Re: Most memorable Chicago history and/or Chicago mystery book?
Date: August 04, 2012 01:28PM
OK, my list of the best Chicago History books,(in my opinion).
Chicago-A Biography by Dominic Pacyga- right up there with City of the Century. A well reseached history of Chicago.
Smouldering City by Karen Sawislak - Sometimes a tough read, but the definitive telling of all aspects of the Chicago fire. a real gem.
Urban Disorder and the shape of belief by Carl Smith - Extensively covers the Haymarket Riot and Pullman strike in all its terror and drama.
Chicago Days by Chicago Tribune - An amazing photographic history of Chicago history
And finally, my personal favorite , Challenging Chicago-Everyday life 1837-1920
by Perry Duis - Detailed telling of what the city dwellers had to deal with in everyday life, like transportation, food,schooling, etc,etc,etc. Really makes you realise the struggles and challenges faced by all city dwellers. Have you ever wondered for instance, how did Chicago people in the 1800s do for food? How did they get around? Where did they work and what were they paid. I love it!!
Well, thats my 2 cents, check these out.