Schecter Hellerstein, AM'47, Inventing the Real World: The
Art of Alain Robbe-Grillet (Susquehanna University Press). Hellerstein
describes Robbe-Grillet's artistic techniques, arguing that the
subjective "real" world of his characters' lives creates the narratives
of wandering, confusion, and deception that constitute the plot
structures of his novels and filmscripts.
Ned S. Munger,
SB'43, SM'48, PhD'51, Cultures, Chess & Art: A Collector's Odyssey
Across Seven Continents. Volume 2, The Americas (Mundial
Press). With 238 color photographs, this book examines the cultural,
anthropological, and artistic meaning of 94 chess sets from 18 countries
and 15 islands in the Americas. Munger also chronicles his travels,
from Panama's dense Darien jungle to a sea voyage during a Caribbean
P. Glynn, AB'58, Hammer. Nail. Wood. The Compulsion to Build
(Chelsea Green Publishing). Glynn shares the secrets of what it
takes, mentally and physically, to build a house. Memoir, how-to
manual, and cautionary fable, the book delves into the psyches of
the people who live near his upstate New York home.
Bowsher, MBA'56, Revolutionizing Workforce Performance: A
Systems Approach to Mastery (Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer). Using a
six-step process, Bowsher aims to help employees and employers increase
productivity, revenues, and market share; lower operating expenses;
and eliminate the need for massive downsizing.
Daeniker, LLM'96, Swiss Securities Regulation: An Introduction
to the Regulation of the Swiss Financial Market (Kluwer Law
International). Daeniker's primer encompasses regulation of Swiss
financial institutions, regulation of the disclosure of shareholdings
in listed Swiss companies, and rules on tender offers and the issuance
and listing of securities.
Frank, AM'52, PhD'57, ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian
Age (University of California Press). Frank argues that the
rise of the West, in economic and demographic terms, paralleled
a decline in the East around 1800-and that the center of the world
economy is once again moving to China.
Pletcher, AB'41, AM'41, PhD'46, The Diplomacy of Trade and
Investment: American Economic Expansion in the Hemisphere, 1865-1900
(University of Missouri Press). U.S. trade with Canada and Latin
America rapidly increased during the last third of the 19th century.
Pletcher rejects the theory that the United States backed a deliberate,
consistent drive for economic hegemony in the Western hemisphere,
arguing that many U.S. businessmen were often more interested in
Eliza S. Blanchard, AM'73; and Kathy Parkinson, The Paper
Chain (Health Press). This illustrated book tells the story
of two young boys whose mother is diagnosed with breast cancer,
addressing the children's emotions and explaining specific medical
MAT'71, Kick Butts! A Kid's Action Guide to a Tobacco-Free America
(Silver Burdett Press). Starting a century ago, cigarette advertisers
targeted children through means such as giving away baseball cards
with cigarette packs. This illustrated book educates young readers
on the history of the tobacco industry and such tactics and features
stories about young anti-tobacco advocates.
Banes, AB'72, Dancing Women: Female Bodies On Stage (Routledge).
Banes examines canonical dance history since the early 19th century
through a feminist perspective. Setting the creation of specific
dances in sociopolitical and cultural contexts, she raises questions
about representation in dance and shows that women characters in
dance are often involved in variations of "the marriage plot."
Rainey, AM'81, PhD'86, Institutions of Modernism: Literary
Elites and Public Culture (Yale University). Rainey looks beyond
modernism's widely discussed themes and innovations, asking instead
where the movement was produced and how it was picked up by certain
social groups. He focuses on five major modernist figures: James
Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, H. D. Marinetti, and F. T. Marinetti.
Heitzmann, MAT'66, Careers For Sports Nuts and Other Athletic
Types (NTC/Contemporary Books). Aimed at those considering a
sports career, this resource book covers athletic training, sports
management, officiating, sports massage, coaching, and sports marketing.
Peter S. Hlebowitsh
and William G. Wraga, MAT'80, editors, Annual Review of
Research for School Leaders (Macmillan Library Reference). This
1998 edition reviews research on middle-school education, extra-classroom
experiences, high-school math reform, and dropouts.
de Grazia, AB'44, PhD'48, A Country with No Name: Tales From
the Constitution (Pantheon Books). Written in the form of 12
dialogues between a female British graduate student and her male
American pupil, this book rethinks basic assumptions about the U.S.
J. S. Fuerst,
AM'41, Delicacies for Doubters and Dissenters (Chicago Spectrum
Press). Fuerst presents poems on sociopolitical subjects.
D. Jaco, AB'73, Dead Air (Ballantine Books). Jaco, a
former CNN war correspondent, has written a thriller about Peter
Dees, a veteran TV correspondent who discovers that someone is secretly
selling chemical and biological weapons to Iraq. In travels from
Port-au-Prince to Cairo, Dees finds the conspiracy runs much deeper
than he imagined.
Hayes, AB'49, Water: Sheba's Story (Bookwrights Press).
