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Catch and Release: An Oregon Life in Politics

Les AuCoin

2019    272 Pages    (Oregon State University Press)

ISBN 13: 9780870719738   

In 1974, at the age of thirty-two, Les AuCoin became the first Democrat to win a US House seat in Oregon’s First Congressional District. He was one of the young post-Watergate reformers who shook up an insular, autocratic Congress and led fights for affordable housing, “trickle-up” economics, Oregon wilderness, abortion rights, and nuclear arms control. In the late-1980s, the Oregonian called him one of the most “influential lawmakers in the Pacific Northwest.” In this highly [...]

In 1974, at the age of thirty-two, Les AuCoin became the first Democrat to win a US House seat in Oregon’s First Congressional District. He was one of the young post-Watergate reformers who shook up an insular, autocratic Congress and led fights for affordable housing, “trickle-up” economics, Oregon wilderness, abortion rights, and nuclear arms control. In the late-1980s, the Oregonian called him one of the most “influential lawmakers in the Pacific Northwest.”
In this highly readable collection of life stories, AuCoin traces his unlikely rise from a fatherless childhood in Central Oregon to the top ranks of national power. Then came a painful defeat in one of the most controversial races in US Senate history, against incumbent Bob Packwood. But AuCoin’s tale does not end there.
A fly fisher, AuCoin uses “catch and release” as a metaphor that speaks to all of us—succeeding and letting go of loss with dignity and equanimity. His memories are in turn funny, suspenseful, and revealing. AuCoin’s journey takes him to the Kremlin, pre-industrial China, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and into the tortuous politics of the Northwest spotted owl crisis. He interacted with global figures like Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan, legislative leaders such as House Speakers Tip O’Neill and Jim Wright, Oregon legends Tom McCall and Mark Hatfield, and, closer to home, activists like Sidney Lasseigne of the Newport Fishermen’s Wives. Each of these individuals helped mold international, national, and state politics.
In Catch and Release, readers will get a glimpse behind the scenes of congressional life, as lived by the 535 souls who inhabit the US House and Senate—including the author, who assesses his own strengths and foibles with humility and candor. [less]

$24.95
September 24, 2019
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Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War, The

Joanne B. Freeman

2018    480 Pages    (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

DDC: 973.7    LCC: E338.F735

OCLC: 1044782454    LCCN: 2018010176    ISBN 13: 9780374154776    ISBN 10: 0374154775

The previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the Civil WarIn The Field of Blood, Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, she shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the decades before the Civil War. Legislative sessions were often punctuated by mortal threats, canings, flipped desks, and all-out slugfests. When debate broke down, congressmen drew [...]

The previously untold story of the violence in Congress that helped spark the Civil WarIn The Field of Blood, Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, she shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the decades before the Civil War. Legislative sessions were often punctuated by mortal threats, canings, flipped desks, and all-out slugfests. When debate broke down, congressmen drew pistols and waved Bowie knives. One representative even killed another in a duel. Many were beaten and bullied in an attempt to intimidate them into compliance, particularly on the issue of slavery.These fights didn’t happen in a vacuum. Freeman’s dramatic accounts of brawls and thrashings tell a larger story of how fisticuffs and journalism, and the powerful emotions they elicited, raised tensions between North and South and led toward war. In the process, she brings the antebellum Congress to life, revealing its rough realities―the feel, sense, and sound of it―as well as its nation-shaping import. Funny, tragic, and rivetingly told, The Field of Blood offers a front-row view of congressional mayhem and sheds new light on the careers of John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and other luminaries, as well as introducing a host of lesser-known but no less fascinating men. The result is a fresh understanding of the workings of American democracy and the bonds of Union on the eve of their greatest peril. [less]

$28.00

First: Sandra Day O'Connor

Evan Thomas

2019    496 Pages    (Random House)

DDC: 347.73    LCC: KF8745.O25 T46

OCLC: 1078636194    LCCN: 2018040502    ISBN 13: 9780399589287    ISBN 10: 0399589287

The intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of Sandra Day O’Connor, America’s first female Supreme Court justice, drawing on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O’Connor’s archives—by the New York Times bestselling author Evan Thomas.“She’s a hero for our time, and this is the biography for our time.”—Walter Isaacson She was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. At a time when women were expected to be homemakers, she set [...]

The intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of Sandra Day O’Connor, America’s first female Supreme Court justice, drawing on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O’Connor’s archives—by the New York Times bestselling author Evan Thomas.“She’s a hero for our time, and this is the biography for our time.”—Walter Isaacson She was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. At a time when women were expected to be homemakers, she set her sights on Stanford University. When she graduated near the top of her law school class in 1952, no firm would even interview her. But Sandra Day O’Connor’s story is that of a woman who repeatedly shattered glass ceilings—doing so with a blend of grace, wisdom, humor, understatement, and cowgirl toughness. She became the first ever female majority leader of a state senate. As a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals, she stood up to corrupt lawyers and humanized the law. When she arrived at the United States Supreme Court, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, she began a quarter-century tenure on the Court, hearing cases that ultimately shaped American law. Diagnosed with cancer at fifty-eight, and caring for a husband with Alzheimer’s, O’Connor endured every difficulty with grit and poise. Women and men who want to be leaders and be first in their own lives—who want to learn when to walk away and when to stand their ground—will be inspired by O’Connor’s example. This is a remarkably vivid and personal portrait of a woman who loved her family, who believed in serving her country, and who, when she became the most powerful woman in America, built a bridge forward for all women.Advance praise for First“A great storyteller has found his greatest subject in trailblazer Sandra Day O’Connor. Evan Thomas has written one of the most insightful and thoroughly captivating biographies I have ever read: A clear and compelling illumination of Sandra Day O’Connor’s unique voice and place in American history is told through her remarkable life’s journey from a rancher’s daughter to the first woman appointed to the highest court in the land.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Leadership: In Turbulent Times    “A vivid, humane, and inspiring portrait of an extraordinary woman and how she both reflected and shaped an era.”—Drew Faust, president emerita, Harvard University [less]

