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Newly Published: Kiffin Rockwell, the Lafayette Escadrille and the Birth of the United States Air Force

New on our bookshelf today:

Kiffin Rockwell, the Lafayette Escadrille and the Birth of the United States Air Force
T.B. Murphy

With the outbreak of World War I in August 1914, Kiffin Yates Rockwell, from Asheville, North Carolina, volunteered to fight for France. Initially serving with the French Foreign Legion as a soldier in the trenches, he soon became a founding member of the Lafayette Escadrille, a squadron made up mostly of American volunteer pilots who served under the French flag before the United States entered the war.

On May 19, 1916, Rockwell became the first American pilot of the war to shoot down a German plane. He was killed during aerial combat on September 23, 1916, at age 24. This book covers Rockwell’s early life and military service with the Lafayette Escadrille, the first ever American air combat unit and the precursor to the United States Air Force.

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Newly Published: Roads Through the Everglades

New on our bookshelf today:

Roads Through the Everglades: The Building of the Ingraham Highway, the Tamiami Trail and Conners Highway, 1914–1931
Bruce D. Epperson

In 1915, the road system in south Florida had changed little since before the Civil War. Travelling from Miami to Ft. Myers meant going through Orlando, 250 miles north of Miami. Within 15 years, three highways were dredged and blasted through the Everglades: Ingraham Highway from Homestead, 25 miles south of Miami, to Flamingo on the tip of the peninsula; Tamiami Trail from Miami to Tampa; and Conners Highway from West Palm Beach to Okeechobee City.

In 1916, Florida’s road commission spent $967. In 1928 it spent $6.8 million. Tamiami Trail, originally projected to cost $500,000, eventually required $11 million. These roads were made possible by the 1920s Florida land boom, the advent of gasoline and diesel-powered equipment to replace animal and steam-powered implements, and the creation of a highway funding system based on fuel taxes. This book tells the story of the finance and technology of the first modern highways in the South.

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Weekly Deal: Cleveland

This week, we’re honoring Cleveland after Lebron James and the Cavaliers improbably won three straight to lift the city’s 52-year curse. Through June 26, 2016, get 20% off the following books when you use the coupon code CLEVELAND!

Just Too Good: The Undefeated 1948 Cleveland Browns

Of Tribes and Tribulations: The Early Decades of the Cleveland Indians

.721: A History of the 1954 Cleveland Indians

Automobile Manufacturers of Cleveland and Ohio, 1864–1942

Ed McKean: Slugging Shortstop of the Cleveland Spiders

Napoleon Lajoie: King of Ballplayers

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

Tris Speaker and the 1920 Indians: Tragedy to Glory

Addie Joss on Baseball: Collected Newspaper Columns and World Series Reports, 1907–1909

Integrating Cleveland Baseball: Media Activism, the Integration of the Indians and the Demise of the Negro League Buckeyes

Base Ball on the Western Reserve: The Early Game in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, Year by Year and Town by Town, 1865–1900

Louis Sockalexis: The First Cleveland Indian

 

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Newly Published: The U.S. Navy’s “Interim” LSM(R)s in World War II

New on our bookshelf today:

The U.S. Navy’s “Interim” LSM(R)s in World War II: Rocket Ships of the Pacific Amphibious Forces
Ron MacKay, Jr.
Foreword by Captain Wayne P. Hughes, Jr., USN (Ret.)

The “Interim” LSM(R) or Landing Ship, Medium (Rocket) was a revolutionary development in rocket warfare in World War II and the U.S. Navy’s first true rocket ship. An entirely new class of commissioned warship and the forerunners of today’s missile-firing naval combatants, these ships began as improvised conversions of conventional amphibious landing craft in South Carolina’s Charleston Navy Yard during late 1944. They were rushed to the Pacific Theatre to support the U.S. Army and Marines with heavy rocket bombardments that devastated Japanese forces on Okinawa in 1945.

Their primary mission was to deliver maximum firepower to enemy targets ashore. Yet LSM(R)s also repulsed explosive Japanese speed boats, rescued crippled warships, recovered hundreds of survivors at sea and were deployed as antisubmarine hunter-killers. Casualties were staggering: enemy gunfire blasted one, while kamikaze attacks sank three, crippled a fourth and grazed two more. This book provides a comprehensive operational history of the Navy’s 12 original “Interim” LSM(R)s.

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Now in Softcover: Rails Across Dixie

Now available in softcover:

Rails Across Dixie: A History of Passenger Trains in the American South
Jim Cox

Covering legendary and obscure intercity passenger trains in a dozen Southeastern states, this book details the golden age of train travel. The story begins with the inception of steam locomotives in 1830 in Charleston, South Carolina, continuing through the mid–1930s changeover to diesel and the debut of Amtrak in 1971 to the present. Throughout, the book explores the technological achievements, the romance and the economic impact of traveling on the tracks. Other topics include contemporary museums and excursion trains; the development of commuter rails, monorails, light rails, and other intracity transit trains; the social impact of train travel; and historical rail terminals and facilities. The book is supplemented with more than 160 images and 10 appendices.

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Newly Published: The 1968 London to Sydney Marathon

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The 1968 London to Sydney Marathon: A History of the 10,000 Mile Endurance Rally

Robert Connor 

On November 24, 1968, more than 250 people from 19 nations set off on a 10,000–mile endurance rally from London to Sydney. Crossing 10 countries, competitors encountered officious border guards, gangs of rock-throwing children, treacherous driving conditions, collisions, breakdowns, injuries, wayward dogs, livestock, camels and kangaroos, millions of spectators crowding the roads and even bandits. Among the professional drivers were a large number of enthusiastic amateurs, many of whom had never raced in their lives.

Drawing from personal recollections of more than 60 participants—many who made it to Sydney and many more who didn’t—and contemporary newspaper and magazine articles, this book tells the full story of what was called the “Marathon,” from an idea dreamed up over an alcohol-fueled lunch to the last car over the finish line.

