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Books released during the week of September 18, 2017


How to Do Things with International Law<br/>Ian Hurd

How to Do Things with International Law
Ian Hurd

"This concise user’s manual to the international rule of law teaches a broad audience--starting with international lawyers themselves--how to think about an increasingly prominent set of norms and field of study. International law, Hurd shows, authorizes and depoliticizes; it does not only constrain and improve."--Samuel Moyn, Yale University

Hardcover | 2017
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Our Compelling Interests:<br/>The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society<br/>Edited by Earl Lewis & Nancy Cantor

Our Compelling Interests:
The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society
Edited by Earl Lewis & Nancy Cantor

"For a collection of essays, the book is well organized and unusually coherent. Each of the essays makes important contributions to what is likely among the most important challenges the US will face in the twenty-first century. Though balanced, the overall tone is optimistic."--Choice

Paperback | 2017
Hardcover | 2016
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Restoring the Minoans: Elizabeth Price and Sir Arthur Evans<br/>Edited by Jennifer Y. Chi
<br/>With contributions by Jennifer Y. Chi, Rachel Herschman & Kenneth Lapatin

Restoring the Minoans:
Elizabeth Price and Sir Arthur Evans
Edited by Jennifer Y. Chi
With contributions by Jennifer Y. Chi, Rachel Herschman & Kenneth Lapatin

This innovative book considers two imaginative restorations of the ancient world that test the boundaries of interpretation and invention by bringing together the discovery of Minoan culture by the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans (1851–1941) and the work of the Turner Prize–winning video artist Elizabeth Price (b. 1966).

Paperback (flapped in slipcase) | 2017


The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter<br/>Joseph Henrich

The Secret of Our Success:
How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter
Joseph Henrich

"Limber and lucid."--Barbara Kiser, Nature

Paperback | 2017
Hardcover | 2015
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What the Victorians Made of Romanticism: Material Artifacts, Cultural Practices, and Reception History<br/>Tom Mole

What the Victorians Made of Romanticism:
Material Artifacts, Cultural Practices, and Reception History
Tom Mole

"This ambitious book is a major contribution to our understanding of Romanticism, not only what it was but also what it became. It will be an essential guide to the web of reception and remaking for period specialists, while also posing urgent questions—and answers—for our own moment of hypermediation."--Clifford Siskin, New York University

Hardcover | 2017
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Why Minsky Matters: An Introduction to the Work of a Maverick Economist<br/>L. Randall Wray

Why Minsky Matters:
An Introduction to the Work of a Maverick Economist
L. Randall Wray

"An accessible introduction to the economist who saw the global financial crisis coming."--Bookseller Buyer's Guide

Paperback | 2017
Hardcover | 2015
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William Blake and the Age of Aquarius<br/>Stephen F. Eisenman<br/>With contributions by Mark Crosby, Elizabeth Ferrell, Jacob Henry Leveton, W. J. T. Mitchell & John P. Murphy

William Blake and the Age of Aquarius
Stephen F. Eisenman
With contributions by Mark Crosby, Elizabeth Ferrell, Jacob Henry Leveton, W. J. T. Mitchell & John P. Murphy

"A timely book that provides fresh perspective on the art of the 1960s. Much as it did for the artists and activists of the Beat and hippie generations, Blake's visionary antiestablishment thought and work can perhaps again offer a reference point for those today who are struggling to produce an artistic response appropriate to the new century's demands."--Michael Archer, author of Art Since 1960

Hardcover | 2017

Books released during the week of September 11, 2017


The Little Book of Black Holes<br/>Steven S. Gubser & Frans Pretorius

The Little Book of Black Holes
Steven S. Gubser & Frans Pretorius

"Gubser and Pretorius offer clarity on a difficult topic, with a healthy dose of wonder to boot."--Publishers Weekly

Hardcover | 2017
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The Making of Martin Luther<br/>Richard Rex

