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Carol Delaney, AM’78, PhD’84, Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology (Blackwell Publishing). Tailoring methods toward students’ own experiences, Delaney provides introductory training in the analysis of culture as a constructed phenomenon.

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Brave new nation

Asserting that George W. Bush has succeeded brilliantly both as a president and as an irritant for liberals, John Podhoretz, AB’82, defends Bush and attacks his detractors in Bush Country: How Dubya Became a Great President While Driving Liberals Insane. A New York Post columnist and Fox News Channel commentator, Podhoretz refutes what he terms common caricatures of the president (e.g. “Bush is a moron,” “Bush is a liar”), arguing that his presidency will be remembered as one of the nation’s most consequential.—A.L.M.

Michael M. J. Fischer, AM’69, PhD’73, Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice (Duke University Press). Arguing that anthropologists must adopt new tools to deal with complex interactions between cultures, Fischer suggests that ethnography is uniquely situated to study changing characteristics of social life caused by advances in biotechnology, global media saturation, and the reconstruction of societies after massive trauma.

Art & Architecture

Richard Eldridge, AM’76, PhD’81, An Introduction the the Philosophy of Art (Cambridge University Press). Eldridge offers a critical survey of art’s conceptual and aesthetic issues: representation, form and beauty, expression, originality, evaluation, and moral and social dimensions.

Robert L. Hardgrave Jr., AM’62, PhD’66, A Portrait of the Hindus: Balthazar Solvyns & the European Image of India 1769–1824 (Oxford University Press/Mapin). Hardgrave introduces the little-known Flemish artist Francois Balthazar Solvyns and his 1791–1803 Calcutta prints, reproducing Solvyn’s etchings with detailed commentary.

Michael Preston Worley, AM’76, PhD’86, Pierre Julien: Sculptor to Queen Marie Antoinette (iUniverse Press). Worley’s book traces Julien’s history from his childhood as the son of an illiterate carpenter through his professorship at the Paris Academie, directing sculptural decoration at Marie Antoinette’s dairy at Rambouillet, and his postrevolutionary work at the Institut National.

Biography & Letters

Leo Bogart, AM’48, PhD’50, How I Earned the Ruptured Duck: Behind the Lines in World War II (Texas A&M University Press). Named after soldiers’ slang for the eagle-shaped lapel pin issued to honorably discharged veterans, this collection of Bogart’s letters to his family spans basic training to the front lines, where, from the lead plane of a bomber formation, he trolled for enemy communications.

Lucy Conniff, AB’81, and Richard S. Kennedy, AM’47, editors, The Autobiographical Outline for Look Homeward, Angel, by Thomas Wolfe (Louisiana State University Press). Random jottings from his first 25 years formed the blueprint for Wolfe’s earliest novel. Reprinted here, the notes record a young writer’s determination to forge art from the details of his life.

Thomas J. Cottle, AM’63, PhD’68, When the Music Stopped: Discovering My Mother (State University of New York Press). A child prodigy, Gitta Gradova traveled the world as one of the 1930s’ most acclaimed concert pianists. Cottle, Gradova’s son, reconstructs her life and explores the significance of her decision to give up music to raise children.

Jo Freeman, AM’72, PhD’73, At Berkeley in the Sixties (Indiana University Press). A personal account of Berkeley’s civil-rights and antiwar protests, Freeman’s book places the student movements in the context of the Cold War and the House Un-American Activities Committee, arguing that they laid the groundwork for revolt in intellectual centers.

Business & economics

Michael Frankel, AB’90, AM’90, MBA’95, JD’95, Deal Teams: Roles and Motivations of Key Players in Mergers, Acquisitions, and Equity Investments (Aspatore Books). Detailing the objectives of all the characters involved in corporate deal-making, Frankel offers a guidebook to help business professionals understand the playing field.

Shoshana Grossbard-Shechtman, AM’75, PhD’78, editor, Marriage and Economy: Theory and Evidence from Advanced Industrial Societies (Cambridge University Press). The contributors examine marriage’s effects on the household, local, and national economies. Based on cost-benefit analysis and game theory, the book analyzes the institution’s impact on consumption, investments, labor supply, and the welfare system.

Laura P. Hartman, JD’88, Denis G. Arnold, and Richard Wolkutch, editors, Rising Above Sweatshops: Innovative Management Approaches to Global Labor Challenges (Preager Books). Backed by research and on-site visits to global workplaces, Hartman and her colleagues offer alternatives to the controversial foreign labor practices of multinational corporations.

Howard Penn Hudson, AB’35, Publishing Newsletters (H&M Publishers). Hudson, a founding member of the Newsletter Publishers Association and publisher of the Newsletter on Newsletters, has written a comprehensive guide to starting, operating, and marketing a newsletter.

