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Books released during the week of Feb. 11, 2018


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Far from Land:
The Mysterious Lives of Seabirds
Michael Brooke
With illustrations by Bruce Pearson

"Cutting-edge technology has at last enabled scientists to solve the riddle of what seabirds do in winter--far from the eyes of human observers. Michael Brooke writes with passion, humor, and a lifetime's experience, superbly evoking all the mystery and romance of these most alluring of birds."--Katrina van Grouw, author of The Unfeathered Bird

Hardcover | 2018
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Gorey's Worlds
Erin Monroe
With contributions by Robert Greskovic, Arnold Arluke & Kevin Shortsleeve

"Gorey's Worlds illuminates the complex creations of artist Edward Gorey by examining his art collection, his love of dance, his linguistic play, and his images of animals. Going beyond well-trodden analyses, this book provides new perspectives on the illustrator and his work."--Heather Campbell Coyle, Delaware Art Museum

Hardcover | 2018


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In Search of Israel:
The History of an Idea
Michael Brenner

"Brenner . . . once again provides a concise and accessible look at a complex topic with this history of modern Zionism. . . . Even readers familiar with the contours of this history will still find something to learn in Brenner’s even-handed take."--Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

Hardcover | 2018
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The Iranian Metaphysicals:
Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny
Alireza Doostdar

"Beautifully written and argued, this powerful book turns our full attention to the rationality of enchantment in the modern world. Deftly weaving gripping stories with history, theology, and political considerations, Doostdar presents an important analysis of the landscape of Iranian metaphysical inquiry and a new, fresh perspective on the conditions and qualities of reason and rationalization in the world and in anthropological inquiry."--Courtney Bender, Columbia University

Paperback | 2018
Hardcover | 2018
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Marx's Inferno:
The Political Theory of Capital
William Clare Roberts

"Imaginative and refreshingly enjoyable."--David Harvey, Jacobin

Paperback | 2018
Hardcover | 2016
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The Presidency of Barack Obama:
A First Historical Assessment
Edited by Julian E. Zelizer

"Zelizer . . . calls upon a distinguished roster of historians to evaluate Obama's presidency. . . . Cogent, authoritative essays offer insights on eight fraught years."--Kirkus

Paperback | 2018
Hardcover | 2018
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Romance and Reason
Edited by Roberta Casagrande-Kim, Samuel Thrope & Raquel Ukeles

Romance and Reason, the lavishly illustrated catalogue accompanying the exhibition of the same name at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, explores the breadth and depth of Islamic engagement with ancient Greek thought. Drawing on manuscripts and artifacts from the collections of the National Library of Israel and prominent American institutions, the catalogue’s essays focus on the portrayal of Alexander the Great as ideal ruler, mystic, lover, and philosopher in Persian poetry and art, and how Islamic medicine, philosophy, and science contended with and developed the classical tradition.

Paperback | 2018


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Van Gogh and the Seasons
Sjraar van Heugten
With contributions by Joan Greer & Ted Gott

"This book offers extensive evidence concerning van Gogh's interest in the seasons, an important theme for grasping some of the broader symbolic and spiritual associations of his art. Van Gogh and the Seasons is an essential resource for anyone interested in van Gogh, from general admirers to scholars and curators."--Matthew Simms, author of Cézanne's Watercolors

Hardcover | 2018

 

Books released during the week of Feb. 5, 2018


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Lectures on the Infrared Structure of Gravity and Gauge Theory
Andrew Strominger

"Strominger is a master physicist and instructor. In this wonderful new book, he patiently and clearly takes the reader on a journey a half century in the making, laying the quantum mechanical foundations for gauge theories and gravity. Students and practitioners alike have a rare opportunity to be guided by a prime mover of modern physics whose pedagogical skills are second to none."--Brian Greene, Columbia University

Paperback | 2018
Hardcover | 2018
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The Papers of Thomas Jefferson:
Retirement Series, Volume 14
1 February to 31 August 1819
Thomas Jefferson
Edited by J. Jefferson Looney

The 637 documents in this volume span 1 February to 31 August 1819. As a founding member of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, Jefferson helps to obtain builders for the infant institution, responds to those seeking professorships, and orchestrates the establishment of a classical preparatory school in Charlottesville. In a letter to Vine Utley, Jefferson details his daily regimen of a largely vegetarian diet, bathing his feet in cold water each morning, and horseback riding. Continuing to indulge his wide-ranging intellectual interests, Jefferson receives publications on the proper pronunciation of Greek and discusses the subject himself in a letter to John Adams.

