in the Grave: A Kate Shugak Novel by Dana Stabenow (Kate Shugak Novels: Minotaur Books)

Taken by Robert Crais (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Sheehy's Manual of Emergency Care, 7th edition (Newberry) edited by Belinda B. Hammond MSN, RN, CEN, CCRN and Polly Gerber Zimmermann RN MS MBA CEN, FAEN (Emergency Nurses Association, Elsevier Mosby)

Prevention and Management of Common Fracture Complications by Michael T. Archdeacon MD, Jeff O. Anglen MD, Robert F. Ostrum MD and Dolfi Herscovici Jr. DO (Slack Incorporated)

The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics, 2nd edition by R. Lundy Bancroft, Jay G. Silverman and Daniel Ritchie (SAGE Series on Violence against Women: Sage Publications)

The Beautiful Wife: Focused on Christ, Fulfilled in Marriage by Sandy Ralya (Kregel Publications)

Synchronicity: The Art of Coincidence, Choice, and Unlocking Your Mind by Kirby Surprise, with a foreword by Allan Combs (New Page Books)

For Love of Lakes by Darby Nelson (Michigan State University Press)

The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher: Birdfeeders and Bird Gardens by Robert Burton and Stephen Kress (Thunder Bay Press)

Telling Stories in the Face of Danger: Language Renewal in Native American Communities by Paul V. Kroskrity (University of Oklahoma Press)

Readings in Political Philosophy: Theory and Applications edited by Diane Jeske and Richard Fumerton (Broadview Press)