ART AND DESIGN
The Politics of the Piazza: The History and Meaning of the Italian Square
By Eamonn Canniffe, principal lecturer in architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University
Through a detailed and illustrated study of the principal spaces of Italian cities, this book explores the relationship between political systems and their methods of representation in architecture.
The Pygmalion Effect: From Ovid to Hitchcock
By Victor I. Stoichita, professor of the history of modern and contemporary art, University of Fribourg
University of Chicago Press, £23.50
Victor I. Stoichita traces the reverberations of Ovid's founding myth from ancient times through the advent of cinema. He locates echoes of this famous erotic fable in everything from the legendary incarnations of Helen of Troy to Surrealist paintings to photographs of both sculpture and people artfully posed to simulate statues.
The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome: Printing and Collecting the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae
Edited by Rebecca Zorach, associate professor in the department of art history, University of Chicago
University of Chicago Press, £13.00
This book traces the journey of the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae from their creators and publishers to pilgrims, collectors, antiquarians and dealers who, over several centuries, revisited and reinvented the Renaissance image of Rome.
Skin: A Natural History
By Nina G. Jablonski, professor and head of the anthropology department, Pennsylvania State University
University of California Press, £9.95
This synthetic overview aims to be a complete guidebook to the pliable covering that makes us who we are, celebrating the evolution of three unique attributes of human skin: its naked sweatiness, its distinctive sepia rainbow of colours and its remarkable range of decorations.
Exploring Animal Social Networks
Princeton University Press, £44.95
This book offers a practical guide for researchers, undergraduates, and graduate students in ecology, evolutionary biology, animal behaviour and zoology, to enable researchers to probe animal social structure at all levels, from the individual to the population.
BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT
Leading Strategic Change: Bridging Theory and Practice
By Eric Flamholtz, professor of human resource management and organisational behaviour, University of California, Los Angeles
Cambridge University Press, £25.00
This books aims to demonstrate that the key to long-term organisational success is the ability to adapt to and manage different types of change, combining theoretical and practical models of organisational change, together with a new theory of leadership, to build a framework for understanding, planning and leading change.
Delivering a Low Carbon Electricity System: Technologies, Economics and Policy
By Michael Grubb, professor of economics; Tooraj Jamasb, senior research associate in economics; and Michael G. Pollitt, assistant director of the Economic and Social Research Council Electricity Policy Research Group, reader in business economics and director of studies in management and economics; all at the University of Cambridge
Cambridge University Press, £60.00
Written by a team of academics and industry experts, this book analyses the social, technological, economic and political issues that affect the attempt to create a low-carbon electricity sector and assesses the main instruments for achieving this aim.
Racing Odysseus: A College President Becomes a Freshman Again
By Roger H. Martin, emeritus professor of history, Randolph-Macon College
University of California Press, £14.95
After surviving a cancer scare, Roger H. Martin re-enrolled as a college freshman. Weaving together the themes of the great works that he reads with events that transpire on the water, in the coffee shop and in the classroom, Martin finds that a liberal arts education may be more vital today than ever before.
Cold War Island: Quemoy on the Front Line
By Michael Szonyi, John L. Loeb associate professor of the humanities, Harvard University
Cambridge University Press, £45.00 and £17.99
ISBN 9780521898133 and 726405
This is an account of a dramatic episode in the Cold War played out between America, the USSR and China on the island of Quemoy and its reverberations through the 20th century.
'The Contending Kingdoms': France and England 1420-1700
Edited by Glenn Richardson, senior lecturer and director of the history programme, St Mary's University College
A collection of essays that explores the Anglo-French diplomatic, cultural and dynastic relations in the early modern period, showing just how close early modern England's connections with France were, even at times of crisis.
Island World: A History of Hawai'i and the United States
By Gary Y. Okihiro, professor of international and public affairs, Columbia University
University of California Press, £16.95
Mixing geology, folklore, music, culture and history, Gary Y. Okihiro overturns the customary narrative in which the US dominates Hawaii. He talks of Hawaiians fighting in the Civil War and points to the islands' impact on 20th-century American culture: from surfboards, sports and films to art and racial perspectives.
