Book Reviews

Book Reviews

The Arctic: A Drifting Future

This book is extremely timely because it discusses the Arctic region at its climate and geopolitical tipping points: Global warming, melting arctic ice, ice-free shipping lanes connecting the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, and changing alliances among Arctic and near-Arctic nations are converging and leading to increasing geopolitical competition for mineral and energy resources involving the US, Russia and China’s Polar Silk Road. Its future is yet to be charted.”
Michael H. Glantz, PhD
University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

“This monograph is a book about the Arctic incorporating factual material, filled with real events of the XXI century. Dr. Sergey Zhiltsov takes a close look at solutions to geopolitical, economic and social problems, ensuring national security in the region. An impressive rise of the Russian Arctic. Great job!”
Dr. Rustem Shagiev
Rector of Moscow Petroleum Institute

“The authors managed to fit the key challenges of the Arctic into one book. Hydrocarbon resources and extraction projects, the international legal regime and politics, shipping and militarization – all these topics allow for a new perspective into the Arctic region. Russian policy in the Arctic – its history and modernity – is of great interest.”
Dr. Oleg Grishin, PhD in Political Science
Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

“This book reflects a balanced approach to the climatic matters of the Arctic. It thoroughly presents the problem of global warming and identifies both the risks and new opportunities for the development of the Arctic. The authors have not limited themselves to climate and ecology but have expanded the research field by linking these questions with issues of hydrocarbon extraction and shipping development.”
Dr. Kostyanoy Andrei, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Chief Researcher of the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences

New Studies on Anthropometry

“In this recent book, the editors have collected a diverse range of complimentary information applicable to a wide population related to both competitive sport, health and physical fitness, all written by experts in their area. This book will be of interest to those working in these fields as well as others both experienced and at the start of their careers, wanting to get a taste of the latest findings and points of interest in their area of study.”
Daniel Daly, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
KU Leuven, Belgium

“I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the study of human movement. It is the product of several well-known scholars with an extensive history of studying human performance across a variety of subdisciplines. The importance of anthropometrics in the analysis of human movement cannot be overstated, and this book provides a relevant and thorough review of several aspects of the field that will be of interest to both the novice and the expert. The topics range in scope from basic theory to highly applied research across such diverse concepts like aging, amputation, podiatry and dentistry. Each chapter is concise, well-written and accessible with several high-quality figures and tables. The combination of historical and recent data, together with perspectives on future trends, make the book an excellent resource for the movement scientist.”
Jeff A. Nessler, PhD
Professor of Kinesiology
California State University, San Marcos, USA

Forced Migrations and Refugees in the Mediterranean Basin and the MENA Region

The book presents itself as an original and elegant response to the greatest “moral dilemma” characterizing the current century. This dilemma concerns the erosion of the living conditions of the human being, who – for several reasons – is forced to seek new life possibilities. The work presents a critical analysis of the legal, political and moral status of a “refugee” and also provides a solid epistemological context that sheds light on the increasingly heated conflict between ideologies, rights and interests. The style of the topic and the methodological approach confer an extraordinary ethical slant, where the moral dilemma mentioned above acquires different interpretative nuances.”
Marco Ettore Grasso, PhD

“The book addresses forced migration from multiple, contemporary perspectives, bringing new food for thought for all those involved with or interest in refugee and migration law, as well as human rights more generally.”
Irini Papanicolopulu, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

“A brilliant work that addresses the issue of migrants and their fundamental rights through the lens of past colonization and current imperialism, in a context aggravated by a world pandemic.”
Professor Alessandra Cordiano, Associata di Diritto privato, Università degli studi di Verona Italia, Italy

Arts Therapy in a Changing World: Creative Interdisciplinary Concepts and Methods for Group and Individual Development

“This is a pioneering book which enables us to safely cross several borders. Berger brings together a strong body of knowledge in the field of performance in dramatherapy and integrates nature therapy with a series of working models. It is important that we can take the bigger view of arts therapies through his lens, and not scramble around in a microscopic corner of protective territory. I warmly recommend this book for all therapists and educationalists.”
Professor Sue Jennings
Innovator of Neuro-Dramatic-Play, Dramatherapy Pioneer
Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, England

