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Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Edwin G. Burrows

Like the city it celebrates,Gothamis massive and endlessly fascinating. This narrative of well over 1,000 pages, written after more than two decades of collaborative research by history professors Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace, copiously chronicles … see full wiki

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Author: Edwin G. Burrows
Genre: History, Reference
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
2 reviews about Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898
review by . March 24, 2000
This isn't the book you throw carelessly into your suitcase to take along and read while relaxing at the beach. It's weight alone would give your arm a cramp, and often its meticulous detail does the same for your mind. It's rather like "Everything you've always wanted to know about New York, and much, much more!" Finishing it, you feel as if you've just completed the New York Marathon: exhausted, but elated. All of the above being said, it's still well worth making the effort to read.
review by . February 03, 1999
Washington, D.C., may be the nation's capital, but New York City is the nation's soul. The fact that we use it as a standard of measurement indicates how we feel about the city. We compare our art, our politics and the sizes of our cities to it. We sneer at it. We tell jokes about it. Glance at a map, and its place names (Coney Island! Brighton Beach! Bedford-Stuyvesant!) pop out, impressed on our collective memory from movies, plays, literature, television shows. America belongs to New York City …
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