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This book has numerous inaccuracies so, if you care about learning about the growth of New York City, this is NOT the book to buy. For example, on page 19, the map has designated Long Island as being part of Connecticut! (Long Island, with a population of over 7.5 million people, has an area of 1401 square miles (3629 km2), and is the largest island in the continental US.) A sample minor error is a photo on page 67 facing north, but the description says it is facing south. I bought the book because it has interesting photos and illustrations and appears to be a useful compact history... but I can't trust the information in it, which makes it pretty useless! On the internet, I can find no other books by or information on the author M J (Martin) Howard; he is described on the cover as a writer who "specializes in North American history and places" who has "authored and ghost-written nearly twenty books." Scary! The publisher is Compendium Publishing in the UK (also unfindable on the internet), and the book was printed in China. Appears that no American brains, knowledge or fact checking went into production of this book. This is an attractive book, but beauty is only skin deep.
The error mentioned (on page 19) in the other review of this title was corrected in the second printing- the other minor error is just that- minor. Many illustrated books published in the US are printed in China, and this has no bearing on the quality of the book or content. This is a fine title with excellent content.
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