Influential Books

Kristina M. Johnson

November 18, 2007

Kristina M. Johnson is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the Johns Hopkins University. Johnson received her doctorate in electrical engineering at Stanford University and has served in a number of academic and administrative positions at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; the University of Colorado and Duke University.

Johnson found these books personally appealing for a variety of reasons:

"The Great Hunger in Ireland" / by Cecil Blanche Fitzgerald Woodham-Smith / Penguin Group / $17

I read this as part of an Anglo-Irish course booklist I read while teaching at Trinity College, Dublin. I learned just how grim a time my relatives in Ireland lived through and the triumph of people through tenacity, persistence and heart.

"The Art of Happiness" / by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler / Hodder & Stoughton / $23.05

A relaxing read, contrasting Eastern and Western views on life, love and the pursuit of happiness.

"West with the Night" / by Beryl Markham / Adventure Library / $25.10

I read this on my way to Africa. It's about a pioneer woman bush pilot in the 1930s. She is a great storyteller and the book has a fabulous ending. I wished the last 30 pages were 100 pages.

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