2012 University Press Books
Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries
000-099 General Knowledge
Books: A Living History
224 pp., 7 1/2" x 10", 170 color and 50 bb&w illustrations, $34.95 cloth, CIP included
From the first scribbling on papyrus to the emergence of the e-book, this wide-ranging overview of the history of the book provides a fascinating look at one of the most efficient, versatile, and enduring technologies ever developed. The author traces the evolution of the book from the rarefied world of the hand-copied and illuminated volume in ancient and medieval times, through the revolutionary impact of Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, to the rise of a publishing culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the subsequent impact of new technologies on this culture.
LC 2011008936, ISBN 9781606060834 (c.)
AASL: O/HS, MS
Inventing the PC: The MCM/70 Story
224 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 41 photographs, $39.95 cloth, CIP included
McGill-Queen's University Press
Inventing the PC details the invention and design of the MCM/70 computer and the prolonged struggle to bring it to market. Zbigniew Stachniak offers an insider's view of events on the front lines of pioneering work on personal computers. He shows what information and options PC pioneers had, how well they understood what they were doing, and how that understanding—or lack thereof—shaped both their engineering ingenuity and the indecisiveness and over-reaching ambition that would ultimately turn a very promising venture into a missed opportunity.
LC 2011377517, ISBN 9780773538528 (c.)
John Milton: An Annotated Bibliography, 1989-1999
488 pp., 7" x 10", $100.00 cloth, CIP included
Duquesne University Press
This comprehensive bibliography covers a ten-year period (1989<0x2013>1999) in Milton studies and criticism, with detailed annotations on more than 2,400 works, including books, articles, collections, and dissertations, as well as editions and translations of Milton's own works. This study also documents thousands of reviews of Milton scholarship from this period.
LC 2011005192, ISBN 9780820704432 (c.)
The New Atlas of World History: Global Events at a Glance
252 pp., 9 1/2" x 10 1/2", 350 color and 10 line illustrations, 55 maps, $49.50 cloth
Princeton University Press
"[A] valuable picture of human development and will be useful to academic and public libraries."—Library Journal. "Haywood presents a unique, global portrait of human history over six million years. A combination of brilliant design, clear narrative, and fascinating insights creates a compelling and evenhanded tapestry of the human experience."—Brian Fagan, professor emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara. Enables at-a-glance comparison between different periods and regions. Features 55 stunning full-color maps. Includes 48 illustrated timelines, concise text, and an extensive glossary. Traces the origins and spread of writing, trade, religion, and much more.
LC 2011925587, ISBN 9780691152691 (c.)
AASL: O, G/EM, MS, HS
Main Street Public Library: Community Places and Reading Spaces in the Rural Heartland, 1876-1956
284 pp., 6" x 9", 4 photographs, $25.95 paper, CIP included
University of Iowa Press
The United States has more public libraries than it has McDonald's restaurants. By any measure, the American public library is a heavily used and ubiquitous institution. Popular thinking identifies the public library as a neutral agency that protects democratic ideals by guarding against censorship as it makes information available to people from all walks of life. Among librarians this idea is known as the "library faith." But is the American public library as democratic as it appears to be? In Main Street Public Library, eminent library historian Wiegand studies four emblematic small-town libraries in the Midwest...and shows that these institutions served a much different purpose than is so often perceived.
LC 2011013862, ISBN 9781609380670 (p.)
Reading the 21st Century: Books of the Decade, 2000-2009
296 pp., 6" x 9", $29.95 cloth, CIP included
McGill-Queen's University Press
In wide-ranging and innovative criticism, Stan Persky examines international non-fiction and fiction to engage with both the triumphs and tensions of reading and writing today. Evaluating works by established authors Philip Roth, Orhan Pamuk, J.M. Coetzee, and Jos<0x00E9> Saramago, as well as emerging writers like Naomi Klein, Javier Cercas, and Chimamanda Adichie, Persky also showcases a remarkable group of reporters—Steve Coll, Dexter Filkins, and Rajiv Chandrasekaran—who have written essential books about global issues.
ISBN 9780773539099 (c.)
Succeeding as a Documentary Filmmaker: A Guide to the Professional World
272 pp., 6" x 9", $24.95 paper, CIP included
Southern Illinois University Press
Unlike traditional manuals on documentary filmmaking, which focus primarily on the creation of films, Succeeding as a Documentary Filmmaker covers the basics of the current film business environment and how to navigate it. Drawing upon real-world examples, the book offers tips to maximize distribution and sales for a film and includes information about the best ways to finance a film and the realities of working with a budget; how to develop a successful proposal for a project; the intricacies of working both as an independent filmmaker and for others; and insight into the often complicated arenas of contracts and markets.
LC 2010028848, ISBN 9780809330331 (p.)
AASL: G, S/HS
Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers
362 pp., 6" x 9", 5 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index, $31.95 paper, CIP included
University of Manitoba Press
Seeing Red is a groundbreaking study of how Canadian English-language newspapers have portrayed Aboriginal peoples from 1869 to the present day. From reports on the North-West Rebellion to coverage of the Oka Crisis, it presents overwhelming evidence that the colonial imaginary continues to dominate depictions of Aboriginal peoples and perpetuates an imagined Native inferiority that contributes significantly to the marginalization of Indigenous people in Canada. That such imagery persists to this day suggests strongly that our country, which prides itself on its commitment to multiculturalism and racial tolerance, is living in denial.
ISBN 9780887557279 (p.)
AASL: RG, RS/HS
Literary Journalism across the Globe: Journalistic Traditions and Transnational Influences
320 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 3 illustrations, 1 chart, index, $80.00 cloth, $28.95 paper, CIP included
University of Massachusetts Press
A collection of lively essays that place literary journalism in an international context. "A thoughtful, scholarly examination of the genre that includes essays by some of the US's leading lights in the field....What makes this collection unique is that it looks at the wider aspects of literary journalism in essays that examine theory, history, and the influences and/or uniqueness of the form across the globe....Highly recommended."—Choice
LC 2011006673, ISBN 9781558498761 (c.), ISBN 9781558498778 (p.)
AASL: S/HS, P
Making the News, Taking the News: From NBC to the Ford White House
272 pp., 6"x 9", 38 b&w illustrations, $27.95 cloth, CIP included
Wesleyan University Press
For fifteen years, Ron Nessen enjoyed an extraordinary career covering the major national events of the 1960s and 1970s for NBC News, and later serving as White House press secretary to President Gerald R. Ford. In this book, Nessen remembers the events and personalities that dominated national politics during his career. Through an interweaving of countless incidents and personal anecdotes, he builds a story that captures the true grit of closed-door politics. Off-the-record briefings and strategy sessions, as well as descriptions of experiences with Vietnam troops in the field, provide a vivid illustration of the life of an on-the-road reporter.
LC 2011017892, ISBN 9780819571564 (c.)
AASL: O, G, S/HS