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Latest titles for the week of June 10, 2019


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American Higher Education since World War II
A History
Roger L. Geiger

"Roger Geiger is the preeminent historian of American higher education and this book shows why. By absorbing the lessons of this authoritative and panoramic volume, we may find the wisdom to build on the accomplishments of the scientific and scholarly disciplines while treating the distempers that threaten higher education’s further progress."—Steven Brint, author of Two Cheers for Higher Education: Why American Universities Are Stronger Than Ever—and How to Meet the Challenges They Face

Hardcover | 2019
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Drawing Down the Moon
Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World
Radcliffe G. Edmonds III

"By providing insightful analysis and marshaling an immense amount of information that covers a millennium of ancient culture, Drawing Down the Moon gives us a broad yet thorough overview of magic in Greek and Roman antiquity."—Sarah Iles Johnston, author of Ancient Greek Divination

Hardcover | 2019
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Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn
Edited and introduced by Andrei Codrescu.
With a foreword by Jack Zipes.

"Lafcadio Hearn’s writing is very important as literature and has long been critically recognized for its presentation of Japanese folklore and culture. With a clear, crisp foreword and an enticing introduction that contextualizes Hearn’s life, this book brings together some of his most significant and enjoyable works in a convenient format for a broad audience."—Michael Dylan Foster, author of The Book of Yōkai

Paperback | 2019
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The Way of Nature Zhuangzi
Illustrated by C. C. Tsai
Foreword by Edward Slingerland
Author of Trying Not to Try

"[C. C. Tsai's] books are awe-inspiring. His line is elegant; his characters are sharply drawn; his humor is sly and appropriate; and his subject is profound. This is cartooning of the highest order."—Larry Gonick, author of The Cartoon History of the Universe

Paperback | 2019
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Latest titles for the week of June 3, 2019


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Digital Cash
The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency
Finn Brunton

"On rare occasions a book comes along whose contents are too extraordinary to be believed. It may be the characters, the narrative or perhaps its evocative prose. . . . Digital Cash will raise as many questions as it answers. You may feel elated, amused and even depressed in turn. But like any good book it will lead you to further reading, to new ideas and eventually, perhaps, to enlightenment."--Gregory Dobbs, Good Reading

Hardcover | 2019
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Dinosaur Facts and Figures
The Theropods and Other Dinosauriformes
Rubén Molina-Pérez and Asier Larramendi
Illustrated by Andrey Atuchin and Sante Mazzei

The theropod dinosaurs ruled the planet for millions of years, with species ranging from the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex to feathered raptors no bigger than turkeys. Dinosaur Facts and Figures is a stunningly illustrated book of records for these marvelous creatures—such as the biggest, the smallest, and the fastest theropods, as well as the ones with the most powerful bite

Hardcover | 2019
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The Drama of Celebrity
Sharon Marcus

"[An] insightful and often entertaining take on celebrity. . . . The linchpin of the author's study is French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt, a master of self-promotion. To the shelves of works about Bernhardt, Marcus brings a singular take—richly illustrated throughout by reproduced drawings, paintings, and photographs—that fascinates as it explains her concepts of celebrity."—Kirkus

Hardcover | 2019
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The Dynamics of Risk
Changing Technologies and Collective Action in Seismic Events
Louise K. Comfort

"By examining how some countries develop earthquake modeling systems that work while others don’t, this book illuminates how coherence and resilience are designed."—Jane E. Fountain, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Hardcover | 2019
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Europe's Sea Mammals
Including the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde
A field guide to the whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals Robert Still, Hugh Harrop, Tim Stenton, and Luis Dias

This cutting-edge photographic identification guide to Europe’s sea mammals—the only such guide of its kind—covers the 39 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises and 9 species of seals found in the region, which spans the eastern Atlantic from Iceland to Macaronesia, and the Mediterranean, Caspian and Baltic seas.

