Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis (May, $22.95) by Dominick A. Pisano and F. Robert van der Linden coincides with the 75th anniversary of Lindbergh's famed flight across the Atlantic.
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A Storm in Flanders (May, $26) by Winston Groom visits the bloody four-year-long Battle of Ypres, where in World War I thousands of men died for gains that were measured in yards. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo.
Aviation (Mar., $29.95) by Bill Gunston celebrates humanity's first century of flight.
The People and the President (June, $35) by Lawrence W. Levine and Cornelia R. Levine collects letters that flooded the White House mailroom in response to FDR's first fireside chat.
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The Scottish Empire (Mar., $40) by Michael Fry explains how the British empire came to be dominated and run by Scots from its earliest days to the end of the 20th century.
The Outfit (Apr., $35) by Gus Russo relates the never-before-told story of an underworld Chicago crime family and its influence on modern America.
BOYDELL & BREWER
Dress Accessories (May, $60) by Geoff Egan and Frances Pritchard examines more than 2,000 medieval brooches, rings, buckles, buttons and more dating from 1150 to 1450, found in archeological digs in London.
CARROLL & GRAF
The Voyage of the Catalpa: A Perilous Journey, and Six Irish Rebels' Flight to Freedom (Mar., $26) by Peter F. Stevens tells the true story of the daring 1876 rescue of six political prisoners held in the British Empire's most infamous prison in Fremantle, Australia. 30,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.
Fatal Passage: The Story of John Rae, the Arctic Hero That Time Forgot (Apr., $26) by Ken McGoogan relates the tale of an Arctic explorer, buried in obscurity for 150 years. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.
Historical Atlas of the Crusades (Apr., $35) by Angus Konstam chronicles three centuries of effort by Christian rulers to drive Muslims from the Holy Land and reclaim Jerusalem for Christendom; illustrations and maps included.
Our Finest Day (June, $24.95) by Mike Bowden studies the largest single military operation ever launched--D-Day--using removable reproductions of original documents, including personal letters, journal entries, secret dispatches, strategic battle plans and maps. 50,000 first printing. TV satellite tour.
COLUMBIA UNIV. PRESS
Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era (May, $29.95) by Charles C. Alexander looks at 1930s baseball history.
Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult (June, $29.95) by Peter Levenda delves into the occult background and roots of the Nazi movement.
CORNELL UNIV. PRESS
The Healer's Calling: Women, Men and Medicine in Early New England (June, $34.95) by Rebecca Tannenbaum probes the history of women who provided medical care in 17th-century America.
Red, White, and Blue Letter Days: Identity, History, and the American Calendar (June, $35) by Matthew Dennis explains the ongoing significance of public holidays in America, and how they reflect the state of local and national politics.
The Trouser People: Colonial Shadows in Modern-Day Burma (Mar., $26) by Andrew Marshall retraces the steps of adventurer Sir George Scott, the man who established colonial rule in Burma.
Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the Present (June, $26) by Stephen Tanner covers 2,500 years.
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A Short History of the World (Apr., $27.50) by Geoffrey Blainey, an Australian historian, traces the evolution of mankind over the last four million years. Advertising.
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Making Sense of the Troubles: The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland (Apr., $27.50) by David McKittrick and David McVea is a balanced account.
Camp de Gurs: Passover in the Midst of Perdition (Mar., $24.95) by Bella Gutterman and Naomi Morgenstern describes the experiences of those who were deported from Germany to the detention camp in Gurs, France, during WWII.
Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years (Apr., $40), written in conjunction with the Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine, looks back at space flight through the personal stories of more than 250 astronauts; includes NASA photos.
The Kennedys at War: 1937-1945 (April, $27.50) by Edward J. Renehan Jr. details the character-defining experiences of this high-profile family during World War II. Advertising. Author publicity.
The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream (Aug., $30) by H.W. Brands charts its history and how it transformed California and future America.
