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May 2018, Issue #229

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The Modern A-Frame by Ben Rahn, with an introduction by Chad Randl (Gibbs Smith)

Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance – and What We Can Do About It by Jeffrey Pfeffer (Harper Business)

Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang (Portfolio, Penguin Random House)

Reporting Elections: Rethinking the Logic of Campaign Coverage, 1st edition by Stephen Cushion & Richard Thomas (Contemporary Political Communication Series: Polity)

Applied Cloud Deep Semantic Recognition: Advanced Anomaly Detection, 1st edition edited by Mehdi Roopaei & Paul Rad (An Auerbach Book, CRC Press)

Backyard Bounty – Revised & Expanded, 2nd edition: The Complete Guide to Year-round Gardening in the Pacific Northwest by Linda Gilkeson (New Society Publishers)

Basics of Precision Engineering, 1st edition edited by Richard Leach & Stuart T. Smith (CRC Press)

 

Motor Control and Learning: A Behavioral Emphasis, 6th edition, with web resource by Richard Schmidt, Tim Lee, Carolee Winstein, Gabriele Wulf, & Howard Zelaznik (Human Kinetics)

The 30-Minute Runner: Smart Training for Busy Beginners by Duncan Larkin, with a foreword by Dr. Mike Moreno (Skyhorse Publishing)

Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History by Roy Adkins & Lesley Adkins (Viking)

The Rise and Fall of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in Arkansas by James D. Ross Jr. (University of Tennessee Press)

What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart (Putnam)

Alter Ego by Brian Freeman (A Jonathan Stride Novel: Quercus)

Administration and Management in Criminal Justice: A Service Quality Approach, 3rd edition by Jennifer M. Allen & Rajeev Sawhney (Sage Publishing)

Belief: What It Means to Believe and Why Our Convictions Are So Compelling by James E. Alcock (Prometheus Books)

The Gospel according to God: Rediscovering the Most Remarkable Chapter in the Old Testament by John MacArthur (Crossway)

Choosing Charters: Better Schools or More Segregation? edited by Iris C. Rotberg & Joshua L. Glazer (Teachers College Press)

Lonely Planet Russia, 8th edition by Lonely Planet,  Simon Richmond, Mark Baker, Marc Bennetts, & Stuart Butler (Travel Guides: Lonely Planet)

101 American Fossil Sites You've Gotta See by Albert B. Dickas (Mountain Press Publishing Company)

 

Reviews

Arts & Photography / Architecture

The Modern A-Frame by Ben Rahn, with an introduction by Chad Randl (Gibbs Smith)

The Modern A-Frame reveals mid-century spaces made new: A-Frame homes from rustic to ultra-modern, mountain retreats to seaside getaways.

The A-Frame home surged in popularity in the 1950s, and has captured the public’s imagination with its playfully modern, steep-sloping roofline ever since. Masterfully photographed, The Modern A-Frame celebrates seventeen diverse accounts of these minimalists cabins reinvented for the twenty-first century.

Author Ben Rahn has been photographing architecture and interiors for more than twenty years. He founded A-Frame Studio in 2003 out of a desire to combine his love of design with his keen photographic eye.

According to Chad Randl in the introduction, design ideas rise up through a combination of forces – the persistence of influential or determined advocates, a resonance with the spirit of the age, editors looking for good copy and alluring images. Then they fall away as the concept moves from startlingly new to conventional, from challenging the status quo to being the status quo. As an idea becomes common and then cliché, early promoters lose interest or even disown it. Only after a period of time and forgetting might the idea reemerge.

The triangular building is one such idea, says Randl. Mostly forgotten by the early twentieth century, enough precedents survived to trace the lineage of a new revival. Finding new use as a base for recreation, the A-frame became one of the most recognizable (and malleable) building forms of the 1950s-70s, typifying an era of optimism, abundance, and play. Then triangular design seemed to disappear – from the preferences of tastemakers, from the pages of magazines, from popular consciousness, if not from the landscape. In recent years, the reemergence of the A-frame has been marked less by the construction of entirely new examples and more the rehabilitation and creative adaptation of designs dating from that postwar boom.

As a student of popular architectural culture, historic preservation, and the process of design, Randl says he finds these examples fascinating markers of shifting taste across time. When these ideas reemerge they tell us something about the past, but also, reconfigured and interpreted, about the era of their re-adoption. What does the interest in A-frames as documented in The Modern A-Frame suggest about our own time?

The Modern A-Frame is perfect for the architectural enthusiast, mid-century-minded designer, or armchair traveler. Whether fabricated from a 1960s kit or as a new build via retro inspiration, the variety of styles and homeowners in this photo-driven collection beautifully captures the romance of a classic structure, which beckons to travelers and homebuyers today, just as it did sixty years ago.

Nostalgic escapes, heritage homes, full-time simplicity, and artists at work categorize the A-frames whose engaging stories are shared in The Modern A-Frame.

Business & Investing / Employee Health

Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance – and What We Can Do About It by Jeffrey Pfeffer (Harper Business)

In one survey, 61 percent of employees said that workplace stress had made them sick and 7 percent said they had actually been hospitalized. Job stress costs US employers more than $300 billion annually and may cause 120,000 excess deaths each year. People are literally dying for a paycheck.

In Dying for a Paycheck, Jeffrey Pfeffer contends that many modern management commonalities such as long work hours, work-family conflict, and economic insecurity are toxic to employees – hurting engagement, increasing turnover, and destroying people’s physical and emotional health – and also inimical to company performance.

Pfeiffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

In Dying for a Paycheck, Pfeffer argues that human sustainability should be as important as environmental stewardship. He marshals a vast trove of evidence and numerous examples from all over the world to expose the truth about modern work life: even as organizations allow management practices that literally sicken and kill their employees, those policies do not enhance productivity or the bottom line.

Exploring a range of important topics including layoffs, health insurance, work-family conflict, work hours, job autonomy, and why people remain in toxic environments, Pfeffer offers guidance and practical solutions everyone – employees, employers, and the government – can use to enhance workplace wellbeing.

"In today's work world, white-collar jobs are often as stressful and unhealthful as manual labor or blue-collar work – frequently more so," says Stanford University professor Pfeffer in Dying for a Paycheck. He says, "Stress at work, not subject to OSHA reporting or intervention, and seemingly invisible and accepted as an inevitable part of contemporary workplaces, just keeps getting worse for almost all us, resulting in an ever-higher physical and psychological toll."

Drawing on real-life cases, Pfeffer exposes all-too-familiar horror stories about illness, disability, unhealthful lifestyles, depression, and substance abuse from workplace stress. He explores the toxic management practices behind these problems and offers a blueprint for beneficial change. Calling for employers to understand what their unhealthful practices are costing not just their employees but the organizations themselves, he also suggests ways that government must step in to mitigate a system that is taxing the public health and welfare system. Offering advice for individuals fighting a broken system, he encourages potential employees to learn how to select employers based on the work environment, and he pushes for social movements that will foster positive workplaces where people can thrive. Considering multiple dimensions of work environments – from layoffs, health insurance, work-family conflict, and job autonomy, to the harsh reality of why many people remain in toxic environments despite knowing the metal and physical cost, Dying for a Paycheck will change how managers and employees view human sustainability.

In this urgent and essential book, Pfeffer lays bare the hidden costs of the gig economy, employment instability, and many modern management practices. If you’ve got a job, you must read this book. – Laszlo Bock, CEO and Co-Founder of Humu & author of Work Rules!
This is simply the most important business book I have read in a decade. As Pfeffer’s sharp analysis points out, the relationship between people and organizations is flat-out broken. Offering a range of solutions, 
Dying for a Paycheck will start a revolution. – Tom Rath, author of STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0.
This profound book on personal well-being and organizational work environments should change how work is done and literally save lives. Using Pfeffer’s insights, employees can take responsibility for their physical and mental health and leaders can create abundant organizations that win. – 
Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
With precision and insight, Pfeffer lays bare the true cost of toxic workplaces, providing a timely wakeup call for any leader who thought a good workplace was simply a ‘nice to have’. As Pfeffer shows, it is a fundamental right in our fast changing society. 
Dying for a Paycheckis an essential book from one of our greatest organizational scholars. – Professor Lynda Gratton, author of The 100-Year Life: living and working in an age of longevity
Pfeffer examines the heretofore uncharted relationship between dysfunctional workplace practices and employee health. Dying for a Paycheck is a compelling and important read for all of us seeking to produce a healthy and engaged organization. – 
Gary Loveman, former CEO, Caesars Entertainment and former president of Consumer and Health Services, Aetna

This is a timely, provocative book. Dying for a Paycheck is a clarion call for a social movement focused on human sustainability. Pfeffer makes clear that the environment we work in is just as important as the one we live in, and with this urgent book he opens our eyes and shows how we can make our workplaces healthier and better.

Business & Investing / Technology / Investigative Journalism

Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang (Portfolio, Penguin Random House)

According to Emily Chang, for women in tech, Silicon Valley is not a fantasyland of unicorns, virtual reality rainbows, and 3D-printed lollipops, where millions of dollars grow on trees. It's a ‘Brotopia,’ where men hold all the cards and make all the rules. Vastly outnumbered, women face toxic workplaces rife with discrimination and sexual harassment, where investors take meetings in hot tubs and network at sex parties.
In Brotopia, TV journalist Chang reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals, why bro culture endures despite decades of companies claiming the moral high ground – and how women are finally starting to speak out and fight back.
Chang is the anchor and executive producer of Bloomberg Technology, a daily TV show focused on global technology and Bloomberg Studio 1.0. She was previously a CNN correspondent based in Beijing and London, and has won five regional Emmy awards for her reporting.

