100 Top Books By 100 UW Authors Print
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100 Top Books By 100 UW Authors
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ImageGregory, James
The Southern Diaspora: How the Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America
This history professor explains why more than 28 million Southerners left their homes in the 20th century and how America will never be the same. “Gregory has traced … the changes they wrought on American politics, music, sports and culture.”—Seattle Times
ImageGuterson, David, ’78, ’82
Snow Falling on Cedars
When a fisherman is murdered on an island in Puget Sound, suspicion falls on a Japanese American. Guterson’s meticulously crafted whodunit is also a graphic account of Japanese internments during World War II. It spent 87 weeks on the Publishers Weekly bestseller list.
ImageHardt, Michael, ’86, ’90
Empire (with Antonio Negri)
Hailed by one European philosopher as “a rewriting of the Communist Manifesto for our time,” Hardt and Negri’s critique of globalization is a heady blend of history, philosophy and political theory that reached the best-seller lists. “A new way of thinking about global politics.”—New York Times
ImageHarris, Whitney, ’33
Tyranny on Trial: The Evidence at Nuremberg
Now 94, Harris is one of only two surviving Nuremberg prosecutors. His account of the historic trial was hailed as “a book of enduring importance” by the New York Times Book Review upon its publication in 1954—a judgment that has proven accurate.
ImageHildebrand, Grant
The Wright Space
The UW architecture professor analyzes 33 of Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes, paying particular attention to their qualities of “prospect” (a condition in which one can see over a considerable distance) and “refuge” (a place where one can hide). Wright’s command of these aspects, Hildebrand says, is a key to his success.
ImageHinkley, Daniel, ’85
The Explorer’s Garden
Hinkley is a world-renowned plant detective, who sought out the rare and wonderful for his Heronswood Nursery. “Hinkley writes about plants with passion and humility, transforming hard-earned data into pure delight. “—National Public Radio
ImageHolm, Bill, ’49, ’51
Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form
Since 1965, Holm’s book has been a classic reference and a stunningly beautiful review of coastal Indian art. “A masterpiece of printer’s art.”—Art Journal
ImageHorsey, David, ’75
From Hanging Chad to Baghdad
This is not a book you’ll find in the seat pockets of Air Force One—it contains nearly 200 pages of scathing political cartoons from the Seattle P-I’s two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner.
ImageHugo, Richard,  ’48, ’52
Making Certain It Goes On: The Collected Poems of Richard Hugo
The Northwest was Richard Hugo’s lifelong home, and one of his favorite subjects. In justly famous poems like “Degrees of Gray at Phillipsburg,” Hugo showed himself to be one of the great American poets of place.
ImageHunt, Linda Lawrence, ’62
Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America
There is no other story like it: in 1896, an insolvent mother of eight learned that an anonymous sponsor would pay $10,000 to any woman who walked across America. This true tale received a Washington State Book Award in 2004.