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"Strictly by the skill of his narrative , [Kammen] makes the experience of colonial New York anticipate the experience of the American nation."--The New Republic "Colonial history at its very best...fill[s] a long-felt need."--The Washington Post "An informed, eloquently written history of colonial New York--a book that far surpasses any one-volume treatment heretofore available on the subject....Colorful and lively. --New York Historical Society Quarterly "In scope, depth, prose style, and organization, it is the best single-volume account of any colony."--The William and Mary Quarterly
About the Author
Michael Kammen is the Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture at Cornell University. He is the author of a number of books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization. He is the author of many author award-winning books and, from 1981 to 1994, was a trustee of the New York State Historical Association.
Michael Kammen has put together an extraordinary amount of research into a fairly readable and swiftly paced book. Tracing New York City's history from the days of the Native Americans to its transformation to a Dutch trading post through its last days as England's colony, Professor Kammen's COLONIAL NEW YORK: A HISTORY is one of the more exhaustive studies on the subject ever written. For me, the best parts of the book center on Peter Stuyvesant (whom Professor Kammen refers to as a "loser"--which he is, in ways). His study of the struggles between Dutch and English cultures in Section 7 is among the best I've ever read. While the book tends to sag during the sections about economic growth, it makes up for it in terms of valuable information. I shouldn't even mention that here: this isn't a novel, after all. In fact, it is a treasure trove of information which was all but lost to us until Professor Kammen wrote this book. Rocco Dormarunno, author of THE FIVE POINTS CONCLUDED, A Novel
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