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September 2012, Issue #161

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The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds written & illustrated by John Muir Laws, with a foreword by David Allen Sibley (Heyday)

The Dance Bible: The Complete Resource for Aspiring Dancers by Camille LeFevre (Barron’s Educational Series)

The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul by Richard Yeomans (Garnet Publishing)

Montana: Real Place, Real People by Alan S. Kesselheim and with photography by Thomas Lee (Companion Press)

The Cybrarian's Web: An A-Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools and Other Resources by Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis (Information Today, Inc.)

Lean Production for the Small Company by Mike Elbert (Productivity Press, CRC Press)

Gendered Lives: Gender Inequalities in Production and Reproduction edited by Jacqueline Scott, Shirley Dex and Anke Plagnol (Edward Elgar Publishing Limited)

The Quilt Walk by Sandra Dallas (Sleeping Bear Press)

Heart Education with Web Resource: Strategies, Lessons, Science, and Technology for Cardiovascular Fitness by Deve Swaim (Human Kinetics)

A Yankee Horseman in the Shenandoah Valley: The Civil War Letters of John H. Black, Twelfth Pennsylvania Cavalry edited by David J. Coles and Stephen D. Engle, with series editor Peter S. Carmichael (Voices of The Civil War Series: The University of Tennessee Press)

Rustic Wedding Chic by Maggie Lord (Gibbs Smith)

Literary Community-Making: The dialogicality of English texts from the seventeenth century to the present edited by Roger D. Sell (Dialogue Studies Series, Volume 14: John Benjamins Publishing Company)

Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (Tor Books)

The Dialectical Method: A Treatise Hegel Never Wrote by Clark Butler (Humanity Books)

A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics by Puqun Li (Broadview Press)

Wounds and Lacerations: Emergency Care and Closure (Expert Consult – Online and Print), 4th edition by Alexander T. Trott MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2013: 5 Books in 1, Expert Consult – Online and Print (Ferri's Medical Solutions) edited by Fred F. Ferri MD FACP (Elsevier Mosby)

Obstetric Imaging: Expert Radiology series (Expert Consult Premium Edition – Enhanced Online Features and Print), 1st edition by Joshua Copel MD, et. al. (Elsevier Saunders)

Atlas of Normal Roentgen Variants That May Simulate Disease: Expert Consult – Enhanced Online Features and Print, 9th edition by Theodore E. Keats MD and Mark W. Anderson MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Hinman's Atlas of UroSurgical Anatomy: Expert Consult Online and Print, 2nd edition edited by Gregory T. MacLennan (Elsevier Saunders)

The Dramatic Symphony: Issues and Explorations from Berlioz to Liszt by Robert T. Laudon, with series editor Michael Saffle (Franz Liszt Studies Series, No. 12: Pendragon Press)

The Sting: Australia's Plot to Crack a Global Drug Empire by Nick McKenzie (Victory Books) 

Art & Photography / Drawing / Outdoors & Nature / Field Guide

The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds written & illustrated by John Muir Laws, with a foreword by David Allen Sibley (Heyday)

Renowned artist and naturalist John Muir Laws, author of the Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada and Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide, brings readers The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, a full-color how-to guide to drawing birds. With an illuminating foreword by David Sibley, the volume is devoted not only to art but also to the lives, forms, and postures of the birds themselves. It intertwines artistic technique and the exquisite details of natural history, and drawing becomes the vehicle for seeing.

As Laws, an Audubon TogetherGreen fellow and a research associate with the California Academy of Sciences, writes, ''To draw feathers, you must understand how feathers grow, overlap, and insert into the body. To create the body, you must have an understanding of the bird's skeletal structure. To pose this skeleton, you must be able to perceive the energy, intention, and life of the bird.''

Leading the mind and hand through a series of detailed exercises that have been refined in hundreds of workshops, Laws delivers what he promises – that "drawing birds opens you to the beauty of the world."

In The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds readers learn how to:

  • Observe and capture critical proportions of any bird species.
  • Focus on the most important aspects of a bird in a quick field sketch.
  • Draw birds in flight.
  • Develop techniques for using colored pencils and watercolor.
  • Avoid common pitfalls in bird drawing.

According to Sibley in the foreword, The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds is superficially about drawing and painting birds, but it's really a guide to a more thoughtful and inquisitive study of birds, with drawing as the method. As John Muir Laws says in the introduction, "Every drawing is practice for the next one ... make it your goal to learn to observe more closely and to remember what you have seen. With these goals, every drawing will be a success."

With over 700 illustrations, The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds is an Audubon book.

I wish this book had been available to me when I was starting out, because it is filled with tips and tricks that took me decades to learn. It is detailed and thorough enough to be helpful to an experienced artist, but the explanations are so clear and intuitive, and the text so encouraging, that it should be truly empowering for beginners. Browse this book, try a few drawings, observe, browse some more. Don't worry about how your drawings look; with this book as your guide I guarantee they will get better. Just enjoy the excitement that comes from engaging your curiosity about birds, and the satisfaction of learning. – from the foreword by David Allen Sibley

I have read through Jack Laws's The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds, and my only comment is that it is outstanding both from an artistic and ornithological perspective. I wish I had such a book when I first began to draw birds. Reading through the text and, more importantly, exploring his drawings and paintings, leads me through the visual journey that Jack took when he observed the subtle details of each bird. The book is well written, richly illustrated, and beautifully designed. – Robert Petty, Director of Field Support, Audubon

The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds is a how-to guide that will enhance the skills of serious artists, but perhaps more importantly; it provides guidance for those who believe they can't draw.

Art & Photography / Performing Arts / Dance

The Dance Bible: The Complete Resource for Aspiring Dancers by Camille LeFevre (Barron’s Educational Series)

Dance is an integral part of all human societies. Moving to music or rhythm is one of the first things toddlers do. Dance as a means of expression, communication, even worship can be found in cultures around the world. Inexperienced dancers may have the passion to move, but are unsure what style of dance to commit themselves to.

The Dance Bible is a book for beginners who have the passion to dance but are unsure how to transform their creative impulse into a career. The volume:

  • Advises readers on modern dance, jazz, ballet, contemporary, non-western forms, and even street dance.
  • Describes and discusses training regimes and fundamental dance techniques.
  • Offers suggestions on how to develop one's own unique style of expression.

Dancers get advice on physical conditioning and learning to care for their body, on and off the stage. The author, Camille LeFevre, offers detailed advice on how beginning dancers can market their talent, maximize income, and sustain a successful career in the highly competitive world of dance.

The Dance Bible is a comprehensive guide to the world of dance. If readers are beginners and have the passion to dance but are unsure about how to start out, this book can help them transform their creative impulse into a budding career. Whether their main interest is modern dance, jazz, ballet, contemporary, non-western forms, or even street dance, the book will get them started.
The first two chapters provide an overview of dance forms around the world. The Dance Bible covers Western concert dance forms performed on a stage – such as modern, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and contemporary – as well as site-specific dance, which is performed anywhere but a stage. Dances with European origins, from folk dance to flamenco, are discussed. Non-Western dance forms from India and Asia are included, as are dances from Africa – some of which have migrated from public and religious spheres to the concert stage, or into such street forms as break dancing, hip-hop, and krumping. The studio dance scene with its competition circuit is covered, as well as dance in musical theater, film, and television. Various chapters focus on training and cross-training regimens and the technique fundamentals of various dance forms; how to integrate mind, body, and emotion to hone and develop expression; and care of the dancer's body on and off the stage.

Above all, this book gives readers a glimpse into the dance profession as it exists today. Because dance is also a business, The Dance Bible addresses the demands the profession makes on dancers, and what's required to enjoy a successful and fulfilling career. Chapters cover the communication and marketing skills a young dancer needs to succeed, supplementing dance with other paying work, and planning for a lifelong career in dance – whether dancing or working otherwise in the profession.

Other books in this series include The Acting Bible and The Comedy Bible.

The Dance Bible is a valuable and comprehensive introduction for anyone studying dance or thinking of embarking on a career as a dancer. This volume includes tips, tricks, and insider's secrets – everything they need to get ahead in the competitive world of dance.
Art & Photography / Professional & Technical / Architecture

The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul by Richard Yeomans (Garnet Publishing)

Bridging the gap between specialist scholars and educated general readers, The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul discusses the history of the city, from the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453 up to the beginning of the twentieth century when the Ottoman Empire was dismantled following the First World War. Historical background appears alongside descriptions and illustrations of Ottoman architecture, regalia, textiles, books, ceramics, calligraphy and painting. Throughout, author Richard Yeomans, formerly the Coordinator for Art and Design at the Institute of Education, University of Warwick, presents the alternative of Ottoman art, with its meaning expressed through non-figurative form rather than through the symbol systems and narrative of Western art.

The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul allows readers to appreciate the complexities and subtleties of Ottoman art and architecture as a whole, while simultaneously learning more about the history of one of the world’s most magnificent cities – Istanbul.

Yeomans says that on his initial travels across Italy and Greece he was an art student, and this grand tour marked the climax of a year studying painting and attending courses on Greek and Roman sculpture and Italian Renaissance art. Fortified with that knowledge, he visited most of the major galleries, museums, buildings and archaeological sites of Italy and Greece, arriving in Istanbul with a mind saturated with images of Renaissance and classical art. Instead of looking at works of art and appreciating them for what they were, he had spent most of my time in Italy and Greece checking his knowledge against them, trying to remember what he had read and what he had been told. But the opposite applied in Istanbul, where he faced an Islamic culture in a state of complete ignorance. His innocence and unfamiliarity, however, enabled him to absorb Istanbul with a fresh eye and open mind. His Eurocentric education had prepared him for the glories of Byzantine art, and impressed in his mind were images of Constantinople's ancient churches and walls. None of this prepared him for the dynamic city, which was Islamic in culture with a sensational skyline dominated not by Byzantine monuments but by Ottoman domes and minarets.

He says in The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul that his unfettered eye responded initially to Ottoman art on a purely formal and sensual level, responding to its beauty of color, geometric clarity and spatial organization. It was a welcome antidote to the symmetry, pomposity and monumentality of some of the European palaces. The meaning of Islamic art seemed to reside in its form rather than in any symbol system or narrative. It did not appear to preach, teach or indoctrinate, and it was not a vehicle for propaganda, like the paintings in the Doge's Palace. Islamic art did not bombard him with images of martyrdom, mortality or the Last Judgment. There was none of the theatricality of Tintorreto, Caravaggio or Bernini.

Yeomans says that his initial response to Islamic art on a formal and sensual level served its purpose, but he soon realized that it was not just about formal values. It was far more complex than that. He discovered that in the religious domain it has much the same content as any other sacred art. What is different is that it conveys it largely by non-figurative means. For instance, the Qur'an has a visionary text replete with sublime images of the Last Judgment and Paradise. These subjects are not illustrated, but are called to mind and contemplated through the mediation of calligraphy and illumination. Doctrine is also a part of religious art, conveyed not through pictures but through calligraphy that takes iconic, and occasionally monumental, form on the walls of mosques. Notions of God's plenitude, creation and the nearness of paradise are expressed in the tilework and floral arabesques that grace the mosque, palace and home. In the secular domain of Islamic art there is a very strong figurative tradition. Miniature paintings con­tain a wealth of literary, mythological, historical, social, anecdotal and factual content – even occasionally bending the law to allow the representation of religious subjects.

According to The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul, the sense of the sublime and transcendent is conveyed in the mosque through the interplay of architectural space, geometric form, polychrome marble, painted arabesques, calligraphy, tilework and patterned carpets. Color is autonomous and vibrant, suffusing and articulating the various elements with clarity and resonance. It is an uncluttered environment of worship that unfocuses the mind and renders it susceptible to contemplation and prayer. Likewise in the Ottoman palace, power, majesty and courtly splendor are expressed through a similar continuum. Here the same motifs and materials are often used, showing the close proximity between religious and secular life in Muslim society. Gilded and painted arabesques fill the domes, pious inscriptions grace bedroom walls, and the immense floral repertoire of mosque tilework appears on plates, dishes, vases, embroidered bedspreads, cushions, velvets and ceremonial silk kaftans.

After many visits to Istanbul Yeomans says he has now learned to appreciate more the manifold complexities and subtleties of Ottoman art. The experience has been like peeling an onion and constantly discovering new layers. Each visit has opened up new vistas and brought fresh discoveries. In recent years his attention has been drawn to the beauty of Istanbul's eighteenth-century rococo fountains and the breath-taking delights of the Bosphorus with its palaces and yalzis (waterfront houses). That most despised century – the nineteenth – is also capable of yielding unexpected pleasures, such as the Hirkai-erif mosque, and the beautiful wooden houses that give the towns and villages of the Bosphorus and Princes Islands so much character and distinction.

Among this heterogeneous and imbalanced literature there is no single book that deals specifically with the Ottoman art and architecture of Istanbul in one beautiful, accessible, and comprehensive volume – in The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul Yeomans provides that book in the form of a beautiful coffee-table volume. He bridges the gap between specialist scholars and general readers, and he provides the background knowledge and understanding to appreciate and enjoy Ottoman art not only in Istanbul's mosques, palaces, houses and museums but also where it appears in museums around the world.

Arts & Photography / Travel & Leisure

Montana: Real Place, Real People by Alan S. Kesselheim and with photography by Thomas Lee (Companion Press)

Montana: a place with big sky, rugged beauty and unique character.

For the better part of a decade, writer Alan Kesselheim and photographer Thomas Lee collaborated on a series of Montana-based stories for the critically-acclaimed Montana Quarterly magazine. Over the years they met ordinary people with extraordinary life histories. What they found in the spacious landscape under the Big Sky was the human embodiment of inspiration, endurance, triumph, hard work, talent, humor, great schemes and daily heroism. The stories come from unlikely spots on the Montana state map places like Sidney and Park City, Frenchtown and Malta places worth loving. They feature people like Elsie Fox and Jerry Cornelia and Richard Stewart, whose lives brim with authenticity and fierce spirit. The words and images that bloomed out of those encounters wait for readers in the pages of Montana.

Kesselheim has published hundreds of stories in magazines and Montana: Real Place, Real People is his eleventh book. Lee, who now operates a successful commercial photography business, was the founding Chief Photographer for Montana Quarterly magazine. Kesselheim and Lee documented ordinary people with extraordinary stories woven into a sweeping, ambitious and hardscrabble landscape. These pictures and stories are collected into Montana, a collaboration that shows an authentic, vivid Montana. Cowboys and rugged scenery to be sure, but also the everyday heroes that aren't part of the Montana stereotype. Octogenarian sisters who rise at 4:00 a.m. to do chores on their family farm and are famous for their dozen-egg Angel food cakes. A woman who drives the desolate back roads around Ryegate, delivering the mail in her own, utilitarian way. The man who skipped parole and assumed a new life for forty years, then was caught and sent back to prison. A 101-year-old little old lady in conservative eastern Montana who is not only a confirmed communist, but also on J. Edgar Hoover's list of dangerous people.

The stories lie around everywhere. They litter the landscape, especially this landscape – stories in Montana are woven in with the sweeping, ambitious, hardscrabble place. They can come from anywhere. A fifty-word snippet in the newspaper about a man picking up an old boot below Granite Peak leads to Whispers in the Wind.

None of the people Montana are celebrities. None of them are what one would call famous, except in a parochial sense. They are genuine, passionate, and in their way, heroic people, living quiet, remarkable lives, under the big sky. And because of that, they are also inspirational. The stories come to them, Kesselheim says. He and Lee go out with camera and notebook to see what's there. Some days they drive from Bozeman to Sidney and back, a fourteen-hour round trip, for a story. Or to Miles City, Glendive, Dillon, French town, Deer Lodge. They interview people in cafes, in their living rooms, over lunch, in corrals, in prison parole-hearing rooms, along riverbanks, They watch them feed chickens, jump irrigation canals, pet their dogs, make food, look at pictures, plant gardens, forge steel, sort mail, read the Bible. Mostly, they wait; for that crystalline moment, that revelatory scene or image. When Jerry Cornelia steps off of his back porch and nuzzles up with one of his horses. When Tia Kober pauses over the kitchen sink to gaze out at Youngs Point, looming over the Yellowstone River, where William Clark stopped to camp in July of 1806. That moment when Lee catches Elsie Fox tapping her hand on the four-hundred-page FBI dossier with her name on it, or he gets Frank Dryman gesturing his hands with the tattoo that led to his recapture in Arizona.

