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Foreign Policy after Tahrir Revolution
(Re)-defining the role of Egypt in the Middle East

Author: Mehmet Özkan

“As an introduction to the studies on Egypt’s foreign policy, this book will be a good start for policy-makers, graduate students, and scholars who are interested in understanding Egypt’s challenges and limitations in the region.”

Muzaffer Senel, Insight Turkey, Fall 2013, Volume 15, No. 4

Supply Chain Management from concepts to practice
Differentiated Strategies for SCM DESC framework

Author: Sameh N. Mohammad

“As there are many strategies for supply chain management, this research business case study is conducted to answer the research question of ‘How Can the Agility Best Fit within the Supply Chains strategies?’
As the business case study is applied on Olympic Group, this research focuses on the field of home appliances while answering the research question.”

Hafsa Maryam, Assistant Professor, Department of Management, American International University – Bangladesh (AIUB), Vol 2, No 3 (September 2013)
International Journal of Supply Chain Management

Transfigural Mathematics

Author: Lere O. Shakunle

“Transfigural mathematics is really another mathematical language, but one that gives and reveals life through mathematics. As Lere goes through its complexities, he also puts that same life and that same poetry into the words that explain the language. So it is not surprising that it should be easy to read and easy to understand. It is a language that makes sense, a language that surprises and makes you want to find out more. (…) This is Lere’s clearest account of transfigural mathematics so far, and I’m sure that if I could understand it, so will any child, and so will any of their parents.”

Claudine St Arroman, architect and PhD researcher, Goldsmiths University
August 2013

Music and Moral Culture: Development of Moral Culture of Senior Pupils through Musical Activity

Author: Arvydas Girdzijouskas

“This is a work of impressive scholarship dealing with a subject that has not previously been explored.”

Diana Harris, Open University, UK, British Journal of Music Ed., Volume 30/1 – 2013

A Study of the Catholic Priest in Shusaku Endo’s Novels
A Rare Glimpse into the History of Japan and Christianity ISBN:978-3-8465-1621-8

Author: Johnny Toma

“(…) Toma’s real strength lies in the way he helps the reader grasp how Endo understands the perils and possibilities of Western Christian missionary endeavors in a non-Western, frequently hostile environment. Here, we learn why conflicts between locals and foreigners abound; how apostasy serves as an acute moral dilemma, with martyrdom often the con- sequence for refusing to recant; and, how the concerns of faith and doubt, as well as the absence and presence of God, surface and threaten to engulf protagonist(s) and antago- nist(s) alike. Toma takes us to the heart of such issues both carefully and compellingly, and thus his work comes highly recommended.”

Darren J. N. Middleton, Texas Christian University, Religious Studies Review, Volume 38, Number 2, June 2012, page 85

Arctic Host, Icy Visit
China and Falun Gong Face Off in Iceland. ISBN:978-3-8433-6513-0

Author: Herman Salton

“(…) It took the author, Herman Salton, eight years to write and publish this book, i.e. from 2002, when he began his inquiries after the events in Iceland, until 2010, when the book was released. This has given him a very long time to gather a lot of sources, some of which very good and reliable. (…) This book gives good information but there is always, especially because the author almost only takes Falun Gong‘s side in these matters, more than meets the eye. It is obvious though that the Chinese government has an enormous impact on the whole world, and tries to ban Falun Gong everywhere. At the same time, other governments are aware of the influence that the Chinese government has, and may be aware that their own actions are unjustifiable and therefore try to avoid discussions about these matters. They hide the truth and give no comments on their behavior. Salton´s book takes the reader on a journey all around the world, informing them about the things that not many people seem to know of and digs up sources and information that seem to have been somewhat hidden.”

Anita Einarsdottir, Nordicum-Mediterraneum (Vol. 7, n.1, 2012)

The Symbolic Dimension: An Exploration of the Compositional Process

Author: Katia Tiutiunnik

“… The Symbolic Dimension by Katia Tiutiunnik—enter the arena of research on women’s music and add important knowledge to the field… Katia Tiutiunnik (b. 1967), a living Australian composer, offers a rigorously analytical and perceptive reading of the symbolic dimension of her own music and, in so doing, adds important information to the growing field of practice-based research. Her book, which is the published version of her doctoral thesis, includes detailed, structural analyses of selected works while at the same time pondering the extent to which her music arises out of her engagement with extra-musical symbolic forms. It elucidates the practices and processes of the composer-at-work and the ways in which she, as composer, interacts with her music and its immediate context. It explores the theoretical models that inform her approaches to composition; in particular, that of Jungian psychology and Nattiez’s musical semiology. Drawing on Nattiez, Tiutiunnik explains how the three dimensions of symbolic forms in this theory apply to music… Her book, as a whole, however, offers a comprehensive interpretation of her own music. In so doing, it is rich, primary source material for any scholar wishing to undertake further work on Tiutiunnik’s music… And while there is not yet much written about Tiutiunnik, given she is only just becoming established as a composer in the national and international worlds of concert music, her book fulfils the purpose of making her visible to those worlds.”

