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Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta

By author: Andrew Young, Harvey Newman, Andrea Young
Product Code: H921
ISBN: 9780881465877
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Availability: In stock
Price: $29.00

ANDREW YOUNG AND THE MAKING OF MODERN ATLANTA tells the story of the decisions that shaped Atlanta’s growth from a small, provincial Deep South city to an international metropolis impacting and influencing global affairs. When Mayor William Hartsfield coined the term “City too Busy to Hate” in the 1950s, who would have imagined that within fifty years Atlanta would have the world’s busiest airport, rank as the eighth largest metropolitan area in the United States or, that this once racially-segregated city would host the Centennial Olympic Games and play host to the world in 1996? Andrew Young arrived in Atlanta in 1961 and has played a key role in Atlanta’s development ever since—in the Civil Rights Movement, as the city’s representative in Congress, and as Mayor. The authors have woven this perspective with archival material, media accounts, and the reflections of scores of other key elected officials, community, business, and civic leaders, and civil servants on the making of modern Atlanta. Atlanta provides a unique case study for an alternative vision of the relationships among leaders in corporations, government, and communities. The book tracks the development of the Atlanta Way, a strategy for economic development that features cross-racial cooperation—from the foundation in Reconstruction era Atlanta to the Olympic Games. It gives voice to the policymakers, their aspirations, strategies and challenges, and the economic and racial progress that resulted. In particular this book documents the grace and sophistication of the leaders of Atlanta’s African-American community in negotiating a path to greater political and economic power.
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Review by: Jimmy Carter, President - August 15, 2016
Andrew Young has been a great leader of Atlanta. He, his daughter Andrea, and Harvey Newman, a Georgia State University scholar, are excellent guides to the history of the modern city. Their book provides Andy’s inside story, but it also describes the contributions of his predecessors and his contemporaries.
Review by: Clarence Stone, research professor of Public Policy and Political Science at George Washington University and author of REGIME POLITICS: GOVERNING ATLANTA, 1946–1988 - August 15, 2016
Atlanta is no ordinary city, and beginning with Floyd Hunter’s COMMUNITY POWER STRUCTURE, the politics of Atlanta has long been a magnet for analysis. ANDREW YOUNG AND THE MAKING OF MODERN ATLANTA is a worthy addition to a long list of significant works, adding special insight into the role of creativity and inclusion in Atlanta’s rise to one of America’s most dynamic metropolitan areas. The Atlanta story is not one born of natural advantages such as rivers and harbors, but rather one of human agency and a high level of practical know-how. Authors Andrew Young, Harvey Newman, and Andrea Young illuminate this story with skill and insight. This book is a much needed antidote for those who have let cynicism get in the way of appreciating what human enterprise can bring together.
Review by: Beverly Tatum, President Emerita, Spelman College - August 15, 2016
Effective 21st century leaders must be able to work across lines of difference. This compelling history of Atlanta illustrates the magic that can happen when they do. Well worth readiing!

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