2010 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


912.749

Lurie, Maxine N. and Peter O. Wacker (Editors) (Cartographer- Michael E. Siegel)

Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape

240 pp., 11” x 14”, 225 color maps, graphs, and diagrams, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2009

Rivergate Books, an Imprint of Rutgers University Press

Mapping New Jersey, the first interpretive atlas of the state in more than one hundred years, traces changes in environment, land use patterns, demography, transportation, economy, and politics over the course of many centuries and illuminates the state’s transformation from a simple agricultural society to a post-industrial and culturally diverse place inhabited by more people per acre than anywhere else in the country. This oversize volume is filled with 225 colorful maps, graphs, and diagrams and divided into six topical chapters, each accompanied by an introduction and overview telling the story of the state’s past and detailing its diversity today.

LC 2008048078, ISBN 9780813545851 (c.)

AASL: RG

PLA: RG


914.690

Graham, Philip

The Moon, Come to Earth: Dispatches from Lisbon

168 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, $45.00 cloth, $15.00 paper, CIP included

November 2009

The University of Chicago Press

In The Moon, Come to Earth, Philip Graham offers an expanded edition of a popular series of dispatches originally published on McSweeney’s, an exuberant yet introspective account of a year’s sojourn in Lisbon with his wife and daughter. Casting his attentive gaze on scenes as broad as a citywide arts festival and as small as a single paving stone in a cobbled walk, Graham renders Lisbon from a perspective that varies between wide-eyed and knowing; though he’s unquestionably not a tourist, at the same time he knows he will never be a local.

LC 2009010513, ISBN 9780226305141 (c.), ISBN 9780226305158 (p.)

PLA: G


917.210

Annerino, John

Dead in Their Tracks: Crossing America’s Desert Borderlands in the New Era

242 pp., 6” x 9”, 71 b&w photos, 5 maps, index, $17.95 paper, CIP included

September 2009

The University of Arizona Press

A first hand account of the perils associated with crossing the desert on foot. Annerino recounts his experience making that trek with four illegal immigrants—and his return trips to document the struggles of those who persist in this treacherous journey. In this spellbinding narrative, he takes readers into the “empty quarter” of the Southwest to meet the migrant workers and drug runners, the ranchers and Border Patrol agents, who populate today’s headlines. “Annerino conveys the struggle of migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border with compassion because he had the courage to make the journey himself. A gripping work of investigative reporting.”—National Geographic Adventure

LC 2008050100, ISBN 9780816527656 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: O


917.800

Forsberg, Michael

Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild

256 pp., 12” x 11”, 150 color plates, $45.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

The University of Chicago Press

Three broad geographic regions in Great Plains are covered in detail, evoked in the unforgettable and often haunting images taken by Michael Forsberg. Between the fall of 2005 and the winter of 2008, Forsberg traveled roughly 100,000 miles across 12 states and three provinces, from southern Canada to northern Mexico, to complete the photographic fieldwork for this project, underwritten by The Nature Conservancy. Complementing Forsberg’s images and firsthand accounts are essays by Great Plains scholar David Wishart and acclaimed writer Dan O’Brien. Through photographs, essays, historical images, and maps, this volume examines the wildlife that remains in America’s Great Plains.

LC 2009017689, ISBN 9780226257259 (c.)

AASL: O

PLA: O


917.940

Kimbro, Edna E. and Julia G. Costello

The California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation

276 pp., 9 1/2” x 10 3/4”, 170 color and 100 b&w illustrations, 1 map, index, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

Getty Publications

Illustrated in color throughout, this book combines engaging text with historical paintings, archival photographs, and recent photography to create a vivid profile of these iconic institutions. Initial chapters recount their founding and early history, examine their rediscovery in the late nineteenth century, and trace the beginnings of the mission restoration movement. The second part of the book provides concise historical profiles for each of the twenty-one missions. There is also a glossary.

LC 2009016115 , ISBN 9780892369836 (c.)

AASL: R, S

PLA: G

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920-929 Biography


920

Kasdorf, Julia Spicher

The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life: Essays and Poems

230 pp., 6” x 9”, 34 illustrations, $24.95 paper, CIP included

October 2009

Penn State University Press

Julia Kasdorf’s The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life investigates the often difficult relationships among writing, community, and belief. In the ten essays collected here—presented in relation to poetry as well as photographs and other illustrations—Kasdorf draws on family stories, historical documentation, and her own experiences to examine aspects of Mennonite life and explore a variety of themes, including gender, community, silence, place, identity, and the body.

LC 2009016613, ISBN 9780271035444 (p.)

AASL: RS/P

PLA: RG


920

Jackson, Maurice

Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism

400 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 10 illustrations, index, $45.00 cloth, CIP included

January 2009

University of Pennsylvania Press

In the first intellectual biography of the man universally recognized in his own time as the founder of the Atlantic antislavery movement, Jackson demonstrates how Anthony Benezet mediated Enlightenment political and social thought, African travel narratives, and the ideas and experiences of ordinary people to create a new antislavery critique.

LC 2008040902, ISBN 9780812241297 (c.)

AASL: RS/HS

PLA: O


920

Skemp, Sheila L.

First Lady of Letters: Judith Sargent Murray and the Struggle for Female Independence

512 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 10 illustrations, index, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2009

University of Pennsylvania Press

Thanks to the recent discovery of Judith Sargent Murray’s papers—including some 2,500 personal letters—Sheila L. Skemp has documented the compelling story of a talented and most unusual eighteenth-century woman.

LC 2008035356, ISBN 9780812241402 (c.)

AASL: S/HS

PLA: S


920

al-Berry, Khaled

Life is More Beautiful than Paradise: A Jihadist’s Own Story

192 pp., 6” x 9”, $22.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2009

The American University in Cairo Press

In 1986, when this autobiography opens, the author is a typical 14-year-old boy, growing up in middle-class secular Egypt. Attracted by the image of a radical Islamist group, he becomes deeply committed to its beliefs and activities. It ends when he is arrested. Prison, his return to life on the outside, attending Cairo University all lead to the author’s eventual alienation from radical Islam. This book opens a window onto the mind of an extremist who turns out to be disarmingly like many other clever adolescents, and bears witness to a history with whose reverberations we continue to live.

ISBN 9789774162947 (c.)

AASL: G/HS; G

PLA: S


920.008

Bergman, David (Editor)

Gay American Autobiography: Writings from Whitman to Sedaris

426 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliography, $29.95 paper, CIP included

June 2009

The University of Wisconsin Press

In the first anthology to survey the full range of gay men’s autobiographical writing from Walt Whitman to the present, Gay American Autobiography draws excerpts from letters, journals, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies to provide examples of the best life writing over the last century and a half. Each selection provides important insight on the wide spectrum of ways gay men have defined and lived their lives, highlighting how self-awareness changes an author’s experience. “Bergman’s selections artfully avoid the standard coming-out tropes of 20th-century writers in favor of intimate, immediate literature penned by homosexuals.”—Publishers Weekly

LC 2008039537, ISBN 9780299230449 (p.)

PLA: S


929.209

Martin, S.R.

On The Move: A Black Family’s Western Saga

208 pp., 5 3/4” x 9 1/4”, 22 photos, 1 app, 2 tables, $24.95 cloth

April 2009

Texas A&M University Press

In distinctive, engaging prose, S. R. Martin Jr. crafts the story of his forebears and their westward journey, begun even before the great black migration that occurred around the two world wars. By narrating the struggles and triumphs of his family—both paternal and maternal—during their move west, he illuminates an under-studied facet of African American history. As Martin explains it, he and his brother “arrived on the scene at the confluence of these family streams in time to catch a ride to the shining sea.”

LC 2008034987, ISBN 9781603441049 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: S

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930-939 History of the Ancient World


930

Harrison, Thomas (Editor)

The Great Empires of the Ancient World

288 pp., 8 3/8” x 10 5/8”, 220 color and 80 b&w illustrations, index, $39.95 cloth

October 2009

Getty Publications

A team of internationally renowned scholars surveys the major imperial powers of the ancient world, from 1600 B.C. to A.D. 500, and ranging geographically from the ancient Mediterranean to East Asia. The authors investigate the nature of empires—including Egypt, Rome, Babylonia, Persia, India, and China—and their legacies in the modern age. Highlights include fascinating character profiles of great rulers such as the warrior pharaohs Thutmose and Rameses of Egypt, the self-obsessed First Emperor of China, who desperately tried to cheat death, and the brilliant Roman emperor Augustus, who created the most powerful empire the world had ever seen.

