April/May news and new books

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News and Notes/Praise and Reviews

Doris Iarovici, M.D., author of Mental Health Issues and the University Studentdiscusses the “antidepressant generation” in The New York Times Well Blog.

“Access to well-trained health workers when you need them should not be an accident of geography,” say the coauthors of Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World, Jeffrey Sturchio and Louis Galambos, in The Huffington Post.

John Eric Goff, author of Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports, discusses the redesign of the World Cup soccer ball on NPR’s All Things Considered.

The Washington Post calls Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger “a superlative book . . . crisply written and packed with facts and anecdotes.”

In a review of Gene Jockeys: Life Science and the Rise of Biotech Enterprise, by Nicolas Rasmussen, Nature says “Rasmussen’s research is dogged and creative, his analysis perceptive and nuanced.”

Foreign Affairs calls Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple: Global Discord in the New Millennium, by Randall L. Schweller, “The most original and thought-provoking forecast of future world politics to be published in recent years.”

Hot off the Press

Washington and Baltimore Art Deco: A Design History of Neighboring Cities Art Deco buildings still lift their modernist principles and streamlined chrome into the skies of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C. A field guide to plants and animals commonly found in the nation’s capital.

Stealing Cars: Technology and Society from the Model T to the Gran Torino Stealing cars has become as technologically advanced as the cars themselves. John Heitmann and Rebecca Morales tell a story that highlights both human creativity and some of the paradoxes of American life.

Pain: A Political History Keith Wailoo examines why and how pain and compassionate relief has been a battleground for defining the line between society’s liberal trends and conservative tendencies. Wailoo describes his book as part of the Robert Wood Johnson What’s Next Health Series.

Gene Jockeys: Life Science and the Rise of Biotech Enterprise Nicolas Rasmussen chronicles the scientific scramble to discover the first generation of drugs created through genetic engineering.

Doctors Without Borders: Humanitarian Quests, Impossible Dreams of Médecins Sans Frontières An intimate portrait of the renowned international humanitarian organization.

A Chosen Calling: Jews in Science in the Twentieth Century (co-published with Hebrew Union College Press) Noah Efron questions traditional explanations for Jewish excellence in science in the United States, the Soviet Union, and Palestine in the twentieth century. Zócalo Public Square recently published Efron’s article “When L.A.’s Jews Went Crazy for Albert Einstein.”

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