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Song of Brooklyn

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The voices of Brooklyn:

“I’m a Brooklyn guy, it’s in my bones and it’s there in Brooklyn. There’s a certain rhythm you get growing up there. Every Brooklyn kid has it. Always on the right beat. The Bronx, no; Queens, you were out of it; but Brooklyn, that was it.”
Mel Brooks, Williamsburg

“Everyone got along because we had one major thing that held everyone in Brooklyn…toget
ebook, 368 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Akira Watts
If this were, in fact, an actual oral history of Brooklyn, it would be a neat thing. But there's far too much filler and far too little oral history (and what oral history there is is weighted a bit too heavily in favor of famous scions of Brooklyn).

The book doesn't need a lengthy, alphabetical list of every well known resident of Brooklyn ever. It doesn't particularly need long introductions and narrations and explanations. It simply needs to let the people of Brooklyn speak. When it does that
Oct 08, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one for the history of Brooklyn. Just shortly after reading it, we discovered my husband works in the old American Can Factory building which is part of the outfield for Washington Park, where the original Dodgers played back in like 1912. I'm not usually a history book kind of gal, but this one was really well done. I love getting to the end of each chapter and getting little snippets of other "notables" who grew up in Brooklyn.
Feb 13, 2011 Elayne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The actual oral history interviews were great - the author's own writing and opinions, not so much. Still, worth a read.
Karen Christino
Eliot does a great job of summarizing some of Brooklyn's history, with some terrific stories from local notables. Organized by topic so you can skip around. No index, and not comprehensive.
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poorly organized but great anecdotes.
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