Amherst Magazine

Books Summer & Fall 1998

Lord Jeff's Unsung Heroes. By WILLIAM R. THROCKMORTON '41. Available from Mr. Throckmorton, 5337 Meadowmoor Dr., Belmont, MI 49306. $35.

A collection of essays about the lives of 30 Amherst alumni from the Classes of 1938 to 1945- many of whom were the author's personal friends and Chi Psi fraternity brothers - who served in World War II. "These fellow classmates sacrificed everything so that we who were spared could enjoy a life of freedom and a chance to raise our families," Throckmorton writes in the book's introduction.

Günter Grass. By UTE BRANDES, Professor of German. Berlin, Germany: Edition Colloquium im Wissenschaftsverlag Volker Spiess, 1998. 107 pp. DM 12.80 paper.

A biographical-literary study, published in the German monograph series Minds of the 20th Century. Brandes scrutinizes the correlations between Günter Grass's political engagement and his fiction, poetry and graphic art while tracing his strong influence on the emergence of a liberal public sphere in postwar West Germany. After unification, Grass remains one of the most vocal public intellectuals in the new "Berlin Republic."

Cause Lawyering: Political Commitments and Professional Responsibilities. Edited by AUSTIN SARAT, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, and Stuart Scheingold. New York, N.Y., 1998. 560 pages. $55 cloth, $19.95 paper.

Featuring essays by distinguished legal scholars, this volume considers lawyers who devote themselves to a given social movement or political cause. The essays explore the relationship between "cause lawyering" and the organized legal professions of many different countries, describe the use of law as a resource in political struggles, discuss the constraints under which lawyers operate when they turn to politics, and examine the challenges of making a living while advocating a cause. Some essays provide broad theoretical overviews, others present case studies, and all are directed to students and professionals interested in law and society.

Complete Poems by Bacchylides. Translated by ROBERT FAGLES '55. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1998. 149 pp. $13 paper.

Discovered in an Egyptian papyrus in 1896, the lyrics of Bacchylides are among the great treasures of Greek poetry. Revealing the spirit and world of Golden Age Greece, these odes celebrate victories in the Pythian, Isthmian, Nemean and Olympic games and chronicle the classical gods and heroes.

Introduction to Fractals and Chaos: Mathematics and Meaning. By CRAYTON W. BEDFORD '56. Andover, Mass.: Venture Publishing, 1998. 270 pp. $32 spiral bound.

This book explores discrete dynamical systems, using primarily the concepts of precalculus mathematics and the technology of the TI-83 graphing calculator. It offers a hands-on course in chaos theory and fractal geometry, along with graded exercises, for high school students who have not taken calculus.

In the Garden of Our Dreams: Memoirs of a Marriage. By Shirlee Taylor Haizlip and HAROLD C. HAIZLIP '57. New York, N.Y.: Kodansha America, Inc., 1998. 313 pp. $24 cloth.

Told in the uniqueness of their two voices, this is the love story of two black people--a southern man and a northern woman. They meet in college, marry, have children, and combine successful careers with commitment to each other, their families, and their race. This is also the story their struggle to confront racism and achieve an equitable, just society.

The Birds of St. Lucia, West Indies. By ALLAN R. KEITH '59. British Ornithologists' Union Checklist No. 15. Dorchester, Dorset, U.K.: Henry Ling Ltd. at Dorset Press, 1997. 176 pp. $25 cloth.

Written at a time when St. Lucia, one of the oldest volcanic islands, is developing a comprehensive conservation strategy to preserve its avifauna, this book, complete with colored plates, documents the sightings and habitat of all St. Lucia's birds and provides information on migrant and vagrant species.

Deflation: Why It's Coming, Whether It's Good or Bad, and How It Will Affect Your Investments, Business and Personal Affairs. By A. GARY SHILLING '59. Short Hills, N.J.: Lakeview Publishing Company, 1998. 372 pp. $16 paper.

An economic consultant and investment strategist explains strategies for success in the deflationary years ahead. Shilling pinpoints the growing list of strong global deflationary forces, analyzes the impact of the Asian crisis, articulates the nature of the events that will make declining prices of almost everything highly likely, and describes how these declining prices will affect investors, businesses, and individuals.

