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Art and Architecture
Michael R. Cunningham, AM'73, PhD'78, Miyajima Shin'ichi, and Yamashita Yuji, Ink Paintings and Ash-Glazed Ceramics: Medieval Calligraphy, Painting, and Ceramic Art from Japan and Korea (Cleveland Museum of Art). Published in conjunction with an exhibit of the same title, this book includes essays on and photos of 15th- and 16th-century Japanese and Korean ink paintings in hanging scroll format.

Biography and letters
Judith Armbruster, AM'71, PhD'78, translator, The Rainbow Palace (Bantam Books). Translated from French, the memoirs of Tenzin Choedrak, the Dalai Lama's personal physician, describe Choedrak's years as a child monk, his progress as a student doctor, and his selection as the Dalai Lama's physician. After being imprisoned for 21 years by the Chinese government, Choedrak returned to his duties and began rebuilding the Tibetan medical school, Men-Tsee-Khang.

Business and Economics
Philip Kotler, AM'53, Kotler on Marketing: How to Create, Win, and Dominate Markets (The Free Press); with Neil Kotler, Museum Strategy and Marketing (Jossey-Bass); with Joanne Scheff, Standing Room Only: Strategies for Marketing the Performing Arts (Harvard Business School Press); and, with Christer Asplund, Irving Rein, and Donald Haider, Marketing Places Europe: How to Attract Investments, Industries, Residents, and Visitors to Cities, Communities, Regions, and Nations in Europe (Financial Times/Prentice-Hall). The first book details Kotler's thinking on how companies can target and win core markets and sustain their growth by moving into adjacent markets. In the second, the Kotlers propose a market- and customer-driven view of museum strategy and management, arguing that museums are in the experience business and must become adept at designing enriching experiences for members, donors, and visitors. The third describes strategies to help performing-arts organizations attract audiences and funds. The last adapts an earlier book, Marketing Places, to Europe.

K. Filip Palda, PhD'89, Tax Evasion and Firm Survival in Competitive Markets (Edward Elgar Ltd.). Palda argues that when inefficient, tax-evading companies displace efficient, tax-paying firms, society faces "survival of the wiliest." The author models "displacement deadweight loss" and shows how it pervades regulations, politics, and taxation.

Ken Stork, MBA'71, and James P. Morgan, Benchmarking: In Theory and Practice (Purchasing Magazine). This book shares lessons about supply-chain management and benchmarking, and offers advice to those interested in accelerating their organization's improvement.

Susanna Greer Fein, AB'73, editor, Studies in the Harley Manuscript: The Scribes, Contents, and Social Contexts of British Library MS Harley 2253 (Medieval Institute). These 15 essays by an international group of scholars offer in-depth studies of a document that is key to understanding pre-Chaucerian Middle English verse.

Barbara K. Lewalski, AM'51, PhD'56, The Life of John Milton: A Critical Biography (Blackwell Publishers). Lewalski analyzes Milton's prose and poetry and the development of his ideas and his art. She shows how Milton, even as a young poet, constructed himself as a new kind of author, commanding astonishing resources of learning and artistry to develop a radical politics, reformist poetics, and an inherently revolutionary prophetic voice.

David Nicholls, AM'89, PhD'95, Conjuring the Folk: Forms of Modernity in African America (University of Michigan Press). Addressing the relationship between metropolitan artistic culture and its popular referents during the Harlem Renaissance, Nicholls examines works by Jean Toomer, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, George Wylie Henderson, and Richard Wright. Studying how "folk" is shaped by the form's ideology, he argues that Harlem Renaissance writers made competing claims about the vitality of African-American folk.

Myles I. Friedman, AM'57, PhD'59, Ensuring Student Success (The Institute for Evidence-Based Decision Making in Education). Based on more than 2,500 studies, this book assesses key factors in student achievement, including teaching techniques, school violence, preschool education, student potential, class size, and ability grouping.

