NIU Press title wins 2016 best book award

488-0Fundraiser A: My Fight for Freedom and Justice” (NIU Press, 2015) by Robert Blagojevich has been named the winner of the 2016 Best Book Award in the law category.

The Best Book Awards are sponsored by the i310 Media Group. Jeffrey Keen, president and CEO of i310 Media Group, said this year’s contest yielded more than 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers. Keen said that “the 2016 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States.”

A gripping memoir, “Fundraiser A” tells Blagojevich’s side of events that transpired in 2009, when he was charged along with his brother, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, in a federal indictment. It details how Blagojevich endured the ensuing trial and includes excerpts from a journal he kept during that time. The charges against him were dropped in 2010.

Blagojevich believes that he was used as a pawn in the prosecution of his brother, and he hopes his book informs Americans about the need to protect their civil liberties and hold their public officials accountable. As he told WGN-TV, “When they go after people with prosecutions, they go to win and it is not about justice. If it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody.”

To learn more about Blagojevich, visit RobertBlagojevich.com. “Fundraiser A” may be purchased on the NIU Press website or at your preferred bookstore or online retailer. To order by phone, call the Chicago Distribution Center at 800-621-2736.

Since its founding in 1965, NIU Press’s mission has been to support and enhance the reputation and research mission of Northern Illinois University by publishing outstanding works of scholarship for a global audience. The press also promotes understanding of the Midwest through books on regional history and culture. For information on the press’s nearly 600 titles in print, visit the NIU Press website.

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