After 60 years in the financial field, JOHN BOGLE ’51 sounds an alarm over what he sees as the change from a focus on long-term investment to short-term speculation in The Clash of the Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation (Wiley). Bogle is the founder of the Vanguard Group and president of Bogle Financial Markets Research Center.

LESLEY WHEELER *94’s poetry collection The Receptionist and Other Tales (Aqueduct Press) features a novella in verse. Set in academia, the story follows Edna, an administrative assistant who has to deal with “crabby” professors, a difficult dean, and other goings-on of college life. Wheeler is an English professor at Washington and Lee University.

In Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times (University of Chicago Press), ANDREW PIPER ’95 examines the history of reading, the relationship between books and screens, and how digital devices are changing the way we read. The chapters are organized around what people do when they read, including how people touch books and screens, how they look at them, and how they share them. Piper teaches German and European literature at McGill Univer­sity.

Airplay on FM radio stations is a key factor in determining a song’s commercial success. GABRIEL ROSSMAN *05 explores how songs become hits on the radio in Climbing the Charts: What Radio Airplay Tells Us About the Diffusion of Innovation (Princeton University Press). An assistant professor of sociology at the Uni­ver­sity of California, Los Angeles, Ross­man looks at the roles played by record labels, broadcasters, and listeners.