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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 Releases for Dec 27: Best Movie Scenes, Railroads in Kansas

Best Movie Scenes: 549 Memorable Bank Robberies, Car Chases, Duels, Haircuts, Job Interviews, Swearing Scenes, Window Scenes and Others, by Topic, 2d ed. by Sanford Levine

When movie fans talk about their favorite films, they most often mention one or two particular scenes that they never tire of watching. This witty and engaging volume catalogs more than 500 of the most memorable scenes in movie history. Organized by theme, it recounts the best scenes featuring everything from accountants and adoption to whistling and windows. This diverting work proves to be an indispensable guide for anyone who has ever used a movie reference to illustrate a point or express their feelings.

 

 

Bucking the Railroads on the Kansas Frontier: The Struggle Over Land Claims by Homesteading Civil War Veterans, 1867–1876 by John N. Mack

To the settlers the railroads represented both a promise and a threat. By linking farmers and businessmen with eastern markets, the railroads guaranteed the prospects of economic gain. However, when they claimed rights to the land that settlers had already claimed, railroad monopolies were identified as a new manifestation of the same threat to republican values they had fought against in the recently concluded War. This book tells the story of the settlers’ opposition to and victory over railroads and the impact on the evolution of political thought in Kansas and the American west.

 

 

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New Releases for Dec 26: Civil War, Westerns, Dictators, Literature

A Civil War Correspondent in New Orleans: The Journals and Reports of Albert Gaius Hills of the Boston Journal by Albert Gaius Hills

Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films, 2d ed.by Michael R. Pitts

Latin American Dictators of the 20th Century: The Lives and Regimes of 15 Rulers by Javier A. Galván

Iranian and Diasporic Literature in the 21st Century: A Critical Study by Daniel Grassian

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New Releases for Dec 20: Stassen, Railroad, Ghost, East Harlem

Harold E. Stassen: The Life and Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican by Alec Kirby and John F. Rothmann

The Wilmington & Weldon Railroad in the Civil War by James C. Burke

Season of Ghosts: The ’86 Mets and the Red Sox by Howard Burman

East Harlem Remembered: Oral Histories of Community and Diversity by Christopher Bell

 

 

 

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DAILY DEAL: 20% off Great Railroad Tunnels of North America

“an examination of the tunneling through mountains for trains…it’s a lot like exploring a tunnel, or a mine, in which you sometimes find unexpected gemstones”—IZoom.com

On December 18th, get 20% off Great Railroad Tunnels of North America when you enter the coupon code TUNNELS.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Daily Deal: 20% off H.J. Heinz

“Over forty black-and-white photographs, some never before published, illustrate this thoughtful and detailed portrait of a remarkable business founder whose remarkable life has all but vanished from public awareness”—Midwest Book Review

On December 12th, get 20% off H.J. Heinz when you enter the coupon code HEINZ.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Daily Deal: 20% off Encyclopedia of New Year’s Holidays Worldwide

 “this encyclopedia brings to light for the first time in a dedicated text the universal idea of the new year”—Booklist/RBB

 “a rich collage of divergent cultural customs and symbols…recommended”—Library Journal

On December 11th get 20% off Encyclopedia of New Year’s Holidays Worldwide when you enter the coupon code 2013.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Daily Deal: 20% off The Christmas Encyclopedia

“a charming book to browse…should offer up a great deal of enjoyment to those who use it”—ARBA;

“a true encyclopedia of Christmas…recommended”—Catholic Library World.

