The Zelensky Method

by Grant Farred

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The end of Vladimir Putin’s reign can be dated with precision. When Putin declared war on Ukraine with his February 24th, 2022, invasion, he guaranteed his own demise. Because of Putin’s “special military operation,” conditions are ripe for a global future in which Russia is a reduced international force. The Zelensky Method, however, does more than take aim at Putin, the Russian oligarchs who have benefited from his rule and the Russian people who are complicit in the disastrous project that is Russky Mir – the fantasy of an imperial Russia for a post-Cold War era.

The Zelensky Method explains why Ukraine has been able to thwart Putin’s ambitions. Key to resisting Putin’s imperial fantasy are the ways in which the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has been able to present himself as figure of and for global democracy, as a reluctant revolutionary forced by history to rally his people and the world against Putin’s violence. A man brave enough to refuse the US’s offer to airlift him out of Kyiv to safety. We remember the signature moment of Zelensky’s defiance: “I don’t need a ride. I need ammo.”

Locating Russian’s war within a global context, The Zelensky Method is unsparing in its critique of those nations, such as China, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the UAE, who have refused to condemn Russia’s invasion and are doing everything they can to prevent economic sanctions from being imposed on the Kremlin.

Grant Farred is the author of, most recently, An Essay for Ezra: Racial Terror in America (2021) and Only a Black Athlete Can Save Us Now (2022).

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Donald J. Trump, The 45th U.S. Presidency and Beyond: International Perspectives

Editors: John Dixon and Max J. Skidmore

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Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the U.S., will be remembered because of his observed flawed personality and limited cognitive processes. His arrogance, unpredictability, overhastiness, and changeableness told America’s allies and rivals alike that they had to accommodate a non-traditional U.S. president, one who does not abide by—even rejects—the traditional principles of diplomacy. His primary foreign policy focuses were American isolationism and economic nationalism. While he never bothered to delve too deeply into substantial issues of international politics, he did intervene, without much success, in some of the prevailing conflicts and issues in the Middle East and North Africa (Israel-Palestine (peace deal), Iran (nuclear weapons), Saudi Arabia-Yemen (civil war), Syria-Daesh (terrorism), Egypt-Sudan (water), and Libya (civil war); in Europe (EU (unification), NATO (cost sharing), and East Central Europe (trade and security); in East Asia (China and Japan (unfair trade) and North Korea (ballistic missile threats); and in North America (Canada and Mexico (multilateral trade deal)). The reality is that throughout Trump’s presidency, there was a clearly perceptible decline of his—and America’s—global standing, which accelerated  as an upshot of his mishandling of both the Corvid-19 pandemic and his 2020 presidential election loss.

Companion volume: John Dixon, Fathoming Donald J. Trump“It’s all about my Mind, not my Politics” (Westphalia Press, Washington, DC, 2022).

John Dixon is Emeritus Professor of Public Management and Policy at the University of Plymouth, UK. Until his retirement he was a fellow of the British Academy of the Social Sciences (2004-2017), and is an honorary life member of the American Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars (since 2006).

Max J. Skidmore is University of Missouri’s Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Thomas Jefferson Fellow at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has been Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer to India, and Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hong Kong.

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Masonic Myths and Legends

by Pierre Mollier

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Freemasonry is one of the few organizations whose teaching method is still based on symbols. It presents these symbols by inserting them into legends that are told to its members in initiation ceremonies. But its history itself has also given rise to a whole mythology. Freemasons are the heirs of the builders of cathedrals. They were protected by the Stuart kings in Scotland from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century, and the Stuarts were their secret Grand Masters. Freemasonry preserves the teachings of a primitive Judeo-Christian gnosis. In order to better understand these legends and myths and their significance, Pierre Mollier has studied their origins and attempted to find their sources. This book presents some of his research. A better understanding of the origins of the initiatory legends of Freemasonry is undoubtedly one of the best ways to better live one’s Masonic commitment.

Pierre Mollier, 33°, is a French historian born in Lyon in 1961. A graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, he holds a MA degree in Religious Studies from Ecole pratique des hautes etudes, La Sorbonne. He is the director of the Library of the Grand Orient de France and the curator of the Museum of Freemasonry (Paris). Editor-in-chief of the symbolic and Masonic review, Renaissance Traditionnelle, and of the online journal Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society, he has published more than 100 papers and 5 books on Freemasonry historical issues. He is also the Grand Archivist of the Grand College des Rites Ecossais, the oldest French Scottish Rite Supreme Council.

A Radical In The East

by S. Brent Morris, PhD

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The papers presented here represent over twenty-five years of publications by S. Brent Morris. They explore his many questions about Freemasonry, usually dealing with origins of the Craft. What “high degrees” were in the United States before 1830? What were the activities in the United States before 1801 of the Order of the Royal Secret, the precursor of the Scottish Rite? How did American grand lodges form as they broke away from England? Who were the Gormogons; how did they get started; what happened to them? Why does the Scottish Rite have thirty-three degrees?

A complex organization with a lengthy pedigree like Freemasonry has many basic foundational questions waiting to be answered, and that’s what this book does: answers questions.

S. Brent Morris, 33°, Grand Cross, is Managing Editor of the Scottish Rite Journal, the largest circulation Masonic magazine in the world. He retired after twenty-five years as a mathematician with the federal government and has taught at Duke, Johns Hopkins, and George Washington Universities. He is Past Master of Patmos Lodge No. 70, Ellicott City, Maryland, and Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, London; a Fellow and Mackey Scholar of the Scottish Rite Research Society; a Fellow of the Philalethes Society; an honorary Fellow of the Phylaxis Society; founding Editor of Heredom, the transactions of the Scottish Rite Research Society; indexer of Ars Quatuor Coronatorum; and Past Grand Abbot of the Society of Blue Friars. He is the author of Magic Tricks, Card Shuffling, and Dynamic Computer Memories; two U.S. patents; nine technical articles; and is author or editor of over forty books on Freemasonry including Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry and Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry? (with Arturo de Hoyos).

Abortion and Informed Common Sense

by Max J. Skidmore

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The controversy over a woman’s “right to choose,” as opposed to the numerous “rights” that abortion opponents decide should be assumed to exist for “unborn children,” has always struck me as incomplete.  Two missing elements of the argument seems obvious, yet they remain almost completely overlooked.

The first is that there is virtually no consideration whatever of the pregnant person, herself. Her rights, if she even is assumed to have any at all, do not in any way enter into consideration, unless possibly if the pregnancy appears to threaten her life (to be sure, some more humane anti-abortionists do concede, often grudgingly, that no one should have to carry to term a pregnancy caused by rape, but the point remains).

Second, and most paradoxically, opponents of abortion appear also generally to be opposed to “big government,” yet all the while they refuse to recognize any rights at all that belong to the person who is pregnant, and to be comfortable with complete control over her. The opponents seem oblivious to the clear fact that stripping pregnant adults of all ability to determine their future requires enormously powerful, virtually totalitarian, government.

Max J. Skidmore, the author of dozens of books and scores of articles and book chapters, specializes in American politics and social legislation. He has been Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer in India, and Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hong Kong. He has held management positions in American government, and has been liberal arts dean at universities in the American Southwest, and in the Midwest. He was the founding editor of the international journal Poverty and Public Policy (sponsored by the Policy Studies Organization) and was its editor-in-chief for a decade. He is University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His Ph.D. is in American Studies, from the University of Minnesota.

