Journalism Book Special!

Journalism is a central institution in the social, cultural, and political lives of communities, nations, and the world, and citizens rely on the information and analysis that journalists produce each day. Our new book series, Journalism in Perpective: Continuities and Disruptions explores journalism’s institutional features, including its roles, ethics, operations, and boundaries. Take a look at some of the books in the Journalism series (and some that aren’t in the series) that are now 30% to 50% off!

Use code JNLM2018 on our website or by calling (800)-621-2736.
Offer expires October 31st, 2018.

Before Journalism Schools: How Gilded Age Reporters Learned the Rules by Randall S. Sumpter

Regularly $35 • Now $25 • 978-0-8262-2159-9 • hardcover

“Sumpter introduces the notion that the day’s news work rules were spread through communities of practice, that is, informal interpersonal networks involving ‘knowledge brokers,’ as well as through news fiction, newswriters’ autobiographies, and trade and general interest publications. The author’s early point about how studying this topic can offer insight into today’s technology-driven upsetting of the boundaries of journalism underscores why this study is important.”—Patricia Dooley, Wichita State University; author of Taking Their Political Place: Journalists and the Making of an Occupation and The Technology of Journalism: Cultural Agents, Cultural Icons

The Struggle for the Soul of Journalism: The Pulpit Versus the Press, 1833-1923 by Ronald R. Rodgers

Regularly $40 • Now $30 • 978-0-8262-2158-2 • hardcover

“This may be a book about history, but its concerns are remarkably contemporary. Its central concern is the struggle for journalism that is both trustworthy and important, a concern that resonates with today’s society that urgently needs credible news reporting but that distrusts media more than ever. It should become essential reading for those who want to understand media criticism in the United States.”—John Ferré, University of Louisville; co-author of Good News: Social Ethics and the Press

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Tangled Bylines: A Father and Son Cover the Twentieth Century by Clyde H. Farnsworth

Regularly $26.95 • Now $20 • 978-0-8262-2108-7 • hardcover • 14 photos

“Two of the most respected bylines of twentieth century American newspapering were Clyde A. and Clyde H. Farnsworth. The son sweeps the reader along with his dad-from a police beat in small-town Ohio to the Communist revolution in China-and on his own journey-from the massive Billy Sol Estes scam in rural Texas to the miasma of post-Baby Doc Duvalier’s Haiti. A two-for-one tour de force.”—Lewis Simons, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-author of The Next Front: Southeast Asia and the Road to Global Peace with Islam

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Charles K. McClatchy and the Golden Era of American Journalism by Steven M. Avella

Regularly $36.95 • Now $25 • 978-0-8262-2068-4 • hardcover • 12 illus.

“Any historian searching for insight into the influences of early American newspapers on policy, the issues affecting the history and development of the American West, or simply the personality of such an imposing historical figure will find it in these pages.”—American Journalism

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Words Matter: Writing to Make a Difference Edited by Mary Kay Blakely and Amanda Dahling

Regularly $29.95 • Now $20 • 978-0-8262-2089-9 • hardcover

The book is divided into three broad categories: profiles, first person journalism, and personal memoirs, and includes the original articles as well as a “postscript” by the writers in which they discuss what they’ve learned about writing, journalism, and the business of getting published. Useful for students and instructors in writing programs, the book also appeals to writers interested in both the art and the craft of successful writing.

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Not So Wild a Dream by Eric Sevareid

Regularly $29.95 • Now $15 • 978-0-8262-1014-2 • paperback

In this brilliant first-person account of a young journalist’s experience during World War II, Sevareid records both the events of the war and the development of journalistic strategies for covering international affairs. He also recalls vividly his own youth in North Dakota, his decision to study journalism, and his early involvement in radio reporting during the beginnings of World War II.

