Patrick T Reardon

Patrick T. Reardon

About Patrick T. Reardon

For more than three decades Patrick T. Reardon was an urban affairs writer, a feature writer, a columnist, and an editor for the Chicago Tribune. In 2000 he was one of a team of 50 staff members who won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. Now a freelance writer and poet, he has contributed chapters to several books and is the author of Faith Stripped to Its Essence. His website is

Book review: “Chicago’s Modern Mayors: From Harold Washington to Lori Lightfoot,” edited by Dick Simpson and Betty O’Shaughnessy

By |2024-04-01T15:07:56+00:00April 10th, 2024|

    Chicago's Modern Mayors, edited by Dick Simpson and Betty O'Shaughnessy, covers a forty-year period during which Chicago, its people and its region went through great changes under a [...]

Book review: “The Book By Design: The Remarkable Story of the World’s Greatest Invention,” edited by P.J.M. Marks and Stephen Parkin

By |2024-03-15T21:22:04+00:00March 20th, 2024|

  For more than eighteen centuries, paper was made with rags — such as old clothes, sails and ropes — the same way it had first been fashioned in China.  [...]

Book review: “The Lamb Cycle: What the Great English Poets Would Have Written about Mary and Her Lamb (Had They Thought of It First)” by David R. Ewbank, with illustrations by Kate Feiffer

By |2024-03-05T21:49:09+00:00February 8th, 2024|

If Shakespeare, instead of Mother Goose, had written “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” perhaps he would have penned a sonnet to take the young girl to task for abandoning [...]

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