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A Brief History of Phoenix

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Though the new metropolis is one of America's largest, many are unaware of Phoenix's rich and compelling history. Built on land once occupied by the most advanced pre-Columbian irrigation society, Phoenix overcame its hostile desert surroundings to become a thriving agricultural center. After World War II, its population exploded with the mid-century mass migration to the ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 9th 2015 by The History Press
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Gilda Felt
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Though brief, this book packs a lot of information into its 144 pages. Born and raised in Phoenix, I remember many of the stories that Talton tells. Some happy, many sad, because, as is so apparent in this book, Phoenix has changed a lot. Phoenix has a history. Unfortunately, most of it has been torn down.

One small complaint is that the book may have been too brief. As when Talton writes about the Riverside ballroom burning down in 1957. Reading the book, one would come away with the impression
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Cathy Cole
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this information-packed little volume, Jon Talton proves that those who say Phoenix has no history don't know what they're talking about. The land Phoenix is built on was once occupied by the most advanced pre-Columbian irrigation society. In 1950, it ranked 99th on the list of the largest cities in the United States. Today it is number six. It takes some history for a hot little desert town to shoot up the charts like that, and fourth-generation Arizonan Talton knows where the tastiest bones ...more
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Interesting history of my city and the powers that were.
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Jon Talton is the author of the David Mapstone novels, which follow the adventures of a historian-turned-deputy, working the mean streets of the urban West.

Jon's first novel, "Concrete Desert," was hailed by Kirkus as "an impressive debut." The Washington Post said it "is more intelligent and rewarding than most contemporary mysteries." The series has continued with "Camelback Falls," "Dry Heat,"
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