Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Diagnosis / Ophthalmology / Reference
Ocular Pathology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 7th edition by Myron Yanoff MD and Joseph W. Sassani MD MHA (Elsevier Saunders)
Comprehensive, yet concise and clinically oriented, the new 7th edition of Ocular Pathology, 7th edition, brings clinicians the latest advances of every aspect of ocular pathology. Clinicians can visualize every concept by viewing 1,900 illustrations, 1,600 of which are in full color, from the collections of internationally renowned leaders in ocular pathology.
With Ocular Pathology clinicians are able to:
... provides a high tech means to navigate the text with the added advantage of downloadable illustrations and text... an excellent tool... – JAMA
This book is a must have for all ophthalmology residents and practitioners who desire a deeper understanding of ocular disease in a concise and beautifully written format. Lecturers and teachers will love the DVD. Any pathologists who examine ocular specimens will also find this book indispensable. – Ocular Surgery News, 2009
The text is systematically organised with highlighted (sometimes coloured) subheadings as well as prefixed numbers and letters, resulting in small and logically arranged paragraphs. The language is clear and comprehensible, and, although providing pertinent information, does not get lost in details. – Graefes Archive, May 2009
From updated information on today's imaging techniques, to the implementation of genetic data to better understand disease, this esteemed medical reference book promises to keep clinicians at the forefront of their field. Ocular Pathology, 7th edition, makes available clinical ‘pearls’ that offer clinicians the benefits of proven strategies. Clinicians can quickly reference information with help from a convenient outline format, ideal for today's busy physicians.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Infectious Diseases / Reference
Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine, 1st edition edited by Camilla Rothe MD DTM&H (Elsevier Saunders)
Clinicians can test their knowledge in tropical medicine with Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine. As a companion product to Manson's Tropical Diseases, Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine offers over 75 cases covering today's most prevalent diseases. A reading list at the end of each case directly refers to a corresponding chapter in Manson's, further expediting study.
With Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine clinicians are able to:
Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine is an ideal study tool for infectious diseases fellows, doctors preparing for exams, primary care doctors with patients returning from abroad, and global health nurses and practitioners alike. Boasting an easily accessible, highly templated format and full-color photographs throughout, this medical reference book helps practitioners in the field better identify the tropical diseases they encounter.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Pediatrics / Reference
The Harriet Lane Handbook, 20th edition by Johns Hopkins Hospital, Branden Engorn MD and Jamie Flerlage MD (Mobile Medicine Series: Elsevier Saunders)
The first medical reference book written ‘by residents, for residents’ and reviewed by expert faculty at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Harriet Lane Handbook, 20th edition continues to provide the gold standard in point-of-care clinical information for any health care professional treating pediatric patients. The revised edition of is more concise than ever before, featuring an increased amount of online-only content.
With The Harriet Lane Handbook, residents and practitioners are able to:
The Harriet Lane Handbook is the key portable resource for pediatric resident physicians. It contains management algorithms for all major pediatric disease processes and an extensive updated pharmacy with accurate pediatric dosing recommendations. This is supposed to be the ‘pearl book’ for pediatric house officers, and many pediatric training programs provide this to their residents. The updated version is always necessary due to changes in the formulary section, infectious disease sections, and the current vaccination schedule guidelines, which do change from year to year. – Rebecca Hutchings, MD, Ochsner Clinic Foundation (review of previous edition)
Here is the first and best option for help in daily diagnosis and treatment. Trusted by generations of residents, The Harriet Lane Handbook, 20th edition remains practitioners’ choice for fast, accurate information on pediatric diagnosis and treatment.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Sports Medicine / Orthopaedics
DeLee & Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: 2-Volume Set, 4th edition by Mark D. Miller MD and Stephen R. Thompson MD MEd FRCSC (Elsevier Saunders)
The revised, streamlined, and reorganized DeLee & Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, 4th edition, 2-volume set, continues to be clinicians’ must-have orthopaedics reference, covering the surgical, medical, and rehabilitation/injury prevention topics related to athletic injuries and chronic conditions.
With DeLee & Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, clinicians are able to:
Clinicians can find the information they need quickly with this completely reorganized text. DeLee & Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, 4th edition, 2-volume set, provides the most clinically focused, comprehensive guidance available in any single source, with contributions from the most respected authorities in the field.
Arts & Photography / Lighting / Self-Help
Magic Light and the Dynamic Landscape by Jeanine Leech (Amherst Media)
Have you ever noticed how dramatic the sky can be before or after storm? Or seen a shaft of light shimmering through a snow squall over the mountain ridge?
Moments of peak action are well-known in sports photography, but they also happen in nature photography. The light can change within seconds and the best light may occur only long enough for a single frame. To create dramatic images, landscape photographers must first recognize those moments of magic light that get the heart pumping and blood flowing. While the sunrise and sunset hours provide recognized opportunities, the keen photographer will soon see that magic light can also happen at other times of the day.
The author of Magic Light and the Dynamic Landscape, Jeanine Leech, is a professional landscape and sports photographer whose work has appeared in magazines around the world.
After identifying the light, capturing the moment requires fast action; often, photographers need to set up fast and shoot within seconds to get the shot. At every phase of the process, from finding magic light throughout the day to making best use of it when they do, Magic Light and the Dynamic Landscape arms them with the skills they need to and use magic light to transform everyday landscapes.
The book shows photographers how to:
Contents of Magic Light and the Dynamic Landscape include:
Part One Introduction
1. Moments of Magic Light
2. Getting The Shot
Part Two Magic Light
4. Cycle of Light
5. Direction of Light
6. Quality of Light
7. Color of Light
Part Three The Dynamic Landscape
8. Weather Guide
9. Water and Reflections
12. The Digital Darkroom
A profoundly moving collection of beautiful images that eloquently reflect Jeanine Leech as a nature photographer. – Art Becker, photographer
Jeanine Leech's photography makes my heart leap.... In her work, I see the spirit to keep climbing. – Jim Mendenhall, photojournalist/fine-art photographer
Photographers learn to use light, color, and dimension to create dynamic and expressive images with Magic Light and the Dynamic Landscape. The book arms photographers with the skills they need to succeed in transforming everyday landscapes into ethereal visions.
Audio / Religion & Spirituality / New Age / Shamanism / Self-Help
The Power Path Training: Living the Secrets of the Inner Shaman, 6 CDs, running time 7 hours, 24 minutes by Jose Stevens PhD and Lena Stevens (Sounds True)
Shamanic wisdom reveals that personal power comes from being in alignment – with the core self, with others, with the world, and with spirit. With The Power Path Training, expert teachers José and Lena Stevens offer a complete course in indigenous empowerment practices adapted for modern life. Listeners join the Stevens for six practice-filled sessions on accessing the spirit world for guidance and deepening their relationships with others and the natural world.
José Luis Stevens, PhD, is the president and co-founder of Power Path Seminars, an international school dedicated to the application of indigenous practices in business and everyday life. Lena Stevens has taught nature-based wisdom internationally for 25 years and is co-author of Secrets of Shamanism and co-founder of Power Path Seminars and the School of Shamanism.
Highlights of The Power Path Training include:
The way of the shaman teaches listeners to ‘see through the heart,’ which cannot be deceived by fear or confusion. From this centered place, they learn self-inquiry practices to find and heal their ‘power leaks’ at the physical, psychological, and energetic levels. Over six immersive sessions, the Stevens offer time-tested practices for receiving wisdom and support from ancestors, guides, nature, and the spiritual source from which all true power arises. Shamanic practice allows listeners to perceive the hidden flows of power in the world – but there is a price. "To walk this path," says Jose Stevens, "you must sacrifice false beliefs that can feel familiar and comfortable."
If listeners want to break free from their limits and embrace a life of authenticity, connection, and meaning, the training course The Power Path Training provides two extraordinary teachers. Drawn from the curriculum they have taught for more than 25 years, this program delivers diverse and flexible techniques for accessing the ‘inner shaman’ – the core spiritual self that expresses their highest purpose.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership
The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions That Will Define Your Company by Karan Girotra and Serguei Netessine (Harvard Business Review Press)
Risk has been defined as the
potential for losing something of value. In business, that value
could be the original investment or the expected future returns.
Leaders who understand how the structure of their business model
affects risk have the power to create wealth, revolutionize
industries, and shape a better world.
The Risk-Driven Business Model helps readers manage risk better by showing how the key choices they make in designing their business models either increase or reduce two characteristic types of risk – information risk, when they make decisions without enough information, and incentive-alignment risk, when decision makers’ incentives are at odds with the broader goals of the company.
INSEAD’s Karan Girotra and Serguei Netessine, noted operations and innovation professors who have consulted with dozens of companies, walk readers through a business model audit to determine what key decisions get made in a business, when they get made, who makes them, and why business leaders make the decisions they do. They say that by changing the company’s key decisions within this framework, readers can fundamentally alter the risks that impact their business. Girotra is Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD and Netessine is the Timken Chaired Professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD and the Research Director of the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance.
The Risk-Driven Business Model is for entrepreneurs and executives in companies involved in dynamic industries where the locus of risk is shifting, and includes lessons from Zipcar, Blockbuster, Apple, Benetton, Kickstarter, Walmart, and dozens of other global companies.
At a time when business model innovation is
flourishing, as never before,
The Risk-Driven Business Model by Karan Girotra and
Serguei Netessine, both professors at Insead, reveals how companies
can design their business models to unlock value and game-changing
competitive advantage. – Consulting Magazine
The Risk-Driven Business Model’s powerful framework and great examples show you how to create a disruptive business model and make the right decisions for your company and products. A must-read for executives and entrepreneurs alike. – Hermann Simon, founder, Chairman, and former CEO, Simon-Kucher & Partners; author, Hidden Champions of the 21st Century
Karan Girotra and Serguei Netessine have a powerful partnership that results in first-rate conceptual ideas. Simply put, this book changed the way I viewed the world. – Frances X. Frei, UPS Foundation Professor of Service Management and Senior Associate Dean, Harvard Business School; coauthor, Uncommon Service
Girotra and Netessine have crafted a spectacular book that guides executives and entrepreneurs through a structured process for creating a disruptive business model. I highly recommend it. – Karl T. Ulrich, Vice Dean of Innovation, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Welcome to the new opportunity in risk. Karan Girotra and Serguei Netessine’s four W’s are empowering as entrepreneurs like me start to imagine new businesses and innovations. An impressive and important book. – Hugh Mason, cofounder and CEO, JFDI.Asia
The Risk-Driven Business Model demystifies business model
risk, with clear directives aimed at improving decision making and
driving the business forward. In essence the book shows readers how
to outsmart risk.
Computers & Technology / Artificial Intelligence / Reference
Future Robots: Towards a robotic science of human beings by Domenico Parisi (Advances in Interaction Studies Series, Vol. 7: John Benjamins Publishing Company)
Future Robots is for both robot builders and scientists who study human behavior and human societies. Scientists not only collect empirical data but they also formulate theories to explain the data. Theories of human behavior and human societies are traditionally expressed in words but, today, with the advent of the computer they can also be expressed by constructing computer-based artifacts. If the artifacts do what human beings do, the theory/blueprint that has been used to construct the artifacts explains human behavior and human societies. Since human beings are primarily bodies, the artifacts must be robots, and human robots must progressively reproduce all we know about human beings and their societies. And, although they are purely scientific tools, they can have one very important practical application: helping human beings to better understand the many difficult problems they face today and will face in the future – and, perhaps, to find solutions for these problems.
The author is Domenico Parisi, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council, Rome.
Human beings are the most complicated of all entities that make up reality. They seem to be made of both physical matter and something else which is not physical matter. They are difficult to study with the necessary detachment which is required by science because scientists also are human beings. This explains why science knows and understands nature much better than human beings. One might think that one must only wait and, someday, science will understand human beings as it understands all other phenomena of reality. But this may not be true unless the science of human beings changes radically.
