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Books and Recordings is a compilation of recent publications by University alumni, faculty, and staff. For inclusion in an upcoming issue, send the work’s title, publisher information, author, and author’s class year, along with a brief description, to Books and Recordings, Rochester Review, 147 Wallis Hall, P. O. Box 270033, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627-0033; e-mail:


The Piper of Cloone: Father Keegan and the Early Gaelic Revival
By Jarold and Dorothy Ramsey
Academia Press, 2005

Jarold Ramsey, professor emeritus of English, and his wife, Dorothy, coauthor the first study of Father Keegan, a spokesman for the Irish cultural revival. The book contains a selection of Keegan’s most important poems, translations, and prose pieces on Irish culture.

The Future of Organized Labor in American Politics
By Peter Francia ’96
Columbia University Press, 2006

Francia, an assistant professor of political science at East Carolina University, discusses the effects of John Sweeney’s controversial tenure as president of the AFL-CIO in the 1990s and assesses labor’s influence on American political elections and legislation.

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
By Harriet Washington ’76
Doubleday, 2006

Washington details the history of African Americans who were unknowingly subjected to medical experiments.

Imagining Native America in Music
By Michael Pisani ’96E (PhD)
Yale University Press, 2006

Pisani, an associate professor of music at Vassar College, offers a comprehensive look at musical representations of Native Americans, including European colonists’ fascination with the idea of race and ethnicity in music and how music contributed to the complex process of cultural mediation.

Introduction to Critical Phenomena in Fluids
By Eldred Chimowitz
Oxford University Press, 2005

Chimowitz, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, outlines the fundamentals of a relatively young field. The book includes exercises suitable for graduate courses in chemical engineering, thermodynamics, and physical chemistry.

To Be Me: Understanding What It’s Like to Have Asperger’s Syndrome
By Rebecca Etlinger ’99
WPS Creative Therapy Store, 2005

Written from a 10-year-old’s point of view, the children’s book helps explain Asperger’s Syndrome, a type of autism.

Coaching Leaders: Guiding People Who Guide Others
By Daniel White ’69
Jossey-Bass, 2005

White, an executive coach and organizational psychologist, combines the concepts and theories of coaching with examples of leaders to illustrate how coaches help their clients make changes in their leadership styles.

Democratic Hope: Pragmatism and the Politics of Truth
By Robert B. Westbrook
Cornell University Press, 2005

Westbrook, a professor in the Department of History, examines the varieties of classical pragmatist thought in the works of John Dewey, William James, and Charles Pierce.

The Jungle
Edited by Christopher Phelps ’95 (PhD)
Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2005

Phelps, an associate professor of history at Ohio State University at Mansfield, contributes biographical information on the author, ideas for term papers, and notes on the text to the Bedford Series in History and Culture edition of Upton Sinclair’s classic novel.

Upton Sinclair and the Other American Century
By Kevin Mattson ’94 (PhD)
John Wiley & Sons, 2006

The Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History at Ohio University presents the life of Upton Sinclair and the “other side” of the 20th century—the lives of working people that Sinclair wrote about.

By Thomas Perry ’74 (PhD)
Random House, 2006

Novelist Perry’s latest thriller features a female serial killer pursued by a female police officer.

Music and History: Bridging the Disciplines
Edited by Jeffrey Jackson ’99 (PhD) and Stanley Pelkey ’04E (PhD)
University Press of Mississippi, 2006

Jackson, an assistant professor of history at Rhodes College, and Pelkey, an assistant professor of music at Gordon College, raise the question “Why haven’t historians and musicologists been talking to one another?”

The Power of the People: Congressional Competition, Public Attention, and Voter Retribution
By Sean Theriault ’96 (MS)
Ohio State University Press, 2005

Theriault, an assistant professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, argues that public monitoring of Congressional representatives can ensure that politicians put the needs of the people before their own material interests.

Countervailing Forces in African-American Civic Activism, 1973–1994
By Fredrick Harris, Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, and Brian McKenzie
Cambridge University Pre
ss, 2005
Coauthors Fredrick Harris, an associate professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of African-American Politics, Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, an assistant professor of political science, and Brian McKenzie, who was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rochester center, examine trends in political involvement and civic activism since the civil rights movement.


American Music from Saint Thomas
By the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s
Koch International Classics, 2005

Pater Noster and Brief Mass, compositions by Dan Locklair ’81E (DMA), composer-in-residence and music professor at Wake Forest University, are performed by the Choir of Men and Boys of Saint Thomas Church in New York on this CD of choral music.

Passion and Repose: A 17th Century Italian Musical Extravaganza
By La Gente d’Orfeo
Self-produced, 2005

The CD by La Gente d’Orfeo, which includes Kiri Tollaksen ’92E on cornetto, features sonatas by Dario Castello, as well as works by Giovanni Battista Fontana, Giuseppe Scarani, Biagio Marini, Domenico Gabrieli, and Andrea Falconiero.

I Wish
By Moira Danis ’80E
Self-produced, 2005

Vocalist Danis, a music teacher at Coman Hill Elementary School in Armonk, New York, performs a collection of songs with the themes of wishes, hopes, and dreams.

Concerto in One Movement for Organ and Orchestra (“Alaska”)
By Emma Lou Diemer ’49E (MM), ’60E (PhD)
Albany Records, 2005

Organist Marilyn Mason and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Paul Freeman, perform Diemer’s composition.

Chamber Music, Vol. II
By Nancy Hayes Van de Vate ’52E
Vienna Modern Masters, 2005

This CD is a collection of Van de Vate’s chamber works composed over a period of almost 40 years, from 1963 to 2001. Van de Vate’s opera, All Quiet on the Western Front, based on the classic World War I novel by Erich Maria Remarque, was released in 2002.

Erik Satie
By Peter Fletcher ’95E (MM)
Centaur Records, 2005

Guitarist Fletcher performs modern French music by the Bohemian Satie.

Deborah Brown
By Deborah Brown ’77E, ’79E (MM)
Self-produced, 2005

Brown, executive director of the Potomac School of Music in Rockville, Maryland, and a former Jack L. Frank instructor of piano at the Eastman Community Music School, recorded her self-titled CD at Eastman. It includes pieces by Liszt, Haydn, and Rachmaninoff.

People That I’m Wrong For
By Warren Zanes ’02 (PhD)
Dualtone Music Group, 2006

In the second solo album from the outgoing vice president of education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the former member of the Del Fuegos draws inspiration from sources as varied as Sigmund Freud, Patty Hearst, and Ella Fitzgerald.