In swift, witty chapters that flawlessly capture the pace and character of New York City, acclaimed diarist Edward Robb Ellis presents his masterpiece: a thorough, and thoroughly readable, history of America's largest metropolis. Ellis narrates some of the most significant events of the past three hundred years and moreathe Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr's fatal duel, the formation of the League of Nations, the Great Depressionafrom the perspective of the city that experienced, and influenced, them all. Throughout, he infuses his account with the strange and delightful anecdotes that a less charming tour guide might omit, from the story of the city's first, block-long subway to that of the blizzard of 1888 that turned Macy's into one big slumber party. Playful yet authoritative, comprehensive yet intimate, The Epic of New York City confirms the words of its own epigraph, spoken by Oswald Spengler: qWorld history is city history, q particularly when that city is the Big Apple.The nextfew dayshelived on 5centmeals of apple dumplings andcoffee. That infamous Black Friday whenGould and Fisk tried to cornerthe gold market, Edison stood ona telegraph booth to watch in wideeyed wonder as ... At last he discovered carbonized cotton filaments and produced a lightbulbthat burned 40 hours.
|Title||:||The Epic of New York City|
|Publisher||:||Basic Books - 2011-09-20|