Books by KWF Alumni/Spouses
Fellows often end their year at Michigan with a book in the works. The list below includes books published by former fellows or spouses/partners of fellows, many of them inspired by the year of study at MIchigan.
The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star (2015)
By Tom Clynes '10
By the age of nine, Taylor Wilson had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. At eleven, his grandmother’s cancer diagnosis drove him to investigate new ways to produce medical isotopes. And by fourteen, Wilson had built a 500-million-degree reactor and become the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. How could someone so young achieve so much, and what can Wilson’s story teach parents and teachers about how to support high-achieving kids?
In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, science journalist Tom Clynes narrates Taylor Wilson’s extraordinary journey—from his Arkansas home where his parents fully supported his intellectual passions, to a unique Reno, Nevada, public high school just for academic superstars, to the present, when now nineteen-year-old Wilson is winning international science competitions with devices designed to prevent terrorists from shipping radioactive material into the country. Along the way, Clynes reveals how our education system shortchanges gifted students, and what we can do to fix it.
The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star (2015)
By Julia Gorodischer '12
Camino a Auschwitz y otras historias de resistencia (“Road to Auschwitz and other stories of resistance”) tells the story of survivors of the Holocaust. Through a narrative that goes from the nightmare of the fields, and the achievement of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, readers then travel to Buenos Aires in 1960, where former Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann was captured. In these stories, the authors vividly reflect the recent tragic memory of the Jewish people in words and pictures.
Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football (2015)
By John Bacon '06
"Endzone" tells the story of how college football's most successful, richest and respected program almost lost all three in less than a decade - and entirely of its own doing. It is a story of hubris, greed, and betrayal - a tale more suited to Wall Street than the world's top public university.
Author John U. Bacon takes you inside the offices, the board rooms and the locker rooms of the University of Michigan to see what happened, and why.
It is also an inspiring story of redemption and revival. When those who loved Michigan football the most recognized it was being attacked from within, they rallied to reclaim the values that made it great for over a century -- values that went deeper than dollars. The list of heroes includes players, students, lettermen, fans and faculty - and the leaders who had the courage to listen to them.
Their unprecedented uprising produced a new athletic director, and a new coach - the hottest in the land - who vindicated the fans' faith when he turned down more money and fame to return to the place he loved most: Michigan.
Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus (2013)
By Dean Jensen '86
"Queen of the Air" brings the circus world to life through the true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the 20th century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the famous Flying Codona Brothers.
Leitzel was born into Dickensian circumstances, and became a princess and then a queen. She was not much bigger than a good size fairy, just four-foot-ten and less than 100 pounds. In the first part of the 20th century, she presided over a sawdust fiefdom of never-ending magic. She was the biggest star ever of the biggest circus ever, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Greatest Show on Earth.
In her life, Leitzel had many suitors (and three husbands), but only one man ever fully captured her heart. He was the handsome Alfredo Codona, the greatest trapeze flyer that had ever lived, the only one in his time who, night after night, executed the deadliest of all big-top feats, The Triple--three somersaults in midair while traveling at 60 m.p.h. The Triple, the salto mortale, as the Italians called it, took the lives of more daredevils than any other circus stunt.
The Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet Hilton: A True Story of Conjoined Twins (2012)
By Dean Jensen '86
"The Lives and Loves of Daisy and Violet Hlton" follows the poignant life story of twin sisters who were literally joined at the hip, set against the tumultuous backdrop of America during the first half of the 20th century. Daisy and Violet and an unforgettable cast of show-business characters come alive on the pages of this carefully researched and sensitively written biography. Reviews"Jensen's book is a testament to the fickleness of the entertainment world."-Tampa Bay Tribune "It is an affecting story, gently and honestly told without frills, without sensation. In Jensen's hands, the twins are always human, individuals, never freaks joined at the hips as the world saw them after their birth in 1908. . . Here, their story is pure."- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Biggest, the Smallest, the Longest, the Shortest: A Chronicle of the American Circus from Its Heartland (1976)
By Joseph Coleman '02
The era of the aging worker is here. The forces driving the first decades of the 21st century -- globalization, technology, societal aging, and jarring economic instability -- have made later retirement a necessity for many, but those who choose to stay in the workforce are frustrated by a job market that fails to take advantage of their talents. As government's ability to finance retirement and health care declines, making space for older workers in the labor force has emerged as a chief challenge for the coming century.
Joseph Coleman spent three years traveling to various places in Japan, France, Sweden, and across the United States to profile this aging global workforce. From the rice paddies of Japan to the heart of the American rust-belt, Coleman takes readers inside the lives of older workers. Clear-eyed portraits of individuals illuminate the aging of the world labor force and introduce readers to the factories, offices, and fields where older workers toil and the societies in which they live.
Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters (2014)
By Alfred Hermida '05
Ideas and stories that would once only reach a handful can now reverberate across the world, amplifying the power of individuals, informing our choices, and changing how we receive and react to the news. Tell Everyone is the essential guide to understanding--and gaining the most from--a more open, vibrant and diverse media.
Providence Rag: A Liam Mulligan Novel (2014)
By Bruce DeSilva '81
Edgar Award-winner Bruce DeSilva returns with Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, Rhode Island. Mulligan knows every street and alley, every priest and prostitute, every cop and street thug. He knows the mobsters and politicians—who are pretty much one and the same.
Inspired by a true story, Providence Rag finds Mulligan, his pal Mason, and the newspaper they both work for at an ethical crossroad. The youngest serial killer in history butchered five of his neighbors before he was old enough to drive. When he was caught eighteen years ago, Rhode Island's antiquated criminal statutes—never intended for someone like him—required that all juveniles, no matter their crimes, be released at age twenty-one. The killer is still behind bars, serving time for crimes supposedly committed on the inside. That these charges were fabricated is an open secret; but nearly everyone is fine with it—if the monster ever gets out more people will surely die. But Mason is not fine with it. If officials can get away with framing this killer they could do it to anybody. As Mason sets out to prove officials are perverting the justice system, Mulligan searches frantically for some legal way to keep the monster behind bars. The dueling investigations pit the friends against each other in a high-stakes race against time—and snares them in an ethical dilemma that has no right answer.
Kennedy Wives: Triumph and Tragedy in America's Most Public Family (2014)
By Amber Hunt '11 and David Batcher
The Kennedy wives saw history up close—made history in some cases. They knew wealth and privilege but we are bonded to them by loss which are our losses too. The Kennedy women—fierce, intelligent, and very private—belong to us. Not because of their glamour, but because of their grief and misfortunes.
This book takes an unflinching look at the women who married into the Kennedy family and their distinct roles. Rose, the matriarch; Ethel, the athlete; Jackie, the icon; Joan, the fragile beauty; and Vicki, the redeemer. In reality, each woman was complex and multifaceted. As Kennedy wives, they were bonded through characteristics and experiences unique to the Camelot family. The Kennedy Wives is an exploration of these women that will offer what no other book or film created thus far has: a thoughtful analysis of what drew the Kennedy men to these iconic women, and what the women endured in exchange for their acceptance into the Camelot clan.
JAZZ IN THE KEY OF LIGHT - Eighty of our Finest Jazz Musicians Speak for Themselves (2014)
By Ken Franckling '84
"Jazz in the Key of Light" is not your typical fine art photography book. In addition to visually capturing a variety of the world's jazz greats in performance or moments of personal reflection, author Ken Franckling paired the images with essential quotes from interviews he conducted with those same musicians in assignments for a variety of mainstream and music publications. The spotlighted musicians, some captured in historically important images, range from legends Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis and Sarah Vaughan to a variety of today's rising stars, including Nicki Parrott, Gregory Porter and Miguel Zenón.
