Penn Press NewsletterSeptember 2011
In This Issue: Penn Press Podcast with Afaf Ibrahim Meleis and Susan M. Wachter | Events | Awards and Acclaim |This Month's Releases Featuring

In the September podcast, Afaf Ibrahim Meleis and Susan M. Wachter, two of the coeditors of Women's Health and the World's Cities, discuss why gender matters in public health and urban planning.

Afaf Ibrahim Meleis is the Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Susan M. Wachter is the Richard B. Worley Professor of Financial Management and Professor of Real Estate and Finance at The Wharton School and Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Women's Health and the World's Cities was also coedited by Eugenie L. Birch, Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and codirector with Wachter of the Penn Institute for Urban Research.

The audio interview with Afaf Ibrahim Meleis and Susan M. Wachter is available at the Penn Press podcast page.

Scott Gabriel Knowles, author of The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America, is the scheduled guest for WNYC Radio's The Leonard Lopate Show at noon on Thursday, September 8.

On Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m., William M. Rohe will sign copies of his new book, The Research Triangle: From Tobacco Road to Global Prominence at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC. Please call 800-672-6789 for details.

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011 from noon to 1:00 p.m., join Kathy Peiss for an Art-at-Lunch talk on her book Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Visit or call 215-972-2105 for details.

On Friday, September 30, 2011 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., William M. Rohe will be at Bull's Head Bookshop in Chapel Hill, NC to discuss The Research Triangle: From Tobacco Road to Global Prominence.

Stephen A. Mitchell, author of Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages, was named a Walter Channing Cabot Fellow for 2011. The Cabot award honors Harvard University faculty for their distinguished publications.

Publishers Weekly called Mia Bloom's Bombshell: Women and Terrorism an "engrossing, deeply researched account" of how women become terrorists.

Robert Vanderlan's Intellectuals Incorporated: Politics, Art and Ideas Inside Henry Luce’s Media Empire received praise in the book section of the New Republic.

Susan M. Wachter, coeditor of The American Mortgage System: Crisis and Reform, discussed the home construction recovery on Bloomberg TV.

Kathy Peiss, author of Zoot Suit: The Enigmatic Career of an Extreme Style, told the story of the "killer-diller" coat on WNYC Radio's Soundcheck. Peiss also discussed the issues and ideas behind her research for Zoot Suit on Rorotoko.

The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America author Scott Gabriel Knowles blogged about preparations for Hurricane Irene.

The New York Times published an editorial, cowritten by Lincoln A. Mitchell, author of Uncertain Democracy: U.S. Foreign Policy and Georgia's Rose Revolution, on the presidential elections in the Georgian breakaway territory of Abkhazia.

Michael Kazin, editor of In Search of Progressive America, discussed the history of the left in the United States with

A complete list of upcoming public Penn Press events is available at the Penn Press Events page.

This Month's Releases

BombshellBombshell: Women and Terrorism
Mia Bloom

"A highly readable analysis of why and how women become suicide bombers, and the reasons why some terrorist organizations deploy them as a weapon of last resort. Bloom's case studies will provoke passionate debate."—Paul Wilkinson, author of Terrorism Versus Democracy

From Northern Ireland to Sri Lanka, women have been engaged in all manner of terrorist activities, from generating propaganda to blowing up targets. What drives women to participate in terrorist activities? Bombshell is a groundbreaking book that reveals the inner workings of the shocking, unfamiliar world of female terrorists.

The Hebrew Book in Early Modern Italy
Edited by Joseph R. Hacker and Adam Shear

"A remarkably valuable contribution to the cultural history of the Jews in the late Middle Ages and the early modern period. The essays offer deep insights into methodological issues broadly connected to the larger general context of continuity and change, focusing on the dialogical relationship between Jewish and non-Jewish identities, especially on the constitutive forces ushering in the modern age."—Robert Bonfil, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Labors Lost: Women's Work and the Early Modern English Stage
Natasha Korda

"This is a very exciting book. Its chief claim, more than amply substantiated, is that women played a much more active role in the production of early modern theater than prior scholarship has asserted. Labors Lost offers a rich and nuanced picture of the many different ways in which women took part in the early modern theatrical world."—Jean E. Howard, Columbia University

Family and Empire: The Fernández de Córdoba and the Spanish Realm
Yuen-Gen Liang

"A powerful and complex challenge to the traditional story of how the Spanish Empire was sustained during the four centuries from the conquest of the Muslims in southern Spain to the end of the seventeenth century. This masterful and original study and its methodology will open a whole new approach to the history of empires from ancient times to the present."—Helen Nader, University of Arizona

Demonic Desires: "Yetzer Hara" and the Problem of Evil in Late Antiquity
Ishay Rosen-Zvi

"Demonic Desires analyzes a crucial element of late antique Jewish religious thought, the concept of the yetzer hara. Rosen-Zvi aims to correct misplaced assumptions about the yetzer, in terms of both anachronistic readings of the rabbinic tradition and misleading comparisons made between the yetzer and other aspects of late antique religious thought in the Hellenistic world. The book is a valuable contribution to an important area of study."—Columba Stewart, Saint John's School of Theology Seminary

A Common Justice: The Legal Allegiances of Christians and Jews Under Early Islam
Uriel I. Simonsohn

"An important and much-needed contribution to ongoing debates about minorities in the Middle Ages and about minorities under Islam as well as their relative freedoms and disabilities. The book is built on solid research and an impressive mastery of a wide variety of source materials in numerous languages. The arguments it puts forward are entirely convincing and have the potential to help move forward a remarkably stubborn and ideologically laden historiographic consensus."—Marina Rustow, Johns Hopkins University

The Empire Reformed: English America in the Age of the Glorious Revolution
Owen Stanwood

"Deeply and broadly researched, The Empire Reformed offers a compelling explanation for the political turbulence in colonial North America in the late seventeenth century, and frames it powerfully in a narrative account that makes sense of events in the region from the Chesapeake northward, between the Great Lakes to the West, and the Atlantic Ocean to the East."—Mark Peterson, University of California, Berkeley

Paperback Releases

Science in the Service of Human Rights
Richard Pierre Claude

Named Best Book in Human Rights for 2003 by the American Political Science Association

"Science in the Service of Human Rights is an important contribution. It is a powerful account of efforts by scientists in many fields to document torture, mass murder, ethnic cleansing, and other atrocities, and to strengthen the content of international human rights and humanitarian law. . . . Richard Claude's book will inspire many in medicine to marshal their idealism along these lines."—JAMA

Religion and Profit: Moravians in Early America
Katherine Carté Engel

Winner of the 2010 Dale W. Brown Book Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies

"Engel fills a significant gap in the history of the Moravian Brethren in America by focusing on the connection between their spiritual ideal and economic activity. In doing so, she also spotlights the significance of transatlantic ties and the impact of the Seven Years War for the entire middle Atlantic region."—Journal of American History

Sarajevo Under Siege: Anthropology in Wartime
Ivana Maček

"Original, important, and exciting. Most ethnographies of war aren't actually conducted at the epicenters of war, nor even on the front lines. Maček's is. She stands among a handful of scholars who combine true ethnography of war with enduring commitment to both academic and personal ethics."—Carolyn Nordstrom, University of Notre Dame

The Hundred Years War, Volume 3: Divided Houses
Jonathan Sumption

"There is no other book which tells the story of this phase of the war so fluently or in such absorbing detail, or which conveys so graphically 'the savagery, the utter savagery,' to say nothing of the sheer pointlessness, of it all. Divided Houses is a compelling, sustained exercise in original research: all in all, a remarkable achievement."—TLS

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