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BOOKS

Best Truth: Intelligence in the Information Age, by Bruce D. Berkowitz '80 (Mas), '82 (PhD) and Allan E. Goodman. Yale University Press 2000. 203 pp., $22.50.

A manifesto for a new model of intelligence operations in the Information Age.


Biotechnology Projects for Young Scientists, by George Nassis '83, '86W (MS) and Kenneth Rainis. Franklin Watts/Grolier Publishing 1998-99. 160 pp.

An overview of the field of biotechnology plus dozens of hands-on experiments for students.


Career Management for Scientists and Engineers, by John Borchardt '73 (PhD). Oxford University Press 2000.


Congress at the Grassroots: Representational Change in the South, 1970-1998, by Richard F. Fenno, Jr., Distinguished University Professor and Kenan Professor of Political Science. University of North Carolina Press 2000. 224 pp., $34.95, cloth; $16.95, paper.

Describes the political life and style of two Georgia congressmen--Jack Flynt and Mac Collins--and explores how relationships between House members and their constituencies change.


Cultivating Inspired Leaders: Making Participatory Management Work, by Bruce M. Lansdale '46. Kumarian Press, Inc., 2000. 176 pp., $27.95.

A step-by-step guide based on the author's experiences: as director of the American Farm School in Greece, followed by years of worldwide travel--much of it in Third World countries--conducting leadership seminars.


The Elements of Java Style, by Jim Shur '82, Alan Vermeulen, Scott W. Ambler, Greg Bumgardner, Eldon Metz, Trevor Misfeldt, and Patrick Thompson. Cambridge University Press 2000. 142 pp., $12.95.

For practitioners of the Java programming language, this book offers a collection of standards and guidelines for creating high-quality Java code that will be easy to understand, maintain, and enhance.


Get a Life, America!, by Leonard R. Mees '72M (MD). Sabec Publishing Co. 2000. 366 pp., $24.99.

"Illness is sick!" says the author, who offers advice on how to make healthy lifestyle changes and achieve life-long health.


Information Appliances and Beyond: Interaction Design for Consumer Products, by Eric Bergman '84. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers 2000. 400 pp.

Examines information appliances--including mobile phones, palmtop computers, Internet appliances, and onboard navigation devices for cars--and the way people use them.


Benson's Book and Recordings

The prolific Warren Benson, emeritus professor of composition at the Eastman School, is the author both of a recently published book of limericks and a number of recently recorded compositions.

The book, And My Daddy Will Play the Drums: Limericks for Friends of Drummers (Meredith Music Publishers), illustrated by the author, reflects his background as a professional percussionist whose interests range far and wide.

Among his works newly out on CD are Shadow Wood (Gasparo GSCD 342), a setting of six poems of Tennessee Williams; The Drums of Summer (Gasparo GG 1017), based on texts by Thoreau, Octavio Paz, and others; and Aeolian Song (Albany-Troy 331).

Among numerous other activities, Benson reports that he has been studying European Portuguese "in preparation for some serious Lisbon encounters with Fado."


Learning Computers, Speaking English: Cooperative Activities for Learning English and Basic Word Processing, by Steve Quann and Diana Satin '86. University of Michigan Press 2000. 208 pp., $19.95 with disk.

The book gives English as a Second Language students practice in English as they learn about computers and word processing.


The Library Handbook for Organic Chemists, by Andrew J. Poss '78, '84 (PhD). Chemical Publishing 2000.

This guide to the indexes and reference sources of chemical literature provides an understanding of the organization of the chemistry library and offers hints and shortcuts for finding scientific resources.


Managed Murder, by (Elliott) Marshall Goldberg '52. Buy Books on the Web.com 1999. 306 pp., $16.95.

Goldberg's latest "Dr. Lassiter" medical-mystery novel centers on managed care and the Mafia.


Prodigal Son: Vasilii Shukshin in Soviet Russian Culture, by John Givens, associate professor of Russian. Northwestern University Press 2000. 304 pp., $79.95.

The first English-language study of the figure who may have reached more people in more media than any other artist in the post-Stalinist Soviet Union.


The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, Tenth Anniversary Edition, by Carol J. Adams '72. The Continuum International Publishing Group, Inc., 2000. 276 pp., $18.95.

Addresses how someone becomes a "piece of meat" in today's culture, explores the ways that women are depicted as animal-like, and examines how animals that are destined to become meat are represented as female, or as female sex objects.


Vocational Impact of Psychiatric Disorders: A Guide for Rehabilitation Professionals, by Gary Fischler '77 and Nan Booth. Aspen Publishers, Inc., 1999.