DUKE UNIV. PRESS
Passed On (Mar., $24.95) by Karla F.C. Holloway is a historical look at death and funerals in African-American life. Author tour.
The Treatment (Mar., $28.95) by Martha Stephens reveals the fatal radiation experiments performed on unwitting cancer patients in Cincinnati during the 1960s.
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The Illustrated Story of Christian Ireland: From St. Patrick to the Peace Process (July, $24.95) by Michael Staunton relates the history of the religious divide in Ireland from both the Catholic and Protestant perspectives.
More with Less: Paul MacCready and the Dream of Efficient Flight (Apr., $26.95) by Paul Ciotti tells how scientist and engineer Paul MacCready tapped the talent of visionaries in the 1970s to develop such energy-efficient vehicles as man- and solar-powered planes and cars.
FSG/HILL & WANG
Who Owns History?: Rethinking the Past in a Changing World (Apr., $24) by Eric Foner. The historian examines the title's question as well as international changes and their effects on historical consciousness.
Alfred E. Smith: The Happy Warrior (June, $25) by Christopher M. Finan profiles the politician who lost the 1928 presidential election to Hoover by a landslide.
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The Rosetta Stone: The Story of the Decoding of Hieroglyphics (Apr., $23.95) by Robert Solé and Dominique Valbelle. A novelist and an Egyptologist team up to tell the story of the key to decoding hieroglyphics.
From Hardtack to Homefries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals (Apr., $25) by Barbara Haber is a cook's tour of the history of American food. Ad/promo. Author tour.
The Sea Shall Embrace Them: The Tragic Story of the Steamship Arctic (May, $25) by David M. Shaw remembers the tragic tale of the sinking of the steamship Arctic. Ad/promo. Author tour. 20-city radio satellite tour.
Ancient Rome: Art, Architecture and History (Mar., $14.95) follows the arc of the city's beginnings, peak and decline.
GRAPHIC ARTS CENTER
Lewis and Clark in Oregon Country: From the Rockies to the Pacific (June, $34.95) by Stephen Dow Beckham, photos by Robert M. Reynolds, reveals through pictures and essays the most challenging segment of the expedition's journey.
Into Tibet: America's Secret Expedition to Lhasa (May, $26) by Thomas Laird is the true story of a still-classified CIA mission to Lhasa, Tibet, in 1949.
Apollo: The Epic Journey to the Moon (May, $35) by David West Reynolds is an illustrated retrospective of the individuals, technology and events that took mankind to the moon.
Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage (June, $34.95) by Noah Trudeau Andre offers a detailed narrative of the Civil War's landmark battle. 40,000 first printing.
HARVARD UNIV. PRESS
The Asian American Century (Mar., $22.95) by Warren I. Cohen looks at the cultural bonds that continue to shape the relationship between East Asians and Americans.
The Death Penalty: An American History (Mar., $29.95) by Stuart Banner shows how capital punishment in the U.S. has evolved over the past four centuries.
Guns and Violence: The English Experience (May, $28) by Joyce Lee Malcolm investigates the relationship between these two factors in England, where strict gun laws and low rates of violent crime are often cited as proof that gun control works.
HILL STREET PRESS
Prospect Hill: The Strange and Beguiling Story of a Contested Will, a Missing Piano, and a Forgotten Mississippi Plantation and Its Freed Slaves in Liberia (Apr., $24) by Alan Huffman tells the story of a plantation and the owner who repatriated his slaves on his deathbed in the 1840s. 15,000 first printing. 10-city author tour.
Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship (Apr., $26) by George Dyson charts an ambitious but futile episode in U.S. scientific research about an atomic space craft. Author publicity.
Firestorm at Peshtigo: A Town, Its People, and the Deadliest Fire in American History (June, $26) by Denise Gess and William Lutz relates the story of an 1871 Wisconsin lumber-town fire that ranks as the deadliest conflagration in American history.
Across the Sabbath River: In Search of a Lost Tribe of Israel (Aug., $28) by Hillel Halkin probes the legendary mystery of the 10 tribes of Israel. Author tour.
