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Books for

HUMANITARIAN STUDIES Environmental Studies


Global Health


Human Rights

Peace Studies


Women’s Rights


n the past several years there has been an increase in global humanitarian challenges from war and conflict to natural disasters and health crises. There has also been a commensurate increase in cross-disciplinary approaches to these issues. So we are pleased to present you with a collection of books suitable for use in courses across the discipline, in areas such as: ethics, history, legal studies, political science, religion and sociology. Please note that all of the books are available for examination (see inside back page of this brochure).

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES MEADOWLARK ECONOMICS Collected Essays on Ecology, Community, and Spirituality By James Eggert In this innovative educational book, university professor James Eggert helps readers understand how our environment is connected to—in fact, a vital part of—our economy and business culture. The author highlights the “preciousness of the Earth itself” and persuasively describes the creative possibilities in using science, culture, evolutionary history, and spiritual traditions to gain a deeper understanding of how we might heal the planet. North Atlantic Books • TR • 978-1-55643-767-0 • 144pp. $15.95/$17.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

PLANETWALKER 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence. By John Francis, Ph.D.

Now in Paperback

• 2007 Gold Winner—Nautlilus Book Awards in the categories of Ecology/Environment and Independent Press • Common Reading Selection for Colleges After witnessing the devastating effects of the 1971 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, John Francis began a remarkable, solitary pilgrimage that would irrevocably change his life. An amazing human-interest story, with a vital message about saving our environment, Planetwalker is also an engaging coming-of-age odyssey. For more information, visit National Geographic • TR • 978-1-4262-0405-0 • 288pp. $16.95/$20.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

THE GREATEST GIFT The Courageous Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang By Binka Le Breton In 1982, Sister Dorothy Stang moved to a small town in the Amazon to work with an organization to protect poor farmers and their land from loggers and land developers. Inspired by deep religious conviction, Sister Dorothy gave of herself generously. The Greatest Gift presents not only the story of her tragic death, but the powerful and beautiful lessons of her life. Doubleday Religion • HC • 978-0-385-52218-2 • 256pp. $22.95/$27.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $11.50


TRUE GREEN 100 Everyday Ways you Can Contribute to a Healthier Planet By Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin True Green is based on the experience of Clean Up the World, a grassroots environmental movement that has inspired more than 40 million volunteers in over 100 countries to take action since 1993. This guide is a practical, positive, and easy-to-use reference that shows how simple, small changes to one’s everyday life can make a big difference to the world. National Geographic • TR • 978-1-4262-0113-4 • 128pp. $19.95/$24.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

FROM THE BOTTOM UP One Man’s Crusade to Clean America’s Rivers By Chad Pregracke and Jeff Barrow Chad Pregracke was a high school student when he first glimpsed the trash that littered the bottom of the Mississippi, a shocking sight that launched him on a quest to clean up the river. This memoir of his successful grassroots campaign to clean up the rest of America’s rivers is an inspiring affirmation that one person can make a difference. National Geographic • HC • 978-1-4262-0100-4 • 320pp. $26.00/$32.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $13.00

THE GREEN BOOK The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time By Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen With wit and authority, authors Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas Kostigen provide hundreds of everday environmental solutions, pinpointing the tiniest adjustments that have the biggest impact upon the health of our great green globe. For more information, visit Three Rivers Press • TR • 978-0-307-38135-4 • 224pp. $12.95/$16.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

WILDFLOWER An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa

Coming May 2009

By Mark Seal Veteran journalist Mark Seal takes us deep into Africa to tell the incredible life story and 2006 brutal death of naturalist, wildlife filmmaker, and conservationist Joan Root. She made headlines throughout her life for her activism in ecological preservation efforts, and her 2006 murder sent shockwaves through her Kenyan neighborhood and the environmental community. Root's lifelong passion for conservation will have renewed relevance with readers. Random House • HC • 978-1-4000-6736-7 • 240pp. $26.00/$30.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $13.00 Forthcoming May 2009. Do not order before 5/26/2009.

