Chester Hartley Memorial Fund

Each calendar year a number of titles are purchased through the Chester Hartley Memorial Fund. This is the list of titles purchased during the 2017-2018 Academic year.


  • 944 L59P
    Lever, Evelyne.
    Madame de Pompadour : a life
    Publication Year:2002
    Summary:When Jeanne Antoinette Poisson was a child, a fortune-teller predicted that she would one day be the mistress of a king. Born into the financial bourgeoisie that was a world apart from the royal court, the beautiful Jeanne Antoinette nonetheless fulfilled this prophecy by becoming Madame de Pompadour, the most famous and influential mistress of Louis XV. In this sumptuous biography, Evelyne Lever traces the enduring friendship between the monarch and his favorite, and the far-reaching implications-both personal and political-of their relationship. Pompadour was devoted to Louis XV, and her contribution to the culture of the age was significant: she was an outstanding singer and actress, entertaining the King and the court in impressive stage productions, and was a longtime patron of the visual arts. She commissioned paintings by Boucher, Nattier, Van Loo, La Tour, and Pigalle, and she formed friendships with many of the philosophers and writers of the period, including Fontenelle, Cr{226}ebillon, and Voltaire. In effect, she was France’s minister of culture at a time when no such position existed. But she was loathed for her role in France’s disastrous military losses, and was the victim of persistent court gossip and intrigues. – Publisher.

  • Picture Book CLINTON
    Clinton, Chelsea
    She persisted around the world : 13 women who changed history
    Publication Year:2018
    Summary:Profiles the lives of thirteen women who have left their mark on world history, including Caroline Herschel, Marie Curie, Mary Verghese, and Malala Yousafzai.

  • Picture Book Biography LIN
    Harvey, Jeanne Walker
    Maya Lin : artist-architect of light and lines
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:"The bold story of Maya Lin, the artist-architect who designed the Vietnam War Memorial"–

  • REF 796.082 M45W
    Women in Sports : Breaking Barriers, Facing Obstacles
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:"This two volume collection addresses women’s sport involvement in contemporary society with a focus on issues of equity that women currently face. Through empirical and conceptual analyses of women’s current experiences in a diverse array of sports roles– from recreational through professional levels as athletes, coaches, referees, and administrators– this collection provides a comprehensive overview of the "the state of women in sports." The volumes’ overarching framework is sociological and examines the state of women in sports by questioning dominant ideology surrounding biological notions of athletic inferiority and interrogates social constructs which affect women’s experiences in sports, such as race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, and physical size. However, the contributions in this collection are also multidisciplinary and include research grounded in sociology, psychology, communications, gender studies, education, cultural studies, anthropology, and history, to explore the diversity, challenges, and achievements of women in sport. The volume’s broad international scope also contextualizes women’s experiences in sports within culturally diverse patriarchal societies." —

  • 305.8 L97R
    Lythcott-Haims, Julie
    Real American : a memoir
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:Bringing a poetic sensibility to her prose to stunning effect, Lythcott-Haims briskly and stirringly evokes her personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color. The only child of a marriage between an African-American father and a white British mother, she shows indelibly how so-called "micro" aggressions in addition to blunt force insults can puncture a person’s inner life with a thousand sharp cuts. Real American expresses also, through Lythcott-Haims’s path to self-acceptance, the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered "the other.".

  • 530.92 F38SCH
    Schwartz, David N.
    The last man who knew everything : the life and times of Enrico Fermi, father of the nuclear age
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:The definitive biography of the brilliant, charismatic, and very human physicist and innovator Enrico Fermi In 1942, a team at the University of Chicago achieved what no one had before: a nuclear chain reaction. At the forefront of this breakthrough stood Enrico Fermi. Straddling the ages of classical physics and quantum mechanics, equally at ease with theory and experiment, Fermi truly was the last man who knew everything–at least about physics. But he was also a complex figure who was a part of both the Italian Fascist Party and the Manhattan Project, and a less-than-ideal father and husband who nevertheless remained one of history’s greatest mentors. Based on new archival material and exclusive interviews, The Last Man Who Knew Everything lays bare the enigmatic life of a colossus of twentieth century physics.

