Book Reviews

Variational Calculus on Time Scales

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The Secret of Success: The Link between American Prosperity Theology and Business Self-Help Literature

"The Prosperity Gospel movement, still in a growth phase, the most popular segment of the pervasive movement to motivate Americans out of their complacency to new levels of performance, accomplishment, and the a strong attachment to the ideal of making it to the top in every part of our life, has drawn frequent comment but rarely been analyzed in terms of its permeation of American thought since the founding of the republic. In The Secret of Success, Dawn Hutchinson has finally given us a broad picture of the prosperity consciousness movement, which can be traced back to Benjamin Franklin but really took off late in the 19th century and the popularization of a metaphysical movement that invited people to get in tune with the forces moving the universe forward and stake their claim to the wealth (and health) that the Almighty was ready to provide from the infinite storehouse of spiritual riches. The movement explained why neither formal education nor hard work was enough, one needed to grasp Truth, set one’s Mind in the right direction, inwardly align with God’s power, and allow the universal Spirit carry one forward almost like magic. While intellectual giants dominate elite culture, early popular writers like Ralph Waldo Trine, Charla Fillmore, and O. S. Marden shaped the imagination of late-19th century the popular culture to hope for not just a better life, but the best life possible. Their successors, right down to contemporary exponents like Tony Robbins, Creflo Dollar, and Rhonda Byrne have pushed to the front with the secret knowledge ever since. Hutchinson has done the reading public a great service by laying out where our hope for success even in the face of constant rebuttal has become so integral to the American way of life. A must read for those wishing to understand the American dream." - J. Gordon Melton, Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA

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Foreign Exchange Rates and International Finance

"Foreign Exchange Rates and International Finance by John N. Kallianiotis is a relevant and important contribution to the study of the global economy. This timely book provides clear, understandable discussions of the theory, applications, practice, and empirical methodology related to the analysis of pertinent issues and concerns related to foreign exchange, balance of payments, foreign currency derivatives, multinational corporations, cost of capital and capital budgeting on the global scale, foreign exchange exposure, foreign direct investment, financing if international trade, and political risk (a topic that, unfortunately, is virtually ignored in other books on international finance but is given robust attention here). This book should be required reading for upper-level undergraduate students, in any aspect of studying the global economy, as well as graduate students specializing in international business and studies. It is also recommended for practitioners in the global economy, as it would serve as an appropriate and relevant source and guide for them. I highly recommend this book.” - Dr. Richard J. Torz, Associate Professor of Economics, St. Joseph's College New York, Brooklyn, NY, USA

“This book presents not only the theories of international finance but also the empirical studies that support the theories and the econometric techniques that an interested researcher can employ to produce original work. Thus, this book can be very useful, first, to every undergraduate student who studies finance, economics, and international finance, second, to graduate students and financial analysts who are interested in doing high quality research in finance, and third, to all individual investors who want to understand how globalization affects the return, the risk, and the optimal level of diversification of their investment portfolio.” - Dr. Christos Pargianas, Associate Professor, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, USA

“This is a comprehensive book which seamlessly includes past research, mathematical equations, forecasting techniques, economic and financial models as well as current events to fully explore in great detail and from multiple facets the topics revolving around foreign exchange. The students will truly benefit not only from the fully-detailed explanations of the theories, but also benefit from the graphs, data and references-all supporting and enhancing their knowledge of the presented concepts. Congratulations on yet another great textbook!” - Dr. Mary L. LoRe, Professor, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY, USA

"Foreign Exchange Rates and International Finance would be a great fit as a textbook in a senior undergraduate or graduate course in international finance or other related fields. As a teaching economist, I am always in a lookout for textbooks with a comprehensive logical structure, and this text is certainly one; it views the international-finance and foreign-exchange order as a cohesive yet complex body and covers the history, modern theory, statistical methods, and established practices in the fields of international finance and economics. It is full of real-life examples that should capture the attention of students.” - Dr. Aram Balagyozyan, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, USA

"Dr. Kallianiotis' latest book entitled Foreign Exchange Rates and International Finance is a meaningful contribution, equally appropriate to Undergraduate and Graduate students. The author has crafted an interesting combination of theories and concepts, supported with statistical analysis. The topics addressed in this book combine Economics, Politics and Finance, which creates a contemporary "Theory to Practice" approach to learning. Given the significance of exchange rates to business finance decision making, I urge academics and professionals to adopt this book.” - Dr. Cathyann D. Tully, Professor of Finance and Director of Undergraduate Business Program, Nicolais School of Business at Wagner College, NY, USA

"This book by Professor Kallianiotis is another high scholarly attainment by him. The book has the same rigor and completeness as his other works. The book can be used by diverse audiences such as professionals, students and teachers. Because it is accessible to such readers as upper seniors and MBA students, the book can be used as a textbook for both undergraduate and graduate students in the field of international finance. Anyone using this book can benefit quite a lot. I will incorporate it in my courses." - Dr. John Malindretos, Associate Professor of Finance, William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J

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Dao and Daoist Ideas for Scientists, Humanists and Practitioners

