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University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London: 2011. Sixtieth Anniversary Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
"Once you've become a part of this particular patch, you'll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real." Ernest Hemingway once said of Nelson Algren's writing that "you should not read it if you cannot take a punch." The prose poem, Chicago: City on the Make, filled with language that swings and jabs and stuns, lives up to those words. In this sixtieth anniversary edition, Algren presents 120 years of Chicago history through the lens of its "nobodies nobody knows": the tramps, hustlers, aging bar fighters, freed death-row inmates, and anonymous working stiffs who prowl its streets. Upon its original publication in 1951, Algren's Chicago: City on the Make was scorned by the Chicago Chamber of Commerce and local journalists for its gritty portrayal of the city and its people, one that boldly defied City Hall's business and tourism initiatives. Yet the book captures the essential dilemma of Chicago: the dynamic tension between the city's breathtaking beauty and its utter brutality, its boundless human energy and its stifling greed and violence. The sixtieth anniversary edition features historic Chicago photos and annotations on everything from defunct slang to Chicagoans, famous and obscure, to what the Black Sox scandal was and why it mattered. More accessible than ever, this is, as Studs Terkel says, "the best book about Chicago." Contents Introduction by Studs Terkel 1. The hustlers 2. Are you a Christian? 3. The silver-colored yesterday 4. Love is for barflies 5. Bright faces of tomorrow 6. No more giants 7. Nobody knows where O'Connor went Afterword Notes Acknowledgments Publishing History Bibliography 152 pages, 10 halftones, 5-1/2 x 8 inches. 
Price: 16.15 USD
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2 BARIUCELLI, JEAN-PIERRE. Fireplaces Of Civilization: Literary Portraits Of Florence, Paris, Sicily, Seville & Granada.
Xenos Books, Riverside: 1993. 1879378078 / 9781879378070 s Softcover. Good condition. 
Evocations of great centers of culture, mixing their art, literature and history with personal reminiscences, by a distinguished scholar. 
Price: 60.09 USD
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3 BELL, DANIEL A. & DE-SHALIT, AVNER. The Spirit Of Cities: Why The Identity Of A City Matters In A Global Age.
Princeton University Press, Princeton: 2011. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Cities shape the lives and outlooks of billions of people, yet they have been overshadowed in contemporary political thought by nation-states, identity groups, and concepts like justice and freedom. The Spirit of Cities revives the classical idea that a city expresses its own distinctive ethos or values. In the ancient world, Athens was synonymous with democracy and Sparta represented military discipline. In this original and engaging book, Daniel Bell and Avner de-Shalit explore how this classical idea can be applied to today's cities, and they explain why philosophy and the social sciences need to rediscover the spirit of cities. Bell and de-Shalit look at nine modern cities and the prevailing ethos that distinguishes each one. The cities are Jerusalem (religion), Montreal (language), Singapore (nation building), Hong Kong (materialism), Beijing (political power), Oxford (learning), Berlin (tolerance and intolerance), Paris (romance), and New York (ambition). Bell and de-Shalit draw upon the richly varied histories of each city, as well as novels, poems, biographies, tourist guides, architectural landmarks, and the authors' own personal reflections and insights. They show how the ethos of each city is expressed in political, cultural, and economic life, and also how pride in a city's ethos can oppose the homogenizing tendencies of globalization and curb the excesses of nationalism. The Spirit of Cities is unreservedly impressionistic. Combining strolling and storytelling with cutting-edge theory, the book encourages debate and opens up new avenues of inquiry in philosophy and the social sciences. It is a must-read for lovers of cities everywhere. Daniel A. Bell is the Zhiyuan Chair Professor of Arts and Humanities at Shanghai Jiaotong University and professor of political theory and director of the Center for International and Comparative Political Philosophy at Tsinghua University in Beijing. His books include China's New Confucianism and Beyond Liberal Democracy (both Princeton). Avner de-Shalit holds the Max Kampelman Chair for Democracy and Human Rights and is dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His books include Disadvantage and Power to the People: Teaching Political Philosophy in Skeptical Times. "In a field saturated with superficial rankings and business surveys, The Spirit of Cities represents the triumph of the aesthetic over the commercial. By walking and living in the world's capitals--a novel and admirable methodology that proves more revealing than any theory--Bell and de-Shalit untangle