The following books by Hamilton alumni and faculty members have been added to the Burke Library collection. We welcome news of other new or recent books for annotation in upcoming issues of the Hamilton Alumni Review. Copies of books or bibliographic information for ordering purposes may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mimi Brodeur '82, Mushroom Cookbook: Recipes for White & Exotic Varieties (Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole, 2005). The varieties of mushrooms are many, and most are featured in the more than 60 recipes contained in this book. With an exceedingly informative introductory chapter, "All About Mushrooms," it includes easy-to-follow recipes covering every course from appetizers and soups to entrees and side dishes. The author, who lives in Hershey, Pa., is a graduate of the Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in France and has worked and written extensively in the food field.
Terry Brooks '66, Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life (New York: Ballantine, 2003). The master of the fantasy genre reminisces about his writing career and his adventures in the world of book publishing. His legion of fans will welcome this glimpse into the author's literary life, and aspiring writers will find his practical advice rewarding.
Alf Evers '29, Kingston: City on the Hudson (Woodstock, N.Y.: Overlook Pr., 2005). The author, the preeminent chronicler of his beloved Catskills, completed this book shortly before his death in December 2004, a few weeks short of his 100th birthday. An impressive work of history, and written in lively prose, it traces Kingston's past from its beginnings in colonial times to yesteryear. It is fitting closure to the long and distinguished writing career of one of New York State's leading local historians.
Earl N. Harbert '56 (co-editor), Henry Adams & the Need to Know (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2005). A collection of scholarly essays, co-edited with William Merrill Decker, on Henry Adams, the brightest literary light of America's famed Adams family. The essays "explore often overlooked details of Adams' relationship with people and ideas," and anyone beguiled by this fascinating and still relevant figure will be well rewarded in their reading. Earl Harbert, professor emeritus at Northeastern University, is a recognized authority on Adams and his writings.
Anthony D. Kauders '88, Democratization and the Jews: Munich, 1945-1965 (Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska Pr., 2004). An exploration of the postwar responses of Germans in Munich to the Holocaust, derived from impressive and well-documented research. The monograph traces the changes in attitudes through the early 1960s, as anti-Semitism was gradually repudiated and "as the language of liberalism merged with the spirit of democracy." The author, whose previous book was German Politics and the Jews: Düsseldorf and Nuremberg, 1910-1933 (1996), teaches in the Department of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich.
Scott MacDonald, visiting professor of art history. A Critical Cinema 5: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers (Berkeley: Univ. of California Pr., 2006). Comprised of 14 interviews, this fifth volume in MacDonald's series "engages filmmakers in detailed discussions of their films and of the personal experiences and political and theoretical currents that have shaped their work." Each volume in the Critical Cinema series examines a specific cultural moment and issues dominating the field during that period. This latest edition focuses on the evolution of first-person filmmaking and what has become known as "Queer cinema." It also addresses the attempts of these 14 filmmakers to "mechanically/chemically/electronically incarnate the spiritual" into their work. MacDonald is also the author of The Garden in the Machine: A Field Guide to Independent Film about Place (2001).
Bruce Markusen '87, Ted Williams: A Biography (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Pr., 2004). The compelling story of "the brilliant and often embittered career of the man whose mission was to become the greatest hitter of all time," told by the former program manager at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, whose previous works include biographies of Roberto Clemente and Orlando Cepeda.
Peter Meinke '55, The Contracted World: New & More Selected Poems (Pittsburgh: Univ. of Pittsburgh Pr., 2006). The author's 14th book of verse, it further consolidates his reputation among the best and brightest of our country's poets. In poems "passionate and deeply imagined," he addresses the reader in a very personal way, and with his passion tinged with humor. Now professor emeritus at Eckerd College in Florida, he holds the Darden Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University in Virginia.
Judith Owens-Manley, associate director of community research (co-author). Bosnian Refugees in America: New Communities, New Cultures (New York: Springer Science+Business Media, 2006). Based on the results of a research project that focused on the lives and experiences of 100 Bosnian families in Utica, this book describes the psychological, socio-cultural and economic adaptations of the refugees to this community including the effects of the trauma of war, the cultural differences and dislocation, and strategies for successful adjustment. Issues such as how a community best responds to new arrivals and the implications of how these people adapt and adjust optimally are also explored.
