Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Caspian: Status, Challenges, and Prospects. An Analysis into the Legal Classification, Security and Environmental Concerns, Geopolitics and Energy Flow Impact of the Caspian Plateau

"A thoughtful, comprehensive, and balanced analysis of the complex interplay between geopolitics and geo-economics in Central Eurasia, and pivotal energy plateau - that of Caspian. We finally have an all-in reader that was otherwise chronically missing in international literature, which will hopefully reverse the trend of underreporting on such a prime world's spot. Hence, this is a must-read book for those wondering about the future of one of the most dynamic and most promising regions of the world and what it could entail for both regional and external players."
Andrey Kortunov
Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council

“Although of pivotal geopolitical and geo-economic importance, the Caspian energy plateau represents one of the most underreported subjects in the western literature. Interdisciplinary research on the topic is simply missing. This book by the three authors is unbiased, multidisciplinary, accurate, and timely. It is certainly a much-needed and long-awaited reader: a must read for scholars and practitioners, be it from Eurasia or beyond. Authors were able to tackle a challenging subject with a passion, knowledge and precision, and turn it into a compelling, comprehensive (yet concise) read which I highly recommend. It is truly a remarkable piece of work!”
Mr. Erzhan Kazykhanov
Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Washington, D.C., USA
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Kazakhstan

“ARTNeT secretariat is pleased to see how our initial invitation to Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic to present at the ARTNeT Seminar Series in 2015 evolved. The talk was initially published as a working paper for ARTNeT (AWP 149). Now Prof. Bajrektarevic, in collaboration with another two co-authors, offers a comprehensive study on a nexus of legal, security, and environmental issues all emanating from and linked to energy cooperation (or lack thereof) in the subregion. This volume’s value extends beyond the education of readers on the Caspian Basin’s legal status (e.g., is it a sea or a lake?). It is just as relevant for those who want a more in-depth understanding of an interplay of economic, security, and political interest of players in the region and outside. With the global institutions increasingly less capable of dealing with rising geopolitics and geo-economic tensions, more clarity – even if only about some aspects of those problematic issues – should be appreciated. This volume offers such clarity.”
Mia Mikic
Director, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)
ARTNeT coordinator

This book on the Caspian Region by Anis Bajrektarevic and his two co-authors, Tanvi Chauhan and Mak Bajrektarevic, is a comprehensive overview of Central Asian area. Its very title is comprehensive and fitting. This region’s pivotal place – practically in the heart of world’s largest continental landmass, that of Eurasia – is masterfully covered: Their instabilities, energy security, including pipelines, and economic interests are only some of the areas covered. It even addresses the important legal classification of the Caspian Basin, this world’s largest inland (landlocked) water plateau. For me, the book offers a wonderful learning experience, because we in the west (of my generation) learned little of the history and even geography of the various states and peoples making up the Soviet Union. Our interest and preoccupations focused primarily on geopolitical issues associated with the cold war between the Soviet Union and the West led by the United States.”
Honorable Donald J Johnston PC OC QC
Former Minister of the Canadian Government, Secretary General of the OECD (1996-2006)

“The book by Professor Bajrektarevic and his co-authors embodies a wide-ranging overview of the intertwined interests pursued by the young democracies of the Caspian basin, battling with inherited land and water disputes, and their interplay with regional and global powers. Apparently, supporting political independence of the formers and promoting their integration into the latter’s markets requires adequate analyses, timely outreach policies and consistent engagement. In this sense the publication serves as one of the scarce handbooks to understand diverse interests of stakeholders, dynamically changing security architecture of the region and emerging opportunities of cooperation around the Caspian Sea.”
Ambassador Galib Israfilov
Permanent Representative to the UN Vienna and to the OSCE
Embassy of Azerbaijan to Austria

"The Caspian basin and adjacent Central Asian region (all being OSCE member states, apart from Iran) have, since the early Middle ages, acted as a crossroads between different civilizations and geopolitical spaces. In an increasingly interconnected world, growing geopolitical competition, economic interdependence and the emergence of new global challenges, particularly those related to water, energy and the climate emergency, have highlighted the relevance of this region, making it of increasing interest to researchers and academics. This book presents a thorough analytical compendium of historical factors, political dynamics, economic trends, legal frameworks and geopolitical interests which underpin, but also affect, the stability and development of this complex, diverse and strategically significant region."
Ambassador Lamberto Zanier
Secretary-General, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (2011-2017)
OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (2017-2020)

