New Scholarly Books

Weekly Book List, July 5, 2013

July 01, 2013


The Imaginary and Its Worlds: American Studies After the Transnational Turn edited by Laura Bieger, Ramon Saldivar, and Johannes Voelz (Dartmouth College Press/University Press of New England; 312 pages; $34.95). Writings by American and European scholars on such topics as the transnational imaginary in postrace America.


Maya After War: Conflict, Power, and Politics in Guatemala by Jennifer L. Burrell (University of Texas Press; 221 pages; $55). Examines continued violence and other tensions in the Mam Maya village of Todos Santos Cuchumatan.

Up Close and Personal: On Peripheral Perspectives and the Production of Anthropological Knowledge edited by Cris Shore and Susanna Trnka (Berghahn Books; 271 pages; $95). Pays particular attention to the discipline and practice of anthropology in Australia and New Zealand.

Where the River Ends: Contested Indigeneity in the Mexican Colorado Delta by Shaylih Muehlmann (Duke University Press; 220 pages; $84.95 hardcover, $23.95 paperback). Documents how a Cucapa village in northwest Mexico has been affected by the mass diversion of water from the Colorado River.


An Archaeology of Doings: Secularism and the Study of Pueblo Religion by Severin M. Fowles (SAR Press; 324 pages; $34.95). Criticizes the use of "religion" as an analytical category in archaeological research; argues that before Catholic missionization, the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest did not have a religion, but rather had "doings" that are not easily translatable.

The Legacy of American Copper Smelting: Industrial Heritage Versus Environmental Policy by Bode J. Morin (University of Tennessee Press; 302 pages; $49). A work in industrial and historical archaeology that focuses on Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, Tennessee’s Copper Basin, and Butte-Anaconda, Montana.


The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System by Francis R. Kowsky (University of Massachusetts Press; 304 pages; $39.95). Examines the work of the landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in designing parks and parkways for the city.

Idea of the Temple of Painting by Giovan Paolo Lomazzo, edited and translated by Jean Julia Chai (Penn State University Press; 258 pages; $74.95). First complete English translation of the Milanese painter and theorist's 1590 work.

Still: American Silent Motion Picture Photography by David S. Shields (University of Chicago Press; 416 pages; $50). Focuses on the performer portrait and the scene still in a study of the work of more than 60 photographers in Hollywood between 1908 and 1928.


Drakon: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman Worlds by Daniel Ogden (Oxford University Press; 496 pages; $185). Topics include the puzzling association of dragons with such benign deities as Asclepius, god of healing.

Sedulius, "The Paschal Song and Hymns" translated by Carl P.E. Springer (Society of Biblical Literature; 279 pages; $36.95). Facing Latin text, with first complete English translation, of the works of a Christian Latin poet of late antiquity whose biblically themed works were especially popular in the Middle Ages.

Slaves and Slavery in Ancient Greek Comic Drama edited by Ben Akrigg and Rob Tordoff (Cambridge University Press; 282 pages; $99). Pays particular attention to works by Aristophanes and Menander.


Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet by Finn Brunton (MIT Press; 304 pages; $27.95). A cultural and technological history of the e-mail bane of the Internet.


On the Outside: From Lengthy Imprisonment to Lasting Freedom by Melissa Munn and Chris Bruckert (University of British Columbia Press; 240 pages; US$99). A study of the post-incarceration lives of men who have served at least a decade in Canada's penitentiaries.


Embodying Hebrew Culture: Aesthetics, Athletics, and Dance in the Jewish Community of Mandate Palestine by Nina S. Spiegel (Wayne State University Press; 257 pages; $39.95). Draws on previously untapped sources in a study of dance, beauty pageants, the Maccabiah Games, and other aspects of the performative and the corporeal in Jewish culture of British Mandate-era Palestine.

Enjoying What We Don't Have: The Political Project of Psychoanalysis by Todd McGowan (University of Nebraska Press; 349 pages; $45). Finds a foundation for emancipatory politics in Freud's discovery of the death drive and Lacan's elaboration of the idea.

London Underground: A Cultural Geography by David Ashford (Liverpool University Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 188 pages; $99.95). Topics include how writers and artists have depicted London's subterranean system of transport.

