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The Mansker Chronicles is an Associate of, Earth’s Biggest Store. You can order any of the books identified with a on the Sources & Bibliography Page, or the Conrad Richter Page. In addition, there are many other books identified below that are well worth having, or you can explore the entire Amazon catalog with a click of the mouse.

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How it Works:

Just click on the title of any of the books listed below. You will be taken to the website where you can order the book. If you want to order more, there is a "shopping basket" where you can deposit your book, then hit the "back" button on your browser to return to this page for another selection.

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The Books:
A. Books by Family Members

A Bad Attitude: A Novel from the Vietnam War
by Dennis Mansker

Meet Farnsworth: disgruntled draftee, reluctant soldier and world-class slacker -- is he also a cold-blooded murderer? But if he didn't kill the sadistic Sergeant Bragg, who did? See the other side of the Vietnam War -- draftees versus lifers, the Saigon black market, deteriorating race relations and the deadly 1968 race riot at Long Binh Jail.

See more on my Chairborne Ranger website.

Dead People Don't Excercise
by August Mansker

Subtitled Nor Do Those Whose Emotions Enthusiasm and Determination Is Near Death, this book is a self-help book to change the way you think. The author shares with you "little known secrets that can bring your emotions, enthusiasm and determination to a near fever pitch. This is the only way most people will ever achieve the goal of fitness and weight loss. If you follow all the principles outlined here, your weight problem will disappear."

Indian Talk: Hand Signals of the North American Indians by Iron Eyes Cody, illustrated by Ken Mansker

Learn how to "speak" using American Indian hand signs. You can imagine hundreds of times when this knowledge could come in quite handy.

Books by Stephen Cox:

Stephen Cox is the son of Mansker descendant Gerald Cox and his wife Blanche. He is a well-known chronicler of popular culture.

Here's Johnny

Thirty years of America's favorite late-night entertainer. Based on the only interviews Carson has ever given for a book, this work chronicles the 30-year career of an American original. Over 200 pictures, most of them not published before. Recommended!
The Abbott & Costello Story

The story of America's pre-eminent comedy team, from the early days in vaudeville through their television show in the 1950s. Triumph, tragedy and the famous feud. Read the true story here.
The Hooterville Handbook-- A Viewer's Guide to Green Acres

"Green Acres is the place to be..." Find out why in this look back at America's funniest farm.
Oliver and Lisa Douglas, Sam Drucker, Eb Dawson, Mister Haney, and of course, Arnold the Pig: They're all here, just the way you remember them, only better .
The Munchkins of Oz

We all know about The Wizard of Oz. But we don't know what happened behind the scenes when the cameras weren't rolling.
Read the true story of the Munchkins in this hilarious look at the filming of the movie.
The Addams Chronicles: An Altogether Ooky Look at the Addams Family

Read about our favorite "ooky" family (snap! snap!).
Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Thing--The Addams Family! They're here in all their ooky glory.

B. Featured Selections

Slaves in the Family Book Cover

When Edward Ball was growing up, his father admonished him, "There are five things we don't talk about in the Ball family: Religion, sex, death, money, and the Negroes."
"What does that leave to talk about?" his mother asked.
"That's another of the family secrets," his father replied.
Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball.

Edward Ball descended from Elias "Red Cap" Ball, the founder of the largest plantation system in South Carolina. He left the south for New York, but decided to face, once and for all, the plantation system and the south's "Peculiar Institution", Slavery.

In this amazing book, Ball manages to discuss all five of the "things they don't talk about in the Ball family", and how they are interrelated to each other in the saga of the family and its slaves.

Out of the numerous descendants of Red Cap Ball, both black and white, Edward Ball weaves a fascinating (and at times shocking) tapestry of an American family.

In his discovery of the intertwined familial relationships between the Balls and their slaves, he alienated several of his white cousins, while at the same time finding new and lasting relationships with his black cousins.

This is by far the best--and most important--book I have ever read on the subject. I give it my highest rating and I highly recommend it to everyone.

