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James Earl Rudder in Colmar, France, 1945 (See Rudder: From Leader to Legend on page 5)
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Cover: “Spindletop Runs Wild” by Alexandre Hogue from Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary— Paintings and Works on Paper (See page 3)
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Presenting the unique vision of an American original . . .
An American Visionary—Paintings and Works on Paper Susie Kalil Alexandre Hogue, a renowned artist whose career spanned from the 1920s to his death in 1994, inherited the view of an America that imagined itself as filled with limitless potential for improvement, that considered high art and great ideas accessible to ordinary working people, and that saw no reason for an intellectual chasm between a learned elite and the masses. He always viewed himself as a radical, yet his passion stemmed from a deeply conservative idea: that art, culture, and nature should form a central force in the life of every human being. His well-known Dust Bowl series labeled him as a regionalist painter, but Hogue never accepted that identity. His work reveals the spirit of Texas and the Southwest as he experienced it for nearly a century. In his later years Hogue worked in forms of crisply rendered nonobjective and calligraphic oneliner paintings. Bringing to light new information regarding the Erosion and Oil Industry series, this book gives special attention to lesser known, post-1945 works, in addition to the awe-inspiring Moon Shot and final Big Bend series. Each series—from the hauntingly beautiful Taos landscapes and prophetic canvases of a dust-covered Southwest to his depictions of the fierce geological phenomena of the Big Bend—serves as a paean to the awesomeness of nature. Houston-based curator and critic Susie Kalil grew close to Hogue from 1986 to 1994, a time during which she interviewed him, considered his oeuvre with him, and came to share his vision of the nature and purposes of art. In Alexandre Hogue she reveals Hogue as he presented himself and his work to her. Number Twenty-three: Tarleton State University Southwestern Studies in the Humanities
RELATED INTEREST SUSIE KALIL is a former Core Fellow in Critical Studies at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Kalil co-curated (with Barbara Rose) the landmark exhibition, Fresh Paint: The Houston School, and curated The Texas Landscape: 1900–1986.
The Art of Tom Lea A Memorial Edition Kathleen G. Hjerter 978-1-58544-282-9 cloth $60.00
Jerry Bywaters, Interpreter of the Southwest Sam DeShong Ratcliffe 978-1-58544-591-2 cloth $30.00
The Texas Post Office Murals Art for the People Philip Parisi 978-1-58544-231-7 cloth $50.00
Alexandre Hogue 978-1-60344-214-5 cloth $35.00
10x11. 232 pp. 61 color plates. 13 b&w drawings. Index. Art. Natural History. February
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Chronicling the most ambitious airlift in history . . .
America’s Strategy for Keeping China in World War II John D. Plating Carried out over arguably the world’s most rugged terrain, in its most inhospitable weather system, and under the constant threat of enemy attack, the trans-Himalayan airlift of World War II delivered nearly 740,000 tons of cargo to China, making it possible for Chinese forces to wage war against Japan. This operation dwarfed the supply delivery by land over the Burma and Ledo Roads and represented the fullest expression of the U.S. government’s commitment to China. In this groundbreaking work—the first concentrated historical study of the world’s first sustained combat airlift operation—John D. Plating argues that the Hump airlift was initially undertaken to serve as a display of American support for its Chinese ally, which had been at war with Japan since 1937. However, by 1944, with the airlift’s capability gaining momentum, American strategists shifted the purpose of air operations to focus on supplying American forces in China in preparation for the U.S.’s final assault on Japan. From the standpoint of war materiel, the airlift was the precondition that made possible all other allied military action in the China-Burma-India theater, where Allied troops were most commonly inserted, supplied, and extracted by air. Drawing on extensive research that includes Chinese and Japanese archives, Plating tells a spellbinding story in a context that relates it to the larger movements of the war and reveals its significance in terms of the development of military air power. The Hump demonstrates the operation’s far-reaching legacy as it became the example and prototype of the Berlin Airlift, the first air battle of the Cold War. The Hump operation also bore significantly on the initial moves of the Chinese Civil War, when Air Transport Command aircraft moved entire armies of Nationalist troops hundreds of miles in mere days in order to prevent Communist forces from being the ones to accept the Japanese surrender. Number 134: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series
“This scholarly study, reflecting the author’s wide research on the subject at all levels, including the strategic, convincingly demonstrates how the original “Hump” operation expanded from a show of American political support for China to a major supply effort for American forces in China for B-29 operations against Japan and preparations for a final assault on the Japanese mainland.”—William H. Bartsch, author, Every Day a Nightmare: American Pursuit Pilots in the Defense of Java, 1941-1942
JOHN D. PLATING, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, teaches history at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A transport pilot with combat experience, he is the author of a number of articles that have been published in Air Power History, Air Force Journal of Logistics, and elsewhere. Flying the Hump Memories of an Air War Otha C. Spencer 978-0-89096-624-2 paper $19.95s
“Execute against Japan” The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare Joel Ira Holwitt 978-1-60344-083-7 cloth $37.50
Operation PLUM The Ill-fated 27th Bombardment Group and the Fight for the Western Pacific Adrian R. Martin and Larry W. Stephenson 978-1-60344-019-6 cloth $29.95 978-1-60344-184-1 paper $18.95
The Hump 978-1-60344-237-4 cloth $34.95
6x9. 320 pp. 18 b&w photos. 9 maps. 13 figs. Bib. Index. World War II. Military History. Air Force. April
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In times of war . . . in times of peace . . . in times of sweeping social change . . . a leader for all seasons . . .
From Leader to Legend Thomas M. Hatfield Whether scaling the seemingly insurmountable cliffs of Pointe du Hoc with his advance assault troops during the Normandy invasion, restoring integrity to the Texas Land Office, or overseeing transitions in an academic institution with hallowed traditions during a time of contentious cultural change, James Earl Rudder (1910–1970) forged a legacy of wartime gallantry and peacetime leadership that commands continuing respect. Rudder: From Leader to Legend pays tribute to a man who exemplified leadership, vision, and courage. In this first comprehensive biography of James Earl Rudder, Thomas M. Hatfield has gone far beyond the usual focus on Rudder’s heroism in World War II to recreate with rich detail exciting events on battlefields and in boardrooms. He has painted a full portrait that permits a wider appreciation for every phase of Rudder’s early life, from childhood, to his storied military exploits, to his remarkable postwar achievements and far-reaching public service. Utilizing access to previously unavailable family papers, memoirs, and interviews, Hatfield has crafted an insightful and unsparing view of the man that applauds his accomplishments and reveals his foibles. Readers who know Rudder primarily through his association with Texas A&M University will be fascinated by his courageous battlefield leadership; those who previously knew only of his military reputation will enjoy learning about his distinguished record of public service. Rudder: From Leader to Legend will captivate a broad general readership, bringing to the fore a well-rounded view of this extraordinary man. Number 115: Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University
“Tom Hatfield has gotten inside the mind of the Colonel Rudder I knew.”—James W. Eikner, Headquarters Company Commander, 2nd Ranger Battalion, 1943–45
RELATED INTEREST THOMAS M. HATFIELD is the director of the Military History Institute in the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses on World War II and previously served as an academic dean for thirty years. The former president of two colleges, he is also an internationally recognized scholar on World War II.
Texas Aggies Go to War In Service of Their Country, Expanded Edition Henry C. Dethloff 978-1-58544-470-0 cloth $40.00 978-1-60344-077-6 paper $22.50 978-1-60344-191-9 DVD $15.00
A Dark and Bloody Ground The Hürtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945 Edward G. Miller 978-1-58544-258-4 paper $18.95
Texas Aggie Medals of Honor Seven Heroes of World War II James R. Woodall 978-1-60344-204-6 cloth $25.00
978-1-60344-262-6 cloth $30.00 978-1-60344-263-3 limited $150.00x
6x9. 540 pp. 68 b&w photos. 8 maps. Bib. Index. World War II. Aggie Books. Biography. April
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“Our mission continues . . . Until They Are Home!”—Motto of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
Until They Are Home
Bringing Back the MIAs from Vietnam, a Personal Memoir Thomas T. Smith At the end of the Vietnam War—or American War, as it is called in Hanoi—2,585 Americans were unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. In 1992, a joint task force was established to continue the work of recovery, and its members became the first U.S. government representatives to return full-time to Vietnam. Army Lt. Col. Thomas (“Ty”) Smith arrived in Hanoi a decade later, in 2003. Until They Are Home is both a heartfelt memoir and a fascinating inside look at his tour of duty in Vietnam, “a place of shadows within shadows, secrets within secrets.” Smith takes the reader on an extraordinary personal voyage from the shaded French boulevards of Hanoi to the remotest jungle trails of the border highlands. Written with a keen eye and touches of humor, Until They Are Home recounts life in the very heart of the mission to find and return to the families the remains of their loved ones. It offers equal parts historical context, political insight, social commentary, travelogue, and adventure chronicle. From describing everything from his diplomatic negotations between the Vietnamese and American governments to presenting his view of commanding a remarkably complex mission in an unforgiving environment, Smith draws on memory, e-mails, letters, and journal entries to recreate the story of his mission in Vietnam. Smith and the forces serving under him found the remains of fourteen lost American servicemen—including two graduates of Texas A&M University. The gripping, intensely personal narrative of Until They Are Home will fascinate general readers interested in the Vietnam War and its aftermath and will prove helpful to historians seeking primary information. It will also have great appeal to those with continuing involvement in POW/MIA issues and concerns. Number 133: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series
“ . . . Smith, a career soldier, is as qualified as one gets to be the author of this needed work, combining on-the-ground recovery experience in Vietnam with an educational background as a historian.”—Lee Lanning, author, The Only War We Had: A Platoon Leader’s Journal of Vietnam “ . . . an insider’s account of how America goes about keeping the faith with those who fight our wars, meeting the commitment to never leave one of our own behind on the battlefield. . . .”—James H. Willbanks, author, Abandoning Vietnam and The Tet Offensive: A Concise History
RELATED INTEREST THOMAS T. SMITH (Lt. Col., U.S. Army, RET), of San Antonio, Texas, is the author of The U.S. Army and the Texas Frontier Economy, 1845–1900 (Texas A&M University Press, 1999) and The Old Army in Texas: A Research Guide to the U.S. Army in Nineteenth-Century Texas (Texas State Historical Association, 2000). He is a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association.
The Son Tay Raid American POWs in Vietnam Were Not Forgotten, Revised Edition John Gargus 978-1-60344-212-1 paper $22.95
The Only War We Had A Platoon Leader’s Journal of Vietnam Michael Lee Lanning 978-1-58544-604-9 paper $19.95
Captive Warriors A Vietnam POW’s Story Sam Johnson and Jan Winebrenner 978-0-89096-496-5 cloth $35.00
Until They Are Home
978-1-60344-232-9 cloth $29.95
6x9. 148 pp. 71 b&w photos. Map. Index. Vietnam War. Army. April
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New in paperback
Juan Davis Bradburn
“ . . . travel as an exploration of ‘the other’ which becomes an exploration of the self . . . a confirmation of identity.”—from the Introduction, by Frank Trommler
Margaret Swett Henson
Crossing the Atlantic
A Reappraisal of the Mexican Commander of Anahuac
Travel and Travel Writing in Modern Times Edited by Thomas Adam and Nils H. Roemer
Margaret Swett Henson examines the actions of John Davis Bradburn, an American-born man whose early involvement in filibustering brought him to the Mexican state of Coahuila-Texas and won him Mexican citizenship in the Mexican army. Although he was branded as an arrogant, unprincipled tyrant by Anglo Texans of his time and later historians for his 1832 arrest of William Barret Travis, Henson concludes that Bradburn was simply doing his duty as a Mexican career officer. Winner of the Summerfield G. Roberts Award, when it was first published in 1982, this provocative revisionist look at a Mexican official long vilified in Texas gives a new perspective on specific events involving Juan Davis Bradburn. It also helps to explain early stages of the Texas war for independence in terms of the refusal of Anglo settlers to accept the “unAmerican” laws and customs of Mexican Texans. Number Six: Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest MARGARET SWETT HENSON (1942–2001) was a prolific Texas historian who served as a fellow and president of the Texas State Historical Association.
In an age when travel was more difficult but leisure was more available, those who journeyed across the Atlantic from the Old World to America or back created a wonderful literature about the divergent cultures and the fertile interactions among them. In travel diaries, journals, novels, journalistic reports, and guide books, nineteenth- and early twentiethcentury writers recorded impressions and ruminations that not only offer opportunities for comparison and contrast but also shed light on the processes of modernization and the future that would emerge on both sides of the Atlantic. This latest offering from the important Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures series explores themes like urbanization, modernization, education, gender, Jewish identity, nationalism and internationalism, political and cultural values, and the experience of travel itself. Volume editors Thomas Adam and Nils Roemer have assembled a collection of varied studies that permit enlightened reflection on the ways in which travelers from the New and Old Worlds have observed, documented, understood, and negotiated their similarities and differences. The freshness and variety of the previously little-heard voices documented in Crossing the Atlantic will serve as an important reminder that an attentive interaction with “foreignness” has been and will continue to be one of the best paths to a more enlightened engagement with the familiar. Number Forty-two: Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures, published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press THOMAS ADAM is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Arlington. NILS H. ROEMER is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Juan Davis Bradburn
Crossing the Atlantic
978-1-60344-301-2 paper $16.95s
978-1-60344-265-7 cloth $29.95s
51/2x81/2. 160 pp. Bib. Index. Biography. Texas History. Mexican American Studies. Revolution/Republic. March
6x9. 224 pp. 10 b&w photos. 2 maps. 1 line art. Bib. Index. Historic Travel. Travel Writing. April
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Mexican Texans, fighting for the Confederate cause, in their own words . . .
Tejanos in Gray
Civil War Letters of Captains Joseph Rafael de la Garza and Manuel Yturri Edited and with an Introduction by Jerry Thompson Translations by José Roberto Juárez The Civil War is often conceived in simplistic, black and white terms: whites from the North and South fighting over states’ rights, usually centered on the issue of black slavery. But, as Jerry Thompson shows in Tejanos in Gray, motivations for allegiance to the South were often more complex than traditional interpretations have indicated. Gathered for the first time in this book, the forty-one letters and letter fragments written by two Mexican Texans, Captains Manuel Yturri and Joseph Rafael de la Garza, reveal the intricate and intertwined relationships that characterized the lives of Texan citizens of Mexican descent in the years leading up to and including the Civil War. The experiences and impressions reflected in the letters of these two young members of the Tejano elite from San Antonio, related by marriage, provide fascinating glimpses of a Texas that had displaced many Mexican-descent families after the Revolution, yet could still inspire their loyalty to the Confederate flag. De la Garza, in fact, would go on to give his life for the Southern cause. The letters, translated by José Roberto Juárez and with meticulous annotation and commentary by Thompson, deepen and provide nuance to our understanding of the Civil War and its combatants, especially with regard to the Tejano experience. Historians, students, and general readers interested in the Civil War will appreciate Tejanos in Gray for its substantial contribution to borderlands studies, military history, and the often-overlooked interplay of region, ethnicity, and class in the Texas of the mid-nineteenth century. Number Nine: Fronteras Series, sponsored by Texas A&M International University
“Jerry D. Thompson, one of the most highly respected historians of Civil War Texas and the Southwest, has brought together Civil War letters of two young Confederate officers from prominent, well established San Antonio Tejano families. . . The letters and notes add much to our understanding of the role played by Tejanos in the American Civil War.”—Ralph A. Wooster, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, Lamar University
RELATED INTEREST JERRY THOMPSON is Regents Professor at Texas A&M International University in Laredo and a past president of the Texas State Historical Association. He holds a doctorate from Carnegie–Mellon University and has received numerous awards from the Texas Historical Commission, Western Writers of America, Texas State Historical Association, Historical Society of New Mexico, and Arizona Historical Society.
Civil War to the Bloody End The Life and Times of Major General Samuel P. Heintzelman Jerry Thompson 978-1-58544-535-6 cloth $35.00
Cortina Defending the Mexican Name in Texas Jerry Thompson 978-1-58544-592-9 cloth $32.50
Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas Edited by Jesús F. De la Teja 978-1-60344-152-0 cloth $40.00x 978-1-60344-166-7 paper $19.95
Tejanos in Gray 978-1-60344-243-5 cloth $29.95
51/2x81/2. 160 pp. 12 b&w photos. Bib. Index. Civil War. Mexican American Studies. March
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African Americans in South Texas History
Wisdom from the past . . . hope for the future . . .
Drumbeats from Mescalero
Edited by Bruce A. Glasrud
Conversations with Apache Elders, Warriors, and Horseholders H. Henrietta Stockel with Marian D. Kelley
The history of South Texas is more racially and ethnically complex than many people realize. As a border area, South Texas has experienced some especially interesting forms of racial and ethnic intersection, influenced by the relatively small number of blacks (especially in certain counties), the function and importance of the South Texas cattle trade, proximity to Mexico, and the history of anti-black violence. The essays in African Americans in South Texas History give insight into this fascinating history.
In 1945 the hot wind from a nuclear explosion at Trinity Site on a nearby missile range raged across the Mescalero Apache Reservation in southcentral New Mexico, killing hundreds of head of livestock and causing sickness among the descendants of some of the most famous Apache heroes in American history. In many ways, this disaster typified what these Apaches had come to expect from the federal government: attention was often accompanied by undesired results.
The articles in this volume, written over a span of almost three decades, were chosen for their readability, scholarship, and general interest.
Four thousand Apaches of the Mescalero, Chiricahua, and Lipan bands now live on this reservation. In twelve remarkable oral history interviews, three generations of Mescalero, Chiricahua, and Lipan Apaches reflect on the trials of the past, the challenges of the present, and hope for the future. A common thread among all of the interviewees is a collective memory of their people as formidable enemies of the U.S. government in the not-too-distant past.
