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.
J. C. Baldwin '37, Love, Luck and Conflict: Six Short Stories ([No place]: Xlibris, 2003). Mildly "racy" stories by a retired California businessman, now living in Palos Verdes. Fast-paced and absorbing, the stories generally have chance and romance as their theme.
J. C. Baldwin '37, Suddenly No Warning: Six Short Stories ([No place]: Xlibris, 2003). Another collection, "part pure fancy, part intriguing bits of action filtered through (the author's) somewhat salty lifestyle."
David Davis '84, Play by Play: Los Angeles Sports Photography 1889-1989 (Santa Monica, Calif.: Angel City Pr., 2004). The companion book to a photography exhibit the author curated at the Los Angeles Public Library that ran from October 2004 to March 2005. Covering a wide range of sports, the more than 200 black-and-white images include great athletic moments as well as athletes of renown. They were selected and copiously captioned by the author, a Los Angeles-based sportswriter whose articles have appeared in publications ranging from Sports Illustrated to the Village Voice, and whose feature story about the boxer Jerry Quarry was included in the anthology Best Sports Writing for 1996.
Kevin Grant, associate professor of history. A Civilised Savagery, Britain and the New Slaveries in Africa, 1884-1926 (New York: Routledge, 2004). In the two decades before the First World War, Great Britain witnessed the largest revival of anti-slavery protest since the age of emancipation in the mid-19th century. Grant's text recounts the history of human rights protests in the context of European imperialism, illustrating the historical bridge between the Victorian era of empire and abolition and the 20th-century era of humanitarian politics and human rights.
Jack Henke '72, From "The Beach" to Brewerton: Stories of Oneida Lake (Utica, N.Y.: North Country Bks. 2004). The author, who teaches social studies at Brookfield Central School in Madison County, N.Y., has been exploring the history and lore of Oneida Lake for more than 30 years. His love affair with the lake began when he embarked on a midterm history project during his senior year at Hamilton. Now, after four books dealing with his favorite lake, he is unquestionably the world's leading authority on that body of water. This, his newest book, illustrated with black-and-white photographs, covers in entertaining and informative fashion innumerable aspects of the Oneida Lake County's history, from the consequential to the quaint. Among those to whose memory it is dedicated are Hamilton professors David M. Ellis and David R. Millar.
Maurice Isserman (editor), professor of history. Exploring North America, 1800-1900 (New York: Facts on File, March 2005). From the expeditions of the ancient world to the future of space exploration in the 21st century, Discovery and Exploration conveys the wonders, anxieties and satisfactions that explorers have felt since the beginning of time. Starting with a scene-setting first chapter focusing attention on a key event, each book's narrative explores the topic, while firsthand accounts of incidents, climate and terrain offer a fresh perspective on discovery and exploration.
Silas C. Kimm 1897, The Collected Works of S. C. Kimm: Educator, Historian, Rhymester and Author (Fountain Hills, Ariz.: Gilbert H. Jordan II, 2004). Edited by his grandson Gilbert H. Gordon II, a collection of 111 articles and 100 poems by Dr. Kimm, Herkimer County (N.Y.) superintendent of schools, who died in 1957 at the age of 94. His writings contain much of interest on local history.
Cheng Li (editor), the William R. Kenan Professor of Government. Bridging Minds Across the Pacific (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Bks., 2005). Since the late 1970s, 700,000 Chinese students have traveled abroad to study; 172,000 have already returned. In what Harvard sociologist Ezra Vogel has called "the best account yet of this intellectual interchange that has brought not a clash but a dialogue between civilizations," Li's book focuses on how these students have contributed to shaping their home country, especially in social science curricular development, program-building, research and public policy formation.
Raymond A. Mohl '61, South of the South: Jewish Activists and the Civil Rights Movement in Miami, 1945-1960 (Gainesville: Univ. Pr. of Florida, 2004). Spotlighting the careers of two Jewish women, Matilda "Bobbi" Graff and Shirley M. Zoloth, northern newcomers to post-World War II Miami who were dedicated to promoting social change, the author focuses on the grassroots action that led to the city's desegregation. A professor of history at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, who has written extensively on urban America, he provides in this work an insightful and in many ways path-breaking contribution to the history of the civil rights movement.
J. T. Parker '50, Poet's Journey: Poetry of J. T. Parker 1944-2003 (Hamilton, Mont.: QBE, 2003). While at Hamilton, John Parker, who had been expressing himself in verse since the age of 10, "had the good fortune to study with Howard Nemerov ... who guided John to the techniques needed for writing good poetry." The proof of the future U.S. poet laureate's influence is evident in this collection of poems mostly pithy and to the point. Their author, long a resident of California, is a former poetry editor of the literary magazine Forms.
Emily Randolph '89 (coauthor), Dima's Dog School (London: Piatkus Bks., 2004). Written with professional dog trainer Dima Yeremenko, this volume presents a "radically different approach" to canine training. A five-step program based on methods tested at Yeremenko's Good Boy Dog School in Britain, it relies on "convincing your dog to act in a positive and pleasing manner" by engaging in dialogue rather than simply giving orders to the animal. The coauthor, who resides in Britain, enrolled her own Jack Russell terrier in Dima's school because of its very bad behavior, and the successful result led to this clearly written, practical guide.
Wendy B. Sharer '92, Vote and Voice: Women's Organizations and Political Literacy, 1915-1930 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois Univ. Pr., 2004). An exploration of the communication practices of the League of Women Voters and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in their efforts to promote political and social reform during and after World War I. Part of the Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms series, and utilizing contemporary theory of rhetoric and composition, the author, an assistant professor of English at East Carolina University, provides a thoroughly researched, detailed analysis of her subject.
Christopher Whitcomb '81, Black: A Novel (New York: Little, Brown, 2004). A work of fiction by the author of Cold Zero, a memoir of his years with the FBI and especially with its Hostage Rescue Team. Drawn from his firsthand experiences, the novel has as its protagonist Special Agent Jeremy Walker, who is engaged in battling international terrorism. Publisher's Weekly describes it as "a cutting-edge counterterrorism thriller 'whose' imaginative plotting, rock-solid prose, fascinating technology and blasts of furious action will hold readers hostage until the last surprising pages."