Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War - Karl Marlantes

One of the great stories from the world of publishing last year was that of an unappreciated manuscript that won a contest and was then taken under the wing of a nurturing publisher. Thus Matterhorn (Grove, $15.95) burst upon the scene as one of the great war novels of this or any generation.  Karl Marlantes, a highly decorated Vietnam-era Marine, shows readers the futility of conquering ground only to give it back the next day, details the fear and courage experienced by regular soldiers on the ground, and captures war’s sights, sounds, and smells. This novel vividly evokes both the heights of adrenaline and the tedium of waiting for action.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780802145314
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Published: Grove Press - May 10th, 2011

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition - Daniel Okrent

For readers fascinated with bootlegging and organized crime, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition (Scribner, $17) is essential reading. Daniel Okrent vividly supplies the historical background, intrigue, complex characters, and everyday life of the 1920s. Called the “Roaring” decade—who wanted the eighteenth Amendment? In fact, prohibition had its political roots in the women’s suffrage movement, a tendentious alliance with temperance unions, small-town Protestant anti-immigrant sentiments, and anti-German brewery boycotts after World War I. But then there was smuggling, rum-running, booze cruises, closet “wet” congressmen, medicinal alcohol dispensation, and  wine fermentation kits—and these, not to mention the potential tax income, made repeal inevitable. 

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780743277044
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Published: Scribner - May 31st, 2011

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History - S. C. Gwynne

Empire Of The Summer Moon (Scribner, $16) revives the era when Mexicans and Americans—both settlers and businessmen—sought the Western territories. Despite this competition between these two rivals, the Comanches managed to maintain control of the area for forty years. In this fascinating look at the time and place, S. C. Gwynne vividly portrays the facts of daily life, the personal histories of those involved, and the political realities. At the center of the story is the chief Quanah Parker, whose white mother, captured as a young girl, embraced the Indian way of life, and who himself defiantly battled for his people’s autonomy.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781416591061
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Published: Scribner - May 10th, 2011

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