University Press of Kentucky
University Press of Kentucky has a dual mission—the publication of academic books of high scholarly merit in a variety of fields and the publication of significant books about the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley region, the Upper South, and Appalachia. The Press is the statewide nonprofit scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, serving all Kentucky state-sponsored institutions of higher learning as well as seven private colleges and Kentucky’s two major historical societies.
Strictly Dynamite Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 488
ISBN: 9780813198088
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 62 b&w illustrations
Description:
Before Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, and Penelope Cruz, there was Lupe Velez—one of the first successful Latin-American Hollywood stars, who swept past the xenophobia of Old Hollywood to pave the way for future icons from around the world. Her career began in the silent era when her beauty was enough to make it onto the silver screen, but with the rise of talkies, Velez could no longer hope to hide her Mexican accent. Yet Velez proved to be a talented dramatic and comedic actress (and singer) and was much more versatile than such legends as Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, and Gloria Swanson.

They Made the Movies

Conversations with Great Filmmakers
Format: Hardback
Pages: 392
ISBN: 9780813197524
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 96 b&w illustrations
Description:
For decades, James Bawden and Ron Miller have established themselves as maestros of provocative interviews, giving fans unmatched insights into the lives of Hollywood A-listers. In their fourth collection, the authors pay tribute to film pioneers who lit up Tinseltown from the 1930s through the 1960s. They Made the Movies features conversations with legendary directors who created many of film's all-time classics, including Frank Capra (It's A Wonderful Life, 1946), Richard Fleischer (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1954), Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, 1960), Ralph Nelson (Lilies of the Field, 1963), Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, 1965), and Chuck Jones (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
The Coal Miner Who Became Governor Cover The Coal Miner Who Became Governor Cover
Format: 
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9780813198330
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Series: Kentucky Remembered: An Oral History Series
Illustrations: 32 b&w illustrations
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9780813199351
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Series: Kentucky Remembered: An Oral History Series
Illustrations: 32 b&w illustrations
Description:
Born in Fallsburg, Kentucky, in a tenant house insulated with newspapers, Paul Patton had a humble upbringing that held few clues about his future as one of the most prominent politicians in the history of the state. From the coal mines of eastern Kentucky to the governor's office in Frankfort, Patton's life exemplifies triumph through hard work, determination, and perseverance, as well as the consequences of personal mistakes. In The Coal Miner Who Became Governor, Patton, with Jeffrey S.
Gatewood Cover Gatewood Cover
Format: 
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780813198415
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Series: Kentucky Remembered: An Oral History Series
Illustrations: 39 b&w illustrations
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780813199207
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2024
Series: Kentucky Remembered: An Oral History Series
Illustrations: 39 b&w illustrations
Description:
When Louis Gatewood Galbraith passed away in 2012, a flood of tributes merely scratched the surface of this "colorful" and controversial figure. Throughout his life and political career, regional, and national media outlets focused on the policy ideas and public acts that made Gatewood a cultural fixture: public demonstrations, an affinity for recreational drug use, unfiltered language, and recurring political campaigns. Best known as an advocate for the legalization of cannabis, second amendment rights, and smaller government, it's now quite easy to imagine this once quixotic platform finding traction in contemporary Kentucky politics.
Feeding the Ghosts Cover Feeding the Ghosts Cover
Format: 
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780813198798
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780813198804
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Description:
Find the beauty. In 2017, writer and educator Rahul Mehta began a writing practice to find solace and beauty—in the natural world, in their family and friends, and in everyday simplicities—during a time of political tensions, environmental disasters, a global pandemic, and personal disappointment. From the vibrant color of a blade of grass, to their dog sleeping quietly in the corner, to delicate petals fallen from a rose, a mindfulness of the beauty in their surroundings helped offset the feelings of fear, outrage, and helplessness.
Commanding Professionalism Cover Commanding Professionalism Cover
Format: 
Pages: 210
ISBN: 9780813198231
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Series: American Warriors Series
Illustrations: 5 maps, 5 b&w illustrations
Pages: 210
ISBN: 9780813199269
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Series: American Warriors Series
Illustrations: 5 maps, 5 b&w illustrations
Description:
When one thinks of influential World War II military figures, five-star generals such as Dwight D. Eisenhower and Omar Bradley instantly come to mind. As important as these central figures were to the Second World War, the conflict produced equally effective lower-profile leaders whose influence had an undeniable impact.
Uniting against the Reich Cover Uniting against the Reich Cover
Format: 
Pages: 0
ISBN: 9780813198286
Pub Date: 09 Jan 2024
Series: Aviation & Air Power
Illustrations: 3 charts, 11 b&w illustrations, 1 b&w table
Pages: 270
ISBN: 9780813199283
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2024
Series: Aviation & Air Power
Illustrations: 3 charts, 11 b&w illustrations, 1 b&w table
Description:
On August 17, 1942, twelve Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses of the United States Eighth Air Force carried out the first American raid over occupied Europe, striking the rail yards at Rouen, France. Soon after, hundreds of American B-17s and Consolidated B-24 Liberators filled the skies above Europe. Despite frequent attacks against Germany and its allies by four different air forces, American commanders failed to stage a successful air offensive against Germany in the summer and fall of 1943.
