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The Dorm Room Diet Planner - Daphne Oz ’08 (Newmarket Press). This planner, filled with motivational tips and checklists, serves as a guide to staying healthy and fit through college. It is a companion to her previous book, The Dorm Room Diet (2006). Oz is a senior at Princeton University.


Chronicles of the Insurrection - Julie Dickerson ’10 and Ryan Dickerson (Tate Publishing). In this tale a jungle maiden Shrie, warrior rebels Ree and Corious, and a blind boy named Tar come together to stop the Shalkan’s destruction of the land of Kurak. They trek through bogs, come across tribes in the depths of the jungle, and travel to fortresses below the earth as they battle external forces and confront their own inner weaknesses. Julie Dickerson is a sophomore at Princeton University and her brother Ryan is a junior in high school.

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Uncharted Course: The Voyage of My Life - Anthony Drexel Duke '41 with Richard Duke (The Bayview Press). In this autobiography, Duke discusses his childhood in the wake of his father's death, his time in the Navy during which he commanded a ship that landed thousands of men on the beaches of Normandy and Okinawa during WWII, and the educational institution for disadvantaged youths that he started in 1937, Boys & Girls Harbor.


Beyond the Bar: The Perilous Journey — Robert D. B. Carlisle ’44 (Chatham Historical Society). Based on interviews with commercial fishermen, this book explores the growth and challenges confronting the commercial fishing industry in Chatham, Cape Cod. Due to over-fishing, the industry faces a crisis, and the author describes how veteran fishermen have tried to adapt to the new reality.

American Places: A Writer’s Pilgrimage to Sixteen of This Country’s Most Visited and Cherished Sites — William Zinsser ’44 (Paul Dry Books). The author visited 16 iconic tourist sites, including the Alamo, Mount Rushmore, and Disneyland, and interviewed the people who take care of the landmarks, such as park rangers, curators, and town historians. He provides their impressions and his own of why millions of people visit these places each year. Zinsser is also the author of On Writing Well.


The Offense of Poetry — Hazard Adams '47 (University of Washington Press). In this study, Adams argues that poetry exists to offend because it presents a different idea of what language is for. He discusses four poetic offenses: gesture, drama, fiction, and trope. He writes, "My aim is to try to get to the bottom of its offense and to claim that its offense is the best ground for its defense and that poetry's offense should be taught." Adams is professor emeritus of comparative literature at University of Washington, and founder and honorary senior fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory.

Policies for a President: A Manifesto for 2008 and Beyond — Edward C. Mendler '47 (Xlibris). The author analyzes past presidential policies that went astray or failed to achieve their goals. He also offers suggestions for presidential approaches to issues including terrorism, war, the economy, and global warming. Mendler served as a radio technician in the U.S. Navy and practiced law in Boston for 50 years.


I Wish I'd Been There, Book Two: European History — edited by Byron Hollinshead '51 and Theodore K. Rabb *61 (Doubleday). Hollinshead and Rabb asked 20 historians, "What is the scene or incident in European history that you would like to have witnessed — and why?" The historians replied with personal essays and topics ranging from the death of Alexander the Great to the German surrender ending World War II. Hollinshead is president of American Historical Publications. Rabb is a professor of history emeritus at Princeton University.

Explosion: The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 — John P.C. Matthews ’51 (Hippocrene Books). In this account of the Hungarian uprising and Soviet crackdown, the author, a former Radio Free Europe journalist in Munich, re-creates the events using notes and dispatches from his coverage at the time, interviews with survivors, and official records. Matthews joined Radio Free Europe in 1951 and eventually became head of European operations for Free Europe Press.


"The Troubled Roar of the Waters": Vermont in Flood and Recovery, 1927--1931 — Deborah Pickman Clifford and Nicholas R. Clifford ’52 (University Press of New England). On Nov. 2, 1927, New England was hit by one of its worst natural disasters, and Vermont suffered the most damage. Using newspapers, personal journals, and testimony, the authors tell the story of the flood, its victims, and the recovery effort. Deborah Pickman Clifford is a New England historian. Nicholas Clifford is a writer who taught history at Princeton, MIT, and Middlebury.

A Visitor's Guide to Colonial & Revolutionary Mid-Atlantic America: Interesting Sites to Visit, Lodging, Dining, Things to Do — Patricia and Robert Foulke '52 (The Countryman Press). The authors provide lodging, restaurant listings, and things to do within close proximity to historical sites, battlefields, and historical museums in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. They also include a historical introduction to each state. Robert Foulke is a former chairman of the English Department at Skidmore College. The Foulkes have written a dozen travel guides. 

The Corrosion of Medicine: Can the Profession Reclaim its Moral Legacy? — John Geyman '52, with a foreword by Marcia Angell (Common Courage Press). Geyman argues that health care has shifted from a moral enterprise to a marketplace controlled by corporate and business interests. As a result, patients' needs do not come first. Major reform, he argues, is inevitable, and he suggests ways in which physicians can renew medicine's social contract and can reclaim its moral legacy. Geyman is a professor emeritus of family medicine at the University of Washington. 


The Unguarded Moment: A Surgeon's Discovery of the Barriers to Prescription of Inexpensive, Effective Healthcare in the Form of Therapeutic Exercise — Vert Mooney '53 (Vantage Press). The author provides a guide to an inexpensive solution for healing aches and pains caused by debilitating illnesses — therapeutic exercise — that he believes may prove more effective than standard treatments. Mooney served as a Navy doctor with the U.S. Marines and has worked as chief of orthopedic surgery at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. 

Hotel Doctor — Stanley P. Silverblatt '53 (Dorrance Publishing Co.). In this autobiographical account, the author recounts his experiences moving from his practice in Pennsylvania to becoming a hotel doctor in Florida. Silverblatt never imagined he would become a hotel doctor in Florida, and even thought Southern hotel doctors to be "incompetent boobs and rejects from the North." But his attitude changes when he becomes the hotel doctor of the Diplomat Hotel in Florida. He shares his many experiences, including rubbing elbows with famous actors, entertainers, sports figures, and comedians. Silverblatt has practiced internal medicine for more than 40 years. He relocated to south Florida in 1973 and became a resident physician at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood.


Common Genius: Guts, Grit and Common Sense, How Ordinary People Create Prosperous Societies and How Intellectuals Make Them Collapse — Bill Greene '54 (Laissez Faire Books). Greene examines an array of societies, including the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Vikings, the Basques, and current-day United States, in this study that looks at why some flourished and others failed. He argues that societies progress when common people are free to be creative and productive, but that history's evils have come from the top — the intelligentsia.

Vulvovaginal Infections - William J. Ledger ’54 and Steven S. Witkin (Manson Publishing). This book serves as a guide for gynecologists to accurately diagnosis vulvo-vaginal infections, outlining methods of testing and screening patients. Ledger is an obstetrician and gynecologist-in-chief and Witken is the director of the Division of Infection and Immunity at New York Weill Cornell Center.

