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Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 04:49 pm

The Downstate returns have started to come in

The wheels of our nation's book review machinery turn very slowly, and only now has the first proper review of my new book, Corn Kings and One-Horse Thieves, been published.

It was worth the wait.  My old friend and colleague, Harold Henderson, whom older readers of this paper will remember from his days at IT. Harold now is a certified genealogist and practices the craft of family history after a career as a Chicago journalist. 

He talked about the book on his blog, Midwestern Microhistory--a must-read, by the way, for anyone pursuing geneaological research in Illinois and adjacent states.

Harold sums up: 

Those of us with ties to the 44 or so Illinois counties lying between I-70 and I-80 have received a gift, but we don't all know it yet. Corn Kings & One-Horse Thieves: A Plain-Spoken History of Mid-Illinois, by my friend and onetime colleague James Krohe Jr., comes closer to unriddling the riddle of the Midwest than anything else I've seen.. . .

For those with roots south of the Quad Cities and north of Alton, this is a must-have. Others may find it a model for the kind of detailed and honest history other states and regions could use.

Very nice to hear. Skeptical readers, of course, will want to buy a copy to decide for themselves.
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