Web Exclusive: Books Received 2004-05
Last updated: June 6, 2005
Things Might Go Right: Prospects for Peace and a Better Life in an Age of Globalization and Specialization — W. Phillips Davison '39 (iUniverse). The author argues that the world will grow more peaceful and prosperous as the future unfolds. Part one of the book focuses on the roles of social organizations and part two suggests actions to be taken by individuals, governments, and educators. Davison is a professor of journalism and sociology, emeritus, at Columbia University .
Pirro Ligorio: A Biography of the Sixteenth-Century Italian Artist and Antiquarian -- David R. Coffin '40 *54 (Penn State Press). The author, who died in 2003 before this book was published, traced the unfolding of Ligorio's life from his early years in Naples, to his work in Rome, through his residency in Ferrara as court antiquarian. Coffin was Howard Crosby Btler Memorial Professor of the History of Architecture, emeritus, at Princeton University.
The Fourth Part of Gaul: A Novel of the Veneti Gaul Revolt Against Caesar and the Epic Voyage of its Survivors to the New World -- John Cabeen Beatty '41 (John Cabeen Beatty). This historical novel recounts the tale of the Gaul revolt against Caesar and the ensuing drama from the perspective of a hostage taken during battle. Beatty is a lawyer and senior judge in Oregon.
The Enlightened Joseph Priestley: A Study of His Life and Work from 1773 to 1804 — Robert E. Schofield ’45 (Pennsylvania State University Press). The second book of a two-volume biography of one of the major figures of the British Enlightenment, Joseph Priestley. The first volume was published in 1997. Schofield is a professor of history emeritus at Iowa State University.
Recollections of an Occasional Attorney — Francis N. Iglehart ’47 (American Literary Press). Iglehart delivers a humorous mix of personal recollections and anecdotes from his career as an attorney.
The Circle’s Edge — Donold K. Lourie ’47 (www.xlibris.com). This novel focuses on the turbulent love affair between Sarah Stein, a young actress, and Thomas Cutler, a successful, retired businessman.
Salmon Camp: The Boland Brook Story, 65 Years of Angling on the Upsalquitch River — Livingston Parsons Jr. ’47 (Frank Amato Publications). Parsons tells the story of one of the major Atlantic salmon camps. He is a retired general surgeon and lives in Albuquerque, N.M.
Pandorian Consequences — William Prickett ’47 (Red Fox Publishing Co.). Prickett writes the story of two people whose past sufferances bring them together and generate a strengthening relationship. The author lives in Chesapeake, Md.
Dreamtime: A Collection Of Short Stories — Robert Steiner '47 (iUniverse). The author focuses on a range of social problems in this collection of eleven short stories. Steiner is a retired scientist and professor. He conducted research at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda , Md. , and at the University of Maryland .
Architecture as Signs and Systems for a Mannerist Time — Robert Venturi ’47 *50 and Denise Scott Brown (Belknap Press). The authors present a retrospective of their work and explore its theoretical underpinnings. This book is based on lectures they gave at Harvard in 2003. Venturi and Brown are principals of the architectural firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates in Philadelphia.
Borderlines: A Memoir — EDMUND KEELEY ’48 (White Pine Press). Keeley, an American who spent three years in Greece before World War II, became a novelist, translator, and critic who often focused on Greece. In his memoir he writes about his childhood in that country, his years during war-time in Washington, D.C., and his student years at Princeton. He is a professor of English and creative writing, emeritus, at Princeton.
Low Crimes and Misdemeanors in High Places: John Mitchell and Watergate — Edmund Keeley ’48 (Five and Ten Press Inc.). Keeley re-examines the Watergate scandal focusing on John Mitchell, Nixon’s re-election campaign manager. Keeley taught at Princeton for 40 years and retired in 1994 as Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English.
Dizzy: The Life and Times of John Birks Gillespie — DONALD L. MAGGIN ’48 (Harper Entertainment). In this biography of innovative jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, the author chronicles the trumpeter’s life from the racist South of his youth in the 1920s through his emergence as a 20th-century jazz giant and one of the primary creators of the bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz revolutions. Maggin also wrote Stan Getz: A Life in Jazz (1996).
The Sporting Art of Franklin B. Voss — Peter Winants '48 (Blood-Horse Publications). This collection contains over 50 full-page, color reproductions of Voss' paintings of horse races and hunts interspersed with Winants' essays and anecdotes about the artist. Winants is director emeritus of the National Sporting Library in Virginia .
The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century — Richard T. Arndt '49 *72 ( Potomac Books). Arndt examines the political importance of cultural diplomacy — cultivating an atmosphere of general respect between nations. He focuses on the history of American cultural diplomacy since World War I and the present need for such diplomatic measures. Arndt is the president of Americans for UNESCO.
Bring Back America, Land that We Love — Bill Rentschler ’49 (Trafford Publishing and Dayton Lane Press). Rentschler takes a look at the Bush administration and offers a passionate criticism of it and its leaders. A journalist, Rentschler was editor-in-chief of the Daily Princetonian.
Hero Island — Stephen B. Wiley '51 (Oasis Publishing). In his first collection of poetry, Wiley, a former lawyer and legislature, describes the everyday world and sets his poems near his Vermont summer cottage and on New Jersey farms.
The Corporate Transformation of Health Care — John P. Geyman ’52 (Springer Publishing). The author argues that the corporate transformation of hospitals, health-maintenance organizations, and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries has resulted in reduction of health-care services, poor regulation, and corrupt research. Geyman makes the case for a system of publicly financed, national health insurance. Geyman is a family physician.
If Dogs Could Talk: Exploring the Canine Mind — Vilmos Csanyi, translated by Richard Quandt ’52 (North Point Press). Through observation of his own two dogs and scientific findings, Hungarian ethologist Vilmos Csanyi documents the high degree of mutual understanding that exists between humans and dogs. Csanyi is chair of the ethology department at Eörtvös Loránd University in Budapest. Quandt is a professor of economics, emeritus, at Princeton.
A Story Goes With It — George Garrett ’52 *85 (Five and Ten Press). Set during World War II, Garrett’s story is a thriller about a Nazi mission to strike at the heart of America. Garrett recently retired from a teaching position at the University of Virginia.
Double Vision – George Garrett ’52 *85 (University of Alabama). In this novel Garrett focuses on two characters: writer Aubrey Carvey, who resembles Garrett’s late friend Peter Taylor, and another writer Frank Toomer, who like Garrett suffers from double vision. Garrett weaves bits of his own life and his friend’s with the story of his characters in exploring professional rivalries, literary success, and life and death. Garrett is a professor of creative writing emeritus at the University of Virginia.
Falling Through the Safety Net: Americans Without Health Insurance -- John Geyman '52 (Common Courage Press). In a critique of the U.S. medical system, the author argues that our privatized system costs far more than helath care systems in other industrialized nations, while leaving millions uninsured. Geyman makes the case for national health insurance financed by the government. Geyman is professor emeritus of tfamily medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Lays and Legends of Virginia and Otherwhere — Ned Conquest '53 *67 (Apollian Press). A collection of poetry by Conquest, who lives in Washington , D.C.
Challenges for Nonprofits and Philanthropy: The Courage to Change — Pablo Eisenberg '54, edited by Stacy Palmer (Tufts University Press). This collection of Eisenberg's essays, articles, and speeches, spanning almost three decades, offers commentary on the difficulties and responsibilities of modern nonprofit organizations. Eisenberg is a senior fellow at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute.
Secrets of the Jewish Exile: The Bible's Codes, Messiah, and Suffering Servant -- Preston Kavanagh '54 (Word Association Publishers). The author argues that a coding system pervades the Hebrew bible, and he discusses the identities of biblical figures such as the Suffering Servant and Second Isaiah. He also looks at why Jesus calls himself the "son of man." Kavangh has been an inner-city minister and a senior executive at a Fortune 500 company.
In two books published in 2004 before the election, In Pursuit of Justice: Collected Writings 2000—2003 (Seven Stories) and The Good Fight (ReganBooks), Nader explains how he believes that a continuing shift of political power away from individual citizens toward large corporations has affected the economy, the environment, American culture, and individuals’ rights. Nader spoke in mid-November with Leslie Brunetta ’82. click here for more...
Eye of the Condor — Sidney Harris ’55 (AuthorHouse). Set in Bolivia in the 1930s and based on historical events, Harris’ novel tells the story of young Carlos Obregon who suddenly finds himself at the heart of the Chaco War and the political chaos that followed. Harris is the winner of the Best Novel Award of the Greater Dallas Writers’ Association and lives in Dallas, Texas.