Fiction and Poetry
Susanna Greer Fein, AB'73, editor, Moral Love Songs and Laments (Medieval Institute). Edited from manuscripts written circa 1250-1450, the seven Middle English song lyrics in this book illustrate the medieval English tradition of poems aesthetically shaped to literalize content and aid religious meditation.

Emily Grosholz, AB'72, The Abacus of Years (David R. Godine). Grosholz's fourth book of poetry contains several works influenced by her undergraduate education at Chicago, including classes with such professors as Saunders McLane, Janel Mueller, James Redfield, Joseph Schwab, Herman Sinaiko, and Karl Weintraub.

Bruce Nortell, JD'71, The Third Chair (Lendtroninc). Nortell's first novel tells three different stories that also provide a critical analysis of contemporary American civilization and the failure of traditional professions to display ethical leadership for society.

Gender Studies
Sheldon Lee Gosline, AM'93, Archaeogender: Studies in Gender's Material Culture (Shangri-La Publications). This book studies in detail the material-culture record of many ancient societies, including the Yoruba, Natufian, Egyptian, and Chinese, to reveal how society shapes gender.

History/Current Events
Richard Bensel, AB'71, The Political Economy of American Industrialization, 1877-1900 (Cambridge University Press). Bensel synthesizes political and economic interpretations of industrialization, stressing the Republican Party's role as a developmental agent in national politics; the primacy of the three great developmental policies (the gold standard, the protective tariff, and the national market) in state and local politics; and the impact of uneven regional development on the construction of national political coalitions in Congress and in presidential elections.

James D. Le Sueur, AM'90, PhD'96, Uncivil War: Intellectuals and Identity Politics During the Decolonization of Algeria (University of Pennsylvania Press). Le Sueur combines anthropology, history, critical theory, and postcolonial studies to examine intellectuals' reaction to the French-Algerian War, looking at key figures such as Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Pierre Bourdieu.

Adrian R. Lewis, PhD'95, Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory (University of North Carolina Press). Lewis traces the development of the doctrine behind the plan for the invasion of Normandy to explain why the battles for the beaches were fought as they were. He argues that responsibility for the devastating casualties suffered by the Allied forces at Omaha Beach lay with British and American military leaders, not tactical leaders at the battle site.

J. Jason Thompson, PhD'87, editor, Description of Egypt: Notes and Views on Egypt and Nubia Made during the Years 1825-1828 (American University in Cairo Press). Thompson discovered this unpublished manuscript, the first book-length work by 19th-century British orientalist Edward William Lane, in the British Library. Lane describes his first voyage to Egypt, which provided the basis for his later Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians and the Arabic-English Lexicon.

Sheldon Lee Gosline, AM'93, Writing Late Egyptian Hieratic: A Beginner's Primer (Eisenbrauns) and Hieratic Paleography 1: Introductory Late Egyptian (Shangri-La Publications). The first book uses the Tale of the Doomed Prince to provide a self-guided introductory course in Egyptian cursive writing. The second book-the first volume in a new paleography series-is accompanied by a font set CD-ROM.

Political Science and Law
Francisco Forrest Martin, AM'84, Challenging Human-Rights Violations: Using International Law in U.S. Courts (Transnational Publishers, Inc.). Martin shows how to use international human-rights and humanitarian law in U.S. courts to challenge human-rights violations inside and outside the United States.

Whitney Pope, AB'55, AB'58, AM'62, The Search for Freedom (Ohio State University Press). With the aim of developing a theory of freedom, Pope analyzes historical case studies of France and the United States by Alexis de Tocqueville, as well as modern examples of an American labor union, a large Japanese corporation, and Sweden's welfare state. He argues that a successful search for freedom rests in establishing strong communities, decentralized power, and authority based on a fair exchange between a government and its people.

Aili M. Tripp, AB'83, AM'85, Women & Politics in Uganda (University of Wisconsin Press; James Currey and Fountain Press). Tripp explains how the women's movement in Uganda made an unexpectedly swift entrance onto the country's political scene shortly after Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Movement took over in 1986. The author argues that, unlike many African countries where significant sections of the women's movement remained under the thumb of the dominant party or regime, Uganda's women's movement gained momentum from its relative autonomy.