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THE NECESSARY REVOLUTION How Individuals And Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World By Peter M. Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur and Sara Schley A revolution is underway in today’s organizations. As Peter Senge and his co-authors reveal in The Necessary Revolution, companies around the world are boldly leading the change from dead-end “business as usual” tactics to transformative strategies that are essential for creating a flourishing, sustainable world. There is a long way to go, but the era of denial has ended. Today’s most innovative leaders are recognizing that for the sake of our companies and our world, we must implement revolutionary—not just incremental—changes in the way we live and work. Doubleday Business • HC • 978-0-385-51901-4 • 416pp. $29.95/$34.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $15.00

POISONED PROFITS The Toxic Assault on Our Children By Philip Shabecoff and Alice Shabecoff In this deftly argues and well-researched book, two journalists directly and definitively link industrial toxins to the current rise in childhood disease and death. In the tradition of Silent Spring, Poisoned Profits reveals that the children of baby boomers—the first to be raised in a truly “toxified” world—have higher rates of birth defects, asthma, cancer, autism, and other serious illnesses than previous generations. In piercing case histories, the authors identify the culprit as corporate pollution. Random House • HC • 978-1-4000-6430-4 • 368pp. $26.00/$30.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $13.00

CONFLUENCE A River, the Environment, Politics and the Fate of All Humanity By Nathaniel Tripp Foreword by Howard Dean In a literal sense, humans and rivers are inextricably connected: we carry the same pesticides and heavy metals, antibiotics and estrogen in our bloodstreams. Nathaniel Tripp, currently a member of the Connecticut River Joint Commission, draws on his extensive experience with rivers to outline some of the most disturbing environmental developments of the present age, arguing for a long-term, large-scale and comprehensive approach to environmental planning and globalism. Confluence is a multi-faceted and compelling call for awareness and activism. Steerforth • TR • 978-1-58642-106-9 • 176pp. $12.95/$16.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00


ISRAEL & PALESTINE TRAGEDY OF ZIONISM By Bernard Avashai Could Israel be a democratic state if, in the name of being a Jewish state, it discriminated against non-Jews, including a fifth of its citizens who are of Palestinian Arab origin? Could it be a Jewish state without granting a privileged position to Jewish orthodoxy? The Tragedy of Zionism calls for democracy as an end in itself—not as a political luxury, but as an indispensable means to settle disputes nonviolently. Allworth Press • TR • 978-1-5811-5258-3 • 400pp. $27.50/NCR • Exam Copy: $13.75

WALLED Israeli Society at an Impasse By Sylvain Cypel Walled examines the contemporary state of mind of Israel’s citizens, tracing the history of the State of Israel back to the Jewish national movement and the beginnings of Zionism. Cypel offers a lucid analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian situation and powerfully demonstrates that the wall of protection erected in the West Bank by Israel is the most visible symptom of a society in peril. Those who are walled, Cypel argues, are first and foremost the Israelis themselves, who have chosen to ignore rather than acknowledge the existence and rights of their neighbors. Other Press • TR • 978-1-59051-210-4 • 534pp. $17.95/$21.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

THE LOST YEARS Radical Islam, Intifada, and Wars in the Middle East 2001-2006 By Charles Enderlin Translated by Susan Verderber In The Lost Years, Charles Enderlin presents a scrupulous chronicle of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. Political leaders and secret negotiators, military chiefs and CIA agents, Enderlin has met them all—Israelis and Palestinians—and he accounts for all sides, including U.S. and international involvement. He trails the bad political calculations of the Palestinians, which led to the defeat of Fatah and to the victory of the Islamists. And he exposes Israel’s unilateral political approach and new military doctrines that had disastrous consequences for both camps. Other Press • HC • 978-1-59051-171-8 • 378pp. $25.95/$30.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $13.00

THE MUCH TOO PROMISED LAND America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace By Aaron David Miller Having participated in every peace negotiation between Israel and the Arabs from Bush 41 to Clinton to Bush 43, and having served as a key advisor to six Secretaries of State, Miller has a unique and incomparable understanding of the Arab-Israeli peace process and America’s place in it. Now, using his own experience and new exclusive interviews with world leaders, he reflects on America’s role in the historic peace process and offers practical solutions for the future. Bantam • TR • 978-0-553-38414-7 • 416pp. $16.00/$19.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

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INHERITING THE HOLY LAND An American’s Search for Hope in the Middle East By Jennifer Miller Writing with fierce honesty, Jennifer Miller has created an extraordinary synthesis of history, reportage, and coming-of-age memoir. Inheriting the Holy Land, her groundbreaking perspective on the Middle East conflict, presents her insights through interviews with young Israelis and Palestinians and through conversations with some of the most influential officials involved, including Shimon Peres, Yasir Arafat, James Baker, Benjamin Netanyahu, Colin Powell, Ehud Barak, and Mahmoud Abbas. Ballantine • TR • 978-0-345-46925-0 • 320pp. $14.95/$21.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