Practical Guide to Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling — Richard H. Schulze '54 and D. Bruce Turner (Air and Waste Management, Trinity Consultants, Inc.). This textbook focuses on the use of air dispersion modeling to assess the impact of emissions to the atmosphere. Designed for college-level courses, the book discusses topics like plume behavior, usage of meteorological data, and conditions that promote the highest concentrations of air pollutanst. Schulze is the founder of Trinity Consultants Inc., the largest independent air-quality consulting firm in the nation. Turner, a meteorologist, authored the first short-term computerized dispersion models.


An abundance of notes by Robert Hollander ’55 helps readers navigate Dante’s "Paradiso." (Courtesy Random House) Click here to read full article in PAW.

Istanbul Gathering — Roddy O'Connor '55 *71 (Çitlembik). This novel tells a tale of a group of friends during the 1960s and 1970s in Istanbul. One of the main characters, Malone, an American academic, returns to the city after 20 years, encountering his ex-wife and friends who had never left. This story follows the characters throughout a day as they reminisce on their lives before meeting for a reunion dinner. This is O'Connor's first novel.

Remarkable Americans: The Washburn Family — Kerck Kelsey '55 (Tilbury House).  Kelsey, a descendant of the Washburn family, surveys the lives and accomplishments of his great-great-grandfather Cadwallader Washburn and his nine siblings. The Washburns grew up in rural poverty in Maine, yet reached success in many fields. Some launched law firms, banks, railroads, and sawmills; some became senators, governors, and diplomats; and some served the Union during the Civil War. Kirkus Reviews called the Washburns “one of the most famous families of the 19th century that nobody has ever heard of.” The author serves as historian for the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center and is a lecturer. 


In Richard Kluger ’56s new book, Seizing Destiny: How America Grew from Sea to Shining Sea, he tackles the less-than-admirable means that American political leaders employed to expand the nation’s borders. Click here to read full article in PAW.

Two Sierra — Edward Stuart '56 (iUniverse Inc.). In this novel, Stuart provides an autobiographical account (although characters' names, some dates, and the timing of events have been changed) that follows the life of Walter Brady from his early youth, through his secondary school years, his Princeton undergraduate years — including trouble passing the English comprehensive exams — and his training in naval aviation. Stuart served as a Naval pilot until 1964 and later became the president of an international plastics-manufacturing company.


Tchaikovsky 19, A Diplomatic Life Behind the Iron Curtain — Robert F. Ober Jr. '58 (Xlibris). In this memoir, the author recounts his experiences working as a diplomat during the Cold War, including seven years at the American embassy on Tchaikovsky Street in Moscow. Ober examines Henry Kissinger's policy of détente in the early 1970s; the departure from a balanced policy toward China and the USSR during the Carter administration; and the near-collapse of the Tchaikovsky Street embassy during the Reagan years. Ober concentrated on Communist affairs in a 26-year diplomatic career that included assignments in Moscow; postings in Athens, Delhi, Hamburg, Warsaw, and Washington; and negotiations with Russians in Kabul and Prague.


Lives of Lawyers Revisited: Transformation and Resilience in the Organizations of Practice — Michael J. Kelly '59 (The University of Michigan Press). The author studies the ways in which the legal profession is changing by focusing on an eclectic group of law practices. Kelly, former dean of the University of Maryland School of Law, is executive director of the National Senior Citizens Law Center, a nonprofit advocacy organization.

Korea Witness: 135 Years of War, Crisis and News in the Land of the Morning Calm — edited by Donald Kirk ’59 and Choe Sang Hun (EunHaeng NaMu). More than 60 correspondents chronicle the ups and downs of covering Korea from the arrival of the first photographer-correspondent Felice Beato with American troops attacking Kangwha Island in 1871. This book, published in 2006 for the 50th anniversary of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club, includes contributions by five Princeton alumni – Don Oberdorfer ’52, Donald Kirk ’59, Hal Piper ’60, Bruce Dunning ’62, and Bradley Martin ’64 – as well as one by Barbara Demick, a Ferris professor in 2006. Kirk, an independent journalist based in Washington, has served as a correspondent and writer in Asia and the Middle East for newspapers and magazines, including the Christian Science Monitor, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, and the old Washington Star.

Looted: The Philippines After the Bases — Donald Kirk ’59 (St. Martin’s 1998, Palgrave 2000). This study unveils the democratic myth that has shrouded the Philippines, exposing endemic corruption and exploitation. One of history’s greatest volcanic eruptions symbolizes the seething discontent of society — and unbridled greed amid the loss of America’s largest overseas air and naval bases. Kirk’s 2005 Philippines in Crisis: U.S. Power Versus Local Revolt is an expanded version of Looted. Kirk is the author of several other books, including Korean Crisis: Unraveling of the Miracle in the IMF Era (2000), Tell it to the Dead: Stories of a War (1996), Tell it to the Dead: Memories of a War (1975), Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung (2000), and Wider War: The Struggle for Cambodia, Thailand and Laos (1971).


The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball — Frank Deford ’61 (Sourcebooks). The main character in this novel, Howie Traveler, never made it as a player in Major League Baseball, but worked his way up the coaching ladder. When he finally gets his shot as manager of the Cleveland Indians, Traveler has to learn to handle his team’s megastar — homerun slugger Jay Alcazar, who has a big ego — or Traveler’s managing career will be over. Deford is a senior contributing editor at Sports Illustrated.


What Made Jack Welch Jack Welch: How Ordinary People Become Extraordinary Leaders — Stephen H. Baum '62 with Dave Conti (Crown Business). The author looks at what shaped the lives of some self-made people, including Rudy Giuliani and Gen. Tommy Franks, to discover the secrets of their success; he finds most came from ordinary backgrounds and share what he calls "archetypal shaping experiences." Baum has been an adviser and coach to CEOs for more than 20 years, first as a partner with Booz, Allen and Hamilton, and now while directing his own firm, The Point Group Network.

On Violence: A Reader — edited by Bruce B. Lawrence '62 and Aisha Karim (Duke University Press). This anthology provides perspectives on violence by theorists and activists, including Hannah Arendt, Karl Marx, G.W.F. Hegel, Osama bin Laden, Sigmund Freud, Frantz Fanon, Thomas Hobbes, and Pierre Bourdieu, and examines the logic and nature of violence. Lawrence is the Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor of Religion at Duke University. Karim is assistant professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Saint Xavier University.

No Way to Peace — Tom Milton '62 (Nepperhan Press). This novel is about the courage of five women — a refugee, a journalist, a widowed mother, a social worker, and a teacher —  caught up in the war of terror in Argentina during the 1970s. Their stories unfold through the eyes of Stephen, a Princeton alumnus and American banker who helps the CIA stop the main group of terrorists by tracking their ransom money. Milton, who lived in Argentina for several years, has had careers as a journalist, an international banker, a venture capitalist, and an educator. 


The Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam: A Source Book — edited by Victor J. Katz ’63. Section authors: Annette Imhausen, Eleanor Robson, Joseph W. Dauben, Kim Plofker, and J. Lennart Berggren (Princeton University Press). This book provides a collection of English translations of mathematical texts from five ancient and medieval non-Western mathematical cultures. Katz is a professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia. His many books include the textbook A History of Mathematics: An Introduction. He is the co-editor of Historical Modules for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics.


