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Columbia College Today January 2003
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College Launches
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Javier Loya '91:
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Vince Passaro '79
   Waxes Poetic
   About Life -
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by Harlow Giles Unger ’46. This detailed biography of the French hero who helped to secure victory in the American Revolution gives a full account of Lafayette’s role as a politician, soldier and fighter for liberty, making the case that his place in history deserves greater notice (Wiley, $30).

Hemingway in His Own Country

by Robert E. Gajdusek ’50. This collection of essays by the noted Hemingway scholar cuts through the myths surrounding the life of the great American writer and examines his intellectual development in the 1920s and the complexities found in his texts (University of Notre Dame Press, $32).

The Rabbi as Symbolic Exemplar: By the Power Vested in Me

by Rabbi Jack H. Blook Ph.D. ’54. In detailing the symbolic role of the rabbi, this book explores the creation of symbolic exemplarhood, its pitfalls and how rabbinical authority can be used effectively (The Haworth Press, Inc., $29.95).

No Star Too Beautiful: An Anthology of Yiddish Stories from 1382 to the Present Edited and Translated by Joachim Neugroschel '58No Star Too Beautiful: An Anthology of Yiddish Stories From 1382 to the Present

edited and translated by Joachim Neugroschel ’58. Featuring 80 Yiddish works, 65 of which have never been translated into English, this anthology traverses the Jewish literary tradition from medieval Biblical stories to the political literature of the 20th century (W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., $39.95).

The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time

edited by Leslie Pockell ’64. A compilation of popular horror stories that range across a century including Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart and Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Guest (Warner Books, $13.95).

The 100 Best Love Poems of All Time

edited by Leslie Pockell ’64. A portable companion with easy access to love poetry from greats such as William Shakespeare and Lord Byron to surprising poems by Gertrude Stein and Donald Hall (Warner Books, $11.95).

The 100 Best Poems of All Time

by Leslie Pockell ’64. Presenting 100 poets — and no more than one work each — this portable volume, from haikus to free verse, packs a wide variety of expressions in all cultural and lyric forms (Warner Books, $11.95).

A New Deal for New York

by Mike Wallace ’64. The Pulitzer Prize winner in 1998 for Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (with Edwin G. Burrows) examines New York after September 11, offering a plan that would not only revitalize downtown but launch a series of social programs that he calls a “new New Deal” for New York (Bell & Weiland Publishers, $18.95).

Economics as an Evolutionary Science: From Utility to Fitness

by Arthur E. Gandolfi ’66, Anna Sachko Gandolfi and David P. Barash. In integrating economics and evolution, this work redirects the study of economics toward the nature of human subjects and how biological concerns play a part in economic behavior (Transaction Publishers, $49.95).

Urban Politics in Early Modern Europe

by Christopher R. Friedrichs ’68. This survey of the urban political interaction in Europe from 1500–1789 explores the social, economic and religious impact of the early modern city on the national state (Routledge, $19.95).

The World Turned: Essays on Gay History, Politics and Culture

by John D’Emilio ’70. In covering the increased visibility of the gay community in American life, these essays discuss issues such as the gay gene controversy and the scapegoating of gays and lesbians by the Christian right (Duke University Press, $18.95).

The Reality Effect: Film Culture and the Graphic Imperative

by Joel Black ’72. Approaching cinema as a documentary medium, this work of film theory and cultural criticism explores the graphic impulse in depicting both reality and fiction (Routledge, $22.95).

Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies

by James Sanders ’76. The co-writer of the Emmy-winning documentary New York: A Documentary Film shows how the medium of cinema has given New York a mythical image of its own and how this “magical city” has affected our understanding of the real New York (Knopf, $45).

The Story of America: Freedom and Crisis From Settlement to Superpower

by Allen Weinstein and David Rubel ’83. This narration of American history focuses on 26 “significant episodes,” such as the Boston Massacre and March on Washington, connecting them to larger historical themes. Each chapter features photographs and biographical inserts that supplement the episode (DK Publishing, $35).

Minor Omissions: Children in Latin American History and Society

by Tobias Hecht ’86. This critical reexamination focuses on the overlooked role of children in Latin American and Caribbean society, from their valued role as Christian converts in Spanish colonial times to their current plight as wage-earners in the capitalist world (University of Wisconsin Press, $21.95).

Letters to Henrietta by Isabella Bird Edited by Kay ChubbuckLetters to Henrietta

by Isabella Bird, edited by Kay Chubbuck ’93. The letters of the Victorian heroine who first traveled around the world to regain her health and soon became a renowned travel writer reveal a controversial historical figure with a bold personality (John Murray Publishers, $50).

Going Alone: The Case for Relaxed Reciprocity in Freeing Trade

edited by Jagdish Bhagwati, Arthur Lehman Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science. This examination of freeing trade by unilateral trade liberalization includes historical analysis as well as recent industrial experiences that support the relative benefits gained through the policy of unilateralism (MIT Press, $60).

Writing New England: An Anthology from the Puritans to the Present Edited by Andrew DelbancoWriting New England: An Anthology From the Puritans to the Present

by Andrew Delbanco, Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities. A diverse collection ranging from Puritan sermons to autobiographical writings of civil rights leaders, this book reflects the rich literary tradition of New England and features the works of major figures such as Dickinson and Thoreau, Frost and Updike (Harvard University Press, $29.95).

Le Corbusier: Architect of the Twentieth Century

text by Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture; principal photography by Roberto Schezen. A renowned expert on modern architecture and a celebrated architectural photographer pay tribute to the Swiss-born Le Corbusier, providing an in-depth look at his greatest buildings (Abrams, $65).

From Reliable Sources: An Introduction to Historial Methods by Martha Howell and Walter PrevenierFrom Reliable Sources: An Introduction to Historical Methods

by Martha Howell, professor of history, and Walter Prevenier. This comprehensive guide to the critical analysis in historical scholarship offers useful techniques employed by Western historians in their efforts to skillfully engage with the documents of the past and extract valuable knowledge (Cornell University Press, $14.95).

Empire City

edited by Kenneth T. Jackson, professor of history and social sciences, and David S. Dunbar. Compiled by two renowned New York experts, this anthology gives a colorful, diverse record of New York’s four centuries, which range from the accounts of explorers to famous literature (Columbia University Press, $39.95).

Media Worlds

edited by Faye D. Ginsburg, Lila Abu-Lughod Professor of Anthology and Women’s Studies, and Brian Larkin, assistant professor of anthropology, Barnard College. An anthropological look at media practice around the world, this collection of essays presents new arguments about the ethnographic concerns found in the study of media (University of California Press, $24.95).

Cityscapes: A History of New York in Images by Howard B. Rock and Deborah Dash Moore '68 GSAS '75Deceit and Denial

by Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner, professor of history and public health. This investigation into the chemical and lead industries uncovers the manipulation that has continually exposed Americans to toxic products, evidence from secret documents and interviews and what the authors call the environmental and health problems posed by corporate greed and government indifference (University of California Press, $34.95).

A History of New York in Images: Cityscapes

by Howard B. Rock and Deborah Dash Moore ’68 GSAS ’75 GSAS. This visual history of New York, from the lithographs of the 17th-century Dutch settlement to the black-and-white photographs of the modern metropolis, documents the important themes in the city’s past (Columbia University Press, $74.95).

L.B., P.K.

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