On December 7th, get 20% off The Christmas Encyclopedia, 2d ed. when you enter the coupon code CHRISTMAS.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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New Releases for Nov 30: Peace Education, Battle of Carthage

Peace Education, 3d. ed. by Ian M. Harris

“This book is an essential primer for peace educators, particularly those interested in linking classroom learning with social action in meaningful ways. The authors’ decades of experience offers important lessons and practical ideas for teaching and learning for peace.”—Monisha Bajaj, Columbia University

 

 

 

 

The Battle of Carthage, Missouri: First Trans-Mississippi Conflict of the Civil War by Kenneth E. Burchett

The Battle of Carthage, Missouri, was the first full-scale land battle of the Civil War. Governor Claiborne Jackson’s rebel Missouri State Guard made its way toward southwest Missouri near where Confederate volunteers collected in Arkansas, while Colonel Franz Sigel’s Union force occupied Springfield with orders to intercept and block the rebels from reaching the Confederates.

 

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New Releases for November 28: Justice Stanley Mosk, Alaska Highway

Justice Stanley Mosk: A Life at the Center of California Politics and Justice by Jacqueline R. Braitman

“With the publication of this biography, the transformative career and fundamental likeability of Justice Mosk now fully becomes part of the permanent record.”—Kevin Starr, Professor of History, U.S.C.; Author of Americans and the California Dream.

This is the first biography of Stanley Mosk (1912–2001), iconic protector of civil rights and civil liberties during his 37 years as a justice of the Supreme Court of California (1964 to 2001). He had quickly risen as a well liked leader among Los Angeles reformers, as executive secretary to California governor Culbert Olson and then 16 years as a superior court judge.

 

 

The Black Soldiers Who Built the Alaska Highway: A History of Four U.S. Army Regiments in the North, 1942–1943 by John Virtue

“John Virtue has done a marvelous job of recounting the hard work and heroism of African-American patriots in Alaska and Northern Canada during World War II. The Black Soldiers Who Built the Alaska Highway is both well written and expertly researched. Highly recommended!”—Douglas Brinkley, Rice University

This is the first detailed account of the 5,000 black troops who were reluctantly sent north by the United States Army during World War II to help build the Alaska Highway and install the companion Canol pipeline. Theirs were the first black regiments deployed outside the lower 48 states during the war. The enlisted men, most of them from the South, faced racial discrimination from white officers, were barred from entering any towns for fear they would procreate a “mongrel” race with local women, and endured winter conditions they had never experienced before. Despite this, they won praise for their dedication and their work. Congress in 2005 said that the wartime service of the four regiments covered here contributed to the eventual desegregation of the Armed Forces.

 

 

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New Releases for Nov. 27: Baseball, Intertextuality, Confederate, Lakers

Ebbets Field: Essays and Memories of Brooklyn’s Historic Ballpark, 1913–1960 by John G. Zinn

Intertextuality in American Drama: Critical Essays on Eugene O’Neill, Susan Glaspell, Thornton Wilder, Arthur Miller and Other Playwrights by Drew Eisenhauer

Maigret, Simenon and France: Social Dimensions of the Novels and Stories by Bill Alder

Confederate Incognito: The Civil War Reports of “Long Grabs,” a.k.a. Murdoch John McSween, 26th and 35th North Carolina Infantry by Murdoch John McSween

The Los Angeles Lakers Encyclopedia by Richard J. Shmelter

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Daily Deal: 20% off The Vacuum Cleaner

 

Many early manufacturers failed, but some, such as Bissell, Hoover, Eureka and others, became household names as they competed for global dominance with improved features, performance and appearance. This book describes the fascinating people who made this possible, as well as the economic, cultural and technological contexts of their times. From obscure beginnings 200 years ago, vacuum cleaners have become an integral part of modern household culture.

 On November 26, get 20% off The Vacuum Cleaner when you enter the coupon code VACUUM.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

 

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New Release for Nov. 21: Glastonbury and the Grail

Glastonbury and the Grail: Did Joseph of Arimathea Bring the Sacred Relic to Britain? by Justin E. Griffin

Glastonbury, a small town in Somerset, England, stands at the epicenter of a longstanding tradition placing the Holy Grail in Britain. Legend holds that Joseph of Arimathea traveled to Britain, bringing with him both a gathering of followers and the cup that Jesus used at the last supper. He is said to have buried the Grail at Glastonbury, where some claim he founded the first church in England. This volume chronicles one man’s personal quest to find historical evidence supporting the traditional beliefs surrounding Joseph of Arimathea and the Holy Grail in southern England. Bolstered by an abundance of evidence supporting the presence of Joseph in 1st Century Britain, he separates his findings from the fantasy of the Grail Romances, answering questions about the Grail and the origins and progressions of its legend.

