- tour guides
John Geyman - The Human Face of Obamacare:Promises vs. Reality and What Comes Next; Crisis in U.S. Health Care: Corporate Power vs. the Common GoodGeorge Gowen
- Talk of Many ThingsWilliam V. Healey
- OspreyThomas B. Leary
- The Education of an Accidental LawyerChauncey Loomis
- Weird and Tragic ShoresBill MacIlvaine
- Successful Bareboat CharteringBill MacIlvaine
- Love Letters from the Front
George C. Newlin - Don Oberdorfer
- Princeton University: The First 250 Years
David Paton - Insight: R. Townley Paton and the World's First Eye BankKlaus Rifjberg
- novelist, poetRichard Riordan
- The MayorThomas Schmidt
- Seeking AdventureJohn Sprague
- The Birth of Electric Traction, Sprague ElectricPhilomen Sturges
- children's books
Robert ter Horst - Studies in Honor of Robert ter Horst
We have received the volume "Studies in Honor of Robert ter Horst ‘52 edited by among others, his daughter, Eleanor ter Horst published by TSI Press. The book states:
"This collection of essays honors Robert ter Horst, a scholar of comparative literature. The contributions reflect the diversity of the honoree’s interests. While most of the essays focus on Spanish literature of the late 15 through 17 centuries other national traditions are represented, and essays exhibit a variety of scholarly approaches. The texts under scrutiny range from poetry, prose and drama of the early modern era though contemporary theater and film. Following personal tributes to Professor ter Horst from the three co-editors eleven essays by scholars in the fields of Spanish and comparative literature comprise this volume”
Reminiscences of an Accidental Embezzler
Howard E. Hallengren, author
The book tells the story of a young highly accomplished Swiss man who is apparently destined to be the head of a major bank in Zurich. He makes the mistake of trying to carry out a seemingly foolproof embezzlement from the bank. This attempt leads him on an increasingly risky path from Zurich to New York to Los Angeles and back to New York, ultimately culminating late in his life in trying to carry out one of the greatest, most daring, and most spectacular embezzlements ever attempted.
Crisis in U. S. Health Care: Corporate Power vs. the Common Good
John Geyman, M.D., author
The problems of U. S. health care are of intense public interest today. The debate over where to go next to rein in costs and improve access to quality health care has become bitterly partisan, with distorted rhetoric largely uninformed by history, evidence, or health policy science. Based on present trends, our expensive dysfunctional system threatens patients, families, the government, and taxpayers with future bankruptcy. This book takes a 60-year view of our health care system, from 1956 to 2016, from the perspective of a family physician who has lived through these years as a practitioner in two rural communities, a professor and administrator of family medicine in medical schools, a journal editor for 30 years, and a researcher and writer on health care for more than four decades. There has been a complete transformation of health care and medical practice over that time from physicians in solo or small group practice and community hospitals to an enormous, largely corporatized industry that has left behind many of the traditions of personalized health care. This is an objective, non-partisan look at the major trends changing U. S. health care over these years, ranging from increasing technology and uncontrollable costs to depersonalization and changing ethics in medicine and health care. This book points out some of the highs�and lows�of these changes over the years, which may surprise some readers. It also compares three basic alternatives to reform the system for the common good vs. the continuing greed of corporate stakeholders and their shareholders.
Jean Statton interviewed George Newlin for her March 29, 2006, column in the Princeton NJ Town Topics>
George C. Newlin is a man of many talents. The term "polymath"
comes to mind, and, indeed, the designation fits. A corporate lawyer, venture
capitalist, amateur concert pianist and opera singer, he has succeeded in
whatever he set out to do. It is his
third and current career, however, which he says gives him the most pleasure.
"Categorically, this is the most enjoyable of any of my careers,"
says Mr. Newlin.
people are forces of nature, and George is certainly
a force of nature, given his boundless energy," says John Logan,
Literature Bibliographer at Princeton University's Firestone Library.
