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SUPREME CITY: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America

  • 17 Sep 2014
  • 6:30 PM (CDT)
  • Roosevelt University, Congress Lounge, 2nd Floor, 420 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago

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The Art Deco spirit of New York City comes alive as acclaimed author, historian, and PBS documentarian Donald L. Miller brilliantly evokes all the exhilaration, glamour, and significance of one of the most creative and consequential moments in American cultural history in SUPREME CITY: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America. Chronicling the era immortalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Miller reveals how revolutionary developments in technology, architecture, the arts, sports, communications, engineering, transportation, entertainment, retail, fashion, and more merged with the unbounded ambitions of a diverse group of out-of-towners to shape the contours of twentieth- century America.

The framework of Miller’s dazzling, multi-faceted narrative is the transformation of Midtown Manhattan in the 1920s into the entertainment and communications center of New York – and America – and a business district that rivaled Wall Street in power and impact. This transformation began in earnest with the completion of the magnificent Grand Central Terminal in 1913, the magnet project for the reconstruction of Midtown, and reached its apogee in 1927, the year the new NBC radio network went national, the opulent Roxy and Ziegfeld theatres opened, and real estate prince Fred F. French completed his eponymous Art Deco skyscraper on Fifth Avenue.

Donald Miller’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DONALD L. MILLER is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College and author of nine books. His book on Chicago, City of the Century, was the basis for an award-winning PBS series of the same name, and another PBS documentary, the Emmy-nominated Victory in the Pacific, was based in part on his book D-Days in the Pacific. HBO is currently making his book Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany into a miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

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