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