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Richard Cahan, Michael Williams and Neal Samors
Introduction by Roger Ebert
Real Chicago: Photographs from the Files of the
Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc.
ISBN (softcover): 097254562X ($35.00)
ISBN (hard cover): 0972545638 ($50.00)
264 pages with over 280 black and white, duotone photographs
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Life. Death. Hope and despair. War and peace. The Cubs
and the Sox. This was daily grist for "Chicago Sun-Times"
photographers as they roamed the city for the past six
decades, earning a reputation for documenting Chicago
that includes two Pulitzer Prizes for photography. Now,
for the first time, this remarkable record has been gathered
into an artistic and historical look at Chicago. This
is the first major book on Chicago photojournalism and
the first picture book that details the city’s modern
history including dozens of never-before-seen photographs.
R. Craig Sautter
New York Presidential Conventions, The Pre-TV Era
215 pages plus photos, $20
Order at: www.presidentialconventions.com
A dramatic tour through conventions of the Liberty Party
of 1840-48, the Free Soil Party of 1848, the North American
Convention of 1856, and the Democratic Party Conventions
of 1868 and 1924; following the development of US political
parties through epic platform debates and the nomination
of candidates such as New Yorker James G. Birney, the
first presidential candidate pledged to abolishing slavery
throughout the United States, and former President and
New Yorker Martin Van Buren, come out of retirement to
challenge the Democratic Party he co-created.
||Harry Mark Petrakis
The Orchards of Ithaca
Southern Illinois University Press www.siu.edu/~siupress
280 pages, $25.00 hardcover
As always, master storyteller Petrakis is keenly attuned
to the intermingling of the mundane and the momentous, and
fascinated by the different forms heroism takes. Candid
and penetrating in its psychology and spiritual inquiry,
Petrakis’s tenth novel . . .is vital and moving."
||Curt Johnson and R. Craig Sautter
26 Martyrs for These Latter Perilous Days
december press, 2004
The Small Press Review selected 26 Martyrs
as its top "Picks for May-June" 2004.
26 Martyrs offers short, probing biographies
of Socrates, Jesus, Joan of Arc, Toussaint L’Ouverture,
Lincoln, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, the Chicago Anarchists,
Emiliano Zapata, Joe Hill, Isaac Babel, Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
Gandhi, Guevara, King, Allende, Karen Silkwood, Stephen
Biko, Anwar el-Sadat, and Yitzhak Rabin, among others.
||Armando Favazza, MD
PsychoBible: Behavior, Religion & the Holy Book
Pitchstone Publishing www.pitchstonepublishing.com
ISBN: 0972887512 (pb) / 0972887504 (hc)
431 pages, $19.95 (pb) / $40.00 (hc)
Armando Favazza, a world-renowned cultural psychiatrist, examines the impact of the Bible on behavior through time and space. This is an indispensable work for all those interested in better understanding the foundations of society's—and perhaps their own--beliefs and behaviors, and is a thought-provoking read for those not afraid to inform--or perhaps even challenge--their faith.
Inside Urban Politics: Voices from America's Cities and Suburbs
Published by (New York: Longman, 2004) www.ablongman.com
336 pages, $39.67 ($35.70 from publisher's web page)
Dick Simpson, a former Chicago Alderman and a Political Science
Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), has written and
edited a new book that describes the economic and political developments in
Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and a score of other cities and suburbs.
In the book's introductions and 43 essays, Simpson and other writers tell
the story of America's cities over the last 100 years. The book brings the
passion, insights, and conflicts alive for readers who get an insider's
view of the past, present, and future of our cities.
||Michael J. Sheehan
Words to the Wise
Arbutus Press www.arbutuspress.com
240 pages, $15.00 Amazon.com
Words to the Wise is a compilation of the best questions
and answers from the radio program of the same name (WTCM,
Traverse City, Michigan). Sheehan covers word and phrase
histories, punctuation, writing tips, and above all, the
humorous side of language.
"He is the English teacher you wish you had had." Richard
Lederer, author of A Man of My Words. "Sheehan does
it all--figures of speech, history of the language, punctuation,
spelling, usage, writing tipsand he does it
with accuracy and humor."
Doug Stanton, author of In Harm's
||Professor Cranston Sedrick Knight
La Brigada: Spain 1936-1939 (poetry)
Third World Press
$10.00 Barnes & Noble
La Brigada is a work that brings to light and to life the participation of
African and Latin Americans who fought in the Spanish Civil War. Both of the
America's were alive with political activity that responded to the needs of
Spain. The need to help the Spanish Republic was not an ongoing debate
between the two hemispheres, but were isolated developments. It was only
when the two groups met in Spain that they discovered their commonality.
Never the less, their participation has been marginalized to the point that
their history in the conflict is seldom mentioned.
Errol Flynn: The Life and Career
McFarland & Company, Inc., www.mcfarlandpub.com
Errol Flynn set the standard for the modern action hero in films like The Adventures of Robin Hood, and The Sea Hawk. This biography follows Flynn from his birth in Tasmania, Australia, in 1909 to his death in Vancouver, Canada, in 1959. Illustrated with many rare photographs, this objective text illuminates the life and work of a complex, ultimately self-destructive idol.
"As compelling as a great novel...an affectionate yet unflinching look at
the life and films of a real-life swashbuckler."
Max Allan Collins, author
of "Road to Perdition"
||Ellen F. Steinberg
Irma: A Chicago Woman's Story, 1871-1966
University of Iowa Press, March 2004
$19.95/ 252 pages
Irma is an inspiring account of the life and times of a woman who devoted
herself to her family and her community. Documented are her family's activities
during the Chicago fire, the city's rebuilding, the first women's suffrage and
WWII. Steinberg has created a fascinating narrative about a Chicago woman who
lived a vital life in a vibrant city.
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