On the Shelf
Man’s best friend was also a soldier, says history professor Aaron H. Skabelund (BA ’95). His new book, Empire of Dogs: Canines, Japan, and the Making of the Modern Imperial World, published by Cornell University Press, tells of dogs’ importance in World War II, providing both practical support at the front lines and moral suport back home. Other chapters tell of Japan’s “Loyal Dog” Hachiko and the emergence of Japan as a “pet superpower” today.
How can the historical Jesus be reconciled with the divine Christ? BYU Broadcasting and the Neal A. Maxwell Institute created the seven-part documentary Messiah, a film that travels to the heart of the Holy Land to answer the question “Who is Jesus Christ?” The companion website allows you to watch episodes, explore images of Christ, see a making-of feature, and even send friends video postcards that explore the backdrop of the Savior’s life and ministry.
Take a Ride
Past meets present head-on in BYUtv’s series American Ride, in which host Stan Ellsworth explores history by traveling the country atop his “iron horse”—a custom Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe. Watch as Ellsworth—in full beard, denim vest, and do-rag—rolls a hoop down the dirt streets of Colonial Williamsburg and gets choked with emotion at Independence Hall, all in the name of uncovering the story of America’s beginnings.
Improve Your Shouting
“Beautiful singing is just healthy, cultivated shouting,” says emeritus music professor Clayne W. Robison (BM ’71), a man who has gotten singing—literally—down to a science. Using the empirical studies in his book, Beautiful Singing: Mind Warp Moments, Robison will whip your voice into shape at BYU’s 10th annual Vocal Beauty Boot Camp, July 31–Aug. 3. The program is open to singers of all levels. As Robison says, “Beautiful singing is not just for the chosen.”