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Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic:
The Aesthetics of Consumerism
By Daniel Harris '88
Basic Books, 2000
Why do stuffed animals seldom have hands? Why do lovers on greeting cards always walk on beaches? These are the questions Harris tackles in this humorous, satirical look at consumerism and how it affects our daily lives. Through his careful examination of the pop-culture items that we as consumers have grown to love, he shows how much we rely on them--and what they say about us. Harris is the author of The Rise and Fall of Gay Culture; his work has appeared in Harper's, Salmagundi, The Anchor Essay Annual, and Best American Essays.
18467 E
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story
of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and
Susan B. Anthony
By Geoffrey C. Ward '62 and Ken Burns
Alfred A. Knopf, 1999
A companion volume to the PBS documentary film, this book provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at two of American history's most important and influential women. Stanton, born into wealth and comfort and the mother of seven, and Anthony, a self-supporting Quaker farmer's daughter, could not have been more different; their upbringing was often a source of conflict between the two. But their dedication to the common goal of women's suffrage united them, forming a lifelong partnership and friendship. Ward is a historian, screenwriter, and former editor of American Heritage. He is the author of ten books and has written for numerous documentary films, including The Civil War and Baseball.
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Unbreathed Memories
By Marcia Talley '65
Dell, 2000
Hannah Ives is back in this second novel of Talley's mystery series. Having survived a bout with breast cancer, she's opting for reconstructive surgery and a fresh start in Annapolis, Maryland. Things are just starting to get back to normal when her sister's therapist is suddenly murdered and thrown from a balcony, and her sister, Georgina, is the prime suspect. Hannah finds herself struggling to uncover the truth of what really happened, discovering in the process that things aren't always as they seem.
Communication in the Presidential Primaries: Candidates and the Media, 1912-2000
By Kathleen E. Kendall '50
Praeger Publishers, 2000
What role does communication play in politics and how has it changed over time? Examining the role of candidates and the media during primary elections of the 20th century, Kendall explores this question, uncovering communication patterns that transcend time regarding political image, horse-race coverage, and negative campaigning. She discusses the impact of speeches, debates, political advertising, and television in past primaries, and makes predictions and recommendations regarding the 2000 primaries. Kendall is associate professor and graduate director of communications at SUNY-Albany and the editor of Presidential Campaign Discourse: Strategic Communication Problems.
Web Wisdom: How to Evaluate and
Create Information Quality on the Web
By Janet E. Alexander '68 and
Marsha Ann Tate
Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, 1999
More and more people are doing research on the World Wide Web, but how does one know if the information on a web page is accurate and reliable? Web Wisdom seeks to answer this question by providing theoretical background and easy-to-use checklists to enable readers to identify and create web pages that provide trustworthy information. The materials should prove particularly useful to teachers or librarians who are introducing their students to online research. Janet Alexander is a reference librarian at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Profits and Principles: Global
Capitalism and Human Rights in China
By Michael Santoro '76
Cornell University Press, 2000
There are two main approaches to business used by American companies in China, Santoro argues. One is the familiar Dickensian-like image of an exploitative sweatshop crowded with young, illiterate, undernourished, and underpaid Chinese workers. The second is a spacious, clean, well-lit atmosphere, where workers are more educated, better dressed, and earn higher wages. Though he acknowledges that labor abuse does exist in China, Santoro wishes to replace the former vision of Western business with the latter, one he feels conforms more closely to reality. He points to the Motorola Corporation in Tianjin as an example. Analyzing these two faces of globalization in light of human rights and public policy, Santoro urges the World Trade Organization to adopt an enforceable code of international labor standards. Santoro is assistant professor in the International Business and Business Environment Department at the Rutgers Graduate School of Management.
18467 B
Development Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi Delta
By Clyde Woods '79
Verso, 1998
This is a valuable reinterpretation of the two-centuries-old conflict between African-American workers and the planters of the Mississippi Delta. Woods traces plantation ideology in national public policy debates from Jefferson to Clinton, using the blues as a means to examine the struggle of the workers for social and economic justice. Focusing ultimately on the attacks on and gain of the Civil Rights movement, the book includes a unique analysis of influential cultures of African-American resistance. Woods is assistant professor of African and African-American Studies at Pennsylvania State University.

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