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The Epic of New York City: A Narrative History

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In swift, witty chapters that flawlessly capture the pace and character of New York City, acclaimed diarist Edward Robb Ellis presents his masterpiece: a thorough, and thoroughly readable, history of America's largest metropolis. Ellis narrates some of the most significant events of the past three hundred years and more—the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr's fatal duel, the formation of the League of Nations, the Great Depression—from the perspective of the city that experienced, ...
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In swift, witty chapters that flawlessly capture the pace and character of New York City, acclaimed diarist Edward Robb Ellis presents his masterpiece: a thorough, and thoroughly readable, history of America's largest metropolis. Ellis narrates some of the most significant events of the past three hundred years and more—the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr's fatal duel, the formation of the League of Nations, the Great Depression—from the perspective of the city that experienced, and influenced, them all. Throughout, he infuses his account with the strange and delightful anecdotes that a less charming tour guide might omit, from the story of the city's first, block-long subway to that of the blizzard of 1888 that turned Macy's into one big slumber party. Playful yet authoritative, comprehensive yet intimate, The Epic of New York City confirms the words of its own epigraph, spoken by Oswald Spengler: "World history is city history," particularly when that city is the Big Apple.
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Ellis's 1966 volume chronicles several centuries of New York City history. The story covers everything from riots, scandals, and dirty politics to the construction of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and first skyscraper to the plan to build Manhattan into the world's greatest city. Epic indeed. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786714360
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 12/15/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 516,692
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Manhattan is discovered 11
2 First settlers arrive 23
3 Peter Stuyvesant takes command 41
4 The English name it New York 71
5 The Leisler Rebellion 86
6 Pirates infest New York 100
7 Of queesting and fribbles 115
8 The Peter Zenger trial 122
9 The city goes mad 129
10 Duel for empire 138
11 The Stamp Act Rebellion 143
12 Revolutionary war 157
13 The doctors' riot 176
14 The capital of the nation 184
15 The Hamilton-Burr duel 193
16 John Jacob Astor fools the President 206
17 Sawing off Manhattan Island 215
18 The gangs of New York 230
19 Down with foreigners! 247
20 The Astor place riot 255
21 Slavery and abolitionism 266
22 The police riot 276
23 Abraham Lincoln arrives 285
24 The draft riots 293
25 Confederates try to burn down New York 317
26 The Tweed scandals 327
27 Thomas Edison lights the city 358
28 Building Brooklyn Bridge 369
29 Metropolitan opera house opens 377
30 Creation of the Statue of Liberty 384
31 The blizzard of 1888 393
32 New York's first skyscraper 405
33 Ellis Island opens 416
34 The Reverend Parkhurst samples vice 423
35 Hearst wages war 440
36 Creation of greater New York 450
37 Opening of the twentieth century 456
38 The General Slocum disaster 468
39 Colonel house and Woodrow Wilson 478
40 The triangle fire 489
41 The League of Nations opens on Broadway 497
42 Wall Street is bombed 513
43 The Wall Street crash 523
44 The Great Depression 531
45 The Jimmy Walker scandals 540
46 Fiorello LaGuardia becomes mayor 549
47 Nazis plan to bomb New York 557
48 William O'Dwyer sweats 565
49 Robert F. Wagner's administration 579
50 "This city is the center of the universe" 593
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