"I look for that moment when their humanity is visible," Lee says. "When you see the human being inside in a gesture or an expression."

Sometimes they recognize that moment. With other stories, it's only later that they realize that when Richard Stewart talked about the juniper tree he sat next to for solace, it is the metaphor the story has to hang on. Or that when Robin Puckett gets out of her truck half-way up a slippery hill and punches her pen into an electri­cal connection under the dash to make it start up again, it sums things up.

Montana is a book of extraordinary moments. The elegance is in the melding of the photographs and the words, the moments each of them brings to the table, which create something greater than the sum of its parts. How that happens is largely a mystery. That it happens is the magic of a duet.

Business & Investing / Computers & the Internet

The Cybrarian's Web: An A-Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools and Other Resources by Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis (Information Today, Inc.)

The Cybrarian's Web is a field guide to the best free Web 2.0 tools and their practical applications in libraries and information centers. The book is written by Cheryl Peltier-Davis, Archives and Digital Librarian at the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, and aimed at librarians and library staff interested in identifying, exploring, and applying the latest free Web 2.0 tools and technologies in a library environment. Information professionals will find resources to help them:

  • Launch a local news & events blog.
  • Build a customized social network.
  • Create a virtual reference desk.
  • Start an ebook lending program.
  • Host virtual art & photo exhibits.
  • Publicize programs & innovations.
  • Survey the library community.
  • Help aspiring authors get published.
  • Produce & stream live video.

Each of the 101 listings in The Cybrarian's Web includes an overview of a Web 2.0 resource along with illustrative screenshots, details of important features, and innovative examples of how libraries can and are using the resource to improve user services and build a stronger library community.

In The Cybrarian's Web Peltier-Davis takes her considerable skills and creates a guide that offers a roadmap for learning about the opportunities for libraries in Web 2.0 applications. The bulk of the work is in the carefully curated tools. Each is catalogued and offers real world examples of what actual libraries are doing with these ubiquitous 2.0 tools today. Peltier-Davis's librarian's sensibility has selected those Web 2.0 tools that have applicability to library service strategies. And these apply to all types of libraries. Peltier-Davis's decision to limit the directory to those Web 2.0 sites that are free or low cost fits nicely into today's library budgetary situation. There are few excuses to avoid innovation and improving the user experience when 101 resources are listed in The Cybrarian's Web for pilots, trials, and experimentation.

There has been much debate in librarianship about whether there is a Library 2.0 strategy founded in the opportunities afforded by free or inexpensive Web 2.0 applications. Peltier-Davis's guide puts the lie to these worries for those library leaders who recognize that the biggest impact of the web on libraries has been that the majority of users now experience the library virtually. They see that the opportunity for the biggest impact is the improvement of the virtual experience to complement on-site services. And these changes increase the scale of library service immeasurably. Web 2.0 tools are essentially social tools that engage users in social interaction with information – recommendations, learning, and community sharing. Libraries, as social institutions, can achieve benefits from learning from and about these tools by trying small experiments and rolling them out gradually.

This book belongs on every library innovator's bookshelf. This isn't just for the techies and, indeed, it would be a shame to limit its use to techies. Web 2.0 is first and foremost about the end-user experience and, so, for every reference librarian, trainer, director, web content writer, blogger and library leader, review the opportunities in this guide as part of your strategic planning process. You'll be glad you did! – Stephen Abram, vice president, Cengage Learning, from the Foreword

A great starting point for learning about Web 2.0 tools that can be used to innovate and improve library services. The 101 evaluations presented in The Cybrarian's Web will help librarians gain a better understanding of social software and the many ways to use it in a library setting. A must-read for any information professional who cares about online collaboration and sharing among users. – Prof. Puri­sima Centeno Alayon, Centro de Informacion y Tecnologias (CITec), University of Puerto Rico

Designed for information pros who want to use the latest tech tools to connect, collaborate, and create, The Cybrarian's Web identifies and describes a remarkable 101 tools! Peltier-Davis’s cataloguer's eye is evident in her excellent categorization of these tools. Readers can see her recommendations of what 2.0 tools are worth considering in the library environment and be inspired by the actual libraries who have piloted these tools in real life situations. And this is a modern, up-to-date, field guide. Readers should not fail to visit the companion website, which makes linking easy and will keep things up-to-date in the constantly changing 2.0 world.

Business & Investing / Management & Leadership / Productivity Improvement

Lean Production for the Small Company by Mike Elbert (Productivity Press, CRC Press)

A hands-on guide to adapting Lean principles and the Toyota Production System to high-mix/low-volume environments, Lean Production for the Small Company uses charts, pictures, and easy-to-understand language to describe the methods needed to improve processes and eliminate waste. It walks readers through the correct order of implementation and describes problems and pitfalls along with time-tested solutions.

Explaining how to incorporate existing systems into a Lean strategy, the book starts with the fundamentals and builds on them to describe the full range of tools and processes needed to implement Lean. It outlines how to design factories for Lean manufacturing and demonstrates how to remove variations within business and manufacturing processes to achieve a smooth continuous flow of product that delivers the product on time to customers.

The tools, methods, and ideals discussed in Lean Production for the Small Company are applicable in any industry and all parts of the business – from manufacturing and sales to human resources. The text unveils new methods and tools that can help readers reduce inventory, improve inventory turns, and facilitate raw material flow through the factory. It details how to use customer order demands to schedule the production floor, rather than using estimated production schedules.

Drawing on Mike Elbert’s decades of experience transforming high-mix plants to Lean, the text brings together coverage of the tools and processes that have made Toyota so successful. The chapters in Lean Production for the Small Company, when implemented, will result in a culture change that will transform the company into a learning organization that continuously eliminates waste and improves its processes. Elbert is president of Elbert Lean Business Systems, LLC, a consulting service that helps businesses eliminate waste. A qualified Lean Practitioner, Elbert is a leader in business and manufacturing processes and systems.

Lean Production for the Small Company walks companies through the implementation of Lean manufacturing within their companies. Elbert teaches how to determine and calculate the waste in business and manufactur­ing systems, as well as how to use continuous improvement. He explains how to remove variations within business and manufacturing processes to achieve a steady continuous flow of product through a system that more efficiently delivers product on time to customers. Time is spent on how to design factories for Lean manufacturing, emphasizing how to use customer order demands to schedule the production floor rather than using estimated production schedules, which can lead to excess inventory and inflexibility in meeting customer demand. New methods and tools are discussed that focus on reducing inventory, improving inventory turns, and improving raw material flow through the factory. Companies are taught how to work and partner with suppliers and customers. One chapter is dedicated to the accounting process and how to improve the cash-to-cash cycle time. All of this allows companies to grow, without adding the cost of additional space or hiring more people, to become more competitive in the markets they serve.

As a business consultant, Elbert has met with small business owners and small factory managers who have a desire to improve their operations. They know that to stay competitive in today's market, they must eliminate waste and keep costs down. They have an interest in improving their operations; consequently, due to a lack of financial resources, available time, or higher priorities, they have found the availability of consulting services out of their reach. For these reasons, this book has been prepared to aid readers and their company in continuous improvement efforts.

Lean Production for the Small Company is a hands-on workbook-type tool that readers can use as a teaching reference and a source for visual aids and forms. Elbert does not attempted to give readers all the fine details of Lean manufacturing because he knows that time and resources are limited within the small company, but he does provide readers with a basic understanding of Lean and how to use the tools of Lean. Elbert recommends that readers and their immediate staff read this book together and discuss how these tools and concepts can be used in or adapted to their organization.

Our Minnesota operation was the pilot plant and led our creative process improvements. Mike was a leader at this site and had a huge impact on the required change management activities and challenging the status quo. His out-of-the-box thinking and ability to apply his knowledge to the operation were critical to our success. Mike has a deep understanding of material flow. – David Wambold, Vice President Lean Manufacturing, Beckman Coulter, Inc.

You can read about value stream mapping, eliminating non-value-added work, or Lean manufacturing most anywhere; however, these are always so oversimplified they make Lean difficult to apply. Mike Elbert effectively teaches the Lean fundamentals at a level that allows anyone to understand, take action, then follow through. He has implemented Lean at the front-line level. His methods will make a positive impact on your bottom line; but more importantly, it will send a ripple of activity throughout your organization making a positive impact on your culture. – Dennis Edwards, Operations Rapid Continuous Improvement Manager, Allsteel

Lean Production for the Small Company is a tool and workbook to help incorporate Lean manufacturing concepts and its tools into readers operations. It provides readers with the basic elements for successful implementation. When implemented, it will result in a culture change within the company that will improve business and turn the company into a continuously improving and learning organization that never stops eliminating waste and improving processes.

Business & Investing / Popular Economics / Politics & Social Sciences / Sociology / Gender Studies

Gendered Lives: Gender Inequalities in Production and Reproduction edited by Jacqueline Scott, Shirley Dex and Anke Plagnol (Edward Elgar Publishing Limited)

This meticulous book examines how gender inequalities in contemporary societies are changing and how further changes towards greater gender equality might be achieved. The focus of Gendered Lives is on inequalities in production and reproductive activities. It examines the different forms that gendered lives take in the household and the workplace, and explores how gender equalities may be promoted in a changing world.

Editors are Jacqueline Scott, Professor of Empirical Sociology, University of Cambridge; Shirley Dex, Emeritus Professor of Longitudinal Social Research in Education, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of Education, University of London; and Anke C. Plagnol, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Cambridge. Contributors, leading researchers in the field, include: A. Batnitzky, F. Bennett, E. Bukodi, J. De Henau, S. Deakin, S. Dex, S. Dyer, J. Gershuny, S. Himmelweit, J. Hobcraft, H. Joshi, M.Y. Kan, J. Lewis, L. McDowell, C. McLaughlin, A.C. Plagnol, J. Scott, W. Sigle-Rushton, and S. Sung.

In Gendered Lives the contributors examine how lives and structures are changing and how policy can intervene to promote further advances towards greater equality. They explore why changes in gender inequalities are so much faster and more consistent in some spheres and social groups than in others. In particular they investigate the dynamic processes that lead to and shape inequalities between adult men and women; the different patterns of resource allocation and constraints in reproductive and productive activities; and the reciprocal influences of changing lives and structures. They also consider how the time-processes involved in individual and institutional change can differ, for example if organizational inertia causes institutions to lag behind individual change.

Gendered Lives moves discussion forwards from misleading static and universal accounts to dynamic and contextualized ones. It uses life-course perspectives and longitudinal accounts of resources and constraints to understand more of how the lives of women and men are changing. However, the contributors push beyond the standard analysis of life-course stages. These have been depicted as a sequence of configurations of status in different life spheres – mainly education, work, family and welfare. In such accounts, the male life-course is conceptualized primarily in terms of occu­pational trajectories from education, through employment and into retirement, while the female life-course is viewed as being orientated around the family, with paid occupation as a secondary activity. Thus the traditional gender role division between men's production and women's reproduction is built into much of life-course analysis, which is unhelpful if we want to examine how the gendering of lives is changing.

The focus of Gendered Lives is not only on the interplays between men's and women's life courses. The book also examines how institutional structures help shape gendered lives. There has been a good deal of social theory that emphasizes how individuals `do gender', that is, adopt behavior conforming to different expectations for men and women. What is sometimes overlooked is that while interacting individuals are `doing gender' institutions are doing gender as well. Institutional logics not only include the labor market, the family and their linkages, but also the arrangements of costs and schedules of kindergartens and schools, of care-giving institutions for sick and older family members, and so on. These create monetary demands but also transportation needs, management and planning requirements to such an extent that Hochschild calls them producing a `third shift' besides those of paid work and housework. Such institutional structures reflect and reinforce gendered expectations. They provide constraints and opportunities for the family and work choices of men and women. They also have a marked influence on how couples manage their finances and time.

Tackling gender inequalities is intrinsically linked to addressing unacceptable social inequalities. Although it might not be clear whether gender differences will become less important in the way parenthood and employment are combined in the future, what is clear is that many unacceptable gender differences remain. The poverty among today's elderly women still bears witness to the inadequacy of the earnings and pensions over the lifetime of their generation. The poverty of lone mothers is still a major source of disadvantage for the next generation. The equalities agenda matters and so does the issue of how society rewards nurturing activities, whether caring is done by men or women, paid or unpaid.

Gendered Lives presents some of the findings from a five-year research initiative that brought together a strong team of internationally renowned researchers with the common goal of studying the changing lives and structures that govern gender inequalities in production and reproduction.

The chapters of Gendered Lives are grouped in three parts. Part I examines gendered lives unfolding across time. This section contains three chapters, with Hobcraft and Sigle-Rushton (Chapter 1) examining the childhood origins of adult socio-economic disadvantage. Their focus is on whether cohort and gender matter. Using data from two British birth cohort studies – children born in 1958 and 1970 – they compare to what extent there are common predictors across gender and birth cohorts of adult socio-economic disadvantage. A striking feature of their analysis is how few gender differences they found. They do find some positive effects of structural changes for women in terms of job outcomes. However, their main conclusion warns against simplistic models of causation and they suggest that adult disadvantage is likely to involve the accumulation of a series of experiences and a variety of complex interplays of childhood circumstances. Bukodi, Dex and Joshi (Chapter 2) examine changing career trajectories of men and women across time. As well as examining gender differences, they investigate whether education and childbirth have different career implications across generations. They also look at how the various labor market conditions facing different cohorts as they enter the labor force affect the career progression of men and women. The findings suggest a shift towards greater occupational gender equality across time. The authors specify additional ways that policy can help reduce the occupational penalties associated with family care. Gershuny and Kan (Chapter 3) present a fascinating account of how the gender gap in paid work-time and unpaid work-time is closing slowly. Using the Multinational Time Use Study from 12 OECD countries, they see a slow but continuing trend of gender convergence in work time and in the domestic division of labor regardless of policy regime types. Policy regimes do make a difference though and the move towards gender equality has been much faster in Nordic countries than in the Southern countries of Europe. They also examine men's and women's total work hours, which show similar amounts of total work time but different gendered shares of paid and unpaid work. They conclude that, as far as gender roles are concerned, there is lagged adaptation, rather than a stalled revolution.

Part II is about gender inequalities in the household and workplace. Bennett, De Henau, Himmelweit and Sung (Chapter 4) examine financial togetherness and autonomy within couples. While it has long been a policy focus to consider differences between household incomes, there has been much less concern about how that income is made up, or how it is received and by whom. Using both qualitative and quantitative data, they find that gender roles matter in what makes couples satisfied with their household income. The qualitative interviews with low to moderate income couples show that a woman's earnings were seen as less important than the man's for the household, but also more likely to be hers to spend. Thus, notions of `togetherness' tend to favor the man's employment and relative entitlements within the household at the cost of the woman's access to household resources and overall financial autonomy. If gender roles matter in household finances, they seem to matter far less when it comes to migrants' experience of precarious employment. McDowell, Batnitzky and Dyer (Chapter 5) explore the world of waged work for both men and women migrants who have come to the UK in search of a better life. Their study examines the experiences of 37 workers who obtained basic entry-level jobs in service jobs at a hospital or hotel through an employment agency. The study suggests that national stereotypes matter in terms of job allocation. In the hotel, for example, Indian men, because of their association with colonial hospitality and service, were given more visible jobs than men of other nationalities. In the hospital, skin color seemed a less significant axis of differentiation between migrants, perhaps because of the long association between the National Health Service and Caribbean nurses. Migrant men may have had to take on `feminized' work such as cleaning and caring for others; but men in more traditional jobs that rely on bodily strength such as security and portering were no less at risk when it comes to job security or job conditions. The overall finding is that migrants, male and female alike, are among the most exploitable and exploited of bottom-end service sector employees, with little security and almost no labor market rights.

Part III of Gendered Lives focuses on gender inequalities in a changing world. McLaughlin and Deakin (Chapter 6) examine the equality law and the limits of the `business case' for addressing gender inequalities in corporations in the UK. Their focus is particularly on the gender pay gap. Their findings are not encouraging. They suggest that shareholders engaged with socially responsible investment have so far proved to have very little impact in the area of employment conditions and pay. Moreover, the implementation of the section of the 2010 Equality Act, which contains mandatory report­ing of gender pay gaps, has been postponed by the Conservative-Liberal coalition government. Their interviews with managers from firms in both private and public sectors that have explicitly endorsed commitment to greater gender equality were also discouraging. Few were sufficiently per­suaded by the business case for equality for `good practice' to be likely to prevail in the absence of legal compulsion.