Contributors: Jennifer Borrer
Rebecca A. Kosary
Judith Kaaz Doyle
Sarah R. Massey
Jeanette Nyda Mendelssohn Passty
Robert A. Goldberg
Janice L. Sumler-Edmond
Kenneth Wayne Howell
Cary D. Wintz
Larry P. Knight
“ . . . a valuable addition to the literature chronicling the black experience in the land of the Lone Star. While previous studies have concentrated on regions most reflective of Dixie origins, this collection examines the tri-ethnic area of Texas adjoining Mexico wherein cotton was scarce and cattle plentiful. Glasrud has assembled an excellent group of essays from which readers will learn much.”—L. Patrick Hughes, professor of history, Austin Community College Perspectives on South Texas, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Author and ethnographer H. Henrietta Stockel has structured these interviews to encompass three groups of Mescalero Apache society: the elders, the “warriors” (middle-aged), and the “horseholders,” or young apprentices. Number Thirty-seven: Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West and Southwest H. HENRIETTA STOCKEL, an acknowledged expert on the ethnographic history of the Apache, is the author of Chiricahua Apache Women and Children: Safekeepers of the Heritage and Geronimo’s Kids: A Teacher’s Lessons on the Apache Reservation (with Robert S. Ove; both from Texas A&M University Press) as well as ten other titles. She resides in Tularosa, New Mexico.
BRUCE A. GLASRUD of Seguin, Texas, is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, East Bay, and the retired dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Sul Ross State University.
African Americans in South Texas History
978-1-60344-228-2 cloth $45.00x 978-1-60344-229-9 paper $23.00s
6x9. 496 pp. Bib. Index. Texas History. African American Studies. May
Drumbeats from Mescalero 978-1-60344-230-5 cloth $29.95
6x9. 176 pp. 13 b&w photos. Bib. Index. Native American Studies. Western History. April
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Beyond Texas Through Time
Texas Through Time
Breaking Away from Past Interpretations
Evolving Interpretations Walter L. Buenger and Robert A. Calvert
Edited by Walter L. Buenger and Arnoldo De León
In 1991 Walter L. Buenger and the late Robert A. Calvert compiled a pioneering work in Texas historiography: Texas Through Time, a seminal survey and critique of the field of Texas history from its inception through the end of the 1980s. Now, Buenger and Arnoldo De León have assembled an important new collection that assesses the current state of Texas historiography, building on the many changes in understanding and interpretation that have developed in the nearly twenty years since the publication of the original volume. This new work, Beyond Texas Through Time, departs from the earlier volume’s emphasis on the dichotomy between traditionalism and revisionism as they applied to various eras. Instead, the studies in this book consider the topical and thematic understandings of Texas historiography embraced by a new generation of Texas historians as they reflect analytically on the work of the past two decades. The resulting approaches thus offer the potential of informing the study of themes and topics other than those specifically introduced in this volume, extending its usefulness well beyond a review of the literature. In addition, the volume editors’ introduction proposes the application of cultural constructionism as an important third perspective on the thematic and topical analyses provided by the other contributors. Beyond Texas Through Time offers both a vantage point and a benchmark, serving as an important reference for scholars and advanced students of history and historiography, even beyond the borders of Texas. WALTER L. BUENGER is a professor and chair of the Department of History at Texas A&M University in College Station and a former president of the Texas State Historical Association. ARNOLDO DE LEÓN is the C. J. “Red” Davidson Professor of History at Angelo State University in San Angelo.
Beyond Texas Through Time
978-1-60344-234-3 cloth $45.00x
978-1-60344-235-0 paper $24.95s 6x9. 288 pp. 3 tables. Index. Historiography. Texas History. March
Originally published in 1991, this pioneering work in Texas historiography, edited by Walter H. Buenger and the late Robert A. Calvert, placed the intellectual development of Texas history within the framework of current trends in the study of U.S. history. In Texas through Time, twelve eminent scholars contribute evaluations of the historical literature in their respective fields of expertise—from TexasMexican culture and African-American roles to agrarianism, progressivism, and the New Deal; from perspectives on women to the urban experience of the Sunbelt boom and near-bust. The cumulative effort describes and analyzes what Texas history is and how it got that way. “ Avowedly revisionist . . . a hard-hitting analysis of Texas historiography.”—East Texas Historical Journal “ An absolute must for research library collections and scholars of Texas history.”—Books of the Southwest “ Should be well thumbed by any historian concerned with Texas topics.”—Southern Historian “ A long-needed assessment of more than a century’s worth of books, articles, masters theses, and doctoral dissertations on Texas history . . . . a well-conceived project that will prove to be a godsend for graduate students and their mentors, `Texana’ collectors, and journalists.”—Journal of the West WALTER L. BUENGER is professor and chair of the department of history at Texas A&M University in College Station. He is a former president of the Texas State Historical Association. ROBERT A. CALVERT was a professor of history at Texas A&M University and a former president of the Texas State Historical Association.
Texas Through Time 978-0-89096-468-2 paper $28.50x
6x9. 408 pp. Bib. Index. Texas History. Historiography. March
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To keep the land in the family . . . To operate the land profitably . . . To leave the land better than they found it . . .
Generations on the Land A Conservation Legacy
Joe Nick Patoski, with Support from Sand County Foundation Each year, Sand County Foundation’s prestigious Leopold Conservation Award recognizes families for leadership in voluntary conservation and ethical land management. In Generations on the Land: A Conservation Legacy, veteran author and journalist Joe Nick Patoski visits eight of the award-winning families, presenting warm, heartfelt conversations about the families, their beloved land, and a vision for a healthier world. Generations on the Land celebrates these families’ roles as conservation leaders for the nation—far beyond the agricultural communities where they live—and reinforces the value of trans-generational family commitment to good land stewardship. The eight landowners profiled by Patoski include six ranchers, a forester, and a vintner. They reside across the country: in California, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Their conservation accomplishments range from providing a habitat corridor for pronghorn antelope to hammering out an endangered species “safe harbor” agreement for grape growers. A short introduction by a fellow conservation or ranching professional precedes each of the personal portraits by Patoski, which are written in an informal, conversational style. Brent Haglund, president of the Sand County Foundation, provides an introduction to the purpose and work of the foundation, and a conclusion summarizes the substantive conservation contributions of the Leopold award winners. With more and more attention being focused on the tensions between the agricultural and economic potential of land and the preservation of the natural environment, a better understanding of sustainable agriculture is becoming increasingly vital. By showcasing the leadership of these Leopold Conservation Award winners, Generations on the Land will inspire a whole new cadre of landowners to build a lasting heritage of conservation and sustainable land use—benefitting the earth and its inhabitants for decades to come. Paper used in printing this book was provided by Mixed Sources: materials manufactured under certification by the Forest Stewardship Council.
“In 1939, Aldo Leopold wrote ‘When land does well for its owner, and the owner does well for his land, when both end up better by reason of this partnership, we have conservation.’ Generations on the Land demonstrates this simple yet powerful concept through a series of inspirational and instructional essays drawn from hardworking landowners from across the nation. Whether you manage a working landscape yourself, or are one of the urban many seeking insights into how humanity can achieve a sustainable future, you need to study this book.”—Richard C. Bartlett, Thinking Like a Mountain Foundation
JOE NICK PATOSKI is a former staff writer for Texas Monthly and the author of six books, including biographies of Selena, Willie Nelson, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He lives near Wimberley, Texas.
The Texas Legacy Project Stories of Courage and Conservation Edited by David A. Todd and David Weisman 978-1-60344-200-8 flexbound $30.00
Water from Stone The Story of Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve Jeffrey Greene 978-1-58544-593-6 cloth $24.95 978-1-60344-063-9 paper $16.95
Prairie Time A Blackland Portrait Matt White 978-1-58544-501-1 cloth $19.95
Generations on the Land
978-1-60344-241-1 cloth $25.00
6x9. 136 pp. 25 color photos. Index. Range Management. Conservation. Biography. February
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An up-to-date guide for commercial and residential peach growers . . .
Texas Peach Handbook Jim Kamas and Larry Stein With an estimated one million trees producing almost fifty million pounds of fruit per year, Texas is a leading producer of peaches, and several popular seasonal festivals highlight the widespread enjoyment of and interest in this delicious, versatile fruit. In addition, a recent rise of interest in edible gardens and home fruit production has led more people to think about planting a peach tree in the yard—or paying closer attention to the one they already have. Jim Kamas and Larry Stein, drawing from their many years of experience and the best current research, provide authoritative advice for those who want to improve peach production, whether in a large commercial orchard or on a single tree in the back yard. With discussions ranging from site selection to marketing ideas, Texas Peach Handbook covers the basics of peach cultivation—planting, pruning, fertilizing, watering, protecting, thinning, harvesting—and gives both instruction on disease and insect control and advice on the financial aspects of the peach business. The authors also direct readers to other, more detailed or technical sources, for those who want to learn more about a given topic. For its useful information and expert guidance, this how-to handbook will prove indispensable for anyone who grows, or wants to grow, peaches. AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series
Announcing AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series General Editors, Agency Directors Craig Nessler and Edward G. Smith Offering authoritative books that promote the AgriLife mission of service through research and education in agriculture, natural resources, and life sciences.
RELATED INTEREST JIM KAMAS, based in Fredericksburg, is assistant professor and AgriLife Extension horticulturist in the Texas A&M System. LARRY STEIN is professor and AgriLife Extension horticulturist in the Texas A&M System and is based in Uvalde.
Texas Roots Agriculture and Rural Life before the Civil War C. Allan Jones 978-1-58544-418-2 cloth $40.00 978-1-58544-429-8 paper $19.95
Hill Country Landowner’s Guide James P. Stanley 978-1-60344-137-7 flexbound $19.95
The Garden Lover’s Guide to Houston Eileen Houston 978-1-58544-613-1 paper $19.95
Texas Peach Handbook 978-1-60344-266-4 flexbound $24.95
6x9. 172 pp. 106 color photos. 2 line art. Index. Agriculture. Fruits/Vegetables. May
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The Texas Tomato Lover’s Handbook William D. Adams Photographs by William D. Adams and Deborah J. Adams A garden-grown tomato, sliced and laid across a grilled hamburger . . . Sweet, plump cherry tomatoes in a crisp, green salad . . . Sauce made from fresh tomatoes, ladled over a steaming bowl of pasta . . . Spicy tomato salsa . . . Savory tomato soup . . . Is there any single vegetable as mouth-watering as the tomato? And yet, as thousands of people—tired of mushy, half-green, and tasteless tomatoes bought from supermarkets— have discovered, much more is involved in growing your own than simply putting a plant or two in the ground and expecting to harvest luscious tomatoes a few weeks later. William D. Adams draws on more than thirty years’ experience to provide a complete, step-by-step guide to success in the tomato patch. Growing good tomatoes requires a gardener’s attention to a variety of factors, and Adams begins by explaining the basics of soil preparation, planting, feeding, caging, and watering. He also outlines the pros and cons of standard, hybrid, heirloom, and cherry varieties, sharing tips about old favorites and suggesting new varieties. After the tomatoes are chosen, planted, and thriving under his tutelage, Adams prepares growers for the insects, diseases, and other visitors they are likely to encounter, warning that “gardeners are not the only ones that love tomatoes.” He ends by offering a few words about “tomato kin folk” (peppers, eggplants, tomatillos, and potatoes), along with a source list of selected suppliers. Liberally sprinkled with the author’s easy humor and illustrated throughout with excellent photographs, The Texas Tomato Lover’s Handbook has everything you’ll need to assure a bumper crop, year after year. AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series
“Bill Adams’s pursuit of the best tomato varieties for Texas is never ending. His ability to grow tomatoes is unsurpassed. His gift for communicating how to grow tomatoes to you and me is priceless.”—Doug Welsh, author, Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac “Adams shares his vast knowledge and experience with passion and humor. The inclusion of organic as well as conventional growing methods should make it the tomato bible for all tomato growers.”—Cheryl Hazeltine, author, Cheryl Hazeltine’s Central Texas Gardener
WILLIAM D. ADAMS is a retired Harris County extension agent with thirty years’ experience at the AgriLife Extension Service. His writing and photography have appeared regularly in Gardens & More, Horticulture, Texas Gardener, Family Circle, Mother Earth News, Sunset, and other publications. He grows tomatoes at his home in Burton, Texas. Onions, Leeks, and Garlic A Handbook for Gardeners Marian Coonse 978-0-89096-675-4 cloth $29.95s 978-0-89096-676-1 paper $16.95
Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac Doug Welsh 978-1-58544-619-3 flexbound $24.95
Cheryl Hazeltine’s Central Texas Gardener Cheryl Hazeltine 978-1-60344-206-0 flexbound $24.95
The Texas Tomato Lover’s Handbook 978-1-60344-239-8 flexbound $25.00
6x8. 192 pp. 183 color photos. 3 maps. Line art. Index. Fruits/Vegetables. Gardening. April
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New edition of a classic work on Southern heirloom gardening . . .
Heirloom Gardening in the South Yesterday’s Plants for Today’s Gardens
William C. Welch and Greg Grant With Cynthia Mueller and Jason Powell Foreword by Felder Rushing Heirloom plants belong in Southern gardens. Tough and adapted, tried and true, pretty and useful, these living antiques—passed through countless generations— represent the foundation of traditional gardens as we know them today. Heirloom Gardening in the South is a comprehensive resource that also offers a captivating, personal encounter with two dedicated and passionate gardeners whose love of heritage gardening infuses the work from beginning to end. Anyone who wants to know how to find and grow time-honored and pass-along plants or wants to create and nurture a traditional garden is sure to find this a must-have addition to their home gardening library.
Inside the book: • New essays on naturalizing daffodils, slips and starts, and growing fruit; • A completely updated and expanded heirloom plant encyclopedia; • Revised plant lists (bulbs, cemetery plants, etc.) • New material on the creation of two of the authors’ personal gardens • Building on the popularity of the original edition, this lively, entertaining, and informative new book from two proven experts will be enthusiastically welcomed by gardeners and horticulturists throughout the South. AgriLife Research and Extension Service Series
RELATED INTEREST WILLIAM C. WELCH is professor and AgriLife Extension horticulturist in the Texas A&M System. He is a regular contributor to Southern Living Magazine. GREG GRANT is the Stephen F. Austin Gardens outreach research associate at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. He is a regular contributor to Neil Sperry’s Gardens magazine and Texas Gardener magazine.
Texas Wildscapes Gardening for Wildlife, Texas A&M Nature Guides Edition Kelly Conrad Bender 978-1-60344-085-1 flexbound $24.95
In Our Back Yards Gardens of the Texas Coastal Bend John Watson, et al 978-0-9766235-0-2 hardcover $39.95
Houston’s Silent Garden Glenwood Cemetery, 1871–2009 Suzanne Turner and Joanne Seale Wilson 978-1-60344-163-6 cloth $60.00
Heirloom Gardening in the South 978-1-60344-213-8 flexbound $29.95
81/2x10. 544 pp. 483 color photos. Map. Index. Gardening. Fruits/Vegetables. April
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One woman . . . one year . . . 723 species of birds. . .
Extreme Birder One Woman’s Big Year Lynn E. Barber In 2008, Lynn Barber’s passion for birding led her to drive, fly, sail, walk, stalk, and sit in search of birds in twenty-five states and three provinces. Traveling more than 175,000 miles, she set a twenty-first century record at the time, second to only one other person in history. Over 272 days, Barber observed 723 species of birds in North America north of Mexico, recording a remarkable 333 new species in January but, with the dwindling returns typical to Big Year birding, only eight in December, a month that found her crisscrossing the continent from Texas to Newfoundland, from Washington to Ontario. In the months between, she felt every extreme of climate, well-being, and emotion. But, whether finally spotting an elusive Blue Bunting or seeing three species of eiders in a single day, she was also challenged, inspired, and rewarded by nearly every experience. Barber’s journal from her American Birding Association-sanctioned Big Year covers the highlights of her treks to forests, canyons, mountain ranges, deserts, oceans, lakes, and numerous spots in between. Written in the informal style of a diary, it captures the detail, humor, challenges, and fun of a good adventure travelogue and also conveys the remarkable diversity of North American birds and habitat. For actual or would-be “travel birders,” Lynn Barber’s Extreme Birder provides a fascinating, binoculars-eye view of one of the best-loved pastimes of nature lovers everywhere.
“Lynn Barber challenges a traditionally maledominated pursuit—the birding big year—and is successful beyond her wildest dreams. She is an inspiration for all who love adventure, nature, and birds.”—Lynn Hassler, author, Birds of the American Southwest
RELATED INTEREST LYNN E. BARBER of Fort Worth is a board member of the American Birding Association and president of the Texas Ornithological Society. A past president of the Fort Worth Audubon Society, she writes regularly for the chapter’s newsletter and lectures across the nation about her life as a “traveling birder.”
I’d Rather Be Birding June Osborne 978-1-58544-292-8 cloth $24.95
Chasing Birds across Texas A Birding Big Year Mark T. Adams 978-1-58544-295-9 cloth $40.00s 978-1-58544-296-6 paper $18.95
Our Life with Birds A Nature Trails Book John L. Tveten and Gloria Tveten 978-1-58544-380-2 cloth $24.95
Extreme Birder 978-1-60344-261-9 flexbound $29.95
6x9. 288 pp. 140 color photos. 3 Apps. Index. Birding/Ornithology. Natural History. Nature Travel. April
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A tribute to a fish, a sport, and a time now past . . .
Glory of the Silver King The Golden Age of Tarpon Fishing
Hart Stilwell Edited and with an Introduction by Brandon Shuler Through a series of chance encounters over several years, fishing guide and journalist Brandon Shuler unearthed multiple drafts of a nearly finished manuscript by an almost forgotten Texas sports writer, Hart Stilwell. Titled “Glory of the Silver King,”the manuscript vividly captured the history of tarpon and snook fishing on the Texas and Mexico Gulf Coast from the 1930s to the end of Stilwell’s life in the early 1970s. Stilwell was a seasoned outdoors journalist with a passion for salt-water fishing. Now, with Shuler’s careful research, editing, and annotation, this lost manuscript has found new life as both an entertaining “fish tale” and a historical snapshot of a region’s natural heritage. It successfully conveys the thrill of fishing for these once abundant species at the same time it tracks—and laments—the rise, decline, and eventual fall of their fisheries in Texas (which Shuler is able to report are now experiencing a rebound). In a personal and informative introduction, Shuler paints a portrait of Stilwell and tells the story of the discovery and evolution of the manuscript. He also provides a look into his own life as an angler and writer, creating a connection with Stilwell that gives the work authenticity and relevance. Anglers will delight in Stilwell’s rollicking prose. Environmentalists will appreciate the book’s lesson in ocean conservation. For all who live on or near the Gulf Coast, Glory of the Silver King reintroduces a forgotten literary treasure and a magnificent fish that once filled the waters at our favorite coastal retreats. Number Nineteen: Gulf Coast Books, sponsored by Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
“Hart Stilwell was a world-class raconteur and storyteller. His unpublished manuscript on the glory days of coastal fishing became an underground legend, passed around like a sacred totem for decades. Editor Brandon Shuler has revived Stilwell’s folksy charm and penetrating insights, and the result is this engaging and important book.”—Steven L. Davis, curator, The Wittliff Collections
RELATED INTEREST HART STILWELL (1902–1975) was a Texas writer who wrote stories and articles for Esquire, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, and Sports Afield in the 1940s and 50s. A contemporary of J. Frank Dobie’s, he was a regular contributor to newspapers across Texas and also wrote three novels and two works of nonfiction. BRANDON SHULER is a professional fishing guide and freelance writer. A resident of Pharr, Texas, he is currently pursuing graduate studies in Lubbock. Fishing Yesterday’s Gulf Coast Barney Farley 978-1-60344-046-2 paper $15.95
Fishes of the Texas Laguna Madre A Guide for Anglers and Naturalists David A. McKee 978-1-60344-028-8 paper $16.95
Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico Texas, Louisiana, and Adjacent Waters, Second Edition H. Dickson Hoese and Richard H. Moore 978-0-89096-737-9 cloth $34.95s 978-0-89096-767-6 paper $18.95
Glory of the Silver King 978-1-60344-267-1 cloth $24.95
6x9. 192 pp. 23 b&w photos. 19 maps. Index. Fish/Fishing. Sports. Conservation. April
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“Few experiences compare with navigating a sea kayak through a large sandy bay lined with oyster-shell beaches, past golden sand dunes into rough ocean waters, then surfing back onto a wind-swept beach at sunset.”—from the Introduction
Kayaking the Texas Coast John Whorff Half of the nearly 400-mile Texas coastline is flanked by barrier islands. Behind them, large and small bays shelter estuarine marshes, oyster-reef communities, and sea grass meadows that teem with wildlife, creating a bird watcher’s and angler’s paradise. For an intimate encounter with these natural treasures, no other water craft can compare to a kayak. Veteran kayaker John Whorff’s Kayaking the Texas Coast is an essential guide for beginning and experienced kayakers to the many miles of shoreline that surround the shallow bays, lagoons, and islands of the Texas coast. Novices will appreciate this book’s detailed information about where to paddle and camp, what to see, and where to obtain additional information about safety and route planning. Accomplished kayakers will enjoy Whorff’s enticing route descriptions and other pertinent details on paddling the Texas coastline. Opening with an extended introductory text that covers kayaks and equipment, safety considerations and emergencies, camping dos and don’ts, and helpful resources, Kayaking the Texas Coast also lists useful websites and guidebooks. In the main portion of the text, the coast is organized into ten destinations, from the Galveston Bay complex in the north to Boca Chica State Park in the south. For each of these destinations, Whorff provides information on navigational aids, planning considerations, accommodations, and directions to launch sites before describing various paddling routes within each destination— around seventy routes in all. Each route is ranked for difficulty as “beginner,” “intermediate,” or “advanced.” Detailed maps and vivid photographs by the author complete the package. Number Eighteen: Gulf Coast Books, sponsored by Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
“Kayaking the Texas Coast is your must-have guidebook to the coastline and bays of the Lone Star State. Many miles of sea kayaking adventure are described, along with maps and discussion of the natural world encountered along the way. My copy will be riding in the car and kayak with me. I look forward to seeing with my own eyes what the author has described and mapped.”—Natalie Wiest, founder and director, Galveston Bay Information Center
RELATED INTEREST JOHN WHORFF has been paddling kayaks since 1971 and kayaking the Texas coast since 1988. A specialist in optometric glaucoma with an ophthalmology group based in Tyler, he also holds a PhD in zoology from Texas A&M University. He has written for Sea Kayaker magazine and lives in Winnsboro, Texas.
Neches River User Guide Gina Donovan 978-1-60344-138-4 paper $17.95
Paddling the Wild Neches Richard M. Donovan 978-1-58544-496-0 paper $19.95
Paddling the Guadalupe Wayne H. McAlister 978-1-60344-021-9 paper $24.95
Kayaking the Texas Coast 978-1-60344-225-1 flexbound $25.00
9x10. 152 pp. 115 color photos. 41 color maps. Index. Coastal Texas. Sports. March
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Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota
New in paperback with a new preface
Sailing Ship Elissa
Volume 3, Geology
Patricia Bellis Bixel Jim Cruz, photography editor
Edited by Noreen A. Buster and Charles W. Holmes
Volume 3 of Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota; a series edited by John W. Tunnell Jr., Darryl L. Felder, and Sylvia A. Earle A continuation of the landmark scientific reference series from the Harte Research Institute for Gulf Of Mexico Studies, this volume provides the most up-to-date systematic, cohesive, and comprehensive description of the geology of the Gulf of Mexico basin. The book’s six sections address the Gulf ’s origin (including petroleum resources), processes (including climate change), and coral reefs. Knowledge about the foundation of the ocean environment remains vital to the understanding of the mineral and marine resources of the Gulf as well as the increasing effects of sedimentation and global warming. With this volume, much of the information necessary for a full view of the geology of the Gulf in the U.S., Mexico, and Cuba that was previously sequestered in the files of industry or government has been made more readily available for scientists, researchers, and students. It provides valuable synthesis and interpretation, representing nearly everything known about the geology of the Gulf of Mexico in the early twenty-first century. Four years in the making, this monumental compilation is both a lasting record of the current state of knowledge and the starting point for a new millennium of study. Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies Series, Sponsored by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University– Corpus Christi
“Bixel’s research is thorough and her writing style is engaging. This book will be of interest to both maritime historians and historic preservationists. . . . a welcome addition to the growing literature on Texas maritime history.”—Southwestern Historical Quarterly “ . . . a heartening story, well-illustrated with photos.”—Houston Chronicle “Her story is beautifully told in words and pictures . . .”—Austin American-Statesman “ . . . recommended both as an outstanding book-to-remember-her-by and as a surprisingly complete account of a quirky aspect of maritime history.”—Review of Texas Books “This richly illustrated and authentic account of the ship’s long career is fully worthy of its subject, and makes a heartlifting good read.”—Sea History Number Seventy-six: Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University PATRICIA BELLIS BIXEL is currently an associate professor of history at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. JIM CRUZ, a freelance professional photographer, was a member of the Elissa’s crew for many years.
NOREEN A. BUSTER is a geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, located in St. Petersburg, Florida. CHARLES W. HOLMES is retired from the U. S. Geological Survey. Specializing in geochemistry and sedimentology and focusing on geochronological issues, he is currently executive director of Environchron, LLC, and adjunct professor at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota, vol. 3 978-1-60344-290-9 hardcover $75.00s
81/2x11. 512 pp. 23 color photos. 89 maps. 104 figs. 22 tables. 3 apps. Bib. Index. Marine Science. Geology. June
Sailing Ship Elissa 978-1-60344-412-5 paper $17.95
81/2x11. 122 pp. 64 b&w photos. 3 line drawings. Bib. Index. Maritime History. Texana. March
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A must-read for Gulf Coast scientists, naturalists, and residents . . .
Sea-Level Change in the Gulf of Mexico Richard A. Davis Jr. From Florida to Mexico and along the shores of Cuba, the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico are vulnerable to sea-level rise because of their fragile and low-lying shorelines and adjacent coastal environments. In addition to wetlands, river deltas, beaches, and barrier islands, millions of people who live and work along the Gulf coast are susceptible to the affects of both intense storms in the short term and a gradual rise in sea level over the longer term. While global warming headlines any current discussion of this topic and is certainly a major factor in sea-level change, it is not the only factor. Earthquakes and other crustal shifts, the El Niño/La Niña phenomena, river impoundment and sedimentation, tides, and weather can all affect local, regional, and global sea levels. In Sea-Level Change in the Gulf of Mexico, Richard A. Davis Jr. looks at the various causes and effects of rising and falling sea levels in the Gulf of Mexico, beginning with the Gulf ’s geological birth over 100 million years ago, and focusing on the last 20,000 years, when global sea levels began rising as the glaciers of the last major ice age melted. Davis reviews the current situation, especially regarding beach erosion and loss of wetlands, and offers a preview of the future, when the Gulf Coast will change markedly as the twenty-first century progresses. Amply illustrated and written in a clear, straightforward style, Sea-Level Change in the Gulf of Mexico is a valuable resource for anyone who cares deeply about understanding the past, present, and future of life along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies Series, Sponsored by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
RELATED INTEREST RICHARD A. DAVIS JR. is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida in Tampa and professor and research associate at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A & M University—Corpus Christi.
The Formation and Future of the Upper Texas Coast A Geologist Answers Questions about Sand, Storms, and Living by the Sea John B. Anderson 978-1-58544-561-5 paper $24.95
Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota Volume 1, Biodiversity Edited by Darryl L. Felder and David K. Camp 978-1-60344-094-3 hardcover $95.00s
Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota Volume 2, Ocean and Coastal Economy Edited by James C. Cato 978-1-60344-086-8 hardcover $40.00s
Sea-Level Change in the Gulf of Mexico 978-1-60344-224-4 flexbound $25.00
81/2x11. 192 pp. 65 color photos, 48 maps. 39 figs. 3 tables. Index. Marine Science. Gulf Coast. Nature. June
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Deepwater archaeology uncovers secrets from the ancient maritime past . . .
Ships from the Depths Deepwater Archaeology Fredrik Søreide Thousands of shipwrecks and archaeological sites lie undiscovered in deep water, potentially holding important clues to our maritime past. Scientists have explored only a small percentage of the oceans’ depths, as 98 percent of the seabed lies well beyond the reach of conventional diving. Ships from the Depths surveys the dramatic advances in technology over the last few years that have made it possible for scientists to locate, study, and catalogue archaeological sites in waters previously inaccessible to humans. Researcher and explorer Fredrik Sreide presents the development of deepwater archaeology since 1971, when Willard Bascom designed his Alcoa Seaprobe to locate and raise deepwater wrecks in the Mediterranean. Accompanied by descriptions and color photographs of deepwater projects and equipment, this book considers not only techniques that have been developed for location and observation of sites but also removal and excavation methods distinctive to these unique locations, far beyond the reach of scuba gear. Sreide provides an introduction to and survey of the history, development, and potential of this exciting branch of nautical archaeology. Scholars and field archaeologists will appreciate this handy compendium of the current state of the discipline and technology, and general readers will relish this comprehensive look at the challenges and opportunities associated with locating and studying historical and ancient shipwrecks in some of the world’s deepest waters. Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology Series
RELATED INTEREST FREDRIK SøREIDE is a professor in the department of archaeology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway, and vice president of ProMare, a U.S. nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting marine research and exploration throughout the world.
The Pepper Wreck A Portuguese Indiaman at the Mouth of the Tagus River Filipe Vieira de Castro 978-1-58544-390-1 cloth $60.00s
Yassi Ada Volume I, A SeventhCentury Byzantine Shipwreck George F. Bass and Frederick H. van Doorninck Jr. 978-0-89096-063-9 cloth $89.50s
Wooden Ship Building and the Interpretation of Shipwrecks J. Richard Steffy 978-0-89096-552-8 cloth $78.50s
Ships from the Depths 978-1-60344-218-3 hardcover $45.00
81/2x11. 200 pp. 103 color, 14 b&w photos. 28 line art. 4 Maps. 3 tables. Bib. Index. Nautical Archaeology. May
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From the Yenisei to the Yukon
Interpreting Lithic Assemblage Variability in Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene Beringia Edited by Ted Goebel and Ian Buvit Who were the first people who came to the land bridge joining northeastern Asia to Alaska and the northwest of North America? Where did they come from? How did they organize technology, especially in the context of settlement behavior? During the Pleistocene era, the people now known as Beringians dispersed across the varied landscapes of late-glacial northeast Asia and northwest North America. The twenty chapters gathered in this volume explore, in addition to the questions posed above, howÂ Beringians adapted in response to climate and environmental changes. They share a focus on the significance of the modern-human inhabitants of the region. By examining and analyzing lithic artifacts, geoarchaeological evidence, zooarchaeological data, and archaeological features, these studies offer important interpretations of the variability to be found in the early material culture of the first Beringians. The scholars contributing to this work consider the region from Lake Baikal in the west to southern British Columbia in the east. Through a technological-organization approach, this volume permits investigation of the evolutionary process of adaptation as well as the historical processes of migration and cultural transmission. The result is a closer understanding of how humans adapted to the diverse and unique conditions of the late Pleistocene. Peopling of the Americas Publications, sponsored by the Center for the Study of the First Americans
RELATED INTEREST TED GOEBEL serves as associate director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans and is an associate professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University. IAN BUVIT is an adjunct faculty member in anthropology at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.
Arch Lake Woman Physical Anthropology and Geoarchaeology Douglas W. Owsley 978-1-60344-208-4 cloth $30.00
Paleoamerican Origins Beyond Clovis Edited by Robson Bonnichsen, et al 978-1-58544-540-0 cloth $60.00s
Ice Age Peoples of North America Environments, Origins, and Adaptations of the First Americans Edited by Robson Bonnichsen and Karen L. Turnmire 978-1-58544-368-0 cloth $60.00s
From the Yenisei to the Yukon 978-1-60344-321-0 hardcover $80.00s
81/2x11. 416 pp. 35 b&w photos. 28 maps. 73 line art. 57 figs. 44 tables. Bib. Index. Archaeology. Anthropology. July
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An innovative historical study of the longstanding debate over executive term limits in American politics . . .
A president who distances himself from stagecraft will find himself upstaged.
A Presidency Upstaged
Presidential Term Limits in American History
The Public Leadership of George H. W. Bush
Power, Principles, and Politics
Lori Cox Han
Michael J. Korzi
By successfully seeking a third term in 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt shattered a tradition that was as old as the American republic. The longstanding yet controversial two-term tradition reflected serious tensions in American political values. In Presidential Term Limits in American History, Michael J. Korzi recounts the history of the two-term tradition as well as the “perfect storm” that enabled Roosevelt to break with that tradition. He also shows that Roosevelt and his close supporters made critical errors of judgment in 1943–44, particularly in seeking a fourth term against long odds that the ill president would survive it. Korzi’s analysis offers a strong challenge to Roosevelt biographers who have generally whitewashed this aspect of his presidency and decision making. The case of Roosevelt points to both the drawbacks and the benefits of presidential term limits. Furthermore, Korzi’s extended consideration of the seldom-studied Twenty-second Amendment and its passage reveals not only vindictive and political motivations (it was unanimously supported by Republicans), but also a sincere distrust of executive power that dates back to America’s colonial and constitutional periods. “ . . . a competent book that will make an important contribution to presidential studies. It will quickly become the cited authority on the topic of presidential tenure.”—David A. Crockett, author, Running against the Grain: How Opposition Presidents Win the White House and The Opposition Presidency: Leadership and the Constraints of History Joseph V. Hughes Jr. and Holly O. Hughes Series on the Presidency and Leadership MICHAEL J. KORZI’s articles have appeared in Presidential Studies Quarterly, Polity, and Congress and the Presidency. He is a professor of political science at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.
George H. W. Bush sought to “stay the course” in terms of policy while distancing himself from the public relations strategies employed during the administration of Ronald Reagan, his predecessor. But Bush discovered during his one-term presidency that a strategy of policy continuity coupled with mediocre communication skills “does not make for a strong public image as an effective and active leader in the White House”, as author and scholar Lori Cox Han demonstrates in A Presidency Upstaged. Incorporating extensive archival research from the George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University—including documents only recently available through requests made under the Freedom of Information Act—Han thoroughly examines the public presidency of George H. W. Bush. Han analyzes how communication strategies, relationships with the press, and public opinion polling shaped and defined his image as a leader. The research for this study also includes content analysis of press coverage (both print and television) and major public addresses during the Bush administration. “Lori Cox Han skillfully uses archival materials, interviews and leading academic studies to present a thorough analysis of George H.W. Bush’s public presidency. Her book is a valuable addition to the literature on presidential communications, media, and politics, and also stands as a very useful resource on the events of the first Bush presidency.”—Mark Rozell, professor of Public Policy, George Mason University and author, Power and Prudence Joseph V. Hughes Jr. and Holly O. Hughes Series on the Presidency and Leadership LORI COX HAN is a professor of political science at Chapman University in Orange, California.
Presidential Term Limits in American History
A Presidency Upstaged
978-1-60344-231-2 cloth $34.95s
978-1-60344-220-6 cloth $40.00s
6x9. 192 pp. 2 tables. Index. Presidential Studies. Political Science. April
6x9. 224 pp. Figure. 5 tables. Bib. Index. Presidential Studies. Presidential Rhetoric. Political Science. April
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New in paperback
New in paperback
You, the People
Keepers of the Spirit
American National Identity in Presidential Rhetoric
The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University, 1876–2001
Vanessa B. Beasley
John A. Adams Jr. Foreword by Ray M. Bowen
As we ask anew in these troubled times what it means to be an American, You, the People provides perspective by casting its eye over the answers given by past U.S. presidents in their addresses to the public. Who is an American, and who is not?
