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The Yanks Are Coming! A Booklist in Honor of America Entering WWI One Hundred Years Ago Today

One hundred years ago on April 6th, 1917, America entered WWI and changed the world forever. Over the course of the War, America went from an isolationist, frontier power to a major player on the international stage, both economically and politically. … Continue reading

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Book List: The Best Prohibition Books for Kids and Teens

There are lots of great books about Prohibition out there, but not all of them are kid or teen friendly. Here’s a list of books that wouldn’t look out of place in a high school or middle school research paper—and … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Very Own Ponzi: Review of Dean Jobb’s “Empire of Deception” (June 2015)

When most people think of con men, the first name that comes to mind is Charles Ponzi. Widely known as the man who gave his name to the classic pyramid scheme, Ponzi raked in roughly $20 million (equal to roughly … Continue reading

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Primary Source Book Review: The Professional Thief, by Edwin Sutherland and Chic Connall, 1937

  Ever wonder what it would be like to be a professional thief in 1925? Well, wonder no more! In his study The Professional Thief: by a Professional Thief, Annotated and Interpreted by Edwin H. Sutherland, Indiana University sociologist Edwin … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tinseltown by William J. Mann, an Edgar Award Nominee

On a chilly February morning in 1922, William Desmond Taylor was found lying dead on the floor of his Hollywood home with a .38 caliber bullet lodged in his guts. His murder shocked the film industry. After all, everyone loved … Continue reading

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