In the media:
"It's a ripped-from-the-headlines story, breezing through a century of scandals, riots, hard-fought elections and civic improvement projects."
“This is a compelling, honest story told by one of Minneapolis’s keenest observers.”
Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak
“Iric Nathanson has produced a fascinating, deeply researched history that reads like a novel. A story with myriad characters—crooks, community activists, politicians, and bureaucrats—it shows how a small, corrupt city became an honest, progressive urban center. Local readers will be at times uncomfortable with, at times triumphant concerning the city’s past, but ultimately they will be enlightened, for the moral of Nathanson’s story is that history is a never-ending process. Past events affect us still, and seemingly small, individual acts can have significant, long-term consequences.”
Arvonne Fraser, author of She’s No Lady: Politics, Family, and International Feminism
“Iric Nathanson has written a compelling and absorbing account of major events in the shaping of Minneapolis during the twentieth century. Ranging over fascinating topics from crime and criminality to urban reform and from anti-Semitism to labor liberation, the author keeps us informed and entertained. For the first time, such topics as the rediscovery of the riverfront and the struggle for mass transit are treated in a serious historical account of the Mill City.”
Hyman Berman, professor emeritus of history, University of Minnesota