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Product Details

  • Series: Images of America
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (April 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738583340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738583341
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,164,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Title: New Book on Pilsen published

Publisher: Gazette Chicago

Date: 6/30/2011



Peter N. Pero, who has worked as a teacher in the Pilsen community for more than ten years, has published Chicago's Pilsen Neighborhood in Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series. The book tells the history of Pilsen and presents more than 200 photographs and drawings, both vintage and contemporary.

Pero's book "is about a piece of ground less than two square miles in size, but out of this compact community came poignant experiences related to work, worship, family unity, community pride, artistic expression, continuity, and change," he said.



"It is no easy task to tackle the history of Pilsen, but author Peter Pero has done an admirable job in putting together this book," said Carlos Tortolero, president of the National Museum of Mexican Art.



The book costs $21.99 and is available at area bookstores and online retailers or through Arcadia at www.arcadiapublishing.com or (888) 313-2665.

About the Author

Peter Nicholas Pero is a teacher and writer whose interest is in urban studies. He has written about neighborhoods in Tokyo, Venice, Cuenavaca, Dublin, Hong Kong, and Buenos Aires. In Chicago, Pero has been a teacher in the Pilsen neighborhood for more than 10 years. This book grew out of his experiences.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Fabian on January 13, 2013
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It is nice to read about a book on a neighborhood my parents lived in back in the 40's after the war. The problem with these small thin books from Arcadia Publishing is that everyone seems to be an expert but some facts come out wrong in the process. One for instance is the Holy Trinity Croatian Church and School. The author claims it opened as a school in 1950. That could not be possible since my father and his friends attended the school in the 1930's.

I wish someone would write about Pilsen and do some deep research in order to get the correct information. For the price of these books don't expect a deep read....more like someone's commentary than an in depth understanding of the history of the place. Did the author interview any older folks that may have been around back then? It has nice old pictures that are interesting and some current history on the people living there that might interest contemporaries more than folks wanting an historical account and a longer read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 7, 2013
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My grandmother lived in this area in the 1940's. I purchased this assuming I would find photos and information on the places I remember seeing as a child. An old movie theatre, beer gardens lit up with Christmas lights at night, with young and old German men drinking from steins, ,some photos of the old flats like where grandma lived, where 4 households shared one small bathroom under the front stairs in the hallway, maybe old Maxwell street, numerous memories.
Instead I found little reference to the early settlers of this area of Chicago. It seemed to concentrate on the Hispanic population that moved into the area after grandma b died. A nice history of the area, but too recent in my opinion, An expensive dissapointment sitting on my bookshelf.
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