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Books released during the week of January 17, 2017


Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion<br>Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Beyond Religious Freedom:
The New Global Politics of Religion
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

"Admirably combative. . . . Consistently thought provoking."--Jonathan Benthall, Times Literary Supplement
Paperback | 2017
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The Mathematics of Secrets: Cryptography from Caesar Ciphers to Digital Encryption<br>Joshua Holden

The Mathematics of Secrets:
Cryptography from Caesar Ciphers to Digital Encryption
Joshua Holden

"Suitable for anyone with a basic understanding of high school math, The Mathematics of Secrets presents the theoretical principles of cryptography, from Julius Caesar's primitive cipher to the intricacies of the modern digital signature. This terrific book is a testament to the almost supernatural power of mathematics."--Paul J. Nahin, author of In Praise of Simple Physics
Hardcover | 2017
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The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, Volume 13: 22 April 1818 to 31 January 1819
<br>Thomas Jefferson<br>Edited by J. Jefferson Looney

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson:
Retirement Series, Volume 13:
22 April 1818 to 31 January 1819
Thomas Jefferson
Edited by J. Jefferson Looney

This volume's 598 documents span 22 April 1818 to 31 January 1819. Jefferson spends months preparing for a meeting to choose the site of the state university. He drafts the Rockfish Gap Report recommending the location of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville as well as legislation confirming this decision.
Hardcover | 2017


Red: The History of a Color<br>Michel Pastoureau

Red:
The History of a Color
Michel Pastoureau

"Pastoureau . . . deftly weaves a tapestry that takes in not just the history of Western art, but also etymology, fairy tales and even the origins of modern road signage in heraldry. There can be no doubting his passion."--Stephen Patience, World of Interiors
Hardcover | 2017


The Story of Hebrew<br>Lewis Glinert

The Story of Hebrew
Lewis Glinert

"An insightful, entertaining, and essential guide to the origins and evolution of the Hebrew language. . . . This is a must-read for students of language and Jewish history."--Publishers Weekly
Hardcover | 2017
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Books released during the week of January 3, 2017


Classical Chinese: A Basic Reader<br>Naiying Yuan<br>With Haitao Tang & James Geiss

Classical Chinese:
A Basic Reader
Naiying Yuan
With Haitao Tang & James Geiss

"Without question a significant contribution to the field. There is no textbook of this kind available. It provides the student with a comprehensive grammar of classical Chinese with clear and readable explanations in both English and modern Chinese. By fully utilizing both languages in one text, the authors of this Reader have created a teaching tool that will have wide appeal and applicability. The translations are accurate and felicitous."--Catherine Swatek, University of British Columbia
Paperback | 2017
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Don't Blame Us: Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party<br>Lily Geismer

Don't Blame Us:
Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party
Lily Geismer

"This brilliantly argued and beautifully written book was . . . eye-opening for me both as a scholar and a product of the world Geismer reveals in all of its complexity."--Elise Lemire, New England Quarterly
Paperback | 2017
Hardcover | 2014
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On Whitman<br>C. K. Williams

On Whitman
C. K. Williams

"A winning book. . . . Enlightening and often moving."--Helen Vendler, New York Times Book Review
Paperback | 2017
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Books released during the week of December 27, 2016


Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff<br>Edward J. Balleisen

Fraud:
An American History from Barnum to Madoff
Edward J. Balleisen

"Balleisen’s lucid, engagingly written mix of institutional and legal history, behavioral economics, and entertaining anecdotes illuminates this land of bilk and money."--Publishers Weekly
Hardcover | 2017
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The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History, and the Future<br>Dalton Conley & Jason Fletcher

The Genome Factor:
What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History, and the Future
Dalton Conley & Jason Fletcher

"A fresh look at the nature vs. nurture debate. . . . Illuminating."--Kirkus
Hardcover | 2017
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The Globalization of Inequality<br>François Bourguignon<br>Translated by Thomas Scott-Railton<br>With a new preface by the author

