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New York: The Novel | [Edward Rutherfurd]

New York: The Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling master of historical fiction weaves a grand, sweeping drama of New York from the city's founding to the present day.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Lynn 08-16-10
    Lynn 08-16-10 Member Since 2010
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    ""A must read""

    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

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    Yates East Windsor, NJ, United States 07-13-10
    Yates East Windsor, NJ, United States 07-13-10 Member Since 2015
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    "I absolutely LOVED this book!"

    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!!!

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    Philip Kapelle, Netherlands 06-13-10
    Philip Kapelle, Netherlands 06-13-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Rutherfurd makes history come alive"

    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.

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    Terry San Angelo, TX, United States 05-19-10
    Terry San Angelo, TX, United States 05-19-10
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    "Great book!"

    At times it was slow, but it was a very intriguing book and masterfully interwoven into a generational story.

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    Judy East longmeadow, MA, United States 04-02-10
    Judy East longmeadow, MA, United States 04-02-10 Member Since 2011

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    "loved it"

    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.

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    Jennifer Morrison, CO, United States 03-10-10
    Jennifer Morrison, CO, United States 03-10-10 Member Since 2007
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    "very engrossing, good reader and a good story"

    I loved this epic fictional account of the history of Manhatten. It was a gret listen, and I learned a lot as well.

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    K. Hebert Port Or 02-27-10
    K. Hebert Port Or 02-27-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Great Book"

    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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    Dorrit Chesterland, OH, USA 01-14-10
    Dorrit Chesterland, OH, USA 01-14-10 Member Since 2008
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    "very enjoyable"

    Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book - am looking forward to the next installment.

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    Susan Denver, CO, United States 01-06-10
    Susan Denver, CO, United States 01-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not so much"

    After reading the other glowing reviews I decided to listen to New York. What a disappointment! The first part of the book was pretty good but it really fell apart after that. The later characters were just not as well developed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Ratliff Paradise Valley, AZ, USA 03-01-10
    Vicki Ratliff Paradise Valley, AZ, USA 03-01-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Engaging "read""

    Excellent story and well done narration.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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