Mammographies: The Cultural Discourses of Breast Cancer Narratives by Mary K. DeShazer (University of Michigan Press; 258 pages; $55). A study of breast-cancer memoirs, both in text and photographic narratives.

Speculative Fictions: Chilean Culture, Economics, and the Neoliberal Transition by Alessandro Fornazzari (University of Pittsburgh Press; 158 pages; $24.95). Draws on film, literature, the visual arts, and other realms in a study of Chilean neoliberalism as reflected in cultural production since the 1970s.


Sovereign Wealth Funds: Legitimacy, Governance, and Global Power by Gordon L. Clark, Adam D. Dixon, and Ashby H.B. Monk (Princeton University Press; 212 pages; $39.50). Includes case studies of the China Investment Corporation, various Gulf nation funds, and other examples of state-owned investment sources.

When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence by Stephen D. King (Yale University Press; 304 pages; $30). Topics include the consequences for pensions, health care, and other social goods of a worsening economic crisis.


Chicana/o Struggles for Education: Activism in the Community by Guadalupe San Miguel Jr. (Texas A&M University Press; 240 pages; $40). Topics include how Chicano activists broadened their anti-discrimination concerns to work for wider public-school reforms and private-school opportunities.

These Kids: Identity, Agency, and Social Justice at a Last Chance High School by Kysa Nygreen (University of Chicago Press; 217 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Draws on a ethnographic study of students at a California school.


Framing Africa edited by Nigel Eltringham (Berghahn Books; 183 pages; $70). Writings by anthropologists and historians on the vision of Africa in such 21st-century European and North American films as Blood Diamonds, Hotel Rwanda, Invictus, and The Last Kind of Scotland.

Homemade Men in Postwar Austrian Cinema: Nationhood, Genre, and Masculinity by Maria Fritsche (Berghahn Books; 274 pages; $95). Focuses on the genres of costume film, comedy, tourist film, and Heimatfilm.

Streaming: Movies, Media, and Instant Access by Wheeler Winston Dixon (University Press of Kentucky; 184 pages; $69 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). A study of how digital technology has altered contemporary filmmaking, including audience habits.


Folklore Recycled: Old Traditions in New Contexts by Frank de Caro (University Press of Mississippi; 240 pages; $55). Explores the "repurposing" of folklore; examples include Colson Whitehead's novel John Henry Days.


DOOM: SCARYDARKFAST by Dan Pinchbeck (University of Michigan Press; 200 pages; $75 hardcover, $32.50 paperback). Discusses DOOM, first released in 1993, as a foundational title in the history of first-person video games.


African American Foreign Correspondents: A History by Jinx Coleman Broussard (Louisiana State University Press; 280 pages; $45). Discusses African-Americans in international news gathering since Frederick Douglass and Mary Ann Shadd Cary in the mid-19th century.

An Age of Infidels: The Politics of Religious Controversy in the Early United States by Eric R. Schlereth (University of Pennsylvania Press; 295 pages; $55). Focuses on conflicts between deists and their opponents.

Battalion Commanders at War: U.S. Army Tactical Leadership in the Mediterranean Theater, 1942-1943 by Steven Thomas Barry (University Press of Kansas; 258 pages; $34.95). Examines the tactical adaptability and crucial leadership of battalion-level commanders in North Africa and Sicily.

"Buried in the Sands of the Ogaden": The United States, the Horn of Africa, and the Demise of Detente by Louise P. Woodroofe (Kent State University Press; 176 pages; $55). A study of how the war between Ethiopia and Somalia in the mid-1970s figured in the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Canoe Nation: Nature, Race, and the Making of a Canadian Icon by Bruce Erickson (University of British Columbia Press; 252 pages; US$99). Links the canoe's sentimental power to a vision of Canada that overvalues the country's connection to nature.

Citizens of Asian America: Democracy and Race During the Cold War by Cindy I-Fen Cheng (New York University Press; 271 pages; $49). Describes how both securing and hindering the rights of Asian-Americans figured in the effort to promote American democracy from 1945 to 1965.

