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"Teaford has written an exceptionally useful book for undergraduate teaching. His discussion of American cities in the twentieth century is built around clear interpretive themes that students should quickly recognize and to which they can reasonably be asked to respond... This is a book well designed for undergraduate use."

"A lively, thoughtful, and well-written book that should prove to be exciting for the undergraduate student and useful also for the well-read scholar."

"This book has value for all students of modern urban America. Do I plan to use it for my own urban history course? Yes, most definitely."

"The book has much to recommend it as a supplementary textbook for a number of urban and historical geography courses."