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John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music Texas A&M Press is pleased to announce the establishment of a new series, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University—San Marcos. Each year, the John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, under the editorship of Gary Hartman and Gregg Andrews, will produce one or two works. The two inaugural books in the series are Gary Hartman’s The History of Texas Music and Alan Govenar’s Texas Blues. Future volumes will address aspects of the history of Texas music of interest to the public, professionals, or scholars, and, occasionally, technical subjects.

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Texas Blues allows artists to speak in their own words, revealing the dynamics of blues, from its beginnings in cotton fields and shotgun shacks to its migration across boundaries of age and race to seize the musical imagination of the entire world. Fully illustrated with 495 dramatic, high-quality color and black-and-white photographs—many never before published—Texas Blues provides comprehensive and authoritative documentation of a musical tradition that has changed contemporary music. Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author Alan Govenar here builds on his previous groundbreaking work documenting these musicians and their style with the stories of 110 of the most influential artists and their times. From Blind Lemon Jefferson and Aaron “T-Bone” Walker of Dallas, to Delbert McClinton in Fort Worth, Sam “Ligntnin’” Hopkins in East Texas, Baldemar (Freddie Fender) Huerta in South Texas, and Stevie Ray Vaughan in Austin, Texas Blues shows the who, what, where, and how of blues in the Lone Star State.

ALAN GOVENAR is a writer, photographer, folklorist, and filmmaker who lives in Dallas. Through his nonprofit organization, Documentary Arts, Inc., he has worked in association with NOVA, La Sept/ARTE, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting on a number of projects. The off-Broadway premier of his musical, Blind Lemon Blues, co-created with Akin Babatunde and based on the life of Blind Lemon Jefferson, received rave reviews in The New York Times and Variety.

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The first comprehensive presentation of all of Tom Lea’s unforgettable artwork and gripping literary accounts of World War II and its “greatest generation”

The Two Thousand Yard Stare Tom Lea’s World War II Paintings, Drawings, and Eyewitness Accounts by Tom Lea Edited and with introductions by Brendan M. Greeley Jr. Foreword by Adair Margo

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Tom Lea pictured with The Price, 1944 Courtesy Adair Margo Gallery

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Few artists saw World War II from as many perspectives as El Paso artist and writer Tom Lea. Commissioned by Life magazine to paint the war as it was being experienced by U.S. and Allied troops, Lea went aboard a Navy destroyer in the North Atlantic to cover the fight against the German U-boats in late 1941; was on the carrier Hornet days before its sinking during the desperate air and sea battles off Guadalcanal in 1942; recorded the struggles of Army Air Forces transport, fighter, and bomber crews in England, North Africa, and China in 1943; and hit the bloody beaches at Peleliu with the assault waves of the 7th Marines in 1944. He was preparing to join forces poised to invade the home islands when the Japanese surrendered in 1945. In The Two Thousand Yard Stare, Brendan M. Greeley Jr. has collected virtually all of Tom Lea’s firsthand written accounts of his assignments for Life, including a previously unpublished diary and letters to fellow Texas writer J. Frank Dobie, along with Lea’s powerful sketches and unforgettable paintings. Greeley places them in context, along with photographs and informative details on the people, places, and wartime events encountered by Tom Lea. Thoroughly documented and filled with telling illustrations, this book will leave a stunning impression on those interested in the realistic depiction of war, in both images and words. Also a must-read for students, scholars, and collectors of Tom Lea’s work, The Two Thousand Yard Stare brilliantly captures the artistic skills and spirit of one of America’s most compelling painters and writers.

Best known as a painter and novelist of the Southwest, TOM LEA spent most of his nine decades in El Paso. His art has hung in the Oval Office of the White House, as well as the Pentagon. BRENDAN M. GREELEY JR., a retired Marine Corps aviator who lives in Annapolis, Maryland, has written and edited for the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings and Naval History magazines. ADAIR MARGO, whose great-grandfather baptized Tom Lea when he was eight years old, served as Lea’s agent and close confidante in his later years. She currently chairs the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

receptive spirit. If that’s the way I can be most useful, that’s what I want to do.”—Tom Lea, 1942

“I have just returned from a very tough

The Fighting Hornet at the Height of the Battle of Santa Cruz Courtesy U.S. Army Center of Military History

trip. I landed with the Marines on Peleliu . . . I came as close to being killed as a man can possibly be, during the first two hours on the beach. I see no good reason why I’m proud of being such a damn fool as to walk into that thing voluntarily. But reason or not, I am proud. I can now make a report on the war which is War itself, the final war of the man with the dirt of the earth in his face, the war of the man who carries a gun and a knife, who kills with his hands and spills blood and guts on the ground. I am not going to ‘interpret’ that

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“There is nothing, in the way of personal honor, to be ashamed of in going to war armed with nothing heavier than a sketchbook and a

war with my painting. I am trying to paint precisely and exactly and absolutely truly what I saw with my own two eyes. Nothing else. . . .”—Tom Lea, 1944

P-40s Slant for Home over the Mountains near Kweilin Courtesy U.S. Army Center of Military History


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Operation PLUM The Ill-fated 27th Bombardment Group and the Fight for the Western Pacific ADRIAN R. MARTIN AND LARRY W. STEPHENSON


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They went in as confident young warriors. They came out as battle-scarred veterans, POW camp survivors . . . or worse. The Army Air Corps’ 27th Bombardment Group arrived in the Philippines in November 1941 with 1,209 men; one year later, only 20 returned to the United States. The Japanese attacked the Philippines on the same morning as Pearl Harbor and invaded soon after. Allied air routes back to the Philippines were soon cut, forcing pilots to fight their air war from bases in Java, Australia, and New Guinea. The men on Bataan were eventually taken prisoner and forced into the infamous Death March. The 27th and other such units were pivotal in delaying the Japanese timetable for conquest. If not for these units, some have suggested, the Allied offensive in the Pacific might have started in Hawaii or even California instead of New Guinea and the surrounding islands.

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Based largely on primary materials, including a fiftynine-page report written by the surviving unit members in September 1942, Operation PLUM (from the code name for the U.S. Army in the Philippines) gives an account of the 27th Bombardment Group and, through it, the opening months of the Pacific theater. Military historians and readers interested in World War II will appreciate the rich perspective presented in Operation PLUM. ADRIAN R. MARTIN, a retired high school teacher, is the author of three books, including Brothers from Bataan: POWs 1942–1945. He lives in Menasha, Wisconsin. LARRY W. STEPHENSON, the nephew of Capt. Glenwood Stephenson, a participant in Operation PLUM, is the Ford-Webber Professor of Surgery at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. A retired Army colonel, Stephenson also serves as an associate editor of a major medical journal and has written six other books and more than 300 articles. Number 117: Texas A&M University Military History Series

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A dramatic soldier’s-eye-view of the tumultuous second phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom

The Gods of Diyala Transfer of Command in Iraq CALEB S. CAGE AND GREGORY M. TOMLIN

“The missions, the ambushes, the fire-fights that initially blur into each other begin to form an evocative platoon commander’s view of fighting an urban insurgency with limited resources in an asymmetric war. The chapters discussing the preparations for the national elections in January 2006, in particular read like a thriller. . . .”—Dennis Showalter, professor of history, Colorado College CALEB S. CAGE currently lives in Reno, Nevada, and serves as a senior policy advisor to the lieutenant governor of Nevada. CAPT. GREGORY M. TOMLIN commands a Paladin firing battery in the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Hovey in South Korea. Number 118: Texas A&M University Military History Series

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1st Lt. T. J. Grider, platoon leader, 4th Platoon, C Company, assists his platoon in emplacing barriers around election sites in Shifta in January 2005. Courtesy Douglas Chadwick

2004/5. Those in the military will read it to compare their experiences to those of Cage and Tomlin. The reading public, who enjoys military history, will be fascinated by a first person account of combat in the 21st century.”—James T. Seidule, Colonel, U.S.

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In March 2004, Caleb S. Cage and Gregory M. Tomlin deployed to Baquba, Iraq, on a mission that would redefine how conventional U.S. military forces fight an urban war. Having led artillery units through a transition into anti-insurgent rifle companies and carrying out daily combat patrols in one of the region’s most notorious hotspots, Cage and Tomlin chronicle Task Force 1-6 Field Artillery’s year on the ground in Iraq and its response to the insurgency that threatened to engulf their corner of the Sunni Triangle. Rather than presenting a snapshot dominated by battle scenes, The Gods of Diyala presents a wide-angled view of the experiences of Cage and Tomlin and their comrades-in-arms. They assess the implications of their experiences, starting with their pre-deployment training in Germany and ending with the handing over of duties to their replacement brigade at the close of their tour of duty. They discuss frankly their impressions of the benefits and liabilities of working with embedded journalists and relate both their frustrations with and their admiration for the fledgling Iraqi security forces. From chaotic security planning to personal debates on the principles of democracy, both authors discuss how Iraqis perceived the value of their first post-Saddam elections and the political future of their country as it tries to reinvent itself in the wake of a dictator’s fall. The Gods of Diyala gives a new and personal perspective on the second stage of the ongoing war in Iraq. Students and scholars of military history will find its insights meaningful and informative, and general readers will enjoy its thoughtful, well-measured narratives of a year spent trying to protect a fragile nation as it struggled toward democracy.

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The Yankee Division in the First World War In the Highest Tradition MICHAEL E. SHAY


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Historians have been unkind to the 26th Division of the U.S. Army during World War I. Despite playing a significant role in all the major engagements of the American Expeditionary Force, the “Yankee Division,” as it was commonly known, and its beloved commanding officer, Maj. Gen. Clarence Edwards, were often at odds with Gen. John J. Pershing. Subsequently, the Yankee Division became the A.E.F.’s “whipping boy,” a reputation that has largely continued to the present day. In The Yankee Division in the First World War, author Michael E. Shay mines a voluminous body of firstperson accounts to set forth an accurate record of the Yankee Division in France—a record that is, as he reports, “better than most.” Shay sheds new light on the ongoing conflict in leadership and notes that two of the division’s regiments received the coveted Croix de Guerre, the first ever awarded to an American unit. This first-rate study should find a welcome place on military history bookshelves, both for scholars and students of the Great War and for interested general readers.

MICHAEL E. SHAY, a Superior Court judge in the State of Connecticut, has had a long interest in World War I. His previous book, A Grateful Heart, on the Yankee Division’s 103rd Field Hospital, was published in 2001.

