Show Notes for Episode 4, “America”

Posted by Chris Gondek, Producer/Host of the Yale Press Podcast Episode 4 turned out to be a theme show, and I say turned out because I don’t believe there was a conscious choice to pick a series of books built around a theme. Although the episode has been titled “America”,

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Father Robert Drinan

Rev. Robert Drinan, an internationally known human rights advocate, Jesuit priest, lawyer, and former U.S. Congressman, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 86. Father Drinan, professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, authored thirteen books, including  Can God and Caesar Coexist?: Balancing Religious Freedom and International Law and

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National Jewish Book Council Awards

Four books by Yale University Press authors were recently honored by the Jewish Book Council in its 2006 National Jewish Book Awards program. Caviar and Ashes by Marci Shore has been selected as a winner in the Eastern European Studies category. Jon Levenson’s Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel has

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Remembering Richard Gilman

Richard Gilman, noted theater critic and former professor at the Yale School of Drama, passed away last fall at his home in Kusatsu, Japan at the age of 83. Yale University Press published three books by Mr. Gilman: Chekhov’s Plays, winner of the Choice 1996 Outstanding Academic Book Award, The

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Quotationeer Shapiro

William Safire dubs Fred Shapiro “Quotationeer Shapiro” in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine: On the analogy of “Dictionary Johnson,” we call Fred R. Shapiro, editor of the just-published Yale Book of Quotations (well worth the $50 price), “Quotationeer Shapiro.” Like that harmless drudge, as Sam defined “lexicographer,” Shapiro does original

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Europe’s Physician

The New Republic has printed an insightful appraisal of famed historian Hugh Trevor-Roper’s capstone work, Europe’s Physician. Reviewer Peter Miller points out that doctors can provide a unique historical window into politics because of their trusted status, proximity to power, and necessary philosophical balancing of science, religion and humanity. “[I]t

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Hannah Arendt and the Study of Evil

Listen to Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, author of Why Arendt Matters, discuss Hannah Arendt, her examination of totalitarianism, and the “banality of evil,” on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Why Arendt Matters

Saturday, October 14, marks the centennial of the birth of Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), the German-born political philosopher whose analysis of the nature of power, totalitarianism, and the “banality of evil” still resonates powerfully in our own time. “So it is no accident,” says Edward Rothstein in the New York Times,

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Rethinking Resurrection

Only rarely in biblical scholarship does a book come along that topples a monolith of scholarly consensus. Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life, a new book by Harvard professor Jon D. Levenson that explores the origins of the Jewish notion of the

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The Worst of Evils

“Pain is such an uncomfortable feeling that even a tiny amount of it is enough to ruin every enjoyment.”—Will Rogers In a world where more and more people are voluntarily “going under the knife,” it is hard to imagine a time when anesthesia was frowned upon. In the late nineteenth

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