Achieving Nuclear Ambitions

Achieving Nuclear Ambitions
by Jacques Edson Hymans
Cambridge University Press, $32.99

Despite a global increase in nuclear supplies and knowledge, less than half of the nuclear projects launched since 1970 have succeeded. In this book, Jacques Edson Hymans, associate professor of international relations at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, explains this puzzling fact by focusing on the relations between politicians and scientific workers in developing countries. Through case studies of Iraq, China, Yugoslavia and Argentina, and analyses of current proliferant states, Hymans offers a fresh perspective that questions the widespread fear of an emerging group of new nuclear powers.


Planning Los Angeles
edited by David Sloane
American Planning Association, $34.95

Though the city has a reputation of spontaneous evolution, deliberate planning process shapes the way Los Angeles looks and lives. In this book, David Sloane, director of undergraduate programs and professor of urban planning and development at the USC Price School of Public Policy, enlists 30 essayists to give natives, newcomers and out-of-towners an insiders’ view of this vibrant and thriving metropolis. Together they cover the influences and outcomes of planning for a diverse population, regulating land use, and providing transportation in a sprawling city, protecting green space and supporting economic development.


Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox
by Lois Banner
Bloomsbury USA, $30

Marilyn Monroe was rooted in paradox: She was a renowned star and an orphaned child; a loyal friend and narcissist; a dumb-blonde party girl with an intellectual side. In this book, Lois Banner, professor of history and gender studies at USC Dornsife, explores the complexities of Monroe’s life through information previously unseen, ignored and misinterpreted. From the legendary star’s childhood foster homes — Banner tracked down a dozen — to her multiple marriages and to untimely death at the age of 36, this book tells the intimate story of her complicated life.