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)
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.
Great read and storyline. I liked the accuracy of the history and how the characters come to life and extend through generations
...I love listening!
This is a long story that follows the history of a few families from the 1600s through modern day. You learn the history of the city of New York through their story. I learned a lot about the city itself. I thought it was a nice way to have some history woven in, and it was my first experience with historical fiction that I thought was really well done. I can see why this has such high reviews. That being sad, there were very slow parts to this book and it wasn't one of the books that I couldn't wait to listen to. Sometimes it felt like a chore that I just had to get through.
I could it stop listening to this book. A remarkable story of a family over 350 plus years. It is do well written and the narrator is now among my favorites. Looking forward to reading more by Mr. Rutherford.
At first I thought this book would not keep my interest in such a daunting "history" of part of America and of one of our most prominent cities/states; I was happily wrong. Not only did I learn a lot while reading (listening) to this book I enjoyed every bit of history all the way up through present day. Some of it admittedly was hard to listen to but then again - just one more aspect of a good listen for me. The narrator was superb, I'll now see what else he may have out there - I've found many a good listen this way. My only small dismay was how quickly a character would be "written" off - I would grow to like a particular character and wonder where they went, what happened and in the next instant hear how they had died some years ago.... I don't consider that to be a "spoiler" given the multiple centuries this book covers.... people are gonna die. Highly recommended for those interested in history and people.
This is the first book I have listened to or read by Edward Rutherfurd and I greatly enjoyed it. I often find I enjoy one time period more than others in this type of book but that didn't hold true here. The story kept my attention beginning to end.
I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!
I know that due to the length of this story I could never have read it all. But this story was rich in history and was woven beautifully from generation to generation. I highly recommend this story. But it really takes patience to get to the end
education in economy without the boredom.
JP Morgan using his own money to forstall the first stock market crash
smooth and not grating
It shocked me into reviewing all my financial plans!
I read (listened) to this a long time ago sent my son a hard copy. I got more world history and finance education out of this book than in either high school or college courses. What led me to write this today was the crashing of the Chinese Stock market over the past few weeks. When the "experts" described what went wrong it was exactly like the 1929 market crash that was brought about by the same non regulated greed of selling "sure things" to the average working person. We are headed back there again better be prepared. The totally free market concept is based on the perception that all the players are honest ; of-course in reality they are not. "It's all about business and profitability" If you bought a hedge fund that crashed or an investment that turned out to to be junk bonds you are responsible no matter who advised you. You were just stupid and should have known better.
Fascinating presentation. Like being there. The author did a great job of helping you follow the generations of family members.
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