Hardcover | 2018
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Plants That Kill:
A Natural History of the World's Most Poisonous Plants
Elizabeth A. Dauncey & Sonny Larsson

This richly illustrated book provides an in-depth natural history of the most poisonous plants on earth, covering everything from the lethal effects of hemlock and deadly nightshade to the uses of such plants in medicine, ritual, and chemical warfare.

Hardcover | 2018

Books released during the week of Jan. 29, 2018


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Einstein for the 21st Century:
His Legacy in Science, Art, and Modern Culture
Edited by Peter L. Galison, Gerald Holton & Silvan S. Schweber

"This book makes an entertaining, engaging and informative effort to tackle a notoriously difficult topic: Albert Einstein's influence on society and culture. . . . [The book] give[s] a rather balanced and authoritative portrayal of the man and his cultural context, while drawing attention to several entertaining sidelights of his life and career."--Daniel Kennefick, American Scientist

Paperback | 2018
Hardcover | 2008


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How to Die:
An Ancient Guide to the End of Life
Seneca
Edited, translated, and introduced by James S. Romm

"Seneca, the Roman emperor Nero’s chief adviser, discussed death and how to prepare for it way back in the mid-1st century. . . . This new book, a synthesis of his writings on the subject . . . remains as timely today as ever."--Sarah Murdoch, Toronto Star

Hardcover | 2018
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Ibn Khaldun:
An Intellectual Biography
Robert Irwin

"Few scholars are more fun to read than Robert Irwin. Not just an authority on medieval Arabic culture, he's also a literary journalist and novelist who writes with clarity, zest, and an almost encyclopedic erudition. To illuminate the life and thought of the fascinating fourteenth-century historian Ibn Khaldun, Irwin looks at The Arabian Nights, the philosophy of Averroes, Islamic occultism, Sufism, the researches of modern Arabists, and even the science fiction of Isaac Asimov. The result is an exhilarating work of intellectual recovery--learned, entertaining, and very welcome."--Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize–winning critic and author of Classics for Pleasure and Browsings

Hardcover | 2018
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The Left Behind:
Decline and Rage in Rural America
Robert Wuthnow

"Writing with empathy . . . the author reflects on the factors shaping rural life--from the importance of faith to the stability and familiarity of life in town to the importance of ritual events (barn dances, etc.), stories, and symbols--as well as pressing problems (brain drain, teen pregnancy, drugs, lack of good jobs) and concerns over moral decline (abortion and homosexuality). Wuthnow finds nuances: the isolation-ending benefits of the internet, Walmart, and 24/7 cable news have made rural residents more aware that the world 'was changing and leaving them behind.' His interviews are consistently revealing. . . . A superb, authoritative sociology book."--Kirkus, starred review

Hardcover | 2018
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Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
New Edition
John von Neumann
Translated by Robert T. Beyer
Edited by Nicholas A. Wheeler

Quantum mechanics was still in its infancy in 1932 when the young John von Neumann, who would go on to become one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century, published Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics--a revolutionary book that for the first time provided a rigorous mathematical framework for the new science. In this new edition of this classic work, mathematical physicist Nicholas Wheeler has completely reset the book in TeX, making the text and equations far easier to read. He has also corrected a handful of typographic errors, revised some sentences for clarity and readability, provided an index for the first time, and added prefatory remarks drawn from the writings of Léon Van Hove and Freeman Dyson.

Paperback | 2018
Hardcover | 2018
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The Mathematics of Shock Reflection-Diffraction and von Neumann's Conjectures
Gui-Qiang G. Chen & Mikhail Feldman

This book offers a survey of recent developments in the analysis of shock reflection-diffraction, a detailed presentation of original mathematical proofs of von Neumann's conjectures for potential flow, and a collection of related results and new techniques in the analysis of partial differential equations (PDEs), as well as a set of fundamental open problems for further development.

