In this utterly immersive volume, Mike Wallace captures the swings of prosperity and downturn, from the 1898 skyscraper-driven boom to the Bankers' Panic of 1907, the labor upheaval, and violent repression during and after the First World War. Here is New York on a whole new scale, moving from national to global prominence -- an urban dynamo driven by restless ambition, boundless energy, immigrant dreams, and Wall Street greed.Within the first two decades of the twentieth century, a newly consolidated New York grew exponentially. The city exploded into the air, with skyscrapers jostling for prominence, and dove deep into the bedrock where massive underground networks of subways, water pipes, and electrical conduits sprawled beneath the city to serve a surging population of New Yorkers from all walks of life. New York was transformed in these two decades as the world's second-largest city and now its financial capital, thriving and sustained by the city's seemingly unlimited potential.Wallace's new book matches its predecessor in pure page-turning appeal and takes America's greatest city to new heights.
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Greater Gotham Review
- January 1, 1970KristenGreater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 by Mike Wallace is a huge volume covering the history of New York from the consolidation of New York, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island into "greater New York", to just after WW I. Comprehensive yet still readable, this book contains just about anything that you could ever want to know about New York during the first decades of the 20th century. Tammany Hall and government and police corruption? Covered. Wall Street, trusts Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 by Mike Wallace is a huge volume covering the history of New York from the consolidation of New York, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island into "greater New York", to just after WW I. Comprehensive yet still readable, this book contains just about anything that you could ever want to know about New York during the first decades of the 20th century. Tammany Hall and government and police corruption? Covered. Wall Street, trusts and Muckrakers? Got it. Skyscrapers, trains and the subway? It's in there. Industry, labor, entertainment (Broadway, Tin Pan Alley, movies, Coney Island), Ash can art, "Progressives" and reform movements, radicals and socialists, women's suffrage, civil rights, and WWI all get extensive coverage. This is the second volume of the history of New York, and I did not read the first volume. This volume doesn't assume that the reader has read the first one and doesn't make reference to it, so you won't be lost if you start with this one. Full disclosure: I received a free uncorrected proof in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.more
- January 1, 1970JimiI won this book in a giveaway.Big book, tiny print. So much information packed into this book! I want to re-read it just because there is so much to absorb but I promised my sister and a friend that they could read it when I was finished. Photographs and drawings from the time period add to the allure of this volume. It's not just cold, dry facts, there are fascinating tidbits of gossip about the movers and shakers of the city too.more
- January 1, 1970Exapno MapcaseThis is a Goodreads First Reads review.Picking up where the last book left off with the consolidation of the counties to create the City of Greater New York, Wallace details, and I do mean that literally, a twenty year saga in the Big Apple. There is an unbelievable amount of information that can be crammed into some 900 pages, all the while maintaining an easily readable book.more
- January 1, 1970Kyer Bustamante-QuonAmazing how much NYC history was out there! Great book with great pictures!
- January 1, 1970Olivia MarionThorough and densely covered topic - really interesting so far!
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