Georgian Military Forces of 19th Century

“It turned out that the rebellion of 1829, known before as the peasants’ riot, was actually the anti-Russian riot. This is confirmed by the unknown archive materials provided in this book.”
Avtandil Songulashvili
Doctor of History, Professor, Head of Department New History of Tbilisi State Universitety’s Ivane Javakhishvili Institute of History and Ethnology

“Ideology of regular Russian army of that period, with long service term (25 years), slaveholding relationships and strict, enslaving discipline, did not cause any good feelings in Georgian population that was characterized with high military culture and traditions. Cult of the warrior, protector of the native land was apparently much higher than the model of the soldier offered by Russian Empire to Georgians.”
Nikoloz Janjgava
Major General, Doctor of History

“XIX century was a very interesting and painful period in the history of Georgia. To regain the historical lands of their country the Georgians fought under Russian flag.”
Khatuna Ioseliani
Doctor of History, Chief Scientific Worker of Tbilisi State Universitety’s Ivane Javakhishvili Institute of History and Ethnology

The Ovarian Reserve: Current Trends and Applications

An excellent book on ovarian reserve, concisely written, well referenced, with balanced views and containing many practical tips. It is a must read for clinicians practising reproductive medicine.”
Professor Tin Chiu Li, PhD
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine
Director of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

"The concept of ovarian reserve is central to reproductive medicine and management of infertility. This concise yet comprehensive monograph offers the reader an up to date and readable summary of our knowledge of ovarian reserve and its measurement in 2021. As couples increasingly defer their decisions to start a family, assessment of ovarian reserve has become a mainstay of clinicians ability to advise on topics such as oocyte or embryo freezing, when to try for pregnancy naturally and when to discontinue IVF treatment. Modern approaches using serum AMH and ultrasound assessment of AFC require detailed clinical knowledge to facilitate accurate interpretation of test results, making the contents of this book invaluable to both primary care physicians and those specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology and reproductive medicine. In addition, the more specialised content focussing on clinical implications of diminished ovarian reserve will be of use to those involved in management of early onset of menopause in addition to reproductive medicine specialists. It is also pleasing to see clear advice on what tests not to use. Having read this monograph, the reader will be confident to approach these common and often mismanaged clinical conundrums."
William Ledger
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University of New South Wales, Sydney

“Waste-to-Profit” (W-t-P): Circular Economy in the Construction Industry for a Sustainable Future. Volume 2

"The book is structured not only for researchers but for business people, municipalities as well as investors. I have never seen such an innovation before. I liked the fact that the authors of the chapters highlighted very important element for researchers to translate research and development findings into products, essential for economic gains. In addition, policies governing and regulating different enterprises are clearly highlighted to help entrepreneurs to start businesses in selected countries. What I found interesting is the way the authors explained processes to product development. Furthermore, recent research and development for each chapter is given comprehensively to accommodate professors. The author wanted the readers to get an idea about how different waste streams can be translated to commercial products. This has been the main challenge not only in South Africa, but globally. The book has accomplished displaying innovative processes which are used to translate waste to profit after demolishing a building. The argument is clearly stated. The topic is also clearly articulated. The author covers all aspects of the subject in a balanced fashion and the subject is covered adequately. The approach adopted is innovative in nature...This book has helped me understand the need to do much more value addition to construction wastes and how new innovative products can be produced. The demand of such products is highlighted with the view to help investors know where to invest. SWOT analysis is also given extensively. I would recommend this book to others who wish to do much more value addition to produce commercial products. The book meets the highest academic standards of clarity. I therefore, recommend this book, it will help different countries to learn processes of innovative product development for economic growth. It teaches practical approach to solving waste management challenges and processes are clearly highlighted. We thank the authors of chapters (contributors) for such a valuable contribution to “Waste-to-Profit” (W-t-P): Circular Economy in the Construction Industry for a Sustainable Future. Volume 2."
Dr. Nobathembu Faleni
Lecturer, Walter Sisulu University (WSU)