Their Patriotic Duty: The Civil War Letters of the Evans Family of Brown County, Ohio — edited by Robert F. Engs ’65 and Corey M. Brooks (Fordham University Press). In this collection of letters, most of which were written between Andrew Evans and his son Samuel, who served for the Union in Tennessee, readers get a glimpse of the rural life of a Midwestern family and the challenges of the front lines. Engs is a history professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Brooks is a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley.

The GrandLuxe Express: Traveling in High Style — Karl Zimmermann '65 (Indiana University Press). Zimmermann describes the experience of traveling on the GrandLuxe Express, a luxurious railway train that carries passengers on sightseeing journeys. Karl Zimmermann, a writer and photographer who has authored or co-authored 20 books, has contributed to travel sections of newspapers including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.


Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic—Russell T. Hurlburt '66 and Eric Schwitzgebel (MIT Press). The authors examine whether conscious experience can be described accurately. Hurlburt, a psychologist, argues that accurate accounts of the inner experience are possible due to improved methods of introspective reporting. Schwitzgebel, a philosopher, argues that introspective reporting is prone to unavoidable error. The two recruit a subject, "Melanie," to report her conscious experience using Hurlburt's Descriptive Experience Sampling method. The book includes Melanie's accounts, interviews that Hurlburt and Schwitzgebel conducted with her, and their examination of the interviews. Hurlburt is professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Schwitzgebel is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Irvine.


Nathaniel Mackey ’69's new book, Bass Cathedral (New Directions), is the fourth part of a serial fiction set in Los Angeles in the early 1980s, called From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate. To read the article, click here.


Health Care Half Truths: Too Many Myths, Not Enough Reality — Arthur Garson ’70 and Carolyn L. Engelhard (Rowman and Littlefield). The authors identify 20 commonly held misperceptions about the American health-care system and suggest ways to improve quality and coverage and control costs. Garson, a pediatric cardiologist, is provost of the Univer-sity of Virginia. Engelhard is a health-policy analyst at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine.

Ghost: A Novel — Alan Lightman '70 (Pantheon Books). David, the main character, has a vision that he cannot describe in words. His relationships with his estranged wife, his girlfriend, and his mother change. When he confides in a friend about what he saw, he becomes the center of public controversy over the existence of the supernatural. This novel explores the divide between the physical world and the spiritual world, between skepticism and faith, between the natural and the supernatural, and between science and religion. Lightman is a theoretical physicist and a novelist and has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT.

Stuart Taylor ’70 and his co-author, Brooklyn College history professor and blogger KC Johnson, chronicle the affair in Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, published by Thomas Dunne Books in September. Click here to read full article in PAW.


The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas— G. Richard Shell '71 and Mario Moussa (Portfolio/Penguin). The authors present techniques that they say teach the art of woo – or, in their words, how one can go about "selling your ideas to people within the context of ongoing, important relationships." The authors provide a process worksheet with guiding questions and two tested diagnostic surveys that are meant to indicate persuasion style and preferred channels of influence. They also show readers how to define their goals, map out a decision-making process, and form relationships with key decision-makers. Shell and Moussa are on the faculty at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Something Happened: A Political and Cultural Overview of the Seventies — Edward D. Berkowitz '72 (Columbia University Press). The author explores how the end of the postwar economic boom, Watergate, and the defeat in Vietnam led to a more skeptical attitude toward the government; the fight for greater legal recognition by women, gays, and the disabled; and the rise of politically conservative religious organizations. Berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University.


Business Leadership: A Jossey-Bass Reader — edited by Joan V. Gallos '73 (Jossey-Bass). This book provides advice and opinions on leadership from influential names in business. Topics include how to understand the leadership process, identify opportunities, begin projects effectively, avoid predictable pitfalls, and maximize success. Gallos is a professor of leadership at the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Organization Development: A Jossey-Bass Reader — edited by Joan V. Gallos '73 (Jossey-Bass). This volume is intended for managers and leaders who want to understand the route to organizational health and effectiveness, and to develop, launch, and nourish successful change efforts. Gallos is a professor of leadership at the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Preaching to the Corpse — Roberta Isleib '75 (Berkley). In this mystery, the second in a series featuring advice columnist and psychologist Dr. Rebecca Butterman, the minister of her church is charged with murder and she uncovers cutthroat church politics. Isleib's first book in the series is Deadly Advice. She is a clinical psychologist and author of a golf murder mystery series.

Environment: An Interdisciplinary Anthology — selected, edited, and with introductions by Glenn Adelson, James Engell, Brent Ranalli, and K.P. Van Anglen '75 (Yale University Press). This collection includes 10 case studies on climate shock, species endangerment, nuclear power, biotechnology, sustainable development, deforestation, environmental security, globalization, wilderness, and the urban environment, and texts from an array of disciplines, including scientific papers, poetry, legal decisions, historical accounts, and personal essays, to show how different areas of study contribute to understanding interrelationships with the natural world. K. P. Van Anglen teaches English at Boston University and helps edit the Princeton Thoreau Edition.


Caribbean Exchanges: Slavery and the Transformation of English Society, 1640-1700 — Susan Dwyer Amussen '76 (University of North Carolina Press). Amussen argues that as English colonists in the Caribbean became slaveholders, they developed new organizations of labor, uses of authority, laws, and modes of violence to maintain the institution of slavery. By examining the history of English colonies Barbados and Jamaica, Amussen presents the new practices adopted by colonists to maintain their slaveholding systems as cultural changes that should be regarded as colonial exports. The author is a professor of interdisciplinary studies at the Graduate College of the Union Institute and University. She is author or editor of three books, including An Ordered Society: Gender and Class in Early Modern England.

On the Lip — Jerry Cox '76 (Touching Covers). In this fictional tale of young techies pitted against domestic spying, a graduate student dreams of megabucks when he invents a way to predict every Web surfer's next move. After his college surfing buddy comes to the rescue, a reporter smells something juicier than cooked books. Cox advises tech companies in Washington, D.C.

Forgotten Philadelphia: Lost Architecture of the Quaker City — Thomas H. Keels '76 (Temple University Press). This richly illustrated book takes a historical look back at the now-gone buildings of the City of Brotherly Love. It couples photographs and drawings of Philadelphia's lost structures with descriptions about what they were like when they stood, incorporating the cultural, political, and economic impacts these buildings had upon the city. Keels is a Philadelphia resident and historian who also wrote Philadelphia Graveyards and Cemeteries.


The Point of the Deal: How to Negotiate When Yes is Not Enough — Danny Ertel and Mark Gordon '78 (Harvard Business School Press). The authors argue that dealmakers must treat the signed contract as the start of a cooperative venture, not as the final destination. Gordon and Ertel offer advice on developing an implementation mind-set in an array of business contexts, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, alliances, outsourcing arrangements, and customer and supplier relationships. Gordon and Ertel are founding partners of Vantage Partners.

