Category Archives: In the News

October 13

News and Reviews

BOOKS   Glenn Miller Declassified Dennis M. Spragg Review in Military Review: “Spragg has crafted a book that will appeal and benefit an eclectic group of readers, including those with interests in World War II, big band and swing music, unsolved mysteries, and of course, Glenn Miller himself.”   A Civil Life in an Uncivil […]

October 09

From the Desk of Richard C. Parks: Us vs. Them

The following contribution comes from Richard C. Parks, author of Medical Imperialism of French North Africa: Regenerating the Jewish Community of Colonial Tunis (October 2017). Parks is an academic specialist in the history of science and medicine at Michigan State University.   “Us” vs. “Them”   I will begin with a confession. As a member of a class of […]

October 03

150 Notable Nebraskans

The Lincoln Journal Star highlighted 150 notable figures in Nebraska’s 150 years of statehood—and many of those important individuals are represented on our backlist.    My Ántonia by Willa Cather My Ántonia is part of Cather’s Prairie Trilogy, which includes O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark, all available in Bison Books editions.   Black […]

September 29

News and Reviews

Books   How We Won & Lost the War In Afghanistan Douglas Grindle Praise from Publishers Weekly: “This is a well-told story and a must-read for those who want to understand the obstacles to success in Afghanistan.”   The Heart of Torah Rabbi Shai Held Feature in Times of Israel: “Rabbi Held’s own love of Torah animates […]

September 28

From the Desk of Joy Schulz: Protesting the Flag in History

The following contribution comes from Joy Schulz, author of Hawaiian by Birth: Missionary Children, Bicultural Identity, and U. S. Colonialism in the Pacific (September 2017). Schulz is a member of the history faculty at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. I grew up proudly reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with hand over heart every day in elementary school. As […]

September 27

From the Desk of Munene Mwaniki: Holding a Mirror to White Supremacy

The following is a contribution from Munene Franjo Mwaniki, author of The Black Migrant Athlete: Media, Race, and the Diaspora in Sports (September 2017). Mwaniki is an assistant professor of sociology at Western Carolina University.  When I started this project I had fears that the subject matter would become irrelevant before I could even publish my […]

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 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 01

News and Reviews

Books Glen Miller Declassified Dennis M. Spragg Featured in the Guardian.   The Art of Football Michael Oriard Praise from Library Journal:  “A gorgeous and thoughtful overview of the visual record of the early years of the game.”   Present at the Creation Upton Bell with Ron Borges Praise from Library Journal: “A highly enjoyable book that […]