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Monday, January 12, 2009

Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston

Renowned as FDR’s favorite warship, the cruiser USS Houston faced a bitter battle in the far Pacific after Pearl Harbor. With no hope for reinforcement, its crew saw a deadly rain of fire from Japanese bombers.

James D. Hornfischer (MBA ‘98; JD ‘01) brings to life the terror of nighttime naval battles and the valiant effort of the crew as they miraculously escaped disaster—until their luck ran out in the Sunda Strait. The Houston was finally sunk and its survivors…

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Alum’s Book Parodies Pregnancy Guide

In a spoof on the pregnancy self-help book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” Mary K. Moore (BJ ‘96) spotlights the absurd moments of pregnancy and shakes the sugar-coating off symptoms.

Sure to brighten the day of any woman, “preggars” or not, Moore’s book delivers tongue-in-cheek advice on everything from how to know when baby prepping reaches a level of paranoia to picking a name to the do the dos and don’ts of “postpartum partying.”

A former New York editor for…

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Power of the Zoot

Even those who skipped history class one too many times know of the baggy zoot suits worn by many minority youths during the 1940s. Few, however, know the extent to which the flamboyantly colored zoot suits represented a subculture.

In a heavily researched history, alumnus Luis Alvarez (Ph.D. History ‘01) examines the black, Hispanic, and sometimes white suit-wearers often depicted as renegades from mainstream society and illuminates their point of view with interviews of former zoot suiters.

Alvarez examines the instances leading…