 

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off Rick Nelson, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer

As a country rock pioneer, Rick Nelson influenced Buffalo Springfield, Linda Ronstadt, and the Eagles. This book is a candid account of his life in rock and roll through stories told by musicians and producers on the road and in the studio with him. Actors and family members also provided invaluable memories and insights.

 

On November 16th, get 20% off Rick Nelson, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer when you enter the coupon code NELSON.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

 

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New Releases for Nov 13: History, Vino Veritas

The Adaptation of History: Essays on Ways of Telling the Past by Laurence Raw

This collection of essays asks the question “What is history?” and considers how history is shaped in different socioeconomic contexts. The writers take a transdisciplinary approach, in the belief that everyone who deals with history—including professional historians, novelists, and poets—constructs narratives of the past to make sense of the present as well as to determine their future courses of action.

 

 

 

 

In Vino Veritas: An Anthology of Drinking in Literature by Nicholas O. Warner

This is a systematically arranged, annotated collection of outstanding literary works dealing with drink. It centers on some of the most enduring themes in both literary depictions of drinking and alcohol research: causes of drinking; effects of drinking; the tavern; drinking and family life; drinking and gender; and the spiritual dimension of drinking.

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off The Czech and Slovak Legion in Siberia, 1917–1922

“Historian Mohr, who specializes in Slavic studies, spent many years unearthing personal stories and writings, government documents, and photos to shed light on the true significance of the Czech and Slovak Legion. Writing in a lively narrative style, she reveals details of the forced migration of some of the legion members, intertwining history with contemporary efforts of legion members descendants to discover the truth. The book is illustrated with a wealth of b&w photos”—Reference & Research Book News.

On November 13th, get 20% off The Czech and Slovak Legion in Siberia, 1917–1922 when you enter the coupon code LEGION.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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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 An Introduction to Hmong Culture

“This encyclopedic description of Hmong culture is refreshing. Highly recommended”—Choice

On November 5th get 20% off An Introduction to Hmong Culture when you enter the coupon code HMONG. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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New Releases for Nov. 5: Pilots, Ghosts, Dance, Silent Films

Ships, Ports, and Pilots: A History of the Piloting Profession by Roger Clancy

Ghosts and Shadows: A Marine in Vietnam, 1968–1969 by Phil Ball

Dancing Through Time: Western Social Dance in Literature, 1400–1918: Selections by Allison Thompson

Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films: Plot Synopses of Movies About Moonshining, Feuding and Other Mountain Topics, 1904–1929 by J.W. Williamson

 

 

 

 

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DAILY DEAL: 20% off The Spacesuit Film

“Illuminating and entertaining”—Locus

“A breath of fresh air…recommend[ed]…an amazing accomplishment and a definitive read”—Filmfax

On November 2nd, get 20% off The Spacesuit Film when you enter the coupon code SPACESUIT.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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New Releases for Nov 1: Baseball, Old West

Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide by Ron Keurajian

For experts and beginning collectors alike, here is a definitive guide to authentication of Baseball Hall of Fame autographs, one of the most sought-after forms of baseball memorabilia. In addition to discussing the ins and outs of collecting these autographs, and pitfalls to avoid, the book provides an entry on each Hall of Famer analyzing his signing style, the rarity of his autograph, the existence of known forgeries, and the current value of the autograph.

