The Colgate Scene
January 2006

Books and media
 
Justus D. Doenecke '60 and Mark A. Stoler
(Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.)

Elected an unprecedented four times to the presidency, Franklin D. Roosevelt led the United States through some of the most dramatic and trying foreign and domestic episodes in its history. Coming to power in the throes of a crippling depression, Roosevelt quickly found himself having to juggle the need for tremendous domestic revitalization in a world menaced by burgeoning aggressor states. In Debating Franklin D. Roosevelt's Foreign Policies, noted historians Doenecke and Stoler offer differing perspectives on the Roosevelt years, finding disparate meanings from common data. Doenecke is professor of history at the New College of Florida. Stoler is professor of history at the University of Vermont. — From the publisher

Jay Chandrasekhar '90, Kevin Heffernan '90, Steve Lemme '91, Paul Soter '92, and Erik Stolhanske '90
(Fox Home Entertainment)

The 1996 big screen hit that was filmed at Colgate by the comedy troupe Broken Lizard is now on DVD. Puddle Cruiser, the darling of the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, is a film about college, sex, and vengeance. A student falls in love with a fellow student who defends him in university court. He proves his love to her by playing rugby with her ex-boyfriend. Puddle Cruiser captures college life -- and especially college characters -- with an original and observant eye.

Liz Hartman Musiker '80
(Hudson Street Press, Penguin Group USA)

Called a "hip handbook for women who don't know a slam dunk from a grand slam," The Smart Girl's Guide to Sports is for the woman whose significant other spends hours glued to ESPN. The book is a fun and irreverent guide to understanding and enjoying the often male-dominated world of spectator sports. At 352 pages, the book covers all the major professional sports including football, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, soccer, boxing, and car racing. Each chapter contains a "Here's How It Works" section that explains the basics of the game, profiles of each sport's timeless greats and contemporary "cool" players, and a humorous, readable glossary of key terms. Author Musiker is a tireless sports enthusiast living on Long Island.

Daniel J. Hulsebosch '87
(The University of North Carolina Press)

According to the traditional understanding of American constitutional law, the Revolution produced a new conception of the Constitution as a set of restrictions on the power of the state rather than a mere description of governmental roles. Hulsebosch complicates this viewpoint by arguing that American ideas of constitutions were based on British ones and that, in New York, those ideas evolved over the long 18th century -- from the British takeover of the colony in 1664 to the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 -- as New York moved from the periphery of the British Atlantic empire to the center of a new continental empire. Hulsebosch is professor of law at New York University School of Law. — From the dust jacket

Dr. Bernie S. Siegel '53
(New World Library)

Dr. Siegel offers 101 simple exercises for the soul, a divine plan for healing yourself and transforming your life. With his trademark humor and insight, he becomes your "workout coach," giving you this wonderful series of short and easy-to-apply exercises to live a more peaceful, loving, and fulfilling life.

Dr. Siegel has been a leading advocate of alternative healing and patients' rights for nearly 30 years. He is the author of several books on healing, including 365 Prescriptions for the Soul; Love, Medicine, and Miracles; and Prescriptions for Living. Retired from medical practice, he lives with his family in Woodbridge, Conn. — From the book cover

Priit J. Vesilind '64
(Shipwreck Heritage Press)

This book traces the story of a remarkable steamship sunk in 1865 in a deadly storm 100 miles off the coast of Georgia and the equally fascinating tale of the decade-long search for the lost ship by Greg Stemm and John Morris, two modern pioneers of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration. The reason for their persistence: reports that the steamship's cargo, bound from New York to New Orleans after the Civil War, included a fortune in gold and silver coins. The two men knew that the money, if found, would be of heart-stopping value to today's collectors. (See excerpt: Chronicle of the treasure hunters.)

But the SS Republic's last location was unknown. After being tossed for days by a hurricane, the ship was believed lost to the ages, hiding beneath the Gulf Stream far beyond the reach of divers. — From the dust jacket

Anthony Aveni
(Scholastic)

This two-part book takes a multi-dimensional look at the native peoples of North America. The first part examines Native American traditions, ceremonies, games, and more. The second part explores the ways in which these remarkable civilizations were discovered and studied. Exciting stories and photographs will pique a child's interest in the history of our continent. The First Americans provides compelling information about a wide range of Native American cultures, from Alaska to the Caribbean for children ages 9-12. — From the publisher

Anthony Aveni is the Russell B. Colgate Professor of astronomy and anthropology
Also of note:

Hidden Assets: Harnessing the Power of Informal Networks by Charles Ehin '60 (Books and media, January 2005) was published in paperback by Springer Publishing in September.

Colgate bestsellers at the Colgate Bookstore
The First Americans: The Story of Where They Came From and Who They Became — Anthony Aveni (astronomy/anthropology/Native American studies)
Black Dog of Fate: A Memoir — Peter Balakian (English)
June-Tree: New and Selected Poems, 1974-2000 — Peter Balakian (English)
Metallica: This Monster Lives — Joe Berlinger '83
Last Settlers — Jennifer Brice (English)
Broadcast Rites and Sites — Joe Castiglione '68
Losing Moses on the Freeway — Chris Hedges '79
I Got Somebody in Staunton — William Henry Lewis (English)
Idols — Stephen Romer (Romance languages)
Dancing with Strangers — Mel Watkins '62
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