Frontline Diplomacy: A U.S. Foreign Service Officer in the Arab World

by William A. Rugh


This second edition features short vignettes describing 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 three assignments in Washington and nine 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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Energy Law and Policy in a Climate-Constrained World

by Victor Byers Flatt, Alfonso López de la Osa Escribano, Aubin Nzaou-Kongo


Energy law and policy is in transition, the scope which is wide and vast. This discipline itself is accompanying a profound social, environmental, and economic change or transformation. One could not diminish the significance of aspects of the transition that are not apparent in the overall picture. This book addresses different aspects of the phenomenon and tackles the energy field from the double perspective of law and policy. Scholars from France, the U.K., and the U.S. have written chapters on different areas of energy law and policy, analyzing different instruments, provisions, and objectives, and questioning the role of actors and institutions. This perspective stems from a broader view of the energy transition and security, but mostly from different approaches relying on law, politics, science, etc. This book presents reflections on concepts, foreign policy, regional and international cooperation, and the specific role the state is to play when it comes to such thing as energy law and policy.

Victor B. Flatt is the Dwight Olds Professor of Law and is the Faculty Co-Director of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center at the University of Houston Law Center. He is also a Distinguished Scholar of Carbon Markets at the University of Houston’s Gutierrez Energy Management Institute.

Alfonso López de la Osa Escribano is the Director of the Center of U.S. and Mexican Law, and Adjunct Faculty on Comparative Health Law of the Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. He is also affiliated with the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center.

Aubin Nzaou-Kongo is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow in Law and Energy Policy at the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center, and at the Center of U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston Law Center (U.S.). He is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Lyon 3 and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University Savoie Mont-Banc.

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Grand Crosses of the Court of Honour: Concise Scottish Rite Biographical Dictionary

by Larissa P. Watkins and Tamera L. Fannin


The Grand Crosses of the Court of Honour: Concise Scottish Rite Biographical Dictionary is a commemorative reference volume that provides a brief description about each Scottish Rite Brother awarded the highest honor bestowed by the Supreme Council, 33°, SJ, USA. From 1872 to 2022, the Scottish Rite awarded 317 Brothers the Grand Cross of the Court of Honour for their outstanding service to the Scottish Rite, their community, and country. Among them are a President of the United States of America, congressman and senators, admirals and generals, scientists and shipbuilders, actors, and teachers. This book welcomes you to this unique Hall of Fame.

Larissa P. Watkins is the librarian for the Supreme Council’s House of the Temple Library. Educated in the Russian Federation as a journalist and librarian, she holds a degree in Library Science from the Cultural Sciences Institute in Ussurisk. Larissa was the Director of Acquisition and Automation at the Gorky State Scientific Library in the Maritime Provinces in Vladivostok, and has represented the library administration at annual national conferences in Moscow and St. Peterburg. As an educator, she has conducted continuing education seminars on the “Automation of Library Processes.” Her other publications include The Men of Dal’zavod, written as an official history for the 100th anniversary of the Dal’zavod shipyard; American Masonic Periodicals: 1811-2001Our Very Illustrious BrotherAbraham LincolnBurnsianaAlbert Pike’s String of Pearls; International Masonic Periodicals: 1738-2005International Masonic Collection: 1723-2011; and The Constellation of the Brotherhood.

Tamera L. Fannin (Tammy) is the Director of Data Management and Operations for the Supreme Council, 33°, SJ, USA, at the House of the Temple in Washington, DC. Employed since 1975, she has managed and helped design four of the Scottish Rite’s membership database systems, hosted both in-person and virtual training seminars on database usage, and authored several training manuals. Tammy also manages the network infrastructure as well as all other computing equipment at the House of the Temple. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Management from University of Maryland, University College and a Master of Science in Applied Information Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Database Management from Towson University in Maryland.

