The Great Chicago Fire Synopsis
By telling the story of the great Chicago fire and its aftermath, Ross Miller illuminates the birth of modernism in American and the development of a radically new architecture--tested in fire, the modern city emerged.
The Great Chicago Fire Press Reviews
A very provocative essay on the subject of what might be termed civic belief, those secular myths by which society understands itself... A very thoughtful work that is particularly valuable in these times. -- Thomas Hine, New York Times Book Review ADVANCE PRAISE A solid mix of scholarship and speculation. Miller has revealed to me a lot I didn't know about the struggle between civic fantasy and architectural ambition that led to the reinvention of Chicago. It's an exemplary modern tale, this careful study of catastrophe and its exploitation. -- Philip Roth Ross Miller has written a vivid and important piece of Americana, a fine contribution to our social history. I read with pleasure and profit. -- Irving Howe [Miller's] analysis of the meaning of the Great Fire, and of the crucial decades of rebuilding, is the kind of social/cultural history that can revive your faith in the future of criticism in America. -- Frank McConnell