Paperback | 2019
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The Future of Immortality
Remaking Life and Death in Contemporary Russia
Anya Bernstein

"Bernstein's radiant ethnography captures the intensity and ingenuity of people striving to conquer personal mortality via cryogenic freezing of the body or antiaging procedures, and connects such singular efforts to broader anxieties about the death of the planet, global extinction, and the loss of all human futures."—Alaina Lemon, University of Michigan

Hardcover | 2019
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The Last Butterflies
A Scientist's Quest to Save a Rare and Vanishing Creature
Nick Haddad

"The Last Butterflies tells the story of six rare insects and the specific challenges they face. But its lessons are broader than that. The book offers case studies in how conservation efforts can succeed and—just as significantly—how they can fail."—Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Hardcover | 2019
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More Things in the Heavens
How Infrared Astronomy Is Expanding Our View of the Universe
Michael Werner and Peter Eisenhardt

"Had we known how wonderful the infrared is, we would have been born with infrared-sensitive eyes. Fortunately, NASA gave us just that with the Spitzer Space Telescope, and it is a joy to have Werner and Eisenhardt share with us what astronomers have discovered with it and how. From the black hole at the center of the Milky Way to the farthest galaxies and quasars, this insightful book describes how these infrared observations are revealing exciting celestial objects."—Jay M. Pasachoff, coauthor of The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium

Hardcover | 2019
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A Taste for the Beautiful
The Evolution of Attraction
Michael J. Ryan

"A hugely enjoyable book written with authority, easy charm and a great deal of wit. . . . This is science communication as it should be done: authoritative but never dull, engaging but never dumbed down. . . . [A] beautiful book."—Times Higher Education

Hardcover | 2018
Paperback | 2019
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Latest titles for the week of May 27, 2019


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American Covenant
A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present
Philip Gorski With a new preface by the author

Essential reading for this moment."—David Brooks, New York Times

Paperback | 2019
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At Home in the World
Women Writers and Public Life, from Austen to the Present
Maria DiBattista & Deborah Epstein Nord

"In their re-evaluation of the past 200 years of women’s writing, DiBattista and Epstein Nord position Austen as the forerunner of an alternative, public-facing sisterhood in which anti-domestic heroines, wanderers, visionaries and dreamers voyage out."—Frances Wilson, Times Literary Supplement

Hardcover | 2017
Paperback | 2019
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The Beginning of Politics
Power in the Biblical Book of Samuel
Moshe Halbertal & Stephen Holmes

"A brilliant analysis."—Marvin Olasky, World

Hardcover | 2017
Paperback | 2019
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The Burr Conspiracy
Uncovering the Story of an Early American Crisis
James E. Lewis Jr.

"[A] remarkable book."—Edward G. Gray, Times Literary Supplement

Hardcover | 2017
Paperback | 2019
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Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned
Enchanted Stories from the French Decadent Tradition
Edited by Gretchen Schultz & Lewis Seifert

"In these deliberately tarnished tales … wondrousness mainly shines through in their often beautiful imagery"—Michael Dirda, Washington Post

Hardcover | 2016
Paperback | 2019
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The House of Government
A Saga of the Russian Revolution
Yuri Slezkine

"Magisterial."—Joshua Yaffa, New Yorker

Hardcover | 2017
Paperback | 2019
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How to Think Like an Anthropologist
Matthew Engelke

"An excellent overview of the debates and issues that have shaped this hugely influential social science. . . . Using an eclectic range of examples, including ‘bridewealth’ in modern China and the role of social values in Downton Abbey, [Engelke] shows how anthropology reveals both the limits of common sense and the universal lessons that can be drawn from communities everywhere."—P. D. Smith, The Guardian

Hardcover | 2018
Paperback | 2019
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Kierkegaard's Muse
The Mystery of Regine Olsen
Joakim Garff

"Garff is both a punctilious scholar and superb writer."—Frank Freeman, Commonweal Magazine

Hardcover | 2017
Paperback | 2019
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Lina Bo Bardi, Drawings
Zeuler R. M. de A. Lima

"Garff is both a punctilious scholar and superb writer."—Frank Freeman, Commonweal Magazine

Hardcover | 2019


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Measuring Poverty around the World
Anthony B. Atkinson

"Tony Atkinson did everything he thought he should do to help others and to help the world, while being robustly engaged in solving the problems that could tempt and engage an outstanding economist. The impact of his contribution to economics can be seen in a great many different areas in the subject, but our understanding of poverty and inequality in particular has been totally transformed by his foundational work."—Amartya Sen, Harvard University, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics

