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"Outstanding" Rated Titles from the University Press Books Committee

The following titles received ratings of "Outstanding" (O) by members of the 2017 University Press Book Selection Committee. "Outstanding" titles are defined as having exceptional editorial content and subject matter. They are essential additions to most library collections.


Seltzer, Robert L.

Amado Muro and Me: A Tale of Honesty and Deception

TCU Press

"In Amado Muro and Me, ten-year-old Robert Seltzer moves from his beloved El Paso, TX and his grandmother Alita to Bakersfield, CA where he first experiences racism, bullying and love as the only Latino in his class. It is during this time that Robert learns of the dual life his Cleveland born father, Chester, lives: one as an insightful father and husband, the other as the gifted writer Amado Muro, a pseudonym adopted from his Mexican immigrant wife. Chester guides Robert through this difficult time using experiences he faced as a young man, as well as sharing his experiences as the wanderer and writer Amado Muro. Issues of race, identity, and cultural appropriation are addressed with humor, seriousness and authenticity."—Shannon Harris (AASL)


Reaves, Gayle (Editor)

The Best American Newspaper Narratives, Volume 3

University of North Texas Press

"This anthology presents a collection of ten winners of the Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest of 2015, run by the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. The narratives cover a range of topics from mental health, to death with dignity, to Chinese drywall, to political favors and more. This book is great for providing strong examples of narrative nonfiction writing, as a resource for a journalism class, or as just an interesting read."—Shannon Harris (AASL)


Hemmer, Nicole

Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics

University of Pennsylvania Press

"Love them or loathe them, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and other right-wing talk-show hosts have an outsize influence on our culture, especially when it comes to politics. Readers on both sides who want to know where such figures got their power should try this title that is a sort of right-wing-radio family tree. Hemmer introduces the previous generation of right-wing stars who, starting in the 1940s and 1950s, founded publishing houses, radio and TV shows, book clubs, and magazines. While their ideological descendants work as powerful persuaders in today's conservative movement, these activists created that movement, explains the author. The author's exploration, which is intertwined with her own experiences as a left-leaning member of a conservative family, is a valuable look at how today's political climate emerged."—Henrietta Verma (RUSA/CODES)


Sienkiewicz, Matt

The Other Air Force: U.S. Efforts to Reshape Middle Eastern Media Since 9/11

Rutgers University Press

"Students of history, media, communications, and politics, as well as general readers, will appreciate this nuanced take on recent U.S. relations with the Middle East. Eschewing the tired us-vs.-them approach of too much writing on this troubled marriage, Sienkiewicz provides a detailed, well-researched look at political communication shortly before 9/11/2001 and at the sometimes-clumsy, sometimes-successful attempts to influence it thereafter. The book draws back the curtain on the activities and experiences of Middle Eastern media workers who are operatives in sort of a soft war on opinion, and who express considerable ambivalence toward their work, even as they express appreciation for the freedom it offers compared to other local options. Assumptions on the part of U.S. operatives about how to change Middle Eastern opinion and practices, particularly regarding gender, are also well examined. A worthwhile and unusual look at a media practice that has affected our safety and our worldview but about which most people know little."—Henrietta Verma (RUSA/CODES)


Guroff, Margaret

The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life

University of Texas Press

"Today we frequently read breathless accounts of how complex technological inventions and innovations will upend our lives. In the 19th century, the United States (as well as the world generally, but Guroff concentrates on this country) saw a similar upheaval with the arrival of the bicycle. The earliest two-wheeler, explains the author, appeared on Philadelphian streets in 1819 and was a sensation, causing, in the short-term, a renaissance in local transportation, and long-term, the emergence of the automobile and the spurning of ladies' fashions that made cycling impossible. Guroff covers the birth of cumbersome machines that were suitable only for athletically able men to today's light, fast machines that are a world away from what the Victorians knew, along the way chronicling the fits and starts of bike travel and the emergence of independent life on the road. Also notable is that for such an accessible title, this work has a very thorough set of notes and an extensive bibliography and index—together these features take up about 40 percent of the book."—Henrietta Verma (RUSA/CODES)


Neumann, Ann

The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America

Beacon Press

"Atul Gawande's Being Mortal, Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air, and Caitlin Doughty's Smoke Gets in Your Eyes have recently, and to public acclaim, emphasized that death can be different from the medicalized, impersonal, and torturous marathon we have come to expect and accept. Neumann here presents another thoughtful and high-quality exploration in this vein; inspired by her father's last days, the book seeks to describe what a good death is today. In chapters that are at turns sad, inspirational, and maddening, but above all informative, the author probes readers to ask who all this prolonging of life is for."—Henrietta Verma (RUSA/CODES)


Michael, Robert T.

