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October 2017, Issue #222

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The New Munsell Student Color Set: Bundle Book + Studio Access Card, 4th edition by Jim Long (Fairchild Books)

The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods, 1st edition edited by Luke Sloan & Anabel Quan-Haase (Sage Publications Ltd)

Salt Block Grilling: 70 Recipes for Outdoor Cooking with Himalayan Salt Blocks by Mark Bitterman (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Foo Fighters: Learning to Fly by Mick Wall (St. Martin’s Press)

Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope by John Saunders, with John U. Bacon, with a foreword by Mitch Albom (Da Capo Press)

Dr. Z: The Lost Memoirs of an Irreverent Football Writer by Paul Zimmerman edited by Peter King (Triumph Books)

A Motorcycle on Hell Run: Tanzania, Black Power, and the Uncertain Future of Pan-Africanism, 1964–1974 by Seth M. Markle (Ruth Simms Hamilton African Diaspora Series: Michigan State University Press)

Alger Hiss: Framed: A New Look at the Case That Made Nixon Famous by Joan Brady (Arcade Publishing)

The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania: Architecture & Preservation, Built 1750–1900 by Gregory D. Huber (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd)

Place-Names of Flintshire by Hywel Wyn Owen & Ken Lloyd Gruffydd (University of Wales Press)

My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness – Audiobook, MP3 Audio CD, unabridged, running time 17 hours by Howard Jones, read by James Patrick Cronin (Tantor Media)

My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness (hardcover) by Howard Jones (Pivotal Moments in American History Series: Oxford University Press)

Crossing the Line: Early Creole Novels and Anglophone Caribbean Culture in the Age of Emancipation (New World Studies) by Candace Ward (University of Virginia Press)

Inheritance from Mother by Minae Mizumura, translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter (Other Press)

Death Comes for the War Poets: A Verse Tapestry by Joseph Pearce (St. Augustine’s Press)

APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology, 1st edition by Editor-in-Chief Shane S. Bush PhD ABPP, with associate editors George J. Demakis & Martin L. Rohling (APA Handbooks in Psychology Series: American Psychological Association)

Voice of Glory: The Life and Work of Davis Grubb by Thomas E. Douglass (The University of Tennessee Press)

The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism, & Religious Diversity in America by Jeannine Hill Fletcher Hill (Orbis Books)

Integrating Work in Theological Education edited by Kathleen A. Cahalan, Edward Foley, & Gordon S. Mikoski, with a foreword by Stephen R. Graham (Pickwick Publications)

The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside: A Maverick of Electrical Science by Basil Mahon (Prometheus Books)

Investigating Difference: Human and Cultural Relations in Criminal Justice, 3rd edition edited by Sarah Prior & Lynn Jones (Pearson/Prentice Hall)

The Professional Soldier: A Social and Political Portrait, reissue edition by Morris Janowitz (Free Press)



Arts & Photography / Color / Education / Guides

The New Munsell Student Color Set: Bundle Book + Studio Access Card, 4th edition by Jim Long (Fairchild Books)

Adaptable to both studio and lecture courses and appropriate for all student levels from beginner to advanced, The New Munsell Student Color Set, 4th edition, is a learning package that offers opportunities for experimenting with color effects using paint, paper, and computers. A full-color interactive and experimental guidebook for understanding color in all its dimensions, it includes 11 Munsell color charts, 15 interactive charts, 12 packets of color chips, and a textbook, all designed to facilitate hands-on learning of color's aspects and effects. The New Munsell Student Color Set provides a complete study of color use and color science, including extended discussion of visual perception, optical effects, and practical application of color phenomena in fine and applied art practices.

This new 4th edition features a revised and updated art program, replacing outdated images and enlarging others for enhanced detail clarity. New coverage includes sections on color trends and color forecasting, expanded content on how to create a color scheme, and updated information on using color in digital design.

Also included in the new edition is the access code to The New Munsell Student Color Set STUDIO – an online tool for more effective study. STUDIO allows students to:

  • Study smarter with self-quizzes featuring scored results and personalized study tips.
  • Review concepts with flashcards of essential vocabulary and visual concepts.
  • Watch videos that bring chapter topics and concepts to life.
  • Practice their skills with links to interactive color activities on the web.
  • Enhance their knowledge with a historical timeline of color research in the context of world events.

The author is Jim Long, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University who has also served as Associate Professor in the Art Foundation, Interior Design, and Photography and Film departments at the university.

The book uses Albert Munsell's system for identifying colors, developed more than a century ago, which remains an effective way to learn to see colors in their three dimensions – hue, value, and chroma – and The New Munsell Student Color Set, 4th edition, with its charts and color chips, helps students internalize this system and communicate precisely about color. Long uses Munsell's vocabulary to introduce color theory and phenomena of color perception. By completing exercises in each chapter, students demonstrate for themselves the ways colors affect each other when combined in art and design.

Special features of this new edition include:

  • Larger format and new design accommodating larger images and less dense text.
  • Pedagogical features in each chapter including objectives, lists of key terms, and suggested readings.
  • Updated coverage of digital color throughout, including RGB and CMYK palettes.
  • Revised and updated full-color art program.

Instructor resources in The New Munsell Student Color Set include an Instructor's Guide providing suggestions for planning the course and using the text in the classroom, supplemental assignments, and lecture notes; a Test Bank including sample test questions for each chapter; and PowerPoint presentations including images from the book and a framework for lecture and discussion.

A complete learning package, widely applicable to students of all levels, The New Munsell Student Color Set teaches students to appreciate color in all its dimensions through hands-on exercises. The guide also contains excellent instructor resources to make teaching these concepts and principles easy.

Computers & Internet / Research / Reference

The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods, 1st edition edited by Luke Sloan & Anabel Quan-Haase (Sage Publications Ltd)

The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods offers a step-by-step guide to overcoming the challenges inherent in research projects that deal with ‘big and broad data,’ from the formulation of research questions through to the interpretation of findings. This handbook uses a holistic approach and includes chapters on specific social media platforms such as Twitter, Sina Weibo, and Instagram, as well as a series of critical chapters.
The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods is organized into the following sections:

  • Conceptualizing & Designing Social Media Research
  • Collection & Storage
  • Qualitative Approaches to Social Media Data
  • Quantitative Approaches to Social Media Data
  • Diverse Approaches to Social Media Data
  • Analytical Tools
  • Social Media Platforms

The editors of The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods are Luke Sloan and Anabel Quan-Haase. Sloan is a Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Methods and deputy director of the Cardiff Q-Step Centre of Excellence in Quantitative Methods Teaching at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Quan-Haase is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies and the Department of Sociology, the University of Western Ontario and is the director of the SocioDigital Lab. The book has 56 contributors.

According to Sloan and Quan-Haase in the introduction, new data collection, data analysis and data visualization tools as well as web and mobile applications continue to be developed and existing ones are constantly updated and refined. These represent a new toolkit for scholars to embark on social media projects that allow for the integration of mul­tiple data sources on a large scale.

The amount, scale and scope of social media data have created a need for methodological innovations that are uniquely suited to examine social media data. This is not only restricted to big data analysis of a quan­titative vein, which has perhaps received the most media and scholarly attention, but also to new approaches in qualitative methodology (Salmons, Chapter 12), from small stories in narrative analysis (Georgakopoulou, Chapter 17), to close reading (Stewart, Chapter 16), to thick data description (Latzko-Toth, Bonneau and Millete, Chapter 13), to methodologies that examine non-verbal data such as images, representations and sound (Rasmussen Pennington, Chapter 15). Furthermore, the linking of data at different scales is a major challenge in social media data requiring approaches that are qualitatively different from existing methods, often combining image, text and interactions across time and contexts.

The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods is the first book to cover not only the entire research process in social media scholarship from question formulation to data analysis to the interpretation of research findings, but also to include designated chapters on how data collection, analysis, presentation and interpretation takes place on specific social media platforms such as Twitter (Murthy, Chapter 33), Facebook (Vitak, Chapter 37), Weibo (Hu, Qiao and Fu, Chapter 35), VKontakte (Gruzd and O'Bright, Chapter 38) and Instagram (Laestadius, Chapter 38).

Four key highlights of the Handbook include:

  1. Exploring the foundations for social media research including the development of inter-disciplinary teams (McCay-Peet & Quan-Haase, Chapter 2), ethical considerations (Beninger, Chapter 5) and the wider impact of 'big data' on the social sciences (Kitchin, Chapter 3).
  2. Demonstrating how both established and new qualitative and quantitative methods can be applied to social media data (Hand, Chapter 14).
  3. Navigating what tools are available to help researchers with social media data collection, analysis, and representation (e.g., visual, sound, video and textual) and how they can be used (Rasmussen Pennington, Chapter 15; Vitak, Chapter 37; Zeller, Chapter 23).
  4. Evaluating the characteristics and applications of different social media platforms for academic research purposes (Gruzd and O'Bright, Chapter 38; Laestadius, Chapter 34; Vitak, Chapter 37; Hu, Qiao & Fu, Chapter 35).

Following the interest in the role social media played in the 2011 London Riots, the 2012 Barak Obama presidential campaign, the 2014 Ukraine political crises, the recent announcement in the UK of a multimillion pound government-funded data science institute, and the increasing disenfranchisement of social science data at the expense of privately owned transactional datasets, the social science community has become increasingly interested in non-traditional approaches to research design and data collection. The massive and unprecedented generation of `big and broad data' necessitates the development of novel and innovative approaches to make sense of the social world through social media data, which in itself is often decontextualized and `data light' with regards to the demographic staples of social scientific analysis (Sloan, Chapter 7). Social media data also presents challenges with data preparation not seen on this scale in past data sets. Social media data confronts several new types of noise and it remains unclear as yet as to how to integrate them into the analysis and interpretation of findings (Yang, Chen, Nevin and Quan-Haase, Chapter 6). For instance, misinformation can either be deceitful or accidental, depending on the individual's motivation (Rubin, Chapter 21). Either way, scholars need to be aware of these extraneous factors and handle data analysis and interpretation accordingly. The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods provides an overview of the cutting-edge developments in this field that establish how to tackle these problems and overcome unique challenges, thus enabling more researchers to study the digital world through developments in methodology at the nexus of the social and computer sciences and digital humanities.

One key challenge is providing a definition for what social media is. Chapter 2, co-authored by McCay-Peet and Quan-Haase, provides a review of how scholars have approached this conceptual challenge and discusses what key elements are constant across various definitions. Creighton et al. get at the heart of the problem by stating that social media is closely linked to digital technology in general, making it difficult to articulate where the boundaries lie between various applications, tools and sites. This results from the heavy emphasis on social features in many applications, be it mobile, Internet-based or other platforms.

Social media data inherently creates specific challenges that The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods tackles head on. The challenges are not discipline-specific and can most poetically be presented as the 6 Vs: volume, variety, velocity, veracity, virtue and value.

Volume refers to the sheer amount of data being produced on social media platforms. Collecting and storing this data raises significant challenges (Mayr and Weller, Chapter 8; Voss, Lvov and Thomson, Chapter 11) and sorting the useful data from the noise can take time and skill.

Variety is related to the multimodal nature of the data including text (Angus, Chapter 31; Georgakopoulou, Chapter 17; Thelwall, Chapter 32), images (Hand, Chapter 14; Laestadius, Chapter 34), videos, geospatial check ins (Buchel & Rasmussen Pennington, Chapter 18; Williams and Chorley, Chapter 36; Reips and Garaizar, Chapter 27) and audio. Also relevant is the ability of social media platforms to often facilitate multiple data types. This means that the `big data' problem is not an issue solely for quantitative studies and the chapters in this edition demonstrate the huge potential for analysis of many data types using social media including mixed methods studies (Hochman, Chapter 22).

Velocity refers to both the speed at which social media data is generated and how quickly users respond to real world events. The speed of data generation poses some very particular problems for data collection that need computational solutions rather than manual recording, such as the use of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) (Brown, et al., Chapter 9; Hegelich, Chapter 28). This is a particular problem for the social science community because of the paucity of computing and coding knowledge amongst researchers and in response The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods covers the topic from several angles. The speed of response to events creates a different set of problems around researchers reacting quickly enough to commence data collection when an event occurs and understanding the role of fine-grained temporality with `locomotive' data (Jamieson and Boase, Chapter 24).

Veracity is primarily concerned with the accuracy, reliability and quality of the data. The development of demographic proxies (Sloan, Chapter 7) is key to understanding who is represented on social media, thus enabling further conversations around sampling and populations. Concerns around how (and if) social media data reflects real world events can be addressed through data linkage and augmentation with existing curated and administrative data sources (Zeller, Chapter 23), although we must still deal with the question of how the self is presented and to what extent the online identity of a user is crafted (Yang, Quan-Haase, Nevin and Chen, Chapter 6).

Virtue means ethics. Current ethical guidelines for social research are not fit for purpose when applied to social media data and much work has been done internationally to coordinate a response from the social science community on what such an ethical framework may look like. A starting point for the development of an ethical framework for social media is to understand how participants feel about their data being used for research (Beninger, Chapter 5).

