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Sally Banes, AB'72, Greenwich Village 1963: Avant-Garde Performance and the Effervescent Body (Duke University Press). This cultural history of New York art and performance in the 1960s explores themes of community, freedom, equality, and the absolute. Banes argues that the avant-garde's interweaving of public and private, work and play, and art and ordinary experience contributed to a wholesale reworking of American culture.


James S. Peters II, X'54, The Epic of a Proud Black Family: An Allegorical History (International Scholars Publications). Based on documents and oral history, this family memoir is also a symbolic journey from Africa to America. Ross R. Rice, AM'49, PhD'56, Carl Hayden: Builder of the American West (University Press of America). Rice details Hayden's career as a Democratic congressman from Arizona. Often referred to as every state's third senator, Hayden was a key player in leading Arizona from frontier territory to modern, urban state.

Franz Schulze, PhB'45, Philip Johnson: Life and Work (Alfred A. Knopf). The author examines the life and career of Philip Johnson-the 88-year-old architect, critic, curator, patron, collector, and museum trustee who is considered one of the most important American cultural figures of the 20th century.

Josette Dermody Wingo, PhB'48, Mother Was a Gunner's Mate: World War II in the WAVES (Naval Institute Press). The author's memoir of her WWII service discusses, among other things, how she and other WAVES countered entrenched attitudes and disproved gender stereotypes.


Philip G. Altbach, AB'62, AM'66, PhD'68, and Edith S. Hoshino, AB'62, MAT'64, editors, International Book Publishing: An Encyclopedia (Garland Publishing). This reference work explores publishing topics such as copyright, history, technological changes, and industry growth in many countries and regions.

David L. James, JD'60, The Executive Guide to Asia-Pacific Communications (Kodansha International). Based on top-level interviews, a survey of 400 executives, and the author's experience, this guide helps American readers to assess communications needs and develop ways to acquire, maintain, and expand business in the Asia-Pacific region.

George Tolley, AM'50, PhD'55; Donald Kenkel, AM'83, PhD'87; and Robert Fabian, editors, Valuing Health for Policy: An Economic Approach (University of Chicago Press). Examining classic and current research on theories and measurements of health values by economists and public-health experts, the authors favor a willingness-to-pay approach grounded in individual preferences.


Vicky Shiefman, AB'64, Sunday Potatoes, Monday Potatoes (Simon & Schuster). A poor family in a European village eats a steady diet of potatoes-which are better than nothing and can even be delicious. The family's potato pudding recipe is included.


Sally Banes, AB'72, Writing Dancing in the Age of Postmodernism (Wesleyan University Press). The author's collected essays and talks document the background and development of recent avant-garde and popular dancing.

M. E. Grenander, AB'40, AM'41, PhD'48, editor, Poems of Ambrose Bierce (University of Nebraska Press). Although primarily known for his short stories, journalism, and aphorisms, Bierce wrote poems-mostly satires-throughout his career. With an introduction by the editor, this volume contains many of those poems, as well as essays and letters on poetry, poets, and humor.

Thomas H. Luxon, AM'78, PhD'84, Literal Figures: Puritan Allegory and the Reformation Crisis in Representation (University of Chicago Press). Concluding with an analysis of Pilgrim's Progress, the author presents key moments in the Reformation crisis of representation, arguing that for Puritanism to survive its own literalistic, antisymbolic, and millenarian challenges, a "fall" back into allegory was inevitable.

Nikki Lee Manos and Meri-Jane Rochelson, AM'76, PhD'82, editors, Transforming Genres: New Approaches to British Fiction of the 1890s (St. Martin's Press). Although fin-de-siécle British fiction is often deemed insignificant, these essays seek to establish the works' importance, arguing that the decade's sexual mores and interest in crime, imperialism, and social change prefigure current issues.

Jon Solomon, AB'72, editor, Origins and Influences (University of Arizona Press). Nine papers investigate Apollo, "this `most Greek' of the Greek gods," exploring the god's geographical and functional origins; the meaning of his name; and his roles in early Greek poetry, archaic vase painting, Attic tragedy, and Roman poetry.

Buzz Spector, MFA'78, The Book Maker's Desire (Umbrella Press). The author discusses the book works of many artists, including Anselm Kiefer and Margaret Wharton, and includes several topical essays on the arts of the book.

