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In this groundbreaking work, William Cronon gives us an environmental perspective on the history of nineteenth-century America. By exploring the ecological and economic changes that made Chicago America's most dynamic city and the Great West its hinterland, Mr. Cronon opens a new window onto our national past. This is the story of city and country becoming ever more tightly bound in a system so powerful that it reshaped the American landscape and transformed American culture. The world that emerged is our own.
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By JB on 02-09-18
As we approach the 30 year anniversary of Cronon’s masterpiece I can only ponder how little has changed since 1991. Thousands of Chicagos repeated across the planet as Greed marches unmercifully along.
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By Gregory on 04-06-18
I was not impressed or intrigued by this book. The story focuses more on Chicago than any part of the West. It’s also very narrow insofar as timeline, sticking between just a few decades. There is no progression into how the seeds of the city played out in future decades and generations.