EA3DDC83-D20F-4E35-993C30485FFD4656
CA190BBA-B15C-43A0-BD23E019D1E8E706

Bookshelf


The following books have been published recently by Hamilton alumni and members of the faculty. We welcome other new or recent books for annotation in future issues. Please email bibliographic information to shimmelb@hamilton.edu or, preferably, send a copy of the book to Hamilton Alumni Review, Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323. 

<em>A Lifetime of Good Eats: The Foods I Love to Cook and Share</em>

A Lifetime of Good Eats: The Foods I Love to Cook and Share

Holly Amidon ’84

(Bloomington, Ind.: LifeRich Publishing, 2016)
According to the publisher, “Holly Amidon delights in cooking for and eating with others. In this book, she weaves together the tale of her life with the foods that she enjoys preparing for the people she loves. Most of the recipes are recognizable comfort foods, but often Holly puts her own spin on them and creates dishes that become ­family and friend favorites.”

<em>The Complete Poetry of Aimé Césaire</em>

The Complete Poetry of Aimé Césaire

A. James Arnold ’61 (co-translator)

(Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 2017)
The celebrated verse of perhaps the most influential Francophone poet of the 20th century is collected in this bilingual edition. As one reviewer noted, the book “offers three inestimable gifts: ­Césaire’s poetry in its original, ­unrevised form; rich details on the contexts of publication; and new translations into English that account for both. A treasure!”

 <em>Bassett ­Hospital in Cooperstown, New York, 200 Years of Health Care in Rural America</em>

Bassett ­Hospital in Cooperstown, New York, 200 Years of Health Care in Rural America

John S. Davis ’52

(Cooperstown, N.Y.: Bassett Healthcare ­Network, 2016)
This richly illustrated book traces the history of a small, rural hospital’s evolution into a nationally recognized, multi-county integrated network. The author is attending physician and director of medical education emeritus at Bassett, and clinical professor emeritus of medicine, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University.

<em>Precious Memories Forever</em>

Precious Memories Forever

John Egner ’52

(Deer Park, N.Y.: PBJ Enterprises, 2017)
The author writes from the heart in this story about his beloved wife of over 60 years, Patricia “Teash” Marion Conroy. He shares candid reflections not only of the love and devotion she gave him and their family, but also the sorrows experienced after her death in 2015.

<em>The New ­Roberts Court, Donald Trump, and Our Failing Constitution</em>

The New ­Roberts Court, Donald Trump, and Our Failing Constitution

Stephen M. Feldman ’77

(Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
The author, a professor of law and political science at the University of Wyoming, traces the evolution of the constitutional order — from the framers’ vision of a system that balanced government power and individual rights, to one “in which corporations and billionaires wield herculean political power.”

<em>Neutron Scattering</em> (Three-Volume Series)

Neutron Scattering (Three-Volume Series)

Felix Fernandez-Alonso ’94 (co-editor)

(Cambridge, Mass.: Academic Press)
Neutron Scattering [Vol. 44, 2013]; Neutron Scattering – Magnetic and Quantum Phenomena [Vol. 48, 2015]; Neutron Scattering – Applications in Biology, Chemistry, and Materials Science [Vol. 49, 2017] provides an in-depth overview of the applications of ­neutron scattering in the fields of physics, materials science, chemistry, biology, earth sciences, and engineering. Fernandez-Alonso is head of the Molecular Spectroscopy Group and coordinator of the Centre for Molecular Structure and Dynamics at the ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the United Kingdom.

<em>Contesting the Repressive State: Why Ordinary Egyptians Protested During the Arab Spring</em>

Contesting the Repressive State: Why Ordinary Egyptians Protested During the Arab Spring

Kira D. Jumet, assistant professor of government

(New York: Oxford University Press, 2017)
Based on extensive field work, including 170 interviews conducted in Egypt during the Arab Spring, the author offers insight into what motivated thousands to take to the streets against the Mubarak regime in 2011: “[s]ocial media, violent government repression, changes in political opportunities, and the military.”

<em>Stupid Enough to S­ucceed: The Millennial Entrepreneur’s Guide to Achieving Business Hypergrowth</em>

Stupid Enough to S­ucceed: The Millennial Entrepreneur’s Guide to Achieving Business Hypergrowth

Jeff Naeem ’09

(AuthorHouse, 2017)
From leveraging technology to managing people, this easy-to-follow guide “opens the door to the most contemporary business start-up methods available to today’s entrepreneur.” Founder of the highly successful Junk-A-Haulics trash removal business, the author speaks for today’s “youthpreneurs” and the value they place on quality of life over focusing on profit alone.

<em>My So-Called Biblical Life: Imagined Stories from the World’s Best-Selling Book</em>

My So-Called Biblical Life: Imagined Stories from the World’s Best-Selling Book

Julie Faith Parker ’83 (editor)

(Eugene, Ore.: Wipf & Stock, 2017)
The author asked 12 everyday people — from a physician, to an actor, to a prisoner serving a life sentence — to imagine themselves as “secondary” characters from stories in the Bible and then to reflect on those characters’ points of view. For example, the story of Adam and Eve told from the perspective of the serpent or the crucifixion of Jesus as witnessed by the centurion responsible for his execution. The results, as one reviewer noted, “are striking and at times unforgettable.”

<em>Real Leaders Negotiate! Gaining, Using and Keeping the Power to Lead Through Negotiation</em>

Real Leaders Negotiate! Gaining, Using and Keeping the Power to Lead Through Negotiation

Jeswald W. Salacuse ’60

(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Drawing on extensive research and using high-profile leaders as examples, the author debunks the notion that “negotiation is a tool to use outside the organization to deal with customers, suppliers, and creditors. Inside, it’s strictly ‘my way or the highway.’” Salacuse explains negotiation’s role “in gaining, exercising, and retaining leadership within organizations, large and small, public and private.”

 <em>Home Fire</em>

Home Fire

Kamila Shamsie ’94

(New York: Riverhead Books, 2017)
Described as a Greek tragedy in the age of ISIS, the author reimagines Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone to tell the story of a British Muslim family living in the shadow of a dead father and his sins. This novel, the author’s seventh, was longlisted for the prestigious 2017 Man Booker Prize. One reviewer observed, “The most impressive part of Home Fire … is Shamsie’s writing, which is beautiful without being florid, and urgent without being rushed.”

<em>The Ethics of Sport: What Everyone Needs to Know</em>

The Ethics of Sport: What Everyone Needs to Know

Robert L. Simon, the Walcott-Bartlett Professor of Philosophy emeritus

(New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)
This book explores central questions at the heart of amateur and professional sports: Does the corrupt side of sports compromise their potential to deepen our moral lives? Are the virtues of sports even certain? The author, a leading sports philosopher, has published previously on such issues as gender equity, comparable worth, moral judgment, and the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports.

Contact Information


Stacey Himmelberger

Editor, Hamilton Alumni Review
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Back to Top