Value is an assessment of how social media data increases our understanding of the social world by opening hitherto unavailable avenues of research and/or augmenting existing work through access to new data (McCay-Peet and Quan-Haase, Chapter 2). Certainly there are questions to be asked about how new `big data' really is and what role theory can play within the data deluge (Kitchin, Chapter 3), but perhaps an unexpected outcome of the challenge this data has thrown at us has been an increase in interdisciplinary work across the social and computing sciences as well as the humanities from which all sides have benefited (Quan-Haase and McCay-Peet, Chapter 4).

In response to these challenges a range of tools have been identified or developed that account for the complex characteristics of social media data. Popular and free analytical packages such as `R' enable users to collect Twitter data (Janetzko, Chapter 10) and analyze it in a variety of ways, whilst other tools provide more bespoke functionality in the areas of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and language analysis (Bontecheva, Chapter 29; Rubin, Chapter 21; Thelwall, Chapter 32) and social network analysis (Ghajar-Khosravi and Chignell, Chapter 19; Gruzd, Mai and Kampen, Chapter 30). Importantly, the development of graphical interface platforms, such as COSMOS, have democratized access by lowering the level of technical knowledge required to ascertain, process, filter and explore social media data (Morgan, Chapter 26).

To tackle the challenges of social media research we must embrace an interdisciplinary approach (Quan-Haase and McCay-Peet, Chapter 4), drawing on methodological traditions from across and outside of the social sciences, computer sciences and humanities. The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods widens the pool of researchers who feel confident and competent when working with social media data.

Wow! I'm keeping it right next to my desk. It’s the first methods book for the 21st century. I love the way it gives a wide range of specific cases which have broad general implications for doing my – and your – research. – Barry Wellman, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

Understanding social media is key to understanding contemporary public life. What you have in this fabulously curated book is a collection of important insights on how to make sense of what is happening in social media from a wide variety of methodological and analytical perspectives. – Danah Boyd, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
This is a must-read for anyone interested in doing research using social media. It goes way beyond basic arguments about the opportunities of social media for social research and takes the reader through a number of exciting real-world examples that have successfully navigated key methodological challenges to explore new kinds of research questions. After delving into this handbook, you'll either want try to use social media for your own social research or get your teeth into the new methodological ventures that social media brings to research more generally. This is a necessary resource for anyone involved in contemporary social research issues. – Emma Uprichard, Associate Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick
This outstanding volume brings together a group of forwarding thinking and innovative researchers who lay out the fundamentals of interdisciplinary social research in the contemporary environment. Through showing us how to combine, reinvent, and apply methods, old and new, they produce a must-read guide to research for scholars of the future. Engaging, thorough, and fun! – Zizi Papacharissi, Professor of Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago
The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods offers a systematic guide to help researchers overcome challenges in conducting projects that deal with the vast data that social media creates, from the formulation of research questions through to the interpretation of findings... The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods is the single-most comprehensive resource for any scholar or graduate student embarking on a social media project, with contributions from over 40 international experts from diverse disciplines. Recommended for academic libraries. – T. E. Baker ARBA

Timely and cutting edge, The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods is the single most comprehensive resource for scholars and graduate students embarking on a social media project. Scholars now have a reference volume that will allow them to apply and tailor the various methodologies to their own research ques­tions.

The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods represents an important step towards sharing the novel methodologies, tools and techniques specifically geared toward taking full advantage of the unique characteristics of social media data. The contributions demonstrate that the academic community has responded with gusto to the challenges with over 40 experts from around the world from a plethora of disciplines and a variety of methodological viewpoints coming together in one place for the first time. The Handbook covers not only the entire research process for social media research, from question formulation to the interpretation of research findings, but it also presents numerous examples and case studies of various approaches to showcase how to implement various techniques with real data. The chapters provide methodological detail and allow scholars who are unfamiliar with the domain to quickly grasp the strengths, limitations and key considerations of this type of data.

Cooking, Food & Wine

Salt Block Grilling: 70 Recipes for Outdoor Cooking with Himalayan Salt Blocks by Mark Bitterman (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

From the James Beard award-winning author, entrepreneur, and ‘selmelier’ Mark Bitterman comes Salt Block Grilling. In this book, Bitterman builds on growing enthusiasm about the culinary versatility and flavor-enhancing power of Himalayan salt blocks. He fueled this trend with his previous book Salt Block Cooking, the definitive work on using culinary salt blocks. Bitterman is one of the largest importers and retail distributors of salt blocks. The pink mineral mined from ancient hills in Pakistan’s Punjab province has arrived on the American cooking scene as a new form of grilling. Himalayan salt blocks are available at specialty retail stores around the world.

Those who enjoy the excitement and pleasure of discovering new cooking techniques will enjoy this guide to grilling and entertaining with salt blocks. The introduction to Salt Block Grilling is like a salt block owner’s manual, revealing information readers need to know to purchase, use, and maintain salt blocks with confidence. The six chapters of the book are divided into over 70 recipes organized by key ingredients: Meat, Seafood, Poultry, Vegetables and Fruit, Dairy, and Doughs. Readers find recipes for Salt Seared Smoked Pork Belly, Lamb Satay with Mint Chutney and Spicy Peanut Crumble, Salt Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad, Hot Salted Edamame with Sesame, Shiso, and Szechuan Pepper, and Salty, Smoky Walnut-Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

A salt fanatic since his first bite of a juicy salt-studded steak at a truck stop in France, Bitterman has traveled the globe for over 25 years in search of flavor. He won a James Beard Award for his first book, Salted. As CEO of Bitterman Salt Co. and owner of The Meadow retail shops, he teaches at institutions such as the Smithsonian and the Institute for Culinary Education, and collaborates with leading restaurants around the world.

From salt block-perfected classics like Bacon Browned Pork Belly Burgers, to contemporary twists like Salt-Seared Watermelon Salad, to delicious novelties like Whole Fish Salt-Seared with Preserved-Lemon Yogurt, Salt Block Grilling offers mouthwatering dishes to salt block novices and virtuosos alike.

Stunning photographs – and Bitterman's captivating prose – will pique readers' appetites. Salt Block Grilling is perfect for anyone who loves to grill and entertain outside, enjoys discovering new cooking techniques, hopes to expand their grilling repertoire, or simply wants to take their steaks and burgers to the next level.

Entertainment / Biographies & Memoirs

Foo Fighters: Learning to Fly by Mick Wall (St. Martin’s Press)

There’s a reason why Dave Grohl is known, however naively, as ‘the nicest man in rock.’ A reason why generations have bought into his story, his dream, his self-fulfilling prophecies. Grohl may not have the savant glamour of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, but whereas Kurt dwelled in darkness, Grohl is a lover, not a loner.

Foo Fighters is Grohl’s story – the story of the Foo Fighters – like it’s never been told before. From Grohl’s days as the new kid in Nirvana, to becoming the Grunge Ringo of the Foo Fighters, to where he is now: one of the biggest rock stars in the world. Internationally acclaimed rock writer Mick Wall tells readers how and why none of this happened by accident. Wall is the UK’s best-known rock writer. He is also a TV and radio broadcaster.

With testimony from insiders, including former band mates, like Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic, producers, record company executives, and those closest to Grohl and the Foos, Foo Fighters is the explosive, no-holds-barred biography of the band and their otherwise critically bulletproof leader.

Grohl's success is hardly incidental and Foo Fighters charts a trajectory toward his inevitable stardom. Wall starts at the beginning of Grohl's musical career as a teenager in Virginia, discovering punk rock and playing with his first band, Freak Baby, at the age of 15. From there, Grohl found his big break when he was invited to become the drummer for Scream, the most influential punk band on the Washington scene. Grohl's time with Scream gave him a taste of what life as a working musician was all about, especially the grueling tours with terrible accommodations. Wall gives particular attention to Grohl's time as Nirvana's drummer – a gig that would bring fame and enormous personal and professional challenges. From Kurt Cobain's drug use to Nevermind going gold to touring almost nonstop, Grohl had to learn how to deal with the demands of fame. He would retreat to his mom's house in Virginia to recharge and regain a sense of normalcy.

A sense of normalcy was even harder to find after Cobain's suicide. Grohl was forced to reckon with what he wanted to do with his career, deciding to distance himself from Nirvana and strike out on his own. He had been writing songs and rather than put together a band, he secretly booked himself some studio time to try out his new songs. Grohl's next move was incredibly smart. Rather than take his newly-recorded songs and sign with a major label, he started his own, Roswell. Then he set out to put together a real band. Wall in Foo Fighters takes readers deep inside the workings of the Foo Fighters as the band went through changes that would define them. As the gigs and the media appearances got bigger (like playing Dave Letterman's comeback show in 2000), Grohl embraced fame in a new way.

Rock book of the year! – The Independent (UK)

[Wall] turns his attention to the Foo Fighters, charting the band's rise – or, more accurately, Dave Grohl's journey from punk rock everyman to stadium rock hero. – Rolling Stone (Australia)

In his trademark style, in Foo Fighters Wall paints a compelling and nuanced portrait of Dave Grohl and the band he painstakingly built.

Entertainment & Sports / Mental Illness / Biographies & Memoirs

Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope by John Saunders, with John U. Bacon, with a foreword by Mitch Albom (Da Capo Press)

For the first time ever, the popular late host of ESPN's The Sports Reporters and ABC's college football in Playing Hurt openly discusses a lifelong battle with depression.
During his three decades on ESPN and ABC, John Saunders became one of the nation's most respected and beloved sportscasters. In this moving memoir, Saunders discusses his troubled childhood, the traumatic brain injury he suffered in 2011, and the severe depression that nearly cost him his life. Saunders was known to millions of Americans as the face of college football and the arbiter of thoughtful sports journalism. John U. Bacon is a New York Times bestselling author.
Playing Hurt is not an autobiography of a sports celebrity but a memoir of a man facing his own mental illness, and emerging better off for the effort. It takes readers into the heart of his struggle with depression, including insights into some of its causes, its consequences, and its treatments.

In Playing Hurt, Saunders opens up about his battle with depression and breaks the taboo that keeps men from acknowledging their mental illness and seeking help. He welcomes readers into his life, guiding them through the places that affected his life, career, and illness – like the childhood home that started a vicious cycle of self-doubt, the hockey rinks where he hoped to make a name for himself, the Baltimore dance floor where he first met his wife, the delivery rooms of his two daughters, the set of ABC College Football where he suffered a severe brain injury in 2011, and the therapists' offices that were at times helpful, at times harmful.

To understand the roots of his depression, Saunders digs deep into his personal history and discloses details of his private life that for years he had been concealing from the public. From being physically and verbally abused by his father to his attempts at self-medication and self-mutilation, from checking himself into a psychiatric ward to driving to the Tappan Zee Bridge to look over the edge, Saunders shares his experiences and struggles, showing that mental illness can affect anyone, even a ‘man's man’ who seemingly has it all. Playing Hurt is his testimony and legacy, and proof that depression can be managed if confronted head-on. As Saunders puts it, it's "a memoir of a man facing his own mental illness, and how I emerged better off for the effort."

John Saunders died suddenly on August 10, 2016, from an enlarged heart, diabetes, and other complications.

A story that merits both sympathy and attention. – Kirkus Reviews
An inspiring call to action about mental illness. – Sports Illustrated
For sports fans and anyone who has struggled with depression. – Library Journal
The book... isn't a puffy portrait…. This book explores Saunders' off-camera struggles, which included the events surrounding his life-long battle with depression... Readers will learn so many things about Saunders they would have never expected to hear – and they will also gain a better understanding of the day-to-day lives of people with depression. Saunders proves it's not what you think. – Sporting News
Playing Hurt is a gripping story, it is an emotional story, and above all else, it is an important story. It is not hyperbole to say that this book will save lives. It is a must-read. – Clearing Out the Clutter
[A] moving chronicle of [Saunders'] struggle... Readers will ache for him as he struggles to overcome brain trauma while still battling depression. This is a tough read; there's a lot of pain on the pages. But, as Saunders promised in his preface, there's a kind of hope as well. – Booklist

This is an important book. Parts will leave you shaken, others will inform you, still others will uplift you. Playing Hurt is the final act of grace in John's remarkable life, so we may learn of the toll of depression, the need for diagnosis and treatment, and the hope that awaits. – Bob Ley, host of ESPN's Outside the Lines, winner of 11 Emmy Awards
For 30 years, my friend John Saunders earned my admiration for his understated demeanor, his top-of-the-line professionalism, his Old World ways, and his gentle yet warm smile and laughter. I'm sure those who never met him except through TV felt the exact same way. After reading
Playing Hurt, my respect for him has increased exponentially. So will yours. Thank you, John. – Chris Berman, legendary ESPN broadcaster
Playing Hurt is John Saunders's personal, poignant story of how he responded to childhood traumas, abuse, clinical depression, an array of head traumas, sports injuries, suicidal thoughts, and excessive use of prescribed medications throughout his life. His hard-learned message: when depression strikes, it is a sign of real strength to talk and turn to family, friends, and experts. – John F. Greden, MD, Founding Chair, National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC)
Playing Hurt is a public service. Here is a trusted friend, a man who has spent so many hours in our living rooms, providing an education about brain injury, about depression, and the symbiosis between the two. Knowing he died so soon after he emerged from this fog is heartbreaking. Playing Hurt is a testament to John and the hidden struggles he overcame. – Ivan Maisel,, six-time winner Best Writing, Football Writers Association
This book underscores the difficulty and significance of acknowledging depression, as well as understanding that this is not unlike any other serious and chronic illness. Then, as Saunders learns, with the assistance of skilled professionals and loving, caring, and supportive family and friends, it can be diagnosed, treated, and managed. –
Elissa P. Benedek, past President, American Psychiatric Association
Will have you glued to your seat. – "The Bookworm Sez" syndicated column

Moving, jarring, and inspiring, Playing Hurt is Saunders’ ultimate act of generosity to help those who suffer from mental illness, and those who love them.