The Globalization of Inequality
François Bourguignon
Translated by Thomas Scott-Railton
With a new preface by the author

"This timely and excellent primer on income inequality both within and among nations deserves to be read by both occupiers and occupants of Wall Street."--Publishers Weekly
Paperback | 2017
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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

"Illiberal Reformers is the perfect title for this slim but vital account of the perils of intellectual arrogance in dealing with explosive social issues."--David Oshinsky, New York Times Book Review
Paperback | 2017
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Montaigne: A Life<br>Philippe Desan<br>Translated by Steven Rendall and Lisa Neal

Montaigne:
A Life
Philippe Desan
Translated by Steven Rendall and Lisa Neal

"Desan, an expert on French essayist Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), takes readers on a detailed yet sweeping journey through the world of one of the Renaissance’s most important literary figures."--Publishers Weekly
Hardcover | 2017
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The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki:  An Epic of Ancient India, Volume VI: Yuddhakāṇḍa<br>Translated and annotated by Robert P. Goldman, Sally J. Sutherland Goldman & Barend A. van Nooten<br>With an introduction by Robert P. Goldman & Sally J. Sutherland Goldmann

The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki:
An Epic of Ancient India, Volume VI:
Yuddhakāṇḍa
Translated and annotated by Robert P. Goldman, Sally J. Sutherland Goldman & Barend A. van Nooten
With an introduction by Robert P. Goldman & Sally J. Sutherland Goldman

"[I]t is safe to say that this volume will stand for a very long time as the epitome of studies on the Yuddhakāṇḍa, indeed of the Rāmāyaṇa itself."--Frederick M. Smith, Religious Studies Review
Paperback | 2017
Hardcover | 2009


Understanding the Digital World: What You Need to Know about Computers, the Internet, Privacy, and Security<br>Brian W. Kernighan

Understanding the Digital World:
What You Need to Know about Computers, the Internet, Privacy, and Security
Brian W. Kernighan

"This is the clearest and simplest explanation of the world we now all depend on—how it works and why it does what it does—from one of our best-known inventors. Everyone on Earth needs to read it."—Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. and Google
Hardcover | 2017
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Why Did Europe Conquer the World?<br>Philip T. Hoffman

Why Did Europe Conquer the World?
Philip T. Hoffman

"Brilliant."--Edward Rothstein, Wall Street Journal
Paperback | 2017
Hardcover | 2015


The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century<br>Walter Scheidel

The Great Leveler:
Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century
Walter Scheidel

"Mr. Scheidel’s depressing view is bound to upset [those] who quite naturally might prefer to live in a world in which events might move political and social systems to figure out a more equitable way to distribute the fruits of growth without the plague, the guillotine or state collapse."--Eduardo Porter, New York Times
Hardcover | 2017
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Books released during the week of December 19, 2016


Epistemology<br>Ernest Sosa

Epistemology
Ernest Sosa

"This is without doubt the best advanced epistemology textbook currently available, which is hardly surprising given that it is written by the world’s foremost epistemologist. Essential reading for students and scholars alike."--Duncan Pritchard, University of Edinburgh
Hardcover | 2016
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Books released during the week of December 12, 2016


Decolonization: A Short History<br>Jan C. Jansen & Jürgen Osterhammel<br>Translated by Jeremiah Riemer

Decolonization:
A Short History
Jan C. Jansen & Jürgen Osterhammel
Translated by Jeremiah Riemer

"This rigorous yet accessible book is perhaps the finest survey anyone has yet offered in this fast-growing field. Jansen and Osterhammel have seemingly read almost everything important in a vast relevant literature but also go far beyond to provide rich stimulus for much future study and thought."—Stephen Howe, University of Bristol
Hardcover | 2016
eBook available


