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The Pig and the Skyscraper: Chicago - A History of Our Fut

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Title: The Pig and the Skyscraper: Chicago - A History of Our Future

ISBN : 1859846246
Author : Marco d'Eramo
Publisher : Verso Books
Media : Hardcover
SKU MIX31-U31-8A-COMP5-59650

 

 
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From Publishers Weekly&newline;&newline;In The Pig and the Skyscraper Chicago: A History of Our Future, Italian author and journalist Marco d'Eramo turns his gimlet eye on the Windy City's 170-year social geography. The first of d'Eramo's books to be translated into English (by Graeme Thomson), this gritty cultural criticism falls in line with City of Quartz by Mike Davis (who provides a foreword) as it pries open the history of the stockyards, Gold Coast skyscrapers, slaughterhouses, Miracle Mile mansions, the Cabrini-Green housing project, the Sears Tower, the Mafiosi and the inner-city gangs, the Mayors Daley, the police force, the unions, the Black Power movement and so on. Beginning with the railroads, which wiped out &doublequote;entire herds of buffalo,&doublequote; made the city &doublequote;black with coal dust&doublequote; and called for the importation of hundreds of Chinese laborers, d'Eramo astutely traces Chicago's craggy sociopolitical continuum. Photos. &newline;&newline;Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.&newline;&newline;&newline;From Library Journal&newline;&newline;Despite what the title may suggest, this book is not really about Chicago. Instead, it is a dark portrait of American capitalism and democracy. Readers looking for a fresh perspective on the Windy City might be disappointed that the author relates well-known examples from its past only to support more general arguments about the poor conditions of U.S. society and politics. Italian journalist and writer d'Eramo plays the familiar role of outside observer, making some compelling statements about race and class in America. Unfortunately, there are also many distracting overstatements and even misstatements, the most egregious of which is perhaps the assertion that the American system &doublequote;guarantees everyone the right to happiness.&doublequote; Some of what d'Eramo says about the U.S. Census's handling of racial categories is also no longer true. Finally, the book seems a bit dated, as it was first published in Italian in 1995. Despite all the negativity dispersed throughout the chapters, d'Eramo ends on a positive note, describing a &doublequote;moving sense of faith in the future&doublequote; that came over him while attending a crowded Fourth of July fireworks display. For large social science collections. Andrew Brodie Smith, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lib., Washington, DC &newline;Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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