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June 2016, Issue #206

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Photographing Custer's Battlefield: The Images of Kenneth F. Roahen by Sandy Barnard (University of Oklahoma Press)

Whirlwind, unabridged Audio CD, 42 CDs, running time: 53 hours by James Clavell, read by Derek Perkins (Asian Saga, Book 6: Blackstone Audio, Inc)

National Geographic Kids Everything Robotics: All the Photos, Facts, and Fun to Make You Race for Robots by Jennifer Swanson, with National Geographic Explorer Shah Selbe (National Geographic Kids Everything Series: National Geographic Kids)

Around the Fire: Recipes for Inspired Grilling and Seasonal Feasting from Ox Restaurant by Greg Denton & Gabrielle Quinonez Denton, with Stacy Adimando, with photography by Evan Sung (Ten Speed Press)

Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy: France and the U.S. in Comparative Perspective by Paola Mattei & Andrew S. Aguilar (St. Antony's Series: Palgrave Macmillan)

The Woman's Wakeup: How to Shake Up Your Looks, Life, and Love After 50 by Lois Joy Johnson (Running Press)

The War Before Independence: 1775-1776 by Derek W. Beck (Sourcebooks)

The Terrible Indian Wars of the West: A History from the Whitman Massacre to Wounded Knee, 1846-1890 by Jerry Keenan (McFarland & Co, Inc, Publishers)

The Letter Writer: A Novel, Deckle Edge by Dan Fesperman (Knopf)

Contemporary Conflict Resolution: The Prevention, Management and Transformation of Deadly Conflicts, 4th edition by Oliver Ramsbotham, Tom Woodhouse, & Hugh Miall (Polity)

Social Psychology, 10th edition by Saul Kassin, Steven Fein, Hazel Rose Markus (Wadsworth Publishing, Cengage Learning)

Paul as a Problem in History and Culture: The Apostle and His Critics through the Centuries by Patrick Gray (Baker Academic)

Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich, translated and ordered by Father John-Julian OJN (Paraclete Essential Deluxe Series: Paraclete Press)

The Sacred Six: The Simple Step-by-Step Process for Focusing Your Attention and Recovering Your Dreams by JB Glossinger (Hay House, Inc.)

The Big 50: Toronto Blue Jays: The Men and Moments that Made the Toronto Blue Jays by Shi Davidi, with a foreword by Dan Shulman (Triumph Books)

Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing: A Photographic History by Mike Silver (Lyons Press)

25 Great Jazz Piano Solos: Transcriptions * Lessons * Bios * Photos by Huw White (Hal Leonard Corporation)

Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock 'n' Roll by Carmine Appice, with Ian Gittins, with a foreword by Rod Stewart (Chicago Review Press)

1000 Football Clubs: Teams, Stadiums, and Legends of the Beautiful Game by Jean Damien Lesay (Universe Publishing)

Lonely Planet Western USA, 3rd edition by Lonely Planet, Amy C Balfour, Sandra Bao & Sara Benson (Travel Guide Series: Lonely Planet)



Arts & Photography / History / US

Photographing Custer's Battlefield: The Images of Kenneth F. Roahen by Sandy Barnard (University of Oklahoma Press)

The numerous debates surrounding the Battle of the Little Big Horn make on-the-ground evidence especially important.

In the 140 years since the defeat of George Armstrong Custer and his troops at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, scholars and other visitors have combed the site of today’s Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument for evidence that might clarify the controversial events of June 1876. In Photographing Custer's Battlefield, Sandy Barnard, an expert on Custer and the Little Big Horn, presents the work of the site’s most dedicated photographer, U.S. Fish and Game agent Kenneth F. Roahen (1888–1976), revealing further mysteries of the battlefield and showing how it has changed.
Barnard, who taught journalism at Indiana State University for over 30 years, is an independent scholar and writer specializing in the Indian wars. 

Barnard opens Photographing Custer's Battlefield by introducing readers to Roahen, who spent the last phase of his career and his retirement years in Montana, where he made it his personal mission from the 1930s to the 1970s to photograph what was then called Custer Battlefield. Among Roahen’s most useful images are his photographs of the Crow’s Nest, the Morass, and Girard’s Knoll – places whose precise locations have long been debated. He also made a series of pioneering aerial photographs of the Little Big Horn and its surrounding landscape.
When paired with Barnard’s modern-day photographs, maps, and analysis, Roahen’s images provide valuable information for visitors to the monument as well as for historians, biologists, engineers, and other government employees who interpret, preserve, and protect the battlefield and its surrounding terrain. In addition to showing sites associated with the fighting, Roahen’s photographs depict mid-twentieth-century roadwork, archaeological surveys and restorations, and construction of the visitor center, park housing, and maintenance facilities. Barnard’s matching photographs, taken in 2012 and 2013, help to identify additional subtle but significant landscape modifications.

In Photographing Custer's Battlefield Barnard says that in 2009 he had read about the donation of a collection of 10,000 Kenneth F. Roahen photographs by his niece, Elaine Ooley, to the Big Horn County Historical Museum in Hardin, Montana. Soon after reading about Mrs. Ooley's gift to the Hardin museum, Barnard explored the possibility of using Roahen's Little Big Horn images in a follow-up to an earlier photo-history book, Where Custer Fell: Photographs of Little Bighorn Battlefield Then and Now, which he had coauthored in 2005 with Dr. James S. Brust and the late Brian C. Pohanka. Roahen was one of fifteen ‘historical’ photographers whose Little Big Horn images Barnard and his colleagues had featured in their book – had been active as a photographer in Montana from 1930 to near the time of his death in early 1976, and his photos were the most modern that they published in Where Custer Fell.

In the fall of 2012, Barnard spent ten days trekking about the greater Little Big Horn battlefield – from the back country in the Wolf Mountains down Reno Creek into the Little Big Horn Valley, across the area of the Reno valley fight and retreat crossing, and, finally, over the major battlefield segments on the bluffs above the Little Big Horn River that are under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. He located each site where Roahen had shot an original photograph and attempted to match his image with the modern view. In June 2013, he returned to finish the photography task by reshooting the remaining images. In a few cases he successfully confirmed sites that had escaped his notice the previous fall. He also determined that some images anonymously listed in the battlefield's archives actually were Roahen's. Photographing Custer's Battlefield is the result of that research and those hikes.

Roahen shot and reshot the Little Big Horn battlefield every year or two for renowned park superintendent Edward S. Luce in the 1940s and continued his work deep into the 1960s. Through his photographs he had sought to document changes occurring to the field. In the end only about 175 to 200 unique images of the field were found. The vast majority of his photographs deal with countless other subjects, especially landscapes and animals. Whether his numerous other Custer battlefield images had simply been lost, given away, or sold remains a mystery.

Barnard found the battlefield images to be more than sufficient for the purposes of Photographing Custer's Battlefield – the 175 to 200 images he found in his collection covers much of the field. Where Custer Fell focused on fifteen ‘historic photographers’ whose work captured the Custer battlefield during the first fifty years after the general's defeat in 1876. Their work documented the evolution of the site from a military and Indian tragedy on a bone-strewn ridge above the Little Big Horn River to a national historic landmark. With an extended focus on photographs of one of them, Kenneth F. Roahen, Photographing Custer's Battlefield expands that coverage of the battlefield for another five decades, moving us from the 1930s to the mid-1970s.

Kenneth Roahen’s photography is a significant record, and Sandy Barnard’s presentation and assessment of it make Photographing Custer's Battlefield rich, enlightening, and thoroughly rewarding. – Jerome A. Greene, author of Stricken Field: The Little Bighorn since 1876

From extensive coverage of the back county to Custer Hill and beyond, with many stops in between, including the renewed controversy over the location of the Crow’s Nest, Sandy Barnard’s skillful work in Photographing Custer's Battlefield shows how much can be learned from Kenneth Roahen’s images of the Little Bighorn. – James S. Brust, coauthor of Where Custer Fell: Photographs of the Little Bighorn Battlefield Then and Now

Roahen’s photographic legacy, explored in Photographing Custer's Battlefield in more than 300 historic and contemporary images, offers fresh insight into the battlefield’s ever-changing landscape, helping visitors old and new to better understand the history beneath their feet.

Audio / Literature & Fiction / Historical

Whirlwind, unabridged Audio CD, 42 CDs, running time: 53 hours by James Clavell, read by Derek Perkins (Asian Saga, Book 6: Blackstone Audio, Inc)

The sixth book in James Clavell's epic Asian Saga, Whirlwind tells the story of three weeks in Tehran in February 1979.
Clavell (1921-1994) was a novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war. The son of a Royal Navy family, he was educated in Portsmouth before, as a young artillery officer, he was captured by the Japanese at the Fall of Singapore.

Whirlwind is the story of three weeks of fanaticism, passion, self-sacrifice and heartbreak. When the shah is thrown out of Iran, the nation's turmoil makes world headlines. Caught in this shifting world between the revolutionaries and the forces of international intrigue are the foreign helicopter pilots who have been servicing the oil fields up and down the country.

In Whirlwind, Andrew Gavallan, based in Scotland, the owner of a helicopter company operating in Iran, must get his pilots and their families, and his valuable helicopters, out of the riot-torn country. When Khomeini comes to power, they are ordered to flee to safety with their helicopters – their one objective is to make a bold, concerted escape to safety across the Gulf. But two of them, both Europeans, have Iranian wives whom they love beyond safety and politics.

Complicating matters is his power struggle with his company's secret owner, the Noble House of Hong Kong. The pilots' escape efforts form the basic story but as usual in a Clavell novel, the action sweeps across many lives: lovers, spies, fanatics, friends and betrayers. British, Finnish, American, and Iranian, all are caught up in a deadly religious and political upheaval.

… Clavell effectively portrays the chilling and bewildering encounters when Westernized lifestyle clashes with harsh ancient traditions. This novel, the fifth in what he calls his Asian Series (Noble House, King Rat, Tai Pan, Shogun) is certain to be in much demand. – Library Journal

So abundant in sub-plots, characters, intrigue and atmosphere that its 1,000-plus pages seem barely adequate. Some of the most enjoyable reading around. – Daily Mail (London)
Clavell seems to creep inside the very soul of the land and the people ... A damn good read. – Boston Herald
Whirlwind is strongly structured, skillfully plotted, rich in detail and very entertaining. Clavell brings the grimness and grandeur of an ancient land to life. – San Francisco Chronicle
James Clavell does more than entertain. He transports us into worlds we've not known, stimulating, educating, questioning ... a wonder of detail. – Washington Post
The author handles the plot with all the confident authority of a ring-master, keeping a half-dozen themes and a formidable cast of characters moving along at a cracking pace. By the end I was breathless and lost in admiration at the sheer professionalism of it all. – Sunday Telegraph

Accurate in detail, well-plotted, the Asian Saga series is sure to sustain readers’ attention.

Children’s Books / Science / Robotics

National Geographic Kids Everything Robotics: All the Photos, Facts, and Fun to Make You Race for Robots by Jennifer Swanson, with National Geographic Explorer Shah Selbe (National Geographic Kids Everything Series: National Geographic Kids)

The future is now!

From sky cars to mow-bots, tons of super-smart machines and wacky gadgets already exist.
They fix spacecraft, dance, tell jokes, and even clean the carpet. From the tiniest robo-bees to gigantic factory machines, robotics is everywhere. This technology isn't just for science-fiction anymore – it's real and more relevant than ever. With stunning visuals and energetic design, with National Geographic Kids Everything Robotics readers won't stop until they have learned everything there is to know about robotics.

