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City of Dreams

The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York

by Tyler Anbinder

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City of Dreams by Tyler Anbinder
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2016, 768 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 2017, 768 pages

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James Broderick

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A fascinating chronicle of immigration to the world's most celebrated melting pot, City of Dreams is filled with delectable nuggets of historical facts.

Perhaps there are books about the immigrant experience in America that are longer than Tyler Anbinder's City of Dreams (768 pages), and conceivably cover even more years (1632 to the present) than this one, but I'd be surprised if any other related volume offers more "I never realized that" moments. Here are just a handful:

  • The island of Manhattan was not purchased from native Americans for a bunch of beads, as is widely believed, though it's true the Dutch settlers didn't pay cash but offered axes, kettles, and "duffel cloth."
  • Thousands of New Yorkers didn't care which side prevailed in the Revolutionary War, as long as they could continue to turn a profit in their businesses.
  • In 1910, the population of New York City's immigrant-filled Lower East Side (an area less than two square miles) was greater than that of Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, and New ...

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