Hayes' book-length narrative poem retells the biblical story of
the Queen of Sheba's journey-from her point of view-to meet King
Solomon in Jerusalem. The work explores issues of identity, time,
and female sensuality in ancient times.
Wright, AM'48, PhD'59, Disciples (Baskerville Publishers).
Wright's novel begins when an infant is kidnapped by her estranged
father, who takes her to a remote New England compound organized
and controlled by a man who claims to be God. The search and rescue
leads to a catastrophe that kills some and brings self-discovery
for others. Eight characters take turns telling the story.
AND CURRENT EVENTS
Cohen, AM'75, and Roger T. Augustyn, Manhattan in Maps: 1527-1995
(Rizzoli International Publications). Telling New York's history
through maps, this volume-which won the New York Society Library's
1997 New York City Book Award-includes a 16th-century woodblock
engraving by explorer Giovanni da Verrazano and highly detailed
Cotham, Jr., AM'76, Battle on the Bay: The Civil War Struggle
for Galveston (University of Texas Press). When the Civil War
ended in 1865, Galveston, Texas, was the only major port still in
Confederate hands. Cotham chronicles the history and military engagements
of Galveston during the war, as well as the lives of ordinary soldiers,
sailors, and citizens who lived and died in the small town.
Gelbart, AM'69, PhD'74, The King's Midwife: A History and
Mystery of Madame du Coudray (University of California Press).
Gelbart chronicles the life of Madame du Coudray, an 18th-century
French midwife commissioned by King Louis XV to lower infant mortality
by educating peasant women in the art of childbirth. She traveled
the country for 30 years, reaching 10,000 women, writing a text,
and inventing an obstetrical mannequin.
Zengxiang Li, and Karl W. Luckert, AM'67, PhD'69, Kazakh
Traditions of China (University Press of America). This work
examines the political history and social organization of China's
Kazakh people, as well as aspects of nomadism, linguistics, and
Chinese national policy.
Spector, AB'75, Venice and Food (Arsenale Editrice).
Spector explores the relationship between Venice and its cuisine
from historical, social, cultural, and artistic viewpoints. The
illustrated volume, available in English and Italian, includes chapters
on cicheti (snacks), rice, pasta, polenta, vegetables, sweets, and
spices, as well as recipes.
J. Mellor, AB'65, AM'67, PhD'72, Learn to Speak German
(The Learning Company). Mellor's computer software program, a CD-based
language course, is accompanied by a 455-page book of grammar exercises
Schiffman, AM'66, PhD'69, Linguistic Culture and Language
Policy (Routledge). Schiffman examines the evolution of language
policy in India, France, and the U.S., arguing that it is a social
construct dependent on belief systems, attitudes, and myths. He
focuses on one linguistic minority in each nation to demonstrate
how policies have evolved to deal with challenges to the "official"
AB'90, The Phonology of Armenian (Oxford University Press).
With data from classical, middle, and standard eastern and western
Armenian as well as his own fieldwork on non-standard dialects,
Vaux presents a contemporary linguistic treatment of the Indo- European
language, which has a literary history dating from the fourth-century
translation of the Bible into classical Armenian.
Finberg, SB'44, MD'46, editor, Saunder's Manual of Pediatric
Practice (W. B. Saunders). Highlighting clinical and lab findings
as well as therapies, this is a quick reference on symptoms and
disorders seen by pediatricians.
SCIENCE AND LAW
AM'73, PhD'77, Darwinian Natural Right: The Biological Ethics
of Human Nature (State University of New York Press). Arnhart
shows how Darwinian biology supports an Aristotelian view of ethics
rooted in human nature. Claiming the "good" is desirable, he argues
that there are at least 20 natural desires based in human biology,
and that their satisfaction constitutes a universal standard for
judging social practices.
A. Bjerklie, AB'79, editor, Winning Political Campaigns
(Denali Press). Bjerklie offers advice on all aspects of political
Lutz, AB'80, Socrates' Education to Virtue: Learning the
Love of the Noble (State University of New York Press). Lutz
argues that studying Plato's account of Socrates' erotic education
can illuminate Socrates' virtue and broaden and deepen liberalism's
N. Markel, PhD'60, Semiotic Psychology (Peter Lang Publishing).
Focusing on the foundations of semiotic psychology, including its
methodological and theoretical origins in psychology and anthropological
linguistics, Markel discusses the impact of cultural forces on thinking,
emotion, and communication.
Shapiro, MD'55, and Elaine S. Shapiro, PhD'63, The Powerful
Placebo: From Ancient Priest to Modern Physician (Johns Hopkins
University Press). Based on the authors' lifelong study and clinical
research, the book surveys the placebo effect from antiquity to
modern times. Examining the development, use, and validity of the
double-blind, controlled clinical trial, they present their own
study of the placebo effect in more than 1,000 patients.
Stone Dale, AM'57, Mystery Reader's Walking Guide: Washington,
D.C. (NTC/Contemporary Publishing). Through eight walks around
the capital, Dale guides readers to sites described by some 200
AB'48, JD'51, PhD'64, The Thinker as Artist: From Homer to Plato
& Aristotle (Ohio University Press). Anastaplo's essays discuss
most of the principal Greek writers, focusing on how they drew upon
Homer. He also analyzes Raphael's "The School of Athens," a painting
that features Plato and Aristotle.
