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October 7, 2005|Volume 34, Number 5















Yale Books in Brief

The following is a list of books recently or soon-to-be published by members of the Yale community. Descriptions are based on material provided by the publishers.

Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults
Thomas E. Brown, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and associate director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders
(Yale University Press)

Drawing on recent findings in neuroscience and a variety of case histories from his clinical practice, Dr. Thomas E. Brown describes in his book what Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is, how it can be recognized at different ages and how it can best be treated. He addresses the issue of how bright individuals can be chronically unable to "pay attention" yet focus on tasks that strongly interest them, and he explains how inherited malfunctions in the brain's management system prevent some people from being able to deal adequately with the challenging tasks of childhood, adolescence and adulthood. "Attention Deficit Disorder" is a practical guide for physicians, psychologists, parents, teachers and the 7% to 9% of people who have the disorder.

Leadership and Governance from the Inside Out
Edited by Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, associate dean for executive programs and the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management at the Yale School of Management, and Robert Gandossy
(John Wiley & Sons Inc.)

"Leadership and Governance from the Inside Out" gathers the perspectives of CEOs of major firms, shareholder activists, academics and regulators on the topics of governance, leadership and decision making. The 27 contributors include Arthur Levitt, former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; John Bogle, founder and former CEO of The Vanguard Group; Rosabeth Moss Kanter of the Harvard Business School; Sherron Watkins, Enron whistle-blower and Time magazine Person of the Year; Barbara Ley Toffler, former head of Arthur Andersen's Ethics Practice; and Norman Augustine, former chair and CEO of Lockheed-Martin. They cover a range of topics including business culture, the Enron scandal, governance failure and integrity, among others, sometimes offering conflicting views.

Off Center: The Republican Revolution & the Erosion of American Democracy
Jacob S. Hacker, the Peter Strauss Family Associate Professor of Political Science, and Paul Pierson
(Yale University Press)

In "Off Center," Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson argue that political conservatives have moved the country to the extreme right, a position contrary to the views held by most Americans. They examine strategies arch-conservative Republicans have used to advance such policies as privatizing Social Security, abolishing the estate tax and drilling for oil in the Alaskan wilderness. Yet according to Hacker and Pierson, there has not been a seismic shift to the extreme right among the electorate. Rather, they argue, the far-right base of the Republican Party has managed to undermine the checks and balances that have traditionally kept the country on a politically centrist track. The authors suggest ways to help set the nation on a more moderate course, including increasing and strengthening organized unions; making greater use of the Internet to disseminate information, promote policies and build politically engaged communities; and increasing voter turnout at elections, among other strategies.

Stealth Health: How To Sneak Age-Defying, Disease-Fighting Habits Into Your Life Without Really Trying
Dr. David Katz, associate clinical professor of epidemiology and public health, and Debra Gordon
(Reader's Digest)

In their book, Dr. David Katz and Debra Gordon, a health writer, explore how individuals can "sneak" healthy behavior into their busy schedules. According to Katz and Gordon, people can meaningfully improve their overall health by making small changes that improve the quality of their diets, their physical activity patterns, their management of stress and their sleep patterns. The authors recommend that individuals pick one healthy change, incorporate it in their lives for four days, then select another health benefit. They suggest numerous small actions people can take to improve their health (e.g. buy whole, rather than processed foods; eat a mixed-green salad before dinner daily; squat, rather than bend, when picking something up; tighten leg and buttock muscles while stopped a red light).

Tartiers: Portrait d'un Village Soissonnais
Karen Polinger Foster, lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
(Yale Reprographics and Imaging Services)

This book is the first up-to-date, comprehensive study of a village in the Soissonnais region of France. It draws on archival records, archaeological research and interviews to present a picture of the continuities and changes in the life of this agricultural village, from its origins in the Neolithic period to the present day. Of special significance is material bearing on World War I, during which Tartiers found itself directly on the Western front. Its civilian population was deported by the Germans, who occupied the village from 1914 to 1917 and again in 1918. Karen Foster describes how, after the Armistice, Tartiers was among the villages whose reconstruction was made possible by American women under the leadership of Anne Morgan, daughter of the financier. The book includes numerous previously unpublished letters, photographs and other documents that shed light on the achievements of American women in the restoration of France. The author has lived in the Soissonnais since 1983.


Archaeologist's discovery may be final clue to location of long-lost Maya city

Materials research center established with $7.5 million NSF grant

Annual festival lets local artists showcase their works

Yale community members will share their unique artistic visions . . .

Message from the Leaders of the Yale United Way Campaign

Welcome, Parents! A schedule of Parents' Weekend activities

Matching fund for Katrina relief expanded


'Skeptical' neurologist works to separate science from sham

Yale Rep launches its 40th season with 'The Cherry Orchard'

Special packages for Yale community

Exhibition simulates viewing conditions intended by artists

Noted graphic designer Dan Friedman is subject of retrospective


Divinity School alumni will honor memory of missing classmate . . .

Audience will be 'postmodern detectives' in School of Drama play

New visions of religious icons featured in ISM show

Exhibit celebrates life of Yale's first Native American alumnus

WFF will honor women leaders from around the globe

Annual festival will include music, talks and shadow puppetry

Study shows stigma of obesity influenced by attitudes of peers

Book doctor

YUWO awards scholarships to 13 Yale affiliates

Yale Books in Brief

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