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AvailableAvailable: Madison - A History of the Formative Years-Hard Cover

This is the FIRST edition of Madison, A History of the Formative Years by David V. Mollenhoff, published by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque, IA 1982.

A great 'coffee table' book! Price is $30 cash only, firm. West Madison pick up.

493 page hard cover book with dust jacket. It is used and the dust jacket has normal shelf wear considering it is over 30 years old however, the hard cover book itself is in MINT condition with no tears, rips, bending or markings! (Don't mistake the whiteish spots above and below the city on the dust jacket as wear marks! Those are sail boats in the lake areas.)

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The power of local history to enhance our understanding of ourselves, our cities, and our culture is just beginning to be understood. It is, after all, that stratum of history that touches our lives most closely. We drive along it, fly over it, jog by it, and bicycle through it. And yet, from a historical perspective, it is terra incognita to most community residents.

Happily, David Mollenhoff's MADISON, A History of the Formative Years, the first book-length history of Wisconsin's capital city in over one hundred years, ends this long-standing ignorance. The book answers the basic questions of when, where, why, how, and by whom Madison was developed, but that is just the beginning. The book is richly detailed, fully documented, inclusinve in coverage, and delightfully readable. The author's extensive use of illustrations and his emphasis upon social history provide a vivid feeling for what life was really like during the formative years, not just for the elite but for the common people as well. Mollenhoff's unique interpretive framework emphasizing the role of public policies and certain widely held values in shaping the city give the book a consistently interpretive quality and at the same time reveals the major themes in Madison's history. This combination of ingredients allows the reader to see the city's growth and development with unusual clarity and coherence; indeed, it is almost as if one were watching a flower open with the aid of time-lapse photography. It is a book that will necessarily change the way you see the city.

MADISON is destined to be the definitive and classic work for years to come and a new standard for the urban biography as well. The book is a must for anyone who wants to know the fascinating story of how Madison go to be the way it is.

Madison answers the basic questions of when, where, why, how, and by whom Madison, Wisconsin was developed. The book is richly detailed, fully documented, inclusive in coverage, and delightfully readable. More than 300 illustrations provide a vivid feeling for what life was like in Madison during the formative years. David Mollenhoff's unique interpretive framework emphasizing public policies and community values, gives the book a consistent interpretive quality and reveals major themes that flow through time. This combination will allow you to see the city's growth and development with unusual clarity and coherence--almost as if you were watching time-lapse photography.

When Mollenhoff began to study Madison's history, he was delighted by his early discoveries but frustrated because no one had written a book-length history of Madison since 1876. Finally, in 1972 he decided to write that book. His research required him to read five miles of microfilm, piles of theses and dissertations, shelves of reports, boxes of manuscripts and letters, and to study thousands of photographs. Soon after the first edition was published in 1982, readers declared it to be a classic. For this second edition Madison has been extensively revised and updated with new maps and photos.

If you want to know the fascinating story of how Madison got to be the way it is, this book belongs on your bookshelf. It will change the way you see the city and your role in it.

Category: Books
Asking Price: $30.00
Posted: February 28, 2017, 5:28 pm
Renewed On: June 14, 2017, 12:27 am
City: West Madison

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