HEALING ISRAEL/PALESTINE A Path to Peace and Reconciliation By Michael Lerner Healing Israel/Palestine shows that it is possible to be both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine, and provides a clear blueprint for a peace settlement. Unequivocally opposed to war makers and terrorists, Rabbi Michael Lerner asserts that a spiritual and progressive perspective, rooted in the highest values of the human race, is crucial. Perfect for individuals, discussion groups, and organizations, this book answers difficult philosophical and political questions that emerge when advocating peace and justice in the Middle East. It includes extensive historical information with a focus on current events, photographs, and detailed political maps of the region. North Atlantic Books • TR • 978-1-55643-484-6 • 296pp. $16.95/$20.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

WHEN THE BIRDS STOPPED SINGING Life in Ramallah Under Siege By Raja Shehadeh “This short, powerful book should be required reading for anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like to be an ordinary citizen living in a war zone. Shehadeh’s view of the volatile Israeli-Palestinian conflict is certainly not neutral, dealing with his emotions and experiences during Israel’s incursion into his West Bank city during the spring of 2002. It is, however, remarkably balanced for a man in his situation.” —Publishers Weekly

Steerforth • TR • 978-1-58642-069-7 • 151pp. $12.95/$20.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

GENOCIDE, REFUGEES & HUMAN RIGHTS TEARS OF THE DESERT A Memoir of Survival in Darfur By Halima Bashir and Damien Lewis

Coming Soon in Paperback

In this remarkable memoir, a Sudanese doctor speaks out about the horrors of the civil war between black Africans and the Arab-led Sudanese government and describes her outrage over the treatment of female prisoners of the Arab government, the retaliation she faced after speaking out, and her personal struggle for survival, in a harrowing memoir of courage, family, and hope. One World • HC • 978-0-345-50625-2 • 336pp. $25.00/NCR • Exam Copy: $12.50 One World • TR • 978-0-345-51046-4 • 336pp. $15.00/NCR • Exam Copy: $3.00 Paperback forthcoming September 2009. Do not order before 9/29/2009.


WHERE SOLDIERS FEAR TO TREAD A Relief Worker’s Tale of Survival By John Burnett In this gripping firsthand account, relief worker John Burnett shares his experiences during the Somali flood-relief operations of 1997 to 1998. Plagued by monsoons, starvation, and feuding warlords, Somalia continues to be one of the most dangerous places on earth. Both a personal story and a broader tale of war, Burnett’s chronicle represents the astonishing challenges faced by humanitarian workers across the globe as they encounter the politics of aid and the horrifying reality of child-soldiers. Bantam • TR • 978-0-553-38260-0 • 368pp. $13.00/$17.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

GOD GREW TIRED OF US A Memoir By John Bul Dau with Michael S. Sweeney • Common Reading Selection for Colleges This unforgettable book is the first-person account of a miracle—indeed, a whole series of miracles. One of the uprooted youngsters known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, John Bul Dau was 12 years old when civil war ravaged his village and shattered its age-old society, a life of herding and agriculture marked by dignity, respect, and the simple virtues of Dinka tribal tradition. As tracer bullets split the night and mortar shells exploded around him, John fled into the darkness—the first terrified moments of a journey that would lead him thousands of miles into an exile that was to last many years. John’s memoir of his Dinka childhood shows African life and values at their best, while his searing account of hardship, famine, and war also testifies to human resilience and kindness. “This earnest, heart-on-the-sleeve memoir reinforces the preciousness of all human life and should serve as a reality check for the rest of world.” —Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

National Geographic • TR • 978-1-4262-0212-4 • 304pp. $14.95/$21.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

MADAME PROSECUTOR Confrontations with Humanity’s Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity By Carla Del Ponte and Chuck Sudetic Carla Del Ponte won international recognition as Switzerland’s attorney general when she pursued cases against the Sicilian mafia. In 1999, she answered the United Nations’ call to become the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. In this memoir, Del Ponte details her confrontations with genocide and crimes against humanity head-on, struggling to bring to justice the highest-ranking individuals responsible for massive acts of violence in Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Kosovo. Other Press • HC • 978-1-59051-302-6 • 448pp. $25.95/$30.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $13.00

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THE TRANSLATOR A Memoir By Daoud Hari The young life of Daoud Hari—his friends call him David—has been one of bravery and mesmerizing adventure. He is a living witness to the brutal genocide under way in Darfur. The Translator tells the remarkable story of a man who came face-to-face with genocide–time and again risking his own life to fight injustice and save his people. “[The Translator] may be the biggest small book of this year, or any year. In roughly two hundred pages of simple, lucid prose, it lays open the Darfur genocide more intimately and powerfully than do a dozen books by journalists or academic experts.” —The Washington Post Book World

