Imagine trying to write Philadelphia’s history in a short book

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The challenge of writing a brief history of Philadelphia has been taken up by Roger Simon, professor of history at Lehigh University.

Simon is author of “Philadelphia: A Brief History,” which is part of Temple University Press’s Pennsylvania History Series. He spoke with WHYY’s Dave Heller.

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 Roger Simon  (credit: Christa Neu)

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