How to Take Your Course Fully Online

“In this information age, the book “How To Take Your Course Fully Online” is a timely project having online-learning/E-learning as the central focal theme. It is a well-researched and a way-forward project in this given theme. It introduces ‘essential ingredients to instructional designers and a guide to unfamiliar learners’ and evolve with an effective and qualitative online teaching-learning methodologies. Having this aim in view, it proposes a stepwise online course structure projecting learning outcomes, learning resources and learning activities to make the course a more student-centric, self-directed and engaging than ever before by successfully transcending tempo-spatial gap and getting out of the traditional teaching-learning methods. This process is facilitated by identifying different learners’ type and impediments in existing online course design and to come up with an innovative Universal design for learning style (UDL) designing to execute ‘what, how and why of learning’ via course design, module development, module implementation, analysing and evaluating the module outcome. This is a must-read book for online course designers, content writers, researchers, practitioners and policy formulators across the globe. I strongly recommend this book to all the readers.”
Dr. Asmita Bhattacharyya, PhD (JU), JRF-SRF (ISI, Kol.), MPhil (JU), M.A(JNU, New Delhi), Fulbright-Nehru Awardee-2020-2021
Department of Sociology
Vidyasagar University
Midnapore INDIA

“The textbook entitled “How to Take Your Course Fully Online” is a textbook that we have been waiting for all over the years. Such a book is great because these days, the following advantages are welcoming:
• Flexible schedule and environment
• Career advancement and hobbies
• Lower costs and debts
• Self-discipline and responsibility
To be honest, this textbook teaches the instructor how to make a professional online course, and how to disseminate the information in a professional fashion. I do approve this textbook for all academics and even high school teachers who lecture and teach STEM subjects. Other disciplines do need to utilise this textbook.”
Alvin Holder, Ph.D., FRSC, CChem
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Old Dominion University
4541 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, VA, U.S.A.

The Monadic Space of Suburban Canada

A very interesting comparative perspective on essential social and spatial aspects of suburban residential environments.”
Dr. Sasha Tsenkova

This timely and valuable contribution to the urban studies literature is a sophisticated and cogently argued need to reconceptualize the connections between the built form, gated-ness, and social cohesion.”
Dr. Ivan Townshend

“The debate over urban design in suburban communities has been too polarized between proponents of the grid versus the cul-de-sac models. Dr. Youssef offers an approach that incorporates the advantages of both..”
Dr. Alan Smart

Practical Application of Integrative Rules and Principles of Urban Design: Lessons Learned From the Past

"Practical Application of Integrative Rules and Principles of Urban Design: Lessons Learned From the Past is one of the few publications which has notably explained the nature of urban design and how it may be applied to make the cities more livable. The main goal of Hossein Bahrainy and Ameneh Bakhtiar in this book is to develop an integrative urban design theory through a synthesis of theory and practice. They have recently formulated the theory, its philosophical theoretical base and main structure in their last publication (Bahrainy and Bakhtiar, 2016) which may be considered as a general theory of urban design. Now they have illustrated the implications of their proposed theory in a practical situation in this book...READ MORE"
Shahrzad Faryadi
University of Tehran
Iran

Science and Mathematics Education for 21st Century Citizens: Challenges and Ways Forward

"Laurinda Leite, Elizabeth Oldham, Ana S. Afonso, Floriano Viseu, Luĩs Dourado, and Maria Helena Martinho’s edited collection Science and Mathematics Education for 21st Century Citizens: Challenges and Ways Forward strives to offer ways forward to developing human capital by advancing science and math knowledge. This is for the few who will innovate and contribute fundamentally to the betterment of human life. This is for the general populations who can align behind science for improved human health and a healthier and more sustainable environment. This collection was inspired during the 2019 Association for Teacher Education in Europe Winter Conference. A short year later, this collection offers educational programs for teachers, research, new pedagogical models and methods, and ways to build the capabilities of people and infrastructures for new generations...This book introduces programs (global, national, and local) that may help move humanity forward to meeting the challenges of the near-future, which is fast approaching. Humanity will need people with solid science rigor in all dimensions; they will need people who are creative, collaborative, conscientious and woke... READ MORE"
Shalin Hai-Jew for C2C Digital Magazine (Spring/Summer 2021)
Instructional Designer
Kansas State University

