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Karl Marlantes

 
Karl Marlantes, who wowed the critics and made the New York Times bestseller list with his first novel, Matterhorn, based on his experiences as a Marine first lieutenant in the Vietnam War (for which he was awarded the Navy Cross, Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, ten Air Medals, and two Purple Hearts), and its nonfiction companion piece, What It Is Like To Go To War, is mining history again with a just-released new novel: Deep River, a rich family saga about Finnish immigrants who settle and tame the Pacific Northwest, set against the early labor movements, World War I and the upheaval of early twentieth-century America.

Inspired by Karl’s own family history, Deep River is being lauded by everyone from The Washington Post (“An unforgettable novel. His descriptions of logging itself – the ingenious mechanics of taking down trees and the skill of experienced loggers – are wonderfully detailed, dramatic and exhilarating.”) to The Oregonian (“A riveting read in the classic western literature tradition of Wallace Stegner’s The Big Rock Candy Mountain, delivering the rich pleasures of an epic story well told.”) to Book Page (“A work born from Willa Cather by way of Upton Sinclair. But this new book is its own animal, and it’s something of a masterpiece.”).



John Mauceri

 
John Mauceri’s recording of Danny Elfman’s new violin concerto has just been released on Sony Classics. John also has two books coming out in September: For the Love of Music – A Conductor’s Guide to the Art of Listening, published by Knopf (along with John’s audio version) and Leonard Bernstein: A Centenary Celebration, published as an e-book by Vintage. His first book, Maestros and Their Music – The Art and Alchemy of Conducting, has now been published in Italian and Japanese, with Russian and Chinese translations coming soon.

John returns to Yale in the fall to teach a seminar, Music and the Cinema: A History at his old college, Branford. He has also been chosen to be a part of Yale’s unique Oral History of American Music project, which preserves “the voices of the major musical figures of our time.”

His upcoming concert schedule includes one in Paris in September and the UK in December. On December 6 & 7 he will conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the world premiere of his new work for narrator and orchestra, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Alan Cumming will narrate.


Further, John writes: “Dear friends and family, I cannot remember who got what notification, so forgive the repetition, but this is a complete list of recent publications and podcasts. I can’t really explain how all this happened, but suddenly an explosion of materials has emerged. I have collected links and hope this proves useful to those who have asked about finding certain things on the internet. I send you all warm greetings from Paris on a beautiful morning, as I prepare for concerts today and tomorrow.”

Sam Barber/Gian Carlo Menotti podcast


Heroes with Humble Beginnings

 
What do Abe Lincoln, Roberto Clemente, John Wayne and Dwight D. Eisenhower have in common? Two things, actually: They all were American heroes, and they all came from underprivileged origins. And they’re far from the only ones.
That’s the thesis of Mike Kail’s new book, Heroes with Humble Beginnings: Underdogs On the Diamond, At the Movies, In the White House.

“We are a nation of underdogs,” says Mike. “Three-quarters of those who came here arrived in some condition of unfreedom: as convicts, as indentured servants, as slaves. This book reminds us of the humble beginnings of some of the greatest ballplayers, movie stars and Presidents of all time. Each of them not only grew up without material and social advantages, but also faced the loss of a parent, emotional abandonment, alcoholism, racial bigotry, religious intolerance, life-threatening illness or physical abuse.”

Among those profiled:

  • Ballplayers – Henry Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Josh Gibson, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.
  • Movie Stars – James Cagney, Kirk Douglas, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier and John Wayne.
  • Presidents – Bill Clinton, Dwight Eisenhower, Andrew Jackson, Lyndon Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, and Ronald Reagan.

The book is already drawing raves by everyone from David Maraniss (“A book that is prodigiously researched and both fun and illuminating. What could be better?”) to Chris Matthews (“It is sobering to be reminded of the hardships they endured and how they did so with such grit and grace.”) to our own Karl Marlantes (“Through excellent writing, perceptive analysis and great stories, Mike Kail demonstrates how the triumphs of underdogs in sports, entertainment and politics, support our enduring belief in the American Dream.”).


The Jealousy Cure

 
Ever the out-of-the-box thinker, Bob Leahy, who is to cognitive therapy what Peter Scardino is to prostate surgery or Andy Beveridge is to demography – simply the best in his field – has a new book called ­The Jealousy Cure, which argues that jealousy has a huge upside: It lets you know that your relationship really means something to you. Of course, it has a big downside, too, and Bob’s book provides proven-effective skills to keep jealousy in its place.

As usual, Bob has written a book that can be read and enjoyed by both laypersons and his professional colleagues. Library Journal calls it “solid counsel for those whose relationships are plagued by jealousy and the individuals it targets.”