Medal of Honor: Profiles of America's Military Heroes from the Civil War to the Present (Apr., $25.95) by Mike Wallace and Allen Mikaelian profiles 15 men and women who have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. 100,000 first printing. Ad/promo. TV satellite tour.
Profiles in Courage for Our Time (May, $23.95), edited by Caroline Kennedy, gathers 13 essays honoring modern-day political heroes by such notable writers as Anna Quindlen, Bob Woodward and Marian Wright Edelman. 250,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour. TV satellite tour.
After the Storm: True Stories of Disaster and Recovery at Sea (May, $24.95) by John Rousmaniere.
Tracks in the Sea: Matthew Fontaine Maury and the Mapping of the Oceans (May, $24.95) by Chester G. Hearn chronicles Maury's ocean-mapping career during the clipper ship era, a feat that transformed America's rise to naval power.
James Burnham and the Struggle for the World (May, $29.95) by Daniel Kelly traces the life and political journey of the dedicated Trotskyist who became an influential conservative thinker and anticommunist figure during the Cold War.
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV. PRESS
Sexual Revolution in Early America (Apr., $39.95) by Richard Godbeer uncovers the varied attitudes toward sexuality in the American colonies, from puritan Massachusetts to Spanish Florida.
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Before They Perished: Photographs Found in Auschwitz (Mar., $145, 2 vols.), edited by Kersten Brandt et al., is a memorial publication of photos belonging to former Auschwitz inmates from the archives of the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Fritz Bauer Institute.
Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust (May, $27.50) by Richard Rhodes. Drawing on newly available material, Pulitzer Prize-winner Rhodes examines Nazi Germany's killer task forces. Ad/promo. Author tour.
HUGH LAUTER LEVIN
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Jewish Americans: The Immigrant Experience (Apr., $60) by Hasia Diner tells the story of the migration of Jews to America from colonial times to the present; photos and artwork included.
On Time: How America Has Learned to Live by the Clock (May, $45) by Charlene E. Stephens examines how Americans have measured, used and thought about time over the past three centuries. Advertising.
The Remains of War: Apologies and Forgiveness: Testimonies of the Japanese Imperial Army and Their Filipino Victims (June, $22.95) by Jintaro Ishida draws on firsthand accounts by both assailants and victims to chronicle the atrocities committed during WWII.
Doomsday Scenario: How America Ends (Mar., $19.95) by Douglas L. Keeney is a declassified copy of the defense department's "Emergency Plans Book, 1958," offering a stark look at what they thought might happen in the event of a total nuclear war. Author tour. TV/radio appearances.
MERCER UNIV. PRESS
God's Capitalist: Asa Candler of Coca-Cola (Mar., $35) by Kathryn W. Kemp profiles Coca-Cola's founder, who, because he saw his personal wealth as a divine trust, had given away his entire fortune by the end of his life.
Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen (June, $24.95) by Bob Greene remembers how the small Midwestern town of North Platte, Nebr., came to symbolize American patriotism during WWII. Ad/promo. 6-city author tour. 25-city radio satellite tour.
The Lost Fleet: The Discovery of a Sunken Armada from the Golden Age of Piracy (Aug., $27.95) by Barry Clifford interweaves the history of piracy with the author's contemporary account of recovering centuries-old pirate ships. Author appearances. 15-city radio campaign.
