New & Noteworthy
More News Tomorrow: A Novel by Susan Richards Shreve (Grad ’69)
After a lifetime of wondering if her father really killed her mother on Missing Lake, Georgianna Grove receives a letter that compels her to return there, 66 years later, this time with her family. The journey finds her looking for answers in a “web of bigotry, loss, and half-forgotten memories.”
Capturing the South: Imagining America’s Most Documented Region by Scott L. Matthews (Grad ’03, ’08)
Studying the motivations and methodologies of 20th-century documentarians such as Walker Evans, Jack Delano and Danny Lyon, Matthews explores how their work in the South both illustrated truthful realities and contributed to an “enduring, complex, and sometimes self-defeating mythology” about the region and those who call it home.
Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy by Rachel Augustine Potter (Faculty)
Where Congress passes bills to become law, bureaucratic entities such as the Environmental Protection Agency create rules and regulations. Potter studies the political nature of such rulemaking and explores how bureaucrats protect their proposals “from political scrutiny and interference.”
Taking Nazi Technology: Allied Exploitation of German Science After the Second World War by Douglas M. O’Reagan (Col ’07)
Following World War II, Allied countries scrambled to take advantage of Nazi Germany’s technological advancements as a means of “intellectual reparations.” O’Reagan looks at the differing approaches of each nation—from copying documents to kidnapping scientists—and explores their effects on business, diplomacy and policy.
Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World’s Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West by David Wolman and Julian Smith (Col ’94)
Three Hawaiian cowboys, or paniolo, shocked the Wild West when they emerged victorious from the 1908 Frontier Days in Wyoming. The authors examine how the event challenged American cowboy culture, what it meant in the context of U.S. and Hawaiian history, and why the Hawaiians’ triumph shouldn’t have been such a surprise after all.
Will This Be on the Test? What Your Professors Really Want You to Know About Succeeding in College by Dana T. Johnson with Jennifer E. Price (Col ’98)
From time management tips (study every day) and email etiquette (treat emails to professors as professional communications) to unwritten rules of the classroom (participate but don’t dominate), this book aims to equip first-year students with the tools to skillfully approach the personal and academic responsibilities that accompany college.