Arnie Bernstein discusses ‘Swastika Nation’


Chicago author Arnie Bernstein will discuss his new book, Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German American Bundin a Society of Midland Authors event on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago.

Bernstein will speak at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free, and no reservations are required. The public is invited.

Published this fall by St. Martin’s Press, Swastika Nation details the rise and fall of a pro-Nazi movement that swept the United States in the 1930s. The New York Times calls it an “engrossing retelling.” Publishers Weekly calls it “fast-paced … a fresh account of a well-documented era.” And the Chicago Tribune’s Rick Kogan says it’s “impeccably researched and forcefully written.”

Bernstein, who went to high school in Skokie during the time of the controversial plans for a Nazi march, is also the author of Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing (University of Michigan Press) and Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100+ Years of Chicago and the Movies (recently published by Chicago Review Press in a new edition with co-author Michael Corcoran).

Copies of Swastika Nation will be for sale at the Nov. 12 event.