by Dominic A Pacyga
In his book, Chicago: A 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. The city’s great industrialists, reformers, and politicians and some not-so great, but notorious, animate this book, from Jane Addams to Mayor Richard J Daley and President Barack Obama to Al Capone. But what distinguishes this book from 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 by bungalows and corner taverns.
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