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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - October 2019 26 September 2019

Michele Filippo Fontefrancesco is a social anthropologist specialising in the field of economic anthropology. Currently, he is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, having studied at the University of Eastern Piedmont (Italy), Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland), and Durham University (UK).

Michele published the monograph The End of the City of Gold? with Cambridge Scholars in 2013 and has written several books in Italian, as well as numerous articles in journals such as Social AnalysisProgress in Development Studies, and Anthropological Notebooks.

His research analyses local development in rural and urban communities, with a particular interest in the relationship between the global economy and local areas. This specialism positions him perfectly as an authority on this month’s ‘Recommended Read’: Encountering Entrepreneurs. An Ethnography of the Construction Business in the North of Italy

Encountering Entrepreneurs. An Ethnography of the Construction Business in the North of Italy 

The book, by Elena Sischarenco (Lancaster University, UK), shows the daily life of businessmen in Lombardy, providing insights into their entrepreneurialism and revealing their plans, ideas, hopes, and failures during a time of economic recession. In Michele’s words, the work “explores what entrepreneurship means in terms of lived experience” and makes “a novel contribution to a complex debate that has animated the social sciences since the nineteenth century.”

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Michele’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABOCT19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st October 2019.

Read Michele’s review below:

“The book is based on Sischarenco's fieldwork in Lombardy, carried out among entrepreneurs in the building sector between 2013 and 2014. The ethnography challenges the idea, rooted in social sciences, of the entrepreneurs as rational market actors committed to finding the best use of the means of production. The ethnography shows how entrepreneurial activity is shaped by feelings, social relationships, personal knowledge, and fortuitous circumstances.

The narration and ethnographic analysis focus on the inevitable contradictions experienced in everyday life by Lombard entrepreneurs. In so doing, the book cracks the fulgid image of the entrepreneur as a post-modern hero of security and determination, showing the profound human nature of the work and role.

The volume is a good starting point for better understanding entrepreneurship in its complexity and opens questions concerning the role of gender, class and the impact of socio-economic change in how the profession is embodied and enacted. In particular, it contributes to a better understanding of the impact of the 2009 global economic crisis, and how it affected the very way in which entrepreneurship is understood by society in post-Credit Europe.”

For further information on Michele, please click here. Click here to purchase Encountering Entrepreneurs. 

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Book of the Month - October 2019 26 September 2019

October’s ‘Book of the Month’ is the product of a collaboration between John Mcevoy and Jim Malone, entitled Mystery and the Culture of Science: Personal Insights for the 21st Century.

Concerning the relationship in contemporary society between two often antagonistic forces, the study is an insightful exploration of the reconciliation of faith and science and why bringing the two forces together could result in a mutually beneficial relationship.

It is unbiased and respectful in its approach, and according to Sean Goan (Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin) the study demonstrates both “the importance and the limitations of scientific method and highlights why people of faith must never shy away from the hard questions or the evidence they don’t want to consider.”

For Patsy McGarry, the Religious Affairs Correspondent of The Irish Times, the text’s message of reconciliation is incredibly timely given the rise of religious fundamentalism on an international scale. McGarry writes that the book “makes clear that there is no necessary conflict between science and faith” but instead elicits “how each can illuminate and enhance the other. For that to happen now, however, the polar opposites of today’s world must be open to one another.” The authors of this work have made a significant contribution as to how such a reconciliation can happen.

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMOCT19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st October 2019.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - September 2019 16 September 2019

For September, our Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ comes from Dr Julia Fischer, Assistant Professor of Art History at Lamar University (USA). Julia is an art historian who specialises in Greek and Roman art; currently, her research focuses on the iconography, reception, and propaganda of Roman Imperial cameos.