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“There is no other book that deals with the 26th Division in World War One. . . . That division was one of the first to arrive in France, and, along with the 42nd, 1st, and 2nd Divisions, formed the core of the AEF under John J. Pershing. . . . For those interested in World War I, a book on the 26th and its controversial commander will be welcomed.”—James Cooke, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Mississippi

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The Transformation of the U.S. Army, 1918–1939 WILLIAM O. ODOM


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At the end of the Great War, the U.S. Army faced the challenge of integrating what it had learned in its war effort. During the interwar years the army sought to balance readiness and modernization in a period of limited resources and technological advances with profound implications for the conduct of warfare. In After the Trenches, William O. Odom traces the military’s developments between the world wars through an examination of the army’s primary doctrine manuals, the Field Service Regulations. Odom concludes that the Field Service Regulations of 1923 successfully assimilated the experiences of the First World War and translated them into viable tactical practice. This impressively researched study serves as the

standard reference on the subject for scholars and others interested in military history. It also broadens the perspectives of those who must deal with these important contemporary issues. Col. WILLIAM O. ODOM of Norfolk, Virginia, holds a Ph.D. in history from Ohio State University. He has taught military history at West Point and at Old Dominion University, where he remains an adjunct faculty member. Odom currently works at the U.S. Joint Forces Command. Number Sixty-four: Texas A&M University Military History Series

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Confederate Struggle for Command General James Longstreet and the First Corps in the West ALEXANDER MENDOZA Was Lt. Gen. James Longstreet a lackluster, indecisive leader or a victim of political circumstances? Though traditionally saddled with much of the blame for the Confederate loss at Gettysburg, Longstreet was actually a capable, resourceful, and brave commander, argues historian Alexander Mendoza. Confederate Struggle for Command offers a comprehensive analysis of Longstreet’s leadership during his seven-month assignment in the Tennessee theater of operations. Mendoza concludes that the obstacles to effective command faced by Longstreet had at least as much to do with longstanding grievances and politically motivated prejudices as they did with any personal or military shortcomings of Longstreet’s. Longstreet’s First Corps parted company with Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia in September 1863. Subsequently, the First Corps contributed decisively to the Confederate victory at Chickamauga. But when

Longstreet then joined a group of disaffected generals in denouncing Braxton Bragg, the commanding general of the Army of Tennessee, the resulting imbroglio hampered the effectiveness of the entire First Corps. Confederate Struggle for Command adds an important layer of nuanced understanding to the career and legacy of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, and will be an enjoyable and informative source for Civil War buffs, military historians, and interested general readers. ALEXANDER MENDOZA, assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at Tyler, holds a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. Number 120: Texas A&M University Military History Series


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Texas Aggies Go to War In Service of Their Country, Expanded Edition HENRY C. DETHLOFF AND JOHN A. ADAMS, JR. FOREWORD BY GEORGE H. W. BUSH

When their country calls, Texas Aggies go to war. From the Spanish-American War and World War I to the Second Gulf War, Aggies have been in the forefront of America’s armed forces. More than 20,000 Texas Aggies served in World War II, for instance, including more than 14,000 as commissioned officers. Trained in leadership and the knowledge required for warfare, Aggies have served with distinction in all branches of the military service. In this newly updated compilation of the impressive war record of Texas Aggies, extended to include Aggies’ service in Afghanistan and Iraq, stories of individual soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines are displayed with an abundance of statistics, maps, and tables. Texas Aggies Go to War celebrates the school’s distinctive

Corps of Cadets and its military contributions while honoring the individual sacrifices of its members. Those who fought and those who remember them will find here a comprehensive account of the distinguished war record of this school. HENRY C. DETHLOFF, an emeritus professor of history at Texas A&M University, is author of The Centennial History of Texas A&M University, 1876–1976. JOHN A. ADAMS, JR., holds a Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University. He is also author of Commerce and Conflict on the Rio Grande, found on page 19 of this catalog. Number 104: Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University


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Wildlife photographer GREG LASLEY, who lives in Austin, Texas, is well-known to the national birding community. A retired police officer and part-time nature tour leader, Lasley was secretary of the Texas Bird Records Committee of the Texas Ornithological Society for many years and also wrote the Texas regional section in what is now the American Birding Association journal North American Birds. His photographs have been published in over one hundred magazines, journals, and books. Number Forty-two: Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series


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Experience the wildlife of Texas, up-close and personal, through the eyes of one of the country’s most talented nature photographers. Where else can you look a coyote in the eye while it licks its chops? Spy the long tongue of a Nine-banded Armadillo as it drinks? Watch a rare Blue-faced Ringtail dragonfly eating its prey? Glimpse a Sanderling’s feet spread midair as it scurries down the beach? See an American White Pelican’s pouch turned inside-out as it yawns? Award-winning photographer Greg Lasley has been taking pictures of wildlife for thirty years, and although he has photographed some of the most exotic creatures and remote places on earth, in Greg Lasley’s Texas Wildlife Portraits he gives homage to his favorite place for photography: his home state. With more than a hundred stunning color photographs, this book reflects Lasley’s penchant for the state’s insect life, especially dragonflies, as well as his long affection for Texas birds. In addition, many hours of patient waiting or the happenstance of a chance encounter have yielded fine images of Texas mammals and reptiles in their habitats. Veteran Texas naturalists John and Gloria Tveten open the text with an introduction to the man behind the camera. From there, photographer’s comments and insightful photo captions help vividly re-create the moment each image was shot—what the animal was doing, what the photographer was thinking.

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When a mysterious manila envelope reached the hands of Henry “Milt” Reeves, no one could have anticipated the story that waited inside. Enclosed he found a manuscript written half a century earlier and yellowed with age. Each fragile page unfolded the firstperson story of a trip Dorothy Chapman Saunders had taken to Mexico in 1948 and 1949 with her husband and seasoned ornithologist, George, to conduct field surveys of waterfowl and white-winged doves for the U.S. government. In Chico, George, the Birds, and Me, Saunders adeptly describes the birds they saw and the survey work they did. She also charts the other details of their journey as they traveled in a jeep they dubbed “Chico.” A gifted naturalist, Saunders offers an engaging, lively account

that reflects her education, experiences, and many capabilities as a traveler, newspaper reporter, journalist, marksman, pilot, and scientist. Her observations will give new insight to those interested in natural history, ornithology, adventure, travel in Mexico, and women in science. DOROTHY CHAPMAN SAUNDERS earned a Ph.D. in botany at the University of Michigan in 1937. During World War II, she worked in Latin America for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she met and married George Saunders. She later accompanied her husband on field trips as an unpaid researcher. She died in 2002. Number Forty-three: Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series

Nature at Your Doorstep


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With John and Gloria Tveten as your guides, even a walk across an empty lot can turn into a memorable lesson in the abundance of life. For more than two decades, the Tvetens’ weekly “Nature Trails” column in the Houston Chronicle introduced readers to the miracles of nature that surround them every day. Nature at Your Doorstep gathers in one volume some of the best of these columns. With original drawings by John Tveten, they reveal the bounty of plants and animals that live within the familiar surroundings of home and region. In addition to neighborhood flowers, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, Nature at your Doorstep focuses on a particular love of John Tveten’s—insects. From butterflies and beetles to mosquitoes and moths, the “six-legged horde” receives admiring treatment. With the Tvetens’ intimate and knowledgeable descriptions, you are sure


to begin viewing the nature at your doorstep in a whole new way. JOHN TVETEN and GLORIA TVETEN are veteran Texas naturalists, writers, and photographers. For more than three decades, their articles and photographs have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and books. Residents of Baytown, they are frequent speakers and field trip leaders at nature and birding festivals throughout the state and nation. A Wardlaw Book

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Essential resource . . . endangered paradise

The Louisiana Coast Guide to an American Wetland GAY M. GOMEZ “Louisiana still has tremendous natural


Everyone who lives in or visits Louisiana and anyone interested in the conservation, ecology, natural history, and geography of the region will appreciate Gomez’s exploration of the land, its people, its resources, and its vulnerabilities. The Louisiana Coast will encourage readers to share the author’s love for this vital, distinct, and beautiful place.

resources along its vast coasts, even after Katrina and Rita, and the nation should come and visit so that more can be done to restore and sustain this unique

GAY M. GOMEZ is associate professor of geography at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. A professional nature guide and longtime activist and champion for the preservation of the state’s wetlands, she has served on the board of directors for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Louisiana Ornithological Society, and on the advisory board for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ White Lake Wetland Conservation Area. Number Fifteen: Gulf Coast Studies, sponsored by Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi

national treasure.” —Paul D. Coreil, Louisiana State University


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Hurricane Katrina gave the nation an urgent reminder of the extent and value of Louisiana’s wetlands when daily discussions of subsidence and sedimentation revealed how much ordinary coastal processes affect humanity—and vice versa. Now, with a native Louisiana naturalist as a guide, readers can learn how best to enjoy, appreciate, and protect this vanishing landscape. Part natural history and part field guide, The Louisiana Coast takes readers across one of only three major chenier plains in the world to the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest river basin swamp on the continent, and through the network of bayous, natural levees, cypress swamps, marshes, and barrier islands of the Deltaic Plain. Color photographs illustrate chapters on vegetation, wildlife, and the rich human culture that defines Louisiana. With the intimate knowledge of one whose life has been shaped by this remarkable environment, author Gay M. Gomez leads visitors to nature trails, wildlife refuges, Audubon sanctuaries, and parks. A visitor’s guide at the end of the book features destinations open to the public for wildlife watching, photography, and even hunting, fishing, crabbing, and cast netting.



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It’s a Long Way from Llano The Journey of a Wildlife Biologist JAMES G. TEER

Wildlife management around the world has changed drastically in the last fifty years, and veteran biologist James G. Teer was a trailblazer for much of that time. In this memoir, he looks back on his life and on the transformation of his profession. A pioneer in managing land for deer, Teer became truly global in his conservation efforts. From studying waterfowl in Manitoba and monitoring deer herds in the Texas Hill Country, Teer was propelled into the world of big ranches and African safaris, working for and traveling with Texas landowners while helping to build the reputation of the wildlife ecology program at Texas A&M University.

As he reminisces, Teer gives homage to the men who mentored and taught him and to those whose friendships lasted a lifetime. He salutes his colleagues and his students, and he confirms his lifelong commitment to the care and stewardship of animals everywhere. JAMES G. TEER is professor emeritus of wildlife and fisheries sciences at Texas A&M University, where he was head of the department and held the Caesar Kleberg Chair in Wildlife Ecology. He received his Ph.D. in wildlife management and zoology from the University of Wisconsin. He was awarded the Leopold Medal in 1994 for his contributions to science and conservation.


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Water from Stone


“ . . . one of the Texas Hill Country’s greatest con-

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add such a special dimension to the volume . . .”

Award-winning author Jeffrey Greene provides a portrait of J. David Bamberger’s unlikely transformation from a vacuum cleaner salesman to co-founder and CEO of Church’s Fried Chicken and an internationally recognized conservationist. Growing up in rural Ohio during the Great Depression and World War II, Bamberger learned from his mother to love the natural world. She gave him a book that would set the course for his life: Pleasant Valley, by Louis Bromfield. Inspired by his new role model, Bamberger would say, “If I ever make money, I want to do what Bromfield did.” After finding that financial success, Bamberger bought what he describes as “the sorriest piece of land in Blanco

County” and entered upon his decades-long effort to restore the ecological balance of 5,500 acres that had been virtually destroyed by more than a century of misuse. Naming his preserve Selah—from the Old Testament term meaning “pause and reflect”—Bamberger now dedicates himself and his resources to protecting species and educating everyone else who will listen to his central message, delivered with evangelical zeal: We must take care of the earth, and anyone can help.

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JEFFREY GREENE is the author of the memoir French Spirits and three collections of poetry. He lives in Paris.

Environmental Studies. Nature Writing. Biography.

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Texas Rattlesnake Roundups CLARK E. ADAMS AND JOHN K. THOMAS

CLARK E. ADAMS, a professor of wildlife and fisheries sciences at Texas A&M University, is the coauthor of an award-winning textbook on urban wildlife management and the author of the study guide for a textbook on environmental science. JOHN K. THOMAS is a professor in the department of recreation, park, and tourism sciences at Texas AgriLife Research, Texas A&M University.


Venom extraction at the Sweetwater roundup in 1991 Courtesy Clark E. Adams


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Covered by Wide World of Sports, National Public Radio, and National Geographic, Texas rattlesnake roundups like those in Sweetwater, Texas, draw both fascinated tourists and irate protesters. Begun as an organized form of predator control in the 1920s, for many years rattlesnake roundups have been promoted as community events and civic fundraisers. The western diamond-backed rattlesnake is the main attraction, with pits full of thousands of writhing rattlesnakes serving as the featured spectacle. Often taking advantage of the animals’ denning behavior to capture large numbers at a time, hunters deliver live snakes to commercial dealers who are contracted by event organizers to supply the animals as a source of entertainment: from snake handling and snake races to snake sacking, snake skinning, snake milking, and snake education activities. Rattlesnake products of various types are also sold and consumed at the events. In this close-up look at rattlesnake roundups in Texas, Clark E. Adams and John K. Thomas present perhaps the first full description of this social and environmental phenomenon, tracking its popularity, its participants, its opponents, its impact on the communities where it occurs, and, as much as is possible, its effects on the rattlesnake itself. In recent years, the commercial trade in Texas animals has emerged as a serious and controversial issue, and the number of roundups has declined sharply. Texas Rattlesnake Roundups promises to provide a balanced starting point for all those interested in knowing more about this curious custom.




