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From the Publisher"Rushing is at her best through historical storytelling. . . . [Her] book is a worthy and important addition to a growing body of geographical scholarship that focuses on these forces of globalization."
"[An] impressive study. . . . A welcome and programmatic work that deserves wide attention from urban sociologists, taking a big step towards redressing the woeful scholarly neglect of the Southern city in the era of globalization."
"Rushing astutely identifies Memphis's ability to maintain its unique identity while being shaped by and operating within an increasingly global economic, political, and cultural world."
-The Journal of American History
"Written in an accessible style and will be tempting to Memphis history buffs, or anyone interested in knowing more about Southern cities. . . . A fascinating overview."
-The Southern Register
"[Rushing] weaves her analysis into stories about the history and global impact of blues music, the social and racial complexities of Cotton Carnival, and the global rise of FedEx, headquartered in the city."
-Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment
"Rushing has written a book that is deliberately (relatively) free of social-science jargon. . . . [Uses] a narrative, case-study approach to describe a city as complex and rich as Memphis."
"Crisp prose and scintillating historical references. . . . Rushing's nuanced investigation has real-world implications for Memphis's future."