 

 

 

The Old West in Fact and Film: History Versus Hollywood by Jeremy Agnew

For many years, movie audiences have carried on a love affair with the American West, believing Westerns are escapist entertainment of the best kind, harkening back to the days of the frontier. This work compares the reality of the Old West to its portrayal in movies, taking an historical approach to its consideration of the cowboys, Indians, gunmen, lawmen and others who populated the Old West in real life and on the silver screen.

 

 

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DAILY DEAL: 20% off The Carnegie Boys

In the 1890s, the Carnegie Veterans Association began as a group of boyhood friends and older Andrew Carnegie steel partners united to share business ideas, but it evolved into a powerful secretive network in American business circles. By 1925, these Carnegie lieutenants controlled more than 60 percent of the country’s industrial assets.

On November 1st, get 20% off The Carnegie Boys when you enter the coupon code CARNEGIE.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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DAILY DEAL: 20% off Old World Roots of the Cherokee

Most histories of the Cherokee nation focus on its encounters with Europeans, its conflicts with the U. S. government, and its expulsion from its lands during the Trail of Tears. This work, however, traces the origins of the Cherokee people to the third century B.C.E. and follows their migrations through the Americas to their homeland in the lower Appalachian Mountains.

On October 31st get 20% off Old World Roots of the Cherokee when you enter the coupon code CHEROKEE. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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New Release for Oct 29: Women of Lebanon

Women of Lebanon: Interviews with Champions for Peace by Nelda LaTeef

In this book, 42 Lebanese women from arts and literature, education, government, law, social work, the media, business and medicine discuss the effects of war on their careers and humanitarian efforts, their personal lives and families.

“present[s] a more complete picture of the war than one can get in other works on Lebanon…LaTeef is to be commended”—Middle East Journal

 

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Two New Baseball Titles Released Today

Kid Nichols: A Biography of the Hall of Fame Pitcher by Richard Bogovich

This is the first full-length biography of Kid Nichols (1869–1953), who won 30 or more games a record seven times and was the youngest pitcher to reach 300 career victories. Much new light is shed on Nichols’ early life in Madison, Wisconsin, along with important influences and experiences as a teenager living in Kansas City. His professional career is documented by drawing heavily from publications of the era and Nichols’ own words.

 

 

 

Big Klu: The Baseball Life of Ted Kluszewski by William A. Cook

During the mid–1950s, an unlikely star stood alongside baseball standouts Mickey Mantle, Henry Aaron and Willie Mays—a slugger with a funny name and muscles so bulging that he had to cut the sleeves off his uniform to swing freely. Ted Kluszewski played little baseball in his youth, making a name for himself instead as a hard-hitting football player at Indiana University before showing potential on the diamond and being signed by the Cincinnati Reds.

 

 

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New Releases for Oct 22: Civil Rights, Eugene Grace, Auteurs, Civil War

American Women Civil Rights Activists: Biobibliographies of 68 Leaders, 1825–1992 by Gayle J. Hardy

“Rich Georgian Strangely Shot”: Eugene Grace, “Daisy of the Leopard Spots” and the Great Atlanta Shooting of 1912by Tom Hughes

Postmodern Auteurs: Coppola, Lucas, De Palma, Spielberg and Scorsese by Kenneth Von Gunden

A Journal of the English Civil War: The Letter Book of Sir William Brereton, Spring 1646 by Sir William Brereton

 

 

 

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off Left Behind in Nazi Vienna

On October 19, get 20% off Left Behind in Nazi Vienna when you enter the coupon code VIENNA. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

In 1938 when Hitler annexed Austria making it part of his Greater German Reich, approximately 185,000 Jews lived in Vienna. Unlike their counterparts in Germany proper, these Jews had only a short time to make plans to emigrate. The development and application of racially discriminatory policies in Germany took nearly five years to come to full fruition.

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Daily Deal: 20% off From War to Peace

On October 15, get 20% off From War to Peace when you enter the coupon code PEACE. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

“details the successes of nonviolent struggle and ideas for abolishing war and building a comprehensive peace system”—Reference & Research Book News.