Nonkilling Global Political Science — Glenn D. Paige ’55 (www.xlibris.com). Paige argues for the creation of a “nonkilling” society and explores the implications of such a society for political science and global problem solving. Paige is a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii and the founder and president of the Center for Global Nonviolence in Honolulu.
Pete Rose: A Biography — David Jordan '56 ( Greenwood Press). The author looks at Rose's career and post-baseball life in this series on baseball's all-time greatest hitters. Jordan is the president of the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society.
Water Encyclopedia — Editor-in-Chief Jay H. Lehr '57, edited by Jack Keeley (John Wiley & Sons). This five-volume set contains comprehensive information about the world's most important resource with articles on topics ranging from wastewater to water chemistry. Lehr is senior scientist at Environmental Education Enterprises and managing editor of Environmental and Climate News.
Greece: Images of an Enchanted Land — Robert A. McCabe ’56 (Patakis). In this coffee-table book of black-and-white photographs taken in Greece from 1954 to 1965, McCabe captures an era before tourism took over. The photographs depict the unspoiled landscape, the waterfronts, important sites such as the temple of Apollo, and people carrying out daily routines — women doing laundry at a river and boys tending sheep. McCabe is chairman of the New York-based Pilot Capital Corporation.Across the Barbed Wire: A Novel About the Cold War — James Pocock '56 (AuthorHouse). This novel looks at the hardship of war as it follows a mother's decades-long search for her son from the Cold War through Desert Storm. Pocock is a retired major general.
The Spirit Searches Everything: Keeping Life's Questions — Frederick Borsch '57 (Cowley Publications). Borsch explores life's big questions, reflecting on self-awareness, spirit, suffering, and salvation. Borsch, a former Princeton trustee, teaches at the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.
Live Longer, Live Better: Taking Care of Your Health After 50 — Peter H. Gott ’57 *58 (Quill Driver Books). The author, an internist, addresses common medical and health issues — from managing chronic pain and a new therapy for rheumatoid arthritis to treatment for prostate cancer and the warning signs of strokes — in a user-friendly, question-and-answer format. Gott writes a nationally syndicated column, “Dr. Gott.”
The Fallen Nightingale — John W. Milton '57 (Beaver's Pond Press). This historical novel, which won an IPPY award, focuses on the life and times of Spanish pianist and composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916). Milton is a writer living in Afton , Minn.
From Oslo to Iraq and the Road Map — Edward W. Said ’57 (Pantheon). This collection of essays focuses on what Said saw as the failure of Arab leadership, the lack of truthful, balanced coverage of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, and the need for Palestinians and other Arabs to engage with the progressive elements in Israel. An outspoken critic of Israeli policy, Said, who died last year, was a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University.
Leaving Maggie Hope — Anthony S. Abbott ’57 (Novello Festival Press). This novel is told from the point of view of David Lear, whose divorced, alcoholic mother, Maggie Hope, abuses and sometimes neglects him. He is sent to boarding school in 1944 at age 11. At first scared and teased by classmates, the boy eventually sees the school as his refuge and learns to rely on himself. Abbott is former chairman of the English department at Davidson College.
Liberty and Freedom -- David Hackett Fischer '57 (Oxford University Press). The author looks at the ideals of liberty and freedom - their meaning and how those ideals have evolved through the examination of American icons, legends, and everyday artifacts. Hackett is a professor at Brandeis University.
About five years ago, W.B. Marsh ’58 and Bruce Carrick ’58 decided to compile scattered notes into something more formal. What began as a casual, if slightly eccentric, hobby evolved into 365: Your Date With History, a 652-page collection of some 800 colorful vignettes describing dramatic events that have occurred on every day of the calendar year sometime in human history. Read more...
The Power Game: A Washington Novel — JOSEPH S. NYE JR. ’58 (Public Affairs). Nye’s debut novel focuses on Princeton professor Peter Cutler, who leaves academia to become undersecretary of state. Before long, he gets involved in bureaucratic turf wars and an illicit affair. Ultimately, Cutler is made the scapegoat for a botched CIA operation to stop the transfer of nuclear weapons from Pakistan to Iran. The author of The Paradox of American Power (2002), Nye is a professor at Harvard University.
Windgalore Farm — Dave Williams '58 [aka Herm Botzow] (Acorn Publishing). In this collection of stories about growing up on a farm in Ohio , the author shares tales of his adventures with his childhood friend. Williams lives on a farm in upstate New York .
A Melancholy Affair at the Weldon Railroad: The Vermont Brigade, June 23, 1864 — David Faris Cross '59 (White Mane Books). The author examines what led to and resulted from the capture of more than 400 men of the Vermont Brigade by the Confederates on June 23, 1864, at the Petersburg and Weldon Railroad. Cross is a retired physician.
Once Upon a Time in Africa: Stories of Wisdom and Joy — compiled by Joseph G. Healey ’60 (Orbis Books). A collection of 86 brief stories, including true stories, fiction, parables, and myths, about families, communities, miracles, death, and God. Healey is a Maryknoll priest who has worked in Kenya and Tanzania for many years.
France — Stephen C. Jett ’60 (Chelsea House). Jett provides an overview of France and includes chapters on its environment, history, government, social institutions, and economy. Jett is a professor emeritus of geography and of textiles and clothing at University of California, Davis.
The Sailor’s Hornbook or ABC, with a Vermiform Appendix on Racing Terminology — David O’Neal ’60 (Book Surge-Global Publishing). O’Neal’s book is a take-off on nautical terminology which redefines sailing and related terms in a funny and satirical manner. O’Neal lives in Sausalito, Calif.
Army of the Potomac: McClellan Takes Comman, Spetember 1861-February 1862: A Wide Randing Study of the Army's Leaders and Their Decisions -- Russel H. Beatie '59 (Da Capo Press). In this second volume of a multivolume work, the author continues his study of General George B. McClellan and his fellow commanding officers that led the Union's victorious Army of the Potomac. Beatie is a trial lawyer in New York City.
Taking Sex Differences Seriously — Steven E. Rhoads ’61 (Encounter Books). The author argues that men and women are different — women are more nurturing and better at intimate relationships, for example, and men are more promiscuous, aggressive, and competitive — and that these natural differences are hardwired into our biology rather than determined by society. Rhoads is a professor of public policy at the University of Virginia.
Russain-Eurasian Renaissance? U.S. Trade and Investment in Russia and Eurasia -- Jan H. Kalicki and Eugene K. Lawson '61 (Woodrow Wilson Center Press). This book includes essays by leading U.S., Russian, and Eurasian economic experts and policy-makers on the issues of economic reform, trade, and investment and the prospects for an economic renaissance in the new states of the former Soviet Union.
Muslim Networks: from Hajj to Hip Hop — edited by Miriam Cooke and Bruce B. Lawrence '62 ( University of North Carolina Press ). This 13-essay volume provides a long view of Muslim networks — describing major moments and key players from the seventh through the 21st century — and the role networks play in Islamic identity and social cohesion. Cooke is a professor of Arabic literature at Duke University ; Lawrence is Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor and professor of Islamic studies at Duke University .
The Fate of Their Country: Politicians, Slavery Extension, and the Coming of the Civil War — MICHAEL F. HOLT ’62 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). The author argues that war didn’t arise from two irreconcilable economies or from the North’s objections to slavery, but from partisan politics. Concerned with re-election, politicians from both sides exploited the debates about the extension of slavery into new territories to such an extent that disunion became inevitable. Holt teaches history at the University of Virginia.
New England’s Crises and Cultural Memory: Literature, Politics, History, Religion, 1620-1860 — John McWilliams ’62 (Cambridge University). McWilliams’ scholarly book is a comprehensive study of the meaning of “New England.” McWilliams is Abernethy Professor of American Literature at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Captive Notions: Concise Commentaries on the Commonplace — John E. King ’63 (Little Philosophies Press, LLC). This book is a collection of about 700 aphorisms reflecting on the human condition. King is a lawyer in Seattle, Wash.
When Bradley K. Martin ’64 was at Princeton, virtually everything he read in Time and Newsweek about the war in Vietnam suggested that the United States was winning. But then Martin joined the Peace Corps in Thailand, and “it took me three weeks ... to realize what I’d been reading was wrong,” Martin recalls. Martin’s specialty became the Korean peninsula — an expertise that led to his book, Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty, published by Thomas Dunne Books in October. Read more...
The Cultural Complex: Contemporary Jungian Perspectives on Psyche and Society — edited by Thomas Singer '64 and Samuel L. Kimbles. (Brunner-Routledge). Based on Jung's theory of complexes, this book offers a new perspective on the psychological nature of conflicts between groups and cultures by introducing the concept of the cultural complex. Singer is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst in San Francisco ; Kimbles is clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst, and organizational consultant.
