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Tucson: A Drama in Time
A semi-finalist for the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award
Tucson: A Drama in Time is historical literary nonfiction. It unfolds and interweaves historical facts and stories about Tucson in a way that allows the reader to experience the drama of that story.
Starting a million years ago with the emergence of Sentinel Peak just west of the current city, the book goes on to describe the period before humans arrived, the arrival of different groups of humans in pre-history, the arrival of the Europeans in the region in 1692, and the arrival of the Americans during the Mexican-American War.
Stories of territorial Arizona follow, of Tucson after it achieved statehood in 1912, and of the development of the city after World War II, ending the account in 2014. Why end in 2014? “Well, it had to end sometime,” says Warnock. The book ends, however, “To Be Continued.”
[O]ne place comprehended can help us understand other places better.
A city is more than a place in space, it is a drama in time.
Readers who want to share stories of the drama in time that is Tucson can submit them on the Contact page.
“A must-read for anyone who cares about how we got where we are. Full of detail that both surprises and explains.”
— Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson, 2011–2019
More than just a chronological history
“Tucson: A Drama in Time is more than just a chronological history of Tucson. It is the story of the people, the land, and the cultures that have come together to make Tucson the community it is today.”
— Johanna Eubank, Digital Producer and Archivist for the Arizona Daily Star
Tucson native John Warnock paints a remarkably full picture of the history of the Old Pueblo
— Christine Wald-Hopkins
Read the full review in the Arizona Daily Star:
Art-inspired poetry, Tucson history and a dogged rescuer
Resources for this book
Lots of online resources, as well as written documents, were examined during the writing of Tucson: A Drama in Time. Some of the online resources are collected here for readers who may wish to browse further in some areas. Books may also be read. Visits to the Library & Archives of the Arizona Historical Society and University of Arizona Library’s Special Collections are recommended. Librarians and archivists are just some of the best people.