Anatomy of a Duel Cover Anatomy of a Duel Cover
Format: 
Pages: 266
ISBN: 9780813198453
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2024
Illustrations: 35 b&w illustrations
Pages: 266
ISBN: 9780813198460
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Illustrations: 35 b&w illustrations
Description:
When the popular musical Hamilton showcased the celebrated duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, it reminded twenty-first-century Americans that some prominent, honor-bound citizens once used negotiated, formal fights as a way to settle differences. During the Civil War, two prominent Kentuckians - one a Union colonel and the other a pro-Confederate civilian - continued this legacy by dueling. At a time when thousands of soldiers were slaughtering one another on battlefields, Colonel Leonidas Metcalfe and William T.
Bourbon 101 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780813197166
Pub Date: 20 Dec 2023
Illustrations: 86 color illustrations
Description:
The rumors are true; there are more barrels of bourbon than there are people in Kentucky. In fact, statistics tell us there are nearly two barrels of aging bourbon for every Bluegrass State citizen. With a population of nearly 4.
Designing Hollywood Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780813197913
Pub Date: 20 Dec 2023
Illustrations: 74 b&w illustrations, 25 color illustrations
Description:
Since the 1920s, fashion has played a central role in Hollywood. As the movie-going population consisted largely of women, studios made a concerted effort to attract a female audience by foregrounding fashion. Magazines featured actresses like Jean Harlow and Joan Crawford bedecked in luxurious gowns, selling their glamour as enthusiastically as the film itself.
Jessica Lange Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780813197258
Pub Date: 20 Dec 2023
Illustrations: 27 b&w illustrations
Description:
Brilliant, beautiful, driven, uncompromising, elusive, iconic - Jessica Lange is one of the most gifted and fascinating actors of her generation. From her rise to fame in Dino De Laurentiis's remake of King Kong (1976) and her Oscar-winning performances in Tootsie (1982) and Blue Sky (1994); to her Emmy-winning work in Grey Gardens (2009) and the American Horror Story series; and her Tony Award–winning turn in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night (2016), Lange has had a long and illustrious career on-screen and onstage. She has worked with some of the most celebrated names in the business, including Jack Nicholson, Bob Fosse, Martin Scorsese, Kim Stanley, Halle Berry, and Kathy Bates.
Daughters of Muscadine Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781950564330
Pub Date: 14 Nov 2023
Description:
Two events tie together the nine stories in Monic Ductan's gorgeous debut: the 1920s lynching of Ida Pearl Crawley and the 1980s drowning of a high school basketball player, Lucy Boudreaux. Both forever shape the people and the place of Muscadine, Georgia, in the foothills of Appalachia. The daughters of Muscadine are Black Southern women who are, at times, outcasts due to their race and also estranged from those they love.
Dream Derby Cover Dream Derby Cover
Format: 
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9780813198040
Pub Date: 12 Sep 2023
Series: Horses in History
Illustrations: 1 b&w illustration
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9780813199191
Pub Date: 12 Sep 2023
Series: Horses in History
Illustrations: 1 b&w illustration
Description:
On the morning of May 18, 1924, households across America opened their newspapers to the headline: "Derby Winner Property of Indian Woman." The woman in question was Rosa Magnet Hoots, a member of the Oklahoma Osage Nation. The horse, draped in the iconic red roses signifying his victory in the fiftieth running of the Kentucky Derby, was Black Gold.
The Warner Brothers Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9780813198019
Pub Date: 05 Sep 2023
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 64 b&w illustrations
Description:
One of the oldest and most recognizable studios in Hollywood, Warner Bros. is considered a juggernaut of the entertainment industry. Since its formation in the early twentieth century, the studio has been a constant presence in cinema history, responsible for the creation of acclaimed films, blockbuster brands, and iconic superstars.
Unwilling to Quit Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 292
ISBN: 9780813197760
Pub Date: 08 Aug 2023
Series: Studies in Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace
Illustrations: 2 tables, 16 b&w illustrations
Description:
Although US involvement in the Vietnam conflict began long before 1965, Lyndon Johnson's substantial large commitment of combat troops that year marked the official beginning of America's longest twentieth-century war. By 1969, after years of intense fighting and thousands of casualties, an increasing number of Americans wanted the United States out of Vietnam. Richard Nixon looked for a way to pull out while preserving the dignity of the United States at home and abroad, and at the same time, to support the anticommunist Republic of Vietnam.
Unnatural Ability Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 440
ISBN: 9780813197432
Pub Date: 08 Aug 2023
Series: Horses in History
Illustrations: 6 tables, 10 b&w illustrations
Description:
In 2021, horse racing's most recognizable face - Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert - had five horses that failed postrace drug tests, including that year's Kentucky Derby winner, Medina Spirit. While the incident was a major scandal in the Thoroughbred racing world, it was only the latest in a long string of drug-related infractions among high-caliber athletes. Stories about systemic rule-breaking and "doping culture" - both human and equine -have put world-class athletes and their trainers under intense scrutiny.