The Vine: November 28, 2007
Can you recommend a book on New York City that chronicles its historical, political, and social evolution from its discovery to today? I want something that is thorough, but readable, more like Peter Ackroyd's London: The Biography. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
By the way, I just finished reading Rumspringa a few days ago and really enjoyed it.
I haven't read much NYC history, but a few years ago I reviewed Pete Hamill's Downtown for MSNBC.com, and I really liked it; it's not very long, and Hamill talks a lot about the history of various parts of the city and then compares them to their present-day incarnations. Plus, the book includes a suggested reading list.
Beyond that, I don't have anything to suggest in the way of a comprehensive history, but I'm sure the readers have some ideas. Readers?
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