Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (New York: W.
W. Norton, 1991).
Bancroft Prize for 1992
Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for best non-fiction work of 1991
One of three nominees for the Pulitzer Prize in History, 1992
George Perkins Marsh Prize for 1992 for Best Book in Environmental History published in 1990 or 1991 given by American Society for Environmental History
Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Award for 1993 for the best book in forest and conservation history published in 1991 or 1992 given by the Forest History Society
Award for Outstanding Achievement Recognition to Nature's Metropolis by the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards Committee
Honorable Mention for 1992 to Nature's Metropolis in the John Hope Franklin Prize competition, American Studies Association
Geographic Society of Chicago Publication Award for 1991
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