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Dominic A. Pacyga, a Chicago expert, a local, and a college professor has written what, in theory, sounded like it could've been an outstanding book, a history of the city of Chicago, with a particular emphasis on the people and the things that have affected the people, such as labor struggles.

Dominic A. Pacyga, a Chicago expert, a local, and a college professor has written what, in theory, sounded like it could've been an outstanding book, a history of the city of Chicago, with a particular emphasis on the people and the things that have affected the people, such as labor struggles, housing issues etc. At times, this was a great book. Pacyga has a knack for putting things into perspective, such as the 1919 Chicago race wars. Despite the interesting information, however, the author has a heavy-handed writing style and, at times, I felt overwhelmed by facts

The book Chicago: A Biography, Dominic A. Pacyga is published by University of Chicago Press. At last there is a book for all of us, whatever we choose to call Chicago

The book Chicago: A Biography, Dominic A. At last there is a book for all of us, whatever we choose to call Chicago. In this magisterial biography, historian Dominic Pacygatraces the storied past of his hometown, from the explorations of Joliet and Marquette in 1673 to the new wave of urban pioneers today.

At last there is a book for all of us, whatever we choose to call Chicago

Chicago has been called by many names  . In this magisterial biography, historian Dominic Pacyga traces the storied past of his hometown, from the explorations of Joliet and Marquette in 1673 to the new wave of urban pioneers today.

He teaches in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago.

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Dominic Pacyga admits as much in the preface to his book Chicago: A Biography. His stated aim is this: Put simply, my goal is to try and tell the story of Chicago through events major and minor that I believe explain its importance to America and the world. Pacyga is professor of history at Columbia College in Chicago. Pacyga supplements his story with numerous fascinating photos and illustrations (some from his personal collection), like the one from 1870 showing the now iconic Water Tower and Pumping Station. They are seen from a wooden sidewalk and are surrounded only by one small house and another large building off in the distance.

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Chicago : A Biography. by Dominic A. Pacyga. 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.

Pacyga, Dominic A. Chicago: A Biography (2011), 472pp; detailed history by a scholar, based on secondary sources. Pierce, Bessie Louise. Sawyers, June Skinner. Mayer, Harold . and Richard C. Wade. Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis (1969) 510pp. Pacyga, Dominic A. and Skerrett, Ellen. Chicago: City of Neighborhoods.

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 Pacygatraces the storied past of his hometown, from the explorations of Joliet and Marquette 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 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 it.


Comments: (7)

bass
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 book thoroughly traces the various forces that shaped the growth and evolution of Chicago. While the book is not quite as readable as Donald Miller's "City of the Century" or as entertaining as Emmett Dedmond's "Fabulous Chicago" it does a very good job 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.
Fog
Regardless of whether you call Chicago the Second City, the City That Works, the City of Big Shoulders, the City of Neighborhoods, or any of its other names, there's no doubt that the people are the heart of the city. Not the skyscrapers, the weather or, I hesitate to even say, the baseball teams.

Dominic A. Pacyga, a Chicago expert, a local, and a college professor has written what, in theory, sounded like it could've been an outstanding book, a history of the city of Chicago, with a particular emphasis on the people and the things that have affected the people, such as labor struggles, housing issues etc.

At times, this was a great book. Pacyga has a knack for putting things into perspective, such as the 1919 Chicago race wars.

Despite the interesting information, however, the author has a heavy-handed writing style and, at times, I felt overwhelmed by facts. This happened on that date at this address. That happened on this date at that address. I've heard him speak on the Chicago documentary from PBS so this surprised me.

I thought things improved as I got further into the book.

One thing really annoyed me. I'm a north side/northern suburbs girl and it really bothered me that this book could have been called The South Side of Chicago: A Biography. There was even quite a bit about the west side. However, you'd barely know that there was a north side with as little attention as he gave to it. (Of course, there really is no east side--you'd be in Lake Michigan, except for a small southeast side.)

In short, this book had its moments but the reader has to go through a lot to get to them. I'd recommend it, with some reservations.
Gaxaisvem
This book stand heads and broad shoulders above any history ever written about Chicago. It is not simply a cold, factual account, although it remains rooted in the facts, but it also gives the reader a macro vision of the evolution of a major American city. Biography it is, without a doubt. Anyone who lives in Chicago, spent time there, or plans to visit, should immerse themselves in this book: it brings context and reason to almost every area of Chicago you pass through today. Even my teenage son was captivated and enlightened about the city he was born in while reading this book. My wife, from Ohio, would comment "so that's why..." many times over. Cities, like people, take on a unique personality based on the events in their lives. So too, do cities. This book more than any other history book I've read, makes that intimate connection clear throughout.

I read bought this book in hardcover from Amazon, and I'm sure the Kindle remains faithful to the one sitting on my bookshelf.
Keel
"Chicago" gave me a context for the city I visit more now that my children live there and a way to appreciate its development that doesn't end at the lake, the river, the curb or the skyline.Visiting Pilsen with an awareness of its historical character and personality lends texture to what I see and hear there now.Great book for the old time Chicago resident with a need to know more.A wonderful introduction for a new comer like me.
Ed Bradley, Freeport Maine
Chicago: A Biography download epub
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Author: Dominic A. Pacyga
ISBN: 0226644316
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2009)
Pages: 472 pages