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Author Discussion & Signing with Stan "Tex " Banash

Come to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore to meet Stan "Tex" Banash author of The Roadside History of Illinois. He will discuss & signe his book.

Author finishes third book, 'Roadside History of Illinois’. Stan Banash, a.k.a. “Tex,” a resident of Chicago’s Norwood Park community, recently completed his third book, “Roadside History of Illinois” 

The book covers the history of the state from the Ice Age to the present, offering vacationers a series of short trips mostly along old U.S. highways, statehighways and county roads that provide a glimpse into numerous historic sites as well as the history of nearly 250 significant cities, towns and villages in seven geographical regions. Among the book’s features are more than 125 images, regional maps, an Illinois Chronology, a list of Illinois Facts, the lyrics to the seldom heard State Song, “Illinois,” and a list of Illinois Originals, in addition to a Bibliography and

Index. The book also includes a Special Introduction by the late Dee Brown, author of the internationally acclaimed book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and was praised in back cover blurbs by former U.S. Sen. Adlai E. Stevenson III and Illinois State Archives Deputy Director Wayne C. Temple. As the Preface notes, Roadside History of Illinois is “designed to help both visitors and residents discover and savor the historical, cultural, and natural opulence of this great state.”

Banash, who was raised in suburban Niles and graduated from Niles Township High School in Skokie, served in the Air Force and then obtained his Bachelor of Philosophy degree in political science from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Roosevelt University. His two earlier books were: Best of Dee Brown’s West (Clear Light, 1998) and Dee Brown’s Civil War Anthology (Clear Light, 1998). He also has reviewed numerous books for Wild West magazine, The Tombstone Epitaph, Western Historical Quarterly, Journal of the West, and Roundup magazine.

 

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780878425990
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mountain Press Publishing Company - June 15th, 2013

Author Discussion & Signing with Dave Revsine. Nationally Know Sports Broadcaster

Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore is hosting a book discussion & signing for nationally know ESPN Sports Announcer, Dave Revsine for his book, The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation.

  It's America's most popular sport, played by thousands, watched by millions, and generating billions in revenues every year. It's also America's most controversial sport, haunted by the specter of life-threatening injuries and plagued by scandal, even among its most venerable personalities and institutions. At the college level, we often tie football's tales of corruption and greed to its current popularity and revenue potential, and we have vague notions of a halcyon time--before the new College Football Playoff, power conferences, and huge TV contracts. Perhaps we conjure images of young Ivy Leaguers playing a gentleman's game, exemplifying the collegial in collegiate. What we don't imagine is a game described in 1905, not today, as "a social obsession--this boy-killing, man-mutillating, education-prostituting, gladiatorial sport."

In "The Opening Kickoff," Dave Revsine tells the riveting story of the formative period of American football (1890-1915). It was a time that saw the game's meteoric rise, fueled by overflow crowds, breathless newspaper coverage and newfound superstars--including one of the most thrilling and mysterious the sport has ever seen. But it was also a period racked by controversy in academics, recruiting, and physical brutality that, in combination, threatened football's very existence. A vivid storyteller, Revsine brings it all to life in a captivating narrative.

Over lunch I read "Author's Note", "Preface" and started  "Football Day..." I'm enjoying The Opening Kickoff... I like the writing style and looking forward the finding out more.  I know people who are interested in both sports and history who would love reading about the "Exposing this sports history to the open air!" It's like sports' gossip, but it's true. This is, especially, valid when the reader considers the comments on Harvard and Yale so far, not to mention, the University of Chicago, Northwestern and Notre Dame teams' football heritage".

Augie Aleksy (Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore Owner) 

 

Author: Dave Revsine 

The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780762791774
Availability: Special Order
Published: Lyons Press - July 29th, 2014

Author Discussion & Signing with Karen Abbott

 Come join us at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore when Karen Abbott discusses her third book on the American Woman in History, Liar, Temptress, Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War. Her discussion will be accompied by a Slide Presentation.

Abbott is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers of Sin in the Second City and American Rose.

Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women--a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow--who were spies.

After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The beautiful widow, Rose O'Neale Greenhow, engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians to gather intelligence for the Confederacy, and used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring, right under the noses of suspicious rebel detectives.

Using a wealth of primary source material and interviews with the spies' descendants, Abbott seamlessly weaves the adventures of these four heroines throughout the tumultuous years of the war. With a cast of real-life characters including Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoleon III, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy draws you into the war as these daring women lived it.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy contains 39 black & photos and 3 maps.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062092892
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harper - September 2nd, 2014

Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America's Soul Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812975994
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 10th, 2008

American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812978513
Availability: Special Order
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 13th, 2012

Author Discussion & Signing with Joe R. Lansdale

Come to Centuries & Sleuths to meet "Champion Mojo Storyteller" Joe R. Lansdale at his discussion & signing for his latest books, The Thicket and Cold in July.

This is his first signing at Centuries and Sleuths and his latest visit to Chicago in 16 years! 

The Thicket Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316188449
Availability: Special Order
Published: Mulholland Books - October 14th, 2014

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By Joe R. Lansdale, Jim Mickle (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781616961619
Availability: Special Order
Published: Tachyon Publications - May 27th, 2014

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