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Seymour Howard, AM’51, PhD’58, Art and Imago: Essays on Art as a Species of Autobiography (Pindar Press). Through 26 essays, Howard reflects on both the practices and theories of art. He shows how nonverbal imagery allows artists to communicate who they are, where they come from, and what they believe.


Amy R. Weinstein Meyers, AB’77, co-editor, Empire’s Nature: Mark Catesby’s New World Vision (University of North Carolina Press). Inspired by a major traveling exhibition of Mark Catesby’s watercolor drawings from Windsor Castle’s Royal Library, Meyer’s collection of essays explores the painter’s life and art and discusses his identity as a naturalist-artist, an experimental horticulturist, an ornamental gardener, and an early environmental thinker.

Ronald J. Terchek, AB’58, AM’60, Gandhi: Struggling for Autonomy (Rowman and Littlefield). Studying Gandhi’s principle of individual autonomy, Terchek examines the Indian leader’s commitment to equal respect and regard for all people and his influence on contemporary issues.


Sugata Biswas, AB’89, and Daryl Twitchell, Management Consulting: A Complete Guide to the Industry (John Wiley & Sons). This manual provides tips on how to stand out when competing for a consulting job. Biswas and Twitchell also describe what it’s like to be a practicing management consultant, from finding career opportunities to balancing work and private life.

Lillian H. Chaney and Jeanette St. Clair Martin, MBA’74, Intercultural Business Communication (Prentice-Hall). The authors present real-life solutions to intercultural communication problems in business.

Jeremy G. Davis and Timothy M. Devinney, AM’79, MBA’81, PhD’84, The Essence of Corporate Strategy (Allen and Unwin); Jose de la Torre, Yves Doz, and Devinney, Managing the Global Corporation (McGraw-Hill). Reviewing recent thought in corporate strategy, Davis and Devinney integrate research in economics, management, finance, marketing, and organizational behavior that affects strategic management decisions. The second book, a collection of more than 40 case studies, deals with business issues encountered while running a global corporation.

Andrew W. Lo and A. Craig MacKinlay, MBA’83, PhD’85, A Non-Random Walk Down Wall Street (Princeton University Press). In these papers on the stock market, Lo and MacKinlay analyze the profitability of predicting stock prices and the impact of Black Monday and future financial technologies.

Robert F. Reilly and Robert P. Schweihs, MBA’81, Valuing Intangible Assets (McGraw-Hill). Drawing on experience in a valuation firm, the authors analyze and appraise tangible assets and intellectual property. They also help non-experts learn how to value intangible assets like patents, trademarks, computer software, customer lists, and noncomplete agreements.


Andrea Stenn Stryer, AB’57, AB’57, AM’58, The Celestial River: Creation Tales of the Milky Way (August House). Stryer culls folk legends describing the origins of the Milky Way from Japanese, Australian Aborigine, Navajo, Maori, ancient Greek, Kalahari Sun, and Argentine Toba Indian sources.


Robert D. Benne, AM’63, PhD’70, Seeing is Believing: Visions of Life Through Film (University Press of America). By analyzing four basic narrative patterns—the Christian, the American, the Greek, and the skeptical—Benne argues that, through narration, “serious” movies convey meaning.

James M. Schiffer, AM’74, PhD’80, editor, Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Critical Essays (Garland). This collection of 16 original and three reprinted essays approaches Shakespeare’s sonnets from perspectives of formalism, feminism, cultural materialism, biographical criticism, and queer theory.

Victor Terras, PhD’63, Reading Dostoevsky (University of Wisconsin Press). Guiding readers through Fyodor Dostoevsky’s career, Terras emphasizes the novelist’s use of irony, allusions, scenic effects, puns, and witticisms. By presenting different and often contradictory interpretations of Dostoevsky’s work, Terras helps readers form their own opinions about the texts.


Abraham S. Aamidor, AB’69, Real Feature Writing (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). In this college journalism textbook, Aamidor focuses on the form and structure of feature articles, presenting explanations and examples of distinct story types. Aamidor uses diverse story subjects to explain journalism tools, including leads, quotes, descriptions, databases, and reference books.

Richard G. Niemi and Jane Junn, AM’87, PhD’94, Civic Education: What Makes Students Learn (Yale University Press). Niemi and Junn take a fresh look at what America’s high-school seniors know about government and politics and how they learn it. The authors argue that secondary-school civics courses do, despite studies to the contrary, enhance civic knowledge.


Adria Piacentini Bernardi, AM’89, translator, Abandoned Places (Guernica Editions). Bernardi translates Tonino Guerra’s poems, originally written in the Italian dialect of the montanari, or the mountaineers of Romagna. The verse and prose poems reflect Guerra’s trademark mixture of sardonic humor and whimsy.