F. Vetter, AB'47, DB'52, editor, The Heart of God: Prayers
of Rabindranath Tagore (Charles E. Tuttle). This collection
includes 77 prayers or poems by Tagore, a Bengali poet who won the
1913 Nobel Prize for literature.
D. Schultz, AB'77, and C. Barry Knisley, The Biology of Tiger
Beetles and a Guide to the Species of the South Atlantic States
(Virginia Museum of Natural History). The authors review the research
on the natural history, systematics, behavior, physiology, ecology,
and conservation of tiger beetles. These beetles have become one
of the most studied non-pest insects, and are increasingly chosen
as indicator species in efforts to preserve natural habitats.
A. Almond, PhB'32, PhD'38, Plutocracy and Politics in New
York City (Westview Press). Almond traces changes in the lifestyle,
attitudes, and social adjustment of New York City's business and
political elites-from 1776 until 1936-in response to the democratization
of the political and business sphere, arguing that a plutocratic
state is incapable of exhibiting genuine democratic sentiment.
Buchanan, PhD'85, State Labor Capital: Democratizing Class
Relations in the Southern Cone (University of Pittsburgh Press).
Bucha- nan explores attempts to promote democratic labor relations
systems in post-authoritarian Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.
Sam D. Gill,
AM'71, PhD,'74, Storytracking: Texts, Stories, and Histories
in Central Australia (Oxford University Press). Gill applies
the narrative technique of "storytracking," practiced by Australian
aboriginal peoples, to the academic study of their culture. Stripping
away European interpretation, he works to reveal the indigenous
peoples' true perceptions and beliefs.
Hammond, AM'68, PhD'72, Fighting to Learn: Popular Education
and Guerrilla War in El Salvador (Rutgers University Press).
Inspired by Paulo Freire's literacy activist work in Brazil during
the 1950s, popular education brought literacy to isolated, impoverished
rural communities and peasant soldiers in Latin and South America.
Hammond recounts the experiences of more than 100 El Salvadoran
students and teachers, using their own words.
Heimer, AM'76, PhD'81, and Lisa R. Staffen, For the Sake
of Children: The Social Organization of Responsibility in the Hospital
and the Home (University of Chicago Press). Heimer and Staffen
explore social organization by asking who takes responsibility for
critically ill newborns. Drawing on medical records and interviews
with parents and staff at two neonatal intensive-care units, they
conclude that individual responsibility is not enough-organiza-
tions must also provide support.
Lees, AB'65, The Political Ecology of the Water Crisis in
Israel (University Press of America). Examining Israel's water
crisis, Lees illustrates the interplay of local-level actors and
institutions governing regional and national management of resources.
The book emphasizes opportunistic reactions to climatic, political,
technological, and economic crises.
Edward J. Mullen,
former dean of the School of Social Service Administration, and
Jennifer L. Magnabosco, AB'85, AM'85, editors, Outcomes
Measurement in the Human Services: Cross-Cutting Issues and Methods
(NASW Press). This handbook provides expert thinking on outcomes
measurement in social sciences, child and family services, and health
care. Topics explored include accountability for mental and behavioral
health-care services, ideas on merging good clinical practice with
outcomes research, and practice-research case studies.
Ogasawara, AM'89, PhD'95, Office Ladies and Salaried Men
(University of California Press). Ogasawara delves into the power
dynamics between men and women in Japanese office culture, revealing
the opinions and experiences of "office ladies"-temporary, anonymous
clerical workers-who are typically unmarried young women. Ogasawara
argues that while the women may not have formal power, they can
influence the men's careers through gossip or unofficial work strikes.
Ogden, AM'78, Preservation Planning: Guidelines for Writing
a Long-Range Plan (American Association of Museums/Northeast
Document Conservation Center). This manual for library and museum
use details the process of creating a long-range collections care
plan. It includes guidelines and worksheets, a checklist on updating
a collection, and a sample plan.
D. Spinellis, MCL'62, DCL'64, Crime in Greece in Perspective
(Ant. N. Sakkoulas Publishers). Surveying criminological research
in Greece, Spinellis explores factors related to criminal activity-drug
abuse, poor familial relations, and changing values in Grecian society-and
offers possible solutions.
G. Reamer, AM'75, PhD'78, Ethical Standards in Social Work
(NASW Press). The book analyzes the new National Association of
Social Workers code of ethics, written by a task force chaired by
the author. The book provides an overview of the history of social-work
ethics, discusses social work's core values, and examines 155 ethical
standards designed to guide social workers' conduct.
Sawyer, AM'92, PhD'94, Creativity in Performance (Ablex).
Cross-cultural study suggests performance may be a more common and
accessible form of creativity than the arts and sciences. Sawyer
investigates the latest research on creativity in performance, ranging
from African dancing to children's puppet plays to Nepalese drumming.
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