Book Review: The Literary Reagan: Authentic Quotations from His Life

The Literary Reagan: Authentic Quotations from His Life
By Nicholas Dujmovic.
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019.
Hardcover, 346 pages, $88.

Reviewed by William F. Meehan III

Nicholas Dujmovic’s rationale for compiling and editing The Literary Reagan is clear: the legacy of the fortieth President of the United States, who passed away in 2004, continues to inspire political discourse across America today. When it comes to presidential campaigns, for example, Republicans outdo each other with their claims of political and philosophical ties to Reagan. Fiery debates about Reagan’s role and importance in history, and about the effectiveness of his domestic and foreign policies, take place on the pages of books and on the sets of television studios, as well as in the corridors of Congress. Some scholars, moreover, analyze Reagan’s personal side, not the political. “This book,” Dujmovic states, “will clarify matters for all of the above, for the best source on what Reagan thought, what he believed, and what kind of man he was—is Reagan himself, Reagan unadulterated, Reagan the great communicator of his own ideas.”

Dujmovic explains that his collection furthers the Reagan reappraisal by historians begun in 2001 when the Reagan Library opened its Pre-Presidential archives, where Dujmovic discovered “a vast trove of resources.” The material, all penned by Reagan, proved significant for two reasons. First, it leaves no question about the author of Reagan’s radio commentaries in the 1970s: “Everyone close to Reagan knew, and all scholars must recognize on the basis of original drafts,” Dujmovic writes, “that Reagan himself wrote the radio addresses.” Second, the voluminous primary documents—diaries, letters, radio scripts, and commentaries—dispelled beliefs held by public intellectuals, pundits, and Democrats that Reagan lacked intelligence, was even according to one government official a dunce albeit an amiable one. Instead, Dujmovic concludes, the president’s archives “demonstrate he was a voracious reader, a prolific and thoughtful writer, a fully engaged mind with a clear, reasoned, and consistent philosophy.”

In addition to primary documents in the Reagan Library archives, Dujmovic relies on Reagan staff memoirs and oral histories as well as on the second volume of Ronald Reagan: An American Life (1990), the president’s autobiography, for authentic material. Reagan might have employed an editorial staff to help him tell his life story, Dujmovic explains, but the sections written by the president “can be identified with confidence, when compared systematically with the texts for which we have indisputable evidence of his authorship.” Dujmovic’s methodology thus involved crosschecking quotations in the autobiography with primary documents written in Reagan’s hand to ensure selection of “passages consistent with that body of acknowledged Reagan provenance as to be without doubt” his very own….

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‘Empirical Paradox’ Book in New Article

Empirical Paradox, Complexity Thinking and Generating New Kinds of Knowledge a book by Bruce J. West, Korosh Mahmoodi, and Paolo Grigolini has been included in an article by PHYS talking about why their book is so important when thinking about the inevitability of another world war.

Is another world war inevitable? The answer is a resounding “yes” if we continue to think in terms of “either/or” outcomes. Adversaries think in such terms, you either get what you want, or you do not. Can a different way of thinking produce a different outcome? This book shows that the consistency demanded by the linear, logical either/or thinking is disrupted by paradox, whose resolution forces a consequent decision: war or peace, with no middle ground. If this were the only way of thinking then a person would be either a protagonist or an antagonist, but a person can be both, either, or neither; this opens the door to novel solutions. This is “both/and” thinking, which the book shows can be achieved by a dynamic resolution of paradox. Thus, a basically selfish individual can also be a hero; a consequence of the complexity of being human.

Dr Bruce J. West is the Chief Mathematics Scientist at the Army Research Office (ARO), and holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Rochester, USA. Over a 50 year career, he has published 20 books, including Fractional Calculus View of Complexity, Tomorrow’s Science (2016) and Nature’s Patterns and the Fractional Calculus (2017), in addition to 26 book chapters. He has also published in excess of 300 scientific articles in referred scientific journals and magazines, and received the Army Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Award in 2011, the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 2012, and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award in 2017. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Army Research Laboratory, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr Korosh Mahmoodi is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He received his PhD in Physics from the Center for Nonlinear Science of the University of North Texas, and holds Master’s Degrees in Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. His research interests include artificial intelligence, evolutionary game theory, dynamic complex networks, and nanomaterials, among others.

Paolo Grigolini is a Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Nonlinear Science of the University of North Texas. He is the author of 369 publications, and leads the research program “From Sociology and Neuroscience to a New Physics”.

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Press Release: An International Humanitarian Organisation: A United Nations of the People by James David Parker

An International Humanitarian Organisation: A United Nations of the People

 By James David Parker

 Cambridge Scholars Publishing

 Release Date: 16th March 2019

This book presents a concise account of our current approach to the climate crisis, and provides a clear view of the current situation, and the history of the protocols and promises that have failed. It offers substantial international solutions, exploring the urgent need for an international ethical and progressive alliance that has authority beyond economic self-interests, and arguing in favour of shifting our focus to reducing the manufacture of greenhouse gases rather than concentrating on the reduction of carbon emissions.