Random House • TR • 978-0-8129-7917-6 • 224pp. $13.00/$NCR • Exam Copy: $3.00

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LIFE LAID BARE The Survivors in Rwanda Speak By Jean Hatzfeld Translated by Linda Coverdale “Jean Hatzfeld’s Machete Season, wherein the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide spoke about their crimes, was an astonishing feat of reportage and oral history. Life Laid Bare, which allows the victims to speak, is an even greater achievement—a book so elegantly wrought, so unexpected and revelatory, that it’s absolutely essential reading in understanding what happened in Rwanda, how the survivors of genocide find a way to begin again while never forgetting to bear witness. As Marie-Lousie Kagoyire, one of the narrators says, ‘[S]howing our hearts to a stranger, talking about how we feel, laying bare our feelings as survivors, that shocks us beyond measure.’” —Dave Eggers, author of What Is the What

Other Press • TR • 978-1-59051-273-9 • 256pp. $14.95/$16.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

STRENGTH IN WHAT REMAINS A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness By Tracy Kidder

Coming August 2009

Mountains Beyond Mountains author Tracy Kidder once again delivers the masterful story of a hero for these modern times. Deo grew up in the mountains of Burundi, and survived a civil war and genocide before seeking a new life in America. In New York City he lived homeless in Central Park before finding his way to Columbia University. But Deo’s story really begins with his will to turn his life into something truly remarkable; he returns to his native country to help people there, as well as people in the United States. An extraordinary writer, Kidder has the remarkable ability to show us what it means to be fully human, and to tell the unadorned story of a life based on hope. See page 18 for book excerpt

Email for a free advance reader’s copy. For Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, see page 12. Random House • HC • 978-1-4000-6621-6 • 304pp. $26.00/$30.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $13.00 Forthcoming August 2009. Do not order before 8/25/2009.


THE ROAD OF LOST INNOCENCE The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine By Somaly Mam

Coming Soon in Paperback

As a girl she was sold into sexual slavery, but now she rescues others. Somaly Mam’s life is an unforgettable and inspiring story of triumph over unthinkable adversity, and puts a face and voice to a human-rights disaster of global proportions: the sprawling sex trade industry of Southeast Asia. Written in exquisite, spare, unflinching prose, The Road of Lost Innocence recounts the experiences of her early life, tells the story of her awakening as an activist as well, and her harrowing and brave fight against the powerful and corrupt forces that steal the lives of young girls. Spiegel & Grau • HC • 978-0-385-52621-0 • 208pp. $22.95/NCR • Exam Copy: $11.50 Spiegel & Grau • TR • 978-0-385-52622-7 • 208pp. $14.00/NCR • Exam Copy: $3.00 Paperback forthcoming August 2009. Do not order before 8/4/2009.

THE BLUE NOTEBOOK A Novel By James A. Levine

Coming July 2009

The Blue Notebook tells the story of Batuk, a precocious 15-year-old girl from rural India who was sold into sexual slavery by her father when she was nine. As she navigates the grim realities of the Common Street—a street of prostitution in Mumbai where children are kept in cages as they wait for customers to pay for sex—Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts and stories in a diary. The novel is powerfully told in Batuk’s voice, through the words she writes in her journal, where she finds hope and beauty in the bleakest circumstances. All of the U.S. proceeds from this novel will be donated to the International and National Centers for Missing and Exploited Children ( Spiegel & Grau • HC • 978-0-385-52871-9 • 224pp. $22.95/$26.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $11.50 Forthcoming July 2009. Do not order before 7/7/2009.


Coming June 2009

This book gives an overview of the trans-Atlantic slave trade from its sixteenth century beginnings to its final abolition in the nineteenth century. It covers the main countries involved and explains the inner workings of the trade and the developments that made it easier and more profitable as the centuries passed. On the human level, the book uses the stories of the enslaved, often in their own words, to try to convey the horrors endured by these victims. Finally, it details the fight against slavery both by politicians such as William Wilberforce and by the military might of the Royal Navy. Shire • TR • 978-0-7478-0708-7 • 64pp. $12.95/$14.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00 Forthcoming June 2009. Do not order before 6/3/2009.

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OUTCASTS UNITED A Refugee Team, an American Town


By Warren St. John Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical Southern town until it was designated a refugee settlement center in the 1990s, becoming the first American home for scores of families in flight from the world’s war zones. Luma Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian woman founded a youth soccer team to unify the refugee children.