  • 973.932 C62W
    Coates, Ta-Nehisi
    We were eight years in power : an American tragedy
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:“We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.” But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period—and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation’s old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective—the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president. We Were Eight Years in Power features Coates’s iconic essays first published in The Atlantic, including “Fear of a Black President,” “The Case for Reparations,” and “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” along with eight fresh essays that revisit each year of the Obama administration through Coates’s own experiences, observations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era. We Were Eight Years in Power is a vital account of modern America, from one of the definitive voices of this historic moment.

  • 327.73 F27W
    Farrow, Ronan
    War on peace : the end of diplomacy and the decline of American influence
    Publication Year:2018
    Summary:The journalist and former U.S. State Department official explores the decline of American diplomacy and traditional statecraft, the abdication of global leadership, and how the work of peacemaking has been taken over by the military-industrial complex.

  • 972.02 D54C
    Díaz del Castillo, Bernal
    The conquest of New Spain
    Publication Year:1963
    Summary:An account of the defeat of the Aztecs by Cortes and his small band of adventurers, recounting the march from the coast, Montezuma’s death, the massacre of the Spaniards and the eventual capture of the capital of Mexico..,Contains primary source material.

  • 070.92 B88HE
    Hendershot, Heather
    Open to debate : how William F. Buckley put liberal America on the Firing Line
    Publication Year:2016
    Summary:"A unique and compelling portrait of William F. Buckley as the champion of conservative ideas in an age of liberal dominance, taking on the smartest adversaries he could find while singlehandedly reinventing the role of public intellectual in the network television era. When Firing Line premiered on American television in 1966, just two years after Barry Goldwater’s devastating defeat, liberalism was ascendant. Though the left seemed to have decisively won the hearts and minds of the electorate, the show’s creator and host, William F. Buckley–relishing his role as a public contrarian–made the case for conservative ideas, believing that his side would ultimately win because its arguments were better. As the founder of the right’s flagship journal, National Review, Buckley spoke to likeminded readers. With Firing Line, he reached beyond conservative enclaves, engaging millions of Americans across the political spectrum. Each week on Firing Line, Buckley and his guests–the cream of America’s intellectual class, such as Tom Wolfe, Noam Chomsky, Norman Mailer, Henry Kissinger, and Milton Friedman–debated the urgent issues of the day, bringing politics, culture, and economics into American living rooms as never before. Buckley himself was an exemplary host; he never appealed to emotion and prejudice; he engaged his guests with a unique and entertaining combination of principle, wit, fact, a truly fearsome vocabulary, and genuine affection for his adversaries. Drawing on archival material, interviews, and transcripts, Open to Debate provides a richly detailed portrait of this widely respected ideological warrior, showing him in action as never before. Much more than just the story of a television show, Hendershot’s book provides a history of American public intellectual life from the 1960s through the 1980s–one of the most contentious eras in our history–and shows how Buckley led the way in drawing America to conservatism during those years"–,"Few conservatives are as revered and admired as William F. Buckley. Buckley is best known for founding National Review, the flagship journal of the right. But his long-running talk show Firing Line was equally important, because it allowed him to reach beyond the conservative enclave and engage millions of mainstream Americans. When Firing Line premiered in 1966, only two years after Barry Goldwater’s blow-out defeat in the 1964 presidential election, it seemed as if liberalism had decisively won. Buckley’s liberal guests clearly thought so. Yet he gamely and serenely soldiered on in his role as a public contrarian, making the case for conservative ideas and assuming that his side would ultimately win because its arguments were better. In time he was proven correct. Buckley’s show–challenging, exciting, and always unpredictable–engaged the most urgent issues of the day and paraded the cream of America’s intellectual class across the screen. The guest list reads like a who’s who of midcentury American liberalism-David Susskind, Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, along with major conservative figures like Henry Kissinger and Milton Friedman. It was also responsible for inspiring several generations of conservatives"–,Includes primary source materials.

  • 305.8 R97C
    Russell-Brown, Katheryn
    The Color of Crime
    Publication Year:-1

  • 362.88 P76IH
    Prout, Chessy
    I have the right to : a high school survivor’s story of sexual assault, justice, and hope
    Publication Year:2018
    Summary:The numbers are staggering: nearly one in five girls ages fourteen to seventeen have been the victim of a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. This is the true story of one of those girls.

  • 363.17 M66R
    Moore, Kate
    The radium girls : the dark story of America’s shining women
    Publication Year:2017
    Summary:As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" were considered the luckiest alive–until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights. The Radium Girls explores the strength of extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.

Broderick Haskell Fund