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Volume 17, Number 8 August 2022 Home | BW Index

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Reviewer's Choice Genealogy Shelf Philosophy Shelf
Business Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Christian Studies Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Conspiracy Theories in the Time of Coronavirus
Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene
Carus Books
9781637700068, $19.95 PB, $8.99 Kindle, 240pp

Conspiracy Theories in the Time of Coronavirus is recommended not just for philosophy and political science students, but for students of medical history and social issues who receive a powerful philosophy-based assessment of conspiracy theories. Its timely discussions range from the harm in politically weaponizing pandemic concerns to considering the underlying messages in conspiracy charges and how they change and grow beyond their initial incarnation. Readers interested in conspiracy ideas and their political and social impact will find no better contemporary assessment than Conspiracy Theories in the Time of Coronavirus, which should not just be in library holdings, but used as classroom discussion points and for debates.

The Genealogy Shelf

Our Quaker Ancestors, second edition
Ellen Thomas Berry & David Allen Berry
Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 229, Baltimore, Maryland 21211
9780806321202, $28.50

The second updated edition of Our Quaker Ancestors: Finding Them in Quaker Records offers many keys to researching the extensive archives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and will prove an essential edition to any collection strong in genealogical research and family roots. From working with Friends meeting records to possible problems in using and accessing them, Ellen Thomas Berry & David Allen Berry cover many obstacles, potential pitfalls, and avenues to success which will prove essential reading for anyone accessing Quaker archives to add to their family tree. The result is a unique, highly recommended acquisition no authoritative genealogical reference collection should be without.

The Philosophy Shelf

Letters of Frithjof Schuon
Michael Oren Fitzgerald, editor
World Wisdom
1501 E. Hillside Dr., Bloomington, IN 47401
9781936597727, $19.95

Letters of Frithjof Schuon: Reflections on the Perennial Philosophy gathers nearly 200 newly translated letters from throughout Frithjoh Schuon's life, written to friends, spiritual leaders, scholars and peers. Most contain metaphysical references that are also reflected in his published works, but the letters serve as not only satisfying adjuncts to his writings, but windows into their origins and the background details of his examinations. The result blends autobiographical inspection with insights into his special brand of spirituality and philosophy, creating added value in the intersections between the two. While it may feel like a specialty acquisition for some libraries, those which already contain Schuon's writings and who seek a deeper understanding of the man and his mission will find Letters of Frithjof Schuon a fine complimentary set of insights.

The Business Shelf

Radically Human
Paul R., Daugherty and H. James Wilson
Harvard Business Review Press
60 Harvard Way, Boston, MA 02163
9781647821081, $30.00

Radically Human: How New Technology is Transforming Business and Shaping Our Future should be in every business library interested in linking technology innovation to growing a business. It goes beyond the usual discussion of applying such technology to a business structure to consider the empowerment it brings, and with it, the necessity for managers to construct a new strategic framework that goes beyond traditional business approaches and presumptions. How does one build the essentials of trust, talent, and sustainability in such an environment? Managers and entrepreneurs interested in the reformation of companies to adapt to new human-centric technology will reap the benefits of a discussion that covers everything from AI and pandemic transformations to brain-inspired data management.

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Robosoldiers: Thank You For Your Servos
Stephen Lawson, Editor
Baen Books
P.O. Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
9781982191900, $16.00

Stephen Lawson edits Robosoldiers: Thank You For Your Servos, an anthology of military short stories featuring works by David Drake, Doug Beason, Stephen Lawson and other Baen authors. From tales of heroes and resilience to robosoldier politics and hard military sci-fi action, this is a remarkably diverse collection of technical and psychological intersections that will delight military sci-fi fans who enjoy blends of hard science and strategic battle practice.

A New Clan
David Weber and Jane Lindskold
Baen Books
P.O. Box 1403, Riverdale, NY 10471
9781982191894, $18.99

David Weber and Jane Lindskold's A New Clan is a Star Kingdom novel that explores human and animal relationships. Teen Stephanie Harrington is newly home from her internship and involved with a new treecat adoptee, a journalist determined to protect them, and puzzling accidents that are challenging the younger generation of Sphinx. Intrigue, undercover agent work, and a new calling that separates her from her guardian makes for a vivid, fast-paced story even newcomers will find accessible and engrossing.

The Christian Studies Shelf

That We May Be One
Gary B. Agee
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
4035 Park East Court SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
9780802881861, $19.99

That We May Be One: Practicing Unity in a Divided Church comes from a pastor whose background in leading diverse church communities lends to a reflection on the pitfalls and processes of successfully building a unified religious community. His advice draws from both Scripture and years of experience in church leadership, supplementing advice with exercises, questions for discussion groups, and suggested best practices to help define and strengthen unity. The result should be in any collection seeing reader interest in church organization and effective outreach processes.

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane C. Donovan, Editor
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