Scott and Plagnol (Chapter 7) examine work-family conflict (WFC) and well-being in Northern Europe. Using data from the European Social Survey, they examine how both the experience of WFC and well-being are gendered in ways that reflect the gendered division of paid and unpaid work. They also explore how different policies in support of maternal employment and a more equitable divide of domestic labor may reduce or enhance men's and women's well-being. Contrary to expectations, they found that men, not women, benefited from a less traditional gender role divide in household chores. They suggest that men may be uncomfortably conscious of work getting in the way of their doing a fair share of chores at home, whereas women have long been used to doing a `double shift'. They conclude that more attention needs to be paid to the gender division of unpaid work if we are to understand how changes in family and employment impinge on well-being. Lewis (Chapter 8) examines the policy challenges of achieving greater gender equality and work-family balance cross-nationally. Her focus is on the way in which time to care and time to work have been balanced over the past decade. In particular, she examines how part-time work and different forms of care leave (maternal, paternal and parental) influence the time available to care, and how childcare services and care by kin influence the time available for paid work. One problem for policymakers is that the interests of family members may conflict. While it is commonly acknowledged that children need one-to-one care for their first year, it is problematic to provide that when mothers have increased their participation in paid work and fathers have not made a similar change in their contribution to unpaid work. Focusing on reducing work-family conflicts for women alone only reinforces gender inequalities, including pension inequalities in later life. However, making an adult worker family model a practical reality requires considerable policy skill, if the welfare of families is to be maximized, while the trade-offs between the interests of family members are minimized.

This state-of-the art collection brings together the latest research of eminent experts in the field. It combines a wide sweep with focused analysis of gender dynamics at home and at work, and the interaction between them. A longitudinal and life course perspective underpins the authors' assessment of the current state of gender inequality, and helps explain why some domains are more resistant to change than others. This timely and innovative volume will be an excellent resource for academics and policy-makers alike. – Miriam Glucksmann, University of Essex, UK

Gendered Lives offers novel and sometimes unexpected findings that contribute to new understandings of not only the causes of gender inequalities but also the ongoing implications for economic well-being and societal integration. Although gender inequality is a well-worked field, the research presented in this book is both innovative and timely. This topical and interdisciplinary study will appeal to course leaders, researchers and postgraduate students in sociology, economics, public policy, demography and human geography. Social scientists interested in gender equality, labor market behavior and public policy will also find much to interest them in this fascinating book.

Children’s Books / Historical Fiction / Ages 9 & Up

The Quilt Walk by Sandra Dallas (Sleeping Bear Press)

"I'll go, Pa, me and Skiddles," I said, hugging my cat. I talked in a small voice, because Pa didn't usually like me to speak up. Children should be seen and not heard, he told me often enough, although I was ten now and thought I had a right to voice my own opinions. I had learned a great deal about Colorado in school and knew it was a wild place, with gunslingers and Indians, outlaws and prospectors. It sounded much more exciting than Quincy, Illinois, the town closest to our farm. Here I was expected to act like a young lady, to sit and quilt with Ma and to practice my embroidery. – from the book

New York Times best-selling and award-winning author Sandra Dallas brings her much-admired storytelling talent to middle-grade readers for the first time in The Quilt Walk. She is the author of eleven adult novels as well as ten nonfiction books.

It's 1864 in The Quilt Walk and Thomas Hatchett has just told his family they will move west to strike it rich. He'll sell the farm, buy a covered wagon, and load it with construction supplies. Pa plans to build a business block in the frontier town of Golden, Colorado.

When 10-year-old Emmy Blue’s father makes this announcement, the reaction to the news is as varied as the colors in one of their beloved hand-pieced quilts.
The Colorado Gold Rush is in full swing. Even with the exciting journey in front of them, Emmy and her parents cannot help mourning what they are forced to leave behind: friends, family, pets and markers in the cemetery for lost loved ones. However, Emmy’s mother is an example of courage and strength, encouraging everyone around her to see life as an adventure and an opportunity to help others.

Ma knows the West means freedom for a man, where her husband will have a better life, but for her it means leaving behind everything she cares for and loves. A courageous and strong woman with a stout heart, Ma accepts Pa's decisions like she accepts dandelions – because she can't do a thing about them. And what about their daughter, ten-year-old Emmy Blue?

Part of Emmy wants the excitement of going to a new place where her family might become rich. After all, Golden is the Wild West. She'd be busy watching out for Indians and hunting for gold. The other part of her wants to stay in Quincy, Illinois, with her friends and grandparents, and her cat, Skiddles.

Indian sightings, deadly snakes, a stray dog, new friends and the dreaded quilting hour all keep Emmy busy as they make the long crossing in their overburdened wagons.

During her final good-bye, Grandma Mouse gives Emmy tiny fabric pieces. Concerned that Colorado Territory is no place for a proper young lady, Grandma is determined that Emmy learn to sew. Emmy's journey west becomes a quilt walk. The journey is long and full of hardships and Emmy’s experiences along the way bring the period of westward expansion, as well as issues facing women, to life for young readers.

Period details, engaging characters and clever plot twists will entice even the most discerning fans of historical fiction. Populated with brave and intelligent women, Dallas story is as much about Emmy’s journey toward womanhood as their journey toward the West. Solid writing and a close attention to details make this story more than the sum of its parts. Finely stitched. – Kirkus

Inspired by a true incident in Colorado history, award-winning Western author Dallas with The Quilt Walk crafts an absorbing story in this debut middle-grade novel.

Health & Fitness / Youth Education (Ages 11-18) / Reference

Heart Education with Web Resource: Strategies, Lessons, Science, and Technology for Cardiovascular Fitness by Deve Swaim (Human Kinetics)

Whether it's laptops, cell phones, iPods, or tablets, most teens are plugged in to technology 24/7.

As health and physical educators, teachers face a generation of learners who are captivated by technology. How do teachers expand their teaching methods to capitalize on this interest? The answer is to use technology to hold their attention while enhancing their self-knowledge and influencing their behavior.

With Heart Education, teachers can use teens' fascination with technology to their advantage. Teachers get their students plugged into fitness. The book uses heart monitoring technology to help students learn how to collect and apply heart rate data; design individualized physical activity goals; and chart their improvements in health, fitness, and athletic performance. Technology in heart rate monitoring offers immediate and constant feedback, providing a valid way for students to monitor, manage, and assess their own cardiovascular fitness.

Heart Education gets students using heart monitors from the start, letting them experience the rush of seeing their heart rate display. Teachers and students can choose from over 20 health and fitness workouts, learn strategies for athletic performance training, and understand how to apply these strategies in conditioning.

Designed for students ages 11 to 18, Heart Education's 10-step program presents the latest information on cardiovascular training and technology. Ready-made lesson plans are included for each step of the program, and an accompanying web resource includes 116 reproducibles of lesson materials.

Teachers even find lessons incorporating concepts of heart zones into popular outdoor recreation activities such as adventure racing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, geocaching, and orienteering. Heart Education also provides structured plans to reduce stress, build positive connections with others, and contribute to a stable emotional outlook.

This curriculum is based on the principles of Heart Zones Education (HZE), a comprehensive cardiovascular fitness program that looks at the wellness continuum from the viewpoints of health, fitness, and performance. As teachers teach HZE, they and their students select the level of activity that best meets their goals:

  • Enhanced health, through lowered blood pressure, reduced cholesterol levels, and weight stability or weight loss.
  • Enhanced fitness, as measured by improved cardiovascular capacity.
  • Enhanced athletic performance through sport-specific training, as measured by improved endurance, improved V02, increased metabolic threshold, and improved economy of movement.

Heart Education consists of a series of modules with lesson plans that sequentially introduce heart rate monitor skills through the HZE program. A simple progression for those new to heart monitors, module 1, the Jump-Start module, gets a monitor on the students and lets them experience the rush of seeing their heart rate displayed. Modules 2 through 6 show teachers how to gather and interpret heart rate data, explain the heart zones methodology, and discuss goal setting. Module 7 offers over two dozen suggested workouts, module 8 shows how heart zones strategies are applied to sports, and module 9 provides performance training strategies for athletes. New to this program, module 10 addresses emotional fitness and offers structured plans to guide students through the tough adolescent years. Module 11 applies the heart zones concepts to outdoor recreation.

Each module begins with a statement that clarifies the focus of the module and the key concept addressed. Vocabulary terms related to cardiovascular fitness and zones education support the content of the module, and lesson plans and student worksheets reflect the latest in training and technology information. Teachers can go to the accompanying web resource, which contains all worksheets, station cards, training logs, and other forms for easy printing.

Additional resources are provided in the appendixes. Appendix A is a guide to heart rate monitors, offering explanations of monitor styles and classifications as well as troubleshooting support. Appendix B presents valuable background information about the biomechanics of the heart. Appendix C provides a series of circuit training stations teachers can use to assess fitness improvement, and appendix D provides additional health assessments that support the HZE system.

Heart Education, an excellent resource for teacher education, is an innovative curriculum using the latest cutting-edge technology and information in the field of cardiovascular fitness; it lends validity to physical education programs and maximizes productive instruction time. Easy-to-follow, Heart Education helps teachers maximize their students' activity time and the impact their program will have on their cardiovascular fitness. The strength of the program is that it uses technology to enhance health and fitness. With the use of heart rate monitors and the instructions in the book, teachers can apply the same principles in their classroom for students at all levels of fitness – the one-size-fits-all teaching method no longer applies. Heart rate monitors enable students to individualize their fitness programs by providing immediate and ongoing assessment data.

History / U.S. / Civil War

A Yankee Horseman in the Shenandoah Valley: The Civil War Letters of John H. Black, Twelfth Pennsylvania Cavalry edited by David J. Coles and Stephen D. Engle, with series editor Peter S. Carmichael (Voices of The Civil War Series: The University of Tennessee Press)

In many ways, John H. Black typified the thousands of volunteers who fought for the Union during the Civil War. Born in 1834 and raised on his family’s farm near Allegheny Township, Pennsylvania, Black taught school until he, like many Pennsylvanians, rushed to defend the Union after the attack on Fort Sumter in April 1861. He served with the Twelfth Pennsylvania Cavalry, one of the Union’s most unruly, maligned, and criticized units. Consistently outperformed early in the conflict, the Twelfth finally managed to salvage much of its reputation by the end of the war. Throughout his service, Black penned frequent and descriptive letters to his fiancée and later wife, Jennie Leighty Black.

One of the few compilations of letters by a long-term Yankee cavalry member and the only such collection by a member of the Twelfth Pennsylvania, A Yankee Horseman in the Shenandoah Valley provides new insights into the brutal, confused guerrilla fighting that occurred in northwestern Virginia. Moreover, these letters make a significant contribution toward an emerging consensus that Yankee cavalry – often maligned and contrasted with their celebrated Confederate foes – became a superior fighting force as the war progressed.
In his letters in A Yankee Horseman in the Shenandoah Valley, Black reveals his impassioned devotion to the cause, frequently expressing his disgust toward those who would not enlist and his frustration with friends who were not appropriately patriotic. Despite the Twelfth Pennsylvania’s somewhat checkered history, Black consistently praises both the regiment’s men and their service and demonstrates a strong camaraderie with his fellow soldiers. He offers detailed descriptions of the regiment’s vital operations in protecting Unionists and tracking down and combating guerrillas, in particular John Singleton Mosby and his partisan rangers, providing a rare first-person account of Union counterinsurgency tactics in the Lower Shenandoah Valley. In the midst of portraying heated and chaotic military operations, Black makes Jennie a prominent character in his war, illustrating the various ways in which the conflict altered or nurtured romantic relationships.

The book is edited by David J. Coles, professor of history at Longwood University, and Stephen D. Engle, professor of history at Florida Atlantic University. As Coles and Engle describe in the preface, Black was typical of the thousands of volunteers who fought for the Union. The son of Jacob and Mary Black, he had been born on his father's farm near Canan Station, Allegheny Township, Pennsylvania, on July 28, 1834. Black's grandfather, Adam, a native of Maryland, had been an early settler to the region and had operated a sawmill and grist mill in addition to serving as justice of the peace. Jacob moved to Allegheny Township, where he raised a family of nine children and farmed.

John Black lived with his parents until the age of twenty, helping his father with farm chores and finding the time to obtain an education. He attended local schools and the Tuscarawas Academy in nearby Juniata County. About 1854 John began teaching in the public schools of Duncansville, Blair County, remaining in that profession until his enlistment at the outbreak of the war in the Fourteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.

John Black was one of the thousands of Pennsylvanians who rushed to defend the Union following the attack on Fort Sumter in April 1861. Although he never specifically stated his reasons for enlisting, it is evident from his correspondence that he felt a strong patriotism and devotion to the Union. A biographical sketch of Black contends that his early life "was but poor preparation for the hardships of a soldier's life, but it is doubtful if the young teacher ever thought of personal discomfort when his loyalty to the Union impelled him to enlist as a defender of the same." In his letters he frequently made patriotic statements revealing his impassioned devotion to the cause. In June 1861, for example, he referred to a female acquaintance as a traitor because she would not display the U.S. flag. The following year he commented on his desire to return home "with the honor of having crushed one of the wildest rebellions that ever cursed a nation since the sun set forth its light upon the earth." Black frequently expressed his disgust toward those who would not enlist, stating that ‘all true and loyal Americans’ should answer their country's call. He criticized a friend for failing to serve, stating, "So long as there is an enemy aiming at the destruction of Independence, so long should all loyal men continue to be soldiers." A few days later he commented that death would be preferable to "have tyranny with its destroying hand ... rule over such a heaven favored nation like this." Later in the war, he expressed hope for a furlough, but Black stated that he, unlike others, would never leave the army without proper authority, pledging to ‘cast neither shame nor disgrace on you, myself or relatives.’

Though Black's letters are not replete with expressions of hatred toward his Confederate enemies, a few bitter comments do appear. In June 1862, for example, he expressed his desire to assist his country in "freeing her soil of [the] feinds [sic] of the South." A few months later he referred to Confederates as ‘accursed rebels’ whom he hoped would soon give up. He saved his harshest words, however, for when he described the Confederate treatment of prisoners of war. "Who would have thought ere this cruel war," he wrote in December 1863, "that any American citizen could ever become so utterly lost and degraded as to allow their fellow beings to starve, while it lay in their power to render aid. God forbid that it should ever be my lot to again fall into the hands of those inhuman and degraded wretches. Wretches I call them. Nay! They are worse than wretches. Rather call them fiends & devils in the shape of men."

Coinciding with his deep desire to fight was his growing camaraderie with his comrades of the Twelfth Pennsylvania, which is a prominent theme in his letters. Civil War regiments were in many ways extensions of a soldier's community, serving as a substitute family and home. Regiments were the nucleus of the army. They functioned as a cohesive military community that forged relationships between the members of the rank and file and became the foundation for larger military formations. Black was consistently positive about the regiment's men and service. Like many soldiers writing home, he refrained from engaging in disparaging remarks about his comrades, many of whom were his friends. "Lucky for me," he recorded in 1862, "we have a noble hearted and true souled set of boys." Particularly poignant are comments concerning casualties and those suffering from illness. In late December 1864, after receiving news that a friend and fellow member of the regiment had died at a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp at Andersonville, Georgia, he wrote of the soldier: "I could not help shedding tears when I heard of it. He was a particular & warm friend of mine."

Another major theme throughout his correspondence as revealed in A Yankee Horseman in the Shenandoah Valley is Black's relationship with his sweetheart and future wife. During his military service, John wrote scores of letters to Miss Susan Jane Leighty, whom he called Jennie. Jennie Leighty was a native of Duncansville, Pennsylvania. From the tone of even the earliest surviving letters, it seems obvious that Jennie and John had enjoyed a close relationship for some time. Over the subsequent years of separation, their feelings intensified, and on April 3, 1864, while John was home on leave, they were married. In an 1862 letter, Black addressed himself to Jennie as "Your true friend and lover." The following year he wrote longingly of Sundays at home "when we sat alone in the little Parlor, not fearing any one, but having all of our pleasures to ourselves." Later that year he thanked Jennie for having "proven [to be] so true to me, while many a poor soldier boy left his home & girl about the same time that I did and long ere this their girls have proven false to them." By the end of that year, Black had pledged his ‘undivided love’ to Jennie. He looked forward to the end of his enlistment and the chance to spend more time with her.

