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BOOKSHELF

[Correction: In the May issue, the author of Irving Howe: A Life of Passionate Dissent should have read Gerald Sorin ’62.]

Medicine Under Sail
Medicine Under Sail by Zachary B. Friedenberg

Medicine Under Sail

by Zachary B. Friedenberg ’36. This historical study of naval medicine shows how maritime doctors made invaluable contributions to the expansion of sea travel by confronting and resolving serious health problems on board such as faulty diets, scurvy, typhus and tropical fevers (Naval Institute Press, $28.95).

Botticelli’s Face

by Robert Emmet Jones ’48. John, an architect; Helen, his wife; Henry, a professor; and George, a graduate student who is his lover, are neighbors in Philadelphia who face delusions, traumas, psychological brutality and physical betrayals that lead to unforeseen consequences. The novel explores mental reality and its various levels of interpretation (First Books Library, $26.50).

The Enemy at His Pleasure: A Journey Through the Jewish Pale of Settlement During World War I

by S. Ansky, edited and translated by Joachim Neugroschel ’58. This first-time English translation makes available the carefully documented work of the influential Yiddish writer on his four-year journey to provide relief for Jews caught in the warring border regions during World War I (Henry Holt & Co., $30).

A Voting Rights Odyssey: Black Enfranchisement in Georgia

by Laughlin McDonald ’60. A veteran civil rights lawyer draws from various court records and interviews to provide an account of the crusade for equal voting rights in Georgia from voting restrictions on African-Americans during Reconstruction to the problems of redistricting in the 1990s (Cambridge University Press, $20).

Famous Last Words: Fond Farewells, Deathbed Diatribes, and Exclamations Upon Expiration

compiled by Ray Robinson ’41. Inspired by a four-lined Halleck poem found posthumously in his father’s safe, the well-known sports author developed an obsession for farewell utterances and presents a collection of parting words from famous persons in history (Workman Publishing, $9.95).

Jewish Life After the USSR

edited by Zvi Gitelman ’62 with Muisya Glants and Marshall I. Goldman. Since the decline and dissolution of the Soviet Union, the authors contend, the Jewish population there has gained new freedoms while dealing with economic instability and unbridled anti-Semitism. This volume of essays analyzes post-Soviet Jewry in light of the changes in the political and social climate (Indiana University Press, $22.95).

Hoopla on the Hudson
Hoopla on the Hudson by Lincoln Diamant

Hoopla on the Hudson

by Lincoln Diamant ’43. An intimate view of New York City in 1909 through the translated articles of a young Dutch reporter (the author’s father), whose coverage of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration details the tumult and pageantry surrounding the event (Purple Mountain Press, $15).

Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586

by Andrew C.A. Jampoler ’62. This book, published on the 25th anniversary of Alfa Foxtrot 586’s fatal mission as a tribute to those lost, tells a story of survival as the flight crew of the P-3 Orion struggles to overcome a propeller malfunction and engine fire that forces them to abandon the plane during a mission in the North Pacific (Naval Institute Press, $26.95).

The Leader as Communicator: Strategies and Tactics To Build Loyalty, Focus Effort, and Spark Creativity

by Robert Mai ’64 and Alan Akerson. This guide to effective leadership emphasizes mastery in communication-based roles such as “trust builder” and “provocateur” and also offers case studies of organizations including Xerox, Cadillac and Emerson (AMACOM, $24.95).

Oklahoma Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers

Oklahoma Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers
Oklahoma Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers by Ron Padgett

by Ron Padgett ’64. The son of a notorious Southern bootlegger traces the colorful life of his father, Wayne Padgett, through personal memories, interviews with those familiar with his father and a historical look at the era that facilitated the emergence of his father’s criminal lifestyle (University of Oklahoma Press, $29.95).

Origination of Organismal Form: Beyond the Gene in Developmental and Evolutionary Biology

edited by Gerd B. Müller and Stuart A. Newman ’65. Seeking a more comprehensive theory of evolution, this book goes beyond the realm of traditional evolutionary genetics and focuses on the epigenetic processes in understanding morphological origination and the development and evolution of the biological form (MIT Press, $45).

Private Sessions — A Bridge Education

by August W. Boehm ’68. The longtime top bridge player presents a Socratic question-and-answer guide that focuses less on clever tricks and instead helps the reader think like a bridge expert (Magnus Books, $19.95).

Modern Physics and Ancient Faith

by Stephen M. Barr ’74. Citing the philosophy of “scientific materialism” as the primary opposing force of religion, this text argues that the discoveries of modern physics are compatible with Judeo-Christian claims of God’s existence (University of Notre Dame Press, $30).

Political Thought in Early Fourteenth-Century England: Treatises of Walter of Milemete, William of Pagula, and William of Ockham

edited and translated by Cary J. Nederman ’78. This collection of previously untranslated works reveals the political scene in early 14th-century England and provides insight into important issues of the day, including the powers of the king and the relationship between church and state (ACMRS and Brepols Publishers, $40).

What Is World Literature?
What is World Literature? by David Damrosch

What Is World Literature?

by David Damrosch, professor of English and comparative literature. In examining works that range from Egyptian hieroglyphics to Kafka, this book presents world literature as a “mode of circulation” that is shaped by both the source and the receiving culture. It also exposes the distortion and mishandling pervasive in some of the world’s classic texts (Princeton University Press, $19.95).

Democracy and the News

by Herbert J. Gans, Robert S. Lynd, Professor of Sociology. Expanding on his 1979 book, Deciding What’s News, Gans exposes the link between America’s “impaired democracy” and a weakened news media that suffers from a lack of investigative journalism and faces domination by manipulative private interests (Oxford University Press, $26).

Modern Cosmology

by Scott Dodelson ’83. A comprehensive text that equips readers with tools for observing the universe, this book includes an overview of elements in a homogenous Friedman-Robertson-Walker universe and covers perturbations and evolutions in the FRW model (Academic Press, $70).

State of the World 2003

by The Worldwatch Institute. Mia Macdonald ’87 writes about population, gender and biodiversity by examining the links between biodiversity-rich regions and the social and cultural patterns of its inhabitants in her chapter of this extensive anthology (W.W. Norton, $16.96).

Familiar Strangers: Uncommon Wisdom in Unlikely Places

by Gotham Chopra ’97. Recalling the fearful moments of September 11, 2001, and drawing from his encounters with strangers living on the edges of society in places such as China, Sri Lanka and Kashmir, the author examines life’s sense of purpose and the wisdom gained from his travels (Random House, $22.95).


A Fierce Hatred of Injustice: Claude McKay’s Jamaica and His Poetry of Rebellion
A Fierce Hatred of Injustice: Claude McKay’s Jamaica and His Poetry of Rebellion by Winston James

A Fierce Hatred of Injustice: Claude McKay’s Jamaica and His Poetry of Rebellion

by Winston James, associate professor of history. This book about McKay, a renowned poet and intellectual of the African diaspora, focuses on his much overlooked Jamaican period, which helped to form his political radicalism and his innovative use of Jamaican Creole (Verso, $25).

Edward Said: Criticism and Society

by Abdirahman A. Hussein. This “intellectual biography” of the University Professor argues that a global method tied to the Palestinian experience exists underneath his highly unconventional methodology (Verso, $25).

P.K.

 

Columbia College Today features books by alumni and faculty as well as books about the College and its people. For inclusion, please send review copies to:

Laura Butchy, Bookshelf Editor
Columbia College Today
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New York, NY 10115-0998



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