Describing George Newlin's
life succinctly is a challenge. Now an energetic 75, he was born in Brooklyn,
N.Y. and moved to Scarsdale in Westchester County,
N.Y. when he was seven. George attended public schools in Scarsdale,
especially enjoying English classes, and he was a great reader. "I loved
the historical books on the Civil War and also Mark Twain, and
Scaramouche" he recalls. He played
tennis, and liked summer visits to New England. "We had family trips to
Rockywold at Squam Lake in New Hampshire, and I went to camp at Lake
Winnepesaukee, also in N.H.I enjoyed all of that." But it was music that consumed most of
George's time and interest as he was growing up. "I started piano lessons
at seven, and then studied at the Westchester Conservatory
of Music," recalls Mr. Newlin.
At Scarsdale High School, George
excelled not only in music, but also in academics, and was involved in
extra-curricular activities, such as serving as president of the French Club
and other organizations. He was especially known in
school both for his piano performances and his smooth baritone singing voice in
school musicals, including Gilbert & Sullivan productions.
After graduating from Scarsdale High in 1948, he headed for Princeton, his only choice of college. "I had read a Life Magazine piece about reunions at Princeton,
and they seemed great," explains Mr. Newlin.
"I had also heard of the Triangle Club and
thought I'd like to be in that."
At Princeton, George
majored in music, history, and religion, joined the Glee
Club and Triangle, and also played squash. Performances in Triangle were
especially fun, and led to an appearance on the Ed Sullivan TV show during
which George performed a solo Charleston dance
"I ended up liking Princeton,"
observes Mr. Newlin, "but there was a certain
snobbish aspect to life there in 1948, especially if you hadn't gone to a
private prep school." On the other hand, there were a number of veterans, returning
after World War II, whose presence gave added dimension to the student dynamic. He remembers, too, an important social change
during his years at Princeton.
"Jinks , E. Harris Harbison , was one of the best professors,"
continues Mr. Newlin."He taught Renaissance and
Reformation ('Ren & Ref'), and it was an amazing class. At the end of the
lecture, you just sat in awed silence."
Graduating in Princeton's famous class of 1952, known for its large number
of members who went on to distinction in various fields, George
then decided to attend Yale Law School. When one is gifted in many areas, choices can
be difficult. Which to pursue seriously
and with total focus? As he says,
"I didn't really know what I wanted to do.
Degree - Unfortunately, this never materialized due to a fire in a house
off-base in which Mr. Newlin was severely burned. "I was taken to Brooke
Army Hospital in Texas, notable for its burn unit," he recalls.
Mr. Newlin's law career flourished in the succeeding years, and then in 1971, he headed
in a new direction, moving from law to finance; in particular, investment
banking and venture capital work. He
joined Dominick & Dominick, Inc. for which he
served as Corporate Counsel and Vice President, Finance.
End - "I decided I wanted to get in on the action," he explains.
"Totally out of the blue, my wife of more than 20 years, filed for
divorce," recalls Mr. Newlin.
"Dickens is a great plotster, but I think
his specialty is his characters," points out Mr.
Newlin. Who could forget Madam
Defarge (described by Mr. Newlin as "a grim
knitter"), Sydney Carton, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Mr. Micawber,
Pip, Uriah Heep, the Artful Dodger, Scrooge?
And they can all be found, at length, with all the other Dickens'
characters in Mr. Newlin's volumes.
addition, scholars in Victorian literature have praised Mr.
Newlin's efforts to create a readily accessible means to identify
characters and ideas in the Dickens oeuvre.
John Jordan, Professor of Literature, and Director, The Dickens Project
at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has known Mr.
Newlin since the 1980s and is impressed with the magnitude of his work.
"George began attending the annual Dickens Universe program at UC Santa
Cruz as one of the 'lay' members of the audience, not as one of the
scholars, but he soon stood out from the other amateurs by virtue of his
encyclopedic knowledge of Dickens.
Although not a teacher by profession or training, George
has thrown himself into the world of 'education', understood in the broadest
sense, with the energy and verve of a 21-year-old.I wish all my students had
his excitement and curiosity about 19th Century fiction." Adds David Parker, Curator Emeritus, The
Dickens House in London, who has been a friend of Mr.
Newlin for 15 years, and who enjoys their mutual visits in New York,
London, and Princeton: "His reference books to
the works of Victorian novelists are quite simply indispensable.
With George, everything is there. He is writing works, which, I can assure you,
will outlive the most penetrating literary criticism or the most erudite
enjoy receiving emails from George, asking me to go
to some branch of the British Library and trace
forgotten articles by Trollope or George Eliot.
