Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Croatia: Past, Present and Future Perspectives

“Croatia is a small country with a great cultural heritage and a turbulent past. For centuries, Croatians defended Europe from Ottoman aggression from the east while keeping an eye on the cunning Venetians to the west. Today Croatia is a first-class tourist destination. The coast is the most stunning part of Croatia, with over 1,000 islands, crystal-clear seas and beautiful beaches, and its unique medieval cities built of stone – Dubrovnik as the most famous among them. This book presents equally stunning history of Croatia, as well as the future prospects for the country as an independent state and a member of the European Union.” – Dr. Žarko Domljan, the first President of the democratically elected Croatian Parliament (1990)

“Those who know nothing or little about Croatia will learn the truth about it from this book while those who think that they know enough will be surprised to discover a wealth of important facts about the past and the future of this beautiful country.” – Vinko Sabljo, President, Croatian World Congress

“For those seeking an historically accurate and multifaceted view of Croatia, Croatia, Past Present and Future, edited by Matko Marusic, is a rewarding source. Articles by prominent scholars and historians correct past distortions of the history of Croatia. Includes an interesting perspective on the future of Croatia, and an illuminating article on the Croatian language . Highly readable, authoritative, objective.” – Marvin S. Zuckerman, Dean of Academic Affairs; Chair, Department of English, Los Angeles Valley College

“Recognizing the fact that there are very few comprehensive texts by Croatian authors about Croatia published in the English language, the authors of this newly-released book sought to present a text which would appeal to the population of English-speaking people who are interested in learning about Croatia’s historical evolution. This book is especially important to Americans and anyone who knows English, to finally pave the way for the truth about us and our Home.” READ MORE… – Professor, Dr.sc. Mihovil Biočić, CFU Lodge 2006, Split, Coratia, Zajednicar, Croatian Fraternal Union of America, April 2021, Volume 116/No. 9

“The book, Croatia: Past, Present and Future Perspectives, is a grateful starting point for studying Croatian history, reflecting on its present and vision of its future. This interesting, readable and useful work represents a step towards the approach and promotion of Croatian history, language, culture, heritage and identity in the world.” (For the complete review in Croatian, please click here) – Dr. Marija Benić Penava, Associate Professor, University of Dubrovnik, Department of Economics and Business, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Mining and Community in the South African Platinum Belt: A Decade after Marikana

This book is excellent in describing and analysing the mining and post-mining economics and challenges of Rustenburg and the Platinum Belt of South Africa.” – Professor Lucius Botes, North West University, South Africa

“This book by Lochner Marais and his colleagues is important in several ways. Not only does it highlight, through the in-depth analysis of the platinum mining town Rustenburg, the dilemmas of large-scale mining and dependent communities. It also reveals the complexities of the South African post-apartheid transition, which in turn can serve as inspiration for many other places going through or aspiring to a democratic reinvention and economic redistribution. In addition, the book reveals the often nefarious effects of globalisation and neoliberal reform on mining communities. Marais and his colleagues took great pains to demonstrate how old injustices can endure under new conditions, how new injustices can be the unintended consequence of seemingly benevolent decisions by governments and companies alike, and how every new and appealing rhetoric can be deployed to serve other purposes. Some of the examples are revealing about South Africa, others are recognisable in resource towns across the world: dismantling of exploitative structures such as company towns, and increased local autonomy and democracy can hide neglect and disinvestment by companies and governments alike. Nevertheless, the authors find not one but many sparkles of hope in their Rustenburg study, hope which will be welcomed in other resource-dependent regions.” – Professor Kristoff van Ache, University of Alberta, Canada

“A much-needed new understanding that is relevant for South Africa and its regional neighbours. Some of the results and insight are universal and can potentially be applied much wider.” – Professor Ernst Drewes, North West University, South Africa

Power Imbalance, Bullying and Harassment in Academia and the Glocal (Local and Global) Workplace

This book provides a much needed perspective and voice for those for whom victimization within the sphere of academia and the glocal workplace is commonplace. This topic would be of interest to those at both a national and international level given that while each case study presented is situated in a specific geopolitical context, the message conveyed has universal undertones illustrating the power and devastation caused by systemic and pervasive bullying and oppression.” READ MORE >>> – Dr. Karen Roland, Experiential Learning Specialist, University of Windsor (retired)

Instructional Leadership and Effective Teaching and Learning

The monograph is a very well-argued case for giving even more attention to the school leadership, especially instructional leadership since it is identified as a key function in assuring quality in children’s education. Using a constructivist approach the author seeks to show how instructional leadership is a key tool in the creation of learning experiences that will enhance students to achieve knowledge, skills, and competencies to contribute to the development of society.” READ MORE >>> – Dr. Lazar Stošić, Research Associate, Institute of management and knowledge, Regional coordinator for Republic of Serbia, Senior Researcher, Skopje, Macedonia

