Looking to stock up on a few good book for 2014?
How about digging into the rich history of St. Louis in preparation for the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis.
Here are a few books that exemplify some of our special history, courtesy of the Saint Louis Public Library.
Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s Kings of Beer
by William Knoedelseder
This vivid narrative captures the Busch saga through ﬁve generations.
Wicked St. Louis
by Janice Tremeear
From river pirates to madams to gangsters, the underside of St. Louis history is revealed
The Clamorgans: One Family’s History of Race in America
by Julie Winch
A multigenerational history of the unforgettable Clamorgans chronicles how one family navigated race in St. Louis and America from the 1780s through the 1950s.
The World, the Flesh, and the Devil: A History of Colonial St. Louis
by Patricia Cleary
Recounts the important, neglected episodes in St. Louis’ early history, from its 1764 founding to its 1804 absorption into the young United States.
The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War
by Adam Arenson
As the largest city along the border of slavery and freedom, St. Louis embodied the clash among North, South, and West during the Civil War.