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The Lord of the Desert: A Study of the Papers of the British Officer John B. Glubb in Jordan and Iraq

by Dr. Sa’ad Abudayeh


John Bajot Glubb, a British engineer officer, was sent to Iraq in 1920 to resolve the problems which erupted after the Iraqi revolt. He remained in the area for ten years, working with the Bedouins and learning fluent Arabic with the Bedouin accent which made him more likeable and approachable. In 1930, he moved to Jordan where he spent twenty-six successful, productive years. Glubb served with four Hashemite Kings who liked him. In Jordan he discovered what the Greek, Romans, and Ottomans did not discover in understanding the culture and environment. He invented what Dr. Abudayeh calls the Diplomacy of Desert. Glubb established the Camel Corpse, one of the striking forces in the army. This force played a great role in assisting the neighboring states of Jordan during the World War II. Moreover, he established two mobile schools which moved with the Bedouins. While Glubb enjoyed his time and work in Jordan, Britain needed to evacuate the region it had occupied so long. Glubb became the scapegoat and was fired in 1956. Yet Glubb played a pivotal role in the history of the region, and no one could take his place.

Professor Dr. Saad Abudayeh is a Jordanian scholar. Educated at Penn State University, he first began his career as a diplomat. Later, he became an academic and taught at several universities in Jordan, UK and Japan. In addition to teaching, Dr. Abudayeh has written numerous books and articles. For his work, he was decorated by His Majesty King Abdulla II of Jordan for his cultural role in Jordan.

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Libertad y Paz: Una Existencia Problemática y Una Coexistencia Conflictiva

Estudios de Historia de las Ideas Políticas en la Obra de Antonio Hermosa Andújar

by Antonio Hermosa Andújar 

Selección y estudio preliminar de Luis Ochoa Bilbao (Author)


El conjunto de ensayos recogidos en el presente volumen versan sobre las doctrinas de algunos de los grandes pensadores, tanto antiguos como modernos, que han dejado una huella, en la mayoría de los casos indeleble, en la evolución de las ideas y prácticas políticas que han ido moldeando el devenir histórico del mundo occidental; y constituyen otros tantos análisis de las reglas que, bajo forma de ideales, principios, instituciones, valores o fines, han ordenado la convivencia de individuos por lo general tendentes a la justicia, la virtud, el bienestar, la felicidad, la libertad o la paz, etc., con independencia del contenido adscrito a cada uno de esos conceptos.

Nuestra investigación penetra en el interior de tales reglas hasta mostrar, de un lado, las imperfecciones constitutivas de que adolecen –una libertad que no libera, una igualdad que no iguala, etc.– y, de otro, las tensiones que afectan a los diversos elementos del sistema normativo –una libertad que no pacifica, etc.– que articulaba el proyecto de sociedad en cada caso. Contradicciones internas y conflictos externos ésos, en todo caso, a los que se intenta poner remedio afinando los instrumentos o sustituyéndolos por otros hasta reordenarlos en una nueva configuración que permite sobrevivir y mejorar pese a los defectos y vicios renovados del sistema, demostrando con ello que la finitud y la conflictividad forman parte del patrimonio de la grandeza humana.


by William Richard Morfill


William Richard Morfill (1834-1909) was a University of Oxford professor, specializing in Russian and Slavonic languages. He was born in England, and even as a small child was interested in foreign languages. While at Tonbridge School, a teacher introduced him to the Russian language, and it remained a lifelong passion.

Morfill graduated from Oxford with an MA in 1860, and he began publishing his work in Russian, focusing on translation. In addition to his schooling, he learned languages through travel. He started his major travels in 1870, going to Russia, Prague, and later Georgia. He wrote numerous publications, including A Simplified Grammar of the Polish Language (1884), A Grammar of the Russian Language (1889), Slavonic Religion (1904).

The Life of Hiuen-Tsiang: By the Shaman Hwui Li

by Hiuen-Tsiang
Introduction by Samuel Beal
Preface by L. Cranmer-Byng


Hiuen-Tsiang, also known as Xuanzang, was a Chinese Buddhist monk, traveler, researcher, and translator of the seventh century. Born in 602, he was primarily known for his travels to Southeast Asia, in what is now known as India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, where he wrote about Chinese and Indian Buddhist practices.

