The Colgate Scene
January 2005

Books and media
 
Joe Berlinger '83 and Bruce Sinofsky
(Paramount Home Video)
Metallica: This Monster Lives
Joe Berlinger '83 with Greg Milner
(St. Martin's Press)

What happens when two acclaimed filmmakers receive more than two-and-a-half years of unfettered access to one of the most successful hard-rock bands of all time? For Joe Berlinger '83 and Bruce Sinofsky, the result was not only an award-winning documentary film (DVD release date Jan. 25, 2005), but a book about the experience of making it.

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster provides an insider's view of a band facing monumental personal and professional challenges that threatened to pull them apart just as they returned to the studio to record their first album in four years.

After the film's successful worldwide release and numerous awards at international film festivals, Berlinger, with Spin senior contributing writer Greg Milner, released Metallica: This Monster Lives. The book tells the stories behind the film, weaving on-screen events with off-screen occurrences, and offering intimate details of the band's struggle amidst personnel changes, addiction, and controversy.

According to Variety: "No rock band of remotely comparable commercial stature has opened their internal processes up to the kind of scrutiny allowed in Metallica: Some Kind of Monster . . . filmmaking duo Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky get discomfitingly close to their subjects . . . yet one needn't be a fan of Metallica or heavy metal to be engrossed throughout."

Larry Bossidy '57 and Ram Charan
(Crown Business)

Confronting Reality will change the way you think about and run your business. It is the first book that shows how to connect the big picture of the new era of business with the nitty-gritty of what to do about it. Through a completely new way to understand and use the business model as the primary tool for confronting reality -- a breakthrough that will become the management innovation of this decade -- you'll know sooner rather than later whether your fundamental business premise is under assault, where your best opportunities lie, what you should change and what you should leave alone, and how to realistically plan the future of your business.

With their extraordinary depth and breadth of experience, Larry Bossidy '57 and Ram Charan are the ideal guides for everyone -- entrepreneur, mid-level manager, or CEO -- about what is to be done so you can get things right in this challenging, radically changed world. They start by showing you how to understand the most fundamental element of any business: whether you can realistically make the money you hope to in the game you're playing.

Bossidy and Charan show how to use the business model to develop a robust, reality-based process for thinking about the specifics of your business in a holistic way. They show how to tie together the financial targets you must meet, the external realities you face, and the internal activities such as strategy development, operating tactics, and the selection and development of people. — From the dust jacket

Charles Ehin '60
(PublishAmerica)

In his historical autobiography Aftermath, Estonian-born Charles Ehin '60 brings to life many of the seldom-mentioned tragic effects of the secret agreement made by Hitler and Stalin on August 23, 1939, and later expanded by the Yalta Conference by tracing the trials and tribulations of his family, from 1940 until the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1990. "In essence, it's an account of a family torn apart by the ravages of war and its aftereffects that have lasted to this day," said Ehin.

Charles Ehin '60
(Springer)

Hidden Assets is a management book meant not only for top executives, knowledge professionals, and organizational scholars, but also for anyone associated with private, public, or voluntary social institutions. Based on his diverse personal experiences and two decades of interdisciplinary research, Charles Ehin unveils the "mysteries" and shows the practicality of tapping into the ever-evolving, yet extraordinarily powerful, informal networks present in all social groups. He reveals the linkage between three "hidden" organizational success factors responsible for most work accomplished in both for-profit and nonprofit ventures, especially in innovation.

Charles H. Harff '51
(www.farmneckhistory.com)

More than 25 years ago, with his Colgate and law school classmate L. Robert Fullem '51, Charles Harff '51 worked to save more than 550 acres of scenic Martha's Vineyard from significant overdevelopment, ultimately creating Farm Neck, a championship golf course said to be former President Clinton's favorite place to golf.

In A Dream Fulfilled, Harff chronicles the creation and development of Farm Neck, built on a shoestring for environmental preservation rather than commercial gain and widely considered one of the finest courses in New England.

Michael McGarry '96
(Fancy Pants Press)

Prized as much as frescoes and devoured as passionately as pasta, gelato is more than just the Italian equivalent of ice cream: it is a way of life. For centuries Italians have been perfecting the creation of this intensely flavored delicacy, and today an elite class of gelaterias proudly continues this gelato tradition. Gelato is a must-have for travelers seeking the inside scoop on these best of the best gelaterias, where the limone is always tart, the pistacchio creamy, and the cioccolato sinful. — From the dust jacket

Kimberly Scott '83
(Martin and Lawrence Press)

In writing her new novel, Kimberly Scott '83 spent a year researching the history of the mid-1970s busing era and conducting interviews with people who experienced it firsthand.

In 1975 Boston, mired in the chaos of court-ordered forced busing, two mothers trapped by poverty face the dilemma of whether to put their children on the school bus -- where they will surely face protest marches, armed riot police and rooftop police snipers, and angry hecklers.

"Kimberly Scott skillfully reminds us that the Boston busing crisis tore apart families as well as a city," said Elizabeth Mehren of the Los Angeles Times.

Camilla Townsend
(Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Camilla Townsend's stunning new book differs from all previous biographies of Pocahontas in capturing how similar seventeenth-century Native Americans were -- in the way they saw, understood, and struggled to control their world -- not only to the invading English, but also to ourselves.

Neither naïve nor innocent, Indians like Pocahontas and her father, the powerful kind Powhatan, confronted the vast might of the English with sophistication, diplomacy, and violence. Indeed, Pocahontas's life is a testament to the subtle intelligence that Native Americans, always aware of their material disadvantages, brought against the military power of the colonizing English. Resistance, espionage, collaboration, deception: Pocahontas's life is shown here as a road map of Native American strategies of defiance exercised in the face of overwhelming odds and in the hope of a semblance of independence worth the name.

Townsend's Pocahontas emerges -- as a young child on the banks of the Chesapeake, an influential noblewoman visiting a struggling Jamestown, an English gentlewoman in London -- for the first time in three dimensions, allowing us to see and sympathize with her people as never before. — From the dust jacket

Camilla Townsend is associate professor of history.
Also of interest: Red Sky at Night by Bill Bigelow '60 (Author House); Potty Time for Erin by Ben Patt '54 (PublishAmerica)
Colgate bestsellers at the Colgate Bookstore
Broadcast Rites and Sites — Joe Castiglione '68
American Dynasty — Kevin Phillips '61
They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven — Ken Baker '92
Big Bang: Nerve's Guide to the New Sexual Revolution — Lorelei Sharkey '94
Burning Tigris — Peter Balakian
The Rise of Viagra — Meika Loe (sociology and women's studies)
Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma — Camilla Townsend (history)
Julius Caesar — Robert Garland
Black Dog of Fate — Peter Balakian
Surviving Greek Tragedy — Robert Garland
Book of the Year — Anthony Aveni

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