We Review the Best of the Latest Books

ISSN 1934-6557

January 2013, Issue #165

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Social Dance: Steps to Success, 3rd edition by Judy Patterson Wright (Steps to Success Series: Human Kinetics)

Net of Being by Alex Grey (Inner Traditions)

An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies by Tyler Cowen (Dutton)

The Art of Agile Practice: A Composite Approach for Projects and Organizations by Bhuvan Unhelkar (Advanced & Emerging Communications Technologies Series: Auerbach Book, CRC Press)

Mac & Cheese, Please!: 50 Super Cheesy Recipes by Laura Werlin (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Cheat the Clock: How New Science Can Help You Look and Feel Younger by Margaret Webb Pressler (Alpha Books)

A Documentary History of the Civil War Era: Volume 1, Legislative Achievements  edited by Thomas C. Mackey (Voices of the Civil War Series: University of Tennessee Press)

Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq by Lou DiMarco (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing)

A Military History of the Cold War, 1944-1962 by Jonathan M. House (Campaigns and Commanders Series: University of Oklahoma Press)

A History of the Modern Middle East, 5th edition by William L Cleveland and Martin Bunton (Westview Press)

Classic Chain Mail Jewelry with a Twist by Sue Ripsch (Kalmbach Books)

Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

Women and Wars edited by Carol Cohn, with a foreword by Cynthia Enloe (Polity)

The Accidental Systems Librarian, Second Edition by Nicole Engard, with Rachel Singer Gordon (Information Today, Inc.)

Atlas of Surgical Techniques for Colon, Rectum and Anus: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition edited by James W. Fleshman Jr. MD, Elisa H Birnbaum MD, Steven R Hunt MD and Matthew G Mutch MD, Ira J. Kodner MD, and Basar Safar MD, with series editors Courtney M. Townsend, Jr. MD and B. Mark Evers MD (Surgical Techniques Atlas Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Benumof and Hagberg's Airway Management, 3rd edition edited by Carin A. Hagberg MD (Elsevier Saunders)

The Nanobiotechnology Handbook edited by Yubing Xie (CRC Press)

Cardiovascular Therapeutics – A Companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition edited by Elliott M. Antman MD & Marc S. Sabatine MD MPh (Elsevier Saunders)

Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology: Expert Consult Premium Edition – Enhanced Online Features and Print, 2-Volume Set, 9th edition edited by Gary S. Firestein MD, Ralph C. Budd MD, Sherine E Gabriel MD MSc, Iain B McInnes FRCP PhD FRSE & James R. O’Dell MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Klaus and Fanaroff's Care of the High-Risk Neonate: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 6th edition edited by Jonathan M. Fanaroff MD and Avroy A. Fanaroff MB FRCP(Edinburgh) FRCP CH (Elsevier Saunders)

Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Birds and Exotic Pets, 1st edition edited by Jörg Mayer M.Sc. Dip. ABVP (exotic companion mammal) DECZM (small mammal) and Thomas M. Donnelly BVSc DACLAM (Elsevier Saunders)

Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel's King by Herbert W. Bateman IV, Darrell L. Bock, and Gordon H. Johnston (Kregel Academic)

Introduction to the Study of Religion, 2nd edition by Nancy C. Ring, Kathleen S. Nash, Mary N. MacDonald and Fred Glennon (Orbis Books) 


Arts & Photography / Performing Arts / Dance

Social Dance: Steps to Success, 3rd edition by Judy Patterson Wright (Steps to Success Series: Human Kinetics)

Dancing is a blend of rhythm, timing, and motion.

Readers can learn to feel confident on the dance floor – step by step. Social Dance helps them move efficiently to the music with a partner in social settings.

The dances in Social Dance represent the 10 most popular smooth style and rhythm style dances used on the social dance floor in the United States today. Written by master teacher and dancer Judy Wright, the book and DVD package is part of the best-selling Steps to Success activity series, with more than 2 million copies sold worldwide. Wright, acquisitions editor for Human Kinetics and originator of the Steps to Success Series, has taught social dance at the junior high, high school, college, and community levels and courses at Walsh College in Ohio, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Richland Community College in Illinois, and the Wright Way Dance Studio, which she co-owns.

This third edition of Social Dance teaches readers the moves for 10 of today’s most popular dance styles:

  • Merengue
  • Four-count swing and hustle
  • Waltz
  • Six-count swing
  • Foxtrot
  • Polka
  • Cha-cha
  • Rumba
  • Tango
  • Salsa and mambo

Readers will find learning steps instead of chapters in Social Dance. Each learning step gradually builds in the necessary experiences to prepare readers for the final outcome. The first few learning steps introduce readers to the foundational skills and concepts they need for success on the dance floor. Each step in the book is a smooth transition from the previous one. As readers progress, they learn not only how their posture and footwork affect balance but also how to connect their footwork with the music, adjust to a partner, make the transition between partner positions, and create sequences from variations of each dance’s specific rhythmic step pattern.

Each of the steps also explains why the concept or skill is important, identifies the keys to correcting technique, helps readers avoid common errors, and provides drills to practice at their own pace. The later steps show how to demonstrate dance etiquette, including how to adapt to a crowded social dance floor. The DVD enclosed with Social Dance provides readers with 93 minutes of video demonstration and a music soundtrack with 19 tracks for practice and demonstrations of key movements, footwork, and the dances themselves.

The 16 learning steps are organized into three parts that outline the journey to dancing success. Part I (steps 1 to 4) introduces them to the prerequisite concepts and skills that are applied throughout the rest of Social Dance. These early learning steps are especially helpful if they have never had any rhythmic experiences. Part II (steps 5 to 14) describes the 10 social dances covered in this book. Readers learn the unique basic step for each dance, how to transition between partner positions, and how to put variations together to form combinations. Part III (steps 15 to 16) helps them bridge the gap between a practice setting and the social dance floor. These latter learning steps also help them improve their turn technique and better understand how they can add styling.

Two new dances have been added to this third edition of Social Dance: the merengue and the four-count swing/hustle. Both of these dances are easy, beginner-level dances that provide quick success and lots of fun. All learning steps have been updated and revised as necessary to include current terminology, key concepts, more history, and a variety of footwork and timing cues for each basic step.

In each learning step, the easy-to-difficult drills are streamlined to support the concepts covered and situational drills have been added to prepare readers to make spontaneous decisions on the dance floor. All of the drills provide options for increasing or decreasing the difficulty level of each drill so that they can practice at their preferred learning pace. As they meet the success goal for each drill, readers are ready to move to the next drill.

Also new to this third edition of Social Dance are updated illustrations showing proper footwork, technique, and positioning with a partner.

Social Dance is a must-have for all dancers. Judy Wright covers the essentials of performing both smooth and rhythmic dances in this fun and engaging text. – Pamela Haibach, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Brockport 

With more dances, enhanced diagrams, an instructor guide, and an accompanying DVD featuring dances and music, the third edition of Social Dance is a must-have for students. Social Dance makes learning fun! – Judi Fey, Dance Consultant, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Judy Wright is an exceptional teacher, and her ability to explain proper technique in an easy-to-follow way makes Social Dance a must-have book. – Christy Lane, Dance Educator and Producer, Author of Christy Lane’s Complete Book of Line Dancing

Whether readers’ motivation to learn to dance comes from watching dancers on popular television shows such as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, or it's just something they have always wanted to do, Social Dance – the book and DVD package – is going to meet their needs.

Arts & Photography / Religion & Spirituality

Net of Being by Alex Grey (Inner Traditions)

Alex Grey’s painting Net of Being – inspired by a blazing vision of an infinite grid of Godheads during an ayahuasca journey – has reached millions as the cover and interior of the band TOOL’s Grammy award-winning triple-platinum album, 10,000 Days. Net of Being is one of many images Grey has created that have resulted in a chain reaction of uses – from apparel and jewelry to tattoos and music videos. Grey is the author of Sacred Mirrors, Transfigurations, The Mission of Art, and Art Psalms. His work has been exhibited throughout the world.
Net of Being explores how the mystical experience expressed in Grey’s work opens a new understanding of shared consciousness and unveils the deep influence art can have on cultural evolution. The narrative progresses through a successive expansion of identity – from the self, to self and beloved, to self and community, world spirit, and cosmic consciousness. Presenting over 200 images, including many never-before-reproduced paintings as well as masterworks such as St. Albert and the LSD Revelation Revolution and Godself, the book also documents performance art, live-painting on stage throughout the world, and the ‘social sculpture’ called CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, which Grey cofounded with his wife and creative collaborator, artist Allyson Grey.
According to Grey in the preface to Net of Being, the evidence that all beings are connected is revealed every day. A meme is a parcel of cultural meaning, a shared value. Transmission of a meme often occurs through iconography. The journey of a visual meme through the cultural body presents an icon vector, the wake of an image through time and the collective mind. Art is a consciousness evolutionary tool because of its ability to transmit memes.
A community is a net of beings, a web of relationships, selves united through a shared vision and language, a shared set of meanings. Over the past decade, as Grey and Allyson have traveled widely; they see how his paintings have been integrated by various subcultures, from spiritual seekers and healers, tattooists, and rockers, to psychonauts and other visionary artists. The Net of Being icon was catapulted into the mindstream of millions of people in 2006, when the album cover for 10,000 Days came out, followed by the 3-D fly-through space in the video “Vicarious” as the backdrop for multiple tours.
The painting Net of Being proposes an archetypal symbol for the networked Self, an infinitely interconnected transcendental node seeing in every direction, part of a vast continuum of Godselves. The value of the image is in its symbolic transmission of sacred interconnectedness.

 ... possibly the most significant artist alive. Alex’s work, like all great transcendental art, is not merely symbolic or imaginary: it is a direct invitation to recognize and realize a deeper dimension of our very own being. – Ken Wilber, author of Integral Life Practice; Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; and A Brief History of Everything
Inspired by Allyson Grey, every single image that flows into vivid being from Alex’s magical hand awakens, energizes, enlightens, and overjoys! The Net of Being is an ageless, yet now, glimpse of the Jewel Net of Indra, the divine Buddhist image for the mutual interpenetration of all beings and things, from the subatomic to the trans-galactic. It takes your breath away, in the best way possible! – Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, cofounder of Tibet House US, and author of Inner Revolution
Alex Grey’s artworks bring together the tangible outer worlds investigated by scientists – full of molecules, bodies, and stars – and the intangible visionary inner worlds – full of light, shadow and spiritual beings – known mainly to mystics. – Albert Hofmann, inventor of LSD and author of LSD: My Problem Child

Far out, way far out.

Business & Investing / Agriculture / Food Sciences

An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies by Tyler Cowen (Dutton)

One of the most influential economists of the decade – and the New York Times bestselling author of The Great Stagnation – boldly argues that just about everything readers have heard about food is wrong.

Food snobbery is killing entrepreneurship and innovation, says economist, social commentator, and maverick dining guide blogger Tyler Cowen. Americans are becoming angry that agricultural practices have led to global warming – but while food snobs are right that local food tastes better, they're wrong that it is better for the environment, and they are wrong that cheap food is bad food. The food world needs to know that one doesn't have to spend more to eat healthy, green, exciting meals.

Cowen, of economics at George Mason University, in An Economist Gets Lunch discusses everything from slow food to fast food, from agriculture to gourmet culture, from modernist cuisine to how to pick the best street vendor. He shows why airplane food is bad but airport food is good; why restaurants full of happy, attractive people serve mediocre meals; and why American food has improved as Americans drink more wine. And most important of all in An Economist Gets Lunch, he shows how to get good, cheap eats just about anywhere.

Cowen's unique economic approach reveals why American eating got into such a sorry, tasteless state for so much of the last century, as well as how to revolutionize readers’ relationship with food in the supermarket, in restaurants, and at home.

A perfect marriage of economics and food. Tyler Cowen is my newest guilty pleasure. – Rocco DiSpirito, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Now Eat This!

Tyler Cowen's latest book is a real treat, probably my favorite thing he's ever written. It does a fantastic job exploring the economics, culture, esthetics, and realities of food, and delivers a mountain of compelling facts. Most of all it's encouraging – not a screed, despite its occasionally serious arguments – and brings the fun back to eating. Delicious! – Stephen J. Dubner, author of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics

A gastronomic, economic and philosophical feast from one of the world's most creative economists. Tyler Cowen offers the thinking person's guide to American food culture and your relationship with food will be hugely enriched by the result. – Tim Hartford, author of The Undercover Economist and Adapt

A fun and informative book that environmentalists, economists, and (most of all) foodies will enjoy. – Library Journal

Cowen writes like your favorite wised-up food maven... a breezy, conversational style; the result is mouth-watering food for thought. – Publishers Weekly, starred review

Tips on eating food that's better for you, your wallet, and the environment. – Fast Company

Tyler Cowen explains with great authority why good food doesn't have to be expensive and why expensive food isn't inevitably good. Cowen makes an argument for affordable food that results in both economic and sensory benefits. He espouses a fascinating new discipline I couldn’t help but think of as ‘Foodienomics.’ – Barb Stuckey, author of Taste What You’re Missing

An Economist Gets Lunch is a mind-bending book for non-economists. – USA Today

At last, some good news from an economist! Just as The Great Stagnation was Cowen's response to all the fashionable thinking about the economic crisis, An Economist Gets Lunch is his response to all the fashionable thinking about food. Provocative, incisive, and as enjoyable as a juicy, grass-fed burger. The book will change the way readers think about food and the environment, food and their health, and, ultimately, food and the pursuit of happiness, and the way we are going to feed the world tomorrow.

Business & Investing / Computers & Technology / Information Systems / Project Management

The Art of Agile Practice: A Composite Approach for Projects and Organizations by Bhuvan Unhelkar (Advanced & Emerging Communications Technologies Series: Auerbach Book, CRC Press)

Bhuvan rightfully does not provide a silver bullet in The Art of Agile Practice because there are none. Rather, he uses Agile together with proven business practices to provide a best of breed approach.… the book gives a balanced view of Agile in the practical world. Whether you are a business analyst, developer, project manager, executive, or playing any other role within your organization, I am sure you will enjoy reading this book and find it relevant to your work. – Steve Blais, PMP, Solutions Architect, Sarasota, Florida, from the foreword

The Art of Agile Practice presents an integrated, strategic approach to achieving ‘Agility’ in business. Transcending beyond Agile as a software development method, it covers the gamut of methods in an organization – including business processes, governance standards, project management, quality management, and business analysis – to show readers how to use this composite approach to enhance their ability to adapt and respond to evolving business requirements. The book is divided into three parts:

  • Part I introduces Agility and identifies the challenges facing organizations in terms of development and maintenance approaches.
  • Part II presents Composite Agile Method and Strategy (CAMS) as a carefully constructed combination of process elements and illustrates its application to development, business management, business analysis, project management, and quality.
  • Part III includes two Agile case studies, a comprehensive index, definitions of key acronyms, and appendices with a current list of Agile methods and interview summaries.

The Art of Agile Practice describes relevant metrics for the entire CAMS lifecycle and explains how to embed Agile practices within formal process-maps in projects. Filled with figures, case studies, and tables that illustrate key concepts, the text is designed for a two- or three-day training course or workshop. It is also suitable for a 13-week education course for higher degree students that includes process discussions and consideration of Agile values at both software and business levels. The chapters are organized to correspond roughly to such lectures with an option to choose from the case study chapters.

The author is Bhuvan Unhelkar (BE, MDBA, MSc, PhD; FACS), founder of, adjunct associate professor with the University of Western Sydney, Australia and visiting faculty at the University of Technology, Sydney; MS University, Baroda, India; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Hartford Graduate Campus), CT.

Unhelkar in the introduction to The Art of Agile Practice discusses an all-encompassing agile approach to business that acknowledges and respects the relevance and impact of Agility in software development. This book transcends software boundary and moves into holistic business Agility. As indicated by the subtitle, A Composite Approach for Projects and Organizations, the book responds to the need to consider ‘methods’ holistically and to integrate them with business strategies that can be applied not only to projects but also across the entire organization. While methods still remain vital for organizational success, the era of singular methods (or methodologies) for specific purposes within the organization leading to ‘methods friction’ has to be overhauled. A composite method, which is also integrated in the business strategy of the organization, is needed.

The starting point for this line of thinking is heavily intertwined with the contemporary Agile software development methods such as Scrum and Extreme Programming (XP). Hence, these methods and the underlying Agile Manifesto, is the starting point of this discussion.

The foundation of The Art of Agile Practice is to make Agility the ultimate goal of any business and the desired outcome of software Agility. Practicing Agile methods on their own or limiting them to software development and maintenance is not enough to provide what business is looking for. Therefore, there is a need to bring business and software agility together, to merge business and software agility through the methodological aspect of an organization. This will eventually lead to an Agile organizational culture and provide immense value to business.