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Battles of the Red River War Archeological Perspectives on the Indian Campaign of 1874 J. BRETT CRUSE CONTRIBUTIONS BY MARTHA DOTY FREEMAN AND DOUGLAS D. SCOTT FOREWORD BY ROBERT M. UTLEY

Battles of the Red River War unearths a longburied record of the collision of two cultures. In 1874, U.S. forces led by Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie carried out a surprise attack on several Cheyenne, Comanche, and Kiowa bands that had taken refuge in the Palo Duro Canyon of the Texas panhandle and destroyed their winter stores and horses. After this devastating loss, many of these Indians returned to their reservations and effectively brought to a close what has come to be known as the Red River War, a campaign carried out by the U.S. Army during 1874 as a result of Indian attacks on white settlers in the region. After this operation, the Southern Plains Indians would never again pose a coherent threat to whites’ expansion and settlement across their ancestral homelands. Until now, the few historians who have undertaken to tell the story of the Red River War have had to rely on the official records of the battles and a handful of extant accounts, letters, and journals of the

U.S. Army participants. Starting in 1998, J. Brett Cruse, under the auspices of the Texas Historical Commission, conducted archeological investigations at six battle sites. In the artifacts they unearthed, Cruse and his teams found clues that would both correct and complete the written records and aid understanding of the Indian perspectives on this clash of cultures. Including a chapter on historiography and archival research by Martha Doty Freeman and an analysis of cartridges and bullets by Douglas D. Scott, this rigorously researched and lavishly illustrated work will commend itself to archeologists, military historians and scientists, and students and scholars of the Westward Expansion. J. BRETT CRUSE is the Cultural Resources Coordinator for the Historic Sites Division of the Texas Historical Commission, which sponsored the investigation of the Red River War battle sites. He lives in Round Rock. BATTLES OF THE RED RIVER WAR

“The Red River War was a pivotal event in American history yet paradoxically it has been largely overlooked as a topic of serious research. Fortunately, this book makes up for lost time . . .”—Charles M. Haecker, Archeologist, National Park Service

The Archaeology of Animal Bones TERRY O’CONNOR Animal ecologists can observe the present and reconstruct the last one or two centuries from historical sources, but the study of animal bones adds valuable insight into the peoples and landscapes of the past while telling much about the evolution of human-animal relationships. In this standard work, now available in paperback, O’Connor offers a detailed overview of the study of animal bones. He analyzes bone composition and structure and the archaeological evidence left by the processes of life, death, and decomposition. He goes on to look at how bone is excavated, examined, described, identified, measured, and reassembled into skeletons. The bulk of the book is devoted to the interpretation of bone fragments, which tell much about the animals themselves—their health, growth, diet, injuries, and age at death.

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Lost Architecture of the Rio Grande Borderlands W. EUGENE GEORGE FOREWORD BY RICARDO PAZ TREVIÑO “Eugene George’s knowledge of archi-

After a distinguished career in academe and historic preservation, W. EUGENE GEORGE became the inaugural Mary Ann Blocker Castleberry Endowed Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He lives in Austin and maintains an active architectural practice.

tectural terminology, his eye for aspects that the untrained eye would not appreciate, his photographic skills, and the accompanying beautiful drawings will convince readers of the importance of historical preservation.”—José Roberto (Beto) Juárez, series editor

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Mexican settlers first came to the valley of the Rio Grande to establish their ranchos in the 1750s. Two centuries later the Great River, dammed in an international effort by the U.S. and Mexican governments to provide flood control and a more dependable water supply, inundated twelve settlements that had been built there. Under the waters of the new Falcón Reservoir lay homes, businesses, churches, and cemeteries abandoned by residents on both sides of the river when the floods of 1953 filled the 115,000-acre area two years ahead of schedule. The Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, and the University of Texas at Austin conducted an initial survey of the communities lost to the Falcón Reservoir, but these studies were never completed or fully reported. When architect W. Eugene George came to the area in the 1960s, he found a way of life waiting to be preserved in words, photographs, and drawings. Two subsequent recessions of the reservoir—in 1983– 86 and again in 1996–98—gave George new access to one of the settlements, Guerrero Viejo in Mexico. Unfortunately, the receding lake waters also made the village accessible to looters. George’s work, then, was crucial in documenting the indigenous architecture of these villages, both as it existed prior to the flooding and as it remained before it was despoiled by vandals’ hands. Lost Architecture of the Rio Grande Borderlands combines George’s original 1975 Texas Historical Commission report with the information he gleaned during the two low-water periods. This handsome, extended photographic essay casts new light on the architecture and lives of the people of the Texas-Mexico borderlands.

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Latina Legislator Leticia Van de Putte and the Road to Leadership SHARON A. NAVARRO In late 2003, Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte led ten other Texas Senate Democrats to New Mexico as part of a protest against a Republican redistricting plan. The walkout of the “Texas Eleven” made national headlines; it also deprived the state senate of a quorum and temporarily froze all legislative action. As Sharon A. Navarro shows in Latina Legislator, the dramatic boycott is a fitting image for Van de Putte’s life and career. Though she initially ran for office on a shoestring budget, Senator Van de Putte has successfully authored and sponsored legislation that has reformed the state welfare system, revamped the Juvenile Code, and provided a healthcare safety net for children in Texas. Multiple civic and community groups have

recognized her as one of the most effective and influential lawmakers in Texas. With Van de Putte as her central case study, Navarro assesses the possibilities for other Latina and all female legislators. Further, her analysis of Van de Putte’s record provides a context for judging legislative effectiveness and productivity. This book is invaluable for those interested in Texas and regional politics as well as women’s and ethnic studies. SHARON A. NAVARRO is assistant professor of political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Wealth of Selves Multiple Identities, Mestiza Consciousness, and the Subject of Politics EDWINA BARVOSA

Many of us have multiple identities, says Edwina Barvosa. We may view ourselves according to ethnicity, marital or family roles, political affiliation, sexuality, or any of several other “identities” we may use to organize our behavior and self-understanding at any given time. Various domains have offered nuggets of insight regarding the characteristics and political implications of seeing the self as made up of multiple identities, but many questions remain. In Wealth of Selves, Edwina Barvosa constructs an ambitious interdisciplinary blend of these insights and crafts them into an overarching theoretical framework for understanding multiple identities in terms of intersectionality, identity contradiction, and the political potential that lies within the practices of self-integration. Grounded in Gloria Anzaldúa’s concept of mestiza 18

consciousness as well as in Western political thought, this reconsideration of the self promises to reshape our thinking on issues such as immigrant incorporation, national identity, political participation, the socially constructed sources of will and political critique, and the longevity of racial and gender conflicts. With its accessible style and rich cross-pollination among disciplines, Wealth of Selves will reward readers in political science, philosophy, race, ethnic, and American studies, as well as in borderlands, sexuality, and gender studies. EDWINA BARVOSA is assistant professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her Ph.D. is from Harvard University.

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Laredo, 1755–1955 JOHN A. ADAMS, JR.

Laredo is a city at the crossroads of North American history. Founded by the Spanish in 1755, it has stood at the intersection of regional commerce since its earliest days. Now, John A. Adams, Jr. provides the first-ever panoramic business and economic history of Laredo. He traces the evolution of the region from its early days as a ranching center into the mid-twentieth century, when Laredo had become what it remains today: a booming port of trade and a principal center of commerce and financial services on the southern border of the United States. In Commerce and Conflict on the Rio Grande Adams

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For ten years, JOHN A. ADAMS, JR., lived and worked in Laredo, where he served as executive director and CEO of the Laredo Development Foundation. He now resides in Florida. He earned a Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University.


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“ . . . a marvel of a book . . . it brings resonance and depth to our understanding of the Tejano people, and of the wondrous life of Juan Salinas.”—Roundup Magazine

Juan Salinas, Rodeo Roper and Horseman RICARDO D. PALACIOS W I N N E R , 2 0 0 7 J I M PA R I S H A W A R D , W E B B C O U N T Y H E R I TA G E F O U N D AT I O N One of the best tie-down calf ropers ever to come out of South Texas, Juan Salinas grew up on a 15,000-acre ranch near Laredo. He roped in Texas rodeos large and small from the mid-1920s to 1935. From 1936 to 1946, he followed the national rodeo circuit and competed from Texas to New York’s Madison Square Garden. At the time, few if any other Mexican Americans competed in rodeo, and Salinas drew a lot of attention. Salinas also operated his family’s Texas ranch, where he ran cattle and raised prize roping quarter horses. Author Ricardo D. Palacios, Salinas’s nephew, recounts the many tales his uncle told him—tales of life on the range and friendship with Gene Autry, going to Sally Rand’s wedding reception, riding on the Rodeo Train, and sponsoring

seven-time world champion tie-down calf roper Toots Mansfield. The story of Juan Salinas is also the story of the people of Mexican origin who live on the ranches of the South Texas brush country. Strong, rugged, independent, and hard-working, their social and economic success has all too seldom been chronicled. RICARDO D. PALACIOS is an attorney and rancher living in Encinal, Texas. This is his first book. Number Five: Fronteras Series, sponsored by Texas A&M International University


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demonstrates how the increasingly diversified economy of the region fed the fortunes of the city. His narrative, buttressed throughout by tables and statistics, paints a vivid mural of both the economic forces and the farsighted and ambitious individuals that combined to bring prosperity to this unique American city. Readers will find a wealth of insights into regional economics, history, and borderlands themes.

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Texas Confederate, Reconstruction Governor James Webb Throckmorton KENNETH WAYNE HOWELL

Of the 174 delegates to the Texas convention on secession in 1861, only 8 voted against the motion to secede. James Webb Throckmorton of McKinney was one of them. Yet upon the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate Army and fought in a number of campaigns. At war’s end, his centrist position as a conservative Unionist ultimately won him election as governor. Still, his refusal to support the Fourteenth Amendment or to protect aggressively the rights and physical welfare of the freed slaves led to clashes with military officials and his removal from office in 1867. Throckmorton’s experiences reveal much about southern society and highlight the complexities of politics in Texas during the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Because his life spans one of the most turbulent periods in Texas politics, Texas Confederate, Reconstruction Governor, the first book on Throckmorton in nearly seventy years, will provide new insights for anyone interested in the Antebellum era, the Civil War, and the troubled years of Reconstruction. KENNETH WAYNE HOWELL received his Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University and now serves as assistant professor at Prairie View A&M University. He is author of Henderson County, Texas and coauthor of The Devil’s Triangle.

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More Zeal than Discretion The Westward Adventures of Walter P. Lane JIMMY L. BRYAN JR.

Walter P. Lane emigrated from Ireland as a young boy, fought in three wars, sailed the Texas coast with a privateer, and traveled to California and Arizona in search of gold. What drove this man, who in many ways typifies the adventurers who contributed to the westward expansion in the United States during the early nineteenth century? Through his mining of personal papers, memoirs, contemporary sources, and archived collections, Jimmy L. Bryan Jr. has produced a comprehensive portrait of the man who charged across the field at San Jacinto, aided in the removal of Indians and Tejano settlers from the East Texas Redlands, stormed Monterrey with the Texas Rangers during the U.S.-Mexican War, commanded a brigade of Confederate soldiers during the Civil War, supported the return to white rule during the 20

turbulent Reconstruction era, and served the State of Texas in various public capacities. Bryan shows how the adventurism of Lane and his comrades provided both ethos and impetus for the westward migration. More Zeal than Discretion will appeal to historians and readers interested in Texas and the West, the Civil War, and the culture of American manhood. JIMMY L. BRYAN JR. previously edited for publication the 1887 memoirs of Walter P. Lane. He is an assistant professor of history at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

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Plain Folk Protest in Texas, 1870–1914 KYLE G. WILKISON cal four decades spanning the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. Political protest evolved in the wake of the devastating losses experienced by the poor rural majority, and Wilkison carefully explores the interplay of religion and politics as Greenbackers, Populists, and Socialists vied for the support of the dispossessed tenant farmers and sharecroppers. With its richly drawn contextualization and analysis of the causes and effects of the epochal shifts in plain-folk society, Kyle G. Wilkison’s Yeomen, Sharecroppers, and Socialists will reward students and scholars in economic, regional, and agricultural history.