Paperback | 2018
Hardcover | 2018
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Republics of the New World:
The Revolutionary Political Experiment in Nineteenth-Century Latin America
Hilda Sabato

"A sparkling historical analysis of the transition from royal to people’s rule with implications that run far beyond Latin America."--Daniel T. Rodgers, Princeton University

Hardcover | 2018
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Scalar, Vector, and Matrix Mathematics:
Theory, Facts, and Formulas
Revised and Expanded Edition
Dennis S. Bernstein

Praise for the previous editions: "When a matrix question is thrown my way, I will now refer my correspondents . . . to Bernstein's handbook."--Philip J. Davis, SIAM News

Paperback | 2018
Hardcover | 2018
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Tocqueville's Political Economy
Richard Swedberg

"[T]he book is engaging and, along with its 50 pages of notes and source material, offers many insights into this important period in the history of economic thought."--J. Halteman, Choice

Paperback | 2018
Hardcover | 2009
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Books released during the week of Jan. 22, 2018


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American Empire:
A Global History
A. G. Hopkins

"Hopkins is a master of storytelling on a grand scale, and the narrative abounds with moments--the little known life story of Harry Washington, one of George Washington’s slaves; the siege of British-occupied Kut, Iraq, in 1915--that resonate across the centuries. . . . This is a good book."--Publishers Weekly

Hardcover | 2018
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Pantheon:
A New History of Roman Religion
Jörg Rüpke
Translated by David M. B. Richardson

"Strikingly ambitious, this new history of Roman religion represents a decisive contribution to the field. Going beyond a conventional history of religion, Jörg Rüpke integrates religion with political, economic, and social developments over more than a millennium—a span no one else has attempted to cover in a single volume. Rüpke's vast erudition, combined with his emphasis on individual experience and agency within this larger context, opens up a new way to understand religion itself, making this book a unique event."--Harriet Flower, Princeton University

Hardcover | 2018
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Winnebagos on Wednesdays:
How Visionary Leadership Can Transform Higher Education
Scott Cowen
With Betsy Seifter

"Far from being another memoir recounting the accomplishments of a former university president, Winnebagos on Wednesdays offers an array of worthwhile ideas for how universities can better serve their students and society. Academic leaders and trustees will all find food for thought by reading this book."--Derek Bok, president emeritus of Harvard University and author of The Struggle to Reform Our Colleges

Hardcover | 2018
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Books released during the week of Jan. 15, 2018


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City of the Good:
Nature, Religion, and the Ancient Search for What Is Right
Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee & Michael Mayerfeld Bell

"City of the Good provides a chronologically and geographically wide-ranging romp through unusually diverse religious phenomena, advancing a dramatically innovative analysis of the ethical dimensions of our relationship with nature. It is accessible, interdisciplinary, provocative, evocative, and even entertaining. A must-read for anyone interested in the religion/nature nexus."--Bron Taylor, author of Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future and editor of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture

Hardcover | 2018
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The Ethical Engineer:
Contemporary Concepts and Cases
Robert McGinn

"This is a crucial and timely book on ethics in engineering and science by one of the world's foremost ethicists of technology and society. Every engineering department should read and use this book for planning their curricula."--Stephen R. Barley, University of California, Santa Barbara

Hardcover | 2018
Paperback | 2018
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The Extreme Gone Mainstream:
Commercialization and Far Right Youth Culture in Germany
Cynthia Miller-Idriss

"Miller-Idriss attacks the burning question of the rise of the far right in Europe from a particularly original angle--the mobilization of everyday consumption by disenfranchised German youth to signal their allegiance with the neo-Nazi movement. The Extreme Gone Mainstream is a brilliant and ambitious contribution to the study of symbolic iconography and youth interpretation of political symbols."--Michèle Lamont, coauthor of Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel

Hardcover | 2018
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A History of Judaism
Martin Goodman

"A hugely welcome addition to the library of Jewish studies for the general reader and an absolute godsend for rabbis always perplexed by what book they should recommend to people about how Jewish beliefs and practices have evolved. . . . Goodman has done both Jews and non-Jews a great service with this book, encapsulating most of Jewish thought over four millennia in one extraordinarily readable volume."--Julia Neuberger, Literary Review

