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Black MayBlack May:  The Epic Story of The Allies' Defeat of the German U-Boats in May 1943  
Michael Gannon (History)  
Harper Collins  

(review taken from book jacket)  
     Given the strategic importance of events of May 1943, it is natural to ask, How did Black May happen and why?  Who or what was responsible?  Were new Allied tactics adopted or new weapons employed?  

     This book answers those questions and many others.  Drawing on original documents in German, British, US, and Canadian archives, as well as interviews with surviving participants, Gannon describes the exciting sea and air battles, frequently taking the reader inside the U-boats themselves, aboard British warships, onto the decks of torpedoed merchant ships, and into the cockpits of British and U.S. aircraft.  

(excerpt)  
 With a loud explosion, but no flash, one of Hasenchar's wakeless torpedoes struck Harbury on the starboard side in No. 5 hold, blowing off its hatches and flooding it.  The time was 0046 on 5 May.  A fracture in the tunnel door allowed water into the engine room, which began to fill with sea water.  The Master, Captain W.E. Cook, made his way to the bridge wings, where he saw that the ship was settling by the stern.  Third Officer W. Skinner fired the required white rockets.  Only twenty-one or twenty-two years old, Skinner had previously gone down once with a mined ship, a second time with a ship sunk by Japanese aircraft off Ceylon, and, after the latter sinking, he had been sunk yet a third time by a Japanese cruiser that shelled the ship that rescued him.  Said Cook later about Skinner's fourth experience, he was "most reliable and cool."  


Crime, Deviance and the ComputerCrime, Deviance and the Computer  
Edited by Richard Hollinger (Sociology)  
Dartmouth  

(excerpt taken from Introduction)  
The written record about the crime and deviance committed by means of computers can be divided into at least four distinct focal periods.  The first interval can be called the discovery period.  During this era (roughly from 1946 to 1976), scholarly writing about this subject focused on describing the nature of the phenomenon. The second period can be characterized as the criminalization period.  The principal focus of the written material produced during this time (1977-88) was concentrated on 'correcting' through legislation the numerous deficiencies in the criminal law related to computer-related abuse.  I wish to call the third period the demonization of the hacker.  Beginning in the late 1980s, this period (roughly 1988 to 1983) was characterized by several less-than-successful law enforcement efforts to identify and sanction the computer deviant, especially those often pejoratively referred to as 'hackers' and 'crackers'.  The fourth period, which we are presently in, can be labeled the censorship period.  With the advent of the so-called 'information superhighway', the current focus of criminal justice concern has been directed towards limiting the access of computer users to both classified information and various 'dangerous' collections of material such as the sexually deviant and pornographic pictures currently available on the internet.  



 

Guide to UF and GainesvilleGuide to the University of Florida and Gainesville  
Kevin McCarthy (English) and Murray Laurie (retired Graduate School Editor) with photographs by Karelisa Hartigan (Classics)  
Pineapple Press  

(review taken from book cover)  
      The big beautiful, bewildering campus of the University of Florida is unpacked in this informative and useful guidebook, but there's more to Gainesville than just UF.  The city boasts charming historic neighborhoods and a vibrant downtown entertainment district, and unspoiled natural environments such as the Devil's Millhopper and Paynes Prairie are just minutes away.  

       Each significant building on campus and in town is described here, with information on its history, architecture, location, and present use.  Over a hundred black-and-white photographs and fifteen maps complete this thorough tour.  Whether you're an alum, new student, or long-time Gainesville resident, thumbing through this book is sure to provide you with a fresh perspective on the unique places and character of the University of Florida and Gainesville.  

(excerpt)  
 The town, which was officially established January 24, 1854, was named Gainesville after General Edmund Pendleton Gaines (1777-1849).  General Gaines was a well-known, much admired military man who had served in the War of 1812.  He had captured the traitor Aaron Burr and later fought in the Second Seminole War (1835-42).  

      The new town of Gainesville, which consisted of some 103 acres, was bounded by present-day Fifth Avenue on the north, Sweetwater Branch on the east, Second Place on the south, and Second Street on the west. 


Unifying BiologyUnifying Biology  
The Evolutionary Synthesis and Evolutionary Biology  
Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis (History)  
Princeton  

(review taken from book jacket)  
Unifying Biology offers a historical reconstruction of one of the most important yet elusive episodes in the history of modern science:  the evolutionary synthesis of the 1930s and 1940s.  For more than seventy years after Darwin proposed his theory of evolution, it was hotly debated by biological scientists.  It was not until the 1930s that opposing theories were finally refuted and a unified Darwinian evolutionary theory came to be widely accepted by biologists.  Using methods gleaned from a variety of disciplines, Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis argues that the evolutionary synthesis was part of the larger process of unifying the biological sciences.