Mostly Good and Competent Men, written by the late journalist and historian Robert P. Howard chronologically describes the strengths, weaknesses, and foibles of the governors of Illinois and the resulting successes and failures of their administrations. In a succinct readable style, Howard links together biography, politics, and history in his review of each of the thirty-seven governors who served during the 170 years from 1818 to 1988. This book sheds light on the personalities and events that contributed to the shaping of modern Illinois. The author’s journalistic writing style makes the story of Illinois’ governors informative and easy to read while on the train or over lunch. It’s a book that you can learn a lot by reading a little bit at a time.
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In Jennifer Government, a story of capitalism running amok, corporations control world affairs and governments operate for profit. When one company resorts to murder, agent Jennifer Government must prevent a full-scale war. This fast-paced and twisting story is both a fun read and a cautionary tale of greed and power.
Ever wondered what travel was like before standing shoeless at security gates, crowded seats with no elbow room, and “meals” consisting of pretzels and a swallow of soda? If so, check out Travel By Pullman by Joe Welsh for a look at travel when it was civil, pleasurable, and relaxing.