Hardcover | 2018
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How to Think Like an Anthropologist
Matthew Engelke

"We may not do research in faraway places or even nearby, among our curious neighbors, but we all need to be anthropologists. Thinking like an anthropologist means stopping to consider our common-sense categories in critical, comparative, and historically informed ways. Matthew Engelke's admirably lucid book gives us the tools we need."--James Clifford, author of Returns: Becoming Indigenous in the Twenty-First Century

Hardcover | 2018
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Keywords;
For Further Consideration and Particularly Relevant to Academic Life, &c.
Authored by a Community of Inquiry
Edited by D. Graham Burnett, Matthew Rickard & Jessica Terekhov

This critical glossary—written by a group of Princeton graduate students and faculty—defines fifty-eight terms common to academic life in a style that will prick both egos and consciences. From “academia” to “vocation,” “canon” to “peer review,” “discipline” to “methodology,” the book scrutinizes the often stultifying structures of modern disciplinary life, calls out a slavish devotion to “knowledge production” as the enemy of thought, and even dissects the notion of “academic excellence.”

Paperback | 2018
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The Killing Season:
A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66
Geoffrey B. Robinson

"A useful contribution to regional history and a much-needed voice in the ‘path of silence’ that followed a murderous time."--Kirkus

Hardcover | 2018
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Linear Systems Theory
Second Edition
João P. Hespanha

Praise for the previous edition: "Linear Systems Theory gives a good presentation of the main topics on linear systems as well as more advanced topics related to controller design. The scholarship is sound and the book is very well written and readable."--Ian Petersen, University of New South Wales

Hardcover | 2018
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The Mystery of the Kibbutz:
Egalitarian Principles in a Capitalist World
Ran Abramitzky

"Can egalitarian and voluntary communities thrive within a capitalist society? Bringing together social sciences and modern economic tools, this book provides a fascinating and rich analysis of the Israeli kibbutz experience."--Emmanuel Saez, University of California, Berkeley

Hardcover | 2018
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The Opinion of Mankind:
Sociability and the Theory of the State from Hobbes to Smith
Paul Sagar

"The Opinion of Mankind is an ambitious, incisive contribution to political theory. In rehabilitating David Hume and Adam Smith as pivotal figures in the canon of Western political philosophy, the book shows how their writings raise fundamental questions about social cooperation and political subjection. The result is a historically rich and philosophically subtle exploration of eighteenth-century moral and political thought that will change how we interpret the role of sociability and government in the period. While crafting boldly original exegesis, Sagar at the same time asks us to ponder more deeply the relationship between past thinkers and contemporary political theory."--Richard Bourke, author of Empire and Revolution

Hardcover | 2018
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Books released during the week of Jan. 8, 2018


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The Origins of Happiness:
The Science of Well-Being over the Life Course
Andrew E. Clark, Sarah Flèche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee & George Ward

"If policymakers want to improve lives, it is important to understand how people feel—and why. This book charts new territory, providing the first map of the long-term drivers of people's happiness. Along the way, it highlights both familiar and more groundbreaking routes to progress. There are helpful signposts in here for all those seeking different and better paths to advance people's well-being."--Martine Durand, chief statistician and director of statistics of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

Hardcover | 2018
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Seeing the World:
How US Universities Make Knowledge in a Global Era
Mitchell L. Stevens, Cynthia Miller-Idriss & Seteney Shami

"Seeing the World addresses an interesting and weighty question: Why are the social sciences so poorly represented in area studies? The authors and their collaborators conducted and analyzed a treasure trove of interviews with leading academics in area studies, particularly Middle East studies, and the book provides both empirical and theoretical advances."--Jerry A. Jacobs, University of Pennsylvania

Hardcover | 2018
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The Transformation of Athens:
Painted Pottery and the Creation of Classical Greece
Robin Osborne

"This is a highly engaging, persuasive, and original book. Combing rigorous scholarship with clear and lively prose, it almost seamlessly integrates a variety of theories with a more empirical approach."--Jonathan Hall, University of Chicago

Hardcover | 2018
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The Tyranny of Metrics
Jerry Z. Muller

"For every quantification, there's a way of gaming it. So argues this timely manifesto against measured accountability."--Kirkus Reviews

Hardcover | 2018
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