We Review the Best of the Latest Books

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July 2014, Issue #183

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Current Therapy in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 5th edition by James C. Stanley MD, Frank Veith MD and Thomas W Wakefield MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Chestnut's Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practice: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 5th edition by David H. Chestnut MD, Cynthia A. Wong MD, Lawrence C. Tsen MD and Warwick D. Ngan Kee BHB, MBChB, MD, FANZCA, FHKCA, FHKAM, Yaakov Beilin MD, and Jill M. Mhyre MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Rutherford's Vascular Surgery, 2-Volume Set: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 8th edition by Jack L. Cronenwett MD and K. Wayne Johnston MD FRCSC (Elsevier Saunders)

The Curse of Lono by Hunter S. Thompson, with illustrator Ralph Steadman (Taschen)

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers: A Novel, unabridged, 12 CDs, 15 hours by Tom Rachman, read by Penelope Rawlins (Random House Audio)

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers: A Novel (Hardcover) by Tom Rachman (The Dial Press)

Stop Bullying with Mike Hall by Paraclete Press, DVD, running time 22 min. (Paraclete Press)

The Third Horseman: Climate Change and the Great Famine of the 14th Century by William Rosen (Viking)

The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero by James S. Robbins (Regnery History)

Soldering Beyond the Basics: Techniques to Build Confidence and Control by Joe Silvera (Kalmbach Books)

Strange Country by Deborah Coates (Tor Books)

Will not forget both laughter and tears by Tomoko Mitani, translated by Yukari F. Meldrum (The University of Alberta Press)

Hell with the Lid Blown Off: An Alafair Tucker Mystery by Donis Casey (Poisoned Pen Press)

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth by Stephen Harrod Buhner (Bear & Company)

Idiot's Guides: The Tarot by Avia Venefica (Alpha Books)

Organizational Leadership: Foundations and Practices for Christians edited by Jack Burns, John R. Shoup and Donald C. Simmons Jr. (IVP Academic)

Handbook of Obesity: Volume 1: Epidemiology, Etiology, and Physiopathology, 3rd edition edited by George A. Bray and Claude Bouchard (Handbook of Obesity – 2 Volume Set: CRC Press)

Ferri's Best Test: A Practical Guide to Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging, 3rd edition by Fred F. Ferri MD FACP (Elsevier Saunders)

Dermatology Essentials: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Jean L. Bolognia MD, Julie V. Schaffer MD, Karynne O. Duncan MD and Christine Ko MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Curbside Consultation in Endoscopy: 49 Clinical Questions, 2nd edition edited by Joseph Leung MD and Simon Lo MD, with series editor Francis A. Farraye (Curbside Consultation in Gastroenterology Series: Slack Incorporated)

Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Shan R. Baker MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Job: The Wisdom of the Cross by Christopher Ash, with series editor R. Kent Hughes (Preaching the Word Series: Crossway)

A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision: Christian Spirituality in a Suffering World by Matthew T. Eggemeier (Michael Glazer, Liturgical Press)

The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health: Workshop Summary by Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine and Robert Pool (The National Academies Press)

The Inner Life of the Dying Person by Allan Kellehear (End-of-Life Care Series: Columbia University Press)

Recognizing Race and Ethnicity: Power, Privilege, and Inequality by Kathleen Fitzgerald (Westview Press)

Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism by Shannon Sullivan, with series editors Robert Brenasconi and T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting (Philosophy and Race Series: SUNY Press)

Civil Society, 3rd edition by Michael Edwards (Polity)


Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Vascular Surgery / Reference

Current Therapy in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 5th edition by James C. Stanley MD, Frank Veith MD and Thomas W Wakefield MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Revised to reflect the most recent innovations in vascular and endovascular surgery, Current Therapy in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery features more than 150 chapters on topics new to this 5th edition, and equips residents and practitioners with the latest procedures and techniques in this rapidly growing area. Internationally recognized experts present expanded coverage of a wide array of topics, keeping clinicians abreast today's developments.

With Current Therapy in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, clinicians are able to:

  • Locate key information with concise, to-the-point chapters.
  • Prepare for boards or certification exams through coverage that spans the spectrum of vascular surgery.
  • Explore new coverage of endovascular procedures and techniques.
  • Learn from leaders in the field, including internationally recognized editors and global experts in specialized disciplines.
  • Access in-depth, detailed coverage of various vascular diseases, each subdivided into discrete topics for a more focused approach.
  • View procedures clearly with the help of more than 800 full-color illustrations throughout.
  • Access the full text and videos online at Expert Consult.

Current Therapy in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 5th edition, extensively revised and expanded, is an ideal medical reference book to consult for information in the ever-changing field of vascular and endovascular surgery.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Obstetrics / Anesthesiology / Reference

Chestnut's Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practice: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 5th edition by David H. Chestnut MD, Cynthia A. Wong MD, Lawrence C. Tsen MD and Warwick D. Ngan Kee BHB, MBChB, MD, FANZCA, FHKCA, FHKAM, Yaakov Beilin MD, and Jill M. Mhyre MD (Elsevier Saunders)

From basic science to various anesthesia techniques to complications, the meticulously updated, fifth edition of Chestnut's Obstetric Anesthesia, covers the information clinicians need to know about obstetric anesthesia. Leading authorities presents the latest on anesthesia techniques for labor and delivery and medical disorders that occur during pregnancy. New chapters and rewritten versions of key chapters cover topics such as patient safety and team approach, transthoracic echocardiography and noninvasive measurement of cardiac output in obstetric patients, psychiatric disorders during pregnancy, neurologic injuries and critical care of obstetric patients. With Chestnut's Obstetric Anesthesia clinicians are able to:

  • Stay current on the latest advancements and developments with sweeping updates and new chapters.
  • Prevent and plan for potential complications associated with the advancing age of pregnant women.
  • Know exactly how to proceed with an abundance of tables and boxes illustrating the step-by-step management of a full range of clinical scenarios.
  • Choose the best drugs available while adhering to the most recent guidelines for obstetric anesthesia.
  • Master the current best practices for treating the fetus and the mother as separate patients – each with distinct needs.
  • Get the accuracy, expertise, and dependability they need from the most important names in the fields of obstetric anesthesia and maternal-fetal medicine.
  • Search and retain difficult concepts with key point summaries in each chapter.
  • Access the complete contents online, fully searchable, at Expert Consult.

Chestnut's Obstetric Anesthesia remains loyal to its original objectives, presenting a detailed and pertinent examination of the obstetric patient for the student of anesthesia. Chestnut and his contributors transform ambiguous and occasionally contradictory conclusions found in scholarly papers into timely, readable discussions. An undeniable resource for the student of anesthesia, Chestnut's Obstetric Anesthesia warrants consideration from both specialties. – Anesth. Analg., review of the previous edition

With online access to the full text, Chestnut's Obstetric Anesthesia, 5th edition, is an invaluable, comprehensive reference for specialists in obstetric anesthesiology and obstetricians, as well as anesthesiology and obstetric residents. This book also serves as a user-friendly guide for both anesthesiologists and obstetricians who are in clinical practice. The volume delivers contributions from many leaders in the fields of obstetric anesthesia and maternal-fetal medicine from all over the world.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Vascular Surgery / Reference

Rutherford's Vascular Surgery, 2-Volume Set: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 8th edition by Jack L. Cronenwett MD and K. Wayne Johnston MD FRCSC (Elsevier Saunders)

Published in association with the Society for Vascular Surgery, Rutherford's Vascular Surgery, 8th edition, a 2 volume set, presents state-of-the-art updates on all aspects of vascular health care. Extensively revised by many new authors, this medical reference book incorporates medical, endovascular and surgical treatment, as well as diagnostic techniques, decision making and fundamental vascular biology.

With Rutherford's Vascular Surgery, clinicians are able to:

  • Master the latest developments, techniques, and approaches with updates on endovascular applications, vascular access, imaging, and non-operative management.
  • View clinical and physical findings and operative techniques vividly with a full-color layout and images.
  • Get answers they can depend on, written by international experts, including up-to-date bibliographies and annotated recommended references.
  • Discover emerging techniques in rapidly advancing topics, with special emphasis on endovascular coverage, vascular imaging, angiography, CT and MRI.
  • Explore new chapters on dialysis catheters, renovascular disease, and management of branches during endovascular aneurysm.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest coverage of endovascular procedures that reflects the changing practices and techniques in vascular surgery.
  • Access the entire text, videos, regular online updates, self-assessment questions, links to Pub Med abstracts, and more online at Expert Consult.

Should be immediately available to anyone with an interest in vascular surgery since it provides a major source of information relevant to all vascular surgeons whether they are in training or have an established vascular practice. – Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons, June 2011; Review of the previous edition

Rutherford's may be commended to vascular surgeons (trained and training), interventionalists and all clinicians participating in cardiovascular research. – British Journal of Surgery, Dec 31, 2011; Review of the previous edition

Rutherford's Vascular Surgery, 8th edition, with thorough, state-of-the-art updates, delivers the world's most trusted information on all major areas of vascular health care to meet the needs of surgeons, interventionalists, and vascular medicine specialists.



Arts & Photography / Graphic Design / Fiction / Surrealism

The Curse of Lono by Hunter S. Thompson, with illustrator Ralph Steadman (Taschen)

The Romantic God Lono

I have been writing a good deal, of late, about the great god Lono and Captain Cook's personation of him. Now, while I am here in Lono's home, upon ground which his terrible feet have trodden in remote ages – unless these natives lie, and they would hardly do that I suppose – I might as well tell who he was.

The idol the natives worshipped for him was a slender unornamented staff twelve feet long. Unpoetical history says he was a favorite god on the island of Hawaii – a great king who had been deified for meritorious services – just our fashion of rewarding heroes, with the difference that we would have made him a postmaster instead of a god, no doubt. In an angry moment he slew his wife, a goddess named Kaikilani Alii. Remorse of conscience drove him mad, and tradition presents us the singular spectacle of a god traveling ‘on the shoulder’; for in his gnawing grief he wandered about from place to place, boxing and wrestling with all whom he met. Of course this pastime soon lost its novelty, inasmuch as it must necessarily have been the case that when so powerful a deity sent a frail human opponent ‘to grass,’ he never came back anymore. Therefore he instituted games called makahiki, and ordered that they should be held in his honor, and then sailed for foreign lands on a three-cornered raft, stating that he would return some day, and that was the last of Lono. He was never seen anymore; his raft got swamped perhaps. But the people always expected his return, and they were easily led to accept Captain Cook as the restored god. – Mark Twain, Letters from Hawaii

The Curse of Lono is Hawaii what Fear and Loathing was to Las Vegas: the crazy tales of a journalist’s ‘coverage’ of a news event that ends up being a wild ride to the dark side of Americana. Originally published in 1983, The Curse of Lono features all of the zany, hallucinogenic wordplay and feral artwork for which the Hunter S. Thompson/Ralph Steadman duo became known and loved.
This curious book, considered an oddity among Thompson’s oeuvre, was long out of print, prompting collectors to search high and low for an original copy. Taschen’s signed, limited edition sold out before the book even hit the stores – this unlimited version, in a different, smaller format, makes The Curse of Lono accessible to everyone.

Illustrator Steadman is best known for his collaborations with Thompson. He is also a printmaker. His own books include the lives of Sigmund Freud and Leonardo da Vinci and The Big I Am, the story of God.
Legendary author Thompson (1937-2005) developed a style of writing about American life and politics that was so acerbic and over-the-top, it earned its own nickname: ‘gonzo journalism.’ His magazine articles and books – of which he penned nearly a dozen, including Hell's Angels, The Rum Diary, Songs for the Doomed, The Great Shark Hunt, and the monumental Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – influenced a generation of writers and established his voice as an essential part of America’s socio-political fabric. Portrayed on the silver screen by Bill Murray (Where the Buffalo Roam, 1980) and Johnny Depp (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 1998), Thompson was a wild character whose persona was inseparable from his often semi-autobiographical writing. True to his image, he once said, "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."

The Curse of Lono is the oddball, an unclassifiable mix of fiction, reportage, mythologies and manic surrealism. – The Independent, London

In 1779, Capt. James Cook, a British Explorer, stopped by the Hawaiian Islands to repair his ship and gather a few supplies. He was promptly clubbed, slaughtered, and as legend has it, eaten by a vicious tribe of islanders. Nearly two hundred years later, a world famous drug crazed journalist attempts to make the same journey in between battling the forces of nature, blowing things up, and covering a running marathon. And then later things get ugly. Now consider that this story (shaggy dog though it may be) is mostly nonfiction, and the incentive for running your greasy mitts through its pages becomes clear, though be warned that it may fade as you dive deeper into this newly reprinted, strange and terrible adventure…. – Joseph Sweredoski

This particular piece by Hunter S. Thompson is less appreciated or even overlooked in favor of his more popular works, particularly his adventure in Las Vegas. Lono is the perfect follow-up to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, as it reflects the recipe which catapulted Thompson's method of gonzo: travel to some exotic locale, cover some seemingly trivial yet ultimately bizarre sporting event, overstay your time exploring the local culture which will ultimately prove equally or even more entertaining than said sporting event, and finally hide in retreat after the blur of intoxication and savage alienation have been extolled upon friends, family, and locals. Not a bad formula, and not a bad writer.
I doubt that the similarity was deliberate to
Fear and Loathing, but who really knows? Where Lono is unique is through the division of labor. Thompson's presence is requested in Hawai'i to cover both the brutal exertion and mindset associated with the Honolulu Marathon; he covers it well, but predictably, the real action begins afterward. Unpredictably, accompanying Thompson during his exploits is the illustrator Ralph Steadman, along with each of their families. Without going into too much detail, his companions slowly dwindle due to the harsh conditions on the Kona coast in winter as well as the mental fatigue precipitating it, thereby leaving Thompson to associate with the more seedy element of Hawai'i (within which he fits nicely). Needless to say, chaos ensues, and the reader is exposed to a Hawai'i not normally described in tourist books. Marathons, deathly pounding surf, flooded cottages, elusive marlin hunting, Samoan war axes, dreaded red fleas, and mass quantities of alcohol make for a paradise reconsidered. – Gonzobrarian

This is a wild ride to the dark side of Americana, Thompson’s and Steadman’s most eccentric book, in a new edition. The Curse of Lono is classic Thompson – self-destructive, paranoid, and hilarious. Steadman's illustrations are hallucinogenic masterpieces that complement the fury of Thompson's writing.

Audio / Literature & Fiction

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers: A Novel, unabridged, 12 CDs, 15 hours by Tom Rachman, read by Penelope Rawlins (Random House Audio)

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers: A Novel (Hardcover) by Tom Rachman (The Dial Press)

Following one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years, New York Times bestselling author Tom Rachman returns with The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, a novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past. Rachman is a former journalist for the Associated Press in New York and Rome and for the International Herald Tribune in Paris. The unabridged audio version is read by Penelope Rawlins who has many theater credits as well as voice work for animation and computer games.