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
Yaakov Ariel, AM'82, PhD'86, Evangelizing the Chosen People: Missions to the Jews in America, 1880-2000 (University of North Carolina Press). Ariel offers a comprehensive history of Protestant evangelization of Jews in America, based on research in missionary archives as well as Jewish writings. He analyzes the theology and activities of the missions and the converts and describes the Jewish community's reactions.

Dan B. Genung, AM'40, DB'41, A Street Called Love (Hope Publishing House). In a history of All Peoples Christian Church and Community Center in Los Angeles, its founder begins with its establishment in the 1940s and includes material by other members of the church.

Jeffrey F. Meyer, AM'69, PhD'73, Myths in Stone: Religious Dimensions of Washington, D.C. (University of California Press). Meyer discusses the mythic and symbolic sources that have influenced the urban structure, architecture, and memorials of the ceremonial core of the nation's capital city.

David C. Yu, PhD'59, translator, History of Chinese Daoism, Vol.1 (University Press of America). The first volume in Yu's English translation of the four-volume work Zhongguo daojiao shi covers Daoism's predecessors, the founding of Daoism in the Late Han Dynasty, and the growth of Daoism in the period of political disunion from 420 to 581.

Science and Technology
Thomas W. Christopher, SM'72, and George K. Thiruvathukal, High-Performance Java Platform Computing: Multithreaded and Networked Programming (Prentice Hall PTR). Written for computer programmers, this book presents the Java thread package and the principles of concurrency, explains a class library for shared-memory parallel computing, and introduces distributed-memory techniques.

Social Sciences
Donna L. Hardina, AM'82, editor, Innovative Approaches for Teaching Community Organization Skills in the Classroom (Haworth). This collection of articles identifies skills required for community organization: multicultural organization, ethical decision making, leadership development, the strategic use of political tactics, and the application of computer technology. It also describes classroom techniques that help develop these skills.

June Helm, PhB'44, AM'50, PhD'58, The People of Denedeh: Ethnohistory of the Indians of Canada's Northwest Territories (University of Iowa Press, McGill-Queen's University Press). The volume draws together the results of Helm's 50 years of research on the culture, society, and history of the Dene, the Athapaskan-speaking Indians of the Mackenzie region of Canada's western subarctic. The book includes previously published essays, unpublished ethnological field notes, archival documentation, supplementary essays and notes from collaborators, and narratives by the Dene themselves.

Bruce R. Josephson, AM'82, The LDS Worldview: A New Interpretation of Christianity (University Press of America). Examining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from a social-sciences perspective, Josephson argues that the LDS is neither a Protestant church nor a completely new religion, but rather an interpretation of Christianity that critiques both capitalism and earlier forms of Christianity.

Kathleen McEntee de la Peña McCook, AM'74, A Place at the Table: Participating in Community Building (ALA Editions). McCook challenges librarians everywhere to get involved in community planning and development. Using real-life examples, she demonstrates how to build a grassroots campaign, form partnerships, become involved in the early stages of policy making, and promote a library's assets.

Rae Libin Meltzer, AB'43, AM'59, Yiddish Wisdom for Parents (Chronicle Books). Meltzer has translated and transliterated Yiddish proverbs-filled with humor, common sense, and advice-about the joys and trials of parenthood.

Victor Rubin, AB'73, and Nan L. Maxwell, High School Career Academies: A Pathway to Educational Reform in Urban School Districts? (W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research). The authors examine one "school-to-work strategy"-the career academy-and its potential to improve educational and work outcomes for inner-city students.

Eduardo A. Velasquez, AM'88, PhD'94, contributing editor, Nature, Woman, and the Art of Politics (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers). The essays examine conceptions of nature and their relation to the feminine, exploring the "arts" or "artifices" by which those understandings inform political life and discussing selections from the Bible, classical Greece and Rome, modernity, and contemporary writers.

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