Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West

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W. W. Norton, May 17, 1992 - History - 592 pages

A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Winner of the Bancroft Prize. "No one has written a better book about a city…Nature's Metropolis is elegant testimony to the proposition that economic, urban, environmental, and business history can be as graceful, powerful, and fascinating as a novel." —Kenneth T. Jackson, Boston Globe

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.

Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize

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This is one of the best books on history I've read. The combination of natural, environmental, cultural, and urban history that forms this picture of the life of Chicago is just fantastic. Read full review

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This fascinating book explores the intricate interweaving of the City and the Country in American economic reality that simultaneously explains and belies a commonly-perceived distinction in the ... Read full review

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About the author (1992)

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

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