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Newly Published: Concepts in Urban Transportation Planning

New on our bookshelf today:

Concepts in Urban Transportation Planning: The Quest for Mobility, Sustainability and Quality of Life
Mintesnot G. Woldeamanuel

This book offers solutions for creating sustainable urban transportation. Topics include historical developments, planning, policy and legislative initiatives, nonmotorized and public transportation, environmental and social justice issues, and safety.

The author discusses social, health and economic consequences of autocentric transportation and possible policy measures to address them. The important topic of changing travel behavior is discussed. Chapters contain straightforward concepts, case studies, review questions and ideas for class projects.

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Robert Ebert Booksigning

Meet author Robert R. Ebert (Champion of the Lark) and others at the Studebaker National Museum’s Automotive Book Fair and Holiday Open House, Sunday, November 15, in South Bend, Indiana! The museum will offer free gifts to the first 100 families, special discounts, and there will be door prize drawings every half-hour. Best of all, admission is FREE! For more information, please call the Museum at (574) 235-9714 or toll free at (888) 391-5600, or visit the website at www.studebakermuseum.org.

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New Holiday Catalog—And Our Biggest Sale of the Year!

Holiday 2015Our brand-new holiday catalog is in the mail, but we’re giving you a sneak preview this morning—click here for great holiday gift ideas before the catalog hits your mailbox!

And, because it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping, we’re offering our biggest sale of the year! Get 30% off your purchase of two or more books when you enter the coupon code HOLIDAY2015 at checkout!

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North Carolina Library Association 2015 Conference

We’re exhibiting at the biennial North Carolina Library Association conference in Greensboro, North Carolina this week! Our own Dylan Lightfoot and Stephanie Nichols are exhibiting books, and several McFarland authors are among the NC librarians attending the convention.

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Author J. Timothy Cole with his books, The Forest City Lynching of 1900 and Collett Leventhorpe, the English Confederate.
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Author Orvin Lee Shiflett with his book, William Terry Couch and the Politics of Academic Publishing

 

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Newly Published—The Indy Car Wars

New on our bookshelf today:

The Indy Car Wars: The 30-Year Fight for Control of American Open-Wheel Racing
By Sigur E. Whitaker

The world of Champ Car auto racing was changing in the 1970s. As cars became more sophisticated, the cost of supporting a team had skyrocketed, making things difficult for team owners. In an effort to increase purses paid by racing promoters and win lucrative television contracts, a group of owners formed Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) in 1978. Soon after, CART split from its sanctioning body, the United States Auto Club (USAC).

Though Champ Cars ran on numerous tracks, the Indianapolis 500 was the payday that supported most teams through the season. From the beginning, CART had most of the successful teams and popular drivers, and they focused on driving a wedge between the track owners and the USAC. Over the next 30 years, the tension between CART and USAC ebbed and flowed until all parties realized that reunification was needed for the sake of the sport. This book details the fight over control of Champ Car racing before reunification in 2008.

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Newly Published—Discovering the North-West Passage

New on our bookshelf today:

Discovering the North-West Passage: The Four-Year Arctic Odyssey of H.M.S. Investigator and the McClure Expedition
By Glenn M. Stein

From 1850 to 1854, the ambitious Commander Robert McClure captained the HMS Investigator on a voyage in search of the missing Franklin Expedition, which sailed from England into the Arctic in 1845 to map the last uncharted section of the North-West Passage. The Investigator and her consort the Enterprise were to pass through the Bering Strait from the west but a Pacific storm separated them, never to meet again. Obsessed with traversing the passage, McClure pressed on and HMS Investigator spent three years trapped in pack ice in Mercy Bay before the crew abandoned ship on foot.

This book chronicles the voyage in detail. McClure and his relationships with his officers are at the heart of the story of the arduous journey, vividly illustrated by the paintings of Lt. Samuel Cresswell.

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Weekly Deal: Space Exploration

The blood moon was a bust in overcast, rainy Jefferson last night, but we’re spinning it positive with this week’s deal. Through October 4, 2015, get 20% off the following books about the moon and space exploration when you enter the coupon code BLOODMOON!

Nobody Owns the Moon: The Ethics of Space Exploitation

Developing National Power in Space: A Theoretical Model

Camp Cooke and Vandenberg Air Force Base, 1941–1966: From Armor and Infantry Training to Space and Missile Launches

Russian Exploration, from Siberia to Space: A History

The Human Archaeology of Space: Lunar, Planetary and Interstellar Relics of Exploration

The Space Shuttle Program: How NASA Lost Its Way

Moons of the Solar System: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

 

 

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Weekly Deal: Commercial Aviation

This week, through September 20. 2015, get 20% off all books about commercial aviation with the coupon code AIRLINE!

The ATL-98 Carvair: A Comprehensive History of the Aircraft and All 21 Airframes

American Airlines, US Airways and the Creation of the World’s Largest Airline

Deadly Turbulence: The Air Safety Lessons of Braniff Flight 250 and Other Airliners, 1959–1966

Eastern Air Lines: A History, 1926–1991

Piedmont Airlines: A Complete History, 1948–1989

The China Clipper, Pan American Airways and Popular Culture

 

 

 

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New on the McFarland Bookshelf, September 2, 2015

New on our bookshelf today: four titles available for the first time in softcover.

Profiles in Polo: The Players Who Changed the Game 
Edited by Horace A. Laffaye

The Art of Japanese Cloisonné Enamel: History, Techniques and Artists, 1600 to the Present
By Fredric T. Schneider

The World of Ham Radio, 1901–1950: A Social History
By Richard A. Bartlett

The ATL-98 Carvair: A Comprehensive History of the Aircraft and All 21 Airframes
By William Patrick Dean

 

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New on the McFarland Bookshelf, August 27, 2015

New on our bookshelf today:

Bud Moore: Memoir of a Country Mechanic from D-Day to NASCAR Glory by Bud Moore with Perry Allen Wood

Custer and the Sioux, Durnford and the Zulus: Parallels in the American and British Defeats at the Little Bighorn (1876) and Isandlwana (1879) by Paul Williams

Marvel Comics’ Civil War and the Age of Terror: Critical Essays on the Comic Saga Edited by Kevin Michael Scott

 

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Ashe County: Where McFarland Resides

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Authors, customers, friends, and fans: if you’ve ever wondered what McF’s mountain town is like, have a look at this neat response about our area from a recent vacationer.  (A special nod, too, to our Boondocks friends who regularly support us in a number of ways.)  We love where we live!

