History of Individual Cities
Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans
Nine Lives
Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans
Paperback      ISBN: 0385523203
The fascinating world and rich culture of New Orleans come alive through the lives of nine colorful characters spanning 40 years and bracketed by two devastating hurricanes, interweaving the stories of their individual lives with the history of the Big Easy and the disasters that threaten its existence. Reprint.
Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History
Rome
A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History
Paperback      ISBN: 0375711686
A long-time former head art critic for Time presents an authoritative history of the Roman empire that provides coverage of an extensive range of topics from its government and architecture to its influence on culture and politics, sharing complementary personal insights from the author's 1958 visit. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story
Once in a Great City
A Detroit Story
Hardcover      ISBN: 1476748381
"As David Maraniss captures it with power and affection, Detroit summed up America's path to music and prosperity that was already past history. It's 1963 and Detroit is on top of the world. The city's leaders are among the most visionary in America: Grandson of the first Ford; Henry Ford II; influential labor leader Walter Reuther; Motown's founder Berry Gordy; the Reverend C.L. Franklin and his daughter, the amazing Aretha; Governor George Romney, Mormon and Civil Rights advocate; super car salesman Lee Iacocca; Mayor Jerome Cavanagh, a Kennedy acolyte; Police Commissioner George Edwards; Martin Luther King. It was the American auto makers' best year; the revolution in music and politics was underway. Reuther's UAW had helped lift the middle class. The time was full of promise. The auto industry was selling more cars than ever before and inventing the Mustang. Motown was capturing the world with its amazing artists. The progressive labor movement was rooted in Detroit with the UAW. Martin Luther Kingdelivered his "I Have a Dream" speech there two months before he made it famous in the Washington march. Once in a Great City shows that the shadows of collapse were evident even then. Before the devastating riot. Before the decades of civic corruption and neglect, and white flight. Before people trotted out the grab bag of rust belt infirmities--from harsh weather to high labor costs--and competition from abroad to explain Detroit's collapse, one could see the signs of a city's ruin. Detroit at its peak was threatened by its own design. It was being abandoned by the new world. Yet so much of what Detroit gave America lasts"--
Jerusalem: The Biography
Jerusalem
The Biography
Paperback      ISBN: 0307280500
An epic history of the holy city at the heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam is presented through the lives of its creators and conquerors from King David and Jesus to the Maccabees and Sir Moses Montefiore, in a chronicle that draws on new archival materials, current scholarship and family records. By the award-winning author of Stalin. 60,000 first printing.
Twin Cities Then and Now
Twin Cities Then and Now
Paperback      ISBN: 0873513274
"Because of their relative stability, streets offer an incomparable framework for looking at the urban past and comparing it to the present," writes Millett in his introduction to Twin Cities Then and Now, which consists of seventy-two historic street scenes matched with new photographs taken from the same locations. Accompanying each scene is an informative essay that examines the often astonishing changes wrought by time and circumstance. The historic photographs, some published here for the first time, include views taken from as long ago as the 1880s and as recently as the late 1950s. Jerry Mathiason's elegant new black-and-white photographs complement these historic images and provide superb visual comparisons between then and now, while Millett's lively text puts each scene into clear focus. Twin Cities Then and Now also includes four specially prepared maps along with detailed informational graphics that identify hundreds of significant buildings and places visible in the photographs. Twin Cities Then and Now is an engaging, startling, and at times heartbreaking look at the dramatic march of progress in Minneapolis and St. Paul. For, as Millett also writes in his introduction, "to observe a city over time is to see, for better or worse, the remorseless power of change."
London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets
London Under
The Secret History Beneath the Streets
Paperback      ISBN: 0307473783
The author of London: The Biography presents a chronicle of London's underground network of rivers, labyrinths and chambers and how they have been used in various time periods, from sewers and amphitheaters to crypts and tube stations.
Black Detroit: A People's History of Self-Determination
Black Detroit
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 Falls of st Anthony: The Waterfall That Built Minneapolis
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.
The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern World
The Rise and Fall of Alexandria
Birthplace of the Modern World
Paperback      ISBN: 0143112511
A history of the ancient city documents its period superiority as an archaeological and technological superpower, revealing how atomic theory, geometry, the steam engine, and other developments were initiated there while tracing the city's downfall and ultimate legacy to the modern world. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
London: The Biography
London
The Biography
Paperback      ISBN: 0385497717
Filled with stunning photographs, illustrations, and maps, an enthralling tour of London, from the time of the Druids to the present, delves into the human dramas that have molded this great city by recreating its pungent odors, bawdy street life, and diverse population and quoting the impressions of such famous Londoners as Dickens, Pepys, and Pope. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.