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The psychology of fatigue : work, effort, and control /...The psychology of fatigue : work, effort, and control / Robert Hockey Fatigue can have a major impact on an individual’s performance and wellbeing, yet is poorly understood, even within the scientific community. There is no developed theory of its origins or functions, and different types of fatigue (mental, physical, sleepiness) are routinely confused.
The miracle detective : an investigative reporter sets out...The miracle detective : an investigative reporter sets out to examine how the Catholic church investigates holy visions and discovers his own faith / Randall Sullivan In a tiny, dilapidated trailer in northeastern Oregon, a young woman saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in an ordinary landscape painting hanging on her bedroom wall. After being met with skepticism from the local parish, the matter was officially placed “under investigation” by the Catholic diocese. Investigative journalist Randall Sullivan wanted to know how, exactly, one might conduct the official inquiry into such an incide...
Words of the world : a global history of the Oxford English...Words of the world : a global history of the Oxford English dictionary / Sarah Ogilvie Most people think of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as a distinctly British product. Begun in England one hundred and fifty years ago, it took over sixty years to complete and when it was finally finished in 1928 the British Prime Minister heralded it as a ‘national treasure.’ This book shows that the dictionary is not as ‘British’ as we all thought. The linguist and lexicographer, Sarah Ogilvie, combines her insider knowledge and experience with impeccable research to show rather that the OED ...
Sport, philosophy, and good lives / Randolph Feezell There’s...Sport, philosophy, and good lives / Randolph Feezell There’s more to sports than the ethos of competition, entertainment, and commercialism expressed in popular media and discourse. Sport, Philosophy, and Good Lives discusses sport in the context of several traditional philosophical questions, including: What is a good human life and how does sport factor into it? To whom do we look for ethical guidance?
Europe : the struggle for supremacy, from 1453 to the...Europe : the struggle for supremacy, from 1453 to the present / Brendan Simms If there is a fundamental truth of geopolitics, it is this: whoever controls the core of Europe controls the entire continent, and whoever controls all of Europe can dominate the world. Over the past five centuries, a rotating cast of kings and conquerors, presidents and dictators have set their sights on the European heartland, desperate to seize this pivotal area or at least prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. From Charles V and Napoleon to Bismarck and Cromwell, from Hitler and Stalin to Roosevelt and G...
Betting on famine : why the world still goes hungry / Jean...Betting on famine : why the world still goes hungry / Jean Ziegler Few know that world hunger was very nearly eradicated in our lifetimes. In the past five years, however, widespread starvation has suddenly reappeared, and chronic hunger is a major issue on every continent. In an extensive investigation of this disturbing shift, Jean Ziegler—one of the world’s leading food experts—lays out in clear and accessible terms the complex global causes of the new hunger crisis. Ziegler’s wide-ranging and fascinating examination focuses on how the new sustainable revolution in energy productio...
The politics of policy change : welfare, Medicare, and...The politics of policy change : welfare, Medicare, and social security reform in the United States / Daniel Béland and Alex Waddan For generations, debating the expansion or contraction of the American welfare state has produced some of the nation’s most heated legislative battles. Attempting social policy reform is both risky and complicated, especially when it involves dealing with powerful vested interests, sharp ideological disagreements, and a nervous public. The Politics of Policy Change compares and contrasts recent developments in three major federal policy areas in the United Stat...
The bully pulpit : Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft,...The bully pulpit : Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the golden age of journalism / Doris Kearns Goodwin Focusing on the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft, revisits the Progressive Era during which Roosevelt wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupt money brokers only to see it compromised by Taft.
History of life / Richard Cowen This text is designed for...History of life / Richard Cowen This text is designed for students and anyone else with an interest in the history of life on our planet. The author describes the biological evolution of Earth’s organisms, and reconstructs their adaptations to the life they led, and the ecology and environment in which they functioned. On the grand scale, Earth is a constantly changing planet, continually presenting organisms with challenges.
Days of fire : Bush and Cheney in the White House / Peter...Days of fire : Bush and Cheney in the White House / Peter Baker A senior White House correspondent presents a history of the Bush and Cheney White House years that shares anecdotes by more than two hundred insiders to explore the inner conflicts that shaped the handling of significant events.
