What We’re Reading, Summer 2011. Dean’s Edition.

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Dean Paul Zeleza’s Summer Reading

For many of us, “summer reading” conjures images of paperback novels consumed around the swimming pool or at the beach.  But for Paul Zeleza, dean of Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, the fare is decidedly more serious — but fascinating!  He sent me the following list of books that he has either read very recently or planning to read over the “next few weeks.”  Paul will be reading these books on his iPad but for those of you who would like to check them out from the library, I have included links to the record in LINUS or LINK+.

What are you reading this summer?  Send me your lists and your recommendations; I will share them with the LMU community via the Library News Blog.

Kristine Brancolini, Dean of the Library


Autobiography and Biography

Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, Viking, 2011.

Chinua Achebe, The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays, Alfred A Knopf, 2009.

Condoleezza Rice, Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me, Delacorte, 2010.

Helene Cooper, The House at Sugar Beach, Simon & Schuster, 2008.

The Undiscovered Paul Robeson: Quest for Freedom 1939-1976, Wiley, 2010.

Peter Firstbrook, The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family, Crown, 2010.

Mary L. Dudziak, Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall’s African Journey, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Gerald Horne, Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham Dubois, New York University Press, 2000.

World Political Economy

Martin Jacques, When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order, Penguin, 2009.

Liaquat Ahamed, Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, Penguin, 2009.

Joseph Stiglitz, Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy, Norton, 2010.

Andrew J. Bacevich, The Limits of Power: The End of America Exceptionalism, Metropolitan, 2009.

Niall Ferguson, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, Penguin, 2008.

George Soros, The New Paradigm for Financial Markets, Public Affairs, 2008.

Higher Education

Mary Burgan, Whatever Happened to the Faculty: Drift and Decision in Higher Education, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.

Louis Menand, The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University, Norton, 2010.

Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on American Campuses, University of Chicago Press, 2011.


Eugene Robinson, Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America, Doubleday, 2010. (Read last week).

Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Random House, 2010.

Kwame Anthony Appiah, The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen, Norton, 2010.