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Leveraging Lean in Outpatient Clinics: Creating a Cost Effective, Standardized, High Quality, Patient-Focused Operation by Charles Protzman, Joyce Kerpchar & George Mayzell, MD (Productivity Press, CRC Press)
Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara edited by Justin L. Rheubert, Dustin S. Siegel & Stanley E. Trauth, with series editor Barrie G.M. Jamieson (Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny Series, Vol 10: CRC Press)
Business & Investing / Management / Medicine & Health Sciences
Leveraging Lean in Outpatient Clinics: Creating a Cost Effective, Standardized, High Quality, Patient-Focused Operation by Charles Protzman, Joyce Kerpchar & George Mayzell, MD (Productivity Press, CRC Press)
This book is part of a series of titles that are a spin-off of the Shingo Prize-winning book Leveraging Lean in Healthcare: Transforming Your Enterprise into a High Quality Patient Care Delivery System. Each book in the series focuses on a specific aspect of healthcare – including emergency departments, medical laboratories, outpatient clinics, ancillary services, and surgical services – that has demonstrated significant process and quality improvements after a Lean implementation.
Because ambulatory care settings play a significant role in
the healthcare delivery system, it is important to understand how Lean concepts
and tools can be used to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care.
Leveraging Lean in Outpatient Clinics provides a functional
understanding of Lean processes and quality improvement techniques in an
outpatient clinic environment.
This book is a guide for healthcare executives, leaders, process improvement team members, and inquisitive frontline workers who want to implement and leverage Lean in outpatient clinical settings. Supplying detailed descriptions of Lean tools and methodologies, it identifies powerful Lean solutions specific to the needs of outpatient facilities. The first section provides an overview of Lean concepts, tools, methodologies, and applications. The second section focuses on the application of Lean in the outpatient clinic environment. It presents illustrative examples of Lean deployments in primary care, GI, and preadmission testing clinics. The examples provide broad content which can be readily transferable to other outpatient clinic settings.
Leveraging Lean in Outpatient Clinics provides readers with a well-rounded understanding of how Lean can be applied to achieve significant improvements throughout the complete continuum of care. Illustrating leadership’s role in achieving departmental goals, this book is an ideal guide.
Business & Investing / Management / Reference
Project Planning and Project Success: The 25% Solution by Pedro Serrador (Best Practices and Advances in Program Management Series: Auerbach Publications, CRC Press)
Project planning is generally accepted as an important contributor to project success. However, is there research that affirms the positive impact of project planning and gives guidance on how much effort should be spent on planning? To answer this question, Project Planning and Project Success looks at current literature and new research of this under-studied area of project management.
Author Pedro Serrado presents his findings from an extensive review of project planning literature that covers more than 270 sources. He also discusses new research that analyzes data from more than 1,300 global projects. The book confirms that time spent on planning activities reduces risk and significantly increases the chances of project success. It also concludes that there can be too much planning and shows that the optimum ratio of planning to effort is 25%.
The book examines the impact of project planning on different industries. It discusses research in the construction and information technology (IT) industries, and presents a case study of how to plan and track a software development project. The book also looks at the impact of geography on project planning and success.
Intended as a basic tool in the library of project managers and general managers, Project Planning and Project Success brings to light project planning techniques and information that have never been published previously. It is an important resource on how to plan projects properly and propel careers forward.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Management / Reference
Healthcare Safety for Nursing Personnel: An Organizational Guide to Achieving Results by James T. Tweedy MS CHSP CPSO CHEP (Productivity Press, CRC Press)
Nursing personnel play an integral role in healthcare and
medical delivery organizations. Nurses not only work to keep patients safe, but
also contend with a number of safety and health risks. Illustrating the
occupational risks nurses face,
Healthcare Safety for Nursing Personnel addresses healthcare safety as
related to nursing personnel risks, hazards, and responsibilities in hospitals
and healthcare facilities.
The book begins with an introduction to nursing safety that supplies a fundamental understanding of patient, nursing, and facility safety. Next, it delves into the range of safety issues that nurses must contend with. Topics covered include administrative area safety, bloodborne pathogens, workplace violence, infection control and prevention, emergency management, fire safety, and radiation hazards.
Examining the concepts and principles of patient safety as related to organizational dynamics, culture, system methods, and key patient safety initiatives, the book supplies essential knowledge of healthcare safety risks, challenges, and controls. It includes information on leadership, management, communication skills, and understanding accidents.
Healthcare Safety for Nursing Personnel includes helpful resources in the appendices, such as a nurse safety perception survey, an accident causal factor chart, sample ergonomics symptoms report, sample TB exposure control plan, and a model respirator plan for small organizations. Complete with review exercises in each chapter, this book is ideal for certification training in nursing programs and as a reference for developing nursing in-service safety sessions.
Science / Chemistry / Business & Investing
Botanicals: Methods and Techniques for Quality & Authenticity edited by Kurt Reynertson & Khalid Mahmood (CRC Press)
The international trade in plants is growing steadily as the worldwide demand for natural and botanical raw materials increases. Customers value natural products and botanicals as ‘green’ alternatives – safer ingredients for their families which also represent an environmentally and socially responsible choice for the planet. In order to build assurance into the sourcing of natural ingredients, R&D organizations will need to create valid scientific matrices to authenticate the quality of those ingredients, provide traceability, and minimize risk.
Featuring an assemblage of insight from expert contributors, Botanicals compiles a range of methods and techniques that can be used to help guide quality and authenticity determinations.
The contributors also discuss the challenge of identifying a botanical extract or preparation on the basis of its chemical content and discuss quality issues faced by botanicals used as cosmetic ingredients.
Botanicals provides researchers in industry and academia with a range of useful traditional, taxonomic, and newer analytical tools to assure the quality, authenticity, and traceability of botanical raw materials for dietary supplements, cosmetics, and natural products research.
Audio / Inspirational / Motivational
The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters by Wes Moore Audiobook, Unabridged, 6 CDs, running time 6 ½ hours (Random House Audio)
The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters by Wes Moore (Spiegel & Grau)
The acclaimed author of The Other, Wes Moore in
The Work continues his inspirational quest for a meaningful life and
shares the powerful lessons – about self-discovery, service, and risk-taking –
that led him to a new definition of success for our times.
The Work is the story of how this young man traced a path through the world to find his life’s purpose. Moore graduated from a difficult childhood in the Bronx and Baltimore to an adult life that would find him at some of the most critical moments in recent history: as a combat officer in Afghanistan; a White House fellow in a time of wars abroad and disasters at home; and a Wall Street banker during the financial crisis.
The Work, Moore shares the lessons he learned from people he met
along the way – from the brave Afghan translator who taught him to find his
fight, to the resilient young students in Katrina-ravaged Mississippi who showed
him the true meaning of grit, to his late grandfather, who taught him to find
grace in service.
Moore also tells the stories of other twenty-first-century change-makers who inspired him in his search, from Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of KIND, to Esther Benjamin, a Sri Lankan immigrant who rose to help lead the Peace Corps. What their lives – and his own misadventures and moments of illumination – reveal, is that our truest work happens when we serve others, at the intersection between our gifts and our broken world.
Powerful and moving ... Wes Moore’s story and the stories of those who have
inspired him, from family members to entrepreneurs, provide a model for how we
can each weave together valuable lessons from all different types of people to
forge an individual path to triumph. I’ve known and deeply admired Wes for a
long time. Reading
The Work, I better understand why. – Chelsea Clinton
Wes Moore proves once again that he is one of the most effective storytellers and leaders of his generation. His gripping personal story, set against the dramatic events of the past decade, goes straight to the heart of an ancient question that is as relevant as ever: not just how to live a good life, but how to make that life matter. Above all, this book teaches us how to make our journey about more than mere surviving or even succeeding; it teaches us how to truly come alive. – Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive
How we define success for ourselves is one of life’s essential questions. Wes Moore shows us the way – by sharing his incredible journey and the inspiring stories of others who make the world a better place through the choices they’ve made about how they want to live. We come away from this important book with a new understanding of what it truly means to succeed in life. – Suze Orman
Wes Moore puts a mirror up to himself and shares the reflection with stunning candor. A truly moving picture of personal growth, and one that will make you consider your own path, struggles, and successes in a new way, The Work is a must-read. – General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan
As a Rhodes scholar who fought in Afghanistan and later became a social entrepreneur, Wes Moore is a shining light of his generation – and one who captivates audiences. – Charles Best, founder, DonorsChoose.org
An intimate and insightful narrative about finding meaning in a volatile age, The Work will inspire readers to see how they can each find their own paths to purpose and help create a better world.
Business & Investing / Management
Bringing Jobs Back to the USA: Rebuilding America's Manufacturing through Reshoring by Tim Hutzel & Dave Lippert (Productivity Press, CRC Press)
A follow-up to Tim Hutzel's previous book, Keeping Your
Business in the USA: Profit Globally While Operating Locally,
Bringing Jobs Back to the USA tells the stories of companies that have
sent their jobs outside of the USA and the negative effects this had on the
quality of their products and services, employees, supply chain providers, and
Hutzel was employed for 21 years at GE Aviation, then self-employed for 20 helping businesses improve themselves. He wrote a book on how American companies can survive in the United States, and served as adjunct professor to Miami University’s Schools of Engineering and the Farmer School of Business. Dave Lippert succeeded his father to become Hamilton Caster’s fifth president, the position he now holds.
