[Editor’s note: In the January CCT, Rabbi Jack H.
Bloom ‘54's name was misspelled in the summary of his book,
The Rabbi as Symbolic Exemplar: By the Power Vested in Me.
CCT regrets the error.]
Two Yellow Crosses: A Medieval Love Story
by Joseph P. Peters ’41. A young widow and a recanted
heretic, who bears two crosses on his outer clothes as a mark of
sin, fall hopelessly in love and must overcome their difficulties
The Night Billy Was Born and Other Love Stories
by Joseph Cowley ’44. This collection of short stories
explores the dynamics of love at all ages, from the passionate romance
of two teenagers, to an extramarital affair, to the loneliness of
an old woman who grieves over the death of her son (iUniverse, $14.95
Why Survive: Being Old in America
by Robert N. Butler M.D. ’49. With 10 percent of the
American population more than 65 years of age, this reissue of the
1976 Pulitzer Prize winner questions society’s ability to
provide a “decent existence” for the elderly, addressing
such concerns as housing, health care and employment. (Johns Hopkins
University Press, $8.45 paper).
The Prophets: Who
They Were, What They Were by Norman Podhoretz
The Prophets: Who They Were, What They Are
by Norman Podhoretz ’50. A three-pronged examination
of the Old Testament explains the historical significance of the
Near Eastern empires surrounding biblical Israel, gives literary
criticism of the poetic language in the text and identifies a timeless
moral philosophy of the prophets that admonishes the “all-consuming
worship of self” (Simon & Schuster Inc., $30).
Potassett: The Mystery of Blood Creek by Charles Young
Potassett: The Mystery of Blood Creek
by Charles Young ’50. Rudi, a Columbia-bound high
school student and son of a Pequot tribe member, witnesses the death
of his father and seeks to solve the mystery of Blood Creek. Drawing
on local lore and historical research, this book also explores the
heritage of the Native Americans who have inhabited Connecticut
Valley for more than 12,000 years (Xlibris, $21.99).
The Hidden Campaign: FDR’s Health and the 1944 Election
by Hugh E. Evans M.D. ’54. Stating that the “voting
public had a right to know that one candidate in the presidential
election of 1944 was mortally ill with no realistic expectation
of surviving a fourth four-year term,” this inquiry of FDR’s
health going into his last term examines the roles of media and
politics in shielding the public from critical knowledge (M.E. Sharpe,
Warrior Angel by Robert Lipsyte
by Robert Lipsyte ’57. This
young adult novel about a half-white, half-Moscandaga Indian heavyweight
champion in decline who finds help from an unlikely source is the
concluding story in the acclaimed series by the award-winning sports
writer for The New York Times (HarperCollins Publishers, $15.99).
Wilhelm Dilthey: Selected Works, Volume III: The Formation
of the Historical World in the Human Sciences
edited by Rudolf A. Makkreel ’60 and Frithjof Rodi.
This compilation of the works of the German philosopher and historian
of culture includes Dilthey’s formulation of the Critique
of Historical Reason, his reconceived views of Hegel and a summary
of his work on hermeneutics (Princeton University Press, $55).
Irving Howe: A Life of Passionate Dissent
by George Sorin ’62. This biography of the public
thinker gives a comprehensive account of his political activism
and ideological struggles in the course of his life, from advocacy
of social reform and secular Jewishness to his break with Marxist
sectarianism (New York University Press, $32.95).
Frederick L. Hoffman
edited by F.J. Sypher ’63. In an endeavor to preserve
the remarkable life story of Frederick L. Hoffman, this memoir recalls
his struggles as an immigrant, his prolific writing career and his
contributions to public health, which include identifying the dangers
of asbestos and the cancer potentiality of smoking (Xlibris, $34.99
A Short History of the Movies, Eighth Edition
by Gerald Mast and Bruce F. Kawin ’67. The most recent
edition of this film compendium discusses the impact of digital
cinema — from the impact of the Internet, desktop editing
and the surge in DVDs — and features revisions of entries
on international films, previously unmentioned filmmakers and expanded
analyses of important films (Pearson Education, $69).
Jacobins and Utopians: The Political Theory of Fundamental
by George Klosko ’72. In discussing ideal societies,
this book argues that fundamental moral reform is essentially a
question of political power and that education is the key to enforcing
changes in human nature (University of Notre Dame Press, $35 cloth,
Reading the Renaissance: Ideas and Idioms From Shakespeare
edited by Marc Berley ’85. Focusing on Renaissance
authors from Shakespeare and Donne to Johnson and Milton, prominent
scholars argue that readers can be best understood by examining
their ideas, idioms and intentions and assert that the author, not
the critic, is supreme (Duquesne University Press, $60).
The Guide To Picking Up Girls by Gabe Fischbarg
The Guide to Picking Up Girls
by Gabe Fischbarg ’87. A guide for men that helps
them to overcome their fear of rejection and presents scenarios
and courses of action to approach the girl and obtain the elusive
phone number (A Plume Book, $12).
In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York
by Leslie M. Harris ’88. In 1991, a startling discovery
of a “Negro Burial Ground” in lower Manhattan uncovered
the remains of as many as 20,000 African-Americans. In light of
the discovery, this book reshapes the historical role of African-Americans
in the establishment of New York City (University of Chicago Press,
edited by David L. Eng ’90 and David Kazanjian. Can
loss be something other than a purely negative quality? This collection
of essays embraces the idea that losses in the 20th century have
inspired creativity and political action in spite of the tragedy
of human deaths (University of California Press, $24.95).
Moments With a Master: Meetings With Dada J.P. Vaswani
by Sandhya S. Nankani ’96. Amid personal difficulties,
a freelance writer from the United States travels to India, where
her interviews with renowned spiritual teacher Dada J.P. Vaswani
develop into an enlightening experience that helps her to confront
her struggles (Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd., $12.95).
At the End of Words: A Daughter’s Memoir
by Miriam Stone ’03. In this touching tribute, the author writes
about the experience of her mother’s battle with cancer and
a new understanding of poetry that transpired from her mother’s
death (Candlewick Press, $14).
The Eye of the Lynx by David Freedberg
The Eye of the Lynx: Galileo, His Friends, and the Beginnings
of Modern Natural History
by David Freedberg, professor of art history and archaeology.
This study of the little-known Academy of Linceans (Lynx-eyed),
a 17th-century Italian scientific organization, explores the unprecedented
methods of visual representation of natural objects produced by
its members in an attempt to develop their own classification system
(University of Chicago Press, $50).
Quantitative Seismology, 2nd Edition
by Keiiti Aki and Paul G. Richards, Mellon Professor of Natural
Sciences. This updated version of the authoritative text on
theoretical seismology features “exquisite” texts and
monographs as well as a clear description of fundamental seismic
wave propagation (University Science Books, $76.50).
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