Outcasts United follows a pivotal season in the life of the Fugees, as the team is named, and their charismatic coach. Warren St. John documents the lives of a diverse group of young people as they coalesce into a band of brothers, while drawing a fascinating portrait of a fading American town struggling to accommodate its new arrivals. Spiegel & Grau • HC • 978-0-385-52203-8 • 320pp. $24.95/$27.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $12.50

KAFKA COMES TO AMERICA Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror— A Public Defender’s Inside Account By Steven T. Wax Federal public defender Stephen T. Wax argues that under the Bush administration, not only have the civil rights of foreigners been in jeopardy, but also those of U.S. citizens. Wax interweaves the stories of two men he represented who were caught up in our government’s post-9/11 counterterrorism measures. Kafka Comes to America ultimately reveals where and how our civil liberties have been eroded in favor of a false security, and how each of us can make a difference. Other Press • HC • 978-1-5905-1295-1 • 380pp. $25.95/$30.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $13.00

GLOBALIZATION NOBODIES Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy By John Bowe In Nobodies, John Bowe travels from the agricultural quagmires of Florida to the factories and brothels of Saipan, filing a first-hand report on the working conditions that our government and our corporations depend on but are trying their best to ignore. Bowe delivers a sobering look at the moral costs of the cheap goods—from orange juice to cut-rate fashions—to which our economy has grown so accustomed. This is rich and vibrant reporting—not a polemic but a presentation of things as they are on the underside of American commerce. Random House • TR • 978-0-8129-7184-2 • 336pp. $15.00/$17.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00


FACTORY GIRLS From Village to City in a Changing China By Leslie T. Chang

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China has 130 million migrant workers—the largest migration in human history. In Factory Girls, Leslie T. Chang, a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Beijing, tells the story of these workers primarily through the lives of two young women, whom she follows over the course of three years as they attempt to rise from the assembly lines of Dongguan, an industrial city in China’s Pearl River Delta. A book of global significance that provides new insight into China, Factory Girls demonstrates how the mass movement from rural villages to cities is remaking individual lives and transforming Chinese society, much as immigration to America’s shores remade our own country a century ago. Spiegel & Grau • HC • 978-0-385-52017-1 • 432pp. $26.00/$30.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $13.00 Spiegel & Grau • TR • 978-0-385-52018-8 • 432pp. $15.00/$18.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00 Paperback forthcoming August 2009. Do not order before 8/4/2009.

THE WORLDING PROJECT Doing Cultural Studies in the Era of Globalization Edited by Rob Wilson and Christopher Leigh Connery Globalization discourse now presumes that the “world space” is entirely at the mercy of market norms and forms promulgated by reactionary U.S. policies. An academic but accessible set of studies, this wide range of essays by noted scholars challenges this paradigm with diverse and strong arguments. Taking on topics that range from the medieval Mediterranean to contemporary Jamaican music, from Hong Kong martial arts cinema to Taiwanese politics, writers such as David Palumbo-Liu, Meaghan Morris, James Clifford, and others use innovative cultural studies to challenge the globalization narrative with a new and trenchant tactic called “worlding.” North Atlantic Books • TR • 978-1-55643-680-2 • 256pp. $16.00/$21.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

GLOBAL HEALTH SERIOUS ADVERSE EVENTS An Uncensored History of AIDS By Celia Farber Serious Adverse Events: An Uncensored History of AIDS asks important questions about the costs and results of the two-decade long “war on AIDS.” Here Farber conducts new interviews with controversial AIDS dissidents, including UC Berkeley’s Peter Duesberg, UNAM’s Harvey Bialy, and Nobelist Kary Mullis. Their views on HIV and cancer—rarely discussed in the mainstream press—are considered at length. Farber’s candor and extensive research sheds new light on the AIDS epidemic and its important effects on our current state of medical research. Melville House • TR • 978-1-933633-01-5 • 300pp. $16.95/$25.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

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MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World By Tracy Kidder • An ALA Notable Book; A New York Times Notable book • Top Common Reading Selection

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In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Tracy Kidder’s magnificent account shows how one person can make a difference in solving global health problems through a clear-eyed understanding of the interaction of politics, wealth, social systems, and disease. Profound and powerful, Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes people’s minds through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.” “Kidder, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, writes clearly and engagingly.... This book is being widely used in freshman seminars at colleges across the United States, and it will likely stir debates on such wide-ranging issues as the politics of health care, the role of government funding, and ethics. Highly recommended.” —Choice (American Library Association)

Random House • TR • 978-0-8129-7301-3 • 336pp. $15.95/$21.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00 • Teacher’s Guide Available

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SIX MONTHS IN SUDAN A Young Doctor in a War-Torn Village By James Maskalyk In 2006 James Maskalyk, a young, single ER physician, gave up a successful practice at one of Toronto’s finest hospitals to join Doctors Without Borders. With tribal factions at war all around him, Maskalyk tries to keep the peace in his makeshift hospital while waging his own battle against war’s terrible offspring—disease, starvation, and the numbness and hardening that threatens his resolve. In spite of the many losses he endures, there are victories great and small, medical and political, personal and communal, which buoy his spirits. Spiegel & Grau • HC • 978-0-385-52651-7 • 336pp. $24.95/NCR • Exam Copy: $12.50