In The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still.
Taken from home as a girl, Tooly found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors? Why did they take her? What did they really want? There was Humphrey, the curmudgeonly Russian with a passion for reading; there was the charming but tempestuous Sarah, who sowed chaos in her wake; and there was Venn, the charismatic leader whose worldview transformed Tooly forever. Until, quite suddenly, he disappeared.
Years later, Tooly believes she will never understand the true story of her own life. Then startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend in New York, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search of answers.

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers reveals a tale not just of one woman but of the past quarter-century as well, from the end of the Cold War to the dominance of American empire to the digital revolution of today. Leaping between decades, and from Bangkok to Brooklyn, this is a novel about long-buried secrets and how we must choose to make our own place in the world.

A bookshop-lover’s book, and beautiful prose-lover’s book, and read-it-all-in-one-weekend book. – The New Republic
When a Tom Rachman novel lands in the bookstores, I stop living and breathing to devour it. It’s hard to think of anyone who has a better grasp on the world we live in (and I mean, like, the entire planet) and can write about it with such entertainment and panache. –
Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure
The haunting tale of a young woman reassessing her turbulent past ... brilliantly structured, beautifully written. – Kirkus Reviews,
starred review
A suspenseful novel that whisks readers around the world ...
[a journey] worth taking. – Publishers Weekly
A tale about the mystery of the self, the power of books, and how truth and fiction can inextricably intermingle ... captivating. – Library Journal

As a child, Tooly Zylberberg led a peripatetic existence. Paul, her less-than-attentive father, took her from her unfit mother, and he and Tooly traveled from Australia to Bangkok, thanks to his short-term, government-funded computer assignments. Left to her own devices much of the time, it seemed inevitable that Tooly would fall in with a ragtag group of ex-pats – mercurial Sarah, Russian literature lover Humphrey, and their Svengali-like leader, Venn – who took her under their collective wing. What is not predictable, however, is that Tooly will be abducted once again when Venn and company elevate her from mascot to compatriot. Rachman, celebrated for The Imperfectionists (2010), spans the last 30 years in this tale of a rocky road to adulthood. Over the course of flashbacks and fast-forward escapades, Tooly gradually pieces together the jigsaw of her unconventional life to confront a complete picture that isn’t always comforting. Rachman’s kaleidoscopic second novel demonstrates that one’s family is very often made up of the people you find and who find you along the way. – Carol Haggas, Booklist

A tale about the mystery of the self, the power of books, and how truth and fiction can inextricably intermingle ... captivating. – Library Journal

Following one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years, Rachman – an author celebrated for humanity, humor, and wonderful characters – has produced a stunning new novel in The Rise & Fall of Great Powers. For fans of Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, and Donna Tartt – this brilliant, intricately woven novel will confirm Rachman’s reputation as one of the most exciting young writers we have.
Education / Psychology / Self-Help / Video

Stop Bullying with Mike Hall by Paraclete Press, DVD, running time 22 min. (Paraclete Press)

Bullying sucks the life out of kids.

It is impossible for kids to perform well in school if they are being verbally or physically assaulted in the hallways, or attacked through social media. It's impossible to concentrate on schoolwork, friendships, activities, and family if one’s self-esteem is shot. And no one can grow while being hounded by fear.

Viewers of this 22 minute DVD video program Stop Bullying with Mike Hall join Mike Hall, a former victim of bullying himself and now a nationally sought-after expert in the field, as he explains The Bully, The Target, and How We React. Hall speaks to almost two hundred audiences of kids each year on the topic of bullies and bullying. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field with twenty years of experience as a mentor and coach.

Hall walks viewers through the ‘4 Cs of How to Handle a Bully’:

  • Remain Calm.
  • Get Connected (by Making Friends).
  • Be Confident.
  • Learn to Compliment the Bully.

Also included are brief interviews with dozens of kids of all backgrounds on the subject of bullies and bullying.

Stop Bullying with Mike Hall covers these key points:

Where does the desire to bully come from?

Why do people do it? Hall identifies two primary reasons:

  • They feel a lack of control, most often because of what is happening to them, or around them, at home, and so they take their frustration out on others. This is when bullying often gets physical.
  • They feel superior to others. These are the kids who use social media to bully. They may call it ‘making fun’ – but it isn't.

If viewers are the target of bullying, they can take some comfort in realizing that, when someone bullies, what they say and what they do says far more about the bully than it does about the target person.

Hall says there are two ways to respond that aren't good. The first is ... to retreat into oneself, to get lonely, to be depressed about it. How can they avoid getting depressed?

  • Don't keep it inside.
  • Don't believe what the bully says.
  • Find someone to talk to, a friend or a sibling.
  • Find an adult to trust, a counselor, a teacher, or a school principal.

The second not-good way to respond to a bully is ... to become angry, to get violent, to ‘give them what's coming,’ to make them feel bad too. Hall says, don't do that, either.

Parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, and most of all, kids, will learn valuable lessons – and new ways of survival – through the lively video presentation, Stop Bullying with Mike Hall.

For this DVD presentation, performance rights are granted to churches, libraries, hospitals and schools for educational purposes.

History / Europe / Middle Ages

The Third Horseman: Climate Change and the Great Famine of the 14th Century by William Rosen (Viking)

It is an era of accelerating climate change. Extreme and historically anomalous weather events appear with terrifying frequency. Nations invade their neighbors. Rebels attack civilians, and are called terrorists. Poorly armed insurgents humble the world's most powerful armies.

Welcome to the 14th century.

In The Third Horseman, the author of Justinian's Flea and The Most Powerful Idea in the World, William Rosen returns to the Middle Ages to tell the story of how a seven-year cycle of rain, cold, disease, and warfare created the worst famine in European history. More than six million Europeans lost their lives, and yet history has all but forgotten this epic tragedy. William Rosen is a former editor and publisher at Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and The Free Press.

In May 1315, it started to rain. It didn’t stop anywhere in north Europe until August. Next came the four coldest winters in a millennium. Two separate animal epidemics killed nearly 80 percent of northern Europe’s livestock. Wars between Scotland and England, France and Flanders, and two rival claimants to the Holy Roman Empire destroyed all remaining farmland. After seven years, the combination of lost harvests, warfare, and pestilence would claim six million lives – one eighth of Europe’s total population.

The Third Horseman tells the story of those seven years. It reveals the complex and interrelated forces, centuries gestating, that set the stage for the apocalyptic disaster that became known as the Great Famine. Rosen draws connections between feudalism and agricultural economics; climatology and Viking exploration; chivalric warfare and village life, showing how a succession of impersonal traumas conspired to turn hunger into starvation. By incorporating the most current scientific theories and economic models, Rosen demonstrates, too, the powerful implications for climate change today.

The Third Horseman draws on a wide array of disciplines, from military history to feudal law to agricultural economics and climatology, to trace the succession of traumas that caused the Great Famine. With dramatic appearances by Scotland’s William Wallace, and the luckless Edward II and his treacherous Queen Isabella, history’s best documented episode of catastrophic climate change comes alive, with powerful implications for future calamities.

The 'Winter is coming' refrain from HBO’s 'Game of Thrones' fits this story of medieval Europe’s great famine to a T. – New York Post
A kink in Europe’s climate during the fourteenth century indirectly triggered a seven-year cataclysm that left six million dead, William Rosen reveals in this rich interweaving of agronomy, meteorology, economics and history. The Great Famine ended the explosion in agricultural productivity of the 400-year Medieval Warm Period, which affected mainly North Atlantic civilizations. Rosen deftly delineates the backstory and the perfect storm of heavy rains, hard winters, livestock epidemics, and war leading to the catastrophe. – Nature
Rosen... delights in the minutiae of history, down to the most fascinating footnotes. Here, the author delivers engrossing disquisitions on climate patterns and dynastic entanglements between England and Scotland (among others), and he posits that the decisive advent of cooler, wetter weather in the early 14th century signaled the beginning of the end of the medieval good times... A work that glows from the author's relish for his subject. – Kirkus 

A stunning story told with exceptional wit and drama by a writer whose breadth of knowl­edge of history and science defies category, The Third Horseman is a reminder that history can be made by events that shift, ever so gradually, the delicate balance between life and death. The book paints rich portraits of the key actors of the period, characters such as Scotland's William Wallace and Robert Bruce, facing off against a feckless Edward II of England whose failures serve as a colorful backdrop to changing demographics across Europe.

History / US / Military / Civil War / Biographies & Memoirs

The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero by James S. Robbins (Regnery History)

The Real Custer takes a good hard look at the life and storied military career of George Armstrong Custer – from cutting his teeth at Bull Run in the Civil War, to his famous and untimely death at Little Bighorn.
Author James S. Robbins demonstrates that Custer, having graduated last in his class at West Point, went on to prove himself again and again as an extremely skilled cavalry leader. Robbins is a senior fellow for National Security Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council and a member of the advisory board to the National Civil War Museum.

Robbins argues that Custer's undoing was his bold and cocky attitude, which caused the Army's bloodiest defeat in the Indian Wars.

Custer was the ‘Boy General’ of the Civil War, a dashing and courageous cavalryman with famously golden locks and a frank, generous manner. After the war, he was a devoted husband and a frontier soldier who respected the Indians whether they were adversaries or allies.

Yet General Custer made a fatal miscalculation. His Last Stand at the Battle of the Little Bighorn is an iconic moment in American military history. For modern propagandists, Custer's death fighting the Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne was payment for American sins against the Indians. But was Custer really the bad man his modern enemies make him out to be; and how could this skilled cavalry leader suffer such a devastating defeat?

Robbins in The Real Custer draws on correspondence, histories, and other personal documents to reveal different facets of the real Custer: the son of a strict but loving father; the mischievous West Point cadet who preferred earning demerits to studying; the loyal friend who amiably crossed enemy lines to visit his Southern friends during the Civil War; the loving husband who took years to finally win the approval of his wife's stern father; and, of course, the famous ‘Boy General’ who led a military career full of glorious victories – until his final, fateful charge.

Robbins delivers a book about as free of cliché arguments as one can get. He avoids the cynicism and sneering that too often attend his subject to give a full, sympathetic, yet warts-and-all portrait of the man we've long known: last in his West Point class, impetuous, cocky, brave, foolish, insubordinate, violent, a born warrior who struggled to survive in peacetime, and, of course, the controversial chump of Little Big Horn. – Publisher's Weekly

James Robbins's The Real Custer is a well-written, four-hundred page epic adventure that details the highs and lows of one of America's most controversial figures. His treatment of Custer is fair and even handed. The most impressive aspect of the volume is the 'Boy General's' cadet years and his fearless exploits during the Civil War. For the casual reader who desires a truly dedicated exploration of Custer the man and soldier placed in the context of his time – this is the real thing. – Michael Donahue, author of Drawing Battle Lines: The Map Testimony of Custer's Last Fight and chairman of the Department of Visual Arts at Temple College

Robbins has succeeded brilliantly in presenting The Real Custer, making vivid his romantic flair, joie de vivre, and battlefield mastery without being blind to his flaws. – John Pafford, author of The Forgotten Conservative

Robbins has created a scintillating, exciting narrative about the unique exploits of America's Boy General. He weaves a plethora of original source materials into a compelling, flowing tale of derring-do. The fast pace of the book matches the fast pace of Custer's Civil War involvement at Bull Run, the Peninsula, Gettysburg, the Shenandoah Valley, Five Forks, and Appomattox. Custer was everywhere in the eastern theater, and Robbins captures the nature and spirit of his adventures there and in the Indian wars that followed. – Edward H. Bonekemper III, author of Grant and Lee: Victorious American and Vanquished Virginian

The Real Custer is an exciting and valuable contribution to the legend and history of Custer that will delight Custer fans as well as readers new to the legend.

Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies

Soldering Beyond the Basics: Techniques to Build Confidence and Control by Joe Silvera (Kalmbach Books)

Every project presents a new challenge, something different to tackle, so you really do get better with time and practice. – Joe Silvera

Soldering Beyond the Basics expands the skills introduced in Joe Silvera’s first book, Soldering Made Simple: Easy Techniques for Kitchen Table Jewelers, and offers more key techniques to help artists create 17 high-end jewelry designs. Silvera is a popular metals teacher in the San Francisco bay area, with more than 24 years of metalsmithing experience.

Featuring subjects that beginners need to know, the book focuses on topics such as the next step in torch setup, how to solder with various metals, keeping metal clean with less polishing work, setting stones and found objects, and fusing metal and use sterling silver scraps.

With Soldering Beyond the Basics readers:

  • Learn key techniques: stone setting, soldering near stones, and working with gold and mixed metals.
  • Practice their skills in 16 jewelry projects: earrings, bezeled pendants, and rings.
  • Go beyond the basics and learn how to use small mixed-gas torches, firescale-retardant fluxes, and anti-flux.
  • Review fundamental skills including sawing, filing, and other basic techniques.

Artists learn to work with mixed metals and materials and discover new ways to connect and finish jewelry pieces. Part 1 reviews materials, tools, setting up a studio, and soldering and stone-setting techniques used in the projects. Part 2 presents 16 projects to practice soldering bezels, prongs, and tube and flush settings; hollow forms and sculpted pendants; protecting stones with heat shields; precision-soldering a gold ring; and working with sensitive gold-filled metal. Part 3 offers a review of basic metalworking skills including sawing, filing, and polishing.

Silvera says his first book was written for his students and for anyone who wanted to learn how to solder, whether they had some background in jewelry or not. Soldering Beyond the Basics is for those who have reached a skill level plateau and want to move beyond the basics, to ascend to more interesting projects, including more stone setting, soldering near stones, and working with gold and mixed metals. Some explanations of basic techniques and tools overlap with Soldering Made Simple. And Silvera includes a few basic projects to help beginners with the courage to dive right in to more intermediate designs. He fills the pages with tips to help readers make more advanced jewelry, which involves beyond-the-basics soldering techniques, such as using two butane torches or small oxy/propane torches, firescale-retardant fluxes, and anti-flux.

With Silvera’s detailed instructions including helpful photographs, this indispensable guide makes soldering approachable for all jewelry makers. Soldering Beyond the Basics will jump-start readers’ creativity and take their craftsmanship to the next level.

