Reading Atlanta History

A friend asked me what I thought was the best Atlanta history book out there and I said without a doubt Atlanta Rising by Frederick Allen. Be warned, though, it’s a history of Atlanta from WWII until 1996 (the Olympics). It’s good though and has a distinct pro-Atlanta feel (I’m in favor of that sort of thing) and the book as a strong readability that other Atlanta history books just don’t (it also doesn’t focus on the Civil War, pre-inteeresting era of Atlanta history).

I read the book a couple years ago and had been meaning to get through Allen’s other Atlanta-based book Secret Formula. I finally finished it and can say that it is as enjoyable as Atlanta Rising. And gives an interesting look into Atlanta’s most famous product.

2 Comments so far

  1. Garth Johnson (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 1:36 pm

    If you’re feeling sassy, I highly recommend “Imagineering Atlanta” by Charles Rutheiser. Rutheiser wrote the book while he was a Professor at Georgia Tech, but was drummed out shortly after the book was published. “Imagineering” takes as its main topic the ways in which money and power shaped Atlanta. It seems like Atlanta always talked a way bigger game than it actually had, then managed to make good on their promises (airport, Olympics, etc.). Rutheiser is great at exploding myths about Atlanta (City too busy to hate?) while still managing to take a balanced approach. If you’re skeptical about some of the accepted facts about Atlanta, look no further than this book.

    Sadly, it’s out of print right now, but you can pick it up affordably enough on Amazon, or at various secondhand bookstores here in town.

  2. james (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 3:14 pm

    sprechen sie……SASSY!!!!

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