The Best of Illinois Catalog


The Best of Illinois Catalog






ON THE COVER: "Bullfrog Face," courtesy of Michael Jeffords, co-author of Exploring Nature in Illinois.

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link to catalog page, AIA Guide to Chicago
Author: American Institute of Architects Chicago Edited by Alice Sinkevitch and Laurie McGovern Petersen
Pub Date: June 2014

The premier guidebook to the best of Chicago architecture   learn more...

link to catalog page, Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934
Author: Thomas Leslie
Pub Date: June 2013

A detailed tour, inside and out, of Chicago's distinctive towers from an earlier age   learn more...

link to catalog page, Chicago River Bridges
Author: Patrick T. McBriarty
Pub Date: October 2013

A photographic guidebook to Chicago's amazing moveable bridges   learn more...

link to catalog page, Chicagoscapes
Author: Larry Kanfer with Alaina Kanfer
Pub Date: September 2014

Illuminating the heart and hidden views of Chicago   learn more...

link to catalog page, Illini Loyalty

Illini Loyalty

The University of Illinois


Author: Photographs by Larry Kanfer
Pub Date: Cloth: 2011; Paper: 2018

The artistry and atmosphere of the U. of I. campus   learn more...

link to catalog page, Lincoln Hall at the University of Illinois
Author: John Hoffmann
Pub Date: February 2010

A splendid celebration of Lincoln Hall, campus landmark and home of knowledge   learn more...

link to catalog page, Lorado Taft

Lorado Taft

The Chicago Years


Author: Allen Stuart Weller Edited by Robert G. La France and Henry Adams with Stephen P. Thomas
Pub Date: October 2014

The story of the great sculptor's artistic zenith   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Architecture of Barry Byrne

The Architecture of Barry Byrne

Taking the Prairie School to Europe


Author: Vincent L. Michael
Pub Date: July 2013

One of Frank Lloyd Wright's earliest apprentices, a visionary of modern Catholic church buildings   learn more...

link to catalog page, Midwest Maize

Midwest Maize

How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland


Author: Cynthia Clampitt
Pub Date: March 2015

A vital crop's impact on human history, industry, and eating   learn more...

link to catalog page, Honey, I'm Homemade

Honey, I'm Homemade

Sweet Treats from the Beehive across the Centuries and around the World


Author: Edited by May Berenbaum
Pub Date: November 2010

Why a honey recipe book? Because nothing could be sweeter!   learn more...

link to catalog page, Farmers' Markets of the Heartland
Author: Janine MacLachlan
Pub Date: May 2012

A visual feast of the Midwest's homegrown bounty   learn more...

link to catalog page, From the Jewish Heartland

From the Jewish Heartland

Two Centuries of Midwest Foodways


Author: Ellen F. Steinberg and Jack H. Prost
Pub Date: Cloth: 2011; Paper: February 2013

Uncovering the vibrant culinary culture of Jewish cooking in the Midwest   learn more...

link to catalog page, A Perfect Pint's Beer Guide to the Heartland
Author: Michael Agnew
Pub Date: MAY 2014

A region-wide guide to the dynamic Midwestern craft beer scene   learn more...

link to catalog page, Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States
Author: Joe McFarland and Gregory M. Mueller
Pub Date: April 2009

The comprehensive guide to wild mushrooms in the heartland--perfect for the coffee table, glove box, and kitchen   learn more...

link to catalog page, Mushrooms of the Midwest
Author: Michael Kuo and Andrew S. Methven
Pub Date: May 2014

An illustrated guide to the Midwest's many mushrooms   learn more...

link to catalog page, Exploring Nature in Illinois

Exploring Nature in Illinois

A Field Guide to the Prairie State


Author: Michael Jeffords and Susan Post
Pub Date: April 2014

A lavishly illustrated guide to fifty of Illinois's most beautiful wildlife havens   learn more...

link to catalog page, Collaborators for Emancipation

Collaborators for Emancipation

Abraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy


Author: William F. Moore and Jane Ann Moore
Pub Date: July 2014

A look at how the fruitful relationship between Lincoln and an abolitionist minister helped end slavery   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

The Lincoln Studies Center Edition


Author: Edited by Rodney O. Davis and Douglas L. Wilson
Pub Date: Cloth: 2008; Paper: August 2014

The most complete record ever assembled of the landmark Lincoln-Douglas debates, published on their 150th anniversary   learn more...

link to catalog page, Mary Lincoln's Insanity Case

Mary Lincoln's Insanity Case

A Documentary History


Author: Jason Emerson
Pub Date: Cloth: 2012; Paper: August 2015

A comprehensive look at Mary Lincoln's mental state   learn more...

