Bookshelf: Fall 2015



The Political Career of W. Kerr Scott: The Squire from Haw River by Julian Pleasants ’60 (University Press of Kentucky, 2014). Scott’s controversial mid-20th-century political career, from N.C. commissioner of agriculture through governorship to U.S. senator.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Passages South: The Thornless Path to Windward by Bruce Van Sant ’60 (CreateSpace, 2012). The 10th and last edition of the popular directions for sailing south to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

When the Spirit Moves by Paul Leonard ’62 (Lorimer Pres, 2014). A moving collection of probing and sometimes humorous writing by the author of Music of 1000 Hammers: Inside Habitat for Humanity and Where is Church?

The Father of Virginia Military Institute: A Biography of Colonel J.T.L. Preston, CSA by Ran Shaffner ’62 (McFarland, 2014). The teacher, soldier, husband and father, who defined VMI as it exists today and served Stonewall Jackson as his first adjutant general.

Blood Will Tell: Divvying Up Early California from Colonel Juan Bautista De Anza to Jasper O’Farrell by Frank Baumgardner ’64 (CreateSpace, 2014). An account of the skilled surveyor and military officer’s influence in early California.

Picturing Argentina: Myths, Movies, and the Peronist Vision by Kerr Thompson ’65 (Cambria Press, 2014). The first English-language book to offer an extensive assessment of Argentine cinema during first Peronism.

Songs of Bethlehem: Nativity Poems by Kemmer Anderson ’67 (Kemmer Anderson, 2014). A poet’s journey “from Israel to cleaning stalls at a horse farm in North Carolina.”

Coming of Age in El Salvador by Jim Winship ’70 (Verdada Press, 2014). Insight into El Salvador and its youth in times of violence and family disruptions due to emigration and poverty. Based on the author’s experiences over four decades.

Crucifixion in the Mediterranean World by John Granger Cook ’76 (Mohr Siebeck, 2015). A study of the use of the penalty by the Romans until its probable abolition by Constantine.

The Christmas Heist: A Courtroom Adventure by Landis Wade ’79 (Lystra Books, 2015). Can an irascible judge looking toward retirement find it within himself to save Christmas?

Toro! by Frank C. Schwalbe ’87 (CreateSpace, 2015). A debut medical mystery novel from the Concord, N.C., writer and anesthesiologist.

Casualties of History: Wounded Japanese Servicemen and the Second World War by Lee K. Pennington ’94 (Cornell University, 2015). For the first time in English, the experiences of Japanese wounded soldiers and disabled veterans of Japan’s “long” Second World War (1937–45).

The Christmas Spider by Beth W. Roberts ’00 (Belle Isle Books, 2015). “On the first Christmas morning, a sleepy spider awakes to a flurry of activity in the manger below.”


Murder at Jagged Rock: A Tragedy by Sophocles translated by Associate Professor and Chair of Classics Keyne Cheshire (The Word Books, 2015). All of the poetry, drama and tragedy of The Women of Trachis by Sophocles, translated and set in the territory of American myth, the Wild West.

North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, Vol. 2 edited by Michele Gillespie and Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of History Sally G. McMillen (University of Georgia Press, 2015). By the 20th century, North Carolina’s progressive streak had strengthened, thanks in part to a growing number of women influencing policy and politics.


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