2009 University Press Books

 

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900-999 Geography, Biography, and History


900-919 Geography

940-949 European History

920-929 Biography   950-969 Asian, Middle Eastern, and African History    
930-939 History of the Ancient World   970-979 North American and United States History    
    980-999 South American and Other History    
   

900-919 Geography


909.08

Stearns, Peter N.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World: 1750 to the Present

4,672 pp., 8 1/2” x 11”, 8 volumes, 700 halftones, 50 maps, bibliog., index, $995.00 cloth, CIP included

February 2008

Oxford University Press

The Encyclopedia of the Modern World delves into the period from 1750 to the present, providing special attention to social, economic, cultural and political topics applicable to the time. Detailed articles cover not only the major facts but the interpretations as well and are written for readers who are not specialists in the particular area. Enriched with over 800 halftones and 50 maps, this reference work is essential for any scholar, general reader, collector or curator interested in this rich and varied time in history.

LC 2007039891, ISBN 978-0-19517632-2 (c.)

AASL: G/HS, P

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910.22

Allaby, Michael, et al.

The Encyclopedia of Earth: A Complete Visual Guide

608 pp., 9 1/4” x 10 1/2”, 1,700 color and 200 line illus., 1,000 color maps, glossary, index, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2008

University of California Press

“[A] visually stunning work...this lavishly illustrated and easily accessible tome introduces readers to the mysterious and complex process that has shaped our world. In six sections—appropriately named “Birth,” “Fire,” “Land,” “Air,” “Water,” and “Humans”—we are given a cinematic view covering everything from the earth’s stellar origins to our role in its feared demise.”—Library Journal. “Fastidiously researched and gorgeously rendered...The encyclopedia is easy to navigate, with timelines, “Fact File” sidebars, and information boxes throughout. “—E: The Environmental Magazine. “For anyone keen to understand the many interwoven elements of Earth science...it offers an essential, and gorgeous, baseline.”—Seed Magazine

LC 2008006956, ISBN 978-0-520-25471-8 (c.)

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910.3

Cohen, Saul Bernard (Editor)

The Columbia Gazetteer of the World, 2nd Edition

4,424 pp., 8 3/4” x 11 1/2”, 3 volumes, 23 color maps, index, $595.00 cloth

July 2008

Columbia University Press

With over 170,000 entries, The Columbia Gazetteer of the World is an authoritative A to Z encyclopedia of geographical places and features. Whether you’re looking for the ten highest mountain peaks in North America, all the rivers in Southeast Asia, the former name of the city of Yangon, or the natural resources available in Sub-Saharan Africa, The Gazetteer is the one-stop resource for all your information needs. First published in 1998, The Gazetteer now features new entries and extensive revisions to reflect recent administrative divisions in countries around the world. Contains new maps, population figures, and an expanded glossary of geographical and geological terms.

LC 2008009181, ISBN 978-0-231-14554-1 (c.)

AASL: O, G/HS, P

PLA: G


910.916

MacMillan, Donald B.

How Peary Reached the Pole: The Personal Story of His Assistant

368 pp., 6 1/4” x 8 1/2”, 11 color and 50 b&w photos, 1 map, bibliog., index, $39.95 paper, CIP included

November 2008

McGill-Queen’s University Press

In 1934 Donald B. MacMillan, an accomplished explorer, wrote about his early career as a member of Robert E. Peary’s 1908-09 North Pole Expedition. Now available for the first time since its original publication, this expanded edition of How Peary Reached the Pole features a biography of MacMillan and thirty-six images from his hand-tinted lanternslides. The book allows us to see Arctic landscapes and Inughuit culture as MacMillan experienced them, providing a perspective from which to consider the northern environmental and cultural issues that continue to concern individuals and nations today, one hundred years after Peary’s historic expedition.

C 20089039033, ISBN 978-0-7735-3450-6 (p.)

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911.21

Oxford University Press (Foreword by John Hemming)

Atlas of Exploration, 2nd Edition

256 pp., 8 1/2” x 11”, maps, photos, illus., bibliog., index, $50.00 cloth, CIP included

June 2008

Oxford University Press

The Atlas of Exploration, now in an updated Second Edition, is a splendidly illustrated and authoritative history of these bold adventures. It also contains new biographical details on many great explorers, geographers, and cartographers, plus a revised time chart which summarizes the history of exploration over 5000 years. Includes nearly 100 specially drawn maps and 300 photographs and illustrations

LC 2008626565, ISBN 978-0-19534318-2 (c.)

AASL: G/MS, HS

PLA: G


911.714

Courville, Serge and Richard Howard

Quebec: A Historical Geography

352 pp., 6” x 9”, 65 charts, 23 tables, notes, bibliog., index, $95.00 cloth, $34.95 paper, CIP included

July 2008

University of British Columbia Press

In this richly documented work, Serge Courville tells the geographical history of Quebec, beginning with the retreat of the last large glacier and the appearance of the first human groups, and ending in our own time. Written as a wide-ranging epic, this detailed and astonishingly erudite history maps the major stages of Quebec’s collective development and shows how in spite of the turbulence Quebec often endures—and perhaps even because of it—the land itself becomes a willing participant in the collective imaginary.

C 2008901619X, ISBN 978-0-7748-1425-6 (c.), ISBN 978-0-7748-1426-3 (p.)

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912

Oxford University Press

Oxford Atlas of the World, 15th Edition

448 pp., 11” x 15”, full color maps, index, $80.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2008

Oxford University Press

The only world atlas updated annually, guaranteeing that users will find the most current geographic information; Oxford’s Atlas of the World is the most authoritative resource on the market. The 15th Edition remains the finest international reference source of its kind available. Includes a world map, updated census information, dozens of city maps, a gazetteer of nations, gorgeous satellite images of Earth, and a geographical glossary.

ISBN 978-0-19537451-3 (c.)

AASL: O, G/MS, HS, P

PLA: G


912.754

Riddel, Frank S.

The Historical Atlas of West Virginia

256 pp., 8 1/2” x 11”, 127 illus., maps, bibliog., index, $30.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2008

The West Virginia University Press

The Historical Atlas of West Virginia concerns itself with tracing the historical development and evolution of West Virginia’s counties, transportation, natural resources and extractive industries, education, population; and legislative, judicial, and congressional districts. Each section presents a series of maps with detailed keys, tables, and charts, while a pair of appendices provide lists of West Virginia governors and senators.

LC 2008627690, ISBN 978-1-933202-27-3 (c.)

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916.69

Miles, Wiliam F. S.

My African Horse Problem

208 pp., 6” x 9”, 26 photos, bibliog., index, $80.00 cloth, $22.95 paper, CIP included

November 2008

University of Massachusetts Press

This book is a multi-layered narrative—part memoir, part ethnography—reaching back to Miles’s days as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger in the 1970s and a Fulbright scholar in the 1980s. “Miles tells his story with humor, offering detailed descriptions of life and customs in these African villages...His introductions to characters like Faralu the horse groom, Jagga the town crier, and Alhaji Mallam Harouna the scholar are lovingly given, and the descriptions of Mallam Beel/Mista Bello’s reception in his sometime hometowns will almost make readers want to journey to remote Africa.”—ForeWord

LC 2008034654, ISBN 978-1-55849-681-1 (c.), ISBN 978-1-55849-682-8 (p.)

PLA: G


917

Patterson, Raymond Murray (Edited by Richard C. Davis)

Nahanni Journals: R.M. Patterson’s 1927-1929 Journals

316 pp., 9” x 6”, b&w photos, maps, preface, foreword, introduction, notes, bibliog., $29.95 cloth, CIP included

January 2008

University of Alberta Press

When you cross an Oxford graduate with a young man seeking gold and adventure in the remote wilderness, the result is Nahanni Journals. In this fascinating account of Raymond Patterson, a Londoner who finds his destiny in the Nahanni and Flat Rivers region of the Northwest Territories, Richard C. Davis reveals to us an extraordinary life. Patterson’s adventures are as swift and unpredictable as the river he canoes. Outdoor enthusiasts, historians, lovers of travel, and anyone interested in captivating stories will enjoy accompanying Patterson for the ride.

C 20079015379, ISBN 978-0-88864-477-0 (c.)

