The Lost City

The Lost City Millions Of Americans Yearn For A Lost Sense Of Community, For The Days When Neighbors Looked Out For One Another And Families Were Stable And Secure The 1950s Are Regarded As The Golden Age Of Community, But 1960s Rebellion And 1980s Nostalgia Have Blurred Our View Of What Life Was Really Like Back Then.In The Lost City, Alan Ehrenhalt Cuts Through The Fog, Immersing Us In The Sights, Sounds, And Rhythms Of Life In America Forty Years Ago He Takes Us Down The Streets And Into The Homes, Schools, And Shops Of Three Neighborhoods In One Quintessentially American City Chicago In St Nicholas Of Tolentine Parish On The Southwest Side, We See How The Local Catholic Church Served As The Moral And Social Center Of Community Life In Bronzeville, The Heart Of The Black South Side, We Meet The Civic Leaders Who Offered Hope And Role Models To People Hemmed In By Poverty And Segregation And In Elmhurst, A Commuter Suburb Bursting With New Subdivisions, We Witness The Culture Of Middle Class Conformity And The Ways In Which Children And Adults Bent To The Rules Of The Majority Culture.Through Evocative Stories And Incisive Analysis, Ehrenhalt Shows That The Glue Holding Each Neighborhood Together Was An Unstated Social Compact Under Which People Accepted Limits In Their Lives And Deferred To Authority Figures To Enforce Those Limits A Compact Destroyed By The Baby Boomers Rejection Of Authority In The 1960s Since That Time, An Entire Generation Has Come To Believe That Personal Choice Is The Most Important Of Life S Values But Ehrenhalt Argues That If We Truly Wish To Balance The Demands Of Modern Life With A Feeling Of Community, We Have A Great Deal To Learn From The Limited Life Of The 1950s The Lost City Reveals The Price We Must Pay To Restore Community In Our Lives Today And The Values That Will Make Such A Restoration Possible.

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Lost City
  • Alan Ehrenhalt
  • English
  • 13 January 2017
  • 0465041930

10 thoughts on “The Lost City

  1. says:

    Though intended purely for book research, I was very into this With 1950 s Chicago as my primary setting, this book intricately picked apart three distinct neighborhoods, immersing the reader in a life that once was.The provocative side was what perked my interest.Originally written during the mid 1990s, The Lost City argues that a simpler time for the community has been long forgotten, replaced by the hustle and bustle of modern times.Oh, how much things have escalated since this was written Though intended purely for book research, I was very into this With 1950 s Chicago as my primary setting, this book intricately picked apart three distinct neighborhoods, immersing the reader in a life that once was.The provocative side was what perked my interest.Originally written during the mid 1990s, The Lost City argues that a simpler time for the community has been long forgotten, replaced by the hustle and bustle of modern times.Oh, how much things have escalated since this was written I wonder what Ehrenhalt would have to say about our social media world Anywho.The nostalgia for the 1950s has been discussed aplenty, though never in my opinion, with much to back it up But, Ehrenhalt takes a different stance not romanticizing like most, but bringing up a valid point.Back then, life was simple because choic...

  2. says:

    Although I don t agree with the entirety of the author s thesis, involving the importance of retaining an external authority in society and a personal sense of sin, I found this fascinating reading With his examination of 3 Chicago communities in the 1950 s the historical details resonated with me His discussion of Bronzeville added to what I learned from Timuel Black s oral histories, published after this book although Ehrenhalt quotes Black several times Black and Ehrenhalt seem to agree, Although I don t agree with the entirety of the author s thesis, involving the importance of retaining an external authority in society and a personal sense of sin, I found this fascinating reading With his examination of 3 Chicago communities in the 1950 s the historical details resonated with me His discussion of Bronzeville added to what I learned from Timuel Black s oral histories, published after t...

  3. says:

    Very interesting to me because I lived near those three neighborhoods in the 1950 s His ideas about imposing control of choices in order to foster community are chilling to me Maybe I wanted to hearabout adopting limitations on choices in order to commit to a community.

  4. says:

    The primary thesis of this book seems to be that Americans had a sense of well being in the 1950s and the Baby Boomers are mostly to blame for its absence today.The belief that the 50s were an fairly idyllic time is not simply nostalgia by those adults who lived through it Despite the nuclear and communist threats, corrupt political bosses, lack of privacy, racial injustice, constrictive roles for women and the dictatorial rules to be found just about everywhere one went, most people felt pret The primary thesis of this book seems to be that Americans had a sense of well being in the 1950s and the Baby Boomers are mostly to blame for its absence today.The belief that the 50s...

  5. says:

    Ehrenhalt s The Lost City is a tremendous and, really, not all that dated example of the best kind of communitarian criticism which the 1990s provided While he plainly approached his subject matter the ways in which the relative absence of economically, socially, or technologically enabled consumer or political choice in the 1950s resulted in forms of community which were filled with rich or at least genuinely mixed civic rewards with much of the then current communitarian or civic republ Ehrenhalt s The Lost City is a tremendous and, really, not all that dated example of the best kind of communitarian criticism which the 1990s provided While he plainly approached his subject matter the ways in which the relative absence of economically, socially, or technologically enabled consumer or political choice in t...

  6. says:

    A loaner from my brother, this was a surprisingly good read It appears as if it will be a dry sociological study of several Chicago communities, but instead it was a rich social and cultural history with interviews and great anecdotes about 3 Chicago communities in the 1950s His basic premise is that although it is good that people havechoice and authoritarian and segregated communities should have ended, that we may not always be bette...

  7. says:

    This book is a study of 1950s Chicago, focusing on aspects related to urban and suburban communities during this period The author discusses the desire many Americans have for community in the contemporary period he wrote in the mid 1990s , and the lessons they can learn from the past.The book was well written and interesting, and the author makes his points well I liked the fact that he discusses the virtues of the past while not romanticizing it However, I thought the writing style was a b This book is a study of 1950s Chicago, focusing on aspects related to urban and suburban communities during this period The author discusses the desire many Americans have for community in the contemporary period he wrote in the mid 1990s , and the lessons they can learn from the past.The book was well written and interesting, and the author makes his points well I liked the fact that he d...

  8. says:

    While highly appreciative of the author s research and ability to describe what the 1950s felt like to various social groups, I found that he did too well of a job of recreating the atmosphere of that decade For me, the corruption, segregation and cultural pressures portrayed in each chapter totally override the regular attempts at justifying a nostalgia for order and authority If you re a conservative type looking for an alternative philosophy to the current laissez faire style of Republicani While highly appreciative of the author s research and ability to describe what the 1950s felt like to various social groups, I found that he did too well of a job of recreating the atmosphere of that decade For me, the corruption, segregation and cultural pressures portrayed in each chapter ...

  9. says:

    Hmm I m really interested in the specific history of Chicago here But I don t think I can put up with the author s moral framework He makes it all about this supposed trade off between quality of life and indi...

  10. says:

    A brilliant meditation on three Chicago neighborhoods in the 1950s relationships, community, stability and the requisite conformity and acquiescence to authority In demanding personal freedom and autonomy beginning with the 60s ...

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