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Book review: “The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution” by Eric Foner

Book review: “The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution” by Eric Foner

Nearly four decades ago, historian Gary Wills explained how Abraham Lincoln used his Gettysburg Address to redefine — rededicate — the United States by enshrining the Declaration of Independence as the core statement of the nation, instead of the U.S. Constitution. It was, as Wills details in his 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning history Lincoln at Gettysburg:

Book review: “Venus on the Half-Shell” by Philip Jose Farmer
Book review: “Venus on the Half-Shell” by Philip Jose Farmer

Philip Jose Farmer’s 1975 novel Venus on the Half-Shell was based on a...

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Book review: “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls before Swine” by Kurt Vonnegut
Book review: “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls before Swine” by Kurt Vonnegut

The Hebrew Bible is big on prophets and big on sin.  There are four...

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CHICAGO BORN & BRED
Patrick T. Reardon is a Chicagoan, born and bred. He is a writer, essayist, poet and expert on the history of Chicago. He is the author of eight books and has been writing about the city, its region, its planning issues and literary scene for more than 40 years. For much of that time, he was an urban affairs reporter and feature writer at the Chicago Tribune, delving deeply into social issues, public policy questions and the interconnections within the Chicago region.

 

He was the primary reporter and team leader on a wide variety of in-depth multi-part series on such subjects as the urban underclass, Chicago’s public school system and the middle-class migration out of the city. He has written extensively about his Catholic faith in articles and essays in a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as in several books. His essays and poems have appeared widely in the United States and Europe. He is writing a book about Chicago’s elevated Loop.

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