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Art and Architecture
Eleanor Heartney, AB'76, AM'80, Movements in Modern Art: Postmodernism (Tate Publishing). This examination of key developments in the history of postmodern art includes discussions of Neo-expressionism, the "anti-aesthetic" movement, the art of commodity critique, postmodern feminism, and postmodern multiculturalism.

Business and Economics
Stephen H. Penman, MBA'74, PhD'78, Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuation (McGraw-Hill/Irwin). Penman elucidates the principles and methods of fundamental analysis from financial statements and emphasizes earnings as the focus of valuation.

Criticism
José Antonio Rivera, AM'94, The Shadow of Ulysses: Public Intellectual Exchange across the U.S.-Mexico Border (Lexington Books). Attempting to reconnect American and Mexican intellectual experience, Rivera explores historical as well as contemporary issues in both countries.

Education
Henry Etzkowitz, AB'62, Andrew Webster, and Peter Healey, editors, Capitalizing Knowledge: New Intersections of Industry and Academia (State University of New York Press). Aimed at policy makers in government, academia, and industry, this book explores commercialization of universities around the world.

John Schwille, PhD'75, and Judith Torney-Purta, AM'62, PhD'65, editors, Civic Education Across Countries: Twenty-Four National Case Studies from the IEA Civic Education Project (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement). The book's chapters, prepared by experts in each country, analyze the expectations for 14-year-olds' knowledge and beliefs about democracy, national identity, and social cohesion and diversity.

Fiction and Poetry
Nina Bruhns, AM'84, Warrior's Bride (Silhouette Intimate Moments). In Bruhns's intimate-stranger fantasy, a Native-American man adopted as a baby by a white suburban family searches for self-identity and love.

David Ebershoff, MBA'96, The Danish Girl (Penguin). This first novel, now in paperback, is loosely based on Danish painter Einar Wegener who, in 1931, became the first man to undergo a sex-change operation. Exploring the limits of love and marriage, the book was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2000 and has been published in 12 foreign countries.

Len Lamensdorf, AB'48, JD'52, Gino, the Countess & Chagall (SeaScape Press). Lamensdorf presents a glowing tribute to the world of art through the life of a talented and charming painter who personifies a zest for life.

Morris Philipson, AB'49, AM'52, A Man in Charge and Secret Understandings (University of Chicago Press). Reissued to commemorate Philipson's retirement from the directorship of the University of Chicago Press, the two novels-along with The Wallpaper Fox, reissued in May-form a trilogy concerned with the uncertainties of personal power and the discovery of its limits.

Tom R. Schroder, AB'67, AM'69, The Citadel: A Novel (Sunshine Books). The sinister innovations imagined in this political satire are part of a terrifying landscape that is recognizably America, and the evils depicted are those of its citizens' own making.

Gender Studies
Henry Etzkowitz, AB'62, Carol Kemelgor, and Brian Uzzi, Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology (State University of New York Press). The authors expose the hidden barriers confronting women at every juncture along the scientific career path.

Joanna Frueh, AM'71, PhD'81, Monster/Beauty: Building the Body of Love (University of California Press). Frueh challenges both conventional and feminist notions of beauty, shame, and the role of the erotic in everyday life.

History/Current Events
Elizabeth Dale, PhD'95, The Rule of Justice: The People of Chicago versus Zephyr Davis (Ohio State University Press). Zephyr Davis, a young African-American man accused of murdering an Irish-American female co-worker in 1888 Chicago, was pursued, captured, tried, and convicted amid public demands for swift justice. Through a close study of the case, Dale explores the tension between popular ideas about justice and the rule of law in industrial America.

Burton Feldman, PhD'65, The Nobel Prize: A History of Genius, Controversy, and Prestige (Arcade Publishing). Feldman opens the jealously guarded gates of the Nobel institution and takes readers on a tour of Alfred Nobel's grand legacy.

Michael P. E. Hoyt, PhB'50, AB'55, Captive in the Congo: A Consul's Return to the Heart of Darkness (Naval Institute Press). Taken hostage by communist-backed Congolese rebels at the U.S. consulate he headed in Stanleyville, Hoyt provides the first inside account of the 1964 seizure of the staff and its 100 days of captivity.

Robert E. Sloan, PhB'48, SB'50, SM'52, PhD'53, A Century + Ten of D&RGW Narrow Gauge Freight Cars, 1871 to 1981 (Robert E. Sloan). Sloan provides an illustrated account of the 110-year history of the freight car fleet of the largest narrow-gauge railroad in North America, the Denver & Rio Grande Western.

Donald Weinstein, AB'48, AM'50, The Captain's Concubine: Love, Honor and Violence in Renaissance Tuscany (Johns Hopkins University Press). Investigating trial testimony, private letters, and family documents, Weinstein bares the motives for a sword fight in Pistoia in 1578; examines the attitudes of witnesses, townsmen, and officials; and analyzes the clashing moral, religious, and legal codes brought to bear upon the actors.

Richard Younker, AB'63, Yankin' and Liftin' Their Whole Lives: A Mississippi Commercial Fisherman (Shawnee Books). Yonker uses narrative, monologues, and 70 of his black-and-white photographs to examine the life and culture of what is perhaps the last generation to make a living as commercial fishermen on the Mississippi River.

