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Books by Alumni

>> For inclusion in "Books by Alumni," please send the book's name, author, publisher, field, and a short synopsis to the Books Editor, University of Chicago Magazine, 1313 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637, or by e-mail:

Business and Economics
Gary S. Becker, AM'53, PhD'55, and Kevin M. Murphy, PhD'86, Social Economics: Market Behavior in a Social Environment (Harvard University Press). The authors include the social environment-along with standard goods and services-in their utility functions. These extended utility functions provide a way of analyzing how changes in the social environment affect people's choices and behaviors.

David Felix, AM'47, Keynes: A Critical Life (Greenwood Press). Both a personal biography and a concise study of Keynes's works, this book makes pointed reference to the connection between man and product.

Brandon Royal, MBA'95, 88 Great MBA Application Tips and Strategies to Get You into a Top Business School (Pearson Education Asia). The author gives prospective M.B.A. candidates, particularly those applying to leading business schools, a detailed manual for success.

Stephen M. Shortell, MBA'71, PhD'72, and associates, Remaking Health Care in America: The Evolution of Organized Delivery Systems (Jossey-Bass). Shortell and colleagues continue their research on ten of America's leading health-care systems.

Lorin W. Anderson, PhD'73, David R. Krathwohl, SB'43, AM'47, PhD'53 (editors), A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives (Longman). By providing a common language for interpreting the meaning of educational objectives, this collection offers a framework that can help unravel the myriad of today's state standards. Peter W. Airasian, AM'67, PhD'69, contributed an essay.

Ellen Morgan, AB'65, and Cynthia Klein, The Dyslexic Adult in a Non-Dyslexic World (Whurr Publishers, Ltd.). Morgan and Klein offer a comprehensive look at the world of dyslexic adults based on their personal experiences and perspectives.

Arthur Shapiro, AB'47, AM'53, PhD'65, Leadership for Constructivist Schools (Scarecrow Press). This book explains the Constructivist model of education, which attempts to meet individual and group needs by decentralizing authority and returning decision making to individual teachers and learning communities.

Fiction and Poetry
Mario Andino Lopez, AM'67, Actos de Misterio ("Acts of Mystery") (Madrid: Caliobe Press). Published in Spanish, this novel depicts a crime that takes place in an opera company.

Dante A. Puzzo, AB'40, AM'45, PhD'56, Apple Pie and Bourbon Whiskey (Randatamp Press) and The Temptation of Adam and Other Stories (Randatamp Press). The first is a novel set mainly in Chicago during the thirties and forties, while the stories in the collection range in time and location from ancient Greece to Cuba on the eve of Castro's triumph.

Gender Studies
Henry Etzkowitz, AB'62, Carol Kemelgor, and Brian Uzzi, Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology (Cambridge University Press). The authors expose the hidden barriers confronting women at every juncture along the scientific career path. (This corrects information published in the April/01 issue.-Ed.)

Ritch C. Savin-Williams, AM'73, AM'75, PhD'77, "Mom, Dad. I'm Gay": How Families Negotiate Coming Out (American Psychological Association Press). Drawing on more than 150 interviews with teens and existing developmental research, Savin-Williams illustrates the wide range of family reactions to a child's same-sex attractions and discusses the factors that determine how parents come to terms with the disclosure over time.

History/Current Events
Arden Bucholz, AM'65, PhD'72, Moltke and the German Wars, 1864-1871 (London: Macmillan; New York: St. Martin's Press). The Prussian Army invented modern war processes and Helmuth von Moltke (1800-1891) was the first modern war planner. This book analyzes how he developed a new system using well-trained, interchangeable officers and how that system was put to use in the three wars of German unification.

Lawrence W. McBride, PhD'78, Images, Icons, and the Irish Nationalist Imagination (Dublin: Four Courts Press). This collection of essays examines the symbolic representation of 19th- and 20th-century Irish nationalism in words, images, and public sculpture.

Sheldon A. Patinkin, AB'53, AM'56, The Second City: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theater (Sourcebooks). Patinkin presents a cultural history of The Second City, starting place for such performers as Alan Arkin, Bill Murray, Robert Klein, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Martin Short, John Candy, and many others. The book includes two compact discs of never before-released material taped live at Second City between 1959 and 1999.

Larzer Ziff, AM'50, PhD'55, Return Passages: Great American Travel Writing, 1780-1910 (Yale University Press). Ziff traces the literary history of distinctively American travel writing through the stories of five great representatives of the genre, from John Ledyard to Mark Twain and Henry James.