|The Un-Titanic?Not unlike that celebrated vessel, the Lusitania was state of the art when it went into service. The celebrated ship restored British supremacy on the North Atlantic passenger routes and was becoming a significant commercial success when it was sunk by a German U-boat on May 7, 1915. A pair of titles are being published on the 87th anniversary of the ship's demise--Lusitania: Saga and Myth from Norton, and Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy from Walker. According to Walker marketing director Maya Baran, author Diana Preston "has had access to files and archives in England, Germany and the U.S. that have not been used or available to previous Lusitania historians. She's brought a level of insight to the political story that presents a pivotal moment in history in a different light, and she weaves the stories and voices of the famous (Winston Churchill, Woodrow Wilson, Alfred Vanderbilt) and the unknown into her own narrative, giving her book a 'you-were-there' immediacy. Jim Morris, a v-p at Norton who edited David Ramsay's book on the subject, says, "He's been obsessed for years with the Lusitania--one reason being that the sinking was never given the attention that the Titanic received, though there was a similar loss of life. He's laid to rest many misconceptions, for example he completely exonerates the ship's captain, who for many years was blamed for not taking an appropriate evasive course and having explosives on board that might have contributed to the sinking.|
Discovering the Past: Writings of Jeannette Edwards Rattray 1893-1974 Relating to the History of the Town of East Hampton (Apr., $40) by Jeannette Edwards Rattray, edited by Tom Twomey, is by a local historian and genealogy specialist.
The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord (May, $26.95) by Ray Raphael offers a new interpretation of our nation's founding moment, along with a history of revolutionary ferment in the 18th-century American colonies.
NEW YORK UNIV. PRESS
Scottsboro, Alabama: A Story in Linoleum Cuts (June, $25.95) by Lin Shi Khan and Toni Perez, edited by Andrew H. Lee. Originally printed in 1935, this document is an account of an infamous episode in American judicial history, the 1931 false arrest and conviction of nine black youths for raping two white women.
New York, Year by Year: A Chronology of the Great Metropolis (July; $45, paper $16.95) by Jeffrey A. Kroessler presents a timeline of the Big Apple from Verrazano's arrival in 1524 through the September 11 tragedy and recent election of a new mayor.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIV. PRESS
The Chicago & Alton Railroad: The Only Way (Mar., $49.95) by Gene V. Glendinning explores the vital Midwest railroad's links to George Pullman, Marshall Field and Abraham Lincoln.
W. W. NORTON
Lusitania: Saga and Myth (May, $29.95) by David Ramsay is an account of the liner's sinking by a German U-boat in May, 1915.
Mutiny on the Globe: The Fatal Voyage of Samuel Comstock (June, $24.95) by Thomas Heffernan spins the tragic tale of a bloody uprising on a 19th-century Nantucket whaling ship. Ad/promo. Author tour.
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Wild Irish Women (May, $24.95) by Marian Broderick profiles the lives and achievements of more than 70 women from Ireland's past.
PENN STATE UNIV. PRESS
Better in the Poconos: The Story of Pennsylvania's Vacationland (Mar., $34.95) by Lawrence Squeri tells how the state's resort area adapted to changing clientele, from proper Victorians to rich Quakers and Jewish socialists.
Down the Susquehanna to the Chesapeake (Apr., $35) by Jack Brubaker traces the river's path, examining its human and natural history.
PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS
Italian Architecture of the 16th Century (Aug., $35) by Colin Rowe and Leon Satkowski looks at architects, patrons and grand cities by Cornell lecturer Rowe and his student, Satkowski.
The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archaeology's Greatest Mystery (July, $25.95) by James Adovasio with Jake Page seeks the origins of human life in North America. Author tour.
READER'S DIGEST BOOKS
Elizabeth: Fifty Glorious Years (May, $26.95) by Jenny Bond, BBC-TV's royal correspondent, is a tribute to Britain's reigning queen on the golden jubilee of her monarchy.
Eyewitness to the Old West: First-Hand Accounts of Exploration, Adventure, and Peril (Aug., $29.95), edited by Richard Scott, begins with tales about 16th-century cultural collisions between the Spaniards and Native Americans and concludes with the Battle of Wounded Knee in 1890.
Letters to Auntie Fori: The 5,000-Year History of the Jewish People and Their Faith (Mar., $26) by Martin Gilbert is an epistolary narrative. Ad/promo. Author appearances.
