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Harvard Authors’ Bookshelf

Harvard Authors' Bookshelf

Damaged Heritage:
The Elaine Race Massacre and
a Story of Reconciliation
J. Chester Johnson ’66

Amazon Bestseller & on a Goodreads' list of Best Nonfiction Books. An American race massacre & racial reconciliation. Pegasus /Simon & Schuster 

Summing Up:
A Professional Memoir
Bertram Fields, J.D. ’52

A delightfully readable tour of a remarkable career among the rich and famous. Fields has spent his entire professional career as an attorney. Get it on Amazon 

Gloriana: Exploring The
Reign of Elizabeth I
Bertram Fields, J.D. ’52

A breathless account of Elizabeth's rise to power. Was she "The Virgin Queen"? Did she sanction murder? Fully illustrated in color. Get it at Amazon 

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 

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 Amazon

The Leadership PIN Code
Dr. Nashater Deu Solheim,
HNI ’16
A unique and proven framework for negotiating and influencing in daily work. With 3 simple keys, you get what you need while also maintaining positive relationships.

A Long Time Coming:
A Lyrical Biography of Race in
America from Ona Judge to
Barack Obama
Ray Anthony Shepard, M.A.T. ’71

The struggles of six Black Americans from different eras. The story of heroes whose love of justice changed America.

The Upside of Inequality:
How Good Intentions
Undermine the Middle Class
Edward Conard, M.B.A. ’82

Top Ten NY Times Best-selling Author Larry Summers: "a valuable contribution." www.EdwardConard.com. Available on Amazon 

Harvard Square: A Love Story
Catherine J. Turco ’99, M.B.A. ’03,
Ph.D. ’11

A gripping history of the Square—why it is so beloved, why each generation laments "it's not what it used to be," and what it teaches us about local downtowns everywhere.

Parenting MBA:
How to Apply What Makes You
Successful at Work to the Most
Important Job of Your Life
Joshua Leibowitz, M.B.A. ’97

If H.B.S. and McKinsey raised children together, this easy-to-read advice book would hold their parenting strategies.

There Are No Do-Overs:
The Big Red Factors for
Sustaining a Business Long Term
Tom Raffio, FLMI ’78, Dave Cowens,
and Barbara McLaughlin

Insight on creating a winning team at the office by reviewing lessons from the basketball court. Amazon.com.

Prepare for Crisis, Plan to Thrive:
The Inside Story of How
One Company Did It Right
Tom Raffio, FMLI ’78
and Diane H. Schmalensee

Available at The Bookery (Manchester, NH), Gibson's Bookstore (Concord, NH), and Amazon.com.

Pericles and Aspasia:
A Novel of Ancient Greece
Yvonne Korshak ’58

Pericles, the visionary of democracy, and the influential courtesan Aspasia find love against the odds, their story bringing to life the arts, politics, and history of a brilliant classical world.

Making the World Over
R. Marie Griffith, Ph.D. ’95

Examines the histories behind issues at the root of U.S. conflicts, from race and immigration to reproductive rights. Griffith "confronts the ugliness of who we are as Americans and dares to imagine us otherwise," writes Eddie Glaude.

My Life and Times
William B. Wray (Pete), J.D. ’76

Narrative of a life both ordinary and extraordinary, including at Harvard Law School 1973-76, as geologist, lawyer & businessman. In paperback or hardcover, 906 p. At Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

Francisco de Goya
and the Art of Critique
Anthony Cascardi, Ph.D. ’80

From Zone Books, this landmark study probes the relationship between Goya's extraordinary and sometimes baffling work and the interconnected issues of modernity, Enlightenment, and critique.

The Value of Drawing Instruction in the Visual Arts and Across Curricula
Seymour Simmons III, Ed.D. ’88

The case for learning to draw in the digital age, cultivating visual thinking across disciplines, and holistic development across the lifespan. Now in paperback.

Parallel Lives
Judith A. Ferry, A.M. ’13

A modern retelling of the epic of the Trojan War. "Rich and intimate, it tells a story of courage and redemption...a satisfying take on what it means to be a hero." "[A] worthwhile novel about the dangers of rancor and spite."—Kirkus

Einstein: The Man and His Mind
Gary S. Berger ’64

A stunning visual biography with 150 annotated images many never before seen by the public. Images, anecdotes, and text offer a window into the life of the scientist who radically realigned our ideas of light, matter, time, and space.

Inequality Kills Us All:
Stephen Bezruchka, A.M. ’67
"This superb book will convince anyone ... that something is brutally wrong with American health."—Robert Sapolsky, Stanford U. "...makes a case for the changes necessary for creating a healthier world."—Sandro Galea, BU, SPH.

