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  • Chronicles of Old Chicagoby Adam Selzer

    Museyon 2014; US$ 14.99

    Discover the fascinating history of Chicago?home to Barack Obama, Al Capone, the Chicago Cubs, politicians, mobsters, and more?told through 24 dramatic true stories. Known as an expert on Chicago?s folklore and crime stories, Adam Selzer takes readers through Chicago?s history from the 1800s to the present with tales of the politicians, eccentrics,... more...

  • City Watchby Jon Anderson

    University of Iowa Press 2001; US$ 20.00

    In forty-five years as one of Chicago's liveliest journalists for Time, Life, and the Chicago Tribune, Jon Anderson has established a reputation for picking up on what someone once called "the beauty of the specific fact." Part "Talk of the Town," part On the Road with Charles Kuralt, Anderson's twice-a-week "City Watch" columns in the Chicago Tribune... more...

  • Crucibles of Black Empowermentby Jeffrey Helgeson

    University of Chicago Press 2014; US$ 45.00

    The term ?community organizer? was deployed repeatedly against Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign as a way to paint him as an inexperienced politician unfit for the presidency. The implication was that the job of a community organizer wasn?t a serious one, and that it certainly wasn?t on the list of credentials needed for a presidential résumé. In... more...

  • CultureShock! Chicagoby Orin Hargraves

    Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Ptd Ltd 2008; US$ 11.17

    With over three million copies in print, CultureShock! is a dynamic and indispensable range of guides covering countless destinations around the world. The series is especially intended for travellers who are looking to truly understand the countries they are visiting and who might even consider residing there. more...

  • Daleyby Chicago Tribune Staff

    Agate Publishing 2012; US$ 9.99

    A fascinating study of Richard M. Daley, an iconic politician whose decisions and policies have directly shaped Chicago as we know it today. more...

  • Diaspora and Class Consciousnessby Shanshan Lan

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 48.95

    This book is an ethnographic study of the multi-linear process of racial knowledge formation among a relatively invisible population in the Chinese American community in Chicago, namely the working class. Shanshan Lan defines "Chinese immigrant workers" as Chinese immigrants with limited English language skills who work primarily at low-skill, blue-collar... more...

  • First Sonby Keith Koeneman

    University of Chicago Press 2013; US$ 18.00

    "Mayor Richard M. Daley dropped the bomb at a routine news conference at City Hall on Tuesday. With no prelude or fanfare, Mr. Daley announced that he would not seek re-election when his term expires next year. 'Simply put, it's time,' he said."  New York Times, September 7, 2010 With those four words, an era ended. After twenty-two years,... more...

  • Freedom's Ballotby Margaret Garb

    University of Chicago Press 2014; US$ 50.00

    In the spring of 1915, Chicagoans elected the city?s first black alderman, Oscar De Priest. In a city where African Americans made up less than five percent of the voting population, and in a nation that dismissed and denied black political participation, De Priest?s victory was astonishing. It did not, however, surprise the unruly group of black... more...

  • Great American Cityby Robert J. Sampson; William Julius Wilson

    University of Chicago Press 2012; US$ 18.00

    For over fifty years numerous public intellectuals and social theorists have insisted that community is dead. Some would have us believe that we act solely as individuals choosing our own fates regardless of our surroundings, while other theories place us at the mercy of global forces beyond our control. These two perspectives dominate contemporary... more...

  • The Great Chicago Fire and the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cowby Richard F. Bales

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2005; US$ 29.95

    The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 swallowed up more than three square miles in two days, leaving thousands homeless and 300 dead. Throughout history, the fire has been attributed to Mrs. O'Leary, an immigrant Irish milkmaid, and her cow. On one level, the tale of Mrs. O'Leary's cow is merely the quintessential urban legend. But the story also... more...