The Art of Agile Practice strives to treat Agility as a strategic approach to leading, managing, and operating business organizations in a holistic manner. The book starts with an overview of the Agile approach that is tilted toward the ‘art’ form of development, thereafter followed by the current Agile landscape in the industry. A discussion of the challenges faced by practitioners of Agile methods in practice ensues. The Composite Agile Method and Strategy (CAMS) is then presented in detail to show how it handles the challenges of pure Agile practices in real organizations and projects. This discussion, in Chapter 4, is the core of the book wherein the composition of Agile and non-Agile approaches is discussed and demonstrated. The underlying research basis for CAMS is also alluded to in this discussion. Subsequent chapters in this book discuss and demonstrate the validity and applicability of CAMS in various organizational and project-based initiatives such as governance, business analysis, enterprise architecture, quality assurance, and testing. Chapter 10, the final informative chapter in this book, discusses the all-important approach to organizational adoption for CAMS. Such an organizational adoption model provides the road map for transforming existing methods and processes under the CAMS umbrella. Finally, there are a couple of case study chapters to demonstrate the CAMS approach in practice.

The Art of Agile Practice has 12 chapters and is divided into three parts.

Chapter contents for each part include:

Part I: Contemporary Agile and Its Challenges in Practice

  1. Describes Agile as an all-encompassing business concept and value
  2. Describes the Agile landscape, Agile Manifesto, and Agile values. Outlines the popular Agile methods – and revisits the Agile Manifesto in practice
  3. Highlights the Agile challenges in practice

Part II: Composite Agile Method and Strategy and Its Application in Practice

  1. Presents the core study of this book – Composite Agile Method and Strategy (CAMS)
  2. Shows how CAMS can be applicable to development, design, and architecture of software systems
  3. Discusses business management (e.g., Six Sigma, Kaizen) and composite Agile
  4. Presents business analysis (business needs exploration) and composite Agile
  5. Project management, IT governance, and composite Agile
  6. Quality management, testing, metrics, and composite Agile
  7. Organizational adoption of composite Agile

Part III: Case Studies in CAMS

  1. Case study in applying CAMS to an outsourced/offshored project
  2. Case study in applying CAMS to an insurance product development project

Time to market with quality products that deliver outcomes is critical to our business. With a combination of development in-house complimented with outsourced resources, a CAMS based approach to an agile business with the more formal business management alongside faster product development is a key part of our success. – Keith Sherringham, director of Valued Communities

I have been familiar with Dr. Unhelkar's thinking over the last few years, and find his ideas most relevant to any company interested in developing Agility as I define it: "a management approach that facilitates the rapid creation of business value by embracing change and learning from it". Taking advantage of value-adding elements of both Agile practices and traditional methods, Dr. Unhelkar proposes a superior model that transcends the software development and project boundaries to produce substantial, positive impact on the overall functioning of the organization. – Adriana Beal, Sr. IT Business Consultant, Austin, Texas

This book examines Agile concepts, which have proven so vital to the ability of software teams to create products that delight the customer, and extends them throughout the business. Dr. Unhelkar delves into the need to tailor the Agile approach to a group's unique circumstances and requirements – resulting in what he calls CAMS – Composite Agile Method & Strategy. The result is a book that will inform and inspire both teams and leaders throughout the organization. – Karen Fine Coburn, Cutter Consortium

Dr. Unhelkar presented to our members on the values of Agile and business analysis. His views on the importance of practicing Agility together with formal business analysis, as expressed in this book, were extremely well received. – Clinton Towers, Chair of IT SIG, The Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia

The Art of Agile Practice brings a practical and pragmatic approach to the application of the benefits of Agile to software development and business. The volume presents a consistent, integrated, and strategic approach to achieving Agility in business. Filled with figures, case studies, and tables that illustrate key concepts, the text is ideal for a two- or three-day training course and for a 13-week education course for higher degree students.

Unhelkar makes the practitioner think of methods to achieve the right balance and keep the delivery as the ultimate focus.

The Art of Agile Practice is intended for individuals playing one or more of the following roles: decision makers, developers, designers, project managers, quality managers, testers, trainers and teachers, and academics and researchers.

Cooking, Food & Wine

Mac & Cheese, Please!: 50 Super Cheesy Recipes by Laura Werlin (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

The mere mention of mac & cheese brings up delicious childhood memories. Those who grew up on this cheesy dish will immediately recall bubbly cauldrons of creamy cheese sauce and soft noodles whose aromas filled their homes and whose substances sated their appetites. Growing up doesn't change that. Mac & cheese is a perennial favorite regardless of age. James Beard Foundation Award-winning author Laura Werlin, a cheese expert, in Mac & Cheese, Please! brings her cheese-adoring audience the next-best thing to her fabulous grilled cheese recipes: 50 mac & cheese recipes to die for.

In Mac & Cheese, Please!, readers will find recipes organized by fun topics, such as Classic and Almost-Classic Mac & Cheese, Porky Mac & Cheese, Decadent Mac & Cheese, Lighten Up Mac & Cheese, Veggie Mac & Cheese, Party Time Mac & Cheese, and Breakfast for Dinner Mac & Cheese. Werlin even includes an appendix that includes info on all the food trucks and restaurants that specialize in mac & cheese. 

She includes useful information about many varieties of cheeses, like those that melt and those that don't. The recipes range from adding vegetables or meat to herbs, spices, and more.

Mac & Cheese, Please! celebrates this quintessential favorite dish with recipes ranging from the Classic Mac & Cheese to decadent creations like Truffle Mac & Cheese to great-for-parties recipes like Pizza Mac & Cheese (pepperoni, anyone?) to vegetable celebrations like Zesty Kale Two Ways and a play on spaghetti and meatballs – only better.

She has also made things easier by designing some recipes for the stovetop and others for the oven. For the stovetop versions, all that's left to make after boiling the noodles is the sauce. Combine the two and presto, no waiting time. Because stovetop versions usually lack the seductive crunch that oven-cooked versions offer, many of the recipes she has devised include ways to achieve that essential texture (cheese crisps, anyone?).

While ease is the norm in Mac & Cheese, Please!, Werlin says she has discovered that mac & cheese can also be mighty sophisticated. This theme underlies the Totally Decadent chapter. Those recipes are just what the chapter title implies, and a few of them are more time-consuming than the others. But the results? Totally decadent becomes totally worth it.

On the other end of the spectrum, she includes a few lower-fat recipes too. These are decidedly not low-fat, just lower in fat. She did this not only to provide a reduced-calorie option but also to help ensure a place for mac & cheese in readers’ year-round repertoire. It's not just hearty fare for cold weather. For that reason, these recipes can all be made quickly on the stovetop. No hot ovens here. And the recipes themselves? They're so good that readers may find themselves making them regardless of their relatively healthy nature. But even if they are against anything low fat in the dairy world (or anywhere else for that matter), she encourages readers to make those recipes. Instead of skim milk, use the reduced-fat or whole milk, and instead of low-fat cheeses use regular ones.

In addition to the recipes, readers learn about the best cheeses for mac & cheese and the best method for making bread crumbs (and the breads to make them with). They learn when to add the cheese to make a smooth sauce, and whether mac & cheese can be made ahead (yes!) and how to do it. She has also created simple recipes for enticing toppings and add-ins like salsa, guacamole, oven-roasted tomatoes, fried shallots, and more. And Werlin says she couldn't resist providing a recipe for the ultimate use of mac & cheese leftovers: fried mac & cheese.

Ohhhhh, yes! Yes, yes, yes. Baby, you gotta have this book! And if I’m sounding a little steamy, maybe it's because Laura’s sensuous introduction is almost pornographic in its rapturous homage to mac & cheese. But then, it is nature’s perfect food: creamy, crispy, rich, unctuous, nutty and satisfying, and rib-stickingly nourishing. There is nothing more comforting. And the variations – Bacon! Veggies! – clever combinations of cheese you've never thought of before from one of the nation's leading experts on the subject. The world needed this book, and Laura obliged. The only thing I don't like about Mac & Cheese, Please! is that I didn't write it! (Kicking self.) – Ted Allen, author of In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks and host of Food Network's Chopped

America's favorite comfort food gets the attention it deserves in Mac & Cheese, Please!. The author of five best-selling cheese-related books, Werlin culminates much of her cheesy knowledge in this mac and cheese gold mine. Still, the book lacks the classic Southern mac & cheese recipe like my mama used to make – the one where you don’t mix up a smooth sauce but let the dish bake its own.

Health & Fitness / Personal Health

Cheat the Clock: How New Science Can Help You Look and Feel Younger by Margaret Webb Pressler (Alpha Books)

This book will provide its readers with a broader understanding of the science behind the aging process and will likely inspire people from all over the world to take control of their health and the way they age. – Bahram H. Arjmandi, PhD, RD, Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences, and director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging, Florida State University, from the foreword

Aging is an inevitable process that involves an accumulation of changes to the human body over the course of one's lifetime. It's something many of us try to avoid, often through the use of cosmetics or surgery, but to no avail. Some people age gracefully and never appear to grow a day older, and some are not so lucky. But why is this? Is it that some have the gift of great genetics passed down from their parents? Or is it something else?

Author, award-winning, veteran Washington Post reporter Margaret Webb Pressler says her husband Jim is one of those people who looks much younger than he is. After years of fielding questions about why Jim seems not to age, Pressler decided to find the answer. Her research into the work of some of the world's leading experts on aging and genetics reveal a new world of discoveries and advice about how the aging process works and what readers can do to age less, feel better, and look younger.

Cheat the Clock explains how the aging process begins at the cellular level and offers concrete advice that anyone can use to slow down aging. It turns out the proverbial ‘good genes’ don't play as large a role as the experts once thought. By making the right small changes in diet and lifestyle, and by following the science, anyone can make a big difference in how young they look and feel over many years. Pressler's eye-opening reporting does not suggest the program of a fitness buff or a nutrition fanatic. Rather, she offers minor tweaks in diet, exercise, lifestyle, and personal care that are painless to adopt and achievable for anyone, but which can have a big payoff over time. Cheat the Clock shows the long-term rewards of gradually adopting easy new habits that focus on these crucial areas: exercise, anti-aging foods, antioxidants, sleep, stress, sex, and aging (and anti-aging) behaviors.

Why aren't more people doing these things?

It is difficult to find one place where all the relevant science is wrapped up together in a simple way that explains what it means to readers, and what they can do to remain healthier, more vigorous, and more youthful as they age.

Most of the scientifically based tips included in Cheat the Clock can noticeably improve readers’ health and well-being, yet they are simple, manageable suggestions. Pressler says her husband's experience is the jumping-off point, but the science is the path. Readers don't need to follow a new program to change their entire life, adopt a whole new diet, start a grueling fitness regime, or take a ton of supplements. They just need to know the best things to do, and why, and then slowly incorporate them into their existing habits.

The secret to success lies in readers’ time frame. Because aging itself takes time, even if they move toward better age-retarding habits in tiny steps, the changes add up over months and years to make a big difference. How can that be? Because what readers do as they get older affects how they age more than what they did when they were young – even more, in some cases, than genetics. If the impact of what they do is magnified as they age, then a small behavior that might make no difference to a 20-something makes a bigger difference to a 35-year-old and a much bigger difference to someone who is 55.

The importance of this can't be overstated; it means that once they are in their 40s or 50s, rather than being too late to affect the way they age, they have actually reached the point when they can influence it the most. So whatever their age right now, it's more important than ever that that know what to do and then make a few easy changes to their life so readers can start reaping the rewards for years to come.

The information in Cheat the Clock comes in three forms: what the science says about why it works, suggestions for ways to incorporate the change into one’s routine, and in many cases the real-life experience of my husband and how he's done it. What makes this structure valuable is that if readers know something has scientifically proven benefits, they are more likely to stick with it. If they stick with it, they will begin to notice that it's making a difference. And once they have noticed the improvement, they will want to do another small thing and then another. With any luck, they will eventually find themselves in a new place, physically and psychologically, feeling better and younger than they have felt in years and amazed that the transition was so painless.

An important and fascinating journey to answer one of life's most mysterious questions – why we age and how to do it well. – David A. Kessler, MD, former commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; author, The End of Overeating

A comprehensive look at what pertains to all of us – the science behind healthy aging. – Stephanie Lederman, executive director, American Federation for Aging Research

Margaret Pressler has found a fountain of youth in her own backyard. By describing the simple ways that her husband has slowed the usual effects of aging, she provides an easy roadmap that readers can follow – focusing on the basics of nutrition, exercise, sleep, and good health. Can there be anyone who wouldn't want to join the Presslers and Cheat the Clock? – David Ignatius, columnist, The Washington Post

In Cheat the Clock, Pressler provides an easy-to-understand, yet insightful and scientific, look into how making modest dietary and lifestyle changes can help readers look and feel younger, even as they age. This book will be a unique and delightful read for both the lay person and the scientist. Not only does she thoroughly explain the science behind the claims, but she also provides practical tools and suggestions.

History / Americas / Civil War / Reference

A Documentary History of the Civil War Era: Volume 1, Legislative Achievements  edited by Thomas C. Mackey (Voices of the Civil War Series: University of Tennessee Press)

A Documentary History of the American Civil War Era is the first comprehensive collection of public policy actions, political speeches, and judicial decisions related to the American Civil War. This three-volume set gives scholars, teachers, and students access to the full texts of the most important, fundamental documents as well as hard-to-find, rarely published primary sources on this critical period in U.S. history.
The first volume of the series, A Documentary History of the Civil War Era: Volume 1, Legislative Achievements, contains legislation passed in response to the turmoil seizing the country on the brink of, during, and in the wake of the Civil War. Forthcoming are Volume 2, Political Arguments, which contains voices of politicians, political party platforms, and administrative speeches, and Volume 3, Judicial Decisions, which provides judicial opinions and decisions as the Civil War raged in the courtrooms as well as on the battlefields. The editor is Thomas C. Mackey, professor of history at the University of Louisville and adjunct Professor of Law at Brandeis School of Law.

Organized chronologically, each of the selections is preceded by an introductory headnote that explains the document’s historical significance and traces its lasting impact. These headnotes provide insight into not only law and public policy but also the broad sweep of issues that engaged Civil War-era America.
Volume 1, Legislative Achievements features some of the most momentous and enduring public policy documents from the time, beginning with the controversial September 15, 1850, Fugitive Slave Act and concluding with the June 18, 1878, Posse Comitatus Act. Both military and nonmilitary legislation constitute this part, including the April 19, 1861, proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln declaring a naval blockade on Southern ports and Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s proclamation authorizing blockade runners to attack Northern shipping, both issued on the same day. Nonmilitary legislation includes statutes affecting the postwar period, such as the 1862 Homestead Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, and all four of the Reconstruction Acts. Also in this section are the three constitutional amendments, the Habeas Corpus Acts of 1863 and 1867, the Freedman’s Bureau Acts of 1865 and 1866, and the 1867 Tenure of Office Act together with President Andrew Johnson’s message vetoing the Act. 

This document collection presents the raw ‘stuff’ of Lincoln's era, full-text documents of the political, public policy, and judicial voices of the Civil War era so that students, scholars, and interested readers can measure and gauge how that generation met Lincoln's challenge to ‘think anew, and act anew.’

In the last thirty to forty years, social, cultural, and military historians of the United States have done a fine job of interpreting and broadening the scope of topics and insights into the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction. At the same time, the political, legal, and constitutional history of that era has suffered and become a bit (actually more than a bit) lost. With the recent successful bicentennial celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birth, a new wave of interest in Lincoln and his times has emerged in both the popular and the scholarly press. Lincoln's bicentennial has been followed by sesquicentennial remembrances, conferences, and publications focused on the Civil War years as well. This collection of documents contributes to the Lincoln bicentennial outburst of publications as well as highlights the public policy and judicial decisions of the Civil War era during the sesquicentennial. One goal for Volume 1, Legislative Achievements is to make available to a wide audience public policy documents that are known and appreciated by legal historians and associated scholars of the era. For example, documents such as the Civil Rights Act of 1866 or the key United States Supreme Court decision by Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase in Texas v. White (1869) that defined the nature of the nation are included, but these documents are seldom, if ever, reprinted. As a result, these sources are often difficult to access for the average historian, much less the general reader.

These volumes bring back into the mainstream of the middle period of nineteenth-century United States studies the political, legal, and constitutional issues of public policy over which that generation of Americans fought and died. As a result, this collection introduces readers and students to the richness of the Civil War/Reconstruction – era primary sources and provides an overview of the major, minor, better-known, and lesser-known documents of that era and of the issues that confronted policymakers and their publics.

These volumes are not a definitive compilation of documents from the Civil War era. To include all federal, all state, all county, all local, and then all of the personal documents of the general public and leaders of that era would entail publishing whole archives – and then some. Instead, this collection focuses on the most important political, judicial, and public policy decisions of that time. This set of documents reflects some best known then, and best known now (at least to specialists), documents and decisions, knowing that even in the area of public policy and judicial decisions, this list is not complete. It is not meant to be complete, just representative.

