The President Often Lost in Lincoln’s Shadow

James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War Edited by John W. Quist and Michael J. Birkner Pubdate: 3/19/2013 In 1856, four years before the towering figure of Lincoln, Americans chose James Buchanan to provide the leadership that might calm sectional tensions and prevent the shattering of the nation. Many people think Buchanan failed to … Continue reading The President Often Lost in Lincoln’s Shadow

Searching for Middle Ground in Tea Party Territory

The Reluctant Republican: My Fight for the Moderate Majority By Barbara Olschner Pubdate: 3/19/13 Reviewers have found this new release, a first-hand account of one Republican's failed race for Congress in the Florida Panhandle, stimulating, refreshing, and deeply revealing of the current flaws in not only the Grand Ole Party, but the political system as a … Continue reading Searching for Middle Ground in Tea Party Territory

A Story of Love and Hardship during the Civil War

How are you spending this Valentine's Day? Be it a with a loved one, contentedly flying solo, commiserating with pals, or ignoring the holiday altogether, let this remarkable story get you in the spirit. The unfaltering devotion of a Civil War-era couple that endured two years of separation is chronicled by their handwritten correspondence. Hardship, … Continue reading A Story of Love and Hardship during the Civil War

Recent Releases – The Mapuche in Modern Chile + author interview

January was an incredibly action-packed month in the world of marketing UPF books, as our staff collectively got ready for the spring season. (That's my way of saying, "hey, sorry for the blog silence.") We're delighted to bring this new title about the indigenous inhabitants of Chile, the Mapuche, to your attention. The Mapuche in … Continue reading Recent Releases – The Mapuche in Modern Chile + author interview

2012 Presidential Election Guest Post: David K. Twigg

The Politics of Frankenstorm: Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on Election 2012 David K. Twigg is director at the Jack D. Gordon Institute of Public Policy and Citizenship Studies at Florida International University and author of The Politics of Disaster: Tracking the Impact of Hurricane Andrew. National attention now focuses on a unique and monstrously widespread weather event: former … Continue reading 2012 Presidential Election Guest Post: David K. Twigg

2012 Presidential Election Guest Post: Edward O. Frantz

A Historian’s Take On the (Protracted) 2012 Presidential Debates Edward O. Frantz is associate professor of history at the University of Indianapolis and the author of  The Door of Hope: Republican Presidents and the First Southern Strategy, 1877-1933. Throughout the entire presidential campaign of 2012, frank policy discussions have been strikingly absent. Exploring our political past … Continue reading 2012 Presidential Election Guest Post: Edward O. Frantz