As with most history, there was a lot of detail. It was interesting to learn about NY's and America's Dutch beginnings. Oh, and BTW, I love kohl slaw and cookies.
I really enjoyed this book. The Contribution of the Dutch to New York was News to me. I really like how Shorto put in the information about Adrian Van der donke (sp?). I will listen to this book again.
Recommended for people who like history and want to discover poorly understood but important events in our past.
I learned new insights into the Dutch colony in the Midatlantic and its importance to the building of our nation. Many of my ancestors date back to New Amsterdam, so I was especially interested in this time and place.
A facinating telling of the founding and growth of the dutch colony on Manhattan in the 1600's. The personalities and twists of fate and timing were woven into a thoroughly engrossing story. The author does get a little longwinded at the end describing how these settlements had a lasting impact on the development of America, as well as american culture and policy. Having grown up in New York, I didn't need that much convincing. Overall, a compelling story and an excellent history lesson.
Maybe, if the subject was interesting enough.
If that friend was really interested in the subject I would recommend it, but for someone wanting some history of New York City I think there are other books that are more interesting.
There was nothing special bout the narrator.
It reminded me a bit about the movie Gangs of New York.
I think this would've been a tough read, but was painting my bathroom and totally enjoyed the story!
I love the factoids that so much of what makes America unique can be traced to that original Dutch colony.
That it was so difficult to piece together. That yes, history is written by the victors and this has so much to intrigue and amaze. I have been trying to relay it to my husband and 13 year old.
Highly recommend. A fascinating perspective on American history.
Yes as it replaces fiction with facts.
No one in particular.
No, too long and complex.
I like L.J. Gansers voice and style of narrating but I don't appreciate his butchering of Dutch names and words. This was especially bad when he called one of the greatest seafaring man Michelle the Ritter. The name is Michiel de Ruyter.
In the top 20%
It is interesting to see how events and personalities change the course of history, sometimes for the good sometimes not.
I seldom have that luxury of time.
If you are the type that is curious about how things came to be , this could be a good listen for you.
Former steelworker from Buffalo NY retired after 40 yrs. as a Registered Nurse. Viet Vet, did a lot of theater in HS... e-Clectic for sure
So we did forget as a nation the accomplishment of the Dutch to the America you and I know today. Not just cole slaw and tulips but the beginning of the demand for redress of government in constitutional form. Similar to Kurlansky Mr. Shorto writes the extensive and somewhat recent (1972) discovery of the documents left by the Dutch East India company. He animates history in a most interesting way and fleshes out the characters believably. Why didn't they let us read history like this in high school. If Kurlansky's Cod or Salt interested you, then you'll love this book. Now it does help my understanding of the narrative because I used to live in the Bronx. All the names of places well known to me were derived here. Bravo Shorto!