While Gotham is fact-laden (with a critical apparatus that includes a bibliography and two indices--one for names, another for subjects), the prose admirably achieves both clarity and style. "What is our take, our angle, our schtick?" ask the authors, setting a distinctly New York tone in their introduction. No matter what it's called, their method of weaving together countless stories works wonderfully. The startlingly detailed research and lively writing bring innumerable characters (from Peter Minuit to Boss Tweed) to life, and even those who think they know the history of New York City will no doubt find surprises on nearly every page. Gotham is a rarity, reigning as both authoritative history and page-turning story. --Robert McNamara --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Incredibly well researched without a "revionist" slant make this book a must read.
Anecdotes are artfully woven throughout; this approach has actually made a narrative as compelling as any good work of fiction.
This is clearly a book to read in kindle formst as it has about 1400 pages and the paperback version is about two pounds.
Very detailed. Very interesting. Because NY has been so important to the development of our nation, it is somewhat a history of the US.Published 18 days ago by Paul Ostrom
Too much detail. Much of the material could have been summarized without losing the gist of the narrative. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Gann
Just flat out an outstanding history book. Reading this book has been a labor of love that has taken a few years because there is so much information and analysis packed into it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Halma
Interesting subject and good history. Problem is it is too lengthy and also too many uncommon words used. Also sounds like politicians are the same down through the ages.Published 3 months ago by Jack
I learned so many facts about my home town from the this book, and I have read many on New York. This work filled in some of the gaps in knowledge and in other instances provided... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lorraine Pezzolanti
A concise, detailed history of New York City. Cogently written, a compelling narrative that engages the reader. This is one of my favorite history books!Published 4 months ago by Dave White
If you ever had any of the above questions about New York than this is the book to read to answer them. Read morePublished 7 months ago by fanman
This is a fabulous historical recounting, readable, enjoyable, yet thorough and scholarly all at the same time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bizzy Reading
Lots of information; perhaps more than necessary. The book might be significantly shorter but the author uses lists to enumerate everything. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Will Fehringer