Author Jennifer Swanson, a middle school science instructor, is the author of over 14 nonfiction books for children, specializing in writing about science and technology.

Readers meet a humanoid robot that can walk, talk, and solve problems. They catch a glimpse of the robot butlers built to take care of pesky chores. They discover how microbots help humans fight disease from the inside. Then they test their robotics smarts to see what they have learned.

Swanson in Everything Robotics says that if readers knew everything about robotic they would know this:

  • What makes robots different from other machines?
  • What was the first humanoid robot named?
  • How fast can a rover trek across Mars?
  • How small are the world’s smallest bots?

Robots are human creations. They are the work of roboticists – scientists who combine engineering with computer science. The robots people deal with on a daily basis are helpful. They build things, catch criminals, explore the world, and fight wars. There are even robot nurses to care for people when they are sick, and robots that perform surgery.

Some robots look like massive mechanical arms, and some like tiny flying bees. Many are designed to look like humans. From businesses to police, and from the homes to outer space, robotic technology is created to serve humans and keep people safe, healthy, and informed about the world.

With the Everything Kids Series, filled with photos, facts and fun, kids can discover everything they ever wanted to know about all their favorite subjects.

These compelling, browsable and completely engrossing titles will delight readers. – School Library Journal

Readers can use Everything Robotics to spark their imagination with 125 cool inventions. They explore outer space, dive into the ocean, and do the electric slide. Readers whiz through the pages to assemble facts, photos, and fun.

Cooking, Food & Wine

Around the Fire: Recipes for Inspired Grilling and Seasonal Feasting from Ox Restaurant by Greg Denton & Gabrielle Quinonez Denton, with Stacy Adimando, with photography by Evan Sung (Ten Speed Press)

Although part of what is romantic about grilled food is its rusticity, in reality, making grilled food as humblingly delicious as Greg and Gabi's takes an impressive amount of know-how. With their creative flavor pairings and perfectly honed fire-cooking techniques gleaned from years of cooking and traveling, they have taken the art of fire cookery to a level I had not realized existed.

As you will see, under Greg and Gabi's guidance, the grill's potential to transform ingredients does not just apply to meat. Pescatarians (and vegetarians) welcome. – Stacy Adimando

Readers can take their backyard barbecue game to the next level with Around the Fire, the highly anticipated debut cookbook from celebrated chefs Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton. These are black-belt grilling recipes – inspired by the live-fire cooking traditions of Latin America, as well as the seasonal philosophy of their Portland, Oregon restaurant, Ox – that will change the way readers think about and cook with fire. Featuring unexpected cuts of meat (like Grilled Lamb Shoulder Chops with Rosemary Marinade or Grilled Wild Halibut on the Bone with Toasted Garlic-Lemon Oil); seasonal produce (Grilled Butternut Squash with Za’atar and Charred Green Onion Yogurt) will delight vegetarians and carnivores alike); and plenty of starters, salads, desserts, and drinks, Around the Fire will help make their next outdoor feast the stuff of legend.

The Dentons are the James Beard Award finalists and Food & Wine best new chefs have earned rave reviews and legions of fans for their creative and edgy cooking. Stacy Adimando is a food and travel journalist and cookbook author whose work has been published by NPR, Bon Appétit, Conde Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, and Forbes.

At Ox, the Dentons do Argentinean-style grilling with a Pacific Northwest approach. They cook over an open-fire Argentinean grill, known traditionally as a parrilla, and much of their menu celebrates the bounty – vegetable, seafood, and meat – of the area surrounding Portland. While Portland and Ox are very special to them, they believe that what they do at Ox – and everything they have learned from their travels to South America and Europe – can be more or less replicated wherever readers are. The pages of Around the Fire are designed to inspire readers to have an affair with their own grill – be it wood-fired, charcoal-fueled or, yes, even gas – and bring people together around it.

As for steaks, they are in the book. But they have picked other proteins that they are almost more excited for readers to try, fish tails instead of fillets, and spiced morcilla sausages instead of spicy Italian. They are convinced these other types of protein not only encourage readers to think outside their grill routines but also might save them some cash and probably become why-didn't-I-think of-that favorites.

Of course, extraordinary grilling is not just about meat. At Ox, the grill grate is just as often covered with stunning seasonal vegetables – like enormous artichokes tenderizing to perfection and singeing on the ends, or halves of golden spaghetti squash or summer cantaloupes sliced down the center and left to soften and caramelize over the embers. These are the dishes that surprise many first-time restaurant diners, because they are not a traditional steak house, and these are not the traditional North American grill recipes.

Regarding the barbecue sauces and bottled condiments that are strategically missing from Around the Fire, here's their take: grilled foods create their own natural, succulent, and luscious juices, so why waste them? They harness those drippings and season them with fresh, pungent herbs and spices, like bundles of rosemary and cloves of garlic; then they use these newly seasoned drippings to baste their grilled foods in their own amped-up natural juices. And when they need a condiment, they turn to the Argentinean classic: glistening, pungent chimichurri.

More than just give ideas, Around the Fire teaches readers how to break down and prepare more flavorful cuts of protein, and provide seasonings, bastes, flavorings, and techniques that will hopefully allow readers to expand the list of foods they get inspired to grill. They also share some fun finishing touches to try.

A very important distinction – and one we think sets Around the Fire apart from other grilling books out there – is that not every dish is cooked on the grill. Sautéed side dishes, crisp salads, creamy soups, chilled ceviches, and roasted and toasted elements of all kinds are essential accents that help bring balance to every meal, including grill-centric ones.

One way we cooks show love is to feed and nourish people. Greg and Gabrielle’s book is a true extension of this idea: it’s about the passion that comes from cooking foods over fire, passion you can feel with each turn of the page. These recipes are approachable, yet bold with flavors that will sate you from deep within. – Cortney Burns and Nick Balla, chefs and authors of Bar Tartine

Sustained by fire and coals, Greg and Gabrielle take us on a romantic journey to flavor. A welcome return to true taste after years of barren, fussy restaurant food, this book brings back the joy and honesty in cooking. – Francis Mallmann, chef and author of Mallmann on Fire

An evening at Greg and Gabrielle's Ox Restaurant in Portland is always extraordinary. From the crack of the fire to the sizzle of a fine steak, their passion comes through on every plate... and, like that giant wood-fired grill, Around the Fire is sure to become the centerpiece of any book collection. – Aaron Franklin, pitmaster and author of Franklin Barbecue

What a stunner. I'll need two copies of Around the Fire: one for my restaurant bookshelf, one for my home kitchen: This book is a must-have for anyone who wants to cook like a pro in their own backyard. – Gabriel Rucker, chef/co-owner of Le Pigeon

Around the Fire is about sharing craft and creativity, inspiring new menus, and helping to create new associations with the grill and new memories around it. The book provides one hundred innovative and exciting recipes for the backyard griller – inspired by the live-fire and asador cooking traditions of Latin America and the authors' popular restaurant. The ideas and recipes will tickle the same elemental urges and instincts as fire itself does, and ignite some adventure in both backyard and kitchen cooking.

Education / Social Policy / US / International

Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy: France and the U.S. in Comparative Perspective by Paola Mattei & Andrew S. Aguilar (St. Antony's Series: Palgrave Macmillan)

We live in a time of suspicion and fear, not least because religion has returned to the center stage of collective memories in Europe and in the United States. Amid claims of threats to national identities in an era of increasing diversity, should we be worried about the upsurge in religious animosity in the United States, as well as in Europe? In Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy authors Paola Mattei and Andrew Aguilar show that French society is divided along conflicts about religious identity, increasingly visible in public schools.

Mattei is Associate Professor in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St. Antony’s College; Aguilar is a France Fulbright Fellow (2015-2016), and Visiting Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford and at the Center of International Studies (CERI), Sciences Po Paris, France.

Republicanism, based on the solidarity and secularism, is viewed by many as the cause of discrimination and unfairness against minority groups. Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy suggests, on the contrary, that secularism in France is a flexible concept, translated into contradictory policy programs, and subject to varying political interpretations. The book presents original data showing how schools have become, once again, a central theatre of political action and public engagement regarding laïcité (secularism), an ideal grounded in the republican origins of the public education system in France.

Nearly a century after the promulgation of the 1905 law separating state and church, the French state sparked a remarkable revival of the political debate regarding freedom of religion in schools and a new legislative impetus to regulate this relationship. The French Third Republic was committed to fighting against an established political and religious institution, the Catholic Church, over the fate of public education and more broadly the role of religion in the public sphere. The Church objected fiercely to the establishment of the principle of laïcité in schools, and more generally to the creation of a free, compulsory and secular primary education. Schools, as the principal mechanism of preparing a new generation of French citizens, could not be left in the hands of an external religious retrograde power.

As described in Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy, in 2004, amid a highly controversial public debate, the French government promulgated a law banning all ostentatious religious symbols in state schools. No other European country has yet adopted such an overarching approach to protect the neutrality of the state vis-à-vis increasing religious diversity, let alone through the legislative power. The law in principle aimed to protect the secular character of French schools by regulating the manifestation of all religious symbols. Schoolchildren are allowed to wear only discrete and not ostentatious signs. The 2004 French law aimed to protect not only the state but also individuals (schoolchildren) from what the state deemed to be religious pressures in certain schools.

Mattei and Aguilar develop the argument that laïcité as a legal and philosophical principle is not at all inconsistent with religious plu­ralism, freedom of expression, and a liberal conception of the neutrality of the state. Laïcité as a policy instrument might be implemented in ways that contrast with its principles, and that of republicanism. They do not believe, however, that French Republican ideology can be reduced to labels of 'specialness' or `superiority' without the risk of simplifying its complexity in the history of modern France.

Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy argues that state schools have become, once again, a central theatre of political action and public engagement regarding laïcité. While schools and their involved communities have been at the center of significant political action and debate, scholars have not yet fully investigated the independent role of public schools in the analysis of the policy reforms of laïcité and its most recent reforms and interpretations. It is remarkable that schools have been from the start at the center of the public debate and media attention.

The politicization of the affaires des foulards has generated great interest in the relationship between religion and the state, freedom of religion and conscience, and assimilation of religious groups. It has also generated fear and public anxiety about the place of national identity, which is the subject of their analyses. The purpose of Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy is to bring out again the centrality of education as both an institutional instrument of republicanism and a public policy of modern laïcité. If the principle of laïcité is questioned in schools, we need to understand what happens and why. What happens in the classrooms? How do teachers implement laïcité in schools? How do schools accommodate religious diversity, if at all, in France?

Mattei and Aguilar place schools as one of the main foci of the scholarly and policy debate on laïcité and French politics. In addition to studying the policy developments of the principle of laïcité, particularly the relationship between freedom of religion and schools, their approach in Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy redirects the debate towards a bottom-up understanding of how actors in individual schools live through these policy reforms. Thus far, most of the literature on religion and education has been top-down, focusing on the approach of the French state and political elites to laïcité and what matters to them.

Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy discusses laïcité as both a legally defined principle and a central theme of modern political debate. In particular, Mattei and Aguilar adopt the analytical distinction between laïcité and laïcité d'Etat. Laïcité as a concept consists of a mix of legal, moral, and philosophical maxims establishing the separation between church and state. Laïcité d'Etat refers to the instrumental use of the legal and philosophical doctrine of laïcité for purposes of nation-building, reinforcing a particular political project, and assimilating ethnic differences. This distinction is critical to understanding how contemporary debates on identity and integration directly impact social institutions, particularly those of public education. The laïcité d'Etat effectively influences the perceived normative value given to laïcité at any given time. In effect, the distinction between these two aspects of laïcité downplays any rigid normative value of laïcité and emphasizes the flexibility and malleability of this concept.