Drawing on her deep network of Silicon Valley insiders, Chang opens the boardroom doors of male-dominated venture capital firms like Kleiner Perkins, the subject of Ellen Pao's high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit, and Sequoia, where a partner once famously said they ‘won't lower their standards’ just to hire women. Interviews with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer – who got their start at Google, where just one in five engineers is a woman – reveal just how hard it is to crack the Silicon Ceiling. And Chang shows how women such as former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, entrepreneur Niniane Wang, and game developer Brianna Wu, have risked their careers and sometimes their lives to pave a way for other women.

Excellent. – San Francisco Chronicle
Brotopia is more than a business book. Silicon Valley holds extraordinary power over our present lives as well as whatever utopia (or nightmare) might come next. – New York Times
[Chang] is clearly engaged with and often incensed by her subject, and the best parts of Brotopia are those moments when she actively resists the 'it's all good' ethos of the Bay Area and cuts down chauvinism with the disdain it deserves. – New York Times
Brotopia goes far beyond the salacious to offer an important examination of why the technology industry is so dominated by men – and how women are pushing back. – Financial Times
When reading 
Brotopia, it's easy to envision it as a film…. Women who have triumphed in tech despite the odds… could be the film's heroines, and so would the young girls learning how to code despite it all. – The Verge
… Chang's scrutiny breaks open a wide doorway, allowing fresh ideas about a tainted industry to circulate and spark discussions. – Kirkus Review

A powerful exposé, Brotopia shows readers how to fix the toxic culture – to bring down Brotopia, once and for all.

Communication / Journalism / Media

Reporting Elections: Rethinking the Logic of Campaign Coverage, 1st edition by Stephen Cushion & Richard Thomas (Contemporary Political Communication Series: Polity)

How elections are reported has important implications for the health of democracy and informed citizenship. But how informative are the news media during campaigns? What kind of logic do they follow? How well do they serve citizens?
Based on original research as well as the most comprehensive assessment of election studies to date, Stephen Cushion and Richard Thomas in Reporting Elections examine how campaigns are reported in many advanced Western democracies. In doing so, they engage with debates about the mediatization of politics, media systems, information environments, media ownership, regulation, political news, horserace journalism, objectivity, impartiality, agenda-setting, and the relationship between media and democracy more generally.
Cushion is Reader at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. Thomas is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Swansea University.

Focusing on the most recent US and UK election campaigns, they consider how the logic of election coverage could be rethought in ways that better serve the democratic needs of citizens. Above all, they argue that election reporting should be driven by a public logic, where the agenda of voters takes center stage in the campaign and the policies of respective political parties receive more airtime and independent scrutiny.
Cushion and Thomas say in the introduction to Reporting Elections that to ensure that they had the space not just to unpack findings but to explain the context in which news was produced, their primary focus was on election studies in the UK and the US. This was also because they had to rely on English-language material. Nonetheless, they do explore campaign coverage beyond their Anglo-American focus, particularly in several Scandinavian countries. Although they concentrate mostly on television news, at times they present more general findings about media coverage because data was not always disaggregated by medium and there were no alternative studies about the topic.

Each chapter has a specific focus that allows them to explore election reporting in comparative detail. Many of the studies on which they draw were based on the most popular forms of news programming, such as newscasts, which are relatively easy to analyze in quantitative content analysis studies.

Nevertheless, drawing on their own studies of the most recent UK elections, as well as extensively researching the most up-to-date industry reports and academic literature, Reporting Elections was informed overall by a comprehensive range of well over a hundred empirical news studies related to election campaign coverage.

Chapter 1 begins by explaining the conceptual framework of Reporting Elections. Cushion and Thomas consider the main actors – the media, political parties and the public – involved in the agenda-setting process during election campaigns. Drawing on the mediatization of politics framework, they introduce how media, political and public logics have been theorized and consider their relevance to interpreting election reporting. Above all, this chapter unpacks the main editorial influences behind campaign coverage, which explains how Reporting Elections analyzes and assesses the quality of election reporting.

Chapter 2 develops a big picture analysis of election reporting by comprehensively reviewing studies that have investigated how campaigns are generally framed in news coverage. They examine the degree to which election news agendas focus on policy issues compared to campaign-process stories. According to conventional mediatization of politics theory, the balance of process above policy coverage also reveals how far a media or political logic might shape campaign coverage. Their review explores first-order elections, principally American presidential and UK general elections over recent decades, campaign coverage between media systems and political cultures, and the reporting of second-order elections.

Chapter 3 of Reporting Elections digs deeper into one of the previous chapter's key findings – the rise of process-driven news in campaign coverage. They explore the historical development of horserace reporting and consider its value in campaign coverage. Horserace news, of course, is nothing new or particularly novel in election reporting, but, since it has become more dominant in election news, this chapter aims to consider how it shapes campaign coverage. They look at why horserace news thrives in broadcast news and consider its value in engaging and informing people ahead of election day. The chapter asks: Whose agenda is best served by horserace journalism during an election campaign?

Chapter 4 considers how fair and balanced reporting is during election campaigns. They begin by examining studies that have measured forms of bias, such as tonal or agenda balance, focusing on US news media. Unlike most other Western countries, the US does not have any formal regulations ensuring the objectivity, impartial­ity or balance of election coverage. This chapter shows how these terms represent different philosophical aims and are applied (and understood) according to different national media systems and political cultures.

Chapter 5 focuses largely on coverage of the 2016 US presi­dential race and the media logic of election news. Donald Trump was not a typical presidential candidate and, in a number of ways, redefined campaign logic by his use of social media and his ability to command media attention. They characterize this as a Trumpification of election reporting, with campaign coverage having been influenced by the rise of partisan media, post-truth politics and the increasing commercialization of news values. They explore the limited range of studies (at the time of writing) that examine the nature of coverage during both the primary campaigns and the general election. Drawing parallels with how Trump and Clinton were reported, they examine EU referendum coverage and enter into debates about false balance and impartial journalism. Finally, they ask whether the Trumpification of election reporting is likely to spread around the world.

The final chapter reflects on the overall findings of Reporting Elections to develop an evidence-based assessment about the value of campaign coverage. They consider how well the news media enhance people's engagement with and understanding of politics ahead of election day. In understanding the logic behind campaign coverage, they question how the mediatisation of politics has been theorized and interpret new logics that shape how elections are reported. Since political parties have become increasingly sophisticated in how they campaign during an election, they argue that journalists need to find new ways of holding power to account. This is the central focus of Reporting Elections – to understand comprehensively the logic of campaign coverage and to rethink how election reporting could strengthen democracy.

Thoroughly researched and well written, this is a major addition to the agenda-setting library, a nuanced, empirically grounded presentation of the key elements that define the political, media and public agendas during elections. – Maxwell McCombs, University of Texas at Austin
This clear-sighted interrogation of the democratic performance of news organizations across several national and electoral contexts is of enormous value. – David Deacon, Centre for Research in Communication and Culture, Loughborough University
Cushion and Thomas’s cross-national treatment of ‘air wars’ during election campaigns provides lots of meat for scholars and students to absorb and ponder. – Jay Blumler, University of Leeds

Reporting Elections is essential reading for scholars and students in political communication and journalism studies, political science, media and communication studies.

Computers & Internet

Applied Cloud Deep Semantic Recognition: Advanced Anomaly Detection, 1st edition edited by Mehdi Roopaei & Paul Rad (An Auerbach Book, CRC Press)

In data analytics, anomaly detection is discussed as the discovery of objects, actions, behavior, or events that do not conform to an expected pattern in a dataset. Anomaly detection has extensive application in a wide variety of domains such as biometrics spoofing, healthcare, fraud detection for credit cards, network intrusion detection, malware threat detection, and military surveillance for adversaries' threat. While anomalies might be induced in the data for a variety of motives, all of the motives have a common trait in that they are interesting to data scientists and cyber analytics. Anomaly detection has been researched within diverse research areas such as computer science, engineering, information systems and cyber security professionals. Many anomaly detection algorithms have been presented for certain domains, while others are more generic.

Applied Cloud Deep Semantic Recognition provides a comprehensive overview of the research on anomaly detection with respect to context and situational awareness that aim to get a better understanding of how context information influences anomaly detection.

Editors of the volume are Mehdi Roopaei and Paul Rad, Electrical and Computer Engineering, both at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The book has 27 contributors.

In each chapter, Applied Cloud Deep Semantic Recognition identifies advanced anomaly detection and key assumptions, which are used by the model to differentiate between normal and anomalous behavior. When applying a given model to a particular application, the assumptions can be used as guidelines to assess the effectiveness of the model in that domain.

Each chapter provides an advanced deep content understanding and anomaly detection algorithm and then shows readers how the proposed approach is deviating from the basic techniques. Further, each chapter describes the advantages and disadvantages of the algorithm. The final chapters provide a discussion on the computational complexity of the models and graph computational frameworks such as Google Tensorflow and H2O because it is an important issue in real application domains.

