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Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership: A Guide for Inspiring Creativity, Innovation, and Engagement by Gary A. DePaul, with a foreword by Edward G. Muzio (Productivity Press: CRC Press)

Strategic Analytics: Advancing Strategy Execution and Organizational Effectiveness by Alec Levenson (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.)

The Self-Made Program Leader: Taking Charge in Matrix Organizations by Steve Tkalcevich, with series editor Ginger Levin (Best Practices and Advances in Program Management Series: Book 21: Auerbach Publications: CRC Press)

The Food of Oman: Recipes and Stories from the Gateway to Arabia by Felicia Campbell (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Winston Churchill Reporting: Adventures of a Young War Correspondent by Simon Read (DaCapo Press)

The Prettiest Girl on Stage Is a Man: Race and Gender Benders in American Vaudeville by Kathleen B. Casey (The University of Tennessee Press)

The Civil War Soldier: 700 Key Weapons, Uniforms, & Insignia by Angus Konstam (Universe)

Cheney One on One: A Candid Conversation with America's Most Controversial Statesman by James Rosen (Regnery Publishing)

Criminal Evidence, 2nd edition by Marjie T. Britz (Pearson Education, Prentice Hall)

Refractive Lens Exchange: A Surgical Treatment for Presbyopia, 1st edition edited by Ming Wang MD PhD, with associate editor Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO, Dipl ABO (Slack Incorporated)

The Hospitality of God: A Reading of Luke's Gospel, revised edition by Brendan Byrne SJ (Liturgical Press)

Unity of Spirit: Studies on William of Saint-Thierry in Honor of E. Rozanne Elder (Cistercian Studies) edited by F. Tyler Sergent, Aage Rydstrøm-Poulsen, & Marsha L. Dutton (Cistercian Publications, Liturgical Press)

Psalms 1-50 by Ellen T. Charry, with a foreword by William P. Brown (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible Series: Brazos Press)

The Light Between Us: Stories from Heaven. Lessons for the Living by Laura Lynne Jackson (Spiegel & Grau)

The Omniverse: Transdimensional Intelligence, Time Travel, the Afterlife, and the Secret Colony on Mars by Alfred Lambremont Webre (Bear & Company)

Scripture and Cosmology: Reading the Bible Between the Ancient World and Modern Science by Kyle Greenwood (IVP Academic)

Kepler and the Universe: How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy by David K. Love (Prometheus Books)

Introducing Anthropology: What Makes Us Human, 1st edition by Laura Pountney & Tomislav Marić (Polity)

Moon Cancún & Cozumel: Including Playa del Carmen, Tulum & the Riviera Maya, 12th edition by Gary Chandler & Liza Prado (Moon Handbooks: Avalon Travel)

Business & Investing / Management

Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership: A Guide for Inspiring Creativity, Innovation, and Engagement by Gary A. DePaul, with a foreword by Edward G. Muzio (Productivity Press: CRC Press)

Want to improve your organization's culture, engagement, and ability to practice leadership? Want to influence people to become more curious, creative, and innovative? Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership summarizes leadership principles and beliefs and describes nine 21st century leadership practices derived from analyzing a collection of books by leading 21st century authors. The book provides real-life examples of how individual contributors, managers, and executives have applied each of the nine practices. Written by Gary A. DePaul, the book also uses numerous tools and reference materials to strengthen readers’ leadership development. DePaul has two decades of experience as a manager and scholar of management, has worked as a manager in fortune 500 companies, and consults with organizations to improve leadership practices. 

Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership:

  • Demystifies the confusion about leadership and how leadership works.
  • Defines 21st century leadership and alerts readers to the pitfalls of traditional leadership.
  • Explains the nine practices of 21st century leadership and provides real-life examples of how individual contributors, managers, and executives have applied the practices.
  • Guides readers to manage and monitor their leadership development.
  • Guides process owners to improve organizational strategies, diversity strategies, and leadership development training programs.

Derived by analyzing some of the best contemporary writers and thinkers on leadership, Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership describes leadership practices that that anyone can apply to improve morale, productivity, and performance. The practices include tactics, tools, and resources such as:

  • The Nine Practices 360-feedback Diagnostic Tool 
  • 21st Century Leadership Development Roadmap
  • Grave's Five Levels of Listening
  • Drexler's/Sibbet Team Performance Model
  • Anatomy of Performance
  • The Six Boxes Model

DePaul demystifies the leadership concept, helps readers avoid harmful traditional leadership assumptions, and explains the underlying principles and beliefs.

Gary DePaul's comprehensive Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership makes sense of the vast sea of leadership books. Written with both managers and scholars in mind, DePaul's study situates – and demystifies – the language of leadership in systems thinking. In 15 well-organized and lucidly written chapters, the author builds a series of metaphors to explain the practices of expert managers – analyzing, detecting, guiding, nurturing and more. This book will change your thinking about leadership. – Edwin Battistella, Ph.D., Author of Sorry about That: The Language of Public Apology

Gary has saved anyone with an interest in the topic of leadership a tremendous amount of legwork and created an incredible resource for leadership growth. Most importantly, the rich assortment of examples, practices, and recommended actions provided are a tremendous asset to our development and growth as leaders. A note of caution: be prepared to see yourself and your own leadership assumptions and practices challenged (in a good way). – Rick Rummler, President of The Rummler Group, Co-author of White Space Revisited: Creating Value through Process

Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership removes the mystery and provides much needed shortcuts to deciphering the wide range of current leadership techniques and philosophies. It is a fantastic tool to help both new and successful leaders build and expand their repertoire and target the areas they want to explore further. A must read, and the foundation of every professional library, Dr. DePaul provides a fantastic starting point with lots of helpful tips and best practices. – Matt Peters, MBA, CPT, Director, Talent Management, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

All too often people are put into supervisor, manager, or leader positions because they are excellent engineers, accountants, or sales people. Most are not prepared for those positions in any systematic way. This book provides a roadmap for developing leadership practices within seven suggested underlying principles. The grids for aligning practices with the suggested principles and beliefs will be of particular value to the newly promoted, inexperienced manager or leader. – Margo Murray, MBA, CPT, C-EI, President & Chief Operating Officer, MMHA The Managers' Mentors, Inc.

Gary has done an excellent job of reframing leadership with his emphasis on practices versus traits or qualities. Gary's approach provides a deeper understanding of what constitutes leadership compared to what has been done in the past. The book will be an invaluable resource. Every learning and human resource professional can use this book to better ensure their programs focus on practices that contribute to sustainable gains in human capital. – Judith A. Hale, PhD., CPT, CEO, The Institute for Performance Improvement, L3C

Well organized and insightful, Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership provides a rich assortment of examples, practice and actions. An invaluable resource, it provides a roadmap for developing leadership practices and will help both new and successful leaders build their repertoire of skills.

Business & Investing / Management / Human Resources

Strategic Analytics: Advancing Strategy Execution and Organizational Effectiveness by Alec Levenson (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.)

More than ever, data drives decisions in organizations – and we have more data, and more ways to analyze it, than ever. Yet strategic initiatives continue to fail as often as they did when computers ran on punch cards. Economist and research scientist Alec Levenson says we need a new approach. Levenson is an economist and senior research scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.
The problem, Levenson says in Strategic Analytics, is that the business people who devise the strategies and the human resources people who get employees to implement them use completely different analytics. Business analytics can determine if operational priorities aren't being achieved but can't explain why. HR analytics reveal potentially helpful policy and process improvements but can't identify which would have the greatest strategic impact.
Strategic Analytics shows how to use an integrated approach to bring these two pieces together. Levenson presents a thorough treatment of the reasons for and challenges of taking an integrated approach. He provides details on the different parts of both enterprise and human capital analytics that have to be conducted for integration to be successful and includes specific questions to ask, along with examples of applying integrated analytics to address particular organizational challenges.
Part I of Strategic Analytics addresses why Strategic Analytics is the right approach. Chapter 1 covers the importance of building and testing causal models and the dangers of incomplete data analysis. A robust causal model for diagnosing strategy execution problems is presented, tying together factors that impact business performance at both the individual and group levels. The causal model narrows down the list of candidate factors (hypotheses) to the ones that are most likely to drive the desired results.

Chapter 2 addresses problems with using ROI to evaluate business and HR decisions. A critical issue is the tradeoff between short-term increases in cash flow versus longer-term impacts on competitive advantage. Competitive advantage ultimately leads to increased cash flow in the long run, but at the cost of short-term cash flow as investments are made. Additional common metrics besides ROI are reviewed and critiqued.

Part II of Strategic Analytics details the steps of how to do Strategic Analytics.

Chapter 3 explains the order for conducting the analytics, plus a range of topics readers should know before getting started, including (a) how Strategic Analytics is related to balanced scorecards, (b) the importance of interviews and qualitative analysis, and (c) who should construct the causal model. If readers don't have a lot of time, a properly constructed causal model still can help improve decision making.

Chapter 4 covers step 1 in the Strategic Analytics process: identifying the sources of competitive advantage, including the organization capability strengths and weaknesses, and focusing the enterprise and human capital analysis on those.

Chapter 5 covers step 2 in the Strategic Analytics process: enterprise analytics, which diagnose performance barriers and enablers at the enterprise, business unit, and/or business process levels. Specific questions to be addressed for each of the three components of enterprise analytics are provided.

Chapter 6 covers step 3 in the Strategic Analytics process: human capital analytics, which diagnose performance barriers and enablers at the role, individual, and/or HR process levels. Specific questions to be addressed for each of the three components of human capital analytics are provided.

Chapter 7 presents Strategic Analytics case studies. It provides examples of three different types of diagnostic: (a) cases where only enterprise analysis needs to be conducted rigorously (minimal human capital analysis), (b) cases where human capital analysis is the primary focus (minimal enterprise analysis), and (c) cases where both types of analysis take time and effort.

Chapter 8 covers a specific application of the framework: customer retention and profitable growth. It provides a detailed example of how to apply integrated enterprise and human capital analytics for large commercial banks, technology companies, and retail sales companies.

Chapter 9 covers another specific application: go-to-market (GTM) strategies and effectiveness. Specific case studies from the package delivery and logistics industry and from consumer product direct-store-delivery (DSD) systems are discussed in detail.

Part III of Strategic Analytics dives more deeply into specific topical areas of current practice. It reviews where common practice is already consistent with Strategic Analytics and where it can be improved.

Chapter 10 addresses critical roles, group performance, and competencies. How do we identify top talent and high potentials? What is the contribution of the employee versus the group versus the leader in driving behaviors and performance? How do organizations balance higher pay for high performance with the need to economize on compensation costs?

Chapter 11 covers making sense of sensing data. Many of the early warning signs of organizational issues arise from employee surveys and other data that raise questions about culture and organizational effectiveness. Specific examples are illustrated using case studies on speed of decision making and on innovativeness.

Chapter 12 addresses human capital development and retention analytics. How do you know if the capabilities being built will enable strategy execution? The chapter includes a critique of the two dominant approaches to evaluating human capital development activities: ROI analysis and the Kirkpat­rick model. An alternative approach based on a causal model of performance is provided.

The last chapter concludes with a summary of key learning and action points from the book. The appendix provides a diagnostic interview template for conducting Strategic Analytics. The questions and details for the diagnostic are drawn from the core chapters of Strategic Analytics.

Informed business and HR leaders know how important it is to connect business and talent outcomes. They appreciate the need for art and science, but rarely have the methodology or tools to make the science real. Strategic Analytics helps solve this problem, providing insight on applying big data and analytics to unlock value for leaders and for organizations. – Scott Pitasky, Executive Vice President and Chief Partner Resource Officer, Starbucks
In this fascinating book, Dr. Levenson shows how leaders can make fast and accurate decisions in a world that is ever more complex, addressing the half-truths and unsubstantiated claims that abound in many corporations. A must read for anyone determined to improve their decision making. – Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice, London Business School
A real breakthrough. Strategic Analytics is a must read for line and human resource executives who strive to make their organization and human resource system a source of strategic advantage. The systemic framework for rigorous diagnosis of organization alignment problems will help executives avoid simple but wrong responses that undermine effective strategy execution. – Michael Beer, Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School, and Co-founder TruePoint
Levenson offers a highly useful framework for sharpening the focus of data analytics within large, complex organizations. This book cuts through much of the hype surrounding the topic with a pragmatic review of methods that will generate actionable insights within an enterprise. Strategic Analytics should redirect efforts commonly seen today that often generate large quantities of data without really impacting business results. – Alan May, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Strategic Analytics is a must for executives, line managers and HR practitioners seeking to advance analytics of human capital management and understand which interventions will drive tighter linkages between business strategy and execution. – Patrick McLaughlin, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Frito-Lay North America, PepsiCo, Inc.
Getting people and practices aligned to achieve strategy is one of the biggest stumbling blocks in modern management, often made worse by conflicting messages coming from workplace metrics and overall business metrics. Strategic Analytics offers practical advice on how to straighten out those different measures. New and much needed guidance for getting strategy execution right. – Peter Cappelli, Director, Center for Human Resources, Wharton School of Business

Strategic Analytics provides a new, more comprehensive approach for using analytics to effectively guide business decisions. Levenson's approach allows readers to get the deepest insights by bringing people together from both the business and HR perspectives to assess what's going on and determine the right solution.

For business and HR analysts, Strategic Analytics can be a template for doing much more comprehensive and insightful work. Workers are not always given permission to cast a broad net when designing their diagnostic. Strategic Analytics shows the importance of doing so for understanding all the true drivers of successful business performance and strategy execution. They can use the framework to deliver actionable insights that challenge senior leadership to think, act, and budget differently than the status quo.

Business & Investing / Management

The Self-Made Program Leader: Taking Charge in Matrix Organizations by Steve Tkalcevich, with series editor Ginger Levin (Best Practices and Advances in Program Management Series: Book 21: Auerbach Publications: CRC Press)

Can you be an effective leader if you do not have the formal authority that is rooted in the organizational hierarchy? This question and many others surrounding this topic are studied in this book.

Almost all leadership books assume that leaders have authority over their team members. The challenge of project management in a matrix-structured environment is that this is not always the case. A whole new plan of attack has to be executed for project managers to deliver in organizations where they do not have formal authority.

