We Review the Best of the Latest Books

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October 2014, Issue #186


Comprehensive Cytopathology, 4th edition by Marluce Bibbo MD ScD FIAC FASCP and David Wilbur MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Gray's Atlas of Anatomy, 2nd edition by Richard Drake PhD FAAA, A. Wayne Vogl PhD FAAA, Adam W. M. Mitchell MBBS FRCS FRCR, Richard Tibbitts, and Paul E. Richardson (Gray's Anatomy Series: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone)

Daisy Dawson at the Beach by Steve Voake, illustrated by Jessica Meserve (Daisy Dawson Series: Spotlight; Candlewick: ABDO Publishing)

The Jim Crow Era by Kathleen M. Muldoon (African-American History Series: Core Library: ABDO Publishing)

Machu Picchu by Mary Meinking (Digging Up the Past Series: Essential Library: ABDO Publishing)

The Forks over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Alona Pulde MD and Matthew Lederman MD (Touchstone)

The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms: Simple and Advanced Techniques for Growing Shiitake, Oyster, Lion's Mane, and Maitake Mushrooms by Stephen Russell (Storey)

Presidents: Every Question Answered by Carter Smith, with a foreword by Allen Weinstein (Thunder Bay Press)

Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen MD (Conari Press)

Gutenberg's Apprentice: A Novel by Alix Christie (Harper)

The Bloodline Feud: A Merchant Princes Omnibus by Charles Stross (The Merchant Princes Series: Tor Books)

Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character: Engaging Joel J. Kupperman edited by Chenyang Li and Peimin Ni (SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series: SUNY Press)

The Occupy Movement Explained by Nicholas Smaligo (Ideas Explained: Open Court)

Politics Is a Joke!: How TV Comedians Are Remaking Political Life by S. Robert Lichter, Jody C Baumgartner and Jonathan S. Morris (Westview Press)

Neonatal and Infant Dermatology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition edited by Lawrence F. Eichenfield MD and Ilona J. Frieden MD, with associate editors Erin F. Mathes MD and Andrea Zaenglein MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Endosonography: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Robert H. Hawes MD, Paul Fockens MD PhD and Shyam Varadarajulu MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Musculoskeletal Disorders, Pain, and Rehabiliation, 3rd edition by Walter R. Frontera MD PhD, Julie K. Silver MD and Thomas D. Rizzo Jr. MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace by Terrence J. Rynne (Orbis Books)

The Authors of the Deuteronomistic History: Locating a Tradition in Ancient Israel by Brian Neil Peterson (Fortress Press)

Metagenealogy: Self-Discovery through Psychomagic and the Family Tree by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Marianne Costa (Park Street Press)

Mathematics and the Real World: The Remarkable Role of Evolution in the Making of Mathematics by Zvi Artstein (Prometheus Books)


Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Pathology / Reference

Comprehensive Cytopathology, 4th edition by Marluce Bibbo MD ScD FIAC FASCP and David Wilbur MD (Elsevier Saunders)

In the newly updated 4th edition of Comprehensive Cytopathology a team of international experts provides criteria and techniques in diagnosis, testing, and new insights in cytology. The content has been revised and updated to include over 1800 full-color images and 2 new chapters: The Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology, and Digital Pathology. Several chapters – Benign Proliferative Reactions, Intraepithelial Neoplasia, Invasive Carcinoma, Central Nervous System, Eye, Pancreas, and HPV – have new, original texts. In addition, ninety-three virtual microscope images have been added to the eBook and ExpertConsult site, as have seven new videos demonstrating specific imaging techniques in cytopathology.

With Comprehensive Cytopathology clinicians are able to:

  • Find the answers they need through a consistent chapter structure.
  • Realize every possibility – appropriate histopathological correlations and a consideration of the possible differential diagnosis accompany the cytological findings.
  • Access expanded coverage of immunocytochemistry and molecular techniques in cytology, as well as digital pathology and its applications to telecytology, including CAP requirements.
  • Equip themselves to handle any situation with guidance on diagnoses in cytology of all body sites (including the female genital tract), fine-needle aspiration of various organs, and special techniques.
  • Offer patients a definitive diagnosis with updated coverage on molecular testing, as well as the most current concepts, data and references.
  • View entire cytology slides at various magnifications.
  • Understand the diagnostic aspects of cytology in both benign and malignant conditions in the various body sites and organs.
  • Compare and contrast various diagnoses with help from Key Features boxes for numerous diagnostic entities.
  • Stay on top of the latest guidelines for cervical cancer screening.

Sets a new standard of excellence for cytopathology texts. – Human Pathology, review of previous edition

Strengths of the book are in basic science, new developments and specimen handling – it includes the whole specimen pathway and not just microscopy. – The Bulletin, July 2009

This accessible guide to diagnostic investigation and screening, Comprehensive Cytopathology, 4th edition, is ideal for daily laboratory use, taking a systematic approach to helping clinicians understand major diagnostic criteria as well as the pitfalls and limitations of cytology.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Internal / Education & Training / Anatomy

Gray's Atlas of Anatomy, 2nd edition by Richard Drake PhD FAAA, A. Wayne Vogl PhD FAAA, Adam W. M. Mitchell MBBS FRCS FRCR, Richard Tibbitts, and Paul E. Richardson (Gray's Anatomy Series: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone)

Gray's Atlas of Anatomy, the companion resource to the popular Gray's Anatomy for Students, presents a vivid, visual depiction of anatomical structures. Newly updated with a wealth of material to facilitate study, the 2nd edition of this medical textbook demonstrates the correlation of structures with appropriate clinical images and surface anatomy – essential for proper identification in the dissection lab and successful preparation for course exams.

With Gray's Atlas of Anatomy students are able to

  • Build on their existing anatomy knowledge with structures presented from a superficial to deep orientation, representing a logical progression through the body.
  • Identify the various anatomical structures of the body and understand their relationships to each other with the visual guidance of nearly 1,000 exquisitely illustrated anatomical figures.
  • Visualize the clinical correlation between anatomical structures and surface landmarks with surface anatomy photographs overlaid with anatomical drawings.
  • Recognize anatomical structures as they present in practice through more than 270 clinical images – including laparoscopic, radiologic, surgical, ophthalmoscopic, otoscopic, and other clinical views – placed adjacent to anatomic artwork for side-by-side comparison.
  • Access and review key information with more clinical correlations, in addition to new Summary Tables at the end of each chapter that cover relevant muscles, nerves, and arteries.
  • Gain an understanding of cranial nerves through a new Cranial Nerve Review section that offers a visual guide of the nerves, a table of reflexes, and an additional table of nerve lesions.
  • Access the complete contents, dissection video clips, and self-assessment questions online at StudentConsult.

… a collection of beautifully drawn anatomical illustrations, each clearly labelled allowing for easy identification of the various structures... an excellent, pictorial anatomy guide for medical students learning anatomy for the first time whether they're in the dissection room or as part of their private study. – UK Medical Student
The quality of the artistic illustrations is high with some being particularly clear and helpful. This is a valuable and welcome addition to the anatomy world which any student of the subject will find a valuable resource to support their learning and understanding of the complexity of the human body. – BMA Book Awards 2008 – Highly Commended

Clinically focused, consistently and clearly illustrated throughout, and logically organized, Gray's Atlas of Anatomy, 2nd edition makes it easier than ever for students to master the essential anatomy knowledge they need.


Children’s Books / Grades 1-4

Daisy Dawson at the Beach by Steve Voake, illustrated by Jessica Meserve (Daisy Dawson Series: Spotlight; Candlewick: ABDO Publishing)

Rescuing a dolphin is easier when one can talk to animals. Daisy Dawson returns in this summer adventure, meeting new friends from surfing rabbits to a dancing crab.
In Daisy Dawson at the Beach, school is out for Daisy, and things couldn’t be any better. Imagine a whole summer at the beach, full of sand, sun, and surfing! And now that she’s making new animal friends – a crab named Pinchy who likes to dance and two fun-loving rabbits named Rabsy and Raberta – her vacation promises to be all the more exciting. But when Daisy hears a call for help from the bottom of the sea, she finds a dolphin in deep trouble, caught in old fishing nets. Will Daisy and her friends be able to save the dolphin before it’s too late?

Steve Voake is the author of all the Daisy Dawson books, as well as two novels for older readers. Jessica Meserve is the illustrator of all the Daisy Dawson books as well as other books for children. The illustrations are black and white.

Daisy Dawson at the Beach is part of the Daisy Dawson series. Other books in the series include: Daisy Dawson and the Secret Pond, Daisy Dawson and the Big Freeze, Daisy Dawson is on Her Way, and Daisy Dawson on the Farm.

The book has an interest level of Grades 1-4 and a reading level for Grade 2.

Children’s Books / History / African-American / Non-Fiction / Grades 3-6

The Jim Crow Era by Kathleen M. Muldoon (African-American History Series: Core Library: ABDO Publishing)

Readers learn about the Jim Crow laws that segregated public schools, public places, transportation, and even drinking fountains. The Jim Crow Era offers primary sources, fast facts and sidebars, and prompts and activities.

Author Kathleen M. Muldoon is a retired journalist, currently teaching adult writing courses and workshops. Content Consultant, Ibram X. Kendi, PhD, is assistant professor, Africana Studies Department, University at Albany, SUNY.

The Jim Crow Era is aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. The interest level is rated as Grade 3-6 and the reading level as Grade 4. Core Library is a line of nonfiction books for supporting the Common Core State Standards for Grades 3-6. Core Library features include:

  • A wide variety of high-interest topics.
  • Well-researched, clearly written informational text.
  • Primary sources with accompanying questions.
  • Multiple prompts and activities for writing, reading, and critical thinking.
  • Charts, graphs, diagrams, timelines, and maps.

The Jim Crow Era is part of the African-American History Series. In this series readers experience African-American history through the eyes of the people who lived it, from the horrors of slavery through the civil rights movement to the cultural issues African Americans have faced. African American History takes young readers inside the key events that shaped African-American and ultimately US history. Other titles in the series include: African-American Culture, Black Power Movement, Civil Rights Movement, Reconstruction Era, and Slavery in the United States.

Children’s Books / History / Archaeology / Grades 6-12

Machu Picchu by Mary Meinking (Digging Up the Past Series: Essential Library: ABDO Publishing)

Mystery, mummies, buried treasure, and big thrills lead archaeologists to exciting sites around the world. Readers join them in Digging Up the Past.

Every new and groundbreaking archaeological discovery refines our understanding of human history. Machu Picchu examines the exploration and study of Machu Picchu. The book explores the lives of the site's builders, traces its discovery and scientific investigation, and discusses future study and conservation efforts. Well-placed sidebars, vivid photos, helpful maps, and a glossary enhance readers' understanding of the topic. Additional features include a table of contents, a selected bibliography, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and essential facts. Author Mary Meinking works as a graphic designer during the day but writes children’s books at night.
Machu Picchu has an interest level of Grades 6-12 and a reading level of Grade 8. The book is aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

The book is part of the Digging Up the Past Series, which highlights well-known archaeological discoveries with amazing facts about what was found. From discovery to excavation, readers explore the story of each dig. They learn who the important leaders were and what techniques they used.

Each book in the series digs into what these finds tell us about human history and how we have come to understand it. With clear text and well-chosen images, readers explore how the historical record informed the archaeological investigation. They discover the story of the dig, including its leaders, techniques, tools, and findings. And they learn how the discoveries shed new light on our understanding of the past. Other titles in the series include: Chaco Canyon, Emperor Quin’s Terra-Cotta Army, King Tut’s Tomb, Pompeii, Stonehenge, Titanic, and Őtzi the Iceman.

Cooking, Food & Wine / Dieting

The Forks over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Alona Pulde MD and Matthew Lederman MD (Touchstone)

The trailblazing 2011 documentary Forks Over Knives helped spark a medical and nutritional revolution. Backed by scientific research, the film’s doctors and expert researchers made a radical but convincing case that modern diseases (type 2 diabetes, heart disease) can be prevented and often reversed by leaving meat, dairy, and highly refined foods off the plate, and adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet instead. The question the Forks Over Knives team kept hearing over and over again was: "How can I put these dietary ideas into practice in my own life?"

Now The Forks over Knives Plan shows readers how to put this life-saving (and delicious) diet into practice in their own lives. This meal-by-meal makeover is the approach authors Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman (featured in the documentary) use in their nutritional health practice – a clear, simple plan that focuses on hearty comfort foods and does not involve portion control or worrying about obtaining single nutrients like protein and calcium. Pulde, a family practitioner, developed the Lifestyle Change Program used for patients in the film and in her clinic, Transition to Health. Lederman, a board-certified Internal Medicine physician, with Pulde, cofounded Transition to Health.

The Forks over Knives Plan presents this transition plan:

  • Week 1 – begin with breakfast and learn how to stock the refrigerator to help support this new way of eating.
  • Week 2 – move on to lunch and learn the basics of meal planning to keep oneself on track.
  • Week 3 – re-imagine dinner and find out how to combat cravings.
  • Week 4 – master all the tricks and tips they need for the long haul, including how to eat on the go and how to snack healthily.