As the nineteenth century ended in Hunt County, Texas, a way of life was dying. The tightly knit, fiercely independent society of the yeomen farmers—”plain folk,” as historians have often dubbed them—was being swallowed up by the rising tide of a rapidly changing, cotton-based economy. A social network based on family, religion, and community was falling prey to crippling debt and resulting loss of land ownership. For many of the rural people of Hunt YEOMEN, County and similar places, SHARECROPPERS, AND it seemed like the end of SOCIALISTS the world. 978-1-60344-065-3 cloth $40.00s In Yeomen, Sharecroppers, and Socialists historian KYLE G. WILKISON teaches history at Collin College LC 2008011036. 6x9. Kyle G. Wilkison analyzes in Plano, Texas. His Ph.D. is from Vanderbilt University. 352 pp. 3 apps. Bib. Index. the patterns of plain-folk Texas History. Texas Politics. life and the changes that Number Thirty: Elma Dill Russell Spencer Series in the West occurred during the critiand Southwest DECEMBER

“I have just about decided that Texas is a sorry state when it comes to the Poor man getting a Show.” —tenant farmer Pinkney Bowie, 1902

Selections from the East Texas Historical Journal EDITED BY BRUCE A. GLASRUD AND ARCHIE P. M C DONALD

American history, as well as those interested in the trials and progress of African Americans in the American South and Southwest. BRUCE A. GLASRUD, who lives in Seguin, Texas, earned his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. He is the co-editor of Black Women in Texas History and Buffalo Soldiers in the West. ARCHIE P. McDONALD is professor of history at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and the executive director of the East Texas Historical Association, a position he has held since 1971.


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Founded in 1962, the East Texas Historical Journal began accepting articles on African American history at a time when most scholarly journals considered the topic out of the mainstream, at best. Since that beginning, the journal has published some forty articles in the field. Now, Bruce A. Glasrud and Archie P. McDonald have gathered a collection of some of the best articles on black history from the East Texas Historical Journal; their samplings span the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and cover the principal themes and topics of African American history in the eastern portion of the Lone Star State. The book concludes with a listing of all articles on African American history from the East Texas Historical Journal. Blacks in East Texas History will enlighten and inform students and scholars of regional and African

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The highly controversial decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003 has had repercussions of historic dimensions throughout the world. Critics have questioned the way intelligence was gathered and presented and have challenged the decision-making processes that led both the United States and the United Kingdom to war. Drawing on the unusually extensive official documentation from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as insider accounts of CIA deliberations, the contributors to this volume offer insightful analyses of the national security decision-making process, the foreign policy roles of the President and Prime Minister, the roles of Congress and Parliament, the management and limits of intelligence, the shaping of public opinion, and the ethics of humanitarian military intervention. The book also discusses the dilemmas faced by Australia and their implications for Australian intelligence. Key speeches and documents related to going to war offer students of foreign and national security policy the opportunity to gain a nuanced understanding of both the process and the justification of going to war. Just as the Cuban Missile Crisis has been used for decades as a case study in good decision making, the decision to go to war in Iraq will be analyzed for years to come for lessons about what can go wrong in decisions about war. JAMES P. PFIFFNER is University Professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. He has written or edited ten books on the presidency and American national government, including The Strategic Presidency: Hitting the Ground Running; The Modern Presidency; The Character Factor: How We Judge Our Presidents; and Power Play: The Bush Presidency and the Constitution. MARK PHYTHIAN is Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester. He has written widely on security and intelligence issues, including Arming Iraq; The Politics of British Arms Sales Since 1964 and The Labour Party, War and International Relations 1945–2006.

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George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War CHRISTOPHER MAYNARD

Number Nine: Foreign Relations and the Presidency OUT OF THE SHADOW

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“ . . . a superb chronicle of an underappreciated moment in American diplomatic history—that moment when the first President Bush successfully managed the end of the Cold War. . . . a moment that Maynard narrates with grace and precision. An outstanding book.”—John Robert Greene, Cazenovia College

CHRISTOPHER MAYNARD is associate professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at the University of North Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in history from Louisiana State University and lives in Florence, Alabama. “Out of the Shadow is an important addition to the


scholarship on the presidency of George H. W. Bush. Most of the work that has been done on the end of the Cold War tends to focus on Ronald Reagan or on other events. Additionally, most of the research on the first Bush presidency tends to be general assessments or studies of the Persian Gulf War. This is the only book-length study of the forty-first president’s

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As America watched the fall of the Berlin Wall with great enthusiasm, President George H. W. Bush called the incident simply “a good development.” He knew that the Cold War was far from over and that bringing it to an end would require not only symbolic gestures but also practical diplomacy. During Bush’s presidency (1989–93), the Berlin Wall fell, the Warsaw Pact dissolved, Germany was reunified, and the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Yet, many people believe the Cold War ended under Reagan and that Bush’s foreign policy achievements were merely an extension of Reagan’s policies. In this in-depth look at the Bush administration’s handling of the end of the Cold War, author Christopher Maynard argues that Bush actually made a fundamental shift in foreign policy regarding the Soviet Union. In part, he believes, historians have downplayed Bush’s contribution because they have focused on the strong ideological rhetoric of Reagan and Gorbachev without looking at the day-to-day process of policymaking during the Cold War. Out of the Shadow incorporates a variety of important, previously unused sources. Its focused treatment of the topic will appeal to scholars interested in both the first Bush presidency and the Cold War.

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Proclaiming the Truman Doctrine The Cold War Call to Arms DENISE M. BOSTDORFF

produced by the Truman Administration. . . . And she has done it the proper way. . . . This is the book on the subject.”—Robert H. Ferrell, author of Harry S. Truman: A Life


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“ . . . Bostdorff provides a well-written, thorough, and thoughtful analysis of the Truman Doctrine speech. She locates the speech in both its historical and institutional contexts, arguing forcefully for the pivotal role rhetoric plays in our public affairs. . . . ”—Mary E. Stuckey, author, Slipping the Surly Bonds “I believe it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are . . . resisting attempted subjugation. . . . ” With these words, Harry S. Truman announced a profound shift in U.S. foreign policy toward the Soviet Union, from a position of strained alliance to one of containment. Many historians have traced the beginning of the Cold War to this decisive speech and its policy aftermath. In this work, Denise M. Bostdorff considers President Truman’s address to a joint session of Congress on March 12, 1947. She focuses on the public and private language that influenced administration perceptions about the precipitating events in Greece and Turkey and explores the news management campaign that set the stage for Truman’s speech. Bostdorff even examines how

the president’s health may have influenced his policy decision and how it affected his delivery of the address and campaign for congressional approval. After a rhetorical analysis of the Truman Doctrine speech, the book ends with Bostdorff’s conclusions on its short- and long-term impact. She identifies themes announced by Truman that resound in U.S. foreign policy down to the present day, when George W. Bush has compared his policies in the war on terror to those of Truman and members of his administration have compared Bush to Truman. This important work is a major contribution to scholarship on the presidency, political science, and public rhetoric. DENISE M. BOSTDORFF is a professor of communication at The College of Wooster (Ohio). She is the author of The Presidency and the Rhetoric of Foreign Crisis and is also a contributor to two volumes in Texas A&M University Press’s Presidential Rhetoric Series. Her Ph.D. is from Purdue University. Library of Presidential Rhetoric

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Since its identification in 1981, the rhetorical presidency has drawn both defenders and critics. Chief among those critical of the practice is political theorist Jeffrey K. Tulis, whose 1987 book, The Rhetorical Presidency, helped popularize the construct and set forth a sustained analysis of the baleful effects that have allegedly accompanied the shift from a “constitutional” presidency to a “rhetorical” one. Tulis locates this shift in the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, arguing that the rhetorical presidency is a twentieth-century phenomenon. Yet not all scholars agree with this assessment. Before the MARTIN J. MEDHURST served as founding editor for Rhetorical Presidency is an attempt to investigate how U.S. the Presidential Rhetoric Series and was the prime mover presidents in the nineteenth century communicated with behind ten annual conferences on presidential rhetoric their publics, both congressional and popular. held at Texas A&M University. He is now Distinguished In part 1, Martin J. Medhurst, Mel Laracey, Jeffrey Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Baylor K. Tulis, and Stephen E. Lucas set forth differing perUniversity. spectives on how the rhetorical presidency ought to be Number Nineteen: Presidential Rhetoric Series understood and evaluated. In part 2, eleven scholars of nineteenth-century presidential rhetoric investigate the presidencies of Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, OF RELATED INTEREST Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, and William McKinley. As the first volume ever to focus on nineteenth-cenBEYOND THE RHETORICAL PRESIDENCY tury presidents from a rhetorical perspective, Before the 978-1-58544-394-9 PAPER Rhetorical Presidency examines administrations, policies, $24.95s and events that have never before been subjected to THE PROSPECT OF rhetorical analysis. The sometimes startling outcomes of these investigations reveal the need for continuing debate PRESIDENTIAL RHETORIC 978-1-58544-626-1 over the nature, practices, and effects of the rhetorical UNJACKETED CLOTH presidency. $50.00x 978-1-58544-627-8 PAPER In a brief afterword, Medhurst raises eight challenges $29.95s to the original formulation of the rhetorical presidency and in so doing sets forth an agenda for future studies.


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Seagoing Ships and Seamanship in the Bronze Age Levant SHELLEY WACHSMANN


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In Seagoing Ships and Seamanship in the Bronze Age Levant Shelley Wachsmann presents a oneof-a-kind comprehensive examination of how the early eastern Mediterranean cultures took to the sea—and how they evolved as a result. The author surveys the blue-water ships of the Egyptians, Syro-Canaanites, Cypriots, Early Bronze Age Aegeans, Minoans, Mycenaeans, and Sea Peoples, and also discusses known Bronze Age shipwrecks. Relying on archaeological, ethnological, iconographic, and textual evidence, Wachsmann delivers a fascinating and intricate rendering of virtually every aspect of early sea travel—from ship construction and propulsion to war on the open water, piracy, and laws pertaining to conduct at sea. This book brings together for the first time the entire

corpus of evidence pertaining to Bronze Age seafaring. It will be of special value to archaeologists, maritime historians, philologists, and Bronze Age textual scholars. Offering an abundance of line drawings and photographs and written in a style that makes the material easily accessible to the layperson, Wachsmann’s study is certain to become a standard reference for anyone interested in the dawn of sea travel. SHELLEY WACHSMANN is Meadows Professor of Biblical Archaeology at the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University. He has published numerous articles in archaeological journals and is the author of three previous books on ancient seafaring and trade. Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology Series

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The Black Sun The Alchemy and Art of Darkness STANTON MARLAN

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The black sun, an ages-old image of the darkness in individual lives and in life itself, has not been treated hospitably in the modern world. Modern psychology has seen darkness primarily as a negative force, something to move through and beyond, but it actually has an intrinsic importance to the human psyche. In this book, Jungian analyst Stanton Marlan reexamines the paradoxical image of the black sun and the meaning of darkness in Western culture. In the image of the black sun, Marlan finds the hint of a darkness that shines. He draws upon his clinical experiences and on a wide range of literature and art to explore the influence of light and shadow on the fundamental structures of modern thought as well as the contemporary practice of analysis. An important contribution to the understanding of alchemical psychology, this book draws on a

postmodern sensibility to offer insight into modernity, the act of imagination, and the work of analysis in understanding depression, trauma, and transformation of the soul. STANTON MARLAN, a Jungian analyst in Pittsburgh, is the editor of two previous books on alchemy and the author of numerous articles on Jungian psychology. He is an adjunct clinical professor of psychology at Duquesne University. “In The Black Sun, Stan Marlan takes us on an unflinching and ultimately healing journey through the shadowed land of despair where most abandon all hope. There, we find, a strange light shines, and in that light we can discern what is otherwise invisible. Marlan teaches us how to see in the dark.”—Murray Stein

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New in paperback With nearly 500 tried-and-true recipes for Aggie college life

Aggies, Moms, and Apple Pie EDITED BY EDNA M. SMITH The college experience revolves around many things, not the least important of which is food. From dorm room cuisine to tailgate parties to care packages, higher education can present some distinctive new demands on a person’s cooking skills, time, and recipe file. This special cookbook will help both students and parents meet these challenges. It offers an array of good fare for late-night suppers, gatherings at your house, and regional specialties to impress the new roommate from New Jersey. Edna M. Smith, mother of two Texas Aggies, prepared this specially tailored cookbook from the recipes submitted by the members of seventy Federation of Texas A&M University Mothers’ Clubs. The nearly five hundred recipes focus on the needs of families with college students and of the students themselves. Those who are novice cooks, perhaps just starting their own families and traditions, will appreciate the helpful suggestions for solving

culinary mysteries. Any cook will enjoy the varied dishes that have been favorites for parties, covered dish suppers, and family feasts. EDNA M. SMITH, a long-time cook, lived in Bryan, Texas, until her death in 2005.

