Recent books by Rhodes Scholars

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2014

Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan

Aqil Shah (Pakistan & Corpus Christi 1997)

Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan by Aqil Shah (Pakistan & Corpus Christi 1997), considers how the military became Pakistan’s foremost power elite and what its unchecked authority means for the future of this nuclear-armed nation. (Harvard University Press, April 2014).

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2014

Justice: A Personal Account

Edwin Cameron (South Africa-at-Large & Keble 1976)

Justice – A Personal Account by Edwin Cameron (South Africa-at-Large & Keble 1976), is part memoir and part ode to the law in which Mr Justice Cameron explains and defends the role of the law in South Africa’s continuing transition. He draws on his own life experience to illustrate the power and the limitations of the law and argues that the Constitution offers South Africa the best chance for a just society – with the insights gained from hard years of judicial experience. (NB Publishers, February 2014).

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2014

Whoever Fears the Sea

Justin Fox (South African College School, Newlands & Brasenose 1991)

Whoever Fears the Sea by Justin Fox (South African College School, Newlands & Brasenose 1991) is a novel set in Kenya and Somalia in 2001, soon after 9/11. The plot involves a South African scriptwriter researching Swahili culture who is captured by Somali pirates and eventually becomes sympathetic to their cause. (Umuzi, February 2014).

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2014

Splendour of the Shore

David Wright (Rhodesia and Oriel 1960)

Splendour of the Shore by David Wright (Rhodesia and Oriel 1960) is a collection of recent poetry. (Walleah Press,  February 2014).

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2013

Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian

A. Douglas Stone (Massachusetts & Balliol 1976)

Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian by A. Douglas Stone (Massachusetts & Balliol 1976) reveals the significance of Albert Einstein's contributions to quantum theory. Einstein famously rejected quantum mechanics, observing that God does not play dice. However, his studies regarding the nature of atoms, molecules, and the emission and absorption of light is part of the core of what we now know as quantum theory. The book has been named one of Scientific American's Best 2013 Books for the Physics Fan, and one of Science Friday's Science Book Picks for 2013. (Princeton University Press, October 2013).

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2013

Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World

Michael Fullilove (New South Wales & Balliol 1997)

Rendezvous with Destiny: How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World by Michael Fullilove (New South Wales & Balliol 1997) tells the story of five remarkable men sent by Franklin D. Roosevelt to missions to Europe during the dark days between Hitler’s invasion of Poland in September 1939 and Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour in December 1941. The missions were highly unorthodox and they confounded and infuriated diplomats on both sides of the Atlantic, but they proved crucial to the course of the Second World War. (The Penguin Press, July 2013).

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2013

The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy

Larry Sabato (Virginia & Queen's 1975)

The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy by Larry Sabato (Virginia & Queen's 1975) explores the legacy of John F. Kennedy and how because of his extraordinary promise and untimely death, his star still resonates strongly. On the anniversary of his assassination, political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato—himself a teenager in the early 1960s and inspired by JFK and his presidency—explores the fascinating and powerful influence he has had over five decades on the media, the general public, and especially on each of his nine presidential successors. (Bloomsbury, October 2013).

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2013

Universities for a New World: Making a Global Network in International Higher Education, 1913–2013

Deryck M. Schreuder (Rhodesia & New College 1964)

Universities for a New World: Making a Global Network in International Higher Education, 1913–2013, edited by Deryck M. Schreuder (Rhodesia & New College 1964), takes the Centenary of the ‘Association of Commonwealth Universities’ (ACU) as its point of departure in exploring what a 2009 ‘United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’ (UNESCO) Report has evocatively termed an ‘academic revolution’ in modern higher education. (Sage Publications, October 2013).

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2013

Conversations with a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott

Mark Abley (Saskatchewan & St. John's, 1975)

Conversations with a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott by Mark Abley (Saskatchewan & St. John's 1975) explores the historical roots of Canada's broken relationship with Aboriginal peoples, by examining the life and work of an Ottawa poet who also ran the Indian residential schools. (Douglas & McIntyre, November 2013).

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