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.
The book's strength is Randall's discussion of Park Forest within the history of new community-planning initiatives.
This book provides a readable narrative of Park Forest's development, with photos and anecdotes that capture the enthusiasm of its early residents.
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.
This is a sound history, an engaging, crisp narrative.
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.