The emotional intensity of Black's correspondence shows him forging a strong and romantic relationship with Jennie. Despite their time away from each other, the distractions, and physical discomfort, this relationship developed affectionately through correspondence, led to an engagement, and then to marriage. In the midst of heated and chaotic military operations, Black makes Jennie a prominent character in his war and thereby illustrates through his letters the various ways the Civil War altered or nurtured romantic relationships. Jennie, in fact, becomes almost as prominent in his letters as the military events of the war. Indeed, despite John and Jennie's physical separation, the war's brutality, and even John's near-fatal wound in 1865, the romance between the two endured and became stronger. As such, Black's correspondence reveals the conscious decision to maintain a world inundated by love and affection – just as much as he was forced to live in a world filled with hardships and bloodshed. Throughout the war, Black found himself torn between devotion to his country and devotion to his wife. And while Civil War scholarship illuminates the many ways Northern women sacrificed their loved ones to the cause of preserving the Union, the correspondence between Jennie and John suggests that not all women willingly did so. In fact, this tension affected Black's camp life, as he felt tremendous guilt over leaving home, which he reveals to Jennie when he tells her of his dream about her in December 1864. The emotional tension he experienced provides a window for understanding the inevitable confrontation between civil life and military life. Black's remorse about accepting an officer's commission, thus sacrificing the initial months of his marriage to advance his military career, was representative of the emotional tension many soldiers experienced in the struggle to balance devotion to family with devotion to the Union cause.

Black appeared torn between his devotion to the Union, and with it his desire to remain in service until the war's conclusion, and his love for Jennie and his desire to be at home with her. By January 1864, he had determined not to reenlist when his term of service ended later that year: "I will quit soldiering and not reenlist, but return to my native County and State, and let others reenlist who think proper." In the end his sense of duty overcame his longing to return home. In a letter, Black reminded Jennie that he had asked her permission to remain in the service: "Had you not said yes . . . I never should have reenlisted." Perhaps a promotion to lieutenant played a role in his decision to reenlist. He later commented that he accepted the promotion with the understanding that he could resign his commission within a year. By that time, however, officer resignations were limited to those with disabilities, so he would remain in the service. Throughout the remainder of 1864 and early 1865, Black appeared torn over his decision. He held out hope, however, that the war would soon close. John's letters were filed with comments about his hope for a furlough before the start of the spring campaign. Unfortunately, on March 6 he sadly informed his wife that he would not obtain leave. Just two weeks later he would receive a crippling wound that would change his and Jennie's lives forever.

A final theme of importance in A Yankee Horseman in the Shenandoah Valley is the significance of the Twelfth Pennsylvania's contribution to the Union military effort in the lower Shenandoah Valley. During the final months of the war, the regiment operated in and around Harpers Ferry, guarding the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and securing the mountain passes into Maryland. The regiment's operations were vital in protecting Unionists and tracking down and combating guerrillas, in particular, John Singleton Mosby and his partisan rangers. While scholars have exhausted the history of Mosby's exploits in the Shenandoah Valley, few have focused on the units that sought to defeat his rangers. Black's correspondence detailing the exploits of his unit in these operations helps fill this void in military literature. And although Black's unit had a reputation for being unruly and undisciplined, the appointment of Col. Marcus Reno in the winter of 1865 provided the Twelfth Pennsylvania with the leadership necessary to manage the unit's successful occupation of the lower valley, which ultimately forced Mosby's Rangers across the Potomac into Virginia.

A Yankee Horseman in the Shenandoah Valley personalizes the regiment's wartime experiences by focusing on one man who soldiered with it throughout the war. This welcome volume presents this complete correspondence for the first time, offering a surprisingly full record of the cavalryman’s service from 1862 to 1865 and an intimate portrait of a wartime romance. The book provides vivid insights into the guerrilla fighting that occurred. And the letters make a significant contribution toward the emerging consensus that the Yankee cavalry became a superior fighting force as the war progressed.

Home & Garden / Arts & Crafts

Rustic Wedding Chic by Maggie Lord (Gibbs Smith)

Let's face it; at one time or another we have all attended a wedding and been charmed by a special detail, made a mental note, and tucked it away for our own wedding day. Whether it was a unique wedding cake, a breathtaking dress, or a clever design element that made everyone ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh,’ there is something both fun and inspiring about seeing how other couples put the pieces together to build their perfect day.

With the planning process as overwhelming as it is, brides are not only expected but also strongly encouraged to borrow ideas from other couples. In fact, some of the best ideas for their wedding will come from other weddings. Every couple looks for inspiration and guidance when planning a wedding.

What comes to mind when one thinks of rustic weddings? Do readers think of locations like barns, mountaintops, fields and orchards, or details like wood beams, tiny lights, magical table decor and thoughtful favors? While all of these examples are true, the real beauty of a rustic wedding, according to Maggie Lord, founder of RusticWeddingChic.com, is its versatility.

Rustic weddings are the hottest alternative to the traditional hotel ballroom, allowing couples to make their day more personal. Lord in Rustic Wedding Chic shares inspiration, ideas and advice on planning a rustic and country wedding. Readers get an insider's look at real weddings set in rustic locations, country and farm destinations, and backyard venues, all with an independent, eco-friendly and creative approach. They can make any setting feel rustic, from traditional country venues to extravagant resorts and urban hotels.

A self-confessed wedding junkie since the age of thirteen, Lord says she loves the romance and beauty of weddings. Passionate about the rustic style and eager to share her discoveries and ideas while planning her own wedding, she started blogging. Now her website serves as a daily muse for brides, couples and wedding enthusiasts, offering an online venue for idea gathering and inspiration.

Readers can create a more unique and personalized wedding with Rustic Wedding Chic.

The weddings in the book are as unique as the couples who planned them. Getting the chance to see how real brides have brought their rustic wedding to life will give readers more enthusiasm for planning their own wedding and serve as a jumping-off point for further inspiration.

Literature & Fiction / British / History & Criticism / Communication Studies

Literary Community-Making: The dialogicality of English texts from the seventeenth century to the present edited by Roger D. Sell (Dialogue Studies Series, Volume 14: John Benjamins Publishing Company)

The writing and reading of literary texts can be seen as processes which are genuinely communicational. They lead to the growth of communities within which individuals acknowledge not only each other’s similarities but differences as well. In Literary Community-Making, Roger D. Sell, H.W. Donner Research Professor of Literary Communication and Director of the Literary Communication Project at Abo Akademi University, and his colleagues apply the communicational perspective to the past four centuries of literary activity in English. Paying detailed attention to texts – both canonical and non-canonical – by Amelia Lanyer, Thomas Coryate, John Boys, Pope, Coleridge, Arnold, Kipling, William Plomer, Auden, Walter Macken, Robert Kroetsch, Rudy Wiebe and Lyn Hejinian, Literary Community-Making shows how the communicational issues of addressivity, commonality, dialogicality and ethics have arisen in widely different historical contexts. At a metascholarly level, it suggests that the communicational criticism of literary texts has significant cultural, social and political roles to play in the post-postmodern era of rampant globalization.

As Sell discusses in the introduction, the contributors to Literary Community-Making are trying out the approach to literature developed within Abo Akademi University's Literary Communication Project. They all view the writing and reading of literary texts as processes which constitute a dialogue between real writers and real individual readers or groups of readers. Communication of this kind tends to make or consolidate a community, sometimes a community within which individuals find themselves recognizing not only each other's similarities but also their differences. Members of a community are not so much in agreement as in communion, and the principles of communicational ethics – human equality, truthfulness, trust, fairness, cooperativeness, and situational appropriateness – apply in literary community-making as much as in any other kind.

Literary Community-Making's contributors apply the literary-communicational perspective to a random crosssection of the past four centuries of literary activity in English. According to Sell, some of the writers examined are canonical, whereas others have merely aspired to that status. Although a coherently joined-up history of literary communication in English is a major goal for the longer term, research is still in its infancy. What is presented is an unsystematic sampling, with chapters merely arranged in chronological order.

In Chapter 2, Helen Wilcox examines the role played in the construction of reading communities by paratextual materials: prefaces, title-pages, epistles of dedication to patrons, panegyrics in honor of and dedicatory poems by the author. As her test cases she takes two works published in the same year, 1611, in both of which such materials are extensive: Amelia Lanyer's volume of poetry entitled Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum, and Thomas Coryate's account of his travels in Europe, Coryats Crudities. These two works represent fascinatingly different examples of the community-making power of literary texts.

In Chapter 3, Anthony W Johnson, too, explores the contingencies of literary dissemination, one of his main points being that the communicational role of any literary work is related to the categorical matrix within which it is embedded. Generic labels influence readers' expectations, and so do categorizations based on period, literary movement, gender, religion, nationality, or political affiliation. In the end such a label may actually foreclose particular readings; its reductiveness may positively counteract the insights it may have facilitated when first proposed ‘Cavalier’ and ‘Puritan’, for instance, are politicizing epithets which date from the mid-seventeenth century, and the binarism they constitute has long tended to oversimplify readings of individual works from that period.

In Chapter 4 Adam Borch, having set himself the task of studying Alexander Pope's community-making in The Dunciad Variorum, has to recognize that although this great satire is a poem, it is not only a poem. Like Wilcox, Borch sees paratext as potentially crucial for literary community-making. In the poem itself, Pope begins his community-making by constructing what seems to be a private circle whose only members are himself and Jonathan Swift. Borch's point is that the community Pope seeks to establish through the poem is not a community void of dullness, but a community in which dullness is subjected to firm control.

In Chapter 5 of Literary Community-Making, Sell first points to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's extraordi­nary talk, and to his life-long dream of a malleable ‘other half’, equipped "[w]ith answering look a ready ear to lend". Especially during his later years, but also as a young man, he could hog the floor with a dazzling flow of language, sometimes not fully respecting the human autonomy of his own nearest and dearest and thereby – literally and/or metaphorically – silencing them. Sell finds a clear parallel to this tendency in what, ironically enough, Coleridge called his conversation poems. The generosity of Coleridge's invitation to dialogue has been no less impressive than the writing's sheer creativity. To Sell's way of thinking, this has been decisive for the poem's exceptional popularity, and his suggestion is that, as the era of postmodernity gives way to that of post-postmodernity, Coleridge's ethics of address can be a telling example for any community aspiring to be global without becoming hegemonic.

In Chapter 6, Juha-Pekka Alarauhio points out that ever since the publication of Matthew Arnold's first collection of poems in 1849, readers have responded in such strikingly different ways that there is no coherent image of him. Unfazed by this situation, Alarauhio shows that Arnold's own self-portrayal in his writing was itself liable to vary, in accordance with changing circumstances, aims, and readerships. His addressivity always reflected the precise kind of community he was hoping to establish or consolidate.

Through the examination of different perceptions of Arnold, Alarauhio manages to retrieve certain continuities between the seemingly antithetical images of him – between the man of wit and the man of melancholy, between the poet and the prose writer, between the young writer and the older writer – and, in turn, to provide grounds for a fuller engagement with him in our own present.

In Chapter 7, Inna Lindgren examines the community-making of Rudyard Kipling within a class perspective, with a particular focus on his stories and poems about soldiers Lindgren wants to see whether he cut across class barriers in terms of audience as well. Did he expect soldiers to join the ranks of his readers? And if his addressivity does suggest this, were soldiers likely actually to take up the invitation? Lindgren's analysis suggests that the prospect of engaging with people unfamiliar with traditional literary culture was not necessarily unattractive to him, even if he tended to avoid publishing his work in cheap editions.

In Chapter 8, Jason Finch examines the relationship between a particular writ­er's addressivity and the place which that writer is subsequently assigned in literary history. The case he examines is that of William Plomer, whose reputation has actually declined. Plomer, as an Anglo-South-African who wrote about both countries, as a homosexual whose subjects included interracial heterosexual relationships, and as an Edwardian by date of birth who was also deeply Victorian, could in some ways be far more difficult to grasp than writers who went in for Modernist experimentalism. Like his novels, the poetry was important for writers now better known than he himself – Auden and perhaps Larkin, for instance. It celebrates mid-twentieth century London as a gigantic Victorian mausoleum, combining an aching sense of loss with harsh mockery. Betjeman's addressivity has involved the appeal of an essentially simpler authorial persona to an essentially simpler implied reader.

In Chapter 9 of Literary Community-Making, Leona Toker discusses W. H. Auden's poem ‘Spain’, which was published as a pamphlet in the spring of 1937, with the proceeds going to medical aid for the republican side in the Spanish Civil War. Despite its fund-raising function, the poem has often been read as a call to arms addressed to people with anti-fascist allegiances. Yet the writing has a complexity which allows different readers to read it in different ways. In later years, Auden responded to changing circumstances by renaming the poem ‘Spain, 1937’ and making several revisions. From some editions of his work he actually excluded it. Toker shows that all this, together with his on-record comments on the poem, did nothing to simplify it, but rather reflected the feedback loop of his continuing dialogue with his readers. Toker's conclusion is that Auden was carrying out, within what might be called the anti-fascist community, a kind of civic duty. The poem tended to sensitize his readers to the need for intellectual responsibility in the public sphere.

In Chapter 10, Gunilla Bexar notes that the Irish politician Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847) was, and in some respects still is, a controversial figure. Against this background that Bexar examines Walter Macken's novel The Silent People. The conflicting assessments of O'Connell emerge very clearly, both in discussions between O'Connell himself as a character in the story and the novel's main protagonists, and in discussions between the main protagonists and certain other characters as well. The main question raised here has to do with communicational ethics. Is it possible for Macken to create a sympathetic image of O'Connell without becoming coercive? Although Macken tends to evade or contradict certain points which could gainsay his sympathetic view of O'Connell, Bexar nevertheless finds no obvious coerciveness in his representation. In her view, his writing is sufficiently dialogical to make for a community of readers that is in principle larger and more ideologically heterogeneous than the several communities he portrays.

In Chapter 11 of Literary Community-Making, Janne Korkka discusses representations of the Canadian Prairie in the works of two Prairie authors, Robert Kroetsch (1927-2011) and Rudy Wiebe (1934-). His particular focus is on the portrayal of characters and communities who view themselves as shaped by Prairie space and try to express this as one of their distinctive traits. What interests Korkka is that Kroetsch and Wiebe explore the realities of the Prairie's immigrant and aboriginal communities. Korkka demonstrates that Kroetsch and Wiebe expose the falsity of such images, so promoting the growth of a community of enlightened readers who are willing to accept the facts of human differences.

In Chapter 12, finally, Elina Siltanen discusses Lyn Hejinian, one of the "Language Poets", a group of avant garde American poets who in the 1970s and 1980s were reading each other's texts and engaging in collaborative writing. Such an affiliation came naturally to Hejinian, who has always been concerned with communities and commonalities, even to the extent of rejecting the centrality of the single self. By the same token My Life, despite its title, does not construct a linear narrative of her own life. This work is usually labeled as a poem, yet actually resists classification by genre, recalling not only autobiography but other genres as well. My Life, through its repetitions of, and variations on ordinary everyday phrases, also seeks to create a common language. It sets forth what Siltanen calls a poetics of a common voice, where ‘common’ relates both to something shared within communities, and to that which is ordinary. A poetics of a common voice acknowledges that a text dialogically implicates both the writer and the reader. And as Siltanen sees her, the community consolidated by Hejinian is one within which a poem exists not simply as an object to be interpreted, but as a human bond, drawing readers closer together in an alertly critical view of everyday language.

The most immediate interest of Literary Community-Making is that it suggests how questions of addressivity, community-making, dialogicality and communicational ethics arise from widely different literary texts from widely different historical contexts. Yet it also has a metascholarly dimension. It hints that the communicational criticism of literary texts may have significant cultural, social and political roles to play in an age of rampant globalization.

All the studies collected in Literary Community-Making confirm this paradigm shift at least implicitly, some of them more openly. In fact, one of the main consequences of the communicational turn in criticism is that literary texts which have been widely admired over a long period of time come to be seen as ethically exemplary: exemplary for any community, however large, which hopes to acknowledge internal divisions while also promoting stronger communion.

Literature & Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (Tor Books)

Fate of Worlds opens in 2893, more than a century after the close of the previous novel, Betrayer of Worlds – and on the very day that Ringworld's Children, book four of the Ringworld series, ends.

For decades, the species of Known Space have been battling it out for Ringworld – the galaxy's grandest, and most intimidating, structure. But the Ringworld has suddenly vanished, leaving behind three rival fleets.

Something must justify the blood and treasure that have been spent. If the warring factions cannot despoil the Ringworld of its secrets, the Puppeteer might have been forced to surrender theirs – everyone knows they're cowards.

