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Books released during the week of February 1, 2016

Astrophysics in a Nutshell, Second Edition<br>
Dan Maoz Astrophysics in a Nutshell
Second Edition
Dan Maoz

Praise for the first edition: "Dan Maoz aims to provide a concise guide to the subject for advanced science undergraduates. The essentials of modern astrophysics are covered, from traditional topics such as stellar remnants and galaxies to recent research including dark matter and dark energy, while training students in order-of-magnitude analysis."--Times Higher Education
Hardcover | 2016
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How Armies Respond to Revolutions and Why<br>
Zoltan Barany How Armies Respond to Revolutions and Why
Zoltan Barany

"Barany focuses on the critical, yet understudied, question of how militaries respond to revolution. Over the course of his book, he offers a novel theoretical argument and compelling empirical evidence with which to assess that argument. This is an important work that demands the attention of scholars of both revolutions and military institutions."--David M. Edelstein, author of Occupational Hazards: Success and Failure in Military Occupation
Hardcover | 2016
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A Social Strategy: How We Profit from Social Media<br>Mikołaj Jan Piskorski A Social Strategy:
How We Profit from Social Media
Mikołaj Jan Piskorski

"Piskorski's thought-provoking and well-researched title is ground-breaking and should be required reading for those in business, and business faculty and students."--Lucy Heckman, Library Journal (starred review)
Paperback | 2016
Hardcover | 2014
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Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation<br>Timothy J. Jorgensen Strange Glow:
The Story of Radiation
Timothy J. Jorgensen

"Jorgensen walks readers through the history of humanity's interaction with radiation. . . . [Strange Glow] is a solid, accessible work, but perhaps its most beneficial aspect is that Jorgensen equips readers with enough knowledge to make their own risk assessments, whether it is of a potential medical diagnostic test or a particular consumer decision."--Publishers Weekly
Hardcover | 2016
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Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform since Sputnik<br>Chester E. Finn, Jr. Troublemaker:
A Personal History of School Reform since Sputnik
Chester E. Finn, Jr.

"I love the fact that no one is spared [Finn's] acidic sense of humor. That makes him a first-class writer, and Troublemaker may be the best of his many books. . . . The book offers one of the most enjoyable, astute and fair-minded reviews of the topsy-turvy course of our national effort to improve schools. It flavors that complex tale with the story of Checker Finn, a smart kid from Dayton, Ohio, who wisely attached himself to some of the most thoughtful political figures of his era and brought their practical approach to fixing schools to a new generation... These stories will not make Finn any less unpopular with people on both sides of our often bitter educational debates, but I wish we had more thinkers as aggravating and insightful as he is. All of us can learn much from him, and his book."--Jay Mathews, Washington Post
Paperback | 2016
Hardcover | 2008
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Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation<br>Timothy J. Jorgensen The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power
Jakub J. Grygiel & A. Wess Mitchell

"Well-argued and incisive."--Kirkus
Hardcover | 2016
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A World of Struggle: How Power, Law, and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy<br>David Kennedy A World of Struggle:
How Power, Law, and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy
David Kennedy

"A World of Struggle offers a dramatically new and important analysis of the logics, techniques, and sites of global rule. In it, Kennedy draws attention to the significance of expert work in the global exercise of power, shedding new light on the background processes by which the world is interpreted for ‘decision makers,' and by which those decisions are then interpreted in and for the world. Written with subtlety and startling insight, this book will take its place in the canon of essential reading for those interested in the nature of contemporary global governance."--Andrew Lang, London School of Economics
Hardcover | 2016
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Books released during the week of January 25, 2016

Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Despair<br>New Edition with a new chapter on the twenty-first-century Arab world<br>Adeed Dawisha Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century:
From Triumph to Despair
New Edition with a new chapter on the twenty-first-century Arab world
Adeed Dawisha

"A timely, illuminating and highly readable overview of the history of the Arab national movement, from its origins in the 19th century to the present. . . . [The book] not only brings events alive, but also leads to fresh assessments and a better-informed understanding of the politics of one of the world’s most volatile and violent regions."--Avi Shlaim, Guardian
Paperback | 2016
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Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics<br>Marie Gottschalk<br>With a new preface by the author Caught:
The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics
Marie Gottschalk
With a new preface by the author

"Gottschalk provides a systematic, surprising, and scathing critique of the prison state. . . . Caught may well be the best book on this subject to appear in decades."--Glenn C. Altschuler, Huffington Post
Paperback | 2016
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Complex Ball Quotients and Line Arrangements in the Projective Plane<br>Paula Tretkoff<br>With an appendix by Hans-Christoph Im Hof Complex Ball Quotients and Line Arrangements in the Projective Plane
Paula Tretkoff
With an appendix by Hans-Christoph Im Hof