Julia is the author of the introductory art appreciation textbook How to Speak Art: Understanding Its Language, Issues, and Themes. She is also the editor of More Than Mere Playthings: The Minor Arts of Italy and Breaking with Convention in Italian Art, which were published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016 and 2017 respectively. She contributed chapters to both books, most notably "A Woman's Weapon: Private Propaganda in the Imperial Cameos of the Early Roman Empire" in More Than Mere Playthings and “Establishing an Augustan Date and Interpretation for the Tazza Farnese” in Breaking with Convention in Italian Art.

In 2016, Julia was named Lamar University's Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon a Lamar University faculty member and one that is reserved for outstanding teachers and scholars.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Julia’s choices. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABSEP19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th October 2019.

Dr Julia Fischer’s ‘Recommended Reads’: 

Patterns in the Production of Apulian Red-Figure Painting by Edward Herring

Most of the previous scholarship on Apulian red-figure pottery has focused on the cataloguing of collections and stylistic matters. Herring takes a different approach by identifying patterns in the decoration of Apulian vases that cast light on the choices made by vase-producers.

Dr Fischer notes how this approach separates the book from its predecessors:

“Previous scholarship of Apulian vase-painting tends to concentrate on cataloguing, attribution to specific painters and potters, iconography, or the study of the shapes of the vessels. Having no provenance or archaeological context for these Apulian red-figure vases has made it difficult to do more than these types of studies, though most of the vessels were discovered in tombs. But Herring utilizes a different methodology in his new book, in which he first creates a database of over 13,500 South Italian vases. By doing so, his goal is ‘to examine certain issues around the production, design and use of the Apulian red-figure across its entire history.’ Consequently, Herring arrives at a more nuanced understanding of the ways in which the ancient people of South Italy commemorated their dead.

Herring’s book is a valuable resource for scholars of Greek art, especially those who specialize in vase-painting. Using a holistic methodology and approach, Herring tracks the patterns of production of Apulian red-figure vases and is able to cite the changes that occur in the iconography, which leads to a better understanding of the tastes of the South Italian consumers of these vases and the ways in which they utilized these vessels in a funerary context.”

Political Religions in the Greco-Roman World: Discourses, Practices, and Images edited by Elias Koulakiotis and Charlotte Dunn

As with Edward Herring’s volume, the aspects which distinguish this collection from previous scholarship are also significant.

“Koulakiotis and Dunn are doing something different here: they and the contributors are trying to ‘diversify our understanding of political religions by assembling new, original research that investigates the political conceptualizations and implementations of religious practice.’

The volume, which has the work of fourteen leading scholars in various areas, from linguistics to political science to art history, investigates the intimate connection between religion and politics in Greece and Rome from the 7th century BCE to the 4th century CE.

The book is a valuable contribution to the study of religion, politics, and the ancient world. Unlike other recent compendia like The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Mediterranean Religions and The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion, Political Religions in the Greco-Roman World encompasses both Greece and Rome and focuses exclusively on expanding the scholarship of political religions.”

For further information on Dr Fischer, please click here.

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Book of the Month - September 2019 04 September 2019

Our September ‘Book of the Month’ is The Fashion Industry and Eating Disorders: The Dangers of the Catwalk by Nikolett Bogár, Ferenc Túry.

This text investigates the excessive ideal of slimness and its dangers for industry representatives.

The world of fashion models is attractive for everybody. For the average audience, a fashion model’s life is glamourous, elegant and enviable, and many young women aspire to follow such ideals. Today, in the age of modern information technologies, there are endless tools for communicating with the world related to fashion.

The daily lives of fashion models can be followed by the masses on social media platforms; they have become influencers, and millions follow the image they represent. However, in the background, there is stress and tension. The fashion industry creates fierce competition, and the models are under intense pressure concerning their body shape. Slimness is a fundamental requirement. This, in turn, leads to an increased risk of eating disorders: fashion models are more prone to develop anorexia or bulimia like symptoms.

The book investigates the role of the representatives of the fashion industry in the excessive ideal of slimness and in the enhanced risk of developing eating disorders. Ensuring the health of the models must be a fundamental aspect of the industry.

