Review Roundup

Summer is in full swing, and that means it’s time for reading at the beach or poolside!  Here are some exciting reviews of UPF books to guide your summer reading picks:





Celebrated Chef Norman Van Aken was interviewed by Gotham Magazine. The interview, featuring a recipe from his forthcoming book, Norman Van Aken’s Florida Kitchen, can be found here.








Daniel O. Sayers’s book, A Desolate Place for a Defiant People: The Archaeology of Maroons, Indigenous Americans, and Enslaved Laborers in the Great Dismal Swamp, was featured in Smithsonian Magazine. Sayers and his team of archaeologists excavated sites where runaway slaves took refuge in the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia and North Carolina.






Here are more great reviews:




Elvis Ignited: The Rise of an Icon in Florida

by Bob Kealing

“A persuasive argument that Presley’s “moonshot” to fame could not have happened without Florida. . . . Deftly captures a pre-Interstate Florida where an anonymous Presley would be traveling for grueling hours down every two-laner in the state in his signature automobile.”—Palm Beach Post







Bad Guys, Bullets, and Boat Chases: True Stories of Florida Game WardensBad_Guys_Bullets_Boat_Chases_RGB

by Bob H. Lee

“Stories are brimming with confrontations and high-stakes action. . . . Lee’s observations radiate authenticity and he effectively conveys his sophisticated knowledge base about the law, the Everglades and the criminal mind and the skill sets of conservation professionals. Once you get into this book, you won’t be able to put it down.”—Florida Weekly









Music Everywhere: The Rock and Roll Roots of a Southern Town

by Marty Jourard

“A highly entertaining, well-written look at a city that played a major role in the history of rock and roll music. Kudos to Marty Jourard on a book of historical importance.”—Kudzoo Magazine










An Ice Age Mystery: Unearthing the Secrets of the Old Vero Site

by Rody Johnson

“This lively and fascinating book is an intelligent examination of how scientific endeavor operates over time and how community life can be focused and energized. It’s also filled with portraits of colorful personalities.”—Florida Weekly







The History of Human Space Flight

by Ted Spitzmiller

“A very competent, complete history of manned spacecraft. . . . A strongly recommended resource.”—Choice











Embracing Cuba

by Byron Motley

“A stunning visual and heart-felt narrative of Cuba in all its major dimensions.”—Insights Magazine











Travels on the St. Johns River

by John Bartram and William Bartram, Edited by Thomas Hallock and Richard Franz

“The editors skillfully interpret the geography and natural history, and provide an extensive list of the plants and animals the Bartrams encountered. This work will appeal to naturalists and those interested in early American studies in natural history.”—Choice








The Denmark Vesey Affair: A Documentary History

edited by Douglas R. Egerton and Robert L. Paquette

“A truly invaluable collocation of documents. Highly Recommended.”—Choice










Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers: Reflections from the Deep South, 1964–1980

edited by Kent Spriggs

“Fascinating. . . . The kind of book you can open anywhere, maybe thumb back or forth a few pages, and settle into a good story.”—USA Today







Home Front: North Carolina during World War II

by Julian M. Pleasants

“Outlines in great detail how the war brought progress to [North Carolina]. . . . Pleasants is a storyteller, and he has gleaned the archives and old newspaper accounts of local wartime activities for facts and stories that will entertain as they help relate the amazing impact the war made on [North Carolina].”—Chapel Hill News





The Final Mission: Preserving NASA’s Apollo Siteswestw001_500x500

by Lisa Westwood, Beth Laura O’Leary, and Milford Wayne Donaldson

“Explore[s] the archaeological perspective of preserving sites related to the Project Apollo and moon missions. . . . thoroughly covers the details of the lunar missions and describes how many key landmarks, such as launch pads and other facilities, may no longer exist because of damage and neglect.”—Choice


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