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Thursday, March 22, 2018 12:08 am

The most famous man on the planet, he stayed in the ring too long.

 Muhammed Ali died in 2016 at the age of 74. Upon his death, President Barack Obama eulogized him with the observation that, “He stood with King and Mandela; stood up when it was hard; spoke up...
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 12:08 am
Cotton, Violins & Shots in the Night – A Timeline Visit to Rochester, Illinois By Raymond and Pamela Bruzan. 467 pagesIf you live in Rochester, you should pick up this book. If you live in Sprin...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:10 am

Krohe’s clever prose makes mid-Illinois history almost fun

 James Krohe Jr., Corn Kings & One-Horse Thieves: A Plain-Spoken History of Mid-Illinois. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2017.This work of solid history, entertainingly told,...
Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 12:10 am
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women By Kate Moore, 2017, Sourcebooks, 404 pages, $26.99Back in 2007, a group of students from Ottawa High School were invited to perform a 20-...
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 12:10 am
Can one ever really form a true utopia – and will it actually survive? Randall J. Soland of Springfield explores six utopias formed in Illinois between 1839 and 1942, in an interesting, well-researc...
Thursday, July 6, 2017 12:11 am

A sparkling new account of the doomed Donner Party

Of all the stories of the settling of the American West, none is as compelling, heroic and tragic as that of the Donner Party, which stepped into history on April 15, 1846, from Springfield, Illinois....
Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:09 am
Deep into his new novel, Testimony, author Scott Turow makes a prescient observation about trial lawyers through the thoughts of his protagonist, Willian ten Boom. “The truth is that every effective...
Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:01 am

Celebrating the town once called “Lincoln’s alma mater”

 If not for Abraham Lincoln, New Salem would have been just another frontier community lost to history. Instead, the people, places, and events live on in books, articles, plays, and a reconstruc...
Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:10 am

The long road to sports equality began long ago

Bloomer Girls: Women Baseball Pioneers, by Debra Shattuck.University of Illinois Press, 2017.The role of women in sports has traveled a somewhat winding road, occasionally strewn with potholes and det...

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