Un amor que se atrevió a decir su nombre: La lucha de las lesbianas y su relación con los movimientos feminista y de la disidencia sexual en el Abya Yala

by Norma Mogrovejo Aquise

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Desde la voz de las actoras, la autora articula una historiografía y análisis del movimiento lésbico, feminista y de la disidencia sexual. En los estudios de caso de México, Argentina, Brasil, Perú, Chile, Costa Rica, y Nicaragua. Encuentra similitudes que le permiten periodizar la acción colectiva de esos tres sujetos sociales.

Las lesbianas, en busca de una identidad colectiva que las libere del encierro de los diversos closets, se relacionan primero con el movimiento de la disidencia sexual, entonces conocido como movimiento homosexual, luego con el feminista, donde encuentran coincidencias. Pronto las diferencias se hacen evidentes, la misoginia y el falocentrismo de los homosexuales y el heterocentrismo de las feministas, las lleva hacia la autonomía, demandas específicas, un lenguaje propio y una lógica que explique en primera voz la dinámica de su existencia. Cuestionan además de los clósets de los espacios feministas y homosexuales, el androcentrismo en los análisis del género, el psicoanálisis y los movimientos sociales.

Norma Mogrovejo reflexiona sobre la historia lésbica, desde el debate teórico, los elementos ideológicos y las categorías que analizan el lesbianismo y las lesbianas como actoras sociales, y explora nuevas propuestas que se acercan a la realidad lésbica como sector disidentes de la heterosexualidad obligatoria y el androcentrismo.

Un amor que se atrevió a decir su nombre fue la primera publicación desde los espacios académicos que hace una historiografía lésbica del Abya Yala del siglo XX. Se publicó en 2000, se reimprimió dos veces y por mucho tiempo estuvo agotada, hasta que se encontró digitalizada en las redes.

Esta su cuarta edición, rescata la publicación original e incluye una segunda parte que actualiza los diversos procesos de movilización por la visibilidad, la simbolización y materialización de las demandas, así como las propuestas y acciones antisistémicas de la autonomía lésbica.

China & Europe: The Turning Point

by David Baverez

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In creating five fictitious conversations between Xi Jinping and five European experts, David Baverez, who lives and works in Hong Kong, offers up a totally new vision of the relationship between China and Europe. The 20th century was one of intense exchanges between Europe and the USA. The 21st century will be marked by a similar relationship between the Old Continent and China. Throughout these pages, we see this possible new relationship emerging, encompassing economic and technological matters as well as issues relating to culture, history and society. This is a book that fills in the gaps with regard to what we know about China and steers us away from preconceived ideas.

About the author
David Baverez is a private investor. He has been based in Hong Kong since 2012, where he finances and advises various start-ups. Previously, he was a fund manager for 15 years, first at Fidelity Investments in London and Boston, then as the founding partner of KDA Capital, a European equity fund, until 2010.

China and Europe: The Turning Point was first published in France in 2021 as Chine-Europe : le grand tournant (Le Passeur Éditeur). He is also the author of Beijing Express (Westphalia Press, 2017) and is a regular columnist for the French daily newspapers L’Opinion, and Les Echos, and for the weekly news magzazine L’Express.

Resistance: Reflections on Survival, Hope and Love

Poetry by William Morris, Photography by Jackie Malden

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Resistance is a book of poems with photographs or a book of photographs with poems depending on your perspective. The book is comprised of three sections titled respectively: On Survival, On Hope, and On Love. The poems range from the expression of impassioned pleas for deliverance from constraint and evil to the simple affirmation of romantic love. With poetry by William Morris and photography by Jackie Malden, this book is dedicated to Veronica, Jackie’s cousin and William’s wife.

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William Morris heads the Next Century Foundation, an international charity devoted to fostering peace and reconciliation in war zones. He is a former broadcaster, editor and publisher. He lives and works in Ludgvan, Cornwall. He is eclectic in his writing, composing everything from nonsense verse to novels, one of which, titled Springfield the Novel, was also published by Westphalia Press. Awarded an honorary doctorate by Bolton University for his work promoting peace in the Middle East, William is a frequent traveler to pivotal Mid East countries such as Iraq, Egypt, Gaza, and Libya. William is often accompanied in his travels by Ambassador Mark Hambley, who has acted as an informal ear and critic for this work.

Jackie Malden
Jackie Malden is an artist and photographer based in Oxford, England. She walks every day with her little dog Teddy, and photographs nature … anything that catches her eye, from the emergence of the smallest wild flower to the vastness and beauty of a sunset. Natural light is the inspiration for many of the images in this book with spring and autumn being favourite seasons. In keeping with her love of nature, she is also a paper collage artist specialising in British birds and wildlife. She exhibits in the annual Oxfordshire Artweeks, and cards of her work sell in shops around the UK as well as online, under her married name Jackie Richards: http://www.lovefromtheartist.com.

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The Politics of Fiscal Responsibility: A Comparative Perspective

by Tonya E. Thornton and F. Stevens Redburn

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Fiscal policy challenges following the Great Recession forced members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to implement a set of economic policies to manage public debt. Most actions centered on major spending cuts and increasing taxes in an attempt to manage political and social fallout. Governments put fiscal austerity measures in place when their debt is so large that the inability to honor required service payments or the risk of total default to obligations becomes a significant possibility. Accountability is an iconic concept in public management, offering symbolic responsibility and reassurance. It is part of an ethical principal of transparency situated in administrative accountability. The resilience of national economies worldwide ultimately requires a balance between near-term growth and longer-term fiscal consolidation. Still, the reality of social stressors raises questions for politically sustainability. As the OECD member nations emerged from the fiscal fall out in 2008, question about whether democratic countries can take pro-active leadership before a crisis forces their hand emerged. This book is a collection of country chapters detailing their austerity response to such an interconnected and punctuating event.

Tonya E. Thornton, PhD, is a Principal with and Founder of Delta Point Solutions, LLC, an interdisciplinary, social, policy, and administrative sciences consulting firm with expertise in community resiliency, emergency management, and public safety. She is also a subject matter expert in critical infrastructure for the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Thornton’s work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and she is the editor of Managing Challenges for the Flint Water Crisis (2021).

F. Stevens Redburn, PhD, is a lecturer, budget advisor, and expert authority on financial management, government performance, and public policy with over 25 years of experience as a senior government official in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a participant in deliberations of the National Budgeting Roundtable since 2014, he has helped lead research on reform of the federal government’s budget process. Internationally, he has consulted on budget processes World Bank and for the International Monetary Fund.

“Our Father”: The Lord’s Prayer for Our Persecutors

by Charles L. Manto

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“As sometimes happens, this new perception of the prayer opens a window of new possibilities…an invitation to new ways of prayer and of action in relation to personal and corporate conflicts. It is a discovery of hidden treasure.”
—Dr. Thomas E. Boomershine, PhD, Founder of Network of Biblical Storytellers International, Professor Emeritus of New Testament and of Christianity and Communications at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

“Chuck Manto has brought together new insights about the Sermon on the Mount that I can use in my own life and with my clients.”
—John Belcher, PhD, MDiv; Professor, pastoral counselor, University of Maryland School of Social Work.

“In a time when civil discourse and religion can be exceedingly divisive, it is so timely that this approach has been brought to our attention. Manto has brought insights in the use of rhetoric in the Sermon on the Mount to reveal the primary conflict management role of the Lord’s Prayer for the crowds – not just the disciples. This is a major contribution to our understanding of the Sermon on the Mount as a whole and the very first word of the Lord’s Prayer, “our” as the Father of “me and the one with whom I am in conflict. This approach in Matthew emphasizes deep listening as opposed to debating is a means to attract new disciples.”
—Nigel M. de S. Cameron, PhD, Former Distinguished Professor of Theology and Culture at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and first Provost of Trinity International University.

“I have found his reflections inspiring and helpful in my own pastoral work and counseling.”
—The Reverend Doctor Stephen P. Verkouw, Senior pastor, Grace Lutheran Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

“Scholarly, with convincing originality, Manto studies patterns in the Sermon on the Mount that show how love of enemies is linked rhetorically with the Lord’s Prayer; and how the Sermon is addressed to the crowds to convey Jesus’ intent to make all disciples devoted to peace. Practical, the book offers guiding questions and examples from workshops that demonstrate the Lord’s Prayer as a reconciliation prayer can achieve constructive responses and results.”
—Douglas E. Oakman, PhD, Professor of New Testament at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma Washington, a founding member of the Context Group. He is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

“I believe this will quickly become a seminal teaching tool… an important and effective instructional resource for scholars and teachers. Religious scholars and pastors of all backgrounds and traditions working in conflict resolution and mediation will welcome this significant and new instructional manual.”
—David E. Cassens, MA, MLIS, Dean of Libraries, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University.

“Who is ‘our’ in the sentence beginning ‘Our father’?” Chuck asks. The answer entails breaking the artificial bounds of chapter breaks inserted into the original texts of the gospels is simply fascinating. Chuck’s book is mind-altering and ministers to those of us who struggle with our histories and our rage and seek some solace; maybe a paradigm shift will work.”
—William H. (Bill) Dannenmaier, MA, MBA, PM, CEO of BlackBox Migrations, LLC, US Navy Vet.

“This incredible practical study of the Lord’s Prayer for our persecutors shows that the Lord’s Prayer is not meant just for reciting. It is meant for empowering anyone how to love not only their neighbors as themselves but to love those neighbors even when those neighbors are the persecutors or murderers of one’s family or friends
—Rev. Celestin Musekura, PhD, President & CEO, ALARM USA, Founder, ALARM Africa (Rwanda), Website: http://www.alarm-inc.org

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Frontline Diplomacy: A Memoir of a Foreign Service Officer in the Middle East

By William A. Rugh

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In short vignettes, this book describes how American diplomats working in the Middle East dealt with a variety of challenges over the last decades of the 20th century. The stories include: the Palestinian siege of the U.S. embassy in Damascus; the bombing of the embassy in Jidda; the delicate relationships in Syria with the president’s brother and with the Jewish community; working with the Yemeni president on threats from the Marxist regime in Aden; and briefing President George H.W. Bush before the 1991 Gulf War. Each of the vignettes concludes with an insight about diplomatic practice derived from the experience. The book is intended to help prospective diplomats and students of international relations understand the real situations facing our Foreign Service Officers and how diplomacy is actually conducted.

William A. Rugh was a United States Foreign Service Officer for 31 years. He had two assignments in Washington and eight assignments at embassies abroad, including as American ambassador to Yemen and to the United Arab Emirates. He holds a PhD in International Relations and has taught courses on diplomacy and the Middle East at Tufts and Northeastern Universities. He has published five books and numerous journal articles and op-Eds.

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Brought to Light: The Mysterious George Washington Masonic Cave

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by Jason Williams MD 

The George Washington Masonic Cave near Charles Town, West Virginia, contains a signature carving of George Washington dated 1748. Although this inscription appears authentic, it has yet to be verified by historical accounts or scientific inquiry. Like all great legends, there is probably a kernel of truth to the Cave—but so too is there likely an aura of embellishment that developed over time. This book painstakingly pieces together the chronicled events and real estate archives related to the cavern in order to sort out fact from fiction.

George Washington, the man, is justly remembered for his talents on the battlefield, in political arenas, and on his tobacco farms. He was also a smart surveyor and, by his own written account, a speleologist (that is, an explorer of caves). The Masonic Cave conveniently connects all of these fascinating chapters in the life story of Washington; through it, we can better view the transformation that occurred over the decades of the Virginian’s life. From his entrance into the secretive Masonic fraternity as a precocious teen to his associations with scores of captivating characters ranging from Lafayette to Lord Fairfax, to his worldly ambitions that became transmuted into something much bolder and universal, to his strong sense of guilt and remorse as a slaveowner (along with a desire to end that horrid practice), to his struggles with disease and his own mortality, many of the lesser-known aspects of Washington’s life are covered herein. Washington’s biography is one of the most inspiring in American history. Meandering the dark passageways of the Cave brings us to an even closer appreciation of why that is so.

Jason Williams, MD, grew up in California and Montana but now calls Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley home. He is a board-certified psychiatrist who trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital and has subspecialty training in psychosomatic medicine. He is also a proud father of three young adults. As an intrepid, independent scholar of largely forgotten history, Dr. Williams staunchly believes studying the past can lead to personal development and growth, which empowers our collective future.

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The Athenian Year Primer: Attic Time-Reckoning and the Julian Calendar

by Christopher Planeaux

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Ancient Athenians typically used two or, at times, three separate calendars from the 6th to 1st Centuries BCE.

Scholars have long known that all ancients followed the Moon, Sun, and Stars to organize their lives, but exactly how the Calendars of Ancient Athens functioned on a daily basis has remained a point of contention since studies began earnestly in the late-19th Century CE.

Translating ancient Athenian dates into exact Julian-Gregorian equivalents has proven at best problematic and at worst impossible. The present study seeks first to open this very specialized field within Classical Studies to a much needed wider audience.

The author begins by outlining the history behind its two chief competing schools of thought as well as reviewing the numerous difficulties, which plagued efforts to decipher ancient Athenian calendar dates.

The definitive tool needed for Classicists and Ancient Historians to unlock the methodologies ancient Athenians devised has simply remained impossible to grasp absent readily accessible technology: Positional Astronomy – accurate recreations of the night sky over Ancient Athens as it appeared to the naked eye from a specific location in Attica. The limitation no longer exists.

The ability to translate ancient Athenian calendar references into precise Julian-Gregorian dates will not only assist Ancient Historians and Classicists to date numerous historical events with much greater accuracy but also aid epigraphists in the restorations of numerous Attic inscriptions.

Christopher Planeaux is an independent scholar with degrees in Ancient History and Classical Studies from Indiana University and the University of Cambridge (Darwin College).


A work of this complexity in such a specialized field will unfortunately suffer errors, especially considering almost no experts still exist. Thus, a corrigendum of Errata et Addenda enim The Athenian Year Primer has become available here: https://www.academia.edu/49531684/AYP_Corrigendum_Errata_et_Addendum_enim_The_Athenian_Year_Primer


 

Policy Perspectives from Promising New Scholars in Complexity: Volume V

Editors:  Dr. Liz Johnson and Dr. Joseph Cochran 

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The world is getting more complex causing policy problems to seemingly get bigger and become more intractable. Traditional approaches and conventional methodologies alone are no longer adequate to solve policy problems in our interconnected global environment. Promising new scholars in the field of policy and complexity are breaking boundaries and laying the groundwork for innovative perspectives on how to better define policy problems, impacts, attitudes, and solutions. Whether in the field of economics, education, energy, health, human security, or transportation, the selected essays and research in this book demonstrate how essential new thinking and approaches are needed.

These scholars have demonstrated vision, imagination, diligence, passion, and courage for solving problems. Don’t miss how some of the top promising new scholars address problems and add to creating viable solutions to some of the biggest policy issues of our day.

