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The Trials of Eroy Brown: The Murder Case That Shook the Texas Prison System

by Michael Berryhill

In April 1981, two white Texas prison officials died at the hands of a black inmate at the Ellis prison farm near Huntsville. Warden Wallace Pack and farm manager Billy Moore were the highest-ranking Texas prison...


The American University of Beirut: Arab Nationalism and Liberal Education

by Betty S. Anderson

Since the American University of Beirut opened its doors in 1866, the campus has stood at the intersection of a rapidly changing American educational project for the Middle East and an ongoing student quest...


Analyzing World Fiction: New Horizons in Narrative Theory

by Frederick Luis Aldama

Why are many readers drawn to stories that texture ethnic experiences and identities other than their own? How do authors such as Salman Rushdie and Maxine Hong Kingston, or filmmakers in Bollywood or Mexico...


The Albatross and the Fish: Linked Lives in the Open Seas

by Robin W. Doughty & Virginia Carmichael

Breeding on remote ocean islands and spending much of its life foraging for food across vast stretches of seemingly empty seas, the albatross remains a legend for most people. And yet, humans are threatening...


Texas Furniture, Volume One: The Cabinetmakers and Their Work, 1840-1880, Revised edition

by David B. Warren, Lonn Taylor & Ima Hogg

The art of furniture making flourished in Texas during the mid-nineteenth century. To document this rich heritage of locally made furniture, Miss Ima Hogg, the well-known philanthropist and collector of American...


Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin

by David Greven

Bridging landmark territory in film studies, Psycho-Sexual is the first book to apply Alfred Hitchcock's legacy to three key directors of 1970s Hollywood-Brian De Palma, Martin Scorsese, and William Friedkin-whose...


Spies and Holy Wars: The Middle East in 20th-Century Crime Fiction

by Reeva Spector Simon

Illuminating a powerful intersection between popular culture and global politics, Spies and Holy Wars draws on a sampling of more than eight hundred British and American thrillers that are propelled by the theme...


Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece

by Lee E. Patterson

In ancient Greece, interstate relations, such as in the formation of alliances, calls for assistance, exchanges of citizenship, and territorial conquest, were often grounded in mythical kinship. In these cases,...


Unruly Girls, Unrepentant Mothers: Redefining Feminism on Screen

by Kathleen Rowe Karlyn

Since the 1990s, when Reviving Ophelia became a best seller and "Girl Power" a familiar anthem, girls have assumed new visibility in the culture. Yet in asserting their new power, young women have redefined...


Drug Games: The International Olympic Committee and the Politics of Doping, 1960-2008

by Thomas M. Hunt & John Hoberman

On August 26, 1960, twenty-three-year-old Danish cyclist Knud Jensen, competing in that year's Rome Olympic Games, suddenly fell from his bike and fractured his skull. His death hours later led to rumors that...


Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish?: Dubbing Stereotypes in The Nanny, The Simpsons, and The Sopranos

by Chiara Francesca Ferrari & Joseph Straubhaar

"Since when is Fran Drescher Jewish?" This was Chiara Francesca Ferrari's reaction when she learned that Drescher's character on the television sitcom The Nanny was meant to be a portrayal of a stereotypical...


Hollywood Incoherent: Narration in Seventies Cinema

by Todd Berliner

In the 1970s, Hollywood experienced a creative surge, opening a new era in American cinema with films that challenged traditional modes of storytelling. Inspired by European and Asian art cinema as well as Hollywood's...


Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle

by Frederick Luis Aldama & Derek Parker Royal

Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle is the first comprehensive look at comic books by and about race and ethnicity. The thirteen essays tease out for the general reader the nuances of how such multicultural...


Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values: Educating the New Socialist Citizen

by Denise F. Blum

Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Havana's secondary schools, Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values is a remarkable ethnography, charting the government's attempts to transform a future generation of citizens....


Corporate Crops: Biotechnology, Agriculture, and the Struggle for Control

by Gabriela Pechlaner

Biotechnology crop production area increased from 1.7 million hectares to 148 million hectares worldwide between 1996 to 2010. While genetically modified food is a contentious issue, the debates are usually...


Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels

by Hsu-Ming Teo

The Sheik-E. M. Hull's best-selling novel that became a wildly popular film starring Rudolph Valentino-kindled "sheik fever" across the Western world in the 1920s. A craze for all things romantically "Oriental"...


West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West

by Lynn Stegner & Russell Rowland

What does it mean to be a westerner? With all the mythology that has grown up about the American West, is it even possible to describe "how it was, how it is, here, in the West-just that," in the words of Lynn...


Greenback Planet: How the Dollar Conquered the World and Threatened Civilization as We Know It

by H. W. Brands

The world runs on the U.S. dollar. From Washington to Beijing, governments, businesses, and individuals rely on the dollar to conduct commerce and invest profitably and safely-even after the global financial...


The Informal and Underground Economy of the South Texas Border

by Chad Richardson & Michael J. Pisani

Much has been debated about the presence of undocumented workers along the South Texas border, but these debates often overlook the more complete dimension: the region's longstanding, undocumented economies...


Reclaiming Iraq: The 1920 Revolution and the Founding of the Modern State

by Abbas Kadhim

While some scholars would argue that there was no "Iraq" before King Faysal's coronation in 1921, Iraqi history spans fourteen centuries of tribal communities that endured continual occupation in their historic...