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  • The Night Chicago Burned

    The city endured two riots in 1968--the one that everyone's been talking about, and the one that everyone seems to have forgotten. Here's a belated look back at the latter, the April uprising that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King.
  • The Gang that Could Go Straight

    Ever since he read Boss, Larry Hoover knew he wanted to mold his street gang into a political organization like the old Daley Machine. He's still in jail, but 21st Century V.O.T.E. is ready to roll.
  • What Makes Obama Run?

    Lawyer, teacher, philanthropist, and author Barack Obama doesn't need another career. But he's entering politics to get back to his true passion—community organization
  • Tools of Torture

    Though he continues to deny it, Jon Burge tortured suspects while he was a Chicago police detective. Now his contemporaries from Vietnam reveal where he may have learned the tricks of his trade.
  • Assault on Mount Thorium

    West Chicago vs. Kerr-McGee--Warning: Exposure to Hazardous Wastes Can Cause Community Activism
  • Good Prose From the Past

    An introduction to the wild literary ride of Clifford J. Doerksen.
  • Success by Design

    How did these people build a thriving business on nothing but books about architecture?