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The Karen People of Burma: A Study in Anthropology and Ethnology

by Harry Ignatius Marshall

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As Rev. Marshall began his ethnographic study, “The Karen are a group of Indo-Chinese tribes living principally in Burma, the easternmost province of the British Indian Empire, in the Indo-Chinese peninsula, and in the adjoining country of Siam to the east. They are found between the tenth and twenty-first degrees of north latitude and between the ninety-fourth and one hundredth degrees of east longitude. The greater part of this territory they occupy in connection with the other peoples of the country, namely, the Burmese, Shan, Siamese, and Chin. The only exclusively Karen country is the hilly region of the Toungoo district and the Karenni subdivision, where the Karen chiefs of five states, comprising 4,830 square miles and a population of 42,240 are still in power under the Advisory Council of the British Government. There is also a Karen chief ruling one of the Shan States, and five other states in that section are ruled by Taungthu chiefs. In all these latter districts we find a mixed population.

The whole group of Karen tribes can be divided into three divisions, according to their language or dialect differences. These are the Sgaw, Pwo, and Bwe groups.”

Reverend Harry Ignatius Marshall, born in 1878, worked as a missionary in the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society.

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John Harvard and His Times

by Henry C. Shelley

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Henry C. Shelley prefaced this work on John Harvard by stating,
“Among the names graven on the foundation stones of American history none is so deeply carved or is so rich in promise of endurance as that of John Harvard. In fact, no name has been for so many generations so literally a household word. It was familiar long before the name of George Washington become a commonplace of American speech; and, no matter what new sons of fame may be born in the future, there is little fear that eclipse will overtake the renown of John Harvard.”

John Harvard lived for only 30 years, having been born in 1607 in England, and dying of tuberculosis on September 14, 1638 in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was an English minister who left a bequest to a college built in the Bay Colony. He left half of his estate, a sum of £780, to the school, along with over 300 books. The other half of his estate went to his wife, Ann Sadler, whom he married in 1636. Upon receipt of the bequest, the grateful institution became officially known as Harvard Colledge.

This edition is dedicated to Peter Gibbon, Harvardian unquestionably, shrewd commentator on higher education.

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Washington and His Masonic Compeers

by Sidney Hayden

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As Sidney Hayden wrote of this work on George Washington and his Masonic pasts, “Biographies of Washington, and the most eminent of our countrymen who were contemporary with him, have been often written so far as relates to their public acts, and in many of them we have also a portraiture of their personal and domestic history. Such delincations, interwoven with their memoirs, give us a truer estimate of the character of the individual, and enable us to weigh with more exactness the impulses of and influences that have impelled or retarded him in his public career.”

Hayden offers this work which examines the life and fraternal relationships of George Washington along with leaders of various Masonic lodges, such as Henry Price, John Johnson, Benjamin Franklin, Pierpont Edwards, Mordecai Gist, and Jabez Bowen.

This edition is dedicated to Dr. Jason Williams, scholarly and imaginative investigator of unexplored years of Washington

A Constitution for the Socialist Commonwealth of Great Britain

by Beatrice and Sidney Webb

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Beatrice and Sidney Webb were influenced by other movements, such as the socialist guilds in the United Kingdom, and developed this Constitution as a form of analysis and constructive criticism about the 1920s in Great Britain. Much of this work seeks to offer context on the history and philosophy of unionism and past cooperative interactions with local governments. The Webbs offer their ideal of a plural sovereignty; a divided social parliament into smaller committees; and wages, taxes and rices being controlled by the state. They also offer detailed plans for the court system, utilities and other ways to return power to citizens.

Beatrice and Sidney Webb were economists, sociologists, historians, and socialists. The Webbs were also founders of the London School of Economics, the Fabian Society, and founded New Statesman magazine in 1913. Beatrice wrote a great deal, including the influential book, The Cooperative Movement in Great Britain, published in 1891. She also did a lot of research and assisted with Life and Labour of the People of London (1902–1903), a 17-volume book by Charles Booth. Archival holdings for this work are held in the Webb Collection at the London School of Economics.

This edition is dedicated to Alon Ben-Meir, distinguished professor, pundit, interpreter of world affairs, friend to students.

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Report of the Trial of Friends, in the City of Philadelphia, June, 1828, Before the Honorable Edward King: Or, the Case of Edmund Shotwell, Joseph Lukins, Charles Middleton, and Two Others

Transcribed by M. T. C. Gould

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There were several Meetings in Philadelphia, and the trial detailed here arose out of a conflict between two local Friends groups and a burying ground. Part of a wall was removed, and a gate was erected, along with some temporary buildings. Besides the three Friends, Edmund Shotwell, Joseph Lukins, and Charles Middleton, two people performing the labor, Benjamin Beard and Morris Hopkins, were also taken into jail. This account of the trial sheds light on internal workings of Philadelphia Meetings, and how race and religion were treated through secular legal channels.

This new edition is dedicated to the librarians of the Friends Meeting in Washington D.C.

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A History of Harvard

by Alfred K. Moe

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Alfred K. Moe wrote of this entertaining volume in 1896:
“In the short sketch of the College in these pages the endeavor has been to show that Harvard is not so serious an institution as some may have tried to make you believe.”

He served as the U.S. Consul in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from 1902-1904. After this, he went on to serve in consular roles in Dublin, Ireland and Bordeaux, France from 1904-1910. He passed away in 1910. His papers are held by the University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library.

This new edition is dedicated to Peter Gibbon, Harvardian and distinguished educator.

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Colonial Folkways: A Chronicle of American Life in the Reign of the Georges

by Charles McLean Andrews

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Charles McLean Andrews was a well regarded scholar focusing on American colonial history. As a leader of the “Imperial School” of historians, he emphasized the role England played. Specifically, he he argued that British leaders failed in a major way to recognize the differences in American society, which led to independence.

After earning his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1889, he taught at Bryn Mawr College, then Johns Hopkins University, followed by Yale University. He was also the president of the American Historical Association. In 1935, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his work, The Colonial Period of American History.

This new edition is dedicated to Lew Taylor, able and energetic historian and editor.

The Enemies of Books

by William Blades

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William Blades was an bibliophile and book collector of the 1800s. Born in 1824, he was a printer and a bibliographer. His father owned a printing business that Blades was apprenticed into, and it became known as Blades, East & Blades. He was especially passionate about collecting and preserving works by William Caxton, resulting in the publication of Life and Typography of William Caxton, England’s First Printer (1861-3).

Blades wrote this humorous account of various forces that can intentionally or accidentally destroy book collections, ranging from pests and fire to women and children. Blades’ accounts give readers an insight on the lifestyle and technology of a previous era, highlighting gas lamps and asbestos stoves for example. While his advice is antiquated, Blades offers an interesting and irreverent account of a serious need. Books, after all, are fragile and in need of the utmost care regardless of the century.

This edition is dedicated to Lindsey Larson of American Public University, busy helpmate to scholars and researchers, never idle and always curious.

The Art of Cookery: A Manual for Homes and Schools

by Emma P. Ewing

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Emma Pike Ewing was born on a farm in Broome County, New York. After marrying, she felt there was a lack of information on domestic affairs, especially cooking. This prompted Ewing to write her first book, Cooking and Castle-Building, released in 1880. That same year she started her own cooking school in Chicago and took on a professorship at the Iowa Agricultural College, which she held until 1887. She left it to teach at Purdue University, but she then started a school of household science in Kansas City. In 1898, she founded the Model Home School of Household Economics. While teaching, she wrote various works, such as Soup and Soup Making (1882), Salad and Salad Making (1884), the book, Cookery Manuals (1890), The Art of Cookery (1896), and Text-Book of Cookery, (1897).

This new edition is dedicated to Judy Rich Lauder, convivial cook and gracious hostess.