Entertainment & Sports / Writing / Biographies & Memoirs

Dr. Z: The Lost Memoirs of an Irreverent Football Writer by Paul Zimmerman edited by Peter King (Triumph Books)

During his nearly 50 years of sportswriting, including 28 at Sports Illustrated, fans of Dr. Z came to expect a certain alchemical, trademark blend: words which were caustic and wry, at times self-deprecating or even puzzling, but always devilishly smart with arresting honesty.

The one-time sparring partner of Ernest Hemingway, Paul Zimmerman is one of the modern era's groundbreaking football minds, a man who methodically charted every play while generating copious notes, a human precursor to the data analytics websites of today. In 2008, Zimmerman had nearly completed work on his personal memoirs when a series of strokes left him largely unable to speak, read, or write. Compiled and edited by longtime SI colleague Peter King, Dr. Z has the stories Zimmerman still wants to see told.

Zimmerman’s 1970 book The Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football is regarded as an essential read for serious football fans. King is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and the author of the popular football column "Monday Morning Quarterback."

Dr. Z’s memoir is a rich package of personalities, stories never shared about such characters as Vince Lombardi, Walter Payton, Lawrence Taylor, and Johnny Unitas. Even Joe Namath, with whom Zimmerman had a legendary and well-documented 23-year feud, saw fit to eventually unburden himself to the remarkable scribe.

Also included in Dr. Z are Zimmerman's encounters with luminaries and larger-than-life figures outside of sports, notably Donald Trump, Rupert Murdoch, and Hunter S. Thompson. But not to be missed are Zimmerman's quieter observations on his own life and writing, witticisms and anecdotes which sway between the poignant and hilarious.

From his time covering football and Lombardi in Green Bay to his ‘collecting instinct’ and opinions on wine, Dr. Z offers the best of Dr. Z.

Highlights include:

  • A passionate and heartfelt foreword by Peter King that encapsulates his commitment to Zimmerman and his work.
  • Zimmerman's Olympic coverage of Mexico City, Munich and Moscow.
  • An entire chapter dedicated to quarterbacks like Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas and Doug Williams, who changed the game of football.
  • Dr. Z's all time teams.
  • His favorite memories from the 37 Super Bowls he covered.

To Paul, football was something to be studied. You could tell how much he loved the game. – Bill Pabcells, Hall of Fame head coach

Paul Zimmerman set the tone for all advanced modern football thought... Like the man himself, this book is a treasure trove of insight and color. If you care at all about the game of football and how it's covered, you'll want to dig in. – Doug Farrar, NFL lead scout, Bleacher Report

I invited Dr. Z into my room the week of Super Bowl XV to talk football. His knowledge of the game – and his vivid stories – blew me away. They still do. – Matt Millen, FOX NFL announcer and four-time Super Bowl winner

For those of us who grew up with Dr. Z and have now grown old with Dr. Z, his passion-filled memoir reads like a trail ride through the modern era of pro football. – Tim Cowlishaw, sports columnist, The Dallas Morning News

I admired his devotion to the game and his relentless quest of detail regarding all the aspects. – Ron Wolf, Hall of Fame general manager

No one has ever excelled at telling football stories like Dr. Z. It's truly a blessing that we now have many, many more Zimmerman stories to digest, stories that will make us laugh, make us cry and make us much, much smarter. – Michael Silver, NFL Network analyst

No matter the topic, Dr. Z proves essential, compelling reading for sports fans old and new. Dr. Z's unique voice and point of view will never be replicated, but his memoirs, filled with untold stories and experiences, offer immeasurable insight into his brilliant mind. With stories from Zimmerman's years at Sports Illustrated as well as never before shared stories and anecdotes, this work is the Dr. Z readers have always known and never seen before.

History / Africa / Political Science / Social Science

A Motorcycle on Hell Run: Tanzania, Black Power, and the Uncertain Future of Pan-Africanism, 1964–1974 by Seth M. Markle (Ruth Simms Hamilton African Diaspora Series: Michigan State University Press)

… psychologically, at least, Africa provides this base for peoples of African origin who are not in Africa. But Africa will not be that base which is a source of strength, if Africa remains weak in the material sense, in the technical sense ... And I think that you [African Americans] can play that part. I think you people who are in the West (and the West has developed, the West dominates the world) have certain experiences there, which should not be used to intensify the domination of Africa; they should reduce the domination of Africa. I think also you can provide the skills, and attitudes, and an experience, which can help in strengthening that base. – Julius Nyerere, first president of Tanzania (1961-1985)

Between 1964 and 1974 Tanzania came to be regarded as a model nation and a leading frontline state in the struggle for African liberation on the continent and beyond. During this time, a number of African American and Caribbean nationalists, leftists, and pan-Africanists traveled to and settled in Tanzania to join the country that many believed to be leading Africa’s liberation struggle. A Motorcycle on Hell Run is an historical study examining the political landscape of that crucial moment when African American, Caribbean, and Tanzanian histories overlapped, shedding light on the challenges of creating a new nation and the nature of African American and Caribbean participation in Tanzania’s nationalist project.

Author Seth M. Markle is an Associate Professor of History and International Studies at Trinity College whose work focuses on the histories of political and cultural exchange between Africa and the African Diaspora.

In examining the pragmatic partnerships and exchanges between socialist Tanzania and activists and organizations associated with the Black Power movements in the United States and the Caribbean, A Motorcycle on Hell Run argues that the Tanzanian one-party government actively engaged with the diaspora and sought to utilize its political, cultural, labor, and intellectual capital to further its national building agenda, but on its own terms, creating tension within the pan-Africanism movement.

In an effort to highlight the importance of Tanzania's national independence to world history, Markle presents a narrative that focuses on the parallel and conflicting visions of liberation and solidarity that came out of varied encounters and collaborative projects between black radical activists/organizations and Tanzanian one-party state institutions. What kinds of strategies did diaspora political actors employ in carving out and defining a collective role in Tanzania's nationalist project? What was the nature of the response by the government and its citizens to this desire among people in the diaspora to be active participants in the building of a newly independent African nation? How effective were these collaborations and what were the implications of their successes and failures?

Tanzania's national leaders responded to the diaspora with a mix of enthusiasm and caution. The tension resulted in the incorporation and subsequent marginalization of diaspora political activity in Africa's decolonization movement. Ultimately, A Motorcycle on Hell Run is a book preoccupied with both the character of modern nationhood in Tanzania and the activists in the diaspora who tried to shape it while being intensely affected by it. Like most studies of the African Diaspora, Markle is concerned with processes through which diaspora identities are ‘made and remade’ from memories of forced displacement and desire to forge a meaningful relationship with the homeland, Africa, both real and imagined. By treating this historical moment as one of connective histories, A Motorcycle on Hell Run addresses the prospects and challenges black radical activists faced in forming relationships of reciprocity with Tanzanian nationalists and one-party state institutions, in promoting Tanzanian foreign and domestic policies across the globe, and in building a solidarity movement that both celebrated and scrutinized nation-state power in Africa.

A Motorcycle on Hell Run is a towering achievement in the burgeoning field of Black internationalism. Seth Markle is one of the young lions in black freedom studies, opening new international vistas in the study of Black Power. No scholar has mastered this historic moment in the black revolt – and no writer has captured this epic story – better than Professor Markle. Finally, we can understand the path from Malcolm X and Robert F. Williams to the African Liberation Support Committee and the Sixth Pan-African Congress. Bravo! – Komozi Woodard, Professor, Sarah Lawrence College, and author of A Nation within a Nation: Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)

In his trenchant, sobering history of post-colonial Tanzania, Seth Markle exposes the tensions and fissures between African nation-building and diaspora dreams of return. Black radicals answered Tanzania's call to help modernize and build the new state, but their Pan-African politics and racial worldview often proved illegible and disrupting to a state trying to manage its own tensions of ethnicity and race. Complex and deeply researched, A Motorcycle on Hell Run is an indispensable contribution to global Black Power studies. – Robin D.G. Kelley, Professor in the Department of History and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA, and author of Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times

This volume is a deeply researched meditation on the interlocution of transnational Black Power, the Tanzanian state, and Tanzanian-based exponents of the black radical tradition. Here, in all its comradery and solidarity, its ambiguities and contradictions, is a key but hitherto neglected chapter in the saga for global black liberation across Africa, North America, and the Caribbean. A Motorcycle on Hell Run is a major feat. – Michael O. West, Chair, Department of Sociology, Binghamton University

An excellent resource for academics and nonacademics alike, A Motorcycle on Hell Run is the first of its kind, revealing the significance of the radical political and social movements of Tanzania and what it means for us today.

History / US / Politics

Alger Hiss: Framed: A New Look at the Case That Made Nixon Famous by Joan Brady (Arcade Publishing)

Seventy years ago, the Alger Hiss case riveted and polarized America.

Was the organizing secretary general of the United Nations a Soviet agent and the greatest traitor in the country's history? Or was he the innocent victim of a vicious, politically motivated frame-up?

As a member of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Richard Nixon led the investigations that first drew attention to Alger Hiss and his purported ties to the Soviet regime. These investigations eventually led to the discovery of ‘proof’ that Hiss was a mole in the State Department and precipitated a trial that would eventually ruin him and propel Nixon to the Presidency.
But what if the ‘proof’ that eventually led to Hiss's conviction was forged?
In Alger Hiss: Framed, Joan Brady – winner of The Whitbread Book of the Year – reveals how Nixon manipulated a media and public in the thrall of post-war anti-communist hysteria to make a fabricated case against Hiss. She draws a strong parallel with the French, who a half-century before turned Alfred Dreyfus into a scapegoat for anti-Semitism.

Brady is an American-British writer of thrillers and an international prize winner.

Brady delivers a powerful book that demolishes the case against Hiss and reveals how Nixon forged damning evidence and suppressed exculpatory evidence, twisted facts to link together chains of events conjured out of nowhere, and suborned witnesses.

She knew Hiss personally, but it wasn't until years after his death that she began to immerse herself in the transcripts of his hearings and his trial. Drawing parallels with today, with the war on terrorism all too often used to silence or threaten critics of government policies, Alger Hiss: Framed reads like one of Brady's thrillers, although every word is fact.

Joan Brady's highly readable take on Alger Hiss adds valuable, new personal information to his ever-fascinating story. It will be of interest not merely to scholars of the case, but anyone who cares about history and getting it right. – Victor Navasky, Publisher Emeritus of The Nation, author of National Book Award winning Naming Names
Joan Brady's Alger Hiss: Framed, a personal story about the Alger Hiss case, written by one of our most talented and accomplished writers, is a wonderfully vivid account that conveys the intensity of some of the darkest days in our post-WWII history. It's also full of revelatory new material about the case that started young Richard Nixon on his road to the White House and convinced Americans that the Reds really were threatening our freedom. It’s time to revisit this extraordinary story, which historians have been debating for the last half-century; Brady's fresh and compelling book will introduce a new generation to the trial that transformed America. – Jon Wiener, Professor of History, University of California, Irvine
... a bracing reminder of what indeed was so hateful, so villainous about Nixon and his political ascent. – The Spectator
[an] extraordinary book ... part autobiography, part memoir of Hiss, part thriller, and also a reminder of what happens when a society becomes infected by the paranoia that produced the American 'Red Scare' after the First and Second World Wars. – The New Statesman
Brady's book ... offers a unique perspective ... she is an expert storyteller. – The Guardian

Joan Brady has written an evocative, graceful memoir filled with novel reminiscences of her friendship with Alger Hiss. It is a most unusual book, using memory and a Talmudic examination of legal texts to explore the still contested terrain of the Hiss trials. As such, it is sure to incense those historians and partisans wedded to the national narrative crafted by Whittaker Chambers and Richard Nixon. Insightful and provocative, Brady has reopened the Hiss case to a new generation of readers. – Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Here is a clear-eyed investigation into one of the biggest, longest cover-ups in American history. Powerful, riveting, Alger Hiss: Framed is necessary and timely, telling soberly the tale of a nation in the grip of paranoid fear and the man who took most advantage of that fear.