The Making of Martin Luther
Richard Rex

"A remarkable piece of writing that will have an enduring influence. With shrewd and canny insights, powerful prose, and wit, Richard Rex offers a persuasive and provocative tour through the early years of the Reformation."--Bruce Gordon, author of John Calvin's "Institutes of the Christian Religion": A Biography

Hardcover | 2017
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On Weaving, New Expanded Edition<br/>Anni Albers<br/>With an afterword by Nicholas Fox Weber and contributions by Manuel Cirauqui & T'ai Smith

On Weaving
New Expanded Edition
Anni Albers
With an afterword by Nicholas Fox Weber and contributions by Manuel Cirauqui & T'ai Smith

"With enviable clarity, Albers reviews the basics of weaving materials and techniques while threading the history of weaving from Peru and Persia to China, Europe, and beyond. Her emphasis on tactility seems especially urgent today, as she offers the next generation a profound corrective to an increasingly digital monoculture."--Jenny Anger, author of Paul Klee and the Decorative in Modern Art

Hardcover | 2017
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The Plural of Us: Poetry and Community in Auden and Others<br/>Bonnie Costello

The Plural of Us:
Poetry and Community in Auden and Others
Bonnie Costello

"Long recognized as one of our leading critics of poetry and poetics, Bonnie Costello demonstrates throughout The Plural of Us that ‘poetry’s "we" can be highly nuanced and variable.’ Her argument provides astute, original perspectives on fundamental issues like lyric subjectivity and direction of address. Focusing on Auden, her book engages with many other writers, including Shakespeare, Arnold, Dickinson, and William Carlos Williams, and will greatly interest all students of the lyric poem."--Heather Dubrow, author of The Challenges of Orpheus: Lyric Poetry and Early Modern England

Hardcover | 2017
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The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve<br/>Peter Conti-Brown<br/>With a new preface by the author

The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve
Peter Conti-Brown
With a new preface by the author

"Conti-Brown, as a legal scholar, really gets the tangled web that is the Fed. And, as a writer, he does a masterful job of taking the typical reader into this web. The result is that Power and Independence is a wonderfully written book from which even the most expert Fedhead will learn a lot."--Narayana R. Kocherlakota, Journal of Economic Literature

Paperback | 2017
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Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Parmenides<br>Proclus<br>Translated by Glenn R. Morrow & John M. Dillon

Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Parmenides
Proclus
Translated by Glenn R. Morrow & John M. Dillon

"Plato's Parmenides was arguably the most important text in the curriculum of the Neo-Platonists, and is the key to understanding their philosophy. The influence of Proclus' commentary was immense.... Morrow and Dillon's translation will stand as a landmark in Neo-Platonic literature."--Lucas Siorvanes, Journal of Hellenic Studies

Hardcover | 2017
Paperback | 1992
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The Unstill Ones: Poems<br/>Miller Oberman

The Unstill Ones:
Poems
Miller Oberman

"Rarely does one read something both so old and, at the same time, so new. Old in the sense that the taproots of these poems reach so deep and so wide, and new in the sense that they often startle with their originality. The poems are immediately understandable, mysterious, and authentic. Miller Oberman has written a book that makes me want to shake his hand, to salute him, and to say, frankly, that these poems and this book fill me with gratitude and joy."--Thomas Lux

Paperback | 2017
Hardcover | 2017
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Books released during the week of September 4, 2017


Bible Nation:
The United States of Hobby Lobby<br>Candida R. Moss & Joel S. Baden

Bible Nation:
The United States of Hobby Lobby
Candida R. Moss & Joel S. Baden

"Biblical scholars Moss (The Myth of Persecution) and Baden (The Historical David) become dogged investigative journalists as they seek to understand how the Green family, the billionaire owners of Hobby Lobby, have aspired to influence national politics. . . . While depicting the Greens as well-intentioned, Moss and Baden make an impassioned case for fighting against the family’s efforts to limit access to their questionably sourced collection and to misrepresent their work as nonsectarian when it is entrenched in a deeply American evangelical worldview. . . . This is a timely read for those interested in the relationship between money, faith, and American politics."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

