Stealing an idea from the Civil War blog TOCWOC, I thought I’d periodically post the ten best-selling books about New York history from Amazon. I took the liberty to separate the wheat from the chaff.
1. Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York
2. Kathy Peiss, Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York
3. Tom Buk-Swienty, The Other Half: The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America
4. Jill Lepore, New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in 18th Century Manhattan
5. Russell Shorto, The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America
6. John F. Kasson, Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century
7. Mark Kurlansky, The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
8. David McCullough, The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
9. Mary P. Ryan, Cradle of the Middle Class: The Family in Oneida County, New York, 1790-1865
10. Thurston Moore and Byron Coley, No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York 1976-1980
TOCWOC - A Civil War Blog says
I wouldn’t necessarily call it stealing. It’s more of a “great minds think alike” thing. I’m glad you liked the idea enough to use it on your own blog.
John Warren says
Thank you for the compliment. even though the Civil War is not really my thing, I really enjoy your blog.