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Banned Books Week - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 30 August 2018

Between the 23rd and 29th of September, join Cambridge Scholars Publishing in marking the hugely important Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a number of threats facing the freedom to read, and it brings together the entire book community – librarians, archivists, booksellers, authors, publishers, teachers, and of course readers – to support freedom of expression. More than this, the week is a celebration of those who, both now and in the past, have voiced opinions and written books so challenging to societal norms that they have been purged, both literally and figuratively, from existence. It pays homage to those who have insisted upon the right to read, without coercion or censorship, throughout history.

At Cambridge Scholars we are proud to be joining the book community in celebrating Banned Books Week. We are unwaveringly committed to allowing our authors to freely express their arguments in their books, especially if their work introduces challenging new ideas or critiques deeply embedded trends within different academic disciplines or the wider world. We are therefore offering our readers a 50% discount on four of our most recent titles that speak to the themes of censorship, freedom of expression, and the right to read. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BANNEDBOOKS18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st October 2018.

Images of book burning have become widely associated with the fascist dictatorships of the twentieth century, which used brutal censorship and intimidation to control the messages that reached the population. Amongst this, however, were widespread practices of resistance and subversion from anti-fascist writers and activists. Foreign Women Authors under Fascism and Francoism: Gender, Translation and Censorship highlights the cultural features and processes which characterized translation practice under the dictatorships of Benito Mussolini (1922-1940) and Francisco Franco (1939-1975). The nine chapters presented here are not a global study of the history of translation in those black times in contemporary culture, but rather a collection of varied cases, small stories of publishers, collections, translations and translators that, despite many disappointments but with the occasional success, managed to undermine the ideological and literary currents of the dictatorships of Mussolini and Franco.

Throughout history, it is not just books that have been subjected to the whip of suppression. Controversial Renaissance art and science also garnered the attention of the long arm of censorship, with the Catholic Church in particular hacking off the genitalia of nude sculptures and slandering the scientific achievements of Copernicus and Galileo. Leonardo Da Vinci did not escape this treatment – his Leda and the Swan was likely deliberately destroyed, and more recently an educational centre in Israel covered up the genitals of his Vitruvian Man to not offend religious schoolchildren. Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, of course, also drew the ire of the church. Leonardo da Vinci and The Virgin of the Rocks: One Painter, Two Virgins, Twenty-Five Years is the first complete analysis of one of Da Vinci’s little known paintings, and celebrates the cheeky and brilliant way that Da Vinci transformed the world of art in his lifetime.

Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses is probably the best known example of a contemporary banned book. Burned at numerous demonstrations around the world subsequent to its publication in 1988, it catapulted Rushdie to fame while also generating heated debates on freedom of expression and the right to offend. Mapping out the Rushdie Republic: Some Recent Surveys is a balanced yet often critical take on Rushdie’s writing and legacy. The contributions raise pertinent issues and questions that invite the perceptive reader to enter into a meaningful dialogue with the views of a range of formidable academics of national and international repute. The significant act of mapping out the Rushdie republic makes this a must-read for those who find the Rushdie phenomenon an interesting one as part of ongoing debates and discussions.

The Persecution of Professors in the New Turkey: Expulsion of Excellence – A Facebook Book tells the story of an American academic, Clyde R. Forsberg Jr., living and working in the AKP heartland of Turkey. A distinguished Professor in the Department of Western Languages and Literatures at Karabük University at the time, having relocated his entire family to Turkey two years prior, the Forsbergs were forced to flee the country after he was detained by the police and tried for “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization” following his posting of a poem on Facebook critical of the ruling party in Turkey. Subsequently found innocent of all charges, Forsberg was nonetheless sacked, forced to clear out his office as University cameras rolled, adding insult to injury. The book is thus an essential account of modern persecution which asks hard questions of the role of social media in the preservation of democratic freedoms.

To find out more about Banned Books Week, please click here. The banner artwork used on the front page of our website is courtesy of the American Library Association, whose support and cooperation we gratefully acknowledge.

