Bookshelf: Winter 2015



A Goodly Heritage: The Life and Times of a Presbyterian Minister, Missionary and Activist by Arch B. Taylor Jr. ’42 (2014, XLibris). A personal memoir of decades in missionary education work in Japan, and life in retirement championing non-violence and justice.

Wade Hampton III: Summer Resident of North Carolina by S. Robert Lathan Jr., M.D. ’59 and Jane Gibson Nardy (2014, Wings Publishers). An exploration of the connections of the South Carolina general, governor and U.S. Senator Wade Hampton III to the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia by Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr ’61, with foreword by Dolly Parton. (2014, the University of North Carolina Press). A look at the voyage of music from Ireland and Scotland to Appalachia. Includes a CD featuring 20 songs by musicians profiled in the book.

Sword and Scalpel: A Doctor Looks Back at Vietnam by Larry Rogers M.D. ’61 (2014, Hellgate Press). Memoir of a doctor who volunteered to serve as a medical doctor in Vietnam during the most intense phase of fighting—the days and months leading up to the Tet Offensive.

Divided We Fall: The Confederacy’s Collapse From Within, A State-by-State Account by Calvin Zon ’66 (2014, ZonBlaydes Publishing). Did opposition among Southerners lead to the Confederacy’s downfall? Stories of Unionist guerrilla bands, spies, secret societies, deserters, draft dodgers, propagandists, agitators and women-led food riots.

Love Has No Borders: How Faith Leaders Resisted Alabama’s Harsh Immigration Law, edited by the Rev. Angie Wright ’78 (2013, Greater Birmingham Ministries). An account of the diverse faith initiatives opposing Alabama legislation in 2011.

Pesos and Dollars: Entrepreneurs in the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1880-1940 by Alicia M. Dewey ’84 (2014, Texas A & M University Press). “Crossing more than the physical border to commercially link the United States and Mexico….”

The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger in Augusta, by Gil Capps ’91 (2014, DaCapo Press). The story of three golf heavyweights at the same major championship, by the 22-year golf reporting veteran of NBC Sports and Golf Channel.

Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea by Samuel L. Adams ’93 (2014, Westminster John Knox Press). A look at the socioeconomic landscape of Second Temple Judea, from the end of the Babylonian exile to the destruction of the temple by the Romans (532 BCE to 70 CE).

The Insider’s Guide to a Career in Book Publishing by Carin Siegfried ’95 (2014, Chickadee Books). A detailed look at the process of entering a book-publishing career and tips for doing so, with pros and cons department by department.

The Professor: A Thriller by Robert Bailey ’96 (2014, Exhibit A Books). When his close friend’s family is tragically killed, Thomas Jackson McMurtrie, a former law professor at the University of Alabama, comes out of forced retirement as the only one who can help.

The Dog: Stories by Jack Livings ’96 (2014, Farrar, Straus and Giroux). See review.

Winning at the College Level: Thriving as a First-Year Student-Athlete by Nyaka NiiLampti, Ph.D. and Shaun Tyrance, Ph.D. ’00 (2014, Hero House Publishing). A step-by-step guide for first-year students on how to make the most of their college careers.


Music in Video Games: Studying Play by Professor of Music Neil Lerner (2014, Routledge Music and Screen Media). From its earliest days of monophonic outbursts to scores that rival major symphonic film scores, video game music has gone through its own set of stylistic and functional metamorphoses while both borrowing and recontextualizing the earlier models from which it borrows.

The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity by Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel (2014, Oxford University Press). An analysis of the Emerging Church Movement, which strives to overturn outdated interpretations of the Bible, transform hierarchical religious institutions and serve others in the “real world.”

The Committee on Town Happiness by Douglas Houchens Professor of English Alan Michael Parker (2014, Dzanc Books). A series of 99 linked stories about disappearing townsfolk. Air balloons are launched to search for the missing, galas proliferate, laws are imposed ad absurdum and a guerilla group forms as “the Committee.”

Of Note

pg64_Alumni-Books_Lefty-Driesel-scanCharles “Lefty” Driesell: A Basketball Legend by F. Martin Harmon (2014, Mercer University Press). Known as one of the greatest program builders in the history of college basketball, Charles “Lefty” Driesell was a transcendent figure in the sport for more than 40 years, including a heyday in Davidson hoops history during the 1960s. (photo from Lefty’s days at Davidson)


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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