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Women's Studies











Playing for Equality: Oral Histories of Women Leaders in the Early Years of Title IX
Diane LeBlanc and Allys Swanson

Mammography and Early Breast Cancer Detection: How Screening Saves Lives
Alan B. Hollingsworth, M.D.

The Beyoncé Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race and Feminism
Edited by Adrienne Trier-Bieniek

Click here to browse McFarland’s complete line of women’s studies titles. 

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Newly Published: The Cadillac Northstar V-8

New on our bookshelf today:

The Cadillac Northstar V-8: A History
Anthony Young

Cadillac has had a long history in the automotive marketplace as General Motors’ luxury car division. During the 1980s, Cadillac’s management wanted to reestablish the brand as a leader in sophistication, innovation, refinement and prestige. Engineers conceived a new dual-overhead cam, four-valve-per-cylinder V-8 engine—the Northstar. This power plant was the heart of Cadillac’s Northstar System, which included a greatly improved suspension and braking system.

The division redesigned its entire line to incorporate these new technologies for the 1990s and beyond. The Northstar was the last engine designed and built by Cadillac before the 2005 establishment of GM Powertrain, which took over engine design for all GM divisions. This history of the Northstar V-8 and the cars it powered covers the first generation front-wheel drive Northstar, the second generation rear-wheel drive model, and the supercharged version, along with racing history and the most collectible Northstar-powered Cadillacs.

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Newly Published: Vietnam War River Patrol

New on our bookshelf today:

Vietnam War River Patrol: A U.S. Gunboat Captain Returns to the Mekong Delta
Richard H. Kirshen

As a 20-year-old gunboat captain and certified U.S. Navy diver in the Mekong Delta, the author was responsible for both the vessel and the lives of its crew. Ambushes and firefights became the norm, along with numerous dives—almost 300 in 18 months. Forty years after the war, he returned as a tourist. This journal records his contrasting impressions of the Delta—alternately disturbing and enlightening—as seen first from a river patrol boat, then from a luxury cruise ship.

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Newly Published: The Flying Adventures of Jessie Keith “Chubbie” Miller

New on our bookshelf today:

The Flying Adventures of Jessie Keith “Chubbie” Miller: The Southern Hemisphere’s First International Aviatrix
Chrystopher J. Spicer

Pioneer aviatrix Jessie “Chubbie” Miller made a significant contribution to aviation history. The first woman to fly from England to her native Australia (as co-pilot with her close friend Captain Bill Lancaster), she was also the first woman to fly more than 8000 miles, to cross the equator in the air and to traverse the Australian continent north to south.

Moving to America, Miller was a popular member of a group of female aviators that included Amelia Earhart, Bobby Trout, Pancho Barnes and Louise Thaden. As a competitor in international air races and a charter member of the first organization for women flyers, the Ninety-Nines, she quickly became famous. Her career was interrupted by her involvement in Lancaster’s sensational Miami trial for the murder of her lover, Haden Clarke, and by Lancaster’s disappearance a few years later while flying across the Sahara desert.

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Newly Published: Relics of the Franklin Expedition

New on our bookshelf today:

Relics of the Franklin Expedition: Discovering Artifacts from the Doomed Arctic Voyage of 1845
Garth Walpole Edited by Russell Potter

Sir John Franklin’s Arctic expedition departed England in 1845 with two Royal Navy bomb vessels, 129 men and three years’ worth of provisions. None were seen again until nearly a decade later, when their bleached bones, broken instruments, books, papers and personal effects began to be recovered on Canada’s King William Island. These relics have since had a life of their own—photographed, analyzed, cataloged and displayed in glass cases in London.

This book gives a definitive history of their preservation and exhibition from the Victorian era to the present, richly illustrated with period engravings and photographs, many never before published. Appendices provide the first comprehensive accounting of all expedition relics recovered prior to the 2014 discovery of Franklin’s ship HMS Erebus.

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Newly Published: The Rhodesian Air Force in Zimbabwe’s War of Liberation, 1966–1980

New on our bookshelf today:

The Rhodesian Air Force in Zimbabwe’s War of Liberation, 1966–1980
Darlington Mutanda

This book evaluates the development of the Rhodesian Air Force during the Second Chimurenga or Bush War (1966–1980). Airpower in irregular conflict is effective at the tactical level because guerrilla warfare is not a purely military conflict. The Rhodesian Air Force was deployed in a war-winning versus a supporting role as a result of the shortage of manpower to deal with insurgency, and almost all units of the Rhodesian Security Forces depended on its tactical effectiveness.