Readers also get 100 simple, tasty recipes to keep them on the right track, beautiful photographs, and advice throughout the book. They find out why physicians, athletes, fitness professionals, and others all over the world are overhauling what they eat – and feeling better than even before.

The Forks over Knives Plan is the prescription you need to live a long, healthy life. – Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN chief medical correspondent
Drs. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman are extraordinary pioneers, leaders, and healers who represent the future of medicine. – Dean Ornish, MD, president and founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute
Drs. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman have forged the bedrock foundation for successful plant-based nutrition in their
The Forks over Knives Plan, which may reestablish a healthy America. – Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
Forks Over Knives showed us why a whole food, plant-based diet is so powerful. Now, The Forks over Knives Plan shows us how to put it to work. Food is medicine, and this easy-to-follow, delicious, four-week plan will get you on track toward optimal health. – Neal D. Barnard, MD, author of Power Foods for the Brain
The Forks over Knives Plan is comprehensive, pragmatic, and beautifully simple. A big plant-strong thumbs up! – Rip Esselstyn, former professional triathlete and author of The Engine 2 Diet
Dive into a deeper understanding of how you can eat for health – complete with delicious whole-foods recipes! –
Lindsay Nixon, author of The Happy Herbivore Cookbook
Plant-based nutrition is now the most powerful medication I prescribe for my patients.
The Forks over Knives Plan is a much-needed resource that will help them transition to a whole-food, plant-based diet and truly retake control of their health. – James F. Loomis, MD, Director of Prevention and Wellness, St. Luke’s Hospital
Drs. Pulde and Lederman have written an easy-to-follow four-week prescription to better health. Get it, read it, do it. –
Terry Mason, Chief Operating Officer, Cook County Department of Public Health
Eating plants revolutionized every aspect of my life for the better. It worked for me and I promise it will work for you too. So do yourself and your loved ones a favor and get this book! –
Rich Roll, vegan ultra-endurance athlete and author of Finding Ultra
This powerful and practical four-step method provides readers with a GPS to health. We simply cannot afford to continue harming our bodies with food. –
Robert Ostfeld, MD, director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center
This book is an absolute jewel! In just a few days, you can feel a growing confidence and excitement as you follow these stepping stones to the life you deserve. –
Doug Lisle, PhD, coauthor of The Pleasure Trap
The movie
Forks Over Knives motivated millions of people to consider the importance of adopting a plant-based diet. Now The Forks over Knives Plan provides the tools needed to help actualize this motivation and drive people towards a health-promoting diet. – Alan Goldhamer, DC, director of TrueNorth Health Center
Those new to the plan may be surprised that portion control is out the window; because, as the authors point out, plant-based foods have a lower calorie density, larger portions are required to maintain satiety (without weight gain). This is a worthy addition to the growing Forks over Knives library. – Publishers Weekly

As evidence mounts showing that eating a whole-food, plant-based diet can prevent, halt, and even reverse degenerative diseases, more and more people are seeking guidance on how to do the lifestyle in a way that they can succeed for a lifetime ... making The Forks over Knives Plan the right book at the right time. The book is a 4-week, easy-to-follow, meal-by-meal makeover guide to help readers switch to this way of eating. Whether readers are already converts and just want a dietary reboot, or they are trying a plant-based diet for the first time, The Forks over Knives Plan makes it easier to transition to this healthy way of eating.

Crafts & Hobbies / Home & Garden / Gardening

The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms: Simple and Advanced Techniques for Growing Shiitake, Oyster, Lion's Mane, and Maitake Mushrooms by Stephen Russell (Storey)

A comprehensive guide, The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms by Stephen Russell shows readers how to cultivate mushrooms in their own homes, producing shiitakes, oysters, lion's manes, maitakes, and portabellas for the kitchen or for a small business. Beginners learn the best way to use a mushroom kit, as well as how to maintain the sterile procedures and controlled environment that cultivation requires. Novices and more experienced readers learn how to create grain spawn or sawdust spawn and how to use liquid cultures and fruiting chambers. Advanced readers gain a thorough knowledge of how to work with large-scale grain spawn, agar, bag cultures, bulk substrates, and large fruiting chambers to produce mushrooms consistently and in greater quantity.

Beginning with the best ways to ensure success with a kit and proceeding through advanced techniques for creating sawdust spawn, working with liquid cultures and fruiting chambers, Russell covers everything the home grower needs to know. Russell, owner of The Hoosier Mushroom Company, the retail outlet for his mushroom farm, founded The Hoosier Mushroom Society and travels throughout the year speaking at clubs, festivals, and conferences.

Russell says he set out to produce a book of solid methods that readers could replicate for success, or use as a base for experimentation. Using the step-by-step methods presented in The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms, hobbyists can successfully grow a supply of mushrooms for their home dinner tables, or fill up their basements with mushrooms to sell at weekly farmers' markets. Each chapter includes a troubleshooting section that lists common mistakes or problems that new growers are likely to encounter.

Russell says there is no ‘best’ or ‘right’ method for growing mushrooms; instead, there are many different paths to the same goal. The best method for one cultivator may be terrible for another, depending on climate, family situation, cost, species desired, and the availability of materials, time, and space. He outlines these considerations while discussing the various methods.

Russell says his approach to growing mushrooms is based on the science of controlled experiments: he wants to replicate his successes and minimize his mistakes. That's why The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms stresses indoor cultivation methods. Growing mushrooms outdoors often involves too many variables – it is unpredictable and sporadic. It is also seasonal, depending on the climate, so readers may only get a couple of harvests a year. Indoor mushroom cultivation, on the other hand, will yield consistent and predictable harvests year round.

This well-organized and highly informative book is good news for home mushroom cultivators, with three easy-to-read sections that lay out in detail the steps to success. – Keith Stewart, organic farmer and author of Storey's Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables and Herbs for Market

A trusted reference for market growers, The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms is also the perfect companion for hobbyists craving a steady supply of dinner-table mushrooms. With clear instructions and step-by-step photographs, readers learn to grow the most popular species in controlled indoor environments at home.

History / American / Politics

Presidents: Every Question Answered by Carter Smith, with a foreword by Allen Weinstein (Thunder Bay Press)

  • What precedents did George Washington set during his first term in office?
  • Why did the Bank of the United States cause such controversy when it was first proposed?
  • How did William Henry Harrison's campaign give birth to the modern presidential campaign?
  • How did the term ‘Manifest Destiny’ originate?
  • Why were FDR's New Deal policies ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court?
  • What is Watergate, and how did the scandal lead to Richard Nixon's impeachment?

Readers will find the answers to these questions and many others in Presidents: Every Question Answered, a comprehensive guide to U.S. presidents.

The highest office of our country has been a challenging one to occupy, from the times of a newly founded nation to the global leader it has become. Presidents by Carter Smith reviews our leaders’ time in office and examines how their distinct characteristics became evident in the laws and improvements (or regressions) made during their terms.

Smith has written and edited numerous works on American and world history, including The African-American Experience on File, the five-volume Daily Life in 20th Century America, and Mapping Epidemics: A Historical Atlas of Disease and is currently working on an atlas of U.S. history.

Presidents's format lends itself to leisurely browsing. Each president is introduced in a brief essay followed by basic biographical facts, chronological summaries of major events in that President's administration, a timeline, profiles of the First Lady (when there was one), boxed discussions of major events, and relevant quotations concerning the incumbent.

Smith has given certain presidents whose period in office most historians consider especially significant – among them Washington, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan – more detailed attention than others whose term or terms in office were arguably of lesser importance.

Readers may find of special interest in Presidents the evolution of the Presidency in power and purpose among the three branches of government, especially in the second half of the twentieth century. Still, the Constitution's delegation of authority to holders of the office – virtually everyone at the time expected trustworthy George Washington to be its initial occupant – prefigured its later development. Even some of the Founders expected this.

The modern pursuit of a powerful Chief Executive began with Theodore Roosevelt's assumption of the office after William McKinley's assassination. It was ‘TR,’ as he was known, who wrote of his almost-seven years in office that he had developed "a very definite philosophy about the Presidency. I think it should be a very powerful office, and I think the President should be a very strong man who uses without hesitation every power that the position yields; but ... he should be sharply watched by the people [and] held to a strict accountability by them."

Whether they are history majors looking for extra credit, or just curious to know more about the melting pot of the United States, Presidents provides insight and answers to readers’ questions with an entertaining and informative overview of the fascinating history of America's Chief Executives. Those who browse the pages of Presidents can discover for themselves the varied uses (and occasional abuses) of presidential power as each Chief Executive experiences the achievements and failures, dramas and melodramas, tumult and occasional tragedy of his historic moment as President of the United States. ‘Every’ question concerning the U.S. Presidency is obviously not answered in this volume – though a great many are.

History / Mythology / Self-Help / Women’s Movement

Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen MD (Conari Press)

In Jean Shinoda Bolen's best-selling, game-changing Goddesses in Everywoman, myths came to life in a new way that resonated with our own lives. Even fictional character Bridget Jones was reading that book.

Now comes Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, a new book that explores the archetype of the activist. Indomitable means untamed, unsubdued. It is the one-in-herself quality in girls and women who will not be victims, no matter what. To bring the Artemis archetype to life, Bolen delves deeply into the myth of Atalanta, the famous hunter and runner in ancient Greek mythology, a mortal woman who is identified with Artemis, the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Moon. Atalanta began life abandoned and left to die because she was born a girl. She faced the Calydon Boar and drew first blood; she was the runner who demanded to be beaten in a footrace by the man who could claim her as his bride. Atalanta exemplifies the indomitable spirit in competent, courageous girls and in the women they become.

Bolen in Artemis paints a vivid picture of Artemis women in current media, including Princess Merida from the animated film Brave and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. In all these examples and those of real-life women who grow into their Artemis spirit, she provides the means through which readers can navigate their own personal exploration to become their authentic selves.

Bolen, MD, a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker, is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing's "Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award."

Always urging us into circle and into peace, the healing power of Jean Shinoda Bolen's work and thought transforms all who will allow encounter. Jean never tires of wanting and working for our freedom, our healing, and our earth. – Alice Walker

In the lineage of Joseph Campbell, Bolen weaves a powerful and vivid connection between ancient myth and our post-modern world. With her unique voice as a psychiatrist and her work inspired by her work in Jungian psychology, she gives us many models of perseverance in an age fought with challenges, especially for women and girls. Within these pages you'll find many images and stories that will lead you to the power of your own imagination. – Justine Willis Toms, Co-founder, host 'New Dimensions Radio', author of Small Pleasures: Finding Grace in a Chaotic World
Whether or not women know it, Artemis is the archetype or goddess who can inspire us to be activists in the world. In
Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, Jean Shinoda Bolen provides ancient and modern ways to be our authentic, courageous, and passionate selves. Jean herself is an Artemis. – Gloria Steinem
Once again Jean Shinoda Bolen inspires us with her magical ability to connect our daily behaviors and realities with archetypal stories and patterns. Like Goddess in Every Woman, I couldn't stop reading Artemis. It left me with a much deeper understanding of what women face around the world, as well as food for thought to reflect upon the daily realities of female empowerment. I couldn't recommend it more. – Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International
Artemis is emerging in the popular culture as a new source of strength, power and integrity. She is the protector of life, the activist who never gives up, the idealistic heroine who cannot be subdued. In this beautiful, inspiring book, Bolen shows how a woman can draw upon her courage and her passion to change the world. – Isabel Allende, author of House of the Spirits and most recently, Ripper

A book written in the same spirit and with the same vitality as Bolen’s Goddesses in Everywoman, Artemis helps women and girls discover the tenacity and courage of the Artemis archetype and how it can be tapped to live authentically.

Literature & Fiction / Historical

Gutenberg's Apprentice: A Novel by Alix Christie (Harper)

With this sweeping debut novel, Gutenberg's Apprentice, journalist Alix Christie plunges readers into the world of a more than 500-year-old technological revolution. Christie tells the remarkable story of the invention of printing in medieval Germany as a narrative of human drama and achievement that, for the first time, brings Gutenberg's unsung partners to the fore. Christie is an author, journalist, and letterpress printer. She learned the craft as an apprentice to two master California printers and owns and operates a 1910 Chandler & Price letterpress.

In Gutenberg's Apprentice, the year is 1450 and the youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corrupt, feud-plagued Mainz to meet ‘a most amazing man.’

Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, has devised a revolutionary – and to some, blasphemous – method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. Fust is financing Gutenberg’s workshop and he orders Peter to become Gutenberg’s apprentice. Resentful at having to abandon a prestigious career as a scribe, Peter begins his education in the ‘darkest art.’

As his skill grows, so, too, does his admiration for Gutenberg and his dedication to their daring venture: copies of the Holy Bible. But mechanical difficulties and the crushing power of the Catholic Church threaten their work. As outside forces align against them, Peter finds himself torn between two father figures: the generous Fust, who saved him from poverty after his mother died; and the brilliant, mercurial Gutenberg, who inspires Peter to achieve his own mastery.

