New York: An Illustrated History

New York: An Illustrated History

by Ric Burns, Lisa Ades, James Sanders
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
A ravishing book . . . It can easily fill a winter of reading and browsing.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A companion to an upcoming PBS series, this lavishly illustrated history is an engaging and intelligent work in its own right, presenting a coherent overview without ever glossing over thorny historical or political questions. By supplementing their well-researched text with photographs, paintings, newspaper headlines and interviews with historians and social critics, Burns (The Civil War, with Ken Burns) and Sanders have produced a volume that is as attractive as it is perceptive. Arranged chronologically, the book manages to capture some of the diverse elements--such as the immigrant communities, labor unrest, traditional and avant-garde cultures, crime and architecture, among other factors--that continue to play important roles in the city's evolution. For example, the section on Greenwich Village, "The Republic of Washington Square," contains a succinct history of the area as a cultural engine, with rare photographs and illuminating quotes from Edmund Wilson and Floyd Dell. The section on the Harlem Renaissance provides a comprehensive analysis of the movement's development and importance, aptly illustrated and contextualized with an interview with David Levering Lewis. Burns and Sanders have successfully marshaled a huge amount of material into a format that is informative and highly entertaining. BOMC History Book Club selection. (Nov.) FYI: PBS will launch the 12-hour series New York on November 18. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This splendid history of America's premier city was written by Burns, director of such television documentaries as Coney Island and The Donner Party, and architect/writer Sanders. They were ably assisted by Ades, the picture editor, who assembled the 500 archival maps, paintings, prints, and contemporary photographs--all of which are visual delights that greatly enhance the text. Additional text is contributed by nine historians, urbanists, and literary figures. The companion volume to this fall's 12-hour PBS television series on the city, the book presents New York's sprawling history from the first sightings of the New York harbor by European explorers, through its founding as a Dutch colony in 1609, the beginning of English rule in 1664, the effects of the American Revolution, and on into the 19th and 20th centuries, which witnessed the city's emergence as the nation's leading seaport and its commercial, financial, and cultural capital. Both feared and widely emulated for its wealth and power, the city is a prodigy late 20th-century civilization. Burns's book helps explain how it got that way. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/99.]--Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., New York Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
David Walton
The book is, as such collaborations go, narratively crisp, balanced and well researched, with room for everyone from Washington Irving to Allen Ginsberg and from Emma Lazarus to Le Corbusier to have a say...
The New York Times Book Review
Daly
New York: An Illustrated History offers two kinds of pleasure: hundreds of carefully chosen photographs and a thoughtful, well written text.
Entertainment Weekly
From the Publisher
“This book combines striking illustrations with scintillating essays to produce a superb history of the world’s first city.”
—Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

“A ravishing book . . . It can easily fill a winter of reading and browsing.”
New York Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375710322
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/02/2003
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
261,052
Product dimensions:
8.57(w) x 11.45(h) x 1.40(d)

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