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Russell Shorto, author of the best-selling The Island at the Center of the World, Amsterdam, and Revolution Song, is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Cumberland, Maryland.

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Gospel Truth (1997) 130 copies

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This is a fascinating book about the creation, growth, development & overtaking by Britain of the colony of New Amsterdam. The information about several main characters in this tale was eye-opening & completely new to this reader. I heartily recommend this book.
 
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RickGeissal | 52 other reviews | Aug 16, 2023 |
I can't say enough about how tremendous this book is! I read A LOT about the American Revolution and this is easily in my top 5. "Revolution Song" reads like a novel, but is straight-up nonfiction.

Author Russell Shorto takes six people: George Washington, Lord George Germain (American Sec. of State for England), Abraham Yates (NY laborer and later politician), Cornplanter (Seneca/Iroquois warrior/chief), Margaret Coghlan (daughter of a British general), and Venture Smith (slave who bought his freedom) and intertwines their stories like none I've read before.

All of the high points of the Revolutionary period and later are hit but in such a natural, effortless way that again, it reads like a novel.

Don't pass this book by!
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Jarratt | 4 other reviews | Jul 26, 2023 |
This is one of those nonfiction books that is somewhat boring at times but contains so much fascinating material that it pays to power through. The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto examines the colony of New Netherlands and takes the perspective that history has skimmed over the Dutch influence on the United States. Shorto gives readers the background on known figures like Minuit and Stuyvesant, but also some forgotten figures like van der Donck through forgotten documents previously untranslated. He weaves in European history and world events to place the founding of New York solidly in history.… (more)
 
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Hccpsk | 52 other reviews | Jul 22, 2023 |
This book was fascinating in looking at history from a different perspective. Most interesting is the path of Descartes' skull.
 
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JRobinW | 33 other reviews | Jan 20, 2023 |

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