Each of the three volumes includes well-known documents such as the Homestead Act of 1862, Jefferson Davis's inaugural address, Lincoln's two inaugural addresses, and the majority decision and dissents in the 1857 Dred Scott decision. Such documents are included because students and scholars will want to find these ‘greatest hits’ in such a volume. Also included in this collection are important, even fundamental, documents and public policy decisions that are far less well known to most general readers and even some scholars of the period. For example, the previously mentioned April 16, 1862, abolishment of slavery in the District of Columbia Act overjoyed the Radical Republicans, worried the moderates, and horrified the Democrats and the South even though it occurred at a low point in the war for the Union. Although the abolition of slavery in the District may have been more symbolic than substantive (unless one was an African American freed by the statute, of course), nevertheless, it was an important symbol of the shifting goals of the war, and a hint of what race relations might look like in the future should the Union be successful. Party platforms were far more important public policy documents in the nineteenth century than they are in the early twenty-first century, and they need to be read for the stances the political parties took (and did not take) on the pressing issues of the day. President Andrew Johnson's May 29, 1865, Proclamations of Amnesty and Reconstruction constituted a major turning point in the Reconstruction of the nation, and yet it remains little known, read, analyzed, or appreciated. Judicial decisions, too, mattered more to that generation than they do now, and perhaps no decision of the United States Supreme Court needs to be better known and appreciated than Texas v. White (1869). In that decision, the majority of the justices redefined the nature of the nation and settled a political and constitutional debate that had raged in United States political theory since the 1787-1788 political battles over the ratification of the Constitution. By raising the Lincoln administration's belief in a perpetual Union/nation and the idea that the nation of the United States existed prior to the formation of the 1781 Articles of Confederation to constitutional principle, Chief Justice Chase and the Supreme Court's majority provided a new constitutional basis for the building of modern America. Then add in section one of the 1868 Fourteenth Amendment, which reconstituted and rebalanced the powers and duties of the states and the nation (United States federalism), as well as established a new basis and definition of national and state citizenship, and modern nationalism comes into view. Of course not everyone everywhere accepted these decisions and changes; each decision met with stiff resistance and, at times, fierce debate. But, standing back, historians have discerned a pattern of political, legal, and constitutional changes that these public policies and judicial decisions reflect. These volumes make these primary sources accessible for further analysis.

Volume 1, Legislative Achievements contains some of the most significant and lasting public policy documents from the era of the Civil War, beginning with the controversial September 18, 1850, Fugitive Slave Act and concluding with the June 18, 1878, Posse Comitatus Act. Both military and nonmilitary legislation is included in this section, such as the April 19, 1861, proclamations by President Abraham Lincoln declaring a naval blockade of Southern ports and, ironically on the same day, the president of the so-called Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis's proclamation offering Letters of Marque authorizing blockade runners and privateers to attack Northern shipping and trade. Other important pieces of legislation are included, such as the Confiscation Acts of 1861 and 1862, the 1862 Confederate Conscription Act (with the later ‘20 Negro’ exemption), and the 1863 Federal Conscription Act. Nonmilitary legislation includes statutes that looked forward in time to the world after the war, such as the 1862 Homestead Act, the Pacific Railroad Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, and the text of all four of the Reconstruction Acts. Also included are the three constitutional amendments added in the era – the 1865 Thirteenth Amendment, the 1868 Fourteenth Amendment (the second American Constitution), and the 1870 Fifteenth Amendment.

A Documentary History of the American Civil War Era is an essential acquisition for academic and public libraries in addition to being a valuable resource for students of the Civil War and Reconstruction, legal history, public policy, and nineteenth-century American history. This three-volume set gives scholars, teachers, and students easy access to the full texts of the most important, fundamental documents as well as hard-to-find, rarely published primary sources on this critical period in U.S. history.

This collection of documents, headnotes, and introductory essays enriches the study of the middle period of the nineteenth-century United States by providing students and scholars access to the most important (and sometimes overlooked and difficult to locate) public policy and judicial decisions in the era of Abraham Lincoln. These three volumes fill a gap in the current literature of the period; they also provide modern researchers, graduate stu­dents, undergraduate students, and the general public with access to key public policy documents of that crucial era in United States history. All of these different groups will find material in Volume 1, Legislative Achievements that will challenge and enrich their work and understanding of the period.

History / Military / Middle East

Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq by Lou DiMarco (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing)

Throughout history, cities have been at the center of warfare, from sieges to street-fighting, from peace-keeping to coups de mains. Sun Tzu admonished his readers of The Art of War that the lowest realization of warfare was to attack a fortified city – a maxim that the Russian army should have heeded before it launched its operation to seize the Chechnyan city of Grozny. Indeed, although strategists have advised against it across the millennia, armies and generals have been forced nonetheless to attack and defend cities, and victory has required that they do it well. In Concrete Hell Louis DiMarco has provided a study of the brutal realities of urban warfare, of what it means to seize and hold a city literally block by block.

DiMarco, retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States is currently assigned to the faculty of the Army Command and Staff College, Fort Leavenworth Kansas.

This short history describes the urban battlefield as it evolved over the last half of the 20th century and into the first decade of the 21st. Concrete Hell describes nine urban conflicts with an expert eye; Stalingrad 1942, Aachen 1944, Inchon and Seoul 1950, Algiers 1956-57, Hue 1968, Northern Ireland 1969-2007, Grozny 1995, Jenin 2002, and Ramadi 2006-07. He highlights the different challenges posed by conventional or counterinsurgency operations and the developments that took place as the 20th century became the 21st, covering tactical, strategic, operational, and political considerations in this most challenging form of combat.

According to Concrete Hell, in describing the past, one also describes the future. Regardless of the basis of one's view of the future, whether it be focused on competition between major world powers such as the US and China, or a persistent struggle between the forces of radical Islam and the west, the 21st century is going to be a century of conflict. DiMarco believes that conflict will largely occur in cities, and the keys to understanding the conflicts of the future are illustrated in the urban battlefields of the past.

Urban areas are often absolutely critical strategic objectives. The past illustrates many of the essential tactics of urban conflict. Many urban tactical techniques essential for success have been developed over the last half century. These include the requirement for the battle to be an all arms conflict that includes a host of equally important capabilities as diverse as the need for armor and the requirement for well-trained snipers. Another more recent tactical need that has shown itself critical in the complex urban environment is a comprehensive intelligence system adapt at analyzing and understanding the human component of the environment.

Past urban battles also describe operational and strategic requirements for successful urban battle. One of the basic operational essentials of urban battle success is isolating the enemy combatants inside the city. The history of urban combat makes plain that when the enemy is isolated then success follows. When the enemy in the urban battle is not isolated from outside support, success may be much more difficult or impossible. A corollary to this historical observation is that often the battles outside the city to isolate it from support are more difficult, consume more resources, and are more decisive, than the actual house-to-house fighting inside the city.

The battle histories described in Concrete Hell are the result of research in primary sources and the most authoritative secondary sources available. Many of the battles described in the book, such as the battle for Stalingrad, have been the subject of multiple excellent histories by some of the finest military historians. This work not a substitute for those detailed battle histories, but it makes three contributions. First, it provides a basic understanding of the multiple dimensions of the urban battlefield. Second, it provides analytical insights regarding the urban battlefield based on the historical record of urban combat. That is, to point out critical tactical, operational, and strategic considerations which have relevance to the battlefields of today and tomorrow. Finally, this work, by examining the evolution of the military experience on the urban battlefield since 1942, shows how the urban battlefield has evolved from relatively simplistic conventional battlefield of Stalingrad and Aachen, to the purely insurgency war of Algeria and Northern Ireland, and finally to the highly complex hybrid mixture of conventional and insurgent combat found in places like the occupied territories, Chechnya, and Iraq. Thus, Concrete Hell uses military history to better understand the military affairs of today and tomorrow.

General Sherman famously described war as hell. With this book DiMarco ably shows that war will now not just be hell, it will be a concrete hell. Concrete Hell is a masterful study of the brutal realities of modern combat, tracing the development of military operations in an urban environment from the Soviet defense of Stalingrad in World War II to the recent operations of the US Army in Iraq. The author has synthesized 24 years experience in the US Army and in doing so has created a blueprint for urban warfare in the future. Such a study could not be more timely.

History / Military / Politics & Social Sciences

A Military History of the Cold War, 1944-1962 by Jonathan M. House (Campaigns and Commanders Series: University of Oklahoma Press)

The Cold War did not culminate in World War III as so many in the 1950s and 1960s feared. Yet it spawned a host of military engagements that affected millions of lives. A Military History of the Cold War, 1944-1962 is the first comprehensive, multinational overview of military affairs during the early Cold War, beginning with conflicts during World War II in Warsaw, Athens, and Saigon and ending with the Cuban Missile Crisis.

A major theme is the relationship between government policy and military preparedness and strategy. Author Jonathan M. House tells of generals engaging in policy confrontations with their governments’ political leaders, many of whom made military decisions that hamstrung their own political goals. In the pressure-cooker atmosphere of atomic preparedness, politicians as well as soldiers seemed instinctively to prefer military solutions to political problems. And national security policies had military implications that took on a life of their own.

In addition to examining the major confrontations, nuclear and conventional, between Washington, Moscow, and Beijing – including the crises over Berlin and Formosa – House, William A. Stofft of Military History at the US Army Command and General Staff College, Leavenworth, Kansas, in A Military History of the Cold War, 1944-1962 traces often overlooked military operations against the insurgencies of the era, such as French efforts in Indochina and Algeria and British struggles in Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, and Aden. Now, more than fifty years after the events House describes, understanding the origins and trajectory of the Cold War is as important as ever. By the late 1950s, the United States had sent forces to Vietnam and the Middle East, setting the stage for future conflicts in both regions. House’s account of the complex relationship between diplomacy and military action directly relates to the insurgencies, counterinsurgencies, and confrontations that now occupy attention across the globe.

A Military History of the Cold War, 1944-1962 focuses on the vast, often neglected middle ground in which politicians and military officers designed, organized, and equipped military organizations and then committed those units to operations. It covers not only the conventional and unconventional conflicts of the Cold War but also the long periods of semimobilization and heightened alert, when millions of soldiers, sailors, and airmen became, to use Keith Laumer's mocking term, the ‘Veterans of Unfought Wars.’ Even those who never fired a shot in anger suffered significant physical and psychological damage from years of exercises, alerts, cruises, and patrols.

House’s purpose is twofold. First, these military developments, well known to specialists but not necessarily to most historians or general readers, deserve study for their own sake. This is not detail for the sake of detail, but rather variations that illustrate important and frequently overlooked complexities. Cold War insurgencies, for example, did not always have the same outcome. There were successful revolutions (China and Indochina), unsuccessful revolts (Greece, the Philippines, Malaya, and Kenya), and occasionally a military failure that nonetheless led to political victory (Algeria). Similarly, and contrary to some recent studies, the North Atlantic Treaty as a political alliance did not automatically lead to the elaborate military structure of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Moreover, one cannot fully understand the current American involvement in the Middle East without viewing that involvement in the context of the Suez Canal (1956) and Lebanon (1958) crises.

Second, the events described in A Military History of the Cold War, 1944-1962 provide an extended case study of the Clausewitzian relationship of policy to the military. Although national policy should always determine military actions, the interaction between the two became especially difficult during this period of limited wars and ideologically motivated insurgencies. Most students of the Cold War are aware of the instances in which generals engaged in policy confrontations with their governments. However, there are numerous other cases in which political leaders, such as Anthony Eden, Nikita Khrushchev, and John Kennedy, made military decisions that hamstrung and ultimately thwarted their own political objectives. Similarly, governmental national security policies had military implications that took on a life of their own, quite apart from diplomatic or domestic political considerations during the Cold War. The invasion of South Korea convinced European policy makers that they needed credible forces to make deterrence and containment effective. The perceived need to make the North Atlantic alliance viable militarily at a time when Britain and France were fighting insurgencies elsewhere accelerated the rearmament and sovereignty of West Germany. The result was a host of military commitments around the globe, accompanied by expensive atomic and conventional armed forces, which in turn inevitably produced nuclear weapons accidents and aerial reconnais­sance confrontations. In such a pressure-cooker, hothouse atmosphere, politicians as well as soldiers felt an instinctual preference for mili­tary solutions to political problems. To gloss over all this is to omit large portions of the Cold War.

By focusing on the operational level of the military and of international politics, Jonathan M. House surpasses a mere sum-of-its-parts book, offering instead a novel interpretation of the military aspects, broadly defined, of the Cold War. The book is particularly strong on unconventional warfare. – Ingo Trauschweizer, author of The Cold War U.S. Army: Building Deterrence for Limited War

The vast scope of A Military History of the Cold War, 1944-1962 forced House to omit certain topics that he considered less than essential to the military conduct of the Cold War. By contrast, he includes a number of neglected conflicts that were essential to the story of European decolonization and counter-insurgency. The study is focused on the middle ground, covering the conventional and unconventional conflicts of the Cold War. House gives a sense of the psychological atmosphere and the complexity of the war.

History / World / Middle East

A History of the Modern Middle East, 5th edition by William L Cleveland and Martin Bunton (Westview Press)

A History of the Modern Middle East provides a penetrating analysis of modern Middle Eastern history, from the Ottoman and Egyptian reforms, through the challenge of Western imperialism, to the impact of US foreign policies. After introducing readers to the region’s history from the origins of Islam in the seventh century, A History of the Modern Middle East focuses on the past two centuries of profound and often dramatic change. Although built around a framework of political history, the book also integrates social, cultural, and economic developments into a single account. In updating this fifth edition of the late William Cleveland’s popular introductory text, Martin Bunton provides a thorough account of the major transformative developments over the past four years, including a new chapter on the tumultuous Arab uprisings and the participation of Islamist parties in a new political order in the Middle East. Bunton is an associate professor of history at the University of Victoria and editor of Land Legislation in Mandate Palestine. Cleveland was professor of history at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Vancouver.

The first edition of Cleveland's textbook, published in 1994, concluded with an initial assessment of the significance of the 1991 Gulf War as a major turning point in the modern history of the region. The textbook was revised for republication in 2000 and in 2004. The second edition was able to observe more clearly the patterns of continuity and change that had unfolded since the 1991 Gulf War, and the third edition added an epilogue offering some reflection on the al-Qa`ida attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center and the US invasion of Iraq. Bunton's updates in 2008 expanded the treatment of the regional impact of these far-reaching developments.

In this fifth edition of A History of the Modern Middle East, a new Part Six, "Challenges to the Existing Order: The Mid­dle East in the 1990s and 2000s," has been created to focus more clearly on historical trends since the Gulf War. They include the rise and fall of the Oslo peace process; the development and evolution of Islamist movements and institutions in Turkey, Iran, and Lebanon; and the efforts of the United States to assert its hegemony. Lastly, although this book examines the past, not the present or the future, the dramatic Arab uprisings of 2011 require some analysis, however tentative and incomplete. This has been provided in the new final Chapter 26, "The 2011 Arab Uprisings."

A History of the Modern Middle East is intended to introduce Middle Eastern history to students and general readers who have not previously studied the subject. For purposes of coherence and manageability, this text concentrates on the central Middle East. The primary chronological focus of the book is from the late eighteenth to the early twenty-first centuries.

Although the chapters in the last two parts of A History of the Modern Middle East have been revised and reorganized, the work retains the basic format of the third edition. Part One offers a general sur­vey of the patterns of Middle Eastern history from the rise of Islam to the eighteenth century. Chapters 1 and 2 present the main features of Islamic faith and ritual and examine the emergence of Islamic social and political institutions from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the end of the fourteenth century.

Part Two focuses on three main centers of political authority – the Ottoman Empire, the autonomous province of Egypt, and the Qajar Empire of Iran – from the early nineteenth century to the peace settlements of 1919-1920. The patterns of transformation in Iran were different from those in Egypt and the Ottoman Empire. These chapters identify and explain the differences and to show their significance for the development of modern Iran.

One prominent theme of A History of the Modern Middle East is that the disruption and eventual destruction of established Ottoman-Islamic ruling practices and social relationships during and after the reforming era was a wrenching and disorienting experience for the peoples of the Middle East. The terminology of this process of change has often been presented under the headings of ‘modernization’ or ‘Westernization.’ However, those terms have taken on connotations that are either value-laden, culturally judgmental, or both. This book instead employs the term transformation. As Part Two demonstrates, as greater numbers of influential administrators and military officers became committed to selective borrowing from Europe, the transformation was accelerated and spread to spheres outside the purely military.

Next, Chapter 4 discusses the early phase of the transformation as embodied in the reform programs of the Ottoman sultans, Selim III and Mahmud II, and Muhammad Ali of Egypt. Chapter 5 examines the acceleration of the transformation during the Ottoman Tanzimat and the reign of Ismail in Egypt, showing how the combination of increased expenditures and the loss of local markets to European merchants led to the bankruptcy of the two states and the eventual British occupation of Egypt. Chapter 6 explores the impact of the British occupation on Egypt up to the outbreak of World War I and examines Qajar Iran during the reign of Nasir al-Din Shah.

Chapter 7 presents the perspective of individuals who opposed the transformation or at least wished it to be more firmly grounded in Islamic practices and principles. The chapter also deals with the ideas of Islamic reform put forward by Muhammad Abduh as well as with the more secular ‘Arab awakening’ sparked by the activities of Christian missionaries and the introduction of the printing press. The discussion in Chapter 8 concentrates on two very different protest movements in favor of constitutional government.

Chapter 9 deals with World War I in the Middle East, the various wartime agreements and treaties regarding the disposition of Ottoman territories, and the final peace settlement that divided the former Ottoman Arab lands between Britain and France.