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PLA: RS


917.304

Jakle, John A., and Keith A. Sculle

Motoring: The Highway Experience in America

288 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 75 b&w photos, notes, index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2008

University of Georgia Press

Motoring unmasks the forces that shape the American driving experience—commercial, aesthetic, cultural, mechanical—as it takes a timely look back at our historically unconditional love of motor travel. Focusing on recreational travel between 1900 and 1960, John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle cover dozens of topics related to drivers, cars, and highways and explain how they all converge to uphold that illusory notion of release and rejuvenation we call the “open road.” “A comprehensive panorama of the American highway from the first auto tourists to recent road rage.”—Arthur Krim, author of Route 66: Iconography of the American Highway

LC 2007022330, ISBN 978-0-8203-3028-0 (c.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


917.304

Svin’in, Pavel P. (Edited by Marina Swoboda and William Benton Whisenhunt)

A Russian Paints America: The Travels of Pavel P. Svin’in, 1811-1813

230 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, color illus., bibliog., index, $49.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2008

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Pavel Petrovich Svin’in (1787/88-1839) was a painter, diplomat, and journalist who spent two years as part of the first Russian diplomatic mission to the United States. Soon after returning to Russia, Svin’in published a travel narrative of his experiences. A Russian Paints America presents the first complete English translation of Svin’in’s fascinating memoir. Thirty-one original watercolors complement his provocative views on topics such as slavery, religion, politics, and the fine arts.

C 20089015924, ISBN 978-0-7735-3414-8 (c.)

AASL: G/P

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920-929 Biography


920.009

Gates, Henry Louis Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

African American National Biography (8-volume set)

4,500 pp., 7 1/2” x 10”, 1,000 b&w illus., bibliog., index, $995.00 cloth, CIP included

February 2008

Oxford University Press

The volumes of the African American National Biography presents history through a mosaic of the lives of thousands of individuals, illuminating the abiding influence of persons of African descent on the life of this nation from the arrival of Esteban in Spanish Florida in 1529 through to notable black citizens of the present day. “This set, a monumental creation, is now the definitive black biographical database...Either the print or the online version should be a crucial purchase...Highly recommended. All levels.”—Choice

LC 2007044671, ISBN 978-0-19516019-2 (c.)

AASL: G/MS, HS

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930-939 History of the Ancient World


932

Shaw, Ian and Paul Nicholson

The Princeton Dictionary of Ancient Egypt

368 pp., 8 1/2” x 11”, 125 b&w and 375 color illus., maps, bibliog., index, $49.50 cloth

November 2008

Princeton University Press

For more than a decade, Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson’s Dictionary of Ancient Egypt has been the most informative and useful dictionary of ancient Egypt available, one that Library Journal called “a preeminent source” and “the essential choice.” Now fully revised and updated, this new edition covers the most important discoveries and scholarship in the field since 1995. More than 600 A-to-Z entries provide concise information on all aspects of ancient Egypt and Nubia during the pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods. Each entry is followed by a bibliography, allowing readers to pursue subjects in more detail.

LC 2008927831, ISBN 978-0-691-13762-9 (c.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: O


937.725

Beard, Mary

The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found

384 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 23 color illus., 113 halftones, index, $26.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2008

The Belknap Press / Harvard University Press

Destroyed by Vesuvius in 79 bce, the ruins of Pompeii offer the best evidence we have of life in the Roman Empire. But the eruptions are only part of the story. In The Fires of Vesuvius, acclaimed historian Mary Beard makes sense of the remains. She explores what kind of town it was—more like Calcutta or the Costa del Sol?—and what it can tell us about “ordinary” life there. From food to religion, slavery to literacy, Beard offers us the big picture on the inhabitants of the lost city.

LC 2008027513, ISBN 978-0-67402976-7 (c.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: G


938

Ward, Ann

Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire

248 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., index, $49.95 cloth, CIP included

July 2008

Baylor University Press

In Herodotus and the Philosophy of Empire, Ann Ward treats the classical writer not as a historian but as a political philosopher. Ward uses close textual analysis to demonstrate that Herodotus investigates recurring themes in the most important forms of government in the ancient world. This analysis of The Histories concludes with reflections on the problems of empire, not only for the Persians and the striving Athenians, but for our own government as well. To this end, Ward contrasts Herodotus on empire with the assumptions underlying speeches and writings of Paul Wolfowitz, Colin L. Powell, Joseph S. Nye, Jr. and Robert W. Merry.

LC 2008014378, ISBN 978-1-602580-07-7 (c.)

PLA: S


939.402

Collins, Paul

From Egypt to Babylon: The International Age 1550-500 BC

208 pp., 7 7/16” x 9 11/16”, 150 color illus., index, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2008

Harvard University Press

This title immerses readers in a world of exotic empires and states as they waxed and waned and interacted in a period of extraordinary internationalism—all before the rise of the Persian Empire. Illustrated with objects drawn largely from the collections of the British Museum, Collins takes the reader through the vast and varied landscape of this period, from the foundations of the Egyptian empire through the turmoil at the end of the second millennium bce to the unprecedented political unification of the whole region by kings of Persia.

LC 2008007142, ISBN 978-0-67403096-1 (c.)

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940-949 European History


940.3

Thomas Jr., William H.

Unsafe for Democracy: World War I and the U.S. Justice Department’s Covert Campaign to Suppress Dissent

272 pp., 6” x 9”, 12 b&w illus., bibliog., index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2008

The University of Wisconsin Press

During WWI the U.S. Department of Justice, using the newly passed Espionage Act and its later Sedition Act amendment, prosecuted and won the convictions of many who opposed America’s entry into the conflict. William H. Thomas Jr. shows that Justice Department efforts extended into massive yet largely secret campaigns. Department investigators paid cautionary visits to suspected dissenters, pressuring them to express support of the war effort or intimidating them into silence. Occasionally going undercover, detectives tried to elicit the unguarded comments of individuals (immigrants, labor organizers, African Americans, and others) believed to be a threat to the prevailing social order.

LC 2008011973, ISBN 978-0-299-22890-3 (c.)

AASL: S/P


940.53

Medoff, Rafael

Blowing the Whistle on Genocide: Josiah E. Dubois, Jr. and the Struggle for a U.S. Response to the Holocaust

192 pp., 6” x 9”, photos, index, $17.95 paper, CIP included

September 2008

Purdue University Press

The inspiring story of a young Treasury Department lawyer who helped alert the world about the Holocaust and force U.S. government action to rescue Jews from the Nazis. Risking his career and ignoring threats that were made against him, Josiah E. DuBois, Jr. investigated and then exposed the State Department’s suppression of news about the Holocaust and obstruction of rescue attempts. His shocking report, “The Acquiescence of This Government in the Murder of the Jews,” helped force President Roosevelt to belatedly establish the War Refugee Board, which played a key role in the rescue of more than 200,000 refugees during the final months of the war.

LC 2008012606, ISBN 978-1-55753-507-8 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G, S


940.531

Horwitz, Gordon J.

Ghettostadt: ód and the Making of a Nazi City

416 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 20 color illus., 12 halftones, 2 maps, index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2008

The Belknap Press / Harvard University Press

Ghettostadt is the terrifying examination of the Jewish ghetto’s place in the Nazi worldview. Exploring ghetto life in its broadest context, it deftly maneuvers between the perspectives and actions of ód ‘s beleaguered Jewish community, the Germans who oversaw and administered the ghetto’s affairs, and the “ordinary” inhabitants of the once Polish city. Horwitz reveals patterns of exchange, interactions, and interdependence within the city that are stunning in their extent and intimacy.

LC 2007050934, ISBN 978-0-67402799-2 (c.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: G


940.531

Rosen, Ilana

Sister in Sorrow: Life Histories of Female Holocaust Survivors from Hungary

391 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., index, $27.95 paper, CIP included

March 2008

Wayne State University Press

Sister in Sorrow offers a glimpse into the world of Hungarian Holocaust survivors through the stories of fifteen survivors, as told by thirteen women and two spouses presently living in Hungary and Israel. Analyzing the accounts as oral narratives, author Ilana Rosen uses contemporary folklore studies methodologies to explore the histories and the consciousness of the narrators as well as the difficulty for present-day audiences to fully grasp them. Rosen’s research demonstrates not only the extreme personal horrors these women experienced but also the ways they cope with their memories.

LC 2007037111, ISBN 978-0-8143-3129-3 (p.)

AASL: G, S/HS, P

PLA: S


940.537

Hurt, R. Douglas

The Great Plains during World War II

608 pp., 6” x 9”, 24 illus., 6 tables, index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2008

University of Nebraska Press

This book examines the effects of World War II on the Great Plains’ region and the responses of its residents. Beginning with the isolationist debate that preceded the war, R. Douglas Hurt traces the residents’ changing view of the European conflict and its direct impact on the plains. Hurt argues that the people of the Great Plains based their patriotic response to the war effort on the concept of comparative sacrifice. This book recounts the daily experiences and concerns of ordinary people that have become part of the nation’s history of this seminal event. Named an “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice magazine.