$32.00
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Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon

Marcy Cottrell Houle

2019    256 Pages    (Oregon State University Press)

ISBN 13: 9780870719790   

A Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon offers profiles of twenty-one conservationists and activists who have made enduring contributions to the preservation of Oregon’s wild and natural places and its high quality of life. These stories speak to their courage, foresight, and actions—at times against great odds— to save places, enact legislation, and motivate others to cherish and protect the places that make Oregon unique. Taken from personal interviews conducted by the author over [...]

A Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon offers profiles of
twenty-one conservationists and activists who have made
enduring contributions to the preservation of Oregon’s wild and
natural places and its high quality of life. These stories speak to
their courage, foresight, and actions—at times against great odds—
to save places, enact legislation, and motivate others to cherish and
protect the places that make Oregon unique.
Taken from personal interviews conducted by the author over a
decade, these stories will help readers understand the histories of
Oregon’s exceptional places, innovative planning efforts, and laws.
They provide insight into the principles and values that motivated
individuals to preserve the beauty and natural resources of
Oregon, craft legislation to further protect them, and educate
others about their value. Places as diverse as the Columbia River
Gorge Natural Scenic Area, the wild and scenic Sandy River, and
Tryon Creek State Park are featured, along with background on
critical laws such as the Beach Bill, Diack Act, and Senate Bill 100,
and organizations such as SOLVE and the High Desert
Partnership. A Generous Nature is a testament to the vision and
hard work of people who loved Oregon and fought to protect its
ecosystems and habitats for the benefit of all.
These stories do more than educate. They will inspire readers and
demonstrate that individually we can make a difference. They
underscore that the natural wonders of our state should be
guarded and not taken for granted. In these times of unsettled
political polarization and divisiveness, A Generous Nature is a
crucial reminder of our individual and collective responsibility to
stand for and defend the places, ideals, and laws that make Oregon
a progressive model for the rest of the nation. [less]

$22.95Forthcoming
November 6, 2019
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Norma Basset Hall: Catalogue Raisonne of the Block Prints and Serigraphs

Joby Patterson

2014    175 Pages    (Pomegranate Communications)

DDC: 769.92    LCC: NE539.H32

OCLC: 866860005    ISBN 13: 9780764968495    ISBN 10: 0764968491

Nearly all the prints composing Hall's graphic oeuvre linoleum cuts, woodcuts, and serigraphs have b....

Nearly all the prints composing Hall's graphic oeuvre linoleum cuts, woodcuts, and serigraphs have b.... [less]

$50.00
October 15, 2019
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Stony the Road

Henry Louis Gates

2019    336 Pages    (Penguin Publishing Group)

DDC: 973.0496073    LCC: E185.61

OCLC: 1081367075    ISBN 13: 9780525559535    ISBN 10: 0525559531

The abolition of slavery in the aftermath of the Civil War is a familiar story, as is the civil rights revolution that transformed the nation after World War II. But the century in between remains a mystery- if emancipation sparked "a new birth of freedom" in Lincoln's America, why was it necessary to march in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s America? In this new book, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of our leading chroniclers of the African-American experience, seeks to answer that question in a history [...]

The abolition of slavery in the aftermath of the Civil War is a familiar story, as is the civil rights revolution that transformed the nation after World War II. But the century in between remains a mystery- if emancipation sparked "a new birth of freedom" in Lincoln's America, why was it necessary to march in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s America? In this new book, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of our leading chroniclers of the African-American experience, seeks to answer that question in a history that moves from the Reconstruction Era to the "nadir" of the African-American experience under Jim Crow, through to World War I and the Harlem Renaissance. Through his close reading of the visual culture of this tragic era, Gates reveals the many faces of Jim Crow and how, together, they reinforced a stark color line between white and black Americans. Bringing a lifetime of wisdom to bear as a scholar, filmmaker, and public intellectual, Gates uncovers the roots of structural racism in our own time, while showing how African Americans after slavery combatted it by articulating a vision of a "New Negro" to force the nation to recognize their humanity and unique contributions to America as it hurtled toward the modern age. The story Gates tells begins with great hope, with the Emancipation Proclamation, Union victory, and the liberation of nearly 4 million enslaved African-Americans. Until 1877, the federal government, goaded by the activism of Frederick Douglass and many others, tried at various turns to sustain their new rights. But the terror unleashed by white paramilitary groups in the former Confederacy, combined with deteriorating economic conditions and a loss of Northern will, restored "home rule" to the South. The retreat from Reconstruction was followed by one of the most violent periods in our history, with thousands of black people murdered or lynched and many more afflicted by the degrading impositions of Jim Crow segregation. An essential tour through one of America's fundamental historical tragedies, Stony the Roadis also a story of heroic resistance, as figures such as W. E. B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells fought to create a counter-narrative, and culture, inside the lion's mouth. As sobering as this tale is, it also has within it the inspiration that comes with encountering the hopes our ancestors advanced against the longest odds. [less]

$30.00
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