 

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EXCERPT: They Started in MGs: Profiles of Sports Car Racers of the 1950s by Carl Goodwin

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“At twenty-one, with a year at Lehigh University behind me, and having inherited a small trust fund, I started out to see the world.  I booked a passage on a Dutch freighter, the Beemsterdyke, for England.  It was incredibly slow and took a full three weeks to arrive.

Once in London I fell in with a lovely little ballet dancer whose friend, Ham Johnson, owned a wheat barge on the Thames.  Ham insisted I stay on the barge with him while I was in town, which seemed like a fine idea to me.  We talked of all the places we’d like to go—and Ham suggested a trip through the British Isles, Scotland and Wales, which also seemed like a fine idea to me.  (The Continent would have been my choice, but the war on Poland had started and visas were unobtainable.)

Pooling our resources, we bought a used MG Magnette sedan for $700 and took off on our journey.  Now this car was not in the best of shape.  The engine and gearbox were fine, but the steering and suspension were horrible, and it leaked oil at an alarming rate.  Also, the starter was inoperative, and we were forced to push-start the car all through our trip.  After several thousand miles ,this became routine.  At a thousand yards our educated eyes could spot the slightest incline on which to park for a coasting restart. 

On a particularly twisty stretch through Wales we overtook a brightly painted Model 328 BMW (a phenomenal road car of its day) being driven with enterprise and obvious skill.  The driver saw us approaching and accelerated away.  I was at the wheel of our MG and set out after him, sliding in the turns and using up all of the road to keep him in sight.  Johnson was literally green on the seat beside me, and thinking back on the condition of the Magnette’s suspension, I can well understand why.  But I was having a grand time in my first all-out “dice,” too enthralled to be discouraged by Ham’s discomfort.

Finally, however, the BMW simply outdistanced us and we resumed our trip at a more sedate speed.  (Before I am branded an outlaw and mad dog of society I must point out that these roads were deserted and that no speed limit existed on the open roads on the British Isles.  Citizens, even foreigners, are assumed to possess sufficient juddgment to regulate their speed according to their abilities, without resort to a stifling edict based on the presumption that all cars are of uniformly poor design and bad construction and that all their drivers are equally incompetent.)

I’d seen formal road racing (in which cars must compete over real or simulated roads, with sharp turns, high-speed bends and straightaways, testing engines, brakes and suspenstion to the fullest) for the first time in my life at Brooklands that year and my motoring appetite was whetted by the sight of Prince Bira flying around the high bankings in the E.R.A.  Pushing the crippled Magnette at speed was the closest I had come to realizing my growing ambition to race at the time, but I had already determeined to possess a responsive, nimble sports car of my own someday.

However, the war intervened, and I was not to achieve this until 1948, three full years after I was liberated from the Nazi POW camp.*

[*John Fitch was shot down while strafing a German supply train.  After parachuting from his burning P-51, he was captured and spent three months in a prison camp, becoming the leader of its 200 occupants near Nuremberg, and an active member of the Radio Club, in which each man had a different part of the radio and all would meet, assemble the radio and listen for news of the American Army getting closer.  Among Fitch’s group was the son-in-law of General Patton, and it was Patton who sent the Seventh Army in to liberate the camp.]

I bought my first sports car—on a loan from the National City Bank—early in 1948: a spry, lemon-yellow British MG-TC.  And I was so enthusiastic that I immediately set up shop as an automobile dealer, beginning with a few square feet of space in a sporting goods store in White Plains, New York.  The TC sat in the middle of the floor, surrounded by outboard motors, fishing rods and bicycles.  MGs were then selling for $2395—and to the average American motorist it seemed ridiculous to put out this kind of money for a little wire-wheeled “toy” automobile.

When I told Elizabeth that I intended to enter a sports car race at Bridgehampton in June she wanted to come along.  She’d never seen one and I’d never competed in one, so this made us even.  Road racing was being revived in the States after many years, Watkins Glen, New York, having held the initial event the previous fall, and not since the era of Barney Oldfield had sports cars raced on public roads.

In an MG-TC borrowed from one of my customers (I’d sold out my stock of new TCs by then), I lined up with the other drivers, many of whom also drove MGs.  I was well to the rear of the starting grid, but soon found to my amazement that I was moving up car by car through the pack as I grew accustomed to the speed and the road.  I write this calmly, but I was anything but calm in the dizzy whirl of initial impressions in my first race.” –John Fitch

Excerpted from They Started in MGs: Profiles of Sports Car Racers of the 1950s by Carl Goodwin, Transportation Catalog p. 4. Click here to order the book and click here to view the transportation catalog. Through August 1, 2015, get 30% off your order of two or more transportation books. Use coupon code TRANSPORTATION on the McFarland website, or call toll-free 800-253-2187 (Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Eastern Time) to order and ask your customer service representative for your discount.

 

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CONFERENCE: American Library Association 2015 Annual Meeting

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There is much to celebrate today!  Our publishing duty, however, is to equip you with industry intel (some of which is less likely to be in your news feed today).  Therefore, as we witness historic decisions in our country, we’d be remiss not to mention the Annual American Library Association conference, which meets over the weekend in San Francisco.  Themed “TRANSFORMING our libraries, ourselves, McFarland looks forward to several days’ worth of terrific conversations about all things librarianship.

A happy coincidenceassistant sales manager Adam Phillips has THIS hotel view, providing opportunities to share the goings-on of an historic Pride Week in San Francisco.    

