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Out of the Running: Why Millennials Reject Political Careers and Why It Matters
Shauna L. Shames '01, Ph.D. '14
Interviews with students from Harvard Law, Harvard's Kennedy School, and Suffolk University Law School reveal why Millennials are rejecting careers in politics.
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A Terrible Beauty
Michael D. Miller, M.B.A. '73
The Vietnam War was not a military failure, it was a marketing failure. We built schools to show them we were friends. The effect was electric. Had our program been expanded we would have won the war.
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Split Rock: A Novel
Holly Hodder Eger '82

Conzett Verlag.
"An intelligent, sensitive storyteller with a strong sense of place, vividly evoking Martha's Vineyard, Eger creates characters and develops her tale with great skill."—Kirkus. On Amazon and at bookstores everywhere.
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Into The Air
Taylor J. Smith '56
Lights up one of the many paths to Blue Planet destruction. Available in hardcover, softcover, and e-book formats from, Barnes & Noble, and local bookstores.
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Son of the Maya
John H. McKoy, M.P.A. '78
Terrorism and immigration grab headlines. This thriller set in the US and Guatemala, involving the daring rescue of a wealthy foundation executive presents a new twist. Explosive collision of views of social change.
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Matilda Empress
Lise Arin '89 (pen name of vetted alum)
Matilda, 12th-C. empress of the HRE, returns to inherit her father's double realm of England and Normandy, but loses her throne to her cousin, Stephen, despite their ongoing, secret love affair. Will politics and passion prove irreconcilable?
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Pacifism: A Philosophy of Nonviolence
Robert L. Holmes '57
This reasoned critique of just war theory and rationales for recent wars including Vietnam and Iraq argues that war in the modern world cannot be morally justified.
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Gilgamesh Plays
Jonathan Bayliss '47
These plays, The Tower of Gilgamesh and Acts of Gilgamesh, form a comedic tragedy exploring ideas about free will, love, creativity, friendship, and religion. From the author of the fiction tetralogy Gloucesterman.
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Going Public: My Adventures Inside the SEC and How To Prevent the Next Devastating Crisis
Norm Champ, J.D. '89
An insider's look at the SEC and the changes needed to strengthen the U.S. financial system.
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Cracker Boy
Frank Godfrey, M.P.A. '79, Ed.D. '83
Follow the painful journey of a young, light-skinned African American boy as he deals with hatred and discrimination from whites as well as from his own people. For some, he was not black enough and for others, he was still too black!
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Handbook of Japanese Applied Linguistics
Edited by: Masahiko Minami, Ed.M. '88, Ed.D. '95
Crosscurrents in applied linguistics. Includes language/literacy skills acquisition, foreign language teaching. Practical implications for Japanese and other languages.
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The Rose of Paracelsus: On Secrets and Sacraments
Leonard Pickard, M.P.P. '97
Harvard encounters the transhuman. "For psychedelically inclined lovers of finely-crafted literature" (Henrik Dahl) A work of "quality and importance" (Nese Devenot).
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Cattle Kingdom
Christopher Knowlton '78
Cattle Kingdom reveals how the West rose and fell, and how its legacy defines us today. The tale takes us from dust-choked cattle drives to the unlikely splendors of boomtowns like Abilene and offers a revelatory new view of the Old West.
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Dog Church
Gail Gilmore, Ed.M. '81
In an unusual Vermont chapel, the "Word of Dog"—Friend, Play, Joy, Trust, Faith, Peace, Love—shines from stained-glass windows and weaves through this memoir of love, faith, devotion, and letting go.
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David Carmell, J.D. '66 (pen name of vetted alum)
Alabama senator Augustus Williams pursues his dream: to be the first Southern white Supreme Court Justice in decades. His four-year quest reverberates across Washington's tangled political web, altering others' lives and American history.