Future Robots outlines a new science of human beings: a robotic science of human beings. If we succeed in constructing these robots, the theory – or, rather, the blueprint – which has been used to construct the robots captures what underlies human behavior and human societies and explains them.
But the robots of a robotic science of human beings must be human, not humanoid, robots. Today's humanoid robots have the external appearance of human beings and do some simple things that human beings do such as grasping an object with their hand or walking on two legs. Human robots must progressively reproduce all that we know about human beings: their body, their brain, their genes, their environment, their evolutionary origins, how they develop during their life, how they acquire new behaviors through learning and imitation, their motivations and emotions, their mental life, their families, their cultures, their economic and political institutions, and how they and their societies have changed and continue to change in the course of time.
These phenomena are traditionally studied by separate scientific disciplines – biology, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, history – and this is a problem because scientific disciplines divide reality into separate pieces but reality is not divided into separate pieces. Reality is a large ensemble of different phenomena which are all connected together and, very often, the phenomena studied by one discipline can only be understood and explained by taking into consideration the phenomena studied by another discipline. A robotic science of human beings is a non-disciplinary science of human beings. One and the same robot and one and the same collection of robots must reproduce all the different human phenomena which today are studied by separate scientific disciplines.
Today's robots are mostly technologies with practical applications and almost all research money goes to robots as practical applications. The Institute’s robots do not have practical applications; they are purely scientific tools. The only reason why they want to construct them is that, by constructing them, they can better understand human beings and human societies. They are mirrors through which human beings will be able to see themselves.
This is an inspirational book that ranges from simple evolutionary robotic simulations on navigation tasks to more challenging simulation experiments on social, political and economic issues. The book describes numerous examples from the wide and diverse work done by Parisi and his collaborators and former students at the renowned Artificial Life and Robotics group at the National Research Council in Rome. This volume sets the theoretical and technological bases for forthcoming research on future robots. – Angelo Cangelosi, Plymouth University
This is a deep, exciting, and thought-provoking exploration of our common computational future, performed by a leading scientific mind and world-class computational social science innovator. – Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, George Mason University
Future Robots is addressed more to students of human behavior and human societies than to roboticists – although roboticists may find suggestions on how to construct new robots with practical applications. These robots do have one practical application: they can help human beings to better understand the difficult problems they face today and will face in the future and, perhaps, to find solutions to these problems.
This is an ambitious program of research. The robots described in Future Robots reproduce in a very simplified way some very limited aspects of human behavior and human societies. Parisi says that writing this book has made it clear to him how many phenomena concerning human beings and human societies still remain to be reproduced by constructing robots. But it is possible to make the first steps towards the realization of the program, and Future Robots describes these first steps.
Education & Teaching / Special Education
Special Education in Contemporary Society: An Introduction to Exceptionality, 5th edition by Richard M. Gargiulo (Sage Publications, Inc.)
The fifth edition of
Richard Gargiulo’s well-respected
Special Education in Contemporary Society offers a
comprehensive and easy-to-read introduction to special education.
Grounded in research and updated to reflect the current thinking and
standards of the field, the book provides students with the skills
and knowledge to become successful teachers. Gargiulo’s text
encourages a deep awareness and understanding of the human side of
special education. The book provides students a glimpse into the
lives of exceptional students and their families, as well as the
teachers that work with exceptional persons throughout their lives.
Gargiulo is a professor of special education in the School of Education at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Awarded the University's President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, he has also served as a Fulbright Scholar to the Czech Republic and has been president of the Council for Exceptional Children and president of the Division on Autism and Development Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children.
The new edition of Special Education in Contemporary Society maintains the broad context and research focus for which it is known, while expanding on current trends and contemporary issues to better serve both pre-service and in-service teachers of exceptional individuals. The text is organized into two parts to offer students a humane understanding of exceptionality. In Part I, readers are provided a foundational perspective on broad topics that affect all individuals with an exceptionality. In Part II, Gargiulo engages students with examinations of individual exceptionalities, and discusses historical, personal, and educational details of each exceptionality as it affects a person across the lifespan.
Special Education in Contemporary Society provides teachers and their students with a research-based text that also stresses learning in inclusive settings and classroom application. By blending theory with practice, the book provides pre-service educators and practicing professionals with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs that are crucial to constructing learning environments that allow all students to reach their full potential.
Some features of Special Education in Contemporary Society include:
This edition of Special Education in Contemporary Society includes the latest from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and the new paradigm for classifying individuals with autism spectrum disorders as outlined in the DSM-5. And each chapter now utilizes the new Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) initial level special educator preparation standards.
I appreciate the author's person-centered approach and his statement that it is a book about people. – Douglas E. Carothers, Florida Gulf Coast University
Overall, I like this entire text, but some of my favorite features in the book are Insights, Suggestions for the Classroom, First Person, Making Inclusion Work, and Effective Instructional Practices. I teach an Introduction to Special Education course and typically have 60+ students in each class. It can be difficult to create a classroom community and do activities with so many students. However, I find that I often use one of the features I mentioned above as the foundation for small group discussions and activities. – Penny Cantley, Oklahoma State University
I like the book, especially the historical background, which is missing in so many special education textbooks (that is one of the two major reasons why I chose this textbook for my class). – Johan W. van der Jagt, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
This is a well-written, comprehensive, well-organized text. It is obvious that much thought has been put into the supplementary materials and features. – Jenny Fererro, Palomar College
Groundbreaking, research based, and updated to reflect the current thinking and standards, Special Education in Contemporary Society, 5th edition, is a comprehensive and humane, engaging and easy-to-read introduction to special education. Gargiulo uses language that focuses on the abilities and assets of students with exceptionalities throughout the book. Through the vignettes, students gain a firsthand, vivid account of the parents' fears and frustrations, their accomplishments and triumphs, and the issues they face on a daily basis.
Entertainment & Sports / Training & Performance
High-Performance Training for Sports edited by Dan Lewindon and David Joyce, with a foreword by Mark Verstegen (Human Kinetics)
High-Performance Training for Sports brings the invaluable and rich global perspective of best practices from the leaders who are working hard to research and apply this knowledge and experience on a daily basis. The contributors are to be commended for their openness and passion in creating such powerful work for all to benefit.
Much insightful information is presented for our application. Yes, each situation and each athlete is unique and you must take into account the existing culture, athlete mix, goals, priorities, resources, teammates, facilities and role you play within the organization. But you can readily find ways to use the rich knowledge in this book…. – Mark Verstegen, from the foreword
There is a vast difference between elite athletes of today compared to those from previous generations. The rules and objectives of the sports may be similar, but the processes undertaken to be the best in the world are markedly different. Sacrifices have always been made to be number one, but the increasing significance and popularity of sport on the world stage has meant becoming an athlete is a career choice that requires total attention and commitment, forsaking all others.
High-Performance Training for Sports features contributions from global leaders in athletic performance training, coaching and rehabilitation. Experts share the cutting-edge knowledge and techniques they've used with Olympians as well as top athletes and teams from the NBA, NFL, MLB, English Premier League, Tour de France and International Rugby. The editors are David Joyce and Daniel Lewindon. The first athletic performance coach in history to work with Team China after having worked with another national Olympic team, Joyce is currently head of athletic performance at Western Force, the most traveled team in world sport, in the toughest club rugby competition in the world spanning Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, Lewindon has more than 10 years’ experience working full-time in elite sport, and is currently a physiotherapist for the England Rugby Team, a post he has held for more than four years.
Combining the latest science and research with proven training protocols, High-Performance Training for Sports guides readers in:
Sport success requires long-term planning, stability and commitment from CEO to masseur, all with a singular vision of improving performance. In this way, high-performance sport is no longer a goal attainable for the committed amateur. It is a goal that needs careful and considered planning.
The top athletes of today have all been carefully nurtured since they were adolescents, or in some cases, since they were children. They have been identified as genetically gifted and sufficiently talented and then groomed and progressively exposed to a training and competitive environment aimed at building a top adult performer.
High-Performance Training for Sports provides readers with a deep understanding of the physical training of athletes. However, this does not in itself guarantee transference into sport success. There is a need to understand the context within which this knowledge can be applied. Successful application also requires a deep appreciation of the sport itself and the individual athletes. Each person will respond differently to training due to differences in genetics, personality, training and injury history, outside influences and beliefs.
With so much riding on the physical preparation of athletes, there is a need for best practices to be communicated among those working in high performance around the world. Innovations in the field of sport and exercise science in the last decade have meant that many of the publications on the shelves today contain information that needs updating. High-Performance Training for Sports not only provides this update but also presents the information in a new way. The concepts that are advanced in this text provides an intimate insight into the world of high performance.
High-Performance Training for Sports is the result of a collaboration of people who are recognized as world leaders in each domain of athletic performance, all writing about their own specific areas of expertise. They explain what best practice is in their fields and bring to life what the research says about their fields. In this way, some of the world's best people are effectively distilling the research and methods of world-class practice and providing readers with the best ways to apply the science.
High-Performance Training for Sports is the product of the collaboration of world leaders in high-performance sport for disseminating not just the science behind world-class athletic performance, but more importantly, the application of this science in the real world. This book is a manual that is immediately applicable to any athlete, coach or support professional involved in activities in which physical performance is paramount. The focus is not limited to traditional sports, with military and industrial athletes also requiring elite physical preparation.
High-Performance Training for Sports changes the landscape of athletic conditioning and sports performance. This groundbreaking work presents the latest and most effective philosophies, protocols and programs for developing today's athletes. Whether readers are working with high-performance athletes of all ages or with those recovering from injury, the book is the definitive guide for developing all aspects of athletic performance. It is a must-own guide for serious strength and conditioning coaches, trainers, rehabilitators and athletes.
Entertainment & Sports / Transportation / Exercise & Fitness / Guides
1001 Bicycles to Dream of Riding by general editor Guy Kesteven, with a foreword by Chris Boardman (Universe)
This latest volume in the
popular 1001 series surveys the world's most popular mode of
transport – the bicycle. Ever since the nineteenth century, when
bicycles first appeared, they have captivated the imaginations of
those around them, inspiring feats of innovation, design, sporting
prowess, and healthy and green living. From the penny-farthing to
the mountain bike and the carbon-fiber racing bicycle,
1001 Bicycles to Dream of Riding welcomes readers to the
guide to the most important bikes they can ever dream of riding. The
book allows readers to trace the evolution of the bicycle from its
early incarnations in wood to the latest racing machines made of
titanium and carbon fiber.
1001 Bicycles to Dream of Riding celebrates the designs and individual stories behind the world's most influential and high-profile models from every discipline, including mountain and road biking as well as BMX and track racing. Lavishly photographed in full color, each bike is accompanied by its specifications and manufacturing history as well as text revealing the impact it has had on the bicycle industry as a whole.
1001 Bicycles to Dream of Riding profiles in detail the greatest bikes of all time. From the early velocipedes of the 1890s to today's standard upright bikes, this guide features bikes from every cycling discipline – from road to mountain biking, and from BMX to track racing – and includes models from every brand, from the Italian maestros, Colnago, Bianchi, De Rosa, and Pinarello, to the American ambassadors, Trek and Specialized, to the smaller, innovative designers, such as BMC, Scott, LeMond, and Cervelo. Organized chronologically, each bike is accompanied by its specifications and manufacturing history, and every review reveals the individual stories behind the world's most influential, groundbreaking, and prominent bicycles.
An avid bike enthusiast since the days when he shared his child seat with the weekly groceries, Guy Kesteven brings an effervescent passion for pedaling and an encyclopedic knowledge of cycling technology to the book. Working in the bike trade for twenty-four years, and as a professional mountain, road, and triathlon bike tester for the past seventeen years, he has ridden and reviewed hundreds of the bikes selected for this book.