Part Three of A History of the Modern Middle East covers the period from the imposition of the mandate system to the creation of Israel in 1948. Part Three argues that there was an interwar era that possessed certain common features that distinguish it from preceding and succeeding periods. Chapter 10 compares the objectives and impact of the reform programs of Atatürk in Turkey and Reza Shah in Iran.

Chapter 11 discusses Egypt, Iraq, and Transjordan, countries in which Britain exercised dominance, and Chapter 12 examines French rule in Syria and Lebanon as well as the special case of the rise of Saudi Arabia. The latter chapter concludes with an analysis of the major political ideologies of the interwar period: regionalism, pan-Arab nationalism, and the continuing appeal of Islamic solidarity. Chapter 13 deals with the Palestine mandate and the birth of Israel.

Part Four is a study of the Middle East from 1945 to the early 1970s. Chapter 14 discusses Turkey to the restoration of civilian government in 1983 and Iran to the eve of revolution in the mid-1970s. Chapters 15 and 16 treat the Arab states, and their relations with Israel, during the period defined as ‘the Nasser era,’ a term employed in the belief that Nasserism exercised a major influence on the Arab world, not just by the inspiration it provided during the rule of the Egyptian president but also by the despair it left in the wake of its unexpected collapse in 1967. Chapter 17 examines Israeli political culture and institutions from 1948 to 1977; it also treats the emergence of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the impact of that organization's search for a regional base of operations up to Black September 1970.

A new, condensed Part Five examines the Middle East in the 1970s and the 1980s, with a focus on the resurgence of Islam. The chapters have been reorganized, but the introduction retains the guidelines for understanding the new historical pattern of military unilateralism in the region with a particular focus on the 2003 invasion of Iraq. As noted above, the final Chapter 26 considers the immediate significance of the 2011 Arab uprisings and the potential for a rise in the influence of Islamist political parties.

The focus of A History of the Modern Middle East is primarily political, but discussions of major social, economic, and ideological currents have been weaved into the narrative in the hope that a full and integrated history of the Middle East emerges. The book provides an annotated and updated bibliography that offers guidance to readers seeking more in-depth information on the topics dealt with in this book as well as on other aspects of the Middle Eastern past that are not treated here.

This volume is history in the best sense.... A superbly written analysis of the social and political disruptions of the Middle East. This updated volume does an excellent job of weaving together various strands of a complex subject in a coherent narrative. It is recommended reading for all serious students who want to understand how the Middle East got to where it is today. – Phebe Marr, author of The Modern History of Iraq and fellow at the U.S. Institute for Peace

This is the best comprehensive survey of modern Middle East history in the literature. The authors excel at translating complex and controversial subject matter in a highly readable manner without sacrificing cogent and insightful analysis. I highly recommend it. – David W. Lesch, of Middle East History, Trinity University

A History of the Modern Middle East is a comprehensive work integrating social, cultural, and economic developments into a single, expertly crafted account. Introducing late nineteenth-century Iran enables readers to grasp the differences between the Ottoman-Egyptian experiences already discussed and the circumstances affecting Iran.

Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies

Classic Chain Mail Jewelry with a Twist by Sue Ripsch (Kalmbach Books)

It's fun to challenge yourself with making increasingly more difficult weaves that result in a timeless piece of jewelry. – Sue Ripsch

Building on the popularity of her best-selling Classic Chain Mail Jewelry, Sue Ripsch in Classic Chain Mail Jewelry with a Twist offers new variations on many popular chain mail weaves that will tempt motivated beginners and experienced jewelry makers alike. This book features 30 weaves for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and more, all arranged by skill level. And here’s the twist: Jewelry makers will learn how to break up links, turn them 90 degrees, or use multiple weaves in the same piece, ensuring their approach to chain mail will never be the same.

Ripsch shares her expertise in chain mail in workshops across the country. She weaves dozens of variations on traditional techniques in Classic Chain Mail Jewelry with a Twist. Square and twisted-wire jump rings, along with sparkling crystal accents and beads, ensure artists will never approach chain mail the same way again. With rings made of twisted or square wire, weaves that are turned and twisted, and even added beads and crystals, readers will be creating gorgeous pieces in no time.

Inside readers find:

  • 28 beautiful projects based on timeless weaves, such as Byzantine, Celtic, and European 3-in-1.
  • Extra information about aspect ratio and making and polishing jump rings.
  • Step-by-step instructions and photographs for easy construction.

Illustrated instructions with newly added rings designated for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced jewelry maker. It can be great fun to challenge oneself by making increasingly more difficult weaves, and Classic Chain Mail Jewelry with a Twist offers the reward for readers’ efforts with timeless chain mail jewelry that they will wear for years.

Silver-filled metal has made silver jewelry more affordable, and Ripsch shares a bit of information about rings made from this metal. She also includes a description of the process for making one’s own jump rings. Readers find information in this book about tumbling (sometimes called polishing) jump rings, as well as finishing whole jewelry pieces.

For even more design possibilities, aspiring chain mail artists play with weaves using the concept of aspect ratio. For instance, with the aspect ratio, readers can take a petite bracelet and give it more presence or heft with jump rings of a different gauge and inner diameter than in the original piece.

Readers learn exciting new variations on how to mix up traditional weaves for silver elegance in Classic Chain Mail Jewelry with a Twist. The book is conveniently arranged by skill level.

Literature & Fiction / Mysteries & Thrillers / Humor

Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novels, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

On November 20th, Evanovich, one of the world's most prolific and successful novelists, and her iconic character Stephanie Plum, the tenacious and bodacious original Jersey girl, are back in action with Notorious Nineteen.

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don’t do what Tiki tells you to do.
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie in Notorious Nineteen finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape ... or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.
The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money – or maybe just desperate – Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again – a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone ... or did they?

If Stephanie wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory. She will have to work hard to find Cubbin and get her checkbook back in the black, all the while keeping her love life sorted out.

Outrageous. – Publisher's Weekly

Making trouble and winning hearts. – USA Today

Non-stop laughs with plenty of high jinks. – USA Today

A laugh-out-loud page-turner. – Heat

Pithy, witty and fast-paced. – The Sunday Times

Irresistible. – Houston Chronicle

Stunning. – Booklist

Evanovich is brilliantly evocative. – The Denver Post

The hardcover edition of Notorious Nineteen contains Morelli & Ranger stickers.
Politics & Social Sciences / Gender Studies

Women and Wars edited by Carol Cohn, with a foreword by Cynthia Enloe (Polity)

… we each can read Women and Wars with the triple aims of acquiring new gender analytical skills; finding out what the causes and dynamics of armed conflict look like if we view them through a gendered lens; and learning how to convince others to adopt these crucial gender analytical skills. This is the sort of book you'll want to make notes on, quote to others, take with you in your knapsack. – Cynthia Enloe, from the foreword

Where are the women? In traditional historical and scholarly accounts of the making and fighting of wars, women are often nowhere to be seen. With few exceptions, war stories are told as if men were the only ones who plan, fight, are injured by, and bring an end
to wars.

As the pages of Women and Wars tell, though, those accounts are far from complete. Women can be found at every turn in the gendered phenomena of war. Women have participated in both wars and peace-building throughout history, and their participation is only increasing at the turn of the twenty-first century. Women experience war in multiple ways; as both victims and perpetrators of armed violence, as soldiers, as fighters, as civilians, as caregivers, as forced laborers, as sex workers, as sexual slaves, as refugees and internally displaced persons, as war-supporters and antiwar activists, as community peace-builders and political leaders.

Women and Wars provides a glimpse into where women are in war, and gives readers the tools to understand women’s (told and untold) war experiences in the greater context of the gendered nature of global social and political life.

Contributors include:

  • Carol Cohn, Director of the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights and Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
  • Malathi de Alwis, who teaches in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and is a co-founder of several feminist peace groups.
  • Pamela DeLargy, who managed the United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) humanitarian programs for almost a decade, currently the UNFPA Representative in Sudan.
  • Linda Eckerbom Cole, the co-founder and executive director of Community Action Fund for Women in Africa.
  • Wenona Giles, who teaches at York University, previously coordinated the international Women in Conflict Zones Research Network and recently completed an international research project concerning protracted refugee situations.
  • Ruth Jacobson, former Lecturer at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.
  • Jennifer Mathers, Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University.
  • Dyan Mazurana, Associate Research Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Research Director at the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University.
  • Julie Mertus, Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Program on Ethics and Peace at American University.
  • Angela Raven-Roberts, who managed humanitarian and development programs for organizations including Oxfam America, Save the Children USA, and UNICEF.
  • Tazreena Sajjad, Professorial Lecturer at the School of International Service at American University.

According to Cynthia Enlie in the foreword to Women and Wars, Carol Cohn and her contributors, first, offer readers a sophisti­cated, up-to-date gender analytical tool kit, and second, show what can be revealed if they learn how to use that tool kit. It's always more engaging to learn a new set of skills if the guides can show exactly what they see with these tools that they would otherwise miss – and why those new findings matter. For instance, using their gender analytical skills, the contributors expose the diverse forms of violence wielded during wars: guns and bombs aren't the only weapons. They pull back the curtain on the differences between girls' and boys' experiences of being made to serve in adult men's fighting forces. ‘Children’ turns out not to be a very useful category when trying to rebuild any society after a war. Cohn's contributors also show readers why they will never usefully understand armed conflicts if they focus attention solely on the immediate war zone; researchers have to learn how to do gender analyses of refugee camps, of markets, of peace negotiations. Their gender analytical skills make it clear that the months and years labeled ‘postwar’ in practice are riddled with wartime ideas about men-as-actors and women-as-victims, ideas that serve to perpetuate the very conditions that set off the conflict in the first place.

The contributors to Women and Wars are among the most experienced users of gender analytical skills in the globally important field of war, armed conflict and postwar peace-building. Their experiences are of using their gender analytical skills while in the midst of confusing relationships ‘on the ground.’ These are analysts who've been in refugee camps where water is short, collecting firewood is risky, power hierarchies are dysfunctional, and donors' attention spans are short. They are analysts who have sat in long hearings where diplomats with no mud on their shoes decide whether or not a Gender Unit in a peacekeeping operation will get a decent budget. They have talked to women afraid to describe what actually happened to them and their daughters when rival male soldiers swept through their villages. They have met with local women's groups who have tried to get local male military commanders to listen to their proposals. In New York and capital cities, these gender analysts have lobbied government, nongovernmental organizations, and UN agencies to put aside their usual ‘only men really matter’ ways and, instead, to take women seriously when they evaluate their policies' outcomes, when they write their peacekeepers' mandates, and when they allocate their funds.

Too often, women remain invisible in times of war. With contributions from scholars, activists, and policymakers, Women and Wars uncovers stories about women’s multiple roles as warriors, war victims, and peacebuilders. An important text for anyone concerned with the tragic consequences of today’s wars. And a reminder that wars are always gendered. – J. Ann Tickner, School of International Relations, University of Southern California
With its diverse, thoughtful, and theoretically rich perspectives on gender, conflict and violence this book stands out from the crowd as an exceptional and interdisciplinary contribution to the field. This will be a valuable resource for scholars and practitioners and should be treated as a 'go to' resource giving an exciting perspective on the state of the field in gender and war. – Megan Mackenzie, University of Sydney
The book provides a comprehensive picture of the current scholarship on women and war as well as detailed and disturbing accounts of the lives of women during and after many recent wars. It would be an ideal text for a variety of courses on international and human security. – Craig Murphy, Wellesley College

With a compelling introduction and cutting-edge contributions, Women and Wars is a must-read for students of international politics, security studies, and women's and gender studies.

Politics & Social Sciences / Library & Information Science

The Accidental Systems Librarian, Second Edition by Nicole Engard, with Rachel Singer Gordon (Information Today, Inc.)

Are you an accidental systems librarian? Have you seen your career gravitate toward the management of computers in libraries? I certainly have, and if you have too, then you are a systems librarian. If you just seemed to fall into this position, then you may very well be an accidental systems librarian. Either way, congratulations! The Accidental Systems Librarian is for you because you have just become a member of a newer, up-and-coming specialty of the profession – a specialty that is only going to increase in importance and not going to go away anytime soon….

The Accidental Systems Librarian is a book about the most recent ‘how's’ of librarianship, specifically the management and use of computers in libraries. It provides a thorough and excellent introduction to the field.

Read this book. Follow its instructions. Absorb what it has to offer. I sincerely believe the end result will be a more satisfying and purposeful career for you in systems librarianship. – Eric Morgan, digital projects librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, from the foreword

This second edition of The Accidental Systems Librarian prepares readers to manage the latest library technologies: mobile devices, open source software, social networks, WiFi, and ebooks. Nicole C. Engard's advice on using research, communication, organizational, and bibliographic skills to solve various systems problems is geared to helping both ‘accidental’ and ‘planned’ systems librarians develop the skills they need to succeed and the confidence they need to excel. Engard, vice president of education at ByWater Solutions, formerly worked as the web manager, metadata librarian, and librarian trainer at Jenkins Law Library in Philadelphia.

In The Accidental Systems Librarian, Engard and the author of the first edition, Rachel Gordon, describe the competencies of this subdiscipline as well as the various characteristics of a fully qualified systems librarian, and most of the skills they describe are not taught in the current library school curriculum. Everything readers need to know is included: what software to master, techniques for learning new skills, how to network with colleagues, and of course, communication, communication, and more communication. The book contains quotes from people in the field, short interviews, and pointers to websites all supporting and elaborating on the text.

After reading and understanding The Accidental Systems Librarian, readers will discover that systems librarianship is less about computers and more about librarianship. The skills and competencies of systems librarians are very similar to the skills and competencies of librarians in general.

According to Engard, even today, a decade after the first edition was published, one finds that literature on how to manage as a systems librarian is sparse. Search for professional development titles on how to catalog or conduct a reference interview, and readers have their pick of many titles, but general guides on the roles of systems librarians just aren't written. One does find books on technology-related topics and books that will walk readers through setting up a network or managing an integrated library system. While these titles are useful, they aren't always written with systems librarians as the intended audience.

Throughout The Accidental Systems Librarian, readers will find advice and information to help them manage and interact with computer technology in their institution, whatever their level of systems responsibility. Chapters 1 through 4 provide a background in systems librarianship and outline the skills readers will most likely need on the job. Chapters 5 through 7 explain how to take what they learned in library school or in roles prior to becoming a systems librarian, such as research, communication, and organization of knowledge, and translate them into a successful career managing systems. Chapters 8 and 9 cover continuing education, both for themselves and for their colleagues, including teaching adults how to use new technologies and where to find training.

Chapter 10 addresses staff management and other administrative tasks, while Chapter 11 covers integrated library system migration. Chapter 12 provides insights on how to find a job in the field and how to deal with the stresses that inevitably come with their new role. The conclusion and appendices round out the whirlwind course of instruction, providing resources for further reading and study.

This new second edition of The Accidental Systems Librarian delivers a practical and perceptive guide to the ever growing career niche where technology blends into the work of library professionals. Nicole C. Engard gives a thorough accounting of the tasks involved with this kind of work sprinkled with helpful personal insights. As a one who accidentally fell into the profession myself, I recommend Nicole's book to anyone considering – or already involved – with this corner of the profession. – Marshall Breeding, independent consultant, author, and creator of Library Technology Guides
The focus on open source software and the importance of networking for systems librarians are powerful additions to this new edition of The Accidental Systems Librarian ... Very well done.... an instant classic that every systems librarian will want. – Edward Iglesias, author, An Overview of the Changing Role of the Systems Librarian
A great resource for those of us in this role by accident or choice. If you need new ideas on how to manage and master new technologies, acquire new skill sets, and use life lessons to solve problems and achieve career goals, this is the book for you. – Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis, archives & digital librarian, NSU Archives, Nova Southeastern University (Florida)
Nicole C. Engard has written a well-rounded introduction to the trials, tribulations, treasures, and treats of systems librarianship. With this guide in hand, accidental (and new) systems librarians will be prepared to handle almost anything the job throws at them. – Ruth Kneale, intentional systems librarian and author, You Don't Look Like a Librarian

The suggestions, resources, and stories in The Accidental Systems Librarian should prove helpful in readers’ library careers. This useful and insightful book starts readers off with a good foundation and gives them a toolbox of resources to help them move forward.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Surgery / Colon & Rectal

Atlas of Surgical Techniques for Colon, Rectum and Anus: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition edited by James W. Fleshman Jr. MD, Elisa H Birnbaum MD, Steven R Hunt MD and Matthew G Mutch MD, Ira J. Kodner MD, and Basar Safar MD, with series editors Courtney M. Townsend, Jr. MD and B. Mark Evers MD (Surgical Techniques Atlas Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Clinicians can master the full range of colorectal procedures performed today with Atlas of Surgical Techniques for Colon, Rectum and Anus. In this volume in the Surgical Techniques Atlas Series, top authorities provide step-by-step guidance on surgery of the large bowel, rectum, and anus – including both open and closed approaches for many procedures – to help students, residents and clinicians expand their repertoire and hone their clinical skills.