Literature & Fiction / Mysteries & Thrillers / Fantasy

Strange Country by Deborah Coates (Tor Books)

Strange Country is the conclusion to the widely acclaimed rural fantasy trilogy that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

After facing Death himself and banishing a reaper bent on the destruction of Sheriff's deputy Boyd Davies, Hallie Michaels in Strange Country had hoped things would finally settle down; that she and Boyd would find more time to spend together, and that the ghosts she attracts would stay in the cemeteries where they belong.
Author Deborah Coates, who works for Iowa State University, is the author of this trilogy, which includes Wide Open, Deep Down, and Strange Country. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov's and Strange Horizons, as well as Year's Best Fantasy 6, Best Paranormal Romance, and Best American Fantasy.

But on a wintry night in mid-December, a woman is murdered with a high-powered rifle. Not long after, another of West Prairie City’s citizens is killed in exactly the same way, drawing the attention of state investigators. But the connection between the victims is not easily uncovered.
Meanwhile, Hallie finds a note tied to a post outside her home. "What do you fear most?" it asks, accompanied by a set of map coordinates. Over the next few days she receives an anonymous phone call and a letter left for Hallie at the local agriculture supply store. All pose the same question and offer the same set of coordinates. The mystery deepens, and Hallie must solve it before the body count rises again, in Strange Country.

Compelling – Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood, on the previous book in the series, Wide Open

Coates plots this novel as a conventional murder mystery, with the usual paranormal activity serving as colorful filigree to a well-wrought tale of Midwestern noir. – Publishers Weekly

Twin Peaks meets Dean Koontz in this tale of a windswept northern prairie town beset by eerie events. Deborah Coates offers a pitch-perfect sense of place, an uncanny knack for dialogue, and a complex heroine who's mad, sad, tenacious, and tough. – Sharon Shinn, national bestselling author of Troubled Waters

Strange Country is the stunning final book in a haunting supernatural murder mystery trilogy set in the vast rural back roads and byways of the American Midwest, a setting and way of life that is rarely explored in contemporary and urban fantasy. A good read with convincing characters, out of the mainstream, this is the best of fantasy.

Literature & Fiction / Japanese

Will not forget both laughter and tears by Tomoko Mitani, translated by Yukari F. Meldrum (The University of Alberta Press)

Geishas and samurai, manga and animé come to mind when Japan enters the conversation. While these traditional and modern images about the island nation have been widely disseminated in North America, most people cannot imagine what everyday life is like in Japan. Tomoko Mitani's work addresses this gap with honest responses to the male-dominated society of Japan in a down-to-earth style that looks inward, with stories that are both intriguing and amusing.

Mitani’s stories and sketches including those in Will not forget both laughter and tears reflect the everyday life of Japanese people from the point of view of a middle-class married woman. Mitani was born in 1945 and grew up in Hokkaido, Japan. Married with two daughters, she worked as an instructor for Kumon, and her translator Yukari F. Meldrum was one of her students. In mid-life, while involved in various business ventures, Mitani began writing these short stories. The stories were first released in her self-published collection: Wasurenai, warai mo namida mo (2002).

In North America, Japan is mostly known for either its traditional or pop culture. For example, we may think of Hollywood productions dealing with Japanese things of the past, such as Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and The Last Samurai (2003), both of which portray Japan pre-World War II, and one of which is actually set in the nineteenth century. Not very much of contemporary Japanese literature is known in English-speaking communities. J-pop, manga, and mime are some well-known examples of Japanese pop culture, but, although modern, they provide images of Japan that do not necessarily depict life in Japan accurately.

Mitani is a mother, wife, and private writer; in other words, an ordinary person. Some of her stories are from Mitani's childhood, but most focus on her life as a grown, married woman in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Mitani wrote most stories in the first person, but not all; collectively her stories explore women's experiences in Japan from a variety of perspectives. In Will not forget both laughter and tears, Mitani explores memory as a site of both laughter and tears, and her ability to weave the two emotions together is one of her strengths as a writer. Even if something serious or painful happens, she finds some fun in it. In this way, she is able to transform less-than-pleasant memories into stories in which she unobtrusively satirizes the notion that ‘proper’ adults are supposed to conform to certain unspoken rules for adult behavior. Mitani's characters do things that deviate from these rules, and her narrators openly admit to such acts in this book. ‘Sensible’ adults would probably not confess to doing such things. Mitani can also show that she still has a child within herself. She depicts a world in which it is not proper for an adult to show that she still has the playfulness of a child, while insisting that that playfulness can not only survive into Japanese adulthood but may even help a person to survive the difficulties that such an adulthood may involve. In Mitani's stories, sometimes her narrator's own children are shown embarrassed for their mother because their mother does things she should not be doing. However, Mitani gives readers a woman who, at least sometimes, and sometimes in surprising ways, does what her heart desires.

Will not forget both laughter and tears has three sections: the first is Dosanko Okusan's Silly Stories which contains eighteen stories, the second is Aching Memories with four stories, and the third is a novella called Yoko. Mitani wrote the entire book in a conversational style that invites readers to imagine them are listening to her telling these stories to a close friend or grandchild. In this way she shows readers the reality of Japanese people's lives where no geisha, no samurai, and no anime characters come into the picture.

With Will not forget both laughter and tears, a Japanese private writer bridges the gap between traditional and pop cultures with stories of the ordinary. Meldrum finds the fine balance in translation between maintaining the cadences of the original Japanese and providing English readers with more familiar phrases and cultural references, between domestication and foreignization, letting a new vantage point emerge. This collection of 23 short stories and a novella will interest scholars and students of Translation Studies, Japanese Studies, and Women's Studies, as well all of those who are interested in this genre. It will also appeal to readers of the short story and travelers of the mind.

Literature & Fiction / Mysteries & Thrillers / Historical

Hell with the Lid Blown Off: An Alafair Tucker Mystery by Donis Casey (Poisoned Pen Press)

In the summer of 1916, a big twister cuts a swath of destruction around Boynton, Oklahoma. Alafair Tucker’s family and neighbors are not spared the ruin and grief spread by the storm in Hell with the Lid Blown Off, the seventh novel in the Alafair Tucker Mystery series.

But no one is going to mourn for dead Jubal Beldon, who’d made it his business to know the ugly secrets of everyone in town. It never mattered if Jubal’s insinuations were true or not since in a small town like Boynton, rumor could be as ruinous as fact. Then Mr. Lee, the undertaker, does his grim duty for the storm victims and discovers that even in death, troublemaker Jubal isn’t going to leave his neighbors in peace. Jubal was already dead when the tornado carried his body to the middle of a fallow field. Had he died in an accident or had he been murdered by someone whose secret he had threatened to expose? Dozens of people in Hell with the Lid Blown Off would have been happy to do the deed, some of them members of Jubal’s own family like his angry, disinherited brothers. As Sheriff Scott Tucker and his deputy Trenton Calder look into Jubal’s demise, it begins to look like the prime suspect may be someone very dear to the widow Beckie MacKenzie, the beloved music teacher and mentor of Alafair’s daughter Ruth. Ruth fears that the secrets exposed by the investigation are going to cause more damage to Beckie’s life than the tornado. Alafair, coping with injuries to her own, still has time for suspicions about how Jubal Beldon came to die. What if the truth of it hits very close to home?

Award-winning Donis Casey is the author of the Alafair Tucker Mysteries including Hell with the Lid Blown Off. Casey has twice won the Arizona Book Award and has been a finalist for the Willa Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. Her first novel, The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, was named an Oklahoma Centennial Book.

A huge tornado brings unexpected trouble to the people of Boynton, Okla., in Casey’s excellent seventh Alafair Tucker mystery (after 2012’s The Wrong Hill to Die On).… As the action builds to a surprising denouement, Casey provides an engaging portrait of the close-knit society that was commonly found in the rural Midwest at the time. Alafair Tucker, her large family, and their friends are a pleasure to spend time with. – Publishers Weekly
Bullying, blackmail and natural disaster: just another 1916 summer day in Boynton, Okla. Boynton and the surrounding areas are typical rural communities with many hardworking people and a small group of troublemakers.… Alafair and her husband, Shaw, have 10 children, a farm and little time for much but work. But when their pretty 17-year-old daughter, Ruth, runs afoul of Jubal Beldon, the oldest of six lazy, crude local bullies, Alafair sets aside her chores and turns sleuth.… A good mystery with an odd final twist is eclipsed by frighteningly detailed descriptions of the terrors of tornadoes. – Kirkus Reviews

Hell with the Lid Blown Off engagingly involves readers in a close-knot community of the 1900s Midwest.

Nature / New Science / Religion & Spirituality / New Age

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth by Stephen Harrod Buhner (Bear & Company)

In Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Stephen Harrod Buhner maintains that all life forms on Earth possess intelligence, language, a sense of I and not I, and the capacity to dream. He shows that by consciously opening the doors of perception, readers can reconnect with the living intelligences in Nature as kindred beings, become again wild scientists, nondomesticated explorers of a Gaian world just as Goethe, Barbara McClintock, James Lovelock, and others have done. Buhner is the senior researcher for the Foundation for Gaian Studies and an award-winning author of 19 books.
Buhner explains how to use analogical thinking and imaginal perception to directly experience the inherent meanings that flow through the world, expressed from each living form, and to directly initiate communication in return. He delves into the ecological function of invasive plants, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, psychotropic plants and fungi, and, most importantly, the human species itself. He shows that human beings are not a plague on the planet, they have a specific ecological function as important to Gaia as that of plants and bacteria. Buhner shows that the capacity for depth connection and meaning-filled communication with the living world is inherent in every human being.

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm is a user's manual about the techniques and states of perception necessary for directly interacting with the Gaian system, perceiving the deeper patterns in Gaian movements, and understanding the meanings within those patterns. In many respects it is a manual for becoming a natural philosopher, what might now be called a wild scientist as opposed to a domesticated one.

Unlike the majority of books being written about the state of Earth/human relationship and the problems that face humans, Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm does not list all the troubles and then call for more regulation, urge readers to write their congressional representatives, insist they recycle or buy an (absurdly expensive) environmentally friendly car, or plead for them to give money to nonprofits. This book is about how to actually think differently, the processes involved, and how they will alter their perceptual frame if they use them.

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm is the fourth in a series of five (or more) books that began, long ago, with Sacred Plant Medicine, and which also includes The Lost Language of Plants and The Secret Teachings of Plants.

This is a rare and splendid book that takes you right into the heart and soul of the world. Read it and be transformed. – Stephan Harding, Ph.D., head of Holistic Science, Schumacher College, UK, and author of Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia
The twentieth century was the great age of physics, and the twenty-first is the age of biology. According to Stephen Harrod Buhner, we must interact empathically with the biosphere by opening our perceptual gates to perceive through all body sensations. He deliciously explores music, writing, art, and plants as tools for reclaiming our feeling sense of nature.
Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm is a work of heartfelt wisdom written so exquisitely that it took my breath away, a must read for anyone who wants to achieve keystone intelligence – empathic immersion within Earth’s dreaming. – Barbara Hand Clow, author of Awakening the Planetary Mind: Beyond the Trauma of the Past to a New Era
Stephen Harrod Buhner’s
The Lost Language of Plants and The Secret Teaching of Plants taught a generation of herbalists to trust our sense that the world was alive and speaking to us. Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm takes us further down that path of remembering and re-enchantment, awakening our capacity to tap directly in to the Gaian mind. Be warned: if you read this book, you will never be the same again. – Sean Donahue, traditional herbalist and instructor, School of Western Herbal Medicine at Pacific Rim

We can change how we think and in so doing begin to address the difficulties of our times. Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm is a manual for opening the doors of perception and directly engaging the intelligence of the Natural World. The book teaches readers that it is in their own individual genius that the answers lie, not in the pronouncements of experts who have no conception of the local environment in which they live every day of their lives.

New Age / Occult / Self-Help

Idiot's Guides: The Tarot by Avia Venefica (Alpha Books)

Tarot can be fascinating, but also intimidating if one doesn't know how to navigate the cards and decipher their meanings. Designed with those new to Tarot in mind, complete with full-color photography, Idiot's Guides: The Tarot is a book that uses clear, concise instructions to walk beginning readers through the meanings of each of the cards, and how they can be interpreted when they appear in a spread. Included with the book is a complete deck of full-size, original, Rider-Waite cards.

Accompanying the Tarot's core meanings and keywords for each card are ‘Quick Reads’ – a shortcut to a card's meaning for the subjects most people want to know: Love, Money, Family, and Career. Also included is detailed information on how to lay and interpret the five basic Tarot spreads, as well as spreads for specific questions.

Readers get:

  • A complete set of full-size original Rider-Waite tarot cards.
  • The core meanings and keywords for every card.
  • Advice on interpreting meanings for cards upright as well as in reverse.
  • Guidance on laying out the four basic spreads as well as spreads for specific questions.
  • Quick shortcuts to interpretations for love, money, family, and career.

The author, Avia Venefica, is a certified medium, Tarotist, dream interpreter, and creator of numerous tarot websites, which have gained the attention of more than 9 million worldwide visitors.

Venefica says she was called to the Tarot around the age of twelve. She had always been imaginative and the Tarot was a perfect addition to her dreamy world. She was enchanted by its odd imagery and secret meanings and became an avid student of the Tarot. She consumed loads of texts and resources on the Tarot to learn everything she could about it. More than 20 years later, she says she is still learning. She quickly learned there was infinitely more depth and purpose to the Tarot than just using it as a fortune-telling tool or a hokey Halloween parlor trick.

Venefica says writing The Tarot has been an opportunity to dispel some of the hype and nonsense the media spin about the cards. She presents the Tarot as a diverse system of knowledge that is as flexible as readers need it to be, a partner on the life-path, engaging them in a lifelong adventure of self-discovery.

The book encourages readers to keep learning about the Tarot, its many uses, and how it can enrich their lives. An insightful guide, The Tarot provides quick readings for love, money, career, and family, core meanings and key words for each card, and easy-to-follow advice on laying out and interpreting the spreads.

Management & Leadership / Religion & Spirituality / Christianity

Organizational Leadership: Foundations and Practices for Christians edited by Jack Burns, John R. Shoup and Donald C. Simmons Jr. (IVP Academic)

Kingdom leadership does not begin and end at the church door.

Organizational Leadership is a comprehensive text exploring key facets of leadership from a Christian worldview so as to equip people to conduct leadership more authentically than would be possible under alternative paradigms.

Organizational Leadership begins with the seldom considered theological foundations of leadership while also tracing the historic roots of management, organization and leadership theories. This leads to a discussion of five essential challenges and practices – communication, negotiation, decision-making, financial stewardship and personal development.

Editors of Organizational Leadership are John S. Burns, PhD, professor of leadership at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington; John R. Shoup, PhD, dean of the School of Education at California Baptist University in Riverside, California; and Donald C. Simmons Jr., PhD, founding director of the McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service at Dakota Wesleyan University and department chair and professor of public service and leadership at DWU. Contributors include the editors plus Timothy G. Dolan, Gayne J. Anacker, Rick Langer, Ronalk K. Pyle, Chris McHorney, and R. Scott Rodin.

