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The Indispensable Milton Friedman: Essays on Politics and Economics
Edited by Lanny Ebenstein ’82
Regnery Publishing

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Milton Friedman is one of the most famous economists in history, and with good reason. He revolutionized our understanding of the Great Depression, helped establish the Chicago school of economics, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics. But eclipsing these achievements is the vital role he played at the crux of the long debate over capitalism in America. The 1970s was an all-time nadir for free market economics in the popular imagination. At the time it seemed that state management of the economy had finally triumphed. It was Friedman who almost single-handedly kept the argument for capitalism alive, stressing that the free market is the only way to achieve prosperity—and retain personal liberty. The Indispensable Milton Friedman is the first general collection of Friedman’s writings that spans his entire career, offering 20 scintillating essays selected from over five decades of writing, teaching, and research—including some that have never been republished. These essays provide always-fresh insights into topics that continue to drive the public debate today, from health care reform and drug legalization to school vouchers and the economics of John Maynard Keynes.

The Isla Vista Crucible
Reilly Ridgell, M.A. ’70
Savant Books and Publications

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More than 40 years ago, during the height of the anti-Vietnam War movement, a large number of students at the University of California at Santa Barbara rose up in outright rebellion, burning down a branch of the Bank of America and clashing with police in three separate riots. During that tumultuous 1969-70 academic year, three UC Santa Barbara roommates are trying to live and enjoy their student lives while caught up in the frenzy of that time. Casual drug use, recreational sex, rock and roll music, political activism, academic activities, race relations, and the start of the UC Santa Barbara lacrosse team are all blended together against the backdrop of the turmoil of that year and the uniqueness of the Isla Vista setting. Throw in the threat of being drafted, the allure and availability of sex and drugs, and young people genuinely trying to figure it all out while still maintaining their course work. For the three roommates, a lot would be tested of them during the year. The fire would burn much more than a bank, with the very soul of the nation at stake.

The Hacker
Stanley Moss, ’72


When a disgruntled ex-employee makes off with some valuable passwords, all hell breaks loose at a struggling young software company in Delhi. Suddenly, it’s corporate espionage, program sabotage, and human drama running at the same time. The scene shifts from Taipei to California to Reno to Europe, from the battlefields of Kargil to the skyscraper hallways of Gurgaon. This novel, set mostly in digital India, follows the executives of Talsera as they hunt down the rogue hacker. They need help from a programmer who’s also an ex-commando, an international man of mystery, a tough-minded call girl, and other cool heads, who come and go in a menu of parallel plots. The story line follows a succession of crises, which complicate the frenetic mash-up, leading to a bang-up conclusion.

Balance of Fragile Things
Olivia Chadha, ’98
Ashland Creek Press

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When Vic Singh finds a dead blue butterfly — out of place in his cold, upstate New York village — he knows something is terribly amiss. Yet, he is too busy dodging the bully at his high school, let alone trying to live up to his father’s expectations, to look much further into the environmental oddities around him. Meanwhile, for Vic’s father, Paul, the ghosts of the past cause him to pressure his son to live up to his Sikh traditions — while his Latvian wife, Maija, is haunted by the present: She’s having new and ominous psychic visions even though she can’t read her own teenage children. Isabella, attempting to lose herself through her role in a school play, has an illness she can't seem to shake — and Vic, trying to find himself, is spending more time alone in nature. Then Paul’s father and Maija’s mother move in to the family home, upending the delicate balance of this Indian/Latvian family and its two American teenagers. Yet, as the environmental devastation that Vic’s butterflies have forewarned comes to bear, the family comes together in new and unexpected ways.

Prostíbulo de la palabra (Brothel of the Word)
Benito Pastoriza Iyodo, M.A. ’81

brothel of the word

This bilingual volume presents the essence and innate power of the word in its carnal, social, political and spiritual contexts through poems that convey both abstract and earthy, real-life images. The collection portrays the word as having the potential to liberate or manipulate, depending on how man uses language. Indeed, our civilization, our opinions and our relationships are all codified, justified, controlled or modified through the written and spoken word. The author poses the question of whether we will employ the word for the greater good or if it will be co-opted to define and judge the world to the benefit of certain groups and the detriment of others.

Why We Left the Left: Personal Stories by Leftists/Liberals Who Evolved to Embrace Libertarianism
Tom Garrison ABD ’80

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This book examines a political question that intrigues almost everyone who studies, participates, or is interested in politics: “Why do people identify with a certain ideology and/or political party?” Numerous scholarly and popular books examine political ideology/party identification and why certain ideologies attract certain individuals. This book examines that question in two separate, yet joined phases. Why do people initially identify with the Left/liberalism and why do these same individuals abandon that ideology to evolve into libertarians? This inquiry is unique in its focus on 23 former liberals/leftists who become libertarians.

Stir It Up: The CIA Targets Jamaica, Bob Marley and the Progressive Manley Government
David Dusty Cupples, Ph.D. '83
CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Stir It Up

Jamaica, 1976. Bob Marley sings revolution. The democratic socialist government of Michael Manley leans closer to Fidel Castro, angering Washington. Many believe the CIA is on the island stirring things up, whipping election-year violence into tribal war. Scott Gallagher lived through it, but four years later, as a 20-year-old residing in Santa Barbara, he remembers little … his girlfriend Marva, hanging with Bob Marley at Hope Road … beyond that it’s “lost time.” As if Obeah — Jamaican black magic — has “fixed his business.” Was his father CIA chief of station in Kingston? What caused the bad blood between them? Why would the CIA be in Jamaica anyway? An emotional trauma brings him to psychologist Phil Mitchell, who pushes Scott to relive the fateful year and uncover the truth that will either set them both free or be their undoing. Tiny Jamaica becomes a microcosm in which the great political issues of the day come into play

Lessons from Fallen Civilizations
Larry Kelley ’72
Hugo House Publishers

Lessons from Fallen Civilazatios

Lessons from Fallen Civilizations is written for the 7 out of 10 Americans who now tell pollsters they believe America is in decline and for those who want to know what we can do about it. The book chronicles the fall of Greece, Carthage, Rome, Byzantium, and the Ottoman Empires. It reveals ten immutable principles that led to the collapse of these once-great cultures and dramatically demonstrates how these principles are in play now that the West faces an existential threat from resurgent militant Islam. Its main character, born in 5th century Greece, is Western Civilization. The author dramatizes many of the events which shaped the philosophy of our founders, which gave rise to America’s founding principles, and which form the cornerstones of modern conservatism.