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By Gary T. Johnson

February
12
February
12

The Defender

                                Ethan Michaeli. The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America from the Age of the Pullman Porters to the Age of Obama. New York, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (2016). This history is beautifully written and exquisitely researched. More

January
19
January
19

The Life and Public Service of General Zachary Taylor: An Address

                                Abraham Lincoln, author; William E. Barton, editor. The Life and Public Service of General Zachary Taylor: An Address. Los Angeles, Library of Alexandria (2015). This book was originally published in Boston by Houghton Mifflin in 1922 with the Reverend More

December
07
December
07

Slaughterhouse: Chicago’s Union Stock Yard and the World It Made

                                Dominic A. Pacyga. Slaughterhouse: Chicago’s Union Stock Yard and the World It Made. Chicago, The University of Chicago Press (2015). “Context” for historians generally refers to the wider scene that helps to explain something specific. “Context” for this important More

November
17
November
17

Chicago Transformed

                                Joseph Alan Gustaitis. Chicago Transformed: World War I and the Windy City. Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press (2016). This fascinating book looks at World War I as a time of transformation for Chicago. Employment needs are a particular theme More

October
20
October
20

Building Chicago: The Architectural Masterworks

                        John Zukowsky. Building Chicago: The Architectural Masterworks. New York, Rizzoli (2016). What sets this book apart is not only Zukowsky’s interpretation of the two-century sweep of Chicago architecture, but the way that he sheds light on the past few decades. He sees historicism More

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