Technical challenges faced by the Air Force, combined with the rate of guerrilla infiltration and the misuse of airpower to bomb guerrilla bases in neighboring countries largely negated the success of airpower.

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Newly Published: Rumrunners

New on our bookshelf today:

Rumrunners: Liquor Smugglers on America’s Coasts, 1920–1933
J. Anne Funderburg

In 1920, the 18th Amendment made the production, transportation and sale of alcohol not merely illegal—it was unconstitutional. Yet no legislation could end the demand for alcohol. Enterprising rumrunners worked to meet that demand with cunning, courage, machineguns and speedboats powered by aircraft engines. They out-maneuvered the U.S. Coast Guard and risked their lives to deliver illicit liquor.

Smugglers like Bill McCoy, the Bahama Queen, and the Gulf Stream Pirate, along with many others, ran operations along the U.S. coastline until Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Drawing on legal records, newspaper articles and Coast Guard files, this history describes how rumrunners battled the Dry Navy and corrupted U.S. law enforcement, in order to keep America wet.

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Now in Softcover: British Car Advertising of the 1960s

Now available in softcover:

British Car Advertising of the 1960s
Heon Stevenson

During the 1960s, the automobile finally secured its position as an indispensable component of daily life in Britain. Car ownership more than doubled from approximately one car for every 10 people in 1960 to one car for every 4.8 people by 1970. Consumers no longer asked “Do we need a car?” but “What car shall we have?”

This well-illustrated history analyzes how both domestic car manufacturers and importers advertised their products in this growing market, identifying trends and themes. Over 180 advertisement illustrations are included.

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Newly Published: Hornet 33

New on our bookshelf today:

Hornet 33: Memoir of a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam
Ed Denny

Combat helicopter pilots in the Vietnam War flew each mission facing the possibility of imminent death. Begun as a series of attempted letters to the Department of Veterans Affairs, this compelling memoir of an aircraft commander in the 116th Assault Helicopter Company—“The Hornets”—relates his experience of the war in frank detail.

From supporting the 25th Infantry Division’s invasion of Cambodia, to flying the lead aircraft in the 101st Airmobile Division’s pivotal Operation Lam Son 719 invasion of Laos to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail at LZ Hope, the author recounts the traumatic events of his service from March 1970 to March 1971.

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Weekly Deal: Exploration

This week, in honor of Columbus Day, get 20% off the following books about explorers and exploration when you use the coupon code COLUMBUS!

The European Struggle to Settle North America: Colonizing Attempts by England, France and Spain, 1521–1608

Visitors to Ancient America: The Evidence for European and Asian Presence in America Prior to Columbus

To the Ends of the Earth: The Age of the European Explorers

Westerners in China: A History of Exploration and Trade, Ancient Times through the Present

The Early Exploration of Inland Washington Waters: Journals and Logs from Six Expeditions, 1786–1792

Ancient Stone Sites of New England and the Debate Over Early European Exploration

Charles Wilkes and the Exploration of Inland Washington Waters: Journals from the Expedition of 1841

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

Americans in Egypt, 1770–1915: Explorers, Consuls, Travelers, Soldiers, Missionaries, Writers and Scientists

Russian Exploration, from Siberia to Space: A History


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Newly Published: Shipmates

New on our bookshelf today:

Shipmates: The Men of LCS 52 in World War II
Gary Burns

In late 1944, 78 U.S. Navy sailors and officers climbed aboard a ship just 150 feet long and 23 feet wide, and headed toward the sound of gunfire. One of a class of gunboats known as “mighty midgets,” LCS 52 carried an arsenal equal to ships twice its size. Yet its shallow draft enabled it to maneuver to within a few hundred feet of any beach. Packed inside the tiny craft, the diverse crew were farmers, students, cooks and teachers. They ranged from age 17 to middle-aged—a few had seen combat in the Atlantic and the Pacific.

This book tells the story of the ship’s extensive service in World War II’s Pacific Theater. Most of the crew survived the war, as did LCS 52 itself, serving in the U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force until 1958, when it was decommissioned and used for artillery practice. A roll call of crew members is included, with biographical information when available.

