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Books by Alumni

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Art and Architecture
Glenn R. Gardner, AM'71, translator, Ezquerra: Lejanista Architecture (Coedi Mex), Abraham Zabludovsky y la vivienda (Arquine-INCyC), and Abraham Zabludovsky: Arquitecto (Noriega Editores). Gardener translates into English these Spanish works about two of Mexico's major modern architects.

Joan Tasker Grimbert, PhD'81, Eglal Doss-Quinby, Wendy Pfeffer, and Elizabeth Aubrey, Songs of the Women Trouvères (Yale University Press). An anthology of works by women poet-composers in 12th- and 13th-century northern France, this book includes texts of 75 compositions and music for 37 songs.

Robert L. Hardgrave Jr., AM'62, PhD'66, Boats of Bengal: Eighteenth Century Portraits by Balthazar Solvyns (Manohar Publishers). Part of a project on the life and work of Flemish artist François Balthazar Solvyns, the book includes 36 Solvyns etchings, with descriptions and commentary.

Elmer W. Johnson, JD'57, Chicago Metropolis 2020: The Chicago Plan for the Twenty-First Century (University of Chicago Press). Focusing on the city's architecture and spatial planning, Johnson addresses obstacles to maintaining Chicago's tradition of renewal and foresight.

Biography and letters
John A. Fatherley, MAT'66, In the Vortex: Charles E. Clark (John A. Fatherley). Fatherley recounts the life of American sailor Captain Clark, including his Spanish-American War service and struggles through four whirlpools.

George A. Klawitter, PhD'81, and Kenneth Borris, editors, The Affectionate Shepherd: Celebrating Richard Barnfield (Associated University Presses). This collection of 17 essays examines and praises the Renaissance poet.

George W. Liebman, JD'63, Six Lost Leaders (Lexington Books). Liebman discusses six largely forgotten American and British figures who spearheaded social, health, and educational movements in the past two centuries.

Business and Economics
Colin J. Coulson-Thomas, X'75, Shaping Things to Come: Strategies for Creating Alternative Enterprises (Blackhall Publishing). Full of checklists and exercises, this manual explains how to develop alternative ventures by challenging conventional thought.

Paul D. Hackleman, AM'73, and Bill Tugaw, Deferred Compensation/Defined Contribution-New Rules/New Game for Public and Private Plans (International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans). This book addresses challenges faced by employers managing deferred compensation and defined contribution plans.

Charles E. Lindblom, PhD'45, The Market System: What It Is, How It Works, and What to Make of It (Yale University Press). Lindblom answers his title's questions by laying out cases for and against the market.

George J. Schenk, MBA'69, Profesjonalny Sprzedawca (Oficyna Ekonomiczna). Writing for the Polish market, Schenk disputes Communist philosophy, arguing that selling is noble work and an issue of trust, care, and character.

Thomas Sowell, PhD'68, Basic Economics (Basic Books). Sowell outlines fundamental principles that apply to any economy, gives an incentive-based view of economic policies and systems, and discusses major economic issues.

Gerhard F. Volz, LLM'90, The Organizations of the World Economy (Oldenbourg Verlag). In English and German, Volz discusses international institutions such as the European Union, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.

Kristana M. Arp, AB'75, The Bonds of Freedom: Simone de Beauvoir's Existentialist Ethics (Open Court Publishing Company). Analyzing Beauvoir's Ethics of Ambiguity, Arp argues that Beauvoir overcomes the obstacles to basing ethics on existentialism by developing a new concept of freedom.

William Melaney, AM'86, After Ontology: Literary Theory and Modernist Poetics (SUNY Press). Melaney compares French philosopher Gadamer's ontological view of art to Derrida's transformative approach to show how deconstruction can contribute to postmodern criticism.

John A. Goldsmith; John H. Komlos, AM'72, PhD'78, PhD'90; and Penny S. Gold, AB'69, The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career: A Portable Mentor for Scholars from Graduate School through Tenure (University of Chicago Press). Written as an informal conversation among colleagues, the book offers inside information on finding a mentor, avoiding pitfalls in dissertation writing, and more. (Goldsmith is the Edward Carson Waller professor in linguistics at the University of Chicago.)

David T. Hansen, AB'76, PhD'90, Exploring the Moral Heart of Teaching: Toward a Teacher's Creed (Teachers College Press). Drawing on classroom-based research, teachers' testimony, and reflection, Hansen argues that teaching is both rewarding and essential.

Judith Vollmar Torney-Purta, AM'62, PhD'65, Citizenship and Education in Twenty-eight Countries: Civic Knowledge and Engagement at Age Fourteen (International Association for Evaluation of Education Achievement). Torney-Purta reports results from a 1999 civic education study that tested 90,000 students on civic knowledge, attitudes, and participation.

