Messenger - Vol. 3, No. 2, Page 8
Winter 1994
Between the covers

     Newark, Del., Police: 125 Years of Community Sevice by Robert C.
Barnes, Delaware '78. Talor Publications. This 80-page, hardbound
historical account by Barnes, a city of Newark police officer, features
photographs and excerpts from Newark newspapers, books and government

     The Anatomy of a Game: Football, the Rules and the Men Who Made the
Game by the late David Nelson, University of Delaware Press. A history of
how the game evolved, written in a witty style with anecdotes and
illustrations, the 600-page volume was completed by Nelson before his
death, with editing and documentation by Mathew Hershey, a graduate student
in English. Nelson was a member of the National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA) Football Rules Committee from 1959 to 1991, longer than
any other athletic official.

     Mechanism Analysis (second edition) by Lyndon O. Barton, Delaware '72.
Marcel-Dekker Inc. This revised and expanded text covers a range of
innovative graphic and analytical techniques for solving problems relating
to linkages, gears and cams in engineering design.

     Federal Justice in the First State: A History of the United States
District Court for the District of Delaware by Carol E. Hoffecker, Delaware
'60, Richards Professor of History and associate provost for graduate
studies at the University of Delaware. Historical Society for the United
States District Court for the District of Delaware. In collaboration with a
group of Delaware lawyers, the author chronicles the court's 19 judges and
their major judicial opinions.

     The Organizational Woman by Beth Haslett, professor of communication,
the late Florence L. Geis, professor of psychology, and Mae R. Carter,
former assistant provost for women's affairs and the first chair of the
University's Commission on the Status of Women at the University of
Delaware. Ablex Publishing. While the problems of gender discrimination are
grim, it is a hopeful book, offering several suggestions for change.

     The Dispossessed: America's Underclasses from the Civil War to the
Present by Jacqueline Jones, Delaware '70. HarperCollins. Authored by the
Harry S. Truman Professor of American Civilization at Brandeis University,
the book received national attention for its treatment of the issues
surrounding poverty. According to the Brandeis Review, Jones "uses the
sweep of history to demolish the notion that poor people are different from
other Americans."

     The Underclass Question by Bill E. Lawson, U.D. professor of
philosophy. Temple University Press. Recently reissued in paperback, the
book is a collection of works by contemporary black philosophers and
addresses the plight of the underclass from a philosophical viewpoint.

     Mau Mau and Kenya: An Analysis of a Peasant Revolt by Wunyabari O.
Maloba, U.D. associate professor of history and coordinator of the African
Studies Program. Indiana University Press. According to the Library
Journal, this scholarly study of the Mau Mau revolt in Kenya in the 1950s
"gives greater weight to the importance of nationalism as a factor in this

     Mapping for Stonewall: The Civil War Service of Jed Hotchkiss by
William J. Miller, Delaware '83M. Elliott & Clark Publishing. The author
tells the story of Hotchkiss, a Virginia schoolteacher who became one of
the Confederacy's finest topographers and an indispensable member of
Stonewall Jackson's staff. The book features 19 full-color maps and
sketches, most reproduced for the first time.

     Dreamers and Desperadoes: Contemporary Short Fiction of the American
West, co-edited by Katheryn Stavrakis, Delaware '76, and Craig Lesley. Dell
Laurel. This collection of 46 stories goes beyond the traditional view of
the Western experience to explore the real West-its mix of cultures,
diversified geography and lure.

     Will Rogers by Ben Yagoda, U.D. assistant professor of English. Alfred
A. Knopf. In this definitive biography, Yagoda describes Rogers as an
"irresistible personification of America," who rose from a rope-twirling
cowboy and vaudeville entertainer to a media star of the '20s and '30s, as
a newspaper columnist, radio broadcaster and movie actor. The Philadelphia
Inquirer says Yagoda "has written a mighty yarn."

     American Slavery 1619-1877 by Peter Kolchin, U.D. professor of
history. Hill & Wang. "No history book published this year is more
important to understanding America's past and present than this concise,
well-written and sensibly argued survey of America's greatest shame,"
writes a reviewer in The New Yorker.

     American Art: History and Culture by Wayne Craven, H.F. du Pont
Winterthur Professor of Art History. Paperback, Brown & Benchmark;
hardback, Abrams Inc. Using almost 800 illustrations and biographical
sketches of 600 major artists, the author surveys American painting,
sculpture, architecture, decorative arts and photography. Chronologically
arranged with an introductory section for each period.