Capitol Reflections — Jonathan Javitt '78 (Sterling & Ross Publishers). In Javitt's novel, he imagines that the threat of genetically engineered food has become a reality. When Marci Newman, a New York City attorney, dies after a mysterious seizure, Newman's best friend, Gwen Maulder, who is a division chief with the Food and Drug Administration, investigates. Aided by her former Secret Service husband, Jack, and her former flame and current Washington Post columnist Mark Stern, Maulder discovers that the seizure may be part of a conspiracy that leads her through the corridors of power. Javitt is a physician, epidemiologist, and health economist who has served as a senior health adviser and presidential appointee in the last three presidential administrations. He is a senior fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, an adjunct professor of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a faculty member at Georgetown University.    

The Road to Gumption: Using Your Inner Courage to Balance Your Work and Personal Life — Gary Lim '78 (Dorato Press). In the form of a parable about an over-worked professional named John and his wife Shelly, Lim presents steps meant to promote balance in work and family life that he calls "The 5 P's of Change" and 11 "Rules of Gumption." Gary Lim is an entrepreneur, consultant, author, speaker, and visiting professor of entrepreneurship at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y.

Swimming in a Sea of Death: A Son’s Memoir — David Rieff ’78 (Simon and Schuster). In this personal account, the author, the son of the writer Susan Sontag, recounts his mother’s final battle with cancer and what it was like for him to watch her die as she struggled with her own fear and denial of death. Rieff also explores the role and professional lives of cancer physicians, and how they deal with terminally ill patients. Rieff is a contributing writer to The New York Times and the author of seven other books.


Journeyman's Novel: Modern Blues Lives from Faulkner's Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York — Adam Gussow '79 *00 (University of Tennessee Press). The author explores the blues and places blues literature in dialogue with the music. This book includes articles that Gussow wrote for publications including Blues Access and Harper's along with critical scholarly essays, among which is an examination of William Faulkner's relationship with the blues. Gussow also describes streetside partnership with Harlem bluesman Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee. Gussow celebrates the New York mongrel blues scene, including the artists, the jam sessions, the venues, the street performers, and the eccentrics and offers a portrait of this New York subculture. Gussow is an accomplished harmonica player, recording artist, and journalist. He is assistant professor of English and Southern studies at the University of Mississippi.

Ask for It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want — Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever ’79 (Bantam Books). A follow-up to their 2003 book, Women Don’t Ask, which found that women are averse to negotiating for what they deserve, the authors’ new book offers a guide to asking effectively for a raise, a promotion, or help at home. Babcock is an economics professor at Carnegie Mellon. Laschever is a journalist in Concord, Mass.

The birth of Peanuts, and how deeply it reflected the psyche of its creator, is the subject of a new book by David Michaelis ’79, Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography, published by HarperCollins in October. Click here to read full article in PAW.

Glaucoma Medical Therapy, Principles and Management: Ophthalmology Monographs, second edition — edited by Peter A. Netland '79 (Oxford University Press). Intended for ophthalmologists and others who have clinical contact with glaucoma patients, this book provides information about glaucoma medical therapies, including drugs recently developed. Contributors have provided evidence-based information based on clinical research. Netland is director of glaucoma and Siegal Professor of Ophthalmology at the Hamilton Eye Institute in Memphis, Tenn.


Eve LaPlante ’80, an English major at Princeton, has a notorious relative, about whom she has written her latest book, Salem Witch Judge: The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewall, published by HarperOne in October. Click here to read the full article.


The Water Bearer: A Mystery - Anonyme (Parva Press for Margaret Azzoni ’81 *84). In this novel, Joe Springs, a poor kid, escapes from home and enlists in World War II. He eventually becomes king of wireless communications and later moves into the oil business. However, he gets caught up in the fast lifestyle of the rich and comes across a client who includes him in a scheme with conspiring assassins - one of their targets being the president of the United States. In this novel, the author explores with minimal speculation the assassination of John F. Kennedy alias Hawke Stone. Margaret Azzoni is an architect and artist.

Tulipmania: Money, Honor, and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age — Anne Goldgar '81 (University of Chicago Press). Goldgar examines the claim that in the 1630s the Netherlands was overtaken by “tulipmania,” a term that refers to merchants, nobles, and artisans spending large sums of money on tulip bulbs. Stories have circulated relaying how tulip bulbs changed hands hundreds of times a days and how some bulbs that were sold and resold never existed. Goldgar argues that such stories are not true, and that tulipmania was not as dramatic as these accounts entail. As a result, tulipmania is not an example of severe financial speculation, but rather a reflection of the anxieties about the transformation of Dutch society in the Golden Age. The author is Reader in Early Modern History at King's College, London.

Raising Baby Green: The Earth Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care — Alan Greene '81, with Jeanette Pavini and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo (Jossey-Bass). This parenting guide provides eco-friendly tips — from what diapers to buy to what paint to use for the baby's room — for new parents to raise healthy babies and protect the earth. A pediatrician, Greene (Dr.Greene.com) teaches at Stanford University. Pavini is the Consumer Watch reporter for CBS News. DiGeronimo is the author of other parenting books.


Puerto Rico in the American Century: A History Since 1898 — César J. Ayala '82 and Rafael Bernabe '81 (University of North Carolina Press). Ayala and Bernabe provide an overview of Puerto Rico's history and evolution since the installation of U.S. rule, and they examine different paradoxes: Island residents see themselves as a distinct people but are part of the American political system, they have U.S. citizenship but are not represented in the U.S. Congress, and they live on land that is neither independent nor part of the United States. They argue that the inability of Puerto Rico to shake its colonial legacy reveals the limits of free-market capitalism, a break from which would require a renewal of labor and social activism in Puerto Rico. Ayala is an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Bernabe is professor and director of the Federico de Onís Hispanic Studies Center at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras.


The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process — Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83 (Princeton University Press). Despite hours of questioning during confirmation hearings, senators and the public learn little about the views and judicial philosophies of nominees for the Supreme Court, argues Eisgruber, the provost and a professor of public affairs at Princeton. Eisgruber describes what justices do and recommends reforms to the appointment process, including placing the burden on nominees to prove that they are not ideological extremists.


An Actor Rehearses: What to Do When — and Why — David Hlavsa ’84 (Allworth Press). A guide for performers, this book outlines the rehearsal process and provides advice on collaborating with directors and other actors, among other topics. David Hlvasa heads the Department of Theatre Arts at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash. Hlvasa is the 2005-06 recipient of the Saint Martin’s Outstanding Teacher Award.

Before the Glory: 20 Baseball Heroes Talk About Growing Up and Turning Hard Times Into Home Runs — Billy Staples and Rich Herschlag ’84 (HCI). The authors interviewed baseball greats — including Ron LeFlore, who spent time in prison before playing for the Detroit Tigers in the 1970s — about their childhoods and struggles with poverty, drugs, and health issues. Each chapter includes a lengthy interview and a profile of a player. Staples is an English teacher in Bethlehem, Pa. Herschlag runs a consulting business, Turnkey Structural, in Easton, Pa.


Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music ≠ Hugh Barker and Yuval Taylor í85 (W.W. Norton). Why do musicians base their techniques on being "authentic," and why do avid music listeners believe this to be true? By examining the stories of a variety of musicians, including John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Jimmie Rodgers, Donna Summer, Neil Young, Moby, and others, the authors discuss the development and success behind popular music. Taylorís previous books include Growing Up in Slavery, I Was Born a Slave, The Cartoon Music Book, and The Future of Jazz.


