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Great books about great people from University Press of Kentucky

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Splash into summer reading with University Press of Kentucky's pool of new releases, books that demand a place on the beach (be neat, please) and then in your library.
Or your kindle.
For history and military buffs, UPK offers two new titles highlighting military leaders that will take readers through tales of both forgotten courage and famed bravery. Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC, and Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne, explore the impact of two men during the wars and battles of the 20th century.
Kentucky Marine, written by David Bettez, illuminates the major role of Hopkinsville native Major General Logan Feland in the development of the modern U.S. Marine Corps. Feland's career spanned the Spanish-American War, World War I and the Nicaraguan revolution, leading him to become one of the USMC’s most highly ranked and regarded officers during a time of expansion as a global power for the U.S.
In Alvin York, Douglas V. Mastriano separates fact from myth in the story of a soldier credited with capture of 132 German soldiers in 1918, a deed for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Mastriano meticulously examines York’s youth in the hills of east Tennessee, his service in the Great War, and his return to a quiet civilian life dedicated to charity.
If you're a nature lover or looking to enhance your garden for the summer, you may be inspired by author Patricia Dalton Haragan's guide that highlights the beauty and grandeur of the parks in Louisville, Ky., designed by the "father of American landscape architecture" Frederick Law Olmsted. The Olmsted Parks of Louisville features photographs, maps, and ecological and historical details of the Cherokee, Seneca, Iroquois, Shawnee, and Chickasaw Parks.
More interested in American cinema or an inside look into old Hollywood? If so, UPK has two titles perfect for a week at the beach. Hitchcock's Partner in Suspense: The Life of Screenwriter Charles Bennett and Pola Negri: Hollywood's First Femme Fatale transports readers back to the Golden Age of Hollywood and chronicles the lives of two figures that would impact film forever.
Hitchcock's Partner in Suspense uncovers the life of screenwriter, World War I hero, Shakespearian actor and allied spy during World War II, Charles Bennett, best remembered for his collaborations with director Sir Alfred Hitchcock. The memoir discusses how the two created such famous film motifs as the "wrong man accused" device and the MacGuffin. Taking the readers behind the scenes, Bennett's own thoughts on Hitchcock's work, sense of humor and personal life are captured in the work brought to completion by his son editor John Charles Bennett.
In Pola Negri, Mariusz Kotowski brings to life the dramatic story of one of Hollywood's earliest divas. Pola Negri, after rising from an impoverished childhood in Warsaw, Poland, rose to fame in Hollywood starring in more than 60 films and defined the image of the cinematic femme fatale, including The Spanish Dancer and Hi Diddle Diddle. Illuminating Negri’s personal life, detailing her love life and transitions from Europe to the U.S. during World War II, Pola Negri is sure to resonate with film, history and romance enthusiasts.
For those looking to improve their skills in the kitchen for summer picnics and celebrations, UPK offers three new books that will suit your taste. For inspiration and background, Duncan Hines: How a Traveling Salesman Became the Most Trusted Name in Food, explores the life and legacy of a native Kentuckian, savvy businessman, American icon and culinary pioneer. Readers can learn how to serve up Hines' favorite savory dishes in his first two cookbooks, Adventures in Good Cooking and The Dessert Book, enhanced by UPK featuring new introductions by Hines biographer Louis Hatchett.
In "Duncan Hines," author Louis Hatchett delves into the story of one man's humble beginnings in Bowling Green, Ky., to his name becoming a grocery shelf favorite. Hines began as a traveling salesman transforming into a restaurant critic as he discovered restaurants and dishes and offered recipes and recommendations to America in Adventures in Good Eating and following publications. Success of his work led to the making of cake mixes, baked goods and bread products that we still enjoy today.
Adventures in Good Cooking was Hines' first cookbook serving up a satisfying slice of classic recipes from top chefs and home cooks alike.Enriched by UPK for the 20th century, the book includes a valuable guide to the art of carving. Following his first cookbook, Hines published The Dessert Book. With recipes from fried apple pie to praline fudge frosting, The Dessert Book inspired the recipes for the earliest boxed cake mixes and baked goods that carried the Duncan Hines name. From the kitchen of one of the nation’s most trusted names in food, all three titles will teach and inspire a new generation of cooks, perfect for those backyard barbeques or Fourth of July celebrations.

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