It is a period of great ferment in a turbulent Holy Roman Empire: Newly wealthy merchants in their Kaufhaus are angling for power; a corrupt Archbishop duels with the Pope; scribes copy both religious and secular texts while priests milk a deeply religious populace for indulgences. As he moves from reluctant apprentice to overseer of a book that will change the world, Peter must steer the Bible and the crew of men creating it through a cataclysmic time, while battling to prevail against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, none greater than the crushing power of the Catholic Church.

Caught between the genius and the merchant, the old ways and the new, Peter and the men he admires must work together to prevail against overwhelming obstacles – a battle that will change history ... and irrevocably transform them.

I loved this novel! Alix Christie’s debut is intensely observed, so much so that I felt myself in the dark rooms of history with the people laboring over the metal and words to bring us print, but also laboring over their own lives and love and survival. – Susan Straight, author of Highwire Moon, National Book Award Finalist
As beautifully written as the printed pages it describes, this is an intelligent, masterful novel that immerses the reader in a fascinating historical time and place.
– Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Sister and Afterwards
Rich in historical detail… the story of the birth of the printing press is fascinating. Readers who enjoy historical fiction such as Tracy Chevalier’s
Remarkable Creatures will enjoy this. – Library Journal
Schoeffer anchors the story, but Gutenberg flashes – megalomaniacal and duplicitous, with hair ‘wild and bristling to his shoulders… beard cascad
[ing]… glinting here and there like twists of wire,’ and ‘glowing, canine eyes.’ Christie masterfully depicts the time and energy required to print the first Bibles… A bravura debut. – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Enthralling… Christie demonstrates a printer’s precision… in her account of quattrocentro innovation, technology, politics, art and commerce. – Publishers Weekly, starred review
Gorgeously written... dramatizes the creation of the Gutenberg Bible in a story that devotees of book history and authentic historical fiction will relish... An inspiring tale of ambition, camaraderie, betrayal, and cultural transformation based on actual events and people, this wonderful novel fully inhabits its age. – Booklist,
starred review

Gutenberg's Apprentice is a literary debut that evokes one of the most momentous events in history, a story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal, rich in atmosphere and historical detail.

Enthralling, Gutenberg's Apprentice is the story of the birth of the publishing industry as we know it – Gutenberg's Bible was unveiled at the Frankfurt Fair in 1454, and his apprentice became the first printer and publisher, founding the Frankfurt Book Fair and the publishing industry itself. Christie's novel is being published in time for the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair, on the 560th anniversary of that very first Frankfurt Fair. Until now, the real story of Gutenberg, his printing press, and his famous Bible has been known only to a handful of scholars. This untold story of the birth of the book will appeal to everyone who cares about reading and the transmission of knowledge.

Literature & Fiction / Science Fiction

The Bloodline Feud: A Merchant Princes Omnibus by Charles Stross (The Merchant Princes Series: Tor Books)

The beloved saga by the Hugo award-winning author Charles Stross has been revised and updated in this never-before-released trade paperback edition. This omnibus, The Bloodline Feud, includes The Family Trade and The Hidden Family, the first two books in the series, and introduces the six families of the Clan that rule the kingdom of Gruinmarkt from behind the scenes.

The Clan families are a mixture of nobility and criminal conspirators whose power to walk between their world and ours makes them rich in both.
Miriam, a hip tech journalist from Boston, discovers her alternate-world relatives with explosive results that shake three worlds. As the prodigal Countess Helge Thorold-Hjorth, she finds herself ensnared in schemes and plots centuries in the making. She is surrounded by unlikely allies, lethal contraband, and – most dangerous of all – her family.
To avoid a slippery slope down to an unmarked grave, Miriam in The Bloodline Feud must build a power base of her own – with unexpected consequences for three different time lines, including the quasi-Victorian one exploited by the hidden family.

For sheer inventiveness and energy, this cliffhanger-riddled serial remains difficult to top. – Publishers Weekly

Great fun! – Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning economist

Stross brings to fantasy the same kind of sly humor and clear-eyed extrapolation that he previously brought to space opera and horror ... presented with great wit and high suspense. – San Francisco Chronicle

Inventive, irreverent, and delightful ... an alternate world where business is simultaneously low and high tech, and where romance, murder, marriage, and business are hopelessly intertwined – and deadly. – L. E. Modesitt, Jr., author of the Saga of Reduce

Fantasies with this much invention, wit, and gusto don't come along every day. – SFX

Fans of the author's previous work will recognize his trademark skill at world building – you can almost see the filth on the streets of New England, feel the closeted oppression of the Clan hierarchy, and experience Miriam's terror at the horrifying circumstances she finds herself in. – SciFiNow

Fast-moving action with a number of interesting characters ... Stross's ability to combine interesting ideas with solid plotting is one of his great strengths. – Asimov's Science Fiction

One of the defining phenomena of twenty-first-century SF is Charles Stross, for the quality of his work at its best. – Time Out

Charles Stross, author of The Bloodline Feud, who worked as a pharmacist, software engineer, and freelance journalist, now writes full-time. Stross has won two Hugo Awards and been nominated twelve times, has also won the Locus Award twice, and has been short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke and Nebula Awards. Great author, great plotting, great fun!

Philosophy / Religious Studies / Eastern Thought

Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character: Engaging Joel J. Kupperman edited by Chenyang Li and Peimin Ni (SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series: SUNY Press)

In Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character, leading scholars in Asian and comparative philosophy take the work of Joel J. Kupperman as a point of departure to consider new perspectives on Confucian ethics. Kupperman is one of the few eminent Western philosophers to have integrated Asian philosophical traditions into his thought, developing a character-based ethics synthesizing Western, Chinese, and Indian philosophies. With their focus on Confucian ethics, contributors respond, expand, and engage in critical dialogue with Kupperman's views. Kupperman joins the conversation with responses and comments that conclude Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character.

The editors are Chenyang Li, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he also founded and directs the Philosophy Program and Peimin Ni, Professor of Philosophy at Grand Valley State University. Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character is a volume in the SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture with Roger T. Ames, as general editor.

According to Fred Dallmayr in the foreword, the volume pays tribute to Joel Kupperman as a scholar, teacher, and practitioner of virtuous life. As reflected in his writings, teachings, and personal interactions, Kupperman is one of those all-too-rare people: an individual who ‘practices what he preaches,’ whose everyday conduct exemplifies in a concrete manner the meaning of the legacies he investigates and transmits.

As the assembled contributions to Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character show, the precise meaning of virtue ethics, in both the Aristotelian and the Confucian traditions, is a matter of debate and allows for different readings. In this debate, Kupperman himself placed an accent on the formation of ‘character’ in ethical conduct, an accent which departs to some extent from ‘role’ conceptions (as well as other conceptions) of virtue.

According to the editors, Li and Ni, as former students with the good fortune of having studied with Kupperman, they can speak the world of their mentor. Kupperman is not only a learned scholar and a thought-provoking philosopher, but also a caring teacher, who has the ability to convey deep insights with a good sense of humor. He inspires people to make a deeper reflection on the function of philosophy itself, how philosophy communicates and what counts as really effective communication. With regard to philosophical communication, Li and Ni say they want to mention another salient feature of Kupperman's scholarship: his amazing ability to unpack complicated issues in simple terms and to spell out things in a concise fashion.

It is with all these that Kupperman has triggered widespread reso­nances – not necessarily agreements but varieties of responses that truly vitalized the field. Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character contains ten essays by eleven authors. All these chapters deal with issues of contemporary significance on ethics, and do so from a Confucian perspective or comparative perspective, or both.

The volume begins with the article by Roger Ames and Henry Rosemont, Jr., who in the last decade or so have been developing a ‘role ethics’ from Confucian philosophy. Ames and Rosemont acknowledge that, in seeking to replace virtue ethics with character ethics, Kupperman challenges the ‘snapshot’ view of ethical decision making in virtue ethics and equally the ‘big moment’ ethics one associates with Kant and Bentham and Mill. His character ethics points readers in the right direction for appreciating the role that family has in developing moral competence. Even though Kupperman values the role of family in the moral life, he does not accord family the vital importance that it deserves.

Unlike Kupperman or Ames and Rosemont, Philip J. Ivanhoe reads Confucius (Kongzi) as a virtue ethicist. Taking a comparative approach in explicating Confucius, Ivanhoe argues that, if we consider Confucius's teachings as a whole and seek to interpret them comprehensively and systematically, we will come to understand his ethical philosophy as an expression of virtue ethics and more particularly as a form of virtue ethics that shares important similarities with the kind of view one finds in Aristotle.

Going beyond the question about virtue or character, Bryan Van Norden tackles a more fundamental question about the nature of value. Following Kupperman's contrast between Platonic realism, which takes values as ‘spectral furniture of the universe,’ and what Van Norden calls ‘anthropocentric realism,’ he endorses Kupperman's recommendation to reject the first approach, and elaborates the latter in his own way.

Comparing to the previous chapters, David Wong's appears to be less ambitious, as it focuses on just one specific emotion – love and its place in a good life. Wong lays out three forms or faces of love – the kind that answers to no reasons, the kind that answers to reasons grounded in personal qualities of the beloved, and the kind that answers to reasons grounded in relationship. Wong's fair-minded, pluralistic approach and his style of clear articulation and tight reasoning, which have gained him the reputation of being one of the most prominent scholars in comparative philosophy today, are well exemplified in this essay.

Making ancient ideas appealing to contemporary readers is a challenge for today's students of Asian philosophy, even from a com­parative perspective. Following Kupperman's lead but extending beyond Kupperman's own discussion, Kwong-loi Shun espouses a Confucian account of equanimity. By ‘equanimity,’ Shun denotes a cluster of qualities such as calmness of the mind, maintaining one's balance in the face of trying circumstances, and being unperturbed in seemingly alarming situations. Reflective equanimity is a posture toward adverse conditions of life that is grounded in the awareness that these other conditions of life pale in significance compared to the importance of following the ethical path. Such a state of mind is an integral part of Confucian moral cultivation and the moral life, and perhaps an important quality possessed by persons of a good character.

Robert Neville has been a representative of ‘Boston Confucianism,’ a contemporary Confucian school that brings Confucianism into lively dialogue with mainstream Western philosophy. Deeply rooted in the Xunzian philosophy of ritual propriety, his work complements Kupperman's. Neville argues that the Western ‘subject-object’ dichotomy has turned other people into the actual or potential experience of them. An individual understands herself or himself to be one among many individuals in the dance of a ritual. In Neville's view, ritual is a fundamental dimension of the human reality. In it, both ‘I’ and ‘Others’ are individuated as persons. Neville's Xunzian approach to individuation provides an important philosophical dimension to Kupperman's character ethics.

The next group of essays in Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character are all concerned with the idea that a good life must extend beyond, though does not exclude, material well-being. Though this thesis seems like common sense, the prevailing materialistic culture in the world, the difficulties and the urgency in overcoming the materi­alistic tendency, and the theoretical complexities involved and revealed by these essays all warrant serious treatment.

Inspired by Kupperman's work on material good and the good life, Chenyang Li's chapter examines the relationship between material well-being and moral cultivation in early Confucianism. Confucians advocate both material well-being and moral cultivation. While people seldom question the value of these two pursuits, their relationship is by no means intuitive. Li supports the view that, whereas a small portion of people may be able to become morally cultivated without a decent level of material well-being, the large majority need material well-being as a foundation for moral cultivation. Therefore, Confucians maintain both that an individual should strive for moral refinement regardless of his or her material circumstances, and that material well-being in a society is essential toward achieving a good society.

In her essay, Sor-hoon Tan explores the relationship between materialistic desires, pursuit of profit, and wealth on the one hand and ethi­cal life on the other, and reveals interesting complexities in Confucian attitudes to the tension between them in the Analects and the Mencius. Her study shows that there is no doubt that the highest ideal for both Masters is that of a person who loves the ethical so much that she is willing to sacrifice all materialistic goods and even her life. In the Confucian view, it is possible to satisfy materialistic desires, gain wealth and honor while living ethically.

Peimin Ni's chapter points out an elephant in the room: while we expect individual persons to be morally decent and care for more than material possession and consumption, social entities in today's world increasingly revolve around economic standards and the whim of the market. Ni proposes a Confucian way to shape the character of a social entity – model emulation, and suggests that, to avoid conceiving creativity as merely acting ‘out of character,’ we should more accurately understand character cultivation as a process of acquiring artistic abilities, or ‘gong fu.’

The chapter by Karyn Lai extends Kupperman's character ethics to social entities and aims to rectify the tendency in recent scholarship on Confucian business ethics that, in her view, overly and wrongly puts building harmonious relationships as fundamental and central to Confucian business ethics. She argues that, although relationships are a key aspect of Confucianism, what is fundamental in Confucian ethics is the cultivation of character, from which good relationships manifest. Lai concludes her essay with the features of the Confucian cultivation of character to be pertinent for business.

Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character concludes with Kupperman's "Responses and Comments." Kupperman acknowledges the differences between the views expressed by contributors and his own. However, he sees these different views as revealing various aspects of the issues under consideration. Each of us has some kind of blind spot and collectively we ‘see’ a fuller picture. For Kupperman, the idea of the individual agent functioning in an autonomous way takes on personal meaning. Kupperman does not deny that persons exist in relationships; Ames and Rosemont do not entirely rule out the relative independence of the self. The fact remains that Kupperman's work has given new impulses to a great variety of interpretations and thus provides a boost to the reinvigoration of virtue ethics in a global setting.

