|Art and Architecture
G. Ellis Burcaw, X’48, Introduction to Museum Work
(Altamira Press). In this revised, updated third edition, Burcaw
explains the philosophical and practical basics of museum studies.
Sarah L. Burns, AB’68, Betsy Stirratt, Jeffrey A. Wolen,
and Jennifer Pearson Yamashiro, editors, The Art of Desire
(Indiana University Press). Using the Kinsey Institute’s collection
of erotic art, photography, and artifacts, the book considers eroticism
in all cultures.
Charles D. Colbert, AB’68, A Measure of Perfection: Phrenology
and the Fine Arts in America (University of North Carolina Press).
Colbert details the contributions of phrenology —which bases character
analysis on skull shape—to the development of fine arts in America.
Stephanie L. D’Alessandro, AM’90, PhD’97, Still More
Distant Journeys: The Artistic Emigrations of Lasar Segall (Smart
Museum of Art). Examining more than 220 of his paintings and watercolors,
D’Alessandro explores the work of Segall, a key figure in the development
of both German expressionism and Brazilian modernism.
Robert L. Hardgrave, Jr., AM’62, PhD’66, and Stephen M.
Slawek, Musical Instruments of North India: Eighteenth-Century
Portraits by Baltazard Solvyns (Manohard). Interweaving the
artist’s own descriptions with their commentaries, Hardgrave and
Slawek have reproduced sketches of musical instruments by Solvyns,
a Flemish artist who lived in Calcutta from 1791 to 1804.
Philip J. Jacks, AM’80, PhD’85, editor, Vasari’s Florence:
Artists and Literati at the Medicean Court (Cambridge University
Press). In this collection of 14 essays, international scholars
draw on little-known inventories and contracts from the Vasari family
archives to analyze Giorgio Vasari’s career as a Renaissance painter,
architect, and author.
Vera L. Zolberg, PhD’74, and Joni M. Cherbo, editors, Outsider
Art: Contesting Boundaries in Contemporary Culture (Cambridge
University Press). This collection of critiques by sociologists,
historians, policymakers, and artists explores the origins of postmodernism
and analyzes the process of attaining artistic recognition in the
visual and performing arts.
|Biography and Letters
Robert D. Warth, AM’45, PhD’49, Nicholas II: The Life
and Reign of Russia’s Last Monarch (Greenwood Publishing Group).
In this biography, Warth details the monarch’s political life during
the Romanov dynasty, spanning years in which the autocratic tradition
was fading. The author also examines the monarch’s legacy.
|Business and Economics
Lawrence G. Friedman, AM’89, Neil Racham, and Richard Ruff,
Getting Partnering Right: How Market Leaders Are Creating Long-Term
Competitive Advantage (McGraw-Hill). The authors present corporate-alliance
strategies based on their research of more than 100 companies.
Philip C. Kolin, AM’67, Successful Writing at Work
(Houghton Mifflin). In this fifth edition, Kolin provides updated
advice on communication skills needed for workplace success, such
as using electronic media and producing professional-quality documents
James R. McGuigan, MBA’66, R. Charles Moyer, and William
J. Kretlow, Contemporary Financial Management (South-Western
College Publishing). Designed for a college course, this book covers
basic concepts in finance and accounting.
Jenny Bourne Wahl, AM’82, PhD’85, The Bondsman’s Burden:
An Economic Analysis of the Common Law of Southern Slavery (Cambridge
University Press). Using economic tools, Wahl evaluates legal disputes
over slaves and property that took place in antebellum Southern
courts. She argues that slave laws unintentionally became the foundation
for laws designed to protect all Americans.
|Robert M. Burleigh, AM’59, Black Whiteness:
Admiral Byrd Alone in the Antarctic (Simon & Schuster). Burleigh
and illustrator Walter L. Krudop depict the challenges confronted
by Admiral Richard Byrd during his six-month exploration of Antarctica
Robert L. Inchausti, PhD’81, Thomas Merton’s American
Prophecy (State University of New York Press). Inchausti examines
the life and writings of the 20th-century Trappist monk, contending
that Merton’s renunciation of conventional categories of experience
freed him to criticize postmodern civilization ahead of his time.