Geopolitics and the Green Revolution: Wheat, Genes, and the Cold War. By JOHN H. PERKINS '64. New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, Inc., 1997. 337 pp. $60 cloth.

The worldwide increase in the production of cereal grains such as wheat and rice, which began in the 1950s, is known as the "Green Revolution." Noting that people and wheat have been codependent throughout history, Perkins claims that national leaders perceive high-yielding agriculture as a means to control national security and foreign exchange. He urges reform in the management of agricultural resources to make agriculture "sustainable"-able to provide for the current generation without diminishing the ability of future generations to provide for themselves.

Double Exposure: A Novel. By STEPHEN COLLINS '69. New York, N.Y.: William Morrow & Company, 1998. 256 pp. $24 cloth.

A thriller set in New York's fast-paced broadcast world. Top television critic Joe McBride juggles work, a five-year-old daughter, an ex-wife, an almost ex-fiancee, a new apartment and a sexy new neighbor with a hidden agenda and an ax to grind.

Fighting Chance: Journeys Through Childhood Cancer. Photographs and story by Harry Connolly; contributions by Tom Clancy and CURT I. CIVIN, M.D. '70. Baltimore, Md.: Woodholme House, 1998. $27.95 cloth.

This photo-documentary is the story of special patients, courageous families, and brilliant caregivers at a pediatric oncology unit. The photographs capture what the doctors and nurses must do and what the kids and families must endure. In particular, it follows the "ups" and "downs" of three children from different backgrounds suddenly united by cancer.

Pagan Logic & The Number Line Illusion. By VANCE CORNELL '73. Solon, Me: Polar Bear & Co., 1997. 96 pp. $5.95 paper.

The author presents an interdisciplinary approach to the process of discovery. He denies the accuracy of the Theory of Relativity and explains that the cosmos is being created continuously and that mankind, as part of the creative process, must assume the social responsibilities that ensure the survival of nature and democracy.

Approaches to Teaching Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. Edited by STEPHEN HAHN '75 and Arthur F. Kinney. New York, N.Y.: Modern Language Association (Approaches to Teaching World Literature series), 1996. 200 pp. $37.50 cloth, $18 paper.

A survey of critical material and essays about teaching The Sound and the Fury, considered representative of Faulkner's best writing. Part one, "Materials," reviews various editions and biographical, historical, and critical studies; part two, "Approaches," presents suggestions for teaching the novel alongside other works by Faulkner.

Integrated Quality Management and the Scientific Method: Ethics, Principles, Operational Tools. By MARK GUSACK, M.D. '76. Coral Gables, Fla.: MBG Industries, Inc. Monograph Series. 144 pp.

Employing a logical approach to the use of systems analysis, cybernetic feedback, and forms-based management in the effective delivery of health care to the patient, Gusack advocates honesty, a defined set of ethical standards, and the scientific method to identify the problems and formulate successful solutions, as well as the concept of integrated quality management (consisting of risk management, quality assurance, and utilization review). He bases his plan primarily on the quality assurance system he put into place at Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point in 1986.

Theorizing Revolutions. By JOHN FORAN '77. London, England: Routledge Press, 1997. 300 pp. $19.95 paper.

A study of revolution that looks at many theoretical frameworks through which revolution can be understood-state- and agent-centered perspectives, structural theory, elite models, demographic theories, ethnic-race studies, cultural studies, and feminism--and applies them to specific revolutionary cases that range from the French Revolution to Russia, Vietnam, and Nicaragua.

Gold Rush: A Literary Exploration. Edited by MICHAEL KOWALEWSKI '78. Berkeley, Calif.: Hayday Books (in conjunction with the California Council for the Humanities), 1997. 512 pp. $18.48 paper.

Marking the sesquicentennial anniversary of the discovery of gold in California, this anthology takes a comprehensive look at the excitement, unrest, exploitation, and romanticism of the California gold rush. It includes first-hand accounts by the participants themselves, retrospective writings by later authors, and dozens of historical photographs, cartoons, and illustrations.

9/24/98