Bringing Jobs Back to the USA reveals the motivation these companies had
to offshore their jobs as well as the errors of omission they made by not
understanding the true cost of offshoring. Exposing that cost to US
organizations and citizens, it supplies concrete suggestions to help government
officials and activists prevent offshoring and incentivize reshoring.
Bringing Jobs Back to the USA provides food for thought for businesses currently thinking about sending US jobs to foreign countries. Outlining a roadmap for reshoring using a step-by-step methodology, it provides business leaders with the understanding to make the right decisions regarding reshoring their products back to America.
Sections and chapters in Bringing Jobs Back to the USA include:
SECTION I The Story of Reshoring
Chapter 1 Why Companies Offshore
SECTION II The Hershey Kisses Story
Chapter 2 Why Hershey Made the Decision to Offshore
SECTION III Devastating Trends to Our Economy and Our American Way of Life Caused by Offshoring
Chapter 3 Five Other Companies That Also Offshored American Jobs
SECTION IV The Reshoring Trend
Chapter 5 Five Companies That Brought American Jobs Back Home
Chapter 6 Motivation to Reshore
SECTION V A Decision-Making Model to Reshore – or Not
Chapter 7 A 360° Approach to Making a Reshoring Decision
Phase I: Analyze the Current Offshored Manufacturing Source
Step 1. Determine the True Unit Cost of the Offshored Product
Step 2. Calculate the Offshored Product's Velocity of Cash
Step 3. Calculate the Offshored Product's Cash Conversion Cycle
Step 4. Identify the Intangible and Hidden Issues That the Offshored Product Is Causing
Step 5. Conduct a SWOT Analysis of Having the Product Offshored
Chapter 8 Phase II: Select and Analyze the New Onshore Manufacturing Source
Step 1. Select New Manufacturing Source Lean Methodology
Step 1. Post the Position
Step 2. Review and Deselect Unqualified Candidates
Step 3. Send a Questionnaire and Exercise to the Selected Candidates
Step 4. Group Interview Summary
Step 2. Estimate the Onshored Product's True Unit Cost
Step 3. Estimate the Onshored Product's Velocity of Cash
Step 4. Estimate the Onshored Product's Cash Conversion Cycle
Step 5. Estimate the Intangible and Hidden Issues of Reshoring the Product
Step 6. Conduct a SWOT Analysis of Having the Product Reshored
Step 7. Compare the Current and Proposed Sources
Chapter 9 Phase III: Prepare for Reshoring
Phase III: Prepare for the New Onshore
SECTION VI Making the Decision to Reshore Is Just the Beginning
Chapter 10 Reshoring Will Not Be a "Piece of Cake" – Many Issues to Confront and Overcome
SECTION VII Looking into the Future
Chapter 11 Why It Is Important to Bring American Jobs Back to the United States
Hutzel and Lippert bring a precision of presentation that one would expect of master practitioners in manufacturing.... I encourage you to read this book not only as a primer on reshoring, but also as a point of inception for your engagement in the movement.... How can you encourage decision makers and influencers to rally for reshoring? In essence, how can you make a difference? – Chuck Proudfit, President of At Work on Purpose and SkillSource Consulting, Cincinnati, Ohio
Exposing the true cost of offshoring to US organizations and citizens, Bringing Jobs Back to the USA supplies concrete suggestions to help government officials and activists prevent offshoring and incentivize reshoring. The book provides food for thought for businesses currently thinking about sending US jobs to foreign countries and it provides business leaders with the understanding to make better decisions.
Health & Fitness / How-to / Reference
Total Foam Rolling Techniques: Trade Secrets of a Personal Trainer by Steve Barrett (Total Workout Series: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC)
Foam rollers are one of the most effective recovery pieces of gear readers can own, but they can be tricky to use correctly. Total Foam Rolling Techniques is the one-stop shop to get the most out of a roller and benefit from this powerful rehabilitation tool.
A relative newcomer to the
fitness scene, many people don't know how to use foam rollers effectively as
part of an exercise or training routine.
Originally used only by physiotherapists and exercise therapists, this 'new' piece of kit has become a mainstay of workouts. Foam rollers work by releasing muscle tension to relieve pain, aid injury recovery and improve flexibility – all through massaging and manipulating muscles.
Barrett is a well-respected fitness industry expert, personal trainer, presenter and leading fitness brand consultant. He has worked in the industry for 25 years and has written for numerous publications. Other titles in the Total Workout series include: The Total Gym Ball, Dumbbell, Kettlebell and Suspended Bodyweight Training Workout books.
Total Foam Rolling Techniques is brimming with ideas for using foam rollers not just in the gym, but at home too. Packed with clear and easy-to-use exercises, this how-to reference book also provides adaptations of basic and advanced workouts. Tried and tested exercises are accompanied by clear photos and illustrations. And each exercise idea is organized by fitness level and includes follow-up and extension ideas.
Total Foam Rolling Techniques shows readers how to roll different body parts in turn, accompanied by easy-to-follow photos, muscle diagrams and practical advice.
One stop guide to training … a great incentive to push your sessions that bit further – Metro
Total Foam Rolling Techniques is the ultimate 'one stop' guide to using foam rollers. Practical and easily accessible, the book is perfect for fitness enthusiasts and fitness professionals who want to improve their knowledge and the range of exercises they can use in their training. Readers discover the trade secrets of personal trainers and save themselves time and money. Clear, concise and jargon free, it is light on theory, heavy on practicality.
History / Europe / Germany
Tailoring Truth: Politicizing the Past and Negotiating Memory in East Germany, 1945-1990 by Jon Berndt Olsen (Studies in Contemporary European History Series: Berghahn Books)
By looking at state-sponsored memory projects, such as memorials, commemorations, and historical museums, Tailoring Truth reveals that the East German communist regime obsessively monitored and attempted to control public representations of the past to legitimize its rule. It demonstrates that the regime's approach to memory politics was not stagnant, but rather evolved over time to meet different demands and potential threats to its legitimacy. Ultimately the party found it increasingly difficult to control the public portrayal of the past, and some dissidents were able to turn the party's memory politics against the state to challenge its claims of moral authority.
Author Jon Berndt Olsen is a faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Dean of Waldsee, the German language and culture immersion program of Concordia Language Villages.
According to Olsen in Tailoring Truth, the visual prominence of memorials to the heroes of communism and the German working class might strike a tourist traveling through contemporary eastern Germany as out of place so long after the collapse of the communist regime that built them. Such reminders of the past – or memory traces – are not confined to Berlin or sites of historical significance. They can be found throughout the cities and towns in the federal states that once made up the territory of East Germany – monuments dedicated to heroes of the working class, to former leaders of the communist party, and to historical events important to the German worker's movement.
During the 1990s, the citizens of united Germany undertook a public discussion about which memorials constructed by the SED regime during its forty-year reign should remain, and which should be removed from public view. Local authorities removed those deemed out of place or superfluous, such as the colossal memorial for Vladimir Lenin or the hundreds of smaller Ernst Thalmann monuments located in towns throughout the GDR. But local governments also decided to keep many monuments that they judged as still relevant to German history and society.
The memory landscape in eastern Germany has also seen the addition of dozens (if not hundreds) of new memory projects (memorials, museums, historical sites, etc.) that honor previously neglected aspects of Germany's past. At the same time, heated post-unification debates erupted over whether or not Germany should preserve prominent GDR-era buildings, like the East German parliament building, the Palast der Republik (the Palace of the Republic), or reconstruct other sites, like the Berlin City Palace (demolished in 1950) in an effort to rebuild ‘historic’ Berlin. All of these are important debates and reveal a great deal about how a new memory culture – one that is pluralistic, open, and engaged – has emerged since 1990.
Nonetheless, those markers of an East German official memory culture that remain represent the remnants of the policies pursued by the SED to saturate the public sphere with icons that it hoped would create direct, legitimizing links to it and its proclaimed mission to create a ‘better’ Germany. The fact that many of these icons not only persist, but also have been actively preserved is telling. It indicates that, although the party's memory-work may not have won over the majority of East German society, its memory politics did indeed have a lingering effect on East German society that outlived its monopoly of power.
However, memory-work (whether in a totalitarian state or by interest groups within a pluralist society) rarely has immediate, measurable effects on collective memory. Memory politics must be measured, when measurable at all, over a long-term period. The period covered by Tailoring Truth spans from the immediate post-war period to the collapse of the East German regime in 1989 and analyzes the evolution of how the state and party sought to harness the power of memory to legitimize its own claim to rule. The GDR's attempt to present itself as the new Germany, the tragic historical shadow from which it emerged, and the presence of a West German rival all turn the state-building process in East Germany into a unique opportunity to explore the creation and eventual erosion of a new state's memory culture and its role in regime legitimation. By exploring when and how the East German state altered its course or adapted its message, readers can see a culture of official memory politics emerge that differed significantly from West Germany.
