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Dallas: The Making of a Modern City

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ISBN-13: 978-0292731042
ISBN-10: 0292731043
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"An important and refreshing look at the political and social roots of one of the nation's fastest growing metropolitan areas." (Marilynn S. Johnson, Assistant Professor of History, Boston College)

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"An important and refreshing look at the political and social roots of one of the nation's fastest growing metropolitan areas." (Marilynn S. Johnson, Assistant Professor of History, Boston College)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292731043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292731042
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps my dislike of this book has more to do with misplaced expectations, but what I DID NOT get was a history of Dallas. This book is 97% focused on the history of socialist and union movements in Dallas, and that is all. Even assuming, arguendo, the author's claim that Dallas is a city shaped by business interests, very little time is dedicated to exploring the power structure within these business interests, while the inner workings of the less influential labor movements are emphasized. Dozens of names are thrown around in the book without first introducing who they are, and it is boring to read stuff like: "[Insert random name 1 here] and [Insert random name 2 here] were part of an inside squad that intimidated union sympathizers". The Citizen's Council, which represents Dallas' business interests, is treated in an arm's length fashion, so we never really get to learn about these dominant interests, other than that they were shortsighted and unfair.

I was also hoping for a book a little less partial politically. This book is clearly pro-union and pro-socialist, and blames most of the unfairness in Dallas on business interests. I really just wanted to learn about how Dallas came to be as a city, how the various neighborhoods developed, some history on our major developments (building of Central Expressway, gravitation toward northern suburbs, etc), but this book will not give you that. Bottom line: It is an academic book that is not fun to read, and which focuses on the socialist/union movements in Dallas from the late 1800's to the mid 1900s. If you want anything more, you will be disappointed.
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By Shannon Deason on September 25, 2006
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The history of Dallas is of course a case study in power. The city was then and is now controled by the business elite, whether it's H.L. Hunt or the Curuth's of long ago or Raymond Nasher and Ray Hunt of today, it does not matter, power runs Dallas. This book does a fine job of chronicling the foundation of this truth and also sheding light on others that also attributed to the rise of this great city. I have always loved the fact that Dallas was run like a business by businessmen, and though the city had not always functioned like a well oiled fortune 500 company , Dallas for the most part has remained a city that works. If you have any interest in Dallas or well written books in general then I cant conceive that you would not enjoy this book.
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This book is very heavily focused on the labor movement and socialists in Dallas. Look elsewhere if you want a general history of the city.
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My daughter-in-law had this book on her wish list. She and my son moved to Dallas from Atlanta. My son grew up in the Dallas area, but she was from Wisconsin. I can only assume it will be very informative for her . . . have never read it myself.
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