THE ISLAND AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

The all-but-forgotten origins of Manhattan, told with humor and an acute eye for primary sources. It's good to remember, the author suggests, that the early 17th century was the age of Shakespeare, Descartes, Vermeer, and Bacon, a time of change and tumult. Not the least part of that tumult was Dutch political and legal progressivism, "their matter-of-fact acceptance of foreignness, of religious ... Read full review

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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