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.
|Publisher:||Knopf Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.54(w) x 11.40(h) x 1.37(d)|
About the Author
Ric Burns is best known for his work on the acclaimed PBS series The Civil War, which he produced with Ken Burns and wrote with Ken Burns and Geoffrey C. Ward, and for which he received two Emmy Awards and the Producer of the Year award of the Producers Guild of America. For public television, he has also directed the award-winning documentaries Coney Island, The Donner Party, and The Way West.
James Sanders, an architect, has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, and Architectural Record. He has completed design and development projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Parks Council, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and other civic groups and commercial clients in New York and Los Angeles.
Lisa Ades most recently produced The Way West, a six-hour documentary for national broadcast on PBS. In 1992, she received Peabody and D. W. Griffith awards for producing The Donner Party. Before co-producing Coney Island with Ric Burns in 1990, she was a producer at New York's public television station WNET on the nightly public affairs series The Eleventh Hour.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: City of Desire||x|
|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|
|Epilogue: City of the Millennium||550|
|Illustration and Text Credits||574|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.