Cold War Dixie: Militarization and Modernization in the American South by Kari Frederickson (University of Georgia Press; 256 pages; $69.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Focuses on the economic, social, environmental, and political impact of the Savannah River Plant, a scientific and industrial complex near Aiken, S.C., dedicated to producing materials for the hydrogen bomb.

Cold War University: Madison and the New Left in the Sixties by Matthew Levin (University of Wisconsin Press; 248 pages; $26.95). Uses the University of Wisconsin to explore the tensions over ties among academe and government and industry before and during the Vietnam protest era.

Columns of Vengeance: Soldiers, Sioux, and the Punitive Expeditions, 1863-1864 by Paul N. Beck (University of Oklahoma Press; 320 pages; $34.95). Draws on soldiers' letters and diaries and other firsthand accounts of U.S. Army punitive actions taken in response to the Dakota War (1862).

Dressing Modern Maternity: The Frankfurt Sisters of Dallas and the Page Boy Label by Kay Goldman (Texas Tech University Press; 272 pages; $39.95). Traces the history of an innovative maternity-clothing company founded by sisters in Depression-era Dallas.

Frederick Weyerhaeuser and the American West by Judith Koll Healey (Minnesota Historical Society Press; 256 pages; $27.95). A biography of the German-born American industrialist (1834-1914) who created a vast timber empire.

Getting Physical: The Rise of Fitness Culture in America by Shelly McKenzie (University Press of Kansas; 304 pages; $34.95). Topics include how the pursuit of fitness became a hallmark of the middle class.

Great Cruelties Have Been Reported: The 1544 Investigation of the Coronado Expedition by Richard Flint (University of New Mexico Press; 670 pages; $60). Includes the Spanish text, with English translation, of a report issued by colonial officials two years after Coronado's expedition in what is now New Mexico.

Nels Anderson's World War I Diary edited by Allan Kent Powell (University of Utah Press; 308 pages; $34.95). Edition of the wartime diary of the American sociologist, whose later works included The Hobo and Desert Saints: The Mormon Frontier in Utah.

Oklahoma's Indian New Deal by Jon S. Blackman (University of Oklahoma Press; 192 pages; $24.95). A study of the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act of 1936 in which Congress brought the state's Indians under all the provisions of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act.

The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series: Volume 22: 1 August-21 October 1779 edited by Benjamin L. Huggins (University of Virginia Press; 904 pages; $85). Documents a period that saw Washington fortifying West Point, launching attacks on British forts on the Hudson River, and dealing with a disgruntled Maj. Gen. John Sullivan in the wake of the latter's expedition against the tribes of the Six Nations.

River of Hope: Forging Identity and Nation in the Rio Grande Borderlands by Omar S. Valerio-Jimenez (Duke University Press; 369 pages; $99.95 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Examines competing influences in the region in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Routes Into the Abyss: Coping With Crises in the 1930s edited by Helmut Konrad and Wolfgang Maderthaner (Berghahn Books; 224 pages; $70). Compares responses to the 1930s economic crisis in Germany, Italy, Austria, and Spain with those in Sweden, Japan, China, India, Turkey, Brazil, and the United States.

The Society for Useful Knowledge: How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America by Jonathan Lyons (Bloomsbury Press; 220 pages; $27). Traces a wave of clubs, journals, and scholarly societies inspired by Franklin's 1743 call to "Virtuosi or ingenious Men residing in the several Colonies."

Solomon's Secret Arts: The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment by Paul Kleber Monod (Yale University Press; 430 pages; $45). Explores the nature and influence of underground occultism in a period known for championing rationality.

The Stalingrad Cauldron: Inside the Encirclement and Destruction of the 6th Army by Frank Ellis (University Press of Kansas; 512 pages; $39.95). Discusses the Red Army's encirclement of the 6th Army in mid-November and its collapse in February 1943; includes translations of three previously unpublished German accounts that detail the experiences of the 76th Infantry, the 94th Infantry, and the 16th Panzer.

Steel Barrio: The Great Mexican Migration to South Chicago, 1915-1940 by Michael Innis-Jimenez (New York University Press; 234 pages; $79 hardcover, $27 paperback). Topics include the role of churches, social clubs, and mutual-aid societies in sustaining community life among the first waves of Mexican immigration to the city.

