New Book Tuesday! Rethinking Readiness, Doctors’ Orders, Stories from the Field, and More!

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Rethinking Readiness

A Brief Guide to Twenty-First-Century Megadisasters

Jeff Schlegelmilch
Foreword by Irwin Redlener

Rethinking Readiness offers an expert introduction to human-made threats and vulnerabilities, with a focus on opportunities to reimagine how we approach disaster preparedness. Jeff Schlegelmilch identifies and explores the most critical threats facing the world today, detailing the dangers of pandemics, climate change, infrastructure collapse, cyberattacks, and nuclear conflict. Drawing on the latest research from leading experts, he provides an accessible overview of the causes and potential effects of these looming megadisasters.

Doctors’ Orders

The Making of Status Hierarchies in an Elite Profession

Tania M. Jenkins

Doctors’ Orders offers a groundbreaking examination of the construction and consequences of status distinctions between physicians before, during, and after residency training. Tania M. Jenkins spent years observing and interviewing American, international, and osteopathic medical residents in two hospitals to reveal the unspoken mechanisms that are taken for granted and that lead to hierarchies among supposed equals.

Stories from the Field

A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science

Edited by Peter Krause and Ora Szekely

Stories from the Field is a relatable, thoughtful, and unorthodox guide to field research in political science. It features personal stories from working political scientists: some funny, some dramatic, all fascinating and informative. Political scientists from a diverse range of biographical and academic backgrounds describe research in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, ranging from archival work to interviews with combatants.

Wisdom as a Way of Life

Theravāda Buddhism Reimagined

Steven Collins.
Edited by Justin McDaniel.
Preface by Dan Arnold
Afterword by Charles Hallisey

Wisdom as a Way of Life offers students and scholars across the disciplines a nuanced understanding of the significance of Buddhist ways of knowing for the world today. This wide-ranging and powerful book argues that Theravāda Buddhism provides ways of thinking about the self that can reinvigorate the humanities and offer broader insights into how to learn and how to act.

Oil Powers

A History of the U.S.-Saudi Alliance

Victor McFarland

Connecting foreign relations and domestic politics, McFarland challenges the view that the U.S.-Saudi alliance is the inevitable consequence of American energy demand and Saudi Arabia’s huge oil reserves. Oil Powers traces the growth of the alliance through a dense web of political, economic, and social connections that bolstered royal and executive power and the national-security state. 

To the End of Revolution

The Chinese Communist Party and Tibet, 1949-1959

Xiaoyuan Liu

The status of Tibet is one of the most controversial and complex issues in the history of modern China. In To the End of Revolution, Xiaoyuan Liu draws on unprecedented access to the archives of the Chinese Communist Party to offer a groundbreaking account of Beijing’s evolving Tibet policy during the critical first decade of the People’s Republic.

Power, Piety, and People

The Politics of Holy Cities in the Twenty-First Century

Michael Dumpe

In Power, Piety, and People, Michael Dumper explores the causes and consequences of contemporary conflicts in holy cities. He explains how common features of holy cities, such as powerful and autonomous religious hierarchies, income from religious endowments, the presence of sacred sites, and the performance of ritual activities that affect other communities, can combine to create tension.

The Uncertainty Mindset

Innovation Insights from the Frontiers of Food

Vaughn Tan

A revelatory look at the R&D kitchen, The Uncertainty Mindset upends conventional wisdom about how to organize for innovation and offers practical insights for businesses trying to become innovative and adaptable. Drawing on years of unprecedented access to the best and most influential culinary R&D teams in the world, Vaughn Tan reveals how they exemplify what he calls the uncertainty mindset.

Absence in Cinema

The Art of Showing Nothing

Justin Remes

In the first book to focus on cinematic absence, Justin Remes demonstrates how omissions of expected elements can spur viewers to interpret and understand the nature of film in new ways. Through a careful analysis of a broad array of avant-garde works, Absence in Cinema reveals that films must be understood not only in terms of what they show but also what they withhold.

Hollywood’s Artists

The Directors Guild of America and the Construction of Authorship

Virginia Wright Wexman

In Hollywood’s Artists, Virginia Wright Wexman offers a groundbreaking history of how movie directors became cinematic auteurs that reveals and pinpoints the influence of the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Guided by Frank Capra’s mantra “one man, one film,” the Guild has portrayed its director-members as the creators responsible for turning Hollywood entertainment into cinematic art.

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