Kudos to historian Barbara Burstin for producing “Steel City Jews: A History of Pittsburgh and its Jewish Community, 18401915.” For 10 years the author toiled alone, without a publisher, to create a labor of love that relates the early history of our city in the context of the Jewish experience.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading Burstin’s tale is one of exploration, assimilation and leadership
Corporate histories commissioned by the client are seldom (read never) impartial, and UPMC’s “Beyond the Bounds” is no exception. Author Mary Brignano lays on the praise in this glossy tribute to UPMC founder Thomas Detre, M.D., and his protégé, current President & CEO Jeffrey Romoff.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2010
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Renaissance, schmenaissance. To read Joe W. Trotter and Jared N. Day’s new book, “Race and Renaissance: African Americans in Pittsburgh Since World War II,” is to realize an inconvenient truth. The skies above our city may have cleared, but racial inequities of generations past still cast a pall on the quality of life…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading “Race and Renaissance” shows the tarnish on Pittsburgh’s progress
The increasingly popular genre of creative nonfiction has taken a new turn with the publication of “Shadows on a Wall: Juan O’Gorman and the Mural at Patzcuaro” by Hilary Masters (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005, $24.95). This book-​length essay combines fact and fiction with artistic metaphor, autobiography and imaginative technique to describe an…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading Juan O’Gorman and the Mural at Patzcuaro
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