Chicago A Biography (E–pub New) ↠ Dominic A. Pacyga


Chicago A Biography

Dominic A. Pacyga ↠ 9 Read

Of the city he calls it Chicago shedding its skin like a snake in their cultural contexts It s a beefy book but well worth the read This like a snake in their cultural contexts It s a beefy book but well worth the read This a reuired read for a college course I took years ago I wanted to re read most of it so I could enjoy it this time especially from the perspective of now living in Chicago for over #20 years now that I ve grown to appreciate the change rich culture architecture and character it to offer #years now that I ve grown to appreciate the change culture architecture and character it has to offer thought it was a great Biography of the best city in America A good addition to my short shelf of books on Chicago history and architecture Pacyga maintains a chronological structure to his book but highlights certain themes within each chapterConsistent with his subtitle he tells Chicago s story through the lives of its people from bit players like Elmer Ellsworth the first Union officer to die in the Civil War pp 51 52 to leading men like Richard J Daley who receives a very sympathetic portrayal from Pacyga Where else but in Chicago could the futile manhunt for Jean Crones pp 195 196 suspected of the 1916 poisoning of a group of civic leaders with arsenic laced soup play out Or the random violence that took the life of Alvin Palmer on a Back of the Yards street corner in 1957 pp 305 308Pacyga is a South Sider and he acknowledges that his account is skewed in that direction a bit too much for my taste my three years in the metro were in a North Side suburb No index to his maps but I like the generous selection of photographs integrated into the text and generally playing to each chapter s themeWhere did the Cubs play before they opened Wrigley Field p 114 Where did Brach s candy get its start p 153 It s in the book going from the great cover art and the recommendation of a friend i thought this would be a good read i was wrong there was nothing wrong with the facts of the book nothing idiotic was going on except for a real lack of proofreading sooo many errors maybe ust bc i was reading the ebook edition the author s style of writing was Dragonsbane just so much stiff than what i like to read and to take two things i love history and chicago and make them boring for me made me not want to go on reading so i only read about a uarter of the book so maybe i can t tell you all the best parts of it since i only got up to about the haymarket riots but personally this wasust not a compelling book sorryyyy. The city’s South Side and employed for a time in the stockyards Pacyga gives voice to the city’s steelyard workers and kill floor operators and maps the neighborhoods distinguished not by Louis Sullivan masterworks but by bungalows and corner taverns  Filled with the city’s one of a kind characters and all of its defining moments Chicago A Biography is as big and boisterous as its namesake and as ambitious as the men and women who built Inated Abraham Lincoln Pacyga recounts how #THE RAILROADS AND THE AND #railroads and the Illinois and Canal made Chicago the transportation hub of the rapidly expanding country assuring its The fire in 1871 cleared the slate for a makeover that produced the outlines of the modern city and by the end of the 19th century Chicago was immense chaotic and corrupt but also the industrial and financial capital of the American heartland Pacyga devotes a great deal of attention to the ferocious labor struggles that resulted from the Haymarket riot to the Pullman strike Chicago was for a time the epicenter of America s class struggle With the Great Migration came racial strife as well with conseuences enduring up to the present day The Prohibition gangster wars get their due as do the Depression the Second World War industrial decline suburbanization and the changes overseen or resisted by the two DaleysPacyga covers it all with a historian s insight and a native son s affection This is an excellent comprehensive look at the city s history for the general reader I ve read what I think are better Chicago histories Cronon s Nature s Metropolis Miller s City of the Century and even the older Chicago Growth of a Metropolis by Mayer Wade but it s a fine addition to my Chicago bookshelf The author s focus on history through people and ethnic groups gives it a fresh spin that lends the book its title He admits to a Southside bias in the Introduction so their is precious little that focuses on the Northside where I reside which I think is a weakness Ran across some awkwardly written passages that caused me to have to reread sections so the editing could have been better I read the hardcover edition despite the description above Couldn t find a hardcover entry here on Goodreads This is a deep wide and phenomenal history of the city of Chicago From the first trading posts and settlers moving up the Mighty Mississippi to the lakefront lands that would become a city to the politics and racial issues that make up a world class city Pacyga does a great ob in covering a lot of ground I ve lived a large chunk of my life in this city but it was great to read about the foundations personalities and stories behind many of the events that shaped our Second City Never pandering or talking down to the readers the author also puts the growth and changes. Iet and Maruette in 1673 to the new wave of urban pioneers today The city’s great industrialists reformers and politicians and indeed the many not so great and downright notorious animate this book from Al Capone and Jane Addams to Mayor Richard J Daley and President Barack Obama But what distinguishes this book from the many others on the subject is its author’s uncommon ability to illuminate the lives of Chicago’s ordinary people Raised on. Definitely a thoughtful and informative scholarly work worth reading While it may not appeal to the casual reader hoping for something that takes full advantage of Chicago s than colorful history it is a resource that anybody needing to understand this city should employ The book thoroughly traces the various forces that shaped the growth and evolution of Chicago While the book is not uite as readable as Donald Miller s City of the Century or as entertaining as Emmett Dedmond s Fabulous Chicago it does a very good ob of dissecting the city and explaining its components and how they came into being and why and how they work Anybody looking to do business in this city understand its politics or wishing to settle here would profit from reading this book The only criticism I have is technical in that I found numerous typographical errors so the #editing was rather sloppy i suspect this is #was rather sloppy I suspect this is but the typos and grammatical errors are too distracting for me I finished the first chapter but I ll find a different book for Chicago history Mr Pacyga is a gem If you ever have the opportunity to take his History of Chicago class at Columbia College please do He is amazingly well informed and incredibly knowledgeable about anything and everything Chicago Even though Pacgya and I dont see eye to eye on the Cubs vs Sox issue though we both reside on the South Side and had this discussion a myriad of times he is the most outstanding professor I have ever had in my life and wish he taught subjects at Columbia His book covers every Chicago topic you could possibly dream up and is explained in basic terms for comprehension Do yourself and favor and read this book It may have taken me nine months but it s worth it in every way pacgyafilmfest This is the best one volume history of Chicago I m aware of Pacyga is a professional historian but he is writing for the layman here he admits in his preface that this is not a complete history but rather an attempt to highlight those people places events and relationships that capture the essence of the individual That s why he called it a biographyWhatever it is it s consistently readable and absorbing The story of why he called it a biographyWhatever it is it s consistently readable and absorbing The story of is in some respects astounding as it grew in thirty years from a muddy village in a swamp to a city of a hundred thousand that hosted the Republican convention that nom. Chicago has been called by many names Nelson Algren declared it a “City on the Make” Carl Sandburg dubbed it the “City of Big Shoulders” Upton Sinclair christened it “The Jungle” while New Yorkers naturally pronounced it “the Second City” At last there is a book for all of us whatever we choose to call Chicago In this magisterial biography historian Dominic Pacyga traces the storied past of his hometown from the explorations of Jol.