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Book of the Month - September 2018 30 August 2018

Our September Book of the Month is Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect by Malcolm Millais.

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (1887-1965), better known as Le Corbusier, is widely considered one of the fathers of modern architecture. No less than seventeen of his constructions have UNESCO World Heritage Site status, and his name is now synonymous with the beginning of the modernist movement in contemporary architecture. However, his work is not without its critics. Indeed, as Malcolm Millais argues in Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect, Corbusier was ultimately a failure in both the personal and professional spheres, his work and its influence contributing to the social and economic urban inequality that still haunts the present.

The book exposes the myths that surround Le Corbusier, detailing the endless failures of his proposals and his projects. These were due to his profound dishonesty, both as a person and as an architect. His legacy was an architectural profession that believed, and still believe, they were designing buildings based on logic, functionality and honesty whereas they were doing the opposite.

This is not a book for architects, but for all those that have suffered, consciously and unconsciously, from modern architecture and have wondered how it came about. This was largely due to one man, an architect called Le Corbusier.

For some he was a genius, but the truth is he was a sham, a fake, a charlatan whose only gift was for self-publicity. He was the most influential architect of the second half of the twentieth century; his influence overwhelmed the architectural profession on a global scale, who swallowed his publicity whole, and still hold him in awe. For the rest of the world, the mere mortals, his influence was disastrous, as traditional buildings were destroyed and replaced by featureless boxes of varying sizes, imposing a dreariness hitherto unimagined.

As usual, it was the poor who suffered most as they were herded into tower-blocks. These were often grouped into estates that ringed many towns and cities, which then degenerated into high-rise slums with all the well-known attendant social problems.

To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this book throughout September. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMSEP18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st October 2018.

Revisionist books such as Millais’ often receive a difficult reception, but the book has been widely acclaimed in architectural circles. Please see below for examples of the praise it has been receiving:

"[This] is a brave book and a necessary book, a vital step toward truth in architecture today. [...] [The] book is chock-a-block with a multitude of examples, each explained in detail from an engineering as well as an architectural perspective. [...] With Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect, Malcolm Millais has helped to pull the world, and maybe even the world of architecture, back toward a path of sanity about architecture’s reigning icon."

--David Brussat, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts; Member of the Board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Architecture Here and There, 05.11.2017

"Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect, by structural engineer Dr. Malcolm Millais, is a refreshing analysis of a towering figure who shaped the architecture of our time. [...] This excellent book by Malcolm Millais should have been around for the last fifty years. It might have saved us from architectural and urban design mistakes, now ingrained in architectural and planning cultures. As Millais says, “This is not a book for architects.” No revelation—no matter how shocking—can tarnish this hero’s reputation among architectural true believers. Yet we need to delete Le Corbusier’s ideas from practice if our world is to become healthy once again. I’m glad that a book such as this one is finally available for concerned citizens to read, and then to marvel at (or be appalled by) human credulity."

--Nikos Angelos Salingaros, Professor of Mathematics, University of Texas at San Antonio, New English Review, January 2018

"A book has just been published—Le Corbusier, The Dishonest Architect, by Malcolm Millais—that reads like the indictment of a serial killer who can offer no defense (except, possibly, a psychiatric one). The author shares with me an aesthetic detestation of Jeanneret, and also of his casual but deeply vicious totalitarianism; but, unlike me, the author both has a scholarly knowledge of his subject’s life and writings, of which the perusal of only a few has more than sufficed for me, and is a highly qualified structural engineer. [...] By rights, every architect, town planner, and structural engineer in the world ought to have a copy of Mr. Millais’ book by him, as a vade mecum of architectural, planning, building, and even moral pathology."