Tax Justice and the Political Economy of Global Capitalism, 1945 to the Present edited by Jeremy Leaman and Attiya Waris (Berghahn Books; 347 pages; $110). Includes case studies of Britain, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, and Portugal.

The Wages of History: Emotional Labor on Public History's Front Lines by Amy M. Tyson (University of Massachusetts Press; 232 pages; $80 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in a study of the work life and self-perceptions of costumed workers at Minnesota's Historic Fort Snelling.

Writing War: Soldiers Record the Japanese Empire by Aaron William Moore (Harvard University Press; 378 pages; $45). Explores the construction of identity in more than 200 diaries, as well as in letters, postcards, and memoirs, written by Chinese, Japanese, and American servicemen from 1937 to 1945.


Isaac Beeckman on Matter and Motion: Mechanical Philosophy in the Making by Klaas van Berkel (Johns Hopkins University Press; 304 pages; $39.95). Traces the artisanal, intellectual, and religious influences on the Dutch scientist and philosopher (1588-1637).


Patently Contestable: Electrical Technologies and Inventor Identities on Trial in Britain by Stathis Arapostathis and Graeme Gooday (MIT Press; 320 pages; $40). Examines a rise in disputes over electrical power, lighting, telephony, and radio in the courtrooms of late 19th and early 20th-century Britain.


Latin American Migrations to the U.S. Heartland: Changing Social Landscapes in Middle America edited by Linda Allegro and Andrew Grant Wood (University of Illinois Press; 344 pages; $65). Writings on the shift of the Latino work force to Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, and Iowa.


The Global Body Market: Altruism's Limits edited by Michele Goodwin (Cambridge University Press; 325 pages; $99). Topics include the nonconsensual use of children in clinical trials.

Sex in Peace Operations by Gabrielle Simm (Cambridge University Press; 247 pages; $99). Explores legal and other aspects of sexual contact between local populations and international personnel, including the military, military contractors, and humanitarian workers; case studies include Bosnia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Tokyo Rose Case: Treason on Trial by Yasuhide Kawashima (University Press of Kansas; 189 pages; $34.95 hardcover, $17.95 paperback). Discusses the trials of Iva Ikuku Toguri (1916-2006), who denied being the propagandist "Tokyo Rose," and was ultimately pardoned by President Gerald Ford in 1977 and had her citizenship restored.


Among Friends: Engendering the Social Site of Poetry edited by Anne Dewey and Libbie Rifkin (University of Iowa Press; 270 pages; $42). Essays on the poetic avant-garde and friendship; topics include the "remote relations" of Lorine Niedecker and Jonathan Williams.

The Body of Writing: An Erotics of Contemporary American Fiction by Flore Chevaillier (Ohio State University Press; 161 pages; $54.95). A study of Joseph McElroy’s Plus, Carole Maso’s AVA, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s DICTEE, and Steve Tomasula’s VAS.

Both Hands: A Life of Lorne Pierce of Ryerson Press by Sandra Campbell (McGill-Queen's University Press; 672 pages; US$49.95). Explores 20th-century Canadian literature and culture through a biography of the editor and publisher, who was the driving force behind Ryerson Press from 1920 to 1960.

A Courtier's Mirror: Cultivating Elite Identity in Thomasin von Zerclaere's "Welscher Gast" by Kathryn Starkey (University of Notre Dame Press; 472 pages; $55). Focuses on the 1340 Gotha redaction in a study of the medieval didactic poem as a window on German courtly society.

Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns by David Margolick (Other Press; 382 pages; $28.95). A biography of the Massachusetts-born author, whose debut novel The Gallery (1947) was one of the first to describe gay life in the U.S. military.

The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture by Sarah Jaquette Ray (University of Arizona Press; 211 pages; $29.95). Draws on literary and other realms in a discussion of how social hierarchies are reinforced by discourses of "environmentalist disgust" and beliefs in the purity of nature.