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Newly Published: Ed Roth’s Mysterion

New on our bookshelf today:

Ed Roth’s Mysterion: The Genesis, Demise and Recreation of an Iconic Custom Car
Jeffrey A. Jones

Ed “Big Daddy” Roth (1932–2001) was a phenomenon. His body of work is still discussed in hot rodding, fine arts and pop culture circles and his cult following remains as devoted as it was during his career. His 1963 Mysterion show car—featuring two big-block Ford V8s—was his masterpiece and the story of its rise and brief existence is legendary. Though it was immortalized as a popular plastic model kit and is featured on several websites, little is known about Roth’s magnum opus. There are a number of fanciful stories of its demise—mostly fiction.

Combining history and shop class, this book provides a full investigation of Mysterion—both the legend and the machine itself. Drawing on interviews, magazine articles, photos, models and other (sometimes obscure) sources, the author pieces together the true story of the car, while documenting his own faithful bolt-by-bolt recreation of Mysterion.

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New in Softcover: “Ask the Man Who Owns One”

Now available in softcover:

“Ask the Man Who Owns One” An Illustrated History of Packard Advertising
Arthur W. Einstein, Jr.
Foreword by Steven Rossi

A major force in the American automobile scene through the 1950s, Packard made a mark on American advertising as well. The cars themselves seemed built for promotion—the red hexagon in the hubcap, the yoke grille, and the half-arrow belt-line molding acted as a logo of sorts, setting a new standard in visual continuity and branding. The company’s image became so firmly established, in fact, that Packard eventually ran advertisements which pictured the cars but purposely omitted the name, instead asking readers to “guess what name it bears.”

This book traces Packard’s advertising history from 1900 through 1958, based on original research that includes several first-hand interviews with the people who made it happen. Filled with reproductions of Packard ads (some in color), the book looks beyond the surface to examine how the advertisements reflect and interpret the company’s management and business convictions, how they were influenced by business conditions and competitive pressure, and how they changed with the times.

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Weekly Deal: Labor

This week, through September 11, 2016, get 20% off the following books about labor relations and the history of labor when you use the coupon code LABORDAY!

Martyr of Loray Mill: Ella May and the 1929 Textile Workers’ Strike in Gastonia, North Carolina

Child Labor in America: A History

Shanghaiing Sailors: A Maritime History of Forced Labor, 1849–1915

Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil

Labor and the American Left: An Analytical History

Women Labor Activists in the Movies: Nine Depictions of Workplace Organizers, 1954–2005

Arbitration Strategy for Labor and Management Advocates

Labor and Capital in 19th Century Baseball

Chronology of Labor in the United States

The American Worker on Film: A Critical History, 1909–1999

Benevolent Barons: American Worker-Centered Industrialists, 1850–1910

Film Actors Organize: Union Formation Efforts in America, 1912–1937

Actors Organize: A History of Union Formation Efforts in America, 1880–1919



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Newly Published: Automobile Manufacturers of Cleveland and Ohio, 1864–1942

New on our bookshelf today:

Automobile Manufacturers of Cleveland and Ohio, 1864–1942
Frank E. Wrenick with Elaine V. Wrenick
Foreword by John J. Grabowski

This comprehensive look at the heyday of automobile manufacturing in Ohio chronicles the region’s early prominence in an industry that was inventing itself. More than 550 Ohio manufacturers are covered, from Abbott to Zent. There are familiar marques, such as Jordan, Baker, Peerless, and White of Cleveland, along with Packard, Stutz, Crosley and Willys. Less well-known and forgotten automotive ventures, such Auto-Bug, Darling and Ben-Hur, are documented, although many never got beyond the concept stage. Attention is given to the various ancillary industries, services and organizations which nurtured, developed with and, in many cases, survived the decline of Cleveland’s automotive industry.

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Newly Published: Bill Lambert

New on our bookshelf today:

Bill Lambert: World War I Flying Ace
Samuel J. Wilson

World War I fighter pilot William C. Lambert of Ironton, Ohio, flew for the British Royal Air Force in 1918. When he left the Western Front in August, he had 22 victories—then the most achieved by any American pilot. (By the time of the Armistice in November, his total was surpassed by Eddie Rickenbacker, the former race car driver from Columbus, Ohio, with 26 victories.) Lambert survived the war and lived into his eighties, unwilling until late in life to seek public acclaim for his war record. This book examines his life and the wartime experiences that defined it.

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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

978-0-7864-9586-3New on our bookshelf today:

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

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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.

Author J. Timothy Cole with his books, The Forest City Lynching of 1900 and Collett Leventhorpe, the English Confederate.
NCLA Shiflett
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


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


“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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).

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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).