IMG_5969 arthurSummer is a great time for catching up, relaxing, exploring, starting new projects, or perhaps completing work in progress. Reading, of course, is key to all of these. With this in mind, we asked the librarians at St. John’s about books they will be reading over the next few months. The library has put up a display of the answers we received — it’s on the 3rd floor of St. Augustine Hall. We’ll be posting the individual entries here throughout the summer.

Professor Arthur Sherman is the Acquisitions coordinator for the St. John’s University Libraries. He also selects books in a variety of disciplines for inclusion in our collections. Professor Sherman writes:

I‘ve always been interested in the United States Presidential election of 1948. This election was heavily weighted towards foreign policy. This election involved a serious third party, the Progressive Party led by former vice president Henry A. Wallace, who wanted to change the foreign policy of the United States, especially towards the Soviet Union. Was Wallace a naïve dreamer, or possibly a dupe of Communist sympathizers? Or was he a prophet, a man who, if elected, could have changed the course of the post World War II world and eliminated the “Cold War.” In order to begin to understand this election, I plan to read over the summer a book concerning the election, as well as two biographies of Henry A. Wallace: The Loneliest Campaign: Truman’s Victory of 1948, by Irwin Ross; Henry Wallace: His Search for a New World Order, by Graham White and John Maze; and American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace, by John C. Culver and John Hyde.

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