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Bruce Cumings’ Acclaimed History on the Korean War Being Adopted at the University of Mexico

Here is a bracing account of a war that lingers in our collective memory as both ambiguous and unjustly ignored. For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953 that has long been overshadowed by World War II, Vietnam, and the War on Terror. But as Bruce Cumings eloquently explains, for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long fight that still haunts contemporary events. And in a very real way, although its true roots and repercussions continue to be either misunderstood, forgotten, or willfully ignored, it is the war that helped form modern America’s relationship to the world.

With access to new evidence and secret materials from both here and abroad, including an archive of captured North Korean documents, Cumings reveals the war as it was actually fought.

The University of Mexico’s Political Science Dept is using The Korean War for a course on Civil Wars this Fall 2010. (more…)

September 29, 2010 at 8:03 pm Leave a comment

Now in Paperback: In Fed We Trust Is On the Curriculum at University of Texas at Tyler and Texas State University

In Fed We Trust shortlisted for Business Book of the Yearin fed

David Wessel’s In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic was among six finalists for FT/Goldman Sachs 2009 Business Book of the Year.

This is a breathtaking and singularly perceptive look at a historic episode in American and global economic history.

Texas State University’s McCoy College of Business will be using In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic in its Eco 3311 – Money and Banking course and also the University of Texas at Tyler will be using the book for its Principles of Economics course this Fall 2010.  (more…)

September 28, 2010 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

This Just In: Oakland Community College Adopts Tracy Kidder’s Strength in What Remains for Its Fall Course

By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, this book, now in paperback, recounts the story of Deo, a young man from war-torn Burundi, who endures homelessness before pursuing an education at Columbia University and going on to medical school.

“A tale of ethnocide, exile and healing by a master of narrative nonfiction. . . . Terrifying at turns, but tremendously inspiring. . . . a key document in the growing literature devoted to postgenocidal justice.” —Kirkus Reviews

Strength in What Remains has been selected for course reading at Oakland Community Collge, Flagler University, and other colleges. It has also been selected for Common Reading at Caldwell College, Penn State Berks, Stanford University, and University of Delaware.

Author Website: www.tracykidder.com (more…)

September 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm 1 comment

Nassim Taleb’s Acclaimed The Black Swan Taught at Belmont University

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A black swan is a highly improbable event that is unpredictable, carries a massive impact, and later appears more predictable than it was. For scholar and essayist, Nassim Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives.

Why do we not acknowledge these black swans until after they occur? According to Taleb, humans are hardwired to learn specifics when they should be focused on generalities. We concentrate on things we already know and repeatedly fail to consider what we don’t know. We are, therefore, unable to truly estimate opportunities; too vulnerable to the impulse to simplify, narrate, and categorize; and not open enough to rewarding those brave enough to imagine the “impossible.”

The Black Swan, now available in a revised second edition, has been selected for Wellesley Reads 2010 and several colleges, including Belmont University’s Political Science Dept., have adopted the book for courses. (more…)

September 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment


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