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In Canoes: A Dartmouth Story, Dan Dimancescu ’64 covers the waterfront, from the birch canoes of the Abenaki to the Ledyard Canoe Club. Packed with photographs and reminiscences, it focuses on three Canoe Club expeditions he organized, including a nine-man, 1,685-mile paddle of the Danube—through Iron Curtain countries to the Black Sea—which became a National Geographic cover story (self-published).
From Vietcong booby traps to the vicious murderers of one of his legal clients, attorney Ben Russo survives many dangers thanks to his guardian angel in The Wing Man, a novel by Tony Abruzzo ’68 (Austin Macauley).
Lyle Nyberg ’69 details the transformation of colonial farmland and fishing cottages on the seacoast into posh summer colonies and estates in the early 1900s in On a Cliff: A History of Third Cliff in Scituate, Massachusetts, a project that he started as just a short paper on his own neighborhood (self-published).
For Pandemic Musings, screenwriter Denis O’Neill ’70 draws from Facebook posts he wrote during the first year of the pandemic, that—while variously bemused, caustic, alarmed, dispirited, and hopeful—coalesce into a readable whole (Off the Common Books).
In From Breakthrough to Blockbuster: The Business of Biotechnology, Notre Dame professor and former biotech CEO Donald L. Drakeman ’75 details why the process of creating and marketing new medicines is so slow and expensive. He also explains how small entrepreneurial ventures can compete in the highly regulated industry (Oxford University Press).
In DEVO, Robert Rees-Jones ’75 spins a dystopian thriller of unintended consequences. Set in 2054, a doctor seeks to reverse evolution as the military develops a sentient supercomputer—with circuitry identical to those in human brains—that assumes control of the nuclear arsenal. What could possibly go wrong? (Kindle)
Packed with color photos and detailed maps for day hikes and multi-day backpacking trips across the Continental Divide, Rocky Mountain National Park: The Complete Guide by James Kaiser ’99 aims to help visitors make the most of their time at the natural wonder (Destination Press).
Challenging the widespread—and, for her, harmful—view of God as a white man, Christena Cleveland ’03 recounts in God is a Black Woman her pilgrimage to ancient shrines of Black Madonnas and her broader quest to connect with a divine that is more benevolent and affirming than the patriarchal God of white Christianity (HarperOne).
In Diasporic Cold Warriors: Nationalist China, Anticommunism, and the Philippine Chinese, 1930s-1970s, Chien-Wen Kung ’04 explains how the Chinese who lived in the former U.S. colony of the Philippines became the most pro-Taiwan, anticommunist partisans among all Chinese communities abroad (Cornell University Press).