The Turning: A History of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (1999; New York University Press) offers powerful testimony on the meaning of patriotism and moral courage. Andrew Hunt BS'91 PhD'97 tells the story of young men who served, returned, and then courageously stood up against their country, often while being called "baby-killers" by antiwar radicals and "cowards" by the WWII generation. • Twelve women share their courageous stories of breaking free from abusive relationships in Surviving Domestic Violence: Voices of Women Who Broke Free (2000; Agreka Books; paper, $14.95), by Elaine Weiss, clinical associate professor of family and preventive medicine. • Readers interested in ideas, philosophy, history, the great leaders of the U, religion, or just a warm enthralling conversation will find them all in Matters of Conscience: Conversations with Sterling M. McMurrin on Philosophy, Education, and Religion (1996; Signature Books; cloth, $28.95), by the late Sterling M. McMurrin and L. Jackson Newell. McMurrin was well known in Utah as the E.E. Ericksen Professor of Philosophy, a skilled administrator, and one of the famous "swearing elders." • All who encounter Robert Henry Hinckley: Getting to Know Him (1998; Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah; cloth, $10.00), by Bae Gardner ex'49, will be uplifted and challenged toward improved citizenry because of Hinckley's example. He established the Hinckley Institute because he believed that "our young, best minds must be encouraged to enter politics." • A close friend of several well-known writers of her time, including Chateaubriand, Sainte-Beuve, Beranger, George Sand, and Marie d'Agoult, Hortense Allart, the French feminist and Romantic writer from the nineteenth century, provides the subject for a biography by Helynne Hollstein Hansen BA'73 MA'82 PhD'90, Hortense Allart: The Woman and the Novelist (1998; University Press of America; cloth, $44.00). • David O. McKay BS1897, best known as having been president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for nearly 20 years, served a two-year LDS mission to Scotland. His missionary diaries are now available in What E'er Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part: The Missionary Diaries of David O . McKay (1998; Blue Ribbon Books; cloth, $25.00), co-edited by Stan and Patricia Larsen.

Ranchers, miners, sheepherders, Native Americans, urban refugees, federal land managers, fundamentalists, communitarians, utopians, vendors of shelter and refreshment-all choose to live in the dry heart of the Great Basin, one of America's most isolated and arid environments. Photo documentarian, writer, and U professor Craig Denton MA'76 offers up thoughtful discussion, striking images, and compelling portraits in his book, People of the West Desert: Finding Common Ground (1999; Utah State University Press; paper). • Irrigation came to the arid West in a wave of optimism about the power of water to make the desert bloom. In his book, Irrigated Eden: The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West (1999; University of Washington Press; cloth, $35.00), Mark Fiege PhD'94 portrays how human actions inadvertently helped to create a strange and sometimes baffling ecology. • The late Harold Schindler ex'51 offers both an entertaining introduction to Utah and a distinguished view of the state's peculiar history in In Another Time: Sketches of Utah History (1998; Utah State University Press; cloth, $34.95; paper, $19.95), a collection of his best feature articles from The Salt Lake Tribune. • In her Hiker's Guide to California Native Places: Interpretive Trails, Reconstructed Villages, Rock-Art Sites and the Indigenous Cultures They Evoke (1999; Wilderness Press; paper, $13.95), Nancy Salcedo BS'84 covers those places throughout California that evidence Native cultures in their natural state, before encroachment of the modern world. • In eloquent language and stories, members of the LDS faith such as Hugh Nibley, Vaughn J. Featherstone, Wayne Owens JD'64, Eugene England BA'58, and Dorothy Allred Solomon BA'71 MA'81 relate personal experiences with the natural world in New Genesis: A Mormon Reader on Land and Community (1999; Gibbs Smith Publisher; cloth, $29.95; paper, $19.95), edited by Terry Tempest Williams BS'79 MS'84, William B. Smart ex'55, and Gibbs M. Smith BS'63 MS'66. • Exploring the positions of both pro-wilderness and multiple-use advocates, Contested Landscape: The Politics of Wilderness in Utah and the West (1999; University of Utah Press; paper, $19.95), edited by Doug Goodman MS'96 and Professor Daniel McCool, frames the national controversy about Bureau of Land Management acreage-a debate that has continued virtually unabated for over 20 years.

Positioning readers in the midst of Greece in the fifth century B.C., Modern Echoes from Ancient Hills: Our Greek Heritage (1998; Freethinker Press; cloth, $15.95), by the late Marvin J. Bertoch BA'38 LLB'41 and Julia Brixen Bertoch BS'37 MS'71, tells the story of the Athenian statesman, Pericles, and his love affair with the beautiful Aspasia. This chronicle dramatizes the legal and political wars fought on or near the three most celebrated hills of Athens. • In The Saxon Mirror: A Sachsenspiegel of the Fourteenth Century (1999; University of Pennsylvania Press; cloth, $69.50), Maria Dobozy a professor of languages and literature, offers a translation of the very first German lawbook written in the vernacular. This lawbook, with its amendments, marks a major shift in the history of German law from purely oral authority and transmission to a written documentation that allowed greater consistency in legal procedure. • The Time of the Little Black Bird (1999; Swallow Press; cloth, $28.95; paper, $16.95), by Helen Papanikolas BA'39, is a novel of generations, beginning with the story of a young, semiliterate Greek and his plans to build a future for his family in America. Unlike the Greek stories of old, the drama is rendered on a human scale.

Celebrating an active 150-year history, The University of Utah: 150 Years of Excellence (2000; University of Utah Press; cloth, $34.95), by Craig Denton MA'76, offers a fond view of the U's past, takes stock of the present, and looks forward to the new century.


What are your three favorite works of nonfiction?

The Cycles of American History by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

Since history is a prologue, we are doomed to repeat it. Schlesinger gives us a valuable guide to this principle as it applies to American history. America moves back and forth from public work to private pursuits.

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Ishmael may be called fiction by some. How else would one characterize a wise and thoughtful full-grown gorilla? But I find Ishmael's thoughts so valuable they become solid nonfiction.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

I've read this three times. Each time there is a new understanding. Sorry, Harley fans, it's not much about motorcycles. It is about life, vitality, and balance.

—Ted Wilson BS'64, Director, Hinckley Institute of Politics

I read so many books that it is difficult to pick just three. However, here are three very special favorites of the time.

Portraits of John Quincy Adams and His Wife by Andrew Oliver

John Quincy Adams has long been neglected as one of the great figures in our history. His presidency (sixth) of the United States was never celebrated as being great, but his life and influence as a diplomat, Secretary of State, and Congressman portray a great intellect and dedication to public service. His influence on foreign policy and relationships extends into the present. The book is enjoyable and illustrates his life as a cranky individual committed to his ideals and vision. It is an excellent history of an early period in the United States, with attention to the human struggles and successes of the time.

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou's poems are not fiction but the powerful truth of life, emotions, survival, and hope. Her poetry takes me to my roots, to experience freedom, to care for others, and to be proud of being a woman.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

This wonderfully written and well-documented book is an Indian history of the American West. It is a disturbing history of systematic plunder of the American Indians as they were killed/massacred and driven into reservations. During the decades of broken treaties and promises, I found that I lost my heart at Wounded Knee, but I gained respect, insight, and motivation. The benefits of experiencing the despair in this history should compel us to make sure that no group should ever be treated this way in the future.

— Linda K. Amos, Associate Vice President for Health Sciences


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