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February 25, 2010

BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

- Strategy by Design: A Process of Strategy Innovation

By James Carlopio, associate professor of management, Bond University, Australia. Palgrave Macmillan, £48.50. ISBN 9780230620223

This book illustrates how to use many of the principles, processes and tools of the design profession to create innovative breakthrough organisational strategies.

- Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing

By Kate Vitasek, researcher in executive education, University of Tennessee, Mike Ledyard, programme faculty at Vested Outsourcing, and Karl Manrodt, associate professor of logistics at Georgia Southern University. Palgrave Macmillan, £30.00. ISBN 9780230623170

The authors have created a model that aims to improve outsourcing procedures in the same way Six Sigma and Lean improved production processes in the 1980s and 1990s.

EDUCATION

- Guide to Higher Education in Africa

International Association of Universities. Palgrave Macmillan, £80.00. ISBN 9780230242562

The fifth edition of the Guide to Higher Education in Africa contains information on more than 950 institutions in 51 countries across Africa, and details of national education systems and agencies.

ENGINEERING

- Photovoltaic Systems Engineering

By Roger A. Messenger, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, Florida Atlantic University, and Jerry Ventre, consultant in photovoltaic systems engineering. Taylor and Francis, £41.99. ISBN 9781439802922

This third edition offers a comprehensive engineering basis for photovoltaic system design and presents the "what, why and how" associated with the electrical, mechanical, economic and aesthetic aspects of its design.

FILM STUDIES

- Scotland: Global Cinema - Genres, Modes and Identities

By David Martin-Jones, senior lecturer in film studies, University of St Andrews. Edinburgh University Press, £60.00. ISBN 9780748633913

Martin-Jones looks at Scottish art films, English horror movies, Bollywood films, French action movies and US/UK co-productions, to analyse the forgotten histories of popular genre film-making in Scotland and the different identities in various "fantasy Scotlands".

- Cinemas, Identities and Beyond

Edited by Ruby Cheung, research associate in film studies, with D.H. Fleming, PhD candidate in film studies, both at the University of St Andrews. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, £39.99. ISBN 9781443809757

By revisiting films such as The Matrix trilogy, The Straight Story and Days of Being Wild, this 15-essay anthology queries ideological paradigms, examining different modes of representing and constructing identities in film.

- Film Festival Yearbook 2: Film Festivals and Imagined Communities

Edited by Dina Iordanova, professor and chair in film studies, with Ruby Cheung, research associate, both at the University of St Andrews. St Andrews Film Studies, £17.99. ISBN 9780956373014

This volume examines how festivals use international cinema to mediate the creation of transnational "imagined communities". It also includes a bibliography on film festival scholarship and a thematically organised listing of transnational festivals.

- Visions of Struggle in Women's Filmmaking in the Mediterranean

Edited by Flavia Laviosa, senior lecturer in Italian studies, Wellesley College, Massachusetts. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230617360

Contributors examine women's rights violations in Mediterranean countries, as represented in politically engaged films of the region.

HISTORY

- The Children's Crusade: Medieval History, Modern Mythistory

By Gary Dickson, honorary fellow in history, University of Edinburgh. Palgrave Macmillan, £12.99. ISBN 9780230248878

The Children's Crusade was possibly the most extraordinary event in the history of the crusades. The first full-length modern study in English of this event sheds new light on its history and offers new perspectives on its supposedly dismal outcome.

- The Palgrave Atlas of Byzantine History

By John Haldon, professor of Byzantine history and Hellenic studies, Princeton University. Palgrave Macmillan, £16.99. ISBN 9780230243644

This unique and complete mapping of the history of the Byzantine Empire, featuring more than 100 specially designed maps, charts the history and key aspects of the political, social and economic history of a medieval empire that bridged the Christian and Islamic worlds from the late Roman period into the late Middle Ages.

LITERARY STUDIES

- Women in Shakespeare: A Dictionary

Edited by Alison Findlay, professor of Renaissance drama, Lancaster University. Continuum, £150.00. ISBN 9780826458896

An A to Z of more than 350 entries that explore the role of women in Shakespearean drama, how women were represented on the Shakespearean stage, and the role of women in Shakespeare's personal and professional lives.

- Graham Greene: Fictions, Faith and Authorship

By Michael G. Brennan, professor of Renaissance studies, University of Leeds. Continuum, £65.00 and £19.99. ISBN 9781847063380 and 3397

A comprehensive reconsideration of Greene's exploration of faith, doubt, literary versatility and authorial identity in his fiction and other writings.

- Postmodern Fiction and the Break-up of Britain

By Hywel Dix, tutor in English, Cardiff University. Continuum, £60.00. ISBN 9781847064073

A monograph analysing the symbolic role played by contemporary fiction in the break-up of political and cultural consensus in British public life.

MATHEMATICS

- Probability and Statistics: The Science of Uncertainty

By Michael Evans, professor of physical sciences, and Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, professor of statistics, both at the University of Toronto. Palgrave Macmillan, £39.99. ISBN 9781429224628

An introduction to probability and statistics with an emphasis on the effective use of computer programs and an integrated approach to inference. The book provides a mix of theory and applications, with examples of real-world data and analysis throughout.

- Applied Functional Analysis

By J. Tinsley Oden, associate vice-president for research, University of Texas at Austin. Taylor and Francis, £76.99. ISBN 9781420091953

This textbook presents mathematical foundations leading to classical results in functional analysis. Subjects addressed include singular value decomposition, the Lebesgue measure, the Banach contractive map theorem, Schwartz distributions and elementary spectral theory.

PHILOSOPHY

- The Pragmatic Turn

By Richard Bernstein, Vera List professor of philosophy, The New School for Social Research, New York. Polity, £55.00 and £17.99. ISBN 9780745649078 and 9085

Bernstein argues that many of the most important themes in philosophy during the past 150 years are variations and developments of ideas that were prominent in the classical American pragmatists.

SCIENCE

- Women's Bodies and Medical Science: An Inquiry into Cervical Cancer

By Linda Bryder, professor of history, University of Auckland. Palgrave Macmillan, £52.00. ISBN 9780230236035

An analysis of a scandal involving a doctor accused of allowing a number of women to develop cervical cancer from carcinoma in situ as part of an experiment he had been conducting since the 1960s into conservative treatment of the disease. It also more broadly explores dramatic changes in medical history in the second half of the 20th century.

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