||Visions of America
Selected Speeches from the Republican National Convention 2004
||St. Dominic's Parish, Washington, DC: A Sesquicentennial Celebration
Mary E. Moran
This informative, eclectic history of the first Dominican parish east of the Allegheny Mountains won the Morris MacGregor Award conferred by the Catholic
Historical Society of Washington. It weaves historical fact and figures, contemporary personal anecdotes, and practical information into a lively account
of the church and its congregation.
The elegant Gothic structure of St. Dominic's occupies a parcel of land that has been in Catholic hands since the seventeenth century. Passed from one
generation to the next, it was sold in 1852 to St. Dominic's Brotherhood, the Order of Preachers. Soon thereafter a church was erected and a parish
flourished despite the outbreak of the Civil War. With the influx of Irish Catholic immigrants to the city, in the late 19th century, the parish expanded
to incorporate a larger church, a priory for Dominican friars and, eventually, a school and a convent. Through the beneficence of many parishioners and
other loyal Washingtonians, the church is graced with beautiful stained glass windows and frescoes. Of particular note is a window donated by Mrs. William
Tecumseh Sherman, wife of the Army general. Complementing the physical beauty of the interior is a rare, original Roosevelt organ. Helen Hayes, a native
Southwest Washingtonian and later "First Lady of the American Stage," spent her childhood in the parish, was a choir girl here and sang to its melodic
Surviving fires, economic downturns, changes promulgated by the Second Vatican Council, and devastating urban renewal, the church remains today a dominant
feature of the downtown landscape and a sanctuary for Washingtonians and tourists alike.
(ISBN 1-889274-20-8; Illustrated 68 pages. $12.00)
||All in the Family… Business
George G. Raymond Jr.
This paradigm of American corporate history tells the interwoven stories of the author's successful business career and his personal life. Raymond went to
work as a teenager for the family firm, The Raymond Corporation, rose to become its president, developed a revolutionary vehicle in the narrow-aisle
forklift truck, and made the company a premier manufacturer of materials handling equipment. Succeeded by a CEO who became an adversary, Raymond was
compelled to force the public sale of the company that his father bought for $6,000; it fetches $353 million. One reader calls the book a moving and
instructive variation on the theme "shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations." A cogent and lively narrative, it is required reading for students
of that widespread American enterprise, the family business, and a useful primer for stockholders of family businesses.
(ISBN 1-889274-12-7; 234 pages; Illustrated; $28.00)
||Gow: A Father, a Son, a School
David Whitcomb Gow
A history of the Gow School published when this seminal institution celebrated its 75th anniversary, David Gow's opus is also a history of the Gow family,
a personal memoir, and finally a primer on teaching children who have learning problems. Broad in scope, the narrative embraces scenes of a bucolic
boyhood, and recounts the school's founding and early years. Telling David's story, it records the frustrations of Army life on the homefront in World War
II, and the alternating sprees and intellectual challenges of Yale in the 1940s. Finally it tells of David's career as a teacher at Gow and as its
headmaster who led this very special school through a series of crises, challenges of the sort that other schools have facedsome of them far less
successfully. In this, in its discussion of special pedagogy, and in its portraits of dedicated colleagues, it offers instructive guidance to teachers
and administrators alike, while for others it offers the inspiring biographies of a man, a family and a school.
(ISBN 1-889274-17-8; 374 pages; Illustrated; $30.00)
||Waiting for the Snow
Thomas J. Scanlon
This book is a memoir in letters by one of the first forty-five volunteers to go abroad the day after the Peace Corps was chartered by Congress in 1961.
The Washington Post declared "Hundreds of books have been written [about the Peace Corps]. . . . Tom Scanlon's is among the finest." His letters,
written to friends and family during two years in Chile, describe a volunteer's life and viewpoint. It offers a bright look at a different world, one
endangered by the Cold War yet inspired by new idealism and hope among young people. As the first Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver declares in a
foreword, "Waiting for the Snow reminds us of the enormous greatness that can happen when ordinary people do what is good and right."
Recommended by such authorities as Shriver and Father Theodore Hesburgh of Notre Dame University, the book interests many readers, starting with the Peace
Corps community and its 147,000 veterans who have served in 132 countries. For people interested in international development it is a kind of training
manual. Referring to the book's title, taken from a speech by President Kennedy, Paul Theroux writes "I distinctly remember JFK telling Scanlon's story
all those years ago and this excellent book reawakens the bright hopes I also felt when I joined the Peace Corps. This is a salutary story." Other authors
praising the book include biographer Kitty Kelley, who writes "Waiting for the Snow makes you realize why the Peace Corps is America's
(ISBN 1-889274-03-8; 253 pages; Paperback; $14.95)
||Naked in a Pinstriped Suit
This satirical thriller involves two worlds: the stuffy domain of a cosmetics company's bloated executive suite and the shadow realm of a secret cabal of
animal-rights guerrillas. These zealots are sworn to end the cosmetic company's use of animals as guinea pigs to test its beauty products. Set in Texas,
the novel is a romp of intrigue and deceit, of bald egos and black plots, of kidnapping, hilarity, torture and romance!
