Thomas Childers

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Thomas Childers serves as the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. A native Tennessean, Professor Childers specializes in Modern German history and World War II. His works include a multi-volume history of World War II that includes Wings of Morning: The Story of the Last American Bomber Shot Down Over Germany in World War II, published in 1995, and In the Shadows of War, a History Book Club selection for 2003.

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October 1998

A gracious antebellum city of stern-wheelers and cotton money; a restless, violent city with a hot grain of genius at its heart; a city of calamity, desolation, and rebirth; a city that changed the way the whole world hears music. It’s all the same city, and it is this year’s Great American Place. Thomas Childers answers a summons to Memphis, Tennessee.