Compiled by Timothy P. Cross
From Genesis to Genetics: The Case of Evolution and
Creationism by John A. Moore ’36. Moore argues
that the long-running debate over teaching evolution threatens not
just the scientific study of biology but the dissemination of
scientific procedures throughout the public school curriculum
(University of California Press, $27.50).
Home Movies: A History of the American Industry,
1897–1979 by Alan Kattelle ’40. From its
origins in the magic lantern and the camera obscura to the
introduction of affordable color film and the famous Zapruder film
of JFK’s assassination, this volume offers a one-of-a-kind
introduction to the technology, film, organizations and companies
that make home movies possible (Transition Publishing,
Kelly’s People by Walter Wager ’44. In
the author’s 27th book, five telepathic counterespionage
agents — saved by organ transplants and supercharged with a
mysterious, lifesaving serum — must stop a shadowy
arch-terrorist from completing his plan to detonate nuclear devices
in London, Jerusalem and Washington, D.C. (Forge, $24.95).
Termination in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, revised
edition, by Stephen K. Firestein ’47. This version of
the author’s pioneering 1978 work offers old lessons and new
insights on the termination of psychological care for patients
(International Universities Press, $29.95 paper).
Dashiell Hammett: Crime Stories and Other Writings,
edited by Steven Marcus ’48, George Delacorte
Professor in the Humanities. The first comprehensive collection of
stories, many not seen since their original publication in Black
Mask and other pulps, from the father of the American hardboiled
crime novel (Library of America, $35).
Greece’s Pivotal Role in World War II and Its
Importance to the U.S. Today, edited by Eugene T. Rossides
’49, introduction by Andrew J. Goodpaster.
Fourteen essays that describe Greek resistance to German aggression
during World War II and assess Greek-American relations from the
Cold War to the present; from the president of the American
Hellenic Institute Foundation (American Hellenic Institute
Foundation, $20 paper).
Open Moral Communities by Seymour J. Mandelbaum
’56. A blend of moral philosophy and concrete examples
from modern cities not only illustrates the pivotal role that
communities play in maintaining and adapting people’s moral
outlooks but also constitutes a paean for communitarian
sensibilities (MIT Press, $30).
A Companion to the Works of Ranier Maria Rilke, edited by
Erika A. Metzger and Michael M. Metzger ’56.
This collection of scholarly essays assesses the oeuvre and
enduring significance of the poet, storyteller, novelist and
critic, who was one of the most important German writers of his
generation (Camden House, $75).
Invariances: The Structure of the Objective World by
Robert Nozick ’59. A deliberately open-ended
examination of core metaphysical questions — the nature of
truth, objectivity, necessity, consciousness, ethics — from
the celebrated philosopher and Harvard professor, who died on
January 23 (Harvard University Press, $35).
Another Such Victory: President Truman and the Cold War,
1945–1953 by Arnold A. Offner ’59. This
revisionist history challenges common perceptions of the 33rd
president, criticizing him for a provincial personal diplomacy and
a needlessly aggressive foreign policy that exacerbated
international tensions during a critical period (Stanford
University Press, $37.95).
Journal of a Living Experiment: A Documentary History of the
First Ten Years of Teachers and Writers Collaborative, edited,
with commentary, by Phillip Lopate ’64. In addition to
the editor, Columbia contributors to this reissue of the 1979
retrospective on the writing group’s first decade include
Professor of English and Comparative Literature Kenneth Koch
(Teachers & Writers, $14.95 paper).
White Boy: A Memoir by Mark Naison ’66. This
tough but hopeful autobiography recounts the author’s path
from a childhood in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn to a
professorship in African-American Studies at Fordham University in
the Bronx (Temple University Press, $69.50 cloth, $19.95
Art Kills by Eric Van Lustbader ’68. In this
fast-paced novella, the pursuit of a long-lost Raphael painting
entangles a no-nonsense art lover with a murderous East Coast crime
boss and his ravishing, dangerous sister (Carroll & Graf,
A Alegria Que Vem Da Trapa by Dom Bernardo Bonowitz
’70. A collection of sermons, which link traditional
Benedictine spirituality with Brazilian culture, that were preached
in a Trappist monastery in southern Brazil by the author, the
monastery’s superior; in Portuguese (Edições Lumen
Christi, 16 Reals, paper).
