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

User Review  - Douglas Lord - Book Verdict

Once every 1000 years or so, an archivist finds something that's both interesting and historically important. That's this book-the result of Shorto working through "12,000 sheets of rag paper covered ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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 ... 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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