BOOKS BY UU AUTHORS
by Kenneth Sutton
To submit your book for this column, send a copy along with information about how to order it and your UU affiliation to UU World, 25 Beacon St., Boston MA 02108. Due to volume, we cannot include every title and cannot return books. Preference will be given to books of general interest; self-published titles will be included selectively.
Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics. By Joseph S. Nye Jr. Public Affairs Books, 2004; $25. In the context of the war on terror, the former dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard expands on his widely acclaimed concept that “soft” power, the ability to attract and persuade, is as important as “hard” power to coerce with military or financial might. Nye is a member of the First Parish in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Super Vision: A New View of Nature. By Ivan Amato. Harry N. Abrams, 2003; $40. Amato, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, Maryland, and associate editor for Science News, marries science and art in this gorgeous volume. Using microscopes, telescopes, magnetic field detectors, chemical mapping probes, and more, the best in scientific imaging gives us a view of our world from the very tiny (subatomic particles) to the very large (the universe). Amato supplies helpful scientific captions that make the lovely images even more captivating.
The Separation of Church and State: Writings on a Fundamental Freedom by America’s Founders. By Forrest Church. Beacon Press, 2004; $16. As conservative religious voices loudly insist that the United States is a Christian nation, the author of The American Creed: A Spiritual and Patriotic Primer assembles a small, accessible volume delving into the founders’ explicit thoughts on the importance of separation. Church is minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York.
Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier. By Jeffrey A. Lockwood. Basic Books, 2004; $25. You might read the title and expect this book to be dry; it is anything but. Locust is full of Americana and interesting characters—especially the guy with the cork leg. Lockwood, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laramie, Wyoming, is an entomologist at the University of Wyoming. An essay from his new Skinner House book, Prairie Soul: Finding Grace in the Earth Beneath My Feet (2004; $14), appears in this issue.
Submissions for Books by UU Authors may be sent, along with ordering information and the author’s UU affiliation, to UU World, 25 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02108. Due to volume, we cannot include every title and cannot return books. Preference will be given to books of general interest; self-published books will be included selectively.