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Bookshelf: Winter 2009


In his first novel, Jim Hughes '67 takes readers inside the beginning of a “new cold war.” Professor William Abbey accepts a consulting assignment on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, only to later discover that his client has plans for more than beach resorts. He realizes that millions of American lives are in his hands and that he must stop the Baja Project. BookSurge Publishing, 2008.


Rick Davidson '69's novel is set in northern New England, where two children are stranded between a wildfire and a mountain lion enraged by "man's sacrilegious infringements on nature's delicate balance," which have released a forgotten Indian curse. In a race against time, their distraught parents must overcome marital tensions to save their children. Beech River Books, 2008.


In the only corporate history authorized by the company, Reed Bunzel '78 takes a look at the emergence and growth of the largest radio and outdoor-advertising company in the world. This history includes interviews with top-level executives and examines controversy that has surrounded Clear Channel along the way. Bright Sky Press, 2008.


Samuel David Brody '92 argues for the need to understand ecosystems at the local level, where most planning decisions are made in the U.S. Brody asserts that ecosystem decline and rapid development are community-level problems and that with the understanding and focus of local and municipal governments, more sustainable levels of environmental planning is possible. Ashgate, 2008.


C. William Walldorf Jr. '90 examines the power of human rights issues to shape states' foreign policy.With an eye to the U.S. and Britain, this study demonstrates the conditions in which legislatures exert pressure on executives to end commitments to allies with poor humanitarian standards. Cornell University Press, 2008.


Robert L. Hohlfelder '60 edited this collection of proceedings from the conference, "The Maritime World of Ancient Rome," including contributions from eminent scholars around the world, and building upon the American Academy in Rome's first volume on maritime life.The collection traces the emergence of Rome as a dominant maritime power after the fall of Egypt in 30 BCE. University of Michigan Press, 2008.


Lisa Belisle '92 edited this collection of daily quotations, personal essays, documentary photography, and children’s artwork, paying tribute to the work of her late classmate Hanley Denning. Hanley founded the non-profit Safe Passage to educate children whose families earn their living picking through trash at the Guatemala City Dump. All proceeds from the book benefit Safe Passage. Aerie River Books, 2008.


Torin M. Finser '77, Director of the Waldorf Teacher Education Program at Antioch University New England, examines the nature of professional and governmental organizations through the lens of the natural world, crafting a vision for what he calls a "new ecology of organizations" that ultimately aims to "organ-ize" organizations. Steinerbooks, 2007.


Co-edited and with an introduction by S. Victor Papacosma '64, professor of history and director of the Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Union Studies at Kent State University, this volume features essays on Cold War tensions within NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Kent State University Press, 2008.


In her latest novel for young adults, Charlotte Agell '81 projects a vision of an ominous world in which the governing body of Homestate controls every aspect of society. In a mission to change the course of the universe, fifteen-year-old Adrian Havoc travels to the dangerous Deadlands as the end of the world becomes an everincreasing threat. Henry Holt, 2008.


This study of American social self-loathing by Dick Meyer '80 "takes us on a rollicking, laugh-out-loud ride across the brittle American landscape," Atlantic Monthly's Jeffrey Goldberg writes, "and by 'us' I mean all of us—liberal and conservative, black and white, citydwellers, suburbanites, and farmers." Crown, 2008.