Medicine and Health
Bruce A. Carnes and S. Jay Olshansky, AM'82, PhD'84, The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging (W. W. Norton & Company). In this account of the real science of aging aimed at helping readers make informed health decisions, the authors distinguish science from media hype and offer an optimistic vision of aging and health in the 21st century.

Arnold M. Katz, AB'52, Heart Failure: Pathophysiology, Molecular Biology, and Clinical Management and Physiology of the Heart (Lippincott/Williams & Wilkins). Intended to help health-care providers and research scientists navigate among the many mechanisms that operate in heart failure, the first text relates medical material to the clinical management of the patient. The second text, written for students and health-care providers and first published in 1977, reviews the molecular biology, biochemistry, and physiology of the heart and describes the role of these basic sciences in clinical cardiology.

Walter J. Scott, MD'81, Lung Cancer: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment (Addicus Books). Written for patient and caregiver, this guide covers the basics of lung cancer and its management.

Political Science and Law
Paul Gronke, AB'82, The Electorate, the Campaign, and the Office: A Unified Approach to Senate and House Elections (University of Michigan Press). Gronke's analysis compares electoral contexts, campaigns, and voter decision making in House and Senate elections.

Richard F. Hamilton, AB'50, Marxism, Revisionism, and Leninism: Explication, Assessment, and Commentary (Praeger Publishers). Hamilton provides an interdisciplinary explication and assessment of the three theories, delineating the major propositions of each.

Jeffrey C. Martin, JD'78, A Lawyer Briefs the Big Questions (Bristol House). Martin examines the relationship between faith and reason using legal briefs and other devices of the adversarial legal system.

Psychiatry/Psychology
Jerrold R. Brandell, PhD'82, Of Mice and Metaphors: Therapeutic Storytelling with Children (Basic Books). The author introduces a variety of clinical strategies that allow therapists to incorporate a child's own creative narratives into the process of therapeutic recovery. Detailed case histories, representing a range of emotional disorders, are presented to demonstrate how the technique of reciprocal storytelling may be used to therapeutic advantage.

Religion and Philosophy
Glenn Holland, PhD'86, The Divine Irony (Susquhanna University Press). Focusing on Greek and Biblical texts, Holland describes how irony is produced when an author or narrator assumes a divine, omniscient perspective on human events.

Hubert G. Locke, DB'59, Learning from History (Greenwood Press). This collection of essays examines aspects of both African-American and Jewish experiences in the context of the Holocaust.

Roger E. Reynolds, JD'61, Clerics in the Early Middle Ages: Hierarchy and Image (Ashgate Books). In this collection of eight essays, the author explains how the hierarchical arrangement of the clerical orders is reflected in their depiction in early medieval manuscripts.

Anthony J. Tomasino, PhD'95, Written Upon the Heart: The 10 Commandments for Today's Christian (Kregel Publications). This practical treatment of the Decalogue deals with some difficult questions about the laws, and applies them to the lives of contemporary men and women.

Science and Technology
H. Robert Westerman, SM'49, Systems Engineering Principles and Practice (Artech House). The text provides descriptions of, and approaches to, all phases of systems engineering, with detailed case examples drawn from the author's own 40-plus years of experience.

Social Sciences
W. Fitzhugh Brundage, AB'81, Where These Memories Grow: History, Memory, and Southern Identity (University of North Carolina Press). Presenting new perspectives on how Southerners across two centuries, from Texas to North Carolina, have interpreted their past, this collection of essays works to deepen understanding of the continuing significance of history and memory for Southern regional identity.

Jona M. Rosenfeld, AM'56, PhD'62, and Bruno Tardieu, Artisans of Democracy: How Ordinary People, Families in Extreme Poverty, and Social Institutions Become Allies to Overcome Social Exclusion (University Press of America). The book's 12 case studies show how the very poor, ordinary citizens, and institutions (schools, government, media, courts, churches, universities, public utilities, unions, small businesses) succeeded in creating alliances. The authors present new ways to think and act toward overcoming poverty at the private or public local, national, or international levels.

Martha Shirk, AM'75, J. Lawrence Aber, and Neil Bennett, Lives on the Line: American Families and the Struggle to Make Ends Meet (Westview Press). The authors meld demographic analysis with personal profiles of ten families to create a vivid portrait of what life is like for more than 13 million American children growing up below the poverty line.

John A. Taylor, AM'66, PhD'72, Diana, Self-Interest, and British National Identity (Praeger Publishers). Seeking an explanation for Britons' affinity for the late Princess of Wales, Taylor argues that, during Diana's brief time in the world spotlight, Britain underwent a change in values and a shift in national identity from a system based almost exclusively on household and family values to one more accepting of individual autonomy and self-interest.

Jonathan Tritter, AB'87, and Margaret S. Archer, editors, Rational Choice Theory: Resisting Colonization (Routledge). Grounded in discussion of a wide range of social issues, including race, marriage, health, and education, this critique focuses on assumptions that are the bedrock of rational choice.


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