He grew up in a Confucian home, but was inspired by an older brother who had become a Buddhist monk and wished to follow in his footsteps. At the age of 20 he was ordained as a full monk, and began a search for sacred Buddhist texts. He went on to spend 17 years in Southeast Asia, writing about his experiences in Dà Táng Xīyù Jì, known as Great Tang Records on the Western Regions in English.

Samuel Beal was born on November 27, 1825 in England. He went on to attempt Trinity College, graduating in 1847, and later becoming an ordained priest in 1852. He became a naval chaplain, and was sent to China as part of his service. While there, he worked to learn Chinese, and even became a naval translator. His primary focus of his study was to learn more about Chinese Buddhism. Upon his return to the UK, he worked as a rector, a chaplain, and later became a professor of Chinese at University College.

This new edition is dedicated to George Nguyen, keen student and scholar of Buddhism.

A Text-Book on the History of Painting

by John Charles Van Dyke


John Charles Van Dyke is primarily known for being an art critic and historian, but he had many interests, as he was also a nature writer and intrigued by the law. Van Dyke was admitted to the bar in New York in 1877, but instead he worked as a librarian from 1878 at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. In 1891, he was appointed to the professor of art history.

Van Dyke was a prolific writer and penned numerous works, including, How to Judge a Picture (1888), Nature for its Own Sake (1898), and Studies in Pictures (1907), The Grand Canyon of the Colorado (1920). His autobiography was found in a New Jersey farmhouse and posthumously published in 1993.

The Rise and Expansion of the British Dominion in India

by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall


Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall (1835-1911) was a British civil servant and writer. He attended Eton College and later Haileybury College. Inspired by his brother, he too wanted to work in India. He joined the Indian Civil Service in 1856. He began in Calcutta with training, and then from there moved around the country working to uphold British rule. He held numerous higher ranking roles such as the Commissioner of Nagpur, Commissioner of West Berar, and Foreign Secretary to the Government of India. He retired from service in 1887.

In addition to his work as a civil servant, Lyall wrote a great deal of poetry, including the published Verses Written in India (1889), and biographies, such as Warren Hastings (1889). Although heralded at the time, his works on Indian history are considered “somewhat dubious” by historians today.

Historical Sketches of New Haven

by Ellen Strong Bartlett


Ellen Strong Bartlett was an evocative and prolific writer. Historical Sketches of New Haven is in part a collection of her writings that appeared in New England Magazine and The Connecticut Quarterly, and offer a wonderful portrait of New Haven, Connecticut. Bartlett offers centuries of history, photographs, architectural analysis, folklore and more.

Bartlett was born in 1848 to Ellen Root Strong and John Newton Bartlett in New Haven, CT. One of Bartlett’s books was Bits from Great Grandmother’s Diary, a collection of insight from her great grandmother who lived in Farmington and experienced the Revolutionary War. She served as the editor for Connecticut as a Colony and as a State as well.

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Dante Redux: Trump’s Towering Inferno

by Wayne Lavender, Illustrations by Don Landgren


“Some books educate, others illuminate, and still, others bring forth waves of emotion. Here, Wayne Lavender checks all these boxes and so much more. Using Dante Alighieri’s 700-year-old map as a rough guide, this treatise reveals in painful yet humorous detail the state of the world’s greatest experiment in democratic governance and the tragic end of the American Century. Calling this a ‘must read’ would be an understatement.”
— Jonathan Pelto, (He/Him/His)
State Legislator and politician now college professor
Department of Philosophy and Political Science, Quinnipiac University