the riddles of our most intriguing cities. This book is as beautiful as it is insightful." - Parag Khanna, author of How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance "There aren't many new ideas in political theory, but Daniel Bell and Avner de-Shalit definitely have a new idea, and a good one: that cultivating 'the spirit of cities' is the best antidote to global homogenization. The nine cities that they use as examples are presented with an innovative and engaging mix of personal anecdote, history, and theoretical reflection. They have produced a book that sparkles, which is also something new in political theory." - Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton "While cities are distinguished by their architecture and physical appearance, Bell and de-Shalit make a compelling case that many major world cities--and their inhabitants--also express their own distinctive ethos or values. The Spirit of Cities takes the reader on a wide-ranging and lively personal journey." - Witold Rybczynski, author of Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas about Cities "The Spirit of Cities presents a new approach to the study of cities in which the focus is placed on a city's defining ethos or values. The style of the book is attractively conversational and even autobiographical, and far from current social science positivism. For a lover of cities - and perhaps even for one who is not - The Spirit of Cities is consistently good reading." - Nathan Glazer, author of From a Cause to a Style: Modernist Architecture's Encounter with the American City 
Price: 42.75 USD
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4 BORER, M. CATHCART. The City Of London.
Pitman Publishing, New York: 1962. First edition (unstated). h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
Sets out to describe in simple language the London of the merchants, and deals with its history and development and with its commercial, financial and civic institutions. Among the subjects covered are the Port of London, the Commodity Markets, the Baltic Exchange and Lloyd's, the Stock Exchange and the Money Market (the Bank of England, other banks, the gold bullion market, acceptance houses, discount houses, the foreign exchange market and insurance companies). Includes an Index. 
Price: 18.53 USD
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5 BROWN, ELIZABETH MILLS. New Haven: A Guide To Architecture And Urban Design.
Yale University Press. New Haven and London: 1976. 0300019939 / 9780300019933 s Softcover. Good condition. Several creases on front cover. 

Price: 11.45 USD
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6 CRONON, WILLIAM. Nature's Metropolis: Chicago And The Great West.
W. W. Norton, New York: 1992. 0393308731 / 9780393308730 First paperback edition. s Softcover. Good condition. Some slight yellow highlighting in early chapter. 
Gives an environmental perspedtive on the history of nineteenth-century America. By exploring the ecological and economic changes that made Chicago America's most dynamic city and the Great West its hinterland, the author opens a new window on the national past. Includes an Index. 
Price: 32.59 USD
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7 DREYFUS, PHILIP J. Our Better Nature: Environment And The Making Of San Francisco.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2009. Facsimile Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
A historical approach to reintegrating the city with its natural environment. Few cities are so dramatically identified with their environment as San Francisco—the landscape of hills, the expansive bay, the engulfing fog, and even the deadly fault line shifting below. Yet most residents think of the city itself as separate from the natural environment on which it depends. In Our Better Nature, Philip J. Dreyfus recounts the history of San Francisco from Indian village to world-class metropolis, focusing on the interactions between the city and the land and on the generations of people who have transformed them both. Dreyfus examines the ways that San Franciscans remade the landscape to fit their needs, and how their actions reflected and affected their ideas about nature, from the destruction of wetlands and forests to the creation of Golden Gate and Yosemite parks, the Sierra Club, and later, the birth of the modern environmental movement. Today, many San Franciscans seek to strengthen the ties between cities and nature by pursuing more sustainable and ecologically responsible ways of life. Consistent with that urge, Our Better Nature not only explores San Francisco's past but also poses critical questions about its future. Dreyfus asks us to reassess our connection to the environment and to find ways to redefine ourselves and our cities within nature. Only with such an attitude will San Francisco retain the magic that has always charmed residents and visitors alike. Philip J. Dreyfus is Associate Professor of History at San Francisco State University. He has received numerous awards for his classroom teaching, and his writings have appeared in various academic journals. 
