New York

New York

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A sweeping, epic novel of the greatest city in the world.

From the empty grandeur of the New World to the skyscrapers of the City that Never Sleeps, from the intimate detail of lives long forgotten to those lived today at breakneck speed, Edward Rutherfurd's acclaimed novel is a true epic.

The novel begins with a tiny Indian fishing village and the Dutch traders who first carved out their hopes amidst the splendour of the wilderness. The British settlers and merchants followed, with their aristocratic governors and unpopular taxation which led to rebellion, war, the burning of the city and the birth of the American Nation. Yet a country that had already rent itself asunder once did so again over slavery. As the country fought its bloody Civil War, the city was torn apart by deadly riots.

Hopes and dreams, greed and corruption - they have always been the companions of freedom and opportunity in the city's teeming streets. As the immigrant ships berthed next to Ellis Island in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, they poured more and more Germans, Irish, Italians and Jews into the churning ethnic mix of the city. Deals were struck, politicians corrupted, men bought or assassinated, heiresses wooed, fortunes were speculated on Wall Street and men became rich beyond the dreams of avarice. The heady seesaw of wealth and poverty was seen in the Roaring Twenties and the Great Crash, the city's future symbolised by its buildings which literally touched the sky: the Empire State, the Chrysler Building, the Twin Towers.

Rutherfurd tells this irresistible story through a cast of fictional and true characters whose fates interweave in the rise and fall, fall and rise of the city's fortunes. It is the story of how in four centuries New York became the envy of the world. And in telling the story through the lens of New York, Rutherfurd brings the story of America itself to unforgettable life in this epic masterpiece.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 1040 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 45mm | 703g
  • Arrow Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099509385
  • 9780099509387
  • 11,720

Review Text

Rutherfurd's vast and sweeping tome charts the Big Apple's rise from its beginnings in the 17th century to the present day
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Rutherfurd's vast and sweeping tome charts the Big Apple's rise from its beginnings in the 17th century to the present day * The Times * Historical fiction at its best * Daily Express * Sweeping, expertly researched ... a brilliant introduction to the history of New York, full of suspense, adventure and passion * News of the World * A masterful tribute to one of the great cities of the world * The Good Book Guide * It is hard to imagine any other writer combining such astonishing depth of research with the imagination and ingenuity to hold it together * The Washington Post *
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About Edward Rutherfurd

Edward Rutherfurd was born in England, in the cathedral city of Salisbury. Educated locally, and at the universities of Cambridge, and Stanford, California, he worked in political research, bookselling and publishing. After numerous attempts to write books and plays, he finally abandoned his career in the book trade in 1983, and returned to his childhood home to write Sarum. Four years later, when the book was published, it became an instant international bestseller, remaining 23 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Since then he has written seven more bestsellers: Russka, a novel of Russia; London; The Forest, set in England's New Forest which lies close by Sarum; two novels which cover the story of Ireland from the time just before Saint Patrick to the twentieth century; New York; and Paris. His books have been translated into over twenty languages.
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Rating details

36,856 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
5 41% (15,120)
4 39% (14,214)
3 16% (5,910)
2 3% (1,203)
1 1% (409)

Our customer reviews

This is another great book by an excellent author, all about (yes doesn't take a genius to work it out!) New York! It starts in 1664 and culminates in 2001 at the World Trade Centre. It is a story of fiction for the most part, and tells the stories of 3 or 4 families down through history. Here and there it got a little bogged down with political stuff but I suppose if you are telling the story of a vast city such as New York this is going to happen, but for the most part it had me hooked on the characters lives and loves. An excellent read, very meaty, and I can well recommend it to anyone with an interest in "The Big Apple" or indeed general more
by Penny Cunningham
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