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But what about the Chicago Fire?,
This review is from: The Great Chicago Fire (Paperback)
If you're looking for a solid, factual, textbook-style, book on the Chicago fire, this work probably isn't for you. With chapter titles such as "Reluctant Modernism, The Past a Present", "Derrick Time, Architecture, Memory and the Poetics of Ruin" and "Wright's Piano,Imagining the New Chicago", this book deals with the authors opinion of the societal and intellectual effects of the fire. For example, "...Chicagoans... indulged the apocalyptic rhetoric occasioned by the fire and to an extent were even flattered by it,...reluctant modernists who would gladly face the present as long as it was safely anchored in the past." (page 57, paragragh 1) The good point about this book is that it is filled with pre and post fire pictures of Chicago. That's the only reason for the two stars.