Possibly published in anticipation of the 1996 Olympics, this work is a conversational, popular history of the city from its beginnings to the present day. Psychologist Buffington and journalist Underwood include in their account the Civil War, inventors and inventions, Margaret Mitchell and Gone with the Wind, fires, riots, disasters, politics, sports, and ghost stories. The authors have gathered their information from newspapers, magazines, interviews, and hearsay. The text is straightforward, with many boxes containing interesting and pertinent bits of information. Unfortunately, there is no map showing the location of the places and events discussed. The book will be of interest to those visiting the city rather than to historians. Libraries with collections dealing with the history and popular culture of the South may want to consider purchasing this book.-Julia Stump, Voorheesville P.L., N.Y.