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New York : An Illustrated History,9780375710322

New York : An Illustrated History

Edition: Revised
Format: Trade Paper
Pub. Date: 9/1/2003
Publisher(s): Knopf
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The companion volume to the PBS television series, with more than 500 full-color and black-and-white illustrations This lavish and handsomely produced book captures all the beauty, complexity, and power of New York -- the city that seems the very embodiment of ambition, aspiration, romance, desire; the city that has epitomized the entire parade of modern life, with all its possibilities and problems. Chronicling the story of New York from its establishment as a Dutch trading post in 1624 to its global preeminence today, the book is at once the biography of a great city and a vivid exploration of the myriad forces -- commercial, cultural, demographic -- that converged in New York to usher in the contemporary world. Weaving the strands of the city's sweeping history into a single compelling narrative, New York carries us through nearly four centuries of turbulent growth and change -- from the first settlement on the tip of "Manna-hata" Island to the destruction wrought by the Revolutionary War; to the city's stunning emergence in the nineteenth century as the nation's premier industrial metropolis; to the waves of early-twentieth-century immigration that forever transformed the city and the nation; to New York's transfiguration as the world's first modern city -- pioneering skyscrapers, apartment houses, subways, and highways -- and its role as the birthplace of so much of American popular culture. Along the way, we witness the building of the city's celebrated landmarks and neighborhoods, 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. The book brims with vibrant illustrations, including hundreds of rare photographs, paintings, lithographs, prints, and period maps. The narrative incorporates the voices and stories of men and women -- statesmen, entrepreneurs, artists, and visionaries -- who have lived in and built the city: an extraordinary cast of characters that includes Peter Stuyvesant, Alexander Hamilton, John Jacob Astor, Walt Whitman, Boss Tweed, Jacob Riis, Emma Lazarus, J. P. Morgan, Al Smith, F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Gershwin, Fiorello La Guardia, Robert Moses, and Jane Jacobs. Accompanying the book's narrative are interviews with Robert A. Caro, David Levering Lewis, and Robert A. M. Stern, and essays by a group of distinguished New York historians and critics -- Kenneth T. Jackson, Mike Wallace, Marshall Berman, Phillip Lopate, Carol Berkin, and Daniel Czitrom -- who add their insights about the city to this splendid history. From the Hardcover edition.

Author Biography

Ric Burns is best known for his work on the acclaimed PBS series <i>The Civil War</i>, 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 <i>Coney Island</i>, <i>The Donner Party</i>, and <i>The Way West</i>.<br><br>James Sanders, an architect, has written for the <i>New York Times</i>, the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, <i>Vanity Fair</i>, and <i>Architectural Record</i>. 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.<br><br>Lisa Ades most recently produced <i>The Way West</i>, a six-hour documentary for national broadcast on PBS. In 1992, she received Peabody and D. W. Griffith awards for producing <i>The Donner Party</i>. Before co-producing <i>Coney Island</i> with Ric Burns in 1990, she was a producer at New York's public television station WNET on the nightly public affairs series <i>The Eleventh Hour</i>.<br><br><br><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

Table of Contents

Introduction: City of Desirep. x
The Country and the City, 1609-1825p. 2
Alexander Hamilton, the New Yorker with a National Visionp. 62
Order and Disorder, 1825-1865p. 68
"The Locomotive of These United States"p. 131
Sunshine and Shadow, 1865-1898p. 138
The Secrets of the Great Cityp. 210
The Power and the People, 1898-1919p. 216
Where the Modern World Took Shape, 1898-1929p. 300
Cosmopolis, 1919-1931p. 308
Harlem Renaissancep. 388
Cosmopolitan Capital: New York in the 1920sp. 391
The City of Tomorrow, 1931-1939p. 394
Robert Moses: The Power Brokerp. 458
The City and the World, 1939-1969p. 466
The Lonely Crowd: New York After the Warp. 536
Trauma, Apocalypse, Boom, Aftermath: New York City in the Last Twenty-five Yearsp. 542
Epilogue: City of the Millenniump. 550
Acknowledgmentsp. 555
Selected Bibliographyp. 556
Indexp. 561
Illustration and Text Creditsp. 574
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