Adventurer Louis Wu – the infamous 200-year-old man enlisted by the Puppeteers for a desperate mission to the Ringworld – has been stranded there with the exiled Puppeteer known only as Hindmost. For over a decade, Hindmost has studied the Ringworld technology, scheming to use it to regain supreme power. Not that those with power on the Fleet of Worlds will relinquish it without a fight...

  • Ol't'ro, the Gw'oth ensemble mind – and the Fleet of Worlds' unsuspected puppet master for a century – is deviously brilliant. And increasingly unbalanced ...
  • Proteus, the artificial intelligence on which, in desperation, the Puppeteers rely to manage their defenses, is outgrowing its programming – and the supposed constraints on its initiative ...
  • Sigmund Ausfaller, paranoid and disgraced hero of the lost human colony of New Terra, knows that something threatens his adopted home world – and that it must be stopped ...
  • Achilles, the megalomaniac Puppeteer – twice banished, and twice rehabilitated – sees the Fleet of Worlds' existential crisis as a new opportunity to reclaim supreme power. Whatever the risks ...

One way or another, the fabled race of Puppeteers may have come to the end of their days….

Authors are Larry Niven, the multiple Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of the Ringworld series, as well as many other science fiction masterpieces and Edward M. Lerner, with degrees in physics and computer science, a background that kept him mostly out of trouble until he began writing SF full-time, with Fate of Worlds as the most recent of his many collaborations with Niven.

Fate of Worlds is the astonishing conclusion to Niven and Lerner's highly-praised Fleet of Worlds series and a prequel to Niven's classic Ringworld series – which secured his place as one of science fiction's master craftsmen. The first novel of the Niven/Lerner collaboration, Fleet of Worlds, was met with great excitement by fans and named a Sci-Fi Essential book upon publication in 2007. The following novels in the series, Juggler of Worlds, Destroyer of Worlds and Betrayer of Worlds, took readers on a journey deeper inside the world of Known Space and the secrets behind the galaxy's grandest and most intimidating structure: the Ringworld.

A snazzy thriller/mystery that keeps us (and our hero) guessing until the very end... Wide screen galactic scope, nifty super-science, crafty aliens, corporate corruption and cover ups, and a multi‑leveled spy vs. spy mystery with little being as it first appears makes Juggler of Worlds a first class exemplar of pure SF entertainment. – SFsite.com on Juggler of Worlds

Combines sparkling wit and `old school' hard sf with masterly storytelling and cosmic vision...enjoy the return of good, old-fashioned sf, packed with ideas, philosophical musings, and plenty of space action. – Library Journal on Destroyer of Worlds

Exceptional freshness and suspense…full of startling revelations about human and puppeteer politics. – Booklist

A new Known Space book, particularly one with new information about Puppeteers and their doings behind the scenes of human history, needs recommending within the science fiction community about as much as a new Harry Potter novel does, well, anywhere. But Niven and Lerner have produced a novel that can stand on its own as well as part of the Known Space franchise. – Locus

Long-time fans and new readers alike will be enthralled by Fate of Worlds, the explosive finale to one of science fiction's most time-honored series.

Philosophy

The Dialectical Method: A Treatise Hegel Never Wrote by Clark Butler (Humanity Books)

Most people, if they have heard anything about Hegel, associate him with the ‘dialectical method’ he claimed to use. The associated ‘Hegelian dialectic’ is often cavalierly explained as thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. Yet, in fact, Hegel never wrote any substantial account of dialectical logic or dialectical method.

The Dialectical Method reopens the whole question of the dialectical method in a contemporary context. Dialectical logic is explained in terms of variations on indirect proof translatable into today's standard formal logic, and evidence is given that it can be found embedded in individual and collective histories. Hegel scholar Clark Butler, professor of philosophy and director of the Human Rights Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne Campus, distinguishes Hegel's use of the dialectical method for understanding the standpoint of the present from its little-recognized adaptation by Sigmund Freud and from its well-known use by Karl Marx. Butler notes a strong convergence emerging from the historical Hegel, psychoanalysis, and historical materialism. Beyond Hegel scholarship, he suggests ways of continuing Hegel's work in our own time.

The Dialectical Method proposes a treatise on the Hegelian dialectical method as based on dialectical logic. Part One explores sources of dialectical logic before Hegel in ancient thought (Pythagoras, Sophocles, and Zeno the Eleatic). Part Two examines dialectical logic and the dialectical method in Hegel, with attention to the relationship between dialectical logic and contemporary formal logic. Part Three concerns the dialectical method after Hegel, in which Butler shows that the method is available for uses other than the one to which the historical Hegel put it.

Butler takes issue with those who have contested the existence or validity of any dialectical logic, and of the dialectical method as well. The payoff for studying dialectical logic is the dialectical method. By using it one can reconstruct, rethink, and relive a historical course of dialectical deduction with the purpose of achieving deeper self-comprehension, i.e., comprehension of oneself by ret raveling one's past path of dialectical assumptions, contradictions, and corrections. Dialectical self-comprehension is possible when one's present identity has historically constituted itself through such a path. It is possible when the individual is conscious of herself as triumphant over the contradictions of the past.

Part Three, treating the dialectical method after Hegel, includes a reconstruction of American history since World War II in chapter 8, according to the dialectical method. Readers see how a Hegelian use of the method can assist in comprehending a post-Hegelian historical standpoint present to us but unknown to Hegel. Through psychoanalytic thought (chapter 9) and historical materialism respectively (chapter 10), the method becomes a post-Hegelian one that projects and constructs a future resolution of a present con­tradiction, no longer merely a use of Hegel's method in comprehending a post-Hegelian situation through a resolution surmounting its dialectical past.

The Dialectical Method is chiefly a book on the theory and cognitive application of the dialectical method. Yet the method has pragmatic and rhetorical value. The practical upshot of the method goes beyond greater self-knowledge. Use of the method conveys the message that we already have come a long way, that past contradictions have not proven to be a dead end, and that readers may be emboldened thereby to think that future resolutions of present contradictions may also be possible.

Since this understanding of the dialectical method presupposes one among different interpretations of Hegel, Butler in The Dialectical Method says he is obliged to distinguish and arbitrate between Hegel interpretations; he does this in chapter 6.

The Science of Logic was not a treatise on the dialectical method. Hegel wrote passages on the method, but he never devoted a treatise to it. But he does have a universal concept of the dialectical method formed by abstraction from all its concrete particular forms: The unmoved form is the universal activity of the absolute idea [of the practical idea] of constructive world-historical striving for universal freedom, human rights, as that striving begins to be crowned, after the French Revolution, by the theoretical idea, i.e., by reconstructive theoretical knowledge of the triumph of that very striving. The self-activation of the absolute idea occurs within all its moments.... Within each moment the very same activity occurs, and the universal form of this activity we call the [dialectical] method.... We call the universal form of this activity ‘the method’ to distinguish it from its variable particular content so that the form of the content has its own content.

The dialectical method reconstructs an objective dialectic. The method has the same abstracted universal form of all particular forms of dialectical development with their different empirical contents. The method cannot be externally applied to all dialectical developments with their diverse contents. Dialectical activity must be empathetically reconstructed, relived from within, not mechanically regimented from without. The universal form of dialectical activity, subjectively abstracted by an experienced dialectical thinker like Hegel himself, must be allowed to particularize itself in ways that cannot be automatically deduced from that abstract form. Yet, despite its various self­particularizations, in applying the dialectical method it is useful to know its universal form abstracted from previously applications of the method as a guide or rule of thumb for future applications, though not as a rigid pro­crustean bed.

In the Science of Logic the dialectical method is employed reconstructively in the search for a true description under which to place the absolute. It is employed as we rethink the empirical history of philosophy, beginning with Parmenides, ideally on the level of pure imageless thought, rather than amidst the contingencies of actual empirical history. We have just noted that Hegel's Logic concludes with a universal concept of its own method.

The challenge is to see whether there exists a dialectical logic containing a set of rules that can accommodate all the particular twists and turns revealed by the method's use in the Logic. We can see whether this is true only by reconstructing, reactivating, rethinking the content of dialectical developments to judge whether such particular developments confirm or exceed the proposed universal form that Hegel abstracts at the end of the Logic as a dialectical methodologist reflecting on his own experience throughout writing the book. What Hegel says about this universal form is that it starts by an analysis in which some content is abstracted and separated from related contents, and that it proceeds to a synthesis in which contents that have been separated are reunited. The more developed concept of dialectic and of the dialectical method in The Dialectical Method will take its start from this characterization by Hegel, but will specify it more concretely.

Butler inserts reason clearly within the confines of the understanding by construing it as the positive result of the understanding's own self-critique. The understanding raises itself up beyond itself (hebt sich auf) into reason. There is no mystical leap from the understanding into the heaven of reason. Give the understanding enough rope and it will hang itself. Yet negation is also positive. The understanding dies and is reborn as reason, but we must get beyond metaphors. By what logical operations is this rebirth effected? This is what dialectical logic should reveal.

The Dialectical Method gives an account of Hegel's dialectical method understood as a method of grasping historical dialectical self-constructions by their rational reconstruction. The point is to show that the method, which Hegel used only in the reconstruction of past history in his own system, is a genuine scientific method for the human and social sciences. Hegel studies and Hegel scholarship should issue in Hegelian new research, much as Freud studies continue to issue in psychoanalytic research.

However, Hegel's dialectical logic is very often but not always deductive in the strict sense of formal logic. There are situations where the abstract universal form of dialectic as deductive by indirect proof is exceeded by the concrete course actually taken by a particular dialectical development. For example, it becomes clear that certain courses of dialectical logic can also imply dialogic. Formally deductive dialectical logic inferentially develops what is contained in a single voice. Dialogic (dialogos, dialogue) recognizes other voices whose standpoints are in rupture with any first voice. What the other voices say in reply does not follow deductively from what the first says. The dialectic is deductive only up to the point where it implies a dialogue between different voices in rupture with one another. It is deductive only insofar as it carries out the logical implications contained in a single voice.

Clark Butler's The Dialectical Method is the finest and most illuminating study of the purely dialectical and purely logical methods of Hegel's thinking, and while we are living in the time of perhaps the most creative of all periods of Hegelian interpretation, Hegel's dialectical method has remained tantalizingly opaque until the publication of this all too important book. – Thomas J. J. Altizer, author, Godhead and the Nothing and The New Gospel of Christian Atheism

Hegel's dialectical logic displays a kind of necessitation present in thought and reality and alone makes them intelligible. That necessitation cannot be understood by standard textbook formal logic. Clark Butler provides unique and indispensable help in understanding how dialectical necessitation works and how it depends upon and interweaves with standard logic. Such understanding is of great importance, because standard logic alone has never been remotely capable of elucidating the necessary connections that structure thought, language, and life. Of these connections Hegel is the master, and this book goes far to make his contributions to philosophy intelligible. – Dallas Willard, professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California

Clark Butler's book is very helpful in throwing important light on the power of dialectical thinking. With precise knowledge of Hegel's system and careful analytic intelligence in making its guiding concerns intelligible to the non-Hegelian, Butler seeks to offer what some admirers and many critics of Hegel deem impossible – the formalization of Hegel's dialectical logic. Claims to succeed in this translation from dialectical to formal logic will raise important disputes, but the complex arguments offered by this well-respected Hegel scholar illuminate the central Hegelian themes and are well deserving of serious attention. – William Desmond, David Cook Visiting Chair in Philosophy, Villanova University, USA, past president of the Hegel Society of America, professor of philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Clark Butler goes further than Jean Hyppolite's path-breaking article of the 1950s connecting the ideas of Hegel with psychoanalysis. Butler points to a justified optimism in Hegel because he accepts a radical teleology that pushes human civilization toward mastering both the otherness of nature and the painful dependence upon other human beings. – Wilfried Ver Eecke, PhD, professor in philosophy, adjunct professor in psychology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Clark Butler has written a very interesting book on the nature of Hegel's patterns of reasoning. As one has come to expect from Butler, the book is clearly written and analytically rigorous. But the book is not a methodological treatise in the usually sterile meaning of that term. Butler acknowledges the creative element in Hegel's form of indirect proof, while emphasizing correctly that this element in no way disqualifies the reasoning from the status of being deductive. But Butler goes further to give indirect proof an existential shape by contextualizing it religiously, psychoanalytically, and politically to develop a concrete conception of the motivation for introducing new assumptions in the process of deduction. The result is a global interpretation of the rationality and significance of Hegel's distinctive form of reasoning that ties together microcosmic psychic events and macrocosmic political and historical trends. Precisely because of the full political and existential character of the interpretation, there will be many places where readers will be tempted to register disagreements. But this is just evidence that Butler has successfully taken Hegel's Logic out of the realm of failed and unrecognizable philosophical projects by making it a live option for contemporary reflection. – Christopher Yoemans, assistant professor of philosophy, Purdue University-West Lafayette

The Dialectical Method will be of interest not only to Hegel scholars but also to students of history, psychoanalysis, Marxism, theology, and formal logic.

Philosophy / Asia / Study Guides

A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics by Puqun Li (Broadview Press)

A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics guides readers through ten classic works of Asian philosophy. Several major schools of Eastern thought are discussed, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism/Taoism, and Chan/Zen. Author Puqun Li connects the ideas of these schools to those of Western philosophy, thereby making the material accessible to people who are unfamiliar with the cultures and intellectual traditions of Asia. A wide range of important topics are addressed: reality, time, self, knowledge, ethics, human nature, enlightenment, and death. Puqun Li is Philosophy Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Philosophy Tutor at Athabasca University.

A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics is not a book on the history of Asian philosophy, but a guide or companion to ten representative Asian philosophy classics – the Upanishads, the Dhammapada, the Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way (Mulamadhyamakakarika), the Analects, the Mengzi (Mencius), the Xunzi (Hsun Tzu), the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching), the Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu), the Platform Sutra, and the Shobogenzo. These texts are selected because they provide an entry into some major schools of Asian philosophy – Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism (Taoism), and Chan/Zen.

For many English speakers whose first contact with Asian philosophy was through graphic novels, movies, or TV, the exotic wisdom of Asian philosophy can be very intriguing and fun to ponder. But for those who have tried to delve into the primary Asian philosophy texts (in translation), the story may be very different: these are not easy fun; rather, they can produce frustration and bewilderment. Encouragement and orientation are necessary for overcoming the cultural barriers these texts present. That is the purpose of A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics: to make sense of the ideas in the chosen texts, to draw local conceptual maps, and to compare and contrast ideas from the philosophical traditions of the East and the West – to help English speaking readers get their bearings when they first approach the Asian philosophy classics.

According to Li, a classic probes into the depths of human existence and the ultimate concerns of life. It inquires into fundamental issues such as the character of the self, the reality of suffering, the mystery of life and death, the nature of right and wrong, and the path to happiness. The greatness of a classic lies in its enduring significance across space and time. While classics emerge in a particular time and culture, they have the power to address people in diverse social locations and times. This is not to suggest that every utterance of a classic – Asian or Western – is always directly relevant to the life of contemporary readers. But on the whole, when a classic is skillfully reinterpreted, it can continue to speak afresh to each generation, often beyond its native cultural contexts. In that sense, the import of a classic is truly trans-cultural and trans-temporal.

There is still much we can and should learn from the ancient philosophy classics – from both the West and the East. While we may know much more about science and nature than the ancient philosophers (Asian or Western), we do not necessarily understand as much as they did about the good life. It is presumptuous of us to think that we are smarter and wiser than the ancient philosophers in all respects simply because of the fact that we have grasped more scientific knowledge.

In some cases, Li says, the classical philosophers of the East and the West can be likened to the folks of two neighboring villages who are digging a well in their respective villages. While they started at different places, they may eventually drink from the same fount. By analogy, an Asian philosophy classic should taste similar to a comparable Western philosophy classic – compare reading the Analects and the Nicomachean Ethics.

In other cases, however, ideas from one tradition may appear radically alien to people embedded in other traditions. For example, try to savor the Buddhist idea of emptiness (no self-nature) or the Daoist idea of change (transformation of things) with our ‘taste buds’ that are used to Parmenides' ‘Being’ and Plato's ‘Forms.’ What we will probably experience is something insipid, if not downright distasteful. Fortunately, however, our ‘taste buds’ are not fixed, nor are our minds imprisoned. A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics intends to sharpen readers' ‘taste buds’ and open their minds so that they will be able to better taste alien ideas and better understand them.

In helping readers think through ideas in the select primary texts, A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics adopts three heuristic strategies of interpretation.

