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.
Monsters on Maple Street Cover Monsters on Maple Street Cover
Format: 
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780813197845
Pub Date: 08 Aug 2023
Illustrations: 33 b&w illustrations
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780813199276
Pub Date: 08 Aug 2023
Illustrations: 33 b&w illustrations
Description:
Post-World War II America has often been mythologized by successive generations as an exceptional period of prosperity and comfort. At a time when the Cold War was understood to be a battle of ideas as much as military prowess, the entertainment business relied heavily on subtle psychological marketing to promote the idea of the American Dream. The media of the 1950s and 1960s promoted an idealized version of American life sustained by the nuclear family and bolstered by a booming consumer economy.
Eleanor Powell Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9780813197883
Pub Date: 08 Aug 2023
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 78 b&w illustrations
Description:
When considering the best dancers in Hollywood's history, some obvious names come to mind - Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Bill Robinson. Yet often overlooked is one of the most gifted and creative dancers of all time, Eleanor Powell. Powell's effervescent style, unmatched technical prowess in tap, and free-flowing musicality led MGM to build top-rate musicals around her unique talents, including Born to Dance (1936) with James Stewart and Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940) with Fred Astaire, in which she became known as the only female tap dancer capable of challenging him.
An Illusion of Equity Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 270
ISBN: 9780813197661
Pub Date: 01 Aug 2023
Description:
Public education plays a crucial role in crafting a nation's future. In the United States, education reform policy, particularly the reliance on large-scale, standardized testing, is a growing topic of national conversation and concern. An Illusion of Equity: The Legacy of Eugenics in Today's Education demonstrates how centuries of propaganda have led us to accept the idea that test scores indicate something so valuable about human beings that they should be used to organize society.
Harry Dean Stanton Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 278
ISBN: 9780813197722
Pub Date: 01 Aug 2023
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 16 b&w halftones
Description:
Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017) got his start in Hollywood in TV productions such as Zane Grey Theater and Gunsmoke. After a series of minor parts in forgettable westerns, he gradually began to get film roles that showcased his laid-back acting style, appearing in Cool Hand Luke (1967), Kelly's Heroes (1970), The Godfather: Part II (1974), and Alien (1979). He became a headliner in the eighties - starring in Wim Wenders's moving Paris, Texas (1984) and Alex Cox's Repo Man (1984) - but it was his extraordinary skill as a character actor that established him as a revered cult figure and kept him in demand throughout his career.
Remaking the World Cover Remaking the World Cover
Format: 
Pages: 316
ISBN: 9780813197487
Pub Date: 25 Jul 2023
Series: Studies in Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace
Illustrations: 12 b&w illustrations
Pages: 316
ISBN: 9780813197623
Pub Date: 25 Jul 2023
Series: Studies in Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace
Illustrations: 12 b&w illustrations
Description:
Between 1945 and 1965, more than fifty nations declared their independence from colonial rule. At the height of the Cold War, the global process of decolonization complicated US-Soviet relations, while Soviet and American interventionism transformed the decolonizing process. Remaking the World examines the connections between the Cold War and decolonization, which helped define the post-World War II global order.
Yanks in Blue Berets Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780813197630
Pub Date: 04 Jul 2023
Series: American Warriors Series
Illustrations: 27 b&w halftones, 14 maps, 2 charts, 4 tables
Description:
In 1948 the United Nations launched the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization following the conflict that erupted between Israel and its Arab neighbors, who profoundly opposed the creation of a Jewish state. UNTSO quickly found itself overseeing the ceasefire lines between combatant parties. In the ensuing decades, as countries along the eastern Mediterranean engaged in a series of escalating military conflicts, UNTSO was continually challenged in its peacekeeping mission, often having to alter its configuration.

New Perspectives on Civil War-Era Kentucky

New Perspectives on Civil War-Era Kentucky Cover
Format: 
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9780813197463
Pub Date: 01 Jul 2023
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9780813197807
Pub Date: 01 Jul 2023
Description:
As a Unionist but also proslavery state during the American Civil War, Kentucky occupied a contentious space both politically and geographically. In many ways, its pragmatic attitude toward compromise left it in a cultural no-man's-land. The constant negotiation between the state's nationalistic and Southern identities left many Kentuckians alienated and conflicted.