The success of the Dickens volumes led Mr. Newlin
to expand his study of Victorian fiction, and his investigation into the work
of Anthony Trollope directed him to Princeton and
ultimately to take up residence in the town of his alma mater. His interest in Trollope was a natural
outcome of his previous exploration of Dickens,
explains Mr. Newlin.
Continuing his pursuit of the Victorians, Mr. Newlin
delved into the works of George Eliot, and a 2-volume set will be published
Mr. Newlin's investigation of these writers reinforces an observation by Brendan Gill
in The New Yorker article. "The
Victorians are immensely satisfying to read," points out Mr. Newlin.
In addition to these comprehensive volumes, Mr. Newlin
has written two student guide books or case studies on A Tale of Two Cities and
Mr. Newlin has also become very involved with his Princeton class, of which he is
very proud, and was editor of the 756-page year book for the 50th reunion in
2002.In addition, he compiled a companion book of essays, including the reports
of such classmates as James Baker, III, Frank Carlucci, Donald Oberdorfer,
Moorhead Kennedy, William Gough, Joel Henkel, and Richard Kazmaier,
representing the fields of government, journalism, foreign service, physics,
and athletics. At the occasion of the
reunion, Mr. Newlin gave a piano recital in
Richardson Auditorium which also honored his former professors, Milton Babbitt
and E.T. (Ed) Cone.
Mr. Newlin also enjoys traveling, especially to Vermont and Montana in the U.S. and
to England, and the Amalfi Coast in Italy.
He visits New York City regularly, where he spends time with friends and
colleagues at his club, and also attends the theater.
He is proud
of his children, including an adopted daughter, Elizabeth, and grandchildren,
whose pictures are prominently displayed in his apartment. "I feel I have had a very rich life, and
I am grateful for it," he reflects.
In Princeton, Mr. Newlin
is also very active with the Quakers."The Quaker Meeting House here is an
amazing place," he points out.
When not reading the Victorians in search of his next analytical anthology,
Mr. Newlin often returns to other well-loved books. "My favorite is always the one I am
working on," he remarked.
Insight: R. Townley
Paton and the World's First Eye Bank
– June 9, 2016
by David Paton MD (Author)
annotated biography of Dr. R. Townley Paton, MD; founder of the world's first
eye-bank. Starting with a lively history of the Paton family and its origins,
the book then delves into the fascinating career of one of the world's most renowned
eye surgeons and his quest to create the world's first viable eye bank.
About the Author
Paton MD FACS DSci (hon) is a graduate of Princeton University, The Johns
Hopkins Medical School, The Wilmer Institute and five years on the Wilmer faculty
before continuing an academic career in Houston, later elsewhere. Having the
familial dyslexia, it may be of some interest to add that for four years he was
the Dean of Admissions for The Johns Hopkins Medical School. Since dyslexia is
often associated with creativity, it may also be relevant to report that he was
the Founder and First Medical Director of Project ORBIS, later re-named ORBIS
International, a re-fit former commercial aircraft designed to teach the modern
ingenuities of ophthalmology on a global scale
Through his Father�s Letters, Bradt �52 Reveals the Struggles of Wartime Families
Hale Bradt �52
In 1980, Hale Bradt �52 began a decades-long project to learn about his family�s past after discovering the very personal letters his father, Wilber Bradt, wrote during World War II as a soldier in the Army�s 43rd Infantry Division.
The result is a trilogy titledWilber�s War: An American Family�s Journey Through World War IIthat chronicles Bradt�s father�s experiences in the Pacific theater and the effects of the war on his family. Illustrated with news clips, family photos, maps, and letters, the self-published trilogy is being released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the war�s end on Aug. 14.
During his research, Bradt found some 700 letters by his father, who earned a Ph.D. in chemistry and was a professor at the University of Maine before the war. Bradt, a professor of physics emeritus at MIT and the author of two textbooks on astrophysics, studied documents in archives and talked to veterans and family members who had been mentioned in the letters. Much of the research was done in the early 1980s, when contemporaries of his father were still alive. Bradt also traveled to the Pacific battlefields � the Solomon Islands and the Philippines � and interviewed a Japanese colonel.
Wilber�s letters offer a picture of his wife, Norma, and her struggles at home, which included hiding a pregnancy from her family. The letters track the couple�s relationship during Wilber�s three-year deployment, his difficult return home, and, tragically, his suicide at the end of the war. "Seeking out the story behind the story in my parents� lives and of incidents in the Pacific was absolutely fascinating to me,� Bradt says. "I have gotten to know my parents much better than most of us ever do.�Hale Bradt says there's a 20 percent discount on his new trilogy [see Did you Know column on this page] if your use the coupon code PUWW when ordering through the book's website.
Princeton University: The First 250 Years
by Don Oberdorfer
To celebrate Princeton University's 250th birthday, this richly illustrated full-color book combines an engaging text and vignettes of campus life with long-lost as well as familiar images gathered from Princeton's own collections and afar. An ideal gift book, it tells the story of Princeton's evolution from a humble parsonage in Elizabeth, New Jersey into one of the world's most renowned institutions of teaching and learning.
The first half of the book focuses on major turning points and personalities as Princeton evolved over its first two centuries into a distinctive institution and a distinctive campus culture: its founding as the College of New Jersey, its move to Princeton and the construction of Nassau Hall, its pivotal role in the American Revolution when John Witherspoon was the only college president to sign the Declaration of Independence, the deep divisions of the Civil War, and the emergence of a modern university under James McCosh and Woodrow Wilson.
The second half examines the post-World War II era when Princeton significantly increased the diversity of its student body (and in the 1960s became coeducational); expanded its commitment to graduate education, research, and new fields of knowledge; weathered an era of campus protest and created new structures for undergraduate life. In a final chapter the book looks into Princeton's future with its president and some current students. The author, Don Oberdorfer, witnessed this modern era first-hand as a student (Class of 1952), alumnus, and occasional faculty member. He describes the enormous changes of this period and breathes new life into Princeton's earlier history with a journalist's eye for the most important and interesting facts and the most revealing anecdotes.
Sprague Electric: An Electronics Giant's Rise, Fall, and Life after Death Paperback – April 15, 2015
by John L. Sprague (Author)
The rise of the Sprague Electric Company from a kitchen-table high-tech startup with a niche electronic product is representative of much of the U.S. electronics industry. Sprague Electric began in 1926 in the Quincy, Massachusetts kitchen of a young naval officer, Ensign Robert C. Sprague, and became a thriving manufacturer employing thousands of workers. It built a broad product line of electronic components, achieving international sales and a reputation for the highest quality. It then declined, went through a series of acquisitions, and eventually dissolved.
Sprague Electric provides a valuable business and technological history, which serves as a lens for the stories of thousands of companies all over the world. It is the story of corporate success, and a cautionary tale of what to avoid. The Sprague Electric story portrays the value of investment in research and development, and also the effects of raw material supply chains on product lines. It is a story of a company’s relations with the town where its factories were located, the small New England mill town of North Adams, Massachusetts, and how labor relations — initially cordial— later soured. It is a story of how a vulnerable company weathered the stresses of the Great Depression and triumphed, only to be brought down by the recessions of the 1970s and 1980s. It is a history of acquisitions, mergers, and spin-offs— some of them botched— and of the strategic and tactical mistakes that eventually caused the company to vanish. Its principal manufacturing plant is now an acclaimed art museum. Yet, Sprague Electric’s successor companies continue its legacy in the electronic components industry. Corporations formed from its different business units and operations are now spread around the world.
Posted April 20
A New Book by John Geyman, M.D. Coming Soon
How Obamacare is Unsustainable by John Geyman, M.D.
To be published in January, 2015 by Copernicus Healthcare, ISBN paper: 978-0-9887996-9-1, Paperback: $18.95 /
Confusion and controversy have plagued the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) since its enactment in March 2010. Republicans have generally opposed the legislation and attempted to obstruct it in parts or repeal it altogether. Democrats have tended to support it, defending it against the opposition but wary of some of its problems. Patients and families are caught in the middle as the debate heats up in election years.
This is the first book to take an evidence-based approach to assessment of the good and bad about this signature domestic legislation of the Obama presidency aft er fi ve years of experience. Th e evidence already shows that the three major aims of the ACA—to provide near-universal access to health care, to contain costs and make health care affordable, and to improve the quality of U.S. health care—are not being met. Evidence and experience show that the ACA’s approach to health care reform will not work. As it fails, the big question is what next? The case is made—on economic, social and moral grounds—that a single-payer improved Medicare for all system will meet the ongoing goals of reform. This book explains how all Americans can gain universal access to comprehensive health care, paying less than we do now, with more value and less bureaucracy.
