The use of performance-enhancing drug use in
sports is never out of the news, whether it's cycling, baseball, Olympic
sports, or mixed martial arts. Interestingly, the use of steroids to
boost human performance stretches back to ancient times. Written by a
former professor of chemistry, Steroids and Doping in Sports: A Reference Handbook
provides not only information about all aspects of
performance-enhancing drugs in sport, but also supplies a thorough,
scientific background about the drugs themselves—the chemistry and
biology of steroids, what scientists have learned about these
substances, and the specific ways in which they affect the human body.
Pleasures of the Garden: A Literary Anthology selected by Christina Hardyment
This collection of classic garden writing presents the garden as place
of solace in our busy world, a retreat for lovers, and even an earthly
paradise. Bringing together a wide range of voices from across the
centuries and around the globe—from Pliny in first-century Italy to
Robert Louis Stevenson in nineteenth-century Hawaii—Pleasures of the Garden
features fiction and poetry, memoirs and letters, all in celebration of
Citizen Science Guide for Families: Taking Part in Real Science by Greg Landgraf
People of all ages and backgrounds can discover how to contribute to
real scientific research with this handy guide. It defines citizen
science, providing an overview of the social and community aspects
behind the idea. The book is organized by topic and features links to
library resources and descriptions of books appropriate to the subject.
The Geography of Resistance: Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad, by Cheryl LaRoche
In this enlightening study, Cheryl Janifer
LaRoche employs the tools of archaeology to uncover a new historical
perspective on the Underground Railroad. Unlike previous histories of
the Underground Railroad, which have focused on frightened fugitive
slaves and their benevolent abolitionist accomplices, LaRoche focuses
instead on free African American communities, the crucial help they
provided to individuals fleeing slavery, and the terrain where those
flights to freedom occurred.
An absorbing history of how Coke’s insatiable thirst for natural resources shaped the company and reshaped the globe.
How did Coca-Cola build a global empire by selling a low-price
concoction of mostly sugar, water, and caffeine? The easy answer is
advertising, but the real formula to Coke’s success was its strategy,
from the start, to offload costs and risks onto suppliers, franchisees,
and the government. For most of its history the company owned no
bottling plants, water sources, cane- or cornfields. A lean operation,
it benefited from public goods like cheap municipal water and curbside
recycling programs. Its huge appetite for ingredients gave it outsized
influence on suppliers and congressional committees. This was Coca-Cola
Social Media for Nurses: Educating Practitioners and Patients in a Networked World, by Ramona Nelson, Irene Joos, and Debra M. Wolf
This book clearly and comprehensively presents the knowledge and
skills nurses and health professionals need in order to effectively use
the Internet and interactive social media to educate health consumers.
By understanding and using Web 2.0 and Health 2.0 applications and
technology, nurses will have access to a critical tool for improving the
health of individuals, families, and communities, as well as enhancing
their own professional development.
Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? by Karen Dawisha
The raging question in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions. Karen Dawisha’s brilliant Putin’s Kleptocracy
provides an answer, describing how Putin got to power, the cabal he
brought with him, the billions they have looted, and his plan to restore
the Greater Russia.
Russian scholar Dawisha describes and
exposes the origins of Putin’s kleptocratic regime. She presents
extensive new evidence about the Putin circle’s use of public positions
for personal gain even before Putin became president in 2000.
The fungi realm has been called the "hidden
kingdom," a mysterious world populated by microscopic spores, gigantic
mushrooms and toadstools, and a host of other multicellular organisms
ranging widely in color, size, and shape. The Kingdom of Fungi
provides an intimate look at the world's astonishing variety of fungi
species, from cup fungi and lichens to truffles and tooth fungi, clubs
and corals, and jelly fungi and puffballs. This beautifully illustrated
book features more than 800 stunning color photographs as well as a
concise text that describes the biology and ecology of fungi, fungal
morphology, where fungi grow, and human interactions with and uses of
"ghost boy: the miraculous escape of a misdiagnosed boy trapped inside his own body", by Martin Pistorius
In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably
sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept
constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within
eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin's parents were
told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby
and less than two years to live.
Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled
children. The stress and heartache shook his parents’ marriage and their
family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought.