Susan Patton ’77, who last year wrote a letter to The Daily Princetonian urging female students to find husbands before they graduate, has expanded that advice into a book: Marry Smart: Advice for Finding the One (Gallery Books). She encourages women to “invest at least as much time, effort, and energy in developing your personal happiness as you do in planning for your professional success.”
An American diplomat and author of the Cold War containment doctrine, George F. Kennan ’25, who died in 2005, kept a diary for much of his life. Entries in The Kennan Diaries (W.W. Norton), edited by Frank Costigliola, contain Kennan’s political commentary, and describe his despair for capitalism in the midst of the Depression and his grief over the death of his mother, among other things.
In Louis Bayard ’85’s historical novel based on Teddy and Kermit Roosevelt’s 1913–14 Amazon expedition, Roosevelt’s Beast (Henry Holt), the Roosevelts’ exploration of Brazil’s Rio da Dúvida leads to their capture by an Amazonian tribe. The Roosevelts are told to find and kill a mysterious beast in exchange for their freedom.