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New Releases for June 20: Pittsburgh Pirates, Fairy Tales, Fourth of July, Hellraiser, Presidents

Pennant Hopes Dashed by the Homer in the Gloamin: The Story of How the 1938 Pittsburgh Pirates Blew the National League Pennant by Ronald T. Waldo

Fairy Tales with a Black Consciousness: Essays on Adaptations of Familiar Stories by Vivian Yenika-Agbaw, Ruth McKoy Lowery and Laretta Henderson

The Fourth of July Encyclopedia by James R. Heintze

The HellraiserFilms and Their Legacy by Paul Kane

The Presidents Were Here: A State-by-State Historical Guide by Ralph Gary

 

 

 

 

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Larry Doby and the Garden State

Research presentations, player panels, and exhibits are underway at the 16th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference.  Also on the agenda for attendees is an outing to Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.  A glance up at the ring of honor there will show Larry Doby, among others.  Organized baseball hasn’t always paid attention to Doby’s accomplishments.  Our friend Chris Robinson–Doby fan and former sales manager and baseball editor at McFarland–wrote very eloquently of Doby:

“A few weeks after Major League Baseball celebrated the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut with the Dodgers, the folks in Camden, South Carolina, honored a hometown hero and baseball pioneer of their own.  The ceremony wasn’t elaborate–no presidential speeches or testimonials from baseball’s hierarchy–but was instead a heartfelt salute to a man who had endured many of the same hardships as Robinson.  Some opponents spit at him, others cursed him, and perhaps most painfully of all, some of his teammates simply ignored him.  Some 50 years later however, Larry Doby, the first African American in the American League, was back home with his friends and neighbors.

That organized baseball paid little attention to Doby’s accomplishments was nothing new.  Despite being a six-time All-Star with the Cleveland Indians, Doby was often overshadowed by others: Robinson, teammate Bob Feller, the legendary Satchel Paige, and even the team’s owner, Bill Veeck.  Even when he was named manager of the White Sox in 1978, he was viewed as a footnote: the major league’s second second black manager.

But, back in Camden he was THE star.  Townsfolk could quote his statistics: 253 home runs, 969 RBIs, and a .283 lifetime batting average.  More importantly, they held him in esteem as a good man and a kind father.  Like Jackie Robinson, he was a pioneer for a sport and a nation.  The people in Camden haven’t forgotten; neither should the people in baseball.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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New Releases for May 9: San Francisco Seals, Celebrity Make-Up Artist

The San Francisco Seals, 1946–1957: Interviews with 25 Former Baseballers by Brent P. Kelley

The San Francisco Seals were members of baseball’s Pacific Coast League from 1903 until 1958. Arguably the most successful minor league franchise ever, the Seals held the minor league attendance record from 1946 until it was broken by Louisville in the 1980s, and remained independently owned until 1956. The Seals were also Joe DiMaggio’s first team and many another major league star was on the team’s roster on his climb up the ranks.

This work is a collection of oral histories of players who took the field for the Seals from 1946 through 1957, just before the Giants came to San Francisco and when the Seals played their final game. Ferris Fain said of the 1946 Seals, “I just think that that was the best ballclub that I’ve ever played on, including major league. I mean, as a team.” Frank Seward, Don Trower, Jack Brewer, Roy Nicely, Neill Sheridan, Joe Brovia, Bill Werle, Con Dempsey, Dario Lodigiani, Lou Burdette, Ed Cereghino, Bill Bradford, Reno Cheso, Nini Tornay, Jerry Zuvela, Leo Righetti, Jim Westlake, Ted Beard, Chuck Stevens, Bob DiPietro, Don Lenhardt, Riverboat Smith, Jack Spring, and Bert Thiel also reminisce about their careers with the Seals.

 

 

The Star Shiner: Memoir of a Celebrity Make-Up Artist by Evan Richardson

The Star Shiner poses the question: Can a young man from a small rural Kentucky town—fleeing a domineering mother and an abusive, alcoholic father—find recognition and happiness in New York city, working with the high-powered fashion and cosmetic industries, and with some of the world’s most famous people—without losing his values and his soul?

After a notable career in fashion illustration and modeling in Paris, Richardson becomes a makeup artist, working with Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and photographers Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Frecesco Scavullo. The book is more than a celebrity memoir in that it is particularly a narrative of the ’70s into the ’90s, a time in New York’s history of financial difficulties and corruption.

