New Loan Books

Featured books from the Recent Acquisitions Shelves - August 2009

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

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Lords of Finance

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
Liaquat Ahamed
New York : The Penguin Press, 2009
HG172 .A2 A43 2009

With penetrating insights for today, this vital history of the world economic collapse of the late 1920s presents unforgettable portraits of the four men whose personal and professional actions as heads of their respective central banks changed the course of the twentieth century.

Nothing Like It in the World

Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869
Stephen E. Ambrose
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2000
TF23 .A48 2000

Ambrose writes with power and eloquence about the brave men -- the famous and the unheralded, ordinary men doing the extraordinary -- who accomplished the spectacular feat that made the continent a nation.

The Crowded Universe

The Crowded Universe: The Search for Living Planets
Alan Boss
New York : Basic Books, 2009
QB820 .B676 2009

...renowned astronomer Alan Boss argues that in the coming years we will find abundant Earths, including many that are indisputedly alive. Life is not only possible elsewhere in the universe, Boss argues -- it is common.

The Big Rich

The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes
Bryan Burrough
New York : The Penguin Press, 2009
HD9567 .T3 B873 2009

The epic story of how Texas oil transformed wealth and power in America, told through the interweaving sagas of the industry's four greatest fortunes.


Dave Cullen
New York : Twelve, 2009
LB3013.33 .C6 C84 2009

[T]he first complete account of the Columbine destined to be a classic. A close-up portrait of violence, a community rendered helpless, and police blunders and cover-ups, it is a compelling and utterly human portrait of two killers -- an unforgettable cautionary tale for our time.

The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
Neil M. Gorsuch
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2006
R726 .G65 2006

...provides the most thorough overview of the ethical and legal issues raised by assisted suicide and euthanasia -- as well as the most comprehensive argument against their legalization -- ever published.

Don't Shoot, It's Only Me

Don't Shoot, It's Only Me: Bob Hope's Comedy History of the United States
Bob Hope with Melville Shavelson
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1990
PN2287 .H63 A3 1990

[Bob Hope's] story of being there with the jokes at every vital point during [a] half-century of America's history.

American Ground

American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center
William Langewiesche
New York : North Point Press, 2002
HV6432 .L364 2002

[T]he story -- until now untold -- of the people who responded to the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001....Throughout the urgent and often dangerous efforts of the months that followed,...the unbuilding crew...brought order to an instance of chaos unprecedented on American soil.

The Quantum Frontier

The Quantum Frontier: The Large Hadron Collider
Don Lincoln
Baltimore : The John Hopkins University Press, 2009
QC793.5 .B62 L56 2009

Whatever it reveals, the results arising from the Large Hadron Collider will profoundly alter our understanding of the cosmos and the atom and stimulate amateur and professional scientists for years to come.

The Library at Night

The Library at Night
Alberto Manguel
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2008
Z721 .M25 2008

...a beautifully rendered meditation on the meaning of libraries through history [and] a fascinating voyage through Manguel's mind, memory, and prodigious knowledge of books and civilizations.

The Dark Side

The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
Jane Mayer
New York : Doubleday, 2008
HV6432 .M383 2008

...a dramatic, riveting, and definitive narrative account of how the United States made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world -- decisions that not only violated the Constitution, which White House officials took an oath to uphold, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda.

Uncommon Carriers

Uncommon Carriers
John McPhee
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006
HE199 .A2 M39 2006

...a book about people who drive trucks, captain ships, pilot towboats, drive coal trains, and carry lobsters through the air: people who work in freight transportation....[The writing has] warm humor, keen insight, and rich sense of human character.

Eating the Sun

Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet
Oliver Morton
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2008
QK882 .M88 2008

A...fascinating, lively, profound look at photosynthesis, nature's greatest miracle....a bottom-up account of our planet, a celebration of how the smallest things, enzymes and pigments, influence the largest things -- the oceans, the rain forests, and the fossil fuel economy.

Chain of Blame

Chain of Blame: How Wall Street Caused the Mortgage and Credit Crisis
Paul Muolo & Mathew Padilla
Hobokon, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008
HG5095 .M86 2008

...the inside story of why Wall Street's established investment banks bear much of the blame for the events that have cost millions of Americans their homes.

The Long Road Home

The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family
Martha Raddatz
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2007
DS79.76 .R33 2007

...perhaps the most riveting picture of hand-to-hand battle to come out of the war in Iraq [and an] intimate portrait of the close-knit community of families back home.

Method and Meaning in Polls and Surveys

Method and Meaning in Polls and Surveys
Howard Schuman
Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2008
HN29 .S334 2008

[The author's] concern is with the nature of questioning itself, with issues of validity and bias, and with the scope and limitations of meaning sought through polls and surveys.

Privacy: A Manifesto

Privacy: A Manifesto
Wolfgang Sofsky
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2008
BF637 .P74 S74513 2008

...a timely and compelling reminder of just how important privacy is -- and just how devastating its loss would be.

De-coding Da Vinci

De-coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of the Da Vinci Code
Amy Welborn
Huntington, IN : Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, 2004
PS3552 .R685434 D3389 2004

...uses a clear and easy-to-read style as it honestly and objectively lays out the facts about ancient Christian teaching and history and points out the many surprising errors about religion, history, and art contained in The Da Vinci Code.

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