--Theodore Dalrymple, Author of Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality, Taki's Magazine, 04.11.2017

"Malcolm Millais' book Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect, which appeared in 2017, seems to finally question the mythology of one of the most extolled figures of modern architecture and urbanism of the last century. The author of this extraordinary book is an English architect, an internationally renowned building construction specialist. [...] Malcolm Millais has written a deeply insightful book that should be read by anyone who wants to understand why, in the second half of the 20th century, cities across the world became more and more like cloned ghettos...."

--Almantas Samalavičius, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Kultūros barai, 2018 (1)

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - September 2018 30 August 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Sukanchan Palit has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: the second of a two volume set published in November of last year by Carole LeBlanc entitled Demystifying Climate Risk Volume II: Industry and Infrastructure Implications. Sukanchan is a chemical engineer by training and profession, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India.

Sukanchan obtained his BChE in Chemical Engineering in 1992 and his MChE in 1994 in chemical engineering, both from Jadavpur University, India. He has 23 years of experience in the fields of industry, teaching and research. His research areas are primarily in environmental engineering, advanced oxidation processes, multi-objective optimization, genetic algorithms, and other branches of chemical engineering.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount not only on Sukanchan’s choice, but also on Volume I of LeBlanc’s two volume set, Demystifying Climate Risk Volume I: Environmental, Health and Societal Implications. To redeem your discount on both books, please enter the promotional code EABSEP18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st October 2018.

Sukanchan Palit’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Demystifying Climate Risk Volume II: Industry and Infrastructure Implications

Editor: Carole LeBlanc

This book is a distillation of the First Annual International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk held in 2016 in Wells, Maine, USA. The volume’s premise is that, long before the 2015 Paris Agreement, many professionals from diverse fields were working to solve the problems of human-caused climate change.

"The world of environmental engineering and environmental protection today stands in the midst of deep scientific fortitude and vast scientific introspection. Water purification, drinking water treatment, and industrial wastewater treatment are the utmost needs of scientific progress today. In this book, edited by Carole LeBlanc, the authors deeply and poignantly depict the devastation caused by climate change and global warming. They pointedly focus on the necessity of demystifying climate change risk as part of the wider project of furthering global science and engineering. As a whole, the book thus reviews and contributes to the necessity of developing sound engineering tools to tackle climate change, unfolding the intricacies of global warming, climate change, and ecological biodiversity loss as it does so. Globally, developing countries are at a critical juncture – suffering immense devastation due to climate change, water shortages, and a lack of sustainable development. The challenges of this juncture, as well as possible paths out of it, are depicted in detail in this book."

For further information on Sukanchan, please click here.

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Featured Review - Emerging Europe and the Great Recession 30 August 2018

At Cambridge Scholars, we recognise that knowledge is not an end in itself, but a vehicle for transforming and inducing positive change in the world. Our authors strive to provide deeper understandings of various aspects of the Health, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences so that their work might have a positive impact beyond the academic sphere. This month, we are delighted to share a new review of a book that is already causing much debate in policy circles in the European Union.

Authored by Daniel Dăianu, Emerging Europe and the Great Recession analyses the ongoing crisis in the Eurozone from the perspective of someone who has been in the trenches at national and international levels and who has extensive policy and academic experience. The book has been reviewed in the latest issue of the Journal of Economics and Management by Daniel Palotai, Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Magyar Nemzeti Bank in Hungary. The review is available open access here, and below is an excerpt of Palotai’s thoughts:

We are living in uncertain times. The world economy is transforming rapidly due to technological changes, the turning tide of globalization and shifts in geopolitical power. The financial crisis accelerated the transformation and drastically changed the global status quo in many ways. It is clear that the pre-crisis world cannot (and should not) be restored. The decline in resilience of economic systems may prevail, as the overcomplexity and interconnectedness of the world economy is increasing. […] As [Dăianu] has extensive policy and academic experience both at international and national level, his insights are a valuable contribution to the existing literature. He studies the global and European challenges from various angles and elaborates extensively on the outlook of European emerging economies in the changing global environment. The book comprises and revises important pieces of previous works of Dăianu.