Jump the Kennebec — Paul Kalkstein ’65 (iUniverse). Inspired by his brother’s bipolar disorder, Kalkstein explores the depressive and manic sides of manic depression in this novel, as he follows a character at each step of the malady’s progression. Kalkstein is an English teacher at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.
The Smart Take From the Strong: The Basketball Philosophy of Pete Carril — Pete Carril with Dan White ’65 (Bison Books). Carril reflects on his life as a basketball coach, his vision of discipline, and what he looks for in a player. Carril was Princeton University’s basketball coach for 29 years. He is an assistant coach with NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Dan White is a writer in Princeton.
North American Pinot Noir — John Winthrop Haeger ’66 (University of California). This reference book for winemakers and consumers provides a history of pinot noir and tells readers where top wines can be found. The author also profiles a number of wineries. Haeger is a former columnist for Wine & Spirits magazine.
The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy — T.R. Reid ’66 (Penguin Press). The author argues that the European Union, not the United States, is emerging as the new superpower. Reid traces the rise of European unification in the wake of World War II Europe and its development into an economic, political, and cultural force — the EU. Reid is Rocky Mountain bureau chief for the Washington Post.
The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How To Live — Arthur W. Frank ’68 (University of Chicago Press). Through anecdotes, the author shows how the practice of medicine can still be about generosity and caring. Frank is also the author of At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness and The Wounded Storyteller.
Fish Into Wine: The Newfoundland Plantation in the Seventeenth Century — Peter E. Pope ’68 (University of North Carolina). Through archaeological and historical research, Pope examines the cod fishery industry that developed in the North Atlantic World in the 17th-century. Pope teaches anthropology and history at Memorial University of Newfoundland and is director of the Newfoundland Archaeological Heritage Outreach Program.
The Quiet Crisis: How Higher Education Is Failing America — Peter Smith ’68 (Anker Publishing Co.). Smith urges America to change its educational system, arguing that it is failing to educate the middle class by employing an out-of-date educational model. Smith is the founding president of California State University, Monterey Bay.
The ABCs of the UCC: Amended Article 2A — Stephen T. Whelan '68 and Amelia Boss (American Bar Association). Whelan's latest book provides basic knowledge of state law regarding leases of equipment and other goods. Whelan is a New York City lawyer and visiting lecturer in politics at Princeton University .
Faulkner the Storyteller — Blair Labatt ’69 (University of Alabama Press). Labatt takes an unconventional look at Faulkner’s works, placing the Snopes Trilogy at the heart of the analysis. Labatt is an independent scholar living in San Antonio, Texas.
Skylord — Thomas Farrell '70 (PublishAmerica). This romantic thriller is a sequel to Farrell's first novel, The Jessica Project. When a federal prosecutor recruits a reformed assassin to hunt down a missing witness, the prosecutor and assassin are drawn into a world of conspiracy and danger. The author, a former federal prosecutor, is now an international hotel and aerospace executive.
The Therapy Triangle: Empowering You with the Knowledge to Heal — Rob Burkham '71 (Right Mind Publishing). In this book, potential patients can learn what to expect when they begin psychotherapy, how a therapist can help them, and what they can do to help themselves. Burkham has practiced psychology in Appleton , Wis. , since 1982.
Interglacial: New and Selected Poems & Aphorisms — James Richardson ’71 (Ausable Press). The author includes poems from his previous books and new poems about war, death, TV news, ghosts, snow, and the end of the world. Among his 150 aphorisms is number 70: “A strength is a weakness in disguise.” Richardson is a professor of English and creative writing at Princeton.
Make the Rules or Your Rivals Will — G. Richard Shell ’71 (Crown Business). The author argues that successful businesses must learn to use legal tools — strategic contracts, litigation, regulation, and lobbying — to secure competitive advantage. Drawing on contemporary case studies as well as business history, he explores how laws shape markets and how corporate leaders from Henry Ford to Bill Gates have used (and sometimes abused) legal strategies. Shell is the Thomas Gerrity Professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
The City at Stake: Secession, Reform, and the Battle for Los Angeles — Raphael J. Sonenshein'71 ( Princeton University Press). This book tells the story of how the nation's second largest city completed a major reform of its government in the face of a deeply threatening movement for secession by the San Fernando Valley . Sonenshein played a key role in the charter-reform process and offers a theoretical perspective on institutional reform in an age of diversity. Sonenshein is a professor of political science at California State University , Fullerton .
Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws — Judge Andrew P. Napolitano '72 (Nelson Current). Napolitano criticizes what he sees as the government's disregard for the U.S. Constitution. The author argues that our founding principles are being trampled upon by judges, politicians, bureaucrats, prosecutors, and police in the name of the law. Napolitano is Fox News' senior judicial analyst.
North Carolina Beaches , Third Edition — Glenn Morris '72 ( University of North Carolina Press). Morris provides a comprehensive survey of North Carolina 's beaches, detailing everything from wildlife refuges and historic landmarks to fishing piers and swimming spots. Morris is a travel writer who lives in Lansdale , Pa.
Augustine: A New Biography — James J. O'Donnell '72 (HarperCollins Publishers). This book examines the history and influence of the fifth century theologian Augustine of Hippo, focusing not only on his religious writings but also on the events of his life. O'Donnell is classics professor and provost at Georgetown University .
Golf Courses of the PGA Tour — George Peper ’72 (Harry Abrams). The author describes golf courses of the PGA Tour in a coffee-table book with large color photographs. He includes schematic maps of the courses, yardage and par information for the holes, tips on how to play specific shots, and historical tidbits about the courses. Peper was editor-in-chief of Golf Magazine for 25 years.
Liminal Lives: Imagining the Human at the Frontiers of Biomedicine — Susan Merrill Squier ’72 (Duke University Press). Squier argues that fiction serves as a space where worries about ethically and socially charged scientific procedures such as stem cell research and embryo adoptions are worked through. Squier is Brill Professor of Women’s Studies and English at Pennsylvania State University.
Israel on the Appomattox —Melvin Patrick Ely ’73 *85. A detailed account of the 90 slaves whom Randolph freed and their lives on the property they inherited, a small community in Prince Edward County, Va., that they called Israel Hill. More...
Promise — James B. Murphy II ’73 (Parallel Lines LLC). Murphy’s play is a contemporary adaptation of the Celtic allegory The Voyage of Bran. The author is a former Time magazine writer and reporter.
Citizen’s Primer for Conservation Activism: How to Fight Development in Your Community — Judith Perlman ’73 (University of Texas). In this hands-on guide for stopping undesirable development, the author outlines how to devise a strategy, influence local government, raise money, and conduct a media campaign. Perlman has led several efforts to defeat development near her Wisconsin home.
The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture — edited by Alice Fahs '73 and Joan Waugh (University of North Carolina). A collection of 12 essays by leading Civil War scholars who demonstrate how the meanings of the Civil War have changed over time. Fahs is an associate professor of history at the University of California , Irvine ; Waugh is an associate professor of history at the University of California , Los Angeles .
Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America — Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden ’73 (Dori Lynn Shorter) (Perennial). This study shows how and why some African-American women feel pressure to compromise their true selves as they navigate America’s racial and gender landscape. They change their behavior, appearance, and speech, shifting “white” at work and “black” at home. Shorter-Gooden is a psychologist.
The Boys in the Brownstone — Kevin Scott '73 (The Haworth Press). In this humorous novel, the author brings to life an eclectic group of gay men whose lives intertwine at a Manhattan bar, the Brownstone. Scott, a playwright, screenwriter, and art critic, also teaches screenwriting at New York University .
De Kooning: An American Master (Knopf ). Annalyn Swan ’73 and Mark Stevens ’73 interviewed hundreds of contemporaries in de Kooning’s artistic and social circles. A biography of de Kooning. Read more...
Speciesism — Joan Dunayer ’74 (Ryce Publishing). Dunayer outlines nonspeciesist thought, law, and action in the defense of nonhuman beings. Dunayer is a writer, editor and animal-rights advocate. She is the author of Animal Equality: Language and Liberation.
The Complete Patricia Cornwell Companion — Glenn L. Feole ’74 and Don Lasseter (Berkley Books). The authors examine the career of novelist Patricia Cornwell and include biographies of her major characters, an introduction to the world of forensic science, and synopses of her books. Feole, a doctor, works for Eau Claire Cooperative Health Clinics in South Carolina.
Who is Killing Doah’s Deer? — Jeff Markowitz ’74 (iUniverse). Markowitz’s first novel is a mystery set in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The protagonist, Cassie O’Malley, is a magazine writer who discovers a dead body among deer and suddenly finds herself involved in a murder investigation. Markowitz lives in New Jersey.