Western Mysticism: The Teaching of SS Augustine, Gregory and Bernard on Contemplation and the Contemplative Life

by Cuthbert Butler

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Author Cuthbert Butler argued,
“There is probably no more misused word…than ‘mysticism.’ It has come to be applied to many things of many kinds: to theosophy and Christian science; to spiritualism and clairvoyance; to demonology and witchcraft; to occultism and magic; to weird psychical experiences, if only they have some religious colour; to revelations and visions; to other-worldliness, or even mere dreaminess and impracticability in the affairs of life; to poetry and painting and music of which the motif is unobvious and vague.” Butler explains that in the Latin Church, the word commonly applied was ‘contemplation’ not ‘mysticism.’

In this work, which Butler spent over two decades researching, he examines the mystical experiences of three Saints: Augustine, Gregory and Bernard, which includes, “A (conscious) direct contact of the soul with Transcendental Reality; a direct and objective intellectual intuition of Transcendental Reality; the establishing conscious relation with the Absolute; the soul’s possible union in this life with Absolute Reality.”

This new edition is dedicated to John L. Cooper, who, though he would deny it, is a philosopher and scholar.

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Contests of Initiative: Countering China’s Gray Zone Strategy in the East and South China Seas

by Dr. Raymond Kuo

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China is engaged in a widespread assertion of sovereignty in the South and East China Seas. It employs a “gray zone” strategy: using coercive but sub-conventional military power to drive off challengers and prevent escalation, while simultaneously seizing territory and asserting maritime control.

Contests of Initiative: Confronting China’s Gray Zone Strategy provides three courses of action for the US and its Asian security partners to preserve regional peace, uphold freedom of the seas, and deter conflict. Building on theories of escalation dominance, Dr. Kuo casts gray zone strategies as “contests of initiative.” States that direct the operational tempo and choice of engagements can exploit gaps in political commitment to seize objectives. Once lost, their opponents face much higher costs to reestablish control.

Using case analysis backed by statistical methods, the three courses of action reach different balances between American leadership, allied costs, and Chinese responses. Ultimately, the book recommends the U.S. employ an “extended deterrence” approach. Washington should foster a regional sovereignty settlement, establish a political-military coordinating institution, and attain dominance in sub-conventional capabilities using unmanned ISR and strike platforms to contest and break Beijing’s control.

The study will be of great value to those in the national security community with responsibility for US policies in East Asia, but it also provides important insights for strategic planners and analysts who will be grappling with the larger strategic dimensions of US-China relations, certain to be the paramount issue in global politics for the foreseeable future.

Dr. Raymond Kuo is an independent political scientist focused on international security and East Asia. In addition to this book, he authored Following the Leader: International Order, Alliance Strategies, and Emulation (Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2021), explaining how military alliance strategies generate international order. Dr. Kuo’s other research has appeared in International Security, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, The National Interest, and The Diplomat, among others.

He previously served in the United Nations, the National Democratic Institute, and the Democratic Progressive Party (Taiwan). Dr. Kuo holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Una brújula para la crisis: México: Lecciones derivadas del COVID-19

by GC Genera, Compiled by Daniel Tapia Quintana

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La pandemia COVID-19 ha implicado grandes cambios para las sociedades y los países a nivel mundial. México no ha sido la excepción. Los desafíos que tendrá que enfrentar son múltiples y complejos. La pandemia ha acentuado problemas como la pobreza, la desigualdad, el desempleo, el acceso a la salud, la calidad y equidad educativa, por citar solo algunos. Este libro, con la visión de expertos y especialistas, analiza las implicaciones de la pandemia, propone alternativas y genera aprendizajes para enfrentar una de las crisis más severas en las últimas décadas.

GC Genera es una empresa de consultoría con sede en México. Fundada en 2010, GC Genera asesora a tomadores de decisiones en temas estratégicos como análisis y diseño de políticas públicas, planeación estratégica, evaluación de programas, gestión del cambio, análisis prospectivo, análisis de riesgos y capacitación ejecutiva. Los esfuerzos realizados por GC Genera se orientan a mejorar la toma de decisiones fundamentado en evidencia sólida en materia de política pública para atender las necesidades específicas del sector público, privado y social.

Daniel Tapia es Fundador y Director General de GC Genera. Anteriormente, Daniel se ha desempeñado como servidor público a nivel federal en la Comisión Federal de Competencia, la Secretaría de Gobernación y la Oficina de Políticas Públicas de la Presidencia de la República. Es egresado de la Maestría en Política Educativa por la Universidad de Harvard y cuenta con estudios en relaciones internacionales y matemáticas.

Managing Challenges for the Flint Water Crisis

Edited by Toyna E. Thornton, Andrew D. Williams, Katherine M. Simon, Jennifer F. Sklarew 

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The field of emergency and crisis management covers countless natural and human-induced hazards as well high threats. Focusing events occur at every level of governance; however, it is at the local level in which the ‘rubber’ response efforts meets the proverbial ‘road.’ While politicians and policymakers typically attempt to reduce the impacts associated with disasters by anticipating the unexpected, many challenges remain. Understanding disaster meaning, even causality, is essential to the problem-solving process.

While the resources of local governments are shrinking, expectations for delivering real-world results are greater than ever before. In the water crisis of Flint, Michigan, decision-makers believed to be making sound choices by changing the treated water source from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department– water that was sourced from Lake Huron and the Detroit River–to the Flint River. Since the water from Flint River was contaminated, and officials failed to apply corrosion inhibitors to the water, it resulted in an environmental water quality disaster; that is, exposing 100,000 residents to elevated levels of lead.

This edited volume examines several public management and intergovernmental failures, with particular attention on social, political, and financial impacts. The editors come from a variety of backgrounds, including a pracademic, an academic connected with communities of practice, a local government expert, an emergency management professional, and an environmental policy scholar. The collection of chapter authors includes professional colleagues and experts from the social sciences, public administration, emergency and crisis management, and environmental policy fields, most of which are affiliated with the key professional association, the American Society for Public Administration.

 

Sources in Late Antiquity and Byzantium

by Leslie Kelly

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This book introduces the student of Late Antiquity and Byzantium to the types of sources they are most likely to encounter in their research, explaining how these genres work and how best to utilize them as sources for history. When attempting to draw on a letter, a legal text, a code of conduct, a sermon, a speech of praise, or a Life, the student of history should be familiar with the usual formats and themes of that genre. The historian should also have in mind how that type of writing functioned within the larger society. This book provides a starting point for these goals. The work is divided into the broad, sometimes overlapping, categories of panegyrics and orations, sermons, hagiography and biographies, legal and administrative texts, and literary letter collections. Each genre is situated into its historical and social context, and its characteristic forms described. Such analyses, the intention behind these texts, what led to their development, and the part they played in their societies, provide a unique lens into the world of Late Antiquity and Byzantium.

Dr. Leslie Kelly is Professor of History at American Public University. She is the author of Dialogue in the Greco-Roman World and Prophets, Prophecy, and Oracles in the Roman Empire: Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman Cultures.

 

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Contra-amor, poliamor, relaciones abiertas y sexo casual: Reflexiones de lesbianas del Abya Yala

by Norma Mogrovejo

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Desde la voz, pensamiento y experiencias de lesbianas contra amoro-sas y poliamorosas, Norma Mogrovejo reflexiona sobre la insurgencia a normas que controlan y privatizan el cuerpo y la sexualidad de las mu-jeres. El discurso del amor romántico ha fagocitado al movimiento ho-mosexual y las lesbianas radicalizan la práctica cotidiana cuestionando a las instituciones que siguen traficando con ellas (al amor, el matrimonio, la familia, el parentesco).

