The Colgate Scene
May 2007

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Marc Black '71
(Black Market Music/Suma Records)

It is rare that musicians of this stature come together on a single record. What inspired Steve Gadd, Warren Bernhardt, Art Garfunkel, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Mike Esposito and John Sebastian, Don Davis, and Apollo Sunshine to combine their talents? An extraordinary project about an extraordinary journey. All the songs on Stroke of Genius are based on the post-stroke poetry of Marc Black's friend Dan Mountain. Mountain had a massive stroke, laying in a coma for 21 days. Black spent three days with him during his recovery and, in that short time, created 13 songs based on Mountain's poetry. It all comes together on Stroke of Genius, where singer/songwriter and guitarist Black travels through the mind of a man who has seen the "other side" and come back, with more gratitude and appreciation for life than he had ever dreamed possible.

Steven R. Goldstein '71 and Ilan E. Timor-Tritsch
(Churchill Livingstone)

Ultrasound is playing an increasingly important role in gynecology. Widely considered the standard title on the subject, Ultrasound in Gynecology, 2nd Edition contains expanded content to keep readers up to date on the technological and clinical changes in a rapidly evolving field. Goldstein is professor of obstetrics and gynecology, director of gynecologic ultrasound, and co-director of bone densitometry at New York University School of Medicine.

Woody Hochswender '72
(Stewart, Tabori and Chang Paperbacks)

Five years ago, journalist and practicing Buddhist Woody Hochswender co-authored a book on Buddhism that focused on the teachings of Nichiren, a 13th-century Japanese monk who has become the spiritual teacher for more than 20 million Buddhists worldwide. That book, which is in its 10th printing and has sold more than 80,000 copies, was such a resounding success that Hochswender has written a new work — at once a follow-up to the previous volume and a freestanding work of its own. A new breath of inspiration, The Buddha in Your Rearview Mirror speaks to the spiritual yearnings many have amid the hustle and flux of contemporary life. The book is a sophisticated but accessible introduction to Buddhism as well as an in-depth study of Buddhism in the Samurai period. Hochswender again focuses on the philosophy of Nichiren and applies its principles to everyday issues ranging from health to careers to family problems. Ideal for the novice or veteran Buddhist, the book will resonate with anyone interested in concrete methods for tapping into their own highest potential or enlightened self.

John C. Roland '86
(Insight Marketplace)

My Silent Partner is a fable centering on Caroline Ford, a young CEO with demanding venture capital investors, who faces the monumental task of transforming her own troubled Internet startup into a successful market leader. Along with her amazing gift for engaging people with her passion and enthusiasm, she employs the help of a silent partner who shows her how to confront the issues that plague most troubled companies and adopt the seven characteristics of a truly great one.

Roland's tale and model provide insight not only into coping with change, but embracing it and profiting from it. He asserts that providing the necessary leadership isn't about having all the answers, it's about understanding what matters and establishing a context for success using enduring age-old principles. My Silent Partner provides a straightforward yet powerful message for those who endeavor to become outstanding leaders in today's rapidly changing world.

Andy Rooney '42
(PublicAffairs)

Every Sunday evening, millions of viewers tune in to 60 Minutes to hear Andy Rooney riff on everything from coffee percolators to the state of the union. Millions more read his weekly newspaper column. Why? Because Rooney tells it like it is. But Rooney fans have never seen him quite like this. Rooney is plain frustrated by what's going on in America and the world. Rooney asks: Why can't Americans — let alone our president — speak English anymore? How do we expect to fight a terrorist enemy that we can't even locate? And when did capitalism go so terribly wrong? This collection of Rooney's essays isn't all heady stuff, though. Readers will also get the familiar — and hysterical — Rooney gripes about everyday foibles, such as the impossibility of physically locating your driver's registration, of purchasing a genuinely healthy breakfast cereal, or of enjoying a college reunion — unless everyone ends up in their nighties, that is.

John William Sutton '99
(The Edwin Mellen Press)

This book explores how medieval English authors used the spectacle of a character's death -- the tableau of his last words and deeds on the battlefield -- to express their views about the martial culture of their aristocratic countrymen. It argues that authorial attitudes toward the warrior ethos evolved from respect or even veneration during the Anglo-Saxon period to condemnation in the 14th and 15th centuries, when, after hundreds of years of seemingly incessant warfare, writers like Chaucer and Malory came to see this ethos as little more than a system of institutionalized violence. The book opens with an introduction that considers a brief narrative from The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, and the seven chapters examine pieces including The Battle of Maldon, Beowulf, Chaucer's Knight's Tale, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Malory's Morte D'Arthur. The conclusion situates the death scenes of heroic literature within the wider context of medieval attitudes toward death.

Bob '83 and Lee '82 Woodruff
(Random House)

Bob and Lee (McConaughy) Woodruff share their story of romance, resilience, and survival following the tragedy that transformed their lives and gripped a nation. In January 2006, the Woodruffs seemed to have it all -- a happy marriage and four beautiful children. Lee was a public relations executive and Bob had just been named co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight. Then, while Bob was embedded with the military in Iraq, an improvised explosive device went off near the tank he was riding in. He and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were hit, and Bob suffered a traumatic brain injury that nearly killed him.

In An Instant; A Family's Journey of Love and Healing, is the frank and compelling account of how Bob's and Lee's lives came together, were blown apart, and then were miraculously put together again -- and how they persevered, with grit but also with humor, through intense trauma and fear. And, for the first time, the Woodruffs reveal the agonizing details of Bob's terrible injuries and his remarkable recovery. A percentage of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury.

Antonio Barrera-Osorio
(University of Texas Press)

As Spain colonized the Americas during the 16th century, Spanish soldiers, bureaucrats, merchants, adventurers, physicians, ship pilots, and friars explored the natural world, gathered data, drew maps, and sent home specimens of the land's vast resources of animals, plants, and minerals. This amassing of empirical knowledge about Spain's American possessions had two far-reaching effects. It overturned the medieval understanding of nature derived from classical texts and helped initiate the modern scientific revolution. And it allowed Spain to commodify and control the natural resources upon which it built its American empire.

In Experiencing Nature: The Spanish American Empire and the Early Scientific Revolution, Barrera-Osorio investigates how Spain's need for accurate information about its American colonies gave rise to empirical scientific practices and their institutionalization, which, he asserts, was Spain's chief contribution to the early scientific revolution. He also conclusively links empiricism to empire-building as he focuses on five areas of Spanish activity in America.

Barrera-Osorio is associate professor of history.
Colgate bestsellers at the Colgate Bookstore
Walt Whitman and the Culture of American Celebrity — David Blake '85
The Memory Keeper's Daughter — Kim Edwards '81
Celebrity in Antiquity — Robert Garland (classics)
American Fascists — Chris Hedges '79
Losing Moses on the Freeway — Chris Hedges '79
War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning — Chris Hedges '79
Education for a Caring Society — Kay Johnston (educational studies and women's studies)
The PhD Process — Jonathan Karp '86
Out of My Mind — Andy Rooney '42
In An Instant — Bob '83 and Lee '82 Woodruff
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