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The Accidental System

by Michael D. Reagan

Reagan (political science, UC-Riverside) offers a policy study of how public policy intersects with private markets in American health care, demonstrating that in the American political context, health care is neither exclusively a public right nor a private privilege. Early chapters explain the inapplicability of the market model to health care, discuss the question of an ethical right to health care, and overview the evolution of American health care policy. Later chapters look at Medicare and Medicaid, managed care, and lessons from other countries. Accessible to general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Analysis On Manifolds

by James R. Munkres

A readable introduction to the subject of calculus on arbitrary surfaces or manifolds. Accessible to readers with knowledge of basic calculus and linear algebra. Sections include series of problems to reinforce concepts.

Anglo-american Postmodernity

by Nancey Murphy

The termpostmodernis generally used to refer to current work in philosophy, literary criticism, and feminist thought inspired by Continental thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche and Jacques Derrida. In this book, Nancey Murphy appropriates the term to describe emerging patterns in Anglo-American thought and to indicate their radical break from the thought patterns of Enlightened modernity. The book examines the shift from modern to postmodern in three areas: epistemology, philosophy of language, and metaphysics. Murphy contends that whole clusters of terms in each of these disciplines have taken on new uses in the past fifty years and that these changes have radical consequences for all areas of academia, especially in philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, and ethics.

The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East

by Mark L. Haas David W. Lesch

The Arab Spring unexpectedly developed in late 2010 with peaceful protests in a number of Arab countries against long-standing, entrenched regimes, and rapid political change across the region ensued. The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East examines these revolutions and their aftermath. Noted authorities writing specifically for this volume contribute chapters focusing on countries directly or indirectly involved, illuminating the immediate and long-term impacts of the revolutions in the region and throughout the world. A thoughtful concluding chapter ties together key themes, while also delineating persistent myths and misinterpretations. This is an essential volume for students and scholars of the Middle East, as well as anyone seeking a fuller understanding of region and what may lie ahead.

Attitudes And Persuasion

by Richard E Petty John T Cacioppo

Social psychologists have long recognized the possibility that attitudes might differ from one another in terms of their strength, but only recently had the profound implications of this view been explored. Yet because investigators in the area were pursuing interesting but independent programs of research exploring different aspects of strength, there was little articulation of assumptions underlying the work, and little effort to establish a common research agenda. The goals of this book are to highlight these assumptions, to review the discoveries this work has produced, and to suggest directions for future work in the area. The chapter authors include individuals who have made significant contributions to the published literature and represent a diversity of perspectives on the topic. In addition to providing an overview of the broad area of attitude strength, particular chapters deal in depth with specific features of attitudes related to strength and integrate the diverse bodies of relevant theory and empirical evidence. The book will be of interest to graduate students initiating work on attitudes as well as to longstanding scholars in the field. Because of the many potential directions for application of work on attitude strength to amelioration of social problems, the book will be valuable to scholars in various applied disciplines such as political science, marketing, sociology, public opinion, and others studying attitudinal phenomena.

Balkan Babel: The Disintegration of Yugoslavia From The Death of Tito to The Fall of Milosevic (Fourth Edition)

by Sabrina Petra Ramet

Yugoslavia's would-be system-builders failed three times over to build a workable system. The underlying problem was their failure to resolve the problem of legitimacy. In the 1980s, economic deterioration pushed people to despair and, under the pressure of Serbia's ambitious political establishment, the country broke up along ethnic fault lines. This volume, now in its fourth expanded edition, tells the story of socialist Yugoslavia's troubles and the challenges facing its successor states from May 1980 to July 2001.

Beast In View

by Margaret Millar

A psychological thriller by a mistress of suspense at the top of her form and 1956 winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award. What starts with a crank call from an old school chum sets the lonely, aloof, financially comfortable Miss Helen Clarvoe on a path as predictable only as madness. Lured from her rooms in a second-rate residential Hollywood hotel, she finds herself stranded in the more perilous terrain of extortion, pornography, vengeance, and ultimately murder.

Beijing Jeep: A Case Study of Western Business in China

by Jim Mann

In this updated version of Beijing Jeep, Jim Mann traces the history of the stormy romance between American business and Chinese communism through the experiences of American Motors and its operation in China, Beijing Jeep, a closely watched joint venture often visited by American politicians and Chinese leaders. He explains how some of the world's savviest executives completely misjudged the business climate and recounts how the Chinese, who acquired valuable new technology at virtually no expense to themselves, ultimately outcapitalized the capitalists.

