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City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling
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Mar 25, 2012

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I liked it. I learned a lot about early New York City. And, the family tree at the beginning of the book I referred to multiple times. The LA times review on the back cover says it like it is . . . "A whopping saga ... whose every strange chapter - - -teeming with bizarre medicine, slave uprisings, executions, thriving brothels, and occasional cannibalistic Indians. . . brings forth shocks of recognition." I was both fascinated and squeamish as I read through the descriptions of medical techniques and practices of this era, 1661 - 1768. As the author says in her introductory note, "Those caregivers of the past, with their lust for knowledge and their thirst to cure, were often uncommonly brave and strong." True that, and for which I am grateful!

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Sten Bolander I remember reading a book about the history of New Amsterdam. Fascinating! Didn't realize all that - before New York City came to be.

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