History / US / Rural America / Architecture

The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania: Architecture & Preservation, Built 1750–1900 by Gregory D. Huber (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd)

For anyone who has ever admired a barn on an old country lane, The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania is the story of that barn and many others in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the area east of the Susquehanna River and South of the Blue Mountains. One of the earliest-settled areas in North America, this region of the Keystone State, which includes Lehigh, Bucks, and Lancaster Counties, is home to an astounding 20,000 standing barns, in various states of repair, built from the early 1800s on. Discussed in The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania are the primary factors that have determined the fundamental structures and appearances of the six great barn classifications, including forest resources. Other featured topics are architectural aspects and regionalisms, dates of construction, survival of 18th-century examples, mysterious decorations, and barn preservation. Completing this treatise are representative color photographs, building plan sketches, charts conveying the prevalence of types, and a glossary of barn terms.

Author Greg Huber is a barn and house historian, consultant and owner of Past Perspectives and Eastern Barn Consultants – historic cultural resource companies.

Southeastern Pennsylvania's rural landscape is dominated by barns, and architectural historian Huber has named this region the state's ‘hearth.’ This fertile ground was settled during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries by national and ethnic groups from Western Europe who brought their architectural traditions with them. They established farming practices and architectural styles that produced a varied agricultural landscape. The farming activity required the construction of vernacular houses and distinctive barns. The larger utilitarian barn thus became the most dominant structure and a defining element of this landscape.

In The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Huber examines in scholarly detail the story of these barns and their development over the course of 200 years. His prodigious effort, extending over a period of forty years, required the examination of thousands of barns, many in great detail. The resulting volume examines all the barn forms and many styles and types throughout the hearth area. A classification system brings order to a complex range of barn structures. Detailed explanations cover all phases of barn design, function, and construction. More than 250 photographs document, illustrate, and explain the complexities involved in conceiving, building, using, and maintaining vernacular barns in this important region.

After studying old barns for forty-plus years, Huber says he has come to realize that only a limited story of barn building between 1625 and 1875 will ever emerge because the builders are not alive to tell the story. Their ideas and decisions regarding style, design, construction, and fabric are lost forever. Our level of intimacy with the forces that created these barns is meager indeed. However, this need not stop us from deeply appreciating their building methodologies, and we may intuit some sense of the spirit in which the builders did things.

The Pennsylvania hearth entails the earliest settled geographic areas that influenced a great diversity of cultural manners that diffused to many areas beyond the hearth or core area. Ideas spread from a few groups to others. The Pennsylvania hearth must be considered one of the main hearths in the eastern part of North America. The barn-building traditions, in particular, established in the hearth during the eighteenth century, principally those of the German-American and English-American cultures, are responsible for many of the building conventions that spread far beyond this area. This included areas out to the Midwest and beyond and south to Maryland and Virginia, especially the Shenandoah Valley and into West Virginia and elsewhere in the south.

Huber says that he traveled hundreds of roads in the eleven hearth counties but did not attempt to record each barn. Since literally thousands of barns were documented, his observations are accurate and made with care.

More than 20,000 barns remain in the hearth area. About 5,000 barns have been studied to various degrees. Huber conducted a road-by-road survey of barns in Lehigh County that yielded nearly 1,700 barns. He also conducted a survey of the Longswamp Township, Berks County, which resulted in 106 barns. A final systematic survey involved roughly twenty barns within a quarter mile on either side of Route 100 from the juncture of Routes 100 and 29 in Hereford Township southwest to Bally in Berks County.

Greg Huber knows barns of Pennsylvania, as well as their European ancestries and structural anatomies. He leads readers from medieval Western Europe and across the ocean to the late nineteenth century in the Pennsylvania hearth in the southeast part of the state. Readers will never look at barns as they did before. – Joseph Glass, author of The Pennsylvania Culture Region – A View from the Barn

Following in the footsteps of other noted barn historians such as John Heyl, Joseph Glass, and Robert Ensminger, Greg Huber is a devoted expert on historic barns in the Pennsylvania hearth area. His exquisite book chronicles the history and preservation of these timber frame and stone masterpieces from bygone centuries. – Sheila Miller, founder of Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of Pennsylvania

In 1992, from the moment I first heard Greg Huber speak about barns, I was impressed by his knowledge. He has documented thousands of barns in the East, and I continue to marvel at his enthusiasm for and grasp of the iconic farm structures in the Pennsylvania hearth. – Brian Murphy, historic preservation conservator, Barn Restorations, Inc.

Greg Huber has established himself as one of the leading authorities on Pennsylvania barns, one of the most important cultural markers on the land. I heartily endorse his work; his new scholarship will contribute to our understanding of this signature piece of our nation's material culture. – Jim Lewars, director of Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum

This definitive book has now been written. Its record will prevail over time, even though many of the barns may not. – Robert Ensminger, author of The Pennsylvania Barn: Its Origin, Evolution, and Distribution in North America

This book has the potential to inspire readers. And The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania will certainly dispel the belief that ‘barns are just barns.’ This is a story that, while incomplete, will fill many gaps.

History / Wales

Place-Names of Flintshire by Hywel Wyn Owen & Ken Lloyd Gruffydd (University of Wales Press)

Place-Names of Flintshire presents an authoritative study of the place-names of Flintshire before 1974. Each of the eight hundred names considered is presented with a map grid reference; documentary and oral evidence of its origins, derivation, and meaning; and a discussion of the significance of the name in terms of history, language, landscape, and industrial associations. In addition, the authors, Ken Lloyd Gruffydd and Hywel Wyn Owen, draw comparisons with similar names in other parts of Wales and the UK, and trace the later linguistic development of names, with particular attention to the effects of a bilingual society.

Gruffydd, a former deputy headteacher, was one of the most highly regarded figures in local history in Flintshire and in Wales. Emeritus Professor Owen is an acknowledged authority on place-names in Wales. Formerly director of the Place-Name Research Centre at Bangor University, he is a founder member of the Welsh Place-Name Society, Honorary Vice-President of the English Place-Name Society, and former president of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland.

Place-Names of Flintshire is a study of the place-names of the entire pre-1974 Flintshire with its selection of names based on the OS Landranger 1:50,000 map.

In 2009, after working on several more limited volumes, Owen says he decided that there was a need for an inclusive volume for Flintshire, incorporating material taken from East Flintshire and the Dictionary, innumerable articles and notes in county and local history transactions, Ellis Davies's Flintshire Place-Names, scholarly journals, and so on.

Place-name studies necessitate two stages: the gathering of data and the interpretation of data. The first stage is a laborious process, documenting the historical forms for each name. It requires a detailed knowledge of local (and national) sources, a keen eye and disciplined recording.

Owen says he persuaded Gruffydd (deceased 2015) to be responsible for collecting as many historical forms as possible for each name, particularly those names for which his own material was sparse and where recent deposits (in Bangor, Hawarden, Aberystwyth and London) provided new material. This he accomplished, producing a database that is unparalleled. Place-Names of Flintshire is filled with space-saving abbreviations directing curious readers to Ken Lloyd Gruffydd's Flintshire database (KLGF) available online as a companion research tool (on the website of Cymdeithas Enwau Lleoedd Cymru/Welsh Place-Name Society).

Owen and Gruffydd treated Flintshire as it was before local government reorganization transferred places like Prestatyn, Rhyl and Rhuddlan to Denbighshire. Place-Names of Flintshire deals with the names of Flintshire more or less when they were given and not its current administrative status.

This book will be the definitive publication for many years on place-names in the old Flintshire, a fascinating part of Wales in terms of its history and topography and, above all, for its linguistic identity. Both authors are well-known for their enlightened scholarship. – Emeritus Professor Gwynedd O. Pierce, Cardiff University

Place-Names of Flintshire is thorough, authoritative, scholarly in substance and readable in presentation, and contains a valuable glossary. It stands as a fitting tribute to Ken Lloyd Gruffydd, a dedicated local historian and generous scholar.

History / War / US

My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness – Audiobook, MP3 Audio CD, unabridged, running time 17 hours by Howard Jones, read by James Patrick Cronin (Tantor Media)

My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness (hardcover) by Howard Jones (Pivotal Moments in American History Series: Oxford University Press)

As told in My Lai on March 16, 1968, American soldiers were in an area of South Vietnam known as ‘Pinkville’ because of the high level of Vietcong infiltration. On that morning American soldiers from three platoons of Charlie Company (1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division), entered a group of hamlets located in the Son Tinh district. The soldiers, many still teenagers who had been in the country for three months, were on a ‘search and destroy’ mission. The Tet Offensive had occurred only weeks earlier and in the same area and had made them jittery; so had mounting losses from booby traps and a seemingly invisible enemy.

Three hours after the GIs entered the hamlets, more than five hundred unarmed villagers lay dead, killed in cold blood. The atrocity took its name from one of the hamlets, known by the Americans as My Lai 4.

Military authorities attempted to suppress the news of My Lai, until some who had been there, in particular a helicopter pilot named Hugh Thompson and a door gunner named Lawrence Colburn, spoke up about what they had seen. The official line was that the villagers had been killed by artillery and gunship fire rather than by small arms. That line soon began to fray. Lieutenant William Calley, one of the platoon leaders, admitted to shooting the villagers but insisted that he had acted upon orders. An exposé of the massacre and cover-up by journalist Seymour Hersh, followed by graphic photographs, incited international outrage, and Congressional and U.S. Army inquiries began. Calley and nearly thirty other officers were charged with war crimes, though Calley alone was convicted and would serve three and a half years under house arrest before being paroled in 1974.
Author Howard Jones is University Research Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Alabama, where he taught for thirty-nine years. Narrator of the audio version of My Lai, James Patrick Cronin is an accomplished audiobook narrator with over 100 titles to his credit.

As told in My Lai, My Lai polarized American sentiment. Many saw Calley as a scapegoat, the victim of a doomed strategy in an unwinnable war. Others saw a war criminal. President Nixon was poised to offer a presidential pardon. The atrocity intensified opposition to the war, devastating any pretense of American moral superiority. Its effect on military morale and policy was profound and enduring. The Army implemented reforms and began enforcing adherence to the Hague and Geneva conventions. Before launching an offensive during Desert Storm in 1991, one general warned his brigade commanders, "No My Lais in this division – do you hear me?"

Jones succeeds on all counts in a book that, due to its subject matter, is not pleasant to read but is powerful and important. – Kirkus, starred review

[A]n exhaustively researched and well-written narrative and analysis of the My Lai Massacre.... [Jones] has produced a thorough and, as he says, 'balanced and accurate' analysis of the massacre itself, along with the event's controversial and convoluted legal and political aftermath. – Vietnam Veterans of America

Howard Jones' My Lai is one of the most important books of the past decade on the Vietnam War. He has masterfully peeled away the complexity of the My Lai massacre and its cover-up to reveal more clearly than ever the dark horror, willful deceit, moral incompetence of this mass killing and its aftermath. Thanks to Jones, we now have a deeper understanding of My Lai and Vietnam. – William Thomas Allison, Georgia Southern University, author of My Lai: An American Atrocity in the Vietnam War

A searing investigation of a war crime so savage it could not be ignored or excused, and whose aftermath still courses through the veins of America's conscience, Howard Jones' My Lai now takes its place among the indispensable studies of modern American military history and the laws of war. – Roger Spiller, George C. Marshall Professor of Military History, emeritus, US Army Command and General Staff College

Howard Jones has written a powerful account of America's darkest hour in the Vietnam War. The victims' pain, the soldiers' guilt, and their leaders' culpability are all laid out for us to read in this gripping history. For anyone who wants to understand the tragedy of that war, this is essential reading. – Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, Dorothy Borg Professor in the History of the United States and East Asia, Columbia University

Howard Jones has produced the definitive work on My Lai. Beautifully written, balanced, and thorough, it makes full use of all the diverse sources previously unavailable to those who have written about My Lai, including those directly involved in its aftermath. Henceforth this significant work will be the go-to book on and authoritative reference to this American tragedy. – William G. Eckhardt, Col. (Ret.) JAGC, Chief Prosecutor My Lai Ground Action, Teaching Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law

Nearly 10 years in the making, this exhaustively researched and well-written narrative bores in on the details of what has become known as the My Lai Massacre.... Jones, professor emeritus of history at the University of Alabama, mined an array of sources, including some original oral histories and interviews with Americans and Vietnamese, in producing this authoritative account of a dark moment in American history. – Publishers Weekly

Compelling, comprehensive, and haunting, based on both exhaustive archival research and extensive interviews, Jones's My Lai will stand as the definitive book on one of the most devastating events in American military history.

Literature & Fiction / Literary Criticism / White Creole

Crossing the Line: Early Creole Novels and Anglophone Caribbean Culture in the Age of Emancipation (New World Studies) by Candace Ward (University of Virginia Press)

Crossing the Line examines a group of early nineteenth-century novels by white creoles, writers whose identities and perspectives were shaped by their experiences in Britain’s Caribbean colonies. Colonial subjects residing in the West Indian colonies ‘beyond the line,’ these writers were perceived by their metropolitan contemporaries as far removed – geographically and morally – from Britain and ‘true’ Britons. Routinely portrayed as single-minded in their pursuit of money and irredeemably corrupted by their investment in slavery, white creoles faced a considerable challenge in showing they were driven by more than a desire for power and profit. Crossing the Line explores the integral role early Creole novels played in this cultural labor.

