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!
The forgotten history about the roots of the US/Dutch versus the British history taught to all kids
Learning about the Dutch constitution, etc
Recommend this to all people to learn about liberty and how the US really got started.
My all time favorite. The author has taken dry history and made it sound like a present day novel with drama, suspense and human connection.
The intimate small individual human stories make it easier to relate to real people that lived over 300 years ago.
As someone who has roots that trace back to the Dutch in New York but admits to knowing nothing other than the names of these long ago dead relatives, this is a great and very readable story about the lives of those who lived in that area during this surprisingly dynamic time period.
Have not finished this book yet (about 1/2 way thru), but I am enjoying it. It is a very comprehensive and detailed account of the founding of colonies at Manhattan and Albany. Lots of background information on the key figures and what roles they played in the formation of New York. Highly recommend it to colonial America history buffs.
I really enjoyed this book. The early history of NYC was fascinating. The narrator was especially good and did an excellent job with Dutch surnames and places. The only thing that bugged me was that the author was a little to obviously intentional about the fact that this history is just emerging and he was one of the first to tell it. i just wanted to hear the fascinating story. It was a small flaw however, in an otherwise excellent listen.
This audiobook deserves a second listen to absorb further the great amount of information. I always knew the Dutch were great seamen and traders, but this book tells of their culture and how it translated into the lands they explored.
Any book that discusses the exploration of America and the first American settlements. Maybe a book like 1493 or even the book Cod.
His pronunciation of the Dutch names added to the ease of understanding.
I listened on a long road trip. I wish I had been driving through the Hudson River Valley. It would have been even more pleasurable!
I appreciated the comparison between each country's approach toward settlement. The Dutch culture and attitudes were far different from the French, Spanish, Portuguese, and English, and it translated in the development of the new land.
outstanding history lesson. Makes me understand the start of our country and a hugh respect for our forefathers.
Although a history book, it moves like a whodunit rather than a recitation of facts. While the underlying text certainly is written in this way, the narrator really did an excellent job of presenting the story with anticipation and dramatic tension. Because I listen to books as I drive, I am very sensitive to good narration that keeps me alert. This definitely did the trick.
The story itself is fascinating not only for New Yorkers of today, but for all those interested in colonial history. Yet, the story also clearly aims also at making a point about how we understand the contemporary U.S. as well.
This is one of my favorite Audible books so far, and I plan to listen to it again. It was well paced, never had a slow or dull section, and to me, very enlightening.
It expanded my view of our national history and how much the early Dutch settlers had contributed to our American character and values.
Very enlightening and entertaining. As a fiction junkie it was refreshing to see non fiction can still entertain me. This just isn't a story of Manhattan it is a story of American and what we thought we knew. JOB WELL DONE.