It may be legitimate to wonder if a book on organizational leadership from a Christian perspective is even necessary given that Christians believe that the whole counsel of God, as revealed in the Bible, provides a complete guidebook to instruct them in all areas of their lives. In addition to the Bible, the Holy Spirit is a helper who engages with believers so that they can accomplish more than they could on their own.

Given all that is readily available to Christians, what can Organizational Leadership contribute to improve Christians' abilities to practice organizational leadership? The editors offer three justifications for why this book is a unique and critical asset for those wishing to improve their understanding of Christian leadership. The first justification is that there is a significant need in the leadership literature for a systematic theology of Christian leadership. The editors believe that the theology of Christian leadership is too complex to be understood by extrapolating universal principles of leadership from isolated examples from the personal life stories of Christian leaders or isolated teachings from the Bible.

The greatest social scientist of all provides a second justification for a book on Christian leadership. King Solomon, who studied life and reported his vast conclusions into over 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs, encouraged people to learn from general revelation to gain wisdom. While the Bible is all true, all of our understanding about truth is not restricted to the Bible. God has always made himself known through general revelation, the truth about creation that is accessible to all people regardless of worldview.

The third justification for a comprehensive model of Christian leadership is that while not all Christians are necessarily leaders, all Christians are called to serve in different leadership capacities at different times during their earthly tenure. The Christian cannot disengage from evangelism or exercising mercy because he or she claims to not have either of these specific gifts. Christians are called to be ‘salt and light’ in the world, which conveys taking a leadership role at strategic times.

Organizational Leadership calls for bold action on the part of Christians who conduct leadership from all kinds of formal and informal positions in organizations. People from all worldviews can (and perhaps should) learn leadership theories and skills. Christians have a high and unique calling when it comes to conducting leadership. Not only should they learn about leadership theories and skills, but they must also use their knowledge for kingdom work, no matter what kind of organizational context they find themselves in.

To meet the challenge of combining the Christian worldview with organizational leadership, Organizational Leadership is divided into three sections. Sections 1 and 2 provide the theological and theoretical foundations for constructing a model of Christian leadership. Section 3 outlines specific skills and practices for conducting Christian leadership.

Organizational Leadership is the outcome of godly writers whose commitment to biblical authority provides a refreshing, theologically sound perspective to the vast field of leadership literature. It is a brilliant confluence of practical advice, moral boundaries for decision makers and fascinating examples of good and bad practices of leadership. I heartily recommend Organizational Leadership to all those aspiring to be Christ-honoring leaders. – Paul A. Kienel, founder and president emeritus, Association of Christian Schools International
What I love most about this book is its weaving of Scripture, devotion to Jesus Christ, leadership history and theory, and grounded experience. Its authors provide a marvelous resource that can be read both as a primer and as an advanced study in leadership that is biblically responsible, developmentally accessible, academically engaging and practically valuable. – Mark Labberton, president, Fuller Theological Seminary
Does Christian faith have anything to contribute to understanding the theory and practice of leadership? Most assuredly, yes! This book offers a much-needed practical theology on organizational leadership, providing perspectives and principles for readers to be 'salt and light' and 'as shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves' in their formal and informal leadership roles. – J. Stanley Mattson, founder and president of the C. S. Lewis Foundation and director of the C. S. Lewis Study Centre at the Kilns, Oxford, England

Here is the foundation needed for those who want to conduct leadership in a manner consistent with their faith in both religious and nonreligious organizational contexts.

Organizational Leadership is ideal for those who study leadership, organizations, theology and/or Christianity. The contributors provide a practical theology of leadership from a Christian worldview for emerging and established Christian leaders who want to conduct leadership in a manner consistent with their faith in both religious and nonreligious organizational contexts. The book demonstrates that the word Christian in front of the word leadership proposes something substantively different than when other adjectives are used or implied. The book is also for non-Christians who are eager to see how the Christian worldview manifests itself in leadership perspectives and practices.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Epidemiology / Obesity

Handbook of Obesity: Volume 1: Epidemiology, Etiology, and Physiopathology, 3rd edition edited by George A. Bray and Claude Bouchard (Handbook of Obesity – 2 Volume Set: CRC Press)

In recent years, we’ve developed a much better grasp of the factors associated with the development of obesity. Reflecting our evolving understanding of causes and consequences, Handbook of Obesity: Volume 1: Epidemiology, Etiology, and Physiopathology, 3rd edition, provides comprehensive coverage of the biological, behavioral, and environmental determinants of this critical condition. This new edition is divided into five sections exploring essential factors involved in obesity research:

  • History, Definitions, and Prevalence
  • Biological Determinants of Obesity
  • Behavioral Determinants of Obesity
  • Environmental, Social, and Cultural Determinants of Obesity
  • Consequences of Obesity

The editors of Handbook of Obesity: Volume 1 are George A. Bray, MD, MACP, MACE, and Claude Bouchard, PhD. Bray, former executive director and current Boyd Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center of the Louisiana State University System in Baton Rouge, is also a professor of medicine at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, an adjunct professor of physiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, and an adjunct professor of food science in the College of Agriculture at Louisiana State University. Bouchard is a former executive director and current John W. Barton, Sr. Endowed Chair in Genetics and Nutrition at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of the Louisiana State University System in Baton Rouge. The book has 138 contributors.

It has been 15 years since the first edition of the Handbook of Obesity was published, and these years have seen enormous progress in our understanding of the etiology and the causes of obesity as well as innovative approaches to its treatment. Bray and Bouchard present this update of the Handbook of Obesity in the form of two coordinated and comprehensive volumes. Shortly after the first edition, translational research took hold and it became evident that the ‘therapeutic’ strategies for treatment of obesity would need more space, and this was accomplished by splitting the second edition into two volumes; subsequently, the therapeutic volume was updated and published separately without the basic science volume. By 2012, the growth of the science underlying the increase in the prevalence of obesity and the emphasis on translation research led to the need for a new edition of each volume with many new authors and entirely new content. In brief, Volume 1 covers the epidemiology, etiology, and physiopathology of obesity and Volume 2 covers the clinical applications associated with translation of basic science into treatment strategies for obesity.

This new 3rd edition, Handbook of Obesity: Volume 1 covers all the basic science aspects under the broad topic areas of epidemiology, etiology, and pathophysiology of obesity. Important advances have occurred over the past decade, and readers will notice that some of the early topics have been merged and are now addressed together in a single chapter. Some areas have enjoyed significant growth and are now dealt with in multiple chapters; one example is the genetic basis of obesity. Readers will also appreciate that there are many chapters devoted to basic science topics that were not even considered for the 2004 edition. For instance, the current version of Volume 1 Handbook of Obesity: Volume 1 includes chapters on epigenetics, the gut microbiome, ectopic fat deposition, viral infection, sleeping habits, transportation policies, environmental pollutants, and inflammation and immune function.

The chapters of Handbook of Obesity: Volume 1 are organized as follows.

PART I: History, Definitions, and Prevalence: Changes over time surrounding our notion of obesity, adiposity traits, and the epidemiology of obesity in various populations.

Part I is organized around seven chapters. Chapter 1 by George A. Bray identifies the historical references to excess weight or corpulence and the changes surrounding the notion of obesity that have taken place from the early days of Homo sapiens to our current era. Chapters 2 and 3 deal with direct and surrogate measurements of traits for adiposity. Chapters 4 through 6 focus on the epidemiology of obesity around the world, in children, and in the elderly. Chapter 7 on gender, ethnic, and geographical variation completes this part of the volume.

PART II: Biological Determinants of Obesity: Genetic and epigenetic evidence, fetal life and postnatal influences, the use of animal models in research, endocrine issues, molecular aspects, and issues related to viral infection and adiposity.

There are 20 chapters in this part of the volume. Chapters 8 through 10 are devoted to genetic and epigenetic evidence, and they are followed by Chapter 11 on fetal life and early postnatal influences on obesity. Chapters 12 and 13 provide information on nonhuman primates and rodents as models for obesity research, along with discussion on how to address mechanistic questions using these resources. They are followed by Chapters 14 through 16 on the regulation of energy balance at multiple levels. The relationships between the sympathetic nervous system, insulin resistance, and other endocrine determinants are addressed in Chapters 17 and 18. Chapters 19 through 21 examine various aspects of adipogenesis and adipose tissue metabolism. The topics of skeletal muscle biology and molecular aspects of bioenergetics are subsequently addressed in Chapters 22 and 23. In addition, Chapters 24 through 26 cover metabolic rates, energy expenditure, and energy partitioning, respectively. Finally, Chapter 27 reviews the evidence on viral infection and adiposity.

PART III: Behavioral Determinants of Obesity: The effects of food and ingestive behavior, smoking, breastfeeding, sleep duration, work/leisure time activity, and sedentary behavior.

Nine chapters in this part are devoted to the behavioral determinants of obesity. Among them, Chapters 28, 29, and 32 relate to food and ingestive behavior. Chapters 30, 31, and 36 deal with smoking and smoking cessation, breastfeeding, and sleep duration and pattern, respectively. To complete this part of Handbook of Obesity: Volume 1, Chapter 33 focuses on sedentary behavior, Chapter 34 on occupational work, and Chapter 35 on leisure-time physical activity and obesity.

PART IV: Environmental, Social, and Cultural Determinants of Obesity: The role of agriculture and the food industry, the urban environment, social and economic aspects, cultural factors, environmental pollutants, and economic costs.

Part IV comprises eight chapters. Chapter 37 discusses the role of agriculture and the food industry in the current obesity epidemic in the United States. It is followed by Chapter 38 on transportation policies, Chapter 39 on the urban environment, Chapter 40 on social and economic aspects of obesity, and Chapter 41 on ethnic and cultural differences. The issues of bias and discrimination are considered in Chapter 42. Chapter 43 is devoted to the complex question of environmental pollutants and how they can lead to enhanced fat deposition and obesity. Part IV concludes with Chapter 44 on the direct and indirect economic costs of obesity and associated morbidities.

PART V: Consequences of Obesity: How excess weight affects and exacerbates a range of comorbid conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disorders, arthritis, and cancer.

Part V concludes Handbook of Obesity: Volume 1 with 16 chapters dealing with the health consequences of obesity. Chapter 45 focuses on obesity and mortality rates. It is followed by Chapters 46 through 52 addressing the topics of obesity and heart disease, hypertension, lipoprotein metabolism, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cancer, and inflammation and immunity. The topics of obesity and gallbladder disease, hepatic biology, pulmonary functions, and arthritis and gout are covered in Chapters 53 through 56. Chapters 57 and 58 are focused on mental health and quality of life. Obesity and pregnancy outcomes are addressed in Chapter 59. Finally, the trilogy of obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and low fitness as an unhealthy combination, which dramatically increases the risk of morbidities and premature death, is examined in Chapter 60.

It is always a problem for a publication of the magnitude of the Handbook of Obesity to be as current as possible. Bray and Bouchard have met this challenge successfully in the 3rd edition. Handbook of Obesity: Volume 1 assembles the work of worldwide experts to deliver an up-to-date survey of the most essential information related to the causes of the obesity epidemic. With these two volumes, readers have access to the latest research and clinical practice in the field.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Laboratory Testing / Diagnostic Testing / Reference

Ferri's Best Test: A Practical Guide to Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging, 3rd edition by Fred F. Ferri MD FACP (Elsevier Saunders)

As technology evolves, physicians are faced with a constantly changing armamentarium of diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests to supplement their clinical skills in arriving at a correct diagnosis. In addition, with the advent of managed care it is increasingly important for physicians to practice cost-effective medicine.

For nearly 25 years, Fred F. Ferri's concise, pocket-sized resources have served as the go-to medical reference books among students, residents, and other medical professionals. Ferri's Best Test, 3rd edition continues that trend, providing effective, and efficient guidance and helping students and professionals review the most important laboratory and imaging testing information, with an added focus on cost-effective decision making. Ferri, MD, FACP, is Clinical Professor, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

With Ferri's Best Test readers are able to:

  • Access important information with concise, well-organized guidance to the most common lab tests and diagnostic imaging modalities.
  • Simplify their decision-making process through analysis that describes the most common imaging studies for each organ system, reviewing their indications, advantages, disadvantages, and approximate costs.
  • Address problematic situations with background data that examines over 384 laboratory tests, describing the normal range of results in adult patients, typical abnormalities (positive tests, increased or decreased values), and the likeliest causes.
  • Select the best test for diagnosing more than 200 common diseases and disorders.
  • Keep important information at their fingertips with this portable, pocket-sized format that allows for convenient consultation anytime, anywhere.
  • Apply the latest knowledge and techniques with thoroughly updated content.
  • Expand their understanding of the testing process with the help of new algorithms and additional images.
  • Take advantage of a practical, easily accessible format that is organized by clinical laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and diagnostic algorithms for expedited reference and test ordering.
  • Access over 300 laboratory tests and their approximate cost.

Ferri's Best Test is divided into three main sections: clinical laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging, and diagnostic algorithms.

Section I deals with common diagnostic imaging tests. Each test is approached with the following format: Indications, Strengths, Weaknesses, and Comments. The approximate cost of each test is also indicated. For the third edition of Ferri's Best Test, Ferri has added several new additional diagnostic modalities such as magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS).

Section II describes more than 300 laboratory tests. Each test is approached with the following format:

  • Laboratory test.
  • Normal range in adult patients.
  • Common abnormalities (e.g., positive test, increased or decreased value).
  • Causes of abnormal result.

Section III includes the diagnostic modalities (imaging and laboratory tests) and algorithms of common diseases and disorders.

The unique approach outlined in Ferri's Best Test simplifies the diagnostic testing labyrinth and leads readers to choose the best test to complement their clinical skills. Ferri explains that it is important to remember that laboratory tests and x-rays do not make diagnoses. Doctors do. That is to say, any laboratory and radiographic results should be integrated with the complete clinical picture to arrive at a diagnosis.

Ferri's Best Test is a practical reference for ordering tests, whether they are laboratory tests or diagnostic imaging studies, and as such it is unique in medical publishing. The book is a concise guide to clinical laboratory medicine and diagnostic imaging for use by medical students, interns, residents, practicing physicians, and other health care personnel who deal with laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging in their daily work.

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

Dermatology Essentials: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Jean L. Bolognia MD, Julie V. Schaffer MD, Karynne O. Duncan MD and Christine Ko MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Dermatology Essentials, edited by world authorities Drs. Jean L. Bolognia, Julie V. Schaffer, Karynne O. Duncan, and Christine J. Ko, provides the quick answers clinicians need on every important aspect of dermatology and guidance on their application in their day-to-day practice. Derived from the renowned authoritative reference work Dermatology, 3rd Edition, this reference distills the information needed to diagnose and manage a wide range of dermatologic disorders – without the need for any additional resources.