The emancipation-era novels that anchor this study of Britain's Caribbean colonies question categories of genre, historiography, politics, class, race, and identity. Revealing the contradictions embedded in the texts’ constructions of the Caribbean ‘realities’ they seek to dramatize, author Candace Ward shows how these white Creole authors gave birth to characters and enlivened settings and situations in ways that shed light on the many sociopolitical fictions that shaped life in the Anglophone Atlantic. Ward, Associate Professor of English at Florida State University, is the author of Desire and Disorder: Fever, Fictions, and Feeling in English Georgian Culture.

According to Ward in the introduction to Crossing the Line, the Caribbean occupies a significant place – physically and imaginatively – in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Anglophone literary culture. Even as recent criticism situates the rise of the English-language novel in relation to the expansion of Great Britain's Atlantic empire, much scholarship remains focused on works by metropolitan authors. Although this focus performs the necessary work of showing how novelists like Defoe and Austen shaped British identity in the period, it runs the risk of upholding the kind of metropolitan privileging uncovered in the narratives themselves, reaffirming the centrality of metropolitan subjects and their responses to contemporary events in the Caribbean.

Read as a distinct body of fiction, early Creole novels trouble traditional histories of the English-language novel and complicate our understanding of West Indian literary history. But Ward’s analysis of these works does more than broaden the scope of British prose studies and shift "the temporal boundaries of Anglophone Caribbean literature from its traditionally assumed twentieth-century origins," necessary as such interventions are. Her aim in Crossing the Line is to challenge easy assumptions about the texts, their authors, and the truths they claim to reveal through fiction. Reengaging these narratives allows for a more nuanced understanding of the Anglophone Atlantic world during the period of slavery and emancipation – and makes clear the dangers of relegating such works to a finished past.

In pursuing this aim, Crossing the Line crosses – even transgresses – traditional lines charting literary chronologies and marking nationalistic literatures, even as Ward says she recognizes the influence of narrative genealogies and nationalistic impulses. The four novels that anchor the study – three anonymously published works, Montgomery; or, the West-Indian Adventurer (1812-13), Hamel, the Obeah Man (1827) and Marly; or, A Planter's Life in Jamaica (1828), and E. L. Joseph's Warner Arundell: The Adventures of a Creole (1838) – challenge categories of genre, of historiography, of politics, of class, of race, and of identity, ultimately demonstrating the uncertainties generated by such taxonomic acts.

All of these fictions reveal the contradictions embedded in their constructions of the Caribbean ‘realities’ they seek to dramatize, giving birth to characters and enlivening settings and situations in ways that shed light on the many sociopolitical fictions that shaped life in the Anglophone Atlantic. In this, the novels demonstrate both the longevity of the impulse to ground colonial narratives' truth claims in empirical, experiential knowledge – a recurring feature in the ‘true relations’ and ‘true accounts’ of New World discovery literature from previous centuries – and the need to frame ‘the category of individual experience" in terms of "the aims of colonial expansion and developing market relations.’ Given the shifting and unstable terms that shaped imperial ambitions and increasingly globalized economies over the course of the long eighteenth century, it is necessary to recognize the instability of the novel form broadly, and the Creole novel specifically. These instabilities determined the production, circulation, and reception of texts set in the Caribbean.

Ultimately, the novels featured in Crossing the Line attest to the indefensibility of the white Creole position, however benignly portrayed, however romantically recalled. Perhaps this accounts, at least partially, for the relatively small number of early Creole novels produced in the Emancipation era. But even as the early fictions appear confined to the final quarter-century of British slavery, their influence extends beyond that moment of publication. As Crossing the Line argues, the early novels represent an attempt by their white authors – affiliates or members of a slave-holding elite – to write back to and overturn metropolitan notions of West Indian degeneracy that disallowed any possibility of a civilized Creole culture. This attempt demanded that authors privilege a narrow vision of Creole experience, a vision that for subsequent generations of West Indian writers became the impetus to write back to the pre-Emancipation ruling classes, to wrest narrative control from their predecessors and, in the process, to validate a much broader conception of Creole experience than white Creole writers had been willing to entertain.

Ward closes Crossing the Line by considering several post-Emancipation novels that deal explicitly with Caribbean historiography: Old Port-Royal (1841), Creoleana (1842), and Emmanuel Appadocca (1854). With her reading of Emmanuel Appadocca – often identi­fied as the first novel published by an Afro-Caribbean Creole – she gestures ahead to a point in Caribbean literary history when West Indian writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries carved out a body of localized prose fiction 'written by the West Indian about the West Indian reality.'

As Ward proves in Crossing the Line, early Creole novels by white colonists also represent attempts to sort through the tangled crossings of colonial subjects and ideologies. More importantly, only by acknowledging the traces of early Creole novels' ideological and epistemological work in subsequent periods can readers see their way through to a space from which they not only can read the West Indian novel but also more recent Caribbean fiction.

Crossing the Line offers a compelling contribution to literary history by tracing the development of the early novel in the Caribbean, a location previously understood as being primarily focused on the physical machinery of slavery. – Nicole N. Aljoe, Northeastern University, coeditor of The Journey of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas

Crossing the Line explores the integral role early Creole novels played in attempting to show white creoles were driven by more than power and profit. Rereading the early Creole novelists – recognizing their work in (re)producing colonial culture of the Emancipation era and beyond – provides a way to come to terms with the pasts and presents, the facts and fictions, of their making.

Literature & Fiction / Novel

Inheritance from Mother by Minae Mizumura, translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter (Other Press)

Award-winning novelist Minae Mizumura in Inheritance from Mother demystifies the notion of the selfless Japanese mother and the adult daughter honor-bound to care for her.
Mizumura is one of the most important writers in Japan today. Born in Tokyo, she moved with her family to Long Island, New York, when she was twelve. Translator Juliet Winters Carpenter, who has won the 1980 Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature twice, studied Japanese language and literature at the University of Michigan and the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo.

In Inheritance from Mother, Mitsuki Katsura, a Japanese woman in her mid-fifties, is a French-language instructor at a private university in Tokyo. Her husband, whom she met in Paris, is a professor at another private university. He is having an affair with a much younger woman.
In addition to her husband’s infidelity, Mitsuki must deal with her ailing eighty-something mother, a demanding, self-absorbed woman who is far from the image of the patient, self-sacrificing Japanese matriarch. Mitsuki finds herself dreaming of the day when her mother will finally pass on. While doing everything she can to ensure her mother’s happiness, she grows weary of the responsibilities of a doting daughter and worries she is sacrificing her chance to find fulfillment in her middle age.

Ms. Mizumura’s frank, talky novel confronts the emotional and financial toll of looking after an ailing parent.... Mitsuki’s marriage is on a rocky downslope as well. She finds out that her husband has been industriously cheating on her for years. It’s the opposite of a storybook tale, yet Ms. Mizumura has tricked it out in the fashion of a 19th-century page-turner. Conceived, she states in a prefatory note, as 'an homage to the dying tradition of serial novels,' it first appeared in installments in a Japanese newspaper in 2010 and 2011. The 66 chapters are brief, emotionally combustible... Ms. Mizumura craftily mixes the old with the new, creating a highly readable throwback to popular dime novels that replaces gilt with guilt and romance with real talk. – Wall Street Journal
Minae Mizumura’s gorgeous and intimate novel,
Inheritance from Mother paints the conundrum [between generations] bright – both specifically, as a Japanese issue, and universally, as the developed world’s aging population explodes... Originally published in 2010 and 2011 as a serial novel in the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s most widely read daily newspaper, Inheritance from Mother went on to win the Osaragi Jiro Award... One of the most entrancing things about this novel is that it retains the rhythm of a serial even in bound-book form... Mizumura’s writing is urgent yet thorough, and her plot – with its multiple divorces and infidelities, scheming, legends and deaths – just short of overwrought. But her prose is controlled and as dense as poetry... The resolution of Inheritance from Mother is natural and satisfying in myriad ways. – Washington Post
… Mitsuki has always been a dutiful daughter despite knowing that her mother preferred the flighty Natsuki. It isn’t until her mother suffers a grave fall – and her husband betrays her – that she awakens to a duty she’s shirked her whole life: to take care of herself. Chapter by chapter, Mizumura gives her heroine courage to believe in the right to independence and happiness – an inheritance not of wealth, but of self-knowledge. – O, The Oprah Magazine
In this compelling exploration of family history and its impact on relationships and traditions, Mizumura offers insight into Japanese culture and shows how two daughters can survive the damage wrought by an onerous parent. – Publishers Weekly
… A novel of female endurance and obligation… 'She won’t do us all a favor and die' is one of the many shameful but exquisitely truthful thoughts shared by the Katsura daughters… about their mother… in this understated anatomization of intense family feelings… it's narrated in brief, simple chapters, the tone even and mature as it delves into the unhappiest, most intractable corners of a middle-aged woman’s life and psyche. Questions about love, money, and female choices are posed amid contrasts with earlier generations of women and altered expectations following World War II… the decisions finally made by Mitsuki arrive with a persuasive sense of late-life liberation. A long, minute, subtle consideration of aging, loyalty, and the bonds of love grounded in the material details of Japanese culture but resonating far beyond. – Kirkus

Inheritance from Mother not only offers insight into a complex and paradoxical culture, but is also a profound work about mothers and daughters, marriage, old age, and the resilience of women.

Literature & Fiction / Poetry / Religion & Spirituality / Inspirational

Death Comes for the War Poets: A Verse Tapestry by Joseph Pearce (St. Augustine’s Press)

On the centenary of the United States’ entry into World War One, Death Comes for the War Poets grapples with the full horror of trench warfare as experienced by the two greatest war poets, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. It does so through the eyes of the poets themselves but also through the eyes of the Spirit of Death. How does a human soul cope with the horror of war? Is there room for hope? And what of the Spirit of Death, ever present in times of war and peace? Can Death itself be changed? These questions are at the suffering heart of this powerful verse drama.
Author Joseph Pearce is Director of the Aquinas Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, and editor of the St. Austin Review. He is the author of many books, including Beauteous Truth: Faith, Reason, Literature and Culture and has written and hosted two TV series on EWTN on Shakespeare’s Catholicism.

Pearce wove the rich tapestry of Death Comes for the War Poets from the poetry of some of the finest Christian voices of the modern era: Gerard Manley Hopkins, T. S. Eliot, G. K. Chesterton, as well as Owen and Sassoon. He was inspired to do so to commemorate the centenary of World War One and also to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the death and the sixtieth anniversary of the reception into the Church of the great literary convert, Siegfried Sassoon. The verse drama tells the story of Sassoon’s journey from the horrors of trench warfare to his final acceptance and embrace of Christ and His Church. It shows how the Church allowed this great writer to make sense of his own life and to make sense of life itself – and indeed of death itself, the latter of which only makes sense in the light of Christ. It is, therefore, the story of two conversions; the conversion of the poet but also the conversion of Death.
Death Comes for the War Poets grapples with the evil of war, expressing its horrors in the words of the two greatest war poets. It grapples with the problem of suffering and the enigma that the presence of death presents. It asks the deepest questions about life and death which we, as human beings, cannot avoid contemplating. Ultimately it doesn’t simply ask these most important and painful of questions, it offers answers.
Throughout the history of Christian civilization, the greatest works of art and literature have presented a memento mori to the people of Christendom. This reminder of death points to the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. Death Comes for the War Poets follows this noble tradition by having the figure of Death as one of the characters who interacts with the two soldier-poets. Those reading this drama will see the face of Death through the eyes of these poets and will come to understand the reality of death and the beauty of life in a new evangelized light. They will be dragged into the trenches with the suffering troops, will see the ugliness of death, and will emerge into the light of the Life that defeats death and makes sense of it. They will in some way experience the healing experience of conversion as the drama unfolds from the shadow of death into the full light of Christ.

Psychology / Neuropsychology / Handbooks / Reference

APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology, 1st edition by Editor-in-Chief Shane S. Bush PhD ABPP, with associate editors George J. Demakis & Martin L. Rohling (APA Handbooks in Psychology Series: American Psychological Association)

APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology would be an excellent text for an advanced graduate-level seminar in forensic clinical neuropsychology, and it would serve as a reference for general psychological and neuropsychological assessment seminars. Moreover, given the breadth and scope of the topics covered, it is recommended reading for not only early career neuropsychologists but also seasoned neuropsychologists.

Finally, writing this Foreword to the APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology has been an educational experience for me as a scientist–practitioner. This truly is a handbook in every respect of that word and definitely deserves a place in your practice's library. – Robert J. McCaffrey, PhD, ABN, ABPdN

The application of clinical neuropsychology to forensic questions and issues is growing at a tremendous rate. The APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology covers the scientific and clinical neuropsychological advances and their application in forensic contexts. To accomplish this goal, this handbook (a) presents the theoretical, statistical, and ethical foundations of forensic neuropsychology; (b) describes current assessment measures and procedures employed in forensic neuropsychology, with an emphasis on their empirical evidence base; (c) integrates recently published empirical literature involving commonly encountered disorders and special populations; (d) describes reporting, admissibility, and testimony issues involving neuropsychology in forensic matters; and (e) describes future directions involving the intersection of clinical neuropsychology and legal matters.