A fistful of rice : my unexpected quest to end poverty...A fistful of rice : my unexpected quest to end poverty through profitability / Vikram Akula Around the globe, poverty has held too many people in its grip for too long. While microfinance, small loans to impoverished individuals, initially attracted attention in the press, it didn’t achieve the scale, scope, and profitability necessary to substantially combat poverty. All that changed with the author’s creation of SKS Microfinance. In this work, he reveals how he pieced together the best of both philanthropy and (to his surprise) capitalism to help millions of India’s poor transition fr...
One nation under stress : the trouble with stress as an...One nation under stress : the trouble with stress as an idea / Dana Becker Stress. Everyone is talking about it, suffering from it, trying desperately to manage it-now more than ever. From 1970 to 1980, 2,326 academic articles appeared with the word “stress” in the title. In the decade between 2000 and 2010 that number jumped to 21,750. Has life become ten times more stressful, or is it the stress concept itself that has grown exponentially over the past 40 years?
The muses go to school : inspiring stories about the...The muses go to school : inspiring stories about the importance of arts in education / edited by Herbert Kohl and Tom Oppenheim Intended to inspire educators and policy makers about arts education, this collection of essays on arts programs presents personal stories from successful professionals in a variety of fields on the effects their early art experiences had on their careers. Contributors include actors Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie Perez, composer David Amram, and playwright Moisés Kaufman, as well as educators in the arts from around the nation.
Deep nutrition : why your genes need traditional food /...Deep nutrition : why your genes need traditional food / Catherine Shanahan, Luke Shanahan Deep Nutrition identifies the foods and techniques common to every culture and divides them into four categories, called the Four Pillars of World Cuisine. From the Masai and ancient Egyptian to the Japanese and the French, you’ll learn how the same Four Pillars form the foundation of all the healthiest diets.
Lost letters of medieval life : English society, 1200-1250...Lost letters of medieval life : English society, 1200-1250 / edited and translated by Martha Carlin and David Crouch Everyday life in early thirteenth-century England is revealed in vivid detail in this riveting collection of correspondence of people from all classes, from peasants and shopkeepers to bishops and earls. The documents edited here include letters between masters and servants, husbands and wives, neighbors and enemies, and cover a wide range of topics: politics and war, going to fairs and going to law, attending tournaments and stocking a game park, borrowing cash and doing favor...
Aquinas on the Supreme Court : race, gender, and the...Aquinas on the Supreme Court : race, gender, and the failure of natural law in Thomas’s biblical commentaries / Eugene F. Rogers Jr Eight centuries after he lectured on the Bible, both advocates and critics agree that Aquinas remains the most influential “natural law” philosopher. Lawmakers, judges, pundits, and clergy deploy natural-law reasoning on all manner of public issues, from gender roles to just war; the US Supreme Court still cites Aquinas on abortion and homosexuality.
The tough luck constitution and the assault on health carereform...The tough luck constitution and the assault on health carereform / Andrew Koppelman Chief Justice John Roberts stunned the nation by upholding the Affordable Care Act—more commonly known as Obamacare. But legal experts observed that the decision might prove a strategic defeat for progressives. Roberts grounded his decision on Congress’s power to tax. He dismissed the claim that it is allowed under the Constitution’s commerce clause, which has been the basis of virtually all federal regulation—now thrown in doubt.
Energy and US foreign : the quest for resource security...Energy and US foreign : the quest for resource security after the Cold War / Ahmed Mahdi The quest for oil can be seen as a defining principle of global US foreign policy, an imperative which has shaped and redefined the practice of American diplomacy, especially in the wake of 9/11, which raised questions about the stability of global oil resources. In Energy and US Foreign Policy, Ahmed Mahdi relates the military expansion of the world’s biggest superpower to its quest to gain guaranteed and secure access to the world’s most important commodity.
Pills, power, and policy : the struggle for drug reform in...Pills, power, and policy : the struggle for drug reform in Cold War America and its consequences / Dominique A. Tobbell Since the 1950s, the American pharmaceutical industry has been heavily criticized for its profit levels, the high cost of prescription drugs, drug safety problems, and more, yet it has, together with the medical profession, staunchly and successfully opposed regulation.Pills, Power, and Policy offers a lucid history of how the American drug industry and key sectors of the medical profession came to be allies against pharmaceutical reform.
Women and war in Rwanda : gender, media and the...Women and war in Rwanda : gender, media and the representation of genocide / Georgina Holmes The 1994 genocide in Rwanda, which followed the death of President Habyarimana, was one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the twentieth century. Beamed into the living rooms of the West, it shamed both African and global leaderships. As wars in the Congo continue to tear apart the region, this book examines how the politics that led to the 1994 genocide continue to be played out in the international media.