New in paperback: a pioneer, a president and a King

Three UIP titles are available in paperback editions today.

Locomotive to Aeromotive: Octave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution

Earth, water, airOctave Chanute grappled with the very elements themselves. He built the massive Chicago and Kansas City stockyards, bridged the so-called unbridgeable Missouri River, and pursued an extensive post-retirement involvement with flying machines that brought him into the confidence of the Wright Brothers. Locomotive to Aeromotive examines Chanute’s incredible engineering contributions—the twelve-winged gliders! the strut-wire braced wing structure!—and offers an epic portrait of an age of irrepressible invention and of a man who helped give us wings.


The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The Lincoln Studies Center Edition

The divisive issues of our time fuel a hundred bilious cable blowhards, spark demonstrations and even violence, ruin family holidays and decide elections. Roll all of those issues into one and you have slavery in 1858. The seven debates on slavery between Senate powerhouse Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln became the most consequential clash of ideas in U.S. history. This edition provides the first text founded on all known records. The result is the fullest and most  accurate account ever published, with annotations, extensive introductory material, and commentary that takes readers as close as possible to the original words of these two political titans.


King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records

James Brown’s popcorn repertoire included uber-funk masterpieces “The Popcorn,” “Mother Popcorn,” and “Let a Man Come In and Do the Popcorn (Part One).” The Godfather recorded them all for King, the defining outsider record company. King’s diverse roster included Grandpa Jones’ banjo-and-yodel stylings, bluegrass legends the Stanley Brothers, R&B pioneers the Dominoes, and blues master Freddie King. All came together under entrepreneur Syd Nathan, tsar of a record operation that not only mentored a generation of industry execs but birthed an indie approach to hitmaking that rewarded gut instincts, big dreams, and a willingness to embrace the music others ignored.

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