Editor-in-Chief Shane S. Bush, PhD, ABPP, is director of Long Island Neuropsychology, PC and is a neuropsychologist with the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System. The book has 35 contributors.

APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology is the 24th publication to be released in the American Psychological Association's APA Handbooks in Psychology series, instituted in 2010. The series comprehends both single volumes and multivolume sets focused on core subfields or on highly focused content areas and emerging subfields.

The field of clinical neuropsychology is not static, and neither is the application of clinical neuropsychology to forensic matters.

APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology is organized into six major sections. Part I covers basic statistical issues that go beyond what many of us learned in graduate school. This update covers both basic issues and current challenges that cannot be ignored. The chapter on ethical practice focuses on commonly encountered dilemmas and offers proposed solutions.

Part II addresses the methods and procedures in the clinical neuropsychology assessment process. This section begins with a chapter devoted to a review of records, clinical interviewing, and behavioral observations. The next chapter deals with neuropsychological tests and neuropsychological batteries and is followed by a chapter on symptom and performance validity. In the latter chapter, the authors recommend the use of the term performance validity measure to encompass all methods of validity assessment (i.e., performance validity tests, symptom validity tests, and embedded validity indices). Part II concludes with a chapter on neuroimaging techniques that provides a historical perspective and delineates commonly used techniques and, most important, discusses their current limitations.

Part III deals with the assessment of traumatic brain injury across the severity spectrum, as well as co-occurring psychological disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. Also included are chapters on the role of chronic pain and somatic and cogniform disorders.

Part IV includes chapters on population-specific issues, including veterans compensation and pension evaluation, disability determination, civil capacities, criminal responsibility, and competency to stand trial. The section concludes with a chapter on cultural diversity issues.

Part V focuses on forensic neuropsychological reports, issues associated with the admissibility of neuropsychological evidence, and testimony in neuropsychological cases. This section concludes with a unique chapter on the consumers of forensic neuropsychological services.

Part VI addresses two future issues for forensic neuropsychology: (a) the role of technology and the use of computerized assessments as more instruments become digitally based and (b) the educational and training needs of the next generation of clinical neuropsychologists.

The primary difference between this handbook and previous texts involves breadth and depth of coverage. This handbook comprehensively reviews the foundation and current best practices of forensic neuropsychology and provides vision and direction for the future of the specialty. The handbook also provides considerable depth of coverage from theoretical, empirical, and applied perspectives. In addition, unlike single-author volumes, this book draws on the knowledge and experiences of numerous neuropsychology practitioners and scholars. With APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology, the authors inform practitioners who desire advanced and contemporary reviews of the topics making up this specialty.

The APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology is a welcome addition to the literature and will be of benefit not only to clinical neuropsychologists who work in the forensic arena but also to attorneys whose work involves clinical neuropsychology.

Religion & Spirituality / Biographies & Memoirs

Voice of Glory: The Life and Work of Davis Grubb by Thomas E. Douglass (The University of Tennessee Press)

Davis Grubb (1919-1980) was the author of several novels and collections of short stories, beginning with the highly acclaimed Night of the Hunter (1953) and including A Dream of Kings (1955), The Voices of Glory (1962), Fools' Parade (1969), and Ancient Lights (1982). As an adult, Grubb lived a hard and fascinating life among musicians, writers, and artists in New York City, but most of his novels and stories are set in his native West Virginia. A major figure in Appalachian fiction, Grubb has not been given a great deal of critical attention, and Voice of Glory is the first biography of him.

Author Thomas E. Douglass, an associate professor of English at East Carolina University, is the author of A Room Forever: The Life, Work, and Letters of Breece D’J Pancake

Hailing from the small river town of Moundsville, West Virginia, Grubb became a key figure in the canon of Appalachian literature. The author of ten novels and dozens of short stories and radio plays, Grubb’s writings, as Douglass observes in Voice of Glory, ‘catalogued his life’ – and a turbulent life it was, marked by the traumatic loss of both the family home and his father during the Great Depression, the overbearing affections of his mother, the fear of failure, painful struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, profligate spending, and a conflicted sexuality.

Grubb originally aspired to be a visual artist but, thwarted by color blindness, turned to writing instead, honing his skills in the advertising industry. He is best remembered for his first novel, The Night of the Hunter (1953), a gripping story of a Depression-era serial killer and his pursuit of two young children along the Ohio River. This book spent twenty-eight weeks on The New York Times best-seller list and became the basis for a classic film directed by Charles Laughton, starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, and Lillian Gish. While his subsequent work never achieved that same level of popularity, the fierce thematic oppositions he set forth in his debut novel – between love and hate, good and evil, the corrupt and the pure, the rich and the poor – would inform his entire oeuvre. Although Grubb’s career took him to the great cities of New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, his work was always rooted in key emblems of his Appalachian childhood – the river, the state penitentiary, and the largest Indian mound east of the Mississippi, all in his native Moundsville.

In his works, Douglass asserts, Grubb was “an avenging angel, righting the wrongs of the past in his own life, in his own country, and putting trust in his own vision of divine love.” Off the page, he was riven by personal demons, “more than once in danger of losing his life to self-annihilation and to the self-accusation that he was a fallen angel.”

In the prologue of Voice of Glory, Douglass describes an event that would forever change Grubb’s life. Two weeks before Christmas of 1936, the house at 318 was foreclosed, and the Grubb family evicted to live in a hillside house in nearby Glendale. Just one year later, his father died of a heart attack, walking up those hillside steps, and Grubb's Edenic childhood world had come to an end. After the death of his father, his new life became alternating moments of light and dark – for every success, a personal tragedy and disappointment, for every hope and ambition, an obdurate fear and uncertainty. This adolescent terror found its way into his fiction, and the intensity of fear often sets his work apart.

This psychic wound from his youth provided the incredible energy that fueled his storytelling. He wrote ten published novels, two short story collections, and dozens of magazine stories and radio plays – a prolific body of work. In addition, he wrote at least six unpublished novels, and one 933-page autobiographical manuscript. The titles and the tales he told cataloged his life.

From 1946 to 1951, Grubb achieved minimal but encouraging success by writing several short stories in monthly magazines while working as a copywriter for radio and print. Then Grubb vaulted to literary success and national notice when Harper & Brothers published his first novel – The Night of the Hunter (1953). Set in the Appalachian river town of Cresap's Landing near Moundsville along the Ohio River, the novel tells the fearful tale of the orphans John and Pearl and their saving angel, Rachel Cooper, who protects them from the lonely-hearts killer and false preacher, Harry Powell.

In 1953-1954, The Night of the Hunter remained twenty-eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and the subsequent movie sale and film production by Charles Laughton and Paul Gregory in 1955 gave him the confidence to experiment in almost every literary genre: The Dream of Kings (1955) – an historical romance of the Civil War; The Watchman (1961) – a psycho-sexual murder mystery; The Voices of Glory (1961) – a story cycle much like Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio; A Tree Full of Stars (1965) – a fantasy Christmas book, his version of Dickens's A Christmas Carol; Shadow of My Brother (1966) – a Southern Gothic novel concerning the crisis of racism and lynching; The Golden Sickle (1968) – a young adult novel about river pirates and lost treasure; Fools' Parade (1969) – a Depression-era novel about a band of ex-convicts seeking justice; The Barefoot Man (1971) – a mine wars novel based in part on the biography of Mother Jones; and Ancient Lights (1980) – a postmodern, futuristic science fiction sex fantasy. His experimentation puzzled critics who gauged his work as uneven, surprising, flabbergasting; what they could not argue was the attraction and satisfaction of the tale. However, in every genre, his spirit and vision were the same.

It is no wonder that the most enduring image he created was the tattooed fingers of love and hate on the hands of Preacher Harry Powell, a character imbued with the divine light gone dark, where money, sex, and religion were corrupted into greed, shame, and murder. Like this preacher, Grubb saw himself as a fallen angel, corrupt and lustful, capable of violence, already dipped in the violations of the soul – yet yearning to return, to be redeemed, even willing to be crucified in order to be resurrected.

Grubb, the writer, saw himself as a light bringer, a saint, a redeemer, one who could guarantee outcomes because, after all, he was a writer armed with love and optimistic faith. At last on the page, he could take readers through the terror and dark night of the soul, the temptations of his own experience, make them real, and deliver us time and again to a just and loving Eden, a Christmas day where we could begin again.

This biography, Voice of Glory the first ever written of Grubb, captures his life and work in all their intriguing complexity.

Religion & Spirituality / Theology / Social Issues / Racism

The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism, & Religious Diversity in America by Jeannine Hill Fletcher Hill (Orbis Books)

How have Christian theologies of religious superiority underwritten ideologies of white supremacy in the United States? According to Jeannine Hill Fletcher in The Sin of White Supremacy, the tendency of Christians to view themselves as the ‘chosen ones’ has often been translated into racial categories as well. In other words, Christian supremacy has historically lent itself to white supremacy, with disastrous consequences.
Hill Fletcher is a professor at Fordham University and a constructive theologian whose research is at the intersection of systematic theology and issues of diversity (including gender, race, and religious diversity).

How might readers start to disentangle Christian supremacy from White supremacy? Hill Fletcher proposes strategies that will help foster racial healing in America, the first of which is to demand of white Christians that they accept their responsibility for racist policies and structural discrimination in America.

Hill Fletcher in The Sin of White Supremacy says that she knows a lot of ‘good Christians’ and ‘nice White people’ troubled by the disparity they see in their world. They can see the segregation that still structures their neighborhoods, and this disappoints them. They recognize the struggles of urban youth and feel bad that such tragedies as failing schools, gang violence, and drugs still plague our communities. They try to help people. The escalation of police brutality toward people of color and the strains on our national psyche fifty years after the height of the civil rights movement genuinely trouble them. It is with sadness that they see their non-Christian neighbors targeted and subjected to suspicion. They wish the world was different.

But, she says, her good White Christian friends do not see very clearly the way the disparity and injustice they experience today has been legislated by the United States since the beginning of its history. They see these as problems of the inner city, or the Black community, or immigrants, but they do not necessarily see these problems as their own. Many recognize vaguely that current conditions are the result of generational dispossession, but few have been given the tools to analyze the world critically. Those good White Christians involved in service work to the impoverished believe they are doing what they can to support those who are struggling, but they often see this work as a charitable opportunity for the virtuous to give of themselves to help the less fortunate.

The project of The Sin of White Supremacy stems from Hill Fletcher’s role in Fordham University's Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice. As the faculty director of the service-learning program for undergraduates, she worked alongside her social work and sociology colleagues to help students not only reach out to their local community but to analyze the conditions they encountered there. If good White Christians want to see changes in the world toward racial harmony, they must work for racial justice. Justice will not come from individual acts of charity but will require the transformation of social structures. Transforming unjust social structures is not their problem alone, but everyone’s together.

The Sin of White Supremacy links the present realities of disparity to the generational dispossession legislated in America's past, and sees the problem of racial disparity and racialized unrest as everyone’s problem. The book traces the way Christian thought has had a part in creating the racialized legislation by which people of color were dispossessed. As a Christian theologian whose primary area of research has been how Christian theology has thought about people of other faiths, Hill Fletcher calls to task not only good White Christians to see their role in creating the conditions of dispossession, but also calls to task good White theologians to see their role in creating the narratives that made this dispossession seem reasonable, even ordained by God. The Sin of White Supremacy rethinks Christian symbolism that might guide good White Christians and perhaps others in undoing the sins of the past and contributing to a world of racial justice.

For many Christians, this book will be a sobering but liberating slap in the face. Hill Fletcher makes a careful and undeniable case that 'the theology of Christian supremacy gave birth to the ideology of White supremacy,' and that we won't really be able to undo claims or feelings that Whites are superior until we do the same for claims that Christianity/Christ are superior over other religions. Fortunately, she devotes half the book to showing how Christians can overcome their superiority complex if they take Jesus' message of serving, self-sacrificing love seriously. – Paul Knitter, Union Theological Seminary
In her recognition of the corruption of Christian identity by White supremacy, Hill Fletcher gives us a tool for exploring the seeming intractable problem of Christian participation in the sinful workings of racism. This text offers a great service for the Church, the theological academy, and people of good will interested in challenging one of the greatest evils of modernity. – Stephen G. Ray Jr., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Timely and urgent, this courageous book offers theological resources for working toward racial and economic justice. Required reading for anyone interested in social transformation and liberation! – Kwok Pui-lan, author, Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology

The project of The Sin of White Supremacy is fundamentally a project aimed at cultivating not just understanding but also love. And as James Cone has expressed, "Love in society is named justice."