LC 2007041825, ISBN 978-0-8032-2409-4 (c.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: O


940.54

Rickman, Sarah Byrn

Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II

352 pp., 6” x 9”, 35 b&w illus., notes, bibliog., index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2008

University of North Texas Press

She flew the swift P-51 and the capricious P-38, but the heavy, four-engine B-17 bomber and C-54 transport were her forte. This is the story of Nancy Harkness Love who, early in World War II, recruited and led the first group of twenty-eight women to fly military aircraft for the U.S. Army. Her pilots ferried military aircraft across the United States during a time when male pilots were in short supply. Young women serving today as combat pilots owe much to Love for creating the opportunity for women to serve.

LC 2007039381, ISBN 978-1-57441-241-3 (c.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


940.54

Sloan, Kay

Not Without Honor: The Nazi POW Journal of Steve Carano

204 pp., 6” x 9”, 26 photos, index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

December 2008

The University of Arkansas Press

Not Without Honor threads together the stories of three American POWs-Carano; his buddy Bill Blackmon, who was also at Stalag 17 b; and John C. Bitzer, who survived the brutal “Death March” from northern Germany to liberation in April 1945. At times the journal reads like a thriller as he records air battles and escape attempts. Yet in their most gripping accounts, these POWs ruminate on psychological survival. The sense of community they formed was instrumental to their endurance. This compelling book allows the reader to journey with these young men as they bore firsthand witness to the best and worst of human nature.

LC 2008026889, ISBN 978-1-55728-884-4 (c.)

AASL: O/MS, HS

PLA: G


940.541

Brown, Frances DeBra

An Army in Skirts: The World War II Letters of Frances DeBra

264 pp., 7 1/4” x 8 3/4”, b&w photos, index, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2008

Indiana Historical Society Press

Over 150,000 women served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in World War II, with over 7,600 serving in the European theater of operations (ETO). Most were communications workers, stenographers, typists, and clerks. Only 8 percent worked in jobs considered unusual for women such as mechanics, interpreters, and weather observers. An Army in Skirts contains the letters which Frances DeBra, from Danville, Indiana, wrote to her family, and letters from family and friends to Frances during her days with the WAC during WWII. The letters vividly detail her war service, beginning with basic training, and her subsequent overseas assignments in England and France.

LC 2007050358, ISBN 978-0-87195-264-6 (c.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


940.547

Masuda, Minoru (Edited by Hana Masuda and Dianne Bridgman)

Letters from the 442nd: The World War II Correspondence of a Japanese American Medic

224 pp., 6” x 9”, 16 illus., 2 maps, index, $22.50 paper, CIP included

June 2008

University of Washington Press

This is the first collection of letters by a member of the legendary 442nd Combat Team, which served in Italy and France during World War II. Written by a medic serving with the segregated Japanese American unit, the letters describe a soldier’s daily life. Excerpts from the 442nd daily medical log provide context, and his wife, to whom the letters were written, interposes brief recollections of her own experiences. “Readers will cherish and find inspiration in his gentle humor, keen insights and colorful observations of America at war not only abroad, but at home against some of its own citizens.”—The Advocate

LC 2007019487, ISBN 978-0-2959-8745-3 (p.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: G


941

Pocock, Geoffrey A.

Outrider of Empire: The Life and Adventures of Roger Pocock

400 pp., 6” x 9”, b&w photos, maps, foreword, bibliog., index, $34.95 paper, CIP included

March 2008

University of Alberta Press

A dreamer of dreams, an adventurer, and a man of many ideas, Roger Pocock was an inveterate, world-ranging traveler who lived the life that all adventurous boys desire. He listened with wonder to the stories of all those he met, be they outlaws like Butch Cassidy, ranchers, or mounted police. Readers of all ages and classes eagerly devoured Pocock’s western tales. Outrider of Empire is a testament to a prolific author and extraordinary man whose friends and acquaintances bridged the worlds of theatre, literature, the military, and science.

C 20079037674, ISBN 978-0-88864-448-0 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: O


943.086

Fritzsche, Peter

Life and Death in the Third Reich

384 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/4”, bibliog., index, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2008

The Belknap Press/Harvard University Press

Fritzsche deciphers the puzzle of Nazism’s ideological grip. Its basic appeal lay in the Volksgemeinschaft—a “people’s community” that appealed to Germans to be part of a great project to redress the wrongs of the Versailles treaty, make the country strong and vital, and rid the body politic of unhealthy elements. The goal was to create a new national and racial self-consciousness among Germans. For Germany to live, others—especially Jews—had to die. Diaries and letters reveal Germans’ fears, desires, and reservations, while showing how Nazi concepts saturated everyday life.

LC 2007040552, ISBN 978-0-67402793-0 (c.)

AASL: O/MS, HS

PLA: G


946.081

Petrou, Michael

Renegades: Canadians in the Spanish Civil War

304 pp., 6” x 9”, 32 b&w photos, notes, bibliog., index, $85.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

March 2008

University of British Columbia Press

Between 1936 and 1939, almost 1,700 Canadians defied their government and volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War. They left behind punishing lives in relief camps, mines, and urban flophouses to confront fascism in a country few knew much about. Michael Petrou has drawn on recently declassified archival material, interviewed veterans, and visited the battlefields of Spain to write the definitive account of Canadians in the Spanish Civil War. It reveals who these people were, why they volunteered, and how the Canadian government reacted to their decision to join another country’s war illegally. Renegades is an unflinching, intimate story of idealism and courage, duplicity and defeat.

C 20089000862, ISBN 978-0-7748-1417-1 (c.), ISBN 978-0-7748-1418-8 (p.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: RG


949.5

Herrin, Judith

Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire

440 pp., 6” x 9”, 8 color illus., 16 halftones, bibliog., index, $29.95 cloth

February 2008

Princeton University Press

“[A] brilliant study of the history of the Byzantine empire...[Herrin] draws [an] original portrait of a tradition-based yet dynamic empire...Drawing on letters, journals and other primary documents from both political figures and ordinary citizens, Herrin splendidly recreates an empire whose religious art, educational curriculum, tax and legal systems, and coronation rituals preserved the best of the empire’s pre-Christian Greek past while at the same time passing along advances to the rest of the world. Herrin’s history is hands-down the finest introduction to Byzantium and its continuing significance for world history.”—Publishers Weekly

LC 2007937185, ISBN 978-0-691-13151-1 (c.)

AASL: O/HS

PLA: G

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950-969 Asian, Middle Eastern, and African History


953.57

Davidson, Christopher

Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success

320 pp.5 1/2” x 8 3/4”, bibliog., index, $32.50 cloth, CIP included

August 2008

Columbia University Press

Dubai has a remarkable success story. Since its origins as a small fishing and pearling community, the emirate has steadily grown in strength to become the premier trading center of the Persian Gulf. Following a detailed history, Christopher M. Davidson presents an in-depth study of Dubai’s post-oil development strategies and their implementation during a period of near-complete political stability. Davidson addresses the probability of future problems as the need for sustained foreign direct investment encourages far-reaching socioeconomic reforms, many of which may affect the ideological, religious, and cultural legitimacy of the traditional monarchy.

LC 2008007558, ISBN 978-0-231-70034-4 (c.)

PLA: G


953.805

Kéchichian, Joseph A.

Faysal: Saudi Arabia’s King for All Seasons

312 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 27 b&w photos, 2 tables, appendixes, notes, bibliog., index, $34.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2008

University Press of Florida

King Faysal (1906-1975) ruled Saudi Arabia from 1964 until his assassination eleven years later. By that point, his legacy as one of the most instrumental actors in the development of the modern Middle East had been assured. Joseph Kéchichian offers the first biography of the ruler in decades: His balanced assessment of Faysal and his legacy is the first to make use of interviews and key archival and declassified documents. Any understanding of the ties between Saudi Arabia and the West is incomplete without this book.

LC 2008013690, ISBN 978-0-8130-3242-9 (c.)

