Individual Author Record
Name: Arnie BernsteinPen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction Born: 1960 in Harvey, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionLives in Chicago. Raised in Park Forest, Niles & Morton Grove. High school at Niles West in Skokie, Illinois. Southern Illinois University, BA in Film Studies/Theater, Carbondale, Illinois; Columbia College, MA in Integrated Writing Program, Chicago, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationArnie Bernstein is a nonfiction writer based in Chicago. His book, ''Swastika Nation: Führers, Politicians, Mobsters and the Rise and Fall of the German American Bund'', is his newest book detailing a pro-Nazi movement that swept the United States in the 1930s. His critically acclaimed 2009 book ''Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing'', brought to light the forgotten story of a madman who detonated a rural Michigan school building on May 18, 1927, killing 38 children and six adults. Gregg Olsen, author of the New York Times best seller ''Starvation Heights'' praised the book, writing: “With the meticulous attention to detail of a historian and a storyteller's eye for human drama, Bernstein shines a beam of truth on a forgotten American tragedy. Heartbreaking and riveting.”Bernstein is the author of three books on Chicago history, which earned praise from the late United States Senator Paul Simon (D-Illinois) and Roger Ebert. In his introduction to Bernstein’s book ''The Movies Are: Carl Sandburg’s Film Reviews & Essays'', Ebert wrote: “Arnie Bernstein has performed an extraordinary accomplishment in bringing this book into being….(He) adds great knowledge and insight…providing background, orientation, historical information, helpful footnotes. This is a book that reopens a chapter of journalism and history that might have remained closed forever.”Bernstein has been interviewed by many media outlets, including ''The New York Times'', ''The Chicago Tribune'', ''National Public Radio'', ''BBC Radio'', television, documentaries and webcasts. He was honored for his work by the the State Library of Michigan and the Illinois State Library; and won grants and awards from The Puffin Foundation and Warner Brothers Studios. Bernstein is a member of The Author’s Guild, PEN, The Chicago Writer's Association, and The Society of Midland Authors. He is represented by Michele Rubin of Writers House, New York.Speaking engagements include presentations at DePaul University, the University of Chicago, Columbia College-Chicago, and many others. He has given speeches and served on panel discussions at the Chicago History Museum, the Illinois State Library, the Gene Siskel Film Center, as well as numerous public and private libraries, bookstores and reading groups.When it comes to philosophy, Arnie follows the words of notable sage Groucho Marx: “I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.”
*''Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100'''+''' Years of Chicago and the Movies'', Chicago Review Press, 2013 - 2nd edition of ''Hollywood on Lake Michigan'' written with Michael Corcoran*''Swastika Nation: Führers, Politicians, Mobsters and the Rise and Fall of the German American Bund'', St. Martin's Press, 2013*''Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing'', University of Michigan Press, 2009*''The Hoofs and Guns of the Storm: Chicago's Civil War Connections'', Lake Claremont Press, 2003*''The Movies Are: Carl Sandburg's Film Reviews & Essays, 1920-1927'', Lake Claremont Press, 2000*''Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100 Years of Chicago and the Movies'', Lake Claremont Press, 1999