Tuesday, January 29, 2013
27: William Cronon's Nature's Metropolis
This is truly a fascinating book, and so well-written that even the technological and economic processes by which massive wheat production eventually led to the creation of the stock exchange are interesting. The only criticisms I've seen are that Cronon doesn't spend enough time looking at the cultural productions in 19th century Chicago - and yes, that's true, he spends much more time in the stockyards, the railyards, and the stock exchange than at the theatre. But really, at over 600 pages already, I think the book is lovely the way it is.