TRUST IS NOT ENOUGH Bringing Human Rights to Medicine By David J. Rothman and Sheila M. Rothman During the last half-century many international declarations have proclaimed health care to be a fundamental human right. But high aspirations repeatedly confront harsh realities, in societies both rich and poor. To illustrate this disparity, two university scholars, David and Sheila Rothman, bring together stories from their investigations around the world into medical abuses. A central theme runs through their accounts: how the principles of human rights, including bodily integrity, informed consent, and freedom from coercion, should guide physicians and governments in dealing with patients and health care. Whether discussing the training of young doctors in the US, the effects of segregation on medicine in Zimbabwe, or proposals for rationing health care, the authors conclude that an ethical and professional concern for observing medicine’s oldest commandment—do no harm-—must be joined with a profound commitment to protecting human rights. New York Review Books • HC • 978-1-59017-140-0 • 240pp. $24.95/$32.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $12.50


HURRICANE KATRINA HURRICANE KATRINA Response and Responsibilities, Second Edition Edited by John Brown Childs The voices gathered in this book represent critical and personal responses to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. They are a second volley following the immediate journalism, and suggest the kind of dialogue, critical analysis and hopeful spirit that will be necessary in the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast. All essays were donated; all proceeds will go to the Follow Your Heart Action Network. North Atlantic Books • TR • 978-1-55643-792-2 • 224pp. $10.00/$13.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

BREACH OF FAITH Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City By Jed Horne Journalist Jed Horne, a French Quarter resident, was an up-close witness to the chaos and horror of Hurricane Katrina. Drawing on his two decades in the Big Easy, Horne steps back and locates the roots of the disaster in the culture of New Orleans; in the politics of this troubled city; and in the national politics of homeland security, poverty, and race relations. He addresses the government’s lackluster response to the crisis, the polarizing debate over whether to rebuild the city, and the initial reconstruction efforts. “[A] splendid mix of reporting and commentary...Horne, with a sure grasp of local politics and culture, provides a [clear] sense of why things fell apart so completely in New Orleans.” —New York Times Book Review

Random House • TR • 978-0-8129-7650-2 • 464pp. $16.00/$19.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

PRISONS—U.S. LAST CHANCE IN TEXAS The Redemption of Criminal Youth By John Hubner A powerful, bracing, and deeply spiritual look at intensely troubled youth, Last Chance in Texas gives a stirring account of the way one remarkable prison rehabilitates its inmates. While reporting on the juvenile court system, journalist John Hubner kept hearing about a facility in Texas that ran the most aggressive—and one of the most successful—treatment programs for violent young offenders in America. Cutting through the political platitudes surrounding the controversial issue of juvenile justice, Hubner lays bare the complex ties between abuse and violence. By turns wrenching and uplifting, Last Chance in Texas tells a profoundly moving story about the children who grow up to inflict on others the violence that they themselves have suffered. Random House • TR • 978-0-375-75998-7 • 304pp. $16.00/$19.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

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PRISONS: INSIDE THE NEW AMERICA From Vernooykill Creek to Abu Ghraib By David Matlin Foreword by Ishmael Reed For ten years, David Matlin taught at a maximum-security prison, a daily confrontation with the nature of society, crime, and violence. Based on his experiences, this book examines the history of prisons in the United States and shows the terrible price a lethal combination of degradation, abuse, and corruption inflicts on inmates and society as a whole. Engulfing and enraging, the book challenges readers to take a long look at the culture of crime and punishment. “It’s a really impressive piece of work, which captures with wrenching vividness the torture we inflict on others, and ultimately on ourselves.” —Noam Chomsky

North Atlantic Books • TR • 978-1-55643-549-2 • 168pp. $14.95/$18.50 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

PEACE STUDIES THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WAR Comprehending Its Mystique and Its Madness By Lawrence LeShan Especially timely in view of the war against terrorism, this intriguing study provides a new understanding of why humans fight wars so frequently, passionately, and ferociously. Former military psychologist and multiple author Lawrence LeShan’s piercing analysis reveals why human beings have always been attracted to war, how it changes our perception of reality, why we often choose war over more peaceful conflict solutions, and why it is so easy to get into a war and so hard to get out. Helios Press • TR • 978-1581152388 • 192pp. $16.95/$21.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

