A Short and Remarkable History of New York City

A Short and Remarkable History of New York City

by Jane Mushabac, Angela Wigan
     
 
With close to 1,500 entries on a fast-paced timeline, and with illustrations from the collections of The Museum of the City of New York, this informative book tells the history of the past five centuries in New York City.

A Short and Remarkable History of New York City tells how New Yorkers behaved and misbehaved, what they wore, how they hawked their cakes

Overview

With close to 1,500 entries on a fast-paced timeline, and with illustrations from the collections of The Museum of the City of New York, this informative book tells the history of the past five centuries in New York City.

A Short and Remarkable History of New York City tells how New Yorkers behaved and misbehaved, what they wore, how they hawked their cakes and hot corn, built their windmills and subways, became very rich or were desperately poor, were brutalized or exalted. It tells about the City's celebrations, where Captain Kidd went to church, when baseball became the "New York game," and how vast numbers of people came here, changed the City, and were changed themselves.

A Short and Remarkable History of New York City can be read as a story, used for reference, or browsed for fun.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Tells the story of New York City and its people. Some 1,500 entries on a fast-paced timeline recount the history of the past five centuries of the city, from early Indian society to recent immigration trends. B&w photos and illustrations from the collections of the Museum of the City of New York show how New Yorkers behaved and misbehaved, what they wore, and how they built their windmills and subways. The author is a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
New York Times Book Review
Jane Mushabac and Angela Wigan tell the city's story in nearly 1,500 entries on a fast paced time-line.
Where New York
Great urban reading.
Mike Wallace
Interesting fact-nuggets, beaded with lively commentaries and images, make for a handy, instructive, and entertaining time line of New York's history.
—Mike Wallace, co-author of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize
Phillip Lopate
This deft and delightful sprint through New York City's history is filled with key facts, remarkable curiosities, strong viewpoints and fabulous illustrations. The result is an irresistible compendium for Gotham mavens and newcomers alike.
—Phillip Lopate, editor of Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (Library of America)
Rickie Solinger
This book is a marvel and a municipal treasure.
—Rickie Solinger, winner of the Organization of American Historians Lerner-Scott Prize
Morris Dickstein
This year-by-year chronicle offers the reader a mix of delightful vignettes, fascinating information, and engaging illustrations. This is a feast for any New York history buff.
—Morris Dickstein, Director, Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate School
Ric Burns
Finally, a short history of New York City, using the broad strokes of a simple chronology interspersed with social and cultural information. Fun! -Ric Burns, director, NEW YORK: A Documentary Film
Gitta Sereny
A mind-opening chronicle of a city's history-exciting and imaginative.
—Gitta Sereny, historian and biographer
John Jakes
A smart and stylish highlight history of the world's greatest city.
—John Jakes, author of the North and South Trilogy and American Dreams
Jerrold Nadler
Excellent.
—U. S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler
David C. Hammack
. . . brilliant and delightful. With unfailing deftness, Mushabac and Wigan's vignettes and classic illustrations give their lucky readers a concise, reliable, and comprehensive introduction to every aspect of the great city's history.
—David C. Hammack, Haydn Professor of History, Case Western Reserve University; author of Power and Society: Greater New York at the Turn of the Century
From the Publisher
A smart and stylish highlight history of the world's greatest city.-John Jakes

Great urban reading.-Where New York

This deft and deligtful sprint through New York City's history is filled with key facts, remarkable curiosities, strong viewpoints and fabulous illustrations. The result is an irresistible compendium for Gotham mavens and newcomers alike.Phillip Lopate

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823219841
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Edition description:
2
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
7.92(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

Jane Mushabac has written a book on Herman Melville. Her work has appeared in the Village Voice and other periodicals, and she has been a Harvard University fellow. She is a professor at New York City College of Technology, CUNY.

Angela Wigan has written book reviews for Time magazine and other publications. She is a graduate of Columbia University's Oral History Program.

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