Readers take a ride through this comprehensive, chronological guide to the 1001 most important bicycles ever created. They marvel at full-color photographs, carefully compiled technical specifications, and authoritative text written by a panel of cycling experts.
Never before have so many bicycles been profiled within a single illustrated volume. Lavishly illustrated, comprehensive, and authoritative, 1001 Bicycles to Dream of Riding is visually stunning guide to the 1,001 most important and groundbreaking bicycles. It is the perfect book for bicycle enthusiasts, racing experts, and leisure cyclists everywhere.
History / Biblical Studies
The True Herod by Geza Vermes (Bloomsbury T & T Clark)
How did he come to govern one of the most politically tumultuous regions in the world?
Was he the heartless baby-killer of Matthew's
Gospel, or does this popular tale do Herod a great disservice?
Geza Vermes, one of the most recognizable names in Biblical and Jewish studies, provides a new portrait of Herod with The True Herod. Vermes (1924-2013) was Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford and was one of the world’s greatest experts on the historical Jesus, Christian beginnings, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Vermes examines Herod's legacy as a political leader, and a potentate, a man of culture, and an all-round smooth operator. Vermes opens up the fascinating character of Herod, from his sizable and fragile ego to his devastation at the execution of his beloved wife, an execution that Herod ordered himself. Beginning with the key historical sources, notably Josephus, Vermes moves on to consider Herod's greatest legacy and testament – his extensive building works, which include the Temple in Jerusalem, Masada and Herodium.
Vermes says in the preface to The True Herod that for many years he has been fascinated by the figure of Herod the Great (c. 73-4 BCE). Having read and reread Josephus' accounts in the Jewish War and Antiquities, and having attempted to discount the pro-Herodian and pro-Hasmonaean bias in the two works, he reached the conclusion that both the Christian and the Jewish rabbinic traditions have presented readers with a caricature of the true Herod. Herod was not an enemy of the Jews, nor was he guilty of the massacre of the babes in Bethlehem as the evangelist Matthew would like his readers to believe. He was heroic and horrible. A genius in politics as well as a giant in architecture and planning, he was at the same time shamefully vindictive towards those he considered potential rivals or opponents, including the close members of his family. He was a split personality and his two opposite qualities turned him into a genuine tragic hero. It is amazing that no top class filmmaker has yet discovered these latent potentials and raised him to stardom as they did with his classical contemporaries, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra.
However, a good historian should not allow Herod's generally known weaknesses to obscure his greatness, nor the negative aspects of his complex personality to obfuscate his brilliant and, yes, his kindness and generosity towards his subjects, Jewish and non-Jewish, in their hours of need.
In The True Herod, a richly illustrated account, Herod and his successors down to the third generation are set within the framework of Jewish and Graeco-Roman history, with a bird's eye view back to the age of David (c. 1000 BCE) and a forward look to the aftermath of the Jewish rebellion against Rome in the final decades of the first century CE.
In The True Herod, this final book of his career, published posthumously, Geza Vermes's insightful eye remains as sharp as ever. Rejecting the traditional villainous presentation of Herod the Great, and drawing on both literary and archaeological evidence, Vermes argues that Herod was a complex figure, capable of terrible acts but also of loyalty and diplomatic brilliance. Beautifully illustrated, and written with a real relish for presenting a personality almost larger than life, this book vividly explores the history of the Jews, Herod's stunning rise to power, the convolutions of Herod's personal and political life, his maniacal murders, monumental architecture, death and legacy. Herod has both horrified and fascinated us throughout the centuries, and this book superbly captures why. – Joan E. Taylor, King's College London
In The True Herod, his richly illustrated account of this much-maligned king of the Jews, Geza Vermes once again teaches us that to write great history is also – perhaps first of all – to tell a great story. – Paula Fredriksen, Boston University
This is a fascinating journey into the past; the stimulating narrative causes the reader to ponder, wonder, and speculate about human frailties and fortunes. How does an evil genius succeed in building monumental cities and the Temple, even bringing peace to a tortured land? This biography of Herod, 'a genuine tragic hero,' is another of Vermes's monumental achievements from a life devoted to research, study, and reflection. – James H. Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Seminary
Readers will find the pages and pictures in The True Herod instructive and entertaining. What is most engaging about this volume isn't the historical information; it is the way that Vermes tells the tale. His book is artistically beautiful and aesthetically amazing. The book is meant for all, with no prior requirement beyond a basic education. Students new to historical studies will learn the facts of Herod's life and legacy from one of our generation's most gifted scholars. Seasoned academics will relearn facts long forgotten and how to express those facts to readers in a sensible, clear and concise way.
History / Japan / Architecture / Nature / Travel
Japan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature by John Dougill, with a foreword by Donald Richie (Tuttle Publishing)
In 2012, I set off to tour Japan's seventeen World Heritage sites, traveling the length of the country from the north of Hokkaido down to Okinawa. It was an auspicious year to do so. Not only was it the twentieth anniversary of Japan's first World Heritage registration but the fortieth anniversary of the UNESCO convention.... Japan is a surprisingly long country and the trip took over four months as I moved steadily southwards from the subarctic in Shiretoko down towards the subtropical in Okinawa and Ogasawara. Contrary to the popular notion of Japan as a place of overcrowded cities, the journey began and ended in remote areas of unspoilt nature. Few countries can be as pleasant to travel around as Japan, for its people are unfailingly polite and the transport system efficient and timely. Though public transport was my preferred option, car rental sometimes proved the only practical option.
Along the way there were plenty of adventures. In the mountainous Shirakami area of northern Honshu, my driver fell asleep at the wheel one afternoon, not only wrecking the car but managing to strand us in one of the few spots in Japan with no mobile access and no passing traffic. As midnight approached and we sat vainly trying to sleep in the wrecked vehicle, a flashing light split the darkness and a small police car arrived to tell us that we were camping illegally! – from the introduction
Japan's World Heritage Sites, readers are introduced to the
temples, gardens, castles and natural wonders for which Japan is
renowned – all of those now declared to be Unesco World Heritage
Sites. Author John Dougill describes all seventeen sites in detail,
stating why they were singled out by Unesco, the current number and
types of sites, the application process, and how difficult it is to
be given the special status of a World Heritage Site.
Dougill traveled to all of the sites in Japan to research Japan's World Heritage Sites. Because the Japanese archipelago extends from Siberia all the way down to Taiwan, Dougill, professor at Ryukoku University in Kyoto, describes how his journey led him from the sub-Arctic to the sub-tropical zones.
These seventeen sites are without a doubt the most interesting sites that Japan has to offer, including the following:
Readers learn how Japan first became involved with the World Heritage Sites program back in 1993, the importance of these designations, and their popularity in Japan, where they are visited by millions of people annually, both Japanese and foreigners.
John Dougill brings to this book an eye for
telling detail and a skill in communicating the mood and essential
Japan's World Heritage Sites. The description of each
place contains practical information for the visitor, lush
photographs, and a lively discussion of each site's history and
major characteristics. The variety and geographic range promise the
visitor an unforgettable experience of Japan. – Suzanne Gay,
Professor of East Asian Studies and History, Oberlin College
How fortunate we are to have Kyoto's esteemed John Dougill bring us on his journey through the astonishing cultural and natural worlds of Japan's seventeen World Heritage Sites. Dougill, an established author on Japanese history and religion, knows what is most significant about these wonders, and so is our perfect guide. – John Einarsen, Founding Editor, Kyoto Journal
Japan's UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites are important and treasured attractions and this excellent book fully explores their grand beauty and deep spirituality. Reading through it is like taking a complete tour guided by a true expert. – David A. Mason, Specialist in Korean Cultural Tourism, NamSeoul University, Korea
Japan's World Heritage Sites is a beautiful introduction to the subject. With lavish photographs, excellent maps and thoughtful introductions to each site, the book is perfect for travel planning or as a resource while you're exploring Japan. It's a brilliant discussion of the varied and beautiful wonders of Japan. – Chris Rowthorn, Lonely Planet author
A fascinating and generously illustrated overview of Japan's World Heritage attractions, packed with useful visitor information. The book features well-known attractions, while spotlighting some of the lesser known gems amongst Japan's national treasures. – Julie Highmore, novelist
John Dougill's long experience as a writer on Japanese culture shines through in this marvelous compilation of all of Japan's World Heritage Sites. This beautifully written and lavishly illustrated volume offers a compelling and thorough view of Japan's premier historic and natural wonders. – Joseph Cali, author of books on Japan
Japan's World Heritage Sites makes it possible for readers
to visit the most compelling cultural and nature sites in all of
Japan, and the world, from their armchairs. The book is well
illustrated with full page, full-color photographs and often as many
as three or four photographs per page.
History / Modern / Jewish Studies
Assimilated Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, 1940-1943 by Katarzyna Person, with series editor Henry Feingold (Modern Jewish History Series: Syracuse University Press)
The enclosure of the ghetto also affected those who up until then seemed a world away from the crowds of Nalewki or Franciszkanska Streets – the heroes of popular imagination. Those who before the war could only be seen on the covers of popular magazines or in gossip columns, the most popular actors and musicians of interwar Poland, began their new life working as rickshaw drivers, street sellers, or soup kitchen employees....
One of the ghetto inhabitants wrote: “We knew them well from the pre-war times, read their poems in the best literary magazines, saw their names on playbills in the best theaters, hummed hit songs written by them. Never before did it cross our mind that we will be able to watch them, and so many of them. We didn't even know they were Jewish." – From Chapter 4
Jews in Nazi-occupied Warsaw during the 1940s
were under increasing threat as they were stripped of their rights
and forced to live in a guarded ghetto away from the non-Jewish
Polish population. Within the ghettos, a small but distinct group
existed: the assimilated, acculturated, and baptized Jews. Unwilling
to integrate into the Jewish community and unable to merge with the
Polish one, they formed a group of their own, remaining in a state
of suspension throughout the interwar period. In 1940, with the
closure of the Jewish Residential Quarter in Warsaw, their identity
was chosen for them.
Author Katarzyna Person in Assimilated Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, 1940-1943 looks at what it meant for assimilated Jews to leave their pre-war neighborhoods, understood as both a physical environment and a mixed Polish Jewish community, and enter a new, Jewish one. She reveals the diversity of this group and how its members' identity shaped their involvement in and contribution to ghetto life.
In the first English-language study of this small but influential group, Person illuminates the important role of the acculturated and assimilated Jews to the history and memory of the Warsaw ghetto. Person is a researcher at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. According to Person, the concepts of assimilation and acculturation evade clear definition. Robert E. Park and Ernest W. Burgess, in one of the first and most influential works on assimilation, define it as "a process of interpenetration and fusion in which persons and groups acquire the memories, sentiments, and attitudes of other persons or groups, and by sharing their experiences and history, are incorporated with them in a common cultural life."
Some of those who feature in Assimilated Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, 1940-1943 were simply born into assimilated families; others were brought up in two cultures. For some assimilation was a personal choice, not influenced by their family background. Others became assimilated through processes of modernization and laicization, which was gradual and often went unnoticed. What they all had in common, and what will be Person’s main point of reference, is the predominant identification with Polish culture and language, even though some of these individuals also cultivated certain aspects of their Jewish identity. The identity of Polish Jews at this time was in no way static and remained dependent on numerous external and internal factors. The only way to define ‘Jewish Polishness’ is to see it as a set of expressions of constant changes in various components of self-identity, a journey undertaken by almost all of those who feature in Assimilated Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, 1940-1943.
