John Sandman

Works

Praying For Rain
A review of Praying For Rain, written by Peter Carino in Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Social Perspectives, Vol.7, No. 2, Toronto, Canadian Scholars Press, Spring 1999.

“Characterization is not Sandman’s only strength. While paralleling Sperma’s and Hubbs’s baseball careers to create the plot, he effectively manages a third-person narrator who shifts between Hubbs’s and Sperma’s perspectives to examine their responses to baseball life. In addition, the hurricane not only provides for some exciting action, but also creates a metaphor for the player’s lives, with Sperma as survivor and Hubbs destined to be blown by the winds of his baseball dreams.”

Old Racial Policies Still Affect HIV/AIDS in the New South Africa
South Africa, emerged from decades of apartheid imposed by a ruling white minority in the mid-1990s—just as the AIDS epidemic was beginning to surface there. But as with other facets of life, health care delivery was defined by apartheid, and this story touches on the country’s response to HIV/AIDS.

Mzwakhe Mbuli, South African poet and singer
South African singer Mzwakhe Mbuli is a South African poet and singer whose work lives on both sides of the pre- and post-Apartheid divide

Failing the Test; AIDS Policy Ignores Family Planning
Women of child bearing years were ignored by family planning agencies in the early days of the AIDS crisis.

The CSE Program: A Failed Experiment
Critics of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Consolidated Supervised Entities Program believe that its lax regulation encouraged Wall Street’s investment bank holding companies’ risky investment practices, leading to the end of the investment bank holding companies as they were once known and the credit freeze of 2008.

Spitzer SAR Disclosure an AML Breach
Former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer may have been on the other side of the law when a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) filed against him was discovered.

Could Trade Messages Help Unravel Madoff Fraud?
In the wake of Bernard Madoff’s decades-long Ponzi scheme, trader log files in the Financial Information eXchange Protocol, or FIX, which is used to trade stocks, could have helped lead investigators to the fraud.

Selected Works

Fiction
The story of two minor league baseball players, pitcher Carl Hubbs and catcher Joe Sperma, and their low-rent struggle with religious fundamentalism in hurricane-ravaged South Florida in the 1970s.
Nonfiction
When HIV/AIDS surfaced in South Africa during the 1990s, public health officials were slow to react.
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Consolidated Supervised Entities Program regulated investment bank holding companies such as Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. Critics say it contributed to the 2008 financial crisis.
In the wake of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, the Financial Information eXchange Protocol could have led examiners to the fraud.
By the mid-1990s, public health officials in the United States had become concerned that women of child-bearing years were at risk of contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Yet family planning agencies were slow to recognize or react the needs of vulnerable clients. Name reporting of people being tested for HIV was thought to drive those who should have been tested underground.

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