John Geyman is Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has spent 25 years in academic family medicine. He is Past President of Physicians for National Health Program (PNHP), and author of: Souls on a Walk: An Enduring Love Story Unbroken by Alzheimer's, Health Care Wars: How Market Ideology and Corporate Power Are Killing Americans, Breaking Point - How the Primary Care Crisis Endangers the Lives of Americans, Hijacked - The Road to Single Payer in the Aftermath of Stolen Healthcare Reform, The Cancer Generation - Baby Boomers Facing a Perfect Storm, Do Not Resuscitate: Why the Health Insurance Industry is Dying, and How We Must Replace It. The Corrosion of Medicine: Can the Profession Reclaim its Moral Legacy?, Shredding the Social Contract: The Privatization of Medicare and Falling Through the Safety Net: Americans Without Health Insurance
Posted January 5
William Blake in the Desolate Market, Hardcover – April 8, 2014 - by G. E. Bentley Jr
Experience taught William Blake that "Wisdom is sold in the desolate market where none come to buy." His brilliant achievements as a poet, painter, and engraver brought him public notice, but little income. William Blake in the Desolate Market records how Blake, the most original of all the major English poets, earned his living. G.E. Bentley Jr, the dean of Blake scholars, details the poet's occupations as a commercial engraver, print-seller, teacher, copperplate printer, painter, publisher, and vendor of his own books. In his early career as a commercial engraver, Blake was modestly prosperous, but thereafter his fortunes declined. For his most ambitious commercial designs, he made hundreds of folio designs and scores of engravings, but was paid scarcely more than twenty pounds for two or three years' work. His invention of illuminated printing lost money, and many of his greatest works, such as Jerusalem, were left unsold at his death. He came to believe that his "business is not to gather gold, but to make glorious shapes." William Blake in the Desolate Market is an investigation of Blake's labours to support himself by his arts. The changing prices of his works, his costs and receipts, as well as his patrons and employers are expertly gathered and displayed to show the material side of the artistic career in Britain's Romantic period.
Posted December 11
Brief Flights: Transcendent Experiences Inside And Outside,Paperback � February 14, 2008 - by Frederic Alling
Transcendent experiences have been extensively written about, from a psychological perspective by Freud, William James, Maslow and others. However in recent years, advances in identifying a "self-transcendent" personality trait, a "God Gene" and some of the neurochemical brain activities which occur during transcendent states, have opened up a new depth of understanding about this inside dimension of transcendent phenomena. They also offer science's newest challenge to traditional religious experience and belief. In this book transcendent experiences are described by those in a variety of arenas, including traditional religious practices, close encounters with death and other natural phenomena, creativity and the arts, competitive sports, romantic love, and other areas. Those interested in religion and science, as well many general readers, may come to recognize experiences of their own, which they may not have considered religious or transcendent. They may also find comfort from developing a stronger and deeper foundation for their religious beliefs.
Love Letters from the Front: A Lieutenants Journey to Leadership Paperback – November 1, 2014
by Bill MacIlvaine (Author), Rod MacIlvaine (Contributor)
A story of dedication and love. A young man graduates from Princeton: He’s a freshly-minted second lieutenant with dreams and aspirations for his future. He gets married and ships off to an international conflict-zone, and within months he is promoted to Battery Executive Officer. During his tour of duty in Korea he writes 171 love letters to his new bride. These letters sparkle with humor and devotion, but as the months progress, the letters also reveal a growing maturity both as a leader and as a husband. Love Letters from the Front will inspire anyone facing hardship and challenge that those ordeals can fortify character and produce fresh leadership strength.
