With each book, I tackled an important topic that no one else would write at the time. These projects were made possible by foundations and advances (see Bio). I am grateful also to the editors, peer reviewers and kibitzers who helped make each one a success.

Grand Avenue

A Grand Avenue Revival: Massachusetts Avenue Landscape History & Design Guide

Restore Mass Ave, 2014

This brief history and guide hows how coordinated plantings will enhance public enjoyment of the part of Massachusetts Avenue NW known as Embassy Row. This route’s fabled Beaux Arts mansions are preserved by law. But there was no guidance for the street landscape, such as allées of large trees, which were dying or being cut down.

The book aimed to explain the original 19th century design of the “grand avenue” - perhaps the last such landscape in the nation. And show what’s needed for it’s restoration as a 21st century sustainable street. Free print copies may be requested, and the pdf downloaded, through Restore Mass Ave’s web site. Since publication it has been used by others hoping to marry landscape, trees and architecture on other DC streets.  

The National Trust for Historic Preservation supported design of the print and online versions. A Grand Avenue Revival won the 2015 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation/Education from the DC Preservation League and Office of Planning.

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Promise and Power:
The Life and Times of Robert McNamara

Little, Brown, 1993


"A balanced and insightful portrait of this midcentury American. She is a superb reporter and character analyst... The most comprehensive and balanced appraisal of McNamara that we are likely to get for a long time."
- Robert Kuttner, Boston Globe

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The Seventh Continent: Antarctica In A Resource Age

Resources for the Future/Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1985


"A beautifully written summary... Her ability to cover so much material...without superficiality is astonishing."
- Eugene B. Skolnikoff
"Penetrating...an intricate political tapestry..."
- Philip Morrison, Scientific American

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Lost at the Frontier:
US Science and Technology Policy Adrift

Co-Author Rustum Roy

ISI Press, 1985


"The book is important for the questions it raises and the sometimes unpleasant truths it tells."
- A. Fainberg, Bioscience

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When writing is our way of being in the world, it continuously asserts itself.
— Elena Ferrante