 Joel Kupperman is rightly celebrated for his success at drawing on Eastern traditions to enlarge our (Western) understanding of key issues in philosophy. The impressive essays in this volume extend Kupperman's approach with stimulating reflections on character, emotions, and well-being. – Stephen C. Angle, author of Contemporary Confucian Political Philosophy

Each essay by a major figure in comparative philosophy is a masterful engagement with the Confucian tradition that reveals its resources for us today. Scholars and students of both Chinese philosophy and comparative philosophy will want to read this impressive volume. – Owen Flanagan, author of The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized

This is the best way to celebrate Kupperman's achievements – instead of just explaining and elaborating on Kupperman's contributions, the essays in Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character all have distinctive merits of their own, making the volume a lively platform of contemporary scholarship on ethics in its own right. As Dallmayr reminds readers in his foreword, the varied views on reading Confucian ethics as presented in this volume do not cancel a deeper commonality: the recognition that role performance depends on the cultivation of personal dispositions which, in turn, are shaped by interpersonal contexts.

Politics / Current Events

The Occupy Movement Explained by Nicholas Smaligo (Ideas Explained: Open Court)

The Occupy Movement Explained is a readable and compact analysis of the Occupy protests. Debunking a number of prominent myths and misunderstandings, Nicholas Smaligo shows how the movement arose out of radical currents that have been active below the media's radar since the 1970s. Smaligo, a student, activist and speaker, teaches philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He has been involved in several Occupy events, and has spent hundreds of hours discussing the meaning of the Occupy Movement with Occupy activists from all over the country.

Occupiers are not all the same, and Smaligo reviews some of the debates and changes within the movement. The occupations began under a slogan that conjured up a naive sense of unity – "We Are the 99%!" It did not take very long for that sense of unity to give way to an appreciation of just how socially, economically, and ideologically fragmented American society is. For some, this was an excuse to return to their cynicism; for others, it was an invitation to lose their illusions and begin to see the world from the viewpoint of political activists. The Occupy Movement Explained describes this process of education and the lessons learned about "the 99%," the police, direct democracy, political demands, and the intimately related questions of social change, violence, and property.

According to Smaligo, to many Americans, it seemed to come out of nowhere; demonstrators set up encampments in squares and other public places across the country, spearheaded by the occupation of Zuccotti Park in Manhattan's Wall Street financial district on 17th September 2011. Polls showed considerable public support for the Occupiers, from Americans incensed by government bailouts of the very financial institutions responsible for the slump.

The Occupy Movement Explained shows how the movement changed the thinking both of its participants and of a wider public. Smaligo corrects misunderstandings of Occupy – such as the myth that the Occupiers had no conception of what they wanted, and the myth that the movement simply fizzled as the participants ran out of steam.

From Smaligo's account, Occupy emerges as a continuation of living American radicalism, edited out of official history but always there and now resurgent. The movement aims for real democracy instead of the oppressive farce of representative democracy, in which powerful corporate interests control political life in the interest of the wealthiest. Occupy Wall Street is credited with the achievement of changing the national conversation, making inequality a central political issue. But, as Smaligo shows, the movement has had other achievements to its credit, especially those of a transformative educational nature.

The Occupy movement was an outpouring of anger and love, as hopeful as any political event in the history of the last few American decades. It developed new models of leadership and new solidarities. The Occupy Movement Explained manages to cherish the hope while also providing explanations for the rise and decline of the movement in terms both accessible and theoretically sophisticated. A participant in the movement, a philosopher, and a fine writer, Smaligo is the right person to crystallize Occupy's early history. – Crispin Sartwell, author of How to Escape

The Occupy Movement Explained not only deftly examines and lovingly criticizes the spirit of Occupy Wall Street; it carries the movement's enthusiasm forward by investigating the suppressed history of its principles, illuminating its mistakes, triumphs, and growing pains, and fearlessly vindicating the ways in which it profoundly changed its participants and reinjected political hope and courage into twenty-first century American culture. Smaligo provides a set of tools that help us begin to explain the unfreedom we all feel, but have only begun to articulate, and offers clues about how we can engage in the joy of moving toward freedom together again. – Steve Onderick, director of Who Is Vermin Supreme? An Outsider Odyssey

A readable, compact account of the Occupy protests, The Occupy Movement Explained is thoroughly researched and fully documented. It offers a personal and passionate account and shows how the movement changed the thinking both of its participants and of a wider public. The book does not merely assemble useful and overlooked facts; it also gives a powerful sense of what the movement looked and felt like to those caught up in it.

Politics / Sports & Entertainment / Television / Comedy

Politics Is a Joke!: How TV Comedians Are Remaking Political Life by S. Robert Lichter, Jody C Baumgartner and Jonathan S. Morris (Westview Press)

Does late night political humor matter? Are late-night comedians merely entertaining, or do they have the power to influence the way we think about politics and politicians? Politics Is a Joke! situates late night comedy in the historical context of political humor and demonstrates how the public turn to this venue for political information, and are in turn affected by it. Authors are S. Robert Lichter, professor of communication at George Mason University, where he also directs the Center for Media and Public Affairs and the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS); Jody C Baumgartner, associate professor of political science at East Carolina University; and Jonathan S. Morris is associate professor of political science at East Carolina University.

Using exclusive data collected by the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMA), the authors conduct a detailed and exhaustive analysis of political jokes on late night TV shows dating back to 1992 in order to pinpoint the main targets and themes of late-night comedy. Politics Is a Joke! uses a wide range of examples, from jokes about politicians’ physical appearance and sex scandals to jokes about Congress and even the news media, to assess and understand the impact of political humor on political institutions, politicians and their policies and behavior.
According to Lichter, it may seem hard to believe today, but once upon a time there was almost no political humor on television. Until the 1980s, the broadcast networks were the only game in town, and their prime time sitcoms rarely ventured into the realm of politics. In the 1970s, Saturday Night Live featured some political comedy. On weekdays in the same time slot, talk show host Johnny Carson's Tonight Show monologues included some one-liners that skewered politicians.

Then Lee Atwater, the campaign manager for 1988 Republican presidential candidate George H. W. Bush, mentioned that he paid close attention to the political jokes in Carson's monologues as a barometer of how the candidates were playing in the ‘real’ America outside Washington, DC. That comment in turn brought the content of late night talk shows to the attention of the CMPA, a research center that conducts studies of the news and entertainment media, of which Lichter is director.

The CMPA started tracking the political jokes featured in the Carson and Letterman monologues. It was probably the first time most journalists had ever thought about late night in a political context. And if it was news to them, that made it news for their readers as well. So, in a small and inadvertent way, the CMPA may have contributed to the rise of infotainment, or at least to the rise in attention paid to infotainment by serious journalists.

Chapter One of Politics Is a Joke! asks: Does late night political humor matter? Is it simply entertaining, or is it something more? After the 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain canceled a planned appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman during the fall campaign, a clearly offended Letterman reminded viewers of something he had said – tongue in cheek, to be sure – for years: "The road to the White House runs through me."

Many see late night political comedy as a legitimate alternative news source. In their view, including these programs in a balanced news-viewing repertoire may promote better citizenship. This is particularly the case with the programming on Comedy Central. Others – mostly scholars – see late night humor as a necessary and valid form of social and political commentary or expression. The Daily Show, for example, has been widely praised for its ‘dissident humor.’ While some consider the humor of Saturday Night Live and broadcast network late night talk shows like Leno or Letterman to be fundamentally apolitical, political satirists like Stewart, Colbert, Bill Maher, and the like can serve as watchdogs on government and politicians.

These programs are also credited with serving as legitimate forms of political activism (contrary to the protestations of their hosts) as well as antidotes to the cynicism engendered by the political system. In addition, such shows can be the basis of legitimate academic research. As discussed in Chapter 2 of Politics Is a Joke!, humor can help shape people's understanding of the political world. Research has demonstrated that viewing political humor has an effect on people's attitudes toward the targets of the humor as well as the political system in general.

In the first five chapters of Politics Is a Joke!, the authors review the content of late night political humor – the jokes themselves. As they examine this body of work by late night comics in some depth, it is apparent that the over-all message being sent is overwhelmingly negative. And as they show in Chapter 6, this negativity seems to mirror the predominantly negative news coverage of individual politicians, suggesting that negative news about politicians and late night political humor tend to move in concert, one reinforcing the other.

Politics Is a Joke! is organized as follows: Chapter 2 provides an overview of the evolution of political humor on late night television. The book situates late night political humor in the world of soft news, noting that political humor has become a major source of political information. It also examines what recent research has uncovered about the effects of late night political humor on political knowledge, attitudes, and participation. In short, this chapter partly explains why political humor matters: more people are getting more ‘news’ and information from late night comics, and this in turn affects public attitudes and opinions and the behavior of political actors.

Chapters 3 through 5 constitute the heart of the analysis, drawing on the CMPA data set that has allowed them to track the content of late night political humor from 1992 to the present. Chapter 3 focuses on the highest-profile targets in American politics: sitting presidents, vice presidents, and candidates for these offices. From Dan Quayle and George Bush to Bill and Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama and Sarah Palin, they examine the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that the most powerful politicians have suffered at the hands of late night comedians.

In Chapters 4 and 5 the focus shifts from who's funny to what's funny in late night comedy. Politics Is a Joke! catalogues the types of events and traits that bring out the best (or worst) in the comedians and their joke writers. Chapter 4 examines scandals involving sex, money, and influence-peddling, which are the greatest sources of inspiration to late night comedians. Chapter 5 considers character flaws, intellectual deficits, and personal traits involving appearance, such as attractiveness, weight, and dexterity, that become associated with particular politicians. It also looks at topical areas that are the backdrop for many jokes, such as the economy and the ‘war on terror.’

Chapter 6 examines how late night humor interacts with the news in shaping the public images of political leaders. The data analyses of late night jokes are matched up with the findings from content analyses of political news that the CMPA has conducted during presidential campaigns from 1992 to 2008. The authors compare the two data sets with respect to subject matter, tone, and partisan direction. They then see how these trends are correlated with aggregate public opinion data on public perceptions of presidential candidates.

Late night comedians are also talk show hosts. Ever since Bill Clinton appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1992, politicians have trolled for votes by making nice to their tormentors in person. During the 2008 election season, the various presidential candidates appeared more than a hundred times on late night shows, and in 2009 Barack Obama made the first late night presidential appearance by going on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Chapter 7 explores the role of late night talk shows as stopovers on the road to the White House.

Chapter 8, the final chapter of Politics Is a Joke!, attempts to make some sense of the findings. Does this study help us better understand how political humor operates in the current media climate? Do the observations help predict the various public image successes and failures of individual politicians? Are there any inherent biases in the targets of late night political humor? If so, what are they, where do they come from, and what effect do they have? Finally, what does the future hold for the increasingly close connection between comedy and politics?

Politics Is a Joke! is an outstanding contribution to explaining and evaluating the expanding role of humor in American political culture, politics, and government. It is an exceptional piece of scholarship in service to the classroom in its clear and cogent quantitative and qualitative analysis of late night political humor and its impact on mass audiences. – Michael Fitzgerald, University of Tennessee
Politics Is a Joke! does an excellent job of determining how political humor influences public perception of presidents and other political figures. The authors provide a thorough analysis of late night talk shows that hold sway with the public, including those of Comedy Central, often to the extent of influencing the outcome of a presidential election. Readers will find the work of these authors intriguing. – Terri Jett, Butler University

Engagingly written with analysis of jokes from comedians like Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, Politics Is a Joke! is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the crucial role late night comedy plays in our political universe – and anyone who enjoys a good laugh.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Dermatology / Pediatrics / Neonatology / Reference

Neonatal and Infant Dermatology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition edited by Lawrence F. Eichenfield MD and Ilona J. Frieden MD, with associate editors Erin F. Mathes MD and Andrea Zaenglein MD (Elsevier Saunders)

We are now at the beginning of an era focused on the physiology, biochemistry and host defense functions of newborn infant skin. No longer is the skin viewed as a passive barrier. The skin has all the elements of a functional hypothalamic, pituitary adrenal axis, producing cortisol and corticotrophin-releasing hormone. Similar to the mucosal surfaces of the intestine and lung, the skin provides a complex system of immuno­reactive cells and biologically active substances. Furthermore, there is continuous trafficking of immune cells between the skin and regional lymphoid tissue and crosstalk between microbes colonizing the skin and immune cells. Even in preterm neonates, the skin is capable of well-developed inflammatory responses, limiting damage from pathogens, toxins and trauma and promoting wound healing. Enhancing the local immunity and barrier function of the skin (e.g. application of vernix caseosa) may be a potential strategy to decrease the risk of infection in the preterm population.

Neonatal and Infant Dermatology, 3rd edition is a comprehensive and heavily illustrated reference on the dermatologic diseases of newborns and infants. It includes discussions of common and uncommon conditions seen in infants at birth and in the first few months of life. With over 600 photographs of normal and abnormal skin conditions including images of rare conditions, this resource is essential for pediatricians, neonatologists, and dermatologists as well as other healthcare professionals involved in the diagnosis and treatment of dermatologic diseases in infants and newborns.

