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From the Other Side of the Water: Living by Malcolm S. Mason ’30. This second volume of Mason’s memoirs follows From the Other Side of the Water and focuses on family, personal interests and his connection to the atomic bomb (Xlibris, $21.99).

Herman Wouk [’34]: The Novelist as Social Historian by Arnold Beichman ’34. Using personal papers and manuscripts, Beichman examines the novels and plays of Wouk, one of America’s leading writers, investigating his social and literary qualities. This new edition includes an introduction covering the writer’s work of the past two decades (Transaction Publishers, $24.95).

Hospital at War
Hospital at War: The 95th Evacuation Hospital in World War II by Zachary Friedenberg ’36

Hospital at War: The 95th Evacuation Hospital in World War II by Zachary Friedenberg ’36. Friedenberg reminisces about how the doctors and nurses of the WWII 95th Evacuation Hospital effectively treated wounded soldiers in Africa, France, Italy and Germany and maintained a 99 percent survival rate (Texas A&M University Press, $32.50).

The United States and Cyprus: Double Standards and the Rule of Law edited by Eugene T. Rossides ’49 and Van Coufoudakis. This collection of papers contributed by U.S. officials examines the decision-making process of the arms embargo on Turkey and how it affects current diplomatic relations with Cyprus and Turkey (American Hellenic Institute Foundation, $30).

Introducing Game Theory and Its Applications by Elliott Mendelson ’52. In this introductory textbook aimed at anyone trying to understand the implications and applications of game theory, Mendelson provides basic methods for various games that relate to mathematics, economics and business (CRC Press, $69.95).

The Diabetes Diet by Richard K. Bernstein M.D. ’54. Extolling the virtues of healthful eating, Bernstein explains how diabetes can be controlled through proper diet and offers 100 low-carb recipes (Little, Brown & Co., $24.95).

Breast Cancer: The Complete Guide by Yashar Hirshaut M.D. and Peter I. Pressman M.D. ’55, foreword by Amy S. Langer. This handbook offers comprehensive information on the most common cancer among women and covers everything from prevention to diagnosis to choosing a type of treatment (Bantam, $17).

Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology by Steven M. Cahn ’63. In this second edition, contemporary authors comment on the historical texts of classical thinkers such as Plato, Descartes and Hume and cover essential philosophical topics such as knowledge, God, democracy and freedom (Oxford University Press, $39).

The Twelve Universal Laws of Success by Herbert Harris ’64. This handbook outlines Harris’ principles of personal success and provides lifestyle guidelines influenced by biblical and metaphysical texts (LifeSkill Institute, $14.95).

The Myth of Decline
The Myth of Decline: The Rise of Britain Since 1945 by George L. Bernstein ’68

The Myth of Decline: The Rise of Britain Since 1945 by George L. Bernstein ’68. Like many countries devastated by WWII, Britain, once a mighty empire, was thought to be in decline. Bernstein argues that the war spurred a social and cultural revolution (Random House, £9.99).

Principles of Law and Economics by Peter Z. Grossman ’70 and Daniel H. Cole ’96. An academic study of how political structure and economic policy frame each other, this text provides fundamental legal and economic principles leading to an investigation of the relationship between economics and law (Pearson Prentice Hall, $120).

The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib edited by Karen J. Greenberg and Joshua L. Dratel ’78; introduction by Anthony Lewis. This collection of “torture memos” suggests the U.S. government legitimized the use of coercive interrogation practices in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo while evading legal responsibility (Cambridge University Press, $50).

Chaplin: The Dictator and the Tramp
Chaplin: The Dictator and the Tramp edited by Frank Scheide and Hooman Mehran ’86.

Tongue’s Palette: Poetry by Linguists edited by Andrew Sunshine ’79 and Donna Jo Napoli. This collection by contemporary artists includes translations of poems from Russian, Chinese, Croatian, Korean and Judeo-Yemeni artists (Atlantis-Centaur, $14).

Chaplin: The Dictator and the Tramp edited by Frank Scheide and Hooman Mehran ’86. The first in a series that offers analysis of actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin in the context of his works and his time, this volume examines The Great Dictator, Chaplin’s 1940 satire on Nazi Germany, and includes contributions from documentary filmmaker Kevin Brownlow and Chaplin biographer David Robinson (British Film Institute, $17.95).

Pirates of Pensacola
Pirates of Pensacola by Keith Thomson ’87

Pirates of Pensacola by Keith Thomson ’87. In this debut novel, a mild-mannered man is thrust into pirate life when his ex-convict father kidnaps him and takes him on an adventure for $40 million in gold (St. Martin’s Press, $23.95).

Jacksonian Antislavery and the Politics of Free Soil, 1824–1854 by Jonathan H. Earle ’90. Earle revisits the idea of Free Soil, arguing that it started as part of the proslavery platform but eventually contributed to the antislavery agenda. He also explores its polarizing effects on local, state and national discourse leading up to the Civil War (University of North Carolina Press, $22.50).

Modernism and the Architecture of Private
Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life by Victoria Rosner ’90

Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life by Victoria Rosner ’90. Rosner examines the significance of the household and private life in British literature, especially its use by modernist authors such as Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot (Columbia University Press, $27.50).

After The Passion Is Gone: American Religious Consequences edited by J. Shawn Landres ’94 and Michael Berenbaum. In this essay collection, authors such as Elliot Dorff ’65 discuss how Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ impacted American audiences and transformed the ways films are discussed. The book explores the film’s issues and its reception, including topics such as violence and discrimination (AltaMira Press, $24.95).

Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping by Patrick Radden Keefe ’99. Written while Keefe was a law student at Yale, this book describes the U.S. National Security Agency’s international surveillance networks and raises the question of whether such intelligence efforts are helpful in protecting national security
(Random House, $24.95).

Franz Boas 1858–1942: An Illustrated Biography by Norman Francis Boas M.D. This biography of Franz Boas, Columbia’s first anthropology professor (1896–1936) and an outspoken critic of physical racism, covers his life and discusses how his research dismissed the myth of Anglo-Saxon superiority of the late 19th and early 20th century (Seaport Autographs Press, $25).

Laura Butchy ’04 SOA,
Peter Kang ’05, Carmen Jo Ponce ’08


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