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The New Prince: Machiavelli Updated for the Twenty-First Century by Dick Morris '67. President Clinton's former chief political strategist updates one of his Contemporary Civilization texts, arguing (without a trace of irony) that self-serving politicians should pursue issues and ideals rather than devoting themselves to negative campaigns and tactics (Renaissance Books, $22.95).

Timbuktu: A Novel by Paul Auster '69. Mr. Bones, the faithful and articulate mutt belonging to Willy G. Christmas, an ill and troubled Brooklyn loner, recounts the adventures that begin when he sets out with his master to find Willy's high school mentor in Baltimore (Henry Holt, $22).

The Superman Complex: Achieving the Balance that Leads to True Success by [William R.] Max Carey [Jr.] '69. Recounting his own "dangerously exaggerated need to succeed," a fighter pilot turned businessman identifies a dangerous, self-created source of burnout and ways to combat it (Longstreet, $22).

The Restitution of Man: C. S. Lewis and the Case against Scientism by Michael D. Aeschliman '70, foreword by George Gilder. A reissue of the acclaimed study of the author, philosopher, and Christian apologist, who became an opponent of reductive scientism and a champion of "the immeasurable worth of man" (Wm. B. Eerdmans, $12 paper).

Shall I Say a Kiss? The Courtship Letters of a Deaf Couple, 1936-1938, edited by Lennard J. Davis '70, preface by Gerald J. Davis. Intimate correspondence between a young, deaf working class Jewish Englishwoman and her deaf suitor in America is both a love story and a portrait of deaf culture in the years preceding World War II (Gallaudet University Press, $29.95).

When Seconds Count by Alex Sachare '71. The author, editor of Columbia College Today as well as The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia, counts down the most exciting finishes to basketball games of all time on all levels: high school, college, pro and Olympics, women's hoops as well as the men's game (Sports Publishing, Inc., $22.95).

The Water We Drink: Water Quality and Its Effects on Health by Joshua I. Barzilay '72, Winkler G. Weinberg, and J. William Eley. The authors, all physicians, warn of potential health dangers inherent in ordinary drinking water and offer practical measures to safeguard water quality (Rutgers University Press, $40 cloth, $17 paper).

Chaos, Power, and Accountability in the Information Age by David Brown '75. The author argues that issues of control and responsibility cannot be avoided as modern man pursues an electronic golden age in the new frontier of cyberspace (Viking). Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. A play by Moisés Kaufman, with an afterword by Tony Kushner '78. This play, says Kushner, "thoroughly succeeds in conveying some of the best" of Wilde as it dramatizes the trials for homosexual activity that led to his incarceration (Vintage, $10 paper).

New Negro, Old Left: African-American Writing and Communism Between the Wars by William J. Maxwell '84. A study of the Harlem Renaissance, emphasizing previously unexplored connections and reciprocal debts between pre-World War II African-American literary culture and the Comintern's revolutionary political program (Columbia University Press, $49.50 cloth, $17.50 paper).

The Diversity Hoax: Law Students Report from Berkeley, edited by David Weiner '92 and Marc Berley '85; afterword by Dennis Prager. Students at the University of California's Boalt Law School (including editor Weiner) contributed essays describing and decrying the repression of free speech on campus for the sake of a delusory diversity (Foundation for Academic Standards & Traditions, $12.95 paper).

Fish Habitat: Essential Fish Habitat and Rehabilitation, edited by Lee R. Benaka '91. Proceedings from a 1998 symposium where scientists, fisheries managers, environmentalists, and industry representatives offered a fish-eye view of habitat and how human and natural events affect aquatic ecosystems (American Fisheries Society, $55).

The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis '95. In this first novel, an Orthodox Jewish community in Memphis, where "Shalom y'all" is a standard greeting, is threatened by the arrival of a charming newcomer (Norton, $23.95).

The Columbia Anthology of Gay Literature: Readings from Western Antiquity to the Present Day, edited by Byrne R. S. Fone. A compendium, ranging from Achilles and Patroclus in the Iliad to the poetry of Allen Ginsberg '48, of friendship, love and sex between men (Columbia University Press, $39.50).

Women and Society in Greek and Roman Egypt: A Sourcebook, edited by Jane Rowlandson, with the collaboration of Roger Bagnall, Professor of Classics, et al. An anthology for non-specialists of the rich and varied evidence documenting women's lives in Greco-Roman Egypt (Cambridge University Press, $64.95).

From Savage to Negro: Anthropology and the Construction of Race, 1896-1954 by Lee D. Baker, Assistant Professor of Anthropology. An exploration of the impact of racial categories in American public life, and of anthropology's role in shaping public perceptions of race and racial policies (University of California Press, $40 cloth, $17.95 paper).

History in Our Time by David Cannadine, Professor of History. This festive and high-spirited collection of reviews and essays range from comments on the work of other historians to the death of Princess Diana (Yale University Press, $25).

The Longman Anthology of British Literature: Volume One, David Damrosch, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, general editor. The first new anthology of British literature in a quarter century ranges from an extensive selection of medieval literature (co-edited by Barnard Professor Christopher Baswell) to Oliver Goldsmith's The Deserted Village (Longman, $52 paper).

The Longman Anthology of British Literature: Volume Two, David Damrosch, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, general editor. The section on the literature of the Victorian period in this exhaustive compilation of British literature from the Romantics to the present was co-edited by William Sharpe '73, professor of English at Barnard (Longman, $52 paper).

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