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.
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by Russell Shorto
by Neal Bascomb
by Maya Jasanoff
by Devin Leonard
by Dr. James Loewen
by Rick Atkinson
by Georgia Bragg
by John Jerome
"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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