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Posted: 12/21/2010

In their role as scholars as well as teachers, Skidmore’s faculty members share their research at academic conferences, in scholarly publications, and through the publication of books. The ending of 2010 is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the dozen books written or edited by Skidmore scholars over the year, and to celebrate the wealth of knowledge they represent.

For anyone considering a book as a gift this holiday season, the Skidmore Shop can assist with the purchase of any of these books. They include the following:

Bomber County–The Poetry of a Lost Pilot’s War, by Daniel Swift, Department of English. The book earned strong reviews in The New York Times and was short-listed for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, awarded annually to the best work of literature by a UK or Commonwealth writer under the age of 35.

Demystifying the European Union–The Enduring Logic of Regional Integration, Second Edition, by Roy H. Ginsberg, Department of Government. notes, “Written by one of the premier scholars on the European Union and hailed as the best undergraduate text on the subject, this book has been thoroughly revised and updated to include the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. Clear and comprehensive, it demystifies one of the world's most important and least understood institutions.”

Embraceable Me and Roses in December, two plays, and the novel Romantic Trapezoid, by Victor Cahn, Department of English. Roses in December, a dramatic play of letters, is "rich and revealing," according to The New Yorker. Embraceable Me, a dramatic comedy, is "sure to win over even the most hardened theatre-goer's heart," according to The New York Times.

Hard Grass–Life on the Crazy Woman Bison Ranch, by Mary Zeiss Stange, Department of Philosophy and Religion. Susan J. Tweit, on, writes, “From geology to racism and the Indian Wars, from a thoughtful look at branding as an example of unnecessary cruelty now preserved as traditional custom to her own lessons in hunting and feminism, Zeiss Stange weaves a complex and thorough portrait of the place she has come to call home.”

A Political Companion to Henry Adams, edited by Natalie Fuehrer Taylor, Department of Government. "Anyone who picks up this volume will be inspired to revisit the work of one of the United States' most puzzlingly neglected authors," writes Susan McWilliams, associate professor of politics at Pomona College.

Hinterland Dreams—The Political Economy of a Midwestern City, by Eric J. Morser, Department of History. Purdue University scholar Jon C. Teaford said, "Hinterland Dreams is a clearly written, well organized, and thoroughly researched work. Urban history has focused on the giants like Chicago. Smaller cities have largely been neglected until now. By examining La Crosse, Wisconsin, Morser breaks new ground and offers a needed reminder of the importance of government in urban development."

Lives of the Hudson, Ian Berry, Tang Museum, and Thomas S.W. Lewis, Department of English. Written to complement the 2009 exhibition by the same name at the Tang, this book presents an intersection of contrasting and varied stories environmental, historical, and individual whose journeys all lead back to the Hudson itself.

Fred Tomaselli, by Ian Berry, Tang Museum, editor and co-author (with Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson). Received first prize in the American Association of Museums' 2010 Publications Design Competition. Co-published by the Tang, Aspen Art Museum and DelMonico Books / Prestel to accompany the exhibition of Tomaselli's works jointly organized by the two museums, the book is the most comprehensive publication on the artist to date.

Nabobs: Empire and Identity in Eighteenth-Century Britain, by Tillman Nechtman, Department of History. The book is the first attempt to study the history of the nabobs using contemporary trends in cultural, material and visual history and demonstrates the degree to which gender was a motivating issue in the conversation about empire and national identity by recognizing the broad-ranging attacks made against women as part of the 'nabob controversy'.

Posting It–The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing (Paperback Edition), by Catherine J. Golden, Department of English. "Just as the Penny Post revolutionized communications, Catherine Golden’s meticulous and imaginative analysis of its cultural effects transforms our reading experience of Victorian fiction. From the blackmail plot to the writing desk, the paraphernalia of the Victorian novel takes on new meaning and contemporary parallels," said Elaine Showalter of Princeton University.

The Frozen Rabbi, by Steve Stern, Department of English. Ben Marcus, writing in The New York Times Book Review, cited Professor Steve Stern’s “manic virtuosity” and added, “he may well be the poet laureate of Tennessee Jews.”

Recovering Reason–Essays in Honor of Thomas L. Pangle, edited by Timothy Burns, Department of Government. A collection of essays composed by students and friends of Thomas L. Pangle to honor his seminal work and outstanding guidance in the study of political philosophy.

Rich, Free and Miserable–The Failure of Success in America,by John Brueggemann, Department of Sociology. Many people are struggling, both emotionally and financially, in a nation that looks so prosperous on the surface. From a hospital patient reduced to a balance sheet to a parent working such long hours that he misses dinner, Brueggemann argues that market thinking has permeated every corner of our lives.

Twenty Danses Macabre, by Jay Rogoff, Department of English, winner of the third annual Robert Watson Poetry Award from the Spring Garden Press.

Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: A History, by Ian Berry, author/editor. An in-depth look at the paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures that comprise the most important series made by the group, from the 2009 exhibition at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery.

Racial Integration in Corporate America, 1940-1990, by Jennifer Delton, Department of History. Writing in The Independent Review, Joshua T. McCabe notes, “Delton's discussion of the individual corporations that led the way to workplace integration is especially fascinating. She gives us new insight into the origins of the human-relations departments so common in corporate America today.”

Napoleon's Atlantic–The Impact of Napoleonic Empire in the Atlantic World, by Jordana Dym, Department of History and Latin American Studies, co-editor (with Christophe Belaubre and John Savage). An introduction to recent scholarship on an understudied dimension of Napoleonic and Atlantic history, bringing together scholars working from Latin American cultural history to European diplomatic history. The book offers something new to scholars of Napoleon, by tracing familiar themes from military, legal and administrative modernization to artistic policies and cultural influences to the Americas.

Exercise Physiology for Health, Fitness, and Performance, by Denise Smith, Department of Health and Exercise Sciences, co-author (with Sharon A. Plowman). The third edition of this textbook incorporates two new integrative approaches to exercise physiology. Each of the three major units (the cardiovascular-respiratory system, the metabolic system, and the neuromuscular-skeletal system) follows a consistent sequence of presentation, namely: basic anatomy and physiology (including neuro-hormonal regulation), the measurement and meaning of exercise physiology variables, exercise responses, training principles and adaptations; and special applications, problems, or considerations.