Ezra Pound 1905, Ezra Pound: A Selected Catalog of the Ezra Pound Collection at Hamilton College (Clinton, N.Y.: Hamilton College Library, 2005). Compiled with notes by Cameron McWhirter '86 and Randall L. Ericson, Couper Librarian at the College. An extensively annotated catalog accompanied by excellent illustration and prefaced by a highly informative sketch of the poet by McWhirter. The catalog encompasses manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, works of art and a vast array of print materials in various editions, both by Pound and about him, comprising Hamilton's Pound Collection.
Stephen G. Rabe '70, U.S. Intervention in British Guiana: A Cold War Story (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Pr., 2005). The author, professor of history at the University of Texas in Dallas, has written extensively on the United States and its anticommunist involvements in Latin America since World War II. In this, his latest work, he focuses on the covert U.S. intervention in British Guiana during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Fearing that when the colony gained its independence as Guyana, it would become a communist state under Marxist leader Cheddi Jagan, the CIA intervened to drive him from office. It is a little-known episode of the Cold War, and one of which the author, who nicely prefaces his account with historical background, is highly critical.
Gita Rajan, the Jane Watson Irwin Visiting Associate Professor of Women's Studies, (co-editor). New Cosmopolitanisms: South Asians in the U.S. (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford Univ. Pr., 2006). Co-edited with Shailja Sharma, associate professor of English at DePaul University, this book offers an in-depth look at the ways in which globalization, technology and travel have altered traditional patterns of immigration for South Asians who live and work in the United States and theorizes how their popular cultural practices and aesthetic desires are changing.
J. Arthur Rath '53, Lost Generations: A Boy, A School, A Princess (Honolulu: Univ. of Hawaii Pr., 2006). The author, a retired public relations executive who now lives in Hawaii, spent much of his youth in the islands. Of native ancestry, he gained entrance to the Kamehameha School for Boys, one of several schools founded by the Hawaiian princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop with the stipulation that they be committed exclusively to the education of native Hawaiian children. Rath spent four years at the school during the 1940s, and he credits it with turning his life around. It gave him, and other disadvantaged youngsters of native ancestry (the "lost generations") the personal confidence and necessary support to make a success of themselves. Partly an account of fondly remembered school days and partly a history of the Kamehameha schools, this exceedingly personal, idiosyncratic and informally written work will have great appeal to anyone interested in Hawaii, its history and its people.
Jeswald W. Salacuse '60, Leading Leaders: How to Manage Smart, Talented, Rich and Powerful People (New York: American Management Assoc., 2006). Billed as "strategies for managing the elites in any organization," the author, the Henry J. Braker Professor of Law and former dean of the Fletcher School of Law at Tufts University, sets forth the principles "for establishing leadership roles based on a shared, vested interest in the organization's goals." Organization leaders seeking a management edge will certainly profit from this lucidly written and well-presented how-to book.
Richard Seager, associate professor of religious studies. Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhist Humanism (Berkeley: Univ. of California Pr., 2006). Full of intimate detail and powerfully written, this deeply personal book offers a rare insider's look at Soka Gakkai Buddhism, one of Japan's most influential and controversial religious movements and one that is experiencing explosive growth around the world. In trying to come to terms with the death of his wife, the author traveled to Japan in search of the spirit of the Soka Gakkai. This book tells of his journey toward understanding through observations, reflections and interviews, including a rare private meeting with Soka Gakkai president Daisaku Ikeda.
Paul Streitz '66, The Great American College Tuition Rip-Off (Darien, CT: Oxford Institute Pr., 2005). A highly critical look at institutions of higher learning in an effort to explain their high tuition costs, focusing on Hamilton. The author observes that Hamilton "has not distinguished itself from the faults of the private colleges and universities," and that his book "is an attempt to remedy those ills and give other students the same opportunity for the wonderful education I received at Hamilton College."
Harry Arthur Woggon '54, Journey to the Center: Poems/Prayers (Asheville, N.C.: New Day Resources, 2005). Drawn from his experience as a pastor as well as his personal faith, Father Woggon, a retired Episcopal priest, provides direction, through poetry, for a journey of contemplation, a kind of spiritual pilgrimage. The poems, finely wrought and from the soul and heart, are the touchstones along the way.