Previous studies that address East German memory politics and sites of memory in the GDR have focused on specific events or memorials. By focusing not only on the SED's execution of memory-work but also on the difficulties it faced in completing this task, Tailoring Truth bridges the gap between two different strains of historiography of the GDR. On the one hand, this study contributes to a growing body of work that examines the limitations of SED rule, while on the other hand it also acknowledges the central role of state and party institutions in establishing parameters for acceptable behavior.
While the purpose of Tailoring Truth is not to gauge individual reception of the SED memory-work policies, it takes into consideration the voices of individuals when such sources were available, such as in the form of letters to the editor, visitor comments, and correspondence between artists and the regime. The GDR only rarely engaged in the polling of public opinion and even these surveys did not ask questions geared toward the study of popular perceptions of the past. Even if they had, one cannot compare such studies with similar polls in the West, since East German respondents could not fully trust that their anonymity would be respected. Instead, when assessing the ‘success’ or ‘failure’ of the SED's memory-work policy, Tailoring Truth relies primarily on the party's internal assessment. It analyzes decisions by party leaders to initiate changes in course or implement new memory policies to explore the party's willingness to continue investing state resources on certain projects or finance new initiatives instead. It also looks at the factors that led to such reconsiderations.
The intent of Tailoring Truth is not to employ a top-down methodology that reifies the SED's assertion of power, but to differentiate between the party's ideological goals within the realm of memory politics and the extent to which it could implement its policies. The main assertion is that memory policies in East Germany were not static. The projects covered in Tailoring Truth demonstrate that the SED constantly and obsessively monitored how the state could employ memory-work to further its ideological and political goals. As a result, the state continuously attempted to resolve its shortcomings, both real and perceived, over the course of its nearly half-century of existence.
Despite all the effort and resources committed by the state and party to this endeavor, the SED ultimately could not significantly influence how society viewed the past nor cultivate a unified historical consciousness capable of securing sufficient regime loyalty to fend off popular opposition. As the SED lost control over its official memory politics, ceding space in the public sphere for counter-memories, new opportunities arose that allowed opposition leaders to turn the SED's official memory culture around and use it as a means to protest against the state.
Tailoring Truth does not claim to provide a complete account of monuments or museums in the GDR, but rather a historical narrative that draws on a select set. These are representative examples of memory projects chosen from a wide range of possibilities, including film, literature, street signs, the names of schools and factories, and many others.
Using categories of memory culture – memorials, commemorations and historical museums – Olsen identifies a series of five stages in the development of a uniquely East German culture of remembrance, each of which form the focus of the five chapters. Although these stages generally occur in chronological order, there are several instances where stages overlap and continue simultaneously with another phase. Chapter 1 of Tailoring Truth looks at the first stage, which took place immediately following the Second World War and extended into the early 1950s. The German Communist Party (KPD)/SED faced the significant task of establishing itself as the dominant party in the SBZ. Most importantly, this stage attempted to promote the concept of antifascism as the defining element of the SED. Concretely, the party sought to shape an emerging postwar memory culture through the renovating of the Socialists' Cemetery in Berlin-Friedrichsfelde, hosting an exhibit about the ‘Other Germany’ that highlighted the role of communist resistance, and attempted to infuse the 100th anniversary of the 1848 revolution with its own concepts of how the lessons of the past should be applied to postwar Germany.
Chapter 2 focuses on the second stage of development that took root following the creation of the GDR in 1949. The SED's attention turned to grafting the party's legacy onto the new state. This process included finding and amplifying the traditions of the German labor movement. It moved beyond celebrating the communist party's antifascist traditions to incorporating broader interpretations of a struggling working class that finally achieved its goals with the founding of the East German state. The young state constructed a new Museum for German History (MfDG) that propagated its new line of Marxist-Leninist historical development that culminated in the creation of the first communist state on German soil. The state seized on opportunities to take over memorial initiatives like the one at the Buchenwald concentration camp in an effort to establish control over how this site would be remembered. This stage also saw some failed attempts at commemorating Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Ernst Thalmann. Such failures highlight areas where the party was not able to impose its vision of the past on the emerging memory landscape.
The third and fourth stages involved extending the basis for this cultural legitimacy. Chapter 3 addresses the third stage, roughly from the 1950s to the 1960s, during which time the regime endeavored to transfer the memories of the antifascist struggle to the next generation and develop new interpretations of the past that spoke directly to the political concerns of the time. The state transformed many smaller historical sites into politically charged interpretive memorials, revamped many of the local history museums in an effort to localize the national historical narrative, and sponsored teacher training workshops to influence how teachers used places like the MfDG and Buchenwald to educate the youth.
Chapter 4 of Tailoring Truth examines how the fourth stage of development, which covers the 1970s and 1980s, signaled a new direction in East Germany's official memory policies. The new approach allowed for the rehabilitation of historical figures and events previously determined not to belong to the GDR's ‘progressive’ state narrative. Such ‘reactionary’ figures as the Prussian King Frederick II, the nineteenth-century statesman Otto von Bismarck, Martin Luther, and others were now seen in a new interpretive light. This made it possible to differentiate between acts by these figures that led to German nationalism and those that contributed to (or stunted) the growth of the German working class. By expanding the repertoire of acceptable historical figures and events that could be commemorated, the regime hoped to expand its reach beyond the party faithful and make in-roads among the general public.
Chapter 5 explores how revisions to the national narrative marked the erosion of the historical narrative that the SED had so painstakingly built. This final stage is characterized by the party's resumption of memory projects it had previously abandoned. Having placed new emphasis on the ‘reactionary’ figures during the previous stage, the party now felt it needed to return to older memory culture traditions from the founding years. The regime returned to previously abandoned efforts to construct monuments honoring Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Ernst Thalmann to deflect criticism they were now being ignored. However, the difficulties that the regime faced in bringing such projects to fruition reflect not only the rigid historical conception of an aging gerontocracy, but also reveal active resistance to the party's narrow interpretation of the past. The party's narrow interpretation also presented the opportunity for opposition leaders to reappropriate the memory of figures such as Rosa Luxemburg and use her legacy against the policies of the state. Thus the erosion of the memory culture that the party worked so hard to create ultimately contributed to the SED's demise.
This book is a fresh approach to the field of memory and commemoration studies…. Its rich source-base gives a multi-perspective, nuanced approach to how the GDR attempted to create and then nurture a collective consciousness through foundational myths rooted in the physical and emotional landscapes of its citizens…. [Olsen] has written a book that cleverly and seamlessly stitches social and cultural history with political history. – Benita Carol Blessing, University of Vienna
[This book] addresses a significant historical issue, particularly for an understanding not only of German history but of contemporary Germany itself…. [It] goes beyond much literature on memory work in totalitarian countries, which often portrays the State as a unitary actor and state-imposed memory efforts as rather rigid and static. – Daniel Hamilton, Johns Hopkins University
Exploring the state-building process in East Germany provides a unique opportunity to examine the creation and eventual erosion of a new state’s memory culture and its role in regime legitimation. By focusing not only on the SED’s execution of memory-work but also on the difficulties it faced, Tailoring Truth bridges the gap between two different strains of historiography of the GDR. This study contributes to a growing body of work that examines the limitations of SED rule, while acknowledging the central role of state and party institutions in establishing the parameters for acceptable behavior.
History / US / Indian Wars
Thieves' Road: The Black Hills Betrayal and Custer's Path to Little Bighorn by Terry Mort (Prometheus Books)
In the summer of 1874, Brevet Major General George
Armstrong Custer led an expedition of some 1000 troops and more than one hundred
wagons into the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Thieves' Road, a work of narrative history, tells the little-known story
of this exploratory mission and reveals how it set the stage for the climactic
Battle of the Little Bighorn two years later.
What is the significance of this obscure foray into the Black Hills? The short answer, as author Terry Mort explains, is that Custer found gold. This discovery in the context of the worst economic depression the country had yet experienced spurred a gold rush that brought hordes of white prospectors to the Sioux's sacred grounds. The result was the trampling of an 1868 treaty that had granted the Black Hills to the Sioux and their inevitable retaliation against the white invasion. The discovery of gold in the Black Hills was the beginning of the end of Sioux territorial independence.
Mort, a highly praised writer with degrees in literature from Princeton University and the University of Michigan, served as an officer in the US Navy.
Thieves' Road brings the era of the Grant administration to life, with
its ‘peace policy’ of settling the Indians on reservations, corrupt federal
Indian Bureau, Gilded Age excesses, the building of the western railroads, the
white settlements that followed the tracks, the Crash of 1873, mining ventures,
and the clash of white and Indian cultures with diametrically opposed values.
Mort explains that at the time of General Custer's exploration of the Black Hills of South Dakota, few such white expeditions had been made; fewer still had returned. The land, cherished hunting ground and sacred place of the Sioux Indians, was a hostile place for western settlers. When Custer traveled there in the summer of 1874, the mission was ostensibly to explore the area and find a suitable location to build a fort against Sioux and Cheyenne attacks. However, Custer had an additional, unspoken objective: to search for gold, the discovery of which would pull the country out of a terrible economic depression.