The Self-Made Program Leader gives readers insight into the minds of a group of 55 project, program, and portfolio managers who have worked in a matrix environment. It presents lessons learned from both their successes and failures.

With The Self-Made Program Leader, readers learn how to:

  • Prepare for their leadership role in a matrix environment and understand what they need to improve.
  • Understand their organization’s structure and identify the hidden key players on their team.
  • Use volunteer-based roles to gain influence in their organization.
  • Build a coalition of key individuals, including decision makers, respected employees, and subject matter experts.
  • Understand the perception of their leadership style by their followers and position themselves so others are more willing to cooperate and comply with their requests.

Author Steve Tkalcevich, who earned an MBA specializing in leadership from the University of Liverpool, has been working in the information technology sector since 2000. Prior to working in project management, Tkalcevich worked in information technology management for a leading wholesale firm in Canada.

Working in a matrix organizational structure brings new challenges and likewise new opportunities for those who can capitalize and influence effectively. Readers who have had formal authority over their team cannot directly transfer the same approach into a matrix structure. The Self-Made Program Leader shows readers proven strategies and behaviors that will let them deliver their projects, programs, and portfolios within their desired objectives and maintain mutually beneficial relationships both internally and externally.

Matrix structures come in various forms. There are three variational (weak, balanced, and strong) structures in which a project, program, or portfolio manager can operate. Each has its own unique characteristics and challenges. Arguably, one style may be easier to maneuver in than others depending on one's personality when managing work, but they all have challenges that need to be faced. The most challenging is the weak matrix for the leader where the functional manager has more authority over the team but the project, program, or portfolio manager still needs to achieve his or her deliverables.

Topping the list of challenges common to each variation are power struggles with functional managers and the project, program, or portfolio manager; confusion with team members as to which direction to take when given two distinctly different decisions by managers and the leader; not to mention an abundant amount of seemingly pointless meetings with all members not present at all times.

From The Self-Made Program Leader readers gain insight into the minds of a group of 55 project, program, and portfolio managers who work in a matrix environment, either currently or in past roles, who have been surveyed. Thirty percent of the participants surveyed have between 10 and 20-plus years of experience, while some were just beginning their careers in management. These perspectives formulated the direction of the book and provided insight as to how these individuals lead others in a matrix environment. Some of them were unsuccessful at times, and this book seeks to understand why and learn from those who were successful. A total of 13 strategic questions were asked among the group that covered their respective roles as a project, program, or portfolio manager in a matrix environment. Insights into the answers to these questions are documented throughout The Self-Made Program Leader. The results of the survey in its entirety can be found in the appendix of the book.

Understanding how the project, program, and portfolio manager fits within the matrix structure can sometimes cause confusion. There are advantages to having a matrix structure at one’s company. One of them is that this practice makes good business sense, and shared resources are being used by multiple project, program, or portfolio managers who are being managed by a functional manager who oversees the administrative human resource responsibilities. Better utilization of human capital can be achieved by having a common pool of resources to use.

This book does not go into particulars on how to implement a matrix structure, but instead focuses on how to maneuver within them successfully. Readers also learn the necessary behaviors that they need to demonstrate when interacting with others. The goal is to show a clear path for project, program, and portfolio managers to lead others within a matrix environment regardless of the industry or complexity.

The Self-Made Program Leader discusses four key contributing factors with situational examples provided to better understand these responses.

  1. Does the project, program, or portfolio manager feel that the ability to influence team members, outsiders, and other leaders inside and outside the organization contributes to the success in the leader's role?
  2. Did the project, program, or portfolio manager feel he or she was successful overall in the role of leadership without formal authority?
  3. Was organizational culture a factor in a role of leadership without formal authority in the organization?
  4. Did a role in the organization, past or present, prepare the leader for being in a leadership role without authority?

The Self-Made Program Leader takes a unique approach to understanding the matrix structure and the tactics needed to succeed. The Self-Made Program Leader shows readers proven strategies and behaviors that they can use to successfully deliver their projects, programs, and portfolios and lead others within a matrix environment regardless of the industry or complexity.

Cooking, Food & Wine

The Food of Oman: Recipes and Stories from the Gateway to Arabia by Felicia Campbell (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

In the Arabian Gulf, just east of Saudi Arabia and across the sea from Iran, the kitchens of Oman are filled with the enticing, mysterious aroma of a spice bazaar: musky black limes, earthy cloves, warming cinnamon, cumin, and coriander all play against the comforting scent of simmering basmati rice. Beyond these kitchens, the rocky crags of Jabal Akhdar tower, palm trees sway along the coast of Salalah, sand dunes ripple across Sharqiyah, and the calls to prayer echo from minarets throughout urban Muscat.

In The Food of Oman, American food writer Felicia Campbell invites readers to journey with her into home kitchens, beachside barbeques, royal weddings, and humble teashops. Featuring rustic Middle Eastern dishes infused with the flavors of East Africa, India, and Persia, The Food of Oman presents the delicious diversity of the tiny Arabian Sultanate through 100 recipes, 175 lush photographs, and stories from the people behind the food in an immersive introduction to a fascinating, little-known corner of the world.
Campbell began her adult life as a 17-year-old private in the United States Army, deploying to Iraq as a member of the initial invasion in 2003. Her experiences there transformed her perspective on the world. She fell in love with the Iraqi people and the warmth and hospitality of Middle Eastern culture over steaming cups of tea and plates of grilled chicken, inspiring a lifelong passion for food. She has spent the last decade earning a master's degree in food studies with a focus on Middle Eastern culture from New York University and sharing stories from the region as an International Association of Culinary Professionals award-nominated writer and staff editor at Saveur. She now lives in Muscat, where she is the executive features editor at the Times of Oman.

In Oman, familiar ingredients mingle in exciting new ways: Zanzibari biryani is scented with rosewater and cloves, seafood soup is enlivened with hot red pepper and turmeric, and green bananas are spiked with lime, green chili, and coconut. The recipes in The Food of Oman offer cooks a new world of flavors, techniques, and inspiration, while the photography and stories provide an introduction to the culture of a people whose adventurous palates and deep love of feeding and being fed gave rise to this unparalleled cuisine.

Introduced by traveling seafarers and passing Arabian traders, the flavors of this diverse mixture of cultures and foods are hidden treasures, completely unexplored by the western world. The Food of Oman is the first cookbook to bring this spectacular cuisine to the western table. Readers explore this unique culture with elaborately spiced barbeque, savory porridges and stews, exotic rices, breads and sweets, rosewater-infused coffee, and milky teas. Recipes include:

  • Mishakik (Peppery Beef Skewers with Spicy Tamarind Sauce)
  • Zanzibari Biryani (Double-Cooked Chicken in Rose Water and Clove-Infused Rice)
  • Malleh (Saltfish with Cilantro and Lime)
  • Maldouf (Date Chapati)

This is the book I dream about. Open the covers, and you are in the heart and soul of a place and its peoples, vibrant with the scents, sounds, rhythms, and sights you would experience if you were there, tasting it all through the mouth of your imagination. The Western author of this book has opened the gates of a magical kingdom, itself a gateway that links Muscat to Zanzibar, Africa to India, a place of sun, sea, desert, and mountain, of Bedouins and burqas, saffron and wild thyme. Her own story links the tales of this ancient place, as old as the spice trade, to modern fusion cuisines and connects my kitchen to theirs. Because now, thanks to the meticulous care with which names and ingredients have been translated and explained, I can actually turn my pots into Aladdin's magic lamps. – Betty Fussell, author of Raising Steaks and ten other books, ranging from biography to cookbooks, food history, and memoir

This is more than a cookbook – it's a journey, an invitation, and a love letter. Felicia Campbell flings wide open the doors of the Omani kitchen and reveals the remarkable beauty and history behind every meal. How lucky we are to have this book, to bring this flavorful, wonderful, jubilant food into our own homes. – Helen Rosner, features editor,

This is an exquisitely researched and gloriously produced cookbook of the Arabian Sea tethered to the Sultanate of Oman, which draws in the Arab, Persian, East African, and South Asian worlds of trade and taste into every recipe. Felicia Campbell reminds us of the essence of this geographic intersection in each dish. I relished not only the recipes, but also the artwork, maps, and pictures in this gorgeous book. Felicia went to the Middle East as a part of American imperialism, but she learned to portray it on behalf of its people and their everyday culture of food and shelter. – Krishnendu Ray, chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and president of the Association for the Study of Food and Society

The cuisines of the Arabian Gulf are still little known in the West, and Felicia Campbell has opened a delicious door into one of them in this beautiful book, full of enticing recipes as well as lovely insights and stories. – Anissa Helou, author of seven Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cookbooks, including Levant

The Food of Oman is an invitation to explore a cuisine that marries the Bedouin traditions of the Gulf with the flavors of the world to produce dishes that are as diverse as the geography, history, and peoples of this singular corner of eastern Arabia. Recipes, lush photographs, and fascinating stories provide an introduction to the culture of a people whose adventurous palates gave rise to this unparalleled cuisine.

History / Biographies & Memoirs

Winston Churchill Reporting: Adventures of a Young War Correspondent by Simon Read (DaCapo Press)

A twenty-year-old junior officer of cavalry Churchill longed for action.... He imagined the thrill of bullets missing him by inches, the air reeking of gun smoke, and the searing knowledge that any given minute might be his last.... Perhaps importantly, Churchill realized if he wished to pursue a political career, he would first have to make a name for himself – and what better way than by impressive performance in conflict? – from the Prologue

Long before his finest hour as Britain's wartime leader, Winston Churchill emerged on the world stage as a brazen foreign correspondent, covering wars of empire in Cuba, India, the Sudan, and South Africa.
In those far-flung corners of the world, reporting from the front lines between 1895 and 1900, Churchill mastered his celebrated command of language and formed strong opinions about war. He thought little of his own personal safety, so convinced was he of his destiny, jumping at any chance to be where bullets flew and canons roared. "I have faith in my star – that I am intended to do something in the world," he wrote to his mother at the age of twenty-three before heading into battle.
Based on his private letters and war reportage, Winston Churchill Reporting intertwines young Winston's daring exploits in combat, adventures in distant corners of the globe, and rise as a major literary talent – experiences that shaped the world leader he was to become.

Winston Churchill Reporting reveals Churchill as an ambitious young journalist in the center of ferocious combat where he established his reputation – not only as a talented reporter, but also as a daring, brave, and fearsome soldier.

Author Simon Read is an award-winning former newspaper reporter and the author of seven previous works of narrative non-fiction published on both sides of the Atlantic.

Simon Read has captured the indomitable spirit of young Winston Churchill, his breathtaking courage in combat, his raw political ambition, and the power of his writing as a war correspondent on three continents. All before the age of twenty-seven, Winston Churchill Reporting takes its rightful place on my shelves next to Churchill's own account of his youth, My Early Life. – Paul Reid, national bestselling coauthor of The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm
With pen, rifle, and polo mallet, the youthful and headstrong Winston Churchill takes no prisoners as an army officer and war correspondent, racing fearlessly to the front lines of war zones in Cuba, Asia, and Africa, not to mention London, where he steeps himself in the arts of war, wit, and politics. Simon Read's thrilling
Winston Churchill Reporting charges ahead at breakneck speed with the indomitable young Churchill, capturing the making of this great and eloquent leader in vivid prose and hair-raising scenes. You won't put it down until Churchill is safe at home once again. – Dean King, national bestselling author of Skeletons on the Zahara

In 1965 a nine-year-old girl in Colombia posted a birthday card addressed simply to 'the greatest man in the world.' Without a stamp it arrived in London at the home of Winston Churchill on the eve of his ninetieth birthday. He was indeed the greatest man of our era, the savior of civilization. Any book on Churchill is a joy, but this one is especially moving for it reveals the great man as a youth, eyes full of wonder, soul already certain of a great destiny, ambition glaring in all directions just ready to pounce. – Wade Davis, national bestselling author of The Serpent and the Rainbow
Highly researched and fast-paced, Read does a marvelous job of bringing young Churchill to life
. – Martin Dugard, national bestselling author of Into Africa, and coauthor of the Killing series with Bill O’Reilly
Read draws on Churchill's newspaper pieces, books, and letters for this fast-paced biographical and historical narrative… A richly detailed look at Churchill's early ambitions and triumphs. – Kirkus Reviews
Of all the books about Winston Churchill, this is the first dedicated to his years as a war correspondent… Read introduces this work with ‘Winston Churchill as Indiana Jones,’ a line that becomes reality within the first few pages… A worthy purchase for fans of Churchill who are unfamiliar with these stories as well as those interested in late 19th-century history, military history, and a case study of writing as a journalist. – Library Journal
An engaging story, engagingly told. – Open Letters Monthly
Churchill is an enthralling subject, and the few years covered in the narrative are filled with danger, courage, conflict, death and deliverance… Churchill was in the epicenter of history, and readers will devour this delicious narrative about the young rising star. – San Diego Book Review
With material from personal letters as well as his reports from the front,
Winston Churchill Reporting is a visit with a future leader during his formative years. It’s an extraordinary, eye-opening book. – January Magazine

Winston Churchill Reporting details an often-ignored, but vastly formative time in Churchill's life. In this edge-of-your-seat, slice-of-life biography, Read skillfully weaves Churchill's earliest wartime adventures with his lively reporting from the battlefield.

History / US / Arts & Entertainment / Gender Studies

The Prettiest Girl on Stage Is a Man: Race and Gender Benders in American Vaudeville by Kathleen B. Casey (The University of Tennessee Press)

From the 1890s through the 1920s, vaudeville reigned as one of the most popular entertainment forms in urban America. Through drama, humor, and satire, it invited its socially, economically, and ethnically diverse audiences to turn a self-conscious eye upon themselves and their culture, which was being rapidly transformed by such forces as immigration, racial discord, and new conceptions of gender roles. It was no coincidence that acts featuring cross-dressing performers and racial impersonators were among vaudeville’s biggest attractions.
In The Prettiest Girl on Stage Is a Man, Kathleen B. Casey explores the ways in which the gender- and race-bending spectacles of vaudeville dramatized the economic, technological, social, and cultural upheaval that gripped the United States in the early twentieth century. Casey is an assistant professor of history at Virginia Wesleyan College.

