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The Island at the Center of the World - by Russell Shorto (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 416

Genre: History

Sub-Genre: United States

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Vintage

Book theme: State & Local, Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)

Author: Russell Shorto

Language: English

Street Date: April 12, 2005
TCIN: 11338500
UPC: 9781400078677
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-6429

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"Astonishing . . . A book that will permanently alter the way we regard our collective past." --The New York Times

"A tour de force. . . . The dramatic story of New York's origins is splendidly told. . . . A masterpiece of storytelling and first-rate intellectual history." --The Wall Street Journal

"As readable as a finely written novel. . . . social history in the Barbara Tuchman tradition." --San Jose Mercury News

"Literary alchemy. . . . Shorto's exhaustively researched and highly readable book is a stirring re-examination. . . . Brilliant and magisterial narrative history" --Chicago Tribune

"Masterly . . . A new foundation myth . . .Shorto writes at all times with passion, verve, nuance and considerable humor." --The New York Times Book Review

"Rattlingly well told-a terrific popular history about a past that beautifully illuminates the present." --The Sunday Times [London]

"A dramatic, kaleidoscopic and, on the whole, quite wonderful book. . . . This is one of those rare books in the picked-over field of colonial history, a whole new picture, a thrown-open window. . . . [A] full-blooded resurrection of an unfamiliar American patriot." -The New York Observer

"Deserves to be a bestseller . . .narratively irresistible, intellectually provocative, historically invaluable" -The Guardian

"A spry, informative history. . . . Shorto supplies lucid, comprehensive contexts in which to see the colony's promise and turmoil. . . . [D]elivers the goods with clarity, color and zest." -The Seattle Times

"As Russell Shorto demonstrates in this mesmerizing volume, the story we don't know is even more fascinating than the one we do . . .Historians must now seriously rethink what they previously understand about New York's origins . . ." -The New York Post

"Russell Shorto fires a powerful salvo on the war of words over America's origins . . . he mounts a convincing case [that], in Shorto's words, 'Manhattan is where America began.' Readers . . find themselves absorbed in what can only be described as a plot, revolving around two strong men with conflicting visions of the future of Dutch North America." -America: The National Catholic Weekly

"Fascinating. . . . A richly nuanced portrait set against events on the world stage." --Time Out New York

"Shorto brings this . . . deeply influential chapter in the city's history to vivid, breathtaking life [with] a talent for enlivening meticulous research and painting on a broad canvas. . . . In elegant, erudite prose, he manages to capture the lives of disparate historical characters, from kings to prostitutes." -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Remarkable. . . . [C]ompulsively interesting. . . . . Shorto argues that during the brief decades of its Dutch colonial existence Manhattan had already found, once and for all, its tumultuously eclectic soul." -New Statesman

"Shorto delineates the characters in this nonfiction drama convincingly and compellingly." -Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"[An] absorbing, sensual, sometimes bawdy narrative featuring whores, pirates, explorers and scholars. With clarity and panache, Shorto briskly conveys the complex history of the age of exploration." -Times Literary Supplement

"Shorto's book makes a convincing case that the Dutch did not merely influence the relatively open, tolerant and multicultural society that became the United States; they made the first and most significant contribution." -American History

"Shorto's prose is deliciously rich and witty, and the story he tells-drawing heavily on sources that have only recently come to light-brings one surprise after another. His rediscovery of Adriaen van der Donck, Peter Stuyvesant's nemesis, is fascinating." -Edward G. Burrows, coauthor of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History

"A landmark work . . .Shorto paints the emotions and attitudes of his characters with a sure hand, and bestows on each a believable, living presence." -The Times (London)

"A triumph of scholarship and a rollicking narrative . . . an exciting drama about the roots of America's freedoms." -Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

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