The People's Republic of Amnesia (2014)
By Louis Lim '14
On June 4, 1989, People's Liberation Army soldiers opened fire on unarmed civilians in Beijing, killing untold hundreds of people. A quarter-century later, this defining event remains buried in China's modern history, successfully expunged from collective memory. In The People's Republic of Amnesia, NPR correspondent Louisa Lim charts how the events of June 4th changed China, and how China changed the events of June 4th by rewriting its own history, while uncovering details of a previously unreported clampdown in the southwestern city of Chengdu.
Van Wessel - The Edge Of Civilization (2014)
By Mark Mcdonald Wendelmoet Boersema '97
Mark Mcdonald wrote the essay for Eddy van Wessel's new book, "The Edge of Civilization," which collects the last 10 years of his acclaimed war photography. Eddy (who is Dutch) and McDonald were in some decidedly nasty situations in Iraq together, mostly before and during the invasion in 2003. Mcdonald sneaked in from Turkey, van Wesse. came in from Iran.
Creativity in Museum Practice (2013)
By Rainey Tisdale, Spouse ‘06 and Linda Norris
With this book museum professionals can learn how to unleash creative potential throughout their institution. Drawing from a wide range of research on creativity as well as insights from today’s most creative museum leaders, the authors present at a set of practical principles about how museum workers at any level—not just those in “creative positions”—can make a place for creativity in their daily practice. Replete with creativity exercises and stories from the field, they guide readers in developing an internal culture of creative learning, as well as delivering increased value to museum audiences.
Opportunity, Montana: Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape1989-2010 (2013)
By Brad Tyer '10
In 2002, Texas journalist Brad Tyer strapped a canoe on his truck and moved to Montana, a state that has long exerted a mythic pull on America’s imagination as an unspoiled landscape. The son of an engineer who reclaimed wastewater, Tyer was looking for a pristine river to call his own. What he found instead was a century’s worth of industrial poison clotting the Clark Fork River, a decades-long engineering project to clean it up, and a forgotten town named Opportunity.
At the turn of the nineteenth century, Montana exploited the richest copper deposits in the world, fueling the electric growth of twentieth-century America and building some of the nation’s most outlandish fortunes. The toxic by-product of those fortunes—what didn’t spill into the river—was dumped in Opportunity.
THE ROAD BACK: A JOURNEY OF GRACE AND GRIT (2012)
By Michael Vitez ‘95
Matthew Miller had just pedaled up a mountain pass. He was 20, a member of the University of Virginia triathlon club, so fit his resting pulse was 42! He was on top of the world in so many ways, in love, with dreams of attending medical school. And then, cycling along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, tragedy struck. The real story is not what happened, but what happened after. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Michael Vitez shares with you the incredible, humbling, miraculous story of Matt’s survival and recovery. It is a story, truly, of grace and grit, of an America that shines – families, community, individuals and institutions. The story is as gripping as it is inspiring.
Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope, and Happiness at America's Most Famous Steps (2006)
Pulitzer Prize-winners Michael Vitez and Tom Gralish of the Philadelphia Inquirer spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories of "Rocky runners," who come from all over the world to run up America's most famous steps--just as Sylvester Stallone did in Rocky. People make the pilgrimage to mark a new beginning, to seek inspiration, to celebrate an accomplishment, to find the perfect backdrop for romance, or simply because they love the movie. The book includes fifty-two profiles and one hundred color photographs, together with a foreword by Sylvester Stallone.
In his foreword, Stallone sums up his thoughts on the phenomenon: "You can’t borrow Superman's cape. You can't use the Jedi laser sword. But the steps are there. The steps are accessible. And standing up there, you kind of have a piece of the Rocky pie." (2006)
The African American Odyssey of John Kizell: The Life and Times of a South Carolina Slave Who Returned to Fight the Slave Trade in His African Homeland (2011)
by Kevin G. Lowther '77
The inspirational story of John Kizell celebrates the life of a West African enslaved as a boy and brought to South Carolina on the eve of the American Revolution. Fleeing his owner, Kizell served with the British military in the Revolutionary War, began a family in the Nova Scotian wilderness, and then returned to his African homeland to help found a settlement for freed slaves in Sierra Leone. He spent decades battling European and African slave traders along the coast and urging his people to stop selling their own into foreign bondage. This in-depth biography--based in part on Kizell's own writings--illuminates the links between South Carolina and West Africa during the Atlantic slave trade's peak decades.
Kizell's remarkable story provides insight to the cultural and spiritual milieu from which West Africans were wrenched before being forced into slavery. Lowther also sheds light on African complicity in the slave trade and examines how it may have contributed to Sierra Leone's latter-day struggles as an independent state.
New Literacies, New Agencies?
A Brazilian Perspective on Mindsets, Digital Practices and Tools for Social Action In and Out of School (2010)
by Eduardo Junqueira Rodrigues ‘01
Scholars from some of the most prestigious Brazilian universities address educational issues, and illustrate them with findings from research on the interplay between new literacies, digital technologies and social action in and out-of-school. The chapters introduce, or revisit, an array of theoretical constructs from education, sociology, linguistics and media studies, while presenting a new inside perspective about how research on new literacies is being carried out in Brazil.
How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting (from Argentina to Tanzania and everywhere (2011)
By Mei-Ling Hopgood, Spouse '00
A tour of global practices that will inspire American parents to expand their horizons (and geographical borders) and learn that there’s more than one way to diaper a baby.
Mei-Ling Hopgood, a first-time mom from suburban Michigan—now living in Buenos Aires—was shocked that Argentine parents allow their children to stay up until all hours of the night. Could there really be social and developmental advantages to this custom? Driven by a journalist’s curiosity and a new mother’s desperation for answers, Hopgood embarked on a journey to learn how other cultures approach the challenges all parents face: bedtimes, potty training, feeding, teaching, and more.
Observing parents around the globe and interviewing anthropologists, educators, and child-care experts, she discovered a world of new ideas. The Chinese excel at potty training, teaching their wee ones as young as six months old. Kenyans wear their babies in colorful cloth slings—not only is it part of their cultural heritage, but strollers seem outright silly on Nairobi’s chaotic sidewalks. And the French are experts at turning their babies into healthy, adventurous eaters. Hopgood tested her discoveries on her spirited toddler, Sofia, with some enlightening results.
This intimate and surprising look at the ways other cultures raise children offers parents the option of experimenting with tried and true methods from around the world and shows that there are many ways to be a good parent.
Lucky Girl (2009)
In a true story of family ties, journalist Mei-Ling Hopgood, one of the first wave of Asian adoptees to arrive in America, comes face to face with her past when her Chinese birth family suddenly requests a reunion after more than two decades.
In 1974, a baby girl from Taiwan arrived in America, the newly adopted child of a loving couple in Michigan. Mei-Ling Hopgood had an all-American upbringing, never really identifying with her Asian roots or harboring a desire to uncover her ancestry. She believed that she was lucky to have escaped a life that was surely one of poverty and misery, to grow up comfortable with her doting parents and brothers.
Then, when she's in her twenties, her birth family comes calling. Not the rural peasants she expected, they are a boisterous, loving, bossy, complicated middle-class family who hound her daily—by phone, fax, and letter, in a language she doesn't understand—until she returns to Taiwan to meet them. As her sisters and parents pull her into their lives, claiming her as one of their own, the devastating secrets that still haunt this family begin to emerge. Spanning cultures and continents, Lucky Girl brings home a tale of joy and regret, hilarity, deep sadness, and great discovery as the author untangles the unlikely strands that formed her destiny.
Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron (2013)
By Mary Losure '04
What happens when society finds a wild boy alone in the woods and tries to civilize him?
