Strange rebels : 1979 and the birth of the 21st century / Christian Caryl
Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary Islam as a political force on the world stage, the beginning of market revolutions in China and Britain that would fuel globalization and radically alter the international economy, and the first stirrings of the resistance movements in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan that ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. More than any other year in the latter half of the twentieth century, 1979 heralded the economic, political, and religious realities that define the twenty-first.

Strange rebels : 1979 and the birth of the 21st century / Christian Caryl

Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary Islam as a political force on the world stage, the beginning of market revolutions in China and Britain that would fuel globalization and radically alter the international economy, and the first stirrings of the resistance movements in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan that ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. More than any other year in the latter half of the twentieth century, 1979 heralded the economic, political, and religious realities that define the twenty-first.

The universe within : discovering the common history of rocks, planets, and people / Neil Shubin
The best-selling author of Your Inner Fish traces the unique qualities of the human species to astronomical events that occurred millions of years ago, revealing how the molecular development of human life can be linked to the evolution of the cosmos.

The universe within : discovering the common history of rocks, planets, and people / Neil Shubin

The best-selling author of Your Inner Fish traces the unique qualities of the human species to astronomical events that occurred millions of years ago, revealing how the molecular development of human life can be linked to the evolution of the cosmos.

Jesus and the rise of nationalism : a new quest for the nineteenth-century historical Jesus / Halvor Moxnes
The great German theologian Albert Schweitzer famously drew a line under 19th century historical Jesus research by showing that at the bottom of the well lay not the face of Joseph’s son, but rather the features of all the New Testament scholars who had tried to reveal his elusive essence. In his thoughtful and provocative new book, Halvor Moxnes takes Schweitzer’s observation much further: the doomed “quest for the historical Jesus” was determined not only by the different personalities of the seekers who undertook it, but also by the social, cultural, and political agendas of the countries from which their presentations emerged.

Jesus and the rise of nationalism : a new quest for the nineteenth-century historical Jesus / Halvor Moxnes

The great German theologian Albert Schweitzer famously drew a line under 19th century historical Jesus research by showing that at the bottom of the well lay not the face of Joseph’s son, but rather the features of all the New Testament scholars who had tried to reveal his elusive essence. In his thoughtful and provocative new book, Halvor Moxnes takes Schweitzer’s observation much further: the doomed “quest for the historical Jesus” was determined not only by the different personalities of the seekers who undertook it, but also by the social, cultural, and political agendas of the countries from which their presentations emerged.

Humour across frontiers, or, Round the world in 80 jokes / by Richard D. Lewis
We often hear the expression “The …………..ese have no sense of humour.” Strictly speaking, this must be untrue, as all people laugh, therefore, something has tickled their sense of incongruity. What is obvious is that different peoples laugh at different things, therefore a sense of humour cannot be defined as a constant. The dry, subtle, humorous English professor could be regarded as a weird eccentric by an Arab or as a cackling madman by a Japanese.

Humour across frontiers, or, Round the world in 80 jokes / by Richard D. Lewis

We often hear the expression “The …………..ese have no sense of humour.” Strictly speaking, this must be untrue, as all people laugh, therefore, something has tickled their sense of incongruity. What is obvious is that different peoples laugh at different things, therefore a sense of humour cannot be defined as a constant. The dry, subtle, humorous English professor could be regarded as a weird eccentric by an Arab or as a cackling madman by a Japanese.

The poetry of the American Civil War  / edited by Lee Steinmetz
Deeply affecting and diverse in perspective, The Poetry of the American Civil War is the first comprehensive volume to focus entirely on poetry written and published during the Civil War. Of the nearly one thousand books of poetry published in the 1860s, some two hundred addressed the war in some way, and these collectively present a textured portrait of life during the conflict.

The poetry of the American Civil War  / edited by Lee Steinmetz

Deeply affecting and diverse in perspective, The Poetry of the American Civil War is the first comprehensive volume to focus entirely on poetry written and published during the Civil War. Of the nearly one thousand books of poetry published in the 1860s, some two hundred addressed the war in some way, and these collectively present a textured portrait of life during the conflict.

