Publicity Roundup

Some updates from the Publicity team:

Lewis H. Siegelbaum’s Cars for Comrades is featured in the December 2008 issue of Road & Track.

Building on Jocelyn Crowley’s recent appearance on Fox NewsHannity & Colmes, Crowley has been busy discussing her new book, Defiant Dads, in other major news outlets, including a Newsweek article on the new politics of divorce, an interview on Imus in the Morning on December 15th, an interview on WOR’s Joan Hamburg Show on December 10th, and an interview just today on Fox & Friends with her husband Alan Colmes.

Marcy Norton’s Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures received a glowing review in
the Times of London, and she was interviewed on November 21st on KSFR’s Santa Fe Radio Café.

Kevin Bales, coeditor of To Plead Our Own Cause, was just named as one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

Elizabeth Lui’s beautiful new book, Open Hearts Open Doors, is receiving mainstream coverage from: Bloomberg News and Shanghai Daily.

The Washington Post had a recent article on birding in Costa Rica and listed some essentials: “WHAT TO BRING: Good rain gear, sturdy hiking shoes, lightweight long-sleeve shirts and long pants to protect from bug bites, a floppy hat, a backpack that allows easy access to your water bottle, sunscreen, bug repellent and The Birds of Costa Rica: A Field Guide by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean are essentials. For currency, I exchanged only a small amount into colones: U.S. dollars are accepted just about everywhere.”

The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State garnered an Associated Press
story that ran in many outlets late last month, including: The
New York Daily News
, New York Newsday,
the Ithaca Journal
, the Syracuse Post-Standard, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and the Daily Record.

Several of our titles were reviewed last month in Foreign Affairs, including:

Atomic Tragedy: review
The End of the West?: review
Humanitarianism in Question: review
Targeting Civilians in War: review
Warring Friends: review

Recent Reviews from Library Journal:

Simons, Thomas W., Jr. Eurasia’s New Frontiers: Young States, Old Societies, Open
Futures
. Cornell Univ. 2008. c.200p. index. ISBN 978-0-8014-4743-3. $25. INT AFFAIRS
In this long essay, Simons (The End of the Cold War?), a Foreign Service veteran and
former ambassador to Poland and Pakistan, addresses one of the most vexing
intellectual challenges of the post-Soviet world: recognizing political coherence in
the “confused and confusing intermingling of empire and nation” represented in the
15 Soviet successor states. The author identifies some of the most fundamental
political legacies that define present-day Eurasia. Readers should reflect carefully
on assertions such as “[Post Soviet] ethnocultural nationality was not much of a
building block for nationalism” in the Russian Federation. Discussing the
consequences of this and other conditions, affecting all but the Baltic states,
Simons contextualizes more obvious political features like the general weakness of
civil society, the intra-elite struggle to control the export of raw materials, and
the fundamental significance of Vladimir Putin. The author concludes with a
perceptive account of U.S.-Eurasian policy in the current Bush administration with
such caveats as an awareness that “neo-containment” may not be as appropriate for Russia as it was for the Soviet Union and the importance of shaping Russia’s status in the “far abroad” beyond its neighbors. Highly recommended for all academic and larger public libraries. Zachary T. Irwin, Sch. of Humanities & Social Science, Pennsylvania State Univ., Erie

Alrich, Peggy & Wesley Higgins. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Illustrated
Dictionary of Orchid Genera
. Cornell Univ. 2008. 288p. ISBN 978-0-8014-4737-2.
$49.95. REF
Alrich (Orchids on Stamps) and Higgins (Selbyana) offer a comprehensive guide to the identification and taxonomic etymology of nearly 2550 color-coded orchid species, including fossilized and pre-Linnaean types in addition to invalidated variants. Paragraph-long entries are organized alphabetically by genus name and are accompanied either by drawings or full-color photographs. Excised from their
backgrounds, the illustrations focus solely on contour and interior morphology,
rather than surrounding environment. The book opens with a fascinating flora
profile, including cellular diagrams, physiological descriptions, and a further
reading list. The dictionary complements (but exceeds in breadth) Isobyl la Croix’s
The New Encyclopedia of Orchids. Highly recommended for all botanical
collections. Savannah Schroll Guz, formerly with Smithsonian Lib., Washington, DC

Bailey, Liberty Hyde. Liberty Hyde Bailey: Essential Agrarian and Environmental
Writings
. Cornell Univ. Nov. 2008. c.288p. ed. by Zachary Michael Jack. index. ISBN
978-0-8014-4709-9. $29.95. SCI
It’s strange that Bailey (1858–1954) is not more of a household name. Teacher,
botanist, horticulturist, rural sociologist, administrator, encyclopedist, poet,
photographer, visionary, Bailey did a lot and wrote even more. Jack’s (English,
North Central Coll.) judicious selections and annotations provide readers with a
neat digest of Bailey’s ideas on education, democracy, agriculture, nature, and
community. His theme is essentially agrarian, chiefly a concern for the ills that
befall people who are at a distance from the things of the earth. In a style that is
at once impressionistic, scientific, and surpassingly poetic, he urges us to pay
attention, or, in contemporary parlance, be mindful. His prescience is startling;
for example, he wrote in 1911, “[w]hen the new lands have all been opened to
cultivation, and when thousands of millions of human beings occupy the earth, the
demand for food will constitute a problem which we scarcely apprehend today. We
shall then be obliged to develop self-sustaining methods of maintaining the
producing power of land.” With a revelation on nearly every page, this collection is
highly recommended for all libraries looking to bolster their environmental history
collections.­Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont.

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