This book introduces the theory of complex surfaces through a comprehensive look at finite covers of the projective plane branched along line arrangements. Paula Tretkoff emphasizes those finite covers that are free quotients of the complex two-dimensional ball. Tretkoff also includes background on the classical Gauss hypergeometric function of one variable, and a chapter on the Appell two-variable F1 hypergeometric function.
Paperback | 2016
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Complexity and the Art of Public Policy: Solving Society's Problems from the Bottom Up<br>David Colander & Roland Kupers Complexity and the Art of Public Policy:
Solving Society's Problems from the Bottom Up
David Colander & Roland Kupers

"[G]roundbreaking."--Sam McNerney, 250 Words
Paperback | 2016
Hardcover | 2014
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Landscape as Urbanism: A General Theory<br>Charles Waldheim Landscape as Urbanism:
A General Theory
Charles Waldheim

"Landscape as Urbanism creates a much-needed intellectual infrastructure for the maturing but still-evolving field of landscape urbanism. Comprehensive and excellent, this will be an essential volume for urbanists, architects, landscape architects, and urban designers and planners."--Jane Amidon, Northeastern University School of Architecture
Hardcover | 2016
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Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History<br>Annette Imhausen Mathematics in Ancient Egypt:
A Contextual History
Annette Imhausen

"Imhausen is one of the leading contemporary researchers in the mathematics of ancient Egypt and her book, which spans the whole of Egyptian mathematics from the early dynastic periods to the Greco-Roman era, will be the quintessential scholarly work in the field."--Amy Shell-Gellasch, Montgomery College
Hardcover | 2016
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The Serengeti Rules:
The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters<br>Sean B. Carroll The Serengeti Rules:
The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters
Sean B. Carroll

"A thought-provoking challenge to complacency."--Kirkus
Hardcover | 2016
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Time, History, and Literature: Selected Essays of Erich Auerbach<br>Erich Auerbach<br>Edited & with an introduction by James I. Porter<br>Translated by Jane O. Newman Time, History, and Literature:
Selected Essays of Erich Auerbach
Erich Auerbach
Edited & with an introduction by James I. Porter
Translated by Jane O. Newman

"The 20 essays collected here--many of them translated from the German for the first time--bear out editor Porter's contention that Auerbach (1892-1957), best known for his literary study Mimesis, was one of the 20th century's great literary critics. . . . Those well-versed in comparative literature will find his insights stimulating."--Publishers Weekly
Paperback | 2016
Hardcover | 2013

Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia: An Identification Guide<br>Sébastien Reeber Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia: An Identification Guide
Sébastien Reeber

"Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia compiles an impressive amount of information and illustrates an extraordinary number of figures. Reeber should be congratulated for compiling such a deep and rich resource on the subject. This guide is a significant contribution to the ornithological community."--Jessie Barry, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Hardcover | 2016

A World without Why<br>Raymond Geuss A World without Why
Raymond Geuss

"Geuss is a unique voice in contemporary philosophy, and this book is ideal for anyone interested in intellectual history."--David Gordon, Library Journal
Paperback | 2016
Hardcover | 2014
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Books released during the week of January 19, 2016

The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World<br>Adrienne Mayor The Amazons:
Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World
Adrienne Mayor

"In her quest to separate reality from mythology, Mayor left few stones unturned, even examining the graves of women with war wounds and mummified tattoos. She skillfully presents her findings with wit and conviction in this superbly illustrated book"--Lawrence D. Freedman, Foreign Affiars
Paperback | 2016
Hardcover | 2014
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Cross and Scepter: The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation<br>Sverre Bagge Cross and Scepter:
The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation
Sverre Bagge

"Bagge, one of the world's pre-eminent medieval historians, offers an introductory survey of early Scandinavian history that will be a welcome addition in the classroom. . . . Insightful, in-depth, and authoritative . . . Bagge's scholarly work will be of great use to those with interest in this oft-forgotten civilization."--Publishers Weekly
Paperback | 2016
Hardcover | 2014
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Non-Archimedean Tame Topology and Stably Dominated Types<br>Ehud Hrushovski & François Loeser Non-Archimedean Tame Topology and Stably Dominated Types
Ehud Hrushovski & François Loeser

This book lays down model-theoretic foundations for non-archimedean geometry. The methods combine o-minimality and stability theory. Definable types play a central role, serving first to define the notion of a point and then properties such as definable compactness.
Paperback | 2016
Hardcover | 2016
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The p-adic Simpson Correspondence<br>Ahmed Abbes, Michel Gros & Takeshi Tsuji The p-adic Simpson Correspondence
Ahmed Abbes, Michel Gros & Takeshi Tsuji

