Author Visit: Cleveland in World War II

Cover of Cleveland in World War II by Brian Albrecht & James BanksBerthed on the Cleveland lakefront, the battle-hardened submarine USS Cod serves as a proud reminder of the wartime contributions from the Greater Cleveland community. Clevelanders did their duty and more, from round-the-clock work on the factory assembly lines to the four Medal of Honor recipients on the front lines.

Join us Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 7:00–8:30pm in the Porter Room as authors Brian Albrecht and James Banks honor a time when Clevelanders of all stripes answered the call to arms.

Register online, call 440-250-5460 or stop by any public service desk to sign up. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

About the Authors

James Banks, PhD, retired from full-time teaching at Cuyahoga Community College in 1998 and was named professor emeritus. He joined the college in 1966, becoming part of the first faculty of the western campus, housed in the former Crile Hospital facility. In 1986, he was honored as a Besse Award recipient, the college's highest award for teaching excellence. In 1994, and again in 1997, he was named Ohio Professor of the year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Brian Albrecht was born in East Cleveland and has lived most of his life in the Greater Cleveland area. This graduate of Ohio State University has worked at the Plain Dealer as a reporter and editor for thirty-five years. He started writing the column "World at War" in 2007, telling the stories of local World War II veterans, and currently writes the "Profiles of Service" column about area vets from that conflict to the present. His interest in World War II is based on his father's experience as a paratrooper in the Eighty-second Airborne Division who parachuted into France on D-day and was awarded a Silver Star and a Purple Heart.