“An absorbing and compelling story of how two long-time rivals put aside their profound political differences in order to preserve the Union.”

Professor John Stauffer, Harvard University

Revives the story of the most significant labor dispute in American history that helped usher in national prosperity with the rust belt as its industrial engine.

“Entertaining, informative, appealing, charming, and a thoroughly compelling read from first page to last.”

Midwest Book Review

“Raw and vibrant, Nothin' But Blue Skies sings the Rust Belt blues.”

Richard C. Longworth, author of Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism

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“How To Speak Midwestern is a fascinating read, whether you hail from WOWOland, the UP, Cereal City, or Baja Minnesota.”


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“Captures a slice of North Americana with the precision of a Walker Evans photograph, and sentences worthy of John McPhee.”

Neal Pollack, author of Alternadad

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“A fine survey of how local Chicago politics shaped Obama.”

Midwest Book Review

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"Immensely readable account, by a brutally honest writer ... a gambler’s book that is well worth a punt."

The Racing Post

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Published Articles

Inequality leads to authoritarianism

Why Trump is acting like “a generalissimo with a giant brass eagle on his hat”

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Here’s what your foreign cars have done to Michigan

It matters to all of us what happens to the economy of the upper Midwest

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Undercover Advocates

One couple’s pursuit of humane treatment of horses

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Reader’s Corner: Malcolm X St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing, Michigan

Streets named for black leaders reflect Lansing’s tradition of integration

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The Christian Right’s shocking conquest

Why religious moderates have disappeared from America

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Rahm Emanuel Has Not Been Good for Chicago

The hassles and dangers of living in the new global city

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Edward McClelland

Edward McClelland is a native of Lansing, Mich., which is also the birthplace of Burt Reynolds and the Oldsmobile.

Ted’s most recent book, How to Speak Midwestern, is a guide to the speech and sayings of Middle America, which The New York Times called “a dictionary wrapped in some serious dialectology inside a gift book trailing a serious whiff of Relevance.”

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