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Destiny: A Novel of Napoleon & Josephine
Bertram Fields, J.D. '52
Napoleon & Josephine. A story of loyalty, betrayal, and tempestuous love set against a sweeping background of intrigue, terror and war. Get it at
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Shylock: His Own Story
Bertram Fields, J.D. '52
Now, Bertram Fields gives us Shakespeare's enigmatic Shylock's full story, his dangerous background, his loves and challenges, and his motivation for the demand of a pound of flesh. Get it at Amazon.
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Wheels of Wonders
John B. (Pell) Loveland '56, MMsc
Was Jesus performing miracles via "acupuncture" points? Are these still hidden in churches, Egyptian symbols, and Western myths? The knowledge of our forgotten, talent-giving anatomy will amaze you!
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Now And Then: Selected Longer Poems
J. Chester Johnson '66
The same amplitude of intelligence, passion & formal achievement as...Melville's Moby Dick and Whitman's Leaves of Grass, and Ginsberg's Fall of America."—Lawrence Joseph
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Alexander Hamilton: The Illustrated Biography
Richard Sylla '62, Ph.D. '69
An illustrated biography of the founding father who shaped America's political, financial, and military institutions, but remained a relatively unsung hero until suddenly popularized by the smash hit musical, Hamilton.
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The Long Goodbye: Dementia Diaries
Margaret R. Miles ’85
The Long Goodbye
offers a reflection on the author's experience of loving a dementia patient. It demonstrates that dementia is not all horror stories; there are also occasions for learning and moments of great beauty.
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The Hampshire Project
Kitty Beer '59
Third novel in the series Resilience: A Trilogy of Climate Chaos. Plain View Press 2017. In 2082, young Terra must battle the evils of rampant climate change. Another gripping eco-thriller! Amazon and bookstores.
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Climate-Proof Your Personal Finances
David W. Stookey '64, M.B.A. '68
Highlights protective actions around the home and community, in careers and investments, and with children. Emphasizes acting ahead of the crowd and finding a relatively climate-proof hometown.
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Living Legendary: A Novel
Jon Pearlman '12
From Harvard's #1 tennis player comes this laugh-out-loud satire about the quest to become a self-help guru. A hilarious, modern novel told through emails, texts, blog posts, and social media exchanges.
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Feel Me Brave: A Chronicle of Illness, Loss and Living Beyond
Walter Horak '70 and Jessica Horak Stout
A father-daughter collaboration blending prose, poetry and imagery in this penetrating exploration of grief.
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Chasing Darkness
Ralph Zieff '62, Ph.D.
A Maine psychotherapist impulsively drives to New York seeking truth following a terrifying session with a serial killer. While indulging addictions to women and food, he's drawn into the underworld of 1993 Manhattan, confronting his demons.
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Madison Avenue Manslaughter
Michael Farmer, M.B.A. '71
Farmer's critical expose defines the problems plaguing the ad industry today and offers corrective solutions to avoid inevitable disaster. Foreword by John Seifert, Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather.
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To Fruit Street and Beyond
Fredric Jarrett, M.D. '67
The MGH, which Harvard medical students say stands for "Man's Greatest Hospital", is Harvard's major teaching hospital. Dr. Jarrett recalls an era when general surgery was predominant and the resident training program autonomous.
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Sketches of the Spirit in Places and Spaces
Jack Peterson, M.Arch. '59
Exquisite ink studies of spectacular structures and significant spaces; their narratives evoke specific spiritual auras spinning from the sights, sounds and scents of these destinations. Available:
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City Streets: Memoir
Frank Del Vecchio, J.D. '62
A young Navy pilot on weekend leave witnesses the demolition of his childhood Boston neighborhood and the cruel displacement of its immigrant community, goes to law school to learn the levers of power, thence Boston and D.C. politics in the turbulent 60s.
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Le Deal
J. Byrne Murphy '81
Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as "a picaresque memoir...filled with insight", Le Deal is a hilarious story of raw entrepreneurship, high stakes politics, and American optimism. Digital or hardcopy books available at
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Done For at the Danford: An Art Museum Mystery
Michal Sherring is Joan Mickelson '56, Ph.D. '76
Museum curator solves murders in the Danford Museum in Edgell, Mass., using her training in iconography and connoisseurship. See & Amazon.