“ . . . skillfully analyzed hundreds of primary source documents and integrated contemporary political, social and cultural elements in bringing to light the values, customs and controversies which have shaped the Corps’ 125-year history.”—Texas Aggie
And yet, as Vanessa Beasley demonstrates in this eloquent exploration of a century of presidential speeches, the questions are not new. Since the Founders first identified the nation as “we, the people,” the faces and accents of U.S. citizens have changed dramatically due to immigration and other constitutive changes.
“If you are an Aggie, or a non-Aggie as I am, who holds the Cadet Corps of Texas A&M University in high regard, then buy this book.” —San Antonio Express-News
U.S. presidents have often spoken as if there were one monolithic American people. Here Beasley traces rhetorical constructions of American national identity in presidents’ inaugural addresses and state of the union messages from 1885 through 2000. She argues convincingly that while the demographics of the voting citizenry changed rapidly during this period, presidential definitions of American national identity did not. Chief executives have consistently employed a rhetoric of American nationalism that is simultaneously inclusive and exclusive; Beasley examines both the genius and the limitations of this language.
“It is the rare reader who will not be struck by Adams’s extensive research.”—Southwestern Historical Quarterly “Adams provides vivid images of early campus life at Texas A&M, beginning in 1876 when only six students enrolled. . . . This book is required reading for anyone who genuinely wants to try to understand the spirit that permeates the Corps of Cadets and the A&M campus. . . For dedicated Aggies, the book will make an ideal Christmas present for years to come.”—Journal of South Texas “ . . . a splendidly written book. Adams has researched his topic well and has provided an excellent bibliography.”—East Texas Historical Journal
Number Ten: Presidential Rhetoric Series VANESSA B. BEASLEY is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches courses in U.S. public address and mass mediated politics.
You, the People 978-1-60344-298-5 paper $21.95s
6x9. 216 pp. Bib. Index. American History. Presidential Rhetoric. Ethnic Studies. March
Number Eight-nine: Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University JOHN A. ADAMS JR., ‘73, holds three degrees, including a doctorate in history, from Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps. He is the author of two other books on the university’s history. He resides in Orlando, Florida.
Keepers of the Spirit
978-1-60344-155-1 paper $34.95s 978-1-58544-127-3 Limited Edition $250.00x 7x10. 416 pp. 74 b&w photos. 26 tables. Apps. Bib. Index. Aggie Books. Military History. Texas History. March
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The Governor’s Daughter Virginia Bernhard Texas legend has it that James Stephen Hogg, Governor of Texas from 1890 to 1894, named his daughters Ima and Ura, but that is only half-true: there never was a Ura. Ima had three brothers, Will, Mike, and Tom. Ima Hogg, who was born in 1882 and died in 1975 at age 93, became a legend in her own right, and this book is her story. It is also the story of the extraordinary bond between a father and a daughter. James Stephen Hogg, who worked his way from a hardscrabble life in the piney woods of East Texas to the Governor’s Mansion in Austin, was a giant in Texas politics, both literally (standing six feet three inches tall and weighing close to 300 pounds) and figuratively, as the champion of the “little people” against big business in the 1890s. He adored his daughter, and after his wife, Sallie Stinson Hogg, died of tuberculosis in 1895, Ima and her father drew even closer. Jim Hogg, a widower in his 40’s with four children—Will, 20; Ima, 13, Mike, 10, and Tom, 8—left politics to practice law in Austin, and Ima became the “sunshine” of her father’s household. While Ima attended the University of Texas and then studied music in New York City, ex-Governor Hogg pursued business interests, and was one of the early investors in the Texas oil boom after the Spindletop gusher in 1901. He was not a rich man when he died in 1906, but the old plantation he bought in Brazos County near West Columbia would eventually produce oil that would make Ima and her brothers wealthy. The Hogg children devoted part of their time and money to the enrichment of the educational and cultural life of Texas. “Miss Ima,” as she was known (she never married), founded the Houston Symphony, served on the Houston School Board, established the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, and restored several historic Texas buildings, including the house at the Varner-Hogg Historic Site, which had been her father’s beloved country home. In 1966 she gave her own house, filled with the priceless Early American art and furniture she had collected, as the Bayou Bend Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Thousands of people visit Bayou Bend every year, and this book describes its history, as well as that of an extraordinary Texas woman. Number Twenty: Fred Rider Cotten Popular History Series
RELATED INTEREST VIRGINIA BERNHARD is Professor Emerita of History at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Her publications include the historical novel A Durable Fire (1990), Firsthand America (1991), and Slaves and Slaveholders in Bermuda, 1616-1782 (1999). A previous edition of Ima Hogg: The Governor’s Daughter won the Texas Historical Commission award for best local history.
Galveston A History and a Guide David McComb 978-0-87611-178-9 paper $9.95
José Antonio Navarro In Search of the American Dream in NineteenthCentury Texas David R. McDonald 978-0-87611-243-4 cloth $49.95 978-0-87611-244-1 paper $24.95
Peg Leg The Improbable Life of a Texas Hero, Thomas William Ward, 1807-1872 David C. Humphrey 978-0-87611-237-3 cloth $39.95
Ima Hogg 978-0-87611-245-8 paper $15.95
51/2x81/2. 144 pp. 8 b&w photos. Biography. Texas History. March
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On the Border with Mackenzie; or, Winning West Texas from the Comanches Robert G. Carter Foreword by Charles Robinson III When first published in 1935, On the Border with Mackenzie; or Winning West Texas from the Comanches, by Capt. Robert G. Carter, quickly became known as the most complete account of the Indian Wars on the Texas frontier during the 1870s. And even today it still stands as one of the most exhaustive histories ever written by an actual participant in the Texas Indian Wars. Carter, a Union Army veteran and West Point graduate, was appointed in 1870 to serve as second lieutenant in the Fourth United States Cavalry stationed at Fort Concho, Texas. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1900 for his gallantry in action against the Indians occurring on October 10, 1871, during the battle of Blanco Canyon. Led by Col. Ranald Slidell Mackenzie, the Fourth Cavalry moved its headquarters to Fort Richardson, Texas, in 1871 where they soon became one of the most effective units on the western frontier. Among the battles and skirmishes they participated in were the Warren wagon train raid of 1871; the Kicking Bird pursuit of 1871; the Remolino fight of 1873; the Red River War of 1874–75; and the Black Hills War of 1876. L. F. Sheffy refers to On the Border with Mackenzie as “a splendid contribution to the early frontier history of West Texas . . . a story filled with humor and pathos, tragedies and triumphs, hunger and thirst, war and adventure.” And in the words of John H. Jenkins in Texas Basic Books, Carter “pulls no punches in this outspoken narrative, and the reader always knows where he stands.” Long out of print, this definitive history of the Indian Wars will now have the accessibility that it deserves. It is as Charles Robinson states in the foreword “essential to any study of the Indian Wars of the Southern Plains.” Number Twenty-three: Fred H. and Ella Mae Moore Texas History Reprint Series
New Lands, New Men America and the Second Great Age of Discovery William Goetzmann 978-0-87611-148-2 cloth $29.95
A Wild and Vivid Land An Illustrated History of the South Texas Border Jerry Thompson 978-0-87611-164-2 cloth $29.95 978-0-87611-167-3 Limited Edition $95.00x
A Brave Boy and a Good Soldier John C. C. Hill and the Texas Expedition to Mier Mary Margaret McAllen Amberson 978-0-87611-214-4 cloth $24.95 978-0-87611-230-4 paper $12.95
A soldier and writer, ROBERT G. CARTER (1845–1936) was born at Bridgton, Maine. During the Civil War, he served with the 22nd Massachusetts Infantry. After graduating from the United States Military Academy, he went to Texas with his bride, Mary, where he served in several Indian campaigns. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his action in the Brazos River campaign in October 1871 and authored several other books, including The Boy Soldier at Gettysburg (1887) and Four Brothers in Blue (1913). CHARLES M. ROBINSON is a history instructor at South Texas Community College in McAllen. He is the author of many books, primarily on the American West, including Bad Hand: A Biography of General Ranald S. Mackenzie, which won the Texas Historical Commission’s T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award, and Texas and the Mexican War: A History and a Guide, published by the Texas State Historical Association.
On the Border with Mackenzie; or, Winning West Texas from the Comanches 978-0-87611-246-5 paper $29.95
6x9. 600 pp. Illus. Index. Borderlands Studies. Military History. Texas History. March
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Four-time American League All-Star relives his storied baseball career.
My Sixty-five Years in Baseball Eddie Robinson with C. Paul Rogers III Foreword by Tom Grieve Introduction by Bobby Brown “Eddie Robinson was a fine ballplayer. He had a remarkably long, fascinating, and colorful career as a baseball scout and front-office man for many big-league teams. I know of no work that gives as much insight into the front-office machinations in baseball organizations. His autobiography will interest people inside baseball who remember Eddie and many others who enjoy reading about the experiences of men who’ve been in the game.”—Charles C. Alexander, author of Ty Cobb Eddie Robinson’s career spans the pre-integration era before and during World War II, integration, the organization of the players union, expansion, use of artificial turf, free agency, labor stoppages, and even the steroid era. Today Eddie is working to secure pension benefits for former players not covered by the major league labor agreement. During his six and a half decades in America’s pastime, Eddie has known, played with or against, or worked for Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Tris Speaker, Bob Feller, Hank Greenberg, Larry Doby, Satchel Paige, Bill Veeck, Clark Griffith, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Casey Stengel, Whitey Ford, Brooks Robinson, Paul Richards, Charley Finley, Hank Aaron, Ted Turner, and George Steinbrenner. “Eddie Robinson was general manager when I was asked to manage the Orioles 1960 Winter Instructional League team. He took me under his wing and showed me just by being himself how a major leaguer should act. When I later became the Orioles manager, all the things I learned from him were invaluable to my future successes.”—Earl Weaver, Hall of Fame manager for the Baltimore Orioles “Of those sixty-five years in baseball, I’ve known Eddie for fifty-five of them—as a dear friend, a business partner, and as a terrific baseball player. Major league baseball needs more people like Eddie.”—Brooks C. Robinson, Hall of Fame third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles
“What can you say abut Eddie? Good baseball man and a pretty good left-handed hitter in his day. He was one of our first basemen in the ‘50s and fit in real good. What do I remember most? On our post-season barnstorming trip to Hawaii and Japan after 1955, Eddie joined along . . . on his honeymoon. Lucky for him Bette’s a great gal.”—Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Yankees
Sport in American Life
RELATED INTEREST A four-time American League All-Star, EDDIE ROBINSON played in two World Series, was general manager of the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers, and was involved in the formation of the players union. C. PAUL ROGERS III is co-author, with Robin Roberts, of The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant and My Life in Baseball.
The Wizard of Waxahachie Paul Richards and the End of Baseball as We Knew It Warren Corbett 978-0-87074-556-0 cloth $24.95
Spoke A Biography of Tris Speaker Charles C. Alexander 978-0-87074-517-1 cloth $25.95
Anatomy of Baseball Edited by Lee Gutkind and Andrew Blauner 978-0-87074-522-5 cloth $22.50
Lucky Me 978-0-87074-566-9 cloth $23.95
6x9. 252 pp. 42 b&w photos. Index. Sports. Autobiography. February
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Early baseball’s growing pains . . .
Perkins School of Theology celebrates its first one hundred years.
Turbulent Seasons Baseball in 1890–1891
Perkins School of Theology
Charles C. Alexander
A Centennial History
Joseph L. Allen Foreword by Harold W. Attridge
“One of baseball’s most respected historians turns his attention to two pivotal years in the nineteenth century with most edifying results. Alexander’s typically exhaustive research and clear, vigorous prose bring the 1890 and 1891 seasons to life and demonstrate their crucial role in the development of our National Pastime. Turbulent Seasons succeeds in bringing the turmoil of those long ago seasons into focus for contemporary baseball lovers.”—C. Paul Rogers III, co-author of The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant This is the first book to examine in close detail the 1890 and 1891 majorleague seasons, recapturing a colorful era in early baseball history when club owners quarreled, players berated umpires, sportswriters criticized and ridiculed both owners and players, and the National Game, as it was universally called, made halting progress toward the sport and business it became in the twentieth century. The two seasons saw the formation in 1890 of the Players League by the Brotherhood of Professional Ball Players, America’s first sports union; the failure of the players’ efforts to stand up to the owners; the collapse of a new National Agreement between the National League and the American Association; and the eventual amalgamation of four Association franchises into the National League, creating a decade of relative peace under the twelve-club “big league.” Sport in American Life CHARLES C. ALEXANDER, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Ohio University, has authored biographies of Ty Cobb, John McGraw, Rogers Hornsby, and Tris Speaker, as well as Our Game: An American Baseball History and Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era. Turbulent Seasons: Baseball in 1890-1891 is his thirteenth book. He now lives in Hamilton, Ohio.
“Professor Allen has encapsulated a century of Perkins history, masterfully combining in-depth research with extensive first-hand knowledge, providing a combination of documented facts and insightful interpretations that both solidify and enliven this fascinating institutional history of one of Methodism’s premier seminaries.”—Richard P. Heitzenrater, Professor of Church History and Wesley Studies Emeritus, The Divinity School, Duke University “An insightful and straightforward history of how Perkins School of Theology has struggled to remain faithful to its main mission in spite of challenges, conflicts, failures, and successes.”—Zan W. Holmes, Jr., Pastor Emeritus, St. Luke Community UMC, Dallas, and retired adjunct professor of preaching, Perkins School of Theology “The humble details of keeping an institution funded, led, replenished with students and faculty, reinvigorated, and afloat figure in this grand chronicle. Joseph Allen was a participant in forty of the one hundred years of the seminary’s history, both trusted as a player and now calmly and elegantly discharging that trust as an interpreter of its birth, adult life, and its mid-life sense of itself. The self-critical eye of a moralist, as well as the craft of a fine historian, has shaped this narrative.”—William F. May, Cary Maguire Professor of Ethics Emeritus, Southern Methodist University “Those who care about the education of church leadership for the future can read this narrative and gain greater understanding of how and why changes have occurred.”—Bishop Scott J. Jones, Kansas Area of The United Methodist Church JOSEPH L. ALLEN was for forty-one years a member of the Perkins faculty and is presently a professor of ethics emeritus. He is a former president of the Society of Christian Ethics in the United States and Canada and the author of Love and Conflict: A Covenantal Model of Christian Ethics and War: A Primer for Christians.
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6x9. 272 pp. Sports. June
6x9. 368 pp. Religion. May
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What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?
Twelve Breaths a Minute End of Life Essays
Edited by Lee Gutkind Introduction by Francine Prose Foreword by Karen Wolk Feinstein “A gripping and passionate account of how we face the final rite of passage. These stories mine the agility of the human spirit, and will not easily be forgotten.”—Danielle Ofri, author of Medicine in Translation and Singular Intimacies Twelve Breaths a Minute—the latest collaboration between SMU Press and the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, with the support of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation—features twenty-three original, compelling personal narratives that examine the way we as a society care for the dying. Here a poet, a former hospice worker, reflects on death’s mysteries; a son wanders the halls of his mother’s nursing home, lost in the small absurdities of the place; a grief counselor struggles with losing his own grandfather; a medical intern traces the origins of time and the quality of our final days; a mother anguishes over her decision to turn off her daughter’s life support and allow her organs to be harvested; and an emergency dispatcher tries to quantify what a stranger’s death should mean. “This remarkable anthology collects the reflections of family members, nurses, physicians, and hospice workers as they care for the dying. Looking back on their experiences, they ponder what they did well and what they might have done differently or not done at all. They despair over flailing efforts to do something when that can only prolong misery. Biomedical technology is sometimes a blessing and sometimes a curse, and never sufficient in itself. Readers, who will at some time be in one or more of these caregiving roles, can learn important and valuable information from these reflections.”—Carol Donley, former co-director of the Center for the Literature, Medicine, and the Health Care Professions and co-author of Literature and Aging: An Anthology Medical Humanities Series
“These disturbing and riveting essays deal with the agonizing decisions about caring for those who are in the last years of their life. The book challenges all of us who will one day face the same excruciatingly difficult decisions, especially about whether to treat or not to treat those who face either death or very painful and often unsuccessful medical interventions.”—Charles E. Curran, moral theologian and ethicist, author of Catholic Moral Theology in the United States
RELATED INTEREST LEE GUTKIND, founding editor of Creative Nonfiction, has written books about baseball, health care, travel, and technology. He teaches at Arizona State University. FRANCINE PROSE is the author of many bestselling books, including Blue Angel, a National Book Award finalist, and her latest nonfiction work, Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife.
In a Tangled Wood An Alzheimer’s Journey Joyce Dyer 978-0-87074-396-2 cloth $22.50 978-0-87074-397-9 paper $12.95
Silence Kills Speaking Out and Saving Lives Edited by Lee Gutkind 978-0-87074-518-8 cloth $22.50
Rage and Reconciliation Inspiring a Health Care Revolution Edited by Lee Gutkind 978-0-87074-503-4 paper $19.95
Twelve Breaths a Minute 978-0-87074-571-3 cloth $23.95
6x9. 240 pp. Medical Humanities. June
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A father and a family, building an ordinary life . . .