Chapters in Applied Cloud Deep Semantic Recognition and their authors include:

  1. Large-Scale Video Event Detection Using Deep Neural Networks – Guangnan Ye
  2. Leveraging Selectional Preferences for Anomaly Detection in Newswire Events – Pradfep Dasigi and Eduard Hovy
  3. Abnormal Event Recognition in Crowd Environments – Moin Nabi, Hossein Mousavi, Hamidreza Rabiee, Mahdyar Ravanbakhsh, Vittorio Murino, and Nicu Sebe
  4. Cognitive Sensing: Adaptive Anomalies Detection with Deep Networks – Chao Wu and Yike Guo
  5. Language-Guided Visual Recognition – Mohamed Elhoseiny, Yizhe (Ethan) Zhu, and Ahmed Elgammal
  6. Deep Learning for Font Recognition and Retrieval – Zhangyang Wang, Jianchao Yang, Hailin Jin, Zhaowen Wang, Eli Shechtman, Aseem Agarwala, Jonathan Brandt, and Thomas S. Huang
  7. A Distributed Secure Machine-Learning Cloud Architecture for Semantic Analysis – Arun Das, Wei-Ming Un, and Paul Rad
  8. A Practical Look at Anomaly Detection Using Autoencoders with H2O and the Programming Language – Manuel Amunategui

Applied Cloud Deep Semantic Recognition provides both cyber analytics practitioners and researchers up-to-date and advanced knowledge in cloud-based frameworks for deep semantic analysis and advanced anomaly detection using cognitive and artificial intelligence (Al) models. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the research on anomaly detection with respect to context and situational awareness that aims to get a better understanding of how context information influences anomaly detection.

This book provides a better understanding of the different directions in which research has been done on deep semantic analysis and situational assessment using deep learning for anomalous detection and how methods developed in one area can be applied to applications in other domains.

Crafts & Hobbies / Organic Gardening / Guides

Backyard Bounty – Revised & Expanded, 2nd edition: The Complete Guide to Year-round Gardening in the Pacific Northwest by Linda Gilkeson (New Society Publishers)

Aimed at new and experienced gardeners in the Pacific Northwest, Backyard Bounty asks: Are you itching to start your own garden or grow more in the one you have, but feel that gardening is too challenging or time-consuming for your busy schedule?

Now completely updated and expanded, Backyard Bounty will demystify gardening, bringing it back to the down-to-earth, environmentally practical activity that anyone can enjoy. Author and master gardener Linda Gilkeson covers everything readers need to grow a successful garden.

Gilkeson is a keen organic gardener with a passion for insects and 25 years of gardening experience on the west coast. After earning a Ph.D. in entomology, she worked as the research director of a biological control company and then for the British Columbia government coordinating programs to reduce pesticide use in the province.

Among other topics, included in Backyard Bounty are:

  • Planning the garden and preparing the soil.
  • Organic fertilizers and simplified composting.
  • Planting for winter harvests and intensive planting schedules.
  • Comprehensive information on pests, diseases, and working with an unstable climate.
  • Greenhouses, tunnels and containers.
  • Organic pest, disease, and week management.

Packed with a wealth of information specific to the Pacific Northwest, Backyard Bounty is a complete guide emphasizing low-maintenance methods and problems related to common pests and climate concerns, The book includes a monthly garden schedule for year-round planting and harvesting and features plant profiles for everything from apples to zucchini.

Backyard Bounty is very likely the best book ever written on growing food in the Pacific Northwest, and it sets a whole new standard for garden writing. By acknowledging the impacts of climate change on our gardens, Gilkeson further elevates the literature. This is the first ‘real time’ gardening book. It is fresh and timely, and every page courses with practical advice and revelations. All growers should own this amazing and insightful book, and we should refer back to it often. – Mark Macdonald, West Coast Seeds
Ideal for both new and seasoned gardeners, this new edition adds more listings to the detailed fruit and vegetable profiles, updates variety choices, and supplies practical information on dealing with common pests and diseases, including new ones to our region. Tips on adapting gardening practices to changing weather patterns are eminently helpful, as is a focus on the soil as a life force that fosters health in plants. – Helen Chesnut, Garden columnist, Times Colonist
As usual, Linda Gilkeson is spot on with her trademark down-to-earth advice to Pacific Northwest Gardeners. If, like me, you sometimes find your vegetables bolting before their time and falling short of your expectations, if you’re wondering how climate change is affecting what you should plant and when, if you’re perplexed about pollination and the impact it is having on your garden’s productivity, struggling with organic pest management, or wondering how to achieve year-round bounty in your outdoor space, you’ll find these pages brimming with seasoned wisdom and practical common sense.
 – Carol Pope, Editor, GardenWise
Whether you have a small or large lot, little or plenty of time, this book shows you how to grow your own toxic-free fruit and vegetables the whole year round. From preparing the ground to harvesting and storing the ripened produce, all is clearly explained. An invaluable book for novices and experienced gardeners.
 – Barry Roberts, Past-President, Master Gardeners Association of BC
Linda Gilkeson has paid some tuition in the garden. Backyard Bounty is remarkably thorough, from roots to pests to pruning to crowns, and it inspires even the experienced grower. Just like homemade soil for a bedding plant, this book is loaded with the richness we need in order to feed ourselves. – Lyle Estill, author, Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy and Industrial Evolution: Tales from a Low Carbon Future

Perfect for novice and experienced gardeners alike, Backyard Bounty shows how even the smallest garden can produce a surprising amount of food twelve months of the year. Especially interesting is the coverage of the effect of climate change on Pacific Northwest gardens.

Engineering / Mechanical

Basics of Precision Engineering, 1st edition edited by Richard Leach & Stuart T. Smith (CRC Press)

Advances in engineering precision have tracked with technological progress for hundreds of years. Over the last few decades, precision engineering has been the specific focus of research on an international scale. The outcome of this effort has been the establishment of a broad range of engineering principles and techniques that form the foundation of precision design.

Today’s precision manufacturing machines and measuring instruments represent highly specialized processes that combine deterministic engineering with metrology. Spanning a broad range of technology applications, precision engineering principles frequently bring together scientific ideas drawn from mechanics, materials, optics, electronics, control, thermo-mechanics, dynamics, and software engineering. These are covered in Basics of Precision Engineering.

Editors are Richard Leach and Stuart T. Smith. Leach is a professor in Metrology at the University of Nottingham and heads the Manufacturing Metrology Team. Prior to this position, he was at the National Physical Laboratory from 1990 to 2014. Smith has been working in engineering for four decades starting in 1977 with a factory maintenance apprenticeship with Miles Redfern Limited. He is now a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and leads the Instrument Development Group at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The book has 15 contributors.

Written as a textbook, Basics of Precision Engineering is a modern examination of precision engineering in all its aspects. The book provides extensive coverage of kinematic principles and design procedures. It surveys dimensional metrology concepts and analysis. It brings in coverage of uncertainty including Monte Carlo methods and examines the micro- and nanotechnology aspects of precision instruments and machines.

Chapters in Basics of Precision Engineering and their authors include:

  1. Introduction to Precision – Richard Leach and Stuart T. Smith
  2. Metrology – Jimmie Miller
  3. Background Principles – Harish P. Cherukuri
  4. Introduction to Dynamics: Implications on the Design of Precision Machines – Patrick Baird and Stuart T. Smith
  5. Dimensional Metrology – Massimiliano Ferrucci, Han Haitjema and Richard Leach
  6. Kinematic Design – Shah Karim and Ulrich Weber
  7. Precision Machine Principles and Elements – Stuart T. Smith
  8. System Modelling – Richard M. Seugling
  9. Measurement Uncertainty – Han Haitjema
  10. Alignment and Assembly Principles – Eric S. Buice
  11. Force Loops – Niels Bosmans and Dominiek Reynaerts
  12. Materials Selection in Precision Mechanics – Derek G. Chetwynd
  13. Environmental Isolation – Waiel Elmadih, Marwene Nefzi and Eric S. Buice
  14. Control Systems for Precision Motion – Stephen Ludwick

This is a highly informative and significant book for all those studying or practicing precision engineering. – Bernard Hon, University of Liverpool, UK

Basics of Precision Engineering provides a collection of precision engineering principles in a single source. Each topic is presented at a level suitable for both undergraduate students and precision engineers in the field. Also included is a wealth of references and example problems to consolidate ideas and help guide interested readers to more advanced literature on specific implementations.

Health & Fitness / Education & Training

Motor Control and Learning: A Behavioral Emphasis, 6th edition, with web resource by Richard Schmidt, Tim Lee, Carolee Winstein, Gabriele Wulf, & Howard Zelaznik (Human Kinetics)

Motor Control and Learning, sixth edition with Web Resource, focuses on observable movement behavior, the many factors that influence quality of movement, and how movement skills are acquired. The text examines the motivational, cognitive, biomechanical, and neurological processes of complex motor behaviors that allow human movement to progress from unrefined and clumsy to masterfully smooth and agile.

This updated sixth edition, with its five authors, builds upon the foundational work of Richard Schmidt and Timothy Lee in previous editions.

Richard A. Schmidt, PhD, passed away in 2015, leaving a legacy of groundbreaking research in motor control and learning. He had authored the first edition of Motor Control and Learning in 1982. Schmidt was a professor emeritus in the department of psychology at UCLA and ran a consulting firm, Human Performance Research, working in the areas of human factors and human performance. Timothy D. Lee, PhD, is a professor emeritus in the department of kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Carolee J. Winstein, PhD, PT, is a professor of biokinesiology and physical therapy at the University of Southern California, as well as in the department of neurology at the Keck School of Medicine. Gabriele Wulf, PhD, is a professor in the department of kinesiology and nutrition sciences at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Howard N. Zelaznik, PhD, is a professor of health and kinesiology at Purdue University.

The extensively revised content in Motor Control and Learning reflects the latest research and new directions in motor control and learning. Additional new features of the sixth edition include the following:

  • A web resource that includes narratives and learning activities from Motor Control in Everyday Actions that correspond with the chapters in Motor Control and Learning, giving students additional opportunities to analyze how research in motor learning and control can be expanded and applied in everyday settings.
  • An instructor guide that offers sample answers for the learning experiences found in the student web resource.
  • New content on sleep and movement memory, the role of vision, illusions and reaching, the OPTIMAL theory of motor learning, and the neuroscience of learning.

Motor Control and Learning begins with an introduction to the field and an introduction to important concepts and research methods. Part II thoroughly covers motor control with topics such as closed-loop perspective, the role of the central nervous system for movement control, speed and accuracy, and coordination. Part III deals with motor learning, exploring the effects of attentional focus, the structure of practice sessions, the role of feedback, theoretical views of motor learning, and the retention and transfer of skills.

Throughout Motor Control and Learning, art and practical examples are included to elucidate complex topics. Sidebars with historical examples, classic research, and examples of real-world applications highlight the importance of motor control and learning research and bring attention to influential research studies and pioneers. End-of-chapter summaries and student assignments reinforce important concepts and terms and provide review opportunities. For instructors, an image bank complements the new instructor guide.

The updated research, new features, and highly respected authors of Motor Control and Learning, sixth edition, provide a solid foundation for both students and practitioners who study and work in fields that encompass movement behavior. The three new authors offer a range and depth of knowledge that includes current directions in the field.

Health & Fitness / Training / Running

The 30-Minute Runner: Smart Training for Busy Beginners by Duncan Larkin, with a foreword by Dr. Mike Moreno (Skyhorse Publishing)

The 30-Minute Runner takes a simplified approach to training, which is to break down everything into one thirty-minute session per day, a manageable segment for first-time runners and those who may be in decent shape but lead incredibly busy lives.

Everything in the book, including training schedules, techniques, and tips, is put forth purely in terms of minutes spent running, without any goal paces to worry about, mileage to keep track of, or anything to measure other than time spent out on the roads and trails.

Author Duncan Larkin has covered the sport of running for more than a decade. He's a certified Army Master Fitness Trainer and was a top-300 American marathoner back in 2006. He has won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race and the Mohawk-Hudson Marathon. Larkin writes about fitness for Outside Magazine, Competitor Magazine, Runner's World, ESPN, and Running Times.

The 30-Minute Runner focuses on how to maximize those thirty critical minutes in order to achieve two primary goals: shedding extra pounds and completing a 5K race. Larkin also covers topics like running for new moms, single-parent training, how to prepare to run the first race, race-day tips, how to train while on business travel, and taking it to the next level, running forty-five and sixty minutes a day (10K and half-marathon schedules). In addition to the running-based guidelines, The 30-Minute Runner also offers nutritional advice and core exercises that complement the thirty-minute runs.

As Mike Moreno says in the foreword, what Larkin has done in terms of introducing people to change as it applies to exercise is remarkable. He has outlined and produced a very reasonable and doable program to help readers get back on track.

A quick read that allows the beginner to cut out the fluff and learn how to efficiently self-train in the most time-effective method. – Toby Tanser, author of Train Hard, Win Easy, More Fire and The Essential Guide to Running the New York City Marathon; member of the New York Road Runners Board of Directors 
The 30-Minute Runner is a very practical, un-intimidating, and easy to understand guide for getting into (or back into) running, adopting healthy habits, and making it all work within the constraints of a busy lifestyle. – Mario Fraioli, Publisher, The Morning Shakeout 
This book speeds up the learning curve of a beginner runner. With it, you now have a superb mentor and guide that can help you take your running to new heights and prevent you from making rookie mistakes. Great for experienced runners, too!
 – Brad Hudson, three-time Olympic coach 
The compelling thing about The 30-Minute Runner is that, unlike the parade of get-more-from-less running books on shelves these days, it's not about shortcuts, but about maximum efficiency. Larkin is an engineer who trained himself to run a 2:32 marathon, started a family, and embarked on a writing career while already working full time, and he communicates with refreshing insistence. Those are a few of the good reasons to pay attention to this delightful assortment of advisories. – Kevin Beck, author of Young Runners at the Top, editor of Run Strong, former senior writer for Running Times magazine, and marathon training coach 
Running is a simple, beautiful tool for mental and physical well-being. What can be hard about running, though, is finding a place for it in our busy lives. The 30-Minute Runner is a no-nonsense guide for creating and committing to a sustainable, regular – and most importantly, fun – running habit that fits in with the rest of your life’s responsibilities. –Meghan M. Hicks, Senior Editor, iRunFar.com

Whether they were high-end athletes and are trying to get back into shape or they are just trying to get started with any exercise program, The 30-Minute Runner could be just what readers need. Larkin may be just the answer – maybe the answer we all need – to get started down that scary pathway to better health.

History / British / War

Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History by Roy Adkins & Lesley Adkins (Viking)

Gibraltar is a rip-roaring account of the dramatic four-year siege of Britain’s Mediterranean garrison by Spain and France – an overlooked key to the British loss in the American Revolution.
For more than three and a half years, from 1779 to 1783, the tiny territory of Gibraltar was besieged and blockaded, on land and at sea, by the overwhelming forces of Spain and France. It became the longest siege in British history, and the obsession with saving Gibraltar was blamed for the loss of the American colonies in the War of Independence.
Located between the Mediterranean and Atlantic, on the very edge of Europe, Gibraltar was a place of varied nationalities, languages, religions, and social classes. During the siege, thousands of soldiers, civilians, and their families withstood terrifying bombardments, starvation, and disease. Ordinary people lived through extraordinary events, from shipwrecks and naval battles to an attempted invasion of England and a daring sortie out of Gibraltar into Spain. Deadly innovations included red-hot shot, shrapnel shells, and a barrage from immense floating batteries.
Gibraltar by Roy and Lesley Adkins is a story of soldiers, sailors, and civilians, with royalty and rank-and-file, workmen and engineers, priests, prisoners of war, spies, and surgeons, all caught up in a struggle for a fortress located on little more than two square miles of awe-inspiring rock. Gibraltar is rich in dramatic human detail – a tale of courage, endurance, intrigue, desperation, greed, and humanity.

The Adkins are husband-and-wife historians and archaeologists and the bestselling authors of Jane Austen’s England, Nelson’s Trafalgar, Jack Tar, and The Keys of Egypt, among other books.

A page-turning tale of one of the era’s longest and most significant sieges ... this well organized, fast-paced book is a worthwhile addition to the literature on a still-neglected subject. – Publishers Weekly
The husband-and-wife historian team once again exhibit their talent for enlivening British history.... Many readers will wonder why this episode hasn't been made into a movie, with all the heroics of soldiers, civilians, and, especially, families. Thankfully, the authors had a vast trove of letters and diaries of those who lived through the siege, and they use them to great effect.... The story is as compelling as it is fantastic – page-turning history of one of the most important eras of Western civilization. – Kirkus Reviews
This intense account portrays the heroism and sufferings of the defenders while offering interesting vignettes that cover intriguing personalities on both sides. The Adkinses have created an absorbing examination of an important episode in British and European history. – 
Jay Freeman, Booklist
Well-researched and briskly written ... the Adkinses point out, some 
[British] politicians believed that ‘the possession of America has been sacrificed to the retention of Gibraltar.’... Worthy of the most melodramatic Hollywood blockbuster. – Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times (UK)
Fascinating ... timely. – 
Tony Rennell, Daily Mail (UK)
This book is a fascinating, well-crafted account of a siege that defined Britishness, and shaped the strategy of the next four major wars. – 
Andrew Lambert, BBC History Magazine
Daring sea battles, flaming shipwrecks and an attempted invasion of England: all feature in this spirited retelling of the late-18th century Siege of Gibraltar.... Roy and Lesley Adkins’ account never loses sight of the human story at the heart of an extraordinary international incident. – History Revealed
[The Adkins provide] fascinating insight, not only into the history of Gibraltar and its relations with Spain, but also of the impact the conflict had back in Britain, which experienced a new wave of patriotism against its European neighbors. Under constant fear of invasion ... militia and fencible ‘home guards’ sprang up across the nation.... An enthralling and colorful history told with human stories at its heart, providing insight into a little-discussed period of Britain’s past. The repercussions of which we are still experiencing today. – Family Tree
Another epic and illuminating look at Britain’s past from Roy and Lesley Adkins, masters of the historical narrative. Ordinary mortals in extraordinary circumstances leap off the pages. – Quarterdeck

Military and social history at its best, Gibraltar is an epic page-turner. The Adkins have put together a highly readable account of the siege, based on exhaustive research of papers and documents left behind by the people involved. The everyday experiences of all those involved are brought vividly to life with eyewitness accounts. The depth of research allows readers to be taken directly into the garrison, to experience the growing dread as the siege began to hit and the resourcefulness of both British and Spanish protagonists.

History / Labor / South

The Rise and Fall of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in Arkansas by James D. Ross Jr. (University of Tennessee Press)

Founded in eastern Arkansas during the Great Depression, the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (STFU) has long fascinated historians, who have emphasized its biracial membership and the socialist convictions of its leaders, while attributing its demise to external factors, such as the mechanization of agriculture, the repression of wealthy planters, and the indifference of New Dealers. However, as James D. Ross Jr. notes in The Rise and Fall of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in Arkansas, such accounts have largely ignored the perspective of the actual sharecroppers and other tenant farmers who made up the union’s rank and file.

Ross is an associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a specialist in the interaction of race, class, and religion in twentieth-century United States history.

