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New Holiday Catalog—And Our Biggest Sale of the Year!

Holiday 2015Our brand-new holiday catalog is in the mail, but we’re giving you a sneak preview this morning—click here for great holiday gift ideas before the catalog hits your mailbox!

And, because it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping, we’re offering our biggest sale of the year! Get 30% off your purchase of two or more books when you enter the coupon code HOLIDAY2015 at checkout!

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North Carolina Library Association 2015 Conference

We’re exhibiting at the biennial North Carolina Library Association conference in Greensboro, North Carolina this week! Our own Dylan Lightfoot and Stephanie Nichols are exhibiting books, and several McFarland authors are among the NC librarians attending the convention.

Author J. Timothy Cole with his books, The Forest City Lynching of 1900 and Collett Leventhorpe, the English Confederate.
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Author Orvin Lee Shiflett with his book, William Terry Couch and the Politics of Academic Publishing


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Andy Soltis Reviews Pawn Sacrifice on NPR

NPRMultiple award-winning author and chess grandmaster Andy Soltis discussed Bobby Fischer and the current film Pawn Sacrifice with NPR’s Robert Siegel on Wednesday, September 16. Listen to the full interview below!

Books by Andy Soltis:

Mikhail Botvinnik: The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion

Soviet Chess 1917–1991

Frank Marshall, United States Chess Champion: A Biography with 220 Games

The United States Chess Championship, 1845–2011, 3d ed.

The Steinitz Papers: Letters and Documents of the First World Chess Champion

The 100 Best Chess Games of the 20th Century, Ranked

Los Voraces 2019: A Chess Novel

Chess Lists, 2d ed.




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2015 Chess Journalists of America Awards

MonteCongratulations to Peter J. Monté, whose The Classical Era of Modern Chess received honorable mention in this year’s Chess Journalists of America Awards! This study examines chess from the late 15th century into the 1640s, paying special attention to key developments in the medieval period and later. At 616 pages, with a glossary, appendices, bibliography, an exhaustive index and more than 150 illustrations, it is the definitive overview of a transformative era in the history of chess.

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New Releases for June 3: Sisi's Star, Osage and Settler, Ezzard, Cleveland Indians, Chess


Stealing Sisi’s Star: How a Master Thief Nearly Got Away with Austria’s Most Famous Jewel by Jennifer Bowers Bahney

Osage and Settler: Reconstructing Shared History through an Oklahoma Family Archive by Janet Berry Hess

Ezzard Charles: A Boxing Life by William Dettloff

Of Tribes and Tribulations: The Early Decades of the Cleveland Indians by James E. Odenkirk

Samuel Lipschütz: A Life in Chess by Stephen Davies






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New Releases for June 2: Big Bang Theory, Richmond, Video Games, Hunger Games


The Sexy Science of The Big Bang Theory: Essays on Gender in the Series by Nadine Farghaly

The Supernatural Cinema of Guillermo del Toro: Critical Essays by John W. Morehead

Children of the Streets of Richmond, 1865–1920 by Harry M. Ward

Finnish Video Games: A History and Catalog by Juho Kuorikoski

The Politics of The Hunger Games  by Jamey Heit

Internet Lesbian and Gay Television Series, 1996–2014 by Vincent Terrace



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Weekly Deal: Classic Home Video Games

This week, put down your Atari paddle and pick up one of Brett Weiss’s fantastic reference books while they’re all on sale: through March 15, 2015, get 20% off with the coupon code VIDEOGAME!






Classic Home Video Games, 1972–1984: A Complete Reference Guide

Classic Home Video Games, 1985–1988: A Complete Reference Guide

Classic Home Video Games, 1989–1990: A Complete Guide to Sega Genesis, Neo Geo and TurboGrafx-16 Games

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Mikhail Botvinnik was named Book of the Year 2014


Congratulations to Andrew Soltis whose Mikhail Botvinnik was named by the English Chess Federation as Book of the Year 2014!

“There are many chess biographies which concentrate on the games and chess personality of a player, but very few which focus on the player’s life and the historical circumstances in which he or she played.  This year’s winner is a notable addition to this rare genre and features one of the most influential players of all time.“


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New Releases for November 4: Recon, Cohen, James Bond, Soviet Chess, Alabama Infantry


Rice Paddy Recon: A Marine Officer’s Second Tour in Vietnam, 1968–1970 by Andrew R. Finlayson

Larry Cohen: The Radical Allegories of an Independent Filmmaker, rev. ed. by Tony Williams

James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy by Michele Brittany

Soviet Chess 1917–1991 by Andrew Soltis

The Fighting Fifteenth Alabama Infantry: A Civil War History and Roster by James P. Faust




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Weekly Deal: Cuba

This week, through October 26, 2014, get 20% off the following books when you use the coupon code HAVANA!