Richard Younker, AB'63, Yankin' and Liftin' Their Whole Lives: A Mississippi River Commercial Fisherman (Shawnee Books). Younker 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. (This corrects information published in the April/01 issue.-Ed.)

Marc L. Greenberg, AM'84, A Historical Phonology of the Slovene Language (Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag C. Winter). Greenberg provides the first synthetic and comprehensive account of the historical phonology of Slovene from the time of the arrival of Slavs in the Alpine and Balkan regions (ca. the seventh century A.D.) to the present day.

Medicine and Health
Eduardo A. Groisman, PhD'86 (editor), Principles of Bacterial Pathogenesis (Academic Press). This book describes the set of principles that govern the molecular level of infectious diseases.

Richard R. Keen, AB'81, and Philip B. Dobrin (editors), Development of Aneurysms (Landes Bioscience). In this comprehensive account of the biology of aneurysms, the focus is on the formation and development of abnormally dilated blood vessels.

Political Science and Law
Bruce S. Jansson, AM'67, PhD'75, The Sixteen-Trillion-Dollar Mistake: How the U.S. Bungled its National Priorities from the New Deal to the Present (Columbia University Press). Jansson's ethical critique is the first book to examine recent American history from a budgetary perspective, focusing on issues of government spending and national priorities from 1932 to the present.

Eduardo A. Velasquez, AM'88, PhD'94, editor, Nature, Woman and the Art of Politics (Rowman and Littlefield). The collection brings together original essays exploring the various conceptions of nature, woman, and the political art.

Annette T. Brandes, PhD'81, Stepfamily Life Can Be Hell but It Doesn't Have to Be! 7 Steps to Recreating Family (Segue Books). Brandes outlines methods by which couples can build new families while preserving and enriching their own relationship.

Diane Farris, AM'67, AM'72, PhD'74, Type Tales: Understanding and Celebrating Diversity through Type (Center for the Applications of Psychological Type). The ideas of Jungian personality-type psychology are explored through four illustrated stories to be read to children. Farris includes commentary for parents, teachers, and counselors.

Religion and Philosophy
Richard Q. Ford, AM'67, PhD'70, The Parables of Jesus: Recovering the Art of Listening (Fortress Press). Discussing seven of the longer narrative parables attributed to the historical Jesus, Ford uses perspectives derived from applied psychoanalytic psychotherapy to show readers how to move beyond misunderstandings to collaboration.

Science and Technology
David Bodanis, AB'77, E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation (Walker & Co.). It's a well-known equation, yet who but physicists really understand E =mc2? Bodanis provides an entertaining story about Einstein's 1905 formulation of the equation, its insightful linkage of energy with mass, and its association ever after with relativity and nuclear energy.

Frank L. Holloway, SM'49, PhD'50, Rine's Universal Rules for Man, Money, and Molecules (Vantage Press). Beginning with molecules, Holloway uses knowledge gleaned from science to explore economics, spirituality, and more.

Social Sciences
Brian Keith Axel, AM'94, PhD'98, The Nation's Tortured Body: Violence, Representation, and the Formation of a Sikh "Diaspora" (Duke University Press). Axel examines the transnational fight for Khalistan-an independent Sikh homeland-between 1849 and 1998 and argues that, rather than the homeland creating the diaspora, the diaspora has created particular kinds of places: homelands.

Peter Dreier, AM'73, PhD'77, Marta López-Garza, J. Eugene Grigsby III, and Manuel Pastor Jr., Regions That Work: How Cities and Suburbs Can Grow Together (University of Minnesota Press). The book argues that metropolitan areas must reduce poverty and sustain economic prosperity and that low-income individuals and the community organizations working on their behalf must make regional as well as local connections if they are to be truly effective in reducing poverty.

Lorraine D. Kenny, AB'84, Daughters of Suburbia: Growing Up White, Middle Class, and Female (Rutgers University Press). Part ethnography, part cultural study, part memoir, this book focuses on the lives of teenage girls from a Long Island, NY, middle school.

Rebecca J. McCauley, AM'74, PhD'81, Assessment of Language Disorders in Children (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). McCauley describes the characteristics of four major language problems in children: specific language impairment, hearing loss, mental retardation, and autistic spectrum disorder. Specific measurement strategies are discussed as they relate to screening and identification, describing a child's language, and assessing change.

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