Drawing on a rich trove of letters that STFU members wrote to union leaders, government officials, and others, Ross in The Rise and Fall of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in Arkansas shows that internal divisions were just as significant – if not more so – as outside causes in the union’s ultimate failure. Most important, the STFU’s fatal flaw was the yawning gap between the worldviews of its leadership and those of its members. Ross describes how, early on, STFU secretary H. L. Mitchell promoted the union as one involving many voices – sometimes in harmony, sometimes in discord – but later pushed a more simplified narrative of a few people doing most of the union’s work. Struck by this significant change, Ross explores what the actual goals of the rank and file were and what union membership meant to them. “While the white leaders may have expressed a commitment to racial justice, white members often did not,” he writes. “While the union’s socialist and communist leaders may have hoped for cooperative land ownership, the members often did not.” Above all, the poor farmers who made up the membership wanted their immediate needs for food and shelter met, and they wanted to own their own land and thus to determine their own futures. Moreover, while the leadership often took its inspiration from Marx, the membership’s worldview was shaped by fundamentalist, Pentecostal Christianity.

As told in the introduction to The Rise and Fall of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in Arkansas, in the traditional narrative of the STFU, the union's founding was almost accidental. Sharecroppers and tenant farmers meeting on a plantation had invited two socialist businessmen to one of their meetings. At that meeting it was decided to ask the two socialists to help form a union that would organize all sharecroppers regardless of race. But the real story is far more complex.

In many ways the history of the STFU is the history of poor people using anything at their disposal – religion, politics, and a sense of community – to protect and sustain their families. Their critique and the answer they offered where full of hope. They believed the Kingdom of God could be established on the earth, and they believed that the STFU was the vehicle to bring that about.

In the end, historians are faced with one glaring question: If the union began with so much hope in 1934, why did it end in such misery by 1945? While violence and mechanization (especially the coming of the tractor) are important factors in the demise of the union, it cannot be understated that the union's original pluralism in vision led to internal tensions between the rank and file and the union leadership over questions of land ownership, practical daily needs, and the meaning of mechanization. These differences in goals and tactics greatly contributed to the union' demise.

But most importantly, racial tension and questions over the use of violence within STFU locals would lead to the ultimate demise of the STFU. In one letter Mitchell is insistent that the union be integrated. Donald H. Grubs argues that when the union reached the large towns where blacks and whites did not have such intimate contact it was impossible to organize interracial locals. But beyond the geography of the small towns, there was white opposition to working with black members in the locals. The union was destroyed by racism of both the white leaders and the white rank and file.

It is essential to see that the union was not unified by race and pacifism, as many historians have claimed. Nor was the union without internal strife. These issues would contribute to the STFU's early demise.

The Rise and Fall of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in Arkansas, while compelling revisionist history, is not a detailed history of the STFU. Instead, it is an exam­ination of how the union was founded, what it meant to those who joined, and why it died so quickly. In portraying the tensions and how they factored into the union’s implosion, Ross not only offers a more nuanced view of the STFU, he also makes a powerful new contribution to our understanding of the Depression-era South. Restoring the voices of exploited and subordinate men and women to the history of the 1930s is imperative if we are to understand the full development of the South during the Great Depression.

Literature & Fiction / Love story

What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart (Putnam)

With What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw, the celebrated author of The Myth of You and Me explores an untraditional love story through the lens of a character actor who must finally become the hero of her own story. Leah Stewart is also author of The New Neighbor, The History of Us, Husband and Wife, and Body of a Girl. The recipient of a Sachs Fund prize and an NEA Literature Fellowship, she teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati.

In What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw, as Charlie Outlaw struggles with gaining fame, Josie Lamar struggles with its loss. The star of a cult TV show in her early twenties, Josie has spent the twenty years since searching for a role to equal that one, and feeling less and less like her character, the heroic Bronwyn Kyle. As she gets ready for a reunion of the cast at a huge fan convention, she thinks all she needs to do is find a part and replace Charlie. But she can't forget him, and to get him back she'll need to be a hero in real life.

Until recently Josie had not had an audition for eight months. That is a tough place to be in a profession where self-worth is often measured by fleeting public recognition. Still, their misaligned career trajectories have not undermined Charlie and Josie's solid love for each other – until Charlie does something really stupid and, in Josie's view, perhaps unforgivable.

In a press interview in which he has made a number of other ill-advised statements, Charlie answers a question about his relationship with Josie with some equivocation, and when the story goes viral, Josie is crushed. The one sure thing in her life has proven not so sure. The couple split and Charlie heads to a tropical island to get his head together and figure out how to get his public image back on track and, possibly, win back Josie as well. Josie stays in L.A. and continues to try to jumpstart her career. When she gives in and tries to reach out to Charlie he doesn't respond. What Josie has no way of knowing is that the man she thinks is just lying low and ignoring her calls has been abducted by some hapless locals and is being held hostage.

With profound insight into the human experience, Stewart in What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw has crafted a story that defies the typical Hollywood novel. Where readers might expect satire, Stewart instead offers sympathy, giving voice to the psychological challenges of a craft that forces its players to the edges of vulnerability even as they must withstand intense professional and public scrutiny. Through the fresh psychological lens of Josie and Charlie – two masters of observation; keenly self-aware of their own actions and behaviors; trained to manipulate human emotion for their craft; and deft at inspiring empathy in others – she examines the complexity of not just acting and fame but of the human condition itself.

[A] high-stakes adventure... Part love story, part fun mystery, and a realistic look at TV acting and fame. – Real Simple ("Five Books that Won't Disappoint")

[A] thoughtful study of two Hollywood denizens who take their craft as actors seriously... The narrative voice which swoops into and around the psyches of all the characters, however minor, is old-school omniscient... [Stewart] achieve[s] an unstudied lyricism and cadence... [An earnest] attempt to humanize Hollywood. – Kirkus Reviews

 endearing and satisfying. – Publishers Weekly

Stewart masterfully portrays universal truths about self-awareness, image, and responsibility. – Booklist

I tore through What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw, captivated as much by the suspenseful plot as I was by the vivid prose and comedic moments. Leah Stewart has crafted an air-tight, accomplished novel ripe with remarkable human insights. – Jami Attenberg, author of All Grown Up and The Middlesteins

In What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw, Leah Stewart displays such an amazing range as a writer, balancing intensity and suspense alongside deep introspection and then shifting to reveal such precise comic timing. She has a keen eye for the details that most of us would miss, presenting a clear vision of the absurdity of fame and the characters who struggle to live with and without it. And holding it all together is Stewart's unique understanding of what it is to be human, which always gives way to something perfect and true. – Kevin Wilson, author of Perfect Little World and The Family Fang

Richly layered with sharp-witted wisdom about the constant compromises that living requires, What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw is a tour de force. With a blend of pathos, pitch-perfect comic observation, and incisive wit, the book explores a rich vein of psychological truths about relationships, motherhood, fame, and identity, and captures the inner lives of two characters who are as deeply flawed as they are compelling.

Literature & Fiction / Thrillers

Alter Ego by Brian Freeman (A Jonathan Stride Novel: Quercus)

Alter Ego is the latest Jonathan Stride thriller from Brian Freeman. A native of Chicago and longtime resident of the Twin Cities, Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. He is the author of Goodbye to the Dead, The Cold Nowhere, and Spilled Blood – which was the recipient of the Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards presented by the International Thriller Writers organization. Freeman's debut thriller, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for best first novel.

In Alter Ego, when a freak auto accident kills a driver on the remote roads outside Duluth, Jonathan Stride is disturbed to discover that the victim appears to be a ‘ghost,’ with a false identity and no evidence to suggest who he really was. Alarmingly, a gun is found in the car – and the gun has recently been fired.
The next day, Stride learns that a Duluth college student has also vanished, and he worries that the two incidents are related. But what would have put an ordinary young woman in the crosshairs of a man who has all the hallmarks of an assassin for hire?
Stride's investigation of the girl's disappearance leads him into the midst of a film crew in Duluth, where a movie is being made based on a case in Stride's own past. The actor playing Stride is Hollywood royalty, an award-winning icon who has charmed his way to the top of the box office.
But Stride in Alter Ego soon hears whispers that his cinematic alter ego has a dark side ... and in trying to expose the truth, he makes a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to protect his reputation.

Excellent ... Finds Duluth, Minn., police lieutenant [Jonathan Stride] revisiting difficult memories when a movie based on a serial killer case that left Stride emotionally scarred begins filming in Duluth ... A cleverly constructed, page-turning plot and fleshed-out primary and secondary characters make this a winner. – Publishers Weekly, starred review
A taut, exciting story that will keep fans reading long past bedtime... Freeman evokes Minnesota in January so realistically that readers may require a sweater in June. The only downside to Freeman's Jonathan Stride novels is that there are not enough of them. – D.R. Meredith, New York Journal of Books
[Stride] is in the company of Bosch, Thorne, Tennison, and Skinner, some of my other favorite detectives time has not mellowed. – Minneapolis Star Tribune
Like another well-loved Twin cities detective, Lucas Davenport, Jonathan Stride and his world is a place I want to be in as much as possible. – Great Mysteries and Thrillers
If you're looking for a full docket, Freeman pays off in spades. – Kirkus Reviews
This incredible author is perfect when giving clarity to both past and present. If there is a way to say `higher' than `highly recommended,' I wish I knew it. – Suspense Magazine

Back off, Nordic noir. For sheer wintry relentlessness and icebound desolation, the various Scandinavian settings now fashionable in thrillers cannot compete with the decaying shipping and mining city of Duluth, Minnesota. And this small city ... is the perfect place for a thriller about the stranglehold the past exerts on the present ... [a] well-plotted, atmospheric thriller ... like a high-stakes chess game. – Booklist

An outstanding mystery thriller. – The San Francisco Book Review

Another rousing tale of suspense ... a bevy of unexpected twists and turns that makes for an emotional and chilling story of page-turning mystery. – Empress Milwaukee

Freeman delivers an edge-of-the-seat thriller that begs to be read in one sitting. – BookPage

Professional & Technical / Management / Criminology / Education & Training

Administration and Management in Criminal Justice: A Service Quality Approach, 3rd edition by Jennifer M. Allen & Rajeev Sawhney (Sage Publishing)

Administration and Management in Criminal Justice: A Service Quality Approach, third edition emphasizes the proactive techniques for administration professionals by using a service quality lens to address administration and management concepts in all areas of the criminal justice system. Authors Jennifer M. Allen and Rajeev Sawhney encourage students to consider the importance of providing high-quality and effective criminal justice services.

