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Wordtrade Reviews: Sol and Sin: Authoritarian Counterstrategies, #120 July 2024 

Wordtrade Reviews: Focus on the True Self, #119 June 2024

Wordtrade Reviews: Modernity Cloud Paths, #118 May 2024

Wordtrade Reviews: Allusions to Argument, #117 April 2024

Wordtrade Reviews: Consequential Appearing, #116 March 2024

Wordtrade Reviews: Identity in Shadows, #115 February 2024

Wordtrade Reviews, Islamic Love, #114 Janurary 2024

Wordtrade Reviews: Platonisms, #113 December 2023

Wordtrade Reviews: Angels in Athens, #112 November 2023

Wordtrade Reviews: Depths of Mercy and Magic, #111 October 2023

Wordtrade Reviews: Dreamtime Devotions, #110 September 2023

Wordtrade Reviews: Labyrinthine Standpoints, #109 August 2023

Wordtrade Reviews: Neglected Paradise, #108, July 2023

Wordtrade Reviews: Moral Empathy, #107, June 2023

Wordtrade Reviews: Hidden Machines, #106 May, 2023

Wordtrade Reviews: Critical Sacred Thinking, #105, April 2023

Wordtrade Reviews: Classical Islam, #104, March 2023

Wordtrade Reviews: Writing the Holy Word, #103, February 2023

Wordtrade Reviews: Buddhist Pathways, #102, January 2023

Wordtrade Reviews: Poetic Epistemologies, #101, November-December 2022

Wordtrade Reviews: Meaning Implies Thinking, #100, October 2022

Wordtrade Reviews: End-Time Nonnus, #99, September 2022

Wordtrade Reviews: Contexts and Perspectives: Islam & Jung, #98, August 2022

Wordtrade Reviews: Humanist Promise of Brown, #97, July 2022

Wordtrade Reviews: Improvise the Lockdown, # 96, June 2022

Wordtrade Reviews: Questioning Transforms #95, May 2022

Wordtrade Reviews: Renovating Utopian Drifts #94, April 2022

Wordtrade Reviews: The New Laws of Intelligence #93, March 2022

Wordtrade Reviews: Mindbombs End(s) Time(s) #92, February 2022

Wordtrade Reviews: Authorial Readings #91, January 2022

Wordtrade Reviews: Patronage Memory Lost #90, November-December 2021

Wordtrade Reviews: Founding Patterns #89, October 2021

Wordtrade Reviews: We are Land that Cannot be Said #88, September 2021

Wordtrade Reviews: The Art of Listening by Other Means, #87, August 2021

Wordtrade Reviews: Sky Life, Riddle Likeness, #86, July 2021

Wordtrade Reviews: Island of White Freedom, #85, June 2021

Wordtrade Reviews: Fasting, Image Earth, #84, May 2021

Wordtrade Reviews: Tragic Visions of Body & Soul, #83, April 2021

Wordtrade Reviews: In the Wake of Signatures, #82, March 2021

Wordtrade Reviews: The Historic Grammar Where I Come From, #81, February 2021

Wordtrade Reviews: The Long Game of the Black Books, # 80, January 2021

Wordtrade Reviews: Searching for Gender, Spotlight, #79, November-December 2020

Wordtrade Reviews: Political Journeys, Spotlight #78, October 2020

Wordtrade Reviews: Timeless Life-Worlds, Spotlight #77: September 2020

Wordtrade Reviews: Relevant Cosmos. Spotlight #76: August 2020

Wordtrade Reviews: Decadent Signs. Spotlight #75: July 2020

Wordtrade Reviews: One Step, Three Principles. Spotlight #74: June 2020

Wordtrade Reviews: Hiding Time. Spotlight #73: May 2020

Wordtrade Reviews: Re-Making the Heart of Empire. Spotlight #72: April 2020

Wordtrade Reviews: Finding God. Spotlight #71: March 2020

Spotlight #70: Wordtrade Reviews Excessive Saints on the Nightside of Runes, February 2020

Spotlight #69: Wordtrade Reviews Negative Theologies, January 2020

Spotlight #68: Phases in Spacetime Place-Event, December 2019

Spotlight #67: Collecting Futures in America, November 2019

Spotlight #66: Mapping What We See and Speak, October 2019

Spotlight #65: Write to Dance to Pray a Cosmos, September 2019

Spotlight #64: Storied Lives: How We Say Who We Become, September 2019

Spotlight # 63: Songs of Love, Passion and Empire, August 2019

Spotlight # 62: Gendering Self and Society, August 2019

Spotlight # 61: Sex, Law, Theology and Occult Russia

Spotlight #60: Styling Thought and Story, July 2019

Spotlight #59: Confucius, Spinoza, Rationalism, June 2019 

Spotlight #58: To Aspire Toward Meaningful Considerations/ Nach sinnvollen Überlegungen streben, May 2019

Spotlight #57: Religion as Social Space, May 2019

Spotlight #56: Did You See to Think to Speak? April 2019

Spotlight #55: Our House Bauhaus, April 2019

Spotlight #54: Dreaming Theory as Religion, March 2019

Spotlight #53: History Employs Worth, March 2019

Spotlight #52: New News: How Do We Find Some Trues? February 2019

Spotlight #51: Cultures Enchanted: Transplanting A Psycho-Analysis, February 2019

Spotlight #50: Finding Our Way Between Authorities, January 2019

Spotlight #49: Flourishing for a Human Future, January 2019

Spotlight #48: Who Do You Say I Am? January 2019

Spotlight #47: Who Decides the Cherished? Tastes, Neighbors, Friends, Homes, Selves; January 2019