“A beautifully written, idealistically inclined book that captured the youthful dreams of America and the postwar world. . . . What was once read as a personal story can now be seen as a part of our history.”New York Times

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Before THE BIG BONANZA: Dan De Quille’s Early Comstock Accounts Edited by donnelyn Curtis and Lawrence I. Berkove

Regularly $60 • Now $30 • 978-0-8262-2038-7 • hardcover • 15 illus., index

“Donnelyn Curtis, head of Special Collections at the University of Nevada Reno, and Lawrence Berkove, a widely published authority on Mark Twain and Western literature, have joined together to rescue fifty uncollected letters written by William Wright (better known by his pen name Dan De Quille) that appeared in newspapers and magazines between 1860 and 1863….Curtis and Berkove’s uncannily descriptive explanatory notes add much to this newly discovered literary ore.”Mark Twain Journal

The Sagebrush Anthology: Literature from the Silver Age of the Old West Edited by Lawrence I. Berkove

Paperback: regularly $30 • Now $20 • 978-0-8262-1651-9 • 5 tables

Hardcover: regularly $50 • Now $25 • 978-0-8262-1662-5 • 5 tables

“A representative and lively collection. The Sagebrush School receives much comment, but we have not had, until now, an anthology which enables readers to experience firsthand the best of the writings produced during this brief, but important, period.”Joseph McCullough, coeditor of The Bible According to Mark Twain

Biography Book Special!

Biography month is just around the corner! Start early with five of our biographies that are 40% off.

Use code BIO2018 on our website or by calling (800)-621-2736.
Offer expires October 31st, 2018.

Hill - Public Private CitizenA Very Private Public Citizen: The Life of Grenville Clark by Nancy Peterson Hill

Regularly $24.95 • Now $15 • 978-0-8262-2091-2 • paperback • 24 illus.

An enthusiastic husband, father, and friend, Clark was a lawyer, civil rights activist, traveler, advisor, and world citizen at large. Memories from Clark’s family and friends weave through the book, as do Clark’s own inimitable observations on his life and the world in which he lived. A Very Private Public Citizen brings Clark out of the shadows, offering readers an inspiring example of a true patriot and humanitarian, more concerned with the well-being of his country and his fellow man than with his own fame.

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George Washington Carver: In His Own Words, Second Edition by Gary R. Kremer

Regularly $29.95 • Now $18 • 978-0-8262-2139-1 • hardcover • 14 illus.

“Kremer’s background and transitional comments, along with Carver’s writings, succeed in bringing Carver to life; helping readers to encounter, empathize with, and appreciate this complex, often contradictory man.”―The Journal of Southern History, for the first edition

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Henry Ware Lawton: Union Infantryman, Frontier Soldier, Charismatic Warrior by Michael E. Shay

Regularly $29.95 • Now $18 • 978-0-8262-2100-1 • hardcover • 24 illus.

“Shay provides an excellent balance between Lawton’s life and the historical context in which he lived. Lawton was a man of his times who shaped the society he lived in and the wars he fought.”—Tony R. Mullis, United States Army Command and General Staff College, author of Peacekeeping on the Plains: Army Operations in Bleeding Kansas

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American Tragedian: The Life of Edwin Booth by Daniel J. Watermeier

Regularly $55 • Now $33 • 978-0-8262-2048-6 • hardcover • 25 illus.

“One may say that any life or any company is without consequence, but well-done biographies and performance histories, such as Edwin Booth and American Tragedian, remind theatre historians that, without them, further histories will also suffer in consequence.”—Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism

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The Story of Rose O’Neill: An Autobiography by Miriam Formanek-Brunell

Regularly $35 • Now $21 • 978-0-8262-1106-4 • hardcover

In these memoirs, O’Neill reveals herself as a woman who preferred art, activism, and adventure to motherhood and marriage. Featuring photographs from the O’Neill family collection, The Story of Rose O’Neill fully reveals the ways in which she pushed at the boundaries of her generation’s definitions of gender in an effort to create new liberating forms.

The Winchester Biography Gets a New Cover!

Did you watch the Winchester movie that came out in February? Or did you read this interesting article about her house? Or lastly, did you read Mary Jo Ignoffo’s book Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune?

If you haven’t done the latter, then you should now, because not only is it interesting but the book received a new cover! Check it out below.