The book goes on to explore why solutions can only emerge by changing the very international structure of governance, a structure that is now conditioned by out-dated modes created before the collective understanding of the Earth as one whole. It proposes that these solutions can only happen if they are based on an international unity emerging from our collective expertise, ethics, and intelligence among humanity today.


 James David Parker is a London-based Political and Legal Consultant, Journalist and Lecturer who specialises in international relations. He gives presentations and speeches that explore the way international solutions can be implemented to fix the escalating problems that we all face together.His commentaries on international relations offer insights into the current uncertainties and concerns across the world. He is also the Global Ambassador for Global Resolutions, an official expert member of the Global Minds in the Global Journal and Co-Organiser for One People One World Conferences.

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Press Release: The Da Vinci Globe by Stefaan Missinne

Leonardo da Vinci´s 1504 Globe authenticated 

Leonardo´s circular map from South -America´s 1503 coastline discovered at the British Library  

New Book released by Cambridge Scholars Publishing 

***Embargo: July 26th 15.00 GMT*** 

Leonardo da Vinci, already established as one of the artistic and scientific giants in world history, was also the creator of the oldest globe to depict the New World, according to a new book by the Belgian Professor Stefaan Missinne who lives in Vienna and published today by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The globe was produced in 1504, a mere 12 years after the European discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

The book reaches its dramatic conclusions based on six years of interdisciplinary research. The evidence cited includes:

  • A 1503 preparatory drawing illustrating the New World identified in Da Vinci’s papers in the British Library. This drawing was previously thought, mistakenly, to be of the moon. International experts now agree that this drawing is the first known cartographic depiction of America by Leonardo.
  • The cartography on the globe, which like Leonardo’s drawing portrays the coastline of South America, a distinctive small longitudinal width of Africa, and the absence of North and Central America which instead are covered by a vast ocean reaching to Asia.
  • The presence of arsenic in a red metal droplet on the surface of the globe, which was detected using X- Ray fluorescence. In the Renaissance, only Leonardo is known to have written about adding arsenic to copper to keep it from losing its reddish luster. A copper cast from the Da Vinci globe kept at the New York Public Library, the Lenox globe, does not have the green patina characteristic of old copper exposed to the air.
  • The use of chiaroscuro, pentimenti, triangular shapes, the mathematics of the scale reflecting Leonardo’s written dimension of the planet earth, the intricate design of a hybrid marine monster based on Leonardo’s description on how to create such an imaginative monster and a large ship in the open sea this itself based on the content of a manuscript from Francesco of Sienna from Leonardo’s own personal library and a coded enigma

Leonardo himself wrote in 1504: “my world globe I want returned back from my friend Giovanni Benci” and “The knowledge of past times and of the places of the earth is both an ornament and nutriment to the human mind.”

A selection of endorsements includes:

-The Head of the Historical Vatican State Archive, Dr. J. Ickx, who stated: “The Ostrich Egg Globe and its twin (i.e. the Lenox Globe at the New York Public Library) are from the hand of none other than Leonardo da Vinci.

-The French Mona Lisa Expert, Pascal Cotte from Paris, who said: “I hereby confirm the evidence of the left-handedness of the engravings on the Ostrich Egg Globe. As Leonardo was the only left-handed artist in his workshop, I hereby endorse the hypothesis of Leonardo da Vinci’s authorship.

-Retired University Professor from Florence, Dr. Leonardo Rombai, who said: “Professor Missinne´s discovery is, without doubt, of the greatest importance.”

The list of acknowledgements in the book contains over one hundred international experts.

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Press Release: Optical Metrology with Interferometry


Optical Metrology with Interferometry

By Dahi Ghareab Abdelsalam Ibrahim

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Release Date: 1st October 2019

The accurate measurements of surface topography are becoming important to many applications in both engineering and science. Optical interferometry is considered a preferable technique for featuring accurate 3D surface profiling since it is non-contacting, non-destructive and highly accurate. In combination with computers and other electronic devices, optical interferometry has become faster, more reliable, more convenient and more robust. There is now a wealth of new optical interferometry techniques on the market, or being developed in academia, that can measure surface topography with high precision. Each method has both its strong points and its limitations. This book explains in detail the basics of optical interferometry, their common language, generic features and limitations, and their simulation and uncertainties. Moreover, it provides an introduction to new frontiers in optical interferometry, including terahertz technology and optical frequency combs.

Dahi Ghareab Abdelsalam Ibrahim received his BS and MS in Physics from Minia University, Egypt, in 1997 and 2001, respectively. He holds a PhD in Optical Metrology, and is currently Professor of Optical Metrology in Engineering and Surface Metrology at the National Institute of Standards, Egypt. He has published around 73 peer-reviewed papers and three book chapters.

