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Supermarket for Scandal
Was the whistleblower a wrongdoer? By Leslie Whitaker
IN THE GRAIN:
most diligent readers of the business pages had a hard time following
the twists and turns of the international price-fixing scandal that
unfolded during the late 1990s involving Archer Daniels Midland (ADM),
the Illinois-based agribusiness giant that calls itself supermarket
to the world. Following the exposure of ADMs meetings with South Korean
and Japanese competitors to set prices and control the supply of two
widely used agricultural additives, the company pleaded guilty to criminal
antitrust violations and agreed to pay $100 million in fines. Ultimately,
ADM Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Michael Andreas and Division
President Terry Wilson also were convicted of antitrust violations,
while other ADM executives pleaded guilty to fraud and income-tax evasion.
Leslie Whitaker is co-author of the forthcoming The Good Girls Guide to Negotiating (Little, Brown), due out in January 2001.
OHenry, 4 Penn
by Penn alumni highlight the 2000 prize-story collection.
STORIES 2000: The OHenry Awards
out of 20 short stories in Prize Stories 2000: The OHenry Awards
written by Penn alumniand series editor Larry Dark also being a Penn
gradsuspicions of a fix would be understandable. But Dark, who chose
the volumes contents from about 3,000 short stories published in 1999
that he read, insists he did not play favorites. Readers already familiar
with John Edgar Wideman C63 Hon86, J. Robert Lennon C92 and Alice
Elliott Dark C76 (who also happens to be married to him) will know
Dark is telling the truthand the rest will believe him after they read
the work included in the book.
There are many other writers deserving of inclusion in this or any prize collectionLydia Davis, Rick Moody, Annie Proulx, Matt Klam, David Foster Wallace and Penn alumna Jennifer Egan C85, to name a few. One could also imagine a selection that would include more stories with a wider political, even a global, perspective, or more stories that, like Darks, not only reflect human experience but suggest, in form and content, other ways that we, collectively, might live. This collection takes a specificeven narrowcut of contemporary writing Still, story to story, the book is marvelous, in part because it reminds us that the contemporary short story, thanks both to writers we dont know and some we do, is in the process of changing, right now.
Kerry Sherin C85 is director of the Kelly Writers House.
A selection of recent books by alumni and faculty, or otherwise of interest to the University community. Descriptions are compiled from information supplied by the authors and publishers.
The best-preserved mummies in the world are not found in Egypt or Peru but in the museums of Xinjiang, the westernmost province of modern China. For thousands of years the occupants of the barren wastes and oases that would later become the Silk Road buried their dead in the sands of the Taklimakan, the second greatest desert on Earth. This arid environment, preserving body and clothing, allows an unparalleled glimpse into the lives and appearance of a prehistoric people. The faces of the mummies are not those of ancient Chinese but rather those of Indo-Europeans who settled in the Tarim Basin on the western rim of ancient China some four millennia ago, 2,000 years before West and East recognized each others existence. This study describes the discovery of these people and reveals the latest attempts of Chinese and Western scientists to explain their origin and determine their ethnic identity. Mair is a professor of Chinese who has been instrumental in bringing the mummies to the notice of Western scholars. Mallory is an archaeology professor at Queens University, Belfast.
MEMORIES: A Theology of Healing and Transformation
This book draws attention to those who have suffered childhood sexual abuse, those in the Armenian genocide and the Jewish Holocaust, and those historically disinherited peoples and groups, especially women and African Americans. With such human memories of suffering in mind, Keshgegian, an Episcopal priest, insists that redeeming memories is the purpose and mission of the Christian church. She challenges the reader to understand that the redemptive potential of the memory of Jesus Christ will be made known and realized by the capacity of that memory to hold and carry not only the story of Jesus, but of all those who suffer, struggle, live and die. She invites the reader to understand Christianity as a saving memory. Keshgegian is assistant professor of systematic theology at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.
GIFTS: Find the Personal Peace Youve Always Wanted Through the Ten
Gifts Youve Always Had
Silverman and her family became victims of the great flood of 1997 in
Grand Forks, North Dakota, she knew it would take more than motivation
and hard work to repair her heavily damaged life. So she went searching
for a new foundation of personal peace that she could both use and share
with others. The Ten Gifts chronicles Silvermans discoveries
of the 10 spiritual abilities she used to create a new and better
life after the flood: Faith, Love, Dreams, Courage, Unity, Joy, Trust,
Character, Thanks and Intention. The book offers new definitions and
fresh uses for familiar spiritual concepts essential to
One week before receiving his Ph.D. in pharmacology, Ben Candidi is offered a high-paying, four-day consulting job with a biomedical venture capitalist, Brian Broadmoore, who has come to Miami on business. Broadmoores company has an option to buy 90 percent of the stock of Biotech Florida for $10 million and a commitment to spend another $10 million in developing its three anti-cancer compounds from marine sponges. While conducting a scientific audit, Ben finds that Biotechs research data checks out, but its key personnel do not: The president is a gruff construction tycoon. The head scientist seems knowledgeable but dresses like a fashion model with an attitude to match. And the inventor, who founded the company that was bought up by Biotech, is defensive and uncommunicative. On the third day of the audit, he is discovered dead. Should Ben advise the Boston company to buy, or to walk away and cut its losses? Dirk Wyle is the pen name for real-life research pharmacologist Duncan Haynes, who weaves into his second murder mystery authentic details about the commercialization of scientific technologies and the patent process. He wrote Pharmacology is Murder and is working on two more Ben Candidi mysteries.
