In I Never Knew That About New York, Christopher Winn digs beneath the gleaming towers and mean streets of New York and discovers its secrets and its hidden treasures.
Learn about the extraordinary people who built New York into one of the world's great cities in just 400 years. New York is one of the most photographed and talked about cities in the world, but Winn unearths much that is unexpected and unremembered in this fast-moving, ever-changing metropolis where history is made on a daily basis!
Christopher Winn's first book was the best-selling I Never Knew That About England. Volumes on Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and London followed, and he has recently published books on the English, Scottish, and Irish alongside an illustrated edition of I Never Knew That About England.
A freelance writer and collector of trivia for over 20 years, he has worked with Terry Wogan and Jonathan Ross and sets quiz questions for television as well as for The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph. He is also the associate producer for a TV series by ITV on Great Britain, airing in 2014.
©2013 Christopher Winn (P)2015 Auidble, Ltd
"Comprehensive, fascinating, and thoughtfully laid out, this is a great read for the armchair tourist and pavement pounder alike." (The Library Journal)
This is a book for tourists. It just provides little blurbs of information about NY as if the reader/listener is wandering the streets of Manhattan. There is no story or through thread. A waste of a credit - save your money.
"Pre trip planning"
I read this book before my first trip to New York.
The city was described beautifully & now I can't wait to see in real life.
"Like having a museum audio guide - but without the museum"
There is a lot to like about this book. The facts are interesting and not always obvious and the author paints a rich picture of Manhattan.
However it is evidently drawn from a guide book - the reader often gives directions eg 'turn left and walk up....' and obviously written to read/listen to while walking around the city. The problem is that this loses the listener who isn't in the city and who can't see the buildings and avenues being referred to. A certain amount can be made up with Google but if you're not in NYC then the book soon turns into a long list of facts being read out...
Also it isn't about New York, just Manhattan island!
"It gave me a good grounding of New York"
Very difficult to cover the whole of New York but I thought this book had a good try.
It wet my appetite to learn more of the parts I was interested in.
Worth a listen.
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