Casey focuses on four key performers. Eva Tanguay, known as “The I Don’t Care Girl,” was loved for her defiance of Victorian decorum, linking white womanliness to animalistic savagery at a time when racial and gender ideologies were undergoing significant reconstruction. In contrast, Julian Eltinge, the era’s foremost female impersonator, used race to exaggerate notions of manliness and femininity in a way that reinforced traditional norms more than it undermined them. Lillyn Brown, a biracial woman who portrayed a cosmopolitan black male dandy while singing about an antebellum southern past, offered her audiences, black and white, starkly different visual and aural messages about race and gender. Finally, Sophie Tucker, who often performed in blackface during the early years of her long and heralded career, strategically played with prevailing ideologies by alternately portraying herself as white, Jewish, black, manly, and womanly, while managing, remarkably, to convince audiences that these identities could coexist within one body.
Analyzing a wide assortment of primary materials – advertisements, recordings, lyrics, sheet music, costumes, photographs, reviews, and press accounts from the era – Casey in The Prettiest Girl on Stage Is a Man looks not only at gender and racial impersonation but also at how spectators reacted to these performances.

Vaudeville reflected the motley crowds of Americans who regularly sought its shocks and thrills in the form of laughter, drama, escape, and satire. Spectators came from vastly divergent economic, social, and ethnic backgrounds to a shared urban space. Audiences paid as little as ten cents or as much as two dollars to occupy the 1,000 to 2,000 seats available in each big-time vaudeville theater. Though white performers far outnumbered black acts, they took turns occupying the stages of the largest vaudeville houses across the country. At most of these houses, however, theaters remained highly racialized spaces, where black audiences were relegated to the cheapest seats in the balcony and fair-skinned patrons, sat front and center in the orchestra pit. Though managers discouraged rowdiness, audiences clapped their hands, stomped their feet, cheered, stood, and hissed to express their delight or disap­proval.

The enduring presence and undeniable success of performers who offered audiences race and gender bending performances raise several im­portant questions: What explains the endurance of the race and gender bender in the twentieth century and how did these performances work in tandem? How did representations of race rely upon, reinforce, and challenge understandings of gender and vice versa? Why did so many working and middle-class urbanites spend time and money to watch these performances? How did critics' responses change over time? The Prettiest Girl on Stage Is a Man attempts to answer these questions.

The New Woman's emergence coincided with the increasingly public face of sex in American life. Beginning in the 1880s, a new generation of experts sought to grapple with challenges of modern life by studying gendered and sexual behavior. By the early twentieth century, sexologists were explaining gender non-conformity by asserting that effeminate men had inverted their gender and become females on the inside, while remaining anatomically male. They had similar worries about assertive New Women who believed in suffrage, wore pants, or failed to reproduce. While doctors believed many inverts were homosexual, there was little consensus on the causes or correlation of the two phenomena.

In the same period in which gender impersonators dominated the vaudeville stage in large and mid-sized cities, then, the drag balls of New York City offered elite spectators an opportunity to become cultural and sexual tourists. With a quick costume change, a wig, and a little makeup, modern men became women and whites became Others. Performers who illustrated this knowledge by changing multiple times per performance – sometimes even on stage – often had a disruptive effect on gender and racial norms.

While immigrants were still pouring in through New York City, in 1896, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Plessy v. Ferguson, helped usher in the nadir of race relations between black and white Americans. The Louisiana case stipulated that racial segregation was legal throughout the United States, so long as accommodations were ‘separate but equal.’ Following this ruling, Jim Crow quickly spread, not just in the South, but throughout the nation. Part of the new tensions stemmed from a major demographic shift known as the Great Migration. With the onset of World War I, half a million black Southerners relocated to cities like Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, and New York. Calling themselves New Negroes, some migrants adopted a more militant approach to resisting discrimination and advocating for ‘the race.’ While some black vaudevillians offered audiences new visions of black modernity, many black performers were forced to wear blackface masks and provide audiences with well-worn derogatory performances of Uncle Tom, Zip Coon, and Mammy.

By the 1920s a new form of racial logic began to emerge. Realizing they had more at stake in maintaining the black/white racial divide than they did in subdividing European races, Americans increasingly assigned everyone to one of two racial categories based on ‘visual cues.’ Thus, over time this new racial logic had the effect of whitening once foreign interlopers, while those with even ‘one drop’ of ‘Negro blood’ stayed black. From the 1890s through the 1920s, then, a new racial binary evolved which designated virtually all Americans either black or white. This logic never reflected reality, however, and vaudevillians that performed as racially ambiguous characters exposed large cracks in this flawed racial reasoning.

The Prettiest Girl on Stage Is a Man focuses on four vaudevillians who provided audiences with complex race and gender bending performances between 1900 and 1930. These performers started their stage careers at young ages, escaping from working and middle-class families to New York, Chicago, or Boston to launch their careers on the vaudeville stage. Eva Tanguay (1879-1947), Julian Eltinge (1881-1941), Lillyn Brown (1885–1969), and Sophie Tucker (1884–1966) became beloved international celebrities. With the exception of Brown, whose race kept her from the most lucrative roles, they were some of the highest grossing acts in American vaudeville. These performers gained notoriety and success because they adopted behaviors and appearances associated with races and genders that were off limits to them. They showed Americans that gender and race were bendable; they were what you made of them and they could not be disentangled from each other.

Though The Prettiest Girl on Stage Is a Man is primarily a work of social and cultural history, it draws upon several lines of interdisciplinary scholarship. This book takes an intersectional approach, which assumes that gender and race are historically contingent, mutually constitutive categories that find their meaning through each other. They are social constructs, imposed, resisted, and reinforced, but reliant on each other.

In recent decades, gender and queer theorists have usefully explored the unstable, performative nature of gender. What is remarkable about vaudeville, then, is that race and gender bending performers showed audiences the performative, artificial nature of these constructs nearly a century ago.

The vaudeville stage was not simply a place where performers winked at current events and rehashed well-worn comedic tropes. At the same time eugenicists, sexologists, legislators, and pundits told audiences that gender and race were biological facts, vaudevillians nudged audiences to reconsider what was real or counterfeit, fixed or fluid, ancient or modern, human or animal, man or woman, black or white.

While other performers came and went, Tanguay, Eltinge, Brown, and Tucker stayed relevant, adapting to the desires of fickle American audiences for over twenty years. In an effort to highlight change over time, the four case studies in The Prettiest Girl on Stage Is a Man appear in chronological order. Although each of these performers was active between 1900 and 1930, this study begins with Eva Tanguay, whose career was the first to self-destruct in the 1920s. Scholars of American history and popular culture have only begun to fully examine Tanguay's significance, and have virtually ignored the role of race in her performances, perhaps because she rarely resorted to obvious racial tropes such as wearing blackface or speaking in dialect. However, Tanguay was an enormously successful provocateur, whose career provides insight into the ways in which gender and racial ideologies were messy and malleable. At a time when over-civilized white men desired, but could not maintain, a monopoly on modern primitiveness, Tanguay boldly suggested that white women could be more manly and primitive than their animalistic male counterparts.

Chapter Two analyzes the career of vaudeville's most renowned female impersonator, Julian Eltinge. By presenting audiences with a fair-skinned Victorian lady through the body of a white male, Eltinge played a distinct role in negotiating popular meanings of race and gender. He published a women's magazine and sold his own brand of whitening beauty products, offering fashion tips to women who hoped to emulate his hyper-white femininity. His on and off-stage performances demonstrate the centrality of whiteness to femininity, providing important opportunities for analyzing contemporary understandings of gender and racial norms at the turn of the century.

Chapter Three brings attention to the scholarly silence surrounding black male impersonators and examines the role of race in gender impersonation more broadly. As a biracial woman who portrayed the cosmopolitan, modern black dandy but sang about an antebellum southern past, Brown offered black and white audiences starkly different visual and aural messages about gender and race. Her willingness to continue impersonating men when she was nearly eighty years old, long after the supposed obsolescence of the respectable male impersonator, illustrates the inadequacy of current scholarship on male impersonators.

The final chapter of The Prettiest Girl on Stage Is a Man focuses primarily on the first twenty years of Sophie Tucker's long professional career, tracking her reception along racial and gendered lines. In her autobiography, Some of These Days, Tucker proudly recollected that her performance was so authentic that she had difficulty convincing her audience she was not a Southern black girl. She claimed that doing so necessitated removing one of her black gloves to reveal her pale hand. For Tucker, sound, size, sexuality, and style were all mitigating factors in the performed negotiation of race and gender, and – to the delight of her audiences – each provided a space within which to resist the tidiness of unfolding racial and gender categories.

These performances could ultimately be liberating, opening up new possibilities of expressing and understanding gender and race. But they could also serve to reinforce existing norms and help enforce conformity. Figures like Tanguay, Eltinge, Brown, and Tucker, help readers retrace connections between gender and race for Americans – both the performers who entertained their audiences, and the people who spent time and money watching contested representations of the fundamental, but slippery, concepts that shaped their lives.

In this highly readable book, Kathleen Casey makes an important intervention into the study of early-twentieth-century American vaudeville and some of its most infamous stars. She pinpoints the blind spot in current scholarship by demonstrating how race as much as gender charges the meanings in vaudeville performance. – Linda Mizejewski, author of Pretty/Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics and Ziegfeld Girl

Because they dramatized unfolding technological, economic, social, and cultural changes, vaudeville performances offer a fitting setting for investigating and contextualizing the discord surrounding race and gender in early twentieth-century America. Lively and enlightening, The Prettiest Girl on Stage Is a Man uncovers important conversations about race in unexpected places, finding racial discourses in popular culture where most scholars have focused on gender, and vice versa. This approach also differs from previous studies of gender performance by considering gender impersonations not as distinct forms of grotesquerie or signs of sexual subversion, but as subtler yet no less potent cultural markers of race. Though three of the four performers examined in The Prettiest Girl on Stage Is a Man have been explored elsewhere, no scholar has used a nuanced intersectional analysis to illustrate the interdependency of race and gender in their performances or in vaudeville more broadly. By placing these performers in dialogue with Brown, a black male impersonator who has not previously received critical consideration, Casey recuperates the career of a forgotten figure while highlighting how race as much as gender shaped the meanings of each of these performances.

History / US / Civil War

The Civil War Soldier: 700 Key Weapons, Uniforms, & Insignia by Angus Konstam (Universe)

There is an abiding fascination with the Civil War. What personal items did soldiers carry in their haversacks? How did the weaponry differ between ranks? What did the design of each unit’s flag symbolize?
The Civil War Soldier offers specially commissioned photographs of more than 700 key artifacts and military equipment bringing to life the experiences of Union and Confederate soldiers of all ranks, by exploring the uniforms, weapons, and objects carried by soldiers on both sides. 

The Civil War Soldier offers unique and detailed information about the personal items that a typical soldier carried along with weapons and other military necessities. Selected for their importance to the outcome, the artifacts include Union and Confederate guns, swords, artillery, uniforms, medals, and equipment. Each item is described, photographed, and discussed in detail, making this a superb reference that brings the war to life. This is the ultimate quartermaster’s locker room – a full-scale armory of detailed information. 

The author is Angus Konstam, a distinguished historian and author of many Civil War books, served in the Royal Navy and was the chief curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida.

Just as archaeologists can discern much of a long-gone culture's daily life and history from the remains left behind, so can those who would learn more of the daily lives and experiences of Civil War soldiers glean much just from knowing more about the physical environment in which those men functioned, and especially from the items that made up the catalog of their personal belongings and accoutrements during the war. Their weapons tell readers how they fought, as well as lesser things, like the weight they had to carry on the march, the taste in their mouths in battle when they had to bite into their cartridges to load their guns, and even the smells of their campsite as they oiled and cleaned weapons. Their uniforms reveal much of their degree of comfort: how warm or cold they were in the climates in which they fought; how prone their clothing may have been to lice and fleas; how free or restricted was their movement. And the equipment they carried affords insights into their daily lives, their simple pleasures, and their attitude toward themselves and their armies.

Konstam in The Civil War Soldier says that only militarist totalitarian nations are ever really prepared for war when it erupts. Democratic nations, almost by definition, are caught, if not by surprise, then at least unready for the clash of arms when it comes. Such was the case with the United States when it split into two democracies in 1860-1861. Indeed, at the outset, armed forces in the new Confederate States of America briefly outnumbered those in the old Union prior to the first shots at Fort Sumter, and some of them were probably better armed, since they were largely privately raised volunteers equipped at their own expense with the latest arms and equipment. On the other hand, other ‘Southrons’ were state militia – armed with whatever happened to be in the state armories, some of it up-to-date and some almost antediluvian.

A soldier's weapon in this war would be his least used article of equipment, for the average soldier spent only one day in twenty in actual combat, yet most men in the ranks would consider it their most essential article. It is ironic, then, that at the war's outset, and for more than a year afterward, the armament of the common soldiers would be chaotic at best, even for the Union.

According to The Civil War Soldier, the Yankee soldier had an advantage perhaps even greater than his initial superiority in his equipment, for when it was lost, worn out, or discarded in battle and not found afterward, it could all be replaced, and usually within a reasonable time. Southern manufacturing and purchasing simply never could keep pace with the wear and tear of camp and campaign, which only put added strains on the well-worn pockets in gray and butternut trousers that were themselves worn thin to near transparency. With holes in his shoes, holes in his clothing, holes in his pockets, and little enough to put in them in the first place, Johnny Reb was scarcely equipped for basic subsistence, let alone fighting a war.

Small in size, but unique in content, The Civil War Soldier is an essential work for those who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of military life during one of the greatest conflicts in history – especially for those interested in the widely popular Civil War reenactments.

Politics / US / Biographies & Memoirs

Cheney One on One: A Candid Conversation with America's Most Controversial Statesman by James Rosen (Regnery Publishing)

Dick Cheney says he thinks I'm the worst president of his lifetime – which is interesting, because I think Dick Cheney is the worst president of my lifetime. – Barack Obama

With this jibe, President Obama acknowledged the extraordinary influence of Richard Cheney.
Armed with experience at the highest levels of government, Cheney confronted the threats facing America after 9/11 and emerged as the most powerful vice president in U.S. history and a controversial political figure.

