Book Reviews

The Contemporary Caribbean: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities

“Dr. Beckford must be commended for this work in which scholars from English-Speaking Caribbean interrogate issues including energy sources, ethnicity and politics, climate change, the tourism industry, male academic underachievement, ecosystem management, among others. This text demands our attention because not only are these issues current and relevant and go to the very heart of the survival of these societies, they are dissected by some of the region’s most engaging minds.” - Livingston Smith, PhD, Professor, University College of the Cayman Islands

“This book provides a multidisciplinary look at some pressing Caribbean issues. The editor, and contributors are Caribbean experts and nationals whose authentic voices come through in their discussions. The Caribbean is an understudied region relatively speaking. This volume adds to the expanding literature about this fascinating and enigmatic world region. The perspectives presented in the ten chapters, will be of great interest to a wide cross-section of readers, both regionally and internationally. It is a timely discussion of aspects of contemporary Caribbean life and will be sought after by Caribbeanists. I look forward to using it in my own teaching and research.” - Dr. Donovan Campbell, Lecturer, Department of Geography and Geology, The University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

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The European Union and its Debt Crises: The Deception of the Greeks

“This book explains why the European debt crisis, which started in 2009, continues until today. It argues, among others, that national identity and the large cultural differences among the European countries, do not allow them to work together for the common good. Dr. Kallianiotis presents the historical background of the European Union and explains the causes of the European debt crisis. The debate about the European debt crisis is a very interesting one and this book is an important contribution to this debate, useful for all social scientists (economists, political scientists, historians, and others).” - Dr. Christos Pargianas, Associate Professor of Economics, Economics/Finance Department, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, USA

“European Union and its Debt Crises: Deception of Greeks offers a thought-provoking heterodox view on the modern-day economic and debt crises in Europe with an emphasis on its implications for the Greeks. As an academic economist who has a strong interest in history, I found this volume particularly interesting as it offers a serious account of most important historical developments that starting from the Holy Roman Empire led up to the formation, evolution, and modern-day peril of the European Union. This is definitely a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the topic and who is also open to new ideas and opinions.”  -
Dr. Aram Balagyozyan, Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Finance, Kania School of Management, The University of Scranton

“This book is an important contribution to the vast and growing literature on the debt crises that have been occurring in the European Union (EU), and especially in the Euro-Zone which represents the EU’s approximation to Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Dr. Kallianiotis carefully and efficiently points out that what appears to be a singular debt crisis in the EU that has been in existence over the past several years is actually linked to several other crises, debt and otherwise, that have their basis not just in failure to recognize and understand basic concepts in economics and economic policy-making but, on a deeper level, in a lack of ethics and social responsibility. He pointedly and successfully argues that the various debt crises are tied to economic, financial, political, and social problems, issues, and inequities that the EU, the EMU, and the IMF all either ignored or took for granted. In that vein, his book makes valid, solid, and pertinent contributions to the political economy of the EU and the EMU and how the economic, political, and social systems in these organizations and their various institutions were tied together and how all were factors in the recent and current malaise that has inflicted and continues to inflict negative consequences on the citizens of the EU and EMU. I recommend his book highly for not just college and university courses related to international economics and finance, as well as the EU and EMU, but also for professionals who study and conduct research on the EU and EMU and all the consequences and issues and problems within each.” - Dr. Richard J. Torz, Associate Professor of Economics, St. Joseph’s College New York

“History helps the reader better understand the present and plan for the future. This book does just that. The author pays tremendous attention to historical detail. Economic analysis relates to public policy, calling attention to the potential that Greece would have sans EU and EMU. The last chapter draws worthy conclusions suggesting a strong position that needs to be taken for the country to thrive. This is the moment of truth for the author and his country. Readers will be enlightened by the plethora of examples of sovereign decisions making as parallels to use and abuse of corporate power for specific gain. The book can be used by economists and business educators as well as practitioners. I recommend this book to my colleagues, business contemporaries and students. Let us learn from the Greek experience.” -
Cathyann D. Tully, Professor of Finance, Nicolais School of Business, Wagner College, NY, USA

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Monetary Unions: Background, Advantages and Disadvantages

“The establishment of the euro area has been one of the most important events in the economic history of Europe. Almost 20-year lifetime of the Economic and Monetary Union leads to an in-depth reflection on the effects in practice of its mechanisms. Such reflection is found in this book, which is the result of the work of the international research team under the direction of Prof. Sławomir Bukowski. The book provides an original and valuable contribution to the researches and literature.

