Our books are blossoming with praise and positive reviews this spring! Enjoy just a few highlights from this season below.


6081Saving Florida: Women’s Fight for the Environment in the Twentieth Century 

By Leslie Kemp Poole

“Makes significant contributions to the broader fields of American history and environmental history by continually placing the actions of Florida women within the context of activists, groups, and events across the country.”—American Historical Review

“Engaging and interesting, Saving Florida fills substantial historical gaps and acknowledges influential, often neglected, environmental voices. . . . It could inspire a new generation of activists who, like those Poole depicts, transformed Florida and the nation.”—Environmental History




Creole City: A Chronicle of Early American New Orleans

By Nathalie Dessens

“A fascinating glimpse of everyday life in New Orleans in the second and third decades of the nineteenth century.”—Journal of Southern History







Mission Control: Inventing the Groundwork of Spaceflight

By Michael Peter Johnson

“An enjoyable read for spaceflight enthusiasts.”—CHOICE




Going Ape: Florida’s Battles over Evolution in the Classroom

By Brandon Haught

“Carefully documented and clearly written, and particularly strong at showing how average citizens driven by moral commitments can take controversial stands on a deeply divisive topic.”—Florida Historical Quarterly





6041The Archaeology of Smoking and Tobacco

By Georgia L. Fox

“A well-written and accessible summary of 300 years of tobacco smoking in the Americas from an archaeological perspective. It is filled with numerous interesting examples and is peppered with just enough archaeological theory and method.”—American Anthropologist

“The first study in historical archaeology to broadly interpret tobacco and smoking-related activities along with the clues they give about past societies.”—Anthropology Book Forum





Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands

By Brett A. Houk

“A solid, workmanlike and badly needed general account of Belize’s under-valued sites.”

“A tremendous book, intellectually rich, detailed, ambitious, and articulate.”—Latin American Antiquity






Fruits of Eden: David Fairchild and America’s Plant Hunters

By Amanda Harris

“A warmly engaging look at a group of scientists and travelers who reached out to experience the wider world and sought to share it with their fellow citizens.” —Agricultural History Society





Healthcare without Borders: Understanding Cuban Medical Internationalism

By John M. Kirk

“Thoroughly documents how [Cuba’s contributions to global health] extend beyond specific interventions to encompass the transfer of technology and the design of new health systems.” —Monthly Review







To Render Invisible: Jim Crow and Public Life in New South Jacksonville

By Robert Cassanello

“Offers tantalizing glimpses of the segregation process at work.”—Florida Historical Quarterly

“Cassanello interprets an extensive array of traditional archival sources such as newspapers, court records, manuscript collections, census data, as well as municipal, state, and federal documents. And he positions his sophisticated argument historiographically within the long civil rights movement.”—American Historical Review




The Silencing of Ruby McCollum: Race, Class, and Gender in the South

By Tammy Evans

“Reveals the powerful memory work accomplished by southerners’ reticence or refusal to speak. . . . [and] demonstrates the rhetorical value of muteness and the scholarly value of looking at public memory as a product not only of stuff but also of absence.”—H-Net Reviews

“A tour de force that locates the unique forms of control and persuasion enacted by southern culture, and their meaning for the writing of history and historical memory alike. . . . A tremendously successful and engaging book.”—Florida Historical Quarterly



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