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Governing Fables: Learning from Public Sector Narratives
Sandford Borins MPP 1974

Governing Fables advocates the importance of narrative for public servants, exemplifies it with a rigorously selected and analyzed set of narratives, and imparts narrative skills politicians and public servants need in their careers. Governing Fables turns to narratology, the inter-disciplinary study of narrative, for a conceptual framework that is applied to a set of narratives engaging life within public organizations, focusing on works produced during the last 25 years in the U.S. and UK. The genres discussed include British government narratives inspired by and reacting to Yes, Minister, British appeasement narratives, American political narratives, the Cuban Missile Crisis narrative, jury decision-making narratives, and heroic teacher narratives. In each genre lessons are presented regarding both effective management and essential narrative skills.”

The North American Idea
Robert Pastor MPA 1974

“In The North American Idea, eminent scholar and policy‐maker Robert A. Pastor explains that NAFTA’s mandate was too limited to address the new North American agenda. To reinvigorate the continent, the leaders of NAFTA need to start with an idea based on a principle of interdependence. If one country fails, all three are harmed, and if one grows, they all benefit. Drawing on firsthand experience as a policy‐maker and analyst, Pastor shows how this idea — once woven into the national consciousness of the three countries — could mobilize public support for continental solutions to problems that have confounded each nation working on its own.”

The New Legions: American Strategy & The Responsibility of Power
Edward “Ted” Atkeson HKSEE 1982

“In The New Legions: American Strategy & the Responsibility of Power, Major General (U.S. Army, Ret.) Edward Atkeson reviews the political and military strategies that have brought us to this point and proposes an innovative solution: shifting the burden from the U.S. military to friendly indigenous fighters who have been recruited, trained, and equipped for operation in their native environments.”

Schelling’s Game Theory: How to Make Decisions
Robert Dodge MC/MPA 1990

“Thomas Schelling, who wrote the foreword for this book, won the Nobel Prize in economics for ‘having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis.’ This came after he had taught a course in game theory and rational choice to advanced students and government officials for 45 years. In this book, Dodge provides, in language for a broad audience, the concepts that Schelling taught. Armed with Schelling’s understanding of game theory methods and his approaches to problems, the general reader can improve daily decision making.” (See Dodge’s profile of Schelling)

A Good Man
Mark Shriver MC/MPA 1993

“In this intimate portrait of an extraordinary father-son relationship, Mark K. Shriver discovers the moral principles that guided his legendary father and applies them to his own life. When Sargent ‘Sarge’ Shriver — founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Johnson’s War on Poverty — died in 2011 after a valiant fight with Alzheimer’s, thousands of tributes poured in from friends and strangers worldwide. These tributes, which extolled the daily kindness and humanity of “a good man,” moved his son Mark far more than those who lauded Sarge for his big-stage, headline-making accomplishments. After a lifetime searching for the path to his father’s success in the public arena, Mark instead turns to a search for the secret of his father’s joy, his devotion to others, and his sense of purpose.”

Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease
Meredith Wiley MC/MPA 1993, Robin Karr-Morse

“The first years of human life are more important than we ever realized. Scared Sick connects psychology, neurobiology, endocrinology, immunology, and genetics to demonstrate how chronic fear in infancy and early childhood — when we are most helpless — lies at the root of common diseases in adulthood. . . . Highlighting case studies and cutting-edge scientific findings, the book shows how our innate fight-or-flight system can injure us if overworked in the early stages of life. Persistent stress can trigger diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, and addiction later on.”

Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread
John Hlinko MPP 1994

“Named by as the #1 ‘hot new release’ in the web marketing category, Share, Retweet, Repeat shows you how to master the art of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms to launch a truly explosive viral campaign, even with a tiny budget or no budget at all. Whether you’re spreading the word about your small business, advocacy campaign, blog, or any other project, Hlinko shows you how to harness the power of viral marketing to compete with even the biggest of the big boys.”

Monitoring Democracy
Judith Kelley MPP 1997

Monitoring Democracy argues that the practice of international election monitoring is broken, but still worth fixing. By analyzing the evolving interaction between domestic and international politics, Kelley refutes prevailing arguments that international efforts cannot curb government behavior and that democratization is entirely a domestic process. Yet, she also shows that democracy promotion efforts are deficient and that outside actors often have no power and sometimes even do harm.”

Heart Disease
Regis de Silva MC/MPA 2004

“Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States and in the West. It consumes the largest share of the health care budget because of the extent of the problem and the cost of diagnostic and treatment options available. Prevention and care both start with knowledge. Written by a past president of the American Heart Association, Heart Disease is a comprehensive account of the leading cause of death in the West.”

Seeing Green
Annabel Hertz MC/MPA 2004

“Described as a ‘timely, energetic and witty’ story of a young woman ‘on a mission to puncture the stasis of Reagan-Bush environmental policy’ (Book Review, Huffington Post, April 4, 2012), Seeing Green pays homage to the DC scene, international — and office — politics, and idealism. The novel also explores the rocky and rewarding terrain of family and personal relationships from the perspective of a multicultural protagonist in ‘a felicitously fast-moving, tightly organized narrative.’ (Amazon book reviews). A thoughtful romp through the NGO world of 1992, Seeing Green ‘provides a refreshing contrast to today’s stale and polarized politics and reminds us that hope is possible.'"

Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade
Thomas Norman DeWolf HKSEE 2005, Sharon Leslie Morgan

“A black woman and a white man journey into the heartland of America to confront the traumatic legacy of slavery and how it contributes to the lingering racism that permeates society today. Their example offers a healing pathway for others who aspire to a more egalitarian future.”

Raising Wisdom
Kim Feinberg HKSEE 2006

“This book is an opportunity to hear the dreams, visions and wishes of our youth. The question is what are we doing about real problems in the world today? What actions will generations truly appreciate and judge you by? What changes will your actions and choices make? Drawing wisdom from celebrities such as Anthony Hopkins, Russel Simmons, Fran Drescher and Hugh Masekela (to name a few), this book asks us to hear the voices of our youth, and make choices that will positively impact their lives, their world and future. Focused on conversations surrounding the challenges facing our youth, Raising Wisdom asks us what we will impress and deliver for our children.”

One Good Day: The Adventures of Rocky and Scout
Robert Martin HKSEE 2006

In One Good Day, Robert Martin shares a heartwarmingly simple story about friendship and diversity, through a young person’s eyes. Martin grew up never knowing his father, but his happy childhood in suburban Philadelphia inspired him to mentor other young people. As a 28-year police professional and the chief of police for a large suburban police department for the past 14 years, he has the privilege of helping many young people through difficult moments.”

The Sex-Wise Parent: The Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child and Strengthening Your Family
Janet Rosenzweig MC/MPA 2008

“High-profile cases of child sex abuse have been dominating headlines, and the premise of The Sex-Wise Parent is that promoting sexual health and safety starts at home. This book is intended to equip parents to be the primary sexuality educators of their kids, coaching them in infusing accurate information about the human body with their family’s values about sexuality.”

Upworldly Mobile
Ranjini Manian HKSEE 2009

“With real-life examples from world leaders that inspire emulation, Upworldly Mobile is the ideal companion for Indian managers dealing with expatriate colleagues and global workplaces.”

The Great Experiment: The States, the Feds, and Your Healthcare
Josh Archambault MPP 2010, Tom Miller, Jim Capretta, Amy Lischko, Jennifer Powell

“Published in the midst of the Supreme Court battle over President Obama’s health care law, this new book proposes that the states take the lead in health care reform, as Massachusetts did in 2006, and that Washington facilitate the transition, rather than try to dictate every move. According to the book, the Massachusetts reform plan — which has won both praise and criticism for Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney (who was governor when the law was passed) — is not the answer for other states.”

A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget
Mattea Kramer MPP 2011

“From history of the budget process to detail about the ongoing conflict in Washington, from charts explaining where every federal dollar goes to simple explanations of budget terminology, A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget — a new book from National Priorities Project — covers it all in a way everyone can understand. Released to coincide with the heated 2013 federal budget debate and the 2012 presidential election, A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget includes an extensive glossary, political cartoons, and up-to-the-minute numbers and explanation of President Obama’s 2013 budget request. The guide is for every American who wants to participate in a process that affects all of us. It serves as a foundation for voters, and is perfect for use by educators and students alike.”

World Scouting: Educating for Global Citizenship
Eduard Vallory HKSEE 2011

“Many works have been written on scouting worldwide, but most of them were centered in a particular country or moment of history. This book, based on the first existing academic research on world scouting, explains in a very comprehensible way the main characteristics of world (boy and girl) scouting, the largest youth movement on the planet, existing in more than 165 countries of the five continents with more than 30 million young people worldwide. Using new data and storytelling, the work covers the main elements that distinguish the scout movement over the world, and explains its origin, evolution, operating system, and the soundness of its values.”

Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy
Sophal Ear HKSEE 2012

“International intervention liberated Cambodia from pariah state status in the early 1990s and laid the foundations for more peaceful, representative rule. Yet the country’s social indicators and the integrity of its political institutions declined rapidly within a few short years, while inequality grew dramatically. Conducting an unflinching investigation into these developments, Ear reveals the pernicious effects of aid dependence and its perversion of Cambodian democracy. International intervention and foreign aid resulted in higher maternal (and possibly infant and child) mortality rates and unprecedented corruption by the mid-2000s. Similarly, in example after example, Ear finds the more aid dependent a country, the more distorted its incentives to develop sustainably.”

The Last Iron Curtain: An Exploration of the Romanian-Moldovan Possible Reunification
Stoica Cristinel Popa MPP 2013

“Although the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of communism had been predicted many decades before it happened, few non-Germans thought that Germany would ever reunify. . . . Nowadays the reunification of Germany is seen as something settled, that should have and would have taken place sooner or later. Few however know that Romania was split in a similar way to Germany during the Second World War and that unlike Germany, it failed to reunify at the end of the Cold War.”