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Art and Architecture
Donald Clay Johnson, AM'67;
Agile Hands and Creative Minds: A Bibliography of Textile Traditions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka (Orchid Press). Johnson's guide to the handcrafted-textile traditions of South Asia identifies writings in areas ranging from the history of textiles to more specific aspects of the industry such as fiber types and decorative techniques. Relevant museum catalogs are also listed.

Biography and Letters
Mary M. Stolberg, AB'77, and Otis Milton Smith;
Looking beyond Race: The Life of Otis Milton Smith (Great Lakes Books). This book chronicles Smith's rise from the slums of Memphis to become the first African American elected to a state office after Reconstruction. He served as auditor general and as a supreme court justice in Michigan before going on to become the first black vice president and general counsel of General Motors.

Business and Economics
Richard H. Axelrod, MBA'73; Terms of Engagement: Changing the Way We Change Organizations (Berrett-Koehler). Axelrod outlines an approach to management that he calls the "engagement paradigm," which he suggests will help businesses keep up with a globalized economy.

Hardy Koth, AM'94, MBA'94, and Gaby Wiegran; Custom Enterprise.Com (Financial Times Prentice Hall Publishing). Drawing on their experience with major companies around the world, the authors cite examples of e-commerce pioneers who have used the customization capabilities of the Web to transform their Internet businesses into friendlier, more customer-oriented operations.

David R. Meyer, PhD'70; Hong Kong as a Global Metropolis (Cambridge University Press). Meyer presents Hong Kong as the pivotal meeting place of the East Asian and foreign social networks of capital, overshadowing such Asian financial centers as Singapore and Tokyo. The author offers an optimistic view of Hong Kong in the 21st century, challenging those who predict its decline under Chinese rule.

Elissa Moses, AB'75; The $100 Billion Allowance: Accessing the Global Teen Market (John Wiley and Sons). Moses surveys international trends in teenage consumerism, providing insight for those marketing to this age bracket.

Lester G. Telser, AM'53, PhD'56; Joint Ventures of Labor and Capital (University of Michigan Press) and Classic Futures: Lessons from the Past for the Electronic Age (Risk Publications). The first title uses core theory to explain the types of investors conducive to stable joint ventures. The second work is a collection of the author's contributions on futures markets, speculation, and hedging from 1900 to 1991, including information on electronic trading.

Molly McQuade, AB'81, editor; By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry (Graywolf Press). McQuade assembles essays from 25 female poets-from traditionalist to experimental-who analyze their own stance in the literary world: defining the art of poetry, evaluating both female and male poetry, and exploring primary themes and traditions.

William G. Wraga, MAT'80, and Peter S. Hlebowitsh, editors; Research Review for School Leaders, Volume III (Lawrence Erlbaum). This book for educational leaders reviews research on five issues: citizenship education, multicultural education, gifted and talented education, classroom assessment, and scheduling.

Fiction and Poetry
Anoop Chandola, PhD'66; Discovering Brides ( In Chandola's autobiographical novel, an Indian-American anthropologist struggles to find an attractive, vegetarian bride for his American-born lawyer son.

Philip C. Kolin, AM'67; Deep Wonder (Grey Owl Press). Kolin reflects upon love, loss, renewal, and faith. Divided into four parts corresponding to each of the four Gospels, the book focuses on mystical union with God.

Paul Wiebe, AM'66, PhD'75; Dead White Male (Online Originals), The Church of the Comic Spirit (MightyWords), and Benedict XVI (iUniverse). In the first novel, a middle-aged English teacher discovers that in his previous life he was Shakespeare. His dentist, colleagues, daughter, and wife remain skeptical. Only his grandson maintains a childlike faith. In the second novel, a mystery man appears on Larry King Live to announce his discovery of the "Bear Lake Scrolls," a set of farcical, pre-Biblical stories that make up the tenets of the novel's fictional religion. In the third novel, a former truck driver employed as a picaresque talk-show host uses his political savvy to capture the papacy.