By examining the relevant policy developments from the 1989 Conseil d'Etat judgment to the 2004 ban, representing a huge policy break, Mattei and Aguilar suggest that the political ramifications of laïcité are much more complex than determining whether laïcité is illiberal or not, racist or not. Laïcité is not simply a dogmatic assertion of republican ideology and a value of national Frenchness, consecrated by the 1905 law of separation between state and church. This concept is remarkably adaptive according to new contextual circumstances and new contemporary demands. Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy approaches the study of laïcité within the framework of a dialogue between principle and policy, between ideology and institutions.

This book sheds light on a number of important issues regarding immigration policies, the educational under achievements of Muslim, Latino and other minority students in France and the United State and the inadequate integrating mechanisms of secular institutions in these two countries. What makes the book most valuable is its comparative perspective and the subtle way with which it deals with the notoriously difficult concept of French laïcité and the problem of attempting to enforce it in the schools. This timely book is a must read for anyone interested in the history of secularism and in educational policies designed to facilitate the assimilation of newly arrived immigrants in the two 'sister republics'. – Denis Lacorne, Senior Fellow, Centre de Recherches Internationales, Sciences Po-Paris, France

This deeply-researched account of Islam and secularity with special emphasis on the failures of the national school system in France will be valuable to all who are concerned with a life-and-death question for modernity: How can individual freedom be squared with social peace, given the current resurgence of groups who feel alienated from the modern secular state? – E. D. Hirsch, Jr. Author of "Cultural Literacy and The Making of Americans

An approach that is not narrowly focused on top-down legal theories, but also extends to the policy developments and the politics of education, Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy illuminates what governments do in practice to meet their militant ideals and values. By posing laïcité as having two separate yet related analytical dimensions, the book contributes a robust scholarship on public policy to the largely philosophical and legal debates surrounding laïcité.

Fashion / Beauty / Lifestyle / Inspiration / Aging

The Woman's Wakeup: How to Shake Up Your Looks, Life, and Love After 50 by Lois Joy Johnson (Running Press)

Becoming a brilliant, confident, irresistible woman over 50 is not a one-size-fits-all trip. The Woman's Wakeup is your navigation tool and marks the best routes and side roads, U-turns, and shortcuts. As expert life jugglers, our balancing act now has new elements, and they keep evolving, including our looks, work, relationships, finances, and friendships. Use the inspirational info in these pages and the charismatic ambassadors I'll introduce you to as an opportunity to change direction, find your way, and fearlessly update your life. – Lois Joy Johnson

Women know from experience that what it means to be independent, adventurous, successful, and sexy changes over time to fit new mindsets, roles, and lifestyles. Whether navigating the landscape of a new career path, dating again in a digital age, or in need of a beauty and fashion overhaul, award-winning journalist Lois Joy Johnson has the fix for women 50+.

The Woman's Wakeup is an inspirational guide that provides firsthand advice for women on everything from dating (again!) to being a glam grandmother, reviving a wardrobe, making friends in a new town, working in a new environment, and figuring out how to stand out in a youth-obsessed world.

Sexy after 50 doesn't mean wearing heels and minis (though some do!). It means being a risk taker, relishing one’s independent spirit and energetic attitude. It means keeping the glint in one’s eye, that spark of mischief, and not being a pushover for people who say no. It means betting on their plucky instincts and guts to get their foot in the door, enhance their social life, and find new ways to flaunt their brains and beauty. Boomer Babes or ‘B-Babes’ are street-smart, saucy, stylish, seasoned, and ready to go.

Becoming a B-Babe has status. Of course, they still rant about menopause aftershock ... hot flashes, dry skin, wrinkles, brown spots, thinning hair, and hormonal weight gain come with the privilege of age, too.

In The Woman's Wakeup readers meet an inspiring group of diverse, enthusiastic, forward-thinking women who question and defy every stereotype of what it means to be older. Photographed by Michael Waring in their own wardrobe favorites, each woman goes way beyond trends to reflect her own personal style and opinions.

Johnson’s work is focused on celebrating all women 50+, solving their beauty and style issues and concerns about age. As beauty and fashion director of MORE magazine for over a decade, she helped make age not only acceptable but also appealing.

Readers can use The Woman's Wakeup in at least three ways:

  1. If they want to push the reset button and start over. Nothing like a few speed bumps to initiate change. Divorce, friendships gone toxic, job loss, and financial upsets will do it. So do weight gain and hormonal shifts, hair loss, and sun damage showing up head to toe. Readers learn how to look amazing on social media, fatten up their thinning hair, and decide on the best body spots for a celebratory tattoo or two.
  2. If they are totally stuck in an age rut and want fresh how-to advice. The looking good bar has been raised thanks to familiar media faces like Christie Brinkley, Ellen DeGeneres, Helen Minen, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Kris Jenner, and Viola Davis. They keep tweaking their style and look all the time – they deal with the same beauty issues as everyone else. Readers find out how to make hearing aids chic, get permanent makeup, wear fake hairpieces with panache, deal with saggy boobs, give up wearing heels or start wearing them again, which glasses are their best bet, and avoid bad cosmetic surgery.
  3. If readers are adjusting to new situations and people. B-Babes are an alien species; born before technology, rap music, and takeout, but they are also super-fast adapters who keep changing with the times – they want to stay contemporary, current, and informed. Johnson tells readers how to travel solo and love it, get past HR in their job hunt, drop the fear of their high school reunion, and get their derriere off the sofa and back into a social life.

Filled with Johnson’s expert tips – as well as interviews with medical professionals and women 50+ of various walks of life who are still on the road to adventure – The Woman's Wakeup will inspire readers to feel more confident, stylish, and evolved than ever.

History / US

The War Before Independence: 1775-1776 by Derek W. Beck (Sourcebooks)

The United States was creeping ever closer to independence. The shot heard round the world still echoed in the ears of Parliament as impassioned revolutionaries took up arms for and against King and country. In this blend of careful research and rich narrative, Derek W. Beck continues his exploration into the period preceding the Declaration of Independence, just days into the new Revolutionary War.

Beck, a Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, is an historian whose history writing has appeared in multiple history journals, scholarly works, and reviews and has been cited by The Boston Globe among other publications.

The War Before Independence transports readers into the violent years of 1775 and 1776, with the infamous Battle of Bunker Hill – a turning point in the Revolution – and the snowy, wind-swept march to the frozen ground at the Battle of Quebec, ending with the exciting conclusion of the Boston Campaign. Meticulous research and new material drawn from letters, diaries, and investigative research throws open the doors not only to familiar figures and faces, but also little-known triumphs and tribulations of America's greatest military leaders, including George Washington.

Beck's first book, Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775, becomes available in paperback in May 2016. While The War Before Independence can be enjoyed on its own, it is a continuation of the story left off in Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775.

Though Beck only covers a short period, his excellent research brings to life the men who fought, providing readers with real, tangible heroes, not just hazy historic figures. Revolutionary War fans will rejoice in this well-written work and hope that the author has more on the way. – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Beck writes exceptionally vividly, and as such, even readers slow to respond to battleground to-and-fro will be fully engaged. – Booklist

Beck establishes himself as a premier historian of the American Revolution... this excellent read takes its place next to Nathaniel Philbrick's Bunker Hill, Paul Lockhart's The Whites of Their Eyes, and Mark Anderson's The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony... highly recommended for those seeking a comprehensive telling of the immediate events prior to the Declaration of Independence and those who want a satisfying read. – Library Journal, starred review

Wonderfully detailed and layered, The War Before Independence brings America's early upheaval to a ferocious boil on both sides of the battlefield and vividly captures the spirit of a fight that continues to inspire brave hearts today. Historian Beck provides a sweeping and provocative view of pivotal years in U.S. history, painting the events with accuracy and objectivity.

History / US / Native American / West

The Terrible Indian Wars of the West: A History from the Whitman Massacre to Wounded Knee, 1846-1890 by Jerry Keenan (McFarland & Co, Inc, Publishers)

Expansion! The history of the United States might well be summed up in that single word. The Indian Wars of the American West were a continuation of the struggle that began with the arrival of the first Europeans, and escalated as they advanced across the Appalachians before American independence had been won.
This history of the Indian Wars of the Trans-Mississippi begins with the earliest clashes between Native Americans and Anglo-European settlers. The author of The Terrible Indian Wars of the West, Jerry Keenan, provides a comprehensive narrative of the conflict in eight parts, covering eight geographical regions – the Pacific Northwest; California and Nevada; New Mexico, the Central Plains, the Southern Plains; Iowa, Minnesota and the Northern Plains; the Intermountain West; and the Desert Southwest – with an epilogue on Wounded Knee.

Keenan, who is retired from the publishing industry, has written for America's Civil War, Wild West and Journal of the West. Keenan says his objective in writing The Terrible Indian Wars of the West was to create a readable narrative history of the Western Indian wars, using a selected body of secondary and some primary sources.

As any historian will testify, Indian accounts of historical events are scarce at best. Indigenous people did not have a written historical tradition, relying instead on accounts passed down from generation to generation, through oral tradition, pictographs, and winter counts. This method of preserving facts lacks the completeness and precision that white historians are fond of using. This is not to say that Indian accounts, where they do exist, lack validity, only that they contain less information and detail. Undoubtedly, some of these inter-tribal accounts survive to the present day among descendants, but remain unknown to historians and writers. Keenan says he regrets that this narrative was unable to include more such accounts. As it stands, he had to rely on available sources.

While the nation was reaching for Pacific shores, settlement was the primary reason for expansion, but once that goal had been achieved, commerce, with more than a trace of imperialism became the motivator that fueled further expansion. The Terrible Indian Wars of the West, however, limits its scope to the period of continental growth; to those clashes of arms between Americans and indigenous peoples that came about as a result of the expansion that took place between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean.

In shaping this narrative of the Western Indian wars, Keenan says he has tried to imagine the events from two diametrically opposed perspectives: that of the Anglo-European eager to seek his (or her) fulfillment in this land of seemingly endless opportunity, and the indigenous people who viewed this strange interloper, at first with curiosity, then with alarm, and finally anger, as they watched their traditional homeland and culture swallowed up by this seemingly inexhaustible tide of white men and their towns, their steel rails, and their fences.

Keenan says that although he recognizes the Anglo-European's vision of settling the vastness of a land that God had surely intended for civilization, he can not help but feel deep sympathy for the people who lost their land and, most importantly, their culture. Of course they resisted. The Terrible Indian Wars of the West, then, seeks to fill a void by presenting a new inclusive study of the Western Indian wars, one that enables readers to arrive at a fresh and more enlightened view of these terrible conflicts and emerge with a deeper understanding of how they developed and the lamentable consequences that resulted.

Lewis and Clark's undertaking marked the official beginning of the nation's westward expansion. Mountain men, traders, and adventurers followed, but the vast territory beyond the Mississippi did not really begin to attract significant numbers of immigrants until the middle of the 19th century. With the discovery of gold in California in 1848, followed soon after by the great overland migrations, the nation's Trans-Mississippi expansion got underway in earnest, and as American presence in the Far West began to exert increasing pressure on the indigenous peoples, the inevitable clashes occurred. These clashes took place over an incredible variety of terrain with vastly different climate patterns, for nearly half a century, are the subject of The Terrible Indian Wars of the West.