The Shape of the Eye
Down Syndrome, Family, and the Stories We Inherit George Estreich Afterword by Marcia Day Childress “In this wise and moving memoir, George Estreich tells the story of his family as his younger daughter is diagnosed with Down syndrome and they are thrust into an unfamiliar world. Estreich writes with a poet’s eye and gift of language, weaving this personal journey into the larger history of his family, exploring the deep and often hidden connections between the past and the present. Engaging and unsentimental, The Shape of the Eye taught me a great deal. It is a story I found myself thinking about long after I’d finished the final pages.”—Kim Edwards, author of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter When Laura Estreich is born, her appearance presents a puzzle: does the shape of her eyes indicate Down syndrome, or the fact that she has a Japanese grandmother? In this powerful memoir, George Estreich, a poet and stay-at-home dad, tells his daughter’s story, reflecting on her inheritance—from the literal legacy of her genes, to the family history that precedes her, to the Victorian physician John Langdon Down’s diagnostic error of “Mongolian idiocy.” Against this backdrop, Laura takes her place in the Estreich family as a unique child, quirky and real, loved for everything ordinary and extraordinary about her. “Estreich brings a poet’s eye and ear, an historian’s depth of understanding, a humorist’s healthy skepticism, and a scientist’s curiosity to this poignant story of what it means to be a family.”—Tracy Daugherty, author of Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme “A beautifully told adventure tale of the heart. As the title suggests, George Estreich artfully and honestly—and often humorously—explores how we shape and are shaped by the people closest to us. What he discovers is nothing less than a revelation about the nature of love.”—Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Choosing Naia: A Family’s Journey Medical Humanities Series
“A poignant, beautifully written, and intensely moving memoir. It will become part of the canon of narratives studied and taught in medical humanities courses.”—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone “The Shape of the Eye is a story of misunderstanding, devastating pain, and overwhelming challenge. It is a story of growth and learning. Ultimately it is a story of loyalty, affection, persistence, and the most important human victory, which is love.”—Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek
RELATED INTEREST GEORGE ESTREICH’s collection of poems, Textbook Illustrations of the Human Body, won the Gorsline Prize and was published in 2004. A woodworker, fly-fisherman, and guitar player, he has taught composition, creative writing, and literature at several universities. He lives in Corvallis with his wife Theresa, a research scientist, and his two daughters, Ellie and Laura. Full Moon at Noontide A Daughter’s Last Goodbye Ann Putnam 978-0-87074-555-3 cloth $22.50
On the Outskirts of Normal Forging a Family against the Grain Debra Monroe 978-0-87074-560-7 cloth $22.50
Quick-Eyed Love Photography and Memory Susan Garrett 978-0-87074-501-0 cloth $22.50
The Shape of the Eye 978-0-87074-567-6 cloth $23.95
6x9. 224 pp. Bib. Memoir. Medical Humanities. March
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Searing stories taken from history and yesterday’s headlines . . .
Stories from the Golden State . . .
Ernest J. Finney
“A deft, fleet, and luminous collection of stories. Liza Wieland has a gift for culling extraordinary prose from the ordinary human moment; ultimately we see that no human life is merely ordinary. It was a pleasure to read these stories, and to feel myself in the presence of somebody who can tell me, jaded reader as I am, some things I don’t know about this world.”—Cynthia Shearer, author of The Celestial Jukebox
“For thirty years Ernest Finney has been one of the best fiction writers in the country. He has established himself as a master of lowlife, which sooner or later is an essential element in all of these stories. He gets under the skins of people who live on or near the margins of society and reveals the pathos in their lives—more often than not in unexpected ways.”— George Core, editor, Sewanee Review
From the opening story in Liza Wieland’s third story collection, in which a literary translator reflects on her first marriage, to the last, a poetic evocation of a daughter’s love for her mother, lyrical yet realistic portraits of women unfold. Caught in revealing and cathartic moments, her characters, both historical and invented, find themselves at emotional crossroads: a young girl encounters the elderly Ezra Pound in Venice; Marie Curie’s daughter Eve attends the funeral of her mother’s lover in Paris; a woman survives the 1944 Nazi massacre in Oradour, France; a nun in New York City catches a baby dropped out a window; a U.S. college applicant performs sign language at poetry readings.
“As a lover of fiction, I appreciate the sinewy existentialism of these gnomic stories. As an historian of California, I appreciate Ernest Finney as a writer who understands the gritty reality of life on the wild side in the Golden State.”—Kevin Starr, author of Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America’s Greatest Bridge
“Liza Wieland writes of discord with such harmony and wisdom that even the bad things that befall her characters feel limned with wonder and grace. For all its wonderfully realized tensions and conflicts, Quickening is an oddly hopeful and redemptive book.”—Michael Parker, author of Don’t Make Me Stop Now
All but two of the stories in this, Ernest Finney’s third collection of short fiction, are set in California: in the San Francisco Bay area, the Sierras, the San Joaquin Valley. His diverse characters—a professional wrestler, a bridge prodigy, a wilderness guide, goldseekers, illegal immigrants—are moved by chance events of time and place, finding themselves plunged into precarious situations that demand an immediate choice.
LIZA WIELAND has published three novels, two collections of short fiction, and a book of poems. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council, she has also won two Pushcart Prizes. She teaches at Eastern Carolina University and lives in Arapahoe, North Carolina.
“A fine collection, I’m tempted to say extraordinary, using history, geography, the financial pages, and current events as armatures for plot and character. If you wanted to have a capsule of California in book form, this is it.”—Robley Wilson, author of The World Still Melting
A native Californian, ERNEST J. FINNEY is the author of two prizewinning story collections, Birds Landing and Flights in the Heavenlies, and four novels: Winterchill, Lady with the Alligator Purse, Words of My Roaring, and California Time. He now lives in Sierra County, where he’s working on a quartet of novels set in Gold Rush California.
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51/2x81/2. 256 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. February
6x9. 320 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. February
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Two imposters come of age in an Indian boarding school.
School for Tricksters A Novel in Stories Chris Gavaler “From the painful reality of the Carlisle Indian School, Chris Gavaler has created a unique and compelling work of fiction. He takes two real-life students—Iva (Ivy) Miller and Sylvester Long—and imagines the ambiguities and challenges of their experience passing themselves off as Indians both at Carlisle and later in the white world. The result is a nuanced and provocative story that evokes central issues of identity—Native American, African American and white American.”—Kate Buford, author of Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe Carlisle is riddled with internal conflict and corruption, from its beleaguered Jewish superintendent to its abusive football coach, sports legend “Pop” Warner. Struggling Modernist poet Marianne Moore teaches here beside Indian artist and activist Angela DeCora and her husband Lone Star Deitz—a white man posing as an Indian to boost his sports career. Here, too, among the historical figures who populate Gavaler’s fiction, is Olympian Jim Thorpe, whose fate is entwined with that of Ivy Miller and Sylvester Long. “A work of vivid imagination and impressive narrative skill, this very readable work richly contributes to a fuller understanding of the phenomenon of racial ‘passing.’”—Donald B. Smith, author of Long Lance: The True Story of an Imposter “School for Tricksters offers a fresh and innovative story that exposes a handful of high-profile characters who were, in the author’s words, ‘all pretending.’ From the platform of the school bandstand to sports venues around the world, this daring novel treats the reader to real stories of real people making mischief in new and daring ways. A great read!” —Barbara Landis, Public Historian, Carlisle Indian School
“Gavaler’s dark, ruminative novel in stories uncovers a world in which no one’s past is certain, no one’s identity is fixed. In restless and perceptive prose, Gavaler follows his tale into the inventions of Hollywood, the untruths of advertising, and finally, into the heart of the American story.”—Christopher Tilghman, author of Roads of the Heart
God’s Dogs A Novel in Stories Mitch Wieland 978-0-87074-553-9 cloth $22.50
Mrs. Somebody Somebody Stories Tracy Winn 978-0-87074-554-6 cloth $22.50
“Here are flawless prose, a compelling narrative, interesting and complex characters (who speak first-rate dialogue), a profound theme, and a brilliant use of history providing the fiction’s context.”—Gordon Weaver, author of Last Stands
How the Indians Buried Their Dead Stories Hilary Masters 978-0-87074-557-7 cloth $22.50
CHRIS GAVALER is a visiting assistant professor of English at Washington & Lee University. He’s the author of Pretend I’m Not Here, a suspense novel. His fiction has appeared in many literary venues, including Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, and Black Warrior Review. A playwright, he’s a four-time winner of Outstanding Playwright awards from the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.
School for Tricksters 978-0-87074-563-8 cloth $23.95
6x9. 248 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. February
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Tales from a California valley town . . .
Eleven electrifying new stories from a master storyteller . . .
From the San Joaquin
Burning Man Stories
“In this collection of linked stories, Barry Kitterman brings the dusty, fertile San Joaquin Valley vividly to life—a land of orange groves and religious revivals, where the mountains rise high on either side, marking the limits of the characters’ lives. Kitterman writes with a plainspoken grace, showing men and women who face poverty, disappointment, and loneliness with a quiet daily courage and goodwill.”—Heidi Jon Schmidt, author of The House on Oyster Creek “Barry Kitterman has outwritten Sherwood Anderson, leaped past Winesburg to baking, shrouded, razory Ivanhoe, in California’s lower central valley. Its people—sad, sweet, grotesque, flint-eyed—yearn and misstep with desperate dignity. Kitterman’s sentences are stunning as the silence that follows a scream.”—Bryan Di Salvatore, author of A Clever Base-Ballist “Dust and fog, Manzanita, redwoods and rabbit farms, the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra, which are occasionally visible on those rare days when the air isn’t too filthy—these are palpable presences in Kitterman’s stories. The San Joaquin Valley, especially the town of Ivanhoe, is rendered with the kind of attention that only comes from love. Nobody who knows the Valley will ever question the author’s sense of place. Those who don’t know the Valley will feel like they do after reading this book. These are sturdy, no-nonsense, character-driven stories that make turning the pages a necessity as well as a pleasure. Kitterman’s book is superb.”—Steve Yarbrough, author of Safe from the Neighbors BARRY KITTERMAN grew up in California’s San Joaquin Valley and has lived and taught in Belize, China, Taiwan, Ohio, and Indiana. His novel The Baker’s Boy (SMU, 2008) won the 2009 Maria Thomas Peace Corps Writers Award for Fiction. He lives in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he teaches at Austin Peay State University.
“A splendid book of stories that ravish and ennoble and hearten, even as the news remains bad. Falco has more talent than ought to be legal or mortal. I can’t imagine a better book of stories will be published this year.”—Lee K. Abbott, author of All Things, All at Once: New and Selected Stories “As much as I love some of Falco’s earlier work—stories like ‘Gifts,’ for instance, or ‘Silver Dollars,’ which seem to be among the most powerful fiction of the last quarter-century—in this new book he’s taken his work to even greater heights. The title story is a stunner, and so are several others. But frankly, there’s no point in my directing readers to the highlights. The highlight is the collection itself.”—Steve Yarbrough, author of Safe from the Neighbors “Burning Man is a lean, forthright, often devastating examination of our ineluctable longing for beauty and truth.”—Susann Cokal, author of Mirabilis “Ed Falco is an enchanter who casts his spell with what Ford Madox Ford called the ‘fresh usual word,’ with impeccable sentences, and with unerring and exquisite details. These unsettling explorations of men at a dangerous age, whose quiet lives are often haunted and shaped by loss, are savvy, fearless, and achingly beautiful. Burning Man represents Ed Falco at the height of his considerable narrative powers. What talent, what nerve, what a wondrous and spellbinding collection.”—John Dufresne, author of Requiem, Mass. EDWARD FALCO is the author of three other story collections, three novels, and nine plays, in addition to a collection of short shorts, a hypertext novel and short fictions, and several online works of new media writing. He is a professor of English at Virginia Tech, where he directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.
From the San Joaquin
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6x9. 208 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. May
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Officer Education in the U.S. Army and the German Armed Forces, 1901-1940, and the Consequences for World War II Jörg Muth In Command Culture, Jörg Muth examines the different paths the United States Army and the German Armed Forces traveled to select, educate, and promote their officers in the crucial time before World War II. Muth demonstrates that the military education system in Germany represented an organized effort where each school and examination provided the stepping stone for the next. But in the United States, there existed no communication about teaching contents or didactical matters among the various schools and academies, and they existed in a self chosen insular environment. American officers who finally made their way through an erratic selection process and past West Point to the important Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, found themselves usually deeply disappointed, because they were faced again with a rather below average faculty who forced them after every exercise to accept the approved “school solution.” Command Culture explores the paradox that in Germany officers came from a closed authoritarian society but received an extremely open minded military education, whereas their counterparts in the United States came from one of the most democratic societies but received an outdated military education that harnessed their minds and limited their initiative. On the other hand, German officer candidates learned that in war everything is possible and a war of extermination acceptable. For American officers, raised in a democracy, certain boundaries could never be crossed. This work for the first time clearly explains the lack of audacity of many high ranking American officers during World War II, as well as the reason why so many German officers became perpetrators or accomplices of war crimes and atrocities or remained bystanders without speaking up. Those American officers who became outstanding leaders in World War II did so not so much because of their military education, but despite it.
“The general message, though controversial and certain to lead to arguments, is buttressed by substantial evidence. Muth’s topic has immediate present-day relevance.”—Gerhard Weinberg, author of A World at Arms “An important and long-lasting contribution to the debate over officer training in the United States.”—Robert Citino, author of The German Way of War “Muth’s challenge to the ‘new military history’ will generate controversy but cannot be dismissed.”—Dennis Showalter, author of Patton and Rommel
JöRG MUTH received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Utah. He is the author of Flucht aus dem militärischen Alltag: Ursachen und individuelle Ausprägung der Desertion in der Armee Friedrichs des Großen, a study of desertion in the Prussian army during the era of Frederick the Great. He currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cataclysm General Hap Arnold and the Defeat of Japan Herman S. Wolk 978-1-57441-281-9 cloth $24.95
The Road to Safwan The 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry in the 1991 Persian Gulf War Stephen A. Bourque and John Burdan 978-1-57441-232-1 cloth $27.95
In Hostile Skies An American B-24 Pilot in World War II James M. Davis 978-1-57441-239-0 paper $14.95
Command Culture 978-1-57441-303-8 cloth $29.95
6x9. 368 pp. 31 b&w photos. Notes. Bib. Index. World War II. Army. Interwar. June
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Captain John R. Hughes, Lone Star Ranger Chuck Parsons Foreword by Robert K. DeArment Captain John R. Hughes, Lone Star Ranger is the first full and complete modern biography of a man who served as a Texas Ranger from 1887 until early 1915. He came to the attention of the Rangers after doggedly trailing horse thieves for nearly a year and recovering his stolen stock. After helping Ranger Ira Aten track down another fugitive from justice, Hughes then joined Company D of the Texas Rangers on Aten’s recommendation, intending to stay for only a few months; he remained in the service for nearly thirty years. When Sgt. Charles Fusselman was killed by bandits, Hughes took his place. When Captain Frank Jones was killed by bandits in 1893, Hughes was named captain of Company D. As captain, Hughes and his men searched the border and identified every bandit involved in the killing of Jones. They all received justice. Toward the end of his career Hughes became a senior captain based in Austin, and in 1915, having served as a captain and ranger longer than any other man, he retired from the force. His later years were happy ones, with traveling and visiting friends and relatives. He became a Texas icon and national celebrity, receiving more awards and honors than any other Texas Ranger, before or since. Due to Chuck Parsons’s extensive research, we now know more about Hughes than ever before. This biography of one of the “Four Great Captains” sheds light on his life prior to becoming a Texas Ranger and on his love interest, though he never married. From joining Company D in 1887 until retirement, Hughes served the state honestly and proudly, earning the respect of all he met. Zane Grey dedicated his most popular novel, The Lone Star Ranger, to Hughes and his Rangers. Number Seven: Frances B. Vick Series
“John Reynolds Hughes, one of the four great Texas Ranger Captains, was the only Captain without a modern biography. Chuck Parsons’s outstanding history of Hughes’s life has filled this gap.”—Louis R. Sadler, co-author of The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution “No one tracked a fugitive like Hughes. Every reader will be enthralled with the actionadventure Parsons has brought to the Rangers bookshelf.”—Paul N. Spellman, author of Captain John H. Rogers, Texas Ranger and Captain J. A. Brooks, Texas Ranger
RELATED INTEREST CHUCK PARSONS is the author of The Sutton-Taylor Feud; John B. Armstrong: Texas Ranger and Pioneer Rancher; Texas Ranger N. O. Reynolds; and Captain L. H. McNelly: Texas Ranger. He lives with his wife Pat in Luling, Texas. ROBERT K. DeARMENT (foreword) is the author of Bat Masterson and editor of Life of the Marlows.
Yours to Command The Life and Legend of Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald Harold J. Weiss 978-1-57441-260-4 cloth $27.95
Captain J. A. Brooks, Texas Ranger Paul N. Spellman 978-1-57441-227-7 cloth $24.95
Captain John H. Rogers, Texas Ranger Paul N. Spellman 978-1-57441-248-2 paper $16.95
Captain John R. Hughes, Lone Star Ranger 978-1-57441-304-5 cloth $29.95
6x9. 416 pp. 50 b&w photos. Notes. Bib. Index. Texas Rangers. Western History. Biography. February
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Bloody Bill Longley
The Mythology of a Gunfighter, Second Edition Rick Miller Foreword by David Johnson William Preston “Bill” Longley (1851–1878), though born into a strong Christian family, turned bad during Reconstruction in Texas, much like other young boys of that time, including the deadly John Wesley Hardin. He went on a murderous rampage over the last few years of his life, shotgunning Wilson Anderson in retribution for Anderson’s killing of a relative; killing George Thomas in McLennan County; and shooting William “Lou” Shroyer in a running gunfight. Longley even killed the Reverend William R. Lay while Lay was milking a cow. Once he was arrested in 1877, and subsequently sentenced to hang, his name became known statewide as an outlaw and a murderer. Through a series of “autobiographical” letters written from jail while awaiting the hangman, Longley created and reveled in his self-centered image as a fearsome, deadly gunfighter—the equal, if not the superior, of the vaunted Hardin. Declaring himself the “worst outlaw” in Texas, the story that he created became the basis for his historical legacy, unfortunately relied on and repeated over and over by previous biographers, but all wrong. In truth, Bill Longley was not the daring figure that he attempted to paint. Rick Miller’s thorough research shows that he was, instead, a braggart who exaggerated greatly his feats as a gunman. The murders that could be credited to him were generally nothing more than cowardly assassinations. Bloody Bill Longley was first published in a limited edition in 1996. Miller separates fact from fancy, attempting to prove or disprove Longley’s many claims of bloodshed. Since the time of the first edition, diligent research has located and identified the outlaw’s body, the absence of which was a longstanding myth in itself. This revised edition includes that part of the Longley story, as well as several new items of information that have since come to light. Number Ten: A.C. Greene Series
“Longley’s hanging had a grisly twist, and rumors persisted that through a ruse Longley escaped death. Rick has addressed this common theme with fresh research about Longley’s end and burial. I found it interesting and persuasive.”—Bill O’Neal, author of The Johnson-Sims Feud and The Johnson County War “Miller has gathered together an unbelievable amount of information on Longley, his family, and his times. . . . For the outlaw-lawman buff, this work is a must.”—Chuck Parsons, NOLA Quarterly
RELATED INTEREST RICK MILLER is the author of biographies of Sam Bass (Sam Bass & Gang), Jack Duncan (Bounty Hunter), and Eugene Bunch (The Train Robbing Bunch). He served as chief of police in both Killeen and Denton, Texas. Currently, he is the elected County Attorney of Bell County, Texas. He lives in Harker Heights, Texas.
