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New Release for December 17: Expos, Baseball

The Expos in Their Prime: The Short-Lived Glory of Montreal’s Team, 1977–1984 by Alain Usereau

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Montreal Expos provided their fans with spectacular play produced by spectacular players. The team was able to reach the pinnacle of its lifetime popularity during that period. They were in fact even more popular than the beloved hockey-playing Canadiens in Montreal and the most popular sports team in Canada. The book depicts how the team reached that level of support from the whole country and also why they were not able to sustain that excellence.

 

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off NFL Head Coaches

The 466 men who have held the increasingly demanding and prestigious position of Head Coach in the National Football League and the two leagues that merged into it (the All America Football Conference of the 1940s and the American Football League of the 1960s) form an exclusive club. This book essentially answers three questions about every professional head coach since 1920: Who was he? What were his coaching approach and style, in terms of both leadership and gridiron tactics? How successful was he?

On December 13th, get 20% off NFL Head Coaches when you enter the coupon code NFL.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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New Release for Dec. 11: American League

The American League in Transition, 1965–1975: How Competition Thrived When the Yankees Didn’t by Paul Hensler

In the years following the decline of the New York Yankees dynasty that ended in 1964, three American League teams endeavored to stake their claim to the Junior Circuit’s crown. From 1965 to 1975, the Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, and Oakland Athletics emerged as the most significant AL clubs, but this trio achieved varying degrees of success.

 

 

 

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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 Football Fortunes

Football may be sport, but the National Football League is at heart a business—how else to account for the stratospheric salaries of the players and coaches? Yet most people are unaware of how that business developed. This book details the growth of an industry that generates billions of dollars in revenue and explains the intricacies of the league’s expansions and mergers, territories and relocations; the operation of franchises; the role of stadiums and markets; and the effect of the NFL on domestic and foreign affairs.

On November 21st, get 20% off Football Fortunes when you enter the coupon code FOOTBALL.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Daily Deal: 20% off New York Versus New York, 1962

“This book tells the story of the first year of their life together as New York City rivals. The emerging rivalry between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets was about more than just games won or money earned. As personified by Mets manager Casey Stengel and Yankees right-fielder Roger Maris, it was also a struggle over the future of the game.”

 

On November 14th, get 20% off New York Versus New York, 1962 when you enter the coupon code SUBWAY.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off Duke Slater

Incredibly, Slater was the only African American in the entire NFL for most of the late 1920s, yet he was widely recognized as one of the League’s best linemen. But his pioneering influence extended beyond the gridiron. After retirement, he broke ground in the legal field as just the second black judge in Chicago history. On the field or on the bench, the inspirational life of Judge Duke Slater is a true American success story.

On November 7th get 20% off Duke Slater when you enter the coupon code DUKE.  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 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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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 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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Packaging Baseball

 

With the baseball playoffs under way, and the sound of Bruce Springsteen’s “Land of Hope and Dreams” (apparently the song of the 2012 postseason) ringing in our ears, we think the time is right to share this photo of Mathew Bartkowiak, author of Packaging Baseball, shown here with Chancellor Ray Cross (University of Wisconsin Colleges).

 

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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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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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The Baseball Undertaker

Ever wonder what the Baseball Undertaker does in his spare time?  Author Bill Lee (aka the Baseball Undertaker) wrote to us about his recent travels:

“During the month of September we visited 130 cemeteries in five states, taking photos of more than 400 gravesites of deceased major league baseball players, along with GPS readings and locations of their final resting place within the cemetery.”

The results of Bill Lee’s years of research and traveling can be found in the enormous The Baseball Necrology: The Post-Baseball Lives and Deaths of More Than 7,600 Major League Players and Others, with additional data on his personal website, BaseballUndertaker.com.

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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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Arlie Latham: A Baseball Biography of the Freshest Man on Earth

 

Although he was a good player in his prime, and a star with the great St. Louis Browns teams of the 1880s, Arlie Latham is remembered today primarily for his antics, recounted as easily as statistics are for less interesting, merely good players.  Somersaults (to evade a tag), exploding firecrackers (to wake himself up, he explained), glove-kicking contests of will with umpires (no explanation needed, or possible), and sharp, often profane outbursts that reverberated in every corner and innocent ear in the ballpark—all ensured that the Freshest Man on Earth would be remembered long after his playing days.  For more on this character, check out our new book, Arlie Latham: A Baseball Biography of the Freshest Man on Earth, written by L.M. Sutter, two-time winner of the Sporting News–SABR Baseball Research Award.

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New Biography on Hazen "Kiki" Cuyler Released Today!

Hazen “Kiki” Cuyler: A Baseball Biography by Ronald T. Waldo

“One of the greatest outfielders of his generation, Hazen “Kiki” Cuyler (1898–1950) was working as a roof assembler in an auto plant in Michigan when he seized an opportunity to realize his dream of playing major league baseball. After toiling in the minor leagues for more than three years, he took the National League by storm and became a legitimate star during his 1924 rookie season with Pittsburgh.”

 

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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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New Releases for Aug 30: Divided Libraries and New York vs. New York, 1962

Divided Libraries: Remodeling Management to Unify Institutions by T.D. Webb.

This thought-provoking volume by a 35-year veteran of academic libraries identifies, diagnoses, and provides remedies to the damaging divisions in and between libraries and librarianship, arguing that the processes of teaching constitute the genuine context in which to steer librarianship into the future.

 

New York Versus New York, 1962: The Birth of the Yankees-Mets Rivalry by Bill Morales.

This book tells the story of the first year of their life together as New York City rivals. The emerging rivalry between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets was about more than just games won or money earned.

 

 

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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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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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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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Daily Deal: 20% off Jim Thorpe

 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 31 get 20% off Jim Thorpe when you enter the code THORPE.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Daily Deal: 20% off Hardball Legends and Journeymen

 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 16th get 20% off Hardball Legends and Journeymen when you enter the coupon code LEGENDS.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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: 50% off Hutch

 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!

Special Today: 50% off!

On July 13th get 50% off Hutch when you enter the coupon code HUTCH.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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 Football/Soccer

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 14, get 20% off Football/Soccer when you enter the coupon code GOAL.  The discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Daily Deal: 20% off The Things You Find on the Appalachian Trail

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 29, 2012, get 20% off The Things You Find on the Appalachian Trail when you enter the coupon code AT.  The discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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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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Newly Published Books

Haig Bosmajian’s Burning Books and Donald Dewey’s Ray Arcel are two newly published books this week.  Burning Books gives a 2000 year history of the practice of burning subversive and heretical books.  Ray Arcel is a boxing biography telling of the life and travels of Ray Arcel, a boy from Indiana that moved to NYC and became a prominent name in boxing.

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/burning-books

http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/ray-arcel

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Major League Bride

Author Kathleen Lockwood will be involved in the following upcoming events:

•  She will be discussing the book with Gene Pitts on the Professional Sports Lives Radio show Saturday, March 25th from 1:00 to 2:00

•  She will be participating in the Celebrate Pink Expo in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on April 14th.

•  She will be joining her husband Skip Lockwood at the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park Open House on Thursday, April 19th.

 •  She will be speaking and participating in the 50th Anniversary of the NY Mets Conference at Hofstra University Cultural Center from April 26-28.