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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 & 11

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.

The Gus Van Sant Touch: A Thematic Study—Drugstore Cowboy, Milkand Beyond by Justin Vicari

 

 

 

 

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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 Sept 7: War of 1812 and Four More

Marauder: Memoir of a B-26 Pilot in Europe in World War II by Louis S. Rehr

The Ambulance: A History by Ryan Corbett Bell

The War of 1812: A Complete Chronology with Biographies of 63 General Officers by Bud Hannings

The Doctor Who Franchise: American Influence, Fan Culture and the Spinoffs by Lynnette Porter

The New American Crime Film by Matthew Sorrento

 

 

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DAILY DEAL: Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes

On September 6th, get 20% off Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes when you enter the coupon code HOGS (discount will applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout).

Much has been written about hardcore bikers, but there has been little scholarly research on the much larger segment of the population more aptly called motorcycle enthusiasts. This book focuses on them—the hard working plumbers, truck drivers, and other blue collar workers as well as the white collar executives, doctors and other professionals who are mostly married, have mortgages, pay their bills, obey the law, and on weekends and holidays participate in a favorite pastime, riding motorcycles.

Visit our homepage each morning and follow us on Facebook, Google+,  and Twitter for more Daily Deals!

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Musicmakers of Network Radio

Musicmakers of Network Radio: 24 Entertainers, 1926–1962 by Jim Cox was covered recently in Aircheck.

“This volume presents biographies of 24 renowned performers who spent a significant portion of their careers in front of a radio microphone…Jim Cox, a leading historian of radio programming, is an award-winning author of numerous books about old time radio.”—Aircheck Newsletter

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New Releases for Sept 4: Soap Opera Evolution and Three More

Parties for Children: Ideas and Instructions for Invitations, Decorations, Refreshments, Favors, Crafts and Games for 19 Theme Parties by Debra K. Moore

The Soap Opera Evolution: America’s Enduring Romance with Daytime Drama by Marilyn J. Matelski

Television Series Regulars of the Fifties and Sixties in Interview by Dina-Marie Kulzer

The Hardy Boys Mysteries, 1927–1979: A Cultural and Literary History by Mark Connelly

 

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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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Shock Theatre Chicago Style

Shock Theatre Chicago Style: WBKB-TV’s Late Night Horror Showcase, 1957–1959 by Donald F. Glut was covered recently in Bookgasm.com and Mania.com.

“In tackling his subject both to tell its history and serve as a remarkably thorough episode guide, Glut kills the proverbial two birds. Rather than chopping the paperback into distinct halves, he smartly uses his week-by-week structure to weave in the complete story of the weekend showcase of Universal horror films and the demented genius hosting it, Marvin, aka family man, puppeteer and all-around good guy Terry Bennett”—Red Lott, Bookgasm.com

“Glut is able to transport readers back in time over 50 years to that fateful night in 1957 when Marvin hit the airwaves.  Glut’s memory is so sharp and vivid that you can picture yourself sitting up close to that black & white TV as Marvin opens the show by descending the cellar stairs to welcome the viewers.”—Tim Johnson, Mania.com.

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New Releases for Aug 27: Shavelings in Death Camps

Two New Book Releases:

They Knew Marilyn Monroe: Famous Persons in the Life of the Hollywood Icon by Les Harding

Taking an intriguingly innovative approach to the life and legend of actress Marilyn Monroe (1926–1962), this biographical dictionary concentrates on Marilyn’s circle of friends, acquaintances and coworkers—618 in all.

 

Shavelings in Death Camps: A Polish Priest’s Memoir of Imprisonment by the Nazis, 1939–1945 by Fr. Henryk Maria Malak.

Through the author’s eyes we witness the German invasion, atrocities against the local population, and the roundup of priests from the region.

 

One New Rupub:

Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies: The First Wave, 1959–1969by Thomas Lisanti

This lavishly illustrated work features profiles on 32 sizzling fun-in-the-sun teenage epics from Gidget to the Beach Party movies with Frankie and Annette to The Sweet Ride plus a few offshoots in the snow.

 

 

 

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New Releases for Aug 24: Origins of Arthurian Romances

Two new releases today:

Origins of Arthurian Romances: Early Sources for the Legends of Tristan, the Grail and the Abduction of the Queen by Flint F. Johnson. There are three archetypal and widespread Arthurian stories—the abduction of Guinevere, the Holy Grail, and Tristan. Through the author’s painstaking research of the literature and comparative literature of the stories, and by studying the history, laws, and archaeology of the post–Roman period, a new methodology was found for approaching sources.

 

 

Kyoto Animation: A Critical Study and Filmography by Dani Cavallaro.

Kyoto Animation is a studio that, having risen from very humble beginnings, has gained recognition the world over as a uniquely inspired and inventive enterprise. This book examines Kyoto Animation’s philosophy and creative vision with close reference to its anime.

 

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New Review for Clark Gable, in Pictures

Please check out the new review of our book Clark Gable, in Pictures: Candid Images of the Actor’s Life by Chrystopher J. Spicer.

