Writing America by Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Black and White Cinema
A Short History
Wheeler Winston Dixon
From the glossy monochrome of the classic Hollywood romance, to the gritty greyscale of the gangster picture, to film noir’s moody interplay of light and shadow, black-and-white cinematography has been used to create a remarkably wide array of tones. Yet today, with black-and-white film stock nearly impossible to find, these cinematographic techniques are virtually extinct, and filmgoers’ appreciation of them is similarly waning.  
Black and White Cinema is the first study to consider the use of black-and-white as an art form in its own right, providing a comprehensive and global overview of the era when it flourished, from the 1900s to the 1960s. Acclaimed film scholar Wheeler Winston Dixon introduces us to the masters of this art, discussing the signature styles and technical innovations of award-winning cinematographers like ...

Politics Across the Hudson
The Tappan Zee Megaproject
Philip Mark Plotch
The State of New York is now building one of the world’s longest, widest, and most expensive bridges—the new Tappan Zee Bridge—stretching more than three miles across the Hudson River, approximately thirteen miles north of New York City. In Politics Across the Hudson, urban planner Philip Plotch offers a behind-the-scenes look at three decades of contentious planning and politics centered around this bridge. He reveals valuable lessons for those trying to tackle complex public policies while also confirming our worst fears about government dysfunction.
Drawing on his extensive experience planning megaprojects, interviews with more than a hundred key figures—including governors, agency heads, engineers, civic advocates, and business leaders—and extraordinary access to internal government records, Plotch tells a compelling story of high-stakes battles between powerful players in the public, private, and civic sectors. ...
A 250th Anniversary Portrait
Nita Congress
In 2016, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will mark its 250th anniversary. Chartered in 1766 as the all-male Queen’s College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the school was renamed Rutgers College in 1825 to honor Revolutionary War veteran and trustee Colonel Henry Rutgers. Rutgers's history begins in the political maelstrom of colonial America; hurtles through the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, and two world wars; wrestles with social upheaval in the late twentieth-century; and emerges in the current fast-paced global digital age. Today, Rutgers, a leading public research university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, is home to more than 65,000 students each year and 24,000 faculty and staff in New Brunswick, Newark, Camden, and other locations around the state.  
Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary ...