The Colgate Scene
May 2000
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  In the Words of Great Business Leaders
By Julie M. Fenster '79, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1999.

Brilliant, practical, obsessed with the day-to-day details of running a company -- all are characteristics of the greatest business leaders of our time. This book reveals remarkable insights into these men and women, teaching timeless lessons about business, money and human nature.

     In the Words of Great Business Leaders presents the accumulated experience of 19 business legends, in their own words. Each leader provides inspiring and motivating wisdom that runs the gamut from investing to setting priorities to making the most of opportunity.

     This book also features thorough background information on each leader, telling the stories of their struggles to succeed, their triumphs and how their various experiences -- both good and bad -- formed their business philosophies.

     Julie M. Fenster is an author and business historian who has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and American Heritage magazine. She has also been a columnist for Audacity, Forbes' magazine of business history.


Open & Shut: Cinquains
By George Held '57, Talent House Press, Talent, OR, 1999. 27 pp.

George Held's collection of five-line stanzas, with two syllables in the first and fifth lines and four, six and eight syllables in the intervening lines, won the annual Talent House Press Chapbook contest in 1999.

     Held enjoys the play that writing in forms allows. Besides cinquains, he has published numerous sonnets, triolets and haiku, as well as villanelles and a sestina. He teaches the graduate poetry workshop at Queens College, encouraging his free versers to pay attention to form and his formalists to try free verse. His own formal and free verse poems have appeared widely in literary magazines including Confrontation, North Atlantic Review and The Wallace Stevens Journal, and in anthologies including And What Rough Beast: Poems at the End of the Century. His previous chapbooks are Winged (Birnham Wood Graphics, 1995) and Salamander Love and Others (Talent House Press, 1998). He has co-edited The Ledge Poetry Magazine since 1991.


Management Accounting: Making It World Class
By Ralph Adler '80. Butterworth Heinemann, Auckland, 1999. 180 pp.

Why should anyone who isn't an accountant or has nothing to do with money or finance in his or her job read a book about accounting?

     There is a short answer to this question. In families and private life people often find themselves struggling to make ends meet -- those all- important ends revenue and expenditure, irrespective of the socioeconomic levels involved. Have you ever worried about your personal finances but never bothered to realize that you boil a whole kettle full of water for a single cup of tea or cling to an expensively berthed yacht that you use twice a year?

     And so with corporate enterprises for which you work both in the private and public sectors. At all levels of responsibility in organizations, first survival, then progressive development, depend upon a ruthless, continuous, painstaking and finely discriminating identification and treatment of costs.

     Forget its title -- this book is for three people, each with a very different occupational interest and viewpoint. You may be one or all of them.

     1. Anyone trying to improve his or her professional performance at work

     2. Anyone accountable for the expenditure of scarce resources of time, money, materials, overheads and the attitudes and conduct of other people at work.

     3. Anyone professionally occupied in assessing production costs and organizational costs at large.

     The book's readability, liberal use of diagrams and tables, and real-life examples making for illustrative and explanatory clarity will deservedly suit a wide readership without surrendering its scholarly merit. It brings to the reader a presentation, translation, and -- where necessary -- a critique of the specialist literature.

     It is not enough to say that this book by New Zealand author Ralph Adler, a member of the Department of Accountancy at the University of Otago Dunedin, readily deserves to be nationally influential in its field. It is a book by an author with a global grasp of the issues in his profession that merits universal attention.

-- From a review by Dr Alan Paisey, former head of Administrative Studies, Bulmershe.


Home Games: Essays on Baseball Fiction
By John A. Lauricella '83, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 1999.

by Carl Peterson

Not only has baseball traditionally been our "national" sport (this may well be hotly disputed by many contemporary sports fans), it has long been a fruitful topic and metaphor for writers, particularly novelists. And as the final chapter in Home Games amply demonstrates, it has long been a topic of interest to critics of American life and literature.

     Lauricella's command of baseball as a subject in serious writing is impressive. As a former player and devoted fan of several baseball novels, I flattered myself that I had touched all the bases. Not the case at all, to my embarrassment. I am grateful to Home Games for pointing out a baseball novel I had not read previously (James T. Farrell's A World I Never Made) as well as illustrating the importance of baseball in the work of William Faulkner.

     For me, the meat of Home Games are the interior chapters, each a reading of one or two baseball novels, dealing with Farrell, as well as You Can't Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe, Lardner's You Know Me Al, Malamud's The Natural (read by my daughter in high school), and the Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh Prop. by Robert Coover.

