New York, New York: A History of the World's Most Exilarating and Challenging City

Oliver E. Allen, Author Atheneum Books $27.5 (365p) ISBN 978-0-689-11960-6
Allen, a former editor and writer for Time-Life Books, spans in one entertaining volume New York City's history, from its earliest days as a bustling port to its recognition as financial capital of the world. Using as his leitmotif the great harbor, which has shaped New York from the start as a port of entry for people, money and power, he covers noteworthy aspects of the city from the 1700s to the present--prominent citizens, political figures, scandals and crises, financial organizations, immigrant groups, cultural institutions and majestic buildings. Telescoping so much history into fewer than 500 pages, the narrative is as fast-paced as New York City itself, as Allen conveys the energy and excitement that have enabled the city to thrive and prosper. Photos not seen by PW. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990
Release date: 01/01/1990
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