Captive of the Labyrinth is an excellent read. Ignoffo finally sets the record straight on one of the most fascinating and misunderstood women in California history. A real page-turner!”—Gary F. Kurutz, California State Library Director of Special Collections

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It feels like the new cover is shrouded in mystery like Sarah Winchester was! For those who don’t know much about Sarah Winchester, here’s a little taste to what you can find inside the book.

$24.95 • 978-0-8262-1983-1 • paperback • 29 illus.

Since her death in 1922, Sarah Winchester has been perceived as a mysterious, haunted figure. After inheriting a vast fortune upon the death of her husband in 1881, she bought a simple farmhouse and turned it into what it is today. A hostile press cast Sarah as the conscience of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company—a widow shouldering responsibility for the many deaths caused by the rifle that brought her riches. She was accused of being a ghost-obsessed spiritualist, and to this day it is largely believed that the extensive construction she executed on her San José house was done to appease the ghouls around her.

“While the film and the biography couldn’t be less alike, both reach similar conclusions about Ms. Winchester: She was considerably more heroic, and considerably less nuts, than she has sometimes been painted. In Ms. Ignoffo’s book, Ms. Winchester is a savvy businesswoman; a beloved employer; and a generous sister, aunt and philanthropist. In “Winchester,” she’s a tough heroine out to protect her family and home from evil spirits and greedy company executives alike.”–New York Time’s review

End of Summer Book Special!

Sadly, the fun in the sun is coming to an end! Don’t be too sad though because we have a 40% off end of summer book special with four of our literature and art books!

Use code EOS2018 on our website or by calling (800)-621-2736.
Offer expires September 30th, 2018.

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American Tragedian: The Life of Edwin Booth by Daniel J. Watermeier

Regularly $55 • Now $33 • 978-0-8262-2048-6 • hardcover • 25 illus.

“One may say that any life or any company is without consequence, but well-done biographies and performance histories, such as Edwin Booth and American Tragedian, remind theatre historians that, without them, further histories will also suffer in consequence.”—Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism


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Joyce’s City: History, Politics, and Life in Dubliners by Jack Morgan

Regularly $60 • Now $36 • 978-0-8262-2045-5 • hardcover

In 1914, James Joyce published Dubliners, a collection of short stories depicting life in Dublin at the turn of the century. One hundred years later, readers and critics alike continue to return to this book, Joyce’s first major work. One of these critics is Jack Morgan, whose study Joyce’s Cityoffers refreshing readings on the occasion of the Dubliners centennial.

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The New Woman Gothic: Reconfigurations of Distress by Patricia Murphy

Regularly $50 • Now $30 • 978-0-8262-2067-7 • hardcover

The New Woman Gothic is a well-written and fascinating study. Murphy makes compelling arguments throughout and opens space for further exploration into New Woman Gothic fiction.”—Studies in the Novel



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Crossing Borders Through Folklore: African American Women’s Fiction and Art by Alma Jean Billingslea-Brown

Regularly $40 • Now $24 • 978-0-8262-1199-6 • hardcover • 15 illus.

“Overall, her navigation of the borders between visual art and literature, her ability to mediate between the masculinist impulse of the black arts movement and feminism, as well as her juxtaposition of European/mainstream art and the aesthetics and politics of minority art, provides a constant argument for the folk aesthetic, which she positions as the ‘fecunding matrix’ that allows artists to traverse the shifting slopes of identity politics and avant-garde asthetics that comprise the postmodernist art of the 1990s.”—Novel, A Forum on Fiction

Robert H. Ferrell, 1921-2018

We are sorry to announce the death of author and American historian, Robert H. Ferrell, who died on August 8th at the age of 97. The New York Times gives a very nice account of his life in their obituary.

Today, we feature a tribute to Ferrell from friends and former students in the form of a book the University of Missouri Press published several years ago: Presidents, Diplomats, and Other Mortals, edited by J. Garry Clifford and Theodore A. Wilson.