Allen is a professor at Nova Southeastern University and former department head of criminal justice at the University of North Georgia. Prior to entering academia in 2008, she worked with delinquent juveniles and those victimized by abuse and neglect. Sawhney is a professor at Western Illinois in the Department of Management and Marketing.

Students develop skills for responding to their customers – other criminal justice professionals, offenders, victims, and the community – and learn how to respond to changing environmental factors. They also learn to critique their own views of what constitutes management in this service sector, all with the goal of improving the effectiveness of the criminal justice system.
New to the third edition of Administration and Management in Criminal Justice:

  • Examinations of current concerns and management trends in criminal justice agencies make students aware of the types of issues they may face, such as workplace bullying, formal and informal leadership, inmate-staff relationships, and fatal police shootings.
  • Increased discussions of a variety of important topics spark classroom debate around areas such as homeland security-era policing, procedural justice, key court personnel, and private security changes.
  • Expanded coverage of technology in criminal justice helps them see how technology such as cyber-crime, electronic monitoring and other uses of technology in probation and parole, body-worn cameras, and police drones have had an impact on the discipline. 

More than half the book has been updated with new case studies to offer students current examples of theory being put into practice.

Administration and Management in Criminal Justice examines criminal justice services by focusing on who the customers are, what their demands and needs happen to be, how the changing environment can affect these services, and how criminal justice administrators can respond to the dynamic customer and environmental bases. The book also addresses the constraints placed on the field of criminal justice and how these restrictions impact the choices administrators and line staff can and do make, as well as how services are provided. Using a service quality lens to understand and facilitate the criminal justice system provides a better learning experience in the changing U.S. and global environments for undergraduate and graduate students, who will be staffing this system in the near future.

Administration and Management in Criminal Justice is organized in 14 chapters. The first step in improving service delivery is identifying the customers and recognizing their importance within the service delivery process, also called the customer focus, which is the primary theme presented in Chapters 1 through 3. Chapter 4 discusses the changing global environment and the pressures that are forcing criminal justice agencies to become more customer oriented. Chapters 5 through 8 presents the management principles of conflict, power, ethics, motivation, leadership, and communication in the criminal justice environment, viewed through the service quality lens. Chapters 9 through 13 discuss the functional knowledge of criminal justice agencies and integrate the service quality principles in these areas. The last chapter provides hands-on tools to incorporate the voice of the customer in designing/modifying criminal justice services to improve the delivery of service quality.

Administration and Management in Criminal Justice includes the following learning aids in every chapter:

  • Chapter objectives at the beginning of each chapter highlight the information students should master.
  • 'In the News' boxes help students see the practical implications of what they are reading.
  • 'Career Highlight' boxes describe various types of jobs in management and administration in the criminal justice field.
  • End-of-chapter summaries help students prepare for exams and review in shorter form what they have learned in the chapter.
  • Chapter review questions assist students in preparing for exams and encourage them to go beyond the memorization of terms and concepts learned in the chapter.
  • Case studies at the end of each chapter allow students to apply the information they have learned in a situation similar to what is likely to occur in the field of criminal justice.
  • Internet resources that students use to learn more about the criminal justice field and view research in hot topics in criminal justice administration.

Administration and Management in Criminal Justice includes an Instructor's Manual/Test Bank, which includes chapter outlines, discussion questions, a test bank, and PowerPoint slides of each chapter.

Awesome book; it covers historical and contemporary issues, is an easy read, and is written at the appropriate academic level for students working on undergraduate degrees. – Ronald Curtis

One of the best texts, if not the best text, for teaching undergraduate administration and management of criminal justice organizations. Its service quality approach is remarkable. – Emmanuel Amadi, Mississippi Valley State University

This is an excellent text for both lower and upper division courses in administration of criminal justice. The text is thorough and understandable. – Doris J. Astle

I would describe the text as being clear, comprehensive, informative and readable. – Francis M. Williams

I would describe this text as one that is grounded in the literature, but is written in an engaging fashion. Moreover, I would also highlight the fact that it is likely to be useful to traditional students as well as those who have been in the workforce for a long period of time. In short, it strikes a nice balance, which is relatively rare these days. – Kevin M. Beaver

… engaging, holding student interest while covering a wide variety of aspects of criminal justice administration – Eric Metchik

Overall, the text is informative and brings some new theories in the discussion on leadership and motivation… Chapter 13, discussion security management is a great addition to what is currently provided by other texts. The features are actually a plus. The resources are superior and allows for improving the learning and teaching experience. – Denise Nation

This is an unconventional criminal justice text wherein you have the ability to utilize the chapters to challenge your students and have them consider a different approach to criminal justice management. The book provides the student with the much needed push to think critically about matters which are vital to the success of future leaders within criminal justice organizations. – Timothy C. Albright

With Administration and Management in Criminal Justice students rethink management in criminal justice. This is the first textbook that has adopted a service quality approach to administration in the criminal justice field. This textbook is innovative and will challenge the current understandings of management in criminal justice agencies held by students, practitioners, and researchers alike.

Psychology / Religion & Spirituality

Belief: What It Means to Believe and Why Our Convictions Are So Compelling by James E. Alcock (Prometheus Books)

An expert on the psychology of belief examines how our thoughts and feelings, actions and reactions, respond not to the world as it actually is but to the world as we believe it to be.
Belief explores the psychology of belief – how beliefs are formed, how they are influenced both by internal factors, such as perception, memory, reason, emotion, and prior beliefs, as well as external factors, such as experience, identification with a group, social pressure, and manipulation. It also reveals how vulnerable beliefs are to error, and how they can be held with great confidence even when factually false. 
Author James E. Alcock, PhD, professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, is also a registered clinical psychologist who works in private practice. He is on the executive council of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and on the editorial board of Skeptical Inquirer.

Alcock, a social psychologist who specializes in the psychology of belief, in Belief elucidates how the brain and nervous system function to create the perceptions, memories, and emotions that shape belief. He explains how and why distorted perceptions, false memories, and inappropriate emotional reactions that sometimes lead people to embrace false beliefs are natural products of mental functioning. He also shows why it is so difficult to change beliefs when they collide with contradictions.
Covering a wide range – from self-perception and the perceived validity of everyday experience to paranormal, religious, and even fatal beliefs – Beliefdemonstrates how crucial beliefs are to molding our experience and why they have such a powerful hold on our behavior.

Belief ties together fields of psychology that rarely, if ever, overlap. Ray Hyman in the foreword to Belief says that he believes that all psychology majors should be required to take a course that provides an integrated overview of all the areas of psychology and this book would be an ideal text for such a course. While not actually claiming to put forth such an integrated framework, this book shows how a single concept, in this case `belief,’ can be illuminated by using the findings from all areas of psychology and related disciplines. At the same time, the focus on belief enables us to gain an integrated sense of psychology as a whole.

Whatever you believe you know about belief, you will find surprises in this comprehensive volume. James Alcock deftly dissects the human heart of folly: why so many cling to beliefs that are foolish, self-destructive, and wrong, believing them to be wise, self-protective, and right.– Carol Tavris, PhD, coauthor (with Elliot Aronson) of Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)
Alcock has written a book that comprehensively considers the concept of belief from all angles, writing in a clear and accessible style throughout. With its emphasis upon the need for critical thinking in evaluating claims, the publication of this book could not be more timely in our so-called ‘post-truth era.’
 – Professor Christopher C French, head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London
Beliefs, sometimes true but often mistaken, have been a motivation for refusing medical treatment, for terrorism, for murder, and even for suicide. How do people rationalize these horrors? In his new engaging book, esteemed psychologist James Alcock helps us understand. – Elizabeth F. Loftus, PhD, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine and author of Eyewitness Testimony

Alcock writes so clearly that anyone, regardless of background, will be able to not only read Belief but also to enjoy it and learn from it. The fact that he has aimed for a general audience does not mean that he has oversimplified or skimped on what he includes, though. No other treatment of this topic is so comprehensive and authoritative. The book can be of value to psychologists and professionals such as philosophers and social scientists. The fact is that everyone can benefit from Belief.

Religion & Spirituality / Old Testament

The Gospel according to God: Rediscovering the Most Remarkable Chapter in the Old Testament by John MacArthur (Crossway)

He was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5

Often hailed as one of the greatest chapters in the Bible, the prophecy of the suffering servant in Isaiah 53 foretells the crucifixion of Jesus, the central event in God’s ultimate plan to redeem the world.

The Gospel according to God explains the prophetic words of Isaiah 53 verse by verse, highlighting important connections to the history of Israel and to the New Testament – ultimately showing readers how this ancient prophecy illuminates essential truths that under gird their lives today.

Widely known for his thorough, candid approach to teaching God’s Word, author John MacArthur is a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969.

