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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James L Merriner  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in Marietta, OH


-- Website -- http://www.jamesmerriner.com/
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Illinois Connection

Merriner is a former Chicago Sun-Times political editor.

Biographical and Professional Information

James Merriner graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and worked as the political editor, political columnist, and city editor for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Atlanta Constitution.


Published Works

    Against All Odds: Citizens Who Challanged Congressional Incumbants, Praeger Publishing, 1999Mr. Chairman: Power in Dan Rostenkowski's America, Southern Illinois University, 2002Grafters and Goo Goos: Corruption and Reform in Chicago 1833-2003, Southern Illinois University, 2004The Man Who Emptied Death Row: Govenor George Ryan and The Politics of Crime, Southern Illinois University, 2008


Selected Titles At Your Library

Against long odds :
ISBN: 0275966429. OCLC Number:

Praeger,. Westport, Conn. :. ©1999.

"While many books detail how senators and representatives operate in Washington, this one describes how they stay in power. The congressional elections of 1998 were the most expensive in history. Incumbency reelection rates were 98.3 percent in the House and 89.7 percent in the Senate - a typical outcome even though Watergate-era campaign "reforms" were supposed to reduce the influence of money in politics. From the unique vantage of credible citizen-candidates who ran against congressional incumbents from Massachusetts to Hawaii during the 1990s, Against Long Odds tackles the question of why incumbents nearly always win."--Jacket.

Grafters and Goo Goos :
ISBN: 0809328747. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale :. ©2004.

The man who emptied death row :
ISBN: 0809328658. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale :. ©2008.


Speaking Engagements

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