Frederick N. Bohrer, AM’82, PhD’89,
Orientalism and Visual Culture: Imagining Mesopotamia in Nineteenth-Century
Europe (Cambridge University Press). Bohrer analyzes how the
discoveries of Assyrian antiquities influenced the visual culture
of 19th-century Europe. Tracing the influence of Mesopotamian art
on such diverse forms as ballet, painting, opera, architecture,
and magazine illustration, Bohrer provides a case study of intercultural
Jane E. Buikstra, AM’69, PhD’72,
and María Cecilia Lozada, PhD’98,
El Señorío de Chiribaya en la Costa Sur del Perú
(Instituto de Estudios Peruanos). This book uses human biological
data to draw conclusions about the structure of a pre-Inca polity
in southern Peru. The authors propose that Chiribaya integrated
economically specialized coastal communities to create a political
economy markedly different from that of the Peruvian highlands.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
John Baschab, MBA’96,
and John Piot, The Executive’s Guide to Information Technology
(John Wiley & Sons). The authors offer practical advice to corporate
leaders in such areas as controlling costs of information technology,
planning infrastructure, managing vendors, evaluating performance,
and profiting from technology investments.
Claudio Irigoyen, AM’99;
Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, AM’98,
PhD’02; and Mark
L.J. Wright, AM’00, PhD’01,
Solutions Manual for Recursive Methods in Economics Dynamics
(Harvard University Press). This companion to the classic text
Recursive Methods in Economic Dynamics (by Chicago economists
Nancy L. Stokey and Robert E. Lucas) shows solutions for all questions
in core chapters on recursive methods and most questions in the
Claire Terese Hartfield, JD’82,
with illustrations by Jerome Lagarrigue, Me and Uncle Romie:
A Story Inspired by the Life and Art of Romare Bearden (Dial
Books for Young Readers). This picture book grew out of Hartfield’s
interest in the 20th-century Harlem collage artist. It tells the
fictional story of a country boy who heads north to visit his artist
uncle in New York City. The book was named a Smithsonian Magazine
Notable Book for 2002.
Valiska Gregory, AM’66,
and Bruce Degen, illustrator, Shirley’s Wonderful Baby
(HarperCollins). Gregory’s latest picture book features hippopotamus
characters, including a reluctant big sister and a clever baby-sitter
who pretends to agree with her charge that little brother is less
Donald E. Palumbo, AB’70,
Chaos Theory, Asimov’s Foundations and Robots, and Herbert’s
Dune: The Fractal Aesthetic of Epic Science Fiction (Praeger).
Palumbo argues that science is a crucial but ignored element of
the works of science-fiction writers Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert.
Using chaos theory he elucidates the literary structures of Herbert’s
and Asimov’s best-known works.
George J. Worth, AB’48,
Magazine, 1859–1907: “No flippancy or Abuse Allowed”
(Ashgate Publishing). Worth tells the story of this significant
literary and intellectual journal of the Victorian era. Using unpublished
manuscripts and untapped primary sources, Worth charts the life
and death of the magazine and explores the social, political, literary
and religious ideas that gave it a measure of coherence.
Douglas Jones, AB’83,
The Turn of the Screw (Dramatic Publishing Company). Jones
has adapted Henry James’s classic tale for stage. Is the young
governess correct in suspecting that the ghosts of two former servants
imperil the children under her care?
David Howard Albert, AM’76,
Homeschooling and the Voyage of Self-Discovery: A Journey of
Original Seeking (Common Courage Press); and editor, The
Healing Heart Families: Storytelling to Encourage Caring and Healthy
Families and The Healing Heart Communities: Storytelling to Build
Strong and Healthy Communities (New Society Publishers). The
first book reassures parents that homeschooling can nurture the
uniqueness of every child. The two-volume storytelling set incorporates
stories from 66 authors on five continents, who show how to use
stories to encourage resiliency, self-esteem, and mutual support.
The authors explain how storytelling can help people in distress
and resolve conflicts.
Burton I. Cohen, AM’64,
PhD’74, and Adina Ofek, editors,
Essays in Education and Judaism in Honor of Joseph S. Lukinsky
(Jewish Theological Seminary Press). This collection of articles
by American and Israeli scholars honors a leading figure in the
development of Jewish education.
FICTION AND POETRY
Peter J. Cooley, AM’64,
A Place Made of Starlight (Carnegie Mellon University Press).
Cooley’s seventh volume of poetry traces the speaker’s
recovery from a childhood of shame, a transformation aided by God,
nature, art, and those around him. Pulitzer Prize–winning
poet Stephen Dunn writes that Cooley was wise “to have waited
this long—when his formal intelligence and gifts were at their
peak—to attempt such a reckoning.”