LC 2009929902, ISBN 9780892369874 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: O


937.7

De Albentiis, Emidio

Secrets of Pompeii: Everyday Life in Ancient Rome

200 pp., 9 1/2” x 11”, 170 color illustrations, maps, and drawings; glossary, $44.95 cloth, CIP included

August 2009

Getty Publications

This book provides a fascinating look at how ancient Romans interacted in their public squares and marketplaces, how they worshipped, decorated their homes, and spent their leisure time—at the theater, in the gymnasium, and in the baths and brothels. Illustrated with photographs of architectural remains and exquisite details from a range of ancient artworks, including wall paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and carved reliefs, the book offers a glimpse into a lost world.

LC 2009008805, ISBN 9780892369416 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: O


939.33

Mayor, Adrienne

The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy

480 pp., 6” x 9”, 10 color plates, 75 halftones, 9 maps, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2009

Princeton University Press

“With narrative sweep and riveting detail, Adrienne Mayor brings Mithradates to life. Her powerful recreation of an ancient clash of civilizations is interwoven with striking parallels to current events in the Middle East. She brings history, geography, mythology, art, psychology, and science to bear in a lively, accessible mix. The Poison King brilliantly demonstrates how learned scholarship can still reach and move a general audience.”—Judges’ Citation, 2009 National Book Award Finalist “This distinctive and compelling book is sure to fascinate all readers interested in the ancient world.”—Library Journal

LC 2009015050, ISBN 9780691126838 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: G

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940-949 European History


940.1

Kaeuper, Richard W.

Holy Warriors: The Religious Ideology of Chivalry

344 pp., 6” x 9”, 1 illustration, index, $59.95 cloth, CIP included

July 2009

University of Pennsylvania Press

Kaeuper argues that chivalric ideology of the high and later Middle Ages selectively appropriated religious ideas to valorize the institution of knighthood. He describes how both elite warriors and clerics contributed to a Christian theology that validated the knights’ bloody profession.

LC 2009004274, ISBN 9780812241679 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


940.24

Wilson, Peter H.

The Thirty Years War: Europe’s Tragedy

1040 pp., 6 3/8” x 9 1/4”, 8 color illustrations, 8 halftones, 22 maps, index included, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2009

The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

A deadly continental struggle, the Thirty Years War devastated seventeenth-century Europe, killing nearly a quarter of all Germans and laying waste to towns and countryside alike. Wilson offers the first new history in a generation of a horrifying conflict that transformed the map of the modern world.

LC 2009011266, ISBN 9780674036345 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


940.531

Steinweis, Alan E.

Kristallnacht 1938

224 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/4”, index included, $23.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

Kristallnacht revealed to the world the intent and extent of Nazi Judeophobia. However, it was seen essentially as the work of the Nazi leadership. Now, Steinweis counters that view in his vision of Kristallnacht as a veritable pogrom—a popular cathartic convulsion of anti-Semitic violence that was manipulated from above but executed from below by large numbers of ordinary Germans rioting in the streets, heckling and taunting Jews, cheering Stormtroopers’ hostility, and looting Jewish property on a massive scale.

LC 2009026487, ISBN 9780674036239 (c.)

AASL: O

PLA: S


940.531

Marrus, Michael R.

Some Measure of Justice: The Holocaust Era Restitution Campaign of the 1990s

206 pp., 6” x 9”, $29.95 paper, CIP included

October 2009

The University of Wisconsin Press

Can there ever be justice for the Holocaust? During the 1990s—triggered by lawsuits in the United States against Swiss banks, German corporations, insurance companies, and owners of valuable works of art—claimants and their lawyers sought to rectify terrible wrongs committed more than a half century earlier. Some Measure of Justice explores this most recent wave of justice-seeking for the Holocaust: what it has been, why it emerged when it did, how it fits with earlier reparation to the Jewish people, its significance for the historical representation of the Holocaust, and its implications for justice-seeking in our time.

LC 2009010256, ISBN 9780299234041 (p.)

AASL: S, NR

PLA: S


940.531

Raphael, Lev

My Germany: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped

224 pp., 6” x 9”, 15 b&w illustrations, $26.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2009

The University of Wisconsin Press

“Raphael contributes again to the genre of second-generation Holocaust literature in which he is a pioneer. In this poignant memoir, he takes readers on his journey to reconcile with the past. Having grown up in New York with survivor parents who hated Germans and everything German, Raphael is nervous when given the opportunity to do a book tour in Germany for his book Secret Anniversaries of the Heart. With much trepidation, he visits the places that haunted his family and caused him to bear the burden of their pain.”—Library Journal

LC 2008039540, ISBN 9780299231507 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: RG


940.531

Diner, Hasia R.

We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence after the Holocaust, 1945-1962

529 pp., 6” x 9”, 26 illustrations, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2009

New York University Press

It has become an accepted truth: after World War II, American Jews chose to be silent about the mass murder of millions of their European brothers and sisters at the hands of the Nazis. Whether motivated by fear, shame, or the desire to assimilate, the Jewish community in the United States simply did not memorialize the Holocaust until the Eichmann trial and the 1967 Arab-Israeli War made it socially acceptable for them to do so. In a compelling work sure to draw fire from academics and pundits alike, Hasia Diner shows this assumption of silence to be categorically false.

LC 2008052316, ISBN 9780814719930 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


940.531

Stutterheim, John

The Diary of Prisoner 17326

228 pp., 6” x 9”, 20 b&w illustrations, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

December 2009

Fordham University Press

In this moving memoir a young man comes of age in an age of violence, brutality, and war. Recounting his experiences during the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies, this account brings to life the shocking day-to-day conditions in a Japanese labor camp and provides an intimate look at the collapse of Dutch colonial rule.

LC 2009016296, ISBN 9780823231508 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: O


940.531

Solonari, Vladimir

Purifying the Nation: Population Exchange and Ethnic Cleansing in Nazi-Allied Romania

451 pp., 6” x 9”, $65.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

The Woodrow Wilson Center Press

Purifying the Nation is a provocative new exploration of the Holocaust in World War II Romania. Challenging nationalist claims, Vladimir Solonari argues that the persecution of Jews and Roma by the Romanian government was not a response to pressure from the country’s ally, Nazi Germany, but rather stemmed from the vision of an ethnically pure Romania which was traditional to Romanian nationalism. Through a rigorous, archive-based analysis of the country’s interwar political and intellectual climate, as well as policies and practices during Romania’s alliance with the Nazis, Solonari sheds valuable new light on the genocidal activities of one of Hitler’s European satellites.

LC 2009033776, ISBN 9780801894084 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


940.537

MacFarlane, John

Triquet’s Cross: A Study of Military Heroism

232 pp., 6” x 9”, 39 b&w photos, $34.95 cloth

September 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

In Triquet’s Cross John MacFarlane tells the story of Paul Triquet, a French-Canadian soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in the battle for Casa Berardi during the Second World War. MacFarlane shows how Triquet’s story was changed by those who wished to make his hero status the cornerstone in a political debate between francophones and anglophones, particularly with regard to his representing the Commonwealth despite his French-Canadian heritage.

LC 2010275784, ISBN 9780773535770 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: S


940.540

Rigg, Bryan Mark

Lives of Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers: Untold Tales of Men of Jewish Descent Who Fought for the Third Reich

328 pp., 6” x 9”, 64 photographs, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2009

University Press of Kansas

This companion volume to Rigg’s very successful first book, Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers, provides a closer look at the experiences of nearly two dozen of these soldiers. “Rigg tells heartrending stories of soldiers risking their lives in battle as relatives disappeared into extermination camps....As Rigg compellingly shows, these were men dealing with crushingly stressful circumstances as best they could.”—Publishers Weekly. “Rigg’s fascinating and carefully footnoted account is the result of meticulous research over the course of a decade. It lends a valuable glimmer of understanding to an incomprehensible period of history.”—Jerusalem Post

LC 2008042553, ISBN 9780700616381 (c.)