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New Releases for Oct 15: Westerns, Holocaust

Echoes of the Holocaust on the American Musical Stage by Jessica Hillman

This book redresses this lapse by focusing on the theatrical form seen by the greatest amount of people—musicals—which either trigger or reflect changing American mores.

 

Television Westerns Episode Guide: All United States Series, 1949–1996 by Harris M. Lentz III

From Adventures of Briscoe County, Jr., through Zorro and Son, this comprehensive reference work covers all 180 Western series. Each entry opens with a listing of the broadcast history of the series, including original network, day and time.

 

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New Releases for Oct 11: Urban Fantasy, Sea Levels

The Postmodern Sacred: Popular Culture Spirituality in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Urban Fantasy Genres by Emily McAvan

Today’s pervasive, saturated media culture, this work shows, has utterly collapsed the sacred/profane binary, so that popular culture is not only powerfully shaped by the discourses of religion, but also shapes how the religious appears and is experienced in the contemporary world.

Rising Sea Levels: An Introduction to Cause and Impact by Hunt Janin

the oceans, storm surges and other extreme events, the changing seas and their shorelines, cities and countries of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian ocean basins, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the Greenland Ice Sheet, case studies on how the Netherlands and the U.S. plan to cope with sea level rise, the likely impacts of this rise, getting to know the experts on sea level rise, and very long term prospects for the world’s shorelines.

 

 

 

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New Releases for Oct 1: Peter Sellers, the Third Reich

Peter Sellers: A Film History by Michael Seth Starr

This book analyzes each Sellers film from 1951, not least his Oscar-nominated triple-role stint in Dr. Strangelove. He also turned in a brilliant performance as the slyly sinister Clare Quilty in Lolita.

New Images of Nazi Germany: A Photographic Collection by Paul Garson

This collection of more than 500 photographs taken by amateurs and professional propagandists provides a panoramic overview of Nazi Germany, offering intimate glimpses into living rooms and killing grounds, kitchens and concentration camps, movie theaters and battle fronts.

 

 

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New Releases for Sept 28: Firefighters, WWII, Victorian Science

The Thought Reader Craze: Victorian Science at the Enchanted Boundary by Barry H. Wiley

The Forgotten Axis: Germany’s Partners and Foreign Volunteers in World War II by J. Lee Ready

Hot Zone: Memoir of a Professional Firefighter by Christopher Teale Howes

Players and Teams of the National Association, 1871–1875 by Paul Batesel

Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman: Essays on the Comics, Poetry and Prose by Tara Prescott

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for Sept 26: Battle of the Treasury Islands, Vacuums

The Vacuum Cleaner: A History by Carroll Gantz

House cleaning has been an innate human activity for centuries, but only since the early 19th century have mechanical devices replaced the physical hard labor (performed mostly by women). Mechanical carpet sweepers were replaced by manual suction cleaners, which in turn were replaced by electric vacuum cleaners in the early 20th century.

Operation Goodtime and the Battle of the Treasury Islands, 1943: The World War II Invasion by United States and New Zealand Forces by Reg Newell

On October 27, 1943, a force of New Zealanders and Americans invaded the Treasury Islands in the South Pacific, retaking them from their Japanese occupiers. Codenamed Operation Goodtime, the action marked the first time New Zealand forces took part in an opposed landing since Gallipoli in 1915.

 

 

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New Releases Sept 20: History of the Phillies, and Three More

Occasional Glory: The History of the Philadelphia Phillies, 2d ed. by David M. Jordan

The Horror Sensorium: Media and the Senses by Angela Ndalianis

“This Terrible Struggle for Life”: The Civil War Letters of a Union Regimental Surgeon by Thomas S. Hawley, M.D.