John Ringo, King of the Cowboys His Life and Times from the Hoo Doo War to Tombstone, Second Edition David Johnson 978-1-57441-243-7 cloth $29.95
The Johnson-Sims Feud Romeo and Juliet, West Texas Style Bill O’Neal 978-1-57441-290-1 cloth $24.95
Murder on the White Sands The Disappearance of Albert and Henry Fountain Corey Recko 978-1-57441-254-3 paper $12.95
Bloody Bill Longley 978-1-57441-305-2 cloth $29.95
6x9. 384 pp. 38 b&w photos. Notes. Bib. Index. Texas History. Western History. Biography. March
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Last Stop, Carnegie Hall
New York Philharmonic Trumpeter William Vacchiano Brian A. Shook Foreword by Wynton Marsalis William Vacchiano (1912–2005) was principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic from 1942 to 1973, and taught at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes College of Music, Queens College, and Columbia Teachers College. While at the Philharmonic, Vacchiano performed under the batons of Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Dimitri Mitropoulos, and Leonard Bernstein and played in the world premieres of almost 200 pieces by such composers as Vaughan Williams, Copland, and Barber. Vacchiano was important not only for his performances, but also for his teaching. His students have held the principal chairs of many major orchestras and are prominent teachers themselves, and they have enriched non-classical music as well. Two of his better known students are Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis. Last Stop, Carnegie Hall features an overview of the life of this very private artist, based on several personal interviews conducted by Brian A. Shook and Vacchiano’s notes for his own unpublished memoir. Shook also interviewed many of his students and colleagues and includes a chapter containing their recollections. Other important topics include analyses of Vacchiano’s pedagogical methods and his interpretations of important trumpet pieces, his “rules of orchestral performance,” and his equipment. A discography, a bibliography of Vacchiano’s own works, and lists of his students and the conductors and players with whom he performed round out this richly illustrated examination of one of the most influential trumpet players and teachers of the twentieth century. Number Six: North Texas Lives of Musician Series
“I have just finished reading Last Stop, Carnegie Hall and there are still tears in my eyes as I remember my experiences with Bill. Shook introduces the public to a man who affected the musical shape of nearly all major orchestras.”—Ronald Romm, founding member, Canadian Brass “The book is rich with stories, musical examples, remembrances, and photographs. It represents the most original research to date on Vacchiano.”—Anne Hardin, co-author of Inside John Haynie’s Studio
RELATED INTEREST BRIAN A. SHOOK is assistant professor of music (trumpet) at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. From 2004 to 2009 he toured the United States with The King’s Brass, and since 2009 has been principal trumpet of the Symphony of Southeast Texas. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. WYNTON MARSALIS (foreword) is a legendary trumpet player from New Orleans.
Inside John Haynie’s Studio A Master Teacher’s Lessons on Trumpet and Life John James Haynie 978-1-57441-226-0 cloth $27.95s
Jade Visions The Life and Music of Scott LaFaro Helene LaFaroFernández 978-1-57441-273-4 cloth $24.95
Stan Kenton This Is an Orchestra! Michael Sparke 978-1-57441-284-0 cloth $24.95
Last Stop, Carnegie Hall 978-1-57441-306-9 cloth $24.95
6x9. 224 pp. 38 b&w photos. 32 music examples. Notes. Bib. Index. Music. Biography. Performing Arts. April
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Dennis Brain A Life in Music
Stephen Gamble and William Lynch The British horn player Dennis Brain (1921–1957) is commonly described by such statements as “the greatest horn player of the 20th Century,” “a genius,” and “a legend.” He was both a prodigy and popularizer, famously performing a concerto on a garden hose in perfect pitch. On his usual concert instrument his tone was of unsurpassed beauty and clarity, complemented by a flawless technique. The recordings he made with Herbert von Karajan of Mozart’s horn concerti are considered the definitive interpretations. After joining the National Symphony Orchestra of London, Brain enlisted in the English armed forces during World War II for seven years. After the war he filled the principal horn positions in both the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. He later formed his own wind quintet and began conducting. Composers including Benjamin Britten and Paul Hindemith lined up to write music for him. Even fifty years after his tragic death at the age of 36 in an auto accident in 1957, Peter Maxwell Davies was commissioned to write a piece in his honor. Stephen Gamble and William Lynch have conducted numerous interviews with family, friends, and colleagues and uncovered information in the BBC archives and other lesser known sources about recordings that were previously unknown. This volume describes Brain’s life and analyzes in depth his musical career. Its appendices of information on performances will appeal to music historians, and its details on Brain’s instruments and equipment will be useful to horn players. Number Seven: North Texas Lives of Musician Series
“A pleasure to read: serious but personable, unaffected, unpretentious—conversational in tone. The character of the prose can be said to reflect the character of the book’s subject. Eminently satisfying.”—Robert Marshall, author of Dennis Brain on Record “Since a great deal of new material has been found by the authors, it is exciting for horn players to anticipate the publication of this book.”—William Scharnberg, Regents Professor of Horn, University of North Texas
RELATED INTEREST STEPHEN GAMBLE and WILLIAM LYNCH are both independent researchers who have been fascinated with Dennis Brain for decades. Lynch, an amateur horn player himself, is a semi-retired aerospace corporation executive with four U.S. patents to his name. Stephen Gamble is a British artist who started playing the horn in 2003.
One Long Tune The Life and Music of Lenny Breau Ron Forbes-Roberts 978-1-57441-210-9 cloth $29.95 978-1-57441-230-7 paper $24.95
One Man’s Music The Life and Times of Texas Songwriter Vince Bell Vince Bell 978-1-57441-266-6 cloth $29.95 978-1-57441-267-3 paper $14.95
Living in the Woods in a Tree Remembering Blaze Foley Sybil Rosen 978-1-57441-250-5 cloth $24.95
Dennis Brain 978-1-57441-307-6 cloth $29.95
6x9. 416 pp. 51 b&w photos. Notes. Bib. Index. Music. Biography. Performing Arts. May
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A Guide to Sources of Texas Criminal Justice Statistics
New in paperback
Winchester Warriors Texas Rangers of Company D, 1874–1901
R. Scott Harnsberger
This reference work was compiled as a resource for those needing assistance in locating Texas criminal justice statistics. R. Scott Harnsberger has compiled more than 600 entries describing statistical sources for Texas crime; criminals; law enforcement; courts and sentencing; adult and juvenile corrections; capital punishment and death row; victims of crime; driving/ boating under the influence; traffic fatalities; substance abuse and treatment; polls and rankings; and fiscal topics such as appropriations, revenues, expenditures, and federal aid. The sources for these statistics originate primarily, but not exclusively, from federal and State of Texas agencies, boards, bureaus, commissions, and departments. The following types of publications are included: annual, biennial, and biannual reports; reports issued in series; analytic and research reports; statistical compilations; budgets and other fiscal documents; audits, inspections, and investigations; census publications; polls; projections; rankings; surveys; continuously updated online resources; and datasets. Harnsberger has annotated the entries to provide sufficient detail to enable users to decide whether the listed resources merit further investigation. Additional notes contain URLs and information regarding the scope of the published data; title changes; related publications; and the availability of earlier data, previous editions, online tables, and datasets. This book will prove to be a valuable resource for students, faculty, researchers, government officials, and individuals in the law enforcement, correctional, and judicial professions.
The Texas Rangers were institutionally birthed in 1874 with the formation of the Frontier Battalion. In an effort to put a human face on the Rangers, Bob Alexander tells the story of one of the six companies of the Frontier Battalion, Company D. Readers follow the Rangers of Company D as—over time—it transforms from a unit of adventurous boys into a reasonably well-oiled law enforcement machine staffed by career-oriented lawmen. After their start as Indian fighters, the Rangers rounded up numerous Texas outlaws and cattle thieves, engaged in border skirmishes along the Rio Grande, and participated in notable episodes such as the fence cutter wars. “Winchester Warriors is Alexander’s best book, and that’s saying a lot, as he is one of our most prolific Old West authors writing today. . . . [I]t is the fine storytelling ability of Alexander that makes this a must buy.”—Wild West History Association Journal “[Winchester Warriors] explores new territory, goes constantly to primary sources, and is sheer pleasure to read. The definitive study of this company.”—Roundup Magazine “Winchester Warriors is exciting reading. It is also accurate and provides a great model for future writers of Ranger history.”—Texas Ranger Dispatch “Alexander wants to tell you—just you, it feels like—a story, and a darn good one at that.”—Paul Spellman, author of Captain J. A. Brooks, Texas Ranger and Captain John H. Rogers, Texas Ranger Number Six: Frances B. Vick Series
Number Six: North Texas Crime and Criminal Justice Series R. SCOTT HARNSBERGER is an associate professor and government documents librarian at the Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of two books in Greenwood Press’s Art Reference Collection and several articles in library science periodicals.
A Guide to Sources of Texas Criminal Justice Statistics
978-1-57441-308-3 cloth $45.00s 978-1-57441-314-4 paper $24.95s
6x9. 320 pp. Notes. Criminal Justice. Reference. May
BOB ALEXANDER, a native Texan and veteran lawman, is the author of numerous books, among them Fearless Dave Allison, Border Lawman; Desert Desperadoes: The Banditti of Southwestern New Mexico; and Lawmen, Outlaws, and SOBs, all winners of the WOLA Best Book Award. He lives in Maypearl, Texas.
Winchester Warriors 978-1-57441-310-6 paper $19.95
6x9. 416 pp. 100 b&w photos. Notes. Texas History. Western History. Texas Rangers. February
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New in paperback
New in paperback
The Seventh Star of the Confederacy
Andersonvilles of the North
Texas during the Civil War
The Myths and Realities of Northern Treatment of Civil War Confederate Prisoners
Edited by Kenneth W. Howell
James M. Gillispie
This new anthology incorporates the latest scholarly research on how Texans experienced the war. Seventeen chapters 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 while their husbands and fathers were away on distant battlefields, 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 that took place in or near Texas at Galveston, Nueces River, Sabine Pass, and the Red River. 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. “The essays covering military topics are particularly strong. . . . Overall, this is a first-rate essay compilation and Editor Howell should be applauded. The essays are tied together smoothly with hardly any overlap. . . . Seventh Star of the Confederacy is an important collection for any historian of the Civil War period in Texas and would serve as an excellent book for undergraduates.”—Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Andersonvilles of the North 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, then 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 “Gillispie’s most compelling evidence in disputing the retaliatory claim comes from his extensive and resourceful statistical analysis of the diseases treated, deaths by disease, and the recovery rates from disease. . . . Gillispie’s revisionist positions should stimulate much-needed debate regarding all aspects of Civil War prison history.”—Journal of Southern History
“With its sweeping coverage of military, political, economic, and social issues and subjects, there’s something new for scholars and interested readers of all stripes. This is the best Texas Civil War essay compilation I’ve encountered. Highly recommended.”—Civil War Books and Authors
“[A]n important addition to our understanding of the prisoner-of-war issue.”—North Carolina Historical Review
Number Ten: War and the Southwest
“Primitive medical treatment and mortality were the norms. Such were, as the author says in this outstanding study, the horrors and misfortunes of the American Civil War.”—Journal of Military History
KENNETH W. HOWELL is an associate professor of history at Prairie View A&M University. He is the author of Texas Confederate, Reconstruction Governor: James Webb Throckmorton and coauthor of The Devil’s Triangle: Ben Bickerstaff, Northeast Texans, and the War of Reconstruction in Texas and Beyond Myths and Legends: A Narrative History of Texas.
The Seventh Star of the Confederacy
“Gillispie’s argument is both cogent and significant, and it seems likely that Andersonvilles of the North will become a major work in the field of Civil War prisons for years to come.”—Journal of Illinois History JAMES M. GILLISPIE earned a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Mississippi. He has published articles and numerous reviews on Civil War prison scholarship and has spoken at the Museum of the Confederacy on the era’s military prisons. He is Division Chair of Arts and Sciences at Sampson Community College in Clinton, North Carolina.
Andersonvilles of the North
978-1-57441-259-8 cloth $34.95 978-1-57441-312-0 paper $18.95
978-1-57441-255-0 cloth $24.95 978-1-57441-311-3 paper $14.95
6x9. 368 pp. 23 b&w photos. 4 maps. Notes. Civil War. Texas Military History. Southern History. Military History. March
6x9. 296 pp. 16 b&w photos. Notes. Civil War. Military History. Southern History. April
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Circles Where the Head Should Be
New in paperback
Hell in An Loc
The 1972 Easter Invasion and the Battle That Saved South Viet Nam
The annual Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry is awarded to a previously unpublished collection of poetry. The winner receives $1,000 and publication by the University of North Texas Press.
Lam Quang Thi Foreword by Andrew Wiest
In 1972 a North Vietnamese offensive of more than 30,000 men and 100 tanks smashed into South Vietnam and raced to capture Saigon. All that stood in their way was a small band of 6,800 South Vietnamese (ARVN) soldiers and militiamen, and a handful of American advisors with U.S. air support, guarding An Loc, a town sixty miles north of Saigon and on the main highway to it. This depleted army, outnumbered and outgunned, stood its ground and fought to the end and succeeded. Thi believes that it is time to set the record straight. Without denying the tremendous contribution of the U.S. advisors and pilots, this book is written primarily to tell the South Vietnamese side of the story. “Thi’s book is a unique work, written by a participant in the war, from a fresh historical vantage point, utilizing new evidence. Hell in An Loc will be a powerful addition to the historiography of the Vietnam conflict.” —Andrew Wiest, author of Vietnam’s Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN. “General Thi has brought his unique perspective as a Vietnamese citizen and as a South Vietnamese officer to an important battle of the Vietnam War. The value of this book is its operational detail about the South Vietnamese, which surpasses any of the accounts in print up to this point.” —Dale Andrade, author of America’s Last Vietnam Battle “A meticulous account created specifically to set the historical record straight, Hell in An Loc is highly recommended.”—Midwest Book Review LAM QUANG THI was a general in the ARVN. He is the author of The Twenty-five Year Century: A South Vietnamese General Remembers the Indochina War to the Fall of Saigon (UNT Press). He lives in Fremont, California. ANDREW WIEST (foreword) is the author of Vietnam’s Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN.
The poems in Circles Where the Head Should Be are full of objects and oddities, bits of news, epic catalogues, and a cast of characters hoping to make sense of it all. Underneath the often whimsical surface, however, lies a search for those connections we long for but so often miss, and a wish for art to bridge the gaps. “Circles Where the Head Should Be has its own distinctive voice, a lively intelligence, insatiable curiosity, and a decided command of form. These qualities play off one another in ways that instruct and delight. An irresistible book.”—J. D. McClatchy, author of Mercury Dressing: Poems, judge
Storm and Stress That a spider web supports a bead of rain is as significant as rain’s resolve, poised where some spinneret has pitched its threads aslant, since, held or holding, each endures a strain— one presses, one reacts. Don’t ask me what it’s worth. Despite the facts of matter’s favored states, such concentration’s of no consequence beyond this life, a net tailored to break, too late for recompense when weight evaporates. Number Eighteen: Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry CAKI WILKINSON graduated from Rhodes College and Johns Hopkins University. She received a 2008 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Yale Review, and other journals. She lives in Cincinnati.
Hell in An Loc
978-1-57441-276-5 cloth $29.95 978-1-57441-313-7 paper $22.95
6x9. 304 pp. 9 b&w photos. 14 maps. Vietnam War. Military History. April
Circles Where the Head Should Be 978-1-57441-309-0 paper $12.95
6x9. 80 pp. Poetry. April
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Journal of Schenkerian Studies 5
Theoria, Vol. 18 Edited by Frank Heidlberger
Edited by Colin Davis
The Journal of Schenkerian Studies is a peer-reviewed journal published annually by the Center for Schenkerian Studies at the University of North Texas. The journal features articles on all facets of Schenkerian thought, including theory, analysis, pedagogy, and historical aspects. Back issues can be obtained from Texas A&M University Press.
Theoria is an annual peer-reviewed journal on all aspects of the history of music theory. It includes critical articles representing the current stage of research, and editions of newly discovered or mostly unknown theoretical texts with translation and commentary. Analytical articles on recent or unknown repertory and methods are also published, as well as review articles on recent secondary literature and textbooks. Back issues are available from Texas A&M University Press. FRANK HEIDLBERGER is professor of music theory at the University of North Texas. He received his degrees in musicology at Würzburg University and has published on music history and theory of the 16th to 20th centuries; 19th century composers Carl Maria von Weber, Hector Berlioz, and Giacomo Meyerbeer; and 20th century composer and theorist Paul Hindemith.
Journal of Schenkerian Studies 5
Theoria, Vol. 18
1558-268X paper $22.00s 71/2x91/4. 240 pp. Music. June
1554-1312 paper $22.00s 71/2x91/4. 136 pp. Music. June
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The control of the Mississippi depended on who controlled the flow of supplies into Vicksburg and Port Hudson; for the Confederacy, Louisiana was the key.