 

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Weekly Deal: San Francisco

We’re gearing up for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference this week in San Francisco, and this week’s deal honors the host city. Through June 28, 2015, get 20% off the following books when you enter the coupon code ALA!

 

 

 

 

 

The Nelson-Wolgast Fight and the San Francisco Boxing Scene, 1900–1914

The Early Public Garages of San Francisco: An Architectural and Cultural Study, 1906–1929

The 1957 San Francisco Seals: End of an Era in the Pacific Coast League

The Library as Place in California

Governor James Rolph and the Great Depression in California

Baseball’s Western Front: The Pacific Coast League During World War II

By Motor to the Golden Gate

The San Francisco Seals, 1946–1957: Interviews with 25 Former Baseballers

The Greatest Minor League: A History of the Pacific Coast League, 1903–1957

Barbary Baseball: The Pacific Coast League of the 1920s

The California Winter League: America’s First Integrated Professional Baseball League

The Pacific Coast League: A Statistical History, 1903–1957

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EXCERPT: Mad for Speed: The Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo

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A New York Evening World reporter interviewed her at her large Victorian home on a tree-lined Long Island street.  He spoke to her just hours after she had completed the tour, with cracked lips and sunburned, peeling nose.  However, she had taken time to bathe and change the dusty, travel-stained clothing for “an elaborate gown of white lace.”  According to the Evening World, Mrs. Cuneo complained that the Ranier now had a sprung frame, busted springs, leaky tires and a spliced front axle after its rough treatment during the tour, “but it never phased the engine.”  Commenting that the dust they drove through “could have made another Egyptian Plague … we had dust and little else for breakfast, dust for lunch and dust for dinner … and then it rained and there was mud, mud, mud, nothing but mud, all through the Allegheny mountains.  I counted 10,000 ‘thank-you ma’ams’ in one day on the road to Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania.  You can imagine the effect on our springs.”  When queried about the scenery, she replied that she had little time to look around.  She was forced to concentrate on the “long brown ribbon of road that stretched endlessly ahead and deal with the constant bumping of the car over the dips and water breakers.”  According to Joan Cuneo, “the men couldn’t stand it, and for miles they stood out on the running board,” while she drove doggedly ahead.”

Although she had commented earlier on the friendly reception she received from her fellow tourists, Mrs. Cuneo got some strange looks from the locals who lined the roads to watch the tourists drive by.  “All along the way the village people stared at me as if I had been a monster of some kind.  In one town a young man with his best girl on his arm came up to the car and gazed at me searchingly, ‘Say Bess, it is a woman all right,’ he remarked reassuringly.”

According to Mrs. Cuneo, their main trouble on the road had been tire failure, not surprising, considering the roughness of the roads.  “Our right rear wheel was smaller than standard size,” she commented, “and the tires we used kept slipping.  We lost a lot of time fixing them, and then there was that accident when we skidded into a fencepost.”

Andrew Cuneo, who was present at the interview, then suggested she tell the reporter how she had helped the village smithy fix the axle.  His wife laughed and said, “Good gracious, people will think I am a regular crank if you make me a female blacksmith, too….I love my home and my children but you may say I am speed mad too.”  (In 1907, the word “crank was commonly used to describe an annoyingly eccentric person or one who indulged in unusual activities with excessive enthusiasm.)

Finally, the reporter asked Joan Cuneo to explain why she found driving an automobile so compelling.  “What’s the fascination of a trip that you don’t see anything of?” he asked.  She replied, “That’s hard to answer.  I suppose it’s the sense of mastery of a powerful force.  The feeling that the great mass of energy carrying you along at express speed is obedient to the twist of your finger … sometimes.”

Excerpted from Mad for Speed: The Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo by Elsa A. Nystrom, Transportation Catalog p. 3. Click here to order the book and click here to view the transportation catalog. Through August 1, 2015, get 30% off your order of two or more transportation books. Use coupon code TRANSPORTATION on the McFarland website, or call toll-free 800-253-2187 (Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Eastern Time) to order and ask your customer service representative for your discount.

 

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EXCERPT: The Put-in-Bay Road Races

978-0-7864-7930-6Imagine an island in Lake Erie with a crescent bay and another island inside that bay. At the waterfront is a collection of Lyman runabouts with brightly varnished decks, a variety of offshore sailboats, the majestic ­R-Boats, Chris Craft Sedan Cruisers and Thistle class sloops. The Miller’s Ferry docks are there too.

There’s a little park with a bandstand and several cannons dating to the War of 1812 and Admiral Oliver Hazard Perry’s defeat of the British fleet in Lake Erie there—Perry’s Monument is just on the outskirts of town. Children’s swings and benches ornament the square. Then there’s a neat row of stores. There are bars, ice cream stores and places to buy picture postcards.

The front straight and the ­start-finish line are just ahead of those stores. As eager spectators leaned precipitously against the ­snow-fence there, Manny Holder’s Porsche 550 RS was doing ninety miles an hour, two or three feet away.

For a week or two before—and after—the race, the winding country roads south and east of Cleveland would be busy with racers and ­would-be racers sharpening up their driving techniques—you would go after dark so you could see the headlights of approaching cars and get back into your own lane. The forest would ring with the sound of sports car exhausts. They would depart Linsay’s Tavern, a sports car hangout in Shaker Heights, and head for Chagrin River Road, Eagle, Merkle or Rte. 615, all of which were, and are, terrific driving roads—no doubt the reason so many members of NE Ohio SCCA have done so well in national racing….