–Daniel Palotai, Magyar Nemzeti Bank, Hungary

Dăianu’s book is available until to purchase now directly from Cambridge Scholars. Please click here to see more, and to read a 30 page excerpt from the book including the table of contents.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

For more information on the post-publication process, please email

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Meet our Authors: Ejike Udeogu - August 2018 07 August 2018

Dr Ejike Udeogu is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of East London’s School of Business and Law, where he also currently serves as the BSc (Hons) Economics programme director. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics, a postgraduate degree in financial management and a doctoral degree in economics. Before turning to academia, he worked as a statistical analyst for over five years in the public sector. His research focuses on a wide range of economic issues including the economics of imperialism and capitalism, financialisation, capital accumulation and economic development. Ejike is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

After a number of publications in journals such as African Political Economy, Ejike published his first book with Cambridge Scholars in 2018, entitled Financialisation, Capital Accumulation and Economic Development in Nigeria: A Critical Perspective.

Criticising the approaches of previous scholars and drawing on Africanist writers and post-Marxists such as Giovanni Arrighi, the book has been described by Uzochukwu Amakom, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria, as a must-read for “anyone who intends to understand the issues facing Nigeria and the way everything went wrong for a country once regarded as the giant of Africa.” 

Now that his book is published, Ejike reflects on his experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars: 

“My experience publishing with Cambridge Scholars has been wonderful. The service and assistance provided has been excellent. The process, starting with the initial contract signing to finalising the manuscript for printing, has been seamless and straightforward. I found, in particular, the support from the editors, the proof-readers and the cover designers very professional and excellent. They all provided timely and helpful advice that contributed immensely to the completion of my book and preparation for its launch. In sum, I am really pleased with the knowledge and expertise of Cambridge Scholars' staff. For a first time writer, they made publishing a book, which initially felt even more daunting than writing one, a really pleasant experience for me. I will definitely be recommending Cambridge Scholars to my colleagues and would not hesitate to use them again in the future.”

As part of our Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering readers a 50% discount on Financialisation, Capital Accumulation and Economic Development in Nigeria: A Critical Perspective. Please click here and use the discount code MOAAUG18 when checking out. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th September 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Despoina N. Feleki - August 2018 07 August 2018

Despoina N. Feleki is an independent researcher and appointed English Educator in Greece. She holds a PhD in Contemporary American Studies and an MA in Studies in European Literature and Culture. She lectures on the intersections between textuality and digitality, and how these affect literary and educational practices.  Her latest scientific interests revolve around contemporary Anglophone fiction, new media studies and popular cultural productions, investigating their effect on both readers’ and learners’ consciousness. Feleki presents her research in national and international conferences and is a regular review contributor to the online European Journal of American Studies. Her published articles have also appeared in numerous academic journals.   

In February of this year, Despoina’s monograph entitled Stephen King in the New Millennium: Gothic Mediations on New Writing Materialities, was published by Cambridge Scholars. The book is an exciting exploration of how the great horror writer has adapted to the world of digital print, probing King’s new ‘toolbox’ and how he has utilised it in the New Millenium. In addition, the book does not begin and end with King's writing - instead, it explores his media presence, internet forums, and even his videogame Discordia. The result is a compelling analysis of the entwining of the literary and the technological in King's recent output. 

Despoina reflects on the process of publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

"Being an early-career academic, Cambridge Scholars Publishing posed as the right choice for the publication of my first title. I was attracted by the interdisciplinary approach pursued by CSP publications and the wide range of academic studies offering insights into latest new media and cultural studies.

This promised to create the right space for a fruitful negotiation of the latest new media and literary practices that take place in the digitised twenty-first century.

The editorial team promised to offer support and guidance at all stages of this great endeavour, from manuscript submission to publication and post publication marketing policies... And I am here now to tell the tale!"

As part of our Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering readers a 50% discount on Stephen King in the New Millennium: Gothic Mediations on New Writing Materialities. Please click here and use the discount code MOAAUG18 when checking out. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th September 2018.

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