F. Charles Woodruff, PhB'48; A Farm Where People Grow (Xlibris Corporation). In this comic novel, life in a therapy center for young people takes a wild turn when the CIA hides a foreign dignitary in their midst.

Gender Studies
Yolanda Flores, AM'89, The Drama of Gender: Feminist Theater by Women of the Americas (Peter Lang). Examining three plays, Flores deconstructs gender roles and identities in Latin-American literature. Analyses of linguistic, cultural, racial, and political aspects of Latina communities invite the reader to compare the situation of an American Latina to those of her counterparts south of the border.

History - Current Events
Palmira J. Brummett, AB'73, AM'75, PhD'88; Image and Imperialism in the Ottoman Revolutionary Press, 1908-1911 (State University of New York Press). Taking a moment in modern Middle Eastern history-the Ottoman Constitutional Revolution of 1908-Brummett examines the Istanbul satirical press, using narratives and images of political, cultural, and economic transformation to explore press history and the nature of Ottoman-European relations at the end of the empire.

Michael J. Gerhardt, JD'82; The Federal Impeachment Process: A Constitutional and Historical Analysis (University of Chicago Press). Gerhardt examines impeachment from constitutional, historical, and political viewpoints. He argues that impeachment is a far more effective process than popularly supposed.

Jim Powell, AB'66; The Triumph of Liberty (Free Press). Powell tells the history of liberty through the biographies of eminent people from Cicero to Milton Friedman, AM'33. In 65 chapters, he presents historical figures in varying ways, including speech and appearance.

Sholeh A. Quinn, AM'85, PhD'93'; Historical Writing during the Age of Shah Abbas (University of Utah Press). Quinn examines how history was recorded during the 16th-century reign of Shah Abbas, finding that court historians adhered to specific conventions and methodologies in their texts.

Medicine and Health
David DeGrazia, AB'83, and Thomas A. Mappes, editors; Biomedical Ethics, fifth edition (McGraw-Hill). In paperback for the first time, 48 of 103 selections are new, covering such topics as the practice of medicine in a multicultural society, cloning, the role of family in medicine, and international models of health-care delivery.

Andrea F. DiMartini, editor, AB'84, SM'85, MD'87; The Transplant Patient: Biological, Psychiatric, and Ethical Issues in Organ Transplantation (Cambridge University Press). This book provides a review of the psychiatric, psychosocial, and biologic aspects of bone marrow transplantation. The content is of use to physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, and related professionals involved in the care of transplant patients.

Sidney E. Skinner, AB'83; An Introduction to Homeopathic Medicine in Primary Care (Aspen). Skinner gives primary-care clinicians a foundation in homeopathic medical treatment and practical guidance on how these medicines could be incorporated into an integrative medical practice.

Political Science and Law
Bradley H. Patterson, AB'42, AM'43; The White House Staff: Inside the West Wing and Beyond (Brookings Institution Press). Patterson offers a general description of the White House staff and its operations. He illustrates the gradual shift in power from the cabinet department to the staff and presents an explanation of the total budget of the modern White House.

Stephan Wilske, LLM'96; Die voelkerrectswidrige Entfuehrung und ihre Rechtsfolgen (Duncker and Humblot). The author explores cross-border, state-sponsored abductions; justifications under international law; and the legal consequences of such abductions.

Psychiatry - Psychology
Mel Silberman, AM'65, PhD'68 and Freda Hansburg; People Smart: Developing Your Interpersonal Intelligence (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). The authors outline eight crucial skills for healthy relationships, introducing a four-step program to improve interpersonal intelligence.

Religion and Philosophy
Louis William Countryman, AB'62, AM'74, PhD'77; The Poetic Imagination: An Anglican Tradition (Orbis Books). This book examines English lyric poetry-from Donne and Herbert to R. S. Thomas and Judith Wright-as an embodiment of Anglican spirituality and an important spiritual resource in today's world.

