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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James L Merriner  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in Marietta, OH

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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.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Against long odds :
ISBN: 0275966429. OCLC Number: 41184994

Praeger,. .

"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: 551733103

Southern Illinois University Press,. .

Mr. Chairman :
ISBN: 0809322803. OCLC Number: 47008286

Southern Illinois University Press,. .

The man who emptied death row :
ISBN: 0809328658. OCLC Number: 435833456

Southern Illinois University Press,. .