Honoring Our Faculty Achievements 2003 - Collections


Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand

While seeking to find my sense of identity and individuality in the collectivist culture of
Atlas Shrugged was a pillar of strength that bolstered me during some dark years of
internal (and external) struggle. It served as a beacon for the United States, gave me the
conviction to dream, and the dedication to pursue those dreams to fruition.

Rajshree Agarwal

Business Administration


Mere Christianity

C.S. Lewis

Few books have had as profound influence on my as this one. Both as an example of clarity in
writing — few academics do this well — and as a compelling argument for seeing Christianity in a
new light, this book is one of the few that I keep re-reading every few years, and one of the few
that makes me stop and think deeply about what I am reading every time.

Scott Althaus

Speech Communication


Prajasvamyamlo Karmika Sanghalu

Aluru Subhasbabu

I like this book as it was written by my Dad and he is a big source of inspiration for my

Narayana Aluru

General Engineering


The Emergence of Man

John Pfeiffer

This was one of my first textbooks in anthropology and it sparked my lifelong passion for
seeking answers to questions of how we became human. I decided to pursue my career in
paleoanthropology because of this book.

Stanley H. Ambrose



Manual of Steel Construction, 3rd Edition

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

Manual of Steel Construction published by the American Institute of Steel Construction
(AISC) is highly regarded by architects, engineers, fabricators, contractors and others in the
structural steel construction industry in the United Stated as well as many other countries. It is
also a required reference book in structural steel design courses at universities in the United
States and abroad. It contains the latest engineering design specifications as well as aids for
design and construction of steel structures. The AISC Manual is often referred to as the bible of
the structural steel industry.

Abbas Aminmansour

School of Architecture


Collected Works. K-theory / Vol. 2

Michale Atiyah

The papers in this volume–and its companions–have been both an inspiration and a direct
aid in my own research.

Matthew A. Ando



And So It Goes

Linda Ellerbee

Linda Ellerbee had a huge impact on the way I viewed my role as a journalist. She is a fabulous
writer, who focuses not only on getting the facts, but also on telling the story in an interesting
and meaningful way. She has overcome a lot in her personal life as well. She keeps reinventing
herself — but journalism is always at the core.

Nancy J. Benson



Victorian Anthropology

George W. Stocking, Jr.

It was on reading this book that I decided to become an anthropologist. My greatest fortune was
to be able to study with its author, George Stocking.

Matti Bunzl



Guan Zhui Bian

Zhongshu Qian

A classic in the 20th century Chinese literary scholarship.

Zong-qi Cai

East Asian Languages and Cultures


Farewell to Kai Tak

Wilson Yeung

I would like to dedicate this book to all faculty members, students and friends of UIUC who came
to the University by way of Kai Tak.

Winnie Chan

University Library


Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers

edited by C. Wilmsen, H. Temkin and L.A. Coldren

The chapter I wrote in this book represents the major contribution of my research to the
advancement of vertical cavity laser technology. In addition, the laser array pictured on the front
cover is a device that I fabricated.

Kent D. Choquette

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Complete Works of Chuang Tsu

Translated by B. Watson

I select this book for its wisdom and universal relevance to humanity. The thought of Chuang Tzu
celebrates individual differences and transcends social conventions and linguistic boundary. He
teaches us the value of cultural pluralism and the meaning of being human, i.e. being a unique
individual among other fellow human beings.

Kai-wing Chow



Not Much of an Engineer: An Autobiography

Sir Stanley Hooker (with Gunston, Bill)

I enjoyed this book when I first read it in 1992. It’s about the field (aeronautical
engineering) in which I worked before becoming a librarian. It’s about someone else who started
down one career path and finished on another. And then of course there’s the title.

Timothy Cole

University Library


Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Marjane Satrapi

In today’s world, it is important to understand other societies, and the best way to do so is to
experience them through the eyes of the people who live there. To this end, there is no better set
of eyes than those of a child. A true story, this book gives a glimpse into Persian culture through
the eyes of a little girl. The use of images and drawings helps to immerse the reader into the
world of the heroine, and keep him there till the end.