One day in 1798, woodsmen in southern France returned from the forest having captured a naked boy. He had been running wild, digging for food, and was covered with scars. In the village square, people gathered around, gaping and jabbering in words the boy didn’t understand. And so began the curious public life of the boy known as the Savage of Aveyron, whose journey took him all the way to Paris. Though the wild boy’s world was forever changed, some things stayed the same: sometimes, when the mountain winds blew, “he looked up at the sky, made sounds deep in his throat, and gave great bursts of laughter.” In a moving work of narrative nonfiction that reads like a novel, Mary Losure invests another compelling story from history with vivid and arresting new life.”
The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World (2012)
The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World is the true story of the girls behind what are known as the Cottingley Fairy Photographs. The photos have been called one of the world’s great hoaxes, but it wasn’t at all that simple! And certainly not to Frances who truly believed in the fairies she saw by the waterfall behind her house, and her cousin Elsie (on book cover) who painted fairies, cut them out, and stuck them to branches with a hatpin.
They never meant to fool the world. They only took the pictures so the grownups would stop teasing. How were they supposed to know their “fairy” photographs would one day fall into the hands of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?
And who would have dreamed that the man who created Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most famous detective, also believed (most ardently) in fairies?
Ingenious: A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America (2013)
By Jason Fagone '15
In 2007, the X Prize Foundation announced that it would give $10 million to anyone who could build a safe, mass-producible car that could travel 100 miles on the energy equivalent of a gallon of gas. The challenge attracted more than one hundred teams from all over the world, including dozens of amateurs. Many designed their cars entirely from scratch, rejecting decades of thinking about what a car should look like.
Fagone follows four of those teams from the build stage to the final race and beyond—into a world in which destiny hangs on a low drag coefficient and a lug nut can be a beautiful talisman. The result is a gripping story of crazy collaboration, absurd risks, colossal hopes, and poignant losses.
Ingenious is a joyride. Fagone takes us into the garages and the minds of the inventors, capturing the fractious yet beautiful process of engineering a bespoke machine. Suspenseful and bighearted, this is the story of ordinary people risking failure, economic ruin, and ridicule to create something vital that Detroit had never pulled off. As the Illinois team wrote in chalk on the wall of their barn, "SOMEBODY HAS TO DO SOMETHING. THAT SOMEBODY IS US."
Horsemen of the Esophagus: Competitive Eating and the Big Fat American Dream (2005)
Jason Fagone’s trek takes him to 27 eating contests on two continents, from the World Grilled Cheese Eating Championship in Venice Beach, California, to Nagoya, Japan, where he pursues an interview with the legendary Takeru Kobayashi, perhaps the most prodigious eater in the world today, and to the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, the sport’s annual grand finale, where Kobayashi has eaten more than 50 dogs in 12 minutes. Along the way, Fagone discovers an absurd, sometimes troubling subculture on the make, ready to bust out of its county fair and neighborhood-fat-guys niche and grab a juicy piece of the big-time television sports/Vegas spectacle jackpot.
Winning Medical Malpractice Cases
With the Rules of the Road™ Technique
By Patrick Malone '78 with Rick Friedman
The authors of Rules of the Road return with this practical guide to all aspects of successfully representing patients in medical malpractice lawsuits. Straightforward and accessible, this book provides essential advice not merely for malpractice cases but also for all civil cases.
Rules of the Road™
Second Edition: Revised and Expanded (2010)
By Patrick Malone '78 with Rick Friedman
Since its original release in 2006, it has helped lawyers throughout the country win six-, seven-, and eight-;figure verdicts in cases with difficult liability. The book is the basis of an AAJ Trial College, the topic of many CLE lectures by the country’s leading lawyers, and is taught in trial advocacy classes at law schools.
The authors have now honed this groundbreaking work in this second edition. In addition to revisions throughout the book clarifying concepts in the first edition, Friedman and Malone have added six new chapters and three appendices. They cover the differences between rules and principles, how to troubleshoot your rules, and how to fit Rules of the Road techniques into your case themes. They discuss how to use rules earlier in the case, through motions in limine, and in voir dire. They include samples of rules from a variety of types of cases, including medical malpractice, product liability, insurance claims practice cases, and many more.
The Life You Save: Nine Steps to Finding the Best Medical Care—and Avoiding the Worst (2009)
By Patrick Malone '78
Millions of Americans suffer from indifferent, outdated health care; an estimated 40,000 incidents of medical harm happen every day. The good news is that you can prevent this from happening to you or a family member. Better yet, you can find the very best care in the world. Patrick Malone’s sensible advice and real-life anecdotes will inspire you to take charge of your own health care, make the best choices, and avoid serious harm.
Crime, Policy and the Media (2012)
By Jon Silverman ‘98
Crime, Policy and the Media is the first academic text to map the relationship between a rapidly changing media and policymaking in criminal justice. Spanning the period, 1989-2010, it examines a number of case studies – terrorism, drugs, sentencing, policing and public protection, amongst others – and interrogates key policy-makers (including six former Home Secretaries, a former Lord Chief Justice, Attorney-General, senior police officers, government advisers and leading commentators) about the impact of the media on their thinking and practice.
See How Much You Love Me: A Troubled Teen, His Devoted Parents, and a Cold-Blooded Killing (2014)
By Amber Hunt '11
Seventeen-year-old Tyler Hadley posted an invitation on Facebook: party at my crib tonight. But this was no ordinary house party in the Florida suburbs; it was a grisly crime scene. Later that night, Tyler revealed to his best friend, Michael, that he’d bludgeoned his parents to death with a hammer.
All-American Murder (2011)
Yeardley Love was a star athlete and student with her whole life ahead of her. Born into a world of privilege, Yeardley was exceptionally modest and generous. She was adored by many, especially the members of her lacrosse team at the University of Virginia, where she won the heart of another lacrosse player: George Huguely V.
As champion athletes, Yeardley and George were a celebrity couple at UVA. But George’s hard partying, hostile behavior, and jealousy proved too much for Yeardley. Then, just one month before graduation, Yeardley’s lifeless body was found in her campus apartment.
Dead But Not Forgotten: The True Story of a Cheating Husband, His Stunning Mistress, and a Murder Case Gone Cold (2010)
Barbara and Michael ran a Detroit-area comic book shop, where Renee Kotula was an employee—and Michael’s lover. Their torrid affair took a shocking turn when one night Barbara was found dead at the shop, a bullet through her skull. Did Michael kill his wife so that he could collect her life insurance policy…and run off with Renee?
With no weapon or witnesses, the police weren’t able to arrest Michael…until, eighteen years later, a new district attorney reopened the case and found overlooked evidence that placed him at the scene of the crime. Michael was finally arrested. But after a jury found him guilty of murder, the judge overturned his case. Why? As Michael awaits a second trial, many are left to wonder if justice will ever be served.
Fourth and Long, The Fight for the Soul of College Football (2013)
By John U. Bacon '06
College football has never been more popular—in attendance, TV ratings, and NCAA revenue—yet in light of that popularity, and the money and greed it generates, the sport is on the brink of losing its soul. Bacon embedded himself in four programs—Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Northwestern—and captured college football’s oldest, biggest, most storied league, the Big Ten, at its tipping point, along with this beloved and troubled American institution.
Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football (2011)
John U. Bacon’s ’06 release “Three and Out” tells the story of how college football’s most influential coach took over the nation’s most successful program, only to produce three of the worst seasons in the histories of both Rich Rodriguez and the University of Michigan. Shortly after his controversial move from West Virginia, where he had just taken his alma mater to the #1 ranking for the first time in school history, Coach Rich Rodriguez granted Bacon unrestricted access to Michigan’s program. Bacon saw it all, from the meals and the meetings, to the practices and the games, to the sidelines and the locker rooms. Nothing and no one was off limits. John U. Bacon’s "Three and Out" is the definitive account of a football marriage seemingly made in heaven that broke up after just three years, and lifts the lid on the best and the worst of college football.
Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership
During his record-setting tenure as coach of the Michigan Wolverines, Bo won thirteen Big Ten titles and finished as the winningest football coach in the school's storied history. But if you asked him, his most important achievement was having a remarkably positive impact on the hundreds of athletes he coached. In these pages, you'll hear Bo's distinctive voice as he shares the principles he applied on the football field and in the locker room to create a football dynasty, and he'll tell you how you can apply his insights to any leadership role. His words will educate, motivate, and inspire-just as the man himself did every day..
Cirque du Soleil, The Spark: Igniting the Creative Fire that Lives Within Us All
Spark explores how Cirque du Soleil manages creativity in the workplace, generating eye-popping innovations without losing the discipline every organization needs to be successful. Coauthored with Cirque du Soleil president Lyn Heward, Bacon was granted unprecedented access to Cirque’s creators, performers and employees, and was even thrust into trying everything from the trapeze at 50-feet to the German Wheel to, yes, make up, all to gain a deeper understanding of how Cirque works. Bacon frequently gives speeches on his experience with Cirque du Soleil, and the lessons learned.
America’s Corner Store: Walgreen’s Prescription for Success
Since Charles Walgreen, the son of Swedish immigrants, opened his first store in 1901 on Chicago’s South Side, the pharmacy that still bears his name has grown to more than 4,000 outlets in 44 states, employing 150,000…it’s still and growing. A truly family endeavor, Walgreen’s pursued success with an “almost religious devotion to substance over style.” In an era rife with corporate scandal and mismanagement, the company continues to please its investors and employees alike, and reportedly raked in $33 billion in 2002.
Blue Ice: The Story of Michigan Hockey (2001)
Blue Ice tells the story of the unlikely success and longevity of the University of Michigan’s hockey program – from its fight to become a varsity sport in the 1920s right up to its 1996 and 1998 NCAA national championships.
A Legacy of Champions: The Story of the Men Who Built University of Michigan Football (1996)
Coauthored with his former colleagues at The Detroit News, Bacon researched and wrote the first third of the book on legendary coach and athletic director Fielding Yost’s contributions on and off the field.
By McKenzie Funk '12
A fascinating investigation into how people around the globe are cashing in on a warming world:
McKenzie Funk has spent the last six years reporting around the world on how we are preparing for a warmer planet. Funk shows us that the best way to understand the catastrophe of global warming is to see it through the eyes of those who see it most clearly—as a market opportunity.
Global warming’s physical impacts can be separated into three broad categories: melt, drought, and deluge. Funk travels to two dozen countries to profile entrepreneurial people who see in each of these forces a potential windfall. The melt is a boon for newly arable, mineral-rich regions of the Arctic, such as Greenland—and for the surprising kings of the manmade snow trade, the Israelis. The process of desalination, vital to Israel’s survival, can produce a snowlike by-product that alpine countries use to prolong their ski season.
Drought creates opportunities for private firefighters working for insurance companies in California as well as for fund managers backing south Sudanese warlords who control local farmland. As droughts raise food prices globally, there is no more precious asset.
The deluge—the rising seas, surging rivers, and superstorms that will threaten island nations and coastal cities—has been our most distant concern, but after Hurricane Sandy and failure after failure to cut global carbon emissions, it is not so distant. For Dutch architects designing floating cities and American scientists patenting hurricane defenses, the race is on. For low-lying countries like Bangladesh, the coming deluge presents an existential threat.
Funk visits the front lines of the melt, the drought, and the deluge to make a human accounting of the booming business of global warming. By letting climate change continue unchecked, we are choosing to adapt to a warming world. Containing the resulting surge will be big business;some will benefit, but much of the planet will suffer. McKenzie Funk has investigated both sides, and what he has found will shock us all. To understand how the world is preparing to warm, Windfall follows the money.
Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm (2013)
By Monte Reel '00
In 1856, Paul Du Chaillu ventured into the African jungle in search of a mythic beast, the gorilla. After wild encounters with vicious cannibals, deadly snakes, and tribal kings, Du Chaillu emerged with 20 preserved gorilla skins—two of which were stuffed and brought on tour—and walked smack dab into the biggest scientific debate of the time: Darwin's theory of evolution. Quickly, Du Chaillu's trophies went from objects of wonder to key pieces in an all-out intellectual war. With a wide range of characters, including Abraham Lincoln, Arthur Conan Doyle, P.T Barnum, Thackeray, and of course, Charles Darwin, this is a one of a kind book about a singular moment in history.
The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon (2010)
Throughout the centuries, the Amazon has yielded many of its secrets, but it still holds a few great mysteries. In 1996 experts got their first glimpse of one: a lone Indian, a tribe of one, hidden in the forests of southwestern Brazil. Previously uncontacted tribes are extremely rare, but a one-man tribe was unprecedented. And like all of the isolated tribes in the Amazonian frontier, he was in danger.
The discovery of the Indian prevented local ranchers from seizing his land, and led a small group of men who believed that he was the last of a murdered tribe to dedicate themselves to protecting him. These men worked for the government, overseeing indigenous interests in an odd job that was part Indiana Jones, part social worker, and were among the most experienced adventurers in the Amazon.
Their Life's Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now (2013)
By Gary Pomerantz '88
A narrative about the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers empire, follows this storied team across the decades and examines what the game of football gives to players, and takes from them. After more than two hundred interviews, Pomerantz shows why to a man every Steeler, full well knowing the costs, unhesitatingly replies, “I’d do it again." Their Life’s Work tells the full, intimate story of the 1970’s Steelers. More than that, it tells football’s story. Shortlisted for the 2014 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting.
The Devil's Tickets: A Night of Bridge, a Fatal Hand, and a New American Age (2009)
Throughout the Roaring 20’s and the Depression the card game of bridge was all the rage. The Barnum of the bridge craze was a spotlessly-manicured, tuxedoed Russian named Ely Culbertson, who used mystique, brilliance and a certain madness to position the game as a challenge to women, a dare, really. If a woman sought true equality, Culbertson suggested, she only had to buy a deck of cards – and, of course, Culbertson’s books of bridge instruction. But many husbands weren’t ready to follow their wives’ lead. In a flashpoint of the craze, in September 1929, in Kansas City, a husband and wife bridge spat boiled over, and Myrtle Bennett shot her husband Jack dead. Her murder trial was a sensation set against the backdrop of a raucous decade in which women were achieving new voice. Her attorney was the most famous man in Kansas City, former U.S. Senator James A. Reed, a one-time Democratic presidential candidate who yet had his eyes on the 1932 nomination. For Myrtle, Reed put on a dramatic show of courtroom logic, eloquence and a few tears. Watching from New York, Culbertson offered trial commentary and used the Bennetts’ story to sell bridge, his instructional books and himself. Housewives adored Culbertson, and rushed to hear his lectures. Months after the 1931 trial, when Culbertson and his glamorous wife Josephine won the Bridge Battle of the Century at the Waldorf Astoria in the glitter of New York high society and Hollywood newsreels, they became millionaire icons
Wilt, 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era (2005)
On the night of March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, right up the street from the chocolate factory, Wilt Chamberlain, a young and striking athlete celebrated as The Big Dipper, scored 100 points in a game against the New York Knickerbockers. As historic and revolutionary as the achievement was, it remains shrouded in myth. The game was not televised, no New York sportswriters showed up, and a 14-year old local boy ran onto the court when Chamberlain scored his 100th point, shook his hand, and then ran off with the basketball. In telling the story of this remarkable night, author Gary M. Pomerantz brings to life an entire lost world of American sports. Pomerantz tracked down Knicks and Philadelphia Warriors, fans, journalists, team officials, other NBA stars of the era, and basketball historians – he conducted more than 250 interviews, in all – to recreate in painstaking detail the game that announced the Dipper’s greatness." In telling the story of this remarkable night, author Gary M. Pomerantz brings to life an entire lost world of American sports." Named an Editors’ Choice selection by The New York Times Sunday Book Review.
Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds: The Tragedy & Triumph of ASA Flight 529 (2001)
A heart-pounding, real-life drama about how ordinary people rise above their fears and muster extraordinary courage and strength in the face of danger. In this gripping and inspiring story, Gary M. Pomerantz brings readers deep inside the hearts and minds of twenty-nine people whose fates take a dramatic turn when their plane crashes in a west Georgia hayfield. You will be amazed by how they react in those fateful moments, and by their remarkable personal journeys in the days and months that follow. Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds speaks as powerfully about our capacity to care for others as it does about the strengths of our will to live. Also published in Germany, England and China.
Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: A Saga of Race and Family (1996)
The Intersection of Peachtree Street, historically the residential and commercial street of Atlanta's white elite, and Sweet Auburn Avenue, the spiritual main street of Atlanta's community, mirrors the often separate but mutually dependent worlds of whites and blacks in this Southern city. Gary M. Pomerantz traces five generations of two families -- the Allens, descended from slave owners, and the Dobbses, from slaves. These families produced the two most influential mayors of the modern South, Ivan Allen Jr., and Maynard Jackson Jr. Through hundreds of interviews and five years of painstaking research, Pomerantz shows how the families rose to social, economic, and political prominence. But he also demonstrates how their interesting lives paralleled the shifting relations between Atlanta's blacks and whites as the city grew to become the capital of the New South. It is a representative story of the transformation of a city and the entire south. Named a 1996 Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Sunday Book Review.
SUPERBUG: The Fatal Menace of MRSA (2010)
By Maryn McKenna ‘99
Lurking in our homes, hospitals, schools, and farms is a terrifying pathogen that is evolving faster than the medical community can track it or drug developers can create antibiotics to quell it. That pathogen is MRSA—methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus—and Superbug is the first book to tell the story of its shocking spread and the alarming danger it poses to us all.
BEATING BACK THE DEVIL: On The Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service
By Maryn McKenna ‘99
This is the first book to penetrate the little-known world of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), an elite corps of young doctors, PhDs and health professionals who have been on the scene of every major epidemic in the past half-century.
McKenna shadows the first group to join the EIS after Sept. 11, 2001. She follows them across the United States and to Africa and Asia, revealing their exhaustion, frustration, occasional fear - and exhilaration when they solve a mystery in time to save lives.
How Long Will I Cry?
Edited by Miles Harvey '08
Over the course of two years, while more than 900 people were being murdered on the streets of Chicago, creative-writing students from DePaul University fanned out all over the city to interview peple whose lives have been changed by the bloodshed. The result is an extraordinary and eye-opening work of oral history. Told by real people in their own words, the stories are at harrowing, heartbreaking and full of hope.
The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory (2014)
By Jesse Walker, Spouse '09
Conspiracy theories aren't just a feature of the fringe. They've been a potent force across the political spectrum, at the center as well as the extremes, from the colonial era to the present. In The United States of Paranoia, Jesse Walker explores this rich history, arguing that conspiracy stories should be read not just as claims to be either believed or debunked but also as folklore. When a tale takes hold, it reveals something true about the anxieties and experiences of those who believe and repeat it, even if the story says nothing true about the objects of the theory itself. With intensive research and a deadpan sense of humor, The United States of Paranoia combines the rigor of real history with the punch of pulp fiction.
Fooling Houdini (2013)
By Alex Stone '14
A dazzling tour through the strange and coloful world of magic and magicians-an exploration that probes the science of deception, the limits of consciousness, and the mysteries of the human mind. In trying to understand how expert magicians manipulate our minds to create their astonishing illusions, Alex Stone uncovers a wealth of insight into human nature and the nature of perception. Fooling Houdini arrives at a host of startling revelations about how the mind works, and why, sometimes it doesn't.
The Tender Soldier (2014)
By Vanessa M. Gezari '12
The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrifice, a work of narrative nonfiction based on Gezari’s first-hand experiences reporting in Afghanistan since 2002 and especially between 2008-2010.
In this tale of moral suspense, journalist Vanessa Gezari follows these three idealists from the hope that brought them to Afghanistan through the events of the fateful day when one is gravely wounded, an Afghan is dead, and a proponent of cross-cultural engagement is charged with his murder. Through it all, these brave Americans ended up showing the world just how determined they were to get things right, how hard it was to really understand a place like Afghanistan where storytelling has been a major tool of survival, and why all future wars will involve this strange mix of fighting and listening.
In the Light of Darkness (2011)
By Kate Brooks '13
At the age of 23, immediately following the Twin Tower attacks, Kate Brooks moved to Pakistan to photograph the impact of the U.S. foreign policy in the region. It was the start of a 10 year odyssey covering world changing events, from the hunt for Osama bin Laden in the mountains of Tora Bora and the American invasion of Iraq, to Lebanon's disenfranchised Palestinian population and the country's power struggles with Syria and Israel, the protests in Egypt's Tahrir Square and the beginning of the war in Libya.
In the Light of Darkness interweaves a selection of those images with a series of personal essays chronicling Brooks' own journey as a young woman, from 9-11 to the Arab Spring uprisings of early 2011. Her images capture the harsh beauty and poignant pain of a region mired in conflict while her words trace a personal narrative of loss--of friends, of colleagues and of innocence.
Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors and Blue Jays (2015)
A book series by Joanne Gerstner '13
Joanne Gerstner has written four children's books, all non-fiction, historically-bent, but fun, looks at the the storied runs of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors and Blue Jays. The books, which are designed for in and out-of-classroom use, aim to get children from 3-6th grades interested in reading about their favorite teams. They are published by SportsZone, a division of ABDO publishing.
By Donovan Hohn '13
When the Donovan Hohn '13 heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography. But questions can be like ocean currents: wade in too far, and they carry you away. Hohn's accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive arena of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories. Moby-Duck is a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable.
The American Way of Eating (2012)
By Tracie McMillan '13
When award-winning (and working-class) journalist Tracie McMillan saw foodies swooning over $9 organic tomatoes, she couldn’t help but wonder: What about the rest of us? Why do working Americans eat the way we do? And what can we do to change it? To find out, McMillan went undercover in three jobs that feed America, living and eating off her wages in each. Reporting from California fields, a Walmart produce aisle outside of Detroit, and the kitchen of a New York City Applebee’s, McMillan examines the reality of our country’s food industry in this “clear and essential” (The Boston Globe) work of reportage. Chronicling her own experience and that of the Mexican garlic crews, Midwestern produce managers, and Caribbean line cooks with whom she works, McMillan goes beyond the food on her plate to explore the national priorities that put it there.
Fearlessly reported and beautifully written, The American Way of Eating goes beyond statistics and culture wars to deliver a book that is fiercely honest, strikingly intelligent, and compulsively readable. In making the simple case that—city or country, rich or poor—everyone wants good food, McMillan guarantees that talking about dinner will never be the same again.
