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Forgotten Genocides: Oblivion, Denial, and Memory
Edited by René Lemarchand ’53, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, the University of Florida, Gainesville. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 200 pages. $49.95
Unlike the Holocaust, Rwanda, Cambodia or Armenia, scant attention has been paid to the human tragedies analyzed in this book—from German Southwest Africa (now Namibia), Burundi and eastern Congo to Tasmania, Tibet and Kurdistan, from the mass killings of the Roms by the Nazis to the extermination of the Assyrians in Ottoman Turkey.

Forgotten Genocides: Oblivion, Denial, and Memory gathers eight essays about genocidal conflicts that are “unremembered” and, as a consequence, understudied. The contributors, scholars in political science, anthropology, history and other fields, seek to restore these mass killings to the the public consciousness. Equally significant are the empirical data in each chapter, the theoretical insights provided and the comparative perspectives suggested for the analysis of genocidal phenomena. While each genocide is unique in its circumstances and motives, the essays in this volume explain that deliberate concealment and manipulation of the facts by the perpetrators are more often the rule than the exception, and that memory often tends to distort the past and blame the victims while exonerating the killers.

Good People/Bad Credit: Understanding Personality and the Credit Process To Avoid Financial Ruin
By Ed Morler, Robert Booth ’58, David Wayne Brown. Sonoma, CA: Sanai Publishing, 134 pp. $12.95

The authors examine understanding personality types and the credit process to avoid financial ruin. To our peril, the authors say, we often overlook areas vital to our financial security such as: the credit process and how easily our credit can be jeopardized; how our personality has a significant impact on how we deal with money and credit; how some personalities are at greater financial risk than others. Co-authored by a behavioral scientist, a banker (Booth) and a journalist, the book is rich in real-life examples, clarifying what we all need to know about the credit process, which personalities are more likely than others to jeopardize their credit; and what we personally can do to secure our finances.

Ethnic Geography of Honduras, 2001: Tables and Maps based on the National Census (2011)
By William V. Davidson’62, Retired Professor of Geography, Louisiana State University. Tegucigalpa: Academia Hondureña de Geografía e Historia. 333 pp. $30

Honduras, an Atlas of Historical Maps (2006)
By William V. Davidson ’62. Managua: FundacioĢn Uno, 2006. 313 pp. $50.00

Ethno- and Historical Geographic Studies in Latin America: Essays Honoring William V. Davidson (2008)
Edited by Peter H. Herlihy, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Kansas; Kent Mathewson, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University; and Craig S. Revels, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Land Studies, Central Washington University. Baton Rouge: Geoscience Publications, Department of Geology and Anthropology, Louisiana State University. 342 pp. $25

Etnologia y ethnohistorica de Honduras: Ensayos (2009)
By William V. Davidson ’62. Tegucigalpa: Instituto Hondureño de Antropologia e Historia. 354 pp. $16

Bill Davidson, now retired from the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University, where he taught for three decades, has been called the leading historical-cultural geographer of Central America. His encyclopedic knowledge of the area is the result of extensive research and field trips across Central America and an active teaching career. He is the author of, and contributor to, numerous publications. He was honored by the 2008 book, Ethno- and Historical Geographic Studies in Latin America: Essays Honoring William V. Davidson, edited by his first and last doctoral students, Peter Herlihy and Craig Revels, and Baton Rouge colleague Kent Mathewson.

Since 1967 Davidson has studied as a cultural-historical geographer among the minority cultures of Central America, especially in Honduras. His research has been supported by, among others, the National Geographic Society, Zemurray Foundation, Fulbright Program and several Central American academic organizations. In 2007 he received the national prize, gold laurel leaf, from the Honduran Minister of Culture.

Healers: Extraordinary Clinicians at Work
By David Schenck, Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Larry Churchill ’67, Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. New York: Oxford University Press. 288 pp. $35

In this groundbreaking volume, David Schenck and Larry Churchill present the results of 50 interviews with practitioners identified by their peers as “healers,” exploring in depth the things that the best clinicians do. They focus on specific actions that exceptional healers perform to improve their relationships with their patients and, subsequently, improve their patients’ overall health. The authors analyze the ritual structure and spiritual meaning of these healing skills, as well as their scientific basis, and offer a new, more holistic interpretation of the “placebo effect.”

Recognizing that the best healers are also people who know how to care for themselves, the authors describe activities that these clinicians have chosen to promote wellness, wholeness and healing in their own lives. The final chapter explores the deep connections between the mastery of healing skills and the mastery of what the authors call the “skills of ethics.” They argue that ethics should be considered a healing art, alongside the art of medicine.

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