“I rate the book very highly. It is a valuable publication, based on a review of the literature and the author’s own research. Nazmi Xhomara has demonstrated a high level of scientific integrity. The monograph may be particularly useful for researchers of educational policy, as well as in the training of educational managers. The publication may also become an item of obligatory literature in academic courses related to the training of teaching staff. I congratulate the author on a valuable book and at the same time recommend the manuscript for publication.” READ MORE >>> – PhDr inż. Łukasz Tomczyk PhD, Institute of Educational Studies, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland

Ecological Reciprocity: A Treatise on Kindness

This elegant treatise examines the nature of kindness through the fascinating lenses and contexts of ancient, medieval and contemporary philosophy, natural history, theories of mind, of natural selection, eco-psychology and sociobiology. It challenges the reader to consider the myriad potential consequences of human behavior, examining various iconographic moments from the history of art and science as a precursor to the concept and vital potentials for ecological conversion.” READ MORE>>> – Michael Pastore, Editorial Director, BookLovers Review, August 2021

“Ecological Reciprocity is a profound reminder of the fragile life support systems we receive from every ecosystem in this anthropogenic epoch of the planet. In their lifetime epic journey of ecological protection of nature, the Authors wonderfully portray their unparalleled creative conscience and emotional intelligence.” – Ugyen Tshewang, PhD, Bhutan’s Ministry of Agriculture, former Governor of Trashiyangtse and Secretary of the National Environment Commission

“Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison are well known around the world as outstanding scientists, researchers and educators in the field of ecology and environmental protection. They are not only theorists and authors of many books, articles and films on ecology, but also the founders of the Dancing Star International Ecological Foundation, whose main goal is to preserve biological diversity and develop ecological education around the world. The next new book by M. Tobias and J. Morrison, Ecological Reciprocity: A Treatise on Kindness, is precisely aimed at solving just such problems. It is a logical continuation of the enormous research and educational activity to which the authors of the book have devoted their entire life. It is quite obvious that most people live, as a rule, “for today” and think, as a rule, “for short distances.” And only a small percentage of the world’s population is able to think in global categories. But even fewer are those who correlate their interests with the general tasks of social development. It is not surprising, therefore, that practically all over the world people have a poor idea of the real state of affairs with their environment, and, as a result, do not pay due attention to it. As a result, it is difficult to convey the humanistic ideas of ecological and nature protection content to the wide public consciousness. However, this must be done by all available means. At the same time, among the many publications on ecology, there are not so many books that can capture the attention of a wide audience regardless of countries and continents. The book, Ecological Reciprocity: A Treatise on Kindness, which is written in an interesting and exciting way, is just such a generous gift to all of us, which makes a valuable contribution to the cause of universal environmental education and enlightenment.” – Alexander N. Chumakov, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor of the Faculty of Global Processes of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, First Vice-President of the Russian Philosophical Society, Full member of the Russian Ecological Academy, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Age of Globalization

The Future of Real Estate

This book, inspired by the creation of the Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise (FIBREE), offers a fenomenal overview of the state of affairs of publicly available information examining the potential of blockchain recording the real estate transactions. Although real estate information is becoming increasingly digitized, it is fragmented and available on disparate systems, lacking transparency and creating a greater potential for fraud. Dr. Veuger recognizes blockchain as the technology with significant potential to drive transparency, efficiency, and cost savings in real estate markets. The blockchain-based smart contracts are the key enablers with potential to revolutionize real estate transactions related to sale, renting, and management. The book identifies the complexity of the real estate transactional ecosystem and the need to provide business incentives for each stakeholder in such a system as dominant obstacles to overcome before the wider use of blockchain in real estate applications.” – Dragan Boscovic, Research Professor, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering (CIDSE); Co – Director Center for Assured and Scalable Data Engineering (CASCADE); Director, Blockchain Research Lab (BRL)

The Riemann Hypothesis and the Distribution of Prime Numbers

“In the book, The Riemann Hypothesis and the Distribution of Prime Numbers, Dr. Arwashan provides a clear and concise account of all the undergraduate-level mathematical topics relevant to an understanding of the Riemann Hypothesis, with careful attention to issues that commonly cause confusion — the multiple values of a logarithm in the complex plane, for example. This is a valuable addition to the literature on the Hypothesis.” – John Derbyshire, writer, critic, commentator, columnist, and magazine journalist

Effective Use of Creative Writing in the Treatment of Addiction to Chemical Substances

