Colgate University books
These are the books written or edited by alums, faculty or people in the Colgate community
Tracy Greene Craighead '85 co-authored this important work with contributors including: Meryl Streep (also provided the foreword), Nelson Mandela, Desmund Tutu, Aung San Suu Kyi, Richard Branson, Annie Lennox, Jennifer Buffet, Mary Robinson, Peter Gabriel, Muhammad Yunus, Alice Waters, Jamie Oliver among many, many others.
DOUG VON ALLMEN, a self-made man who grew up in a landlocked state dreaming of the ocean, was poised to build a 187-foot yacht that would cost $40 million. Lady Linda would not be among the very largest of the burgeoning fleet of oceangoing palaces, but Von Allmen vowed that it would be the best one ever made in the United States. This is the story of that boat.
Omid Safi, former Colgate University professor, assembles a diverse set of essays by and about "progressive" Muslims. The essays vary in topic and in effectiveness, but generally seek to challenge the images of Islam held by both xenophobic Westerners and extremist Muslims. Safi's introduction, though showing insight into many problems today's Muslims face but rarely discuss publicly, is clunky, citing sources from Gandhi to Bob Dylan.
In simple, spare language the poetry in FROM RAIN: Poems, 1970-2010 examines the common objects around us as if they were clues to solving some kind of mystery. Ice, glass, stones, moss, and similar inanimate things take on meaning as the poet seeks to answer who and why we are.
A young high school science teacher, after weathering several family crises -- including the mysterious, unsolved murder of his wife -- is accused, tried, convicted and condemned to death some months later for the brutal killing of one of his young students. Can he survive all this? Is he guilty or innocent?