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By Stephen W. Sears '54
Houghton Mifflin, 2003

Noted Civil War writer Stephen Sears offers a blow-by-blow account of the three-day battle at Gettysburg, from the "first gleam in General Lee's eye" to the last Rebel retreating across the Potomac. Praised for his dramatic narrative style, Sears reconstructs the minute details of battlefield maneuvers while taking stock of the infighting and ambitions of both armies' many generals and other commanding officers. The former editor of American Heritage, Sears is the author of six award-winning books on the Civil War.

The Words of Gardner Taylor, Volume 6: 50 Years of Timeless Treasures
By the Rev. Gardner Taylor '40
Judson Press, 2002

This six-volume set features an eclectic collection of sermons spanning Taylor's impressive career. As the acclaimed pastor emeritus of the historic Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., Taylor received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000 and was lauded by TIME as "dean of the nation's black preachers." He has preached on six continents, delivered the 100th Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale University, and preached the sermon at the prayer service for the inauguration of President Clinton.

The Honolulu Symphony: A Century of Music
By Dale E. Hall '61
Goodale Publishing, 2002

The Honolulu Symphony Society evolved from a German beer/music club founded in 1902 into a multicultural and major U.S. orchestra. A retired musicology and music history teacher at the University of Hawaii, Hall spent 10 years researching the symphony's history to create this meticulous account of noted conductors and legendary performers over the past 100 years.

The Hanging of Ephraim Wheeler
By Richard Brown '61 and Irene Quenzler Brown
Harvard University Press, 2003

In 1806 Massachusetts, Ephraim Wheeler was sentenced to death by hanging for the rape of his 13-year-old daughter. Not all witnesses believed justice had triumphed; the death penalty had become controversial. Wheeler maintained his innocence, and more than 100 citizens petitioned for his pardon. Using trial reports and Wheeler's jailhouse autobiography of his troubled family, the authors find similarities between death penalty politics in early America and today. Brown is a distinguished professor of history at the University of Connecticut and director of the Humanities Institute.

Difficult Characters: Interdisciplinary Studies of Chinese and Japanese Writing
Edited by Mary S. Erbaugh '70
National East Asian Languages Resource Center, Ohio State University, 2002

The misconception that Chinese characters are symbols that express ideas directly to the mind without reference to spoken language is known as the ideographic myth. This collection of essays by linguists and historians addresses the origin of this myth, evidence to refute it, and how the myth has hampered progress in some scholarly areas. Erbaugh is a research associate at the University of Oregon's Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.

Social Connections in China: Institutions, Culture, and the Changing Nature of Guanxi
Edited by Thomas Gold '70,
David Wank '79, et al
Contributor, Scott Wilson '87
Cambridge University Press, 2002

Guanxi, the Chinese term for social connections or social networks, is at the heart of China's social order and considered important in all aspects of its culture. This series of essays covers the role of guanxi in business decisions among managers, entrepreneurs, and workers; the construction of new legal institutions; and the new social order. Both professors of sociology, Gold teaches at UC- Berkeley, and Wank at Sophia University
in Tokyo.

Megamall on the Hudson: Planning, Wal-Mart, and Grassroots Resistance
By David Porter '61 and Chester Mirsky
Trafford Publishing, 2003

This is the story of a small Hudson Valley community's two-year struggle to fend off threats from a Wal-Mart megamall, whose developer was determined to gain control over land development with the help of local political insiders. In the process of the fight, a detailed model was created to help give grassroots anti-sprawl activists a head start in their own communities. Porter teaches political science at Empire State College of the State University of New York.