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On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department

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Book, On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department
Date: 
2008
Abstract: 
The Chicago Police Department is a mythical and legendary law enforcement unit as well as a closed-door society. This book reveals the officers and their personal stories. The author explores the juxtaposition of work and life for these men and women who don the Chicago Police Star.
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English
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Ticket to Everywhere: The Best of Detours Travel Column

Date: 
November 2000
Edition: 
1st
Abstract: 
Chicago Sun-Times staff writer Dave Hoekstra offers a sampler of road trip destinations off the beaten path.
Language: 
English
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ISSN/ISBN: 
1893121119

It Happened Four Years Ago: Mayor Daley's Brutal Conquest of Chicago's First Ward

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b/Zelchenko, Peter
Date: 
2003
Abstract: 
This book examines documents from Chicago's First Ward alderman election of 1999. Allegations of fraud and unlawful practices during the election prompted an FBI investigation and this book presents an expanded version of the FBI report.
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eng
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ISSN/ISBN: 
096774895X

The Madness of Art: A Guide to Living and Working in Chicago

Catalog Number: 
b.18
Date: 
1996
Volume: 
1st ed.
Abstract: 
"This is the insider's guide for anyone looking to make it in the Windy City arts scene. Whether your field is art, poetry, dance, comedy, film, theater, literature, opera, jazz, or rock n' roll, this hitchhiker's guide to Chicago's arts galaxy tells you where to go, who to talk to, and how to get gigs, showings, auditions, productions, openings and more." Also contains interviews.
Language: 
eng
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ISSN/ISBN: 
1-55652-268-1

The Case for Socialism

Catalog Number: 
Book, Maass
Date: 
2004
Abstract: 
Suggesting socialism as an alternative to capitalism, the author of the book asserts this by presenting various cases of dysfunctions seen in capitalist societies, which are not mere coincidents but the very results of the capitalist system. Other parts of the book discuss how socialism is thus necessary and also possible.
Language: 
Eng.
Notes: 
First published in 2001 as "Why You Should Be a Socialist" by International Socialist Organization
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ISSN/ISBN: 
193185909-4

Hobohemia: Emma Goldman, Lucy Parsons, Ben Reitman & Other Agitators and Outsiders in 1920s/1930s Chicago

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Book, Beck, Frank O.
Date: 
1956, Kerr edition: 2000
Volume: 
Bughouse Square Series
Abstract: 
From the 1910s through the Depression 30s, when Chicago was the undisputed hobo capital of the United States, a small north side neighborhood known as Towertown was the vital center of an extraordinary cultural/political ferment. It was home to Bughouse Square (the nation's most renowned outdoor free-speech center), Ben Reitman's Hobo College, and the fabulous Dil Pickle Club, a highly unorthodox institution of higher learning that doubled as the craziest nightclub in the world. In such places, and in scores of other nearby open forums, tea-rooms, little theaters, bookshops, art galleries, taverns, and cafes, Wobblies, anarchists, and other agitators mingled and debated with a wide range of jazz-age artists, writers, musicians, and eccentrics. It was something like New York's Greenwich Village, but-thanks to the prominence of the Chicago-based IWW-much more workingclass, and more openly revolutionary. Frank O. Beck's "Hobohemia" contains a long-time Towertowner's vivid reminiscences of this colorful, dynamic, creative and radical community that flourished for a generation despite constant onslaughts from the Red Squad, the Vice Squad, bourgeois journalists, fundamentalists and other bigots. Some of the characters he writes about are well known-Emma Goldman, Lucy Parsons, Ben Reitman, Jane Addams-but Beck's personal recollections of them will be new to most readers. Even more exciting are his memories of such less-well-known personalities as "Red" Martha Biegler, widely regarded as the greatest woman orator at the Square; softspoken labor organizer Anna Martindale; Nina van Zandt Spies, widow of Haymarket martyr August Spies; and irascible Jack Jones, the former Wobbly who from 1916 till his death in 1940 served as the Dil Pickle's ringleader and referee. Originally published in 1956, "Hobohemia" has long been out of print and hard to find. This new edition is long overdue, for the book is still one of the best firsthand accounts of a unique place and time. Franklin Rosemont's introduction provides a historical overview of Chicago's working class counter-culture and a biographical sketch of Beck. It also relates the book to earlier and later literature on the subject and fills in some gaps in the narrative. Helpful notes in the text correct a few errors. Also new in this edition are the illustrations, and a useful index.
Language: 
eng
Notes: 
Abstract borrowed from Charles H. Kerr. Additional keywords: Lizzie Davis, Mary "Mother" Jones, Katherine Dunham, Dorothy Day, Dr. Joseph Greer, Jack Macbeth, Social Science Institute, Jimmy Rohn, John Keracher, Frederick M. Wilkesbarr, Herbert William Shaw, Philosophy, Rudolph Weisenborn, Stanislaus Szukalski, Edgar Miller, Arturo Machia, Carl Sandburg, Max Bodenheim, Vachel Lindsay, Emanuel Carnevali, Harriet Monroe, Eunice Tietjens, Fenton Johnson, Lew Sarett, Jun Fujita, Helen Hoyt, Rudolf von Liebich, John Drury, Harvey Zorbaugh, Cold War, Mr. Porter, Bill Shatov, Waldheim, Forest Home Cemetary, Homeless, Class, Homosexuality, Paddy Carrol, Aimee Semple McPherson, Morris Levine, Eugene Debs, Labor, Seven Arts Club, The Pit, Latin Quarter, Hippolite Havel, Alexander Berkman, Newberry Library
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ISSN/ISBN: 
0-88286-251-0

The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History

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Book, Hill
Date: 
August 2000
Edition: 
1
Abstract: 
When French explorers Jolliet and Marquette used the Chicago portage to access the Mississippi River system, the Chicago River was but a humble, even sluggish, stream in the right place at the right time. That's the story of the making of Chicago. This is the other story; the story of the making and perpetual re-making of a river by everything from pre-glacial forces to the interventions of an emerging and mighty city. Author Libby Hill brings together years of original research and the contributions of dozens of experts to tell the Chicago River's epic tale from its conception in prehistoric bedrock to the glorious rejuvenation it's undergoing today, and every exciting episode in between.
Language: 
eng
Notes: 
Abstract borrowed from Lake Claremont.
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ISSN/ISBN: 
1-893121-02-X

Today's Chicago Blues

Catalog Number: 
Book Hanson, Karen
Date: 
2007
Edition: 
1st
Abstract: 
Chicago boasts more landmarks in blues history than any other place north of the Mississippi Delta. This guidebook brings together everything fans will need to know about the blues in Chicago for both newcomers and longtime devotees of the genre. A handy and informative way to enrich the experience of this celebrated music.
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English
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ISSN/ISBN: 
189312194

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