Imagining Our Americas: Toward a Transnational Frame — edited by Sandya Shukla and Heidi Tinsman '86 (Duke University Press). This collection of essays advocates for a hemispheric approach to the study of the Americas. In the introduction, the editors argue for moving beyond the paradigm of U.S. American studies and Latin American studies as two distinct fields. Social formations — including indigenous societies, European conquest and colonization, African slavery, Enlightenment-based independence movements, mass immigrations, and neoliberal economies — are phenomena that span national borders. Heidi Tinsman is an associate professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. Shukla is an associate professor of anthropology and Asian American studies at Columbia.


Wise Guide Fenway Park: The Fan Navigator to Fenway - Andy Buchanan and contributing writer John Buchanan ’87 (Wise Guides Inc.). For Boston Red Sox fans, this guide provides an array of tips on topics ranging from ways to score tickets and how to get to the ballpark, to bringing kids along and what to eat. The authors also provide information about Fenway Park, including its architecture and references to it in movies. John Buchanan works for ABN AMRO Mortgage Capital Markets Group in Boca Raton, Fla. Andy Buchanan worked as a journalist in Chicago for various publications.

AdWords for Dummies — Howie Jacobson '87 (Wiley, Inc.) A guide to assist advertisers with understanding the AdWords program, a marketing tool for the Web. Topics covered include market research, effective ways of crafting messages, choosing AdWords settings, bidding on keyboards, setting a maximum daily spend, and tracking results.

Physical Protect Thyself: 7 Simple Ways NOT to Get Sued for Medical Malpractice — Alan G. Williams ’87, with a foreword by Bernard J. Fogel (Margol Publishing). Williams presents seven rules that can help health-care providers avoid malpractice lawsuits. Williams, a lawyer, teaches medical malpractice law as an adjunct professor at the Florida State University College of Law.

Wise Guide Yankee Stadium: The Fan Navigator to Yankee Stadium - Andy Buchanan and contributing writer John Buchanan ’87 (Wise Guides Inc.). For Yankee fans, this guide provides an array of tips on topics ranging from ways to score tickets and how to get to the ballpark to what to eat. The authors also provide information about the stadium and the players, including records set and references to the ballpark in movies. John Buchanan works for ABN AMRO Mortgage Capital Markets Group in Boca Raton, Fla. Andy Buchanan worked as a journalist in Chicago for various publishers.


Autumn Fool — Michael D'Emilio '88 (BookSurge Publishing). In this novel, main character Mateo Albero's life takes him from the skies over Germany, to 1940s professional football, and to family discord when the Mafia pits his brother against him. Through it all, his love for Anna survives. D'Emilio was born and raised in New Jersey. After studying history and playing linebacker at Princeton University, he lived elsewhere until the Garden State lured him home.

The World of Soy — edited by Christine M. Du Bois '88, Chee-Beng Tan, and Sidney Mintz (University of Illinois Press). In this volume, food specialists examine issues relating to soy production and consumption, including genetically engineered soybeans, increasing soybean cultivation, and soyfood marketing techniques. They also highlight soy's past, present, and future importance as a world crop. The bevy of contributors includes economists, farmers, sociologists, anthropologists, and historians. Du Bois is the manager for the Johns Hopkins Project on Soybeans.

X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft But Can Still Keep Everything From Sucking — Jeff Gordinier ’88 (Viking). In this witty book the author argues that those born between 1960 and 1977 — Generation X — quietly have changed American culture by influencing art, comedy, technology, activism, and business. Though marginalized and accused of being slackers, Gordinier’s generational comrades, he writes, are responsible for YouTube, Google, and The Colbert Report. Gordinier is the editor-at-large at Details magazine.

Our Friendship Rules - Peggy Moss ’88 and Dee Dee Tardif, illustrated by Alissa Imre Geis (Tilbury House Publishers). This children’s book demonstrates the trials and tribulations friends go through, and how they can work through mistakes and learn to forgive. Moss is a writer, educator, and former hate-violence prosecutor. Her niece, Dee Dee Tardif, is a card player and hide-and-seek champion.


Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change — Peter Bregman '89 (Space for Change). Half step-by-step guide and half personal anecdote, Bregman has boiled down almost 20 years consulting with corporate America to present how to most readily effect change. He has found that "resistance is a by-product of the way we try to change people," and in his book aims to simplify the mind-set, strategies, and tactics that will encourage people to adjust their outlooks. Bregman is CEO of Bregman Partners Inc., a global leadership development and change management firm based in New York City.


The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi, From Samurai to Supermarket — Trevor Corson ’91 (HarperCollins). In this account of the making of a sushi chef, the author follows a young American woman through her training in Los Angeles. Woven throughout the narrative is the natural history of the fish and rice, as well as the origins of the meal and its emergence as an international cuisine. Corson also wrote The Secret Life of Lobsters.


D. Graham Burnett ’93, an associate professor of history at Princeton, studied an 1818 case that wrestled with whether whales are mammals or fish. His new book, Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature, was published by Princeton University Press in December. Click here to read the article in PAW.


The Paradox of Christian Sacrifice: The Loss of Self, The Gift of Self — Erin Lothes Biviano '94 (The Crossroad Publishing Company). Biviano argues that the glorification of suffering in religious sacrifice can cause some to disregard the practice of sacrifice as outdated or dangerous. The call to sacrifice, she argues, has to be balanced by Jesus' invitation to live life to the fullest, and authentic sacrifice means dedication to self and others for the reign of God. The author is a fellow of the Earth Institute of Columbia University, is associated with the Center for the Study of Science and Religion, and is a charter member of the New Jersey Catholic Coalition for Environmental Justice.

Muhammad's Grave: Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society —Leor Halevi '94 (Columbia University Press). Halevi examines the role of death rites in the formation of Islamic society in the early Islamic period. He argues that religious scholars made funerary laws that not only outlined the handling of the Muslim corpse, but also changed the everyday urban practices in Arabia, Mesopotamia, and the eastern Mediterranean. He also examines the relationships between husbands and wives, prayer leaders and mourners, and dreamers and the dead in relation to the movement of the Muslim corpse to the grave. Halevi is an assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University.

Crown Under Law: Richard Hooker, John Locke, and the Ascent of Modern Constitutionalism — Alexander S. Rosenthal '94 (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers). The author examines how and why the constitutional idea arose in early modern England. He focuses on the major writings of John Locke and Richard Hooker and looks at their effect on each other's ideas. Rosenthal is a lecturer on political theory at John Hopkins University's Advanced Academic Programs in Government.


The View from the Masthead: Maritime Imagination and Antebellum American Sea Narratives — Hester Blum ’95 (University of North Carolina Press). Through examining first-person narratives of 19th-century working sailors, from little-known sea tales to more famous works by Herman Melville and James Fenimore Cooper, the author argues that these laborers contributed to literary culture. Blum is an assistant professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.