According to MacArthur in the introduction to The Gospel according to God,

throughout the New Testament, Isaiah is the most quoted of all the Old Testament prophets. Jesus and the New Testament writers quote him at least sixty-five times, and he is mentioned by name twenty-two times in the New Testament. Readers have very little information about the man himself, but MacArthur surveys his life and the times in which he ministered in part 2 of this book.

Isaiah's prophecies are rich and riveting, full of imagery and doctrinal themes that constitute the cardinal truths of the Christian gospel – human depravity, divine grace, justification, and substitutionary atonement.

Isaiah is a favorite target of critics precisely because they cannot maintain their anti-supernatural skepticism if they acknowledge the uncanny accuracy of the prophet's predictions. And nowhere is the supernatural origin of the biblical text more obvious than Isaiah 53, with its powerful prophetic portrayal of Messiah's suffering and death.

Scattered prophecies throughout the book of Isaiah accurately describe several events that came to pass after Isaiah's lifetime. The exactitude of those oracles is the reason critics have for claiming that parts of Isaiah must have been written after Isaiah's time by multiple authors separated by centuries of time.

But Isaiah 53 debunks their hypothesis because of the detailed way it perfectly presages the most epic event (the crucifixion of Jesus) that happened nearly two hundred years after the earliest extant scroll of Isaiah. That is the passage The Gospel according to God focuses on.

Chapter 53 may be more familiar to Christian readers than other parts of Isaiah, but the entire book has significant implications for the Christian faith. Many doctrines essential to Christianity are illuminated by passages in Isaiah.

The book of Isaiah is sometimes called the ‘fifth Gospel.’ It is really more than that. It contains in microcosm the whole range of redemptive truth. It is like a miniature compendium of the Bible. In fact, there are some interesting parallels between how the book of Isaiah is laid out and the arrangement of the Bible as a whole.

Isaiah is divided into two sections, the first containing thirty-nine chapters and the second twenty-seven chapters. The Bible also is divided into two sections: the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New.

That second major division of Isaiah begins and ends exactly where the New Testament begins and ends. It opens with the ministry of John the Baptist (Isa. 40:3-5), as does the New Testament (Matt. 3:3; Mark 1:3; Luke 3:4–6; John 1:23). It concludes with the new heavens and the new earth (Isa. 65:17; 66:22), which is also how the New Testament ends (Revelation 21-22). So Isaiah's incredible prophecy accurately anticipates and foreshadows the flow of the New Testament, even though it was written centuries before the birth of Messiah.

Isaiah's second part includes four prophetic songs about the Messiah, who is called the servant of the Lord. The first one is found in 42:1-9. It reveals that he will be chosen by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit. The servant will bring justice, righteousness, and salvation to the world, delivering blind prisoners from the dungeon of sin.

The second Servant Song is found in 49:1-13. Here we see the servant's authority over the Gentile nations, whom he commands to listen and give attention to him. He will be a man, not an angelic being, since God calls him while he is still in his mother's womb. He will bring salvation to both Israel and the Gentiles, and he will be glorified.

The third song (50:4-11) introduces the servant's suffering, through which he will ultimately be vindicated. The details given about him in this song are more complete and more astonishing than those in the earlier songs.

The fourth and final Servant Song is the text The Gospel according to God is concerned with: Isaiah 52:13-53:12. This passage reveals precise details of the servant's mission that could not have been known to anyone but God. Here it becomes clear that the servant is more than merely someone chosen by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit, learning obedience through humiliation and suffering. He is the Messiah, the one who will bring justice and salvation to the world – and he will die as a sacrifice for sin.

The Gospel according to God is a beautifully written exposition of the gospel of Jesus Christ as it is revealed through the prophet Isaiah. Like Philip in the chariot of the Ethiopian court official, MacArthur takes up his pen and, beginning from Isaiah, preaches Jesus to us! The work is scholarly yet devotional – a resource for teaching the gospel to the church and a tool for the evangelization of both Jew and Gentile. – Paul David Washer, Director, HeartCry Missionary Society; author, Recovering the Gospel series; Knowing the Living God; Discovering the Glorious Gospel; and Discerning the Plight of Man

John MacArthur’s skillful exposition of Isaiah 53 brings us face-to-face with the gospel of Christ crucified. In the death of our divine substitute, we behold the height of God’s love and the depth of our iniquity. The clarity of this prophecy is all the more astonishing when we realize that God revealed it to Israel seven centuries before Jesus came. Though Christians hold to different understandings of God’s covenant and the end of the age, we find ourselves drawn together as we bow at the foot of the cross in adoration and humble joy. – Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

MacArthur gets better and better. The Gospel according to God is sure to become the definitive treatment of Isaiah 53 for years to come. An outstanding achievement by one of our leading pastor-theologians. – Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries; Chancellor’s Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

This master expositor and skilled theologian has spent his entire ministry defining and defending the gospel of Jesus Christ. In these pages you will discover the biblical basis for the good news of salvation found in the person and work of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.… Here is yet another doctrinally profound yet easily accessible book by this best-selling author. Whatever MacArthur writes, read it for the good of your soul. This book is no exception. – Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries, Dallas, Texas

The Gospel according to God is John MacArthur’s powerful, clear, scriptural exposition of Isaiah 52:13–53:12. It is a particular delight to ‘listen’ in these pages to MacArthur preach the gospel from the Old Testament. Linger here awhile and learn of Christ from the passage God used to transform the life of the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:27–38). – J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor, CEO, and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

We have all gained immensely from the pen and preaching of John MacArthur for almost half a century due to his unflinching fidelity to the Scriptures. In The Gospel according to God he is again in his element as he deals with a matter at the very heart of the Christian gospel – Christ’s atoning sacrifice. Isaiah 53 is a rare but amazingly rich vein of gospel truth, and Dr. MacArthur mines it with his usual precision and evangelical warmth. If you want to gain a fresh view of Calvary’s love to enlarge your mind and heart, this is the book to buy and read! – Conrad Mbewe, Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church; Chancellor, African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia

Today Isaiah's words remain just as unbelievable to unrepentant ears, and his message just as vital for their salvation. The Gospel according to Godrepresents MacArthur best effort to explain Isaiah 52:13–53:12 in a readable volume of manageable size. In it MacArthur shines a clear light on the historical and prophetic context of this passage, points out some of its amazing features that readers may never have seen, and infers the gist of what Jesus might have said about this text on the day of his resurrection.

Teaching & Education / Schools

Choosing Charters: Better Schools or More Segregation? edited by Iris C. Rotberg & Joshua L. Glazer (Teachers College Press)

Do charter schools strengthen students’ educational experience? What are their social costs? Choosing Charters brings together a group of premier researchers to address questions about the purposes of charter schools and the role of public policy in shaping the educational agenda.

Editors are Iris C. Rotberg, a research professor of education policy and Joshua L. Glazer, an associate professor of education policy, both at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University, Washington, DC. The book has 23 contributors.

Chapter authors explore topics seldom encountered in the current charter school debate, such as the challenges faced by charter schools in guaranteeing students civil rights and other legal protections; the educational and social implications of current instructional programs designed specifically for low-income and minority students; the use of charters as school turnaround agents; and other issues that lie at the intersection of education, politics, and social policy.

Choosing Charters:

  • Examines how charter schools affect diversity and equity in U.S. schools.
  • Describes how segregation plays out by race, ethnicity, and income; by disability and language-minority status; and by culture, language, and religion.
  • Considers charter schools within a broader social context of high poverty rates, changing demographics, and continued housing and school segregation.
  • Examines charter schools in the context of a new federal administration that is forging its own path in education and other domains of social policy.
  • Includes some of the most prominent researchers and commentators in the field spanning policy research traditions, methodological approaches, and theoretical perspectives.

A primary concern in Choosing Charters is whether charter schools lead to better educational outcomes and, if so, for whom and under what conditions. But salient questions go beyond the effects on student learning outcomes. Other areas of concern include how charter schools (and school choice generally) shape the private and public goals of education, the impact on integration along racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, the under-representation of students with disabilities and English-language learners, the role of religion in publicly funded schools, the prospect for increased racial and ethnic segregation in currently integrated school districts, the challenges faced by charter schools that have full responsibility for operating district schools, and other topics that lie at the intersection of education, politics, and social policy.

Moreover, it is argued that the growth of charter schools and charter school networks has increased the fragmentation of the education system and made it more difficult to integrate schools. Ironically, as some state leaders have attempted to bring educational and organizational coherence to state and local systems, the expansion of charter schools may be further splintering an already fractured system. This issue is often overlooked in the debate about the effectiveness of charter schools. The consequences are particularly apparent in high-poverty urban districts, which have experienced the greatest growth in charter schools.

Choosing Charters brings together authors who represent different perspectives to assess the policy implications of the expansion of charter schools and charter school networks. The chapters analyze the link between charter schools and segregation and describe how segregation plays out in different situations and in different ways: by race, ethnicity, and income; by disability and language-minority status; by culture, language, and religion; by instructional programs designed specifically for low-income and minority students; and by the challenges faced by charter schools in guaranteeing students the civil rights and other legal protections required under federal laws.

Part I sets the context for Choosing Charters. Jeffrey Henig discusses the expansion of charter schools in the context of broader changes in education policy and argues that charter schools have thrived in part because they are aligned with these changes. James Harvey describes the impact of concentrated poverty and segregation on educational opportunities and questions whether the focus on charter schools provides an effective response to these underlying problems.

