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George W. Platzman, SB’40, PhD’48, A Catalogue of Early Printed Editions of the Works of Frédéric Chopin in the University of Chicago Library (University of Chicago Library). Platzman gives detailed bibliographical descriptions of 288 items from the Library’s Chopin collection.

Peter H. Selz, AM’49, PhD’54, Beyond the Mainstream (Cambridge University Press). This selection of 25 essays examines the art and lives of 20th-century American and European artists. Selz also looks at the relationship between mainstream and marginal art.

Judith A. Testa, AM’67, PhD’83, Rome is Love Spelled Backward: Enjoying Art and Architecture in the Eternal City (Northern Illinois University Press). Testa explores Rome’s famous and forgotten treasures of art and architecture, as well as their artists and patrons.

Dominique H. Vasseur, AM’76, The Soul Unbound: The Photographs of Jane Reece (The Dayton Art Institute). This catalog accompanied the Dayton Art Institute’s 1997 exhibition of work by pictorialist photographer Jane Reece. It examines the artist’s life (1868–1961) and work, also introducing some largely unknown works from earlier in her career.


Richard A. Hauptmann, MBA’81, The Work of Jack Williamson: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide (NESFA Press). Hauptmann presents the publishing career of science fiction writer Jack Williamson, including listings of Williamson’s fiction and nonfiction, plus secondary sources and biographical data about the author.

Robert L. Inchausti, PhD’81, Thomas Merton’s American Prophecy (SUNY Press). Inchausti reflects on Merton’s religious and antimodernist perspectives on consumer society and, more broadly, interprets Merton’s contributions to American thought.

Frank A. Sanello, AB’74, A Rocky Life: The Story of Sylvester Stallone (Mainstream Press). Through personal interviews with Stallone, his family and friends, Sanello offers an insider’s view of the actor’s dramatic life story.


Richard M. Levich, AB’71, MBA’71, PhD’77, International Financial Markets: Prices and Policies (Irwin/McGraw-Hill). Covering trade and investment on the global scale, this book focuses on two lines of inquiry: first, the economic determinants of prices, price changes, and price relationships in the financial markets, and second, the policy issues that confront private enterprises and public policymakers.

Robert J. Shapiro, AB’70; Gary Burtless; Robert Z. Larence; and Robert E. Litan, Globaphobia: Confronting Fears About Open Trade (Brookings Institution Press). The authors scrutinize current critiques of open trade and globalization, present the economic evidence favoring open trade, and propose policy responses to the costs of globalization.


Harriet L. Murav, AB’76, AM’77, Russia’s Legal Fictions (University of Michigan Press). Murav examines the trials of 19th- and 20th-century Russian writers and the problems of law, narrative, and authority in their works.

Harry Ruja, AM’34, editor and annotator, Mortals and Others, two volumes (Routledge). This collection of 150 short essays by Bertrand Russell provides an introduction to the British philosopher’s thought, discussing topics both serious and comical.


Barry M. Franklin, MAT’69, When Children Don’t Learn: Student Failure and the Culture of Teaching (Teachers College Press). This collection of eight essays examines the negative impacts of race, class, and disability on students. It also reviews how teachers maintain a sense of professional efficacy when students fail.

Joan F. Kuchner, AM’69, PhD’81, Learning Environments for Young Children: Rethinking Library Spaces and Services (American Library Association). This book serves as a guide to how young children can learn in the environment offered by public libraries, both through books and library programs.

Catherine C. Mambretti, AM’73, PhD’79, CD-ROM Technology: A Manual for Librarians and Educators (McFarland & Company). Mambretti offers librarians and school administrators suggestions for designing CD-ROM systems, evaluating and choosing CD-ROM titles, installing CD-ROMs, maintaining and upgrading CD-ROM workstations, and doing Macintosh and Windows troubleshooting.

Molly A. McClain, AB’87, Schaum’s Quick Guide to Essay Writing (McGraw-Hill). This book teaches students how to compose a coherent and well-reasoned essay backed up by authoritative evidence. It provides a detailed guide to using both deductive and inductive logic to ask relevant questions.

Hank Rubin, AB’74, AM’75, Collaboration Skills for Educators and Nonprofit Leaders (Lyceum Books). This book argues that collaboration skills are essential for public, educational, and organizational leaders, and explains the principles and skills needed to exercise them successfully.