The starting point for analysis is characteristic of theoretical bases of functioning of Monetary Union and occurring within the adjustment mechanisms. Then in question is the issue of the functioning of the Monetary Union without fiscal Union, the ECB’s monetary policy and its consequences, and the importance of the process of real convergence of Member States ‘ economies. An important area of analysis are the problems of the European Banking Union, structural imbalances and the flow of capital in the euro area, as well as the financial market as a source of capital for companies.

The authors have presented the complex issues of monetary integration in such a way that allows the political and economic conditions and the implications of the monetary union in Europe to be understood by a wide range of readers.

This book can be an important reading not only for scientists, economists and students, but also for a wide range of people interested in the future of the European Union and especially euro area.” - Professor Leokadia Oręziak, Head of the Department of International Finance, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

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Geopolitics of the South China Sea in the Coming Decades

“A well reasoned and timely study on burning security issues and policies of countries in East and Southeast Asia by political realist and military strategist from the region. The analysis includes assessment of capabilities and potential of rising China, declining America, struggling but fragmented ASEAN, and binding India, Japan, and other regional sea powers.” - Professor Radomir Compel, Nagasaki University

“General Aminul Karim’s new study, Geopolitics of the South China Sea in the Coming Decades, comes on the heels of his earlier work, 21st Century High Politics in the Indo-Pacific and the Bay of Bengal, is an attempt to understand the complex and complicated security issues confronting the region. With his masterly grasp, unrivaled understanding of the geopolitical dynamic of the area, and his inimitable ability to view the problems from a practical perspective, General Karim has made an invaluable contribution to the subject. Anyone interested in the region and the threats that it portends will find this book quite invaluable.” - Professor Gowher Rizvi, Former Director, Ash Institute, Kennedy School, Harvard University, Author of South Asia in the New Global Order

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Occurrences, Structure, Biosynthesis, and Health Benefits Based on Their Evidences of Medicinal Phytochemicals in Vegetables and Fruits. Volume 6

 “Occurrences, Structure, Biosynthesis, and Health Benefits Based on Their Evidences of Medicinal Phytochemicals in Vegetables and Fruits” is the outcome of the editor’s imperative desire to bring the collective information on the health benefits and nutritional values of super foods. Diminutive effects of aging, loss of vision, arthritis, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, cardiovascular functions and diabetic complications, physically and mentally debilitate the affected aged. However, consumption of health foods supports in reducing the complications of some disorders. Health foods are rich sources of antioxidants, vitamins, enzymes and nutrients. Antioxidants shield DNA damage, caused by free radicles generated in the course of metabolism, through the scavenging activity of free radicles. In the series 6 authors focuses on antioxidant effects of phenolics and their biological activities besides known essential proteins, amino acids, fats, lipids, starch and fibers, important as nutritional supplements. The authors have justified in describing various aspects of health benefits in their reviews.

The first chapter narrated the health benefits of Adanosiana digatata (Baobab) native to Madagascar and Africa. The fruit pulp exhibited anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-pyretic activities. Furthermore, the authors described phytochemicals and medicinal applications present in Baobab. The fruits and leaves are rich source of vitamins and minerals. The polyphenols like tannins present in baobab protect in peroxidation and ROS defeating effects.

The second chapter described about vision decline, diabetic retinopathy, chronic oxidative stress, tissue hypoxia, hyperglycemia, inflammation, angiogenesis common among elderly population. Phytochemicals in health foods diminishes the progression of above mentioned complications. The authors enumerated dietary advantages of turmeric, saffron, cloves, ginger, oregano, cinnamon, cumin, dark grapes, green tea etc. The molecular mechanisms of action were also presented in detail.

The third chapter rated the health values of black sesame seeds. Besides, the putative effects of black pigment present in the black sesame seed were disclosed. The pigment diminished the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases.

The forth chapter illustrated how the violet anthocyanin in bilberry fruit protected the skin damage caused by solar UV radiation. The original observations of their clinical studies were described in detail.