Choosing Charters' second part, "Choices," focuses on the impact of the growth of charter schools and charter management organizations. Iris Rotberg introduces this section with an overview of how the expansion of charter schools in high-poverty urban districts exacerbates segregation, increases resource inequalities, and leads to different instructional methods in high-poverty schools as compared to schools attended by affluent students. Wagma Mommandi and Kevin Weiner focus on the incentives that have led many charter schools to limit access and diversity, as well as on positive steps taken by others to encourage open access. Gordon Lafer describes the financial incentives that have encouraged some charter schools to rely on ‘blended learning’ instructional methods and shows the implications of these methods for educational equity. Joshua Glazer, Diane Massell, and Matthew Malone report on a study of the Tennessee Achievement School District, which shows the challenges faced by charter school operators who have become responsible for the functions typically performed by school districts. Roslyn Mickelson, Jason Giersch, Amy Hawn Nelson, and Martha Bottia report on a study of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, which concludes that the threat that middleclass white parents would leave the traditional public schools to enroll in charter schools has discouraged the adoption of desegregation plans. Adam Gamoran and Cristina M. Fernandez review the research literature and find that although the achievement effects of charter schools vary highly across the nation, the effects for some charter schools in high-poverty urban districts are more consistently positive. Brenda Shum describes the problems faced by charter schools in guaranteeing the civil rights and other legal protections afforded students under federal laws. Suzanne Eckes, Nina Buchanan, and Robert Fox discuss the constitutional issues that charter schools raise with respect to the separation of church and state and give examples of cases in which these issues have been considered. Jennifer Ayscue and Erica Frankenberg conclude Part II with an analysis of how school choice plans that incorporate diversity goals might further integration by breaking the link between school and neighborhood segregation.

Henry Levin leads off Part III, "Education in a Pluralistic Society," with an analysis of how the current shift from public to private purposes of education threatens to undermine the goal of democratic preparation. Janelle Scott analyzes the popular assertion that "education is the last remaining civil right to be secured and that charter schools and school choice policies are the most powerful manifestation of that right." The concluding chapter gives an overview of the main issues discussed in Choosing Charters and describes the various forms that segregation takes, their compounding effects, and their educational and social consequences.

This is an excruciatingly important work. At this point in time, it is essential to understand whether and in what ways charter schools contribute to segregation – and how they might avoid doing so. – Mindy L. Kornhaber, Pennsylvania State University

The book moves beyond the simplistic question of whether charter schools work to explore broader questions about the purposes of education and the role of public policy in shaping the educational agenda. Since Choosing Charters was completed during the first year of the Trump administration, many of the issues discussed are directly relevant to the administration's policies as well as to public policy more generally.

Readers across the political spectrum, both supporters and critics of charter schools, can use Choosing Charters to inform public policy about the ways in which charters affect diversity and inequality and the potential to devise policies that mitigate the most troublesome social costs of charter schools.

Travel / Guides

Lonely Planet Russia, 8th edition by Lonely Planet,  Simon Richmond, Mark Baker, Marc Bennetts, & Stuart Butler (Travel Guides: Lonely Planet)

The world’s largest country offers it all, from historic cities and idyllic countryside to artistic riches, epic train rides and vodka-fuelled nightlife. – from the book

Lonely Planet Russia, 8th edition is the traveler’s passport to relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await. Travelers can brush up on their Soviet and imperial history in Moscow and St Petersburg, explore European Russia and its gingerbread cottages and golden domes, or lose themselves in the wilds of Siberia and the east; all with this travel companion.

Lonely Planet Russia features:

  • Color maps and images throughout.
  • Highlights and itineraries to help readers tailor their trip to their personal needs and interests.
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots.
  • Essential info at one’s fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices.
  • Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss.
  • Cultural insights to give travelers a richer, rewarding travel experience – history, art, literature, music, architecture, performing arts, landscape, wildlife, environment, religion, Russia today.

This travel guide covers Moscow, St Petersburg, the Golden Ring, Kaliningrad, the Urals, Volga, Sochi, Caucasus, Siberia, and the Russian Far East. Travelers tread in the footsteps of literary greats, including Tolstoy and Pushkin, on their country estates. They ski or climb lofty mountains in the Caucasus, go trekking or whitewater rafting in the Altai Republic, hike around Lake Baikal, or scale an active volcano in Kamchatka – the variety of possibilities will make their heads spin.

According to Lonely Planet Russia, Moscow and St Petersburg are the must-see destinations, twin repositories of eye-boggling national treasures, political energies and contemporary creativity. Within easy reach of these cities are charming historical towns and villages, where the vistas dotted with onion domes and lined with gingerbread cottages measure up to the rural Russia of popular imagination.

Bureaucracy and occasional discomfort and inconvenience, particularly away from the booming urban centers, remain an integral part of the Russian travel experience. However, one of the great joys of travel in Russia is being swept away by the boundless hospitality of the people. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Winston Churchill both wrote famous lines about Russia being an enigmatic riddle. Travelers should embrace this conundrum.

Lonely Planet Russia, Lonely Planet’s most comprehensive guide to Russia, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled. Travelers get to the heart of Russia and begin their journey right now using this guide.

Travel / Geology

101 American Fossil Sites You've Gotta See by Albert B. Dickas (Mountain Press Publishing Company)

Examining in detail at least one fossil site in every state, Albert Dickas in 101 American Fossil Sites explains the critters preserved in the rocks, from sharks and rhinoceroses to trilobites and horn corals. At some sites, travelers can sift through the shale in search of fossils to keep; at other sites, they can watch professionals excavate museum-quality specimens.

Regarding the author, after serving in the US Navy, Dickas earned a PhD at Michigan State University and then worked in the petroleum industry. He then joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where he taught for thirty-one years and founded an environmental research center.

The introduction to 101 American Fossil Sites discusses the history of paleontology, including nineteenth-century arguments about the age of Earth. Dickas also provides a short history of life on Earth, from microbes in 3-billion-year-old chert to massive mammals of the Pleistocene ice ages. Contained within the last 541 million years are the Cambrian explosion, the age of crinoids, and five mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.

This compendium of 101 fossil sites is the companion volume to the hugely popular 101 American Geo-Sites You’ve Gotta See, published in 2012, also by Dickas.

Today the remains of 3.5-billion-year-old cellular microbes encased in rocks in the outback districts of Africa and Australia are accepted as the oldest known fossils, and scientists are searching for even older life in every nook and cranny of the world.

Dickas in 101 American Fossil Sites says that for more than six decades he has pursued the wonders and mysteries of the physical world, as both an industrial geolo­gist and a general-practitioner academic geologist. Throughout these years, paleontology has been one of the essential tools in his how-can-I-better-understand-this-situation kit.

When offered the opportunity to author this travel guide of significant fossil sites throughout the United States, he says he readily accepted, knowing well the challenges that lay ahead. Now, four years, thousands of highway and airline miles, and far too many ‘5 snacks for $5’ field lunches later, the journey is complete.

The simple fact that readers are reading these words is an indication that they are also fossil enthusiasts. Why not then follow along in his footsteps? Dickas hopes their travels will give readers as much pleasure and insight into the intriguing ‘abyss of time’ world of paleontology as he has experienced and learned to love.

Amply illustrated with photographs and written in clear yet playful prose, 101 American Fossil Sites will entertain and inform amateur and seasoned fossil buffs, whether from an armchair or in the field.

 

Contents this Issue:

The Modern A-Frame by Ben Rahn, with an introduction by Chad Randl (Gibbs Smith)

Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance – and What We Can Do About It by Jeffrey Pfeffer (Harper Business)

Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang (Portfolio, Penguin Random House)

Reporting Elections: Rethinking the Logic of Campaign Coverage, 1st edition by Stephen Cushion & Richard Thomas (Contemporary Political Communication Series: Polity)

Applied Cloud Deep Semantic Recognition: Advanced Anomaly Detection, 1st edition edited by Mehdi Roopaei & Paul Rad (An Auerbach Book, CRC Press)

Backyard Bounty – Revised & Expanded, 2nd edition: The Complete Guide to Year-round Gardening in the Pacific Northwest by Linda Gilkeson (New Society Publishers)

Basics of Precision Engineering, 1st edition edited by Richard Leach & Stuart T. Smith (CRC Press)

 

Motor Control and Learning: A Behavioral Emphasis, 6th edition, with web resource by Richard Schmidt, Tim Lee, Carolee Winstein, Gabriele Wulf, & Howard Zelaznik (Human Kinetics)

The 30-Minute Runner: Smart Training for Busy Beginners by Duncan Larkin, with a foreword by Dr. Mike Moreno (Skyhorse Publishing)

Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History by Roy Adkins & Lesley Adkins (Viking)

The Rise and Fall of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in Arkansas by James D. Ross Jr. (University of Tennessee Press)

What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart (Putnam)

Alter Ego by Brian Freeman (A Jonathan Stride Novel: Quercus)

Administration and Management in Criminal Justice: A Service Quality Approach, 3rd edition by Jennifer M. Allen & Rajeev Sawhney (Sage Publishing)

Belief: What It Means to Believe and Why Our Convictions Are So Compelling by James E. Alcock (Prometheus Books)

The Gospel according to God: Rediscovering the Most Remarkable Chapter in the Old Testament by John MacArthur (Crossway)

Choosing Charters: Better Schools or More Segregation? edited by Iris C. Rotberg & Joshua L. Glazer (Teachers College Press)

Lonely Planet Russia, 8th edition by Lonely Planet,  Simon Richmond, Mark Baker, Marc Bennetts, & Stuart Butler (Travel Guides: Lonely Planet)

101 American Fossil Sites You've Gotta See by Albert B. Dickas (Mountain Press Publishing Company)