AASL: O

PLA: S


940.542

Lindsay, Oliver

The Battle for Hong Kong 1941-1945: Hostage to Fortune

288 pp., 6” x 9”, 41 b&w photos, $60.00 cloth, $29.95 paper

October 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

It has been over sixty years since Hong Kong was liberated from the Japanese. In a sharp and detailed portrayal of the period, Lindsay offers a graphic account of how the British, Canadian, Indian, and Chinese defenders surrendered Hong Kong to the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941 after eighteen days of intense fighting. The Battle for Hong Kong, 1941-1945 is illuminated by the remarkable personal story of John Harris. An architectural student, he was pitched into battle as a subaltern in the Royal Engineers and was a prisoner of the Japanese for four years. His powerful testimonial describes the appalling struggle to survive in a Japanese prison camp.

LC 2007407717, ISBN 9780773531628 (c.), ISBN 9780773536302 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: S


941.5

Akenson, Don

An Irish History of Civilization, Volume 1

840 pp., 6” x 9”, $59.95 cloth, $24.95 paper

January 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

History is our true novel, says Roy Foster, Ireland’s leading historian. In An Irish History of Civilization, the world’s foremost scholar of the Irish diaspora, Don Akenson, fuses history and fiction into an iconoclastic narrative of a people and their influence around the globe. Volume 1 takes Irish civilization from its Semitic roots in early Christianity to St. Patrick to early Irish conquests in Europe and several New Worlds, and from the eighteenth-century penal laws to the emergence of Irish Catholics as energetic imperializers within the First and Second British Empires.

LC 2005360773, ISBN 9780773528901 (c.), ISBN 9780773535480 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


941.5

Akenson, Don

An Irish History of Civilization, Volume 2

704 pp., 6” x 9”, $59.95 cloth, $24.95 paper

January 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

History is our true novel, says Roy Foster, Ireland’s leading historian. In An Irish History of Civilization, the world’s foremost scholar of the Irish diaspora, Don Akenson, fuses history and fiction into an iconoclastic narrative of a people and their influence around the globe. Volume 2 begins with the Great Famine and moves on to show the Irish adapting, improvising, and innovating in Ireland, North America, New Zealand, Australia, Polynesia, and South Africa. Akenson ends by demonstrating conclusively the centrality of both Catholic and Protestant Irish culture to the United States.

LC 2005360773, ISBN 9780773528918 (c.), ISBN 9780773535497 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


943.086

Hoffmann, Peter

Stauffenberg: A Family History, 1905-1944, Third Edition

448 pp., 6” x 9”, $22.95 paper

January 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

The attempt to assassinate Hitler is widely acknowledged, but few are aware of the individuals involved. In this detailed family history Peter Hoffmann reveals the tragic and heroic life of Claus, Count Stauffenberg, German aristocrat and would-be assassin of Adolph Hitler. This revised edition includes a new preface by Hoffman and important information he has uncovered since the book was first published.

LC 2004556154, ISBN 9780773535442 (p.)

AASL: O/HS, P

PLA: G


943.086

Mahlendorf, Ursula

The Shame of Survival: Working Through a Nazi Childhood

376 pp., 6 1/8” x 8 5/8”, 8 illustrations, 5 maps, index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2009

Penn State University Press

This is Ursula Mahlendorf’s vivid and unflinchingly honest account of her indoctrination into Nazism and of her gradual awakening to all the damage that Nazism had done to her country. It reveals why Nazism initially appealed to people from her station in life and how Nazi ideology was inculcated into young people. The book recounts the increasing hardships of life under Nazism as the war progressed and the chaos and turmoil that followed Germany’s defeat.

LC 2008034248, ISBN 9780271034478 (c.)

AASL: O/HS, P

PLA: G


943.512

Thaler, Peter

Of Mind and Matter: The Duality of National Identity in the German-Danish Borderlands

183 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $29.95 paper, CIP included

July 2009

Purdue University Press

Of Mind and Matter analyzes identity formation in the multicultural border region of Sleswig. It highlights the changeability of national sentiments and explores what has motivated local inhabitants to define themselves as Germans or Danes. The analysis focuses especially on the respective national minorities, among whom the transitional and flexible aspects of Sleswig identity surface most clearly. The study investigates national sentiments in a border region from a theoretical and comparative perspective. Of Mind and Matter adds important new angles to the literature on national identity in border areas and fills a conspicuous gap in English-language historiography, which lacks modern analyses of Sleswig history.

LC 2009004937, ISBN 9781557535245 (p.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: S


943.805

Machcewicz, Pawel

Rebellious Satellite: Poland 1956

280 pp., 6” x 9”, $55.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2009

The Woodrow Wilson Center Press

Rebellious Satellite: Poland 1956 offers a social history of the mass movements that prompted political change and altered Polish-Soviet relations in 1956 but avoided a Soviet armed response. Pawel Machcewicz focuses on the people’s expression of grievances, and even riots—as opposed to “top-level” activities such as internal Communist Party struggles. The manuscript is based largely on new archival materials (mainly Party and security apparatus documents) that were originally prepared to provide detailed information to the Party leadership about what was happening on the ground. The book includes a selection of photographs from Poznan in June 1956 taken secretly by the police.

LC 2009008373, ISBN 9780804762052 (c.)

AASL: NR

PLA: S


944.025

Sumption, Jonathan

The Hundred Years War, Volume III: Divided Houses

1024 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 38 illustrations, index, $45.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2009

University of Pennsylvania Press

This long-awaited third volume of Jonathan Sumption’s monumental history of the war narrates the period from 1369 to 1393, marked by the slow decline of English fortunes and the subsequent rise of French ones.

LC 99494726, ISBN 9780812242232 (c.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: G


944.033

Dee, Darryl

Expansion and Crisis in Louis XIV’s France: Franche-Comté & Absolute Monarchy, 1674-1715

259 pp., 9” x 6”, $80.00 cloth

September 2009

The University of Rochester Press

Driven by a desire for glory and renown, Louis XIV presided over France’s last great burst of territorial expansion in Europe. During the first three decades of his rule, his armies conquered numerous territories along France’s borders. Expansion and Crisis in Louis XIV’s France examines these central yet understudied aspects of the age of the Sun King through the experience of Franche-Comté, a possession of the Spanish empire with a long history of autonomy, conquered by Louis XIV in 1674. Dee’s detailed research reconstructs the ensuing dialogue—sometimes harmonious, sometimes discordant—between the king and the elites who ruled this province.

LC 2009013676, ISBN 9781580463034 (c.)

AASL: S


944.361

Roux, Simone (Translated by Jo Ann McNamara)

Paris in the Middle Ages

272 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $29.95 cloth

CIP included

March 2009

University of Pennsylvania Press

Centering on the streets of this metropolis, Simone Roux peers into the secret lives of people within their homes and the public world of affairs and entertainments, populating the book with laborers, shop keepers, magistrates, thieves, and strollers.

LC 2008035364, ISBN 9780812241594 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


947.084

Service, Robert

Trotsky: A Biography

648 pp., 6 3/8” x 9 1/4”, 50 halftones, index included, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

Robert Service completes his masterful trilogy on the founding figures of the Soviet Union in an eagerly anticipated, authoritative biography of Leon Trotsky. Although Trotsky’s followers clung to the stubborn view of him as a pure revolutionary and a powerful intellect unjustly hounded into exile by Stalin, the reality is very different. This illuminating portrait of the man and his legacy sets the record straight.

LC 2009025417, ISBN 9780674036154 (c.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


947.084

Hagenloh, Paul

Stalin’s Police: Public Order and Mass Repression in the USSR, 1926-1941

460 pp., 6” x 9”, $45.00 cloth, CIP included

March 2009

The Woodrow Wilson Center Press

Stalin’s Police offers a new interpretation of the mass repressions associated with the Stalinist terror of the late 1930s. Paul Hagenloh argues that the policing methods employed in the late 1930s were the culmination of a set of ideologically driven policies dating back to the previous decade. Hagenloh’s vivid and monumental account is the first to show how Stalin’s peculiar brand of policing—in which criminals, juvenile delinquents, and other marginalized population groups were seen increasingly as threats to the political and social order—supplied the core mechanism of the Great Terror.

LC 2008049892, ISBN 9780801891823 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


949.703

Macek, Ivana

Sarajevo Under Siege: Anthropology in Wartime

272 pp., 6” x 9”, 25 illustrations, index, $55.00 cloth, CIP included

January 2009

University of Pennsylvania Press

A richly detailed account of the lived experiences of ordinary people in this multicultural city between 1992 and 1996, during the war in the former Yugoslavia. Exploring how civilians coped with desperate circumstances, it argues that ethnonational divisions were the result rather than the cause of the war.

