The Last Expedition: Stanley’s Mad Journey through the Congo by Daniel
Liebowitz M.D. ’43 and Charles Pearson. This chronicle follows the
well-intentioned but ill-fated rescue mission led by Henry Morton Stanley to save a lieutenant
held in Sudan in 1887 and the survivors’ return home to controversy (W.W. Norton & Co.,
The Making of an Ink-Stained Wretch: Half a Century of Pounding the Political Beat by Jules
Witcover ’49. The author recalls his 56-year career in journalism, including his tenure
in the Washington, D.C., press corps and firsthand experiences with every presidential campaign
from Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush and John Kerry (Johns Hopkins Press, $30).
Elegy for an Age: The Presence of the Past in Victorian Literature by John
D. Rosenberg ’50, William Peterfield Trent Professor of English. During a time of major
transformation, Victorian writers sought to connect the past to a new future, leading elegies to
become the link allowing people to share their past experiences and thoughts of a changing age (Anthem
Selected: Poems and Prose Poems by Kirby Congdon ’50. In his avant-garde
style, the poet captures all the elements of everyday life and expresses them with metaphysical and
moral perspectives (Presa Press, $10).
Emma Lazarus: Selected Poems edited by John Hollander ’50. This
collection of poetry from the short career of America’s first great Jewish poet, best known
for “The New Colossus” engraved on the tablets of the Statue of Liberty, ranges from
her imaginative landscape poetry to her passions for Jewish culture (The Library of America, $20).
Mission Italy: On the Front Lines of the Cold War by Richard N. Gardner ’52. This
Law School professor’s memoirs detail his term as ambassador to Italy from 1977–81, giving
insider perspective to the Carter administration’s foreign policy and how it defeated the spread
of communism (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, $29.95).
Gallagher House by Robert Emmet Long ’56. During WWII, in an
Irish-American town in upstate New York, a young boy becomes obsessed with the hotel in which he
lives, leading the reader through the hotel’s captivating and haunting past (Xlibris, $22).
More Loose Shoes and Smelly Socks by Raymond Federman ’57. A funny,
meditative collection of the author’s writings that spotlight his thoughts and experiences
on youth, the Holocaust, marriage, growing old and daily life (Six Gallery Press, $15.99).
How To Be an Even Greater Husband by Tobias Jungreis ’57. The
author of (My Wife Told Me) Make This World a Better Place for Our Grandchildren gives men
a detailed guide to creating a successful marriage, showing that when a husband gives his wife the
love and support she desires, he will be returned the love in a greater proportion (Authorhouse,
Inside the Hornet’s Nest: An Anthology of Jewish American Writing edited
by Jerome Charyn ’59. This anthology of renowned Jewish-American writers demonstrates
how the authors’ work constructed a new literary style and collective conscience in the 20th
century; includes selections from Allen Ginsberg ’48’s Kaddish (Thunder’s
Mouth Press, $17.95).
Savage Shorthand: The Life and Death of Isaac Babel by Jerome Charyn ’59. Considered
by many to be the first great Soviet writer, Babel was interesting, passionate and mysterious; this
book traces his rise to fame during the Russian revolution and his mysterious death and its cover-up
during Stalin’s reign (Random House, $24.95).
Byron, Sully, and the Power of Portraiture by John Clubbe ’59. The
author offers a visual interpretation of Thomas Sully’s long-lost portrait of Lord Byron and
describes its significance in the context of British and American portraiture of the late 18th and
early 19th centuries (Ashgate Publishing, $89.95).
Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction by Eric Foner ’63,
DeWitt Clinton Professor of History. The critical years of the Civil War, Emancipation and
Reconstruction are reevaluated from the perspective of newly emancipated black Americans, showing
their roles in ending the war and shaping Reconstruction and how freed slaves built community networks
and struggled for racial justice (Knopf, $27.50).
Toxic Diversity: Race, Gender, and Law Talk in America by Dan Subotnik ’63. The
author offers an alternative view of discrimination theory today, arguing that certain events and
data purposely have been misinterpreted, creating a society that is too politically correct (New
York University Press, $45).