Vigil — Robert Masello '74 ( Berkley Books). In this thriller, paleontologist Carter Cox struggles to understand the meanings of an ancient demon-like fossil and a fragmented Judean prophesy before the apocalyptic evil that they foretell is released upon the world. This is Masello's 16th book.
Fairway to Heaven — Roberta Isleib '75 ( Berkley Prime Crime). Book four in a murder-mystery series, Fairway to Heaven follows protagonist and amateur sleuth Cassie Burdette as she plays in a three-tour golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C. Cassie finally sees her golf game come alive, but she also gets involved following the trail of her friend's father, who has disappeared right before the friend's wedding. Isleib is a clinical psychologist.
Quantum Paradoxes: Quantum Theory for the Perplexed — Yakir Aharonov and Daniel Rohrlich '75 (Wiley). The authors explore the remaining mysteries of quantum mechanics. More than 200 problem sets introduce readers to the concepts and implications of quantum mechanics that have arisen from the experimental results of the recent two decades. Rohrlich is a research scientist at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot , Israel .
The Good Life: Psychoanalytic Reflections on Love, Ethics, Creativity, and Spirituality -- Jeffrey B. Rubin '75 (State University of New York Press). The author argues that psychoanalysis can make a profound contribution to the well-lived life by helping people experience more love, creativity and spirituality. Rubin is a psychoanalyst and Faculty and Training Supervisor at Harlem Family Institute.
A Teacher's Introduction to African American English: What a Writing Teacher Should Know — Teresa M. Redd '76 and Karen Schuster Webb (National Council of Teachers of English). The authors explain what African American English is, how it developed, how it might influence students' ability to write Standard English, and how African American English speakers can learn to write Standard English more effectively. Teresa Redd is the director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment at Howard University .
M.J. Andersen ’77, an editorial writer and columnist for the Providence Journal-Bulletin, recounts her inner journey in Portable Prairie: Confessions of an Unsettled Midwesterner, a memoir published in January by Thomas Dunne Books, in which she yearns for the stability and safety of her childhood home, even as she pushes boundaries establishing a career. Read more...
The Third Condition: A Memoir of Freud's Return — Richard Lawrence Gilbert '77 (Helm Publishing). This fictional memoir records two months in the life of an anti-Freudian psychology professor who, in the midst of a failing career and difficult divorce, is visited by the ghost of Sigmund Freud. Gilbert is a professor of psychology at Loyola Marymount University and a practicing therapist.
Successful School Change: Creating Settings to Improve Teaching and Learning — Claude Goldenberg ’77 (Teachers College Press). Inspired by 15 years of research and teaching in low-income schools, Goldenberg offers a model for lasting school reform. The author describes a successful five-year effort to improve teaching and student achievement at an elementary school serving a mostly Latino population in the Los Angeles area. Goldenberg is an associate dean of the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach.
All Sherman is looking to your Success: The 1898-1899 Letters of the Roberts Family of Sherman, Texas, and Stanly Roberts at Princeton University — edited by Heather Palmer s’77 (The Sherman Preservation League Press). Palmer collects a series of letters of Princeton students of the late 1800s and draws a portrait of their everyday life in school. Palmer is the wife of Mark Riedesel ’77 and has worked as director of the C.S. Robert House.
Presidential Powers -- Harold J. Krent '77 (New York University Press). The author examines the ways in which the president wields power and how this power is kept in check by other branches of government by presenting three overlapping determinants of the president's role under the Constitution. Krent is dean and professor of law at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention — DAVID RIEFF ’78 (Simon & Schuster). The author, a war correspondent, argues that the use of military force to protect human rights or alleviate human suffering in the post-Cold War world has largely failed. Rieff is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.
John the Painter: Terrorist of the American Revolution — Jessica Warner ’78 (Thunder’s Mouth). The author blends social history and psychology in tracing the life of a little-known revolutionary, James Aitken. Known as John the Painter, he was born in Scotland, immigrated to America as an indentured servant, served as a British soldier, deserted, and eventually plotted to take down the Crown. Warner is an assistant professor in the psychiatry department at the University of Toronto.
About 20 years ago, Madison Smartt Bell ’79 got the idea for a fictional account of Haiti’s long, bloody struggle for independence, which had started in the late 1790s and was led by the powerful and enigmatic Toussaint Louverture. The rebellion was the only successful slave revolution in history. His project on Haiti eventually amassed some 2,000 pages in three novels spanning 30 years of racial warfare and 18th-century global politics. The final book of the series, The Stone That the Builder Refused, was published last fall by Pantheon. Read more...
How the Russian Snow Maiden Helped Santa Claus — Gail Buyske *79, illustrated by Natasha Voronina (Vernissage Press). In this children's story, the young Snow Maiden leaves Russia and Father Frost to help Santa Claus make presents for Christmas at the North Pole. Buyske, an avid collector of Russian folk art, lives in New York with her husband.
The Family on Trial in Revolutionary France — Suzanne Desan ’79 (University of California). Desan examines how the French Revolution redefined the family, gender dynamics, and family-state relations. Revolutionary ideals and laws brought about a social revolution within households. Among the new civil laws enacted during that time were those making divorce easier and providing equal inheritance to sons and daughters. Desan is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin.
The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (a Little) Craziness and (a Lot of) Success in America — John D. Gartner ’79 (Simon and Schuster). The author explores hypomania, a mild form of mania that endows certain people with energy, creativity, and a propensity for risk-taking. He argues that many Americans, including Alexander Hamilton and Andrew Carnegie, may have had the condition. Gartner is a psychotherapist.
In his book China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Industrial Superpower Challenges America and the World, published in February by Scribner, Fishman argues that this development should worry all Americans, because their employers, and their jobs, could disappear at the hands of a vigorous competitor. Read more...
How to Survive Your Baby's First Year — edited by Lori Banov Kaufmann and Yadin Kaufmann '80 with Jamie Allen (Hundreds of Heads Books). This survival guide offers advice from parents who made it through the trials and triumphs of the baby's first year. The book includes tips on pregnancy, discipline, and naming baby. Lori Kaufmann is a business consultant; Yadin Kaufmann is a founder of a venture capital firm.
How to Survive Dating — edited by Mark W. Bernstein and Yadin Kaufmann '80 (Hundreds of Heads Books). This survival guide offers advice on all stages of the dating process, from how to get a date and Internet dating to sex and commitment. Bernstein runs a private equity firm; Kaufmann is a founder of a venture capital firm.
How to Survive Your Freshman Year — edited by Mark W. Bernstein and Yadin Kaufmann '80 (Hundreds of Heads Books). This survival guide offers advice on how to get off to great start in college. With contributions from students at more than 100 colleges and universities, this book includes tips on what to take to college, how to study, and how to get along with your roommate. Bernstein runs a private equity firm; Kaufmann is a founder of a venture capital firm.
How to Care for Aging Parents — Virginia Morris ’81 (Workman). This second edition of an A-to-Z guide for adult children caring for aging parents covers the emotional, legal, financial, medical, and logistical issues involved. The book’s appendix includes lists of national organizations, including the AARP, Family Caregiver Alliance, and state Medicaid offices. A journalist, Morris also authored Talking About Death Won’t Kill You (2001).
From First Kicks to First Steps: Nurturing Your Baby’s Development from Pregnancy Through the First Year of Life — Alan Greene ’81 (McGraw Hill). In this guidebook, Greene offers parents information about the early stages of life, including how the fetus develops, what mothers-to-be should eat, and prenatal testing. He also covers problems that many new parents face, such as getting baby to sleep better and dealing with food allergies. Greene is a pediatrician at the Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University.
Improbable Events: Murder at Ellenton Hall — Michael Seigel '81 (iUniverse). This murder mystery focuses on Mark Bolton, former prosecutor turned associate dean of a law school in Florida , who risks old friendships and his reputation to bring the killer of a law student to justice. Seigel is a professor of law at the University of Florida .
In The Grand Idea: George Washington’s Potomac and the Race to the West, published in June by Simon and Schuster, Achenbach focuses on Washington’s previously little-noticed, 680-mile journey over 34 days into the wilderness in 1784. — Joel Achenbach ’82 More...
Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced — CATHERINE BARNETT ’82 (Alice James Books). After her two young nieces died in a plane crash, the author wrote this series of elegies exploring grief and mourning. This collection of lyric poems, which narrates the girls’ death and their family’s experience of loss and despair, won the 2003 Beatrice Hawley Award. Barnett teaches creative writing at New York University.
The Marketing Playbook: Five Battle-Tested Plays for Capturing and Keeping the Lead in Any Market — Richard Tong ’82 and John Zagula (Portfolio). This primer explains the five basic strategies for marketing campaigns, how they work, and how they apply to different situations. Tong and Zagula worked together at Microsoft and are venture capitalists.
