Book Reviews

Book Reviews

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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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

“This book, Global Agricultural Extension Practices: Country to Country Approaches, arrives at a time when agricultural extension systems have been increasingly recognized as essential to enhanced agricultural productivity and food security throughout the world and yet there is a relative paucity of comparative, international research on this issue. This book helps to correct this.” – Glen Filson, Professor Emeritus, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Global Agricultural Extension Practices: Country by Country Approaches, edited by two eminent agricultural extension scientists, is a state of the arts publication on the agricultural extension services system of eight (8) countries in Africa, two (2) countries in Asia, one (1) country in Europe and two (2) countries in North America.” READ MORE…Johnson A. Ekpere, Professor (retired) of Agriculture, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

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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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Mechanism Design and Management: Mathematical Methods for Smart Organizations (for Managers, Academics and Students)

“An important quality of the book is that it is relatively easy to read and understand the complicated issues and models of mechanism design and management from this book. I think it is a very useful book for students, academics, practitioners and policy makers. It is a suitable textbook for teaching management and mechanism design for many courses in such areas like applied game theory, economics, management science, industrial engineering, etc.” – Professor Sardar M. N. Islam (Naz) Ph.D., LL.B. (Law), Professor, College of Business, Victoria University, Australia

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Kinetic and Thermodynamic Stability of Cerium (IV) Complexes with a Series of Aliphatic Organic Compounds

“…This book is of undoubted scientific and methodological interest. The principal audience for the book are researchers in the field of coordination and physical chemistry, university faculty, undergraduate and graduate students.” READ MORE…Dr. Larisa N. Kurina, Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural History, Professor at Tomsk State University

“Investigation of the thermodynamic and kinetic aspects in formation and redox decompo-sition of the complexes with cations in anomalous oxidation states (OSs) is of considerable importance in relation to the problem of stabilizing the unstable OSs of elements. This prob-lem has recently become particular significance due to the accumulation of information on unusual OSs and the development of a number of topical issues in materials science.” READ MORE…Dr. Boris V. Spitsyn, Leading Researcher at the A.N. Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Institution of the Russian Academy of Sciences

“The book of Dr. Olga Voskresenskaya, a well-know expert in the field of coordination chemistry, is devoted to kinetic and thermodynamic aspects associated with the formation and redox decomposition of cerium(IV) complexes with various organic ligands. Cerium(IV) solutions, being a strong oxidation and complexation reagents, are widely applied in many analytical procedures. By theuse of redox and complexation reactions, they are extensively employed in determination of diverse inorganic and organic compounds.” READ MORE…Professor Emeritus Alexander Apelblat , Chemical Engineering Department, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

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