Thunder Across the Swamp
The Fight for the Lower Mississippi, February–May 1863 Donald S. Frazier Echoes from the Battle of Galveston had barely faded before a new Federal offensive began rolling down the banks of the Mississippi River. General Ulysses S. Grant, intent on reducing the Confederate citadel at Vicksburg, began looking for ways to reduce the fortress and return control of the mightiest of American rivers to northern control. Downstream in New Orleans, General Nathaniel P. Banks received orders to cooperate however he could in this effort, but faced challenges of his own, blocked by the Confederate bastion at Port Hudson. The problem facing Union war planners seemed nearly intractable. Both of these Confederate positions had key vulnerabilities. Both garrisons depended heavily on supplies thrown across the Mississippi from sources in Louisiana and Texas, and the task fell to the United States Navy to cut off this stream of cattle and corn. The ensuing campaign to interdict these rations turned into one of the most massive raids in Civil War history, involving tens of thousands of Union foot soldiers and cavalry and scores of warships and transports, plunging Louisiana into the pit of a destructive war that wrecked everything in its path. When General Banks launched his campaign up Bayou Teche and the Atchafalaya River in Louisiana, Confederates in the region faced the greatest challenge yet to their claims of independence and experienced for the first time the true devastation of war and the consequences of rebellion. Thunder Across the Swamp: The Fight for the Lower Mississippi, February–May 1863 is the second of the four books in Donald S. Frazier’s highly acclaimed Louisiana Quadrille. In this fast-paced narrative, readers ride along with gunboat skippers in duels along the Mississippi, gallop along with cavalrymen as they slash their way through enemy lines, experience the dust and confusion of infantry assaults, and mourn with Louisiana, Texas, and New England families that watch their property and families destroyed by civil war. Most students of this national calamity may believe they know well the campaigns on the Mississippi; Thunder Across the Swamp promises to fill in the less well-known story of the fight to control the west bank during the crucial campaigns of 1863.
DONALD S. FRAZIER is the award-winning author of four books on the Civil War, including Blood and Treasure: Confederate Empire in the Southwest; Cottonclads! The Battle of Galveston and the Defense of the Texas Coast; Fire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861–January 1863; and Thunder Across the Swamp: The Fight for the Lower Mississippi, February-May 1863. His other work includes serving as co-author of Frontier Texas and editor of Love and War: The Civil War Letters and Medicinal Book of Augustus V. Ball.
Fire in the Cane Field The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861–January 1863 Donald S. Frazier 978-1-933337-36-4 cloth $39.95
Love and War The Civil War Letters and Medicinal Book of Augustus V. Ball Donald S. Frazier and Andrew Hillhouse 978-1-933337-42-5 cloth $59.95
“Don writes well and has done a tremendous amount of research in primary and secondary sources. This work fills a large void in the literature of the Civil War and describes events that either have not received adequate coverage in the past or have not appeared before in print.”—Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr., historian and author
Vicksburg Fall of the Confederate Gibraltar Terrence J. Winschel 978-1-893114-00-5 paper $12.95
Thunder Across the Swamp 978-1-933337-44-9 cloth $39.95
6x9. 368 pp. 100 photos. 25 maps. References. Index. Civil War. July
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Twenty-five prominent historians describe how they attack their work—and reveal their secrets.
How Historians Work
Retelling the Past—From the Civil War to the Wider World Edited by Judith Lee Hallock Compiled by Judith Lee Hallock, John C. Waugh, and Drake Bush History does not simply happen. Most often it is the result of years of graduate training, assiduous research, and careful writing. Without historians we would be ignorant of our history. Yet, far too often we focus on the final product and ignore the dedicated men and women who have dedicated their lives to producing the books. So how do historians work? The answer, as revealed in the pages of this exciting new anthology, is as varied as the historians themselves. The editors have interviewed some of the nation’s most highly respected practitioners to determine their approach to teaching, research, and writing. While no two of them work the same way, they all share the conviction that the study of history is vital to mankind’s sense of itself. They value rigorous training and conscientious professionalism. Both aspiring and professional historians will delight in learning how historians do their work, define their craft, and work their magic.
The historians included in this volume have: • 7 books designated as History Book Club Selections • 3 Pulitzer Prizes • 2 Fletcher Pratt Awards • 2 Fulbright Awards • 2 Grady McWhiney Awards • 1 Guggenheim Fellowship • 1 Jefferson Lecture • 1 Lincoln Prize
They have also taught at more than 39 universities, including: • Harvard University • Columbia University • Texas Christian University • The University of Alabama • Emory University • Rochester University • McMurry University • Virginia Tech University • Princeton University JUDITH LEE HALLOCK is the author of Braxton Bragg and Confederate Defeat, Volume II; General James Longstreet in the West: A Monumental Failure; The Civil War Letters of Joshua K. Callaway; and numerous journal articles. JOHN C. WAUGH has written the award winning The Class of 1846, Reelecting Lincoln, Surviving the Confederacy, On the Brink of Civil War, and 20 Good Reasons To Study The Civil War. He has served on the senior staffs of former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. DRAKE BUSH joined Harcourt Brace College Publishers after three years as an English instructor at the University of Texas. He worked twenty-eight years for Harcourt, the last fifteen as history editor.
Confederate Crackers and Cavaliers Grady McWhiney 978-1-893114-25-8 cloth $29.95 978-1-893114-27-2 paper $19.95
The Civil War A Concise Account by a Noted Southern Historian Grady McWhiney 978-1-893114-49-4 paper $12.95
General James Longstreet in the West A Monumental Failure Judith Lee Hallock 978-1-886661-04-2 paper $11.95
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New criticism from one of America’s finest young novelists. . .
Say It Hot
Essays on American Writers Living, Dying, and Dead Eric Miles Williamson Reading literary criticism can often be about as interesting as watching paint dry. Not so with the essays of Eric Miles Williamson. These essays are both erudite and explosive, thoughtful and outrageous, whether with praise or condemnation. One of the nation’s most respected and feared literary critics, Williamson, in Say It Hot: Essays on American Writers Living, Dying, and Dead, collects for the first time the essays of his famed and infamous literary column, “Say It Hot,” which ran monthly for two years in the French magazine Transfuge. Rounding out the collection are essays published over a twenty-year span in venues such as The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Houston Chronicle, The San Francisco Chronicle Book Review, American Book Review, Pleiades, Arkansas Review, Chelsea, and Texas Review. Say It Hot is criticism at its finest, reminiscent of the best essays of Poe, Twain, D.H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, Allen Ginsberg, and Charles Olson. Passionate and learned, written with the verve only an accomplished novelist can bring to the page, Say It Hot is a landmark work of criticism by one of America’s best novelists. “Eric Miles Williamson is an exquisite boil on the ass of the aristocracy, a Baby Ruth candy bar in contemporary literature’s country club swimming pool. In other words, he is a force to be reckoned with. ‘Behind every artistic act is a moralizing artist,’ he decries in the book you are now holding in your hand. Not since Primo Levi has an author taken literature so seriously. Every word Williamson writes is a hymn to survival, not a bourgeois tender trap. In an era of compromise, Eric Miles Williamson refuses to toe the line. Watch and learn, dear reader, watch and learn.”—Jerry Williams, author of Casino of the Sun and Admission
“I have my quarrels with this book, and if you don’t you haven’t read it properly. But in a time when most writers write to pad their vitas and go to the AWP conference, Eric Miles Williamson cares about the art of the word. These days, that makes him something like a saint.”—Curtis White, author of The Middle Mind: Why American’s Don’t Think for Themselves and The Spirit of Disobedience: Resisting the Charms of Fake Politics, Mindless Consumption, and the Culture of Total Work
Two-Up Eric Miles Williamson 978-1-881515-74-6 cloth $25.95 978-1-881515-75-3 paper $16.95
Oakland, Jack London, and Me Eric Miles Williamson 978-1-933896-11-3 paper $24.95
Rivers Last Longer Richard Burgin 978-1-933896-45-8 cloth $26.95 978-1-933896-46-5 paper $18.95
“Eric Miles Williamson has been praised for his fearless, fists clenched criticism, but there is also a tremendous generosity in his essays toward those whose work he feels has been undeservedly overlooked. Smart, accessible, and utterly devoid of academic bullshit, this is the sort of criticism you rarely see anymore. . . .” —John McNally, author of The Book of Ralph and After the Workshop Internationally acclaimed novelist and critic ERIC MILES WILLIAMSON was named by France ‘s Transfuge magazine one of the “douze grands écrivains du monde”—one of the twelve great authors of the world. His first novel, East Bay Grease, was a PEN/Hemingway finalist, and its sequel, Welcome to Oakland, was named the second-best novel of 2009 and one of the top 40 novels of the decade by The Huffington Post. His novel, Two-Up was named one of the top 100 books of 2006 by both The Kansas City Star and The San Jose Mercury News, and his novels have been published in Great Britain, Germany, France, and Finland. Williamson is Senior Editor of Boulevard, Fiction Editor of Texas Review, and Associate Editor of American Book Review.
Say It Hot 978-1-933896-38-0 paper $24.95
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Contemporary Appalachia in Poetry . . . .
Southern Poetry Anthology Volume III, Contemporary Appalachia
Edited by Jesse Graves, Paul Ruffin, and William Wright Every place has its own poetry. For some places, the poetry appears in the tones of voice between neighbors in the grocery store, or in the spirit people share when a high school football team brings them out of their houses on Friday evenings, or even through the sounds engines make as they idle in traffic on the road out of the city after a workday. The poetry of Appalachia sings in all those familiar ways, but also in the music of the particular poems collected in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume III: Southern Appalachia. This anthology of contemporary poetry arrives from one of America’s most vibrant literary communities, an area with a rich storytelling history and beautiful natural landscape, the often misunderstood Appalachian South. Readers familiar with writing from Appalachia will be pleased to see work from such favorites as Charles Wright, Robert Morgan, and Fred Chappell, yet will be intrigued by the already distinctive voices of emerging talents like Melissa Range and D. Antwan Stewart. This collection of poems is the only one of its kind, a snapshot album of a timeless place, as it is represented at the present moment. “For reasons that are not entirely clear, there has been an explosion of poetry in the Southern Appalachian region in recent years. Perhaps this creative surge has been inspired by the rapid changes in the region, as the vast hunting ranges of the Cherokees are crossed by superhighways, golf courses, casinos, condominiums, and shopping malls spread into the shadows of the highest peaks. Or perhaps the poetry is a celebration of a region still discovering itself, its heritage and resources. What is clear is that much of the best poetry of our time is being written in or about the Southern mountains, with unprecedented diversity, artistry, freshness, and humanity. Here is a poetry of place and people, of history, sometimes sad, often comic, a poetry of haunting voices, vision, music and story. This anthology is a showcase of some of the best poetry we have, from the place the music comes from.”—-Robert Morgan
The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume I South Carolina Stephen Gardner and William Wright 978-1-933896-06-9 paper $24.95
The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume II Mississippi Stephen Gardner and William Wright 978-1-933896-24-3 paper $26.95
Dark Orchard William Wright 978-1-881515-85-2 paper $12.95
WILLIAM WRIGHT is author of two collections of poetry: Dark Orchard (Texas Review Press, 2005) and The Ghost Narratives (Finishing Line, 2008). Wright serves as series editor for the multi-volume The Southern Poetry Anthology, and his recent poems appear in Epoch, Agni, North American Review, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Tar River Review, and Southern Poetry Review. Wright is founding editor of Town Creek Poetry. JESSE GRAVES is assistant professor of English at East Tennessee State University. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and an MFA in poetry from Cornell, and he has taught at the University of Tennessee, Cornell, and the University of New Orleans. Graves’s recent work appears in Tar River Poetry, Connecticut Review, and Appalachian Heritage, among other journals. PAUL RUFFIN, 2009 Texas State Poet Laureate, is Texas State University System Regents’ Professor and Distinguished Professor of English at Sam Houston State University, where he edits The Texas Review and directs Texas Review Press. He is the author of two novels, four collections of short stories, four books of essays, and seven collections of poetry and editor or co-editor of eleven other books.
Southern Poetry Anthology 978-1-933896-64-9 paper $26.95
6x9. 320 pp. Poetry. January
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From award-winning poet Richard Foerster . . .
Penetralia Richard Foerster In this sixth collection, the award-winning poet Richard Foerster probes the innermost recesses of awareness not only to confront deep-seated fears of mortality, moral failure and abandonment by a beloved but also to celebrate the mystery of our tenuous existence within Nature’s uncompromising order. In Penetralia language itself ultimately becomes the necessary ceremonial means by which the poet acknowledges and honors the terrifying sacredness that resides everywhere within. Ranging across landscapes both real and mythic, from New England gardens to a tomb in ancient Egypt, these new poems are radiant and wise. “Foerster’s poems are . . . lush, gorgeous, and technically adept . . . brilliant, emotionally complex, and moving. . . .”—Kevin Prufer “[C]ompressing story to revelatory moment and pressing the boundaries of sentence with sinuous syntax, [Foerster’s poems] push their narrative into the realm of lyric.”—Sarah Kennedy “Foerster is a nature poet of the first order, and we are eventually trained and vaulted into new vision, a higher level of seeing.”—John Hoppenthaler
RICHARD FOERSTER was born in the Bronx, New York, and has worked as a lexicographer, educational writer, typesetter, and teacher, and as the editor of the literary magazines Chelsea and Chautauqua Literary Journal. He is the author of five previous collections, including The Burning of Troy, which received the 2007 Maine Literary Award for Poetry. Other honors include the “Discovery”/The Nation Award, Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission, the 2000/2001 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and the 2002 Hobart City Council Residency for an International Writer. He lives in Cape Neddick, Maine.
Maker of Shadows Joshua Coben 978-1-933896-42-7 paper $14.95
Call and Response Jack Bedell and Darrell Bourque 978-1-933896-40-3 paper $14.95
“Bocage” and Other Sonnets William Baer 978-1-933896-19-9 paper $12.95
Penetralia 978-1-933896-55-7 paper $14.95
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Short Bus Brian Allen Carr Short Bus is a darkly humorous collection of linked stories set in the southern haunts of coastal Texas—near where the Rio Grande dumps its brackish water into the Gulf of Mexico. The stories in this book ponder deformity in all its forms. Fetuses twist their mustaches, feet float in jars, a special-education teacher aims to rob a bank with the aid of his students. But binding these stories is a gentle humanity. Brian Allen Carr moves his grotesque characters toward the hollows of their hearts, heaving despicable actions toward tender outcomes. Short Bus is a book about understanding the worst of us, smiling at that which makes us shudder. “Brian Allen Carr’s brain must be a snarl of firing pistons, sizzling fuses, hoses leaking blood and tequila and hydraulic oil. How else can you explain the twisted machinery of his stories? Each of them is a disturbing journey that will thrill and educate you in the sunlit haze of the Texas/Mexico border—and the sometimes subterranean darkness of the human heart.”—Benjamin Percy, author of The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh “Brian Allen Carr balances the harshness of his characters’ lives with beautiful and precise language, making parched land feel lush. Carr writes the best kind of stories—stories that only he could have written.”—Mary Miller (author of Big World) “Brian Allen Carr has written a short story collection that is everything hardworking—the characters, the scenery, the sentences—all form to build a machine crafted to break hearts along the border. A ridiculously strong first collection.”—Shane Jones (author of Light Boxes)
RELATED INTEREST BRIAN ALLEN CARR lives in McAllen in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas with his wife and daughter. He is working on his first novel. His work has appeared in a number of literary journals, including Boulevard, Keyhole Magazine, and The Texas Review. His work has been cited recently in articles appearing in The Huffington Post.
Degenerate George Williams 978-1-933896-34-2 paper $14.95 978-1-933896-41-0 cloth $24.95
Rivers Last Longer Richard Burgin 978-1-933896-45-8 cloth $26.95 978-1-933896-46-5 paper $18.95
Hog to Hog Jack Smith 978-1-933896-23-6 paper $24.95
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51/2x81/2. 176 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. May
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The Estate Sale
Argument Against the Good-Looking Corpse
Winner, 2009 George Garrett Fiction Prize
Geography is only partly about places. People carry the land inside them, in their voices and their habits and the actions they take when they are put under pressure. For me, the most geographic story in this collection is the title story, where the topography of the house and the topography of a man’s mind join in a hymn of loss, and perhaps also hope. Being human, we make of the land what we will, but the land returns the favor. In the movie Left-Handed Gun, Pat Garrett walks in wider and wider arcs outside his home, saying , “This is my house! This is my house!” I hope I have done the same thing in these stories.
Critical Praise for Richard Spilman: “Among the things I especially admire in the six fine stories of Richard Spilman’s Hot Fudge are the voices, built on an impeccable understanding of the words we speak and the way we speak them; the characters, all of whom have the power and glory of contradictions, of fully realized dimensions, and most admirable of all, Spilman’s tough-minded and unflinching compassion for the people and their lives, bitter or sweet. This is a gifted writer whose stories have already earned a place among the best.”— George Garrett “Richard Spilman is a writer who makes so many varied characters his own, who makes them turbulent, disconcerting, yet universal and plain, that he has mastered not just his fictional world, but he has mastered us, his readers.”—Carolyn Chute RICHARD SPILMAN was born and raised in Normal, Illinois. He lived for ten years in San Francisco, where he worked in a bookstore and studied fiction with Kay Boyle and Wright Morris. Later he returned to school at Binghamton, studying with John Gardner. His first book of short fiction, Hot Fudge, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1990. More recently, a chapbook, Suspension, won the New American Press Award in 2006, and his book of poetry, In the Night Speaking, won the Sacramento Poetry Center Award and was published by SPC Press. He and his wife Joan, also a writer, live in Wichita, Kansas, where he teaches at Wichita State University.
