Review: The Island at the Center of the World

Editorial Review - - Robert Finn

The jacket copy for this fascinating book nowhere describes author Russell Shorto as a professional historian. True, he has written two other books on subjects dealing with the past (the historical Jesus and the relationship of psychiatry to religion), but his blurb writers conspicuously avoid the "H" word. Just as well. He writes sprightly, almost novelistic prose and he is indeed a man with a ... Read full review

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One of the finest revelations of our nation's history, the little-known history of pre-English New York. Though, as a descendant of some of the original settling farmers (Walloon/Huguenot), as well as earliest traders, I found the descriptions of the wide open environment slightly (yet gleefully) embarrassing. A wonderful addition to the serious study of 16th and 17th century history of the North Atlantic. I shudder to think what the old family farm (Haarlem, Manhattan, 1664) might be worth today.
Thank you, Mr. Shorto

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Terrific! I learned so much that I thought that I knew.

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