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So Terrible a Storm: A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior

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...


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:...


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 Twelfth Victim: The Innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather Murder Rampage

by Linda M. Battisti & John Stevens Berry

In 1958, nineteen-year-old Charles Starkweather gained notoriety as one of the nation's first spree killers. He murdered eleven people in Nebraska and Wyoming. After a week on the run, he was arrested, later...


Roadside History of Illinois

by Stan Banash

Did you know that Chicago was named for a wild onion? Or that the only president born in Illinois was Ronald Reagan? Or that the Ferris Wheel, processed cheese, the game of softball, the fly swatter, and the...


Fixing Illinois: Politics and Policy in the Prairie State

by James D Nowlan & J Thomas Johnson

A blueprint for solving the state's problems, just in time for the 2014 elections


The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt

by David Giffels

Award-winning author and journalist David Giffels explores the meaning of identity and place, hamburgers, hard work, and basketball in this collection of wry, irreverent essays reflecting on the many aspects...


Detroit: A Biography

by Scott Martelle

At its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, Detroit's status as epicenter of the American auto industry made it a vibrant, populous, commercial hub—and then the bottom fell out. Detroit: A Biography takes a long,...


Ohio Outback: Learning to Love the Great Black Swamp

by Claude Clayton Smith

A collection that reveals the surprising variety of life in northwest Ohio Ohio Outback is a unique compilation of writings by Claude Clayton Smith about his experiences of living in Ohio for the past twenty-two...


The Chicago World's Fair of 1893: A Photographic Record

by Stanley Appelbaum

128 rare, vintage photographs: 200 buildings — 79 of foreign governments, 38 of U.S. states — the original ferris wheel, first midway, Edison's kinetoscope, much more. 128 black-and-white photographs. Captions....


My Father Spoke Finglish at Work: Finnish Americans in Northeatern Ohio

by Noreen Sippola Fairburn

A regional view of Finnish immigrationIn 1874 the first Finnish immigrants came to Northeast Ohio's Lake Erie port towns to work on the docks loading coal or unloading iron ore from ships sailing the Great Lakes...


Hope Amid Hardship: Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory

by Linda S. Johnston

Why did they stay?  Despite the challenges of loneliness, drought, and political turmoil Kansas pioneers faced, many found and wrote about joy and beauty in their adopted communities.   Letters and diaries...


Rosie the Rubber Worker: Women Workers in Akron's Rubber Factories during World War II

by Kathleen L. Endres

In this richly illustrated book Kathleen L. Endres examines the lives of women working in the rubber industry in World War II.Endres points out that women were not new to the factories of Akron. Years before...


Kent State/May 4

by Scott L. Bills

The reverberations of the rifle shots that killed four students on May 4, 1970 echoed across the nation and beyond. Nowhere, perhaps, did they echo with more persistence and poignancy than at the place where...


North Dakota: A History

by Robert P. Wilkins & Wynona H. Wilkins

The area's extreme remoteness, great size, and sparse population have shaped the North Dakota character from the beginning of settlement a century ago. Theirs was not an easy land to master; and of those who...