The first strategy is to situate a text in its philosophical context. A text that seems obscure at first glance can often be made more intelligible once it is appropriately contextualized as a part of a larger philosophical conversation. As we are reading a difficult text, it is often helpful to identify the author's interlocutor(s) or opponent(s). For instance, in order to understand the Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna's notion of ‘emptiness’ (no self-nature) in the Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way, it is helpful to see that he was responding to an interlocutor who believed that self-nature was real and substantive. In order to understand the Confucian philosopher Xunzi's thoughts, it is beneficial to read them against the backdrop of the competing ideas presented in the Analects, the Mengzi, the Mozi, the Daodejing, and the Zhuangzi. Understanding this background will help readers appreciate Xunzi's role as a synthesizer of these diverse schools of thought and hence his unique contribution to Chinese philosophy.

The second strategy is to ascertain the internal connection of ideas in a text in order to gain an understanding of how they constitute a coherent vision. For example, A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics explores the interconnection of core ideas – ren (humanness), li (ritual), junzi (exemplary person), zhong (loyalty or conscience), shu (reciprocity/empathy) – in the Analects, so that readers can appreciate Confucius' vision on the training of junzi through ren, zhong, and shu and on how that training can contribute to the establishment of a harmonious society.

In adopting the first two strategies, Li presents each chapter of the volume as relatively self-contained as well as related to others. Thus readers may choose to focus on a particular chapter first, and then to relate it to other chapters both chronologically and conceptually.

The third interpretive strategy is to bring some of the ideas in the select primary texts into dialogue with Western philosophy. This conversation with Western thoughts allows readers to appreciate the currency of Asian philosophy classics. The relevance of the Analects to virtue ethics, the contribution of the Mengzi to the discussion of moral psychology, and the comparability of ideas in Dogen's Shobogenzo and ideas in Heidegger's Being and Time are a few themes that illustrate the aliveness of the Asian philosophy classics in contemporary philosophy discussion.

Many readers of A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics may already have some familiarity with the Western philosophical tradition, and it is natural for them to compare the two traditions. In some cases, they may (understandably) read Western philosophical ideas into the Asian texts.

According to Li, a guide is only a guide; A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics is not intended to replace the primary texts. Thus, readers still have to chew on the primary texts themselves. It is true that they are sometimes hard to get their teeth into, but her suggestion is simple: don't be discouraged. When a person wants to climb up a high mountain, the climbing itself is a test of the climber's seriousness, strength, courage, and patience. Similarly, the persistent pondering of a text is in itself that which trains and shapes the mind. Japanese Zen Master Dogen's idea that ‘practice and enlightenment are one’ provides a helpful way for seeing the process of engaging the Asian texts. The practice of wrestling with the Asian philosophy classics is in itself a quest for self-understanding.

A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics, Puqun Li provides the student of Asian philosophy with a hugely intelligent companion volume that will inform a close reading of ten of Asia's foundational texts. Drawing upon the best contemporary scholarly literature and competing translations, Li unfolds widely divergent visions of the consummate human experience that can be achieved through a process of self-initiated personal cultivation. It is hard to conceive of how more of the world's wisdom could be responsibly engaged in one small book. – Roger T. Ames, University of Hawai’i
This is a highly readable, issue-oriented guidebook to ten representative classics in Asian philosophy. The book gives beginners a clear, articulate, and thought-stimulating explanation of how to capture the basic ideas of these classics in a reflectively engaging way. It will inspire readers to pursue Asian philosophy in greater breadth and depth. – Bo Mou, San Jose State University

Readable, accessible and intelligent, A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics makes students’ wrestling with Asian philosophy a bit easier and more fruitful.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Emergency / Reference

Wounds and Lacerations: Emergency Care and Closure (Expert Consult – Online and Print), 4th edition by Alexander T. Trott MD (Elsevier Saunders)

There are certain clinical skills basic to most practitioners: physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, wound care technicians, and medics; the care of surface injury and lacerations is one of them. Until the 1980s, suturing and other wound care procedures were taught at the bedside from one generation to the next. With the growth of emergency medicine and its acceptance as a specialty came a rapid growth of textbooks and educational materials that organized and presented didactic material necessary for students and residents training in emergency care. Wounds and Lacerations, now in its fourth edition, represents an effort to provide students and practitioners with a ready source of information and recommendations to care for patients with surface injuries.

With Wounds and Lacerations: Emergency Care and Closure, 4th edition, students get concise guidance on the latest techniques and strategies for treating lacerations, wounds, and burns. This medical reference book helps them optimize every aspect of patient care, everything from the patient's arrival in the ED to discharge and follow-up care, based on current literature and guidelines.

With Wounds and Lacerations students are able to:

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  • Implement the latest approaches for the use of ultrasound in foreign-body detection and removal; use of absorbable sutures on the face and hand; approaching complicated infections such as MRSA; managing chronic wounds seen in elderly and diabetic patients; applying new suture techniques and materials for pediatric patients; and updated recommendations for tetanus and rabies prophylaxis.
  • Get step-by-step visual guidance on all aspects of wound care through more than 300 detailed line drawings and photographs showing techniques for wound assessment, irrigation, closure, wound dressing, foreign body removal, administration of local anesthesia, and follow-up care.
  • Find the relevant information necessary to treat patients with material that focuses only on injuries that are handled by emergency physicians.
  • On the scene or at the hospital, search the complete contents online.

The author of Wounds and Lacerations is Alexander T. Trott, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati. Contributors include: Gregg A. DiGiulio, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron; Javier A. Gonzalez del Rey, MD, Med, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Director, Pediatric Residency Training Programs, Associate Director, Division of Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati; and Carolyn K. Holland, MD, Med, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Attending Physician, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, University Hospital, Cincinnati.

Chapters of Wounds and Lacerations include:

  1. Emergency Wound Care: An Overview – Goals of Wound Closure, Patient Expectations, Risks of Wound Care
  2. Patient Evaluation and Wound Assessment – Initial Steps, Wound Evaluation and Documentation
  3. Anatomy of Wound Repair – Anatomy of the Skin and Fascia, Skin Tension Lines, Alterations of Skin Anatomy
  4. Wound Healing and Cosmetic Outcome – Normal Wound Healing, Factors Affecting Cosmetic Outcome, Suture Marks, Keloid and Hypertrophic Scars, Scar Management and Revision
  5. Wound Care and the Pediatric Patient – Carolyn K. Holland, MD, MEd; Gregg A. DiGiulio, MD; and Javier A. Gonzalez del Rey, MD, Med – General Approach and Calming Techniques, Restraint for Wound Care, Pediatric Patient Sedation, Local Anesthetic Techniques, Choice of Closure Materials, Abscess Drainage, Wound Aftercare
  6. Infiltration and Nerve Block Anesthesia – Local Anesthetics: Practical Points, Anesthetic Solutions, Toxicity of Local Anesthetics, Allergy to Local Anesthetics, Reducing the Pain of Local Anesthesia, Adult Patient Sedation, Anesthesia Techniques
  7. Wound Cleansing and Irrigation – Wound Cleansing Solutions, Preparation for Wound Cleansing, Cleansing Setup and Procedures
  8. Instruments, Suture Materials, and Closure Choices – Basic Instruments and Handling, Suture Materials, Needle Types
  9. Decisions before Closure: Timing, Debridement, and Consultation – Timing of Closure, Wound Exploration, Hemostasis, Tissue Debridement and Excision, Surgical Drains, Immediate Antibiotic Therapy, Guidelines for Consultation
  10. Basic Laceration Repair: Principles and Techniques – Definition of Terms, Basic Knot-Tying Techniques, Principles of Wound Closure
  11. Complex Skin Wounds: Advanced Repair Techniques – Running Suture Closure, Beveled (Skived) Wounds, Pull-Out Subcuticular Closure, Subcuticular Running Closure, Corner Stitch, Partial Avulsion, Flap Wounds, Geographic Lacerations, Complete Avulsions, Dog-Ear Deformities, Parallel Lacerations, Thin-Edge, Thick-Edge Wounds, Laceration in an Abrasion
  12. Special Anatomic Sites – Scalp, Forehead, Eyebrow and Eyelid, Cheek or Zygomatic Area, Nasal Structures, Ear, Lips, Oral Cavity, Perineum, Knee, Lower Leg, Foot
  13. The Hand – Initial Treatment, Terminology, Patient History, Examination of the Hand, Circulation, Radiography, Wound Exploration, Selected Hand Injuries and Problems, Antibiotics for Hand Wounds, Dressings and Aftercare
  14. Tissue Adhesives and Alternative Wound Closure – Tissue Adhesives, Wound Taping, Wound Stapling
  15. Bite Wounds – General Bite Wound Management, Specific Injuries, Wound Aftercare and Follow-up, Rabies Exposure and Prophylaxis, Postexposure Prophylaxis
  16. Common Wound Care Problems – Foreign Bodies, Plantar Puncture Wounds, Fishhooks, Abrasions and Tattooing
  17. Minor Thermal Burns – Initial Management and Patient Assessment, Burn Assessment, Guidelines for Hospitalization and Outpatient Management, Treatment of Minor Burns
  18. Cutaneous and Superficial Abscesses – Clinical Presentations, Management of Abscesses, Follow-Up Care, Antibiotic Use in Abscess Care
  19. Complicated, Chronic, and Aging Skin Wounds – Deep Cutaneous and Necrotizing Infections, Infections of Laceration Repair, Chronic Skin Ulcerations, Skin Tears in Aged or Compromised Skin
  20. Wound Dressing and Bandaging Techniques – Wound Dressing Principles, Basic Wound Dressings, Home Care and Dressing Change Intervals, Body Area Dressings
  21. Tetanus Immunity and Antibiotic Wound Prophylaxis – Tetanus Prophylaxis, Prophylactic Antibiotics for Emergency Wounds, Antibiotic Choices
  22. Suture Removal and Wound Aftercare – Suture and Staple Removal, Analgesia, Instructions to the Patient, Understanding Wound Healing

All care recommendations in Wounds and Lacerations are the product of the available evidence, science and literature, to back them up. In cases where no science exists, consensus of experienced practitioners and the authors is offered as support. The success of previous editions lends credence to this approach, as well as the straight-forward and uncomplicated manner in which the content is presented.

Readers of this 4th edition will find a change in format and content. Each chapter is introduced with the Key Practice Points covered in that chapter. Wounds and Lacerations has been edited for greater clarity, and more lists and tables are used for quick and easy reference. Each chapter has been updated with the most recent available science and literature. Many illustrations have been updated, and new ones have been added. There have been significant changes in several content areas. The use of absorbable sutures on the face and hand is now a common practice. The cosmetic outcome is the same as for nonabsorbable sutures, and visits for suture removal can be eliminated. The emergence of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a new challenge. The use of emergency department ultrasound to find and remove foreign bodies is becoming more common. Recommendations for tetanus and rabies prophylaxis have undergone significant changes.

Although Wounds and Lacerations originated from practices in the emergency department, it is clear that wound care crosses many specialties and disciplines. Wound care can take place in emergency departments, clinics, practitioners' offices, aid stations, and even in the field. Where this text is used and who uses it have no limits. Students master the art of treating lacerations, wounds, and burns with clear, concise guidance on all the latest techniques and treatments with Wounds and Lacerations. Students learn the most effective methods for optimizing every aspect of patient care based on current literature and guidelines.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Family / Internal / Reference

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2013: 5 Books in 1, Expert Consult – Online and Print (Ferri's Medical Solutions) edited by Fred F. Ferri MD FACP (Elsevier Mosby)

With the 2013 edition of Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2013, clinicians can access current diagnostic and therapeutic information on more than 700 common medical conditions faster and more effectively. Fred F. Ferri's popular ‘5 books in 1’ format provides guidance on vitamin-D deficiency, statin-induced muscle syndrome, postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS), among others. With Expert Consult online access, clinicians can search the complete contents, review 40 online-only topics, and download patient teaching guides.

With Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2013 clinicians are able to:

  • Rapidly find the answers they need with separate sections on diseases and disorders, differential diagnosis, clinical algorithms, laboratory results, and clinical preventive services.
  • With the at-a-glance format, use cross-references, outlines, bullets, tables, boxes, and algorithms to expedite reference.
  • Review normal values and interpret results for more than 200 lab tests.
  • Get the insurance billing codes, including ICD-9-CM codes, to expedite insurance reimbursements.
  • Improve their practice's efficiency with cost-effective referral and consultation guidelines.
  • Access an abundance of online-only material, including EMBs, Suggested Reading, and Patient Teaching Guides, as well as additional algorithms to accompany those in the print version.
  • Identify and treat a broader range of disorders with 25 new topics in the Diseases & Disorders section, including vitamin-D deficiency, oral cancer, hypovitaminosis, sarcoma, hyperemesis in pregnancy, androgen deficiency in the elderly male, and statin-induced muscle syndrome.
  • Improve their interpretation of presenting symptoms with 41 new topics and 7 new references in the Differential Diagnosis section.
  • Access current diagnostic and therapeutic information on more than 700 common medical conditions.

Editor in chief of Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2013 is Fred F. Ferri, M.D., F.A.C.R, Clinical Professor, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence. Section editors include: Ruben Alvero, M.D., Director Assisted Reproductive Technologies Residency Program Director, Vice Chairman for Education, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado; Jeffrey M. Borkan, M.D., PH.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, Alpert Medical School, Brown University; Michael R. Dobbs, M.D., Associate Professor and Vice-Chair, Neurology and Preventative Medicine, Neurology Residency Program, Medical Director, Stroke Care, Chandler Medical Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington; Glenn G. Fort, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.I.D.S.A., Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Chief, Infectious Diseases, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, North Providence; Richard J. Goldberg, M.D., M.S., Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Rhode Island Hospital and the Miriam Hospital, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School, Brown University; Harald Alexander Hall, M.D., Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program, Roger Williams Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University, School of Medicine, Providence; Dennis J. Mikolich, M.D., F.A.C.R, F.C.C.P., Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, VA Medical Center, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence; Iris L. Tong, M.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Director, Women's Primary Care, Women's Medicine Collaborative, Providence; and Wen-Chih Wu, M.D., M.P.H., Staff Cardiologist, Providence, VA Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, Alpert Medical School, Brown University.

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2013 is divided into five sections and an appendix, each with emphasis on clinical information. Sections include:

SECTION I     Diseases and Disorders

SECTION II    Differential Diagnosis

SECTION III   Clinical Algorithms

SECTION IV  Laboratory Tests and Interpretation of Results

SECTION V    Clinical Practice Guidelines

APPENDIX I   Complementary and Alternative Medicine

APPENDIX II Primary Care Procedures, available online

The tremendous success of the previous editions and the enthusiastic comments from numerous colleagues have brought about several positive changes. Each section has been significantly expanded from prior editions, bringing the total number of medical topics covered in Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2013 to more than 1000. Illustrations have been added to several topics to enhance recollection of clinically important facts. The use of ICD-9CM codes in all the topics expedites claims submission and reimbursement.

Section I describes in detail more than 700 medical disorders. A total of 20 new topics, more than 100 new tables, and 60 new illustrations have been added to the 2013 edition. Each medical topic in this section is arranged alphabetically, and the material in each topic is presented in outline format for ease of retrieval. Topics with an accompanying algorithm in Section III are identified with an algorithm symbol (ALG). Similarly, if topics also have a Patient Teaching Guide (PTG) available online, this has been noted. More than 100 new PTGs have been added to the 2013 edition. Throughout the text, key quick-access information is consistently highlighted, clinical photographs are used to further illustrate selected medical conditions, and relevant ICD-9CM codes are listed. Most references focus on current peer-reviewed journal articles rather than outdated textbooks and old review articles. Evidence-based medicine data have been added to relevant topics.

Topics in this section use a structured approach:

  1. Basic Information (Definition, Synonyms, ICD-9CM Codes, Epidemiol­ogy & Demographics, Physical Findings & Clinical Presentation, Etiology)
  2. Diagnosis (Differential Diagnosis, Workup, Laboratory Tests, Imaging Studies)
  3. Treatment (Nonpharmacologic Therapy, Acute General Rx, Chronic Rx, Disposition, Referral)
  4. Pearls & Considerations (Comments, Suggested Readings)
  5. Evidence-Based Data and References

Section II includes the differential diagnosis, etiology, and classification of signs and symptoms. This section has been significantly expanded for the 2013 edition with the addition of 97 new topics. It is a practical section that allows the user investigating a physical complaint or abnormal laboratory value to follow a ‘workup’ leading to a diagnosis. The physician can then easily look up the presumptive diagnosis in Section I for the information specific to that illness.

