Yale Books in Brief
The following is a list of books recently or soon to be published by members of the Yale community. Descriptions are based on material provided by the publishers. Authors of new books can forward publishers’ book descriptions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Boswell: The Journal of His German and Swiss Travels, 1764
(Yale University Press)
This volume is the first in the Yale Research Series of James Boswell’s journals. Edited by Marlies K. Danziger, an English professor emerita at Hunter College of the City University of New York, it covers Boswell’s youthful travels through the German and Swiss territories from mid-June 1764 (after his law studies at Utrecht) to New Year’s Day, 1765, when he crossed the Alps for the next stages of his European tour in Italy, Corsica and France. It includes the complete text of Boswell’s diaries and notes, as well as a daily record of expenses.
In their words
With this “Yale Books in Brief,” the Yale Bulletin & Calendar introduces a new feature: short readings by some of the authors whose books appear in this section. The first features Yale historian Frank Prochaska. His reading can be found at:http://feeds.feedburner.com/yale/booksandauthors
The Eagle & The Crown: Americans and the British Monarchy
Frank Prochaska, lecturer and senior research scholar in history
(Yale University Press)
America’s fascination with the British monarchy from the Revolutionary period to the death of Princess Diana is the subject of “The Eagle & The Crown: Amercans and the British Monarchy” by Frank Prochaska. He argues that the United States is not only beguiled by the British monarchy but is itself something of a disguised monarchy. He tells of how the Founding Fathers created what Teddy Roosevelt later called an “elective king” in the office of the president, conferring quasi-regal status on the occupant of the Oval Office. Prochaska also contends that members of the British royal family who visit the United States have been key players in the emergence of America’s obsession with celebrity.
ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults
Edited by Thomas E. Brown, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry
(American Psychiatric Publishing Inc.)
“ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults” examines the multiple ways in which ADHD is complicated by other psychiatric and learning disorders in both children and adults. It features comprehensive, research-based information on the condition and its full range of comorbidities - from mood disorders to developmental coordination disorder - written by researcher-clinicians familiar with the complications that these additional disorders pose. The handbook offers a new paradigm for understanding ADHD, viewing it not as a simple behavior disorder but as a complex developmental impairment of executive functions in the brain.
Corporate Governance: Promises Kept, Promises Broken
Jonathan R. Macey, the Sam Harris Professor of Corporate Law, Corporate Finance and Securities Law, and deputy dean of the Law School
(Princeton University Press)
In the wake of the Enron meltdown and other corporate scandals, the United States has increasingly relied on Securities and Exchange Commission oversight and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which set tougher rules for boards, management and public accounting firms to protect the interests of shareholders. In “Corporate Governance: Promises Kept, Promises Broken,” Jonathan Macey argues that such reliance is badly misplaced. He claims that less government regulation, not more, is what’s needed to ensure that managers of public companies keep their promises to investors. Macey tells how heightened government oversight has put a stranglehold on what is the best protection against malfeasance by self-serving management: the market itself. Corporate governance, he maintains, is about keeping promises to shareholders; failure to do so results in diminished investor confidence, which leads to capital flight and other dire economic consequences. Macey discusses how non-market governance devices such as boards and whistle-blowers are highly susceptible to being co-opted by management and are generally guided more by self-interest and personal greed than by investor interests. In contrast, he says, market-driven mechanisms such as trading and takeovers represent more reliable solutions to the problem of corporate governance.
Lisa Kereszi, lecturer in the School of Art
(Damiani Art Publishing)
“Fantasies” presents two distinct projects by photographer Lisa Kereszi featuring images from vaudeville/burlesque shows, including Show World, a now-closed Times Square strip club. Her first project is a piece of reportage dealing with strip clubs in the aftermath of the prohibition of strip shows by the Giuliani adminstration. Kereszi introduces images of various theaters and dressing rooms, including Show World itself, with its lockers still full of shoes and abandoned objects. In the second project, Kereszi portrays the girls of the New Burlesque movement: performers reviving the art of striptease, which is considered more “tease” than “strip.” In just a few years, the movement has gone from being underground to being featured in films and practiced by celebrities in Hollywood.
Evaluation Essentials: Methods for Conducting Sound Research
Beth Osborne Daponte, senior research scientist and scholar at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the MacMillan Center
“Evaluation Essentials: Methods for Conducting Sound?Research” offers a comprehensive foundation in the core concepts, theories and methods of program evaluation. It includes examples of program descriptions from a variety of sectors, including public policy, public health, non-profit management, social work, arts management, education, international assistance and labor. The book provides a step-by-step approach to the process and methods of program evaluation. Daponte shows how to form evaluation questions, describe programs using program theory and program logic models, understand causation as it relates to evaluation, use quasi-experimental design and create meaningful outcome measures. The book also offers approaches to collecting data and introduces readers to survey design and sampling.
The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist’s Guide to Success in Business and Life
Barry Nalebuff, the Milton Steinbach Professor at the School of Management, and Avinash K. Dixit
Game theory, Barry Nalebuff and Avinash K. Dixit point out in “The Art of Stategy,”? is about anticipating an opponent’s next moves, knowing that a rival is trying to do the same. Though parts of game theory involve simple common sense, much of it is counterintuitive, say the authors. They maintain that it can only be mastered by developing a new way of seeing the world. Using a diverse array of case studies - from pop culture, television, movies, sports, politics and history - Nalebuff and Dixit show how nearly every business and personal interaction has a game-theory component to it. Mastering game theory, say the authors, will make individuals more successful in business and life, and their book aims to help provide the key.
The Household: Informal Order Around the Hearth
Robert C. Ellickson, the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Property and Urban Law
(Princeton University Press)
In “The Household: Informal Order Around the Hearth,” Robert Ellickson notes how legal underpinnings, social considerations and economic constraints all influence how household participants select their homemates and govern their interactions around the hearth. Drawing on a range of historical and statistical sources, Ellickson contrasts family-based households with the more complex arrangements in medieval English castles, Israeli kibbutzim and contemporary cohousing communities. He shows that most individuals, when structuring their home relationships, pursue a strategy of consorting with intimates. This, he asserts, facilitates informal coordination and tends ultimately to enhance the quality of domestic interactions. He challenges utopian critics who seek to enlarge the scale of the household and legal advocates who urge household members to rely more on written contracts and lawsuits.