Hardcover | 2019
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Not Working
Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone?
David G. Blanchflower

"In this thought-provoking study of the functioning—and malfunctioning—of the labor market, David Blanchflower presents a powerful analysis of one of the most important issues facing our society today: the quest for good jobs. This is a book that will be of interest to economists and policymakers around the world."—Mohamed A. El-Erian, author of The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse

Hardcover | 2019
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The Technology Trap
Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation
Carl Benedikt Frey

"Will machines equipped with artificial intelligence render the human race redundant? Is work as we know it about to end? The Technology Trap draws on the experiences of the first and second Industrial Revolutions, and the first Computer Revolution, to answer some of the burning questions of our time. Frey’s key point—that technological disruption of the labor market is usually painful in the short run, whatever innovation’s long-run benefits—is of vital importance to voters and policymakers alike." —Niall Ferguson, author of The Square and the Tower

Hardcover | 2019
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Unsolved!
The History and Mystery of the World's Greatest Ciphers from Ancient Egypt to Online Secret Societies
Craig P. Bauer

"The Da Vinci Code has nothing on this exhaustive collection of cryptographs and codes—because these are real."—Discover Magazine

Hardcover | 2017
Paperback | 2019
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Latest titles for the week of May 20, 2019


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The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe
A History
Rita Chin

"Chin analyzes the current debates in Europe over immigration and Western values to create a vivid picture of a continent consumed by social tensions. The questions [she] poses have never seemed more urgent."—Radhika Jones, New York Times Book Review

Hardcover | 2017
Paperback | 2019
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Protestants Abroad
How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America
David A. Hollinger

"Protestants Abroad is one of those rare books that slices American society in a way that hardly anyone—certainly no one of Hollinger’s intellectual breadth—has thought to cut the cake before."—Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost

Hardcover | 2017
Paperback | 2019
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Protestants Abroad
How Missionaries Tried to Change the World but Changed America
David A. Hollinger

"Protestants Abroad is one of those rare books that slices American society in a way that hardly anyone—certainly no one of Hollinger’s intellectual breadth—has thought to cut the cake before."—Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost

Hardcover | 2017
Paperback | 2019
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Decolonization
A Short History
Jan C. Jansen & Jürgen Osterhammel
Translated by Jeremiah Riemer

"For those looking for a compact and lucid account of why decolonization occurred, and what it meant, this is the place to start."—Krishan Kumar, Times Literary Supplement

Hardcover | 2017
Paperback | 2019
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Art Rebels
Race, Class, and Gender in the Art of Miles Davis and Martin Scorsese
Paul Lopes

"Accessible, appealing, and persuasive. Lopes has written a knowing history of the creative and commercial paths blazed by Scorsese and Davis, showing how their art, ideas, and public images are registers of important cultural and social changes."—George Lipsitz, author of Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story

Hardcover | 2019
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The Norm Residue Theorem in Motivic Cohomology
Christian Haesemeyer and Charles A. Weibel

This book presents the complete proof of the Bloch-Kato conjecture and several related conjectures of Beilinson and Lichtenbaum in algebraic geometry. Brought together here for the first time, these conjectures describe the structure of étale cohomology and its relation to motivic cohomology and Chow groups.

Hardcover | 2019
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Calculus Simplified
Oscar E. Fernandez

"This reader-friendly book is specifically designed for first-year calculus students. Fernandez writes in a welcoming style and the text is neither repetitive nor jargon-laden. With a strong presentation, well-chosen examples, and useful exercises, he does a marvelous job distilling the subject down to the essentials."—David R. Dorman, Middlebury College

Paperback | 2019
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Faces of Muhammad
Western Perceptions of the Prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to Today
John V. Tolan

"John Tolan sets aside the historical Muhammad and Muslim portraits of God's beloved Messenger to focus on Mahomet as European men have depicted him over the centuries. He shows how wildly varied versions of Islam's prophet emerge and how they make sense within their own social, intellectual, and theological contexts. Nuanced and fascinating, Faces of Muhammad is a terrific read."—Kecia Ali, author of The Lives of Muhammade

Hardcover | 2019
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The Crime of Aggression
The Quest for Justice in an Age of Drones, Cyberattacks, Insurgents, and Autocrats
Noah Weisbord

