New York: An Illustrated History

New York An Illustrated History The companion volume to the PBS television series with than full color and black and white illustrationsThis lavish and handsomely produced book captures all the beauty complexity and power of

  • Title: New York: An Illustrated History
  • Author: Ric Burns James Sanders Lisa Ades
  • ISBN: 9780375709685
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Paperback
  • The companion volume to the PBS television series, with than 500 full color and black and white illustrationsThis 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 itsThe companion volume to the PBS television series, with than 500 full color and black and white illustrationsThis 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.

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    • Having read over 100 histories of New York [both illustraqted and non, this book towers above even the best. Sadly,it seems that Knopf totally missed the boat in promoting this masterful work. Brilliantly formatted, photographically edited and incisively written it is for all who have a passion for New York's past.


    • I read this book for a New York State History class I took in college. It is one of the few college "textbooks" I still have and refer to. Fantastic source and beautiful pictures. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a comprehensive history on the state.


    • Probably one of the best release this year from eminent publishers Alfred A. Knopf, New York: An Illustrated History is a coffee table book like no other. Published as a companion to the well-know PBS series on the history of New York, this book serves as a unique tome on its own, destined for every library in the country – in home, school or public.You are taken on a journey through New York’s past, in it’s founding stages as New Amsterdam, into the nineteenth century, with the upheavals [...]


    • It’s kind of amazing when you think how new America is and that such a vastly wild geographic region could be remade into a massive city so quickly. The amount of people pouring into the city to create something new is awe inspiring. I think what’s most interesting is that in this new space there truly was the ability to succeed from nothing because of the sheer need for growth in such an undeveloped landscape, the power of commerce is monumental and frightening really. There was something r [...]


    • What everybody is saying about this book is absolutely true. It is an excellent, comprehensive, beautiful, and highly readable history of the most fascinating and vibrant city in America. It is written not as a continuous narrative, but as a series of essays accompanying the remarkable images that show the story. Many times I found myself wanting to read the rest of the story in an essay, but this is not any one story, but hundreds of windows. We get to read about the context and a little of the [...]


    • Ok, I'll admit it, I'm addicted to NYC and anything about it. It's not just cuz I've been there a gazillion times. Even if I didn't live near the city, I would still gobble up anything about it. This book IS great, ya'll! The pictures alone make it worth it, but waitere's also informative text to go along with it. If you're interested in the history of the Big Apple, or just like lugging around big books, you definitely gotta check this book about. Would I lie to you about great literature? Mayb [...]


    • I have the hardcover coffee table version of this book, and similar to "The Civil War" (by Ric's brother Ken) this book does justice what was a great documentary miniseries. Both the documentary and the book do a great job supplying history and illustrations to show NYC's ups and downs - and how it became the greatest city in the world. My edition does not include the events of 9/11, whereas current editions of the documentary include a 9/11 coda episode.


    • A huge tome of a book, but so engrossing. I was caught up in the city from 1609 to 1999 for hours on end. So many great stories and with wonderful interesting photos to match. I have been to New York many times, but this will make future visits all the more meaningful. I want to now find the PBS series that this companion book is from.


    • A fascinating depiction of NYC from its origins as a Dutch outpost up to, and including, the events of 9/11. All the info is laid out both chronologically and by topics.This coffeetable book is an excellent companion to the six DVD set that was released a few years back. I HIGHLY recommend both of them; although one their own they are an educational look at the Big Apple.


    • Great pictures. Kinda skimpy on the history and long on boosterism. (New York is big! And busy! And growing bigger and busier every decade!) Lots of breathless prose but it's a good quick-ish overview of the city. It's mostly Manhattan- and landmark-centic (of course).


    • Excellent historical review of NYC - stunning photographs. Gives wonderful perspective and insight on how environmental, economic, and social factors influenced the evolutionary process this powerhouse city.



    • This book is adapted from the PBS series by Ken Burns. I've never seen the series, but I loved this book. Excellent complete history of New York City.






    • If you're looking for a book about the history of New York that is easy to read and fills you up, this is the one. It is an excellent book.




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