Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (Revised)


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.08 X 1.56 X 9.36 inches | 1.82 pounds

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About the Author

William Cronon is Frederick Jackson Turner Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Thoroughly original...Illuminating...Brilliant.--Donald L. Miller
No one has ever written a better book about a city...No one has written about Chicago with more power, clarity and intelligence than Cronon.--Kenneth T. Jackson
An intoxicating piece of scholarship and enterprise...It is really a work of biography: a look at the life of Chicago.--David Shribman
This book is the story of Chicago's progress in the 19th century, the rough seduction of the hinterland, and how at its zenith the city ruled the commercial life of a vast inland region more completely and ruthlessly and profitably than any czar ruled Russia...A marvelous book.--Ward Just
Magnificent...the best work of economic and business history I've ever read.--Paul Krugman
William Cronon challenges many of the conventions of both urban and western history in this pathbreaking book, and does so with unusual intelligence and elegance. More important, he helps lay the groundwork for a vital new field of scholarship: the history of the natural environment and its relationship to human society.--Alan Brinkley, Columbia University
Nature's Metropolis is that rare historical work which treats nature and the moral force we derive from it seriously...The roots of the modern environmental predicament are plainly visible in the economic dynamism that brought about the rise of Chicago in the mid-nineteenth century, which is a captivating story in its own right.--Verlyn Klinkenborg