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General Information

Name:  Douglas Bukowski  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: July 30, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Bukowski was born in Chicago. He graduated from DePaul University with his B. A. and the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle with his M. A. and Ph. D. He currently resides in Berwyn, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bukowski has been a freelance writer since 1961 and was a visiting assistant professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle.

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Titles At Your Library

Baseball Palace of the World: The Last Year of Comiskey Park
ISBN: 0925065455

Lyceum Books. 1991

Baseball fans are hopeless romantics, not to say fantasists to them the game is, in many ways, emblematic of life itself. What makes Douglas Bukowski stand out among White Sox fans is the sensitivity of his recollections and the excellence of his prose.
Whether you're a fan of the Mets, the Cubs, the Tigers, or the Little League, you'll find a lot to interest you in this unique history of the park that was the home of the first All-Star game, where the color line in the American League was erased, where Shoeless Joe Jackson played and colorful Bill Veeck walked the aisles on his peg leg. It was also where, unexpectedly, Babe Ruth kissed Cardinal O'Donnells's ring, as well as the scene of a notorious disco-demolition riot.
In short, you will learn how the park started, how it lived, and how it, regrettably, died. Comiskey Park was the soul of baseball not just South Side Chicago baseball, not just white Sox baseball but Baseball writ large. You'll also get an insight into the controversy and politicking that went on behind the scenes of the traumatic baseball drama that fascinated aficionados all over America.
The author gives the play-by-play details, based on contemporary accounts and on interviews with players and management the fascinating narrative is told in journal form names, dates, events that lends it an immediacy and flavor that all baseball fans will cheer.
Included in this landmark memoir are fifty-four photographs most never published that illuminate Comiskey Park's glorious, never-to-be -forgotten past.

Navy Pier: A Chicago Landmark
ISBN: 1566631394

Ivan R. Dee. 1996

An entertaining, abundantly illustrated history of a Chicago landmark, inspired by Daniel Burnham and a feat of engineering, now a grand locale for public recreation.

Big Bill Thompson, Chicago, and the Politics of Image
ISBN: 025202365X

University of Illinois Press. 1997

Pictures of Home: A Memoir of Family and City
ISBN: 1566635918

Ivan R. Dee. 2004

Pictures of Home is based on photographs that were stored on a shelf in the bedroom closet where Douglas Bukowski grew up. The pictures are a source and a measure. They show a family on the South Side of Chicago, where the children of immigrants fought to keep out the descendants of slaves. They show a boy from Hardscrabble who forever lived in the shadow of Richard J. Daley. The one was born within a mile of the other each received the baptismal name of Joseph they both drew a city paycheck as firefighter or mayor and they died on the same date in December. The pictures tell about a husband and wife, their children, and the inevitability of change. While the house they lived in remained much the same from 1939 to 2000, the surrounding neighborhood did not. The streets changed, the children grew up, and the man died a slow death to which two daughters and a son bore witness even as they sought to fight it. The mother stays in the house still, comforted by pictures of a life that slips from her memory a little more each day. The pictures and the history behind them are brought to life in stunning fashion in Mr. Bukowski's spare prose. Pictures of Home is the story of a family and a city, told affectionately and endearingly by one who is part of both.

American History: A Concise Documents Collection, Volume 1: To 1877
ISBN: 0312196679

Bedford/St. Martin's. 1998

This primary-source reader, organized to parallel Henretta, Brody, and Dumenil's America: A Concise History, presents a representative collection of documents in American history. Over 200 documents record the central political, social economic, and cultural themes of the American past, complete with a headnote for each reading and three to five critical thinking questions that follow.



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