The Ferrell contribution rests on the special qualities of his scholarship, expressed with grace and economy, and often with humor, over the past half century. To say that he is a prolific scholar does not do justice to the stream of books—monographs, surveys, diaries, memoirs, texts, and documents—he has written or edited since the publication of his first book in 1952. They number more than fifty…

Yet it is arguable in light of the recollections of his students that his influence as a teacher may have been more significant than his accomplishments as a writer.—Lawrence Kaplan

The authors of this tribute sought to exemplify the scholarly standards of narrative diplomatic history espoused by Ferrell—especially the notion that historians should attempt to explain fully the circumstances, opportunities, and pressures that influence foreign policy decisions while remembering that historical actors cannot with certainty predict the outcomes of their actions.

Presidents, Diplomats

Presidents, Diplomats, and Other Mortals
J. Garry Clifford, Theodore A. Wilson
9780826217479 • hardcover • 352 pp. • $50.00

Robert Ferrell wrote and edited more than 60 (!) books in his lifetime and published more than 20 with the University of Missouri Press. Here are a just a few:

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Harry S. Truman: A Life
97808262105000 • paperback • 520 pp. • 32 illus. • $29.95

The Autobiography of Harry S. Truman
9780826214454 • paperback • 160 pp. • 32 illus. • $19.95

Five Days in October: The Lost Battalion of World War I
9780826220738 • paperback • 152 pp. • 17 illus. • $19.95

Collapse at Meuse-Argonne: The Failure of the Missouri-Kansas Division
9780826221421 • paperback • 176 pp. • 21 illus. • $24.95

Harry S. Truman and the Cold War Revisionists
9780826220608 • paperback • 160 pp. • $19.95

Dear Bess: The Letters from Harry to Bess Truman, 1910-1959
9780826212030 • paperback • 608 pp. • 55 illus. • $34.95

Early Missouri

Rich details of early life in Missouri’s river valleys define two of our newly available paperbacks.

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$36.95 • ISBN: 978-0-8262-2132-2

François Vallé (1716–1783) was born in Beauport, Canada and immigrated to Upper Louisiana as a penniless common laborer sometime during the early 1740s. Settling in Ste. Genevieve, he engaged in agriculture, lead mining, and the Indian trade, and ultimately became the wealthiest and most powerful individual in Upper Louisiana, although he never learned to read or write.

Based entirely on primary source documents, Carl Ekberg’s François Vallé and His World: Upper Louisiana Before Lewis and Clark traces the life of Vallé, his family, and the lives of his slaves. In doing so, Ekberg provides a portrait of Missouri’s very first black families, something that has never before been attempted.

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$39.95 • ISBN: 978-0-8262-2143-8

The mass migrations to the United States from Europe that began in the 1830s were strongly influenced by what is known today as emigration literature—travelers’ writings about their experiences in the New World. Gottfried Duden’s account, published in 1829, was among the most influential of these books. Written as a collection of letters, the idyllic descriptions of pioneer farming in Missouri made it an instant success that attracted thousands of Germans to the Midwest, particularly to Missouri. This edited and annotated translation is the first complete version to be published in English.

The Mississippi-Missouri valley reminded Duden of his native Rhineland where the rivers facilitated trade and transportation, and fertile river bottom land offered the perfect environment for agriculture. Duden farmed the land he bought during his stay in Missouri, and he includes meticulous descriptions of clearing, fencing, and harvesting. His pro-emigration bias and his ability to hire help on his farm made his view of the farmer’s life more idyllic than practical. Many would-be gentlemen farmers, inspired by his book to come to Missouri, found pioneer farming more strenuous than they had expected.

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Upper Louisiana before Lewis and Clark
Carl J. Ekberg

Winner, Kemper and Leila Williams Prize in Louisiana History

$36.95 | ISBN: 978-0-8262-2132-2 |  336 pp. | 16 illus. | 6.13 x 9.25

and a Stay of Several Years Along the Missouri (During the Years 1824-1827)
By Gottfried Duden; James W. Goodrich, General Editor
George H. Kellner, Elsa Nagel, Adolf E. Schroeder, and W. M. Senner, Editors and Translators

$39.95| ISBN: 978-0-8262-2143-8 | 400 pp. | 6 x 9

François Vallé and Report on a Journey are both available at Amazon and IndieBound,  and on our website, or by calling 800-621-2736.