In December 2014, a few weeks before his seventy-fourth birthday, Cheney invited Fox News reporter James Rosen into his northern Virginia home. Over three days, Rosen recorded ten hours of conversations with the man known as the ‘Darth Vader’ of American politics. A small fraction of the interview was adapted into an April 2015 Playboy interview; but now, Rosen shares the whole conversation in Cheney One on One.

Rosen is chief Washington correspondent for Fox News. During the Bush-Cheney era, he covered the White House and State Department and traveled extensively with the president and vice president. Rosen's articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, as well as Harper's, the Atlantic, and Playboy.

With no topic off limits, the former vice president opens up in Cheney One on One about his complicated relationships with President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and talks candidly about why his influence in the White House waned over Bush's second term. Rosen also presses Cheney about his WWII-era childhood, his two DUI arrests and expulsion from Yale, his political coming-of-age during the Watergate era, his reflections on 9/11 and the Iraq War, his misgivings about Syria and North Korea, and his role in the development of the CIA's ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ and the NSA's warrantless surveillance program.
In Cheney One on One, readers discover:

  • How Cheney went from Yale dropout to White House chief of staff by his mid-thirties.
  • The tense hours after 9/11, when Cheney ran the government from a White House bunker.
  • Cheney's role in shaping intelligence, surveillance, detention, and interrogation policies.
  • Cheney's clashes with Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell.
  • Cheney's assessment of the mistakes he and President Bush made in Iraq.
  • His views on life, death, and God.

At times, Rosen challenged Cheney's account, drawing out and sometimes cornering an elusive and proudly enigmatic subject, eliciting the insider stories that have been told nowhere else.

More than four turbulent decades at the epicenter of political life have made Dick Cheney one of the most consequential political figures in the nation's history. You will see important chapters of that history – including some that are still being written – differently after savoring this wonderfully conceived volume in which Cheney converses with one of Washington's most seasoned journalists. – George F. Will, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of One Man's America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation

Dick Cheney has played a central role in the life of the nation for more than four decades and yet remains a largely mysterious and misunderstood figure. Now, in this invaluable volume, the journalist and historian James Rosen has given us a rare and compelling view of how Cheney sees the world – and himself. With searching questions and clear-eyed follow-ups, Rosen served as history's interlocutor in a series of revealing – and inevitably controversial – conversations with a public figure who has done much to shape the way we live now. – Jon Meacham, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George H. W. Bush

James Rosen has brought us a fascinating, revelatory, and valuable exploration of Dick Cheney as not only a famously event-making vice president but as a commanding figure through four decades of Ameri­can history. Rosen's book is a contribution to our current political dialogue and should also serve as a basic source for the historians of the future. – Michael Beschloss, author of Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789–1989

James Rosen has a knack for asking probing, unusual, and sometimes uncomfortable questions that knock an interviewee off predictable talking points. His skill as an interviewer is vividly on display in the hours he spent interrogating Dick Cheney. Rosen spent ten years pursuing these interviews. It was worth the wait. Cheney One on One offers unique insight into one of the most interesting, influential, and inscrutable public figures of our time and will be an indispensable resource for any student of the Bush presidency for years to come. – Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News

James Rosen skillfully lets Cheney be Cheney, bringing to life a third of a century on the front lines of history. Here is our country's preemi­nent conservative statesman, speaking out insightfully and coura­geously – as he has always done – on his life, his times, and America's challenging future. – I. Lewis Libby, chief of staff and national security advisor to Vice President Cheney, 2001–2005

While much has been written about and by Dick Cheney, Rosen gives readers an exclusive look inside the mind of one of the most measured and discreet men in American politics. Cheney One on One is an essential document of modern America: an oral history whose pages contain important recollections of one of the most tumultuous periods in our nation's history, from one of its most controversial figures. The result is the most penetrating and detailed interrogation of Cheney ever conducted, an inside account of his extraordinary life and times.

Professional & Technical / Criminology / Education & Training

Criminal Evidence, 2nd edition by Marjie T. Britz (Pearson Education, Prentice Hall)

Criminal Evidence provides a legal framework of the rules of evidence, highlights key law enforcement issues in the field, and uses current, newsworthy headline cases to illustrate major points and generate student interest.

Criminal Evidence is a comprehensive text that explores the laws of evidence in the United States. The text traces the historical evolution of American jurisprudence from inception to contemporary courts and is intended for both undergraduates and law students. The text is organized to reinforce foundational concepts (e.g., courtroom process and criminal procedure) discussed in introductory courses prior to the presentation of sophisticated legal constructs. Further, the text is designed to engage students through the application of real-world cases.

The 2nd edition of Criminal Evidence is completely updated and significantly expanded with nearly 40% more content than the previous edition, five new pedagogical tools per chapter, and the complete text of the Federal Rules of Evidence, Magna Carta, and the Bill of Rights.

Author Marjie T. Britz is an associate professor of criminal justice at Clemson University. She has acted as a consultant to a variety of organizations, and provided training to an assortment of law enforcement agencies. In addition, she has served on editorial and supervisory boards in both academic and practitioner venues.

Overall changes in Criminal Evidence include:

  • Inclusion of 42 additional cases.
  • Significant expansion of the Table of Contents.
  • Significant expansion of Chapter outlines at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Highlighting of Criminal Statutes, Rules of Criminal Procedure, & the Federal Rules of Evidence throughout the text.
  • Incorporation of charts, diagrams, textboxes, and photographs to demonstrate key concepts.
  • Significant expansion of pedagogical content per chapter.
  • Learning Objectives.
  • Key Terms.
  • Discussion Questions.
  • Recommended Resources.
  • Application of Law Textboxes – illustration of key concepts in American law through the discussion of interesting or highly publicized cases.
  • In Search of History Textboxes – exploration of important historical developments in the field.
  • Clarification of Concepts Textboxes – more comprehensive discussion of similar or opposing legal concepts.
  • Case Law Textboxes focusing on an appellate case, statute, or law.
  • Margin Definitions – provide students with easy access to important definitions of concepts presented in each chapter.

Chapters in Criminal Evidence, 2nd edition include:

    1. The Evolution of the Law of Criminal
    2. Federalism, Court Systems, and the Criminal Justice Process
    3. Forms of Evidence
    4. Search and Seizure and the Doctrine of Justification
    5. The Exclusionary Rule and the Fourth Amendment
    6. Warrantless Searches
    7. Confessions
    8. Qualifications of Witnesses
    9. Examination of Witnesses
    10. Hearsay
    11. Privileged Communications
    12. Documentary and Scientific Evidence
    13. Cyber Evidence and Demonstrative Evidence in the Pursuit of Justice Instructor Supplements include:
  • Instructor's Manual with Test Bank includes content outlines for classroom discussion, teaching suggestions, and answers to selected end-of-chapter questions from the text. This also contains a Word document version of the test bank.
  • TestGen. This computerized test generation system gives teachers maximum flexibility in creating and administering tests on paper, electronically, or online. It provides state-of-the-art features for viewing and editing test bank questions, dragging a selected question into a test they are creating, and printing sleek, formatted tests in a variety of layouts. Select test items from test banks included with TestGen for quick test creation, or write their own questions from scratch. TestGen's random generator provides the option to display different text or calculated number values each time questions are used.
  • PowerPoint Presentations offer clear, straightforward outlines and notes to use for class lectures or study materials. Photos, illustrations, charts, and tables from the book are included in the presentations when applicable.

Criminal Evidence, 2nd edition provides a comprehensive, cohesive look at criminal evidence. While comprehensive – coverage spans the historical evolution of American jurisprudence from inception to contemporary courts – potentially complicated concepts are presented in a clear, reader-friendly manner.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Ophthalmology

Refractive Lens Exchange: A Surgical Treatment for Presbyopia, 1st edition edited by Ming Wang MD PhD, with associate editor Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO, Dipl ABO (Slack Incorporated)

Among the 4 refractive conditions of the eye – myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia – presbyopia is the most difficult to treat in refractive eye surgery. With the increasing maturation of lens surgery and the increasing demand from baby boomers for total visual rehabilitation, including the treatment of presbyopia, refractive lens exchange (or dysfunctional lens replacement surgery) is likely to become a widespread procedure in the coming years.

Permanent surgical treatment for presbyopia remains the hereto unconquered ‘last frontier’ in anterior segment surgery. Over the years, continuing innovations like Phaco, Radial Keratotomy, LASIK, and premium intraocular lenses have pushed toward this ultimate goal, but now anterior segment surgery is closer than ever with the advent of modern laser-assisted presbyopic lens implantation. Refractive Lens Exchange, the first book of its kind, can guide readers in this fifth wave of innovation in the surgical treatment of presbyopia.
The editor, Ming X. Wang, MD, PhD, joined by Associate Editor, Tracy S. Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO and 31 expert contributors, compiled this remarkable book. Wang is Clinical Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, International President, Shanghai Aier Eye Hospital, Director, Wang Vision Cataract and LASIK Center, Nashville. Swartz is an optometrist in Madison, Alabama.

Highlights of Refractive Lens Exchange include:

  • Overview of all surgical treatments for presbyopia.
  • Dysfunctional lens syndrome and pathophysiology.
  • Patient education and preoperative assessment.
  • Marketing refractive lens exchange as a surgical treatment for presbyopia.
  • New technologies in assessing dysfunctional lens syndrome.
  • New technologies in mapping cornea and lens for refractive lens exchange.
  • Retinal issues related to refractive lens exchange.
  • Presbyopic lens types, indications, and contraindications for refractive lens exchange.
  • Lens- and cornea-based astigmatism correction.
  • Intraocular calculations for post refractive surgery eyes for refractive lens exchange.
  • Intraoperative wavefront technology.
  • 3D high-definition microsurgical visualization and positioning technology.
  • Femtosecond laser application in refractive lens exchange.
  • Postoperative care and complication management.
  • YAG capsulotomy after refractive lens exchange: indications and alternatives.
  • Postoperative care and complication management.
  • Keratorefractive enhancement.

According to Refractive Lens Exchange, treatment of presbyopia is complicated because unlike other refractive errors of the eye, presbyopia is a dynamically changing condition caused by the progressive aging of the crystalline lens. Therefore, lens-based surgery addresses the root of the problem.

Increasingly, surgeons realize cataracts are not the beginning, but rather the end of the pathological lens aging process. Treatment of dysfunctional lens syndrome (DLS), which consists of the removal of the natural lens and replacement with a presbyopic intraocular lens implant (dysfunctional lens replacement or DLR), has increased in popularity for baby boomers, who demand better visual function to be able to maintain their active lifestyles.

In recent years, improved safety and efficacy of lens replacement surgery has increased patient receptiveness to pre-cataract lens replacement. Advanced technology including femtosecond lasers, intraoperative wavefront technology, and the advent of premium presbyopic lenses has increased patient demand for functional restoration of visual function. Therefore, DLR has become an increasingly popular elective surgery to correct both distance and near vision issues of baby boomers.

Refractive Lens Exchange represents a collective effort of internationally renowned experts in this field. The aim is to help clinicians keep abreast of the latest technological advancements in this increasingly popular elective lens replacement field. Refractive Lens Exchange begins by presenting an overview of all current surgical treatments for presbyopia. This is followed by a review of the anatomy and physiology of the human crystalline lens, including a review of the pathological lens changes that lead to loss of accommodation and visual quality. The history of lens surgery is also presented, and the unique aspects of dysfunctional lens replacement surgery are discussed and compared with those of cataract surgery. A thorough discussion of preoperative indications and contraindications of dysfunctional lens replacement surgery then follows, including a detailed discussion of each premium lens modality – multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) and accommodative IOL.

As an elective procedure, the requirement of normalcy of the cornea is increased. Therefore, corneal topographic assessment in the context of refractive lens exchange for the treatment of presbyopia is presented. Novel approaches to the determination of pathological changes of the lens in presbyopic patients are then presented. The safety issues, including retinal changes, for such an elective intraocular lens-based surgery are thoroughly dis­cussed and considered.

Multifocal IOLs and their accommodative counterparts have been the focus of refractive lens exchange for the treatment of presbyopia. A thorough and balanced discussion is presented for each lens type, including the pros and cons. Astigmatism correction using toric IOLs is then discussed, as well as the indications and contraindications. Cornea-based astigmatism correction is then presented, including limbal relaxing incision and laser astigmatic keratotomy.

Many dysfunctional lens replacement candidates have had prior keratorefractive surgeries, so various approaches to IOL calculations for such eyes are discussed in detail. With regard to surgical techniques, modern phacoemulsification techniques are presented. Femtosecond laser lens surgery is discussed and compared with traditional procedures. Accuracy and precision of refractive outcome is highly important for dysfunctional lens replacement surgery. Intraoperative wavefront technology is presented and the results are discussed. Three-dimensional high-definition micro-surgical technology has aided this procedure, which is also discussed.

The clinical outcome of dysfunctional lens replacement surgery is presented, and complications and their management are discussed. Postoperative management for this elective lens surgery is particularly important, and key pearls for patient manage­ment are reviewed. Indications, contraindications, and pearls for YAG laser capsulotomy, as well as surgical techniques for keratorefractive surgery are explored.

A new trend of bilateral same-day surgery has emerged for dysfunctional lens replacement, which lends itself to such an innovative approach to surgery. In contrast to LASIK, refractive lens exchange for the treatment of presbyopia is a relatively new concept. Most of the public is not yet aware of it. Wang and Swartz present some of its educational and marketing challenges.

Refractive Lens Exchange ends with a discussion of upcoming technology in the field of elective lens surgery to correct dysfunctional lens syndrome.

Today, in the advanced countries, presbyopia is the most common refractive error impacting our patients' quality of life.… Although the skills and knowledge required to excel in treatment of dys­functional lens syndrome are significant, the rewards in patient satisfaction, personal surgeon satisfaction, and enhanced practice revenue are, in my opinion, worth the effort.