Playing the Races: Ethnic Caricature and American Literary Realism — Henry B. Wonham ’83 (Oxford University Press). Wonham explores late 19th-century American literary realists such as Mark Twain and Henry James and their use of stock conventions of ethnic caricature in their treatment of immigrant and African-American characters. Wonham is an associate professor of English at the University of Oregon.
Good Deeds, Good Design: Community Service Through Architecture — edited by Bryan Bell ’83 (Princeton Architectural Press). A collection of essays by architects and individuals working to help communities, this book argues that good architecture should be made available to underserved people and communities. The essayists describe their own efforts to design houses for low-income families, a waterfront park in California, and other projects. Bell is director of Design Corps, an architectural firm.
Stalking the Riemann Hypothesis: The Quest to Find the Hidden Law of Prime Numbers — Dan Rockmore '84 (Pantheon Books). The author discusses the story of the quest to prove or disprove the Riemann hypothesis — a great, unsolved math problem concerning the distribution of prime numbers. Rockmore is a professor of mathematics and computer science at Dartmouth University .
James Hamilton — Robert Tinkler '84 ( Louisiana State University Press). This biography traces the life of the prominent pre-Civil War politician James Hamilton and his dramatic fall from Southern society into debt and dishonor. The author is an assistant professor of history at California Sate University , Chico .
In Monturiol’s Dream: The Extraordinary Story of the Submarine Inventor Who Wanted to Save the World, published by Pantheon Books in June, Stewart uses the invention and its inventor as his starting point for a broader social history of 19th-century Barcelona and the history of maritime technology. — Matthew Stewart ’85 More...
Black Subjects: Identity Formation in the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery — Arlene R. Keizer ’86 (Cornell University Press). In this study of slavery in literature, Keizer argues that contemporary African American and Afro-Caribbean literary works contain theories about the nature of black identity and the process of black identity formation. Keizer is an associate professor of English and American civilization at Brown University.
Wake Up, Sir! — Jonathan Ames ’87 (Scribner). This novel follows the zany doings of a neurotic writer, Alan Blair, who hires a valet, Jeeves, to take care of him at his aunt and uncle’s house in Montclair, N.J. Before long, Blair heads to an artists’ colony in Saratoga Springs, where he drinks too much, stumbles into trouble, falls in love, and writes a little. This homage to P.G. Wodehouse is Ames’ third novel.
The Limits of Political Theory: Oakeshott's Philosophy of Civil Association -- Kenneth B. McIntyre '88 (Imprint Academic). McIntyre argues that Michael Oakeshott's political philosphy cannot be reduced to any conventional school but rather is a provocation to all of the currently dominant schools of politcal theory and practive. McIntyre is an assistant professor of polical science at Cambellsville University.
Fourth Planet from the Sun: Tales of Mars from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction — edited by GORDON VAN GELDER ’88 (Thunder’s Mouth Press). An anthology of science fiction, this collection focuses on short stories about humans traveling to Mars and includes work by Ray Bradbury, John Varley, Roger Zelazny, Leigh Brackett, Alfred Coppel, and Gregory Benford. Van Gelder is the editor of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
Colors and Blood: Flag Passions of the Confederate South — Robert E. Bonner ’89 (Princeton University Press). A contribution to Civil War history, Bonner’s book explores how the Confederate flag gained its power to inspire and repel people. He also reflects on the wartime “flag culture” that in part set the emotional tone of the Civil War both in the Union and the Confederacy. Bonner is an assistant professor of history at Michigan State University.
Great Books, Honors Programs, and Hidden Origins — William N. Haarlow ’89 (RoutledgeFalmer). Haarlow offers an in-depth analysis of the development of the liberal arts movement in American higher education from the 1930s to the 1950s and its manifestations today. Haarlow is director of College-Admission Relations at Northwestern University.
Catarino Garza’s Revolution on the Texas-Mexico Border — Elliott Young ’89 (Duke University Press). Young analyzes Catarino Garza’s 1891 revolt against Mexico’s dictator, Porfirio Díaz, and argues that the rebellion was an important chapter in the history of the formation of the border between Mexico and the United States. Young is an associate professor of history at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.
Continental Crossroads: Remapping US-Mexico Borderlands History, 1821-1940 — Elliott Young ’89 and Samuel Truett (Duke University Press). Drawing on historiographies and archives of both the United States and Mexico, the authors examine the history of the U.S.-Mexican borderlands from the early 19th century to the 1940s. Young is an associate professor of history at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.
The Home Run Horse: Inside America’s Billion-Dollar Racehorse Industry and the High-Stakes Dreams That Fuel It — Glenye Cain ’90 (Daily Racing Form Press). In this study of the Thoroughbred horseracing industry, the author goes behind the scenes in the quest to breed, buy, and develop champion racehorses. She looks at the pressure on trainers to produce the next Smarty Jones. Cain is a correspondent for Daily Racing Form.
Why I Hate Abercrombie & Fitch: Essays on Race and Sexuality — DWIGHT A. McBRIDE ’90 (New York University). In this collection of essays that deal with life as a black, gay man, the author explores various topics, including pornography, the role of African-American studies in higher education, and the way hair and clothing guidelines for employees of Abercrombie & Fitch discriminate against people of color. McBride is chairman of the African-American studies department at Northwestern University.
Detecting the Nation: Fictions of Detection and the Imperial Venture — Caroline Reitz ’90 (Ohio State University Press). Reitz argues that detective fiction was essential to public acceptance of the newly organized police force in early Victorian Britain and helped transform the concept of an island kingdom into that of a sprawling empire. Reitz is an assistant professor of English at Saint Louis University.
Caroline Elkins ’91 ultimately turned her Harvard dissertation into a book, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya, published by Henry Holt in January. Read more...
Bringing the Empire Home: Race, Class, and Gender in Britain and Colonial South Africa — Zine Magubane ’91 (University of Chicago Press). In this scholarly book, Magubane looks at the relationship between marginalized groups in South Africa — blacks — and in England — women and the poor — during the 19th century and how both groups were stereotyped. Magubane is an associate professor of sociology and African studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Masterful Women: Slaveholding Widows from the American Revolution through the Civil War — Kirsten E. Wood ’91 (University of North Carolina) Wood looks at Southern slaveholding women who managed farms and plantations after their husbands died. Slaveholding widows did work usually associated with white men and crafted a version of mastery that virtually made them lady patriarchs. Wood is an associate professor of history at Florida International University.
Hello, Hello Brazil: Popular Music in the Making of Modern Brazil — Bryan McCann ’91 (Duke University Press). McCann chronicles the flourishing of Brazilian popular music between the 1930s and the 1950s. McCann is an assistant professor of Latin American history at Georgetown University.
Little Earthquakes — Jennifer Weiner ’91 (Atria). Weiner’s latest novel focuses on four new mothers — Becky, an overweight chef; Ayinde, the beautiful wife of an NBA star; Kelly, an overachieving events planner; and Lia, a young actress — and their friendship and sometimes messy lives as they deal with raising kids. Weiner is also the author of the novels Good in Bed (2001) and In Her Shoes (2002), which was made into a movie that will be released in October.
How the Celts Came to Britain: Druids, Ancient Skulls and hte Birth of Archaeology -- Michael A. Morse '91 (Tempus Publishers). This book traces the history of British research into the ancient Celts, from its beginnings in the early 18th century to the emergence of both the modern understanding of the Celts and of the discipline of archaelogy by the start of the 20th century. Morse examines how the term "Celtic" first became associated witht he British Isles and then how it gradually took on its modern popular meaning. Morse is the manager of the development office at the Royal Society in London.
A Shattered Nation: The Rise & Fall of the Confederacy 1861-1868 — Anne Sarah Rubin '91 ( University of North Carolina Press). The author argues that white Southerners did not actually begin to formulate a national identity until it became evident that the Confederacy was destined to fight a lengthy war against the Union . Rubin also demonstrates that the Confederate national identity persisted well after the collapse of the Confederate state. Rubin is an assistant professor of history at the University of Maryland , Baltimore County .
Block by Block: Neighborhoods and Public Policy on Chicago 's West Side — Amanda I. Seligman '91 ( University of Chicago Press ). Seligman's urban history focuses on the hidden social and economic factors that caused the African American influx to Chicago 's West Side after World War II and the corresponding white flight to the suburbs. Seligman is an assistant professor of history and urban studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China — Gray Tuttle '91 ( Columbia University Press). Tuttle explores how a common belief in Buddhism connected the Tibetan and Chinese people throughout much of the 20th century and how this link allowed Chinese politicians to strengthen the modern Chinese nation. Tuttle is an assistant professor of Asian history at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts .
The Poetics of Melancholy in Early Modern England — Douglas Trevor '92 ( Cambridge University Press). The author explores how attitudes toward, and explanations of, human emotions changed during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Trevor is an assistant professor of English at the University of Iowa .
National Governance and the Global Climate Change Regime — Dana R. Fisher ’93 (Rowman and Littlefield). Fisher analyzes the viability of the Kyoto Protocol as an environmental treaty since its first draft in 1997. Through a combination of data analysis and country case studies, the author sheds light on the complex debates around the protocol. Fisher is an assistant professor of sociology at Columbia University.
To a Young Jazz Musician: Letters From The Road — Wynton Marsalis with Selwyn Seyfu Hinds '93 (Random House). The renowned jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis offers his personal thoughts, both on jazz and on how to live a better, more original, productive, and meaningful life. Marsalis is the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center ; Hinds is the executive director of Savoy magazine.
Reconstructing Public Reason — Eric MacGilvray '93 ( Harvard University Press). The author examines whether it is possible for politicians to take action on pressing issues while still respecting the wide spectrum of American values. MacGilvray argues for a new political vision that shifts our attention away from the problem of identifying uncontroversial public ends in the present and toward the problem of evaluating potentially controversial public ends through collective inquiry over time. MacGilvray is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown v. Board of Education — Danielle Allen ’93. Published by the University of Chicago in September, Allen explores Americans’ distrust of people they don’t know — evoked in the maxim “Don’t talk to strangers” — which, she says, reflects interracial tension, political and personal alienation, and a deep suspicion of others. More...
Krav Maga: An Essential Guide to the Renowned Method — for Fitness and Self-Defense — David Kahn ’94 (St. Martin’s). In this guide, the author explains the background and philosophy of “krav maga,” a self-defense technique developed by the Israeli military, and the specific moves, from kicks to groin strikes, that one can use to fight off an attacker. Kahn teaches krav maga in New York City.
Understanding the UN Security Council: Coercion or Consent? — Neil Fenton '95 (Ashgate). Fenton examines the recent history of the United Nations' Security Council and how its tendency toward humanitarian intervention in 1990s has shifted to an emphasis on state sovereignty. Fenton is director of research at Elysium Information in London
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Man of Fifty — translated and introduced by ANDREW PIPER ’95 (Hesperus Press). Goethe’s 1829 novella The Man of Fifty is about the complications, and comedy, of growing old and falling in love. But as Piper argues in the introduction, it also is a story intimately concerned with the problems inherent in translation itself. Piper will begin teaching at McGill University in September.
Choose — Carey Wallace '96 (True Love Books). This choose-your-own adventure novel uses the ever-splitting form to explore the themes of destiny and decision against the backdrop of a single night in New York City . There is only one ending, but there are 77 different ways to reach it. Wallace lives outside Detroit .
Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry (2004). As a senior in the Woodrow Wilson School, P.W. Singer ’97 wrote part of his thesis on what, at the time, was a relatively new development in contemporary warfare: hiring out private contractors to perform work usually reserved for soldiers. Later he turned his thesis into a book. Read more...
Invisible Cities: A Metaphorical Complex Adaptive System — Chloé E. Atreya ’98 (Festina Lente Press). This book is a work of creative nonfiction that uses the narrative structure in novelist Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities (1972) as a starting point to explore how art and science inform each other. Atreya is earning an M.D. and Ph.D. at Yale University. (The book is available through www.festinalentepress.com.)
Lads: A Memoir of Manhood — David Itzkoff ’98 (Random House). In this memoir, Itzkoff recalls his work experiences at men’s magazines, Details and Maxim, after his graduation from Princeton. He talks about the lads magazine industry, his trouble with women, and his sometimes-rocky relationship with his manic-depressive father. Itzkoff is an editor at Spin magazine.
Greg Behrman ’98, author of The Invisible People: How the U.S. Has Slept Through the Global AIDS Pandemic, published by Free Press in June, spoke with PAW’s Katherine Federici Greenwood. More...
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close — Jonathan Safran Foer ’99 (Houghton Mifflin). This novel opens as 9-year-old Oskar Schell returns to his apartment on the morning of Sept. 11 and listens to five messages from his father, who is trapped in the World Trade Center. The novel follows the boy as he searches for the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his dead father. Foer also wrote Everything is Illuminated (2002), which was made into a movie to be released in August.
Golf's Golden Age: Bobby Jones and the Legendary Players of the '10s, '20s and '30s — Rand Jerris *99, edited by Jennifer Pearce (National Geographic). Through photographs and essays, this book pays tribute to Bobby Jones' unequaled Grand Slam victories at the U.S. Amateur, British Amateur, U.S. Open, and British Open championships, and it honors his fellow competitors. Jerris is director of the United States Golf Association Museum and Archives.
Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons — Paul Lettow ’99 (Random House). A revisionist view of Reagan’s presidency, this study maintains that the late president had long wished to ban nuclear weapons — a hope that led Reagan to pursue the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI, otherwise known as “Star Wars”) and influenced his administration’s Cold War approach. Lettow is a student at Harvard Law School.
INTOTHEBEST College Guide: How Successful Parents Turn Top High School Students into the College Stars of Tomorrow -- Tim Van Hooser '99 and Steve Edwards '01 (INTOTHEBEST Press). The authors offer advice on the college admissions process, from how to write college essays to tips on how to save and pay for college. Edwards is a portfolio management associate at a private wealth management boutique. Van Hooser is the chief executive officer of INTOTHEBEST Corporation. The authors also write a regular college-counseling column for Longisland.com.
Make the Team — Avi Stopper, illustrated by Kalliopi Monoyios ’00 (www.selfrecruiting.com). For high-school soccer players of all ability levels, this book offers strategies for making a college team. Stopper is the assistant men’s soccer coach at the University of Chicago. Monoyios is a scientific illustrator at the University of Chicago and is also a freelance illustrator (www.kalliopimonoyios.com).
Speaking Past the Tongue — Justin Goldberg ’02 (Poetry Society of America). Goldberg’s revised creative thesis, a collection of short poems, is the winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship Contest. Goldberg is a Web and print designer living in Brooklyn.
Ruby Tuesday — JENNIFER ANNE KOGLER ’03 (HarperCollins). Narrated by 13-year-old Ruby Tuesday, this novel follows Ruby after her father has been suspected of murdering his bookie. Named after a Rolling Stones song, Ruby, her cigar-smoking mother, and card-shark grandmother dodge mobsters in Las Vegas as they try to get to the bottom of the murder. Kogler’s novel about a dysfunctional family began as her senior thesis.
Thomasovitch — Travis Muir ’05 (Bedside Books). Muir’s novel follows Thomas, a successful Princeton student who struggles to justify his place among the elite. Muir is a senior in the history department at Princeton.
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Limits to Interpretation: The Meanings of Anna Karenina — Vladimir E. Alexandrov *79 (University of Wisconsin). Alexandrov proposes an adaptive, text-specific reading methodology designed to minimize circularity of interpretation through the example of Anna Karenina. Alexandrov is B.E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University.
The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War — Andrew J. Bacevich *82 (Oxford). The author warns of what he sees as a dual obsession that has taken hold of Americans — militarism and a blind faith in the universality of American values. Those obsessions, he argues, are turning the United States into a crusader state. Bacevich is a professor of international relations at Boston University.
Between Crown and Community: Politics and Civic Culture in Sixteenth-Century Poitiers — Hilary J. Bernstein *96 (Cornell University Press). Bernstein argues that civic governments and the French monarchy enjoyed a reciprocal and beneficial relationship in Poitiers, a provincial capital in France. She also maintains that French provincial cities did not decline at the hands of the developing, early modern state but rather helped define the nature of early modern politics. Bernstein is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Blessed with Tourists: The Borderlands of Religion and Tourism in San Antonio — Thomas S. Bremer *01 (University of North Carolina Press). Bremer explores the intersection of tourism and commerce with religion in America, using the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and other sites as examples. He is an assistant professor of religious studies at Rhodes College.
Measures of Equality: Social Science, Citizenship, and Race in Cuba, 1902-1940 — Alejandra Bronfman *00 (University of North Carolina). Bronfman traces the formation of Cuba’s multiracial legal and political order in the early Republic by analyzing responses of social scientists to the paradoxes of modern nationhood. Bronfman is an assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia.
Buster: A Canadian Patriot and Imperialist — Atholl Sutherland Brown *54 (Trafford Books). Brown’s book is a biography of his father, Brigadier James Sutherland Brown, a senior Canadian Army officer in the 1930s. Brown was a decorated Beaufighter pilot in the Burma air war and a geologist in British Columbia.
