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Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi

by Timothy R. Pauketat

The fascinating story of a lost city and an unprecedented American civilization

While Mayan and Aztec civilizations are widely known and documented, relatively few people are familiar with the largest prehistoric...


The Children's Blizzard

by David Laskin

Thousands of impoverished Northern European immigrants were promised that the prairie offered "land, freedom, and hope." The disastrous blizzard of 1888 revealed that their free homestead was not a paradise...


So Terrible a Storm

by Curt Brown

“Not since Sebastian Junger in The Perfect Storm has a writer captured so well the fury of the seas as Curt Brown.” —The Maritime Executive Through masterful research and elegant prose, Curt Brown traces...


The Neighborhood Outfit: Organized Crime in Chicago Heights

by Louis Corsino

The remarkably sordid past of a Chicago suburb


Blood and Smoke: A True Tale of Mystery, Mayhem and the Birth  of the Indy 500

by Charles Leerhsen

One hundred years ago, 40cars lined up for the firstIndianapolis 500. We are still waiting to find out who won.

The Indy 500 was created to showcase the controversial new sport of automobile racing, which was...


American Mafia: Chicago: True Stories of Families Who Made Windy City History

by William Griffith

Everyone knows stories about the American Mafia and its varied forms of crime, from racketeering to stock manipulation to murder.  American Mafia: Chicago explores the Windy City, strolling through its neighborhoods...


The WPA Guide to Iowa: The Hawkeye State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...


Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati

by Wendy Hart Beckman

Bringing to life the founding families’ histories, Founders and Famous Families of Cincinnati shares these intertwined and fascinating tales with readers near and far. This approachable overview of Cincinnati...


Tinder Box: The Iroquois Theatre Disaster 1903

by Anthony P. Hatch

This the 100th anniversary of one of worst man-made disasters of the 20th century. When the Iroquois Theatre opened in Chicago on November 23, 1903, it was considered one of the grandest structures of its day,...


Avengers and Defenders: Glimpses of Chicago's Jewish Past

by Walter Roth

Walter Roth delves deep into the archives of Chicago’s Jewish past, and provides a new collection of illuminating essays on its various aspects. Booklist said of his previous collection, Looking Backward:...


The WPA Guide to Kansas: The Sunflower State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...


Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

by William Cronon

"Magnificent... the best work of economic and business history I've ever read."—Paul Krugman In this groundbreaking work, William Cronon gives us an environmental perspective on the history of nineteenth-century...


The Mafia Court: Corruption in Chicago

by John Russell Hughes

This rigorous examination of the court system is presented from a practical, citizen-based perspective and fueled by the firsthand anecdotes shared with the author by a member of the Mafia in Chicago. Touching...


The Wpa Guide to Ohio: The Buckeye State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...


The Wpa Guide to Missouri: The Show-Me State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...


The Wpa Guide to South Dakota: The Prairie State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...


The Wpa Guide to Minnesota: The North Star State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...


The Wpa Guide to Michigan: The Great Lakes State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...


The Wpa Guide to Indiana: The Hoosier State: The Hoosier State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...


The Wpa Guide to Illinois: The Prairie State: The Prairie State

by Federal Writers' Project

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared...