The chapters on grain and lumber were my favorite!
The distinctive contribution of his book is Cronon's emphasis on how the roots of Chicago's remarkable development lay in the "soil" of its surrounding hinterlands.
This is a fantastic book that was required reading for AP American History in my high school and again in college.
In "Nature's Metropolis", William Cronon explores the economic history of one of America's unique regions and the environmental perspective of the US as it existed in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ed Morgan
This book is an extraordinary comparison between the transformation that occurred during the western settlement compared to the suburban life of Chicago;, which during the American... Read morePublished 3 months ago by History_Teacher
This was a required text for a recent class on the American West. I found this to be well written and thought provoking. Had I been aware of it I'd have read it anyway. =)Published 4 months ago by Kiri
This is an academic book which describes in great detail the rise of Chicago from a fur trading post to a major metropolis capable of putting on a World’s Fair of great beauty,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Louis Foster
Would recommend this to anyone who loves Chicago. Very interesting to see how this city has developed. Pictures are a nice bonus!Published 10 months ago by Haley Eifert
Nature's Metropolis serves fabulously to set the human dynamics of Chicago's sudden and spectacular population growth, beginning in the 19th Century, in the context of broader... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Daniel
This is a fantastic book that was required reading for AP American History in my high school and again in college. Read morePublished 12 months ago by suburbanloki
This is a great book but it relies heavily on Carl Sandburg without properly crediting him.
"HOG Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,... Read more
I was totally frustrated trying to read this book. The author constantly embellished meaningful thoughts with 'pretty' words that distracted me from the meaning of the sentence. Read morePublished on July 7, 2012 by Casual Reader