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Roman Polanski

By James Morrison, PhD ’88

James Morrison offers one of the most comprehensive and critically engaged treatments ever written on the work of the controversial filmmaker Roman Polanski. Tracing his diverse career, the book provides commentary on all of Polanski’s major films in their historical, cultural, social and artistic contexts. Roman Polanski is part of the Contemporary Film Directors series edited by James Naremore. Morrison is associate professor of film and literature at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA, and the author of Passport to Hollywood: Hollywood Films, European Directors. (University of Illinois Press, 2007)

Metastasis of Prostate Cancer

Coedited by Richard J. Ablin, PhD ’67, and Malcolm D. Mason

Volume 10 in a series, this book brings together contemporary key research issues in clinical and laboratory science relating to metastasis in prostate cancer. Written by a team of internationally recognized experts, the book has an impressive scope—from the most fundamental aspects of the molecular biology of metastasis to the patient in the clinic. The therapeutic approaches range from conventional drug design to immunogene therapy. (Springer, 2007)

From Parsifal to Peron: Early Radio in Argentina

By Robert H. Claxton, MA ’64

By 1930, there were more radio stations in South America than there were in Asia and Africa combined. Most were then in Argentina. By 1940, the country’s interior had as many stations as Buenos Areas, and the nation boasted the second largest commercial network in the world. Argentines also experimented with noncommercial broadcasting and manufactured their own receivers. Robert Claxton, professor emeritus, University of West Georgia, tells this little-known success story, while exploring the impact of radio upon Argentine society. (University Press of Florida, 2007)

God’s Seven Ways to Ease Suffering

By Ronald D. Anton, JD ’58

In this book, Ronald D. Anton, a practicing attorney, lay preacher and former UB law school faculty member, calls on believers to use God’s seven blessings of freedom, faith, obedience, prayer, witness, stewardship and holiness to ease the suffering of others. The book is dedicated to the late Jacob D. Hyman, former dean of the UB Law School. (Xulon Press, 2007)

Engineering Materials: Properties and Selection (Eighth Edition)

By Kenneth G. Budinski and Michael K. Budinski, BS ’84

With more than 50 years of combined experience in the field, the father and son coauthors present a practical, understandable introduction to engineering materials theory and industry-standard selection practices. Encompassing all significant material systems—metals, ceramics, plastics and composites—the text incorporates the most up-to-date information on material usage and availability, addresses the increasingly global nature of the field, and reflects the suggestions of numerous adopters of previous editions of this work. (Prentice Hall, 2004)

Petunia’s Intellect, An Introduction

By Sharon McPeters, BA ’03 & MA ’83

This modern, literary novel takes place within the character’s thought processes. Moreover, the character’s physical environment serves as a general outline for the direction of her thoughts. Although “modern novel” is a general term, in this case it involves the pace of the character’s thoughts, her ways of arriving at conclusions, her many decisions along the way and her characteristic manner of thinking. (AuthorHouse, 2007).

Oppenheimer is Watching Me: A Memoir

By Jeff Porter, BA ’74

When he discovers that his father worked on missiles for a defense contractor, author Jeff Porter is inspired to revisit the nation’s atomic past and its fallen heroes, in particular, J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904–1967), the father of the atomic bomb. While seamlessly weaving historical events with day-to-day activities of his childhood, the author presents figures who are all caught in a web of coincidences and paranoia. Porter teaches in the English Department at the University of Iowa. (University of Iowa Press, 2007)

The LinkedIn Personal Trainer

By Steven Tylock, MS ’90, BS ’86 & BA ’86

Steven Tylock offers a personal training approach to, the nation’s number one professional online networking tool. Packed with advice, insightful questions and exercises, the book helps users learn how they can take better advantage of LinkedIn’s capacities. Tylock specializes in IT consulting in the Rochester, NY, area. (Tylock and Company, 2007)

Engaging Pieces: Interviews and Prose for the Chess Fan

By Howard Goldowsky, MS ’98

This intriguing volume contains interviews with fascinating personalities of the chess world, poignant short fiction that uses chess as a metaphor, plus in-depth reviews and editorials. For instance, Michael de la Maza explains the importance of chess tactics and how he improved his U.S. Chess Federation rating from Class-D to Expert in two years, while Hydra’s programmers explain the computer science behind the world’s best chess computer. Howard Goldowsky writes for Chess Life, Chess Cafe and other magazines. (Daowood & Brighton, 2007)


By Heather (Griffiths) Christian, BA ’93

In this novel, set in Colorado in the near future, Twinkle tries to return to normal life following a series of events that have flipped her life from the mundane to the extraordinary. The author currently resides in North Carolina, where she is active in the Guardian ad Litem Program, the Humane Society and Turning Point, a shelter for battered women. (Left Hand Press, 2007)

The Academic Bill of Rights Debate: A Handbook

Edited by Stephen H. Aby, PhD ’79

This book examines fundamental concepts connected with the 2003 Academic Bill of Rights, whose goal was to generate legislative initiatives to rein in “tenured radicals” allegedly dominating higher education and infringing on the academic freedom rights of conservative students. At its root, the debate revolves around some core questions, among them: Who should teach, and who has the knowledge and training to hire and evaluate faculty? The editor is professor of education at the University of Akron. (Praeger Publishers, 2007)

The Lost Girl

By James Morrison, PhD ’88

In this novel, 13-year-old Cecilia’s solitary routine is enlivened only by her fascination with a TV talk show. Following the disappearance of a girl in the neighborhood, she tentatively joins the community’s efforts to deal with the loss. After a letter she writes results in the show’s coming to town, Cecilia must confront her own role in the conversion of her schoolmate’s disappearance into a media event. James Morrison is associate professor of film and literature at Claremont McKenna College. (Parlor Press, 2007)

Chasing the American Dream: New Perspectives on Affordable Homeownership

Edited by William M. Rohe, BA ’72; and Harry L. Watson

Is homeownership always beneficial for low-income Americans? In assembling diverse perspectives, the editors prescribe a plan of action for homeownership that’s both effective and equitable. William M. Rohe is Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Harry L. Watson is professor of history, also at Chapel Hill. (Cornell University Press, 2007)

This Page Intentionally Left Blank: Just Like the Paychecks of the Workers

By Robert Swiatek, EdM ’66 & EdM ’66

In his book about work—in particular, the plight of the American laborer—Robert Swiatek argues for a 30-hour workweek and increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour. “Swiatek will have you fuming at the gross injustice of the huge gap between people at the top and those who actually do the work,” says commentator Jim Hightower, “but he’ll also have you laughing at the same time as he relates the challenges in the business world.” A retired software consultant, Robert Swiatek is the author of For Seeing Eye Dogs Only and The “Read My Lips” Cookbook. (Aventine Press, 2007)


America’s Lost H-Bomb

Documentary by Mark Marabella, BA ’89

First aired in 2007 on Discovery’s Science Channel, America’s Lost H-Bomb draws on expert interviews, declassified military documents, and archival and contemporary footage to probe the history, controversy and science surrounding the Tybee bomb. This nuclear bomb was “irretrievably lost” in 1958 in the waters around Tybee Island, GA. Mark Marabella is president and executive producer of Marabella Productions, headquartered in New York City. Available at

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