Sally Mcarthur (2011): Composing the ‘Woman’ Composer, Musicology Australia, 33:1, 129-138

Uphill Struggles: The Politics of Sustainable Mountain Development in Switzerland and California

Author: Jörg Balsiger

Uphill Struggles is a substantial book based on the author’s doctoral dissertation. As such, it is composed of 2 distinct strands that may be of relevance to rather different audiences. The first is theoretical: it aims to “establish a common theoretical framework for analyzing sustainable development processes in modern nation states” (p 1). This theoretical framework is applied to 2 distinct mountain ranges: the Swiss Alps and the Sierra Nevada of California. Thus, the second strand is an extremely detailed description and analysis of these regions and the policies that have emerged in and/or related to them. The author focuses particularly on the past 35 years but also provides the historical contexts of these 2 regions that are very different in some respects but, as Balsiger stresses, are both cultural landscapes.

Martin Price in Mountain Research and Development (volume 31, August 2011)

The Ugly in Russian Literature: Dostoevsky’s Influence on Iurii
Mamleev, Liudmila Petrushevskaia, and Tatiana Tolstaia

Author: Inna Tigountsova

The monograph is rich with insightful comments and is particularly useful as an introduction to Dostoevsky’s Notes and to the postmodernist malaise in Russian late twentieth-century writing. One section of the book juxtaposes in column form Dostoevskian themes and quotations from Mamleev. Any gains in conciseness are offset by the sheer length of this section, which runs to twenty-eight pages, and could have been shortened. The comparative framework, however, works to the author’s advantage, andunlocks many provoking parallels and analogies.

Myroslav Shkandrij in “Canadian Slavonic Papers”, March 2011

Samurai Lear?: The Cross-Cultural Intertextuality of Akira
Kurosawa’s Ran

Author: Karl Gorringe

In Samurai Lear?, Karl Gorringe approaches Ran from a relatively fresh
angle, largely putting aside (but not forgetting) its status as a film
version of King Lear, which has usually been the main focus of critics.
Instead, Gorringe interprets the film first and foremost as a samurai film
— not in order to replace the Shakespeare angle, but to add to it. (…)
Gorringe’s argumentation is enjoyable to read in its enthusiasm and
thoroughness. However, for a work which ultimately argues for greater
interpretational complexity, it is perhaps a little ironic that in his quest
for detail he at times appears to simplify Ran, arguably often collapsing
many of the films multiple dimensions into just the one that best serves
the purposes of the argument. (…) The book offers a fresh and comparatively
shakespeareless view of Kurosawa’s film, for which it must be applauded.

Akirakurasawa 5/11

Production of pet food: Inclusion of palatability enhancers in dry
extruded dog food

Author: Slobodan Baskot

This book considers the impact of natural ingredients on the palatability of dry, extruded dog foods. It is aimed at pet food producers, flavour technologists, students and pet owners, and covers the following topics: types of pet foods; production of pet food; nutritional requirements; protein; evaluation of commercial pet foods; definition of pellet quality; palatability enhancers for extruded pet foods; and an experiment in which freeze dried rumen and liver were added to extruded dog foods, which were then investigated for digestibility, preference, strength at rupture during compression, overall technical quality, bulk density and pellet durability.

Food Science and Technology Abstracts" , Volume 43 (1) 201

Art Therapy in Psychosomatic Medicine

Author: Sylvia Dolce

Art Therapy in Psychosomatic Medicine desbribes Sylvia Dolce’s innovative idea in art therapy. This book explains Dolce’s design in using both guided imagery techniques and art in a therapy session to work through clients’ psychosomatic illnesses. The main part of the book presents cases Dolce worked with, and the reader can glean much information through the description of the sessions as well as the photographs of the clients’ artwork as time progressed. Dolce’s work would be of interest to any therapists who work with clients with psychosomatic illnesses, use guided imagery, or who practice art therapy.

Leah Blumenthal in “keeping in touch” (The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy), Issue no. 42

Does Environmental Law Work? How to Evaluate the Effectiveness of an Environmental Legal System

Author: Chris McGrath

Every PhD candidate who has survived the years of drudgery to be handed the framed certificate by an aged chancellor faces another daunting question. How much work will be involved in preparing his/her product for publication to an audience of more than a dozen people? (…) For many newly minted doctors, more frustrating years ensue as the boring bits are removed; the material is continually updated; publishers demands are met and a racy introduction is added.

Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP) offers a less arduous road. LAP specialises in publishing academic theses in book form in their raw state. Hardly more is required than a “find and replace” search to change “this thesis” to “this book” and a couple of photographs for the front and back cover and LAP will publish the product of your lost years to the world.

It is by this process that “Does Environmental Law Work?” (DELW) has been made available to a broader audience. Chris McGrath was awarded his doctorate in environmental law in 2008 and LAP published his thesis in book form in early 2010. Minimal changes have been made and the book is presented as an attractive volume with a charming picture ofindustrial smoke stacks on the front cover and an even more charming picture of the author in a sensible straw hat on the back. .

Environmental and Planning Law Journal (Austalia) ‘Book review’ 2010 27 EPLJ 392

Seafood security in a changing climate

Author: Saleem Mustafa

… A key aspect of the book is emphasising that sustainable aquaculture is a multi-disciplinary activity comprised of scientific, social, economic and political dimensions and that management of aquaculture practice is a multi-faceted task requiring not only knowledge of the resource and the global market but also knowledge of the marine environment and the ecosystems that comprise it. (…) Overall, ‘Seafood Security in a Changing Climate’ is essential desktop reading for students, researchers, environmental managers, food economists, social scientists, bio-technologists and climatologists. It is effectively an indispensable handbook on ‘state-of-the-art’ aquaculture coupled with an informed projection of how sustainable aquaculture can be progressively achieved. It is very well written with concise explanations of the technical terms and language used and the essential scientific concepts are explained. The clarity and conciseness of the text together with the 150 references cited indicate the commanding depth and breadth of knowledge possessed by the author on aquaculture, much of which arising from his own research. This text confirms that aquaculture is a quantitative science with very significant social, economic, political and environmental interactions..

John Hill for “Environmental Biotechnology”, May 2010

The Symbolic Dimension

Author: Katia Tiutiunnik

Katia Tiutiunnik, LAP author and a noted violist, has been interviewed by Bay Post and the Moruya Examiner (Batemans Bay and Moruya, New South Wales, Australia) about publishing her thesis with LAP:

It was a regular day for Katia Tiutiunnik until she received a phone call from a German publishing company, asking if she’d like to publish her PhD. The English-speaking publishing company, Lambert Academic Publishing, approached Katia last year asking her if she was interested in revising her research and putting into book form. Without hesitation she accepted and, after a long process of editing and getting fonts right, she received the final copy in December. “I felt really glad,” she said. “I’m very happy at the sense of completion.” Katia, who is based in Tomakin, composes music that is performed on the international stage. (…) Katia said her book was about the link between music and the Middle East. “It reflects how non-music fields interact with composing music.” (…) Katia, who completed her PhD at the Australian National University in 2003, admitted she had always thought about publishing it, but it wasn’t something she thought of doing so soon…

Bay Post on 10-2-2010

A Local Perspective on Military Withdrawal from Politics in Indonesia: East-Java 1998-2003

Author: Jonni Mahroza

… Himself an Indonesian army officer, Mahroza had unparalleled access to military actors in East Java. More importantly, he was an expert interviewer, eliciting his informants’ unvarnished views about the end of the “twin functions” doctrine (used to legitimate military rule throughout the New Order) from their own perspectives. He also conducted extensive interviews with civilian politicians at the district and municipality levels, and closely observed all of these actors’ political behavior for many months. (…) Another important finding is the author’s close analysis of the ways in which the territorial system has in practice been a major source of income not only for senior officers but well down into the ranks. This analysis is presented very well. It is really the best treatment I have seen of the territorial system as a pattern of multilayered interactions with great potential danger for democratic consolidation. (…) In sum, this is an excellent study of a critical period in Indonesian history by an analyst who made the most of his opportunity to describe and explain the events he observed at close hand..

William Liddle in Jakarta Post on 3-1-2010

A Local Perspective on Military Withdrawal from Politics in Indonesia: East-Java 1998-2003

Author: Jonni Mahroza

… This thesis is among the most interesting and informative that I have read in recent years. As the author points out, most studies of the Indonesian military focus on its ideology and behaviour at the national level without examining in detail what was happening at the regional level. There is, of course, good reason why scholars have tended to neglect local military developments, particularly within the military itself. Militaries everywhere, and certainly in Indonesia, are secretive institutions. Such a study is extremely difficult to carry out not only by foreign scholars who are inevitably considered suspect but also by Indonesians from outside the ranks of the military itself while military officers are usually reluctant to expose ‘internal issues’ to a wider public. (…) This thesis is written by an Indonesian military officer who is obviously concerned for the reputation of the institution of which he is part but is disappointed by its failure to commit itself thoroughly to the professionalisation that is its stated goal. The author does not adopt a condemnatory or moralizing tone but his message is clear nonetheless. This thesis provides much information about the internal workings of the military which, as far as I am aware, has never before been revealed in such detail and with such insight..

Harold Crouch