Irving Isaacson ’36, Memoirs of an Amateur Spy, Stone Point Press: Cushing, Maine, 392 pages, 2002. Irving “Ike” Isaacson writes in a personal, understated style of his wartime career, capped by romance, in the OSS during World War II. As the war ended, he quickly segued into becoming one of the first spies in the early U.S.-Soviet intelligence wars. His stories often reveal a dry, delightful sense of humor. They give younger generations an insight into both the oddities of war and the courage of those involved. In the May 16, 2002, issue of the Lewiston Sun Journal, the late John Cole described the author as “the Errol Flynn and Scarlet Pimpernel of spies, quite untouchable, who carries us with him on this lilting tale of adventure in Europe.” Proceeds from Isaacson’s book are being donated to Bates College. Read excerpts online. Isaacson’s book is no longer in print but is occasionally available on line through booksellers.
Frederick Drayton ’59. BOSS ROAD: A Spiritual Journey from Job One to Retirement, Drayton Communications: Washington, D.C., 2000, 376 pages. In this memoir, Drayton offers recollections of “60 years of life under persons I called boss and over person who called me boss.” Writing from a vantage point just days after his explosive exit from the fast lane, he looks back to observe that, miraculously, he has survived that stretch of life called “career.” Drayton’s road of bosses began in Fall River, Mass., wended its way north to Bates (readers will enjoy Drayton’s tales of Bates student work), then veered sharply south to Washington, D.C. Recapping the trip, the author withholds little, emptying his mind, heart and soul to share his relationships with a myriad of interesting people who had authority over him, people he answered to as “boss.” Drayton can be contacted at 202-547-1825 or f.drayton@Worldnet.att.net
Bill Sherwonit ’71, Iditarod: The Great Race to Nome, Sasquatch Books: Seattle, Wash., 2002, 133 pages. With text by Sherwonit and photography by Jeff Schulz, this book recounts the history and evolution of Alaska’s famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, from its pioneer origins in the early 1970s through the high-tech, high-speed races of the 1990s and early 2000s. Sherwonit also explores the origins of the Iditarod Trail itself and describes two events of the early 1900s that later influenced the modern 1,100-mile Iditarod race: Nome’s All-Alaska Sweepstakes races and the 1925 “Great Race of Mercy,” in which mushers and dogs transported antitoxin serum to Nome, to stop an outbreak of diphtheria.
Bill Sherwonit ’71, Denali: The Complete Guide, Alaska Northwest Books: Portland, Ore., 2002, 312 pages. Sherwonit, who has explored the Denali wilderness for the past two decades, emphasizes discovery over directions in the most comprehensive guidebook to date about the region whose centerpiece is North America’s highest peak, 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, traditionally called Denali (“The High One”) by native residents and the name preferred by Sherwonit and many other contemporary Alaskans. Though it focuses on six-million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve, the book also includes information on neighboring Denali State Park and the highway and railway approaches from Anchorage to Denali. The book’s first section is devoted to Denali’s natural and cultural history, while the second section considers the many ways to explore the Denali region and also discusses its animals and plants.
Kathy Lynn Gorton Emerson ’69, Face Down Across the Western Sea, St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2002, 240 pages.Amazon.com says that Kathy Lynn Emerson’s series of Elizabethan mysteries featuring Susanna, Lady Appleton, “just keeps getting better.” This, No. 7 in the mystery series, includes a wealth of period details (familiar to fans of the series) and features a group of 16th-century scholars attempting to discern England’s rights to the New World and the strong-minded heroine’s investigations into a crucial missing transcript and murderer’s motives.Point your browser to http://www.kathylynnemerson.com for Kathy’s many other titles.
Earle Zeigler ’40, Who Knows What’s Right Anymore: A Guide to Personal Decision-Making, Trafford: Victoria, British Columbia, 2002, 274 pages. Tackling the provocative title question, Zeigler takes a look how our rapidly increasing multi-ethnic culture has gotten us into a situation where our former understanding of good and bad is insufficient today to help us distinguish between right and wrong action. In essence, Zeigler says, the global village needs a cross-cultural approach to ethical decision-making. To meet this challenge, the author offers initially a “three-step” formula based on time-proven ethical advice from three great early philosophers (Kant, Mill, Aristotle), the supplements their wisdom with that of later thinkers.
Earle Zeigler ’40, Whatever Happened to the Good Life: Or Assessing Your RQ (Recreation Quotient), Trafford: Victoria, British Columbia, 2002, 90 pages. Asking “Whatever happened to ‘the good life,” Zeigler offers readers the opportunity to determine their own RQ, or “recreational quotient,” based on involvement (or lack of same!) in a broad spectrum of recreational pursuits. After seeing the score, readers can then take the necessary steps – if they wish – to raise your RQ. Zeigler argues that because society crowds people in heavily populated urban and suburban communities, “we now need to know how people can find happiness, satisfaction, and a high quality of life despite the increased tempo of living often amidst badly crowded conditions.” Zeigler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.