George Deltas



The Critique of Judgment

Immanuel Kant

Kant’s aesthetic theory has grown in significance in the wake of poststructuralist critical
positions and questions. Kant’s aesthetics of the sublime, for example, offers an epistemic
position where discursive understanding breaks down, and indeterminate felt sense indicates
wholeness. Importantly, this iconic Western philosopher provides points of contact with
non-Western, particularly Indic-Buddhist, thought.

Pradeep A. Dhillon

Educational Policy Studies


The Crafty Reader

Robert Scholes

In a series of books beginning with Texual Power in 1985 and continuing through
The Crafty Reader, Robert Scholes has consistently taught the craft of reading complex
texts through practices that are theoretically informed and pedagogically reasonable. In short,
Scholes is the craftiest and wisest teacher of reading in English studies today and the model of
teacher, reader, and writer to which I aspire.

Mark A. Dressman

Curriculum and Instruction


Control of Uncertain Sampled-data Systems

Geir E. Dullerud

Geir E. Dullerud

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Food Chemistry

Owen Fennema

This is the first edition of what is often considered to be the “bible” of food chemistry. It is
one of the most widely used books by food scientists. In addition to being my most-used reference
text, it has been an inspirational book to me demonstrating how complex and intriguing the field of
food chemistry is.

Nicki J. Engeseth

Food Science and Human Nutrition


Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Axar Nafisi

This book is a memoir of an enthusiastic teacher who has struggled to enrich the lives of those
around her under difficult conditions in Iran. The book highlights the important roles that
humanities and keen analysis of human traits and relations can play in transforming lives, of both
students and teachers. The book is also important for many other reasons. Among them, it richly
documents the experiences of many individuals who have tried to create a space for personal and
intellectual freedom in the face of totalitarian forces disposed blindly to impose narrow visions
on all aspects of life. The book focuses on the role of classic Western literature, but its message
is broader and can be seen as a tribute to all imaginative works that help us better our lives in
complex social situations.

Hadi Esfahani



Two Sister: Our Poetic Journey Out of Poverty, into a Life of Hope

Sheila Wade and Maureen Brown

The authors summarized one of the many reasons (impact of poverty on peer relations) I study
bullying in schools.

Dorothy L. Espelage

Educational Psychology


Corals of the World

J.E.N. Veron

I study corals and this book is the invaluable reference for corals around the world.

Bruce W. Fouke



Alex: The Life of a Child

Frank Deford

Our childhood experiences serve as the basis for our behavior as adults. My brother was born
with Cystic Fibrosis when I was seven years old. In that instant, my childhood stopped. I became
the big sister, an additional caregiver, a people watcher. I began observing other people’s
behavior, began caring more about others, and most of all, cared deeply for this new little five
pound baby. Cystic Fibrosis became a norm in our house. Diet changed, activities changed, my
parents changed. I changed too. I went from being a taker to being a giver. For that, I’ll always
be grateful. This book selection is a tribute to my brother, who profoundly changed my life. His
courage, to this day, after a double lung transplant, and as he approaches forty years old, is a
constant source of inspiration to me.

Lisa German

University Library


History of British Rule in India

Harriet Martineau

Lauren Goodlad



In Vivo Optical Imaging of Brain Function

edited by Ron D. Frostig

It represents my area of research.

Gabriele Gratton



Identity and Control: A Structural Theory of Social Action

Harrison C. White

Harrison White was my graduate advisor at Columbia and the various draft version of the book was
used in his seminars. It was crucible as a young structuralist, in which my way of seeing and
thinking was shaped. Even now, and perhaps more importantly, it keeps urging me to “imagine

Shin-Kap Han



An Experiment in Criticism

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis is best known for his Christian apologetics, less well-known is that he lived the
life of a scholar, too. Although his is considered old fashioned scholarship these days, his work
still contains pearls of wisdom, especially about reading. Many years ago I picked up his tiny book
An Experiment in Criticism. In it Lewis spells how to appreciate literature. He emphasizes
reading as an activity that should first and foremost be experienced as joy. And at the end of the
book he gives one of the great summations of what we mean by a general or liberal education:
“”Literary experience heals the wound, without undermining the privilege, of individuality. There
are mass emotions which heal the wound; but they destroy the privilege. In them our separate selves
are pooled and we sink back into sub-individuality. But in reading great literature I become a
thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes,
but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I
transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.” I usually read this book at least once
a year, often in January. Partly I read for the content, but in addition, the style of the book is
a joy to behold. Lewis once said “Any fool can write learned language. The vernacular is the real
test. If you can’t turn your faith into it then either you don’t understand it or you don’t believe
it.” In this small book Lewis meets this standard many times over.