El contra amor es una ruptura epistémica, un quebranto con el some-timiento que el amor romántico impone a las mujeres controlando sus vidas; y un laboratorio de experimentación donde las certezas son acaso mitos sin reactivos. Mogrovejo complejiza las preocupaciones de las lesbianas por entablar acuerdos éticos amorosos entre las socias, por sacar al Estado patriarcal de la cama y el entorno, por realizar alianzas de vida posrupturas, por resignificar el placer perejil y privado, entre otras. El amor es un territorio fundamentalmente político, que organiza jer-arquías, sometimiento y dominacíon. Pero también es lugar de rupturas y locuras.

Esta es una propuesta de quiebra con el individualismo amoroso que alimenta fundamentalmente al capitalismo neoliberal y una reconsid-eración de la comunalidad amorosa. Contra-amor, poliamor, relaciones abiertas, sexo casual, anarquía amorosa, ruptura de la monogamia obligatoria, son conceptos o experiencias, que se discuten, entre otras.

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Del sexilio al matrimonio: Ciudadanía sexual en la era del consumo neoliberal

by Norma Mogrovejo

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Del estudio del sexilio a la crítica de la familia lésbica, Norma Mogrovejo sigue la pista sutil de la infiltración capitalista en la vida de las personas. Si el sexilio nos habla de la persecu-ción, la tortura, el sojuzgamiento de la disidencia sexual y sus dificultades para alcanzar una subjetivación, en países donde la discriminación racial y la xenofobia producto de los nacio-nalismos no dejan más opciones a las lesbianas que la migración y el exilio, el segundo nos lleva a reflexionar so-bre los riesgos de la falsa conciencia en el ejercicio de los derechos econó-micos y de transmisión de la ciuda-danía que se adquieren al conformar una familia.

Josiah Wedgwood, F.R.S., His Personal History

by Samuel Smiles

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Josiah Wedgwood was a celebrated entrepreneur and abolitionist. Born in England in 1730, even as a young child he showed great skill as a potter. He worked in his family business, which focused on lower quality pottery. However, Wedgewood apprenticed with Thomas Whieldon, and later worked with chemist, Joseph Priestley, to gain a much better understanding of both physical skill and manipulation of materials. Wedgewood also benefited from his marriage to Sarah Wedgwood, and her very wealthy family, which gave him the monetary requirements for starting a large pottery manufacturing business.

The Wedgwood Company specialized in creamware, a cheaper but lovely alternative to porcelain. He also developed other pottery innovations, such as green glazes, and jasperware. In order to build his business, he focused on new types of marketing, such as direct mail, free delivery, and buy one get one free sales, since his pottery innovations were often copied by competitors.

Josiah Wedgwood was an abolitionist, and created a seal for the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade. This medallion was reproduced countless times and distributed widely. The cameo, featuring an African male in chains with, “Am I not a man and a brother?” was found everywhere, from jewelry to hanging in professional offices, across the Americas.

This edition is dedicated to Professor India R. D’Avignon, able creator and lover of beauty.

Select Historical Memoirs of the Religious Society of Friends, Commonly Called Quakers: Being a Succinct Account of Their Character and Course During the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

by William Hodgson

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William Hodgson Jr. was born on May 24th, 1804 in England. His father was a Unitarian minister, but after hearing from a Quaker, Thomas Scattergood, he converted and joined the Society of Friends. Hodgson Jr. relocated to Philadelphia in 1827, where he would go on to marry his wife, Elizabeth Richardson and then have a daughter with her, Mary.

Hodgson wrote a great deal about the Society of Friends, including “A brief account of the sorrowful lapse from the first principles in the Religious Society of Friends” (1862), and the two volume work, “The Society of Friends in the Nineteenth Century” (1875). He was very involved in the operational functions of the local Friends Society, and eventually established the General Meeting of Friends for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

This new edition is dedicated to the library of the Friends Meeting of Washington D.C.

The History of Trade Unionism

by Sidney and Beatrice Webb

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Originally published in 1894, The History of Trade Unionism was written by Sidney and Beatrice Webb to offer insight on the history of the British trade union movement’s development prior to the 1900s. Beatrice and Sidney Webb were economists, sociologists, historians, and socialists. The Webbs were also founders of the London School of Economics, the Fabian Society, and founded New Statesman magazine in 1913. Beatrice wrote a great deal, including the influential book, The Cooperative Movement in Great Britain, published in 1891. She also did a lot of research and assisted with Life and Labour of the People of London (1902–1903), a 17-volume book by Charles Booth.

Archival holdings for this work are held in the Webb Collection at the London School of Economics.

The Great American Fraud: A Series of Articles on the Patent Medicine Evil, Reprinted from Collier’s Weekly

by Samuel Hopkins Adams

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This work is a collection of articles that originally were featured in Collier’s Weekly. Samuel Hopkins Adams was a reporter born on January 26, 1871 in Dunkirk, New York. He was an investigative reporter, first working with the New York Sun. He later joined McClure’s Magazine, which was famous for their muckraking works by esteemed reporters like Ida Tarbell and Lincoln Steffens.

The collection of these articles had a significant impact on society, as it helped lead to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906. Adams was horrified by the false claims that a lot of medicines were making at the time. His research and writing resonating with a lot of Americans, leading to public outcry and action.

Adams was a prolific writer. In addition to investigative journalism, he also wrote biographies, historical works, and fiction, including titillating novels under the pseudonym Warner Fabian, typically featuring stories of young women during the Jazz Age. Many of his writings went on to become adapted for film, including Wandering Fires, Men in Her Life, and The Gorgeous Hussy.

This new edition is dedicated to Alon Ben-Meir, able scholar and courageous voice of reason.

Journal of a Trip to California: Across the Continent from Weston, Mo., to Weber Creek, Cal., in the Summer of 1850

by C. W. Smith, by R. W. Vail

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Found in the litter of a storeroom was a small 4×6 notebook bound in leather. The notebook contained pressed flowers, plants, and the story of C. W. Smith’s journey to California. C. W. Smith’s father, William Smith, came to the United States from England in 1831 and lived near Victor, NY. After gold was discovered in California, C. W. made his way out west in 1850. The journal begins when C.W. arrives in Centreville, Indiana. This works offers an interesting look at the Gold Rush and in particular, the Overland Trail.

Robert William Glenroie Vail (1890-1966) wrote the brief introduction to this work. He was born in Victor, NY, but worked in Minnesota, and then New York City for the bulk of his life, as an editor, collector, lecturer, writer, historian, director and bibliographer.

This new edition is dedicated to John Cooper, Bibliophile and Freemason.

Extracts From the Minutes and Epistles of the Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Held in London

by Religious Society of Friends

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The Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain was known as the London Yearly Meeting until 1995. It was a place for Friends to come together from across the United Kingdom, held in various places across England, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales. The tradition began as early as the 1650s, and by 1660 an annual tradition was set. Minutes and other notes from these meetings were recorded in 1672 and onwards. These early meetings were a brave act, as in England the Toleration Act had not been passed until 1689, and even then the Friends were viewed suspiciously by the government.

These minutes offer a helpful glimpse into the rich history of the Friends, their internal development, and external relationships.

This new edition is dedicated to the members of the Friends Meeting of Washington DC.

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

by Edwin Lefevre

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“Speculation in stocks will never disappear. It isn’t desirable that it should. It cannot be checked by warnings as to its dangers. You cannot prevent people from guessing wrong no matter how able or how experienced they may be. Carefully laid plans will miscarry because the unexpected and even the unexpectable will happen. Disaster may come from a convulsion of nature or from the weather, from your own greed or from some man’s vanity; from fear or from uncontrolled hope. But apart from what one might call his natural foes, a speculator in stocks has to contend with certain practices or abuses that are indefensible morally as well as commercially.”

