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Bookshelf

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 Alumni Review. Copies of books or bibliographic information for ordering purposes may be sent to ­editor@hamilton.edu.

Paul Irving Anderson '64, Der versteckte Fontane und wie man ihn findet (Stuttgart: S. Hirzel Verlag, 2006). A critical analysis of the life and work of Theodor Fontane, considered the best German novelist of the 19th century. The author, who teaches in Germany, explores various aspects of Fontane, including the difficulty of interpreting his work, biographical truth vs. fiction, and his political role in opposition to Bismarck and Prussian domination of Germany.

Nin Andrews '80, Midlife Crisis With Dick and Jane (Washington, D.C.: Del Sol Pr., 2005). Using as her vehicle those icons of first-grade reading, Dick and Jane, the author "explores the tragedy and farce of life in the heartland of America through a collection of short prose poems." Described as both "playful" and "disturbing," these R-rated snippets do not spare the current political scene from satirical barbs. Among the author's earlier works are Any Kind of Excuse, Why They Grow Wings and The Book of Orgasms.

Stuart Baker '29 (co-author), The Three Legged Stock Stool (The Stupid  Man's System) (Scarborough, N.Y.: Lake View, 2005). This little book represents experience and wisdom derived from 70 years in the securities business. Stuart Baker, who celebrated his 100th birthday last June, was inspired by economics studies at Hamilton to enter the securities field in 1928, the year before the Great Crash. A chartist who eventually became a stockbroker, he retired as a vice president of Prudential Securities in 1998, at the age of 92. Written in retirement and edited by his son Michael, a first vice president at Smith Barney, the book sets forth a theory of investment success based on  the three legs of the "stock stool," technical, value, and economic.

Roz Chast K'75, Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected, 1978-2006 (New York: Bloomsbury, 2006). A compendium of "the very best of Roz Chast," who has acquired a devoted following inspired by her cartoons, especially those published in The New Yorker. Presented in large format, the cartoons, many in color, wonderfully illustrate why the artist-humorist, now living with her family in Connecticut , has "won a place as one of our greatest artistic chroniclers of the anxieties, superstitions, furies, insecurities, and surreal imaginings of modern life."

Hye Seung Chung, visiting assistant professor of comparative literature, Hollywood Asian: Philip Ahn and the Politics of Cross-Ethnic Performance (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Pr., 2006). The pioneering study of Hollywood's first Korean-American actor considers Ahn's remarkable talent as it both relied on and resisted crudely stereotyped roles through the middle decades of the 1900s. Heavily researched and drawing on a range of documents from Ahn's personal and family papers to government files, it goes beyond biography to explore the complex historical and cultural issues at play in cross-ethnic performance and representation.

Carol Luers Eyman K'77, How to Publish Your Newsletter: A Complete Guide to Print and Electronic Newsletter Publishing (Garden City Park, N.Y.: Square One, 2006). This is the ideal handbook for individuals and groups wishing to communicate effectively in this technological age. Both comprehensive and easy to follow, it takes the reader step by step from planning the newsletter to creating and launching it. Every conceivable aspect of the process is covered. The author, who resides in Nashua, N.H., provides newsletter consultation services through her company, Eyman Publications.

A. TODD FRANKLIN, associate professor of philosophy (co-editor), Critical Affinities: Nietzsche and African-American Thought (Albany: State Univ. of New York Pr., 2006). The first book-length study of its kind, Critical Affinities explores and reveals the relationship between the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and key facets of African-American thought. Focusing on the causes and symptoms of cultural malaise, it considers the idea of racial identity and the potential of the will to power along with "the art of the cultural physician" common to both traditions. The book contributes to, in the words of Robert Gooding-Williams, "a black studies richer in itself … full of new will and currents, full of new dissatisfactions."

Bruce Goldstone '84, Great Estimations (New York: Holt, 2006). Described in The New York Times as "a model for teaching children what larger numbers really mean and how to use them well," this "interactive" book relies on illustrations provided by the author himself to teach youngsters how to estimate mathematically. The latest educational book by an author who resides in New York City, it is an ingenious approach to training the eyes and minds of children, and especially those of ages 7 to 10.

