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Not All Heroes
Not All Heroes: An Unapologetic Memoir of the Vietnam War 1971-1972
$29.95

By Gary E. Skogen, Foreword by Clay S. Jenkinson

Dakota Institute Press, 2013
252 pages
Hardcover

NEW RELEASE!

This unconventional, un-heroic, and unapologetic memoir tells the story of one man's Vietnam War. Skogen's tour in Vietnam was, as he says, the best year of his life.

Living with fellow CID investigators in an isolated hooch, Skogen enforced military drug laws and yet managed to pursue a life of perfect hedonism far from the farm in southwestern North Dakota where he grew ...
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Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce
Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce: Strangers in the Land of the Nimiipuu
$29.95

By Allen V. Pinkham and Steven R. Evans, Foreword by Frederick E. Hoxie

Dakota Institute Press, 2013
299 pages
Hardcover

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This extraordinary new look at Lewis and Clark among the Nez Perce represents a breakthrough in Lewis and Clark studies. With this book, we have our first opportunity for a richly detailed exploration of the relationship between Mr. Jefferson's Corps of Discovery and a single ...
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For the Love of North Dakota
For the Love of North Dakota and Other Essays: Sundays with Clay in the Bismarck Tribune
$29.95

By Clay S. Jenkinson

Dakota Institute Press, 2012
365 pages
Hardcover

This collection of essays represents Clay Jenkinson's love song to North Dakota. Jenkinson's North Dakota is not a glossy calendar of serene sunsets and round hay bales. The theme of his work is that North Dakota is an acquired taste, that the Great Plains are beautiful and compelling in all of their ...
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The Character of Meriwether Lewis
The Character of Meriwether Lewis: Explorer in the Wilderness
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By Clay S. Jenkinson

The Dakota Institute Press, 2011
456 pages
Hardcover

The human aspects of Meriwether Lewis, in a revised and expanded examination of the "interior" of the famed explorer.

Meriwether Lewis commanded the most important exploration mission in the early history of the United States. Clay S. Jenkinson takes a fresh look at Lewis, not to offer a paper cutout hero but to describe and explain a hyperserious young man of great complexity who found the wilderness of Upper Louisiana as exacting as it was exhilarating.

Jenkinson sees Lewis as a troubled soul before he left St. Charles, Missouri, in May 1804. His experiences in lands "upon which the foot of civilized man had never trodden" further fractured his sense of himself. His hiring William Clark as his "partner in discovery" was, Jenkinson shows, the most intelligent decision he ever made. When Clark was nearby, Lewis's leadership was stable and productive. When Clark was absent and thus unable to provide a calming influence on his mercurial friend, Lewis tended to get into trouble. Jenkinson argues that if Clark had been with Lewis on the Natchez Trace, the governor of Upper Louisiana would not have killed himself. Jenkinson sees Lewis's 1809 suicide ...
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Psalms of King David
$24.95

By Alan Sullivan and Seree Cohen Zohar

The Dakota Institute Press, 2012
150 pages
Hardcover

A fresh translation of seventy-three Psalms of David translated with deep emotion. These lyrical, metrical, and beautiful poems will come alive for some for the first time. Unless you read Hebrew, there can be no better authentic translation of these Psalms.

"To have done all this () while simultaneously dying of cancer, bespeaks a superhuman effort of will.  Believe the energy of its production comes through the expressiveness of the text. The translation more often than not soars, at times into incandescence." -Monsignor Robert Laliberte, Censor Librorum

"David's poems, penned so long ago, are inspired hymns of valor and trust. These inspiring new translations of David's Psalms, with their respect for the original Hebrew, cannot but appeal to the modern reader of poetry." - Yondav Kaploun, Prime Minister's Prize for Hebrew Literature 1996

Listen to an audio link here: http://www.prairiepublic.org/radio/hear-it-now?post=44776 ...
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A Free and Hardy Life Theodore Roosevelt's Sojourn in the American West
A Free and Hardy Life Theodore Roosevelt's Sojourn in the American West
$45.00

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Foreword by Douglas Brinkley

The Dakota Institute Press, 2011
160 pages
Hardcover

Theodore Roosevelt, a New York aristocrat who ventured into the American West to seek authentic frontier experience and the strenuous life, traveled to western Dakota Territory in 1883 to kill his first buffalo. He got his buffalo, but he also fell in love with the badlands of what is now North Dakota.

