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In their work ¿Between Ocean and City¿ Lawrence and Carol Kaplan offer a worthy contribution to urban historical scholarship detailing how a place like the Rockaways--a remote, beachfront resort community within New York City proper, a place with many environmental and geographic resources-- declined into a waterfront slum. The question of how this diverse, seaside resort became transformed into a warehouse for the underclass is amply documented within this well written volume. Against the tableau of American suburbanization, The Kaplans do a masterful job explaining the importance of New York City master developer Robert Moses, local and national political forces, local community and real estate interests acting at cross pressures with one another, ultimately bringing the Rockaways down into a blighted wasteland. The book represents an excellent case study of urban planning gone awry, where many similar close-to-downtown metropolitan places get passed over for urban re-development, becoming slums, while distant suburbs gain ascendency, where fewer political and economic forces had a clash potential with one another. General readers should also find this clear and concise volume, with its attractive and telling photographs, a deeply rewarding experience.