Robert Moeller, MBA’82, Sarbanes-Oxley and the New Internal Auditing Rules (John Wiley & Sons). Moeller sums up the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, passed in response to Enron’s and Arthur Andersen’s failures, and other corporate governance regulations. His book is aimed at an audience of internal auditors and corporate managers.

Robert G. Docters, Michael R. Reopel, Jeanne-Mey Sun, AM’96, PhD’99, and Stephen M. Tanny, Winning the Profit Game: Smarter Pricing, Smarter Branding (McGraw-Hill). A how-to guide for using price and brand to maximize profit, this book takes the guesswork out of price-setting and encourages top-line growth.

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A still from Farmingville captures the friction between Hispanics and white residents.

On Screen

In September 2000 two white men murdered two Mexican men in the Long Island, NY, town of Farmingville. A symbol of the growing rift between longtime residents and Hispanic immigrants, the crime prompted former lawyer Carlos Sandoval, JD’87, to chronicle local tensions surrounding day laborers and illegal aliens. Though he’d never worked in film, Sandoval moved to Farmingville and raised $570,000 in public grants for his documentary, codirecting with professional cinematographer Catherine Tambini. While showing both sides of the conflict, the filmmakers explore how one small-town upheaval mirrors national problems.

Farmingville won a Special Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and will air this June on P.O.V., PBS’s independent-documentary showcase.—A.L.M.


Kenneth Dauber and Walter P. Jost, AM’74, AM’79, PhD’85, editors, Ordinary Language Criticism: Literary Thinking After Cavell After Wittgenstein (Northwestern University Press). Rooted in the “ordinary language philosophy” begun by Wittgenstein and extended by the American pragmatist philosopher Stanley Cavell, the contributors recommend an alternative to the “ersatz sophistication” of the critical theories of the past 30 years, refocusing the terms of a reader’s engagement with a text.

Walter P. Jost, AM’74, AM’79, PhD’85, and Wendy Olmsted, AM’66, PhD’74, editors, A Companion to Rhetoric and Rhetorical Criticism (Blackwell Publishers). These articles cover the history of rhetoric from the ancients to contemporaries, assessing its place within the larger intellectual sphere.


Lee Herman, AB’71, AM’74, PhD’79, and Alan Mandell, AB’72, From Teaching to Mentoring: Principle and Practice, Dialogue and Life in Adult Education (Routledge). The authors, both adult-education teachers, argue that students learn best when they have a say in deciding what, how, and why they learn.

William Jeynes, PhD’97, Religion, Education, and Academic Success (Information Age Publishing). A quantitative analysis of religion’s effects on academic performance, Jeynes’s book is also a history of U.S. religious education from 1607 to the present.

John A. Biles and Norman B. Sigband, AB’40, AM’41, PhD’54, The Status of American Universities: Challenges and Opportunities (Xlibris Books). A “State of the Institution” address on higher education, this book evaluates the modern university’s strengths and weaknesses, and recommends ways to maintain high standards.

Fiction & poetry

Tom Dooley, AB’92, editor, Eclectica Magazine Best Fiction, Vol. One (Eclectica Press). This collection of 30 stories culled from the Eclectica’s archives evince the evolution of Web-based literature.

Pamela Marie Koszut, AB’03, Retelling (Xlibris). Imagining Shakespeare was born androgenous, Koszut explores how sexuality and the rigid Elizabethan culture shaped his work.

Mary Quade, AB’93, Guide to Native Beasts (Cleveland State University Press). Quade examines the philosophical and physical implications of power and will, meditating on the symbols of man’s relationship to the natural world.

David Ray, AB’52, AM’57, One Thousand Years: Poems About the Holocaust (Timberline Press). Ray’s Holocaust poems concern both victims and perpetrators, exploring philosophical and ethical themes through lyric, narrative, and satirical verse.

Dorothy Weil, AB’49, River Rats (Publish America). In this romantic mystery set in the contemporary Ohio River towboat scene, two men compete for the seductive owner of a barge line while investigating a series of shootings.

Gender Studies

John H. Gagnon, AB’55, PhD’69, An Interpretation of Desire: Essays in the Study of Sexuality (University of Chicago Press). This volume collects Gagnon’s 1970s work on the social mediation of sexuality and his recent writings on desire, homosexuality, and HIV/AIDS.

Health and Medicine

Steven M. Albert, AM’81, AM’83, PhD’87, Public Health and Aging: An Introduction to Maximizing Function & Well-Being (Springer Publishing Company). Emphasizing disability prevention and the prediction of future health risks, Albert discusses aging as an ongoing public-health challenge.