This book contains 70 stories, many set in Dakota Territory, about Roosevelt's life as an adventurer, politician, and man of letters, lavishly illustrated with more than 100 photographs, some never previously published. ...
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Hunter's Log
Hunter's Log
$19.95

By Timothy Murphy

The Dakota Institute Press, 2011
110 pages
Hardcover

Featuring artwork by Eldridge Hardie

Hunter's Log is Timothy Murphy's long-awaited book of hunting poetry. With his faithful Labrador, Feeney, Murphy wanders in deep snow along the windbreaks of the Sheyenne and Red River valleys, reciting poetry and firing at the pheasants Feeney flushes.

Heavily influenced by Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset's Meditations on Hunting, Murphy sees hunting as a spiritual activity. There is nothing cloistered in his poetry. He tramps through the tall grass prairie of eastern Dakota and along the ridges and buttes that overlook the mighty Missouri, then cooks up what he kills in exquisite stews and ragouts. Timothy Murphy's genius is to write poetry that is accessible to all, simultaneously simple and profound, and deeply imbued with the spirit of place.

Read Timothy Murphy's poem "'Mizar' and 'Alcor' in Winter" here: ...
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Mortal Stakes Faint Thunder
Mortal Stakes and Faint Thunder
$19.95

By Timothy Murphy

The Dakota Institute Press, 2011
95 pages
Hardcover

Featuring artwork by Charles Beck

A major American poet who lives on the Great Plains, Timothy Murphy is a fascinating and complicated man and a child of the northern prairie who writes deceptively simple poetry. This double book is the first of several volumes of his poetry to be published by the Dakota Institute Press.

Murphy's poetry explores faith, family, spirituality, death, farming, friendship, love, and sexuality, yet is profoundly rooted in place--the Red River watershed in North Dakota and western Minnesota. He tries to make sense of the wide sweep of the northern plains, to explore how place shapes poetry and how poetry shapes one's sense of place.

Read Timothy Murphy's poem "'Mizar' and 'Alcor' in Winter" here: ...
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Special Edition Turning Points
Turning Points: A Memoir
$29.95

By North Dakota Governor George "Bud" Sinner and Bob Jansen

The Dakota Institute Press, 2011
360 pages
Hardcover

George "Bud" Sinner was the Governor of North Dakota from 1985-1992, during one of the most difficult periods in modern North Dakota history. This long-anticipated political and spiritual memoir examines the life and achievement of an extraordinary North Dakotan who was a successful farmer, politician, and a national leader in the Democratic Party.

Part political memoir, part spiritual autobiography in the manner of St. Augustine, Turning Points is the story of a Catholic farm boy from Cass County, who studied for the priesthood at St. John's University in Minnesota, but who discovered that his true vocation was for public service.

At times a lyrical recounting of rural life before the great modernization of American agriculture, at times a profound wrestling with key questions of public ethics and Christian spirituality, Turning Points is the book of a man whose life is at least as interesting as his tenure as the Governor of North Dakota. ...
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River of Promise
River of Promise: Lewis and Clark on the Columbia
$29.95

By David L. Nicandri

The Dakota Institute Press, 2009
350 pages
Hardcover

The first publication from The Dakota Institute Press of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation.

In the many published accounts of the Lewis and Clark expedition, historians have tended to undervalue the explorers' encounter with Columbia River country. Most narratives emphasize Lewis and Clark's adventures through their journey to the Bitterroot Mountains but have said little about the rest of their travels west of there.

River of Promise fills a significant gap in our understanding of Lewis and Clark's legendary expedition. Historian David L. Nicandri shifts the focus to an essential goal of the explorers: to discover the headwaters of the Columbia and a water route to the Pacific Ocean. He also restores William Clark in his role as the primary geographic problem-solver of the partnership. Most historians assume that Meriwether Lewis was a more distinguished scientist than Clark because of his formal training in Philadelphia and superior writing skills. Here we see Clark as Lewis's equal as scientific geographer, not merely the practical manager of boats and personnel.

Nicandri places the legend of Sacagawea in clearer perspective by focusing instead on the contributions of often-overlooked Indian leaders in Columbia ...
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