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Northern Ireland 1921-2001: Political Forces and Social Classes (Apr., $24.95) by Paul Bew, Peter Gibbon and Henry Patterson offers an analysis of Northern Ireland's history from partition to today's peace process.
SEVEN STORIES PRESS
When Harlem Nearly Killed King: The Human Tapestry Behind the 1958 Stabbing of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Mar., $18.95) by Hugh Pearson relates King's stabbing by a deranged woman and the acclaimed African-American surgeon who saved him.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Tuxedo Park: The Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II (May, $26) by Jennet Conant. The granddaughter and grandniece of two Tuxedo Park scientists chronicle the glamorous enclave whose brilliant residents--Einstein, Bohr and Fermi--changed the course of WWII. 50,000 first printing. Ad/promo. Author tour.
The Rescue of Jerusalem: The Alliance of Hebrews and Africans in 701 B.C. (May, $30) by Henry T. Aubin tells of a little-known rescue of Jerusalem and Hebrew society by the Kushites, black Africans of sub-Sahara. Author tour.
We Interrupt This Broadcast: 3rd Edition (May, $49.95) by Joe Garner is updated to include the 2000 presidential election and attacks of September 11; includes photos and two audio CDs. 100,000 first printing.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIV. PRESS
Harry Truman and Civil Rights: Moral Courage and Political Risks (Mar., $35) by Michael R. Gardner analyzes Truman's public and private actions on behalf of African-Americans.
Eyewitness to the Indian Wars, Vol. II: The Wars for the Pacific Northwest (Apr., $49.95), edited by Peter Cozzens. This second in a planned five-volume series on the struggle for the American West covers the Northwest.
Lee's Cavalrymen: The History of the Mounted Forces of the Army of Northern Virginia (Apr., $36.95) by Edward G. Longacre is a companion volume to the author's previous Civil War history, Lincoln's Cavalrymen.
The Uncivil War: Acts of Retaliation Against Civil War POWs (July, $26.95) by Lonnie Speer explores the violent nature that these retaliatory actions took on both sides of the war.
Let Freedom Ring: The Words that Shaped Our America (Mar., $24.95) presents a patriotic collection of historical documents, speeches, poetry, songs and more.
|History--This Time It's PersonalA young Navy lieutenant, newly in love, is shipped off to Hawaii in 1945 as part of the postwar effort. Lonesome and lovesick, he writes his heart out to the girl of his dreams, whom he had met just 11 days earlier. Seven months and 45 letters later, he returns home and marries her. Twelve years later, during the Suez crisis of 1956, he is shipped off again; this time he doesn't make it back. His youngest child, a daughter born after his death, finds his letters and rejoices to have her father fleshed out at last. As fate would have it, the daughter was no novice to the world of letters, but a literary agent (and a gardening writer). Her father's words held a double poignance for her, showing off both Jack Sweeney and his postwar world. Emma Sweeney's As Always, Jack: A Wartime Love Story (Little, Brown, Apr.) is a slim volume, but, with its strong feelings and youthful fervor, it is likely to be treasured by people who have lost loved ones to war. The origins of reporter Elizabeth Mullener's War Stories: Remembering World War II (LSU, May), are also strikingly personal. On the 50th anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland, Mullener published a piece in the New Orleans Times-Picayune about two men who were there at the invasion. Reader response was overwhelming. Other war participants stepped forward, and Mullener compiled their stories, creating a kaleidoscope of history that showed off the war's most critical moments. The most remarkable part of it all is that every single contributor now lives in New Orleans. "To all those interested in World War II, I recommend this book without stint or hesitation," writes Stephen Ambrose in his introduction.|
Massacre at the Palace: The Doomed Royal Dynasty of Nepal (June, $24.95) by Jonathan Gregson tracks the cursed royal dynasty, a troubled prince and the massacre that shocked the world. 100,000 first printing.
TEMPLE UNIV. PRESS
Empire City: The Making and Meaning of the New York City Landscape (June, $40) by David M. Scobey looks at the uneven development of New York City that careened between obsessive calculation and speculative excess.