These wars became part of the terrible legacy of westward expansion. The West may have been ‘won;’ as the old adage goes, but the price was steep. For the victors it was now one nation from coast to coast, while for the vanquished, it meant the destruction of a cultural heritage and great humiliation. It was not simply a one-sided story of determined pioneers forging their way west across a harsh, unforgiving wilderness, but that of strong willed immigrants who were forced to give birth to their dreams of settlement while battling indigenous peoples, equally determined to prevent the loss of their culture and lifestyle. That there were countless instances of brutality, betrayal, suffering, self-sacrifice, and heroism on both sides cannot be denied.

The Terrible Indian Wars of the West tells what happened; what brought on the wars, and how they were prosecuted. For obvious reasons, not every skirmish or encounter is recorded, but the narrative succeeds in presenting a reasonably complete and factual picture of the Western Indian wars, one that will appeal to both general readers of Western Americana as well as scholars.

Keenan has filled the need for an all-encompassing single volume history of the Western Indian wars. The Terrible Indian Wars of the West brings together the most recent works in the field, and from them distills a comprehensive, readable narrative, historically accurate, yet without the minutiae found in more detailed studies of individual campaigns and battles.

Literature & Fiction / Historical / Thriller

The Letter Writer: A Novel, Deckle Edge by Dan Fesperman (Knopf)

When he gets a job with the NYPD, Woodrow Cain wants to believe it’s the beginning of a new life, though he suspects that the past is as tenacious as ‘a parasite in the bloodstream.’ In The Letter Writer, the first thing Cain sees when he steps off the train in New York City on February 9, 1942, is smoke from an ocean liner in flames in the harbor. It’s the Normandie, and word on the street is that it was burned by German saboteurs. “Ten lousy minutes in New York and already his new life felt as full of loss and betrayal as the one he’d left behind.”
What he left behind in a small North Carolina town was a wife who’d left him, a daughter in the care of his sister, and a career as a police officer marred by questions surrounding his partner’s murder.
It’s on the job in The Letter Writer that Cain comes in contact with a man who calls himself Danziger. He has the appearance of a ‘crackpot,’ but he speaks five languages, has the manners of a man of means and education – and he appears to be the one person who can help Cain identify a body just found floating in the Hudson River. But who exactly is Danziger? He’s a writer of letters for illiterate immigrants on Manhattan’s Lower East Side – ‘a steadfast practitioner of concealing and forgetting’ for his clients, and perhaps for himself: he hints at a worldlier past. What and whoever he really is or has been, he has a seemingly boundless knowledge of the city and its denizens. And he knows much more than the mere identity of the floating corpse. For one thing, he knows how the dead man was involved in New York City’s ‘Little Deutschland,’ where swastikas were proudly displayed just months before. And he also seems to know how the investigation will put Cain – and perhaps his daughter and the woman he’s fallen for – in harm’s way. But even Danziger can’t know that the more he and Cain investigate, the nearer they come to the center of a citywide web of possibly traitorous corruption from which neither of them may get out alive.

The author of The Letter Writer is award-winning crime writer Dan Fesperman whose travels as a journalist and novelist have taken him to thirty countries and three war zones.

Intelligent ... Fesperman shows a skilled hand at creating the detail of wartime New York – the vitality of the German Yorkville section, the hysteria following the bombing of the luxury liner the Normandie, the influence of mobster Meyer Lansky.... The likable and well-drawn [protagonist] will go over well with readers, especially those fond of historicals. – Publishers Weekly
Fesperman’s troop of characters, historic and fictional, makes New York come alive with conspiracy and mystery.... A Sherlock-like creation ... the story kicks into thriller overdrive. Fesperman gives us a well-crafted novel steeped in the politics and street life of the 1940s New York, and in the letter writer, he’s created a character who will stay with you long after the last shot is fired. – Kirkus Reviews
The WWII alliance between the Mafia and the U.S. government has been explored in crime fiction before ... but never in such compelling fashion as Fesperman does here.... What makes this novel shine is the way Fesperman combines it with the mobsters-as-patriots angle and with the rich character of the letter writer. A multifaceted mix of mystery and historical fiction
. – Bill Ott, Booklist

The Letter Writer, a moody historical thriller by a master of the craft, is rich in character portrayals.

Politics / Social Policy / International

Contemporary Conflict Resolution: The Prevention, Management and Transformation of Deadly Conflicts, 4th edition by Oliver Ramsbotham, Tom Woodhouse, & Hugh Miall (Polity)

Since the end of the Cold War, conflict prevention and resolution, peacekeeping and peacebuilding have risen to the top of the international agenda. The 4th edition of Contemporary Conflict Resolution, a hugely popular text, explains the key concepts, charts the development of the field, evaluates successes and failures, and assesses the main current challenges and debates in the second decade of the twenty-first century. In response to ongoing changes in the dynamics of global conflict, including the events and consequences of the Arab revolutions, the rise of the ‘Islamic State,’ the conflict in Ukraine, and the continued evolution of conflict resolution theory and practice, this 4th edition provides a fresh assessment of the contemporary conflict landscape.

Authors are Oliver Ramsbotham, Emeritus Professor of Conflict Resolution at Bradford University; Tom Woodhouse, Adam Curle Professor of Conflict Resolution at Bradford University; and Hugh Miall, Professor of International Relations at the University of Kent.

Comprehensively updated and illustrated with new case studies, the book identifies a new pattern of transnational conflicts and argues for a response based on cosmopolitan conflict resolution, defined as the promotion of the cosmopolitan values on which the welfare and life hopes of future generations depend. Part I offers a comprehensive survey of the theory and practice of conflict resolution. Part II sets the field within the context of rapid global change and addresses the controversies that have surrounded conflict resolution as it has entered the mainstream.

This 4th edition of Contemporary Conflict Resolution brings the survey of conflict resolution up to date in the middle of the second decade of the twenty-first century. All chapters have been adapted, most of them extensively. It is now fifteen years since the first edition came out, so, as the authors say, it is worth commenting on the experience of updating every few years in such a rapidly changing field. Each time they begin by thinking that a few relatively minor adjustments need to be made. Each time they find that developments have taken place that demand extensive revision and a considerable amount of rethinking. In 2014 alone, the unexpected seizure of territory across the Syria-Iraq border by the self-styled `Islamic State' and the sudden outbreak of conflict in Ukraine have posed new problems for those hoping to move on from fanatical ideological violence and great power confrontation. This has been symptomatic of other longer-term trends that have recently become more visible. As always, conflict resolution has to adapt to such ongoing changes. So they offer a new assessment of the latest statistical evidence in chapter 3 and a new analysis of prevailing patterns of `transnational conflict' in chapter 4. These serve as foundations for the updating of chapters 5 to 10 in Part I. In chapter 11 they sum all of this up by outlining the dimensions of `cosmopolitan conflict resolution', defined reactively as a response to transnational conflict in all its variety, and proactively as the promotion of the cosmopolitan values on which the welfare and life hopes of future generations depend. This is further elaborated in the rest of Part II.

This 4th edition of Contemporary Conflict Resolution comes at a time of rapid change.

The authors respond to the current challenging context in this 4th edition of Contemporary Conflict Resolution. They describe the work of the previous four generations of those working in the conflict resolution field – the precursors, the founders, the consolidators and the reconstructors in chapter 2. But the main focus is on the contemporary generation, whom they call `cosmopolitans'. The hallmark of contemporary cosmopolitan conflict resolution is to draw on the rich heritage of the field to rise to these new challenges. What does this require? The authors suggest that it requires adequate hybrid local-global responses to tackle the new reality – the hybrid mix of local, regional and global conflicts that they call `transnational conflict' (chapter 4). Second, it requires an even more determined push to make sure that these efforts are truly intercultural and transcultural. Third, it requires a new emphasis on linking conflict resolution to the `clusters' of other pools of expertise and enterprise, who may not see themselves as engaged in conflict resolution but are essential allies in this new environment. Fourth, it requires full exploitation of the new cosmopolitan space opened up by the internet. To sum this up: human capacity for conflict resolution must learn to be as fast-moving, adaptive and resourceful as the hybrid and mutating forces of violence that it seeks to overcome.

The structure of Part I of Contemporary Conflict Resolution is based on the idea that, having described the evolution of the conflict resolution field (chapter 2), examined the statistical basis for analysis (chapter 3) and characterized the nature of contemporary conflict (chapter 4), broad distinctions can then be made between the tasks of preventing violent conflict (chapter 5), mitigating or alleviating violent conflict once it has broken out while at the same time searching for ways of terminating it (chapter 6), ending violent conflict (chapter 7), and ensuring that conflict does not subsequently regress to violence but is lastingly transformed into peaceful processes of political and social change, including reconstruction (chapter 8), peace-building (chapter 9) and reconciliation (chapter 10). The authors say they are not suggesting that conflicts necessarily go through these phases, but they think that this is the simplest expository structure to adopt. Part I essentially continues to update and expand the earlier editions of Contemporary Conflict Resolution. As such, it aims to serve as a comprehensive introduction to the conflict resolution field, showing how it applies across the spectrum in major contemporary conflicts. This 4th edition explores how adequate inherited conflict resolution approaches are to the more recent manifestations of large-scale violence at a time of rapid change in world politics. In this task, as noted in chapter 2, conflict resolution has from the outset recognized the importance of `learning from failure'. The emphasis has been on `second-order social learning' and the capacity to adapt to setbacks as well as to consolidate advances.

The aim of Part II is to relate what has been described in Part I to the broader issues and challenges that define the transformative task of cosmopolitan conflict resolution in the middle of the second decade of the twenty-first century. This includes the main debates about the whole nature of conflict resolution that are now further defining the field. Conflict resolution remains open to these critiques – from the political right (realist), from the political left (critical, post-structural), from gender perspectives (feminist), from various non-western (sometimes non-liberal) traditions – and wants to go on learning from them. But in Part II the authors also explicitly defend both the `settlement' and `transformation' dimensions of the conflict resolution tradition from criticism that seems too sweeping and dismissive. Conflict resolution does not ignore `hard power' but, rather, argues that hard power on its own is usually in the end ineffective, even counter-productive. And conflict resolution does not uncritically reinforce existing hegemonic exclusions and dominations or turn a blind eye to alterity and difference, but continues to grapple with the perpetual challenge of determining if and how emancipatory struggles can be conducted nonviolently. Chapter 11, summing up Part I, offers a survey of the evolution of the international collectivity from a conflict resolution perspective. In so doing, they suggest that cosmopolitan conflict resolution should be seen as a flexible and comprehensive response to the complexities of prevailing patterns of contemporary transnational conflict, as analyzed in Part I, at the same time as a proactive program that `promotes a global agenda based on certain values'. Part II clarifies what these values are and claims that they are in the fullest sense human values. The authors believe that, in today's highly complex, uneven and dangerous world, drawn as they are from all the great traditions, they illuminate the best path ahead, however long it may take us to travel down it.

This 4th edition of Contemporary Conflict Resolution is accompanied by a new Contemporary Conflict Resolution Reader with a selection of key texts mentioned in the book.

The fourth edition of this ground-breaking textbook presents the field of conflict resolution in a world after the failure of the Arab Spring, the rise of ISIS, a newly aggressive Russia, and increasing tensions in the South China Sea. Recognizing the challenges such a world presents, the authors nevertheless remain committed to a cosmopolitan vision of the field as the indispensable alternative to that other vision: If you want peace, prepare for war. – Kevin Avruch, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

Contemporary Conflict Resolution, now updated with current research and new approaches to deeply difficult protracted conflicts, remains the most comprehensive, well-conceputalized and useful introductory text to the wider fields of peace and conflict studies. I highly recommend this book to students, professors, policymakers and practitioners, it is an invaluable resource. – John Paul Lederach, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame

This 4th edition of the hugely popular text has been considerably rethought, extensively revised and fully updated. Contemporary Conflict Resolution is essential reading for students of peace and security studies, conflict management and international politics, as well as for those working in non-governmental organizations and think-tanks.