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You Meet Such Interesting People BESS WHITEHEAD SCOTT

At the age of twenty-five, Bess Whitehead Scott became the first woman reporter for the city desk of the Houston Post. The year was 1915. Born near Blanket, Texas, in 1890, Scott grew up on a small farm held together by her widowed mother and eight brothers and sisters. She graduated from Baylor University and taught school briefly before she persuaded the Post editors to give her a chance. Then, even before the filming of the silent movie classic, Birth of a Nation, she went to the little film colony called Hollywood, to try her hand at writing “scenarios.” Bess Scott encountered many individuals who made a deep impression on her. Clark Gable and Lyndon Johnson were her friends; her best friend, Lila Danforth, was always there during rough times. The talents and stamina of Bess Scott and her mother in fighting rural and urban hardships exemplify a century of women’s progress and highlight the roles played by the “interesting” people strung along the thread of their lives.

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“It wasn’t easy in those days for a woman to get her foot in the city room door. Bess made it because she understood one of the basic principles of the newspaper business—everyone has a story. You have only to discover it and tell it well. She will tell you in this book about meeting interesting people. You will learn


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Road, River, and Ol’ Boy Politics

Giant Under the Hill A History of the Spindletop Oil Discovery at Beaumont, Texas, in 1901

A Texas County’s Path from Farm to Supersuburb LINDA SCARBROUGH


Winner of the 2006 National Council on Public History Book Award for the best work published about or growing out of public history, Road, River, and Ol’ Boy Politics has quickly established its reputation as the definitive source on the subject of the growth of supersuburbs. In 1946 Williamson County was profoundly rural, centered on an agricultural economy, ethnically diverse, and Democratic. Half a century later, it was one of the five fastest-growing counties in the United States, staunchly Republican, and culturally homogeneous. Linda Scarbrough presents the story of how this came about through the machinations of a handful of local political and economic “bosses” who brought Williamson County two federal public works projects: Interstate Highway 35 and a dam on the San Gabriel River. LINDA SCARBROUGH is publisher of the Williamson County Sun in Georgetown, Texas. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D in American Civilization from the University of Texas. She has followed environmental and developmental trends since pioneering the environmental “beat” for the New York Daily News in the mid-60s.



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How did a profligate who killed a deputy sheriff before reforming, a mining engineer who went AWOL from the Austrian navy, and three East Texas drillers join forces with other equally colorful characters to drill on Spindletop Hill? The answers are all here—the challenge and frustration of the search, the excitement of the discovery, the euphoric chaos of the boom, and the genesis of the giant companies. In this scholarly work firmly rooted in the narrative tradition, and using material collected over decades, the authors bring to life the efforts of Pattillo Higgins, Anthony Lucas, Al and Curt Hamill, and Peck Byrd to master the Spindletop salt dome—efforts that culminated in the discovery of the great Lucas Gusher. Their find subsequently transformed not only the state of Texas but the entire oil industry. Southeast Texas natives ELLEN WALKER RIENSTRA and JUDITH WALKER LINSLEY are sisters with undergraduate and graduate degrees GIANT UNDER THE HILL from Lamar University. Rienstra is a violinist 978-0-87611-236-6 paper and historical consultant. Linsley is a research$22.95 er for the McFaddin-Ward House, a history 6x9. 344 pp. Illus. Index. instructor at Lamar, a newspaper columnist, and editor of The Texas Gulf Historical and Texas History. Business Biographical Record. This is their first collaboHistory. ration with JO ANN STILES, retired associNOVEMBER ate professor of history at Lamar University.

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Known as “The Emerald City,” Dallas has its own rich heritage peculiar to its founding on the prairies and the Trinity River, and editor Frances Brannen Vick has collected a cornucopia of all things Big D in Literary Dallas, the third in TCU Press’s “literary cities” series. There is C. C. Slaughter who helped make Dallas a banking center; John Rosenfield, who made his city a haven for performing arts; Evelyn Oppenheimer, who made her career reviewing books; not to mention Frank X. Tolbert, both Chili King and writer. Natalie Ornish writes of the merchants who made Dallas a city where haute couture is comme il faut, but, where, as Prudence Macintosh avers, it is also possible to live a perfectly happy life and never wear a ball gown. Historians and journalists have interpreted the city for generations, and you will find A. C. Greene, Bob Compton, Stanley Walker, Kent Biffle, Paul Crume and Jay Milner, among others. The pivotal event in Dallas was the Kennedy assassination, and Vick researched the journalists, writers, poets and observers who tackled this subject, including Jim Lehrer, Bryan Woolley, and Lawrence Wright, to name a few. Fiction set in Dallas has been wide and deep. Authors explore various backdrops, and from a Catholic church to an English manor to local bars—and all the places in between—Dallas is covered.

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FRANCES B. VICK holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of Texas at Austin and Stephen F. Austin State University, respectively, and a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from the University of North Texas. She began publishing with E-Heart Press, then became director of the University of North Texas Press. She most recently co-authored Petra’s Legacy: The South Texas Ranching Empire of Petra Vela and Mifflin Kenedy with Jane Monday. Vick is pastpresident of the TIL and president of TSHA. She lives in Dallas.

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MICHAEL BARSON has a Ph.D. in American Culture and is the author of more than a dozen celebrations of American popular culture, including Better Dead Than Red!, Teenage Confidential, and Lost, Lonely & Vicious. He has contributed articles to Entertainment Weekly and American Film and to such NPR shows as Morning Edition and Fresh Air. Barson grew up in Eisenhowerera Massachusetts but despite that is well aware TRUE WEST how good a Shiner Bock 978-0-87565-379-2 paper on ice can taste. $29.95 8½x11. 224 pp. 250 color photos. Bib. Index.


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Return with us to yesteryear, when cowboys were cowboys and gunslingers lurked around every corner. Today that colorful period continues to resonate in the collective imagination of red-blooded Americans everywhere—and now we have True West, which illustrates, in hundreds of full-color illustrations, how America’s mass media stamped that vision so indelibly on our collective unconscious over the past century, into today. Boasting hundreds of rare and colorful movie posters, pulp magazines, comic books, comic strips, television memorabilia, advertisements, paperback books, record album jackets, toys, and clothing, True West covers such hugely popular television series as Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger, and Bonanza, along with classic western novels, including Shane, The Searchers, Welcome to Hard Times, and that epic of all epics, Lonesome Dove. It also bows to the icons who ruled the silver screen—Tom Mix, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, and Clint Eastwood, to name a few. And what would the Wild West be without an accompanying soundtrack? True West reproduces the sublime album covers and sheet music that served up classic odes like “Streets of Laredo” and “Cool Water,” narrative ballads like “El Paso” (with Marty Robbins bedecked in his black gunfighter togs on the cover!), and “High Noon.”

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“This is no glossy chamber of commerce collection of souvenir city views. It’s much better—and more emotional. With a journalist’s focus, Phil captures the essence of the city that lies in the details we know are there but rarely slow down long enough to ponder and appreciate.” —Quentin McGown

“We photograph because we like what we see.”—writer/photographer Robert Adams


Phil Vinson grew up in Fort Worth, fascinated by the city’s visual icons: Mrs. Baird’s Bakery on Summit Avenue, historic Thistle Hill, the tower at the Will Rogers Complex, the Tarrant County Courthouse, the Texas Electric smokestacks, the art-deco design of the Texas & Pacific depot, the Paddock Viaduct. He started making photographs while still in his teens but as an adult he rediscovered the visual richness of his hometown. Once he started photographing, he couldn’t stop. For the past four decades, through careers as a journalist, photographer, and teacher, he has spent the weekends driving around taking pictures. Vinson has particular respect for subjects that have been around for enough years to acquire a certain dignity and nobility. Aware that the days of many of these old structures may be numbered, he has tried to document such buildings as the Seventh Street Theater before they disappeared to the wrecking ball. Fort Worth is well documented in photographs, but in many photographs Vinson has moved beyond documentation to a more intimate, personal view of the city, 32

looking for dramatic light and compelling visual design, focusing on architectural details and graphic possibilities not obvious at a casual glance. While most of the photographs in this collection focus on Fort Worth, Vinson, who lived in Childress as a small child, is also drawn to rural or small-town subjects and includes here pictures taken on weekend drives to small communities in North and West Texas. PHIL VINSON was a reporter/photographer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for several years before opening his own photography business. In the 1990s he joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington. Now retired and living on Fort Worth’s East Side, he and his wife still spend weekends driving around the city and surrounding countryside so he can continue making photographs.


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Dancing Naked Memorable Encounters with Unforgettable Texans MARY ROGERS

“Almost every journalist asks the subjects of profiles to tell the truth. Only Mary Rogers requires them to ‘dance naked.’”—Jeff Guinn

MARY ROGERS grew up in West Texas and has spent the last two decades as a lifestyle columnist and feature writer for the Star-Telegram. She lives in Fort Worth with husband and two dogs, Mad Jack and Tiny Truman, the Fighting Bichon Brothers.

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To Rogers, an award-winning columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, that term signifies a pact between the writer, the subject and the reader: only when stories eliminate artifice and express honest beliefs and emotions can they merit attention and trust. It’s a phrase and philosophy unique to Rogers, and as a result the stories in Dancing Naked: Memorable Encounters with Unforgettable Texans are unique, too. You’ve never read anything like them, and besides making you think, Rogers’ lyrical writing style and memorable insights into the traumas and triumphs of the human spirit will make you feel. Published in the Star-Telegram from 1991 through 2007, the stories of Dancing Naked present a compelling look at a variety of Texans (a few famous, and all unforgettable) and include a half-dozen essays from Rogers about her own colorful life. It’s a collection that will touch and inspire every reader, which is what fine writing is supposed to accomplish.


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Dinosaur Highway A History of Dinosaur Valley State Park LAURIE E. JASINSKI


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Where the Paluxy River now winds through the North Texas Hill Country, the great lizards of prehistory once roamed, leaving their impressive footprints deep in the limy sludge of what would become the earth’s Cretaceous layer. It wouldn’t be until a spring day in 1909, however, when young George Adams went splashing along the creekbed, that chance and shifting sediments would reveal these stony traces of an ancient past. Young Adams’s first discovery of dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy River Valley, near the small community of Glen Rose, Texas, came more than one hundred million years after the reign of the dinosaurs. During this prehistoric era, herds of lumbering “sauropods” and tri-toed, carnivorous “theropods” made their way along what was then an ancient “dinosaur highway.” Today, their long-ago footsteps are immortalized in the limestone of the riverbed, arousing the curiosity of picnickers and paleontologists alike. Indeed, nearly a century after their first discovery, the “stony oddities” of Somervell County continue to draw Saturday-afternoon tourists, renowned scholars, and dinosaur enthusiasts from across the nation and around the globe. In her careful and colorful history of Dinosaur Valley State Park, Jasinski deftly interweaves millennia of geological time with local legend, old photographs, and quirky anecdotes of the people who have called the valley home. Beginning with the valley’s “first visitors”— the dinosaurs—Jasinski traces the area’s history through to the decades of the twentieth century, when new track sites continued to be discovered, and visitors and locals continued to leave their own material imprint upon the changing landscape. The book reaches its culmination in the account of the hard-won battle fought by Somervell residents and officials during the latter decades of the century to secure Dinosaur Valley’s preservation as a state park.



