COUNTY CHRONICLES: A VIVID COLLECTION OF PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIES, VOLUME IV. 2008 by Ceane O'Hanlon-Lincoln. Drawn from a spectrum of counties all across Pennsylvania, each new volume of the award-winning COUNTY CHRONICLES history series continues to be a vivid - readable - collection of Pennsylvania's true stories. With Volume IV, amazingly, the award winning author has managed to outdo herself - her talent for writing has been honed to perfection. Each chapter, written in conversational style and backed by meticulous research, is pure pleasure to read. The author not only reveals the true history, but takes you there. She has visited each site in Pennsylvania about which she has written, and has added information crucial to today's traveler. In this volume, as with all previous chapters, each Chronicle unfolds like a story, opening windows to the evermore fascinating past. Readers taking Ceane O'Hanlon-Lincoln's magic-carpet ride into COUNTY CHRONICLES Volume IV will be whisked to old (and new) "Philadelphia, Birthplace of America," the place where Liberty was born. Next, they will come to know the very human side of Her Serene Highness, the Princess of Monaco, née Grace Patricia Kelly of Philadelphia, who is remembered not only for her great beauty but for her great and noble heart. In "The Old Hero of Gettysburg," readers will thrill to the story of John L. Burns, the only civilian who fought in the bloody battle that turned the tide of the Civil War. John was past seventy when, with his old flintlock rifle, bell-crown hat, and swallow-tailed coat, he faced the grey-clad enemy who invaded his peaceful valley. In "The Tragic Tale of Jennie Wade," readers will learn the poignant story of the only civilian to be killed during the terrible clash of Blue and Grey at Gettysburg. Jennie's is a heartrending tale of friendship and love. In "The White Buffalo," O'Hanlon-Lincoln discusses the phenomena of four rare white (non-albino) buffalo born within a short time span of each other, at each compass point within our nation, the last in the East, in the author's home county of Fayette. A sacred symbol to Native Americans everywhere, the White Buffalo carries an all-important message for America at large. Readers will enjoy in "The Stuff of Memories," a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the fabulous fifties, the last age of innocence in America. The exciting Chronicle entitled "Sometimes Even a Religion" will awaken for readers the thrills of the 1960 World Series, when the underdog Pittsburgh Pirates knocked the "invincible" New York Yankees from their lofty pedestal. Who could ever forget Bill Mazeroski's walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth? How about a little "Pennsylvania Potpourri" to flavor your read? Or perhaps a trip to the famed Black Forest of Pennsylvania in "The Forest Primeval"? In CC IV, there are heroes aplenty, such as "Barbaro, a Hero's Tale," the horse who captured America's heart; Margaret Mead, America's greatest anthropologist; "Harriet Lane, the Democratic Queen"; World War II heroes, as well as champions from the Civil War, and that is only scratching the surface. As with all previous and subsequent volumes, the chronicles of Volume IV open under beautiful cover art by Helen Alt. This special edition is limited to 1,000 numbered copies. 245 pages, 7.5 x 10.5 Hardbound ISBN-13: 978-0-97605632-4; LCCN 2004107519. To read about the author, go to: www.mechlingbooks.com/chronicles.html. For reviews, clink on "reviews" at the bottom of that page.