The fifth chapter exemplified the health benefits of antioxidant activity associated with polyphenols. The different electrochemical methods used to evaluate the antioxidant activities of these polyphenols were presented. Some of these original observations were disclosed by the authors.

The book answers the question about what to eat to keep one healthy focusing on nutrient rich foods. Furthermore, the book inspires those who want to achieve energy and health through health foods. This book provides innovative approach in the selection of health foods. The book’s true value is its abundant information content making it a good reference for researchers." - Rao Gollapudi, Ph.D., Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA

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Corn and Coconut Oil: Antioxidant Properties, Uses and Health Benefits

“This book is an important contribution to the current knowledge on corn and coconut oil, covering important topics such as use, chemical characteristics, health benefits and antioxidant properties of corn, which are less known by the scientific community and by people around the world. Its aspects are rigorously presented, well-argued and based on relevant literature. The correlation between chemical composition, properties and applications is well-balanced and focused on relevant aspects such as antioxidants, microbiology, technology and health. The book is based on studies carried out by scientists from all over the world and may be very useful to students, PhD students, researchers and teachers.” - Professor Jose Antonio de Saja, University of Valladolid, Spain

This book is a valuable information source about Corn and Coconut Oil, providing a comprehensive and timely overview of the current state of knowledge of the main uses and applications, nutritional properties and health benefits of Corn and Coconut Oil. This book covers the biological, chemical and technical basis of the technology as well as the latest up-to-date research, and production advances. All of this makes this book a must-have read for students, researchers, industry and users alike.” - Professor Jesús Lozano, University of Extremadura, Spain

ˮThis book provides a comprehensive state-of-the-art for scientists and students interested in Corn and Coconut oil. Biological, chemical and technological issues are well addressed and extensively reviewed. Most chapters present interesting general introduction to their particular topic that make the book very useful for researchers dedicated to other oils and plant parts. The book is useful to students, PhD students, researchers and faculty and every library should have a copy.” - Paula C. Castilho, Associate Professor, Chemistry department, Madeira University, Portugal

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Deciphering Organic Foods: A Comprehensive Guide to Organic Food Production, Consumption, and Promotion

“This book presents important and useful insights pertaining to organic food marketing. In a market where both consumer interest in as well as confusion about these products is high, this book provides perspectives and guidance to scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and consumers on how to make more informed decisions and, consequently, enhanced choices about organic foods. This compilation of views weaves together the divergent and sometimes competing themes that exist about these products such as despite consumer beliefs that organic foods are better for them, consumers also dismiss as marketing hype the information on organic food labels. The result of this book’s assembling of organic food marketing viewpoints is an interesting, compelling, and needed synthesis of this divergent topical area.” - Les Carlson and Nathan J. Gold, Distinguished Professorship in Marketing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“This book offers an expansive primer into the growing and rapidly evolving world of organic food production, marketing and consumption. It presents a cross-cultural, multi-method view of various issues facing the organic food market, including labeling issues, willingness-to-pay and market trends. It offers a broad introduction with valuable practical recommendations that would be of use to students and practitioners alike.” - Lucy Atkinson, Associate Professor, Stan Richards School of Advertising, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA

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The Handbook of Food Microbiological Analytical Methods

“’The Handbook of Food Microbiological Analytical Methods’ is a well written text that will prove of use to individuals in academia, research and industry. It describes clear and unambiguous methodology for conducting a range of techniques in the food microbiology laboratory. It has an easy to follow format that will lend itself to use by students or by others learning about food microbiology. It provides enough theory for the basis of the methods to be understood and also a range of links to resources where further information is available. I feel that the text is an excellent addition to the available literature and should be on the bookshelf of every food microbiologist.” - Professor Gary Dykes, School of Public Health, Curtain University, Western Australia

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Beef: Production and Management Practices

“Beef: Production and Management Practices is a book that was missing because it presents relevant themes from authors with great potential. Brazil is the second largest beef producer in the world, and this is a book that presents cattle as a country’s wealth in terms of differentiated products, safe production, traceability, consumer perception, and nutritional aspects. The book also highlights that animal welfare is a necessary aspect. The authors, veterinarians, zootechnicians, food engineers and others are experts in the field of meats, with research at Master and PhD levels, on the most diverse aspects related to quality through management and technological improvements. Therefore, I believe this book will be well received by the academic public and very useful to everyone interested in this important segment of the economic activity in Brazil and worldwide.” - Denise C. Cyrillo, PhD, São Paulo State University (USP), São Paulo, SP, Brazil

