Posts in category "History"

I'm reading tonight from my historical novel, "Madness: The War of 1812," at the Evanston Public Library

Please join me if you can at the Evanston Public Library tonight (Thursday, Oct. 2) to hear me and two other local authors read from our novels. Should be fun. You can find out more about my award-winning book at Here’s a link to Joshua’s book and to Patrick’s. If you have any questions, please... Read more »

Would we be here if the dinosaurs survived?

Hardly. But the possibility that the dinosaurs might have survived a cataclysmic meteor strike 66 million years ago has been raised by scientists. This is the most interesting story of the year so far. The National Geographic informs us: Wrong place. Wrong time. Dinosaurs didn’t have to die off, but the space impact that blasted... Read more »

The War of 1812: America's greatest come-from-behind win

Read about it in my historical novel, Madness: The War of 1812. Check it out at and order it at a big discount off the publisher’s price.

Chicago must keep dog tag exhibit honoring men and women killed in Vietnam

For years, Chicago’s National Veterans Art Museum proudly hosted one of the most stirring art exhibits honoring the 58,000 men and women killed in the Vietnam War. Called “Above and Beyond,” the sculpture featured 58,000 stainless steel wires, each holding a dog tag stamped with the name of the service member who died during the... Read more »

On this anniversary of Pearl Harbor, rare pictures from the home front

Thank Life Magazine for these rare pictures from the home front. You know, Life Magazine, where we got our important, moving and important pictures before in Internet and even before television. Check out the faces of these young people and think of the challenges and dangers that they faced. Thank you, Greatest Generation. While there,... Read more »

For Christmas giving: Get two copies of my historical novel for the price of one

Wondering what to get that hard-to-gift person? Get two copies of my historical novel, Madness: The War of 1812,”  for the price of one. Keep one for your reading pleasure and give the other to the avid reader relative or friend. Here’s how to take advantage of this special deal that lasts only until Dec. 25:... Read more »

200-plus pack hall to hear me talk about my book

It was a capacity crowd that heard me speak on Tuesday, Oct. 29 about the War of 1812 and my historical novel that describes this awful war. The setting was the men’s club of the North Shore Senior Center in Northfield, but plenty of women also showed up to hear me describe “America’s worst war.”... Read more »

Illinois' Sleepy Hollow has dibs on Ichabod Crane's headless horseman

And not that upstart Sleepy Hollow in New York Sleepy Hollow, a far-western Chicago suburb along the Fox River, for decades has celebrated Halloween with the reappearance of Washington Irving’s headless horseman, as described in his legendary short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” But, now a burg in New York–the actually of the story... Read more »

What was America’s worst war?

I’ll discuss what may have been America’s worst and most nearly ruinous war at the  North Shore Senior Center, at 10 a.m. Tuesday Oct. 29 Even worse than the Vietnam and Iraq wars? As I write in my historical novel, Madness: The War of 1812. Never in the history of American warfare has this nation... Read more »

Trailer for my historical novel

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