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Meet our Authors: Laura Finley and Matthew Johnson - April 2019 15 April 2019

Laura Finley, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University, USA. She is author, co-author, and editor of twenty books, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. She is also a syndicated columnist with PeaceVoice and a contributing author with New Clear Vision. In addition, Dr Finley is actively involved with a number of peace, justice and human rights initiatives.

Matthew Johnson holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Hacettepe University (Turkey) and a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, where he began his activism organizing against war, poverty, racism, mass incarceration, and gender-based violence. He has published several articles on these topics. He has also served as an educator in a variety of contexts.

Laura and Matthew describe their experience of publishing their hugely socially important book Trumpism: The Politics of Gender in a Post-Propitious America with Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


"I am so very grateful that Cambridge Scholars Publishing agreed several years ago to publish the series Peace Studies: Edges and Innovations, which I am fortunate to co-edit with Dr. Michael Minch, on behalf f the Peace and Justice Studies Association. This important series sheds light on current domestic and global issues, on ways that peace, conflict studies, and other scholars can contribute to social change, the role of students and activists in nonviolent social change movements, and more. I am also terrifically happy to have been able to co-author my first (but I am sure not last!) book with Matthew Johnson, a great friend and amazing colleague. This book was his idea, and thoroughly enjoyed working together and with all the fantastic and diverse contributors.

My interest in the topic comes from my deep dissatisfaction with the Trump presidency. As a long-time activist for peace, justice, human rights and gender equality, it was tremendously upsetting to see a candidate for the highest office in the U.S. who has been accused multiple times of sexual assault and who routinely makes disparaging and misogynistic comments. That such a person could win the presidency is appalling and begs for critical analysis. I believe this book offers some of that, although more is definitely needed. 

I continue to help organize and agitate nonviolently against many social injustices, and the Trump presidency and all that it represents in terms of gender equality and feminism have done nothing but reinforce the need for such efforts. I remain hopeful that the 2018 elections will bring dramatic disruption of the status quo and that the many dedicated activists, advocates and scholars already working on promoting gender equality will ring in a seat-tide of change."


"Trumpism was my first published book, and I have Cambridge Scholars to thank for it. I also have my co-editor to thank, Dr. Laura Finley, who has published through Cambridge Scholars Publishing before and recommended it due to its author-friendly process. It was nice to not only publish a book about a timely and important issue but also to see the finished product reflect the original vision, which dated back to election day 2016 and haunts me slightly less now that I have helped spawn an eloquent response. I wanted voices of those who felt most threatened by the rise of Trump to be represented, and I wanted it to be clear that, despite the media's initial willingness to give Trump 'a chance,' that there was no chance to be given if one supports the rights of women, immigrants, black people, and other marginalized communities. The opposition's worst fears have been realized two years into his administration. 

The book has inspired me to write more and to maintain contact with the contributors, many of whom continue to publish on related subjects. Another project is in the works now that there is less of a knee-jerk reaction to Trump in the United States and more long-term organizing and campaigning toward a more progressive future. #MeToo is perhaps the most powerful response to Trumpism to date, and I plan to conduct my PhD research on its aspirations. I hope to contribute what little I can to this important cause."


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Trumpism: The Politics of Gender in a Post-Propitious America. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th May 2019.


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Meet our Authors: John Anthony Butler - April 2019 11 April 2019

John Anthony Butler holds an MA from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He has taught at the university level in Canada, Nigeria and Japan, and has published several books on seventeenth-century subjects, including a biography of Richard Cromwell and a translation of Lord Herbert of Chirbury’s De religione gentilium, as well as editions of Sir Thomas Herbert’s Travels and Sir Paul Rycaut’s Present State of the Ottoman Empire.

His latest book is an edition of John Greaves’s Pyramidographia (2018), and he has also published a book of essays on little-known travel-writers, Off the Beaten Track (2017).

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, John has authored Sir Jerome Horsey’s Travels and Adventures


John described his experience with Cambridge Scholars Publishing as wholly positive, chiefly praising the pleasant nature of our staff, the speed and quality of the publishing process as well as recommending us to other scholars.

