NEW RELEASES

New Academia Academic Books

POLITICAL ISLAM AND THE INVENTION OF TRADITION
Nicholas P. Roberts

This work provides seeks to foster a better understanding of the multifaceted phenomenon of political Islam, especially in the context of the post-Arab Spring Middle East.

FADE FROM RED: The Cold War Ex-Enemy in Russian and American Film 1990-2005
Helena and Margaret B. Goscilo

This book offers a political reading of Russian and American films in the Yeltsin era. It explores how both Russian cinema’s and Hollywood’s representation of the “partner” relied on old strategies to preserve claims of national superiority.

ART CRITIQUES: A Guide. Third definitive edition revised and expanded
James Elkins

This is a guidebook for art students at the college level (BA, BFA, MFA, PhD). Compared to other books on critique, this book is more colorful, more engaging, and less formal.

WHAT IS GOD? Can Religion be Modeled?
Thomas B. Sheridan

This is a study of the concept of God, not from the perspective of any religious tradition, but rather as belief in a supernatural entity as has prevailed through the ages. It adopts the assumption of model-based reality, as currently prevalent in physics and some branches of philosophy.

CANONS AND CONNECTIONS: A Network Theory approach to the study of literary systems with specific reference to Afrikaans poetry
Burgert A. Senekal

This study takes a new look at the literary system from the perspective of network theory, and  discusses who the key players are in the Afrikaans poetry network from 2000 to 2012.

AGNOLO BRONZINO: The Muse of Florence
Liana De Girolami Cheney
This book investigates the many important artistic and art historical issues associated with the paintings and writings of  Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572).
REAL AND PHANTOM PAINS: An Anthology of New Russian Drama
John Freedman, ed.

The plays selected for this anthology reflect the issues and styles typical of the new wave of dramatic writing in Russia.

CINEMA UNCHAINED: The Films of Quentin Tarantino
Simona Brancati
Translator Louise Hipwell

This book explores the intriguing cinematic world of Quentin Tarantino.

 

Nonfiction

THE MIND OF THE AFRICAN STRONGMAN: Conversations with Dictators, Statesmen, and Father Figures
Herman J. Cohen

This book offers a colorful and penetrating look at African cultural norms and imperatives at the core of African political and economic performance over the past half-century.

COUNTERINSURGENCY IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN 2004-2008: A Civilian Perspective
Robert Kemp

This book looks at how, the United States engaged in a complex effort to rebuild security, development, and governance in Afghanistan, all while fighting a low-intensity war.

THE STATE DEPARTMENT BOYS: Philippine Diplomacy and Its American Heritage
Marciano R. de Borja

The book relates the untold story of the efforts of the U.S. Department of State to train the first Filipino career diplomats before and after Philippine independence in July 1946.

POT SHARDS: Fragments of a Life Lived in CIA, the White House, and the Two Koreas
Donald P. Gregg

A memoir, based on the author’s memorable experiences as a CIA’s agent on the island of Saipan, in Japan, in Burma, in the Vietnam War,in Korea,  and ten years in the White House, working for Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. Bush.

THE SMALL FARMER CAN: Buyer-Led Approach Rescues Rural Bolivian Families from Poverty
Preston S. Pattie

Rather than focusing on project assistance, this book emphasizes the success of rural Bolivian families to carry out their own productive business activities.

RADIO FREE EUROPE: An Insider's View
J. F. Brown

This is the story of the critical role played by Radio Free Europe during the Cold War, as recounted by veteran RFE official J. F. Brown, who served as director from 1978 to 1983.

 

Fiction/Memoirs

LIFE UPON THE WICKED STAGE: A Memoir
Grace Cavalieri

This book chronicles a career in writing poetry, broadcasting, publishing, teaching, and writing for theater.

THE MAN WHO GOT AWAY: Poems
Grace Cavalieri
This is a book of poems, a document, testament, memorial for the author’s deceased husband―The Man Who Got Away
THE WHITE SPIDER IN MY HAND: Poems
Sonja James

This is a collection of postmodern poetry that explores the intensities and nuances of feminist expression. The poems address the subjects of family, the natural world, and contemporary society.

THE ALTAR OF INNOCENCE: Poems
Ann Bracken

The poems in this volume, based on events in the author’s life, explore the 1960s culture of secrecy surrounding alcoholism and depression and their effects on herself as a young girl.

HISTORY OF RUSSIA AND THE SOVIET UNION<br>in Humorous Verse
Sabrina P. Ramet

This collection of humorous verses will afford some amusement to those who already know something about Russian/Soviet history, and may inspire those who do not to explore this subject in a serious way.

SIBERIAN SECRETS
G.K. George
Siberian Secrets is the final volume in a trilogy of historical fiction that follows the investigations of Inspector Vasiliev and Sergeant Serov of the Moscow police into the plots to assassinate Alexander II, the pogroms in Kiev and the Siberian exile system.