TEXAS A & M UNIV. PRESS
Unholy Alliance: Greece and Miloševic's Serbia in the Nineties (Mar., $29.95) by Takis Michas combines journalistic accounts with anecdotes and personal interviews to chronicle Greek-Serbian relations.
Communism and the Remorse of an Innocent Victimizer (Mar., $29.95) by Zlatko Anguelov. In this memoir, the Bulgarian-born author challenges assumptions about communism, democracy and Eastern Europe.
TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIV. PRESS
The Magic Curtain: The Mexican-American Border in Fiction, Film, and Song (May, $29.95) by Thomas Torrans examines the many interpretations.
THAMES & HUDSON
The Fall of the Ancient Maya: Solving the Mystery of the Maya Collapse (May, $34.95) by David Webster draws on the latest archeological research and hieroglyphic decipherments available. Advertising. History Book Club and Natural Science Book Club selections.
The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls (June, $34.95) by Philip R. Davies et al. includes historical background against which the scrolls were written, recent archeological work and ongoing debates over authenticity. Advertising.
UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
Empire and Revolution: The Americans in Mexico Since the Civil War (Apr., $39.95) by John Mason Hart covers U.S.-Mexican relations, both economic and social, from the Civil War to the present.
UNIV. OF CHICAGO PRESS
Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (July, $27.50) by Eric Klinenberg examines how and why 700 people died as a result of a 1995 week-long heat wave.
UNIV. OF GEORGIA PRESS
Camera Man's Journey: Julian Dimock's South (July, $39.95), edited by Thomas L. Johnson and Nina J. Root, unveils rarely seen images of African-Americans in turn-of-the-20th-century South.
UNIV. OF ILLINOIS PRESS
Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, Vol. 5 (Mar., $39.95) by Peter Cozzens is the fifth volume in a series by the military historian.
UNIV. OF MASSACHUSETTS PRESS
Passing for White: Race, Religion, and the Healy Family, 1820-1920 (June, $34.95) by James M. O'Toole tells the story of the mixed-race Healy family in 19th-century America.
The Greatest Menace: Organized Crime in Cold War America (Aug., $34.95) by Lee Bernstein explains how the campaign against organized crime reinforced the fight against communism during the Cold War.
UNIV. OF MICHIGAN PRESS
Searching for Life's Meaning: Changes and Tensions in the Worldviews of Chinese Youth in the 1980s (Apr., $60) by Luo Xu tracks the changes leading up to the disaster at Tienanmen Square.
UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS
The Planter's Prospect: Privilege and Slavery in Plantation Paintings (Mar; $49.95, paper $24.95) by John Michael Vlach studies painted depictions of Southern plantations, particularly the inclusion or omission of African-Americans, in the 19th and early 20th century.
UNIV. OF NORTH TEXAS PRESS
Queen of the Confederacy: The Innocent Deceits of Lucy Holcombe Pickens (May, $24.95) by Elizabeth Wittenmyer Lewis relates the story of Pickens, whose likeness appeared on two Confederate bill denominations.
UNIV. OF OKLAHOMA PRESS
Heart of the Rock: The Indian Invasion of Alcatraz (Apr., $29.95) by Adam Fortunate Eagle tells the story of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz from 1969-1971 by the man who orchestrated it.
UNIV. OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS
Shays's Rebellion: The American Revolution's Last Battle (June, $29.95) by Leonard L. Richards examines the American Revolution's last battle, an armed insurrection that led to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
UNIV. OF UTAH PRESS
The Force of a Feather: The Search for a Lost Story of Slavery and Freedom (Apr., $27.95) by DeEtta Demaratus follows the author's quest to discover the truth about former slave Biddy Mason.
Selling the Five Rings: The International Olympic Committee and the Rise of Olympic Commercialism (Apr., $35) by Robert K. Barney, Stephen R. Wenn and Scott G. Martyn follows the rise of the Olympics from an instrument of peace and brotherhood to a transnational commercial giant.
