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Bruce Brager, BA ’73, has written The Texas 36th Division: A History (Eakin Press, Austin, Texas). The 36th Division traces back to the 1870s and was officially formed for World War I. The division led the first contested Allied landing in Europe and gave the Fifth Army “the key” to Rome.

Raised in a Roman Catholic orphanage, Ron Clancy, BA ’68, fell in love with Christmas carols as a young boy. As an adult, Clancy has researched for endless hours among towering stacks of books to compile and publish The Millennia Collection—a comprehensive collection of music, CDs, and books that look at the history, art, and the songs of the Christmas season. He has released the first two titles: The Millennia Collections: American Christmas Classics, a set of three CDs and one book, and Best-loved Christmas Carols, a set of one book, a CD of 25 carols, and a sing-along songbook. Both works are available through The Smithsonian Institute Catalog or through www.christmasclassics.com. The collection includes songs by artists such as The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Bing Crosby, and Nat “King” Cole as well as art by artists such as Norman Rockwell, Rembrandt, and Botticelli.

Daphne L. Clarke, BBA ’96, has written The Triumph of Louise Laurel & Successful Parenting/Nurturing By the Hand of God (Xulon Press, Fairfax, Va., 2002). The book is an autobiography written in the third person. In it, she reflects on the values her mother instilled in her, her strong faith, and her heartfelt desire to make a difference in children’s lives. With the book, she hopes that readers will benefit from its simple concepts of parenting.

A practicing physician and clinical professor of medicine at GW’s medical school, David Doman, Med Res ’81, recently took a break from examining patients to explore the world of professional baseball. In particular, he looks at the greed of players, owners and even the fans in his first novel, National Pastime (Xlibris, 2002). Doman drew on extensive multimedia research and several interviews he conducted with former major league players in order to write his fictional story about baseball players as they embark on a quest for fame and fortune.

Pam Gaslow, BA ’92, has published Girls Are Weird (Poodlette Press, New York, 2002). The short paperback book is a collection of offbeat, irreverent vignettes. According to the author, the book was voted a top choice as an anti-Valentine’s Day book at Barnes & Noble.

Robert R. Hudson, BA ’50, is the author of This Is The Day: Daily Help for Joyful Living (Xlibris Corp., 2002). His book is written from an evangelical Christian, nondenominational viewpoint and gives readers 366 daily devotionals, each based on a verse of scripture.

Based on a decade of working with the Chinese central government and Chongqing municipal governments on their economic reform program, Neil C. Hughes, MA ’80, looks at a century and a half of China’s painful economic modernization in China’s Economic Challenge: Smashing the Iron Rice Bowl (M.E. Sharpe, 2002). The book analyzes the impressive progress that China has made and the barriers it still must overcome. Hughes provides an easy-to-read narrative writing style that lends understanding to those who want to know more about China’s economy but do not have the detailed background of a scholar. Hughes spent 28 years working in 25 countries as a financial and industrial specialist for the World Bank. From 1992 to 1999, he helped Chinese officials implement economic reforms and restructure enterprises.

Tracing the visual history of Chestnut Hill, Penn., from its 18th-century roots to the present day, Elizabeth Jarvis, MA ’78, co-authored with Thomas Keels the book Images of America: Chestnut Hill (Chestnut Hill Historical Society, 2002). The book features more than 225 images of the Chestnut Hill neighborhood with chapters on the different houses, the working class, and the impact of the railroad on the suburbs in the area. It also includes photos from the Chestnut Hill Historical Society’s archives and other Philadelphia museums and societies. Profits from the book go directly to the historical society and benefits its different community activities.

What do you get with a recipe that includes espionage, suspense, courtroom drama, and conspiracy? A spellbinding thriller, according to critics reviewing The Diamond Conspiracy (Sourcebooks, 2002) by Nicolas Kublicki, LLM ’93. The novel uncovers dark secrets of a global diamond cartel and the greed and corruption found in the industry.

Robert Miller offers Vietnam & Beyond: A Diplomat’s Cold War Education (Texas Tech University Press, 2002). Miller served as a diplomat-in-residence for the State Department at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs from 1989 to 1991, when he retired from foreign service. Later, he taught as an adjunct professor in the honors program from 1997 to 2001. Miller spent nearly one third of his 40-year career on Vietnam efforts—from 1962 to the end of the war. The book is a memoir of his career that describes his first-hand account of participation in important events such as the mission to Saigon and the Paris peace negotiations.

After living in Italy for almost a decade, Douglas E. Morris, BBA ’83, MBA ’85, explores the ancient world’s most powerful empire and the thousand-year-old ruins of Italy in his latest travel book, Tuscany and Umbria Guide (Open Road Publishing, 2002). In his book he offers readers tips and expert advice on how to be travelers without being tourists by offering insight into how Italian natives live, where they eat, and how they enjoy their country’s vast array of art and architecture. Morris also features a variety of hotels, resorts, inns, and bed and breakfasts that can fit any budget.

Ruth I. Peterson, professor emeritus and consulting psychologist and reading diagnostician, is now a children’s writer. Her book, Dinner at Five (Owl’s House Press, Los Altos, Calif., 1998), tells the story of big-hearted, 5-year-old Ruthie, who decided to have everyone in her hometown to dinner without telling her parents. The story of generosity and community spirit is recommended for ages 4 to 7 and beyond.

The Faith and the Power (Pharos Books, Jupiter, Fla., 2002), by James D. Snyder, MA ’78, is a story of the first Christians in Rome. The story accounts the first 40 years of Christianity after the crucifixion and is written in historical context. Snyder has been a professional writer for more than 30 years. His many years as a Presbyterian elder helped frame the perspective for 20 years of research on first century writings.

Barbara Taylor, MAT ’76, has written and published When Racing: The Early Days of Stock Car Racing in the Triad, N.C. The book documents the previously unrecorded history of the early days of stock car racing in the Triad region. It features 12 early drivers and 13 early tracks. The book was published in conjunction with an exhibit of the same name at the High Point, N.C., Museum.