Garden Plots: Canadian Women Writers and Their Literary Gardens by Shelley Boyd (McGill-Queen's University Press; 328 pages; US$100). A study of garden motifs in the work of Susanna Moodie, Catharine Parr Traill, Gabrielle Roy, Carol Shields, and Lorna Crozier.

History, Literature, Critical Theory by Dominick LaCapra (Cornell University Press; 248 pages; $69.95 hardcover, $23.95 paperback). Juxtaposes Flaubert and Conrad, and Coetzee and Sebald.

International Bohemia: Scenes of Nineteenth-Century Life by Daniel Cottom (University of Pennsylvania Press; 353 pages; $59.95). Draws on literary and other realms to trace the appropriation of the word bohemia to construct a particular set of identities, passions, and politics in Europe and the United States.

Lyric Poetry by Women of the Italian Renaissance by Virginia Cox (Johns Hopkins University Press; 384 pages; $60 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Edition and translation of more than 200 poems, including many previously untranslated works.

Margaret Atwood and the Labour of Literary Celebrity by Lorraine York (University of Toronto Press; 232 pages; US$70 hardcover, US$29.95). Uses the Canadian author to explore how famous writers' careers are shaped by agents, assistants, editors, and others; draws on previously unpublished material.

The Queer Limit of Black Memory: Black Lesbian Literature and Irresolution by Matt Richardson (Ohio State University Press; 256 pages; $59.95). Examines the work of LaShonda Barnett, S. Diane Adamz-Bogus, Dionne Brand, Sharon Bridgforth, Laurinda D. Brown, Jewelle Gomez, Jackie Kay, and Cherry Muhanji.

Reading Like a Girl: Narrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature by Sara K. Day (University Press of Mississippi; 240 pages; $55). Traces the construction of narrator-reader relationships in Sarah Dessen's Someone Like You, Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, and other works marketed to young women.

Troubling Nationhood in U.S. Latina Literature: Explorations of Place and Belonging by Maya Socolovsky (Rutgers University Press; 244 pages; $85 hardcover, $25.95 paperback). Analyzes works by Denise Chavez, Sandra Cisneros, Esmeralda Santiago, Ana Castillo, Himilce Novas, and Judith Ortiz Cofer.

Utopian Negotiation: Aphra Behn and Margaret Cavendish by Oddvar Holmesland (Syracuse University Press; 320 pages; $39.95). Explores the complex nature of utopianism in the work of the two 17th-century English writers.

Women's Work: Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women's Novels by Courtney Thorsson (University of Virginia Press; 240 pages; $55 hardcover, $27.50 paperback). Analyzes the work of such writers as Toni Cade Bambara, Paule Marshall, Gloria Naylor, Ntozake Shange, and Toni Morrison.


Jazz and Machine-Age Imperialism: Music, "Race," and Intellectuals in France, 1918-1945 by Jeremy F. Lane (University of Michigan Press; 240 pages; $70). Juxtaposes the reception of jazz in the work of white critics with that of French-speaking intellectuals of color.

Sovereign Feminine: Music and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Germany by Matthew Head (University of California Press; 326 pages; $65). Describes a favorable cultural association of women and music during a period in the late 18th century in which women flourished as performers and composers.


Antigone, in Her Unbearable Splendor: New Essays on Jacques Lacan's "The Ethics of Psychoanalysis" by Charles Freeland (State University of New York Press; 315 pages; $90). Links the French psychoanalyst and philosopher to the classical tradition of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and to the Enlightenment tradition of Kant, Hegel, and Sade.

Hunting, Fishing, and Environmental Virtue: Reconnecting Sportsmanship and Conservation by Charles J. List (Oregon State University Press; 176 pages; $21.95). Draws on Aristotle, Plato, Aldo Leopold, and other sources in a defense of field sports conducted and understood in an ethical manner.

The Intersubjectivity of Time: Levinas and Infinite Responsibility by Yael Lin (Duquesne University Press; 213 pages; $30). Examines notions of time in both Levinas's philosophical writings and his work on Judaism; considers his departure from Bergson and Heidegger.

Leo Strauss and the Rediscovery of Maimonides by Kenneth Hart Green (University of Chicago Press; 207 pages; $35). Documents how the German-born American philosopher's intensive study of the medieval thinker influenced his work.