Bitter Waters: Life and Work in Stalin's Russia

by Gennady M. Andreev-Khomiakov Ann Healy

One dusty summer day in 1935, a young writer named Gennady Andreev-Khomiakov was released from the Siberian labor camp where he had spent the last eight years of his life. His total assets amounted to 25 rubles, a loaf of bread, five dried herrings, and the papers identifying him as a convicted "enemy of the people. " From this hard-pressed beginning, Andreev-Khomiakov would eventually work his way into a series of jobs that would allow him to travel and see more of ordinary life and work in the Soviet Union of the 1930s than most of his fellow Soviet citizens would ever have dreamed possible. Capitalizing on this rare opportunity,Bitter Watersis Andreev-Khomiakov's eyewitness account of those tumultuous years, a time when titanic forces were shaping the course of Russian history. Later to become a successful writer and editor in the Russian émigré community in the 1950s and 1960s, Andreev-Khomiakov brilliantly uses this memoir to explore many aspects of Stalinist society. Forced collectivization, Five Year Plans, purges, and the questionable achievements of "shock worker brigades" are only part of this story. Andreev-Khomiakov exposes the Soviet economy as little more than a web of corruption, a system that largely functioned through bribery, barter, and brute force-and that fell into temporary chaos when the German army suddenly invaded in 1941. Bitter Watersmay be most valuable for what it reveals about Russian society during the tumultuous 1930s. From remote provincial centers and rural areas, to the best and worst of Moscow and Leningrad, Andreev-Khomiakov's series of deftly drawn sketches of people, places, and events provide a unique window on the hard daily lives of the people who built Stalin's Soviet Union.

Brother Number One: A Political Biography of Pol Pot

by David P. Chandler

Revised to take new data into account, this biography by historian Chandler describes the transformation of the schoolteacher Saloth Sar into the revolutionary leader Pol Pot, recounting as much as is known about his personal and political life but not pretending that the elusive leader is ever truly within the biographer's grasp. Annotation c. Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Bureaucratizing The Good Samaritan

by Tony Waters

Waters (sociology, California State University) examines the organization of refugee relief programs. He describes the practical, political, and moral assumptions of the international refugee relief regime, emphasizing that agencies delivering humanitarian relief are embedded in rationalized bureaucracies whose values are determined by their institutional frameworks. He focuses on the Rwanda Relief Operations (1994-96), analyzing the crisis with an assumption that there is a basic contradiction between the demands of the bureaucratized organization and the need of relief agencies to generate the emotional publicity to sustain the interest of donors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Calculus On Manifolds

by Michael Spivak

This little book is especially concerned with those portions of "advanced calculus" in which the subtlety of the concepts and methods makes rigor difficult to attain at an elementary level. The approach taken here uses elementary versions of modern methods found in sophisticated mathematics. The formal prerequisites include only a term of linear algebra, a nodding acquaintance with the notation of set theory, and a respectable first-year calculus course (one which at least mentions the least upper bound (sup) and greatest lower bound (inf) of a set of real numbers). Beyond this a certain (perhaps latent) rapport with abstract mathematics will be found almost essential.

Champions of Charity

by John F. Hutchinson

Author John Hutchinson argues that the world's national Red Cross organizations failed in their original aim of making war more humane. In fact, their principal achievement in the 19th and early 20th centuries was to propagandize the values of militarism and wartime sacrifice and to encourage women to participate in national war efforts. The first objective, critical history of the creation of the Red Cross, Champions of Charity provides a startling new image of the world's largest charitable organization.

Chaucer and the Doctor of Physic

by Philippa Morgan

Poet and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer, newly returned from a delicate mission to Florence on behalf of Edward III, is despatched to sort out a home-grown problem in the Devon seaport of Dartmouth. Geoffrey must leave his family in London and travel west, expecting to solve the theft of the cargo of a Genoese ship with comparative ease. Chaucer and his companions are lodging with a wealthy doctor of physic in his fine house overlooking the water. But there is deep hostility in the port town between citizens and sailors -- accusations and daggers fly. There are tensions in the house as well, and murder occurs soon after their arrival when one of the occupants is done to death in the herb garden. Geoffrey investigates the death and its possible connection to the theft. Meanwhile, Philippa Chaucer, staying in the Palace of Savoy, is warned of a conspiracy against Katherine -- her sister and the mistress to John of Gaunt, now the most powerful man in England after the king. Philippa once saved Katherine's life during an outbreak of plague when they were children. Will she again be called on to protect her sister from her equally dangerous enemies at court?

