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Rochester Review
November–December 2008
Vol. 71, No. 2

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The Beautiful Soul of John Woolman, Apostle of Abolition
By Thomas P. Slaughter
Hill and Wang, 2008
Slaughter, a professor of history at Rochester, explores the life of Woolman, an 18th- century New Jersey Quaker, religious leader, and social reformer.

Party Competition Between Unequals: Strategies and Electoral Fortunes in Western Europe
By Bonnie M. Meguid
Cambridge University Press, 2008
Combining statistical analyses with in-depth case studies, Meguid, an assistant professor of political science at Rochester, looks at the factors that help determine how new political parties have fared in Western Europe.

Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes
By Maurice Isserman ’79 (PhD) and Stewart Weaver
Yale University Press, 2008
Isserman, a professor of history at Hamilton College, and Weaver, a professor of history at Rochester, collaborate on the first history of Himalayan mountaineering written by professional historians.

Text Information Retrieval Systems
By Charles T. Meadow ’51, Bert R. Boyce, Donald H. Kraft, and Carol Barry
Academic Press, 2007
Meadow, a professor emeritus on the faculty of information studies at the University of Toronto, updates the reference on information systems with a third edition.

Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness
By Richard H. Thaler ’74 (PhD) and Cass R. Sunstein
Yale University Press, 2008
Thaler, a professor of behavioral science and economics at the University of Chicago, and Sunstein, a professor at the Harvard Law School, explore the ways that choices are affected by the parameters in which they are presented and how public policymakers could influence the choices people make by paying attention to those parameters.

Making Your Church a House of Healing
By Michael Gemignani ’59
Judson Press, 2008
Gemignani, the associate rector at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Lamarque, Texas, offers a practical primer for developing spiritual healing ministries.

Mourning Has Broken: Reflections on Surviving Cancer
By Jan Hasak ’76 (Mas)
Xulon Press, 2008
Hasak, a patent attorney with the biotech giant Genentech, chronicles her battles with breast cancer while she and her husband, Jim ’76 (Mas), raised three boys.

Managing the Transition from Print to Electronic Journals and Resources
Edited by Maria D. D. Collins and Patrick L. Carr ’03 (MA)
Routledge, 2008
Subtitled “A Guide for Library and Information Professionals,” the book explores the evolution of electronic library resources. Carr is the coordinator for electronic and continuing resources acquisitions at East Carolina University.

A Path to Follow, a Life to Lead
By Ralph Singh Rakieten ’70
Gobind Sadan Publications, 2008
Singh, the director of publications and public relations at the Gobind Sadan Institute and Society for Interfaith Understanding, chronicles his spiritual journey, beginning in India, where he first met the Punjabi community leader Baba Virsa Singh Ji.

Polynyas: Windows to the World
Edited by W. O. Smith Jr. ’72 and D. G. Barber
Elsevier, 2008
Smith, a professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary, takes a multidisciplinary look at the science of polynyas—ice-free regions in polar marine environments—and their role in global climate change.

Strategic Advantage: Challengers, Competitors, and Threats to America’s Future
By Bruce Berkowitz ’82 (PhD)
Georgetown University Press, 2008
Berkowitz, the author of The New Face of War (Free Press, 2003), analyzes U.S. national security policy and outlines a strategy for maintaining American leadership in global affairs.

Identity and the Failure of America: From Thomas Jefferson to the War on Terror
By John Michael
University of Minnesota Press, 2008
Michael, a professor of English and of visual and cultural studies at Rochester, explores the ideal of America as a society founded on principles of justice and equality and the tension the country has faced in living up to that ideal.

Rescued Lives: The Oxford House Approach to Substance Abuse
By Leonard A. Jason ’76 (PhD), Bradley D. Olson, and Karen Foli
Routledge, 2008
Jason, a professor of psychology at DePaul University, explores the history and development of the substance abuse treatment method pioneered by the community-based Oxford House.

I’ll Have What She’s Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies
By Daniel M. Kimmel ’77
Ivan R. Dee, 2008
Film reviewer and Variety correspondent Kimmel explores the creative teams behind 15 memorable romantic comedies and looks at how the genre has remained popular among film-goers for decades.

In the Hamptons
By Dan Rattiner ’61
Harmony, 2008
Subtitled “My Fifty Years with Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires, and Celebrities,” the book recounts Rattiner’s five decades of observing the life and culture of the Hamptons. Rattiner is the founder and executive editor of the Long Island weekly newspaper Dan’s Papers.

Christianity, Empire, and the Making of Religion in Late Antiquity
By Jeremy M. Schott ’99
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008
Schott, who teaches religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, examines how Roman imperial rhetoric and ideology in early fourth century C.E. were influenced by religious and cultural conflicts among Christian and pagan intellectuals.

Permanent Adolescence: Why Boys Don’t Grow Up
By Joe Carmichael ’00W (MS)
New Horizon Press, 2008
An educational consultant, teacher, and journalist, Carmichael argues that changes in American culture have left many boys unprepared for adulthood, and he offers ways to help young men leave adolescence behind.

Directory of Environmental Law Education at American Law Schools
By Randall S. Abate ’86
Carolina Academic Press, 2007
The book is a reference designed for law students and career services professionals. Abate is an assistant professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law.

Your Affectionate Son, Charlie Mac: Civil War Diaries & Letters by a Soldier from Martha’s Vineyard
By Charles Macreading Vincent
Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 2008
With an introduction and notes by Marian Ragan Halperin ’46, the retired director of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, the book collects three years of correspondence from Charles Macreading Vincent, who enlisted as an 18-year-old to fight for the Union in the Civil War.

W. H. Auden: Prose, Volume III, 1949–1955
Edited by Edward Mendelson ’66
Princeton University Press, 2008
The most recent volume of The Complete Works of W. H. Auden includes some of the poet’s most highly regarded essays, reviews, and lectures. Mendelson, a professor of English at Columbia University, is Auden’s literary executor.

Band Brilliance: Complete Band Method
Michel Nadeau ’88E
Band Brilliance Publishing, 2007
Music educator Nadeau outlines his complete band method, including sight-reading, rhythm charts, a jazz section, full band arrangements, and online tutorials.


Stories from the Human Village: War & Peace
By Susan Ferré ’71E (MM)
Ninetydays Classical, 2008
Ferré combines original narrative and organ music to tell the story of a mythical global village, Europa.

Capitol Diner Vol. 1
By the Wee Trio
Bionic Records, 2008
The recording is the debut from the trio of Dan Loomis ’04E (MM) (bass), Jared Schonig ’05E (drums), and James Westfall (vibes).

Low Electrical Worker
By Kneebody
Colortone Media, 2007
The recording is the second from trumpeter Shane Endsley ’97E, saxophonist Ben Wendel ’99E, pianist Adam Benjamin ’99E, bassist Kaveh Rastegar ’01E, and drummer Nate Wood.

Lorraine Gallard
By Lorraine Gallard ’70
Bonness Records, 2007
With Broadway music director David Loud as accompanist, vocalist Gallard features a songbook of French and American standards by Loerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Edith Piaf, and others.

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