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Book of the Month - March 2020 02 March 2020

Our Book of the Month for March is The United Nations System: A Synopsis, by one of our most prolific and respected authors, Dr Graeme Baber. The book is Graeme’s 4th publication with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and serves as an expansion to a chapter of his previous work, Essays on International Law, published by Cambridge Scholars in late 2016.

The book is available to purchase throughout March at a 60% discount, which you can redeem by entering the code ‘BOMMAR60’ at the checkout on our website.

While few would go so far as to call The United Nations a flawless organisation, since its inception at the conclusion of the Second World War it is has nonetheless striven to be a unifying force for good on the world stage.

When most of us think of the UN, our minds are naturally drawn to things such as the upholding of human rights, the de-escalation of tensions, or the provision of humanitarian aid, but just how far does the UN’s remit go? Is there a way to measure the success of its many ventures, and how exactly does an international conglomeration of 193 member states, many of whom are in direct conflict with each other, effectively organise itself? These are just a few of the questions that the book seeks to answer.


Using the UN’s own charter as an analytical framework, Dr Baber provides a condensed history of the UN as an institution, whilst scrutinising the organisational effectiveness of its many and various systems, with a particular focus on its Funds and Programmes, Specialized Agencies, and Regional Commissions. The book lays out, in clear terms, exactly what the global role of the UN is, while simultaneously providing key insights in terms of where and how the organisation can improve.

Concisely written, yet comprehensive in its scope and content, The United Nations System: A Synopsis will be an essential companion to anybody with an interest in the vast complexities of how our world operates on a global scale, from the development of global education and sustainable development, right the way through to peacekeeping, security, and the eradication of poverty.

In writing this book, Dr Baber demonstrates that, while far from perfect, the UN nevertheless remains one of humanity’s most significant achievements in terms of peaceful international co-operation, and should not easily be taken for granted.


Graeme Baber is an independent legal researcher, specialising in financial law and aspects of international law. His previous monographs are The Impact of Legislation and Regulation on the Freedom of Movement of Capital in Estonia, Poland and Latvia (2010); The Free Movement of Capital and Financial Services: An Exposition? (2014); The European Union and the Global Financial Crisis: A View from 2016 (2016); Essays on International Law (2017); International Financial Law: Quo Vadis? (2017); and Preferential Trade Agreements and International Law (2018). He is also an experienced university teacher and has published many papers.

To read an extract of The United Nations System: A Synopsis, or to get your hands on a copy, you can visit its page on our website.

Other works by Graeme Baber published by Cambridge Scholars:

The Impact of Legislation and Regulation on the Freedom of Movement of Capital in Estonia, Poland and Latvia

The Free Movement of Capital and Financial Services: An Exposition?

Essays on International Law


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Book of the Month - February 2020 31 January 2020

Our Book of the Month for February is the multidisciplinary tour de force Pretty Ugly: Why We Like Some Songs, Faces, Foods, Plays, Pictures, Poems, etc., and Dislike Others by Charles and Daphne Maurer. The study is available to purchase throughout February at a 60% discount when using the code ‘BOMFEB20’ at the checkout on our website.

The book attempts to understand human aesthetic perception in a way far more expansive than any yet before it. Where conventional studies of aesthetics tend to draw their conclusions from a spatio-temporal-cultural perspective, the Maurers take a more broadly scientific approach, expanding the scope of aesthetic study to fields including psychology, physics, anthropology, physiology, philosophy, and even mathematics, in order to deconstruct the phenomenon of aesthetic beauty, pleasure and, in equal measure, revulsion, and what this means for the way we perceive the reality around us.


The book has been roundly praised for its ambitious scope and comprehensive scientific analysis, with the University of Toronto’s Timothy McGee calling it “one of the most enlightening books I have ever read”, while Janet F. Werker of the University of British Columbia described the study as “fascinating” and a “vast intellectual journey”.

Pretty Ugly may well prove to be a new foundational text for aesthetic studies, which until now has existed almost exclusively in the realms of art and philosophy.

