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Providence, The Renaissance City
by Francis J. Leazes Jr. ’71 and Mark T. Motte

Francis J. Leazes Jr. ’71 is the author of Providence, The Renaissance City (Northeastern University Press), an authoritative account of the revival of Providence , R.I. The book depicts the ideas, opportunities and people behind the 25-year rebirth of this New England city. Considered valuable reading for political scientists and urban planners, it lays the historical, economic and political groundwork that paved the way for the transformation of Providence ’s downtown into one of the nation’s most attractive urban environments.

Leazes is a professor and department chair of political science and public administration at Rhode Island College . He is the author of Accountability and the Business State: The Structure of Federal Corporations.


Providence, The Renaissance City


Cracking More Cases: The Forensic Science of Solving Crime
byThomas W. O’Neil ’59 and Dr. Henry C. Lee

Cracking More Cases (Prometheus Books) is the sequel to 2002’s Cracking Cases, by Thomas W. O’Neil ’59 and legendary forensics expert Dr. Henry C. Lee—best known for his role in the O.J. Simpson case. This follow-up book focuses on the brutal slayings of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey and teenager Martha Moxley, along with three lesser-known homicide cases. It offers an insider’s look into how criminal forensics assists in bringing perpetrators to justice in some of the most notorious and troubling criminal cases of recent times.

O’Neil is a professional writer and instructor of journalism at Gateway Community College in Connecticut. On June 29, he will be appearing on the Court TV network to discuss cases featured in the book.

  Cracking More Cases

Companies With a Conscience: Intimate Portraits of Twelve Firms That Make a Difference
by Mary Scott ’80 and Howard Rothman

Companies With a Conscience (Myers Templeton), by Mary Scott ’80 is required reading at universities and business schools across the country. Its goal is to provide positive examples of companies that have prospered while also being committed to social, environmental and community causes. The book profiles 12 successful enterprises, including Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia and Celestial Seasonings. According to The Wall Street Journal, “If you want to turn your own business into a socially responsible one, then (this book) might be just what you’re looking for.”

Scott, a resident of Denver, Colo., has been a financial reporter, magazine editor and a commentator on public radio’s Marketplace Radio.

  Companies With a Conscience

Belonging to God: A Personal Training Guide for the Deeper Catholic Spiritual Life
by Msgr. Charles M. Murphy ’57

Msgr. Charles M. Murphy ’57 is the author of Belonging to God (Crossroad), a guide for working Catholics who want to grow in their spiritual lives but do not have access to a spiritual director or hours of free time. Murphy offers insights into the Catholic approach to spiritual formation, using values from the religious tradition and examples drawn from the lives of everyday people.

A writer and teacher, Msgr. Murphy holds a Ph.D. from the Gregorian University in Rome; previously the rector at the North American College in Vatican City, currently he serves as pastor of Holy Martyrs Parish in Falmouth, Maine.

  Belonging to God



Paranoia and Contentment: A Personal Essay on Western Thought
by John C. Hampsey ’76

In Paranoia and Contentment (University of Virginia Press), John C. Hampsey ’76 turns upside down the modern, negative definition of paranoia as “mental derangement” and, instead, presents paranoia as a positive concept. Written as part scholarship, part personal essay, the book offers an original read of the Western tradition using such figures as Jesus, Socrates and Joan of Arc. Historian and author Howard Zinn agrees, writing, “Hampsey’s goal is to startle us into reconsidering our conventional ways of thinking, and I believe he has achieved that goal admirably.”

Hampsey is a professor of English at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

  Paranoia and Contentment



Spring Training Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Ballparks of the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues
by Joshua R. Pahigian ’96

The Spring Training Handbook (McFarland), by Joshua R. Pahigian ’96 is based on the author’s visits to each of the 26 current spring training ballparks in Florida and Arizona. This reference work provides a detailed description of each ballpark as well as information on the park’s history and the spring training history of the resident major-league teams. In addition, the book includes information about the area surrounding the ballpark, focusing on other baseball- and sports-related attractions nearby.

Pahigian has written for various magazines and literary journals, including The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Portland Press Herald and Port City Life Magazine. A resident of Buxton, Maine, he is co-author of The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums.

  Spring Training Handbook



Emergency Medicine: The Essentials
Pediatric Emergency Medicine: The Essentials
by Stephen P. McElroy, M.D., ’88

Stephen P. McElroy, M.D., ’88 is the author of Emergency Medicine: The Essentials (Health Emergency Publishing), a comprehensive pocket guide to the diagnosis and treatment of emergency medical conditions. Designed to be a concise, well-organized reference for emergency or internal medicine attendings, residents or students, the book covers topics such as anesthesia, dermatology and hematology/oncology. Its pediatric companion edition, Pediatric Emergency Medicine: The Essentials, provides physicians and residents information for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric emergency medical conditions; it includes helpful references such as growth charts and normal ECG values.

McElroy, an assistant clinical professor at the Boston Medical Center and Quincy (Mass.) Medical Center, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.

  Emergency Medicine: The Essentials



The Lion and the Lamb: Evangelicals and Catholics in America
by William M. Shea

In his book The Lion and the Lamb (Oxford University Press), William M. Shea presents an accessible and timely study on the contemporary American religious landscape. One of the most intriguing questions in American Christianity today is whether the recent mending of relations between Catholics and conservative evangelicals indicates a deliberate movement away from the past 500 years of deep animosity between the two groups. Shea’s book examines the history of this troubled relationship, as well as the signs of potential reconciliation in light of the radical change each community has experienced in the 20th century.

Director of the College’s Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, Shea is the author of The Naturalist and the Supernatural and editor of several collections of papers.

  The Lion and the Lamb


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