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Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century
by John F. Kasson
Publisher: Hill & Wang 1978
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Coney Island: the name still resonates with a sense of racy Brooklyn excitement, the echo of beach-front popular entertainment before World War I. "Amusing the Million examines the historical context in which Coney Island made its reputation as an... >
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Better Than Gold: An Immigrant Family's First Years in Brooklyn
by Fannie Silver
Publisher: Jewish Heritage Project, Inc. 1998
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Memoir/Jewish American culture. Published posthumously, "Better Than Gold" is a collection of 29 brief stories that recall the life of a young Jewish immigrant girl, Fannie Silver, growing into womanhood in the New York City of the early twentieth... >
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The Brooklyn Film: Essays In The History Of Filmmaking
by John B Manbeck, Robert Singer
Publisher: McFarland & Co 2002
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This collection of essays on the topic of Brooklyn as portrayed in film, includes a discussion of race relations in films dealing with Brooklyn, the story of Jackie Robinson as shown on film, the changing face of cinematic Brooklyn and some thoughts on a... >
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Brooklyn Steel-Blood Tenacity
by Frank J. Trezza
Publisher: Publish America 2007
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This book will take the reader into the world of shipbuilding where the working Poor of Brooklyn built Super Tankers in the old Brooklyn Navy Yard against all odds. This in itself might be interesting but the real story lies in the daily struggle of the... >
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Brooklyn, USA: Fourth Largest City in America
by Rita S. Miller, ed.
Publisher: Brooklyn College Press 1979
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This collection of essays is devoted to the historical and sociological study of Brooklyn- once an independent city, but now a borough of almost 2.5 million inhabitants within New York City. One essay gives a historical overview of 500 years of continual... >
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Brownsville, Brooklyn: Blacks, Jews, And The Changing Face Of The Ghetto
by Wendell E Pritchett
Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2002
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Brownsville, Brooklyn traces the history of Brownsville, a section of Brooklyn, from its origins as a white, predominately Jewish, working-class neighborhood through its transformation in the 1960s into a black and Latino ghetto, a stigmatized... >
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Coney Island: Lost and Found
by Charles Denson
Publisher: Ten Speed Press 2002
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Growing up on Coney Island in the ’50s and ’60s, Charles Denson experienced legendary amusements and attractions like the Cyclone and Thunderbolt roller coasters, the Parachute Jump, and Steeplechase Park. In CONEY ISLAND: LOST AND FOUND, Denson... >
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Coney Island: The People's Playground
by Michael Immerso
Publisher: Rutgers University Press 2002
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This is the first new history of Coney Island in half a century, tracing its evolution and cultural impact as an amusement center from its earliest development as a seaside resort to the present day Mermaid Parade. Over 100 photos.
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Dew Breaker
by Edwidge Danticat
Publisher: Knopf: Distributed by Random House 2004
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From the universally acclaimed author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik? Krak! a brilliant, deeply moving work of fiction that explores the world of a “dew breaker”—a torturer—a man whose brutal crimes in the country of his birth lie hidden... >
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Duke Of Flatbush
by Duke Snider
Publisher: Citadel Press 2002
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One of the "Boys of Summer," Snider joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in the same year as Jackie Robinson, relocated with the team to Los Angeles, then played with the Mets and the San Francisco Giants in the twilight of his career. With coauthor Gilbert, a... >
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Flatbush Odyssey: A Journey Through The Heart Of Brooklyn
by Allen Abel
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd 2002
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At the age of 43, writer Allen Abel decided to move home to Brooklyn, stay with his mother (in the same apartment in which he grew up), and explore and write about the borough of his birth. For several months he wandered along Flatbush Avenue, the... >
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A House On The Heights
by Truman Capote
Publisher: Little Bookroom 2002
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The tranquil life Truman Capote led in the quiet enclave of Brooklyn Heights in the 1950s and 1960s stood in sharp contrast to the glittering scene he adored in Manhattan. Intimate and wry, A House on the Heights vividly evokes the neighborhood that... >
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How East New York Became A Ghetto