UNIV. PRESS OF COLORADO
High Altitude Energy: A History of Fossil Fuels in Colorado (June, $27.50) by Lee Scamehorn looks at the 1970s energy crisis and current energy concerns through the lens of Colorado's fossil fuel history.
Wayne Aspinall and the Shaping of the American West (July, $29.95) by Steven C. Schulte charts Aspinall's controversial political and environmental legacy in the West.
UNIV. PRESS OF KANSAS
Jefferson Davis, Confederate President (May, $39.95) by Herman Hattaway and Richard E. Beringer analyzes Davis's view of the Civil War and his administration.
|Kiss Me, I'm IrishChicago dyes its river green on March 17. New York boasts a major parade on no less a thoroughfare than Fifth Avenue. All this St. Patrick's Day's hoopla--and much more--evolved from a simple Protestants-only dinner held in Boston in 1737, the first formal celebration of this formerly obscure Irish holy man. That's what Mike Cronin and Daryl Adair reveal in The Wearing of the Green (Routledge, Mar.). "Most St. Patrick's Day books ar e written for kids," says marketing director Ron Longe. "This is the first serious adult treatment to trace the evolution of the way it has become a major holiday around the world. The authors take a cross-cultural look at England, Australia, Canada, and devote most of their time to the U.S., where the holiday is the biggest." They also note such controversies as the day's notorious alcoholic intake and the Ancient Order of Hibernians's exclusion of homosexuals from the New York parade. Also certain to appeal to anyone Irish-leaning is Danny Boy by Malachy McCourt (Running Press, Mar.), an account of the folklore and facts surrounding the song beloved by tenors, whatever their vocal skill level.|
Berlin: The Downfall, 1945 (May, $29.95) by Antony Beevor calls on newly disclosed material from former Soviet files and other international archives to chronicle the Nazi capital's destruction. Ad/promo. Author tour.
This Old Barn: A Treasury of Family Farm Memories (May, $29.95), edited by Michael Dregni, is a nostalgic anthology of family farm memories.
WALKER & CO.
Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy (May, $30) by Diana Preston is an account of the luxury ocean liner's sinking, an event that ushered in the modern age of war. 40,000 first printing. Advertising. Author tour.
A Thread Across the Ocean: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable (June, $26) by John Steele Gordon chronicles one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century.
Five Past Midnight in Bhopal (May, $25.95) by Dominique Lapierre and Javier Moro investigates the tragic industrial accident at an American pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, that killed nearly 30,000 people. Ad/promo.
West Point: The First 200 Years (May, $49.95) commemorates the military school's history through photographs and essays by such writers as Stephen Ambrose, Arthur Miller, David Halberstam and William F. Buckley. Ad/promo. TV and radio tie-ins.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIV. PRESS
Washington Territory (May, $35) by Robert E. Ficken covers the economic and political history of territorial Washington from 1853 to 1889.
Alferd Packer: Solving the West's Greatest Mystery (Apr., $19.95) by David P. Bailey. In 1883, Packer became the only person ever convicted of the crime of cannibalism in the U.S. Advertising. Author tour.
Revolution in Zanzibar (Apr., $28) by Donald Petterson is an American diplomat's eyewitness account of the 1964 Zanzibar uprising.
Atlantic: The Last Great Race of Princes (May, $24.95) by Scott Cookman recounts the legendary 1905 international yacht race for supremacy on the high seas. Ad/promo. Author tour. National radio satellite tour.
Gutenberg: How One Man Reshaped the World with Words (May, $24.95) by John Man May profiles the man who developed movable type, thus creating a communications revolution. Advertising.
YALE UNIV. PRESS
American Law in the Twentieth Century (Mar., $35) by Lawrence M. Friedman explores the social context of American law, reaching into almost every aspect of American life.
Cloak and Dollar: A History of American Secret Intelligence (Mar., $29.95) by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones traces the history of American espionage from our nation's founding to the present.