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HOT OFF THE PRESS
 
REPORTING ON LIFE
and people along the way

Taylor Pensoneau emerged from the Norman Rockwell town of his Illinois youth to become a highly respected newspaper reporter, coal industry executive and well-known author.  He chronicles his journey in Reporting on Life—and people along the way, a memoir set for publication in the spring of 2014.  It is a revealing portrait of an Illinois insider replete with poignancy, humor and heartbreak.
Readers are taken behind the scenes in the Illinois Statehouse pressroom, the Watergate scandal and the writing of Pensoneau’s books.  His titles include two award-winning biographies of Illinois governors, best-selling sagas of downstate Illinois gangsters (including Brothers Notorious—The  Sheltons), and one work of fiction, the suspenseful Summer of ’50.
In reporting on life—and \people along the way, the author relates his encounters with the famous and not as famous, and provides a detailed look at those who have greatly impacted his life. The 355 book contains more than 48 photographs.

355 Pages
Over 48 Photographs
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Get Pensoneau's two popular gangster biographies and, as a bonus, his fictional Summer of '50 crime novel, all for only $45.
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Dapper & Deadly: The True Story of Black Charlie Harris

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PO Box 320
New Berlin, IL 62670

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  • 268 Pages
  • Softcover book
  • Biography

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    Dapper & Deadly: The True Story of Black Charlie Harris recounts the lifelong journey of the last of the big-name desperadoes from Southern Illinois.  Viewed by the FBI as a lethal figure in American crime, Harris eventually landed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.  His deadly falling out with the Shelton brothers and his involvement in sensational murders in his own neighborhood brought a reign of terror to Wayne County, Illinois.   

             

     

       





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    Brothers Notorious: The Sheltons

    • 320 pages
    • Biography
    • Softcover book
    • Includes:  Black and white illustrations, endnotes, select bibliography and index

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     Brothers Notorious: The Sheltons is an exciting and fast-moving account of the lives and times of Carl, Big Earl and Bernie Shelton, lengendary gangsters who were kingpins of racketeering in much of downstate Illinois from the 1920s through the late 1940s. 

      

      

      

     
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    The Summer of '50

    • 278 pages
    • Fiction
    • Softcover book

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    The Summer of '50 is Pensoneau's first work of fiction.  It will keep readers in suspense as veteran reporter Jake Brosky unravels a string of murders in Southern Illinois.

     

     

     



    OTHER BOOKS WRITTEN BY TAYLOR PENSONEAU


     

     Dan Walker: The Glory and The Tragedy

    • 368 pages
    • Softcover book
    • Includes:  Black and white Illustrations and index
    • Publisher:  Smith Collins

                (Out of Print )

     

     

     




    Governor Richard Ogilvie:  In the Interest of the State

    • 293 Pages
    • Hardcover book
    • Includes:  Black and white illustrations, select bibliography and index
    • Publisher:  Southern Illinois University Press
    • To purchase, please visit your favorite bookseller.

       



      Powerhouse:  Arrington from Illinois

      • 393 pages
      • Hardcover book
      • Includes:  Black and white illustrations, select bibliography and index
      • Publisher:  American Literary Press

           
                Price:  $24.95

                To purchase, please visit your favorite bookseller.

       

       

       

       

       

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