Thomas H. O'Connor Boston A to Z

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Boston A to Z

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From its origins as a Puritan settlement on the Shawmut Peninsula to the multicultural capital of the knowledge industry that it is today, the city of Boston has played a significant role in our nation's history. In this book, the preeminent historian of Boston, Thomas H. O'Connor, takes readers on a delightful tour of the city, past and present. Drawing on lifelong acquaintance as a native son and scholar, O'Connor has assembled a personal, informal, and eclectic series of essays about Boston's people, places, and events.

Along the way you will meet figures of national significance and local heroes (or rogues), from John Adams and Phillis Wheatley to "Honey Fitz" and the Brink's gang; visit spaces sacred and profane, from the African Meeting House and Holy Cross Cathedral to Filene's Basement and the L Street Bathhouse; learn about institutions of civic importance and local color, from the Museum of Fine Arts and Massachusetts General Hospital to private clubs and nightspots; and be enlightened about the lore surrounding such quintessentially Boston topics as baked beans, the Curse of the Bambino, and the Steaming Kettle.

Boston A to Z wears its learning lightly but never fails to inform as it entertains. While celebrating some of Boston's finest achievements, it doesn't shy away from darker episodes. Longtime residents will find enlightenment about familiar and arcane aspects of their city, and visitors or newcomers will enjoy an engaging introduction to the life, culture, and history of Boston.

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Thomas H. O'Connor is Professor of History, Emeritus, and University Historian, Boston College. He is the author of numerous works on the history of Boston and New England.

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Getting the low-down on Bean Town has never been particularly easy. Capturing the soul of this unique metropolis means that some compromises have to be made. Readers who want to wave the flag as they wander through Boston are not going to be thrilled to learn about its sordid racial tensions, while ethnic groups demanding that their leaders be placed just as prominently as the ol' white dudes must still contend with history. The author has done all sides a service by focusing on facts and ignoring wishes. His book may not please partisans, but for the rest of us, especially those who have not visited Boston before, the guide will provide a witty, balanced, well-researched look at the unique things that make up Boston. Readers will come away appreciate a writer who treats his subject and his readers with the same degree of respect. New England public libraries should buy several copies; other libraries will appreciate seeing just how a love song to a city is supposed to be written.DJospeh L. Carlson, Lompoc P.L., CA
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