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Brothers, Sing on!

Brothers, Sing On!:
My Half-Century Around the World with the Penn Glee Club

Brothers, Sing On!:
My Half-Century Around the World with the Penn Glee Club


Bruce Montgomery
Penn Press
In 1956 Bruce Montgomery took over as director of the Penn Glee Club, taking it to new heights of musicianship and international acclaim in his 44-year tenure. In this lively memoir, Monty shares his stories and experiences, from an impromptu photo op on a Wisconsin highway during a blizzard in 1977 to singing for U.S. presidents.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Penn Reading Project Edition
Benjamin Franklin. Peter Conn, Editor. Preface by Amy Gutmann
Penn Press

It seems fitting that on the eve of the tercentenary of Ben Franklin’s birth, the university he founded should select his autobiography for the Penn Reading Project. To customize it for the incoming class, Penn Press has published a special edition of the famous work, including a new preface by University President Amy Gutmann and an intro by English professor Peter Conn.

The Man Who Had Been King:
The American Exile of Napoleon’s Brother Joseph

Patricia Tyson Stroud
Penn Press

Many people are surprised to learn that Napoleon’s brother, Joseph Bonaparte, spent 17 years in exile in the U.S. following the emperor’s defeat at Waterloo. In this rich account—which draws on unpublished family letters—Patricia Tyson Stroud describes the life of regal splendor Joseph created for himself at his magnificent New Jersey estate high above the banks of the Delaware River.

Making Innovation Work: How to Manage it, Measure it and Profit from it
Tony Davila, Mark Epstein and Robert Shelton
Wharton School Publishing

A how-to primer on making innovation profitable, this guide takes readers through the strategies necessary to succeed, from motivating teams to tracking progress. The authors highlight techniques that have been proven at top companies ranging from Apple to GE to Toyota.

The Design of Things to Come: How Ordinary People Create Extraordinary Products
Jonathan Cagan, Craig Vogel and Peter Boatwright
Wharton School Publishing

Drawing on examples from the worlds of engineering, design and marketing, this book demystifies the process of product development and explains how today’s best companies are building products and services that look great, feel great and touch customers more deeply than ever before.

Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer: Managing for Conflict and Consensus
Michael Roberto
Wharton School Publishing

Harvard Business School professor Michael Roberto believes dissent can be constructive, and in his new book he demonstrates how to stimulate debate to improve decision-making. Using real-world examples such as the Columbia space shuttle tragedy and the disastrous 1996 Everest climb, Roberto explores how to achieve “diversity in counsel, unity in command.”

Native American Voices on Identity, Art & Culture: Objects of Everlasting Esteem

Native American Voices on Identity, Art & Culture: Objects of Everlasting Esteem

Native American Voices on Identity, Art & Culture: Objects of Everlasting Esteem


Edited by Lucy Fowler Williams, William Wierzbowski and Robert W. Preucel
University Museum Publications

Over the years Penn Museum has gathered a stunning collection of objects created by Native Americans. In this book, the editors present some of the dynamic discourse these objects have stimulated, as well as the responses of contemporary Native Americans to the collection.

Structure and Meaning in Human Settlements
Edited by Tony Atkin and Joseph Rykwert
University Museum Publications

This collection of essays by architects and anthropologists explores the ways societies define and organize human existence. Topics discussed include ritual bathing in the ancient Indus city of Mohenjo-Daro, extreme settlement conditions in the Russian Arctic and the unprecedented development of post-Mao China.

Santa Cruz Island Figure Sculpture and its Social and Ritual Contexts
William Davenport
University Museum Publications

In this ethnographic study of traditional sculpture from Santa Cruz Island, near the Solomon Islands in the southwest Pacific, the late anthropologist William H. Davenport presents a distinctive genre of figure sculpture produced for and used in traditional religious rituals and ceremonies.

Originally published on September 8, 2005