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Q&A: Covid and the Blaze — Carl Smith and the Great Chicago Fire, Part 2

Q&A: Covid and the Blaze — Carl Smith and the Great Chicago Fire, Part 2

Part 2 of two parts. Here’s the first part. Like the rest of the world, Atlantic Monthly Press and Northwestern University historian Carl Smith weren’t planning on Covid-19.  But that’s the reality they faced when Smith’s Chicago’s Great Fire: The Destruction and Resurrection of an Iconic American City was published as planned in August. In

Q&A: Covid and the Blaze — Carl Smith and the Great Chicago Fire, Part 2
Q&A: Covid and the Blaze — Carl Smith and the Great Chicago Fire, Part 2

Part 2 of two parts. Here’s the first part. Like the rest of the...

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Q&A: Letting Events Talk — Carl Smith and the Great Chicago Fire, Part 1
Q&A: Letting Events Talk — Carl Smith and the Great Chicago Fire, Part 1

Part 1 of two parts Carl Smith’s Chicago’s Great Fire, published in August...

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Book review: “Ugly Ways” by Tina McElroy Ansa
Book review: “Ugly Ways” by Tina McElroy Ansa

Betty Lovejoy and her younger sisters Emily and Annie Ruth, all successful...

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CHICAGO BORN & BRED
Patrick T. Reardon is a Chicagoan, born and bred. He is a writer, essayist, poet and expert on the history of Chicago. He is the author of eight books and has been writing about the city, its region, its planning issues and literary scene for more than 40 years. For much of that time, he was an urban affairs reporter and feature writer at the Chicago Tribune, delving deeply into social issues, public policy questions and the interconnections within the Chicago region.

 

He was the primary reporter and team leader on a wide variety of in-depth multi-part series on such subjects as the urban underclass, Chicago’s public school system and the middle-class migration out of the city. He has written extensively about his Catholic faith in articles and essays in a variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as in several books. His essays and poems have appeared widely in the United States and Europe. He is writing a book about Chicago’s elevated Loop.

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