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Kogan & Wendt, Chicagoans

The Bright One has a nice article on the great Chicago journalists Herman Kogan and Lloyd Wendt, whose landmark histories Lords of the Levee and Big Bill of Chicago have recently been reissued by Northwestern University Press.

I suspect that long after All the President's Men has faded into the second-draft mists, two books by Wendt and Kogan will still be read widely -- and for pleasure as well as the facts.

I can personally vouch for Lords of the Levee, a fascinating account of legendary Chicago aldermen John (Bathhouse John) Coughlin and Michael (Hinky Dink) Kenna. I picked up a 1943 first edition almost ten years ago at a now-defunct bookstore on Lincoln Avenue, and it really spurred a revival of my interest in Chicago history, particularly its disreputable aspects. With it being widely available again, Big Bill is now on my list as well.

December 26, 2005 in Books, Chicago Observations | Permalink