As told in Thieves' Road, although the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie had been established to protect Sioux ownership and hunting rights in the Black Hills, the military was exempt from the restrictions against entering reservation land. Lured not only by the possibility of gold but by the abundance of the land, Custer, backed by endorsements from the press and the public, led cavalry, infantry, civilian teamsters, scientists, and seventy-five Indian scouts on what would be a minor success for US interests and the beginning of the end for the Sioux.
By the end of Thieves' Road, readers will have a clear idea why the Lakota chief Fast Bear called the trail cut by Custer to the Black Hills ‘that thieves' road.’
Terry Mort's Thieves' Road offers fresh and unusual insights into our central myth: the winning of the West. In clear, diamond-hard prose, he presents a supremely balanced narrative of the conflict between whites and Native Americans, showing how both were at the mercy of vast, impersonal economic and political ford. – Philip Caputo, author of Crossers and The Longest Road
Mort's … enlightening works about Native Americans are remarkable not only for their depth, but also the poetic beauty of his descriptions of their lives, religions and cultures…. Mort's delightful prose will entice readers of history, geography, Native American studies and sociology. All will revel in the feeling of being in the Dakotas at the end of the 19th century. – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Mort's vivid narrative in Thieves' Road captures the spirit of the Gilded Age and the ongoing conflict in the Old West between the native Lakota and encroaching white prospectors, settlers, and businessmen. Thieves' Road uncovers the many factors – political, economic and cultural – that led to Custer's legendary Battle of the Little Bighorn. With descriptions of personalities, places, and politics, Mort brings the era of the Grant administration to life in this fascinating work of narrative history.
Home & Garden / Conservation / How-To / Guides
The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve, Capture, and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape by Laura Allen (Storey Publishing LLC)
The Water-Wise Home explains how to use water smartly and efficiently, increasing supply, saving money, reducing wear on their septic system, and fulfilling home and garden needs. Laura Allen describes proven conservation techniques, explains how to create a water-wise landscape, and provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions for setting up a waterless composting toilet as well as systems to reuse greywater, and harvest rainwater.
Allen, cofounder of Greywater Action, has spent many years exploring low-tech, sustainable water solutions. She leads classes and workshops, including the first training program for professional greywater installers, and participates in writing state-level greywater and composting toilet codes.
In The Water-Wise Home readers learn how to:
Allen in The Water-Wise Home says that nearly 15 years ago, while she was living with six friends in a rented house in Oakland, California, she had her first water shock. A water bill arrived in the mail – first time she had ever seen one. She remembers her shock at seeing it. The first two questions in her mind were "How can we possibly be using this much water?!" and "Where does this water come from, anyway?" Her search for answers to these questions sparked the beginning of her water education. As she learned more about this water system she depended on, she began to look for alternatives.
The first change she says she made was to redirect the bathroom sink drain to dump into a bucket. They used this greywater to ‘bucket-flush’ the toilet, and it was so simple they couldn't stop there. She and her housemates tackled the shower next; they reconfigured the pipes and built their first greywater system. How satisfying it was when the shower water finally flowed into the garden.
The Water-Wise Home shares the knowledge Allen has gained over the past 15 years. She says that writing a how-to book is an exciting opportunity to share concrete skills with more people. Besides the how, there is the why: in Part I, Allen talks about why the current water system is unsustainable and what small-scale changes can help fix it. Part II covers the principles of simple greywater, rainwater catchment, and composting toilet systems, providing step-by-step instructions that anyone can implement with a few tools and basic construction skills. Simple, low-cost systems can cut a home's water consumption in half, or better. Because The Water-Wise Home is intended for ordinary DIYers, she doesn't focus on complex systems requiring specialized tools and training, but does include profiles of people living with advanced systems, as well as resources for learning more about them.
Allen also includes tips for working with, and improving, state and local regulations, as well as interviews with progressive regulators and examples of what worked for California. Policy change isn't a standard feature for how-to books, but when it comes to water-wise systems, codes and local agencies can be a major barrier.
Laura Allen has crafted a wonderfully accessible and detailed manual.... If every home was fully retrofitted with all the projects in this book, we would be well on our way to water security and water-shed recovery. – Brock Dolman, director of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's WATER Institute
This book is the real deal. Laura Allen lives, practices, and teaches what she writes about. I've used her water-harvesting systems and composting toilets – they all work wonderfully! Read this book, and yours could too. – Brad Lancaster, author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond
An accessible guide, The Water-Wise Home helps readers transform their homes to save water and create productive, ecological landscapes. These practical, low-tech solutions are an essential part of our new water future.
Literature & Fiction / Science Fiction / Thrillers
The Revolution Trade: A Merchant Princes Omnibus by Charles Stross (Tor Books)
The Revolution Trade is an omnibus edition of the fifth and sixth novels – The Revolution Business and Trade of Queens – in the Merchant Princes series. This beloved saga by the Hugo award-winning author Charles Stross has been revised and updated in this never-before-released trade paperback edition. It continues the story of Miriam Beckstein, a hip tech journalist from Boston who discovers her alternate-world relatives with explosive results that shake three worlds.
Stross, the author of the Merchant Princes series, who has worked as a pharmacist, software engineer, and freelance journalist, now writes full-time. Stross has won two Hugo Awards and been nominated twelve times; additionally, he has won the Locus Award for Best Novel, the Locus Award for Best Novella, and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke and Nebula Awards.
In The Revolution Trade Miriam has said good-bye to her comfort zone. The transition from journalist to captive in an alternative timeline was challenging to say the least; she discovered that her long-lost family, the Clan, were world-skipping assassins. Now, while civil war rages in her adopted home, she's pregnant with the heir to their throne and a splinter group wants her on their side of a desperate power struggle. But as a leader or figurehead?
Meanwhile, unknown to the Clan, the US government is on to them and preparing to exploit this knowledge. But it hasn't foreseen a dissident Clan faction carrying nuclear devices between worlds – with the US president in their sights. The War on Terror is about to go transdimensional, but Mike Fleming, CIA agent, knows the most terrifying secret of all: His government's true intentions.
Stross sure ends things with a bang ... satisfying and chilling – RT Book Reviews
These books are immense fun – Locus
Inventive, irreverent, and delightful... an alternate world where business is simultaneously low and high tech, and where romance, murder, marriage, and business are hopelessly intertwined – and deadly. – L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
Fans of the author's previous work will recognize his trademark skill at world building – you can almost see the filth on the streets of New England, feel the closeted oppression of the Clan hierarchy, and experience Miriam's terror at the horrifying circumstances she finds herself in. – SciFiNow
The Merchant Princes series is one of the best sci-fi series going, and the best of Stross's writing, so I recommend it highly. – Sunday Times (Central Contra Costa)
With lots of action in a very grim plot, this should please Stross fans and anyone else interested in Dr. Strangelove scenarios. – Booklist
The Trade of Queens offers the zaniness and zip Stross presented in stories like "A Colder War" and "Missile Gap." This all makes for a more than satisfactory close to [the] series. – Strange Horizons
Fans of the Merchant Princes series will appreciate The Revolution Trade, two books in one, delivering the dramatic close to the series.
Professional & Technical / Science
Gene and Cell Therapy: Therapeutic Mechanisms and Strategies, 4th edition edited by Nancy Smyth Templeton (CRC Press)
This textbook edited by Nancy Smyth Templeton is exactly what is needed to advance the fields of gene and cell therapy and for general education and further refinement of the technologies.… With over 1,000 pages describing the current gene transfer and vector technologies and the basics of cell therapy and clinical applications, this fourth edition of Gene and Cell Therapy: Therapeutic Mechanisms and Strategies will give an excellent, comprehensive basis to advance gene medicine and cell therapy toward successful future applications in medical practice. – from the Foreword by Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, MD, PhD, FESC, Past President, European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, and Professor of Molecular Medicine, University of Eastern Finland
As with the previous edition, Gene and Cell Therapy, 4th edition covers all aspects of gene and cell therapies from bench to bedside in chapters contributed by authors worldwide. It covers the basic principles of all technologies through to state-of-the-art strategies and applications. The newly updated edition contains additional chapters covering promising gene and cell therapy clinical trials, including Gene and Cell Therapies for Musculo-Skeletal Disorders and Ex Vivo Gene Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Editor/author Nancy Smyth Templeton was recently the director of delivery systems at Gradalis/Strike Bio Inc., focusing on targeted delivery of bifunctional shRNA therapeutics to solid tumors by intravenous injections using her robust nanoparticles: bilamellar invaginated vesicles (BIVs).
Gene and Cell Therapy, 4th edition presents extensive background and basic information, state-of-the-art technologies, important achievements, and lingering challenges in the fields of gene and cell therapies. With comprehensive coverage, some chapters have expanded introductions, making the book even more suitable for classroom use. This edition provides more material on the contributors' research efforts as well as current technologies, disease targets, and clinical applications.
Divided into four sections, Gene and Cell Therapy covers:
Intended for a broad audience, Gene and Cell Therapy provides an updated, interdisciplinary knowledge and tools to tackle the evolving areas of gene therapy, cell therapy, and tissue engineering. The book helps readers understand vector design and construction, delivery systems, therapeutic strategies, gene expression and detection, disease targets, clinical applications and trials, cell-based therapies, novel imaging systems, gene regulation, and regulatory affairs.
