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

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 3, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 704 pages
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The epic of Chicago is the story of the emergence of modern America. Here, witness Chicago's growth from a desolate fur-trading post in the 1830s to one of the world's most explosively alive cities by 1900.
Donald Miller's powerful narrative embraces it all: Chicago's wild beginnings, its reckless growth, its natural calamities (especially the Great Fire of 1871), its raucous politics, its empire-building businessmen, its world-transforming architecture, its rich mix of cultures, its community of young writers and journalists, and its staggering engineering projects -- which included the reversal of the Chicago River and raising the entire city from prairie mud to save it from devastating cholera epidemics. The saga of Chicago's unresolved struggle between order and freedom, growth and control, capitalism and community, remains instructive for our time, as we seek ways to build and maintain cities that retain their humanity without losing their energy. City of the Century throbs with the pulse of the great city it brilliantly brings to life.
  

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

User Review  - Amber - Goodreads

This was a very well-written book summarising the history of Chicago from its founding until just after the hosting of the world's fair. Personally, the only things I find at all admirable about the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Johanna - Goodreads

Finally finished this one. Well researched and well written. Jumps around a bit chronologically, but in a big survey history, it's difficult not to. Very long and dense, but I learned a lot. Read full review

Contents

Let Us Build Ourselves a City
176
The Chicago Machine
198
The Streetcar City
254
Stories in Stone and Steel
301
Sullivan and Civic Renewal
354
The New Chicago
378
The Battle for Chicago
435
After the Fair
533
Preface
555
Bibliography
639
Acknowledgments
683
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About the author (1997)

Donald L. Miller is the John Henry McCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He is the author of five previous books, including the highly acclaimed Lewis Mumford: A Life.

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