With Dermatology Essentials clinicians are able to:

  • Review or refresh their knowledge of the fundamentals and diagnostic approaches of skin disease with unique introductory chapters providing the basic principles of dermatology, bedside diagnostics, and clinical approach to a fever and rash – extremely helpful for beginners.
  • Visualize the conditions they see in practice with over 1,500 clinical images, illustrations, and schematics.
  • Avoid diagnostic pitfalls using practical tables, intuitive artworks, and logical algorithms.
  • Find answers fast with a user-friendly, ‘easy-in-easy-out’ format and a wealth of tables and schematics for instant visual comprehension.
  • Expedite decision making with easily recognizable DDx and Rx sections to provide rapid direct reference to the expert guidance and treatment recommendations.
  • Access the complete contents online and in various ebook formats – making it easy to teach impromptu on a tablet in the clinic, or conduct more formal lecturing.

Author/editors are Jean L. Bologna MD, Professor of Dermatology, Yale Medical School, New Haven, CT; Julie V. Schaffer MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York; Karynne O. Duncan MD, Clinical Instructor of Dermatology, Yale Medical School, New Haven, and Private Practice, St Helena, CA; and Christine J. Ko MD, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, Yale Medical School, New Haven.

Chapters in Dermatology Essentials include:


  1. Basic Principles of Dermatology
  2. Bedside Diagnostics
  3. Fever and Rash


  1. Pruritus and Dysesthesia
  2. Psychocutaneous Disorders


  1. Psoriasis
  2. Other Papulosquamous Disorders
  3. Erythroderma
  4. Lichen Planus and Lichenoid Dermatoses
  5. Atopic Dermatitis
  6. Other Eczematous Eruptions
  7. Irritant and Allergic Contact Dermatitis, Occupational Dermatoses, and Dermatoses Due to Plants
  8. Clinical Approach to Regional Dermatoses


  1. Urticaria and Angioedema
  2. Figurate Erythemas
  3. Erythema Multiforme, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
  4. Drug Reactions
  5. Purpura and Disorders of Microvascular Occlusion
  6. Vasculitis
  7. Eosinophilic Dermatoses
  8. Neutrophilic Dermatoses
  9. Pregnancy Dermatoses


  1. Pemphigus
  2. Bullous Pemphigoid, Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid, and Epidermolysis Bullosa Acquisita
  3. Dermatitis Herpetiformis and Linear IgA Bullous Dermatosis
  4. Epidermolysis Bullosa
  5. Other Vesiculobullous Diseases
  6. Vesiculopustular and Erosive Disorders in Newborns and Infants


  1. Acne Vulgaris
  2. Rosacea and Periorificial Dermatitis
  3. Folliculitis
  4. Disorders of Eccrine and Apocrine Glands


  1. Lupus Erythematosus
  2. Dermatomyositis
  3. Systemic Sclerosis and Sclerodermoid Disorders
  4. Morphea and Lichen Sclerosus
  5. Other Rheumatologic Diseases


  1. Mucinoses
  2. Amyloidosis
  3. Deposition Disorders
  4. Porphyrias
  5. Calcinosis Cutis and Osteoma Cutis
  6. Nutritional Disorders
  7. Graft-Versus-Host Disease
  8. Skin Signs of Systemic Disease


  1. Ichthyoses and Erythrokeratodermas
  2. Keratodermas
  3. Darier Disease and Hailey – Hailey Disease
  4. Primary Immunodeficiencies
  5. Neurofibromatosis and Tuberous Sclerosis
  6. Mosaic Skin Conditions
  7. Other Genodermatoses
  8. Developmental Anomalies


  1. Vitiligo and Other Disorders of Hypopigmentation
  2. Disorders of Hyperpigmentation


  1. Alopecias
  2. Hypertrichosis and Hirsutism
  3. Nail Disorders
  4. Oral Diseases
  5. Anogenital Diseases


  1. Bacterial Diseases
  2. Mycobacterial Diseases
  3. Rickettsial Diseases
  4. Fungal Diseases
  5. Cutaneous Manifestations of HIV Infection
  6. Human Papillomaviruses
  7. Human Herpesviruses
  8. Other Viral Diseases
  9. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  10. Protozoa and Worms
  11. Infestations
  12. Bites and Stings


  1. Photodermatoses
  2. Environmental and Sports‑Related Skin Diseases
  3. Cutaneous Signs of Drug, Child, and Elder Abuse


  1. Histiocytoses
  2. Xanthomas
  3. Non-infectious Granulomatous Disorders, Including Foreign Body Reactions


  1. Perforating Disorders
  2. Heritable Connective Tissue Disorders
  3. Dermal Hypertrophies
  4. Atrophies of Connective Tissue


  1. Panniculitis
  2. Lipodystrophies


  1. Infantile Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations
  2. Ulcers
  3. Other Vascular Disorders


  1. Actinic Keratosis, Basal Cell Carcinoma, and Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  2. Benign Epithelial Tumors and Proliferations
  3. Cysts
  4. Adnexal Neoplasms
  5. Benign Melanocytic Neoplasms
  6. Cutaneous Melanoma
  7. Vascular Neoplasms and Reactive Proliferations
  8. Common Soft Tissue Tumors/Proliferations
  9. Mastocytosis
  10. B-Cell Lymphomas of the Skin
  11. Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
  12. Other Lymphoproliferative and Myeloproliferative Diseases
  13. Cutaneous Metastases

Dermatology Essentials is an on-the-go reference distilling the essential information needed to quickly diagnose and manage a wide range of dermatologic disorders – without the need for additional resources. It presents the broad spectrum of cutaneous diseases in a manner that is straightforward and logical while at the same time maintaining a necessary level of sophistication. The handbook will improve the dermatologic care of patients and provide clinicians with greater confidence as they approach patients with cutaneous diseases.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Diagnosis / Surgery / Gastroenterology

Curbside Consultation in Endoscopy: 49 Clinical Questions, 2nd edition edited by Joseph Leung MD and Simon Lo MD, with series editor Francis A. Farraye (Curbside Consultation in Gastroenterology Series: Slack Incorporated)

Curbside Consultation in Endoscopy, Second Edition contains new questions and brief, practical, and evidence-based answers to the most frequently asked questions that are posed during a ‘curbside consultation’ between surgical colleagues.
Dr. Joseph Leung and Dr. Simon Lo designed this unique reference to offer expert advice, preferences, and opinions on tough clinical questions and situations commonly encountered in endoscopy. Leung, MD, FRCP, FACP, FASGE, MACG, is the Mr. & Mrs. C.W. Law Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Chief of Gastroenterology for the VA Northern California Health Care System; Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, Hong Kong College of Physicians and Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, American College of Physicians, American College of Gastroenterology, and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Lo, MD, is the Director of Endoscopy at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, director of the Pancreatic Diseases Program, head of the Interventional Endoscopy Training, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The book has 53 contributors.

The unique Q&A format in Curbside Consultation in Endoscopy provides quick access to current information related to therapeutic endoscopy with the simplicity of a conversation between colleagues. Illustrative images, diagrams, and references are included to enhance the understanding of endoscopy.
Some of the questions that are answered include:

  • What do people do for the treatment of achalasia these days? Does it matter if the symptoms are severe or if the patient is elderly?
  • I had a difficult colonoscopy and no matter what I tried, I just could not reach the cecum. I maxed out on IV sedations and have no anesthesiology support. Can you help me?
  • A 45-year-old patient with known hepatitis C was admitted because of massive upper GI bleeding. What should I do?
  • A 55-year-old veteran had a ruptured gallbladder and a difficult cholecystectomy. Postoperatively, the patient had persistent bile leakage despite months of multiple biliary stenting. What can I do?
  • How do we manage a patient with a 10-cm pseudocyst who is currently asymptomatic?
  • What is a reliable method to estimate the location of a lesion found on capsule endoscopy?

Leung and Lo recognize that clinicians in the field of digestive endoscopy face different challenges in their everyday practice. Some are common problems that are difficult to manage; some are uncommon problems where there are no set guidelines or treatment strategy. Curbside Consultation in Endoscopy, Second Edition is a synopsis of everyday problems where experts give their opinions in the evaluation or management of patients under their care. The first edition of Curbside Consultation in Endoscopy was published in 2006 and has gained wide popularity among practicing gastroenterologists and trainees. In the second edition, Leung and Lo challenge a panel of experts with a new set of questions with even tougher clinical problems while maintaining some of the very popular questions from the first edition.

In the practice of gastroenterology, there is an increasing armamentarium of endoscopic procedures and the choice of treatment can be variable even for common problems. Some of these techniques are quite challenging and questions are often raised as to the appropriate application of these procedures. Although recent advances in endoscopy may deem promising, many are still lacking controlled data to support their widespread adoption in every day practice.

Curbside Consultation in Endoscopy, Second Edition provides practicing gastroenterologists with expert opinions and assistance in managing different gastrointestinal (GI) conditions. Experts discuss their approach and tricks-of-trade in the management of these difficult GI problems. The book is divided into several sections including upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, endoscopic ultrasound, and capsule endoscopy. The questions posed are common or difficult problems that Leung and Lo encounter daily and for which one would sometimes want to seek quick advice from a more experienced colleague. Curbside Consultation in Endoscopy is a synopsis of experts' opinion rather than an exhaustive review of the literature.

… Drs. Joseph Leung and Simon Lo have written a book that is perfect for endoscopists who are constantly on the go. In fact, this excellent tome is best described as a FAQ (frequently asked questions) section for endoscopy. Like the FAQ portion of a Web site, this book saves time by addressing important questions that all gastroenterologists ask from time to time. Unlike most Web sites, though, Drs. Leung and Lo have gathered experts from around the world to answer those questions.

In this second edition, some new and challenging questions have been added including how to improve cancer detection and surveillance, tackle complex pancreaticobiliary problems, and manage complications following GI surgery. This book continues to provide concise and clinically relevant answers for busy clinicians.… Thank you Joseph Leung and Simon Lo for a book that is tailor made for busy endoscopists. It is perfect for the Internet Age. – Stephen M. Schutz, MD, Partner, Boise Digestive Health Clinic, Governor, American College of Gastroenterology Boise, Idaho, from the foreword

Curbside Consultation in Endoscopy, Second Edition with its new set of questions, will help gastroenterologists in their daily practice, providing an excellent update of the current management of common GI conditions. Readers will be able to gain the insights and expertise from those who manage such clinical problems on a regular basis. The information is basic enough for residents while also incorporating expert advice that even high-volume clinicians will appreciate. Gastroenterologists, fellows and residents in training, surgical attendings, and surgical residents will all benefit from the user-friendly and casual format and the expert advice.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Otolaryngology / Plastic Surgery / Dermatology / Reference

Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Shan R. Baker MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction brings clinicians the detailed visual guidance and expertise they need to achieve the best results for the full range of facial flap procedures. Full-color clinical photographs and line drawings – along with high-quality surgical video clips – capture the latest facial reconstruction practices and effective methods like reconstruction of skin defects on the head and neck following tumor removal or trauma. Perspectives from facial plastic surgeons, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, and otolaryngologists help clinicians take all of these considerations into account in treatment planning.

With Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction clinicians are able to:

  • Make effective clinical decisions with a better understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics of the skin.
  • Understand skin flap anatomy and physiology – vital to the performance of successful local flap reconstruction for facial defects.
  • Implement the latest techniques with updated coverage of new wound closure techniques and materials (including glues and adhesives), scar revision, complications, and vascular abnormalities.
  • Watch clips of key surgical procedures, including reconstructive surgery of the nose and lip.
  • Achieve the best outcomes thanks to a step-by-step approach to each procedure, complete with tricks of the trade from leading experts.
  • Minimize flap ischemia and other complications with proper preoperative planning and surgical techniques.
  • Visualize what to look for and how to proceed with high-quality illustrations of rotation flaps, transposition flaps, advancement flaps, bilobe flaps, melolabial flaps, paramedian forehead flaps, and rhombic flaps.
  • Access the full text, image collection, and video clips online at Expert Consult.

The editor and primary author is Shan R. Baker, MD, FACS, Professor, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolayngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The book has 34 contributors.

Chapters of Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction and their authors include:


  1. ANATOMY OF THE SKIN – Marcus L. Frohm • Alison B. Durham • Christopher K. Bichakjian • Timothy M. Johnson
  2. SKIN FLAP PHYSIOLOGY – George Goding Jr. • David B. Horn
  3. BIOMECHANICS OF SKIN FLAPS – Wayne F. Larrabee Jr. • Cody A. Koch
  4. WOUND CLOSURE TECHNIQUES – Benjamin C. Marcus • Jonathan M. Sykes
  5. PREPARATION OF THE PATIENT – Sam Naficy • Shan R. Baker
  7. ROTATION FLAPS – Shan R. Baker
  9. ADVANCEMENT FLAPS – Shan R. Baker
  10. BILOBE FLAPS – Shan R. Baker
  11. RHOMBIC FLAPS – Stephen S. Park • Stewart Little
  12. MELOLABIAL FLAPS – Shan R. Baker
  14. Z-PLASTY – John L. Frodel • Sachin S. Pawar • Torn D. Wang
  16. THE USE OF SKIN GRAFTS WITH LOCAL FLAPS – Jeffrey S. Moyer • Shan R. Baker


  1. RECONSTRUCTION OF THE EYELIDS – Robert G. Fante • Michael John Hawes
  4. RECONSTRUCTION OF THE CHEEK – Amit D. Bhrany • DeWayne T. Bradley • Craig S. Murakami
  6. RECONSTRUCTION OF THE AURICLE – Tessa A. Hadlock • Mack L. Cheney • Vito C. Quatela



Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction, 3rd edition, provides an in-depth discussion of the use of local flaps for reconstruction of the face, scalp, and neck. Like the second edition, it is designed to be a ‘working man's’ manual for repair of cutaneous defects of the head and neck, providing practical and effective methods of reconstructing skin defects of a variety of sizes, configurations, and locations.

This is the third edition of a textbook originally published in 1995. Although the majority of the illustrations used in this edition are the same as those appearing in the second edition, all of the chapters have been upgraded by introducing new concepts or additional information. In the majority of chapters, new clinical cases and photographs have been added or used to replace previous cases and photographs. Similar to the second edition, there are videos available, in this case at the Expert Consult website. The videos demonstrate the design and transfer of a multitude of local flaps. Included in the videos are actual surgical procedures performed in the operating room. In addition to showing uncomplicated cases using simple cutaneous flaps, very complex defects requiring multiple flaps and grafts are included.

Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction brings clinicians the detailed visual guidance and unmatched expertise they need to achieve the best results for the full range of facial flap procedures. The volume represents the culmination of 36 years of cooperative interaction between Baker and the dermatological surgeons at the University of Michigan. This cooperative arrangement facilitated the interchange of knowledge and experience, which led to a hybrid of surgical approaches for the repair of facial cutaneous defects.

Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction is unique in that the contributors are from the medical specialties of otolaryngology, ophthalmology, dermatology, and plastic surgery. The authors are individuals who have exceptional knowledge and experience using local flaps in facial reconstruction, some of the most prominent surgeons in their respective specialties.

Religion & Spirituality / Old Testament Commentary

Job: The Wisdom of the Cross by Christopher Ash, with series editor R. Kent Hughes (Preaching the Word Series: Crossway)

Life can be hard, and sometimes it seems like God doesn’t care. When faced with difficult trials, many people have resonated with the book of Job – the story of a man who lost nearly everything, seemingly abandoned by God.

Job is a neglected treasure of the Christian life. It has spawned an enormous outpouring of scholarly work, and yet few Christians know quite where to start in appropriating its message for themselves.

In Job Christopher Ash helps readers glean encouragement from God’s Word by directing their attention to the final explanation and ultimate resolution of Job’s story: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Taking an honest look at our broken world and the trials that readers often face, Ash in Job helps them see God’s sovereign purposes for adversity and the hope that Christians have in Christ. Ash works for the Proclamation Trust in London as director of the Cornhill Training Course and serves on the council of Tyndale House in Cambridge. Series Editor R. Kent Hughes is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, series editor and a contributor to the Preaching the Word series of which Job is a part, and a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust.

"The grandest book ever written with pen." So wrote the Victorian essayist Thomas Carlyle about the Old Testament book of Job. It is a book Ash says he has been grappling with for a decade or so. The more he has walked through it and around it, the more deeply convinced he has become that it makes no sense apart from the cross of Christ. That statement would be true of the entire Old Testament, but somehow in Job it seems more sharply and urgently true, for without Jesus the book of Job will be but ‘the record of an unanswered agony.’ It could almost be a commentary on Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. The book of Job hinges around the contrast, conflict, and tension between the wisdom of the world and the wisdom of the cross.

Again and again, says Ash in Job, as he has beaten his head against these puzzling and seemingly intractable texts, it has been the cross of Christ that has shone light on the page. This is not to say that the book is not about Job in his ancient context – of course it is. But Job's experiences, Job's debates, Job's struggles, Job's sufferings, and Job's final blessings all come to fruition in the perfect obedience of Jesus Christ in his life and death and then in his resurrection, ascension, and exaltation at God's right hand.

Christopher Ash writes beautifully – this book is a delight to read! But that isn’t its greatest strength. Nor is the fact that these pages are filled with nuanced and fresh exegetical insights. Christopher has succeeded in producing the richest, most moving, most deeply cross-centered and God-glorifying treatment of Job I have ever read. This book marries brilliant explanation with powerful gospel-driven application. It is simply a ‘must-have’ resource for anyone intending to preach through Job. – J. Gary Millar, Principal, Queensland Theological College; author, Now Choose Life

This is one of the finest Biblical commentaries I have had the privilege to read, and certainly the best I know on the wonderful but perplexing book of Job. Christopher Ash takes us into the depths of this book, taking no shortcuts. He guides us through the details, helping us to see the brilliance of the poetry and the profundity of the questions raised. More than this he helps us to see how the sufferings of Jesus shed brilliant light into the darkest corners of Job’s experience. In turn the book of Job deepens our understanding of Jesus’ blameless suffering, and the suffering and darkness experienced by those who share in the sufferings of Christ. This is a powerfully edifying exposition. – John Woodhouse, Former Principal, Moore Theological College

If like me, you have shied away from the book of Job, daunted by its structure and length, do not despair, help has arrived! Christopher Ash has performed a noble service by ‘bashing his head’ against the text and providing us with such a lucid, wonderfully helpful commentary. It is both mind-stretching and heart-warming as it reminds us that like the rest of the Bible, Job is ultimately a book about Jesus. – Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland, Ohio

Christopher has produced something on a much misunderstood (and abused) book that draws us to the anguished questions of a sufferer, deals carefully with all the data, and brings us to Christ. A great help for anyone wishing to preach on Job, and for anyone wishing to hear this word from God. – Nat Schluter, Principal, Johannesburg Bible College

A marvelous commentary on an important book. – Josh Moody, Senior Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois; author, Journey to Joy: The Psalms of Ascent

A thorough and accessible commentary, Job is clear, accurate, and faithful in helping people find the meaning in the book. Intended to equip pastors to preach Job’s important message, this commentary highlights God’s grace and wisdom in the midst of redemptive suffering. If readers have ventured in but got bogged down and confused, this book will help them find their way.

Religion & Spirituality / Theology

A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision: Christian Spirituality in a Suffering World by Matthew T. Eggemeier (Michael Glazer, Liturgical Press)

The sacramental and prophetic traditions of Christian spirituality, suggests author Matthew Eggemeier, possess critical resources for responding to the contemporary social crises of widespread ecological degradation and the innocent suffering of the crucified poor. In A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision, Eggemeier maintains that the key for cultivating these traditions in the present is to situate these spiritualities in the context of spiritual exercises or ascetical practices that enable Christians to live more deeply in the presence of God and in turn to make this presence visible in a suffering world. Eggemeier is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The argument of A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision unfolds in six chapters. The first two establish the methodological basis for the argument made in chapters four and six on sacramental and prophetic vision. The first chapter analyzes Charles Taylor's description of the social imaginary. In this chapter Eggemeier argues that the market economy is at the root of two of the most pervasive features of the contemporary cultural imaginary: technological and consumerist forms of life. In contrast to these distorted features of the contemporary cultural imaginary, Christian spirituality is committed to a way of imagining existence that is rooted in the sacramental-prophetic commitments of the Christian tradition.

The second chapter of A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision examines the significance of Christian asceticism and spiritual exercises as a means of training persons in a vision of the world that surpasses the restrictive technological and consumerist features of the cultural imaginary. The first section elucidates the widespread turn to the significance of the body in anthropological, sociological, and philosophical discourse by analyzing two points from the philosophical writings of Michel Foucault: the disciplinary character of culture and the way in which this discipline is resisted through the training of the self through askesis. The second section extends Foucault's retrieval of ancient askesis, as a form of resistance to cultural discipline, into Christian discourse and practice. In the final section Eggemeier examines four spiritual exercises that can cultivate this sacramental-prophetic spirituality in the present: liturgical worship, the remembrance of past suffering (memoria passionis), embodied encounter, and contemplative prayer.

The third chapter explores the contemporary ecological crisis by examining its symptoms and root causes, with a particular focus on the crisis of climate change. Eggemeier examines the market economy and the technological culture of modernity as social processes that have created conditions ripe for the degradation of the natural world. The authors whose work is presented in this section contend that the current ecological crisis is rooted in a way of perceiving the world that commodifies the natural world and exploits it for the purposes of technological development and economic growth. In different ways these thinkers assert that resisting the grip of this technological-instrumental vision requires a fundamental reorientation of values as well as a transformation of the manner in which individuals perceive the world. The final section of this chapter examines the theological roots of the environmental crisis by analyzing the writings of Pope Benedict XVI and Norman Wirzba.

The fourth chapter of A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision turns to a sacramental vision of creation as a means of responding to the ecological crisis. First Eggemeier analyzes the turn to aesthetics in contemporary theology and examine its significance for ecological theology. Then he links Hans Urs von Balthasar's theological aesthetics with Aldo Leopold's land aesthetic and land ethic in order to describe the relationship between theological aesthetics and environmental ethics. The third section of this chapter presents concrete sacramental witnesses by analyzing the nature writings of Annie Dillard and the reflections of Wendell Berry on the environmental crisis.

The fifth chapter describes the crisis of global poverty and analyzes the contemporary cultural situation in terms of the dominance of market and consumer values. First Eggemeier describes the character of global poverty and examines some of the root causes of inequality and then analyzes the market as an ersatz religion in contemporary culture. In this context, human relationships have been reduced to exchange principles and the value of an activity is assessed exclusively in terms of its profitability and its capacity to serve the self-interest of individuals. Consumerism represents a dangerous alternative to an authentic Christian spirituality.

The sixth chapter of A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision describes a prophetic vision of reality as a resource for responding to the crisis of global poverty and the suffering of the innocent. The first section examines the way in which the political and liberation theologies of Johann Baptist Metz and Jon Sobrino foreground the suffering of the innocent as the foundational reality to which Christian spirituality must respond. He analyzes the parable of the Good Samaritan as a story that describes the focus of Christian spirituality in terms of responding to painful contradictions with a praxis of responsibility. The second section turns to the ascetical practices that can cultivate the mysticism of open eyes by again examining the importance of spiritual exercises. Where the practices of consumer culture cultivate an ethos in which the suffering of the innocent is placed at a faceless distance, ascetical practices train the self in a practice of attention that views the suffering of the innocent as a scandal that demands ethical and political attention. Finally, he turns to the writings of Dorothy Day and Martin Luther King Jr. as concrete witnesses to prophetic spiritualities that represent different responses to the suffering of the poor.

One goal of theology is to make us ready to offer an account of the hope that is in us as Christians (1 Pet 3:15). A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision meets this goal with impressive scope, discriminating concision, and refreshing clarity. Eggemeier… translates the book's demanding vision into a set of spiritual exercises that make up a `micropolitics' to counter the enervating apathy that too often results from seeing clearly the grim realities of our suffering world.… In short, Eggemeier provides a concrete proposal for what a `mysticism of open eyes' (J. B. Metz) should look like in our world. – J. Matthew Ashley, University of Notre Dame

Matthew Eggemeier's new book is a tour de force of prophetic imagination grounded in sacramental wonder and hope.… His attention to the best critical minds and spiritual writers of the modern and postmodern era is masterful and, in a refreshingly clear and understated way, symphonic. I found this book difficult to put down, but even more, I believe my students will resonate deeply with the transformative vision of the Christian life that Eggemeier advances. This is a fabulous book. – Christopher Pramuk, Xavier University

Eggemeier in the introduction to A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision argues that, while the sacramental and prophetic commitments of the Christian tradition can be seen as moving in different directions, it is necessary to hold these spiritualities in productive tension. This is required of us because in an age of environmental degradation and global poverty a sacramental-prophetic spirituality is best able to endow Christians with the vision of reality necessary to respond to these crises.

Science / Outdoors and Nature / Environment

The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health: Workshop Summary by Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine and Robert Pool (The National Academies Press)

Liquid fuels are a major part of modern life. They supply energy for ground, water, and air transportation as well as power for industrial and farming machinery. But fossil fuels – the dominant liquid fuel in use for well over a century – have many disadvantages. The use of fossil fuels has obvious health downsides, such as emissions of pollutants that are directly harmful to health. The burning of fossil fuels produces greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming, itself a long-term threat to human health. There have also been health concerns related to insecurity of liquid fuel supplies and the potential of international conflicts being caused by fuel scarcity. Furthermore, there are concerns that the world's large but still limited supply of fossil fuels could be strained by the increasing demand that results from societies around the world achieving greater prosperity. In the face of these concerns, new policies have been created that encourage the development of renewable sources of energy in general and biofuels in particular.
In January 2013, the Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) held a two-day, interactive, public workshop on the intersection of biofuels, climate change, and human health. Workshop attendees explored public health issues related to the composition of traditional and alternative fuels and fuel additives, and they discussed the known and potential health impacts associated with the use of these fuels and fuel additives. The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health is the summary of that workshop. This report examines air, water, land use, food, and social impacts of biomass feedstock as an energy resource, and the state of the science and health policy implications of using different types (and generations) of biofuels as an energy source.

Since 2007, the development of renewable biofuel resources has increased dramatically, both in quantity and in the types of fuels being developed. Newer approaches to evaluation of health impacts – those that incorporate health impact assessment in a broader framework of decision making as well as those that address sustainability – have also developed. Two recent reports by the National Research Council have helped to illuminate these issues; however, they have yet to be applied to biofuels.

Hence, the workshop titled The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health focused on air, water, land use, food, and social impacts of biofuels as an energy resource. The workshop's invited speakers described the state of the science and the health policy implications of using different types (and generations) of biofuels as an energy source.

As told in The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health, Frank Loy, roundtable chair, closed the workshop with some personal observations and set forth what he saw as the key points from the two days of the workshop. The first point to note is the huge impact that increased use of biofuels will have on food production. This will likely be the major focus of our society, Loy said.

Second, at the moment it takes a lot of biofuel to make a relatively little amount of energy. Both fossil fuels and biofuels emit greenhouse gas (although not equally), and the potential greenhouse gas savings from biofuels arises largely from the fact that the growing plants absorb carbon dioxide.

It seems set in stone that biofuels will make up an increasing percentage of transportation fuels. By 2050, it is expected that 20 percent of all transport fuels will be biofuels. Today, 40 percent of the corn production in the United States is used for biofuels, which obviously has a major impact both on corn producers and on consumers.

Given that the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from using biofuels is not great, it might seem that there would be a reversal of the trend toward more biofuels for transportation fuel, but Loy said he did not think that was going to happen.

There are two main drivers behind the push for biofuels. One is the urgency of climate change. The second one is political. "Once you have an established industry, there is great pressure not to meddle with it and not to reduce it, and not to put any handicaps in its way," Loy said. "I think there is going to be biofuels production used for transport fuels for a long time to come."

Main concerns raised during the workshop as reported in The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health were the health issues related to biofuels. The use of biofuels raises some health issues, but they do not appear to be major. The more important health issues, Loy said, arise from their production, specifically, the increased use of pesticides and herbicides and fertilizers in an effort to boost production. Those chemicals make their way into the country's streams and rivers, with potentially serious consequences for water quality. "These are health issues of a rather large magnitude," he said.

Increased use of biofuels also has some adverse health implications for the quantity of water, although this is not as immediate a health issue as the effect on quality of the water. Biofuels use also has consequences for food prices, although these are probably more serious in developing countries than in the United States. As food gets more expensive, the tendency to choose foods that are cheap, rather than healthy, becomes very real, Loy said. And if nations are unable to deliver food at reasonable prices the stability of those nations is threatened.

"The net result of all of this," Loy said, "is that the essentials of life – food and water – are going to be under increased pressure from the equally intense pressure to address climate change. As health professionals, this group here has a substantial ability and responsibility to contribute thoughtfully to that discussion."

Referring to Lester Brown's call for an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, Loy said that clearly is not going to happen. Indeed, we will be lucky to meet the current, much more modest, 2020 goals by 2020.