Edwin Lefevre writes in detail about life as a speculator in the stock market, namely, the life of Jesse Lauriston Livermore (1877-1940), a stock trader, and leading day trader. He was known for shorting just prior to major world events, like the 1929 stock market crash, and the 1906 earthquake that decimated San Francisco. Livermore’s positions during the stock market crash caused many people to directly blame him for the economic collapse. While much of the field, namely the technology around it, has changed, much of Lefevre’s advice is often sought out, as Livermore was known for studying emotion and the impact it had on the market.

This edition is dedicated to Eric Mullis, gifted banker with a keen sense of the extraordinary cycles and chaos of the financial world.

The Little Grandmother of the Russian Revolution: Reminiscences and Letters of Catherine Breshkovsky

by Catherine Breshkovsky
Edited by
Alice Stone Blackwell

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Catherine Breshkovsky was the abbreviated name of Yekaterina Konstantinovna Breshko-Breshkovskaya, born on January 25, 1844 in Russia. She was born into a wealthy family and received a quality education. She married at roughly the age of 24, but she later left her husband to start an anarchist commune with her sister and another friend. Although she long had an interest in politics, she became deeply involved in the revolutionary movement, part of which involved settling into peasant villages and spreading political ideas. She was arrested at the age of 30 after her false passport was detected on political grounds, namely for being a part of the “Russian socialistic and revolutionary party.” She was convicted and exiled to Siberia.

After 22 years, she was released in 1896, and immediately joined back with the revolutionary movement, and ultimately the Socialist-Revolutionary Party. In 1910, she was sentenced again to life in exile in Siberia, but by then Breshkovsky had international prominence. There was international pressure to release Breshkovsky from solitary confinement after a failed attempt to escape. After the February Revolution of 1917, Breshkovsky was welcomed and released as a legendary figure of Russia. She spent the remainder of her life in Europe, including Paris and Prague fighting Communism.

The Life of the Bee

by Maurice Maeterlinck

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Maurice Maeterlinck was born in August 1862 in Belgium to a wealthy family. Thanks to their abundance, Maeterlinck was able to complete law school at the University of Ghent, travel and write. Instead of practicing law, as his father wished, Maeterlinck focused on writing. He found success with his first play, Princess Maleine. He wrote several books that were well received, such as Twelve Songs (1896), The Treasure of the Humble (1896), and The Life of the Bee (1901). For his works, in 1903 Belgium awarded him the Triennial Prize for Dramatic Literature.Several of Maeterlinck’s writings had challenged the Catholic Church. He had attended the Jesuit College of Sainte-Barbe, which had left him with a disdain for organized religion in general, and Catholicism in particular. He also railed against Germany during both World Wars, which caused him to flee to the United States in 1940. He left for France after the war ended in 1947. One major criticism of Maeterlinck’s work was his plagiarism of La Vie des Termites (The Life of Termites), in which he directly took writings by Eugène Marais in a series of Dutch articles and translated them into French, claiming them as his own. Despite this outcry, Eugène Marais was not recognized by Maeterlinck in the work, and Maeterlinck continued to write and receive accolades for his work. Maeterlinck died in 1949 in France, after suffering a heart attack.

West Virginia: Its Farms and Forests, Mines and Oil-Wells: with a Glimpse of its Scenery, a Photograph of its Population, and an Exhibit of its Industrial Statistics

by Jacob Richards Dodge

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Jacob Richards Dodge was born on September 28, 1823 in New Boston, New Hampshire. His family traced their arrival to the United States in 1638 from England. Dodge enjoyed the benefits of childhood education in both traditional academic and technical components, which gave him a firm foundation for the rest of his life.

Dodge went on to teach in Mississippi from 1845-9, then later returned to the northeast US as an editor from 1850 up until around the start of the Civil War. Afterwards, be began working for the US Department of Agriculture. He focused on rural economics, edited innumerable reports and handled foreign commissions, and took a special interest in West Virginia as this classic demonstrates. On October 1, 1902 he passed away in Woburn, Massachusetts, and was buried in the Universalist Church Cemetery in Nashua, New Hampshire.

This edition is dedicated to Vernon Smith of American Public University, astute appreciator and energetic contributor to modern West Virginia and its role in modern education.

A Buddhist Catechism: An Outline of the Doctrine of the Buddha Gotama in the Form of Question and Answer

by Subhadra Bhikshu

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Subhadra Bhikshu, also known as Friedrich Albert Oswald Zimmermann, was born in 1852 in Degerlach. He was a journalist, a writer and a Buddhist. Bhikshu wrote this work to offer insight on Buddhism, aimed at primarily European audiences. As he wrote in the preface of Buddhism,
“a doctrine free from dogma and from formalism in entire harmony with Nature and her laws; the grandest truths, satisfying alike to mind and heart, expressed in simple terms, intelligible to the humblest capacity, yet of a significance so profound as not to be within easy sounding even by the philosophic and scientific European…”

This work was well received and translated into multiple languages, including English, German and French. On June 30, 1917 he passed away in Stuttgart.

This edition is dedicated to George Nguyen, keen and able supporter of Buddhist scholarship.

Trout-Fishing for the Beginner

by Richard Clapham

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As Richard Clapham introduced his work on trout fishing,
“Although anglers are well supplied with books pertaining to their favourite sport, the majority of such volumes appeals more to the practised fisherman than the novice. Many a beginner, however, is dependent on books for information regarding trout-fishing and the tools of the craft, and naturally expects to find simple hints that will start him on the road to success. The acquisition of an ill-balanced rod and unsuitable tackle tends to engender a slovenly method of fishing that is absolutely detrimental to good sport. A fair start, with a few simple but correct items of outfit, is everything ; the proper methods will then be cultivated from the beginning. It is, therefore, with the idea of helping the beginner that I have written this book, and I hope the information contained therein may prove useful to prospective anglers of both sexes.”

This edition is dedicated to Robert Rich Jr., angler extraordinary in many seas.

From Slavery to Wealth, The Life of Scott Bond: The Rewards of Honesty, Industry, Economy and Perseverance

by Daniel Arthur Rudd

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Scott Bond was born into slavery in Madison County, Mississippi. Due to the inhumanity of slavery, Bond’s exact birth year is not known, outside from being sometime in the early 1850s. Despite the intolerable cruelties Bond faced, he went on to become a high powered farmer and entrepreneur. He was extremely highly regarded both locally, and nationally for his skilled business acumen. He was selected to represent the National Negro Business League. Sadly, in 1933, Bond was killed by one of his bulls. At the time of his passing, he owned and farmed 12,000 acres, plus livestock, ran a large mercantile store, a gravel pit, lumber yard, saw mill and at least five cotton gins.

Biographer Daniel Arthur Rudd was a highly esteemed activist, author, founder of the Black Catholic Congress Movement, and editor and publisher of The American Catholic Tribune. He accomplished a great deal despite having been born into slavery in 1854 in Bardstown, Kentucky. By 1866, Rudd was emancipated and receiving an education while living in Springfield, Illinois. He worked as an accountant for Scott Bond. The book is co-authored with Theophilus Bond, who was Scott Bond’s second born son.

Reports On British Prison-Camps In India And Burma

by International Red Cross Committee

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Across India and Burma, England built several camps to house primarily Turkish prisoners of war, but there were also camps for civilians, including for women and children considered to be of ‘enemy nationalities.’ This report by the Red Cross gives a report not only of the conditions, but of the location of each camp and various factors, ranging from altitude and climate to measures of cleanliness and hygiene.

Aside from obvious concerns over imprisoning large swaths of a population and issues of colonialism, the report sheds some light on religious customs, dietary needs and food sources, climate, health, language and local customs of the era.