Features of Gene and Cell Therapy:
Chapters in Gene and Cell Therapy and their authors include:
SECTION I Delivery Systems and Therapeutic Strategies
SECTION II Other Therapeutic Strategies
SECTION III Gene Expression, Regulation, and Detection; Genome Modifications
SECTION IV Gene and Cell Therapies, Disease Targets, Clinical Trials and Regulatory Issues
According to Gene and Cell Therapy, gene therapy has finally gained official recognition in Western countries following approval of the first gene medicine for commercial use in 2012. Gene therapy has had a long journey to the clinics. The road has been shadowed by some widely publicized setbacks, which historically are typical for new groundbreaking technologies in medicine. During the last few years, remarkable progress has been made in gene and cell therapy. Thus, it is expected that several new gene therapy products will enter the clinical arena in the not-so-distant future. In cell therapy, iPS cell technology has opened huge possibilities for cell therapy and regenerative medicine. There are still significant challenges in gene and cell therapy, before these new approaches can enter mainstream medicine. Significant safety issues have been reported in some trials and the need for better vectors, delivery techniques and treatment genes is widely recognized. As in every new technology, teaching and educating next-generation scientists, physicians, government officials, who set rules for these therapies, and the general public require high-quality materials and textbooks in universities, colleges and other educational institutions.
The 4th edition of Gene and Cell Therapy provides extensive background and basic information, state-of-the-art technologies, important achievements, and lingering challenges in the fields of gene and cell therapies. The 4th edition of this bestseller continues to provide the most comprehensive coverage of these fields in one volume. Accessible to a broad audience, Gene and Cell Therapy provides readers with up-to-date, interdisciplinary knowledge and tools to tackle the evolving areas of gene therapy, cell therapy, and tissue engineering.
The authors of Gene and Cell Therapy do an outstanding job providing readers with broad knowledge, insight, and tools available in the constantly evolving fields of gene therapy, cell therapy, and tissue engineering. The ongoing development of these therapies draws from many disciplines including cell biology, virology, molecular biology, medicine, genetics, immunology, biochemistry, physiology, chemistry, bioengineering, biophysics, molecular imaging, microbiology, pharmacology, and toxicology. This book includes topics in these areas and facilitates its ongoing use as a textbook for classes in gene and cell therapies, gene transfer, and therapeutic applications. The book is also suitable for readers from all backgrounds including students, physicians, scientists, and other individuals interested in understanding the current status of gene and cell
therapies and their contribution to the field of medicine. Several contributors have broadened their introductions to facilitate use of this edition of Gene and Cell Therapy as an educational textbook and have also contributed information to provide the context for their focused research efforts and for current technologies, disease targets, and clinical applications.
Psychology & Counseling / Self-Help / Relationships
Five-Minute Relationship Repair: Quickly Heal Upsets, Deepen Intimacy, and Use Differences to Strengthen Love by Ph.D. Susan Campbell & John Grey (H.J. Kramer, New World Library)
Most couples start out their committed relationships with the best intentions and optimism. Over time, upsets and disagreements begin to erode the loving feelings, and fighting erupts, often escalating toward divorce. What happened to all that love, they may ask? How do they recapture that sense of devotion and delight?
Long-term happiness in love depends on a couple’s ability to repair the inevitable rifts and differences, large and small, that occur in any relationship. Neuroscience suggests that relationship upsets are best mended quickly, or they accumulate in long-term memory, increase reactive communication, and become harder to repair successfully. And according to Five-Minute Relationship Repair, repair takes five minutes or less. The book offers practical tools and suggested scripts for resolving problems and having one’s needs met. Following its guidance, readers can turn difficulties into opportunities to foster love, trust, and thriving intimacy.
Five-Minute Relationship Repair by Susan Campbell, PhD, and John Grey, PhD, is about understanding the ways small irritations can balloon out of control, triggering feelings of disconnection, frustration, and anger, even feelings of loneliness. And, it is about learning the communication skills to quickly turn those upsets around into opportunities for growth in the relationship. Instead of allowing the loving feelings to erode, Five-Minute Relationship Repair offers a path toward more loving and joyful interactions that strengthen the bond rather than weakening it.
Campbell has long worked as a relationship coach and teamwork consultant to Fortune 500 companies and has authored six books. Grey has offered relationship therapy, workshops, and retreats for 25 years.
Based on years of experience working with couples, Five-Minute Relationship Repair demonstrates how couples can approach ruptures as a way to deepen intimacy and enhance feelings of security. Once these skills are learned, couples can employ them quickly under any circumstances. The authors offer exercises and techniques to help couples:
This formula, the Five-Minute Relationship Repair, is a step-by-step procedure readers can do in five minutes or less – once they have gone through all the exercises in Five-Minute Relationship Repair.
The early chapters show readers how the nervous system is connected to emotions and why people tend to get triggered so easily by an unintentional act from an intimate partner. In these chapters, they learn how to spot the early warning signs that someone is triggered and how to immediately pause to calm themselves and come back to being present. Next, a series of exercises helps readers communicate about difficult or upset feelings in a way that evokes empathy from their partner. They learn the distinction between core feelings (which are soft, tender, and vulnerable) and reactive feelings (which come across as aggressive, defensive, hard, or protective). They see that many of the upsets they experience are based on complete misunderstandings. And they learn why taking responsibility for their own reactions is one of the healthiest things they can do for themselves and their relationship.
The final chapters of Five-Minute Relationship Repair take readers deeper into learning how to heal the fears and sensitivities that give rise to frustrating communication cycles and patterns. There readers put it all together – everything they have learned about why they react and what they really need from their partner – into the Five-Minute Relationship Repair process. This section includes fill-in-the-blank scripts that guide them and their partner in getting to the root of any upset and resolving it. Saying each script to each other removes all sense of threat or blame, replacing defensiveness with open-hearted self-disclosure and loving reassurances.
There are various important exercises throughout Five-Minute Relationship Repair, and the authors have compiled them into a workbook, making it easier for readers to do these exercises.
Shows us how to approach differences with openhearted listening and
vulnerable truth telling... If you read and work with the practices offered
here, you have everything you need to create a secure, lasting bond with your
partner. – Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles
Using the case of a typical couple in trouble as their starting point, John Grey and Susan Campbell walk you through a sequential set of techniques based on neuroscience and attachment theory.... Their work here is inventive, inspiring, and well worth the read. – Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, author of Wired for Love
Drs. Campbell and Grey have created a terrific guide for therapists as well as for couples working on their own. So many couples suffer unnecessarily with conflict, and here is an excellent resource for going straight to the vulnerable truth, rather than staying in old reactive patterns. I am recommending it to the couples in my counseling practice. – Linda Bloom, LCSW, coauthor of 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married
This wise and practical book brilliantly addresses the core issues that need attention in order for couples and individuals to create deeply fulfilling relationships. Through vivid examples, incisive commentary, and helpful exercises, the authors take us on a journey that leads toward a richer understanding of ourselves and others. Incorporating attachment theory and the latest discoveries in neuroscience, this book offers an astonishingly clear path toward the love and intimacy we long for. – John Amodeo, PhD, author of Dancing with Fire
With clear suggestions and insightful examples from their practices, Five-Minute Relationship Repair is the toolkit no relationship should be without. The workbook is a particularly valuable tool.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Education
The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons edited by Christopher Gehrz (IVP Academic)
Pietism has long been ignored in evangelical scholarship. This is especially the case in the field of Christian higher education, which is dominated by thinkers in the Reformed tradition and complicated by the association of Pietism with anti-intellectualism. The irony is that Pietism from the beginning ‘was intimately bound up with education,’ according to Diarmaid MacCulloch. But until now there has not been a single work dedicated to exploring a distinctively Pietist vision for higher education.
In The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education edited by Christopher Gehrz, scholars associated with the Pietist tradition reflect on the Pietist approach to education. Key themes include holistic formation, humility and openmindedness, the love of neighbor, concern for the common good and spiritual maturity. Pietism sees the Christian college as a place that forms whole and holy persons. In a pluralistic and polarized society, such a vision is needed now more than ever. Gehrz is professor of history and chair of the history department at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he helps coordinate the Christianity and Western Culture program and contributes to the program's podcast.
In this collection of essays, readers are invited into a conversation that began among Professor Gehrz and his colleagues at Bethel University as they sought to discover the theological roots of their own institution. Bringing together leading scholars associated with Bethel University, The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education presents a distinctively Pietist approach to Christian higher education, which emphasizes the transformation of the whole person for service to God and neighbor.