Intellectual History Book Special!

It’s our back-to-school special with a 40% discount on four of our intellectual history books!

Use code IH2018 on our website or by calling (800)-621-2736.
Offer expires August 31st, 2018.

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Selected and Edited by Charles R. Embry and Glenn Hughes

Regularly $50 • Now $30 • 978-0-8262-2134-6 • hardcover • 1 chart

“The achievement of this volume is superb. Through a selection of his writings perfectly chosen, it makes manifest to everyone the preeminent place of Eric Voegelin in the intellectual landscape of the twentieth century.”–Tilo Schabert, University of Erlangen, author of How World Politics Is Made

Recently, an article came out from the VoegelinView about The Eric Voegelin Reader, called, Establishing True Community in Philia Among Students: Teaching The Eric Voegelin Reader. If this book interests you, then definitely read this article too!

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The Hidden Origins of Modern Law
by Andrew Porwancher

Regularly $40 • Now $24 • 978-0-8262-2086-8 • hardcover • 5 illus.

“[The book] will become the standard work on the subject, and more than that, will contribute to emerging clarity in the field of early twentieth-century legal ideas more broadly.”–Noah Feldman, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, author of Cool War: The Future of Global Competition

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A New Basis for Animal Ethics: Telos and Common Sense by Bernard E. Rollin

Regularly $40 • Now $24 • 978-0-8262-2101-8 • hardcover

“Possibly the most important book on animal welfare written to date. In exquisite chapter after chapter Rollin presents the philosophical background of what telos is, why it matters and demonstrates with stories, anecdotes, and data, why common sense is an important basis for understanding animals, their needs and their wants. Rollin has the ability to speak to each reader as if s/he is the only person he is talking to. He is a remarkable talent and brilliant teacher. A great read, a must read.”–Alan Goldberg, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Founding Director Emeritus of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, Berman Institute of Bioethics

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Challenge of Religion by Johannes Morsink

Regularly $65 • Now $39 • 978-0-8262-2084-4 • hardcover • 3 illus., 2 tables

“Johannes Morsink is one of the rare scholars who combines astonishing erudition with an ability to focus on our biggest and most pressing contemporary problems. He has succeeded in creating a universal narrative of global human rights accessible to believers and non-believers alike. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Challenge of Religion is an important, magisterial, timely and highly relevant work for both theorists and practitioners of global politics.”–Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America Foundation

World War II Book Special

It’s the last week in July so we’re doing a 30% discount on three of our World War II books that were published in the month of July! The featured books are: Secrets and Rivals: Wartime Letters and the Parents I Never Knew by R. Bruce Larson; A Red Boyhood: Growing Up Under Stalin by Anatole Konstantin; and Not So Wild a Dream by Eric Sevareid.

Use code WW218 on our website or by calling (800)-621-2736.
Offer expires August 1st, 2018.

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Secrets and Rivals: Wartime Letters and the Parents I never Knew by R. Bruce Larson

Regularly $26.95 • Now $18
978-0-8262-2052-3 • hardcover • 21 illus.

“An exceptional and truly unique memoir focused on a son’s reaction to finding letters after his mother’s death that challenged many of his deeply held beliefs about his mother’s character. A rather remarkable piece of insight and history.”–Lisa L. Ossian, author The Home Fronts of Iowa, 1939-1945



A Red Boyhood: Growing Up Under Stalin by Anatole Konstantin

Regularly 24.95 • Now $17 • 978-0-8262-2094-3 • 11 illus.

“Anatole Konstantin’s informative and exciting memoir of his family’s heart-rending struggle to survive the dismal years of Soviet communism is a fascinating page-turner that will appeal to a worldwide readership.”–Jules Koslow

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Not So Wild a Dream by Eric Sevareid

Regularly 29.95 • Now $20 • 978-0-8262-1014-2

In this brilliant first-person account of a young journalist’s experience during World War II, Sevareid records both the events of the war and the development of journalistic strategies for covering international affairs. He also recalls vividly his own youth in North Dakota, his decision to study journalism, and his early involvement in radio reporting during the beginnings of World War II.