Richard B. Miller, PhD’85, Children, Ethics, and Modern Medicine (Indiana University Press). Integrating philosophical and moral arguments with his ethnographic fieldwork in pediatric hospitals, Miller outlines norms that should shape family and professional responsibility in pediatric care.

Edward D. Jones, AB’66, and Carolyn P. Hartley, AM’88, PhD’95, HIPAA Plain and Simple: A Compliance Guide for Health Care Professionals and HIPAA Transactions: A Non-Technical Business Guide for Health Care (American Medical Association Press). Seeking to simplify complex HIPAA regulations, the authors provide step-by-step instructions, overviews, and key definitions.

History and current events

John A. Fatherley, MAT’66, Revelaciones y Reflexiones (Self-published). Fatherley’s book lays out the 1878 Argentina-Paraguay boundary arbitration that reconstructed the latter country after the bloody Triple Alliance War and made President Rutherford B. Hayes a hero to Paraguayans.

Cathleen M. Giustino, PhD’97, Tearing Down Prague’s Jewish Town: Ghetto Clearance and the Legacy of Middle-Class Ethnic Politics around 1900 (Columbia University Press). In 1887 Prague’s City Hall ordered the demolition of 260 buildings in the Jewish ghetto and the expulsion of its residents, all in the name of sanitation and urban renewal. Giustino’s analysis suggests continuities between 19th-century “liberal” values and 20th-century authoritarianism’s treatment of “the Jewish problem.”

Douglas Hartmann, AB’89, AM’90, Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath (University of Chicago Press). At the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, U.S. sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos accepted their medals with black-gloved fists raised and heads bowed, protesting American racial inequalities. Hartmann explores the cultural and political background of their protest and the reforms in athletic practices that it spurred.

James L. Hevia, PhD’86, English Lessons: The Pedagogy of Imperialism in Nineteenth-Century China (Duke University Press). Hevia chronicles the Euro-American colonial practices in Qing Dynasty China after the 1860 and 1900 invasions. The British colonial goals, he finds, were not only strategic and economic, but also cultural.

John-Peter Pham, AB’90, Liberia: Portrait of a Failed State (Reed Press). Addressing Liberia’s history and its current conflicts, Pham considers regional sources for potential future conflicts and the phenomenon of failed states in general.

Orin Starn, AB’82, Ishi’s Brain: In Search of America’s Last “Wild” Indian (W. W. Norton & Co.). Captured in the northern California hills in 1911, Ishi was the last survivor of the Yahi tribe, living in the wilderness for nearly 50 years before he was brought to reside in a San Francisco museum. Starn reexamines Ishi’s life and legend, and modern California Indians’ campaign to learn the truth about his death.

Sayre Jennings Van Young, AB’66, London’s War: a Traveler’s Guide to World War II (Ulysses Press). A guide to the history and still-visible reminders of London’s WW II resistance, Van Young’s book recreates the city’s past geography and culture in 20 walking tours through central London.

Albert L. Weeks, AM’49, Russia’s Lifesaver: U.S. Lend-Lease Aid to the USSR in World War II (Lexington Books). Examining newly available records, Weeks reveals the extent of U.S. assistance to the Soviet Union, assistance that Marshal Zhukov described as “crucial” to defeating the Axis. Before the USSR’s collapse, historians on both sides had minimized the lend-lease program’s importance.

Joan B. Wolf, AM’92, PhD’97, Harnessing the Holocaust: The Politics of Memory in France (Stanford University Press). Wolf explores how the Holocaust has transformed in French public discourse from a Jewish trauma to a metaphor for oppression and victimization. The country’s debates about Jews, she argues, serve as a screen for debates about French identity.


George L. River, AB’52, Standing Up, In a Hammock!: An Introduction to American Jokes and Sexual Politics (Xlibris Books). Both a compendium of jokes, puns, and tricks and a guide to humor’s gestalt, River’s book also addresses the absurdities of male-female relations.


Robert Freilich, AB’54, From Sprawl to Smart Growth: Successful Legal, Planning, and Environmental Systems (American Bar Association) and with David L. Callies Cases and Materials on Land Use (West Information Publishing Group). In the first work Freilich outlines steps city governments can take to protect against reckless property expansion. In the second, the authors provide comprehensive notes covering zoning, constitutional issues, and rebuilding the urban core.

Betty Vos, AM’69, PhD’88, et al, Facing Violence: The Path of Restorative Justice and Dialogue (Criminal Justice Press). This work chronicles the experiences of 40 victims and 39 perpetrators of violent crimes who met through victims’ services programs in Texas and Ohio. Supplemented by statistics and professional observations, the book is a guide to the psychological and interpersonal effects of violence.


Norman E. Hurt, PhD’66, Many Rational Points: Coding Theory and Algebraic Geometry (Kluwer Academic Press). Hurt assesses recent developments in algebraic geometry, particularly abelian varieties and their application in coding theory.