To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMSEP19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st September 2019.

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International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2019 04 September 2019

September 16th was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. This designation was made on December 19, 2000, in commemoration of the date in 1987 on which nations signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. For more information about the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer click here.

To mark the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles that are related to sustainability and environmental sciences.

To redeem your discount, simply add the book(s) to your basket and enter the promotional code PRESERVATION19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st September 2019.

Sustainability as a Trend for Competitiveness ChallengesMihaela Ștefănescu (2019-08-15) 'Defining a future development pathway through the lens of sustainability and competitiveness is a unique trademark of any free market. Going beyond this aspect, this book is an invitation to identify relevant correlations between the circular economy, trade, adaptation to climate change, land degradation neutrality, fair-trade, corporate social responsibility, culture, and gender. Among all of these sectors, we are currently witnessing various types of synergies. The key is to distinguish those adaptive solutions which are applicable to real-time changes. This volume scrutinizes the role played by the sustainability agenda in international negotiations, and proposes new perspectives on sustainable management. Through all its chapters, the book focuses on the possibilities to broaden our perspectives when defining policy recommendations.'

Cascading Challenges in the Global Water Crisis, Gerard Magill, James Benedict (2019-02-13) 'This edited book is a collection of essays presented at the 3rd annual endowed conference held at Duquesne University, USA. The conference series addresses emerging concerns and threshold problems about the sustainability of our planet. The contributions gathered here highlight the inter-relation of topics and expertise from the perspectives of science and policy, religion and ethics, and pivotal global issues. The book concludes with an ethical analysis of the multiple and over-lapping challenges to paramount concerns that require urgent attention and long-term resolution.

The book is written for scholars and students in a variety of disciplines and fields that deal with the earth’s current survival and future flourishing.'

Searching for Sustainable Development and Its Purpose: The Human Story, Pavel Nováček, (2018-11-23) 'This book provides a synthesis of sustainable development, formulating and promoting a lifestyle that would facilitate the reasonable satisfaction of the needs of all people throughout the world, be environmental friendly, and not exceed the carrying capacity of ecosystems. It details the “big picture” of the human story, discussing cultural evolutions and current global issues, including the influence of humans on the environment.

The text is, above all, a comprehensive and future-oriented study, mapping the potential opportunities and threats associated with development. It discusses phenomena that are both easily demonstrable and those which are harder to prove.'

The Perils of Climate Risk: The People and the Science, Carole LeBlanc, (2019-04-12) ‘This book provides the average person with something to do about climate change. Based upon the contributing authors’ years of technical expertise, and their participation in a second international workshop on climate risk, it concludes with a list of action items for the old and young alike. With a ‘systems thinking’ approach, the book captures the latest developments in climate change science, atmospheric data, and public policy from leaders in their fields, including a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and a Fulbright Scholar. The book continues the discussion from the first workshop, detailed in Demystifying Climate Risk Volumes I and II (2017), on environmental, health and societal implications; and industry and industrial infrastructure implications, respectively. While the news about the future of climate change is not good, widespread adoption of these principles could literally transform the world!'

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Meet our Authors: Bartłomiej Biegajło - September 2019 15 August 2019

Bartłomiej Biegajło is an early-stage researcher working within the field of translation studies. His interests span from linguistics and literature to cultural studies. He is especially interested in carrying out research within the framework of Natural Semantic Metalanguage—a powerful tool for investigating the meanings of words. Recently, he has been drawn into research related to legal studies seen from the perspective of linguistics and translation studies. He is an Associate Professor at Siedlce University, Poland, where he teaches a variety of subjects related primarily to translation studies. He has published a number of articles, and this is his first book, based on his PhD thesis defended at the University of Warsaw in December 2015.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Bartłomiej has authored Totalitarian (In)Experience in Literary Works and Their Translations: Between East and West.

