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
Brave new nation
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Courtesy Jeremy Walker
A still from
Farmingville captures the friction between Hispanics
and white residents.
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.
won a Special Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film
Festival and will air this June on P.O.V., PBS’s
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.