LC 2008043969, ISBN 9780812241266 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: O


949.703

Ingrao, Charles and Thomas A. Emmert

Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies: A Scholars’ Initiative

454 pp., 6” x 9”, index, $43.95 paper, CIP included

January 2009

Purdue University Press

It’s been two decades since Yugoslavia fell apart. The conflicts that followed its dissolution are over, but the legacy of the tragedy continues to unsettle the region. Reconciliation is a long and difficult process that necessitates a willingness to work together openly and objectively in confronting the past. The Scholars’ Initiative has assembled an international consortium of historians, social scientists, and jurists to examine the salient controversies that still divide the peoples of former Yugoslavia. The findings of its eleven research teams represent a direct assault on the proprietary narratives and interpretations that nationalist politicians and media have impressed on mass culture in each of the successor states.

LC 2008050130, ISBN 9781557535337 (p.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: NR

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950-969 Asian, Middle Eastern, and African History


950.210

Fitzhugh, William, Morris Rossabi, and William Honeychurch (Editors)

Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire

320 pp., 8 1/2” x 11”, 280 color illustrations, 14 maps, index, $40.00 paper, CIP included

September 2009

University of Washington Press, distributed for Genghis Khan Exhibits, Inc.

Using the latest results of research in archaeology, forensics, history, art, and literature, this richly illustrated collection of essays by noted scholars presents the untold story of Mongolia and its people. Morris Rossabi addresses the sophisticated administrative structure, religious and economic freedom, and social precepts that were Genghis Khan’s lasting legacy. Historians David Morgan and Dan Waugh describe the western expansion of the Mongol empire. Recent archaeological discoveries are discussed by Hermitage curator Mark Kramarovsky. Color photographs, maps, art, and artifacts illustrate the impact and legacy of the Mongol Empire.

LC 2009023692, ISBN 9780295989570 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: O


951.042

Taylor, Jay

The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China

736 pp., 6 3/8” x 9 1/4”, 41 halftones, 4 maps, index included, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

March 2009

The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

One of the most momentous stories of the last century is China’s rise from a self-satisfied, anti-modern, decaying society into a global power that promises to one day rival the United States. Chiang Kai-shek, an autocratic, larger-than-life figure, dominates this story. Drawing heavily on Chinese sources including Chiang’s diaries, The Generalissimo provides the most lively, sweeping, and objective biography yet of a man whose length of uninterrupted, active engagement at the highest levels in the march of history is excelled by few, if any, in modern history.

LC 2008040492, ISBN 9780674033382 (c.)

PLA: O


955

Ward, Steven R.

Immortal: A Military History of Iran and Its Armed Forces

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

March 2009

Georgetown University Press

Immortal is the only single-volume English-language survey of Iran’s military history. CIA analyst Steven R. Ward shows that Iran’s soldiers, from the famed “Immortals” of ancient Persia to today’s Revolutionary Guard, have demonstrated through the centuries that they should not be underestimated. This history also provides background on the nationalist, tribal, and religious heritages of the country to help readers better understand Iran and its security outlook.

LC 2008031770, ISBN 9781589012585 (c.)

PLA: RG


956.704

Dobbins, James, et al.

Occupying Iraq: A History of the Coalition Provisional Authority

410 pp., 6” x 9”, tables, figures, biblography, index, $40.00 paper, CIP included

May 2009

RAND Corporation

The American engagement in Iraq has been looked at from many perspectives—flawed intelligence that provided the war’s rationale, the failed effort to secure an international mandate, the rapid success of the invasion, and the long counterinsurgency campaign. This book focuses on the activities of the Coalition Provisional Authority and its administrator, L. Paul Bremer. The book evaluates efforts to restore public services, reform the judicial and penal systems, fight corruption, revitalize the economy, and create the basis for representative government. It also addresses the inability of the United States and its coalition partners to protect the Iraqi people.

LC 2009007507, ISBN 9780833046659 (p.)

PLA: S


956.704

Benedict, Helen

The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq

272 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliographical references and index, $25.95 cloth, $18.00 paper, CIP included

April 2009

Beacon Press

In The Lonely Soldier, Benedict tells the stories of five women who fought in Iraq between 2003 and 2006. She follows them from their childhoods to their enlistments, then takes them through their training, to war and home again, all the while setting the war’s events in context.

LC 2008036228, ISBN 9780807061473 (c.), ISBN 9780807061497 (p.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


958.104

Semple, Michael

Reconciliation in Afghanistan

110 pp., 6” x 9”, abbreviations, map of Afghanistan, appendices, index, $10.00 paper, CIP included

September 2009

United States Institute of Peace Press

In this timely and thorough volume, Michael Semple analyzes the rationale and effectiveness post-2001 attempts at reconciliation in Afghanistan. He explains the poor performance of these attempts and argues that rethinking is necessary if reconciliation is to help revive prospects for peace and stability in Afghanistan. Semple’s findings reveal that the key parties to the insurgency are Afghan political actors driven by objectives related to their roles and status inside Afghanistan. He concludes with specific and numerous recommendations for the Government of Afghanistan as well as for the international community.

LC 2009015351, ISBN 9781601270429 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: RS


959.704

Hagopian, Patrick

The Vietnam War in American Memory: Veterans, Memorials, and the Politics of Healing

576 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 100 illustrations, $49.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2009

University of Massachusetts Press

“This is among the most important books on the Vietnam War published in the past decade....For anyone seriously interested in the Vietnam War era and recent US history...this should be a challenging, rewarding work....Highly recommended.”—Choice

LC 2008053928, ISBN 9781558496934 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


959.704

Kuzmarov, Jeremy

The Myth of the Addicted Army: Vietnam and the Modern War on Drugs

320 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 9 illustrations, $80.00 cloth, $26.95 paper, CIP included

September 2009

University of Massachusetts Press

The Myth of the Addicted Army will contend for best-book awards in history, sociology, and many fields of policy studies. It is chock full of original research utilizing government documents and interviews with policy makers to show how the war in Vietnam incubated the myth of widespread drug addiction among U.S. troops that became, in turn, the back story to the homefront War on Drugs.” —Jerry Lembcke, author of The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam

LC 2009022363, ISBN 9781558497047 (c.), ISBN 9781558497054 (p.)

PLA: S


959.704

Hunting, Jill

Finding Pete: Rediscovering the Brother I Lost in Vietnam

288 pp., 6” x 9”, 46 illus., 2 maps, index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

Wesleyan University Press

When Jill Hunting turned fifteen, she lost her only brother, a volunteer with International Voluntary Services and one of the first civilian casualties of the Vietnam War. News broadcasts announced that Pete had been led into an ambush. When Jill’s mother told her Pete’s letters home had all been destroyed in a basement flood, the connection between Jill and her brother was lost forever—or so she thought. Decades later, 175 letters surfaced. Through them, and the many friends who had never forgotten Pete, Jill came to know him again. A personalized account of a critical moment in U.S. history.

LC 2009018233, ISBN 9780819569233 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: S


959.704

Moore-Lanning, Linda

Waiting: One Wife’s Year of the Vietnam War

256 pp., 6” x 9”, 8 b&w photos, $40.00 cloth

October 2009

Texas A&M University Press

Waiting: One Wife’s Year of the Vietnam War is the deeply personal account of Moore-Lanning’s year as a waiting wife. The first-ever book from the perspective of a wife on the home front during the Vietnam War, Moore-Lanning’s telling is both unflinching in its honesty and universal in its evocation of the price exacted from those who were left behind. During her “waiting year,” Moore-Lanning traveled far, in both distance and perspective, from the small West Texas town of Roby where she had grown up and met her husband.

LC 2009010511, ISBN 9781603441391 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


959.704

Prados, John

Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975

696 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, 48 photographs, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2009

University Press of Kansas

The first major synthesis of the war since 2001, drawing upon a host of newly declassified documents, presidential tapes, and overlooked foreign sources to give the most comprehensive look to date of the war that still haunts America. “This important and provocative work should be read by anyone studying the war, whether in academia or from personal interest.”—Library Journal. “This is the book we’ve been waiting for. It is the new standard.”—Vietnam. “A terrific read, full of revelations and astute interpretations, and destined to become a classic.”—Larry Berman, author of No Peace, No Honor

LC 2008051204, ISBN 9780700616343 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


959.8

Hellwig, Tineke and Eric Tagliacozzo (Editors)

The Indonesia Reader: History, Culture, Politics

488 pp., 6” x 9”, 58 illustrations, $94.95 cloth, $25.95 paper, CIP included

February 2009

Duke University Press

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, encompassing nearly eighteen thousand islands. The fourth-most populous nation in the world, it has a larger Muslim population than any other. The Indonesia Reader is a unique introduction to this extraordinary country. Assembled for the traveler, student, and expert alike, the Reader includes more than 150 selections: journalists’ articles, explorers’ chronicles, photographs, poetry, stories, cartoons, drawings, letters, speeches, and more. Many pieces are by Indonesians; some are translated into English for the first time.