A History of Cuban Baseball, 1864–2006

Cuban Americans and the Miami Media

Bay of Pigs: A Firsthand Account of the Mission by a U.S. Pilot in Support of the Cuban Invasion Force in 1961

Capablanca: A Compendium of Games, Notes, Articles, Correspondence, Illustrations and Other Rare Archival Materials on the Cuban Chess Genius José Raúl Capablanca, 1888–1942

Raúl Castro and the New Cuba: A Close-Up View of Change

An Air War with Cuba: The United States Radio Campaign Against Castro

Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, 1878–1961

The Rise of the Latin American Baseball Leagues, 1947–1961: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela

Breaking Up with Cuba: The Dissolution of Friendly Relations Between Washington and Havana, 1956–1961

Contemporary Dance in Cuba: Técnica Cubana as Revolutionary Movement

Encyclopedia of Cuban–United States Relations

Early U.S. Blackball Teams in Cuba: Box Scores, Rosters and Statistics from the Files of Cuba’s Foremost Baseball Researcher

Cuban Exiles on the Trade Embargo

Who’s Who in Cuban Baseball, 1878–1961

The Cuban Filmography: 1897 through 2001

Versos Sencillos: A Dual-Language Edition

Armando Marsans: A Cuban Pioneer in the Major Leagues

The Cuban Family: Custom and Change in an Era of Hardship

The Culture of Conflict in Modern Cuba

Cubans in the Confederacy: José Agustín Quintero, Ambrosio José Gonzales, and Loreta Janeta Velazquez


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New Releases for September 29: Opera, Revolutionary War, Vicksburg, Chess, Literature


What to Listen For in Opera: An Introductory Handbook by Charles R. Beck

The Revolutionary War Memoirs of Major General William Heath by William Heath

Vicksburg and Chattanooga: The Battles That Doomed the Confederacy by Jack H. Lepa

Chess Results, 1978–1980: A Comprehensive Record with 855 Tournament Crosstables and 90 Match Scores, with Sources by Gino Di Felice

Creating Books for the Young in the New South Africa: Essays on Authors and Illustrators of Children’s and Young Adult Literature by Barbara A. Lehman





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Weekly Deal: Scotland

Vote Yes for some good books about Scotland! Through September 28, 2014, use the coupon code SCOT and get 20% off the list price of the following books:






Scotland as We Know It: Representations of National Identity in Literature, Film and Popular Culture

British and Irish Poets: A Biographical Dictionary, 449–2006

When Scotland Was Jewish: DNA Evidence, Archeology, Analysis of Migrations, and Public and Family Records Show Twelfth Century Semitic Roots

Monarchs of the Renaissance: The Lives and Reigns of 42 European Kings and Queens

Culture Wars in British Literature: Multiculturalism and National Identity

British Fortifications Through the Reign of Richard III: An Illustrated History

Deborah Kerr: A Biography

Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle Locations: A Visitor’s Guide

Correspondence Chess in Britain and Ireland, 1824–1987

Caledonian Jews: A Study of Seven Small Communities in Scotland

Gothic Kings of Britain: The Lives of 31 Medieval Rulers, 1016–1399

The Scotch-Irish: From the North of Ireland to the Making of America

Lockerbie and Libya: A Study in International Relations

The Thistle and the Brier: Historical Links and Cultural Parallels Between Scotland and Appalachia

British Author House Museums and Other Memorials: A Guide to Sites in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales

The Other British Isles: A History of Shetland, Orkney, the Hebrides, Isle of Man, Anglesey, Scilly, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands

The Infamous Burke and Hare: Serial Killers and Resurrectionists of Nineteenth Century Edinburgh

The Transgressive Iain Banks: Essays on a Writer Beyond Borders

Robin Hood: A Cinematic History of the English Outlaw and His Scottish Counterparts

John Buchan: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction




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New Releases for September 22: Virginia Military, Elijah Enigma,Children Literature, Chess


The Father of Virginia Military Institute: A Biography of Colonel J.T.L. Preston, CSA by Randolph P. Shaffner

The Elijah Enigma: The Prophet, King Ahab and the Rebirth of Monotheism in the Book of Kings by Hillel I. Millgram

