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THE FIX: Complimentary Examination Copy Available

9781101902981Click here to order a free examination copy (while supplies last)

In The Fix, Jonathan Tepperman, managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, identifies ten pervasive and seemingly impossible challenges—including immigration reform, economic stagnation, political gridlock, corruption, and Islamist extremism—and shows that each has a solution, and not merely a hypothetical one.   Meticulously researched and deeply reported, Tepperman has traveled the world to write this book, conducting more than a hundred interviews with the people behind the policies.

“An indispensable handbook. . . . Smart and agile. . . . The timing of this book could not be better. . . . Tepperman goes into impressive detail in each case study and delivers assessments in clear, pared-down prose.” —Michael Hirsh, The New York Times Book Review

For the full review by Michael Hirsch, click here 

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Disregarding Scholarship on the Basis of an Author’s Religious Belief

ZealotIn “Attack on Religion Scholar Puts His Book on Jesus in the Spotlight“, published August 1 by The Chronicle of Higher Education, writer Peter Monaghan discusses the controversy surrounding Reza Aslan’s recent interview on Fox News about his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (Random House, July 2013).  Zealot argues that “Jesus of Nazareth little resemble[d] the figure embraced by Christianity” where his motivations for writing the book were questioned during the interview, as he is a practicing Muslim.

“You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?” Lauren Green asked Mr. Aslan on “Spirited Debate,” to which Aslan explained, “I’m a scholar of religions with four degrees…who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who just happens to be a Muslim.”

What do you think? Is it legitimate to question one’s work on the basis of their identity or religious belief?

Read an excerpt from Zealot by clicking here.

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Cohen’s NYT book review, “The Banality of Good”

EVERY MAN DIES ALONE by Hans Fallada

“What Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française did for wartime France after six decades in obscurity, Fallada does for wartime Berlin”, so writes Roger Cohen in his laudatory review of Hans Fallada’s harrowing Every Man Dies Alone, now available in English more than 60 years after its initial publication in Germany.

A powerful novel based on the real-life exploits of couple Otto and Elise Hampel, whose defiance of Hitler via a postcard campaign led to their eventual and brutal execution, Every Man Dies Alone is, according to the New York Observer, “one of the most immediate and authentic fictional accounts of life during the long nightmare of Nazi rule.”

Click here  to read Cohen’s full review, “The Banality of Good”, and click here to begin reading the book.

The first five commenters will receive a free copy of the new trade paperback edition of the book.

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Can We Really Flip the Switch?

SWITCH by Chip & Dan Heath

Brothers Chip Heath, professor of Organizational Behaviour at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and Dan Heath, a consultant to the Aspen Institute, have followed up their bestselling and course-adopted book Made to Stick with a groundbreaking book that addresses one of the greatest challenges of our personal and professional lives—how to change things when change is hard.

In Switch, the Heaths have written a thoroughly engaging narrative about the difficulty in bringing about genuine, lasting change—in ourselves and in others—especially when we have few resources and no title or authority.  The Wall Street Journal recently published an interesting review that discusses the book’s message within the context of one reviewer’s personal life challenge, and in a recent video review social and new media  maven Chris Brogan called the book “a must read”.

Check out their reviews by clicking on the links above, and start reading the book here; then post a comment: what do you think of the authors’ message?  Do you see applications in the classroom, among faculty/administration, or within your larger discipline?  Can we really flip the switch?

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Tracy Kidder on Haiti

MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS by Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder, author of such bestselling books as the college common reading classic Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World  and the new, critically-lauded Strength in What Remains, has penned an interesting op-ed in The New York Times about the current crisis in Haiti, offering some much needed historical context. 

You can read the article here.

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