Thinking the Poetic Measure of Justice: Holderlin-Heidegger-Celan by Charles Bambach (State University of New York Press; 326 pages; $90). Sets the two German poets in philosophical conversation and considers both in relation to Heidegger.


Armed Political Organizations: From Conflict to Integration by Benedetta Berti (Johns Hopkins University Press; 256 pages; $49.95). Examines the shift to the ballot box of such organizations as Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Irish Republican Army.

Eating Anxiety: The Perils of Food Politics by Chad Lavin (University of Minnesota Press; 240 pages; $67.50 hardcover, $22.50 paperback). Links anxieties about diet and obesity to wider political anxieties about globalization.

The Ethics of Interrogation: Professional Responsibility in an Age of Terror by Paul Lauritzen (Georgetown University Press; 240 pages; $26.95). Topics include the professional accountability of military psychologists and lawyers.

Raging Against the Machine: Political Opposition under Authoritarianism in Egypt by Holger Albrecht (Syracuse University Press; 248 pages; $39.95). Examines opposition movements under the Mubarak region, beyond the various Islamist groups.

Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution by Thomas Pierret (Cambridge University Press; 287 pages; $95). Draws on interviews and fieldwork in a history of the Sunni Muslim clergy in Syria and their relationship with the Ba'athist regime.

Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives by Alvin H. Rosenfeld (Indiana University Press; 576 pages; $35). Offers original research on the phenomenon by Jewish studies and other scholars; topics include anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism as a moral question.

Tyranny: A New Interpretation by Waller R. Newell (Cambridge University Press; 544 pages; $95 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Contrasts ancient and modern notions of tyranny and its threat to liberty.


Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman by Mark Cohen (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England; 353 pages; $29.95). A biography of the pudgy Chicago-born comic and song parodist (1924-73).


Interest Groups and Health Care Reform Across the United States by Virginia Gray, David Lowery, and Jennifer K. Benz (Georgetown University Press; 248 pages; $29.95). Focuses on reform at the state-government level.


The Philistines and Other "Sea Peoples" in Text and Archaeology edited by Ann E. Killebrew and Gunnar Lehmann (Society of Biblical Literature; 751 pages; $88.95). Pays particular attention to ceramic data.

The Philosophy of Religion of Alexander Campbell by J. Caleb Clanton (University of Tennessee Press; 240 pages; $42). A study of the Irish-born American religious leader (1788-1866) that documents his contributions to the philosophy of religion.

Women at Work in the Deuteronomistic History by Mercedes L. Garcia Bachmann (Society of Biblical Literature; 413 pages; $54.95). Examines passages that mention at work, including cooking, healing, harvesting, and prostitution.


Breast or Bottle? Contemporary Controversies in Infant-Feeding Policy and Practice by Amy Koerber (University of South Carolina Press; 192 pages; $29.95). Examines the rhetoric used to promote breastmilk over bottle-feeding and formula.


Framing Fat: Competing Constructions in Contemporary Culture by Samantha Kwan and Jennifer L. Graves (Rutgers University Press; 192 pages; $72 hardcover, $25.95 paperback). Discusses the varying perspectives of public-health officials, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, the food industry, and fashion and beauty advertisers.

The Renewal of the Kibbutz: From Reform to Transformation by Raymond Russell, Robert Hanneman, and Shlomo Getz (Rutgers University Press; 192 pages; $39.95). Draws on organization theory in a study of the Israeli institution's transformation, and the spread of reform from the economically weaker kibbutzim to the strong.


Becoming Big League: Seattle, the Pilots, and Stadium Politics by Bill Mullins (University of Washington Press; 320 pages; $26.95). Traces the city's short-lived relationship with Major League baseball, including the acquisition and loss of the Seattle Pilots in only one year.


Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities by Lawrence J. Vale (University of Chicago Press; 428 pages; $85 hardcover, $27.50 paperback). Discusses the establishment of public-housing projects after slums were demolished in Atlanta and Chicago in the 1930s; describes in turn how those projects were razed six decades with the destruction of Cabrini Green and the Techwood/Clark Howell Homes.