William S. Hammack

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Off-Road Vehicle Engineering Principles

Goering, Stone, Smith, and Turnquist

I have been using this textbook in draft form for a class over the past two years before its
final publication in July 2003. It is meaningful to me because of my association with its
preparation. In addition the main author is an emeritus professor in my department.

Alan C. Hansen

Agricultural Engineering


Morse Theory

John Milnor

I got tenure in part for my work in computational topology applying the theorems from
Morse Theory to the accurate display of isosurfaces.

John C. Hart

Computer Science


Minding the Darkness

Peter Dale Scott

P.D. Scott is a true hero. In this 3rd installment of his Seculum trilogy he meditates on
forgiveness yet also rips away the absurd comforts of neo-Liberal Colonialism. It’s a masterpiece
of investigative poetry!

Stephen J. Hartnett

Speech Communication



Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert’s
Dune had an early impact on my intellectual development because it helped to make me aware
of the interplay among societies, humanity and individuality in forming the future. Herbert’s
fictional worlds can make us question the balance of free will and fate in our daily lives.

P. Bryan Heidorn

Graduate School of Library and Information Science


The Having of Wonderful Ideas and Other Essays on Teaching and Learning

Eleanor Duckworth

I selected this book because it captures the very essence of teaching young children. I
particularly like the quote: “There are two aspects to providing occasions for wonderful ideas. One
is being willing to accept children’s ideas. The other is providing a setting that suggests
wonderful ideas to children-different ideas to different children-as they are caught up in
intellectual problems that are real to them.” My area of interest is gifted education and my
research focuses on ways to challenge all children. In particular, I am interested in examining
environments and teaching practices that foster students’ creative thinking and problem solving
skills. This book highlights the need to individualize and personal instruction to make learning
meaningful and purposeful for all children. The author holds key the uniqueness of each child!

Nancy B. Hertzog

Special Education


L’Antiamericanisme: Anti-Americanism at Home and Abroad

Sylvie Mathe

The book-plating program struck me as an opportunity to order a book that is not widely
available in the United States. Based on the title (I have been unable to obtain a copy), this book
has great contemporary relevance and speaks to my interests in the history of the United States in
world context.

Kristin L. Hoganson



The Arcades Project

Walter Benjamin

This book represents the origins of many important theories of visual culture.

Lauretta J. Hogin

School of Art and Design


The Optimist’s Daughter

Eudora Welty

I have chosen this book to honor the memory of my sister, the late Melanie Hook Rice, who loved
this book and who was also a southern writer like Welty. Also, my first fully-produced
choreographic project was inspired by passages from this novel which my sister had underlined. I am
also honoring the memory of my father, the late Rev. Dr. Wade Franklin Hook who inspired and
supported my career. This novel sensitively tracks the relationship between a father and a daughter
and the new insights the daughter gains about life and love after her father’s death.

Sara Hook



Pox Americana

Elizabeth A. Fenn

This book reminds us that disease can change the world. One smallpox epidemic permanently
altered the political and social landscape of North America, decimating the aboriginal population
and even blocking the expansion of the American revolution to Canada. Today similar events unfold
as AIDS rewrites the future of Sub-Saharan Africa.

James A. Imlay



Illinois: Land and Life in the Prairie State

edited by Ronald E. Nelson

This book was the text for Geography 214, Geography of Illinois, the first geography class in
which I enrolled. At the end of the semester, I told my parents that I was changing my major from
biology to geography. When they asked what I was going to do with a degree in the social sciences,
I told them that I was going to be a map librarian. Look where I am now!

Jenny M. Johnson

University Library


Environmental Management in Animal Agriculture

Stanley E. Curtis

It is the best reference in the area of my research. This area is a new and expanding one. If
Fritz and Clark had not written this book, I would have!

Rodney W. Johnson

Animal Science


Environmental Isotopes in Hydrogeology

Ian Clark and Peter Fritz

Dr. Curtis gave me an unbound pre-print of this text when I was a student in his lab. My prior
studies in animal sciences focused on disparate physiological systems but not on how the systems
worked together to make the animal whole. This book taught me to think in an integrative way.

Thomas M. Johnson



Theory of Operator Algebras I

Masamichi Takesaki

The theory of operator algebras is a subject which became suddenly important for my research.
For me Takesaki’s first book on this subject opened my mind to this wonderful subject and enabled
me to learn the important concepts and beautiful results due to its unique style.

Marius Junge



Das Glasperlenspiel

Herman Hesse

I must have been fourteen of fifteen years old when I read this book and in particular the
“Glasperlenspiel” itself caught my imagination. I wanted to play the game so badly that I tried to
find descriptions of it everywhere but the only thing I found out is that Mathematics and Music are
integral parts of it. In the end I think I finally found my version of the game — at least
this is how I feel when I do my research.

Ralf Koetter

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Bauernleben im Zeitalter des Dreissigjährigen Krieges : die Stausebacher Chronik des Caspar
Preis, 1636-1667

Casper Preis

This book is a peasant’s chronicle of survival and daily life during and after the devastating
Thirty Years’ War in Germany (1618-48). We might assume that there are no peasant diaries from the
17th century, but Caspar Preis, literate peasant, has preserved for us the lives of ordinary people
surviving terrible times with quiet dignity. I also chose this book to reflect the extraordinary
collections in the University of Illinois libraries. This publication, part of a series of Hessian
regional history, is not widely available in Germany or the U.S., but the Illinois library acquired
it as soon as it appeared in 1998.

Craig M. Koslofsky



Matching Theory

Laszlo Lovasz

Alexandr V. Kostochka



Management Education in the New Europe: Issues of Content and Process

Monica Lee, Hugo Letiche, Robert Crawshaw, and Michael Thomas

The book provides a diverse set of perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for
educating and developing managers in Poland as this country transitions from a centralized command
economy to a free market system. The strength of the book lies, in my mind, in the rejection of the
notion of management development as simple technology transfer from West to East. Rather, the
theoretical commitment of the authors is to critical reflection of dominant paradigms and the
search for indigenous ways of leading organizations through action learning. Although the book
reports on field work and observations during the initial stage of economic transformation in
Poland, the fundamental challenges addressed in the text remain highly relevant as Poland prepares
to join the European Union in 2004.

K. Peter Kuchinke

Human Resource Education


Polymeric Stabilization of Colloidal Dispersions

D.H. Napper

This book has been a valuable resource for my research group.

Jennifer A. Lewis

Materials Science and Engineering


A Brief History of Time

Stephen Hawking

This book is a masterpiece! Stephen Hawking’s relentless pursuit of scientific truths is a great
source of inspiration for me.

Zhi-Pei Liang

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Tao Te Ching

Lao Tsu [translators: Gia Fu Feng and Jane English]

It is a book that I studied in my very first term paper in graduate school, which received an
A+. The paper later became my first single-authored journal publication. Tao Te Ching is a must
read in this day and age if we are to achieve world peace. This particular translation is poetic,
enhanced by the photos.

Futing Tim Liao



Foundations of Neurobiology

Fred Delcomyn

Biology offers many hints for engineering design, to make devices cheaper and better. Engineers
have a lot to learn from biololgy. It is a book done by my wonderful collaborator, with whom I had
a wonderful collaboration.

Chang Liu

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Ancient Herbs, Modern Medicine: Improving Your Health by Combining Chinese Herbal Medicine
and Western Medicine

Henry Han, Glenn Miller, and Nancy Deville

One of my hobby is studying food therapy and Chinese herbal medicine to cure disease. I learned
that Chinese medicine and western medicine work to cure illness from different perspectives —
western medicine focuses on the sick spot while Chinese medicine digs into the causes of the
illness. If the two could be integrated, there could be miracles.