Arts Therapy in a Changing World: Creative Interdisciplinary Concepts and Methods for Group and Individual Development makes a significant contribution to the arts as therapy model and materializes its rich potential. It presents novel and interdisciplinary approaches for group work intertwined with the arts including arts-based work in nature, arts-based supervision, performance-based therapy and virtual art based therapy.”
Professor Alexander Kopytin
Psychology Department
St. Petersburg Academy of Post-Graduate Pedagogical Education, Chair, Russian Art Therapy Association, Russia

Geopolitics in the Twenty-First Century: Territories, Identities, and Foreign Policies

“The cumulative result of the essays in this book are insightful assessments of how classical geopolitics remains a vital means for understanding historic, contemporary, and emerging geopolitical trends and developments as we chronologically progress through the 2020s. They provide detailed background on a geopolitical trends and developments in a wide variety of global regions and can be used as a compass to forecast potentially emerging geopolitical factors such as national and international responses to aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, emerging technological developments such as autonomous weapons and precision guided munitions, the acute financial and human costs of adapting to a post-Covid-19 global environment, and the increasing reluctance of many countries and public opinion in these countries to accept the levels of global integration producing the pandemic…READ MORE HERE
Professor Bert Chapman
Purdue University, Indiana, USA

Anthropometry: Types, Uses and Applications

“In this recent book, the editors have collected a diverse range of complimentary information applicable to a wide population related to competitive sport, health and physical fitness, all written by experts in their area. This book will be of interest to those working in these fields as well as others, both experienced and at the start of their careers, wanting to get a taste of the latest findings and points of interest in their area of study.”
Daniel Daly, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium

“I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the study of human movement. It is the product of several well-known scholars with an extensive history of studying human performance across a variety of subdisciplines. The importance of anthropometrics in the analysis of human movement cannot be overstated, and this book provides a relevant and thorough review of several aspects of the field that will be of interest to both the novice and the expert. The topics range in scope from basic theory to highly applied research across such diverse concepts like aging, amputation, podiatry and dentistry. Each chapter is concise, well-written and accessible with several high-quality figures and tables. The combination of historical and recent data, together with perspectives on future trends, make the book an excellent resource for the movement scientist.”
Jeff A. Nessler, PhD, Professor of Kinesiology, California State University, San Marcos, USA

Intercultural Issues in the Global Auto Industry

“Dr. Liviu Warter and Dr. Iulian Warter provide the reader with original and penetrating insights into the globalization of the automotive industry. This book examines the intercultural issues that managers encounter during foreign direct investments, mergers & acquisitions, or global alliances, with a special emphasis on Eastern and Central Europe.”
Hershey H. Friedman, PhD, Professor of Business, Department of Business Management, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, USA

“As one of the world‘s largest manufacturing industries, the automotive industry has the capability to influence the labor, trade and capital markets and also governments’ macroeconomic and industrial aims. Contrary to notorious myth, the automotive industry is not shrinking due to economic crisis. The automotive industry is crucial for Europe’s prosperity; it has an important multiplier effect in the economy. Most of intercultural issues arise when companies from different cultures get involved into a M&A process. Hence studying the alliance between two automotive firms is the best way to focus on intercultural issues. Indeed, it is during the integration process that the cultural issues play a crucial role when it comes to the success of M&A. For quite a long time culture has been considered as a disturbing factor for consolidation in the automotive industry, however, it also offers a lot of potential. Different experiences, methods and knowledge come together and can, if managed rightly, create a decisive competitive advantage. This book will be helpful for managers, strategic and intercultural management scholars and business owners interested in the automotive field. Improving the alignment or congruence between strategy and cultural contexts yields tangible business benefits. This  book  can  help  the senior and middle management  to identify  the intercultural  problems  that  may  confront  with when doing business in foreign countries with a special focus on automotive industry in Central and Eastern European countries.”
Huib Wursten, Drs., Cultural Expert with 30 Years of International Experience, Netherlands and Author of the Book, The Seven Mental Images of National Culture