link to catalog page, Lincoln the Lawyer
Author: Brian Dirck
Pub Date: January 2009

What the law did to and for Abraham Lincoln, and its important impact on his future presidency   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Civil War Diary of Gideon Welles, Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy
Author: Gideon Welles Edited by William E. Gienapp and Erica L. Gienapp
Pub Date: September 2014

The definitive edition of an essential Civil War document   learn more...

link to catalog page, Lincoln's Political Generals
Author: David Work
Pub Date: Cloth: 2009; Paper: February 2012

Boldly reassessing the contested legacy of Lincoln's military appointments   learn more...

link to catalog page, Corrupt Illinois

Corrupt Illinois

Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality


Author: Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson
Pub Date: February 2015

Kindling a fire to clear the tangled undergrowth of Illinois politics   learn more...

link to catalog page, Illegal

Illegal

Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant


Author: José Ángel N.
Pub Date: February 2014

The valiant memoir of a man living the "good" life--illegally   learn more...

link to catalog page, Fixing Illinois

Fixing Illinois

Politics and Policy in the Prairie State


Author: James D. Nowlan and J. Thomas Johnson
Pub Date: May 2014

A blueprint for solving the state's problems, just in time for the 2014 elections   learn more...

link to catalog page, Illinois Politics

Illinois Politics

A Citizen's Guide


Author: James D. Nowlan, Samuel K. Gove, and Richard J. Winkel Jr.
Pub Date: February 2010

A practical guide to Illinois politics, from Springfield to Chicago, Lincoln to Madigan to Blagojevich, and beyond   learn more...

link to catalog page, The World's Columbian Exposition

The World's Columbian Exposition

The Chicago World's Fair of 1893


Author: Norman Bolotin and Christine Laing
Pub Date: July 2002

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link to catalog page, The 1933 Chicago World's Fair

The 1933 Chicago World's Fair

A Century of Progress


Author: Cheryl R. Ganz
Pub Date: Cloth: 2008; Paper: February 2012

From fan dancers to fan belts--the compelling, untold stories of Chicago's 1933 world fair   learn more...

link to catalog page, Illinois

Illinois

A History in Pictures


Author: Gerald A. Danzer
Pub Date: Cloth: 2011; Paper: February 2016

A wide-ranging illustrated journey through the Prairie State's past   learn more...

link to catalog page, Place Names of Illinois
Author: Edward Callary
Pub Date: October 2009

A comprehensive compendium of Illinois place names and their unique history   learn more...

link to catalog page, Christmas in Illinois
Author: Edited by James Ballowe
Pub Date: Cloth: 2010; Paper: August 2015

A treasury of Christmas memories and images from the Land of Lincoln   learn more...

link to catalog page, St. Louis Rising

St. Louis Rising

The French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive


Author: Carl J. Ekberg and Sharon K. Person
Pub Date: April 2015

The myth-busting history of the forgotten figure who guided a great American city through its infancy   learn more...

link to catalog page, Illinois in the War of 1812
Author: Gillum Ferguson
Pub Date: Cloth: 2012; Paper: February 2016

A bold new history of the War of 1812 and the founding of Illinois   learn more...

link to catalog page, Picturing Illinois

Picturing Illinois

Twentieth-Century Postcard Art from Chicago to Cairo


Author: John A. Jakle and Keith A. Sculle
Pub Date: Cloth: 2012; Paper: February 2014

Reading the messages on postcards from Illinois   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Negro in Illinois

The Negro in Illinois

The WPA Papers


Author: Edited by Brian Dolinar
Pub Date: Cloth: 2013; Paper: February 2015

An extraordinary document of the African American experience   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Black Chicago Renaissance
Author: Edited by Darlene Clark Hine and John McCluskey Jr.
Pub Date: July 2012

Presenting early twentieth-century Chicago as a vital centerpiece of Black thought and expression   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Neighborhood Outfit

The Neighborhood Outfit

Organized Crime in Chicago Heights


Author: Louis Corsino
Pub Date: December 2014

The remarkably sordid past of a Chicago suburb   learn more...

link to catalog page, Organized Crime in Chicago

Organized Crime in Chicago

Beyond the Mafia


Author: Robert M. Lombardo
Pub Date: January 2013

Explaining Chicago's mix of crime, corruption, and politics   learn more...

link to catalog page, Locomotive to Aeromotive

Locomotive to Aeromotive

Octave Chanute and the Transportation Revolution


Author: Simine Short
Pub Date: Cloth: 2011; Paper: August 2014

The first in-depth look at an influential engineer and aviation pioneer   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bloody Williamson

Bloody Williamson

A Chapter in American Lawlessness


Author: Paul M. Angle
Pub Date: 1993

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link to catalog page, Dime Novel Desperadoes

