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Featuring little known facts about the cultural development of New Orleans - such as the real significance of gumbo, the origins of the tango, and the first appearance of the words vaudeville and voodoo - this rich historical narrative explains how New Orleans' colonial influences shape the city still today.
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By WGNYC on 11-28-17
great book; terrible "performance"
Would you try another book from Ned Sublette and/or Sean Crisden?
Would never listen to Sean Crisden again.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Crisden?
The narrator's strained pronunciations and cadences are extremely distracting, almost to the point of being unlistenable; not to mention the inconsistencies in his pronunciations. It's a non-fiction history book, and a straightforward read would be much better.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Book Lover on 02-13-18
Strong theme of slavery /slave experience
Not really the comprehensive history I was hoping for. Early history was best. Quite a bit of time spent on Haiti me other islands that contributed culture in NOLA. After the start of chapter 18 it became a slavery and music book.
Not really very interesting to prepare for my planned travel to the area. I'll look for another book to prepare me for the visit.
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