This was the golden era of fashion and cosmetics when Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland, Charles Revson and Estee Lauder, the king and queen of cosmetics and Avedon, Penn and Scavullo ruled the industries. The reader is taken into wild nights at Studio 54 and into New York’s downtown after-hours dungeons, seething with sex, drugs and danger, where individuals are treated as sexual stepping stones.

 

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New Releases for May 8: Auto Racing, N.C. Civil War Monuments

Auto Racing Comes of Age: A Transatlantic View of the Cars, Drivers and Speedways, 1900–1925 by Robert Dick

The first quarter of the 20th century was a time of dramatic change in auto racing, marked by the move from the horseless carriage to the supercharged Grand Prix racer, from the gentleman driver to the well-publicized professional, and from the dusty road course to the autodrome. This history of the evolution of European and American auto racing from 1900 to 1925 examines transatlantic influences, early dirt track racing, and the birth of the twin-cam engine and the straight-eight. It also explores the origins of the Bennett and Vanderbilt races, the early career of “America’s Speed King” Barney Oldfield, the rise of the speedway specials from Marmon, Mercer, Stutz and Duesenberg, and developments from Peugeot, Delage, Ballot, Fiat, and Bugatti. This informative work provides welcome insight into a defining period in motorsports.

 

 

 

 

North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History by Douglas J. Butler

Throughout recorded history, monuments of stone and metal have honored victorious armies and successful leaders. Following the American Civil War this tradition expanded to include soldiers of the defeated Confederacy. By the early twentieth century, memorials to the dead and surviving veterans were regional icons, and men of the Confederate army ranked among history’s most honored troops.

This illustrated history details North Carolina’s commemorative response to a war in which more than 30,000 of its soldiers died in military service: 101 Confederate monuments—and eight Union memorials, including one honoring African American troops—were dedicated across the Tarheel State between 1865 and the Civil War centennial in 1961. The location, design, funding and dedication of these memorials reveal a society’s evolving grief and the forging of public memory. Committee minutes, financial records, legal documents, and contemporaneous accounts highlight the challenging and often contentious process through which these monuments were realized. Manufacturers’ catalogs and advertisements, as well as spirited editorial exchanges in newspapers and magazines, provide further insight into the sculptural, technological and cultural milieu.

 

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New Releases for April 30: Winter Ball, Medals for Soldiers, Amphibious Gunboats

Memories of Winter Ball: Interviews with Players in the Latin American Winter Leagues of the 1950s by Lou Hernández

Medals for Soldiers and Airmen: Awards and Decorations of the United States Army and Air Force by Fred L. Borch III

American Amphibious Gunboats in World War II: A History of LCI and LCS(L) Ships in the Pacific by Robin L. Rielly

 

 

 

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2013 SABR Baseball Research Awards

The Society for American Baseball Research recently announced the winners of the 2013 SABR Baseball Research Awards, given annually for projects that have “significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball.”  This year two of the three awards went to McFarland authors. Congratulations go out to Ron Keurajian for Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide and to the editorial team of Peter Morris, William Ryczek, Jan Finkel, Leonard Levin, and Richard Malatzky for Base Ball Pioneers, 1850-1879: The Clubs and Players Who Spread the Sport Nationwide.  

 


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New Releases for April 19: George Raft, Vietnamese Amerasians, AAGPBL, Richardson Light Guard

George Raft: The Films by Everett Aaker

Children of the Enemy: Oral Histories of Vietnamese Amerasians and Their Mothers by Steven DeBonis

We Were the All-American Girls: Interviews with Players of the AAGPBL, 1943–1954 by Jim Sargent

The Richardson Light Guard of Wakefield, Massachusetts: A Town Militia in War and Peace, 1851–1975
by Barry M. Stentiford

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DC-Area McFarland Authors at International Day of the Book

Several Washington, DC, McFarland authors are participating in the International Day of the Book.  The festival will be held April 21 in historic old town Kensington, Maryland.

Tania Heller, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician and the medical director of the Washington Center for Eating Disorders and Adolescent Obesity in Bethesda, Maryland.  Her books include: You and Your Doctor: A Guide to a Healing Relationship, with Physicians’ InsightsOverweight: A Handbook for Teens and ParentsEating Disorders: A Handbook for Teens, Families and Teachers  and Pregnant! What Can I Do?: A Guide for Teenagers.