Children of the Great Depression: 25th Anniversary Edition

by Glen H. Elder Jr.

In this highly acclaimed work first published in 1974, Glen H. Elder Jr. presents the first longitudinal study of a Depression cohort. He follows 167 individuals born in 1920-1921 from their elementary school days in Oakland, California, through the 1960s. Using a combined historical, social, and psychological approach, Elder assesses the influence of the economic crisis on the life course of his subjects over two generations. The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this classic study includes a new chapter on the war years entitled, "Beyond Children of the Great Depression. "

Civil Society

by Howard J. Wiarda

Much of the conceptual basis of American foreign policy is based on ideas of exporting democracy through the promotion of "civil society. " Wiarda (political science, U. of Massachusetts at Amherst) examines the record of civil society promotion in Latin America, East Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East and finds that it frequently fails to recognize particularities of cultures and just as frequently tends to favor the interests of foreign backers rather than local society. He further argues that civil society tends towards class bias and is often in danger of state co-optation. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Classical Electrodynamics

by Julian Schwinger Lester L. Deraad Jr. Kimball Milton Wu-Yang Tsai

Classical Electrodynamicscaptures Schwinger's inimitable lecturing style, in which everything flows inexorably from what has gone before. Novel elements of the approach include the immediate inference of Maxwell's equations from Coulomb's law and (Galilean) relativity, the use of action and stationary principles, the central role of Green's functions both in statics and dynamics, and, throughout, the integration of mathematics and physics. Thus, physical problems in electrostatics are used to develop the properties of Bessel functions and spherical harmonics. The latter portion of the book is devoted to radiation, with rather complete treatments of synchrotron radiation and diffraction, and the formulation of the mode decomposition for waveguides and scattering. Consequently, the book provides the student with a thorough grounding in electrodynamics in particular, and in classical field theory in general, subjects with enormous practical applications, and which are essential prerequisites for the study of quantum field theory. An essential resource for both physicists and their students, the book includes a "Reader's Guide," which describes the major themes in each chapter, suggests a possible path through the book, and identifies topics for inclusion in, and exclusion from, a given course, depending on the instructor's preference. Carefully constructed problems complement the material of the text, and introduce new topics. The book should be of great value to all physicists, from first-year graduate students to senior researchers, and to all those interested in electrodynamics, field theory, and mathematical physics. The text for the graduate classical electrodynamics course was left unfinished upon Julian Schwinger's death in 1994, but was completed by his coauthors, who have brilliantly recreated the excitement of Schwinger's novel approach.


by Martin Campbell-Kelly William Aspray

Campbell-Kelly (University of Warwick) and Aspray (Indiana University) describe the way computing was handled before the arrival of electronic computers, and recount the development of the mainframe computer. They review the origins of office machinery, early failed attempts to build a calculating engine, scientific war programs, the IBM system/360 family of computers, and the importance of real time for common commercial applications. The second edition expands the later sections on CD-ROMs, the internet, and web commerce. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

A Concise History of the Middle East (10th edition)

by Lawrence Davidson Arthur Goldschmidt Jr.

The tenth edition of this widely acclaimed text by Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. and Lawrence Davidson has been revised to reflect the latest scholarship and the most recent events in the Middle East. As an introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, the book is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment. It focuses on the evolution of Islamic institutions and culture, the influence of the West, the modernization efforts of Middle Eastern governments, the struggle of various peoples for political independence, the course of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the reassertion of Islamic values and power, the issues surrounding the Palestinian Question, and the roles of Iraq and Iran in the post-9/11 Middle East. The tenth edition includes a new chapter, "In the Season of Arab Discontent," that outlines the achievements and problems created by the recent Arab uprisings. In addition, earlier chapters have been streamlined for more accessible reading, and two popular study aids, the chronology and the glossary, have been revised. Resources for instructors are available online at, including an updated bibliographic essay and test questions.

A Concise History of the Middle East (8th edition)

by Arthur Goldschmidt Lawrence Davidson

This book focuses on the evolution of Islamic institutions and culture, the influence of the West, the modernization efforts of Middle Eastern governments, the struggle of various peoples for political independence, the course of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the reassertion of Islamic values and power, the aftermath of the Gulf War, and issues surrounding the Palestinian Question.

