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The Midwest's Best: Guns, Worms & Trains

First in a series about this year's Society of Midland Authors award winners, honoring the best books by Midwest authors published in 2013. The annual awards dinner will take place on May 13 at the Cliff Dwellers Club.

ADULT NONFICTION

WINNER: Rick Atkinson, The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945, Henry Holt and Co. (Author is a former reporter for the Pittsburg (Kan.) Morning Sun and the Kansas City Times.)


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See also:
* The Guns At Last Light Video Series.

* The Los Angeles Times: "The former journalist's incisive writing is on excellent display in the final volume of his World War II series."

* AP: War in Europe comes alive.

* The New York Times: The Price of Victory.

FINALISTS:

Ted Anton, The Longevity Seekers: Science, Business, and the Fountain of Youth, University of Chicago Press. (Author lives in River Forest, Ill.)

"People have searched for the fountain of youth everywhere from Bimini to St. Augustine. But for a steadfast group of scientists, the secret to a long life lies elsewhere: in the lowly lab worm. By suppressing the function of just a few key genes, these scientists were able to lengthen worms' lifespans up to tenfold, while also controlling the onset of many of the physical problems that beset old age. As the global population ages, the potential impact of this discovery on society is vast - as is the potential for profit."

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Larry Haeg, Harriman vs. Hill: Wall Street's Great Railroad War, University of Minnesota Press. (Author lives in St. Paul, Minn.)

"The two most powerful men in the nation's dominant industry battle for control of the Northern Pacific Railway, forever changing the landscape of American business."

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The judges for Adult Nonfiction were James Merriner, John Hallwas and Re'Lynn Hansen.

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Comments welcome.



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