Religion & Spirituality / Theology / Education

Integrating Work in Theological Education edited by Kathleen A. Cahalan, Edward Foley, & Gordon S. Mikoski, with a foreword by Stephen R. Graham (Pickwick Publications)

If only educators could do a better job of helping students at ‘connecting the dots,’ theological educators commonly lament. Integration, often proposed as a solution to the woes of professional education for ministry, would help students integrate knowledge, skills, spirituality, and integrity. When these remain disconnected, incompetence ensues, and the cost runs high for churches, denominations, and ministers themselves.

However, educators fail in thinking that integrating work is for students alone. It is a multifaceted, constructive process of learning that is contextual, reflective, and dialogical. It aims toward important ends – competent leaders who can guide Christian communities today. It entails rhythms, not stages, and dynamic movement, including disintegration. Integrating work is learning in motion, across domains, and among and between persons. It is social and communal, born of a life of learning together for faculty, staff, administrators and students. It is work that bridges the longstanding gaps between school, ministry practice, and life.

In Integrating Work in Theological Education a diverse group of theological educators, through descriptive case studies, theological reflection, and theory building, offer a distinctive contribution to understanding integrating work and how best to achieve it across three domains: in community, curriculums, and courses.

Editor/contributors to Integrating Work in Theological Education are Kathleen A. Cahalan, Professor of Practical Theology at Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary, and project director of the Collegeville Institute Seminars in Collegeville, Minnesota; and Edward Foley, Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality and Professor of Liturgy and Music at Catholic Theological Union, where he was the founding director of the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Program. A third editor is Gordon S. Mikoski, Associate Professor of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary. Additional contributors are Emily Click, assistant dean for ministry studies and field education and Lecturer on Ministry at Harvard Divinity School; and David O. Jenkins, associate professor in the practice of practical theology at Candler School of Theology.

According to Stephen R. Graham in the foreword, for the three decades of Graham’s involvement with theological schools, he says the question of integration regularly has been identified as a challenge and discussed. Integration implies unity, and in this era of growing diversities integrative unity is as difficult to achieve as it ever has been. Theological schools face a range of pressures toward divergence related to students, faculty, and institutions. In their energetic work to address a growing number of issues and to serve an ever greater variety of constituencies, theological schools can lose focus, and their work can feel fragmented without a clear center and the stability and stillness needed to listen to the voice of the Spirit.

Students bring a richness of diversities to theological schools that makes them exciting places to be, but those diversities also contribute to the complex challenge of integration. The authors of Integrating Work in Theological Education identify a range of student diversities in their essays: the remarkably varied experiences students bring to their theological studies, for example; a wide spectrum of ages; different vocational goals; and racial and ethnic differences.

Chapters in Integrating Work in Theological Education note the challenges faced by faculty to develop the skills needed for more integrative work. And the authors expand the definition of who sits at the faculty table and why. Faculty members in theological schools are remarkably gifted and dedicated to the work, but relatively few have been trained in ways that facilitate integrative thinking and work.

External pressures also mitigate against integration on the institutional level. At the same time that institutions need to do more educationally, since many students are less fully prepared for graduate theological education than in previous generations, financial and missional pressures push schools to provide shorter and less expensive degree programs. Because of budget constraints, schools work to decrease expenditures, but a number of integrative practices require additional personnel (team teaching, pastoral mentors, spiritual directors), travel, and collaborations (with congregations and other institutions), all of which can add pressure to the institution's budget.

Together, these forces and circumstances make integration both necessary and very challenging. That is why Integrating Work in Theological Education is so timely and important. The editors and authors provide an extraordinary service to their colleagues in theological schools and the students they serve by unpacking and illustrating the range of meanings and applications of integration in graduate theological studies. The book's four main parts – schools, curriculums, courses, and frameworks – capture the breadth of integrating needed within theological schools. The first three parts begin with an introductory section that frames the section, followed by case studies that illustrate it, concluding by ‘harvesting insights’ on what has been learned. Integrating Work in Theological Education effectively represents the diversities present in graduate theological schools – sizes and types of schools, ecclesial families, approaches, models, and examples – and the book effectively illustrates integrative work through its structure.

Integrating Work in Theological Education takes a broad view of integration, using the term in three ways: making connections between bodies of knowledge, overcoming the divide between theory and practice, and enhancing what is called the ‘professional’ model by integrating intellectual, practical, and moral and professional aspects of theological education. The result is that virtually every facet of the enterprise of theological education is presented for examination of how it contributes, or fails to contribute, to integration: from curriculum to persons to the uses of time and space.

The editors and authors review work already being done in their schools through illustrative case studies, describe frameworks as a means to examine the integrating process, and seek to understand integrative work theologically within the various ecclesial traditions. They hope to ‘advance the conversation’ through attention to who does the integrating, examining the roles of the larger community and not just students who are normally identified as those most in need of learning the skills of integration. They approach integrating as a dynamic process that evolves over time. And they want to be ‘attentive to theory and theology.’

Lack of integration is certainly an educational problem. Integrating Work in Theological Education illustrates that it is also a theological problem. The Holy Trinity models perfect integration in diversity, creation displays astonishing diversity while all is sustained by the same life-giving Spirit, and the Incarnation draws together human and divine in perfect unity. To what extent do our theological schools and theological education reflect (or reject) the integrating character of God?

For the past several decades, discussions within theological education have offered integration as the antidote for what ails it. In this collaboratively authored book, the discussion finally takes on clarity and depth as the authors study institutional and ministerial contexts, a wide array of curricula, and various case studies to draw out the meanings and implications of a way of learning that integrates theory and practice, academic and ministerial contexts, and conceptual and professional models. An excellent way to frame and inform the ongoing discussions. – Nadine S. Pence, Executive Director, Wabash Center

The primary way schools do their work is to divide large subject areas into smaller parts. The primary way that pastors do their work is to combine information from multiple sources. The perennial challenge for theological educators is to connect the parts that schools use with the integrated combinations that pastors use. Integrating Work in Theological Education addresses this very issue thoughtfully and comprehensively, and does so more effectively than any resource I have ever read. – Daniel Aleshire, Executive Director, Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

In our time the world is hyper-connected, yet painfully fragmented. All of us – ministers, seminary professors, students, and people of faith – need portals for imagining and enacting whole and healed ways to be in the world. Cahalan, Mikoski, and Foley, with their colleagues, offer us keys to integration, `a dynamic process that evolves over time.' The book ushers us into new ways to embrace integrating work in classrooms, ministry settings, and even faculty meetings. – Eileen R. Campbell-Reed, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Central Baptist Theological Seminary

As Graham says in the foreword of Integrating Work in Theological Education, this timely volume makes an important contribution to the ongoing processes of exploration and assessment of educational models and practices in theological education and leads readers on a remarkably fruitful journey toward integrating that is wise, theologically informed, and effective.

Science / History / Theoretical Physics / Electricity / Engineering / Biographies & Memoirs

The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside: A Maverick of Electrical Science by Basil Mahon (Prometheus Books)

Oliver Heaviside (1850 -1925) may not be a household name but he was one of the great pioneers of electrical science: his work led to huge advances in communications and became the bedrock of the subject of electrical engineering as it is taught and practiced today. His ideas and original accomplishments are now so much a part of everyday electrical science that they are simply taken for granted; almost nobody wonders how they came about and Heaviside's name has been lost from view.
The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside tells the story of this extraordinary though often unappreciated scientist. Basil Mahon interweaves details of Heaviside's life and personality with explanations of his many important contributions to the field of electrical engineering.

Mahon was formerly an officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and until his retirement worked for the British Government Statistical Service.

Mahon describes a man with an irreverent sense of fun who cared nothing for social or mathematical conventions and lived a fiercely independent life.
As told in The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside Heaviside’s achievements include creating the mathematical tools that were to prove essential to the proper understanding and use of electricity, finding a way to rid telephone lines of the distortion that had stifled progress, and showing that electrical power doesn't flow in a wire but in the space alongside it. At first his ideas were thought to be weird, even outrageous, and he had to battle hard to get them accepted. Yet by the end of his life he was awarded the first Faraday Medal.

The best scientific biography I have read in the last few years.... But there is much more in this book than just a biography. The whole history of the development of electricity, of transmission and telephone lines, and of the numerous people who contributed to their development is here.... The life story of this strange man, and of his important contributions to science and mathematics, is told in a page-turning narrative.... This is essential reading for anyone who wishes to know how electrical science acquired its modern form. – Simon Altmann, author of Rotations, Quaternions, and Double Groups
Mahon deftly captures the quirky brilliance of one of Victorian Britain’s most remarkable scientific minds. – Bruce Hunt, associate professor, History Department, University of Texas
If you’re into mathematics, physics, or engineering, read this book. If you wonder how technology emerges and exponentiates, read this book. If you enjoy stories about people who strive against all odds to create something wonderful, read this book!… Although virtually unknown today, Heaviside’s impact on our world has been enormous. Basil Mahon’s book provides keen insights into this dramatic saga. Through his lasting contributions to science and engineering, Oliver Heaviside lives on, all around us, as you’ll understand by reading this book. – Lynn Conway, Professor Emerita of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan
It is very rare for persons outside the walls of academia to make significant contributions to theoretical physics. The patent clerk Albert Einstein did so, and so did the now almost forgotten Oliver Heaviside. Basil Mahon has written a most perceptive account of Heaviside’s life in middle-class Victorian England and how Heaviside, a curious youth with little education and few prospects, in time came to be on collegial terms with the great physicists of the time – Maxwell, Thomson, Fitzgerald, and Hertz, to name a few – who recognized the genius of this peculiar eccentric. Along the way, we learn about the heroic early years of underwater telegraphy and telephony, the era’s communication revolutions, and how early, flawed views on electricity gradually gave way to Maxwell’s brilliant insight and to his famous equations of electromagnetism – which Heaviside cast into the lucid format in which physicists now know them. Mahon’s meticulously annotated tribute to Heaviside fills an intriguing nook in the history of nineteenth-century science and engineering. – Josef Eisinger, Professor Emeritus at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
A very readable and well-researched book that delves into the life and discoveries of Oliver Heaviside. Heaviside is not one of the better-known early scientists, but ... his contributions were important enough for him to be nominated for the Nobel Prize. The book would be an excellent addition to anyone’s library
. – Barry Parker, author of The Physics of War

The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside tells the complete story, interweaving details of Heaviside’s life with clear explanations. This engrossing story will restore long-overdue recognition to a scientist whose achievements in many ways were as crucial to our modern age as those of Edison's and Tesla's.

Social Sciences / Criminal Justice / Race & Ethnicity

Investigating Difference: Human and Cultural Relations in Criminal Justice, 3rd edition edited by Sarah Prior & Lynn Jones (Pearson/Prentice Hall)

Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else does and thinking something different. – Albert Szent-Györgyi

Investigating Difference is an invitation to think differently about justice. Readers are guided in a deep exploration of justice – its meaning and administration – through consideration of difference.

Investigating Difference, 3rd edition, examines the full range of individual differences across the entire criminal justice system. With a focus on positive solutions, the third edition moves beyond a prioritization of race to emphasize the multitude of social identity categories that matter in the justice system. Written by esteemed faculty and leading scholars in the field, this edition includes new chapters on intersectionality, specialty courts, and whiteness; newly authored and conceptualized chapters on gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, victimization, African Americans, Asian Americans, immigration, disability, and religion; a look at globalization and its impact on victims, offenders, and practitioners; and updated statistics and policy information throughout.

The editors are Sarah Prior and Lynn Jones. Prior was a Lecturer in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice until August 2016. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her research primarily focuses on issues of gender and sexual justice broadly defined and more recently her work is focusing on rape culture and campus sexual violence. She also does research on critical youth studies, the school-to-prison pipeline, and intersectionality. Jones is a Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the M.S. in Applied Criminology program at Northern Arizona University. Previously, she worked with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and the Arizona Coalition for Victim Services (ACVS). The book has 17 additional contributors.

Investigating Difference offers readers a collection of essays that weave together insights from social sciences in an interdisciplinary study of intersectionality of socially constructed difference and systems of justice. Readers develop an understanding of the meaning of difference, especially its significance in relation to notions and administration of justice. By examining how difference is constructed, manifested, and perpetuated through systems of justice, readers gain insights about how intersecting dimensions of difference shape norms and policies that define criminality, dynamics of social control, experiences of victimization, and the operation of systems of justice. Investigating Difference offers a framework for understanding tensions, paradoxes, and problems inherent in efforts to achieve justice in societies around the world. It reveals how inequality, globalization, culture, international/intercultural relations, politics, religion, social movements, and changes affect conceptions and experiences of justice, laws, and systems of adjudication and sanction.

The essays in Investigating Difference coalesce around the insight that individual attributes are meaningless outside a context that construes their meaning, designates associated traits and proclivities, and ascribes on their basis position in a structure of relations and power. The radical implications of the perspectives of construction of difference and intersectionality for the practice of justice are considered by authors who bring focus to varied dimensions of social stratification.