Tar Hollow Trans Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9780813197555
Pub Date: 20 Jun 2023
Series: Appalachian Futures: Black, Native, and Queer Voices
Description:
"I've lived a completely ordinary life, so much that I don't know how to write a transgender or queer or Appalachian story, because I don't feel like I've lived one..
The Freedom Movement's Lost Legacy Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 302
ISBN: 9780813197289
Pub Date: 06 Jun 2023
Description:
In the century after Emancipation, the long shadow of slavery left African Americans well short of the freedom promised to them. Sharecropping and debt peonage entrapped Black people in the South, and across the world, European colonialism had bred a new slavery that menaced the liberty of even more Africans. A core group of Black freedom movement leaders, including Ida B.
Gay Poems for Red States Cover Gay Poems for Red States Cover
Format: 
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780813198118
Pub Date: 06 Jun 2023
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9780813198125
Pub Date: 06 Jun 2023
Description:
No one will protect you. Months after being named the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, Willie Edward Taylor Carver Jr. announced his decision to leave the public school system.
The Foxes of Belair Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780813197371
Pub Date: 09 May 2023
Series: Horses in History
Illustrations: 35 b&w illustrations
Description:
Calumet, Claiborne, King Ranch - these iconic names are among the owners and breeders revered by Thoroughbred industry professionals and racing fans around the world. As campaigners of many of the 20th century's top racehorses, their prestige has been confirmed by decades of competition in the Triple Crown, the most esteemed series in American Thoroughbred racing. Even with these substantial legacies, their success is measured against the benchmark set by one of racing's earliest dynasties, the historic Belair Stud.
Citizen Welles Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 692
ISBN: 9780813197135
Pub Date: 25 Apr 2023
Series: Screen Classics
Description:
George Orson Welles (1915-1985) is considered to be among the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. At just twenty-five years old, he co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his Academy-Award-winning debut film Citizen Kane (1941). His innovative and distinctive directorial style - nonlinear narratives, unusual camera angles, deep focus shots, and long takes - continues to be emulated by directors and cinematographers to this day.
Hillsville Remembered Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 182
ISBN: 9780813197227
Pub Date: 11 Apr 2023
Illustrations: 5 b&w illustrations
Description:
"What did happen here there have been so many tales and outright lies told. It has been hard to see through the smoke to see the truth. Now memory, memory is like a loaded pistol it can turn again who's a-holdin' it.
Half-Life of a Secret Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780813197197
Pub Date: 04 Apr 2023
Description:
In 1942, the US government began construction on a sixty-thousand-acre planned community named Oak Ridge in a rural area west of Knoxville, Tennessee. Unmarked on regional maps, Oak Ridge attracted more than seventy thousand people eager for high-paying wartime jobs. Among them were author Emily Strasser's grandfather George, a chemist.
Sown in the Stars Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 168
ISBN: 9780813197043
Pub Date: 04 Apr 2023
Illustrations: 1 map, 2 tables, 3 b&w illustrations, 69 color illustrations
Description:
"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted." - Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 The Appalachian region is deeply rooted in customs that have been handed down for generations. "Planting by the signs," a practice predicated on the belief that moon phases and astrological signs exert a powerful influence on the growth and well-being of crops, is considered superstitious by some but has been essential to gardeners and farmers for centuries and is still in use today.
Bluegrass Paradise Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 392
ISBN: 9780813196718
Pub Date: 28 Mar 2023
Illustrations: 13 maps, 45 b&w illustrations
Description:
In the earliest days of the United States as settlers made their way west and into what would eventually become Kentucky, they were faced with many challenges in the task of surveying and claiming new and unknown land. Among the highest priorities for new residents was to determine if their chosen homestead could provide the fertile soil and fresh water they needed to sustain life and service their agricultural needs. Kentucky, with its underlying base of predominantly limestone rock - perfectly suited to the natural formation of caves, sinking streams, and springs of cool water - proved the ideal location on which to build their new lives.