Your independent source for Harvard news since 1898 | SUBSCRIBE

Your independent source for Harvard news since 1898

Montage

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

September-October 2013

A New Yorker’s self-made map of Manhattan: a plot of places visited (or not)

A New Yorker’s self-made map of Manhattan: a plot of places visited (or not)

Map from the book Mapping Manhattan by Becky Cooper

Another New Yorker’s self-made map of Manhattan: a narrative of gloves misplaced (and other, more consequential losses).

Another New Yorker’s self-made map of Manhattan: a narrative of gloves misplaced (and other, more consequential losses).

Map from the book Mapping Manhattan by Becky Cooper

Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, by Debora L. Spar, Ph.D. ’90 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27). The author, now president of Barnard College, formerly of the Harvard Business School faculty, begins by remembering “the moment I knew I was having it all”—and explores the burdens that have resulted for “women of my so-called postfeminist generation.”

 

Mapping Manhattan, by Becky Cooper ’10 (Abrams, $19.95). The author walked through Manhattan, handing out blank maps and soliciting recipients’ drawings of their city. The result, subtitled “A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers,” is clever, engaging, and emotionally resonant in all the ways that famous island is itself.

 

The Federal Reserve: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Stephen H. Axilrod ’48 (Oxford, $16.95 paper). As if years monitoring the economy and fighting inflation weren’t challenge enough, this Fed veteran, with long subsequent financial-services experience, has written a reader-friendly, slender book, in question-and-answer format, to demystify the central bank.

 

The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know about Soccer Is Wrong, by Chris Anderson and David Sally ’82 (Penguin, $16 paper). Anderson, of Cornell, and Sally, visiting associate professor of business administration at Dartmouth, put aside their academics for their passion, and bring quantification and data analysis to “the beautiful game.”

 

The Founding Conservatives, by David Lefer ’93 (Sentinel, $29.95). The author, a former Ledecky Undergraduate Fellow at this magazine, now industry professor at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute, examines how John Dickinson, James Wilson, Roger Morris, Silas Dean, and others helped shape America’s original principles and in so doing, the subtitle says, “saved the American Revolution” and planted the seeds for contemporary conservatism.

 

Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, by D.T. Max ’83 (Viking $27.95, Penguin $17 paper). A New Yorker staff writer’s biography of the author of Infinite Jest, a suicide in 2008, explores Wallace’s graduate studies in philosophy at Harvard, from which he withdrew in crisis.

 

Reflections on Judging, by the Honorable Richard A. Posner, LL.B. ’62 (Harvard, $29.95). Drawing on 31 years of experience on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the author—a remarkably prolific writer—weighs in on the practical details of advocacy, opinion-writing, and legal training, and on the virtues of legal realism as opposed to formalist doctrine. He’s a fan of Holmes, Brandeis, Cardozo, Friendly, et al.

 

Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era, by Joseph S. Nye Jr., University Distinguished Professor (Princeton, $27.95). With the Arab world in transition, a newly powerful China, and other rising nations on the horizon, what is the role of the U.S. president in forging a new world order—or managing what is on the agenda, transactionally? Nye compares Wilson and Reagan to Eisenhower and Bush 41, and finds the latter sometimes more successful.

You Might Also Like:

A grinning woman in traditional Nigerian dress sits cross-legged on the floor surrounded by modern devices, including a power strip, a land-line telephone, and a desktop computer displaying on its screen a duplicate image of the entire montage.

Click on arrow at right to see image gallery

(1 of 3 ) Working Woman

Photograph by Fatimah Tuggar and BintaZarah Studios/Courtesy of the Davis Museum

Fatimah Tuggar at the Davis Museum

A spoof passport written in Spanglish for the fictional country El Spirit Republic of Puerto Rico, with a domino in place of a national seal on its cover

Click on arrow at right to see full image gallery
(1 of 12) Adál Maldonado’s The Passport, 1995, from the series The Spirit Republic of Puerto Rico.

Transfer from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, Gift of the artist, 2012.178. © ADзL. Image courtesy of Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum

Harvard Art Museums exhibit displays the ubiquity of cross-border movement

Click on arrow at right to see full image

Russian ballerina Lubov Tchernicheva, 1920 production of Cleopatra 
Russian ballerina Lubov Tchernicheva in Cleopatra, 1920. © E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection/Curatorial Assistance Inc.

Images from the Ballets Russes

You Might Also Like:

A grinning woman in traditional Nigerian dress sits cross-legged on the floor surrounded by modern devices, including a power strip, a land-line telephone, and a desktop computer displaying on its screen a duplicate image of the entire montage.

Click on arrow at right to see image gallery

(1 of 3 ) Working Woman

Photograph by Fatimah Tuggar and BintaZarah Studios/Courtesy of the Davis Museum

Fatimah Tuggar at the Davis Museum

A spoof passport written in Spanglish for the fictional country El Spirit Republic of Puerto Rico, with a domino in place of a national seal on its cover

Click on arrow at right to see full image gallery
(1 of 12) Adál Maldonado’s The Passport, 1995, from the series The Spirit Republic of Puerto Rico.

Transfer from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, Gift of the artist, 2012.178. © ADзL. Image courtesy of Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum

Harvard Art Museums exhibit displays the ubiquity of cross-border movement

Click on arrow at right to see full image

Russian ballerina Lubov Tchernicheva, 1920 production of Cleopatra 
Russian ballerina Lubov Tchernicheva in Cleopatra, 1920. © E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection/Curatorial Assistance Inc.

Images from the Ballets Russes