Tracking the Weretiger: Supernatural Man-Eaters of India, China and Southeast Asia by Patrick Newman

 

 

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New Releases for Sept 17: Revival of Banned Dances, Sex and Manifest Destiny

The Revival of Banned Dances: A Worldwide Study by Reneé Critcher Lyons

“This work provides an exploration of dances banned around the world, then revived by a handful of brave proponents.”

 

 

Sex and Manifest Destiny: The Urge That Drove Americans Westward by Martin Naparsteck

“This is the first book-length study to examine such topics as Thomas Jefferson’s interest in the sex lives of American Indians, white’s fear of Indians raping white women, Christian missionary beliefs that Native American sexual practices needed to be altered in order to save Indian souls, and the desire of Mormons to practice polygamy.”

 

 

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New Releases for Sept 12: Beyond His Dark Materials & Four More

The Forrest J Ackerman Oeuvre: A Comprehensive Catalog of the Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Screenplays, Film Appearances, Speeches and Other Works, with a Concise Biography by Christopher M. O’Brien

Historic Places of Worship: Stories of 51 Extraordinary American Religious Sites Since 1300 by Paul D. Buchanan

The Life and Truth of George R. Stewart: A Literary Biography of the Author of Earth Abides by Donald M. Scott

Culture Wars in British Literature: Multiculturalism and National Identity by Tracy J. Prince

Beyond His Dark Materials: Innocence and Experience in the Fiction of Philip Pullman by Susan Redington Bobby

 

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for Sept 10: Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes

Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes: The Sociology of Modern American Motorcycling by William E. Thompson

Kamikaze Attacks of World War II: A Complete History of Japanese Suicide Strikes on American Ships, by Aircraft and Other Means by Robin L. Rielly

Chester Gould: A Daughter’s Biography of the Creator of Dick Tracy by Jean Gould O’Connell

Cinema’s Sinister Psychiatrists: From Caligari to Hannibal by Sharon Packer, M.D.

 

 

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New Releases for Aug 31: Age of Catastrophe and Four More

Australian Horror Films, 1973–2010 by Peter Shelley

Geraldine Farrar: Opera’s Charismatic Innovator, 2d ed. by Elizabeth Nash

Language and Culture in the Growth of Imperialism by Sharron Gu

 

The Age of Catastrophe: Disaster and Humanity in Modern Times by John David Ebert

Mourning Films: A Critical Study of Loss and Grieving in Cinema by Richard Armstrong

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil and After

Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil and After: A Poetic Career Transformed by George Monteiro is now available. This study explores how Bishop’s personal and literary experience in Brazil influenced her work culturally, historically, and linguistically, while she was in Brazil and following her return to the United States.

From the Editor:

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of Brazil in the life and writing of Elizabeth Bishop.  Everything seemed to change for her there.  An inveterate wanderer, she arrived intending a two-week stay but remained for the better part of two decades.  She met the love of her life, Lota de Macedo Soares, and painted scenes (on canvas but also, of course, in writing) from day-to-day life in Petropolis, where the two settled in together.  She also published the most acclaimed poetry of her career, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Poems: North & South–A Cold Spring.  A book-length examination of Brazil’s influence on the poet is long, long overdue.

 

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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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Just Released

New Releases:

High School Prom: Marketing, Morals and the American Teen by Ann Anderson

Americans in Egypt, 1770–1915: Explorers, Consuls, Travelers, Soldiers, Missionaries, Writers and Scientists by Cassandra Vivian

The Architectural Ideology of Thomas Jefferson by Ralph Giordano

 

Three great titles released today in softcover:

The Great Western Migration to the Gold Fields of California, 1849–1850 by Robert J. Willoughby

The 11th Alabama Volunteer Regiment in the Civil War by Ronald G. Griffin

Drive-in Dream Girls: A Galaxy of B-Movie Starlets of the Sixties by Tom Lisanti

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Newly Published Book: North Korean Cinema

 New book today, North Korean Cinema: A History by Johannes Schonherr, is a work on the beginning of North Korean cinema as it examines the obstacles and social problems faced by the filmmakers.