When Pietism was born as a religious movement in the seventeenth century it
was as closely related to the university as it was to the church. Like the
original Pietists who insisted that prayer, Bible study and love of neighbor
could be wedded to academic rigor, the contributors to this volume share a
vision for education that aims at both hearts and minds. These thoughtful
essays, representing many different academic disciplines, will hopefully usher
Pietism back into evangelical discussions about faith and learning. They surely
will inspire readers to think anew about the realities and ideals of
Christ-centered higher education in the current age of 'spiritual but not
religious' students. – Douglas Jacobsen and Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen, authors
of No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education
Evangelicals want hearts and minds for Jesus Christ. Read why and how – from the university campus to the individual Christian. – Leith Anderson, president, National Association of Evangelicals
In The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education, Professor Gehrz makes a significant contribution to the growing literature exploring theological foundations for the life of the mind beyond the Reformed tradition…. The book actually embodies the richness and the distinctiveness of the Pietist tradition's approach to higher education: first, the humility reflected in the careful, exploratory tone of the individual essays; second, the relational element exhibited in the collective wisdom of the entire group; finally, the impact on the heart as well as the mind, as readers are inspired and motivated to pursue a deeper understanding of their own theological roots. – Shirley A. Mullen, president and professor of history, Houghton College
Unfairly blamed for the secularization of American colleges, Pietism has served as a source of renewal and revitalization. Channeling the insights of their German and Scandinavian forebears, Christopher Gehrz and his colleagues articulate a fresh understanding of Christian higher education. Emphasizing the religious virtues of humility and love, they show why Pietism's irenic sensibility is the perfect antidote to today's culture wars. – John A. Schmalzbauer, Blanche Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies, Missouri State University
I have been reading Chris Gehrz's blog 'The Pietist Schoolman' for several years and have been cheering him on as he makes a compelling and humble case for the compatibility of Pietism, the intellectual life and Christian higher education. Now Chris has gathered his academic brothers and sisters in the faith to continue the conversation. If you thought that 'pietist higher education' was an oxymoron, these essays will force you to think again. – John Fea, Messiah College, author of Why Study History?: Reflecting on the Importance of the Past
Our friends at Bethel University here invite us not only to think about but to feel, imagine and even desire to actualize a Christian vision of higher education that engages not only heads but also hands and hearts. Herein is a robust call for a Christian university that is concerned about orthodoxy, orthopraxy, and orthopathy, and their interconnections. Evangelical thinking on these matters takes a quantum leap with this volume. – Amos Yong, professor of theology and mission, Fuller Seminary
In a pluralistic and polarized society, a vision of a college that transforms the whole person is needed now more than ever, not just for those of the Pietist tradition but also for the wider church. The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education, a groundbreaking volume, contributes significantly to this vision becoming a reality.
Religion & Spirituality / Ancient Egypt / Occult
Esoteric Egypt: The Sacred Science of the Land of Khem by J. S. Gordon (Bear & Company)
Esoteric Egypt is a study of the 100,000-year-old spiritual science of ancient Egypt. In this book, J. S. Gordon reveals how the sacred science and wisdom tradition of ancient Egypt – the Land of Khem – stems from an advanced prehistoric worldwide civilization. Examining the metaphysical structure of the universe as seen by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Celts, he shows that each tradition is a variation on the central concepts of the precession of the equinoxes and the obliquity of the ecliptic pole.
J. S. Gordon (1946-2013) held a master’s degree in Western esotericism from the University of Exeter and was a senior fellow of the Theosophical Society of England, where he lectured on ancient history and metaphysics.
Esoteric Egypt explores the connections between the cyclical movements
of Orion and Sirius and the story of Osiris and Isis, the importance of the
Pleiades and the circumpolar stars, and the ancient tradition of man as a divine
being ‘born from the substance of the stars.’ He investigates the people who
colonized greater Egypt 100,000 years ago, the progenitors of ancient Egyptian
civilization descended from the 4th- and 5th-Root Race Atlanteans.
Esoteric Egypt explores the magical and esoteric meanings behind Egyptian sacred ritual and temple art, drawing parallels to the Mystery School process of initiation. Explaining the fundamental unity of the Egyptian pantheon and the structure of the after-death state, he shows that the Egyptians clearly believed in reincarnation and a spiritual evolutionary process. Revealing the ancient sacred science of the Land of Khem, teachings passed down from the earliest times, he examines the psychospiritual nature of the human being and the function of spiritual identity and the soul.
Esoteric Egypt is written in four parts. The first part commences from the universal to the particular by introducing readers to the subject via the sidereal and metaphysical dynamics and structure of the home universe within the context of the greater kosmos – as seen by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Celts, and several other traditions, all being mere variations on the same grand central concept.
The second part starts with a chapter describing the origin and nature of the gods as seen by the Ancients, and another concerning the many and varied ancient traditions about Man himself as an essentially divine being, born from the substance of the stars into a semi-divine body form and thereby ‘falling’ into a vast cycle of cosmic reincarnation, of which his time on the planet is but a small part. A further chapter provides additional detail in a more personally and definitively human sense.
The third part of Esoteric Egypt starts with a combined geographical and esoteric bird's eye view of the River Nile and its all-embracing importance to the Egyptians. It also takes a broad look at some of the associated traditions concerning the fabled Atlantis and then considers the question of the original (apparently semi-Caucasian) races, which actually seem – about a hundred thousand years ago – to have populated greater Egypt, then a huge island, which incorporated the Horn of Africa – at a time when the Mediterranean was still connected to the Atlantic Ocean over what is now the Sahara Desert. It otherwise looks beyond Egypt at the concept of there having possibly been (under twenty thousand years ago) a worldwide civilization dominated by a common religio-mystic culture, epitomized in the Sacred Mysteries of Egypt itself. Having considered this, the book looks at the various historical reasons for Egypt's eventual internal decline as a result of spiritual corruption, quite apart from international politics, warfare, and foreign invasion.
The fourth part of Esoteric Egypt specifically looks at various aspects of ancient Egyptian civilization and culture that made it so apparently unique. This takes into account rather more detailed consideration of the esoteric and occult backgrounds of the formal architectural and artistic appearances. Without understanding these, it is not possible to understand the ancient Egyptians themselves. This part ends with an epilogue, which considers the practical relevance of what ancient Egypt may symbolize for the future in a modern world civilization.
More than anyone else I’ve known, John Gordon shows a deep insight into the
esoteric mind-set of the ancient Egyptians. I fully recommend this book to all
who want to understand and relate to ancient Egypt’s spiritual message. –
Robert Bauval, author of Secret Chamber Revisited, Black Genesis: The
An important investigation into the deep prehistory of ancient Egypt and the lost roots of ancient Egyptian spiritual wisdom. – Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods
In his last book, Esoteric Egypt, the late John Gordon delves deeply into the origin of ancient Egyptian beliefs and explains the mystery of their symbolism about Man and the Cosmos. It was in Egypt that man first recognized his two dimensions: physical and spiritual. While the body dies, the spirit joins the heavenly beings awaiting resurrection. – Ahmed Osman, author of The Lost City of Exodus and Moses and Akhenaten
Esoteric Egypt will help people understand the ancient Egyptian psyche and Egypt’s culture as a whole and on its own terms.
Religion & Spirituality / Pastoral Care / Counseling
The Practice of Pastoral Care, Revised and Expanded Edition by Carrie Doehring (Westminster John Knox Press)
The Practice of Pastoral Care has become a popular seminary textbook for courses in pastoral care and a manual for clinical pastoral education. In it, Carrie Doehring encourages counselors to view their ministry through a trifocal lens that incorporates premodern, modern, and postmodern approaches to religious and psychological knowledge. Doehring, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Iliff School of Theology in Colorado, is a licensed psychologist and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church.
The Practice of Pastoral Care describes the basic ingredients of a caregiving relationship, shows how to use the caregiver’s life experience as a source of authority, and demonstrates how to develop the skill of listening and establishing the actual relationship. This new edition elaborates on and expands the authors’ previous work, adding an intercultural perspective that gives more attention to religious pluralism in the pastoral care setting. It offers a road map for using a step-by-step narrative, relational, embodied approach to spiritual care that respects the unique ways people live out their values and beliefs, especially in coping with stress, loss, and violence.
The Practice of Pastoral Care poses questions about how to engage in intercultural pastoral and spiritual care and suggests a process of listening to, assessing, and coconstructing stories. For the sake of convenience these are described as a linear sequence; in actuality, a caregiver moves back and forth among these ways of listening.
The Practice of Pastoral Care is organized as follows:
A remarkable contribution. Somehow Dr. Doehring is able to weave together the
threads of theology, trauma, mental health, culture, self-reflection, research,
and practice into a beautiful piece of work that constantly reminds the reader
of the distinctively spiritual character of pastoral care. The book is filled
with evocative stories, useful concepts, practical tools, and always, Dr.
Doehring's own distinctive voice, wisdom, and humanity. Highly recommended for
not only pastoral counselors, but counselors from every helping profession.
