Chicago: A Biography

Chicago: A Biography

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 Pacyg Chicago has been called by many names. Nelson Algren declared it a ?City on the Make.? Carl Sandburg ...

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Title:Chicago: A Biography
Author:Dominic A. Pacyga
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Genres:History
ISBN:Chicago: A Biography
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:462 pages pages

Chicago: A Biography Reviews

  • Sarah
    Jan 04, 2011
    Plucked from the Newberry Library's Best of 2010 list: http://www.newberry.org/media/bestboo... ...
  • catechism
    Jan 22, 2015
    Pausing, though I'll probably come back to this. My problem is that I want a fairly broad history of Chicago from (roughly) 1900-1930. Not a history of what Al Capone was doing, or a list of who was throwing baseball games, or a biography of famous brothel owners, or a book about that ...
  • David
    Dec 10, 2012
    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 chapter. Consistent with his subtitle, he tells Chicago's story through the lives of its people, from bit...
  • Kristan
    Apr 20, 2010
    Parts of this book were way more interesting than others, but I loved it overall. I feel like I know so much more about my city now, and it pointed me in the direction of things I want more information about. Chicago is a really amazing place. ...
  • Tobias
    Aug 10, 2012
    A bit boring in places, but quite good on Chicago's history as center ring for America's industrial conflict in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. ...
  • John
    Sep 11, 2016
    Most histories that have to cover a lot of ground have trouble giving sufficient detail to make events clear and meaningful without losing the forest for the trees. There are a few points at which this one misses in striking that balance, and at those points it can be a bit of a slog. ...
  • Gwen
    Feb 01, 2010
    Very good! A great 1 volume introduction, hits most of the high points. Must read if you are new to Chicago. ...
  • Rob
    Apr 15, 2010
    This book had a lot of great info and is definitely worth reading, but after reading "Family Properties" I was disappointed that Dominic wrote such lousy footnotes - barely worth looking at, instead of adding insight to what he was discussing. This book gave me the impression it was a ...
  • Connie
    Jun 24, 2015
    This was a required 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 charac...
  • Lexy
    Jun 12, 2013
    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 i...
  • Cherie
    Jan 16, 2016
    More like a 2.5 star review. It is an interesting read, but not as focused on the history of Chicago's people. It's more focused on the politics and industry that created Chicago, which is an interesting perspective. ...
  • Tim Lapetino
    Jan 02, 2011
    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 job in ...
  • Sarah
    Apr 26, 2011
    eh ...
  • Annie
    Jun 18, 2013
    Although I didn't grow up in Chicago, I'm very fond of the city, having visited it many times throughout the years (in fact, I'm going back this August). I'll readily admit I was woefully ignorant of much of the city's basic history before, but no longer! The author is clearly quite pa...
  • John Harder
    Nov 11, 2014
    Chicago, A Biography meets my criterion for both history books and books about Jayne Mansfield ? if you are going to bring up interesting points I want to see pictures of them. So rest assured that Mr. Paeyga had dug through the archives and finely illustrates the volume from when th...
  • Erinp
    Apr 03, 2012
    Readable and informative, kind of wish there was more about wrigley and the sears tower, but I know a lot about chicago now. ...
  • Samantha
    Jun 24, 2012
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  • Emilie
    Jan 21, 2015
    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 just bc i was reading t...
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    Jan 19, 2015
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    Jul 27, 2012
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    May 20, 2014
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  • David Eppenstein
    Mar 06, 2015
    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 more than colorful history it is a resource that anybody needing to understand this city should employ. The boo...
  • Nicole Sunderlin
    Sep 16, 2014
    I thought it was a great Biography of the best city in America! ...
  • George
    Oct 20, 2015
    Solid account. ...
  • Belinda
    Apr 20, 2019
    I suspect this is interesting, 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. ...
  • Keith Jamieson
    Apr 05, 2014
    Poorly written and organized, and excessively slow (only the last two or three chapters focus on contemporary-ish Chicago: the majority of the book fixates on the nineteenth century). Redeemed somewhat by an abundance of interesting tidbits about the city, and some nice photographs. Ge...
  • Lisa
    Mar 29, 2017
    It was interesting to have read this shortly after reading Third Coast. Both trace similar histories of Chicago (Third Coast is focused more around characters). This really lost steam as we drudged through the 20th century. ...
  • Matthew Green
    Jun 13, 2015
    This is a good, readable history of Chicago. I thought I knew a fair amount of the city's history beforehand, but I learned quite a bit from reading this book. ...
  • TMcB
    Jun 10, 2018
    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 ...
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    Oct 30, 2017
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