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The task of transforming the events of the 1916 Irish Rebellion into coherent fiction would terrify most writers. Llywelyn (The Lion of Ireland; Red Branch), however, has produced a thunderous, informative read that rises to the challenge.

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Reminiscent of The Devil in the White City, The Godfather, and The Last Hurrah, The Chairman: A Novel of Big City Politics, part historical fiction, part big city ward politics manifesto, is the debut novel of commentator and award-winning short fiction writer Mark M. Quinn.  While the urban political machine may be on its last legs, Quinn examines how it ran so effectively for so long.

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Quinn Parker, a retired attorney, begins a family history project to learn about family that his Grandfather, Jeremiah Desmond, may have left behind in Ireland when he fled during the Famine. Quinn's mother sparks his interest in one of their last conversations before she passes away that there were other Desmond family members that did not leave Ireland during the famine years. Quinn's innocent appearing family history project takes a turn he would regret when he discovers a packet of old, yellowed letters written in Gaelic and stored in his mother's basement.

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This title presents the first comprehensive regimental history of Chicago's Irish Volunteers. Extensively documented and richly detailed, "Chicago's Irish Legion" tells the compelling story of Chicago's 90th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, the only Irish regiment in Major General William Tecumseh Sherman's XV Army Corps. Swan's sweeping history of this singular regiment and its pivotal role in the western theater of the Civil War draws heavily from primary documents and first-person observations, giving readers an intimate glimpse into the trials and triumphs of ethnic soldiers during one of the most destructive wars in American history.

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For more than a decade, Chicagoans woke up to Bob "Uncle Bobby" Collins on their radios. The WGN-AM 720 morning radio host’s tragic death in an airplane crash in February brought an outpouring of emotion and tears as Chicagoans sought to share their grief. Noted for his folksy radio personality, Collins was as genuine as he seemed on the air, and a friend to many. His charitable works, especially to the Salvation Army and WGN’s Neediest Kids Fund, were unmatched. Every morning, Uncle Bobby is truly missed in Chicago.

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