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Lafayette alumni share their latest work.


By Amy E. Herman ’88
Simon & Schuster, 2023

Use your eyes to boost your brain, says New York Times bestselling author Herman. By deciphering art like paintings, sculptures, and photographs, one can learn how to process information and develop practical applications out in the real world.

U.S. Go Home: The U.S. Military in France, 1945-1968

By M. David Egan ’62
Schiffer Publishing, 2022

Egan, author of seven books on architecture and two on military history, co-wrote this latest one about the U.S. military in France during the Cold War. After ROTC commissioning in college, Egan was stationed in northeastern France from 1962-64. U.S. Go Home is based on research at 50 international archives and more than 400 interviews.

Me and Alphonse

By Carmelo “Tom” Villante ’49
Available on Amazon

Me and Alphonse is the story of a 60-year friendship between Villante and Alphonse Normandia, two New Yorkers who met in 1950 at advertising agency BBDO. They share memories, and photos, involving legends and celebrities from Joe DiMaggio to Marilyn Monroe.

From Incarceration to Repatriation

By Susan Grunewald ’11
Cornell University Press, 2024

Grunewald’s book, to be published in July, documents the stories of nearly 1.5 million German POWs held by the Soviet Union during and after World War II. Grunewald is an assistant professor of 20th-century European history at Louisiana State University.