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Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director

by Marilyn Ann Moss

Raoul Walsh (1887--1980) was known as one of Hollywood's most adventurous, iconoclastic, and creative directors. He carved out an illustrious career and made films that transformed the Hollywood studio yarn...


I Wonder as I Wander: The Life of John Jacob Niles

by Ron Pen & Rick Kogan

Louisville native John Jacob Niles (1892--1980) is considered to be one of our nation's most influential musicians. As a composer and balladeer, Niles drew inspiration from the deep well of traditional Appalachian...


Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder

by Gene D. Phillips

One of the most accomplished writers and directors of classic Hollywood, Billy Wilder (1906--2002) directed numerous acclaimed films, including Sunset Boulevard (1950), Sabrina (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955),...


Clark Clifford: The Wise Man of Washington

by John Acacia

One of the most renowned Washington insiders of the twentieth century, Clark Clifford (1906--1998) was a top advisor to four Democratic presidents. As a powerful corporate attorney, he advised Harry S. Truman,...


Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel

by Nick Dawson

Hal Ashby set the standard for subsequent independent filmmakers by crafting unique, thoughtful, and challenging films that continue to influence new generations of directors. Initially finding success as an...


Warren Oates: A Wild Life

by Susan A. Compo

Though he never quite reached the lead actor status he worked so relentlessly to achieve, Warren Oates (1928-1982) is known today as one of the most memorable and skilled character actors of the 1960s and 1970s....


How We Talked and Common Folks

by Verna Mae Slone, Len Slone & Michael Montgomery

Two of Verna Mae Slone's most beloved books -- How We Talked and Common Folks -- are now available in a single edition. How We Talked is a timeless piece of literature, a free-form combination of glossary and...


Madeline McDowell Breckinridge and the Battle for a New South

by Melba Porter Hay & Marjorie J. Spruill

Kentucky native Madeline McDowell Breckinridge (1872--1920) was at the forefront of the suffrage movement at both the state and national levels. The great-granddaughter of Henry Clay and a descendant of several...


General William E. Depuy: Preparing the Army for Modern War

by Henry G. Gole & U.S. Army (Ret.), Major General Stofft

Considered one of most influential U. S. military officers of the twentieth century, William E. DePuy (1919--1992) developed the education and training program that regenerated the U.S. Army after the Vietnam...


Josie Underwood's Civil War Diary

by Josie Underwood, Nancy Disher Baird & Catherine Coke Shick

At the outset of the Civil War, Josie Underwood was the educated, outspoken daughter of a politically prominent family in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She left behind a unique, intimate account of the early years...


Claude Rains: An Actor's Voice

by David J. Skal & Jessica Rains

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...


Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

by Edward , Jr. Steers

Winner of the 2001 The Lincoln Group of New York's Award of Achievement A History Book Club Selection The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a...


Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses

by Anthony Slide

" From his unique perspective of friendship with many of the actors and actresses about whom he writes, silent film historian Anthony Slide creates vivid portraits of the careers and often eccentric lives of...


Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult

by Jayanti Tamm

In this colorful, eye-opening memoir, Jayanti Tamm offers an unforgettable glimpse into the hidden world of growing up “cult” in mainstream America. Through Jayanti’s fascinating story–the first book...


Raccoon John Smith: Frontier Kentucky's Most Famous Preacher

by Elder John Sparks

Lexington, Kentucky, has the honor of being the birthplace of one of the first genuinely homegrown American Christian faiths: the Disciples of Christ. Established in 1832 by the union of two Christian groups...


Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life

by Stephen Michael Shearer

With her commanding presence, legendary actress Patricia Neal (1926-2010) anchored such classic movies as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), A Face in the Crowd (1957), and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)....


The Oprah Phenomenon

by Jennifer Harris & Elwood Watson

With a Foreword by Robert J. Thompson Her image is iconic: Oprah Winfrey has built an empire on her ability to connect with and inspire her audience. No longer just a name, "Oprah" has become a brand representing...


MASH: An Army Surgeon in Korea

by Otto F. , M.D. Apel & Pat Apel

When North Korean forces invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, Otto Apel was a surgical resident living in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife and three young children. A year later he was chief surgeon of the 8076th...


The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century

by Steven Watts

How a Michigan farm boy became the richest man in America is a classic, almost mythic tale, but never before has Henry Ford’s outsized genius been brought to life so vividly as it is in this engaging and superbly...


Welcome to the Departure Lounge: Adventures in Mothering Mother

by Meg Federico

The adventure begins when Meg’s mother, Addie, vacationing in Florida, takes a spill. At the hospital, Addie bolts upright on her gurney and yells “I demand an autopsy!” before passing out cold.

“One...