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Michael Lesy

Michael Lesy is one of America’s leading photographic scholars. His books include Wisconsin Death Trip, Murder City, Angel’s World, and Long Time Coming. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he teaches literary journalism at Hampshire College.

Books by Michael Lesy

  1. Book CoverLong Time Coming: A Photographic Portrait of America, 1935-1943


    Over 400 rarely or never-seen photographs of a vanished America.More

  2. Book CoverLooking Backward: A Photographic Portrait of the World at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century


    A transporting work of photographic history that offers a haunting vision of how Americans viewed the world at the dawn of the twentieth century.More

  3. Book CoverMurder City: The Bloody History of Chicago in the Twenties


    Michael Lesy’s disturbingly satisfying account of Chicago in the 1920s—the epicenter of murder in America—could be fiction, but it’s not.More

  4. Book CoverRepast: Dining Out at the Dawn of the New American Century, 1900-1910


    What we ate, how we ate, and how eating changed during America’s first real food revolution, 1900–1910.More