Religion & Philosophy

Kenneth Atkinson, MDV’94, I Cried to the Lord: A Study of the Psalms of Solomon’s Historical Background and Social Setting (Brill). This study examines the composition dates and social context of the Psalms of Solomon, 18 Greek poems about Pompey’s 63 BC conquest of Jerusalem.

Jeffrey Andrew Barash, AM’73, PhD’82, Martin Heidegger and the Problem of Historical Meaning, 2nd Edition (Fordham University Press). Centering on historical thought in Heidegger’s philosophy, Barash addresses the problems of truth criteria and relativism. The new edition includes material on Heidegger’s pre-1923 course texts and a preface by Paul Ricoeur.

Richard Eldridge, AM’76, PhD’81, editor, Stanley Cavell (Cambridge University Press). Part of a series on contemporary philosophical thinkers, this collection of articles covers Cavell’s range of work from ethics to opera.

Matthew Goff, PhD’02, The Worldly and Heavenly Wisdom of 4Q Instruction (Brill). Goff examines the last Dead Sea Scrolls to be published, placing them in the context of Second Temple Judaism and the sapiential and apocalyptic traditions.

Penny Schine Gold, AB’69, Making the Bible Modern: Children’s Bibles and Jewish Education in Twentieth-Century America (Cornell University Press). When a second generation of Eastern European Jews immigrated to the United States in the 1920s and 1930s, Jewish educators moved to Americanize Jewish culture. Gold’s book examines the role the Bible and abridged “Bible tales” played in this transformation.

Michael W. Grenke, AB’88, translator and editor, On the Future of Our Educational Institutions (St. Augustine’s Press). Friedrich Nietzsche’s 1872 lecture critiques the university system for serving the interests of politicians and businessmen, producing docile and efficient workers rather than cultured individuals.

Douglas Jacobsen, AM’77, PhD’83, Thinking in the Spirit: Theologies of the Early Pentecostal Movement (Indiana University Press). Early in the 20th century the Pentecostal movement’s founders reinterpreted Christianity in the light of their new religious experiences. Jacobsen introduces the movement’s major figures, ideas, and history.

Perez Zagorin, AB’44, How the Idea of Religious Toleration Came to the West (Princeton University Press). Tracing the concept of religious toleration from the Enlightenment through the 20th century, Zagorin focuses on 16th- and 17th-century writers and thinkers who pioneered the causes of pluralism and freedom.

Science & technology

Henry W. Haslach Jr., SM’65, and Ronald Armstrong, Deformable Bodies and Their Material Behavior (Wiley Books). This text introduces tools for designers of devices involving pliable substances that help prevent functional failure. It includes three-dimensional stress and deformation analysis of a variety of materials.

Social sciences

Fred Yen Liang Chiu, AM’81, PhD’91, Colours of Money, Shades of Pride: Historicities and Moral Politics in Industrial Conflicts in Hong Kong (Hong Kong University Press). Planning to write an ethnography of 36 of the 300 Hong Kong women workers in a 1986 sit-in, Chiu was drawn into the strike as record keeper and participant-observer. The resulting book is a personal account of workers’ attitudes toward the capitalist system.

Fred Gardaphe, AM’82, Leaving Little Italy: Essaying Italian American Culture (University of New York Press). These essays explore forces that have shaped Italian American culture from the period of mass immigration to the present day, revealing why Italian America came about and why Little Italys must ultimately disappear.

Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans, AM’53, Donna M. Mertens, and Marilyn A. Sass-Lehrer, Parents and Their Deaf Children: The Early Years (Gallaudet University Press). Using survey and interview data, the authors describe families’ goals, communication choices, and experiences with early intervention services.

Travel & Leisure

Vince Gennaro, MBA’77, Field of Dreamers: Tales from Baseball Fantasy Camp (1st Books). For one week in the Florida sun, Gennaro traded his business suit for a Major League uniform and lived as a baseball player at a fantasy camp. His book depicts grown men coming to grips with their aging bodies and briefly reliving the dreams of their youth.

Cynthia Johnson, AB’92, Wisdom of Elders: Traditional American Indian Food and Recipes (National Society for American Indian Elderly). With recipes contributed by elders nationwide, Johnson’s cookbook also features tribal profiles, traditional methods for growing and processing foodstuffs, and colorful ideas for menu planning.


Paul Steinbeck, AB’02, Nine Ways (Engine Studios). Originally composed for a concert at Joseph Jarman’s Brooklyn dojo, “Nine Ways,” an album of compositions for solo bass and an ensemble including drums and two saxophones, is titled after the Buddhist concept of the Eightfold Path. The ninth is left to the listener’s imagination.


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