LC 2008041803, ISBN 9780822344032 (c.), ISBN 9780822344247 (p.)

PLA: RG


959.903

McCoy, Alfred W.

Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State

672 pp., 6” x 9”, 47 b&w photos, 7 illustrations, index, $29.95 paper, CIP included

October 2009

The University of Wisconsin Press

“This remarkable study provides a meticulous analysis of the novel colonial system developed by the U.S. in the Philippines after the murderous conquest, with startling implications for the shape of the modern world.” —Noam Chomsky, MIT. At the dawn of the twentieth century, the U.S. Army occupied Manila then plunged into a decade-long pacification campaign with striking parallels to today’s war in Iraq. Armed with cutting-edge technology from America’s first information revolution, the U.S. colonial regime created the most modern police and intelligence units anywhere under the American flag and unleashed profoundly undemocratic forces that persist to the present day.

LC 2009010253, ISBN 9780299234140 (p.)

PLA: G


961

Naylor, Phillip C.

North Africa: A History from Antiquity to the Present

373 pp., 6” x 9”, 15 maps, index, $45.00 cloth, $30.00 paper, CIP included

July 2009

University of Texas Press

The most comprehensive history of North Africa to date, with accessible, in-depth chapters covering the pre-Islamic period through colonization and independence.

LC 2008053138, ISBN 9780292719224 (c.), ISBN 9780292722910 (p.)

AASL: RS/P

PLA: G


966.705

Korang, Kwaku Larbi

Writing Ghana, Imagining Africa: Nation and African Modernity

424 pp., 6” x 9”, $85.00 cloth, $39.95 paper, CIP included

January 2009

The University of Rochester Press

Writing Ghana, Imagining Africa changes dominant ideas about Africa’s relations with modernity and the global history of nationalism by recovering, and bringing fresh interpretations to, a modern genealogy of African nationalist theory. Author Kwaku Larbi Korang examines the writing of intellectuals from preindependence Ghana from the latter half of the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth, writers who operated self-consciously in a Pan-African ideological framework. By confronting the concept of “the African Nation” under the colonial order, Korang contends that these writer-intellectuals were also confronting modernity in ways that would be important to the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

LC 2003016339, ISBN 9781580461467 (c.), ISBN 9781580463164 (p.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: S


966.903

Barnes, Andrew E.

Making Headway: The Introduction of Western Civilization in Colonial Northern Nigeria

330 pp., 6” x 9”, 8 line illustrations, $95.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2009

The University of Rochester Press

The process of cultural transfer in Northern Nigeria was historically thought to have been dictated by European colonial domination. In this penetrating study, Barnes argues that competition among colonizing forces impelled British colonial administrators and Christian missionaries to offer Africans those aspects of Western civilization they specifically wanted: schools that provided greater access to Western intellectual skills. Europeans were successful in transferring to local peoples the cultural values they hoped to foster only because Africans and Europeans reached consensus about the nature and character of the Western civilization to be shared. Ultimately, Africans had greater control over the introduction of Western civilization to the region than traditionally thought.

LC 2009032309, ISBN 9781580462990 (c.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: G


967.6

Maxon, Robert M.

East Africa: An Introductory History, 3rd and Revised Edition

320 pp., 6” x 9”, index, bibliography, maps, and diagrams, $29.95 paper, CIP included

August 2009

West Virginia University Press

In this third edition of East Africa: An Introductory History, Robert M. Maxon revisits the diverse eastern region of Africa, including the modern nations of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. With revised sections and a new preface, this comprehensive text surveys East Africa’s political, economic, and social history from pre-colonial to modern times. East Africa: An Introductory History documents the transformation of East Africa from the Stone Age to the first decade of the twenty-first century. The book is ideal for any reader interested in unraveling the intricate history of this East Africa, and especially for students coming to the study of this region for the first time.

LC 2009014204, ISBN 9781933202464 (p.)

AASL: RS/HS

PLA: G

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971.447

Manning, Stephen

Quebec: The Story of Three Sieges

256 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/8”, $34.95 cloth

August 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Marking the 250th anniversary of the battle of the Plains of Abraham, Quebec: The Story of Three Sieges goes beyond the celebrated siege by General James Wolfe in 1759 to chronicle three very different sieges, across two separate conflicts.

ISBN 9780773536395 (c.)

AASL: RG

PLA: G


971.910

Larsen, Dennis M.

Slick as a Mitten: Ezra Meeker’s Klondike Enterprise

136 pp., 8 1/2” x 11”, photographs, maps, notes, bibliography, index, $24.95 paper, CIP included

July 2009

Washington State University Press

Ezra Meeker braved the Oregon Trail in 1852 and accumulated a fortune in the Puyallup hop-growing business. Suddenly, at the dawn of the new century, he lost his wealth, and despite his advanced age, ventured to Alaska and the treacherous Klondike. Four years of letters, most from Ezra to his beloved wife Eliza Jane, relay the details of his risky scheme to transport and sell one hundred tons of groceries to Yukon gold miners.

LC 2009016160, ISBN 9780874223026 (p.)

AASL: RG

PLA: RS


972.01

Bauer, Arnold J.

The Search for the Codex Cardona: On the Trail of a Sixteenth-Century Mexican Treasurer

208 pp., 6” x 9”, 8 page color insert, $74.95 cloth, $21.95 paper, CIP included

November 2009

Duke University Press

In The Search for the Codex Cardona, Arnold J. Bauer tells the story of his experiences on the trail of a cultural treasure, a Mexican “painted book” that first came into public view at Sotheby’s auction house in London in 1982, nearly four hundred years after it was presumably made by Mexican artists and scribes. On folios of amate paper, the Codex includes two oversized maps and 300 painted illustrations accompanied by text in sixteenth-century paleography.

LC 2009030093, ISBN 9780822345961 (c.), ISBN 9780822346142 (p.)

PLA: G


972.040

Fowler, Will

Santa Anna of Mexico

528 pp., 6” x 9”, 5 images, $22.95 paper

November 2009

University of Nebraska Press

“Fowler has produced an elegantly written and engaging study about one of Mexico’s most notorious and misunderstood leaders. His evenhanded assessment of Santa Anna as more than just a power-hungry, opportunistic, and corrupt politician makes this biography a most welcome and valuable addition to Mexican historiography.”—Journal of Military History. “Drawing on archives in Mexico, Spain, Britain, and Texas as well as published sources, Fowler supplies a much-needed corrective to existing impressions of Santa Anna with this balanced and well-written work.” —Library Journal

LC 2007016104, ISBN 9780803211209 (c.), ISBN 9780803226388 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


973.03

Kazin, Michael

The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History

1,056 pp., 8” x 10”, 44 halftones, 3 line illustrations, 8 tables, 7 maps, $250.00 cloth, CIP included

December 2009

Princeton University Press

“I can think of no better introduction to American politics than The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History....A major accomplishment.”—Gary Gerstle, Vanderbilt University. An essential resource for anyone interested in U.S. history and politics, this two-volume encyclopedia covers the major forces that have shaped American politics from the founding to today. The book addresses both the traditional topics of political history—such as eras, institutions, political parties, presidents, and founding documents—and the wider subjects of current scholarship, including military, electoral, and economic events, as well as social movements, popular culture, religion, education, race, gender, and more.

LC 2009032311, ISBN 9780691129716 (c.)

AASL: O

PLA: O


973.049

Raphael, Marc Lee

The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America

504 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, index, $90.00 cloth, $30.00 paper, CIP included

September 2009

Columbia University Press

This collection focuses on a variety of important themes in the American Jewish and Judaic experience. It opens with essays on early Jewish settlers, the expansion of Jewish life in America, the great wave of eastern European Jewish immigrants, the character of American Judaism between the two world wars, American Jewish life from the end of World War II to the Six-Day War, and the growth of Jews’ influence and affluence. The second half of the volume includes essays on Orthodox Jews, the history of Jewish education in America, and the rise of Jewish social clubs at the turn of the century.

