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In the Country of Brooklyn

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  6 reviews
One of every seven people in the United States can trace their family back to Brooklyn, New York—all seventy-one square miles of it; home to millions of people from every corner of the globe over the last 150 years. Now Peter Golenbock, the author of the acclaimed book Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers, returns to Kings County to collect the firsthand stories o ...more
ebook, 704 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2008)
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This huge (704 pages) book at first glance appears to be yet another nostalgic memoir or compendium of reminiscences of famous people who were born in Brooklyn. But Golenbock is after something much more ambitious and the result is a wonderful book that will interest those with little or no connection to Brooklyn.

Virtually every examination of Brooklyn takes as its starting point the diversity evidenced in the fact that one in seven Americans can trace his or her family back to this densely pop
Dan Lalande
It presents as a peoples' history of Brooklyn but is in fact an eye-witness account of the civil rights struggle in America, with that brand name borough as microcosm. It`s extremely inclusive (though where is the disability community?)and many of the first-person narratives are colorful and telling. But too often Brooklyn itself is irrelevant, footnoted, or shoehorned into what is ferociously foremost a plain-spoken political treatise. ...more
A series of essays/interviews regarding 20th century Brooklyn. Many stories I did not know about the history. The Dodgers seemed to be a part of everything... Individually, some of the chapters weren't great, but collectively, i really enjoyed the portrait this gave me of my new home borough.
Despite some misinformation this book was a wealth of information about a variety of subjects with their origins in Brooklyn. I found it fascinating
Enjoyable, as long as you can stomach the heavy liberal bias by the editor and the contributors.
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