Fiction and Poetry
Eric Chilenskas, AB'91, SM'99, The Fellowship (Writer's Showcase). In Chilenskas's first novel, a U of C graduate is lured into an international power struggle by a million-dollar gift.

James Garden Jr., AB'51, The Invention (1stBooks). In this ecological novel, an inventor builds a machine that generates energy without fuel. The invention proves deadly as the inventor and his wife are separated and chased by murderous oil barons.

Glenna E. Lang, AB'72, Looking Out for Sarah (Charlesbridge Publishing). This picture book for children is told from the point of view of a seeing-eye dog who helps his owner, a blind music teacher, work, play, and run errands.

Dante A. Puzzo, AB'40, AM'45, PhD'56, By the Dawn's Early Light and Chicago (Randatamp Press). The first novel recounts colonial American life in the Hudson Valley as Native Americans, Dutch, and English vie for control of the region. Chicago follows the Butler family through the city's history from the founding of the U of C to World War I.

Gender Studies
Ellie M. Hisama, AB'87, Gendering Musical Modernism: The Music of Ruth Crawford, Marion Bauer, and Miriam Gideon (Cambridge University Press). Blending history with musical analysis, Hisama examines the lives and works of three 20th-century American women composers.

Joan K. Peters, AB'67, AM'68, PhD'74, Not Your Mother's Life: Changing the Rules of Work, Love, and Family (Perseus). Peters uses research, case studies, and advice to teach mothers how to balance work and family.

History and Current Events
Alan L. Berger, AM'70, and Naomi Berger, Second Generation Voices: Reflections by Children of Holocaust Survivors & Perpetrators (Syracuse University Press). This book includes reflections by children and grandchildren of both Holocaust survivors and perpetrators from Auschwitz.

Daniel Brumberg, AM'82, PhD'91, Reinventing Khomeini: The Struggle for Reform in Iran (University of Chicago Press). Brumberg presents a new interpretation of Iran's Islamic Revolution and its controversial and complex leader, President Mohammad Khatami.

David F. Ericson, PhD'87, The Debate over Slavery: Antislavery and Proslavery Liberalism in Antebellum America (New York University Press). Ericson analyzes antebellum rhetoric to argue that liberal principles underlay the debate over slavery.

Kurt Hackemer, AB'89, The U.S. Navy and the Origins of the Military-Industrial Complex, 1847-1883 (Naval Institute Press). Hackemer examines the relationship between American business and the U.S. Navy in the 19th century, arguing that the military-industrial complex arose earlier than previously thought.

Christopher C. Herbert, AM'65, Victorian Relativity: Radical Thought and Scientific Discovery (University of Chicago Press). By tracing a long line of thinkers ranging from Charles Darwin to Albert Einstein, Herbert shows that the idea of relativity caused revolutionary changes in the 19th century.

Matthew F. Melko, AM'51, General War among Great Powers in World History (Mellen). Melko's book covers 38 wars in 11 civilizations over more than four millennia.

Political Science and Law
Roland Adickes, AM'58, JD'61, The United States Constitution and Citizens' Rights: The Interpretation and Mis-Interpretation of the American Contract for Governance (McFarland & Company). Giving detailed examples, Adickes argues that Congress and the Supreme Court have circumvented the people's mutual contract in many cases and have, in effect, amended the Constitution.

Stephen P. Cohen, AB'57, AM'59, India: Emerging Power (Brookings Press). Cohen examines India's economic, military, and diplomatic growth and calls for closer American ties with the country.

Michael W. Homel, AM'66, PhD'72, Unlocking City Hall: Exploring the History of Local Government and Politics (Krieger). Intended for teachers, students, and community residents, this guide explores the turbulent history and politics of local government, including campaigns, elections, and public services.

Bruce D. Larkin, AB'54, War Stories (Peter Lang). Larkin proposes that war stories transform into political plans for the future, and he argues for war-avoidance policies.

Frederick A. Lazin, AM'68, PhD'73, The Policy Implementation Process in Developing Nations (JAI Press). Using case studies of countries around the world, Lazin explores how political and administrative institutions affect domestic policy implementation in developing nations.

Ellen S. Podgor, MBA'87, International Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (Lexis Publishing). This textbook, designed for courses on international criminal law, includes actual cases, case-related notes, and questions, with additional material on the proposed international criminal court.

Mark J. Blechner, AB'72, The Dream Frontier (Analytic Press). Blechner presents the past century's cumulative wisdom on dreams and then reorganizes it according to cognitive neuroscientific research.