There is not much pressure on our political leaders to address climate change aggressively, Loy said. "What we need to do in the United States, I think, is to broaden the number of Americans who care about that…." "The reason the health community should get actively involved is not only because it is the right thing to do, but because Americans trust health professionals," Loy said. They may not necessarily trust professors of public health, but they trust doctors and nurses and other health professionals with whom they come in contact. "Our medical schools and our public health schools, it seems to me, are important places where the urgency of dealing with climate change, both in a personal and a political fashion, ought to be addressed."

Social Sciences / Social Work / End-of-Life Care / Psychology / Gerontology

The Inner Life of the Dying Person by Allan Kellehear (End-of-Life Care Series: Columbia University Press)

The Inner Life of the Dying Person recounts the experience of facing death solely from the dying person's point of view rather than from the perspective of caregivers, survivors, or rescuers. Such unmediated access challenges assumptions about the emotional and spiritual dimensions of dying, showing readers that – along with suffering, loss, anger, sadness, and fear – the dying person can also feel courage, love, hope, reminiscence, transcendence, transformation, and even happiness as they die.

A work that is at once psychological, sociological, and philosophical, The Inner Life of the Dying Person by Allan Kellehear, professor of community health at Middlesex University in London, brings together testimonies of those dying from terminal illness, old age, sudden injury or trauma, acts of war, and the consequences of natural disasters and terrorism. It also includes statements from individuals who are on death row, in death camps, or planning suicide. Each form of dying addressed highlights an important set of emotions and narratives that often eclipses stereotypical renderings of dying and reflects the numerous contexts in which this journey can occur outside of hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices. Chapters focus on common emotional themes linked to dying, expanding and challenging them through first-person accounts and analyses of relevant academic and clinical literature in psycho-oncology, palliative care, gerontology, military history, anthropology, sociology, cultural and religious studies, poetry, and fiction. The result is an all-encompassing investigation into an experience that will eventually include us all.

The Inner Life of the Dying Person is about the unusual intersection of personal forces – physical, emotional, social, and spiritual – that predispose dying people to see afresh their old taken-for-granted worlds. Dying people encounter these unique combinations of personal experience and crossroad moments, often for the very first time in their lives. Above all, this book is about how it feels to die. Kellehear has chosen to write more about the key personal experiences that characterize dying, to describe the inner life of dying as an inseparable mixture of feeling, physical impulses, social interaction, meaning making, and soliloquy.

In this work ‘the dying person’ means a person who is consciously aware and expectant that death will come soon – often in the next few hours, days, months but almost as commonly within several years. However, irrespective of the calendar of events involved, this saturating awareness, expectation, and acceptance of impending death – sometimes in the foreground, sometimes in the background of the dying person's mind – informs the descriptions, analyses, and reflections in this book. These are serious examples of people who will truly die soon: through accident or by intent, through social and physical circumstances beyond their control, by their own hand, the hand of others (people on death row, for example), or from a killer disease. This knowledge changes the way they experience the world – emotionally, socially, spiritually, and, more often than not, totally. The prospect of dying shortly changes things, sometimes all things, for dying people. These changes occur right up to the last minutes and breaths of their organic life. And The Inner Life of the Dying Person is devoted to the task of describing these personal changes.

Most books on dying simply fail to provide a description of the handful of usual experiences common to our intimate encounter with death. Absent from most of the snapshots of people facing their own death are the broader, more typical, less academically scrutinized normal personal experiences that might balance the human portrait of dying – courage, wait­ing, hope, reminiscence, love, being alone, or transformation, all of which might be added to what we know about suffering, fear, anger, or resistance.

To obtain a more balanced portrait of the inner life of dying people, Kellehear includes accounts of many other kinds of dying – from death camps, death row, suicides, war and disaster, accidents and trauma, aging and dementia, and many other examples. The recurring elements of personal experience in dying in widely different circumstances alerts readers to what they commonly ignore or overlook in the forms of dying that are more familiar – in hospitals, hospices, or nursing homes. This comparative method invites readers to look again at all the recorded experiences of dying. He identifies the elements common to these different circumstances. To these sources he adds the academic analysis common in such accounts and blends these with insights about dying and death from some of the world's best writers and poets.

In his efforts to make The Inner Life of the Dying Person as accessible as possible to a broad readership, Kellehear dispenses with the defensive academic style of argument: detailed review of every morsel of relevant literature and extensive notes or explanations about method. He says he has worked among dying people, and reviewed the literature on this population, for about thirty years now. He has taken the liberty of focusing on a broad range of examples from different settings, ages, social classes, and ethnic and religious background.

With this book Kellehear builds a deliberately interdisciplinary work focused on describing and understanding the common and recurring elements of personal experience while facing death.

Contents of The Inner Life of the Dying Person include:

  1. In the Beginning ...
  2. Suffering – Enduring the New Reality
  3. Fear – A Threat Observed
  4. Courage – Facing the Overwhelming
  5. Resistance – Facing the Choices
  6. Sadness and Anger – Facing Loss
  7. Hope and Love – Connection
  8. Waiting – In-between-ness
  9. Review and Reminiscence – Remembering
  10. Aloneness – Disconnection
  11. Transformation – Change, Change, Change
  12. Some Final Reflections

Allan Kellehear's The Inner Life of the Dying Person should be required reading for all those who work with or teach about the dying process. Kellehear sensitively and insightfully explores the multiplicity of reactions and emotions that individuals may experience at life's end. This book breaks new ground and will become a major contribution to the field. – Ken Doka, The Hospice Foundation of America

This book provides us with a fascinating interdisciplinary insight into the way in which dying is experienced. Rather than focusing on institutional dying, Kellehear draws from the personal accounts of people who are dying from illnesses and conditions that range from cancer and dementia to those on death row, or who meet their end as a result of accident, suicide or war.… This is an exceptional text that sensitively draws the reader into the inner life of dying people. It is not only ground-breaking but heartfelt and, perhaps strange to say, incredibly uplifting. This is a book I would like to have beside me as I near my own end of life. – Glennys Howarth, Plymouth University

This book presents a viewpoint that has been largely unexplored. In felicitous prose, Professor Kellehear shows us that the experience of dying, viewed holistically, is life embracing and life affirming, a life-building, even transformative, process. Anyone who is concerned with care of the dying will benefit from becoming acquainted with The Inner Life of the Dying Person. – Lynne Ann DeSpelder and Albert Lee Strickland, Authors of The Last Dance; Encountering Death and Dying

This book will give an excellent overview to health care providers who are preparing to work with terminal illness in hospitals and other palliative care settings. It is also a fascinating read for general audiences. Since all of us are going to die, knowing what we might face and how other people find meaning and maintain morale through the experience, can give us a glimpse as to what might lie ahead for us. I highly recommend this book. – J. William Worden, Harvard Medical School

The Inner Life of the Dying Person offers general readers a sketch of something less than they feared and something more complex, surprising, and wondrous than they might have first imagined, introducing readers to the most common personal elements of the journey of dying. It is unique in recounting the experience of death and dying from the dying person’s point of view. Kellehear’s descriptions of the fine balance of dark and positive experiences that characterize the journey of dying will be clear to thoughtful readers, and all readers will value the importance of the attempt for its own sake. In creating a more holistic portrait of the private experiences of the dying person, by deliberately reviewing and connecting current rudimentary and unconnected observations, he encourages his academic and clinical colleagues to improve upon what he has done, making this an ongoing interdisciplinary project.

Social Sciences / Sociology / African-American Studies / Ethnic Studies

Recognizing Race and Ethnicity: Power, Privilege, and Inequality by Kathleen Fitzgerald (Westview Press)

Despite radical changes over the last century, race remains a central organizing principle in U.S. society, a key arena of inequality, and the subject of ongoing conflict and debate. This new introduction to the sociology of race, Recognizing Race and Ethnicity encourages students to think differently by challenging the notion that we are, or should even aspire to be, color-blind.
In this text, Kathleen Fitzgerald considers how the continuing significance of race manifests in both significant and obscure ways by looking across all racial/ethnic groups within the socio-historical context of institutions and arenas, rather than discussing each group by group. Incorporating recent research and contemporary theoretical perspectives, Fitzgerald guides students to examine racial ideologies and identities as well as structural racism; at the same time, she covers topics of interest to students like popular culture, sports, and interracial relationships. Fitzgerald is associate professor of sociology at Loyola University New Orleans.

Recognizing Race and Ethnicity provides unparalleled coverage of white privilege while remaining careful to not treat ‘white’ as the norm against which all other groups are defined. The book makes it clear that, in a time when race and racism are constantly evolving in response to varied social contexts, societal demands, and political climates, we all must learn to recognize race if we are to get beyond it.

Fitzgerald in the preface says that when she set out to write this textbook, she had two primary objectives. The first was to offer instructors and students an innovative race and ethnic relations textbook that reflected the most current sociological research on race/ethnicity. The second was to write a textbook that more effectively translated those ideas to students. To better reflect the current state of research in the sociology of race/ethnicity, this textbook places significant emphasis on white privilege, the social construction of race, and the newest theoretical perspectives for understanding race and ethnicity. Special features include:

Emphasizing White Privilege. Recognizing Race and Ethnicity places considerable emphasis on white privilege, reflecting where the investigative lens has shifted in the sociology of race/ethnicity: from those disadvantaged by societal hierarchies to those privileged by societal hierarchies. The text critically examines where whites historically and currently benefit from the existing racial order, not only where people of color have been disadvantaged. The book makes this invisible aspect of the racial hierarchy visible; it is a way to acknowledge that race shapes all people's lives, for better or for worse.

Highlighting the Social Construction of Race. Recognizing Race and Ethnicity takes an innovative approach to presenting the social construction of race/ethnicity. The social construction of race is a concept basic to sociology of race/ethnicity courses but one that tends to be difficult for students to comprehend, as it appears counterintuitive and goes against a lifetime of living and learning. By arranging the text topically instead of the more traditional group-by-group format, it is easier for students to recognize race as a socially, politically, and historically constructed concept designed to meet the needs of the dominant group.

Expanding the Theoretical Foundation. The current era demands that textbooks approach race/ethnicity from several new theoretical perspectives, specifically including discussions of critical race theory, the white racial frame, and colorblind racism, in addition to the more traditional func­tionalist, conflict, and symbolic interactionist perspectives on race. In addition to emphasizing these new theoretical perspectives on race, racism, and privilege, this text critically questions the discipline of sociology itself and emphasizes how the sociology of race has changed over the generations.

Intersectionality. This textbook is unique in its emphasis on intersectionality through, for instance, discussions of the significance of gender and sexuality to colonization, slavery, and lynching, as well as the noteworthy role of women in the racial/ethnic protest movements of the post-World War II era.

Presenting Race/Ethnicity through a Sociohistorical Lens. Presenting race through a sociohistorical lens facilitates students' understanding of the social construction of race since it exemplifies how race has changed across time. Incorporating history into the teaching of race, racism, and privilege is essential because students tend to have minimal background in the US racial history, particularly the history of non-dominant group members, and because denying historical realities fuels both the ideology of color-blindness and white privilege.

Moving Beyond Institutions: Exploring Racial Ideologies and Identities. Recognizing Race and Ethnicity uniquely analyzes all three interlocking levels of race, racial inequality, and privilege through a focus on racial ideologies, institutions, and identities. It is within all three that privilege and oppression manifest themselves and, thus, we have to analyze all three in order to fully grasp the complexities surrounding race in our society. The book explores racial identity development, the increase in biracial and multiracial identities, research on interracial relationships, the specific dilemmas faced by multiracial families, and the multiracial movement to include a multiracial category on the 2000 census.

Popular Culture and Sports. Popular culture and sports are topically interesting to students and are two of the primary arenas where they see race in their daily lives. This text explores the sports world as an arena of integration as well as one of ongoing racism. Additionally, it investigates racial images in film and television, both historically and currently, the African American influence on popular music, from blues and jazz to rock and rap, and how all of these reflect and reinforce racial ideologies and inform individual racial identities.

Racialization of State Policy. Social policy is too often presented as race neutral, when in fact, sociological research has long exposed government policies as contributing to racial/ethnic inequality. Most race/ethnicity textbooks analyze policies such as affirmative action because they are assumed to be race-centered. This text shifts from a narrow focus on a few social policies such as affirmative action, to an understanding of the historical racialization of social policy overall.

Racial Justice Activism and Global Perspectives Boxed Inserts. Each chapter contains a boxed insert account of racial justice activism, highlighting an activist, organization, or collection of organizations working to eradicate racism in our culture. Exposure to historical and current antiracist activism can help students avoid the fatalistic assumption that racism is inevitable, while at the same time it exposes the importance of human agency – as racial progress can be attributed to the work of such organizations and individuals. Boxed inserts featuring race/ethnicity in a global context are also included in each chapter, fulfilling two objectives: they expose race as a social construction because they show how race changes from place to place and second, they help students develop a global awareness that will benefit them in the increasingly globalized world.

Readable and accessible without being unnecessarily watered down… I particularly appreciate the use of specific examples that add context to each chapter while helping students understand the effects of structural race on their lives; the emphasis on white privilege across the book; and the inclusion of a section on self-reflexivity in every chapter. – David G. Embrick, Loyola University–Chicago
An important part of any sociologist’s library, Fitzgerald’s approach does not merely describe the racial order, but invites the reader to understand the salience of race and racism in our daily lives. – Matthew W. Hughey, University of Connecticut
This book takes a bold new approach to the teaching of race and ethnicity that focuses on ideologies and institutions rather than individual groups. Kathleen Fitzgerald does an excellent job of incorporating recent theories and events. Accessible and engaging – a wonderful resource for teaching about race in the US! – Ashley (‘Woody’) Doane, University of Hartford

This new racial era with all its racial contradictions requires a new approach to teaching the sociology of race/ethnicity; Recognizing Race and Ethnicity can be a useful tool for helping students understand race in a supposedly ‘postracial’ era. The book stands apart from competing textbooks on the sociology of race and ethnicity through numerous special features. And it engages students with an emphasis on topics that are meaningful to their lives, including sports, popular culture, interracial relationships, and biracial/multiracial identities and families.

Social Sciences / Sociology / Culture Studies

Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism by Shannon Sullivan, with series editors Robert Brenasconi and T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting (Philosophy and Race Series: SUNY Press)

The white liberal and the white supremacist share the same root postulates. They are different in degree, not kind. – Lerone Bennett Jr., "Tea and Sympathy: Liberals and Other White Hopes"

Good White People argues for the necessity of a new ethos for middle-class white anti-racism.
Building on her book Revealing Whiteness, Shannon Sullivan in Good White People identifies a constellation of attitudes common among well-meaning white liberals that she sums up as ‘white middle-class goodness,’ an orientation she critiques for being more concerned with establishing anti-racist bona fides than with confronting systematic racism and privilege. Sullivan is Head of the Philosophy Department and Professor of Philosophy, Women’s Studies and Africa American Studies at Penn State University.