The Five Life Decisions: How Economic Principles and 18 Million Millennials Can Guide Your Thinking

The University of Chicago Press

"There's no lack of lecturing at millennials about how they should pull themselves up by their bootstraps, but advice targeted toward young people navigating the economic disaster created by their critics is less common. Indeed, advice from an economist on whether to undertake more schooling, how to choose an occupation and a partner, and best undertake parenting and health choices—the five dilemmas of the title—is hard to find for any age group. Readers (including non-millennials) who prefer to make data-driven, informed decisions as they move through life's maze will turn again and again toward Michael's steady, nonjudgmental, and easy-to-apply wisdom on the big things."—Henrietta Verma (RUSA/CODES)


Tharps, Lori L.

Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America's Diverse Families

Beacon Press

"Colorism, 'the preference for or presumed superiority of people based on the color of their skin,' hasn't previously gone unaddressed in scholarly works, but a book-length exploration of the problem in language that will be accessible to general readers is very welcome. Tharps examines colorism in general as well as how it is manifested in various American communities—there are chapters on African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and mixed-race families in our country. She also illustrates that this form of racism is endemic worldwide. With more and more American families embracing members of more than one race, this title offers something that will give them the language to talk about what may have previously gone unspoken at the dinner table, as well as permission to overcome the sadly attendant self-loathing."—Henrietta Verma (RUSA/CODES)


Khabeer, Su'ad Abdul

Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States

New York University Press

"The gorgeous cover alone of this timely work—it shows a young Muslim woman dressed à la the cover of The Girl with the Pearl Earring—ensures that it won't be a shelf-sitter. Inside, readers will find a welcome and too-rare exploration of the world of young African-American Muslims, a group that forms the largest portion of Americans who follow Islam but that is less in the spotlight than Asian and Asian-American adherents of the religion. Chapters include 'Policing Music and the Facts of Blackness,' 'Blackness as a Blueprint for the Muslim Self,' and 'Cool Muslim Dandies: Signifyin' Race, Religion, Masculinity, and Nation,' and a conclusion covers #BlackLivesMatter. While it illustrates a specific youth culture, this title is a must-read for patrons of all ages and backgrounds, not just because it introduces our neighbors but also because it offers a glimpse at the creators of the music and fashion that backdrop our day-to-day lives. Buy this for your adult and YA collections."—Henrietta Verma (RUSA/CODES)


Jay, Bethany and Cynthia Lynn Lyerly (Editors) (Foreword by Ira Berlin)

Understanding and Teaching American Slavery

The University of Wisconsin Press

"Editors Bethany Jay and Cynthia Lynn Lyerly offer more than lesson plans and resource lists in this professional text; they offer context and strategies for creating a classroom climate that allows the teachers to engage students in thoughtful study of this subject. This is a must-have for middle and high school social studies teachers."—Sara Frey (AASL)


Savin-Williams, Ritch C.

Becoming Who I Am: Young Men on Being Gay

Harvard University Press

"Drawing on in-depth interviews and correspondence, Ritch C. Savin-Williams tells the stories of over twenty gay teens, in their words. The stories of the young men who were interviewed are diverse, but have broad appeal."—Sara Frey (AASL)


Brown, Lyn Mikel

Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists

Beacon Press

"How can educators, parents and citizens nurture and support girls who seek to become activists and create their own movements? Based on interviews with numerous women and girl activists, Lyn Mikel Brown provides a thought-provoking array of suggestions and advice. This is a must-read resource in our current political climate."— Judi Repman (AASL)


Speltz, Mark (With a Preface by Deborah Willis)

North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South

Getty Publications

"This volume will be an excellent addition to any high school collection. The illustrations provide insight into the Civil Rights movement outside of the south. Each of the thematic chapters begins with an introductory historical essay. The photographs represent many areas of the country and will facilitate understanding of the broader struggle for Civil Rights in the United States."—Judi Repman (AASL)


Willson, Margaret

Seawomen of Iceland: Survival on the Edge

University of Washington Press

"This fascinating portrait of women facing the brutal climate of Iceland, and the harsh economic realities of fishing, introduces readers to a heretofore little known aspect of maritime life and gender history."—Issac Pulver (RUSA/CODES)


Speece, Darren Frederick (Foreword by Paul S. Sutter)

Defending Giants: The Redwood Wars and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics

University of Washington Press

"An essential addition to the literature of the environmental movement, this history of the Redwood Wars provides a nuanced and comprehensive retelling of the sometimes violent battle between activists and corporations, and the politicization of the environment."—Issac Pulver (RUSA/CODES)


Snyder-Hill, Stephen (Foreword by George Takei)

Soldier of Change: From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement

University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books

"This tale of courage and self-acceptance will resonate with high school students. In this compelling and approachable book, Capt. Stephen Snyder-Hill shares the story of how he courageously served in the military while being forced to conceal his sexuality. As Snyder-Hill says, 'I was this noble, honorable patriot, and I was protecting everyone's freedom—except my own.' As a result of his actions, Capt. Snyder-Hill has earned his place in civil rights history."—Judi Repman (AASL)


Hudak, John

Marijuana: A Short History

Brookings Institution Press

Marijuana: A Short History is approachable while illustrating the intricacies of government policy and public perception. In fewer than 200 pages, John Hudak provides scientific explanations, historical facts, and key insights on marijuana's place in our society."—Sara Frey (AASL)

Marijuana: A Short History, reminds me of Reefer Madness by Larry Sloman. With the recent rash of states legalizing marijuana, an updated primer to marijuana is necessary to understand the historical struggles of marijuana activists. A simple read for individuals with no experience with marijuana and individuals curious about the culture and history surrounding the drug."—Phillip Ballo (RUSA/CODES)


Turk, David S.

Forging the Star: The Official Modern History of the United States Marshals Service

University of North Texas Press

Forging the Star is a guilty read of mine. Turk takes you on a journey of the individuals who were involved in the protection and arrest of historical figures as well as their involvement within the last century. An excellent read for those who love crime history."—Phillip Ballo (RUSA/CODES)


Mann, Michael E. and Tom Toles

The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy

Columbia University Press

"'A scientist tries to understand the way the world works. An editorial cartoonist tries to explain the ways it doesn't,' says the preface to this attempt to save us from ourselves that employs straightforward scientific and political discussion, accompanied by cutting cartoons. The sadly topical book doesn't waste time on assuaging the feelings of climate-change deniers; 'climate change is real and it is catastrophic', says Mann, a professor of atmospheric science and Director of the Earth Systems Science Center at Penn State University. His convincing, accessible chapters on why the problem is urgent are helpfully followed by one on 'A Path Forward' and lengthy bibliographic notes, creating a neatly packaged tool for those willing to take on the naysayers."—Henrietta Verma (RUSA/CODES)


Schneider, Mercedes K. (Foreword by Karen GJ Lewis)

School Choice: The End of Public Education?

Teachers College Press

"A succinct, accessible history and analysis of school choice and a defense of public education. The author takes the readers from the idealistic inception of charter schools, which A.F.T. President Albert Shanker labeled 'School-within-a-school' to the current status of charters. Schneider provides a helpful analysis of issues that influence the school choice movement. She explores the outcome of syphoning funds from public education to for-profit charters, the difficulty of enforcing standards in nonpublic schools and the disparity between schools that can choose students and those that teach all children."—Cathleen Merenda (RUSA/CODES)


Bauer, Justin L., et al.

What Every Science Student Should Know

The University of Chicago Press

"A college success book for those interested in the STEM field. It is engaging and practical. As expected, topics covered include how to excel in your STEM courses, and choosing a major, but what is of great value is the chapters on scientific research, and STEM in the real world. High school students may believe that because they excel now that college is going to be the same environment and they will utilize the same strategies. Student voices give practical advice throughout the book, and debunk a lot of preconceived ideas about college, and the diligence required to succeed. A chapter titled 'Beyond your Bachelors' Degree' rounds out the book in a way that many student success books do not. The question of 'what do I do with a degree in X?' is answered so that students can plan for their future. This book is highly recommended for high school libraries."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Penrose, Roger

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

Princeton University Press

"Eminent theoretical physicist Penrose summarizes the state of modern physics in this critical treatise, developed from a series of lectures delivered at Princeton. Penrose discusses, in turn, String Theory (Fashion), Quantum Mechanics (Faith) and Cosmology (Fantasy), pointing out the shortcomings of each. While the text demands close reading, the layperson will find the complexities of physics distilled without compromise. Penrose's clear style, and the ample illustrations, make this indispensable for the scientifically literate."—Bill Kelly (RUSA/CODES)


Seeley, Thomas D.

Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting

Princeton University Press

"Bee hunting involves focusing on specific bees' flowery dining spots and finding the creatures' hives by watching their homeward flight path. This pastime, which the author notes used to be practiced widely, might be the 'next thing' for your patrons who are avid beekeepers or birders. Seeley's enthusiastic instructions include accounts of his own bee-hunting trips and impart knowledge that is both detailed and clearly written. Readers will learn much from his experiences—including the times when things went wrong—and will benefit from the many photographs and diagrams of bees and of related equipment, some of which readers can learn here how to construct. This title is a joy to read and offers the bonus of being a great resource for those doing reports on bees as well as on Washington Irving, Lewis and Clark, and Henry David Thoreau, all of whose writings about bees and bee-hunting are described."—Henrietta Verma (RUSA/CODES)


Atwater, Edward C.

Women Medical Doctors in the United States before the Civil War: A Biographical Dictionary

The University of Rochester Press

"Edward Atwater provides a fascinating look at women medical doctors, their training, and practice from 1849 through 1861, in total there were 280 medical degrees conferred to women in this time period, this biographical dictionary includes a biography for 222 of these pioneering women. Some entries are multiple pages however, most are 2/3 of a page and easily accessible for grades six and up. The introduction explains the social and religious motivations and barriers along with an overview of medical training in general. This volume will enhance collections and support curriculum for history, women's history, and local history. Although titled as a biographical dictionary each entry show the vast knowledge Atwater has as an emeritus professor of medicine and the history of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Haxton, Jason

Andrew Taylor Still: Father of Osteopathic Medicine

Truman State University Press

"Part of the Notable Missourians collection, this volume brings the topic of osteopathic medicine to grades 3 to 6. Simply written and well-illustrated, the story of an often forgotten Missourian is highlighted. This book is not just regional though, as it can enhance any elementary medicine and health collection. A brief history of life on the frontier is followed by how Still became a doctor, donated land for the first college in Kansas, developing his method of medical treatment, and serving in the state legislature. All of the concepts are explained although topics such as medical licensure may need some extra explanation."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Obenchain, Theodore G.

Genius Belabored: Childbed Fever and the Tragic Life of Ignaz Semmelweis

The University of Alabama Press

"Childbed fever was once the fate of millions of women. Obenchain details the story of monumental significance to both the history of medicine and humanity. The opening chapter grabs the reader with the story of a young mother who, after delivering her first child, quickly succumbs to childbed fever. Details of the sights, sounds, and smells transport the reader back to the days where women in their prime died at a horrifying rate soon after giving birth. The story progresses as Semmelweis slowly discovers the relationship between hygiene and childbed fever. He attempts to share his theory with colleagues via harsh and reckless writings that receive ridicule and contempt from fellow faculty members. Genius Belabored takes a somber turn in describing Semmelweis' bipolar disorder and profound impact on his ability to garner support. Ironically, his death is most likely from a cut on the finger that became infected. This book is a worthy addition to any high school library where research assignments are assigned in biology and an essential resource for libraries supporting anatomy and physiology classes."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Ogden, Paul W. and David H. Smith (Foreword by Marlee Matlin)

The Silent Garden: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Deaf Child, Third Edition

Gallaudet University Press

"Parents and caregivers seeking honest, straightforward, and useful guidance on raising a deaf child have long relied upon Paul W. Ogden and David H. Smith's supportive and insightful text. It has now been reissued in a third revised edition and is an essential purchase for all public libraries. Addressing central questions of communication, personhood, family dynamics, school, and self-care, this book should be part of any core collection on the subject."— Neal Wyatt (RUSA/CODES)


Meikle, Jeffrey L.

Postcard America: Curt Teich and the Imaging of a Nation, 1931-1950

University of Texas Press

"Vivid and handsome scenes of Americana, 'linen' postcards were very popular little art works of landscapes, cityscapes, landmarks and recreational activities. The author explains the origins of the company and artistic processes that created the cards, which were based on photographs and collage. The scholar-author has a breezy yet informative style and the cultural images that were valued at the time will delight and inform present-day readers."—Cathleen Merenda (RUSA/CODES)


Leifer, Neil (With Diane K. Shah)

