We Were Walimu Once and Young

Cover of book showing students in snapshots reading and studying.

Edited by E. Brooks Goddard ’63. Jugum Press, May 2017. Available on Amazon. In the early 1960s—while young people were inspired by President Kennedy, civil rights advanced in the USA, and the Cold War overheated—575 US and 200 UK teachers went to East Africa. These walimu—Swahili for teacher—signed up for two or three years. Many stayed longer. … Continue reading “We Were Walimu Once and Young”

Taxing Ourselves, Fifth Edition: A Citizen’s Guide to the Debate over Taxes

Co-authored by Jon Bakija. The MIT Press, May 2017. To follow the debate over tax reform, the interested citizen is often forced to choose between misleading sound bites and academic treatises. Taxing Ourselves bridges the gap between the oversimplified and the arcane, presenting the key issues clearly and without a political agenda. Tax policy experts Joel Slemrod … Continue reading “Taxing Ourselves, Fifth Edition: A Citizen’s Guide to the Debate over Taxes”

Before We Were Birds

By Susan Edwards Richmond ’82. Adastra Press, March 2017. From the dolphins of the Amazon River to the birds in our backyards, Susan Edwards Richmond takes the reader on an imaginative journey through the natural world that makes it live and breath new life into our heart and spirit. The poems illuminate more than a … Continue reading “Before We Were Birds”

Theorizing Race in the Americas

By Juliet Hooker ’94. Oxford University Press, May 2017. By juxtaposing four prominent nineteenth and twentieth-century thinkers—Frederick Douglass, Domingo F. Sarmiento, W. E. B. Du Bois, and José Vasconcelos—Juliet Hooker’s book will be the first to bring African-American and Latin American political thought into conversation. Hooker stresses that Latin American and U.S. ideas about race … Continue reading “Theorizing Race in the Americas”

Kill the Gringo: The Life of Jack Vaughn―American diplomat, Director of the Peace Corps, US ambassador to Columbia and Panama, and conservationist

Co-authored by Jane Constantineau ’00. Rare Bird Books, April 2017. Available on Amazon. As the second director of the Peace Corps, Jack presided over the largest number of volunteers in the organization’s history and the delicate handling of anti-Vietnam fervor among its ranks. After his foreign service career, Jack led the National Urban Coalition and Planned Parenthood … Continue reading “Kill the Gringo: The Life of Jack Vaughn―American diplomat, Director of the Peace Corps, US ambassador to Columbia and Panama, and conservationist”

Sustainability & Business Law

By Judd Sneirson ’92. Carolina Academic Press, April 2017. There is a growing trend in business and business law towards sustainability doing business with a focus on a firm’s environmental and social as well as financial performance. Some business leaders believe that sustainability is a moral imperative while others feel that, moral or not, there … Continue reading “Sustainability & Business Law”

The Trump Report: “Writings on the Wall”

By Andrew Smith ’64. Prime Prods Press, April 2017. Available on Amazon. Humorous takes on the candidacy and presidency of Donald J. Trump.

A Little More Human: A Novel

By Fiona Maazel ’97. Graywolf Press, April 2017. Available on Amazon. Meet Phil Snyder: new father, nursing assistant at a cutting-edge biotech facility on Staten Island, and all-around decent guy. Trouble is, his life is falling apart. His wife has betrayed him, his job involves experimental surgeries with strange side effects, and his father is … Continue reading “A Little More Human: A Novel”

Alice in France: The World War 1 Letters of Alice M. O’Brien

By Nancy O’Brien Wagner ’95. Minnesota Historical Society Press, April 2017. Available on Amazon. The engaging and revealing letters of a woman who, with thousands of others, volunteered for service in World War I Europe, taking on jobs that freed men for the trenches.

Growing Up Bookish: An Anglo-American Memoir

By Richard Wendorf ’70. Oak Knoll Press, April 2017. Growing Up Bookish is a collection of autobiographical essays that stand on their own but together form a professional memoir based on the author’s work as a scholar and as a library and museum director.