Professional & Technical / Psychology / Sociology

Social Psychology, 10th edition by Saul Kassin, Steven Fein, Hazel Rose Markus (Wadsworth Publishing, Cengage Learning)

As the world around us rapidly changes, so too does social psychology. Whether the topic is world news, politics, business, health, education, law, travel, sports, or entertainment, social psychology has weighed in.

Social Psychology, 10th edition, remains one of the most scholarly and well-written texts in its field. Distinguished by its current-events emphasis, the book aims to bring the outside world into the field of social psychology. It integrates classic and contemporary research and includes comprehensive coverage of social cognition and evolutionary psychology as well as authoritative material on social psychology and the law. Coverage of culture and diversity is integrated into every chapter. A newsy, relevant, and up-to-date photo program complements the narrative. The text is available with MindTap, a digital learning experience that features dynamic assignments and applications that readers can personalize, real-time course analytics, and a reader.

The authors of Social Psychology are Saul Kassin, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Steven Fein, Professor of Psychology at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts; and Hazel Rose Markus, Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, co-director of the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

Despite the promise that it has fulfilled and brings to the future, social psy­chology has recently been rocked by scandal and controversy. Three events in particular have weighed on the field. First, in 2011, a social psychologist in the Netherlands was found to have falsified data that were published in some fifty articles. That case was followed by two other instances of fraud. Second, after an exhaustive multiyear effort to replicate 100 published studies, a group of social psychologists reported in Science, in 2015, that more than half of the findings they sought to replicate failed when retested. Third, a ‘political’ controversy has erupted over the question of whether social psychology research is inherently biased by a liberal ideology.

It is clear that social psychology is undergoing a process of self-examination. This has led the field to adopt new, more rigorous methods, statistical practices, and safeguards, and it has led the authors to raise the bar in the standards they use to decide which new findings to report. What has not changed in this reassessment is the enthusiasm with which they present classic and contemporary social psychology.

In countless ways, the world was a simpler and far different place since the inaugural edition of Social Psychology was published in 1990. Yet human nature – our fundamental need to belong, and to be accepted; our deeply rooted and profound vulnerability to social influence, to satisfy these needs; and the range of settings in which social psychology is on display – has remained very much the same. The continuity of social psychology over time, its contributions to the field of psychology as a whole, and its acceptance within other professions and popular culture, has never been so clear.

Social Psychology presents the most important and exciting perspectives in the field as a whole. To communicate the breadth and depth of social psychology, the authors have expanded their coverage to include not only the classics but also the most recent developments in the field – developments that capture new thinking about social neuroscience, evolutionary theory, nonconscious and implicit processes, effects of social media and technology, and cultural influences.

Social Psychology speaks the student's language, connecting social psychology to current events in politics, sports, business, law, music, travel, entertainment, the use of social networking sites, and other life domains.

Like its predecessors, the 10th edition of Social Psychology offers a broad, balanced, mainstream look at social psychology. It includes detailed descriptions of classic studies from social psychology's historical warehouse as well as the latest research findings from hundreds of new references. The following topics are either new to this edition or have received expanded coverage:

•           The social brain and body (Chapter 1)

•           The challenges of doing research across cultures (Chapter 2)

•           Ethics and consent in online research (Chapter 2)

•           Facebook as a venue for social comparison (Chapter 3)

•           Social class as a cultural influence (Chapter 3)

•           Attributing mind to machines (Chapter 4)

•           Perceptions of moral character (Chapter 4)

•           Racial tensions sparked by police shootings and ensuing protests (Chapter 5)

•           New research and discussion of dehumanization (Chapter 5)

•           Ethical dissonance (Chapter 6)

•           Engaged followership model of obedience (Chapter 7)

•           Collective intelligence: Are some groups smarter than others? (Chapter 8)

•           Uses of technology to train real decision-making groups (Chapter 8)

•           New research on online dating (Chapter 9)

•           Mate selection and conspicuous consumption (Chapter 9)

•           Neuroscience of empathy (Chapter 10)

•           Social influences on helping in philanthropy (Chapter 10)

•           Evolutionary psychology approaches to aggression (Chapter 11)

•           Effects of genes, hormones, and brain functioning on aggression (Chapter 11)

•           Alibis as eyewitnesses to innocence (Chapter 12)

•           Pleading guilty in the shadow of trial (Chapter 12)

•           Cyber-vetting in personnel selection (Chapter 13)

•           Cultural influences on leadership (Chapter 13)

•           The link between social class and health (Chapter 14)

•           Cultural differences in social support seeking (Chapter 14)

The 10th edition of Social Psychology makes social psychology relevant. Almost every page includes a passage, a quote, a figure, a table, a photo, or a cartoon that refers to people, places, events, music, social trends, and issues that are prominent in contemporary culture. Readers will find stories about the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere; Edward Snowden, and his disclosures about mass surveillance; ongoing political debates over same-sex marriage and immigration; cases in the news – such as the South Africa trial of Olympian Oskar Pistorius; and the role of Facebook and other social media in bringing people together – for good purposes and bad.

As in past editions of Social Psychology, readers will also find in the margins various quotations, song lyrics, public opinion poll results, ‘factoids,’ and links to relevant websites. These high-interest items further illustrate the connectedness of social psychology to a world that extends beyond the borders of a college campus.

The book presents social psychology in five major parts – a heuristic structure that teachers and students have found sensible and easy to follow through nine editions. Social Psychology opens with two Introduction chapters on the history, subject matter, and research methods of social psychology (Part I). it then moves to an intra-individual focus on Social Perception (Part II), shifts outward to Social Influence (Part III) and Social Relations (Part IV), and then concludes with Applying Social Psychology (Part V).

Every chapter of Social Psychology contains the following pedagogical features:

  • An abstract, chapter outline, and common-sense quiz (beginning with Chapter 3).
  • Key terms highlighted in the text, defined in the margin, listed at the end of the chapter, and reprinted in an alphabetized glossary at the end of the book.
  • Bar graphs, line graphs, tables, sketches, photographs, flow charts, and cartoons that illustrate, extend, enhance, and enliven material in the text. Some of these depict historic images; others, more contemporary, are new to the 10th edition and often ‘newsy.’
  • At the end of each chapter, a numbered list of "Top 10 Key Points" designed to provide students with a shorthand summary of the major takeaway messages.

Each chapter of the Online Instructor's Resource Manual provides:

  • Learning objectives.
  • A detailed overview.
  • Lecture/discussion ideas.
  • Class activity ideas.
  • Multimedia resources.
  • Handouts.
  • MindTap Instructor's Resource Center.

Distinguished by its current-events emphasis and engaging connections drawn between social psychology and students' everyday lives, Social Psychology, 10th edition is one of the most scholarly and well-written texts in its field. With its comprehensive, up-to-date scholarship, the book captures the essence of social psychology from its inception and reflects the shifts within the field over time and culture. Readers will feel the pulse of the field today in each and every page.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity

Paul as a Problem in History and Culture: The Apostle and His Critics through the Centuries by Patrick Gray (Baker Academic)

As one of the most significant figures in the history of Western civilization, the apostle Paul has influenced and inspired countless individuals and institutions. But for some, he holds a controversial place in Christianity. Paul as a Problem in History and Culture explores what the criticisms of Paul reveal about the church and the broader culture.

From antiquity, Paul has been criticized for deviating from the way, the truth, and the life of Jesus. The nineteenth century saw an increasing number of thinkers give credit to Paul for assuming a formative role in Christianity – more formative, even, than Jesus. In the twentieth century, intellectuals and cultural leaders claimed to follow Jesus over Paul.
In Paul as a Problem in History and Culture, Patrick Gray explores why many people have been wary of Paul. Gray is associate professor of religious studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Gray first surveys the ways Paul has vexed those inside and outside the traditional precincts of the church over the centuries. He then expands on particular topics and settings that continue to crop up through this history of interpretation and argument. Gray brings intellectual and cultural history into conversation with study of the New Testament, providing a balanced account of widespread antipathy to Paul and the controversy.

The chapters in Paul as a Problem in History and Culture are divided between two parts. Part 1 ("Anti-Paulinism through the Centuries") provides a roughly chronological survey of the ways in which Paul has bewitched, bothered, and bewildered people over the centuries, both inside and outside the traditional precincts of the church. Chapter 1 ("The First Hundred Years") looks back to the New Testament and the earliest evidence for negative perceptions of Paul. As it turns out, his own letters provide the clearest indication that he faced opposition, and his defensiveness concerning his status as an apostle suggests that doubts about his relationship with Jesus are present from the outset of his ministry. Chapter 2 ("The Premodern Era") traces the trajectory of this criticism as it develops among Jewish and non-Jewish observers and takes a new form with the rise of Islam in the medieval period. Paul assumes a large role in the Reformation and its aftermath, and the different attitudes toward his writings that emerge alongside new approaches to the study of early Christianity in the early modern period are discussed in chapter 3 ("The Enlightenment and Beyond"). Chapter 4 ("The Nineteenth Century") treats this increasingly hostile narrative against the Enlightenment backdrop of shifting theological convictions and trends in the academic discipline of biblical studies. Chapter 5 ("Yesterday and Today") follows the procession of notable participants in this ongoing argument into the twentieth century and up to the present, sampling opinions on offer not only inside the academy but in popular discourse as well.

Part 2 of Paul as a Problem in History and Culture ("Anti-Pauline Contexts, Subtexts, and Pretexts") expands on a number of particular topics and themes that arise at various points in the history of anti-Paulinism detailed in part 1. Paul continues to have a complicated relationship with Jews and Muslims. The legacy of anti-Semitism has led many scholars to reevaluate Paul, who frequently receives the blame for centuries of hostility that culminate with the Holocaust. Postwar treatments of this question and of Paul's role in the ‘parting of the ways’ between Judaism and Christianity, along with contemporary Muslim expressions of anti-Paulinism, are the subject of chapter 6 ("In the Tents of Shem"). Chapter 7 ("Jesus versus Paul") considers the rhetorical parallels between comparisons of Jesus and Paul and the contrast between ‘religion’ and ‘spirituality.’ Many critics implicitly rely on hypothetical arguments about what a world without Paul might look like. Chapter 8 ("A World without Paul?") thus attempts to situate criticism of Paul and claims about his role in the origins of Christianity within the context of counterfactual history, an approach to understanding the past that is as controversial inside the academy as it is popular in the wider culture. Chapter 9 ("Not by Paul Alone") examines other figures who have been nominated for the title of founder and the critical issues their candidacies raise. Whether the arguments and anxieties about the respective roles of Jesus and Paul are unique to Christianity or shared with other major world religions and figures such as Muhammad, Confucius, and Moses is the subject of chapter 10 ("From Jesus to Paul").

