City Contented, City Discontented

A History of Modern Harrisburg

By (author) Paul Beers Edited by Michael Barton

Paperback - £19.95

Publication date:

18 June 2012

Length of book:

424 pages


Midtown Scholar Press

ISBN-13: 9780983957102

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.

“As a reporter-at-large, Paul Beers saw the city, cared that he saw it, and documented what was there to see. Now his years of observational columns are bound together for the first time in a beautiful new book, joined with rare and remarkable historical photographs. In a cityscape consumed by a troubled present, the new Midtown Scholar publishing venture brings forth words and works that explicate Harrisburg's past, while delivering jobs and hope for her living future. These collected columns by Paul Beers are testament to both the colossal importance of strong daily newspapers and the amazingly dedicated reporters and good editors who make them.”

—Jackson Taylor, author of The Blue Orchard