Clara E. Orban, AB’81, PhD’90, The Culture of Fragments:
Words and Images in Futurism and Surrealism (Editions Rodopi).
Orban analyzes futurist and surrealist poetry and painting to assess
how words and images work together to create meaning.
Mark Holmes, PhD’69, The Reformation of Canada’s Schools
(McGill–Queen University Press); and William Gairdner, editors,
After Liberalism (Stoddart). In the first work, Holmes examines
the problems of public education in Canada. The second book, a collection
of essays on conservatism in Canada, includes Holmes’s essay, “A
Michael D. Strong, MFA’86, The Habit of Thought: From
Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice (New View Publications).
In this training guide for teachers, Strong contends that a Socratic
learning environment, most often fostered in college preparatory
programs, liberal-arts colleges, and graduate schools, improves
student performance and should be extended to younger classrooms.
|Fiction and Poetry
Gerard T. Kapolka, AM’76, PhD’81, translator, Polish
Fables: Bilingual Edition (Hippocrene Books). Kapolka translates
the fables of Polish author Ignacy Krasicki, whose stories at once
exemplify the Enlightenment ideal of the triumph of reason over
sentiment and depict a world where the power of instinct cannot
be overcome easily.
Mary Anne Mohanraj, AB’93, Torn Shapes of Desire: Internet
Erotica (Dale Larson, Intangible Assets Manufacturing). The
short stories and poetry in Mohanraj’s collection of Internet erotica
include male and female characters of different sexual orientations
and spotlight “strong consenting women.”
Marcia Douglass and Lisa E. Douglass, PhD’91, Are We
Having Fun Yet? The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Sex (Hyperion).
The Douglass sisters analyze the meaning of sex in America from
a feminist standpoint.
Rebecca A. Pope, AM’77, PhD’92, and Susan J. Leonardi, The
Diva’s Mouth: Body, Voice, Prima Donna Politics (Rutgers University
Press). The authors explore the myriad roles played by the diva
in the imaginations of masculinists, feminists, and homosexuals.
Raymond A. Bucko, PhD’92, The Lakota Ritual of the Sweat
Lodge: History and Contemporary Practice (University of Nebraska
Press). Bucko reviews the historical significance of the Inipi,
or ritual of the sweat lodge, and how it has evolved as a presence
in Lakota religious life.
Ralph M. Goldman, AM’48, PhD’51, and Willard M. Hardman,
Building Trust: An Introduction to Peacekeeping and Arms Control
(Ashgate Publishers). Goldman and Hardman trace the history of peacekeeping
and arms control since the end of WWII, examining the relationship
between these two commonly separated fields. The authors go on to
highlight problems created by the recent trend of combining war-winning
with peacemaking, peacekeeping, arms control, and humanitarian acts.
K.P. Harrington, editor, and Joseph M. Pucci, AM’82, PhD’87,
Medieval Latin (The University of Chicago Press). In this
second edition, Pucci revises the anthology’s coverage, eliminating
selections written after the year 1350 and adding 14 new selections,
including writings by women. He also presents 33 full-page plates
explaining the medieval production of manuscripts and books.
Ralph P. Locke, AM’74, PhD’80, and Cyrilla Barr, editors,
Cultivating Music in America: Women Patrons and Activists Since
1860 (University of California Press). The editors compile 13
social historians’ analyses of women’s contributions to American
music, featuring a series of documentary vignettes.
Mark G. Malvasi, AM’81, The Unregenerate South: The Agrarian
Thought of John Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, and Donald Davidson
(Louisiana State University Press). Malvasi examines the Agrarian
movement of the 1930s and the distinct approaches taken by Ransom,
Tate, and Davidson on such issues as rural poverty, race relations,
and the effects of the New Deal on the 20th-century South, noting
how all three social historians cast the South as a redemptive community
and not as a backward and impoverished region.
Kenneth H. McRoberts, AM’66, PhD’75, Misconceiving Canada:
The Struggle for National Unity (Oxford University Press). McRoberts
analyzes Canada’s debate over national unity during the last four
decades, arguing that secession by Quebec has become a real possibility
as a result of the national-unity strategy pursued by Canadian Prime
Minister Pierre Trudeau.
Timothy J. Mullin, JD’73, Testing the War Weapons
(Paladin Press). From the infantryman’s perspective, Mullin provides
detailed evaluations of infantry rifles and light machine guns used
by world armies from 1870 to the present.
