March 13, 2002: Books Received
My Father Was a Bootlegger William A. Kelly 49. Xlibris $31.49 cloth/ $21.24 paper. An autobiography about growing up in Atlantic City during the Depression, fighting in air combat in WWII, and life at Princeton. Kelly lives in Haworth, New Jersey.
A Truthful Impression of the Country: British and American Travel Writing in China, 1880-1949 Nicholas Clifford 52. Michigan $39.50. Argues that while travel accounts during the time studied claimed a particular kind of veracity that distinguished them from the work of other writers, the travelers own sensibility nevertheless entered into the representation of the unfamiliar and exotic. Clifford is college professor, emeritus, at Middlebury.
Health Care in America: Can Our Ailing System Be Healed? John P. Geyman 52. Butterworth Heinemann $49.99. A review and analysis of health care in the U.S., this book is designed to bridge the world of health economists, health analysts, and policy makers to that of clinicians. Geyman is a professor of family medicine, emeritus, at the University of Washington.
Telltale Stories From Central America: Cultural Heritage, Political Systems, and Resistance in Developing Countries Samuel Z. Stone 54. University of New Mexico $29.95. This inquiry into race relations is based upon 118 folktales, reproduced in English translation, that document the mutual resentment among Indians, mestizos, ladinos, and whites in Central America. Stone lives in Madisonville, Louisiana.
Creative Competitive Power Markets: The PJM Model Jeremiah D. Lambert 55. PennWell $64.95. Explains how the regional transmission organization PJM promotes competition and reliability through sophisticated electric power market design and adaptive information technology. Lambert is an attorney in Washington, D.C.
Railroads and American Law James W. Ely, Jr. 59. University Press of Kansas $39.95. Chronicles how Americas first big business impelled creation of an array of legal innovations governing interstate commerce, eminent domain, private property, and labor relations. Ely is Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law and a professor of history at Vanderbilt.
A Companion to Lucca compiled and introduced by Andreas Prindl 60. Maria Pacini Fazzi $19. An anthology of the history, art, and music of the Italian city of Lucca, as seen through the eyes of its visitors. The book features interesting people who came to Lucca and important things that happened there over the last 2,000 years. Prindl lives in London.
The Other Adonis: A Novel of Reincarnation Frank Deford 61. Sourcebooks $24. Rubenss painting Venus and Adonis is the inspiration for this psychological thriller and romance set alternately between the 17th century and the present day. Deford lives in Westport, Connecticut.
Greenbergs Guide to Lionel Trains, 19011942. Vol. II: 0 and 00 Gauges Bruce C. Greenberg 65. Kalmbach $49.95. Featuring 178 photographs, this book provides the details to help collectors identify and value their prewar Lionel trains. The author lives in Sykesville, Maryland.
Reshaping National Intelligence for an Age of Information Gregory F. Treverton 69. Cambridge $34.95. Urges that those who solve intelligence puzzles tap expertise outside government in the academy, think tanks, and Wall Street. Treverton is a senior consultant at RAND Corpo-ration in Santa Monica, California.
With a Gemlike Flame: A Novel of Venice and a Lost Masterpiece David Adams Cleveland 74. Carroll & Graf $25. The reappearance of a Renaissance painting takes an American art dealer and a one-time scholar to Venice and the underside of the art world. Adams lives in London and New York City.
Shackelfords Surgery of the Alimentary Tract edited by George D. Zuidema and Charles J. Yeo 75. W. B. Saunders $495. This five-volume textbook is in its fifth edition. Volume II was edited by Daniel Dempsey 75. Yeo is a professor of surgery and oncology at Johns Hopkins.
A Different Sense of Power: Problems of Community in Late-Twentieth-Century U.S. Poetry Thomas Fink 76. Fairleigh Dickinson $39.50. Analyzes the work of poets who speak to issues of visibility and invisibility, the erasure and reconstruction of history, coalition, and the expansion of collectivity. Fink is a professor of English at CUNY, La Guardia.
The Limits of Pleasure Daniel M. Jaffe 78. Haworth $24.95 cloth/$14.95 paper. In two intertwining chronologies, this novel follows a 40-year-old gay, Jewish man who was raised by his Orthodox, Holocaust-survivor grandmother. Jaffe is a writer and literary translator living in Santa Barbara, California.
Competing for Capital: Europe and North America in a Global Era Kenneth P. Thomas 78. Georgetown University $65. Analyzes competition for investment in order to suggest ways of controlling the effects of capital mobility. The book concludes with policy lessons from the European Union and recommendations for improving subsidy control at the national and international levels. Thomas is an associate professor of political science at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
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