Fortunately for the interested surgeon, Ming Wang, MD, PhD, and his coeditor, Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO, have created a textbook titled Refractive Lens Exchange. The content is comprehensive and focused on the practicing clinician. This book is well suited for both the novice and expert surgeon. We owe Drs. Wang and Schroeder Swartz a sincere thank you for providing us with a very well-crafted resource. – Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, Founder and Attending Surgeon, Minnesota Eye Consultants, Adjunct Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology, Visiting Professor, University of California, Irvine, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

Never before has there been a book dedicated to all aspects of refractive lens exchange as a permanent treatment for presbyopia, both medically and surgically. Refractive Lens Exchange as the first of its kind, and it can be readers’ guide to this fifth wave of innovation in the surgical treatment of presbyopia. Designed for newcomers as well as seasoned eyecare professionals, Refractive Lens Exchange guides ophthalmic surgeons, optometrists, and technicians through this exciting new field that is emerging as a safe and effective primary surgical treatment for presbyopia.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Gospels

The Hospitality of God: A Reading of Luke's Gospel, revised edition by Brendan Byrne SJ (Liturgical Press)

Luke portrays the life and ministry of Jesus as a divine ‘visitation’ to the world, seeking hospitality. The One who comes as visitor and guest becomes host and offers a hospitality in which the entire world can become truly human, be at home, and know salvation in the depths of their hearts. In this new edition of The Hospitality of God, Brendan Byrne, SJ, provides commentary on those parts of Luke's gospel that bring home to people a sense of the extravagance of God's love for them.
The Hospitality of God approaches Luke's gospel through the interpretive key of ‘hospitality.’ It looks at the gospel as a whole, yet lingers upon scenes where the theme of hospitality is particularly prominent, such as the infancy stories, Jesus at Nazareth, Jesus in the house of Simon, the Good Samaritan, Martha and Mary, the banquet in 14:1-35, the Prodigal Son, Jesus' visit to the tax collector Zacchaeus, the institution of the Eucharist, and the Emmaus event.
Author Brendan Byrne says that it is now a decade and a half since the publication of the original edition of The Hospitality of God. Byrne is a professor of New Testament at Jesuit Theological College, within the United Faculty of Theology, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. The time is ripe, says Byrne, to bring out a new edition incorporating fresh insights, attending to areas of neglect, and taking note of some developments in scholarly study of the gospel.

The principal new element that has been introduced to The Hospitality of God, revised edition, is a separate introductory chapter entitled "Features of Luke's Gospel." Here he incorporates material on the theme of ‘hospitality’ that appeared in the introduction in the original edition, followed by a series of paragraphs devoted to themes and features that are particularly characteristic of Luke. Locating these together at the start enriches the reading of the commentary to follow. Despite this addition and perhaps at the risk of some duplication, Byrne retains, in somewhat expanded form, the thesis-type conclusion from the original edition, which students and many readers in general found helpful.

Areas where the actual commentary has been more notably expanded or altered include treatment of Mary's Magnificat, the Beatitudes, the parable of the Good Samaritan, and the figure of Peter at the Last Supper. Apart from these sections, quite a number of the smaller episodes (or pericopes) of the gospel that were barely touched upon in the first edition have now received comment. Not a few of these represent more ‘difficult’ sayings of Jesus that it was not helpful to pass over.

a ... remarkable for the deftness and brevity with which its author draws us into the expansive, inviting world of 'the hospitality of God.' Wide scholarship and deep faith combine with keen pastoral sensitivity and clarity of expression to make Brendan Byrne a genial host at the scriptural banquet he has so splendidly provided. In this year of Jubilee there could not be a better book to read or a better gift to share. – Tony Kelly, CSSR, Australian Catholic University

To a generation for whom hospitality means gourmet food and designer table linen, Brendan Byrne offers a much-needed corrective.... Deeply engaged both with Luke's story and with the contemporary church, Byrne's study is a genuine contribution. – Beverly Gaventa, Helen H.P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis, Princeton Theological Seminary

... a much needed and subtle reading of the Gospel of Luke.... Reading this book is a satisfying experience, made more so by the remarkable synthesis of the Lukan agenda offered by the 16 'theses' posted in the final pages of the book. – Francis J. Moloney, SDB, Professor of New Testament, The Catholic University of America

This is an excellent resource for students, teachers, and pastors interested in Luke's gospel or in search of a helpful perspective for pastoral and homiletic reflection and preparation. – Interpretation

Helpful and important book for evangelizers. – Crux

... a fine contribution to the ongoing enterprise of reading Luke as a whole ... this little volume is to be recommended highly. – Catholic Biblical Quarterly

It is a very readable and concise commentary on the whole Gospel, aimed at the general reader. Byrne helps us to experience Jesus' life and ministry as a visitation by God that continually poses the question, How will this guest be received? Will we accept or reject him? – Church

The Hospitality of God, revised edition is an excellent resource for students, teachers, and pastors interested in Luke’s gospel or in search of a helpful perspective for pastoral and homiletic reflection and preparation. Though this new edition is somewhat expanded and a little more acknowledging of debt to scholarly literature, it retains the approachability of the original for students, teachers, and general readers.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity

Unity of Spirit: Studies on William of Saint-Thierry in Honor of E. Rozanne Elder (Cistercian Studies) edited by F. Tyler Sergent, Aage Rydstrøm-Poulsen, & Marsha L. Dutton (Cistercian Publications, Liturgical Press)

William of Saint-Thierry (ca. 1080–1148) became abbot of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Thierry in about 1119, holding that office for about sixteen years and writing a large number of works, some for the guidance of the monks of his abbey and others as theological treatises. But during that same time, after meeting Bernard, abbot of the Cistercian abbey of Clairvaux, he longed to become a Cistercian. He finally satisfied that dream in 1135, when he became a monk at Signy. His final work was the first of the five books that constitute the Vita Prima Sancti Bernardi.
The nine chapters in Unity of Spirit explore William’s thought as represented in his twenty works, ranging from his earliest theological writing through his contribution to the Vita Prima Sancti Bernardi. The contributors to Unity of Spirit have moved scholarship on William in new directions, ranging from a comparative analysis of Bernard’s and William’s thought through a study of William’s Christology, an analysis of individual works, a new translation of one of William’s little-known works, an examination of sixteenth-century images drawn from the Vita Prima, a study of William’s rhetorical skills, and a recognition of William’s new take on the phrase unitas spiritus.
Unity of Spirit is a festschrift honoring Dr. E. Rozanne Elder, whose expertise as a scholar of the works of William of Saint-Thierry, combined with her decades of distinguished service as a professor of history, director of the Institute of Cistercian Studies and then of the Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies, all at Western Michigan University, and as editorial director of Cistercian Publications for thirty-five years, has made her the best known of Cistercian scholars today. She is the one primarily responsible for moving Cistercian studies into the mainstream of medieval history and thought. As the host of the annual Conference of Cistercian Studies that takes place each May as part of the International Medieval Studies Congress, she has created a community of scholars and friends.

Editors of Unity of Spirit include Aage Rydstrøm-Poulsen, F. Tyler Sergent, and Marsha L. Dutton. Rydstrom-Poulsen is head of the Department of Theology at the University of Greenland and former visiting scholar at the Medieval Institute and Institute of Cistercian Studies at Western Michigan University. Sergent was a graduate student of Rozanne Elder at the Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. He is visiting assistant professor of history and general studies at Berea College, Kentucky. Dutton, professor of medieval literature and director of graduate studies in English at Ohio University, is a longtime student of the works of Aelred of Rievaulx and of other twelfth-century Cistercian writers. She is associate editor of Cistercian Studies Quarterly. The book has 11 additional contributors.

Rosanne E. Elder, PhD, introduced William of Saint-Thierry with his profound theology and spirituality to the English-speaking world in a groundbreaking manner. This festschrift bears witness to her past and ongoing dedication to this twelfth-century monastic theologian. The essays in this volume present William, author of the Vita Prima, as an intimate friend of Bernard of Clairvaux. Along with Bernard, William's writings challenge us, today, to engage theology not only academically, but also as a personal spiritual pursuit of deification into the mystery of God through Unity of Spirit. The contributors to this festschrift reveal various dimensions, ‘treasures,' of William's teaching and inaugurate a vision for further scholarly research and spiritual growth. –Abbot Thomas X. Davis, OCSO

Unity of Spirit is an invaluable resource, not only for Cistercian scholars, but for all students of spiritual theology, monasticism, and medieval history. Offering the best of current research on William of Saint-Thierry, this volume makes a significant contribution to the literature on this twelfth-century Cistercian Father. The authors present chapters furthering the scholarship on William's life, works, Christology, relationship with Bernard of Clairvaux, concept of the unio mystica, and spirituality. Unity of Spirit makes a handsome tribute to retiring professor E. Rozanne Elder, whose life's work has greatly advanced scholarship on William and Cistercian studies worldwide. – Dr. Glenn E. Myers Professor of Church History and Theological Studies Crown College

An invaluable resource, a significant contribution, moving scholarship on William in new directions, Unity of Spirit does Dr. Elder proud.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Theology

Psalms 1-50 by Ellen T. Charry, with a foreword by William P. Brown (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible Series: Brazos Press)

The biblical psalms are perhaps the most commented-upon texts in human history. They are at once deeply alluring and deeply troubling. In Psalms 1-50, an addition to the acclaimed Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, a highly respected scholar offers a theological reading of Psalms 1-50, exploring the various voices in the poems to discern the conversation they engage about God, suffering, and hope as well as ways of community belonging. The commentary Psalms 1-50 examines the context of the psalms as worship – tending to both their original setting and their subsequent Jewish and Christian appropriation – and explores the psychological dynamics facing the speaker.

Author Ellen T. Charry is Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton and serves as an editor-at-large for The Christian Century.

The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, under the general editorship of R.R. Reno, enlists leading theologians to read and interpret scripture creedally for the twenty-first century, just as the church fathers, the Reformers, and other orthodox Christians did for their times and places. Psalms 1-50, like each commentary in the series, is designed to serve the church and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.

According to William P. Brown in the preface, Ellen Charry's commentary on Psalms is like no other. Charry's interest in the Psalter has to do with ‘life criticism;’ but not in any piously anachronistic sense. Ancient Israel's travails and reforms are in full view throughout her discussion. For Charry, the psalms are theologically and pastorally instructive for readers across generations, and she mines their edifying value.

Charry has discovered how central the issue of theodicy (defense of God's goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil) is in the Psalter, anticipated already in Ps. 1. Pain suffuses the book of Psalms, so much so that one could subtitle the Psalter "Pain Seeking Understanding." In Charry's words, "searing pain must be honored before it can be stilled." The psalmic attempt to ‘honor’ the pain, to articulate it and understand it, even while raging against it, is consistently theological.

As Charry observes regarding Ps. 16, the psalms teach readers to ‘think and behave theologically when in extremis.’ All the psalms, from laments to hymns of praise, are theologically edifying. Still underappreciated by many readers, the psalms were written and compiled to be used. Hence, the language employed in the psalms is open and instructive, as Charry demonstrates throughout her commentary. It seems only appropriate, then, that she concludes her discussion of each psalm with a reflection on its ‘theological pedagogy’. It is here that she deftly navigates between the ancient context of a given psalm and its instructive value for contemporary readers.

Brown in the preface to Psalms 1-50 says that according to Charry, the psalms are fundamentally about faithfulness, about tenaciously holding on to faith in the one true God amid the temptations of despair and idolatry. As she states, the poets of ancient Israel "know how difficult faithfulness can be," and their task was to make faithfulness ‘durable’ for their audience and for future generations. The Psalms model demonstrates for readers, in whatever season of life, whether in crisis or in contentment, how to be faithful, empowered servants of the living God. That is Charry's fundamental conviction about the Psalter, a conviction that she elaborates with pedagogical vigor and a pastoral heart, a heart that continues to find resolve in the struggle of living faithfully.

Charry in Psalms 1-50 says that perhaps one reason for the enduring power of the Psalter, despite its troubling aspects, is its blistering honesty; not only does the Psalter not shrink from owning negative emotions, but it also does not underplay the experience of abandonment by God voiced in the laments that dominate the first third of the Psalter. It is this experience of abandonment, that discomfits later theologians who have consistently sought to tidy up psalmic theology to protect a presupposed view of God as present, gracious, and powerful. They showcase people struggling to make sense of God in the face of deep doubts and sometimes frankly failing in that endeavor. The poets address people where they are, even when doing so flies in the face of authorized theological expectation.

Discovering the theodicy question at the heart of the Psalter was perhaps the greatest new learning for Charry. In her reading in Psalms 1-50, theodicy accounts for Israel's great struggle against idolatry or ‘wickedness’ within Israel as the poets urge loyalty to the ancestral faith even when cries for rescue from scoffers seem to be met with divine silence. In keeping with the psalmists' refusal to avoid hard theological questions about the power and goodness of God – which they hold to overall – Charry does not shy away from the problem of theodicy as central to the first third of the Psalter. She honors the gift that the lament psalms in particular offer to those who suffer by honoring their worst fears. This desire to support the poets' honesty led her not only to face the theodicy issue but also to resist the temptation to anachronize the psalms by christologizing them in the manner of so much Christian interpretation.

How then, one may ask, can the psalms be read Christianly if one does not christologize them? Readers may read the poems in their own theological integrity and also engage with them through later Christian images, texts, and criteria, not in order to domesticate them but so that the soul-piercing questions that the poets raise in lament, supplication, and imprecation may expand Christian piety beyond conventional answers. Stilling the pain of abandonment and humiliation with a christological interpretation may comfort, but it can also belittle the pain that leaves people agape at the thought that there may be no justice in which to rest. The psalmists are convinced that such searing pain must be honored before it can be stilled.

While some theologians may disprefer theological ambiguity, people in anguish need the respectful space that Israel's poets permit readers in order to confront the deep fear that perhaps God is not ‘there’ after all – or worse, that God is, finally, the enemy behind the enemy. The psalms entertain fear and doubt about God along with the incorrigible belief in the eventual triumph of good over evil.

The basic theological conviction that surfaces throughout the poems, as well as in later Judaism and Christianity, is that the God of Israel is the only true God, the God of the world (Pss. 47, 67). The ‘teeth’ in that conviction is that one must make that claim central to one's identity and way of life. An urgency about the psalms arises from this duplex claim because it triangulates God, Israel, and the gentiles. If, as she proposes, the ultimate theological goal of the Psalter is to advance the universal recognition of God, Israel's faithfulness is the key witness to God's presence, grace, and power abroad.

