The Colgate Scene
September 2005

Books and media
 
Ellen R. Auster '79, with Krista K. Wylie and Michael S. Valente
(Palgrave Macmillan)

Competitive advantage in today's fast-paced and complex business environment demands that our organizations be change capable -- agile, innovative, nimble, and alert. Yet, leading change effectively is extremely difficult, and more than two-thirds of change efforts fail. Strategic Organizational Change offers a powerful, new, comprehensive, action-oriented approach that will equip you to beat these odds and successfully navigate the current change challenge you face while building the long-run change capabilities required for ongoing adaptation and evolution. From leveraging the external environment, to building the future, to navigating the politics and emotions of change, to working through the implementation details, to fostering creativity and spontaneity, to inspiring ongoing learning and evolution, Strategic Organizational Change offers a unique value proposition that will enable you to excel in leading change. — From the publisher

Matthew Crosston '93
(Ashgate Publishing)

Author of articles including "A Brief History of Autonomy" and "Russia: Confederations, Fiefdoms, and the Foreign Investment Challenge," Matthew Crosston examines autonomy in the Russian Federation in his recent book Shadow Separatism: Implications for Democratic Consolidation. He ascertains how the regional use of bilateral autonomy treaties has influenced the long-term stability, legitimacy, and efficacy of the state. The study challenges some long-accepted conclusions about democratization and the devolution of power. Scholars of Russian politics, democratization, ethnic conflict, comparative intergovernmental relations, and development will find this book particularly stimulating.

Crosston is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Clemson University, where he teaches classes including Russian Politics, African Politics, Politics of the Middle East, and Eurasian Politics. Another book by Crosston is forthcoming from Ashgate Publishing in the spring of 2006.

Kim Edwards '81
(Viking Adult)

The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a family drama that explores every mother's silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you?

On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. His daughter is born with Down syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect his wife, he makes a split-second decision. He asks his nurse to take the baby to an institution and never reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself.

Kim Edwards is the author of a short story collection, The Secrets of a Fire King, which was an alternate for the 1998 PEN/Hemingway Award, and has won both a Whiting Award and the Nelson Algren Award.

Chris Hedges '79
(Free Press)

The Ten Commandments -- the laws given to Moses by God -- are beyond the scope of human law. They are rules meant to hold us together but, when dishonored, they lead to discord and violence.

In this fierce, articulate narrative, Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, looks through the lens of each commandment to examine the moral ruin of American society. With urgency and passion, he challenges readers to take a hard look at the disconnect between their supposed values and the shallow, self-absorbed lives many people actually lead.

Taking examples from his personal life and 20 years of reporting, Hedges explores one commandment at a time, each through a particular social group. With each story, he reveals the universal nature of personal suffering, discovery, and redemption -- and explores the laws that we have tried to follow, often unsuccessfully, for the past 6,000 years. — From the publisher.

David G. Howell '66 and Jonathan Swinchatt

There is a saying among winemakers that "great wine begins with dirt." Beginning from this intriguing premise, The Winemaker's Dance embarks on an eye-opening exploration of "terroir" in one of the greatest places on earth to grow wine -- California's Napa Valley. Jonathan Swinchatt and David G. Howell weave a tale that begins millions of years ago with the clash of continental plates that created the Napa Valley and go on to show how this small region, with its myriad microclimates, complex geologic history, and dedicated winemakers, came to produce world-class wines. A fascinating look at the art and science of winemaking and the only comprehensive book that covers Napa's geology, history, and environment, The Winemaker's Dance will help wine enthusiasts better understand wine talk and wine writing and, most importantly, wine itself. — From the publisher

Colgate bestsellers at the Colgate Bookstore
They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven — Ken Baker '92
Burning Tigris — Peter Balakian (English)
June Tree — Peter Balakian (English)
Last Settlers — Jennifer Brice (English)
Our Hearts are Restless Till They Find Their Rest in Thee — Coleman Brown (religion, emeritus)
North — Frederick Busch (literature, emeritus)
Hartshorne Speaking — M. Holmes Hartshorne (philosophy/religion - deceased)
Losing Moses on the Freeway — Chris Hedges '79
I Got Somebody in Staunton — William Henry Lewis (English)
Dear Son: There are No Free Lunches — John Sias '52
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