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Home and Away Home and Away by Scott Simon
This memoir is the ideal blend of wit, reportage, and plain old-fashioned storytelling. NPR'S Scott Simon, is a devout sports fan, a proud son of Chicago, and a devoted son and stepson. His love of sports is the vein he mines for this exquisitely written memoir. From his beloved father, a hard-drinking comedian who died when Scott was sixteen, to Ralph, his scholarly, affectionate stepfather; from Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers, and their struggle against mortality to the former stars of the Chicago Bulls, Scott Simon lovingly depicts his attraction to and awe of the larger-than-life forces that shaped his world. He writes about sports talk as a means of communication between fathers and sons; about Chicago as a city of fans; and about sports figures as the embodiment of the best aspects of American life. Home and Away abounds with vivid, famous, and merely fascinating characters, from Ernie Banks to Michael Jordan.
Take Me out to the Cubs Game: 35 Former Ballplayers Speak of Losing at Wrigley Take Me out to the Cubs Game: 35 Former Ballplayers Speak of Losing at Wrigley by John C. Skipper
In this book, 35 former Chicago Cubs relive their ballplaying days and speculate on the eternally middling Northsiders. This troop of now-grizzled bears - including Claude Passeau, Hank Wyse, Alvin Dark, Don Kessinger, Joe Niekro, Pete LaCock, and slugger Hank Sauer - holds forth on the front office moves, grueling day-game scheduling and sometimes agonizing play of one of baseball's oldest, unluckiest yet most revered franchises.
Balloons to Jets: A Century of Aeronautics in Illinois, 1855 to 1955 Balloons to Jets: A Century of Aeronautics in Illinois, 1855 to 1955 by Howard L. Scamehorn
This book was originally published in 1957 and offers a wealth of information not only on one hundred years of aviation in Illinois but also on events lading up to the Wright Brothers initial flight in 1903. This reprint features a new foreword by Gene Abney, the former director of the Illinois Department of Aeronautics..
The Great Chicago Fire The Great Chicago Fire by Robert Cromie, Paul M. Angle (Designer)
The Great Chicago Fire presents a complete narrative history of the 1871 fire that destroyed 73,000 miles of streets and 17,500 buildings, and which left 100,000 people homeless. More than 150 photographs and illustrations help tell the inspiring story of a heroic American city.
Always of Home : A Southern Illinois Childhood Always of Home : A Southern Illinois Childhood by Edgar Allen Imhoff
Always of Home is an easy-going, gentle retrospective - the story of a family interspersed with local history. Available in hardcover and paperback.
Frontier Illinois (History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier) Frontier Illinois (History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier) by James Edward Davis
Well done history of pre-Civil War Illinois, from the wilderness through the year defeated senatorial candidate Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States. Very nicely done!
The North Western: A History of the Chicago & North Western Railway System The North Western: A History of the Chicago & North Western Railway System by H. Roger Grant
In this in-depth history of the North Western, Grant sheds light on the inner workings of a railroad that has long intrigued rail enthusiasts. With a lively narrative and over 170 illustrations that include photographs and maps, the book will engage historians, collectors, modelers, photographers, and those interested in the development of Chicago and the Midwest.
Prairie Passage: The Illinois and Michigan Canal Corridor Prairie Passage: The Illinois and Michigan Canal Corridor by Edward Ranney (Photographer), Emily Harris
Prairie Passage celebrates the ninety-seven-mile water highway known as the Illinois and Michigan Canal, completed in 1848 and closed in 1933, that helped turn the muddy settlement of Chicago into the most important city in the Midwest. The photographs in Prairie Passage, which provide a fresh perspective on how we use and live on the land, are complemented by historical images and essays that document how people have traveled through, settled, and altered the region.
The Architects and the City: Holabird & Roche of Chicago, 1880-1918 The Architects and the City: Holabird & Roche of Chicago, 1880-1918 by Robert Bruegmann
This book connects architectural history with urban history by looking at the work of a major architectural firm, Holabird & Roche. No firm in any large American city had a greater impact. With projects that ranged from tombstones to skyscrapers, boiler rooms to entire industrial complexes, Holabird & Roche left an indelible stamp on the city of Chicago and, indeed, far beyond. In this volume, the first of two on Holabird & Roche and its successor, Holabird & Root, Robert Bruegmann traces the firm's history from its founding in 1880 to the end of the First World War.
Illinois Wilds Illinois Wilds by Kenneth Robertson, Susan Post, Michael Jeffords
Illinois Wilds is a natural history of the wildlands found in Illinois. This book is a historical depiction of what Illinois was like before settlement by Europeans, and is also a showcase of the remaining natural heritage of the state. Historical accounts of Illinois described huge trees, vast grasslands, and extensive wetlands. The seemingly endless prairies possessed a great diversity of many-hued plants; a traveler could go from central Illinois to Wisconsin and encounter few trees. The prairies were teeming with life - passenger pigeons by the millions, snakes basking along the dusty trail, a myriad of grasshoppers darting through the air like arrows from a medieval army. Although we no longer have the luxury of standing on a hillock or an old glacial moraine and viewing a limitless expanse of prairie or forest, we do have the opportunity to experience the essence of these places; that is what the authors have attempted to document in this work.
Haunted Illinois Haunted Illinois by Troy A Taylor
Join the author on a spell-binding journey through the bloody events of the Civil War! Meet the spirits of the past and discover the places where the dead still walk today! Travel along to dozens of haunted places in the north and south. Witness the haunts of slavery and the Underground Railroad; the haunted prisons of the Civil War; the Spirits of the Lincoln assassination; and of course, the blood-curdling accounts of the war's haunted battlefield, including Gettysburg, Antietam and many others! More than 75 terrifying tales in all!

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