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  • The Power of the Zootby Luis Alvarez

    University of California Press 2008; US$ 29.95 US$ 23.96

    Flamboyant zoot suit culture, with its ties to fashion, jazz and swing music, jitterbug and Lindy Hop dancing, unique patterns of speech, and even risqué experimentation with gender and sexuality, captivated the country's youth in the 1940s. The Power of the Zoot is the first book to give national consideration to this famous phenomenon. Providing... more...

  • The Bandit of Kabulby Jerry Beisler

    Trine Day 2012; US$ 14.99

    Filled with cutting-edge, global commentary on the last days of the legal Afghanistan-to-Amsterdam hash-smuggling route, this memoir tells of Jerry Beisler?s adventures around Asia and the United States. Complete with hedonism, high jinks, and humor, the fast-paced narrative also tells of serial killer Charles Sobaraj, the early days of reggae across... more...

  • A Story of Seven Summersby Hilary Burden

    Allen & Unwin 2012; US$ 22.72

    From London journalist to owner of the historic, ramshackle Nun's Cottage and two alpacas (named Jack and Kerouac) and providore of local produce, this is Hilary Burden's journey. more...

  • American Exceptionalism in the Age of Obamaby Stephen Brooks

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 54.95

    The election of President Obama in 2008 and the apparent decline of American power in the world has rekindled an old and important debate. Is the United States exceptional in its values and institutions, as well as in the role that it is destined to play in world affairs? In this book, Stephen Brooks argues that American exceptionalism has been and... more...

  • The Fluency of Lightby Aisha Sabatini Sloan

    University of Iowa Press 2013; US$ 19.95

    In these intertwined essays on art, music, and identity, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, the daughter of African American and Italian American parents, examines the experience of her mixed-race identity. Embracing the far-ranging stimuli of her media-obsessed upbringing, she grasps at news clippings, visual fragments, and lyrics from past and present in order... more...

  • Three Golden Agesby Alf J. Mapp

    Madison Books 1998; US$ 37.99

    In this intriguing book, best-selling author Alf Mapp, Jr. explores three periods in Western history that exploded with creativity: Elizabethan England, Renaissance Florence, and America's founding. What enabled these societies to make staggering jumps in scientific knowledge, develop new political structures, or create timeless works of art? more...

  • Biting through the Skinby Nina Mukerjee Furstenau

    University of Iowa Press 2013; US$ 19.00

    At once a traveler?s tale, a memoir, and a mouthwatering cookbook, Biting through the Skin offers a first-generation immigrant?s perspective on growing up in America?s heartland. Author Nina Mukerjee Furstenau?s parents brought her from Bengal in northern India to the small town of Pittsburg, Kansas, in 1964, decades before you could find long-grain... more...

  • American Exceptionalismby Charles Murray

    AEI Press 2013; US$ 1.00

    In American Exceptionalism: An Experiment in History , Charles Murray describes how America?s geography, ideology, politics, and daily life set the new nation apart from Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. He then discusses the ways that exceptionalism changed during America?s evolution over the course of the 20th century. Which changes are... more...

  • Bloody British History Camdenby Dick Weindling; Marianne Colloms

    The History Press 2013; US$ 3.99

    Camden has a dark side to rival that of any London borough. The first murderer to be caught using transatlantic cable lived in Camden and the last woman to be hanged shot her lover outside a Hampstead pub. Riots, disasters and accidents feature heavily in the area's history: many residents, for example, were caught up in the worst ice-skating accident... more...

  • Twilight of the Republicby Justin B. Litke

    The University Press of Kentucky 2013; US$ 50.00

    The uniqueness of America has been alternately celebrated and panned, emphasized and denied, for most of the country's history -- both by its own people and by visitors and observers from around the world. The idea of "American exceptionalism" tends to provoke strong feelings, but few are aware of the term's origins or understand its true meaning.... more...