The book is edited by Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine (Dermatology), Chief, Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology, University of California, San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego and Ilona J. Frieden, MD, Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco. Associate editors are Erin F. Mathes, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, Departments of Dermatology and Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco and Andrea L. Zaenglein, MD, Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, Departments of Dermatology and Pediatrics, Penn State University/Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA. The book has 63 contributors.

With Neonatal and Infant Dermatology, clinicians are able to:

  • Glean up-to-date, need-to-know information with new chapters on Papulosquamous and Lichenoid Disorders, Acneiform and Sweat-gland disorders, and two individual chapters on Vascular Malformations and Vascular Tumors.
  • See what to expect and how to proceed with new, high-quality illustrations and photos that provide more visual examples of abnormal and normal conditions.
  • Access the full text and image library at Expert Consult.
  • Get the depth of coverage they need to diagnose skin conditions in neonates and infants.
  • Expedite differential diagnoses with guidance from algorithms, lists, text, boxes and supporting images.

Chapters in Neonatal and Infant Dermatology and their authors include:

  1. Fetal Skin Development – STEVEN B. HOATH • THEODORA MAURO
  2. Structure and Function of Newborn Skin – ANTHONY J. MANCINI • LESLIE P. LAWLEY
  3. Lesional Morphology and Assessment – ALBERT C. YAN • HO JIN KIM • PAUL J. HONIG
  4. Skin of the Premature Infant – ERIN F. MATHES • MARY L. WILLIAMS
  5. Neonatal Skin Care and Toxicology – SIMON G. DANBY • CAROL BEDWELL • MICHAEL J. CORK
  6. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures – JANE SANDERS BELLET
  7. Transient Benign Cutaneous Lesions in the Newborn – ANNE W. LUCKY
  8. Iatrogenic and Traumatic Injuries – CYNTHIA B. JENSEN • SHEILA S. GALBRAITH
  9. Developmental Abnormalities – BETH ANN DROLET
  10. Vesicles, Pustules, Bullae, Erosions, and Ulcerations – RENEE M. HOWARD • ILONA J. FRIEDEN
  11. Inherited and Acquired Blistering Diseases – ANNA L. BRUCKNER • GRAINNE M. O'REGAN
  12. Bacterial Infections – JAMES TREAT • BRIAN T. FISHER
  14. Fungal Infections, Infestations, and Parasitic Infections in Neonates and Infants – DEAN S. MORRELL • SHELLEY D. CATHCART • K. ROBIN CARDER
  15. Eczematous Disorders – WYNNIS L. TOM • LAWRENCE F. EICHENFIELD
  16. Papulosquamous and Lichenoid Disorders – KELLY M. CORDORO • JOSHUA SCHULMAN
  17. Diaper Area Eruptions – ALFONS L. KROL • BERNICE R. KRAFCHIK
  18. Erythrodermas, Immunodeficiency, and Metabolic Disorders – MOISE L. LEVY
  19. Disorders of Cornification (Ichthyosis) – CATHERINE C. FOLEY • AMY S. PALLER • ALAN D. IRVINE
  20. Immunologic, Reactive, and Purpuric Disorders – EULALIA BASELGA ANGELA HERNANDEZ-MARTIN ANTONIO TORRELO
  21. Infantile Hemangiomas and Other Vascular Tumors – ANITA N. HAGGSTROM • SARAH L. CHAMLIN
  22. Vascular Malformations – SHEILAGH M. MAGUINESS • MARIA C. GARZON
  23. Hypopigmentation Disorders – YUIN-CHEW CHAN • YONG-KWANG TAY
  24. Disorders of Hyperpigmentation and Melanocytes – HARPER N. PRICE • ASHFAQ A. MARGHOOB
  25. Acneiform and Sweat Gland Disorders – ANDREA L. ZAENGLEIN
  26. Lumps, Bumps, and Hamartomas – JULIE S. PRENDIVILLE
  27. Disorders of the Subcutaneous Tissue – BERNARD A. COAEN
  28. Neoplastic and Infiltrative Diseases – NEIL S. PROSE • RICHARD J. ANTAYA
  29. Selected Hereditary Diseases – DAWN H. SIEGEL • KARI L. MARTIN • JENNIFER L. HAND
  30. Neonatal Mucous Membrane Disorders – LUCIA DIAZ • ADELAIDE A. HEBERT
  31. Hair Disorders – JOSEPH M. LAM • LI-CHUEN WONG
  32. Nail Disorders – ROBERT A. SILVERMAN • ADAM I. RUBIN

In the third edition of Neonatal and Infant Dermatology (previously edited by Solomon and Esterly) the editors, Eichenfield, Frieden, Mathes and Zaenglein, have expanded its scope to include skin disorders arising in the neonatal period and infancy. The genetic basis for many of the skin disorders is now known, and up-to-date information on the developmental differences in term and preterm infant skin has been expanded. Neonatal and Infant Dermatology is far more than an atlas. It is a state-of-the-art presentation of the diagnosis and management of skin disorders, and a road map for future interventions to enhance the well-being of the newborn infant.

The editors say they began the third edition of this textbook with the intention of a minor change in title and an expansion of the scope of the book, but they found themselves turning to this book, not only as a reference when evaluating newborns with skin diseases, but infants as well. Hence the changed title to Neonatal and Infant Dermatology, 3rd edition, which has resulted in the addition of a few new chapters, the augmenting of others, as well as an overall updating of the entire book.

The quality of the many full-colour illustrations is of a very high order and the text remains very readable. I checked this book for a few of the common and rare skin conditions that I have been involved in managing over the last year and found the information to enhance my own literature review and to concisely summarise the most important information needed by a neonatologist.
When I was medical student I was told that "the skin is what you need to keep your innards in”. I am now wiser and more experienced, but without a copy of Neonatal Dermatology I would be considerably less knowledgeable about this fascinating speciality.
– Prof Malcolm Levene – Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, May 2008
I cannot praise this book too highly. The first edition was a revelation and the second builds on the quality of the first. Very little is published on neonatal dermatology but there are many clinical problems arising from it the quality of the writing, the illustrations and the layout are superb. I recommended the first edition to many others, and have used it frequently since I came across it I am sure that the second edition will earn a similar place on my bookshelf near to my computer and right at hand. – BMA Book Awards 2008 – Highly Commended

Neonatal and Infant Dermatology, 3rd edition is a textbook to which clinicians can turn again and again as they see young infants with a wide variety of skin diseases. Essential for pediatricians, neonatologists, and dermatologists, the text is clearly written and enhanced by the photographs of dermatologic disorders. It is a unique, comprehensive, easily accessible and heavily illustrated reference with superb photographs. Clinicians benefit from the experience of over 60 contributors from around the world, led by two of the most important names in the fields of dermatology and pediatrics.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Gastroenterology

Endosonography: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Robert H. Hawes MD, Paul Fockens MD PhD and Shyam Varadarajulu MD (Elsevier Saunders)

From diagnostic to therapeutic procedures, Endosonography, 3rd edition is a highly visual guide covering everything clinicians need to perform Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), interpret their findings, diagnose accurately, and choose the best treatment course. World-renowned endosonographers help beginners apply endosonography in staging cancers, evaluating chronic pancreatitis, and studying bile duct abnormalities and submucosal lesions. Practicing endosonographers can learn cutting-edge techniques for performing therapeutic interventions such as drainage of pancreatic pseudocysts and EUS-guided anti-tumor therapy. Updates, electronic access to the fully searchable text, and videos detailing various methods and procedures equip clinicians with a complete overview of all aspects of EUS.

The authors are Robert H. Hawes, MD, Medical Director, Florida Hospital Institute for Minimally Invasive Therapy, Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando; Paul Fockens, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam; Shyam Varadarajulu, MD, Medical Director, Florida Hospital Center for Interventional Endoscopy, Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Central Florida, College of Medicine, Orlando. The book has 42 contributors.

With Endosonography clinicians are able to:

  • Get a clear overview of everything they need to know to establish an endoscopic practice, from what equipment to buy to providing effective cytopathology services.
  • Understand the role of EUS with the aid of algorithms that define its place in specific disease states.
  • Gain a visual understanding of how to perform EUS systematically using illustrations, high-quality endosonography images, and videos.
  • Glean essential, up-to-date information about endosonography including transluminal drainage procedures, contrast-enhanced EUS, and fine-needle aspiration techniques.
  • Locate information quickly through a consistent chapter structure, with procedures organized by body system.
  • Access the full text online at Expert Consult.

While the first edition was extremely well received, time marches on, and medicine is a constantly evolving discipline. Gastrointestinal endoscopy has undergone significant advances, and so has EUS. To keep Endosonography relevant and useful and fill it with the latest trends, it was time for a new edition. The editors apply the same rigorous due diligence to determining how to improve the book as they did with earlier editions; in this third edition, improvements include the following:

  1. On-line version. The third edition of Endosonography continues to have an on-line component.
  2. New chapters. Due to the emerging interest in core biopsies and the use of contrast-enhanced EUS and elastogra­phy they include additional chapters in these areas authored by international experts.
  3. Frequent e-mail updates from editors. When one regis­ters online for the electronic version of the textbook, frequent e-mails, which provide updates on new contributions to the EUS literature, are sent by the editorial team. The editors regularly review recent literature and keep readers informed on how these articles influence the practice of endosonography.
  4. Interventional EUS. More comprehensive coverage of EUS includes significant modifications to existing chapters and the introduction of new chapters, especially in the area of interventional EUS. All procedural techniques have been detailed in a stepwise fashion with accompanying videos (narratives included).
  5. "How to" sections. the ‘how to’ sections have been revised, and clearer correlations have been made among the text, illustrations, and videos (with narration). These sections provide a better teaching system for those learning how to perform EUS.
  6. Video component. The videos for the third edition continue to be exclusively available on the Endosonography Expert Consult website. This allows frequent updating of the videos and prevents the problems of losing or damaging the DVD. New videos have been added to coincide with the release of the third edition.

Chapters in Endosonography and their authors include:


  1. Principles of Ultrasound – Joo Ha Hwang • Tatiana D. Khokhlova • Michael B. Kimmey
  2. Equipment – John Meenan • Charles Vu
  3. Training and Simulators – Wajeeh Salah • Douglas O. Faigel
  4. Indications, Preparation, and Adverse Effects – Faris M. Murad • Mark Topazian
  5. New Techniques in EUS: Real-Time Elastography, Contrast-Enhanced EUS, and Fusion Imaging – Adrian Saftoiu • Peter Vilmann

SECTION II Mediastinum

  1. How to Perform EUS in the Esophagus and Mediastinum – Robert H. Hawes • Shyam Varadarajulu • Paul Fockens
  2. EUS and EBUS in Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer – Jouke T. Annema
  3. EUS in Esophageal Cancer – Mohamad A. Eloubeidi
  4. EUS in the Evaluation of Posterior Mediastinal Lesions – Thomas J. Savides


  1. How to Perform EUS in the Stomach – Robert H. Hawes • Shyam Varadarajulu • Paul Fockens
  2. Subepithelial Lesions – Eun Young (Ann) Kim
  3. EUS in the Evaluation of Gastric Tumors – Bronte Holt • Thomas Rosch • Shajan Peter

SECTION IV Pancreas and Biliary Tree

  1. How to Perform EUS in the Pancreas, Bile Duct, and Liver – Robert H. Hawes • Paul Fockens • Shyam Varadarajulu
  2. EUS in Inflammatory Disease of the Pancreas – Joseph Romagnuolo
  3. EUS and Pancreatic Tumors – Leticia Perondi Luz • Mohammad Al-Haddad • John DeWitt
  4. EUS in the Evaluation of Pancreatic Cysts – Anne Marie Lennon • Ian D. Penman
  5. EUS in Bile Duct, Gallbladder, and Ampullary Lesions – Mohammad AI-Haddad

SECTION V Anorectum

  1. How to Perform Anorectal EUS – Paul Fockens • Steve Halligan • Robert H. Hawes • Shyam Varadarajulu
  2. EUS in Rectal Cancer – Ferga C. Gleeson
  3. Evaluation of the Anal Sphincter by Anal EUS – Steve Halligan

SECTION VI EUS-Guided Tissue Acquisition

  1. How to Perform EUS-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration – Anand V. Sahai • Sarto C. Paquin
  2. How to Perform EUS-Guided Fine-Needle Biopsy – Nikola Panic • Alberto Larghi
  3. Cytology Primer for Endosonographers – Darshana Jhala • Nirag Jhala

SECTION VII Interventional EUS

  1. EUS-Guided Drainage of Pancreatic Fluid Collections – Stefan Seewald • Tiing Leong Ang • Shyam Varadarajulu • Paul Fockens
  2. EUS-Guided Drainage of the Biliary and Pancreatic Ductal Systems – Larissa L. Fujii • Michael J. Levy
  3. EUS-Guided Ablation Therapy and Celiac Plexus Interventions – Abdurrahman Kadayifci • William R. Brugge
  4. EUS-Guided Drainage of Gallbladder, Pelvic Abscess, and Other Therapeutic Interventions – Takao Itoi • Shyam Varadarajulu

Provides a clear overview of all aspects of EUS from instrumentation to therapeutic procedures. In addition, it is a superb atlas with outstanding images of normal and pathologic findings. Should be part of a required library not only for all those learning endosonography but also for the experienced endosonographer who will appreciate the clarity of explanation and the completeness of this magnificent collection of images. – Journal of Digestive and Liver Disease

This text will be of interest to all GI Radiologists working in the field. The section on the ano rectum will be of particular interest to colorectal surgeons who undertake their own procedures. The contributors of the text are authorities in their field and the whole book is beautifully illustrated throughout. – Colorectal Disease

With the easy-to-access and detailed Endosonography, 3rd edition, clinicians master how to perform EUS systematically using the station-based approach and the latest techniques on FNA and therapeutic interventions using step-by-step procedural videos and high-quality images from leading global authorities. They benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders in endosonography. The book can play an important role in enabling clinicians to achieve excellence in EUS; a more widespread practice of quality endoscopic ultrasound will ultimately improve patient care around the world.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation / Pain Medicine / Musculoskeletal / Physical Therapy / Orthopaedics / Reference

Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Musculoskeletal Disorders, Pain, and Rehabiliation, 3rd edition by Walter R. Frontera MD PhD, Julie K. Silver MD and Thomas D. Rizzo Jr. MD (Elsevier Saunders)

From sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries, Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 3rd edition provides clinicians with the knowledge they need to get their patients moving again. This practical and authoritative new edition delivers access to the latest advances in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders and other common conditions requiring rehabilitation. Each topic is presented in a concise, focused, and well-illustrated format featuring a description of the condition, discussion of symptoms, examination findings, functional limitations, and diagnostic testing. An extensive treatment section covers initial therapies, rehabilitation interventions, procedures, and surgery.