Kathy A. Zahler, MST’77, 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read and 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Raise a Child Who Loves Math (Macmillan Reference). These books offer parent-child activities to instill a lifelong interest in reading and mathematics.


Arnold Klein, AB’74, 5 Satires (Browntrout Publishers). Klein’s second book of poetry returns to the Roman roots of satire, offering a mordant and self-mocking examination of romantic illusions, political contradictions, and cultural collapse.

Meri-Jane Rochelson, AM’76, PhD’82, editor, Children of the Ghetto: A Study of a Peculiar People (Wayne State University Press). With a critical introduction, Rochelson offers a frame for Israel Zagwill’s novel about 19th-century London’s Jewish-immigrant community.


Matthew K. McNeelege, AB’79, Hustlers, Escorts, and Porn Stars: The Insider’s Guide to Male Prostitution in America (Insider’s Guide). Using the pseudonym Matt Adams, McNeelege details the male sex industry, focusing on issues of sexuality, homosexuality, and masculinity. He explores why men become prostitutes and why clients hire them.


Amy Bridges, AB’70, PhD’80, Morning Glories: Municipal Reform in the Southwest (Princeton University Press). In this study of eight southwestern cities since the turn of the century, Bridges shows how reform government organized not only the political life of small towns, but also many of the nation’s largest cities.

Howard Campbell Craig II, AM’88, Destroying the Village: The Prospect of Thermonuclear War in American Security Policy (Columbia University Press). Campbell describes the United States’ nuclear strategy during the Cold War in terms of evasion by Eisenhower rather than deterrence. Craig also sheds light on the often tense relations between Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles, and others in the Pentagon with strong opinions on national security.

Con Chapman, AB’73, The Year of the Gerbil (Rutledge Books). In his history of the 1978 American League Eastern Division pennant race between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, Chapman highlights the series’ final game, in which a home run by unlikely hero Bucky Dent sent the Yankees to the World Series.

Johannes Fabian, AM’65, PhD’69, Moments of Freedom: Anthropology and Popular Culture (University Press of Virginia). Based on the Page-Barbour lectures delivered at the University of Virginia, these essays explore contemporary urban culture in Africa from an anthropological perspective.

Thomas W. Hanchett, AM’86, Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875–1975 (Univer- sity of North Carolina Press). Hanchett documents the transformation of Charlotte from a rural courthouse village to the trading and financial hub of America’s premier textile manufacturing region. Analyzing the urbanization of Charlotte, he argues that racial and economic segregation are not age-old givens, but products of a decades-long process that resulted in racially segregated communities.

Anne Borders Lynch, AB’40, compiler, Two Years in Russia: 1925–1927, A Joint Venture in a Soviet Village (Pentland Press). Detailing the experiences of an American group on the Russian reconstruction farms in the North Caucasus, this book includes photographs, drawings, maps, a reprinting of Village Life under the Soviets by Karl Borders, and two memoirs by his wife and daughter.

Barbara H. Rosenwein, AB’66, AM’68, PhD’74, editor, Anger’s Past: The Social Uses of an Emotion in the Middle Ages (Cornell University Press). Eight studies consider the meaning and uses of anger in the Middle Ages, and its role in representations of monks, saints, kings, emperors, lords, and peasants in Latin Christian society. Two more essays discuss anger in the Celtic and Muslim worlds, while Rosenwein adds an essay on modern theories of emotion.

Friedrich E. Schuler, PhD’90, Mexico between Hitler and Roosevelt: Mexican Foreign Relations in the Age of Lázaro Cárdenas (University of New Mexico Press). By tracing the regime of President Lázaro Cárdenas (1934–1940), Schuler revises the traditional understanding of how Cárdenas asserted Mexico’s economic and political sovereignty and consolidated one-party rule and state-directed capitalism.

Fiona E. Somerset, AB’90, Clerical Discourse and Lay Audience in Late Medieval England (Cambridge University Press). Somerset discovers how late medieval English writers who translated specialized knowledge from Latin to English often anticipated new lay audiences for their writing and worried about the potential results of making the information they translated widely available. Somerset also expands on clerical corruption and the poor education of medieval authors.