…MG-TD owner John Comey went to every one of them—as a competitor in the first two and as course marshal in the rest. “In 1952,” he says, “it was run in the fall—September I believe. I had the distinction of being the 1st car into the 1st corner in the 1st race. I was in the front row and got a good start. Then, on Airport Straight, I was passed by some cars that were going 7 or 8 miles an hour faster. We were all supposed to be stock, so the lesson here is that some cars were more stock than others. It started raining and I was getting wet so I stopped at a farm house and put up the top. I ran the car again the next year and, going into the gas station chicane, a number of cars came together. I had a tough time avoiding them but I did not avoid the telephone pole. That meant the end of my racing, since the MG was the car I drove to work. Then I became the course marshal. I would go up two days ahead of time, sweep the gravel off the corners and get farmers to bring in hay bales.” Comey was also known for his Bugatti pace cars, a Type 55 that King Leopold had owned and a Type 57 convertible.

Competitors would arrive on the ferry boats Friday morning in order to perform technical inspections and practice. In fact, some, such as Chuck Stoddard, would come up very early Saturday morning. “The whole island was shut down and there was nothing to do,” he recalls, “so I would just get up early and drive the Siata from Willoughby to get there at 9 ­o’clock. I would race my car, put it back on the ferry and be back home the same night.”

Since there was no time for qualifying, the grid was formed by drawing numbers from a hat. Most of the cars were new, so inspection didn’t reveal much. Brake tests and the rest of the tech inspections were held at Joe Parker’s garage on Catawba Avenue. As race worker Mickey Mishne recalls, “Joe Kovatch was the technical inspector. One of his main concerns was that a car braked in a straight line. The driver would speed up slightly upon entering Parker’s Garage, step on the brakes and raise both hands. The result was that many drivers learned how to keep their steering wheel straight, with their knees.”

At the time, it was also common to test handbrakes. Only one car ever went through the back of the garage, as spectator and motorcycle ­road-racer Bob Karol relates: “Accelerating the length of the garage during the ­hand-brake test, ­Frazer-Nash driver Bo Miske disappeared, speed unchecked, out the back door. Returning from his trip around the building, he explained, ‘I knew I forgot to connect something.’”

John Comey recalls, “There was a lot of racing the night before the race and a friend of mine went in the lake off the South Dock. It was Mike Caparon, in an MG. He claimed that mayflies made the dock slick!”

Excerpted from The Put-in-Bay Road Races, 1952–1963 by  Carl Goodwin,  Transportation Catalog p. 3.  Click here to order the book and click here to view the transportation catalog.  Through August 1, 2015, get 30% off your order of two or more transportation books. Use coupon code TRANSPORTATION on the McFarland website, or call toll-free 800-253-2187 (Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Eastern Time) to order and ask your customer service representative for your discount.

 

 

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CATALOG: Transportation Books 2015

transPlanes, trains, and automobiles (and boats, buggies, ships, race cars, horses, and more!)—fascinated about transportation history like we are? McFarland has you covered. Take a look at our brand new transportation catalog and enjoy a 30% discount with a purchase of two or more titles, good now through August 1. (Coupon code is TRANSPORTATION.)

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EXCERPT: “Jump, Damn It, Jump!” Memoir of a Downed B-17 Pilot in World War II

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On March 9, 1945, during his 34th combat mission, Lt. Edward F. Logan, Jr.,flew his B-17 against Bruck and Graz, Austria. Bracketed by intense flak, his bomber took devastating shrapnel damage just after bombs away over Graz, sending the plane into a tight, diving leftward spin. Extensive training and his level-headed demeanor allowed Logan to recover the aircraft only to find both engines on the left wing knocked out, along with damage to the number four engine on the right and the complete loss of many controls. With his crew’s survival of foremost concern, Logan shepherded the plane to partisan-controlled territory in Slovenia where his enlisted men successfully bailed out, and he planned to crash-land only after his navigator, bombardier and co-pilot had escaped as well:

“I explained to them that it would be easier and safer for them if I crash-landed the airplane alone, and that I could easily accomplish this maneuver by myself. But they replied, “We will not leave. We’re not leaving you alone in this predicament.” Time and altitude were running out while this worthy but time-consuming conversation was taking place. All three of them knew only too well that their safety and perhaps even their lives hinged on all of them getting out of the airplane quickly. I appreciated their sympathetic words, but I could not let them lose their chance to jump safely. I grasped the control yoke more firmly in my left hand and rapidly pulled my Colt 45 automatic from my chest holster with my right hand. I pointed it overhead of the cockpit and said to them in a firm voice: “If you three don’t jump from this airplane immediately, I will shoot all three of you! Jump, damn it, jump!!!”

Logan’s complete story, including his survival in enemy territory, is recounted in full in his excellent memoir.  Excerpted from “Jump, Damn It, Jump!” Memoir of a Downed B-17 Pilot in World War II by Edward F. Logan, Jr.,  Transportation Catalog p. 21.  Click here to order the book and click here to view the transportation catalog.  Through August 1, 2015, get 30% off your order of two or more transportation books.  Use coupon code TRANSPORTATION on the McFarland website, or call toll-free 800-253-2187(Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:30pm Eastern Time) to order and ask your customer service representative for your discount.

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CATALOG: Transportation Books 2015

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Planes, trains, and automobiles (and boats, buggies, ships, race cars, horses, and more!)—fascinated about transportation history like we are?  McFarland has you covered.  Take a look at our brand new transportation catalog and enjoy a 30% discount with a purchase of two or more titles, good now through August 1.  (Coupon code is TRANSPORTATION.)

 

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Weekly Deal: Railroads

This week, fill your bindle with a few good books about railroads. Through April 5, 2015, get 20% off the following titles when you enter the coupon code HOBO!