The Jealousy Cure is Bob’s 27th book, and No. 28, Don’t Believe Everything You Feel, has just been completed and is due out next summer.




 
Secret societies have fundamentally shaped America’s cultural and political landscapes. In ways that are expected but never explicit, the bonds made and lessons learned through the most elite of secret societies have helped make their members senators, governors, ambassadors, CIA directors, Supreme Court justices, and even presidents. At the apex of these institutions stand Yale University and its ancient six secret societies, with their modern — and even more private — “underground” rivals.

Tracing a history that has intrigued and enthralled for centuries, winning the attention of such writers as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Skulls and Keys recounts the founding and growth of Yale’s storied societies as they set courses for self-education, ambition, and assimilation that have served to define our modern age.

But there is a progressive side to Yale’s secret societies that we rarely hear about, one that, in the cultural tumult of the nineteen-sixties, resulted in the election of women, gay men, and people of color, even in proportions beyond their percentages in a class. It’s a side that is often overlooked in favor of sensational legends of blood oaths and toe-curling conspiracies.

David Alan Richards also sheds light on the lesser-known stories of Yale’s secret societies. He talks us through their history from Phi Beta Kappa in the American Revolution (originally a social and drinking society) through Skull and Bones and its rivals in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While there have been articles and books on some of these societies, there has never been a definitive history of the system as a whole — until now.


Jack Finnell

 
Jack Finnell says: “This book is based on my leadership and management experience in the U.S. Navy, a couple of multi-billion-dollar tech companies and two successful tech start-ups that my business partner and I sold to publicly traded corporations.

“Right after college and the Navy, I had a highly productive career at a Fortune 100 company where I was the Number One Branch Manager in the U.S. in two different locations: Alaska and L.A. South. I knew I wasn’t the smartest manager around nor the most inspirational leader. Still, I couldn’t deny that something was going on to pull that off twice in wildly different markets with 110 FTEs in Alaska and 330 in L.A. South. I figured it out: all along I have been identifying, cataloguing and mastering certain successful activities, techniques and behaviors and then passing them on to my direct reports through one-on-one developmental sessions, formal and informal. These activities and techniques all have two goals: Spike the Numbers and Curtail Employee Turnover. About 30 percent of what I’ve mastered popped out of my own head. The other 70 percent or so came from other men and women I’ve worked with over the years. However, I have personally field-tested all of the lessons I’m passing on in this book. I know they work, and I hope the real-world stories I offer here will make these lessons credible and indelible for you.

“ARE LEADERS AND MANAGERS DIFFERENT? We think so, don’t we? Leaders inspire, and managers execute, right? Some people seem to be good at one role and not so hot at the other. Well, let me assure you right now – you absolutely can perform both roles effectively. You don’t even have to change who you are. You will need to concentrate on certain activities and techniques that anyone who wants to can master.”


Drancy ou le Travail d'oubli Last Traces

We want want to call your attention to two memorable works of photojournalism about The Holocaust by two of our deceased classmates. The first is Drancy ou le Travail d’oubli by Bill Betsch, who died in 2010, a book of photos of drawings, messages and prayers scrawled on the walls of Drancy, the World War II transit camp outside Paris for Jewish prisoners on their way to Auschwitz. Bill’s two-year campaign to preserve the site led French officials to declare it a national monument.

Last Traces: The Lost Art of Auschwitz (Atheneum New York, 1989) was created by Joe Czarnecki, who died in 1996. A photojournalist living in Poland, Joe was photographing Western dignitaries visiting Auschwitz when he began noticing faint markings on the walls of the concentration camp. With a 1,000-watt halogen light, he scoured barracks, latrines, attics and cellars, uncovering and photographing an extraordinary array of images that offer a visual record of day-to-day existence in the camp.

There are depictions of hard labor, beatings, caricatures of Hitler and Mussolini, fanciful sketches of mountain scenery, horseback riders, playful kittens, a still life titled “the elegant bathroom,” a pirouetting ballerina, the words “Sun, Air, Water” etched in the wall of a latrine designed for 100 people at a time, and a last testament that reads “I only wanted to be a man, not a soul-less collection of numbers.”

“Defying martial law, Joe had gone to Poland, his ancestral home, in the early 1980s to photograph Lech Walesa and other leaders of the anti-Communist Solidarity movement,” says Frank Clifford, who wrote all the obits of deceased classmates in our 50th Reunion Class Book. “I have no idea if he and Bill each other or were aware of each other’s work. At the outset of our efforts on the 1967 obits, we had very little on either of these guys and absolutely nothing on their photographic achievements, which took a considerable time to unearth and verify. If I can get away with a boast, documenting their work was my most memorable contribution to the book.”