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A History of Art in Africa. By ROWLAND ABIODUN, John C. Roland Professor of Fine Arts and Black Studies. New York, N.Y.: Prentice-Hall, Abrams, 2001. 544 pp. $85 hardcover.
Abiodun argues that studies of African art have long suffered from the problem of cross-cultural translation. Scholars too often neglect the African perspective and do not probe deeply enough into the context of the art's origin, in pre-colonial and pre-literate societies. For example, Abiodun says, the idea that authorship is inconsequential to Africans has been a long-standing myth that has prohibited researching artists' names; by contrast, Western societies laud and promote the work of Picasso, who drew from the ideas presented in African art.

Killer Woman Blues: Why Americans Can't Think Straight About Gender and Power. By BENJAMIN DEMOTT, Professor of English, Emeritus. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2000. 256 pp. $26 hardcover.
DeMott proposes that women in American today have become "masculinized" in an effort to assume power and control, believing that empowerment lies in the assumption of tough, aggressive behavior. This "killer woman" is omnipresent in popular culture and will inevitably lead, DeMott says, to a crueler, harsher society. The author pleads for a return to early ideals of feminism which, he believes, strove toward a more compassionate world for both sexes.

The Memory of Judgment: Making Law in the Trials of the Holocaust. By LAWRENCE DOUGLAS, Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2001. 384 pp. $35 hardcover.
Douglas examines five important, historic proceedings—the Nuremberg trial of the major Nazi war criminals, the Israeli trials of Adolf Eichmann and John Demjanjuk, the French trial of Klaus Barbie, and the Canadian trial of the Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel—in order to illustrate how law has reponded to the crimes of the Holocaust. Douglas shows the utility and limitations such criminal trials have, and how they have shaped the collective memory of one of the most powerful events of the 20th century.

International Encyclopedia of Women and Sports. Ed. by Karen Christensen, Gertrud Pfister and ALLEN GUTTMANN, Emily C. Jordan Professor of English and American Studies. New York, N.Y.: Macmillan Reference USA, 2001. 1,428 pp.
This three-volume encyclopedia contains nearly 500 entries by more than 100 scholars from 39 countries. Guttmann contributed 17 of the entries—including those on Art, Literature and the Olympic Games—which cover countries, individuals and specific topics. The three editors made special efforts in this edition to "deprovincialize" topical entries: for example, the section on aggression originally led readers to believe that the only women involved in sports were Americans.

On Borrowed Words: A Memoir of Language. By ILAN STAVANS, Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture. New York, N.Y.: Viking Press, 2001. 256 pp. $23.95 hardcover.
This non-traditional memoir explores the the most influential and moving worlds Stavans has inhabited: as the des-cendent of Yiddish-speaking Eastern European Jews; as an urban Mexican; as a diaspora Jew studying Hebrew and Jewish law; as an English-language writer and professor. Each of the book's five sections gravitates around an object—a pistol, a passport—to which are tied relatives' histories, specific sounds, images and emotions. The author narrates his search for a language and a locale that
feel like home.

Euro-Skepticism: A Reader. By RONALD TIERSKY, Eastman Professor of Politics. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001. 328 pp. $24.95 paperback.
Tiersky edited this collection of essays, in addition to writing its introduction and conclusion, that unite various skeptical and rejectionist views of European integration. Included are selections by Charles de Gaulle, Margaret Thatcher, contemporary French "sovereignists" and "national rightists." This book means to provide a balance to the enthusiasm for the European Union, examining why some nations, and scholars, prefer to remain independent.

Eternal Hope: The Life of Timothy Alden, Jr. By JONATHAN E. HELMREICH '58. Cranbury, N.J.: Associated University Press, 2001. 248 pp. $25 hardcover.
Timothy Alden, Jr. founded liberal arts institution Allegheny College in 1815 in a small frontier village. He dedicated himself to the expansion of its academic library and to preaching and missionary work among local indigenous tribes. This biography highlights not only his family's frontier life and Alden's bipolar moods, but also pedagogical practices, land and monetary issues of the time, and the link between patriotism and religion in the development of rural colleges.

Vacationland: A Half Century Summering in Maine. By DAVID E. MORINE '66. Camden, Me.: Down East Books, 2001. 192 pp. $14.95 paperback.
Morine began spending his summers in Maine as a boy in 1946, hiking, swimming, fishing. Vacations there continued into adulthood and only increased his fondness for the state. This book recalls Maine through Morine's memories and simultaneously issues "a quiet call for conservation," the grassroots work to which the author dedicated much of his adult career with the Nature Conservancy.

Applied Equity Analysis. By JAMES R. ENGLISH '69. New York, N.Y.: McGraw-Hill. 422 pp. $75 hardcover.
This hefty, informational book grew out of English's security analysis course at Columbia Business School and provides, from a former practitioner's perspective, an introduction to some of the stock analysis and valuation techniques in day-to-day use on Wall Street. The author combines a discussion of finance and investment theory with practical, contemporary techniques— a rigorous and earnings-based approach to stock investment.

Compiled by Jennifer Acker '00