Ahead of the Curve: A Commonsense Guide to Forecasting Business and Market Cycles by Joseph
H. Ellis ’64. Interest rates, GDP, consumer confidence and other economic indicators
often are confusing and conflicting, but the author reveals economic trends and provides a clear
framework for understanding the market (Harvard Business School Press, $29.95).
Biological Physics of the Developing Embryo by Gabor Forgacs and Stuart
Newman ’65. This medical textbook explains the physics and biology of the cell as the
basic unit of the developmental system, cell stages and processes, fertilization and embryo growth
(Cambridge University Press, $80).
Falling Palace: A Romance of Naples by Dan Hofstadter ’66. This
love story of a young American man and an Italian woman not only documents their relationship but
also portrays the unique beauty and splendor found in everyday life in Naples (Knopf, $24).
Choice Institutions edited by Ira Katznelson ’66, Ruggles Professor
of Political Science and History and Barry R. Weingast. The editors compile various
scholarly writings to unite the two academic camps explaining rational choice by emphasizing the
effect of institutions on people’s preferences in particular circumstances (Russell Sage Foundation,
The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert translated by Paul Auster ’69. Joubert
wrote letters in his notebooks every day for more than 40 years without publishing a book, but in
this translation of some of his notebooks, Auster gives Joubert his due as a modern writer of French
issues of the late 1700s (New York Review of Books, $14.95).
Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man by James Cummins and David Lehman ’70,
illustrated by Archie Rand. In this book of sestinas that blurs the lines of identity, the
reader wonders who the masked man is, if the man in the sestina is the superhero or another identity
and from which author these puzzles stem (Soft Skull Press, $13.95).
The Oxford Book of American Poetry chosen and edited by David Lehman ’70. This
anthology’s poetry represents American history and culture dating from the 17th century to
the present, including well-known and not-so-well-known writers, biographical notes for each entry
and an introductory essay describing the difficult process of selecting certain poems (Oxford University
Power and the Idealists: or, the Passion of Joschka Fischer and Its Aftermath by Paul
Berman ’71. The author analyzes the European controversy known as “The Trial of
the Generation of 1968” and examines the political influence that radical left idealists had
on political evolution and how they spurred a new liberal attitude (Soft Skull Press, $23.95).
The Best American Magazine Writing 2005 introduction by Nicholas Lemann, dean
of the Journalism School, with selection by Jed Perl ’72. Each year, the American
Society of Magazine Editors and the Journalism School select the most original, dynamic and influential
magazine articles of the year; this volume of 17 award-winning pieces contains Perl’s “Modern
Immaturity” (Columbia University Press, $16.95).
Self-Employed Workers Organize: Law, Policy, and Unions by Cynthia J. Cranford,
Judy Fudge, Eric Tucker ’72 and Leah F. Vosko. The authors investigate the poor
benefits of, and impediments to, self-employed workers in Canada and examines how
political and economic factors have influenced workers’ conditions (McGill-Queen’s University
The Rise of American Democracy by Sean Wilentz ’72. The author
tracks American political system changes from the beginning of the American Revolution to the Civil
War and examines influences on the nature of democracy from leading American figures, including Alexander
Hamilton (Class of 1778) and John Jay (Class of 1764) (W.W. Norton & Co., $35).
Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors and Their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the
Japanese, 1941–1945 by John A. Glusman ’78. Of all the tales of WWII,
the stories of POWs may be the least heard, but this account chronicles the struggles of the author’s
father (’55 P&S and a Columbia professor) and three other Navy doctors who were captured
on Corregidor (Viking, $29.95).
John of Salisbury by Cary J. Nederman ’78. In this biography,
the author documents the life of and includes several works by Salisbury, one of the original philosophers
and commentators on intellectual and cultural changes of 12th century Europe (Medieval and Renaissance
Texts and Studies, $15).
Daughters of the Alphabet by Robert Richman ’79. This poetry
collection offers a rich display of emotion and intelligence, with a focus on revealing the beauty
of words and ideas in every line (Copper Beech Press, $14).
