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Personal |s With the diligence of an investigative reporter, the curiosity of a scholar, and the graceful prose of a literary stylist, John Rousmaniere has written a classic history of a graveyard. ― Sidney Offit, curator, George Polk Awards (Personal |s)

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This is the special story of a special place. "A green oasis for the refreshment of the city's soul and body" is how the architect Andrew Jackson Downing described an ideal landscape. And he he created one at The Evergreens Cemetery in historic Brooklyn, New York. Always engaging, at times surprising, sometimes even quirky, this fascinating story of a little-known gem tells of the many roles a cemetery plays--as burial ground, park, and patriotic site--in the tumultuous sweep of American history. With acclaimed nature photographer Ken Druse's photos and many historical illustrations, historian John Rousmaniere traces the Evergreens' multi-faceted history from its early, difficult years to today, when its grounds are almost filled and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Hardcover: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Smith/Kerr Assoc; 1st edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978689941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978689940
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1.2 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In this new revised edition, John Rousmaniere has updated THE ANNAPOLIS BOOK OF SEAMANSHIP with the most recent information about safety, sails, boathandling, electronics, and health issues -- all passed on from his sailing experience and teaching safety and reviewing accidents. Every chapter has been revised and several have been completely rewritten. For details about new material, see "New in this Edition" on page xi, copied in one of the photos and in a forum on the author page.

"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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A classic rural cemetery originally called The Cemetery of the Evergreens, the 225-acre Evergreens was founded on New York's Brooklyn-Queens border in 1849. The only cemetery that the noted landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing worked on, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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.
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For any lovers of New York and Brooklyn history, Rousmaniere's work is
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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As the son of a former President of this cemetery (I also worked summers there), I found this book to be fascinating. A lot of the early history was only partially known to me so I learned a lot about what was for almost a century, my family business. The only criticism I would have is that there is not a lot of time spent on the more recent history of this cemetery.
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This book is an excellent resource, not only on the cemetery itself, but the history of New York. I find it an invaluable resource for my research
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