Scientific in its scope and methodologies, yet tempered and enhanced by a deep admiration for the arts, this accessible, broadly appealing and jargon-free study is sure to open up new debates into the subject while at the same time delighting and fascinating academics, scientists, and artists in equal measure.


Charles Maurer is a freelance writer who specializes in science and technology. He reads academic literature in many areas, and has professional skills in graphic design and commercial photography.

Daphne Maurer is an experimental psychologist who studies the development of vision. She is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University, Canada, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Their previous book, The World of the Newborn, won the Book Award of the American Psychological Association.

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Book of the Month - January 2020 02 January 2020

To begin 2020, we’ve chosen as Book of the Month a remarkable voyage through illness, doctors, diseases and patients: Dark Tales of Illness, Medicine, and Madness: The King Who Strangled his Psychiatrist by Robert M. Kaplan. You can get the book at a 60% discount throughout January by using the code ‘BOMJAN20’ at the checkout on our website.

Dark Tales shows the extremes of human nature in the complex, dangerous relationships between patients and doctors, public responses to notorious medical quacks, murders, unscrupulous treatments and other crimes in the world of medicine and health. Spanning a wide territory, it is written in the wry story-telling fashion of an insightful forensic psychiatrist with a penchant for exposing missed diagnoses and doctor-patient frailty.


The playwright Ron Elisha praises Kaplan on both the form and content of the book:

“The historical subjects to whom Kaplan turns his juggernaut of a mind are unerringly fascinating, even in the simple detail of their lives and endeavours. Superimposed upon this is an incisive, acerbic, dry, wry wit that lifts the whole above the level of mere erudition, making it so utterly readable.”

Appealing to a wide variety of readers of all ages, the book takes its readers on a thought-provoking journey, from the heights of Mount Everest to the sun-blasted deserts of Central Australia, and from a Bavarian lake to a remote island off the coast of northern Australia, discussing the minds of some of the world’s most bizarre doctors, patients and murderers.

The volume will be of great interest to those with an interest in medicine, health care, psychology, psychology and mental illness-related crimes.


Robert M. Kaplan is a forensic psychiatrist and Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Wollongong, Australia. He has written on murder, crime, genocide, history, medicine and psychiatry. He has often appeared on radio and as a public speaker, and is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers.

His publications include the books Medical Murder: Disturbing Tales of Doctors Who Kill, The Exceptional Brain and How It Changed the World and The Prophet of Psychiatry: In Search of Reginald Ellery.

You can click here to visit the page on our website where you can find reviews, a sample extract, and a link to purchase the book.

Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on February 2nd 2020.


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Book of the Month - December 2019 02 December 2019

“A fascinating and very readable account of modern international history […] an impressive volume.”

- Professor Katy Cubitt, Head of the School of History, University of East Anglia, UK

Beginning with the military successes of the Duke of Marlborough in Europe and ending with an examination of Britain’s role in the Cold War Great Britain’s Place in the World, 1707-1997: An Informal Account is an accessible and erudite overview of modern British and international history.

Cambridge Scholars are offering a 60% discount on the book until January 5th, an offer which you can redeem by using the code ‘BOMDEC19’ when buying the book on our website.


The study relates the interlinking of the Industrial Revolution, British military prowess, and the rise of the British Empire, from the loss of Britain’s American colonies to the end of the Falklands War. While most of its narrative covers conflicts involving Britain, both domestic and European political evolution and development receive attention.

Given its readability, Great Britain’s Place in the World is ideal for students and teachers in universities and community colleges. As Charlotte Pullum notes of the book, “[i]t’d be a perfect teaching aid/learning tool for all ages. Well written and researched, you can tell it was written by a man who loves his history, especially Britain’s military history.”

The author, B.A. Egerton, completed National Service in the Royal Air Force, which he extended to 12 years as a radar specialist. Later in life, he obtained a place at the University of East Anglia to read History and in 2005 gained an honours degree. Following further research, he developed a course entitled ‘Britain in Conflict’, which he presented to adult education classes. In 2018, he was elected to membership of the Royal Historical Society.