Bill MacIlvaine (B.A. Princeton University) has held various leadership positions in industry on the east coast and in the Midwest, and ultimately assumed the presidency of a Wisconsin-based manufacturing firm. He completed his career in South Florida in banking, and in retirement served two terms as a city councilman of Naples, Florida. Bill and his wife Lucy were married in 1952 and have four children, ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His avocation is ocean sailing and he has captained multiple charters in the Atlantic, Pacific and the Great Lakes. Read more at http://lovelettersfromthefront.com/ or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LoveLettersfromtheFront
Weird and Tragic Shores: The Story of Charles Francis Hall, Explorer
Chauncey Loomis [Modern Library Exploration - April 4, 2000]
In 1860, fifteen years after Sir John Franklin's ill-fated expedition disappeared in the Arctic, a Cincinnati businessman named Charles Francis Hall set out to locate and rescue the expedition's survivors. He was an amateur explorer, without any scientific training or experience, but he was driven by a sense of personal destiny and of religious and patriotic mission. Despite the odds against him, he made three forays into the far North, the final--and fatal--one taking him farther north than any westerner had ever gone before. But Hall was suddenly taken ill on that voyage and died under mysterious circumstances.
Ninety-seven years later, Chauncey Loomis headed an expedition to Hall's grave in northwestern Greenland. He exhumed Hall's frozen body and performed an autopsy. His findings suggest that the investigators of Hall's death nervously sidestepped the damning evidence. Loomis has written a masterful biography-cum-mystery that brilliantly evokes the lure of the Arctic and the brutal contest between man and nature.
The Mayor: How I Turned Around Los Angeles after
Riots, an Earthquake and the O.J. Simpson
by Richard J. Riordan (Author), Patrick Range McDonald (Contributor), Hardcover – September 30, 2014
Between 1993 and 2001, Mayor Richard J. Riordan, a maverick
multi-millionaire who championed pragmatism over divisive politics, pulled Los
Angeles from the brink of collapse and turned around one of the world’s most
famous cities. Wildly popular today among Angelenos of all stripes, Riordan
continues to be a major force in the political and civic worlds of L.A.
Riordan, a non-ideological Republican who was pro-choice, pro-gay rights,
and pro-immigration, was elected to office in the aftermath of the infamous
Rodney King beating and subsequent 1992 L.A. Riots, which caused nearly $1
billion in property damage and took the lives of over 50 people. With
ineffectual political leadership at City Hall, racial tensions were running
high, the economy was in the tank, and the city’s crime and homicide rates grew
out of control during the crack cocaine epidemic. And only a few months into
Riordan’s young mayoralty, L.A. appeared to be most definitely doomed after the
devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake rocked the city to its core.
But unlike his combative counterpart in New York City, Mayor Rudy Giuliani,
Riordan was a healing, compassionate figure that recreated L.A. into a
thriving, world-class metropolis—and he’s still a key problem solver in the
nation’s second largest city.
As the result of Riordan’s efforts, Los Angeles is now a cultural and event
destination. He oversaw and pushed through the construction of Frank Gehry’s
masterpiece Walt Disney Concert Hall -- a venture the mayor helped personally
fund when private financing stalled -- and the landmark Staples Center. He
reformed the nation’s second largest public school system, modernized the Los
Angeles Police Department, and reformed Los Angeles’ City Charter. After an
unsuccessful run for California governor, Riordan worked for Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger as his secretary of education.
Riordan’s perspective on effective leadership is like no other.
Readers will also learn about the numerous tragedies Riordan faced and how
each event shaped him as a person and as mayor. From the deaths of Riordan’s
two young children to the passing of his mother on the eve of his first mayoral
election, Riordan’s courage and compassion in the face personal heartbreak
illustrates why he is so beloved. Riordan is also a cutting-edge philanthropist
who helped dramatically improve literacy rates in such places as Mississippi
and has personally donated over $100 million to improve the education of poor
children. For years, he has donated half his income to charities. This
330-paged memoir delves into his successes and difficulties during his time as
mayor, the ideas and value system that drove his work—such as his deep
spiritual beliefs that everyone is equal and deserves the opportunity to
succeed—and the life events that shaped him.
Talk of Many Things: Law, Sports, Politics, Nature
Paperback – June
George W. Gowen was born in Italy and he says that makes all the difference. He
lived in London, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C, Princeton, N.J. and
Charlottesville, VA and since 1957 in New York City where he practices law. He
has served in the U.S Army, the U.S. Forest Service, has been counsel to
leading sports organizations, and chair of environmental and humane
organizations. His legal practice and interests have taken him far and wide
around the world. He has been married to Marcia for over fifty-five years and
is the proud father of two daughters who have enriched his life by producing
four grandchildren for whom this book is written.
a twelve-year-old granddaughter’s request, the author - who also wrote "A Willingness of Heart” - bares the story of his
life in new memoir. In "Talk of Many Things"(published by Xlibris), he
recounts his kaleidoscopic life from the cradles of Italy to the Land of the
Free. He incorporates hilarious anecdotes, moving encounters and vignettes of life experiences from soulfully-lucrative
travels and sojourns far and wide.