– Kenneth I. Pargament, Professor of Psychology, Bowling Green State University;
Editor-in-Chief, APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality (Vols. 1
In this revised and expanded edition of her extensively read text, The Practice of Pastoral Care, Professor Carrie Doehring offers a clear and insightful explanation of intercultural pastoral and spiritual care. The book's lucid prose makes it accessible for beginning students who are taking introductory courses. At the same time, Doehring's richly nuanced conversation with current literature in the field makes the book an indispensable resource for seasoned scholars.… This is an eminently practical and wise guide for those learning to offer life-giving care. – Mary Clark Moschella, Roger J. Squire Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Yale Divinity School
In this revised and expanded edition, Carrie Doehring makes another remarkable contribution to pastoral theology and to contemporary practices of pastoral care. Using a narrative approach, she provides rich interdisciplinary and current resources for engaging the complex and intersecting differences that shape contexts for care as well as the embodied relationality of those who give and receive such care. Her experienced skill as a teacher shapes each chapter accessibly. Doehring artfully demonstrates the practice of intercultural care as a theologically reflective and co-creative process that seeks spiritual integration and relational justice. – Nancy J. Ramsay, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care, Brite Divinity School
A carefully constructed and nuanced articulation of the essential features and dynamic operations of pastoral and spiritual care. Whilst not neglecting historic resources, Doehring helps situate the practice of care squarely in contemporary postmodern and pluralist settings drawing on narrative, intercultural and theological engagements with the complex exigencies of human experience. Spiritual caregivers of all kinds must have, read and digest this book. – Emmanuel Y. Lartey, L. Bevel Jones III Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
The Practice of Pastoral Care reflects years of accumulated wisdom and sensitivity to both personal suffering and intercultural dynamics; it is a classic in the field. The book’s rich interweaving of narrative, literature, autobiography and cutting-edge theology promises to enrich and challenge practitioners in church and academy for years to come. Using the wisdom in this book, readers will be able to confidently and professionally offer pastoral care and counseling to members of their congregations or other places of ministry.
Science / Biology / Reproduction
Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara edited by Justin L. Rheubert, Dustin S. Siegel & Stanley E. Trauth, with series editor Barrie G.M. Jamieson (Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny Series, Vol 10: CRC Press)
Reproduction is axiomatic for the existence of life. Through independent evolutionary trajectories, living organisms have evolved spectacular behaviors, physiological mechanisms, and structures to accomplish reproduction. This could not be more true than in the most diverse group of reptiles, the lepidosaurs.
Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara is a compendium of chapters written by the world's leading experts from over four continents. The book begins with a chapter recounting historical discoveries in reproductive biology and a review of phylogenetics and up-to-date hypotheses concerning evolutionary relationships among lizards.
Following these chapters are detailed reviews with additional new data concerning chemical communication, sexual selection, reproductive cues, female reproductive anatomy, female reproductive cycles, oogenesis, parthenogenesis, male reproductive anatomy, male reproductive cycles, spermatogenesis, reproductive investment, viviparity and placentation, multiple paternity, and parental care. Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara culminates in two chapters on tuatara reproduction giving unique insight into evolutionary patterns in reproductive biology in squamates and tuatara.
Editors of the volume are Justin L. Rheubert, Department of Biological Sciences, St. Louis University, St. Louis; Dustin S. Siegel, Department of Biology, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau; and Stanley E. Trauth, Department of Biological Sciences, Arkansas State University.
According to Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara, by far, lizards represent the most diverse reptilian group with over 5,000 described species. Considering that the approximately 3,100 species of snakes are no more than a highly specialized group within lizards (collectively termed Squamata), this diversity is even more astounding. Previously, a similar text was dedicated to snakes (Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Snakes) and, thus, the editors felt it necessary to contribute a comparable volume devoted to lizards and the closest extant relative to Squamata, the Rhynchocephalia (comprised of two species of Tuatara).
The editors say that their attraction to dedicate a large portion of their time over the last couple of years to Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara was two-fold: 1) the last major symposium on the reproductive biology of reptiles that included lizards was held in 1981; and 2) with all of the new tools to investigate the evolution of lizards, they thought it timely to present a up-to-date review of what the world currently knows about lizard reproductive biology in one text so as to facilitate the use of reproductive biology diversity in future evolutionary studies on lizards. The Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny series conceived and edited by Barrie Jamieson was the perfect avenue to accomplish this goal.
Chapters in Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara and their authors include:
Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Lizards and Tuatara is a remarkable compendium of chapters written by the world's leading experts from over four continents. It is an essential resource for anyone studying reproduction in reptiles and/or vertebrates and offers a fascinating read for those interested in reproductive biology.
Science / Statistics / Research Design / Reference
Design and Analysis of Cross-Over Trials, 3rd edition by Byron Jones & Michael G. Kenward (Monographs on Statistics and Applied Probability, Vol. 138: A Chapman & Hall Book, CRC Press)
Design and Analysis of Cross-Over Trials, 3rd edition is concerned with a specific kind of comparative trial known as the cross-over trial, in which subjects receive different sequences of treatments. Such trials are widely used in clinical and medical research, and in other diverse areas such as veterinary science, psychology, sports science, and agriculture.
The first edition of this book was the first to be wholly devoted to the subject. The second edition was revised to mirror growth and development in areas where the design remained in widespread use and new areas where it had grown in importance.
In the third edition of Design and Analysis of Cross-Over Trials the authors keep the structure of the second edition and add some new chapters. This new 3rd edition:
Authors are Byron Jones, a senior biometrical fellow and executive director in the Statistical Methodology Group at Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Michael G. Kenward, GlaxoSmithKline professor of biostatistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Contents of Design and Analysis of Cross-Over Trials include:
1.1 What is a cross-over trial?
1.2 With which sort of cross-over trial are we concerned?
1.3 Why do cross-over trials need special consideration?
1.4 A brief history
1.5 Notation, models and analysis
1.6 Aims of this book
1.7 Structure of the book
2 The 2 x 2 cross-over trial
2.2 Plotting the data
2.3 Analysis using t-tests
2.4 Sample size calculations
2.5 Analysis of variance
2.6 Aliasing of effects
2.7 Consequences of preliminary testing
2.8 Analyzing the residuals
2.9 A Bayesian analysis of the 2 x 2 trial
2.10 Use of baseline measurements
2.11 Use of covariates
2.12 Nonparametric analysis
2.13 Binary data
3 Higher-order designs for two treatments
3.2 "Optimal" designs
3.3 Balaam's design for two treatments
3.4 Effect of preliminary testing in Balaam's design
3.5 Three-period designs with two sequences
3.6 Three-period designs with four sequences
3.7 A three-period six-sequence design
3.8 Which three-period design to use?
3.9 Four-period designs with two sequences
3.10 Four-period designs with four sequences
3.11 Four-period designs with six sequences
3.12 Which four-period design to use?
3.13 Which two-treatment design to use?
4 Designing cross-over trials
4.2 Variance-balanced designs
4.3 Optimality results for cross-over designs
4.4 Which variance-balanced design to use?
4.5 Partially balanced designs
4.6 Comparing test treatments to a control
4.7 Factorial treatment combinations
4.8 Extending the simple model for carry-over effects
4.9 Computer search algorithms
5 Analysis of continuous data
5.2 Fixed subject effects model
5.3 Random subject effects model
5.4 Use of baseline measurements
5.5 Analyses for higher-order two-treatment designs
5.6 General linear mixed model
5.7 Analysis of repeated measurements within periods
5.8 Cross-over data as repeated measurements
5.9 Case study: an analysis of a trial with many periods
6 Analysis of discrete data
6.2 Binary data: subject effect models
6.3 Binary data: marginal models
6.4 Categorical data
6.5 Further topics
7 Bioequivalence trials
8 Case study: Phase I dose-response noninferiority trial
9 Case study: Choosing a dose-response model
10 Case study: Conditional power
11 Case study: Proof of concept trial with sample size re-estimation
12 Case study: Blinded sample size re-estimation in a bioequivalence study
13 Case study: Unblinded sample size re-estimation in a bioequivalence study that has a
14 Case study: Various methods for an unblinded sample size re-estimation in a bioequivalence study
An important new development in this edition of Design and Analysis of Cross-Over Trials is the use of the R package Crossover written by Kornelius Rohmeyer in collaboration with Byron Jones. This software was written to accompany the book and provides a graphical user interface to locate designs in a large catalog and to search for new designs. This provides a convenient way of accessing all the designs tabulated in Chapter 4.
Chapters 5 and 6, which were devoted to analysis, have been updated to include some recent methodological developments, in particular the use of period baselines and the analysis of data from very small trials. At the same time the chapters incorporate recent developments in the relevant SAS procedures, especially those in the procedures proc glimmix and proc genmod.
The final seven chapters of Design and Analysis of Cross-Over Trials are completely new and are written in the form of short case studies. Three of these cover the topic of sample-size re-estimation when testing for average bioequivalence. The remaining new chapters cover important topics experienced in daily consulting work: fitting a nonlinear dose response function, estimating a dose to take forward from Phase 2 to Phase 3, establishing proof of concept and recalculating the sample size using conditional power.
Jones and Kenward added several valuable case studies to the third edition of their book. The case studies illustrate elegantly the applications of recent innovations in statistical methodologies to cross-over trials. The new edition is an excellent reference for scientists who want to understand cross-over trials or are interested in learning how statistical advancements in the last decade could be used to expand the versatility of cross-over trials. – Christy Chuang-Stein, Ph.D., Vice President, Head of Statistical Research and Consulting Center, Pfizer Inc.