Because the aim of Assimilated Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, 1940-1943 is to uncover the personal experiences of assimilated and acculturated Jews, principally the inhabitants of the Warsaw Ghetto, the main sources for Person’s research is personal, autobiographical documents – diaries, memoirs, and testimonies. The majority of those quoted in this work come from the archive of the Zydowski Instytut Historyczny (ZIH, pol. Jewish Historical Institute) and the Yad Vashem Archive in Jerusalem. She also relies extensively on documentation from the proceedings of the Social Courts of the Central Committee of Polish Jews, as among those tried between 1946 and 1950 for collaboration and other acts against the Jewish community was a clear overrepresentation of Jews with assimilated or acculturated backgrounds – people who had held high-level positions in the ghetto administration and the police. The testimony of those who stood trial should of course be treated with caution. For the purpose of this research, greater importance is placed on the testimonies of impartial witnesses who were called in front of the court to describe various aspects of the functioning of the ghetto and general attitudes toward its authorities.
Important sources for her work were also collections of oral testimony, especially the Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive. Even though those interviewed were asked to recall events from more than fifty years before, the archive is a valuable source for the history of the assimilated community of the Warsaw Ghetto. This is mainly because the majority of interviews has a pre-planned structure and covers survivors' lives before, during, and after the war, allowing us to trace their changing national and cultural affiliations. Just as importantly, among those interviewed are often people who chose not to speak publicly immediately after the war and did not wish to have their experiences published, including members of the Warsaw Ghetto's Order Service and employees of the ghetto administration.
Diaries, memoirs, and testimonies are supplemented by documents, which allow Person to place the personal experiences of assimilated Jews in the context of the wider ghetto society. The most famous collection dealing with the Warsaw Ghetto is undoubtedly the Ringelblum Archive – the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto. Even though the aim of the Ringelblum Archive was to collect information from every strata of the ghetto community, the majority of essays and reviews of life in the ghetto written for the archive represent the views of the politically committed left-wing Zionists. In consequence, the tone of the texts in the collection is overwhelmingly against assimilation and sometimes even openly hostile toward it. Assimilated Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, 1940-1943 therefore forms a counterpoint to the diaries and memoirs written by assimilated inhabitants of the Warsaw Ghetto.
The final source for Person’s research is newspapers, both official and clandestine. The Ringelblum Archive remains the primary and almost exclusive source of the Warsaw Ghetto's underground press. The majority of Polish underground newspapers are in Biblioteka Narodowa in Warsaw (500 titles) and Archiwum Akt Nowych in Warsaw (approx. 100 titles, mainly from the Warsaw Uprising). When it comes to sources of German origin, the main source for the social history of the Warsaw Ghetto is Gazeta Zydowska (pol. Jewish Newspaper), a German-controlled, Polish-language newspaper published two or three times a week in the ghettos of the Generalgouvernement. Though censored and very heavily biased, Gazeta nonetheless contains an enormous amount of information about everyday life in the ghetto, which are often considered in Assimilated Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, 1940-1943. Also of importance (especially for the period before the creation of the ghetto) are Nazi-controlled publications from occupied Warsaw, particularly Nowy Kurier Warszawski (pol. The New Warsaw Courier).
On the basis of these sources Person reconstructs the multitude of voices of the assimilated and acculturated ghetto inhabitants. Her first aim is to avoid the traditional discourse of the history of the assimilated community in the Warsaw Ghetto, which tends to be viewed either from purely ‘Jewish’ terms, or from a purely ‘Polish’ perspective, as nothing more than the Jewish angle of Polish history. In order to strike a balance between the ‘Polish’ and ‘Jewish’ aspects of the identity of assimilated Jews, it is particularly useful to adopt a postmodern approach to history, which focuses on the historical context of Jewish existence. This approach allows her to look at the Warsaw Ghetto not only as part of the history of the Holocaust but also to place it in the context of the particular history of Polish Jews.
A very important study of the complex nature of those groups of persons who were forced to live (and die) in the Warsaw Ghetto and the history of the fate of European Jews. Clear, readable, original and sound, highly recommended. – Peter Dembowski, University of Chicago
In the first English-language study of this small but influential group, Person in Assimilated Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, 1940-1943 illuminates the role of the acculturated and assimilated Jews to the history and memory of the Warsaw ghetto. Person avoids the traditional discourse of the history of the assimilated community, adopting a postmodern approach to history, and striking a balance between the ‘Polish and ‘Jewish’ aspects of the identify of assimilated Jews in this highly readable study.
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies / Antiques & Collectibles / Music
Ball's Manual of Gretsch Guitars: 1950s by Edward Ball (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.)
The go-to book for information about vintage Gretsch guitars of the 1950s, illustrated with over 120 images, this is an authoritative, detailed review of both Gretsch guitar production and the individual guitar models that the company introduced during the decade. Ball's Manual of Gretsch Guitars: 1950s gives readers a comprehensive explanation of the various Gretsch serial numbering systems, an overview of classic Gretsch features from the 1950s, and complete specifications for 28 models produced within the decade. Also included are the evolution of features for each model in every model year of the 1950s, the total production estimates for most models, and the adjusted serial number to model year chronology. This highly detailed information is supported by photography, and an extensive, batch-by-batch recreation of the Gretsch Brooklyn factory's lost production history.
Author Edward Ball has been gathering data and researching vintage Gretsch guitars for nearly a decade. In 2010 he released his first book on the topic entitled Gretsch 6120, The History of a Legendary Guitar. Ball says that since he first became afflicted with the vintage Gretsch guitar bug in the early 1990s, he has always felt like the mystery surrounding these distinctive guitars has lessened their appeal for some in the vintage guitar community. For him, however, it had the opposite effect, and he ultimately embarked on a journey to shed new light on these amazing instruments.
In his travels, Ball has become familiar with the disagreements within the vintage guitar community about what features existed on which Gretsch models, and the associated confusion as to what model year attribution a particular specimen should have. This frustration is largely the result of a lack of verified historical information, and an over-reliance on the excuse that "every Gretsch guitar is a transitional example." Much of the ambiguity surrounding Gretsch guitars is the result of the company's Brooklyn factory records being lost to fire in December 1973.
With Ball's Manual of Gretsch Guitars: 1950s Ball focuses his efforts on reconstructing the chronology of events at the Gretsch Brooklyn factory during the 1950s, the heart of the company's Golden Era. Over this time he has learned much about the diversity within the Gretsch line, and the wonderful mix of elegance and oddity that resides within the company's catalog of models.
Ball's Manual of Gretsch Guitars: 1950s offers information in several resource forms. First is the "History of Gretsch Serial Numbers," which provides the most comprehensive overview to date of the various approaches the Gretsch company took to serial numbering its stringed instrument lines over five decades. It presents the data chronologically, citing the three pre-war model lines, and several post-war production eras, bringing new clarity to this often misunderstood topic.
The following section, "Primary Features – 1950s," offers insights on a few of the features and components that can be referenced when evaluating a vintage Gretsch guitar specimen. Unfortunately, some features and hardware elements can be transient, and over 50-plus years of existence they may have been removed, altered, or upgraded. Understanding what attributes of a model of a particular vintage are original factory specifications can assist in assigning an accurate value to an instrument.
A substantial portion of Ball's Manual of Gretsch Guitars: 1950s is dedicated to the "Model Line Description" pages. These provide the basic information about each particular model of Gretsch guitar, including its model year debut, standard specifications, and subsequent model year feature evolutions. Each offers a photograph of the model, and in some cases, a later model year manifestation, and/or alternate finish options of the base model. These sections are sequenced in a loosely chronological order based on the model's debut year. In most cases, a projection of total production volume has been identified for each model.
Much of the information in the serial number history, primary features, and model description sections can be cross-referenced against the Gretsch Production History table in the back portion of Ball's Manual of Gretsch Guitars: 1950s. The ‘Gretsch Production History’ is a recreation of the Gretsch company's Brooklyn factory production arranged by sequential batches and identified by ‘model year’. In addition to batch model identification and model year attribution, this table often provides awareness to a particular model's feature introductions, as well as periodic chronological fence posts such as dated pot code information, original bills of sale, dated inspection tags, and dated neck stamps, that may have been documented within a batch.
Lastly, there is a collection of interesting Gretsch specimens in a ‘Gallery’ section, each representing a departure from the standard model and/or specifications addressed in the respective model description section. These vintage 1950s examples are unique and uncommon, and the fact that the Brooklyn factory periodically produced such variations only adds to the mystique of the Gretsch brand during its Golden Era.
With 120 exquisite images in Ball's Manual of Gretsch Guitars: 1950s offering a wealth of new data, this user-friendly technical guide is a must-have resource for vintage instrument dealers, guitar collectors, Gretsch enthusiasts, and fans of vintage guitars.
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies / Crochet
Oodles of Crochet: 40+ Patterns from Hats, Jackets, Bags, and Scarves to Potholders, Pillows, Rugs, and Throws by Eva Wincent and Paula Hammerskog (Trafalgar Square Books)
Learning how to crochet is one of the easiest things to do. All readers need is some yarn, a crochet hook, and good instructions. They can start with chain stitches and single and half double crochet – that will get them well on their way.
In Oodles of Crochet readers will find oodles of tips and tricks – both to help beginners get comfortable with the basics, and to show masters of the craft how to take their crocheting to new heights. Just a few essential techniques can go a long way toward ensuring fun and success with crochet. Introductory sections explain stitches, textures, materials, equipment, and everything else new crocheters need to get started, while projects range from the beautifully simple to the challenging. In Oodles of Crochet, readers will find dozens of designs for pillows, throws, rugs, sweaters, jackets, scarves, hats, and gloves. The book includes a selection of striking and colorful photographs.
Authors – both from Sweden – are Paula Hammerskog, a communication consultant, the author of several books, and an avid knitter for many years and Eva Wincent, who has been running her own knitting business for twenty years – both from Sweden. The two have different perspectives on crochet. Wincent has crocheted for many years and will take on a coat or a prettily decorated towel, and Hammerskog uses crochet for relaxation between more advanced knitting projects or to embellish knitted or embroidered fabrics. They say they wanted Oodles of Crochet to be what they couldn't find in the shops – a book that both teaches the basics and develops crochet. They show readers how to use various types of material for easy and fun ways of creating the most imaginative items and garments. Included are pillows, blankets, bags, shawls, sweaters, and, of course, a granny square or two.
Oodles of Crochet includes:
What could be better than an illustrated modern reference guide and a visually stunning source of inspiration – in the same book? The bold and beautiful designs in Oodles of Crochet are bound to generate exciting new ideas for future crochet projects.
Nature & the Natural World / Animal Rescue / Animal Rights
Last Chain on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top by Carol Bradley (St. Martin’s Press)
Against the backdrop of a glittering but brutal circus world, Carol Bradley's Last Chain on Billie charts the history of elephants in America, the story of the Elephant Sanctuary and the tale of a resilient elephant who defied the system even as she struggled to conquer her past, who never lost sight of the life she was meant to have. Bradley is an award-winning former newspaper reporter and the author of the critically praised Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills.
As told in Last Chain on Billie, left in the wild, Billie the elephant would have spent her days surrounded by family, free to wander the jungles of Asia. Instead, traders captured her as a baby and shipped her to America in the mid-1950s, long before circus and zoo-goers worried about animals' living conditions. Today, animals in captivity have become a hot-button issue, igniting protests and mobilizing many people on both sides of the issues.
Billie spent her first years confined in a tiny zoo yard giving rides to children. At 10, she was sold and groomed for life in the circus. For decades, Billie crisscrossed the country, dazzling audiences as she performed breathtaking stunts. She performed six days a week, often two performances a day, traveled thousands of miles a year, chained in place in the back of a truck, and was subjected to abusive training methods. Billie mastered difficult stunts: she could balance on her hind legs, walk on her front legs and perform one-foot handstands.
