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By Gary T. Johnson

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

      September
      13
      September
      13

      Unbuilt Utopian Cities 1460 to 1900

                                  Tessa Morrison. Unbuilt Utopian Cities 1460 to 1900: Reconstructing Their Architecture and Political Philosophy. Burlington, Vermont, Routledge (2016). What Tessa Morrison brings to the subject of unbuilt utopian cities is an analysis of the various political philosophies underlying each one. These More

      August
      29
      August
      29

      The Color of Success

      Ellen D. Wu. The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority. Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press (2015). “Unlike the progeny of turn-of-the-century southern and eastern European immigrants, who melted into unambiguous whiteness in the crucibles of mass consumption, industrial unionism, New Deal ethnic pluralism, and military service, Japanese and Chinese More

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