YaleNews Books in Brief 2016

YaleNews features works recently or soon to be published by members of the University community. Descriptions are based on material provided by the publishers. Authors of new books may forward publishers’ book descriptions to us by email.


Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion

Paul Bloom, the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology



The Right to Difference

Maurice Samuels, the Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French

(University of Chicago Press)


Chinese Theology: Text and Context

Chloë Starr, associate professor of divinity

(Yale University Press)


One Toss of the Dice: The Incredible Story of How a Poem Made Us Modern

R. Howard Bloch, Sterling Professor of French



The Book in History, The Book as History

Edited by Heidi Brayman, Jesse M. Lander, and Zachary Lesser

(Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library/Yale University Press)


Luxury and Rubble: Civility and Dispossession in the New Saigon

Erik Harms, associate professor of anthropology & Southeast Asia studies

(University of California Press)


Exemplary Novels

Miguel de Cervantes; edited by Roberto González Echevarría

(Yale University Press)


Chasing the Moon

Josue D. Rodriguez, database manager in the Department of Pediatrics



The Progressives’ Century

Edited by Stephen Skowronek, Stephen M. Engel, and Bruce Ackerman

(Yale University Press)


Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830

Patricia E. Kane, the Friends of American Arts Curator of American Decorative Arts

(Yale University Press)


Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan

Anthony T. Kronman, Sterling Professor of Law

(Yale University Press)


Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower

Tom Krattenmaker, director of communications at Yale Divinity School

(Convergent Books)


After the Map

William Rankin, assistant professor of the history of science

(The University of Chicago Press)


The Heart of the Declaration: The Founders’ Case for an Activist Government

Steve Pincus, the Bradford Durfee Professor of History

(Yale University Press)


Looking for "The Stranger": Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic

Alice Kaplan, the John M. Musser Professor of French

(The University of Chicago Press)


Johann Sebastian Bach's "Christmas Oratorio": Music, Theology, Culture

Markus Rathey, associate professor of music history

(Oxford University Press)


Beyond Jihad: The Pacifist Tradition in West African Islam

Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of Divinity and professor of history

(Oxford University Press)


The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era

Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and professor of political science

(Basic Books)


Day for Night

Richard Deming, senior lecturer in English

(Shearsman Books)


Nabokov’s Canon: From “Onegin” to “Ada”

Marijeta Bozovic, assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures

(Northwestern University Press)


Watersheds: Poetics and Politics of the Danube River

Edited by Marijeta Bozovic, assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures, and Matthew D. Miller, assistant professor of German at Colgate University

(Academic Studies Press)


Russian Realisms: Literature and Painting, 1840-1890

Molly Brunson, associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures

(Northern Illinois University Press)


John Calvin’s “Institutes of the Christian Religion”: A Biography

Bruce Gordon, the Titus Street Professor of Divinity

(Princeton University Press)


One World Trade Center: Biography of the Building

Judith Dupré, fellow of Saybrook College

(Little, Brown and Company)


Web Style Guide: Foundations of User Experience Design

Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton

(Yale University Press)


Modernity and Its Discontents

Steven B. Smith, the Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science

(Yale University Press)


Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine

Dr. Meir Kryger, professor of medicine & clinical professor of nursing

(Elsevier Books)


How Men Age: What Evolution Reveals about Male Health and Mortality

Richard G. Bribiescas, deputy provost for faculty development and diversity

(Princeton University Press)


House Rules: An Architect’s Guide to Modern Life

Deborah Berke, dean of the Yale School of Architecture

(Rizzoli International Publications)


Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating

Moira Weigel, doctoral candidate in comparative literature, film, and media

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)


The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right

Michael J. Graetz and Linda Greenhouse

(Simon & Schuster)


Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Führer

Walter Shapiro, lecturer in political science

(Blue Rider Press)


The Substance of Shadow: A Darkening Trope in Poetic History

John Hollander, Sterling Professor of English

(University of Chicago Press)


Reformations: The Early Modern World, 1450-1650

Carlos M.N. Eire, the T.L. Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies

(Yale University Press)


Hogarth’s Legacy

Cynthia Roman, curator of prints, drawings, & paintings, Lewis Walpole Library

(Yale University Press)


Politics against Domination

Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science

(Harvard University Press)


The Direct Anterior Approach to Hip Reconstruction

Dr. Kristaps J. Keggi, the Elihu Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

(Slack Books)


Design: The Invention of Desire

Jessica Helfand, senior critic in graphic design

(Yale University Press)


Follow the Money: Essays on International Taxation

Michael J. Graetz, the Justus S. Hotchkiss Professor Emeritus of Law

(Yale Law Library)


Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale

Robert A.M. Stern, dean of the Yale School of Architecture, and Jimmy Stamp

(Yale University Press)


The Poet of Them All

Elisabeth R. Fairman, chief curator of rare books and manuscripts

(Yale University Press)


Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible

William N. Goetzmann, the Beinecke Professor of Finance and Management Studies

(Princeton University Press)


Fractal Worlds: Grown, Built, and Imagined

Michael Frame, adjunct professor of mathematics, and Amelia Urry

(Yale University Press)


Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences, and Reform

Susan Rose-Ackerman, the Luce Professor of Jurisprudence, and Bonnie Palifka

(Cambridge University Press)


Making the Case: The Art of the Judicial Opinion

Paul W. Kahn, the Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities

(Yale University Press)


Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos

Priyamvada Natarajan, professor of astronomy and of physics

(Yale University Press)


Sweet Theft: A Poet’s Commonplace Book

J.D. McClatchy, adjunct professor of English and editor of The Yale Review

(Counterpoint Press)


House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth

Richard Conniff, associate at the Peabody Museum of Natural History

(Yale University Press)


Exploration and Discovery

David K. Skelly, director of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and Thomas J. Near, associate professor in ecology and evolutionary biology

(Yale University Press)


A New Deal for Old Age: Toward a Progressive Retirement

Anne L. Alstott, the Jacquin D. Bierman Professor of Law

(Harvard University Press)


American Amnesia

Jacob S. Hacker, the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science, and Paul Pierson, professor of political science at the University of California-Berkeley

(Simon & Schuster)


The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness

David Gelernter, professor of computer science

(W.W. Norton & Company)


The Death of Cancer

Dr. Vincent T. DeVita Jr., the Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine, and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn

(Sarah Crichton Books)


From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives

Jeffrey E. Garten, Dean Emeritus of the Yale School of Management



Bach’s Major Vocal Works: Music, Drama, Liturgy

Markus Rathey, associate professor of music history

(Yale University Press)


The Theological Anthropology of David Kelsey

Edited by Gene Outka, professor emeritus of divinity and of religious studies

(Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)


Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power

Susan E. Cahan, associate dean for the arts at Yale College

(Duke University Press)


The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups

Erika Christakis, lecturer in the Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy & associate master, Silliman College



The Future of Law and Economics: Essays in Reform and Recollection

Guido Calabresi, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law

(Yale University Press)


Meant to Be Shared: The Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints

Suzanne Boorsch, the Robert L. Solley Curator of Prints and Drawings

(Yale University Press)


Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World

Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology

(Yale University Press)


Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles

John Mack Faragher, the Howard R. Lamar Professor of History & American Studies

(W.W. Norton & Company)


Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity

Jonathan Wyrtzen, assistant professor of sociology and of history

(Cornell University Press)


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