Sequoia, Presidential Yacht — Giles M. Kelly *51 (Cornell Maritime Press). The author documents the history of the yacht that nine U.S. presidents have used for meetings and pleasure since it was built in 1925. John F. Kennedy, for example, celebrated his last birthday on board and Franklin Delano Roosevelt fished from his wheelchair. Today the Sequoia is privately owned and docked in Washington, D.C. A former skipper of the yacht, Kelly often lectures on the Sequoia.
Mission-Critical Network Planning — Matthew Liotine *83 (Artech House). An aid to information technology managers at public agencies and companies, this book aims to help them keep their computing networks operating during adverse events, such as terrorist attacks, blackouts, and tornadoes. Liotine is vice-president of BLR Research.
Inventions of the Studio, Renaissance to Romanticism — edited by Michael Cole *99 and Mary Pardo (University of North Carolina Press). Six art historians follow the evolution of the studio as a space for reflecting on the intellect, artisanship, and the nature of the artist’s vocation. Cole is an assistant professor of art history at the University of Pennsylvania.American Babel : Rogue Radio Broadcasters of the Jazz Age — Clifford J. Doerksen *02 ( University of Pennsylvania Press). Doerksen explores the birth of American radio, focusing on the often-overlooked independent radio stations and their working-class audiences. Doerksen is a film critic for Time Out Chicago .
Jacksonian Antislavery & the Politics of Free Soil, 1824-1854 — Jonathan H. Earle *96 ( University of North Carolina ). The author counters standard historical interpretations that view the ascendance of free soil ideas as a retreat from the goals of emancipation or as proslavery ideology. These claims, he argues, fail to explain free soil's real contribution to the antislavery cause: its incorporation of Jacksonian ideas about property and political equality and its transformation of a struggling crusade into a mass political movement. Earle is an associate professor of history at the University of Kansas .
The Labyrinth — Charles Edward Eaton *37 ( Cornwall Books). Eaton's 18th collection of poetry explores the maze of the mind. The poetry proceeds through the multitude of ways emotions and thoughts interact. Eaton has taught creative writing at the universities of Missouri and North Carolina .
Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman — Richard P. Feynman *42, edited by Michelle Feynman (Basic Books). This collection brings together a lifetime of letters written by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Feynman. Feynman, particularly known for his work on the Manhattan Project and the theory of quantum electrodynamics, died in 1988.
Taste: A Literary History — Denise Gigante *00 ( Yale University Press). This book examines the connection between eating and aesthetics by focusing on figurative language used by Enlightenment philosophers and Romantic poets such as Hume, Milton, Wordsworth, and Keats. Gigante is an assistant professor of English at Stanford.
Effect Sizes for Research: A Broad Practical Approach — Robert J. Grissom *63 and John J. Kim ( Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). This book on statistical procedures informs researchers and advanced students about ways to quantify how much better one method is than another method when there are competing ways of improving some outcome.
Intrigue: Espionage and Culture — Allan Hepburn *90 ( Yale University Press). This book investigates our cultural fascination with spies and how the spy genre has changed in response to society and events. Hepburn is an English professor at McGill University .
Empire of Nations: Ethnographic Knowledge and the Making of the Soviet Union -- Francine Hirsch *98 (Cornell University Press). Hirsch examines how the Bolsheviks united hundreds of distinct peoples in order to form the Soviet Union and how their diversity affected the development and growth of the country. Hirsch is an assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Bloody Falls of the Coppermine: Madness, Murder, and the Collision of Cultures in the Arctic, 1913 — McKay Jenkins *96 (Random House). The author tells the story of the brutal murder of two Catholic priests who set out in 1913 on a dangerous journey to convert a group of Eskimos and were killed by Inuit hunters. Jenkins recounts the police investigation and murder trials. Jenkins is an English professor at the University of Delaware.
The Noé Jitrik Reader: Selected Essays on Latin American Literature — Noé Jitrik, edited by Daniel Balderston *81, translated by Susan Benner (Duke University Press). This collection contains 18 influential essays by the Argentine scholar and literary critic Noé Jitrik. Balderston is a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa .
The Supreme Court and Religion in American Life, Volume I: The Odyssey of the Religion Clauses; and Volume II: From “Higher Law” to “Sectarian Scruples” — James Hitchcock *65 (Princeton University Press). The author traces the history of the Supreme Court’s approach to religion by examining religious-liberty cases, including Mormon polygamy cases and public support of religious schools. Hitchcock is a history professor at St. Louis University.
Writing and Holiness: The Practice and Authorship in the Early Christian East — Derek Krueger *91 (University of Pennsylvania Press). Krueger explores how early Christian writers came to view writing as salvific, as worship through the production of art. Krueger is a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina.
Donatello Among the Blackshirts: History and Modernity in the Visual Culture of Fascist Italy — edited by Claudia Lazzaro *75 and Roger J. Crum (Cornell University Press). This collection of essays focuses on the role of the visual in fusing the past and the modern world in Mussolini’s Italy. The Fascist regime, the essayists argue, appropriated not only Italy’s ancient Roman past but also the medieval, Renaissance, and even Baroque eras in constructing a new myth of the nation. Lazzaro is a professor of art history at Cornell University.
Inheriting Syria : Bashar's Trial by Fire — Flynt Leverett *92 (Brookings Institute Press). Leverett examines the regime of long-time Syrian dictator Hafiz al-Asad and that of his successor and son Bashar al-Asad, analyzing how their leadership has increased Syria 's influence in the Middle East . Leverett is a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle Eastern Policy at the Brookings Institution.
Do Real Men Pray? Images of the Christian Man and Male Spirituality in White Protestant America — Charles H. Lippy *72 ( University of Tennessee Press). The author documents the history of spirituality for men in America from the colonial period to the present day. Lippy is a Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee , Chattanooga , and the author of several other books about religion in America .
The Beethoven Violin Sonatas: History, Criticism, Performance — edited by Lewis Lockwood *60 and Mark Knoll (University of Illinois). This volume includes seven critical and historical essays by Beethoven specialists, who examine the social and cultural context in which Beethoven’s sonatas were composed and their significance within the composer’s life. Lockwood is the Fanny Peabody Research Professor of Music, emeritus, at Harvard University.
Race Over Empire: Racism & U.S. Imperialism, 1865-1900 — Eric T. Love *97 (University of North Carolina). Love reinterprets the interactions between politics, race, labor, immigration, and foreign relations in America’s history of imperialism. Love is an associate professor of history at University of Colorado at Boulder.
Universal Jurisdiction: National Courts and the Prosecution of Serious Crimes Under International Law — edited by Stephen Macedo *87 (University of Pennsylvania). A collection of essays by leading scholars, this book discusses the origins, evolution and implications of “universal jurisdiction” — the principle that any state is entitled to prosecute heinous crimes such as genocide in its national courts, no matter where the crimes were committed. Macedo, a professor of politics at Princeton and director of the University Center for Human Values, also chaired the Princeton Project on Universal Jurisdiction, from which this book originated.
A Theory of Ellipsis -- Marjorie Mcshane *98 (Oxford University Press). The author presents a theory of ellipsis that supports the formal, cross-linguistic description of elliptical phenomenon taking into account the verious factors that affect the use of ellipsis. McShane is a computational linguist at the Institute of Language and Information Technologies, and a research assistant professor at the Deparment of Computer Science Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Indian Summer: Musings on the Gift of Life — Sam Pickering *70 ( University of Missouri Press). Pickering 's newest set of personal essays ponders the importance of family, learning, and growing a little older. Pickering, the author of 18 books, is an English professor at the University of Connecticut in Storrs .
The Federalist — Jack Pole *53 (Hackett Publishing). In 1788 Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay wrote this collection of essays to encourage support for the newly drafted Constitution. In this new edition, Pole notes and explains the many historical and political references in order to make this influential document more accessible. Pole, a former Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford , is at Oxford researching Anglo-American legal history.
Ordinary Heroes and American Democracy — Gerald M. Pomper *59 (Yale University Press). Pomper offers a new definition of American heroism through the portrayal of eight citizens who took action during national crises. Pomper is Board of Governors Professor of Political Science at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.
Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 2: Government, Society, and Culture in the Roman Empire — Fergus Millar, edited by Guy MacLean Rogers *86 and Hannah Cotton (University of North Carolina Press). This collection of essays gathers several of Millar’s essays on the communal culture and civil government of the Greco-Roman world. The second volume of a series of three, this book explores the practical applications of governmental rules and provides English translations of Ancient Geek and Latin texts. Rogers is a professor of history and classics at Wellesley College.
