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Stewart Parker: A Life by Marilynn Richtarik (Kansas & Jesus 1988) is the first biography of the important Irish playwright. Born in Belfast during World War II, raised in a working-class Protestant family, and educated on scholarship at Queen's University, writer Stewart Parker's story is in many ways the story of his generation. Other aspects of his personal history, though, such as the amputation of his left leg at age 19, helped to create an extraordinarily perceptive observer and commentator. (Oxford University Press, October 2014 - paperback)Learn More
Tamil Person and State by Michael Roberts (Ceylon & Merton 1962) is an anthology and includes articles on the Karaiyar caste and on recent Tamil events. (Vijitha Yapa Publications, August 2014).Learn More
The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution (3rd edition) by Frank White (Mississippi & New College 1966) explores the awe inspiring experience of viewing the Earth from space. Mr White has found that with great consistency, this experience profoundly affects space travelers' perceptions of themselves, our world, and our future. (Amer Inst of Aeronautics, 3rd edition, September 2014).
Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling by Jonathan Shapiro (Oriel & California 1985) argues that the art of telling stories is the secret to success in life, law and business. "Storytelling is the most effective means of changing minds and lives. But recognizing the centrality of storytelling to advocacy is not enough. Anyone interested in the art of storytelling should also study the basic structure and elements that apply to stories, how they work and why, as well as the principles that have guided great storytellers for thousands of years." (ABA Publishing, September 2014).Learn More
Substantive Protection under Investment Treaties: A Legal and Economic Analysis by Jonathan Bonnitcha (New South Wales & Magdalen 2006) provides the first systematic analysis of the consequences of the substantive protections that investment treaties provide to foreign investors. It proposes a new framework for identifying and evaluating the costs and benefits of differing levels of investment treaty protection, and uses this framework to evaluate the levels of protection for foreign investors implied by different interpretations of the fair and equitable treatment and indirect expropriation provisions of investment treaties. (Cambridge University Press, July 2014).Learn More
Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present by Christian Sahner (New Jersey & St John's 2007) is a poignant, affectionate history of the peoples of Syria, their fragile coexistence and how sectarianism is unravelling a once proud country. It blends history, memoir and reportage, drawing on the author’s extensive knowledge of Syria in ancient, medieval, and modern times, as well as his experiences living in the Levant on the eve of the war and in the midst of the ‘Arab Spring’. These plot lines converge in a rich narrative of a country in constant flux — a place renewed by the very shifts that, in the near term, are proving so destructive. (Oxford University Press, to be published September 2014).Learn More
The Politics of Provisions: Food Riots, Moral Economy, and Market Transition in England c. 1550–1850
The Politics of Provisions: Food Riots, Moral Economy, and Market Transition in England c. 1550–1850 by John Bohstedt (Iowa & Oriel 1964) considers how food marketing and consumption were matters of politics as much as economics as England became a market society. In times of dearth, concatenations of food riots, repression, and relief created a maturing politics of provisions. (Ashgate, September 2010).Learn More
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Tasmania & Worcester 1984) is an epic novel which describes the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, where surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. Long-listed for the 2014 Man Booker prize. (Chatto & Windus, July 2014).Learn More
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson (Louisiana & Pembroke 1974) is the story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. (Simon & Schuster, October 2014)Learn More
Principles of Administrative Law, 6th Edition by David Jones (Alberta & Balliol 1970), and Anne S. de Villars is a text which provides readers with a concise statement of the principles of administrative law. Rather than attempting to discuss the abundance of case law emanating from every Canadian jurisdiction, this work provides a conceptual framework for understanding the principles of administrative law, which readers may then apply to specific fact situations. (Carswell, June 2014).Learn More