The End of Illness (Free Press), which author DAVID B. AGUS ’87 calls “part manifesto” and “part life plan,” aims to give readers a new approach to their health that emphasizes prevention. Agus also explores medical technologies and offers practical suggestions. An oncologist, he is a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California.

HELEN SWORD ’84 *91 encourages academics to produce journal articles without wordy, jargon-laden prose — writing that is pleasurable to read — in Stylish Academic Writing (Harvard University Press). Sword is an associate professor in the Centre for Academic Development at the University of Auckland.

PAUL OPPENHEIMER ’61 aims to “evoke the life and discoveries of one of the world’s most mesmeric modern theoreticians” in his biography of Niccolò di Bernardo Machiavelli, Machiavelli: A Life Beyond Ideology (Continuum). A major figure of the Italian Renaissance, Machiavelli was an author, statesman, political theorist, diplomat, historian, philosopher, playwright, and poet. Oppenheimer is a professor of comparative literature at the City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

J.J. KEYSER ’61 and his son, John M. Keyser — their band is DJ Spazzy Stiff and The Fresh Baronet — collaborated on the jazz CD Master Cruiser (Jive Corner Records). The 12 tracks combine jazz, bossa nova, and electronica. J.J. Keyser is a retired surgeon and played with the group The Minstrels at his 50th Princeton reunion last May. John M. Keyser is a jazz guitarist.