Praise for Our Books

Whales and Nations: Environmental Diplomacy on the High Seas

Kurkpatrick Dorsey

This interesting and well researched [book] . . . sheds new light on how the International Whaling Commission developed, and on how it struggled.
- International Journal of Maritime History

I am delighted that a book like Whales and Nations exists and that Kurkpatrick Dorsey has written it. He offers us a detailed history of the regulation of whaling from the pre-World War I era up to the present . . . he is certainly one of the best writers of diplomatic history around. - Environmental History

My Fight for a New Taiwan: One Woman's Journey from Prison to Power

Hsiu-Lien Lu and Ashley Esarey

An enjoyable narrative that captures how education and other broadening opportunities enabled the career and prominence of a smart and ambitious woman . . . Lu's experiences highlight the fragmentation and oppressiveness of Taiwan's transitions, even as they offer hope that other Asian states might move further down the path of becoming more open societies. - H-Asia

A welcome reminder of what is possible when political leaders - government officials and antigovernment activists alike - set aside their own interests and follow the will of the people they claim to serve. . . . Lu's engaging voice and extraordinary candor make [this] a surprising and inspiring read. - Foreign Affairs

Hsiu-lien's life story mirrors the story of Taiwan as a country. Both are trying to find their way in the world and break free - one from limiting gender expectations, the other from mainland China. . . . My Fight for a New Taiwan had me cheering on Hsiu-lien and her compatriots as they fought for the country they loved so much. - Northwest Asian Weekly

Chaming Gardeners

Poems by David Biespiel

"[This] incandescent collection grabs hold of and portrays the ghosts of history, family, and place that captivate the poet." - Bostonia

The North Cascades Highway: A Roadside Guide

Jack McLeod

"If there's any truth to the idea that ownership in fact derives from knowledge and appreciation of a place . . . then Jack McLeod's eloquent and stunning guide, The North Cascades Highway gives him ownership. - The Wild Cascades

Wilderburbs: Communities on Nature's Edge

Lincoln Bramwell

"Wilderburbs builds on the idea that human culture inherently shaped residents' interactions with their environment. Examining this phenomena and communities in detail uncovers the profound environmental consequences for our desire to live in the wilderness. - USDA Blog

Robert Cantwell and the Literary Left: A Northwest Writer Reworks American Fiction

T. V. Reed

"This critical study dusts off the largely forgotten work and career of Cantwell . . . T. V. Reed has performed a service in bringing Robert Cantwell and the topic of proletarian fiction back to the fore." - The Seattle Times

The Rising Tide of Color: Race, State Violence, and Radical Movements across the Pacific

Edited by Moon-Ho Jung

"This assortment of essays shines a light on historical factors that continue to have an impact on national security matters and global unrest today. This is tough but thought-provoking stuff." - Bellingham Herald

The Wilderness Writings of Howard Zahniser

Edited by Mark Harvey

"These carefully selected writings . . . allow environmental historians to see the evolution of an idea that was formative to our field, and demonstrates that wilderness remains a compelling concept to explore relationships between humans and nonhuman beings." - H-Net Reviews

Puer Tea: Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic

Jinghong Zhang

"An admirably coherent analysis of the complex social relationships that shaped the Pu'er market . . . and a fine addition to the literature on the cultural biographies of commodities. . . . Recommended for the teaching of political economy, cultural economy, Chinese social transformation, and regional development studies." - China Quarterly

Enclosed: Conservation, Cattle, and Commerce Among the Q'eqchi' Maya Lowlanders

Liza Grandia

"A rich anthropological account of continuity, change, and contestation over vital material and social resources . . . [with] thought-provoking contributions to debates over the roles and applications of anthropology and anthropologists in the processes they study." - Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Writing in Tongues: Translating Yiddish in the Twentieth Century

Anita Norich

"Writing in Tongues is the story of the people trying to respond, and of how those responses change over the decades. This is Norich's claim about the Yiddish past: that it was far more sophisticated, complex, aggressive and aesthetically radical than Americans understand. This is her hopeful claim about the American present: Perhaps we're ready to listen." - Forward