The Influencing Machine: Brook Glastone on the Media (2012)
Written by Brook Gladstone, Illustrated by Josh Neufeld '13
Bursting onto the page in vivid comics form, radio personality Brooke Gladstone guides the reader through two millennia of media history, debunking the notion that "The Media" is an external force beyond our control and equipping us to be savvy consumers and shapers of the news. A New York Times bestseller, The New Yorker described The Influencing Machine as “a comic book with zest and brains—and it just might help a reader understand the brave new world.” And The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, "It’s easy to imagine The Influencing Machine becoming mandatory reading in journalism classes around the country.” Written by Gladstone, illustrated by Neufeld.
A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge (2010)
By Josh Neufeld'13
A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is a masterful portrait of a city under siege. Cartoonist and KWF fellow Josh Neufeld depicts seven extraordinary true stories of survival in the days leading up to and following Hurricane Katrina.
As beautiful as it is poignant, A.D. presents a city in chaos and shines a bright, profoundly human light on the tragedies and triumphs that took place within it. A.D. was a New York Times bestseller and was selected for inclusion in Best American Comics 2010.
The Right to Education
Two books edited by Sabine Righetti '13
Sabine Righetti ’13 edited two books, “Direito à educação: aspectos constitucionais” (“The Right to Education: Constitutional Aspects”) and “Direito à Educação: Igualdade e Discriminação no Ensino” (“The Right to Education: Equality and Discrimination on Education”), on education in Brazil. For the first time in Brazil, Righetti gathered a series of articles analyzing education issues such as the right to education for natives, affirmative action on public higher education and the role of government in elementary education. The first book was a finalist for the Jabuti Award, the most important book award in Brazilian literature.
Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner (2012)
By Lily Raff McCaulou '10
Congratulations to Lily Raff McCaulou ’10 on her memoir, "Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner.” When she traded in an indie film production career in New York for a journalism job in central Oregon, she never imagined that she'd find herself picking up a gun and learning to hunt. She'd been raised as a gun-fearing environmentalist and an animal lover, and though a meat-eater, she'd always abided by the principle that harming animals is wrong. But Raff McCaulou's perspective shifted when she began interviewing hunters and understanding that in many ways, they were closer to the animals they hunt than she was.
From shooting pheasants in near-captivity to field dressing an elk and serving it for dinner, she thoughtfully explores the sport of hunting and all it entails, and tackles the big questions surrounding one of the most misunderstood American practices and pastimes.
High Stakes: The Rising Cost of America’s Gambling Addiction (2015)
By Sam Skolnik ’08
Prompted by his year as a Knight-Wallace Fellow, Sam Skolnik ’08 authored his first book, “High Stakes: The Rising Cost of America’s Gambling Addiction.” Skolnik examines the explosive growth of legalized gambling in the U.S., the rise of addicted gamblers and what it all means. In “High Stakes,” we meet politicians eager to promote legalized gambling as an economic cure-all, scientists wrestling with the meaning of gambling addiction, and ensnared players so caught up in the chase that they’ve lost their livelihoods and their minds. Throughout it all, Skolnik—an avid poker player—never loses sight of the human side of these struggles.
By Tim Wendel ’96
Down to the Last Pitch: How the 1991 Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves Gave Us the Best World Series of All Time (2014)
Never before in baseball history had a team finished last and rallied to take the pennant the following season. Yet in 1991, lightning struck twice as the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves both reached the World Series. The remarkable turnarounds resulted in arguably the greatest Fall Classic of all time.
Four of the games between the Twins and Braves were settled by "walk-off" runs. Three of them, including the climactic Game Seven, went into extra innings. And all seven games had memorable moments—from close plays at the plate to base-running blunders to pitching gems to dramatic late-inning home runs. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cautioned fans about sleep deprivation as the nation was riveted watching Jack Morris, Kent Hrbek, Dan Gladden, and Kirby Puckett go against Tom Glavine, Lonnie Smith, John Smoltz, and David Justice on primetime television.
High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time (2011)
Tim Wendel ’96 has published his sixth book, “High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time.” Wendel takes the reader through Cooperstown’s archives, an aerodynamic testing lab in Birmingham, Alabama and America’s ballparks in an exa mination of fastball mechanics and his quest to determine baseball’s fastest hurler. Featuring interviews with baseball greats and stories of the men who threw the ball, “High Heat” is a fast-paced journey through the past and present of our national pastime. “High Heat" was named an editor's selection by New York Times Review of Books.
Summer of '68: The Season That Changed Baseball--and America--Forever (2013)
The extraordinary story of the 1968 baseball season—when the game was played to perfection even as the country was being pulled apart at the seams
From the beginning, ’68 was a season rocked by national tragedy and sweeping change. Opening Day was postponed and later played in the shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral. That summer, as the pennant races were heating up, the assassination of Robert Kennedy was later followed by rioting at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
In Summer of ’68, Tim Wendel takes us on a wild ride through a season that saw such legends as Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, Don Drysdale, and Luis Tiant set new standards for excellence on the mound. For some players, baseball would become an insular retreat from the turmoil encircling them that season, but for a select few, including Gibson and the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals, the conflicts of ’68 would spur their performances to incredible heights and set the stage for their own run at history.
Meanwhile in Detroit—which had burned just the summer before during one of the worst riots in American history—’68 instead found the city rallying together behind a colorful Tigers team led by McLain, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton, and Al Kaline. The Tigers would finish atop the American League, setting themselves on a highly anticipated collision course with Gibson’s Cardinals. And with both teams’ seasons culminating in a thrilling World Series for the ages—one team playing to establish a dynasty, the other fighting to help pull a city from the ashes—what ultimately lay at stake was something even larger: baseball’s place in a rapidly changing America that would never be the same.
Habana Libre (2013)
The distance between Cuba and the United States: tantalizingly close yet worlds apart. When a beautiful showgirl married to Cuba's most famous baseball player escapes to the sea, only a boy and a boat and a belief in the "American Dream" keep her afloat. Planning to rendezvous with her husband after an exhibition game in El Norte, the showgirl risks everything only to discover that crossing the straits might be easier than spanning allegiances. Set against the backdrop of actual games played between the Cuba National Team and the Baltimore Orioles, Habana Libre is the story of people caught between home and hope.
Far From Home: Latino Baseball Players in America (2008)
From Argentina and Venezuela to the Dominican Republic and the rest of the Caribbean, thousands of boys grow up playing sandlot ball and planning a big-league career. Inspired by Latino greats who paved the way, young men head north in hopes of baseball success—but often find themselves in far different situations. Photographer José Luis Villegas and sportswriter Tim Wendel dramatically reveal the energy, talent, and hard-driving ambition of these determined players, both the few who make it and the many who don’t. Yet this isn’t just another compendium of highlights—it’s a bold and sometimes heartbreaking look at the ups and downs of chasing a dream.
The book captures all the flash and glory of being a major-league star at the top of his game...as well as the struggles faced by other hopefuls who have to take a longer, tougher road. For many of these men, the realities of the system—and the tension of illegal immigration—intrude on the dream.
Buffalo, Home of the Braves, Limited Edition
"Buffalo, Home of the Braves" chronicles the Buffalo's meteoric rise as a National Basketball Association franchise that played in Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium (the Aud) from 1970-78. This 216 page limited edition book features 250 vintage color and black and white photos along with interviews with key players (Bob McAdoo, Randy Smith, Ernie DiGregorio), coach Dr. Jack Ramsay, team founder and owner Paul Snyder, and team play by play announcer Van Miller. The Buffalo Braves made history with their up tempo style of play, three NBA Rookies of the Year, and consecutive scoring titles by a young and emerging Bob McAdoo. The book tells the story of a team of immense promise that would ultimately be squandered by an impatient ownership but supported by appreciative fans that rocked Buffalo's Aud. The team's identity is closely tied to Randy Smith a seventh round draft pick from Buffalo State who turned a courtesy training camp invitation into a record setting NBA iron man career.
