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Pittsburgh: The Story of an American City Hardcover – September 19, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 776 pages
  • Publisher: Derrydale Press; 5th Edition edition (September 19, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967410304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967410302
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stefan Lorant was the author of more than a dozen books on American history. He edited magazines in three languages — English, German, and his native Hungarian. He has been acknowledged as the creator of modern photo-journalism by Life magazine, The New York Times, and The London Times. In 1991 The London Times included him as one of the "1000 Makers of the Twentieth Century" for the development of photo-journalism.

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The most complete book on the history of this great city that I have ever read.
Gary
Lorant himself was tenacious, immensely talented, capable of recognising talent in others and certainly subscribed to the work ethic.
Michael Hallett (Stefan Lorant's biographer) (michael.hallett@virgin.net)
If you haven't read this book, open it and you will find yourself reminded of people and places--and smile.
JAD

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Loriann Oberlin on November 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh and author of an upcoming guidebook to the area, I believe Pittsburgh: Story of An American City is a wonderful book for more than Pittsburghers.
This book lifts the lid on all our progressive city has to offer, it educates those who have outdated knowledge of Pittsburgh, and it makes a great gift book.
If that's not enough, it provides an ideal history lesson for all as Western Pennsylvania has many historic sights to see as well as splendid architecture!
After reading, you'll want to extend your next business trip to Pittsburgh, shop in more than our airport, and visit our family-friendly parks. Don't forget: Mister Rogers lives here! Your kids will love Idlewild Park, with the only life-size Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
If you can't be our neighbor, come see us. You won't be disappointed!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JAD on December 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you were to write a love letter to a city, what would it look like? Pretty much like this book, a history in prose and photographs that is a true delight.

Lorant knows that most people from Pittsburgh love it. Most people who are born in Pittsburgh never leave it. Most people who live there for a time and then have to move on, come back to live there again. Why? The people.

Attitudinally speaking, it is the last of the Eastern Cities meeting the first of the Midwestern Cities, so Pittsburghers combine the tradition, culture and energy of the former with the welcoming warmth and openness of the latter. Lorant captures it all, and more. If you haven't read this book, open it and you will find yourself reminded of people and places--and smile.
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We landed at Pittsburgh International Airport a little after dusk, impressed with how the runways appeared to grow out of the natural contours of the land. We joined the flowing rush hour traffic as the comfortable limousine sped in towards the city. Joe, our driver, talked enthusiastically about the change from steel city to high tech city, the history of an era that changed from black to white, but nothing was to prepare us for what was to follow. As we escaped through the Fort Pitt tunnel the night light panorama left us breathless-this surely is one of the new post-modern views of a post-industrial age.
The purpose of our visit had everything to do with `The Book'; the style in which Pittsburgh's citizens would affectionately refer to Stefan Lorant's monumental opus Pittsburgh: the story of an American city. With an initial ten years in the making, first published in 1964 and revised in 1974, 1980 and 1988, Lorant was completing a fifth edition when he died in November 1997 just 100 days short of his 97th birthday. Twenty-five thousand copies of this new version, the `Millennium Edition' are now on the bookstalls due to the tenacity, talent and sheer hard work of Bruce and Gail Campbell who inherited the copyright. Lorant himself was tenacious, immensely talented, capable of recognising talent in others and certainly subscribed to the work ethic. It is intriguing to speculate why a Hungarian, a foreigner and stranger to the city could write such a volume, on the surface a notion to be easily dismissed but a reality that became spectacularly successful.
Stefan Lorant was born in Budapest on February 22nd, 1901 and died in Rochester, Minnesota on November 14th, 1997 at 96-years-of-age.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The latest edition of Pittsburgh is an expertly crafted and beautifully photographed continuation of the Lorant chronicle. Although Mr. Campbell finished the work after Mr. Lorant's death, the new chapter flows with the Lorant style. The edition uses an impressive array of photos to help tell the story and give a sense of the kind of people who have remained at the hard work of rebuilding an industrial city. Like the editions before, the work emphasizes the positive about the city and concentrates on physical renewal. Yet you come away thinking that whatever its problems, people working together can come up with a solution. People from the area will like this book but others who believe in the importance of cities will find it interesting and instructive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon L. Albee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm not from Pittsburgh, but after reading this book I wish I was.

This book is Lorant's gift to the American city he loved, and the book reads and browses like a long love letter. The illustration is simply astonishing. Not only are the photographs drawn from distinguished and interesting primary archives, the original drawings and paintings, commissioned specifically for this volume, are superb.

Let's not forget the text. Henry Steele Commager wrote the introductory chapter about Pittsburgh's turbulent founding. Lorant wrote (most of) the rest. The best way to describe this book is as a chronological, narrative history with many well-placed illustrations. It is not a "coffee-table" picture book, nor is it a deeply-penetrating scholarly history of the city. It's written to be fun to read and popular, and it succeeds on both counts.

Lorant reveals an obvious interest in the development of local elites and their philanthropic activities, and dedicates many a page to a Carnegie, Mellon, or Heinz. This book, like Pittsburgh itself, will pleasantly surprise you.
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