The p-adic Simpson correspondence, recently initiated by Gerd Faltings, aims at describing all p-adic representations of the fundamental group of a proper smooth variety over a p-adic field in terms of linear algebra—namely Higgs bundles. This book undertakes a systematic development of the theory following two new approaches, one by Ahmed Abbes and Michel Gros, the other by Takeshi Tsuji. The authors mainly focus on generalized representations of the fundamental group that are p-adically close to the trivial representation.
Paperback | 2016
Hardcover | 2016
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The Social Life of Money<br>Nigel Dodd<br>With a new preface by the author The Social Life of Money
Nigel Dodd
With a new preface by the author

"An exhaustive analysis of money as a complex social process--not a thing--that will appeal to scholars in many fields."--Kirkus Reviews
Paperback | 2016
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Books released during the week of January 4, 2016

The Cosmic Web: Mysterious Architecture of the Universe<br>
J. Richard Gott The Cosmic Web:
Mysterious Architecture of the Universe
J. Richard Gott

"Always riveting and thought-provoking, Gott deftly drills down, tunneling through our spongelike universe to reveal wide vistas for contemplation."--Siobhan Roberts, author of Genius at Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway
Hardcover | 2015
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The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve<br>Peter Conti-Brown The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve
Peter Conti-Brown

"With plenty in the media recently about Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and attempts to raise interest rates, [The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve] could not have come at a more opportune time. Readers concerned with monetary policy and the role of the Federal Reserve will discover that this specialized title has much to offer."--Library Journal
Hardcover | 2015
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Books released during the week of December 28, 2015

On War and Democracy<br>Christopher Kutz On War and Democracy
Christopher Kutz

"This superbly written book constitutes a significant contribution to the field. I am not aware of a more systematic and in-depth philosophical exploration of the question of war making and democracy. It will be of considerable interest not just to war ethicists but also to theorists of democracy and scholars of international relations."--Cécile Fabre, author of Cosmopolitan War
Hardcover | 2015
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The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Volume 12: 1 September 1817 to 21 April 1818<br>Thomas Jefferson<br>Edited by J. Jefferson Looney The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Volume 12:
1 September 1817 to 21 April 1818
Thomas Jefferson
Edited by J. Jefferson Looney

The 580 documents in this volume cover a wide range of fascinating topics. Jefferson receives impressions of a mammoth’s tooth, altitude and meteorological observations, a call for a national pharmacopoeia, a discussion of primeval geology, and a letter that elicits Jefferson’s opinion that cognition exists "in animal bodies certainly, in Vegetables probably, in Minerals not impossibly." Jefferson leases his Tufton and Lego plantations to his grandson Thomas Jefferson Randolph. The directors of the Rivanna Company rebut Jefferson’s 1817 bill of complaint and he unwittingly ensures his eventual financial ruin by endorsing notes totaling $20,000 for Wilson Cary Nicholas. Jefferson adds to the collections of the American Philosophical Society and writes an extended introduction to the "Anas," a corpus of official papers and political anecdotes documenting his service as George Washington’s secretary of state. Jefferson drafts legislation to establish a public education system in Virginia. He attends a Masonic cornerstone laying ceremony for the nascent Central College’s first pavilion early in October 1817 and is greatly pleased by the passage on 21 February 1818 of a law establishing a commission to plan a new state university, raising his hopes that Central College might soon become the University of Virginia.
Hardcover | 2015

Books released during the week of December 21, 2015

Adam Smith: His Life, Thought, and Legacy<br>
Edited by Ryan Patrick Hanley Adam Smith:
His Life, Thought, and Legacy
Edited by Ryan Patrick Hanley

"This brilliantly conceived collection brings together leading scholars from a variety of disciplines and walks of life to reflect on Adam Smith’s life, thought, influence, and legacy. There is a great deal of value here to both the novice and seasoned scholar. This volume is now the best companion to reading Adam Smith."--Jerry Z. Muller, author of Adam Smith in His Time and Ours: Designing the Decent Society
Hardcover | 2015
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The Best Writing on Mathematics 2015<br>
Edited by Mircea Pitici The Best Writing on Mathematics 2015
Edited by Mircea Pitici

"The Best Writing on Mathematics does not shy away from mathematics, and that is why it shines. Pitici has done a wonderful job curating articles that form a cohesive . . . volume for readers seeking more than what popular mathematics books have to offer. Overall, this is a great book for the mathematically-experienced reader seeking to connect to mathematics outside of the world of textbooks and tests."--Douglas Whitaker, Key Reporter
Paperback | 2015