     Home Games immediately won my approval with its sympathetic treatment of You Can't Go Home Again. I have long argued that embedded with acres of horrible prose is some of the finest writing on baseball. Ring Lardner and Bernard Malamud can stand by themselves, deservedly so, but it is nice to see someone give Wolfe his baseball due. I was also pleased to see The Universal Baseball Association, the seminal novel of my 20s, given its due. I have too often seen it dismissed by baseball readers.

     As I said, these chapters on the "minor league" writers are my favorites. I found the chapters on baseball and the "major league" novelists somewhat more predictable. Any baseball novel must discuss The Great Gatsby and the Blacksox Scandal, as well as baseball and Nick Adams. Both these chapters are comprehensive and would be of scholarly value to students of American literature, but, compared to other chapters, old news. I found the chapter of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury more surprising, as I had not previously seen baseball discussed in the context of Quentin Compson's last day.

     Home Games is bracketed by more theoretical chapters. It opens with a well-balanced account of baseball within the American context. (This chapter also includes a useful history of the early years of baseball.) A short conclusion discusses baseball theoretically within the context of American literature. And as I noted before, Home Games ends with a comprehensive discussion, cleverly titled "Views from the Press Box," of the critical writing on baseball and literature. A different reader might very well be more interested in these chapters.

     I found Home Games everywhere authoritative and frequently a pleasure to read, certainly not often the case with other such books on baseball. I am puzzled by the omission of Roth's The Great American Novel in such an otherwise comprehensive study but this is only a minor quibble. Nonetheless, Home Games is the only critical book I include in my small baseball library. Now if I can only locate a copy of A World I Never Made.


Carl Peterson is the special collections librarian and university archivist.


Managing Managed Care Casebook: A Self-Study Guide for Treatment Planning, Documentation, and Communication
By Jeffrey P. Bjorck '83, PhD, Janet Brown, RN, CPHQ, Michael Goodman, MD, American Psychiatric Press, Inc., Washington D.C., 2000. 261 pp.

This book is a user-friendly, step-by-step tutorial guide for mental health professionals and graduate students. Using the Patient Impairment Lexicon and Patient Impairment Profile (PIP) system introduced in Managing Managed Care II (Good-man, Brown and Deitz, 1996), this self-contained casebook teaches the practitioner how to effectively communicate the necessity, appropriateness, and course of treatment. This casebook also illustrates the PIP system's efficient and effective model of treatment plan development. Using an empirically updated Patient Impairment Lexicon and a wide array of case vignettes, the casebook trains the practitioner to convincingly communicate treatment needs, to effectively distinguish between goals, objectives and interventions, to track progress over time, and to efficiently document treatment summaries. In an environment where treatment authorization is increasingly challenging and managed care referrals are increasingly performance-based, the PIP system is a useful tool for demonstrating cost-effective, quality care. Now, Managing Managed Care Casebook makes mastery of the PIP system a readily accessible reality for those seeking a competitive edge.

-- From the publisher.


Liquid Assets: A History of New York City's Water System
By Diane Galusha, Purple Mountain Press, Ltd. 303 pp.

Liquid Assets: A History of New York City's Water System by Diane Galusha, who worked in the Office of Communications from 1977 to 1982, explores the technical, political and social history of this great system, from the days when springs and wells supplied the 17th-century Dutch settlement of New Amster-dam, to the carving of huge storage reservoirs and subterranean aqueducts as much as 120 miles from the metropolis of millions.

     Nor does the book leave out the most recent accomplishments: the building of mammoth City Water Tunnel #3 currently under construction, and the implementation of the 1997 New York City Watershed Memorandum of Agreement, the landmark pact designed to protect the city's water while preserving upstate communities in its watershed both east and west of the Hudson River.

     You may recall the years of discord and debate preceding this agreement between the city, upstate interests and numerous governmental and environmental entities. Journalist Diane Galusha was among those who closely followed the negotiations, wishing there was a single, reliable source of information about the development of the sprawling water system that would put the precedent-setting talks in historic context.

     Finding none, she produced Liquid Assets, which will serve as a valuable reference tool. A detailed appendix contains statistical analyses of all 24 reservoirs in the Croton, Catskill and Delaware Systems; the aqueducts and tunnels that transport water to the city; and the distribution network that delivers 1.3 billion gallons of water a day to nine million consumers. There are maps, a thorough index, and an extensive bibliography of sources.

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