Em and Lo's Buh Bye: The Ultimate Guide to Dumping and Getting Dumped — Emma Taylor '95 and Lorelei Sharkey (Chronicle Books). This tongue-in-cheek anthology provides a dictionary of terms and etiquette related to a relationship's end. The primer includes a step-by-step guide to getting over a significant other and suggests a soundtrack of breakup songs for the process. Through the "Em and Lo" series, Taylor has authored five books; she is a columnist in New York City.


Empyre — Josh Conviser ’96 (Emprye). In Conviser’s first novel, Echelon, people lived under the control of government surveillance of the organization Echelon. Two bioengineered Echelon agents, Ryan Lain and Sarah Peters, brought the conspiracy to an end. In this book, Sarah is blamed for a series of terrorist attacks. To find out whether she is guilty or innocent, Ryan seeks the truth that lies with Empyre, a shadow organization causing the chaos gripping the world. Josh Conviser, a screenwriter in Hollywood, was executive consultant on the HBO series Rome and has a film in development at Fox.

At the Brink of Infinity: Poetic Humility in Boundless American Space — James E. von der Heydt '96 (University of Iowa Press). Von der Heydt argues that Emerson opened U.S. literature to the idea of infinity. Emersonian poets, including Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merrill, von der Heydt claims, capture an astringent version of human beauty, marked by their visions of limitlessness. Von der Heydt is an instructor in the Department of English at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. 


The time to pay the piper was due to hit sooner or later, as Alexandra Harney ’97, a Financial Times correspondent, explains in The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage. To be published by Penguin later this month, the book explores how "the China price" has become "the lowest price possible." Harney examines the costs — risks to public health and the environment, as well as economic and cultural repercussions — that these "bargains" exact from China and the world at large. Read article in the March 19, 2008 issue of PAW, click here.


The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and the Time When America Helped Save Europe — Greg Behrman ’98 (Free Press). The author chronicles the plan, outlined by Secretary of State George C. Marshall in June 1947 and considered by leading scholars as the greatest act of American foreign policy in history, from its infancy to its completion in Europe. Behrman explains how the program to revive Europe’s economies achieved its aims and profiles key leading figures. Behrman is a Carr Center fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Vertical Ethiopia: Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa — Majka Burhardt '99, photography by Gabe Rogel (Shama Books). In March 2007 the author led a team of four women to Ethiopia to climb virgin sandstone rock towers that stand 600 feet tall. Those adventures and the land they explored — its people, politics, and potential — are chronicled in this coffee-table book including large color photographs. Burhardt is a writer, climber, and guide. She was featured in the March 7, 2007, PAW.


The Otherworldlies — Jennifer Anne Kogler '03 (Eos/HarperCollins). The main character of this novel, Fern, can communicate with her dog, blisters from just moments in the sun, and can predict the weather. While in class one day, she closes her eyes and when she opens them, she is on a sandy beach called Pirate's Cove. There she meets a man who knows that she is different, and helps her to understand she is an "otherworldly" or what "normals" call a vampire. Fern attempts to gain control of her powers with the help of her twin brother, Sam, but Fern finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old battle. Kogler attends Stanford Law School and is also the author of Ruby Tuesday.


It's a Jungle Up There: More Tales from the Treetops—Margaret D. Lowman, Edward Burgess '07, and James Burgess '09 (Yale University Press). Meg Lowman has pursued a life of scientific exploration, particularly in tropical rainforests, while raising her two sons, Edward and James Burgess. This book recounts their family adventures in remote parts of the world (Samoa, West Africa, Peru, Panama, India, Biosphere 2, and others), from the perspectives of both kids and parent. They share their experiences in tropical rain forests, their encounters with anacondas and piranhas, and their discovery of new species. Lowman is director of environmental initiatives and professor of biology and environmental studies at New College of Florida. Edward Burgess works for Environmental Defense in New York City. James Burgess is a member of the Class of 2009 at Princeton.

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By Graduate Alumni (Listed alphabetically by author)

"So What Are You Going to Do with That?": Finding Careers Outside Academia — Susan Basalla *97 and Maggie Debelius *00 (University of Chicago Press). The authors offer advice to scholars looking for nonacademic jobs. They cover topics ranging from interview etiquette and résumé-writing to translating skills learned in graduate school into terms a potential employer can appreciate. Basalla works in higher-education marketing for the consulting firm Art and Science Group. Debelius is director of the Georgetown University Writing Center.

The Board Book: An Insider's Guide for Directors and Trustees — William G. Bowen *58 (W. W. Norton). Drawing on his experience serving on boards for American Express, Merck, the Smithsonian, and TIAA-CREF and on insights from colleagues, the author addresses questions facing boards today. Topics discussed include the relationships between CEOs and board members, perks, executive compensation, CEO transitions, the handling of leaks, and the recruitment of new board members. Bowen, a former president of Princeton University, is the author of more than 20 books.

Anthropologist Ruth Behar *83 made a documentary film, Adio Kerida, about the Sephardic Jews of Cuba in 2002, but she wanted to tell stories of Jewish Cuba as a writer. The result: An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba, which was published by Rutgers University Press in November. An account of her journey back to Cuba, her book is part memoir, part travelogue, and part visual ethnography. Click here to read the full article in PAW.

Jihad in Islamic History: Doctrines and Practice — Michael Bonner *87 (Princeton University Press). This study looks at the early history of "jihad" — a word that has different meanings to different people. To some, it implies peace; to others, violence. The author argues that jihad means more than either of these; he finds that jihad is a complex set of doctrines and practices governing warfare and relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims that has changed over time. Bonner is a professor of medieval Islamic history at the University of Michigan.

Banking on Small Business: Microfinance in Contemporary Russia — Gail Buyske *79 (Cornell University Press). Buyske examines the evolution of small business and finance in Russia and argues that microfinance is useful for stimulating economic growth. Buyske is a development-banking consultant who advises organizations such as the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and USAID. She is a non-executive director of several banks with operations in countries of the former Soviet Union.

The Egyptian Renaissance: The Afterlife of Ancient Egypt in Early Modern Italy - Brian Curran *97 (University of Chicago Press). The author examines the influence Egyptian antiquity and artifacts had on the Italian Renaissance. Curran is an associate professor of art history at Penn State University in University Park, Pa.

Martial: The World of the Epigram - William Fitzgerald *81 (University of Chicago Press). The author argues that Martial, the brilliant but overlooked Roman epigrammatist writing in the late first century, deserves more attention. Fitzgerald provides insight into the importance of the epigram itself, and shows how the Roman poet used this literary form as a mode of expressing great wit and meaning. Fitzgerald is University Lecturer in Classics and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge, England.

Securing Constitutional Democracy: The Case of Autonomy - James Fleming *88 (University of Chicago). The author argues that the right to privacy or autonomy should be grounded in a theory of securing constitutional democracy. His framework seeks to secure the basic liberties that are preconditions for deliberative democracy to enable citizens to have a say in the conduct of their own lives. Fleming is a law professor at Fordham University School of Law.