Capitalism: A Short History<br>Jürgen Kocka Capitalism:
A Short History
Jürgen Kocka

"The dramatic collapse of state socialism, the revolutionary advance of once-stagnant economies, and, yes, recent financial crisis have all conspired to make capitalism an urgent topic of contemporary research. Jürgen Kocka has distilled his vast command of social history into a gem-like narrative of global capitalism that provides the long-term perspective needed for current debate."--Charles S. Maier, author of Leviathan 2.0: Inventing Modern Statehood
Hardcover | 2015
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The Essential Goethe<br>Johann Wolfgang von Goethe<br>Edited and introduced by Matthew Bell The Essential Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Edited and introduced by Matthew Bell

"The meticulously prepared edition [The Essential Goethe] brims with Goethe’s radiant insights and reflects his stunning virtuosity, confirming again his paramount position in European letters."--Publishers Weekly
Hardcover | 2015
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The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics<br>Jefferson Cowie The Great Exception:
The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics
Jefferson Cowie

"Jefferson Cowie’s The Great Exception is a brilliant contribution to the understanding of American politics. Cowie makes the case that the halcyon era of liberalism, from Roosevelt to Kennedy, was an outlier--and that the victories of Reagan and Gingrich were not revolutions but restorations. A must-read."--Thomas B. Edsall, New York Times political columnist
Hardcover | 2015
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The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History<br>Tonio Andrade The Gunpowder Age:
China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History
Tonio Andrade

"An excellent book."--Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution
Hardcover | 2015
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Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics, and American Economics in the Progressive Era<br>Thomas C. Leonard Illiberal Reformers:
Race, Eugenics, and American Economics in the Progressive Era
Thomas C. Leonard

"Particularly timely . . . a superlative narrative about a pivotal era of American history."--American Thinker
Hardcover | 2015
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L.A. Math: Romance, Crime, and Mathematics in the City of Angels<br>James D. Stein L.A. Math:
Romance, Crime, and Mathematics in the City of Angels
James D. Stein

"I’ve always wanted to find a book that combines genuinely readable short stories with insights into math or science--in L.A. Math, James Stein pulls this off remarkably well. It’s as if Ellery Queen, with the help of P. G. Wodehouse, spiced up a collection of detective tales with a generous handful of practical mathematics."--Brian Clegg, author of A Brief History of Infinity and Dice World
Hardcover | 2015
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Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934–1995<br>Iris Murdoch<br>Edited by Avril Horner & Anne Rowe Living on Paper:
Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934–1995
Iris Murdoch
Edited by Avril Horner & Anne Rowe

"An intimate view of the prolific British novelist and philosopher. . . . With their deep knowledge of Murdoch's life and work, the editors have produced an authoritative, readable, and informative volume that contextualizes the writer's vibrant, intense, and sometimes slyly witty correspondence. . . . An impressively edited, sharply revealing life in letters."--Kirkus, starred review
Hardcover | 2015
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The New Deal: A Global History<br>Kiran Klaus Patel The New Deal:
A Global History
Kiran Klaus Patel

"A deep, scholarly dive into the New Deal"--Kirkus
Hardcover | 2015
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The Princeton History of Modern Ireland<br>
Edited by Richard Bourke & Ian McBride The Princeton History of Modern Ireland
Edited by Richard Bourke & Ian McBride

"Alert to the contingency and complexity of the past, these brisk, original, and highly engaging essays portray Ireland’s historical development as a matter of accident as well as design, the product of conflict and conciliation rather than the predetermined unfolding of a nation’s destiny. The contributors emphasize how Irish history took place within the context of Europe, the British Empire, and the diaspora, thereby accomplishing the important task of liberating their subject from the confines of exceptionalism."--Kevin Kenny, author of The American Irish: A History
Hardcover | 2015
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The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial<br>Lawrence Douglas The Right Wrong Man:
John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial
Lawrence Douglas

"An excellent legal-minded elucidation of the long trail toward the conviction of a notorious concentration camp guard."--Kirkus
Hardcover | 2015
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The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War<br>Robert J. Gordon The Rise and Fall of American Growth:
The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War
Robert J. Gordon

"A masterful study to be read and reread by anyone interested in today’s political economy."--Kirkus
Hardcover | 2015
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What Is Global History?<br>Sebastian Conrad What Is Global History?
Sebastian Conrad

"What Is Global History? is an important assessment of one of the most profound historiographical developments during the past few decades. It provides a timely introduction for newcomers, and fresh and fascinating perspectives to scholars already active in the field."--Dominic Sachsenmaier, author of Global Perspectives on Global History
Hardcover | 2015
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