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Breadlines Knee-Deep in Wheat: Food Assistance in the Great Depression

by Janet Poppendieck

At no time during the Great Depression was the contradiction between agriculture surplus and widespread hunger more wrenchingly graphic than in the government's attempt to raise pork prices through the mass...


Shorebird Ecology, Conservation, and Management

by Dr. Mark A. Colwell

Shorebirds are model organisms for illustrating the principles of ecology and excellent subjects for research. Their mating systems are as diverse as any avian group, their migrations push the limits of endurance,...


Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up

by Mary Beard

What made the Romans laugh? Was ancient Rome a carnival, filled with practical jokes and hearty chuckles? Or was it a carefully regulated culture in which the uncontrollable excess of laughter was a force to...


Indispensable and Other Myths: Why the CEO Pay Experiment Failed and How to Fix It

by Michael Dorff

Prodded by economists in the 1970s, corporate directors began adding stock options and bonuses to the already-generous salaries of CEOs with hopes of boosting their companies' fortunes. Guided by largely unproven...


The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure

by Jonathan Peter Balcombe

Nature documentaries often depict animal life as a grim struggle for survival, but this visually stunning book opens our eyes to a different, more scientifically up-to-date way of looking at the animal kingdom....


Dark Archive

by Laura Mullen

Dark archive: The purpose of a dark archive is to function as a repository for information that can be used as a failsafe during disaster recovery.

Laura Mullen's fourth collection is a sequence of beautifully...


The Other West: Latin America from Invasion to Globalization

by Marcello Carmagnani & Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia

The Other West provides a provocative new interpretation of Latin American history and the region's place in the changing global political economy, from the discovery of America into the twenty-first century....


In Search of Lost Meaning: The New Eastern Europe

by Adam Michnik, Irena Grudzinska Gross & Vaclav Havel

In this new collection of essays, Adam Michnik-one of Europe's leading dissidents-traces the post-cold-war transformation of Eastern Europe. He writes again in opposition, this time to post-communist elites...


Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization

by Khiara M. Bridges

Reproducing Race, an ethnography of pregnancy and birth at a large New York City public hospital, explores the role of race in the medical setting. Khiara M. Bridges investigates how race-commonly seen as biological...


German Voices: Memories of Life During Hitler's Third Reich

by Frederic C. Tubach & Sally Patterson Tubach

What was it like to grow up German during Hitler's Third Reich? In this extraordinary book, Frederic C. Tubach returns to the country of his roots to interview average Germans who, like him, came of age between...


Native Wine Grapes of Italy

by Ian D'agata

Mountainous terrain, volcanic soils, innumerable microclimates, and an ancient culture of winemaking influenced by Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans make Italy the most diverse country in the world of wine. This...


Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual Culture and Medieval Japan

by Charlotte Eubanks

Miracles of Book and Body is the first book to explore the intersection of two key genres of sacred literature in medieval Japan: sutras, or sacred Buddhist texts, and setsuwa, or "explanatory tales," used in...


Imperial Heights: Dalat and the Making and Undoing of French Indochina

by Eric T. Jennings

Intended as a reminder of Europe for soldiers and clerks of the empire, the city of Dalat, located in the hills of Southern Vietnam, was built by the French in an alpine locale that reminded them of home. This...


Taxing the Poor: Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged

by Katherine S. Newman & Rourke O'Brien

This book looks at the way we tax the poor in the United States, particularly in the American South, where poor families are often subject to income taxes, and where regressive sales taxes apply even to food...


Sex Panic and the Punitive State

by Roger N. Lancaster

One evening, while watching the news, Roger N. Lancaster was startled by a report that a friend, a gay male school teacher, had been arrested for a sexually based crime. The resulting hysteria threatened to...


Acting in the Night: Macbeth and the Places of the Civil War

by Alexander Nemerov

What can the performance of a single play on one specific night tell us about the world this event inhabited so briefly? Alexander Nemerov takes a performance of Macbeth in Washington, DC on October 17, 1863-with...


Everyday America: Cultural Landscape Studies After J. B. Jackson

by Chris Wilson & Paul Groth

As old as a roadway that was once a Native trail, as new as the suburban subdivisions spreading across the American countryside, the cultural landscape is endlessly changing. The study of cultural landscapes-a...


Heroes of Empire: Five Charismatic Men and the Conquest of Africa

by Edward Berenson

During the decades of empire (1870-1914), legendary heroes and their astonishing deeds of conquest gave imperialism a recognizable human face. Henry Morton Stanley, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Charles Gordon,...


The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It

by Julian Cribb

In The Coming Famine, Julian Cribb lays out a vivid picture of impending planetary crisis--a global food shortage that threatens to hit by mid-century--that would dwarf any in our previous experience. Cribb's...


Society of the Dead: Quita Manaquita and Palo Praise in Cuba

by Todd Ochoa

In a riveting first-person account, Todd Ramón Ochoa explores Palo, a Kongo-inspired "society of affliction" that is poorly understood at the margins of Cuban popular religion. Narrated as an encounter with...