Philip K. Bock, AM'56, Rethinking Psychological Anthropology (Waveland Press). Covering the 19th century to the present, this book examines the values and fallacies of psychological concepts and methods used by anthropologists.

Donald P. Lindskoog, AM'65, The Idea of Psychology: Reclaiming the Discipline's Identity (Howard University Press). Lindskoog accuses modern psychologists of forsaking their roles as scientists and argues they should consider behaviors to be expressions of the mind.

Norman B. Schmidt, AB'86, and Morgan T. Sammons, Combined Treatments for Mental Disorders: A Guide to Psychological and Pharmacological Interventions (American Psychological Association). The authors review recent writings on the effectiveness of combining psychotherapy with psychopharmacology.

Sheikh M. Shahidullah, AM'79, PhD'82, Underdevelopment: A Psychosocial Survey Aimed at Terminating the Eclipse (Parama). Written in Bengali, this book explores human behavior in economically weak Bangladesh.

Frank A. Sanello, AB'74, Reel v. Real: Separating Fact from Fantasy in Film (Taylor Publishing). Sanello takes an irreverent look at bloopers in Hollywood's costume epics and film biographies.

Religion and Philosophy
Thomas E. Homerin, PhD'81, Umar Ibn al-Farid: Sufi Verse, Saintly Life (Paulist Press). Homerin introduces and translates two of Ibn al-Farid's poems, considered classics of Islamic mystical literature. The book includes an account of the poet's life by his grandson.

Peter Just, AB'72, Dou Donggo Justice: Conflict and Morality in an Indonesian Society (Rowman & Littlefield). Just explores a people's religious, moral, and philosophical views by studying dispute settlements in a small Indonesian society.

James A. Kelhoffer, AM'96, PhD'99, Miracle and Mission: The Authentication of Missionaries and Their Message in the Longer Ending of Mark (Mohr Siebeck). Adapted from his doctoral dissertation, Kelhoffer's book analyzes the Longer Ending of Mark's Gospel, including its references to handling snakes and drinking poison.

Tarif Khalidi, PhD'70, The Muslim Jesus: Sayings and Stories in Islamic Literature (Harvard University Press). In this collection of texts, including works of Muslim mysticism, anthologies of wise sayings, and histories of prophets and saints, Khalidi attempts to explain who Jesus really was to the Muslims.

Theodore M. Vial, AM'87, PhD'94, and Mark A. Hadley, AM'88, editors, Ethical Monotheism, Past and Present: Essays in Honor of Wendell S. Dietrich (SBL for Brown Judaic Studies). This essay collection compares 19th-century Judaic and Christian thought to contemporary ethics.

Michael V. Wedin, AM'67, PhD'71, Aristotle's Theory of Substance: The Categories and Metaphysics (Oxford University Press). Wedin argues against the prevailing notion that Aristotle's views on the nature of reality are inconsistent.

Science and Technology
Jonathan E. Goodman, AB'82, The Omega Solution (Prima Publishing). Goodman's book provides a comprehensive overview of the health benefits of essential fatty acids.

Social Sciences
Timothy J. Mullin, JD'73, Handbook of Handguns (Paladin Press). This comprehensive book covers handgun usage and history.

Tim L. Parrish, AM'88, Waking Blues: Making Americans from Emerson to Elvis (University of Massachusetts Press). Parrish argues that American identity is not a transcendental entity or essence but an ongoing process with a rich legacy of pragmatism.

Susan S. Rugh, AM'86, Our Common Country: Family Farming, Culture, and Community in the Nineteenth-Century Midwest (Indiana University Press). In the American heartland Rugh uncovers the source of the nation's notions about family, community, and grassroots democracy.

Elizabeth A. Trembley, AM'86, PhD'91, The Guide to United States Popular Culture (Bowling Green State University Popular Press). Trembley offers 1,600 entries in this reference on a wide range of everyday phenomena in the United States.

Ann Ziegenfuss Weller, AM'71, Editorial Peer Review: Its Strengths and Weaknesses (Information Today). Weller reviews published studies on the editorial field, including editorial boards, reviewer bias, and the effects of the shift to electronic media.

Travel and Leisure
Eliot A. Landau, AB'63, Linn's U.S. Stamp Facts: The Nineteenth Century (Linn's Stamp News, Amos Press). Landau's book gathers information on U.S. postage stamps issued from 1847 to 1899, their creators, and their printing and usage. Illustrations are included.

Tucker T. Max, AB'98, The Definitive Book of Pick-Up Lines (Writers Club Press). A commentary accompanies each pick-up line in this collection, describing how, when, and where it should be used. Max includes a brief introduction on how to select and deliver pick-up lines.

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