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2015 new books
Brass Valley:
The Fall of an American Industry
Emery Roth II
• Photographic homage to the historic mill towns of Connecticut’s Naugatuck River Valley
• Stories and more than 200 photos recounting the brass industry’s rise and fall
• Vivid imagery, poems, and narratives round out this tribute to the American Dream
In this ode to Connecticut’s Naugatuck River Valley, vibrant photos andmoving poetry relate the region’s
legendary industrial history and ponder its legacy. The story begins in 1802, when two metalworking
families joined forces to manufacture brass. Business soared during the War of 1812 with the demand
for buttons, and soon brass parts became essential in the age of steam and electricity. As large-scale
brass manufacturing grew across what became known as Brass Valley, mill towns along the river, such
as Torrington and Waterbury, developed into thriving cultural centers. This continued until 2014, when
the last plant closed, and the tradition of soot-covered workers charging generations-old furnaces came
to an end. This poignant elegy captures the glowing metal flying through the air at the Ansonia foundry
in its final days, as well as abandoned opera houses and train tracks, the vestiges of a dying infrastructure
and American way of life.
Size: 12" x 9" • 236 color photos • 240 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4930-0 • hard cover • $45.00
Exit Wounds:
Soldiers’ Stories—Life after Iraq and Afghanistan
Photographs and Interviews by Jim Lommasson, Introduction by Jonathan Shay, MD, PhD
• Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars tell their stories about war, and life after war
• In their own words, 50 veterans speak the truth what they saw and what they did
• We don’t know the men and women who we send to war—our soldiers want to tell us their stories
This compelling and timely collaboration between photographer/writer Jim Lommasson and American
veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars presents Lommasson’s portraits and interviews as well as soldiers’
own photographs from the war zones. The stories expressed in words and in images are intimate, profound,
and timeless. In their own words, 50 men and women speak their truth about these wars—what they saw
and what they did. They talk about the wars’ impact on themselves and on their loved ones at home as well
as on the Iraqis and Afghanis caught in the crossfire. They talk about why they went to war and how the war
came home with them. Our soldiers need to tell their stories, and we need to listen.
Jim Lommasson
is a freelance photographer and author. Lommasson received the Dorothea Lange-Paul
Taylor Prize fromThe Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for his first book,
Sweat, Sacrifice &The Will To Survive In American Boxing Gyms.
Size: 11" x 8 1/2" • 92 color images • 208 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4893-8 • hard cover • $34.99
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