Why the Elderly Need Individualized Pharmaceutical Care, by David B. Nash '81M (MD). Jefferson Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

The monograph concludes that, for seniors, access to innovative drug options can be limited, resulting in pharmaceutical treatment that does not meet the unique needs of the individual patient.



RECORDINGS

Chamber Music Vol. 1 and Flatland Ballet Music, by Leonard Moses '55E. Much Ado About Music Productions.

Chamber Music Vol. 1 contains five original compositions, including "The Passion Ballet Music," which was commissioned by the Annapolis Ballet Theater. "Flatland Ballet Music" is written for an electronic orchestra and was commissioned by the Maryland Ballet.


Concerto in One Movement for Piano, MMC; Fantasy for Piano, performed by Leanne Rees, Fleur de Son Classics (also recorded on Leonarda by Nanette Kaplan Solomon); Four Chinese Love Poems, sung by Anne Marie Church, Josara Records; O Viridissima Virga, Hildegard Music Publishers; Psalm Settings, performed by organist Joan Dixon Broyles and the Emmanuel Brass, RBW Records; and Serenade/Toccata for Piano, Hildegard Music Publishers, all composed Emma Lou Diemer '49E (MM), '60E (PhD).


K-K-K Katy: Songs from America's Wars, by Jon English '82E, '84E (MM).


Panorama, by John Sneider '91. Features Chris Potter, Larry Goldings, Bob Sneider '94, and David Gibson '96E (MM). Double-Time Jazz.

Original and standard jazz compositions.



RECOMMENDED READING

Selected by faculty


James Johnson, associate professor of political science

James Johnson, a self-described "political philosopher," says he spends a lot of time reading for research purposes--and for the purpose of expanding the imagination of his two young sons by way of the wildly popular Harry Potter books. Thus, Johnson says, "not only am I pretty busy, but I am pretty busy reading."

When he has the time to read for his own enjoyment, he chooses books that he can repeatedly put down and pick up again, such as short stories, poetry, mysteries, and biographies. "I tend to find authors whose work I like and then read everything that they write, regardless of genre," he says.


All of Us: The Collected Poems, by Raymond Carver. Vintage Books 1996.

"Carver's poems, like his stories, capture the hardships and dissect the foibles of ordinary folks in a remarkably candid way. Yet, as his title suggests, because his own foibles caused him and others numerous hardships, Carver never demeans or patronizes the men and women who populate his poems."


Walkin' the Dog, by Walter Mosley. Little Brown 1999.

"Like Mosley's other books, Walkin' the Dog occupies the intersection of race, crime, and privilege. His protagonist, Socrates Fortlow, has a name no political philosopher could resist. He is an African-American ex-convict who struggles to build a life in circumstances where his prison-born notions of integrity and responsibility fit only very uneasily."


The Best American Mystery Stories 1999, edited by Ed McBain. Houghton Mifflin 1999.

"This book is the third installment in an excellent annual series that provides a sampler of current mystery writing, many of them gems."


King of the World, by David Remnick. Vintage Books 1998.

"This is a biography of Muhammad Ali. It also is about the unpredictable ways that we create social symbols. For Remnick, Ali and his various opponents in the ring personified the shifting social, cultural, and political landscape of race in 1960s America. He unsentimentally depicts the ways that Ali disturbed and challenged still entrenched social forces."


The Lives of Animals, by J. M. Coetzee. Princeton University Press 1999.

"Coetzee is a South African novelist and critic whose protagonist is an elderly woman novelist who, invited to deliver a prestigious lecture series, provokes her audience with lectures on the lives of animals. She goes so far as to claim that the way the systematically cruel treatment humans visit on animals (for food and clothing, in medical research, etc.) 'dwarfs' the horrors of the Holocaust. You may find this comparison preposterous or extreme, but as Coetzee creatively weaves argument and style, he defies you to explain why."


Development as Freedom, by Amartya Sen. Alfred A. Knopf 1999.

"Sen is an economist who won the Nobel Prize in 1998. In this book he demonstrates that technical virtuosity need not disable economists (or other social scientists) from confronting central, stubborn, contemporary problems in a clear, engaging, and humane way. If this doesn't sound like the economics you remember--and especially if you think of economics as a 'dismal science' --read this book."


Myself When I Am Real: The Life and Music of Charles Mingus, by Gene Santoro. Oxford University Press 2000.

"I love the music that Mingus--and his jazz contemporaries Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis--produced in the '50s and early '60s. Mingus was biracial but, according to Santoro, early on 'decided he was black.' Santoro aims to illuminate how, having made that decision, Mingus used his prowess as a bassist and composer to influence jazz and American culture more broadly."

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