The Elephant and the Mouse
Laura A. Liswood, M.B.A. ’76

New ways of succeeding in diversity, equity and inclusion with emphasis on tactics and strategies. Why leaders confuse efforts with outcomes creating the illusion of inclusion. Success comes if everyone works in a true meritocracy.

Missing Elements in the Public
Science Supporting the COVID-19
Spread Narrative in the US
James L. Sherley ’80, M.D., Ph.D.

Critical scientific analysis indicating the U.S. government's response to COVID-19 was greatly out of proportion to the level of actual disease threat.

The Woman in Green
Larry Lockridge, Ph.D. ’69

The last standalone yet interrelated novel of The Enigma Quartet. Artwork: Marcia Scanlon.
"Brilliantly skewers the pretensions of our modern dystopian age with devastating humor."—Robert J. Mrazek. Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

The Resurrection of
Fulgencio Ramirez
Rudy Ruiz ’90, M.P.P. ’93
"With an atmospheric setting and beguiling prose...well-developed characters, and charming elements of magic realism, Ruiz conjures a magnetic story."—ALA Booklist. RudyRuiz.com.

Valley of Shadows
Rudy Ruiz ’90, M.P.P. ’93
"Ruiz's engaging tale...is immersive and atmospheric. Ruiz deftly combines elements of romance, historical mystery, horror, and magical realism to deliver a richly satisfying adventure."—ALA Booklist. RudyRuiz.com

Prove It: A Climate Revelation for People Just Like You!
John B. Hawkins, M.B.A. ’74

Hawkins offers a compelling read that questions the prevailing climate change consensus and explores the science supporting an alternative theory for the "climate change crisis."

Mean Circles
Gary W. Farneti ’71

A taut read that's well written and infused with greed, politics, murder, sex, and innocence lost. You are drawn in immediately with characters who are 3-dimensional and believable. Available on Amazon.com.

Nothing Ventured
Steven L. Pease, M.B.A. ’67

This engaging memoir chronicles 11 years spent creating a major Russian rail car leasing company plus 22 years of pro bono service leading a U.S. sponsored Russian venture capital firm and serving on a Russia Foundation Board.

In the Presence of Chad Himself:
The Ambassadors Retold
J. S. Berkman ’77, J.D. ’82

Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked, says: "You've done an amazing job...perfectly in charge of the narrative...it is succeeding wildly...and I'm delighted to tell you how much I enjoyed it."

Hammer and Tongs:
Journal of an Artist and Sculptor
Murray Dewart ’70

This is a rare look inside the art world and art making by an internationally recognized sculptor. Dewart has built large public sculptures around the world over the course of fifty years. It's a poetic story as he tells it.

Great Cases I Lost:
Thirteen Legal Cases
Which Taught Me Humility
Mervyn Hecht, J.D. ’63

A sometimes humorous, sometimes heartaching account of cases the author, a lawyer in Pacific Palisades, CA, remembers from his 60-year career.

An Artistic Tribute to Harriet Tubman
Edited by: Julia C. Davis, Ed.M. ’73
and Jeanne DeFazio
Afterword by: Wilma Faye Mathis

Artwork: Tony Gangitano and Olga Soler. "A timely tribute to Harriet Tubman..."—Aida Besancon Spencer.

Citizens Uniting to Restore
Our Democracy
Daniel Kemmis ’68,
Institute of Politics Fellow ’98

This book offers a long-term view of the ills afflicting American democracy and a long-game prescription for healing it. https://citizens-uniting.org

Waking Up Is Hard To Do:
How a Long Lost, Former Altar Boy
Found His Way Home on the Buddha's Eightfold Path
Thomas Pedulla ’75

A memoir about second chances. And an invitation to discover the truths hidden within us and all around us.

Architecture as Art:
The Work of Stephen M. Sullivan
Stephen M. Sullivan, M.Arch. ’81

Illustrates the author's residential architectural practice based in the Pacific Northwest and his design philosophy based on the classics of Western architecture and traditions of Japan.

The Burnout Challenge
Christina Maslach ’67
with Michael P. Leiter

The authors' research takes today's discussions about the nature of the workplace to a new level. Provides pragmatic, creative, and cost-effective solutions to improve employee well-being.

Hidden History of
Cambridge & Harvard
Jane Merrill, M.A.T. ’71

Do you know how the pasts of Harvard and Cambridge intertwine? This little book will explain it all. The author has written numerous cultural histories, two with John Endicott ’67.

Breaking Free: The Lie of
Equality and the Feminist
Fight for Freedom
Marcie Bianco ’02

A bold argument that "equality" is a racist, patriarchal ideal that perpetuates women's systemic oppression...with a plan to transform the movement.

