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Political Economy and Statesmanship: Smith, Hamilton and the Foundation of the Commercial Republic by Peter McNamara. A comparison of the Scottish moralist and economic theorist with America's first Secretary of the Treasury, a member of the Class of 1778, suggests paths for the development of a new political economy (Northern Illinois University Press, $35).

The Birth of Empire: DeWitt Clinton and the American Experience, 1769-1828 by Evan Cornog. The legacy of the Class of 1786 graduate - who served as mayor of New York City and governor of the state, and narrowly lost the 1812 presidential election - ranged from introducing the spoils system to making the decision to dig the Erie Canal; by an associate dean of the Graduate School of Journalism (Oxford University Press, $29.95).

Mahan on Naval Warfare: Selections from the Writings of Rear Admiral Alfred T. Mahan [Class of 1858], edited by Allan Westcott. A reprint of the classic compendium of writings on naval strategy and tactics by one of the formative theorists of modern naval warfare (Dover, $13.95 paper).

A Clever Base-Ballist: The Life and Times of John Montgomery Ward by Bryan Di Salvatore. A new biography of the Class of 1885 ballplayer, who regularly made the front pages as a pitcher, shortstop, player leader, and fomenter of the failed 1890 "great player rebellion," when four out of five National Leaguers deserted the establishment to form the short-lived Players' League (Pantheon Books, $27.50). For an excerpt, see Columbia Forum.

The Twilight of the Intellectuals: Culture and Politics in the Era of the Cold War by Hilton Kramer. In this collection of essays from the editor of The New Criterion, Whittaker Chambers '24, Alger Hiss's successful accuser, draws warm praise; the famed Columbia art historian, Meyer Schapiro '25, suffers a cool revisionism; and Diana Trilling is castigated for her assessment of her husband, Professor Lionel Trilling '25 (Ivan R. Dee, $27.50).

The New Lifetime Reading Plan by Clifton Fadiman '25, preface by John S. Major. This fourth revision of a work in print for 40 years is not only a valuable introduction to great works of Western civilization but also a guide to non-Western works ranging from Confucius to The Koran (HarperCollins, $24 cloth, $14 paper).

Langston Hughes ['25]: Poet of the Harlem Renaissance by Christine M. Hill. An illustrated biography for younger readers of the great poet and author, who used an unhappy year at Columbia to establish himself among the Harlem literati of the 1920s (Enslow Publishers, $19.95).

Lionel Trilling ['25] and the Critics: Opposing Selves, edited by John Rodden, foreword by Morris Dickstein '61. An indispensable compilation of essays and reviews that illuminate the protean thought and career of one of Columbia's most prolific and celebrated professors (Bison Books, $70 cloth, $29.95 paper).

Evenings with the Orchestra by Hector Berlioz, edited, translated and with an introduction by Jacques Barzun '27. A reprint of Barzun's 1956 translation, with a new introduction, of Berlioz's volume "intermingling genuine biographies and high criticism with fanciful anecdotes and stories made out of whole cloth" (University of Chicago Press, $16 paper).

A God in Ruins: A Novel by Leon Uris '34. A western governor's bid to become America's second Irish-Catholic president is put into jeopardy when it is discovered he was born Jewish; by the best-selling author of Trinity and Exodus (HarperCollins, $26).

Berryman's Shakespeare: Essays, Letters, and Other Writings, edited and introduced by John Haffenden, preface by Robert Giroux '36. This collection of essays, lectures, correspondence and criticism shows Berryman's lifelong engagement with the Bard, which began when Berryman was a student in Mark Van Doren's Shakespeare course (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $35).

Between the Raindrops by David V. Pecora '37. An autobiography of a physician, with an emphasis on his early years, including his education at Columbia and military service during World War II (Vantage, $21.95).

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