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
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,
Introducing Game Theory and Its Applications by Elliott
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 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
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
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).
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
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 Life by Victoria
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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