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The Gods and Technology: A Reading of Heidegger
By Richard J. Rojcewicz ’69

The Gods and Technology (State University of New York Press), by Richard Rojcewicz ’69, is a careful analysis of the principal statement of Martin Heidegger’s philosophy of technology, Die Frage nach der Technik. Through a close reading of the original German text, Rojcewicz shows that, for Heidegger, the philosophy of technology is a philosophy of the gods. In fact, the philosopher believes that technology is not applied knowledge, but the most basic knowledge—of which science is one application. The ultimate goal of Rojcewicz’s book—and of Heidegger’s thought—is to find the appropriate response to the challenges of the modern age and to learn to live in a technological world without becoming a slave to technological devices.

Rojcewicz teaches philosophy at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He has translated numerous philosophical works.

 

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John the Baptist: Prophet and Disciple
By Alexander J. Burke Jr. ’53

In John the Baptist (Saint Anthony Messenger Press), Alexander J. Burke Jr. ’53 pieces together the mystery of this well-known disciple of Jesus. In this accessible, comprehensive work, the author covers John’s preaching, arrest and execution, as well as his role in eastern and western Christian traditions. Burke also explores the many paradoxes surrounding the disciple. Included in the book are references to artists’ renderings of John the Baptist and their significance as well as scholarly opinions that may differ from those presented by the author. He closes with several pages of devotions to John the Baptist.

Burke is a professor of English and director of the publishing studies program at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

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Tom Never’s Ghost: An Eyewitness Account of the Past 350 Years on Nantucket Island and in Its Little Known Southeast Quarter
By Jack Warner ’57

In Tom Never’s Ghost (Netsource Distribution), Jack Warner ’57 delivers a fresh account of the legendary island of Nantucket. This historical narrative—based on nearly five years of research—goes beyond the island’s well-known past as a whaling empire and premier resort destination to reveal a few surprises, including the “real” reasons why Nantucket eclipsed all other ports in whaling wealth and why its fortunes ultimately fell; the true mission of the “top secret” Tom Nevers Navy Base; the attempted federal takeover of the island in 1972; and the three unrelated events that triggered Nantucket’s current real estate craze.

A summer resident of Nantucket since 1982 and vice president of the Tom Nevers Civic Association, Warner holds a certificate in historic preservation studies from the National Preservation Institute.

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Red Brick in the Land of Steady Habits: Creating the University of Connecticut, 1881-2006
By Bruce M. Stave with Michael E. Neagle ’98

Written in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the University of Connecticut, Red Brick in the Land of Steady Habits (University of Connecticut), by Bruce M. Stave with Michael Neagle ’98, traces how the university emerged from its foundation as a tiny agricultural college to become the leading public university in New England. Connecticut’s nickname, “The Land of Steady Habits,” comes from the strict morals of its early inhabitants. “Red Bricks” refers to universities in England’s industrial cities during the late 19th century that admitted students regardless of class or religion and concentrated on practical skills. This book covers how UConn—“Red Brick” in its origins—was shaped by events on the national and international scene and transformed from a serene, rural campus into a competitive national research university.

Neagle is a graduate student at the University of Connecticut.

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A Call to Save: The Memoir of a Fire Chaplain
By Monsignor Thomas J. Harrington ’60

In his memoir, A Call to Save (Spinner Publications, Inc.), Monsignor Thomas J. Harrington ’60 tells the story of his life as a fire chaplain and a priest in the Diocese of Fall River, Mass. This poignant tale of his work with firefighters recalls such emotional events as the raging conflagration that leveled Fall River’s Notre Dame Church and the solemn march through Worcester in remembrance of six firefighters lost in a warehouse fire. A tribute to the men and women of the fire service, this book portrays the author’s journey to save others and depicts the dramatic, joyous and awe-inspiring experiences he encountered along the way.

A fire chaplain for 40 years, Monsignor Harrington has served as a priest throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and as a lawyer for the Fall River Diocese.

 

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Courbet and the Modern Landscape
By Charlotte N. Eyerman ’87 and Mary Morton

Courbet and the Modern Landscape (Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum), by Charlotte Eyerman ’87 and Mary Morton, is a catalog that accompanies the first major museum exhibition specifically to address Gustave Courbet’s extraordinary achievement in landscape painting. With its fittingly dramatic design, the book presents many carefully selected works—produced from 1855 to 1876 and gathered from Asia, Europe and North America—that will be new to readers. The catalog highlights the artist’s expressive responses to the natural environment and includes essays that examine his distinctly modern practice of landscape painting. An essay by Eyerman investigates how later generations of 19th- and 20th-century artists responded to Courbet’s example. Full-page color plates are organized by subject matter and include: the sea, snow, rocks and grottoes, and the late, melancholic visions of Swiss lakes and mountain ranges painted during Courbet’s exile.

Eyerman is assistant curator in the department of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

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Golf’s 100 Toughest Holes
By Chris Millard ’82 and Rees Jones

From the 17th hole at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass to the 17th hole at the Old Course at St. Andrews, Golf’s 100 Toughest Holes (Harry N. Abrams, Inc.), by Chris Millard ’82 and Rees Jones, is the guide to the most confounding, challenging holes in the world. In this engaging, informative book, noted golf writer Millard draws upon his own knowledge of the game—as well as statistical data and consultations with other experts—to explain what makes each hole so difficult. Accompanied by first-rate photography, this authoritative list is sure to spur discussion and debate among avid golfers for years to come.

Former director of communications for Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear International, Millard is co-author of Nicklaus By Design: Golf Course Strategy and Architecture.

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A Literary and Political History of Post-Revolutionary Mexico: Redefining “The Ideal”
By Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez ’92

Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez ’92 is author of A Literary and Political History of Post-Revolutionary Mexico (Edwin Mellen Press), a study that demonstrates how the original, exclusive portrayals of the “ideal” nation and its “ideal” citizens are carried into the post-revolutionary era, whereby, authors such as Rosario Castellanos and Octavio Paz view their society as a system that has segregated rather than unified individuals into one nation. Therefore, the state’s authority to imagine what is considered “the ideal” is questioned, as is the authenticity of its foundational imaginings. A direct response to Doris Sommer’s Foundational Fictions, this work exploits and expands the interdependent relationships among ideology, literature and the Mexican state that essentially guaranteed the failure of successful nation building. Moreover, the text exposes this failure through an analysis of how 20th-century Mexican authors and their works reject and contest the positivist legacy of the original foundational fictions.

Quinn-Sánchez is an assistant professor at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J., where she teaches Spanish language and Latin American literature and culture.

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