Stephen Zarlenga, AB’63, Der Mythos Vom Geld—Die Geschichte Der Macht (The Mythology of Money—The Story of Power) (Conzett Verlag). This book, published in German, uses historical case studies to critique the nature of money, including the control of money systems and ideas for monetary reform. Zarlenga also redefines the concept of money in his analysis of the new European Monetary System.


Virginia L. Olesen, AM’56; Sheryl Burt Ruzek; and Adele E. Clarke, Women’s Health: Complexities and Differences (Ohio State University Press). This collection of essays argues for community- and context-based perspectives to women’s health issues—rather than a narrow biomedical approach—as a way to attain social justice for women in health care.

James E. Orlikoff, AM’78, and Mary Totten, The Trustee Handbook for Health Care Governance (American Hospital Publishing). Written for health-care organization board members, this guide to contemporary health-care governance covers board accountability, the role of governance in developing mission and strategy, and the complex relationships that make up a health-care organization.


James D. Barber, AB’50, AM’55, The Book of Democracy (Prentice Hall). Barber uses the history of successes and failures of democracy to investigate political freedom and equality, as well as the methods and consequences of force, law, and reason.

Richard H. Cox, PhD’55, Four Pillars of Constitutionalism: The Organic Laws of the United States (Prometheus Books). This book presents the texts of the four “organic laws”—the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Northwest Ordinance, and the Constitution—along with an introduction explaining how they came to form the opening section of The United States Code.

David L. Protess, AM’70, PhD’74, and Rob Warden, A Promise of Justice (Hyperion). In detailing the wrongful incarceration of the “Ford Heights Four”—four Chicago-area men imprisoned for an interracial rape and homicide in 1978, two of whom were put on death row—this book reviews DNA tests and new evidence uncovered by the authors that led to the 1996 release of the four men.

Arthur G. Rubinoff, AM’66, PhD’77, The Construction of a Political Community: Integration and Identity in Goa (Sage). Rubinoff describes the construction of a Goan political community and the transformation of its identity after integration into India, following 450 years of Portuguese colonial rule.

Herbert H. Werlin, AB’53, Mysteries of Development: Studies Using Political Elasticity Theory (University Press of America). Using international case studies, Werlin supports what he calls “political elasticity theory,” a theory that entwines administration and politics. His methodology draws from the fields of developmental studies, comparative administration, and comparative politics.


Althea Greenwald Horner, SB’52, Working with the Core Relationship Problem in Psychotherapy: A Handbook for Clinicians (Jossey-Bass Publishers, Inc.). Horner shows how to uncover, understand, and use the “Core Relationship Problem,” which develops in early childhood and creates an image of the self in relation to others, to organize and work with the information that emerges during psychotherapy.

Harold H. Mosak, AB’43, PhD’50, and Michael P. Maniacci, Tactics in Counseling and Psychotherapy (F. E. Peacock Publishers). A guide for counselors and therapists, this book reviews strategies for use in psychotherapy.

Barry R. Sherman, AM’79, PhD’82, Addiction and Pregnancy: Empowering Recovery through Peer Counseling (Praeger Publishers). This book supports the use of peer counseling to treat pregnant women for substance abuse.


Leonard D. Bergman, AB’45, AM’50, The Ascendancy of Man (self-published). Bergman recounts his personal spiritual experience with God, “the father;” locates the “dwelling place of the soul in the physical body;” discusses the “principle qua principle” that explains the basic message of Christ; and analyzes where and when the sermon on the Mount was given.

Stephanie A. Nelson, AM’90, PhD’92, God and the Land: The Metaphysics of Farming in Hesiod and Vergil (Oxford University Press). By evaluating the works of Hesiod and Vergil, Nelson argues that a society’s vision of farming contains abstract but deep indications about its view of the human place within nature and the relationship of the human to the divine.

Robert L. Randall, AM’69, PhD’73, Walking Through the Valley: Understanding and Emerging from Clergy Depression (Abingdon Press). Randall presents new ways to assess depression in pastors, and describes four steps he considers necessary for recovery.

John G. Stackhouse, Jr., PhD’87, Can God Be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil (Oxford University Press). What rationale, Stackhouse asks, do we have for believing in a benevolent God in light of the world’s problems? After surveying alternatives in world religions and philosophies, the author explores the responses of classical monotheisms to the problem of evil, concluding that Christians have good reason to trust God.

