Breathing the Fire
Kimberly Dozier (Grad ’93)
In this memoir, CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier describes her battle back from critical injuries sustained in a 2006 Baghdad bombing that also claimed the lives of her two crew members, a U.S. Army officer and his interpreter. Dozier also recounts her rise to network broadcasting, shares insights into the culture of war-zone reporting and describes the unique demands and perils of women covering dangerous events.
The Lawyer Myth: A Defense of the American Legal Profession
Rennard Strickland (Law ’65, ’71) and Frank T. Read
Ohio University Press
The authors look behind the current anti-lawyer media images to explore the historical role of lawyers as a balancing force in times of social, economic and political change. Acknowledging that no system is perfect, they propose a slate of reforms for the bar, the judiciary and law schools that will enable lawyers to live up to the potential of their profession.
Reforms at Risk
Eric M. Patashnik (Col ’87)
Princeton University Press
Why do certain highly praised policy reforms endure while others are quietly reversed or eroded away? This book closely examines what happens to sweeping and seemingly successful policy reforms after they are passed. The author examines some of the critical arenas of domestic policy reform, including taxes, agricultural subsidies and welfare state reform, to identify the factors that enable reform measures to survive.
Trouble in Flatbush
Art Levy (Grad ’66)
Told through the eyes of a 12-year-old Brooklyn boy, this novel is set in the mid 20th century and primarily at Coney Island. As the book opens, the young narrator senses change in his family and seeks the cause. Later, during a seedy show at Coney Island’s midway, he discovers the root of the trouble and at the same time leaves behind the naïve days of childhood.
The Art of Allegiance: Visual Culture and Imperial Power in Baroque New Spain
Michael Schreffler (Col ’89)
Penn State University Press
The author explores the ways in which Spanish imperial authority was manifested in a compelling system of representation for the subjects of New Spain during the 17th century. He analyzes source material—paintings, maps, buildings and texts—produced in and around Mexico City that addresses themes of kingly presence and authority as well as obedience, loyalty and allegiance to the crown.
Full Time Doctors: An Endangered Species
William H. Whitmore (Med ’52)
A retired general practitioner, Whitmore describes the changes that have taken place over the years in how physicians are trained and how and where patients receive medical care. He shares personal stories and medical cases involving unusual autopsies, memorable recoveries, puzzling diseases and infections, and how he sought the advice of older and more experienced colleagues in his early years as a physician.
All That Mighty Heart: London Poems
Edited by Lisa Russ Spaar (Col ’78, Grad ’82)
University of Virginia Press
In this collection of poems about London, spanning a 500-year period, Spaar groups the poems thematically, using the elements of water, earth, fire and air. Representing old and new voices and different languages and cultures, the collection includes the familiar voices of Wordsworth, Blake and Dryden as well as lesser-known poets, all of whom sing of London.
On Religious Liberty: Selections From the Works of Roger Williams
Edited by James Calvin Davis (Grad ’01)
Harvard University Press
The first collection of Roger Williams’ writings in 40 years reaching beyond his major work, The Bloody Tenent, it includes important annotated selections from his public and private writings. Banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his refusal to conform to Puritan religious and social standards, Williams established a haven in Rhode Island for those persecuted in the name of the religious establishment and conducted a lifelong debate over religious freedom with distinguished figures of the 17th century.
The Divorce Party
Laura Dave (Grad ’03)
On their 35th anniversary, Gwyn Huntington and her husband, Thomas, have invited friends and family to their Montauk home. But instead of celebrating their decades-long love, they are toasting their divorce. This also marks the weekend that their son brings home his fiancée, who thought she was joining the perfect family.