In proposing that the Psalter promotes the notion that the God of Israel is the Lord of the universe, Charry in Psalms 1-50 links its urgent initial exhortation to piety within Israel to its mission to bring gentiles to God. While this linkage may seem odd at first because it forces Israel to face in two directions simultaneously, it is precisely this tension that makes the psalms so alluring. In truth, the employment of intimidation and military conquest, as well as the entreaty for God to destroy Israel's enemies (who appear in Ps. 2), might not advance Israel's call to bring gentiles to God. Elijah (1 Kgs. 17) and Elisha (2 Kgs. 5) employ a gentler approach. They heal gentiles rather than threaten them with harm. Offering help would commend a kind God to Israel's gentile neighbors rather than presenting God as one who brings destruction upon those he expects to honor him. The harsh approach taken by some psalms may not be appealing, but neither is it unusual.

In Psalms 1-50, Charry tries to discern the theology of the texts and ask how Israelite theology relates to or challenges later Christian theology and piety. To that end, she tends to the various voices in the psalms – the changes of speaker and of addressee in dialogues and monologues meant to be overheard by the worshiping community as well as foreign nations.

In Psalms 1-50, Charry takes the position that it is precisely the personal struggles so poignantly expressed by the poets and proclaimed in public that intend to draw Israelites into, or perhaps back into, faithful allegiance to God – not only in times of plenty but also in times of want. Pedagogically speaking, the laments are warranted for public worship because everyone eventually experiences personal defeat of some kind and comes face-to-face with the searing question of theodicy. The theological pedagogy of these poems both prepares and shapes the community to confront the questions of theodicy and empire openly in order to sustain Israel's fundamental theological conviction that the God of Israel is the one and only God of the universe. That is, public worship is not an end in itself. Its design on the hearts and minds' of the worshipers is to carry them faithfully through thick and thin. To read the psalms in either psychological or liturgical terms rather than both is to be driven by modern concerns that miss the subtler point Israel's poets are making. Israel's faith and practice must be durable. The poets know how difficult faithfulness can be, and their poems meet people where they are.

Bringing deep theological wisdom and human experience to reading and hearing Psalms, Ellen Charry has given us a beautiful commentary in every way – exegetical, theological, and pastoral. While she pursues the meaning of the psalms and what is going on in them, her deep interest is in uncovering what they teach us theologically and anthropologically. In the process, she smoothly integrates the many voices through the ages – both Jewish and Christian interpreters – who have sought to understand the psalms. – Patrick D. Miller, Princeton Theological Seminary
Ellen Charry's exposition of Psalms 1-50 is in a class of its own as a theological exposition of an Old Testament book. As William Brown's foreword says, she mines the real theological and pastoral value of the Psalms for all they're worth. I shall often come back to this commentary when I am seeking further perspective on the significance of these inexhaustible praises and prayers. – John Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary
The Psalms are daily bread for the broken hearted. Ellen Charry reads them this way and in doing so opens her commentary for my Jewish eyes as well as the eyes of her many Christian readers. Her engagement with the Psalter's 'blistering honesty' is unblinking, attending to its negative emotions, including 'the experience of abandonment by God.' Hovering above all this is the lesson she learns from Psalms 1 and 2 and applies to her reading of all fifty psalms: Israel's faithfulness to God is a blessing both for the people of Israel and for all those who come thereby to know God's glory. – Peter Ochs, University of Virginia
By asking how psalms relate to but also challenge later Christian theology, Charry reads them as part of the Christian's Bible without claiming they speak specifically of Christ. As a result, her commentary will interest – and truly guide – people of more than one faith. Charry speaks on several levels in ways that a wide variety of readers will find relevant and compelling. She displays constant interest in uncomfortable moral or political issues in the psalms, providing original readings that work through these issues with depth, compassion, and honesty. – Benjamin D. Sommer, Jewish Theological Seminary; editor of the forthcoming Jewish Publication Society Psalms Commentary
Charry's multilayered commentary focuses on the matters that are of most concern to those who pray – struggles with doubt and doubters, evil-doers and the problem of evil, the absence and invisibility of God. Grounded in a close reading of the text, this widely useful volume steadily demonstrates how the psalmists discover and rediscover God's faithfulness. – Ellen F. Davis, Duke Divinity School

Psalms 1-50, like the other volumes in the series, serves the church and demonstrates the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible. Charry’s keen interest in ethics and historical theology, matched by her command of the Hebrew language and Jewish tradition, have equipped her well for engaging these highly charged texts of poetry. Drawing from a rich variety of patristic, rabbinic, and medieval interpretations, as well as from modern Psalms scholarship, she has produced a theologically robust, morally nuanced, honest-to-God kind of commentary.

Religion & Spirituality / Biographies & Memoirs

The Light Between Us: Stories from Heaven. Lessons for the Living by Laura Lynne Jackson (Spiegel & Grau)

For readers of Proof of Heaven, The Light Between Us is the astonishing story of a woman with an extraordinary psychic gift – and a powerful message from the Other Side. Laura Lynne Jackson is a wife, a mother, a high school English teacher – and a psychic medium. Where most believe an impenetrable wall divides the world between the living and the dead, Jackson sees bright, brilliant cords of light that pass through a barrier as thin as a sheet of paper. Her gifts tested and verified by some of the most prominent scientific organizations studying paranormal phenomena, Jackson has dedicated her life to exploring the connection to the Other Side, conversing with departed loved ones, and helping people come to terms with loss. In The Light Between Us, she shares her remarkable journey and the lessons in love she has learned along the way.
Jackson was just a child when she first realized she was different from her peers. She had tremendous empathy and often found herself overcome by the emotions of those around her. She had premonitions about friends and family members that left her feeling helpless, sad, and confused. She confided in her mother – and learned that the gift runs in the family.
For twenty years Jackson led a double life. By day, she taught literature to Long Island high school students. At night, in private, she conducted readings that connect people with loved ones who have passed and imparted information with shocking accuracy and insight. And then one day, her two worlds became one and she came to fully embrace her gift and her purpose.
In The Light Between Us Jackson uses her unique perspective to address the eternal questions that vex us all: Why are we here? What happens when we die? How do we find our true path in life? Included are deeply affecting accounts of ordinary people reunited with their departed friends and family members – true stories of forgiveness and reconciliation that transcend the barrier between life and death.
The Light Between Us provides guideposts for living a rich and fulfilling life. In her worldview, Jackson reminds readers that their relationship to those they love endures across space and time; that they are all connected and invested in one another’s lives; and that they are here to give and receive love selflessly. Her story offers a new understanding of the vast reach of consciousness and enlarges readers’ view of the human experience. Jackson also teaches readers how they can embrace their own intuitive abilities and transform how they see the world.

According to Jackson, when she was 11-years-old, she had her first psychic experience: a premonition that she needed to visit her grandfather one summer day. After that day, she never saw him alive again. At first, she was convinced that something was wrong with her. She began having dreams where she would see and speak with her grandfather; she would see bright and beautiful colors around people; and she could tell when something tragic had occurred and many were in pain. Over time and with the support of her friends and family, she learned to harness her abilities and brought the two sides of her life together – the high school English teacher and the psychic medium – through a scientific understanding of her gift and an appreciation of how her gift could help those coping with loss.

Jackson is certified by the Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential, a scientific organization that studies paranormal phenomena. Her brain has been mapped by neuroscientists, and she's been put through a rigorous battery of tests from various organizations. She is as certified as a psychic medium can be.

A brilliant milestone marking our passage toward comprehending the deeper truths of our existence. – Eben Alexander, M.D., author of Proof of Heaven and The Map of Heaven
I read
The Light Between Us with great joy, savoring the wonderful stories and messages of hope. It is a book filled with wisdom and love, exploring the deep bonds that keep us eternally connected to our soul mates. – Brian L. Weiss, M.D., author of Many Lives, Many Masters
Compelling, riveting, and a spiritual game-changer... For those suffering a terrible loss, you will find peace and comfort in her story. For those who question the afterlife, you will become a believer
. – Laura Schroff, author of An Invisible Thread
Straightforward, unassuming, and profoundly generous... Brave, honest, and beautiful, this book is a treasure
. – Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Going to Pieces without Falling Apart
One of the most insightful and inspiring books about mediumship I have ever read... destined to become a classic
. – Gary E. Schwartz, author of The Afterlife Experiments and The Sacred Promise

Candid, fascinating... – Kirkus Reviews

In this inspirational memoir, The Light Between Us, Jackson shares with clarity and grace what she has learned about the Universe from the readings she has done for people who have lost loved ones and how this understanding can guide readers to live in a more loving and meaningful way.

Religion & Spirituality / New Thought

The Omniverse: Transdimensional Intelligence, Time Travel, the Afterlife, and the Secret Colony on Mars by Alfred Lambremont Webre (Bear & Company)

According to The Omniverse, we are all citizens of the Omniverse, the overarching matrix of energy, spirit, and intelligence that encompasses all that exists: all universes within the multiverse as well as the spiritual dimensions centered on the divine Source that many call God.
In this guide to the Omniverse, Alfred Lambremont Webre reveals replicable evidence about extraterrestrial and extra-universal life, the intelligent civilizations created by souls in the afterlife, top-secret alien technology, and the existence of a secret base as well as life on Mars. The Omniverse offers a tour through the new science of the Omniverse, its spiritual and physical dimensions, and its incalculable intelligent civilizations.

Webre, a former Fulbright Scholar, has taught economics at Yale University and constitutional law at the University of Texas, and is the former general counsel to the New York City Environmental Protection Administration, former director of the 1977 Carter White House extraterrestrial communication study, and former NGO delegate to the United Nations.

Webre in The Omniverse explains how souls are holographic fragments of God/Source and how souls and Source are co-creating planets and galaxies as virtual realities for soul development. He addresses Grey alien control over soul reincarnation and also sheds light on the presence of invisible hyperdimensional controllers known as the Archons, who feed off negative energy.
Revealing the key technologies of the Omniverse, Webre explains how hyperdimensional civilizations communicate telepathically, teleport interdimensionally, and travel through time. He unveils newly disclosed state secrets about government possession of these technologies, the findings of the NASA Mars rover missions, and the secret Mars colony whose permanent security personnel is age-reversed and shot back through time to their specific space-time origin points – with their memories blocked.
Webre say that in mapping the Omniverse he employs both scientific evidence and legal evidence. Types of legal evidence include testimony, documentary evidence, and physical evidence. Scientific evidence consists of observations and experimental results that serve to support, refute, or modify a scientific hypothesis or theory, when collected and interpreted in accordance with the scientific method. For example, he evaluates reliable eyewitness accounts from project members of U.S. government secret Mars programs (legal evidence). Likewise, he also draws support for his hypotheses from the results of cases that used hypnotic regression under standard laboratory protocols to achieve replicable soul memories of the afterlife (scientific evidence).

Part 1 of The Omniverse, "The Omniverse and Its Inhabitants," lays the groundwork for the book. Chapter 1 explores current scientific estimates of how many universes exist in our multiverse and reviews the best empirically based estimates of the number of intelligent civilizations in our galaxy, universe, and multiverse. It also introduces the intelligent civilizations of souls, of spiritual beings, and of Source/God in the spiritual dimensions.

The dimension-based typology of intelligent civilizations in the multiverse is introduced in chapter 2. Unlike existing typologies this typology is based on how intelligent civilizations describe themselves, as being based in a specific dimension, ‘density,’ or energy frequency – which is a civilization's most fundamental typological, locational, and developmental criterion. The map of the dimensional ecology explores the humanoid, Grey, reptilian, insectoid, and other exophenotypologies of intelligent civilizations in the multiverse.

In part 2 of The Omniverse, "Exopolitical Dimensions of the Omniverse," chapters 3, 4, and 5, the map specifically focuses on the multiverse, exploring the intelligent civilizations based in the physical universes of time, space, energy, and matter. Chapter 3 explores a case study of the evidence for an intelligent civilization based in the time-space dimension on a planet in our own solar system, in this case, the existence of three humanoid exophenotypes on Mars. It includes the evidence of eyewitnesses and of documentary (photographic) evidence, including that from the NASA Mars rovers.

Chapter 4 explores the empirical evidence for how hyperdimensional intelligent civilizations operate within the multiverse. Whether based in higher dimensions of our own solar system, our galaxy (the Milky Way), other galaxies of our universe, or universes parallel to our own universe in the multiverse, these hyperdimensional intelligent civilizations may use technologically advanced interdimensional transport as well as advanced consciousness technologies when teleporting into our known physical universe or our Earth time-space dimension.

Chapter 5 explores the prima facie evidence for the existence of intelligent civilizations' governance authorities in the universes of the multiverse, which have jurisdiction over defined dimensional territories, such as the Milky Way galaxy in our universe.

Part 3 of The Omniverse, including chapters 6 through 8, explores the "Spiritual Dimensions of the Omniverse." The parallel ‘visible’ universes (or the multiverse) are more aptly termed the exopolitical dimensions, since they are where the intelligent civilizations of souls that are based in the spiritual dimensions incarnate in a variety of intelligent creatures for the purpose of moral and soul development.

Chapter 6 explores the prima facie evidence for the interlife (after-life) dimensions. It is meaningful for the dimensional ecology of the Omniverse hypothesis that the two Italian Catholic priests, Fathers Pellegrino Ernetti and Augustino Gemelli, who developed instrumental transcommunication (ITC) as a technology for exploring the interlife in the spiritual dimensions also developed chronovision, a time-travel technology for exploring timelines in the multiverse.

Chapter 7 explores the prevailing evidence, absent evidence to the contrary, for the intelligent civilizations of souls. These individuated, nonlocal, conscious, intelligent entities based in the interlife dimensions are holographic fragments of the original Source/God. Replicable data report that souls are created in a process that results in each one being a holographic ‘egg of Light’ drawn from the original Source. Soul memories of the interlife obtained from hypnotic regression support the dimensional ecology of the Omniverse hypothesis, since they provide detailed information regarding the dimensional interactions of the intelligent civilizations of souls, of spiritual beings, and of Source/God with the universes and intelligent civilizations of the multiverse.

Chapter 8 addresses Grey hyperdimensional control over soul reincarnation procedures. There is empirical evidence that human souls have been aboard some hyperdimensional Grey spacecraft, undergoing complex soul reincarnation operations that are carried out by the Grey extraterrestrials. The Omniverse explores a case study that demonstrates that souls and specific Grey hyperdimensionals navigate the dimensional ecology of the multiverse as interdimensional entities in cooperative relationships.