Lhasa: Streets With Memories by Robert Barnett ’80. A lecturer
in modern Tibetan studies, the author offers firsthand experiences of the battle for Tibetan independence,
the effect of outside intervention and the pressure on those debating the sovereignty of Lhasa, the
Tibetan capital full of ancient culture and a modern Chinese provincial capital (Columbia University
Latino/a Rights and Justice in the United States: Perspectives and Approaches by José Luis
Morín ’80. The author explores past and present discriminations against the United
States’ largest minority group, arguing that the solution to these inequalities lies not only
in working with Latino families but also in expanding legal concepts of rights and justice (Carolina
Academic Press, $33).
Digital Phoenix: Why the Information Economy Collapsed and How It Will Rise Again by Bruce
Abramson ’83. The story of the information age is filled with drama over Microsoft’s
dominance, open-source projects and peer-to-peer file sharing; the author analyzes the technological,
legal and economic aspects of the information age to find what went wrong and what lies ahead (MIT
Action in Perception by Alva Noë ’86. The author describes
perception not merely as having sensations but as having sensations that we understand, giving our
perceptual experience more meaning and content (MIT Press, $38).
The Last Miles by J.D. Scrimgeour ’86. In this debut collection
of poetry, the author presents the ordinary man in a wide range of characters, from Salem to Greece,
young to old, and across a period of 100 years (Fine Tooth Press, $12.99).
Debating Globalization by David Held ’87, et al. Building on arguments
from his book Global Covenant, the author envisions a new international political agenda
that is founded more on social demographic and political values; he includes writings by other leading
figures in this area, focusing on current problems and proposing solutions (Polity Press, $19.95).
Playbill: Broadway Yearbook, June 1, 2004–May 31, 2005 edited by Robert
Viagas, assistant editor Amy Asch ’89. Serving as an annual yearbook for Broadway
productions, this anthology contains photographs of casts and stage staff, highlighting opening
nights and behind-the-scenes information (Playbill Books, $29.95).
The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss ’91. Once
thought to be luck-of-the-draw, the art of picking up women has been turned into a sophisticated
science by underground societies of men, revealed by the author after he spent two years in the communities
and became a master of “the game” (ReganBooks, $29.95).
Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China by Rachel Dewoskin ’94. The
author recounts her travel and experiences in Beijing, where she was cast in the Chinese equivalent
of Sex and the City and explored changes in Chinese culture and its relationship with the
West (W.W. Norton & Co., $24.95).
Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty ’95. In this third installment
of the life of Jessica, she leaves her small New Jersey town to attend Columbia, battles for acceptance
in her workplace at a snobby, high-class magazine and searches for love in all the wrong places (Crown
Looking into the Abyss: Essays on Scenography by Arnold Aronson, professor
of theater and associate dean at School of the Arts. The author explores several theories of
set design and the work of specific designers in this analysis of how visual stage
effects influence an audience’s understanding of the performance (University of Michigan Press,
Two Men and Music: Nationalism in the Making of an Indian Classical Tradition by Janaki
Bakhle, assistant professor of history. Using classical music as a case study, the author offers
a provocative account of how the emergence of an “Indian” cultural tradition reflected
exclusionary colonial practices (Oxford University Press, $19.95).
Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman, Gouverneur Morris
Professor of History Emeritus. This biography of Mormonism’s founder begins with his
controversial search for a new religion, leading to publication of the Book of Mormon,
the creation of the new religion, its spread despite repression and Smith’s assassination
Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430– 1950 by Mark
Mazower, professor of history. The Greek city of Salonica was the peaceful home to Egyptians, Ukrainians, Turks, Spaniards,
Sufis, priests and
rabbis; this tolerant empire thrived for five centuries until the force of modern nationalism tore
it apart (Knopf, $35).
Trust and Rule by Charles Tilly, Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor
of Social Science. As suspicion, fear and paranoia toward rulers were common among networks
of trust such as religious sects, families and trade groups, these groups used various strategies
to evade or compromise with political regimes (Cambridge University Press, $19.99).
Agents of Bioterrorism: Pathogens and Their Weaponization by Geoffrey
Emeritus of Biological Sciences, et al. Covering a multitude of pathogens, the author offers a
clear and thorough analysis of the increasing fear of and threats posed by bioterrorist actions since
9-11, how to prepare for them and how to respond to an attack (Columbia University Press, $50).
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