Astrofeminism: A New Lens on
Space for Earth's Restoration
Layla Martin ’21

Tackles the persistent lack of gender parity in aerospace and provides a framework for unpacking and addressing complex power structures. Visit Westphalia Press to secure your copy.

Stories From the Starting Line
Tom Raffio ’78 with Ellen Raffio
and Erika Alison Cohen

Tom Raffio, President & CEO, Northeast Delta Dental, his wife Ellen, and Erika, all avid runners, share conversations with marathon winners, elite racers and everyday joggers.

The Expressive Instinct
Girija Kaimal, Ed.M. ’02, Ed.D. ’07

Self-expression is a fundamental drive and creativity a universal human trait. Learn how research indicates that creative expression externalizes imagination, and, enhances mental and physical health. Oxford University Press.

North Korea's Hidden
Revolution: How the
Information Underground is
Transforming a Closed Society
Jieun Baek ’09, M.P.P. ’14

Citizens risk their lives to circulate and consume forbidden media, altering social and political consciousness.

Come from Nowhere
Ann Bennett Spence, A.M. ’69
(pen name Bian An)

Childhood memoir by daughter of a Chinese mother and American father who met in Beijing during Japan's invasion of China. As Chinese, American, and both, An(n) lived this story that stretches from China's civil war to the Vietnam War.

Dirty Science
Bob Gebelein ’56

WINNER OF 4 BOOK AWARDS. Self-knowledge for academia: How dirty politics overpowers critical thinking and blocks academic freedom. Paperback, Kindle, and audiobook on Amazon.com 

Re-Educating Myself
Bob Gebelein ’56

An epic search for a new civilization, showing how "human nature" itself can be changed. This second edition contains updated language and a preface with my thoughts since the book was first published. On Amazon.com.

Happiness and Survival
Bob Gebelein ’56

For personal happiness and survival of the species, everybody needs to go to a psychotherapist. Severe criticism of the academic community for actually removing knowledge from our culture. Paperback and Kindle on Amazon.

Talent Disruption:
People Are the Brands
Alexander Mirza, M.B.A. ’97

Data science insights into the root causes of the labor shortage. Provides a roadmap for using AI to build a new talent engine in service industries including hospitality, healthcare, and retail.

Code Pink: A Novel
Marilyn Baird Mets, S.M. ’72, M.D.,

Joan Turner, a Chicago medical student becomes embroiled in a search for the culprits of a baby stealing ring that is targeting underprivileged women. Help arrives from her 159-year-old aunt!

A Friendship in Twilight
Jack Miles, Ph.D. '71
and Mark C. Taylor, Ph.D. '72

The pandemic correspondence of two widely published public intellectuals, friends since the fateful Harvard year of 1968, sharing fears alongside dreams as only old friends can do.

Higher Purpose Venture Capital
Ron Levin, M.B.A. ’08

Dives into fifty innovative, early-stage business ventures that are helping to solve problems related to social and financial inclusion and are backed by venture capital investors. Available on Amazon and BarnesAndNoble.com.

We Can Do It
Michael T. Gengler, J.D. ’69

In choosing desegregation, the NAACP was not racist. Freedom of choice then full desegregation Alachua County, FL. In-depth review of highly-rated Black high school, pros/cons, protests and trial over closing. Over 100 interviews. 

Renegade for Justice
Stephen Lee Saltonstall ’67

Entertaining, enlightening courtroom war-stories by a defender of the defenseless: despised criminals, abused children, the poor, political activists, and Black Bears and neotropical songbirds. On Amazon.

Savings and Loons
Douglas Beresford ’78

This light-hearted and wry take on small-town versus big-city law firm life reflects universal strains of yearning, conflict and, ultimately, deep affection and redemption. Based on the author's real-life experiences. On Amazon.

Courageous Dissent
A.S. Kyle, M.B.A. ’73, M.P.A. ’99
A remarkably frank narrative that puts forth the premise that conflicting war strategies made the Vietnam War unwinnable. "Meticulously researched and well written...I highly recommend this book."—Goodreads, Dick Camp

Breaking the Rules:
The Intimate Diary
of Ross Terrill
Ross Terrill, Ph.D. ’70
Editor: Philip Gambone ’70

An intimate, sometimes shocking, look at the life of an extraordinary man, Ross Terrill, an award-winning China expert.

James Oglethorpe
Father of Georgia
Michael L. Thurmond, KSGEE ’91

Using meticulous research and fresh historical analysis, Michael L. Thurmond rewrites the prehistory of American abolitionism and adds an important new chapter to Georgia's origin story.

Going First
Nell Derick Debevoise '02

Are you clear on the purpose of your business—and your life? When we lead and live with purpose, we move beyond fear and transform our lives, our companies, and even the world! With insight from over 150 C-level executives.

