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Nixon in Winter
By Monica Crowley '90, Random House, New York, 1998. 428 pp.

Monica Crowley has followed up her acclaimed Nixon off the Record with a second volume of the 37th president's last four years of life. This intern and president had a far different relationship than the one bursting out of today's headlines. Instead, with Nixon in Winter, Crowley set about recording Nixon's opinions and thoughts. She calls it "a final cathartic act" and, according to the Ottawa Citizen, "devotes the major part of her cleanly-written book to the end of the Cold War and Nixon's intense behind-the-scenes involvement in trying to influence the Bush and Clinton administration on policy choices."

Further, writes the Ottawa Citizen, "The strength of the book lies in the sense of intimacy Crowley brings across even under reporting constraints. In her countless hours of conversations with Nixon, she had the tape recorder rolling -- and there were no 18-minute gaps. There is a verisimilitude in Nixon in Winter that is simply not present in other accounts of him."


 

The Shooting of Rabbit Wells
By William Loizeaux '76, Arcade Publishing, New York, 1998.

"This account of Wells' life and death (see "Living by writing") is indisputably a structural marvel, nimbly flitting back and forth in time in a way that should be confusing but isn't, thanks to Loizeaux's unfailingly clear prose and his eye for the detail that impresses a scene on the mind." Kirkus.


 

Turn Us Loose
CD by the Colgate Pep Band, conception and production by Richard Frank '57, 1998. 54:40 playing time.

The soundtrack for so many of Colgate's finest athletic moments has been provided by a small but spirited (an exact metaphor for the school they represent) group of musicians known as the Pep Band. It is impossible to listen to this well-done CD without feeling autumn afternoons and charged nights in Starr Rink. Here is the aural rendering of the spirit that is Colgate.

Producer Frank calls the album, "a collage of sounds that respect the past and reflect some of the musical spirit that is Colgate now -- the exuberance of "The Midnight Madness" basketball crowd, the hard-driving energy of our current Pep Band and the sweet harmonies of all the Thirteen and Gates recorded together for the first time."

Not only do these a capella groups make their combined recording debut here but Frank has also used archival recordings, including the Thirteen and never-before-heard tape of Dexter Morrill '60 and the Colgate Jazz Ensemble from 1980 as well as cheers and crowd buzz to recreate the atmosphere.

Turn Us Loose -- dedicated to the late Jack Bruen, Bill Wilson '20, Lloyd Huntley '24, John VanBrederode '57 and the Alumni Pep Band Crusties -- is big fun.


An Atlas of Shoulder Surgery
By Freddie H. Fu, Jonathan B. Ticker '84 and Andres B. Imhoff, Appleton & Lange, Stamford, CT, 1997.

Jonathan B. Ticker M.D. is an orthopaedic surgeon with a subspecialty treating problems in the shoulder at Island Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, PC, in Massapequa, N.Y.

"Techniques in shoulder surgery have experienced tremendous growth with the ability to better understand the complex anatomy and basic biomechanics of the shoulder, shoulder lesions and shoulder problems. Shoulder surgery has evolved into a wide variety of reliable open and arthroscopic surgical techniques incorporating technical innovations and technological advances.

"An Atlas of Shoulder Surgery is a state-of-the-art, beautiful atlas with more than 380 illustrations, including full-color and black and white photographs highlighting the step-by-step techniques of modern shoulder surgery. The details of the most commonly performed procedures are emphasized as well as revision and salvage procedures, highlighted with detailed drawings and photographs.

"World-renowned authorities have pooled their expertise to offer a unique perspective in one atlas, intended to provide alternative procedures for similar indications. Clear, detailed explanations enable the reader to apply a technique or combination of techniques for successful results in shoulder surgery." -- Appleton & Lange

To order call 1-800-423-1359.


Peirce, Pragmatism, and the Logic of Scripture
By Peter Ochs, Cambridge University Press, New York, 1998. 350 pp.

Ochs, who taught at Colgate from 1980 to 1987 and is now the Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia, has authored the "first study of Charles Peirce's philosophy as a form of writing and the first study of his pragmatic writings as a critique of the modern attempt to change society by writing philosophy. Ochs examines how Peirce writes his philosophy and suggest that pragmatism re-reads the abstractness of modern philosophic writing as a way of both exhibiting and hiding the everyday problems that may have given rise to it. By uncovering problems that are hidden in philosophy, the pragmatist may also uncover everyday rules for repairing these problems." -- Cambridge University Press