Relentless: The Stories behind the Photographs

University of Texas Press

"Books of photographs, especially those with accompanying background by the photographer, are great browsing additions to library shelves. This one, by renowned sports photographer Leifer, fits the bill and more. Over the past 50 years, Leifer has pointed his lens toward sports men and women, famous and less so, and some famous figures from outside the sports world. In all cases he has succeeded in capturing moments from gusty to less than glorious, and that illustrate the lengths to which this artist will go to get the perfect shot. His intimacy with his subjects, many of whom became friends, shines through in these images and in his stories that can't fail to draw in even the most reluctant of readers. The black-and-white and color images necessarily vary in quality—some of them are rather old by now—but sports fans of all ages will overlook any imperfections and delight in this winning title. The book will also find surprised fans among those who just relish a great story."—Henrietta Verma (RUSA/CODES)


Smith, Bob

Treehab: Tales from My Natural, Wild Life

The University of Wisconsin Press

"This entry in the 'Living Out Loud: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies' features a series of essays by comedian, Bob Smith, chronicling his pioneering history as an openly-gay comedian, and his battle with ALS, injecting both with humor."—Issac Pulver (RUSA/CODES)


Modern Language Association

MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition

Modern Language Association of America

"Keeping up with the proper way to document sources in writing is a battle as constant as the introduction of new information formats. The latest edition of the Handbook proposes a revolutionary simplified style to apply to universally. A must for writers and researchers."—Issac Pulver (RUSA/CODES)


Burt, Stephen

The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them

Harvard University Press

"This volume is a wonderful resource for both teachers and students who seek to understand contemporary American poetry. Each of the sixty poems (all published since 1980) is followed by an explanatory essay. Author Stephen Burt notes that 'Each essay explains what I find beautiful, important, fascinating, or moving about a poem.'"—Judi Repman (AASL)


Alarc<0x00F3>n, Francisco X. and Odilia Galván Rodríguez (Editors) (Foreword by Juan Felipe Herrera)

Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice

The University of Arizona Press

"Could there be a more appropriate moment in time for this powerful collection of poems related to social justice? The works of 88 poets are represented in this multicultural, diverse collection. The project originated as a response on Facebook to the passage of Arizona's 'reasonable suspicion' law. These poems provide a powerful example of how poetry can be used to promote tolerance, understanding and healing."—Judi Repman (AASL)


O'Dell, Scott (Edited by Sara L. Schwebel)

Island of the Blue Dolphins: The Complete Reader's Edition

University of California Press

Island of the Blue Dolphins is a great read for adults who loved the book as a child. The book contains a highly detailed history behind the book including its inspiration. Highly recommended for nostalgic individuals who want to know more about the history and literary process behind the book."—Phillip Ballo (RUSA/CODES)


Espada, Martín

Zapata's Disciple: Essays

Northwestern University Press

"In a new introduction, Martín Espada shares how the book has been banned and confiscated in recent years, and in his own words, makes 'a case for the case of continuing relevance for a book published almost twenty years ago'. Awarded the Independent Publisher Book Award for Essay / Creative Nonfiction in 1999, Espada's collection of essays is as powerful as ever."—Sara Frey (AASL)


Smith, Bruce R. (Editor)

The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare (2 Volume Hardback Set)

Cambridge University Press

"The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare is a comprehensive and complete reference guide to the life and times of Shakespeare's literary legacy. This two book set explores the works of Shakespeare as an interdisciplinary, cultural phenomena and its effect across time."—Andrea Paganelli (RUSA/CODES)


Kelly, Robert L.

The Fifth Beginning: What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell Us about Our Future

University of California Press

"Robert Kelly identifies four key 'beginnings,' or turning points, in our six million years of human history in order to predict what our future holds. These shifts include the beginnings of technology, culture, agriculture and government. The fifth beginning that Kelly points to is cooperation in a global world, with beginnings in around 1500 AD. Kelly predicts a future with the end of war, a rise in global citizenship, and an end to capitalism as we know it. An accessible and interesting read for anyone curious about human history and evolutionary change."—Shannon Harris (AASL)


Solnit, Rebecca and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas

University of California Press

"A mix of quirky gazetteer to NYC, an essay collection, art book, and cultural criticism, this final entry in a trilogy of artistic, historical, and cultural maps (San Francisco and New Orleans have also been featured) is a visual delight. The maps are not intended to situate specific locations but rather serve as jumping off points for an exploration of multifaceted ideas—from race to song, from gender to riot."—Neal Wyatt (RUSA/CODES)


Goldsworthy, Adrian

Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World

Yale University Press

"Esteemed historian Goldsworthy examines how the Romans came to power and describes the system of allegiances that allowed for relative peace across a massive empire. Goldsworthy's fluid style and depth of knowledge makes a complex system of governance and statecraft compelling reading, reminding the reader that external forces destroyed Rome but that the colonies wished to remain Roman. This is essential reading for anyone interested in Roman history."—Bill Kelly (RUSA/CODES)