New to this 3rd edition of Investigating Difference:

  • Reorganization of the chapters and book sections to move beyond a prioritization of race and instead to emphasize the multitude of social identity categories that matter in the justice system.
  • New content including chapters on intersectionality, specialty courts, and whiteness, as well as newly authored and conceptualized chapters on gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, victimization, African Americans, Asian Americans, immigration, disability, and religion.
  • Priority given to the theme of intersectionality and overlapping identities in the context of criminal justice and social justice.
  • Additional discussion of globalization and the impact on victims, offenders and practitioners in the justice system.
  • Special topics within chapters in the form of short text boxes, including case studies and a few personal experiences written by practitioners doing justice work in the community.
  • Each chapter begins with learning objectives and ends with discussion questions.

Prior and Jones say that as they wrote the third edition of Investigating Difference, significant events took place in the United States that reignited discussions of how difference matters in relation to the criminal justice system. Many of these events are discussed in further detail in the book: the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the killing of Eric Gamer in New York; the riots that took place in Baltimore in response to the death of Freddie Gray, and the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement; and Trayvon Martin's death and George Zimmerman's acquittal – all further charged the national dialogue about race. The editors say they have felt the consequences of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, both positive and negative, and the ways health care has continued to be an issue of justice and equity (or lack thereof) in the United States. The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled in favor of legalizing marriage equality (Obergefell v. Hodges). Transgender advocates grew more vocal in their quest for equality, which was further emphasized in the public transition of Bruce Jenner, a U.S. Olympic gold medal athlete, to Caitlyn Jenner. It is a particularly ripe moment to discuss issues of difference.

The editors have reorganized the chapters in this 3rd edition. They begin with a more theoretical focus on issues that pertain to investigating difference in the criminal justice system in Part One: Framing Difference, such as social construction, racism, sexism, intersectionality, microaggressions, and privilege, among many others. The next two chapters (Wonders, Chapter 2, and Prior and Jones, Chapter 3) define and discuss important concepts that will be threaded throughout the entire text. Wonders' chapter (Chapter 2) is an updated version of the chapter in the second edition, while the chapter by Prior and Jones (Chapter 3) is a newly written chapter highlighting concepts that are linchpins throughout Investigating Difference. The text then moves to an updated version of Nielsen and Maniglia's chapter on cultural competency and communication (Chapter 4) and to finish out Part One is a new chapter on specialty courts in the United States (Arazan, Chapter 5).

With Part Two: Categories of Difference: Gender and Sexuality, we decided to discuss issues of gender and sexuality earlier in this version of Investigating Difference. All three chapters in this section are newly written chapters that address issues discussed in previous editions, but in new ways and by new authors. Chapter 6 is a reenvisioning of the discussions on gender by Wonders. Too frequently when people discuss gender, it is code for ‘women.’ The chapter in the previous edition was limited in this way. The next chapter (Jones and Prior, Chapter 7) is a new look at issues faced by people in the LGBTQ community as well as broader sexuality and gender identity issues. This chapter builds on Wonders' discussion of sex and gender and emphasizes that while sex and gender are often conflated with sexuality, each are related but distinct. To round out this section, the book has a new chapter on victimization (de Heer and Jones, Chapter 8) that is theoretically grounded in victimology and utilizes campus sexual violence as a case study to highlight intersectional issues in victimization.

Part Three: Categories of Difference: Class and Race focuses primarily on race and class issues in the United States. Michalowski (Chapter 9) revisits his previous chapter on social class and provides a broad and intersectional discussion of class in America. This section then moves to discuss issues of race in the United States, including a newly written chapter on whiteness (Maniglia, Chapter 10), an updated and revised chapter on Native Americans (Nielsen. and Robyn, Chapter 11); and two newly authored chapters on African Americans (Williams, Chapter 12) and Asian Americans (Nguyen, Chapter 13). Michalowski's and Nielsen and Robyn's chapters (Chapters 9 and 11, respectively) are both revisions of chapters that appeared in the second edition of Investigating Difference. The chapter on whiteness is a concept that was not addressed in the previous edition. The other chapters in this section are topics that were discussed in the previous edition, but new authors have revitalized and reenvisioned them (Chapters 12 and 13).

Part Four: Categories of Difference: Immigration and Race, a continuation of identify categories based on ethnicity has been given its own section, given the primacy of immigration panic. First, Costelloe (Chapter 14) re-envisions the chapter from the previous edition on issues of immigration and violence. He provides a historical overview of immigration and immigrant mobility in the United States. Alvarez (Chapter 15) revises and updates his previous chapter on Latinos in the United States and highlights important regional issues such. as Arizona Senate Bill 1070. Lastly, Costelloe (Chapter 16) concludes this section with an updated discussion of how immigration (particularly undocumented immigration) serves as a moral panic in the United States and casts immigrants (documented or not) as threats.

The final content section, Part Five: Categories of Difference: Forgotten Difference, investigates identity categories that are often neglected in the typical ‘race, class, gender’ discussions. This section starts with two chapters focused on age as a category of difference. Maniglia (Chapter 17) updates her discussion on juveniles/youth in the justice system, and Mandino and Bell (Chapter 18) revise and update Mandino's previous discussion of aging and the elderly in the justice system. Chapter 19 is a newly written chapter by Mahosky, McDowell, and Applequist that looks at disability in terms of difference. Lastly, Mohamed (Chapter 20) provides a new chapter on religion and discusses the historical and contemporary significance religion plays in interactions with the justice system.

The concluding section of Investigating Difference, Part Six: Reframing Difference, briefly wraps up the text and reminds readers that difference matters, and that meanings of difference can be reconstructed for social justice and criminal justice.

Investigating Difference takes readers on a journey of inquiry to discovery. Readers will be provoked to bring a new perspective to familiar ideas, practices, and patterns in the administration of justice. I congratulate the editors and authors for crafting this powerful volume and bringing to students of justice a new edition that elaborates on the core themes of prior editions with attention to new and emerging issues. – Karen Pugliesi, Ph.D., Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Northern Arizona University

Investigating Difference, 3rd edition is for courses that investigate race, class, and gender issues in Criminal Justice. This distinctive collection of essays weaves together insights from years of experience. Students and teachers will find the addition of chapter objectives and chapter-discussion questions helpful as they traverse often-complicated discussions about difference. Readers will gain a rich understanding of the meaning of difference and a distinctive framework for understanding tension and problems in efforts to achieve justice.

Sociology / Military / Politics

The Professional Soldier: A Social and Political Portrait, reissue edition by Morris Janowitz (Free Press)

This classic study is one of the major cornerstones for a new generation of international research on the military profession as it has emerged in the twenty-first century. – David R. Segal, director of the Center for Research on Military Organization

In the Cold War era, Morris Janowitz was among the first to recognize that the military was a fruitful subject for social science to study. Asking who soldiers are, what they do, and what they believe, Janowitz's studies of armed forces and society have guided the work of scholars and policy makers for three generations. The Professional Soldier identifies three issues that confront civil-military relations to this day: how to judge the political consequences of military conduct, how to solve problems of international relations while using less force, and how to strengthen civilian control of the military while preserving professional military autonomy.

Janowitz (1919-1988) was an American sociologist. His research focused on subjects ranging from the military and patriotism to urban studies and racial prejudice. Janowitz taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago. He founded the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. Janowitz served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Janowitz in the preface of The Professional Soldier says that to believe that the military profession in the United States anticipates no future alternative but an inevitable major atomic war is to commit a crude error. To believe that the military have become integrated with other leadership groups into a monolithic national political establishment is to commit a sophisticated error. But to believe that the military are not an effective pressure group on the organs of government is to commit a political error.

Janowitz says that The Professional Soldier is an attempt to describe the professional life, organizational setting, and leadership of the American military as they have evolved during the first half of this century. Treating the military profession as an object of social inquiry enables a fuller and more accurate assessment of its power position in American society and of its behavior in international relations.

At the time of publication, The Professional Soldier established the foundation for the sub-discipline of studying the military with the tools of the sociological trade. Janowitz examines the organizational realities of the military, and although the ‘fighting spirit’ and the heroic charge, with saber drawn, is an enduring totem that the military pays homage to, increasingly there has been a transition towards a managerial type, with many similarities to civilian counterparts. It is even possible to spend most of one's life in the military, and never hear a shot fired in anger. Janowitz does not mince words when he calls it a ‘profession in violence,’ and details the sociological origins of a significant cadre of the professionals: rural, and southern.

He knew us better than we knew ourselves. In his brilliant, timeless classic The Professional Soldier, Morris Janowitz brought a superb sociologist's perception, candor, and yes, sympathy, to his consideration of the U.S. military officer corps. As a World War II veteran himself, he had every reason to question what made American officers tick. This classic book is the result. If you've read it before, re-read it. If you are opening The Professional Soldier for the first time, you are about to embark on a trip very much worth taking, guided by one of our country's finest scholars, the late and rightly renowned Morris Janowitz. – Lieutenant General (ret.) Daniel P. Bolger, AM, PhD

The Professional Soldier is as valuable as ever, both for those who serve under oath to the Republic and for those who do not. Its hypotheses still frame basic issues that military leaders must constantly address: What does it mean to be a military professional? and Why does it matter that soldiers are military professionals, not simply cogs in a big government bureaucracy? An absolute must read for military professionals and civilians alike. – Don M. Snider, PhD, professor emeritus at West Point

The Professional Soldier is a comprehensive and critical portrait of the officer's role. A must-read, it tells how professional soldiers adapt to the changing demands of war, to protect and sustain the values of liberal democratic societies. – James Burk, professor at Texas A&M University and president of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society

This classic study is one of the major cornerstones for a new generation of international research on the military profession as it has emerged in the twenty-first century. – David R. Segal, director of the Center for Research on Military Organization, University of Maryland

Morris Janowitz's The Professional Soldier is a timely and timeless classic. Chronicling the end of the mass army and the rise of the professional `force in being,' Janowitz not only highlighted the central civil-military dynamics of the high Cold War era but also pointed to the enduring challenges that evolving technology and new forms of social organization would continue to pose for a democratic society's relationship with its military institution. The Professional Soldier remains as relevant today as it was in 1960. – Michael C. Desch, director of the Notre Dame International Security Center and author of Civilian Control of the Military: The Changing Security Environment

More than fifty years after its publication, The Professional Soldier remains a path-breaking study of civil-military relations. It is a vital resource for students and anyone interested in understanding the past, present, and future of the armed services.


Contents this Issue:

The New Munsell Student Color Set: Bundle Book + Studio Access Card, 4th edition by Jim Long (Fairchild Books)

The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods, 1st edition edited by Luke Sloan & Anabel Quan-Haase (Sage Publications Ltd)

Salt Block Grilling: 70 Recipes for Outdoor Cooking with Himalayan Salt Blocks by Mark Bitterman (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Foo Fighters: Learning to Fly by Mick Wall (St. Martin’s Press)

Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope by John Saunders, with John U. Bacon, with a foreword by Mitch Albom (Da Capo Press)

Dr. Z: The Lost Memoirs of an Irreverent Football Writer by Paul Zimmerman edited by Peter King (Triumph Books)

A Motorcycle on Hell Run: Tanzania, Black Power, and the Uncertain Future of Pan-Africanism, 1964–1974 by Seth M. Markle (Ruth Simms Hamilton African Diaspora Series: Michigan State University Press)

Alger Hiss: Framed: A New Look at the Case That Made Nixon Famous by Joan Brady (Arcade Publishing)

The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania: Architecture & Preservation, Built 1750–1900 by Gregory D. Huber (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd)

Place-Names of Flintshire by Hywel Wyn Owen & Ken Lloyd Gruffydd (University of Wales Press)

My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness – Audiobook, MP3 Audio CD, unabridged, running time 17 hours by Howard Jones, read by James Patrick Cronin (Tantor Media)

My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness (hardcover) by Howard Jones (Pivotal Moments in American History Series: Oxford University Press)

Crossing the Line: Early Creole Novels and Anglophone Caribbean Culture in the Age of Emancipation (New World Studies) by Candace Ward (University of Virginia Press)

Inheritance from Mother by Minae Mizumura, translated from the Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter (Other Press)

Death Comes for the War Poets: A Verse Tapestry by Joseph Pearce (St. Augustine’s Press)

APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology, 1st edition by Editor-in-Chief Shane S. Bush PhD ABPP, with associate editors George J. Demakis & Martin L. Rohling (APA Handbooks in Psychology Series: American Psychological Association)

Voice of Glory: The Life and Work of Davis Grubb by Thomas E. Douglass (The University of Tennessee Press)

The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism, & Religious Diversity in America by Jeannine Hill Fletcher Hill (Orbis Books)

Integrating Work in Theological Education edited by Kathleen A. Cahalan, Edward Foley, & Gordon S. Mikoski, with a foreword by Stephen R. Graham (Pickwick Publications)

The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside: A Maverick of Electrical Science by Basil Mahon (Prometheus Books)

Investigating Difference: Human and Cultural Relations in Criminal Justice, 3rd edition edited by Sarah Prior & Lynn Jones (Pearson/Prentice Hall)

The Professional Soldier: A Social and Political Portrait, reissue edition by Morris Janowitz (Free Press)