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.