Disastrous Floods and the Demise of Steel in Johnstown by Pat Farabaugh

Disastrous Floods and the Demise of Steel in Johnstown by Pat Farabaugh The History Press, 187 pp., paperback $21.99 Those with an interest in Pennsylvania history and natural disasters will never want for more in the examination of the Johnstown Flood and its aftermath. Farabaugh’s study condenses the standard story of Johnstown’s floods while engaging a parallel narrative of the decline of its...
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Somebody Else’s Dream by Maxim W. Furek

Somebody Else’s Dream Dakota, The Buoys & “Timothy” by Maxim W. Furek Sunbury Press, 356 pp., paperback $19.95 Maxim W. Furek’s Somebody Else’s Dream explores one of the strangest hit records in rock and roll history — the Buoys’ “Timothy” (1971). Written by Rupert Holmes of “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” fame, “Timothy” told a macabre tale about three guys trapped in a mine cave-in. By the...
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The Italian Legacy in Philadelphia, edited by Andrea Canepari and Judith Goode

The Italian Legacy in Philadelphia History, Culture, People, and Ideas Edited by Andrea Canepari and Judith Goode Temple University Press, 424 pp., hardcover $50 This recent volume is comprehensive and interdisciplinary, featuring essays from a variety of contributors. It is organized into four sections that focus on important periods of Philadelphia’s history. Section one explores the colonial...
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Made Free and Thrown Open to the Public by Bernadette A. Lear

Made Free and Thrown Open to the Public Community Libraries in Pennsylvania from the Colonial Era through World War II by Bernadette A. Lear University of Pittsburgh Press, 368 pp., hardcover $60 Most people are familiar with public libraries and may know about current challenges they face, such as censorship, neutrality and equity, and their role in response to national crises. Those topics...
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Slavery and Abolition in Pennsylvania by Beverly C. Tomek

Slavery and Abolition in Pennsylvania by Beverly C. Tomek Temple University Press, 144 pp., paperback $19.95 For generations, textbook histories discussing Pennsylvania and slavery made Pennsylvania look good. They focused on Quaker antislavery activism, passage of a pathbreaking gradual abolition law, and the emergence of a series of notable antislavery leaders, both African American and white....
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Golden Panthers by Sam Sciullo Jr.

Golden Panthers Pitt’s Ten-Year Affair with Football Prominence (1973–1982) by Sam Sciullo Jr. America Through Time, 224 pp., paperback $24.99 The 50th anniversary of the Pirates 1971 World Series championship reminds Pittsburgh fans of all they celebrated in the 1970s: Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit, the Immaculate Reception, four Super Bowl championships, and a second World Series win in 1979....
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Translingual Inheritance by Elizabeth Kimball

Translingual Inheritance Language Diversity in Early National Philadelphia by Elizabeth Kimball University of Pittsburgh Press, 211 pp., hardcover $50 At the beginning of this book’s first chapter, the author poses the question, “What if we imagined a United States of America not in English?” This may call to mind the murky (and unfounded) legend about German and English supposedly competing...
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Unsung Hero of Gettysburg by Edward G. Longacre

Unsung Hero of Gettysburg The Story of Union General David McMurtrie Gregg by Edward G. Longacre Potomac Books, 316 pp., hardcover $34.95 So much has been written about the Battle of Gettysburg, it would seem as if there was nothing else to be said; Edward G. Longacre disagrees. In his extremely well-written and fully researched study, Unsung Hero of Gettysburg: The Story of Union General David...
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Meade at Gettysburg by Kent Masterson Brown

Meade at Gettysburg A Study in Command by Kent Masterson Brown University of North Carolina Press, 488 pp., hardcover $35 In Meade at Gettysburg, Kent Masterson Brown breaks new ground on a topic that is well-trodden. The Battle of Gettysburg has rightfully taken pride of place as a watershed moment in American history and is among the most studied events of the Civil War. Despite our...
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Harrisburg in World War II by Rodney Ross

Harrisburg in World War II by Rodney Ross The History Press, 192 pp., paperback $21.99 Like the rat-tat-tat of a machine gun, author Rodney Ross fires off brief declarative sentences to tell his story of how Pennsylvania’s capital city prepared for and aided the war effort between 1941 and 1945. As it became apparent that the United States would enter the war, the citizens of Harrisburg were...
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