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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Agora

Ancient Greek and Roman Humour

2nd Edition: Agora Harder!

By R. Drew Griffith and Robert B. Marks

316 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9784652-2-3

$29.95 U.S.A./Canada
£18.95 U.K.
€20.95 Europe
$27.95 Australia

Ancient Greece and Rome aren't usually remembered for their sense of humour. However, in reality the ancient Greeks and Romans often refused to take themselves seriously. Strange and outlandish activities abounded - including somebody accidentally exposing himself while dancing sideways at his wedding (those wearing bed sheets didn't wear underwear) and a group of drunk young men thinking their house is sinking at sea, and tossing all their furniture out the windows.

In this new edition, R. Drew Griffith and Robert B. Marks take you on a lively and funny journey through the more bizarre activities of the ancient world, venturing out as far as Egypt, Babylon, and Scandinavia, ranging everywhere from moochers to quacks to shrews to perhaps the oldest laundromat joke in history, and even revealing the most terrible thing you can do to anybody involving a radish.

Now available from Amazon.com in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, from Barnes & Noble, and for order at your local bookstore.  Also available as an Adobe Digital Editions e-book at the low price of $12.95 US from Powells, Ebookmall, Diesel E-books, and Booksonboard.

The Secret History of Star Wars

The Art of Storytelling and the Making of a Modern Epic

By Michael Kaminski

628 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9784652-3-0

$44.95 Canada
$39.95 U.S.A.
£25.95 U.K.
€31.95 Europe
$47.95 Australia

Star Wars is one of the most important cultural phenomena of the Western world.  The tale of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker has become modern myth, an epic tragedy of the corruption of a young man in love into darkness, the rise of evil, and the power of good triumphing in the end.

But it didn’t start out that way.

In this thorough account of one of cinema’s most lasting works, Michael Kaminski presents the true history of how Star Wars was written, from its beginnings as a science fiction fairy tale to its development over three decades into the epic we now know, chronicling the methods, techniques, thought processes, and struggles of its creator.  For this unauthorized account, he has pored through over four hundred sources, from interviews to original scripts, to track how the most powerful modern epic in the world was created, expanded, and finalized into the tale an entire generation has grown up with.

Now available from Barnes & Noble; on Amazon in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan; and your local bookstore.  Also available at the low price of $9.99 US for Amazon Kindle and as an Adobe Digital Editions e-book from Powells, Ebookmall, and Diesel E-books.

The War that Changed the World

The Forgotten War that Set the Stage for the Global Conflicts of the 20th Century and Beyond

By John-Allen Price

442 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9784652-1-6

$29.95 Canada
$24.95 U.S.A.
£20.95 U.K
€22.95 Europe
$37.95 Australia

Between 1870 and 1871, the world changed forever.

The Franco-Prussian War is often a forgotten war, its significance lost amidst larger conflicts such as the Napoleonic Wars and World War I. But, while it lasted less than a year, its aftermath would shape the course of history for decades to come.

In this comprehensive and epic account, John-Allen Price explores how this short but far-reaching war came to be, bringing the men who shaped history to life. Price examines the Franco-Prussian War and its world, from the seeds of the war in the Age of Napoleon to the Paris Commune, and the aftershocks that led to a century of slaughter, a war to end all wars, and an even greater war after that.

“John-Allen Price's The War that Changed the World is a brilliantly written and exhaustively researched masterwork. With all the attention to detail one would expect of Keegan or Ambrose, Price has created a stunningly entertaining and thorough examination of an historical era which shaped the conflicts of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Price's examination of the Franco-Prussian war is engrossing, entertaining and delightfully readable—presented with a historian's eye for detail and a novelist's ear for story. Students of military history pass this book by at their peril.”

- New York Times Bestselling Author Michael A. Stackpole

Available from Amazon.com in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Barnes & Noble, and your local bookstore.  Also available at the low price of $9.95 US for Amazon Kindle and as an Adobe Digital Editions e-book from Powells, Ebookmall, Diesel E-books, and Booksonboard.

Face of
                the Foe coverThe Face of the Foe

Pitfalls and Perspectives of Military Intelligence: Revised Edition

By Kjeld Hald Galster

224 pages

ISBN: 9978-1-927537-13-8

$22.95 Canada
$19.95 U.S.A.
£12.95 U.K
€15.95 Europe
$22.95 Australia

Every nation that goes to war has to create images of their enemy. Through intelligence gathering and propaganda, these images are created and used to drive public support and keep soldiers fighting. At the same time, decision-makers must be provided with clear and incisive information on the opposition at hand. Frequently, these aims are mutually conflicting. Carefully balanced and used with circumspection, these images can lead to victory - but they can also drive armies to disaster and entire nations to atrocity.

In this sweeping and fascinating survey - now revised and updated in light of recent developments in the war against terrorism - Kjeld Hald Galster, author of Crucial Coalition and Danish Troops in the Williamite Army in Ireland, explores how intelligence is collected and interpreted. Drawing from examples ranging from the Napoleonic Wars to the 2003 War in Iraq to the death of Osama bin Laden, he examines how military intelligence is used to create the face of the foe - and what makes it a tremendous success...or a disastrous failure.

Available for sale on June 15, 2015. Now available for pre-order from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.ca.

