In the latest volume of The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, reviewer Peter Siskind ranks Metropolitan Philadelphia: Living with the Presence of the Past with Nathaniel Popkin’s Song of the City and Buzz Bissinger’s A Prayer for the City. Siskind writes:
In Metropolitan Philadelphia: Living with the Presence of the Past, Steven Conn provides an incisive, learned and proudly unconventional portrait of the Philadelphia region. This richly textured and well-written volume attempts neither an exhaustive historical synthesis nor a focused examination of a particular time period or topic. Instead, Conn successfully strives for something different and distinctive–a deeply personal look through the prism of socioeconomic, cultural, religious, and environmental lenses at how Philadelphia’s past and present interact with and shape each other.
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