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Four Books to Read Before Visiting Baltimore

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Freelance Writer
Updated: 15 November 2017
Those who plan ahead might already have an idea of what they’d like to do upon arriving in Baltimore. However, to have truly done your research, consider reading these Baltimore-based books to help gain a well-rounded perspective.

The Baltimore Book: New Views of Local History

The Baltimore Book: New Views of Local History, edited by Elizabeth Fee, Linda Shopes and Linda Zeidman, presents the history of women, African-Americans and the labor industry in Baltimore and guides you through important parts of the city. This book connects you to the working-class citizens that were instrumental in the creation and construction of the city.

900 block of Druid Hill Ave. Mid-1920's. #TheBaltimoreBook

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111 Places in Baltimore That You Must Not Miss

111 Places in Baltimore That You Must Not Miss, written by Allison Robicelli with photographs by John Dean, will keep you engaged from start to finish. This book is lively and filled with full-page photographs to guide you through the parts of Baltimore not covered in typical guidebooks, including many hidden gems, such as the oldest saloon and an art scavenger hunt. If you’re looking for fun activities that are a bit out of the way, this book is full of creative ventures and new experiences.

Walking Baltimore: An Insider’s Guide to 33 Historic Neighborhoods, Waterfront Districts, and Hidden Treasures in Charm City

This book, by Evan Balkan, includes some of Baltimore’s most popular historic neighborhoods, such as Mount Vernon, Fell’s Point, and the Baltimore Inner Harbor. With little bits of trivia and fun facts, you’ll have fun while learning about Baltimore’s role in American history.

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Wicked Baltimore: Charm City Sin and Scandal

Wicked Baltimore: Charm City Sin and Scandal, by Lauren R. Silberman, is an amazing book that explains Baltimore’s dark side in grave detail, from Prohibition to the mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe to the infamous Baltimore Street, home to burlesque and exotic shows. If you want to know more about the underbelly of Baltimore, then this is a must-read.