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Albanian Escape: The True Story of U.S. Army Nurses Behind Enemy Lines

by Agnes Jensen Mangerich

On November 8, 1943, U.S. Army nurse Agnes Jensen stepped out of a cold rain in Catania, Sicily, into a C-53 transport plane. But she and twelve other nurses never arrived in Bari, Italy, where they were to...


Contemporary Chinese Political Thought: Debates and Perspectives

by Fred Dallmayr & Zhao Tingyang

Westerners seem united in the belief that China has emerged as a major economic power and that this success will most likely continue indefinitely. But they are less certain about the future of China's political...


Victorious Insurgencies: Four Rebellions That Shaped Our World

by Anthony James Joes

Insurgencies, especially in the form of guerrilla warfare, continue to erupt across many parts of the globe. Most of these rebellions fail, but Four Rebellions that Shaped Our World analyzes four twentieth-century...


Homer Simpson Marches on Washington: Dissent Through American Popular Culture

by Joseph Foy, Timothy M. Dale & Kate Mulgrew

The Simpsons questions what is culturally acceptable, showcasing controversial issues like homosexuality, animal rights, the war on terror, and religion. This subtle form of political analysis is effective in...


Constructing Affirmative Action: The Struggle for Equal Employment Opportunity

by David Hamilton Golland

Between 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson defined affirmative action as a legitimate federal goal, and 1972, when President Richard M. Nixon named one of affirmative action's chief antagonists the head...


Spookiest Stories Ever: Four Seasons of Kentucky Ghosts

by Lonnie E. Brown, Roberta Simpson Brown & Elizabeth Tucker

If tree branches scratching at your window on a stormy April night or the hot, sticky oppression of a stifling summer's day puts fear into your heart. Or rustling November leaves, and the chill that sneaks into...


Integral Pluralism: Beyond Culture Wars

by Fred Dallmayr

In addition to war, terrorism, and unchecked military violence, modernity is also subject to less visible but no less venomous conflicts. Global in nature, these "culture wars" exacerbate the tensions between...


The Future of China-Russia Relations

by James A. Bellacqua

Relations between China and Russia have evolved dramatically since their first diplomatic contact, particularly during the twentieth century. During the past decade China and Russia have made efforts to strengthen...


Ghosts of the Bluegrass

by Macy Wyatt, James McCormick & William Lynwood Montell

In Ghosts of the Bluegrass, James McCormick and Macy Wyatt present stories of Kentucky ghosts past and present. Some of the tales are set in rural areas, but many take place in urban areas such as the haunted...


Civil Rights in the Gateway to the South: Louisville, Kentucky, 1945-1980

by Tracy E. K'Meyer

The struggles of the civil rights movement were not limited to the Deep South. Although states like Alabama and Mississippi receive the most attention from historians, civil rights leaders were active across...


Race, War, and Remembrance in the Appalachian South

by John C. Inscoe

John C. Inscoe is a luminary in the field of Appalachian studies. He has spent much of his career exploring the social, economic, and political significance of slavery and race in the mountain South as well...


Homer Simpson Goes to Washington: American Politics Through Popular Culture

by Joseph Foy

Americans are turning to popular culture to make sense of the American political system, a trend that explains the success of television shows such as The Simpsons, The West Wing, The Daily Show, and Chapelle's...


The Future of Religion in American Politics

by Charles W. Dunn

From City Hall to the White House, from local courthouses to the Supreme Court, religion is indisputably influential in American politics. Finding the proper relationship between church and state has given rise...


Freedom's Main Line: The Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides

by Derek Charles Catsam

In 1961, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and other civil rights groups began organizing the Freedom Rides. The Freedom Riders were volunteers of different backgrounds who travelled on buses throughout...


Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the Twenty-First Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun

by Gregory S. Parks, Julianne Malveaux & Marc Morial

For much of the twentieth century, black Greek-letter organizations (BGLOs) united individuals dedicated to excellence, fostering kinship ties, and uplifting African Americans. Despite the profound influence...


Blood in the Sand: Imperial Fantasies, Right-Wing Ambitions, and the Erosion of American Democracy

by Stephen Eric Bronner

Blood in the Sand is Stephen Eric Bronner's powerful critique of the current state of American foreign and domestic policy, ranging from the government's initial response to 9/11 and the assault on Afghanistan...


Act of Justice: Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the Law of War

by Burrus M. Carnahan

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...


Resisting Rebellion: The History and Politics of Counterinsurgency

by Anthony James Joes

In Resisting Rebellion, Anthony James Joes explores insurgencies ranging across five continents and spanning more than two centuries. Analyzing examples from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the...


Ghosts Across Kentucky

by William Lynwood Montell

"Lynwood Montell has collected ghost tales all over the state of Kentucky, from coal mining settlements to river landings, from highways to battlefields. He presents these suspense-filled stories just as he...


Why Air Forces Fail: The Anatomy of Defeat

by Robin Higham & Stephen J. Harris

According to Robin Higham and Stephen J. Harris, "Flight has been part of the human dream for aeons, and its military application has likely been the dark side of that dream for almost as long." In the twentieth...