Many scholars write only for other scholars, and some experts are adept at writing for more general audiences, but only a few can write well with both audiences in mind. Patrick Gray is one of those rare scholars, and his book on reactions to Paul through the centuries is a gem that merits the attention of all readers interested in early Christianity's most controversial apostle. – John T. Fitzgerald, University of Notre Dame
With much erudition, eloquence, and wit, Patrick Gray sets forth a fascinating two-thousand-year history of anti-Paulinism. Citing both scholarly and popular sources, he exposes the various (and at times bewildering) attitudes, assumptions, and motivations that lie behind the virile dislike of the apostle to the gentiles. This book will challenge both friends and foes of Paul to reflect critically on the relationship between Paul and the one he proclaimed as Messiah and Lord. – Thomas D. Stegman, SJ, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Every Paul scholar knows that Paul has always been controversial, but I wager that few know the breadth and depth of the animus toward him surveyed by Patrick Gray. Not everyone will agree with Gray's perspectives on all issues, but everyone will benefit from his thorough research and astute insights. I will not be able to resist using this volume in upcoming Paul seminars. It is sure to be a great discussion starter. – Mark D. Given, Missouri State University
Gray provides an insightful and accessible overview of the negative reception of the apostle Paul, from the Corinthians to Kazantzakis. An important contribution is the way in which Gray steers a reasonable middle course amid choppy, polemical waters. This book has great potential for sparking lively discussion in a classroom setting. – David L. Eastman, author of Paul the Martyr: The Cult of the Apostle in the Latin West

In Paul as a Problem in History and Culture, Gray provides a balanced assessment of widespread antipathy to Paul and exploring what the controversy tells us about ourselves.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Classics

Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich, translated and ordered by Father John-Julian OJN (Paraclete Essential Deluxe Series: Paraclete Press)

All shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

        from the book

Interest has grown for Julian of Norwich and her Revelations of Divine Love, a fascinating classic guide to Christian living and the first English-language book written by a woman, but its original Middle English is challengingly dense for today’s readers. While most modern translations are coolly academic, loose paraphrases, or so literal they miss Julian's deeper meanings, Father John-Julian, OJN, unlocks Julian and her deeply intuitive and inspired insights for modern readers. The book is bound in an imitation leather cover, part of the Paraclete Essential Deluxe Series.

Revelations of Divine Love is dense, deeply intuitive, and theologically complex. The last thirty years have seen several translations, some academic, others literal, but none quite like this one which capture's Julian's deepest meanings and liberates her inspired insights.

According to John-Julian in the introduction to Revelations of Divine Love, Julian of Norwich (1342-ca.1416) was an English recluse who recounted the poignant, subtle, and radical insights granted to her in sixteen visions of the crucified Christ as she lay on what was believed to be her deathbed. Her miraculous recovery from that illness led to twenty more years of reflection and contemplation and finally to her writing this detailed account of her mystical experience.

It is the prophetic Herbert O'Driscoll who said, "Julian is not only a great lady of the past; she is also a great woman in our future." And Thomas Merton wrote: "Julian is without doubt one of the most wonderful of all Christian voices. She gets greater and greater in my eyes as I grow older and whereas in the old days I used to be crazy about St. John of the Cross, I would not exchange him now for Julian if you gave me the world and the Indies and all the Spanish mystics rolled up in one bundle."'

What is it about this retiring, obscure, fourteenth-century English anchoress that stirs the hearts and minds of some of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time? What is it that has motivated dozens of books to be published about Julian in the last fifteen years (after almost six hundred years of silence)? What spark has she struck in the imaginations and in the souls of moderns that has brought her finally into the forefront of contemporary spirituality?

There can be no doubt but that the answer is contained in the pages of Revelations of Divine Love – in her own account of the miraculous revelations granted her during her seemingly mortal illness, and her long-awaited and carefully considered understandings of the meaning and implication of those visions.

However, since his goal in this new translation of her work is to increase her accessibility to contemporary readers, John-Julian suggests some of the themes and patterns of thought and theology that spring from her insights. John-Julian does not pretend to speak for Julian, but in the introduction to Revelations of Divine Love he points out some of Julian's primary lines of thought so that readers may be sensitive to the uniqueness of her understandings and to their amazing relevance to our lives today.

  • Optimism. Julian is a theological optimist. Standing against the pessimism and sin-absorption of the popular theology of much of the Middle Ages – and in spite of living in the midst of devastating cultural revolution and the collapse of centuries-old institutions and patterns of life on which whole cultures had been based – Julian stands forward astoundingly as a primary voice of hope.
  • Transcendence on History. There is not a single specific mention of any of her world's turmoil in Julian's writings! Julian's transcendence is not a repudiation of pain, suffering, and turmoil (for we see even in the examples she uses that she knows those things well), but it is a ‘passing beyond’ those earthly things, a refusal to be trapped by them, in the unswerving quiet confidence that "truly He does and causes every thing that is done."
  • No Wrath in God. Julian's uncompromising proposition that ‘our Lord was never angry, nor ever shall be’ speaks wonderfully to the guilt-ridden, parent-transferring Christian of today. With a psychological acumen far in advance of her time, she declares that the reason we tend to see wrath in God is that the wrath is in us, and that in our own blindness, we project and attribute our wrath to God.
  • Christ Our Mother. Julian's unapologetic treatment of Christ as Mother is, without doubt, the finest and most sophisticated treatment of that subject in all of Christian literature. And we do a great injustice to Mother Julian if we assign to her even the faintest ‘feminist’ motivations or intentions in the declaration of Christ's Motherhood. Julian's tradition, rather, comes from her identification of the Second Person of the Trinity with the traditional character of Wisdom – interpreted in all the Judeo-Christian tradition as the Divine Feminine and her understanding of the identity between ‘Mother Church’ and the Mystical Body of Christ.
  • Sin Has No Substance. How, in the face of God's apparent total goodness and God's apparent total power, could there continue to be sin and damnation? In consciousness of the other world of Higher Reality, Julian declares that "I believe [sin] has no manner of essence nor any portion of being" – that it is nothing – that all of us carry within our souls a ‘divine will,’ which imago dei ‘never consented to sin nor ever shall’ and ‘is so good that it can never will evil, but always good’.
  • God Will Work His Will. Finally, her understanding of the solution to the unassailable and ubiquitous evil of the world against which one seems impotent is the clear awareness and utter belief that all that is done on earth is done or allowed by God, that God shall not fail to work His will, and that ‘God's word shall be preserved in all things.’

This elegant translation of a wonderful spiritual classic makes Julian of Norwich beautifully accessible to the modern reader. And that is almost the pearl without price. – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Revelations of Divine Love is an essential guide to living a Christian life. This translation captures Julian’s deepest meanings and liberates her inspired insights.

Self-Help / Motivational

The Sacred Six: The Simple Step-by-Step Process for Focusing Your Attention and Recovering Your Dreams by JB Glossinger (Hay House, Inc.)

Readers may wish they could break free of the rat race and pursue what really matters to them. Motivational speaker and consultant JB Glossinger did just that, exchanging the golden handcuffs of corporate success for a three-hour workday and the freedom to golf, write, spend time with family, and guide others toward realizing their dreams.

Glossinger is the Morning Coach, with a daily podcast that has been downloaded 17 million times over the past seven years. A sought-after motivational speaker with an international following, he is also a Mastermind group leader and a syndicated columnist for The Business Journals, a 43-paper network.

In The Sacred Six, Glossinger offers readers the same simple but powerful tools he used to transform his own life. Grounded in years of coaching groups and individuals, the Sacred Six process leads readers through identifying their mission, values, and goals, then designing an action plan with daily tasks to move steadily toward their dreams. Practical exercises organized around core Sacred Six principles like focus, clarity, consistency, and prioritization provide support for developing ‘keystone’ positive habits, eliminating blocks to success, and making life-changing decisions from the perspective of the ‘Observer’ rather than the ego.
Not just another self-help program, “The Sacred Six process is about more than getting things done,” Glossinger emphasizes. “It’s about your life story – your journey and your purpose.” He calls it sacred because it’s a path to full expression of one’s values. He identifies six as the ‘magic number’ for managing projects, daily tasks, and one’s time.
An entertaining raconteur, Glossinger weaves his personal tale of trials and triumph into his time-tested steps for creating a joyful and fulfilling life.

Success and happiness are as much about what you choose not to do as they are about what you do. JB has written a great book to help you prioritize what matters to you, and how to create the life you love. – Randy Gage, author of the New York Times bestsellers Mad Genius and Risky Is the New Safe

JB’s The Sacred Six, like most great ideas, appears simple but is absolutely a boiled-down game changer that has made me 1000% more effective and productive! As a TV producer, I used to have a to-do list of 40-50 items. And I would routinely get done a small percentage of that, searching for the easiest thing to do so I could check off enough items that I wouldn’t feel completely defeated by the end of the day. After hearing JB touch upon The Sacred Six in his podcast, I started capping my list at six items… and it worked. JB outlines how you can prioritize based on higher goals and create a winnable day. A mix of Eckhart Tolle, Stephen Covey, Dave Allen, Tim Ferriss, Wayne Dyer, and a boatload of others, JB will wake you up to a method you’ll use every day! – Michael Addis, producer/director

JB has created a gem! The Sacred Six is a fun, interesting, and easy read that really packs a punch. I love the way JB has created a process to achieve the life we all dream about. I have read stacks and stacks of self-development books, and The Sacred Six sits near the top. – Bob Negen; retail expert, author, and speaker; WhizBang! Training

By writing The Sacred Six, the amazing JB Glossinger has made the complete transformation from ‘The Morning Coach’... to the ‘All Day Coach’... to the ‘Lifetime Coach.’…. The Sacred Six is a super-powerful opus written in a ‘show’ style rather than a ‘tell’ style – with moving and inspirational stories from JB’s own life and from the lives of his readers and listeners. JB teaches us so much in this book about what is really important as we make order out of chaos in our busy worlds, making sure we are always focused on making the biggest impact we can make. And he guides us with both deep intelligence and what he calls ‘childlike enthusiasm’… since both are critical to our growth and ultimate happiness. This book is a gift to all of us and we are so fortunate JB has shared his journey and all he has learned along the way. – Brian Kurtz, business builder of Boardroom Inc. and serial direct marketer

In my 35 plus years as one of the most prominent casting directors in the Southeastern United States, one of the biggest issues I see plaguing actors is the fact that they don’t have a game plan for their acting career. The question I always ask my actors is would they start on a cross-country road trip without a map and a plan of action? It’s the same principle for any career. After I read The Sacred Six, I knew that this would be one book that I would recommend to anyone – not just my actors – who has a goal in mind and isn’t quite sure how to get there. The Sacred Six will get you there without wasting your time! – Lori S. Wyman, MS, CSA

Grounded in years of coaching groups, companies, and individuals, The Sacred Six process is adaptable to each person's core principles, positive habits, and unique goals. Readers will find the same kind of upbeat, useful advice that draws 15,000 listeners in more than 100 countries to Glossinger’s daily 15-minute Morning Coach podcast.

Sports & Entertainment / Baseball / Reference

The Big 50: Toronto Blue Jays: The Men and Moments that Made the Toronto Blue Jays by Shi Davidi, with a foreword by Dan Shulman (Triumph Books)

A swing and a belt, left field, way back, Blue Jays win it!

The Blue Jays are World Series champions as JOE CARTER hits a three-run home run in the ninth inning and the Blue Jays have repeated as World Series champions. Touch 'em all, Joe! You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life. – Blue Jays broadcaster

The Toronto Blue Jays are set to embark on their 40th season of professional baseball. Since they joined the league they've experienced the full spectrum of success. From the typical lows of expansion franchises, growing up in the shadow of storied division rivals in the Yankees and Red Sox, to the enviable highs of back to back World Series championships in '92 and '93, the Blue Jays have contributed a great deal to the history of the game.

The Big 50: Toronto Blue Jays is a full-color look at the 50 men and moments that made the Blue Jays the Blue Jays. Veteran sportswriter Shi Davidi recounts the living history of the Blue Jays, counting down from No. 50 to No. 1. The Big 50: Toronto Blue Jays brings to life the Blue Jays remarkable story, from Dave Stieb and Roy Halladay to the rollercoaster that was Roberto Alomar to Joe Carter’s 1993 World Series-winning home run to the acquisition of Josh Donaldson.

Davidi is a baseball columnist and TV analyst with Sportsnet in Toronto who has covered the Blue Jays since 2002.

In The Big 50: Toronto Blue Jays, Davidi explores the defining elements of the Blue Jays' identity. Beginning with the franchise's first game played on a snow-shoveled field through 2015's American League Championship Series, this book helps fans relive the moments that shape what it means to be a supporter of the Blue Jays. Highlights include:

  • A review of General Manager Pat Gillick's greatest moves, including the acquisitions of Tom Henke, Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter.
  • Jose Bautista's epic bat-flip following his post-season home run in 2015's ALDS and its place in the pantheon of Blue Jays blasts.
  • The trials of Dave Stieb on the way to his lone career no-hitter and how the accolade eluded him time and again.
  • How the franchise upgraded from Exhibition Stadium (the Mistake by the Lake) to the Sky Dome, now known as Rogers Centre.
  • A look back at the triple play that wasn't in the 1992 World Series.

The Big 50: Toronto Blue Jays honors its subject with a detailed and entertaining history that fans of all stripes will find value in. Both diehards and the new generation of Blue Jays supporters need to make room on the shelf for this new reference.

Sports & Entertainment / History / Jewish Studies

Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing: A Photographic History by Mike Silver (Lyons Press)

In my scheme of things, Slapsie Maxie was a more miraculous Jewish phenomenon by far than Dr. Albert Einstein. – Philip Roth, The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography

For more than sixty years – from the 1890s to the 1950s – boxing was an integral part of American popular culture and a major spectator sport rivaling baseball in popularity. More Jewish athletes have competed as boxers than all other professional sports combined; in the period from 1901 to 1939, 29 Jewish boxers were recognized as world champions and more than 160 Jewish boxers ranked among the top contenders in their respective weight divisions. Stars in the Ring, by boxing historian Mike Silver, presents this social history in the first illustrated encyclopedic compendium of its kind.

Silver is an internationally respected boxing historian and the world’s foremost authority on the Golden Age of the Jewish boxer. He has been an inspector with the New York State Athletic Commission; a boxing promoter; a historical consultant and on-air commentator for 19 televised boxing documentaries.

Silver says that in the 1920s the most famous Jew in America was not a scientist, entertainer, author, or Supreme Court justice. The most famous Jewish person in America during the 'Roaring Twenties' was a world champion boxer named Benny Leonard. Not only was Benny Leonard one of the greatest boxers who ever lived, but he was also the first Jewish sports superstar of the mass media age, and the first Jewish-American pop culture icon. He was written about and photographed more than any other Jewish entertainer or artist of his day. But who has heard of him today?

Over 100 years ago an unprecedented confluence of social and historic events converged to create one of the most unique and colorful chapters of the Jewish immigrant experience in America. Yet, except for a few names, the elite athletes who made it possible are all but forgotten today. Stars in the Ring is intended to remedy that by shining a spotlight on 166 outstanding Jewish boxers of the Golden Age. Who were they? What did they accomplish? What happened to them after they hung up their gloves?

Embedded in each mini-biography is a historical nugget that, when dusted off and polished, reveals a story of ethnic pride, resilience, tragedy, and triumph. When viewed collectively, it is the story of an immigrant people striving to overcome adversity.

No other sport lends itself so perfectly to metaphor. Getting knocked down and picking yourself up to continue the battle can be seen as a metaphor for life's ups and downs. Despite the hardships they encountered, the tough Jewish boxers of the Golden Age were individuals who kept on punching, never quit, and refused to be counted out.

Between 1901 and 1939 there were 29 Jew­ish world-champion boxers – about 16 percent of the total number of champions. In the 1920s, 14 of the 66 world champions were Jewish, placing them second behind Italians, who had 19 world champions, but ahead of the Irish, who had 11. Back then, winning a title was a rare and venerated accomplishment. The majority were ranked in the six lighter-weight classes, from flyweight (112-pound limit) to junior welterweight (140-pound limit). This was no small achievement in an era when competition was brutal and only a fraction of the thousands of professional boxers made it to contender status. To be a contender, a fighter had to be ranked among the top 10 challengers in his particular weight division.

According to Stars in the Ring, Jewish boxers were most numerous from the first decade of the twentieth century until the end of the Great Depression, with the largest percentage active during the 1920s. By the time the author, Silver, became interested in the sport as a child in 1959, they had all but disappeared. But where had they gone? Most of the boxers Silver saw on the Wednesday and Friday night televised broadcasts had names like Ortiz, Jones, Fernandez, or Griffith. Not a Goldstein, Schwartz, Kaplan, or Cohen among them.

The answer, Silver says, is that social and economic success put an end to the Golden Age of the Jewish boxer. When Jewish people could afford to leave Delancey Street for "Main Street," they didn't look back. The sons and grandsons of Jewish boxers became accountants and entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and dentists – anything-but boxers. That is progress. But if they had been born just 50 years earlier, many of them would have been nursing a broken nose and cauliflower ear after battling through a tough preliminary bout.

Yes, the Jew could be smart, yes, the Jew could find a way out and be prosperous, but at a time when boxing was the biggest sport in this country the Jew also had to prove that he could be as tough as anybody and could also be as proud as anybody. As representatives of their people, Jewish boxers, whether they realized it or not, carried a heavy burden. The result of their efforts not only changed the way other Americans perceived the Jewish people, but it also changed the way Jewish people viewed themselves.

Many persons outside of the ring were important contributors to the Golden Age of the Jewish boxer, but they are not the central characters in this epic saga. That distinction belongs to the boxers. Stars in the Ring is divided into six chapters, each representing a significant era in the sport's evolution. Within each chapter dozens of notable Jewish boxers are identified.

Lots of people know boxing, but not many understand it: its spirit, its significance, its storied past and probable future. Mike Silver is one of the few. Anything he writes is essential reading for the true fan. – David Margolick, author of Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink

Stars in the Ring, a vibrant social history, is a fitting tribute to the hundreds of Jewish contenders, journeymen, and club fighters who contributed to boxing’s rich, historic tapestry.

Sports & Entertainment / Music

25 Great Jazz Piano Solos: Transcriptions * Lessons * Bios * Photos by Huw White (Hal Leonard Corporation)

From Duke Ellington, to Chick Corea, from Bill Evans to Oscar Peterson, with 25 Great Jazz Piano Solos readers take a look at the genesis of jazz piano. This book provides piano instruction with audio, solo transcriptions in standard notation, lessons on how to play them, biographies, instrument information, photos, and history. The accompanying audio contains full-band demo tracks and accompaniment-only tracks for every piano solo in the book.

25 Great Jazz Piano Solos is a collection of transcriptions, re-recordings and analyses of seminal solo performances by 25 of the greatest jazz pianists in history. While there are many hugely important and influential jazz pianists who don't appear on the list, author Huw White chooses 25 pianists and performances that he feels best give an overview of the history and development of the idiom from the late swing era, through the birth and development of bebop, cool and modal jazz, into the ‘Young Lions’ movement of the late 20th century. Though each of the chosen pianists has a vast and diverse body of work of their own, in many cases demonstrating significant variation in individual style as their careers developed, the solos chosen represent what might be considered as each pianist's ‘classic’ style at a particular snapshot in time, while fitting into the chronological narrative of 25 Great Jazz Piano Solos.

White is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and orchestrator based in London who frequently performs in Royal Albert Hall. Most recently he worked alongside pop producer Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton in arranging Michael Kiwanuka’s title track for his 2016 album Love and Hate. The music on the audio tracks is performed with White on piano, Tom Fanner on double bass, and Josh Morales on drums.

As for the song choices themselves, many were already considered at the time (or have since become adopted) as ‘standards’ within the unofficial but universally acknowledged canon of the ‘Great American Songbook.’ Others are original compositions by either the pianists themselves, their bandmates and contemporaries, or their own jazz heroes. A good number of the selection are blues, in acknowledgement of the fundamental importance of that singular musical form within the jazz tradition and to document the development of its soloistic treatment as an important sub-narrative.

Throughout 25 Great Jazz Piano Solos, chord symbols are given to point to both the underlying song harmony and the pianist’s improvisational interpretation of the harmony. In many cases, re-harmonizations and implied or superimposed harmonies are given in brackets. Frequently, the improvised performances stretch the limits of practical theoretical analysis, and in these instances the chord symbols given are either subjective, and therefore open to personal interpretation, or left out altogether. There are two online audio versions for each solo: 1) a demo track with the solo piano; 2) a backing track without the solo piano. These allow users to hear how the solo sounds and provide an opportunity to play it along with the rhythm track.

25 Great Jazz Piano Solos includes PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows users to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right. Using the online audio tracks online, users can download or stream all the following: Red Bank Boogie (G.I. Stomp) – Count Basie; Penthouse Serenade – Emit Garner; I Want to Be Happy – Bud Powell; All of You – Ahmad Jamal; All the Things You Are – Lennie Tristano; Have You Met Miss Jones? – Hank Jones; Night and Day – Art Tatum; Five – Bill Evans; If I Were a Bell – Red Garand; Two Bass Hit – Sonny Clark; Freddie Freeloader – Wynton Kelly; West Coast Blues – Tommy Flanagan; Four – Phineas Newborn Jr.; Driftin' – Herbie Hancock; C-Jam Blues – Oscar Peterson; Caravan – Duke Ellington; Passion Dance – McCoy Tyner; In Walked Bud – Thelonious Monk; I Fall in Love Too Easily – Keith Jarrett; For Openers – Mulgrew Miller; When Will the Blues Leave – Kenny Kirkland; Take the Coltrane – Kenny Barron; Blame It on My Youth – Brad Mehldau; Fingerprints – Chick Corea; Pursuance – Joey Calderazzo.

From Count Basie and Erroll Garner to Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea, readers and listeners take a look at the genesis of jazz piano. The tools provided in 25 Great Jazz Piano Solos help to open up for readers and students a world of exploration, discovery, and ultimately, personal expression within the galaxy of jazz piano and the universe of music.

Sports & Entertainment / Music / Biographies & Memoirs

Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock 'n' Roll by Carmine Appice, with Ian Gittins, with a foreword by Rod Stewart (Chicago Review Press)

He ran with teenage gangs in Brooklyn before becoming a global rock star in the Summer of Love. He was managed by the mob, hung with Hendrix, trashed thousands of hotel rooms, unwittingly paid for an unknown Led Zeppelin to support him on tour, taught John Bonham (as well as Fred Astaire) a thing or two about drumming. After enrolling in Rod Stewart’s Sex Police, he hung out with Kojak, became blood brothers with Ozzy Osbourne, and got fired by Sharon. He formed an all-blond hair metal band, jammed with John McEnroe and Steven Seagal, got married five times, slept with 4,500 groupies – and, along the way, became a rock legend by single-handedly reinventing hard rock and heavy metal drumming.
Appice has enjoyed a jaw-dropping rock-and-roll life – and in Stick It! he tells his scarcely believable story.

Over the course of a career spanning more than five decades and multiple bands, the party has almost never stopped for musician Appice. The son of a cop-turned-mechanic father and a doting mother, he graduated from the teenage gangs of Brooklyn to become an internationally renowned drummer recording not only with his own groups and supergroups but also the likes of Pink Floyd and Ted Nugent amid a dizzying, near-perpetual cloud of orgiastic revelry.