Wei Ma

University Library


African Sociology: Towards a Critical Perspective

Bernard M. Magubane

I selected this book because it was written by my father who inspired me to be a

Zine Magubane



Markets and Hierarchies: Analysis and Antitrust Implications

Oliver E. Williamson

Markets and Hierarchies is a scholarly research book written for posterity.

Joseph T. Mahoney

Business Administration


Spanish American Saints and the Rhetoric of Identity, 1600-1810

Ronald J. Morgan

I have chosen this book because it centers on one of the topics of my book-length project: the
role of hagiographic texts in the process of identity construction in colonial Latin America. The
book examines the importance of saints as political and cultural symbols in the national projects
of the colonial period. In my project I focus specifically on female religious texts.

Mariselle Melendez

Spanish, Italian and Portuguese


Digital Watermarking: Principles & Practice

J. Bloom, M. L. Miller and I. Cox

This book introduces an emerging communications topic and is very well written. Digital
watermarking refers to methods for hiding information in host data (such as an image, text, or
audio file). Applications include copyright protection and covert communications. I selected this
book because the topic is current, and the book itself has significant educational value.

Pierre Moulin

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Ecosystems and Human Well-being: A Framework for Assessment

edited by Elena Bennett, et al.

Global warming became a focal point for scientific research, debates about the future of earths
environmental health and global negotiations in the 1990s. The state of the worlds ecosystems will
play a similar role in the 21st century. This book represents a unique multidisciplinary effort to
provide a conceptual framework for assessing ecosystem condition and capacity for delivering useful
services sustainably. It is an initial output of ongoing research by participants in the Millennium
Ecosystem Assessment. My own research on economic modeling of land use has both contributed to the
effort and been enriched by my many interactions with the wide range of participants.

Gerald C. Nelson

Agricultural and Consumer Economics


Benjamin Franklin

Edmund S. Morgan

Benjamin Franklin was a very important man in US History but he was also so much more! He was a
scientist, diplomat, athlete, socialite, and more. This book is a very elegantly written biography
of this fascinating man who accomplished so much. (I must admit that I am rather envious of Mr.
Franklin – I don’t know how he was able to do so much).

Romana A. Nowak

Animal Science


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Anne Fadiman

This book is a poignant-told story of an immigrant Hmong family’s encounter with the American
health care system. I selected this book because it touches beautifully on many of my central
scholarly interests, namely Asian American immigrants, culturally competent service delivery, and
family resilience.

Sumie Okazaki



The Last Generation

Cherríe Moraga

Moraga’s prose and poetry captures the pleasures and challenges a committed author can convey to
her readers. Moraga’s writing transgresses gender, sexuality, race, and color lines affirming a
politics of survival based on the passions and politics of everyday life and reminds me to “keep it
real” in the academy.

Wanda S. Pillow

Educational Policy Studies


The Wilder Shores of Love

Lesley Blanch

These are stories of four people who transcended the rigid expectations of their place and time.
Their journeys to exotic climes awaken sleeping identities and abilities. The love stories
illustrate the strength arising from devotion to a person other than one’s self. This book makes an
excellent case for romance.

Elizabeth T. Powers 

Economics and Institute of Government and Public Affairs


The Day the Voices Stopped: A Memoir of Madness and Hope

Ken Steele and Claire Berman

Founder of the newsletter New York City Voices, Ken Steele was perhaps the first person with
schizophrenia to reach a broad audience as a mental health advocate. I chose his memoir because the
study of disability as an academic discipline cannot grow without acknowledging the contributions
of the disabled themselves.

Catherine J. Prendergast



Handbook of Mathematical Psychology

edited by Luce, R. Duncan, Robert R. Bush, and Eugene Galanter

The chapter by Luce and Suppes on “Preference, utility and subjective probability” in the
Handbook of Mathematical Psychology has profoundly influenced my thinking. It lays out
some of the foundations that are required in order to develop a unified theory of decision making.
Much of my research aims to reconcile and synergize the multidisciplinary decision sciences. Luce
and Suppes’ chapter is one of the key milestones in that domain. Similarly, the entire
Handbook of Mathematical Psychology continues to be widely recognized as one of the
beacons of mathematical psychology.

