Alumni Authors

As If an Enemy's Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution
Richard Archer, ’64
Oxford University Press


In the dramatic few years when colonial Americans were galvanized to resist British rule, perhaps nothing did more to foment anti-British sentiment than the armed occupation of Boston. “As If an Enemy's Country” is Richard Archer's narrative of those critical months between October 1, 1768, and the winter of 1770 when Boston was an occupied town. Bringing colonial Boston to life, Archer deftly moves between the governor's mansion and cobblestoned back-alleys as he traces the origins of the colonists' conflict with Britain. Archer's vivid tale culminates in the swirling tragedy of the Boston Massacre and its aftermath, including the trial and exoneration of the British troops involved

Explorations: Sacred Places and Inner Spaces
Erline Dessie Goodell, ’61, ’85, M.A. ’90
Fithian Press


The poetry of Erline Dessie Goodell evolves from formerly unformed ideas, unconscious insights brought to light, and observations of nature and the world. Her new collection serves to unlock three aspects of her personhood: interior musings, appreciation of ancient wisdoms, and love of travel to ancient, sacred sites. Each of these types of explorations has enriched her world, and she writes with the hope of evoking new ways of thinking for others. Goodell feels spiritual energy and action spring from music, meditation, and listening to nature and silence; and ancient wisdom writings such as the Tao Te Ching serve to remind us of what we already intuitively know.

The Promise Doctrine -- A Guidebook and System for Consistently Delivering on Your Promises
Craig P. Womack and Jason W. Womack, M.Ed. ‘96

Written by father-and-son team Craig and Jason Womack, “The Promise Doctrine” focuses on the importance of promises, and addresses what the authors have defined as the Six Elements of Promise Keeping. By keeping track of your promises and gaining control over what you’ve committed to, the authors believe that you put yourself in a position to be more successful and, more importantly, to quantify your results and see these results firsthand. According to the authors, two of the biggest challenges to achievement in our world today are consistently demonstrating ethics in our business and our personal lives, and the renewal and resetting of personal accountability. This book is designed to help you overcome these challenges.

Jews of the Pacific Coast: Reinventing Community on America’s Edge
Ellen Eisenberg, Ava F. Kahn, Ph.D. ’91, and William Toll
University of Washington Press

From the California Gold Rush of 1849 to the explosion of population centers in the Southwest in the 1980s, Jews have played a significant role in shaping the Pacific West. Through their mercantile networks and cultural innovations, their philanthropic institutions and political leadership, western Jews created a distinctive identity. In the West, Jewish men and women were less restricted in their pursuits than they had been in Europe or in the eastern United States. In the Pacific West they were full participants in the civic life of a new and rapidly developing society. Drawing on manuscript collections, oral histories, newspapers, and private papers, this collaborative work sketches the outline of Jewish life from its origins to contemporary times.

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