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The Northern Borough: A History of The Bronx [Kindle Edition]

Lloyd Ultan
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Book Description

For most people around the globe, The Bronx evokes an image of burned-out buildings, rubble-strewn empty lots and a feral people ready to pounce on the unwary visitor. Yet, a dispassionate investigation of the history of this northernmost borough of the thriving metropolis of New York City, and the only one attached to the mainland, reveals a much more positive dynamic image and a lasting legacy that contributed to the growth and development of the country at large. The complete story of The Bronx remains unknown largely because studies of the city of New York focus almost exclusively on the borough of Manhattan. Now, in this first single-volume account of the northern borough published for the general reader since 1912, The Bronx emerges as a vital part of the development of New York City and as the story of the United States in microcosm.

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  • File Size: 2306 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W0JGNG
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you grew up in the Bronx October 11, 2010
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excellent history of the Bronx. Explains the origin of place names such as" gun hill road" and" throggs neck", amongst many. Very thorough in scope and gives a vision of the early Bronx as quite a beautiful area. Also delves into the history of contentious modern issues, such as slavery; political divisions within the area; as well as the factionalization during the Revolutionary war. It is well written by and large. Could probably have used a good editorial hand to improve some of the sentence structure but none if that distracts from the overall book. I highly recommend this book to any current or past Bronx resident.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved Dis Book! March 1, 2012
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OK, so I was born in The Bronx, and lived there until I was 16 years old. I knew I'd like this book. I've read a few books on its history, but this is the best. I now know more about its past than when I lived there. Mr. Ultan is the ultimate Bronx historian, and compacts 400 years into less than 400 pages. It flows nicely from generation to generation, and is surprisingly detailed with names and dates. My only complaint would be the small section of illustrations. But, hey, they're in Mr. Ultan's other books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good textbook but... May 21, 2012
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I thought this was an entertaining telling of Bronx History, with many interesting tidbits and facts along the way. Unlike some other histories of the Bronx, this one really tries to cover all sides. I would dwell on the positive but since other folks have already raved about it, I will not keep listing its many positive aspects.

Having said that, this author can be forgiven for his somewhat odd way of treating some Hispanic politicians. Hector Badillo and Roberto Ramirez are both "intelligent", as if Mr. Lloyd it had to be said; he shuns most adjectives for politicians. He can also be forgiven the way he deals with himself in the third person (four times injecting his name in the narrative.) But what I found worrisome was the lack of attribution. It starts early on with Charles McDaniel, a Catholic weaver, who lived in the 18th Century. Since there are no footnotes, I waited to finish and find out more about in the end notes. Lo and behold, there are no end notes.

Most college-level book reports have either footnotes and end notes, and it really bothered me that Mr. Lloyd couldn't be bothered with them. The bibliography does list Mr. Lloyd's work constantly, so I guess we're supposed to assume he's an authority and the conventions of historiography do not apply to him. If you think I'm tough with him, the American Historical Association implies that lack of attribution could be considered many things, none of them good.

I can give you many many examples of text that is unattributed. One of them is during his description of Prohibition in the borough: "It was not unusual to see policemen, still in uniform, drinking from teacups in a speakeasy." Great tidbit, where did you get it?
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