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  • Patton's Driveby Alan Axelrod

    Lyons Press 2010; US$ 15.99

    Patton?s Drive tells the story of how a young man born to war?who believed himself the literal incarnation of all great warriors past?became a modern American general: in terms of enemy killed or captured, territory taken, and people liberated, the greatest field commander of World War II. more...

  • Presidential Unrealitiesby Sebastian M. Herrmann

    Universitätsverlag Winter 2014; US$ 37.85

    This book analyzes and historicizes an important and popular motif in contemporary US political discourse: the notion that politics has become increasingly ?unreal.? At the turn of the millennium, the simulated quality of politics in general and of the US presidency in particular has become a major object of concern across a broad range of venues and... more...

  • The Political Career of W. Kerr Scottby Julian M. Pleasants

    The University Press of Kentucky 2014; US$ 50.00

    When W. Kerr Scott (1896--1958) began his campaign for the North Carolina gubernatorial seat in 1948, his opponents derided his candidacy as a farce. However, the plainspoken dairy farmer quickly gathered loyal supporters and mobilized a grassroots attack on the entrenched interests that had long controlled the state government, winning the race in... more...

  • Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDRby Dean J. Kotlowski

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 44.99

    In this major biography of an important politician and statesman, Dean Kotlowski presents the life of Paul V. McNutt, a great understudied figure in the era of FDR. McNutt was governor of Indiana, high commissioner to the Philippines (while serving he helped 1,300 Jews flee Nazi Germany for Manila), head of the WWII Federal Security Agency, and would-be... more...

  • Modern American Lives: Individuals and Issues in American History Since 1945by Blaine T Browne; Robert C. Cottrell

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 59.95

    The individuals presented in these narrative biographies significantly, and sometimes decisively, impacted contemporary American life in a wide range of areas, including national politics, foreign policy, social and political activism, popular and literary culture, sports, and business. The combined biographical/thematic approach is designed to serve... more...

  • Claude A. Swanson of Virginiaby Henry C. Jr. Ferrell

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Spanning most of the years of the one-party South, the public career of Virginian Claude A. Swanson, congressman, governor, senator, and secretary of the navy, extended from the second administration of Grover Cleveland into that of Franklin Roosevelt. His record, writes Henry C. Ferrell, Jr., in this definitive biography, is that of "a skillful legislative... more...

  • Prophet Without Honorby F. Ross Peterson

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Glen Taylor's colorful political career, which ran its course from 1944 to 1956, saw him rise from a barnstorming musician to candidate for the vice-presidency of the United States on the 1948 Progressive party ticket. In this illuminating study, Mr. Peterson delineates the life and public career of this man who, though relatively unknown, articulated... more...

  • United States National Interests in a Changing Worldby Donald E. Nuechterlein

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Although the term national interest has long been used in reference to the foreign policy goals of nations, there has been no generally agreed upon definition of the concept; as a result, Donald E. Nuechterlein contends, there has been a tendency for foreign policy to be determined by institutional prejudice and past policy rather than by a systematic... more...

  • 21st Century Simsby Benjamin Armstrong

    Naval Institute Press 2015; US$ 21.95

    For more than two decades at the beginning of the 20th century William S. Sims was at the forefront of naval affairs. From the revolution in naval gunnery that he led as a junior officer, to his advocacy for the Dreadnaught style all-big-gun battleship, to his development of torpedo boat and destroyer operations, he was a central figure in helping... more...

  • General Jacob Deversby John A. Adams

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 44.99

    Of the leaders of the American Army in World War II, Jacob Devers is undoubtedly the "forgotten four star." Plucked from relative obscurity in the Canal Zone, Devers was one of four generals selected by General of the Army George Marshall in 1941 to assist him in preparing the Army for war. He quickly became known in Army circles for his "can do"... more...