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John H. Landor, PhB'48, MD'53, From Anaconda to the North Star and Beyond: The Life of Lester Dragstedt, Surgeon-Physiologist (Xlibris). Landor chronicles the life and scientific and clinical contributions of L. R. Dragstedt, SB'15, SM'16, PhD'20, MD'21, chair of the University's surgery department from 1948 to 1958.

Joel Leonard Katz, AB'67, The Smell of Money: On Olfactory Marketing (Gyldendal Publishers). Written in Danish, this book explores the power of olfaction and its use in marketing. Katz traces the technique's history from Ancient Egypt to present-day "signature scents," redolent logos, and micro-capsule technology.

John L. Napiewocki, AB'86, and James Langabeer II, Competitive Business Strategy for Teaching Hospitals (Quorum Books). This book, written for healthcare executives, discusses strategic management concepts designed to help teaching hospitals compete with for-profit hospital chains and managed-care insurance organizations.

Peter A. Weil, AB'66, PhD'75; Richard J. Bogue; and Reed L. Morton, Achieving Success through Community Leadership (Health Administration Press). Intended to help hospital executives and trustees establish practices that promote community health, this "how-to" guide is based on case studies of seven leading hospitals.

Timothy R. Wroblewski, MBA'94, Global Digital Business: A Perspective for Creating B2B Value (McGraw Hill). This e-book focuses on how companies can use e-business and information technology to their advantage and includes sections on the bottom line, a global digital business framework, and next-generation technologies.

Robert D. Denham, AM'64, PhD'72, editor, Collected Works of Northrop Frye, vols. 8 and 10 (University of Toronto Press). Volume 8, The Diaries of Northrop Frye, 1942-55, provides a transcription of the literary critic Northrop Frye's 1942-55 diaries. Volume 10, Northrop Frye on Literature and Society, 1936-89, collects previously unpublished essays, talks, reviews, and papers, spanning 50 years of Frye's career.

Bernard F. Rodgers Jr., PhD'75, Voices & Visions: Selected Essays (University Press of America). A collection of Rodgers's essays published over the past 25 years, the volume includes discussions of the posthumous reputations of Hemingway, Eliot, and Ellison; examinations of Philip Roth, AM'55; Saul Bellow, X'39; Doctorow; Updike; and Susan Sontag, AB'51; essays on Milosz, Kundera, and Rushdie; and a section on writing in Chicago.

Thomas M. McCann, PhD'95, and Larry R. Johannessen, MAT'76, PhD'97, In Case You Teach English (Merrill/Prentice Hall). The result of McCann and Johannessen's research into common concerns of new English teachers and factors that promote teacher retention, this book uses case studies to help teachers devise strategies for contending with common problems in the profession.

Irvin Gay, MST'72, The Lesson Plan (May Davenport Publishers). Drawing on the author's life, this novel follows a student through his years at Willard Grammar and DuSable High Schools and into his career as a teacher.

Scott A. Siebels, JD'80, Hostile Target (1stBooks Library). In Siebels's first novel, a U of C law grad learns that mergers and acquisitions practice is no game when a seemingly benign target company turns out to be a front for a vicious international criminal cartel.

Naomi Braun Rosenthal, AB'63
, Spinster Tales and Womanly Possibilities (SUNY Press). While the spinster was once a ubiquitous figure in American popular culture, she has all but vanished. Rosenthal traces the spinster's life, demise, and significance through films from the 1940s and 1950s and Ladies' Home Journal stories from 1890, 1913, and 1933.

Sally A. Kitt Chappell, AM'63
, Cahokia: Mirror of the Cosmos (University of Chicago Press). Cahokia was the capital of a Native American civilization that flourished in the Mississippi Valley around 1050 C.E. Chappell explores how this swampy land, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982, became so amenable to human life, and why the civilization disappeared so rapidly.

Edward C. Lorenz, PhD'78, Defining Global Justice: The History of U.S. International Labor Standards Policy (University of Notre Dame Press). Lorenz offers an overview of the history of the U.S.'s role in the International Labor Organization. He charts the development of a body of international law and an institutional structure, arguing that labor standards are important to the global economy.

Larry Nesper AM'77, PhD'94, The Walleye War: The Struggle for Ojibwe Spearfishing and Treaty Rights (University of Nebraska Press). Nesper details the recent conflict between Ojibwe bands and non-Natives over spearfishing rights granted to the Ojibwe in northern Wisconsin by treaties in 1837, 1842, and 1854.

Vincent J. Samar, PhD'86, editor, The Gay Rights Movement (Fitzroy-Dearborn Press). This collection of New York Times articles illustrates the development and changing understanding of the gay-rights movement in the U.S.

Albert L. Weeks, AM'49, Stalin's Other War: Soviet Grand Strategy, 1939-1941 (Rowman & Littlefield). Weeks uses newly declassified Soviet documents to argue that Stalin increased the Soviet army from 1939 to 1941 not as a defense against a potential German attack, as was generally thought, but rather to prepare for an eventual invasion of Germany.