LAURIE E. JASINSKI is the author of Hill Country Backroads: Showing the Way in Comal County (TCU Press, 2001). She has written park histories for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and numerous features for popular Texas magazines. She and husband Gary S. Hickinbotham live in New Braunfels.


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Dictionary of the American West WIN BLEVINS Did you ever need to spell “dogie” (as in, get-along-little) or need to know what a “sakey” is? This is the book that can tell you how to spell, pronounce, and define over 5,000 terms relative to the American West. Want to know what a “breachy” cow is? Turn to page 43 to learn that it’s an adjective used to describe a cow that has a tendency to find her way through fences where she isn’t supposed to be. Describes some teenagers we know! Spend hours perusing the dictionary at random, or read straight through to get a flavor of the West from

its beginnings to contemporary days. Laced with photographs and maps, the Dictionary of the American West will make you sound like an expert on all things western, even if you don’t know a dingus from a dinner plate. Compiled of words brought into English from Native Americans, emigrants, Mormons, Hispanics, migrant workers, loggers, and fur trappers, the dictionary opens up history and culture in an enchanting way. From “Aarigaa!” to “zopilote,” the Dictionary of the American West is a “valuable book, a treasure for any literate American’s library.”—Tony Hillerman WIN BLEVINS is an award-winning author of thirteen books, including Give Your Heart to the Hawks, Stone Song, and Ravenshadow. He lives in Utah’s Canyonlands.


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In the 1870s, buffalo hunters moved onto the High Plains of Texas. The Plains Indians watched hunters slaughter the animals that gave them shelter and clothing, food and weapons. The battles at and near the ruins of a trading fort, Adobe Walls, became symbolic of the struggles between hunters and the Comanche. In this aptly titled novel, Texas novelist Elmer Kelton shows his uncanny ability to present both sides of a clash between cultures. With a firm grasp of Comanche life, Kelton presents The People as very human and very threatened. Equally clear is the picture of Anglos found on the high plains in those days—Jeff Layne, a Confederate veteran and now a fugitive; Nigel Smithwick, an English “second son” and gambler; Arletta, the lone woman among these men (one woman was at Adobe Walls).

ELMER KELTON was voted All-Time Greatest Western Author by Western Writers of America, Inc. He has received seven Spur Awards for fiction from WWA, including one for Slaughter, four Western Heritage (Wrangler) Awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum, and lifetime achievement awards from WWA, the Western American Literature Association, and the Texas Institute of Letters. A former agricultural journalist, he is the author of about fifty novels. He and his wife, Ann, live in San Angelo. Texas Tradition Series: Number Thirty-nine


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New to the Texas Small Books Series Need a last-minute gift? A surprise for a friend? Texas Small Books are the answer. All pocket-sized, illustrated, and priced under $10, they’re the perfect gift. Buy them for yourself, to learn more about Texas. Buy them for a fellow Texan who might want to learn more, or buy them for a non-Texan to show why we cherish the customs, events, and places of the Lone Star State. (See Also of Interest on page 31.)

Texas Football Legends

Great Texas Chefs

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CARLTON STOWERS Heisman Trophy winners, All-Americans, All-Pros, MVPs and record-setters have, throughout the glamorous history of football in Texas, been all but commonplace. For decades, one set of superstars routinely replaced another, constantly adding to the proud legacy of the state’s favorite sport. In Texas Football Legends you’ll meet the cream of a rich and talented crop, reliving those days when they climbed to stardom from high school stadiums in out-of-the-way places to the Saturday afternoon cheers as collegians, and finally in the celebrated ranks of professional football. As you read of their individual deeds, you’ll hear the cherished echoes of championship games won and lost, high goals achieved and adversities overcome. Borrowing from a long-used cliché in Texas, football has been elevated to a form of religion. That said, this collection of biographies of the greatest of the great serves as the game’s Sunday Best. Award-winning author CARLTON STOWERS has spent a lengthy career in press boxes throughout the nation. In addition to writing on Texas high school and college football, he covered the NFL Dallas Cowboys for the Dallas Morning News. He’s also written numerous books on sports. TEXAS FOOTBALL LEGENDS

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In Texas, “chef” covers a wide range of cooking styles. Included here are chefs who are heavily influenced by classical training, but there are also chefs who take Southwestern cuisine to a state of high art, chefs who specialize in Tex-Mex and others who cook the traditional dishes of the interior of Mexico and who bring new innovative touches to Mexican cuisine. There are even winery owners who combine their passion for fine wine with a passion for fine food. And what picture of Texas cooking would be complete without chuck-wagon cooking? This small book is not a comprehensive study of Texas chefs. Because of size limitations, many of the state’s best have been omitted with regret. The chefs on these pages were chosen to represent the styles of food available to the discriminating diner. Most but not all have cookbooks available. All but two have restaurants that beckon the Texas palate. JUDY ALTER loves to cook and once dreamed of being a chef until life took her in other directions. Her memoir/cookbook, Cooking My Way Through Life: Kids and Books in the Kitchen, is due out by Christmas. She lives in Fort Worth and eats at good restaurants a lot! GREAT TEXAS CHEFS

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Desert Days My Life as a Field Archaeologist FRED WENDORF INTRODUCTION BY ROMUALD SCHILD “Archaeologists know that Fred Wendorf’s expeditions produced most of what we know about the stone age prehistory of northeastern Africa. They also realize that he contributed centrally to the archaeology of the American Southwest before he focused his talents on Africa. They know he’s consistently reported his research in timely, thorough, and lucid monographs. In this book, they’ll discover he can also describe, with modesty and candor, the circumstances that shaped his extraordinary career.”—Richard Klein, Professor of Biology and Anthropology and Bass Professor in Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University

“At times hair-raising, self-deprecating, funny, humbling, and even painfully self-critical, Desert Days is a life honestly appraised.” —David Meltzer, Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory, Southern Methodist University, and Director, QUEST Archaeological Research Program


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“Celebrated by his colleagues in the Americas, Europe, and Africa as a brilliant innovator who made significant advances in archaeological method and theory, Fred Wendorf has been a dominant figure in American and North African archaeology in an extremely productive career spanning nearly six decades. His engaging autobiography chronicles his personal and professional lives—warts and all.”—Don D. Fowler, Mamie Kleberg Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, University of Nevada-Reno “Fred Wendorf is an archaeological Midas. He and his collaborators have written the prehistory for vast swaths of the Sahara, work that involves adventure, decades-long persistence, and the ability to piece together seemingly irreconcilable small pieces of a very large jigsaw puzzle.”—John Yellen, president of the Paleoanthropology Society and for many years an excavator in Kenya, Ethiopia, and the Congo

“Wendorf’s rousing good story of archaeological adventures in harsh desert environments demonstrates that real archaeological adventures are only made possible by good planning, sound organization, scientific discipline, and hard work.”—Raymond H. Thompson, Riecker Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, University of Arizona, and Director Emeritus, Arizona State Museum “Fred Wendorf’s memoir is unique in the literature of American archaeology. A fascinating read.”—Lewis Binford, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Southern Methodist University

FRED WENDORF, Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory Emeritus, Southern Methodist University, grew up in Terrell, Texas, was wounded as a lieutenant serving in Italy during World War II, received his Ph.D. from Harvard, and spent more than sixty years as a field archaeologist in this country and in Africa. In 1987 he was elected to the American National Academy of Sciences. “Laymen will find Wendorf’s interpretations of what was discovered, collected, and excavated an interesting story.”—Ofer Bar-Yosef, Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology, Harvard University


“A good book gets under your skin. A great book moves you toward wisdom. The End of the Straight and Narrow is the wisest book I’ve read in a very long time. This is smart, sharp, soul-testing American fiction.”—Alyson Hagy, author of Snow, Ashes David McGlynn’s first collection takes on the inner lives of the zealous, their passions and desires, and the ways religious faith is both the compass for navigating daily life and the force that makes ordinary life impossible. From the coastal highways of Southern California to the bayous of Houston, Texas, the stories take place against the backdrop of disaster—a landslide, a fire, a drowning, a hurricane—as the characters question whether faith illuminates the world or leaves them isolated within it.

“Wonderfully controlled stories of the wellintentioned and the flawed, those precarious souls who attempt to live a moral life in an often immoral universe. McGlynn’s collection is not just entertaining

“When a young writer proves in a first collection that he is the real thing, when the stories are as riveting and haunting as David McGlynn’s are, the temptation is to ask how it is possible. McGlynn writes both elegantly and deeply about the trick of salvation and the strange consolation of suffering itself, about the sorrows of the faithful and the faith that’s required of the nonbeliever.”—Jane Hamilton, author of When Madeline Was Young

and memorable, but necessary.”—Lee Martin, author of The Bright Forever

“A collection as humbling as it is meet. I am impressed by his ‘believers’ whom he refuses to trivialize, categorize, or marginalize. I haven’t the words to say what a wallop McGlynn laid upside my head.”—Lee K. Abbott, author of All Things, All at Once

DAVID McGLYNN’S fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Image, MidAmerican Review, Shenandoah, and other literary journals. He received his M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He teaches at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and sons.


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“Whether he imagines a child whose final wish is to kill, or enters the heart and mind of a young man who blames himself for his mother’s blindness, McGlynn moves with such patience and curiosity, such exquisite tenderness for his people, we feel his life and ours may hang in the balance.”—Melanie Rae Thon, author of Sweet Hearts. “David McGlynn’s profoundly compassionate stories are sure-footed and often witty, grounded in a vision so rich and full it seems to bring extra color to the world. With these luminous stories, David McGlynn announces himself as a writer of consequence.”—Erin McGraw, author of The Good Life

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The Trespasser A Novel EDRA ZIESK

“The Trespasser is flawless, miraculously crafted, and deeply satisfying. Edra Ziesk’s characters are honed by fierce and relentless urgency. Who is the trespasser? In this splendid and luminous novel, no one asks: they think they know.”—Mary Hood, author of Familiar Heat “In Ziesk’s taut and moving novel we see an isolated, tightly knit society recoil from calamity and then come to terms with it. This story has the impact— and the enlightenment —of a savage revelation.”—Fred Chappell, author of Farewell, I’m

Set in the hills of Kentucky, Edra Ziesk’s third novel deals with boundaries and ownership, visible and invisible, present and past. It is the gripping story of what happens to a small Appalachian community when an outsider pays an unexpected visit, and everyone discovers there are many kinds of boundaries, and more than one way to trespass. “I was caught up in the stories of these people in this place and privy to their secret lives. If the novelist’s first obligation is to create the world of the novel, Ms. Ziesk succeeds handsomely. A triumph.”—Lee Martin, author of The Bright Forever

Bound to Leave You “The Trespasser is a remarkable tale about the brief quiet times of life interrupted by events of violence that lead back to the preternatural quiet, all bound by brilliant, crystalline language that speaks to the reader without bombast or flabbiness, all of it clear, dangerous, exact, and utterly absorbing.”—Paula Fox, author of Borrowed Finery “A compelling story of love and home and family, of bonds and rifts and what endures, all delivered with Ziesk’s keen eye for detail, her unfailing ear for what can be said as well as what cannot, and her uncommon grace and insight.”—Janet Peery, author of The River Beyond the World

“A sustained piece of storytelling, subtle, and beautifully nuanced.”—Sheila Kohler, author of Crossways

EDRA ZIESK is the author of two previous novels, Acceptable Losses (SMU, 1996) and A Cold Spring, as well as many short stories. She is the recipient of fellowships in fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She teaches in New York City where she lives with her husband and daughter. THE TRESPASSER

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Silence Kills


“These essays strive to break the silence, to ask the questions that should be asked, that should have been asked. They illustrate how easily pride, misunderstanding, laziness, denial, poor datagathering, avarice, expediency, selfishness and, above all, poor communication can undo the best of technology, the best that medicine has to offer.” —Abraham Verghese

These stories explore a wide and complicated range of experiences—a doctor is pressured into sending a patient home from the emergency room but later must face his decision when the patient suddenly dies; a physician must deal with her self-doubt as she faces a malpractice lawsuit and must come to terms with the fact that even doctors are fallible and human; a woman fights for her mother’s mental health and well-being against a system eager to over-medicate the elderly; and more—but all share one thing: a frustration with a system that hinders communication and often leads to unnecessary suffering. Inspired by groundbreaking research by VitalSmarts, a global leader in organizational performance and leadership, and the American Association of CriticalCare Nurses (AACN), and supported by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Lee Gutkind, editor and founder of Creative Nonfiction, has collected the essays in this volume—in the hope that these voices, speaking out, taking action and risks, will inspire others to make changes that will improve communication within our troubled health care system.

