Here’s some alarming news about a fine academic publisher:
The University Press of Kansas wrote to its authors this week to say that its trustees “have initiated an independent review to propose direction for the press’s future amid significant financial challenges.” Richard Clement, former dean of the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico, was hired as an external consultant to complete that review by March 1. “The trustees will then decide how or if the press will continue to operate,” the note sai
This is especially worrisome for readers of military history, since Kansas is one of the best presses in the field. But they put out darn fine Civil War, Western, and presidential history books, too.
Might I suggest ordering one or more of their titles? Think of it as an opportunity to treat yourself to a good read while supporting a worthy cause. Here are a few of my favorites that I’d recommend to any history buff:
- The Union Soldier in Battle: Enduring the Ordeal of Combat by my esteemed undergrad professor, Earl Hess. One of his earliest books, and one of his best.
- American Soldiers: Ground Combat in the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam by Peter S. Kindsvatter
- The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln by Philip Shaw Paludan. When I was an intern at the ALLM, my boss called this a “must-read,” and indeed it is.
- Soldiers and Scholars: The U.S. Army and the Uses of Military History, 1865-1920 by Carol Reardon
- Closing with the Enemy: How GIs Fought the War in Europe by Michael D. Doubler
- The Philadelphia Campaign: 1777-1778 by Stephen R. Taaffe