Bartłomiej describes his experience of working with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

“This is the first time I am publishing a major monograph at a major publishing house. The experience I had with Cambridge Scholars Publishing was an all-round positive cooperation. All the competent people working there guided me through every single step of the publication process and they were all extremely helpful with the suggestions and prompts in an attempt to ensure a quality result. It obviously testifies enormously to their practical experience and hands-on approach. I would especially point to the reviewers who stood out as a team of highly meticulous readers offering their remarks and corrections in a very professional manner. I will definitely return to Cambridge Scholars Publishing in the future.”

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Meet our Authors: Nils Clausson - September 2019 15 August 2019

Nils Clausson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Regina (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada), where he taught from 1984 to 2014. He specialized in Victorian and early twentieth-century British literature. One of the courses he taught was a history of detective fiction, which led to his book on the fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle, a study shortlisted for the 2019 H. R. F. Keating Award. Writers on which he has published articles include Benjamin Disraeli, Matthew Arnold, H. G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, Joseph Conrad, D. H. Lawrence, and Arthur Conan Doyle. His non-academic interests include theatre, and that passion led him to direct several plays for Regina Little Theatre (an amateur community theatre) in the 2000s.  

Nils' literary criticism also includes over 35 articles on Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, G. K. Chesterton, Siegfried Sassoon, George Orwell, and Wilfred Owen, as well as on such topics as genre theory, detective fiction, the poetry of the Great War, and fin-de-siècle aestheticism. His articles on Conan Doyle have appeared in The Victorian Newsletter, Journal of Narrative Theory, English Literature in Transition, and the Journal of Popular Culture.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Nils has authored Arthur Conan Doyle’s Art of Fiction: A Revaluation.

Nils outlined his experience working with Cambridge Scholars Publishing in the following words:

“I have found my relationship with Cambridge Scholars a rewarding and satisfying one. The editors provided guidance at every stage of the publishing process, and were quick to respond to my queries. I have no hesitation in recommending CSP, especially to first-time authors who may find the publishing process a little daunting.” 

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - 2019 August 14 August 2019

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr. Telmo Pereira has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our most recent titles in archaeology. Dr Telmo Pereira is Post-doctoral Researcher in the Polytechnical Institute of Tomar and Professor at the Universidade de Autónoma de Lisboa, exploring and teaching Prehistory and Archaeology. He graduated in Archaeology at the University of Lisbon in 2001 and completed his Ph.D. in Prehistoric Archaeology 2010 at the University of Algarve.

Since 1998, he approaches Prehistoric human evolution by focusing on the way that past human species and societies adapted to drastic environmental shifts. For that he focuses how people changed their thoughts and believes on economy, social networks and technology.

Since 1996, he was awarded with more than a dozen research grants and contracts, invitations for paper and book publications and to revise high-competitive international grants. His tracking record comprises one book, dozens of papers in international journals, book chapters, proceedings, dozens of posters, and podium presentations, invited talks. He also developed reference collections, prototypes, student supervisions, several of them received international grants, and the creation of laboratories and associations.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Telmo’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAUG19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 14th September 2019.

Dr. Telmo Pereira’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Artisans Rule: Product Standardization and Craft Specialization in Prehistoric Society

Editors: Ina Miloglav, Jasna Vuković

Craft production and its significance for understanding social relations are one of the essential topics in prehistoric archaeology. Standardization of raw materials, products, and manufacturing procedures, and the presence or absence of specialized artisans still challenge scholars engaged in the studies of technology, social archaeology, exchange and distribution networks and economy in the past. In this volume, seven case studies covering a chronological span from the Neolithic to La Tène Europe explore the notions of standardization and specialization, the nature of their interrelationship, the methods for assessing their presence in the archaeological record, and their significance for the reconstruction of social relations and emergence of social complexity, while two ethnoarchaeological studies focus on the organization of production and methods of estimation of a number of artisans. This volume brings together research from prominent scholars, based on different theoretical perspectives, thus giving new insight into the fundamental issues related to artisans and their crafts.

