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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Steve Neal  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

Born: Born:1950 in Coos Bay, Oregon

Died: February 18, 2004 in Hinsdale, Illinois


-- Steve Neal on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=steve+neal


Illinois Connection

*A longtime political columnist for the ''Chicago Sun Times''

Biographical and Professional Information

Neal was a world-renowned journalist and political historian. He has been a political columnist for the ''Chicago Sun-Times'' since 1987. He studied at the University of Oregon and was a graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism. During his career, Neal served as a byline reporter and columnist for the ''Oregon Journal'', the ''Philadelphia Inquirer'' and the'' Chicago Tribune'', rising to the level of White House correspondent for the ''Tribune''. From 1987 until his death in 2004, he worked with the ''Chicago Sun-Times'', writing a frequent political column for their editorial page.His hero was Abraham Lincoln, and he campaigned for public support to transfer Lincoln's papers and memorabilia to a scholarly, nonpolitical library and museum that would serve as a focus for public education of the life of the 16th President of the United States. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library opened to the public in 2005. In honor of Neal's work and advocacy for the creation of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, the library's reading room was named after him and the published collection of materials owned by Neal was donated to the library. It consisted of 1,950 books alone. Read more about the "Steve Neal Reading Room" on the [http://www.alplm.org/library/steve_neal.html Abraham Lincoln Presential Library & Museum website].


Published Works

  • The Eisenhowers, Reluctant Dynasty, Doubleday, 1978
  • Dark Horse, Doubleday, 1984
  • They Never Go Back to Pocatello, Oregon Historical Society, 1989
  • The Biography of Wendell Willkie, University of Kansas Press, 1989
  • Rolling on the River, Southern Illinois University, 1999
  • McNary of Oregon, Oregon Historical Society, 2000
  • Harry and Ike, The Partnership That Remade the Postwar World, Simon and Schuster, 2001
  • HST, Memories of the Truman Years, Southern Illinois University, 2003


Selected Titles At Your Library

The Eisenhowers :
ISBN: 0385124473. OCLC Number:

Doubleday,. Garden City, N.Y. :. 1978.

Biography covering the last three generations of the Eisenhower family: President Eisenhower, his wife Mamie, and their son John and grandson David.

Dark horse :
ISBN: 0700604545. OCLC Number:

University Press of Kansas,. Lawrence, Kan. :. ©1989.

They never go back to Pocatello :
ISBN: 0875952011. OCLC Number:

Oregon Historical Society Press,. Portland, Or. :. ©1988.

Rolling on the river :
ISBN: 080932282X. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale, Ill. :. 1999.

McNary of Oregon :
ISBN: 0875951732. OCLC Number:

Western Imprints,. Portland, Or. :. ©1985.

Harry and Ike :
ISBN: 0743223748. OCLC Number:

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HST :
ISBN: 0809325586. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University,. Carbondale :. ©2003.

"Longtime Chicago journalist Steve Neal has edited twenty of these remarkable interviews for HST: Memories of the Truman Years." "Candid and insightful, the recollections include those of statesmen Dean Acheson and Averell Harriman, soldiers Omar Bradley and Lucius Clay; Truman's best friend Thomas Evans; associates Clark Clifford and Matt Connelly; 1948 Republican vice-presidential nominee Earl Warren; artist Thomas Hart Benton; West German leader Konrad Adnauer; former New Dealers Sam Rosenman and James Rowe; journalist Richard L. Strout; and many others." "An honest portrait of Truman emerges from the firsthand accounts of those who knew him best. HST: Memories of the Truman Years spans Truman's rise to the presidency and his responses of the challenges of World War II, the Soviet blockade of Berlin the rebuilding of postwar Europe, the 1948 campaign, his controversial firing of General Douglas MacArthur, and his courageous leadership on civil rights."--Jacket.


Awards

  • Wall Street Journal`s

    Critic`s Choice award

  • Three Time Pulitzer Prize Nominee