New York City: A Short History / Edition 2

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Overview

From its origins as a primitive Dutch outpost to the sprawling urban complex it is today, the defining characteristic of New York has been constant, dramatic, and rapid change.Formerly published as An American Metropolis, this new edition features a new preface in which Lankevich discusses the impact of the events of September 11 on the city, as well as an updated final chapter on the Giuliani administration. By understanding the history of New York, we obtain a vital sense of what America was, is, and can become.

Author Biography: George Lankevich is Professor Emeritus at the Bronx Community College, CUNY. He has written more than thirty books and contributed essays to the Encyclopedia of New York City and the Encyclopedia Britannica. His most recent works are Postcards from Times Square and Postcards from Manhattan.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
Here, as in New York itself, may be found everything and everyone, from the first inept Dutch leader, William Verhulst, to the number of saloons in 1820, to the budget debacles of the 1970s.
New York History
Lankevich has done the near-impossible and packed almost four centuries of New York City into one slim history . . . a deft survey.
Journal of American History
A splendid work of history that expands our understanding and appreciation of New York City . . . a concise, clear, and meaningful guidebook covering New York's long past.
From the Publisher

"Here, as in New York itself, may be found everything and everyone, from the first inept Dutch leader, William Verhulst, to the number of saloons in 1820, to the budget debacles of the 1970s."

-The New York Times Book Review,

"A splendid work of history that expands our understanding and appreciation of New York City . . . a concise, clear, and meaningful guidebook covering New York's long past."

-Journal of American History,

"Lankevich has done the near-impossible and packed almost four centuries of New York City into one slim history . . . a deft survey."

-New York History,

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814751862
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 414,039
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

George J. Lankevich has written more than thirty books, has contributed many articles to The Encyclopedia of New York City, and is the author of Postcards from Times Square, Postcards from Manhattan, and New York City: A Short History (NYU Press). Professor emeritus of history at Bronx Community College, he lives in Manhasset, New York.

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Table of Contents

New Preface
Preface
1 New Amsterdam Becomes New York 1
2 An English Town Becomes an American City 22
3 National Capital City 49
4 Building a Modern City 69
5 The Age of the Bosses 91
6 America's First Metropolis 112
7 Governing the World's Greatest City 138
8 The La Guardia Era 162
9 The Long Slide 181
10 Disaster and Rebirth 205
11 Contemporary New York 230
Appendixes 259
Bibliography 265
Index 271
About the Author 277
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