City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America

Rosetta Books, 9. apr. 2014 - 684 sider
“A wonderfully readable account of Chicago’s early history” and the inspiration behind PBS’s American Experience (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times).
Depicting its turbulent beginnings to its current status as one of the world’s most dynamic cities, City of the Century tells the story of Chicago—and the story of America, writ small. From its many natural disasters, including the Great Fire of 1871 and several cholera epidemics, to its winner-take-all politics, dynamic business empires, breathtaking architecture, its diverse cultures, and its multitude of writers, journalists, and artists, Chicago’s story is violent, inspiring, passionate, and fascinating from the first page to the last.
The winner of the prestigious Great Lakes Book Award, given to the year’s most outstanding books highlighting the American heartland, City of the Century has received consistent rave reviews since its publication in 1996, and was made into a six-hour film airing on PBS’s American Experience series. Written with energetic prose and exacting detail, it brings Chicago’s history to vivid life.
“With City of the Century, Miller has written what will be judged as the great Chicago history.” —John Barron, Chicago Sun-Times
“Brims with life, with people, surprise, and with stories.” —David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of John Adams and Truman
“An invaluable companion in my journey through Old Chicago.” —Erik Larson, New York Times–bestselling author of The Devil in the White City

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fabulous written history of Chicago

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This is a great history of Chicago. It contains a lot of anecdotes in addition to just plain delivering facts about the making of Chicago. Mr. Miller is a great storyteller. I purchased one of his books about jazz in New York too simply because his narratives are a pleasure to read. Les hele vurderingen

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A very comprehensive history of this remarkable city from its origin to around the turn of the 19th century. I grew up about 80 miles north this city in Wisconsin and also took my first job there out ... Les hele vurderingen


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Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College and author of nine books, including Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America (May 2014); City of the Century, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award and the Victorian Society's Presidential Book Award; Lewis Mumford, A Life, a New York Times Notable Book; and the critically acclaimed Masters of the Air, which is being made into an HBO dramatic series by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. He has hosted, co-produced, or served as historical consultant for more than 30 television documentaries and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other publications.

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