NOT TURNING AWAY The Practice of Engaged Buddhism Edited by Susan Moon Not Turning Away provides a history of the engaged Buddhism movement, an analysis of its underlying principles, and inspiring practical examples of real people’s experiences in putting spiritual practice to the test on the personal, national, and global levels. The range of topics—from political oppression to prison work, disability, racism, poverty, nonviolence, forgiveness, the studentteacher relationship, and homelessness—demonstrates the applicability of Buddhist teaching to every concern of modern life. Shambhala • TR • 978-1-59030-103-6 • 240pp. $16.95/$24.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00


AT HELL’S GATE A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace By Claude Anshin Thomas In this raw and moving memoir, Claude Thomas describes his service in Vietnam, his subsequent emotional collapse, and his remarkable journey toward healing. At Hell's Gate is not only a gripping coming-of-age story but a spiritual travelogue from the horrors of combat to the discovery of inner peace—a journey that inspired Thomas to become a Zen monk and peace activist who travels to war-scarred regions around the world. Includes a new afterword by the author reflecting on how the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are affecting soldiers—and offering advice on how to help returning soldiers to cope with their combat experiences. Shambhala • TR • 978-1-59030-271-2 • 184pp. $14.95/$16.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

ETHICS, THEORY & ACTION WOMEN EMPOWERED Inspiring Change in the Emerging World Contribution by Madeleine Albright; Photographed by Phil Borges The accomplishments of ordinary women in developing and war-ravaged countries who have broken through the barriers of oppression to make a positive difference in their communities is brilliantly told through radiant photography and riveting profiles. The heroic examples set by these women, whose bravery and determination enabled them to move beyond victimization to leadership, speak to the universal themes of courage, empowerment, and human rights. As part of CARE’s campaign to empower women everywhere, Women Empowered reveals how determined women of all ages have effectively turned their struggles into triumphs. Rizzoli • HC • 978-0-8478-2927-9 • 112pp. $29.95/$37.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $15.00

GREEN VOLUNTEERS, 7TH EDITION The World Guide to Voluntary Work in Nature Conservation By Fabio Ausenda Green Volunteers lists over 200 projects worldwide for those who want to experience active conservation work as a volunteer. Projects take place in a variety of habitats and countries, lasting from one week to one year or more, and involve volunteer work in wildlife rehabilitation centers, national parks, and protected areas, and general conservation work with a variety of animal species. The guide has three indexes set up by geographical area, animal species, and project cost, all to help prospective volunteers choose their favorite conservation project. Universe • TR • 978-88-89060-14-8 • 256pp. $16.95/$21.99 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

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WORLD VOLUNTEERS, 4TH EDITION The World Guide to Voluntary Work in Nature Conservation By Fabio Ausenda and Erin McCloskey World Volunteers is a useful tool for people without previous volunteering experience abroad who want to get involved in humanitarian aid projects throughout the world. The projects listed can be either short or long-term for professionals who want to take a leave of absence or for retired professionals who want to make their skills and experience available to others. For young people without volunteering experience abroad, World Volunteers lists many organizations offering work-camps to help familiarize them with development and humanitarian work worldwide. Universe • TR • 978-88-89060-13-1 • 256pp. $16.95/$20.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

THE NEW GLOBAL STUDENT Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition, and Get a Truly International Education


By Maya Frost “Maya Frost’s voice is clear and crisp. Her enthusiasm is infectious. I agree with her premise, her details, her stories. School is important but living is vital. And the experience of living abroad, enjoying diversity, and meeting new cultures first-hand is what leads to success in the 21st Century. To parents and counselors, Maya’s book lays out clearly and simply how our kids are going to be living as America’s First Global Citizens.” —John Zogby, President/CEO of Zogby International and author of The Way We’ll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream

Three Rivers Press • TR • 978-0-307-45062-3 • 336pp. $14.95/$17.50 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00 Forthcoming May 2009. Do not order before 5/19/2009.

SHOWING UP FOR LIFE Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime


By Bill Gates Sr. with Mary Ann Mackin Through a wide-ranging arpeggio of stories and anecdotes, lessons and insights, inveterate do-gooder Bill Gates, Sr.—lawyer, activist, husband, father, philanthropist —conveys the values and principles he’s learned in life, has instilled in his children, and which he now practices on a world stage as the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Doubleday Business • HC • 978-0-385-52701-9 • 208pp. $23.95/$27.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $12.00

YOU CAN SAVE THE EARTH 7 Reasons Why & 7 Simple Ways. A Book to Benefit the Planet Commentaries by Al Gore, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mother Teresa While many books on sustainability and climate change focus only on disasters and what has gone wrong, You Can Save the Earth provides a roadmap for students with real-life, simple solutions to many of our global problems, and emphasizes steps that can be taken on an individual basis or local level to promote environmental awareness and conservation. Hatherleigh Press • HC • 978-1-57826-280-9 • 144pp. $12.95/$14.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00


