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The Matchmaker, the Apprentice, and the Football Fan: More Stories of China

by Wen Zhu & Julia Lovell

The Matchmaker, the Apprentice, and the Football Fan moves between anarchic campuses, infuriating communist factories, and the victims of China’s economic miracle to showcase the absurdity, injustice, and...


Intoxicating Minds: How Drugs Work

by Ciaran Regan

Why do smokers claim that the first cigarette of the day is the best? What is the biological basis behind some heavy drinkers' belief that the "hair-of-the-dog" method alleviates the effects of a hangover? Why...


Drinking History: Fifteen Turning Points in the Making of American Beverages

by Andrew F Smith

A companion to Andrew F. Smith’s critically acclaimed and popular Eating History: Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine, this volume recounts the individuals, ingredients, corporations, controversies,...


Pain: The Science of Suffering

by Patrick Wall

Pain is one of medicine's greatest mysteries. When farmer John Mitson caught his hand in a baler, he cut off his trapped hand and carried it to a neighbor. "Sheer survival and logic" was how he described it....


The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets

by Kara Newman

One morning while reading Barron’s magazine, Kara Newman took note of a casual bit of advice offered by famed commodities trader Jim Rogers. “Buy breakfast,” he told investors, referring to the value of...


Animals and the Limits of Postmodernism

by Gary Steiner

While postmodern approaches to politics and ethics have offered some intriguing and influential insights in philosophy and theory, Gary Steiner illuminates the fundamental inability of these approaches to arrive...


The Arrow Impossibility Theorem

by Eric Maskin, Amartya Sen & Kenneth J. Arrow

Kenneth Arrow's pathbreaking “impossibility theorem” was a watershed in the history of welfare economics, voting theory, and collective choice, demonstrating that there is no voting rule that satisfies the...


Animal Oppression and Human Violence: Domesecration, Capitalism, and Global Conflict

by David A. Nibert

Jared Diamond and other leading scholars have argued that the domestication of animals for food, labor, and tools of war has advanced the development of human society. But by comparing practices of animal exploitation...


Health at Risk: America's Ailing Health System--and How to Heal It

by Jacob Hacker

In this volume, the nation's leading advisors on health policy and financing appraise America's ailing healthcare system and suggest reasonable approaches to its rehabilitation. Each chapter confronts a major...


Creative Pasts: Historical Memory and Identity in Western India, 1700-1960

by Prachi Deshpande

The "Maratha period" of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when an independent Maratha state successfully resisted the Mughals, is a defining era in the history of the region of Maharashtra in western...


Between Ally and Partner: Korea-China Relations and the United States

by Jae Ho Chung

China and South Korea have come a long way since they were adversaries. The arc of their relationship since the late 1970s is an excellent model of East-West cooperation and, at the same time, highlights the...


Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poet's Life

by Scott Donaldson

At the time of his death in 1935, Edwin Arlington Robinson was regarded as the leading American poet-the equal of Frost and Stevens. In this biography, Scott Donaldson tells the intriguing story of this poet's...


The Sea Can Wash Away All Evils: Modern Marine Pollution and the Ancient Cathartic Ocean

by Kimberley Patton

Kimberley Patton examines the environmental crises facing the world's oceans from the perspective of religious history. Much as the ancient Greeks believed, and Euripides wrote, that "the sea can wash away all...


Renegade Regimes: Confronting Deviant Behavior in World Politics

by Miroslav Nincic

Rogue states pursue weapons of mass destruction, support terrorism, violate human rights, engage in acts of territorial aggression, and pose a threat to the international community. Recent debates and policy...


Electric Sounds: Technological Change and the Rise of Corporate Mass Media

by Steve J. Wurtzler

Electric Sounds brings to vivid life an era when innovations in the production, recording, and transmission of sound revolutionized a number of different media, especially the radio, the phonograph, and the...


Dangerous Strait: The U.S.-Taiwan-China Crisis

by Nancy Bernkopf Tucker

Today the most dangerous place on earth is arguably the Taiwan Strait, where a war between the United States and China could erupt out of miscalculation, misunderstanding, or accident. How and to what degree...


Religion in America Since 1945: A History

by Patrick Allitt

Moving far beyond the realm of traditional "church history," Patrick Allitt here offers a vigorous and erudite survey of the broad canvas of American religion since World War II. Identifying the major trends...


The Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921

by Eleanor H. Tejirian, Reeva Spector Simon & Gary Sick

Leading scholars consider Iraq's history and strategic importance from the vantage point of its residents, neighbors (Iran, Turkey, and Kurdistan), and the Great Powers.


Chinese Fiction of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries: Essays by Patrick Hanan

Critical Issues in Child Welfare

by Joan Shireman

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