“Wayne’s work brilliantly summarizes the anger many Americans experienced during the Trump years while acting as a retelling of the administration’s heinous politics, policies, and corruption. The book cements the Trump’s administration and enablers as a clear and present danger to democracy in the United States. This is all done while utilizing an ingenious method of storytelling by overlaying those aforementioned tales of the Trump era over Dante’s famous work. This is a GREAT read!”
— Paul Cappuzzo (He/Him/His)
Political Science Major & Economics Major History Minor
Quinnipiac Democrats President Quinnipiac University 2023

Most of us have always assumed that Donald Trump and his cronies are going to Hell. But to which corners, and what torments? 700 years after Dante published his epic poem Inferno, Wayne Lavender has resurrected this storyline and placed Donald Trump and his enablers in their own Hell. The book describes the evil, lying, racist and traitorous words and actions of Donald Trump during his four-year reign of error and terror. A work of fiction, this book uses real quotes, facts, and dark humor to make the case that the Traitor-in-Chief was unfaithful to the US Constitution and the American people. It lies at the nexus of political science and theology and is an important contribution for anyone interested in truth, justice, and democracy in the United States.

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A Dictionary of the Scottish Language

Comprehending All the Words in Common Use in the Writings of Scott, Burns, Wilson, Ramsay, and Other Popular Scottish Authors

by Thomas Brown


Thomas Brown (1785- 1862) was a British naturalist, illustrator and author of numerous scientific books. His specialty was ornithology, and his plates are still prized and collected. However, while much of his work remains known, even centuries later, little is known about his life. Brown began his life’s work as a talented engraver. Around the age of 20, be joined the Forfar and Kincardine Militia. He traveled a great deal, much by ship, and was able to use his travels to learn and then depict both in prose and paint much about the world. In 1838, he became the curator of the Museum of the Manchester Historical Society. He remained in that role until his passing in 1862.

This work on the Scottish language is a bit outside of Brown’s usual scope. Some of his most popular writings include Elements of Conchology (1816); Illustrations of the Conchology of Great Britain and Ireland (1827); The Book of Butterflies, Sphinxes and Moths (1832), The Zoologist’s Text-book (1832), and Conchologist’s Text-book (1853).

This edition is dedicated to Robert Cooper, ever helpful curator and librarian of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and learned scholar of all things in his native land.

Practical Carving

by Thomas J. Murrey


Practical Carving gives information on how to carve, prepare and dress up a wide variety of meats, like lamb, beef, veal and game. Thomas J. Murrey was an expert chef and offers his skilled advice for old and new cooks.

Thomas Jefferson Murrey was born in Worchester, Massachusetts as Thomas Murray, but after a publishing error of his books changed his name to ‘Murrey’ he adopted to the new spelling. During his lifetime, he was considered a master of fancy foods, working at high quality hotels in New York City, and later the manager of the restaurant in the House of Representatives. His hobbies of botany and fishing complimented his talent in cooking. He also was a reporter for the New York Sun, and Hotel and Restaurant. Sadly, he took his life in 1900 while at his home in New York City.

Nooks & Corners of Old New York

by Charles Hemstreet, illustrations by E. C. Peixotto


For lovers and historians of New York City, Nooks & Corners of Old New York is a wonderful resource. Charles Hemstreet offers a detailed look at the history that shaped the physical structure New York City held at the turn of the 20th century, and the text is accompanied by pen-and-ink drawings by E. C. Peixetto, which help give further insight on the architectural styles of the city and the end of the 1800s. Hemstreet wrote extensively of New York City, including other words, such as When Old New York was Young (1902), Literary New York (1903), and The Story of Manhattan (1907).

The Lost Dryad

by Frank R. Stockton


A dryad is a being in Greek mythology that is a nature spirit that often takes on a younger, feminine appearance. This story, The Lost Dryad, by Frank R. Stockton, tells the story of a dryad that has lost her way due to a serious storm.

Frank R. Stockton (1834-1902) was primarily known as a writer of juvenile fiction. Although he always was drawn to writing, his father, a Methodist minister, discouraged Stockton. He worked as a wood engraver, but after his father’s passing he more strongly focused on his writing. Instead of focusing on moralistic stories, Stockton used humor to point out injustices and general failures of society. Some of Stockton’s writings include The Lady or the Tiger? and Other Stories (1884), The Great War Syndicate (1889), and The Captain’s Toll-Gate (1903).

