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"Chicago Skyscrapers goes well beyond the many glossy, superficial coffee-table books that celebrate the city's architecture. Leslie instead provides a sophisticated examination of his subject, educating readers who are interested and willing to dig deeper."--Chicago Book Review
"This groundbreaking and ambitious study provides a thorough technical history of the development of Chicago skyscrapers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Thomas Leslie's work on this vital subject synthesizes existing research and extends the field in exciting new directions."
--John A. Ochsendorf, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Sure to become the new standard work on the subject."--Journal of Illinois History
"How often does one read the proclamation by Windy City journalists that Chicago was the cradle of modern architecture? In this book, Leslie reshapes that history with deep scholarship, immaculate prose, highly informative graphics, and the rare understanding of buildings that comes from being both a practitioner and an academic. Essential."--Choice