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Explore a selection of publications by alumni and academics, and books with a link to the University or Cambridge

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America's Political Inventors: The Lost Art of Legislation
George W. Liebmann (Visiting Fellow 1996)

A discussion of ten American political institutions and the men who designed them, including John Winthrop and the New England town; John Locke and the Southern plantation; Thomas Jefferson and the north-western township; William Leggett and the general business corporation; Joseph Pulitzer and municipal home rule; Justin Morrill and land grant colleges; Hugh Hammond Bennett and Soil Conservation Districts and Byron Hanke and Residential Community Associations, among others.

The Great Darkness
Jim Kelly (Press Fellow Wolfson 1985)

The first in a new series of crime mysteries set in Cambridge in the Second World War. Eden Brooke, once of Michaelhouse College, is a veteran of the Great War, and now a detectve inspector on the 'Borough' - one of the smallest police forces in the country, charged with keeping the peace in the university town's medieval centre. It is the opening weeks of the war and first complete Black Out - dubbed The Great Darkness - provides a platoon of soldiers with the cover they need to dig pits on St John's Wilderness. What lies beneath?

Cybertwists: Hacking and Cyberattacks Explained
Richard Paul Hudson (Trinity 1994)

Cybertwists is an introduction to how hacking and cyberattacks work that is aimed at the general reader. It provides a lively illustration of the manifold techniques with which both criminals and secret services infiltrate other people’s computers, accessing and sometimes manipulating their data.

Beethoven's Symphony no. 9
Alexander Rehding (Queens' 1991)

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony has held musical audiences captive for close to two centuries. Few other musical works hold such a prominent place in the collective imagination; each generation rediscovers the work for itself and makes it its own. Honing in on the significance of the symphony in contemporary culture, this book establishes a dialog between Beethoven's world and ours, marked by the earthshattering events of 1789 and of 1989. In particular, this book outlines what is special about the Ninth in millennial culture.

American Empire: A Global History
Tony Hopkins (Pembroke 1994)

This book offers a fresh approach to the history of U.S international relations during the past three centuries. The central argument holds that the United States was part of an evolving Western imperial system from the period of colonial rule to the present. This proposition is set in motion by identifying three phases of globalisation and assigning empires a starring role in the process. The transition from one phase to another generated the three crises that form the turning points the book identifies.

Follow the Child
Sacha Langton-Gilks (Trinity 1985)

Drawing on her family's own experiences and those of other parents facing the death of a child from illness or a life-limiting condition, Sacha Langton-Gilks explains the challenges, planning, and conversations that can be expected during this traumatic period. Practical advice such as how to work with the healthcare professionals, drawing up an Advance Care Plan, and how to move care into the home sit alongside tender observations of how such things worked in her own family's story.

Psycho-nationalism: Global Thought, Iranian Imaginations (The Global Middle East)
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam (Hughes Hall 2000)

States routinely and readily exploit the grey area between sentiments of national affinity and hegemonic emotions geared to nationalist aggression. In this book, Arshin Adib-Moghaddam focuses on the use of Iranian identity to offer a timely exploration into the psychological and political roots of national identity and how these are often utilised by governments from East to West.

The Hesitant Architect
Maria Haka Flokos (Girton 1980)

Post Millenium Britain...Cambridge after the 800th

"At what point," he thought, "did one's youth become part of history?..."

The return of architects Eleanor Sanders and Peter Hunter, both 80’s alumni, to the University town for a charity event―the televised renovation of a college house in the 12 days leading up to Christmas―is marred by tragedy. As the story unfolds, it soon becomes apparent that the case may not be as cut and dried as it seems and that, perhaps, everyone (save one) could be missing the wood for the Christmas tree…


The Stand Back Train
John Ironside (Peterhouse 1952)

Born to the sound of an express whistling through the station, Pal Shripney’s complacent existence of standing back and letting others in life’s train do the rushing by ends when his sister Alice and her Anglican curate husband Jack become lottery winners and call for help. Irreverent Pal finds himself in a strange new ecclesiastical world of diocesan dignitaries and parochial pastoral care. He is enlightened by sharing in a mission project in Thailand, but it is interrupted by Jack catching dengue fever. Publicity of Jack’s win brings grief when his sister Janet is abducted for ransom.

BP Blowout: Inside the Gulf Oil Disaster
Daniel Jacobs (Trinity Hall 1983)

The story of the worst environmental disaster in american history and its enduring consequences....