The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-first Century by Brian O'Neill
"This isn't so much a history of Pittsburgh as it is a biography. Sometimes we're so afraid of what others think, we're afraid to declare who we are. This city is not midwestern. It's not East Coast. It's just Pittsburgh, and there's no place like it. That's both its blessing and its curse."
Published by Carnegie Mellon University Press
Brian O'Neill has been a newspaper columnist in Pittsburgh for more than twenty years. He is a winner of the Associated Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania Award for column writing and the Pennsylvania Newspapers Keystone Award for column writing, as well as a winner of regional honors. A graduate of Syracuse University, O'Neill lives on the city's North Side with his wife, Betsy, and daughters, Curran and Clare.