Endorsements and Reviews

Randall's account of Park Forest effectively challenges the conventional distinction between 1930s idealism and the postwar materialism that shapes so many accounts of post-1945 America. --
Robert Fishman, Journal of American History

Gregory C. Randall makes a valuable contribution with his book, the first full-length history of the [Park Forest] community... [it] will be a boon to scholars interested in exploring some of the many interesting questions surrounding Park Forest and the postwar suburban phenomenon. --
Robert W. Blythe, Vernacular Architecture Newsletter

Greg Randall has written an engaging and instructive book. What I especially like about Randall's work is that it provides the reader with a holistic appreciation of a distinctive community. That he does so as an insider makes his narration all the more compelling. --
Michael H. Ebner, author of Creating Chicago's North Shore, a Suburban History

Now in a new edition, America's Original GI Town: Park Forest, Illinois chronicles the history of the planning, design, building, and expansion of Park Forest, a.k.a. "GI Town", a community created partly in response to America's peacetime housing shortage. America's Original GI Town reveals the inception of what would become Park Forest, how the site of the future town was acquired, how the planners of Park Forest drew upon English garden cities and New Deal greenbelt towns in order to plan a solid community, and how their interpretation affected American community development up to the modern day. A handful of vintage black-and-white photographs and diagrams illustrate this thoughtful and worthy contribution to American history shelves.
Midwest Book Review

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