Behind the scenes she lived a life of misery: traveling in trucks, chained for hours on end, barely able to move, giving eight-minute performances under harsh lights and to the sounds of blaring music.
As years passed, Billie rebelled. When she attacked and injured her trainer, a federal inspector ordered her taken off the road. For years, she lived in a stall in a dusty barn.
Finally, she got a lucky break.
The U. S. Department of Agriculture removed Billie and fifteen other elephants as part of the largest elephant rescue in American history. At the age of 44, Billie arrived at a sanctuary for performing elephants in Tennessee, but was filled with anxiety in her new environment and refused to let anyone remove a chain still clamped around her leg.
She was now able once more to roam through open meadows and share her days with a herd. She would never be beaten again. But, overcome with anxiety, she withdrew from the rest of the elephants. Her caregivers began to wonder if Billie could ever escape her emotional wounds.
But, as Billie grew accustomed to her natural-habitat refuge, she became more comfortable with the kind and caring sanctuary staff, and finally allowed them to remove her last chain.
Interspersed throughout Last Chain on Billie are sections that recount the history of elephants in circuses, how elephants were trained to perform certain feats through the use of chains, electric prods and beatings, and astonishing stories about the treatment of captive elephants over the years, including how Thomas Edison offered to electrocute Topsy, a former circus elephant who killed a man who taunted her with a lit cigar. The zoo where Topsy lived erected a gallows and charged admission to 1,500 spectators to watch the event.
Last Chain on Billie charts the growing movement to rescue performing elephants from lives of misery, and explores the challenges facing zoos and circuses as pressure mounts to give these animals the freedom many feel they deserve.
The story of how Billie got to the Elephant Sanctuary, and of how the sanctuary overcame the prejudices of both the circus and zoo communities, is both heartrending and uplifting. Full of details of the brutal life endured by performing elephants, of battles between Billie’s owner and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over her ultimate fate, and of Billie’s eventual adjustment to a life of freedom, Bradley’s newest (after Saving Gracie, 2010) has produced a well-researched winner. – Nancy Bent, Booklist, starred review
This groundbreaking book about the enduring strength of one of our most majestic creatures will capture hearts everywhere. – Elizabeth Letts, New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion
Carol Bradley’s Last Chain on Billie deserves a standing ovation! It is a heart-rending and, unfortunately, deadly accurate description of elephant suffering in circuses and zoos. Please read Last Chain on Billie. It will help you understand why the animal rights movement is sweeping the country. – Bob Barker
Last Chain on Billie is a wonderful book. It is well-written, well-researched, and well thought out. You cannot read it without realizing how extraordinary elephants are and how extraordinarily bad humans, until only very recently, have treated them. To understand what has happened to change our attitude, I can think of no better book than this. It is a labor of love, and I know many people will respond in kind. Anyone who loves elephants will love this book. – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D., author of Dogs Never Lie about Love and Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us about the Origins of Good and Evil
Last Chain on Billie is a fact-filled page-turning biography of a magnificent circus elephant's long, painful, and unpredictable journey from reprehensible confinement to freedom. It is at once riveting, haunting, and inspirational. Billie's story kept me up at night – tearful and joyful – as she entered and then wouldn't leave my heart. I also was deeply moved by the selfless work of the wonderful people who ultimately were able to free her once and for all so she could live out her life in safety and peace and with the dignity she so deserves. This outstanding and groundbreaking book will make a difference for other circus elephants and other 'entertainment animals' who find themselves living horrific and hopeless lives filled with fear, stress, and uncertainty. It gave me hope. – Marc Bekoff, author of Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed, The Emotional Lives of Animals, and Rewilding Our Hearts
Today, Billie must celebrate every day, for she enjoys a more normal life, thanks to caring humans who spoke up for her and her like. Although the dream of returning to her homeland and her family can never be fulfilled, at least she has other elephant friends and caring humans who treat her kindly. Her story will go a long way towards helping others and saving them from a cruel life of bondage and servitude. Her story will educate people around the world about the nature of her iconic species, sparing many other young elephants miserable captivity. – Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick DBE, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi, Kenya, and author of Love, Life, and Elephants
In Last Chain on Billie, Bradley, an award-winning journalist who studied animal law at Harvard, tells Billie's story and, in doing so, brings to light the harsh and abusive treatment that some elephants in captivity still endure today. The compelling story of Billie’s battle to reclaim her old self is a testament to the intelligence, emotional complexity and remarkable strength of all elephants, captive or free.
Outdoors & Nature / Travel
Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains, 2nd edition by Kenneth Wise (The University of Tennessee Press)
The trails crisscrossing the Great Smoky Mountains are like etchings on a rune stone, mysterious tracings left by ages of man's comings and goings. They once linked cabin to cabin, community to community, and, ultimately, generation to generation. They trace the significant courses, the main strains of the history of this insolated enclave of the southern highlands. These are paths of friendship, love, and devotion, of misery and joy, of exile and homecoming, of life and death, and each with its own story to tell.
Like the stories they represent, each trail has its own setting, purpose, style, and theme, and even a different beginning and end. Just as one must hear a story to appreciate the fullness of its meaning, so one must hike the trails to gain a true sense of the adventures they hold in store. – from the introduction
Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains is an essential
guide to one of America’s most breathtaking and rugged national
parks. This second edition of the book is completely updated,
giving outdoor enthusiasts the current information they need to
explore this world-renowned wilderness.
Included in Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains are facts on more than 125 official trails recognized by the Park Service. Each one is unique, and author Kenneth Wise describes them in detail. In addition to being codirector of the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project, Wise is associate professor at UTK’s John C. Hodges Library.
For every route, Wise includes a set of driving
directions to the trailhead, major points of interest, a schedule of
distances to each one, a comprehensive outline of the trail’s
course, specifics about where it begins and ends, references to the
U.S. Geological Survey’s quadrangle maps, and, when available,
historical anecdotes relating to the trail.
Organized by sections that roughly correspond to the seventeen major watersheds in the Smokies, Wise starts in Tennessee and moves south into North Carolina, with two major trails – the Lakeshore and the Appalachian – that traverse several watersheds treated independently. Further enhancing the utility of Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains is the inclusion of the Great Smoky Mountains’ official trail map as well as an informative introduction filled with details about the geology, climate, vegetation, wildlife, human history, and environmental concerns of the region.
Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains offers the bare outlines of their courses, perhaps a cursory note on surviving place-names, and maybe a few disconnected facts about some event in their history. All of the trails outlined in the book are official trails, part of the accepted canon and enjoying the imprimatur of the Park Service. Each trail is accompanied by a descriptive narrative. When the narrative is strictly describing the course of the trail, the print on the page is in a light type. Whenever the narrative diverges into some adjunct discourse, the text appears in shaded boxes, alerting readers that the trail description has been momentarily suspended.
Trail narratives are organized by sections roughly corresponding to the major watersheds in the Smokies. The sections are presented sequentially from east to west with those on the Tennessee side of the mountain followed by those on the North Carolina side. Because it traverses several watersheds in North Carolina, the Lakeshore Trail is treated as a section unto itself. Similarly, the Appalachian Trail is treated independently and placed between the larger division of the Tennessee and North Carolina trails. Except in the few instances where a trail's upper terminus lies along a road, the narrative begins with the trail's lower terminus.
Two trails not mentioned in Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains are the Benton MacKaye Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Both are long-distance courses that incorporate all or parts of several trails in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Benton MacKaye Trail, nearly three hundred miles long, runs from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Big Creek in the Smokies. Within the Smokies, the trail remains on the North Carolina side of the mountains, traversing no less than fifteen trails, mostly along the lower elevations. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail runs across North Carolina from the Outer Banks to Clingmans Dome at the Appalachian Trail and incorporates seven trails within the Smokies. The courses of both trails are indicated on park trail maps and marked at appropriate signposts; however, since they are both interconnected trail systems rather than stand-alone trails, they are not treated in Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains as Smoky Mountain trails.
A seasoned outdoorsman with more than thirty years of experience in the area and codirector of the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Wise brings an exceptional depth of knowledge to Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains. Both experienced hikers and novices will find this newly revised edition an invaluable resource for trekking in the splendor of the Smokies. Wise’s colorful descriptions of the area’s awe-inspiring beauty are sure to captivate even armchair travelers. Compellingly readable and useful, the book provides rich and vivid detail.
Political Science / Biographies & Memoirs
The Other Solzhenitsyn: Telling the Truth about a Misunderstood Writer and Thinker by Daniel J. Mahoney (St. Augustine’s Press)
The great Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918–2008) is widely recognized as one of the most consequential human beings of the twentieth century. Through his writings and moral witness, he illumined the nature of totalitarianism and helped bring down an ‘evil empire.’ His courage and tenacity are acknowledged even by his fiercest critics. Yet the world-class novelist, historian, and philosopher has largely been eclipsed by a caricature that has transformed a measured and self-critical patriot into a ferocious nationalist, a partisan of local self-government into a quasi-authoritarian, a man of faith and reason into a narrow-minded defender of Orthodoxy. The caricature, widely dispensed in the press, and too often taken for granted, gets in the way of a thoughtful and humane confrontation with the ‘other’ Solzhenitsyn, the true Solzhenitsyn, who is a writer and thinker of the first rank and whose spirited defense of liberty is never divorced from moderation. With this book, that well may change.
The Other Solzhenitsyn above all explores philosophical, political, and moral themes in Solzhenitsyn’s two masterworks, The Gulag Archipelago and The Red Wheel, as well as in his great European novel In the First Circle. The author, Daniel J. Mahoney, author and the editor of many books, holds the Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption College. In 1999 he was awarded the Prix Raymond Aron.
According to Mahoney, no writer or thinker in recent times has been subject to more misinterpretations or even calumnies than the great Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
In addition to the narrow-minded caricature, there is a more subtle obstacle to taking Solzhenitsyn seriously. It is the tendency to dismiss Solzhenitsyn as yesterday's news, someone whose writings and insights are less than relevant in a post-totalitarian age. To begin with, the new consensus rarely shows any knowledge or appreciation of the multiple writings by Solzhenitsyn that appeared in the last twenty years of his life. In addition, The Red Wheel, Solzhenitsyn's great work of dramatized history tracing the events leading up to the revolution of 1917, tends to be dismissed as a failure without its critics having more than a cursory familiarity with it. It is assumed that Solzhenitsyn is forgotten in no large part because the Anglophone world, in all its insularity, has lagged far behind Russia and France in a critical engagement or appreciation of his work. It is also assumed that the lessons of totalitarianism, of the age of ideology, have little or no relevance for the present or future of the modern world. Solzhenitsyn's profound insight that Communist totalitarianism was a radicalization of the ‘anthropocentric humanism’ at the heart of modernity is simply ignored, if not dismissed. There is a touch of self-satisfaction about this relegation of Solzhenitsyn to a past that we can comfortably leave behind.
The Other Solzhenitsyn is a bet on the continuing relevance of Solzhenitsyn. Mahoney says he is convinced that the immense literary and intellectual value of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Matryona's Home and The Gulag Archipelago will be recognized long into the future. (It is no accident that these are the three works of Solzhenitsyn which are required reading in Russian public schools.) He is also confident that works that are less known and appreciated in the English-speaking world, The Red Wheel and remarkable stories such as "Ego" and "Apricot Jam" (written late in Solzhenitsyn's life), will be read for many years to come.
Readers in The Other Solzhenitsyn see Solzhenitsyn as analyst of revolution, defender of the moral law, phenomenologist of ideological despotism, and advocate of ‘resisting evil with force.’ Other chapters explore Solzhenitsyn's conception of patriotism, his dissection of ideological mendacity, and his controversial, but thoughtful and humane discussion of the ‘Jewish Question’ in the Russian – and Soviet – twentieth century. Some of Solzhenitsyn's later writings, such as the ‘binary tales’ that he wrote in the 1990s, are subject to critically appreciative analysis. And a long final chapter comments on Solzhenitsyn's July 2007 Der Spiegel interview, his final word to Russia and the West. He is revealed to be a man of faith and freedom, a patriot but not a nationalist, and a principled advocate of self-government for Russia and the West.
