Jean Marie Angelo's Reviews > The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America

The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto
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Jun 22, 2011

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I liked this book. but I wanted to love it. While there are many gems and insights, I was slowed down by the author's ponderous writing style. I now live close to Yonkers, N.Y., and I find this area faccinating. More fascinating is the wealth of ideas and culture the Dutch colony here, and to the south and north, gave to America. The author has brought the history to light. Had Nelson Rockerfeller not ensured that the State of of New York been given funds to translate a trove of moldy documents that were almost lost through fire and various moves from one library to another, we would never know the richness and intricacies of the Dutch in their New Netherland and Fort Amsterdam. When the British took the Island of Manhattan they did all they could to erradicate the Dutch culture. At least this book sets the record straight.

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June 22, 2011 – Shelved
July 18, 2012 – Started Reading
July 20, 2012 –
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August 31, 2012 – Finished Reading
November 15, 2012 – Shelved as: history-politics

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Paul I liked the book also. marilyn gave it to me as a gift. Glad we shared it.

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