Mental Maps in the Era of Two World Wars
Edited by Steven Casey, senior lecturer in international history, London School of Economics and Jonathan Wright, professor of international relations, University of Oxford
Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00
This collection explores the underlying political, cultural and social environments in which various leaders developed their world views and rose to power, looking at how their beliefs influenced their actions at the top.
Civil War and World War in Europe: Spain, Yugoslavia, and Greece, 1936-1949
By Philip Minehan, lecturer in history, Loyola Marymount University
Palgrave Macmillan, £40.00
This is a comparative history of the Spanish, Yugoslav and Greek civil wars of 1936-49 from the standpoints of politics, socio-economics, national questions, international conjunctures and foreign interventions.
LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS
Txting: the gr8 db8
By David Crystal, honorary professor of linguistics, Bangor University
Oxford University Press, £9.99
David Crystal takes a look at one of the fastest-changing areas of the English language - what it is, why it is used and how it is affecting literacy and society - and aims to discover whether "txtng" spells the end of literacy.
Fitzgerald: The Lost Decade, Short Stories from Esquire, 1936-1941
Edited by James L. W. West III, Edwin Erle Sparks professor of English, Pennsylvania State University
Cambridge University Press, £55.00
This volume provides restored texts based on Fitzgerald's surviving manuscripts, typescripts and proofs from 1936-41, recording editorial decisions and identifying people, places, literary works, historical events and references to Hollywood actors, directors and films.
Modernism, Race and Manifestos
By Laura Winkiel, assistant professor of English, Iowa State University
Cambridge University Press, £50.00
This study reappraises the central role of manifestos in shaping the modernist movement by investigating 20th-century manifestos from Europe and the Black Atlantic, examining archival materials as well as canonical texts.
Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter
By Seth Lerer, Avalon Foundation professor in humanities and professor of English and comparative literature, Stanford University
University of Chicago Press, £15.50
Seth Lerer explores the iconic books, ancient and contemporary, that have forged a lifelong love of literature in young readers in their formative years, looking at the changing environments of family life, schooling and scholarship, and publishing and politics.
PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY
Writing the History of the Mind: Philosophy and Science in France, 1900 to 1960s
By Cristina Chimisso, senior lecturer in European studies and philosophy, The Open University
Cristina Chimisso reconstructs the world of French intellectuals, presenting the key debates in the philosophy of mind of this time, and the social and institutional context in which these ideas were formulated.
Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters, and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink
By Tyler Colman, adjunct instructor in food and wine, New York University
University of California Press, £16.95
This book exposes a little-known but influential aspect of the wine business: the politics behind it. Tyler Colman explains how politics affects what we can buy, how much it costs, how it tastes, what appears on labels and more.
Presidential Debates: Fifty Years of High-Risk TV
By Alan Schroeder, associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University
Columbia University Press, £44.00 and £14.50
ISBN 9780231141048 and 1055
This second edition now covers the 2000 Bush-Gore and 2004 Bush-Kerry debates, including innovations in format and press coverage, and adds new research on televised debates since 1960.
Political Manhood: Red Bloods, Mollycoddles, and the Politics of Progressive Era Reform
By Kevin P. Murphy, associate professor of history, University of Minnesota
Columbia University Press, £20.50
Kevin P. Murphy shows how popular ideals of American masculinity coalesced around two distinct categories of "red blood" and "mollycoddle" described by Teddy Roosevelt in a 1907 lecture.
PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY
This book introduces readers to counselling psychology by presenting its history, emphases, trends and relationships to other areas within psychology, followed by seminal articles that have significantly influenced counsellors and researchers.
Edited by Rob Hornsby, senior lecturer in criminology, Northumbria University, and Dick Hobbs, professor of sociology, London School of Economics
Rob Hornsby and Dick Hobbs bring together a collection of texts drawn from disciplines that have contributed towards understanding the impact of gun crime in society.
There is No Such Thing as a Social Science: In Defence of Peter Winch
By Phil Hutchinson, senior lecturer in philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University, Rupert Read, reader in philosophy, University of East Anglia, and Wes Sharrock, professor of sociology, University of Manchester
Since Peter Winch's death in 1997 there has been a revival of interest in his work. This book contends that Winch has been misrepresented in both the recent literature and in critiques of his writing.