[Editor’s note: The September issue contained an error in the
description of James Laughlin’s Byways, edited by Peter
This memoir of Laughlin’s life covers his family history as well
as his time as founder of New Directions publishers.]
5 Modern Japanese Novelists by Donald
Keene ’42, Shincho Professor
Emeritus of Japanese Literature. Offering profiles of distinguished
writers, this book introduces readers to modern Japanese fiction with
vignettes describing encounters with these famous men, autobiographical
observations and literary and cultural analysis (Columbia University
The Quiet Revolution in American Psychoanalysis by Arnold
M. Cooper ’44.
This compilation includes a selection of Cooper’s published papers,
tracing changes in American psychoanalytic thought and addressing aspects
of American psychoanalytic life, including theory, clinical work, education,
research and interface with neighboring disciplines (Brunner-Routledge,
Realism, Standards and Performances: Three Essentials
in Assessment, Planning and Action by Richardson
K. Noback M.D. ’46. Noback’s
essay series explores recent changes in attitudes, beliefs, performances
and governmental activities of those living in the United States, drawing
on historical records and personal observations from a lifetime in
academic medicine and community affairs (Trafford, $25).
of English Literature (The Oxford English Literary History, Volume
13, 1948–2000) by Bruce King ’54. This
volume discusses the literature of colonial, postcolonial and immigrant
writers residing in England since 1948, including Black and Asian British
prose, poetry and drama. King questions what it is to be British, English
or national in a multicultural England and global economy (Oxford University
Cowboy Up photographs by Arthur Frank ’56. Frank’s photographs,
taken at more than 50 rodeos, combine his outsider perspective and
insider access to provide a humanistic and dynamic view into the American
cowboy’s legendary lifestyle (PowerHouse Books, $35).
Byron, Sully, and the Power of Portraiture by John
This book discusses the history and cultural significance of Thomas
Sully’s portrait of the English poet as well as other Byron portraits
within the context of British and American portraiture of the late
18th and early 19th centuries (Ashgate Publishing, $89.95).
A Mirror in the Roadway by Morris Dickstein ’61. Favoring realism
and reality, Dickstein contends that fiction always produces insight
into its subject and literature can be a form of historical understanding,
demonstrating how writers’ works change the world around them
(Princeton University Press, $26.95).
Political Philosophy: The Essential Texts by Steven
M. Cahn ’63.
This historically organized collection of significant works from nearly
2,500 years of political philosophy moves from classical thought through
the medieval period to modern perspectives (Oxford University Press,
Energy & Security: Toward a New Foreign Policy Strategy edited
by Jan H. Kalicki ’68 and David L. Goldwyn. While oil continues
to be the principal energy resource in the U.S., Kalicki and Goldwyn
assemble top foreign policy experts to propose a new foreign policy
that would enhance U.S. energy security by increasing alternative energy
sources (Johns Hopkins University Press, $29.95).
The KGB File of Andrei Sakharov edited by Joshua
and Alexander Gribanov. Available during a short period of archival
liberalism under Russian president Boris Yeltsin, these 146 memorandums
from KGB officials to the Central Committee reveal untold stories of
the KGB’s surveillance of Sakharov (Yale University Press, $45).
From Dissertation to Book by William
Germano ’72. The author
details a state-of-the-art process for revising a doctoral thesis into
a manuscript publishers will notice (University of Chicago Press, $16).
A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare 1599 by James
Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Shapiro
examines 1599 as a turning point in Shakespeare’s career, creating
a unique portrait of the legendary dramatist and delivering an essential
rendering of the artist and his age (HarperCollins Publishers, $26.95).
USER: InfoTechnoDemo by Peter Lunenfeld ’84. Using visuals that
clarify and add layers of meaning, Lunenfeld shows readers ways to
open up to “wireless cosmopolitan pluralism” by exploring
such connections as patterns that link nanotechnology to electronic
music, and Pontiacs to open source software (MIT Press, $24.95).
Death and the Sun by Edward Lewine ’89. Lewine’s fascination
with Spain and bullfighting provides readers an insider’s look
at this beloved yet misunderstood tradition through his account of
one of Spain’s most famed bullfighters (Houghton Mifflin, $24).
Angry Black White Boy by Adam Mansbach ’98. Mansbach comments
on American identity in this satirical novel, which follows Macon Detornay,
a white boy influenced by black culture and angered by what he perceives
to be a racist white America (Three Rivers Press, $12.95).
Nietzsche as Philosopher by Arthur C.
Danto, Emeritus Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy. A leading philosophy scholar, Danto sets out
to correct misconceptions of Nietzche’s philosophy in this expanded
and revised edition, clarifying his theories and how they have contributed
to the study of philosophy (Columbia University Press, $24.50).
The End of Poverty by Jeffrey D. Sachs,
Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the
Earth Institute. Named one of the “World’s
100 Most Influential People” by Time, Sachs discloses what he
has learned from 25 years of work worldwide advising economies in crisis
while offering solutions to problems that plague the world’s
poorest societies (The Penguin Press, $27.95).
Laura Butchy ’04 SOA,
Lawrence Fradera ’07 GS
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