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Biography

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Arnie Bernstein is a nonfiction writer who loves exploring the forgotten stories of American history.  He is author of the books Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund (St. Martin's Press, 2013) and Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing (University of Michigan Press, 2009), and three books on Chicago film and Civil War history. Bernstein's works have been acclaimed by Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and The New York Times.  He is working on a new book about two well-known figures who squared off in a public battle that lasted for decades.

Bernstein has been interviewed extensively throughout the United States, Ireland, England, Israel, Australia, Poland, and Russia by newspapers, radio stations and television news outlets as well by channels such as C-SPAN Book TV, PBS, National Geographic Channel, and American Heroes Channel. He regularly speaks about his work to audiences at bookstores, libraries, book clubs, conferences, and college classes and symposiums.

 

Arnie is the recipient of a Puffin Foundation grant, winner of the Warner Brothers Comedy Writing Workshop, and has been honored for his work by both the Illiniois State Library and the State Library of Michigan.  He hopes someday to be honored by the State Library of Hawaii

 

A member of PEN, the Author's Guild, and the Society of Midland Authors, Arnie lives in Chicago.  He is a competitive runner, can recite all the dialog from The Godfather by heart, and remains a rabid fan of the Chicago White Sox, which means he doesn't need to read The Book of Job.

Arnie believes fervently 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."