There is a sad sad lack of books written about or set in Buffalo. Hey, we are cool!
City of Light
by Lauren Belfer
“In those days, Buffalo was flush in an era of extraordinary economic prosperity and civic optimism. The city had become the most important inland port in America because of its pivotal location at the eastern end of the Great Lakes. Indeed, at the turn of our century, Buffalo had taken its place among the great cities of the United States.”
City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York, 1900 - Present
by Mark Goldman
"I was becoming increasingly frustrated and disappointed by public officials who, distracted by the lure of big-money, money, "silver-bullet" projects, failed to recognize the incredible power that local people working on small, local projects can have on the life of a community. But despite the shortsighted leadership of local politicians, we have lost neither our faith in ourselves nor our faith in our community. We remain committed to doing the work that we know will heal and renew this city that we love."
City on the Lake
by Mark Goldman
"The 1970s were a difficult time for Buffalo. Everything was unraveling, particularly for those of us who lived here...There was a blizzard too, the worst in history... Struck by a barrage of steady blows, those who could left. By the tens of thousands they moved away, from the streets and neighborhoods, from the city, from the region, now commonly and condescendingly referred to as the "Rust Belt."
Power Failure: Politics, Patronage, and the Economic Future of Buffalo, New York
by Diana Dillaway
"Effective leaders bring people together around a common cause or problem, listen to opposing points of view, and seek consensus whenever possible. Leadership takes courage and a willingness to risk change."
Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology
by Jody K. Biehl
"Buffalo’s secret is that it’s secretly great. Not for everyone, of course, and not across racial divides, and sometimes, literally, as many authors point out, not east of Main Street."