Dope: A History of Performance Enhancement in Sports from the Nineteenth Century to Today


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Since the dawn of athletic competition during the original Olympic Games in Ancient Greece, athletes, as well as their coaches and trainers, have been finding innovative ways to gain an edge on their competition. Some of those performance-enhancement methods have been within the accepted rules while other methods skirt the gray area between being within the rules and not, while still other methods break the established rules. In modern times, doping – the use of performance-enhancing drugs – has been one method athletes and their trainers have used to beat their competition. The history of sports doping during the modern era can be traced through the events and scandals of the times in which the athletes lived. From the use of amphetamines and other stimulants in the early 20th century, to the use of testosterone and steroids by both the USSR and the United States during Cold War-era Olympics games, to blood doping and EPO, to designer drugs, the history of doping in sports closely follows the medical and technological advances of our times. In the early 21st century, the possibility of genetically engineered athletes looms. The story of doping in sports over the last century offers clues to where the battle over performance enhancement will be fought in the years to come.



The Bible in Its World: The Bible and Archaeology Today

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This book is a solid exposition of the relationship between the ancient near eastern world and ancient Israel. Contrary to popular conceptions that biblical literature was a response to the post-exilic condition, Kitchen demonstrates that in the light of the explosion of knowledge on the ancient near east it has become impossible to maintain critical and minimalist positions on the history and development of Israel and its religion. If one does decide to hold such a view, Kitchen explains that doing so makes Israel the only ancient nation incapable of transmitting its history and having elaborate religious rituals, which we now know were common characteristics of ancient civilizations from even before the time of Moses. Kitchen further explains that the modern minimalist views were born out of 19th century German critical theory, at a time when such knowledge of the ancient world simply did not exist. As a result, such scholars had to perform their research in a historical vacuum, and thus reconstructed the history of ancient Israel which has turned out, in the light of later research, to totally contradict the rest of the entire ancient near east. The momentum of this 19th century research, Kitchen explains, has carried on into the 20th (and 21st) centuries, coloring the views of many modern archaeologists and Old Testament scholars. This book is very important in the light of recent literature on the subject.



The King James Bible: A Short History from Tyndale to Today

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The King James Bible was the result of an extraordinary effort over nearly a century to make many good English translations and turn them into what the translators called ‘one principal good one, not justly to be excepted against’. David Norton traces the work of Tyndale and his successors, analyzing the translation and revisions of two representative passages. His fascinating new account follows in detail the creation of the KJB, including attention to the translators’ manuscript work. He also examines previously unknown evidence such as the diary of John Bois, the only man who made notes on the translation. At the centre of the book is a thorough discussion of the first edition. The latter part of the book traces the printing and textual history of the KJB and provides a concise account of its changing scholarly and literary reputations.



Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone)


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Winner of the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the Trillium Book Award

A Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Life, Walrus, CBC Books, Chatelaine, Hill Times, 49th Shelf and Writers’ Trust Best Book of the Year

With the urgency and passion of Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me), the seductive storytelling of J.D. Vance (Hillbilly Elegy) and the historical rigour of Carol Anderson (White Rage), Kamal Al-Solaylee explores the in-between space that brown people occupy in today’s world: on the cusp of whiteness and the edge of blackness. Brown proposes a cohesive racial identity and politics for the millions of people from the Global South and provides a timely context for the frictions and anxieties around immigration and multiculturalism that have led to the rise of populist movements in Europe and the election of Donald Trump.

At once personal and global, Brown is packed with storytelling and on-the-street reporting conducted over two years in ten countries on four continents that reveals a multitude of lives and stories from destinations as far apart as the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, the United States, Britain, Trinidad, France, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Qatar and Canada. It features striking research about the emergence of brown as the colour of cheap labor and the pursuit of a lighter skin tone as a global status symbol. As he studies the significance of brown skin for people from North Africa and the Middle East, Mexico and Central America, and South and East Asia, Al-Solaylee also reflects on his own identity and experiences as a brown-skinned person (in his case from Yemen) who grew up with images of whiteness as the only indicators of beauty and success.

This is a daring and politically resonant work that challenges our assumptions about race, immigration and globalism and recounts the heartbreaking stories of the people caught in the middle.



Business Writing Today: A Practical Guide


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Confident writers succeed. Whether you aim for a career in the business, nonprofit or government world, good writing equips you to stand out.  In this accessible and reader-friendly book, Natalie Canavor shares a step-by-step framework to help you write strategically, win opportunities, and perform better on the job. You’ll know what to say and how to say it in any medium from email to blog, cover letter, proposal, resume, report, website, tweet, news release, and more. You’ll discover practical, grammar-free techniques to improve all your writing and learn how to recognize and fix your own problems with clear demonstrations. Business Writing Today, Second Edition, gives you tools, techniques and inside tips drawn from the worlds of journalism, corporate communications and public relations.  It prepares you to better understand the business world and communicate in ways that achieve your own immediate and long range goals in today’s highly competitive work environment.

Sage Publications Inc



Unity of the Church in the New Testament and Today


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In the mid-twentieth century there were high hopes for the Ecumenical Movement and the unity of the church. In more recent days, however, each church appears to once again be emphasizing the profile of its own tradition. The movement continues to be celebrated, but there is little cooperation. The authors of this book propose an answer: take a fresh look at the New Testament itself.

Lukas Vischer, Ulrich Luz, and Christian Link argue that even a brief look at the New Testament reveals that God in Christ desires to create a community united in love. In fact, this unity is a permanent and never-ending task of the church.

Unity of the Church in the New Testament and Today offers reflections about what one can learn from the New Testament and what this means in the life of the church today. It surveys how the Christian movement struggled for unity in the first century. Finally it contains a systematic-theological reflection on that struggle and thereby draws conclusions for today’s church.





Be Born in Us Today: Praying the Stations of Advent and Christmas

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Listen to the word of God. Pray. Meditate. Sing. This beautiful pattern, familiar to those who follow the Lenten Stations of the Cross, is well suited to the season of Incarnation. Written by acclaimed composer David Haas, these 14 reflections on the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke can be prayed individually or in a group setting. Offering musical suggestions for an even deeper prayer experience, each station can help seekers of all ages pursue a prayerful path toward Christmas in joy, awe, and mystery.



The Great Han: Race, Nationalism, and Tradition in China Today

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The Great Han is an ethnographic study of the Han Clothing Movement, a neotraditionalist and racial nationalist movement that has emerged in China since 2001. Participants come together both online and in person in cities across China to revitalize their utopian vision of the authentic “Great Han” and corresponding “real China” through pseudotraditional ethnic dress, reinvented Confucian ritual, and anti-foreign sentiment. Analyzing the movement’s ideas and practices, this book argues that the vision of a pure, perfectly ordered, ethnically homogeneous, and secure society is in fact a fantasy constructed in response to the challenging realities of the present. Yet this national imaginary is reproduced precisely through its own perpetual elusiveness. The Great Han is a pioneering analysis of Han identity, nationalism, and social movements in a rapidly changing China.




Counterinsurgency: What the United States Learned in Vietnam, Chose to Forget and Needs to Know Today


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It has long been predicted that counterinsurgency will be the predominant style of American warfare in the 21st century: Thus far, the prediction has proven true. Written for those who study counterinsurgency from a policy perspective as well as for those who do counterinsurgency in the field, this book demonstrates that the U.S. has had difficulty meeting the challenges of this special form of warfare because it has not properly processed important lessons from the past. Based on the author’s wartime experiences, a broad range of topics are covered–from factors to be considered in accepting a counterinsurgency partner to “rules” for advisors in the field–with points illustrated by real-life examples.