Section III includes clinical algorithms to guide and expedite the pa­tient's workup and therapy. Many physicians describe this section as par­ticularly valuable in today's managed-care environment.

Section IV includes normal laboratory values and interpretation of results of commonly ordered laboratory tests. By providing interpretation of abnormal results, this section facilitates the diagnosis of medical disorders and further adds to the comprehensive, ‘one-stop’ nature of Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2013. This section has also expanded for the 2013 edition with the addition of several new lab tests.

Section V focuses on preventive medicine and offers essential guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Information in this section includes recommendations for the periodic health examination, screening for major diseases and disorders, patient counseling, and immunization and chemoprophylaxis recommendations. A portion of this section has been moved to the electronic-only format to limit the total page count for the 2013 edition.

The Appendix has been divided into two major sections. Section I contains extensive information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The material in this appendix lessens the current scarcity of exposure of allopathic and osteopathic physicians to the diversity of CAM therapies. Section II of the Appendix, available online, contains an extensive section on primary care procedures.

The contributors realize the importance of patient education and the need for clear communication with patients. Toward that end, practical patient instruction sheets, organized alphabetically and covering the majority of the topics in this book, are available online and can be customized and printed from any computer. All of them have been updated, and more than 100 new ones have been added to the 2013 edition.

The book is a most excellent, quick reference which should be on the desk of all practicing physicians. It is a major study help for advanced medical students, interns, and residents of all specialties. The book is highly recommended. – Julian L. Ambrus, MD, PhD, FACP, Journal of Medicine, Review of the 2012 edition

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2013 is a clear and concise reference for physicians and allied health professionals. The editors have produced a state-of-the-art information system with significant differences from existing texts. Its numerous unique features and yearly updates make the book a valuable medical reference, not only to primary care physicians but also to physicians in other specialties, medical students, and allied health professionals. Its user-friendly format provides a fast and efficient way to identify important clinical information and to offer practical guidance in patient management. And its practical patient instruction sheets represent a valuable addition to patient care and are useful for improving physician-patient communication, patient satisfaction, and quality of care.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Obstetrics and Gynecology/ Perinatology / Diagnostic Imaging

Obstetric Imaging: Expert Radiology series (Expert Consult Premium Edition – Enhanced Online Features and Print), 1st edition by Joshua Copel MD, et. al. (Elsevier Saunders)

The next phase in the development of ultrasound prenatal diagnosis is for it to move gradually out of the expert teaching centers to the district and community hospitals, and for this to happen the residents of today must acquire the skills and knowledge to provide their patients with optimal information about their unborn baby. Prenatal diagnosis is enmeshed in ethical controversies, but the one inescapable fact that is abundantly clear is that the vast majority of couples wish – and therefore deserve – to know as much and as early as possible about the health and normality of their unborn baby. What is done with this information is decided by the couple in consultation with their doctor and the relevant specialists.

Obstetric Imaging helps clinicians detect fetal abnormalities with greater confidence and accuracy. Covering MRI as well as ultrasound and interventional procedures, it equips them with expert tips for recognizing and addressing problems that they might otherwise miss.

With Obstetric Imaging clinicians are able to:

  • Get advanced clinical guidance from a preeminent team of international maternal-fetal medicine specialists and obstetrician/gynecologists.
  • See perfect examples of normal and variant anatomy, as well as the full range of fetal syndromes, with 1,318 images, 361 in full color.
  • Know how to get optimal diagnostic accuracy from ultrasound and when to use MRI instead.
  • Effectively perform image-guided interventions including amniocentesis, fetal transfusion, selective laser photocoagulation, radiofrequency ablation, and fetal shunt placement.
  • Master important nuances of sonography by watching 69 videos online.
  • Access Obstetric Imaging online, view all the videos, and download all the images.
  • Master obstetrics imaging with the only reference on the market that covers the full breadth of OB imaging modalities.

The authors of Obstetric Imaging are Joshua A. Copel, MD, Professor and Vice Chair, Obstetrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences Professor, Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut; Mary E. D'Alton, MB, BCh, BAO, Willard C. Rappleye Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology Services, Columbia University Medical Center, New York; Eduard Gratacos, MD, PhD, Head and Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department, Hospital Clinic, IDIBAPS, University of Barcelona and CIBER-ER, Barcelona; Lawrence D. Platt, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director, Center for Fetal Medicine and Women's Ultrasound, Los Angeles; Boris Tutschek, MD, PhD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Center for Fetal Medicine and Women's Ultrasound, Basel, Switzerland; Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany; Helen Feltovich, MD, MS, Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Intermountain Healthcare, Provo, Utah; Anthony O. Odibo, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor, Fetal Care Center Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University in St. Louis.

Obstetric Imaging provides encyclopedic information about every possible congenital malformation, either genetic or acquired, in an accessible, structured, and concise format. Each condition is defined; the prevalence, etiology, and pathophysiology described; and the ultrasound features, differential diagnosis, and management options discussed. A synopsis and list of key points are also standard features of each chapter. Both normal and abnormal ultrasound anatomy are beautifully illustrated, and the quality of the writing by the distinguished team of experts is of a uniformly high standard. Obstetric Imaging and additional illustrative videos can be accessed on the web, which is essential for the busy practitioner when faced with an unexpected ultrasound finding.

The format is intended for both print and web access.

Contents of Obstetric Imaging include:

  1. ATLAS OF SELECTED NORMAL IMAGES – Atlas of Selected Normal Images
  2. THORAX – Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation of the Lung, Extralobar Bronchopulmonary Sequestration, Hydrothorax, Scimitar Syndrome, Thymus, Other Thoracic Tumors and Masses
  3. ABDOMEN   
    SECTION ONE KIDNEY – Abnormal Kidney Location, Abnormal Kidney Size, Bilateral Renal Agenesis, Unilateral Renal Agenesis, Renal Pelvis Dilatation, Duplicated Collecting System, Posterior Urethral Valves, Multicystic Dysplastic Kidney, Autosomal Recessive (Infantile) Polycystic Kidney Disease

SECTION TWO ADRENALS – Fetal Adrenal Abnormalities

SECTION THREE OTHER – Ambiguous Genitalia, Cloacal Abnormalities, Gastroschisis, Omphalocele, Echogenic Bowel, Intrahepatic Calcifications

  1. GASTROINTESTINAL – Abdominal Cysts, Biliary Anomalies, Intestinal Obstruction, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, Hepatic Anomalies, Intraabdominal Masses, Megacystis-Microcolon-Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Syndrome, Sacrococcygeal Teratoma and Fetus in Fetu, Fetal Spleen
  2. CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM – Acrania, Exencephaly, Anencephaly, and Encephalocele, Cerebral Infections, Choroid Plexus Anomalies: Cysts and Papillomas, Corpus Callosum and Septum Pellucidum Anomalies, Cortical Development and Disorders, Cerebellar Anomalies, Holoprosencephaly, Intracranial Hemorrhage, Cysts, Tumors, and Destructive Lesions, Neural Tube Defects: Craniorachischisis and Spina Bifida, Vascular Cerebral Anomalies, Ventriculomegaly
  3. FIRST-TRIMESTER COMPLICATIONS – Abnormal Intrauterine Sac, Nuchal Translucency
  4. LIMBS AND BONES: AN OVERVIEW

SECTION ONE OSTEOCHONDRODYSPLASIAS – LETHAL – Achondrogenesis, Atelosteogenesis, Asphyxiating Thoracic Dysplasia, Short Rib-Polydactyly Syndrome, Thanatophoric Dysplasia, Osteogenesis, Campomelic Dysplasia

SECTION TWO OSTEOCHONDRODYSPLASIAS – NON-LETHAL – Achondroplasia, Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Congenita, Chondrodysplasia Punctata, Diastrophic Dysplasia, Ellis-Van Creveld Syndrome (Chondroectodermal Dysplasia)

SECTION THREE FINDINGS – SPINAL DEFECTS – Caudal Regression Syndrome, Klippel-Feil

SECTION FOUR FINDINGS – ANOMALOUS DIGITS – Abnormal Hands: Thumbs, Abnormal Hands: Number of Fingers, Abnormal Hands: Shape

SECTION FIVE FINDINGS – OTHER – Craniosynostosis, Arthrogryposis, Clubfoot (Talipes Equinovarus)

  1. HEAD AND NECK

SECTION ONE FACIAL ANOMALIES – Cleft Lip/Palate, Orbital Defects: Hypertelorism and Hypotelorism, Choanal Atresia, Micrognathia and Retrognathia, Facial Dysmorphism

SECTION TWO NECK ANOMALIES – Cystic Hygroma, Neck Teratoma, Fetal Thyroid Masses and Fetal Goiter

SECTION THREE – OTHER – Congenital High Airway Obstruction Syndrome and Bronchial Atresia

  1. HEART AND GREAT VESSELS      

SECTION ONE NORMAL HEART – Ultrasound of Normal Fetal Heart

SECTION TWO SEPTAL DEFECTS – Ventricular Septal Defect, Atrioventricular Septal Defect

SECTION THREE RIGHT HEART DEFECTS – Tricuspid Atresia, Ebstein Anomaly and Tricuspid Dysplasia, Pulmonary Stenosis and Atresia

SECTION FOUR LEFT HEART DEFECTS – Aortic Stenosis and Aortic Atresia, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Mitral Atresia, Aortic Coarctation, Interruption of the Aortic Arch, Aortic Arch Anomalies

SECTION FIVE CONOTRUNCAL ANOMALIES – Tetralogy of Fallot, Transposition of Great Arteries, Double-Outlet Right Ventricle, Common Arterial Trunk

SECTION SIX OTHER ANOMALIES – Double-Inlet Single Ventricle, Atrial Isomerism, Anomalies of Pulmonary Venous Return, Anomalies of Systemic Venous Return, Cardiac Tumors

SECTION SEVEN ARRHYTHMIAS – Arrhythmias

  1. PLACENTA AND CORD – Placental Abruption, Placenta Accreta, Amniotic Band Sequence, Chorioangioma, Choriocarcinoma, Placenta Circumvallata, Cord Cysts, Cord Varix, Gestational Trophoblastic Disease, Limb-Body Wall Complex, Placenta Previa, Vasa Praevia
  2. FETAL GROWTH – Fetal Macrosomia, Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome, Intrauterine Growth Restriction
  3. PROCEDURES – Amniocentesis, Cordocentesis and Fetal Transfusion, Chorionic Villus Sampling. Radiofrequency Ablation, Selective Laser Photocoagulation, Fetal Shunts, Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction
  4. MISCELLANY          

SECTION ONE AMNIOTIC FLUID ABNORMALITIES – Polyhydramnios, Oligohydramnios

SECTION TWO FETAL FLUID ABNORMALITIES – Lymphedema and Lymphatic Malformations, Nonimmune Hydrops, Immune Fetal Hydrops

SECTION THREE PRETERM LABOR – Cervical Length and Spontaneous Preterm Birth

  1. SYNDROMES – Charge Syndrome, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, Fraser Syndrome, Fryns Syndrome, Goldenhar Syndrome, Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome, Larsen Syndrome, Meckel-Gruber Syndrome, Miller-Dieker Syndrome, Multiple Pterygium, Hager Syndrome, Neu-Laxova Syndrome, Noonan Syndrome, Oral-Facial-Digital Syndromes, Pena-Shokeir Syndrome, Pentalogy of Cantrell, Pfeiffer Syndrome, Pierre Robin Sequence, Poland Sequence, Prune-Belly Syndrome, Roberts Syndrome, Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome, Septooptic Dysplasia, Shprintzen Syndrome (Velocardiofacial Syndrome), Sirenomelia, Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome, Treacher Collins Syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis, Vater Association, Walker-Warburg Syndrome
  2. CHROMOSOMES    

SECTION ONE ANEUPLOIDIES – Triploidy, Trisomy 13, Trisomy 18, Trisomy 21, Turner Syndrome (Monosomy X)

SECTION TWO DELETION SYNDROMES – 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (DiGeorge, Shprintzen, Velocardiofacial Syndrome), 4p— Deletion Syndrome (Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome), 5p— Syndrome (Cri du Chat Syndrome)

  1. MULTIPLE GESTATION – Chorionicity of Multiple Gestations, Monochorionic Monoamniotic Twin Gestations, Monochorionic Diamniotic Twin Gestations, Dichorionic Diamniotic Twin Gestations, Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, Twin Reversed Arterial Perfusion Sequence, Procedures in Multiples
  2. INFECTIONS – Cytomegalovirus, Parvovirus B19 Infection during Pregnancy, Rubella, Toxoplasmosis, Herpes Simplex Virus, Varicella, Congenital Syphilis

Obstetric Imaging is an excellent book providing the most up-to-date information on ultrasound prenatal diagnosis. Obstetric Imaging provides the advanced guidance clinicians need to recognize fetal health challenges early and respond effectively and therefore is essential reading not just for fetal-maternal medicine specialists, but for all obstetricians and trainees. The video clips embedded in the website add even more to the value of the resource.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Radiology / Reference

Atlas of Normal Roentgen Variants That May Simulate Disease: Expert Consult – Enhanced Online Features and Print, 9th edition by Theodore E. Keats MD and Mark W. Anderson MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Seeing is believing with the Atlas of Normal Roentgen Variants That May Simulate Disease, 9th Edition, edited by the late Theodore Keats and Mark W. Anderson. This medical reference book's thousands of images capture the roentgenographic presentation of a full range of normal variants and pseudo-lesions that may resemble pathologic conditions, helping clinicians avoid false positives.

With Atlas of Normal Roentgen Variants That May Simulate Disease clinicians are able to:

  • Make the correct diagnosis with hundreds of MR and CT correlations.
  • Recognize the entire spectrum of normal variants with over 6,000 images, the largest collection available on this topic.
  • Prepare for the pitfalls of the oral exam with an easily accessible text that is designed to help avoid false positives.
  • Get additional images online, as well as online-only chapters and the full-text of the 7th edition of Sistrom & Keats: Atlas of Radiologic Measurement.
  • Get the latest update to a classic book that has proven invaluable for differentiating a normal image from a disease entity.
  • Search the complete contents online.

Authors are Theodore E. Keats, MD, formerly, Alumni Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia and Mark W. Anderson, MD, Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of Radiology, Chief, Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Department of Radiology, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville.

Since the previous edition of Atlas of Normal Roentgen Variants That May Simulate Disease was published, the world of radiology lost one of its giants. Theodore Elliot Keats will live on in those who knew him, and there will always be a Keats' Normal Variants.

Readers will notice that this ninth edition has a different look and feel. The authors have again added some new cases to the mix, but they have also gone through and removed many of the duplicate examples, exceedingly rare entities, or some illustrations that did not project well. Additionally, because of the increased use of cross-sectional imaging for evaluating the soft tissues, they have removed the chapters dealing with soft tissue variants and made those available online, along with all of the skeletal variants that were removed from the eighth edition.

Contents of Atlas of Normal Roentgen Variants That May Simulate Disease include:

PART ONE The Bones

  1. THE SKULL – The Calvaria, Physiologic Intracranial Calcifications , The Frontal Bone, The Parietal Bone, The Occipital Bone, The Temporal Bone, The Mastoid, The Petrous Pyramid, The Sphenoid Bone, The Base of the Skull, The Sella Turcica
  2. THE FACIAL BONES – The Orbits, The Paranasal Sinuses, The Maxillary Sinuses, The Frontal Sinuses, The Ethmoid Bone and Ethmoidal Sinuses, The Sphenoidal Sinuses, The Zygomatic Arch, The Mandible, The Nose
  3. THE SPINE – The Cervical Spine, The Thoracic Spine, The Lumbar Spine, The Sacrum, The Coccyx, The Sacroiliac Joints
  4. THE PELVIC GIRDLE – The Ilium, The Pubis and Ischium, The Acetabulum
  5. THE SHOULDER GIRDLE AND THORACIC CAGE – The Scapula, The Clavicle, The Sternum, The Ribs
  6. THE UPPER EXTREMITY – The Humerus, The Proximal Portion of the Humerus, The Distal Portion of the Humerus, The Forearm, The Proximal Portion of the Forearm, The Distal Portion of the Forearm, The Hand, The Carpals, The Accessory Ossicles, The Carpals in General, The Capitate and Lunate Bones, The Hamate Bone, The Trapezium and Trapezoid Bones, The Navicular Bone, The Triquetrum Bone, The Pisiform Bone, The Metacarpals, The Sesamoid Bones, The Fingers
  7. THE LOWER EXTREMITY – The Thigh, The Femoral Head and Hip Joint, The Femoral Neck, The Trochanters, The Shaft of the Femur, The Distal End of the Femur, The Patella, The Leg, The Proximal Ends of the Tibia and Fibula, The Shafts of the Tibia and Fibula, The Distal Ends of the Tibia and Fibula, The Foot, The Tarsals, The Accessory Ossicles, The Talus, The Calcaneus, The Tarsal Navicular, The Cuneiforms, The Cuboid, The Metatarsals, The Sesamoid Bones, The Toes

A large amount of additional material, including Part Two: The Soft Tissues, is only available online.

