Edward McClelland is a veteran political journalist in Chicago. His previous books include "The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters, and "God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes" and "Horseplayers: Life at the Track." He has written for "the Chicago Reader," "Boston Globe," "Washington Post," "Slate," "Salon," "Chicago magazine," and many other publications.