Althea Greenwald Horner, SB’52, Chrysalis (Monbijou Press). Starring two women who have forgotten how to love—Connie, a publishing house editor, and Margaret, a psychoanalyst—Horner’s novel depicts a relationship that begins as patient and analyst and becomes much more.

Edith Rosen Skom, AB’48, The Charles Dickens Murders (Delacorte). A murder mystery set in a U of C women’s residence hall, Skom’s novel tells of the hunt for a murderer among the dorm clique. When novel hero Beth Austin learns of the unsolved mystery from her mother, a dorm resident when the crime occurred, she investigates survivors using Dickensian analysis.

John D. Smith Jr., AM’86, The Hypothetical Landscape (Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Series). First published in various U.S. periodicals, Smith’s poems use both free and formal verse to address ethics, theology, and the intersection of ethnic identity and mainstream American culture.


Geoffrey Adams, PhD’54, The Call of Conscience: French Protestant Reactions to the Algerian War, 1954–1962 (Wilfrid Laurier University Press). Culling material from memoirs, news clippings, National Assembly records, and the archives of a Protestant relief organization called cimade, Adams argues that Protestants mobilized to denounce the Algerian war and condemn the abuse of Muslims during the war.

Martin W. Dowling, AB’82, Tenant Right and Agrarian Society in Ulster, 1600–1870 (Irish Academic Press). Drawing on records of more than 60 landed estates in northern Ireland, Dowling traces the development of private property and agrarian capitalism in the Irish countryside, depicting relationships between landlords and tenants during times of rapid economic change, as well as the spatial and visual reorganization of rural settlement.

Paul D. Halliday, AM’88, PhD’93, Dismembering the Body Politic: Partisan Politics in England’s Towns, 1650–1730 (Cambridge University Press). Halliday surveys town government in late Stuart and early Hanoverian England, arguing that partisan politics emerged following England’s Civil War, not in Parliament, as other scholars have contended.

J. N. Hays, PhD’70, The Burdens of Disease: Epidemics and Human Response in Western History (Rutgers University Press). Showing how the meaning of disease in Western civilizations has been socially and historically constructed, Hays argues that ruling elites have often associated epidemics and their causes with the culture of the victims—most often the poor, the marginal, and the conquered.

Robert H. Keller Jr., DB’61, AM’62, PhD’67, American Indians and National Parks (University of Arizona Press). Keller gives a political history of relations between Native Americans and the national park system, focusing on events at Glacier, Olympic, Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Everglades parks. He also documents changes affecting Native Americans living in Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

David A. Mayers, AM’76, PhD’79, Wars and Peace: The Future Americans Envisioned (St. Martin’s Press). In his history of the way Americans have thought about peace in times of war, Mayers analyzes five national security crises: the Civil War, the 1898 Spanish-American conflict, WWI, WWII, and the Cold War.

Robert L. Weiss, JD’48, Enemy North, South, East, West (Strawberry Hill Press). Weiss relates his role in a 1944 WWII battle in which a German counterattack surrounded a few hundred infantrymen on a key hill near Mortain in southern Normandy. Weiss details his part in the massive artillery defense that was able to turn back the German offensive.


Thomas P. Svobodny, AB’79, Mathematical Modeling for Industry and Engineering (Prentice Hall). This advanced undergraduate text is designed to help students from a variety of applied-science disciplines form a “modeling intuition” for industry and engineering.


Diana Bartlett, MBA’83, and James J. Unland, MBA’75, Structuring Provider Networks for the New Healthcare Consumer (McGraw-Hill Healthcare Education Group). Bartlett and Unland outline ways health-care providers can successfully meet the baby boomers’ expected surge in demand for medical services in the new millennium.

Stephen M. Davidson, PhD’74, and Stephen A. Somers, Remaking Medicaid: Managed Care for the Public Good (Jossey-Bass Publishing Co.). Davidson and Somers compile the work of leading researchers on the challenges of creating managed-care initiatives that provide quality care in cost-sensitive state Medicaid programs.

Stephen Hargarten and Trudy A. Karlson, AB’70, Reducing Firearm Injury and Death: A Public Health Sourcebook on Guns (Rutgers University Press). Two experts in public health and injury control show readers how the design, technology, and marketing of guns could be changed to reduce firearm injuries and death.

Elizabeth Anne Rosenthal, MBA’93, PhD’96, Where To Go When You’re Hurting: A Healing Resource Guide (empr, Inc.). Rosenthal attempts to help others create and follow appropriate healing plans by providing hundreds of holistic and conventional resources.