Mason, Steve

A History of the Jewish War: AD 66-74

Cambridge University Press

"Mason, a foremost expert on the historian Josephus, provides a meticulously researched, elegantly written account of the Jewish war of AD 66-74. Mason's thorough understanding of the sources and their context allows him to explore evidence, investigate possible scenarios, dispel old myths, and question received knowledge. Mason's superior scholarship and accessible writing make this the definitive account of the Jewish War."— Bill Kelly (RUSA/CODES)


Dhiarmada, Bríona Nic

The 1916 Irish Rebellion (The Companion Volume to the Public Television Documentary)

University of Notre Dame Press

"This title is a gold-mine of information on the 1916 Irish Rebellion. The historical narrative is clearly presented, well-written, and beautifully supplemented with carefully selected illustrations. Many primary sources are reproduced to provide additional context. Part Two, Insurrection, provides a day-by-day account from Easter Sunday, April 23-Monday, May 1. Part Three, Aftermath, shows the impact of the Rebellion on Ireland and on the world."—Judi Repman (AASL)

"The book is a combination of narratives, placing the Irish Rising in its national and international contexts. It is crisply written, evocative and poignant. It is wonderfully complemented by a wide range of contemporary materials such as poems, speeches, letters and images. These items add greatly to the immediacy of her prose and the impact of the narrative."—Teri Maggio (RUSA/CODES)


Fried, Johannes (Translated by Peter Lewis)


Harvard University Press

Charlemagne is a translated work by German historian Johannes Fried. Although hefty in size and rambling at times, this volume will enhance history collections in need of works in this area. Fried transports readers to times that are difficult to picture, to the beginnings of an empire that is now legendary. Extensive use of historical documents and expertly fictionalized when necessary, Fried guides the reader to view Charlemagne through his eyes. Peter Lewis's contribution as the translator helps the reader learn the story of a leader that changed the world. Although websites on Charlemagne abound, the depth and expertise of knowledge from Fried is the value to students. Expertly teaching medieval history, in and around the story of Charlemagne and his influence on the rights and exaltation of the pope, is dense, but not inaccessible to upper level high school students."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Liber, George O.

Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914-1954

University of Toronto Press

"George Liber gives an accessible account of the complex, intricate, and shifting history of the Ukraine during the pivotal 40 year period beginning with The Great War and ending with Khrushchev's transfer of Crimea. This volume is specific in scope and recommended for libraries with a strong AP history population or those libraries with a significant Ukrainian population. The writing is accessible and straightforward however, the names, places, and political maneuvering are difficult material to summarize or simplify. The early twentieth century saw great loss and suffering in the Ukrainian territories and the role these events played in world politics is often neglected. Students can utilize the material for research purposes."—Annemarie Roscello (AASL)


Bronstein, Paula (Foreword by Kim Barker) (Introduction by Christina Lamb)

Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear

University of Texas Press

"This book is an absolutely stunning, compelling, riveting, and horrific visual compendium in America's longest war, selected by photographer Paula Bronstein. The photographs convey her feelings for the people she has captured. The images evoke emotions that are like Afghanistan itself, caught in the space between hope and fear. She evokes the richest portrait of modern Afghanistan found anywhere."—Teri Maggio (RUSA/CODES)


Murray, Williamson and Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh

A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War

Princeton University Press

"An outstanding narrative of the Civil War. The book gives an engaging analysis of the leadership and strategies of both the Confederacy and Union."—Sandy Brand (AASL)

"This expert martial account is well worth the shelf space in an overly crowded genre. The authors connect the most American of violent conflicts to global and historical developments and offer a strongly argued explanation of the war, from its origins to the collapse of the Confederacy. They give great credit to Lincoln as a wartime president and focus attention on the generals and leaders of both sides, pointing out their strengths, mistakes, and failures."—Neal Wyatt (RUSA/CODES)


Douglass, Frederick (Edited by John R. McKivigan, Peter P. Hinks, and Heather L. Kaufman)

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave: Written by Himself, Critical Edition

Yale University Press

"Students and general readers searching for an authoritative edition will welcome this affordable paperback copy of Douglass's seminal work. It reprints the highly regarded 'Approved Text,' the result of careful historical and critical analysis. The edition includes contemporaneous and scholarly further reading, situating the Narrative in both its own time and in ours. A detailed bibliography and additional scholarly apparatus further enhance the volume."—Neal Wyatt (RUSA/CODES)

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