LC 2007024758, ISBN 9780231132220 (c.), ISBN 9780231132237 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


973.049

Wolff, Robert Paul

Autobiography of an Ex-White Man: Learning a New Master Narrative for America

150 pp., 6” x 9”, $55.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

January 2009

The University of Rochester Press

An intensely personal meditation on the nature of America by a white philosopher who joined a Black Studies Department and found his understanding of the world transformed by the experience.

LC 2004021545, ISBN 9781580461801 (c.), ISBN 9781580463133 (p.)

AASL: NR

PLA: G, NR


973.088

Curtis, Edward E. (Editor)

The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States

472 pp., 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, index, glossary, $90.00 cloth, $29.50 paper, CIP included

April 2009

Columbia University Press

In constructing this history, Curtis draws on the work of Muslim feminists, social conservatives, interfaith activists, missionaries, and politicians, as well as Muslim rappers and legal experts. He also includes records from the large-scale migrations of the 1880s; racial, ethnic, and religious trends of the 1960s; writings from second-generation and African American Muslims; and discussions of Islam in the public square. Intimate and highly informed, this sourcebook not only provides a crucial corrective to the rhetoric of suspicion and fear surrounding current discussions of Muslims in the United States, but it also emphasizes the continuing impact of Muslims on American society and culture.

LC 2007018968, ISBN 9780231139564 (c.), ISBN 9780231139571 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: G


973.2

Hall, Joseph M.

Zamumo’s Gifts: Indian-European Exchange in the Colonial Southeast

248 pp., 6” x 9”, 12 illustrations, index, $37.50 cloth, CIP included

August 2009

University of Pennsylvania Press

Zamumo’s Gifts traces the evolution of Indian-European exchange, from gift giving as a diplomatic tool to the trade of commodities that bound colonists and Natives in commercial relations.

LC 2009001011, ISBN 9780812241792 (c.)

AASL: RS

PLA: RS


973.3

Bickham, Troy

Making Headlines: The American Revolution as Seen through the British Press

317 pp., 6” x 9”, 17 illustrations, $38.00 cloth, CIP included

January 2009

Northern Illinois University Press

In this innovative study, Bickham adeptly leads the reader on an exploration into the varied national debates that raged throughout Britain during the American Revolution, one of Britain’s historically most unpopular wars. Surpassing the breadth of previous studies on the subject, Making Headlines offers a look at the British press as a whole—including London newspapers, provincial newspapers, and monthly magazines. “Important. Based on wide-ranging research, it ably probes the material in a significant uncovering of the public politics of the crisis.”—Jeremy Black, University of Exeter

LC 2008026483, ISBN 9780875803937 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


973.4

Wood, Gordon

Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815

800 pp., photos, index, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

Oxford University Press

One of America’s most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life—in politics, society, economy, and culture. The men who founded the new government had high hopes for the future, but few of their hopes and dreams worked out quite as they expected. Still, with a new generation emerging by 1815, most Americans were confident and optimistic about the future of their country.

LC 2009010762, ISBN 9780195039146 (c.)

AASL: S

PLA: O


973.510

Ketcham, Ralph

The Madisons at Montpelier: Reflections on the Founding Couple

192 pp., 6” x 9”, 17 b&w photos, 3 line drawings, 1 map, source notes, bibliography, index, $23.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2009

The University of Virginia Press

In their last years, James and Dolley Madison personified the republican institutions and culture of the new nation-James as the father of the Constitution and its chief propounder for nearly half a century, and Dolley as the creator of the role of “First Lady.” Anything but uneventful, the retirement period at Montpelier should be seen as a crucial element in our understanding of this remarkable couple.

LC 2008050769, ISBN 9780813928111 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


973.709

Gates, Henry Louis (Editor)

Lincoln on Race and Slavery

416 pp., 6” x 9”, 35 halftones, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2009

Princeton University Press

“Gates dispenses his lessons respectably. For the most part, he places Lincoln correctly in these different groups and along these different measures, even though it requires conceding that Lincoln fell far short of our own conceptions of justice and humanity. Amid the current bicentennial emoting, it is refreshing to read an evaluation of Lincoln that refuses, as Gates writes, to ‘romanticize him as the first American president completely to transcend race and racism.’”—Sean Wilentz, The New Republic

LC 2008049960, ISBN 9780691142340 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


973.709

McPherson, James

Abraham Lincoln

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

January 2009

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. It is the best concise introduction to Lincoln in print, a must-have volume for anyone interested in American history or in our greatest president. The book discusses his lasting legacy and why he remains a quintessential American hero two hundred years after his birth. With his ideal short account of Lincoln, McPherson provides a compelling biography of a man of humble origins who preserved our nation during its greatest catastrophe and ended the scourge of slavery.

LC 2008035623, ISBN 9780195374520 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


973.711

McGinty, Brian

John Brown’s Trial

384 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/4”, 19 halftones, index included, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2009

Harvard University Press

Mixing idealism with violence, abolitionist John Brown cut a wide swath across the United States before winding up in Virginia, where he led an attack on the U.S. armory and arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Supported by a “provisional army” of 21 men, Brown hoped to rouse the slaves in Virginia to rebellion. But he was quickly captured and, after a short but stormy trial, hanged on December 2, 1859. McGinty provides the first comprehensive account of the trial, which raised important questions about jurisdiction, judicial fairness, and the nature of treason under the American constitutional system.

LC 2009004724, ISBN 9780674035171 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


973.746

Howell, Kenneth W. (Editor)

The Seventh Star of the Confederacy: Texas during the Civil War

368 pp., 6” x 9”, 23 b&w illustrations, notes, bibliography, index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2009

University of North Texas Press

This new anthology incorporates the latest scholarly research on how Texans experienced the war. Eighteen contributors take us from the battlefront to the home front, ranging from inside the walls of a Confederate prison to inside the homes of women and children left to fend for themselves, and from the halls of the governor’s mansion to the halls of the county commissioner’s court in Colorado County. Also explored are well-known battles such as the Battle of Galveston and the Red River Campaign. Finally, the social and cultural aspects of the war receive new analysis, including the experiences of women, African Americans, Union prisoners of war, and noncombatants.

LC 2008053133, ISBN 9781574412598 (c.)

AASL: RG

PLA: RS


973.782

Caudill, Philip

Moss Bluff Rebel: A Texas Pioneer in the Civil War

232 pp., 6” x 9”, 7 b&w photos, 3 maps, $29.95 cloth

February 2009

Texas A&M University Press

Moss Bluff Rebel paints a picture of everyday life for the Anglo-Texans who settled the Mexican land grants in the early nineteenth century and subsequently became citizens of the proudly independent Texas Republic. The carefully crafted narrative goes on to reveal the wartime emotions of a reluctant Confederate officer and his postwar struggles to reinvent the lifestyle he knew before the Civil War, a way of life he sensed was lost forever.

LC 2008034068, ISBN 9781603440899 (c.)

AASL: RG

PLA: RS


973.912

Gould, Lewis L.

The William Howard Taft Presidency

288 pp., 6” x 9”, 23 photographs, index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

University Press of Kansas

A leading political historian provides the first reassessment of the Taft presidency in four decades. He finds that Taft was a competent chief executive who kept the nation out of war, presided over a prosperous economy, observed the constitutional limits of his office, and nurtured the GOP’s conservative wing. “The best informed and most judicious study yet published about the Taft presidency. Gould has poured into this book the product of his impressive research and extensive reflection about the politics of the progressive period, Taft’s uncomfortable role therein, and not the least, Taft’s controversial relationship with Theodore Roosevelt.”—John Morton Blum, author of The Progressive Presidents

LC 2009019219, ISBN 9780700616749 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


973.917

Brinkley, Alan

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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

December 2009

Oxford University Press

This brilliant, compact biography chronicles Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s rise from a childhood of privilege to a presidency that forever changed the face of international diplomacy, the American party system, and the government’s role in global and domestic policy. Brinkley, the National Book Award-winning New Deal historian, provides a clear, concise introduction to Roosevelt’s sphinx-like character and remarkable achievements. Brinkley chronicles Roosevelt’s rise to the presidency, a position in which FDR remained until death, through an unparalleled three-plus terms in office. His extraordinary legacy remains alive in our own troubled new century as a reminder of what bravery and strong leadership can accomplish.