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Shoemaker: The Paintings and Their Stories

Railway Travel in Modern Theatre: Transforming the Space and Time of the Stage

The Wilmington & Weldon Railroad in the Civil War

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

The Wilmington & Raleigh Rail Road Company, 1833–1854

Frank K. Hain and the Manhattan Railway Company: The Elevated Railway, 1875–1903

An Illustrated History of Mayer, Arizona: Stagecoaches, Mining, Ranching and the Railroad

The L&N Railroad in the Civil War: A Vital North-South Link and the Struggle to Control It

Great Railroad Tunnels of North America

Wells, Fargo & Co. Stagecoach and Train Robberies, 1870–1884: The Corporate Report of 1885 with Additional Facts About the Crimes and Their Perpetrators, revised edition

Rails Across Dixie: A History of Passenger Trains in the American South

The Newfoundland Railway, 1898–1969: A History

The Jones-Imboden Raid: The Confederate Attempt to Destroy the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and Retake West Virginia

Major General Isaac Ridgeway Trimble: Biography of a Baltimore Confederate

The Railroad in American Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography

 

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Releases for March 4: Macon College, Tolkien, City Grid Street, Fringe History

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Randolph Macon College in the Early Years: Making Preachers, Teachers and Confederate Officers, 1830–1868 by John Caknipe, Jr.

Tolkien’s Intellectual Landscape by E.L. Risden

Remaking the City Street Grid: A Model for Urban and Suburban Development by Fanis Grammenos

Foundations of Atlantis, Ancient Astronauts and Other Alternative Pasts: 148 Documents Cited by Writers of Fringe History, Translated with Annotations by Jason Colavito

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Deal: Mutinies

Attention mutineers: as we approach this bounteous Thanksgiving season, treat yourself to a good book about maritime revolts! Through November 16, 2014, get 20% off the following books when you enter the coupon code BOUNTY!

 

 

 

 

 

Pitcairn Island, the Bounty Mutineers and Their Descendants: A History

Innocent on the Bounty: The Court-Martial and Pardon of Midshipman Peter Heywood, in Letters

Pitcairn Island as a Port of Call: A Record, 1790–2010, 2d ed.

The Mutiny on H.M.S. Bounty: A Guide to Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Films, Articles, and Music

 

 

 

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Tom Magliozzi

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This afternoon the sad news is spreading around our halls of the death of Car Talk’s Tom Magliozzi. McF’s VP and Editorial Director Steve Wilson, who was a caller in a 1997 episode, reflects, “I’ve been hearing Tom and Ray’s voices, every week almost without fail, for more than half my life. Nobody left on this earth laughs like Tom.” Farewell to an irreplaceable voice of our times

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New Releases October 17: Double Agent, American Airlines, Dark Mirrors, Joe Quinn, Gay Novels

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I Worked Alone: Diary of a Double Agent in World War II Europe by Lily Sergueiew

American Airlines, US Airways and the Creation of the World’s Largest Airline by Ted Reed

Perceval and Gawain in Dark Mirrors: Reflection and Reflexivity in Chrétien de Troyes’s Conte del Graal by Rupert T. Pickens

Joe Quinn Among the Rowdies: The Life of Baseball’s Honest Australian by Rochelle Llewelyn Nicholls

Gay Novels of Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth, 1881–1981: A Reader’s Guide by Drewey Wayne Gunn

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for October 14: Wheel man, Prefab Bathroom, Libraries, Poe, Plowman

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Wheel Man: Robert M. Keating, Pioneer of Bicycles, Motorcycles and Automobiles by R.K. Keating

The Prefab Bathroom: An Architectural History by Deborah Schneiderman

Project Management for Libraries: A Practical Approach by Robin A. Buser

Poe Evermore: The Legacy in Film, Music and Television by David Huckvale

Piers Plowman: A Modern Verse Translation by William Langland

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Deal: Covered Bridges

It’s fall in the Blue Ridge, and that means leaf-lovers are planning their weekend trips to see the fall colors. Why not take the time to explore a few covered bridges, too? Through October 12, 2014, get 20% off the following books with the coupon code BRIDGE:

 

 

 

 

 

Covered Bridges in the New England States: A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog

Covered Bridges in the Southeastern United States: A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog

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Weekly Deal: Emergency Services

This week, July 28-August 3, 2014, get 20% off the following books about emergency services when you enter the coupon code EMERGENCY!

 

 

 

 

 

Policewomen: A History, 2d ed.

The Ambulance: A History

The Flame Within: Memoir of a Firefighter

Hot Zone: Memoir of a Professional Firefighter

American Work-Sports: A History of Competitions for Cornhuskers, Lumberjacks, Firemen and Others

American Military Police in Europe, 1945–1991: Unit Histories

Police on Screen: Hollywood Cops, Detectives, Marshals and Rangers

Smokejumpers of the Civilian Public Service in World War II: Conscientious Objectors as Firefighters for the National Forest Service

The Great Chicago Fire and the Myth of Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow

The Privatization of Police in America: An Analysis and Case Study

 

 

 

 

 

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CONFERENCE: American Library Association Annual

ALA Annual 2014June 27-30, the American Library Association is gathering in Las Vegas for Annual.  We’re still trying to get our book display set up in the exhibit hall, with some “help” from early browsers like Allan Greenburg of Diamond Comic Distributors (pictured). McFarland is in Booth #1423, and our friends at Diamond are in Booth #2015.

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Weekly Deal: NASCAR

A big congratulations to racing great (and McFarland author) Rex White – soon to be NASCAR’s latest Hall of Fame inductee!  In honor of his achievement, we’re offering 20% off all NASCAR titles with the coupon code REX.  Hurry, because it expires on June 1!

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Thunder: Autobiography of a NASCAR Champion

All Around the Track: Oral Histories of Drivers, Mechanics, Officials, Owners, Journalists and Others in Motorsports Past and Present

Bud Moore’s Right Hand Man: A NASCAR Team Manager’s Career at Full Throttle

The Crew Chief’s Son: A Trackside Memoir of Early NASCAR

Silent Speedways of the Carolinas: The Grand National Histories of 29 Former Tracks

Horsehide, Pigskin, Oval Tracks and Apple Pie: Essays on Sports and American Culture

Day-by-Day in NASCAR History

American Auto Racing: The Milestones and Personalities of a Century of Speed

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McFarland Celebrates 35 Years

mainofficeOn April 1st, 1979, founder Robert McFarland Franklin departed Plainfield, New Jersey, heading south in a Volkswagen bug towing a U-Haul.  With wife Cheryl behind the wheel, Robert began company operations on a yellow pad in his lap.

