by Alumni: History and current events
A. Crenson, AM'65, PhD'69, Building the Invisible
Orphanage: A Prehistory of the American Welfare System (Harvard
University Press). Crenson examines the connection between the
decline of the orphanage and the rise of welfare, reviewing the
decades-long debate about the merits of family care versus institutional
care for dependent children.
D. Parrish, AB'49, AM'79,
Berlin in the Balance, 1945-1949: The Blockade, the Airlift,
the First Major Battle of the Cold War (Perseus Books). Chronicling
one of the great stories of the early postwar era, Parrish draws
on newly available sources to reveal Soviet thinking behind the
Berlin blockade and to expose the fears that caused the West's
response to the crisis.