Bayonets and BlobsticksBayonets and Blobsticks

The Canadian Experience of Close Combat 1915-1918

By Aaron Miedema

236 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9784652-9-2

$24.95 U.S.A./Canada/Australia
£15.95 U.K.
€18.95 Europe

For a long time, it has been accepted that the bayonet was an inadequate weapon in World War I - an anachronism, relied upon by foolish generals eager to relive the glories of the Napoleonic Wars while incapable of coming to terms with the modern battlefield and trench warfare. But was this the reality of the Western Front of the Great War, or a myth perpetuated by historians?

In reality, the soldiers of World War I seemed oblivious to what appears so obvious to critics ninety years removed. They quite liked their bayonets, and they used them - often.

In this fascinating and provocative study, Aaron Taylor Miedema takes a new look at the role of the bayonet and shock tactics on the Western front. Through the experience of the Canadian Corps - the British shock troops of the Western Front - he challenges the conventional view of the bayonet as an obsolete weapon system and rekindles the controversial debate over technologies, old and new, on the field of battle.

Now available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com in the United States, and your local bookstore.  Also available at the low price of $9.99 US for Amazon Kindle and as an Adobe Digital Editions e-book from Powells, Ebookmall, Diesel E-books, and Booksonboard.

Crucial Coalition

Anglo-Danish Military Collaboration and the Message of History

By Kjeld Hald Galster

358 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9880192-8-7

$25.95 Canada
$23.95 U.S.A.
£16.95 U.K.
€19.95 Europe
$37.95 Australia

In the summer of 2010, a unit of Danish soldiers known as ISAF-10 deployed to Afghanistan under British command. In Helmand Province, they tried to secure a fragile peace while dealing with the challenges of training an often apparently indifferent Afghan police and army, ensuring a functioning collaboration with the British despite insufficient military intelligence and divergent military cultures, and fell under frequent attack by an increasingly sophisticated and deadly Taliban.

In this remarkable book, Kjeld Hald Galster tells their story. He also looks at the wider picture, examining coalitions ranging from Ancient Greece to the Cold War. Exploring the millennia-long history of coalition warfare, he looks at what makes them work, the lessons they teach us, and how they reflect - and predict - the rise and downfall of the coalitions of the willing in Afghanistan and Iraq, and those yet to come.

Now available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com, and for order at your local bookstore.

Garwulf’s Corner

An Odyssey into Diablo and the World Beyond the Video Game

By Robert B. Marks

220 pages

ISBN: 978-1-927537-10-7

$22.95 Canada
$19.95 U.S.A.
£15.95 U.K.
€16.95 Europe
$22.95 Australia

At the dawn of the 21st Century, the video game industry experienced a period of wild creativity, fighting for recognition as an art form while making the transformation into a media juggernaut.  And as it did, Garwulf’s Corner was there, watching and commentating.

One of the earliest, if not the first, video game issues columns on the Internet, Garwulf’s Corner ran every two weeks from 2000 to 2002 on Diabloii.net.  Written by Robert B. Marks, author of Diablo: Demonsbane and The EverQuest Companion, it explored everything up to and including Diablo, the birth of artificial intelligence, hackers, literature and movies, and the video game’s struggle for legitimacy.

Collected here for the first time in print – with new introductions and updates – are all 52 installments of Garwulf’s Corner, along with the three columns written years later for the unpublished Blurred Edge Magazine, the holiday issue that never was, and the author’s final word (so far) on Diablo III and Diablo in general.  Insightful, controversial, witty, and thought-provoking, Garwulf’s Corner is a journey into the world of video games that is still relevant today.

Now available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com, and for order at your local bookstore.

The Blade's Edge

The History and Use of the Sword in the Modern Age

By Eyal Azerad, with featured articles by Michael "Tinker" Pearce, John Clements, Robert B. Marks, Keith Farrell, Alan Lovrič, Mike Edelson, Myles Cupp, Lars J. Olsen, Cristina Quirino, Aaron Taylor Miedema, and David Kite

140 pages

ISBN: 978-1-927537-21-3

$28.95 Canada
$22.95 U.S.A.
£17.95 U.K.
€19.95 Europe
$31.95 Australia

The sword has been a key part of human culture and history since the third millennium BC. From the earliest bronze blade to the modern sabre, the sword remains an object of fascination, prestige and symbolism. To the Roman Empire, the Spatha represented its army's supremacy. In the Middle Ages the sword not only elevated squires to knighthood, but served as a symbol of strength, status, honour and tradition.

From the earliest epics, myths, and romances - such as The Iliad, Beowulf, The Song of Roland, and The Morte D'Arthur - to modern cinema and literature like Exalibur, Braveheart, and Kingdom of Heaven, the power and importance of the sword endures. Transcending culture and time, even today the sword is far greater than a simple weapon, but perhaps the single most venerated symbol of leadership, courage, justice and kingship.

The Blade's Edge is a collection of articles and essays studying the sword from its early beginnings to the modern age. Master bladesmith Michael "Tinker" Pearce, along with historical martial arts expert John Clements, Keith Farrell, Eyal Azerad, Robert B. Marks, among other authors and researchers, unravel the evolution of the sword, its use throughout history, and the new life of the Medieval sword among modern re-enactment groups and the historical martial arts community.

Available soon.