Thirty-five years ago, libraries provided almost the sole market (but a robust one!) for the heavily-researched books that McFarland made its specialty.  Over the decades, the company won ever-growing numbers of devoted readers who appreciated the care McFarland and its authors lavished on our books.  Our authors, a throng of thousands now, teach us something new every day.

We’re having an open house Friday, June 20, from noon until 5:00.  Join us for tours, conversation, punch, finger food, art and books.


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PCA 2014 Recap

Editor Tara Prescott and contributor Rachel R. Martin are all smiles about Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman
Editor Tara Prescott and contributor Rachel R. Martin are all smiles about Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman
Author Katheryn Krotzer Laborde dares to open her work.
Author Katheryn Krotzer Laborde dares to open her work.
We’re not sure, but editor Matthew Wysocki may be explaining why CTRL-ALT-PLAY is perhaps even more satisfying than CTRL-ALT-DELETE.
We’re not sure, but editor Matthew Wysocki may be explaining why CTRL-ALT-PLAY is perhaps even more satisfying than CTRL-ALT-DELETE.
Yuya Kiuchi and fan.
Yuya Kiuchi and fan.
Clues editorial board member Rachel Schaffer shows off the latest.
Clues editorial board member Rachel Schaffer shows off the latest.
Hundreds of books to set up for the good people.  Happily, very few were left by meeting’s end.
Hundreds of books to set up for the good people. Happily, very few were left by meeting’s end.
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New Releases for March 18: Literary Contrariety, Pregnancy, Baseball, Airlines, Computer Security

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Thinking Through Blake: Essays in Literary Contrariety by Hazard Adams

Pregnancy in Literature and Film by Parley Ann Boswell

Baseball’s Comeback Players: Forty Major Leaguers Who Fell and Rose Again by Rick Swaine

Deadly Turbulence: The Air Safety Lessons of Braniff Flight 250 and Other Airliners, 1959–1966 by Steve Pollock

Computer Network Security and Cyber Ethics, 4th ed by Joseph Migga Kizza

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for February 7: Baseball, Walking Dead, Cadillac, Architecture, Volcano

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Hits and Misses in the Baseball Draft: What the Top Picks Teach Us About Selecting Tomorrow’s Major League Stars by Alan Maimon

“We’re All Infected”: Essays on AMC’s The Walking Dead and the Fate of the Human by Dawn Keetley

Cadillac V-16s Lost and Found: Tracing the Histories of the 1930s Classics by Christopher W. Cummings

The Innovative Use of Materials in Architecture and Landscape Architecture: History, Theory and Performance by Caren Yglesias

The Volcano Registry: Names, Locations, Descriptions and Histories for Over 1500 Sites by Harris M. Lentz III

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for Jan 30: Air Disaster, Sports, Theatre, Mankiewicz, Baseball

978-0-7864-7841-5The Freckleton, England, Air Disaster: The B-24 Crash That Killed 38 Preschoolers and 23 Adults, August 23, 1944 by James R. Hedtke

The Irish and the Making of American Sport, 1835–1920 by Patrick R. Redmond

Forgotten Leading Ladies of the American Theatre: Lives of Eight Female Players, Playwrights, Directors, Managers and Activists of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries by Mary M. Turner

Joseph L. Mankiewicz: Critical Essays with an Annotated Bibliography and a Filmography by Cheryl Bray Lower

A Tale of Two Leagues: How Baseball Changed as the Rules, Ball, Franchises, Stadiums and Players Changed, 1900–1998 by Russell O. Wright

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New Releases for Jan 27: Literature, Asian Cartoon, Bethune, John Deere

croccoLiterature and the Growth of British Nationalism: The Influence of Romantic Poetry and Bardic Criticism by Francesco Crocco

Southeast Asian Cartoon Art: History, Trends and Problems by John A. Lent

Louise Blanchard Bethune: America’s First Female Professional Architect by Johanna Hays

John Deere Snowmobiles: Development, Production, Competition and Evolution, 1971–1983 by Ronald K. Leonard

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate 2014 with the best possible gift: books!

Our holiday sale ends today, Dec. 31st, so don’t delay!   Best wishes to all from your McFarland friends…happy reading!  Enjoy 20% off your order through today.  On the McFarland website, use coupon code HOLIDAY in the cart as you are checking out. Or, call toll-free 800-253-2187 (Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm Eastern Time). http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/2013/11/holiday-sale/

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Holiday Sale!

Happy holidays….happy holidays…while the merry bells keep ringing, enjoy 20% off your purchases through December 31st.  McFarland’s customer service elves stand at the ready to help, so get shopping!

On the McFarland website, use coupon code HOLIDAY in the cart as you are checking out.  Or, call toll-free 800-253-2187 (Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm Eastern Time).

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CONFERENCE: Frankfurt Book Fair

   The Frankfurt Book Fair 2013 has concluded, and we’ve been receiving a few photographs from happy readers.  Here, Ulrich K. Baues (senior editor at Western Mail and Country Mag) spots a copy of Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films, 2d ed. by Michael R. Pitts in the Eurospan stand.

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Weekly Deal: Canada

This week, October 7-13, 2013, get 20% off the following books with the coupon code CANADA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Expos in Their Prime

Black Refugees in Canada

Black Baseball Players in Canada

Science Fiction from Quebec

The Newfoundland Railway, 1898-1969

Canadian Television Programming Made for the United States Market

Blue Jays 1, Expos 0

The ManDak League

The Edmonton Oilers

 

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New Releases for October 1: Panic Scrip, Eastern Air Lines

Panic Scrip of 1893, 1907 and 1914: An Illustrated Catalog of Emergency Monetary Issues by Neil Shafer

This extensively illustrated work catalogs all known U.S. emergency currency issues of the panics of 1893, 1907 and 1914. Nearly 900 photographs show most types of these privately produced substitutes for money. The book also includes contextual historical information and authoritative appendices by Steve Whitfield on labor scrip and Loren Gatch on the background leading to these currency issues.