In his view “it is impossible to form an accurate overview of modern history without an understanding of Britain’s place in it”. This book provides such an understanding, and in a highly accessible and enjoyable form.


You can click here to visit the page on our website where you can find reviews, a sample extract, and a link to purchase the book.

Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on January 1st 2020.


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Book of the Month - November 2019 31 October 2019

Our 'Book of the Month' for November 2019 is Humanity at the Heart of Practice: A Study of Ethics for Health-Care Students and Practitioners. You can get a 60% discount on the text until December.


Humans are the only beings in the world who are concerned with the morality of their actions. They perceive the impact of another human’s behaviour as good or evil, moral or immoral. Healthcare, at its core, is a morally virtuous act; it is humans caring for other vulnerable humans. However, it is also an arena in which life and death decisions must be made. As a consequence, ethical principles are vital in deciding what the good choice is. Humanity at the Heart of Practice is a study which unites ethical principles with healthcare practice to identify ‘the good choice’, and shows how to accurately apply it in difficult situations.

Co-authored by Beverly J. Whelton and Jane Neuenschwander, the book begins by considering values and good reasoning, then discusses what it is to be a being in the world, looking at both nature and human nature and considering both the professional and the patient. The volume moves on to explore making good ethical choices and the use of theoretical ethics to evaluate how such decisions should be formed. It also details issues at the beginning and end of life and concerns related to healthcare as a business.

Dr Catherine Greene, as Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Rockhurst University, Kansas City and current Chair of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society, is well placed to judge the value of the volume. For Dr Greene, the strength of the text – in addition to its discussions of medieval, modern, and contemporary philosophy – lies in its use of humanity as its organising structure:

The text situates ethical problems in the midst of an interaction between two or more human persons, reasoning that a good understanding of what it means to be a person, along with an understanding of the basic principles and theories of person-centered virtue ethics, gives students the basic tools with which to begin to address ethical problems and to confront moral dilemmas in both the work place and in personal life.


Beverly J. Whelton, was recently presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who®, is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Wheeling Jesuit University, USA, and teaches online at Gonzaga University, USA. She has published articles in journals such as Linacre Quarterly, Nursing Philosophy, and Nursing Science Quarterly, and was Vice-Chair of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society from 2005 to 2018.

Her co-author Jane Neuenschwander is a life-long educator who, amongst other significant roles, has worked as a NASA Educator Resource Manager with responsibilities in the area of educational professional development. She currently teaches in the Department of Education at Wheeling Jesuit University, USA.

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this exceptional title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMNOV19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st December 2019.

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

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Book of the Month - October 2019 26 September 2019

October’s ‘Book of the Month’ is the product of a collaboration between John Mcevoy and Jim Malone, entitled Mystery and the Culture of Science: Personal Insights for the 21st Century.


Concerning the relationship in contemporary society between two often antagonistic forces, the study is an insightful exploration of the reconciliation of faith and science and why bringing the two forces together could result in a mutually beneficial relationship.

It is unbiased and respectful in its approach, and according to Sean Goan (Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin) the study demonstrates both “the importance and the limitations of scientific method and highlights why people of faith must never shy away from the hard questions or the evidence they don’t want to consider.”

For Patsy McGarry, the Religious Affairs Correspondent of The Irish Times, the text’s message of reconciliation is incredibly timely given the rise of religious fundamentalism on an international scale. McGarry writes that the book “makes clear that there is no necessary conflict between science and faith” but instead elicits “how each can illuminate and enhance the other. For that to happen now, however, the polar opposites of today’s world must be open to one another.” The authors of this work have made a significant contribution as to how such a reconciliation can happen.


We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMOCT19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st October 2019.

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

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Book of the Month - September 2019 04 September 2019

Our September ‘Book of the Month’ is The Fashion Industry and Eating Disorders: The Dangers of the Catwalk by Nikolett Bogár, Ferenc Túry.