Stick It!, cowritten with Ian Gittins, the coauthor with Nikki Sixx of the New York Times bestseller The Heroin Diaries, with a foreword by Rod Stewart, at once clears and thickens the fog of debauchery surrounding the hard-partying rock star's life. Appice traces his ascension to stardom with bands such as Vanilla Fudge and Cactus while detailing his myriad famous (and infamous) contributions to music history. Among other moments of incredible happenstance, he partied with Hendrix in a prostitute's apartment, helped John Bonham secure his first heavyweight drum kit, was present for Led Zeppelin's infamous deflowering of a groupie with a mud shark and happened into a house-sharing situation with Prince. And, along the way, he pioneered new techniques in drumming while earning unexpected megastardom in Japan, and forming all-blond hair band King Kobra.

Unflinchingly, sometimes outrageously forthcoming about the drummer's highs and lows, Appice's Stick It! offers a raw look at his globe-trotting, rock-and-roll lifestyle and serves up a seemingly endless series of surprising cameos by various celebrities.

Carmine Appice’s name is indelibly written into the history of heavy rock drumming. He is in that untouchable few who, by defining the genre at the beginning, enabled rock music to be what it is today. – Brian May, Queen

Like legendary drummer Gene Krupa thirty years before him, Carmine Appice is an American original. His thundering beat led the march for all the drummers who heard him and followed him – including John Bonham and me. Why, I even grew a Fu Manchu mustache when I was eighteen so I could look like Carmine. His influence as a musician, songwriter, music book writer, clinician, and rock-and- roll personality continues to be felt worldwide. If you want to know what life as a rock star is like, read this book! – Max Weinberg

From Vanilla Fudge forward, Carmine’s impact on his contemporaries has been undeniable and his influence on future drummers assured. – Paul Stanley

Carmine was the first. Everyone borrowed from him, John Bonham for one. And every other drummer around who started using double bass drums. Along with Ginger Baker and Keith Moon, he is drum royalty. In other words, he helped pave the way. – Marky Ramone

Not only is Carmine Appice one of the most gifted drummers to ever live, he is a grand gentleman that I can count on to be there no matter what. We who love real American soul music bow at the altar of Carmine and salute and thank him for enriching our lives and musical dreams. Thank you, Carmine, for forty-eight rockin’ years so far! – Ted Nugent

[Appice’s] personable and curious nature, to say nothing of the book's swift, pummeling rhythm (like his drumming), makes Stick It! engaging. – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Appice's Stick It! is a personal account of the talented drummer's salacious evolution into a rock-and-roll legend. This is one of the most extraordinary and outrageous rock-and-roll biographies of our time. “… at least 4,500 groupies…?” How does one arrive at a number like that, far surpassing Magic’s record? By turns intimately revelatory, shockingly graphic, and sweeping in its account of rock's notable eras from the 1960s to today, the memoir will leave readers' jaws on the floor.

Sports & Entertainment / Soccer / Guides

1000 Football Clubs: Teams, Stadiums, and Legends of the Beautiful Game by Jean Damien Lesay (Universe Publishing)

1000 Football Clubs is fans’ comprehensive insight into 1,000 football clubs (a.k.a., soccer teams), both professional and collegiate, from every continent, illustrating each club’s history and what it means to support their team. For the die-hard supporter, a football club goes beyond just rooting for the home team. Each football club is a culture unto itself with fans comprising an extended family of shared memory, glorious victories, and camaraderie.

Author Jean Damien Lesay is the author of thirty books on sports and an expert on the subject of soccer. According to Lesay in 1000 Football Clubs, football is by far the most popular sport in the world. From Argentina to Zimbabwe, enthusiasts of every age can be found kicking balls around or excitedly following the exploits of the teams that represent them, at national. regional, or local levels. Across the globe, football has become a social phenomenon, a part of mass culture, and clubs are often a reflection of this reality. The club is where all of this collective passion becomes crystallized. Season after season, throughout the year, one's club gives rise to hope, immense joy, and sometimes hardships that are just as fierce. A championship title, one more cup in the display case, and supporters’ hearts are lifted! A defeat in the final, or worse, relegation to a lower division, and their mood quickly changes. Yet with each new season, loyal fans return to the stadium and shout out chants of encouragement to their beloved teams.

1000 Football Clubs takes readers on an international tour of football clubs, big and small, capturing the essence of what makes each one unique. This book covers clubs from every country on earth, including iconic giants such as Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Boca Juniors, as well as local heroes such as Deportivo Motagua (Honduras), Phnom Penh Crown FC (Cambodia), and Koloale FC (Solomon Islands).

The history of 1000 important clubs across the globe is fleshed out through their victories, star players, golden eras, fiercely contested derbies, interesting anecdotes, and also a look at the fans themselves, the heart and soul of these teams. Included are key details from both men's and women's leagues, such as influential coaches, legendary players, stadiums, nicknames, mottos, club songs, and the most memorable victories, and defeats. 1000 Football Clubs is the ultimate trivia guide for any fan passionate about ‘the beautiful game.’

An in-depth guide to soccer clubs around the world, featuring 1,000 illustrations and more than 1,000 teams from 100 countries, 1000 Football Clubs is full of engaging stories behind team traditions and statistics detailing important achievements, players, and events, a must-read for any football fan and a useful survey for anyone who needs to understand the sport considered the world’s favorite and whose popularity continues to grow exponentially in North America.

Travel / US / Guides

Lonely Planet Western USA, 3rd edition by Lonely Planet, Amy C Balfour, Sandra Bao & Sara Benson (Travel Guide Series: Lonely Planet)

Golden beaches in California. Dazzling red rocks in Utah. Leafy trails in the Rockies. And towering waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you're seeking action or inspiration, the USA's West delivers. – Amy Balfour, Lonely Planet writer

Lonely Planet Western USA is a passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await travelers. The book covers California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, and Las Vegas. Travelers can watch Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park, wander through the diverse neighborhoods of San Francisco, or marvel at the Grand Canyon, all with this trusted travel guide. Landscapes and legends draw adventurers to the West, where a good day includes locavore dining, vineyard wine-sipping, cowboy history and outdoor fun.

Lonely Planet Western USA features:

  • Over 35 color maps and images.
  • Highlights and itineraries to help travelers tailor their trip to their personal needs and interests.
  • Insider tips to help travelers save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots.
  • Essential info at their fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices.
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss.
  • Cultural insights to give travelers a richer, more rewarding travel experience – history, Native American culture, Western cuisine, arts and architecture, land and wildlife.

Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables travelers to get off the beaten path to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Special features of Lonely Planet Western USA:

  • Route 66 & scenic drives
  • Alcatraz in 3D
  • Outdoor activities guide
  • Native Americans feature

Highlights of Lonely Planet Western USA include:

Great Outdoors. Awesome. Epic. Once-in-a-lifetime. Surfers, kayakers and beachcombers flock to the Western coastline, which stretches north from the sunny shores of San Diego to the bluffs of central California and on to the rocky beaches of Oregon and Washington. Red rocks, gorges and prickly-pear deserts lure hikers and cyclists to the Southwest, where the biggest wonder is the 277-mile Grand Canyon. Meanwhile, in the Rockies, skiing, ice climbing and mountain biking never looked so pretty or sounded so fun.

Regional Food & Wine. Regional specialties are as diverse as the landscapes. Chefs and consumers alike are focusing on fresh and locally grown food, a locavore trend that started in the West. This eco-consciousness has also been embraced by wine producers, who are increasingly implementing organic and biodynamic growing principles. In winemaking, Napa and Sonoma now share the spotlight with Washington, Oregon, central California and Arizona.

Urban Oases. Western cities have distinct personalities. In California there's the hey-bro friendliness of San Diego, the Hollywood flash of Los Angeles and the bohemian cool of San Francisco. Cosmopolitan chic meets plucky frontier spirit in Denver. And then there's Las Vegas, a glitzy neon playground where travelers can get hitched in the Elvis Chapel, spend their honeymoon in Paris and then bet the mortgage – all in the same weekend.

Hands-On History. First travelers will want to climb a ladder into a cliff dwelling, poke around the ruins of a Pony Express station, or simply join the congregation inside a 1700s Spanish mission. What is there to explore in the West? Crumbling forts. Abandoned mining towns. A former Titan Missile silo. Wander historic sites like these for up-close and evocative links to the region's not-so-long-ago past.

Lonely Planet Western USA, the most comprehensive guide to Western US, is perfect for exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled. Travelers get to the heart of the West with inspirational images, 3D illustrations, city walks and the best of local knowledge.



Contents this Issue:

Photographing Custer's Battlefield: The Images of Kenneth F. Roahen by Sandy Barnard (University of Oklahoma Press)

Whirlwind, unabridged Audio CD, 42 CDs, running time: 53 hours by James Clavell, read by Derek Perkins (Asian Saga, Book 6: Blackstone Audio, Inc)

National Geographic Kids Everything Robotics: All the Photos, Facts, and Fun to Make You Race for Robots by Jennifer Swanson, with National Geographic Explorer Shah Selbe (National Geographic Kids Everything Series: National Geographic Kids)

Around the Fire: Recipes for Inspired Grilling and Seasonal Feasting from Ox Restaurant by Greg Denton & Gabrielle Quinonez Denton, with Stacy Adimando, with photography by Evan Sung (Ten Speed Press)

Secular Institutions, Islam and Education Policy: France and the U.S. in Comparative Perspective by Paola Mattei & Andrew S. Aguilar (St. Antony's Series: Palgrave Macmillan)

The Woman's Wakeup: How to Shake Up Your Looks, Life, and Love After 50 by Lois Joy Johnson (Running Press)

The War Before Independence: 1775-1776 by Derek W. Beck (Sourcebooks)

The Terrible Indian Wars of the West: A History from the Whitman Massacre to Wounded Knee, 1846-1890 by Jerry Keenan (McFarland & Co, Inc, Publishers)

The Letter Writer: A Novel, Deckle Edge by Dan Fesperman (Knopf)

Contemporary Conflict Resolution: The Prevention, Management and Transformation of Deadly Conflicts, 4th edition by Oliver Ramsbotham, Tom Woodhouse, & Hugh Miall (Polity)

Social Psychology, 10th edition by Saul Kassin, Steven Fein, Hazel Rose Markus (Wadsworth Publishing, Cengage Learning)

Paul as a Problem in History and Culture: The Apostle and His Critics through the Centuries by Patrick Gray (Baker Academic)

Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich, translated and ordered by Father John-Julian OJN (Paraclete Essential Deluxe Series: Paraclete Press)

The Sacred Six: The Simple Step-by-Step Process for Focusing Your Attention and Recovering Your Dreams by JB Glossinger (Hay House, Inc.)

The Big 50: Toronto Blue Jays: The Men and Moments that Made the Toronto Blue Jays by Shi Davidi, with a foreword by Dan Shulman (Triumph Books)

Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing: A Photographic History by Mike Silver (Lyons Press)

25 Great Jazz Piano Solos: Transcriptions * Lessons * Bios * Photos by Huw White (Hal Leonard Corporation)

Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock 'n' Roll by Carmine Appice, with Ian Gittins, with a foreword by Rod Stewart (Chicago Review Press)

1000 Football Clubs: Teams, Stadiums, and Legends of the Beautiful Game by Jean Damien Lesay (Universe Publishing)

Lonely Planet Western USA, 3rd edition by Lonely Planet, Amy C Balfour, Sandra Bao & Sara Benson (Travel Guide Series: Lonely Planet)