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The University Press of Kentucky

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  • Advance and Destroyby John Nelson Rickard; debra nystrom

    The University Press of Kentucky 2011; US$ 34.95

    In the winter of 1944--1945, Hitler sought to divide Allied forces in the heavily forested Ardennes region of Luxembourg and Belgium. He deployed more than 400,000 troops in one of the last major German offensives of the war, which became known as the Battle of the Bulge, in a desperate attempt to regain the strategic initiative in the West. Hitler's... more...

  • African American Fraternities and Sororitiesby Tamara L. Brown; Gregory S. Parks; Clarenda M. Phillips

    The University Press of Kentucky 2005; US$ 29.95

    The first African American fraternities and sororities were established at the turn of the twentieth century to encourage leadership, racial pride, and academic excellence among black college students confronting the legacy of slavery and the indignities of Jim Crow segregation. Among their ranks are legendary artists, politicians, theologians, inventors,... more...

  • Act of Justiceby Burrus M. Carnahan

    The University Press of Kentucky 2007; US$ 24.95

    In his first inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln declared that as president he would "have no lawful right" to interfere with the institution of slavery. Yet less than two years later, he issued a proclamation intended to free all slaves throughout the Confederate states. When critics challenged the constitutional soundness of the act, Lincoln asserted... more...

  • The Philosophy of Film Noirby Mark T. Conard

    The University Press of Kentucky 2005; US$ 24.95

    From The Maltese Falcon (1941) to Touch of Evil (1958), the classic film noir is easily recognizable for its unusual lighting, sinister plots, and feeling of paranoia. For critics and fans alike, these films defined an era. The Philosophy of Film Noir explores philosophical themes and ideas inherent in classic noir and neo-noir films, establishing... more...

  • Secrets of the Sideshowsby Joe Nickell

    The University Press of Kentucky 2005; US$ 19.95

    On small-town ballfields and county fairgrounds, the sideshow performers set up their tents and trailers in the shadow of the Ferris wheel. There they amazed us with daring feats such as fire eating and sword swallowing, intrigued us with exhibitions of human oddities and various "anatomical wonders," and yes, deceived us with illusions such as "Atasha... more...

  • Claude Rainsby David J. Skal; Jessica Rains

    The University Press of Kentucky 2009; US$ 19.95

    Late in Claude Rains's distinguished career, a reverent film journalist wrote that Rains "was as much a cinematic institution as the medium itself." In Claude Rains: An Actor's Voice, noted Hollywood historian David J. Skal draws on more than thirty hours of newly-released Rains interviews to create the first full-length biography of the actor nominated... more...

  • Basketball and Philosophyby Jerry L. Walls; Gregory Bassham; Dick Vitale

    The University Press of Kentucky 2007; US$ 19.95

    With a Foreword by Dick Vitale What can the film Hoosiers teach us about the meaning of life? How can ancient Eastern wisdom traditions, such as Taoism and Zen Buddhism, improve our jump-shots? What can the "Zen Master" (Phil Jackson) and the "Big Aristotle" (Shaquille O'Neal) teach us about sustained excellence and success? Is women's basketball... more...

  • A History of the Modern Chinese Armyby Xiaobing Li

    The University Press of Kentucky 2007; US$ 27.95

    Xiaobing Li's comprehensive examination of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) offers new insights into the military's central place in modern Chinese society. A History of the Modern Chinese Army goes beyond the usual Western assessments of the Chinese military 'threat' and also expands on the politically constricted scholarship of native Chinese... more...

  • Lincoln Legendsby Jr. Edward Steers

    The University Press of Kentucky 2007; US$ 19.95

    The folklore surrounding history's towering figures often overshadows actual scholarship, both in terms of quantity and in terms of prevalence in the public consciousness. As one might expect with a revered national icon, nearly every facet of Abraham Lincoln's life has been subject to mythmaking as well as academic inquiry of widely varying quality... more...

  • The Philosophy of Science Fiction Filmby Steven Sanders

    The University Press of Kentucky 2007; US$ 19.95

    The science fiction genre maintains a remarkable hold on the imagination and enthusiasm of the filmgoing public, captivating large audiences worldwide and garnering ever-larger profits. The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film explores the storylines, conflicts, and themes of fifteen science fiction film classics, from Metropolis to The Matrix. Editor... more...