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  • The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Shorto
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (325)

    Nearly 40 years ago, a New York State Library archivist discovered 12,000 pages of extraordinary records from the original Dutch colony on Manhattan. After decades of painstaking translation, the documents became the primary source for this breathtaking history of early New York.

    Pen Name says: "Loved it!"
    "worth the time"
    Overall

    primarily a publication of primary source historical documents, the first 1/3 or so of the book seemed a bit repetitious and dry. i actually dropped it for a while and listened to some trashy and exciting fiction.
    however, as an avid history buff who grew up in NY, i gave it a second try, and i'm very glad i did~ the flow of information, while still based on a relatively unknown cache of primary historical documents, eventually took on more of the flow of a story, and the characters fascinating players in a grand historical drama. i had no idea that the Dutch were the radical progressives of their day, and it was they that were the Europeans who brought the ideas of self-determined democratic government and pluralistic diverse society to our shores! i know the NY Native tribes, some of them, also had this type of government in their own style, and most of the Dutch honored their treaties w/Native Nations. And more! as i said, worth the time~

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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