Julia S. Ardery,
AM’76, The Temptation: Edgar Tolson and the Genesis of Twentieth-Century
Folk Art (University of North Carolina Press). Ardery explains
the late-20th-century emergence of folk art by interpreting the
life and work of Tolson, a Kentucky woodcarver.
AM’72, Along the Wisconsin Riverway (University of Wisconsin
Press). This collection of photographs depicts the untouched landscapes
of the Lower Wisconsin River. The words of Aldo Leopold, John Muir,
and other regional voices accompany the images.
Horace M. Bond,
MAT’26, PhD’36, and Julia M. Bond, X’35; Adam Fairclough,
editor, The Star Creek Papers (University of Georgia Press).
The Bonds share their personal insights into African-American life
during the Depression in the Star Creek community of Washington
William D. Falloon,
AB’83, Charlie D.: The Story of the Legendary Bond Trader
(John Wiley & Sons). The author traces the life and career of Charlie
DiFrancesca, nicknamed the “Sultan of Scalp” for his phenomenal
AB’47, A Crocker Genealogy: Volume 1; A Crocker Genealogy: Volume
2; and Records of the Proprietors of the Common Lands in
the Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, 1703–1795 (Heritage Books).
In the first work, Leonard traces the descendants of William and
Alice Crocker—who settled in Massachusetts in 1634—to the 14th generation.
The second volume further traces the Crockers’ origins in England
and includes excerpts from the family diary. The third work includes
transcriptions of handwritten 18th-century property and boundary
descriptions and records..
Robert D. Denham,
AM’64, PhD’72, editor, Northrop Frye’s Student Essays (University
of Toronto Press). Denham gathers 22 essays by the Canadian literary
and cultural critic, who wrote more than 30 books and whose 39 honorary
degrees include one from the U of C.
Nicholas C. Burbules
and David T. Hansen, AB’76, PhD’90, editors, Teaching
and Its Predicaments (Westview Press). This essay collection
addresses many complexities and challenges associated with contemporary
Arlene B. Hirschfelder,
MAT’71, Kick Butts! A Kid’s Action Guide to a Tobacco-Free America
(Simon & Schuster). Written for both children and adults, this guide
suggests ways to help create a smoke-free society through research
and antismoking campaigns.
Madonna M. Murphy,
AB’76, Character Education in America’s Blue-Ribbon Schools:
Best Practices for Meeting the Challenge (Technomic Publishing
Co.). Murphy documents how the country’s top elementary and secondary
schools impart moral and ethical values.
Stephen K. Cook,
AB’72, Netcracker (Commonwealth Publications). A high-tech
Washington thriller, Cook’s work explores the threats to privacy
brought on by the Information Age.
Mario A. Lopez,
AM’67, Short Stories for the Twenty-first Century (Esperante
Group Publications). Previously published in Spanish, Lopez’s tales
touch on issues of culture, linguistic innovation, and social change.
Ritch C. Savin-Williams,
AM’73, AM’75, PhD’77, ...and Then I Became Gay: Young Men’s Stories
(Routledge). Savin-Williams brings together memoirs that chronicle
the feelings of young men as they recognize their bisexuality or
Edward A. Allworth,
AM’53, editor, The Tatars of Crimea: Return to the Homeland
(Duke University Press). These essays by Crimean Tatars detail their
struggle to resettle in Crimea amid discrimination and shaky political
and economic developments following the breakup of the former Soviet
Marc J. Blecher,
AM’72, PhD’78, China Against the Tides: Restructuring through
Revolution, Radicalism, and Reform (Pinter/Cassell). Blecher
analyzes China’s radical socialism and its efforts at structural
reform. He argues that China’s economic progress since the 1970s
has resulted from the country’s political authoritarianism, refuting
the Western notion that economic modernization occurs with democracy.
Jennifer S. H. Brown,
PhD’76, and Elizabeth Vibert, editors, Reading Beyond Words:
Contexts for Native History (Broadview Press). These essays
by Canadian and American scholars look at how documentary sources
have interpreted Native American history, examining the works’ bias,
context, voice, and perspective.
Antoinette M. Burton,
AM’84, PhD’90, At the Heart of the Empire: Indians and the Colonial
Encounter in Late-Victorian Britain (University of California
Press). Investigating the relationship between colonial subjects
and their imperial rulers, Burton describes the experiences of three
Indian travelers in Britain during the lateVictorian period.
Alan K. Dowty,
AM’60, PhD’63, The Jewish State: A Century Later (University
of California Press). Dowty explores the history of this country
and its contemporary behavior as a state, contending that its sense
of nationhood and democracy derives from its cultural and ideological
roots in the Jewish traditions of Palestine and Eastern Europe.
