City of dreams the 400-year epic history of immigrant New York

by Anbinder, Tyler,

Format: Book on CD 2016
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Audio/Visual CD 974.71 AN
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A defining American story, never before told with such breadth of scope, lavish research, and resounding spirit With more than three million foreign-born residents today, New York has been America's defining port of entry for nearly four centuries, a magnet for transplants from all over the globe. These migrants have brought their hundreds of languages and distinct cultures to the city, and from there to the entire country. More immigrants have come to New York than all other entry points combined. City of Dreams is peopled with memorable characters both beloved and unfamiliar, whose lives unfold in rich detail: the young man from the Caribbean who passed through New York on his way to becoming a Founding Father; the ten-year-old Angelo Siciliano, from Calabria, who transformed into Charles Atlas, bodybuilder; Dominican-born Oscar de la Renta, whose couture designs have dressed first ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama. Tyler Anbinder's story is one of innovators and artists, revolutionaries and rioters, staggering deprivation and soaring triumphs, all playing out against the powerful backdrop of New York City, at once ever-changing and profoundly, permanently itself. City of Dreams provides a vivid sense of what New York looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and felt like over the centuries of its development and maturation into the city we know today.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* New York City is unique, and it was made that, in large part, by being a city of immigrants. There were more immigrants living in New York in 1950 than the full population in all but two other American cities. This superb book may not quite live up to its subtitle (it emphasizes only the largest immigrant group in each era), but it is full of fascinating, rock-solid history and provides compelling texture behind the larger trends. Although it starts with conflicts between the English and Dutch, it quickly goes on to the huge German (John Jacob Astor and others) and Irish immigrations (many, especially after the potato blight began in 1847). Though groups are well handled in the aggregate, Anbinder also covers important individuals (Scotsman Cadwallader Colden, Samuel Gompers, the Steinways, and many lesser others). His coverage of the Italians and his own precursors, the Jews, is balanced and excellent. Among the book's most powerful sections are those dealing with the horrendous living conditions for most immigrants in New York and the even-more-horrific transatlantic journey. Along with immigration, of course, came nativism, Know Nothing-ism, and restrictions of multiple kinds all addressed thoroughly. The well-chosen photographs help illustrate the fine narrative, as do the maps and charts.--Levine, Mark Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Anbinder (Five Points), a professor of history at George Washington University, traces the history of New York City's immigrant groups from the earliest Dutch settlers to the waves of Caribbean and Chinese immigrants who have more recently made their mark on the city, spinning a tale of tragedy and triumph that comes with political teeth. Anbinder adeptly shows that the same fears that dominate 21st-century debates on immigration were alive and well in earlier eras, arguing persuasively that 19th-century immigrant communities were far more insular and impregnable than their present-day counterparts. In fact, so discrete were these ethnic neighborhoods that a Jew leaving the familiar confines of the Lower East Side or an Italian venturing north of Washington Square was said to be "going to America." Anbinder is a master at taking a history with which many readers will be familiar-tenement houses, temperance societies, slums-and making it new, strange, and heartbreakingly vivid. The stories of individuals, including those of the entrepreneurial Steinway brothers and the tragic poet Pasquale D'Angelo, are undeniably compelling, but it's Anbinder's stunning image of New York as a true city of immigrants that captures the imagination. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
New York (N.Y.) -- Emigration and immigration -- History.
New York (N.Y.) -- History.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :Recorded Books,2016
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles City of dreams :
Contributors Guidall, George, narrator.
Recorded Books, Inc., publisher.
Participants/Performers Narrated by George Guidall.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact discs.
In container (17 cm.).
Description 21 audio discs (24 hr., 30 min.) : digital, optical, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781501932649
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