The Richard Rogers
['23] Reader by Geoffrey Block
The Richard Rodgers [‘23] Reader
by Geoffrey Block. This biographical piece on the prolific
composer details his working relationships with Lorenz Hart ’17
and Oscar Hammerstein ’16 and offers Rodgers’ personal
writings and previously unpublished interviews (Oxford University
The Thomas Merton [‘38] Encyclopedia
by William H. Shannon, Christine M. Bochen and Patrick F. O’Connell.
A comprehensive reference guide to the influential spiritual and
literary figure that includes 350 entries on the people of his life,
the themes in his writings and the places he lived (Orbis Books,
The Thomas Merton
['38] Encyclopedia by William H. Shannon,
Christine M. Bochen and Patrick F. O’Connell
How to Succeed in an Ensemble: Reflections on a Life in Chamber
by Abram Loft ’42. The former member of the renowned
Fine Arts Quartet imparts musical wisdom in his candid telling of
a storied career along with straightforward advice on how to create
an ensemble and perform effectively (Amadeus Press, $24.95).
Perfect Planet, Clever Species: How Unique Are We?
by William Burger ’53. Are we alone in the universe?
The curator emeritus of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural
History calls on his extensive knowledge of anthropology, botany,
geology and zoology to argue that the development of intelligent
life on Earth is unique (Prometheus Books, $29).
How to Succeed
in an Ensemble: Reflections on a Life in Chamber Music
by Abram Loft '42
Classical Liberalism & the Jewish Tradition
by Edward Alexander ’57. This diverse collection
of essays, which takes an assertive Jewish point of view on the
antagonism between liberalism and Judaism, ranges from the start
of the conflict with John Stuart Mill to the “anti-Zionism”
of University Professor Edward Said (Transaction Publishers, $34.95).
Taming the Bureaucrat
by Gerald W. Grumet M.D. ’59. What begins as a physician’s
suspicions about the bureaucratization of medicine becomes the author’s
realization of the “wide shadow” of the bureaucracy
juggernaut that must be controlled (Xlibris, $26.99).
Radio’s Captain Midnight
by Stephen A. Kallis Jr. ’59. Based on the popular
radio show, this fictional biography details the adventures of aviator
Charles Albright, whose wartime exploits earn him the nickname “Captain
Midnight” (McFarland & Co., Inc., $28.50).
North of Quabbin Revisited
by Allen Young ’62. A guide to nine Massachusetts
towns north of the Quabbin Reservoir, this book shows deep appreciation
for the rich, diverse nature of the historical and cultural characteristics
of each town (Haley’s, $22.95).
Successful Restaurant Design, Second Edition
by Regina S. Baraban and Joseph F. Durocher Ph.D. ’70.
This latest edition begins with the basics of restaurant design,
explores interdependent systems and ways in which operations can
be optimized, and gives in-depth case studies of successful and
innovative restaurants (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., $70).
The Evening Sun:
A Journal in Poetry by David Lehman '70
The Evening Sun: A Journal in Poetry
by David Lehman ’70. Expressing the personal journal
in poetic form, this follow-up to the successful The Daily Mirror
features 150 poems of everyday thoughts and observations written
between 1999 and 2000 (Simon & Schuster, $16).
The Best American Poetry 2002
Edited by David Lehman ’70 and Robert Creeley. The
latest volume in the acclaimed series has a foreword by the Columbia
alumnus, who contemplates the effect of September 11 on history
and poetry (Simon & Schuster, $30).
Securing Our Children’s Future: New Approaches to Juvenile
Justice and Youth Violence
edited by Gary S. Katzmann ’73. In coordinating
youth anti-violence strategies, this collaborative effort of professionals
and scholars urges greater community participation in the development
of institutional change in the juvenile justice system (Brookings
Institution Press and The Governance Institute, $22.95).
The Power of Corporate Communication
by Paul A. Argenti ’75 and Janis Forman. A comprehensive
outline for properly conducting corporate communications, from reaching
out to the community and government to keeping in touch with all
forms of media and establishing a firm corporate reputation (McGraw-Hill,
Feng Shui Chic: Change Your Life With Spirit and Style
by Carole Swann Meltzer and David Andrusia ’77.
A renowned feng shui master and a former Revlon executive collaborate
on a new feng shui philosophy that focuses on the right balance
of the individual’s energy, body and fashion sense as keys
to success (Simon & Schuster, $12).
Travel by Train:
The American Railroad Poster, 1870 - 1950 by Michael
E. Zega '77 and John E. Gruber
Travel by Train: The American Railroad Poster, 1870–1950
by Michael E. Zega ’77 and John E. Gruber. Two notable
railroad historians demonstrate the evolutionary nature of railroad
poster advertising, from posters that boast clean-burning anthracite
coal in 1902 to those that introduce escapes to ski slopes during
the Great Depression (Indiana University Press, $49.95).
Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American
by Elizabeth McHenry ’87. This book examines the
much-ignored literary history of African-Americans and details the
developments of literary societies from the book clubs of freed
blacks in antebellum north to the “safe havens” that
encouraged sharing of opinions and ideas after the Civil War (Duke
University Press, $18.95).
West of Emerson: The Design of Manifest Destiny
by Kris Fresonke ’91. Defying traditional notions
of regional literary development in America, this book focuses on
the impact that exploration writing from the American West had on
the writings of major figures of New England Romanticism (University
of California Press, $19.95).
Race in Mind: Race, IQ and Other Racisms
by Alexander Alland Jr. The former chair of Columbia’s
anthropology department argues against the notion that racism and
intelligence are related. Explaining the basis of evolutionary genetics
and critiquing biological determinism, this book attacks racism
from an anthropological viewpoint (Palgrave Macmillan, $26.95).
Culture & Equality
by Brian Barry, Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Political Science.
A critical look at existing policies on multiculturalism, this
egalitarian liberal view poses serious questions to defenders of
multiculturalism on issues such as special rights claims and exemptions
for cultural minorities (Harvard University Press, $37.50).
Motivational Science: Social and Personality Perspectives
edited by E. Tory Higgins, professor of psychology. This
reader, which focuses on the motivational aspect of psychology,
explores the motivational and cognitive relationship through an
introduction to social-personality and its contribution to motivational
science (Psychology Press, $80).
Mill on Democracy: From the Athenian Polis to Representative
by Nadia Urbinati, associate professor of political science.
This critique of the long-held beliefs about the political philosophy
of John Stuart Mill reconstructs his contribution to democracy through
close readings of his writings on ancient Greece, particularly the
political fermentation in Athens (University of Chicago Press, $37.50).
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