 

 

 

Brett L. Abrams is an archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.  His books include: Capital Sporting Grounds: A History of Stadium and Ballpark Construction in Washington, D.C. and Hollywood Bohemians: Transgressive Sexuality and the Selling of the Movieland Dream.

 

 

 

Joe Sergi is a senior litigation counsel in a US government agency, and is a member of the adjunct faculty at George Mason University School of Law.  He writes regularly about the history of comics and censorship for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  He is the editor of the graphic novel anthology Great Zombies in History and the author of the forthcoming Comic Book Law.

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New Releases for April 18: Shakespeare, Coaching, Bud Fowler, War Nurses, Hollywood

“Every word doth almost tell my name”: The Authorship of Shakespeare’s Sonnets by P.D. McIntosh

Coaching Myths: Fifteen Wrong Ideas in Youth Sports by Rick Albrecht

Bud Fowler: Baseball’s First Black Professional by Jeffrey Michael Laing

Vietnam War Nurses: Personal Accounts of 18 Americans by Patricia Rushton

Extras of Early Hollywood: A History of the Crowd, 1913–1945 by Kerry Segrave

 

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for April 17: Women, Mass Murders, Phoenix, Videogames, Ancient World

Women and Second Life: Essays on Virtual Identity, Work and Play by Dianna Baldwin

Women Serial and Mass Murderers: Profiles of 85 Killers Worldwide, 1580–1990 by Kerry Segrave

Glimpses of Phoenix: The Desert Metropolis in Written and Visual Media by David William Foster

Mazes in Videogames: Meaning, Metaphor and Design by Alison Gazzard

The Pentathlon of the Ancient World by Frank Zarnowski

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Deal: 20% off Books About Ballparks

Introducing new Weekly Deals: every week, we’ll offer a selection of books at 20% off list price.

This week, we’re celebrating baseball season with books about historic ballparks.  Get 20% off any of the following titles with the coupon code BALLPARK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for April 3: Baseball, Sexual Harassment, Law of the Sea, Billy Southworth, Television Network

The Easter Monday Baseball Game: North Carolina State and Wake Forest on the Diamond, 1899–1956 by Tim Peeler

The Sexual Harassment of Women in the Workplace, 1600 to 1993 by Kerry Segrave

The Law of the Sea: An Historical Analysis of the 1982 Treaty and Its Rejection by the United States by James B. Morell

Billy Southworth: A Biography of the Hall of Fame Manager and Ballplayer by John C. Skipper

Television Network Daytime and Late-Night Programming, 1959–1989 by Mitchell E. Shapiro

 

 

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New Releases for March 25: Margaret Mitchell, Robert Rossen, Horror, James Jaquess, Baseball

The Margaret Mitchell Encyclopedia by Anita Price Davis

Robert Rossen: The Films and Politics of a Blacklisted Idealist by Alan Casty

Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror by Aalya Ahmad

James F. Jaquess: Scholar, Soldier and Private Agent for President Lincoln by Patricia B. Burnette

Baseball Injuries: Case Studies, by Type, in the Major Leagues by W. Laurence Coker, M.D.

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for March 22: John Wayne, Popular Novel, Crowd Violence, Information War, Boxing, Basketball League

Three Bad Men: John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond by Scott Allen Nollen

The American Popular Novel After World War II: A Study of 25 Best Sellers, 1947–2000 by David Willbern

Crowd Violence in American Modernist Fiction: Lynchings, Riots and the Individual Under Assault by Benjamin S. West

The Chinese Information War: Espionage, Cyberwar, Communications Control and Related Threats to United States Interests by Dennis F. Poindexter

Joe Louis: The Life of a Heavyweight by Lew Freedman

Abe Saperstein and the American Basketball League, 1960–1963: The Upstarts Who Shot for Three and Lost to the NBA by Murry R. Nelson

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baseball Biography Examines George "Boomer" Scott's Life

Growing up in Greenville, Mississippi, George “Boomer” Scott Jr. lost his father in 1945, when he was a little over a year old. The 46-year-old George Scott Sr. died of heatstroke, and much of what his three children would eventually learn about him came from stories shared by family members and friends.

The same cannot be said for his youngest child, the former Boston Red Sox first baseman, whose life was the subject of a recent book, “Long Taters: A Baseball Biography of George ‘Boomer’ Scott.” Penned by Ron Anderson, it details Scott’s humble beginnings in Mississippi to his 14-year career in Major League Baseball— for a period of which he lived in Falmouth—followed by his unsuccessful attempts to transition from a player to a manager.

