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 huge book to tackle and I was a bit doubtful about whether I'd really enjoy it. But, I did enjoy it and immensely so. It created a fascinating look at not only the history of New York, but of America as well. It would have been a five-star book had the ending not trailed off into a seemingly endless, inane, boring waste of time. I actually stopped before it ended, struck by how the ending seemed like something from another book or writer. As long as the reader is prepared for the tedious ending, the book is well-worth the time.
I was excited to listen to this book because the reviews were stellar. This was the first book that I could not finish. It droned on and on! I wasted two credits.
This book is excellent. It sets place in early New York at the time New York City was the capitol of the US. The author does an impressive job in his characterization of several immigrant families, and delights the reader as he takes him/her through decades of the early social economic history of our country. Many of the old, established, wealthy families are mentioned, the start of the US stock markets, banks, and how the Civil War effected the citizens of NYC, etc. were expertly and interestingly viewed. My thanks to Edward Rutherfurd, Lynn Wright
Throughout some of the most historical events was woven a saga of the human experience. Instead of listening to a story about history, I felt like I was there during it with this novel! I was sorry when it was over! I recommend it with my whole heart!!!
New York, the novel, is a masterpiece. It provides a very good overview of key historical periods and events of this great city. Prior to listening to this audiobook, I knew some of New York's history, but I have learned so much more now. Edward Rutherfurd has done a great job researching, and translating it into enjoyable stories. The book has a wide appeal, it discusses historical events, as well as architecture, art, trade, political, and society aspects of life. The characters are well developed, and I emphatized with most of them. Contrary to earlier works by Edward Rutherfurd (London, Sarum), there are no true villains in "New York", which is no judgment either positive or negative, but more a sign of Rutherfurd's style development. Narration of the novel is fine as well.
Every now and then I love a book and can't wait to drive somewhere to keep listening. This was one of those times. Fascinating.
I loved this epic fictional account of the history of Manhatten. It was a gret listen, and I learned a lot as well.
Whis it was still going on, didn't want it to end. This is the only review I have done but then it was the best book i have gotten here, well worth 2 credits
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