Authors are Walter R. Frontera, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair (inaugural), Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Adjunct Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan; Julie K. Silver, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, Boston; and Thomas D. Rizzo, Jr., MD, Consultant, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota. The book has 227 contributors.

With Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation clinicians are able to:

  • Develop a clinically relevant understanding of interventions such as physical agents and therapeutic exercise in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders that produce pain, impairment, and disability.
  • Find answers fast thanks to a consistent chapter organization.
  • Access the full text and image bank online at Expert Consult.
  • Get a broad perspective on the field from new chapters on Labral Tears of the Shoulder and Hip, Pubalgia, Chondral Injuries, Central Post-Stroke Pain (Thalamic Pain Syndrome), Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy, Radiation Fibrosis Syndrome, and Neural Tube Defects.
  • Stay current with expanded and updated coverage of diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of Cervical Dystonia, Suprascapular Neuropathy, Epicondylitis, Temporomandibular Joint Pain, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, Adhesive Capsulitis of the Hip, and Adductor Strain of the Hip.
  • Glean the latest information on hot topics in the field such as cancer-related fatigue, polytrauma, and traumatic brain injury.

This, the third edition of Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, again covers many diagnoses in a deliberately succinct and specific format. The first section contains 94 chapters on specific musculoskeletal diagnoses, organized by anatomic region. The second section describes the management of pain conditions in 23 specific conditions. The third section covers 45 common medical conditions that are typically chronic and benefit from long-term rehabilitative interventions. Although some of these conditions require hospitalization, the contributors focus on the rehabilitation that takes place in an ambulatory setting. The content of the third edition includes new topics such as labral tears (shoulder and hip) and conditions associated with cancer and its treatment. This edition includes both the ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes. Each chapter includes the same sections in the same order (Synonyms, ICD-9 Codes, new ICD-10 Codes, Definition, Symptoms, Physical Examination, Functional Limitations, Diagnostic Studies, Differential Diagnosis, Treatment [Initial, Rehabilitation, Procedures, and Surgery], Potential Disease Complications, Potential Treatment Complications, and References).

Chapters in Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and their authors include:


SECTION I Head, Neck, and Upper Back           

  1. Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy – Avital Fast and Israel Dudkiewicz
  2. Cervical Facet Arthropathy – Ted A. Lennard
  3. Cervical Degenerative Disease – Avital Fast and Israel Dudkiewicz
  4. Cervical Dystonia – Moon Suk Bang and Shi-Uk Lee
  5. Cervical Radiculopathy – Ali Mostoufi
  6. Cervical Sprain or Strain – Larry V. Najera III, Joseph T. Alleva, Nathan Mohr, Andrea K. Origenes, and Thomas H. Hudgins
  7. Cervical Spinal Stenosis – Alec L. Meleger and Rachel Egyhazi
  8. Cervicogenic Vertigo – Joanne Borg-Stein and Melissa Colbert
  9. Trapezius Strain – Atul T. Patel

SECTION II Shoulder      

  1. Acromioclavicular Injuries – Thomas D. Rizzo, Jr.
  2. Adhesive Capsulitis – Brian J. Krabak
  3. Biceps Tendinopathy – Brian J. Krabak
  4. Biceps Tendon Rupture – Michael F. Stretanski
  5. Glenohumeral Instability – William Micheo, Alexandra Rivera-Vega, and Gerardo Miranda
  6. Labral Tears of the Shoulder – David E. Hartigan and Cedric J. Ortiguera
  7. Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy – Jay E. Bowen and Gerard A. Malanga
  8. Rotator Cuff Tear – Jay E. Bowen and Gerard A. Malanga
  9. Scapular Winging – Peter M. McIntosh
  10. Shoulder Arthritis – Michael F. Stretanski
  11. Suprascapular Neuropathy – Jason Holm and Jonathan T. Finnoff

SECTION III Elbow and Forearm            

  1. Elbow Arthritis – Charles Cassidy and Chien Chow
  2. Lateral Epicondylitis – Lyn D. Weiss and Jay M. Weiss
  3. Medial Epicondylitis – Lyn D. Weiss and Jay M. Weiss
  4. Median Neuropathy – Francisco H. Santiago and Ramon Vallarino, Jr.
  5. Olecranon Bursitis – Charles Cassidy and Sarah Shubert
  6. Radial Neuropathy – Lyn D. Weiss and Thomas E. Pobre
  7. Ulnar Neuropathy (Elbow) – Lyn D. Weiss and Jay M. Weiss

SECTION IV Hand and Wrist      

  1. de Quervain Tenosynovitis – Carina J. O'Neill
  2. Dupuytren Contracture – Michael F. Stretanski
  3. Extensor Tendon Injuries – Jeffrey S. Brault
  4. Flexor Tendon Injuries – Jeffrey S. Brault
  5. Hand and Wrist Ganglia – Charles Cassidy and Victor Chung
  6. Hand Osteoarthritis – David Ring
  7. Hand Rheumatoid Arthritis – David Ring and Jonathan Kay
  8. Kienbock Disease – Charles Cassidy and Vivek M. Shah
  9. Median Neuropathy (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) – Meijuan Zhao and David T. Burke
  10. Trigger Finger – Keith A. Bengtson and Julie K. Silver
  11. Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprain – Sheila Dugan and Sol M. Abreu Sosa
  12. Ulnar Neuropathy (Wrist) – Ramon Vallarino, Jr., and Francisco H. Santiago
  13. Wrist Osteoarthritis – Anna Babushkina and Chaitanya S. Mudgal
  14. Wrist Rheumatoid Arthritis – Melissa A. Klausmeyer and Chaitanya S. Mudgal

SECTION V Mid Back    

  1. Thoracic Compression Fracture – Toni J. Hanson
  2. Thoracic Radiculopathy – Darren Rosenberg and Daniel C. Pimentel
  3. Thoracic Sprain or Strain – Darren Rosenberg and Daniel C. Pimentel


  1. Lumbar Degenerative Disease – Michael K. Schaufele and Jordan L. Tate
  2. Lumbar Facet Arthropathy – Ted A. Lennard
  3. Lumbar Radiculopathy – Maury Ellenberg and Michael J. Ellenberg
  4. Low Back Strain or Sprain – Omar El Abd and Joao E.D. Amadera
  5. Lumbar Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis – Jennifer L. Earle, Imran J. Siddiqui, James Rainville, and John C. Keel
  6. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis – Zacharia Isaac and Edrick Lopez
  7. Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction – Zacharia Isaac and Richard Feeney

SECTION VII Pelvis, Hip, and Thigh        

  1. Adhesive Capsulitis of the Hip – Peter M. McIntosh
  2. Hip Adductor Strain – Ricardo Colberg
  3. Femoral Neuropathy – Earl J. Craig and Daniel M. Clinchot
  4. Hip Osteoarthritis – Patrick M. Foye and Todd P. Stitik
  5. Hip Labral Tears – Matthew M. Diesselhorst and Jonathan T. Finnoff
  6. Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Neuropathy – Earl J. Craig and Daniel M. Clinchot
  7. Piriformis Syndrome – Rathi L. Joseph, Joseph T. Alleva, and Thomas H. Hudgins
  8. Pubalgia Atul T. Patel
  9. Quadriceps Contusion – J. Michael Wieting and Michael Slesinski
  10. Total Hip Replacement – Juan A. Cabrera and Alison L. Cabrera
  11. Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome – Michael Fredericson, Cindy Lin, and Kelvin Chew


  1. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear – William Micheo, Eduardo Amy, and Fernando Sepulveda
  2. Baker Cyst – Darren Rosenberg and Joao E.D. Amadera
  3. Knee Chondral Injuries – Alison L. Cabrera and Kurt Spindler
  4. Collateral Ligament Sprain – Paul Lento and Venu Akuthota
  5. Compartment Syndrome of the Leg – Joseph E. Herrera and Mahmud M. Ibrahim
  6. Hamstring Strain – Omar M. Bhatti, Beth M. Weinman, and Anne Z. Hoch
  7. Iliotibial Band Syndrome – Venu Akuthota, Sonja K. Stilp, Paul Lento, Peter Gonzalez, and Alison R. Putnam
  8. Knee Osteoarthritis – Michael Sein, Allen N. Wilkins, and Edward M. Phillips
  9. Knee Bursitis – Ed Hanada, Florian S. Keplinger, and Navneet Gupta
  10. Meniscal Injuries – Paul Lento and Venu Akuthota
  11. Patellar Tendinopathy (Jumper's Knee) – Rathi L. Joseph, Joseph T. Alleva, and Thomas H. Hudgins
  12. Patellofemoral Syndrome – Rathi L. Joseph, Joseph T. Alleva, and Thomas H. Hudgins
  13. Peroneal Neuropathy – John C. King
  14. Posterior Cruciate Ligament Sprain – Farshad Adib, Christine Curtis, Peter Bienkowski, and Lyle J. Micheli
  15. Quadriceps Tendinopathy and Tendinitis – Farshad Adib, Christine Curtis, Peter Bienkowski, and Lyle J. Micheli
  16. Shin Splints – Michael F. Stretanski
  17. Stress Fractures of the Lower Limb – Sheila Dugan and Sol M. Abreu Sosa
  18. Total Knee Replacement – Thomas E. Groomes

SECTION IX Foot and Ankle       

  1. Achilles Tendinopathy – Michael F. Stretanski
  2. Ankle Arthritis – David Wexler, Dawn M. Grosser, and Todd A. Kile
  3. Ankle Sprain – Brian J. Krabak
  4. Bunion and Bunionette – David Wexler, Dawn M. Grosser, and Todd A. Kile
  5. Chronic Ankle Instability – Michael D. Osborne and Stephan M. Esser
  6. Foot and Ankle Bursitis – Rathi L. Joseph and Thomas H. Hudgins
  7. Hallux Rigidus – David Wexler, Dawn M. Grosser, and Todd A. Kile
  8. Hammer Toe – Daniel P. Montero
  9. Mallet Toe – Vasilios A. Lirofonis and Robert J. Scardina
  10. Metatarsalgia – Stuart Kigner and Robert J. Scardina
  11. Morton Neuroma – Sammy M. Lee and Robert J. Scardina
  12. Plantar Fasciitis – Paul F. Pasquina, Leslie S. Foster, and Matthew E. Miller
  13. Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction – David Wexler, Todd A. Kile, and Dawn M. Grosser
  14. Tibial Neuropathy (Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome) – David R. Del Toro


  1. Arachnoiditis – Michael D. Osborne and Adam Wallace
  2. Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy – Maryann R. Aghalar and Christian M. Custodio
  3. Chronic Pain Syndrome – Ali Mostoufi
  4. Coccydynia – Ariana Vora and Amy X. Yin
  5. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – Jiaxin Tran, V.S. Ramachandran, and Eric L. Altschuler
  6. Costosternal Syndrome – Marta Imamura and David,A. Cassius
  7. Fibromyalgia – Melissa Colbert and Joanne Borg-Stein
  8. Headaches – Huma Sheikh, Shivang Joshi, and Elizabeth Loder
  9. Intercostal Neuralgia – Susan J. Dreyer and William J. Beckworth
  10. Myofascial Pain Syndrome – Martin K. Childers, Jeffery B. Feldman, and H. Michael Guo
  11. Occipital Neuralgia – Mark Young and Aneesh Singla
  12. Pelvic Pain – Rebecca Posthuma and Allison Bailey
  13. Phantom Limb Pain – Moon Suk Bang and Se Hee Jung
  14. Postherpetic Neuralgia – Ariana Vora and Amy X. Yin
  15. Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome – Justin Riutta
  16. Post-Thoracotomy Pain Syndrome – Justin Riutta
  17. Radiation Fibrosis Syndrome – Katarzyna Ibanez and Michael D. Stubblefield
  18. Repetitive Strain Injuries – Kelly C. McInnis
  19. Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction – Steven Scott, Robert Kent, Julie Martin, Marissa McCarthy, Jill Massengale, and Tony Urbisci
  20. Central Post-Stroke Pain (Thalamic Pain Syndrome) – Alice J. Hon and Eric L. Altschuler
  21. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – Karl-August Lindgren
  22. Tietze Syndrome – Marta Imamura and Satiko T. Imamura
  23. Trigeminal Neuralgia – Josemaria Paterno and Aneesh Singla


