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Pull Hard!

David Arnold “Look at what you guys have started…come back here in fifty years and you won’t believe what this has grown into.”—legendary Husky rowing coach Dick Erickson in 1973, to Cougar rowers after a disappointing season of losses A former Washington…
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Rocky’s Rail

John E. Langlot and Mac McCulloch Rocky's Rail recounts Great Northern brakeman and conductor John Langlot’s railroading experiences from 1960 through 2004, a period of sweeping technological change. His stories provide a rare first-person view of the craft of trainman. He also summarizes corporate-level decisions and…
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Seattle’s Streetcar Era

Michael Bergman Seattle’s first street railway opened in 1884. Soon private trolley and cable car lines ran throughout the city, and hillside properties became prized building lots. In 1918, Seattle voters approved municipal ownership, and the Seattle Municipal Railway operated for another…
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Backwoods Railroads [Revised Edition]

D. C. Jesse Burkhardt Originally published in 1994, and now updated with new content and additional images, Backwoods Railroads is an engaging description of western Oregon’s evolving contemporary branchline and shortline railroad operations. Burkhardt’s unique photojournalistic account focuses on the Willamette Valley and its bordering…
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WSU Press audiobooks are available for purchase, but we do not sell audiobooks directly on our website. Please search for our titles on Audible or University Press Audiobooks. WSU Press titles currently available as audiobooks: Almost a Hero America’s Nuclear…
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Psychiana Man

Brandon R. Schrand This full-length biography of Psychiana creator and mass-marketing genius Frank Bruce Robinson traces the improbable rise and fall of a flamboyant false prophet during the Great Depression. The voices of his unwavering followers—from a desperate dust bowl farmer to a…

Coming Home to Nez Perce Country

Trevor James Bond In 1847, missionary Henry Spalding shipped two barrels of “Indian curiosities”—exquisite Nez Perce shirts, dresses, baskets, horse regalia, and more—to an Ohio friend. Given just six months in 1993, the tribe launched a brilliant grassroots campaign and raised $608,100 to…

Outside Looking In

Edited by Nicholas P. Lovrich, Francis A. Benjamin, John C. Pierce, and William D. Schreckhise Working under a grant from the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), researchers conducted a survey of registered lobbyists and public agency legislative liaison officers in all fifty states, and received over 1,200 completed surveys. In Outside Looking In, scholars…
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Teaching Native Pride

Tony Tekaroniake Evans Native and non-Native voices tell the story of the federally sponsored Upward Bound program at the University of Idaho, intertwining personal anecdotes and memories with accounts of the program’s inception and goals, as well as regional Native American history and…
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Boosting a New West

John C. Putman Focusing on marketing campaigns as well as vendor and exhibit choices, Boosting a New West explores the cultural and social meaning of Portland, Seattle, San Diego, and San Francisco expositions held between 1905 and 1915, detailing biased racial attitudes, perceptions…
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Echoes of Exclusion and Resistance

Edited by Robert Bauman and Robert Franklin Mid-Columbia region history mirrors common American West multiracial narratives, but with important nuances. In the third Hanford Histories volume, four scholars draw from oral histories to focus on the experiences of non-white groups such as the Wanapum, Chinese immigrants, World…
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Lewis and Clark Reframed

David L. Nicandri, Foreword by Clay S. Jenkinson James Cook, George Vancouver, and Alexander Mackenzie—and to a lesser extent fur traders John Meares and Robert Gray—directly and indirectly influenced the Lewis and Clark expedition. Written by former Washington State Historical Society Director David L. Nicandri,  Lewis and Clark…
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Butch T. Cougar

Caryn Lawton Butch, the beloved Washington State University Cougar mascot, just may be a superhero. This charmingly illustrated children's book lays out the evidence and lets readers decide. Cougar fans of all ages will recognize fun nods to WSU favorites.
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Tahoma and Its People

Jeff Antonelis-Lapp 2020 Banff Mountain Book Competition Finalist, Mountain Environment and Natural History category A passionate science educator presents a natural and environmental history of Mount Rainier National Park and the surrounding region. Jeff Antonelis-Lapp explores geologic processes, plant and animal communities,…
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An Eye for Injustice

Edited by Susan M. Stacy As wartime hysteria mounted after December 1941, the U.S. government began forcibly relocating West Coast individuals with Japanese ancestry to ten inland sites. Hunt Idaho’s Minidoka War Relocation Center opened in August 1942. Dr. Robert C. Sims was devoted to…
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Saving the Oregon Trail

Dennis M. Larsen Ezra Meeker first came west on the overland trail in 1852. At age 75 he trekked east over the Oregon Trail with oxen and a covered wagon, setting markers along the way, and became a national celebrity. Endearing and captivating,…
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Legacies of the Manhattan Project

Edited by Michael Mays Covering topics from print journalism, activism, nuclear testing, and science and education to health physics, environmental cleanup, and kitsch, essays collected from the Hanford History Project’s March 2017 conference along with additional new research illuminate facets of the Manhattan Project…