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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling master of historical fiction weaves a grand, sweeping drama of New York from the city's founding to the present day. Rutherfurd celebrates America's greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga that showcases his extraordinary ability to combine impeccable historical research with storytelling flair. As in his earlier, best-selling novels, he illuminates cultural, social, and political upheavals through the lives of a remarkably diverse set of families.As he recounts the intertwining fates of characters rich and poor, black and white, native born and immigrant, Rutherfurd brings to life the momentous events that shaped New York and America: the Revolutionary War, the emergence of the city as a great trading and financial center, the excesses of the Gilded Age, the explosion of immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the trials of World War II, the near-demise of New York in the 1970s and its roaring rebirth in the '90s, and the attacks on the World Trade Center. Sprinkled throughout are captivating cameo appearances by historical figures ranging from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln to Babe Ruth.New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.
©2009 Edward Rutherfurd; (P)2009 Random House
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Critic Reviews

"Like James Michener and Leon Uris, Rutherfurd does a magnificent job of packaging a crackling good yarn within a digestible overview of complex historical circumstances and events." (Booklist)
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By JoAnn on 11-22-09

Don't choose the abridged version

While I enjoyed this book, to really appreciate Mr Rutherford's works, one should always choose the unabridged version. I have read other books of his (always unabridged)and find that with the abridged version you lose the character development and continuity that make the books so special. If I had to do it over, I would have used 2 credits and gotten the unabridged version.

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By Karen on 09-04-10

Buy the Unabridged Version

I truly enjoyed this book but agree with the previous reviewer. In order to get a full appreciation of the chracters and storyline, you need the unabridged version. This is my first experience with Edward Rutherfurd novel and I loved it. I enjoyed it so much, that I am going to purchase the unabridged version.

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By Proud Mum on 10-25-17

A wonderful journey of New York through the years

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and following not only the journey of the Master family, but appreciating the amazing history of New York and both the hardships and joy that both individuals and communities share.

I would definitely recommend this book.

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