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Chronicles of the Barbarians: Firsthand Accounts of Pillage and Conquest from the Ancient World to the Fall of Constantinople, by David Willis McCullough '59. Times Books 1998.
An illustrated history of largely firsthand accounts of the Goths, Huns, Vandals, Mongols, Vikings, Celts, and other groups considered barbarians by their contemporaries. The book was chosen as an October 1998 main selection of the History Book Club.

Civic Education: What Makes Students Learn, by Richard G. Niemi, professor of political science, and Jane Junn. Yale University Press 1998. 224 pp., $27.50.

Based on the most extensive assessment to date of civic knowledge among American youth, the volume looks at what American high school seniors know about government and how they learn about it, and suggests ways to improve civics teaching. (See In Review, WHAT DO HIGH SCHOOLERS KNOW ABOUT POLITICS?)

Directors and Trustees: A Candid Assessment of Their Motivation and Performance, by Nils Y. Wessell '38 (PhD). Vantage Press 1998. 104 pp., $8.95.

Explores the crucial role that the boards of for-profit and nonprofit organizations play in the success or failure of those organizations. Wessell, a former president of Tufts University, served as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Essays by Lewis White Beck: Five Decades as a Philosopher, edited by Predrag Cicovacki '91 (PhD). University of Rochester Press 1999. 208 pp., $59.95.

Just before his death in 1997, Beck, Rochester's Burbank Professor Emeritus of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy, planned to publish a collection of essays on philosophical issues other than those related to his expertise on Kant. The volume collects those essays, plus a few late essays on the German philosopher.

Ion, poems by Matthew McClintock '65. University Editions 1998. 80 pp., $9.

Journey of the Wild Geese: A Quaker Romance in War-Torn Europe, by Madeleine Yaude Stephenson '40 and Edwin Stephenson. Intentional Productions 1999. 336 pp., $17.95.

In 1946, Madeleine Yaude and Edwin Stephenson met as volunteers of the American Friends Service Committee, helping communities in Europe recover from the war. The book is based on their 17-month correspondence during assignments in different parts of the continent before they met again and eventually married.

Notes on the State of Virginia, by Thomas Jefferson, edited with an introduction and notes by Frank Shuffelton, professor of English. Penguin Books 1999. $12.99.

Written during Jefferson's first term as governor of Virginia, Notes on the State of Virginia chronicles Virginia's natural, social, and political history.

Religion in the Workplace: A Comprehensive Guide to Legal Rights and Responsibilities, by Bruce Friedman '82. American Bar Association 1998.

The book is a guide for human resource personnel, union officials, employee representatives, church groups, and attorneys.

River Effect, by Linda Allardt '77 (PhD). State Street Press (Brockport, N.Y.) 1998. 56 pp., $12.

A collection of poetry that has been noted for its exploration of metaphor "to see how it unveils the world with all its complex underpinnings."

Sciences of the Flesh: Representing Body and Subject in Psychoanalysis, by Diane F. Sadoff '73 (PhD). Stanford University Press 1998.

The author is chair of the Department of English at Miami (Ohio) University.

Special Kids Problem Solver, by Kenneth Shore '71. Prentice Hall 1998. $28.95.

The book gives classroom teachers and specialists information and practical strategies for recognizing and responding effectively to 30 of the most common academic, behavioral, and physical problems encountered in today's classrooms.

Shore has been a school psychologist for the past 20 years and is the author of two other books on school psychology and education.

Successful Aging, by John Rowe '70M (MD) and Robert L. Kahn. Pantheon Books 1998. 265 pp., $24.95.

Basing their conclusions on more than 14 years of research funded through the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the authors explore new ideas about the health of America's aging population. For more on Rowe, see After Words.


Dan Willis Quartet. Led by Dan Willis (Daniel Wieloszynski) '90E, the quartet also includes Ben Monder, Drew Gress, and John Hollenbeck '90E, '91E (MM). A-Records.

Long Way Home. The debut CD from the band St. Huckleberry features the music of Laura Asselta Gallucci '90E and her husband, Michael Gallucci.

Media Event. The debut CD features the music of Christopher Jentsch '93E (MM), leading the Christopher Jentsch Trio.

The Romance of Flute and Harp. Flutist Linda Neuberger Chatterton '90E and harpist Min Kim '91E play Bach, Debussy, and others.

Sonata for Viola d'Amore and Piano Opus No. 2. Bruce Smith '65E (MM) recorded these works as part of a University of Michigan project to record the complete chamber works of Paul Hindemith.

We Got Rhythm: A Gershwin Songbook. David Finck '80E recorded this collection of Gershwin favorites with André Previn. Deutsche Grammophon 1998.

Frank Shuffelton, professor of English

Frank Shuffelton's eclectic reading interests mirror those of the subject of his recently published book: Founding Father Thomas Jefferson. His edition of Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia is the most up-to-date of this oft-published text.

Shuffelton's fascination with Jefferson extends to the third president's reading material. "One of the reasons I find Jefferson interesting is that he's interested in everything," he says. Shuffelton, too, has a broad list of reading topics, including literature, history, philosophy, and "the phenomenon of ethnicity in American life."

Following is a sampling of his recommendations for a good read:

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, by Frederick Douglass. The Anti-Slavery Office 1845 (reprint, Penguin American Library 1982).

"Anybody who's lived in Rochester for any time at all, I think, should have read Frederick Douglass's narrative. University of Rochester graduates should know why the Frederick Douglass Building is called the Frederick Douglass Building."

The Paris Years of Thomas Jefferson, by William Howard Adams. Yale University Press 1997.

"It's an interesting and exciting period in Jefferson's life, when he's involved in politics and science, and the glamorous and sophisticated social life of the European capital. It's a period in which lots of Jefferson's contradictions emerge. He comes away from this both in love with the idea of Europe and the kind of intellectual life there, and, at the same time, he comes away a much more convinced American, convinced that Europe is in some ways a bad thing."

The Holder of the World, by Bharati Mukherjee. Ballantine Books 1993.

"This is a really interesting, complicated story, rich in historical detail. It's about the ways in which the Eastern and Western worlds penetrate and interact with each other. The author herself was born in India and now lives in the United States; the main character in the novel is born in Massachusetts in the 17th century and goes to India, so the situation is reversed."

In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez. Algonquin Books 1994.

"Tells the story of the Mirabal sisters --beautiful, spirited, popular sisters who are caught up in the vicious politics of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. I like it because of the historical detail, vivid characters, and the exploration of the kind of political pressures behind immigration."

A Social History of Truth--Civility and Science in 17th Century England, Steven Shapin. University of Chicago Press 1994.

"This is about the origins of the so-called scientific revolution in England. It's concerned to show the ways in which scientific inquiry is inextricably involved with other kinds of social concerns: religious concerns and political issues of the time, for example. Rather than describing a free-floating enterprise of people rationally trying to understand the material world, Shapin puts figures like Robert Boyle in the context of all kinds of other activities."

The Inner Jefferson: Portrait of a Grieving Optimist, by Andrew Burstein. University Press of Virginia 1995.

"Maybe one of the best accounts we have of Jefferson's inner life, the life of his feelings, the importance he placed on feeling and sentiment. Jefferson sometimes comes across as cold and rational. But there are astonishing moments of feeling and continued references to the importance of sympathy, sentiment, and sensibility."

Mona in the Promised Land, by Gish Jen. Knopf 1996.

"The book is about a Chinese-American girl growing up in a Scarsdale-like suburb in the early 1960s and being one of the few Asian-American girls in her class, and looking for her identity, which involves, among other things, conversion to Judaism."

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