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JUNE 2003
Volume 95, Issue 5
 
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BOOKS

ART/ARCHAEOLOGY
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 dynamics.

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 mathematical-background chapter.

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
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 than charming.

CRITICISM
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, AM’51, Macmillan’s 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.

DRAMA
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?

EDUCATION
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.

Marshall L. 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.

Patrick J. 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.

Norval W. 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 EVENTS
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.

POLITICAL SCIENCE AND LAW
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 of jurisprudence.

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 regime collapsed.

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.

RECREATION
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 Jr.

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.

SOCIAL SCIENCES
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 interventions.

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 others.

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 behaviors.

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.

CDS
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.


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