Seeing red : Hollywood’s pixeled skins : American Indians and film / edited by LeAnne Howe, Harvey Markowitz, and Denise K. Cummings
In this collection of accessible essays for general readers and undergraduates, Markowitz (Washington and Lee University) brings together scholars in American Indian studies, literature, history, and cultural anthropology (plus a Native American filmmaker) to challenge the dominant ideologies concerning Native Americans that have been dished up by the mainstream cinema over the past 100 years; they also review recent independent productions, covering a total of 36 films, from 1925 to 2004.

Seeing red : Hollywood’s pixeled skins : American Indians and film / edited by LeAnne Howe, Harvey Markowitz, and Denise K. Cummings

In this collection of accessible essays for general readers and undergraduates, Markowitz (Washington and Lee University) brings together scholars in American Indian studies, literature, history, and cultural anthropology (plus a Native American filmmaker) to challenge the dominant ideologies concerning Native Americans that have been dished up by the mainstream cinema over the past 100 years; they also review recent independent productions, covering a total of 36 films, from 1925 to 2004.

Death, American style : a cultural history of dying in America / Lawrence R. Samuel
The notion of one day disappearing from the earth forever is contrary to many of America’s defining cultural values, with death and dying viewed as ‘un-American’ experiences. Arguing that death and dying may be our last major taboo, this book shows how death and dying became almost unmentionable words over the course of the last century.

Death, American style : a cultural history of dying in America / Lawrence R. Samuel

The notion of one day disappearing from the earth forever is contrary to many of America’s defining cultural values, with death and dying viewed as ‘un-American’ experiences. Arguing that death and dying may be our last major taboo, this book shows how death and dying became almost unmentionable words over the course of the last century.

The psychology of fatigue : work, effort, and control / Robert Hockey
Fatigue can have a major impact on an individual’s performance and wellbeing, yet is poorly understood, even within the scientific community. There is no developed theory of its origins or functions, and different types of fatigue (mental, physical, sleepiness) are routinely confused.

The psychology of fatigue : work, effort, and control / Robert Hockey

Fatigue can have a major impact on an individual’s performance and wellbeing, yet is poorly understood, even within the scientific community. There is no developed theory of its origins or functions, and different types of fatigue (mental, physical, sleepiness) are routinely confused.

The miracle detective : an investigative reporter sets out to examine how the Catholic church investigates holy visions and discovers his own faith / Randall Sullivan
In a tiny, dilapidated trailer in northeastern Oregon, a young woman saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in an ordinary landscape painting hanging on her bedroom wall. After being met with skepticism from the local parish, the matter was officially placed “under investigation” by the Catholic diocese. Investigative journalist Randall Sullivan wanted to know how, exactly, one might conduct the official inquiry into such an incident, so he set off to interview theologians, historians, and postulators from the Sacred Congregation of the Causes for Saints.

The miracle detective : an investigative reporter sets out to examine how the Catholic church investigates holy visions and discovers his own faith / Randall Sullivan

In a tiny, dilapidated trailer in northeastern Oregon, a young woman saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in an ordinary landscape painting hanging on her bedroom wall. After being met with skepticism from the local parish, the matter was officially placed “under investigation” by the Catholic diocese. Investigative journalist Randall Sullivan wanted to know how, exactly, one might conduct the official inquiry into such an incident, so he set off to interview theologians, historians, and postulators from the Sacred Congregation of the Causes for Saints.

Words of the world : a global history of the Oxford English dictionary / Sarah Ogilvie
Most people think of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as a distinctly British product. Begun in England one hundred and fifty years ago, it took over sixty years to complete and when it was finally finished in 1928 the British Prime Minister heralded it as a ‘national treasure.’ This book shows that the dictionary is not as ‘British’ as we all thought. The linguist and lexicographer, Sarah Ogilvie, combines her insider knowledge and experience with impeccable research to show rather that the OED is an international product in both its content and its making.

Words of the world : a global history of the Oxford English dictionary / Sarah Ogilvie

Most people think of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as a distinctly British product. Begun in England one hundred and fifty years ago, it took over sixty years to complete and when it was finally finished in 1928 the British Prime Minister heralded it as a ‘national treasure.’ This book shows that the dictionary is not as ‘British’ as we all thought. The linguist and lexicographer, Sarah Ogilvie, combines her insider knowledge and experience with impeccable research to show rather that the OED is an international product in both its content and its making.