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 VOL. 23, NO. 23MAY 20, 1998 


Bookshelf


 BY VALERIE SHEPHERD WHITE

Following are books published recently by Columbia faculty, staff and students. RECORD welcomes submission of information on the recent publication of books by Columbians for inclusion in future versions of “Bookshelf.”

  • Of Body & Brush: Grand Sacrifice as Text/Performance in Eighteenth-Century China, by Angela Zito, assistant professor of religion, Barnard. University of Chicago Press. $45.00 cloth. This study of eighteenth-century China illustrates how imperial politics was driven by a dialectic between ritual performance and textual practice.

  • Making Race and Nation: A Comparison of the United States, South Africa, and Brazil, by Anthony W. Marx, associate professor, political science. Cambridge University Press. $29.95 cloth. Marx addresses the issue of race as a central aspect of politics during this century. He compares African apartheid, Jim Crow and the myth of racial democracy in Brazil.

  • Tools for Innovators: Creative Strategies for Managing Public Sector Organizations, by Steven Cohen, associate dean, SIPA and William Eimicke, director, Public Management Training Center and Program in Politics and Public Policy, SIPA. Jossey-Bass Publishers. $26.95 cloth. Introduces public managers to the key innovation tools used by today’s leaders, including strategic planning; total quality management; re-engineering; benchmarking, performance measurement and management; privatization and team management.

  • Weapons, Culture, and Self-Interest: Soviet Defense Managers in the New Russia, by Kimberly Marten Zisk, assistant professor, political science, Barnard. Columbia University Press. $19.50 paper. A detailed examination of the unexpected ways Russian defense industrialists have acted in the new market economy. Zisk explores the debate on whether rational self-interest or broader cultural norms explain behavior best.

  • Peace & War: Reminiscences of a Life on the Frontiers of Science, by Robert Serber, professor emeritus of physics with Robert P. Crease. Columbia University Press. $29.95 cloth. A memoir of this prominent member of the Manhattan Project who died in 1997. Serber recounts the discovery of black holes and quarks in this incisive portrait of one of the most important theoretical physicists of the twentieth century.

  • Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenko, translated with new preface by Donald Keene, Shincho Professor Emeritus of Japanese History. Columbia University Press. $16.00 paper. Kenko gives voice to a distinctively Japanese aesthetic principle: that beauty is bound to perishability.

  • Postsocialist Pathways: Transforming Politics and Property in East Central Europe, by David Stark, Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Sociology and International Studies and László Bruszt. Cambridge University Press. $59.95 cloth. Examines the innovative character of postsocialist institutions, which are recombining economic assets and redefining political resources.

  • Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness, by Robert Thurman, J.T. Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan and Buddhist Studies. Riverhead Books. $24.95 cloth. Finds hope in history and fascinating lessons in Tibetan Buddhism, and offers a viable way to change the world.

  • Writing Women in Modern China: an Anthology of Literature by Chinese Women from the Early Twentieth Century, edited by Amy Dooling, student, GSAS and Kristina Torgeson. Columbia University Press. $49.50 cloth. A collection of women’s literature from the last years of the Qing dynasty through the eve of World War II. Focuses on the ways Chinese women wrote themselves into literary modernity.

  • Scooped!: Media Miss Real Story on Crime While Chasing Sex, Sleaze, and Celebrities, by David Krajicek, assistant professor of journalism. Columbia University Press. $24.95 cloth. Explores the impact of tabloid crime journalism as sleaze and violence have become obsessions for the press, the public and politicians. Krajicek challenges journalists to take responsibility for their work.

  • Black Leadership, by Manning Marable, professor of history and director of African-American studies. Columbia University Press. $27.95 cloth. Links racial equality and economic liberty. The history of the black struggle for civil rights and political and economic equality in America is deeply tied to the strategies, agendas, and styles of black leaders. Marable examines different models of black leadership and the figures who embody them: from the integrationist approaches of Booker T. Washington and Harold Washington, to the nationalist separatism of Louis Farrakhan.






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