- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press; Reprint edition (February 11, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087020758X
- ISBN-13: 978-0870207587
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
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- #13330 in U.S. State & Local History
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Cream City Chronicles: Stories of Milwaukee’s Past Paperback – February 11, 2016
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“John Gurda begins with recent events in Milwaukee's history and finds their past origins. His accounts of facts of the past are treated sensitively, and he interprets their meaning with unique observations. These stories will last as long as there is a Milwaukee.” (Frank Zeidler, Former Mayor of Milwaukee)
“The name John Gurda is synonymous with Milwaukee history. . . . Cream City Chronicles is perfect for classroom use or for anyone interested in Milwaukee history delivered in small, digestible bites. I recommend it highly.” (Timothy L. Ericson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
“John Gurda's Cream City Chronicles is not only a richly evocative history of the city of Milwaukee but, in the tradition of the great cultural geographers of generations' past, is also a reflection of the uniqueness of place. . . . Gurda's stories present not merely the outline but the essence of a proud and ever changing city.” (David McDaniel, Assistant Professor of History, Carroll College)
“No Milwaukee writer today better knows this city's yesterdays, and no one more clearly explains how what was then led to what is now. Cream City Chronicles is aptly named; these snapshots, like handsome bricks stacked one on another, build an enduring portrait of Milwaukee.” (Dennis McCann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
"No living person knows more about Milwaukee's past than John Gurda, and Cream City Chronicles readily displays his gifts as a historian and a writer. . . . Cream City Chronicles is must reading for anyone who truly wants to understand and appreciate Milwaukee's rich heritage." (James Marten, Professor of History, Marquette University)
"This book of newspaper columns penned by Gurda is a perfect complement to The Making of Milwaukee. Instead of trying to tell it all, these essays focus on the interesting, the unique and the important. Fascinating tidbits that can be read sporadically or in one sitting." (Bobby Tanzilo, OnMilwaukee.com)
2006 First Place in the Humor Category from Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Awards
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I was constantly annoyed by the author's polictically correct sermonizing at the end of most of the chapters. I still enjoyed the real history he included before he got to his final preachy paragraph.
The book is by no means a history of Milwaukee, but a collection of interesting vignettes on the past.