This engaging illustrated history, full of photographs, maps, and bird's-eye views, captures Madison's early history from its first days as a city to the Great Depression. Biographical vignettes tell the stories of early movers and shakers in the city. The volume includes many archival images of Madison that have never been published or have not been seen for a century or more. ""Every page and every illustration selection bears the stamp of Levitan's passionate and opinionated affection for his adopted hometown. Using a multitude of published and unpublished sources and the magnificent collections of photographs and illustrations available for Madison research, Levitan informs, entertains, engages, surprises, and, in some instances, will outrage. Historically informed Madison readers will have 'I never knew that' moments, and newcomers to the Madison area will be astounded to see the transformations wrought since Madison struggled into being in 1837 as a hamlet/capital. Madison historians who now refer offhandedly to Parks, Thwaites, and Mollenhoff have a new name to add to their list: Levitan."" - Jack Holzhueter, historical consultant and retired editor, ""Wisconsin Magazine of History.
Stuart Levitan hosts the Stu Levitan Show on radio station The Mic 92.1 in Madison, Wisconsin. He has been a journalist, public official, and broadcast personality in Madison since 1975 and has served on numerous boards, commissions, and committees concerned with planning, zoning, and development.