A final Appendix reproduces the Introduction ("The Gift of Incarnation") that Solzhenitsyn's widow, Natalia Solzhenitsyn, wrote to the 2009 Russian abridgement of The Gulag Archipelago. Chapter one appears in English for the first time in its present form. Chapters three, five, and nine appear in The Other Solzhenitsyn for the first time. Chapter eight is a much expanded version of a review that originally appeared in National Review.
Professor Mahoney's book is a splendid achievement. Through a careful analysis of a large array of Solzhenitsyn's writings, Daniel Mahoney dispels misunderstandings and misinterpretations Solzhenitsyn has been the subject of (chauvinism, obscurantism, etc.) and he shows him to combine ardor and measure, to cope with the tensions of moral and political life and to advocate middle lines with moderation and wisdom. Furthermore, the book provides a thoughtful overview of the extraordinary richness of Solzhenitsyn's works. This great witness is also a great artist and a great thinker. He has become a ‘classical’ author in the full sense of the term. One is never done with him. – Philippe Beneton, author of Equality by Default and The Kingdom Suffereth Violence
Dan Mahoney has performed an inestimable service in clearing away the distortions that for too long have obscured the work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. As a result we can now approach one of the greatest thinkers and writers of the past century with a new openness of mind. Solzhenitsyn can be assessed in the full light of his achievements without the political machinations for and against him that so shaped his reception. To have opened such a viewpoint is no mean achievement. It required a scholar with the same indefatigable commitment to truth as Solzhenitsyn himself. The Other Solzhenitsyn does not flinch in the face of controversy. Rather, it dispels it with the superior force of argument and evidence it brings to bear on all the thorniest disputes it addresses. – David Walsh, Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America
Mahoney’s examination of the ‘other Solzhenitsyn’ reveals the tremendous wisdom and insight to be found in the major works of Solzhenitsyn. The Other Solzhenitsyn contributes to the recovery of his relevance to readers today. Mahoney bets against the insularity of the English-speaking world and for confidence in the capacity of genius to win a hearing for Solzhenitsyn in the public square.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Ophthalmology / Reference
Ocular Pathology Case Reviews: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Amir A. Azari MD and Daniel M. Albert MD MS (Elsevier Saunders)
Clinicians who have a firm grasp of the clinical-pathologic correlation are better able to meet the challenges of everyday clinical practice, allowing for a high quality and more enjoyable experience that ultimately benefits patients.
Ocular Pathology Case Reviews is a medical reference book presenting a unique combination of clinical photos and histological images in a consistent case review format, helping practitioners and residents better understand ophthalmic pathology and prepare for rotations and exams.
With Ocular Pathology Case Reviews clinicians are able to:
Authors are Amir A. Azari, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Wills Eye Institute, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia; and Daniel M. Albert, MD, MS, F.A. Davis Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Founding Director, University of Wisconsin McPherson Eye Research Institute, Madison.
Chapters in Ocular Pathology Case Reviews include:
Ocular Pathology Case Reviews provides case studies with representative clinical pictures, accompanied by the histopathological appearance of that lesion. Residents and fellows gain experience in ‘sight recognition’ of lesions as viewed directly on the lids and external surface of the eye or by slit-lamp, ophthalmoscope or an imaging study. Some lesions are sufficiently distinctive to be diagnosed based on ‘sight recognition’ without analysis. Often, however, they suggest more than one possibility. Analysis of both the clinical evidence and histopathology is necessary to make a final correct diagnosis.
Ocular Pathology Case Reviews highlights 200 frequently encountered or challenging examples of ocular and adnexal disorders, together with their associated pathologic appearance. The book simulates what clinicians experience when examining patients in a clinical setting, by presenting each case initially as an ‘unknown’, without specifically pointing out to readers the diagnostic, clinical, and pathologic features that characterize the diagnosis. Readers must analyze, on their own, the clinical or differential diagnosis, and then the confirming pathologic diagnosis. Supporting pages for each case present the same images accompanied by concise labels indicating the key points to be noted in order to make the correct diagnosis. This enables readers to determine whether their interpretation and diagnosis is accurate.
In this manner, Ocular Pathology Case Reviews enables ophthalmologists to recognize those features necessary to make correct diagnoses. With repetition, their ability to analyze, interpret, and make that diagnosis is reinforced, and the clinical appearance and histological features become correlated in a manner approximating that of clinical experience.
Ocular Pathology Case Reviews aids ophthalmologists, residents, practitioners, and optometrists alike in improving their overall understanding of eye disease by providing images of the important lesions of the eye and adnexa so they can more quickly and accurately make the diagnosis. Whether used as an initial learning tool, or as a method of review, the book will be an effective support to clinicians in their practice of ophthalmology. The focus on diagnosis, clinical descriptions, and histological features provides a consistent case-review format that facilitates the exam.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Radiology / Diagnostic Imaging / Reference
Practical Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Eugene McNally MD (Churchill Livingstone Elsevier)
Although the quality and consistency of the diagnostic exam is heavily dependent on the examiner's expertise, musculoskeletal ultrasound has become an attractive and effective modality to image the musculoskeletal system and for some conditions has established itself the first-line examination technique.
Practical Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, 2nd edition is a guide to today's clinically useful musculoskeletal ultrasound techniques and their major applications in patient diagnosis and management. This thoroughly updated radiology reference encompasses the most recent advances in ultrasound technology, providing the guidance clinicians need to conduct an effective ultrasound examination, obtain optimal images, and interpret their findings.
With Practical Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, clinicians are able to:
The author is Eugene G. McNally FRCR FRCPI, Consultant Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and John Radcliffe Hospital, University of Oxford, Oxford. The book has 12 contributors.
Chapters of Practical Musculoskeletal Ultrasound include:
Part 1 SHOULDER
1 Shoulder: Anatomy and Techniques
2 Shoulder 1: Supraspinatus Tendon
3 Shoulder 2: The SASD Bursa, Rotator Interval and Other Rotator Cuff Tendons
4 Shoulder 3: Beyond the Rotator Cuff
Part 2 ELBOW
5 Arm and Elbow Joint: Anatomy and Techniques
6 Disorders of the Elbow: Lateral
7 Disorders of the Elbow: Medial
8 Disorders of the Elbow: Anterior
9 Disorders of the Elbow: Posterior
Part 3 WRIST
10 Forearm and Wrist Joint: Anatomy and Techniques
11 Disorders of the Wrist: Radial
12 Disorders of the Wrist: Ulnar Side
13 Disorders of the Wrist: Miscellaneous
Part 4 FINGER
14 Finger Anatomy and Techniques
15 Disorders of the Fingers and Hand
Part 5 HIP
16 Hip Joint and Thigh: Anatomy and Techniques
17 Disorders of the Groin and Hip: Groin Pain
18 Disorders of the Groin and Hip: Anterior
19 Disorders of the Groin and Hip: Lateral and Posterior
20 Disorders of the Groin and Hip: Paediatric Hip
Part 6 KNEE
21 Knee Joint and Calf: Anatomy and Techniques
22 Knee Pathology
Part 7 ANKLE
23 Ankle Joint and Forefoot: Anatomy and Techniques
24 Disorders of the Ankle and Foot: Posterior
25 Disorders of the Ankle and Foot: Anterior
26 Disorders of the Ankle and Foot: Lateral
27 Disorders of the Ankle and Foot: Medial
28 Disorders of the Ankle and Foot: Forefoot
Part 8 INTERVENTION
29 Musculoskeletal Intervention: General Principles
30 Specific Intervention Techniques
Part 9 GENERAL
31 Ultrasound of Soft Tissue Masses
32 Ultrasound Imaging of Joint Disease
Part 10 TRAUMA
33 Ultrasound of Muscle Injury
The second edition of Practical Musculoskeletal Ultrasound is totally re-written, re-structured and revised. The previous edition had 16 chapters, this one has 33 chapters. There is expanded coverage of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, foot and ankle, and interventional techniques. There are hundreds of new illustrations (line drawings and ultrasound scans) to help illustrate relevant anatomy and pathology and provide the user with a comprehensive visual guide to accurate interpretation and diagnosis. The addition of real time videos complement the images in the book and better illustrate the pathology. There are differential diagnosis summary tables to quickly direct users to the most likely clinical problem being assessed. The book is also available on the Expert Consult platform with online access to text, images and video clips.
Practical Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, 2nd edition is a practical, ideal, accessible guide for those wishing to obtain an understanding of ultrasound techniques, their major applications and their role in patient diagnosis and management. Thoroughly updated with expanded coverage, it delivers the guidance clinicians need. It offers essential guidance on how to conduct an ultrasound examination, how best to obtain optimal images, and on how best to interpret the information gained. Throughout the book the authors display an awareness of what does and what doesn't work, what is or isn't useful, and an appreciation of the role of ultrasound in relation to other imaging techniques.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Orthopaedics / Surgery / Reference
Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, 1st edition by Giles R Scuderi MD (Elsevier Saunders)
Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty is an authoritative volume that gives clinicians an efficient, problem-based approach to revision arthroplasty of both the hip and knee. Dr. Giles Scuderi and other leading experts from North America and Western Europe present their favored surgical procedures and post-surgical management strategies. The volume is a guide for successful revision surgery for a myriad of complications, such as implant loosening, polyethylene wear, osteolysis, and infection of the hip and knee.
With Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty clinicians are able to:
The editor in chief is Giles R. Scuderi, MD, Vice President, Orthopaedic Service Line, Northshore LIJ Health System, Director, Insall Scott Kelly Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, New York. Section Editors are Alfred J. Tria, Jr., MD, Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, St. Peters University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey; William J. Long, MD, FRCSC, Director, Attending Surgeon, Insall Scott Kelly Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, St. Francis Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York; and Michael N. Kang, MD, Attending Surgeon, Insall Scott Kelly Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, St. Francis Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York. The book has 120 contributors.
According to the editors in Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, total joint arthroplasty has proved to be a successful and durable operation for the management of arthritic disease of the hip and the knee. As the number of primary total joint arthroplasties has increased exponentially each year, there has been a similar increase in the number of revisions. The modes of failure are multifactorial and occur despite improvements in materials, implant designs, and surgical techniques. When failure occurs and revision becomes necessary, it is important to understand the cause of the failure and to proceed with the appropriate surgical technique to avoid a recurrence in the future.
Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty provides a systematic approach for revision of a failed total joint arthroplasty. Each chapter addresses a specific issue that has led to the failure of the implant and then describes a methodical approach for the surgical correction.
The contributors to the text are well known in the field and they describe their techniques and the step-wise approaches that are necessary. They also include case presentations from their own experience when this proved helpful in the overall discussion.