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: G


954

Haigh, Ken

Under the Holy Lake: A Memoir of Eastern Bhutan

296 pp., 6” x 9”, b&w photos, map, notes, suggested reading list, bibliog., $29.95 paper, CIP included

June 2008

University of Alberta Press

A child’s face, a forgotten scent, or a distinctive flavor engages memory and inspires longing. Ken Haigh brings us tantalizingly close to his own vision of longing for a place, a people, a time, as he revisits those all-too-fleeting years as a young school teacher in the remote Himalayan village of Khaling, Bhutan. These experiences in an exotic country will leave you yearning for ancient Buddhist temples, winding mountain trails, and a simpler way of life. This memoir will captivate the vicarious traveller in each of us.

C 20079075487, ISBN 978-0-88864-492-3 (p.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


954.03

Gandhi, Rajmohan

Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire

754 pp., 6” x 9”, 38 b&w photos, 1 map, further reading, glossary, index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2008

University of California Press

“Gandhi has skillfully narrated events in the life of his grandfather...[who] continues to fill the reader with awe throughout this excellent book...”—Library Journal (starred review). “Gandhi, has made it possible to know the Mahatma in real depth, in a monumental biography that looks likely to stand as definitive for the foreseeable future...The younger Gandhi has studied the elder’s life in about as great detail as one can imagine, and with his family tie to his subject has had access to previously unavailable private documents and photographs...a biography as intimate as it is epic.”—The Charleston Post & Courier

LC 2007040986, ISBN 978-0-520-25570-8 (c.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: O, G


955.062

Crane, Keith, Rollie Lal, and Jeffrey Martini

Iran’s Political, Economic, and Demographic Vulnerabilities

156 pp., 6” x 9”, tables, figures, b&w photos, bibliog., $29.00 paper, CIP included

November 2008

RAND Corporation

Iran is one of the United States’ most important foreign policy concerns. It has also been an extraordinarily difficult country with which to engage. Ironically, while the leadership has been hostile to the United States, Iranian society has evolved in ways friendly to the United States and U.S. interests. This monograph assesses current political, ethnic, demographic, and economic trends and vulnerabilities in Iran. The authors then provide recommendations for U.S. policies that might foster trends beneficial to U.S. interests.

LC 2008019809, ISBN 978-0-8330-4304-7 (p.)

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956.046

Ro’i, Yaacov and Boris Morozov

The Soviet Union and the June 1967 Six Day War

392 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., index, $60.00 cloth, CIP included

April 2008

Stanford University Press and Woodrow

Wilson Center Press

Why did the Soviet Union spark war in 1967 between Israel and the Arab states by falsely informing Syria and Egypt that Israel was massing troops on the Syrian border? Based on newly available archival sources, this book answers this controversial question more fully than ever before. Directly opposing the thesis of the recently published Foxbats over Dimona, the contributors to this volume argue that Moscow had absolutely no intention of starting a war. The Soviet Union’s reason for involvement in the region had more to do with enhancing its own status as a Cold War power than any desire for particular outcomes for Syria and Egypt.

LC 2007045576, ISBN 978-0-8047-5880-2 (c.)

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956.05

Kurtzer, Daniel C., and Scott B. Lasensky

Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East

210 pp., 5 1/4” x 8”, timeline, recommended readings, maps, bibliog., index, $16.50 paper, CIP included

April 2008

United States Institute of Peace Press

As Washington struggles to revive the Arab-Israeli peace process, Kurtzer and Lasensky offer the definitive guidebook on how to broker peace in the Middle East. Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace sets forth a compelling, interests-based framework for American engagement in the peace process; provides a critical assessment of U.S. diplomacy since the end of the Cold War; and offers a set of ten core “lessons” to guide the efforts of future American negotiators.

LC 2007044149, ISBN 978-1-601270-30-6 (p.)

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956.05

Mitchell, Carol Spencer (Edited by Ellen Spencer Susman)

Danger Pay: Memoir of a Photojournalist in the Middle East, 1984-1994

215 pp., 6” x 9”, 32-page color section, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2008

University of Texas Press

An engrossing memoir in which a photojournalist records both the precursors to today’s conflicts in the Middle East and her own deeply felt conviction that news coverage of the region actually increases the conflicts there. “A deeply felt and moving account from an enterprising and conscientious news photographer who worked the always busy beat of the Middle East in the last, great days of film photography.”—Newsweek

LC 2008012869, ISBN 978-0-292-71882-1 (c.)

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959.3

Morgan, Susan

Bombay Anna: The Real Story and Remarkable Adventures of The King and I Governess

292 pp., 6” x 9”, 15 b&w photos, bibliog., index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

July 2008

University of California Press

“A lively incarnation of Anna, one that gives the character of the musical and movies full humanity in historical context.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer. “This informed and entertaining biography reveals Leonowens as an intriguing and complex woman, whose interests ranged far beyond young lovers and whistling happy tunes.”—ForeWord. “See the movie with Jodie Foster. Enjoy the musical. But if you want to know the real story, pick up Bombay Anna and be prepared to find an inspiring story of an incredible woman.”—Feminist Review. “Probing biography. A satisfying, multifaceted portrait. Engrossing retelling of an extraordinary life, correcting many popular misconceptions.”—Kirkus Reviews

LC 2007044084, ISBN 978-0-520-25226-4 (c.)

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971

Epp, Roger

We Are All Treaty People: Prairie Essays

248 pp., 6” x 9”, notes, index, $26.95 paper, CIP included

November 2008

University of Alberta Press

In his collection of Prairie essays—some of them profoundly personal, some poetic, some political—Roger Epp considers what it means to dwell attentively and responsibly in the rural West. He makes the provocative claim that Aboriginal and settler alike are ‘Treaty people;’ he retells inherited family stories in that light; he reclaims the rural as a site of radical politics; and he thinks alongside contemporary farm people whose livelihoods and communities are now under economic and cultural pressure. This book invites those who feel the pull of a prairie heritage to rediscover the poetry surging through the landscapes of the rural West, among its people and their political economy.

C 20089037650, ISBN 978-0-88864-506-7 (p.)

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971

Grant, John Francis

(Edited by Gerhard J. Ehns)

A Son of the Fur Trade: The Memoirs of Johnny Grant

468 pp., 6” x 9”, b&w photos, maps, introduction, notes, genealogical appendices, bibliog., index, $34.95 paper, CIP included

November 2008

University of Alberta Press

Born in 1833 at Fort Edmonton, Johnny Grant experienced and wrote about many historical events in the Canada-US northwest, and died within sight of the same fort in 1907. Grant was not only a fur trader; he was instrumental in early ranching efforts in Montana and played a pivotal role in the Riel Resistance of 1869-70. Published in its entirety for the first time, Grant’s memoir—with a perceptive introduction by Gerhard Ehns—is an indispensable primary source for the shelves of fur trade and Métis historians.

C 20079075827, ISBN 978-0-88864-491-6 (p.)

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971.004

Dion, Susan

Braiding Histories: Learning from Aboriginal Peoples’ Experiences and Perspectives

240 pp., 6” x 9”, 16 b&w photos, bibliog., index, $85.00 cloth, $32.95 paper, CIP included

December 2008

University of British Columbia Press

This book proposes a new pedagogy for addressing Aboriginal subject material that shifts the focus from an essentializing or “othering” exploration of the attributes of Aboriginal peoples to a focus on historical experiences informing our understanding of contemporary relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. Braiding Histories illuminates the challenges of speaking/listening and writing/reading across cultural boundaries as an Aboriginal person to communicate Aboriginal experience through education. It will be useful to teachers and students of educational and Native Studies and will appeal to readers seeking a better understanding of colonialism and Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relations.

C 20089042999, ISBN 978-0-7748-1517-8 (c.), ISBN 978-0-7748-1518-5 (p.)

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971.018

Brumwell, Stephen

Paths of Glory: The Life and Death of General James Wolfe

432 pp., 6” x 9”, color illus., bibliog., index, $29.95 paper, CIP included

January 2008

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Ugly, gangling, and tormented by agonizing illness, Major General James Wolfe was an unlikely hero. Yet in 1759, on the Plains of Abraham before Quebec, he won a battle with momentous consequences. Wolfe’s victory, bought at the cost of his life, ensured that English, not French, would become the dominant language in North America. Was there more to James Wolfe than a celebrated death? Stephen Brumwell’s internationally praised biography seeks to answer that question, drawing on extensive research to offer a boldly argued reassessment of a soldier whose short but dramatic life changed the course of world history.

C 20069060150, ISBN 978-0-7735-3370-7 (p.)

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971.04

Wilson, David A.

Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Volume 1: Passion, Reason, and Politics, 1825-1857

448 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/2”, 31 b&w photos, bibliog., index, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2008

McGill-Queen’s University Press

A brilliant writer and charismatic politician, Thomas D’Arcy McGee is best known for his prominent role in Irish-Canadian politics, his inspirational speeches in support of Canadian Confederation, and his assassination by an Irish revolutionary who accused him of betraying his earlier Irish nationalist principles. David Wilson explores the development of those principles in Ireland and the United States. Wilson follows McGee across the Atlantic, where he became the editor of America’s leading Irish newspaper, and traces his subsequent involvement with the Young Ireland movement, his reactions to the Famine, and his role in the Rising of 1848.

C 20079063594, ISBN 978-0-7735-3357-8 (c.)

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971.1

Lutz, John Sutton

Makúk: A New History of Aboriginal-White Relations

448 pp., 8” x 10”, 10 maps, 180 b&w photos, notes, bibliog., index, $85.00 cloth, $34.95 paper, CIP included

April 2008

University of British Columbia Press

The history of Aboriginal-settler interactions in Canada continues to haunt the national imagination. Despite billions of dollars spent on the “Indian problem,” Aboriginal people remain the poorest in the country. Because the stereotype of the “lazy Indian” is never far from the surface, many Canadians wonder if the problem lay with “Indians” themselves. Makúk invites readers into a dialogue with the past with visual imagery and an engaging narrative that gives a voice to Aboriginal peoples and other historical figures. Students, scholars, policy-makers (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal), and a wide public will find the book insightful and invaluable.

C 20089006429, ISBN 978-0-7748-1139-2 (c.), ISBN 978-0-7748-1140-8 (p.)

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971.233

Gow, Andrew and Julie Rak

Mountain Masculinity: The Life and Writing of Nello “Tex” Vernon-Wood in the Canadian Rockies, 1906-1938

236 pp., 6” x 9”, 12 photos, bibliog., index, $29.95 paper, CIP included

May 2008

Athabasca University Press (AU Press)

In 1906, Englishman Nello Vernon-Wood (1882-1978) reinvented himself as Tex Wood, Banff hunting guide and writer of “yarns of the wilderness by a competent outdoorsman.” His homespun stories of a vanishing world, in such periodicals as The Sportsman, Hunting and Fishing, and The Canadian Alpine Journal, have much to tell us about the west as envisioned by those who wanted to leave the early 20th century behind. In the writings of his persona “Tex,” Vernon-Wood created an image of the frontier that blended the West of his guiding experiences with the West as a literary object.

C 20089020820, ISBN 978-1-897425-02-2 (p.)

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971.3

Hele, Karl S. (Editor)

Lines Drawn Upon the Water: First Nations and the Great Lakes Borders and Borderlands

378 pp., 6” x 9”, maps, photos, index, $85.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2008

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Examines the impact of the Canadian-American border and national efforts to enforce the boundary and the determination of local groups to pursue their interests and define themselves. Although both governments regard the border as clearly defined, local communities continue to contest the artificial divisions imposed by the international boundary. The debate is often cast in terms of Canada’s failure to recognize the 1794 Jay Treaty’s confirmation of Native rights, but ultimately the issue concerns the larger struggle of First Nations to force recognition of their right to move freely across the border in search of economic and social independence.

C 20079066119, ISBN 978-1-55458-004-0 (c.)

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972.87

Missal, Alexander

Seaway to the Future: American Social Visions and the Construction of the Panama Canal

280 pp., 6” x 9”, 34 b&w illus., bibliog., index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

December 2008

The University of Wisconsin Press

Realizing the century-old dream of a passage to India, the building of the Panama Canal was an engineering feat of colossal dimensions, a construction site filled not only with mud and water but also with interpretations, meanings, and social visions. Alexander Missal’s Seaway to the Future unfolds a cultural history of the Panama Canal project, revealed in the texts and images of the era’s policymakers and commentators. “In the idealized space of the Canal, imperialism seemed benign, scientists banished disease, engineers conquered nature, and the United States imposed a middle-class social order.”—David Nye, author of Technology Matters

LC 2008011969, ISBN 978-0-299-22940-5 (c.)

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973.046

Dávila, Arlene

Latino Spin: Public Image and the Whitewashing of Race

224 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., index, $65.00 cloth, $19.00 paper, CIP included

October 2008

New York University Press

Latino Spin cuts through the spin about Latinos’ supposed values, political attitudes, and impact on U.S. national identity to ask what these caricatures suggest about Latinos’ shifting place in the popular and political imaginary. Noted scholar Arlene Dávila illustrates the growing consensus that Latinos are not a social liability, that they are moving up and contributing, and that, in fact, they are more American than “the Americans.” By considering Latinos in all their diversity, including their increasing financial and geographic disparities, Dávila can present alternative and more empowering representations of Latinidad to help attain true political equity and interracial coalitions.

LC 2008027818, ISBN 978-0-8147-2006-6 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8417-2007-3 (p.)

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973.046

Martínez, Elizabeth “Betita”

500 Years of Chicana Women’s History (Bilingual Edition)

320 pp., 8 1/2” x 11”, 600 b&w illus., bibliog., $23.95 paper

February 2008

Rutgers University Press

500 Years of Chicana Women’s History offers a powerful antidote to this omission with a vivid, pictorial account of struggle and survival, resilience and achievement, discrimination and identity. The bilingual text, along with hundreds of photos and other images, ranges from female-centered stories of pre-Columbian Mexico to profiles of contemporary social justice activists, labor leaders, youth organizers, artists, and environmentalists, among others. With a distinguished, seventeen-member advisory board, the book presents a remarkable combination of scholarship and youthful appeal.

LC 2008008095, ISBN 978-0-8135-4224-9 (p.)

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973.049

Harris, Robert L., Jr. and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn (Editors)

The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939

456 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., index, $54.00 cloth, $26.50 paper, CIP included

October 2008

Columbia University Press

This book is a multifaceted approach to understanding the central developments in African American history since 1939; this book combines a historical overview of key personalities and movements with essays by leading scholars on specific facets of the African American experience, a chronology of events, and a guide to further study. Beginning with Marian Anderson’s famous 1939 concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial, the editors chart the historical efforts of African Americans to address racism and inequality. They explore the rise of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements and the national and international contexts that shaped their ideologies and methods.

LC 2005034370, ISBN 978-0-231-13810-9 (c.), ISBN 978-0-231-13811-6 (p.)

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973.09

Burns, Lisa M.

First Ladies and the Fourth Estate: Press Framing of Presidential Wives

217 pp., 6” x 9”, 19 b&w illus., bibliog., index, $32.00 cloth, CIP included

August 2008

Northern Illinois University Press

While the U.S. Constitution doesn’t enumerate the responsibilities of the first lady, a succession of dynamic women have shaped this post into a highly visible public office. Burns analyzes the coverage of presidents’ wives in five leading newspapers and magazines to prove that the press has helped shape the first lady institution as well as influence the changing social and political roles of American women. This study highlights the intersection of gender, publicity, and power at particular historical moments throughout the 20th century. “Solid. I am a fan of this work.”—Glenna Matthews, author of The Rise of Public Woman

LC 2008018190, ISBN 978-0-87580-391-3 (c.)

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973.3

Kaminski, John P.

The Founders on the Founders: Word Portraits from the American Revolutionary Era

624 pp., 5” x 8 1/4”, 30 b&w illus., bibliog., index, $29.95 cloth, CIP Included

October 2008

The University of Virginia Press

More than two centuries after the groundbreaking events of the American struggle for independence, its key figures strike us more as players in a myth than as people who lived, worked, and interacted with one another. To recover the human dimension of the founders, we need look no further than their own words. Through a series of revealing quotations, historian John P. Kaminski profiles thirty of the era’s best-known individuals, including Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, John Hancock, Thomas Paine, and Patrick Henry (“all tongue without either head or heart,” according to Thomas Jefferson), as well as the early presidents and their first ladies.

LC 2008013575, ISBN 978-0-8139-2757-2 (c.)

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973.3

Lemay, J.A. Leo

The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Volume 3: Soldier, Scientist, and Politician, 1748-1757

768 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 63 illus., index, $45.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2008

University of Pennsylvania Press

Volume 3 of The Life of Benjamin Franklin begins in 1748, when Franklin was known in Pennsylvania as clerk of the Pennsylvania Assembly and in the Middle Colonies as the printer and editor of Poor Richard’s Almanac and the Pennsylvania Gazette, the best-known colonial publications. By the middle of 1757, where this volume leaves off, he had become famous in Pennsylvania as a public-spirited citizen and soldier in the conflicts of the Seven Years’ War; well known throughout America as a writer, politician, and the most important theorist and patriot of the American empire; and renowned in the western world as a natural philosopher.

