Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Norman Bolotin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;


-- Norman Bolotin on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Please Note: Since Mr. Bolotin has not lived in Illinois, the only books of his listed in the Illinois Authors Wiki are his books about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War - Illinois subjects of of interest. Please see his webpage to learn more about his other books.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bolotin has written numerous books about the Civil War, Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition and the Klondike Gold Rush. As partners in The History Bank, he and his wife, Christine Laing, developed the award-winning Young Readers' History of the Civil War for Penguin/Scholastic. They currently are expanding their museum and publishing studies previously distributed and sponsored in part by the American Association of Museums, Association of American Publishers, Ingram Book Co. and the University of Chicago. He and his wife live in Woodinville, Washington.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

For Home and Country: A Civil War Scrapbook
ISBN: 059099736X

Scholastic. 1996

Great book on the Civil War

Civil War A to Z: A Young Person's Guide to Over 100 People, Places, and Points of Importance
ISBN: 0525462686

Dutton Juvenile. 2002

With more than one hundred entries, a comprehensive reference guide covers the most important people and events of the Civil War period, complete with photos, maps, drawings, and more.

The World's Columbian Exposition: The Chicago World's Fair of 1893
ISBN: 025207081X

University of Illinois Press. 2002

This exceptional chronicle takes readers on a visual tour of the glittering "white city" that emerged along the swampy south shore of Lake Michigan as a symbol of Chicago's rebirth and pride twenty-two years after the Great Fire.
The World's Columbian Exposition, which commemorated the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage to America, was held from April to October in 1893. The monumental event welcomed twenty-eight million visitors, covered six hundred acres of land, boasted dozens of architectural wonders, and was home to some sixty-five thousand exhibits from all over the world. From far and wide, people came to experience the splendors of the fair, to witness the magic sparkle of electric lights or ride the world's first Ferris wheel, known as the Eiffel Tower of Chicago.
Norman Bolotin and Christine Laing have assembled a photographic history of the fair. Here are panoramic views of the concourse - replete with waterways and gondolas, the amazing moving sidewalk, masterful landscaping and horticultural splendors - and reproductions of ads, flyers, souvenirs, and keepsakes. Here too are the grand structures erected solely for the fair, from the golden doorway of the Transportation Building to the aquariums and ponds of the Fisheries Building, as well as details such as menu prices, the cost to rent a Kodak camera, and injury and arrest reports from the Columbian Guard.
This volume tells the story of the World's Columbian Exposition from its conception and construction to the scientific, architectural, and cultural legacies it left behind, inviting readers to imagine what it would have been like to spend a week at the fair.

Civil War Trivia
ISBN: 1926700317

Folklore. 2011

The American Civil War has intrigued millions of readers for 150 years. But how much do we know about the real lives of Americans on the battlefields and in trenches and winter quarters when the soldiers had a respite from combat? Civil War Trivia looks inside the conflict to examine the many fascinating and heartrending stories about this great war:

Did you know?

* It's estimated that for every 1000 Union soldiers who fought in battle, 112 were wounded or killed this number rose to 150 for Confederate soldiers
* The casualties of the Civil War, including both North and South, totaled more than two percent of the entire population of United States at the time
* Abraham Lincoln's famous debates with Stephen A. Douglas dragged Lincoln more strongly into the abolitionist movement and made him a national figure even though he lost the senate race
* Government records estimate that some 300 women disguised as males fought alongside men during the Civil War some retained their male identities after the war ended
* War spawns new technology, but it may be surprising just what technology developed on the Northern battlefields and not in the South -- embalming
* Civil War surgeons became so skilled at amputation that they could remove a limb and stitch up the wound in a mere 15 minutes
* Throughout the course of the war, nine percent of the total Union army consisted of black soldiers there were 60,000 to 65,000 black soldiers in the Confederate army, but only about 20 percent of those actually saw combat.

And many more stories from behind the front lines of the Civil War...

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)