Sumner B. Twiss and Bruce Grelle, AM’81, PhD’93, Explorations in Global Ethics: Com- parative Religious Ethics and Interreligious Dialogue (Westview Press). Inspired by the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions, this collection of essays investigates interreligious dialogues regarding human rights, violence, international business, the environment, and the search for a global code of ethics.

James W. Vice Jr., AM’54, The Reopening of the American Mind: On Skepticism and Constitutionalism (Rodopi). This evaluation of Cicero, David Hume, Edmund Burke, James Madison, and Felix Frankfurter uncovers the limits of human reasoning and the deficiencies of language, as well as judicial restraints and experimental approaches to political problems.

Michael Andrew Williams, AM’71, An Inheritance Among the Sanctified: A Black Man’s Meditations on the Sacred Meaning of Human Sexuality and The Reward of the Inheritance: A Black Man’s Meditations on the Sacred Meaning of the Crown of Life (BookCrafters, Inc.). These two volumes of Williams’ Inheritance trilogy critique such contemporary topics as love, family, and worship through Christian ideology.


Joseph Dumit and Gary L. Downey, AM’77, PhD’81, Cyborgs and Citadels: Anthropological Interventions in Emerging Sciences and Technologies (SAR Press) and The Machine in Me: An Anthropologist Sits Among Computer Engineers (Routledge). The first book explores ways in which anthropological research intervenes in emerging sciences and technologies without receiving either enthusiastic support or critical pessimism. In the second book, Downey uses interviews and personal interaction with engineers to document technology’s influence on society and to show the deep connections humans have to machines.

Ithiel de Sola Pool, AB’38, PhD’52, Politics in Wired Nations (Transaction Press). This collection of Pool’s writings reviews the social and political effects of communications systems and telecommunications technology. The author also discusses the effect of technology on business, government, and national identity.

Timothy B. Rowe, SM’81, The Mistaken Extinction—Dinosaur Evolution and the Origin of Birds (W.H. Freeman). Rowe explores the hypothesis that explains the great Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction of 65 million years ago, and looks at the controversy and evidence suggesting that not all dinosaurs became extinct at the end of the Mesozoic. He also provides evidence that may indicate birds are lineal descendants of Mesozoic dinosaurs.


Anita Beltran Chen, PhD’62, From Sunbelt to Snowbelt: Filipinos in Canada (Canadian Ethnic Studies). The essays in this book inspect the demographic profile of Filipino Canadians and other Filipinos who live outside the Philippines, raising questions about issues of culture, gender, and identity among Filipino Canadians.

Dennis B. McGilvray, AM’68, PhD’74, Symbolic Heat: Gender, Health, and Worship among the Tamils of South India and Sri Lanka (Mapin Publishers). Combining color photos with anthropological fieldwork, McGilvray documents the Tamil concepts of internal body “heat”—energy, passion, and life—in terms of diet, health, gender relations, and popular Hindu worship of deities.

Margaret Peil, PhD’63, Social Science Research Methods: A Handbook for Africa and Consensus, Conflict and Change: A Sociological Introduction to African Societies (O. Oyeneye). The first text describes methods for conducting inexpensive surveys of African conditions, and the second introduces students to rare and often unavailable research on African societies since 1990.

Yale Richmond and Phyllis J. Gestrin, SB’60, SM’60, Into Africa: Intercultural Insights (Intercultural Press). A practical guide to interacting with the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, this book aims to equip businesspeople, educators, and other travelers with important intercultural insights concerning regional differences, guidelines for business relationships, and cultural viewpoints.

Jeremy Joyner White, author, and John A. Gueguen, Jr., editor, PhD’70, A Humean Critique of David Hume’s Theory of Knowledge (University Press of America). This Aristotelian-Thomistic critique of Hume’s most mature and familiar work offers new approaches to Hume’s epistemology and his underlying metaphysical assumptions.

Douglas E. Sturm, DB’53, PhD’59, Solidarity and Suffering: Toward a Politics of Relationality (State University of New York Press). Sturm calls for mutual respect and creative dialogue and develops a concept of justice as solidarity to examine a range of social issues: human rights, affirmative action, property, corporations, religious pluralism, social conflict, and the environment

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