Cover of the book The Bridge to Brilliance by Nadia LopezNadia Lopez ’98 H’16: The Bridge to Brilliance: How One Principal in a Tough Community Is Inspiring the World (Viking, 2016)

The founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn, Nadia Lopez gained national fame via the well-known blog Humans of New York. (Both she and Humans of New York’s Brandon Stanton spoke at Wagner College’s 2016 commencement, and you can watch videos of their addresses in the Wagner College Newsroom.) In Lopez’s new book, she describes her uphill battle to launch and run her school. She emphasizes that leadership means picking the right people to support you. “There are hundreds of Ms. Lopezes around this country doing good work for kids. This honors them all,” she says. Nadia gave a TED Talk featured on PBS’s series Education Revolution, and her book was reviewed in the New York Times on August 25, 2016. Learn more about her on her website.

Cover of Combat Veterans' Stories of the Korean War Volume 2 by Norman BlackNorman Black ’60 M’73: Combat Veterans Stories of the Korean War (2016)

In this two-volume work, journalist Norman Black presents 35 first-hand accounts that tell of bloody combat and also of dedication to duty and commitment to comrades. They give readers an understanding of what draftees, volunteers, and professional military men experienced in the Korean War, adding to and sometimes even countering official reports and other historical accounts.