Michel Regenwetter



The Technological Society

Jacques Ellul

This book stands out as seminal in my thinking about the relationship between human beings and
the technology in our society. Written by a neo-Luddite, the ideas espoused caused me to carefully
re-think the manner in which I approach scholarly communication and my work with users of the
library. Although I find much that Ellul says about
techne extremist, the work has caused me to use careful reasoning in exploring the
relationship between man and technology that is so essential to the librarian.

Lynne M. Rudasill

University Library


Animal Farm

George Orwell

The book has fascinated me as a fairy tale on the first reading, but later, on continuous never
ending reflection, presented with the simplest language the most tragic truths of all times: “all
animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others”. Universal humanism remains
a utopia.

Muhammed Taher A. Saif

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Clinical Virology

Douglas Richman

One of the most dynamic areas of human and veterinary medicine is virology. As a veterinarian
and a molecular and diagnostic (clinical application) virologist, clinical virology engages my
interests as a faculty member at the University of Illinois. Consequently, I have selected a book
that addresses pivotal concepts in this field.

Gail Scherba

Veterinary Pathobiology


The Chicago Auditorium Building: Alder and Sullivan’s Architecture and the City

Joseph Siry

This book not only concentrates on Louis Sullivan’s first masterpiece design but also places
Sullivan’s work in a comprehensive context. Sullivan’s architectural designs were an inspiration
for the Sullivanesque, which is the subject of my own book:
Sullivanesque: Urban Architecture and Ornamenatation (Urbana: University of Illinois
Press, 2002). Therefore, Siry’s publication is a valuable compliment to my book. Furthermore,
Siry’s book won the Society of Architectural Historians’ highest honor, the “Alice Davis Hitchcock
Award,” in April 2003.

Ronald E. Schmitt

School of Architecture


Bambi, Eine Lebensgeschichte aus dem Walde

Felix Salten

It was a difficult task for someone whose life is so devoted to books to pick out a single book.
I picked this book partly because it shows the way in which German and American culture are so
closely intertwined, a fact that we Americans often forget, and partly with thoughts of the role my
own children play in my life. Also, I thought it would be nice if more people realized that a story
that is taken as the prototypical American/Disney production is originally based on this German
language book.

Frederick W. Schwink

Germanic Languages and Literatures


The Life and Legacy of G.I. Taylor

G.K. Batchelor

G.I. Taylor was the most outstanding fluid mechanician of our time. His remarkable physical
insight and his ability to design the most simple of experiments that explained very fundamental
fluid behaviours are an inspiration to us all.

Mark Short

Theoretical and Applied Mechanics


Hurricane Audrey

Nola Mae Wittler Ross and Susan McFillen Goodson

This book provides an excellent memorial for the many victims of the 1957 hurricane “Audrey”
that swept through a very remote area in coastal Louisiana. This storm colored the lives of three
generations in my family, so I would be most honored to have the book plated with my name in the UI

Gerald K. Sims

Crop Sciences


The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

William Goldman

This is a delightful story and was the first book that my wife gave to me. After many fond
memories of the book, 13 years of marriage, the birth of our daughter, and our second child soon to
arrive, I cannot wait to read the book again with our children.

Andrew Singer

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Continuous Martingales and Brownian Motion

Daniel Revuz and Marc Yor

This is a book on stochastic analysis and it covers almost all important aspects of stochastic
analysis. It is very well written. It is regarded as the “bible” in stochastic analysis.

Renming Song



Quantitative Seismology, 2nd edition

Keiti Aki and Paul G. Richards

The first edition of the book was my early introduction to seismology as an authoritative
textbook. In 1996, I had the fortune of working with one of the authors (Dr. Paul Richards) on the
discovery of the inner core differential rotation. Over the years, the book has served as an
excellent reference for my research and teaching.

Xiaodong Song



Polish National Cinema

Marek Haltof

I have always been interested in the history of Polish film. This book is a compendium of solid,
“broad knowledge, well thought-through and systematized”. I would like this book to be donated to
the Reference collection of the Slavic and East European Library.