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LEE GUTKIND is the founding editor of Creative Nonfiction and prize-winning author or editor of more than a dozen books, the most recent of which is Almost Human: Making Robots Think. Gutkind travels widely throughout the world giving workshops and readings, explaining the craft and the mission of the creative nonfiction genre. KAREN WOLK FEINSTEIN is president of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and chair of the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative. ABRAHAM VERGHESE, a physician and writer, directs the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio.


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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS PRESS ★ “Poetic and gripping, this beautifully written book ends up being about Blaze, the author, the times, and the creative journey. This book will appeal to anyone

Living in the Woods in a Tree Remembering Blaze Foley SYBIL ROSEN

who enjoys strong writing and great story telling, who is interested in Blaze Foley or Texas music. An impressive work in every way!”— Louis Black, editor, Austin Chronicle and executive producer of Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt “Thumb’s up!” —Merle Haggard

Number Two: North Texas Lives of Musicians Series LIVING IN THE WOODS IN A TREE

Living in the Woods in a Tree is an intimate glimpse into the turbulent life of Texas music legend Blaze Foley (1949–1989), seen through the eyes of Sybil Rosen, the woman for whom he wrote his most widely known song, “If I Could Only Fly.” It captures the exuberance of their fleeting idyll in a tree house in the Georgia woods during the countercultural 1970s. Rosen offers a firsthand witnessing of Foley’s transformation from a reticent hippie musician to the enigmatic singer/songwriter who would live and die outside society’s rules. While Foley’s own performances are only recently being released, his songs have been covered by Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, and John Prine. When he first encountered “If I Could Only Fly,” Merle Haggard called it “the best country song I’ve heard in fifteen years.” In a work that is part-memoir, part-biography, Rosen struggles to finally come to terms with Foley’s myth and her role in its creation. Her tracing of his impact on her life navigates a lovers’ roadmap along the permeable boundary between life and death. A must-read for all Blaze Foley and Texas music fans, as well as romantics of all ages, Living in the Woods in a Tree is an honest and compassionate portrait of the troubled artist and his reluctant muse.


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SYBIL ROSEN was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, and holds a BFA from the University of North CarolinaGreensboro. A screenwriter and playwright, she has won many awards. A short documentary for which she wrote the narration was nominated for an Academy Award in that category, and while she wrote for the TV show Guiding Light, it won an Emmy for best writing. She currently lives in Whitesburg, Georgia.

“Living in the Woods in a Tree comes at a time when music fans are hungry to know more about Blaze Foley. There are no books that compete with Rosen’s, and it’s quite unlikely that any ever will. Rosen’s time with him (and her deft telling of that time) reveals so much about the man and the music.”—Peter Cooper, The Tennessean

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Andersonvilles of the North The Myths and Realities of Northern Treatment of Civil War Confederate Prisoners JAMES M. GILLISPIE

“This is one of the few studies to look at conditions in Northern prisons through the lens of the most objective perspective possible for this emotionally charged subject. Gillispie provides an important revision and clarification of our knowledge about Civil War prisons.”—James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom negotiations to resume exchanges from mid-1863 to 1865. Ultimately Gillispie concludes that Northern prisonerof-war policies were far more humane and reasonable than generally depicted. His careful analysis will be welcomed by historians of the Civil War, the South, and of American 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. Since 1999 he has taught history at Sampson Community College in Clinton, North Carolina, and has won several teaching awards. Residing with him are his wife Julie and daughter Lauren.


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Soon after the close of military operations in the American Civil War, another war began over how it would be remembered by future generations. The prisoner-of-war issue has figured prominently in Northern and Southern writing about the conflict. Northerners used tales of Andersonville to demonize the Confederacy, while Southerners vilified Northern prison policies to show the depths to which Yankees had sunk to attain victory. Over the years the postwar Northern portrayal of Andersonville as fiendishly designed to kill prisoners in mass quantities has largely been dismissed. The “Lost Cause” characterization of Union prison policies as criminally negligent and inhumane, however, has shown remarkable durability. Northern officials have been portrayed as turning their military prisons into concentration camps where Southern prisoners were poorly fed, clothed, and sheltered, resulting in inexcusably high numbers of deaths. Andersonvilles of the North, by James M. Gillispie, represents the first broad study to argue that the image of Union prison officials as negligent and cruel to Confederate prisoners is severely flawed. This study is not an attempt to “whitewash” Union prison policies or make light of Confederate prisoner mortality. But 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. Confederate prisoners’ suffering and death were due to a number of factors, but it would seem that Yankee apathy and malice were rarely among them. In fact, likely the most significant single factor in Confederate (and all) prisoner mortality during the Civil War was the halting of the prisoner exchange cartel in the late spring of 1863. Though Northern officials have long been condemned for coldly calculating that doing so aided their war effort, the evidence convincingly suggests that the South’s staunch refusal to exchange black Union prisoners was actually the key sticking point in

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Texas Civil War Artifacts A Photographic Guide to the Physical Culture of Texas Civil War Soldiers RICHARD MATHER AHLSTROM

“While there are similar volumes that have examined ‘dug’ artifacts on the national level, so little has been done on Texas that Ahlstrom’s volume constitutes a groundbreaking product. The book offers the viewer an opportunity to see many objects that are so ‘lockedaway’ in private hands as to not be available outside the close community of collectors. The chapter on pistols is worth the price of the book by itself!”—Danny Sessums, Director of the University Museums, Houston Baptist University

One of the most popular literary subjects worldwide is the American Civil War. In addition to an enormous number of history buffs, there are tens of thousands of collectors of Civil War artifacts. In the last fifty years, several books have been written concerning the equipment associated with soldiers of specific Confederate states, but no book until now has ever chronicled the military equipment used by Texas soldiers. Texas Civil War Artifacts is the first comprehensive guide to the physical culture of Texas Civil War soldiers. Texas military equipment differs in a number of ways from the equipment produced for the eastern Confederate states. Most of the Texas-produced equipment was blacksmithed, or local-artisan made, and in many cases featured the Lone Star as a symbol of Texas. Contemporary Civil War literature frequently mentions that most soldiers of Texas displayed the Lone Star somewhere on their uniform or equipment. In this groundbreaking volume, Richard Mather Ahlstrom has photographed and described more than five hundred Texas-related artifacts. He shows the diverse use of the Lone Star on hat pins, waist-belt plates, buckles, horse equipment, side knives, buttons, and canteens. In addition, the weapons that Texans used in the Civil War are featured in chapters on the Tucker Sherrard and Colt pistols; shotguns, rifles, and muskets; and swords. Rounding out the volume are chapters on leather accouterments, uniforms and headgear, and a gallery of Texas soldiers in photographs. This book will prove to be a valuable reference guide for Civil War collectors, historians, museum curators, reenactors, and federal and state agencies.


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“Texas units served in nearly every state and every major battle of the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Tennessee, and their artifacts were widely dispersed from New Mexico to Pennsylvania. Texas Civil War Artifacts will be the primary reference used in identifying these objects throughout the country. Ahlstrom has been careful to include only those items with Texas Confederate provenance.”—Buddy D. Patterson, retired director of the Texas Heritage Museum and Confederate Research Library at Hill College

RICHARD MATHER AHLSTROM has lived in Texas since 1979. He graduated with an AB degree from Harvard University and completed the Executive Program of Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He is retired from Diamond Shamrock Corporation, where he was a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He has previously written a book on prehistoric American Indian pipes. Long interested in the Civil War and Texas soldiers, Ahlstrom has amassed a personal collection of Texas Civil War artifacts.


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Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction

Last Known Position JAMES MATHEWS

“Hemingway boxed, Mailer stabbed people at parties, and Jim Mathews drops bombs. These stories are warrior-lit at its absolute best—my ears are still ringing!”— Jack McEnany, coauthor of Go Fast, Be Good, Have Fun “Last Known Position distinguishes itself because every story made me care and care quickly. Perhaps most impressive, though, is this writer’s authority, his willingness to hang a horse five hundred feet above the ground or place cannibals in his characters’ basement, bold moves that always pay off. And beyond it all, suffusing the danger, is a welcome humor that doesn’t come at its characters’ expense or the world’s. I read these stories eagerly, resenting the time I had to be away from them, happy when I was able to come back. I predict great success for James Mathews.”—Tom Franklin, judge and author of Poachers: Stories JAMES MATHEWS was born in Maryland and grew up on a variety of Army bases. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he graduated from the University of Maryland and received an M.A. in Writing from the Johns

Hopkins University. He has worked in and around Washington, D.C., writing speeches and congressional testimony. His short fiction has been published in The Florida Review, The Greensboro Review, Carolina Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, and many other journals. He currently lives in Maryland with his wife, Diana, and their three children. Number Seven: Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction

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Most of the nine stories in Last Known Position were written upon James Mathews’ return from combat deployment to the Middle East with the D.C. Air National Guard. Life under fire provided the author with both dramatic events and a heightened sense of observation, allowing him to suggest the stress of combat as the driving factor behind extreme yet believable characterization and action. Military experiences and settings cause certain human elements and truisms to emerge more profoundly and dramatically. These stories portray desperate characters driven to make desperate choices. Always on the edge of a dark and unpleasant reality, Mathews’ characters survive by embracing fantasy, humor, violence, and sometimes redemption. Each story bears its own brand of hopeless quirkiness. Four teenagers on an army base steal a grenade and are stalked by a parade horse. A drifter returns home to rob the grandparents who raised him. A national guardsman faces a homicidal superior officer in Iraq on the eve of war. An elderly man worries that his wife’s new house guests are unrepentant cannibals. Always tense, sometimes ridiculous, and never dull, Last Known Position brings the reader to places unknown before and unforgettable after.


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Murder on the White Sands The Disappearance of Albert and Henry Fountain COREY RECKO


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On a cold February evening in 1896, prominent attorney Col. Albert Jennings Fountain and his eight-yearold son Henry disappeared near the White Sands of New Mexico at the hands of suspected cattle rustlers. The governor called in both the Pinkerton Agency and Pat Garrett, killer of Billy the Kid, to investigate. The evidence pointed at three former deputies, who were defended by powerful ex-judge, lawyer, and politician Albert B. Fall. The verdict? Not guilty. The bodies of Albert Fountain and his young son Henry have never been found. Corey Recko tells for the first time the complete story of the Fountains and, through extensive research, reconstructs what really happened to them and who the likely killers were.

“This is the ‘ultimate’ Pat Garrett/A.J. Fountain, West Texas/Southern New Mexico book. I have never seen such a beautifully researched piece. This is the kind of book I wish I had written.”—Leon Metz, author of Pat Garrett and John Wesley Hardin “This is the most comprehensive examination of all the evidence I’ve ever seen.”—Frederick Nolan, author of The Lincoln County War and The West of Billy the Kid COREY RECKO is an avid reader of history with an extensive knowledge of late nineteenth-century New Mexico. His interest in the Fountain case led to six years of research and writing. He lives in Lakewood, Ohio. Number Five: A. C. Greene Series

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This 1892 account of the five Marlow brothers and their tribulations in Young County, Texas, is now back in print and expertly edited and annotated by noted western historian Robert K. DeArment. After one Marlow brother killed a popular sheriff and was in turn murdered by bounty hunters, the other four brothers were arrested as accessories and jailed. Angry citizens ambushed the Marlows during a transfer to another town: two brothers were shot and killed, the other two severely wounded, and three mob members died in a shootout that inspired a John Wayne movie, The Sons of Katie Elder.