Chivalric Stories as Children’s Literature: Edwardian Retellings in Words and Pictures by Velma Bourgeois Richmond

Chess Results, 1971–1974: A Comprehensive Record with 966 Tournament Crosstables and 148 Match Scores, with Sources by Gino Di Felice

Chess Results, 1975–1977: A Comprehensive Record with 872 Tournament Crosstables and 147 Match Scores, with Sources by Gino Di Felice




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In the New York Times: Jennifer Grouling's The Creation of Narrative in Tabletop Role-Playing Games

978-0-7864-4451-9In its article about gamer-storytellers, the New York Times points out the influence tabletop roleplaying had on such luminaries as George R. R. Martin, Sharyn McCrumb, Stephen Colbert, Matt Groening, China Miéville and Cory Doctorow.  Jennifer Grouling, an  assistant professor of English at Ball State University, studied D&D players for her book, The Creation of Narrative in Tabletop Role-Playing Games.  Grouling, who in her book gives particular attention to the narrative and linguistic structures of gaming sessions and the ways that players and gamemasters work together to construct narratives, is quoted extensively in the Times article.

Go here for the full article.

Go here for more about The Creation of Narrative in Tabletop Role-Playing Games.





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New Releases for May 6: Boxing, Musicals, Chess, Placenames, Liberty Records, Detective


The Arc of Boxing: The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science by Mike Silver

American Plays and Musicals on Screen: 650 Stage Productions and Their Film and Television Adaptations by Thomas S. Hischak

The Tragic Life and Short Chess Career of James A. Leonard, 1841–1862 by John S. Hilbert

African Placenames: Origins and Meanings of the Names for Natural Features, Towns, Cities, Provinces and Countries, 2d Ed. by Adrian Room

Liberty Records: A History of the Recording Company and Its Stars, 1955–1971 by Michael “Doc Rock” Kelly

Early American Detective Stories: An Anthology by LeRoy Lad Panek







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New Releases for April 30: Fright Films, Discworld, Constitution, Bad Boys, Adolf Albin


Television Fright Films of the 1970s by David Deal

Discworld and the Disciplines: Critical Approaches to the Terry Pratchett Works by Anne Hiebert Alton

Historicism, Originalism and the Constitution: The Use and Abuse of the Past in American Jurisprudence by Patrick J. Charles

Renegade Hero or Faux Rogue: The Secret Traditionalism of Television Bad Boys by Ashley M. Donnelly

Adolf Albin in America: A European Chess Master’s Sojourn, 1893–1895 by Olimpiu G. Urcan





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BOOK REVIEW: Mikhail Botvinnik: The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion

soltis01The latest from GM Andy Soltis, Mikhail Botvinnik: The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion, has received a glowing review from GM Lubomir Kavalek in The Huffington Post:

“Soltis tells a fascinating story of a man who seemed cold, unapproachable, and rather boring. Botvinnik was a devoted and convinced communist with ties to highest Soviet officials, including Stalin. He was the world champion for a span of 15 years and the leading Soviet player for more than 30 years. Generations of talented players, such as the world champions Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik, learned from him how to play the game…Soltis says his book is an attempt to explain Botvinnik in the context of today. It is a brilliant account, the best book written on Botvinnik by far. Soltis did extensive research, using mainly Soviet sources. Both Botvinnik’s friends and critics have a voice in the book.”

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New Releases for February 6: H. Beam Piper, Games, Luminous, Television, Comics


H. Beam Piper: A Biography by John F. Carr

Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct by Breanne A. Kirsch

Luminous: The Spiritual Life on Film by Mike King

Television Program Master Index: Access to Critical and Historical Information on 2,273 Shows in Books, Dissertations and Journal Articles, 3rd Ed. by Charles V. Dintrone

Gothic in Comics and Graphic Novels: A Critical Approach by Julia Round






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New Releases for January 6: Libraries, Mikhail Botvinnik, China, Alienated War Veteran

978-0-7864-7356-4Are Libraries Obsolete? An Argument for Relevance in the Digital Age by Mark Y. Herring

Mikhail Botvinnik: The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion by Andy Soltis

The American Military Mission to China, 1941–1942: Lend-Lease Logistics, Politics and the Tangles of Wartime Cooperation by William G. Grieve

The Alienated War Veteran in Film and Literature by Emmett Early



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The Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon: 30 Years Old Today

Over on GeekDad, contributor John Booth writes about how Dungeons & Dragons came to Saturday morning cartoon land 30 years ago.  The cartoon was beloved by gamers and non-gamers alike.  Regarding the D&D game the cartoon was adapted from, Booth says:

“I loved it.  I was 12 years old, and, although I had a Fiend Folio and several AD&D modules, I never really learned to play the game for real.  My friend Mike and I rolled up characters — often cheating terribly: You’ve never seen so many 18s — and took turns guiding each other through adventures in a manner that would be an insult to the term “DMing.”  But we had fun, and our imaginations were sparked by the books and settings.”