Michael D. Gambone,
AM’89, PhD’93, Eisenhower, Somoza, and the Cold War in Nicaragua
(Greenwood Publishing Group). Gambone argues that Nicaragua’s Anastasio
Somoza Garcia challenged the hegemony of the United States more
than any other Central American leader by using American institutions
to increase his powers and prestige.
Daniel S. Goffman,
AM’77, PhD’85, Britons in the Ottoman Empire, 1642–1660 (University
of Washington Press). Goffman counters the view that the English
have always been imperialist in nature, arguing that they humbly
accommodated themselves to the powerful Ottoman Empire and laid
the foundation for future commercial and diplomatic relations with
Harvey L. Harris,
SB’14, The War As I Saw It: 1918 Letters of a Tank Corps Lieutenant
(Pogo Press). Harris’ letters tell of life in a tank corps under
the command of General George S. Patton, Jr. The book includes descriptions
of how tank machinery was used in the 1918 battles of St. Mihiel
and the Meuse-Argonne.
John D. McCannon,
Jr., AM’91, PhD’94, Red Arctic: Polar Exploration and the
Myth of the North in the Soviet Union, 1932–1939 (Oxford University
Press). Using Soviet archives, McCannon recounts the tales of 1930s
expeditions by Soviet Arctic explorers who became national heroes
and propaganda icons.
Ronald V. Mershart,
PhD’69, editor, They Remember Superior (Wisconsin Humanities
Council/Douglas County Historical Society). In honor of Wisconsin’s
sesquicentennial, Mershart rounds up letters, memoirs, autobiographical
sketches, and newspaper articles written by mid-19th-century settlers
in Superior, WI.
Barbara J. Newman,
AM’76, Sister of Wisdom: St. Hildegard’s Theology of the Feminine
(University of California Press). Newman examines the life and work
of Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century mystic, musician, and scientist.
The author explains how Hildegard used symbolic theology to explore
the meaning of her gender.
Richard A. Schwartz,
AM’74, PhD’77, Cold War Culture (Facts on File) and Encyclopedia
of the Persian Gulf War (McFarland). The first book is an encyclopedia
of Cold War–related American literature, popular culture, and performing
arts. The second work is a guide to political debates related to
the Persian Gulf War.
Elsa S. Slae,
AB’63, For the Sake of Jerusalem (Chemed Press). Illustrated
with more than 150 documentary photographs, Slae’s study of 19th-
and 20th-century Jerusalem presents the people, places, and events
that have influenced Jewish life, including the rebuilding of the
Old City after 1967.
Hatten S. Yoder Jr.,
AA’40, SB’41, Planned Invasion of Japan, 1945: The Siberian Weather
Advantage (American Philosophical Society). Yoder recounts the
U.S. Navy MOKO Expedition of 1945, sent to Siberia to forecast weather
for a planned November invasion of Japan. He describes the difficulties
in setting up a station for transmitting weather bulletins to Guam
amid Soviet interference and cold weather.
Angela R. Zito,
AM’78, PhD’89, Of Body and Brush: Grand Sacrifice as Text/Performance
in Eighteenth-Century China (University of Chicago Press). Zito
examines the religious and political life of emperor Qianglong during
18th-century China, explaining how elaborate rituals empowered and
dominated the throne.
Nicholas A. Ashford,
PhD’65, JD’72, and Claudia S. Miller, Chemical Exposures: Low
Levels and High Stakes (Van Nostrand Reinhold). Ashford and
Miller present evidence for a new theory of disease—toxicant-induced
loss of tolerance (TILT)—that may explain illnesses such as chronic-fatigue
syndrome, fibromyalgia, and the unexplained sickness of Gulf War
veterans. The authors maintain that TILT develops after a single
high-level chemical exposure or repeated low-level exposures.
Helen G. Charley,
SM’41, and Connie Weaver, Foods: A Scientific Approach (Prentice
Hall). In its third edition, this textbook covers the complex nature
of foods using principles of chemistry, physics, microbiology, and
X’66, and Samuel M. Scheiner, SM’80, PhD’83, Overcoming
the Pain of Inflammatory Arthritis: The Pain-Free Promise of Pantothenic
Acid (Avery Publishing Group). Relying on Eisenstein’s personal
experience and the authors’ research, this book explains why vitamin
B5, or pantothenic acid, halts the pain from inflammatory arthritis.
David S. Gochman,
AB’56, AB’57, editor, Handbook of Health Behavior Research (Plenum).
