September 22

Excerpt: The Golden Fleece

The following is the foreword by Wesley Clark from The Golden Fleece: High-Risk Adventure at West Point (September 2017) by Tom Carhart. Clark is a retired U.S. Army four-star general, Vietnam War veteran, and valedictorian of the West Point class of ’66.   Over thirty years ago a young Washington Post reporter chose to write a compelling memoir of […]

September 21

South Dakota Festival of Books preview

Anna Weir is a highly-caffeinated publicist at UNP. School is back in session, pumpkin spice lattes have returned, and the South Dakota Humanities Council is once again celebrating Great Plains literature with the South Dakota Festival of Books. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I’m off to Deadwood today to represent UNP’s books […]

September 20

Reading List: Vietnam

The epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten part, 18-hour documentary series The Vietnam War is visceral, immersive, and revelatory. Airing on PBS and available through desktop and mobile streaming apps, the series is engaging audiences and sparking important conversations about governments […]

September 19

From the Desk of Jay Gallentine: The Wintry Days of Cassini

The following contribution comes from space historian Jay Gallentine. His book on the turbulent early days, Ambassadors from Earth: Pioneering Explorations with Unmanned Spacecraft (Nebraska, 2014), won the 2009 Eugene M. Emme Award for astronautical literature. His new book Infinity Beckoned: Adventuring Through the Inner Solar System, 1969–1989 (Nebraska, 2016) examines our first intensive reconnaissance of the inner solar system. His […]

September 18

Excerpt: Black Jesus and Other Superheroes

The following excerpt comes from Black Jesus and Other Superheroes: Stories by Venita Blackburn (September 2017).   The Immolator In protest of unyielding circumstances, monks have been known to walk into public squares and quietly set themselves on fire. I prefer to make noise. I bake bread now and die a little every day in flour and […]

September 15

News and Reviews

Books Diversifying Diplomacy Harriet Elam-Thomas Praise from Kirkus Reviews: “For those interested in becoming diplomats, the book effectively shows the high standards required. An informative, behind-the-scenes look at one black woman’s rise through the ranks of the Foreign Service when few others like her were serving as diplomats.”   Unpopular Sovereignty Brent M. Rogers Review from Deseret […]

September 14

The Heart of Torah: A Discussion with Rabbi Shai Held

The following interview was first published in the Jewish Publication Society’s newsletter and can also be found on JPS’s website. Rabbi Shai Held is president, dean, and chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar and directs its Center for Jewish Leadership and Ideas in New York City. He is the author of Abraham Joshua Heschel: The […]

September 13

From the Desk of Dennis M. Spragg: Inside Glenn Miller Declassified

The following contribution comes from Dennis M. Spragg, author of Glenn Miller Declassified (September, 2017). Spragg is the senior consultant of the Glenn Miller Archive and the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado–Boulder. A veteran broadcasting and media research professional, he is an internationally known expert on Glenn Miller who has been featured in the PBS […]

September 12

A Word from Our Readers

We love to hear what our readers have to say about our books! Check out these comments from readers on Amazon and Goodreads.   “Fleda Brown Jackson’s poetry is a delight and full of raw ideas about everyday existence. The poems cover a wide array of topics, and they are simplistic in that the author […]

September 11

Publicist Picks: Equine Soldiers, A Gilded Age Campaign, and other November Books

Tayler Lord and Anna Weir are publicists at UNP who share a cubicle and cannot stop talking about books (or caffeinated beverages, for that matter). Today they also share their thoughts about a few upcoming titles they’re particularly excited about as readers. The books in this discussion will be published in November. Tayler Lord: My first pick this month is How We Won […]