Book Reviews - Advance 2010

Serçe Limanı, Vol 2: The Glass of an Eleventh-Century Shipwreck

In this second volume covering the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) at Texas A&M University’s excavation of the shipwreck at Serçe Limanı, Turkey, the authors focus on the recovery, conservation and study of the glass found in the ship’s wreckage.

George F. Bass is a retired distinguished professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M and founder of the INA.

Berta Lledó is an archaeologist, database manager and graphic designer on the staff of the INA–Turkey.

Sheila Matthews is a project specialist for the Texas A&M nautical archaeology program and the INA.

The Texas That Might Have Been: Sam Houston’s Foes Write to Albert Sidney Johnston

Although Sam Houston would eventually emerge as the dominant shaper of the developing Texas Republic’s destiny, many visions competed for preeminence. One of Houston’s sharpest critics, Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, is the subject of this fascinating collection of letters from the period.

Donald E. Willett offers new annotation and analysis of these letters from Johnston’s colleagues, friends and supporters—first collected and edited by contrarian scholar Margaret Swett Henson but never before published.

Donald E. Willett is an associate professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University at Galveston.

The Leadership of George Bush: An Insider's View of the Forty-First President

Roman Popadiuk served in the Bush White House from 1989 to 1992 as deputy assistant to the president and deputy press secretary for foreign affairs. In these roles, he was closely involved with many day-to-day decisions of the administration during a momentous period that saw the dismantling of the Berlin Wall; the rise of a new global coalition; the curbing of a dictator’s expansionist policies in the Middle East; and shifting domestic, economic and political currents.

Popadiuk examines how the personal leadership style of George Bush influenced the formation and execution of policy. The author composes a mosaic of events, quotations and observations that yield a broad view of how a president’s personal qualities and philosophies impinge on leadership options.

Ambassador Roman Popadiuk is executive director of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

Transforming Teacher Education: What Went Wrong With Teacher Training, and How We Can Fix It

The American K–12 educational system is broken, say education experts Valerie Hill-Jackson and Chance W. Lewis. Too many children, particularly children from marginalized groups, are falling behind academically. Because well-qualified educators are the most important factor in determining students’ success or failure, the editors suggest that the key to solving this problem lies with transforming teacher education programs. With contributions from 12 respected education scholars, this collection gathers compelling, carefully researched critiques of teacher education and insightful recommendations on helping to ensure that all children can succeed.

Valerie Hill-Jackson is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M.

Chance W. Lewis, holder of the Houston Endowment Inc. Endowed Chair in Urban Education, is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M.

Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemons

Distinguished Professor Jerome Loving’s new book, Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens (University of California Press, 2010), chronicles the life of arguably the best-known literary artist in the English language after William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.

Loving focuses on Twain as a humorist and highlights the wit, pathos and tragedy of the author’s works. He reexamines Twain’s life by using newly discovered archival materials that offer the most complex view of Twain to date.

“Every biography is a reconstruction,” says Loving. “You try to be as honest as you can, but there is definitely a creative element in this nonfiction.”

He is working on a sequel to the biography, which examines Twain’s life specifically during 1885—the year that Twain published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, when he was ultimately heading toward bankruptcy and working on President Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs while Grant was dying of cancer.

Jerome Loving is a distinguished professor, in the Department of English, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M.

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