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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stan Banash  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago

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Illinois Connection

Banash was born in Chicago and raised in Niles, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Philosophy in Political Science from Northwestern University in 1968 and his Master of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Roosevelt University in 1972. He currently resides on Chicago's far northwest side.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stan "Tex" Banash is an author, western history writer and book reviewer. He has authored numerous feature articles and book reviews for a variety of national magazines including ''The Tombstone Epitaph'', ''Wild West'' magazine, ''Journal of the West'' and ''Western Historical Quarterly.''He is a member of Western Writers of America, Western History Association, Westerners International and The Westerners - Chicago Corral.

Published Works

  • Best of Dee Browns West: An Anthology, Clear Light Books, 1997
  • Dee Browns Civil War Anthology, Clear Light Books, 1998
  • Roadside History of Illinois, Mountain Press Publishing, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

Best of Dee Brown's West :
ISBN: 0940666774. OCLC Number:

Clear Light Publishers,. Santa Fe, N.M. :. ©1998.

A collection of articles tracing the history of the Western frontier from early settlements to the Battle of Wounded Knee.

Dee Brown's Civil War anthology /
ISBN: 1574160109. OCLC Number:

Clear Light,. Santa Fe, N.M. :. ©1998.

Detailed accounts of the 14 most important battles fought in the West, including the Battle of Wilson's Creek and the Battle of Westport.

Roadside history of Illinois /
ISBN: 0878425993. OCLC Number:

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"Did you know that Chicago was named for a wild garlic? Or that the only president born in Illinois was Ronald Reagan? Or that the Ferris Wheel, processed cheese, the game of softball, the fly swatter, and the automatic dishwasher were all invented by Illinoisans? You'll find these stories and hundreds more in Roadside History of Illinois, an entertaining and revealing tour of the Prairie State's historical places." -- Back cover.

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