The book started out great, I felt sad every time I put it down to do something else. Really, I can't express in words how stunning the first part wasThe book started out great, I felt sad every time I put it down to do something else. Really, I can't express in words how stunning the first part was. The second part was a let down in light of how great the first part was. Not to say that it was bad, I just didn't enjoy it as much. There was resolution, it just wasn't as thrilling as the beginning....more
A stream-of-consciousness account of life in the projects of Brooklyn. Gruesome. Short stories that sort of interwove. I liked it more than I dislikedA stream-of-consciousness account of life in the projects of Brooklyn. Gruesome. Short stories that sort of interwove. I liked it more than I disliked it, but not hugely....more
Although I'm annoyed that the author didn't provide dates for most of the photographs, and I would have preferred the section about all of the great TAlthough I'm annoyed that the author didn't provide dates for most of the photographs, and I would have preferred the section about all of the great Troy fires to be earlier on in the book, and some of the organizing could have been better (it went from chronological to not-so-chronological to almost chronological again, which was a bit confusing), overall the book was a great history of Troy. I don't think it's terribly comprehensive, but I'm not sure if such a book exists.
It was great reading about what a huge impact Troy has made, and continues to make today, on the rest of the country, and even the world. Troy was the home of the very first woman's labor union, it started the collar industry and was a huge player in the iron industry. Many of the nation's bells were cast in Troy, including the current Liberty Bell.
Troy also had an impact in sports, home to a few popular heavyweight boxing champions in the late 1800s, as well as being home to a National League baseball team. Although the Trojans were cut from the NL because of Troy's relatively small size, many of the players were transported to the Giants, helping to give birth to a sports team that still exists to this day.
The chapter on RPI was also interesting, as it is my alma matter, and while I found it somewhat lacking, there are several dozen books out there detailing the history of the nation's first science and technology university (and I own at least one of said books). It also briefly covered the Emma Willard school and Russel Sage College. All three schools have Amos Eaton to thank in part (although he is mostly responsible for founding RPI), and he is certainly one of my heroes, being a proponent not only of the teaching of the sciences, but of teaching the sciences to women. Had it been up to him, RPI would have been open to men and women from the very beginning. (Sadly, it took over a hundred years for RPI to start admitting women for full-time study.)
I found the portions of Troy's early history (in the 1600s and 1700s) to be fascinating, but, unfortunately, I don't think the chapters were written terribly well, and I found them a bit hard to follow. But it was interesting to follow Troy from a sparsely populated agricultural area to the bustling city it became in the 1800s and 1900s. Once industry moved out of the northeast, Troy started on a slow descent which it is only now beginning to spring back from. Sadly, due to fires in the 1800s and heaping quantities of "urban renewal" in the 1970s, many of Troy's architectural gems have been lost forever.
Lastly, I really loved how the author made note of some of the relics of Troy's history that are still available today. I will probably go through the book again and make myself a walking tour of the city to see these things with my own eyes next time I'm back at home. This includes the last remaining cobble stone road which exists north of Hoosick Street.
Overall, this is a very good book for anybody who's interested in finding out more about the great city of Troy, NY....more
Awesome book. Awesome awesome awesome. It was also great to read on the T because it's short essays, rants, stories and poems that I could easily readAwesome book. Awesome awesome awesome. It was also great to read on the T because it's short essays, rants, stories and poems that I could easily read in between stops....more
Wow, this book was amazing. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but as I got into it I couldn't put it down. More than 10 years later, I thinkWow, this book was amazing. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but as I got into it I couldn't put it down. More than 10 years later, I think the book is still very relevant and spot on. It details the ways women have been put down and trivialized by creating this desire to be beautiful, thin, and meet an ideal form of a woman that is basically unattainable. It also shows how this makes us do terrible things to ourselves (plastic surgery, anorexia, etc.), feel jealousy of other women, spend money on useless products, and, at the end of the day, still have low self esteem and make 75c on every dollar a man earns.
I'd be very interested in an update on this book, and especially how the author feels of Dove's alleged "campaign for real beauty." ...more