 

An excerpt from the introduction:

Like many other idealogical dictatorships of the 20th century, North Korea has always considered cinema to be an indispensable propaganda tool.  No other medium was as powerful as the movies; no other medium could penetrate the whole population even in the remote corners of the country so thoroughly and so effectively.  In addition, no other medium was right from the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (to give the official name of the state) so strictly and so exlusively under state control.

Looking at the history of North Korean cinema means looking at the history of North Korean politics and culture, shifts in its ideology and the many problems the country has been facing.  Through movies, the country’s first two successive leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, propagandized their policies and tried to rally the masses behind them.  For a long period, they were successful.

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Daniel Walsh's An Air War with Cuba

 Relations between Cuba and the United States are known to be tense, but one of our books covers a lesser known part of the conflict.  An Air War with Cuba: The United States Radio Campaign Against Castro by Daniel C. Walsh is a history of the American propaganda campaign against Castro in Cuba, with details on the stations that were started in Cuba to create pro-American sentiment.

An excerpt from the introduction:

“This is Radio Rebelde, voice of the 26th of July Revolutionary Movement and the Rebel Army, transmitting from Free Territory of Cuba in the Sierra Maestra.”  The words crackled through the Caribbean darkness on February 24, 1958, and accelerated the downfall of the Cuban government.  Radio Rebelde was Rebel Radio, the child of outlaws who had grown tired of Cuban leaders who maintained the island’s subservient relationship with its northern neighbor the United States.

After gaining independence from Spain in 1902, Cuba had essentially become a protectorate of the United States.  Businesses viewed the island as a source of resources and cheap labor and the U.S. government extended its military presence by maintaining Guantanamo Naval Base on Cuba’s southeastern coast.  In 1933, military stenographer Fulgencio Batista led a coup to seize control of the Cuban government.  Batista protected U.S. interests on the island and provided stable leadership, something the country desperately lacked.

The 1933 coup launched Cuba’s “Period of Puppet Presidents” during which Batista was not the official leader of the country but indirectly maintained power.  After being elected as Cuba’s president in 1940 and completing his term, Batista left the island in 1944 only to launch another campaign for president eight years later.  When he trailed two other candidates, Batista staged another coup on March 10, 1952, to seize control of the government.  He spoke on the radio shortly afterward to inform the population that the transfer of power was necessary to save Cuba from an extended government by the standing president, Carlos Prío Socarrás.

The 1952 coup canceled that year’s elections, hindering the political ambitions of a young lawyer named Fidel Castro.  Although Castro was never officially nominated, he felt that Batista’s coup had sidetracked what would have been a promising political career for him.  He retaliated on July 26, 1953, by leading a group of fewer than 160 rebels in an assault on the Moncada army barracks in Santiago de Cuba.  Castro planned to capture the facility’s radio station, issue a call for Cubans to take action Batista, and then arm dissidents with weapons seized from the garrison.  The mission failed.  Castro’s forces were uncoordinated and lacked the weapons and personnel to overtake the soldiers.  Of the 100 plus group of attackers, 61 were killed in the initial assault.  Others were captured and tortured before being put to death.

Castro was captured and put on trial, during which he gave an eloquent defense; he did not apologize and felt sympathy only for the rebels lost their lives.  As he closed, Castro seemed prepared for any fate:

I know that imprisonment will be harder for me than it has ever been for anyone, filled with cowardly threats and hideous cruelty.  But I do not fear prison, as I do not fear the fury of the miserable tyrant who took the lives of 70 of my comrades.  Condemn me.  It does not matter.  History will absolve me.

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Daily Deal Special! The 1896-1920 Olympics

 Daily Deals: every weekday, McFarland will offer one title at 20% off the list price. Check back every day, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates about the Daily Deal!

20% off for the whole weekend!