Purpose Party Playbook
Nell Derick Debevoise ’02

The Playbook dives deep into the joyful and rewarding endeavor of living and leading with purpose. The Playbook guides you or a team through the purpose journey, with action-oriented questions, exercises, and tools.

Respect the Weeds
Peter J. Buonfiglio ’87
and Adan K. Pope

A roadmap designed to provide you with the insights you need to get out of your comfort zone and make the hard decisions required to drive new business models forward. On Amazon.

Money with Meaning
Alex Johnston ’94

From understanding the ultimate results of your giving to practical advice on hiring help and designing philanthropic legal structures, a necessary guide for any donor who wants to bring greater impact and joy to their giving.

Land of Bear And Eagle: A Home
in the Kodiak Wilderness
Tanyo Ravicz ’83

The testament of one of Alaska's last homesteaders, this book offers a vision of what it means to be wedded to a place and fully alive to the world. Hancock House Publishers and Amazon.

The Brothers Dragon
J.F. Baker, A.L.M. ’22

Brothers Luke and Nick stumble upon a huge secret: their family can transform into dragons. But when Nick is kidnapped by pirates, Luke must earn his fire before Nick—and their entire family legacy—is destroyed.

Stories from Home: Married Days
Sara Hoagland Hunter, Ed.M. ’86

This comic and comforting sequel to the well-loved Stories from Home: Dover Days shines a light on marriage with truths both tender and hilarious. A bedside table book to cherish and savor. Illustrated by Torrie Morrison.

States of the Union
A History of the United States
through Presidential Addresses
David Kaiser ’69, Ph.D. ’76
A wonderful book for anyone interested in American history.—Marc Trachtenberg, UCLA.

Not One of the Boys
Living Life As a Feminist
Brenda Feigen, J.D. ’69
...a candid, wide-ranging and deeply personal memoir that is, as well, an illuminating historical document of a time and a fight for profound societal change.—Alfred A. Knopf Inc.

The Light of Seven Days: A Novel
River Adams, M.T.S ’98

When a Jewish ballerina escapes from the collapsing USSR to Philadelphia, she must confront questions of race, loss, family, and faith. What does it mean to belong? Do we create our own identity? Can we ever start over?

Goss Pocket Chronicles
Judith Robinson ’61

These stories were written as they happened for Capital Hill's Equestrian Society - CHES - on the trials and tribs of starting a horse farm, maintaining the job, and managing the amazing tangles it all generated. E-mail: [email protected].

Getting Over Ourselves:
Moving Beyond a Culture of
Burnout, Loneliness
and Narcissism
Christina Congleton, Ed.M. ’11
For anyone seeking less "productivity enhancement" and more connection and capacity to lead. On Amazon.

Why Is a Verb:
How Well Managed Teams
Turn Purpose into Productivity
Karissa Price, Ph.D. '98
with Stephen Butler, Ph.D.

Two social-scientists-turned-managers, dive into "Why's" struggle to drive performance and map a bold alternative.

Freddie's Last Ride
M.A. Whelan, Ph.D. ’72, M.D.
"...An unbelievably detailed and compelling chronology... that moves from one vivid scene to the next...The book is about justice and injustice...by a doctor who is both authoritative and dogged."— Allan Ropper, M.D. Amazon.

Diversifying Power
Jennie C. Stephens ’97
Radcliffe-Salata Climate Justice
Fellow 2023-2024
Foreword by Ted Landsmark

This book shows why transformative climate justice requires antiracist, feminist leadership. An inspiring read!

The Decline and Fall of the Shah
Timothy C. Tyler, A.L.M. ’23

The story of the Iranian Revolution, the overthrow of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Iran. Discusses the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and Iranian-American relations since 1979.

A History of Panama 1502-2002
Timothy C. Tyler, A.L.M. ’23

This book is a history of Panama from its discovery by Spanish explorers to the turnover of the Panama Canal. It discusses the building of the Panama Canal, Manuel Noriega, the 1989 U.S. invasion, and the War on Drugs.

Look Both Ways
Brooke Ellison ’00, M.P.P. ’04

Exploring hope, identity, inclusion, and love as part autobiography and part sociological analysis, Look Both Ways imparts truths fueled by the spirit of one who refuses to be defined by one event in her life, but by all of them.

Wild Dances
William Lee Adams ’04
"A revealing memoir about surviving childhood trauma"—Kirkus. The only male Miss Harvard recounts his journey from misunderstood Vietnamese-American child to leading authority on the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Leader's Handbook
Andrew Poulin, M.P.A. ’18

A treasure trove of inspiring quotes, excerpts, and anecdotes from influential philosophers such as Socrates, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, and many more. A resource for leaders to read, reflect, and then lead.