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Iric Nathanson, Minnesota Book Award finalist, loves Minneapolis — warts and all

Iric Nathanson writes about local history for MinnPost and other publications. Meet him at the Book Club Blast.

MinnPost: Tell us about your recent book release.

Iric Nathanson: My new book, “Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century: The Growth of an American City” (Minnesota Historical Society Press), is a political history.

A nominee for a Minnesota Book Award, it chronicles the city’s urban growth and prosperity, as well as its sordid record of government and police corruption.

MP: Which writers have been the strongest influences on your own writing?  

IN: David McCullough has definitely influenced me. 

McCullough does not call himself an historian. He says he is a writer who deals with historical topics. 

I think of myself in the same way. The writing is as important to me as the historical facts.

MP: What do you love most about living in Minnesota?

IN: I have great affection for my hometown of Minneapolis, even with its warts and blemishes. 

Over the years, Minneapolis has struggled to re-invent itself and that has made it a more vibrant, attractive city.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Ann McKinnon on 02/19/2010 - 04:20 pm.

    Iric is well beyond a historian with his writing. One of my faves is this piece from MinnPost back in July of 2008:

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