LC 2004063130, ISBN 978-0-8122-4121-1 (c.)

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973.309

Hayes, Kevin J.

The Mind of a Patriot: Patrick Henry and the World of Ideas

184 pp., 5 1/2” x 9”, index, $22.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2008

The University of Virginia Press

The Mind of a Patriot presents an intellectual life of a major figure who has traditionally been seen as an anti-intellectual “child of nature. Starting with neglected pieces of evidence-the inventory of Henry’s library-Hayes’s unique perspective allows him to position Henry’s life within the intellectual currents of the day. The author traces Henry’s life through his relationship with the world of books. Individual chapters include Henry’s education; legal career; his use of books to improve his speaking style; his relationship to the antislavery movement; a farmer and a father; and, ultimately, the place of books in his life during his waning years.

LC 2008007910, ISBN 978-0-8139-2758-9 (c.)

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973.309

Stuart, Nancy Rubin

The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation

314 pp., 6” x 9”, 6 b&w illus., bibliog., index, $28.95 cloth, CIP included

July 2008

Beacon Press

Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814) was America’s first female historian of the American Revolution and the first American woman playwright. The wife of James Warren, president of the Provincial Congress, Mrs. Warren was also a close friend of Abigail and John Adams. Praised for her “real genius” by her mentor, John Adams, this unprecedented biography reveals their complex relationship-and why it unraveled. While Mrs. Warren is best remembered for the book History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution, Nancy Rubin Stuart reveals how her provocative writing made her an exception among the largely voiceless women of the eighteenth century.

LC 2007038365, ISBN 978-0-80705516-8 (c.)

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973.7

Gillispie, James M.

Andersonvilles of the North: The Myths and Realities of Northern Treatment of Civil War Confederate Prisoners

296 pp., 6” x 9”, 16 b&w illus., notes, bibliog., index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2008

University of North Texas Press

This is the first broad study to argue that the image of Union prison officials as deliberately negligent and cruel to Confederate prisoners is severely flawed. Once the careful reader disregards unreliable postwar polemics, and focuses exclusively on the more reliable wartime records and documents from both Northern and Southern sources, a much different, less negative, picture of Northern prison life emerges. While life in Northern prisons was difficult and potentially deadly, no evidence exists of a conspiracy to neglect or mistreat Southern captives. “Gillispie provides an important revision and clarification of our knowledge about Civil War prisons.”—James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

LC 2008018774, ISBN 978-1-57441-255-0 (c.)

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973.7

Grear, Charles D.

The Fate of Texas: The Civil War and the Lone Star State

360 pp., 6” x 9”, 15 photos, bibliog., index, $37.50 cloth, CIP included

October 2008

The University of Arkansas Press

In its examination of a state too often neglected by Civil War historians, The Fate of Texas presents Texas as a decidedly Southern, yet in many ways unusual, state seriously committed to and deeply affected by the Confederate war effort in a multitude of ways. When the state joined the Confederacy and fought in the war, its fate was uncertain. The war touched every portion of the population and all aspects of life in Texas. Never before has a group of historians examined the impact of the war on so many facets of the state.

LC 2008026299, ISBN 978-1-55728-883-7 (c.)

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973.7

McClintock, Russell

Lincoln and the Decision for War: The Northern Response to Secession

400 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, notes, bibliog., index, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

April 2008

The University of North Carolina Press

This is first major study in over 50 years of how the North handled the secession crisis; McClintock follows the decision-making process from bitter partisan rancor to consensus. He argues that although reactions of Northerners, both powerful and obscure, to Southern secession were understood and expressed through partisan newspapers and officials, the decision fell into the hands of an ever-smaller handful of people until finally it was Abraham Lincoln alone who would choose whether the future of the American republic was to be determined through peace or a sword.

LC 2007029356, ISBN 978-0-8078-3188-5 (c.)

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973.709

Bartelt, William E.

“There I Grew Up”: Remember Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana Youth

240 pp., 6” x 9”, illus., b&w photos, bibliog., index, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

July 2008

Indiana Historical Society Press

Author William E. Bartelt uses annotation and primary source material to tell the history of Abraham Lincoln’s years in Indiana by those who were there. The book reveals, through the words of those who knew him, Lincoln’s humor, compassion, oratorical skills, and thirst for knowledge, and it provides an overview of Lincoln’s Indiana experiences, the community where the Lincolns settled, and southern Indiana during the years 1816 to 1830.

LC 2007051474, ISBN 978-0-87195-263-9 (c.)

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973.709

McPherson, James M.

Abraham Lincoln: A Presidential Life

96 pp., 5” x 8”, bibliog., $12.95 cloth, CIP included

December 2008

Oxford University Press

Marking the two hundredth anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, this marvelous short biography by a leading historian offers an illuminating portrait of one of the giants in the American story. Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson follows the son of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks from his early years in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, to his highly successful law career and his marriage to Mary Todd, to his one term in Congress.

LC 2008035623, ISBN 978-0-19537452-0 (c.)

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973.732

Cozzens, Peter

Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign

640 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 13 illus., 13 maps, append., notes, bibliog., index, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2008

The University of North Carolina Press

One of the most intriguing and storied episodes of the Civil War, the Valley Campaign has heretofore only been related from the Confederate point of view. Cozzens gives equal attention to Union and Confederate perspectives. He offers new interpretations of the campaign and Jackson’s success, demonstrates how the mythology that surrounds the campaign has masked Jackson’s errors, and provides the first detailed appraisal of Union leadership, with some surprising conclusions. Moving seamlessly between tactical details and analysis of strategic significance, Cozzens presents the first balanced, comprehensive account of a long-romanticized campaign that has never been fully understood.

LC 2008008849, ISBN 978-0-8078-3200-4 (c.)

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973.775

Wafer, Francis M. (Edited by Cheryl A. Wells)

A Surgeon in the Army of the Potomac

272 pp., 6” x 9”, 8 drawings and 2 maps, bibliog., $29.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2008

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Francis M. Wafer—a young student from Queen’s Medical College in Kingston—joined the Union’s army of the Potomac as an assistant surgeon. From the battle of the Wilderness to the closing campaigns, Wafer was both participant and chronicler of the American Civil War. Cheryl Wells provides an edited and fully annotated collection of Wafer’s diary entries during the war, his letters home, and the memoirs he wrote after returning to Canada.

C 20079073220, ISBN 978-0-7735-3381-3 (c.)

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973.913

Cooper, John Milton Jr. (Editor)

Reconsidering Woodrow Wilson: Progressivism, Internationalism, War, and Peace

360 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., index, $60.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2008

The Johns Hopkins University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press

Some of today’s premier experts on Woodrow Wilson contribute to this new collection of essays about the former statesman, portraying him as a complex, even paradoxical president. Reconsidering Woodrow Wilson reveals a person who was at once an international idealist, a structural reformer of the nation’s economy, and a policy maker who was simultaneously accommodating, indifferent, resistant, and hostile to racial and gender reform.

LC 2008015569, ISBN 978-0-8018-9074-1 (c.)

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973.913

Magee, Malcolm D.

What the World Should Be: Woodrow Wilson and the Crafting of a Faith-Based Foreign Policy

190 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., index, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

July 2008

Baylor University Press

In What the World Should Be, Malcolm Magee demonstrates that Woodrow Wilson was immersed in a Presbyterian tradition that shaped his presidency. He argues that Wilson’s religious convictions shaped his concepts of effective leadership, the way he reasoned, and his use of language. In particular, Wilson’s religious beliefs accustomed him to the theological principle of antinomy: those two principles could both be right even when, considered only in the light of logic, they appear mutually contradictory. These convictions ultimately made Wilson believe he was providentially chosen to bring divinely ordered freedom to the nations and peoples of the earth.

LC 2008010622, ISBN 978-1-602580-70-1 (c.)

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973.92

Rugh, Susan Sessions

Are We There Yet? The Golden Age of American Family Vacations

252 pp., 6” x 9”, 35 photos, bibliog., index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2008

University Press of Kansas

An entertaining cultural history of the American family vacation during the height of its popularity from 1945 to 1973. Reveals the ways in which the ritual of the family road trip, for most middle-class Americans became a way of defining what it meant to be (and become) American. “Smart and sensitive, well researched and no-nonsense, Rugh’s ride is well worth taking.”—The Atlantic. “Well researched and a valuable addition to the study of 20th-century popular culture and history; recommended for academic and larger public libraries.”—Library Journal

LC 2008007368, ISBN 978-0-7006-1588-9 (c.)

