Book Notes

Posted June 29, 2006

Ms. Hunter-Gault on African renaissance

"New News out of Africa" by Charlayne Hunter-Gault is the two-time Peabody award winning journalist's account of the surging African renaissance, beginning in South Africa and spreading throughout the continent. Without ignoring the continuing and new challenges facing the governments and people of the continent, she recounts changes of which most in the West are uninformed and that spell hope.

Ms. Hunter-Gault, a frequent visitor to the Vineyard, will speak at the Katharine Cornell Theatre, July 28 and at the Tabernacle, August 24.

What shapes our societies?

"The Central Liberal Truth" by Lawrence E. Harrison, Senior Research Fellow at the Tufts Fletcher School, examines the importance of cultural values and institutions in shaping societies and determining political and economic health. The subtitle of the book is "How Politics Can Change A Culture and Save It From Itself."

Prof. Harrison was director of USAID missions in Central America from 1965 to 1981 and presently resides in Vineyard Haven. Previous works include "The Pan-American Dream" and, with Samuel Huntington, "Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress."