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Madeline Drexler has been honored with a Grand Gold Award for Best Article of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Her article, "Guns & Suicide: The Hidden Toll," (Spring 2013, Harvard Public Health), was selected out of 75 entries.

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NEW BOOKS


The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

When Beinecke librarian Naomi Saito found an X-Acto knife on the floor of a reading room, alarm bells rang in her head. The library where Saito works is the Beinecke The Map Thief by Michael BlandingRare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.

"Few objects could be more disturbing to someone who works in a building full of rare books than a tool that can separate the pages of a book from its binding," writes Michael Blanding, Senior Fellow, in his new book, "The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps" (Gotham Books, May 29, 2014).  

Saito, library colleagues, and security staff soon identified the owner of the knife. He was still in the library–a dealer in rare maps named E. Forbes Smiley III.

When they confronted Smiley, he'd already slipped into his jacket pocket a map he'd lifted out of a book. He'd had no need for the X-Acto. The book's 400-year-old glue had long loosened its contents.

Eventually, Smiley admitted to stealing millions of dollars worth of rare maps and went to prison. 

In "The Map Thief," Blanding reports on the crime, the man behind the crime, the history of specific maps, and map-making. Smiley granted Blanding only two interviews and then went silent. Although he told Blanding much of his story, mysteries remain and maps are still missing.

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Eternal Harvest: Forty Years Later, Tens of Millions of U.S. Bombs Dropped on Laos during the Vietnam War Continue to Devastate Laotians

Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos

What most of us don't know about the Vietnam War is that the United States military, in its efforts to quash the Communist insurgency in the North and stop supply routes connecting North and South Vietnam along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, dropped tens of millions of bombs on the people and landscape of neighboring Laos. Beginning in 1964American forces bombed Laos on average once every eight minutes for nine years.

“Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos" (ThingsAsian Press, December 1, 2013) is a new book by Schuster Institute Senior Fellows Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern dedicated to telling this story. In it, the bombing missions over Laos during the Vietnam War and their devastating effects are described through the experiences of Laotians and people on the ground there trying to clear the land of unexploded ordnance (UXO).


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