Book Report ✯ Summer 2017

Hope: A School, a Team, a Dream

While we delight in celebrating books written by members of the Norwich family, it’s a rare treat for us to highlight a book written about one of our own. Hope: A School, a Team, a Dream is the chronicle of a mentor, basketball Coach Dave Nyblom ’85, and the students he believes in, even when they don’t believe in themselves.
Hope High School in Providence, R.I., was known for its state championship basketball teams in the 1960s, but by 2012, the team members were disobedient, distracted, and overwhelmed by family troubles. With mismatched sneakers and a penchant for profanity and anger, Nyblom’s team of mostly black players—including several who immigrated to Providence from war-torn Liberia—faced gang violence, domestic uncertainty, drug problems, and a host of other issues. But with the unfailing support and guidance of Nyblom and other Hope coaches, their ragtag team pulled together to find faith and trust in themselves. Hope is the inspiring story of young men and their mentors pursuing one goal—a championship—but achieving so much more.

Lucifer’s Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy

Bradley Birkenfeld majored in economics on the Hill and went on to become a major investment banker and “whistleblower whose disclosures led to an investigation into massive fraud among the uber-rich by the world’s largest bank,” according to the Progressive Radio Network. The bank he worked for was indeed the world’s largest, UBS, and Birkenfeld was an expert in Switzerland’s shellgame of offshore companies and secret-numbered accounts. As his client list grew, Birkenfeld lived a life of money, fast cars, and beautiful women, but when he discovered that UBS was planning to betray him, he blew the whistle to the U.S. Government.

Advanced Design Techniques and Realizations of Microwave and RF Filters

Microwave and RF filters play an important role in communication systems. And, owing to the proliferation of radar, satellite, and mobile wireless systems, there is a need for design methods that can satisfy the ever-increasing demand for accuracy, reliability, and shorter development times. Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Jacques Beneat co-wrote this book with Pierre Jarry to lay out the fundamentals needed to design and realize microwave and RF filters. It is geared toward wireless and telecommunication engineers, and researchers interested in current microwave and RF filter design practices. It can also serve as a supplementary textbook for advanced undergraduate courses in filter design.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Dino Lab

Dino Lab by Norwich English instructor Anson Montgomery takes you on a prehistoric adventure of a lifetime. Your six- to eight-year-old reader will visit the Dinosaur Research Lab on the same day that two baby dinos go missing. You thought that dinosaurs were extinct, but that was before you visited the Dino Lab. Can your puppy, and best friend, Homer help you sniff out the dinosaurs? Perhaps the dinosaurs have headed to the zoo, or maybe they went to the movie theater. Choose Your Own Adventure: Dino Lab is an interactive adventure book in which the reader decides what happens next.

Big Mother 40: A Vietnam War Novel

U.S. Air Force pilots are becoming reluctant to fly into North Vietnam from Thailand because the North Vietnamese are shooting them down from a base they cannot see. Josh Haman, a Naval aviator, and his friend Marty Cabot, the leader of SEAL Team Sierra Six, suspect a leak in the Navy’s secure communications system—the only explanation for the unaccountable losses. No one believes them until Cabot captures maps with the locations of their insertion. Big Mother 40 is one of five novels by Marc Liebman, father to Seth Liebman ’00 and a Naval aviator combat veteran of Vietnam and Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

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