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FIVE POINTS: The 19th Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections, and Became the World's Most Notorious Slum

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A multidecade study of a few Manhattan blocks that have been seen as emblematic of the entire city.Five Points, so named after city authorities extended Anthony Street to join the X-shaped junction of Orange and Cross streets, lay in the heart of a mixed residential and commercial district that was always a bit rough-and-tumble, and as the city grew northward in the early 1800s, Five Points ... Read full review

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The thesis states it was the "quintessential immigrant saga" ... quintessential of what?

Review: Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections and Became the World's Most Notorious Slum

User Review  - Louisewab - Goodreads

Well researched and detailed, but I prefer more recreational reading. I think I read over half of this 500-page book. Read full review

Review: Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections and Became the World's Most Notorious Slum

User Review  - Mark Montgomery - Goodreads

A great look at the history of an infamous neighborhood in New York. It is a good preview for the movie "Gangs of New York" Read full review

Review: Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections and Became the World's Most Notorious Slum

User Review  - Lisa Ahn - Goodreads

Anbinder's book is chock full of information on this old New York neighborhood, famous in the 1800's for its overcrowding, violence, and vice. Read full review

Review: Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections and Became the World's Most Notorious Slum

User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

I'm ravenously interested in New York history period, and when I lived in New York, I found the Five Points area (which is now almost entirely Chinatown and civic and municipal buildings) deeply odd ... Read full review

Review: Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections and Became the World's Most Notorious Slum

User Review  - Deb - Goodreads

This book is a very thorough history of this area of New York. Informative, but it also read like a list in places. I'm happy to have the information it imparted despite this and I'm looking forward ... Read full review

Review: Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections and Became the World's Most Notorious Slum

User Review  - David Weiss - Goodreads

Very interesting book! Despite the amount of detail and cross-referencing necessary, I enjoyed it and learned a lot from it. Like someone else here said, it's written like a scholarly book and I'm ... Read full review

Review: Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections and Became the World's Most Notorious Slum

User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

I was so excited to read this - one of my favorite periods and locations, but just couldn't get with it. I was disappointed. Read full review

Review: Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections and Became the World's Most Notorious Slum

User Review  - Dean - Goodreads

An exhaustive (if exhausting) survey of the Five Points, from birth to death, and all points in between. Read full review

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