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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Neil Steinberg  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1960 in Cleveland, Ohio


-- Neil Steinberg on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=neil++steinberg


Illinois Connection

Neil Steinberg works for the Chicago Sun-Times and lives in the northern suburbs.

Biographical and Professional Information

Neal Steinberg began his journalism career with the Barrington Courier-Review, in Barrington, IL, and the Wheaton Daily Journal, in Wheaton, IL; In 1987 he became a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL, and in 1995 began his career as a columnist with the Sun Times.


Published Works

  • If At All Possible, Involve A Cow, St. Martins Press, 1992
  • Complete and Utter Failure: A Celebration of Also-Rans, Runners-Up, Never-Weres and Total Flops, Doubleday, 1994
  • The Alphabet of Modern Annoyances, Doubleday, 1996
  • Don't Give Up The Ship: Finding My Father While Lost At Sea, Ballantine, 2002
  • Hatless Jack: The President, THe Fedora and The History of American Style, Plume, 2005
  • Drunkard: Hard Drinking Life, Plume, 2009
  • You Were Never in Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2012


Selected Titles At Your Library

Complete & utter failure :
ISBN: 0385479700. OCLC Number:

Doubleday,. New York :. 1995, ©1994.

The alphabet of modern annoyances /
ISBN: 0385481713. OCLC Number:

Doubleday,. New York :. ©1996.

Don't give up the ship :
ISBN: 034543675X. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 2002.

Hatless Jack :
ISBN: 0452285232. OCLC Number:

Plume,. New York :. ©2004.

"Not so long ago, we were a country of hat wearers. Hats were tipped, raised, handed, tossed, snapped, passed, checked, waved, and eaten (metaphorically, at least). Many believe the end of this way of life was precipitated by the presidential inauguration of a bareheaded John F. Kennedy; suddenly desperate American hatters were convinced that persuading the young, charismatic new leader to wear a hat would save their declining business. Author Neil Steinberg uses January 20, 1961, as the jumping-off point for uncovering a near-forgotten slice of American history. Using a cast of famous men from Mark Twain to John Glenn, he recaptures the fascinating world of hat wearing, with its hatcheck girls, straw-hat riots, and globe-trotting fedoras taking trips in place of their owners. Hatless Jack is a fascinating look at the history of men's headwear that cuts through the mythology surrounding JFK's impact on the industry, and helps to explain the move from our formal, conformist society to one of individuality and creative expression."--Publisher's description.

Drunkard :
ISBN: 0452295432. OCLC Number:

Plume,. New York :. 2009, ©2008.

Presents an account of the author's struggle with alcoholism for twenty-five years, which included an outpatient rehabilitation program, and his attempts to rebuild his life and marriage.

You were never in Chicago /
ISBN: 0226772055. OCLC Number:

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Steinberg takes readers through Chicago's vanishing industrial past and explores the city from the quaint skybridge between the towers of the Wrigley Building, to the depths of the vast Deep Tunnel system below the streets. He deftly explains the city's complex web of political favoritism and carefully profiles the characters he meets along the way. Steinberg never loses the curiosity and close observation of an outsider, while thoughtfully considering how this perspective has shaped the city, and what it really means to belong.


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