Dime Novel Desperadoes

The Notorious Maxwell Brothers


Author: John E. Hallwas
Pub Date: Cloth: 2008; Paper: 2011

The exhilarating true tale of two major American desperadoes who once captivated the nation   learn more...

link to catalog page, An Illinois Sampler

An Illinois Sampler

Teaching and Research on the Prairie


Author: Edited by Mary-Ann Winkelmes and Antoinette Burton with Kyle Mays
Pub Date: September 2014

How world-class research makes its way into lecture halls and seminar rooms   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bridging Divides

Bridging Divides

The Origins of the Beckman Institute at Illinois


Author: Theodore L. Brown
Pub Date: September 2009

Celebrating the Beckman Institute's first twenty years as a world leader in interdisciplinary science and technology   learn more...

link to catalog page, Remembering Brown at Fifty

Remembering Brown at Fifty

The University of Illinois Commemorates Brown v. Board of Education


Author: Edited by Orville Vernon Burton and David O’Brien
Pub Date: December 2009

Original interpretations of Brown v. Board of Education's impact, fifty years later   learn more...

link to catalog page, No Boundaries

No Boundaries

University of Illinois Vignettes


Author: Edited by Lillian Hoddeson
Pub Date: May 2004

The making of an outstanding University - biographies of legendary contributions by the University of Illinois faculty.   learn more...

link to catalog page, Before the Ivy

Before the Ivy

The Cubs' Golden Age in Pre-Wrigley Chicago


Author: Laurent Pernot
Pub Date: February 2015

The indomitable Cubs of baseball's early years   learn more...

link to catalog page, Before the Curse

Before the Curse

The Chicago Cubs' Glory Years, 1870-1945


Author: Edited by Randy Roberts and Carson Cunningham
Pub Date: January 2012

The early days and glory days of the Chicago Cubs   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Sons of Westwood

The Sons of Westwood

John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty That Changed College Basketball


Author: John Matthew Smith
Pub Date: October 2013

College basketball's most dynamic dynasty, on and off the hardwood   learn more...

link to catalog page, NFL Football

NFL Football

A History of America's New National Pastime


Author: Richard C. Crepeau
Pub Date: September 2014

Pro football's evolution into a national obsession   learn more...

link to catalog page, Ray Bradbury Unbound
Author: Jonathan R. Eller
Pub Date: September 2014

The second volume of the authoritative biography   learn more...

link to catalog page, Between Two Homelands

Between Two Homelands

Letters across the Borders of Nazi Germany


Author: Edited by Hedda Kalshoven
Pub Date: June 2014

How a family with members in Germany and in occupied Netherlands responded to the Nazi regime, World War II, and its aftermath   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Beautiful Music All Around Us

The Beautiful Music All Around Us

Field Recordings and the American Experience


Author: Stephen Wade
Pub Date: Cloth: 2012; Paper: 2015

Uncovering the hidden histories of iconic American folksongs   learn more...

link to catalog page, In It for the Long Run

In It for the Long Run

A Musical Odyssey


Author: Jim Rooney
Pub Date: March 2014

The memoir of the songwriter and Grammy-winning record producer   learn more...

link to catalog page, Blues All Day Long

Blues All Day Long

The Jimmy Rogers Story


Author: Wayne Everett Goins
Pub Date: September 2014

The life and music of one of the most influential Chicago blues figures   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bird

Bird

The Life and Music of Charlie Parker


Author: Chuck Haddix
Pub Date: Cloth: 2013; Paper: February 2015

An in-depth portrait of the troubled jazz genius   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Organs of J. S. Bach
Author: Christoph Wolff and Markus Zepf
Pub Date: April 2012

An expansive tour of the instruments that Bach knew   learn more...

link to catalog page, Squeeze This!

Squeeze This!

A Cultural History of the Accordion in America


Author: Marion Jacobson
Pub Date: Cloth: 2012; Paper: February 2015

Everything you wanted to know about piano accordions in America--but were afraid to ask   learn more...

link to catalog page, Southern Soul-Blues
Author: David Whiteis
Pub Date: May 2013

Earthy and exuberant music with deep Southern roots   learn more...

link to catalog page, Pretty Good for a Girl

Pretty Good for a Girl

Women in Bluegrass


Author: Murphy Hicks Henry
Pub Date: June 2013

Untold and unsung stories of women in bluegrass   learn more...

link to catalog page, Twentieth Century Drifter

Twentieth Century Drifter

The Life of Marty Robbins


Author: Diane Diekman
Pub Date: Cloth: 2012; Paper: August 2015

Country singer, racecar driver, restless seeker   learn more...