Also, I'm looking for Atlanta book recommendations, focusing on either history or development. So far, I've read Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn and Living Atlanta, and The Temple Bombings is sitting on my living room table, but I haven't started it. If you have any recommendations, I'd like to hear them!I also highly recommend Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn. Living Atlanta is actually on my imaginary list of books to read. I have read portions of Atlanta and Environs, by Franklin M. Garrett. It is the authoritative history up until about 1939, and I recommend it although I have not made it through the whole thing. It is about 1,000 pages long, in two volumes. There is a third volume by another author that I have not read. Your best bet for this book is the library, as I think it is out of print.
Also, it is not really a 'history' book, nor is it particularly original, but I enjoyed Atlanta: Then and Now. As a real estate guy, I love all the old pictures of the city. In the same vein, although with some history of the buildings thrown in, is Atlanta Architecture: Art Deco to Modern Classic. I think it was supposed to be part of a series, but I haven't read or found any others in the series. You should also check out Atlanta Time Machine if you haven't already, and be prepared to spend a few hours.
I honestly haven't read too much in the way of books regarding Atlanta history. A good friend loaned me Regime Politics, but I never read it. I think he may have read it for a class in urban policy at GSU.
A decent portion of my knowledge of Atlanta history has come through spending time at two place in the course of various jobs or projects:
- The stacks at the Central Library looking up old copies of the Atlanta Journal or the Atlanta Constitution.
- The Atlanta History Center
Also, did anyone know that Sig Samuels Dry Cleaners used to be downtown? Siggy's has been around since 1932, and an old city directory I saw has an address for Sig Samuels on Mitchell Street. My family has been going to Siggy's for probably 30 years, so I remembered that little fact. I find these little bits of history that relate to my life to be a lot more interesting than some of the big ticket items.