Books, Music & Film

Winter 2016

Information is provided by publishers, authors, and artists.

Eclipse of the Assassins: The CIA, Imperial Politics, and the Slaying of Mexican Journalist Manuel Buendia Eclipse of the Assassins book cover

Russell H. Bartley ’61 and Sylvia Erickson Bartley
(University of Wisconsin Press)

Tracking a Cold War confrontation that has compromised the national interests of both Mexico and the United States, Eclipse of the Assassins exposes deadly connections among historical events usually remembered as isolated episodes. Authors Russell and Sylvia Bartley shed new light on the U.S.-instigated “dirty wars” that ravaged all of Latin America in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s and reveal how Mexican officials colluded with Washington, D.C., in its proxy contra war against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. They draw together the strands of a clandestine web linking the assassination of prominent Mexican journalist Manuel Buendía; the torture and murder of U.S. DEA agent Enrique Camarena; the Iran-Contra scandal; a major DEA sting against key CIA-linked Bolivian, Panamanian, and Mexican drug traffickers; CIA-orchestrated suppression of investigative journalists; and the criminal collusion of successive U.S. and Mexican administrations that has resulted in the unprecedented power of drug kingpins like “El Chapo” Guzmán. Eclipse of the Assassins places a major political crime — the murder of Buendía — in its full historical perspective and shows how the dirty wars of the past are still claiming victims today.

Fighting Hitler from the North Jersey Suburbs Fighting Hitler Book Cover

James C. Berrall ’56
(Belle Isle Books)

For children residing an ocean apart from the imminent dangers of World War II, the war’s effects were nonetheless felt in a way that shaped a generation. Author James Berrall focuses a nostalgic lens on the American homefront during the second great war, offering a child’s-eye view of the commotion and peculiarities of wartime. Drawing on his boyhood experiences, Berrall recalls everything from popular contemporary songs and radio programs to the looming anticipation of air raids and military invasions. A portrait of an era, Fighting Hitler from the North Jersey Suburbs chronicles the formative years of both a young man and an emerging superpower.


A Tunnel in the Pines A tunnel in the pines book cover

Lucia Greene Connolly ’76
(North Country Press)

It’s the last week of school before summer vacation. Best friends Andrew and Wills realize they’ll have to come up with a plan to avoid getting sucked into the same old stuff their parents sign them up for every year, like soccer or computer camp. This summer, they want adventure. So they start a club with some neighborhood kids, adopting Andrew’s Darwinian science project as their guiding mission. They’re forced to accept Wills’s overbearing older brother, Taylor, and his hulking sidekick, Strat, as members. But something’s wrong with Andrew, and the test to determine who will join their club seems to be rapidly spinning out of control. When outsmarting the older boys proves challenging and the club’s underground initiation goes haywire, surviving it tests the strength of both friendship and brotherhood.

Connolly called the book a “true Colgate effort,” because son Luke ’09 designed the cover, for which daughter Sophie ’07 painted the art.

Moon Patrol Moon Patrol Cover

Devin C. Hughes ’87 and Shane Clester

Moon Patrol is a space-exploration adventure and humor picture book series for young and early readers, focusing on themes of inclusion and diversity. The main character, Axis, travels the galaxy helping the helpless, righting wrongs, and solving problems. He encounters a race of aliens who have altered their DNA to eradicate any diversity or specialty, leaving their world in ruins. Using his magical space-age guitar, Axis adds color and variety to the planet. He helps show the aliens the importance of diversity and the value of having different cultures in a society. The book promotes the story of us all, ensuring that children’s bookshelves contain diverse, non-majority narratives of kids of all different races. (For more on Hughes, see The Chief Inspiration Officer)

Amending the Past: Europe’s Holocaust Commissions and the Right to History Amending the past book cover

Alexander Karn
(University of Wisconsin Press)

During the 1990s and early 2000s in Europe, more than 50 historical commissions were created to confront, discuss, and document the genocide of the Holocaust and to address some of its unresolved injustices. Amending the Past offers an in-depth account of these commissions, examining the complexities of reckoning with past atrocities and large-scale human rights violations.

Colgate history professor Alexander Karn analyzes more than a dozen Holocaust commissions — in Germany, Switzerland, France, Poland, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, and elsewhere — in a comparative framework, situating each in the context of past and present politics, to evaluate their potential for promoting justice and their capacity for bringing the perspectives of rival groups more closely together. Karn also evaluates the media coverage these commissions received and probes their public reception from multiple angles.

Arguing that historical commissions have been underused as a tool for conflict management, Karn offers a program for historical mediation and moral reparation that can deepen democratic commitment and strengthen human rights in both
transitional regimes and existing liberal states.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between Hello Goodbye and Everything in between book cover

Jennifer E. Smith ’03

In Jennifer Smith’s new young adult novel, it’s the night before Clare and Aidan leave for college. They only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of 12 hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

From the Bottom Up: How Small Power Producers and Mini-Grids Can Deliver Electrification and Renewable Energy From the bottom up book cover

Co-authored by Bernard Tenenbaum ’66
(World Bank Publications)

Most sub-Saharan African countries try to promote rural electrification through both centralized and decentralized approaches. This book focuses on the decentralized approach. It provides practical guidance on how policy makers and regulators can help small power producers and mini-grid operators deliver both electrification and renewable energy in rural areas.




Also of note:

Unfinished and Uncollected (Shearsman Books) by George Economou ’56 is an addendum to his versions of the canonical Cavafy poems. This book includes completed versions of the master’s unfinished poems and a number of Economou’s own uncollected poems and translations, giving us a picture of both poet and translator, as well as a shadowy image of Cavafy himself.

Music Theory for Beginners (For Beginners) by Colgate music professor R. Ryan Endris was developed for anyone interested in learning to read and write music, a task that can be quite daunting for novices.

Loch Kelly ’79, a psychotherapist and meditation teacher, has written a meditation training guide with tools for “unhooking” awareness from our chattering minds and dropping into our awake heart space; expanding our sense of intimacy and interconnection; and embodying inner peace, clarity, and love with his new book Shift Into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness (Sounds True).

In Love, Animals, & Miracles: Inspiring True Stories Celebrating the Healing Bond (New World Library), author Bernie S. Siegel ’53 has gathered stories about how relationships with animals can serve as a source of love, wisdom, and miracles.

The Nonfiction Self-Publisher’s Beautiful Book Cover Kit: For Irresistible Book Jackets & Copy (self-published) by Rose Sneeringer ’82 gives book cover design secrets, examples of book cover art, and professional advice to help self-published authors create a covetable cover that will catch readers’ interest.