Sullivan untangles the complex relationships between class and race in contemporary white identity and outlines four ways this orientation is expressed, each serving to establish one’s lack of racism: the denigration of lower-class white people as responsible for ongoing white racism, the demonization of antebellum slaveholders, an emphasis on colorblindness – especially in the context of white childrearing – and the cultivation of attitudes of white guilt, shame, and betrayal. To move beyond these distancing strategies, Sullivan in Good White People argues, white people need a new ethos that acknowledges and transforms their whiteness in the pursuit of racial justice rather than seeking a self-righteous distance from it.

Sullivan in the introduction to Good White People asks, what can white people do to help end racial injustice? This is a question with a complicated history in the United States, in large part because most white people haven't wanted to ask, much less answer it. White people are a big part of the problem. So too are white privileging institutions, tax codes, and other societal structures that help sustain white domination. But not all white domination operates on an impersonal level. A great deal of it functions through the practices and habits of individual white people and the predominantly white families and communities to which they belong.

In the introduction to Good White People, Sullivan says that racial justice movements are not dependent on white people for their success. The struggles, protests, and demands of people of color have been and most likely will continue to be the main motor driving racial justice movements. But white people can play a positive role in those movements as well. White people who care about racial justice should not sit back and wait for people of color to clean up the mess that white people have made. White people need to make a positive contribution to racial justice even though their contributions will be secondary to those of people of color.

For all the urgency of the whiteness question, however, white people have done a miserable job of answering it. White people gener­ally don't know how to live their racial identities in ways that promote racial justice. Even worse, their ignorance often poses as knowledge, making it all the more insidious. Sullivan is addressing the bulk of white people in the post-Jim Crow United States and other similar white-dominated nations who consider themselves to be non- or anti-racist. What is particularly interesting and frightening about white liberals is that, unlike white supremacists, they usually think they know what white people can do to fight white racism. ‘Act like you know’ has been the mantra of proper white identity after all, even as what good white people know or think they know has shifted over time. Good white people today should, for example, refrain from making derogatory remarks about race, support multicultural celebrations in their communities, and so on. For white liberals, knowing and acting according to these answers ensures that a sharp, bright line is drawn between good anti-racist white people and bad white supremacists.

But, according to Sullivan in Good White People, white liberals and white supremacists are not as different as white liberals would like to believe and would like others to believe. They grow from the same tree of white domination, and this means that many of the ‘anti-racist’ habits, practices, and beliefs of the white liberal also are rooted in and help nourish white racism. White domination of people of color is alive and well in the twenty-first century, and most white people don't want to acknowledge their complicity with it. White liberalism generally doesn't aim to end white domination. Quite the opposite: it aims to render it more tolerable, both to its beneficiaries and its victims, and so to perpetuate itself indefinitely – an aim it shares with its ‘enemy’ white supremacy.

Sullivan advises, rather than setting aside one’s whiteness in an attempt to learn about other races, white people can begin to do effective racial justice work by cleaning up their own house. But the practical fact of ongoing, de facto segregation in the United States means that many white people live and work in persistently white environments. The question is whether racism can be challenged by white people from such a location, whether a white person can world travel right in her own white backyard. Sullivan thinks the answer is yes: whiteness can be a legitimate social location or identity from which to challenge white racism. Rather than sit back on their heels and assume that diversity is a panacea for white privilege, predominantly white universities could place themselves in solidarity with black universities by foregrounding and critically analyzing white racism. Even though a white university might not be a racially diverse place – and even though it can and should work to end the de facto segregation that produced it – a white university can still be an effective site to challenge racism. This is because the `problem' of white society to which a historically white college ought to attend is the role of white people in the preservation of white racism, not `the absence of people of color.'

Sullivan quotes Lucius Outlaw in concluding the introduction – Outlaw calls for white people to stop waiting for black and other nonwhite people to do all the work. White people need to get off their duffs and begin figuring out what whiteness might mean other than the ongoing domination of people of color. Good White People is inspired by Outlaw's call. The book provides a critique of the class-based structures of white racism and an account of white self-love that can be used to transform the meaning and effects of white identity.

Sociology / International Studies

Civil Society, 3rd edition by Michael Edwards (Polity)

Civil Society by Michael Edwards has become a standard work of reference for those who seek to understand the role of voluntary citizen action. Recent global unrest has shown the importance of social movements and street protests in world politics. However, as this lucid book shows, the power that people have to shape their societies is usually channeled through day-to-day participation in voluntary associations and communities: expressions of ‘normal’ civic life beyond the headlines. This is the underlying story of civil society. Michael Edwards is Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos, New York, and editor of Transformation at

This new third edition of Civil Society explores issues that have developed rapidly in recent years, including the overlaps between civil society and the market in the form of social enterprises and ‘venture philanthropy,’ and the increasing role of social media and information and communication technologies in civic interaction. Different varieties of civil society in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere are investigated in more detail, and case studies, data, and references have been updated throughout.

According to Edwards in the preface, since the first edition of Civil Society was published in 2004, the number of searches for ‘civil society’ recorded by Google each year has fallen by 70 percent – not a particularly rigorous indicator of interest and support perhaps, but surprising to those who once saw civil society as ‘the big idea for the century to come’. Of course, people still organize themselves for voluntary, collective action, and episodes like the 'Arab Spring’ continue to hit the headlines, only to subside into less intense activity once the streets and squares have been cleared of protestors and police.

Even the few positive attempts by politicians to nurture civic action have receded, with Britain's ‘Big Society’ getting smaller by the day, and little sign that widespread grassroots participation in Barack Obama's re-election campaign has had any impact on the willingness of his government to pursue a more radical agenda in the USA.

These facts change little about the significance of civil society in the long-term evolution of politics and culture. The reality of activism in most settings has always been less glamorous than the headlines may suggest, and strong social movements are comparatively rare. In chapter 2, Edwards uses the metaphor of civil society as an iceberg with its peaks above the waterline in the form of high-profile organizations and events, and the great mass of civic interaction hidden underneath. Since the early 2000s there is increasing evidence that much of the ‘ice’ is melting as face-to-face civic interaction becomes less popular or more difficult to sustain. Or perhaps the ‘iceberg’ is simply reshaping itself under the influence of new developments in technology, social media and the market, with consequences for civil society that may be positive, negative, or somewhere in between. It is these longer-term, subterranean developments that are the focus of the third edition of Civil Society.

In this third edition Edwards has added two new sections on subjects that have developed rapidly since the second edition was produced in 2009. The first concerns the overlaps between civil society and the market that are producing an interesting breed of hybrid institution variously known as social enterprises or social entrepreneurs, backed up by ‘venture philanthropy,’ ‘impact investing’ and other forms of financing that are heavily influenced by business thinking. These issues are treated in chapter 3 as a potentially important shift in the ways in which we understand the constitution of the good society.

The second set of developments revolve around social media and the increasing use of information and communica­tion technologies (ICTs) in civic interaction – probably the most talked-about phenomenon in the civil society debate in recent years. Such technologies, and the shifts in communication they facilitate, have the potential to greatly expand at least some parts of the public sphere, and so they are dealt with in chapter 4. Both these trends have implications for civil society that are thoroughly ambiguous, and healthily contested. In addition, new material has been added to the geographical essays in chapter 2, and Edwards answers some well-targeted criticisms that his original treatment of civil society in the Middle East and Africa was too reliant on a limited understanding of ascriptive versus cross-cutting associations and relationships. New social movements or bursts of movement activity among both progressive and conservative forces are also covered in chapter 2, while chapter 4 explores in more detail emerging forms of participatory democracy, in which civil society has a central role to play. Finally, he has updated the case studies, data, examples and references used throughout.

As Civil Society has evolved since the early 2000s Edwards says he has come to appreciate two longer-term trends that underpin all the different revisions, and that now run more clearly throughout the text. The first is the absolute necessity of building, sustaining and revitalizing the infrastructure of citizen action at the grassroots level, without which civil society cannot function in any of its guises. If it is worth telling, the story of civil society has to be written not by bureaucrats or billionaires, but by millions of ordinary people who wish to rearrange the ‘geometry of human relationships’ in ways that speak to their visions of the good society. The creation of civil society is a human drama, not a technical exercise in government planning or a supply chain in a business in which inputs and outputs can be manipulated and controlled.

It is particularly important those most affected by poverty and discrimination are able to express themselves directly in civil society action so that voluntary associations, political participation, and public debates are not dominated by groups claiming to act on their behalf. The homogenizing of civil society ecosystems discussed in chapters 2, 3 and 5 – variously described in terms of corporatization, NGO-ization and greater bureaucracy – poses a special threat to the collective action capacities of low-income and other marginalized communities, as exemplified by the attempted destruction of the labor movement in the USA, for example, or the dramatic decline in support for community organizing among philanthropic foundations. Yet it is precisely this hard, basic, civic or public work that is most under threat today. Unglamorous, unheralded and often unsupported, this is the civil society we simply cannot afford to lose, since we cannot achieve anything that is of real value to all of us by working as individuals, however successful, but only through collective action, like an orchestra instead of a brilliant soloist or a tapestry instead of a few rich threads.

Second, every generation faces the challenge of nurturing civil society against the background of a new set of circumstances and supplied with a different set of tools. Ideally, it should be possible to take advantage of new tools like social markets and social media without disavowing what is valuable from the past – like the value of face-to-face interaction and democratic governance. But in reality this seems difficult to accomplish, perhaps because we are constantly searching for new magic bullets that can resolve the problems of declining civic participation and engagement, or because we over-estimate the benefits of anything that is new when there are reputations and fortunes to be made.

Edwards says in Civil Society that there is no doubt that these developments open up important opportunities to strengthen associational life and the health of the public sphere, or that they could help to achieve a better synthesis of online and offline organizing, bonding and bridging social ties, and self-funding and commercial revenue generation for non-profits. But as later chapters make clear, there are also many conflicts and trade-offs involved in the adoption of these new ideas which must be carefully interrogated, free from the exaggeration of their enthusiasts and the nostalgia of their critics.

The idea of civil society is not getting as much attention as it did a decade ago, but Michael Edwards makes a powerful case for why it should Ð and what it has to offer people not only in the West, but throughout the world. A must-read for any student of the subject. – Leslie Lenkowsky, Indiana University

Now in its third edition, Michael Edwards’ book is still the best survey of the potential contributions of civil society to better societies and governments. Edwards combines optimism with a realism based in close attention to the many changing ways people combine their energies, skills, and intelligence for collective purposes. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the relationships between civil society, social change, and democracy. – Mark E. Warren, University of British Columbia

Civil Society is arguably the most important and clear contribution to the civil society debate in recent times. – Millennium, Journal of International Studies (ref 2nd edition)

A great introduction and addition to the scholarship of civil society ... refreshing, well written and a good critique of scholarship and the civil history of the Western world. – Journal of Sociology (ref 2nd edition)

Will the patterns of civic engagement that emerge be very different, and will those differences prove significant for the larger questions of democracy and freedom in ‘societies that are civil’? Civil Society, 3rd edition will help readers to understand and answer these questions.

Colleges, foundations and NGOs, policy-makers, journalists and commissions of inquiry – all have used Edwards’s book Civil Society, first and second editions, to understand and strengthen the vital role that civil society can play in deepening democracy, rebuilding community, and addressing inequality and injustice. This new edition will be required reading for anyone who is interested in creating a better world through voluntary citizen action.


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Current Therapy in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 5th edition by James C. Stanley MD, Frank Veith MD and Thomas W Wakefield MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Chestnut's Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practice: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 5th edition by David H. Chestnut MD, Cynthia A. Wong MD, Lawrence C. Tsen MD and Warwick D. Ngan Kee BHB, MBChB, MD, FANZCA, FHKCA, FHKAM, Yaakov Beilin MD, and Jill M. Mhyre MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Rutherford's Vascular Surgery, 2-Volume Set: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 8th edition by Jack L. Cronenwett MD and K. Wayne Johnston MD FRCSC (Elsevier Saunders)

The Curse of Lono by Hunter S. Thompson, with illustrator Ralph Steadman (Taschen)

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers: A Novel, unabridged, 12 CDs, 15 hours by Tom Rachman, read by Penelope Rawlins (Random House Audio)

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers: A Novel (Hardcover) by Tom Rachman (The Dial Press)

Stop Bullying with Mike Hall by Paraclete Press, DVD, running time 22 min. (Paraclete Press)

The Third Horseman: Climate Change and the Great Famine of the 14th Century by William Rosen (Viking)

The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero by James S. Robbins (Regnery History)

Soldering Beyond the Basics: Techniques to Build Confidence and Control by Joe Silvera (Kalmbach Books)

Strange Country by Deborah Coates (Tor Books)

Will not forget both laughter and tears by Tomoko Mitani, translated by Yukari F. Meldrum (The University of Alberta Press)

Hell with the Lid Blown Off: An Alafair Tucker Mystery by Donis Casey (Poisoned Pen Press)

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth by Stephen Harrod Buhner (Bear & Company)

Idiot's Guides: The Tarot by Avia Venefica (Alpha Books)

Organizational Leadership: Foundations and Practices for Christians edited by Jack Burns, John R. Shoup and Donald C. Simmons Jr. (IVP Academic)

Handbook of Obesity: Volume 1: Epidemiology, Etiology, and Physiopathology, 3rd edition edited by George A. Bray and Claude Bouchard (Handbook of Obesity – 2 Volume Set: CRC Press)

Ferri's Best Test: A Practical Guide to Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging, 3rd edition by Fred F. Ferri MD FACP (Elsevier Saunders)

Dermatology Essentials: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Jean L. Bolognia MD, Julie V. Schaffer MD, Karynne O. Duncan MD and Christine Ko MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Curbside Consultation in Endoscopy: 49 Clinical Questions, 2nd edition edited by Joseph Leung MD and Simon Lo MD, with series editor Francis A. Farraye (Curbside Consultation in Gastroenterology Series: Slack Incorporated)

Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Shan R. Baker MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Job: The Wisdom of the Cross by Christopher Ash, with series editor R. Kent Hughes (Preaching the Word Series: Crossway)

A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision: Christian Spirituality in a Suffering World by Matthew T. Eggemeier (Michael Glazer, Liturgical Press)

The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health: Workshop Summary by Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine and Robert Pool (The National Academies Press)

The Inner Life of the Dying Person by Allan Kellehear (End-of-Life Care Series: Columbia University Press)

Recognizing Race and Ethnicity: Power, Privilege, and Inequality by Kathleen Fitzgerald (Westview Press)

Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism by Shannon Sullivan, with series editors Robert Brenasconi and T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting (Philosophy and Race Series: SUNY Press)

Civil Society, 3rd edition by Michael Edwards (Polity)