The Epic of New York City: A Narrative History

The Epic of New York City: A Narrative History

Edward Robb Ellis


In fast, witty chapters that perfectly catch the speed and personality of recent York urban, acclaimed diarist Edward Robb Ellis provides his masterpiece: a radical, and punctiliously readable, historical past of America's biggest city. Ellis narrates the most major occasions of the previous 300 years and more—the innovative and Civil Wars, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr's deadly duel, the formation of the League of countries, the nice Depression—from the point of view of town that skilled, and encouraged, all of them. all through, he infuses his account with the unusual and pleasant anecdotes much less captivating journey consultant may well overlook, from the tale of the city's first, block-long subway to that of the snow fall of 1888 that grew to become Macy's into one enormous shut eye celebration. Playful but authoritative, finished but intimate, The Epic of recent York urban confirms the phrases of its personal epigraph, spoken by way of Oswald Spengler: "World background is urban history," relatively whilst that urban is the massive Apple.

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