The Island at the Center of the World

The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America
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Product Number: Z0618
Released: Mar 28, 2011
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ISBN: #9781449888855
Narrator/s: L.J. Ganser
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Nearly 40 years ago, a New York State Library archivist discovered 12,000 pages of extraordinary records from the original Dutch colony on Manhattan. After decades of painstaking translation, the documents became the primary source for this breathtaking history of early New York. With an extraordinary cast of real-life characters, The Island at the Center of the World is a riveting narrative and a landmark in the chronicles of American history.

Author(s): Russell Shorto
Genre: History

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Author(s): Russell Shorto
Narrator(s): L.J. Ganser
Genre: History
Product Number C2817
Released: Oct 25, 2004
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419302183
Author(s): Russell Shorto
Genre: History
Product Number EB00173654
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9781400096336

Professional reviews

"Based on newly translated archives, Shorto tells the story of the Dutch settlement of Manhattan in great detail, including all the European back story, through the English takeover. Unfortunately, the book is as overwritten (sometimes comically) as the title is overblown. L.J. Ganser's voice--sharp-edged, harsh, and nasal--takes a long time to get used to. His pronunciations of foreign words is awkward and strained (especially the frequent Dutch). But the wealth of information and the cogent, if repetitive, arguments for the influence of this cosmopolitan, multicultural, liberal colony on the future U.S. outweigh the faults of the book and the reading. W.M. 2005 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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