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Green Oasis in Brooklyn: The Evergreens Cemetery 1849-2008 Hardcover – December 1, 2008
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"John's ubiquitous ANNAPOLIS BOOK OF SEAMANSHIP has helped train and educate generations of sailors. His many other titles have earned him a reputation as the dean of sailing authors." (Citation, SAIL magazine's "40 Sailors Who Made a Difference," 2010)
In 2013 the U.S. Sailing Association honored John Rousmaniere's work in boating education, including THE ANNAPOLIS BOOK OF SEAMANSHIP (now in its thoroughly updated and revised 4th edition), by presenting John with its Timothea Larr Award. This coveted award recognizes "a person whose vision and guidance have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of sailor education in the United States."
A devoted sailor since youth, John has some 40,000 miles of blue water behind him, including ocean passages, nine Newport-Bermuda Races, and other major races in small and big boats. He has written or edited 15 books about sailing and the sea, including THE ANNAPOLIS BOOK OF SEAMANSHIP, DESIRABLE AND UNDESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS OF OFFSHORE BOATS, and other technical books -- as well as histories of the sport and two widely hailed books about storms. His FASTNET, FORCE 10 was hailed as "A narrative worthy of the best sea literature," and Stuart Woods said about AFTER THE STORM, "No one writes about the violence of the sea better than John Rousmaniere."
He has spoken at more than 100 safety seminars and clinics across North America and served on the Safety-at-Sea Committees of U.S. Sailing and the Cruising Club of America, and the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee. He has conducted reviews of boating accidents -- whose stories and lessons are an important thread in the new edition of THE ANNAPOLIS BOOK. He coordinated the U.S. Sailing Association's Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal program, which recognizes mariners who make rescues. John's videos include THE ANNAPOLIS BOOK OF SEAMANSHIP DVD SERIES.
When the Cruising Club of America awarded John its Richard S. Nye Award, the citation said, "His books have been a source of information and inspiration to sailors around the world." Mystic Seaport has presented him its W.P. Stephens award for contributions to yachting history in his many books about the histories of boats, races, the America's Cup, maritime photography, yacht clubs, and storms.
John is a member of the Cruising Club of America, the New York Yacht Club, and U.S. Sailing, and has served on the selection committees of the National Sailing Hall of Fame and the America's Cup Hall of Fame.
Descended from a French soldier who fought in the American Revolution, John lives in New York City with his wife, Leah Ruth Robinson. He takes special pleasure racing in classic wooden boats, cruising across the Gulf Stream in more modern ones, and exploring marshes with his grandchildren in a small catboat.
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Historian John Rousmaniere stresses the place's astonishing diversity of the 525,000 interments. Here are German-American brewers, Chinese-American laborers, veterans of Civil War "Colored" regiments, famous performers (including Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Lester Young), noted artists--and Tammany Hall crooks, too. As he describes the cemetery's people, management, and varying fortunes, Rousmaniere keeps his eye on context, with chapters on changing styles of cemetery layout and monument design, the importance of Decoration Day, traditional burial "from the home," Chinese funeral rites, and how the 1918 flu epidemic and other calamities affected cemeteries. Throughout, Rousmaniere emphasizes the crucial role that cemeteries play in sustaining communities.
Award-winning photographer Ken Druse's rich photographs trace the beauty of the Evergreens' rolling hills through the seasons, and there are hundreds of vintage photographs, maps, and other illustrations.
a fascinating history not just of the specific folks laid to rest at
Evergreens Cemetery, but of the evolving attitudes towards death and
mourning. Evergreen's ties with the Revolutionary War, Manhattan island,
and some of Brooklyn's best known inhabitants are all detailed in this
excellent work about one of Kings County's oldest cemeteries.
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This appears to be a well researched book, not only on the history of Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn, but of the history of New York City and Brooklyn in particular, where it... Read morePublished 6 months ago by LK Ruby
I throughly enjoyed receiving this book. Very well done, beautiful pictures and interesting stories. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dorrene A. Pierce
This is a very informative book regarding the history of the Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn. I recommend it for general knowledge as you will be informed about the land and other... Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by amoursil