On August 10 get 20% off any of Bill Mallon’s 7 Olympic Games history books when you enter the code OLYMPICS.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Newly Published Book for July 30

The second edition of Sharon Barcan Elswit’s The Jewish Story Finder: A Guide to 668 Tales Listing Subjects and Sources is now available.

Reviews of the first edition: “a thoughtful, beautifully executed piece of work and a welcome addition to the field of Jewish children’s literature…a handy reference tool…carefully-prepared guide”—AJL Newsletter; “the book that Jewish librarians, teachers, and storytellers have been waiting for has finally arrived, fulfilling almost all of our high expectations…marvelous source…highly recommended”—Jewish Book World; “a very useful source…suitable for multicultural programs… a good addition”—ARBA.

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Werewolves of Wisconsin

Werewolves of Wisconsin and Other American Myths, Monsters and Ghosts by Andy Fish was recently reviewed in Critical Mass by Don D’Ammassa (the longtime Science Fiction Chronicle book review editor).  The stories “all seem vaguely familiar even if you haven’t encountered them before,” says D’Ammassa.

Author and illustrator Andy Fish has a dozen graphic novels to his credit dozen graphic novels, including Dracula: The Dead Travel Fast. He is currently a professor of Graphic Novel Studies at Emerson College in Boston.

Graphic Novels by McFarland:  McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. To browse them all, both nonfiction and fiction, see the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage. If you are an author or artist interested in submitting a book proposal, guidelines are offered on the McFarland Graphic Novels webpage.

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Daily Deal: 20% off Downtown Chicago's Historic Movie Theatres

 Introducing new Daily Deals: every weekday, McFarland will offer one title at 20% off the list price.  Check back every day, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates about the Daily Deal!

 

On June 27, get 20% off Downtown Chicago’s Historic Movie Theatres when you enter the coupon code CHICAGO.  The discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Daily Deal: 20% off Ford in the Service of America

Introducing new Daily Deals: every weekday, McFarland will offer one title at 20% off the list price.  Check back every day, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates about the Daily Deal!

On June 26, get 20% off Ford in the Service of America when you enter the coupon code FORD.  The discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

 

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Chasing Jeb Stuart, New Books

 Newly published books June 1st, Science and Technology in World History, and Chasing Jeb Stuart and John Mosby.  Beginning in the 14th century, Science and Technology covers the birth of the scientific method and how it evolved and affected other disciplines like economics and religion.  Chasing Jeb Stuart is a tactical study of the  Union Northern Virginia Cavalry in the Civil War from 1862-63, with accounts from soldiers and personal records.

 

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/Chasing-Jeb-Stuart

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/Science-Technology

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Two More New Books

Another two titles out, The Lost Battalion and the Meuse-Argonne, 1918, and Indian Placenames.  Lost Battalion chronicles the American soldiers that fought in World War I’s Battle of Meuse-Argonne, a 7 week long battle along a 25-mile front.  Indian Placenames is the newest edition of the two volume set that covers all the American Indian names used for places in the U.S. and how some have changed over time.

 

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/Lost-Battalion

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/Indian-Placenames

 

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New Titles This Week

Two more new titles in, This Day in American History and The Tiger Woods Phenomenon.  Day in History is a day by day chronology of the whole year, with important events that happened on each day, from the 1500s to today.  Tiger Woods is about both his good and bad effect on the game of golf, and his cultural impact and significance.

 

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/American-History

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/Tiger-Woods

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Two more new books published.

Two new books in, Ancient Symbology in Fantasy Literature and The Politics of Authenticity in Presidential Campaigns, 1976-2008.  Ancient Symbology covers modern books and comics like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings use ancient symbology.  Politics of Authenticity presents the presidents from 1976 to 2008 and their campaigns to meet the American people on a personal level, “as one of us.”

 

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/Ancient-Symbology

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/Politics-Authenticity