Bookshelf: Summer 2014



Bad Friday: April 7, 1865, the Day the Yankees Came to Prince Edward Court House and Hampden-Sydney, Virginia and First in War: The Hampden-Sydney Boys by William E. Thompson ’58 (2014, Zebrabooks Publications). A look at local Civil War history by the onetime pastor of the College Presbyterian Church at Hampden-Sydney.

From Hamburg to America: A Biography by George Little ’64 (2014, Morris Publishing). The life story of Herbert Seeland, a native of Hamburg, Germany, who survived World War II in the German navy, became a mason and helped rebuild his city, and later moved to the United States for a new life with a German-American wife.

The Good Fight that Didn’t End: Henry P. Goddard’s Accounts of Civil War and Peace, edited by Calvin Goddard Zon ’66 (2008, University of South Carolina). A look into the Union ranks and national postwar tensions by a soldier and journalist of the times, edited by his great-grandson, also an historian and journalist. With uncirculated anecdotes about Abraham Lincoln and Goddard’s friend Mark Twain.

Calming Your Angry Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion CanFree You From Anger and Bring Peace to Your Life by Jeffrey Brantley, M.D. ’71 (2014, New Harbinger Publications). A three-pronged approach to dealing with anger: present-moment awareness, compassionate attention and understanding impermanence.

iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives by Craig Detweiler ’85 (2013, Brazos Press). An investigation of the major symbols of our distracted age in the service of understanding the technologies and cultural phenomena that drive us.


Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing by Associate Professor of Mathematics Tim Chartier (2014, Princeton University Press). “Each topic in this refreshingly inviting book illustrates a famous mathematical algorithm or result… presented in an accessible and engaging way, enabling beginners and advanced readers alike to learn and explore at their own pace.”

America’s Dirty Wars: Irregular Warfare from 1776 to the War on Terror by Associate Professor of Political Science Russell Crandall (2014, Cambridge University Press). “Successfully fighting dirty wars often entails striking a critical balance between military victory and politics…. Crandall argues that we would be better served by considering how we can do so as cleanly and effectively as possible.”


About Author

John Syme '85

Senior Writer John Syme graduated from Davidson with a French degree in 1985. After gigs in newspaper, advertising, translation in France and cross-country travel writing in the United States, he returned to alma mater in 2001. He has no immediate plans to graduate again.

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