Going for the Gold: How the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Won at Lake Placid (Dover Books on Sports and Popular Recreations) ( 2009)
Three decades later, the "Miracle on Ice" still captures imaginations around the world and causes American hearts to swell with pride. This is the thrilling true story of how a ragtag team of collegiate and amateur athletes united in the shadow of the Cold War to defeat the seemingly invincible Soviet ice hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
Author Tim Wendel, a lifelong hockey fan, began following the U.S. team a year before their Olympic triumph. He joined their road trips, reported on their games for a variety of publications, and eventually came to know not only every member of the team but also their friends, families, and former coaches. Wendel draws upon these close ties to offer moving stories of the players' boyhoods in Minnesota, North Dakota, and the Boston area as well as updates on their post-Olympic careers.
Red Rain (2008)
As the B-29 bombers began to pound Tokyo and most of the other major Japanese cities to rubble, the Japanese military became desperate to find a way to once again instill fear in its enemies. Out of such efforts was born the greatest secret of WWII the fire balloon. One woman, Yoshi, camouflaging her identity, is sent to uncover these delicate but deadly creations.
Assembled from paper by schoolchildren and women in the waning years of the war, the Japanese fire balloons were launched from fields near Tokyo and Kyoto. They often reached the U.S. mainland in just three days and two nights. Armed with incendiary bombs, the balloons original goal was to ignite forest fires throughout the western states, which they did at an alarming rate. Wendel s research at the National Archives and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., reveals that the balloons touched down in the U.S. more than 300 times from 1944 to 1945.
The balloons proved to be a better weapon than the Imperial Army ever knew. One sailed as far east as Michigan. At one point, the Japanese high command considered replacing the incendiary bombs with nerve and gas warfare. But it never came to that largely because of the U.S. military s ability to keep a secret.
Castro's Curveball ( 2006)
Recently widowed and now retired, Billy Bryan is “coming to the end of many things.” Then a long-forgotten scrapbook stirs memories of a distant past—and beckons him and his grown daughter on a reluctant journey to relive his role in history. In 1947 Bryan was playing winter ball in Cuba, his future as uncertain as the island country’s. Then one fateful night Bryan witnessed a young student radical named Fidel unleash an amazing curveball. So begins Bryan's tug-of-war with destiny.
The New Face of Baseball: The One-Hundred-Year Rise and Triumph of Latinos in America's Favorite Sport (2004)
Going as far back as the mid-nineteenth century, to the early days of Cuban baseball, Wendel traces the spread of American baseball fever in the Caribbean and Mexico; discusses lesser-known historical standouts, including Adolfo Luque and Martin Dihigo; and describes the days when only light-skinned Latinos wereallowed to participate in Major League competition as well as the linguistic barrier many Latinos faced when playing on teams with "English only" rules.
Featuring interviews with Latino superstars past and present; a foreword by Bob Costas; the first-ever-published Latino All-Century Team, featuring players selected by Omar Minaya; and photos taken by award-winning Sports Illustrated photographer Victor Baldizon, The New Face of Baseball helps fans of America's favorite pastime to understand the history of those who bring hope and honor every season to the teams they have given their lives to, and the Hispanic culture that, if allowed, can lie hidden and unnoticed under a team jersey.
The News from Ireland: Foreign Correspondents and the Irish Revolution (2011)
By Maurice Walshl ’02
“The News from Ireland” by Maurice Walsh ’02 has been released in paperback. The Anglo-Irish war of 1919-1921 was a historical landmark: The first successful revolution against British rule and the beginning of the end of the British Empire. However, the Irish revolutionaries did not win their struggle on the battlefield – their key victory was in mobilizing public opinion in Britain and the rest of the world. In his book, Walsh recounts the work of British and American correspondents in Ireland and offers a persuasive assessment of the revolution’s place in world history as well as the role of the press and journalism in the conflict.
Painter in a Savage Land and The Island of Lost Maps (2008)
Two books by Miles Harvey ’09
In his latest book, Miles Harvey '08 tells the story of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, the first European artist to journey to what is now the continental United States with the express purpose of recording its wonders in pencil and paint. "Painter in a Savage Land" received a 2008 Editors’ Choice award from Booklist and a best-books citation from The Chicago Tribune.
Harvey’s previous book, "The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime," explores a curious crime spree: the theft of scores of valuable centuries-old maps from some of the most prominent research libraries in the United States and Canada. A national and international bestseller, it was selected by USA Today as one of the top ten books of 2000.
The Other Side of Mercy: A Killer’s Journey across the Great Divide (2010)
By Jonathan Martin ’09
Jonathan Martin ’09 co-authored “The Other Side of Mercy: A Killer’s Journey across the Great Divide.” The book is based on the Seattle Times series that won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the ambush slayings of four Lakewood police officers. Martin was a reporter on the award-winning team. In this book, the Martin and co-author Ken Armstrong go deeper to tell a story of our nation’s racial divide, the political risks of mercy, and missed opportunities to stop a man going mad.
Mirage and Blue Revolution (2008)
Two Books By Cynhtia Barnett '05
Cynthia Barnett ’05 spent her Knight-Wallace Fellowship studying America’s freshwater supply, leading to not one but two books. The first, “Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.,” blends investigative reporting and environmental history to tell the strange tale of vanishing water in one of our wettest states. “Mirage” won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards and was named by The St. Petersburg Times as one of the top 10 books every Floridian should read.
Barnett’s book, “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis” is the first to call for a water ethic for America. From backyard waterfalls and grottoes in California to sinkholes swallowing chunks of Florida, “Blue Revolution” exposes how the nation’s green craze largely missed water – the No. 1 environmental concern of most Americans. But the book is big on inspiration, too. “Blue Revolution” combines investigative reporting with solutions from around the nation and the globe. From San Antonio to Singapore, Barnett shows how local communities and entire nations have come together in a shared ethic to dramatically reduce consumption and live within their water means.
In another bit of Wallace House book magic, Charles Eisendrath introduced Barnett to her first publisher, University of Michigan Press Director Phil Pochoda, who signed “Mirage” and two years later connected her to the agent who found just the right trade press, Beacon Press of Boston, for “Blue Revolution.”
Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime and Complicity (2010)
By Nick Perry '11
Congratulations to Nick Perry ’11 and his co-author Ken Armstrong. Their book, “Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime and Complicity,” was named the winner of the Edgar Allan Poe award for Best Fact Crime book of 2010. Perry and Armstrong chronicle the University of Washington’s march to the 2001 Rose Bowl and answer one of sports’ most enduring questions: If winning is everything, what are we left with? “Scoreboard, Baby” exposes the rot beneath a celebrated season and the ruins left behind, showing how a community’s blind embrace of a football team compromised judges, prosecutors, police agencies, a proud university and the media.
The Last Kestrel (2010) and Far From My Father’s House (2011)
Two Novels By Jill McGivering '10
Jill McGivering ’10 has written two novels. Her first release, “The Last Kestrel” has been compared to “The Kite Runner”. Her second book is “Far From My Father’s House". Both novels follow war correspondent Ellen Thomas and traditional, rural women through the hostilities and struggles in South Asia, a region McGivering has covered for 25 years as a BBC correspondent. The first book is set in Afghanistan, the second in Pakistan. The books examine the nature of news, the ethical dilemmas and tough choices reporters make when covering wars. McGivering is now writing her third novel, which takes her to new territory: Asia’s past.
