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New Course Books

Here is a small sample of our new books for course use. You may use the search box at the top right of this page to see all textbooks in American and World History, Latin American, Native American, Women's or Literary Studies, and much more.

As you browse the selections below, click on the book's title. In many cases, you can read an excerpt, preview the Table of Contents, see an instructors' manual, or find author blog posts and interviews.

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Introduction to International and Global Studies, Second Edition</SPAN>

Introduction to International and Global Studies, Second Edition

Shawn Smallman and Kimberley Brown

A landmark, popular textbook, now better than ever

Learn More »

ISBN(p): 978-1-4696-2165-4

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Saving Community Journalism</SPAN>

Saving Community Journalism

The Path to Profitability

By Penelope Muse Abernathy

How newspapers can survive--and thrive--in the digital age

Learn More »

ISBN(c): 978-1-4696-1542-4

<SPAN STYLE= "" >American Christianities</SPAN>

American Christianities

A History of Dominance and Diversity

Edited By Catherine A. Brekus and W. Clark Gilpin

The invisible omnipresence of Christianity in American culture Learn More »

ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3515-9 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7213-0

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Arc of Empire</SPAN>

Arc of Empire

America's Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam

By Michael H. Hunt and Steven I. Levine

A single American drama in four acts

See book page to link to instructors' manual. Learn More »

ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3528-9

<SPAN STYLE= "" >White Over Black</SPAN>

White Over Black

American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812

Second Edition

By Winthrop D. Jordan

With new forewords by Christopher Leslie Brown and Peter H. Wood

The definitive work on the history of race relations in America Learn More »

ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3402-2 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7141-6

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Mystical Dimensions of Islam </SPAN>

Mystical Dimensions of Islam

35th Anniversary Edition

By Annemarie Schimmel

With a New Foreword by Carl W. Ernst

The most comprehensive study of Sufism in the English language Learn More »

ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-9976-2

<SPAN STYLE= "" >How to Read the Qur'an</SPAN>

How to Read the Qur'an

A New Guide, with Select Translations

By Carl W. Ernst

A timely and fascinating approach to understanding Islam's foundational text Learn More »

ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3516-6

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Pursuit of Unity</SPAN>

Pursuit of Unity

A Political History of the American South

By Michael Perman

Southern political history from Jefferson to Clinton Learn More »

ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3324-7 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7228-4

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Sweet Tea</SPAN>

Sweet Tea

Black Gay Men of the South

Revised Edition

By E. Patrick Johnson

Oral histories reveal a thriving, long-neglected community Learn More »

ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7226-0

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont</SPAN>

Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont

A Naturalist's Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia

By Timothy P. Spira

A habitat approach to identifying plants and interpreting nature Learn More »

ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3440-4 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7172-0

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Cuba in the American Imagination</SPAN>

Cuba in the American Imagination

Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos

By Louis A. Pérez Jr

Images of beneficence, acts of aggression Learn More »

ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3216-5 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7210-9

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Nationalism in Europe and America</SPAN>

Nationalism in Europe and America

Politics, Cultures, and Identities since 1775

By Lloyd Kramer

The cultural construction of nationalism Learn More »

ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3484-8 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7200-0

<SPAN STYLE= "" >The Senator and the Sharecropper</SPAN>

The Senator and the Sharecropper

The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer

By Chris Myers Asch

A highly original analysis of race, power, and the civil rights movement Learn More »

ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7202-4

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Civic Passions</SPAN>

Civic Passions

Seven Who Launched Progressive America (and What They Teach Us)

By Cecelia Tichi

The transformative power of citizen action Learn More »

ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3300-1 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7191-1

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A Novel of Mexico City

By Federico Gamboa

Available for the first time in English--the classic Mexican novel Learn More »

ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7107-2

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Coming Out Under Fire</SPAN>

Coming Out Under Fire

The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II

Twentieth Anniversary Edition

By Allan Berube

With a new foreword by John D'Emilio and Estelle B. Freedman

A classic in the field that remains the definitive study Learn More »

ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7177-5

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Native Americans, Christianity, and the Reshaping of the American Religious Landscape</SPAN>

Native Americans, Christianity, and the Reshaping of the American Religious Landscape

Edited By Joel W. Martin and Mark A. Nicholas

Revisiting Native Americans' complex encounter with Christianity and Christian missions Learn More »

ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3406-0 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7145-4

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Ecological Revolutions</SPAN>

Ecological Revolutions

Nature, Gender, and Science in New England

Second Edition

By Carolyn Merchant

With a new preface and epilogue by the author

One of the foundational works of American environmental history Learn More »

ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7180-5

Our Most Popular Course Books

Here are a few of our most popular and bestselling course books.

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Prompt and Utter Destruction</SPAN>

Prompt and Utter Destruction

Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan, Revised Edition

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By J. Samuel Walker

Updated to include recent scholarly findings Learn More »

ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-5607-9

<SPAN STYLE= "" >A Failed Empire</SPAN>

A Failed Empire

The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev

With a New Preface by the Author

By Vladislav M. Zubok

The Cold War from the Soviet side Learn More »

ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-5958-2

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Peace Came in the Form of a Woman</SPAN>

Peace Came in the Form of a Woman

Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands

By Juliana Barr

Spaniards adapt to Indian terms of diplomacy Learn More »

ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3082-6 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-5790-8

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Following Muhammad</SPAN>

Following Muhammad

Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World

By Carl W. Ernst

A non-Muslim's first resource for understanding Islam Learn More »

ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-5577-5

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Mothers of Invention</SPAN>

Mothers of Invention

Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War

By Drew Gilpin Faust

An award-winning portrait of women in the Confederacy Learn More »

ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-2255-5 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-5573-7

<SPAN STYLE= "" >The Indians’ New World</SPAN>

The Indians’ New World

Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal

Twentieth Anniversary Edition

By James H. Merrell

With a New Introduction by the Author

The pioneering book that showed how Indians were important actors in early American history Learn More »

ISBN(c): 978-0-8078-3403-9 | ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-7142-3

<SPAN STYLE= "" >Down and Out in the Great Depression</SPAN>

Down and Out in the Great Depression

Letters from the Forgotten Man

Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition

Edited By Robert S. McElvaine

With a new foreword by the editor

A new edition of a classic book for a new generation Learn More »

ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-5891-2

<SPAN STYLE= "" >The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered<BR></SPAN>

The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered

By Samuel Farber

Putting revolutionary leaders and their ideas in historical context Learn More »

ISBN(p): 978-0-8078-5673-4

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