Charles Alcorn’s debut collection is a ten-story road trip from ice-cold Oslo to the Philippine Sea, from Saint John the Baptist Parish to the sands of Sonora with lots and lots of South Texas, West Texas, rural Texas and urban Texas in the rear-view mirror. Morgan Wooten, the shapeshifting protagonist, weaves through 25 years of a peculiar American Dream before returning to his blood’s country in search of peace with a dying father. “Charles Alcorn looks at the world through an oddly perceptive lens. Argument Against the Good-Looking Corpse is a collection to ponder created by a writer whose take on the American landscape calls to mind a young Larry McMurtry set loose in 21st century Texas.”—Eric Miles Williamson “It’s soothing to move through a collection with a narrator as beautifullyvoiced as Morgan Wooten. Pero mios dio. What a strange world. This collection unpacks a time, place and people I know from points of view entirely new and revealing.”—Macarena Hernandez CHARLES ALCORN was born and raised in the Coastal Bend of Texas. He serves on the faculty of University of Houston–Victoria and is the Managing Editor of American Book Review. He graduated with his BA in Geology from Washington & Lee University, where he also played linebacker and threw the javelin and discus for four seasons. He received his MA in English from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers and his Ph.D. in Creative Writing/ English Literature from the University of Houston. He currently splits teaching assignments between the UH campuses in Sugar Land and Victoria. He lives in mid-town Houston with wife Angela and two sons.
The Estate Sale
Argument Against the Good-Looking Corpse
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51/2x81/2. 160 pp. Collection of Short Fiction. February
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Dowsing and Science: Essays
New from 2005 Texas State Poet Laureate . . .
J. D. Smith
The essays in Dowsing and Science touch points on the map, including Texarkana, Chicago, and Ocean City, Maryland, with stops in Latin America and Aurora, Illinois. The collection’s mental range extends even farther, questioning the use of common phrases such as “the real world,” suggesting how Romanian history stands in for the human condition at large, and making a case for the survival value of esthetics. While several selections represent variations on the short memoirs known as the personal essay, most are examples of the “impersonal essay,” meditating on and engaging with a world larger than any writer’s psyche.
Rogue Waves examines those moments that are like their namesake, events that occur unexpectedly, that cannot possibly be real, that have disproportionate impact, and just as quickly are over. This book is all about “ . . . the keystone that dislodges, the chain that breaks . . . .” The implicit question is always, “What happens when our pathway changes all of a sudden?” We find new ways to help us cope, accepting the paradox of a new reality, sometimes only checking to see what parts still work and then moving forward. Rogue Waves is about the abrupt shifts in our paradigms and perspectives and balance.
J.D. SMITH has published two collections of poetry and an edited anthology as well as one children’s book, and he has received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His essays, fiction, poetry, and reviews have appeared in publications throughout the United States and in several other countries. Smith’s one-act play Dig, optioned for film, was produced in London in 2010. A graduate of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, he currently lives in Washington, D.C., where he is at work on projects in several genres, including a second essay collection.
“Alan Birkelbach’s thoughts and images, set in Wallace Stevens-like word play, spill so fast the reader must clutch or miss the depths and read again, or maybe yet again. But we’re included. Whether it’s Persephone in bunny slippers pulling Pluto out of bed, or little-boy Alexander the Great posing heroically before a Sears camera, he invites figures from myth, history, the streets he walks daily, to sit down with him and us at breakfast. Lurking beneath the scattered surfaces of seemingly random observations are moments when we find our canoe on the bottom, our self on the wrong street, rocks falling on us from Krakatoa’s explosion, or stones from a pyramid we were stacking the wrong way.”—Frances Neidhardt ALAN BIRKELBACH was the 2005 Poet Laureate of Texas. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as San Pedro River Review, Oak Bend Review, The Langdon Review, and Concho River Review. He has published six collections of poetry: Bone Song, Weighed in the Balances, No Boundaries, New and Selected Works, Translating the Prairie: Plano, Texas, in Words and Pictures, and Smurglets Are Everywhere (children’s poetry). Alan is a native Texan and has never lived anywhere else. He currently lives in Plano with his wife, two cats, and a husky.
Dowsing and Science: Essays
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51/2x81/2. 196 pp. Literary Nonfiction. March
51/2x81/2. 64 pp. Poetry. February
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John S. “Rip” Ford of Texas Richard B. McCaslin In Fighting Stock, Richard B. McCaslin illuminates numerous facets of Ford’s life typically overshadowed by emphasis on his identity as Ranger and soldier in nineteenth-century Texas. In this third volume of the Texas Biography Series, published by TCU Press and The Center for Texas Studies, McCaslin reveals Ford as a man spurred on by the legacy of his nation-building grandfathers and his own strong convictions and energy to become a force in shaping Texas as a Southern state before and after the Civil War. Ford’s battles as a Ranger, and as a leader of Texas’ military forces allied with the Confederacy, were only part of his legacy in Texas history. He was also a physician, lawyer, and the editor of several newspapers, and among his many roles in politics and civil service were multiple terms as a state legislator and the mayoralty of Austin and Brownsville. Later in life, he fought to preserve Texas history and wrote his own extensive memoirs. Known for his courage and toughness as a military commander, Ford was also a talented strategist, diplomat, and community leader. McCaslin’s in-depth historical detail paints a full picture of this famous Texan, a fighter not only on the battlefield, but on the civic and political fields as well. The Texas Biography Series ★ Number 3 The Texas Biography Series is a joint project of The Center for Texas Studies at TCU and TCU Press. It is made possible by a grant from Houston Endowment.
RICHARD B. MCCASLIN, a professor at the University of North Texas, is the author of Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, October 1862 (Louisiana State University Press, 1994), which won the Tullis Prize and a commendation from the American Association for State and Local History. He has also written Lee in the Shadow of Washington (LSU, 2001), which was nominated for a Pulitzer and won the Slatten Award and Laney Prize. His other works include three volumes in the Portraits of Conflict series published by the University of Arkansas—on South Carolina (1994), North Carolina (1997), and Tennessee (2007), which won the Freeman Award. He also wrote The Last Stronghold: The Campaign for Fort Fisher (McWhiney Foundation, 2003) and At the Heart of Texas: One Hundred Years of the Texas State Historical Association, 1897–1997 (Texas State Historical Association, 2007), which received the Award of Merit from the Texas Philosophical Society, and he edited A Soldier’s Letters to Charming Nellie (University of Tennessee Press, 2008).
Emily Austin of Texas 1795–1851 Light Townsend Cummins 978-0-87565-351-8 cloth $27.95
Edmund J. Davis of Texas Civil War General, Republican Leader, Reconstruction Governor Carl H. Moneyhon 978-0-87565-405-8 cloth $27.95
Comanche Sundown A Novel Jan Reid 978-0-87565-422-5 cloth $29.95
Fighting Stock 978-0-87565-421-8 cloth $29.95
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Preface by the Honorable Jim Wright, former Speaker of the House of Representatives
Lone Star Leaders
Power and Personality in the Texas Congressional Delegation James W. Riddlesperger, Jr. and Anthony Champagne Texas’ political power really began in the late nineteenth century, when Texas congressmen first began to wield power as committee chairs and party leaders. In the era of Woodrow Wilson, Texas clout intensified as Senator Morris Sheppard introduced the Prohibition legislation with which his name is associated today. John Nance Garner’s political influence was first felt in the Wilson administration, as a liaison on war matters between the administration and the House, then grew in the Hoover era when Garner rose to minority leadership and critic of Hoover administration policies. In the Roosevelt era, Texas was a Democratic state and, with Democratic control of Congress and a Democratic president, the state’s power grew—John Garner became vice president in 1933, and Texans chaired six House committees: Agriculture, Interstate and Foreign Commerce, Judiciary, Public Buildings, Rivers and Harbors, and Territories. And during the Eisenhower years, Lyndon Johnson, Sam Rayburn’s protégé, became minority and then majority leader of the Senate. It was an extraordinary time with Texans in the top leadership of both the House and the Senate. This book is the story of the men and women who represented Texas in Congress. For a century and a quarter they were masters of congressional politics and represented Texas on the national stage. Authors Jim Riddlesperger and Tony Champagne paint lively pictures of the characters—party leaders, committee chairs, and the political pioneers—who made Texas a major player in congressional politics for the past 125 years, as well as the ideologues and the buffoons that are also part of the Texas congressional story. JAMES W. RIDDLESPERGER, JR. is professor of political science at Texas Christian University. A native of Denton, Texas, Dr. Riddlesperger has taught at TCU since 1982. He teaches American politics, with interests in Congress, the presidency, and Texas politics. He also has published 35 research articles, two dozen entries in encyclopedias, and is co-author of The Austin-Boston Connection: Five Decades of House Democratic Leadership, 1937–1989 (Texas A&M Press, 2009), Texas Politics (Cengage, 2010), Presidential Leadership and Civil Rights Policy (Greenwood, 1995), winner of the Aaron Wildavsky book award, and Preparing for the United States Government and Politics AP Exam.
ANTHONY CHAMPAGNE is a professor of political science at the University of Texas at Dallas where he has taught since 1979. Champagne is the winner of three teaching awards and the University of Texas System Regents Teaching Award. He has written about legal representation of the poor, the election of judges, Texas politics, and congressional history. Among his written work on Texas politics and congressional history is Congressman Sam Rayburn, based largely on over 130 oral histories that he did with the associates of Sam Rayburn. He also wrote Sam Rayburn: A BioBibliography (Greenwood Press, 1988). His most recent book is The Austin-Boston Connection: Five Decades of House Democratic Leadership, 1937–1989, which was written with Douglas Harris, James Riddlesperger, and Garrison Nelson. A joint project of The Center for Texas Studies at TCU and TCU Press
Dancing with Lyndon Donley Watt 978-0-87565-280-1 cloth $22.50
Literary Austin Don Graham 978-0-87565-342-6 cloth $29.50
Literary Dallas Frances Brannen Vick 978-0-87565-382-2 cloth $29.50
Lone Star Leaders 978-0-87565-418-8 cloth $35.00
9x12. 192 pp. 100 b&w and color photos. Bib. Index. Biography. Political Science. June
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Graphic novel recounts Texas History.
The Revolution, #1 Mike Kearby and Mack White Drawing upon the increasing popularity of graphic or illustrated novels among young readers, Texas Tales: The Revolution is an innovative retelling of the Texas revolution for independence, sure to become an invaluable classroom resource. Author Mike Kearby and illustrator Mack White designed the book for use in seventh grade Texas history courses in response to a need for more interactive textbooks, which will appeal to the learning styles of students in today’s overwhelmingly visual media culture. White’s detailed line drawings recall classic comic book style and capture the dramatic tension of the battles, while Kearby’s narration is enticing, full of intriguing historical detail. The comic pages are supplemented with traditional text, including excerpts of historical documents and visual materials such as maps and battlefield schematics. Students at three North Texas middle schools found the graphic format “easy to read,” the illustrations “exciting” and well executed. Many responded that they would check out the book from their school libraries—even if the text were not required reading. Number One: Texas Tales Illustrated
MIKE KEARBY, a retired high school reading and English teacher, is the author of seven novels. The Road to a Hanging, Ride the Desperate Trail, and Ambush at Mustang Canyon completed his Young Adult trilogy published by Dorchester Publishing (NY). Ambush at Mustang Canyon was honored as a Spur Award Finalist from the Western Writers of America. Dorchester Publishing published The Taken in November 2010, and will publish Dead Man’s Saddle in 2011. Native Texan Mack White is an illustrator and comics creator who has been publishing professionally for twenty years. His artwork and stories have appeared in numerous publications throughout the world, including Heavy Metal, Details, Old West Journal, Zero Zero, Hotwire, Top Shelf, El Vibora, and Strapazin. In 2004, he co-edited the political comics anthology Bush Junta. Most recently, his work was featured in the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories, Volume 2. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.
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Sam Houston Is My Hero Judy Alter 978-0-87565-277-1 paper $11.95
A House Divided Marj Gurasich 978-0-87565-122-4 paper $14.95
The Coldest Day in Texas Peggy Freeman 978-0-87565-169-9 paper $15.95s
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Treacherous Twin to the Pecos, 1535–1900
Essays and Memories Edited by Judy Alter and James Ward Lee
In his newest book, Devils River, Patrick Dearen traces the 400-year history of the notorious river from the time of the first Spanish explorers to the modernization of southwestern Texas and the coming of the railroad. He vividly retells stories of Indian encounters, train robberies, and other horrific events that prove just how the name “Devils River” was coined. With his inimitable style, the author weaves together a variety of themes—military events, including the Civil War and stories about the Texas Rangers; the development of the first mail lines; and the introduction of cattle and sheep raising—into a comprehensive account of the violence and bloodshed surrounding the Devils River. The nature of the river’s history is such that very few anecdotes have happy endings, but Devils River contains stories of triumphs as well as disasters. Although this is an excellent account for historians studying the west, it is also very accessible to others with little or no background in early western history. The author of nine nonfiction books and nine novels, PATRICK DEAREN is a recognized authority on the lower Pecos River country. He grew up in Sterling City, Texas, and earned a bachelor of journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. His nonfiction works include Castle Gap and the Pecos Frontier TCU Press), Portraits of the Pecos Frontier (Texas Tech University Press), Crossing Rio Pecos (TCU Press), A Cowboy of the Pecos (Republic of Texas Press), and Halff of Texas (Eakin Press). Through his books The Last of the Old-Time Cowboys (Republic of Texas Press) and Saddling Up Anyway (Taylor Trade Publishing), Dearen has also preserved the stories of the last generation of cowhands who plied their trade before mechanization. His novels include Perseverance, set along the rails in Depression-era Texas. Dearen has been honored by Western Writers of America, West Texas Historical Association, and Permian Historical Association. A backpacking enthusiast and ragtime pianist, he makes his home in Midland, Texas, with his wife Mary and son Wesley.
When Elmer Kelton died in the fall of 2009, the literary world lost a consummate writer, a man The New York Times called a “novelist who brought the sensibility of the old-style western to bear on a modern Texas landscape of oil fields and financially troubled ranches.” Kelton was also a modest, kind man, always willing to advise a struggling writer or write a blurb for a first-time published author, or assign publishing rights to his six masterpieces to a small university press. TCU Press owes a great debt of gratitude to Kelton, and this volume, Elmer Kelton: Memories and Essays, attempts to explore just what it is that made Kelton its leading author. Editors Judy Alter and James Ward Lee gathered together a group of Kelton aficionados who had either published or taught or sold his books, or were simply friends. In several meetings, they divided up the main themes of Kelton’s writing: Alter provides the overview of Kelton’s career; Felton Cochran, longtime owner of Cactus Books in San Angelo, describes how the friendship between bookstore owner and author grew over the years; Ricky Burk, pastor of the church from which Kelton was buried, talks about the man’s influence in his community; Kelton’s son, Steve, explains how Kelton’s career as journalist permeated his novels; Ruth McAdams, who has taught Kelton for years, explores how he deals with the themes of endurance and change; Joyce Roach delicately covers how race and ethnicity figure in Kelton’s plots and the development of his unforgettable characters; Lee gives readers his inimitable take on the Hewey Calloway Trilogy—The Good Old Boys, The Smiling Country, and Six Bits a Day; and Bob J. Frye takes a wry look at Kelton’s use of humor throughout his career. The book also contains Kelton’s own view of the history of the Western novel, a response to revisionist criticism. And finally Cochran provides us a list of most, not all, of Elmer Kelton’s extraordinary body of work. JUDY ALTER is former director of TCU Press and author of more than forty books. JAMES WARD LEE is a fellow of the Texas Folklore Society and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.
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A Century of Partnership
Fort Worth and TCU Mary L. Volcansek
On the 100th anniversary of TCU’s move to Fort Worth, The Center for Texas Studies at TCU and the TCU Press have joined together to produce an in-depth look at the historical relationship between town and gown, between the city and the university that are inextricably linked. Taking advantage of photographic archives newly digitized, the book explores the history of the university, how its academic programs enhanced city life, how the university’s myriad arts offerings created a reciprocal relationship with Fort Worth’s art community, how campus life was transformed and influenced by city life, how the physical makeup of the campus affected the look of the city, and how the athletic program inculcated die-hard fans with love of all things Purple. Mayor Mike Moncrief provided a foreword to stress the importance of the relationship between the two entities, and essays were submitted by a variety of Horned Frogs—from Mary Volcansek, executive director of The Center for Texas Studies, to Ron Tyler, director of the Amon Carter Museum, to Bob Frye, emeritus professor of English, and Gene Smith, director of The Center for Texas Studies and History Curator at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Alums Vicki Vincent Cantwell and Mike Mullins present their unique views of TCU’s influence, while Mark Mourer, TCU journalism graduate, traces the history of TCU’s thriving athletic program. Editor MARY L. VOLCANSEK is executive director of The Center for Texas Studies at TCU and professor of political science. A native Texan, she returned to TCU in 2000 to assume the deanship of AddRan College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Previously, she was professor of political science at Florida International University. She is author or editor of eleven books and serves on the board of Humanities Texas.
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The saga of Cynthia Ann Parker is well known to historians of the Texas frontier and readers of historical fiction. Kidnapped from Parker’s Fort near Mexia by raiding Comanches in 1836, she was completely assimilated into the Noconi band. She married tribal leader Peta Nocona and bore him two sons, Quanah and Pecos, and a daughter, Toh-TseeAh. Late in 1860, she and toddler Topsannah (as the whites called her) were recaptured by Texas Rangers and returned to “civilization” and the extended Parker clan. Cynthia Ann never adapted to white culture. She was shunted from one Parker family to another, living in constant grief and doubt—about herself and her daughter and about the fate of her Comanche family still on the prairies. Convinced she was a captive of the Texans, Cynthia Ann was determined to escape to the high plains and the Comanche way. The Parkers neither cared for nor understood Cynthia Ann’s obsession with returning to her homeland and her people. Charles Brashear’s thoroughly researched and vividly realistic novel, Killing Cynthia Ann, tells the story as it might have happened and turns it into a compelling and unforgettable drama. “Basing his fictional speculation on a careful reading of the historical record, Brashear chronicles the heartbreaking descent into despair of a proud woman who could not forget her warrior husband and two sons. . . [The public] will appreciate this engrossing novel, which can also supply a personal perspective to supplement history texts.”—Library Journal CHARLES BRASHEAR, a retired professor of creative writing, grew up in Comanche country on the south edge of the Llano Estacado in West Texas. He now makes his home in San Diego. Brashear is the author of Contemporary Insanities (a collection of short fiction), The Other Side of Love (two novellas), and several non-fiction books, including works on creative writing, American literature and Native American history.
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