Volume six of the fac­ulty reading list includes an array of schol­arly works penned by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sors, such as his­tory pro­fessor Bill Fowler’s Pulitzer Prize-​​nominated book about the Amer­ican Rev­o­lu­tion, which was released today, and Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design Dean Xavier Costa’s look at an unorthodox instal­la­tion by a con­tro­ver­sial Chi­nese artist.



Title: “An Amer­ican Crisis: George Wash­ington and the Dan­gerous Two Years After York­town, 1781–1783”

Author: Bill Fowler, dis­tin­guished pro­fessor of history

Descrip­tion: Most people believe the Amer­ican Rev­o­lu­tion ended in October 1781, after Cornwallis’s sur­render at York­town. In fact, the war con­tinued for two more trau­matic years. Fowler’s book chron­i­cles this tumul­tuous time, from York­town until the British left New York in November 1783. At the center of this trying time was a remark­able speech by Gen­eral George Wash­ington to his troops encamped at New­burgh, N.Y., which quelled a brewing rebel­lion that could have over­turned an emerging nation.


Title: “Lead With Cash: Cash Flow for Cor­po­rate Renewal”

Author: Harlan Platt, pro­fessor of finance and insurance

Descrip­tion: This book takes an entirely new look at how com­pa­nies should be man­aged. It argues that man­agers need to focus on how cor­po­rate deci­sions affect the firm’s cash. The authors sug­gest that com­pa­nies that follow this par­a­digm are more likely to sur­vive tumul­tuous times, pro­vide higher returns to their investors and pro­vide a better work environment.




Title: “Ai Wei Wei: With Milk, Find Some­thing Every­body Can Use”

Author: Xavier Costa, dean of the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design

Descrip­tion: This book explores a series of instal­la­tions that visual artists and archi­tects from around the world cre­ated in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. It con­tains photos and an inter­view with Ai Weiwei, one of the leading and most con­tro­ver­sial fig­ures of Chi­nese con­tem­po­rary art, who filled the indoor Pavilion pool with coffee and the out­door one with milk — two uncommon mediums in archi­tec­tural construction.



Title: “Reduced-​​Order Mod­el­ling for Flow Control”

Author: Gilead Tadmor, pro­fessor of elec­trical and com­puter engineering

Descrip­tion: The book focuses on the phys­ical and math­e­mat­ical foun­da­tions of model-​​based tur­bu­lence con­trol: reduced-​​order mod­eling and con­trol design in sim­u­la­tions and exper­i­ments. Leading experts pro­vide ele­men­tary self-​​consistent descrip­tions of the main methods and out­line the state of the art. Areas cov­ered include opti­miza­tion tech­niques, sta­bility analysis, non­linear reduced-​​order mod­eling, model-​​based con­trol design as well as model-​​free and neural net­work approaches. The wake sta­bi­liza­tion serves as uni­fying bench­mark con­trol problem.


Title: “Beauty and the Beast: Human-​​Animal Rela­tions as Revealed in Real Photo Post­cards, 1905–1935”

Author: Arnie Arluke, pro­fessor of soci­ology and anthropology

Descrip­tion: From fairy tales to pho­tog­raphy, nowhere is the com­plexity of the rela­tion­ship between human and ani­mals more apparent than in the cre­ative arts. In this book, Arluke explores this rela­tion­ship through the unique lens of 350 photo post­cards from 1905 to 1935. He exam­ines the variety of roles ani­mals played in society, from pets and laborers to sym­bols and prey, and dis­cuss the con­tra­dic­tions, dualisms and para­doxes of our rela­tion­ship to ani­mals, illus­trating how they were dis­tanced, embraced, com­modi­tized and anthropomorphized.