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 susan.gonzalez@yale.edu.

Nymph, Dun and Spinner

Dolores Hayden, professor of architecture, urbanism and American studies

(WordTech Communications)

“Nymph, Dun and Spinner,” Dolores Hayden’s second collection of poetry, maps American landscapes and illuminates the natural and built worlds, from the paint colors on Kiowa tipis to the right angle grids of Shaker towns to the mimicry of fishing tackle.


Political Theology: Four New Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty

Paul W. Kahn, the Robert W. Winner Professor of Law and the Humanities and director of the Orville H. Schell Center for Human Rights

(Columbia University Press)

In his new book, Paul Kahn takes up and rethinks the themes of Carl Schmitt’s 1922 book “Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty.” He describes an American political theology as a secular inquiry into ultimate meanings sustaining our faith in the popular sovereign. He maintains that American political life begins with the revolutionary willingness to sacrifice and that both sacrifice and law continue to ground the American political imagination. He offers a political theology that has as its center the practice of freedom realized in political decisions, legal judgments and, finally, in philosophical inquiry itself.


In the Real World of Democratic Theory

Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science, the Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center and professor (adjunct) of law

(Princeton University Press)

Tracing modern democracy’s roots to John Locke and the American founders, Ian Shapiro maintains that they saw more deeply into the dynamics of democratic politics than have many of their successors. Drawing on the insights of Locke and James Madison, Shapiro evaluates democracy’s changing global fortunes over the past two decades. He explores the contrast between its successful establishment in South Africa and its failures elsewhere, particularly in the Middle East. He spells out the implications of his account for long-standing debates about public opinion, judicial review, abortion and inherited wealth, as well as more recent concerns with globalization, national security and international terrorism.


James Boswell: London Journal 1762-1763

Edited by Gordon Turnbull, general editor of the Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell

(Penguin Classics)

This book is the first re-editing of a bestselling portion of the young James Boswell’s diary, first published in 1950 as the inaugural volume in the Yale Boswell Editions series.


Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities

Alexander Garvin, professor (adjunct) at the School of Architecture

(W.W. Norton & Company)

Alexander Garvin explains the history and evolution of public parks to their planning, location, property acquisition, site adaptation, design, development, finance, stewardship and governance. He examines how public parks have become as central to contemporary life as airports, highways and other components of infrastructure and how, as a result, they play a major role in enhancing personal welfare and improving public health, sustaining a living environment, incubating a civil society and shaping regional development.

Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms

Judith Resnik, the Arthur Liman Professor of Law, and Dennis Curtis, clinical professor emeritus of law and professorial lecturer in law

(Yale University Press)

Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis explore the evolution of adjudication into its modern form as well as the intimate relationship between the courts and democracy. They analyze how Renaissance “rites of judgment” turned into democratic “rights,” requiring governments to respect judicial independence, provide open and public hearings, and accord access and dignity to “every person.”

The Banana Tree at the Gate: A History of Marginal Peoples and Global Markets in Borneo

Michael R. Dove, the Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology and director of the Tropical Resources Institute, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

(Yale University Press)

The “Hikayat Banjar,” a native court chronicle from Borneo, characterizes the irresistibility of natural resource wealth to outsiders as “the banana tree at the gate.” Michael Dove employs this phrase as a metaphor to frame the history of resource relations between the indigenous peoples of Borneo and the world system. In analyzing production and trade in forest products, pepper, and especially natural rubber, Dove shows that the involvement of Borneo’s native peoples in commodity production for global markets is ancient and successful, and that processes of globalization began millennia ago.


Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Amy Chua, the John M. Duff Professor of Law

(The Penguin Press)

In “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” Amy Chua describes the differences between Chinese and Western parenting and chronicles her decision to raise her two daughters the Chinese way: preparing them for the future by arming them with skills, discipline, strong work habits and inner confidence. Her account reveals both the rewards and costs of her decision.


The Structure of Light: Richard Kelly and the Illumination of Modern Architecture

Featuring a forward by Robert A.M. Stern, dean of the School of Architecture, and a contribution by D. Michelle Addington, the Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design and professor at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

(Yale University Press)

Edited by Dietrich Neumann of Brown University, this book explores Richard Kelly’s influence on modern architecture and his lighting designs for some of the 20th-century’s most iconic buildings. In addition to the foreword by Robert A.M. Stern, the book features the contributions from six historians, architects and practitioners, including D. Michelle Addington. The illustrated history demonstrates the range of applications, building types and artistic solutions Kelly employed to achieve a “nocturnal modernity” that would render buildings evocatively different at night.


A Landscape Manifesto

Diana Balmori, visiting professor at the School of Architecture

(Yale University Press)

This book presents landscape architect Diana Balmori’s vision of the theory and practice of urban landscape design as a discipline that combines the science of ecology with the formal aspects of aesthetics. She advocates for a new formal language that reflects a philosophical shift in the understanding of nature, along with “realignments” in how humans relate to nature and live in today’s world — changes that will shape the livable city of the future.

Thomas Lawrence: Regency Brilliance and Power

Cassandra Albinson, associate curator of painting and sculpture at the Yale Center for British, and Peter Funnell and Lucy Peltz

(Yale University Press)

Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) was considered the pre-eminent portraitist of the Regency period, depicting monarchs, political leaders, aristocratic families, actresses and more. This book explores Lawrence’s political friendships and allegiances along with his role as witness to significant historical events, and contrasts these with his ability to depict the charm and innocence of childhood.


Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment

Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, associate professor at the School of Architecture (with a foreword by Robert A.M. Stern, dean of the School of Architecture)

(Yale University Press)

This work offers a comprehensive look at the range of work by Pritzker Prize-winner Kevin Roche, considered one of the most acclaimed architects of the postwar era. It includes his corporate commissions for more than 38 company headquarters, his master plans of major universities and museums (including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and the Central Park Zoo), as well as most recent projects. The book draws on previously inaccessible archival materials and unpublished interviews to present the range of Roche’s career and place his work within the history of modern architecture.