Francis-Noël Thomas, AM'65, PhD'74, and Mark Turner, Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose (Princeton University Press). Written for a general audience, this book applies contemporary cognitive research to the analysis of style. The first half examines the concept of style as an intellectual stand on five central questions, then describes classic style, contrasting it to a variety of other styles. The second half gives examples and commentary.


Ernest L. Boyer; Philip G. Altbach, AB'62, AM'66, PhD'68; and Mary Jean Whitelaw, The Academic Profession: An International Perspective (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching). This report on the first international survey of the academic profession discusses the attitudes of scholars and scientists in 15 countries. More than 20,000 professors were questioned on their views about teaching and learning, academic governance, and international academic involvement.

Jon Solomon, AB'72, and Robert Solomon, Up the University: Re-creating Higher Education in America (Addison-Wesley). The authors suggest a program for cost-effective educational reform in public universities.


Benjamin Manaster, AB'59, Skyla (Branden Books). This novel satirizes movie life and the Hollywood experience.

John E. Saveson [Lafayette Haymaker, pseud.], AM'48, Expense of Spirit (Mainesburg Press). The author's first novel is a roman à clef set at a state college where the female president is murdered shortly after firing a large percentage of the faculty.

Austin M. Wright, AM'48, PhD'59, After Gregory (Baskerville Publishers). The author's second novel is the story of Peter Gregory, a man who nearly commits suicide but instead changes his identity and hitchhikes to New York, trying to discover who he really is.


Maureen Reddy; Martha Roth, AB'58; and Amy Sheldon, editors, Mother Journeys: Feminists Write about Mothering (Spinsters Ink). A collection of essays, stories, poems, and drawings looks at how feminism influences mothering and vice versa. The 38 contributors include Nancy Spero, Maxine Kumin, Rita Dove, and Jane Lazarre.


Frans Coetzee, AM'79, PhD'83, and Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee, AM'78, PhD'83, editors, Authority, Identity and the Social History of the Great War (Berghahn Books). This collection of essays probes the construction of European social order from 1914 to 1918.

Charles A. Edwards, AB'65, Drop Zone Flashes of the British Airborne Forces (Pass in Review Publications). In a work of military history and iconography, Edwards traces the development of recognition insignia used by British paratroops from 1944 to the present, providing lineage and order of battle information.

Farley Grubb, AM'81, PhD'84, German Immigrant Servant Contracts Registered at the Port of Philadelphia, 1817-1831 (Genealogical Publishing). This register of nearly 1,300 names covers the last major episode of European-immigrant servitude in the U.S.: More than 40 percent of German immigrants registered at the port in this period entered into servitude as a means of paying for their passage.

Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee, AM'78, PhD'83, and Frans Coetzee, AM'79, PhD'83, World War I and European Society: A Sourcebook (D. C. Heath). A documentary reader, the book explores social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of the Great War.

Jon Solomon, AB'72, editor, Accessing Antiquity: The Computerization of Classical Studies (University of Arizona Press). Eight papers present the pioneering efforts of classicists who have designed and published CD-ROM-based databases for Greek literature, documentary papyri, mythological iconography, export amphoras, classical bibliography, and the Perseus Project.

Kenneth W. Thompson, AM'48, PhD'51, editor, Europe and Germany: Unity and Diversity (University Press of America). Emphasizing Germany's centrality, the contributors discuss post-cold war Europe, the changing relations among European countries, and the effects of those changes.

Yoram Tsafrir, Leah Di Segni, and Judith Green, AM'68, Tabula Imperii Romani: Iudaea Palaestina, Maps and Gazetteer (Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities). This volume, part of an international project to map the Roman Empire, contains five maps of Israel west of the Jordan River, in addition to the Golan and Sinai, plotted on the basis of archaeological discoveries from the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods and literary sources. The accompanying gazetteer provides short site descriptions, as well as references to ancient sources and modern studies.

Henry R. Winkler, PhD'47, Paths Not Taken: British Labour and International Policy in the 1920s (University of North Carolina Press). Exploring the evolution of British Labour's approach to foreign policy from the end of WWI through the 1920s, Winkler documents Labour's progression from pre-war indifference regarding international issues to an eventual acceptance of the need to work for international ends through existing institutions.


