Arnie Bernstein

Arnie Bernstein is a nonfiction writer who loves exploring the forgotten stories of American history. He is 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). His work has been acclaimed by Publisher's WeeklyKirkus Reviews, and The New York Times

Mr. Bernstein has been interviewed throughout the United States, Ireland, England, Israel, Australia, Poland, and Russia by newspapers, radio stations, television news, blogs, and podcasts. He’s appeared on MSNBC, 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.

He was awarded with a Puffin Foundation grant and won a slot in the prestigious Warner Brothers Comedy Writing Workshop. Most recently he was named one of the top 50 movers and shakers in the Chicago book world by New City magazine’s annual “Lit 50: Who Really Books Chicago.” Mr. Bernstein received honors from both the Illinois State Library and the State Library of Michigan. Someday he hopes to receive similar recognition by the State Library of Hawaii.

He is a member of The Author's Guild, PEN, and The Society of Midland Authors. Chicago is his hometown. He fervently believes 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."

Book Reviews by Arnie Bernstein

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for anyone looking to understand Mike Nichols, his working methods, and impact on American culture, Life Isn’t Everything is a good place to start.”

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“Nearly 40 years after his death, Hitchcock still is a formidable influence on today’s movie aesthetics, a factor Paul Duncan emphasizes on every page of this book.”

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T. J. English’s newest look at the American criminal underworld, The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban Underworld, has a unique genesis.

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Fifty years after its release, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey upholds its iconic status and for good reason.