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Assassins in the Shadows (Dimensions)
by David Traynor ’59

Assassins in the Shadows (Dimensions) by David Traynor ’59 is a story of deception, conspiracy and murder, which follows a prominent investment banker as he pursues his brother’s killer from Italy to Israel to the United States. A fast-paced tale of intrigue and betrayal, the novel tells the story of how a villainous mastermind gains control of Wall Street’s largest brokerage firm.

A graduate of Fordham Law School, Traynor served as infantry platoon commander with the First Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. After clerking briefly with a New York City law firm, Traynor spent the next 27 years working in the capital market divisions of Salomon; Smith-Barney; Morgan, Stanley; and Prudential Securities. He resides in Chester Springs, Pa.

 

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Digital Defense: What You Should Know About Protecting Your Company’s Assets
by Thomas J. Parenty ’81

In Digital Defense: What You Should Know About Protecting Your Company’s Assets (Harvard Business School Press), Thomas J. Parenty ’81, a leading security and privacy expert, demystifies computer and network security for non-technical managers. Drawing from more than 20 years of experience in the computer security and cryptography fields, Parenty introduces the “Trust Framework,” a unique and straightforward approach to developing and implementing a corporate security process. Parenty guides managers in clearly articulating their specific business requirements, selecting the appropriate security technologies, and building an organizational environment that promotes and nurtures trust. Digital Defense guides managers in implementing security solutions that both protect their firms’ current digital assets and pave the way for future business innovation.

Formerly employed by the National Security Agency, Parenty currently serves as a consultant to many corporate and government organizations about information security and privacy issues. He resides in Oakland, Calif.

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Robert Bresson: A Spiritual Style in Film
by Joseph E. Cunneen ’42

Robert Bresson: A Spiritual Style in Film (Continuum) by Joseph E. Cunneen ’42 offers a general introduction to a filmmaker often regarded by critics as one of the greatest directors of the 20th century. Assessing 13 of Bresson’s most significant films, Cunneen’s book provides detailed plot summaries as well as insights into the director’s intentions and techniques. “With tightly-written, jargon-free prose and an abundance of critical insights ... Cunneen reviews Bresson’s oeuvre, finding meaning in his subject’s view,” writes a recent reviewer of the book in Library Journal.

Cunneen is co-founder of the international quarterly, Cross Currents, which he edited for almost 50 years. He has published other studies on filmmakers Kieslowski, Rohmer and Tarkovsky and is frequently published in periodicals such as America, Commonweal and The Nation.

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Devonshire Street
by Robert Melley ’60

Devonshire Street (1st Books) by Robert Melley ’60 is a novel that chronicles three generations of the Wainsford family and its family business, Newport Asset Management, a mutual fund complex headquartered in Boston’s financial district. Interwoven throughout the story is the history of important changes on Wall Street. The novel also tells of the methods used by organized crime to infiltrate the U.S. financial industry.

Melley, a partner in an investment management firm, has over 35 years of experience in the securities industry. From 1981 to 1994, he worked for Fidelity Investments as a senior vice president. His current projects include a screenplay and three novels-in-progress about nuclear submarines.

 

These books are available from the Holy Cross Bookstore. Phone: (508)-793-3609. E-mail: erice@holycross.edu. If you mention that you read about these titles in Holy Cross Magazine, the bookstore will offer free shipping!

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