Hardcover | 2017
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Midlife: A Philosophical Guide<br>Kieran Setiya

Midlife:
A Philosophical Guide
Kieran Setiya

"Setiya serves as an engaging companion for those in the throes of the dreaded midlife crisis, as he brings the wisdom of the ages to bear on the contemporary malaise. A self-help book with a strong--but not heavy-handed--philosophical foundation."--Kirkus

Hardcover | 2017
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Stars and Planets: The Most Complete Guide to the Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and Solar System<br>Updated and Expanded Edition<br>Ian Ridpath & Wil Tirion

Stars and Planets:
The Most Complete Guide to the Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and Solar System
Updated and Expanded Edition
Ian Ridpath & Wil Tirion

"The handy size, copious illustrations, maps and charts, as well as the latest in astrophotography throughout . . . practically beg[s] astronomers to take [Stars and Planets] along to star parties."--Astronomy

Paperback | 2017
eBook available


Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine<br>Eric M. Patashnik, Alan S. Gerber & Conor M. Dowling

Unhealthy Politics:
The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine
Eric M. Patashnik, Alan S. Gerber & Conor M. Dowling

"If you want to know why we’re so lousy at avoiding wasteful, expensive care in the United States, read Unhealthy Politics. It’s an invaluable resource for understanding why commonsense solutions get mired in political controversy—and how we might get out of the partisan rut we’re in."--Nicholas Bagley, University of Michigan Law School

Hardcover | 2017
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Books released during the week of August 28, 2017


Against Democracy<br>Jason Brennan<br>With a new afterword by the author

Against Democracy
Jason Brennan
With a new afterword by the author

"Brennan has a bright, pugilistic style, and he takes a sportsman's pleasure in upsetting pieties and demolishing weak logic. Voting rights may happen to signify human dignity to us, he writes, but corpse-eating once signified respect for the dead among the Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea. To him, our faith in the ennobling power of political debate is no more well grounded than the supposition that college fraternities build character."--Caleb Crain, New Yorker

Paperback | 2017
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Around Chigusa: Tea and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan<br>Edited by Dora C. Y. Ching, Louise Allison Cort & Andrew M. Watsky

Around Chigusa:
Tea and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan
Edited by Dora C. Y. Ching, Louise Allison Cort & Andrew M. Watsky

Around Chigusa investigates the cultural and artistic milieu in which a humble jar of Chinese origin dating to the thirteenth or fourteenth century became Chigusa, a revered, named object in the practice of formalized tea presentation (chanoyu) in sixteenth-century Japan. This tea-leaf storage jar lies at the nexus of interlocking personal networks, cultural values, and aesthetic idioms in the practice and appreciation of tea, poetry, painting, calligraphy, and Noh theater during this formative period of tea culture.

Hardcover | 2017


The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the Garden: Religion at the Roman Street Corner<br>Harriet I. Flower

The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the Garden:
Religion at the Roman Street Corner
Harriet I. Flower

"This important book provides a comprehensive treatment of the lares, the ancient Roman household gods, in all the contexts in which they are well-documented, revealing them to be much more significant than conventionally understood. Harriet Flower has yet again identified a neglected aspect of Roman life and produced a definitive treatment that illuminates an extraordinary range of further areas."--Catherine Steel, University of Glasgow

Hardcover | 2017
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The Development Dilemma: Security, Prosperity, and a Return to History<br>Robert H. Bates

The Development Dilemma:
Security, Prosperity, and a Return to History
Robert H. Bates

"In The Development Dilemma, Robert Bates turns to European history and Africa today to make a provocative argument: countries that throw different ethnic groups and regions together end up cutting deals that trade off growth to obtain stability. These kinds of historical comparisons are too rare and why this book is so important."--Chris Blattman, University of Chicago