Skin Deep book cover

What is this book doing here?
It was illustrated by Birck Cox (no relation to Stephen Cox -- see above), who has been a close friend of mine since junior high school (1958), and although the subject matter is, to say the least, "icky", the illustrations are superb, an illustrative tour-de-force by one of the country's preeminent medical illustrators.
You can see more of his work on his website.
Skin Deep: An A-Z of Skin Disorders, Treatments and Health by Carol A. Turkington, Jeffrey S. Dover, Birck Cox (Illustrator)

This book has been called "A dictionary of skin terms, disorders, and treatments, providing information on skin diseases, medications, over-the-counter products, and medical and cosmetic treatments including laser surgery. For general readers. Includes a glossary, and lists cosmetic ingredients, related organizations, publications, and hotlines...
"A reliable source of answers for commonly asked questions about skin disorders and treatments, from acne to herpes zoster, for general readers. Appendices offer information on cosmetic ingredients and types of lesions. This updated edition contains recent information on organizations, publications, and hotlines, and a guide to Web sites."
-- Book News, Inc., Portland, Or

C. Conrad Richter

The Trees

The first book in the famous trilogy, in which Richter acknowledges his debt to, among others, John Minsker, Sr., for "help, counsel or first source material". See the Conrad Richter Page
The Fields

The continuing story of Sayward Luckett and her family on the Ohio frontier.
The Town

The concluding volume of the trilogy, for which Richter won the 1951 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
The Light in the Forest

Probably the best-known Richter book, it is the story of a white boy captured & raised by Indians and then reunited with his family. It was made into a Disney movie in 1958.
The Sea of Grass

Richter’s first book, the story of cattlemen in the New Mexico Territory, drew rave reviews and set him on the course that the rest of his life would follow.
The Rawhide Knot & Other Stories

A collection of Richter’s short stories that were previously published in magazines, most notably The Saturday Evening Post.

D. Sources & Bibliography

The Winning of the West: From the Alleghenies to the Mississippi 1769-1776: With Map
Theodore Roosevelt

TR's interesting late 19th Century interpretation of the winning of the west. See excerpts from the book reproduced on this website. It contains a descriptions of the Daniel Boone, the Long Hunters, and Kasper Mansker is prominent in several places. First volume of the four volume series.Recommended.
The Winning of the West: From the Alleghenies to the Mississippi 1777-1783: With Map
Theodore Roosevelt

The second volume of the series. See excerpts reproduced on this website. It contains an interesting and detailed description of the founding of the Cumberland Settlement. Kasper Mansker is also prominent in this book. Recommended.
The Long Hunt: Death of the Buffalo East of the Mississippi
Ted Franklin Belue

An excellent historical study of the demise of the American Bison in the East. Chapter Eight is especially interesting for the Mansker - Minsker families: It contains a detailed description of the Long Hunters, and Kasper Mansker is mentioned prominently throughout the chapter.
American Militia in the Frontier Wars
Murtie J. Clark

Excellent study of the American Frontier in the years immediately following the Revolutionary War. (See the John Mansker on the Frontier Page.)
The President’s Lady
Irving Stone

Historical fiction which appears to be extremely well-researched, this is the story of Andrew Jackson and Rachel Donelson Robards, who, it turns out, wasn’t quite divorced from her first husband when she married Jackson. Kasper Mansker is a minor chracter in the book.
Pennsylvania German Pioneers
Ralph D. Strassburger

A valuable compendium of ship’s manifests, church records, tax lists, etc., of the early German communities in Pennsylvania. (See the Ship Christian Passenger Manifest Page.) Rare three-volume edition. Volume One, Volume Two and Volume Three are also available as single-volume purchases.
Tennessee, A Guide to the State
The Federal WPA Writer’s Project

Like all of the Guide to the State writer’s projects that came out of the Works Progress Administration of the 1930s, this is a fascinating look at Tennessee at the height of the Great Depression, with a lot of historical vignettes thrown in. Kasper Mansker rated a substantial entry, which is reproduced on the Kasper Mansker Page.
The Pennsylvania Line: Regimental Organization & Operations, 1776--1783
John B. B. Trussel, Jr.

A complete study of the Pennsylvania troops in the Revolutionary War, including battles, uniforms, casualties, organization, and routes taken. Ludwig Mäitzger and his sons served with the Pennsylvania Line (see the Manskers at War Page).
Marriages of Sumner Co, TN, 1787-1838
Edythe Whitley

A complete listing of the marriages in Sumner County for 48 years. Excellent source for Sumner County research.
Abstract of Sumner County Will Books 1 & 2 (1788-1842)
Edythe Whitley

Abstracts of the wills of Sumner County for 54 years. Another excellent Sumner County source book.

