Publication date:18 June 2012
Length of book:424 pages
PublisherMidtown Scholar Press
In City Contented, City Discontented: A History of Modern Harrisburg, award-winning journalist Paul Beers (1931–2011) reveals how contemporary Harrisburg came to be what it is. In a masterful series of essays, Beers charts the capital’s development from a City Beautiful, with its celebrated public spaces and premier educational institutions, through the fractures of race riots and the catastrophic challenges of flood and near–nuclear meltdown. Beers employs the well-honed skills of a veteran reporter to craft fascinating character sketches of prominent leaders and humble citizens alike, intertwining their dramatic personal stories with a compelling survey of the region’s society, politics, and culture in the twentieth century.
—Jackson Taylor, author of The Blue Orchard