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    Looking for the ultimate book on Boston

    I am moving to Boston next year, and would like to garner some historical feeling for the city before moving there. Anyone have any suggestions on any non-fiction, analytical, but not dreadfully factual and boring books on Boston? I would enjoy a book that explores the growth of neighborhoods and cultural change. Let me know if you know of any. Thanks!

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    Walter Muir Whitehill: A Topographical History of Boston.

    Also try this forum: http://architecturalboston.com/Forum/index.php

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    "Planning the City on the Hill: Boston since 1630" by Lawrence Kennedy

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    Quote Originally posted by kumar202
    I am moving to Boston next year, and would like to garner some historical feeling for the city before moving there. Anyone have any suggestions on any non-fiction, analytical, but not dreadfully factual and boring books on Boston? I would enjoy a book that explores the growth of neighborhoods and cultural change. Let me know if you know of any. Thanks!
    For the recent history of racial and social conflict, I would read:

    Common Ground : A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas

    All Souls by Michael Patrick McDonald

    Chains of Change by Mel King

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    Kevin Lynch's Image of the City mentions Boston

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    These are all good choices. "Planning the City on a Hill" is one of the best. Also, I hear "A Topographical History of Boston" is good for planners.

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    I read Black Mass a while ago; it's an interesting look at the Whitey Bulger organized crime situation that unfolded there. If you want to get at the city from that angle it's an easy read.

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    Oh yeah....

    Try this great book by one of my planning professors from the U. of Colorado:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=j_L...result#PPR1,M1
    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
    John Kenneth Galbraith

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    I read the book The Good City and really liked it. It's a collection of essays about Boston.

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