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Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto (Historical Studies of Urban America) Hardcover – 10 Jan 2014

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (10 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226853365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226853369
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Despite the singularity implied by the book's title, Camilo Vergara shows us many Harlems, all of them in motion. His still photographs paradoxically enable us to see change by revealing the lingerings and premonitions of an evolving city. He points his camera forward (and backward) in time, not just in space. The result is a fascinating four-decade compendium of visual narratives, reflexively and reflectively assembled by someone acutely aware of his own semi-tolerated presence." --Lawrence Vale, author of Purging the Poorest

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Camilo Jose Vergara is a photographer and writer, a MacArthur fellow, and the author of many books.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By karen holt on 18 Aug. 2014
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great cd
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Harlem: THe Unmaking of a Ghetto 4 Feb. 2014
By Marie LeRoy - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is full of very interesting pictures. I found the book too slanted towards the East side of Harlem. It did not due justice to many of the wonderful areas between 110th Street to 155th Street from Adam C. Powell Boulevard to Morningside Avenue. It was amazing to me that you could have a book on Harlem and not include a picture or mention the importance of the Abyissian Baptist Church, or Convent Avenue Baptist Church on the Harlem community. In all fairness to Mr. Vergara, I think it is very unrealistic to find a photographer that would be able to cover all the important structures and people in Harlem. The book only gets three stars because it is not broad enough in it's depiction of what Harlem, both East and West was like between 1970-the present. If you are interested in what East Harlem was like back in the 70's you might like this book, but if you want a wider range of Harlem you will be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Harlem 23 Jan. 2014
By cem65305 - Published on Amazon.com
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I grew up in Harlem and have seen it changed. Some for the good and some for the not so good. This book captures the history of when slumlords rule and crack ravage and when gentrification came and raped and stayed to what you see at present.
Good book 17 Aug. 2014
By Gary - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book, not dense, mostly photographs of all the changes in Harlem.
4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The making of a horrible book 10 Feb. 2014
By S McIntosh - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was very disappointing. I thought that the pictures and text would present a sort of mixture of the old Harlem and the new
gentrifying areas. Instead, the book was just full of clichéd pictures of Harlem residents and basically very, very few pictures of the changing areas. it was as if this book was some kind of high school project; it was s light on content, I was mad after reading it. The book was a real waste of money and time to read the text. It is not even worth putting on a coffee table since if would make the other books look profane. it is hard to believe that the author was a McArthur fellow. The book should be given away since it lacks real content. You get no understanding of the changes going on in Harlem as well as some of the types of new residents.

Do not waste good money buying this worthless book.

Stanley Mcintosh
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