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It’s My Country Too

Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution of Afghanistan

Jerri Bell and Tracy Crow

Praised by The Wrath-Bearing Tree:

“In It’s My Country Too, there are stories about women in all the branches of military service, even disguised as men so they could fight. There’s even a story about a woman who served in the US Lighthouse Service. The breadth and depth of the stories the editors included is remarkable. There are uplifting stories and ones that are ugly. Another thing that makes these stories compelling is that they are first-person accounts. There’s a lot of background provided by the editors, but the stories come from the women themselves.”

 

Bourbon Justice

How Whiskey Law Shaped America

Brian F. Haara

Recommended by MCBA:

“Perhaps you can tell that I really enjoyed this book. It is a fun read but it is chock full of legal case citations if you want to fall down the rabbit hole and dive into the unique facts of bourbon litigation. I highly recommend it to those interested in bourbon or justice.”

 

When the Crowd Didn’t Roar

How Baseball’s Strangest Game Ever Gave a Broken City Hope

Kevin Cowherd

Review on Brooklyn Fans:

“The story comes vividly to life through the eyes of city leaders, activists, police officials, and the media that covered the tumultuous unrest on the streets of Baltimore, as well as the ballplayers, umpires, managers, and front-office personnel of the teams that played in this singular game, and the fans who watched it from behind locked gates.”

 

A Pictographic History of the Oglala Sioux

Amos Bad Heart Bull and Helen H. Blish

Featured by Tribal College:

“This lavish 50th anniversary edition of A Pictographic History of the Oglala Sioux is indispensable not just for specialists, but anyone interested in American Indian history. Through a careful reading of Bad Heart Bull’s drawings, Lakota history and culture come to life, offering a wholly Native perspective on this transformational time.”

 

Winning Westeros

How Game of Thrones Explains Modern Military Conflict

Edited by Max Brooks, John Amble, ML Cavanaugh, and Jaym Gates
Foreword by James Stavridis

Reviewed on Veterans Today:

“Each chapter of Winning Westeros provides a relatable, outside‑the‑box way to simplify and clarify the complexities of modern military conflict. A chapter on the doomed butcher’s boy whom Arya Stark befriends by World War Z author Max Brooks poignantly reminds us of the cruel fate that civilians face during times of war.”

 

Walking to Magdalena

Personhood and Place to Tohono O’odham Songs, Sticks, and Stories

Seth Schermerhorn

Review in the Tucson Star:

“Schermerhorn’s personal, informal academic prose, moreover, does make it accessible. And one layman’s takeaway? At waila festivals, you should glide, as is proper to the O’odham, rather than bounce to the music.”

 

Present at the Creation

My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game

Upton Bell and Ron Borges

Called an “enjoyable read” by Vito Stellino:

“Upton said that his father was asked (Bell doesn’t say who asked) to check with Capone (who was in prison at the time) if the Lindbergh baby kidnapping was the work of the Mob. Within 48 hours, Capone got back to him and said it wasn’t. Those are just two of the fascinating anecdotes that Bell included in his book.”

 

A Year with Mordecai Kaplan

Wisdom on the Weekly Torah Portion

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

Featured by the Jewish Book Council:

“The author makes clear that his book is not designed to be read cov­er to cov­er, but ​’to be read and used each week to help illuminate the Torah portions one at a time.… My hope is that, all togeth­er, these will stimulate read­er contemplation, elic­it per­son­al reflections that fur­ther illus­trate or devel­op the ideas in this book, and moti­vate read­ers to make our tradition’s pro­found teach­ings ever more mean­ing­ful and impact­ful in their own lives.’ A Year with Mordecai Kaplan does just that, while at the same time shar­ing the wis­dom, pas­sion, and insights that Kaplan can con­tin­ue to offer us into the next phase of Jew­ish life.”

 

On the Trail of the Yellow Tiger

War, Trauma, and Social Dislocation in the Southwest China During the Ming-Qing Transition

Kenneth M. Swope

Called “Masterful” by the Michigan War Studies Review:

“Kenneth Swope’s book offers a masterful analysis of the strategies and tactics of the main players in a brutal, multilayered conflict, including peasant rebels, the Southern Ming, and the Manchu Qing. He could have reinforced his arguments by elaborating on the broader trends that swept China during the Ming-Qing transition. But this is a minor critique. On the Trail of the Yellow Tiger is a lucid, often thrilling treatment of its subject; it will appeal to both scholarly and general audiences.”

 

JewAsian

Race, Religion, and Identity for America’s Newest Jews

Helen Kiyong Kim and Noah Samuel Leavitt

Reviewed on Reading Religion:

“This interdisciplinary study wonderfully attends to the lived experience of multi-racial Jews themselves. As such, the authors take seriously the questions, struggles, and strategies of these individuals and families in affirming and asserting their Jewishness in conjunction with their multiracial identity, as well as in the context of cultural racial presumptions of what constitutes Jewishness. In so doing, they discuss and demonstrate the compatibilities of Asianness and Jewishness both historically and culturally, thereby expanding the conception of American Jewishness beyond normative racial and ethnic categories.”

 

Pastime Lost

The Humble, Original, and Now Completely Forgotten Game of English Baseball

David Block

Praised on Brooklyn Fans:

“In the new book Pastime Lost, David Block unearths baseball’s buried history and brings it back to life… Pastime Lost is one of the best baseball books, as well as world history works, you will ever read, and will give you a greater appreciation of why the Yankees are going over there.”

 

Authors

Rodger McDaniel

Interview on Wyoming PBS.

 

Matt Cavanaugh and Max Brooks

On History of Westeros Podcast.

 

Ray Locker

Interviewed on The Opperman Report and Press Pool.

 

Joe Bonomo

On Baseball by the Book.

 

Steven Wingate

Guest on Write the Book.

 

Rosalyn LaPier

Interview on New Books Network.

 

 

 

 

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