Douglas Henry Daniels, AB'64, Lester Leaps In: The Life and Times of Lester "Pres" Young (Beacon Press). Drawing on interviews with Young's relatives and fellow musicians, Daniels reevaluates the musician's career. He refutes prevailing assumptions about the saxophonist, particularly regarding his reputed decline after his dishonorable discharge from the Army after WW II.

Ellen T. Harris, AM'70, PhD'76, Handel as Orpheus: Voice and Desire in the Chamber Cantatas (Harvard University Press). Harris provides the first comprehensive study of Handel's cantatas, addressing questions about style, form, dating, the music's relation to text, and the role of sexuality in artistic expression. The book includes complete translations of all 67 cantatas.

Kelly Bulkeley, PhD'92, editor, Dreams: A Reader on Religious, Cultural and Psychological Dimensions of Dreaming (Palgrave). This collection covers the dream beliefs and practices of various religious and cultural traditions. Contributors, including Divinity School professor Wendy Doniger and social-sciences professor Bertram Cohler, AB'61, address issues of gender, power, sexuality, language, truth, mysticism, healing, consciousness, modernization, and Western science.

Daniel A. Engster, AM'91, PhD'96, Divine Sovereignty: The Origins of Modern State Power (Northern Illinois University Press). Engster examines the development of concepts such as legislative sovereignty, reason of state, and government regulation of society in the works of 16th- and 17th-century French and English legal and political theorists.

Ralph M. Goldman, AM'48, PhD'51, The United Nations in the Beginning (Xlibris). Using case studies, political-conflict theory, and a historical research methodology, Goldman shows how certain conflict processes have facilitated the nonviolent integration of the United Nations.

Lawrence Saez, PhD'99, Federalism without a Centre: The Impact of Political and Economic Reform on India's Federal System (Sage Publications). Saez argues that economic liberalization has permanently altered the federal caucus in India because states no longer must rely exclusively on the central government to control their economic policy.

Julia Adeney Thomas, AM'84, PhD'93, Reconfiguring Modernity: Concepts of Nature in Japanese Political Ideology (University of California Press). Using the concept of nature as a lens through which to study Japanese history and politics, Thomas offers a new way to understand the position of non-Western nations in modernity.

Harold L. Wilensky, AM'49, PhD'55, Rich Democracies: Political Economy, Public Policy, and Performance (University of California Press). A systematic, comprehensive comparison of 19 wealthy democracies, this book demonstrates how different relationships between governments and their constituents lead to contrasting policies and spending patterns. Wilensky uses this idea to explain outcomes in economic performance, equality, safety and risk, and the reduction of poverty and environmental threats.

Eric Schiller, AB'76, AM'84, PhD'91, Development of a Chess Master and Gambit Chess Openings (Cardoza Publishing). The first book, Schiller's 100th on the game, traces the author's development from an amateur chess player to a master, presenting instructive errors from his own games. The second book is the final volume in a trilogy covering all opening strategies in chess and presents more than 800 gambit openings.

Todd L. Duncan, PhD'97, An Ordinary World: The Role of Science in Your Search for Personal Meaning (Science Integration Institute). Duncan outlines how to search for meaning in a way that is consistent with science.

Jeffrey J. Kripal, AM'87, PhD'93, Roads of Excess, Palaces of Wisdom: Eroticism & Reflexivity in the Study of Mysticism (University of Chicago Press). Concentrating on mystical thought in Catholicism, Sufism, Hinduism, Tantra, and Kabbalah, Kripal reflects on how modern studies of mysticism are often inspired by the scholars' own mystical experiences.

Jay K. Longacre, JD'59, Human Life: The Locus and Focus of Salvation (Dharmaram Publications). Rather than focusing on sin and redemption, Longacre locates salvation's core idea in the fulfillment of the idea of creation. Citing abortion, capital punishment, and extreme poverty as examples of disregard for human life, he intends theology to work hand in hand with sociology, psychology, and politics.

A. R. P. Rau, PhD'71, Astronomy-inspired Atomic and Molecular Physics (Kluwer Academic Press). Designed for senior undergraduate and first-year graduate students in physics and astronomy, this text offers a systematic treatment of molecular and atomic structure and spectra, along with the effects of electromagnetic fields. End-of-chapter problems and exercises and more than 70 diagrams are included.

Steven J. Wilson, AB'79, MAT'79, Business Math: Using Percents (Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company). Designed for students without an algebra background, this text emphasizes proportions, financial calculators, and problem-solving skills.

David D. De Grazia, AB'83, Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press). De Grazia introduces issues connected with the moral status, mental life, and proper treatment of animals. The book includes photos, tables, references, and suggested further reading.

Michael W. Howard, AB'74, editor, Socialism: Key Concepts in Critical Theory (Humanity Books). While some classic texts are included, this collection is a contemporary assessment of socialism-what it has meant, what conclusions can be drawn from failed experiments in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, what its future may be, and how it might be justified.

Frederick A. Wasser, AB'75, Veni, Vidi, Video: The Hollywood Empire and the VCR (University of Texas Press). Wasser chronicles the rise of the home video as a mass medium and the changes it has caused throughout the film industry since the mid-1970s.

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