With Atlas of Surgical Techniques for Colon, Rectum and Anus clinicians are able to:

  • Review normal anatomy and visualize the step-by-step progression of each procedure using more than 600 detailed anatomic line drawings and clinical photographs.
  • Master both open and laparoscopic techniques for numerous surgeries, such as abdominal perineal resection, abdominal colectomy, and low anterior resection.
  • Apply the latest developments in colorectal surgery, including restorative and reconstructive techniques (such as pelvic floor reconstruction after abdominal perineal resection or sacrectomy) and the newest procedures in transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM).
  • Interpret preoperative and postoperative imaging studies for improved decision making and outcomes.
  • Avoid complications with pearls and pitfalls from the authors for every technique.
  • Access the entire text online and download all the images.

The editors of Atlas of Surgical Techniques for Colon, Rectum and Anus are all in the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis – James W. Fleshman, Jr., MD, Professor of Surgery, Chief; Elisa H. Birnbaum, MD, Professor of Surgery; Steven R. Hunt, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery; Matthew G. Mutch, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery; Ira J. Kodner, MD, Professor of Surgery, and Bashar Safar, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery. The book has one additional contributor, Anne Y. Lin, MD, Assistant Professor, Colon and Rectal Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles.

Chapters and their authors include:

  1. Open Right Colectomy – Steven R. Hunt
  2. Laparoscopic Right Colectomy – Steven R. Hunt
  3. Extended Right Colectomy with Ileosigmoid Annastomosis – Steven R. Hunt
  4. Extended Left Colectomy with Right Colon-to-Rectal Anastomosis – Steven R. Hunt
  5. Open Left and Sigmoid Colectomy – Matthew G. Mutch
  6. Laparoscopic Left Colectomy – Matthew G. Mutch
  7. Open Total Abdominal Colectomy with Ileorectal Anastomosis – Matthew G. Mutch
  8. Laparoscopic Total Abdominal Colectomy and Ileorectal Anastomosis – James W. Fleshman, Jr.
  9. Open Total Proctocolectomy and Ileal Pouch – James W. Fleshman, Jr.
  10. Open Low Anterior Resection of Rectum – Anne Y. Lin
  11. Laparoscopic Low Anterior Resection – James W. Fleshman, Jr.
  12. Open Abdominal Perineal Resection – James W. Fleshman, Jr.
  13. Laparoscopic Abdominal Perineal Resection – James W. Fleshman, Jr.
  14. Perineal Proctectomy for Prolapse (Altmeier/Prassad Technique) – Anne Y. Lin
  15. Open Resection Rectopexy for Rectal Prolapse – Elisa H. Birnbaum
  16. Laparoscopic Rectopexy – Matthew G. Mutch
  17. Completion Proctectomy for Crohn's Disease – Anne Y. Lin
  18. Transanal Excision of Rectal Lesions – Steven R. Hunt and James W. Fleshman, Jr.
  19. Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery – Steven R. Hunt
  20. Anal Strictureplasty and Skin Flaps – Ira J. Kodner
  21. Excisional Hemorrhoidectomy – Elisa H. Birnbaum
  22. Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy – Matthew G. Mutch
  23. Open Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy – Bashar Safar and Ira J. Kodner
  24. Sliding Flap Repair of Rectovaginal Fistula – Bashar Safar and Ira J. Kodner
  25. Excision of Anal Bowen's or Paget's Disease with a V-Y Advancement Flap – Bashar Safar and Ira J. Kodner
  26. Hanley Procedure for Fistula and Abscess – Bashar Safar and Ira J. Kodner
  27. Anal Sphincter Reconstruction – Bashar Safar and Ira J. Kodner
  28. End Ileostomy and Loop Ileostomy – Anne Y. Lin
  29. Colostomy: End and Divided Loop – Anne Y. Lin and Elisa H. Birnbaum
  30. Local Parastomal Hernia Repair – Matthew G. Mutch
  31. Small Bowel Strictureplasty – Steven R. Hunt
  32. Resection of Rectorectal Tumor with Sacrectomy – Anne Y. Lin and James W. Fleshman, Jr.
  33. Debulking and Peritoneal Stripping with Placement of Intraperitoneal Catheters for Carcinomatosis – James W. Fleshman, Jr.

Atlas of Surgical Techniques for Colon, Rectum and Anus is designed for the practicing surgeon, surgical residents, and medical students for review of and preparation for surgical procedures. New procedures are developed and old ones are replaced as technologic and pharmacologic advances occur. The topics presented are contemporaneous surgical procedures with step-by-step illustrations, along with preoperative and postoperative considerations as well as pearls and pitfalls, taken from the personal experience and surgical practice of the authors. Their results have been validated in their surgical practices involving many patients.

The editors say that the idea to develop an atlas of the common operative procedures performed by colon and rectal surgeons was stimulated by a need to have a clear, pictorial reference for residents-in-training in colon and rectal surgery. As time constraints increase for residency training and opportunities to gain experience become less available during general surgical residency, colon and rectal surgeons are faced with a limited time to cover all aspects of colon and rectal surgery with trainees. Atlas of Surgical Techniques for Colon, Rectum and Anus, an atlas, relies on actual photographs of critical steps and critical views to instruct trainees step by step in the common operations performed for colorectal diseases.

Atlas of Surgical Techniques for Colon, Rectum and Anus provides expert, step-by-step guidance on surgery of the large bowel, rectum, and anus in an easy review format. It helps clinicians interpret imaging studies and improves postoperative outcomes. The book will be used by trainers, educators, and program directors to improve the preoperative preparation of residents. The use of an atlas for common colorectal operations should not be limited to colorectal residents-in-training but should be available to general surgery residents, who are also under the same time constraints. This preoperative preparation can enhance the intraoperative experience of the trainee and is therefore paramount to improving efficiency of training for the future.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Anesthesiology

Benumof and Hagberg's Airway Management, 3rd edition edited by Carin A. Hagberg MD (Elsevier Saunders)

The editor of the third edition of Benumof and Hagberg's Airway Management, Dr. Carin Hagberg, is perfectly positioned to lead the anesthesia community as close as is realistically possible to the frontier of airway management. She is an experienced and mature practitioner of airway management and knows the bedrock. She has been a very significant person in the development of the Society of Airway Management, having held virtually every important position in the organization, and as such has great perspective on the educational and administrative needs of the airway community. She has performed research and knows what the questions are. In short, a ‘triple threat’ leads the charge. Given the history of this subspecialty, this book, and the editor, if you want to be good at airway management today, then read and consult this book. – Jonathan L. Benumof, MD, from the foreword

Clinicians enhance their airway management skills and overcome clinical challenges with Benumof and Hagberg's Airway Management, 3rd Edition. Trusted by anesthesiologists, residents, and nurse anesthetists, this one-of-a-kind anesthesiology reference offers expert, full-color guidance on pre- and post-intubation techniques and protocols, from equipment selection through management of complications.

With Benumof and Hagberg's Airway Management clinicians are able to:

  • Practice with confidence by consulting the only reference exclusively dedicated to airway management.
  • Focus on the essential and practical information with a concise, how-to approach, carefully chosen illustrations, and case examples and analysis.
  • Apply the latest know-how with new chapters on video laryngoscopes and airway management during CPR, plus comprehensive updates throughout.
  • Select the most appropriate techniques for difficult cases using the latest ASA guidelines.
  • Gain a visual perspective on complex procedures and monitoring techniques with hundreds of new full-color illustrations throughout.
  • View videos of intubation and airway management procedures online, plus access the searchable contents of the book.

The editor, Carin A. Hagberg, MD, is the Joseph C. Gabel Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Chief of Anesthesia and Director of Neuroanesthesia and Advanced Airway Management, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston. The book has 111 contributors who are experts on airway management, many of them new.

When the first edition of Airway Management appeared in 1996, airway management was beginning to become a recognizable subspecialty, and Benumof and Hagberg's Airway Management gave the new subspecialty an intellectual spine. At the same time, the Society for Airway Management had just come into being and gave the subspecialty an administrative and educational spine. Also, the second iteration of the ASA Difficult Airway algorithm became known throughout the world at about this time, and was either practiced as published or in a slightly modified version. Research in airway management has since accelerated tremendously. Today, the large majority of training centers in the United States have a formalized teaching program (required resident rotation) in airway management.

According to Jonathan Benumof in the foreword, there have been many advances in airway management over the past two decades and since the publication of the second edition of Airway Management. It is essential that clinicians become familiar with the most recent developments in equipment and scientific knowledge to allow the safe practice of airway management. In the third edition of Benumof and Hagberg's Airway Management, three new chapters (Ultrasonography of the Airway; Video Laryngoscopes; and Disaster Preparedness, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and Airway Management) have been added. The remaining chapters have been substantially updated to address current thinking and practice, and the book is in full color for the first time. Also, at the end of each chapter, there are a summary, up to a dozen bulleted, concise Clinical Pearls, and selected references.

The basic structure and philosophy of Benumof and Hagberg's Airway Management, 3rd edition have not changed. The volume is divided into seven parts. Part 1 provides basic clinical science considerations of airway man­agement. Part 2 presents difficult airway terminology and recognition, as well as a thorough analysis of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Difficult Airway Algorithm. Part 3 emphasizes patient preparation and preintubation ventilation procedures. Part 4 covers specific methods and problems in securing an airway. Many new airway devices and techniques are reviewed, and the indications for and confirmation of tracheal intubation are provided. Part 5 covers management of difficult airway situations, such as in pediatric patients and the intensive care unit. Part 6 emphasizes postintubation procedures and discusses such issues as monitoring the airway and extubation. Part 7 presents societal considerations of airway management, including instruction and learning of airway management skills both in and out of the operating room, as well as effective dissemination of critical airway information and medical-legal considerations.

Benumof and Hagberg's Airway Management not only provides competence in airway management but offers a firm foundation upon which further training and education can be based. Effective airway management requires commitment to a process of ongoing learning, skill maintenance, and self-assessment that should last throughout the practitioner's professional career. This book will serve this commitment well.

With a rich visual perspective, it focuses on essential and practical information with a concise, how-to approach, carefully chosen illustrations, and case examples and analysis throughout.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Biotechnology / Reference

The Nanobiotechnology Handbook edited by Yubing Xie (CRC Press)

Nanobiotechnology is a multidisciplinary field of research. Nanobiotechnology includes both biologically inspired nanotechnology and the application of nanotechnology to address biological questions and tackle medical problems.

An overview of nanobiotechnology and its place in advances in applied science and engineering, The Nanobiotechnology Handbook combines contributions from physics, bioorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, materials science, and medicine as well as from mechanical, electrical, chemical, and biomedical engineering to address the full scope of current and future developments. World-class experts discuss the role of nanobiotechnology in bioanalysis, biomolecular and biomedical nanotechnology, biosensors, biocatalysis and biofuel, and education and workforce development. It includes a companion CD that contains all figures in the book.

The Nanobiotechnology Handbook begins with discussions of biomimetic nanotechnology, including a comprehensive overview of DNA nanostructure and DNA-inspired nanotechnology, aptamer-functionalized nanomaterials as artificial antibodies, artificial enzymes, molecular motors, and RNA structures and RNA-inspired nanotechnology. It shows how nanotechnology can be inspired by nature as well as adverse biological events in diagnostic and therapeutic development. From there, the chapters cover major important and widely used nanofabrication techniques, applications of nanotechnology for bioprocessing followed by coverage of the applications of atomic force microscopy (AFM), optical tweezers and nanofluidics as well as other nanotechnology-enabled biomolecular and cellular manipulation and detection.

Focusing on major research trends, The Nanobiotechnology Handbook highlights the importance of nanobiotechnology to a range of medical applications such as stem cell technology and tissue engineering, drug development and delivery, imaging, diagnostics, and therapeutics. And with coverage of topics such as nanotoxicity, responsible nanotechnology, and educational and workforce development, it provides an overview and perspective of nanobiotechnology impacts from a variety of professional points of view.

Editor Yubing Xie is assistant professor, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, University at Albany. The book has 76 contributors. The Nanobiotechnology Handbook contains 29 chapters by experts from diverse backgrounds in the field of nanobiotechnology. This book has been organized into six parts: Biomimetic Nanotechnology, Nanobiofabrication, Nanobioprocessing, Biomolecular and Cellular Manipulation and Detection, Biomedical Nanotechnology, and Nanobiotechnology Impacts, which provide a comprehensive overview of the major aspects of nanobiotechnology. Each chapter provides fundamentals and offers extensive references for further study.

Marya Lieberman from the University of Notre Dame starts Part I of The Nanobiotechnology Handbook by provid­ing a comprehensive overview of DNA nanostructure and DNA inspired nanotechnology. This is followed by chapters by Yong Wang from the University of Connecticut, who focuses on aptamer-functionalized nanomaterials as artificial antibodies; Vikas Nanda from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, UMDNJ, who discusses artificial enzymes; Janet Paluh from The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), University at Albany, who presents molecular motors; and Scott A. Tenenbaum (CNSE), who reviews RNA structures and RNA inspired nanotechnology. Thomas J. Begley and Magnus Bergkvist (both from CNSE) show how nanotechnology can be inspired by adverse biological events in diagnostic and therapeutic development. For example, Begley highlights the mechanism of DNA damage and nanotechnology in DNA damage response as well as its potential for disease diagnostics and personalized medicine, while Bergkvist provides a comprehensive overview of virus-based nanobiotechnology that can serve as biological templates, delivery vehicles, and nanoscale catalysts. Kam Leong from Duke University further presents a review of extracellular matrix (ECM) – inspired nanotopography and related nanofabrication. The butterfly wing – inspired nanotechnology for photonic structure based biosensors, display, and clean energy is presented by Yubing Xie together with her undergraduate students (CNSE), which is based on course work in nanobiology for nanotechnology applications. Additionally, Nadine Hempel (CNSE) contributes to cell membrane and receptor-inspired nanotechnology with a focus on olfactory receptors and cell-free sensors.

Part II of The Nanobiotechnology Handbook covers four important nanofabrication techniques that have been widely used in the field of nanobiotechnology: microcontact printing from Jingjiao Guan at Florida State University, electron beam lithography from John Hartley at CNSE, laser direct-write from Douglas Chrisey at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and electrospinning from Yubing Xie. This part is followed by a comprehensive overview of applications of nanotechnology for bioprocessing in Part III by Susan Sharfstein from CNSE.

In Part IV, Gunjan Agarwal from The Ohio State University provides an overview of the applications of atomic force microscopy (AFM) in nanobiotechnology.

Shengnian Wang from Louisiana Tech presents a review of dielectrophoresis for manipulating nanoparticles, followed by an example of utilizing optical tweezers to manipulate biomolecules and cells. Xin Hu and Weixiong Wang from Schlumberger review nanofluidics with a focus on electrophoresis for DNA manipulation. Manus Biggs from Columbia University and Matthew Dalby from the University of Glasgow highlight the importance and development of the physiomechanical processes for regulating cell function at nanoscale. Xulang Zhang from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics reviews nanotechnology-enabled integrative biology.

Jeffrey Borenstein and Robert Langer from MIT begin Part V by highlighting the importance of nanotechnology in enabling tissue engineering of complex systems. Kinam Park from Purdue University presents a review of the nanotechnology in drug delivery with a perspective of developing commercial products to benefit patients. James Lee and Robert Lee from The Ohio State University present an example of siRNA delivery using lipid nanoparticles. Furthermore, Huan-Cheng Chang from Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences Academia Sinica reviews the field of nanodiamonds for bioimaging and therapeutic applications. Zeev Zalevsky from Bar-Ilan University provides an example of using biomedical microprobes for super-resolution imaging.

Part VI focuses on nanobiotechnology impacts. Chunying Chen from the Key Laboratory for Biological Effects of Nanomaterials and Nanosafety in the Chinese Academy of Sciences provides an overview of the properties of nanomaterials and their associated adverse effects in vivo. This is followed by a chapter on responsible nanotechnology using rational design to control exposure and environmental release of nanomaterials by Nathaniel Cady (CNSE) and Aaron Strickland (iFyber). Laura Schultz and Daniel White (both from NSE) conclude the book by providing a unique overview and perspective of educational and workforce development in nanobiotechnology from an economist's and an educator's point of view.

This book has a companion CD that contains all figures in the book.

The Nanobiotechnology Handbook, very thorough, is an excellent reference book and suitable for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, academic researchers, and industrial scientists. It provides a unique overview and perspective of nanobiotechnology impacts from researchers’, entrepreneurs’, economists’ and educators’ points of view. It provides a resource for current applications and future development of nanobiotechnology.

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

Cardiovascular Therapeutics – A Companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition edited by Elliott M. Antman MD & Marc S. Sabatine MD MPh (Elsevier Saunders)

No aspect of medicine has undergone a more radical transfor­mation in the past 40 years than has cardiovascular therapeutics, and the results have been spectacular. Overall mortality rates from heart disease have been steadily declining, and the rate of age-adjusted mortality secondary to coronary artery disease, the most common cause of cardiovascular deaths, has been falling at almost 1% per year. Effective treatment of almost all forms of heart disease is now possible, allowing a majority of patients with cardiovascular disease to live longer lives of high quality.

A companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Therapeutics, 4th Edition addresses pharmacological, interventional, and surgical management approaches for each type of cardiovascular disease. This practical and clinically focused cardiology reference offers a complete approach to all the usual and unusual areas of cardiovascular disease and specific therapies in one concise volume, equipping clinicians to make the best choices for every patient.

With Cardiovascular Therapeutics clinicians are able to:

  • Understand current approaches to treating and managing cardiovascular patients for long-term health, for complex problems, and for unusual cardiac events.
  • Expand their knowledge beyond pharmacologic interventions with complete coverage of the most effective interventional and device therapies being used today.
  • Use the latest genetic and molecular therapies as well as advanced therapies for heart failure.
  • Find the answers they need with an enhanced focus on clinically relevant information and a decreased emphasis on pathophysiology.
  • Stay current with ACC/AHA/ESC guidelines and the best ways to implement them in clinical practice.
  • Access the complete contents online and download images.

Editors are Elliott M. Antman, MD, of Medicine, Associate Dean for Clinical/ Translational Research, Harvard Medical School, Senior Investigator, TIMI Study Group, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston and Marc S. Sabatine, MD, MPH, Chairman, TIMI Study Group, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston. The 7 section editors are James de Lemos, MD, John P. DiMarco, MD, PhD, Michael M. Givertz, MD, Suzanne Oparil, MD, Frank M. Sacks, MD, Benjamin M. Scirica, MD, MPH and Piotr Sobieszczyk, MD. And Cardiovascular Therapeutics has 109 superb contributors. It is essentially a new book when compared with its predecessor. There are four new section editors and many new contributors. Thirteen of the 49 chapters are entirely new to this edition.

Instead of focusing narrowly on a single therapeutic modality – drugs, interventional cardiology, devices, or surgery, Cardiovascular Therapeutics deals with total patient management. The several types of therapy that can be offered for specific cardiovascular disorders are presented in sufficient detail to serve as the basis for managing the vast majority of patients with cardiovascular disease.

This fourth edition of Cardiovascular Therapeutics continues to emphasize an evidence-based approach to therapeutic recommendations for management of the patient with cardiovascular disease. Readers are provided with cutting-edge recommendations for treatment of patients with common problems such as ischemic heart disease, heart failure, dyslipidemia, dysrhythmias, hypertension, valvular heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, aortic syndromes, congenital heart disease, pericardial disease, cardiovascular disorders during pregnancy, and infective endocarditis.

Compared with the previous edition, 13 chapters are completely new and 36 chapters and the Appendix have been substantially revised. The introductory chapter on tools for understanding the evidence that drives guidelines recommendations has important new information from contemporary clinical trials. Critical chapters on emerging therapeutic approaches such as pharmacogenetics, regenerative therapy, and implantable devices for heart failure and arrhythmias have been added. To assist clinicians in understanding the details of the development and approval of cardiovascular devices, representatives from the Food and Drug Administration have contributed to an updated chapter.

Chapters of Cardiovascular Therapeutics and their authors include:


  1. Tools for Assessment of Cardiovascular Tests and Therapies – Elliott M. Antman, Robert M. Califf, and Niteesh K. Choudhry
  2. New Drug Development – David F. Kong and Robert A. Harrington
  3. Device Development for Cardiovascular Therapeutics: Concepts and Regulatory Implications – Frederick J. Schoen, Bram D. Zuckerman, and Andrew Farb
  4. Pharmacogenetics – Janice Y. Chyou, Jessica L Mega, and Marc S. Sabatine
  5. Systems of Health Care – Clyde W. Yancy, Christopher B. Granger, and Graham Nichol
  6. Global Cardiovascular Therapy – Thomas A. Gaziano and Neha J. Pagidipati


  1. Pharmacologic Options for Treatment of Ischemic Disease – John S. Schroeder, William H. Frishman, John D. Parker, Dominick J. Angiolillo, Christopher Woods, and Benjamin M. Scirica
  2. Stable Ischemic Heart Disease/ Chronic Stable Angina – David E. Newby and Keith A.A. Fox
  3. Non-ST-Segment Elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes – Stephen D. Wiviott and Robert P. Giugliano
  4. ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction – Frederick G. Kushner and Eric R. Bates
  5. Advances in Coronary Revascularization – Suzanne J. Baron, Stephanie Mick, Prem S. Shekar, and Laura Mauri


  1. Pharmacologic Management of Heart Failure in the Ambulatory Setting – Michael M. Givertz and Jay N. Cohn
  2. Implantable Devices for the Management of Heart Failure – Jaimie Manlucu and William T. Abraham
  3. Strategies for Management of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure – Michael M. Givertz and Wilson S. Colucci
  4. Cardiac Transplantation and Circulatory Support Devices – Jeffrey Teuteberg, Michael A. Mathier, and Michael A. Shullo
  5. Regenerative Therapy for Heart Failure – Annarosa Levi, Jan Kajstura, and Piero Anversa
  6. Hypertrophic, Restrictive, and Infiltrative Cardiomyopathies – Neal Lakdawala and G. William Dec Jr.


  1. Clinical Pharmacology of Antiarrhythmic Drugs – Klaus Romero and Raymond L. Woosley
  2. Pharmacologic Management of Supraventricular Tachycardias – John P. DiMarco, J. Michael Mangrum, and John D. Ferguson
  3. Atrial Fibrillation – Peter Zimetbaum and Rodney H. Falk
  4. Nonpharmacologic Treatment of Tachyarrhythmias – David J. Callans and Elad Anter
  5. Role of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators in Primary and Secondary Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death – Mark A. Wood and Kenneth A. Ellenbogen
  6. Treatment of Ventricular Tachycardia and Cardiac Arrest – Stephen Trzeciak, Andrea M. Russo, and Joseph E. Parillo


  1. Drugs for Elevated Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol – Neil J. Stone
  2. Therapy to Manage Low High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol and Elevated Triglycerides – Michael H. Davidson
  3. Cardiovascular Disease and Lifestyle Modification – Frank M. Sacks and Kathy McManus
  4. Steps Beyond Diet and Drug Therapy for Severe Hypercholesterolemia – Bruce R. Gordon and Lisa Cooper Hudgins


  1. Initial Evaluation and Approach to the Patient with Hypertension – Marie Krousel-Wood and Suzanne Oparil
  2. Pharmacologic Management of Hypertension – Joseph J. Saseen
  3. Endocrine Causes of Hypertension – William F. Young Jr.
  4. Resistant Hypertension – Maria Czarina Acelajado and David A. Calhoun
  5. Hypertensive Crisis – Brigitte M. Baumann and Raymond R. Townsend
  6. Hypertension in Pregnancy – Alice M. Wang, Ellen W. Seely, and S. Ananth Karumanchi
  7. Management of Hypertension in Children and Adolescents – Joseph T. Flynn and Bonita E. Falkner


  1. Peripheral Artery Disease – Todd S. Perlstein and Marc Z. Krichaysky
  2. Cerebrovascular Disease – Piotr Sobieszczyk
  3. Renal Artery Stenosis – Ido Weinberg and Michael R. Taff
  4. Pulmonary Embolism and Deep Vein Thrombosis – Samuel Z. Goldhaber and Gregory Piazza
  5. Treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension – Alexander R. Opotowsky and Michael J. Landzberg
  6. Aortic Disease – Eric M. Isselbacher


  1. Pharmacologic Options for Treating of Cardiovascular Disease During Pregnancy – Sharon C. Reimold and Lisa W. Forbess
  2. Care for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease – Michael J. Landzberg, Giuseppe J. Martucci, and Mary Mullen
  3. Prevention and Treatment of Infective Endocarditis – Amy B. Stancoven and Gail E. Peterson
  4. Treatment of Pericardial Disease – Brian D. Hoit
  5. Optimal Timing of Surgical and Mechanical Intervention in Native Valvular Heart Disease – Melanie S. Sulistio, Edmund A. Bermudez, and William H. Gaasch
  6. Surgery for Valvular Heart Disease – Matthias Peltz
  7. Percutaneous Treatment for Valvular Heart Disease – Steven R. Bailey
  8. Manifestations, Mechanisms, and Treatment of HIV-Associate Cardiovascular Disease – David C. Lange, Eric A. Secemsky, Jennifer E. Ho, and Priscilla Y. Hsue
  9. Rehabilitation of the Patient with Cardiovascular Disease – Jonathan N. Myers and Victor F. Froelicher

This multi-author book contains comprehensive information on cardiovascular therapeutics, a rapidly changing field. Dr Antman is to be congratulated for bringing together 112 experts in their respective fields who collectively contribute 55 chapters. All aspects of cardiovascular therapeutics are covered. – Circulation

Clinicians can manage cardiovascular problems more effectively with the most comprehensive resource in cardiovascular therapeutics, with an enhanced visual perspective and an all-new, full-color design throughout. By using this 4th edition of Cardiovascular Therapeutics along with Braunwald's Heart Disease and the other texts in the companion series in a synergistic fashion, clinicians will be able to make the most of a rich set of resources. Clinicians benefit from the substantial experience of Elliott M. Antman, MD, Marc S. Sabatine, MD, and a host of other respected authorities, who provide practical, evidence-based rationales for all of today's clinical therapies.

This contemporary, authoritative, and eminently readable text will be of great value not only to cardiologists but also to internists and primary care physicians.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Clinical / Rheumatology

Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology: Expert Consult Premium Edition – Enhanced Online Features and Print, 2-Volume Set, 9th edition edited by Gary S. Firestein MD, Ralph C. Budd MD, Sherine E Gabriel MD MSc, Iain B McInnes FRCP PhD FRSE & James R. O’Dell MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology delivers the state-of-the-art scientific and clinical know-how clinicians need to offer their patients the most effective diagnosis and care. This rheumatology book's updates highlight current advances and breakthroughs that impact their practice. This volume helps clinicians handle the toughest clinical challenges they face.

With Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, 9th edition, clinicians are able to:

  • Review basic science advances and their clinical implications in one place and get evidence-based guidance with an integrated chapter format.
  • Gain an understanding of the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of rheumatic disease management with detailed coverage of the latest breakthroughs and the newest clinical algorithms.
  • Apply the latest therapeutic advances through new chapters in bioengineering and tissue engineering, as well as up-to-date coverage of gout and disease-modifying drugs.
  • Learn how the study of biomarkers across populations can help clinicians detect diseases earlier and with greater accuracy with a new chapter on epigenetics.
  • Diagnose, monitor, and manage rheumatic disease more effectively with expanded information on the use of ultrasound and other imaging modalities.
  • Manage their patients with in-depth understanding of today's scientific underpinnings of rheumatic diseases using latest advancements in bioengineering, epigenetics and disease-modifying drugs.
  • Search the contents online, download the images, and watch videos demonstrating the complete musculoskeletal exam, including abnormal findings and the arthroscopic presentation of diseased joints.

Editors of Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology are Gary S. Firestein, MD, Professor of Medicine, Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor of Translational Medicine, UC San Diego Health Sciences, La Jolla, California; Ralph C. Budd, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Vermont Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases, The University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont; Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc, William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota; Iain B. McInnes, PhD, FRCP, FRSE Muirhead Professor of Medicine, Director, Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow; James R. O'Dell, MD Bruce Professor of Medicine, Vice Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska College of Medicine; Chief, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Omaha VA, Omaha. The book has 203 contributors.

Rheumatology continues to evolve and inspire as a discipline that occupies the forefront of molecular medicine and novel targeted therapies. The previous edition of Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology built on a heritage of excellence but was distinguished by change: new editors, more color, new online access, and many other features. Matching the extraordinary pace of change in the field, this new edition continues that tradition by accelerating the commitment to excellence in the face of the changing world of publishing. Jim O'Dell and Sherine Gabriel bring new strength and expertise, especially in clinical medicine, clinical trials, outcomes research, and epidemiology.

The 9th edition includes a multitude of new authors and chapters. Improved graphics and more easily accessible online content are also features of this edition. The print edition now limits the number of references because they preferred to use allotted pages for scientific content rather than long lists of articles. The complete citations are, however, still available online.

Chapters of Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology and their authors include:


  1. Biology of the Normal Joint – Steven R. Goldring & Mary B. Goldring
  2. Synovium – Barry Bresnihan, Adrienne M. Flanagan & Gary S. Firestein
  3. Cartilage and Chondrocytes – Mary B. Goldring
  4. Biology, Physiology, and Morphology Of Bone – Georg Schett
  5. Muscle: Anatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry – Mark S. Miller, Bradley M. Palmer, Michael J. Toth & David M. Warshaw
  6. Biomechanics – Kenton R. Kaufman &Kai-Nan An
  7. Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering – Frank P. Luyten
  8. Proteinases and Matrix Degradation – Yasunori Okada


  1. Dendritic Cells – Shaukat Khan, Merja Ruutu, Ranjeny Thomas & Nina Bhardwaj
  2. Mononuclear Phagocytes in Rheumatic Diseases – Siamon Gordon
  3. Neutrophils – Jose U. Scher, Steven B. Abramson & Michael H. Pillinger
  4. Eosinophils – Jose U. Scher, Steven B. Abramson & Michael H. Pillinger
  5. T Lymphocytes – Ralph C. Budd & Karen A. Fortner
  6. B Cells – Nataly Manjarrez Orduno, Christine Grimaldi & Betty Diamond
  7. Fibroblasts and Fibroblast-Like Synoviocytes – Andrew Filer & Christopher D. Buckley
  8. Mast Cells – Peter A. Nigrovic & David M. Lee
  9. Platelets – Federico Diaz-Gonzalez & Mark H. Ginsberg


  1. Innate Immunity – Steven A. Porcelli
  2. Adaptive Immunity and Organization of Lymphoid Tissues – Michael L. Dustin
  3. Autoimmunity – Dwight H. Kono & Argyrios N. Theofilopoulos
  4. Genetics of Rheumatic Diseases – Peter K. Gregersen
  5. Epigenetics – Caroline Ospelt & Steffen Gay
  6. Complement System – John P. Atkinson
  7. Rostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Related Compounds – Robert B. Zurier
  8. Cell Recruitment and Angiogenesis – Zoltan Szekanecz & Alisa E. Koch
  9. Cytokines – Iain B. Mcinnes
  10. Cell Survival and Death in Rheumatic Diseases – Keith B. Elkon
  11. Experimental Models for Rheumatoid Arthritis – Rikard Holmdahl
  12. Neural Regulation of Pain and Inflammation – Rainer H. Straub


  1. Principles of Epidemiology in Rheumatic Disease – Yvonne M. Golightly & Joanne M. Jordan
  2. Economic Burden of Rheumatic Diseases – Edward Yelin
  3. Clinical Trial Design and Analysis – Robert B.M. Landewe & Desiree M.F.M. Van Der Heijde
  4. Assessment of Health Outcomes – Dorcas E. Beaton & Maarten Boers Peter Tugwell
  5. Biologic Markers – Jeroen Degroot, Anne-Marie Zuurmond & Paul-Peter Tak
  6. Occupational and Recreational Musculoskeletal Disorders – Karina D. Torralba & Richard S. Panush
  7. Cardiovascular Risk in Rheumatic Disease – Sherine E. Gabriel & Deborah Symmons
  8. Cancer Risk in Rheumatic Diseases – Eric L. Matteson
  9. Introduction to Physical Medicine, Physical Therapy, and Rehabilitation – Maura Daly Iversen
  10. Pregnancy in the Rheumatic Diseases – Eliza E Chakravarty & Megan E. Clowse


  1. History and Physical Examination of the Musculoskeletal System – John M. Davis III, Kevin G. Moder & Gene G. Hunder
  2. Acute Monoarthritis – Max Field
  3. Polyarticular Arthritis – John J. Cush & Kathryn H. Dao
  4. The Skin and Rheumatic Diseases – Lela A. Lee & Victoria P. Werth
  5. The Eye and Rheumatic Diseases – James T. Rosenbaumpa


  1. Neck Pain – Joseph S. Cheng, Matthew J. Mcgrit & Clint Devin
  2. Shoulder Pain – Scott David Martin & Thomas S. Thornhill
  3. Low Back Pain – Rajiv Dixit
  4. Hip and Knee Pain – James I. Huddleston & Stuart Goodman
  5. Foot and Ankle Pain – Mark D. Price & Christopher P. Chiodo
  6. Hand and Wrist Pain – Carrie R. Swigart
  7. Temporomandibular Joint Pain – Daniel M. Laskin
  8. Fibromyalgia – Frederick Wolfe & Johannes J. Rasker


  1. Synovial Fluid Analyses, Synovial Biopsy, and Synovial Pathology – Hani S. El-Gabalawy
  2. Arthrocentesis and Injection of Joints and Soft Tissue – Christopher M. Wise
  3. Antinuclear Antibodies – Stanford L. Peng & Joseph E. Craft
  4. Autoantibodies in Rheumatoid Arthritis – Felipe Andrade, Erika Darrah & Antony Rosen
  5. Acute Phase Reactants and the Concept of Inflammation – Amit Saxena & Bruce N. Cronstein
  6. Imaging Modalities in Rheumatic Diseases – Mikkel Ostergaard, Robert G.W. Lambert & Walter Grassi


