New Loan Books

Featured books from the Recent Acquisitions Shelves - March 2009

The Cornette Library regularly highlights 6-15 newly received books. Descriptions are from dust jackets or introductions. See also:

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Mellon:  An American Life

Mellon: An American Life
David Cannadine
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
E748 .M52 C36 2006

A landmark work ... brings life to a towering, controversial figure, casting new light on our history and the evolution of our public values.

Silent Spring

Silent Spring
Rachel Carson
New York : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002
QH545 .P4 C38 2002

....timely, because the battle Rachel Carson helped to lead [for] the environment is far from won.

The Pan Am Building and the Shattering of the Modernist Dream

The Pan Am Building and the Shattering of the Modernist Dream
Meredith L. Clausen
Cambridge, MA : MIT Press, 2005
NA6233 .N5 P363 2005

...both history and cautionary tale - a case study of how not to plan and execute a large-scale urban project that seems expecially relevant in light of the World Trade Center and the ongoing discussions over what should be built in its place.

Cruel and Unusual

Cruel and Unusual
Anne-Marie Cusac
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2009
HV8693 .C87 2009

America's imprisonment now the highest in the world....This book explores the cultural evolution of punishment practices in the United States.

Counting Every Vote

Counting Every Vote
Robert Dudley & Erc Shiraev
Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, Inc., 2008
JK524 .D7783 2008

The 2000 U.S. presidential election was not the first in American history that was exceptionally close or that produced highly disputed results....Every vote counts, and the consequences can be enormous.

The Responsibility to Protect

The Responsibility to Protect
Gareth Evans
Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, 2008
HV6322.7 .E93 2008

...captures a simple and powerful idea. The primary responsibility for protecting its people from mass atrocity crimes lies with the state itself.

The Superorganism

The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies
Bert Hölldobler & E.O. Wilson
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2009
QL496 .H65 2009

Two of the most reknowned biologists in the world present a brilliant new look at social evolution...[and] into a part of the living world hitherto glimpsed by only a very few.

Axis of convenience

Axis of Convenience
Bobo Lo
London : Chatham House, 2008
JZ1616 .A57 C45 2008

Lo examines the implications for the security environment in Central and East Asia, the geopolitics of energy, and the strategic triangle between Russia, China, and the United States.

The Drunkard's Walk:  How Randomness Rules Our Lives

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
Leonard Mlodinow
New York, NY : Pantheon Books, 2008
QA273 .M63 2008

Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback....

Measuring the Gains from Medical Research

Measuring the Gains from Medical Research
Kevin M. Murphy & Robert H. Topel, Eds.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2003
R852 .M383 2003

...sophisticated analysis persuasively demonstrating the massive economic benefits we can gain from investments in medical research.

Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?

Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? : Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will
Nancey Murphy & Warren S. Brown
New York : Oxford University Press, Inc., 2007
BJ1031 .M87 2007

The authors here defend a non-reductive version of physicalism whereby humans are (sometimes) the authors of their own thoughts and actions.

The Rest is Noise

The Rest is Noise
Alex Ross
New York, NY : Firrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
ML197 .R76 2007

...not so much a history of twentieth-century music as a history of the twentieth century through its music.

Eight O'Clock Ferry to the Windward Side

Eight O'Clock Ferry to the Windward Side : Seeking Justice in Guantanamo Bay
Clive Stafford Smith
New York, NY : Nation Books, 2007
KF7661 .S627 2007

...analyzes...the torture of terrors suspects, describes the array of deceits that shield the actions of the prison authorities, and....asks us to consider what is done to American democracy when the rule of law is jettisoned in the name of combating terrorism.


Nudge : Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness
Richard H. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2008
HB74 .P8 T53 2008

A groundbreaking discussion of how we can apply the new science of choice architecture to nudge people toward decisions that will improve their lives by making them healthier, wealthier, and more free.

Tall, Dark, and Texan

Tall, Dark, and Texan
Jodi Thomas
New York, NY : Penguin Group (USA), Inc., 2008
PS3570 .H558 T35 2008

...what will happen once the man she's loved through his letters discovers her tangle of lies?

When Mayors Take Charge

When Mayors Take Charge : School Governance in the City
Joseph P. Viteritti, Ed.
Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, 2009
LB2817.3 .W47 2009

Large urban school systems have been the weakest link in American education....Activist mayors in several major cities have responded by taking control of their public schools.

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