Jeffrey Bergen, SM'77, PhD'81, and Susan Montgomery, SM'66, PhD'69, editors, Advances in Hopf Algebras (Marcel Dekker). These expository papers discuss Hopf algebras' connections to other mathematic branches-including category theory, group theory, combinatorics, and the theory of knots and links in topology.


Joel D. Howell, MD'79, editor, Medical Lives and Scientific Medicine at Michigan, 1891-1969 (University of Michigan Press). Essays on the lives of selected physicians become extended biopsies of period and place, illuminating the social, political, and institutional context within which people at Michigan expanded medical knowledge.

Paul L. Munson, PhD'42, editor, Principles of Pharmacology (Chapman & Hall). An overview of pharmacology, Principles covers fundamental drug concepts, mechanisms of action and clinical applications, drug-interaction data, and references to current research articles.

Louis R. Wasserman, MD'36; Paul D. Berk; and Nathaniel I. Berlin, Polycythemia Vera and the Myeloproliferative Disorders (W. B. Saunders). Covering three decades of research, this summary of the findings of the Polycythemia Vera Study Group-hematologists whom Wasserman organized to pool data on these relatively uncommon diseases-ends with recommendations for future research.


Randal C. Picker, AB'80, AM'82, JD'85, professor in the Law School; Douglas G. Baird, dean of the Law School; and Robert H. Gertner, associate professor in the Law School, Game Theory and the Law (Harvard University Press). Organized around the major-solution concepts of game theory, the book shows how games such as prisoner's dilemma, the battle of the sexes, and the Rubinstein bargaining game can illuminate different kinds of legal problems.

Kenneth W. Thompson, AM'48, PhD'51, editor, Reagan and the Economy: Nine Intimate Perspectives and The Virginia Papers on the Presidency, Volume XXVIII (University Press of America). Contributors to the first book ask if it is fair to judge Reagan's presidency by comparing his foreign policy to his domestic policies and explain how the shapers of Reagan's domestic policies respond to criticism. The second book emphasizes concepts and problems such as principles of statecraft, organizing the government for policy-making, and communicating with national and international publics.


Michael Fauman, PhD'70, MD'74, Study Guide to DSM-IV (American Psychiatric Press). Interpreting updated DSM-IV diagnoses through extensive case studies, clinical vignettes, and questions and answers, Fauman's book also helps clarify cases in which patients' conditions do not meet the threshold for diagnosis or seem to place them in two different categories.

John E. Groh, AM'68, PhD'72, Life Goals: How to Discover and Achieve Your Own (Northwest Publishing). Groh discusses the need for purposeful goals in each stage of life, describing how to set realistic goals and how to achieve them by "visioning." Arnold W. Rachman, PhD'65, Sándor Ferenczi: The Psychotherapist of Tenderness and Passion (Jason Aronson). In two volumes, Rachman examines the often-neglected contributions of Ferenczi, a follower of Freud, to psychoanalysis.


Alzina Stone Dale, AM'57, Mystery Reader's Walking Guide: Chicago (NTC Publishing Group). The fourth of Dale's city guides to mystery novels, the book escorts readers on walking tours through ten Chicago neighborhoods-including Hyde Park-that have inspired tales of murder and mystery. Each walk is accompanied by a map and suggestions for dining and sightseeing.


Robert Benne, AM'63, PhD'70, The Paradoxical Vision: A Public Theology for the Twenty-first Century (Fortress Press). The author argues that several themes in the Lutheran heritage of social thought (the paradoxical vision) are indispensable in relating the church to the public sphere, particularly politics.

J. T. Dillon, AM'71, PhD'78, Jesus as a Teacher (International Scholars Publications). Dillon analyzes whom, what, and how Jesus taught, and how effective his teaching was.

Millard J. Erickson, AM'58, Does It Matter How I Live? Applying Biblical Beliefs to Your Daily Life (Baker Book House). Discussing such topics as the value of doubt, assurance of salvation, and handling rejection, Erickson offers encouragement to readers who desire to please God, yet believe that they fall short in achieving their goals.