LC 2009027690, ISBN 9780199732029 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


973.920

Singer, Margaret Fuchs

Legacy of a False Promise: A Daughter’s Reckoning

360 pp., 6” x 9”, 19 illustrations, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2009

The University of Alabama Press

Margaret Fuchs was thirteen in June 1955 when she learned that her parents had been Communists while working for the U.S. government in the 1930s and ‘40s. This book chronicles the years during which her parents were exposed and her father was subpoenaed before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Eventually he named names, and subsequently lost his job as a law professor at American University, and was blacklisted from teaching again. It also details the author’s quest as an adult to learn whether or not her parents ever spied for the Soviet Union.

LC 2009010160, ISBN 9780817316747 (c.)

AASL: G/HS, G

PLA: S, G


973.932

Walker, Clarence E. and Gregory D. Smithers

The Preacher and the Politician: Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama, and Race in America

168 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, notes to pages, index, $22.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

The University of Virginia Press

Barack Obama’s inauguration as the first African American president of the United States has caused many commentators to conclude that America has entered a postracial age. The Preacher and the Politician argues otherwise, reminding us that, far from inevitable, Obama’s nomination was nearly derailed by his relationship with Jeremiah Wright. With meticulous research and insightful analysis, Walker and Smithers take us back to the Democratic primary season of 2008. In the process they expose how the persistence of institutional racism, and racial stereotypes, became a significant hurdle for Obama in his quest for the presidency.

LC 2009014341, ISBN 9780813928869 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: S


974.044

Braden, Al

The Connecticut River: A Photographic Journey Through the Heart of New England

168 pp., 10” x 10”, 136 color illustrations, 1 map, bibliography, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

Wesleyan University Press

Author and photographer Al Braden opens the book with an essay and then presents 136 full-page color photos to reveal the river as few people are privileged to experience it. Readers will see and learn about the landscape, history, development, conservation, geologic formations, wildlife, flora, and, of course, the moods of the water, sky, and riverbank. Together, the images and text provide a poignant look at the 410 miles of this river and document its centrality to the unique character of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

LC 2009018241, ISBN 9780819568953 (c.)

AASL: RG

PLA: RG


974.44

Lemire, Elise

Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts

248 pp., 6” x 9”, 11 illustrations, index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2009

University of Pennsylvania Press

Charting the rise and fall of a community of former slaves struggling to survive on the fringes of Concord, Massachusetts, Black Walden reveals the role that slavery and its aftermath played in forming Thoreau’s beloved Walden landscape.

LC 2009001010, ISBN 9780812241808 (c.)

AASL: RS

PLA: RG


974.710

Engle, Karen

Seeing Ghosts

224 pp., 6” x 9”, 41 b&w photos, $95.00 cloth, $24.95 paper

April 2009

McGill-Queen’s University Press

On September 11th more people clicked “on documentary news photographs than on pornography for the first (and only) time in the history of the Internet,” reports writer David Levi Strauss. The archive of images associated with the tragic events of 9/11 merits careful analysis. Artist Damien Hirst has suggested that the attacks were designed to be viewed—”The thing about 9/11 is that it’s kind of an artwork in its own right. It was wicked, but it was devised in this way for this kind of impact. It was devised visually.”

ISBN 980773535404 (c.), ISBN 9780773535411 (p.)

PLA: G


974.710

Johnson, Kathleen Eagen

The Hudson-Fulton Celebration: New York’s River Festival of 1909 and the Making of a Metropolis

204 pp., 8 1/2” x 9 1/4”, 132 color illustrations, 107 b&w illustrations, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2009

Fordham University Press

For two weeks in the fall of 1909, New York City threw itself the biggest party it had ever seen—attracting millions of people to a sprawling festival 150 miles long, from Brooklyn up the Hudson River to Albany. This extraordinary event, the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, was officially meant to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the river bearing his name and the centennial of Robert Fulton’s first successful run of his steamship Clermont. But the Celebration was really created to showcase New York’s coming of age as a world metropolis. This fascinating book commemorates that commemoration.

LC 2008050168, ISBN 9780823230211 (c.)

AASL: RG

PLA: RS


974.710

Bradley, Elizabeth L.

Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York

192 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 24 illustrations; index, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2009

Rutgers University Press

Diedrich Knickerbocker was created in 1809 by a young Washington Irving, who used the character to narrate his classic satire, A History of New York. Bradley’s stunning volume offers a surprising and delightful glimpse behind the scenes of New York history, and invites readers into the world of Knickerbocker, the antihero who surprised everyone by becoming the standard-bearer for the city’s exceptional sense of self, or what we now call a New York “attitude.”

LC 2008035428, ISBN 9780813545165 (c.)

AASL: RG

PLA: RG


974.727

Bessa, Antonio Sergio (Editor)

Intersections: The Grand Concourse at 100

160 pp., 9” x 8”, 32 color and 36 b&w illustrations, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2009

Fordham University Press

Intersections: The Grand Concourse at 100 examines the rich history of the Bronx’s most famous thoroughfare through a fascinating collection of pieces—written by top-rate historians and contemporary museum curators, along with a vast collection of photographs that bring this intoxicating period back to life. Traveling the Concourse today offers a lesson in architecture, history, and sociology as you see the faces and places that call it home. It is truly New York, but more important, authentically the Bronx. You can’t experience the Bronx until you travel the Grand Boulevard and Concourse.

LC 2009026927, ISBN 9780823230785 (c.)

AASL: RS

PLA: S


974.727

Jones, Allen (With Mark Naison)

The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

224 pp., 6” x 9”, 20 b&w illustrations, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2009

Fordham University Press

The Rat That Got Away is an inspiring story of one man’s odyssey from the streets of the Bronx to a life as a professional athlete and banker in Europe, but it also provides a unique vantage point on the history of the Bronx and sheds new light on a neglected period in American urban history. A brilliant storyteller, Jones brings Bronx streets to life as places of possibility as well as tragedy, where racism and economic hardship never completely suppressed the resilient spirit of its residents. A book that will change the way people view the South Bronx.

LC 2009014583, ISBN 9780823231027 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: RS


974.730

Panetta, Roger

Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture

450 pp., 7” x 10”, 70 color and 200 b&w illustrations, $59.95 cloth, $29.95 paper, CIP included

June 2009

Fordham University Press

The 2009 quadricentennial celebrations commemorating the discovery of the Hudson River by Henry Hudson will also spotlight one of our deepest and most enduring national legacies—the Dutch presence that has shaped not just the Hudson Valley but four centuries of American life. Based on fresh research, this book is at once a fascinating introduction to a remarkable past and a much-needed new look at the Dutch role in the region, in the story of America’s origins, and in creating the habits, styles, and practices identified as quintessentially New York’s.

LC 2009008804, ISBN 9780823230396 (c.), ISBN 9780823230402 (p.)

AASL: RG

PLA: RS


975.941

Knowles, Thomas Neil

Category 5: The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane

368 pp., 6” x 9”, 49 b&w photos, 15 maps, 11 tables, index., $29.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2009

University Press of Florida

Category 5 is a sobering description of the experiences of people who endured one of the worst storms in history, and provides insight into the dangers of hurricanes that remains relevant even with today’s sophisticated meteorological tools and emergency management systems.

LC 2008039345, ISBN 9780813033105 (c.)

AASL: RG

PLA: RG


977.311

Ballowe, James

A Man of Salt and Trees: The Life of Joy Morton

318 pp., 6” x 9”, 28 illustrations, $28.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2009

Northern Illinois University Press

This first full-length biography of Joy Morton (1855-1934), founder of The Morton Arboretum and Morton Salt, illustrates his lifelong desire to cultivate and preserve the environment. Using the voluminous correspondence of the Morton family, Ballowe tells the story of the Nebraska farm boy who became a leading citizen of Chicago and Illinois and a major figure in the nation’s economic and technological development during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. “Clearly organized and well-written. Ballowe makes excellent use of primary sources to create a literate and engaging biography.”—Ann Keating, North Central College

LC 2008047783, ISBN 9780875803982 (c.)

AASL: RG

PLA: G


977.311

Pacyga, Dominic A.

Chicago: A Biography

472 pp., 7” x 10”, 145 halftones, 7 maps, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2009

The University of Chicago Press

Here, historian Dominic Pacyga gives his hometown the magisterial biography it has long deserved. Chicago traces the city’s storied past, from the explorations of Joliet and Marquette in 1673 to the new wave of urban pioneers today. The city’s great industrialists, reformers, and politicians—and, indeed, the many not-so-great and downright notorious—animate this book, from Al Capone and Jane Addams to Mayor Richard J. Daley and President Barack Obama. But what distinguishes this book from the many others on the subject is its author’s uncommon ability to illuminate the lives of Chicago’s ordinary people.