Kenneth Gross '76, Shylock Is Shakespeare (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Pr., 2006). The author, a professor of English at the University of Rochester who has been called "one of the most talented Shakespeareans at work today," offers a highly unusual and imaginative interpretation of Shylock, the Bard's unique and fascinating character from The Merchant of Venice. In an extensive essay, he considers not only the dramatic character itself but also its continuing impact on the Western mind as reflected in stage performance, ­fiction, and criticism. The book is described as "daring and revisionist" in arguing that Shylock represents Shakespeare's own voice, his "covert double," thereby explaining Shylock's "strange and enduring force."

Donald W. Huffmire '51, Handbook of Effective Management: How to Manage or Supervise Strategically (Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2006). An exceedingly useful compendium for anyone responsible for managing people, from small business owners to multinational corporation CEOs. Written by an emeritus associate professor of management in the University of Connecticut's School of Business, it draws upon his own extensive experience as a practitioner and consultant to provide a strategic management model. Illustrated by actual business examples as well as case studies, it sets forth basic principles of management in a succinct and straightforward manner.

Howie Keefe '42, Galloping On Wings With the P-51 Mustang: The Diary of an Unlimited Class Race Pilot (Mulberry, Fla.: Prestige Group, 2001). The memoirs of a veteran flyer and record-holding P-51 Mustang racer who was first introduced to the air by a flight course taken while at Hamilton. The richly illustrated volume encompasses flying during World War II and air racing, especially from 1968 to 1981, replete with harrowing experiences. It is a fascinating account of the adventurous life of a man considered a legend among devotees of air racing.

Wayne Mahood '56, Alexander "Fighting Elleck" Hays: The Life of a Civil War General, from West Point to the Wilderness (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2005). A biography of an unduly neglected Union Army general who commanded forces in the Peninsula Campaign and at Gettysburg, and who died leading an infantry division in the Battle of the Wilderness at the age of 44. It is a thoroughly researched contribution to Civil War military history, written and presented in a manner highly engaging to reader interest, by an emeritus professor of education at the State University of New York at Geneseo, who has written extensively on Civil War military units and commanders.

Thomas B. Roberts '61, Psychedelic Horizons (Charlottesville, Va.: Imprint Academic, 2006). "A different kind of book about psychedelics," it makes a case for the benefits to be derived from psychedelic experiences. Premised on the assumption that there is "more to our minds than our normal awake status," it contains much original thought on how psychedelics can lead to a brighter future of enlarged learning and even improvement in the human immune system and general health. The author, long an advocate of the benefits of psychedelics, is a professor of educational psychology at Northern Illinois University.

Frederick D. Seward 1858, Hamilton College and the Short Life of Frederick Dwight Seward, edited and privately published by Carol H. Mayer from family papers. The contents include transcriptions of a host of letters and other writings by young Seward while at Hamilton. He came to the College from Yonkers, N.Y., and died in Yonkers a year after his graduation in 1858, at the age of 22. The material, containing valuable information on the College in his day, inspires lament over the premature passing of a young man full of ambition and promise.

Richard M. Skinner '92, More Than Money: Interest Group Action in Congressional Elections (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). An analysis of the role that interest groups play in the election of members of Congress, illuminating the relationships between those groups and the political scene. Groups covered, including their membership, expertise, and financial resources, range from the AFL-CIO to the AARP, and the NRA to NARAL. Both a highly useful, lucidly written text for political science students and a valuable resource for those engaged or interested in government, its author served as a research analyst at the Campaign Finance Institute. Formerly a visiting instructor at Hamilton, he has been most recently a visiting assistant professor of government at Williams College.

Richard Stamelman '63, Perfume: Joy, Obsession, Scandal, Sin - A Cultural History of Fragrance from 1750 to the Present (New York: Rizzoli, 2006). A big and beautifully color-illustrated book in coffee-table format that explores in considerable depth the various ways in which perfume has been used, advertised and represented in modern Western history and culture. It is a thoroughly researched and exceedingly well-written "survey of scent" by a professor of Romance languages and comparative literature at Williams College. A book of visual delight, its contents would be of interest not only to connoisseurs of perfume but to students of culture in general.

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