This book provides an original approach on intercultural issues, particularly in global auto industry. The foreign direct investments (FDI) reasons are the result of globalization, of the need of growth and of achieving synergies. This monograph emphasizes the relationship between culture and FDI performance in the global auto industry. This monograph offers an extensive insight of the globalization in auto industry inasmuch as FDI are a complex domain demanding an interdisciplinary approach. This book is seeking to deepen the apprehension of the global automotive industry and in particular of the Central and Eastern European auto industry. This monograph reveals that cultural synergy can be produced by similarities in organizations but at once by differences. FDI and global alliances professionals may benefit from a deeper understanding of cultural values that shape the integration process and implicitly the performance. The conclusions will help forewarn scholars and practitioners of the need to thoroughly understand the cultural issues influencing the global automotive industry. This monograph will be useful for academic researchers, postgraduate students, for MBA/Executive Education and for practitioners.”
Paulo Finuras, PhD, Associate Professor of Organisational Behavior, ISG – Lisbon Business & Economics School, Portugal

“The automotive industry belongs to the most important sectors of the world economy, and its key role is observed mostly in the developed countries, giving millions of jobs, both directly in the manufacturing companies and indirectly, in the companies that are in the value chains of car manufacturers. Those value chains are represented by the firms from different countries and even continents, which in turn raises a very important problem of intercultural aspects of the cooperation between these entities. And this phenomenon is the topic of the monograph entitled “Intercultural Issues in the Global Auto Industry” written by Liviu Warter and Iulian Warter. This monograph analyses a wide spectrum of aspects associated with global auto industry, starting with its beginnings, through its evolution in the whole world, and ending with the existing trends. A main attention was paid to the intercultural issues which, given the nature of the said sector, are of crucial importance. One should underline that it presents a good scientific level, coupled with latest and rich world literature. Its authors are experienced experts in the field, therefore the monograph is characterized by a substantial application value and should be designed for a wide group of recipients, including scholars, managers, and students.”
Włodzimierz Sroka, PhD, Associate Professor of Strategic Management, WSB University, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland

Donald J. Trump: Notable or Notorious?

“No one writes, or thinks, with the same passion, fearlessness and accessibility as Bruce Johansen and Ad Akande, figures who have been speaking truth to power on global environmental and indigenous issues for decades. You may scream at this work that Donald Trump is not all bad, but you’ll also learn much more than you ever expected and finish it, determined to make changes and learn more. Enjoy!”
Professor Joy Porter
PI Treatiedspaces.com
Leverhulme Major Research Fellow and Lead Editor with Dina Gilio-Whittaker and Clint Carroll of the Cambridge University Press series, Elements in Indigenous Environmental Research

Strabismus: Prevalence, Recognition and Management

“Dr. Zia Chaudhuri has edited and helped author this new text, providing both ophthalmic surgeons and visual scientists help in understanding complex forms of strabismus and corrective surgical methods. She has put her training with the eminent strabismologist Dr. Joseph Demer PhD, MD at the University of California Los Angeles (USA) to great use. Her book allows the reader to digest contributions from an array of leaders in strabismus research from an international range of academic centers: Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, the United Kingdom, as well as Houston and Los Angeles. Both clinicians and scientists seeking new insights into strabismus mechanisms and novel procedures will benefit from this important work.”
Lawrence Tychsen, M.D.
John F. Hardesty Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, and Neuroscience
St. Louis Children’s Hospital at Washington University Medical Center
St. Louis, Missouri
USA

The Rise of Domestic Terrorism and Decline of American Democracy: How Brexit and the Trump Presidency Influenced Populist Empowerment and the Intersection of Rights. Division, Derision, Decisions

The Rise of Domestic Terrorism and Decline of American Democracy is a very unique and important book of our time. Dr. Ramswell has provided us with a synopsis of recent worldwide transformation in several governments due to multiple factors influencing these changes such as populism, nationalism, immigration, Brexit, President Trump, and even social media practices. Many Americans are using social media as their primary source for news, which is often biased, incorrect, and likely does not cover international events. Some Americans still watch news on the major networks. With the exception of reporting dramatic worldwide events, these traditional news networks have devoted less and less time to international news over the last several decades. To find worldwide news, one must take the initiative and search for it on network websites, the BBC, or other sites. This can be time consuming, and the search is not likely to continue on a regular basis. Dr. Ramswell’s book fills this international news void by providing solid, eye-opening information on the impacts of recent events impacting us all. Her book also provides brilliant, in-depth research on perspective changes in worldwide governments in a relatively short time period. I highly recommend this book for those of us who have been focusing only on American politics and feel like they’re missing out on the happenings in the world around them.”
Joe Fournier, MA, International Affairs, The University of Oklahoma; USAFR, Oklahoma, USA