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Gibbs Smith Publisher



Gibbs M. Smith always wanted to be a history professor. But while in pursuit of his master's degree, Smith wrote a dissertation on Joe Hill-American labor martyr, proletarian folk hero, and songwriter-that profoundly changed his life. After the book was published by the University of Utah press and made into a movie, Gibbs started entertaining the idea of starting his own publishing company. While riding a cable car in San Francisco and contemplating this venture, he wrote Alfred Knopf a letter. "In my view, he was the greatest publisher in America," reflects Smith. Knopf wrote back with words of encouragement; later they spoke over the phone. Gibbs now had the inspiration needed to embark upon this extraordinary entrepreneurial adventure. In 1969, Gibbs and his wife, Catherine, started the company known today as Gibbs Smith, Publisher. With $12,000 in cash earned from the Smiths' work on the movie Joe Hill, the company published four initial books, which would be used as supplementary texts in college history classes. The first few years were tough, as Gibbs and his wife, Cathy, ran the company out of their studio apartment in Santa Barbara.
Books By Gibbs Smith Publisher
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This section contains 189 books
Cooking in Color
Cooking in Color


US$ 28.99
Heirloom Houses
Heirloom Houses


US$ 31.99
French Country Cottage
French Country Cottage


US$ 28.99
The Curated Home
The Curated Home


US$ 28.99
Bacon, Beans, and Beer
Bacon, Beans, and Beer


US$ 14.99
Southern Baked
Southern Baked


US$ 20.99
Living Crazy Healthy
Living Crazy Healthy


US$ 19.99
Our National Parks
Our National Parks


US$ 29.99
The Tassel Is Worth the Hassle
The Tassel Is Worth the Hassle


US$ 14.99
More French Slanguage
More French Slanguage


US$ 14.99
How the French Live
How the French Live


US$ 28.99
My First Summer in the Sierra
My First Summer in the Sierra


US$ 19.99
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