Hardcover | 2017
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The Formative Years of Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein's Princeton Lectures<br>Hanoch Gutfreund & Jürgen Renn

The Formative Years of Relativity:
The History and Meaning of Einstein's Princeton Lectures
Hanoch Gutfreund & Jürgen Renn

"Gutfreund and Renn have produced a lucid, readable, and deeply informed account of Einstein's development of relativity theory. Focusing on Einstein's 1921 trip to America and the lectures he gave there, this impressive work is invaluable for experts and lay readers. It puts Einstein's lectures in the context of the formative years of his theory and shows how, after the 1919 eclipse observations, his theory launched one of the greatest transformations in the history of science."--Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein and Steve Jobs

Hardcover | 2017
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How the Internet Became Commercial: Innovation, Privatization, and the Birth of a New Network<br>Shane Greenstein

How the Internet Became Commercial:
Innovation, Privatization, and the Birth of a New Network
Shane Greenstein

"Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the broader context in which the explosion of Internet-related innovation occurred."--Marc Levinson, Wall Street Journal

Paperback | 2017
Hardcover | 2015
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Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation<br>Alan P. Lightman, William H. Press, Richard H. Price & Saul A. Teukolsky

Problem Book in Relativity and Gravitation
Alan P. Lightman, William H. Press, Richard H. Price & Saul A. Teukolsky

"This book is a classic and easily the best way for students learning general relativity to get experience doing problems. A wide variety of topics are covered and extensive solutions are given to the insightfully formulated exercises. This is a wonderful tool for becoming an expert in a beautiful subject."--Sean Carroll, author of Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity

Paperback | 2017
Paperback | 1975
Hardcover | 2017
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Radioactive Starlings: Poems<br>Myronn Hardy

Radioactive Starlings:
Poems
Myronn Hardy

"Myronn Hardy is a citizen of worlds, including the North Africa where he lives and the America where he was born. Recalling Damascus, he sees Dylann Roof emerging with ‘the gracelessness of the unburied,' and on Ibn Rochd Avenue in Rabat, an image of a father tying his son's shoes evokes Trayvon Martin's untied laces. Filled with ecstatic moments, the poems in Radioactive Starlings are supreme examples of lyric restraint as well as lush, colorful precision. This compelling collection makes a powerful case for claiming Hardy as one of our finest lyric poets."--Khaled Mattawa, author of Tocqueville: Poems

Paperback | 2017
Hardcover | 2017
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Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy<br>Robert H. Frank

Success and Luck:
Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy
Robert H. Frank

"The reminder about the important role of luck is welcome."--Enlightened Economist

Paperback | 2017
Hardcover | 2016
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Ultimate Questions<br>Bryan Magee

Ultimate Questions
Bryan Magee

"[Bryan Magee] writes with grace and offers a thoughtful summation of human experience."--Library Journal

Paperback | 2017
Hardcover | 2016
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Books released during the week of August 21, 2017


The Diversity Bonus: How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy<br/>Scott E. Page<br/>Edited with an introduction by Earl Lewis and Nancy Cantor. With commentary by Katherine Phillips.

The Diversity Bonus:
How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy
Scott E. Page
Edited with an introduction by Earl Lewis and Nancy Cantor. With commentary by Katherine Phillips.

"If you want your business or team to perform better, read this book. With compelling evidence, examples, and writing, Scott Page makes the business case for drawing out diverse perspectives, and shows you exactly how to do it. A clear road map for every team and leader."--Laszlo Bock, former SVP of People Operations at Google and author of the New York Times bestseller Work Rules!