Read more at… http://www.iocapecod.com/lifestyle/baseball_biography_examines_george_boomer_scotts_life

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Daily Deal: 20% off The Sociology of Sports

“The authors are well-informed and reasonable, and they write clearly. If this text is not the best on the market, it is at least a contender for the number-one spot. Recommended”—Choice.

 On March 18th, get 20% off The Sociology of Sports when you enter the coupon code SPORTS.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

 

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New Releases for March 18: Allan Dwan, Cleveland Baseball

League Park: Historic Home of Cleveland Baseball, 1891–1946 by Ken Krsolovic

This is a comprehensive history of League Park, primary home field for Major League Baseball in Cleveland from 1891 to 1946, but with a significant history that includes the National Football League, Negro League baseball, college football and boxing, and an uncanny multitude of amazing events and people. This chronicle allows for these grounds to take their place among the more heralded parks of baseball’s past and present. The site has survived to this day as a baseball grounds; a groundbreaking for renovations took place in October 2012.

 

 

 

Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios by Frederic Lombardi

It could be said that the career of Canadian-born film director Allan Dwan (1885–1981) began at the dawn of the American motion picture industry. Originally a scriptwriter, Dwan became a director purely by accident. Even so, his creativity and problem-solving skills propelled him to the top of his profession. He achieved success with numerous silent film performers, most spectacularly with Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Gloria Swanson, and later with such legendary stars as Shirley Temple and John Wayne.

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off Bargaining with Baseball

 “If Major League Baseball ever awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, it should go to Bill Gould for effectively ending baseball’s nuclear war, the strike of 1994-95, during his tenure as NLRB Chairman. In his new book, the distinguished law professor has chronicled the game’s history of labor and racial relations from his unique perspective.”—Joe Castiglione, broadcaster, Boston Red Sox

On March 13, get 20% off Bargaining with Baseball when you enter the coupon code Bargain.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Boxing in New Mexico

After decades of hard work, the efforts of Chris Cozzone and the late Jim Boggio have finally coalesced!  Boxing in New Mexico, 1868–1940 is now shipping.   To order a copy from McFarland, go to the book’s page in our online catalog.

For more about boxing from McFarland, browse a list of our boxing books.

For information about current events and fights in New Mexico and the Southwest boxing scene, visit Chris Cozzone and the staff of New Mexico Boxing at www.newmexicoboxing.com.

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Daily Deal: 20% off The First Black Boxing Champions

“extremely well written and chronicled…painstakingly researched, by writers who show a heartfelt passion for their subjects…a must”—Ring Memorabilia

On March 8th, get 20% off The First Black Boxing Champions when you enter the coupon code BOXING.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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

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

Boxing in New Mexico, 1868–1940 by Chris Cozzone

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

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

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

 

 

 

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New Releases for March 4: Filmmaking, DNA, Baseball Names, Television Pilots, Tudors

Fervid Filmmaking: 66 Cult Pictures of Vision, Verve and No Self-Restraint by Mike Watt

Encyclopedia of DNA and the United States Criminal Justice System by Louis J. Palmer, Jr.

Baseball Team Names: A Worldwide Dictionary, 1869–2011 by Richard Worth

Encyclopedia of Television Pilots, 1937–2012 by Vincent Terrace

The Tudors on Film and Television by Sue Parrill

 

 

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off Farewell to the Last Golden Era

In 1960, Major League Baseball reached a crossroads in its history. Facing a challenge from the Continental Baseball League, the owners of the original 16 major league teams elected to admit new clubs. This in-depth look at that pivotal season—the last played with only the original 16 teams—follows the New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates on their march to the 1960 World Series.