Chapters in Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty and their authors include:
SECTION I EVALUATION OF THE PAINFUL TOTAL KNEE ARTHROPLASTY
SECTION II SURGICAL APPROACHES
SECTION III IMPLANT REMOVAL
SECTION IV PRINCIPLES OF REVISION TOTAL KNEE ARTHROPLASTY
SECTION V MANAGEMENT OF THE STIFF KNEE
SECTION VI MANAGEMENT OF INSTABILITY
SECTION VII MANAGEMENT OF BONE DEFECTS
· Impaction Bone Grafting – Leo A. Whiteside
· Structural Bone Grafting – Orry Erez and Giles R. Scuderi
· Metaphyseal Fixation – Adam A. Sassoon and Arlen D. Hanssen
· Case Presentation: Knee Megaprosthesis – R. Michael Meneghini
SECTION VIII MANAGEMENT OF THE EXTENSOR MECHANISM
· Patellar Bone Grafting – Michael J. Taunton and Arlen D. Hanssen
· Management of Patellar Bone Loss: Patella Augmentation – Jason G. Dalling and Giles R. Scuderi
SECTION IX MANAGEMENT OF PERIPROSTHETIC FRACTURES
· Classification of Periprosthetic Femur Fractures Occurring with Total Knee Arthroplasty – Matthew P. Abdel and Rafael J. Sierra
· Classification of Periprosthetic Tibial Fractures Occurring with Total Knee Arthroplasty – Matthew P. Abdel and Rafael J. Sierra
· Periprosthetic Fractures: Treatment Options after Total Knee Arthroplasty – Russell Presley Swann and Rafael J. Sierra
SECTION X MANAGEMENT OF THE INFECTED TOTAL KNEE ARTHROPLASTY
· Articulating Spacer in Two-Stage Revisions – Jacob T. Munro, Bassam A. Masri, Donald S. Garbuz, and Nelson V. Greidanus
· Static Spacer in Two-Stage Revisions – Robert Pivec, Jason K. Lowry, and Michael A. Mont
SECTION XI WOUND COMPLICATIONS
SECTION XII PREOPERATIVE EVALUATION OF THE FAILED TOTAL HIP ARTHROPLASTY
SECTION XIII ASSESSMENT OF BONE LOSS
SECTION XIV FEMORAL BONE LOSS
SECTION XV SURGICAL APPROACHES
SECTION XVI THE ACETABULUM
· Options for Acetabular Revision – Derek R. Jenkins, Rafael J. Sierra, and David G. Lewallen
· Surgical Techniques: Metal Augments – Derek R. Jenkins, Rafael J. Sierra, and David G. Lewallen
SECTION XVII REVISION OF THE FEMUR
SECTION XVIII MODULAR CEMENTLESS FIXATION
SECTION XIX MANAGEMENT OF FEMORAL BONE LOSS IN REVISION TOTAL HIP ARTHROPLASTY
SECTION XX SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
· Revision of Metal-on-Metal Bearing Surfaces in Hip Arthroplasty – Skylar Johnson, Oladapo M. Babatunde, Jonathan Lee, and William B. Macaulay
· Ceramic-on-Ceramic Bearing Surfaces – Gregory K. Deirmengian, Carl A. Deirmengian, and William J. Hozack
SECTION XXI MANAGEMENT OF THE INFECTED TOTAL HIP ARTHROPLASTY
Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty is a practical one-stop guide for the management of all causes of revision and assists surgeons in preoperative planning and intraoperative surgical techniques. This straightforward, heavily illustrated, video-intensive reference, written by well-known, expert contributors, is therefore the go-to guide for revision surgery.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Radiology / Basic Sciences / Anatomy / Neurology / Reference
Netter's Correlative Imaging: Neuroanatomy, 1st edition by Thomas C. Lee MD and Srinivasan Mukundan Jr. MD PhD (Netter’s Correlative Imaging Series: Elsevier Saunders)
The study of anatomy, by its very nature, exposes students to both the forms and the functions responsible for the inner workings of the human body – one of the most elegant demonstrations of the synthesis of art and science. This statement is never truer than when reviewing the works of Frank H. Netter, MD (1906-1991). His monumental works of art have educated countless generations of physicians and will continue to do so for years to come.
Clinicians can now interpret the complexities of neuroanatomy with the unparalleled coverage and expert guidance from Drs. Srinivasan Mukundan and Thomas C. Lee in this volume of the Netter's Correlative Imaging series: Neuroanatomy. Beautiful and instructive Netter paintings and illustrated cross-sections created in the Netter style and high-quality patient images and key anatomic descriptions are presented side by side to help clinicians envision and review intricate neuroanatomy.
With Netter's Correlative Imaging: Neuroanatomy, clinicians are able to:
Volume Editors are Thomas C. Lee, MD, Assistant Section Head, Neuroradiology, Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Boston; and Srinivasan Mukundan, Jr., MD, PhD, Neuroradiology Network Chief, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard University, Boston. The Series Editor is Nancy M. Major, MD, Director of Diagnostic Imaging, Orthopaedic Associates of Allentown, Allentown, Pennsylvania. Illustrations are by Frank H. Netter, MD. Contributing Illustrators include Tiffany Slaybaugh DaVanzo, MA, CMI and Carlos Machado, MD.
In Neuroanatomy, Lee and Mukundan explain how the evolution of cross-sectional imaging technologies, including computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), has allowed physicians and aspiring physicians the ability to peer into the human body in many ways previously impossible. This, in turn, has forced the review of anatomy in a manner that was not contemplated when Netter began rendering his artwork more than three-quarters of a century ago. Limited spatial and temporal resolution, tissue parameters, image contrast, and partial volume averaging are all issues that confound the interpretation of MRI and CT images and are not part of conventional anatomic teaching in the dissection laboratory.
Despite the changing nature of the anatomy education problem, Netter's approach still provides the template for how to teach modern medical imaging. By directly correlating cross-sectional medical images with ‘Netter art’ that is voxel matched, students are provided with the key to unlock the anatomy hidden within.
Many existing textbooks with radiology images and clarifying illustrations focus on showing 3D renderings for better understanding of the entire course of a particular structure, such as a cranial nerve. Neuroanatomy, however, provides a more rigorous ‘slice-by-slice’ reference guide for both the cross-sectional medical image and the corresponding illustration. For instance, someone may understand the general course of the facial nerve, yet still have difficulty identifying the fractional component of this structure on a single axial image. Conversely, individuals may need help identifying an unknown structure on a given image, particularly in the coronal or sagittal planes. Finally, the imaging characteristics on CT versus different sequences of MRI, such as T1- or T2-weighted imaging, can often be confusing and will hopefully be partially clarified through this book.
Neuroanatomy remains true to the goals of the Netter's Correlative Imaging series. There is high-quality imaging, allowing the demonstration of important anatomic structures, including structures not always included in other sources. The book also serves as a user-friendly anatomy reference for commonly employed imaging techniques of the brain, head, neck, and spine. As with the other volumes in the series, the text is not inclusive of pathology. In addition, normal variant anatomy and clinical pearls are presented. Structures are labeled using the most common terms and should be acceptable to radiologists, neurosurgeons, and neurologists.
Contents of Neuroanatomy include:
PART 1 BRAIN
· Olfactory Nerve: Axial, Coronal
· Optic Nerve (CN II): Axial, Coronal, Sagittal
· Oculomotor Nerve (CN III): Axial, Coronal
· Trochlear Nerve (CN IV): Axial, Coronal
· Trigeminal Nerve (CN V): Axial, Sagittal, Coronal
· Abducens (CN VI), Facial (CN VII), and Vestibulocochlear
· (VIII) Nerves: Axial, Sagittal
· Glossopharyngeal (CN IX), Vagus (CN X), Accessory (CN XI), and Hypoglossal (CN XII) Nerves: Axial
PART 2 HEAD AND NECK
PART 3 SPINE
· Cervical Spine: Axial, Coronal, Sagittal
· Thoracic Spine: Axial, Sagittal
· Lumbosacral Spine Axial, Sagittal
In-depth coverage, access to correlated images online, and concise, descriptive text make this unique atlas a comprehensive, one-stop, normal-anatomy reference for today’s busy imaging specialists and clinicians. Neuroanatomy will serve as a primary source of knowledge to the novice and as a reference text for the seasoned veteran – it will be useful on a daily basis.
Religion & Spirituality / Ethics / Death and Dying
The Ethics of Death: Religious and Philosophical Perspectives in Dialogue by Lloyd Steffen and Dennis R. Cooley (Fortress Press)
For the living, death has a moral dimension. When people confront death and dying in their own lives and in the lives of others, they ask questions about the good, right, and fitting as they relate to their experiences of human mortality. When others die, the living are left with moral questions – questions that often generate personal inquiry as to whether a particular death was ‘good’ or whether it was tragic, terrifying, or peaceful.
In The Ethics of Death, the authors, one a philosopher and one a religious studies scholar, undertake an examination of the deaths that we experience as members of a larger moral community.
Unafraid of difficult topics, authors Lloyd Steffen and Dennis R. Cooley engage suicide, physician assisted suicide, euthanasia, capital punishment, abortion, and war as areas of life where death poses moral challenges. Steffen is professor of religion studies, university chaplain, and director of both the Dialogue Center and the Prison Project at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Cooley is professor of philosophy and ethics and Associate Director of the Northern Plains Ethics Institute at North Dakota State University in Fargo.
The title of The Ethics of Death is odd. Although ethical issues often take center stage in discussions of dying, particularly around actions to hasten, inflict, or prevent death, the idea of an ‘ethics of death’ is peculiar. Ethics is to a large extent concerned with action, and death is not an action. It is more like a state, but to call it a state implies a state of being – namely, the state of being dead – and that is not quite right either. Ethics is concerned with decision making, and while people can make decisions about what to do with someone who has died, treating the dead as an object of deliberation, ethics is meant to help living human subjects decide what to do, who to be, and how to act: what can ethics possibly mean to a human subject who has died and is thus incapable of decision making? How can there be an ethics of death when death seems to cancel the possibility of all the things associated with ethics: being an agent, a person who reasons, acts, exercises volition, experiences the world, and engages others through various forms of relationship. Even the idea of ‘being dead’ seems odd. Death obliterates the ‘being’ – how can one have an ethics without being?
The two authors of The Ethics of Death have an answer to these questions, although it is tentative and may not satisfy all readers. In focusing attention on what we call the ethics of death, Steffen and Cooley are claiming that death is an experience for the living.
No doubt people go through the experience of dying, but whether those who die actually experience their own deaths is at least an unknown. The living experience death, but always the deaths of others. Others is a term important in ethics.
In human experience, human beings we know – some we love – die. These ‘others’ who are not me go through a dying process of various durations under various circumstances. When that dying process comes to an end – which it does – we, who have not gone through that process, speak about the death of others and what that death means and how it affects what we do, who we are, and how we act. In this sense, death is an experience for the living.
The Ethics of Death is written to think about how we, the living, experience death as we encounter it through our involvements and reflections with those others with whom we are in relationship, which is to say the whole moral community broadly speaking. Steffen and Cooley’s effort in this book is to deliberate on the moral meaning of death for the living. Having opened the idea of an ethics of death to reflection on the deaths of others as experienced by the living, the authors undertake to examine the deaths that all of us witness and involve ourselves in as members of the moral community. Death takes many forms. It comes to us through natural processes, such as disease, and through human action, such as killing. But in the processes whereby human beings come to death, decision making and questions of moral meaning are constantly present. Heart disease and cancer, for instance, are natural occurrences that can lead to death, but people make all kinds of decisions about what to do once they are handed a diagnosis: whether or not to treat, how aggressively to treat, and so on. These may look like purely scientific questions, but medical science is actually providing information for deliberation and interpretation as well as treatment options: what is to be done with that information is a moral question. Ordinarily, reasonable persons want to avoid death – not only their own but the death of others – for as long as possible, since life is good in and of itself. There are many intrinsically good things in life, and death puts an end to those and grieves us with the pain of loss, which can be devastating and even at times unendurable. The pain of loss, which is part of the experience of death for the living, leads often to the conclusion that death is itself a great evil, but death can be thought of more neutrally, say, as a terminus in the life process, and it is known throughout nature among all life forms. Human beings can do things that bring about death in ways that challenge moral sensibilities and upset the possibility of human flourishing. The Ethics of Death investigates an ethics of death by examining those challenges.
