The Passage of Power (Knopf), the fourth volume of ROBERT A. CARO ’57’s biography The Years of Lyndon Johnson, follows Johnson from 1958, when he began campaigning unsuccessfully for the 1960 Democratic nomination, to 1964. It examines his vice presidency and his early time as president.
EDWARD BERENSON ’71 traces the history of the Statue of Liberty, describing individuals involved in the project and examining how Americans have interpreted the statue’s meaning, in The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story (Yale University Press). Berenson is a history professor and director of the Institute of French Studies at New York University.
New York City’s distinction first as a major Colonial seaport and later as the United States’ largest metropolis long has made the city a target for enemies, writes STEVEN H. JAFFE ’81 in New York at War: Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham (Basic Books). He chronicles the military history of the city. Jaffe is a writer and historian.
In Princeton: America’s Campus (Penn State University Press), W. BARKSDALE MAYNARD ’88 uses text and rare archival photographs to provide a history of Princeton’s campus interwoven with a social history of the University. “The complex tale,” he writes, “involves not only architects, but educators, administrators, trustees, and alumni — sometimes cooperating but often squabbling, because the stakes are high: No one wants to spoil The Great American Campus.” Maynard is the author of five books.