100 Top Books By 100 UW Authors Print
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100 Top Books By 100 UW Authors
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ImageMerry, Robert, ’68
Taking on the World: Joseph and Stewart Alsop—Guardians of the American Century
In this masterful double-biography, Merry shows how two influential newspaper columnists were shaped by the events of the ’20s and ’30s, and how their writings helped shape the rest of the century.
ImageMigdal, Joel
Palestinians: The Making of a People (with Baruch Kimmerling)
The UW international studies professor joins with Hebrew University Professor Kimmerling to write what The (London) Observer calls an “acute, thorough, fair-minded history” of the Palestinians from the 19th century to the collapse of the Oslo accords.
ImageMiyamoto, S. Frank, ’36, ’38
Social Solidarity Among the Japanese in Seattle
Originally Miyamoto’s master’s thesis at the UW, the book captures a pre-war, Japanese American society that would be gone forever with the start of World War II. UW Press reissued this classic in 1984.
ImageMochizuki, Ken, ’76
Baseball Saved Us
“One day, my dad looked out at the endless desert and decided then and there to build a baseball field.” Baseball Saved Us is the story of a Japanese American boy coping with life in an internment camp. According to the New York Times, Mochizuki “captures the confusion, wonder and terror of a small child in such stunning circumstances with convincing understatement.”
ImageMontgomery, David
King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon
Is the salmon doomed to extinction? Earth and Space Sciences Professor Montgomery investigates the demise of fish runs in England, New England and the Pacific Northwest as a result of changing landscapes. His work won a 2004 Washington State Book Award.
ImageMorgan, Murray, ’37
Skid Road
Morgan warned his readers that Skid Road was Seattle history “from the bottom up.” His tales of corrupt politicians, red-light madams and greedy businessmen may have offended civic leaders in 1951, but the book became an instant classic and is still in print today. “The region's best-known and best-loved historian.”—Seattle Times
ImageNalder, Eric, ’68
Tankers Full of Trouble: The Perilous Journey of Alaskan Crude
Based on his 1,200-mile voyage from Alaska to Washington aboard the Arco Anchorage, Tankers Full of Trouble offers an even more comprehensive look at the oil-shipping business than Nalder’s six-part Seattle Times series of the same title, which won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1990.
ImageOchsner, Jeffrey
Distant Corner: Seattle Architecture and the Legacy of H. H. Richardson (with Dennis Andersen)
After the great fire of 1889, much of Seattle’s commercial core was rebuilt in the Romanesque style. This, according to Architecture Professor Ochsner and his co-author, would prove to be the definitive period of architectural development in a city that now ranks among America’s most livable.
ImageOkada, John, ’47, ’51
No-No Boy
Okada’s only novel—about the alienation of a young Japanese American who refused to serve in the U.S. military during WWII—disappeared quickly after its publication by a small press in 1957. It was rediscovered and hailed as an important work in the mid-1970s, just a few years after Okada’s death.
ImageOsborne, Robert, ’54
75 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards
At nearly six pounds (408 pages, 725 illustrations), this undisputed heavyweight champion of Oscar guides is also a lively narrative history by the veteran Hollywood Reporter journalist and host of cable TV’s Turner Movie Classics.