The map of the Omniverse concludes with a presentation of the ten top implications for a positive human future that can be drawn from research into the science of the Omniverse, encouraging further exploration of the dimensional ecology of the Omniverse.

... heartening and affirming to all of those who have experienced multidimensional realities. For the researcher it is a book with a tantalizing perspective of what is not only possible but also that what we believed is impossible may be possible. For the seeker it’s another piece of the puzzle in understanding the multilevel nature of human experiences – a wonderful journey of discovery. – Mary Rodwell, director of the Edgar Mitchell Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounter
Much of the writing of Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Harvard astrophysicist Rudy Schild, Mary Rodwell, and me – the cofounders of the Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters – has confirmed the findings of Alfred Webre: that UFOs and ETs do exist, and that they communicate with us telepathically and operate in a multiverse. We salute Webre in his efforts to illuminate humanity. – Rey Hernandez, attorney and cofounder of the Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounter
Webre’s compact and easy-to-read book is a brilliant compilation of solid scientific evidence for the existence of human souls that reincarnate and exist in parallel lives in many dimensions, frequently as extraterrestrials! This is a must-read for anyone who wants to fully engage with many dimensions to end absolutely any fear of abandonment, death, or the future. – Barbara Hand Clow, author of The Alchemy of Nine Dimensions and The Pleiadian Agenda
Although mere mortals can hardly wrap their minds around infinity, The Omniverse calmly and competently opens the portals to our heavily populated cosmos. A fascinating account of worlds without end, this unusual book illuminates everything from wormhole technology, sky fish, and folds and slots in space to alien abductions, the civilization of souls, and our own government’s riveting jump room to Mars (with a young Barack Obama serving as chrononaut). Here is a preview for Earthlings of the next giant step forward in cosmology and the outer dimensions. – Susan Martinez, Ph.D., author of Delusions in Science and Spirituality and The Mysterious Origins of Hybrid Man

Integrating science and spirituality, this map of the dimensions of The Omniverse sounds the call for scientific inquiry into the holographic origins of the soul, the potential of time travel, and our role as co-creators.

Religion & Spirituality / Old Testament / Cosmology

Scripture and Cosmology: Reading the Bible Between the Ancient World and Modern Science by Kyle Greenwood (IVP Academic)

Christians often claim to hold a biblical worldview. But what about a biblical cosmos view? From the beginning of Genesis readers encounter a vaulted dome above the earth, a ‘firmament,’ like the ceiling of a planetarium. Elsewhere they read of the earth sitting on pillars. What does the dome of heaven have to do with deep space? Even when the biblical language is clearly poetic, it seems to be funded by a very different understanding of how the cosmos is put together. As Kyle Greenwood in Scripture and Cosmology shows, the language of the Bible is also that of the ancient Near Eastern palace, temple and hearth. There was no other way of thinking or speaking of earth and sky or the sun, moon and stars. Greenwood is associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Colorado Christian University.

When the psalmist looked at the heavens, the delicate fingerwork of God, it evoked wonder. Even today it is astronomy and cosmology that invoke awe and point toward the depths of divine mystery. Greenwood helps readers see how the best Christian thinkers have viewed the cosmos in light of Scripture – and grappled with new understandings as science has advanced from Aristotle to Copernicus to Galileo and the galaxies of deep space.

According to Greenwood in Scripture and Cosmology, the Bible has many authors, but one Author. It contains scores of books, but has one story. It was written in ancient times, but speaks to modern times. It is studied, parsed, dissected, analyzed and scrutinized by scholars, but is accessible, comprehensible and edifying to the layperson. The Bible is complex, yet simple; distant, yet near; foreign, yet familiar; and disturbing, yet comforting. The Bible is many things to many people, but for those whose faith is formed by its words, it is Scripture.

Scripture holds a special place in the lives of Christians. What made Jesus' parables effective was, in part, that they touched the everyday life experiences of his audience, such as money, employment, agriculture and livestock. Likewise, readers connect with Scripture on a personal level because its narratives deal with people in situations and circumstances with which they can readily identify. As someone who both studies and teaches the Old Testament professionally, Greenwood in Scripture and Cosmology says he can attest that there are copious passages, topics and issues that require some explanation for students of the Bible.

One such issue is cosmology – that is, how the biblical authors and characters viewed the structure and nature of the known world. Why does the Bible refer to heaven as up there? How is it that birds, clouds, the sun, the moon and stars are located in heaven, God's home? What does Scripture mean when it refers to the ‘four corners;’ ‘ends’ or ‘depths’ of the earth? Why is Sheol at the opposite end of the cosmos from heaven? What does it mean for the cosmos to have an upper end and a lower end? Why does Elisha talk about ‘windows in the sky’? Is there really a firmament in the heavens that separates the waters above from the waters below? How could there be storehouses of snow in heaven? What are the ‘fountains of the deep’? These questions may not come to mind immediately to the casual reader of Scripture, but they are there for the asking.

Having spent the last two decades studying the languages, history, geography and culture of ancient Israel and its neighbors, Greenwood says he is humbled by the vastness of his ignorance. He has learned some things, though, that he hopes will benefit those who want to know more about the book they call Scripture. While he is dealing specifically with the issue of biblical cosmology and how the Bible has been interpreted differently in light of changes in our understanding of the cosmos, Scripture and Cosmology is really about reading the Bible faithfully, which he suspects is a goal for most, if not all, of those who have chosen to read Scripture and Cosmology.

Kyle Greenwood provides us with fascinating details of the ancient Near Eastern view of our universe. His thorough biblical analysis shows how this view permeates the Bible, giving us a better understanding of the message that God has for us in his Word. Scripture and Cosmology will be a vital resource for everyone seeking to understand the Scriptures. – Randy Isaac, executive director, American Scientific Affiliation
The Bible reveals God in ways that speak to all cultures, but does so from its human authors' own ancient cultures. Kyle Greenwood's Scripture and Cosmology explores one particular cross-cultural pressure point, the structure of the cosmos, by tracing this theme through the culture of the ancient Near East, the biblical writings and biblical interpreters who worked when early modern cosmological ideas were taking root. This example helpfully clarifies some of the difficulties Christians face as they seek God's revelation for today's culture. – Rob Barrett, The Colossian Forum
What does the universe look like? From the three-tiered cosmos of the ancient near eastern peoples, to the spheres of Aristotle, to the heliocentric model of Copernicus, to evolutionary biology, God's people have lived through thousands of years of change in the prevailing view of the universe. How have readers throughout history worked to take Scripture seriously in light of new scientific discoveries? Filled with rich historical and biblical detail and thorough scholarly references, this book shines the light of history on today's debates over Scripture and science. – Deborah Haarsma, president of BioLogos
A very thorough survey, from the ancient Near East as the setting of the Bible through the Christian West's use of the Bible in cosmological theories. And a very sensible closing chapter on the authority of Scripture and the issue of science, respecting the Bible for what it is and for what it is not. Even when we disagree on particular judgments along the way, we owe our thanks to Dr. Greenwood for this indispensable resource and for the friendly, learned and reverent tone throughout. – C. John Collins, professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
Scientific discoveries have caused us to view the universe in completely different ways than the biblical writers. This book not only explains these differences but shows how Christians can understand them in theologically beneficial ways that enhance our readings of Scripture. Instead of being a threat to Christian belief, modern science can help us read the Bible better and deepen our appreciation of God's beauty. Because of modern science we will never again be able to read the Bible in the ways that ancient Christians did. Greenwood shows us the way forward by giving us a theologically rich reading of Scripture that embraces scientific advances. If Christianity is going to survive in the West, it must adopt the approach to reading the Bible that Greenwood offers us in this book. – Charles Halton, assistant professor in theology, Houston Baptist University
In the modern conversation about science and Scripture we can easily get the impression that throughout history Christian interpreters spoke with a clear and unanimous voice, upholding Scripture against science. This book not only gives us a clear understanding of the view of the cosmos found in the ancient world and in Scripture, it helps us see the many issues that biblical interpreters have struggled with throughout the centuries. It thus provides important information to help us sort through the issues that face us today. – John H. Walton, Wheaton College

Scripture and Cosmology is a compelling story that both illuminates the text of Scripture and helps readers find their own place in the tradition of faithful Christian thinking and interpretation. It is written for students of the Bible who are curious about what to do with biblical passages that seem out of date. It is written for Christians who want to get a sense of the history in which the Bible has been interpreted over the millennia. It is written for men and women who want their faith to be more engaged with the sciences. It is written for evangelicals who may be frustrated with interpretations of the Bible that don't seem to coincide with their own careful reading of the text. And it is especially written for young believers who have begun to lose their faith for any of the reasons above.

Science / Astronomy / History / Biographies & Memoirs

Kepler and the Universe: How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy by David K. Love (Prometheus Books)

A contemporary of Galileo and a forerunner of Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was a pioneering German scientist and a pivotal figure in the history of astronomy. Kepler and the Universe brings the man and his scientific discoveries to life, showing how his contributions were every bit as important as those of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton. 
Carl Sagan described Kepler as "the first astrophysicist and the last scientific astrologer." Indeed, Kepler was responsible for a number of ‘firsts’. It was Kepler who first advocated the completely new concept of a physical force emanating from the sun that controls the motion of the planets – today we call this gravity and take it for granted. He also established that the orbits of the planets were elliptical in shape and not circular. And his three laws of planetary motion are still used by contemporary astronomers and space scientists. In optics, he was the first to explain why corrective lenses improved vision.

The author of Kepler and the Universe, David K. Love, focuses not just on these and other momentous breakthroughs but also on Kepler's arduous life, punctuated by frequent tragedy and hardships. Love is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society and holds a BSc honors degree in astronomy from University College London. After a career as an accountant at British Telecom, he took early voluntary retirement to pursue his scientific interests and writing.

Kepler’s first wife died young, and eight of the twelve children he fathered succumbed to disease in infancy or childhood. He was frequently caught up in the religious persecutions of the day. His mother narrowly escaped death when she was accused of being a witch. He was also frequently caught up in the three-way dog-fight between Lutherans, Catholics, and Calvinists, which was the defining feature of the age. Yet in spite of it all, and after a shaky start, he acquired a large and loyal following of friends and admirers, often across the religious divides of the time.

The period encompassing the latter part of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries heralded what has been termed the ‘scientific revolution,’ a crucial component of the European renaissance in thought. And no revolution in thinking could be greater than the changing perception of our place in the Universe. Beginning with the publication of De Revolutionibus by Nicolaus Copernicus in 1543, which moved the center of the solar system from the Earth to the Sun, the systematic gathering of the positions of celestial objects soon followed, as well as the development of the astronomical telescope. Despite almost universal opposition in learned circles to these radical concepts, the time was ripe to interpret this emerging data and to physically understand how and why objects move in space.

Within this remarkable period, involving famous observational astronomers such as Tycho Brahe and Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler emerges as the brilliant individual who played the key role of interpretation. In addition to his famous three laws of planetary motion, he was the first to postulate some form of force acting at a distance that governs the positions of celestial bodies. Predating Newton's eventual breakthrough of a theory of gravity by several decades, Kepler's achievements are all the more remarkable given his tragic family circumstances and the bitter opposition he faced throughout his life.

Since Kepler is often placed in the shadow of Galileo, Brahe, and Newton in historical accounts, Love's well-researched Kepler and the Universe rightly restores him to the forefront of arguably the most important scientific revolution of the last millennium.

One of the most interesting topics explained in detail is how Kepler defied opposition, bravely adopting Copernicus's concept and demonstrating with impressive rigor how well a Sun-centered solar system matches the celestial motions as compared to an Earth-centered model. Alongside a discussion of these great achievements, Love maintains a balance by also highlighting how Kepler made some erroneous deductions and, importantly, places these in the context of contemporary European thought.

It was Copernicus who introduced the idea of a Sun-centered system to the medieval world. But it was Kepler who went on to show beyond any reasonable doubt that this system worked far better than the old Earth-centered view. His work marked a huge advance in the physical sciences, and he is rightly thought of as one of the key founders of the scientific revolution.

It should not be assumed that Kepler always got everything right – far from it. His first and biggest wrong idea – the connection he incorrectly thought he saw between certain geometrical shapes and the orbits of the planets, and which he believed he had found as a result of divine inspiration – ended up bearing fruit in other areas. His idea provided the motivation to continue in his work (which eventually led to his discovery of his three laws of planetary motion), but it was in fact completely wrong. It is the combination of a genuinely likeable personality with a life of tragedy, and the contrast between a deep insight into the nature of reality and a hopelessly wrong mysticism, that makes Kepler such an endearing and fascinating character in the story of the scientific revolution.

Kepler cannot be understood in isolation. So the introduction to Kepler and the Universe gives a brief history of astronomy from the ancient Greeks up to his own time. Equally, our understanding of the Universe since Kepler has changed fundamentally and in ways that he could never have guessed (and would certainly have been dismayed by). To illustrate the vast gulf in scientific awareness between Kepler's time and ours, the final chapter summarizes some of the major astronomical advances since his time and concludes with a brief explanation of our current understanding of the origin of the Universe.

This is a highly valuable addition to the history of astronomy, complementing more focused and academic treatments because of its broader treatment of Kepler as a person and its lively style, well-informed illustrations, and the clear enthusiasm of the author. – Richard S. Ellis, FRS, Steele Professor of Astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, June 2015

This book will fill a gap between two extremes: academic and specialist studies on Kepler, and popular biographical novels. The concise and very informative epilogue gives the history of astronomy since Kepler's time. – Wolfgang Schutz, Member of the Kepler Society, Weil der Stadt

In Love's hands, Kepler becomes a brimming and accessible font of ideas... – Publishers Weekly

An excellently readable introduction to the man, the historical period, and his contribution to astronomy. – BBC, The Sky at Night

David Love’s infectious fondness for Kepler enlivens every page of this engaging biography. He has also done his homework: historical accounts are carefully referenced, and there are informative summaries of some of Kepler’s major works. Biographical details are enhanced by many of the author’s own photographs. In all, this is a welcome contribution to Kepler studies. – William H. Donahue, director of laboratories, St. John’s College, Santa Fe, and translator of Kepler’s Astronomia Nova and Optics
Kepler’s story is a fascinating one, and this is an accessible and well-written guide to the man and his science. Highly recommended. – Chris Lintott, professor of astrophysics, University of Oxford, and presenter of the BBC’s The Sky at Night
David Love’s book goes far beyond the well-known facts about Kepler’s life and works. It would be difficult to find as authoritative a book on Kepler as this, and one which I highly recommend. – Ian Morison, emeritus professor of astronomy, Gresham College

Intermingling historical and personal details of Kepler's life with lucid explanations of his scientific research, Kepler and the Universe presents a sympathetic portrait of the man and underscores the critical importance of Kepler's discoveries in the history of astronomy. Love clearly explains for lay readers the importance of Kepler's discoveries for our modern scientific understanding, giving readers a more rounded view of Kepler and his life. And he describes, with obvious passion, his admiration for the man and uses his astronomical training to illustrate Kepler's ideas in a manner that is both accessible to general readers and to interested specialists.

