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Publisher's Summary

Awarded the 1992 Bancroft Prize and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award for Best Nonfiction Book of 1991.
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.
©1992 William Cronon (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Gregory on 04-06-18

Incredibly dull

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JB on 02-09-18

Moving

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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