James C. Davis
So Far, So Good: An Historian's Memoirs – April 29, 2008
It's no surprise if you've never heard of the author of SO FAR, SO GOOD. He never starred in movies, dealt in drugs, or ran for President. Well, what did he do? He went to prep school and Princeton. Enlisted in the Army and was sent to Italy, where he reported for an Army newspaper and married. Earned his Ph.D. Taught for a third of a century at the University of Pennsylvania. Wrote six books, including this one and a history of the world. As you see then, these are the memoirs of a history professor. But you'll find this brief self-story engaging and illuminating. Davis illustrates how children figure who they are, how adolescents search for Truth, how Americans viewed the Cold War, and how historians explore where Man has been. And he asks if life on Earth is headed down or up.
Tom Leary has served many roles in the antitrust world. He has been an outside counsel at high-powered New York and Washington law firms; he was the antitrust lawyer at GM when the antitrust principles and GM market share made that a full-time job for many lawyers; and he was a long-time Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission. Along the way, he interacted with Presidents and Supreme Court Justices and top business executives. He participated, in one way or another, in many of the top antitrust cases of his time. Most importantly for this publication, he picked up a bunch of stories that any antitrust lawyer will find fascinating and any young lawyer of any speciality should find a treasure. Fortunately, he didn't need to find any story-telling ability along the way -- he was born with it. The result is an entertaining memoir -- yes, you'll laugh, you'll cry -- for all readers.
For most of every year, Bud Foote lived on the west end of Dauphin Island, Alabama, a few houses back from the Gulf of Mexico, enjoying the company of migratory birds and butterflies and resident mockingbirds, pigeons, pelicans, and cormorants. A bookish but sociable fellow, he enjoyed working his perceptions of these and other facets of island life into poetry of various sorts ranging from haiku to villanelles, from somber to ridiculous, from formal to rollicking. Those who enjoy the changing vistas and shifting populations (human and otherwise) of barrier islands will find much to relish and reflect on in the variety and surprise of these poems.
His Daughter Anna wrote:This beautiful book of poetry was written by my father after he retired from GA Tech(English Professor for 40 years) while he lived on Dauphin Island. We lost him in 2004. My family and I hope you and your family enjoy this treasure as much as we have.
While other writers have dealt with time travel as part of a general survey of science fiction, Foote's study is among the first to relate it to the body of Mark Twain's work and to attempt to account for the appeal of time travel to the past in historical, geographical, and psychological terms. Because it straddles several disciplines, it will appeal to those interested in science fiction, American literature, and popular culture.
totally updated and revised second edition of their historically insightful
survey of Revolutionary New England, Patricia and Robert Foulke have
scrupulously retraced their tracks to offer even more anecdotes, legends, and quotes
on the countless battlefields and reenactments, historic homes and buildings,
and living-history museums that help give this region its almost mythic appeal.
Also brought up to date are recommendations for places to stay and eat and a
calendar of events, from the reenactment of the Battle of the Old North Bridge
in Concord, MA, to a Thanksgiving feast at Plimouth Plantation. There’s early
American history in New England at virtually every turn, and the Foulkes are
your guides to it all.
Philemon had a strong appetite for books since he was a boy. He loved to read books and poetry aloud in his booming voice. The father of three grown daughters, Philemon enjoyed visiting schools and writing for a young audience. "Everything is new to kids," said Philemon. "it is an honor to introduce them to things -- plus, it's fun!"
As a boy, Philemon spent many summers at his grandpa's house in Bristol, Rhode Island, where he fell in love with boats and the sea. After a four-year Navy stint in Japan, he moved back to Rhode Island. When he wasn't working on the development of downtown Providence, the waterfront of Newport, or the boat basin on Nantucket, he spent his time sailing, clamming, and riding the waves in his dory, the Dawn Treader. He even spent a year living on an old ferryboat moored in Providence Harbor.