Books in Print

Jordan’s Inter-Arab Relations:The Political Economy ofAlliance Making
by Laurie A. Brand
Columbia University Press,
$17.50

Using five case studies, Laurie A. Brand, assistant professor in theSchool of International Relations, takes a measured look at Jordan’sdomestic policies and its alliances with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Syria,Iraq and Egypt. By extention, she sheds new light on Middle Easternrelations in general. Rather than view Jordanian policies through thelens of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Brand chose to discard theconventional wisdom regarding politics of the region. “In order tolearn more,” she argues, “we are sorely in need of more iconoclasticforays.”

Temptations of a Superpower
by Ronald Steel
Harvard University Press,
$18.95

This volume grew out of the Library of Congress’ inaugural JoannaJackson Goldman Memorial Lecture on American Civilization andGovernment, delivered by Ronald Steel, professor of internationalrelations, in 1993. Steel argues that the framework for Americanforeign policy must be entirely rebuilt in the wake of the Cold War.”The world we know has collapsed around us,” he says, and the “day ofdeference by allies to American military power are over.” In a worldwithout enemies, there is no need for allies, says Steel. And intrade wars, “there are no allies: only rivals.” A further foreignpolicy issue that needs attention: under what conditions will Americanow use force? It’s a whole new game, and the rules are still beingwritten.

Etudes for Piano Teachers:Reflections on theTeacher’s Art
by Stewart Gordon
Oxford University Press,
$19.95

In this collection of pedagogical articles – most of which appearedpreviously in the magazine American Music Teacher – Stewart Gordon,professor of keyboard studies, covers topics ranging from practiceprocedures and memorization to the direction in which the professionis headed and the types of students and musicians society isspawning. Vital reading for serious piano students and teachersalike, the book imparts lessons and wisdom that can be applied toconcerns in many disciplines, including the art of concentration,styles of teaching and the challenges of dealing with the giftedstudent. The predictability of teaching makes for dull routine, saysGordon, thus it is a constant challenge “to try to find new ways ofexplaining, clarifying, presenting our thoughts to students.”

They Don’t Get It, Do They?Communicationin the Workplace -Closing the Gap BetweenWomen and Men
by Kathleen Kelley Reardon
Little, Brown and Co.,
$21.95

Women in the business world too often hit the infamous “glassceiling,” failing to advance to top administrative levels. KathleenReardon, associate professor of management and organization in theSchool of Business Administration, says that in order for more womento claim their rightful place in America’s business, they must learnto respond to the hidden subtext of professional interactions. “Menand women working together do not speak the same language,” saysReardon. To help bridge the communications gap, she presentsreal-life examples and rational solutions. It’s more complicated thanjust learning a few techniques, but here is a detailed road map forwomen who seek parity in the work place.