In The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit (Twelve), MICHAEL CANNELL ’82 chronicles the career of race-car driver Phil Hill, a mechanic from California who became the first American-born Grand Prix driver to win the Formula One international championships. Cannell is a former editor at The New York Times.
A former managing editor of Forbes magazine and a former deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, STEWART PINKERTON ’64 explores the Forbes family — including Malcolm Forbes ’41, Steve Forbes ’70, and Christopher Forbes ’72 — and its financial media company in The Fall of the House of Forbes: The Inside Story of the Collapse of a Media Empire (St. Martin’s Press).
Investing in the stock market was regarded as suspect for much of American history, writes JULIA C. OTT ’97 in When Wall Street Met Main Street: The Quest for an Investors’ Democracy (Harvard University Press). An assistant professor of history at The New School for Social Research in New York City, Ott tells how investing in stocks became a common practice in the first three decades of the 20th century, and how the federal government, corporations, and financial institutions campaigned to provide individuals a stake in the economy.
THOMAS BANCHOFF *93 provides an overview of political struggles about embryo research in four countries — including the United States — over the last 40 years in Embryo Politics: Ethics and Policy in Atlantic Democracies (Cornell University Press). He is director of Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.