Rogue Island (2011)
By Bruce DeSilva ’81
Bruce DeSilva ’81 was awarded the Edgar Award for best first novel 2011, for his book, “Rogue Island.” The book also won the Macarity Award for best debut crime novel, was shortlisted for the Anthony and Barry award and listed as one of the 10 most notable first novels of the year by Publishers Weekly. DeSilva tells the story of a working class neighborhood that is systematically burning to the ground. Liam Mulligan, an old-school reporter at a dying newspaper, thinks the Providence, R.I., police are looking in all the wrong places and people he knows and loves are vanishing in the flames. As the neighborhood burns, Mulligan must find the hand that strikes the match. The novel, published by Forge, is at once an authentic evocation of life in a 21st-century American city and a lyrical tribute to the dying newspaper business. The sequel, "Cliff Walk," will be published in early 2012, and DeSilva is working on the third book in the series.
By Gerard Ryle '06
Gerald Ryle ’06 exposes the greatest fraud ever committed in Australia in his book “Firepower.” Tim Johnston’s company, Firepower, promised a magic pill that cut fuel consumption and reduced emissions. Everyone believed him, including prime ministers and presidents, doctors and diplomats, business leaders and sporting heroes, until Ryle wrote an article for The Sydney Morning Herald raising questions about the validity of this mysterious company that had become the biggest sporting sponsor in Australia. Ryle’s story had tentacles that spread around the world from the Australian government to the KGB, from diplomats to arms dealers. In “Firepower,” Ryle demolishes the myth, exposing a wobbly financial pyramid and Australia’s greatest fraud.
Green Wedding: Plannning your Eco-friendly Celebration (2009)
By Mia Narvaro '88
Inspired by the overwhelming response to her New York Times article, Mia Narvaro ’88 published “Green Wedding: Plannning your Eco-friendly Celebration.” The book is an authoritative guide to how couples can minimize the environmental impact of their weddings while still ensuring a joyous and elegant celebration. Filled with gorgeous photographs, “Green Wedding” presents ideas on everything from planning the ceremony and reception to ecotourism honeymoons.
Extreme Barbecue: Smokin Rigs and Real Good Recipes (2007)
By Dan Huntley '03 and Lisa Grace Lednicer '03
“Extreme Barbecue” takes outdoor cooking to a new place, revealing a collection of rigged-up grills made from everything from 55-gallon barrels to a metal-lined, wooden coffin. Huntley ’03 and Lednicer ’03 traveled from the San Juan Islands in Washington to the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana, searching backyards and alleys to find cooking rigs that turn out whole-hog barbecues, lamb rotisseries, and steaming seaweed clam bakes. The authors uncover a smoky slice of Americana passed over by the Food Network. The book features photos of the rigs, the story of the cooks behind these "odd, iron fire boxes" and more than 65 recipes. “Extreme Barbecue” earned a starred review in Publishers' Weekly and was featured on NPR's "Talk of the Nation.”
Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood (2011)
By John Fountain '00
John Fountain ’00 released “Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood.” Inspired by his essay for National Public Radio’s “This I Believe Series,” the book is an anthology of essays, poetry and prose written by some of the nation’s finest journalists and writers in celebration and examination of fatherhood. It is the first publication from WestSide Press, an independent publishing house founded by Fountain in 2009.
On the Grid (2011) and No-Mans' Land (2010)
Two Books By Scott Huler '03
Wires, pipes, roads, and water support the lives we lead, but the average person doesn't know where they go or even how they work. Our systems of infrastructure are not only shrouded in mystery, many are woefully out of date. In “On the Grid,” his sixth book, Scott Huler, '03, takes the time to understand the systems that sustain our way of life, starting from his own quarter of an acre in North Carolina and traveling as far as Ancient Rome.
Each chapter follows one element of infrastructure to its source -- or to its outlet. Huler visits power plants, watches new asphalt pavement being laid, and traces a drop of water backward from his faucet to the Gulf of Mexico and then a drop of his wastewater out to the Atlantic. Huler reaches out to guides along the way, both the workers who operate these systems and the people who plan them.
In 2001, NPR contributor Scott Huler ('03) read an essay on the radio show "All Things Considered" in which he made a simple claim: that he would forever give up trying to read James Joyce's Ulysses. Little did he know that his public claim not only would land him exactly where he had promised never to be - in a reading group slogging through Joyce's impenetrable modern masterpiece - but would launch an obsession with the book's inspiration: the ancient Greek epic The Odyssey, and with the lonely homebound journey of its Everyman hero, Odysseus. At the time of The Odyssey, its hero is in his mid-forties; so was Huler. Negotiating the complex shoals of midlife, Huler turned to the Odyssey and found much more than he had expected: in its well-known adventures with monsters and goddesses, the Odyssey became something of a guidebook for a person facing the challenges we all face in adulthood. Before long Huler wanted to do more than just read his hero. Odysseus made a long journey, and for millennia people have speculated on the Mediterranean sites where those adventures occurred. Seeking such heroic adventure, Huler stuffed a backpack with clothes, guidebooks, and the Odyssey. And he headed for the wine-dark sea.
Married to Africa: A Love Story (2008)) and The Diversity Advantage
By G. Pascal Zachary '89
G. Pascal Zachary ‘89 recently published the memoir, “Married to Africa: A Love Story.” While a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Zachary met his future wife, Chizo Okao, at the zoo in Accra, Ghana. The book is a tender and charming account of a marriage and a look at how two people get to know each other across culture and race.
Zachary’s earlier book, “The Diversity Advantage,” provides a provacative roadmap to the new civilization arising out of sweeping shifts in the world economy. He reveals that the key new determinants for any nation’s economic, political and cultural success are, surprisingly, a diverse population and a mongrel sense of self. Roaming the globe, Zachary shows how the rise of new forms of identity and migration are helping to determine who will win and who will lose in the next century.
How to Clone the Perfect Blonde (2004)
By Sue Nelson '02 and Richar Hollingham
Following her fellowship, Sue Nelson ’02 wrote “How to Clone the Perfect Blonde” with her science journalist husband Richard Hollingham. A popular science book with a deliberately light touch, it covers subjects ranging from cloning and time travel to teleportation. The book was long-listed for the prestigious UK Science Book prize in 2004.
Biografia De Mi Cancer (2013) (Biography of my Cancer)
By Patricia Koesnicov '09
When she was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 33, Patricia Kolesnicov ’09 had a flourishing career as a newspaper columnist and writer for Argentina's Clarín. This book is a somber and realistic account of her breast cancer experience, from diagnosis to treatment to her return to work. Kolesnicov chronicles her reactions to treatment, which included chemotherapy, radiation, and even special diets, her dependency on those around her, and her frustration and anger at the betrayal of her own body.
Sobrevida (2012) (Survival)
By Josiane Motta '09S
Josiane Motta ‘09S is the author a “Sobrevida," a Brazilian novel about professional and personal renewal. Motta brings us Daniel, a discontent American doctor who travels to Brazil in pursuit of his lover. He instead finds love in the wildlife and beauty of the Amazon. Daniel returns to the U.S. with a new purpose and a new job: treating the underserved in an emergency room. Motta, a doctor herself, fills the story with medical cases and details.
By Bora Bayraktar '06
Bora Bayraktar ’05 published his second book, “Hamas.” In January 2006, an Islamist organization linked with deadly attacks to civilians won a decisive majority in the Palestinian Parliament. This was a blow to the peace process. Hamas, an organization classified as a terrorist organization by the European Union, Israel and the United States, is a "democratic force" for the Palestinian people. Bora Bayraktar, a journalist covering the region for the last two decades, puts light on this dilemma. He details the Islamist movement's roots, social structure and institutions and interviews Hamas and Israeli leaders to understand if Hamas can transform itself to an organization prepared to make peace with Israel.