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Chicago: City on the Make
By Bill Savage (contributor), David Schmittgens (contributor), Nelson Algren and Studs Terkel (introduced by)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Publication date October 15, 2011
Pages 135
Binding Paperback
Edition Anv
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780226013862
ISBN-10 0226013863
Dimensions 0.50 by 5 by 8 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock
Original list price $17.00
Other format details university press
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Summaries and Reviews
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“Once you’ve become a part of this particular patch, you’ll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real.”

Ernest Hemingway once said of Nelson Algren’s writing that “you should not read it if you cannot take a punch.” The prose poem, Chicago: City on the Make, filled with language that swings and jabs and stuns, lives up to those words. In this sixtieth anniversary edition, Algren presents 120 years of Chicago history through the lens of its “nobodies nobody knows”: the tramps, hustlers, aging bar fighters, freed death-row inmates, and anonymous working stiffs who prowl its streets.

Upon its original publication in 1951, Algren’s Chicago: City on the Make was scorned by the Chicago Chamber of Commerce and local journalists for its gritty portrayal of the city and its people, one that boldly defied City Hall’s business and tourism initiatives. Yet the book captures the essential dilemma of Chicago: the dynamic tension between the city’s breathtaking beauty and its utter brutality, its boundless human energy and its stifling greed and violence.

The sixtieth anniversary edition features historic Chicago photos and annotations on everything from defunct slang to Chicagoans, famous and obscure, to what the Black Sox scandal was and why it mattered. More accessible than ever, this is, as Studs Terkel says, “the best book about Chicago.”



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With Bill Savage (other contributor), Studs Terkel (other contributor), David Schmittgens (other contributor) | Anv edition from Univ of Chicago Pr (October 15, 2011)
9780226013862 | details & prices | 135 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $17.00
About: “Once you’ve become a part of this particular patch, you’ll never love another.
With Studs Terkel (other contributor) | Anv edition from Univ of Chicago Pr (September 25, 2001)
9780226013855 | details & prices | 5.50 × 7.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $17.00
About: Ernest Hemingway once said of Nelson Algren's writing that "you should not read it if you cannot take a punch.
Reissue edition from Univ of Chicago Pr (August 1, 1987)
9780226013848 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.25 × 0.25 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $10.00
About: Presents Algren's irreverent portrait of Chicago--the hustlers' town--which records the character and lifestyles of the Windy City from pioneer days through Prohibition and the reign of Richard Daley
Reinforced
from Demco Media (April 1, 1999); titled "Chicago City on the Make"
9780606170222 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $17.89
About: Presents Algren's irreverent portrait of Chicago--the hustlers' town--which records the character and lifestyles of the Windy City from pioneer days through Prohibition and the reign of Richard Daley

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