This edition is dedicated to Ginger Clarkson, gifted teacher and sometimes sage, tactful dispenser of ancient wisdom.

Unforeseen Tendencies of Democracy

by Edwin Godkin


In this work, initially released in 1898, author Edwin Godkin offers a volume of essays on American political institutions, sometimes contrasting them with those found across Europe. In one essay, Godkin examines the concept of equality, in another he discusses the issues with the nomination process for candidates. He offers insight on some issues still plaguing American politics, as well as offering interesting historical insights on past institutional solutions, such as the League of Nations.

Edward Lawrence Godkin was born in 1831 in Ireland, studied law in Belfast and London, and then became a Crimean War correspondent. He emigrated to the United States in 1856, studied law again, but then traveled to Europe for health reasons. In 1865, he returned to start publishing The Nation. Godkin’s politics included being firm in support of free trade, of a limited government, the gold standard, as well as outspokenly anti-imperialistic. He wavered on his thoughts on Irish nationalism, first opposing, but later supporting it.

This edition is dedicated to Professor Larry Diamond, outstanding proponent of democracy and inspiring teacher.

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Art in Buffalo

by Lars Gustaf Sellstedt


Lars Gustaf Sellstedt was born in Sundsvall, Sweden, and then immigrated to the United States, working on the Great Lakes. He was only a young child of 12 when he started work as a cabin boy, and by the age of 23, he came to work in the Great Lakes region since it seemed to be somewhat safer than the open ocean. He later taught himself to paint, earning some recognition for his portrait work, which was enough so that he could quit working on boats and become a painter in Buffalo. Later, he even opened a studio there.

Some of his most popular portraits are of past presidents, Grover Cleveland and Millard Filmore. In addition to portraiture, he was known for his masterful painting of seascapes. He later helped to found the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy in 1862. This work, Art in Buffalo, was originally released in 1910, and was the culmination of his decades of experience in the local art scene.

This edition is dedicated to Charles Kreiner, great good friend of many Buffalo institutions, knowledgeable about the city’s past and ever firm believer in its future.

The Memoirs of Constantine Dix

by Barry Pain


The Memoirs of Constantine Dix is a collection of Edwardian crime short stories with a unique twist–the protagonist is Constantine Dix, an English clergyman, who appears to be an upstanding citizen, but he is actually an accomplished thief with an excellent cover. This work contains twelve short stories about thievery and murder.

Author, Barry Pain (1864 – 1928) was an English writer of many forms, including journalism, novels and poetry. Pain wrote for numerous English magazines and journals, such as Punch, The Speaker, the Daily Chronicle and Black and White. He authored dozens of books including Playthings and Parodies (1892); The Diary of a Baby (1907); Nothing Serious (1901); The New Gulliver (1913) and This Charming Green Hat Fair (1925).

The Zelensky Method

by Grant Farred


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


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


“This new book (in English) by the eminent French Masonic researcher Pierre Mollier is a welcome addition…I found the chapter on the Degree of Rose Croix and Christianity a fascinating part of the book. When the Knights Templar burst upon Freemasonry it brought a very Christian element into the Craft, and this tended to drift out into other degrees. The chapter suggests a reason why this might have happened. It was a real pleasure to read Masonic Myths and Legends and for those who would enjoy the view from the other side of La Manche I commend this book.”

John Belton
Ars Quatour Coronatorum

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


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


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


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


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


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.

William Morris
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:

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The Politics of Fiscal Responsibility: A Comparative Perspective

by Tonya E. Thornton and F. Stevens Redburn


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:

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

By William A. Rugh


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


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:


Policy Perspectives from Promising New Scholars in Complexity: Volume V

Editors:  Dr. Liz Johnson and Dr. Joseph Cochran 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 


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


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


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


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


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


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.