by Nanci Kolsti
of North Texas Press
of North Texas Press, started in 1987, has established a sound reputation
since it published its first books in 1989. Founding director Frances
B. Vick says that the press "strives to advance understanding and
appreciation of the historical, intellectual, scientific and cultural
milieu" through its publications. But Vick's adeptness in finding
good, saleable books has kept the UNT Press in the black.
According to Bob Summer, southern
Publishers Weekly, "In a relatively short period of time,
Fran has brought the press to a level of attainment that is winning
national notice, a real feat now due to the book industry's increasing
conglomeration and resulting pressures on smaller publishers."
The UNT Press publishes a wide variety
of academic and non-academic authors and is publisher of the Texas
Folklore Society publications. Included in the books on its fall
2000 list are The
Meyerson Symphony Center: Building a Dream, by music
writer and annotator Laurie Shulman; The
Best from Helen Corbitt's Kitchens, edited by
Patty MacDonald; Voyage
to North America, 1844-45: Prince Carl of Solms's Texas Diary of
People, Places, and Events edited and translated by Wolfram
M. Von-Maszewski; and a book by a UNT author, The
Jack Ruby Trial Revisited: The Diary of Jury Foreman Max Causey,
edited by John Mark Dempsey, assistant professor of journalism.
Vick retired as director of the press
this year. Ronald Chrisman, former acquisitions editor for the University
of Oklahoma Press, was named the new director.
You can see the full book list and
read more about the UNT Press at its web site at www.unt.edu/untpress.
the Health of the Land: Previously Unpublished Essays and Other Writings
by J. Baird Callicott and Eric T. Freyfogle
Published by Island Press
Leopold (1887-1948) is regarded as one of the most influential conservation
writers of all time. In his classic work, A
Sand County Almanac, Leopold presented the idea of a "land
a belief that people have a responsibility to treat the soils, waters,
plants and animals of the Earth in ways that ensure the well-being of
the Health of the Land, published on the 50th anniversary of
A Sand County
Almanac, is a collection of rare and previously unpublished
essays by Leopold that builds on his vision of ethical land use. The book
develops the important concept of "land health"
the capacity for self-renewal in nature
and the practical measures landowners can take to sustain it.
Groups of essays trace Leopold's shift
from a forestry career to a career in game management, provide practical
advice on wildlife husbandry, and focus on conservation and environmental
J. Baird Callicott is a professor of philosophy and religion studies at
the University of North Texas. Eric T. Freyfogle teaches property, environmental
and natural resources law at the University of Illinois College of Law,
where he is the Max L. Rowe Professor.
Situations: Class Predicaments of Whiteness in Detroit
John Hartigan Jr.
Published by Princeton University Press
22 percent of the population of Detroit is white the smallest
percentage of whites in the 150 most populous cities in the United States.
Because they are a minority, white Detroiters can rarely assume that they
are racially unmarked a privilege usually associated with whiteness.
In studying them, however, Hartigan discovered that the whites did not
usually grapple with the issue of race by making distinctions between
themselves and the black residents. Instead, they talked about class distinctions
between themselves and their white neighbors when discussing race.
Situations focuses on white Detroiters in three different neighborhoods
and details such topics as residents' perceptions of the Detroit riots
of 1943 and 1967, their reactions to the majority-black Board of Education's
decision to close a once predominantly white school, and the conflict
that resulted when a school was named for Malcolm X.
John Hartigan Jr. is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University
of North Texas.
Intellectual Traditions of Pre-Colonial Africa
by Constance Hilliard
Published by McGraw-Hill
the "Dark Continent" of uncivilized people by European explorers, Africa
was instead a land with a rich historical tradition and intellect centuries
before it was colonized, says Hilliard. This book contains 92 texts, written
by indigenous Africans, that are central to particular cultures. The oldest
texts, from Egypt, date to 2500 B.C., and the most recent, from Somalia
and Ethiopia, were written in the late 19th and early 20th centuries before
these nations were completely colonized.
Hilliard says that European scholars believed
all writings found in Africa's cities were the work of immigrants, and
she notes that African texts were considered unimportant for years because
Europeans sought to civilize African natives by imposing their own culture.
Every region of Africa is represented in
the book through the texts, which include essays on various topics, Egyptian
love poetry, wisdom writings and historical accounts of famous events,
all taken from societies with oral as well as written traditions.
Constance Hilliard is an associate professor of history at the University
of North Texas.
Choice and Social Controversy: Politics, Policy, and Law
by Stephen D. Sugarman and Frank R. Kemerer
Published by Brookings Institution Press
book provides analysis designed to help those on all sides of the school
choice debate as well as those charged with designing and implementing
school choice programs. Chapters are written by distinguished legal and
public policy scholars.
Part 1 of the book, "Emerging Patterns,"
focuses on how much choice now exists in both private and public sectors
of education and where charter schools and school voucher plans
the most controversial forms of school choice fit in the overall
Part 2, "Public Policy Flashpoints," discusses
the implications of school choice for school finance, how to hold choice
schools accountable to parents and the state, and how to increase the
supply of choice schools.
Part 3, "Legal Constraints," includes federal
constitutional issues, implications of school choice for racial justice,
the role of teacher unions and collective bargaining, and how children
with disabilities are likely to fare in school choice programs.
Frank R. Kemerer is a Regents Professor of teacher education and administration
at the University of North Texas and director of UNT's Center for the
Study of Education Reform. Stephen D. Sugarman is Agnes Roddy Robb Professor
of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.
Hard! Anti-Crime Campaigns and Chinese Criminal Justice, 1979-1985
Harold M. Tanner
Published by Cornell University East Asia Program
the late 1970s, the Communist government of the People's Republic of China,
under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping, called upon the Chinese people
to unite in their struggle to modernize their country. One of the tasks
was to reform China's criminal justice system to make it more efficient,
more accountable to central authority and better suited to the task of
maintaining public order in a changing economic and social environment.
Taking a historical approach, Strike
Hard! draws on a wide variety of openly and internally published
laws, legal interpretations, talks, speeches, Communist Party documents
and other sources from the 1950s to the 1990s. The book traces the development
of the Chinese criminal justice system over the six years from 1979 to
1985 and places the changes in the context of the reform agenda of Deng's
Harold M. Tanner is an associate professor of history at the University
of North Texas.