Design and Analysis of Cross-Over Trials provides thorough coverage of the statistical aspects of the design and analysis of cross-over trials. Complete with real data, this 3rd edition provides a practical understanding of the latest methods along with the necessary tools for implementation. The authors maintain a practical perspective and avoid those topics that are of largely academic interest. Throughout the book they include examples of SAS code so that the analyses they describe can be immediately implemented using the SAS statistical analysis system. They intentionally compromise in the level of statistical sophistication. Most of the discussion of the 2 x 2 trial in Chapter 2 is dealt with at a fairly elementary level to make it accessible to those with limited statistical experience, including those whose primary role is not that of statistician. The same is true of the introductory sections of Chapters 3, 4 and 7. The authors are somewhat briefer in other sections and expect more of readers, particularly in Chapters 5 and 6, where the most advanced material is found. Chapters 8 to 14 are brief case studies that give examples of interesting applications of cross-over trials. The practical aspects of these should be accessible to all.
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Marvel: The Avengers Vault by Peter A. David (Thunder Bay Press)
And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's mightiest heroes and heroines found themselves united against a common threat. On that day, the Avengers were born – to fight the foes no single super hero could withstand! Through the years, their roster has prospered, changing many times, but their glory has never been denied! Heed the call, then – for now, the Avengers assemble! – Prologue from The Avengers
Captain America, The Mighty Thor, The Invincible Iron Man,
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Travel / Americas / Guidebooks
Moon Cuba, 5th edition by Christopher P. Baker (Moon Handbooks Series: Avalon Travel Publishing)
According to Moon Cuba, in October 1959, Fidel Castro spoke to the American Society of Travel Agents convention, held in Havana. "We have sea," said Castro. "We have bays, we have beautiful beaches, we have medicinal waters in our hotels, we have mountains, we have game and we have fish in the sea and the rivers, and we have sun. Our people are noble, hospitable, and most important, they hate no one. They love visitors, so much in fact that our visitors feel completely at home."
Nothing has changed but the politics.
Christopher P. Baker in Moon Cuba highlights Cuba's best lesser-known local hot spots, including Finca Manacas (the birthplace of Fidel Castro), Parque Lennon, and Rumba de Salvador's Alley. He also offers creative travel suggestions, such as A Week in Havana, 10 Best Scenic Drives, and Cars, Cigars, and Cabarets. Moon Cuba provides information on Havana and complete coverage of the island – tip to tip. Baker began his writing career as contributing editor on Latin America for Land & Liberty. He has made his living as a professional travel writer, photographer, lecturer, and tour guide, and is acclaimed for his specialist knowledge of Cuba and Costa Rica.
Like all Moon Handbooks, Moon Cuba gives travelers the tools to make their own choices, with
As told in Moon Cuba, with all the hoopla about politics, it's easy to overlook the sheer beauty of Cuba: the diamond-dust beaches and bathtub-warm seas the color of peacock feathers; the bottle-green mountains and jade valleys full of dramatic formations; the ancient cities, with their cobbled colonial plazas and castles evocative of the once mighty power of Spain; and, above all, the sultriness and spontaneity of a people and place called the most emotionally involving in the Western hemisphere.
Divers are delirious over Cuba's deep-sea treasures. Birding is the best in the Caribbean. Horseback-riding options abound. Cuba is a prime destination for fishing and bicycle touring, and hikers can head for the Sierra Maestra to tread revolutionary trails trod by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. There is santeria and salsa, sunny days on talcum beaches, mojitos and Cuba libres to enjoy, and the world's finest cigars to smoke fresh from the factory. Deluxe all-inclusive resorts are well-established, as are urbane boutique hotels.
Cuba's most enigmatic appeal, however, is the sense that one is living inside a romantic thriller. Cuba is still intoxicating, still laced with the sharp edges and sinister shadows that made Federico Garcia Lorca, the Spanish poet, write to his parents, "If I get lost, look for me in Cuba." No other Western nation offers such sensual and surreal sensations, made more poignant by Cuba's romantic, caught-in-a-time-warp setting. One doesn't want to sleep for fear of missing a vital experience. Before the Revolution, Cuba had a reputation as a place of intrigue and tawdry romance. The whiff of conspiracy, the intimation of liaison, is still in the air. For foreign visitors, it is heady stuff.
Moon Cuba suggests where to go if one has…
Hot spots covered in Moon Cuba include:
Havana. Habana Vieja (Old Havana) is the colonial core, full of plazas, cathedrals, museums, and bars. Parque Historico Militar Morro Cabana preserves the largest castle in the Americas. The Vedado district teems with Beaux-Arts, art nouveau, and art deco mansions; a magnificent cemetery; and the one-of-a-kind Plaza de la Revolucion. There are even gorgeous beaches nearby.
Pinar del Rio. These valleys are where the world's finest tobacco is grown. Vinales has magnificent scenery, plus preeminent climbing and caving. Scuba divers rave about Levisa and Maria la Gorda. Peninsula de Guanahacabibes has birding and hiking trails, as does Las Terrazas, Cuba's most developed eco-resort. Travelers can head to Finca El Pinar San Luis for Tobacco 101.
Isla de la Juventud Special Municipality. Slung beneath Cuba, this archipelago draws few visitors. The exception is Cayo Largo, a coral jewel with stupendous beaches. Isla de la Juventud boasts Presidio Modelo (the prison where Fidel was held); Refugio Ecologico Los Indios, great for birding; and Cuba's finest diving off Punta Frances. Two days is all that is required to explore Isla de la Juventud, plus two days more for Cayo Largo.
Matanzas. Cuba's premier beach resort, Varadero has the lion's share of hotels, plus Cuba's only 18-hole golf course and exceptional diving. Colonial-era Matanzas is a center for Afro-Cuban music and dance. The Caribbean's largest swamp – the Cienaga de Zapata – offers fantastic birding and fishing. Nearby, Playa Giron, site of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, has an engaging museum.
Cienfuegos and Villa Clara. Bird-watchers and hikers are enamored of the Sierra Escambray, where forest trails lead to waterfalls. Santa Clara draws visitors to the mausoleum and museum of Che Guevara. Sleepy Remedios explodes with fireworks during the year-end parranda and is gateway to the beaches of Cayos de Villa Clara. Cienfuegos offers colonial architecture and a world-class botanical garden, the Jardin Botanico Soledad.
Sancti Spiritus. Sancti Spiritus is a charming hill town that is a crown jewel of colonial architecture. It's a great base for hiking at Topes de Collantes, lazing at Playa Ancon, or a steam-train ride into the Valle de los Ingenios. The provincial capital, Sancti Spiritus, also has a colonial core worth exploring, and anglers are lured to Embalse Zaza to hook world-prize bass.
Ciego de Avila and Camaguey. Tiny Ciego de Avila Province is the setting for Cayo Coco, the most developed isle of the Jardines del Rey archipelago. Travelers come here for magnificent beaches and to view flamingos. Playa Santa Lucia has some of Cuba's best diving. The less developed Jardines a la Reina is a new frontier for anglers and divers. Camaguey city has quaint cobbled plazas and colonial architecture.
Las Tunas and Holguin. For travelers, Las Tunas Province is a place to pass through en route to history-packed Holguin, with its intriguing plazas and lively artistic culture. Nearby are the beaches of Guardalavaca, an archaeological site at Museo Aborigen Chorro de Malta, the alpine setting of Pinares de Mayari, and Fidel Castro's birthplace at the Museo Conjunto Historico Biran.
Gramma. Off-the-beaten-path Granma Province is dominated by the Sierra Maestra, the mountainous base for Fidel Castro's guerrilla war. Visitors can hike to his headquarters, La Comandancia de la Plata, and to the summit of Pico Turquino, Cuba's highest peak. Independence was launched in Bayamo, touting a vibrant colonial plaza. For scenery, the lonesome coast road east of the ho-hum beach resort of Marea del Portillo can't be beat.
Santiago de Cuba. The city of Santiago de Cuba, founded in 1514, predates Havana and has strong Haitian and Jamaican influences. Much of Cuba's musical heritage was birthed here. The Moncada barracks, museums, and mausoleums recall the city's revolutionary fervor. At sunset, visitors flock to Castillo de San Pedro del Morro for a cannon-firing ceremony; in July it hosts Cuba's preeminent Carnaval. Travelers explore the eclectic attractions of nearby Reserva de la Biosfera Baconao and the basilica at El Cobra.
Guantanamo. This mountainous province is synonymous with the U.S. naval base, which can be viewed from the Cuban military outpost at Caimanera. The otherwise dreary town of Guantanamo is alive with traditional music. Nearby the Zoologico de Piedra – literally a stone zoo – fascinates. The La Farola mountain road leads to Baracoa, Cuba's oldest city, full of vernacular charm. Some of the nation's best birding and hiking can be enjoyed at El Yunque and Parque National Alejanrdro de Humboldt.
America's finest travel guidebook series ... extensively researched, engagingly written, intelligently indexed, and packed with helpful maps and sidebars. – Money Magazine
Baker in Moon Cuba highlights Cuba's best lesser-known, local hot spots and also offers fun and creative travel suggestions. The book provides in-depth information on Havana and complete coverage of the island, giving travelers the tools they need to make their own choices.
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