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The Island at the Centre of the World By Russell Shorto

The Island at the Centre of the World
by Russell Shorto

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Through the story of the bitter struggle between two men, Peter Stuyvesant and Adriaen Van den Donck, is told the vivid history of the wilderness island that became the most powerful city in the most powerful country in the world: Manhattan.
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The Island at the Centre of the World Summary


The Island at the Centre of the World: The Untold Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Founding of New York by Russell Shorto

It was situated on a perfect natural harbour at the mouth of a great river leading into a huge new land. Manhattan Island was to grow into the most powerful city in the most powerful country in the world. THE ISLAND AT THE CENTRE OF THE WORLD returns to the origins of New York's extraordinary history. It tells how a wilderness populated only by wolves and native tribes became the melting pot from which developed the free-trade, multi-cultural and upwardly-mobile spirit of New York that in turn would shape the whole American nation.

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The Island at the Centre of the World Reviews


" 'Rattlingly well-told... a terrific popular history about a past that beautifully illuminates the present' - Sunday Times 'Deserves to be a bestseller...narratively irresistible, intellectually provocative, historically invaluable' - Guardian 'A landmark book...Reads like a thriller...[like] the similarly ground-breaking Longitude' - The Times 'A great story...I was completely convinced' - Daily Telegraph"

About Russell Shorto


Russell Shorto is a journalist, and the author of two previous books of non-fiction, GOSPEL TRUTH and SAINTS AND MADMEN.

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GOR001632576
The Island at the Centre of the World: The Untold Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Founding of New York by Russell Shorto
Russell Shorto
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
2005-03-01
329
0552999822
9780552999823
N/A
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