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The Revisionist Stage (Cambridge University Press, 1994)
Amy S. Green

The Revisionist Stage explores the vision and talents of a controversial group of artists who, depending on one's perspective, either revitalized or disfigured the standard dramatic repertoire by adapting canonical dramas for the contemporary American stage. Amy S. Green's critical history features the bold directorial ventures of JoAnne Akalaitis, Lee Breuer, Liviu Ciulei, Richard Foreman, Joseph Papp, Lucian Pintilie, Richard Schechner, Peter Sellars, Andrei Serban, Robert Woodruff, and Garland Wright. Green covers Greek and Roman drama, plays by Shakespeare and Molière, and the operas of Mozart and da Ponte, and discusses in detail many landmark theatrical events of the past thirty years. This versatile, insightful study provides an informed reading of the business of theatrical revision, and a full-scale investigation of this rich and controversial genre.

"...The Revisionist Stage is a useful and important book. It is an essential guide to the theory and practice of performing classic plays in the late twentieth century. ...a model of critical openess."

"...the book is well written, meets its stated goals, and includes detailed notes and bibliography. It will prove most helpful to those interested in 'bright ideas'."
— M. D. Whitlatch, Choice

"...Amy S. Green has taken on a sizable task with apparent ease and much grace...[an] insightful look at some of the most noteworthy U.S. productions of the past three decades. Green's work is both theoretically and historically grounded and her excellent synthesis of wide-ranging materials into highly evocative descriptive prose contributes significantly to the body of information available about the theatre of this period in the U.S."
— Linda Miles, Theatre Insight

"...the book is a worthwhile addition to the study of production."
— Arnold Aronson, American Studies

The Brooklyn Bridge: A Cultural History (Rutgers University Press, 2005)
by Richard Haw

"In the most important work on the Brooklyn Bridge in a generation, Richard Haw shows how and why it remains a central but contested American icon."
— David E. Nye, author of America as Second Creation: Technology and Narratives of New Beginnings

"Absorbing and provocative, Richard Haw sells you the great bridge in a thousand incarnations."
— Kevin Baker, author of Dreamland and Paradise Alley

Art of the Brooklyn Bridge: A Visual History (Routledge, 2008)
by Richard Haw

"Richard Haw's book is an ecstatic ode to the Brooklyn Bridge, which we all know is so much more than its 14,680 tons of wood, stone and steel. Its all in here: the builders and bigwigs, the Roeblings and the riggers, the jumpers and joggers, the painters and poets. Rare images and fascinating text memorialize the odd jumble of characters without whose brains, brawn, and chutzpah the bridge might never have been built. This marvelous book shows why we say Brooklyn is the place where legends are made and dreams come true."
— Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President

"Art of the Brooklyn Bridge is an elegant structure, which takes you to another shore and along the way offers unparalleled views. Richard Haw's beautiful book is about one of the worlds great bridges, but also all about the city that makes it great."
— Russell Shorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World

"Richard Haw's magically illustrated cultural history of the Brooklyn Bridge is a most welcome celebration of one of the greatest engineering achievements of all time. Art of the Brooklyn Bridge is a visual and literary delight."
— Henry Petroski, author of Engineers of Dreams

"Richard Haw's Art of the Brooklyn Bridge is irresistible. Delightfully written, it presents a fascinating gallery of characters associated with the Bridge through its history. But the book is much more than that. It is packed with rarely seen and many never published images of the Bridge, from newspaper and magazine engravings, to movie posters, to major paintings and some of the most compelling photographs of the Bridge I have ever seen. Haw is a wonderful story teller and he is blessed with an eye for the humorous as well as the aesthetic. He reveals the Bridge as an icon, muse, and obsession for New Yorkers."
— Thomas Bender, Department of History, New York University

"Richard Haw is our greatest chronicler of the Brooklyn Bridge. He has dug deeper than the usual treatment of the bridge as technological triumph and cultural icon to see it as a psychological fact and witness to changing times, as represented by the stunningly varied artists and photographers drawn to the bridge. This book is also the most compelling compilation of Brooklyn Bridge images I have ever seen."
— Francis Morrone, author of An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn

Prologue to Violence: Child Abuse, Disassociation and Crime (Taylor & Francis, Inc. 2006)
by Abby Stein

Prologue to Violence uses the gripping narratives of incarcerated criminals to establish a unique interdisciplinary framework for understanding how early trauma shapes adult violence. Dr. Stein’s provocative analysis calls into question prevailing beliefs about criminal character and motivation:

  • Are sex murderers really driven by deviant fantasy?
  • Is psychopathy actually inborn?
  • Do criminals usually operate “without conscience”?

“Stein gives us a highly intelligent, depth psychological perspective of the frighteningly opaque inner worlds of violent offenders. Part of the pleasure in reading her work is the window it provides into their experiences, helping us make sense of what lurks beneath their acts of cruelty and seeming inhumanity.”
— Ronald C. Naso, Psychologist-Psychoanalyst

“Stein proposes a thought-provoking thesis that has the potential to radically alter our understanding of the nature of the most extreme and perplexing instances of violent crime.”
— Steven L. Gold, PsychCritiques

Prologue to violence is a sterling and unforgettable contribution to psychohistory and all of knowledge.”
— Harriet Fraade, Journal of Psychohistory

“This is a book that offers much illumination for our continuous societal struggles with the forces of violence and destruction."
— Robert Jay Lifton, MD, Harvard Medical School

“Stein has written a brave, brilliant, and thoroughly innovative book about the most terrible things in life, and she has done it without once succumbing to sensationalism. Neither does she backpedal the horror and the pain. … Quite simply, Prologue to Violence is an extraordinary piece of work.”
— Donnel B. Stern, PhD, Author of Unformulated Experience