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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 couldnt 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 Chicagos 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 Chicagos mythic past, the Saint Valentines Day Massacre. Illustrated by Steinberg, Chicago is a loving, if chiding, portrait of a great American metropolis.
It was interesting. I have no idea of how accurate it was. The Second City title surely stuck. Good readPublished 18 months ago by Edna anders
This book has so many flaws that its difficult to know where to begin. The most fundamental flaw is that Liebling, as a New Yorker, prides himself on being open-minded, in... Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by Travis Rojakovick