Virginia Tech Magazine
Fall 2007 [ Book Notes ]
B O O K S by faculty and staff by alumni about Virginia Tech


Virginia Tech Magazine is happy to note books by faculty, staff, and alumni or books about Virginia Tech. Review copies should be mailed to Book Notes, Virginia Tech Magazine, 105 Media Building (0109), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Books submitted to Virginia Tech Magazine will be donated to the library in The Grove--home of President and Mrs. Charles W. Steger--unless authors specifically request their return.

Faculty, staff, and alumni wanting to contribute other books they have written to the president's library should mail the books directly to The Grove (0446), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.


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In Searching for Ervin--A Boy from Columbus, A Man of Delaware, E. Fred Carlisle, William E. Lavery Professor and Provost Emeritus, writes about his father, Ervin, an accomplished athlete, coach, principal, superintendent, and civic leader who died when the author was still a teenager.

The book is self-published with Middle River Press (Fort Lauderdale, FL).

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Edited by Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology E. Scott Geller and Ph.D. candidate Philip Lehman, Teaching Excellence at a Research-Centered University: Energy, Empathy, and Engagement in the Classroom collects 39 essays written by members of Virginia Tech's Academy of Teaching Excellence. All proceeds will benefit the academy, which supports exemplary teaching at the university.

The publisher is Pearson Custom Publishing (75 Arlington St., Ste. 300, Boston, MA 02116).

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In Bush's War: Media Bias and Justifications for War in a Terrorist Age, Assistant Professor of Communication Jim A. Kuypers illustrates "how the press failed America in its coverage of the War on Terror."

The publisher is Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc. (4501 Forbes Blvd., Ste. 200, Lanham, MD 20706).

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In Federico Fellini as Auteur: Seven Aspects of his Films, Professor Emeritus of English John C. Stubbs examines the critical elements of Fellini's cinematic oeuvre.

The publisher is Southern Illinois University Press (P.O. Box 3697, Carbondale, IL 62902).

book cover Cradle of America: Four Centuries of Virginia History by Professor of History Peter Wallenstein is the first modern history of Virginia written by a historian.

The publisher is the University Press of Kansas (2502 Westbrooke Cir., Lawrence, KS 66045)

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Barefoot Boy: An Anthology of Blue Ridge Poems by Larry G. Aaron (biology '68) reflects upon the beauty, simplicity, and spirituality of nature.

The book is self-published with iUniverse Inc. (2021 Pine Lake Rd., Ste. 100, Lincoln, NE 68512).

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Avoiding the OS Phase . . . by Robert Baim (civil engineering '73) provides simple strategies for predictive project management.

The book is self-published with Warwick House Publishing (720 Court St., Lynchburg, VA 24502).

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The Street Railways of Roanoke, Virginia, 1887-1948 by James E. Dalmas (electrical engineering '60) examines how the Roanoke Railway and Electric Company played a vital role in the Star City's growth.

The publisher is the Historical Society of Western Virginia (One Market Sq., 3rd Floor, Roanoke, VA 24011).

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A Cotton Mill Town Christmas by Jerry L. Haynes (civil engineering '77) captures the spirit of rural life in Haynes's hometown of Fries, Va.

For more information, go to The book is self-published with Word Association Publishers (205 5th Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084).

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The definitive history of the Norfolk and Western Railway, N&W: Giant of Steam by Lewis Ingles Jeffries (animal science '64) has been expanded and updated in this revised edition.

The publisher is the Norfolk and Western Historical Society Inc. (P.O. Box 13908, Roanoke, VA 24038).

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Project End of Days: Selected Poems by T. Byron Kelly (English '90) is a visionary poetic journey of nearly 20 years.

The book is self-published with iUniverse Inc. (2021 Pine Lake Rd., Ste. 100, Lincoln, NE 68512).

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In Right Lane Ends, Alice Osborn (finance '94) explores loss, love, and family relationships metaphorically through the lens of driving and being a driver.

The book is self-published with Catawba Publishing (9510 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28213).

book cover Stuart's Birthplace: The History of the Laurel Hill Farm by Tom Perry (history '83) tells the story of the Patrick County, Va., farm that was the birthplace and boyhood home of James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart.

The book is self-published and can be ordered at

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Furry Tails: The Adventures of Cinnamon Persimmon by Tristan Perry (Ph.D. curriculum and instruction '02) narrates the fun had by a curious apricot-colored toy poodle.

The book is self-published with PublishAmerica (P.O. Box 151, Frederick, MD 21705).

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Pearl Harbor: Awakening the Sleeping Giant by Bert Kinzey with illustrations by Rock Roszak (management '71), alumni director for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, presents an in-depth account of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

The publisher is Revell-Monogram, LLC (725 Landwehr Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062).

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It's More Than Just Winning! Basketball Experiences, Funny Events, Life Lessons, & the Importance of Character by Tech basketball great Chris Smith (chemical engineering '61) recounts the character lessons learned from athletic competition.

The book is self-published with Chris Smith Publishing (P.O. Box 4432, Charleston, WV 25364).

book cover The Right Job Right Now by Susan Strayer (communication '97) is a comprehensive toolkit featuring everything you need to find the right career, embark on a job search, and succeed in your new job.

The publisher is St. Martin's Press (175 5th Ave., New York, NY 10010).

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Fearful Ravages: Yellow Fever in New Orleans, 1796-1905 by Benjamin H. Trask (secondary education '78; M.A. history '81) details the deadly consequences of the mosquito-borne illness.

The publisher is the Center for Louisiana Studies (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, P.O. Box 40831, Lafayette, LA 70504).

book cover Edited by Ashok Vaseashta (Ph.D. materials science and engineering '90), D. Dimova-Malinovska, and J.M. Marshall, Nanostructured and Advanced Materials for Applications in Sensor, Optoelectronic, and Photovoltaic Technology was compiled from the proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute held in Sozopol, Bulgaria, in late 2004.

The publisher is Springer (P.O. Box 14302, 14197 Berlin, Germany).

book cover Handwritten in Polish by Mieczyslaw M. Wnuk, translated into English by his wife, and compiled and edited by his son, Andrew J. Wnuk (Ph.D. materials engineering science '79), From Poland to England: One Man's WWII Journey chronicles Mieczyslaw's harrowing escapes from Russian- and German-occupied territories. A Polish national champion in skiing in the late 1930s, he served in the Polish, French, and British armies.

The publisher is Wydawnictwo Scriptum (Mitery 4/42, 30-505 Krakow, Poland).

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Mark Schlabach's What It Means to Be a Hokie: Frank Beamer and Virginia Tech's Greatest Players collects the stories of the football program's most outstanding players from the past six decades.

The publisher is Triumph Books (542 S. Dearborn St., Ste. 750, Chicago, IL 60605).

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