COASTI love Chicago, it’s the great American city and its history is full of colorful characters and stories abound as the city is the crossroads of our country. In the book, The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream by Thomas Dyja, we are treated to many of these people and stories that made Chicago the epicenter for defining America in the 20th century and it is a great read.

About The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream by Thomas Dyja: “A critically acclaimed history of Chicago at mid-century, featuring many of the incredible personalities that shaped American culture. Before air travel overtook trains, nearly every coast-to-coast journey included a stop in Chicago, and this flow of people and commodities made it the crucible for American culture and innovation. In luminous prose, Chicago native Thomas Dyja re-creates the story of the city in its postwar prime and explains its profound impact on modern America—from Chess Records to Playboy, McDonald’s to the University of Chicago. Populated with an incredible cast of characters, including Mahalia Jackson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry, Sun Ra, Simone de Beauvoir, Nelson Algren, Gwendolyn Brooks, Studs Turkel, and Mayor Richard J. Daley, The Third Coast recalls the prominence of the Windy City in all its grandeur.”

I love the works of Chicago’s native son Studs Turkel, whose oral histories of life and work in the United States in the last century is unmatched. Mr. Turkel is included in The Third Coast, which is a fine companion to his legacy.

The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream by Thomas Dyja is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.