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February 4, 2010


- The Elephant In the Boardroom: The Causes of Leadership Derailment

By Adrian Furnham, professor of psychology, University College London. Palgrave Macmillan, £25.00. ISBN 9780230229532

Furnham explores the dark side of leadership and investigates how and why leaders can have a negative impact on their organisations. He asks why people sometimes choose to ignore the problem rather than speak out.


- Economic Freedom and the American Dream

By Joseph Shaanan, professor of economics, Bryant University. Palgrave Macmillan, £35.00. ISBN 9780230617759

Shaanan challenges the view that unrestricted economic freedom enhances our economic and political wellbeing and demonstrates that unrestricted economic freedom provides benefits but also inflicts a heavy toll on democracy, free markets and, paradoxically, economic freedom itself.

- Globalization and Economic Ethics: Distributive Justice in the Knowledge Economy

By Albino Barrera, professor of economics and humanities, Providence College. Palgrave Macmillan, £20.00. ISBN 9780230623002

In this book, Barrera argues that far from being rival principles of distributive justice, efficiency and need satisfaction are complementary norms in our emerging knowledge economy.


- Globalization and the Transformation of Russian and Eurasian Higher Education

By Mark S. Johnson, associate professor of history, Colorado College. Palgrave Macmillan, £42.50. ISBN 9781403968364

Johnson provides an English analysis of the dramatic changes that transformed higher education systems in Russia and Eurasia as they emerged from Soviet control.


- A History of the Federal Reserve, Volume Two, Book One

By Allan H. Meltzer, Allan H. Meltzer university professor of political economy, Carnegie Mellon University. University of Chicago Press, £51.50. ISBN 9780226520018

This second volume of the history chronicles the evolution and development of this institution from the Treasury-Federal Reserve accord in 1951 to the mid-1980s, when the great inflation ended. It reveals the inner workings of the Fed during a period of rapid and extensive change.

- A History of the Federal Reserve, Volume Two, Book Two

By Allan H. Meltzer, Allan H. Meltzer university professor of political economy, Carnegie Mellon University. University of Chicago Press, £51.50. ISBN 9780226519944

Drawing on the Federal Reserve's own documents, Meltzer traces the link between its decisions and economic and monetary theory, its experience as an institution independent of politics, and its role in tempering inflation. An epilogue discusses the role of the Fed in resolving our current economic crisis and the reforms of the financial system that are needed.

- Irish Terrorism in the Atlantic Community, 1865-1922

By Jonathan Gantt, visiting assistant professor in history, University of South Carolina. Palgrave Macmillan, £65.00. ISBN 9780230538122

Using a transnational approach, Gantt surveys the origins of Irish terrorism and its impact on the Anglo-Saxon community during an era of intense imperialism.

- Liberal Nationalism in Central Africa: A Biography of Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula

By Giacomo Macola, lecturer in African history, University of Kent. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 97802306246

Macola charts the complex life and thought of Harry Nkumbula (1917-1983), the first openly nationalist African politician in Northern Rhodesia and, later, the leader of the parliamentary opposition during Zambia's multi-party First Republic.


- Kazuo Ishiguro: Contemporary Critical Perspectives

Edited by Sean Matthews, lecturer in modern and contemporary literature and director, D.H. Lawrence Research Centre, University of Nottingham, and Sebastian Groes, lecturer in English literature, Roehampton University. Continuum, £40.00 and £14.99. ISBN 9780826497239 and 7246

This collection of critical essays on Kazuo Ishiguro features a previously unpublished interview with the writer and a preface by Haruki Murakami, as well as the latest academic thoughts about Ishiguro's work.

- Shakespeare and His Authors: Critical Perspectives on the Authorship Question

Edited by William Leahy, head of the School of Arts, Brunel University. Continuum, £75.00 and £24.99. ISBN 9780826426849 and 6116

This collection of essays, with contributions from a variety of international scholars, focuses on the Shakespeare authorship question and controversy.


- Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates

By Adrian Johns, professor of history, University of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, £24.00. ISBN 9780226401188

Johns argues that far from being a product of the digital age, piracy has always stood at the centre of our attempts to reconcile creativity and commerce.

- Reinventing Public Service Communication: European Broadcasters and Beyond

Edited by Petros Iosifidis, reader in media and communications, City University. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230229679

These essays address the transition of the traditional public service broadcasters into public service media, as they widen their remit to produce and distribute content across more delivery platforms to meet the requirements of the digital age.


- The Ethics of Metropolitan Growth: The Future of our Built Environment

By Robert Kirkman, associate professor of philosophy, Georgia Institute of Technology. Continuum, £45.00 and £12.99. ISBN 9781441113122 and 02805

This book explores the ethical implications behind the debate surrounding metropolitan growth and environmental change. It examines decisions ranging from the everyday concerns of homeowners and commuters to grand gestures of national policy.

- Aristotle's Ethics: Moral Development and Human Nature

By Hope May, associate professor of philosophy, Central Michigan University. Continuum, £65.00. ISBN 9780826491107

May examines Aristotle's views on ethics and human nature, which are central to Aristotle's philosophical project, but are perenially controversial.


