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Hardcover Baltimore: The Building of an American City Book

ISBN: 0801822246

ISBN13: 9780801822247

Baltimore: The Building of an American City

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The unique appeal of an older city lies in its history and diversity--the mix of events, peoples, styles, and circumstances that give a place its special character. As the city of Baltimore celebrates its bicentennial in 1997, its citizens can look with renewed pride and interest to a heritage that includes a colorful history, architectural treasures, diverse ethnic neighborhoods, world-renowned institutions, and a reinvented waterfront that combines...

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Absolutely top notch history and analysis of a lovable, frustrating, innovative, tempest-tossed city. This is the model for a history of every major city in the country, something we all badly need. -Peter Harnik, Director Center for City Park Excellence Washington, D.C.

Magnificently comprehensive Baltimore history

This is one of the finest and most complete Baltimore history books you well ever encounter in your life. However, it does inadvertently omit one significant fact in the creation of Baltimore. My great-grandfather was a German immigrant named Boston Fear. He was the original creator of Walbrook: Baltimore's very first suburb. Walbrook was originally named Fearville in honor of Boston Fear. I highly recommend that individuals with an interest in the constructive formation of Baltimore purchase a copy of this exquisitely detailed book for your own personal collection.


The best and most comprehensive history of Baltimore ever written. Olson is to be commended for her years of research and dedication, and the result is incredible.
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