THE LIFE YOU CAN SAVE Acting Now to End World Poverty By Peter Singer Around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water. The people of the developed world face a profound choice: If we are not to turn our backs on a fifth of the world’s population, we must become part of the solution. In The Life You Can Save, philosopher Peter Singer uses ethical arguments, provocative thought experiments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but ethically indefensible. Random House • HC • 978-1-4000-6710-7 • 224pp. $22.00/$25.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $11.00

MAKE THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary By Bill Strickland Over the past thirty years, Bill Strickland has been transforming the lives of thousands of people through the creation of Manchester Bidwell, a job training center and community arts program. Through lessons from his own life experiences, and those of countless others who have overcome their circumstances and turned their lives around, MacArthur Fellowship “genius” award winner Bill Strickland shows how all of us can build on our passions and strengths, dream bigger and set the bar higher, achieve meaningful success and help mentor and inspire the lives of others. Doubleday Business • HC • 978-0-385-52054-6 • 240pp. $23.95/$29.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $12.00

THE POWER OF PURPOSE Living Well by Doing Good By Peter S. Temes The Power of Purpose begins with a simple but remarkable statement: “The more you focus on helping others, the more you will succeed in reaching your own goals.” Peter S. Temes builds on this fundamental insight to share a simple plan for living with the truest and most enduring kind of happiness. This is a map for finding the confidence and power, the opportunities and occasions, and—most important—the techniques and strategies for centering your relationships and work on helping others. Three Rivers Press • TR • 978-0-307-33715-3 • 304pp. $13.95/$17.95 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

FORTHCOMING FEBRUARY 2010 ETHICS The Essential Writings Edited and with an introduction by Gordon Marino Edited by renowned philosophy professor and journalist Gordon Marino, Ethics is an ideal one-volume introduction to the basic principles of ethics, highlighting crucial texts in the Western canon and spanning from Plato to Peter Singer. Modern Library • TR • 978-0-8129-7778-3 • 448pp. $17.00/$21.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00 Forthcoming February 2010. Do not order before 2/1/2010. Email for an advanced reader’s copy.

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MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World By Tracy Kidder For full book description, see page 12. Random House • TR • 978-0-8129-7301-3 • 336pp. $15.95/$21.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $3.00

EXCERPT—Chapter 1 Six years after the fact, Dr. Paul Edward Farmer reminded me, “We met because of a beheading, of all things.” It was two weeks before Christmas 1994, in a market town in the central plateau of Haiti, a patch of paved road called Mirebalais. Near the center of town there was a Haitian army outpost–a concrete wall enclosing a weedy parade field, a jail, and a mustard-colored barracks. I was sitting with an American Special Forces captain, named Jon Carroll, on the building’s second-story balcony. Evening was coming on, the town’s best hour, when the air changed from hot to balmy and the music from the radios in the rum shops and the horns of the tap-taps passing through town grew loud and bright and the general filth and poverty began to be obscured, the open sewers and the ragged clothing and the looks on the faces of malnourished children and the extended hands of elderly beggars plaintively saying, “Grangou,” which means “hungry” in Creole. I was in Haiti to report on American soldiers. Twenty thousand of them had been sent to reinstate the country’s democratically elected government, and to strip away power from the military junta that had deposed it and ruled with great cruelty for three years. …

STRENGTH IN WHAT REMAINS A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness By Tracy Kidder

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For full book description, see page 8. Random House • HC • 978-1-4000-6621-6 • 304pp. $26.00/$30.00 Can. • Exam Copy: $13.00 Forthcoming August 2009. Do not order before 8/1/2009. Email for an advance reader’s copy.

EXCERPT—Chapter 1 Bujumbura—New York, May 1994 On the outskirts of the capital, Bujumbura, there is a small international airport. It has a modern terminal with intricate roofs and domed metal structures that resemble astronomical observatories. It is the kind of terminal that seems designed to say that here you leave the past behind, the future has arrived, behold the wonders of aviation. But in Burundi in 1994, for the lucky few with tickets, an airplane was fastest, safest way out. It was flight. In the spring of that year, violence and chaos governed Burundi. To the west, the hills above Bujumbura were burning. Smoke seemed to be pouring off the hills, as the winds of mid-May carried the plumes of smoke downward in undulating sheets, in the general direction of the airport. A large passenger jet was parked on the tarmac, and a disordered crowd was heading toward it in sweaty haste. Deo felt as if he were being carried by the crowd, immersed in an unfamiliar river. The faces around him were mostly white, and though many were black or brown, there was no one whom he recognized, and so far as he could tell there were no country people. …


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