John R. O.
Gery, AM’76, Davenport’s Version (Portals
Press). Poet and critic Gery sets his five-part poem in Louisiana
during the Civil War. Illustrated with images of historic paintings,
the poem relates the story of a Creole widow, a Confederate cavalryman,
and a Union soldier.
Harvey, PhD’79, The Psychic Lover (Publish
America). The protagonist of Harvey’s novel is a psychic who
communicates with a future version of herself to chart the path
to a reunion with an old lover.
Larkin, AB’82, The Tribune: A Novel of Ancient
Rome (Signet). Lucius Aurelius Valens is a young Roman officer
with a strong sense of duty, honor, and justice. His ideals are
put to the test when he is caught in a web of intrigue and murder
that reaches from impoverished Galilee to the emperor Tiberius.
Rindfleisch, AB’57, AM’58, Standing Lessons
(Writer’s Showcase/iUniverse). Jack Bartley, a history teacher,
coach, and dorm master in a small, rural New England private school,
faces challenges to his powers as a teacher and his self worth amid
disciplinary cases that divide the faculty and a student’s
expulsion for dishonesty.
Gerald R. Wheeler, PhD’74,
Travelin’ Still (Main Street Rag).Wheeler combines
photography with poetry, expressing the mystery in the ordinary.
HISTORY AND CURRENT
Jeffrey Dale Anderson, AM’81, PhD’94,
One Hundred Years of Old Man Sage: An Arapaho Life (University
of Nebraska Press). Arapaho warrior Sherman Sage was born in 1844,
when buffalo still blackened the Plains, and he helped lead the
Northern Arapaho until his death 99 years later. Anderson’s
biography describes how Sage survived the invasion of his homeland
and helped his people adjust to reservation life. Anderson also
illustrates the ways in which Sage’s vision still affects
contemporary members of the tribe.
Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal,
AM’60, New Myth, New World: From Nietzsche to Stalinism
(Penn State University Press). Rosenthal’s interpretation
of modern Russian history uncovers the buried Nietzschean influence
on Soviet culture and politics, opening new avenues for understanding
Soviet ideology and its influence in the 20th century.
Rodney Bruce Hall and Thomas Joseph Biersteker,
AB’72, editors, The Emergence of Private Authority
in Global Governance (Cambridge University Press). Contributors
explore the erosion of state power in world governance in favor
of private powerbrokers such as banks, religious terrorists, multinational
corporations, and organized-crime syndicates.
Richard O. Brooks, AB’56,
AM’58, Ross Jones, and Ross A. Virginia, Law and
Ecology: The Rise of the Ecosystem Regime; and, with co-editor
James Murphy, Aristotle and Modern Law (Ashgate Publishing).
The first book describes how ecology and law intersect in “ecosystem
regimes,” in which law becomes an instrument for ecosystem
management. The second book provides a multidisciplinary selection
of articles on Aristotle’s relevance to contemporary problems
Randolph N. Jonakait, JD’70,
The American Jury System (Yale University Press). Jonakait
traces the historical and social forces that have shaped the American
jury system, contrasting it with those of other countries. He discusses
how juries are selected and what influences their decisions, and
he considers their limitations.
Dorothy V. Jones, PhD’79,
Toward a Just World: The Critical Years in the Search for International
Justice (University of Chicago Press). This book relates the
story of the long struggle to craft the concept of international
justice. Weaving political and legal history Jones traces the development
of a broad understanding of justice that incorporates ideas of world
peace, human rights and international law—which made possible
international courts and war crimes tribunals.
Susanne Lepsius, AM’93,
PhD’00, Der Richter und die Zeugen. Eine Untersuchung
anhand des tractatus testimoniorum des Bartolus von Sassoferrato,
mit Edition, and Von Zweifeln zur Überzeugung: Der Zeugenbeweis
im gelehrten Recht ausgehend von der Abhandlung des Bartolus von
Sassoferrato (Klostermann). In the first book Lepsius highlights
the importance of the text by law professor Bartolo da Sassoferrato,
circa 1357 A.D., in civil procedure during the time of the European
Ius Commune. The second book outlines the contributions of Bartolo’s
tract on proof by witnesses.
Anne Rice Pierce, AM’80,
PhD’90, Woodrow Wilson and Harry Truman: Mission
and Power in American Foreign Policy (Praeger). Pierce shows
how these two presidents combined reverence for the past with innovative
policies. She argues that Wilson and Truman both viewed enhancing
American power and invigorating American principles as the only
response to modern threats to democracy such as bolshevism and totalitarianism.