On March 1st, get 20% off Farewell to the Last Golden Era when you enter the coupon code 1960.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for Feb 25: Educational Institutes, Boxing, Harry Potter, WWI, Civil War

Town and Gown Relations: A Handbook of Best Practices by Roger L. Kemp

Heavyweight Boxing in the 1970s: The Great Fighters and Rivalries by Joe Ryan

Teaching with Harry Potter: Essays on Classroom Wizardry from Elementary School to College by Valerie Estelle Frankel

The American Expeditionary Force in World War I: A Statistical History, 1917–1919 by George B. Clark

Tom Worthington’s Civil War: Shiloh, Sherman, and the Search for Vindication by James D. Brewer

 

 

 

 

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off The Greatest Minor League

“impressive…definitive work on the Pacific Coast League…a welcome addition”—Booklist/RBB

 On February 22, get 20% off The Greatest Minor League when you enter the coupon code PCL.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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New Releases for Feb 22: Sporting, Harpo Marx, Shoemaker, Toy Bulldog

Eyes on the Sporting Scene, 1870–1930: Will and June Rankin, New York’s Sportswriting Brothers by Pamela A. Bakker

Harpo Marx as Trickster by Charlene Fix

Stephen Shoemaker: The Paintings and Their Stories by Stephen Shoemaker

Toy Bulldog: The Fighting Life and Times of Mickey Walker by John Jarrett

The Salvadoran Officer Corps and the Final Offensive of 1981 by Brian J. Bosch

 

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off Between Reb and Yank

 “a remarkable book…this book sets a standard for other Piedmont Civil War histories to strive toward”—The Washington Post

On February 18th, get 20% off Between Reb and Yank when you enter the coupon code LOUDOUN. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Daily Deal: 20% off Fearless Harry Greb

“there may not be a huge audience out there for a biography of Harry Greb, but Bill Paxton has put together a good one”—The Ring

 “the author deserves credit for the massive amount of research that went into his work”–www.secondsout.com.

On February 12th, get 20% off Fearless Harry Greb when you enter the coupon code GREB.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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Daily Deal: 20% off Carl Furillo

 “this book needed to be written and Ted Reed has done his homework”—Carl Erskine, Brooklyn Dodgers

“illuminating look into Furillo’s career”—Examiner.com

On February 6th, get 20% off Carl Furillo when you enter the coupon code CARL.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for Feb 1: Dinosaurs, Erskine Caldwell, Frank Lane, Animal Exploitation, Video Games

Dinosaurs: The Encyclopedia by Donald F. Glut

Erskine Caldwell: Selected Letters, 1929–1955 by Erskine Caldwell

Frantic Frank Lane: Baseball’s Ultimate Wheeler-Dealer by Bob Vanderberg

Confronting Animal Exploitation: Grassroots Essays on Liberation and Veganism by Kim Socha

Ctrl-Alt-Play: Essays on Control in Video Gaming by Matthew Wysocki

 

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off Fred Hutchinson and the 1964 Cincinnati Reds

Fred Hutchinson, the popular manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was at the top of his profession when he was suddenly diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in December 1963. This is the story of Fred Hutchinson and his players as they completed his inspirational final season. In 1964, the Reds battled themselves, their opponents and their emotions to mount a late winning streak which, coupled with the historic collapse of the Phillies, allowed the team to enter the final day with a chance to win the pennant for their stricken manager.

On February 1st, get 20% off Fred Hutchinson and the 1964 Cincinnati Reds when you enter the coupon code .  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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New Releases for January 29

Meyer London: A Biography of the Socialist New York Congressman, 1871–1926 by Gordon J. Goldberg

The 55th North Carolina in the Civil War: A History and Roster by Jeffrey M. Girvan

 Sold on Radio: Advertisers in the Golden Age of Broadcasting by Jim Cox

Thomas Frère and the Brotherhood of Chess: A History of 19th Century Chess in New York Cityby Martin Frère Hillyer

 American Self-Taught Art: An Illustrated Analysis of 20th Century Artists and Trends with 1,319 Capsule Biographies by Florence Laffal

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New Releases for Jan 24: Cyberpunk, Baseball, James Madison Hood, White House

Cyberpunk Women, Feminism and Science Fiction: A Critical Study by Carlen Lavigne

The Negro Leagues, 1869–1960 by Leslie A. Heaphy

Early Latino Ballplayers in the United States: Major, Minor and Negro Leagues, 1901–1949 by Nick C. Wilson

James Madison Hood: Lincoln’s Consul to the Court of Siam by George C. Kingston

The White House: An Illustrated Architectural History by Patrick Phillips-Schrock

 

 

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off Capablanca

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

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

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Daily Deal: 20% off The Beauty of Short Hops

“engagingly written…highly recommended”—Library Journal

“a thoughtful, spunky counterpoint of a book, sure to be panned by true believers”—Spitball

 On January 16th, get 20% off The Beauty of Short Hops when you enter the coupon code HOPS.  This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

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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 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.