The Ethics of Death examines such issues as suicide, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, capital punishment, abortion, and war – all areas of life where death poses moral challenge. Both authors come at the issue of deciphering moral meaning in a different way. The book is the product of a two-year dialogue between a philosopher whose discipline is well defined and a religion scholar who works in a ‘field’ rather than a discipline and who brings the perspectives of a philosopher of religion and ethicist to bear on a topic of importance in the study of religion: death. Much of The Ethics of Death is a dialogue in which two scholars interrogate one another on topics of common interest but through different perspectives.
Readers encounter authors who are concerned to lay out how they go about analyzing ethical problems in light of theoretical commitments, and they discover quickly that different approaches are used in the examination of the moral questions at issue. The authors at times disagree with one another, sometimes over questions of analysis, sometimes in ethical outcomes. Readers may be interested to see what a philosopher wanted to know about religious attitudes and what sustains those attitudes in questions of life and death (and afterlife), as well as how a religion scholar presents a diversity of views from different religious traditions that may or may not provide clarity on particular philosophical questions.
This scholarly treatment of the complex and ambiguous ethical dilemmas at the end of life is original, thoughtful, and finely balanced. Steffen and Cooley recognize that ethical decisions must come from dialogue, not dogma, and from a nuanced appreciation of human experience. With these aims in mind they have written a book that literally models that very approach. Compulsory and compulsive reading for anyone with an interest in the end of life – and shouldn't that be all of us? – Allan Kellehear, Middlesex University
The authors in this volume give a patient, interdisciplinary, and insightful portrait of the landscapes where death poses a moral challenge. The authors here offer bold and skillful treatment of the more complex and challenging ethical aspects of dying and death in contemporary society. – Nate Hinerman, University of San Francisco
The Ethics of Death is an exchange, a give-and-take, around ethical ideas involving the meaning of death for the living. Even controversial ideas are given a fair hearing. Scholars and students as well as more general readers will find this a valuable contribution to a cross-disciplinary discussion of issues related to the ethics of death. The ongoing conversation is engaging, even fun at times. In these pages readers will find a model for how to engage and inquire, push and disagree with civility and good will.
Science / Geology / Travel
Roadside Geology of Utah, 2nd edition by Felicie Williams, Lucy Chronic and Halka Chronic (Roadside Geology Series: Mountain Press Publishing Company)
Arches National Park. Bryce
Canyon. Zion. When one thinks of Utah, rocks and iconic landforms
preserved in a nearly endless list of national parks and monuments
come immediately to mind. Perhaps more than any other state, Utah is
built for geologic exploration, and the geologists/authors are its
expert tour guides in
Roadside Geology of Utah.
The authors of Roadside Geology of Utah, 2nd edition are a mother/two-daughter team, all of whom are geologists. Felicie Williams rewrote Roadside Geology of Colorado for the 2002 edition with her mother. Lucy Chronic is an archaeologist, educator, scientific writer, fire lookout, and interpreter in state and national parks. She and her mother co-authored the second edition of Pages of Stone: Geology of the Grand Canyon and Plateau Country National Parks and Monuments. Halka Chronic (1923-2013), who taught at Haile Selassie University in Ethopia and identified landmarks in the southern Rockies for the US National Park Service, wrote ten geology guidebooks.
The Beehive State is splitting at the seams with wondrous geological contrast. Utah’s high mountains, showcasing the results of what happens as the Earth bends, folds, and breaks itself apart, run like a backbone down the center of the state. To the east, the Colorado Plateau’s flat-lying sedimentary rock is wondrously exposed in canyons, arches, and breaks. To the west is the immense Great Basin, a region characterized by rank upon rank of long, narrow, gaunt mountain ranges alternating with desert basins that are among the flattest surfaces on Earth. Among them, the Bonneville Speedway is a world-famous locale for setting land-speed records.
To use Roadside Geology of Utah, it is best to start by reading the first chapter, which is a mini-course in geology. Then readers can review the second chapter, Great Events in Utah, an illustrated timeline showing key geologic moments in Utah's past. The geology of each region, whether the Colorado Plateau, High Country, or Great Basin, is summarized in each chapter introduction.
The logs in Roadside Geology of Utah follow main highways and a few less-frequented but geologically interesting routes. Geologic maps, photos, and figures help explain what can be seen. In each chapter, interstates are covered first, followed by US highways and then state highways. Arrows show the direction of travel for which each road guide is written. Individual highways are usually described in the same direction along their entire length, with neighboring highways described in the opposite direction. This way several highways can be followed in a loop from most locations. The larger parks are described in the final chapter, Something Special.
Part of the Roadside Geology Series, this book's 65 road guides traverse the state's major thoroughfares as well as its dusty, sleepy, winding two-lane highways. With fresh prose and more than 300 color photos, maps, and figures to boot, readers of Roadside Geology of Utah, 2nd edition will become experts at reading Utah's rocks.
Social Sciences / Political Science / Sociology
Gun Violence and Public Life edited by Ben Agger and Timothy W. Luke (Paradigm Publishers)
Schools, theaters, and malls used to be safe havens. Marathons were triumphal, not tragic. Today, public life is risky. Citizens are on edge, either calling for gun control or purchasing personal weapons of self-defense.
In Gun Violence and Public Life, prominent US and international authors examine gun violence in public life. They offer the latest data and analysis on topics such as comparative gun homicide rates, the efficacy of gun control, risks associated with gun ownership, concealed-carry data and policy, media and gaming violence, gender and guns, and school shootings. New insights are developed from a comparative case study of Canada, a country in which gun ownership is common but with a much lower rate of gun violence. Neither demonizing nor mythologizing guns, the contributors provide evidence-based analyses that shed light on policy directions and personal conduct.
The editors are Ben Agger, Professor of Sociology and Humanities at the University of Texas, Arlington, and Director of the Center for Theory and Timothy W. Luke, University Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Virginia Tech University, where he is also Program Chair, Government and International Affairs.
According to the preface to Gun Violence and Public Life, the past several years in the United States have been marked both by astounding violence and strong resilience. In the wake of high-profile incidents, the issue of guns in American public and private life has been pushed to the forefront. After the Newtown shootings, President Obama appeared to redouble his political efforts to push for new legislation requiring gun registration and limiting gun-magazine capacity. Meanwhile, gun-ownership pressure and interest groups have pushed back, insisting that the US Constitution's Second Amendment, which protects the right to keep and bear arms, is, and must remain at, the center of American liberty. An acrimonious national conversation over gun rights and gun control is ongoing, but it has so far only generated some heat, not much light, and no new legislation at the national level.
New restrictions were put into place in a few localities and states, like the enactment of limits on gun magazine capacities to fifteen rounds and the requirement of new background checks in private gun sales in Colorado. Passed by the Democratic Party-controlled legislature during spring 2013, this success stirred an intense backlash by Colorado voters who have the power of recall under the state's constitution. In a special recall election on September 10, 2013, the Democratic President of the Colorado Senate, John Morse (Colorado Springs), and a Democratic Senate colleague from Pueblo, Colorado, Angela Giron, were both recalled and replaced by Republican legislators. Their recall did not affect the overall balance of power in the state's legislature, but it sent a strong signal to other pro-gun legislators across the nation. If voters in the state where both the Columbine High School and Aurora movie theater gun rampages occurred were willing to oust lawmakers who worked hard to pass more restrictive new gun laws, then pro-gun interest groups made it clear that they would oppose all other legislators, judges, or officials who supported comparable moves anywhere else in the United States.
While neither demonizing nor mythologizing guns, the assembled authors in Gun Violence and Public Life provide rigorous evidence-based analyses that work to shed light on possible policy directions. As social scientists, they say they are open to the counterintuitive and unanticipated dimensions of these topics, as deeper recurrent patterns emerge and what seems obvious often turns out to be false.
Gun Violence and Public Life picks up where other earlier books on gun violence and school shootings leave off. The book is distinctive because it examines sociological correlates and civic consequences of gun violence in the culture and society at large instead of dwelling on single horrific incidents such as Columbine. The authors do not rehash prior debates over the Second Amendment, but instead focus empirically on national and international (especially Canadian) gun-homicide rates and the effectiveness of gun controls. They also look at the incidence of violent gun crimes conceptualized (via the concept of risk) as a growing public-health problem, particularly for many municipalities where shootings are a leading cause of death for many young, male, minority, and urban populations, as well as a health hazard for women, children, and other family members. Finally, they introduce various alternative frameworks for thinking differently about gun violence, gun control, and gun use, each of which has strengths and weaknesses. From this evidence about the benefits and risks of guns in matters of human security, they tease out some policy implications, which include possibilities for pursuing both aggregate-level and individual-level reforms.
Given their academic backgrounds, it might be tempting for some readers to view this project as another simplistic jeremiad in favor of greater gun control, but we are not comfortable with that framing. One of their empirical conclusions is that many legislative efforts often are temporary remedies that are at best merely cosmetic measures or symbolic politics. There are deeper issues involved in the role of violence in public life, which resonate with the reasoned insights of the Founding Fathers, including Benjamin Franklin, who maintained that those who readily give up essential liberties to gain temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security. They are also not taking anti-Second Amendment stands in these analyses. They view the right to bear arms both historically and sociologically. This right is obviously not uncontested, and they recognize that the people who debate the appropriate capacity of gun magazines and the legitimacy of owning assault-style rifles cannot find much detailed guidance in the documents written by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson in the early days of the Republic.
If some legislative efforts do not solve major social problems, like armed violence in public life, then why are they accepted as workable policy solutions? Since these steps continue to come up short, what more substantive policy changes – as well as alterations in our individual and collective behavior – might be tried along with the passage of new laws to attain greater effectiveness? The authors grapple with such questions in the critical studies that unfold in Gun Violence and Public Life. In large measure, they return to the 1960s ideal that fundamental societal change cannot bypass the self, but must be enacted by each person in his and her everyday life. They can neither preach peace without practicing it nor avoid armed violence without preparing for it. Although legislation has moved the nation forward somewhat for minorities and women, they cautiously conclude that greater gun controls as a legislative agenda cannot really address the sources of young men's rage and alienation or prevent them from rampaging in theaters, schools, parades, malls, or fast-food outlets. In addition, it is difficult to imagine a less violent public life on our own shores when we as a country seem embroiled in a state of permanent war in foreign conflicts that waste lives and wealth without attaining their stated strategic goals or political aspirations.
A savvy and realistic book about the distinctive U.S. gun-shooter-rampage problem. Scholars here probe beyond superficial news coverage of recent mass shootings to examine their foundations in gender (masculine), racial (white), age (young), mental health (depressed), and culture (militaristic), giving attention also to gun accessibility. – Joe Feagin, Texas A&M University
Gun Violence and Public Life is an essential resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the social roots of gun-related violence. Contributors to the volume examine causes that are too often overlooked: class, race, militarism, and masculinity. Any hope of solving the problem of gun violence depends on having the conversations that this book so usefully informs and urgently demands that we undertake. – Michael Schwalbe, author of Manhood Acts: Gender and the Practices of Domination
Ben Agger and Tim Luke have compiled a diverse set of essays addressing critically from different perspectives one of America's most serious and controversial problems. Engaging American gun violence historically, legally, comparatively, and conceptually, the collection does not cheerlead for gun control or gun rights, but explores the topics soberly and incisively and provides resources to enrich national discourse about them. – Robert J. Antonio, The University of Kansas
A timely book, Gun Violence and Public Life is distinctive because it examines sociological correlates and civic consequences of gun violence in the culture and society at large instead of dwelling on single horrific incidents such as Columbine. Gun Violence and Public Life contributes to a broad substantive national conversation about men who open fire, politicians who demonize or deify weapons, the rise of a culture of greater incivility, a public who understands little about its obligation as citizens, and a perpetual politics of division. The authors do not shy away from inconvenient truths, but begin the process of learning from them.