Des Moines, Iowa - Business Publications Corporation, Inc. announces the release of a new book documenting the life and legacy of local real estate mogul and philanthropist, William (Bill) C. Knapp. The biography, titled “The Real Deal: The Life of Bill Knapp,” will first be made available on August 9, 2013, at the Iowa State Fair and for purchase through local book retailers and 

The book, which was written by award-winning author and Simpson College history professor William B. Friedricks, is an inspiring story on the personal history of Bill Knapp and provides readers with an inside look at the growth and development of Greater Des Moines over the past 80 years.

“The Real Deal:  The Life of Bill Knapp” depicts a scrappy, hard-working Allerton, Iowa farm-boy who left by way of the United States Navy to pave a new path toward financial independence and entrepreneurial success. Despite the many challenges along the way, Knapp turns each into opportunities for capitalization. His tenacity and vision drives his transformation into the real estate tycoon and community philanthropist we know today. 

 “Bill Knapp has always had an “aura,” a “presence” about him that spoke of strength and confidence, of purpose and direction, and yes, of deep feeling and compassion. William Friedricks’s excellent biography captures both the wellspring and life development of the Bill Knapp “aura.” A great history of the person and the growth of Central Iowa. I loved every page!”   -Tom Harkin, United States Senator from Iowa

Knapp’s professional accomplishments are paralleled by the honors he has received for his community involvement and philanthropy. In keeping with his reputation for giving, all proceeds from the “The Real Deal: The Life of Bill Knapp” will be directed to the William C. Knapp Charitable Foundation. 

Business Publications Corporations Inc., Central Iowa’s largest publisher of niche products, was established in 1983 by Connie Wimer. The company’s flagship publications – the Business Record and dsm magazine - were launched in 1983 and 2003 respectively. In addition, Business Publications produces several other niche and custom publications throughout the Central Iowa market including various community development guides, Catch Des Moines visitors guide, Inclusion, and ia magazine. This is the company’s first, complete book publishing venture. 

For more information about the book, contact Ashley Holter at 515-288-0711 or