"With the rules-based global order under siege, The Crime of Aggression is a timely and valuable reminder of the powerful potential of international law. Weisbord's realistic but optimistic grasp of world politics offers a better way to deal with the worst of the worst, even as he argues for us all to fashion strong institutions for a more just world."—Guy Lawson, New York Times bestselling author of War Dogs

Hardcover | 2019
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The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila
A Biography
Carlos Eire

"Eire provides an enthralling exploration of the life and influence of an important historical work."—Publishers Weekly

Hardcover | 2019
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Latest titles for the week of May 13, 2019


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Basquiat-isms
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Edited by Larry Warsh

"A wonderful book, Basquiat-isms brings us closer to understanding Basquiat's experiences as an artist and as a black man. We see glimpses of the artist's wit and his ideas about painting in equal measure."—Jordana Moore Saggese, author of Reading Basquiat

Hardcover | 2019


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A Dynamical Systems Theory of Thermodynamics
Wassim M. Haddad

"Haddad develops an original mathematical framework for thermodynamics deeply rooted in modern systems theory, threading postulates and analyses of a science that has evolved from the seemingly mundane quest for efficiency in steam engines to the flow of time and the workings of the cosmos and life itself. He succeeds in presenting an all-encompassing treatise, from the early works of Carnot and Clausius to the insights of relativity and the conundrum of the time arrow, in a lucid exposition that systematically details a rigorous base for future generations of scientists and theorists."—Tryphon Georgiou, University of California, Irvine

Hardcover | 2019
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The Infidel and the Professor
David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought
Dennis C. Rasmussen

"A wonderfully written book about a beautiful friendship."—Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg View

Hardcover | 2017
Paperback | 2019
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Latest titles for the week of May 6, 2019


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The Book of Common Prayer
A Biography
Alan Jacobs

"One could not wish for a more engaging introduction to the history of the Prayer Book. . . . [A] triumph of compression and lucidity."—David Martin, Church Times

Hardcover | 2013
Paperback | 2019
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The Code of Capital
How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality
Katharina Pistor

"This is a fascinating book that demonstrates how the rights of capital have been entrenched in the international legal system. The Code of Capital opens the way for a thoughtful discussion about the treaties on capital flows and privileges that need to be rewritten. A must-read."—Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Hardcover | 2019
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The Dead Sea Scrolls
A Biography
John J. Collins

"One could scarcely imagine a better concise guide to the Scrolls."—Robert Alter, London Review of Books

Paperback | 2019
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Democratic Capitalism at the Crossroads
Technological Change and the Future of Politics
Carles Boix

"Democracy is dying. Inequality is out of control. Technical progress, which is supposed to make us better off, is tearing us apart. What to do? Start by remembering that we have been here before. In this indispensable book, Carles Boix takes us from nineteenth-century Manchester to present-day Silicon Valley to show us how the dance of democracy, inequality, and technology has played out on other stages, each with lessons for today."—Angus Deaton, author of The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

Hardcover | 2019
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The Dictionary Wars
The American Fight over the English Language
Peter Martin

"An informative and often pleasantly surprising cultural history."—Kirkus

Hardcover | 2019
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The Jewish Century, New Edition
Yuri Slezkine
With a new preface by the author

"[A] richly detailed study that aims not only to recast our understanding of the modern Jewish predicament but of the modern predicament as a whole."—Daniel Lazare, The Nation

Paperback | 2019
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The Lives of Bees
The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild
Thomas D. Seeley

"A wealth of information about honeybees based on decades of scientific research."—Kirkus

Hardcover | 2019
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Quaint, Exquisite
Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan
Grace E. Lavery

"This is a remarkable and distinctive piece of work—extremely smart, wide-ranging, and provocative. It challenges received wisdom on many fronts, exploring the power of Japan as a realm of fantasy that animates late-Victorian and modernist aesthetics, as well as the organization of queer desire."—James Eli Adams, Columbia University

Hardcover | 2019
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Thomas Aquinas's Summa theologiae
A Biography
Bernard McGinn

"Introductions to Aquinas abound, but few manage so succinctly to introduce the reader not only to the person and his work, but also to the enduring influence of Aquinas."—Alban McCoy, The Tablet

Hardcover | 2014
Paperback | 2019
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