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Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction


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Smith has been an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, as well as at Columbia College of Chicago.

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Bryan Smith is a senior writer at Chicago magazine and a contributing editor for Men's Health. He is a two-time winner and six-time finalist for the National City and Regional Magazine Association's Writer of the Year award. His work has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Newspaper Writing, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

His first book, The Breakaway, reveals the untold story of the Wirtz family, offering an insider's view of a family empire held tightly by one generation and suffering a loss of control by the next. And it documents in gripping detail how that empire came together, fell apart, and came together again. The turnover would trigger a father-son and brother-against-sibling drama of Shakespearean proportions.

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