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Gotham by Edwin G. Burrows
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Jan 06, 12

Read from October 31, 2011 to January 06, 2012

The message of this huge book, about 1500 pages, is that everything old is new again. The current disagreements between labor and capital, immigration and closed door advocates, hawks and doves, have all happened before many times. The nonsense we hear from politicians today, on both sides, is almost identical to what they were preaching 150 years ago. The current economic crisis is reminiscent of the real estate bubble that caused the panic of 1857, and also of the European problems that caused the depression of 1873-96.

It took me months to read, but it was well worthwhile. The history of New York City is a microcosm of the history of the United States, and I concluded in the end, that we have survived circumstances like those which face the country today many times in the past, and we have, eventually, survived and prospered. 5 star quality, and 3 stars for being too long. Rated PG.
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