Claire C. Robertson, AM’68, Trouble Showed the Way: Women,
Men, and Trade in the Nairobi Area, 1890–1990 (Indiana University
Press). Robertson argues that much of Nairobi’s socioeconomic development
is owed to the contributions of central Kenyan women traders and
farmers. Although unrecognized by the government and history, these
women continue to help support their families, overcoming obstacles
shaped by gender discrimination.
Irwin P. Stotzky, JD’74, Silencing the Guns in Haiti:
The Promise of Deliberative Democracy (University of Chicago
Press). Stotzky examines Haiti’s recent transition to democracy,
providing an account of the nation’s history and its contemporary
problems of political corruption and economic instability.
|Medicine and Health
Samuel I. Greenberg, MD’36, Euthanasia and Assisted
Suicide: Psychosocial Issues (Charles C. Thomas). Greenberg
addresses ethical dilemmas associated with euthanasia, covering
landmark cases and offering possible solutions.
David A. Kindig, MD’68, PhD’68, Purchasing Population
Health: Paying for Results (University of Michigan Press). Kindig
advocates the use of financial incentives to encourage better care,
not just higher financial performance, in the health-care industry.
|Political Science and Law
John M. Ely, SM’80, PhD’81, and Margit Mayer, editors, The
German Greens: Paradox Between Movement and Party (Temple University
Press). Translated from the German, this collection of critical
essays analyzes the sociopolitical influence the Greens movement
has had both before and since Germany’s 1989 reunification.
Peter F. Langrock, AB’58, JD’60, Addison County Justice:
Tales from a Vermont Courthouse (Paul S. Eriksson). Langrock
shows the influence city courthouses have had on their communities
and on the general practice of law, highlighting cases such as those
involving Pearl Buck and John Zaccaro.
George W. Liebmann, JD’63, The Gallows in the Grove:
Civil Society in American Law (Greenwood Publishing Group).
In this critique of American civil society, Liebmann argues that
the federal government inadequately addresses social problems and
that abuses of judicial review have turned the Constitution into
a tool for class interests.
John P. McCormick, PhD’95, Carl Schmitt’s Critique of
Liberalism: Against Politics as Technology (Cambridge University
Press). The author analyzes the legal, political, and cultural writings
of Schmitt, a prominent critic of liberalism. He places the fascist
elements of Schmitt’s philosophy within the context of contemporaries
such as Weber and Benjamin as well as earlier theorists such as
Machiavelli and Nietzsche.
Kenneth W. Thompson, AM’48, PhD’51, editor, The Virginia
Papers on the Presidency, Volume XXX; The Presidency and Governance
in Poland: Yesterday and Today; Statesmen Who Were Never President;
and Governance VIII: The Presidency and Foreign Policy (University
Press of America). In the first work, 11 commentators review the
role of the American president in both domestic and foreign policies.
In the second book, Thompson compiles eight perspectives on Poland’s
postwar development, post-Communist development, and contemporary
relations with the U.S. The third work is the last in a three-part
series. The fourth book is the eighth in a series on the relationship
between governance and foreign policy.
|Marylou J. Lionells, PhD'67, senior editor,
The Handbook of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis (Analytic Press).
This encyclopedic volume compiles 50 years of literature that addresses
the association between interpersonal relationships and the development
of individual personality.
Patricia K. Armstrong, SM’68, Wild Plant Family Cookbook
(Cookbook Publishers). Compiled by Armstrong and her students at
the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL, this book includes nearly
1,000 recipes using more than 600 wild plants found in the eastern
and central United States. Comments by the cooks and tasters accompany
Eric Schiller, AB’76, AM’84, Standard Chess Openings;
Unorthodox Chess Openings; A Complete Gambit Repertoire for White;
and A Complete Gambit Repertoire for Black (Cardoza Publishing).