Violence, Nudity, Adult Content: A Novel by Vince
Passaro ’79. In this first novel, a complicated emotional
triangle among a determined rape victim, her hot shot attorney and
his neglected wife reveals the inherent tension in
Manhattan’s newly wealthy professional class of the 1990s
(Simon & Schuster, $24).
An Aesthetic Occupation: The Immediacy of Architecture and
the Palestinian Conflict by Daniel Bertrand Monk
’81. In Israel and the Occupied Territories, even the
stones are invested with meaning, and “sacred”
architecture can take on a devastating political significance for
both sides in the conflict (Duke University Press, $54.95 cloth,
The Apple Approach to Golf: It’s Easy as Pie! by
Stephen Glazer ’88. A former Lions golf team captain
and two-time team MVP offers a simple, easy to understand guide
that stresses the fundamentals of the game (New England Golf
Magazine, $7.95 paper).
Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern Era, edited
by Lee C. Bollinger and Geoffrey R. Stone. In
addition to incoming University President Bollinger, Columbia
contributors to this volume on the First Amendment’s history,
application and future include University Professor Kent Greenawalt
and Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties Vincent Blasi (University
of Chicago Press, $35).
Friends Hold All Things in Common: Tradition, Intellectual
Property and the Adages of Erasmus by Kathy Eden,
Mark Van Doren Professor in Literature Humanities. The
gentle humanist’s compilation of classical proverbs revealed
his commitment to friendship and common property even as the
book’s publication in the early 16th century ushered in new
attitudes concerning the right to copy (Yale University Press,
Economic Development of Burma: A Vision and a Strategy.
Ronald Findlay, the Ragnar Nurske Professor of
Economics, was one of six international economists collaborating on
this report, which explains how political repression stifled
Burma’s participation in the world’s economic progress
during the last 50 years and suggests ways the country can overcome
the obstacles facing it (Singapore University Press, $25
Country of Exiles: The Destruction of Place in American
Life by William Leach, professor of history. A somber
exploration of the “vast landscape of the temporary”
that has transformed work habits, the physical landscape and
Americans’ sense of place during the last two decades
(Pantheon Books, $24 cloth; Vintage Books, $14 paper).
Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday by Robert
O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English
and Comparative Literature. A paperback reissue of the study of the
peerless, tragic jazz icon, from the director of Columbia’s
Center for Jazz Studies. It won the Ralph J. Gleason Award in 1991
for best musical book of the year (Da Capo Press, $20
Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government by
Philip Pettit, professor of philosophy. This reissue of the
noted political theorist’s groundbreaking presentation of the
republican alternative to liberal and communitarian political
philosophies includes a new postscript by the author (Oxford
University Press, $21.95 paper).
A History of Britain. Volume II: The Wars of the British,
1603–1776 by Simon Schama, University Professor.
This richly illustrated volume is the companion to the second
installment of the author’s television documentary series
about his homeland, which aired on the History Channel in the fall
of 2001 (Talk Miramax Books, $40).
Extending Citizenship, Reconfiguring States, edited by
Michael Hanagan and Charles Tilly, Joseph L.
Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science. A collection of essays
examining the historical and cultural background of conceptions of
citizenship and sovereignty in the context of the European Union,
which is expanding individual rights while dividing sovereignty
(Rowman & Littlefield, $82 cloth, $29.95 paper).
A Companion to the Philosophy of Language, edited by
Bob Hale and Crispin Wright, professor of philosophy.
A weighty compendium comprising 25 essays surveying and analyzing
the central issues in the study of language, meaning and our
understanding of truth `(Blackwell, $131.95 cloth, $34.95