E. Other Books of Interest

Dark Hills to Westward -- The Saga of Jenny Wiley
Harry Caudill

A fictionalized account of Jennie Wiley, captured by Indians in 1789. The harrowing story of her capture and escape is retold in this book, based on her own narrative account. In later years she settled in Kentucky, where Jennie Wiley State Resort Park bears her name.
(Not quite incidentally, she was also the ancestor of Susan Morris, the wife of your humble webmaster.)
Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain

The American picaresque classic, Huckleberry Finn is a fascinating look at life along the Mississippi River in the years prior to the Civil War. Huck & Jim float right past Mansker’s Landing (see the Samuel Mansker Page) on their way down the river. If you haven’t read it since you were a child, now is the time to be introduced to it all over again.
Life on the Mississippi
Mark Twain

A recounting of Twain’s days as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi. Like Huckelberry Finn, it is a fascinating study of life on the river. See what the Samuel Mansker family of Rockwood, Illinois, had to put up with on their trips downriver to New Orleans.
The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck

Many of the midwestern Manskers left for California along Route 66 (see below) to escape the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Steinbeck’s study of the migration of the Joad family, typical of the “Okies” of the period, remains a classic to this day. Read the book that earned Steinbeck, in addition to the 1940 Pulitzer Prize, his own secret FBI dossier as a suspected subversive!
Route 66, The Mother Road
Michael Wallis

Route 66, the road of dreamers, and ramblers, drifters and writers. The road of escape to a new life in California. This is the definitive story of the most famous highway in America, from its beginnings in 1926 through its “death” with the closing of the final gap in the Interstate system in Arizona in 1987. Full of photos, maps, personality profiles, and history.
Daniel Boone: His Own Story The Adventures of Daniel Boone: The Kentucky Rifleman
Daniel Boone

Read about this legendary contemporary of Kasper Mansker, written in his own words. Gives a colorful account of life on the early American Frontier, even if Boone appears to believe some of his own legends.
Daniel Boone
Laurie Lawlor

You know the legends, now read the truth: Lawlor’s biography strips away all of the myths surrounding Daniel Boone to expose the fascinating life and times of the famous frontiersman. If all you know of Daniel Boone is what you saw on television, then you owe it to yourself to read this book.
A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee
David Crockett

Like Daniel Boone: His Own Story (above), this is the autobiography of Davy Crockett, another contemporary of Kasper Mansker. And, like Boone, Crockett seems to believe some of his own legends. It is, however, filled with fascinating anecdotes, and his stories about the way things worked in Washington D.C. when he was a congressman will strike a familiar chord with today’s readers.
David Crockett: The Man & the Legend
James A. Shackford & John B. Shackford, Ed.

Another interesting look at the Man behind the Myth. If Fess Parker’s country bumpkin is your only image of Davy Crockett, then you owe it to yourself to learn something of the studious naturalist and shrewd politician behind the legends.
Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History
Richard Shenkman

We know a lot about American history: We know that Columbus proved the world was round, the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, and Teddy Roosevelt charged up San Juan Hill, right?
Wrong. This fascinating book puts right many of the myths that we have carried around with us since childhood.
Oh Say Can You See
John Whitcomb & Claire Whitcomb

Subtitled Unexpected Anecdotes about American History, this book is jam-packed with hundreds of stories. An example: Robert Lincoln, the son of the president, was present at three presidential assassinations: his father’s, James Garfield’s in 1881, and William McKinley’s in 1901. After that, Lincoln refused to meet with any president. "There’s a certain fatality about presidential functions when I am present," he said.
The Good Old Days -- They Were Terrible!
Dr. Otto L. Bettman

Lest we get too nostalgic for the past, this book will help straighten us out on what was really happening in the period between the end of the Civil War and 1900. Dangerous merchandise, poisonous food, insensitive corporations riding roughshod over the public good, urban epidemics, all are hidden behind the veneer of nostalgia that we tend to lay over our history.
Otto Bettmann was the founder of the famous Bettman Archive, and this book is full of contemporary photos, engravings and drawings of America in the late 1800s.