After more than 40 years of rowing and coaching at every level, full-time accountant and first-time author Peter Mallory found himself faced with more questions than answers: questions about the rowing technique, the equipment, the rowers and their motivations. These questions haunted the 55-year-old former Penn lightweight, and in the end, launched him on a self-described Homeric odyssey in search of inner peace and the perfect rowing technique. The voyage culminated in An Out of Boat Experience. Mallory, who now lives in Del Mar, Calif., won four gold medals at the Canadian Henley and four silver medals at the U.S. National Championships.
EDGE OF THERAPEUTIC DIALOGUE
A chronically striving self-made man addresses his therapist in the deeply resonant tone of authority, but the therapist notices that at the edge of his voice there is a raspiness that sounds like someone holding back tears. A female patient pauses, and suddenly, the coolly superior tone of a black professional woman embattled in a white male world gives way to the soft, teasing voice of a little girlequally suddenly, the topic of the session has shifted to women, womens bodies and pregnancy. Such nuances and shifts in the music of the patients voice have long been familiar to clinicians. But how, asks Knoblauch, a former jazz musician, can therapists make systematic sense of this music and assess the opportunities it provides for deepened therapeutic engagement? In his book, Knoblauch presents a model of resonant minding in which the musical elements of speech became a major source of information about unconscious communication and action. The author is a faculty member and supervising analyst at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, all in New York City.
This book chronicles the disastrous personal experience of the authora Wharton School graduate too embarrassed to reveal his true identitywith stock-market gambling addiction. While working as a transportation and logistics analyst, he traded money borrowed through credit cards in the stock and options market and lost an amount almost twice his gross annual salary. A Suckers Diary exposes the emotional roller coaster of a compulsive day- trader and the possible social implications of the explosion in online day-trading. Katzman, who has so far paid off more than two-thirds of a $130,000 debt, now works in the Princeton office of a full-service brokerage firm, where he advises private clients on risk management.
INTRODUCTION TO YOGA:
As people search for inner peace amid increasingly hectic lives, the practice of yoga continues to gain popularity. Yoga means to yoke, or to bring together, the various aspects of the selfbody, mind and spiritand while the physical and mental benefits are impressive, to many people the idea of yoga is intimidating. This book tries to show how easy it is to start a yoga practice. It includes a history of the different types of yoga, including an explanation of the ISHTA yoga that Finger created, which is taught at his Yoga Zone studios. Explanations for the postures are accompanied by illustrations and suggested modifications for people of different fitness levels, and there is a special section on relaxation and meditation. Bingham is a senior Yoga Zone instructor.
CIVIL WAR: A Military and Political History, 1861-1865.
This book offers a new interpretation of the events which continue to dominate the American imagination 150 years after the Civil Wars end. Weigley puts the reader on the battlefields as he discusses strategies and tactics, the political ramifications of military decisions and the importance of individual soldiers and officers. He points to the inability of both sides, but particularly the South, to prioritize campaigns and thus mold a rational strategy for the war. He argues that the South, despite its powerful defense, was ultimately ambivalent about leaving the Union, and gave up more easily than might have been expected. Weigley is an emeritus history professor at Temple University and the author of numerous books of military history.
In this newly published study of the mysterious 1930s author, Baumann makes the case for B. Traven having been at least two persons: The first, the author of the core B. Traven works, such as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, was an unknown American with an American sense of humor as well as a thorough grasp of American idioms and the language used by workingmen and sailors. The second was a man who hardly knew English, who arrived in Mexico in 1924from Germany. Baumann concludes that this man was among other things, a plagiarist, a racist and an inveterate prevaricator. A B. Traven scholar for more than 30 years, Baumann is a professor emeritus of American literature at California State University-Chico.
AND ART OF LIVING A LONGER AND HEALTHIER LIFE
Physicians Bartecchi and Schrier have worked together for more than 20 years, researching the effects of tobacco use. In this latest edition of their medical-advice book, they share facts and statistics about the risks of smoking, discuss the management of diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, critique alternative medicine, and extol the benefits of proper diet and exercise. Bartecchi has practiced internal medicine for more than 30 years and is Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
AT MY WINDOW:
Even for a woman as sensitive to wild animals as Grace Spruch, the arrival of a squirrel inside her Greenwich Village apartment one morning came as something of a surprise. She had always loved the squirrels she saw in Washington Square Park, but she never met one so forward as the one climbing up her rubber plant. Spruch didnt know it then, but this was the beginning of a strange and wonderful relationship. Gradually, other squirrels began to climb the fire escape to the Spruchs fifth-story window. Since Spruch is a scientist as well as an animal lover, her observations gain a special force and precision in this popular science book, first written in 1983 and recently released in paperback. While elucidating the habits of squirrels, Spruch, a professor of physics at Rutgers University, has created a loving yet unsentimental account of a fascinating episode in the natural history of a large city.
In 1833, Commodore Stephen B. Luce established the Naval Training Station on Coasters Harbor Island in Newport, which became the forerunner of the modern recruiting stations for enlisted men in the U.S. Navy. The next year, he established the Naval War College, the first professional naval-education center of its kind in the world. This book explores the history of one of the nations most prestigious service schools. The author is a director of the Navy League of the U.S., Newport Council and an associate member of the Naval War College Foundation.
After double-crossing the crime family he used to work for, a hit man must enroll in the Witness Protection Program. Unfortunately, he isnt very well protected. From the director of Commando, this film stars Eric Roberts, Damian Chapa and Esteban Louis Powell. Barker, a screenwriter, lives in Los Angeles.
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