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2013
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The Wrecking Crew : The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret
Hartman, Kent.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012.


A fascinating look into the West Coast recording studio scene of the '60s and the inside story of the music you heard on the radio. If you always assumed the musicians you listened to were the same people you saw onstage, you are in for a big surprise! In Los Angeles in the 1960s-70s, if you wanted to record a chart-topping track or album, you called in the crack session musicians collectively known as the Wrecking Crew. Consisting of artists unknown outside the music industry, like drummer Hal Blaine and bass player Carol Kaye, as well as those who would go on to recording fame of their own, such as Glen Campbell and Leon Russell, the Wrecking Crew was the West Coast's cream of the crop of session players, backing top-notch hit makers Phil Spector, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, and many more.


2012
Imperial Japan at its zenith : the wartime celebration of the empire's 2,600th anniversary
Imperial Japan at its zenith : the wartime celebration of the empire's 2,600th anniversary
Ruoff, Kenneth J. (Kenneth James), 1966-
Ruoff (history, Portland State U.) examines public ceremony surrounding Japan's commemoration of the 2,600th anniversary of the founding of its empire to analyze the state of Japanese political identity in 1940 at the beginning of the wider war in the Pacific. Discussing in detail the celebrations, advertising campaigns, song contests and historical tourism promoted by the government, Ruoff argues that the celebration of the ancient events was not a manifestation of backward looking nostalgia but rather an exercise in identity building through "reactionary modernism" similar to efforts undertaken in fascist Italy and Nazi Germany.



2011
Savages and scoundrels : the untold story of America's road to empire through Indian Territory
Savages and scoundrels : the untold story of America's road to empire through Indian Territory
VanDevelder, Paul.
What really happened in the early days of our nation? How was it possible for white settlers to march across the entire continent, inexorably claiming Native American lands for themselves? Who made it happen, and why? This gripping book tells America’s story from a new perspective, chronicling the adventures of our forefathers and showing how a legacy of repeated betrayals became the bedrock on which the republic was built.


2009/2010
Hiding man : a biography of Donald Barthelme
Hiding man : a biography of Donald Barthelme
Daugherty, Tracy.

 

2008
One night in America : Robert Kennedy, César Chávez, and the dream of dignity
One night in America : Robert Kennedy, César Chávez, and the dream of dignity
Bender, Steven.

 

2007
Democracy reborn : the Fourteenth Amendment and the fight for equal rights in post-Civil War America
Epps, Garrett.
New York : Henry Holt, 2006.

 

2006
Modern passings : death rites, politics, and social change in Imperial Japan
Bernstein, Andrew, 1968-
Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, c2006.

 

2005
Plague and fire : battling black death and the 1900 burning of Honolulu's Chinatown
Mohr, James C.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.

 

2004
Portland : people, politics, and power, 1851-2001
Lansing, Jewel Beck.
Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, c2003, 2005.

 

2003
Dispatches and dictators : Ralph Barnes for the Herald Tribune
Mahoney, Barbara S.
Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, 2002.

 

2002
My wars are laid away in books : the life of Emily Dickinson
Habegger, Alfred.
New York : Random House, c2001.

 

2001
When broken glass floats : growing up under the Khmer Rouge : a memoir
Him, Chanrithy, 1965-
New York : W.W. Norton, c2000.

 

2000
The night gardener
Sandor, Marjorie.
New York, N.Y. : Lyons Press, c1999.

 

1999
The left hand of Eden : meditations on nature and human nature
Ashworth, William, 1942-
Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, 1999.

 

1998 Making it home
Nordstrom, Lars, 1954-
Portland, OR : Prescott Street Press, c1997.

 

1997 Looking after : a son's memoir
Daniel, John, 1948-
Washington, DC : Counterpoint, 1996.

 

1996
Volcano
Hongo, Garrett

 

1995
Voyage of a summer sun : canoeing the Columbia River
Cody, Robin, 1943-
New York : Knopf, 1995.

 

1994
Stubborn twig : three generations in the life of a Japanese American family
Kessler, Lauren.
New York : Plume, 1994.

 

1993 The trail home : nature, imagination, and the American West
Daniel, John, 1948-
New York : Pantheon Books, c1994.

 

1992
No Duty to Retreat
Brown, Richard M.

 

1991
Wings for My Flight
Houle, Marcy Cottrell

 

1991
My Country, My Right to Serve
 Humphrey, Mary Ann

 

1990
Baja Journey
Carey, Robin

 

1989
A Golden Journey
Cressman, Luther S.

 

1988 Faces of a reservation
Stowell, Cynthia D., 1951-
Portland, Or. : Oregon Historical Society Press, 1987.

 

1987
Artic Dreams
Lopez, Barry

 




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