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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rivergate Books (March 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813544904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813544908
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally, with Brad R. Tuttle's How Newark Became Newark, we have an exceedingly fresh and bold historical narrative that at once dignifies the city's complicated past and informs what must be known about its tenacity and endurance. Not since John Cunningham's Newark has any author contributed so mightily to our understanding of Newark's importance to American urban history.--Clement Alexander Price,professor of history, Rutgers University, Newark

An absorbing and impressive 'biography' of our city, tracing both major influences and a strong cast of colorful, often corrupt characters. One must be impressed with Newark's resilience given the powerful forces Tuttle's book portrays that could have defeated the forces for good. --Fr. Edwin D. Leahy, O.S.B.,Headmaster, St. Benedict's Preparatory School, Newark

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Brad R. Tuttle, a journalist, is the author of The Ellis Island Collection: Artifacts from the Immigrant Experience.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Caputo on October 11, 2009
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I was born and raised in Newark. While I haven't lived there in years my heart will always be with the Brick City. This book is a terrific account of my town from its historical roots to the present. I loved it! A real page turner. Nothing was sugar coated. He wrote in great detail of the graft and corruption that did serious damage to Newark.

If there's a silver lining it's current Mayor Cory Booker. He details his rise to power and the challenges he overcame to be elected. My heart goes out in particular to the school kids of Newark. They deserve a quality education. That's one area that still needs a great deal of attention.

The writer did a magnificent job making Newark's history come alive. Even if you're not from my hometown, this is a message of hope. Newark is coming back and I couldn't be happier!

KC
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Day on March 20, 2009
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FIVE STARS! My original review accidentally showed four stars and I can't edit stars so I am adding this to say it's FIVE STARS!
This is a book you won't put down after cracking open its spine: a rich, balanced, informative and surprisingly easy read of the history of Newark from its humble beginnings, through its many challenges, to its present and hopeful future. Tuttle brings his strong journalist's background and investigative skills to bear, leaving few, if any, stones unturned in writing this comprehensive story of Newark.
I can't wait to read this new and refreshingly talented author's next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. ONEILL on May 20, 2009
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This is history told in the style of fine magazine reportage. It's
like watching a parade of eccentric characters in American life, as rich
as a great novel.

Tuttle doesn't engage in "counter-factual historicizing." In other words, he doesn't guess at what might have happened if citizens had done things differently. Yet one of the thrills of his book is that he reveals many of the city's missed chances.

Newark could have dodged several bullets along the way. For example, there was a mistaken willingness by politicians to shrink Newark's tax base by allowing sections to secede. There was also the failure to create public parks, which had (somewhat surprising) side-effects.

While the news Tuttle tells is often sad, his book is more inspiring than not. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janice L. Brink on December 3, 2013
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This is the most detailed and honest work on Newarks past. Besides the rise and fall of industrial Newark, the book gives incite on the immigrants of the early 1900's.
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