Preserving our Past for the Future

Book Reviews

Final: 2012 Chicago History Author Series

This is the updated author list and sponsors for the Third Annual Chicago History Author Series!

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Christmas in Illinois by: James Ballowe

In this coffee table book, James takes you way back when to show the roots of Illinois Christmas traditions. This book brings together a large combination of personal anecdotes, pictures and recipes to spice up the holiday season. This is a great book for anyone who wants to get in touch with the spirit of Christmas.

This book was published by The University of Illinois Press and can be purchased by clicking the link, http://tiny.cc/IL_christmas.


Soldier Field: A Stadium and its City by: Liam T.A. Ford

This was an amazing book about the history of Soldier Field. If you want something small to read this is not the book to get, but if you want to know the COMPLETE history then this is the book for you! Liam is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune and has done a tremendous job compiling the rich history this field has to offer in one book. 

This book was published by the University of Chicago Press. If interested click the link to purchase the book from the publisher, http://tiny.cc/Soldier_Field.


Downtown Naperville by: Joni Hirsch Blackman

Naperville has grown from a farm town to a bustling place with a lot of action. In this book Joni takes you from the beginnings to current day as she illustrates the changes that have taken place in Downtown Naperville. This book is a part of the Images of America Series and includes over 100 pictures to tell the story.

This book was published by Arcadia. If interested click the link to purchase the book from the publisher, http://tiny.cc/dwntwn_naperville .


Near West Side Stories: Struggles for Community in Chicago’s Maxwell Street Neighborhood by: Carolyn Eastwood

Go behind the scenes of one of the most impressive street markets in the United States. The market may not be around anymore, but in its glory it was the place to go in Chicago. If your bike was stolen one night you could most likely find it the next weekend at the market. In her book Carolyn takes you on a journey through the market form the eyes of those who were there themselves.

This book was published by Lake Claremont Press.  If interested click the link to purchase the book from the publisher, http://tiny.cc/near_westside_stories.


On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department by Daniel P. Smith

On the whole this was a very good book. Dan writes with such passion and care that you truly get an insider’s look at the Chicago police Department. If you are interested in learning about what it means to be a cop in this town this it is a great book to read. Dan is the product of a Chicago police family and continues to ponder much about the force throughout his book.

This book was published by Lake Claremont Press.  If interested click the link to purchase the book from the publisher, http://tiny.cc/behind_stars.


A Chicago Firehouse: Stories of Wrigleyville’s Engine 78 by: Karen Kruse

 

This is truly a one of a kind book. This is one of the few books that I have seen that focuses on the history of a specific firehouse in the city as well as firefighting history in Chicago. This is a great book that incorporates a lot of pictures and personal anecdotes that make it a great read. Karen’s father was at this station for many years.

This book was published by Arcadia. If interested click the link to purchase the book from the publisher, http://tiny.cc/chicago_firestation.   

Karen Kruse will be speaking about her book, A Chicago Firehouse: Stories of Wrigleyville’s Engine 78, as a part of the Museums at Lisle Station Park’s first annual Chicago History Author Series on October 9th at 4pm.


Naperville, Illinois by: Jo Fredell Higgins

 

This is the ultimate book in regards to Naperville history. Jo Fredell Higgins has put together the Naperville, Illinois book as a part of Arcadia’s Images of America Series. This book takes you back to the days of Joseph Naper to current day to show how Naperville has evolved from a farm town to the center of attention in the suburbs.

This book was published by Arcadia.  If interested click the link to purchase the book from the publisher, http://tiny.cc/naperville.

Jo Fredell Higgins will be speaking about her book, Naperville, Illinois, as a part of the Museums at Lisle Station Park’s first annual Chicago History Author Series on October 2nd at noon.


The Chairman: A Novel of Big City Politics by: Mark M. Quinn

 

Mark Quinn is an expert when it comes to the history of Chicago politics. His book has a recently published sequel and guarantees to drag you in after the first page. This book, although fictional gives you an insider’s look on the politics of our great city. This book is all about politics and there are many parallels to what was going on in Chicago during the 1960’s and on. It is a great read!

If you would like to purchase this book click the link to purchase from Amazon. http://tiny.cc/MQ_chairman

Mark M. Quinn will be speaking about his book, The Chairman: A Novel of Big City Politics, as a part of the Museums at Lisle Station Park’s first annual Chicago History Author Series on October 2nd at 4pm.


Chicago: A Biography by: Dominic Pacyga

Dominic Pacyga’s newest book, Chicago: A Biography is a wonderfully compiled biography of the city that many have learned to call home. The book takes the reader on a journey through Chicago’s past. From Indians to Fort Dearborn, railroads to industry and struggles to massacres, it is all included in this truly remarkable book. Many books focus on a single part of Chicago’s past while Pacyga takes on everything and tells little facts and stories that others leave out. Did you know Lisle was the largest Dairy town on C.B.&Q. Route? Or that McCormick in order to better serve customers problems kept one of each model of machine he made in his factories? These are just a few of the many exciting parts of the book.

This is a MUST read for any Chicago history fanatic!

This book was published by the University of Chicago Press. If interested click this link to purchase the book from the publisher.  http://tiny.cc/chicago_biography

Dominic Pacyga will be speaking about his new book, Chicago: A Biography, as a part of the Museums at Lisle Station Park’s first annual Chicago History Author Series on October 9th at noon.