Yoshimasa and the Silver Pavilion: The Creation of the Soul of Japan by Donald
Keene ’42, Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and University Professor Emeritus. Though
Yoshimasa has been considered the worst shogun ruler of Japan, his great achievement was shaping
Japanese aesthetic taste by developing the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, Japanese gardens, the
tea ceremony and other aspects of Japanese culture (Columbia University Press, $19.95).
Practicing And Other Stories: A Memoir by Dr.Ralph G. DePalma ’53. In
telling of his rise from childhood in the Bronx to chair of surgery at the University of Nevada,
the author recounts his personal and professional journey through societal, sexual and medical revolutions,
remembering the people and places that shaped him (Xlibris Corp., $18.69).
N.Y. / L.A. by William Kronick ’55. In the author’s third
novel, successful actor Matthew Fleming must decide whether to pursue murder accusations for the
death of his lover, which may ruin his acting career, or to remain silent about who he believes killed
her (AuthorHouse, $25).
Herbert Putnam: A 1903 Trip To Europe edited by John D. Knowlton ’56. Constructed
from the letters written during a brief interlude in Europe, this compilation offers “a slice
of life” through the librarian of Congress’ eyes and thoughts, drawing a portrait of
his work, his values and his life at the height of his career (Scarecrow Press, $25).
Acting: Working In The Theatre edited by Robert Emmet Long ’56. In
this first of four volumes, drawn from 30 years of American Theatre Wing archives, many of the greatest
performers in contemporary American theater relate their experiences (Continuum, $14.95 paperback).
The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America by David
Horowitz ’59. In the best-selling author’s “intellectual call to arms,” he
describes how radical liberals have infiltrated public and private universities and are teaching
beyond their expertise to promote their anti-American political agendas; Columbia tops the list
with nine professors (Regnery Publishing, Inc., $27.95).
Funny Business: Moguls, Mobsters, Megastars and the Mad, Mad World of the Ad Game by Allen
Rosenshine ’59. As chairman of BBDO Worldwide and with nearly 45 years in the advertising
business, the author shares his encounters with big-name corporate and industry leaders, mobsters
and stars (Beaufort Books, $24.95).
Exploring Ancient Skies: An Encyclopedic Survey of Archaeoastronomy by Eugene
F. Milone ’61 and David H. Kelley. The authors bring together archaeology and
astronomy to map out the skies during critical celestial events and to better understand the practices
of ancient astronomers and the cultural significance of the stars (Springer, $298).
Bella Donna: a dark comedy in two acts by David Copelin ’66. Winner
of the Toronto Fringe New Play Award, this play combines high drama and slapstick humor to create
a story of sexual, political and religious intrigue in 16th-century Italy surrounding the infamous
Lucrezia Borgia (Theatre Communications Group, $16.95).
The Entrepreneurial Conversation: The Powerful Way to Create Mutually Beneficial, Long-Term
Business Relationships by Edward G. Rogoff ’72 and Michael Corbett. The
authors promote successful communication through straightforward conversations, emphasis on listening
and moving away from outdated selling techniques toward long-term goals and relationships (Pinnacle
Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp by Harriet Beecher Stowe, edited
by Robert S. Levine ’75. Levine’s introduction explains the antislavery debates
Stowe was involved in while writing her second novel and its relevance to literary history as well
as current racial debates (University of North Carolina Press, $21.95).
Servant Leadership: Jesus & Paul by Efrain Agosto ’77. Using
one of the New Testament’s most prominent figures as a guide, the author explores early Christian
leadership as a model for modern religious leadership, focusing on the qualities, development and
functions of such leaders (Chalice Press, $18.99).
War and Genocide in Cuba, 1895–1898 by John Lawrence Tone ’81. Spain’s “reconcentration” policy
in Cuba and Cuba’s war for independence from Spain are reexamined by the author, who believes
the war is paradigmatic of warfare in Latin America and that the United States was necessary for
Spain’s defeat (University of North Carolina Press, $35).
Protestantism In America by Lauren F. Winner ’97 and Randall
Balmer. Providing a detailed portrait of Protestantism in America, the authors trace its history,
describe its subgroups and observe how Protestantism and American social issues affect each other
(Columbia University Press, $24).
Changing Face Of The Law: A Global Perspective by Riddhi Dasgupta ’07. A
College senior, the author explores the rule of law and legal traditions of the United States, India
and other commonwealths to examine how they affect the countries’ global interactions (iUniverse,
The Structure and Dynamics of Networks edited by Albert-László Barabási,
associate professor of sociology; Duncan J. Watts, associate professor of sociology; and Mark
Newman. An informative resource that explains the new research and studies of the “science
of networks,” this book covers prominent social networks ranging from friendship and the Internet
to diseases and terrorism (Princeton University Press, $49.50).
Musical Childhoods & the Cultures of Youth edited by Susan Boynton,
assistant professor of music, and Roe-Min Kok. This collection of 10 essays examines
how music affects the lives of children from a wide range of cultures and forms their identities
(Wesleyan University Press, $24.95).
Vietnam: A Natural History by Eleanor Jane Sterling, adjunct professor
of ecology, evolution and environmental biology, Martha Maud Hurley and Le Duc Minh. Vietnam
is rich in biodiversity, and this book collects information on new and rare species,
their evolution and their conservation (Yale University Press, $40).
Oriana Magnera ’09,
Carmen Jo Ponce ’08
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