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High Hopes: The Rise and Decline of Buffalo, New York

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In 1901 Buffalo was the national symbol of the country's optimism, pride, and braggadocio. Toward the close of the century, it epitomizes the sense of economic and demographic crisis prevalent in American industrial cities.

High Hopes analyzes and interprets the historical forces--external and internal-- that have shaped New York's second largest city. It examines the histo
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Paperback, 334 pages
Published June 30th 1984 by State University of New York Press (first published 1983)
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Bill Wallace
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
The early chapters of this book are exactly what I look for in popular history . . . cogent accounts of events with an eye toward the bizarre. The first chapter, on the downward spiral that was the Pan American Exposition, is especially entertaining. McKinley killed, an elephant slated for execution for bad behavior, rioting crowds destroying the fair on its last night, all told in lively prose. Using that chapter as a symbol for the city's woes, Goldman takes us back to Buffalo's founding, and ...more
Janet
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
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The beginning chapters of the book seem to be well researched but the last couple of chapter seem to be based more on the author's opinions. The chapter on the 1960's and 1970's did not seem to fit in with the rest of the book. It dealt only with the problems at the University of Buffalo. The author concludes that the St. Lawrence Seaway and out-of-state ownership and mismanagement of Buffalo's largest companies is what brought Buffalo down. I am sure those things contributed to Buffalo's declin ...more
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I can't wait to read this.
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Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
The very best book on Buffalo's history.
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