Exoplanetary Atmospheres: Theoretical Concepts and Foundations<br>Kevin Heng

Exoplanetary Atmospheres:
Theoretical Concepts and Foundations
Kevin Heng

"Heng presents a large body of background knowledge, drawing from diverse fields, to give students the necessary foundation to understand current state-of-the-art research on exoplanetary atmospheres."--Mark Marley, NASA Ames Research Center
Paperback | 2016
Hardcover | 2016
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Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History<br>Mona Hassan

Longing for the Lost Caliphate:
A Transregional History
Mona Hassan

"No other book considers so deeply the afterlife of the caliphate as a literary, religious, and political theme in Islamic history. Mona Hassan provides vivid chapters on the lamentations for the destruction of Baghdad by the Mongols and the murder of the last of the Baghdadi Abbasid caliphs, and gives a lucid account of the judicial theory of the caliphate in Mamluk-era Egypt and the Ottoman Empire. Hassan shows that in the world of nation states, the caliphate remains an expression of the yearning for a universal religious identity."--Ira M. Lapidus, University of California, Berkeley
Hardcover | 2016
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Making and Breaking Mathematical Sense: Histories and Philosophies of Mathematical Practice<br>Roi Wagner

Making and Breaking Mathematical Sense:
Histories and Philosophies of Mathematical Practice
Roi Wagner

"Mathematicians and philosophers should find this excellent book accessible and stimulating. As a mathematician, I was pleasantly surprised that some of Deleuze's philosophy could be made not just comprehensible but compelling. Among the new mathematical material, the book’s account of Bombelli and the cubic equation was particularly impressive. And the story of the emergence of negative and imaginary numbers has never been told with such subtlety and clarity."--John Stillwell, University of San Francisco
Hardcover | 2016
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The Real Analysis Lifesaver: All the Tools You Need to Understand Proofs<br>Raffi Grinberg

The Real Analysis Lifesaver:
All the Tools You Need to Understand Proofs
Raffi Grinberg

"This book is a great resource that every real analysis student should have. Grinberg writes like a professor would speak to a student during office hours: free of jargon, with a sense of humor, yet still in an authoritative and informative manner."--Oscar E. Fernandez, author of Everyday Calculus: Discovering the Hidden Math All around Us
Paperback | 2016
Hardcover | 2016
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Why Wilson Matters: The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today<br>Tony Smith

Why Wilson Matters:
The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today
Tony Smith

Smith is one of the most prolific scholars of the Wilsonian legacy in America’s foreign policy. Here, he makes a powerful appeal to uphold the standards Wilson established and protect them against their recent abuse by conservative neo-Wilsonians. For everyone concerned about America’s international position today, this book is a must-read."--Klaus Schwabe, RWTH Aachen University
Hardcover | 2016
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Books released during the week of December 5, 2016


America's National Gallery of Art<br>Philip Kopper

America's National Gallery of Art
Philip Kopper

"America’s National Gallery of Art provides an important understanding of how this distinctive institution came to be. The book introduces readers to the museum’s origins as a legacy of Andrew Mellon, and charts its history as a narrative of generous donors and visionary directors. This work offers insights into the museum building’s architectural evolution and the acquisitions that make the National Gallery of Art a treasure house."--Judith F. Dolkart, Addison Gallery of American Art
Hardcover | 2016


Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life<br>Robert E. Lerner

Ernst Kantorowicz:
A Life
Robert E. Lerner

"Ernst Kantorowicz was a magical figure who captivated everyone around him. This biography takes his measure and casts a spell of its own. Emerging from deep within the archives, Robert Lerner shows us precisely how Kantorowicz worked his magic, first in interwar Germany and then again as an émigré in the United States. This book is also a memoir, preserving precious chains of lore and reminiscence: an inspired labor of love."--Conrad Leyser, University of Oxford
Hardcover | 2016
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Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network<br>Caroline Levine

Forms:
Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network
Caroline Levine

"Challenging and original."--Michael Wood, London Review of Books
Paperback | 2016
Hardcover | 2015
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