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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.
Chronicling New York City's turbulent growth from its establishment as a Dutch trading post in 1624 to its global preeminence today, this book brims with vibrant illustrations, including hundreds of rare photos, paintings, lithographs, prints, and period maps. The narrative combines the voices of statespersons, visionaries, and others who helped to build the city's landmarks and neighborhoods.
“A ravishing book . . . It can easily fill a winter of reading and browsing.”
—New York Times
|Introduction: City of Desire|
|1||The Country and the City, 1609-1825||2|
|Alexander Hamilton, the New Yorker with a National Vision||62|
|2||Order and Disorder, 1825-1865||68|
|"The Locomotive of These United States"||131|
|3||Sunshine and Shadow, 1865-1898||138|
|The Secrets of the Great City||210|
|4||The Power and the People, 1898-1919||216|
|Where the Modern World Took Shape, 1898-1929||300|
|Cosmopolitan Capital: New York in the 1920s||391|
|6||The City of Tomorrow, 1931-1939||394|
|Robert Moses: The Power Broker||458|
|7||The City and the World, 1939-1969||466|
|The Lonely Crowd: New York After the War||536|
|Trauma, Apocalypse, Boom, Aftermath: New York City in the Last Twenty-five Years||542|
|City of the Millennium||550|
|Epilogue: The Center of the World||558|
Posted July 2, 2002
I decided to read a little history of New York before a trip my family was making there and I picked this book up because I liked the great pictures. I started reading the history in pieces here and there and was so enthralled I couldnt put the book down for days and ended up reading it cover to cover. Since then, I have been reading exerpts to my children who are also fascinated by this city's amazing and often tragic history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.