“I love this book which uses writing to honestly explore self-knowledge, to achieve optimal treatment for addictions. The spiritual component of honesty is key to the process of overcoming subconscious, involuntary, and defensive responses to addictive momentary euphoric experiences. We need to look beyond the (often genetically predisposed) self-deluding brain conditions. Statistically, 10-20% of our population is unknowingly predisposed to chronic, progressive, and eventually fatal addictions. The steepening of the slope of this progression varies, but on crossing the invisible line, symptoms become obsessive-compulsive, the brain deluding itself in its desperation for the substance. Addictions became treatable, as the pioneers developed the effective structure of AA and, later, the Minnesota Model. Carl Jung (1931), through his patient, Rowland H., first realized that psychiatry by itself, cannot help a person stop the perpetual relapses: ‘Align yourself with some spiritual movement! The structured choice of spiritual principles is the only way to heal these behaviors.’ Rowland H. and Bill W., later the founder of AA (1935), inspired the organization’s 12 Steps suggestions. Amazed, Jung received a letter from Bill (1961) thanking him for that advice. Jung responded: ‘Spiritus [alcohol]contra spiritum [genuine spirituality].’ As the brain of an addict causes loss of touch with truth, often due to shame in the conscious or subconscious, treatment needs to be at the earliest opportunity and be objective about the deluding condition. When an addict becomes ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired’ of themselves and the consequences of their behavior, the choice is to surrender or die in self-delusion. Through group validation, self-revelatory writing becomes an effective tool towards truth in treatment.” – Monica Getz, Founder of SCAA (Swedish Council on Alcoholism) and The Coalition for Family Justice, Irvington, NY

Vitis Products: Composition, Health Benefits and Economic Valorization

“The book, Vitis Products: Composition, Health Benefits and Economic Valorization, highlights the nutraceutical value of juice and wine and brings new perspectives to the sustainable use of the byproducts of grape processing. The raw materials generated from the grape processing, including seeds, skins, and leaves have, in addition to many nutrients, bioactive compounds that can be used in the food, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical industries – and thus provide important income sources as well as contribute to the reduction of processing wastes.” – Luís António Biasi, Full Professor, Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil

“This important book presents an overview about the chemical and sensory composition, health beneficial aspects and economic implications of the several Vitis products throughout a considerable number of chapters. This book is focused on recent scientific and technical advances of a wide group of grape derived products and by-products, all of them performed by important international researchers. This book will be quite useful for academic staff, but also for different students, as well as for specialized professionals from the grape and wine sector.” – Jorge M. Ricardo-da-Silva, Full Professor, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Bridging the Gap: In This Era of Cancer Immunotherapy

“In this important and thought-provoking book I particularly enjoyed the chapter by S. Y. Tsao about low dose metronomic chemotherapy and the ways in which it can stimulate tumor immunity – making it a seemingly ideal partner for targeted immunotherapy. The discussion on the impact of chemotherapy dosage on immunogenic cell death and use of metronomic chemotherapy as a long term maintenance treatment strategy are especially timely.” – Robert S. Kerbel, Professor, Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

“In chapter 2, Dr. Tsao provides a highly relevant summary of our knowledge of current chemotherapy dosing and its implications on potential combinations with both immune checkpoint inhibitors as well as oncolytic viruses. Moreover, he has raised an important point of using metronomic chemotherapy as a potentially more effective and safer alternative to the standard chemotherapy dosing. A point made important by the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and known deleterious effects of standard chemotherapy on the patients’ outcomes.” – Igor Puzanov, Professor of Oncology & Medicine, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY, USA

“Although high-dose vitamin C is controversial, we have solid data and clinical experience that, given upon admission to the ICU, it may well prevent “cytokine storms”: probably the cause of acute respiratory distress of chest infections, especially viral. The known pleiotropic properties of high-dose vitamin C may well facilitate its oncology adjunct role, not the least of which is for chest infections that frequent advanced cancer patients. Dr. Yuen’s very comprehensive chapters on high-dose vitamin C provide an interesting read on its rejection to rekindling.” – Paul E. Marik, Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, USA

“These chapters provide an extensive review of intravenous vitamin C for the treatment of cancer. The long history of vitamin C as a nutritional supplement to combat scurvy to a potential radio-chemotherapeutic agent is discussed.” – Joseph J. Cullen, Professor of Surgery, University of Iowa, USA 

“Although high dose vitamin C is a controversial subject among doctors, Dr. Yuen, author of Chapters 3 and 4, has managed to render this difficult task of providing an interesting, readable, evidence-based account of the issue: it’s worth trying for cancer patients running out of viable options. The case report of its combination with irradiation is also to be congratulated, as I have never seen reversal of vocal cord palsy due to tumor compression lasting 4 weeks, no matter how rigorous the oncology interventions.” – Kian Hian Yeoh, Clinical Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, National University of Singapore, Singapore

“Here is a text that surveys biomedical horizons in oncology and is also brave enough to include reflections on a venerable medical tradition. China’s traditional medicine gets a place on the map for its application in clinical oncology due to the significant body of research suggesting this ancient Experience-Based Medicine can work alongside Evidence-Based Medicine to support patient care in the modern world. Notably, the use of acupuncture in oncology has been endorsed by the US National Institutes of Health. Without such modern evidential support the case for TCM would be weak. Contributor Mark Houston is a leading scholarly TCM physician who has worked in a supportive role alongside biomedical oncology teams for twenty-five years and here provides a measured introduction to a subject that perhaps deserves more attention.” – Charles Buck, past Chairman of the British Acupuncture Council and Author of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine – Roots of Modern Practice (2012)