This text investigates the excessive ideal of slimness and its dangers for industry representatives.


The world of fashion models is attractive for everybody. For the average audience, a fashion model’s life is glamourous, elegant and enviable, and many young women aspire to follow such ideals. Today, in the age of modern information technologies, there are endless tools for communicating with the world related to fashion.

The daily lives of fashion models can be followed by the masses on social media platforms; they have become influencers, and millions follow the image they represent. However, in the background, there is stress and tension. The fashion industry creates fierce competition, and the models are under intense pressure concerning their body shape. Slimness is a fundamental requirement. This, in turn, leads to an increased risk of eating disorders: fashion models are more prone to develop anorexia or bulimia like symptoms.

The book investigates the role of the representatives of the fashion industry in the excessive ideal of slimness and in the enhanced risk of developing eating disorders. Ensuring the health of the models must be a fundamental aspect of the industry.


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 best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMSEP19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st September 2019.


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Book of the Month - August 2019 31 July 2019

Our August ‘Book of the Month’ is Yea, Alabama! The Uncensored Journal of the University of Alabama (Volume 3 - 1901 through 1926) by David M. Battles.

This book provides a wonderful insight into the history of education, and one of the United States' great universities.


The University of Alabama (UA) is one of the most prominent universities in the US. Volume One of this series explored UA’s birth, formative years, its burning by Union soldiers, and its rebirth in 1871. Volume Two noted the adolescent years of the school, rebellion by the students against the military system of government, the rise of a student culture via the admission of women, and a nascent men’s sports program.

This third volume explores rising enrollment and a new style of student governance. The book investigates how UA dealt with student smoking, cursing, and hazing. It covers how UA became nationally respected academically, the rise of a successful sports program, the first use of the phrase “Crimson Tide,” the history of the Million Dollar Band and how “Yea, Alabama” became the school fight song, the UA/Auburn rift, and the UA response to WWI and to the women’s rights movement.


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 best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMAUG19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2019.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this series has been receiving:


"Vance (Alabama) native and University of Alabama graduate, David M. Battles, is enjoying the best of both worlds today. Besides getting the opportunity to utilize his extensive research and writing skills, he is also telling the story of the school that is near and dear to his heart - in a unique, informative, and intriguing fashion. [...] The books are very readable for high school age through the best scholars, and is replete ... with thousands of footnotes. In his series, Battles also dissolves a lot of myths about the University... and tells his readers what really happened omitting no interesting detail."

Druid Cities Living, Vol. 3, Issue 10 (2016)

"I can highly recommend David Battles as a true adventurer into the vast historical visage that has laid claim onto The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa since he began his research through the maze of long forgotten notes of meetings, people, times, social mores and recreants of generations so long ago forgotten and thought to be buried forever beneath mounds of crumbling, decaying stacks of papers blatantly stating the opinions and decisions made by leaders who though so well respected and thought in high regard as university leaders, community as well as state leaders were in fact so mistaken and misguided by social norms and customs so strongly ingrained in their own social and educational development that many people thought these decisions that left their marks on future generations of students who innocently came as young men and women seeking the truth but found shadows of lies and untruth in every aspect they turned toward. Only now has someone like David spent hours upon hours searching through the tombs of archive material that has mainly been left to rot, decay, and dissolve into barely readable sludge from moldy shelves to search out the truths that lay for ages buried in the long ago glory days of our Southern Heritage."

Charlene Luckie-Coburn, M.Ed, D.Ed


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Book of the Month - July 2019 28 June 2019

Our July ‘Book of the Month’ is Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere by Roy Hay.

This book will revolutionise the history of Indigenous involvement in Australian football and cricket in the second half of the nineteenth century. Exploring the emergence and the suppression of their sporting talent, the work shows how their successors did not come from nowhere.