Bruce Lincoln, AM'73, PhD'76; Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship (University of Chicago Press). Lincoln shows how mythos gave way to logos not as part of a mythical Greek miracle, but as a part of a struggle for authority, brought about by expanded use of writing and Athenian democracy. He then outlines myth's use in the 18th and 19th centuries, connecting its renewed vivacity to Romanticism, nationalism, and Aryan triumphalism.

Robert B. Louden, AM'73, PhD'81; Kant's Impure Ethics: From Rational Beings to Human Beings (Oxford University Press). Louden examines and critically assesses the second part of Kant's ethics-an empirical, impure part, which determines how best to apply pure principles to the human situation. His study attempts to refute the long-standing misperception that Kant's ethics advocate empty formalism.

Dan Lyons, AM'62, PhD'67; Democracy, Rights, and Freedoms: What Are They? What Good Are They? (Peter Lang). Suggesting that recent tech-nological advances may be misused by American voters, consumers, and leaders who have little concern for their own future welfare or that of others, Lyons critiques the notion that freedoms and powers are always good.

Mark A. McIntosh, PhD'93; Christology from Within: Spirituality and the Incarnation in Hans Urs von Balthasar (University of Notre Dame Press). McIntosh's examination of the distinctive insights of 20th-century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar leads to an idea of how Christology and spirituality can come together to offer a more humanistic idea of Christ.

Sally Sedgwick, AM'81, PhD'85, editor; The Reception of Kant's Critical Philosophy: Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel (Cambridge University Press). This collection of essays considers the development of Kant's system of transcendental idealism in the three Critiques, the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science, and the Opus Postumum, as well as the reception and transformation of that idealism in the work of Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel.

Michael Sells, AM'76, PhD'72; Approaching the Qu'ran: The Early Revelations (White Cloud Press). Sells presents a new translation of the Qu'ran's hymnic suras and a facing commentary. He also examines the relationship between sound and meaning in text and recitation. Sound charts and a compact disc of Qu'ranic recitations by major male and female speakers are included.

Dennis E. Tamburello, PhD'90; Bernard of Clairvaux: Essential Writings (Crossroad Publishing/Herder & Herder). Tamburello's discussion of the life of the 11th-century monk Bernard de Clairvaux analyzes his roles as a theologian, statesman, and mystic in the context of a history of Benedictine monasticism.

Science and Technology
Dennis Cohen, AB'69; The Big Book of Space Discovery (Schmidt-Cannon International). Designed for elementary-school students, Cohen's book explores the solar system and beyond. A space-related timeline includes suggestions for activities, including how to make a reflecting telescope and a planetarium.

Vernon W. Ruttan, AM'50, PhD'52; Technology, Growth, and Development (Oxford University Press). This study of technological development is divided into three sections: theory and measurement; the history of technical change in five strategic industries: agriculture, power and light, chemicals, computers, and biotechnology; and science and technology policy.

Social Sciences
Richard N. Aft, AM'62; Painful Decisions, Positive Results (Symphony Communications). In recounting the history of the greater Cincinnati area's United Way and Community Chest, Aft portrays the impact of volunteerism on the development of health and human services.

Deborah Belle, AB'70; The After-School Lives of Children: Alone and with Others While Parents Work (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). This book explores children's experiences during after-school hours and the dilemmas families confront as they try to make the best use of this awkward time of day. Drawing upon a longitudinal study in which children and parents were interviewed annually over a four-year period, Belle emphasizes the importance of many facets of after-school arrangements, not simply the presence or absence of an adult caretaker.

Peter Just, AB'72, and John Monagahan; Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press). This latest installment in Oxford's Very Short Introduction series is a concise survey of social and cultural anthropology for lay readers. Included are anecdotes from Just's fieldwork in Indonesia and Monagahan's fieldwork in Mexico.

Stephen B. Plank, AM'92, PhD'95; Finding One's Place: Teaching Styles and Peer Relations in Diverse Classrooms (Teachers College Press). Plank examines peer relations and student participation in ten fourth-grade classrooms in the wake of one school district's attempt to desegregate across socioeconomic lines.

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