“It is a classic American autobiography, superbly written, which evokes poignant memories of the American dream.”–William Manchester

Of related interest (and also on sale!)

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Dick Cole’s War: Doolittle Raider, Hump Pilot, Air Commando by Dennis R. Okerstrom

Now $20 • Regularly $29.95

“With his pilot’s penchant for detail and his professorial eye for high quality scholarship, Okerstrom illuminates the mindset of combat aviators like few other authors.”—John C. McManus, author of The Dead and those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach


Bataan Survivor: A POW’s Account of Japanese Captivity in
Blazich - Bataan SurvivorWorld War II by David L. Hardee and edited by Frank A. Blazich, Jr.

Now $35 • Regularly $50

“With the simplicity and honesty of a family record, Hardee dictated a narrative that is a page-turner for its accurate and detailed portrayal of his experiences.”–Robert Doyle, Franciscan University of Steubenville, author of The Enemy in Our Hands: America’s Treatment of Prisoners of War from the Revolution to the War on Terror

From Anzio to the Alps: An American Soldier’s Story by Lloyd M. Wells

Now $24 • Regularly $34.95

“Beyond question this is one of the best written, most hauntingly eloquent books I’ve read in years. It is beautifully done.”—Robert H. Ferrell

The Unheeded Cry

Yesterday, Sunday June 3rd, was National Animal Rights Day. In honor of this day, we’re featuring two of our books on animal ethics, The Unheeded Cry: Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain, and Science and A New Basis for Animal Ethics: Telos and Common Sense

How can science teach us that animals feel no pain when our common sense observations tell us otherwise? Bernard Rollin offers welcome insight into questions like this in his ground-breaking account of the difficult and controversial issues surrounding the use of animals. He demonstrates that the denial of animal consciousness and animal suffering is not an essential feature of a scientific approach, but rather a contingent, historical aberration that can and must be changed if science is to be both coherent and morally responsible. Widely hailed by advocates of animal welfare and scientists alike on its first appearance, the book—now in paperback—includes an epilogue by the author describing what has changed, and what hasn’t, in the use of animals in scientific research and food production.

I have watched this book reach and unlock the minds of my most skeptical science and engineering students. The Unheeded Cry demonstrates to them, as nothing else has, the sense in which science is value-laden, and why that matters.—Laurie Anne Whitt, Michigan Technological University

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Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain, and Science
Bernard E. Rollin

$26.00 • Paperback: 978-0-8262-2126-1 • 348 pp. • 6 x 9

Available at Amazon, IndieBound, Barnes&Noble, and on our website, or by calling 800-621-2736.

Howard Marshall wins a PCA Award!

“These are the Oscars of popular culture scholarship,” Lynn Bartholome, Executive Director of the PCA, said, “These awards are highly coveted and the competition is fierce. Congratulations to the winners!”PCA Color LogoCongratulations to Howard Marshall, author of Fiddler’s Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Music in Twentieth-Century Missouri and recipient of this year’s Popular Culture Association’s Ray and Pat Browne book award!

Marshall, Professor Emeritus of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Missouri and a native of Moberly, Missouri, also received this year’s Missouri Conference on History book-of-the-year award. The book, which comes with a music CD of archival recordings, is available at, on the Internet, and at selected local stores and organizations.

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Howard Marshall with his fiddle at the Fulton Library, June 2017. Photo by Margot McMillen.

In Fiddler’s Dream, the sequel to Marshall’s earlier book on old-time fiddlers in Missouri, Play Me Something Quick and Devilish, the author uses oral history, archival photographs, and transcriptions of selected tunes to trace the evolution of traditional fiddle music in Missouri from the early 1920s to the abrupt changes in American society and traditional music in the 1960s. The book focuses on fiddle music in everyday life at music parties, dances, pie suppers, festivals, contests, and oprys. Marshall’s wealth of knowledge, gained through a lifetime of involvement in Missouri fiddle traditions, gives the book exceptional richness and depth.