The companion volume to the 12-hour PBS series, "New York" is brimming with 500 color and black-and-white illustrations, photographs, paintings, lithographs, and prints as well as a glorious cast of characters, including Peter Stuyvesant, John Jacob Astor, Emma Lazarus, J.P. Morgan, Fiorella La Guardia, and George Gershwin, to name only a few. Tag ...
The companion volume to the 12-hour PBS series, "New York" is brimming with 500 color and black-and-white illustrations, photographs, paintings, lithographs, and prints as well as a glorious cast of characters, including Peter Stuyvesant, John Jacob Astor, Emma Lazarus, J.P. Morgan, Fiorella La Guardia, and George Gershwin, to name only a few. Tag-line mentions on PBS.
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Publishers Weekly, 1999-11-01 A companion to an upcoming PBS series, this lavishly illustrated history is an engaging and intelligent work in its own right, presenting a coherent overview without ever glossing over thorny historical or political questions. By supplementing their well-researched text with photographs, paintings, newspaper headlines and interviews with historians and social critics, Burns (The Civil War, with Ken Burns) and Sanders have produced a volume that is as attractive as it is perceptive. Arranged chronologically, the book manages to capture some of the diverse elements?such as the immigrant communities, labor unrest, traditional and avant-garde cultures, crime and architecture, among other factors?that continue to play important roles in the city's evolution. For example, the section on Greenwich Village, "The Republic of Washington Square," contains a succinct history of the area as a cultural engine, with rare photographs and illuminating quotes from Edmund Wilson and Floyd Dell. The section on the Harlem Renaissance provides a comprehensive analysis of the movement's development and importance, aptly illustrated and contextualized with an interview with David Levering Lewis. Burns and Sanders have successfully marshaled a huge amount of material into a format that is informative and highly entertaining. BOMC History Book Club selection. (Nov.) FYI: PBS will launch the 12-hour series New York on November 18. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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