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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.”