The Scientific Literature: A Guided Tour - edited by Alan G. Gross *62 and Joseph E. Harmon (University of Chicago Press). This book includes a collection of writings - excerpts from scientific articles, letters, memoirs, proceedings, and magazines - that demonstrate how the scientific article has developed since its inauguration into the field in 1665. This work looks at the rhetorical strategies that scientists use to share their discoveries and the methods they use to argue claims of new knowledge. Gross is a professor of rhetoric at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Harmon is senior technical communicator at Argonne National Laboratory.

Environment, Sixth Edition — Peter H. Raven, Linda R. Berg, and David M. Hassenzahl *00 (Wiley). This science text used for introductory environmental science courses presents a thorough look at the environmental challenges facing our society today. Environment strives to encourage critical thought about these issues while providing a strong foundation of environmental concepts. Hassenzahl works in the field of risk analysis and is an associate professor and chairman of the environmental studies department at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Circuits of Culture: Media, Politics, and Indigenous Identity in the Andes — Jeff D. Himpele *96 (University of Minnesota Press). Set against the background of Bolivia's prominent urban festival parades and the country's recent appearance on the front lines of anti-globalization movements, Circuits of Culture is the first social analysis of Bolivian film and television, their circulation through the social and national landscape, and the emergence of the country's indigenous video movement. Himpele is associate director at the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton.

The Kravchenko Case: One Man’s War on Stalin — Gary Kern *69 (Enigma Books). Based on documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and interviews with the defector’s sons and associates, this biography explores the life of Soviet defector Victor Kravchenko, who emigrated to America in 1943, and his role in the Cold War. Kern also wrote A Death in Washington: Walter G. Krivitsky and the Stalin Terror.

Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite — D. Michael Lindsay *06 (Oxford). Based on interviews with 360 leaders in government, academia, the entertainment business, and the business world, Lindsay’s study looks at the rise of evangelicals and their Christian influence. A New York Observer reviewer called the book "a provocative study" but criticized the author’s accepting "unquestioningly the movement leaders’ self-interested pronouncements." Lindsay is an assistant professor of sociology at Rice University.

Draft of a Letter - James Longenbach *85 (University of Chicago Press). In this collection of poems, the author ponders the bodies we inhabit, aspects of nature, and the words we speak. The poems fashion a dialogue between self and soul and include voices of lovers, children, angels, and ghosts. Longenbach is the Joseph H. Gilmore Professor of English at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y.

The Color of Light: Poems on Van Gogh's Late Paintings—Marilyn Chandler McEntyre *84 (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company). The poems in this volume are meditations on 21 paintings — whose images included — created during Van Gogh's final, "spiritually strenuous years." McEntrye shows how these artworks testify to divine presence, and she invites readers to find their way through form, color, and light into a new awareness of the Spirit. McEntyre is a professor of English at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, Calif.

A Large and Liberal Education: Higher Education for the 21st Century - Donald John Markwell *85 (Australian Scholarly Publishing & Trinity College, University of Melbourne). This collection of papers promotes a liberal education for undergraduates in a way that engages them in the classroom as well as in extra-curricular endeavors. Markwell also discusses how to maintain excellence in college teaching and learning in a competitive environment, equity, diversity, and educational philanthropy. Markwell is deputy vice-chancellor (education) at The University of Western Australia, and until 2007 was warden of Trinity College in the University of Melbourne.

John Maynard Keynes and International Relations: Economic Paths to War and Peace - Donald John Markwell *85 (Oxford University Press). Markwell examines the development of John Maynard Keynes' thinking on international relations and its link to the changing of his opinions on economic matters. Markwell is deputy vice-chancellor (education) at The University of Western Australia, and until 2007 was warden of Trinity College in the University of Melbourne.

The Political Economy of Grand Strategy - Kevin Narizny *01 (Cornell University Press). The overarching goals and guiding principles of a nation’s grand strategy, formulated at the highest levels of government, derive from political coalitions. The author shows how domestic politics has shaped foreign policy in the United States and Great Britain from 1865 to 1941. Narizny is an assistant professor of international relations at Lehigh University.

Istanbul Gathering — Roddy O'Connor '55 *71 (Çitlembik). This novel tells a tale of a group of friends during the 1960s and 1970s in Istanbul. One of the main characters, Malone, an American academic, returns to the city after 20 years, encountering his ex-wife and friends who had never left. This story follows the characters throughout a day as they reminisce on their lives before meeting for a reunion dinner. This is O'Connor's first novel.

Postcolonial Disorders — edited by Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Sandra Teresa Hyde, Sarah Pinto *03, and Byron Good (University of California Press). The essays in this anthology reflect on the nature of subjectivity in the diverse places where anthropologists work. Contributors explore everyday modes of social and psychological experience, the constitution of the subject, and types of subjection that shape the lives of Basque youth, Indonesian artists, members of nongovernmental HIV/AIDS programs in China and the Republic of Congo, psychiatrists and the mentally ill in Morocco and Ireland, and those who have been affected by violence in the Middle East and in South and Southeast Asia. Sarah Pinto is an assistant professor of anthropology at Tufts University.

The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring — Richard Preston *83 (Random House). The author takes readers to the tops of the world’s tallest trees, the redwoods of northern California, more than 300 feet high. He follows botanists Steve Sillett and Marie Antoine and a small group of other daring botanists and amateur naturalists who study the ecosystem of the trees’ canopies, which until the 1980s largely had been unexplored. Preston writes for The New Yorker.

I Wish I'd Been There, Book Two: European History — edited by Byron Hollinshead '51 and Theodore K. Rabb *61 (Doubleday). Hollinshead and Rabb asked 20 historians, "What is the scene or incident in European history that you would like to have witnessed — and why?" The historians replied with personal essays and topics ranging from the death of Alexander the Great to the German surrender ending World War II. Hollinshead is president of American Historical Publications. Rabb is a professor of history emeritus at Princeton University.

Thought-Images: Frankfurt School Writers' Reflections from Damaged Life — Gerhard Richter *96 (Stanford University Press). The author examines the literary genre of the Denkbild, or "thought-image" — a poetic mode of writing that interweaves philosophical, political, and cultural insights — and its use by four major German-Jewish writers and philosophers of the first half of the 20th century (Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, and Siegfried Kracauer). Richter analyzes the linguistic characteristics of this mode of writing and establishes links between these writers and contemporary French thinkers. Richter is a professor of German and critical theory at the University of California, Davis.

Walt Whitman, Where the Future Becomes Present — edited by David Haven Blake and Michael Robertson *85 (University of Iowa Press). The 10 essayists in this collection — who represent diverse fields, from art history to political theory — place Whitman in the center of both world literature and American public life as they celebrate the complex legacy of Leaves of Grass. Robertson is a professor of English at the College of New Jersey. Blake is an associate professor of English at the College of New Jersey.

Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles, 1910–1939 — Katie Roiphe *95 (Dial Press). Drawing on memoirs, personal correspondence, and journals, the author examines the unorthodox relationships of seven couples, including H.G. Wells and his wife, Jane, and feminist writer Vera Brittain and George Catlin. Each chapter, which covers one of the seven couples, focuses on a crisis that occurred in a union and how it was resolved or not. Roiphe is also the author of The Morning After.

