Amherst Magazine

Short Takes

Compiled by Katherine Duke '05

The Blueprint: How the Demo­crats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care)
By Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer ’93 (Speaker’s Corner Books)
Witwer, a former Republican member of the Colorado House of Representatives, and Schrager explore state politics.

The Book of the Unknown: Tales of the Thirty-Six
By Jonathon Keats ’94 (Random House)
Fables loosely based on Jewish folklore about the Lamedh-Vov, the 36 anonymous souls whose goodness preserves and improves the world

Caution: Snake Oil!: How Statistical Thinking Can Help Us Expose Misinformation About Our Health
By Heinz Kohler, Willard Long Thorp Professor of Economics, Emeritus (Mill City Press)
Read several excerpts of this latest book by Kohler at www.cautionsnakeoil.com.

Master Your Debt: Slash Your Monthly Payments and Become Debt-Free
By Jordan E. Goodman ’76 with Bill Westrom (John Wiley & Sons)
Advice from an expert on personal finance

A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau
Edited by Jack Turner ’98 (The University Press of Kentucky)
This collection analyzes the specifically political dimensions of Thoreau’s life and writing. Among the essayists are George Shulman ’73, Susan McWilliams ’98 and Professor of Political Science Thomas Dumm.

Stone Whisperer
By Hendrik Gideonse ’58 (Gandalf Press)
Poems that touch upon ordinary yet universal elements of human life

Transforming the Healthcare Experience Through the Arts
By Blair L. Sadler ’62 and Annette Ridenour (Aesthetics)
A guide to research and advice on the ways in which visual art, music and theater can improve patients’ experiences in health care