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Over and Back: The History of Ferryboats in NY Harbor

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Ask the average American anywhere in the country to answer the association question Staten Islandand you get Ferryin immediate response. what is ... Show synopsis

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BriBriDi

The very best book on the subjest

by BriBriDi on Jan 24, 2009

Over and Back has been one of my most prized possessions for several years now. I was surprised to find that it had no review on Alibris. Since it does not I will take some time to weigh in on my opinion. Brian Cudahy is one of the greatest American authors of transportation subject matter who has ever lived and Over and Back is without question one of his greatest works. Aspects of material culture...the machines and the structures which inform men's surroundings in time and place and which ultimately enable his forward progress...of those things which we all too often take for granted including the lowly and utilitarian ferryboat... attention must be paid. Historians and those interested in American Maritime Enterprise and Regional Commerce know just how supremely important is the Port of New York and what the engine powered double-ender ferries meant to that vital city. What Cudahy ambitiously attempts is no less than the identification and cursory history of EVERY ONE of the cities private and municipal double-ender ferryboats since the inception of steam power. Aditionally, he also discusses all of the operators and all of the routes over which these ferries ran (about 200 years of history). How well he succeeds may only be known by Cudahy himself, since no one else alive knows as much or has invested as much time and energy in the undertaking. In my perfect world this author would perform the same treatment with other East Coast Cities such as Philadelphia and Boston, which also had extensive ferry operations, though by no means to the extent of New York. If you hold any interest in maritime commerce, water-borne transit, New York history or if you simply enjoy the intersection of deep scholarship and accessibly great writing than this is surely the book that you never knew you always wanted! A+

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