The University Record, January 18, 1993


Editor’s Note: The following books have been published by the U-M Press.

Singular Europe: The Economy and Polity of the European Community after 1992, edited by William James Adams, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Economics. The implementation of Project 1992 has invigorated Europe—the old continent—with the strength and vitality of youth. In Singular Europe, leading international experts in the fields of economics, political science, business, and law discuss the impact of Project 1992 upon the European and world economies.

Beyond the Soviet Threat: Rethinking American Security Policy in a New Era, edited by William Zimmerman, professor of political science and director, Center for Russian and East European Studies. This book takes an initial step in reorienting Western security studies absent of the Soviet threat. The authors argue that the Soviet Union has, indeed, lost the Cold War and that the delicate task of encouraging the growth of economic markets and political democracy in the part of the world previously dominated by Soviet power has become the central task for American security policy in the post-Cold War environment.

The Birds of Washtenaw County, Michigan by Michael A. Kielb, teacher and expert birder; John M. Swales, bird enthusiast and professor of linguistics and director, English Language Institute; and Richard A. Wolinski, consulting biologist, birder, and organizer of the Washtenaw County Bird Survey. The Birds of Washtenaw County provides accounts of the status of 267 bird species, giving information on when and where each may be expected, along with estimates of the probability of an encounter. Descriptions of numerous birding sites are supplemented by maps and route suggestions as well as site charts comparing site quality by month. A comprehensive ornithological history of the county completes the guide and, by consolidating diverse information, provides an important context for the volume.

Dollar, Dove, and Eagle: One Hundred Years of Palestinian Migration to Honduras, by Nancie L. Gonzalez, professor, Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland. Dollar, Dove, and Eagle is the first full-length description of Palestinian immigration to Latin America. Drawing extensively on the work of a spectrum of disciplines embracing history, sociology, political science, and business management, Gonzalez’s book effectively broadens readers’ knowledge of both the Middle East and Latin America.

Homeric Misdirection: False Predictions in the Iliad, by James V. Morrison, visiting assistant professor of classics, Davidson College. Morrison argues that, in order to combat the problem of making a tale interesting when the audience knows—or thinks it knows—the end of the story, the author of the Iliad purposefully uses misleading statements as part of a deliberate effort to upset the expectations of the audience. This misdirection ultimately reminds the audience of the purely human limitations of its own knowledge, thus linking the doubt and uncertainty of the audience with that of the characters in the Iliad.