by Walter Thabit
Publisher: New York University Press 2003
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In response to the riots of the mid-'60s, Walter Thabit was hired to work with the community of East New York to develop a plan for low- and moderate-income public housing. In the years that followed, he experienced first-hand the forces that had... >
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Jackie Robinson And The Integration Of Baseball
by Scott Simon
Publisher: J. Wiley & Sons 2002
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The integration of baseball in 1947 had undeniable significance for the civil rights movement and American history. In Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, renowned broadcaster Scott Simon brings his passion for baseball and for civil rights... >
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Last Good Season: Brooklyn, The Dodgers, And Their Final Pennant Race Together
by Michael Shapiro
Publisher: Doubleday 2003
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In the bestselling tradition of "The Boys of Summer and "Wait 'Til Next Year, "The Last Good Season is the poignant and dramatic story of the Brooklyn Dodgers' last pennant and the forces that led to their heartbreaking departure to Los Angeles. The... >
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Leaving Brooklyn
by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co. PS 3569 .69 L4 1989
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The story Schwartz tells is of her adolescence, her coming of age in the sheltered world of the 1950s, and more aptly, her emergence from the sheltered life of childhood. Its central metaphor, that of the oddity of vision occasioned by a lazy, or "bad"... >
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Ramblin' Man: The Life And Times Of Woody Guthrie
by Ed Cray
Publisher: W.W. Norton 2004
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To recall the Depression era is to hear Woody's songs: he was the greatest folk musician of the twentieth century. BORN IN OKLAHOMA, Woody Guthrie became a figure larger than life, a folk singer who captured the spirit of his times in his enduring songs:... >
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Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy
by Jane Leavy
Publisher: Thorndike Press 2003
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In an era when too many heroes have been toppled from too many pedestals, Sandy Koufax stands apart and alone, a legend who declined his own celebrity. As a pitcher, he was sublime, the ace of baseball lore. As a human being, he aspired to be the one... >
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Sea Gate Rememberd: New York City's First Gated Community
by Arnold Rosen
Publisher: Xlibris February, 2004
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Sea Gate Remembered chronicles growing up in the 1930s and '40s in a Brooklyn seaside community. Arnold Rosen acquaints readers with the rich diverse history and lore of this famously picturesque locale. From Henry Hudson's exploration of the area's... >
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Short Sweet Dream Of Eduardo Gutierrez
by Jimmy Breslin
Publisher: Crown Publishers 2002
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The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutiérrez is Jimmy Breslin’s most passionate and hard-hitting book to date. A work of conscience that travels from San Matías Cuatchatyotla, a small dusty town in central Mexico, to the cold and wet streets of... >
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Somebody's Gotta Tell It: The Upbeat Memoir Of A Working-Class Journalist
by Jack Newfield
Publisher: St. Martin's Press 2002
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Legendary journalist Jack Newfield believes that a newsman's beat is the hard truth. The belief goes back to the code he absorbed growing up in Brooklyn, watching the integrated Dodgers play their hearts out: you always stood up to bullies and rooted for... >
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The Strike That Changed New York: Blacks, Whites, And The Ocean Hill-Brownsville Crisis
by Jerald E Podair
Publisher: Yale University Press 2002
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On May 9, 1968, junior high school teacher Fred Nauman received a letter that would change the history of New York City. It informed him that he had been fired from his job. Eighteen other educators in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville area of Brooklyn received... >
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When Brooklyn was the world
by Wilensky, Elliot
Publisher: Harmony 1986
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Around the corner. The next block. Across the At the end of the line. Borough Park. Gowanus. Flatbush. Canarsie. Ridgewood. Greenpoint. Brownsville. Bay Ridge. Bensonhurst. City Line. What was the place called Brooklyn really like back then... when... >
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White Boy: A Memoir
by Mark Naison
Publisher: Temple University Press 2002
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For our generation, writes Fordham University African-American studies professor Naison, part of becoming American was becoming culturally black.' In this forthright and thoughtful memoir, Naison (Communists in Harlem During the Depression), who became,... >
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