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The Fall of the House of Zeus: The Rise and Ruin of America's Most Powerful Trial Lawyer

by Curtis Wilkie

“Over the past four decades no reporter has critiqued the American South with such evocative sensitivity and bedrock honesty as Curtis Wilkie.”

—Douglas Brinkley

 

The Fall of the House of Zeus tells the...


Tales from Kentucky One-Room School Teachers

by William Montell

In an educational era defined by large school campuses and overcrowded classrooms, it is easy to overlook the era of one-room schools, when teachers filled every role, including janitor, and provided a familylike...


The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: The True Story

by Dean King

"Marvelous....THE FEUD is popular history as it ought to be written." ---Wall Street Journal

Nearly every American has heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys. The violent feud between these two families has become...


The Boys of the Dark

by Robin Gaby Fisher, Michael O'McCarthy & Robert W. Straley

A story that garnered national attention, this is the harrowing tale of two men who suffered abuses at a reform school in Florida in the 1950s and 60s, and who banded together fifty years later to confront...


New Orleans City Guide

by Works Progress Administration

In 1938, under the direction of novelist and historian Lyle Saxon, The Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration produced this delightfully detailed portrait of New Orleans. Containing recipes,...


Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi

by Dean Faulkner Wells

In Every Day by the Sun, Dean Faulkner Wells recounts the story of the Faulkners of Mississippi, whose legacy includes pioneers, noble and ignoble war veterans, three never-convicted mur­derers, the builder...


A History of Education in Kentucky

by William Ellis

Kentucky is nationally renowned for horses, bourbon, rich natural resources, and unfortunately, hindered by a deficient educational system. Though its reputation is not always justified, in national rankings...


Moonshiners and Prohibitionists

by Bruce Stewart

Homemade liquor has played a prominent role in the Appalachian economy for nearly two centuries. The region endured profound transformations during the extreme prohibition movements of the nineteenth century,...


Something's Rising

by Silas House

Something's Rising collects oral histories from a diverse group of individuals from Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Virginia who are fighting mountaintop removal, an ecologically devastating form of...


Tales from Kentucky Funeral Homes

by William Montell

In Tales from Kentucky Funeral Homes, William Lynwood Montell has collected stories and reminiscences from funeral home directors and embalmers across the state. These accounts provide a record of the business...


Uneven Ground

by Ronald Eller

Appalachia has played a complex and often contradictory role in the unfolding of American history. Created by urban journalists in the years following the Civil War, the idea of Appalachia provided a counterpoint...


Rolland Golden: Life, Love, and Art in the French Quarter

by Rolland Golden

An extraordinary recollection of how an artist lived and worked in the French Quarter before its gentrification


Moonshine Memories

by Thomas Allison

For 25 years, Tom Allison was a revenuer, a federal agent charged with enforcement of the nation's laws on taxation of liquor. His territory was the hills, hollows and deep woods of Alabama, and his quarry was...


Lost Auburn: A Village Remembered in Period Photographs

by Ralph Draughon, Delos Hughes & Ann Pearson

Lost Auburn: A Village Remembered in Period Photographs offers a dynamic record of the buildings that once stood in Auburn, Alabama, which have fallen to natural disaster, war, poverty, and neglect, and to what...


Through Others' Eyes: Published Accounts of Antebellum Montgomery, Alabama

by Jeffrey C. Benton

Through Others' Eyes includes descriptions of traveling to and from Montgomery, but it focuses on the travelers' descriptions of Montgomery itself. The published accounts included in the book were written between...


The Mississippi Territory and the Southwest Frontier, 1795-1817

by Robert Haynes

Originally inhabited by Native American tribes, territorial Mississippi has a complex history rife with fierce contention. Since 1540, when Hernando de Soto of Spain journeyed across the Atlantic and became...


A Concise History of Kentucky

by James Klotter

To most people, the word "Kentucky" is likely to inspire thoughts of Derby Day, burley tobacco fields, feuding Appalachian families, coal mines, and Colonel Sanders' famous fried chicken. There is much more,...


The Social History of Bourbon

by Gerald Carson

The distinctive beverage of the Western world, bourbon is Kentucky's illustrious gift to the world of spirits. Although the story of American whiskey is recorded in countless lively pages of our nation's history,...


Sherwood Anderson and Other Famous Creoles: A Gallery of Contemporary New Orleans

by William Spratling & William Faulkner

"When Bill Faulkner came to New Orleans he was a skinny little guy, three years older than I, and was not taken very seriously except by a few of us." Thus the late William Spratling, popularly known as the...


Voices from the Peace Corps

by Angene Wilson

President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. In the fifty years since, nearly 200,000 Americans have served in 139 countries, providing technical assistance, promoting a better understanding...