The Epic of New York City: A Narrative History

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Basic Books, 20 սեպ, 2011 թ. - 640 էջ
In swift, witty chapters that flawlessly capture the pace and character of New York City, acclaimed diarist Edward Robb Ellis presents his masterpiece: a thorough, and thoroughly readable, history of America's largest metropolis. Ellis narrates some of the most significant events of the past three hundred years and more—the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr's fatal duel, the formation of the League of Nations, the Great Depression—from the perspective of the city that experienced, and influenced, them all. Throughout, he infuses his account with the strange and delightful anecdotes that a less charming tour guide might omit, from the story of the city's first, block-long subway to that of the blizzard of 1888 that turned Macy's into one big slumber party. Playful yet authoritative, comprehensive yet intimate, The Epic of New York City confirms the words of its own epigraph, spoken by Oswald Spengler: "World history is city history," particularly when that city is the Big Apple.

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Ellis's 1966 volume chronicles several centuries of New York City history. The story covers everything from riots, scandals, and dirty politics to the construction of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn ... Read full review

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LJ's reviewer praised Ellis's 1966 epic for its "easy narrative flow, its comprehensible scope...its impressive bibliography." The text is chock-full of interesting tidbits about New York City from ... Read full review


Manhattan Is Discovered
First Settlers Arrive
Peter Stuyvesant Takes Command
The English Name It New York
The Leisler Rebellion
Pirates Infest New York
Of Queesting and Fribbles
The Peter Zenger Trial
Building Brooklyn Bridge
Metropolitan Opera House Opens
Creation of the Statue of Liberty
The Blizzard of 1888
New Yorks First Skyscraper
Ellis Island Opens
The Reverend Parkhurst Samples Vice
Hearst Wages

The City Goes
Duel for Empire
The Stamp Act Rebellion
The Doctors Riot
The Capital of the Nation
The HamiltonBurr Duel 16 John Jacob Astor Fools the President
Sawing Off Manhattan Island
The Gangs of New York
Down With Foreigners
The Astor Place Riot
Slavery and Abolitionism
The Police Riot
Abraham Lincoln Arrives
The Draft Riots
Confederates Try to Burn Down New York
The Tweed Scandals
Thomas Edison Lights the City
Creation of Greater New York
Opening of the Twentieth Century
The General Slocum Disaster
Colonel House and Woodrow Wilson
The Triangle Fire
The League of Nations Opens on Broadway
Wall Street Is Bombed
The Wall Street Crash
The Great Depression
The Jimmy Walker Scandals
Fiorello LaGuardia Becomes Mayor
Nazis Plan to Bomb New York
William ODwyer Sweats
Robert F Wagners Administration
This City Is the Center of the Universe
Selected Bibliography
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Edward Robb Ellis is the author of A Nation in Torment, Echoes of Distant Thunder, A Nation in Torment, and, most notably, the monumental A Diary of the Century, which the Chicago Tribune calls a "jewel of Americana." At roughly 21 million words, it has been named by the Guinness Book of World Records the largest diary ever written, and by numerous critics, the greatest ever published.

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