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New York City: A Cultural History (Cultural Histories)
New York City epitomizes modernity. Its skyscrapers and neon nightlife, together with its inner-city ghettoes, symbolize all the excitements and tribulations of contemporary urban living.Eric Homberger explores the rich contribution New York has made to American history and culture. Birthplace of Herman Melville. Henry James, and Joseph Heller and adopted home of poets, pl ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Interlink Books
(first published June 1st 2002)
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I found this book to be a very slow read for me, but still an informative and fun book to read. I wish I had read it before my trip to New York, but look forward to visiting New York again one day and I will definitely take this book with me. When I was in New York, I could tell many buildings, places and such must have some historic significance and this book revealed those details. If I visit other major cities in the future, I will definitely consider getting/reading the Cultural and Literary ...more
A tour through one of the greatest cities in the world. Concentrating mostly on Manhattan, the author mixes history with the present day and explores how culture and the arts shaped the personality of NYC. If you know your history you may find that sections of the book drag just a bit but overall it is an interesting book for those who love the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.
Aug 01, 2008 Kelli rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Travelers, Tourists, NYC Friends, History Buffs
Recommended to Kelli by: Larry Winderbaum Assoc. Sample Sale
This was a very easy read about the broad scope history of Manhattan. I wish I'd have read this earlier while I was still deeply embedded in NYC living. Many of the places I frequented or enjoyed in the city carry a much more interesting history than I ever imagined. This was a very interesting cultural perspective & brought me even more appreciation for the city & ppl. of NYC.