Somewhere among the core curriculum classes, midterm papers, lab reports and final essays, Xavier alums learned how to write. And at least some take that knowledge and apply it to the world of books. The following are some of the samples of recent books published by Xavier alumni:
Being Better Than You Believe: 8 Steps to Ultimate Success
By Philip A. Berry
After earning his MBA at Xavier, Philip A. Berry took some of the knowledge from his leadership classes and combined it with a little psychology, a little philosophy and a little practicality to create Being Better Than You Believe: 8 Steps to Ultimate Success. The book identifies specific ways for individuals and organizations to raise performance levels and make them more capable and effective. Berry promotes a change of self-perception because changes in behavior and performance can only come from a change of the heart and mind. Every chapter ends with “thought stimulators” that guide the reader and prompt action. Being Better Than You Believe is a philosophical book that has practical applications. Whether you have a company that is trying to increase productivity or effectiveness, or you are just looking for a job, this book helps create the initiative needed. Being Better Than You Believe: 8 Steps to Ultimate Success is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
By Greg Haitz
Greg Haitz earned his MA in American history at Xavier and is co-author with Lisa Haitz of Brown County, one of many installments in the Images of America series. Brown County tells the history of the rural county in southern Ohio, beginning with small towns started along the Ohio River by people drifting down the river on rafts. Haitz takes his readers on a journey from the county’s early beginnings to the present. He reveals Brown County as a hub for the Underground Railroad and the home of many famous figures including Ulysses S. Grant, Col. Charles Young, the third African American to graduate from West Point, and Rosie Riles, better known as “Aunt Jemima.” Brown County is sold on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Startup: The Complete Handbook for Launching a Company for Less
By Elizabeth Edwards
Elizabeth Edward teaches entrepreneurial finance at Xavier, and in Startup: The Complete Handbook for Launching a Company for Less she provides proven strategies for inspiring entrepreneurs to start their businesses with a budget. Startup covers everything needed for a new business, from finances to advertising to business law. Edwards draws from her experience and outlines more than $100,000 in savings with do-it-yourself guides and finance strategies. The book discusses business, finance and marketing in ways that everyone can understand. It has been described as a must buy for beginning entrepreneurs. Startup is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Uniting the Tribes: The Rise and Fall of Pan-Indian Communities on the Crow Reservation
By Frank Rzeczkowski
Frank Rzeczkowski is a visiting professor of history and has recently released Uniting the Tribes: The Rise and Fall of Pan-Indian Communities on the Crow Reservation. Rzeczkowski argues that Native American tribalism on the Northern Plains allowed them to undermine the goals of the reservations, which were to prevent contact and communication between various tribes. Tribalism brought Indians of diverse origins together and helped create a collective “Indian” identity. Rzeczkowski shifts from the traditional view, held in the cities and boarding schools, to the reservations themselves through letters, oral histories and official documents to examine Indian communities on the Northern Plains from 1800 to 1925. Focusing on the Crow, he reveals the intricate connections linking them to neighboring peoples and examines how their understanding of themselves and each other is reshaped by the steady advance of American colonialism. Uniting the Tribes can be purchased at Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.