Booknews in Scottsdale, AZ called it "Recommended Reading. A hilarious romp through high level corporate America." In the Alexandria (VA)
Gazette-Packett, Kyle Z. Bell exclaimed "Naked in a Pinstriped Suit is one of those books that people looking for stress relief cherish.
Within a few paragraphs the reader is hooked. The outside world disappears. . . ."
(ISBN 1-889274-02-X; 234 pages; Hardbound; $21.95)
||Rites of Our Passage: Reflections Through a Christian Year
by the Reverend Dr. Francis H. Wade
Foreword by the Reverend John Danforth, U.S.S.
A cycle of spiritual reflections by a gifted preacher, this is Posterity Press' second volume of sermons by the Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade, rector of St.
Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.
(ISBN 1-889274-19-4; 116 pages; $20.00)
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||Spreading the Risks: Insuring the American Experience
John A. Bogardus Jr. with Robert H. Moore
Spreading the Risks, a history of insurance in the United States, is an American business story told in a straightforward style by an industry
insider and leader. It chronicles the history and development of the commercial insurance industry against the backdrop of changing social, political
and economic imperatives from colonial times to today.
Told from his vantage point as an industry veteran and retired CEO of the insurance brokerage Alexander & Alexander, John A. Bogardus Jr. set out to
preserve the institutional memory of the business, recording a history and providing context for industry developments. Spreading the Risks is the
most complete account to date of the history of insurance brokerage in America; it offers valuable lessons for insurance and business professionals.
In the foreword, Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Founding Brothers, calls it "a paradoxical and fascinating story of how the
boisterous energies of the marketplace were rendered safe, how risk taking became more prudent, how the economic jungle was tamed."
(ISBN 1-889274-16-x; Illustrated; Index; 408 pages; $35.00)
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||Dara, Autobiography of a Chesapeake Retriever
"transcribed" by Lolo Sarnoff,
drawings by Cole Johnson, photographs by Linda Rosenthal
This engaging tale relates the life of a blooded Maryland dog who is abandoned in New England and ends up in a pound (i.e. on death row for dogs!).
There is rescued by an artist. Though she resents the abuses she has suffered at human hands, she makes a kind of peace with the imperfect world of
Homo sapiens. A vibrant plot, a persuasive canine voice and the protagonist's intense characterDara is no pussycatgive this yarn the
attributes of a modern classic. Designed by Cyndi Cliff of Janin/Cliff Design, the petite volume features both drawings and photographs of the nominal
"autobiographer." Its design won a Washington Book Publishers award.
(ISBN 1-889274-06-2; 104 pages; $16.96; author's earnings support animal shelters.)
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||A Generous Idea: St. Paul's School and Seikei Gakuen
David T. Dana III
In 1949, as the world was recovering from World War II, one of America's oldest prep schools invited a school in Japan to send a worthy student to its
sylvan campus in New Hampshire. Thus began a relationship between the two schools that has entered its sixth decade. Of the first three Japanese boys
to matriculate at St. Paul's, one became board chairman of Mitsubishi, another Ambassador to the Netherlands and West Germany, the third a distinguished
professor of art history at Princeton. This vibrant fifty-year history by a St. Paul's alumnus will find its audience among other alumni, educators
within New England and beyond, and in the international exchange community.
(ISBN 1-889274-13-5; 155 pages; $9.95.)
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||Between the Lines: Overseas with the Red Cross and OSS in World War II
A memoir in letters by Elizabeth Phenix Wiesner
Working in a Boston doctor's office when the war begins, Lee Phenix joins the American Red Cross to serve with the 26th General Hospital in North Africa.
In Bari, Italy, she witnesses the air raid that causes disaster when German bombers sink an American ship secretly loaded with mustard gas. Leaving the
Red Cross for OSS, she moves to Spain and England, then becomes Allen Dulles's secretary in Switzerland. For security reasons she cannot write home
about spy matters, of course; instead her letters to her parents reveal the vibrant day-to-day life of a young American woman doing vital work in
Europe and the Mediterranean during WWII. (After the war, Miss Phenix married a diplomat, raised a family and answered a call to the Episcopal
priesthood as related in her earlier book, Pilgrim and Pioneer, Churchman Publishing Ltd/Morehouse, 1989.)
(ISBN 1-889274-04-6; 284 pages; Hardbound; $21.95)
||Companions Along the Way
by the Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade
This handsome hardback is a collection of sermons about human relationships-relationships between people and with God. The author is rector of St. Alban's
(ISBN 1-889274-01-1; 125pages; Hardbound; $14.95)
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