In the first work, Schiller analyzes openings commonly used in competition,
providing more than 250 annotated games. In the second book, Schiller
explores unusual openings, including piece sacs, wandering kings,
and wayward queens. The last two works offer strategies that rely
on sacrificing at least one pawn.
|Religion and Philosophy
Benedict M. Ashley, AM’37, and Kevin P. O’Rourke,
MBA’93, Health-Care Ethics: A Theological Analysis (Georgetown
University Press). In this fourth edition, Ashley and O’Rourke investigate
contemporary issues that affect the provision and ethics of health
care, focusing on the attempts of Christian health professionals
to reconcile conflicts between their religious principles and their
Lowell K. Handy, AM’80, PhD’87, editor, The Age of Solomon:
Scholarship at the Turn of the Millennium (E. J. Brill). In
a collection of 24 essays, this book elucidates the major positions
of scholars debating the history of 10th-century Palestine.
Edgar A. Towne, AM’62, PhD’67, Two Types of New Theism:
Knowledge of God in the Thought of Paul Tillich and Charles Hartshorne
(Peter Lang Publishing). Through the perspectives of Tillich, a
theologian, and Hartshorne, a philosopher, Towne examines alternative
views to standard assumptions about the relationships between theology
and philosophy and faith and reason.
|Science and Technology
|David B. Helfant, PhD’77, Earthquake Safe:
A Hazard-Reduction Manual for Homes (Builders Booksource Press).
Helfant analyzes the force effects of earthquakes on residential buildings,
explaining how engineering principles can be used to reinforce homes
to help reduce property damage and injury.
Patricia A. Adler, AM’74, and Peter Adler, AM’74,
Peer Power: Preadolescent Culture and Identity (Rutgers University
Press). To explore how social experiences shape individual character,
the Adlers discuss preadolescent experiences such as friendship,
social isolation, cliques, and after-school activities, drawing
on eight years of participant-observation research in their own
Candace Clark, PhD’97, Misery and Company: Sympathy in
Everyday Life (University of Chicago Press). Clark identifies
the role played by sympathy in the construction of social order
in America and seeks to understand sympathy’s effects on individuals,
relationships, and group solidarity.
Barend A. de Vries, X’46, Champions of the Poor: The
Economic Consequences of Judeo-Christian Values (Georgetown
University Press). Through an ethically based analysis of Judeo-Christian
values and the views of theologians and economists, the author suggests
measures that state governments, private businesses, and community
groups can take to end poverty.
Sharon Heller, AM’76, The Vital Touch (Owl Books).
Heller claims social pressures and a desire for self-sufficiency
have led Americans to diminish close contact with their children,
depriving them of psychological, physiological, and sensory benefits
of the physical touch.
O. Eugene Myers, Jr., AM’88, PhD’94, Children and Animals:
Social Development and Our Connections to Other Species (Westview
Press). Exploring the role animals can play in the childhood development
of a sense of self, Myers maintains that the traditional Western
view linking children and animals reflects cultural assumptions
about the connections between mind and body.
Leon E. Pettiway, AM’76, Workin’ It: Women Living Through
Drugs and Crime (Temple University Press). With firsthand accounts
of the lives of four inner-city women who reveal their involvement
in prostitution, shoplifting, robbery, and fraud, Pettiway reminds
readers of the universal struggles for survival and identity.
Walter L. Wallace, PhD’63, The Future of Ethnicity, Race,
and Nationality (Praeger). Wallace argues that ethnic and racial
conflicts make up a part of the evolution of Homo sapiens. He traces
these disputes to the beginning of the dispersion of the species
from Eastern Africa.
years after the intre-pid private eye V.I War-shawski first
sleuthed in Chicago,
|new characters by her creator,
Sara N. Paretsky, AM’69, MBA’77, PhD’77, are hitting the streets
of the Windy City. While Paretsky’s forthcoming novel departs
from the mystery genre, it continues her tradition of exposing
grisly truths from the annals of modern city life. Ghost Country,
to be published next month by Delacorte Press, takes place on
the dark and isolated lower level of Chicago’s Loop, where a
homeless woman swears she sees the blood of the Virgin Mary
seeping from a wall. By chance, the wall becomes the site where
the lives of three main characters coalesce—a troubled young
woman abandoned at birth, an opera singer ruined by alcoholism,
and a psychiatrist who treats the homeless against the wishes
of his hospital. The suspense of Paretsky’s tale builds when,
during a thunderstorm, a mysterious woman appears before the
wall, forcing the trio of characters to deal with the ghosts
of their pasts.—E.C.
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