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Posted September 16, 2008
As a 'history buff' I was initially pleased when I received this book as a gift. But as I went through the book I was incredibly surprised at the poor quality of the this book. It is supposed to cover 3 neighborhoods in upper Manhattan and the book does have 3 sections. But the 2nd one is entirely devoted to the George Washington bridge! Last time I checked it is not a neighborhood. Inwood and Marble Hill are lumped together in 1 chapter. The quality of the photos selected for this book is terrible and oddly enough some of the worst ones are those of plaques and other stationary items, that still stand. They are out of focus and/or blurry. I have located better pictures while doing my own research, and I haven't been appointed local historian! The sequence of photos do not seem to flow any order and seem to jump here and there and back again. And the repition of almost identical photos is mind-numbing! The captions and brief descriptions that accompany some of the photos is almost child-like in its writing style. He states the obvious such as pointing boats in one photo, which are clearly visible but does not identify other items that should be. In another instance he points out newly constructed apartment building then goes on to state that they will be rented to nieghborhood residents to live in. The book seems like something put together by a novice, like one of those home-grown recipe books sold to raise funds. Very dissappointing, especially that the publisher would allow something like this to go to print.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.