Category Archives: Excerpts

March 23

Excerpt: There I Go Again

The following is an excerpt from There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others (Potomac Books, March 2017) by William Daniels, an actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild. Below Mr. Daniels writes about his time as a student at Northwestern University. From Chapter […]

March 13

Excerpt: Bird at the Buzzer

The following is an excerpt from Bird at the Buzzer: UConn, Notre Dame, and a Women’s Basketball Classic (Nebraska, 2011) by Jeff Goldberg. This book and others are now on sale now for March Madness.  CHAPTER ONE  Storrs, March 6, 2001 Sue Bird awoke this snowy Tuesday morning after a night unlike any other in her three […]

March 10

EXCERPT: The Woods Are On Fire

The following poems have been excerpted from The Woods Are On Fire: New and Selected Poems by Fleda Brown (March 2017). The Gospel Truth The Confederate soldiers came for the freed slaves. They had not thought to escape but had been freed by the Union army. They were being paid wages. But the Confederate soldiers ripped them […]

February 27

Excerpt: Screening the System

The following excerpt comes from Screening the System: Exposing Security Clearance Dangers (February 2017) by Martha Louise Deutscher.  From Chapter 1: The Many Faces of a Threat Ethnicity, Nationality, and Other Threats When Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt’s national security priority shifted to organizing the nation for global war. Before Pearl Harbor, […]

February 21

Excerpt: Separation Scenes

The following is excerpted from Separation Scenes: Domestic Drama and Early Modern England by Ann C. Christensen (Nebraska 2016).   The Drama of Separate Spheres, a New Critical Approach The four tragedies and the little-known hybrid play in this study could be called something like absent-husband or separate-spheres dramas. However, because all but Launching of the Mary are […]

February 10

Excerpt: Before Jackie Robinson

The following excerpt comes from Before Jackie Robinson: The Transcendent Role of Black Sporting Pioneers by Gerald R. Gems (February 2017). From Chapter 3: When Great Wasn’t Good Enough Sam Ransom’s Journey from Athlete to Activist The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, sanctioned by the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1865, promised an end to slavery […]

January 26

Excerpt: Apollo Pilot

The following excerpt is from Apollo Pilot: The Memoir of Astronaut Donn Eisele edited by Francis French. From Chapter 3: Astronaut Selection Six of the thirty-four candidates were dropped on account of their physical exams at Brooks. The remaining twenty-eight in mid-August of 1963 received confidential instructions to come to Houston for interviews and technical exams. We […]

January 19

Excerpt: Fit for the Presidency?

The following is an excerpt from Fit for the Presidency?: Winners, Losers, What-Ifs, and Also-Rans (January 2017) by Seymour Morris Jr. Morris is a former political pollster, head of corporate communications, and international entrepreneur. He is the author of American History Revised: 200 Facts That Never Made It into the Textbooks and Supreme Commander: MacArthur’s Triumph in Japan.   […]

January 17

In Remembrance of Eugene Cernan

Capt. Eugene A. Cernan, the last human to walk on the moon, passed away yesterday at the age of eighty-two. Cernan lived and worked in Texas and was the author of The Last Man on the Moon. Recently, he wrote the foreword for Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon (Nebraska 2016). To celebrate this astronaut’s […]

January 11

Excerpt: The Lost Journalism of Ring Lardner

The following is an excerpt from The Lost Journalism of Ring Lardner, edited by Ron Rapoport (January 2017). You can listen to an interview with Rapoport on NPR Books here.  Simplicity Reigns in Washington from BELL SYNDICATE, MARCH 3, 1921 Washington, D.C.—Well, the boys wanted this inauguration to be pulled off with Jeffersonian simplicity and it looks like […]