Hardcover | 2017
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Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century<br/>Kathryn Sikkink

Evidence for Hope:
Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century
Kathryn Sikkink

"[Sikkink] effectively demonstrates what has been done in the past, giving doubters and pessimists reason to hope about what can be done in the future. From a scholarly activist, a solid and encouraging piece of research on the status of human rights around the world."--Kirkus

Hardcover | 2017
eBook available


In Praise of Simple Physics: The Science and Mathematics behind Everyday Questions
<br/>Paul J. Nahin

In Praise of Simple Physics:
The Science and Mathematics behind Everyday Questions
Paul J. Nahin

"Nahin's writing style, as in previous books, is clear, conversational, humorous and chatty. . . . [A]nd the discussions in the book are careful and appropriately rigorous."--MAA Reviews

Paperback | 2017
Hardcover | 2016
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Mariposas Nocturnas: Moths of Central and South America, A Study in Beauty and Diversity<br/>Emmet Gowin<br/>With a foreword by Terry Tempest Williams

Mariposas Nocturnas:
Moths of Central and South America, A Study in Beauty and Diversity
Emmet Gowin
With a foreword by Terry Tempest Williams

"Mariposas Nocturnas is an object of beauty and a document of inestimable value. The late-career transformation of one of the most visionary artists of our time is movingly manifested in this extraordinary book."--Joel Smith, Morgan Library & Museum

Hardcover | 2017
eBook available


The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins<br/>
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

The Mushroom at the End of the World:
On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

"Unusually rewarding. . . . Bursting with ideas and observations, Tsing's highly original ethnographic study follows this spicy smelling mushroom's global commodity chain. . . . Consistently fascinating, [Tsing's] story of the picking and selling of this wild mushroom becomes a wonderful window on contemporary life."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Paperback | 2017
Hardcover | 2015
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Pathways to Reform: Credits and Conflict at The City University of New York<br/>Alexandra W. Logue

Pathways to Reform:
Credits and Conflict at The City University of New York
Alexandra W. Logue

"This intense, personal memoir of a contentious episode in The City University of New York's recent history painstakingly recounts the complicated events surrounding a set of policies designed to help students transfer credits, with the goal of improving graduation rates and educational attainment. A riveting account of power and authority, Pathways to Reform demonstrates how difficult it is to achieve change when vested interests are at stake and compromise is viewed as surrender."--Eugene M. Tobin, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Hardcover | 2017
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The Seduction of Curves: The Lines of Beauty That Connect Mathematics, Art, and the Nude<br/>Allan McRobie<br/>With photography by Helena Weightman

The Seduction of Curves:
The Lines of Beauty That Connect Mathematics, Art, and the Nude
Allan McRobie
With photography by Helena Weightman

"This is what a book should be: startling, bold, and beautiful, idiosyncratic and yet universal. Only Allan McRobie could have written it. But all of us can enjoy it. He shows us how to look at ourselves, our bodies, and our world in a new way. After just a few minutes you'll feel like you're seeing everything for the first time. Brilliantly conceived, poetically written, and utterly original, The Seduction of Curves is a sinuous delight."--Steven Strogatz, author of The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity

Hardcover | 2017
eBook available

Books released during the week of August 14, 2017


The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought<br>Dennis C. Rasmussen

The Infidel and the Professor:
David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought
Dennis C. Rasmussen

"Lively and accessible--of broad interest to readers in philosophy, economics, political science, and other disciplines."--Kirkus

Hardcover | 2017
eBook available


Keeping It Halal: The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys<br>John O’Brien

Keeping It Halal:
The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys
John O’Brien

"Swift and insightful. . . . O’Brien effectively shows teenage Muslim Americans to be an unjustly persecuted minority, delving into the psychology of how they behave in reaction to their outsider status in order to paint a portrait of social anxiety and strained assimilation that is universal in its power."--Publishers Weekly

Hardcover | 2017
eBook available


Welcome to the Universe: The Problem Book<br>Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss & J. Richard Gott

Welcome to the Universe:
The Problem Book
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss & J. Richard Gott

"This book provides a very valuable resource for anyone who wants to acquire a reasonably quantitative understanding of introductory astronomy. The questions cover a broad range of interesting topics, and the solutions are thorough and often enlightening, providing additional insights into the subject matter."--Alex Filippenko, University of California, Berkeley

Paperback | 2017
Hardcover | 2017
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