Price: 23.70 USD
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Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1968. s Softcover. Very good reading copy. 

Price: 4.28 USD
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Time-Life Books, Amsterdam: 1997. First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Very good condition. 
A full-color illustrated guide to this world-class city. Includes an Index. 
Price: 20.33 USD
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10 FITZGERALD, JOAN. Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability And Economic Development.
Oxford University Press, New York/Oxford/London: 2010. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Here is a refreshing look at how American cities are leading the way toward greener, cleaner, and more sustainable forms of economic development. In Emerald Cities, Joan Fitzgerald shows how in the absence of a comprehensive national policy, cities like Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle have taken the lead in addressing the interrelated environmental problems of global warming, pollution, energy dependence, and social justice. Cities are major sources of pollution but because of their population density, reliance on public transportation, and other factors, Fitzgerald argues that they are uniquely suited to promote and benefit from green economic development. For cities facing worsening budget constraints, investing in high-paying green jobs in renewable energy technology, construction, manufacturing, recycling, and other fields will solve two problems at once, sparking economic growth while at the same time dramatically improving quality of life. Fitzgerald also examines how investing in green research and technology may help to revitalize older industrial cities and offers examples of cities that don't make the top-ten green lists such as Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio and Syracuse, New York. And for cities wishing to emulate those already engaged in developing greener economic practices, Fitzgerald shows which strategies will be most effective according to each city's size, economic history, geography, and other unique circumstances. But cities cannot act alone, and Fitzgerald analyzes the role of state and national government policy in helping cities create the next wave of clean technology growth. Lucid, forward-looking, and guided by a level-headed optimism that clearly distinguishes between genuine progress and exaggerated claims, Emerald Cities points the way toward a sustainable future for the American city. Joan Fitzgerald is the Director of the Law, Policy and Society Program at Northeastern University and the author of Moving Up in the New Economy: Career Ladders for U.S. Workers and Economic Revitalization: Cases and Strategies for City and Suburb. She lives in Boston. "Goes a long way toward filling [the] factual vacuum on clean energy development....The foundation of solid on-site business reporting and economic research on which Emerald Cities is built makes the book, as well as its author's formidable conclusions, worthwhile reading for anyone concerned about the relationship between the quality of life in the U.S economy and the sustainability of life on the planet." - The Huffington Post "Fitzgerald, an urban planner, delivers informative accounts of contemporary trends, closing with an exhortation for national planning to mature green technologies." - Booklist "Emerald Cities is definitely a must read....a nuanced and fair-minded study of urban sustainability and economic development." - Sustainability "Comprehensive in scope, Emerald Cities is an invaluable resource for those desirous of sustainable and prosperous cities. Essential." - CHOICE "Cities have long been places of innovation; this book showcases what is possible. Joan Fitzgerald captures in her stories the true essence of how cities have faced the crisis of climate change and responded with novel solutions that utilize energy efficiency and renewable energy. Those who know and believe in the power of cities to bring about change and want to make a difference must read her book." - Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, City of Los Angeles "Few advocates of green cities actually pay enough attention to the potential economic benefits and value of the many sustainable ideas and technologies they promote. All that perhaps will change with the publication of this groundbreaking new book. This is the first comprehensive study of what cities are doing to grow green jobs and economy. In this tour de force, Fitzgerald shows where urban leadership and innovation are occurring, what's working and isn't, and what key lessons can be extracted for cities everywhere. This is an absolutely invaluable resource and essential reading for anyone working on the agendas of green urbanism and green cities." - Timothy Beatley, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, School of Architecture, University of Virginia "Joan Fitzgerald brings the green economy to ground, namely