  1. Prostanoid Biology and Its Therapeutic Targeting – Leslie J. Crofford
  2. Glucocorticoid Therapy – Johannes W.G. Jacobs & Johannes W.J. Bijlsma
  3. Traditional Dmards: Methotrexate, Leflunomide, Sulfasalazine, Hydroxychloroquine, and Combination Therapies – Amy C. Cannella & James R. O'dell
  4. Immunosuppressive Drugs – Jacob M. Van Laar
  5. Anticytokine Therapies – Zuhre Tutuncu & Arthur Kavanaugh
  6. Cell-Targeted Biologics and Targets: Rituximab, Abatacept, and Other Biologics – Peter C. Taylor
  7. Antihyperuricemic Agents – Ted R. Mikuls
  8. Analgesic Agents in Rheumatic Disease – Gregory R. Polston & Mark S. Wallace
  9. Psychosocial Management of Rheumatic Diseases – W. Neal Roberts, Jr.
  10. Nutrition and Rheumatic Diseases – Lisa K. Stamp & Leslie G. Cleland


  1. Etiology and Pathogenesis of Rheumatoid Arthritis – Gary S. Firestein
  2. Clinical Features of Rheumatoid Arthritis – Susan E. Sweeney, Edward D. Harris, Jr. & Gary S. Firestein
  3. Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis – James R. O'dell
  4. Early Synovitis and Early Undifferentiated Arthritis – Annette H.M. Van Der Helm-Van Mil & Thomas W.J. Huizinga
  5. Sjogren's Syndrome – E. William St. Clair


  1. Pathogenesis of Ankylosing Spondylitis and Reactive Arthritis – David Yu, Rik Lorries & Robert D. Inman
  2. Ankylosing Spondylitis – Sjef M. Van Der Linden, Dominique Baeten & Walter P. Maksymowych
  3. Reactive Arthritis and Undifferentiated Spondyloarthritis – J.S. Hill Gaston
  4. Psoriatic Arthritis – Oliver Fitzgerald
  5. Enteropathic Arthritis – Frank A. Wollheim & Monika Ronneberger


  1. Etiology and Pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus – Mary K. Crow
  2. Clinical Features of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus – Maria Dall'era & David Wofsy
  3. Treatment of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus – George Bertsias, Antonios Fanouriakis & Dimitrios T. Boumpas
  4. Antiphospholipid Syndrome – Doruk Erkan, Jane E. Salmon & Michael D. Lockshin


  1. Etiology and Pathogenesis of Scleroderma – John Varga
  2. Clinical Features and Treatment of Scleroderma – Francesco Boin & Fredrick M. Wigley
  3. Inflammatory Diseases of Muscle and Other Myopathies – Kanneboyina Nagaraju & Ingrid E. Lundberg
  4. Overlap Syndromes – Robert Bennett


  1. Classification and Epidemiology of Systemic Vasculitis – John H. Stone
  2. Giant Cell Arteritis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, and Takayasu's Arteritis – David B. Hellmann
  3. Antineutrophil Cytoplasm Antibody-Associate Vasculitis – Caroline O.S. Savage & Lorraine Harper
  4. Polyarteritis Nodosa and Related Disorders – Raashid Luqmani
  5. Immune Complex-Mediated Small Vessel Vasculitis – John H. Stone
  6. Primary Angiitis of the Central Nervous System – Rula A. Hajj-Ali & Carol A. Langford
  7. Behcet's Disease – William S. Kaufman, Elizabeth Kaufman Mcnamara & Joseph L. Jorizzo


  1. Etiology and Pathogenesis of Hyperuricemia and Gout – Robert T. Keenan, Johannes Nowatzky & Michael H. Pillinger
  2. Clinical Features and Treatment of Gout – Christopher M. Burns & Robert L. Wortmann
  3. Calcium Crystal Disease: Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate and Basic Calcium Phosphate – Robert Terkeltaub
  4. Familial Autoinflammatory Syndromes – Anna Simon, Jos W.M. Van Der Meer & Joost P.H. Drenth


  1. Pathogenesis of Osteoarthritis – Paul E. Di Cesare, Dominik R. Haudenschild, Jonathan Samuels & Steven B. Abramson
  2. Clinical Features of Osteoarthritis – Amanda E. Nelson & Joanne M. Jordan
  3. Treatment of Osteoarthritis – Carlos J. Lozada
  4. Metabolic Bone Disease – Nancy E. Lane
  5. Proliferative Bone Diseases – Reuven Mader
  6. Osteonecrosis – Christopher Chang, Adam Greenspan & M. Eric Gershwin
  7. Relapsing Polychondritis – Gaye Cunnane
  8. Heritable Diseases of Connective Tissue – Deborah Krakow


  1. Etiology and Pathogenesis of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis – Lucy R. Wedderburn & Kiran Nistala
  2. Treatment of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis – Joyce J. Hsu, Tzielan Chang Lee & Christy I. Sandborg
  3. Pediatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Dermatomyositis, Scleroderma, and Vasculitis – Ronald M. Laxer & Susanne M. Benseler


  1. Bacterial Arthritis – Paul P. Cook & Dawd S. Siraj
  2. Lyme Disease – Linda K. Bockenstedt
  3. Mycobacterial Infections of Bones and Joints – Eric M. Ruderman & John P. Flaherty
  4. Fungal Infections of Bones and Joints – Eric M. Ruderman & John P. Flaherty
  5. Rheumatic Manifestations of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection – John D. Reveille & Emily W. Hung
  6. Viral Arthritis – Stanley J. Naides
  7. Poststreptococcal Arthritis and Rheumatic Fever – Allan Gibofsky & John B. Zabriskie


  1. Amyloidosis – David C. Seldin & Martha Skinner
  2. Sarcoidosis – Nadera J. Sweiss & Robert P. Baughman
  3. Hemochromatosis – Gaye Cunnane
  4. Hemophilic Arthropathy – Katherine S. Upchurch & Doreen B. Brettler
  5. Rheumatologic Manifestations of Hemoglobinopathies – Brian Mandell
  6. Endocrine Diseases and the Musculoskeletal System – Maurizio Cutolo
  7. Musculoskeletal Syndromes In Malignancy – Eliza F. Chakravarty
  8. Tumors and Tumor-Like Lesions of Joints and Related Structures – Andrew E. Rosenberg

Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology provides the state-of-the-art scientific and clinical know-how clinicians need to offer their patients the most effective diagnosis and care. The updates highlight current advances and breakthroughs that impact their practice. The volume delivers in-depth understanding of today's scientific underpinnings of rheumatic diseases using latest advancements in bioengineering, epigenetics and disease-modifying drugs. The two added editors add new strength and expertise, especially in clinical medicine, clinical trials, outcomes research, and epidemiology.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Pediatrics / Perinatology & Neonatology / Reference

Klaus and Fanaroff's Care of the High-Risk Neonate: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 6th edition edited by Jonathan M. Fanaroff MD and Avroy A. Fanaroff MB FRCP(Edinburgh) FRCP CH (Elsevier Saunders)

Clinicians can stay up to date with recent advances in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with Klaus and Fanaroff's Care of the High-Risk Neonate, 6th Edition. This neonatology reference covers the new guidelines, equipment, drugs, and treatments that have greatly increased the chance of survival for high-risk infants.

With Klaus and Fanaroff's Care of the High-Risk Neonate, clinicians are able to:

  • Benefit from the expert advice offered in concise, easy-to-read editorial comments throughout the book.
  • Assess their knowledge with comprehensive question-and-answer sections at the end of each chapter.
  • Understand the clinical relevance of what they have learned with case studies that highlight real-world application.
  • Own the reference trusted for nearly 40 years by those who care for at-risk neonates.
  • Get access to need-to-know information on drugs used in the NICU and normal values in the updated appendices.
  • Keep their knowledge up to date with expanded coverage of evidence-based medicine and the role of networks in generating evidence.
  • Stay current with all aspects of neonatal care, including resuscitation, transport, nutrition, respiratory problems and assisted ventilation, and organ-specific care.
  • Access the searchable text online and download images.

Editors of Klaus and Fanaroff's Care of the High-Risk Neonate are a father and son team – Avroy A. Fanaroff, MD, FRCP, FRCPCH, Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology in Reproductive Biology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Eliza Henry Barnes Chair in Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland and Jonathan M. Fanaroff, MD, JD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Director, Rainbow Center for Pediatric Ethics, Co-Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital/University, Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland. The volume has 47 contributors. Marshall H. Klaus, MD, has become an emeritus author of the book.

Chapters of Klaus and Fanaroff's Care of the High-Risk Neonate and their authors include:

  1. Evidence-Based Medicine and the Role of Networks in Generating Evidence – Michele C. Walsh and Rosemary D. Higgins
  2. Antenatal and Intrapartum Care of the High-Risk Infant – Roya L. Rezaee, Justin R. Lappen, and Kimberly S. Gecsi
  3. Resuscitation at Birth – Tina A. Leone and Neil N. Finer
  4. Recognition, Stabilization, and Transport of the High-Risk Newborn –Jennifer Levy and Arthur E. D'Harlingue
  5. Size and Physical Examination of the Newborn Infant – Tom Lissauer and Phil Steer
  6. The Physical Environment – Avroy A. Fanaroff and Marshall H. Klaus
  7. Nutrition and Selected Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract

1.      Nutrition for the High-Risk Infant – David H. Adamkin, Paula G. Radmacher, and Salisa Lewis

2.      Selected Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract – Avroy A. Fanaroff

3.      Necrotizing Enterocolitis – Deanne Wilson-Costello, Robert M. Kliegman, and Avroy A. Fanaroff

  1. Care of the Parents – Marshall H. Klaus, John H. Kennell, and Jonathan M. Fanaroff
  2. Nursing Practice in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – Linda Lefrak and Carolyn Houska Lund
  3. Respiratory Problems – Richard J. Martin and Moira A. Crowley
  4. Assisted Ventilation – Waldemar A. Carlo and Namasivayam Ambalavanan
  5. Glucose, Calcium, and Magnesium – Michael R. Uhing and Robert M. Kliegman
  6. Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia – M. Jeffrey Maisels and Jon F. Watchko
  7. Infections in the Neonate – Jill E. Baley and Ethan G. Leonard
  8. The Heart – Christina M. Phelps, Philip T. Thrush, and Clifford L. Cua
  9. The Kidney – David N. Kenagy and Beth A. Vogt
  10. Hematologic Problems – John Letterio, Sanjay P. Ahuja, and Agne Petrosiute
  11. Brain Disorders of the Fetus and Neonate – Mark S. Scher
  12. The Outcome of Neonatal Intensive Care – Maureen Hack
  13. Ethical Issues in the Perinatal Period – Jonathan M. Fanaroff and Lawrence J. Nelson

According to the editors of Klaus and Fanaroff's Care of the High-Risk Neonate, some of the incredible advances in neonatal-perinatal medicine in the last 40 years include better understanding of the pathophysiology of neonatal disorders, as well as sophisticated technologic advances that permit monitoring, imaging, and support of even the tiniest, least mature infant. Over the same period, the editors have witnessed the development of therapeutic agents and strategies to enable maximal survival with the least morbidity for many complicated neonatal structural and metabolic disor­ders. Although these advances are gratifying, many challenges remain. Prematurity, birth defects, neonatal infections, birth asphyxia, and brain injury remain major causes of neonatal mortality and morbidity.

The 10-year interval between the fifth and sixth editions of Klaus and Fanaroff's Care of the High-Risk Neonate has been characterized by many changes in care practices and the accumulation of extensive data in randomized trials. To update this volume, each chapter has undergone comprehensive revision. To present fresh perspectives and ideas, once again one third of the chapters have been assigned to new authors. However, the editors have adhered to the basic format, utilizing text, case problems, and critical comments. To emphasize the importance of quality improvement and evidence-based medicine, they have inserted a new lead chapter on this topic, which includes the role and impact of the neonatal networks on modern neonatal intensive care.

Thorough and concise, Klaus and Fanaroff's Care of the High-Risk Neonate is tried and true in this 6th edition. Expert contributors deliver the information readers need to stay on top of the technological and medical advances in this challenging field.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Veterinary / Clinical / Reference

Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Birds and Exotic Pets, 1st edition edited by Jörg Mayer M.Sc. Dip. ABVP (exotic companion mammal) DECZM (small mammal) and Thomas M. Donnelly BVSc DACLAM (Elsevier Saunders)

Providing accurate, at-a-glance information on managing the diseases of birds and exotic pets, Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Birds and Exotic Pets is the only comprehensive resource on the market covering birds, reptiles, small mammals, and other non-traditional pets. Concise summaries of hundreds of common medical problems help veterinarians consider differential diagnoses, recommend diagnostic tests, interpret results mindful of unique species differences, utilize important concepts of species-specific husbandry and nutrition, prescribe treatments, and provide follow-up care. With contributions from recognized avian and exotics experts, this clinical reference provides the information clinicians need in one book.

With Clinical Veterinary Advisor vets get:

  • Six-books-in-one format including six separate sections: Diseases and Disorders, Procedures and Techniques, Differential Diagnosis, Laboratory Tests, Clinical Algorithms, and Zoonoses.
  • In-depth, cutting-edge coverage including all exotic species – birds, reptiles, pocket pets, amphibians, and fish – in one comprehensive resource.
  • Concise summaries featuring a definition of each problem, epidemiology, physical findings and clinical presentation, etiology, differential diagnosis, diagnostic workup (such as laboratory tests and imaging studies), treatment, prognosis and patient follow-up, zoonotic potential, and references.
  • Diagnostic and treatment algorithms providing easy-to-follow, step-by-step guidance to clinical assessment and treatment planning.
  • A companion website including the complete text from Clinical Veterinary Advisor, making the entire contents searchable, along with 250 full-color illustrations, client handouts, and the ability to print out any pages.

Editors are Jörg Mayer, DrMedVet, MSc, DABVP (Exotic Companion Mammal), DECZM (Small Mammal), Associate Professor of Zoological Medicine, Department of Small Animal Medicine & Surgery College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia, Athens and Thomas M. Donnelly, BVSc, DipVetPath, DACLAM, The Kenneth S. Warren Institute, Ossining, New York; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, Massachusetts. The volume has 12 editors and 94 contributors, experts in avian and exotic medicine.

The companion website, which includes the complete, fully searchable text from the book, allows quick identification of any topic and its related information in the six different sections. The online book also includes all of the book's images with many in full color. Ninety client education sheets are offered in both English and Spanish to give clients clear, useful information they can use at home.

According to Clinical Veterinary Advisor, compared with traditional specialties, exotic pet medicine is a vibrant and progressive branch of veterinary medicine that has few ties to a dogmatic past. Yet it has a long tradition based on cumulative knowledge from surprisingly different disciplines in veterinary medicine. The editors build on this rich tradition by providing a fresh approach to the management of diseases in the exotic pet. The emphasis in this book is on clinical decision making and treatment of individual animals using a template-based format with illustrations.

The first section is Diseases and Disorders. Clinical Veterinary Advisor presents what information is available as a set of central clinical issues that incorporate clinical findings, etiology, disease manifestations, differential diagnosis, diagnostic tests, prognosis, therapy, and prevention. Selected references allow practitioner self-improvement. Information follows the progression of a case: background information is given first, followed by the reason underlying the veterinary visit (chief complaint) and important or typical elements of the history as it relates to the disorder. After physical examination findings, diagnostic testing is organized into two parts. The initial database contains diagnostic tests that are routinely performed in most general practices. Then we list advanced or confirmatory tests. These cover more specific evaluations that can be done in some general practices or require referral to a university hospital or specialty center. Treatment is described likewise as initial, acute treatment, and then separately as chronic or long-term treatment for disorders requiring ongoing care. Drug dosages and routes of administration are included. The end of each topic in Diseases and Disorders includes a segment for clinical pearls – pieces of valuable information derived from the experience of the author and the editor.

Procedures and Techniques, the second section, illustrates more than 60 diagnostic and therapeutic procedures identifiable in exotic pet practice. Specialists who routinely perform these procedures describe the material in a simplified and structured way.

The third section, Differential Diagnosis, regroups tables that list the causes of more than 40 of the most common abnormalities encountered in exotic pet practice. This section is most useful for students and young veterinarians, or for any veterinarian who wishes to review the extent of potential etiologies for a particular disorder.

The fourth section, Laboratory Tests, combines the clinical pathologist's expertise with the needs of the general practitioner who sees exotic pets. This section summarizes approximately 40 commonly used laboratory tests. As in other parts of Clinical Veterinary Advisor, information for each topic is arranged in an intuitive and user-friendly manner. First, the book provides basic information (definition, normal range of results for different species of exotic pets). This is followed by causes of abnormal levels, the next test or diagnostic step to consider, and, finally, a listing of artifacts, specimen-handling instructions, and clinical pearls.

Section Five, Clinical Algorithms, approaches the manage­ment of some of the more common or challenging disorders in exotic pet practice using the ‘decision tree’ format. Younger veterinarians and those looking for information in an unfamiliar part of exotic pet practice may find this section most helpful because it represents a starting point for locating information that is devoid of nuances and caveats. This streamlined approach delivers an initial framework for addressing a particular disorder, from which individual variations can radiate.