This new edition is dedicated to the nursing and medical sciences faculty of the American Public University System.

Trump, The Wannabe Dictator: How We Got to This Dire State of Affairs

by Alon Ben-Meir

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Contrary to his campaign slogan, Trump did not make America great again—he brought peril on America’s greatness because of his dictatorial ambitions and the manner by which he has been pursuing those aims since he came to power. The book reveals how Trump’s governance is starkly different from any of his predecessors, due to his incessant lies, misleading statements, and corruption. Ben-Meir surveys Trump’s colossal failure in foreign and domestic policies, and the great danger he poses to America’s democracy. Highlighted is his aggressive style and deep disdain for Democrats, which has polarized the country and brought it to the precipice of violent confrontation between his supporters and detractors, which should concern every American.

Professor Alon Ben-Meir is an expert on Middle East and West Balkan affairs, international negotiations, and conflict resolution. In the past two decades, Ben-Meir has been directly involved in Track II diplomacy involving Israel and its neighboring countries and Turkey. Ben-Meir is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute, is featured on a variety of television networks, and regularly briefs at the U.S. State Department for the International Visitor Leadership Program. He writes a weekly article that is syndicated globally. He has authored seven books related to the Middle East, and is currently working on two new books about Syria and Turkey.

Ben-Meir is on Facebook at @ABenMeir, and Twitter at @AlonBenMeir.

It Can Happen Here: A Novel Look Backward

by Max J. Skidmore

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It Can Happen Here is set in the near future following the term of a rogue president. Its protagonist has kept a detailed journal of American politics of the period. He responds to numerous requests from family and friends for descriptive analyses of the 2020 elections and the resulting first year of the new administration. Drawing from the journal, he produces an unconventionally forthright study drawing upon fact and common sense.

Like his protagonist, author Max J. Skidmore has a background well suited for the task. Throughout a long life, he migrated far from his youthful extreme conservatism. His Ph.D. in American Studies enriched his views, as did living abroad. He has been a professor and dean at two American universities, and was the founding head of a political science department at another. He was CEO of a large library and research centre in India. He was senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hong Kong. He has published widely, and was founding editor of a peer-reviewed academic quarterly. Never an ivory tower academician, he earned a pilot’s license, and has long practiced martial arts (holding several advanced black belts). He has produced It Can Happen Here as the final part of a trilogy of sorts, along with Unworkable Conservatism, 2017, and The Common Sense Manifesto, 2020. Each of these approached America’s politics from a different point of view. It Can Happen Here is his first application of fiction to complete the truth of the whole.

Peacebuilding: A Personal Journey

Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
by David L. Phillips

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David L. Phillips is Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Phillips served as Foreign Affairs Expert and as Senior Adviser to the U.S. Department of State and as Senior Adviser to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. He has worked at academic institutions as Executive Director of Columbia’s International Conflict Resolution Program, Director of American University’s Program on Conflict Prevention and Peace-building, a Fellow at Harvard University’s Future of Diplomacy Project, Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Center for Middle East Studies, and Professor at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He worked at think-tanks such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Atlantic Council, and the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo. Phillips has also been a foundation executive, serving as President of the Congressional Human Rights Foundation and Executive Director of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. Phillips was an analyst and commentator for NBC News, CNBC, and the British Broadcasting Company. He has authored many books, policy reports and opinion pieces.

Caribbean Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice: Volume 2

Dr. Wendell C. Wallace, Editor

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In this volume and the one that precedes it, Dr Wendell C. Wallace has not only succeeded in bringing together a fascinating collection of papers that illustrate the uniqueness (as well as sharedness) of Caribbean Criminology, he has succeeded in putting Caribbean Criminology very firmly back on the intellectual map. This book deserves to be read by academics and students of Criminology and related disciplines from across the globe.
—Professor Kevin Haines, The University of Trinidad and Tobago

This volume makes an efficacious contribution to Caribbean research on crime and violence. It provides criminological insights on a range of topics such as paradigms of justice, perspectives on policing and incarceration, the geopolitical context for extradition, and violence reduction strategies. This rich and profound installment will be useful to an international community of researchers, practitioners and policymakers. It also makes a strong case for the role and impact of post-Colonial scholarship.
—Dr. Vaughn Crichlow, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, College of Social Work and Criminal Justice, Florida Atlantic University

 

A path-breaking and comprehensive work, Caribbean Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice (Volume 2) comes at a time when societies in the Caribbean region are grappling with a plethora of issues within their criminal justice systems and with crime in all its iterations and when the structure of the justice system on which all of these societies are premised is being challenged to adjust to changes in societal mores. Volume 2 of this edited book adds to the growing body of scientific, empirical, and theoretical literature on criminology and criminal justice in the Caribbean. In a similar vein to Volume 1, this book is a direct response to the call for a Caribbean Criminology, as espoused by Ken Pryce (1976), and is aimed at whittling away the “epistemological coloniality” or the dominance and transfer of knowledge from the Global North to the Global South, more specifically, the Caribbean. This edited book also aims at reducing the “coloniality of knowledge” (Smith, 2012) and thus enhances epistemological diversity in the postcolonial Anglophone Caribbean. Bringing together a broad range of experts, this edited book sheds light on key criminological and criminal justice topics in the Caribbean. This not only brings to the fore socio-legal and criminological issues plaguing the Caribbean, but also proffers suggestions and recommendations aimed at alleviating these concerns. This book is therefore an essential reading for those engaged with Caribbean—or decolonial—Caribbean criminology and criminal justice.

Policy Perspectives from Promising New Scholars in Complexity: Volume IV

Editors: Dr. Liz Johnson , Dr. Joseph Cochran, Kristopher Heiser 

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The world is getting more complex causing policy problems to seemingly get bigger and become more intractable. Traditional approaches and conventional methodologies alone are no longer adequate to solve policy problems in our interconnected global environment. Promising new scholars in the field of policy and complexity are breaking boundaries and laying the groundwork for innovative perspectives on how to better define policy problems, impacts, attitudes, and solutions. Whether in the field of economics, education, energy, health, human security, or transportation, the selected essays and research in this book demonstrate how essential new thinking and approaches are needed.

These scholars have demonstrated vision, imagination, diligence, passion, and courage for solving problems. Don’t miss how some of the top promising new scholars address problems and add to creating viable solutions to some of the biggest policy issues of our day.

The Forgotten Army: The American Eighth Army in the Southern Philippines 1945

by Robert M. Young

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History has produced many famous armies. It has also produced several that few knew even existed. The American Eighth Army of World War II is one such force. They existed for only about 8 months yet saw action throughout the Southwest Pacific, specifically in the Philippines. Under the command of General Robert Eichelberger they conducted operations in the Southern Philippines, on the islands of Panay, Negros, Cebu, and Mindanao, as well as conducting mopping up operations on Leyte and Luzon. It was a small army, never having more than 5 divisions, and other than Mindanao those divisions never fought together. It was also an army that never experienced defeat. They experienced frustration, a tenacious enemy, and at times shortages of troops. Yet victory was at every turn. The war was coming to an end and the Eighth Army played its part by liberating the rest of the Philippines from Japanese control. The atomic bombs made an invasion of Japan unnecessary but the Eighth Army stood ready to take part in what would have been one of history’s largest operations.

About the author:

Dr. Robert Young received a B.A. from St. John’s University, an M.A. from Brooklyn College, and a Ph.D in military History from the C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center. He is currently a Professor of History and Military History at American Military University. He is the author of several books on World War II in the Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA) ad well as numerous articles on World War II and post-World War II conflicts. A New York City native and United States Army veteran, he currently lives in Long Island with his wife and two children.