This book will revolutionise the history of Indigenous involvement in Australian football in the second half of the nineteenth century. It collects new evidence to show how Aboriginal people saw the cricket and football played by those who had taken their land and resources and forced their way into them in the missions and stations around the peripheries of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. They learned the game and brought their own skills to it, eventually winning local leagues and earning the respect of their contemporaries. They were prevented from reaching higher levels by the gatekeepers of the domestic game until late in the twentieth century. Their successors did not come from nowhere.


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 best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJUL19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st July 2019.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:


“This is a vitally important book of Australian sports history. It deserves to be read by a wide audience and by Aboriginal people in particular, among whom it is hoped historians will emerge to explore a vast range of stories in local communities.”

- Bernard Whimpress, The Newtown Review of Books, 2019


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Book of the Month - June 2019 30 May 2019

Our June ‘Book of the Month’ is The Death of Childhood: Reinventing the Joy of Growing Up by Victor Strasburger.

Strasburger provides a sobering look at what it means to grow up in America today. It is both an obituary to childhood and a work which offers solutions on how to restore the charm and innocence of youth. 


Written by an international expert on the effects of media on children, The Death of Childhood provides a fascinating—and sobering—look at what it means to grow up in America today. Following in the footsteps of Neil Postman, Marie Winn, and Mary Pipher, this riveting and heart-breaking book is an obituary to childhood, exploring its origins and tracing its progress to what could be its bitter end in the early 21st century—if we don’t act now to resuscitate it.

No longer are we raising children in the idyllic world that many of today’s grandparents and parents remember—a world filled with kick-the-can, unsupervised bike adventures and dog-walking, and the freedom to explore. Now, thanks to the Internet, new technology, and social networking, the complexion of childhood has changed and there are no adult “secrets” anymore—the answer to every question exists a fingertip’s reach away in cyberspace. It’s not just technology and media that are changing, childhood is also suffering the effects of underfunded schools, inattentive parents, a plethora of guns, and a hostile society. Despite all of that, this book shows that there is hope, and offers solutions to restore the charm and innocence of childhood.


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 best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJUN19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th June 2019.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:


“It is a much different world for children today. The Death of Childhood helps us navigate this complex terrain. [It is a] must-read for educators, parents, researchers, and policy makers.”
Ed Donnerstein, PhD
Dean Emeritus, University of Arizona

“Raising children is probably the most important job parents have, but it is a tough job (to say the least). Parents want to get it right, but often don’t know where to turn for valid and reliable information about how to raise their children. I suggest that they turn to Dr. Victor Strasburger’s book, The Death of Childhood. This is a well-documented book that provides parents useful and accurate answers to their most important questions (such as, how much media is too much?)."
Brad Bushman, PhD
Professor of Communications, Ohio State University

“I found [this book] impressively researched and documented... [It is] a powerful, well-documented argument for rethinking childhood and our approach to it from the parenting to the educational perspectives.
David Elkind, PhD
Professor of Child Development Emeritus, Tufts University

“This book is timely, easy to read, [and] is well-researched. It will greatly benefit parents and grandparents who read it and children in the care of such people. Anyone who cares about children or the future of our society also should pay close attention to the key public policy issues raised in this book. How do we teach and socialize children into adolescence and into a physically and emotionally healthy young adulthood? How do we regulate digital space in ways that foster positive growth and an accurate understanding of the world and our place in it? How can we reclaim a positive historical role for childhood, one that keeps the fun and enjoyment of learning and growing with others and that simultaneously uses modern technologies to enhance childhood rather than destroying it? Vic Strasburger hits on these issues in an engaging, often humorous, way.”
Craig A. Anderson
Editor-in-Chief, Aggressive Behavior; Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University

“The Death of Childhood boldly explains the myriad challenges and threats facing kids and teens today. From our gun culture to the obesity epidemic (and so much more!), Dr Strasburger’s insights are seen through his unique lens as an expert on media. This book will inform the knowledge, attitudes, and response of parents, educators, mental health experts, pediatricians and other healthcare providers, as well as policy makers.”
Marjorie Hogan
Former Chair, AAP Committee on Communications; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, USA

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