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City of the century : the epic of Chicago and the making of America

Author: Donald L Miller
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1997, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Touchstone edView all editions and formats
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This history of Chicago describes its wild beginnings, the Great Fire of 1871, its architecture, its mix of cultures, its community of young writers and journalists, and its staggering projects -  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald L Miller
ISBN: 0684831384 9780684831381 0684801949 9780684801940
OCLC Number: 36910305
Notes: "A Touchstone book."
Awards: Winner of Great Lakes Book Awards (General) 1997
Description: 704 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: City of dreamers and doers --
Discovery. The priest and the explorer ; Joliet's dream --
"Didn't expect no town." Wild Chicago ; Banishing the past --
Ogden's Chicago. The founder ; A prairie aristocracy ; The grid and the balloon frame --
The great Chicago exchange engine. The big junction ; The mechanical man ; Stacker of wheat and wood, packer of pork --
Empire city of the West. Chicago against nature ; City of extremes --
My lost city. The Great Fire ; Unapproachable in calamity --
Introduction: Let us build ourselves a city --
That astonishing Chicago. "Grander and statelier than ever" ; America's city --
The Chicago machine. Empires of order and blood ; A fortress of oppression ; The Pullman idea ; Steel rails to country kitchens --
The streetcar city. Palaces of desire ; The Loop ; City and suburb ; Sunday in Chicago --
Stories in stone and steel. Something new under the sun ; Burnham and Root ; The major's birdcage ; Factories in the sky --
Sullivan and civic renewal. The Auditorium ; A proud and soaring thing --
The new Chicago. Burnham's White city ; Hutchinson's three-ring circus ; Harper's university ; The social defense of caste ; The new Chicago woman ; Cleansing the city --
The battle for Chicago. Politics "ain't bean bag" ; Why the ward boss rules ; Haymarket ; It's Harrison again --
1893. The Fair ; The "Gomorrah of the West" ; Stories of the streets and of the town --
After the Fair. If Christ came to Chicago! ; Regeneration.
Responsibility: Donald Miller.

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Michiko Kakutani The New York Times A wonderfully readable account of Chicago's early history. Morris Dickstein The Washington Post Sweeping and beautifully written. David McCullough author of John Read more...

 
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