History of Individual Cities
Wrestling With Moses
How Jane Jacobs Took on New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City
Paperback ISBN: 0812981367
To a young Jane Jacobs, Greenwich Village, with its winding cobblestone streets and diverse makeup, was everything a city neighborhood should be. The activist, writer, and mother of three grew so fond of her bustling community that it became a touchstone for her landmark book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. But consummate power broker Robert Moses, the father of many of New York’s most monumental development projects, saw things differently: neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village were badly in need of “urban renewal.” Notorious for exacting enormous human costs, Moses’s plans had never before been halted–not by governors, mayors, or FDR himself, and certainly not by a housewife from Scranton. The epic rivalry of Jacobs and Moses, played out amid the struggle for the soul of a city, is one of the most dramatic and consequential in modern American history. In Wrestling with Moses, acclaimed reporter and urban planning policy expert Anthony Flint recounts this thrilling David-and-Goliath story, the legacy of which echoes through our society today. The first ordinary citizens to stand up to government plans for their city, Jacobs and her colleagues began a nationwide movement to reclaim cities for the benefit of their residents. Time and again, Jacobs marshaled popular support and political power against Moses, whether to block traffic through her beloved Washington Square Park or to prevent the construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, a ten-lane elevated superhighway that would have destroyed centuries-old streetscapes and displaced thousands of families and businesses. Like A Civil Action before it, Wrestling with Moses is the tale of a local battle with far-ranging significance. By confronting Moses and his vision, Jacobs forever changed the way Americans understood the city, and inspired citizens across the country to protest destructive projects in their own communities. Her story reminds us of the power we have as individuals to confront and defy reckless authority. From the Hardcover edition.
City of Light
The Making of Modern Paris
Hardcover ISBN: 1541673395
Describes the ambitious public works program initiated in 1853 by Napoleon that transformed of the old medieval Paris of squalor and slums into the "City of Light" encompassing wide boulevards, apartment blocks, parks, squares and public monuments.
City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World
Hardcover ISBN: 0670016608
A biography of the two thousand-year-old city founded by Greeks and eventually ruled by the Macedonians, the Romans, and the Ottomans details the rich history, traditions, and changing populace of a city that is a key to understanding modern civilization.
How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America
Paperback ISBN: 1416550208
A cultural history of 1920s Manhattan includes coverage of such influences as Grand Central Terminal, the emergence of mass communication, and the contributions of Walter Chrysler, David Sarnoff, and Elizabeth Arden.
City of Scoundrels
The Twelve Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
Paperback ISBN: 0307454304
Documents the harrowing 12-day period in 1919 Chicago during which a blimp crash, a race riot, a crippling transit strike and a sensational child murder case challenged the city's modernization efforts. By the author of The White Cascade. 50,000 first printing.
Paperback ISBN: 0807072133
The author of Easter Rising recounts growing up in a poor, insular Irish neighborhood of South Boston, a community rocked by the organized crime world of gangster Whitey Bulger, riots, and poverty, and remembers the four brothers he lost to violence, in a gritty new version of the best-selling memoir. Reprint.
Beale Street Dynasty
Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis
Hardcover ISBN: 0393082571
Documents the rise and fall of the legendary Memphis thoroughfare that indelibly shaped American culture, documenting its story through the life of former slave and first black millionaire Robert Church.
A People's History of Self-Determination
Paperback ISBN: 0062346636
NAACP 2017 Image Award Finalist 2018 Michigan Notable Books honoree The author of Baldwin’s Harlem looks at the evolving culture, politics, economics, and spiritual life of Detroit—a blend of memoir, love letter, history, and clear-eyed reportage that explores the city’s past, present, and future and its significance to the African American legacy and the nation’s fabric. Herb Boyd moved to Detroit in 1943, as race riots were engulfing the city. Though he did not grasp their full significance at the time, this critical moment would be one of many he witnessed that would mold his political activism and exposed a city restless for change. In Black Detroit, he reflects on his life and this landmark place, in search of understanding why Detroit is a special place for black people. Boyd reveals how Black Detroiters were prominent in the city’s historic, groundbreaking union movement and—when given an opportunity—were among the tireless workers who made the automobile industry the center of American industry. Well paying jobs on assembly lines allowed working class Black Detroiters to ascend to the middle class and achieve financial stability, an accomplishment not often attainable in other industries. Boyd makes clear that while many of these middle-class jobs have disappeared, decimating the population and hitting blacks hardest, Detroit survives thanks to the emergence of companies such as Shinola—which represent the strength of the Motor City and and its continued importance to the country. He also brings into focus the major figures who have defined and shaped Detroit, including William Lambert, the great abolitionist, Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, Coleman Young, the city’s first black mayor, diva songstress Aretha Franklin, Malcolm X, and Ralphe Bunche, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. With a stunning eye for detail and passion for Detroit, Boyd celebrates the music, manufacturing, politics, and culture that make it an American original.
The City Victorious
Hardcover ISBN: 0679446516
A writer who has spent much of his life in this fabled city explores its past as the seat of both pharaohs and sultans, its medieval splendor, and the contemporary Cairo that exists side-by-side with ancient tombs. 15,000 first printing.
The Falls of st Anthony
The Waterfall That Built Minneapolis
Paperback ISBN: 0873512057
The Mississippi's major waterfall played an important role in the development of lumbering, flour milling, and hydroelectric power in Minneapolis. The revised edition contains more than 50 photographs and a new epilogue by the author describing the commercial development along the waterfront since the 1960s.