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Review: How the Other Half Lives

User Review  - Vered - Goodreads

This book offered a great insight into poor urban life and the conditions within the tenements during the final decade of the 19th century. I thoroughly appreciated Riis's use of statistics and events/descriptions to enlighten his readers to one of the main issues of his day. Read full review

Review: How the Other Half Lives

User Review  - Carey Aquino - Goodreads

This book is one you read 10 pages, then you stop and come back a few days later. It's not a page turner, but it's fascinating history of NYC and the influx of immigrants. Read full review

Review: How the Other Half Lives

User Review  - Vicky Pinpin-Feinstein - Goodreads

My second time reading the book; the first time in the early 80s. It is one of those books that blazed trails in its subject matter. Riis is a gifted observer of immigrant life as he himself was an ... Read full review

Review: How the Other Half Lives

User Review  - Amanda Valenti - Goodreads

Reads like a text book but very interesting! Read full review

Review: How the Other Half Lives

User Review  - Hakan Jackson - Goodreads

I understand the historical significance of this book bringing light on the situation the poor of New York was living through, but I had no idea how it did this. The "Other Half" doesn't refer to the ... Read full review

Review: How the Other Half Lives

User Review  - Carly - Goodreads

What's most depressing about this book is how 125+ years later so little has changed. Loved the photos included, and the author's passionate support of the struggling people in the tenements is ... Read full review

Review: How the Other Half Lives

User Review  - Taylor Bolls - Goodreads

In How the Half Lives, Jacob A, Riis gives an in depth look of the life of immigrants and lower class during the late 1800's. How the Half Lives is known to be one of the first great works of ... Read full review

Review: How the Other Half Lives

User Review  - Dusty - Goodreads

Jacob A. Riis was born in Denmark but removed to the United States, alone and envisioning a career for himself as a carpenter, in 1870. Unable to find consistent work, he tramped about the very ... Read full review

Review: How the Other Half Lives

User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

It took me forever to finish this book. It was sad, informative and I'm glad I made it through. The sweeping generalizations and stereotypes were super annoying but it was fascinating to read about New York and reform for poor immigrants who settled there. Read full review

Review: How the Other Half Lives

User Review  - Emily Slomski - Goodreads

Interesting. Written from a sensation, journalistic standpoint. Not bad. I would recommend this to anyone who does not know about the tenement housing situation and Five Points of New York City. Read full review


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