Dao and Daoist Ideas for Scientists, Humanists and Practitioners is a fascinating book to the inquisitive and the open-minded from all walks of life. As people face ever more competing and conflicting challenges in work and life, Daoism offers paradoxical frameworks and approaches for understanding and dealing with multiple realities. The collection of essays is a treat for a variety of readers, be they philosophers, scientists, educators, consultants, managers, or anyone who seeks new ways of living a balanced and harmonious life." - Chao C. Chen, Ph.D., Professor of Management and Global Business, Rutgers University, USA

“An excellent study of Chinese and foreign scholars’ works on the role and place of Daoism in Chinese history and culture. A must read book, we look forward to more publications by the authors on this important topic.” - Michael Saso, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Religion and Asian Philosophy at the University of Hawaii, USA

“As a worldview and a way of life, Daoism has exerted a profound influence upon Chinese mentality in the course of the centuries and fueled the mystery of China’s political change and economic growth over the past decades. This volume addresses the theoretical, empirical and practical perspectives of Daoism and is of great interest and importance to a wide range of theorists, scholars, practitioners, and general readers in the English-speaking world.” - Li Liu, Ph.D. Professor of Social Psychology, Beijing Normal University, China

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Type I Interferon in Autoimmune Diseases and its Clinical Applications

"This is an important and timely resource of type I interferons and their relationship to autoimmune disease. The book fist addresses the basic biology of interferon signaling and gives the reader a firm grasp of the molecular machinery operating both upstream and downstream of the interferons." READ MORE... - Dr. David Fiorentino, an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine

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Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

"A very helpful and comprehensive book. Full of invaluable practical help that is well evidenced and full of common sense. It will be my "go to" in the GK control room and clinic." - Dr. Nicholas I. Phillips - Neurosurgeon from Leeds, UK

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Private Equity Globalisation: Ethical Business Challenges

"A thoroughly researched and engaging book, where a strong and innovative quest is made for bridging economics and ethics." - Dr. Arturo Hermann, Senior Research Fellow at the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat), Rome, Italy

"From Schumpeter to Minsky, passing through the Austrian School of Economics, economists have dealt with the influence of financial instruments on the real economy cyclical evolution. A lesson that too many have forgotten. The Global Financial Crisis has forced us to rediscover the links between financial development and business cycles. Professor Madi’s book leads us to a better understanding of such links at the light of those ethical considerations that should never abandon the economic reflection." - Dr Carmelo Ferlito, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs and INTI International College Subang, Malaysia

"This book is a welcome addition to our economic resources. It enhance our understanding of the financial challenges in the new global economy of the 2 P1 century. Indeed, her new book fills a scholarly vacuum in the current economic literature." READ MORE... - Constantine E. Passaris, Ph.D, Professor of Economics, Dobbin Scholar & Onassis Foundation Fellow, University of New Brunswick, Canada

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Translational Research: Recent Progress and Future Directions

"From renowned academic researchers to assiduous healthcare practitioners,this book wonderfully presents their pragmaticapproaches in fields of nursing, dentistry, medicine, bioethics, and public health." READ MORE... - Allen M. Khakshooy, MPH, MD Candidate, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

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Global Agricultural Extension Practices: Country by Country Approaches

"Information about the status of country-level agricultural extension is quite scarce internationally, and the material is scattered in various places. As a researcher in extension I often have to rely on personal contacts and grey literature for information on extension systems. The proposed book gives a historical perspective and up-to-date information as to the current status of extension in 12 countries. The chapters cover quite a range of countries, from developing to industrialized, and a wide range of approaches. The book thus provides an authoritative source on global extension practices and will be useful for scholars and policymakers." - Dr. Kristin Davis, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension: Competence for Rural Innovation and Transformation

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Moral Development and Behavior: New Research

"Colin Pennington’s recent publication, Moral Development and Behavior: New Research, should be on every sport pedagogist’s, coach’s, and teacher’s bookshelf; but, more importantly, should be internalized and laid on the hearts of anyone who is an influential catalyst in the social and moral development of others. The research provided in this book lays the foundation for moral development and behavior as a “privilege and responsibility” that educators, coaches, teachers, and corporations alike should create. The selected authors delve into the art of “actions and options”, making the reader more aware of the fulfillment that moral development can bring to the individual who learns to think, create meaning, develop confidence and a voice, and ultimately transfer their “strength-based” customs to outside settings within their day to day life. No matter the experience, meaning can be made through supporting environments specifically created to nurture the character qualities of self-responsibility and caring for others.

Opportunities should be provided that allow individuals to practice an “open mindset” in which they are able to focus in the moment and autonomously act “right” when faced with a decision. Moral Development and Behavior: New Research, not only presents readers with suggestions for implementing ethical training and experiences through methods and models, but also focuses on areas of further growth and research that is needed to better advance and connect theory with practice. In today’s changing society, it is vital to possess a “toolbox” of program designs that have the potential to positively lay “moral and acceptable” foundations for our youth who need the guidance and support of their mentors to create their own “pro-social and moral identity.” I highly recommend this book as one that will guide your endeavors of becoming an influential catalyst in the moral development of others." - Deborah S. Baxter, Department of Kinesiology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

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