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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bruce L. Felknor  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1921 in Oak Park, Illinois

-- Bruce L. Felknor on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Author was born in Oak Park and most recently lived in Evanston before his death.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bruce Felknor was an author, editor, encyclopedist, editorial consultant, and raconteur.

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Titles At Your Library

The U.S. Merchant Marine at War, 1775-1945
ISBN: 1557502730

Naval Inst Pr. 1999

Tales of sinkings and escapes, heroism and death, sadism and gallantry, ice-choked waters, and seas on fire are collected and retold by a veteran merchant marine officer. The five sections cover the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Political Mischief: Smear, Sabotage, and Reform in U.S. Elections
ISBN: 0275941833

Praeger. 1992

An old pro on political mischief in the United States gives us an overview of U.S. campaign tactics and ethics from eighteenth-century pamphleteers to campaign consultants and media wizards in the 1990s. Bruce Felknor analyzes negative campaigning today within the context of the evolution of our electoral system. He offers a candid report on the media's influence on politics and shows how political reforms from the Progressive Era to Watergate have often misfired. Students of government and communications, political consultants and professional politicians, and all readers who want to vote more intelligently will find this analysis incisive and the long-forgotten, little-known, and never-told chapters of political lore written in an engaging fashion.

This in-depth history of political mischief in American elections is told in three ways. First it examines the surrounding context of the electoral system and the shifting role of political parties as campaign consultants and media experts emerged. Next it examines and analyzes the basic elements of campaign defamation and deception and the problems of espionage and sabotage. Finally it considers political reform and concludes with reflections on the prospects of future reforms.

Of Clubbable Nature
ISBN: 1413483437

Xlibris Corporation. 2005

Deep in the Prohibition era The idea of a private retreat for the clubbable (with liquor lockers) struck a group of bright Chicago professionals-who then set out to make it happen. The pioneers surveyed 100 potential members on the need for such a club and 99 signed up. Several of the originators were architects, others journalists, scholars, painters, musicians, a lawyer or two, several prominent merchants, many of them members of a well loved club, the Cliff Dwellers, that was taking Prohibition seriously. A couple of the architects were completing a new skyscraper with a panoramic view of Chicago from the floor at the base of its tower. This became the home of the new club, which they would name for the convivial inns of yore: The Tavern. When the plaster was dry great artists in the group set to work on the walls, one producing amusing whimsy, the other a famous mural. Committees were forming, creating charter and bylaws, engaging a decorator, buying kitchen equipment and furniture, signing up members. While this is going on, the book keeps us in touch with the site of the action: bustling Chicago, city of skyscraper builders and bootleggers, vibrant theater and music scene, speakeasys and bordellos, cops and politicians. Then in quick succession come the Great Depression and the World's Fair of 1933-34 (much of it built by club architects). After sensational super-parties, an entertainment style develops: 'Fireside Chats" with visiting celebrities, breakfasts with visiting theater stars and sometimes whole casts. World War II impacts the club heavily as hosts of members go off to war or off to Washington, and clubbable army and navy officers assigned to Chicago make it a haven. Several future members are shot down over Germany, three of them meeting in one POW camp. The vibrant postwar era brought changing patterns of working, commuting, and entertainment sending fault lines across the foundations of downtown clubs, which The Tavern Club managed to navigate, in part by new emphasis on hosting catered events. The club's art works, major murals in two large rooms and a rotating collection of paintings and sculpture by its artists over the years-plus a monthly art show always up on one long gallery wall--make it a comfortable resort for its members and an attractive venue for meetings of members or outsiders. New skyscrapers in the 1950s and later gradually encroached on three of The Tavern Club's fabulous views but the Chicago River and the Michigan Avenue Bridge preserve its striking north view along the 'Miracle Mile" all the way to the Oak Street Beach on Lake Michigan. But all has not been amity and smooth sailing. As one new skyscraper obscured The Tavern's southern vista it offered the club space on its top floor. This divided pros and cons into rival camps. An advisory vote went by a whisker to move but the board decided to stay, and the wounds gradually healed. A dissident faction arose a couple of decades later over issues of club management, but after a few years of diligent bridge building the club began (as the title of the last chapter reveals, 'pulling together again." An Epilogue reflects on the leaders of club and city over 75 years and their role in creating a unique social institution with a rich entertainment tradition, and deep ties to the history of the city and its cultural jewels.

How to look things up and find things out
ISBN: 0688078508

Morrow. 1988

Book by Felknor, Bruce L

The Highland Park Presbyterian Church: A history, 1871-1996

The Church. 1996