Social Sciences / Anthropology / Education & Training

Introducing Anthropology: What Makes Us Human, 1st edition by Laura Pountney & Tomislav Marić (Polity)

Introducing Anthropology is the first book of its kind. It offers a serious but accessible introduction to anthropology and is the perfect starting point for anyone new to the subject. Across a series of fourteen chapters, it addresses the different fields and approaches within anthropology, covers an extensive range of themes, and emphasizes the role of anthropology in the world today.
Written by two authors with a passion for teaching and a commitment to communicating the excitement of anthropology, Introducing Anthropology has been carefully designed to support and extend students’ learning. Laura Pountney is an Anthropology Senior Examiner and teaches at Colchester Sixth Form College and Tomislav Marić teaches anthropology at Heston Community School.

Each chapter of Introducing Anthropology includes:

  • Clear explanations of classic and contemporary anthropological research.
  • Help with connecting anthropological theories to real-life issues.
  • Links to globalization.
  • Interviews with key anthropologists about their work and the discipline as a whole.
  • A lively range of activities and discussion points.
  • Ideas for personal investigations.
  • Suggested ethnographic films and further reading.
  • A clear glossary.
  • A focus on developing examination and writing skills.

There has been, and there continues to be, a huge effort to promote the subject of anthropology at pre-university level, coordinated in the United Kingdom mainly by the Education Committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute. This campaign goes beyond the UK and includes Germany and the United States. Pountney and Marić say that Introducing Anthropology was possible because of those efforts, which resulted in the establishment of the A-level in anthropology in 2010. Since then, pioneering teachers have been working hard with existing anthropological material to make it accessible. Anthropology has also been successfully taught in access courses and in youth projects, so the subject is very much alive at this level. The current book is intended to present some of the material and activities that have been particularly fruitful.

Those who are already involved with anthropology know that it is a subject that could not be more relevant to contemporary society. At a time when differences between individuals and societies have become ever more significant, Introducing Anthropology reflects the experience of many anthropologists and shows that, by understanding `others' and reflecting on one's own cultural values, a more sensitive and compassionate view of the world can be achieved.

Anthropology is a subject that encourages a nonjudgmental and respectful attitude towards others. Nowhere have the effects of this been felt more than in the classroom, where students of a pre-university age come into anthro­pology with a particular view of the world that may have been informed by all kinds of different opinions, only to leave having become aware of the complexity and value of all human cultures. Students of anthropology not only see the world differently, they also see themselves differently and begin a process of self-awareness that undoubtedly enriches their own lives.

Introducing Anthropology is an introduction to anthropology. It is important that readers recognize that it is not intended to cover every area of the subject; rather, it contains selected topics which may be of interest and explores them in an introductory way. Nor does it claim to reach the depth of many undergraduate textbooks. It was written to encourage people to begin to take an active interest in the subject, based on several successful years of teaching anthropology at pre-university level. The book introduces information about what anthropologists do and explores some of the subject's subfields. It will accompany any introductory course in anthropology.

What makes us human? This question lies at the heart of Introducing Anthropology and, indeed, the subject of anthropology. The book begins by taking a look at how early humans diverged from other primates, examining some of the important physical changes that occurred as well as some of the features of human cultural evolution. As human physical evolution has helped shape human culture, the role of human biology appears in various places throughout the text.

The rest of Introducing Anthropology explores different aspects of human culture, from how people use the body to express their identity through to different ideas about what it means to be a person. There is a focus on contemporary anthropological research, as well as acknowledgements of the contribution of classical anthropological work. It is clear, for example, that new forms of technology are playing an ever greater role in people's lives, and this is reflected in anthropology, where studies are now being carried out in virtual worlds. Also, since globalization affects the vast majority of human societies, there are examples of ethnographic studies relating to the complex effects of this process.

Introducing Anthropology is based predominantly upon cultural anthropology; what is culture? In the simplest terms, culture relates to everything that humans do that goes beyond their biological evolution. However, the degree to which biology shapes human behavior is much disputed. It might be useful to see culture as the way of life of a particular group. Humans are social beings, and it is only through their relations with others that cultural characteristics become apparent. This book is concerned with cultural universals, things that all social groups do, while at the same time exploring the different ways in which such cultural practices are manifest.

An important difference between anthropology and other disciplines is the centrality of ethnographic methodology. This in-depth, detailed research goes beyond many of the methods found in other disciplines in that it involves so much personal involvement and commitment from the researcher. Anthropologists often spend long periods of time with the people that they study, and this is often within the personal, private spaces of their lives. It is frequently through spending time with people, working, eating and laughing with them, that important anthropological findings occur, more often than not, unexpectedly. Examples of ethnographic research are central and are summarized throughout the book. These are not intended to substitute for the full ethnography; rather, they are simply an introduction to the main research.

Anthropologists need a range of skills, and Introducing Anthropology is a starting point for these. Each chapter opens with a set of issues and debates about the specific topic followed by an introduction outlining the structure. Theories are not taught as a separate chapter; rather, the theories relating to each specific topic are highlighted in purple. There are key concepts which are also highlighted, and all the chapters offer suggestions for personal investigations.

In every chapter there are important relevant concepts with clear definitions. There are a range of questions throughout the book designed to stimulate anthropological ideas and ways of thinking. At the end of each chapter there is a suggestion for an end of topic essay, with guidance notes. There are also examples of how the topic can be linked to globalization.

The importance of ethnographic research in anthropology is reflected in the structure of Introducing Anthropology, which includes many summaries of interesting ethnographic studies.

A lively and comprehensive introduction to a broad range of anthropological themes, peppered with ethnographic examples showcasing the diversity of human lives and societies, this book fills a gap and not only reveals the knowledge contributions of anthropology but also gives a hint of its magic. – Thomas Hylland Eriksen, University of Oslo
A thorough introduction to anthropology which is as engaging as it is informative. A must-read for all students starting in the subject, as well as an excellent book for those who simply want to know more about the subject matter and methods of anthropology. – Dave Latham, Birmingham Metropolitan College
A classroom text written by teachers for teachers. I cannot recommend it highly enough. – David Shankland, Director, Royal Anthropological Institute

Introducing Anthropology offers a serious but accessible introduction to anthropology and is the perfect starting point for anyone new to the subject. It is suitable for a range of different readers, from students studying the subject at school-level to university students looking for a clear and engaging entry point into anthropology. Further, the book has the potential to inspire and enthuse a new generation of anthropologists.


Moon Cancún & Cozumel: Including Playa del Carmen, Tulum & the Riviera Maya, 12th edition by Gary Chandler & Liza Prado (Moon Handbooks: Avalon Travel)

Cancún and Cozumel are places that deserve – and defy – the myriad descriptions given them. The name Cancún evokes images of white-sand beaches, turquoise seas, and raucous nightclubs. Isla Cozumel is no less mythical, at least among divers, with its pristine coral reef and abundant sealife. The secret is definitely out on the Riviera Maya, the long coastline south of Cancún, with resorts of all sizes and favorite getaways like Tulurn and Playa del Carmen. But farther south, the Costa Maya remains relatively undeveloped, while the inland archaeological sites, which range from packed to practically empty, never fail to impress.

Moon Cancún & Cozumel is a full-color guide to Cancún and Cozumel includes vibrant photos and maps to help with trip planning.
Authors are Gary Chandler and Liza Prado, experienced Mexico travelers who know the best way to travel Cancún and Cozumel – from a romantic getaway in Tulum to cenote hopping along the Riviera Maya. Chandler earned his bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley, and also studied abroad in Mexico City and Oaxaca. He has contributed to almost 30 guidebooks, many coauthored with wife and fellow travel writer/photographer Liza Prado. Prado was working as a corporate attorney in San Francisco when she decided to take a leap of faith and try travel writing and photography. Ten years later, she has coauthored twenty guidebooks and written dozens of feature articles about destinations throughout the Americas. Since her first visit to the region in the early 2000s, the Riviera Maya has remained one of Prado’s favorite places to travel. For this assignment, she says she dived on coral reefs and snorkeled through cenotes, climbed Maya ruins and toured monkey reserves, explored beach towns and fishing villages, caught a few local bands and listened to rock-star DJs – all with two kids in tow.

Chandler and Prado include engaging itinerary ideas for a variety of trip experiences, including Under the Sea and Seven Days of Ecoadventure.
Coverage includes:

  • Cancún
  • Isla Cozumel
  • The Riviera Maya
  • Tulum and Southern Quintana Roo
  • Inland Archeological Zones.

Moon Cancún & Cozumel tells visitors:

  • The best beaches along the Caribbean coast.
  • Maya ruins within reach, including Chichen Itza, Coba, and Tulum.
  • The best spots for diving and snorkeling, from pristine coral reef to eerily beautiful underground pools called cenotes.
  • Options for ecoadventure, including kiteboarding, fly-fishing, kayaking, and mountain biking.
  • Itineraries ranging from a Cozumel getaway to a week touring the length of the Riviera Maya.

According to Moon Cancún & Cozumel, some people dismiss Cancún and Cozumel for being overcommercialized and ‘Americanized.’ True, there are places saturated with American stores and chain restaurants (and actual Americans), where visitors hear as much English as Spanish. But they may be surprised to learn how culturally rich those cities, and the whole region, really are. Just minutes from Cancún's famous hotel zone is the lively downtown area, where they can sip pinot grigio at a wine bar, listen to live music, or eat tacos in a park without another tourist in sight. Likewise, just a couple of blocks from Cozumel's touristy main drag is a friendly island community where kids play soccer in the street and old men play dominoes in the afternoon sun. There are large parts of Cozumel that have no roads or power lines, with miles of deserted beach where visitors hear nothing but the birds and the surf.

Equally unexpected are the area's numerous natural and ecological attractions. Visitors can dive and snorkel in the longest underground river system in the world, kayak through mangrove forests and freshwater lagoons, and even go snorkeling with whale sharks, 10-ton behemoths that congregate near Isla Hot-box every summer. At Coba archaeological site, they can climb the second highest Maya pyramid, see parrots and toucans, and bike from temple to temple on wide forest paths, all in the same visit.

So Moon Cancún & Cozumel asks, what sort of trip will it be? Sunbathing by the pool, diving the coral reefs, snorkeling with whale sharks, or exploring the Maya ruins? With luck, visitors can do a little of each. In the process, they may discover that Cancún, Cozumel, and the Riviera Maya are much more than they seem.

Complete with details on the best beaches, advice on which Maya ruins to check out, and recommendations for the hottest nightlife spots in the Zona Hotelera, Moon Cancún & Cozumel gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience. It tells visitors what they need to know to plan the perfect trip for them.


Contents this Issue:

Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership: A Guide for Inspiring Creativity, Innovation, and Engagement by Gary A. DePaul, with a foreword by Edward G. Muzio (Productivity Press: CRC Press)

Strategic Analytics: Advancing Strategy Execution and Organizational Effectiveness by Alec Levenson (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.)

The Self-Made Program Leader: Taking Charge in Matrix Organizations by Steve Tkalcevich, with series editor Ginger Levin (Best Practices and Advances in Program Management Series: Book 21: Auerbach Publications: CRC Press)

The Food of Oman: Recipes and Stories from the Gateway to Arabia by Felicia Campbell (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Winston Churchill Reporting: Adventures of a Young War Correspondent by Simon Read (DaCapo Press)

The Prettiest Girl on Stage Is a Man: Race and Gender Benders in American Vaudeville by Kathleen B. Casey (The University of Tennessee Press)

The Civil War Soldier: 700 Key Weapons, Uniforms, & Insignia by Angus Konstam (Universe)

Cheney One on One: A Candid Conversation with America's Most Controversial Statesman by James Rosen (Regnery Publishing)

Criminal Evidence, 2nd edition by Marjie T. Britz (Pearson Education, Prentice Hall)

Refractive Lens Exchange: A Surgical Treatment for Presbyopia, 1st edition edited by Ming Wang MD PhD, with associate editor Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO, Dipl ABO (Slack Incorporated)

The Hospitality of God: A Reading of Luke's Gospel, revised edition by Brendan Byrne SJ (Liturgical Press)

Unity of Spirit: Studies on William of Saint-Thierry in Honor of E. Rozanne Elder (Cistercian Studies) edited by F. Tyler Sergent, Aage Rydstrøm-Poulsen, & Marsha L. Dutton (Cistercian Publications, Liturgical Press)

Psalms 1-50 by Ellen T. Charry, with a foreword by William P. Brown (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible Series: Brazos Press)

The Light Between Us: Stories from Heaven. Lessons for the Living by Laura Lynne Jackson (Spiegel & Grau)

The Omniverse: Transdimensional Intelligence, Time Travel, the Afterlife, and the Secret Colony on Mars by Alfred Lambremont Webre (Bear & Company)

Scripture and Cosmology: Reading the Bible Between the Ancient World and Modern Science by Kyle Greenwood (IVP Academic)

Kepler and the Universe: How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy by David K. Love (Prometheus Books)

Introducing Anthropology: What Makes Us Human, 1st edition by Laura Pountney & Tomislav Marić (Polity)

Moon Cancún & Cozumel: Including Playa del Carmen, Tulum & the Riviera Maya, 12th edition by Gary Chandler & Liza Prado (Moon Handbooks: Avalon Travel)