“These distinctively personal images are themselves informative, and Spicer provides a richly detailed narrative to accompany them. Delving into each major area of Gables’s life…Spicer presents an impressive amount of information…this is a thoroughly researched work with great visual appeal that illuminates some of the less emphasized aspects of Gable’s life. Spicer’s empathetic and comprehensive portrait will certainly resonate with Gable fans as well as film historians and enthusiasts and will find a permanent place in both popular and special collections”–Library Journal.

 

 

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Now in Softcover: Elie Wiesel and Gone with the Wind

Now in softcover:

Elie Wiesel: A Challenge to Theology by Graham B. Walker, Jr.

“this work will help the reader understand the evolution of Wiesel’s writing”—Shofar

 

 

Gone with the Wind on Film: A Complete Reference Work by Cynthia Marylee Molt

“everything you ever wanted to know…extensive analysis…highly recommended”—The Georgia Librarian

 

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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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Now in softcover: Charles McGraw

The iconic actor Charles McGraw appeared in over 140 roles on films and television, including the classic noir pictures The Killers (1946) and The Narrow Margin (1952). Whether portraying tough cops or sadistic killers, McGraw brought a unique authenticity to the screen.

“Rode can honestly be called an expert on the film noir genre. He is one of our most important film historians and it can be safely stated that anything this man writes is gold… a total must-read.” –Classic Images

 

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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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Daily Deal: 20% off Practical Moviemaking

 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 July 11 get 20% off Practical Moviemaking: A Handbook for the Real World when you enter the coupon code MOVIES.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Daily Deal: 20% off Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah

 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 July 9, get 20% off Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah when you enter the coupon code CEREBUS.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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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 Classics Illustrated

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 21, get 20% off Classics Illustrated when you enter the coupon code CLASSICS.  The discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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New Books Out

 Two new books published this week, The Iconic Obama, 2007-2009, and Redcoats on the Cape Fear.  Iconic Obama covers the sensational and iconic campaign and early presidency of Barack Obama and his effect on pop culture.  Redcoats is a history of the Revolutionary War in Wilmington, North Carolina and surrounding area, with over 100 eyewitness accounts of those events.

 

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/Iconic-Obama

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/Redcoats-Cape-Fear

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Daily Deal: 20% off War, Politics and Superheroes

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 May 24, 2012, get 20% off War, Politics and Superheroes when you enter the coupon code SUPERHERO.  The discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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New edition of Gunsmoke out this week!

The new two volume paperback edition of Gunsmoke is out this week.  Gunsmoke, the classic radio and TV show that gave America a sense of the fantastic West, has been reprinted to paperback, complete with 241 photos.  These two volumes gives insights into the pioneering of TV and radio and how it affected Gunsmoke, along with summaries of episodes and character quotes.

 

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/Gunsmoke

 

 

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Two new books published

Two more books published this week, Mrs. Spencer Tracy and the John Tracy Clinic and Musicmakers of Network Radio.  Mrs. Spencer Tracy by Patricia Mahon is a biography of Tracy’s life of educating deaf children.  Musicmakers is a series of biographies on 24 different radio performers, and their lives in front of the microphone.

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/Mrs-Spencer-Tracy

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/Musicmakers-of-Network-Radio

 

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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.

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/De-la-Bourdonnais

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/Walter-Penn-Shipley

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/Perry-Como

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2012 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards

Two of our titles have been nominated for the 2012 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research:

Richard Ackelson. Frank Sinatra: A Compete Recording History of Techniques

Bobby Whitlock with Marc Roberty. Bobby Whitlock: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Autobiography

The winners will be announced in August, and the awards will be presented during a banquet at ARSC’s annual conference in May 2013.

 

   

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Author and Artist Guidelines for Graphic Novels

Author and artist guidelines for graphic novels have been updated.  McFarland has brought its 33 years of publishing experience to the graphic format. Both nonfiction and fiction manuscripts are being considered. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a graphic novel, please refer to our guidelines. For general questions, see McFarland’s author resource center. For questions not covered there, please contact Natalie Foreman.

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Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies

Tom Lisanti (author of six McFarland books including Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies) will be co-hosting, with Ben Mankieicz, Turner Classic Movies’ Spring Break Film Festival beginning Monday April 16 at 8pm through Friday April 20. Ben and Tom will introduce 19 surf and summer movies from the Sixties including Where the Boys Are; Gidget Goes Hawaiian; Beach Blanket Bingo; Blue Hawaii; The Girls on the Beach; Ride the Wild Surf; and a few in the snow such as Winter a-Go-Go.

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Bobby Whitlock

The city of Austin, Texas, and Mayor Lee Leffingwell have proclaimed March 22 as Bobby Whitlock Day. All are invited, and events run from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at City Hall, 301 West 2nd Street. There will be news coverage and filming. At 10 that evening Bobby and his band will be playing at the Saxon Pub to continue the festivities.