We Won’t Get Fooled Again
How the Christian Right Went Wrong, and How to Make America Right Again
Gregg Jackson ’90
JAJ Publishing (2011)
In this political season the Christian Right often lambasts the Liberal Left. But in this book Gregg Jackson ’90 and Steve Deace, both conservative radio hosts and commentators, save their harshest criticism for their Christian colleagues, excoriating prominent conservative commentators and politicians for failing to attain the goals demanded by their faith.
The “inconvenient truth is that despite all of the time, talent, and treasure presumably spent to stand for righteousness in America, this country is careening toward a leftist and pagan collision course with historical oblivion,” the authors write.
Deace and Jackson, whose last book was Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies, spent three years interviewing the biggest players in the Religious Right movement. They say that over the past 30 years, the country has become more secular, Planned Parenthood has grown more powerful, gay rights advocates are more successful, government is bigger, and more babies are born out of wedlock. The authors don’t blame their opponents as much as the Republican Party and compromising and even hypocritical conservative politicians and commentators, from Mitt Romney to Ann Coulter.
“History records there are two things almost every once great civilization on earth had in common,” the authors write. “The first is an abandonment of moral certainty and absolute truth right down to its basic foundations. The second is that in their arrogance they never saw their downfall coming.”
This book is their warning.
Writes former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, in his front-cover endorsement, “If you want something lukewarm or platitudes in plain flavored pablum, this book is beyond you.”
Efficacité/Efficacy: How To Do Things With Words and Images?
Véronique Plesch (art), Catriona MacLeod, and Jan Baetens, editors
The themes discussed by the contributors to this volume, all specialists in their field, highlight one or more aspects of the agency of both text and image. Bridging the gap between the Anglo-Saxon and the Latin research traditions, this bilingual volume focuses on three major questions: What do we do with texts and images? How do texts and images become active cultural agents? And what do texts and images help us do? Contributions cover a wide range of topics and disciplines (from visual poetry to garden theory ekphrasis to new media art) and represent an overview of what cutting-edge analysis in word and image studies stands for today.
Strategic Conservation Planning
Ole Amundsen III ’90
Land Trust Alliance (2011)
Manager of green infrastructure planning for the Conservation Fund, Amundsen has been at the forefront of the conservation movement for two decades. In the process he has helped more than 400 land trusts navigate the complex world of land conservation. This book, part of a Land Trust Alliance series, helps land conservators think and act strategically—not always easy when so many conservation opportunities seem urgent and vital. But Amundsen shows that land trusts that remain focused on clearly thought out priorities and visions raise more money and protect more land than organizations that operate without a plan. Incorporating samples from various land-protection efforts across the country, Amundsen provides a detailed guide through the process, from creating a strategic plan to using satellite imaging.
War Record: Dreams of a Stolen World
Mark Zaccaria ’70
Tate Publishing (2012)
Leo Zaccaria was a typical World War II veteran. He kept his memories—horrific combat, languishing in brutal German POW camps—to himself. Then, when Zaccaria was 84, his son Mark persuaded him to leave behind a record of his experiences.
In the first installment of four, Mark Zaccaria recreates his father’s experiences in novel form, beginning with his childhood in East Boston. The detailed rendering of 1930s America includes the day-to-day life of a successful immigrant family and the backdrop of looming conflict with Germany and Japan. It’s a realistic and unromanticized recollection, as some rush to marry before being “sucked into the vortex of war,” and others sow wild oats.
“They were ready to go,” Zaccaria writes. “There was no question that if the country needed them, they would serve. Before that time came, though, they felt there were some beers to be drunk and some women to be chased.”
While this may seem a trivial note to serve as a precursor to the monumental conflict to come, Zaccaria is intent on recreating the time and place. In this first book he contrasts with careful authenticity a country where the American dream was being realized with the grim hopelessness of the POW camp in Berga, Germany.
The elder Zaccaria was fortunate to survive to tell the tale. Readers are fortunate that his son has made the effort to preserve a story that is at once about a single soldier and an entire generation.