A brilliant mix of battle, romance, family struggles, and personal triumphs, New York gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of America's history.
A blockbuster masterpiece that combines breath-taking scope with narrative immediacy, this grand historical epic traces the history of New York through the lenses of several families: The Van Dycks, a wealthy Dutch trading family; the Masters, scions of an English merchant clan torn apart during the Revolution; the Hudsons, slaves who fight for their freedom over several generations; the Murphys, who escape the Famine in Ireland and land in the chaotic slum of Five Points; the Rewards, robber barons of the Gilded Age; the Florinos, an immigrant Italian clan who work building the great skyscrapers in the 1920s; and the Rabinowitzs, who flee anti-semitism in Europe and build a new life in Brooklyn.
Over time, the lives of these families become intertwined through the most momentous events in the fabric of America: The founding of the colonies; the Revolution; the growth of New York as a major port and trading centre; the Civil War; the Gilded Age; the explosion of immigration and the corruption of Tammany Hall; the rise of New York as a great world city in the early 20th-century; the trials of World War II, the tumult of the 1960s; the near-demise of the city in the 1970s; its roaring rebirth in the 1990s; culminating in the World Trade Center attacks at the beginning of the new century.
New York is the book that Rutherfurd's fans have been waiting for.
From the Hardcover edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Michener-like in its grand scale, but it becomes very personal too. Fun, interesting facts about NYC: One discovers that there actually was a wall along side Wall Street at one time, for example. For a 860-page book, it moves very quickly. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - carebear10712 - LibraryThing
I just don't think Edward Rutherfurd is for me. I do love historical fiction but I don't like that one novel captures two hundred years. Even when it follows a few families, I can't connect to characters when they are only around for a few chapters, at most. Read full review
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