Rutherfurd celebrates America's greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga that showcases his extraordinary ability to combine impeccable historical research and storytelling flair. As in his earlier, best-selling novels, he illuminates cultural, social, and political upheavals through the lives of a remarkably diverse set of families.
As he recounts the intertwining fates of characters rich and poor, black and white, native born and immigrant, Rutherfurd brings to life the momentous events that shaped New York and America: the Revolutionary War, the emergence of the city as a great trading and financial center, the excesses of the Gilded Age, the explosion of immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the trials of World War II, the near-demise of New York in the 1970s and its roaring rebirth in the '90s, and the attacks on the World Trade Center. Sprinkled throughout are captivating cameo appearances by historical figures ranging from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln to Babe Ruth.
New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.
©2009 Edward Rutherford; (P)2009 Random House
"Like James Michener and Leon Uris, Rutherfurd does a magnificent job of packaging a crackling good yarn within a digestible overview of complex historical circumstances and events." (Booklist)
This is a fantastic story and a phenomenal performance. The best audiobook performance I have listened to of a novel for sure! Get started on this adventure of a book right now and enjoy every moment!
This book really brings New York alive in a creative way. Not only does it tell the long history of the story, but it introduces you to a family. By the end, that family becomes your family. Wonderful job to Edward Rutherfurd for capturing the nature of humanity and that of the great city.
Wow! I can't begin to say how much I enjoyed this book. It is the first of Rutherford's books that I have read, but it sure won't be the last! The story is beautifully written and I loved the depth of character development. The Master family became part of my own extended family, and I felt that I was right there with them. I was also pleased with Bramhall's performance, and that makes a big difference in a book of this size. His inflection and reading style are similar to my own and made the 36-hours of listening so very enjoyable. Truly, an 11 on a scale of 10.
What I enjoyed about rid story was the basic goodness of the main characters. The very best part was the section narrated in the first person by the black servant.
I love Edward Rutherfurd'sbseries of books still two to go. New York does not disappoint. I have enjoyed the fictional characters and the way the families developed into the future. I have learned so much about the real historical characters, they came alive. I think I have a very rounded picture of our early foundation. Excellent.
I lived in NY for many years and still work there. To me this was an important book. I love the history of New York and this is a very accurate account. I loved it.
Bramhall's narration is great. He is able to give character and personality to the many different men and women in the story.
New York and Rutherfurd's Paris are grand in scope and I love how the generations connect to each other through out the years.
I recommend the book to lovers of historical fiction and those who love New York itself. I'm a west coaster myself, but this tale makes me want to visit NYC and helps me to understand some of the differences between the coasts. I also was interested in reading about society and blue bloods.
It's long but it kept me interested. I'm going to plan a trip to New York, but for tonight I'll watch Saturday Night Live.
I chose to this book because i love historical fiction, and can really lose myself in long narratives. But I don't understand all of the praise for this author. New York is the worst kind of historical fiction: plenty of history but absolutely no insight. The characters are historical mouthpieces, included because they personify a type or particular historical perspective (e.g., patriot, loyalist, etc.) or a relationship between multiple perspectives (e.g. a patriot who is increasingly sympathetic to the loyalists) but not because they are of interest in their own right as human characters. Compared to the work of someone like Hilary Mantel, or Geraldine Brooks, New York is like a history textbook written with dialogue. You can definitely learn about events in American history, but don't expect to learn anything new about human beings or fiction. I will not be reading anything by Rutherfurd again.
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