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973.922

James Dobbins, et al.

After the War: Nation-Building from FDR to George W. Bush

188 pp., 6” x 9”, tables, figures, b&w photos, bibliog., $25.00 paper, CIP included

August 2008

RAND Corporation

This volume addresses the manner in which U.S. policy toward post conflict reconstruction has been created and implemented and the effect that these processes have had on mission outcomes. Through the lens of presidential decision-making style and administrative structure, from the post-World War II era through the Cold War, post-Cold War era, and current war on terrorism, it is both possible and necessary to reassess how these elements can work in favor of, as well as against, the nation-building goals of the U.S. government and military and those of its coalition partners and allies.

LC 2008019408, ISBN 978-0-8330-4181-4 (p.)

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973.924

Frick, Daniel

Reinventing Richard Nixon: A Cultural History of an American Obsession

344 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 45 illus., index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2008

University Press of Kansas

“Fourteen years after Nixon’s death, the debate still rages about his place in American history as a man of destiny, corrupt president, or elder statesman, writes Frick...This thought-provoking and perceptive account offers numerous historical and cultural anecdotes that bolster the conclusion that the second half of the 20th century was like an Age of Nixon. Frick explores how Nixon has been portrayed in books, music, plays, and political cartoons and how he spins himself in his three autobiographies...Strongly recommended for large public and all academic popular-culture collections.”—Library Journal

LC 2008020141, ISBN 978-0-7006-1599-5 (c.)

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973.928

Engel, Jeffrey A.

The China Diary of George H.W. Bush: The Making of a Global President

576 pp., 6” x 9”, 20 halftones, bibliog., index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2008

Princeton University Press

“[B]ush’s year in China laid the foundations for the pragmatic, prudent, personal foreign policy that would characterize his presidency. With superb annotations and analysis by Jeffrey Engel, a professor of history and public policy at Texas A&M, Bush’s daily diary sheds light not only on ‘the making of a global president’ but on two nations in transition: late Maoist China, as it moved, tentatively, toward engagement with the international community; and the United States, as it absorbed the implications of defeat in Vietnam.”—The Baltimore Sun

LC 2007047900, ISBN 978-0-691-13006-4 (c.)

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: G


973.931

Holloway, David

Cultures of the War on Terror: Empire, Ideology, and the Remaking of 9/11

208 pp., 5 1/2 x 8 1/2”, 20 b&w illus., bibliog., index, $85.00 cloth, $22.95 paper, CIP included

August 2008

McGill-Queen’s University Press

In an interdisciplinary study of representations of 9/11 and the “war on terror” during the Bush era, David Holloway shows that culture often functioned as a vital resource for citizens attempting to make sense of momentous historical events that seemed well beyond their influence or control. Cultures of the War on Terror offers a cultural and ideological history of the period, showing how culture was used to debate, legitimize, qualify, contest, or repress discussion about the broader meanings of 9/11 and the war on terror.

C 20089021150, ISBN 978-0-7735-3483-4 (c.), ISBN 978-0-7735-3484-1 (p.)

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: G


973.931

Pfiffner, James P.

Power Play: The Bush Presidency and the Constitution

299 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., index, $28.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2008

Brookings Institution Press

Since 9/11, the Bush presidency has been engaged in a two-front offensive. In Afghanistan and Iraq, the administration aggressively prosecutes the “war on terror.” At home, its target has been the separation of powers and more broadly, the rule of law. In Power Play, noted presidency scholar James Pfiffner lays bare the extent of this second campaign and explains why it threatens the future of republican government.

LC 2008012077, ISBN 978-0-8157-7044-2 (c.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: G


974.71

Roskies, David G.

Yiddishlands: A Memoir

240 pp., 6” x 9”, 12 illus., $27.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2008

Wayne State University Press

A rich, sweeping memoir by David G. Roskies, Yiddishlands proceeds from the premise that Yiddish culture is spread out among many different people and geographic areas and transmitted through story, song, study, and the family. Roskies leads readers through Yiddishlands old and new by revisiting his personal and professional experiences and retelling his remarkable family saga in a series of lively, irreverent, and interwoven stories.

LC 2008001282, ISBN 978-0-8143-3397-6 (c.)

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: G, S


974.73

Dunwell, Frances F.

The Hudson: America’s River

392 pp., 8 3/4” x 11”, 80 plus halftones, bibliog., index, $74.50 cloth, $29.95 paper, CIP included

April 2008

Columbia University Press

“Frances F. Dunwell weaves the history of this important river and its valley into the larger thread of American development in the seventeenth through twentieth centuries. This is a prodigious work that draws on several academic disciplines and reveals a rich level of research. Although much has been written about the subject over the years, Dunwell’s work is original and makes the compelling case the majestic Hudson is not only a tremendous natural force, but also a powerful engine of social and cultural change.”—Thomas S. Wermuth, Hudson River Valley Institute, Marist College

LC 2007017963, ISBN 978-0-231-13640-2 (c.), ISBN 978-0-231-13641-9 (p.)

AASL: RG/HS

PLA: O, RG


975.043

Gaillard, Frye

With Music and Justice for All: Some Southerner and Their Passions

240 pp., 6” x 9”, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2008

Vanderbilt University Press

For nearly forty years, Frye Gaillard has covered the American South as a journalist, historian and writer of memoir. With Music and Justice for All is a collection of Gaillard’s most compelling work, one writer’s odyssey though a time and place. There are stories here of the civil rights movement, a moral, social and political upheaval that changed the South in so many ways. Gaillard has captured the essence of that drama by giving it a face—telling the stories of the ordinary people, as well as the icons.

LC 2007033183, ISBN 978-0-8265-1588-9 (c.)

PLA: RG


975.8

Sumler-Edmond, Janice L.

The Secret Trust of Aspasia Cruvellier Mirault: The Life and Trials of a Free Woman of Color in Antebellum Georgia

180 pp., 6” x 9”, 9 photos, index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2008

The University of Arkansas Press

In this fascinating biography set in nineteenth-century Savannah, Georgia, Janice L. Sumler-Edmond resurrects the life and times of Aspasia Cruvellier Mirault, a free woman of color whose story was until now lost to historical memory. It’s a story that informs our understanding of the antebellum South as we watch this widowed matriarch navigate the social, economic, and political complexities to create a legacy for her family.

LC 2008013233, ISBN 978-1-55728-880-6 (c.)

AASL: O/HS

PLA: RG


976.4

Herndon, Rosanna Taylor

The Line from Here to There: A Storyteller’s Scottish West Texas

160 pp., 5 1/2” x 9”, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2008

Texas Tech University Press

Nationally award-winning storyteller, Rosanna Taylor Herndon, recounts the Scottish West Texas experience over several generations through eighteen tales of extended family and friends. Topics include Texas tartans, seeing ghosts, the wagon trail, quilting, the sound of clocks, sandstorms, and the Davis Mountains.

LC 2008001841, ISBN 978-0-89672-630-7 (c.)

AASL: Not Reviewed

PLA: G, RG


976.7

Bolsterli, Margaret Jones

During Wind and Rain: The Jones Family Farm in the Arkansas Delta 1848-2006

122 pp., 6” x 9”, 21 photos, index, $16.95 paper, CIP included

April 2008

The University of Arkansas Press

In telling the story of five generations of her family and its farm in the Arkansas Delta, Margaret Jones Bolsterli brings together her own research, historical perspective, and family lore as it reaches her from the days of her great-grandfather down to her nephew. The result is a family saga that is at once universal and personal, historical and timeless.

LC 2007048834, ISBN 978-1-55728-871-4 (p.)

AASL: RS/HS

PLA: RG


977.2

Beineke, John A.

Going Over all the Hurdles: A Life of Oatess Archey

137 pp., 7 1/4” x 8 3/4”, b&w photos, index, $17.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2008

Indiana Historical Society Press

This book explores the career of Oatess Archey, the first African-American to be elected sheriff in Indiana. Raised in Marion, Indiana, the young Archey and his loving family lived under the cloud of a notorious 1930 lynching in Marion. After a career in teaching and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Archey returned to Marion in triumph and served as a popular sheriff for Grant County.

LC 2007037722, ISBN 978-0-87195-260-8 (c.)

