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Kansas City : An American Story Hardcover – August, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0960488407 ISBN-10: 0960488405 Edition: First Edition

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About the Author

Shirl Kasper -- A former reporter and editor for The Kansas City Star who holds a master's degree in history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. She is now doing work on a Ph.D. in history at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. She is the author of ``Annie Oakley,'' a hardover biography of the sharpshooter published in 1992 by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Rick Montgomery is a national correspondent for The Kansas City Star. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Iowa State University.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Kansas City Star Books; First Edition edition (August 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960488405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960488407
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on March 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great way to learn about the development of a great city that few non-residents give much attention to. If you are a resident or just interested in the area, this book offers a way to understand the reasons why things are the way they are. With chapters divided by years it can be read from cover to cover as a developing story or used as quick reference for specific periods.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Sears on January 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book. I actually bought this book after glancing through someone else's copy that was a gift. I already had a dvd about Kansas City as told by some its oldest residents that I thought this book was a good read to go along with great video and personal accounts and I was right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Ellison on January 27, 2013
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A fascinating history of town building from mid-19th Century to late 20th Century, written by a Kansas City Star national correspondent who loves his business. Photographs, along with fine descriptive language, keeps this Coffee Table, historic, collector's book well in front of the readers vision of a city building its future at break-neck speed while attracting the best and some of the worst characters to the table. They didn't call it the Kansas City Can Do Spirit for nothing.

The Kansas City story will excite, amaze, and make you shake your head as to how it all happened. Talk about the right place at the right time! Presto! A hundred years seem like a hundred days in this extraordinary book.
Richard W. Ellison
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest History Reader on June 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a great resource for Kansas City history. Even if you think you know the story of Kansas City, you will learn so much more. It's a big, heavy, hardcover book filled with old photographs, great for a coffee table, and should be in the collection of anyone who thinks they know or wants to know more about the history of this great Midwest metropolis.
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