to the cities and metros that are driving innovative energy and climate solutions and, in the process, catalyzing new economic possibilities. Her fine book illustrates the potential of Emerald Cities but also the necessity of smart national and state policies that, as in Germany, jumpstart markets and create jobs. Fitzgerald's federalist challenge could not be more timely and the economic and environmental stakes could not be higher." - Bruce Katz, Vice president and founding director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution "Joan Fitzgerald has written an indispensable book on the green economic development opportunity for cities. "Emerald Cities" is neither cheerleading nor debunking. It is a clear-eyed, well-researched, and highly readable analysis of what cities can accomplish, and what complementary national, state and local policies are needed to accelerate this transition to a post-fossil fuel economy."- Ben Hecht, President & CEO, Living Cities "Fitzgerald shines a spotlight on the important role that cities play in building a cleaner, safer, and more just America. Her book is a must-read road map for how we can develop a clean-energy economy that is ripe with broad opportunity and shared prosperity for communities around the country." - Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO, Green For All "Where we once considered environmental protection the enemy of the economy, current wisdom tells us that becoming green can serve as the engine of economic growth in cities. Yet there have been few clear examples of American cities making this connection, until now. Fitzgerald provides numerous examples of how the pursuit of urban sustainability has been used to create "green jobs" and leaves us with a sense of the enormous potential that can accrue from planning a local green economy." - Kent E. Portney, Professor, Department of Political Science, Tufts University 
Price: 28.45 USD
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11 GIROUARD, MARK, Cities & People: A Social And Architectural History.
Yale University Press, New Haven and London: 1989. 0300039689 / 9780300039689 Fourth Printing. s Softcover. Good condition. 
London, Paris, Venice, New York, Rome, Constantinople - the cities of the world have captured man's imagination for generations. In this lively, sumptuously illustrated book, the author takes us on a tour of cities and their people through the centuries. Focusing on carefully selected cities at crucial periods in their history, Mark Girouard looks at their architecture and design in the light of the neds of the men and women who lived in them. Includes an Index. 
Price: 9.26 USD
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12 GIROUARD, MARK, Cities & People: A Social And Architectural History.
Yale University Press, New Haven and London: 1985. 0300035020 / 9780300035025 First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover with dustjacket in protective mylar cover. Good condition. 
London, Paris, Venice, New York, Rome, Constantinople - the cities of the world have captured man's imagination for generations. In this lively, sumptuously illustrated book, the author takes us on a tour of cities and their people through the centuries. Focusing on carefully selected cities at crucial periods in their history, Mark Girouard looks at their architecture and design in the light of the neds of the men and women who lived in them. Includes an Index. 
Price: 18.53 USD
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13 GOODMAN, PHEBE S. The Garden Squares Of Boston.
University Press of New England, Hanover: 2004. 1584652985 / 9781584652984 h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
"In this remarkable book, Goodman tells the story of Boston's garden squares and offers readers a fascinating glimpse of early urban planning, touching on the evolution and preservation of the garden squares of the South End of Boston . . . [A] beautifully illustrated story of urban communal gardens." —New England Antiques Journal Beautifully illustrated history of a previously undocumented feature of Boston's urban landscape. Of the many types of historic landscapes that have become treasured open spaces in North America's dense urban fabric, the garden (or residential) square largely has been overlooked. Yet the garden square played an important role in the planning of Philadelphia, Savannah, Boston, and New York, several of America's major early cities. Boston's garden squares most closely resemble the squares of London in purpose and appearance. Intended as speculative real estate ventures, the London garden squares were distinguished by row houses and ornamental iron fences enclosing gardens planted with trees and grass. The gardens served as welcome patches of greenery for affluent residents who chose to live in relatively cramped quarters within the city. As such, gardens were the raison d'źtre for this early form of urban design. Although garden squares pre-date well-documented municipal parks, the historical significance of these squares