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{Read Book} à Portland: People, Politics, and Power, 1851-2001 ⚞ This is the definitive book on Portland s political, social, and cultural history, beginning inwhen alot townsite was laid out on the bank of the Willamette River and continuing through April , the th anniversary of Portland city government Jewel Lansing has amassed a treasure trove of information on Portland s civic and political life, which she presents in a readable style, organized around an account of the successive reign of Portland smayors The story is enlivened by anecdotes that bring to life the unique individuals and controversial issues of Portland s distant and recent past This book has a great deal of information in it and you will learn a lot from reading it.The problem is that it is mostly facts and reads like a school report It is basically a 500 page list of facts Don t get me wrong, the research is meticulous There are detailed proceedings from just about every city council meeting since the city was founded If you want to know a fact about the city s history, it is in this book No question I will point out that the author was involved in city governme This book has a great deal of information in it and you will learn a lot from reading it.The problem is that it is mostly facts and reads like a school report It is basically a 500 page list of facts Don t get me wrong, the research is meticulous There are detailed proceedings from just about every city council meeting since the city was founded If you want to know a fact about the city s history, it is in this book No question I will point out that the author was involved in city government for a long time, so she takes it for granted that the audience knows a lot of terms and ideas that the reader may or may not know.For me, the biggest problem is the lack of context I feel like I didn t get as much as I should have out of this book because I don t already know Portland history Facts are necessary to a history, but they don t make a whole history We need to know how those facts fit into the greater scheme of city life and culture and this book does not do that Often times, while reading this book, I felt like I was missing something for the record, I was born and raised in Portland so it s not a distance issue that was necessary to my understanding of the history here.In short, the book needs an angle History books invariably have a slant of some kind At worst they muddy history to prove a controversial viewpoint writing a history that focuses on every bad thing that capitalism does to prove that your socialism is correct , at best they can illuminate an under served area of history focusing on marginalized communities and their contributions to a time place I m not entirely sure why Lansing wrote this book, what she was hoping to illuminate She doesn t even really interpret her own facts She generously quotes other historians and how they interpret, but there s nothing original as far as I can see.An excellent example is the issue of shanghai ing Lansing mentions it, and the tone she uses suggests she may not believe it actually happened in Portland and that the jury is out on evidence for it But she doesn t say what she believes and she moves on quickly One would think a legend that looms so large in a place would be worth actually addressing and forming and articulating an opinion on.If you need to know a particular about Portland s history, this is your book If you want to know the story of Portland, look elsewhere This is the political history of Portland s first 150 years I was amused to find that we are still dealing with some of the same problems prostitutes, bridges, roads and idle men blocking the sidewalks.And it seems that some problems have been solved without government intervention pigs roaming the streets, cows with loud bells and a sunken ship in the river.And some problems have been solved by having been taken over by the government those gambling machines that so concerned the vice s This is the political history of Portland s first 150 years I was amused to find that we are still dealing with some of the same problems prostitutes, bridges, roads and idle men blocking the sidewalks.And it seems that some problems have been solved without government intervention pigs roaming the streets, cows with loud bells and a sunken ship in the river.And some problems have been solved by having been taken over by the government those gambling machines that so concerned the vice squads are now a state run monopoly funding education and development For Portlanders this is a treasure because it is hard to make decisions about the future without knowing how we got where we are I tried reading this quickly deadline and while I was enjoying it I was frustrated seemed too much to absorb Now that the deadline is over I am really enjoying it that and I met the author who is a wonderful, bright almost 80 year young woman Great stories about early Portland and the people who settled here Thanks Jewel 12 27 10 was sitting on my bed side table going no where..I m keeping it on my shelves in case anyone is interested but not on my bedside stand.