As a nonfiction writer I love exploring the forgotten stories of American history. I am the author of the books Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund (St. Martin's Press & Picador) and Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing (University of Michigan Press), and three books on Chicago film and Civil War history (Lake Claremont Press). My books have been acclaimed by Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and The New York Times.
I have been interviewed throughout the United States, Ireland, England, Israel, Australia, Poland, and Russia by newspapers, radio stations, television news, and digital media such as blogs and podcasts. I've also appeared on MSNBC, C-SPAN Book TV, PBS, National Geographic Channel, and American Heroes Channel. I regularly speak about my work to audiences at bookstores, libraries, book clubs, conferences, and college classes and symposiums.
I was awarded with a Puffin Foundation grant and won a slot in the prestigious Warner Brothers Comedy Writing Workshop. Most recently I was named one of the top 50 movers and shakers in the Chicago book world by New City's annual "Lit 50." I've also been honored by both the Illinois State Library and the State Library of Michigan. I hope someday to receive similar recognition by the State Library of Hawaii.
I am a member of The Author's Guild, PEN, The International Federation of Journalists, and The Society of Midland Authors. Chicago is my hometown. I am a competitive runner, can recite all the dialog from The Godfather and Goodfellas by heart, and remain a rabid fan of the Chicago White Sox which means I don't need to read The Book of Job.
I fervently believe in the philosophy of the great Jewish sage, Groucho Marx: "I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go into the library and read a good book."