PBS darling Ric Burns (brother of Ken) teamed up with James Sanders and Lisa Ades to produce this spectacular volume and the accompanying 12-hour series. Some 500 illustrations enhance the narrative, while essays by and interviews with prominent New Yorkers-- Robert A. Caro, Carol Berkin, and David Levering Lewis among them--highlight their visions of the metropolis, past and present. New Yorkers or not, readers will enjoy stories of how the city grew and changed over time--such as in 1699, when the old Dutch city wall was torn down and a later-to-be-famous street laid out in its place; or in a 10-day period in 1930, when 14 new floors of the Empire State Building were erected. Along the way, the authors debunk a few myths: the Dutch didn't really pay only $24 for Manhattan, and no immigrant's name was known to have been changed by the Ellis Island inspectors--though the ships' manifests they were consulting may have been incorrect.
Burns and company are clearly enamored of New York, seeing it as "the ultimate city of dreaming and desire, a place of passage and transformation, of possibility and exchange, of mingled cultures and identities." They also see New York, with all its ups, downs, problems, and triumphs, as a microcosm of the modern world. Lavish, thorough, and pleasantly warm, New York: An Illustrated History reminds us that, yes, it's a wonderful town. --Sunny Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
New York is the world's greatest city. How many cities in the world merit the sort of treatment Ric Burns give New York in a book that is easily twice the size of a typical text... Read morePublished on March 25 2002 by The Gray Adder
All I want to say is WOW! This book is wonderful, I recieved it as a Christmas gift, and I just can't put it down. It is just as wonderful as the series. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2001
Great book for anyone interested in the history of New York City or in "The City" in general. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2001
This is an absolute must for everyone interrested in New York history. I love the many historical pictures and maps and the easy to read text (I'm German). Read morePublished on July 14 2001 by ucon
There are no pictures and captions of the universities and colleges (especially the unique City College), of the major museums(inside and outsides), major sports facilities and... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 1999 by Haase