[an error occurred while processing this directive] Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898



Atlantic Monthly - v. 283 no. 2 (February 1999) p. 95
By Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Represents the most comprehensive examination to date of the city's history prior to 1900. Indeed, few historians today attempt synthetic and comprehensive interpretations of this magnitude. The authors weave together the unique details of New York City's history with a generation's worth of recent and original scholarship, insightfully reconceptualizing the city's past. . . . Gotham is filled with engaging vignettes and vivid narratives. The stories of Abraham Lincoln's visits to New York in 1860 and 1861, {and} the description of the draft riots of 1863 (still the deadliest incident of urban disorder in American history) . . . are among the best short historical accounts readers will find anywhere...

The Observer - April 20, 1999
By Jan Morris

'Cities of themselves are nothing without an historian,' wrote Washington Irving, only half in irony, and Messrs Burrows and Wallace have lived up to his precept with a vengeance.
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The New York Times - December 13, 1998
By Clyde Haberman
One of the first things you learn on picking up " Gotham" -- in itself no easy task, this super-thick book being heavy enough to cause back spasms -- is that Gotham is Anglo-Saxon for "Goats' Town." Who knew?

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The Journal of American History - v. 86 no. 2 (Sep. 1999) pp. 751-752
By Edward K. Spann
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Reviews in American History - v. 27 no. 2 (1999) pp. 180-187
By Jeanne Chase
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The American Historical Review - v. 105 no. 2 (April 2000) pp. 536-537
By David Hammack
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The Economic History Review - v. 53 no. 1 (February 2000) p. 203
By Karen Wills
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Journal of Interdisciplinary History - v. 30 no. 4 (Sp. 2000) pp. 699-700
By Thomas Bender
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