- Biopolitical Surveillance and Public Health in International Politics

By Jeremy Youde, assistant professor of political science, University of Minnesota. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230619951

Using historical and contemporary case studies, Youde traces the shifting balance between surveillance and global public good provision and suggests that a human rights-based strategy offers a stable compromise.

- China's Automotive Modernization: The Party-State and Multinational Corporations

By Gregory T. Chin, assistant professor in political science, York University, Canada. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 9780230220607

This book examines how and why the Chinese Government succeeded in leveraging China's international competitive advantages to modernise the country's automotive industry.

- The Supreme Court in American Politics

By Isaac Unah, associate professor of political science, University of North Carolina. Palgrave Macmillan, £45.00. ISBN 9781403972408

Unah gives students a historical and institutional base upon which to evaluate contemporary Supreme Court decisions and the impact of those decisions on the lives of ordinary citizens.


- Politics and Violence in Cuban and Argentine Theater

By Katherine Ford, assistant professor of Hispanic studies, East Carolina University. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230613140

Ford looks at Cuban and Argentine theatre of the late 1960s and early 1970s to see how the idea of spectacle as violence was used to comment on and question the social and political violence that was unfolding offstage.

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Geography and environmental studies


By Stephen Edwards, research fellow and the research and education development manager, Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre, University College London, Karen Hudson-Edwards, senior lecturer in the Earth and planetary sciences department, Birkbeck, University of London, Joe Cann, emeritus professor of Earth sciences, University of Leeds, John Malpas, chair of earth sciences, University of Hong Kong and Costas Xenophontos, honorary associate professor in geology, University of Hong Kong

Terra Publishing, £17.95

ISBN 9781903544150

The authors of this monograph look at the natural laboratory records of Cyprus, which has at least 200 million years of plate-tectonic activity, particularly the construction, destruction and uplift of parts of the sea floor.


The Unwanted Child: The Fate of Foundlings, Orphans, and Juvenile Criminals in Early Modern Germany

By Joel F. Harrington, professor of history and associate provost for global strategy, Vanderbilt University

University of Chicago Press, £31.00

ISBN 97802263174

Harrington recreates 16th-century Nuremberg to explore what befell abandoned, neglected, abused or delinquent children in this critical period by focusing on the stories of five individuals.

Headhunting and Colonialism: Anthropology and the Circulation of Human Skulls in the Portuguese Empire, 1870-1930

By Ricardo Roque, research fellow in social sciences, University of Lisbon

Palgrave Macmillan, £65.00

ISBN 9780230222052

Roque offers a new understanding of the mutually dependent interaction between indigenous peoples and colonial powers, and how collected remains became regarded as objects of wider significance.

The Emancipation Proclamation: A Brief History with Documents

By Michael Vorenberg, associate professor of history, Brown University

Bedford/St Martin’s, £17.99

ISBN 9780312435813

In his 1861 inaugural address Lincoln vowed not to interfere with slavery. Yet two years later he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, setting the stage for national emancipation. This volume reveals the complexity of the process by which African-Americans gained freedom and explores the struggle over its meaning.


Post-War British Women Novelists and the Canon

By Nick Turner, associate lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Continuum, £60.00

ISBN 9780826434548

In this monograph, Turner analyses a number of modern British women writers and the way in which the canon of post-war British writing has been formed.

Antislavery Discourse and Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Incendiary Pictures

By Julie Husband, associate professor of English, University of Northern Iowa

Palgrave Macmillan, £52.50

ISBN 9780230621480

Husband examines the relationship between antislavery texts and emerging representations of “free labour” in mid-19th-century America.

Poetics en passant: Redefining the Relationship between Victorian and Modern Poetry

By Anne Jamison, assistant professor of English, University of Utah

Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00

ISBN 9780230618992

Poetics en Passant presents a “cross-channel” poetics that redefines the relationship between “Victorian” and “modern” poetry by understanding Christina Rossetti’s poetics of “stealth” as an important counterpart to Baudelairean “shock”.


From Hierarchy to Anarchy: Territory and Politics before Westphalia

By Jeremy Larkins, visiting lecturer in international politics, Goldsmiths, University of London

Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00

ISBN 9780230616714

Larkins considers the rise of territoriality in international relations from the mental horizons of medieval European thought to the Renaissance to produce a theoretical and historical account of a transformation that ultimately gives rise to the territorial state.

Politics of Social Change in Ghana: The Konkomba Struggle for Political Equality

By Benjamin Talton, assistant professor of history, Temple University

Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00

ISBN 97802306284

With Ghana’s colonial and postcolonial politics as a backdrop, Talton explores the ways in which historically marginalised communities have defined and redefined themselves to protect their interests and compete politically and economically with neighbouring ethnic groups.

Redefining British Politics: Culture, Consumerism and Participation, 1954-70

By Lawrence Black, lecturer in modern British history, Durham University

Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00

ISBN 9780230551244

Black investigates ideas, movements and identities bordering social and political change: consumer organisations; campaigns about TV, morality and culture; Young Conservatism; and how party politics used media such as TV and was represented in popular culture.

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