Marek Sroka

University Library


Sankt-Peterburg v ob”ektive fotografov kontsa XIX — nachala XX veka

[St. Petersburg through the lens of photographers at the end of the Nineteenth and
Beginning of the Twentieth Centuries]

The fin-de-siècle photographs collected in this volume are powerful, though wordless, texts
about a city created as an act of modern imagination and power. Facing a modernity suffused with
seeing and being seen, the Russian photographers who wandered their capital in search of defining
images were at once its most flagrant flâneurs and its best archivists.

Mark D. Steinberg

Department of History


Architecture: Choice or Fate?

Leon Krier

This is a beautiful book that captures so conciselly and eloquently the problem with
contemporary civic urban space. It communicates the nature of urbanism, the civic realm, the
meaning of human scale, the downfall of modernist urbanism and the compatibility between tradition
and progress in a way that is creative and meaningful, especially for urban planners. I especially
like the way the author uses cartoons to communicate these important concepts.

Emily Talen

Urban and Regional Planning



World Weeds: Natural Histories and Distribution

edited by LeRoy Holm

This book — along with its companion book,
The World’s Worst Weeds (Holm et al. 1979) — is a great starting point for detailed
information about major weed species. More importantly, I selected this book because of what it
reveals about weeds; they comprise only a small minority of plant species. A challenge to Weed
Science is understanding the unique traits that grant “weed” status to these relatively few

Patrick J. Tranel

Crop Sciences


The Development, Nutrition, and Management of the Young Calf

James K. Drackley

I chose this book for practical reasons and because I knew that it would be used by veterinary
students. When I discovered that
The Development, Nutrition, and Management of the Young Calf by Carl L.Davis and James K.
Drackley was not in our library, I jumped at the chance to add it to the collection of books
veterinary students will have to find resources on calf health. It also helped that the authors are
from U of I and colleagues of mine.

Richard L. Wallace

Veterinary Clinical Medicine


The Alexandria Quartet

Lawrence Durrell

I read this book at the beginning of my first job abroad, working as a travel courier in Greece.
The colour, feel, mystery and spirit of Alexandria resonated with my own experiences in Athens, the
synthesis of modern and ancient Greek culture. Some portions of the book reach dizzying imaginative
heights, others fall painfully short: the highs and lows of creative powers: ours to emulate.
Re-reading passages still brings back the passion and excitement of those times.

Andrew G. Webb

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Environmental Organic Chemistry, 2nd ed.

Rene P. Schwarzenbach et al.

It’s a great book.

Charles J. Werth

Civil and Environmental Engineering


The New Oxford Annotated Bible, 3rd edition

(New Revised Standard Edition)

Every time I open its pages, I discover something new about myself and the world in which I
live. Its truths are ageless and its message is heart changing. No other book has influenced or
shaped me more completely – spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally – than the

Douglas A. Wiegmann

Institute of Aviation


Going to Meet the Man

James Baldwin

I first came to writing because of, and through the works of James Baldwin, notably because of
his story “This Morning, This Evening, So Soon.”

David Wright



All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

Stephen Kinzer

One of the biggest challenges that face our nation today is the treat of terrorism.
Unfortunately, much of what has been talked about in our country since in 9/11 has been focused on
finding ways to stop terrorism from reaching US soil rather than getting at the root of it. The
book that I am recommending is about events in Iran in early 1950’s, when US helped overthrow a
democratically elected government and reinstall Mohammad Reza Shah as King. Of course, much of the
motivation for the US involvement at the time came from threat of communist Soviet Union. However,
as the book argues the events in early 1950’s and US role at the time shaped Iran’s future and its
relation to the US for the decades to follow. As an Iranian-born American I found this book
fascinating and incredibly timely. For those who like to understand the roots of extremism against
the US in the Middle East, this is a great book to read.

Ali Yazdani



The Handy Physics Answer Book

P. Erik Gunderson

I intended to buy this book as a reading materials for my 4 years old son – It ended up that I
enjoyed the most. It may be too early for a four-year old yet, but it is definitely not too late
for a university professor to learn from it. A great book for all ages.

Yuanhui Zhang

Agricultural Engineering