Spotlight #46: Stumbling through Life by Design & Accident, December 2018

Spotlight #45: Contemporary Jewish Philosophy Reinventing Traditions, December 2018

Spotlight #44: Classic China Futures Present, November 2018

Spotlight #43: Chinese Classics Present Future, November 2018

Spotlight #42: Judging toward Essence, November 2018

Spotlight #41: Abstract Art in an Age of Walls, November 2018

Spotlight #40: Stars, War & God, October 2018

Spotlight #39: Educating Futures Past, October 2018

Spotlight #38: Classic Islam as Politics in Modernity, October 2018

Spotlight #37: How Do We (Mis)Manage to Get Along? October 2018

Spotlight #36: Food, Fish, Crime, War: Redemption? October 2018

Spotlight #35: Religion: Persistent Late Myths II, September 2018

Spotlight #34: Religion: Persistent Late Myths I, September 2018

Spotlight #33: Strident Times Measured, September 2018

Spotlight #32: Trustworthy Revelations: History by the Road, September 2018

Spotlight #31: The Platonic Reach, August 2018

Spotlight #30: Myth: Prescriptive History as Culture, August 2018

Spotlight #29: Phase Shift Judaism, August 2018

Spotlight #28: Ideology: Art, Ethics & Illusion, August 2018

Spotlight #27: How We Make Our Self Another Self, July 2018

Spotlight #26: History Politicizes Sensual Metaphysics, July 2018

Spotlight #25: We Can Always Do Better, July 2018

Spotlight #24: Who Are We Where?  The Music, Art & Science of Self-Discovery, July 2018

Spotlight #23: Peripatetic Cultures, July 2018

Spotlight Special Y: A Surrealist Remembrance of Kenneth Rexroth by Stephen Schwartz, June 2018

Spotlight #22: The Long Outside, the Short Inside: History, June 2018

Spotlight # 21: Before & After Christendom, June 2018

Spotlight # 20: Christian Pasts, June 2018

Spotlight # 19: Art as Gossip and History, June 2018

Spotlight # 18: Culture Works, June 2018

Spotlight # 17: Contemporary Nuances, May 2018

Spotlight # 16: Novel America, May 2018

Spotlight # 15: Does the Brain Think Me? May 2018

Spotlight # 14: Is Democracy Utopian? May 2018

Spotlight # 13: Metamodern Motifs: Cycling and Recycling Myth, May 2018

Spotlight # 12:  Montaigne as Myth through History, April 2018

Spotlight # 11: Sufi Wisdom: Love as Philosophy, April 2018

Spotlight # 10: Ottomans and Others: Gryphons from the Heart, April 2018

Spotlight # 9: Islamic Mysticisms: The Green Canopy, April 2018

Spotlight # 8: Coping with the Afterlife of Gods, March 2018

Spotlight # 7: What is Old is Dream Worthy, March 2018

Spotlight # 6: Fictional Truth & Cosmopolitan Falsehoods, February 2018

Spotlight # 5: Metaphors and More, January 2018

Spotlight # 4: Dante and his World, December 2017

Spotlight # 3: Intercultural Religions, November 2017

Spotlight # 2: Once & Future Mythology, October 2017

Spotlight # 1: The Ins & Outs of Body Parts, September 2017

Spotlight # 00:  Eagle & Phoenix, August 2017


For archived reviews before 2017 see index


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Our reviews are designed to meet the needs of  people who want thorough information about newly published academic books in the humanities, especially in the fields of religious and culture studies, philosophy, history and the social sciences.

The emphasis of our reviews is allowing the book speak for itself by selecting author summaries of purpose and content. We provide independent evaluations, when our reviewer's feel they are warranted.

We do not sell books or the products we review. We only evaluate them, choosing the best of what comes our way.

We are dedicated to discovering excellent published scholarship in all fields of the humanities

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Wordtrade is an independent review agency, serving the public, scholars, librarians, and booksellers. Wordtrade is a national review newsletter about recently published books, audiobooks, interactive media, and online text services.


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11312 US 15-501 North, Suite 107
Chapel Hill NC 27517 USA
Tel:   919-542-5719
Fax:  919-869-1643

Company Profile

Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Wordtrade is a national review of recently published books, audiobooks, interactive media, and online text services.

The Monthly Wordtrade.com Newsletter provides a summary of titles featured in emails and at news groups. Not all books reviewed are featured in the newsletter.

Company History

Wordtrade began as a print newsletter for bookstores and libraries in 1993. As information has become increasingly electronic, Wordtrade ceased print subscription services and has become an open source for new information and original contents about recent books, specializing in religion, science and philosophy titles but also covering select titles of general interest.

We also have links to tarothermeneutics.com  specialty site and carolinabookbeat.com  which features our radio broadcasts, podcasts of book reviews on WCOMfm.org 


Paul Nagy is Managing Editor. He brings well over 50 years of experience as an essayist and reviewer and over 30 years’ experience as a bookseller and marketer of new books. Paul has an M.Div. degree, and a spiritual friendship practice that enkindles a keen interest in religious studies and philosophy. Email

Gilbert Hershey is production editor. He has worked in marketing for nearly 45 years.
Gil has a general appetite for all things in print and is a constant reader. He loves a good mystery and enjoys the continuous whirl of literary discovery this job involves. 

William Lee is review editor. If you have book titles you want us to review contact him with basic info and he will contact you about which titles we would like to consider. Email

Janet Lentz attempts to keep the front office going and the books straight. Email

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