Francisco F. Martin, AM’84, Rights International Companion to Constitutional Law: An International Human Rights Law Supplement (Kluwer Law International). Written for students and practicing lawyers, this volume in a legal-rights series examines the relationship between international human-rights law and U.S. constitutional, criminal, and property law.

Lenore Greenschlag Martin, AM’68, PhD’79, New Frontiers in Middle East Securities (St. Martin’s Press). Martin documents the status of national security in the Middle East with essays on political legitimacy, ethnic and religious tolerance, access to natural resources, and economic and military capabilities.


Mary T. Stimming, AM’88, PhD’96, and Maureen Stimming, co-editors, Before Their Time: Adult Children’s Experiences of Parental Suicide (Temple University Press). Through accounts of adult children’s grief and resolution following a parent’s suicide, the Stimming sisters explore the impact such a loss can have on the children’s personal and professional choices.


Carol Lowery Delaney, AM’78, PhD’84, The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth (Princeton University Press). From anthropological and feminist perspectives, Delaney examines how Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice rather than protect his child has influenced the way Jewish, Christian, and Islamic ideology is constructed.


Mark E. Brecher, MD’82, co-editor, Research Design and Analysis (American Association of Blood Banks). Targeting both novice and experienced biomedical researchers, Brecher covers primary study design, statistical analysis, metaanalysis, consent, review board approval, and the approval and publication of research results.

Richard Gordon, SB’63, The Hierarchical Genome and Differentiation Waves: Novel Unification of Development, Genetics, and Evolution (World Scientific). Based on Gordon and his colleagues’ recent discovery of differentiation waves, Gordon shows how cell differentiation during embryogenesis may provide a unified theory of how multicellular organisms have developed and evolved.

Alfred A. Marcus, AB’71, AM’73, Better Environmental Decisions (Island Press). Marcus presents an interdisciplinary approach to environmental problems that considers all of the related costs and benefits, priorities, finances, laws, and community perspectives.

Filip Palda, PhD’89, Home on the Urban Range: An Idea Map for Reforming the City (The Fraser Institute). Palda argues that city dwellers overconsume services and suggests that cities should charge user fees for water, garbage, road travel, police, and fire protection as an incentive to consume moderately.

Bernard M. Sawyer, SB’71, co-editor, Municipal Sewage Sludge Management: A Reference Text on Processing Utilization and Disposal (Technomic Publishing Company). Sawyer gathers contributions from 38 experts to review how the U.S. processes and disposes of sewage sludge. Presenting alternative sludge removal practices, including those in Europe and Japan, the book reviews the costs and benefits of each method.

Glenn E. Weisfeld, PhD’78, Evolutionary Principles of Human Adolescence (Westview Press). Using evolutionary theory and comprehensive research on adolescent behavior, anatomy, and physiology, Weisfeld places adolescence in a cross-species and cross-cultural context.


William A. Freedman, PhD’64, More Than a Pastime: An Oral History of Baseball Fans (McFarland & Co.). After 40 interviews with baseball fans aged 10 to 80, Freedman concludes that baseball is not only a source of pleasure, but a socializing agent that can determine the character of individuals. He argues that the way in which young fans regard the game and their favorite teams and players can reveal personality traits, family and social situations, and fundamental needs.

Nathaniel E. Reich, MD’32, The Facts of Life (Vantage Press, Inc.). Reich explores the meaning of people’s lives and their fundamental state of being through more than 50 essays, covering such topics as genesis, civilization, and war.

Steven A. Riess, AM’69, PhD’74, editor, Sports in the Progressive Era, 1900–1920 (Academic International Press); editor, Sports and the American Jew, (Syracuse University Press); Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era (University of Illinois Press). The first book is volume six of Sports in North America: A Documentary History, a collection of primary documents—press clippings, first-person accounts, and organization constitutions—that chronicle the major sporting events in 20th-century North America. The second book examines gender and heroism in the Jewish diaspora by studying Jewish businesses, country clubs, settlement houses, literature, and prize fighting. In the third book—an updated version of his 1980 book—Riess argues that professional baseball is an urban enterprise that builds nationalism but that watching or playing baseball does not make anyone a better person.

Sharon Hines Smith, AM’74, African American Daughters and Elderly Mothers: Examining Experiences of Grief, Loss and Bereavement (Garland Press). By showing how elderly African-American women symbolize the strength and essence of family, Smith demonstrates the intense feelings of loss in the African-American community when they die. She also delves into the roles assumed by daughters after their mothers die.


Bart Ellis, AM’72, The Date Doctor’s Guide to Dating: How to Get From First Date To Perfect Mate (Warner Books). In this guide for women about how to find, interest, and keep men, Ellis describes what men want and how to avoid the turnoffs that scare men away.

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