This is a ‘must have’ for every radiology department. – Doody's Listings and Reviews 2007, Review from the 8th Edition

With Atlas of Normal Roentgen Variants That May Simulate Disease, 9th edition, clinicians can browse the best collection of normal variants in the world, getting the latest update to a classic book that has proven invaluable for differentiating a normal image from a disease entity. Students can prepare for the pitfalls of the oral exam with an easily accessible text designed to help avoid false positives. Since some content is moved online, what is left is a more manageable volume that contains the best of the collection.

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

Hinman's Atlas of UroSurgical Anatomy: Expert Consult Online and Print, 2nd edition edited by Gregory T. MacLennan (Elsevier Saunders)

Many characteristics define a good surgeon beyond simple technical skills. Good judgment, decisiveness coupled with appropriate caution, command of the operating field and arena, and compassion for the patient are all hallmarks of a superior surgeon. Undoubtedly, though, an essential underlying necessity is knowledge of surgical anatomy. Even the most highly skilled technician cannot achieve optimal results without an in-depth understanding of anatomic details and relationships between various anatomic structures.

The detailed illustrations in Hinman's Atlas of UroSurgical Anatomy, supplemented by radiologic and pathologic images, help clinicians visualize the complexities of the genitourinary tract and its surrounding anatomy so they can avoid complications and provide optimal patient outcomes. This revised edition incorporates and includes updated and relevant information of practical value to clinicians.

With Hinman's Atlas of UroSurgical Anatomy clinicians are able to:

  1. See structures the way they appear during surgery though illustrations, as well as a number of newly added intra-operative photographs.
  2. Operate with greater confidence with the assistance of this extensively enhanced complement to Hinman's Atlas of Urologic Surgery, 3rd Edition.
  3. View the anatomy of genitourinary and other organs and their surrounding structures through detailed illustrations, most of which are newly colored since the 1st Edition, conveniently organized by body region.
  4. Understand normal anatomy and selected alterations in normal anatomy more completely through a large collection of newly added clinical, radiologic and pathologic images.
  5. Access the fully searchable text and download images online.

The editor is Gregory T. MacLennan, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, FRCP(C), Professor of Pathology, Urology and Oncology Division Chief, Anatomic Pathology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland. The book was illustrated by the late Paul H. Stempen, MA, AMI.

The three sections of Hinman's Atlas of UroSurgical Anatomy present unique but complementary approaches to surgical anatomy. Section I is organized by systems and allows focused study of vascular, lymphatic, neural, and other systems. Section II, the body wall, contains information and illustrations of great use for planning surgical incisions and approaches. Section III addresses individual organs and their anatomy and development. Each of these areas is crucial and the manner in which the book is arranged permits detailed focus on relevant anatomic findings and principles while interrelating different systems and organs.

Parts of Hinman's Atlas of UroSurgical Anatomy and their chapters include:

I SYSTEMS   

1.      Arterial System – Development of the Arterial System Arterial System: Structure and Function

2.      Venous System – Development of the Venous System Venous System: Structure and Function

3.      Lymphatic System – Development of the Lymphatic System: Structure and Function of the Lymphatic System

4.      Peripheral Nervous System – Development of the Peripheral Nervous System Nerve Supply of the Genitourinary System

5.      Skin – Development of the Skin Structure and Function of the Skin

6.      Gastrointestinal Tract – Development of the Gastrointestinal Tract Structure of the Gastrointestinal Tract

II WALL

7.      Anterolateral Body Wall – Development of the Abdominal Wall Muscles, Anterolateral and Lower Abdominal Body Wall: Structure and Function

8.      Posterolateral and Posterior Body Wall – Development of the Posterior Body Wall Posterolateral Body Wall: Structure and Function

9.      Inguinal Region – Development of the Structures About the Groin Inguinal and Femoral Regions: Structure and Function

10.  Pelvis – Development of the Pelvis, Structure of the Pelvis

11.  Perineum – Development of the Perineum, Perineal Structure

III ORGANS  

12.  Kidney, Ureter, and Adrenal Glands – Development of the Kidney, Ureter, and Adrenal Glands, Kidney, Ureter, and Adrenal Glands: Structure and Function

13.  Bladder, Ureterovesical Junction, and Rectum – Development of the Bladder, Ureterovesical Junction, and Rectum, Bladder and Ureterovesical Junction: Structure and Function

14.  Prostate and Urethral Sphincters – Development of the Prostate, Seminal Vesicles, and Urethral Sphincters, Prostate, Urinary Sphincters, and Seminal Vesicles: Structure and Function

15.  Female Genital Tract and Urethra – Development of the Female Genital Tract and Urethra, Female Genital Tract, Urethra, and Sphincters: Structure and Function

16.  Penis and Male Urethra – Development of the Penis and Urethra: Structure and Function of the Penis and Male Urethra

17.  Testis – Development of the Testis, The Testes and Adnexae: Structure and Function

Understanding normal anatomy is, obviously, essential, but a surgeon must also be prepared for anatomic variation. Moreover, understanding the embryology that may lead to abnormalities or aberrancy in anatomy allows not only recognition of the variation but also suitable planning for how best to address it. The book stands out in this regard. Surgically important variations in systems or organs are well described, illustrated, and complemented by imaging when appropriate.

Greg MacLennan, a widely respected and skilled pathologist, has brought his considerable expertise to his role as Editor of this revised edition of Hinman's Atlas of UroSurgical Anatomy. Surgeons are always reliant upon their pathology colleagues, and Dr. MacLennan has helped produce a text that serves as a wonderful complement to Hinman's Atlas of Urologic Surgery. The latter is the best comprehensive atlas for a step-by-step description of surgical procedures, but the information in it is greatly enhanced by understanding better the basic anatomy and principles under-lying the described operations. – Joseph A. Smith, Jr., MD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville

Hinman's Atlas of UroSurgical Anatomy is a great refresher for experienced surgeons and a learning tool for those just starting out. As a medical reference book it is an indispensable clinical tool for residents and experienced urologic surgeons alike. It compiles anatomic information from many sources, including Hinman’s own studies, into a single comprehensive and well-organized textbook that can be consulted quickly and efficiently by urologic surgeons to assist them in planning and conducting surgical procedures. The unique aspect of Hinman's is the organizational approach, which combines embryology with mature anatomy and then places the anatomic findings in a clinical perspective. Rather than a simple, dry presentation of anatomy, the book assumes a much more relevant role for clinicians through beautiful illustrations and tables. Further, imaging studies and pathologic photographs help create a comprehensive approach that relates the anatomy to other pertinent details of patient management.

Sports & Entertainment / Music / Classical

The Dramatic Symphony: Issues and Explorations from Berlioz to Liszt by Robert T. Laudon, with series editor Michael Saffle (Franz Liszt Studies Series, No. 12: Pendragon Press)

According to Robert T. Laudon in the preface to The Dramatic Symphony, in the long decade of 1839-1851, we meet symphonies of many names – dramatic symphonies, characteristic symphonies, program symphonies, poetic symphonies, oriental symphonies, symphony-cantatas, symphonic odes, concert dramas, hunting symphonies, historical symphonies, concert ballades, choral symphonies, and others, a fair number of which are hybrid types using choral forces to combine purely musical elements with subject matter that is extra-musical. Landon, Professor Emeritus of Musicology and Harpsichord, University of Minnesota, calls this type of symphony the dramatic symphony not simply because Berlioz gave that name to his Roméo et Juliette but because ‘dramatic symphony’ suggests the active nature of the music – a style in which the ultimate goal is not determined solely by musical considerations but by those and by concurrent drama.

Chapters of The Dramatic Symphony include:

  1. A Matter of Terminology
  2. The First Dramatic Symphonies – The Season of 1839-1840
  3. Other Fruits of the Season – The Season 1839-1840
  4. Pure and Dramatic Symphonies – The Seasons of 1841-1843
  5. Berlioz in the Land of the Symphonists – The Season of 1843
  6. Felicien David, Symphonist – To Compete with the Germans: The Seasons of 1844-1846
  7. After Le Desert – The Seasons of 1845-1847
  8. The Apogee – Toward New Paths, 1847-1851

The hybrid nature of what Laudon calls the dramatic symphony was recognized at the time. The Athenaeum of London recognized the ‘intertwined vocal and instrumental parts’ of Romeo and suggested (in regard to another composition) that combined instrumental and vocal parts gave ‘a better chance of producing effect by combination than by melodic invention alone.’ As each new composition appeared, reviewers – and sometimes the composers themselves – strove to place it in its proper generic category.

Alongside the dramatic symphony, composers cultivated several other genres: the oratorio, the dramatic overture, and eventually, the symphonic poem. The oratorio of this time span has been adequately studied; the dramatic symphony has not yet received proper consideration, hence The Dramatic Symphony. Nineteenth-century artists recognized the generative role of drama in the arts of their time. Composers of the grand-opera era (1828-1840 and beyond) exploited both the tender and the catastrophic, the ‘beautiful’ and the ‘sublime,’ each made vivid through realistic stagecraft. Audiences were moved – perhaps overwhelmed – by the range of drama, from scenes of gentle avowal to scenes of death by gunshot, from the tenderness of love to the sacrifice of a father and daughter in a pot of boiling oil.

According to Laudon in The Dramatic Symphony, one considered the role of drama, the theater with its resolution of conflicts, more persistently than Richard Wagner, whose natural talents and aspirations led him toward both the symphony and the drama. His challenge to traditional operatic practice at mid-nineteenth century has often been chronicled. He made drama symphonic. The obverse, the drive to make the symphony dramatic, has received less attention despite its importance in the musical and aesthetic debates of the 1840s and 1850s. The Dramatic Symphony redresses that imbalance and further promotes understanding of issues that, during that time, seemed fraught with both danger and potential.

Such a historical movement cannot be discussed in regard to a single composer or a single country because symphonies often achieved pan-European life. Berlioz toured to several countries; Mendelssohn was frequently in England. Performances and critical reports in various European centers followed both the premieres and the publication of scores. Musical and literary journals reported on events from the entire continent, most particularly, the major concert centers of Leipzig, Vienna, Paris, and London, but smaller cities as well.

It could be argued that the symphony was by its very nature – contrasting movements, competing orchestral motives, transitional passages, the development process – already on a dramatic path from its very inception. The chronicle in The Dramatic Symphony may appear to some therefore as the fulfilling of the symphony's destiny; to others as a losing of the way. Laudon, as much as possible, avoids such predications and preestablished value judgments in order to present an account of events and the various challenges and responses of contemporaries. Being a true reception history, this book accomplishes this task.

True Crime / Criminology / Australia & New Zealand

The Sting: Australia's Plot to Crack a Global Drug Empire by Nick McKenzie (Victory Books)

In a David-and-Goliath-style battle, The Sting shares the never-before-told story of the ongoing efforts of Australia’s secretive and powerful law enforcement agency to topple the new face of organized crime. Exposing the tech-savvy, billion-dollar empire with tentacles reaching across the world, from Australia and Vietnam to Cambodia and Canada; from the high-rise developments of Hong Kong to the gambling dens of Macau – from outlaw motorcycle gangs and powerful Asian crime syndicates to law and government agencies – The Sting chronicles criminal, law enforcement, and political tactics through the eyes of the major players: the criminal investigators, the international crime bosses, the senator, the drug cook, and the investigative journalist.

Author Nick McKenzie, one of Australia’s leading investigative journalists and the recipient of three Walkley awards, works for the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald and occasionally reports for ABC TV’s Four Corners program. According to McKenzie, what seemed like an impossible task resulted in one of the most ambitious investigations in the world, infiltrating international money laundering streams and exposing the global crime bosses in control of the world's drug trade law and government agencies across the world. This is not a conventional story of good versus evil. It chronicles criminal, law enforcement and political tactics through the eyes of its major players and exposes what many in power don't want the public to know.

The Sting is based on one of the biggest organized crime probes in recent Australian history. The drug, cash and weapon busts described, along with the related political and media activities, are all based on real events. Where possible, people's true identities have been used. In the main, events follow the chronological order of the operations described, save for some minor changes made for the ease of readers. McKenzie reconstructs the events depicted from in-depth research, although some parts of the story have been fictionalized in order to respect Australian laws, including those that prohibit publishing law enforcement activities covered by the secrecy act. The actions of the criminal figures are also inspired by real events and have been reconstructed by speaking to those who know them or are aware of their behavior.

The names and identities of five main characters have been altered to protect their welfare or for legal reasons: Wei 'Will' 'Wong, Gregory James, Bilal, Andrew Nguyen and Steve Wu. The identities and activities of all informers have been altered for the same reasons.

The Sting is written from the evolving perspectives of each of the main characters, capturing that person's view, rather than McKenzie’s view, of events as they unfold. While the subjective points of view of some of the characters can be disputed, there are few involved in the fight against organized crime that would dispute the core themes the book explores.

Compelling and addictive. – John Silvester, co-author of Underbelly

Told from different angles, the policing operations room, inside a drug lab, behind the door of a senior politician's office and on the beat of a crime reporter, The Sting reveals the thrilling and personal struggle to bring down a global drug empire.

 

 

 

Contents this Issue:

The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds written & illustrated by John Muir Laws, with a foreword by David Allen Sibley (Heyday)

The Dance Bible: The Complete Resource for Aspiring Dancers by Camille LeFevre (Barron’s Educational Series)

The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul by Richard Yeomans (Garnet Publishing)

Montana: Real Place, Real People by Alan S. Kesselheim and with photography by Thomas Lee (Companion Press)

The Cybrarian's Web: An A-Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools and Other Resources by Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis (Information Today, Inc.)

Lean Production for the Small Company by Mike Elbert (Productivity Press, CRC Press)

Gendered Lives: Gender Inequalities in Production and Reproduction edited by Jacqueline Scott, Shirley Dex and Anke Plagnol (Edward Elgar Publishing Limited)

The Quilt Walk by Sandra Dallas (Sleeping Bear Press)

Heart Education with Web Resource: Strategies, Lessons, Science, and Technology for Cardiovascular Fitness by Deve Swaim (Human Kinetics)

A Yankee Horseman in the Shenandoah Valley: The Civil War Letters of John H. Black, Twelfth Pennsylvania Cavalry edited by David J. Coles and Stephen D. Engle, with series editor Peter S. Carmichael (Voices of The Civil War Series: The University of Tennessee Press)

Rustic Wedding Chic by Maggie Lord (Gibbs Smith)

Literary Community-Making: The dialogicality of English texts from the seventeenth century to the present edited by Roger D. Sell (Dialogue Studies Series, Volume 14: John Benjamins Publishing Company)

Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner (Tor Books)

The Dialectical Method: A Treatise Hegel Never Wrote by Clark Butler (Humanity Books)

A Guide to Asian Philosophy Classics by Puqun Li (Broadview Press)

Wounds and Lacerations: Emergency Care and Closure (Expert Consult – Online and Print), 4th edition by Alexander T. Trott MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2013: 5 Books in 1, Expert Consult – Online and Print (Ferri's Medical Solutions) edited by Fred F. Ferri MD FACP (Elsevier Mosby)

Obstetric Imaging: Expert Radiology series (Expert Consult Premium Edition – Enhanced Online Features and Print), 1st edition by Joshua Copel MD, et. al. (Elsevier Saunders)

Atlas of Normal Roentgen Variants That May Simulate Disease: Expert Consult – Enhanced Online Features and Print, 9th edition by Theodore E. Keats MD and Mark W. Anderson MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Hinman's Atlas of UroSurgical Anatomy: Expert Consult Online and Print, 2nd edition edited by Gregory T. MacLennan (Elsevier Saunders)

The Dramatic Symphony: Issues and Explorations from Berlioz to Liszt by Robert T. Laudon, with series editor Michael Saffle (Franz Liszt Studies Series, No. 12: Pendragon Press)

The Sting: Australia's Plot to Crack a Global Drug Empire by Nick McKenzie (Victory Books)