With contributions from health psychology, medical anthropology,
and medical geography, this four-volume work reviews basic research
on preventive-health actions, risk behaviors, and medical and lifestyle
Sheldon W. Samuels,
AB’51, and Arthur C. Upton, editors, Genes, Cancer, and Ethics
in the Work Environment (OEM Press/Ramazzini Institute). This
book at once explores the effects of molecular biology on occupational
and environmental cancer research and the ethical challenges such
issues present in the workplace. The analysis includes a previously
unpublished paper by Alan Gewirth, a U of C professor emeritus of
Science and Law
Nicholas A. Ashford,
PhD’65, JD’72, and Charles C. Caldart, Technology, Law, and the
Working Environment (Island Press). Ashford and Caldart examine
the legal issues associated with technology-related workplace problems,
discussing such matters as occupational health and safety, toxic-substance
regulations, and right-to-know requirements.
Georg Graf, AM’86,
Vertrag und Vernunft (Springer) and Rechtsfragen des Telebanking
(Orac). In the first book, Graf evaluates the application of rational
choice theory to the understanding of contract law, referring to
the ideas of Ronald Dworkin and John Rawls. The second work explores
the legal problems created by Internet banking.
Ellen S. Podgor,
MBA’87, and Jerold H. Israel, White Collar Crime in a Nutshell
(West Publications Co.). In this book, the authors provide an overview
of the substantive and procedural law of white-collar crime.
Walter W. Powell,
AM’85, PhD’90, editor, Private Action and the Public Good
(Yale University Press). Powell charts the ascendancy of nonprofits
and their contributions to economic development in the United States,
France, Germany, and Eastern Europe.
Richard A. Hutch,
AM’71, PhD’74, The Meaning of Lives: Biography, Autobiography,
and the Spiritual Quest (Cassell). Hutch explores how reading
and writing about other people’s lives can lead to reflections on
birth, sexuality, and mortality. Steven J. Trierweiler and George
Stricker, AB’56, The Scientific Practice of Professional Psychology
(Plenum Press). The authors argue for the incorporation of scientific
methods into the clinical practice of psychology.
John P. Burgess,
AM’80, PhD’86, The East German Church and the End of Communism
(Oxford University Press). Burgess traces the theological factors
that led to the church’s involvement in Germany’s 1989 revolution,
analyzing the dissident use of church symbols in the development
of an alternative theology.
Geoffrey A. Clark,
PhD’71, and C. M. Willermet, editors, Conceptual Issues in Modern
Human Origins Research (Aldine de Gruyter). This book analyzes
the conceptual differences between the replacement and continuity
schools of thought on the origin of humans. The essays, written
by a worldwide group of archaeologists, paleoanthropologists, and
molecular biologists, argue the impossibility of a compromise between
these two conceptions and offer glimpses into remote human history.
Alfred J. de Grazia,
AB’39, PhD’48, Quantavolution and Catastrophism: Works on a Changing
Paradigm for the Sciences and Humanities (Metron Publications).
De Grazia investigates the controversies over the increasing use
of quantavolutionary theory, which posits that abrupt, far-reaching
events cause major historical changes.
Zahava K. McKeon,
PhD’74, and William G. Swenson, AB’63, PhD’74, editors, Selected
Writings of Richard McKeon, Volume 1: Philosophy, Science, and Culture
(University of Chicago Press). These essays by the late U of C professor
emeritus in philosophy examine philosophic problems as expressed
in culture, science, and humanism.
William K. Mahony,
PhD’82, The Artful Universe: An Introduction to the Vedic Religious
Imagination (State University of New York Press) and Meditation
Revolution: A History and Theology of the Siddha Yoga Lineage
(Agama Press). In the first work, Mahony analyzes the roles played
by poetry, liturgy, and contemplation in India’s Vedic religion.
In the second book, Mahony explores India’s spiritual tradition
of yoga and traces its recent expansion from Asia to the West.
David A. Morgan,
PhD’90, Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Religious
Images (University of California Press). Morgan interprets ideas
and feelings associated with religious iconography from the late
Middle Ages to contemporary times.
Gerald A. Rodgers,
AB’47, The Gospel According to Jerry (Latter Rain Publishing
House). Rodgers covers case histories of religious experiences diagnosed
as mental illnesses.
Stephen H. Webb,
AM’84, PhD’89, On God and Dogs: A Christian Theology of Compassion
for Animals (Oxford University Press). Webb suggests that the
relationship between humans and pets illustrates God’s power in
creating intimate associations based on love and reciprocity.
Gary B. Grant,
AB’87, and Gary M. Grobman, The Nonprofit Internet Handbook
(White Hat Communications). This resource for nonprofit organizations
explains how to use the Internet for fund-raising, recruitment,
James I. Charlton,
AM’79, Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and
Empowerment (University of California Press). Charlton suggests
ways that people with disabilities can overcome feelings of powerlessness,
dependency, and degradation.
PhD’75, The Realities of Adoption (Madison Books). Smith’s
look at changing adoption practices over the past 15 years covers
confidential and transracial adoption, as well as his role in high-profile
adoption court cases.
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