“Brazil is a world leader in the meat segment, therefore a very appropriate environment for research in the area. In this sense, this book is a great opportunity to get to know better the segment, such as nutritional components, packaging, use of traceability systems, consumer perception, production practices, among other significant aspects.” -
Dimária S. Meirelles, PhD, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

“The book focuses on some important issues regarding the improvement of the cattle production chain aiming at improving control and traceability. It also includes some chapters on important scientific and technological solutions concerning the improvement of safety and quality of meat products, such as salt reduction and the use of natural antimicrobials aiming at preserving the products and avoiding chemical preservatives. The authors are affiliated to excellent international institutions and are recognized experts in the field. The book can certainly provide a new approach approach and inputs aiming at contributing to the innovation and management towards optimizing meat production, processing and commercialization.” - Amauri Rosenthal, PhD, EMBRAPA – Agroindústria de Alimentos, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

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Wine and Winemaking: The Value and Efficiency

“This book presents an outstanding contribution to the scientific research especially in the field of winemaking. In his book, the author presented the most important issues in the field of winemaking. The book contains an excellent selection of the chapters which includes many detailed examples from which is evidently long-standing rich experience of the author. The entire text is written in a beautiful language and in an accessible style which does not leave the reader indifferent. It is an essential literature for teachers and also for students with significant research and study questions supported by extensive resources. It is also excellent communication tool for young people which should be encouraged to continue to search this scientific area.”  - Aleksandra Figurek, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

“The global wine market is characterized by an overproduction since many years. As a consequence, completion between wine companies is getting more and more intense. Thus, a key success factor is efficiency in production and sales. Therefore, is the book “Wine and Winemaking: The Value and Efficiency” authored by Prof. Dr. Anatoliy G. Goncharuk targeting one of the most important topics in the wine business. It reflects up-to-date theories and presents interesting results stimulating a much-needed discussion.” -  Jon H. Hanf, PhD, Professor of International Wine Business, Department of Economics and Market Research, Geisenheim University, Germany

“The book Wine and Winemaking: The Value and Efficiency is important key to show peculiarities and differences of Ukrainian and another wineries to the world wine community. For my opinion, readers have opportunity to know not only the descriptions of the current winemaking business challenges and also the ways for its improvement with international performance about wines. Based on analyzed data in chapters the author concluded that Ukraine has a lot of possibilities to become progressive wine country along with others. In addition, this book can be useful tool for researchers, investors and policymakers to help them in understanding and further investigations related to winemaking processes and developing effective wine industry in general.” - Oksana Tkachenko, PhD, Professor, Department of Wine Technology and Oenology, Odessa National Academy of Food Technologies, Ukraine

“The author of the book, Wine and Winemaking: The Value and Efficiency, Prof. Dr. Anatoliy Goncharuk has described history of winemaking and analyzed current state and trends in technology and marketing of the wine, mainly the efficiency issues. The Book makes comparison between well-developed wine countries like Germany and developing countries like Ukraine. This study is important also for other wine countries with similar situation, for example Georgia. The Author predicts possible development of the processes and shows the opportunities for countries on the way of modernization to reach higher efficiency level.” - David Chichua, PhD, Associated Professor of Oenology, Agricultural University of Georgia, Georgia

“This book is an opening for me and perhaps all wine lovers. Reading this book, I found for myself a lot of useful and informative about the benefits of wine, the wine traditions and culture. The author tried to understand why people drink a wine and how much it meets our expectations. Disclosing the content of the wine value chains, he immerses us in the mystery of creating this divine drink. It is very original the author’s idea to measure the wine value not by money, but by the energy that winemakers and sellers invest in it, and which we consume when we drink wine. This book links the value of wine with the efficiency of its production and is useful for both winemakers and the ordinary wine consumers.” - Giuseppe T. Cirella, PhD, Director, Head of Research, Polo Centre of Sustainability, Italy

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