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Books released during the week of February 8, 2016

The Age of the Vikings<br>Anders Winroth The Age of the Vikings
Anders Winroth

"[Winroth] has an impressive knowledge of the sources, the archaeology, and the modern historical literature. . . . Winroth really knows what he is writing about, and has done the research. . . . I recommend the work to anyone with little knowledge of the subject and a wish to learn more."--Eric Christiansen, New York Review of Books
Paperback | 2016
Hardcover | 2014
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Doing Global Science: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise<br>InterAcademy Partnership Doing Global Science:
A Guide to Responsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise
InterAcademy Partnership

"Doing Global Science is a comprehensive code of conduct for scientific research, and a guide to responsible interactions by researchers with funding agencies, journals, policymakers, the public, and each other. In an interconnected world that is increasingly knowledge based and data driven, the plethora of resources and references in this book is invaluable to scientists and science communicators at all levels."--Maria Spiropulu, California Institute of Technology
Hardcover | 2016
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Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education<br>Diego Gambetta & Steffen Hertog Engineers of Jihad:
The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education
Diego Gambetta & Steffen Hertog

"This magnificent treatise combines a deep concern for one of the grave problems of our age--the recruitment of jihadists intent on terrorizing the world--with a Sherlock Holmes approach to a solution. Arthur Conan Doyle might have named the story--had this been fiction--‘the case of the engineers who barked too loudly.' As readers discover ‘who dunnit' and why, they learn to separate popular myths about Islamic terrorism from what makes jihadists tick."--David D. Laitin, Stanford University
Hardcover | 2016
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The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air: Three Godly Discourses<br>Søren Kierkegaard<br>Translated and with an introduction by Bruce H. Kirmmse The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air:
Three Godly Discourses
Søren Kierkegaard
Translated and with an introduction by Bruce H. Kirmmse

"This is one of Kierkegaard's most profound, affecting, and accessible works, and Bruce Kirmmse's magisterial translation perfectly captures both the letter and spirit of this amazing text."--Gordon Marino, editor of The Quotable Kierkegaard
Hardcover | 2016
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Preserving the Dharma: Hōzan Tankai and Japanese Buddhist Art of the Early Modern Era<br>John M. Rosenfield Preserving the Dharma:
Hōzan Tankai and Japanese Buddhist Art of the Early Modern Era
John M. Rosenfield

In this beautifully illustrated book, eminent art historian John Rosenfield explores the life and art of the Japanese Buddhist monk Hozan Tankai (1629–1716). Through a close examination of sculptures, paintings, ritual implements, and primary documents, the book demonstrates how the Shingon prelate’s artistic activities were central to his important place in the world of late-seventeenth-century Japanese Buddhism. At the same time, the book shows the richness of early modern Japanese Buddhist art, which has often been neglected and undervalued.
Paperback | 2016

The Rise of a Prairie Statesman: The Life and Times of George McGovern<br>Thomas J. Knock The Rise of a Prairie Statesman:
The Life and Times of George McGovern
Thomas J. Knock

"An important reconsideration of a significant 20th-century politician."--Kirkus
Hardcover | 2016
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Ultimate Questions<br>Bryan Magee Ultimate Questions
Bryan Magee

"In this fluently written and beautifully clear book, Bryan Magee offers a series of reflections on the human condition, based on a lifetime's study of the central questions of philosophy. Ultimate Questions is a personal testament, one that reflects a yearning for answers coupled with an honest, and indeed humble, admission that such answers cannot be reached."--John Cottingham, author of Philosophy of Religion: Towards a More Humane Approach
Hardcover | 2016
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Wisdom’s Workshop: The Rise of the Modern University<br>James Axtell Wisdom’s Workshop:
The Rise of the Modern University
James Axtell

"Authoritative, panoramic. . . . A thoroughly researched and vigorous history of an institution that has 'gained new vigor and proliferated progeny not only in the United States but around the globe.'"--Kirkus
Hardcover | 2016
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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

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