THE FUTURE OF KURDISTAN IN IRAQ | Edited by Brendan O’Leary, faculty, with John McGarry and Khaled Salih. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. $45.00.) When the U.S. and its allies invaded the Republic of Iraq in 2003, Kurdistan was already autonomous and free from Saddam’s control. In one of the few contemporary books on the Kurds written in English, a variety of experts examine the consequences and implications of the regime-change for that region. Two of the essays and a postscript are contributed by O’Leary, the Lauder Professor of Political Science and director of the Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Penn, who served as a constitutional advisor to the Kurdistan National Assembly and Regional Government (experiences which provided material for several essays for the Gazette). Order this book

WINNERS NEVER CHEAT: Everyday Values We Learned as Children (But May Have Forgotten) | By Jon M. Huntsman Sr. W’59 Hon’96. (Wharton School Publishing, 2005. $19.95.) “An amoral person is a moral person who temporarily and creatively disconnects his actions from his values,” notes the self-made billionaire, vice-chairman of Penn’s trustees, and founding chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, who offers an engaging mix of personal stories, reflections, and ethical advice for life and business. Lessons include: “Surround yourself with associates who have the courage to say no” and the importance of keeping your word and giving back once you become successful. Order this book

WAR & PEACE IN AN AGE OF TERRORISM: A Reader | By William M. Evan, faculty. (Pearson Education, 2006. $61.20.) A broad range of essays relating to war, peace, and terrorism, arranged in five sections: Historical Overview; The War on Terrorism (which includes Fritjof Capra’s “A Systematic Analysis of International Terrorism”); Religious and Secular Theories of Just and Unjust War; Theories of the Causes of War; and—perhaps most important—Theories and Strategies for the Prevention of War. Editor Evan, professor emeritus of sociology and management, also contributes several essays, including “Toward a Confederation of Israel, Palestine and Jordan.” Order this book

ALCOHOLISM IN AMERICA: From Reconstruction to Prohibition | By Sarah W. Tracy G’87 Gr’92. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005. $48.00.) At the turn of the 19th century, excessive alcohol consumption was on the minds of physicians, politicians, court officials, and families—all of whom tried to address the issue in different ways. Tracy, adjunct assistant professor of the history of science at the University of Oklahoma, presents the complex connections between various reform movements, legal policies, and the medical community between 1870 and 1920. Order this book

THE LAST PLAYBOY: The High Life of Porfirio Rubirosa | By Shawn Levy C’82. (HarperCollins, 2005. $24.95.) Porfirio “Rubi” Rubirosa lived—and died—in the fast lane. He drove race cars, bedded (and sometimes married) actresses and heiresses, stole jewels, and charmed anyone who crossed his path. Levy, film critic for the Portland Oregonian, explores the life and times of the legendary playboy who symbolized the hedonistic side of the 1950s and early ’60s. Order this book

THE PRESS | Edited by Geneva Overholser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, faculty. (Oxford University Press, 2005. $65.00.) Some of the nation’s leading journalism scholars examine the past, present, and future roles of the press in a democracy in this collection of essays. Topics include the minority press, the press’s role as a watchdog, the relationship between the media and the military, and the increasingly corporate nature of the media. Jamieson, the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication, is director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. Order this book

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