Read more at GeekDad.

For McFarland books about gaming and gaming culture, browse here.

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New Releases for June 24: Vanderbilt Cup, Chess, Ballplayers

Thunder at Sunrise: A History of the Vanderbilt Cup, the Grand Prize and the Indianapolis 500, 1904–1916 by John M. Burns

Chess Results, 1968–1970: A Comprehensive Record with 854 Tournament Crosstables and 161 Match Scores, with Sources by Gino Di Felice

Ballplayers in the Great War: Newspaper Accounts of Major Leaguers in World War I Military Service by Jim Leeke

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New Releases for May 30: Baseball, Mahadevji ka byavalaas, Chess, Joan Newton Cuneo

Baseball’s Creation Myth: Adam Ford, Abner Graves and the Cooperstown Story by Brian Martin

They Sing the Wedding of God: An Ethnomusicological Study of the Mahadevji ka byavalaas Performed by the Nath-Jogis of Alwar by John Napier

Chess Results, 1961–1963: A Comprehensive Record with 938 Tournament Crosstables and 108 Match Scores, with Sources by Gino Di Felice

Spring Training Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Grapefruit and Cactus League Ballparks, 2d ed. by Josh Pahigian

Mad for Speed: The Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo by Elsa A. Nystrom

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New Releases for May 24: Andersonville, Baseball, Videogames, American-Built Packets

Surviving Andersonville: One Prisoner’s Recollections of the Civil War’s Most Notorious Camp by Ed Glennan

The Shutout in Major League Baseball: A History by Warren N. Wilbert

Terms of Play: Essays on Words That Matter in Videogame Theory by Zach Waggoner

American-Built Packets and Freighters of the 1850s: An Illustrated Study of Their Characteristics and Construction by William L. Crothers




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New Releases for March 6: Writings, Boxing, Punch and Judy, Chess, Scotland

Writings on Writing: A Compendium of 1209 Quotations from Authors on Their Craft by Thomas H. Brennan

Boxing in New Mexico, 1868–1940 by Chris Cozzone

Punch and Judy in 19th Century America: A History and Biographical Dictionary by Ryan Howard

Albert Beauregard Hodges: The Man Chess Made by John S. Hilbert

When Scotland Was Jewish: DNA Evidence, Archeology, Analysis of Migrations, and Public and Family Records Show Twelfth Century Semitic Roots by Elizabeth Caldwell Hirschman




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New Releases for Feb 28: Wizard of Oz, Yankees, Chess, Oglethorpe, Rodeo

The Wizard of Oz Catalog: L. Frank Baum’s Novel, Its Sequels and Their Adaptations for Stage, Television, Movies, Radio, Music Videos, Comic Books, Commercials and More by Fraser A. Sherman

Greatness in Waiting: An Illustrated History of the Early New York Yankees, 1903–1919 by Ray Istorico

Blindfold Chess: History, Psychology, Techniques, Champions, World Records, and Important Games by Eliot Hearst

Oglethorpe and Colonial Georgia: A History, 1733–1783 by David Lee Russell

The Rodeo and Hollywood: Rodeo Cowboys on Screen and Western Actors in the Arena by Jim Ryan







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New Releases for Feb 27: Jerry Lewis, Woody Allen, Fantastic Fiction, Frank Marshall, Pearl Harbor

The Jerry Lewis Films: An Analytical Filmography of the Innovative Comic by James L. Neibaur

Woody Allen’s Angst: Philosophical Commentaries on His Serious Films by Sander H. Lee

Cauldron of Changes: Feminist Spirituality in Fantastic Fiction by Janice C. Crosby

Frank Marshall, United States Chess Champion: A Biography with 220 Games by Andy Soltis

Pearl Harbor: Selected Testimonies, Fully Indexed, from the Congressional Hearings (1945–1946) and Prior Investigations of the Events Leading Up to the Attack by Roland H. Worth, Jr.






