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The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream

by Patrick Radden Keefe '05JD
Doubleday, $27.50

Cheng Chui Ping, "Sister" Ping to her neighbors, was a hardworking middle-aged mother who ran a small clothing store and a restaurant in New York's Chinatown. She was also a "snakehead"—the boss of a human trafficking enterprise—who made an estimated $40 million smuggling Chinese residents into the United States. In his gripping true-life account, Keefe describes this sordid operation and the rise and fall of its mastermind.


2nd Tour, Hope I Don't Die
by Peter van Agtmael '03
Photolucida, $24.00

A few years after he graduated, freelance photographer van Agtmael began documenting the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. "I was searching for something, and I found it in war," he writes. The result of his explorations as an embedded photographer is a gritty and often heartbreaking collection of images, from the war zones and the United States, that capture the effects and aftereffects of battle.


The Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants
by Jane S. Smith '74PhD
Penguin, $25.95

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Luther Burbank was "the most famous gardener on the planet," writes cultural historian Smith. Thanks to his skill at breeding new varieties, Burbank gave us the Shasta daisy, the fragrant calla lily, and of course, the Burbank potato. "[When] we want a better plum, a larger berry, a brighter, more fragrant flower, we turn to Burbank, and he gives it to us," said California governor George C. Pardee. Smith shows how Burbank helped transform gardening into agribusiness.


The Yale Indian: The Education of Henry Roe Cloud
by Joel Pfister '85PhD
Duke University Press, $22.95

Henry Roe Cloud, Yale College Class of 1910, was "a remarkable American Indian who migrated from a reservation to Yale and became a major Indian educator and leader," notes Pfister, an American Studies professor at Wesleyan. He shows how a Yale education helped shape the life of the first Indian to graduate from the college, and how Cloud later worked for the laws that reconstituted tribal governments and that granted citizenship to Native Americans.


Naming Nature: The Clash between Instinct and Science
by Carol Kaesuk Yoon '85
W. W. Norton, $27.95

To most people, taxonomy—the work of classifying organisms in their correct genus, family, order and so on—seems a genteel, even fussy, pursuit. But biologist-turned-New York Times science writer Carol Kaesuk Yoon was struck instead by how often taxonomists seemed to disagree. Drawing on science and history, she chronicles the controversies and demonstrates how the human instinct to name and order things can help us reconnect to the natural world.


1688: The First Modern Revolution
by Steve Pincus, Professor of History
Yale University Press, $40.00

In December 1688, William of Orange's army deposed King James II of England. In the traditional view, this "Glorious Revolution" was bloodless and not particularly revolutionary. Pincus, working with new archival material, compares the level of violence to that of the French Revolution. He argues that, in altering England's foreign policy, economic priorities, and religious affiliations, the "radically transformative event" was the "culmination of a long and vitriolic argument about how to transform England into a modern nation."


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Fenton Babcock 1956PhD
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John R. Bockstoce 1966
Furs and Frontiers in the Far North: The Contest among Native and Foreign Nations for the Bering Strait Fur Trade
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Thad Carhart 1972
Across the Endless River: A Novel
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Frank M. Chipasula 1982MA, editor
Bending the Bon: An Anthology of African Love Poetry
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Laura DeNardis, executive director, Yale Information Society Project, and lecturer, Yale Law School
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Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria 1970PhD, Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literature, editor; and Margaret Sayers Peden, translator
Celestina, by Fernando de Rojas
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Gerald Elias 1975MusM
Devil's Trill: A Novel
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Eileen Flanagan 1989MA
The Wisdom to Know the Difference: When to Change—and When to Let Go
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Lori D. Ginzberg 1985PhD
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William Gladstone 1972
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E. D. Hirsch Jr. 1957PhD
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Leonard Marcus 1972, editor 
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Megan McAndrew 1995MBA
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Martin Austin Nesvig 2004PhD
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Kenneth M. Pollack 1988
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Chandra Prasad 1997
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Paul A. Rahe 1977PhD
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Jim Rosapepe 1973 and Sheilah Kast
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James C. Scott 1967PhD, Sterling Professor of Political Science
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Eliza Slavet 1996, 1997MusM
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Harlow Giles Unger 1953
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John Wargo 1984PhD, Professor of Environmental Policy, Risk Analysis, and Political Science
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Mark Williams 2006PhD
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