Yale Books in Brief

The following is a list of books recently or soon to be published by members of the Yale community. Descriptions are based on material provided by the publishers. Authors of new books can forward publishers’ book descriptions to susan.gonzalez@yale.edu.

Sacred Violence: Torture, Terror and Sovereignty

Paul W. Kahn, the Robert W. Winner ­Professor of Law and the Humanities and director of the Orville H. Schell Jr. Center for International Human Rights

(University of Michigan Press)

“If we are quite willing to kill, why not torture?” Paul W. Kahn asks in his new book “Sacred Violence: Torture, Terror and Sovereignty.” In the book, Kahn investigates the reasons for the resort to violence characteristic of premodern states. He contends that law will never offer an adequate account of political violence. Drawing on political theology, he reveals that torture and terror are, essentially, forms of sacrifice beyond law.


In their words

A reading by Paul Kahn from his book “Sacred Violence: Torture, Terror and Sovereignty” can be found at:


Transnational Business Problems

Harold Hongju Koh, dean of the Law School and the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Detlev F. Vagts and William S. Dodge

(Foundation Press)

This fourth edition of “Transnational Business Problems” in the University Casebook Series provides an intellectual framework for understanding the most significant contractual and regulatory issues in international business. It is fully updated to account for developments through the start of 2008 and reflects the geographical diversity of business, focusing on China, the European Union, South America, Mexico and the Middle East. The chapters are followed by problems - each focused on a different kind of transaction. The book also includes a complete teacher’s manual that provides suggestions for approaching the material and answers to questions

Management of High-Risk Pregnancy: An Evidence-Based Approach, 5th Edition

Edited by Charles J. Lockwood, the Anita O’Keefe Young Professor and chair of obstetrics/gynecology and ­reproductive services, and John T. Queenan and Catherine Y. Spong


This fifth edition includes an overview of high-risk pregnancy, considering such factors as maternal nutrition; alcohol and substance abuse; environmental agents and reproductive risk; and medications in pregnancy and lactation. It also explores genetic screening; biochemical and biophysical fetal monitoring; maternal diseases (among them diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, cardiac disease, renal disease, hypertension, hepatitis and lupus erythematosus); complications of labor and delivery; and procedures including genetic amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, direct fetal blood sampling, amnioinfusion and fetal surgery; and problems in the newborn.

Philip Johnson: The Constancy of Change

Edited by Emmanuel Petit, assistant ­professor at the School of Architecture

(Yale University Press)

In this book, the first analytical work on architect Philip Johnson since his death in 2005, 16 voices in the architectural establishment present their ideas on Johnson, focusing on both his eclectic design approach and his intellect. As the Museum of Modern Art’s founding architecture curator in the early 1930s, Johnson helped establish modernism in the United States. The architect of New York’s AT&T building - known as the “Chippendale skyscraper” - he gave postmodernism commercial viability on a large scale during the 1980s. The book explores his contributions and influence in essays by such Yale faculty members as Peter Eisenman, Kurt W. Forster, Vincent Scully and Robert A.M. Stern (who wrote the foreword), as well as by Beatriz Colomina, Mark Jarzombek, Charles Jencks, Phyllis Lambert, Reinhold Martin, Detlef Mertins, Joan Ockman, Terrence Riley, Michael Sorkin, Kazys Varnelis, Stanislaus von?Moos, Ujjval Vyas and Mark Wigley. The book features 53 color and 163 black-and-white illustrations.

Russian: Learn in 4 Simple Steps! Words, Phrases, Sentences, Conversations

Constantine Muravnik, senior lector in the Department of Slavic Languages

and Literatures

(Random House)

Part of the Random House Living Language series “Complete Russian: The Basics,” this coursebook includes 40 step-by-step lessons and features practical vocabulary and authentic everyday word usage. It includes four audio compact discs, which also feature a learner’s dictionary, and a comprehensive grammar reference section. The book aims to help those new at the language to begin speaking with confidence from the start.

The Enemy Within: 2,000 Years of Witch-Hunting in the Western World

John Demos, the Samuel Knight ­Professor of History

(Viking Press)

“The Enemy Within” is a cultural history of witch-hunting, from the Romans through the McCarthy era. The term “witch-hunt” is used today to describe everything from political scandals to school board shake-ups, but its origins are far from trivial, John Demos notes. Long before the famous Salem witch trials, women and men were rounded up by neighbors, accused of committing horrific crimes using supernatural powers, scrutinized by priests and juries and promptly executed. The belief in witchcraft - and the deep fear it instilled in communities - led to a cycle of accusation, anger and purging that has occurred repeatedly in the West for centuries, Demos says. He puts this cultural paranoia in context, discussing the early Christians persecuted in Rome through the Salem witch trials, McCarthy’s hunt for communists and the hysteria around child sex-abuse cases and satanic cults in the 1980s.

Laryngeal Physiology for the Surgeon

Dr. Clarence T. Sasaki, the Charles W. Ohse Professor of Surgery, chief of the Section of Otolaryngology and director of the Head and Neck Unit of the Yale Cancer Center

(Plural Publishing Inc.)

“Laryngeal Physiology for the Surgeon” facilitates an understanding of the three principal functional priorities of the larynx: protection, respiration and phonation. This understanding is essential to the management of the myriad diseases besetting this complex organ, Dr. Clarence Sasaki points out in his book. He explores these three functional categories in terms of phylogeny, morphology and neuromuscular reflexes. The book features numerous illustrations and tables, and most chapters are preceded by focused case presentations introducing relevant clinical descriptions. Sasaki also includes original experimental data from the?Yale Larynx Laboratory in order to support physiologic performance important to the understanding of clinical behavior.

Inside the Stalin Archives: Discovering the New Russia

Jonathan Brent, associate director and editorial director at Yale University Press

(Atlas & Co.)

Both cultural history and personal memoir, “Inside the Stalin Archives” is Jonathan Brent’s portrait of Russia in the 21st century. Brent, the founder of the Yale Press’ “Annals of Communism” series, explores why the specter of Stalin still hovers in a nation that missed an opportunity to confront its past after the fall of the Soviet Union. Why, he asks, does Stalin - a man responsible for the deaths of millions of his own people - remain popular enough to appear on boxes of chocolates sold in Moscow’s airport? Why are the anti-Semitic Protocols of Zion sold openly in the lobby of the State Duma? Why are archivists under surveillance and phones still tapped? Brent draws on 15 years of unprecedented access to high-level Soviet archives to answer these questions. He delves deep into Stalin’s personal papers to understand the new Russia.

Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results

Michael O’Malley, senior editor at the Yale Press, and William Baker


In the world of business, kindness is often regarded as weakness, so the development of it as a leadership trait is often overlooked, according to psychologists Michael O’Malley and William Baker. They argue that kindness is a crucial attribute of some of the world’s most successful business leaders. O’Malley and Baker identify six ingredients of kindness - compassion, integrity, gratitude, authenticity, humility and humor - that they feel are essential to powerful leadership.

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