"‘Artisans Rule: Product Standardization and Craft Specialization in Prehistoric Society' is a compilation of archaeological, ethnographic, ethnoarchaeological and experimental studies focusing on the tangible and intangible framework of artifact production during Prehistoric times.

Across the Globe, investigators use artifacts to interpret a plethora of traits related to the complexity of past human societies. During this process, they often forget that, between the societies they want to understand and the artifact they use to interpret those societies, there was always a fundamental character: the artisan who actually made the artifacts. Through time and space, each one of these individuals had, in every day of their lives as artisans, clear and specific personal agendas, limited resources, social circumstances, and economical environments. These circumstances directly influenced the production of such objects. This includes the materials in which they were made from, their shape, their sizes, and even their surfaces and when it was the case, their decoration, and so on. For some objective or subjective reasons, sometimes people lost interest in something that was traditional and used through centuries, decades or years, and became interested in new things. Somewhere in between, those artisans decided to stop or start the production of those artifacts, and these are exactly the changes that, in archaeology, demarcate human cultures; the artisans’ decisions mark the cultures in the archaeological record.

By covering the production of cutting edges, containers and adornments made on stone, pottery, bone, and glass, 15 of the most respected researchers, brilliantly coordinated by editors Ina Miloglav and Jasna Vuković, offer us an unusually rich data-set, cross-cultural and cross-continental comparison, and theoretical background that makes this book fundamental to anyone working on archaeology, anthropology, heritage, and ethnography in the world. For many, after reading this book, their perspective on each and every object recovered from the ground will never be the same."

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International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2019 01 August 2019

August 9th is International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed on 9 August each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection. It was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, marking the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, in 1982. For more information about International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples click here.

To mark International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles that are related to Indigenous people and their history.

To redeem your discount, simply add the book(s) to your basket and enter the promotional code INDIGENOUS19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2019.

Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from NowhereRoy Hay (2019-02-19) 'This book will revolutionise the history of Indigenous involvement in Australian football in the second half of the nineteenth century. It collects new evidence to show how Aboriginal people saw the cricket and football played by those who had taken their land and resources and forced their way into them in the missions and stations around the peripheries of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. They learned the game and brought their own skills to it, eventually winning local leagues and earning the respect of their contemporaries. They were prevented from reaching higher levels by the gatekeepers of the domestic game until late in the twentieth century. Their successors did not come from nowhere.'

Poetics of Indigenismo in Zapatista Discourse: The Mexican Revolution Revisioned through Mayan Eyes, Gregory K. Stephens (2019-04-03) 'This book contributes to a re-visioning of the literature of revolutions, repositioning the writings of Subcomandante Marcos as quasi-“indigenous” literary texts. Highlights include a study of the role of Zapatista mythopoetics in re-imagining the nature of revolution; and an examination of how a native subculture and cosmovision were made intelligible to an international audience. Close readings of a group of stories, essays and communiques by Marcos explore the emergence of a thoroughly hybrid literary style. These texts are analyzed in relation to existing genres such Native American literature, environmental literature, and the literature of the Mexican revolution. The book shows that, while Marcos employs the iconography of Che Guevara, Zapata, et al, and in some ways furthers the “romance of revolution” for an electronically networked world, he has also popularized on an international stage the post-Cold War aspiration to “change the world without taking power.”'

