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Posts from the April 2011 issue

The Book of John

by Kate Fuller Niles ’84 John Thompson thinks he’s going to have an easy summer. Instead he runs into an archeological discovery that will shake the field to its core. Fifty years old, overweight, married to someone who has aided his career while never forcing him to deal with his own insecurities, John flees to the…

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There’s No Toilet Paper . . . on the Road Less Traveled: The Best of Travel Humor and Misadventure

edited by Doug Lansky ’92 The perfect trip, where nothing goes wrong, is surely not the memorable trip, which is where everything goes wrong and one lives to tell the tale — and laugh about it. This collection captures the wackiest and most bizarre experiences of well-known writers whose travels have taken a detour. Stories include escorting a…

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The Evolution of Leadership: Transitions in Decision Making from Small-Scale to Middle-Range Societies

by John Kantner ’89, Kevin Vaughn, and Jelmer Eerkens Leaders exist in all societies, ranging from smaller-scale heads of households to larger-scale elected governing bodies to dictators with vast coercive powers at their disposal. This book, the product of an advanced seminar at the School for Advanced Research (SAR), brings together the perspectives of cultural anthropologists and archaeologists to explore…

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Ike Kligerman Barkley Houses

by John Ike ’77, Thomas Kligerman, and Joel Barkley Ike is a partner in the architectural firm Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects (IKBA), based in New York and San Francisco. The 21 houses and apartments in this lavishly illustrated volume, the first published on the award-winning architectural firm, feature their signature residential works and depict the remarkable…

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“Political Ecologies of Cattle Ranching in Northern Mexico: Private Revolutions”

by Eric Perramond, associate professor of Southwest studies and environmental science Perramond evaluates management techniques, labor expenditures, gender roles, and decision-making on private ranches of varying size in northern Mexico. By examining the economic and ecological dimensions of daily decisions made on and off the ranch, he shows that, contrary to prevailing notions, ranchers rarely collude…

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Aristotle’s Politics: A Reader’s Guide

by Judith A. Swanson ’79 and C. David Corbin This book presents an accessible introduction to Aristotle’s “Politics,” widely considered to be the founding text of Western political science. Similar to his mentor Plato, Aristotle ponders the form that will produce justice and cultivate the highest human potential. Taking a more empirical approach, however, Aristotle…

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Statistical Analysis for Decision Makers in Healthcare: Understanding and Evaluating Critical Information in Changing Times

by Jeffrey C. Bauer ’69 Americans are bombarded with statistical data every day, and healthcare professionals are no exception. This book explains the fundamental concepts of statistics, as well as their common uses and misuses. Without jargon or mathematical formulas, Bauer presents a clear explanation of what statistics do. He provides a practical discussion of scientific methods and…

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Sonic Boom

by Gregg Easterbrook ’76 Easterbrook is the author of six books and contributing editor to the Atlantic Monthly and the New Republic. In his previous book, “The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse,” he argued that, by all standards, American life has been getting better and better for generations, and compelled us to use our…

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Good Cop/Bad Cop: Environmental NGOs and Their Strategies Toward Business

Thomas P. Lyon, Matthew C. Banks ’97, and others This book project brings together NGO, business, and academic perspectives to address the need for objective study of NGO strategies to improve the environmental performance of business. Panelists highlighted organizational structure and key objectives at several major NGOs and outlined strategies toward corporate engagement, particularly the…

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Information Technology Infrastructure Development: A Survey Analysis in the Southern Africa Development Community

by Zibusiso Ncube ’92 At the turn of the century, technological development was occurring at a rate that boggled the mind. These technological developments were bringing better standards of living to all, yet the gap between the rich and the poor was becoming more pronounced. Developing governments, fearful of foreigners, often enacted repressive laws hampering the…

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