Ana K. Gobledale, AM'77, The Learning Spirit: Lessons from South Africa (Chalice Press). Narrating her experiences as a white minister in a black township in South Africa in the 1980s, the author shares her reaction to apartheid: developing a new way of opening up to humanity and to God. Gobledale argues that "the learning spirit"-the willingness to see the truth, to trust in God, and to take creative action-can fight injustice.

William J. Hynes, AM'69, PhD'76, and William G. Doty, editors, Mythical Trickster Figures: Contours, Contexts, and Criticisms (University of Alabama Press). Ancient and modern cultures celebrate the antics of tricksters who upend the sacred beliefs of the systems that maintain them. These essays examine particular trickster figures within their sociocultural settings, analyzing their form and significance.

Stephen C. Rowe, ThM'69, AM'70, PhD'74, Rediscovering the West (State University of New York Press). The author explores Japanese philosophy to find what, he believes, is the solution to Western lethargy and fanaticism: spiritual development.

Dennis E. Tamburello, PhD'90, Union with Christ: John Calvin and the Mysticism of St. Bernard (Westminster John Knox Press). In exploring the relationship between medieval mysticism and Reformed thought and challenging the idea that mysticism and Protestantism are incompatible, Tamburello has written a book intended to encourage Catholic and Reformed dialogue about the idea of a shared spiritual legacy.

James P. Wind, PhD'83, and James W. Lewis, PhD'87, editors, American Congregations, vols. I and II (University of Chicago Press). The first volume chronicles the founding and development of 12 congregations representing the diverse and complex local religious cultures in America. The second book brings together historians, sociologists, theologians, and ethicists for an interdiciplinary conversation on the study of American congregations.


Allen M. Young, PhD'68, The Chocolate Tree: A Natural History of Cacao (Smithsonian Institution Press). Young's research and field studies in Central America comprise much of the book.


Erich Goode and Nachman Ben-Yehuda, AM'76, PhD'77, Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance (Blackwell Publishers). Using the concept of "moral panics," the authors discuss how and why institutions and groups mobilize around issues by which they feel threatened. From the Renaissance witch craze to the American drug scare, the book explores the genesis, dynamics, and demise of moral panics and examines their impact on society.

Ruth Horowitz, AM'72, PhD'75, Teen Mothers: Citizens or Dependents? (University of Chicago Press). Can government programs help teen mothers move from welfare dependency to employment, independence, and responsible citizenship? Successful programs, Horowitz argues, encourage the mothers to connect their identities as mothers and girlfriends with their new roles as students and workers.

Neil K. Komesar, AB'63, AM'64, JD'67, PhD'73, Imperfect Alternatives: Choosing Institutions in Law, Economics, and Public Policy (University of Chicago Press). Komesar writes that choosing social goals or values is not the only key to describing and prescribing law and public-policy outcomes: Just as important is deciding which institution-the market, the political process, or the judicial process-is best equipped to implement those outcomes.

George T. Martin, Jr., AM'67, PhD'72, co-author, The Ecology of the Automobile (Black Rose Books). This book examines the role that automobile production and consumption has played in 20th-century civilization: its effect on land use, social relations, community, natural resources, environmental quality, and spatial mobility.

Guy Oakes, AB'63, The Imaginary War: Civil Defense and American Cold War Culture (Oxford University Press). Arguing that the 1950s civil-defense programs were designed not to protect Americans but to ingrain moral resolve needed to face the cold war, Oakes attempts to establish links between civil defense and a system of cold-war emotion management; the construction of a fictional, manageable world of nuclear attack; and the production of a civic ethic that conformed to national-security policy.

Richard Parker and John H. Gagnon, AB'55, PhD'69, editors, Conceiving Sexuality: Sex Research in a Post Modern World (Routledge). Papers from a 1992 international conference on new directions in sex research address the histories of desire, identity, and sexuality; gender inequality and sexual violence; sexual and social networks; and conceptions of risk.

Evon Z. Vogt, Jr., AB'41, AM'46, PhD'48, Fieldwork among the Maya: Reflections on the Harvard Chiapas Project (University of New Mexico Press). Project founder and director Vogt depicts the daily lives of the subjects-and of the researchers, commenting on changes in anthropological styles and methods. The 35-year ethnographic project set out to understand how contemporary Mayas are related to prehistoric Classic Mayas and how their culture changes as they confront the modern world.

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