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Air Lines: A History, 1926–1991 by David Lee Russell

Eastern Air Lines began in 1926 when aviation pioneer Harold Pitcairn started the first carrier air mail route from New York to Atlanta under his company, Pitcairn Aviation. Clement Keys of National Air Transport bought the company in 1929, changed the name to Eastern Air Transport and began passenger service the next year on daily round trips between New York and Richmond. The growing airline was purchased by General Motors and became Eastern Air Lines in 1934. World War I flying ace Edward V. Rickenbacker purchased the airline four years later and led it to become by the 1950s the most profitable airline in the United States. Former astronaut Frank Borman became president of Eastern in 1975 and tried to manage the airline through deregulation, labor union conflict, and heavy debt, ending with the sale of Eastern to Frank Lorenzo and Texas Air in 1986. The airline entered bankruptcy in March 1989 and ended service in less than two years.

This detailed history follows Eastern from start to finish, studying such corporate decision-making as aircraft purchases and route expansions, as well as the personalities that shaped the airline throughout its history.

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New Releases for September 25: Shortwave, Automobiles of the Brass Era, 1957

The Early Shortwave Stations: A Broadcasting History Through 1945 by Jerome S. Berg

American Automobiles of the Brass Era: Essential Specifications of 4,000+ Gasoline Powered Passenger Cars, 1906–1915, with a Statistical and Historical Overview by Robert D. Dluhy

It Came from 1957: A Critical Guide to the Year’s Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films by Rob Craig

 

 

 

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New Releases for August 29: Korean War, Tall Ships, Western Films, Detective Fiction, Jailhouse Rock

United Nations Participants in the Korean War: The Contributions of 45 Member Countries by Paul M. Edwards

All at Sea: Twenty Years at the Helm of Tall Ships by Dominick Jones

Hang ’Em High: Law and Disorder in Western Films and Literature by Bob Herzberg

Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction by John Cullen Gruesser

The Man Who Made the Jailhouse Rock: Alex Romero, Hollywood Choreographer by Mark Knowles

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for August 22: Postcards, Harold Churchill

American Holiday Postcards, 1905–1915: Imagery and Context by Daniel Gifford

This book argues that holiday postcards circulated primarily among rural and small town, Northern, white women with Anglo-Saxon and Germanic heritages. Through analysis of a broad range of sources, Daniel Gifford recreates the history of postcards to account for these specific audiences, and reconsiders the postcard phenomenon as an image-based conversation among exclusive groups of Americans. A variety of narratives are thus revealed: the debates generated by the Country Life Movement; the empowering manifestations of the New Woman; the civic privileges of whiteness; and the role of emerging technologies.

 

 

 

 

Champion of the Lark: Harold Churchill and the Presidency of Studebaker-Packard, 1956–1961 by Robert R. Ebert

This thorough examination of Churchill’s leadership of Studebaker-Packard draws upon Board of Directors minutes, internal documents, oral histories and media reports in constructing a detailed account of these crucial years. In addition to covering the cars and trucks produced under Churchill in detail, it closely traces Churchill’s actions as president and analyzes his motivations, the pressures he faced, his leadership style and the success or failure of his tenure.

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New Releases for June 24: Vanderbilt Cup, Chess, Ballplayers

Thunder at Sunrise: A History of the Vanderbilt Cup, the Grand Prize and the Indianapolis 500, 1904–1916 by John M. Burns

Chess Results, 1968–1970: A Comprehensive Record with 854 Tournament Crosstables and 161 Match Scores, with Sources by Gino Di Felice

Ballplayers in the Great War: Newspaper Accounts of Major Leaguers in World War I Military Service by Jim Leeke

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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 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 May 7: Air Races, Stage Space, Extraterrestrials, Children's Fantasy, June Cleaver

The Pulitzer Air Races: American Aviation and Speed Supremacy, 1920–1925 by Michael Gough

The Poetics of Stage Space: The Theory and Process of Theatre Scene Design by Bruce A. Bergner

Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist: Alien Contact Tales Since the 1950s by Aaron John Gulyas

“Throw the book away”: Reading versus Experience in Children’s Fantasy by Amie A. Doughty

June Cleaver Was a Feminist!: Reconsidering the Female Characters of Early Television by Cary O’Dell

 

 

 

 

 

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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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New Releases for April 9: Evangelicals, American Military Transport Aircraft

Evangelicals and the Arts in Fiction: Portrayals of Tension in Non-Evangelical Works Since 1895 by John Weaver

This book is an exploration of how the relationship of evangelicals to the arts has been portrayed in fiction for the last century. The author argues that evangelicals are consistently seen as enemies of the arts by non-evangelical writers. The artist (typically represented by a literal artist, occasionally by a scientist or reluctant messiah) typically has to fight for liberation from such clichéd character types as the failed evangelical artist, the rube or the hypocritical pastor. Rather than resist the cliché of anti-art evangelicalism, the book contends that evangelicals should embrace it: this stereotype is only hurtful so long as one assumes that the arts represent a positive force in human society. This work, built off the scholarship of John Carey, does not make that assumption.

 

American Military Transport Aircraft Since 1925 by E.R. Johnson

Without the support of airlift, the modern American military machine would be brought to a standstill. Since World War II—beginning with the Cold War and continuing up to the present day—the U.S. armed forces have come increasingly to rely upon airlift for mobility. The power to rapidly move and thereafter support a military operation—anywhere in the world, at any time—has become a foundational element of American defense policy. This work provides the reader with a comprehensive historical survey—including technical specifications, drawings, and photographs—of each type of fixed-wing aircraft used by U.S. military forces over a nearly 90-year period to carry out the airlift mission.

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off “Ask the Man Who Owns One”

 “an interesting history…a joy for automobile and advertising enthusiast alike…highly recommended”—Choice

On February 20th, get 20% off “Ask the Man Who Owns One” when you enter the coupon code PACKARD.  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!