  1. Upper Limb Amputations – Timothy R. Dillingham and Diane W. Braza
  2. Lower Limb Amputations – Michelle Gittler
  3. Ankylosing Spondylitis – George W. Deimel IV and Steven E. Braverman
  4. Burns – Jeffrey C. Schneider and Amy X. Yin
  5. Cardiac Rehabilitation – Alan M. Davis
  6. Cancer-Related Fatigue – Andrea Cheville
  7. Cerebral Palsy – Sathya Vadivelu and Mulls Gonzalez-Fernandez
  8. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Gerold R. Ebenbichler
  9. Joint Contractures – Mark Campbell, Nancy Dudek, and Guy Trudel
  10. Deep Venous Thrombosis – Blessen C. Eapen
  11. Diabetic Foot and Peripheral Arterial Disease – Timothy R. Dillingham and Diane W. Braza
  12. Dysphagia – Koichiro Matsuo and Jeffrey B. Palmer
  13. Heterotopic Ossification – Amanda L. Harrington, Jeffrey B. Eliason, and William L. Bockenek
  14. Lymphedema – Mabel Caban and Lori Hall
  15. Motor Neuron Disease – Nanette C. Joyce and Gregory T. Carter
  16. Movement Disorders – Kenneth H. Silver
  17. Multiple Sclerosis – Ann-Marie Thomas
  18. Myopathies – Kristian Borg and Erik Ensrud
  19. Neural Tube Defects – Jess Nordin and Glendaliz Bosques
  20. Neurogenic Bladder – Ayal M. Kaynan, Meena Agarwal, and Inder Perkash
  21. Neurogenic Bowel – Inder Perkash and Meena Agarwal
  22. Osteoarthritis – Amy X. Yin, Allen N. Wilkins, and Edward M. Phillips
  23. Osteoporosis – David M. Slovik
  24. Parkinson Disease – Nutan Sharma
  25. Peripheral Neuropathies – Seward B. Rutkove
  26. Plexopathy – Brachial – Erik Ensrud, John C. King, and John D. Alfonso
  27. Plexopathy – Lumbosacral – Hope S. Hacker, John C. King, and John D. Alfonso
  28. Polytrauma Rehabilitation – Marissa McCarthy, Robert Kent, Neil Kirschbaum, Gail Latlief, Rafael Mascarinas, Bryan Merritt, S. Jit Mookerjee, Steven Scott, Joseph Standley, and Jill Massengale
  29. Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome – Jan Lexell
  30. Postconcussion Symptoms – Mel B. Glenn and Seth D. Herman
  31. Pressure Ulcers – Chester H. Ho and Kath Bogie
  32. Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Patients with Lung Disease – Andrew R. Berman, Alpeshkumar Bavishi, and John R. Bach
  33. Pulmonary Rehabilitation (Neuromuscular) – John R. Bach
  34. Rheumatoid Arthritis – Faren H. Williams
  35. Scoliosis and Kyphosis – Mark A. Thomas and Maya Therattil
  36. Spasticity – Joel E. Frontera and Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez
  37. Speech and Language Disorders – Jason H. Kortte and Jeffrey B. Palmer
  38. Spinal Cord Injury (Cervical) – Sunil Sabharwal
  39. Spinal Cord Injury (Thoracic) – Jesse D. Ennis, Jane Wierbicky, and Shanker Nesathurai
  40. Spinal Cord Injury (Lumbosacral) – Sunil Sabharwal
  41. Stroke – Joel Stein
  42. Stroke in Young Adults – Antoinne C. Able
  43. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus – Sallaya Chinratanalab and John Sergent
  44. Transverse Myelitis – Peter A.C. Lim
  45. Traumatic Brain Injury – David T. Burke and Di Cui

Physicians in all specialties and allied health care providers will find that Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 3rd edition complements the existing rehabilitation textbooks and that it will be an efficient and useful reference tool in the office setting. In a concise, focused, and well-illustrated format, the book delivers the authoritative content clinicians need in a logical, practical manner. Clinicians are able to put concepts into practice using the practical, clinically relevant material that facilitates the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal, pain, and chronic disabling conditions. In addition, the new ICD-10 codes allow for greater specificity in describing a patient's diagnosis, and should help clinicians in a busy outpatient setting.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity

Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace by Terrence J. Rynne (Orbis Books)

The time is ripe for a new theology of peace.

Jesus Christ, Peacemaker shows how the early church took seriously the ‘hard sayings’ of the Sermon on the Mount, put them into practice even in the teeth of violent repression, and, as a result of imitating Jesus’ lifestyle, converted much of the Roman Empire.

Author Terrence J. Rynne in Jesus Christ, Peacemaker says it is time to base a theology of peace on the life and teachings of Jesus – not on natural law thinking. Rynne, Ph.D., formerly President of a health care marketing firm, is a faculty member of the Archdiocesan Seminary at Mundelein, and professor of Peace Studies at Marquette University.

For the first four centuries of Christianity, Jesus' example and teachings, as documented by the gospels, guided Christians through their major political challenges. The gospels served as the basis of the peace theology of the first four centuries of Christianity. Then according to Tynne, for the next sixteen centuries, ever since Saint Augustine, Christian peace theology has not been developed on the basis of the gospels but on the basis of natural law thinking.

Jesus' life and teachings portrayed in the gospels had great meaning and relevance for the first and early Christians – not just for their personal spiritual lives but also for the way in which they came to grips with the problems and challenges of their political lives. In the years just after Jesus' death, the first Christians – who were mainly Jews themselves – had to deal with the steadily building resistance of their Jewish countrymen against the Roman occupation. Scholars today believe that Mark's Gospel was written just before the Jewish revolt in 66 CE to give these first Christians a clear view of Jesus' life and teaching and to help them stand strong against the pressures to join in the revolt. Jesus' clear rejection of violence – from the first time he was tempted in the desert to his refusal to allow the people to fashion him into a revolutionary messiah to the way he dealt with the corruption of his society's leadership to the way he responded to their violence toward him – helped inspire the first Christians to take their stand. They refused to participate in the violent revolt.

In the next era, from the end of the first century to the end of the third century, Jesus' example and teaching helped guide Christians as they dealt with the next most difficult political challenge facing them – violent Roman persecution. Their heroic way of life, a life of love for their enemies and a willingness to suffer for their faith, deeply impressed the peoples of the ancient world. Their example gradually inspired mass conversions to the Christian faith.

As told in Jesus Christ, Peacemaker, by the end of the fourth century, peace theology changed. For the next sixteen centuries, ever since the time of Saint Augustine, Christian peace theology has relied on natural law thinking. Augustine thought, unlike the earlier Fathers of the Church, that Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount did not give guidance on the questions of war and peace. He perceived them to counsel purity of interior intentions and not as guides for how to act. He therefore turned to the classical authors and in particular, Cicero, for guidance on issues of war and peace. Using natural law thinking – the belief that human reason can determine what is right and wrong by tracing the law written into the human heart in creation, Cicero and then Augustine came up with some guidelines, the criteria of the just war theory that allows humans to determine whether or not an individual war is just or not. As a result, the gospels, Jesus' life and teaching, were relegated to the private, spiritual domain and considered irrelevant for the complicated issues of statecraft faced by political leaders. The call to a Christian response to violence was silenced.

According to Jesus Christ, Peacemaker, what the world urgently needs is more than a theory for debating whether or not a particular war is justified or not. What the world needs is for Christians to follow the way of Jesus' suffering love for enemies, the way of the cross. A theology of peace based on the gospels emphasizes action, proactive action – peacemaking practices. A theology of peace based on the gospels will produce not armchair theorists but active peacemakers.

Basing the theology of peace on the life and teaching of Jesus will unleash the creativity and staying power of Christian discipleship – to go beyond what is ‘natural’ and to explore the full, creative power of nonviolence in the ways that Jesus did. Doing so will allow the call to Christian discipleship to be heard again – loving one's enemies, creatively responding to those who do us harm, being willing to go the extra mile to resolve conflicts before they fester.

The old debate between pacifism and just war has been superseded by the concepts of peacemaking and peacebuilding. Recent popes are no longer taking a theoretical approach to problems of peace and war; they are taking an action-oriented approach, an active approach emphasizing, as did John XXIII, that peace needs to be built. More than sixty years since Mahatma Gandhi, it is time for a theology of peace to recognize the power and effectiveness of nonviolent action – time after time and all over the globe, in the more than sixty years since Mahatma Gandhi.

Moving beyond a theoretical debate about the morality of war, Terrence Rynne insists that our vocation as Christians is to active, nonviolent, persistent, risky, creative peacemaking and shows clearly how an evolving Catholic theology of peace increasingly reflects that emphasis. – Marie Dennis, President, Pax Christi International
Rynne has the uncanny and enviable gift of seeing things with fresh eyes and in the process helps us understand anew time-worn topics such as the just war theory. A more apposite tract for the time can hardly be written. I most strongly recommend it. – Peter Pahn, Georgetown University

Hands down the best book available on the nonviolence of Jesus and its implications for theology, spirituality, the church and the world today. – Rev. John Dear, author, Jesus the Rebel, Lazarus Come Forth! and The Nonviolent Life

Terrence Rynne has written a book with a truly challenging message about what true discipleship asks of Christians in the realm of neigh­bor love, forgiveness, and the work of peacemaking. The book is rich in biblical and historical scholarship and Rynne presents a coherent and creative strategy for the church to follow in the way of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. – Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M., Boston College

Since 1965 Catholic teaching has proclaimed, `No to war, war never again.' Here is a book that truly recovers the original Gospel ethic: Jesus rejected violence for any reason whatsoever. Readers of this book will be guided into the way of peace taught and modeled by Jesus. Perhaps our Church will begin again to be a `peace church' and deserve to hear Jesus announce to us "Blessed are the peacemakers." – Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

This powerful new book definitively illuminates the active nonvio­lence of Jesus – and how peacemaking is central to the way of faithful discipleship for every Christian. Terrence Rynne has performed an inestimable service for all of us by producing this clear and systematic theology of peace rooted in the nonviolent heart of the Gospel. If we take this book seriously – in our lives, our churches, and our society – we will finally be on our way to transforming the pervasive violence we face, and will do so as an act of faith in the God who calls all of us to nonviolence, peace and reconciliation. – Ken Butigan, Executive Director, Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service

What if the Catholic Church embraced the call to peacemaking and spoke and witnessed to gospel nonviolence in the same way that it currently speaks to and witnesses to the issue of abortion? The Catholic Church would be proclaiming a message that the world urgently needs and is ready to hear – if it is borne out in consistent practices of peacemaking by Christians around the world. Jesus Christ, Peacemaker is a path-breaking and urgent book showing readers how.

Religion & Spirituality / History / Old Testament

The Authors of the Deuteronomistic History: Locating a Tradition in Ancient Israel by Brian Neil Peterson (Fortress Press)


Everyone loves a good mystery novel or movie that highlights some persistent detective trying to get to the bottom of a prevailing conundrum. Of course, this is no less true of those seeking to solve the mystery of authorship of certain unascribed or questioned ancient texts.

In The Authors of the Deuteronomistic History Brian Neil Peterson engages one of the most enduring controversies in current critical scholarship on the Hebrew Bible, the identities and provenances of the authors of the various ‘editions’ of the Deuteronomistic History. Critically reviewing the presuppositions of scholars reaching back to Martin Noth (1902-1968), and using careful analysis of motif and characterization at each redactional level in each book of the Deuteronomistic History, Peterson asks where we might locate a figure with both motive and opportunity to draw up a proto-narrative including elements of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and the first part of 1 Kings. Peterson is assistant professor in Old Testament at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Posing his questions in the form of a ‘Whodunit?’ Peterson in The Authors of the Deuteronomistic History identifies a particular candidate in the time of David who had both knowledge and a theological and political agenda, qualified to write the first edition. He then extends the method to identify the particular circle who became the custodians of the Deuteronomistic narrative and supplies successive redactions, informed by the original formative vision, down to the time of Jeremiah. Careful argumentation yields surprising results at each stage.

In the vein of ‘Whodunit?’ inquiries, Peterson says one can also find conspiracy theories galore. In the world of biblical studies, one could look to the long-running discussion on the authorship issues of the Pauline epistles among the non-Hauptbriefe texts. Furthermore, so as not to exclude Peterson’s Synoptics colleagues, who is the author of the infamous ‘Q’ source?

