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Shelf Life May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2


Here are a few new and notable faculty books at the UCSD Bookstore.

The Candidate: What it Takes to Win – and Hold – the White House
By Samuel L. Popkin, Political Science

Man readingThere may not be much on which George Stephanopoulos and Karl Rove agree, but they both endorse Samuel Popkin’s analysis of presidential elections.

The book jacket of The Candidate sports this from Stephanopoulos, ABC News anchor and former President Bill Clinton staffer: “No one I know has more closely studied the link between the minds of voters and the machinery of presidential campaigns than Sam Popkin. He’s a scholar who has worked in War Rooms. A strategist who knows his history. In The Candidate, Professor Popkin teaches us what he’s learned—the surprising secrets that separate winning campaigns from the ones that crash and burn.”

Meanwhile Rove, former senior advisor and deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, has this to say: “Popkin is that rare academic who can write a fast-moving, punchy book that rescues political science from spreadsheets and algorithms and thereby makes it interesting and captivating. The Candidate is argumentative, opinionated, provocative and a great read for any political junkie or activist.”

Popkin has been a professor of political science at UC San Diego since 1975 and an advisor to five presidential campaigns. He has also served as a consultant to CBS News election units and to political parties in Canada and Europe, as well as to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense.

In his latest book, Popkin analyses 60 years of winning—and losing—presidential campaigns to explain how challengers get to the White House and incumbents stay there for a second term.

Shards: A Novel
By Ismet Prcic, Muir ’03

Man readingListed as one of The New York Times’ “100 Notable Books of 2011,” this debut novel from Ismet Prcic, a UC San Diego Theatre and Dance alumnus finds, as The Times writes, “inventive ways to interrogate the anguish of enduring and then escaping Bosnia during the war of the 1990s.” Even though Prcic may be, as he told Publishers Weekly, “kind of a poster child” for immigrant success and assimilation, his book “shows what happens in the unsuccessful immigrant story” partly through the fragmented memoirs of a character, also called Ismet, who now goes by “Izzy.”


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Object Lessons: Teaching Math Through the Visual Arts, K-5
Coauthored by Caren Holtzman, Education Studies

Man readingThere’s art in math, and math in art. Key mathematical standards and concepts are found in everyday classroom objects as well as great artworks by the likes of Picasso. Caren Holtzman, together with co-author Lynn Susholtz, creates lessons for students and teachers alike that are, in the words of the publisher, “accessible, engaging and meaningful.” In each chapter, the authors use everyday objects to create rigorous, hands-on activities that address key mathematics standards and concepts. The book comes with a CD gallery of images including art photos and student work.

Trafficking Women’s Human Rights
By Julietta Hua, M.A. ’02, Ph.D. ’06

Man readingSexual slavery is nothing new. But, in her new book, Julietta Hua notes “the rise of sex trafficking as a global and national human rights issue in the late 1900s and into the 2000s.” Hua—an assistant professor at San Francisco State University—maps how government, media and scholarship describe sex trafficking for U.S. consumption and what this reveals about our cultural beliefs. The book also draws attention to the ways in which notions of racialized sexualities form our ideas about national belonging, global citizenship and, ultimately, human rights.

UCSD Bookstore

Book Column by Inga Kiderra

Visit the UCSD Bookstore online to purchase these titles and more. Look out for the monthly Alumni Special.