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Outstanding presentation and modernization of classic Chicago School sociology from family to
war. Save I do the book an injustice, for the terrain covered begins before the family and continues after the chapter on war. Meticulous, detailed, remarkably the entire work stays on the rail of classic Chicago work and, in fact, is not a literature review of the school that founded modern sociology but an original work from a writer who knew the founders of sociology first-hand. I would use this work as an honor's society text, grad school, and also, a professor's text. What is here is timeless, not drawn from research reports (which would not be a liability in any way) but rather drawing from the classic frame a continuous series of new insights intertwined seamlessly with the classic understandings of the field. Every sentence, every paragraph counts in a most remarkably meticulous explanation of social processes.