“This is raw late 1800s history at its finest and most tragic, a story of hate, death, love, injustice, brutality, vengeance, and triumph. And it is all brought together and written by a master historian and storyteller, Robert K. DeArment.”—Leon Metz, author of Pat Garrett and John Wesley Hardin “This book will be a significant addition to the literature of frontier violence.”—Bill O’Neal, author of Encyclopedia of Western Gunfighters ROBERT K. DEARMENT, a member of of the Wild West History Association, is the author of numerous books, including Bat Masterson, George Scarborough, and Alias Frank Canton. He lives in Sylvania, Ohio. Number Three: A. C. Greene Series

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Death Lore Texas Rituals, Superstitions, and Legends of the Hereafter KENNETH L. UNTIEDT, EDITOR Death provides us with some of our very best folklore. Some fear it, some embrace it, and most have pretty firm ideas about what happens when we die. Although some people may not want to discuss dying, it happens to all of us—and there’s no way to get around it. This publication of the Texas Folklore Society examines the lore of death and whatever happens afterward. The first chapter examines places where people are buried, either permanently or temporarily. Chapter two features articles about how people die and the rituals associated with funerals and burials. The third chapter explores some of the stranger stories about what happens after we’re gone, and the last chapter offers some philosophical musings about death in general, as well as our connection to those who have gone before.

KENNETH L. UNTIEDT is the Secretary-Editor of the Texas Folklore Society and teaches English at Stephen F. Austin State University. He earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Texas Tech University. He and his wife Tierney have four children and live in Nacogdoches, Texas. Publications of the Texas Folklore Society LXV

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Closure and Interruption in Four Twentieth-Century American Operas EDWARD D. LATHAM

Whether you are “in the business,” or a music theorist, musicologist, or simply an opera fan—read on! This is an analytical monograph by a Schenkerian theorist, but it is also written by one performer and enthusiast for another. Tonality as Drama draws on the fields of dramaturgy, music theory, and historical musicology to answer a fundamental question about twentieth-century music: why does tonality persist in opera, even after it has been abandoned in other genres? Combining the analytical approaches of the leading music and dramatic theorists of the twentieth century —Austrian music theorist Heinrich Schenker (1868– 1935) and Russian director Constantin Stanislavsky (1863–1938)—Edward D. Latham reveals insights into works by Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, and Aaron Copland that are relevant to analysts, opera directors, and performers alike. Tonality as Drama is not a textbook—rather, it is an innovative study meant to

inspire changes in the analysis and performance of tonal opera. “Latham’s boldest idea is that a dramatic analysis of character roles based on Stanislavsky’s proposals may be merged with a musical analysis based on Schenker’s proposals. His analyses are well formed and his application of both methodologies is thorough and convincing.”—Andrew Davis, Moores School of Music, University of Houston EDWARD D. LATHAM received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He is currently assistant professor of music theory at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia. In addition to teaching and writing about music, Dr. Latham is a professional singer and church musician.


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The Border and the Buffalo An Untold Story of the Southwest Plains JOHN R. COOK NEW FOREWORD BY JAMES L. HALEY


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John R. Cook was an American original. He witnessed or participated in a string of important events that shaped the nation and sculpted the history of the West. Born in Ohio in 1844, Cook moved with his family to Kansas. He joined the Union Army at sixteen and fought along the Kansas-Missouri border, in Indian Territory, and in Arkansas. After the Civil War, he ventured out to establish a homestead and work cattle. Several hardships forced Cook to try his luck at various enterprises. He became a prospector in New Mexico, a buffalo hunter in Texas and Kansas, and an Indian fighter. Santa Fe, Adobe Walls, Fort Elliot, and Rath City were among Cook’s Great Plains haunts. His accounts of the 1878 Hunters War against Comanche leader Black Horse and the battle of Yellow House Canyon near present-day Lubbock are rare glimpses into the last great effort of the Comanche people to maintain their way of life. He eventually found employment as a government scout and guide with the army. In later years, Cook recorded his adventures in a modest volume, The Border and the Buffalo, first published in a small edition in 1907. Historians quickly recognized it as one of the most important first-hand accounts about buffalo hunting ever written. The organization of hunts, camp routines, and marketing of the buffalo hides are all described in detail. Award-winning author and Texas historian James L. Haley provides a new foreword in this reprint edition of this classic of Texana.

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A haunting Cajun novel


When Monique LeBlanc disappears from Nova Scotia, her cousin Michelle is panic-stricken. Their summer vacation has taken an ominous turn, and a search begins. At the site of Monique’s disappearance in Grand-Pre Historic Park, police find a picture of her mother, Catherine, who passed away years ago, near Evangeline’s statue. Michelle knows that Monique is visiting the park to honor the dream she shared with her mother of visiting their Canadian homeland. What she doesn’t know is that Monique has gone back in time to her ancestors’ exile, actually living through the horrific deportation of thousands of Acadians to Louisiana in 1755. ANN DAVIDSON grew up in Port Williams, Louisiana, just a few miles from Grand-Pre. She was formerly Ann McKinnon. She lives in Upton, Massachussetts. TERRY M. THIBODEAUX was born into a large Cajun family in Southwest Louisiana, where he also attended college. After a stint in graduate school in Mississippi, he has lived and worked in Huntsville, Texas, for twenty years.


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KARL SHAPIRO authored a novel, an autobiography, several books of essays, and over twenty volumes of poetry. Among his many prizes and awards, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the Bollingen Prize, and the Shelley Memorial Prize, and he served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a title that was changed to American Poet Laureate in 1985) for two years. He died in 2000. ROBERT PHILLIPS of

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Houston, who is responsible for compiling, editing, and introducing this final book of poems by Karl Shapiro, is the author or editor of some thirty volumes of poetry, fiction, criticism, and belles lettres and publishes in numerous journals. A professor of English, he was director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston from 1991 to 1996. In 1998 he was named a John and Rebecca Moore Scholar at the university.


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“The existence of these poems was not known until recently. Two years after the poet’s death, his wife found them in his desk in a handwritten notebook and in typescript. Nor was most of his later work generally known by the reading public. After a spat with his long-term New York publisher, Random House, Shapiro had to buy back all rights to his own poems. He then proceeded to publish new work in books that received relatively limited distribution. “Only two of the poems in this final volume of his work have been published. “Even in his late seventies, Shapiro was writing well, as these poems aptly demonstrate. Whenever he dated his manuscripts or typescripts, I have supplied the dates. Sophie Wilkins believed most of the undated poems in the first section were written in 1984, the first year they were together. Occasionally I have corrected a spelling or added punctuation, but largely the poems stand as Shapiro left them, in his desk drawer in uptown Manhattan, in an apartment overlooking the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where his last and best Muse lived until her demise.”—from the Foreword

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The last unpublished poems of Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Karl Shapiro

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Palms Are Not Trees After All TARA DEAL


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Arriving at an island resort, Scott and Kate make the acquaintance of an older couple, the Griffins, already tanning on the beach. When Scott agrees to do the Griffins a favor, he sets in motion a series of encounters and dilemmas—both between the two couples and within them. Scott believes it will be an adventure; Kate doesn’t like the sound of it. There’s something mysterious about the situation. Everyone’s language hides secrets. Relying on the rhythms of poetry, Palms Are Not Trees College and New York University and then worked as After All is a story about exploration and accommodaa book editor for ten years before deciding to pursue a tion, about deciding which stories travel, which to tell. freelance career. Her poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals, including West Branch, Flyway, failbetter. com, and nthposition, and she is the author of the poetry TARA DEAL is a writer, editor, and New Yorker curchapbook Wander Luster (Finishing Line Press, 2007). rently living in London. She was educated at Harvard

Winner of the 2007 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Award

Dark Card REBECCA FOUST “Centered on the experience of raising a special child and the cruelty we inflict on difference, these poems will break and heal your heart, their rage, hope, insight and love carried by a poetic power as targeted as a bullet-train. . . . this is an extraordinary debut from a writer wise, brave, darkly witty and unrelentingly inventive, one with a story to tell and a voice to make it sing.”— Barry Spacks, First Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara and Commonwealth Club of California Poetry Medalist DARK CARD

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“There’s an allusion in these pages to Emily Dickinson’s line about hope being the thing with feathers, and there is a lot of hope and determination in these fine poems about a mother’s love for her autistic son. The poems travel from his birth through his pre-teen years, and the language is always precise, sometimes fierce . . . Dark Card illuminates with its darkness.”—Robert Phillips, Series Judge

REBECCA FOUST lives with her husband and three teenagers in Northern California. She graduated from Smith College and Stanford Law School and is starting Warren Wilson’s low residency MFA program in January 2008. Her journal publications include Atlanta Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, Margie, Nimrod International Journal, North American Review and South Carolina Review. Her full length manuscript recently was a finalist for Poetry’s 2007 Emily Dickinson First Book Award. From “Too Soon” My labor heaves up in great waves like the moon-crazed tide; it raves like the tide-crazed moon, rising and rising too soon, too soon.

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Winner of the 2008 Texas Review Poetry Prize

Are We There Yet? ROGER JONES Physically grounded in the American South and Southwest, the poems in Are We There Yet? chart the poet’s psychic and spiritual journey through the regions of youth and maturity, faith and uncertainty, innocence and experience, and past and present, reflecting the contrarieties of time and its incompleteness. These lyrics depict an unfolding emotional dialectica—a struggle, where moments and events are held up and analyzed for clues about how we stand firm amid the velocity of circumstance and experience.

ROGER JONES teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Texas State University. He is author of two previous collections, and his work has appeared regularly over the past thirty years in various journals, including Iowa Review, Southern Poetry Review, Hawaii Review, Texas Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Modern Haiku, and many others. He is married, with two children, and lives in San Marcos, Texas.

From “Contrary”

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“Roger Jones maps his journey toward home—‘someone coming in, someone leaving’—a palimpsest of plenitude, long run down a blacktop road, wife keeping the pace, son and daughter easing ahead, father and mother, grandparents dropping behind, waving their future on, raised hands conferring a blessing, this family held by a faith, for now, sufficient.”—Robert A. Fink

She darkened where she went, and now her blood,

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too, storms my veins, and I see how I’ve spent too many days like this, fuming and blustering about too little: money, time or energy. Nothing won’t task our reservoir of complaint.

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Even the mildest day invites reproach.


In Painting the Christmas Trees, Joe Weil explores the meaning of neighborhood, both its rootedness and its transience in terms of the port city of Elizabeth, New Jersey, in which he was formed as a poet. His work mixes different registers of language, from the Rust Belt working class speech of his family and friends to the poetic influences of his first reading: Roethke, Williams, Stevens, and Yeats. His Irish Catholic working class upbringing instills his poetry with a sense of communion. The poems in this book are anchored to the loss and the brio of people he has known and worked among both as a toolmaker and as a poet. He is essentially a spiritual comic in so far as his interest lies as much with the vitally ugly and broken as it does with the smoothly eloquent. Unlike many volumes of poetry, Painting the Christmas Trees is full of characters, not unlike a novel.

Weil believes a poet should reclaim the name of storyteller. He is not ashamed to be one. JOE WEIL was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. At the age of twenty he dropped out of Rutgers and became a toolmaker in order to help out his family. Weil remained a toolmaker for twenty years while writing and publishing his poems, building a reputation on the New Jersey/NewYork poetry scene. He is now an instructor in the graduate and undergraduate creative writing departments at SUNY, Binghamton. His previous books include In Praise We Enter, A Portable Winter, and The Pursuit of Happiness.


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