What are you reading?

A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

April 2, 2009

Duncan Wu is professor in the English department, Georgetown University. He is reading David Thomson, Have you seen…? (Knopf, 2008). “It’s a great bedtime book because it’s written in small chunks. It’s opinionated, challenging, well written, and at the end of the day that’s exactly the kind of thing I like to read.”

Martin James is course leader in BA (hons) popular music journalism, Southampton Solent University. He is reading Jason Toynbee, Bob Marley (Polity, 2007). “Toynbee expertly weaves complex critical analysis with biographical detail, bringing to life fresh aspects of the musician’s life and motivations.”

John H. Summers, the author of Every Fury on Earth, teaches at Boston College. He is reading George Scialabba, What Are Intellectuals Good For? (Pressed Wafer, 2009). “Scialabba’s collection, long coveted by his admirers, should make the monographers and bibliomaniacs tremble with envy. This is criticism at its finest.”

Huw Morris, dean, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, is reading John F. Wilson and Andrew Thomson, The Making of Modern Management: British Management in Historical Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2006). “An exemplary survey of the development of British business, management and business education from the mid-19th century to the present day.”

Ulrike Zitzlsperger, senior lecturer, SALL/German, University of Exeter, is reading Jon Sutherland and Diane Canwell, The Berlin Airlift: The Salvation of a City (Pelican, 2007). “Like a good crime novel: even with the outcome known, it is a page-turner.”

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