is not fully understood. In this remarkable book, Goodman tells the story of Boston's garden squares and offers her readers a fascinating glimpse of early urban planning. Goodman traces Charles Bulfinch's connection with these historic landscapes and compares them to their London prototypes. While Bostonians and others are familiar with Boston's iconic Louisburg Square on Beacon Hill, few people know that Boston's South End neighborhood boasts a group of eight garden squares. After discussing London squares and their effect on urban planning in several eastern seaboard cities, Goodman turns to Boston's three privately developed garden squares, all of which were located close to the original center of the city. She pays special attention to Louisburg Square, the only one that has survived. Focusing on the characteristic landscape features that define the gardens, Goodman also showcases the five of the eight publicly developed garden squares of the South End—Blackstone Square, Franklin Square, Chester Square, Union Park, and Worcester Square. Concluding with a chapter on the evolution and preservation of the garden squares of the South End, Goodman discusses private versus public ownership and access, maintenance, and preservation treatments — issues that provide practical information helpful in the management of historical as well as contemporary landscapes. She urges a combined effort of neighborhood groups and the public sector to maintain these squares. Otherwise, she warns, "the future of these historic garden squares will be in jeopardy." "The idea of creating slivers of residential green spaces, often ornamented with elegant iron fences and fountains, was imported from London by celebrated Boston architect Charles Bullfinch. The purpose was to enhance the views and value of abutting townhouses, rather than encourage actual usage. Goodman, a Boston landscape preservation consultant and former director of the Friends of Copley Square, details the history and evolution of five of the eight publicly developed garden squares of the South End, plus now-paved-over gardens such as Bullfinch's Franklin Place, and the great iconic survivor, Louisburg Square. Built in 1826, Louisburg Square is now one of only two private London-style garden squares in the United States, the other being New York City's Gramercy Park." —Carol Stocker, Boston Globe "[A] successful effort that illuminates much about larger topics while addressing a seemingly narrow one… the book provides a wealth of information… the illustrations are outstanding and useful and the argument persuasive. Goodman's book will encourage readers to discover, or newly appreciate, these charming garden squares."—The New England Quarterly Goodman contributes to our understanding of the development of Boston in the nineteenth century. Her thorough discussion of the South End squares clearly demonstrates that the gardens were planned and planted long before any houses were built or lots sold. She convinces us that these gardens were meant to be signifiers of urban refinement, independent of the architecture that would soon enclosed them and evocative of fashionable possibilities. In the early 1850s, the South End was to be imagined as a new neighborhood, complete with gated parks surrounded by modern townhouses in the latest style. By building squares surrounded by empty lots, Boston rejected an imaginary landscape of gentility in a rapidly changing city. Goodman's research points the way to a fuller understanding of the role of the landscaped square in this important period of Boston's development."—Winterthur Portfolio Phebe S. Goodman is a landscape designer with a special interest in urban parks. For many years she was executive director of the Friends of Copley Square, which works in partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department to maintain Copley Square. She also has served as a landscape preservation consultant for the Chester Square Neighborhood Association in Boston's South End. 
Price: 28.45 USD
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14 HECKSCHER, AUGUST. Open Spaces: The Life Of The American Cities, A Twentieth Century Fund Essay.
Harper & Row, New York: 1977. 0060118016 / 9780060118013 First Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 

Price: 42.28 USD
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Chronicle Books, San Francisco: 1993. 081180111X / 9780811801119 First Edition. s Softcover. Brand New Book. 
Examines the architectural and historical evolution of Las Vegas, from its modest origins as a roadside stop to its explosive expansion into a compelling landscape of resort hotels, neon signs, highrise towers, and all-night casinos. Illustrated throughout with historic photographs. Includes an Index. 
Price: 137.75 USD
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16 HIGHSMITH, CAROL M. & LANDPHAIR, TED. New Orleans: A Photographic Tour.
Crescent Books, New York: 1997. 0517186101 / 9780517186107 Fourth Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Very good condition. 
