Paris of the Plains: Kansas City from Doughboys to Expressways
From the end of the Great War to the final years of the 1950s, Kansas Citians lived in a manner worthy of a place called Paris of the Plains. The title did more than nod to the perfumed ladies who shopped at Harzfeld's Parisian or the one-thousand-foot television antenna nicknamed the "Eye-full Tower." It spoke to the character of a town that worked for Boss Tom and danced for Count Basie but transcended both the Pendergast era and the Jazz Age. Author John Simonson introduces readers to a town of vaudeville shows and screened-in porches, where fleets of cream-and-black streetcars passed beneath a canopy of elms. This is a history that smells equally of lilacs and stockyards and bursts with the clamor of gunshots, radio baseball and the distant whistle of a night train.
This warm biography of Harry Truman is both an historical evaluation of his presidency and a paean to the man's rock-solid American values. Truman was a compromise candidate for vice president, almost an accidental president after Roosevelt's death 12 weeks into his fourth term. Truman's stunning come-from-behind victory in the 1948 election showed how his personal qualities of integrity and straightforwardness were appreciated by ordinary Americans, perhaps, as McCullough notes, because he was one himself. His presidency was dominated by enormously controversial issues: he dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, established anti-Communism as the bedrock of American foreign policy, and sent U.S. troops into the Korean War. In this winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize, McCullough argues that history has validated most of Truman's war-time and Cold War decisions. Note: the hardcover version is 1,120 pages. The Kindle version is much lighter in weight!
Founding St. Louis: First City of the New West
Historian J. Frederick Fausz offers a fresh interpretation of St. Louis from 1764 to 1804, explaining how Pierre Lacde, the early Chouteaus, Saint Ange de Bellerive and the Osage Indians established a "gateway" to an enlightened, alternative frontier of peace and prosperity before Lewis and Clark were even born. Historians, genealogists and general readers will appreciate the well-researched perspectives in this engaging story about a novel French West long ignored in American history.
Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness that Changed America
We highly recommend reading this book for a historical background about Chicago! It provides an interesting knowledge base for the architecture you will see and the stories you will hear during our program. This nonfiction account brings Chicago circa 1893 to life. Larson's spell-binding bestseller intertwines the true tale of two men - the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World's Fair, striving to secure America's place in the world; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of history and thrills of fiction.
Chicago: A Brief History
"Chicago: A Brief History" presents a comprehensive look at the city's transformation from a fur trade outpost to America's Second City. This compact digital compendium helps you track the diverse forces that shaped the city as we know it. Explore the exciting history behind the city's cultural, economic, and architectural mainstays. Gain valuable insight into groundbreaking Chicago events and major figures down through history, including: The Birth of a Major Trade City; The Great Fire of 1871; Construction of the Sears Tower; and
Chicago's Public Enemies.
Historic Photos of Chicago
Historic Photos of Chicago captures the remarkable journey of the "city of broad shoulders" and its people through the historic photographs of the Chicago History Museum. From the Great Fire, to the rise of industry, through prohibition, World Wars and into the modern era, Chicago has remained a city of innovation and resilience. Captions and chapter headings are written by Russell Lewis, Chief Historian for Chicago History Museum. Hundreds of archival photos reproduced in stunning duotone on heavy art paper.
Historic Photos of St. Louis
St. Louis is the largest city in Missouri and the Gateway to the West, a moniker symbolized since 1965 by the mighty Gateway Arch fronting the Mississippi River. Historic Photos of St. Louis is a photographic history of this important American city spotlighting photographs collected from the area's top archives. Included here are the Eads Bridge, the St. Louis World s Fair of 1904, Busch stadiums 1 and 2, Union Station and the Milles Fountain, yesterday's Olive Street, aftermath of the 1896 tornado, Grant's Hardscrabble, the Admiral, the Southern Hotel, Forest Park, and much more. In stunning black-and-white photography, this handsome coffee-table book details the historical growth of St. Louis from the early days of the camera up to recent times. Spanning two centuries and nearly 200 images, the book follows life, government, and the building of this history-rich city, offering a compelling look into the past for any longtime resident and every history buff of St. Louis.