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  • Demolition Means Progressby Andrew R. Highsmith

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 36.00

    In 1997, after General Motors shuttered a massive complex of factories in the gritty industrial city of Flint, Michigan, signs were placed around the empty facility reading, ?Demolition Means Progress,? suggesting that the struggling metropolis could not move forward to greatness until the old plants met the wrecking ball. Much more than a trite corporate... more...

  • Screw the Valley: Detroit Editionby Timothy Sprinkle

    BenBella Books, Inc. 2015; US$ 5.95

    It?s time to put the Valley in your rearview mirror. Destination: New Startup America. Next stop: Detroit. In this companion eBook to Screw the Valley , Timothy Sprinkle highlights Detroit, one of seven cities that offers superior landscapes for tech startups. With brand new, city-specific content, an excerpt from Screw the Valley , and a compilation... more...

  • A Photographer?s Guide to Ohioby Ian Adams; Guy L. Denny

    Ohio University Press 2015; US$ 23.99

    Ian Adams is perhaps the best-known landscape photographer in Ohio, and in the first volume of A Photographer?s Guide to Ohio, he shared his knowledge of what to photograph in the Buckeye State and how to photograph it. Now, in this second volume, Adams expands on his previous work, adding over 120 natural features, scenic rivers and byways, zoos... more...

  • Not For Tourists Illustrated Guide to Chicagoby Not For Tourists

    Not For Tourists 2015; US$ 12.99

    A colorful and detailed guide for anyone who wants to get the most out of the Windy City. This brand-new guide is boldly redesigned where no NFT has gone before, offering quick snapshots of each neighborhood from Gold Coast and Lincoln Park to Wrigleyville and Lakeview in a colorful and stylish layout. Start flipping through and you?ll immediately... more...

  • Metropolitan Jewsby Lila Corwin Berman

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 30.00

    In this provocative and accessible urban history, Lila Corwin Berman considers the role that Detroit?s Jews played in the city?s well-known narrative of migration and decline. Taking its cue from social critics and historians who have long looked toward Detroit to understand twentieth-century urban transformations, Metropolitan Jews tells the story... more...

  • Canoeing the Great Plainsby Patrick Dobson

    UNP - Bison Books 2015; US$ 24.95

    Tired of an unfulfilling life in Kansas City, Missouri, Patrick Dobson left his job and set off on foot across the Great Plains. After two and a half months, 1,450 miles, and numerous encounters with the people of the heartland, Dobson arrived in Helena, Montana. He then set a canoe on the Missouri and asked the river to carry him safely back to Kansas... more...

  • St. Louis and Empireby Henry W Berger

    Southern Illinois University Press 2015; US$ 39.50

    At first glance, St. Louis, Missouri, or any American city, for that matter, seems to have little to do with foreign relations, a field ostensibly conducted on a nation-state level. However, St. Louis, despite its status as an inland river city frequently relegated to the backwaters of national significance, has stood at the crossroads of international... more...

  • The Chisholm Trailby Sam P. Ridings

    Skyhorse Publishing 2015; US$ 19.99

    This frontier classic is one of the best books written about the world?s greatest cattle trail, the Chisholm Trail, a trail that was approximately eight hundred miles long, running from San Antonio, Texas to Abilene, Kansas. It is a comprehensive book about the cattle drives of our western frontier and the interesting characters associated with them.... more...

  • Looking for Lincoln in Illinoisby Bryon C. Andreasen; Guy C. Fraker

    Southern Illinois University Press 2015; US$ 19.95

    Presenting fifty Abraham Lincoln stories?some familiar and beloved, some fresh and unexpected? Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln?s Springfield is a carefully researched, richly illustrated guide to the Springfield, Illinois, locations on the Looking for Lincoln Story Trail. Created by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, this trail... more...

  • New Harmony, Indianaby Jane Blaffer Owen; Nancy Mangum McCaslin; John Philip Newell; J. Pittman McGehee; Anne Dale Owen; Jane Dale Owen

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    For nearly seven decades, Jane Blaffer Owen was the driving force behind the restoration and revitalization of the town of New Harmony, Indiana. In this delightful memoir, Blaffer Owen describes the transformational effect the town had on her life. An oil heiress from Houston, she met and married Kenneth Dale Owen, great-great-grandson of Robert Owen,... more...