David A. Satter, AB’68,
Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State (Yale
University Press). A journalist who covered Moscow for two decades,
Satter tells the story of Russia’s 1990s reform period through
the stories of people at every level of society. He analyzes why
post-Soviet society fell prey to fraud and corruption, arguing that
a new morality failed to fill the moral vacuum left when the communist
Katherine Tate, AB’83,
Black Faces in the Mirror: African Americans and Their Political
Representatives in the U.S. Congress (Princeton University
Press). Tate analyzes whether black members of the House represent
their constituents differently than do white members of Congress.
She uses results from a survey to examine, in turn, how African
Americans view their congressional representatives.
Eric Schiller, AB’76, AM’84, PhD’91,
Learn from Bobby Fischer’s Greatest Games; and, with John
Watson, Survive and Beat Annoying Chess Openings, Volume 1
(Cardoza Publishing). In the first book Schiller provides chess
instruction based on games of America’s greatest player. In
the second he discusses openings that cause problems for beginners.
RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY
Bernard Vincent Brady, AM’83, PhD’88,
Christian Love (Georgetown University Press). Using primary
sources, Brady explores how Christians have understood love through
the ages. He surveys the ideas of thinkers from St. Augustine to
Sören Kierkegaard and from Martin Luther to Martin Luther King
Everett C. Goodwin, AB’66,
Down by the Riverside: A Brief History of Baptist Faith
(Judson Press). This book by a senior Baptist minister summarizes
Baptist history in the United States as a guide to understanding
the origins and nature of Baptist faith and identity.
Ellen Louise Schattschneider,
AM’87, PhD’96, Immortal Wishes: Labor and
Transcendence on a Japanese Sacred Mountain (Duke University
Press). Schattschneider’s study focuses on Akakura Mountain
Shrine, a Shinto religious retreat for women. Worshippers there
undertake “a transforming repertoire of ritual practice”
that allows them to reflect upon their relationships with loved
ones, ancestors, and divinities.
Steven H. Schroeder, AM’76,
PhD’82, Touching Philosophy, Sounding Religion,
Placing Education (Rodopi). This book redefines religious studies
as a field in which several disciplines interact. A social science
when understood as a body of knowledge, religion is also marked
by discovery, appreciation, orientation, and application—an
interplay of the arts and sciences.
Thomas A. Wilson, AM’79,
PhD’88, editor, On Sacred Grounds: Culture, Society,
Politics, and the Formation of the Cult of Confucius (Harvard
University Press). These essays explore the historical, cultural,
and political contexts of cult worship of Confucius and the social
status of his descendants.
Mark. S. Bauer, AB’78, and Linda
McBride, editors, Structured Group Psychotherapy for Bipolar
Disorder: The Life Goals Program, 2nd edition. (Springer Publishing
Company). The authors offer a program for using medication and psychotherapy
to treat bipolar disorder. The new edition incorporates information
on new drugs and evidence for the effectiveness of psychosocial
Robert W. Fuller, X’62,
Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank (New
Society Publishing). Fuller has coined the term “rankism”
to describe the misuse of power when a higher-ranking person humiliates
someone with less status. The former Oberlin College president argues
that many other abuses of power—such as sexism, ageism, and
racism—stem from rankism, which undermines the dignity of
Jon E. Grant, AM’87,
and S. W. Kim, Stop Me Because I Can’t Stop Myself: Taking
Control of Impulsive Behavior (McGraw-Hill). With firsthand
stories and analyses of treatments, this self-help guide details
research and practical help for those who engage in impulse-related
Linda D. Garnets and Douglas
C. Kimmel, AM’69, PhD’70, editors, Psychological
Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Experiences, 2nd edition
(Columbia University Press). The contributors discuss the most recent
psychological materials about sexual orientation and its impact
on individuals, social attitudes, society, and public policy. The
new edition includes more material on bisexuality and minority stress
and describes social issues that have emerged during the past decade.
Omar M. McRoberts, AB’94,
Streets of Glory: Church and Community in a Black Urban Neighborhood
(University of Chicago Press). The poor, mostly black Boston neighborhood
of Four Corners contains 29 religious congregations. In his ethnographic
study, McRoberts explains the high concentration, broad variety,
and ambiguous social impact of religious activity in the neighborhood.
Jesse Scinto, AB’94,
& Big Jay McNeely, The Clutch. Scinto joins forces
with fellow saxist and three-time Billboard chart-topper
McNeely for his newest release, featuring Scinto’s original
combination of R&B and sax-driven surf rock. Dave Hoekstra of
the Chicago Sun-Times says, “This record illuminates
an emerging Chicago artist, one who understands the spotlight as
well as the streetlight.” The CD’s musical collaborators
include Joe Shepley, AM’97, PhD’00, and Johnny Burgin,
AB’92. Available at www.jessescinto.com.