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Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis (edition 1973)

by Harold M. Mayer, Glen E. Holt (Contributor), Richard C. Wade, Gerald F. Pyle (Contributor)

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Title:Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis
Authors:Harold M. Mayer
Other authors:Glen E. Holt (Contributor), Richard C. Wade, Gerald F. Pyle (Contributor)
Info:University Of Chicago Press (1973), Paperback, 511 pages
Collections:History, United States, Illinois
Rating:****1/2
Tags:history, Illinois, Chicago

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A wonderful book about Chicago (duh...) history published by The University of Chicago Press. Loaded with historic photos, maps. The title says it all, "Chicago, Growth of a Metropolis." I read it ("read" is the wrong word, "peruse" might be better) often. I only read it once in the entirety.

It may just be more than you want to know about Chicago unless you have lived there or have some tie to Chicago. But, to me as a lifelong Chicagoan, it's fascinating. Chicago does have quite a colorful history. The mayors alone are worth the price of admission. Do you suppose we will get one of Richard M Daley's kids as mayor someday and the hot-headed dynasty will continue?

It certainly isn't a typical book about the history of some place or time. But, for a history and compilation of photos and maps for back up it is unique for Chicago interested folks. It is a good basis and foundation for exploring what makes Chicago interesting.

I actually have purchased two copies of the book. The second to replace the first copy loaned to someone whose identity has slipped my mind. If you are the "someone" and are reading this, I hope that your conscience hurts. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0226512746, Paperback)

This is the story of Chicago and how it grew. In a little over a century it rose from a mere frontier outpost to become one of the great cities of the world. No single book can possibly encompass the immense scope of this development or convey the endless diversity of the life of Chicago's people. But with the help of the camera it is possible to capture many dimensions of this extraordinary story.

This volume, however, which comprises over 1,000 pictures and 50 maps, tries to do more than show physical development—it attempts to suggest how the city expanded and why it looks the way it does. Because it asks different questions, this book differs markedly from other "pictorial histories" of American cities. Instead of emphasizing society and customs, this volume deals with the physical conditions of life. In place of the conventional interest in "founding fathers" and leading families, it is more concerned with street scenes and ordinary people. Without neglecting downtown, it also reaches into the residential areas and neighborhood shopping centers. Moreover, this volume is concerned with suburbs and "satellite" towns as well as the historic city.

"Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis is an incredible book. Like its subject it is excessive, and nothing succeeds like excess. It is handsomely designed, with a thousand photographs that document the physical growth and the spatial patterns of the city. . . . A dimensionalism comes through that no other city has. Carl Sandburg sang it in his poetry, and the book does more to grasp it . . . than any other book I have seen."—Hugh Newell Jacobson, New Republic

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