The Arts and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in a Modernized Africa, Rudi de Lange, Ingrid Stevens, Runette Kruger, Mzo Sirayi, (2018-08-22) 'This collection derives from a conference held in Pretoria, South Africa, and discusses issues of indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) and the arts. It presents ideas about how to promote a deeper understanding of IKS within the arts, the development of IKS-arts research methodologies, and the protection and promotion of IKS in the arts. Knowledge, embedded in song, dance, folklore, design, architecture, theatre, and attire, and the visual arts can promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and it can improve communication. IKS, however, exists in a post-millennium, modernizing Africa. It is then the concept of post-Africanism that would induce one to think along the lines of a globalized, cosmopolitan and essentially modernized Africa. The book captures leading trends and ideas that could help to protect, promote, develop and affirm indigenous knowledge and systems, whilst also making room for ideas that do not necessarily oppose IKS, but encourage the modernization (not Westernization) of Africa.'

The Indigenous Voice of Poetomachia: The Various Perspectives of Textuality and Performance, Robert Masterson, Sayan Dey, (2017-12-15) ‘In the present era, when all of human civilization is struggling to preserve their individualities as a result of global commercialism and totalitarianism, theatre and drama play a metonymic role in composing and shaping aspects of human existence. However, there is debate as to how much the text and the stage are able to play a significant role towards staging individual voices on the vast global platform. This book, a collection of twelve essays and two interviews from scholars across the world, explores the different perspectives of textuality and performance. The analytical mode of the plays analysed here reveals different possible directions of dramatic reading. It represents a comprehensive study of drama and theatre, and the contributions will serve as an asset for both undergraduate and graduate students. The indigenous perspectives (both in terms of theatre and drama) provided here push the reader beyond the prevailing clichéd drama and theatre studies.

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Book of the Month - August 2019 31 July 2019

Our August ‘Book of the Month’ is Yea, Alabama! The Uncensored Journal of the University of Alabama (Volume 3 - 1901 through 1926) by David M. Battles.

This book provides a wonderful insight into the history of education, and one of the United States' great universities.

The University of Alabama (UA) is one of the most prominent universities in the US. Volume One of this series explored UA’s birth, formative years, its burning by Union soldiers, and its rebirth in 1871. Volume Two noted the adolescent years of the school, rebellion by the students against the military system of government, the rise of a student culture via the admission of women, and a nascent men’s sports program.

This third volume explores rising enrollment and a new style of student governance. The book investigates how UA dealt with student smoking, cursing, and hazing. It covers how UA became nationally respected academically, the rise of a successful sports program, the first use of the phrase “Crimson Tide,” the history of the Million Dollar Band and how “Yea, Alabama” became the school fight song, the UA/Auburn rift, and the UA response to WWI and to the women’s rights movement.

To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMAUG19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2019.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this series has been receiving:

"Vance (Alabama) native and University of Alabama graduate, David M. Battles, is enjoying the best of both worlds today. Besides getting the opportunity to utilize his extensive research and writing skills, he is also telling the story of the school that is near and dear to his heart - in a unique, informative, and intriguing fashion. [...] The books are very readable for high school age through the best scholars, and is replete ... with thousands of footnotes. In his series, Battles also dissolves a lot of myths about the University... and tells his readers what really happened omitting no interesting detail."

Druid Cities Living, Vol. 3, Issue 10 (2016)

"I can highly recommend David Battles as a true adventurer into the vast historical visage that has laid claim onto The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa since he began his research through the maze of long forgotten notes of meetings, people, times, social mores and recreants of generations so long ago forgotten and thought to be buried forever beneath mounds of crumbling, decaying stacks of papers blatantly stating the opinions and decisions made by leaders who though so well respected and thought in high regard as university leaders, community as well as state leaders were in fact so mistaken and misguided by social norms and customs so strongly ingrained in their own social and educational development that many people thought these decisions that left their marks on future generations of students who innocently came as young men and women seeking the truth but found shadows of lies and untruth in every aspect they turned toward. Only now has someone like David spent hours upon hours searching through the tombs of archive material that has mainly been left to rot, decay, and dissolve into barely readable sludge from moldy shelves to search out the truths that lay for ages buried in the long ago glory days of our Southern Heritage."

Charlene Luckie-Coburn, M.Ed, D.Ed

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