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Lessons from the Prairie
Melissa Francis '95
From Little House actress & Fox News anchor: "One belly laugh after another...a guide to tackling life's toughest challenges, and making your life happier."—Megyn Kelly. Available on (Click photo to enlarge)

Getting Out From Under: Leaving Your Business with Your Cash, Sanity and Soul Intact
Bob Fritz, M.B.A. '68
Achieving the best outcome from an inevitable transition.
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The Sisterhood, The Inside Story of the Women's Movement and the Leaders Who Made it Happen
Marcia Cohen '52
The classic work on the Women's Movement. Fully sourced at Schlesinger Library.
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Women and Health, Second Edition
Edited by: Marlene B. Goldman, M.S. '78, ScD '84, Kathryn M. Rexrode, M.P.H. '94, M.D., and Rebecca Troisi, MA, ScD '94
An award-winning textbook, Women and Health is a comprehensive reference that addresses health issues affecting women of all ages.
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Durable Values: Selected Writings of Peter J. Gomes
Cynthia Wight Rossano, PPC ’73
Radcliffe Publishing Procedures
A biographical anthology of the late internationally acclaimed Harvard minister and New York Times best-selling author.
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When I Go To Harvard
Cynthia Wight Rossano, PPC '73
Radcliffe Publishing Procedures
Illustrated by Mark Steele
Exploring Harvard Yard through word, image, and the adventures of two young people who visit the Yark on their own.
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The Low-Glycal Diet: How to Shed Fat Effortlessly Without Being Hungry or Cutting Out Carbs
Jeffrey S. Dunham, M.D. '83, Ph.D.
Lose 10 lbs in the first 2 weeks! Download free app at the Apple App Store!
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Cassie's Quest: A Historical Love Novel
Ernestine Brown, Ed.M. '74
In America, in 1840, what did it mean to be FREE, if you were female, Black, pregnant and married to a slave? For Cassie, it meant happiness, hardship and hope. Available at
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Fatal Odds
John F. Dobbyn '59, LL.M. '69
Boston trial attorneys, Michael Knight and Lex Devlin, delve into the Amazon rain forest to combat organized crime gangs smuggling endangered species of wild animals. Legal thriller ranging from Boston to the Amazon and Puerto Rico.
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A Land of Slaves
Barry B. Powell '65
Fat Wally Wills, wealthy professor of Art History, is dead at the bottom of his stairs in his lakefront home. Who did it? The lurid facts emerge as his friend Professor Raymond Birch, himself under university scrutiny, delves into Wally's sordid life.
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Wicked Problems, Workable Solutions
Daniel Yankelovich '46, G '49, K '96
We are truly free only when the public has the vision and the wisdom to unravel our nation's wicked problems. Here is how to reboot our democracy.
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Wilhelmina's Alabaster Box
A Daughter's Tribute
Helaine Daniels, Ed.D. ’81
These are a few of the most exciting and titillating events of my life. I have had a lot of fun and laughter AND I've done really serious work. I've been blessed with a myriad of diverse experiences all over the world.
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Bound Feet, Young Hands: Tracking The Demise of Footbinding in Village China
Laurel Bossen, '12 and Hill Gates '63
In the 19th and 20th centuries, millions of Chinese village women and girls had bound feet. Interviews with 2000 women show how market forces ended footbinding.
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Footbinding and Women's Labor in Sichuan
Hill Gates '63
In pre-industrial China, footbinding disciplined even small girls to constant work. 5000 Sichuan village women reveal both earnings and resistance to footbinding.
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Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?
Graham Allison '62, Ph.D. '68
One of the most insightful and thought-provoking books I have ever read on the most important relationship in the world..."—Gen. David Petraeus.
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Hobey Baker and Robert Stiles Tempt Fate
Richard Greeley '49
Hobey's letters home during the air war in WWI and Robert's diary provide a daily account of their combat with the Germans.
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