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New Releases for Feb 4: Sitcom, Guam, Video Games, Film Adaptation

Funny You Should Ask: Oral Histories of Classic Sitcom Storytellers by Scott Lewellen

The Japanese Administration of Guam, 1941–1944: A Study of Occupation and Integration Policies, with Japanese Oral Histories by Wakako Higuchi

Game On, Hollywood!: Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema by Gretchen Papazian

Screening Text: Critical Perspectives on Film Adaptation by Shannon Wells-Lassagne





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Daily Deal: 20% off Capablanca

“there are very few chess books published which have become classics…a masterpiece…you will marvel at [this book’s] excellence…scrupulously detailed…the book is simply wonderful”—Chess Life

On January 21st, get 20% off Capablanca when you enter the coupon code CAPABLANCA.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

Every weekday, McFarland offers one title at 20% off the list price. Check back every day and follow us on FacebookGoogle+  and Twitter for more Daily Deals!

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New Releases for Jan 7: Archaeology, Baseball, Japanese Aesthetics, Video Games

John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood: Pioneers of Mayan Archaeology by Peter O. Koch

The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2011–2012 by William M. Simons

The Science of the Fastball by William Blewett

Japanese Aesthetics and Anime: The Influence of Tradition by Dani Cavallaro

Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books, 1920–1960 by Nathan Vernon Madison

The Video Games Guide: 1,000+ Arcade, Console and Computer Games, 1962–2012, 2d ed by Matt Fox






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New Release for Nov. 6: Bank Robbery, Feminism, Chess, Stockholm Olympics

Herman “Baron” Lamm, the Father of Modern Bank Robbery by Walter Mittelstaedt

Individualist Feminism of the Nineteenth Century: Collected Writings and Biographical Profiles by Wendy McElroy.

The Absolute Correspondence Championship of the United States Chess Federation, 1976–2010 by Alex Dunne

The 1912 Stockholm Olympics: Essays on the Competitions, the People, the City by Leif Yttergren



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DAILY DEAL: 20% off Eurogames

 “A conclusive counter to the false notion that motivation for game playing is all about winning and losing.”—Lewis Pulsipher, Ph.D., Game Designer

On Oct 26, get 20% off Eurogames when you enter the coupon code EURO.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

Every weekday, McFarland offers one title at 20% off the list price. Check back every day and follow us on FacebookGoogle+  and Twitter for more Daily Deals!

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Daily Deal: 20% off Game Design

On October 18, get 20% off From Game Design when you enter the coupon code DESIGN. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

Many aspiring game designers have crippling misconceptions about the process involved in creating a game from scratch, believing a “big idea” is all that is needed to get started. But game design requires action as well as thought, and proper training and practice to do so skillfully.

Every weekday, McFarland offers one title at 20% off the list price. Check back every day and follow us on FacebookGoogle+,  and Twitter for more Daily Deals!

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Aron Nimzowitsch

Aron Nimzowitsch: On the Road to Chess Mastery, 1886–1924 by Per Skjoldager was covered recently in John Elburg’s Chess Book reviews.

“Wonderfully written…the Nimzowitsch family has supported the two historians with unique photo material from their private photo albums…included is an impressive bibliography, index to games by opponent, and index to openings ECO codes.”—John Elburg’s Chess Book reviews.

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Five New Books Published Today!

New books released today:

Soap Operas Worldwide: Cultural and Serial Realities by Marilyn J. Matelski.

Rick Nelson, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer by Sheree Homer

The Sister Fidelma Mysteries: Essays on the Historical Novels of Peter Tremayne by Edward J. Rielly

Tris Speaker and the 1920 Indians: Tragedy to Glory by Gary Webster

Eurogames: The Design, Culture and Play of Modern European Board Games by Stewart Woods




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New Book: Aron Nimzowitsch

 Aron Nimzowitsch is a biography of one of the greatest chess legends ever, who played at the beginning of the 20th century.  The book begins with a great quote from IM Jens Enevoldsen “Besides playing chess, there is nothing more delightful than reading about chess.”  McFarland has a very large chess book line and Aron Nimzowitsch is another great biographical work filled with tables, charts and chess board illustrations to accompany the games being analyzed.


Check out the McFarland Chess Page to find other in depth and authoritative chess works.

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Fresh from the printer, new books!

Three more new books this week, De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, 1834, Walter Penn Shipley, and Perry Como.  DLB vs. McD is a history of the players’ matches against each other in the 1834 London Westminster Chess Club, which includes 85 different games played.  Walter Penn Shipley is a history of Shipley’s crucial part in the U.S.’s 19th and 20th century chess development.  Perry Como is a biography of the American singer and TV personality, including a year by year chronology of his life.