Here is the perfect souvenir for anyone who has ever visited th city, and a peerless gift for anyone avid to savor the Big Easy's special tang and allure. A city of vivid and varied charms, New orleans proffers a wealth of pleasures for the senses. Includes an Index. 
Price: 32.30 USD
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American Historical Press, Sun Valley: 1997. 0965475468 / 9780965475464 First Edition (Unstated). h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. A gift inscription appears on the front endpaper. 
In this richly illustrated, panoramic history of one of America's most fascinating cities, an expertly written text combines with a stunning assemblage of images spanning three centuries to produce the most significant and beautiful chronicle of New Orleans in recent years. Beginning with the Mississippi itself, author John Kemp deftly interweaves the political, social, economic, cultural, and natural events of each succeeding era of the city's past, debunking some colorful but purely fictitious stories and bringing to light some equally fascinating true ones in the process. Hundreds of dramatic and rare illustrations - including more than 100 full color plates have been meticulously selected and carefully captioned. Includes an Index. 
Price: 41.80 USD
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Chronicle Books, San Francisco: 1984. 0877012911 / 9780877012917 First Edition (Unstated). s Softcover. Very good condition. 
100 provocative and often humorous images which somehow unify Los Angeles's elusive and fragmented parts. Includes introductory remarks by internationally renowned artist Edward Ruscha who looks at L.A.'s place in contemporary history through its visual images and compulsive energy. 
Price: 11.12 USD
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19 LIEBLING, A. J.; STEINBERG, SAUL (DRAWINGS). Chicago: The Second City.
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 2004. 0803280351 / 9780803280359 Reprint Edition. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Many Chicagoans rose in protest over A. J. Liebling's tongue-in-cheek tour of their fair city in 1952. Liebling found much to admire in the Windy City's people and culture—its colorful language, its political sophistication, its sense of its own history and specialness, but Liebling offended that city's image of itself when he discussed its entertainments, its built landscapes, and its mental isolation from the world's affairs. Liebling, a writer and editor for the New Yorker, lived in Chicago for nearly a year. While he found a home among its colorful inhabitants, he couldn't help comparing Chicago with some other cities he had seen and loved, notably Paris, London, and especially New York. His magazine columns brought down on him a storm of protests and denials from Chicago's defenders, and he gently and humorously answers their charges and acknowledges his errors in a foreword written especially for the book edition. Liebling describes the restaurants, saloons, and striptease joints; the newspapers, cocktail parties, and political wards; the university; and the defining event in Chicago's mythic past, the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. Illustrated by Steinberg, Chicago is a loving, if chiding, portrait of a great American metropolis. A. J. Liebling (1904-63) was a longtime contributor and columnist for the New Yorker. He wrote The Sweet Science and nineteen other books of nonfiction, including Mollie and Other War Pieces, also available in a Bison Books edition. Saul Steinberg was a cartoonist and illustrator best known for his covers and illustrations in the New Yorker. "Alex Kotlowitz's Never a City So Real has a different style and tone from A. J. Liebling's 1952 tongue-in-cheek book about Chicago, but they belong on the same elevated bookshelf of Chicago classics. The series in The New Yorker that this book is based on elicited a slew of protests from Chicagoans, which Liebling answers in this witty volume."—Elizabeth Taylor, The Chicago Tribune "Good entertainment. The book is attractively designed, the illustrations are first-rate and Mr. Liebling can write."—New York Times "Mr. Liebling's entertaining book can be highly recommended."—New York Herald Tribune "He has shown his readers in his lively, sardonic style exactly the split-personality city that he feels Chicago to be."—San Francisco Chronicle 
Price: 14.92 USD
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Doubleday, Garden City: 1964. Second Printing. November 1964. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
A work prepared to the specifications of Edgar Kaufmann - "I want you [Stephan Lorant] to do a book on Pittsburgh, a profusely illustrated book which would show how the city has grown and how it became what it is today...a deluxe book." Includes an Index. 
Price: 21.71 USD
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