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Yardbird non-fiction books


Pow Wows,
or The Long Lost Friend

by John George Hohman

"The long-suppressed, reviled and revered Pennsylvania-German folk-healing classic. First published by the author in 1820. With an up-to-date introduction." Second Yardbird printing. 70 pages. 0-9620251-5-1 / Pbk. / acid-free paper / $15


Helping Hands

by William Keisling



"For hundreds of years American politicians have relied on a peculiar institution -- political patronage -- to place family and supporters in government jobs. In 1990 an obscure United States Supreme Court decision outlawed most patronage. Pennsylvania politicians elected to ignore the decision, and kept hiring friends and family into government agencies like the Pennsylvania turnpike. State employees responded by filing several federal lawsuits to stop the practice.

In Helping Hands, writer William Keisling relates what happened when he was asked to serve as an expert witness in one of these suits brought by a turnpike employee. You don't have to look too far to realize the stakes are high for the continuance of political patronage. 142 pages. 1-882611-10-1/Pbk, / acid-free paper / $11.95

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Maybe Four Steps

William Keisling

"An unauthorized biography of former U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. Maybe Four Steps first appeared in Pennsylvania twenty-five days before Thornburgh lost his bid to a senate seat. Rather than working toward a justice system that would serve as a model of fairness, Keisling writes, Thornburgh devoted his energies to denigrating the American justice system into an enforcement arm of a political party." 151 pages. 0-9620251-8-6/Cloth; acid-free paper / $16.95 -51-7-8 / Pbk, / acid-free paper / $9.95

The Wrong Car

by William Keisling


Wrong Car


On the hot summer evening of July 21, 1969, while riding through York, Pennsylvania, with her family, Lillie Belle Allen was shot and murdered by a gang of teenaged boys before the watching eyes of police and many neighbors.

IThe Wrong Car tells the true, shocking story of Allen's murder, compiiled with the help of previously secret police reports. The Wrong Car allows you to read the statements of eyewitnesses, follow the clues, and discover what happened to Lillie Belle Allen and her family. 1-882611-16-0/Pbk, / acid-free paper / $15.00

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We All Fall Down

by William Keisling

"In We All Fall Down, writer William Keisling tells the story of the impeachment of Pennsylvania state Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen, a once-popular Pittsburgh jurist. Keisling's account suggests that Larsen's impeachment was a blemish on democracy that should concern all Americans. Keisling describes the breakdown of nearly every democratic institution in the state that cradled American democracy." 336 pages. 1-882611-08-X / Cloth / acid-free paper / $24.00 IN STOCK

When the Levee Breaks

William Keisling

"An anonymous letter entices writer William Keisling to consider the once-idealized Pennsylvania turnpike. At America's first superhighway he finds lawbreaking, inside dealing and patronage run amok. The trail of bad or non-existent ethics and loose money leads him to Pennsylvania's state legislature, where lucrative turnpike deals are cut in return for legalized kickbacks. His examination of these deals takes him to the troubled state supreme court, where a resulting turnpike case received special treatment." 183 pages. 1-882611-01-2 / Pbk. / acid-free paper / $11.95

The Sins of Our Fathers

By William Keisling
and Richard Kearns

"A fascinating, compelling account of Pennsylvania Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer's public suicide and the historical corruption of Pennsylvania's capital city."

169 pages

978-092025105/ Pbk / $15


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Bar Harbor Police Beat

by Richard Sassaman

"Long winters, poor locals, and rich summer tourists all thrown together on a Maine island make the weekly newspaper's Police Beat column entertaining reading." 160 pages. 1-882611-05-5 / Pbk. / acid-free paper / $10.95 OUT OF STOCK