The Island at the Centre of the World

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

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 329 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 36mm | 421.84g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • maps (some col.) , ports. (some col.)
  • 0552999822
  • 9780552999823
  • 1,055,584

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" '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"show more

About Russell Shorto

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

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