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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (June 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583227644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583227640
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After flying fifty-three combat missions in World War II, ART SHAY joined Life magazine as a staff reporter. He went on to become one of America’s leading photojournalists. His pictures regularly appeared in Time, Fortune, The Saturday Evening Post, Forbes, Business Week, Parade and The New York Times Magazine. Shay immortalized some of America’s most compelling 20th century figures, including John F. Kennedy Jr. and Muhammad Ali, along with street scenes of Chicago’s dispossessed. Several of these images have been noted as among the most enduring American photographs ever taken. Shay lives in Chicago.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scrabble Freak on September 24, 2007
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Art Shay's latest work will certainly contribute to his status as an American Icon. Every time I look through the book I delight in finding something new. This book would make a great gift for Nelson Algren and Chicago fans alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By toys&beans on December 12, 2007
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With an artful eye master photojournalist Art Shay gives a treasured glimpse of American culture and Chicago history. Not just outstanding images, but Shay provides a wonderful read as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Hawkins on May 24, 2012
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The only reason this book gets even two stars is because of Art Shay's amazing photos and the amazing subject in Nelson Algren himself.

I first saw this book at a local bookstore and: The pages were stuck together. By "stuck together" I mean about ten or 12 pages weren't even cut. And that was the only copy they had so I ordered it from Amazon...

...and the pages weren't cut. Impossible to read when you can't even open the page. You literally have to grab a pair of scissors and start cutting the pages yourself.

So we have one book in Chicago and the other was shipped from California. That's not just a coincidence.

Excellent photos though. If you're a fan of Algren you'll want it anyway... and if you can get it cheap enough: Why not?

I gave this another star after picking the book up again. There simply is no other book like this. Even in the very bad condition that each copy is published in, its worth your time and scissors.

These photos, and the stories Art tells with them, are priceless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Grzonka on November 10, 2013
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This is a fantastic book. The winning combination of Art Shay's photography and capturing the Chicago that engendered Algren's great works is a combination not to be beaten.
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The photos in this book are priceless, and provide a fascinating glimpse into mid-20th-Century Chicago. Could not put it down.
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