AASL: O/MS

PLA: G


977.6

Kildahl, Harold B. and Erling Kildahl

Westward We Came: A Norwegian Immigrant’s Story

196 pp., 6” x 9”, photos, $21.95 paper, CIP included

February 2008

Purdue University Press

Westward We Came is a first-hand memoir written by Harold B. Kildahl, Sr., a Norwegian, who sailed across the ocean to the New World in 1866. The book provides vivid descriptions of the Kildahl family’s travels to southern Minnesota. The family witnessed the infamous James-Younger gang bank raid in Northfield, Minnesota in September 1876 and the founding of St. Olaf College. The book describes the annual floods of the Red River of the North ultimately leading the family to move to Dakota Territory in 1883.

LC 2007051808, ISBN 978-1-55753-471-2 (p.)

AASL: RS/HS

PLA: G


977.7

Jack, Zachary Michael

Uncle Henry Wallace: Letters to Farm Families

215 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., index, $19.95 paper, CIP included

August 2008

Purdue University Press

Back in print for the first time in over a century, the real heart and soul of the eldest Henry Wallace is revealed in his open letters to America’s farm families and their children. These homespun tales show that Wallace never lost sight of his roots even as he hobnobbed with U.S. Presidents from Teddy Roosevelt to Woodrow Wilson, anchored the prestigious Country Life Commission, and edited the agricultural magazine Wallaces’ Farmer. Writer-philosopher-farmer-conservationist-minister-educator-public benefactor extraordinaire, Uncle Henry Wallace planted the seeds of honorable public service in his own world-famous son and grandson, Secretary of Agriculture Henry C. Wallace and Vice President and Presidential candidate Henry A. Wallace.

LC 2008003490, ISBN 978-1-55753-493-4 (p.)

AASL: RS/HS

PLA: G


978.004

Ravage, John W.

Black Pioneers: Images of the Black Experience on the North American Frontier

287 pp., 7” x 10”, 303 illus., bibliog., $22.95 paper, CIP included

December 2008

University of Utah Press

Utilizing public and private collections in every Western U.S. state and in Canada, John Ravage has compiled hundreds of new photographs, line drawings, lithographs, and stereo views to develop this expanded second edition. The text has also been rewritten to reflect the historical significance of the collection. New information on dating historic photographs and their genealogical significance provides a broad appeal for researchers and general readers.

LC 2008041471, ISBN 978-0-874-80941-1 (p.)

AASL: O/MS

PLA: O, G


978.03

Smith, Duane A.

Rocky Mountain Heartland: Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming in the Twentieth Century

336 pp., 6” x 9”, 23 b&w photos, 1 map, index, $50.00 cloth$22.95 paper, CIP included

October 2008

The University of Arizona Press

This is a lively history of three Rocky Mountain states in the twentieth century. With the sure hand of an experienced writer and the engaging voice of a veteran storyteller, the well-known historian Duane Smith recounts the major social, political, and economic events of the hundred-year period with verve and zest. Written with the general reader in mind, Rocky Mountain Heartland will appeal to students, teachers, and “armchair historians” of all ages.

LC 2008012516, ISBN 978-0-8165-2456-3 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8165-2759-5 (p.)

AASL: RG/HS

PLA: RS


978.6

Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee, Elders Cultural Advisory Council, and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition

216 pp., 9 3/4” x 7 1/2”, 148 photos (93 color, 52 b&w), figure, map, index, $24.95 paper, CIP included

July 2008

University of Nebraska Press

An illustrated revisitation of the Lewis and Clark expedition in Montana from the Salish people’s point of view. “A refreshing counterbalance to the overwhelmingly Eurocentric accounts of the well-studied expedition...It is suitable for both scholars and a general audience and would appeal to anyone interested in Native history or the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition.”—Pacific Northwest Quarterly. “Remarkable and beautifully produced...This book should also be of interest to other tribes as a model for writing tribal history, blending together a visual experience of a place and people and a textual explanation of their own cultural history.”—The Historical Quarterly

LC 2004028602, ISBN 978-0-8032-4311-8 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8032-1643-3 (p.)

AASL: O/MS

PLA: RS


979.22

Nabhan, Gary Paul

Arab/American: Landscape, Culture, and Cuisine in Two Great Deserts

160 pp., 6” x 9”, 15 photos, 2 maps, bibliog., $40.00 cloth, $17.95 paper, CIP included

March 2008

The University of Arizona Press

In fascinating essays, filled with delightful surprises, an Arab-American naturalist finds unexpected connections between the desert cultures of the Middle East and the U.S. Southwest. Whether tracing how camels arrived in Arizona or uncovering the “ancient Mayan dish” that actually originated in Lebanon, Nabhan engages readers in his every discovery. “The stark austerity of the desert landscape provides fertile common ground for Nabhan’s expansive look at the seldom acknowledged yet intrinsically significant analogies to be found and celebrated within two cultures increasingly at odds. With immigration now a political hot-button issue, Nabhan’s luminous essays offer an impassioned plea for acceptance that can only come through understanding.”—Booklist

LC 2007033781, ISBN 978-0-8165-2658-1 (c.), ISBN 978-0-8165-2659-8 (p.)

PLA: RG


979.595

McVicker, Eileen O’Keeffe with Barbara J. Scot

Child of Steens Mountain

160 pp., 6” x 9”, b&w photos, $16.95 paper, CIP included

October 2008

Oregon State University Press

Eileen O’Keeffe McVicker’s memoir of growing up on a sheep ranch and homestead on Steens Mountain provides an appealing, personal account of eastern Oregon history. The book offers vivid descriptions of ranch life in a particular historical landscape; it also explores universal issues like parenting, making a living, and coming of age. Scot, who helped McVicker edit and organize the narrative, describes the collaborative process in an insightful afterword. “A lovingly told memoir... a...sharply drawn book with a helpful introduction by historian Richard Etulain, who grew up on a sheep ranch in eastern Washington.”—The Oregonian

LC 2008021138, ISBN 978-0-87071-297-5 (p.)

AASL: RG/HS

PLA: RG


979.7

Scheuerman, Richard D. and Michael O. Finley

Finding Chief Kamiakin: The Life and Legacy of a Northwest Patriot

248 pp., 9” x 10 1/2”, photos, maps, notes, bibliog., index, $34.95 paper, CIP included

November 2008

Washington State University Press

The arrival of unprecedented numbers of Oregon Trail immigrants stirred a cataclysmic upheaval that placed native peoples’ retention of lands and their ancient customs in jeopardy. On May 29, 1855, the Walla Walla Treaty Council commenced and two weeks later, Chief Kamiakin signed the Yakima Treaty of 1855 with great reluctance. He also resolved to resist threats to his people’s freedoms and transgressions on their life ways. Finding Chief Kamiakin is his saga.

LC 2008029025, ISBN 978-0-87422-297-5 (p.)

AASL: S/HS

PLA: O, RS


979.784

Goodrich, Charles, Kathleen Dean Moore, and Frederick J., Swanson (Editors)

In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens

128 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, map, line drawings, bibliog., $15.95 paper, CIP included

May 2008

Oregon State University Press

In prose and poetry by leading literary and scientific thinkers, In the Blast Zone tells the mountain’s story of destruction and unexpectedly rapid and varied renewal. This first book to present such a rich cross-pollination of perspectives explores the question: What can a radically altered landscape tell us about nature and how to live our lives? Contributors include Jerry Franklin, Ursula K. LeGuin, Nalini Nadkarni, James Sedell, Gary Snyder, and Kim Stafford. “An evocative portrait of the awesome power of a volcano to not only reshape a landscape but to reshape a fundamental understanding of science.”—The Seattle Times

LC 2007040282, ISBN 978-0-87071-198-5 (p.)

AASL: RS/HS

PLA: RS

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980-999 South American and Other History


998.2

Apollonio, Spencer

Lands that Hold One Spellbound: A Story of East Greenland

342 pp., 6” x 9”, b&w illus., maps, index, $34.95 paper, CIP included

August 2008

University of Calgary Press

Lands that Hold One Spellbound is an informal history of East Greenland. Author Spencer Apollonio has written the only known overview of the history of this region, summarizing indigenous settlements over four millennia, and describing European explorations from the Norse period to recent years. East Greenland has been colonized seven different times over 4,000 years by migrants from the west. Intrepid explorers returned year after year, attracted by this land which captivated and enthralled them. But its history has never before been told.

LC 20089038401, ISBN 978-155238-240-0 (p.)

AASL: Not Reviewed

PLA: RS


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