Congress in Context

by John Haskell

Using the analogy of Congress as the "board of directors" of the nation, Haskell (Georgetown U. and Claremont McKenna College) thoroughly covers its role in authorizing, funding, and overseeing government actions. Full of recent real-life examples it begins by explaining the roles of the House and the Senate and looks closely at the electoral process, including the roles of redistricting and monetary donations. A later chapter explores in-depth why Congress has ceded authority for foreign policy to the president, particularly for the act of going to war. Appropriate for use as an undergraduate textbook, the book includes an appendix graphing the past 100 years of Congress and a glossary of key terms and clauses. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Contemporary Israel: Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy, and Security Challenges

by Robert O. Freedman

Since its formation in 1948, and particularly since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin in 1995, Israel has experienced turbulent political change and numerous ongoing security challenges, including major party splits, collapsed peace talks with the Palestinians and Syria, nuclear threats from Iran, and even the specter of civil war as Israel withdrew from Gaza. This essential survey brings together Israeli and American scholars to provide a much-needed balanced introduction to Israel's domestic politics and foreign policy. Experts tackle this difficult subject in three parts: domestic politics, foreign policy challenges, and strategic challenges. Domestic topics include the Israeli Right and Left; religious, Russian, and Arab parties; the Supreme Court; and the economy. Part two discusses Israel's complicated and often fractious relationships with the Palestinians and the Arab world, as well as its improved relations with Turkey and India and continuing close relationship with the United States. The Israel-Hizbollah War of 2006 and existential threats to Israel, including the threat from Iran, are detailed in part three. This compelling and authoritative coverage provides students with the necessary framework to understand Israel's political past and present, as well as the direction Israel is likely to take in the future. Contents 1. Introduction (Robert O. Freedman) Part One: Israeli Domestic Politics 2. The Israeli Right (Ilan Peleg) 3. The Israeli Zionist Left (Mark Rosenblum) 4. Israel's Religious Parties (Shmuel Sander and Aaron Kampinsky) 5. Israel's Russian Parties (Vladimir Ze'ev Khanin) 6. Israel's Arab Parties (Hillel Frisch) 7. Israel's Supreme Court (Pnina Lahav) 8. Israel's Economy (Ofira Seliktar) Part Two: Israel's Foreign Policy Challenges 9. Israel and the Palestinians (Barry Rubin) 10. Israel and the Arab World (David Lesch) 11. Israel's Strategic Relations with Turkey and India (Efraim Inbar) 12. Israel and the United States (Robert O. Freedman) Part Three: Israel's Strategic Challenges 13. Existential Threats to Israel (Steven David) 14. Israel's Second Lebanon War (Elli Lieberman)

Contemporary Issues in Leadership

by William E. Rosenbach Robert L. Taylor Mark A. Youndt

In this anthology, Rosenbach (leadership studies and management, Gettysburg College) et al. present 25 essays on leadership drawn from academic, professional, and practitioner-oriented publications from North America and elsewhere and in the context of a variety of fields. Essays address self-leadership; transactional, transformational, and transcendental leadership; the intersection of self, group, and organizational leadership; and leadership development. They consider the relationship between leader and follower and the dual role; self-awareness and self-knowledge, avoiding and overcoming barriers to development, and barriers women face; hazards, such as the trap of success, transparency, narcissism, toxic leaders, and how leaders inhibit opportunities to lead effectively; and authenticity, morals, values, social responsibility, and organizational culture. Along with an additional editor, this edition has 18 new and two revised essays, retaining only five chapters from the earlier edition. No index is provided. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

The Contemporary Middle East

by Shibley Telhami

This second edition of the Westview press reader is an almost completely reworked volume reflecting new scholarship and a narrowing world focus since its original printing in 2005. Presenting thirty-one articles of contemporary analysis of Middle Eastern politics from academics, journalists, diplomats and politicians, the new edition reduces the scope of coverage to two political pairings, Israel and Palestine and Iran and Iraq and includes new primary documents such as recent speeches about the region by Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu. Also new to this volume are an introduction by Middle Eastern scholar Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. (history, Penn St. U) and a conclusion by Shibley Telhami a professor, commentator and senior fellow at the Brookings institution. The volume includes numerous maps and a comprehensive bibliography of further reading. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Creativity In Context

by Teresa M Amabile

An update of the author's 1983 work, , retaining the original edition's preface, ten chapters, and references, with updates after each chapter. Material in the original chapters that gets expanded treatment in the updates is marked by a symbol. The updates review major changes in theory and research in the field of creativity, focusing on the ways creativity can be killed or encouraged by social-psychological influences. For students, researchers, and general readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc. , Portland, Or.

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