Finally, the sixth section, Zoonoses, encompasses 16 of the most important zoonotic diseases seen in exotic pet practice. Veterinarians are often more aware than their medical colleagues of the likelihood of infectious disease transmission from a pet, and the goal is to encourage good liaison between the client's doctor and the exotic pet's doctor. Information is depicted to track the development of a zoonotic case: definition of the disease and infectious agent(s) is first, followed by epidemiology of the zoonosis, including host or carrier exotic pet species, modes of transmission, and clinical presentation of an exotic pet with a zoonotic disease. Often there is no apparent disease in the pet. The editors then provide a clinical picture of the zoonotic disease in humans. This includes incidence, disease forms, history and primary complaint, physical examination findings, and incubation period. Diagnosis comprises the often wide range of differential diagnoses, as well as diagnostic testing. The initial database includes diagnostic tests that are implemented first in most doctors' offices, followed by advanced or confirmatory tests that require referral to a hospital. Treatment focuses primarily on the affected or carrier pet, but also includes a brief description of medications and therapies used in humans. It includes prevention of zoonosis transmission. Moreover, this segment contains information on whether the disease is notifiable and requires reporting by veterinarians to local or federal official agencies. Next is a brief piece on controversy – for example, should immunosuppressed individuals keep certain exotic pets, or what pets should parents of small children allow to be in the home. The end of each topic in Zoonoses includes a section on client education that offers information for a veterinarian to use when instructing owners on the human health risks of keeping certain exotic pets.

One of the dominant features of Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Birds and Exotic Pets is the solid link between the print and electronic versions of the book. Since it is only possible to obtain both together (neither website access nor the print book is sold individually), the universal access of the web book and the hands-on gratification of opening the print book are literally bound together.

The companion website includes a digital version of the printed textbook. The online book is fully searchable, which allows quick identification of any topic and its related information in the six different sections. The online book also includes all of the book's images with many in full color. Nearly ninety client education sheets are offered in both English and Spanish to give clients clear, useful information they can use at home.

Clinical Veterinary Advisor is a six-in-one resource for quick access to essential information on birds and exotic pets. The book brings together an overview of conditions commonly seen in general practice and offers a standardized approach on how to evaluate and deal with each clinical scenario, making it possible for readers to stay on the cutting edge of veterinary care. In addition, readers will enjoy the added value of having the print book in the office or at home, while having the ability to access the book's contents on a PC, laptop, or mobile device.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Theology

Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel's King by Herbert W. Bateman IV, Darrell L. Bock, and Gordon H. Johnston (Kregel Academic)

Without question, Jesus is an unsurpassed, certainly an unequaled figure in human history. Belief in his life, death, and resurrection has transformed and even redirected world empires, cultures, and people. Jesus has been and continues to be a worthy person to ponder. Jesus the Messiah is yet another presentation about Jesus, more specifically a consideration about his messiahship. Who is Jesus, the Messiah?

Readers ponder this question. The scope of investigation in Jesus the Messiah is broad in that it traces God's promise of messiah as first presented in the Hebrew Scriptures, then reflected upon during the latter portion of the second temple period (often referred to as the ‘Intertestamental Period’), and finally fulfilled in the coming of Jesus.

Few books have sought to exhaustively trace the theme of Messiah through all of Scripture, but this book does so with the expert analysis of three leading evangelical scholars. For the Bible student and pastor, Jesus the Messiah presents a comprehensive picture of both scriptural and cultural expectations surrounding the Messiah, from an examination of the Old Testament promises to their unique and perfect fulfillment in Jesus life.

The authors are Herbert W. Bateman IV, teacher of beginning and intermediate Greek for more than twenty years; Darrell L. Bock, research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and former president of the Evangelical Theological Society; and Gordon H. Johnston, associate professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.

A canonical and progressive explanation of the concept of the Messiah in the Bible, Jesus the Messiah presents a comprehensive picture of both scriptural and cultural expectations concerning the Messiah. It includes indexes, numerous charts, and fifteen maps. The book offers contextual-canonical, messianic, and christological developments of God's promise of ‘messiah’ within the larger framework and unfolding of Jewish history in canonical and extra-biblical literature. Naturally, the foundation upon which the authors build is with what Christians today call ‘the Old Testament.’ The books of ‘the Old Testament’ were part of what was regarded by many Jews in Jesus' time as the sacred writings of their community. Their appeal to a canonical reading, however, is distinct from its usual meaning today, which assumes a reading with the New Testament present. Consequently, when the books of the New Testament were being written, a New Testament as a collection of writings did not yet exist.

Bateman, Bock and Johnston begin with an equal emphasis concerning the human author and the divine author. They focus on kingship because the anointed deliverer is tied to a kingdom and the rule of a king. To be sure, other topics, such as salvation and the eschaton also can and do have messianic meaning. However, the bulk of the key features about Messiah surface in claims tied to kingship and kingdom. They intentionally restrict themselves in this manner because to expand the consideration into additional areas risks making the study far too large. So, they purposely concentrate on kingship and covenant texts. In their approach, dual authorships and their respective perspectives are important. On the one hand, the human authors of Scripture record and disclose information about God within a context of human history. The human authors have limited understanding of how God's ultimate goal will be played out (1 Peter 1:10-12; cp. Eph. 3:5-7). Thus when they discuss the issue of ‘messiah,’ they are not privy to nor are they presented with God's complete picture but merely pieces of it.

On the other hand, the divine author knows the beginning and end of the story. But like any good author, God gradually reveals his messianic picture and builds upon it one piece at a time, until Jesus and the Holy Spirit comes and fits the puzzle pieces together. Thus God not only makes a promise, he progressively builds upon that promise, expanding and giving new information about it throughout the unfolding of Jewish history until it is eventually fulfilled through Jesus.

Therefore they trace God's progress of revelation through the writings of human authors, what God has told them, what they wrote, and what they understood. They do not collapse all of redemptive history into a single statement about Jesus the Messiah that does not appreciate the progressive nature of God's revelation. There is a relationship and connection to the concept of Messiah in sacred scriptures while there is also development as Jewish history unfolds and God provides more and more pieces of his messianic puzzle.

Part One: Promises of Israel's King. Johnston addresses the contextual and canonical introductory dimensions that are foundational for the Davidic dynasty of Israel. The contextual dimension focuses on the original historical exegetical meaning of key passages. The canonical dimensions identify trajectories that inner biblical development in later First Testament passages unpack. Contextual analysis indicates First Testament promises of royal dynasty and victory are clear – yet open enough to allow for later development of a diversity of eschatological messianic roles and expectations. Canonical analysis reveals how the ancient dynastic promises come to be interpreted. This canonical usage also provides the segue for the development of various forms of eschatological messianism evident in second temple literature and in the early church.

Part Two: Expectations of Israel's King. Bateman takes the second step in the authors’ threefold hermeneutic (contextual-canonical introductions, messianic reflections, and christological conclusions). The move is made from historical, royal, dynastic promises of the First Testament to various portraits of eschatological messianic expectations evident in second temple literature. The discussion in this section is twofold. First, it identifies obstacles that hinder readers’ ability to trace the history of ideas about eschatological messianism during this period: limited resources, blurred vision, and lack of second temple historical and social sensitivities (chapter 8). Second, it isolates and illustrates from second temple literature epithets typically employed for speaking of expected messianic figures: ‘Messiah’ (chapter 9), ‘Prince,’ ‘Branch’ (chapter 10), and ‘Son’ (chapter 11). Bateman identifies how a variety of messianic expectations arose from a combination of two factors: (1) the openness of First Testament promises and hopes concerning the restoration of David's dynasty as well as (2) the socio-historical dissatisfactions with current Judean leadership (e.g., Hasmonean dynasty).

Part Three: Coming of Israel's King. Bock explains how the Second Testament builds upon and unifies the First Testament promise of messiah, adopts First Testament concepts about the messiah, and presents the First Testament idea of messiah due in part to first century reflections of the messiah figure revealed in Jesus and God's authentication of him. In this section, Bock works backwards from the epistles toward the gospels. This route is taken because (1) most of the texts he chooses, especially the ones he works with first, are not debated as to their messianic affirmation, in contrast to the texts in the promise section covering the First Testament and some of the texts to be treated in the gospels; (2) the gospels are complicated, working with two time frames (that of the Jesus event and the time frame of the evangelist); and (3) by working backwards readers retrace the development of the argument starting from the least debated texts. In this way, they can work back to the origins of the messianic concept in the activity of Jesus, something debated among Second Testament scholars, but something that can be contended for in part as a result of carefully studying what emerged in the later confession of the church. Thus, Bock intentionally alters his approach and thereby does not take a chronological tact in treating this material.

He discusses the ‘already-not yet’ developments in the fulfillments of what Messiah Jesus does, as Jesus presents a Messiah in two comings (suffering and then glory). He also shows how this portrait is presented gradually in the Synoptic Gospels, emphasizing four mysteries that both make the presentation possible and unify the portrait. In two chapters, "Jesus the Messiah in the Gospels" and "Jesus the Messiah in Acts and the Early Church," Bock first identifies how the kingdom of Jesus the Messiah grows. It is not large all at once but grows from small to large. Second, he shows that the major opponent is Satan, not political structures as such. Third, Gentiles will be present in a way equal to Jews and yet in a way that connects the covenant promise.

Finally, and most crucially for Jesus' ultimate messianic identity, is how he ties together the kingdom, his role, and identity with the figure of the son of man. This results in a unique combination of divine-human authority for the delivering figure than had been seen previously in Judaism. So readers see how Jesus represented the concept of Messiah, or the core figure of the new era in ways that nuanced the older presentation by bringing certain distinct images more closely together.

Thus the Second Testament presents a coherent portrait of messiah, which addresses Jewish background and yet goes its own way due to the teachings of Jesus and the revelatory work of God and the Holy Spirit through Jesus. It is this combination of features that produces the authors’ hermeneutical proposal, which helps to draw on the key historical elements of Jewish background and the period of Jesus and the early church. The concluding chapter provides a synthesis of the study, revealing the coherence of the canonical portrait in its historical context as a hermeneutical way to understand how God authenticated Jesus.

Jesus the Messiah is not solely an historical sketching of facts; it is not solely a theological treatise; nor is it solely a literary appraisal of the Bible. It is, however, a work that wrestles with all three: history, theology, and literature. How has God revealed his kingdom program to humans in progressive stages? What exactly does God reveal and when does he reveal it over long periods of time via God's unfolding of world historical events that affect directly the Jewish people through whom God works out his kingdom program? How much of God's kingdom program do those inspired human authors know completely when they composed their unique contributions to Holy Scriptures? Ultimately, Jesus the Messiah asks how is the first-century Jew any different from readers today? Whereas they had one Testament to reflect upon, readers today have two. Twenty-first-century followers of Jesus, the one through whom God's kingdom program has been initiated, have far more revelation than people of the first century, but do people today have all the pieces of the messianic puzzle necessary to determine the consummation of God's kingdom program yet to come through the second coming of his anointed one, Jesus?

The authors provide a masterful synthesis of the teaching about the Messiah in the Old Testament, the context of Judaism, and in the New Testament.... This is the most useful work to date on the subject. – Richard S. Hess, Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Denver Seminary

I like the authors' distinction between a text's original, contextual meaning and the canonical significance ultimately given to it, and their progression from Old Testament to New via second temple Jewish literature. – Leslie C. Allen, Senior Professor of Old Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

Especially helpful is their progressive development in which they have highlighted crucial themes related to the Messiah throughout the biblical and non-canonical works. – Paul D. Wegner, Professor of Old Testament, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

Many scholars and lay readers of Scripture have been waiting for a book like this, which sets a new standard and establishes a new method for exploring themes in biblical theology... Thoroughly researched, logically organized, and lavishly illustrated, this volume represents the finest full-length treatment of the subject available. – Daniel Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

Jesus the Messiah is not an overly technical work. And though it addresses issues of interpretation, it is written for anyone seriously versed in Scripture. More specifically, it is written for all those who wrestle with how the messianic portrait and claims of Scripture for Jesus work within human history and divine revelation. It is intended to help those who fail to see any connection between promise in the First Testament and fulfillment in the Second Testament about messiah, as well as to nudge others to consider moving beyond the notion that all First Testament readings about ‘messiah’ were fixed and only spoke directly about Jesus. Readers will better comprehend and appreciate the dynamics of messianic prophecy and ful­fillment.

Religion & Spirituality / Comparative Religion

Introduction to the Study of Religion, 2nd edition by Nancy C. Ring, Kathleen S. Nash, Mary N. MacDonald and Fred Glennon (Orbis Books)

Used in classrooms as diverse as Florida A&M, the University of Dayton, Le Moyne College, and Gettysburg College, Introduction to the Study of Religion is an introductory text that helps students think through the basic questions that arise in the study of religion. What is the nature of religious experience? How does religion shape the actions of individuals and communities? How does religion promote or inhibit human development and well-being?
Based on classroom use, this second edition of Introduction to the Study of Religion has been updated throughout, including new examples and themes such as religious fundamentalism and violence. It consolidates some sections and puts more emphasis on environmental issues. All resources at the end of the chapters have been updated.
Developed and tested through team teaching and refined and revised through classroom use, Introduction to the Study of Religion brings together examples from a variety of world religions. Each chapter contains illustrations and sidebars that relate more abstract concepts to the student’s life experience as well as study/research activities, suggested readings, and audiovisual resources. The final chapter explores current issues such as patriarchy, alienating images of God, religion in the face of suffering, and cults. A glossary of terms used is included.
This is an introductory college textbook on the study of religion, and the authors are long-time colleagues in a department of religious studies. They are Nancy C. Ring (systematic theology), Mary N. MacDonald (world religions), Kathleen S. Nash (Bible), and Fred Glennon (social ethics), all members of the Department of Religious Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

Over the years the authors say they have held countless conversations about religion with their students and almost as many conversations with one another about teaching religion. Writing the book back in the late 1990s gave them the opportunity to continue their conversations and take them to a wider audience. Revising it in 2012 enables them to observe contemporary expressions of religion and to think about the role that religion is playing in the early twenty-first century. Follow­ing the events of September 11, 2001, they say they found themselves thinking about how religion is employed not only in constructive but also in destructive ways. At the same time they observed religious practitioners addressing issues of environmental sustainability and eco-justice and making common cause with those of other faiths and those of no faith at all. In an increasingly globalized and pluralistic world everyone needs to know about a variety of cultures and religions and to better understand the role of religion in global politics.

Because it is often easiest to begin with what is familiar, they draw most frequently on examples from Christian traditions.

At the end of each chapter suggestions for further reading, films, and Internet resources are listed. Professors who use Introduction to the Study of Religion can select supplementary readings for students from these lists or from other texts that they find helpful. In addition, each chapter includes suggested activities that students may pursue on their own or that professors may assign as class activities. Many of these activities are research based, and many of them culminate in a public presentation of some sort.

Each chapter in Introduction to the Study of Religion includes several activity text boxes, titled "Thinking about ... " or "Thinking with ... " The authors say they hope that as people read the book they will take some time to reflect on the questions they have posed in the sidebars; perhaps some professors will assign these sidebars as quick homework assignments or use them to stimulate class discussions to help students connect what are sometimes abstract concepts with their own life experience and ideas.

The authors not only update their valuable lists of resources (textual, audio-visual, and internet) and suggested activities, they also attend closely to our students' post 9/11 context where religion's alienating qualities are at least as visible as their healing ones. This text helps us meet students where they're at: in their questions, their skepticism, their attempts to be faithful, and their desire to understand more deeply this complex phenomenon called `religion.’ – Deanna A. Thompson, Hamline University

This book stands out among texts created for the introductory course. In this updated edition, the authors enhance the achievement of the first edition ... Using clear examples drawn from indigenous and world religions, the authors directly engage students while demonstrating how topics under discussion can prepare students for futures in which students will encounter religious diversity in their workplaces and communities. Offering a global perspective on themes such as ritual, religious language, and religious transformation, Introduction to the Study of Religion invites students to reflect on how religions contribute important insights to the defining issues of our time. – Martha Reineke, University of Northern Iowa

Introduction to the Study of Religion is a timely revision of a classic introductory text.

Classroom tested and user-friendly, the volume is an accessible and affordable choice for use in any introduction to religion course. The book helps students think through basic questions that arise in the study of religion and leads students to think about traditions other than their own. It is easy to read and accessible to students from a wide range of backgrounds and it will be useful to college students and to others who would like to think more systematically about religion, for example, parish groups that want to expand their understanding of the role that religion plays in people's lives. 



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Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Birds and Exotic Pets, 1st edition edited by Jörg Mayer M.Sc. Dip. ABVP (exotic companion mammal) DECZM (small mammal) and Thomas M. Donnelly BVSc DACLAM (Elsevier Saunders)

Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel's King by Herbert W. Bateman IV, Darrell L. Bock, and Gordon H. Johnston (Kregel Academic)

Introduction to the Study of Religion, 2nd edition by Nancy C. Ring, Kathleen S. Nash, Mary N. MacDonald and Fred Glennon (Orbis Books)