The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America

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Vintage Books, 2004 - History - 384 pages
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In a landmark work of history, Shorto presents astonishing information on thefounding of our nation and reveals in riveting detail the crucial role of theDutch in making America what it is today.

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A book better read than listened to. I found the middle portions of the history agonizingly slow with every tittle and jot of the massive research done by Shorto. The last third of the book was well ... Read full review

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User Review  - joeydag - LibraryThing

This book convinced me that America owes much to the Dutch for its freedom of religion and the bill of rights. Freedom of religion was not an issue for either New England nor Virginia. Only the Dutch ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Russell Shorto is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and the author of two previous books: Gospel Truth, about the search for the historical Jesus, and Saints and Madmen, about psychiatry and religion. The hub of his research for The Island at the Center of the World was the New Netherland Project at the New York State Library, where the archives of the Dutch colony centered on Manhattan are being translated. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley with his wife and their two daughters.

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