The Third Coast
When Chicago Built the American DreamPaperback - 2014
Before air travel overtook trains, nearly every coast-to-coast journey included a stop in Chicago, and this flow of people and commodities made it the crucible for American culture and innovation. In luminous prose, Chicago native Thomas Dyja re-creates the story of the city in its postwar prime and explains its profound impact on modern America--from Chess Records to Playboy , McDonald's to the University of Chicago. Populated with an incredible cast of characters, including Mahalia Jackson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Sun Ra, Simone de Beauvoir, Nelson Algren, Gwendolyn Brooks, Studs Turkel, and Mayor Richard J. Daley, The Third Coast recalls the prominence of the Windy City in all its grandeur.
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Thomas Dyja is the author of The Third Coast, the One Book, One Chicago 2015 - 2016 selection. Join us as we explore the theme of "Chicago: The City That Gives" throughout the season through a variety of programs. For details on all One Book, One Chicago offerings, visit www.onebookonechicago.org. To be honest, I had some doubts at first about the whole concept of “Chicago: The City that Gi… (more)
Thomas Dyja was born and raised on the Northwest Side, a third generation Chicagoan. One of his grandfathers was a waiter at the Edgewater Beach Hotel; the other made pipes at Chicago Faucet. A graduate of Columbia University, he stayed in New York after college to go into publishing. After working as a bookseller and some time on the agency side at ICM, he went to Bantam Books, where he dea… (more)
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