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thomas hardy half a londoner mark ford “‘wanted good hardy critic’ jested philip larkin mark ford fits the bill like his subject thomas hardy ford is an eminent poet and a knowledgeable londoner there is much for the lover and student of hardy to learn about an area of his life which has not till now received the attention it deserves.” —john sutherland university college london because thomas hardy is so closely associated with the rural wessex of his novels stories and poems it is easy to forget that he was in his own words half a londoner focusing on the formative five years in his early twenties when hardy lived in the city but also on his subsequent movement back and forth between dorset and the capital mark ford shows that the dorset-london axis is critical to an understanding of his identity as a man and his achievement as a writer thomas hardy half a londoner presents a detailed account of hardy’s london experiences from his london a

marvellous thieves secret authors of the arabian nights paulo lemos horta “paulo horta has uncovered a mass of fresh evidence about key figures in the making of the arabian nights and communicates his startling findings with a storyteller’s verve a highly entertaining attentive and scholarly work of literary detection.” —marina warner although many of its stories originated centuries ago in the middle east the arabian nights is regarded as a classic of world literature by virtue of the seminal french and english translations produced in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries supporting the suspicion that the story collection is more parisian than persian some of its most famous tales including the stories of aladdin and ali baba appear nowhere in the original sources yet as befits a world where magic lamps may conceal a jinni and fabulous treasures lie just beyond secret doors the truth of the nights is richer than standard criticism suggests marvellous

china’s crony capitalism the dynamics of regime decay minxin pei when deng xiaoping launched china on the path to economic reform in the late 1970s he vowed to build “socialism with chinese characteristics.” more than three decades later china’s efforts to modernize have yielded something very different from the working people’s paradise deng envisioned an incipient kleptocracy characterized by endemic corruption soaring income inequality and growing social tensions china’s crony capitalism traces the origins of china’s present-day troubles to the series of incomplete reforms from the post-tiananmen era that decentralized the control of public property without clarifying its ownership beginning in the 1990s changes in the control and ownership rights of state-owned assets allowed well-connected government officials and businessmen to amass huge fortunes through the systematic looting of state-owned property—in particular land

thundersticks firearms and the violent transformation of native america david j silverman “silverman’s command of a vast literature and his attention to evidence will put to rest any remaining doubts about the indian preference for guns over the bow and arrow.” —gregory dowd university of michigan the adoption of firearms by american indians between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries marked a turning point in the history of north america’s indigenous peoples—a cultural earthquake so profound says david silverman that its impact has yet to be adequately measured thundersticks reframes our understanding of indians’ historical relationship with guns arguing against the notion that they prized these weapons more for the pyrotechnic terror guns inspired than for their efficiency as tools of war native peoples fully recognized the potential of firearms to assist them in their struggles against colonial forces and mostly against one

mansfield park an annotated edition jane austen edited by deidre shauna lynch “weaves critical debate into an engaging argument about the subtlety and complexity of fanny price’s character the annotations are unfailingly lucid and succinct calculated to stimulate both imagination and thought.” —patricia meyer spacks university of virginia jane austen’s most ambitious novel mansfield park has always generated debate austen herself noted that debate when she conducted a reader survey recording her acquaintances’ mixed reviews in a booklet she entitled “opinions of mansfield park.” is this novel’s dutiful heroine fanny price admirable or is she as austen’s own mother asserted “insipid” is fanny actually the heroine or does that title belong more properly to her rival mary crawford does fanny’s uncle sir thomas bertram act as her benefactor or as a domestic tyrant in her notes and introduction to this

science • technology • medicine deepwater horizon a systems analysis of the macondo disaster earl boebert • james m blossom foreword by peter g neumann “destined to be a classic case study a great deal of safety analysis focuses on searches for the root cause of accidents and disasters but the deepwater horizon incident demonstrates that the causality of some disasters has a fundamentally multifactor nature this book should be read by anyone concerned with safety of large complex systems.” —herb lin stanford university on april 20 2010 the crew of the floating drill rig deepwater horizon lost control of the macondo oil well forty miles offshore in the gulf of mexico escaping gas and oil ignited destroying the rig killing eleven crew members and injuring dozens more the emergency spiraled into the worst human-made economic and ecological disaster in gulf coast history senior systems engineers earl boebert and james blossom offer the most

elusive refuge chinese migrants in the cold war laura madokoro probing the ethics of holocaust culture edited by elusive refuge recovers the lost history of millions of chinese who fled the 1949 communist revolution and recounts the humanitarian efforts to find new homes for refugees displaced by civil strife laura madokoro points out a constellation of factors—entrenched bigotry in predominantly white european countries the spread of human rights and cold war geopolitics—which coalesced to shape domestic and international refugee policies that still hold sway although the united states canada australia new zealand and south africa were home to sizeable asian communities chinese migrants were a perpetual target of legislation designed to exclude them government officials and the broader public questioned whether chinese refugees were true victims of persecution or opportunistic economic migrants humanitarian ngos such as the lutheran world federation and the world

law’s abnegation from law’s empire to the administrative state adrian vermeule antitrust law in the new economy google yelp libor and the control of information ronald dworkin once imagined law as an empire and judges as its princes but over time the arc of law has bent steadily toward deference to the administrative state adrian vermeule argues that law has freely abandoned its imperial pretensions and has done so for internal legal reasons in area after area judges and lawyers working out the logical implications of legal principles have come to believe that administrators should be granted broad leeway to set policy determine facts interpret ambiguous statutes and even define the boundaries of their own jurisdiction agencies have greater democratic legitimacy and technical competence to confront many issues than lawyers and judges do and as the questions confronting the state involving climate change terrorism and biotechnology to name a few have become ever more

a continuous revolution making sense of cultural revolution culture barbara mittler cultural revolution culture often denigrated as nothing but propaganda was liked not only in its heyday but continues to be enjoyed today a continuous revolution sets out to explain its legacy by considering cultural revolution propaganda art—music stage works prints and posters comics and literature—from the point of view of its longue durée barbara mittler suggests it was able to build on a tradition of earlier art works and this allowed for its sedimentation in cultural memory and its proliferation in contemporary china taking the aesthetic experience of the cultural revolution 1966– 1976 as her base mittler juxtaposes close readings and analyses of cultural products from the period with impressions given in a series of personal interviews conducted in the early 2000s with chinese from diverse class and generational backgrounds by including much testimony from these original

the black box society the secret algorithms that control money and information frank pasquale h h an east bay express best nonfiction book of the year the baltic a history michael north translated by kenneth kronenberg a flavorwire best book of the year by an academic publisher in this overview of the baltic region from the vikings to the european union michael north presents the sea and the lands that surround it as a nordic mediterranean a maritime zone of shared influence with its own distinct patterns of trade cultural exchange and conflict covering over a thousand years in a part of the world where seas have been much more connective than land the baltic a history transforms the way we think about a body of water too often ignored in studies of the world’s major waterways every day corporations are connecting the dots about our personal behavior—silently scrutinizing clues left behind by our work habits and internet use but who connects the dots about what firms are

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