In Old Testament (OT) studies, these same questions have been pondered literally for more than two thousand years. For example, in Jewish rabbinic tradition, which always sought to harmonize and offer solutions to plaguing questions from the text, rabbis attempted to alleviate the authorship issues of the Bible in a series of attributions found in Baba Bathra folios 14b and 15a. In the world of OT/Hebrew Bible higher-critical studies, even when a text has been ascribed to a particular biblical author, scholars have spilled much ink debating the legitimacy of that attribution – Isaiah and Daniel being two of the key flashpoints in this regard over the past century. Therefore, it goes without saying that OT scholars have been less than eager to offer absolute identifications of authors for particular unascribed texts. Rather, scholars prefer more elastic and malleable authors such as the ‘Yahwist,’ the ‘Elohist,’ the ‘Priestly authors,’ the ‘school of prophet X,’ or, in the case of the Former Prophets, the ever-nebulous ‘Deuteronomist’ or ‘Deuteronomistic Historian(s)’ (Dtr). Indeed, it is this latter designation that Peterson scrutinizes.

In The Authors of the Deuteronomistic History, Peterson attempts to answer the query: Can one examine the text and piece together historical and textual clues to help answer the ‘Whodunit?’ question? Much like a criminal-court setting where the preponderance of evidence decides a case, he asserts that by examining the intertextual clues, possible character motives, and the historical opportunity in general, one can offer some valid suggestions and possible answers to this proposition. He concludes that among the priestly family from the town of Anathoth, roughly three miles northeast of Jerusalem in the tribal allotment of Benjamin, is a good place to begin this search. In particular, he examines the likelihood that Abiathar the priest, his sons Jonathan and Ahimelech, their priestly descendants, and finally Jeremiah and Baruch all may have had a key role to play in formulating what has come to be known as the ‘Deuteronomistic History’ (DtrH). Now, to be certain, there will be those who quickly dismiss such a theory as speculative and presumptuous. Yet, is it presumptuous to assert that the DtrH may have had a number of editors or editions? One need only look to the numerous redactions of the DtrH suggested by scholars since the days of Noth to dismiss this concern (see chapter 1). What Peterson in The Authors of the Deuteronomistic History suggests is that textual indicators may help focus readers enough to propose a plausible theory as to when these editions were written and by whom.

Brian Neil Peterson has provided a stimulating analysis of the origins and composition of the Deuteronomistic History (DtrH). He presses on the recognition, widespread since Martin Noth, that DtrH has drawn on various sources prior to its final compilation, and offers a fresh and unusual analysis of the relationship between redactor and source, combining acute observations about the redactional history of the texts with an engaging argument for the emergence of the source material, in which David's priest Abiathar, and the priestly house at Anathoth, play a significant role. This compelling thesis deserves to make an impact on scholarly thinking about the composition of the Deuteronomistic History. – Gordon McConville, University of Gloucestershire

Peterson's new look at the composition of the Deuteronomistic History (DtrH) packs a scholarly punch. It does not merely go beyond the theories of Noth and his successors. It offers a dramatically different scenario that is not only more persuasive historiographically but also better at accounting for both the broad perspectives and the specific details of the narrative. This book does not simply review and challenge the weaknesses of older critical theories. It replaces them with a persuasive argument that the bulk of the DtrH was composed much earlier by people much closer to the actual events than has usually been argued. – Douglas Stuart Gordon, Conwell Theological Seminary

Brian Neil Peterson has written an important alternative to much of the literature discussing the Deuteronomistic redaction of Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and 1 & 2 Samuel. Building on a strong foundation of comparative studies with the first of these books, Peterson argues his case for an early authorship from the time of David. Peterson's groundbreaking work establishes a redactional basis for the appearance of these texts in early Israel. It demands serious consideration by anyone interested in the literature of Israel's early history. – Richard S. Hess, Denver Seminary

At last, a refreshing and provocative new look at the longstanding question of who wrote the great history of ancient Israel (Deuteronomy–2 Kings)! Instead of the `slice and dice' approach that rules the field, Peterson offers a theory that is holistic in its approach and based on sound exegesis that demonstrates a variegated but cohesive writing created within a unified stream of tradition that had its inception during the monarchy. All future studies cannot avoid considering the proposal Peterson brings to the table. – Kenneth A. Mathews, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

This groundbreaking work does not simply criticize earlier analyses but offers a refreshing, stimulating and provocative perspective as to who the Deuteronomists were. Future studies will certainly have to consider the proposal put forward in The Authors of the Deuteronomistic History.

Religion & Spirituality / New Age / Psychology / Self-Help

Metagenealogy: Self-Discovery through Psychomagic and the Family Tree by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Marianne Costa (Park Street Press)

Are you doomed to repeat the patterns of your parents and grandparents?

Or can you harness your familial and individual talents to create your own destiny?
The family tree is not merely vital statistics about one’s ancestors. It is an embodied sense of self that we inherit from at least four prior generations, constituting both a life-giving treasure and a deadly trap. Each of us is both an heir of our lineage and a necessary variation that brings the family into new territory. Metagenealogy is a practical guide to recognizing and overcoming the patterns and influences of the four previous generations. The book:

  • Provides exercises to uncover one’s family’s psychological heritage, heal negative patterns of behavior and illness in the family tree, and discover one’s true self.
  • Explains how individuals are the product of two forces: repetition of familial patterns from the past and creation of new ideas from the Universal Consciousness of the future.
  • Is interwoven with examples from Jodorowsky’s own life and his work with the tarot, psychoanalysis, and psychomagic.

In Metagenealogy, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Marianne Costa show how every individual is the product of two forces: the imitating force, directed by the family group acting from the past, and the creative force, driven by the Universal Consciousness from the future.

Jodorowsky is the legendary filmmaker of El Topo and The Holy Mountain. The creator of Metagenealogy, he is the author of more than 20 books. Costa has worked with Jodorowsky since 1997, coteaching workshops on Tarot and metagenealogy and writing.

Interweaving examples from Jodorowsky’s own life and his work with the tarot, psychoanalysis, and psychomagic, the authors provide exercises, visualizations, and meditations to discover one’s family’s psychological heritage and open the self to the growth and creativity of Universal Consciousness. They reveal how identifying the patterns, emotional programming, and successes and failures of the four generations that influence a person – their siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents – allows them to see beyond the stable identity formed by family lineage. It frees them to overcome their inherited subconscious patterns of behavior and illness, stop the transmission of these patterns to future generations, and reconnect with the true self and unique creative purpose in life.
By understanding one’s family tree and their place in it, readers of Metagenealogy open their ability to heal the ancient struggle between the repetitive forces of the past and the creative forces of the future.

Science / Mathematics

Mathematics and the Real World: The Remarkable Role of Evolution in the Making of Mathematics by Zvi Artstein (Prometheus Books)

In this study of how the science of mathematics developed, a veteran math researcher and educator looks at the ways in which our evolutionary makeup is both a help and a hindrance to the study of math.
Zvi Artstein in Mathematics and the Real World chronicles the discovery of important mathematical connections between mathematics and the real world from ancient times to the present. He then describes some of the contemporary applications of mathematics – in probability theory, in the study of human behavior, and in combination with computers, which give mathematics unprecedented power.
Artstein concludes with a discussion of why mathematics, for most people, is so frustrating. He argues that the rigorous logical structure of math goes against the grain of our predisposed ways of thinking as shaped by evolution, presumably because the talent needed to cope with logical mathematics gave the human race as a whole no evolutionary advantage. Artstein is the Hettie H. Heineman Professor of Mathematics at The Weizmann Institute of Science, where he has worked for over thirty-eight years as a scientist, a teacher, and an administrator.

Regardless of the benefits math has provided humans through the centuries, Artstein says he realizes the inherent difficulty that comes with it. He argues that the rigorous logical structure of math goes against the grain of our predisposed ways of thinking as shaped by evolution. He offers ways to overcome these innate impediments in the teaching of math and encourages those who may have been disenchanted during their school days to try again with a fresh, new perspective.

Mathematics and the Real World deals with the mathematics of nature, the nature of mathematics, and their interrelationship. It describes, by means of a historical review as well as from the aspect of current research, the link between mathematics and the physical world and the social world around us. The discussion in the book also relates to areas of science and society to which mathematics is relevant. It therefore also presents scientific facts and social situations described by mathematics. That presentation is not exhaustive or detailed, as the book focuses on the mathematical aspects of the various fields. The discussion is accompanied by the constant presence of the question regarding the extent of the effect of the evolution of the human race on the development of mathematics and its applications. It examines the claim that the manner in which the human brain was fashioned by millions of years of evolution affected humans' mathematical capabilities and the type of mathematics that is easy for humans to develop and understand.

An easy-to-read, easy-to-grasp description of how mathematics derives from and impacts society. – Philip J. Davis, Professor emeritus, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University

An absolutely brilliant work by an outstanding mathematician! It addresses very important issues about mathematics and nature, with many deep thoughts, analogies, unknown (to me) facts, fantastic humor, numerous real-life examples – you name it! The book is written so nicely that it is difficult to stop reading. I believe it will be a great pleasure for everybody (including mathematicians) to read this wonderful piece, Enjoy reading! – Boris Mordukhovich, Distinguished University Professor, Wayne State University

In this intriguing book, the author guides us through mathematics from ancient times to the present-day. As the title suggests, it is through encounters with the real world that we understand mathematics and can develop it further. The thoughts and views expressed are original and novel... It is worth noting that no background in mathematics is required for the reader; the only ‘requirement' is the reader's curiosity. – Marshall Slemrod, Professor emeritus, Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin

It is a rare occasion that a prominent mathematician takes a look at his discipline from a distance and offers his views on how mathematics has evolved, through its interaction with the ‘real' world, in parallel with the evolution of the human brain. Artstein has the knack of presenting original and deep ideas in a pleasant, often-humorous style using simple and direct language…. Equally enjoyable for the scientist, who will encounter in it thought-provoking questions, and for the lay reader, who will gain a view of what mathematics is all about and how it has attained its present state of the art. – Constantine Dafermos, Professor of applied mathematics and Alumni-Alumnae University Professor, Brown University

In this accessible and illuminating study, Artstein shows the value and impact this underrated field has in our daily lives. Mathematics and the Real World is quite insightful on the issue of the evolution of the human brain to understand or, more precisely, not understand, mathematics.


Contents this Issue:

Comprehensive Cytopathology, 4th edition by Marluce Bibbo MD ScD FIAC FASCP and David Wilbur MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Gray's Atlas of Anatomy, 2nd edition by Richard Drake PhD FAAA, A. Wayne Vogl PhD FAAA, Adam W. M. Mitchell MBBS FRCS FRCR, Richard Tibbitts, and Paul E. Richardson (Gray's Anatomy Series: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone)

Daisy Dawson at the Beach by Steve Voake, illustrated by Jessica Meserve (Daisy Dawson Series: Spotlight; Candlewick: ABDO Publishing)

The Jim Crow Era by Kathleen M. Muldoon (African-American History Series: Core Library: ABDO Publishing)

Machu Picchu by Mary Meinking (Digging Up the Past Series: Essential Library: ABDO Publishing)

The Forks over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Alona Pulde MD and Matthew Lederman MD (Touchstone)

The Essential Guide to Cultivating Mushrooms: Simple and Advanced Techniques for Growing Shiitake, Oyster, Lion's Mane, and Maitake Mushrooms by Stephen Russell (Storey)

Presidents: Every Question Answered by Carter Smith, with a foreword by Allen Weinstein (Thunder Bay Press)

Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen MD (Conari Press)

Gutenberg's Apprentice: A Novel by Alix Christie (Harper)

The Bloodline Feud: A Merchant Princes Omnibus by Charles Stross (The Merchant Princes Series: Tor Books)

Moral Cultivation and Confucian Character: Engaging Joel J. Kupperman edited by Chenyang Li and Peimin Ni (SUNY Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series: SUNY Press)

The Occupy Movement Explained by Nicholas Smaligo (Ideas Explained: Open Court)

Politics Is a Joke!: How TV Comedians Are Remaking Political Life by S. Robert Lichter, Jody C Baumgartner and Jonathan S. Morris (Westview Press)

Neonatal and Infant Dermatology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition edited by Lawrence F. Eichenfield MD and Ilona J. Frieden MD, with associate editors Erin F. Mathes MD and Andrea Zaenglein MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Endosonography: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Robert H. Hawes MD, Paul Fockens MD PhD and Shyam Varadarajulu MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Musculoskeletal Disorders, Pain, and Rehabiliation, 3rd edition by Walter R. Frontera MD PhD, Julie K. Silver MD and Thomas D. Rizzo Jr. MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace by Terrence J. Rynne (Orbis Books)

The Authors of the Deuteronomistic History: Locating a Tradition in Ancient Israel by Brian Neil Peterson (Fortress Press)

Metagenealogy: Self-Discovery through Psychomagic and the Family Tree by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Marianne Costa (Park Street Press)

Mathematics and the Real World: The Remarkable Role of Evolution in the Making of Mathematics by Zvi Artstein (Prometheus Books)