Beyond Isabella: Secular Women Patrons of Art in Renaissance Italy — edited by Sheryl E. Reiss *92 and David G. Wilkins (Truman State University Press). This volume brings together 14 essays that examine the role aristocratic and bourgeois women played in the patronage of visual culture during the Italian Renaissance. Reiss is senior research associate in the Office of the Vice-Provost for Research at Cornell University
The Pontificate of Clement VII — edited by Kenneth Gouwens and Sheryl E. Reiss *92 (Ashgate). In this interdisciplinary volume the contributors address a wide variety of important aspects of Clement's pontificate (1523-34) and offer insight into one of the most pivotal periods of papal and European history. Reiss is senior research associate in the Office of the Vice-Provost for Research at Cornell University .
Why Literature Matters in the 21st Century — Mark William Roche *84 ( Yale University Press). The author examines literature in its connection to virtue and moral excellence. Roche is concerned with literature as the teacher of virtue and argues that the current crisis in the humanities may be traced back to the separation of art and morality. Roche is I. A. O'Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, a professor of German language and literature, and a professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
Race Mixture in Nineteenth-Century U.S. and Spanish American Fictions — Debra J. Rosenthal *95 (University of North Carolina). Rosenthal examines 19th-century authors in the United States and Spanish America who struggled to give voice to the contemporary dilemmas they faced about interracial sexual and cultural mixing. Rosenthal is an associate professor of English at John Carroll University.
An Anthology of Russian Literature from Earliest Writings to Modern Fiction: Introduction to a Culture — edited by Nicholas Rzhevsky *72 (M.E. Sharpe). This anthology of tales, stories, poems, plays, and excerpts from novels offers an introduction to Russian literature. The book comes with a multimedia CD-ROM. Rzhevsky is chairman of the department of European languages, literatures, and cultures at Stony Brook University.
Faith and Boundaries: Colonists, Christianity, and Community among the Wampanoag Indians of Martha's Vineyard , 1600-1871 — David Silverman *00 (Cambridge University Press). This book examines how Wampanoag Indians on the island of Martha's Vineyard lived peacefully alongside British colonists while maintaining their heritage through their selective adoption of English customs. Silverman is an assistant professor of history at George Washington University .
Eating Architecture — edited by Paulette Singley *98 and Jamie Horwitz (MIT Press). A collection of essays that explore the relationship between food and architecture, examining the intersection between food preparation and the production of space. Singley is an associate professor of architecture at Woodbury University.
GET IT! Street Smart Negotiation at Work: How Emotions Get You What You Want — Lacey T. Smith *63 (Davies-Black). Smith argues that successful negotiation relies not on numbers and facts but on masterful persuasion, which in turn depends on the ability to effectively intuit and understand one's own hopes and fears as well as the emotions of those who face you across the negotiation table. The author provides 65 “lessons from the street” that are key to getting what you want. Smith is an entrepreneur and an attorney.
Confronting Past Human Rights Violations: Justice vs. Peace in Times of Transition — Chandra Lekha Sriram *00 (Frank Cass). Sriram examines how transitional regimes can achieve greater accountability or reform as they bring violators of human rights to justice. The author is a lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews.
Exploring Subregional Conflict: Opportunities for Conflict Prevention — edited by Chandra Lekha Sriram *00 and Zoe Nielsen (Lynne Rienner). This book explores internal conflicts in Africa, Central Asia, and Central America to provide insight for better strategies to prevent regional wars. Sriram is a lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews.
“Writers tend to see the world as crammed with potential stories,” says Ginger Strand *92, whose first novel, Flight, was published this month by Simon & Schuster. The idea for Strand’s novel didn’t begin with any one observation, however, but by observing her father, a former TWA pilot, and changes in American culture over the last 30 years as reflected in the airline industry. One of the novel’s main characters, Will, is loosely based on Strand’s father. “After Sept. 11, I began to see his career — from the glamorous ... days of the 1960s through deregulation and into the brave new world order of homeland security and nail-file confiscations — as representative of an era of sweeping change in the way we think and live,” says Strand. Read more...
A Sense of Wonder: Samuel R. Delany, Race, Identity, and Difference — Jeffrey A. Tucker *97 (Wesleyan University Press). This study of the writer Samuel R. Delany explores how his work engages issues of race and contributes to African-American literature. Tucker’s book highlights Delany’s use of science fiction and fantasy to explore his own experiences with regard to race and sexual orientation. Tucker is an assistant professor of English at the University of Rochester.
General Motors and the Nazis: The Struggle for Control of Opel, Europe's Biggest Carmaker — Henry Ashby Turner Jr. *60 (Yale University Press). Using newly released documents, Turner examines how General Motors Ý the owner of Opel from the 1920s through World War II Ý managed its business in Germany and its relationship with the Nazi party. Turner is Stillé professor of history emeritus at Yale University .
Lincoln's Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont — Kevin J. Weddle *03 ( University of Virginia Press ). Weddle examines the military career of Union Civil War Rear Admiral Du Pont, from his first naval victory in South Carolina to his disastrous final attack on Charleston . Weddle is professor and director for the Advanced Strategic Art Program at the United States Army War College .
Architecture as Signs and Systems for a Mannerist Time — Robert Venturi ’47 *50 and Denise Scott Brown (Belknap Press). The authors present a retrospective of their work and explore its theoretical underpinnings. This book is based on lectures they gave at Harvard in 2003. Venturi and Brown are principals of the architectural firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates in Philadelphia.
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Private Lives in Renaissance Venice — Patricia Fortini Brown (Yale). Through artwork, photographs, illustrations, and text, the author re-creates what life was like inside the walls of a 16th-century noble household in Venice. Brown describes how palaces were furnished and decorated, how guests were entertained, what people wore, and how children were raised, among other aspects of aristocratic life. Brown is professor and chairwoman of the department of art and archaeology at Princeton.
New Tendencies in Mexican Art: The 1990s — Rubén Gallo (Palgrave MacMillan). Gallo examines how Mexican art responded to the 1990s, one of the most turbulent decades in its history. Gallo is an assistant professor of Latin American literature at Princeton University.
The Mexico City Reader — edited by Ruben Gallo (The University of Wisconsin Press). Gallo has edited an anthology of short hybrid texts — part literary essays, part urban reportage — by well-known Mexican novelists, journalists, artists, professors and cultural critics, about life in the capital of Mexico. Gallo is an assistant professor of Latin American literature at Princeton .
Bring Out Your Dead: the Past as Revelation — Anthony Grafton (Harvard University). In his collection of essays on Renaissance humanists, Grafton explores Renaissance discoveries from the 15th to 19th centuries. Grafton is a history professor at Princeton University.
Associate professor of religion R. Marie Griffith joined a Christian diet program, Weigh Down, a few years ago. A slender woman who is Protestant, Griffith participated not to lose weight but to conduct research for her new book, Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity, in which she investigates contemporary Christian diet culture and its religious roots. Read more...
Overconfidence and War: The Havoc and Glory of Positive Illusions — Dominic D. P. Johnson (Harvard University). Johnson looks at why states wage war through the examination of World War I, Vietnam, the Munich crisis, and the Cuban missile crisis. Johnson is a fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University.
Unceasing Strife, Unending Fear: Jacques de Thérines and the Freedom of the Church in the Age of the Last Capetians — William Chester Jordan *73 (Princeton University Press). Jordan describes the conflicts and intrigues of the Catholic Church and the French nation through the life and writings of the Medieval French monk and scholar Jacques de Thérines. Chester is a professor of history and director of the Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton University .
Congress, the Press and Political Accountability -- R. Douglas Arnold (Princeton University Press). The author examines how local media outlets cover members of the United States Congress and questions whether local newspapers provide the information citizens need to hold representatives accountable for their actions in office. Arnold is a professor of public affairs and politics at Princeton University.
A Turn to Empire: The Rise of Imperial Liberalism in Britain and France — Jennifer Pitts ( Princeton University Press). Pitts discusses how Europe's view of colonialism changed dramatically in late 18th and early 19th centuries and how this change resulted in the expansion of European colonial empires. Jennifer Pitts is an assistant professor of politics at Princeton University .
The Selected Political Writings of John Locke — edited by Paul E. Sigmund (W.W. Norton and Company). This collection brings together Locke's most influential political texts and several selections regarding morality and religion. Sigmund also includes over 20 interpretive essays containing historical and modern commentary on Locke's work. Sigmund is a professor of politics at Princeton University .
Faculty Towers: The Academic Novel and Its Discontents — ELAINE SHOWALTER (University of Pennsylvania). The author looks at the ways novels about the academy have charted changes in the university and society since 1950. Through her readings of dozens of novels, Showalter, who admits a fondness for the genre, explores the world she has inhabited as a professor of English literature. She is professor emeritus of English at Princeton.
Louisa May Ålcott: Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys -- edited by Elaine Showlater (The Library of America). In this single-volume edition are all three Little Women books with the original illustrations that accompanied the books' first editions. Elaine Showalter is a professor of English and Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities, emeritus, at Princeton University.
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