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.
This is clearly a book to read in kindle formst as it has about 1400 pages and the paperback version is about two pounds.
The Authors cover a wide range of topics over a long period of time, any one of which could have been a book unto itself.
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 9 days 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 15 days 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 26 days 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 3 months ago by fanman
This is a fabulous historical recounting, readable, enjoyable, yet thorough and scholarly all at the same time. Read morePublished 4 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 5 months ago by Will Fehringer
After watching Ric Burn's American Experience documentary about the History of New York City (catch it on Amazon Prime), I wanted to delve further into the history of this city... Read morePublished 6 months ago by T. Lucas
Absolutely a great history of New York City. Well written with lots of detail about all aspects of life in the city. Read morePublished 8 months ago by William Divale
Great reading about the history of New York City which will kekep you happy during winter evenings (at least in the north). Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maurice Cory