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Nils Clausson’s Arthur Conan Doyle’s Art of Fiction shortlisted for prestigious Crime Fiction Award

Nils Clausson’s book Arthur Conan Doyle’s Art of Fiction: A Revaluation has been shortlisted for Crime Fest’s H.R.F. Keating Award. The H.R.F. Keating Award is for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction first published in the British Isles in 2018. The award is named after H.R.F. ‘Harry’ Keating, one of Britain’s most esteemed crime novelists, crime reviewers and writer of books about crime fiction. The winning author receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.

Nils Clausson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Regina, Canada, where he taught for 30 years before retiring. Specializing in Victorian and early 20th-century British literature, he has published over 35 articles on a wide range of authors, including Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Matthew Arnold, G. K. Chesterton, D. H. Lawrence, Joseph Conrad, Siegfried Sassoon, George Orwell, and Wilfred Owen, as well as on such topics as genre theory, detective fiction, the poetry of the Great War, and fin-de-siècle aestheticism. His articles on Conan Doyle have appeared in The Victorian Newsletter, Journal of Narrative Theory, English Literature in Transition, and the Journal of Popular Culture. He convened the Arthur Conan Doyle International Symposium at the University of Regina in 2008, and has presented papers on Conan Doyle at conferences in Canada and the UK. He is currently researching for a book on Disraeli’s novels.

This groundbreaking book rescues Arthur Conan Doyle from the sub-literary category of popular fiction and from the myth of Sherlock Holmes. Instead of following new historicists and postcolonialists and asking what Conan Doyle’s fiction reveals about its author and what it tells us about Victorian attitudes to crime, class, Empire and gender, this provocative and convincingly argued literary study shifts the critical emphasis to the neglected art of the novels, tales and stories. It demonstrates through close reading that they can be read the same way as canonical literary fiction. Unapologetically polemical and written in an accessible, jargon-free style, this book will stimulate debate and provoke counterarguments, but most importantly it will send readers, both within and outside the academy, back to the fiction with heightened understanding and renewed pleasure. At a time when evaluation has virtually disappeared from literary studies, this iconoclastic book returns it to the centre.

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Announcement: The Da Vinci Globe at the Royal Geographical Society

On Wednesday 28th August, Professor Stefaan Missinne will be speaking at the Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference 2019 about the subject of his book, The Da Vinci Globe. Stefaan will be talking in the “Historical and cartographical imaginaries” session. For more information about the session, and the conference in general, please click here.

About the Book

A chance discovery at a distinguished London map fair in 2012 by a Belgian globe collector produced the most unique of finds: a distinct globe with mysterious images, such as old ships, sailors, a volcano, a hybrid monster, pentimenti, waving patterns, conic individualised mountains, curving rivers, vigorous coastal lines, chiaroscuro and an unresolved triangular anagram, which remains an enigma.

The globe is hand-engraved in great detail on ostrich egg shells from Pavia by a left-handed Renaissance genius of unquestionable quality. It shows secret knowledge of the map world from the time of Columbus, Cabral, Amerigo Vespucci and Leonardo da Vinci. Central and North America are covered by a vast ocean. The da Vinci globe originates from Florence and dates from 1504. It marks the first time ever that the names of countries such as Brazil, Germania, Arabia and Judea have appeared on a globe.

A Leonardo drawing for this globe, showing the coast of the New World and Africa has been discovered in the British Library.

This book brings the reader through a fabulous journey of scholars, maps, riddles, rebuses, iconographic symbols and enigmatic phrases such as HIC SVNT DRACONES to illuminate the da Vinci globe. It details 500 years of mystery, fine scholarship and expert forensic testing at numerous material science laboratories the world over.

The da Vinci globe now takes its rightful place, surpassing the Lenox globe, its copper-cast identical twin, as the most mysterious globe of our time. As such, this monograph is an essential text in Leonardo studies and in the history of cartography.

About the Author

Professor Stefaan Missinne received his PhD from the Economics University in Vienna in 1990. He is Laureate of the Prince Albert Foundation and Managing Director of the Ginkgo GmbH. As a collector of antique maps, globes, old paintings and art chamber objects, he was a scholar of the Viennese art expert, Count Eugen von Philippovich. He is a member of the International Map Collectors’ Society, the Washington Map Society, the International Coronelli Society for Research on Globes and Scientific Instruments, the Leonardo da Vinci Society, the International Society for the History of the Map and the Austrian Society for the History of Science. His publications include “A Newly Discovered Early Sixteenth-Century Globe Engraved on an Ostrich Egg: The Earliest Surviving Globe Showing the New World 1504”, “America’s Birth Certificate: The Oldest Globular World Map: c. 1507”, and, with Dr Geert Verhoeven, “Unfolding Leonardo da Vinci’s Globe (AD 1504) to Reveal Its Historical Map”. Professor Missinne is an esteemed scholar of the late leading da Vinci authority Carlo Pedretti, who is honoured in the quality and scope of the research in this book.

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