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  • The Refinement of Americaby Richard Lyman Bushman

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 20.00

    This lively and authoritative volume makes clear that the quest for taste and manners in America has been essential to the serious pursuit of a democratic culture. Spanning the material world from mansions and silverware to etiquette books, city planning, and sentimental novels, Richard L. Bushman shows how a set of values originating in aristocratic... more...

  • 1970s Childhoodby Derek Tait

    The History Press 2011; US$ 4.36

    Do you remember glam rock, flares, cheesecloth shirts and chopper bikes? Then it sounds like you were lucky enough to grow up during the 1970s. Who could forget all the glam rock bands of that era, like Slade, Wizard, Mud and Sweet, or singers like Alvin Stardust, Marc Bolan and David Bowie? What about those wonderful TV shows like Starsky and Hutch,... more...

  • Blue Highwaysby William Least Heat-Moon

    Little, Brown and Company 2012; Not Available

    Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map-if they get on at all-only because some cartographer has a blank space... more...

  • The United States of Fearby Tom Engelhardt

    Haymarket Books 2011; US$ 16.95

    The creator of TomDispatch dissects America's endless urge to go to war. more...

  • Gun Digest Presents Classic Sporting Riflesby Terry Wieland

    F+W Media 2012; US$ 24.99

    From David Crockett with "Old Betsy" to the mountain men and their Hawkens to the buffalo hunters and their Sharps and Winchester '73s - These are the rifles that fire the imagination of both hunters and historians. Now, Gun Digest presents a unique compilation of articles celebrating these iconic guns. Classic Sporting Rifles, written by a "who's... more...

  • Dispatches from Bitter Americaby Todd Starnes

    B&H Publishing Group 2012; US$ 14.99

    FOX News & Commentary Host Todd Starnes takes a satirical look at serious culture war issues—everything from religion and healthcare to whoopee pie vs. sweet potato pie—getting input from celebrities and everyday folks along the way. more...

  • Oppenheimer Is Watching Meby Jeff Porter

    University of Iowa Press 2007; US$ 24.95

    When he discovers that his father worked on missiles for a defense contractor, Jeff Porter is inspired to revisit America?s atomic past and our fallen heroes, in particular J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb. The result, Oppenheimer Is Watching Me, takes readers back to the cold war, when men in lab coats toyed with the properties... more...

  • Remembering Roadside Americaby John A. Jakle; Keith A. Sculle

    University of Tennessee Press 2011; US$ 29.95

    The use of cars and trucks over the past century has remade American geography?pushing big cities ever outward toward suburbanization, spurring the growth of some small towns while hastening the decline of others, and spawning a new kind of commercial landscape marked by gas stations, drive-in restaurants, motels, tourist attractions, and countless... more...

  • The Wow Climaxby Henry Jenkins

    NYU Press 2006; US$ 22.95

    Henry Jenkins at Authors@Google (video) Vaudevillians used the term "the wow climax" to refer to the emotional highpoint of their actsa final moment of peak spectacle following a gradual building of audience's emotions. Viewed by most critics as vulgar and sensationalistic, the vaudeville aesthetic was celebrated by other writers for its vitality,... more...

  • Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Golden Plunger Awardsby Bathroom Readers' Institute

    Portable Press 2011; US$ 16.95

    This unique volumeó Uncle John?s Bathroom Reader Golden Plunger Awards ógives readers a new way to recognize some of the world?s greatest (and oddest) achievements. Since 1987, the Bathroom Readers? Institute has led the movement to stand up for those who sit down and read in the bathroom (and everywhere else for that matter). With more than 11 million... more...