Science Without Laws: Model Systems, Cases, Exemplary Narratives — edited by Angela N.H. Creager, Elizabeth Lunbeck, and M. Norton Wise *77 (Duke University Press). This collection of essays discusses the use of "model systems" in various fields of natural and social sciences. The essays explore the function of model objects in biology, geology, anthropology, and history, and examine the processes through which particular organisms, cases, materials, or narratives become foundational to their fields and shape the knowledge produced within their disciplines. Wise is history professor and co-director of the Center for Society and Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Creager is a history professor at Princeton. Lunbeck is a professor of American history at Vanderbilt.

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By Faculty Authors (Listed alphabetically by author)

The Encounter Never Ends: A Return to the Field of Tamil Rituals – Isabelle Clark-Decès (SUNY Press). The author reflects on the relationship between fieldwork and anthropological knowledge through the analysis of a Tamil ritual practice in a South Indian village. Her immersion into this cultural world took place over 15 years ago, and she returns to these field notes with new perspective, helping her gain insight into the rural society. She also shares her own story of frustration and fascination while conducting fieldwork. Clark-Decès is an associate professor of anthropology at Princeton.

Linda Colley’s book, The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History, was published last summer by Pantheon; The New York Times named it one of the 10 best books of 2007. Read the article from PAW's April 2, 2008 issue, click here.

Science Without Laws: Model Systems, Cases, Exemplary Narratives — edited by Angela N.H. Creager, Elizabeth Lunbeck, and M. Norton Wise *77 (Duke University Press). This collection of essays discusses the use of "model systems" in various fields of natural and social sciences. The essays explore the function of model objects in biology, geology, anthropology, and history, and examine the processes through which particular organisms, cases, materials, or narratives become foundational to their fields and shape the knowledge produced within their disciplines. Wise is history professor and co-director of the Center for Society and Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Creager is a history professor at Princeton. Lunbeck is a professor of American history at Vanderbilt.

My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro — edited by Jeffrey Eugenides (HarperCollins). The 26 love stories in this anthology, from Anton Chekhov’s "The Lady with the Little Dog" to Alice Munro’s "The Bear Came Over the Mountain," are not happily-ever-after affairs. Instead, as Eugenides writes in the introduction, "Love stories depend on disappointment, on unequal births and feuding families, on matrimonial boredom and at least one cold heart." Eugenides, a professor of creative writing at Princeton, is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex.

Caesar’s Calendar: Ancient Time and the Beginnings of History — Denis Feeney (University of California Press). This book examines the Romans’ concept of time and the ways in which it was incorporated into different aspects of their society, from government to mythology. Feeney is the Giger Professor of Latin at Princeton University. His books include Literature and Religion at Rome: Cultures, Contexts, and Beliefs and The Gods in Epic: Poets and Critics of the Classical Tradition.

Demons, Dreamers, and Madmen: The Defense of Reason in Descartes's Meditations— Harry G. Frankfurt (Princeton University Press). Frankfurt provides an analysis to the question that lies at the heart of Descartes's Meditations: On what basis can reason claim to provide any justification for the truth of our beliefs? Frankfurt explores Descartes's defense of reason against his own doubts that he might be a madman. Harry G. Frankfurt is a professor of philosophy emeritus at Princeton University.

Embryo: A Defense of Human Life — Robert P. George and Christopher Tollefsen (Doubleday). Saying they put forth a scientific and philosophical argument, not a religious one, the authors maintain that the fetus, from the moment of conception, is a human being, and therefore due moral and political rights. As a result, they argue, society should not condone or publicly fund embryonic stem-cell research. George is a professor of jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program at Princeton. Tollefsen is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina.

In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America - Eddie S. Glaude Jr. *97 (University of Chicago Press). The author calls for African-Americans to address their social problems by looking to the future, rather than the fixed ideas and categories of the past. John Dewey’s pragmatism, he argues, can address many of the problems that plague contemporary African-American discourse. Glaude is a professor of religion at Princeton University.

Animal Architects: Building and the Evolution of Intelligence — James L. Gould and Carol Grant Gould. The authors explore the workings of animals’ minds by studying the structures they build. They examine species whose blueprints are largely innate, such as spiders, and those whose structures seem to require intellectual insight and planning, such as beavers’ dams. James L. Gould is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton. Carol Grant Gould, his wife, is a science writer.

In his new book, What Makes a Terrorist: Economics and the Roots of Terrorism, published by Princeton University Press in September, Alan Krueger takes on a popular myth that economic deprivation and lack of education cause people to turn to terrorism. Click here to read full article in PAW.

Walter Rauschenbusch's Christianity and the Social Crisis helped launch the Christian social-justice movement known as the Social Gospel. To mark the book’s 100th anniversary, Paul Raushenbush, Princeton’s associate dean of religious life and Walter Rauschenbusch’s great-grandson, has edited a new edition, Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21st Century: The Classic That Woke Up the Church, published by HarperOne. Read the article in the January 23, 2008 issue of PAW, click here.

Nietzsche's Political Skepticism — Tamsin Shaw (Princeton University Press). Shaw argues that the political implications of Nietzsche's critiques of morality, culture, and religion may be difficult to pinpoint because his ideas involve a distinctive type of political skepticism. She claims that, for Nietzsche, the modern political predicament is shaped by two phenomena – secularization and the unparalleled ideological power of the modern state – and that he raises profound questions about political legitimacy and authority in the modern world. Shaw is an assistant professor of politics at Princeton University.

Freedom’s Power: The True Force of Liberalism - Paul Starr (Basic Books). Defending liberalism, the author, according to Publishers Weekly, "tracks the development of liberalism as the world’s dominant political tradition and argues for its continued ascendancy as the best guarantor of individual rights and prosperity on the global stage." Starr begins by discussing early liberal revolutions in Britain, America, and France and later talks about recent events. Paul Starr is a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and founding editor of The American Prospect.

Hotel de Dream: A New York Novel — Edmund White (Ecco). The author imagines the last days of author Stephen Crane as he lies on his deathbed in the English countryside and dictates his last novel, The Painted Boy, to his wife, Cora, who had run a Florida brothel called the Hotel de Dream. The novel-within-the-novel re-creates the lives of a boy prostitute, Elliott, and the married middle-aged banker who falls in love with him in late 19th-century New York. White is a professor of creative writing at Princeton.

After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty-Somethings Are Shaping the Future of American Religion — Robert Wuthnow (Princeton University Press). The author looks at how young adults are getting married and starting families later in life than in the past and at how they are having fewer children because of their careers. This lifestyle shift, he argues, has caused a decrease in regular churchgoers as young adults have taken a more individualistic approach to religion. Wuthnow is the Gerhard R. Andlinger '52 Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. His books include American Mythos: Why Our Best Efforts to Be a Better Nation Fall Short and America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity.

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By Staff (Listed alphabetically by author)

Princeton Then and Now — Richard D. Smith (Arcadia Publishing). Smith contrasts historical images of Princeton University and the surrounding area with modern photos of the same locations. He is a program administrator for the Princeton Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and a member of the Princetoniana History Committee.