LC 2009001192, ISBN 9780226644318 (c.)

AASL: RS

PLA: RG


977.434

Shaw, Todd C.

Now is the Time!: Detroit Black Politics and Grassroots Activism

304 pp., 6” x 9”, 15 illustrations, $84.95 cloth, $23.95 paper, CIP included

September 2009

Duke University Press

In Now Is the Time! Shaw delves into the political strategies of post-Civil Rights Movement African American activists in Detroit to discover the conditions for effective social activism. Analyzing a wide range of grassroots community-housing initiatives intended to revitalize Detroit’s failing urban center and aid its impoverished population, he investigates why certain collective actions have far-reaching effects while others fail to yield positive results. What emerges is EBAM (Effective Black Activism Model), Shaw’s detailed political model that illuminates crucial elements of successful grassroots activism, such as strong alliances, strategic advantages, and adaptive techniques.

LC 2009012700, ISBN 9780822344957 (c.), ISBN 9780822345084 (p.)

PLA: RG


978

Hasselstrom, Linda M.

No Place Like Home: Notes from a Western Life

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

September 2009

University of Nevada Press

In No Place Like Home, Linda Hasselstrom considers the changing nature of community in the modern West, where old family ranches are being turned into subdivisions and historic towns are evolving into mean, congested cities. Her scrutiny, like her life, moves back and forth between her ranch on the South Dakota prairie and her house in an old neighborhood at the edge of downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming. The book defines her idea of how a true community should work, and the kind of place she wants to live in.

LC 2009015669, ISBN 9780874177961 (c.)

AASL: G

PLA: G


978

Hayes, Derek

Historical Atlas of the American West: With Original Maps

288 pp., 10” x 13 9/16”, 90 color illustrations, 606 color maps, $39.95 cloth

October 2009

University of California Press

“Maps that engage both the viewers’ intellect and their aesthetic sense....A high quality publication at an amazingly low price...Highly recommended.”—Library Journal. “Shows knowledge expanding map by map.”—Via. Spectacular in scope and visually brilliant, this atlas presents a sweeping history of the American West through more than 600 original, full-color maps and extended captions. From the earliest human inhabitants and the first European explorers to the national parks and retirement resorts of today, this extensive collection chronicles the West from uncharted territory to a well-populated Eden.

LC 2009279536, ISBN 9780520256521 (c.)

AASL: O, O

PLA: RG, O, NR


978.004

Harney, Corbin

The Nature Way

136 pp., 5 1/4” x 8”, 1 b&w photograph, $18.95 paper, CIP included

September 2009

University of Nevada Press

The Nature Way is a compendium of Corbin Harney’s experience and wisdom. His account of his life incorporates the tragic history of Native Americans in the Great Basin after the arrival of Euro-Americans, his realization of his own identity as a Native American, and his long study of his people’s traditions and spiritual practices. His account of his role as an antinuclear activist expands on his awareness of the human responsibility to protect the Earth, especially from the extreme danger posed by nuclear technology and nuclear weapons of mass destruction.

LC 2009015668, ISBN 9780874177886 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: RS


979.004

Mifflin, Margot

The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman

280 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 31 photographs, map, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2009

University of Nebraska Press

Orphaned when her Mormon pioneer family was brutally killed by Yavapai Indians, Olive Oatman (1837-1903) lived as a slave to her captors for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own. She was fully assimilated when, at nineteen, she was ransomed back to white society. Based on historical records, including letters and diaries of Oatman’s friends and relatives, The Blue Tattoo is the first book to examine her life from her childhood in Illinois—including the massacre, her captivity, and her return to white society.

LC 2008038358, ISBN 9780803211483 (c.)

AASL: O

PLA: G


979.100

Weisiger, Marsha L.

Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country

418 pp., 6” x 9”, 29 b&w illustrations, 5 maps, index, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2009

University of Washington Press

This fresh interpretation of the history of Navajo (Diné) pastoralism recounts how a dramatic reduction of livestock on the Navajo Reservation in the 1930s, an ambitious attempt by the federal government to eliminate overgrazing on an arid landscape, resulted in a disastrous loss of livelihood for Navajos—especially women, the primary owners and tenders of the animals—without significant improvement of the grazing lands.

LC 2008050290, ISBN 9780295988818 (c.)

AASL: RS

PLA: RS


979.405

Starr, Kevin

Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance, 1950-1963

576 pp. , 6 1/8” x 9 1/4”, images, index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

July 2009

Oxford University Press

In a powerful blend of telling events, colorful personalities, and insightful analyses, Starr examines such issues as the overnight creation of the postwar California suburb, the rise of Los Angeles as Super City, and the decline of political centrism. Golden Dreams continues an epic series that has been widely recognized for its signal contribution to the history of American culture in California. It is a book that transcends its stated subject to offer a wealth of insight into the growth of the Sun Belt and the West and indeed the dramatic transformation of America itself in these pivotal years following the Second World War.

LC 2008050359, ISBN 9780195153774 (c.)

AASL: RS

PLA: RG


979.573

Nokes, R. Gregory

Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon

208 pp., 6” x 9”, b&w photographs, maps, bibliography, index, $18.95 paper, CIP included

October 2009

Oregon State University Press

Selected as a Top 10 Northwest Book for 2009 by The Oregonian, Massacred for Gold is the first authoritative account of the murder of more than thirty Chinese gold miners in Hells Canyon. Nokes traces his long personal journey to expose details of the massacre and examines the history of Chinese laborers in the American West. “While Massacred for Gold has regional ties, Nokes puts the tragedy in national context. Any reader interested in...the development of the American West will find this story fascinating.”—The Internet Review of Books. “...should be required reading...”—Jim Lynch, author of Border Songs

LC 2009008651, ISBN 9780870715709 (p.)

AASL: R

PLA: RG


979.799

Mapes, Lynda V.

Breaking Ground: The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the Unearthing of Tse-whit-zen Village

288 pp., 8” x 9”, 92 color illustrations, $29.95 paper, CIP included

April 2009

University of Washington Press

In 2003, a massive State of Washington dry dock project on the Olympic Peninsula unearthed one of the largest and oldest Indian village sites ever found in the region. Excavation work disturbed hundreds of burials and exposed more than 10,000 artifacts at Tse-whit-zen village, the heart of the long-buried homeland of the Klallam people. Seattle Times reporter Lynda V. Mapes engages tribal members, archaeologists, historians, government officials, local residents and business leaders to explore how the site was chosen, the decisions to undertake and then to abandon the project, and the aftermath and implications of those controversial choices.

LC 2008050111, ISBN 9780295988788 (p.)

AASL: G

PLA: RS


979.840

Haakanson, Sven and Amy Steffian (Editors)

Giinaquq: Like a Face, Sugpiaq Masks of the Kodiak Archipelago

272 pp., 9” x 10”, full color illustrations and index, $26.95 paper, CIP included

May 2009

University of Alaska Press

Stunning photographs and enlightening text give readers and collectors a window into the past with this remarkable collection. The masks, collected in 1871 by a young Frenchman, are the largest known set of Alutiiq masks carved in the traditional style by some of the last artists to learn their trade through apprenticeship. For over a century the masks resided in a small museum in France, preserving the ancestral information and cultural inspiration of their origins. This catalog celebrates the reconnection of the masks with their cultural context and of the Alutiiq people with an important link to their rich artistic and ceremonial culture.

LC 2008049089, ISBN 9781602230491 (p.)

AASL: RS

PLA: RS

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986.106

Bouvier, Virginia M.

Colombia: Building Peace in a Time of War

489 pp., 6” x 9”, abbreviations, maps, contributors, index, $65.00 cloth, $32.50 paper, CIP included

July 2009

United States Institute of Peace Press

Bringing together the experiences and insights of more than thirty experienced and emerging authors, human rights activists, and peace practitioners from Colombia and abroad, Colombia: Building Peace in a Time of War documents and analyzes the vast array of peace initiatives that have emerged in Colombia in recent years. The volume explores how local and regional initiatives relate to national efforts, provides insights into the negotiating practices of the past two decades, and identifies possible synergies. Its textured conclusions offer a wide spectrum of analytical and practical lessons for Colombia and those seeking to transform violent conflicts in other parts of the globe.

LC 2008049078, ISBN 9781601270399 (c.), ISBN 9781601270382 (p.)

AASL: S

PLA: S


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