This book could not have been published at a more opportune time. Given the pandemic of 2020 and the constant barrage of statistics and mixed messages from politicians who tell us they have been ‘guided by the science’; this collection of 19 wide-ranging, excellent chapters offers the kind of critical analysis that the public now crave. It truly is a book for citizens of our newly-changed 21st century.”
Jerry Wellington
University of Sheffield, UK

“This stimulating book guides the reader through a wide range of important problem areas such as innovative approaches to teaching science and mathematics, inclusive schools, interdisciplinary approaches with technology, the STEM agenda or new ways of students´ assessment.”
António Cachapuz
Aveiro University, Portugal

This book is very exciting and breathtaking for science and mathematics educators because it covers all the new developments of the 21st century together. Especially taking into account teachers’ emotions in the teaching has brought a new sense to science teaching books. Innovative strategies for science teaching has excited me and I think it will be very helpful for educators.”
Neslihan Ültay
Giresun University, Turkey

“Multiple pathways are examined to address a wide range of pressing challenges that impinge specifically on Science and Mathematics Education. These challenges for 21st century education are comprehensively addressed throughout this book. Authors have identified and provide approaches, offering innovative and inclusive strategies that respond to the needs of a rapidly changing world.”
Christine Redman
University of Melbourne, Australia

This book may lead teachers to develop new strategies for teaching mathematics and science and learners to become scientific thinkers, which is one of the most important challenges for the future.”
Davide Parmigiani, University of Genoa, Italy;
President of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe

This book presents a lively and exciting collection of research and practice for science and mathematics educators at all levels! I found it fascinating, particularly the passion of many of the authors coming through in the chapters. Inclusion of primary science and mathematics is another delight, omitted in many similar texts. I learned a lot, and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!”
Colette Murphy
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland

From Pap Smear to HPV Vaccine: The Cervical Cancer Prevention Industry

"Dr. Sin Hang Lee, former associate professor at Yale University and ex-resident at Cornell University’s Cornell Medical Center, is one of the most excellent virologists in the contemporary global medical community. I recommend his book, titled “From Pap Smear to HPV Vaccine -- the Cervical Cancer Prevention Industry,” wholeheartedly. This book should be studied by all university medical professors and students across the world as a sort of the most authoritative “Bible” in the HPV vaccine-associated adverse reaction field because its author, backed by his deep knowledge of molecular biology and vital functions of codons and consequences of its translation and transcription, elucidates reasons and causes of ultra-wide-anging types of adverse reactions that also show up at recipients of HPV vaccines...READ MORE..."
Dr. Harumi Kuno-Sakai
M.D. Former Pediatrics Professor at Tokai University’s School of Medicine

Ukraine: A Political Landscape

The book reflects the acute confrontation that has been going on in Ukraine for almost thirty years between regional elites. The author has shown that their different ideas about the future development of the country are determined by the history of formation of the Ukrainian state. This factor is the key reason for political clashes. This book is the first one that thoroughly and objectively shows the struggle for power in Ukraine. The works written by Ukrainian authors, which Dr. Zhiltsov used for this monograph, allow the book to avoid political engagement in covering the most acute periods of Ukrainian political life and, at the same time, to show frankly the changes in the ‘political landscape’ and the role of individual political forces."
Yuliy A. Nisnevich
Doctor of Political Science
Professor of the National Research University
Higher School of Economics (HSE)
Moscow
Russia

“The author reveals the peculiarities of the internal political development of Ukraine. The stages of establishment of the political elite of Ukraine are shown. The factors that determine its approaches to the implementation of domestic and foreign policy of the country are studied. Of interest is the analysis of constant transitions of Ukraine from the presidential form of government to the parliamentary-presidential one and back. It becomes obvious that the political development of Ukraine can still bring a lot of surprises."
Nikolay P. Medvedev
Doctor of Political Science
Professor of Peoples’ Friendship
University of Russia
Moscow
Russia