"I am a retired Professor of English currently living in Canada, who has taught at universities in Canada, Nigeria and Japan. My areas are Early Modern Travel Literature, Asian Studies and the Intellectual History of the Seventeenth Century. Cambridge Scholars Publishing provided me with a chance to publish books which were out of the mainstream academic category, which for me is their greatest asset. They are most definitely not a vanity press, and the courtesy as well as the professionalism of their staff was very much appreciated during the publishing process, which was easy, pleasant and efficient, making the whole experience with them a positive one. They are able to produce an excellent-quality product within a short time (under six months), which should also be a recommendation for authors who need to get into print quickly in order to have material on their CVs. All in all, the experience has been very rewarding, and I would certainly suggest that young scholars give CSP serious consideration."


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Sir Jerome Horsey’s Travels and Adventures. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th May 2019.


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Book of the Month - April 2019 03 April 2019

Our April ‘Book of the Month’ is Health and Safety for Spirit Seers, Telepaths and Visionaries: Self-help for Schizophrenia by Dr Anna Cornelia Beyer.

In the midst of what is termed ‘the mental health crisis’ of our generation, an open and positive discussion of mental health is critical. Through thoughtful and open contemplation of schizophrenia, this volume helps destigmatise one of our most widely misunderstood mental health conditions.


This book provides a much-needed, positive, hopeful and holistic perspective on how to cope with schizophrenia. While 51 million people in the world are afflicted with this illness, self-help books on the topic are not in ample supply, and those that do exist are often very dark in outlook. This volume combines knowledge from previous studies, personal accounts, and scientific research today. Topics explored here include an overview on experiences with, and explanations for, schizophrenia; alternative and natural healing tips for psychosis and schizophrenia, including diet and orthomolecular medicine; an overview of alternative therapies; relationship and career advice; how to deal with emergencies; and how to recover after a period of psychosis, among others.


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 BOMAPR19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 4th April 2019.

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


This thoughtful, comprehensive and well-researched book gives an insiders’ view on what it is like to experience psychosis, the pitfalls, how to avoid them and how to get better. It will be remarkably helpful for those caught up in the experience, covering all aspects—physical, emotional, spiritual and social, plus the wealth of possible ways to help recover using diet, supplements and medication intelligently to find your way out of the maze. Connie’s own experience and empathetic writing, backed up with a lifetime of real research undertaken in her own quest for wellness will serve as a beacon for others.”

 Patrick Holford, Founder of Food for the Brain Foundation and the Brain Bio Centre; author of Optimum Nutrition for the Mind


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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - April 2019 02 April 2019

This month's 'blue-chip' read is one our recent titles in the computer sciences domain and was tabbed by our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Edward Da-Yin Liao as his recommended read. 

Edward is currently the co-founder and CEO of Straight & Up Intelligent Innovations (SUII) Group Co., an intelligent solution innovator headquartered in San Francisco Bay Area, USA. He is creative and business-savvy, with more than two decades of progressive experience across a broad range of computer integration, automation, system engineering and management functions in semiconductor and high-tech industries.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Edwards’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAPR2019 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd May 2019.


Dr Edward Liao’s ‘Recommended Read’:

First Generation Mainframes: The IBM 700 Series

Author: Stephen H. Kaisler

This volume describes several different models of IBM computer systems, characterized by different data representations and instruction sets that strongly influenced computer system architecture in the 1950s and early 1960s. The legacy of the IBM 700 series is found in their popular successors, the IBM 7000 Series, which will be described in a forthcoming volume.


"Legacy systems are systems that work!  People may be amazed that software written in the 60’s & 70’s is still running today. Some people started a job that uses mainframes and had no idea what a mainframe was and where to start learning the basics. From 1952 to 1964, several mainframe families were announced, designed for different applications. First Generation Mainframes: The IBM 700 Series gives you insight into the creation of IBM mainframes.  

The IBM 700 Series was built based on vacuum tubes and magnetic drums.  They are the first generation mainframes in IBM. The IBM 700 mainframe systems were modular and based on a common system architecture, which made them easy to manufacture, configure, and service.   

This volume examines the IBM 700 Series mainframes, including IBM 701/702/704/705/709 systems. Born in 1951, the IBM 701 was the first of the pioneering line of IBM 700 series computers and the first IBM large-scale electronic computer manufactured in quantity. It is the first IBM machine in which programs were stored in an internal addressable, electronic memory.  There were no systems labeled IBM 707 or 708.  The IBM 703 was a special-purposed machine for National Security Agency, but nothing else is known about the machine.  Even within a same family, different mainframe models had different instruction sets. The evolution of FORTRAN language made programming in mainframes more efficient than using assembly language.  This volume gives the reader a sense of FORTRAN, one of the oldest programming languages still in use today."


For further information on Dr Edward Liao, please click here.


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