New York: An Illustrated History / Edition 1

New York: An Illustrated History / Edition 1

by Ric Burns, James Sanders, Lisa Ades
     
 

ISBN-10: 0679454829

ISBN-13: 9780679454823

Pub. Date: 11/01/1999

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

This lavish and handsomely produced book captures all the beauty, complexity, and power of New York--the city that has seemed, from its beginnings, the very embodiment of ambition, aspiration, romance, and desire, the city that epitomizes, more than any other place on earth, the entire parade of modern life, with all its possibilities and problems. Chronicling the…  See more details below

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This lavish and handsomely produced book captures all the beauty, complexity, and power of New York--the city that has seemed, from its beginnings, the very embodiment of ambition, aspiration, romance, and desire, the city that epitomizes, more than any other place on earth, the entire parade of modern life, with all its possibilities and problems. Chronicling the story of New York from its establishment in 1624 as a Dutch trading post to its global preeminence today, the book is at once the biography of a great city and a vivid exploration of the myriad forces--commercial, cultural, demographic--that converged in New York to usher in the contemporary world.

Weaving the many strands of the city's sweeping history into a single compelling narrative, New York embraces nearly four centuries of turbulent change and growth--from the first settlement on the southern end of the island of "Manna-hata" to the destruction wrought by the Revolutionary War; from the city's stunning emergence in the nineteenth century as the nation's premier industrial center to the waves of early-twentieth-century immigration that transformed forever the city and the nation; from New York's transfiguration as the world's first modern city--pioneering skyscrapers, subways, apartment houses, and highways--to its emergence as the supreme laboratory and testing ground of American popular culture. And we witness the building of the city's celebrated landmarks and institutions, from the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building and the United Nations, from Wall Street and Times Square to the Lower East Side, Harlem, and SoHo.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679454823
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Pages:
575
Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 11.66(h) x 1.62(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: City of Desire
1The Country and the City, 1609-18252
Alexander Hamilton, the New Yorker with a National Vision62
2Order and Disorder, 1825-186568
"The Locomotive of These United States"131
3Sunshine and Shadow, 1865-1898138
The Secrets of the Great City210
4The Power and the People, 1898-1919216
Where the Modern World Took Shape, 1898-1929300
5Cosmopolis, 1919-1931308
Harlem Renaissance388
Cosmopolitan Capital: New York in the 1920s391
6The City of Tomorrow, 1931-1939394
Robert Moses: The Power Broker458
7The City and the World, 1939-1969466
The Lonely Crowd: New York After the War536
Trauma, Apocalypse, Boom, Aftermath: New York City in the Last Twenty-five Years542
City of the Millennium550
Epilogue: The Center of the World558
Acknowledgments606
Selected Bibliography607
Index612

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