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Best of Enemies

Book cover for Best of Enemies

By Gus Russo and Eric Dezenhall. Twelve Publishing, Oct. 2018. Available on Amazon. In 1978, CIA maverick Jack Platt ’58 and KGB agent Gennady Vasilenko were new arrivals on the Washington, DC intelligence scene, with Jack working out of the CIA’s counterintelligence office and Gennady… Continue reading »

Roland Palmedo, A Life of Adventure and Enterprise

Book cover for Roland Palmedo, A Life of Adventure and Enterprise

By Philip Palmedo ’56. Peter E. Randall Publisher, October 2017. Available on Amazon. Roland Palmedo, Williams Class of 1917, was a pioneer in developing recreational skiing in the U.S., founding Mt. Mansfield Lift Co., which built Stowe, Vermont’s first chairlift and created the Mad River… Continue reading »

Max Eastman: A Life

 By Christoph Irmscher. Yale University Press, June 2017. Available on Amazon. Class of 1905 alumnus Max Eastman (1883–1969) was a prolific writer, radical, and public intellectual who helped shape the twentieth century. While researching this masterful work, acclaimed biographer Christoph Irmscher was granted unprecedented access… Continue reading »

Last Night at the Bassline

 By David Coplan ’70 with photographs by Oscar Gutierrez. Jacana Media, May 2017. In 1994, Brad and Paige Holmes opened a small, live-music venue in the bohemian suburb of Melville in Johannesburg. They called it Bassline, which very soon became synonymous with cigarette smoke, great jazz and nights… Continue reading »

John Bascom and the Origins of the Wisconsin Idea

Cover for John Bascom and the Origins of the Wisconsin Idea

J. David Hoeveler. University of Wisconsin Press, July 2016. Available on Amazon. A philosopher, theologian, and sociologist, Bascom (1827–1922) deeply influenced a generation of students at the University of Wisconsin, including La Follette and Van Hise. Hoeveler documents how Bascom drew concepts from German idealism,… Continue reading »

It All Began on Halloween

By Jim Hartley ’60. Infinity Publishing. April 2013. It All Began on Halloween is the autobiography of James R. (Jim) Hartley ’60, born on Oct. 31, 1938, in Muncie, Ind., and now living in Phoenix, Ariz. Continue reading »

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