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Richard Cahan, Michael Williams and Neal Samors
Introduction by Roger Ebert
Real Chicago: Photographs from the Files of the Chicago Sun-Times
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

december press  
ISBN: 0-913204-40-4
215 pages plus photos, $20
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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
ISBN: 0-8093-2578-0
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
ISBN: 0-913204-38-2

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
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.

Dick Simpson
Inside Urban Politics: Voices from America's Cities and Suburbs
Published by (New York: Longman, 2004)
ISBN: 0-321-09567-7
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
ISBN: 096653168X
240 pages, $15.00

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 tips—and he does it with accuracy and humor."
   —Doug Stanton, author of In Harm's Way.

Professor Cranston Sedrick Knight
La Brigada: Spain 1936-1939 (poetry)
Third World Press
ISBN: 0-88378-240-5
$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.

Thomas McNulty
Errol Flynn: The Life and Career
McFarland & Company, Inc.,
ISBN: 0-7864-1750-1

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 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
ISBN: 0-87745-894-4
$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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