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Popularizing the Past: Historians, Publishers, and Readers in Postwar America

Astute, informative, and skillfully researched, Witham’s thought-provoking analysis will appeal to historians (and aspiring historians) who want a better grasp on the challenges and opportunities of history as a profession and the business of popular-history books.

The Ends of Freedom: Reclaiming America’s Lost Promise of Economic Rights

This book will be of interest to scholars and general readers alike. It belongs in collections in the social and behavioral sciences.

Ocean Bestiary: Meeting Marine Life from Abalone to Orca to Zooplankton

King’s writing style is delightful and witty; he is a natural storyteller. Readers will also love his illustrations, which have the power to put smiles on faces. Highly recommended for all academic libraries and publics too.


The Gardener’s Guide to Prairie Plants

An excellent addition to any library, this plant guide will prove to be a lasting resource for gardeners and nature lovers.

For the Love of Mars: A Human History of the Red Planet

This insightful history will charm readers of popular science, science fiction, and history.


George Meléndez Wright: The Fight for Wildlife and Wilderness in the National Parks

Highly recommended for nature lovers and park enthusiasts.

Welfare for Markets: A Global History of Basic Income

This eye-opening work should be considered as a first purchase for academic library collections.

Song and Self: A Singer’s Reflections on Music and Performance

Although some acquaintance with musicology and world history is assumed, the author’s engaging style and the universality of the subject matter will likely have widespread appeal. This title is warmly recommended.

Oil Beach: How Toxic Infrastructure Threatens Life in the Ports of Los Angeles and Beyond

Having thoroughly researched the environmental impact of these ports, Dunbar-Hester makes the case that San Pedro Bay has become a sacrifice zone to oil distribution and expanding global trade, with some environmental mitigation considered a cost of doing business.

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