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From historical voices of the people of Davidson, N.C., to the numbers that come together in a smart phone’s algorithms, from gender-neutral language in church liturgy to gunboat democracy in Spanish, from the poetry of the eternal to the evolution of the future, Davidson authors have something to say about the world as it is, and as it is becoming.

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One Town, Many Voices: A History of Davidson, North Carolina by Jan Blodgett and Ralph B. Levering (2012, Davidson Historical Society). College Archivist Blodgett and Vail Professor of History Levering team up to explore the history of Davidson, N.C., and the layers of all its people, from the town’s founding in 1836 through the Civil War, the coming of the automobile, two world wars, segregation, integration, and the Camp Fire girls.

Numerical Analysis: Design, Analysis, and Computer Implementation of Algorithms by Anne Greenbaum and Associate Professor of Mathematics Timothy P. Chartier (2012, Princeton University Press). A clear and concise exploration of standard numerical analysis topics as well as nontraditional ones, including Monte Carlo methods, Markov chains, and fractals.

Democracia a la Fuerza: Intervenciones estadounisdenses en la República Dominicana, Granada y Panamá by Associate Professor of Political Science Russell Crandall (2012, Editorial Manuscritos). Spanish translation of Crandall’s Gunboat Democracy: U.S. Interventions in the Dominican Republic, Grenada, and Panama (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). { alumn i } Dear Brothers: Letters Facing Death by Richard L. Morgan ’50, Howard C. Morgan, and John C. Morgan (2010, Resource Publications).

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Dear Brothers: Letters Facing Death by Richard L. Morgan ’50, Howard C. Morgan, and John C. Morgan (2010, Resource Publications). Letters written among three brothers as they face struggle and loss.

The Seduction of the Church: How the Concern to Create Gender- Neutral Language in Bible and Song is Being Misused to Betray Members’ Faith (2010, Wipf & Stock); The Sources of the Pentateuch Displayed (2000, Coker College Press); In Quest of Excellence: A History of Coker College on its Centennial (2008, Coker College Press); A Century Plus: A History of Sonoco Products Company (2005, Coker College Press) by Malcolm Doubles ’53.

Christian Pragmatism: An Intellectual Biography of Edward Scribner Ames, 1870–1958 by W. Creighton Peden ’57 (2011, Cambridge Scholars Publishing). A comprehensive biography of the influential minister and writer.

Tokens of Gratitude by Roy W. Gilbert, Jr. ’59 (2011, self-published). A selection of thirty thoughts, composed of quotes, anecdotes, and Biblical citations, that have shaped and redeemed the author’s life.

Images of America: Highlands by Randolph Preston Shaffner ’62 (2008, Arcadia Publishing). As part of the Images of America series, Shaffner captures the town of Highlands, N.C., in an iconic representation of the historic locale.

East Hill Farm: Seasons with Allen Greenberg by Gordon Ball ’66 (2011, Counterpoint). A look inside the life of the Beat Generation poet on a farm in New York, as told through first-hand accounts.

Civil Rights Journey: The Story of a White Southerner Coming of Age During the Civil Rights Revolution by Joseph Howell ’64 (2011, AuthorHouse). The personal story of dealing with polio, segregation, and the upheaval of a nation.

Run Less, Run Faster: Become a Faster, Stronger Runner with the Revolutionary 3-Run-a-Week Training Program by Bill Pierce ’71, Scott Murr and Ray Moss (2012, Rodale Books). FIRST (Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training) shows you how you can run less and avoid burnout while producing faster race times.

The Universal Solvent: Poems by Rodney Holman ’85 (2012, Ijames Press/Poets in Public Service). “Poetry in its role as healer and provocateur… the collection is a narrative of the process of becoming fully human, chronicling the evolution of a soul.”

Blanket, Pets, and Yard by John S. Hutton ’90 and illustrated by Andrea Kang (2011, blue manatee press). “Baby Unplugged” books are designed to help children learn by exploring and experiencing the real world, based on the science of child brain development.

Tito’s Inferno: Descent into TitanMart by John S. Hutton ’90 (2011, blue manatee press). The adventures of an 11-year-old as he saves those around him when a monster attacks the MegaMega TitanMart.

Find, Fix, Finish: Inside Counter-terrorism Campaigns That Killed bin Laden and Devastated Al-Qaeda by Eric Rosenbach ’95 and Aki Peritz (2012, Public Affairs/ Perseus Books Group). Revelatory work from two highly regarded insiders who have seen first-hand the evolution of U.S. security policy since 9/11.

Reinventing Life: A Guide to Our Evolutionary Future by Jeffrey Scott Coker ’98 (2012, The Blue Helix). An exploration of how human actions are driving evolution and the future of life.

A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley ’05 (2012, HarperTeen). “The effervescent and heartwarming companion to Where I Belong moves to the Big Apple.”

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